Sunday, December 13, 2009

Lazy Days

Yup, I'm lazy today. Actually a bit under the weather but nothing that won't pass. Still, it's stopped my plans for my rather long list this weekend. I've set myself to get up off the couch at 4:00 and get back in gear. The lack of caffeine in my system today isn't helping. A cup of tea may be in order.
In knitting news I've decided not to do the hats for Nick and Will for Christmas. I'm hating the Star Wars hat. The yarns were a mish mash and maybe it'll block out okay but I'm not digging it so I'm not going to finish it right now. But I started crocheting that cute reindeer for Jimmy and if it works out I'll make one for Cassidy too and maybe the nephews also. I also started a pair of hugely (and I do mean huge, size wise) modified pair of slippers for my brother. He's been asking for knitted slippers for years so I don't know why I've never made him a pair. And I just did the Angora Bootees for a new baby cousin and loved the construction - double knitting the toe and foot and then doing the bottom of the foot and sewing up the back for the heel. Well, you just have to try it. So I'm cobbing together some sizing ideas and trying a large pair. My brother probably wears an 11 or 12 shoe but the yarn I'm using, Cascade Ecological Wool, is feltable so if they're too big, I'll felt them. If they're too small, they'll fit someone else, especially since, yes, I can felt them. We'll see. If they work out maybe I'll do pairs for the nephews too, instead of reindeer. It's all up in the air now. Totally flying by the seat of my pants.

So it turns out I'm basically a clean eater. Who knew? I was reading Wendy Knits blog and she has embarked on a regimine of clean eating. I'm always interested in nutrition, fitness (I'm interested, I don't really exercise enough) and healthy food so I followed a bunch of her links only to discover that I pretty much follow a clean eating regimine myself. I tried to basically cut out processed foods years ago when I was trying to get rid of partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats and the dreaded high fructose corn syrup. That's most processed foods, I think. And then last June I started getting skeeved out by meat. I'm not a strict vegitarian but meat doesn't appeal to me much for so many personal reasons. Voila - clean eating! There's even a group on Ravelry.

Okay, back to the slippers then back to my L.I.S.T.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I Can't Believe I Went the Whole Day

Often I say that I can't believe I ate the whole thing, but went the whole day without knitting? Rarely! And during the middle of knit season? Crazy! But that's what happened yesterday. No knitting. Not a stitch. No crochet. Not a stitch. But the family camped out on the floor in front of the Christmas tree last night which meant that I fell asleep early with the kids so now I'm wide awake early and . . . Let the Knitting Begin! Today I'd like to finish a certain gift that's coming out awesomely for a certain possible reader so I'm keeping it stealthy. Then I'm going to do this totally cute hat for my nephew.

And thanks to the Half Assed knitting blog for the great pattern and cute pic. Definitley go check out her blog.

I'll have to go buy googly eyes but I need tape anyway so no problem. I got juked in the middle of wrapping yesterday when I ran out of tape. It's amazing how long it takes to wrap gifts but I like the bows and bells and whistles and all so it takes me some time.

One last note. Winter has set in with a vengance. It was 19 degrees Farenheit yesterday morning when I took the girl to school. Cold yes, but I was toasty warm in my SSSeptember Hat which I've been waiting impatiently to wear.

The pattern is from Vogue Knitting Winter 2008-2009 and I used a skein of ultra bulky stuff (lost label, of course) that I've had for years. Probably 6 years. I've never been able to figure out what to do with it and now it my warmest, yummiest, funnest, feel like I'm living in Russia and walking across the square in front of an onion domed building hat. Thank heavens I never de-stash!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

And We Crafted

Yesterday I was able to get together with friends and craft all morning. It was glorious I tell ya, just glorious. Tea, cranberry muffins, talk of children and education and health and simplifying life and being happy.

These first two are made of paper and this was my first time using a die cutter that one of the ladies had. Man that was fun! So easy to do and my 7 yo says they looked really professional! (My photography, on the other hand, is not so professional - oh well.)

These next little guys are buttons and beads on a chenille stick modified from a Martha Stuart idea. Super cute.

These button wreaths are simple and so pretty! The best part of the idea (found here was to use a buckle for the ribbon. I had one for the wreath I did, on the right. My daughter did the one on the left which I will cherish forever - but I had no buckle for that ribbon. It's a perfect craft for kids. Thanks for bringing the buttons down Mom!

This one is much cooler than it looks. It's made out of the front of a recycled Christmas card which is a sparkly snow scene. The balls are jingle bells so it makes a pretty sound. I'll probably make a few more of these.

Now . . . where am I going to hang all these? My house is getting full.