Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Red Scarf Project

In a previous post I talked about my knit and crochet group on Ravelry doing a charity project for the Red Scarf Project. I figured if we had the goal of making just one scarf together, people could participate without much being demaded of them. One could make just one square, twenty or a whole scarf if they chose. Well, it seems to be coming along nicely and I'm doing more than I thought I would...

Peachy's Square
Here's my cousin, Peachy's first square.

Peachy's Square
...and her second square, so cute!

Burgundy Slant Square
...and my second square. The first one was posted in a previous entry and can be seen here.

And, dude! I'm SO close to getting Polly's bedspread done! This thing is a monster, it takes up our whole dining space floor in the apartment!

Polly's Bedspread

Polly's Bedspread
Laying it out on the floor like this really put things into perspective about how close I really am. Only 2 more rows to go after the loose squares shown are attached. But then I have to close up intersections and do a border... hope that's quite a bit faster!

Polly's Bedspread

There's a new addition to our household...

Our New Table
Now we have a decent table to sit down together for dinner instead of watching TV on the couch. Stu picked it up at the Thrift Store for $30, chairs and all. It's in great shape not including the water marks from glasses on the surface. We're all pretty excited about this!

Stu also bought me Batman Begins and The Nightmare Before Christmas on DVD. Then, as if that wasn't enough, he got a new cable service and added a DVR with me in mind. Squee! Now I can watch Knitty Gritty, Ghosthunters and Dharma & Greg, and plenty others. The shows I've mentioned were either on while I'm at work or were on channels we didn't have... but now we do! My fiance... he's the man.

Ryn has also started junior high... AHHHH! Nah, it's cool, she's doing well and having fun so far. =)

Now Playing:
Stu calling out his word search words on Pogo so I can guess the theme...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

One Word

[Edited: I answered some questions again after reading over it and realizing that the answers the previous person had influenced my way of thinking.]


You must answer the questions using only one word.

1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your significant other? everything
3. Your hair? messy
4. Your mother? strong
5. Your father? funny
6. Your favorite thing? happiness
7. Your dream last night? child
8. Your favorite drink? soda
9. Your dream/goal? security
10. The room you’re in? bright
11. Your hobby? yarn
12. Your fear? crime
13. Where do you want to be now? sleeping
14. What you’re not? ambitious
15. Muffins? Yum!
16. One of your wish list items? yoga
17. Where you grew up? utah
18. The last thing you did? Ravelry
19. What are you wearing? clothes
20. Favorite gadget? computer
21. Your pets? none
22. Your computer? perfect
23. Your mood? eh
24. Missing someone? yes
25. Your car? ugly
26. Something you’re not wearing? shoes
27. Favorite store? Joanns
28. Like someone? love
29. Your favorite color? pink
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? days?

Visitors from outer Utah

So, we're looking for a place in Salt Lake now! Stu will probably have to start working for it to work, which means it would be longer until he graduates. But, I'm sure we'll figure something out. We went looking at houses to rent last weekend and in our driving around came across one that all three of us fell in love with. Unfortunately, it was rented out the week before we saw it and we got the call notifying us of that almost a week later. =( Oh, well, we'll keep looking. =)

We had an out of town guest at our last SLC Stitchers meeting...

08/21/08 SLC Stitchers Meeting
Peachy (Raechel) is knitting a square for our group project for the Red Scarf Project. Mine and Peachy's Grandma came to the knit meeting this week. She didn't knit or crochet, but instead was making toy balls out of fleece for charity. It was a really fun visit.

In needlework news...

Pink & Red Star Blanket

I'm crocheting a baby blanket to keep in stock for future baby showers. It's going really fast since I'm using a P hook and two strands of yarn throughout. I also plan to do a "boy" blanket and a gender neutral one. The basic idea here is that I have one of each on hand, ready to gift. Then, when I give that one blanket away, I make another similar themed blanket (boy, girl or neutral) to have "in stock".

I also plan to do another square soon for the SLC Stitchers group project of making a scarf for the Red Scarf Project. I did this one last week...

One Hot Square

And, as always, I'm still working on Polly's bedspread too! =)

I also did a tiny bit of miscellaneous crafting this week...

T-shirt Tote
I made this for my portable DVD player and discs out of an old tie-dye shirt I had stashed to use for fabric strips for knitting or crocheting. All I did was cut two pieces, cut strips towards the center, around three edges, then tied them together in square knots. The straps is three long pieces braided, knotted at the ends and tied into the top square knots. There are gaps between the knots, but that's okay, my player doesn't fall out and that's the point. =)

Now Playing:
Men in Black

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Free Crochet Pattern Index

I Want Candy Coaster
I Want Candy

Back To School Coaster
Back To School

Slice Of Summer Coaster
Slice Of
Summer Coaster

Freedom In The Sky Coaster
Freedom In The
Sky Coaster

Walk On The Beach Coaster
Walk On The
Beach Coaster

Bring Your May Flower Coaster
Bring Your May
Flower Coaster

In Your Basket Coaster
In Your Basket

Birthday Wishes Coaster
Birthday Wishes

Pot O' Gold Coaster
Pot O' Gold

Eclipse Of The Heart Coaster
Eclipse Of
The Heart Coaster

Ring It In Coaster
Ring It In Coaster

A Peanut for the Peanut
Little Miss Peanut

Christmas Cheer Coaster
Holiday Cheer Coaster

Gobble Coaster
Gobble Coaster

Finger Sweater - Crochet Version
Finger Sweater
(Crochet Version)

MP3 Pouch
MP3 Pouch

Free Knit Pattern Index

Bluetooth Purse

Finger Sweater

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Knitting needles aren't just for knitting anymore...

Dad and Mike-Dave went to Mexico for a fishing trip.

Dad (front), Mom and Mike-Dave

Just a funny thing...

This was the back of one of the Betty Crocker Complete Meals we had for dinner one night. See step 4. As Stu said, "Where's the part when we eat it?!"

My perfect fried egg. I didn't even break the yolk! Since I don't cook much and am still learning, this feat made me very proud.

Michelle (from my knitting group) made this and let me pick it out of a box of headbands and Lego jewelry she made. It's so fun!

She also let me pick out a headband. I picked one knit from black cotton yarn and black ribbon held together throughout, so I can wear it to work. =)

Speaking of Michelle, she will love what we found in Walmart today...

A life-size Indiana Jones made of Legos! (The picture is clickable for a larger view.) [Edited to add a better quality picture. We went back a couple days later, it was still there AND I had my digital camera this time, not just my poopy cell phone camera.]

In needlework news...

A while ago, I participated in the making of an afghan for a fellow Raveler who lost her husband. I'm excited to finally post pics since she has now recieved the afghan!

Here's my square (as taken by the assembler of the afghan).

The finished afghan (as taken by the assembler).

This was a truly satisfying project, it inspired me to join another group on Ravelry that makes afghans to bring comfort to other Ravelers who might be grieving a loss, recovering from injury or being dealt a tough hand in general.

I also knitted this cute little bunny for Michelle's (from my knit group) daughter. She had surgery for gall stones (last week?). I have recieved reports that she loves it!

My group, the Salt Lake City Stitchers are also coming into some charity work. Since we all (myself included) have a lot on our "yarn plates", as a group, we're doing a scarf (or maybe a little more) for the Red Scarf Project. That way all it takes for one to contribute is one square... or as many as they'd like. Should be fun!

Still working on Polly's afghan as well. I pulled it out the other day to attach the squares I've whipped up since the last square joining and I'm futher along than I remember, yay!

And finally...

Last Sunday, Stu dropped the toothpaste cap in the sink and it was too far down to reach with tweezers. So, I grabbed one of my size 7 needles, with the button-style cap end. The "button" was just the right shape and size to grab the cap under one of the threads. Luckily, the cap was facing open end up. I was then able to pull it up enough to grab with the tweezers. When I pulled the cap out, Stu exclaimed, "You're brilliant!"

I beamed, wiping the toothpaste from my needle and replied, "Knitting needles aren't just for knitting anymore, they're tools for life."

Now Playing:
Ghostbusters II