Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I. Like. Cake!

Yarn cake!!

I ordered a yarn winder from recently, and recieved it last week. Ever since, I have been winding all kinds of yarn! I have even more I want to wind, but I try to limit winding time because otherwise I think I would get nothing else done!

I find that cakes are just so much easier to work with than skeins that I'm seriously considering caking most of my stash and then re-attaching the bands to the cakes for identification. I love my winder!!

Also, in case you didn't know, it's been hella cold here in FL the past week.... As in, it snowed in Orlando last night. Granted, nothing big, no sticking to the ground or anything, but still..... snow in Orlando is unheard of! Snow in FL period! So, because of the cold, and the accompanying wind, I made Al a skully for at the bus stop and when she's outside playing. She chose the colors and I whipped it up. Not the greatest hat by any means, but it's what I could do in an evening......

So now we're off to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family. I'm really looking forward to having them all around. We always have such a good time together! And, maybe, I'll get some more crocheting for the craft fair on the 10th done!!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Yarn Inventory Form

I decided that, since I couldn't find any online anywhere at ALL, I would create a yarn inventory form. If you have any suggestions or thoughts about it, please, feel free to let me know! Forgive the quality...... the hoops I have to jump through to post a publication as an image does ugly things to the resolution!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Making Progress!

Well, I finished one Christmas gift set and am about 1/3 of the way done with another. I still have Al's bag I need to make, and since it's been so long since i touched it, I'm planning on just frogging what I have and starting over. I also got all my wool for my Ohio State coasters and coozies I'm making for some friends of mine :D I'm not posting any pics for obvious reasons, but I have to get started on some more craft fair stuff, so I'll post those as they are complete.

Oh! And I did a comissioned baby set - hat and booties! It was so cute, but I forgot to photograph it. Hopefully I can get a pic of the recipient wearing them, though, in a few weeks :D

Tomorrow we're off to the Jimmy Buffett concert in Tampa. I'm going to be the psuedo old lady in the back of a pickup crocheting myself a throw because it's going to be hella cold when the sun goes down!!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Smug does not befit me.

Oh, I thought I was such a clever little ducky! Hooking away at my scarf I'm working on, thinking how proud everyone would be, and how they would marvel at how wonderfully even my ends were, even without counting. Then I realized that my scarf was becoming diagnoal. Hmmmm.... that's strange. Maybe I should count some stitches. So, I count the stitches in the row I had just completed - 19. That's odd. I'm almost certain that there were more rib stitches than that in the beginning. so I count my first row after the ribs. 25. I count the ribs. 25 again. I count the second row after the ribs. 24. The row after that. 23. I stopped counting and started frogging. After about 15 rows, I finally realized that I am not perfect in my judging of stitches and that yes, I must count, just like every other mere mortal out there. Oh, the humanity!!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

I'm a sadist.

Okay, so I got the hat finished last night, as evidenced by my previous blog, and I have made a lot of headway on the matching scarf. I got bored, though, so I decided that since my Aunt Erin and her family are in town, I would whip out the yarn she had sent me and make something to wear for when we go to dinner THursday night. Yeah. I'm an idiot. Yeah. THe yarn? Colorwaves - an acrylic boucle from Lion Brand. The pattern? Well, this is me we're talking about. The pattern doesn't exist, so I'm making it up as I go along. Yeah. I know. Like I said, I'm a sadist. So I'm creating a new pattern for a type of wearable I have never before attempted in a yarn that doesn't play nicely when it comes time to frog. Oh yeah - and have I mentioned that I have a migraine? That I've had since SATURDAY? Hence the crocheting instead of cleaning - at least I can still sit in a semi-darkened room with crochet.... No sleeping since I have HeatherE here, and she requires constant adult supervision.....

Monday, November 06, 2006

New Hat

I wanted to make a hat that was masculine, but none of the patterns I found were what I wanted. So, in true me style, I set out to create my own. Thank God for Tracie and Brandee helping me put into practice what was in my head! Here are the results, as modeled by my loving husband, Hans. Incidently, Hans hates crocheting and crocheted items. I had to beg him to put the hat on the first time so I could be sure I liked it. However, now I can't get the damned thing off of him!

Weekend Recap.....

So my first ever craft show was on Saturday. I consider it a full success because a) I had a GREAT time, and b) I sold a dishcloth! Yes, I know, selling a dishcloth isn't all that exciting, but it was my first show! I didn't have many items out (not as fast as I wish I were :D) and yet one of my dishcloths sold! $4 in hand for that, so I was only $6 in the red for the booth. Of course, then there's gas, drinks, food and other misc. things, but still. Success!! Oh! And people, although they didn't buy, commented on, touched, petted and liked both my clown hair hat and bootie set and my chewbacca wrap. All in all, good day! After we broke down the show setup, we all headed to Brandee's to get ready for hers and Tracie's birthday party. Tra and I joined Travis (Bran's hubby) at Wally World, which was quite the adventure, since she and I had both taken some rather strong pharmaceuticals for our migraines, and neither of us had eaten enough during the day to appease aforementioned pharmaceuticals. Still and all, we got through the trip and chowed down like starving women when we got back to the house!

So here are some lovely pics from the day - enjoy!

Us "working":

The "booth":

Some of my stuff: