Monday, September 08, 2014

September 2014

So I just reviewed my summer to do list and I felt like I accomplished nothing but it looks like I got more done than I thought.  This summer was BORING.  It was a summer about nothing that went too fast.

The kiddos are back in school and I am getting back into a routine.

Here are a few summer knitting finishes:

First up, my "Groovy" socks.  I had been wanting to knit this pattern for a while and I'm pleased with how they turned out.  The yarn is OnLine SuperSocke Neon Color.  It is bright and an odd grouping of colors but I love having wild colored socks.
Groovy socks 8/2014Groovy wip


Next up, two pairs of  Felted Clogs.  One for me, one for DH.  Most of my friends have knit numerous pairs of these but these are the first pairs I have knit.  A friend knit pairs for each of my kiddos and I decided all of us needed a pair.  They aren't the prettiest things but they are warm and comfortable and that's what really matters for padding around the house.
Felted clogs 2014


This fall I have yet another ambitious list of things to get to and hopefully I'll have more time and more motivation for the more challenging things.

Here's the list so far:

1.  Clean out our basement.  I avoid this like the plague but it NEEDS to get done ASAP.  I really need to find a place where I can donate gently used toys.  It seems a shame to throw them out I'm sure someone would get some use out of them.

2.  Get rid of magazines.  I have a borderline hoarder mentally on magazines.  I have some knitting and cross stitching magazines that I need to unload.  I also love home decorating magazines.  I think I should just a make a binder with my favorite stuff and get rid of the rest.

3.  T Shirt Quilt. . .seriously, I have a ton of  t shirts I've been saving and I want to make lap quilts for the family.  I just need to get over my fear and jump in headfirst with this.

4.  Read Dance with Dragons.  I'm FINALLY on the most recent  Game of Thrones book and I'm very excited to work my way through it.

5.  Reach my goal weight.  I have been working this year on losing weight.  Prior to summer I had lost 25 pounds but I put on a few over the summer.  In the spring I found the DietBet site and it really helped me lose weight and I won some money in the process!  I have an attainable goal by the end of the year and I'm thinking of using DietBet again to help me get there.  I start my sixth bet tomorrow.

6.  Knit--I have the sock bug right now and I also am loving knitting clothes for my Blythe dolls.

7.  Stitch--Find time to cross stitch.  Finish 12 Days of Christmas BEFORE Christmas. . .what a novel idea!

8.  Blog at least once a  month.  I have gotten away from blogging but I do miss it.  It's something I do just for me and it keeps me on track with goals and such.

9.  Oh, almost forgot, I would like to win the lottery.  Not an obscene amount of money, just enough to be comfortable.  (Can't be greedy after all).

So that's about it for now.  Back in October if not sooner!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Summer 2014--Edited September 8, 2014

Summer break is upon us again at Casa KiP.

 Here is the ambitious tentative agenda:

1.  Reading--personal(Game of Thrones mostly) and with the kiddos(Kingdom Keepers)--DONE!
2.  Sewing--practice sewing doll clothes.--DONE!
3.  Quilting--finish at least one T-Shirt quilt.--Nope!
4.  Knitting--finish a GoT knitalong, work on socks, work on doll clothes--Nope, Done!, Done!
5.  Cleaning--work on the basement!--Nope!
6.  Travel--hopefully get to visit the cousins and throw in some overnight trips too.--Nope!
7.  Photography--work on getting some interesting doll pictures.--Done!
8.  Stitching--finish my 12 Days pattern and work on some HAED stuff.--Nope!
9.  Work on Smash books.--Done!

That is most of my list and on top of that I need to find some interesting things to do with the kiddos!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rest In Peace, Bailey

Bailey and editing software

October 20, 1996-April 19, 2014 Bailey (aka. BB, B, Grand Buhzee, Grandpa Lemon, Lemon)

Well traveled cat: Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Hawaii, Utah, and Colorado

You and your sister were my first babies and you were my first male cat.  I love you so much and not one day will go by when you are not in my thoughts.

Now go find your sister and learn the ropes or maybe you can come back haunt these two ding dongs you've had to put up with the last couple of years :)

Miss you, my sweet, sweet boy.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A couple of finishes

Winter is Coming Shawl all blocked just in time for spring and the new season of Game of Thrones. I used Twisted Fiber Arts Arial yarn in the Le Cirque colorway. winter is coming 1 Socks of a Different Strips V. 3 I did these for the Ravellenic Games. They use Knit Picks yarn and the pattern is from Knit Picks too. Ravellenic games 2014 a The links are Ravelry links.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Inventory of Finished Objects 2013

Happy New Year!

This is what I managed to get finished in 2013.  I didn't list specifics on projects as all of them are on my Ravelry page.

Knitting:
Numerous Blythe clothes(dresses and hats)
Socks
A shawl

Sewing:
Numerous Blythe dresses(a few A-line, Empire, and Party)

Reading:
A Storm of Swords(Martin)
All Wound Up(McPhee)
Captain Underpants #10
Dad is Fat(Gaffigan)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1(Kinney)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2(Kinney)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3(Kinney)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4(Kinney)
Kingdom Keepers Disney After Dark(Pearson)
Last Breath(Caine)
Black Dawn(Caine)
Bitter Blood(Caine)
Lover at Last (Ward)
Penalty Box(Martin)
Kingdom Keepers Disney at Dawn(Pearson)

Fitness/Health:
Finish 1 round Cathe's Cross Train (12 week schedule)

Monday, November 18, 2013

IHSW--November 2013

 
It's been a long time since I have done one of these weekends.  I actually have a new start this weekend--Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's 12 Days of Christmas.  I am going to be working on the border and I want to get it done before the main subscription starts on November 29.  I'm hoping to use this piece to gear up for a big stitching project that I want to start in January, I think the fact that this project comes out in scheduled intervals will help me get back into working on a deadline.  I haven't had any stitching mojo in well over a year so I need to start with something small like this to build up my speed again :)
 
12 Days of Christmas(Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery)
Fabric:  Picture This Plus Crystal Ale, 32 count Lugana
Floss:  DMC and Weeks Dye Works
FPS 12 Days of Christmas

I was able to fit in some stitching time during football yesterday.  Only 2.5 more sides to go on the border.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Time Flies

It seems that the older I get and the older my children get the faster time goes by.  Summer vacation is over and the kiddos are back in school.  Over the summer we went to visit family and spent time together at home.  I was able to squeeze in a little crafting time.

I finished Chosen Path with my Twisted Fiber Art(TFA) Ariel double in EVO in Grace:

chosen path

I finished Diva's Fingerless Gloves in TFA Tasty Long Repeat Stripe in Spring:

DD Mitts

I have yet to cast on for Ene from my last post and I am still working my way through Cambridge.  I have been very busy knitting doll clothes lately so that has been taking up a lot of my crafty time.  I would really like to find some time this fall to get back to stitching.  I have an urge to get closer to a finish on one of my BAPs.

Also, sometime around the end of July, Diva and I were introduced to the world of Blythe.  I had seen the dolls before in various places but never really looked into anything about them until a good friend got her first doll.  Well, Diva and I loved her and decided to order our own.  We have been having a great time knitting(well I have had a great time knitting, Diva is still not interested) and sewing for our dolls.  Diva loves sewing for these dolls and I am so proud of how everything she is making turns out.  We have also connected with some people locally who love to the same.  I'm happy that the two of us found something to do that brings us both joy and fulfills our creative side.  I will have to post everything we have done so far at some point.