Sunday, October 22, 2006

Weekend Update


What an amazing weekend up in New England. The leaves are at peak, the air light and crisp. A perfect weekend for some hiking, pumpkin picking (can you believe I spent $30 on 2 pumpkins??? Have pumpkins always been this much money? I must be in the wrong business. And worst of all, I can't help but think of the yarn I could have bought!), running, and (this goes without saying) crafting. That basically sums up my weekend. The picture above is from a hike today. I keep pretending it's my backyard. Could you imagine?

The crafting has definitely improved with the addition of my drafting table. Check out my new crafting space:

Not only do I have space for my computer, sewing machine and ironing board, but the cat has a new elevated spot to look out the window and into the rest of the house. She also keeps my WIPs warm while they wait on the table. Unfortunately, she covers them in cat hair and I'm always fearful I'll accidentally leave a pin in something! Now, what's that hiding on the table? Could it be the (cat hair-covered) weekender?

Sure is. The bag is shaping up nicely. This is where I'm at:

That's the lining with the pockets I added and the exterior turned inside out. I don't want to show that until the bag is complete. I'm was on such a roll up until last week, but stalled out at the start of the work week. Stupid work getting in the way of everything! All I have left to do is attach the lining and make the false bottom. It's just pathetic I'm still putting it off. I started working on it today, but then my bobbin ran out of thread and I got lazy. Again, pathetic.

Despite the bag being unfinished, I still used it last weekend without the lining!

Friday, October 20, 2006

48 things

You've all seen it. It's been so interesting reading everyone else's version, i thought I would partake in all the fun.

1. FIRST NAME?
Kelly

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My middle name is after my aunt.

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?
I can't remember. It's been awhile, which is surprising because I always cry. Not in an I'm always sad way, I just cry at anything.

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I think so. I barely see it anymore because I aways type when given a choice. It's just typical "girly" writing, I guess.

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT?
Not really a meat, but Meunster cheese.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Hell yeah!

7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL?
I have one, but I rarely write in it anymore.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Sure do.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Yes.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Cheerios with either blueberries or bananas. Also, Trader Joe's Maple Pecan Crunch.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
No, I'm the epitome of the word lazy with stuff like that. That's why I wear flip flops until my toes get blue from the cold! Which in New England was like 2 weeks ago.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Physically, yes. For awhile I could beat the hubby in arm wrestling (well, only left-handed). Emotionally? Stronger than I think.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?
Either cookie dough, cookies and cream, or something coffee-flavored.

14. SHOE SIZE?
Depends on the kind of shoe, but generally a 9.

15. RED OR PINK?
I like both.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I am the most indecisive person alive.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Everyone! I live away from my family and most of my friends.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?
N/A

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Black skirt, midnight blue striped shirt, black heels

20. LAST THING YOU ATE?
Chinese food.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Office din.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Any that draws a nice, dark color - like one of the dark reds or purple. No sissy cornflower!

23. FAVORITE SMELL?
I have lots. Dryer sheets, fresh cookies, yankee candles.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
A coworker.

25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO?
Smile, specifically teeth. Anyone who knows me can attest to this.

26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from?
I don't really know any of them, but sure.

27. FAVORITE DRINK?
Good Beer, Ginger Ale, Coffee

28. FAVORITE SPORT?
Running!

29. EYE COLOR?
Blue.

30. HAT SIZE?
Average?

31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Nope. I have glasses for driving, but never wear them. I probably should seeing the only reason I even passed my vision test at the DMV was because the tester was nice. I was guessing the answers by the end! He just kept letting me try again.

32. FAVORITE FOOD?
I like all kinds, especially now that I'm training for a marathon and am always hungry. My favorites are pizza, hibachi shrimp, sushi, and burritos.

33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy Endings!

35. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer, without question.

36. HUGS OR KISSES?
Both!

37. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Apple Pie.

40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING?
Marley and Me by John Grogan

41. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
It's just a company-supplied red one.

42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV?
Survivor, Grey's Anatomy, and a little Jeopardy.

43. FAVORITE SOUNDS?
Widespread Panic, Bob Marley, and my cat purring.

44. ROLLING STONEs OR BEATLES?
Beatles, but I also love the Stones.

45. THE FURTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME?
Italy.

46. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT?
I'm really good at Scattergories. Also, if I focus hard enough I can restrain from laughing when tickled. If that's not a talent, I don't know what is.

47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Dover, New Jersey

48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
No one. I stole it from the blogosphere.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Soctkoberfest!

I joined Socktoberfest! I'm kicking off the festivities with Lolly's survey. I might be the last person in blogland to participate, North America at the very least.

When did you start making socks?
I started making socks this past winter with a
pair of Jaywalkers I started twice that were never to be finished (at least they haven't been yet). I've since been spoiled with softer, handpainted, non-fake-Fair Isle pattern yarn (it was the only decent ball I could find in the store the day I decided I *needed* sock yarn). I only blogged about these once.

Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I taught myself with the help of this
magic loop tutorial.


What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?


I'm going to consider the jaywalkers that never were to be more of a swatch. The first pair I finished were my Norwegian Stockings. They have held up quite well, but I must admit that I don't wear them as much as they deserve. I'm still looking for the perfect outfit for them. I also miss the three weather appropriate days for them when you can get away with knee socks and a skirt.

What would you have done differently?
I would have knit the snowflake portion looser. It's a little constricting and noticeably pulls on my calf. I'm still proud of them though - they were my first fair isle!

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I have knit with and enjoyed
Sundara Yarn, Dale Baby Ull, Socks that Rock and Vesper. Sundara Yarn is wicked soft, Dale Baby Ull is reasonably priced, soft, and is offered in a variety of colors. Socks that Rock are luxuriously soft an in a spectrum of colors. (I like soft!) Vesper's vibrant colors keep you knitting just to see that next stripe.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I've only knit socks and only Magic Loop. I'd like to try DPNs. I can't see the point in spending the money on two identical circulars.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
Flap. I like the fit and my short row heels are still ugly. They need work.

How many pairs have you made?
3.5. Norwegian Stockings, Jaywalkers, Vesper Knee Highs, and one Rock 'n Weave. I think I should switch to normal height socks, I'll finish faster!

I finished the exterior of the Weekender Bag! Pictures coming soon.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Warming up the old machine

Before I could start any sewing on the weekender, I spent several days cutting fabric. I did not like it. With sewing you can rip, with cutting there's no pretty fix. I like a backup. I also was attacked by a rotary cutter! Look what it did to my foot! I know, rotary cutters attack in the strangest places!

I figured the old sewing machine could use a little sprucing up before embarking on the hard core sewing portion of the WB. I gave her a fine oil treatment - the first in probably five years - and scraped out some of the thread fiber buildup. So, she was good as new, but without a proper home. I've always sewn on either my kitchen table (which was never in the kitchen), the floor (up until I broke my machine at least) or on my dad's drafting table (currently sitting in my parents' basement. For the first time ever we have a kitchen big enough to house our table and I think it's gross sewing in the kitchen. I don't really even want to walk barefoot in there,our 70s linoleum floor just grosses me out. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and do two things: 1) call home and request the beloved drafting table. Turns out my dad was looking to get rid of it, so it's a win-win situation for all. I won't get it until my parents' next trip up here, though. And 2) styled this crafty space in the craft room / cat's room / second bedroom.


Don't be jealous. And yes, that's a bucket of cat litter. I do have to share the room with her! Do you see the kitty pi (which was used oh, maybe twice? she much prefers the dog's bed)? That's my fabric scrap container now. See how resourceful I am?

With a proper area to sew, I started off with the cording. I'm using another Amy Butler pattern from the Belle collection for this part. It looks like olives and the yellow and brown match perfectly with the exterior. Score! I took Angela's advice and opted for the regular foot, instead of the prescribed zipper foot. It provides much better control with the tricky cording.

Tonight's agenda - WB fronts and a couple rows of Birch.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Family Jewels

Check out these neat blankets crocheted by my hubbie's late nana! We found these in his parents basement a few weeks ago with some of his other stuff. According to J, his nana used to "crochet all day long." I guess she made a bunch for him since he was a kid, but these are the latest in the collection. He thinks he received them in HS. The blankets are made of - you guessed it! - acrylic, I'm sure it's the ubiquitous Red Heart we all know and love. Because they've been sitting in a spider-infested, dusty basement for the past ten years I ran them through the cold cycle of the washer and let them air dry. They dried in only an hour or two.

Here's the first (my favorite):


Here's the other side. Check out the rockin' 70s colors!



And the other, more classic-colored one: