7/26/12

Thursday Thoughts

  • I think I broke my toe last weekend.
  • Walking around the house barefoot.
  • In a house with 2 little ones who stomp through life dropping everything in their path,
  • It was inevitable.
  • Sam was briefly concerned for my poor toe, but that concern quickly turned to excitement.
  • Finally, finally she had a real live "patient" on her hands and could practice her Doc McStuffins routine on me.
  • I think she was disgruntled that her live patient was so squeamish to have a 5 year old poke and prode her possibly broken toe, and kept yelling, "Quit it!" and "Ow! That hurts!" at her.
  • Her stuffed animal patients never make that much fuss.
  • Maddy showed absolutely zero sympathy for my plight.
  • She was still demanding snacks and filled Sippee cups with regularity.
  • And was just fine with making me hobble around her as I went to do her bidding.
  • Luckily for me, I don't think my toe was all-the-way broken.
  • It just hurt like a mother for 3 days, and turned somewhat black-and-blue.
  • But I'm able to walk on my foot with minimal discomfort now, although I still can't really wiggle the toe yet.
  • Is this what's called toe-jam?
  • Anyways since this was a foot injury, not hand, this didn't prevent me from finishing up my Wendy Knits mystery shawl.
  • Only it didn't exactly turn out to be a full shawl.
  • or even a shawlette.
  • The pattern called for 425 yds of sock yarn and a size 5 needle.
  • That's what I used.
  • I got gauge.
  • I still ran out of yarn!
  • So it's more like fat scarf size vs. shawlette or shawl size.
  • To be perfectly honest, I wasn't totally thrilled with the finished look of the project, even the ones I saw on Ravelry.
  • It just isn't a pattern to my taste or style.
  • The same thing happened with the Stephen West mystery shawl.
  • I "cheated" and looked at spoiler pics of the first 2 clues on Ravelry.
  • It looks very similar (so far) to another of his patterns, which is in my queue.
  • I think I'd just rather not be surprised, and knit the patterns I already know I like.
  • So that's 2 Mystery KALs a bust for me.
  • I've decided to cast on Stephen West's Daybreak Shawl for now.
  • It's not the one that looks like the mystery shawl, but it is another one I've been wanting to make for a long time.
  • And great news for me: the yarn I bought for the "busted" mystery, is perfect for a Daybreak shawl.
  • La!
CGM

7/22/12

Not Happy About This...

You know when you have a good idea for a craft project in your head, and you finally make it, and you're all excited as it comes together, and you're thinking, "Wow! This is gonna be great! It looks good so far, I love the colors, it's working out just as I planned..."


Yeah. not so much. Kind of hard to use as a floormat/rug when IT DOESN'T LAY FLAT!!!

Oh well, that's what "playing around" with ideas is for, right? Back to the drawing board/sewing machine I go.

CGM

7/15/12

WIP Pile

Lots going on the last week and this one. I am getting a good amount of sewing and knitting time squeezed in though! Here's a sneaky-peek at a fun project I'm working on.




What are you working on this week?


CGM

7/6/12

CGM Podcast Episode 33: Thank You Mr. Carrier

Listen to the episode HERE

Show Notes 

Life update:  
  • We had a wonderful beach vacation, but came home to no power in the house. Now that we have it again, I am saying repeated thanks to Mr. Carrier!
  • Sam improved her swimming skills over the 4th of July, and Maddy finally consented to getting more than just her feet wet.
 F.O.'s and WIP's:
  • Working on/playing around with a quilted floor mat using a jelly roll. Once it's done and if I like how it turns out I will post a tutorial. 
  • Wendy Johnson Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl
  • Westknits Mystery Shawl: Rockefeller by Stephen West
  • Mini quilts from some of my recent sketches. Thinking about posting some of the patterns here, I'll keep you posted if/when I get my act together.
What's Keeping Me Happy in Crafting:
  • Lessons in Electric Quilt:  an experienced quilter and EQ user has posted a series of lessons (pdf format) on the Quilting Board. I have been using them to get more out of this program and use it for future quilt projects. 
 Book Review:

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

What I'm Reading and Watching Lately:
  • Lillies (BBC tv series)
  • Land Girls (BBC tv series)
  • Advance copy of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • Finished the 50 Shades of Grey series, and I talk a little about the Erotica genre and my opinion of the term "Mommy Porn." 
  • Better read than 50 Shades: Bared to You by Sylvia Day...that is if you like that sort of book....with sex, I mean.....um, a LOT of sex......between 2 consenting adults of course......and a super-hot/super-rich young and virile guy...........I only read it for the articles of course. OK I'll shut up now.
Thanks for listening!

    CGM
      

    7/5/12

    Birdie Sling for the Beach

    I didn't have time to post more pics of my Birdie Sling prior to going on "hiatus" recently. I made this a couple weeks ago. Believe it or not, it's my FIRST Birdie Sling! I know, right? Hasn't everyone who enjoys making handbags/totes made this Amy Butler "classic?" Or so it seems. And now I can see why! The pattern is fantastic, and so easy to follow. And it is such a roomy bag, with 3 interior pockets - perfect for a busy mom on the go OR anyone who just always ends up carrying everything but the kitchen sink within a few days of changing over to a new bag. I also like that since the entire bag is made of fabric, you can just throw it in the wash when it needs cleaning....like when your daughter is "helping" you carry it and drops it in the first bathroom floor puddle she passes by. I know, double eeewwwwww! Sigh. Thank goodness the place we stayed had a washer/dryer.




    Anyways, if you're looking for a marvelous "carry-all" bag you can customize with your favorite fabrics, I highly recommend the Birdie Sling by Amy Butler. I will definitely be making another one of these in the future!






    CGM

    7/3/12

    What I'm Reading this Month

    On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves


    Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook



    Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood


    Gold by Chris Cleave

    What are you reading this month?

    CGM
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