Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shalom Cardigan is Finished :(

It's done. But. It's too big.  :((((   I am so discouraged. I did a gauge swatch, I don't know what I did wrong?...  Unless, it's because I switched to circular needles, and maybe that's why. I know I didn't re-check my gauge after I switched.  Sigh.  I guess I will have to find someone to give it to. Although I don't know what size it is..  Ugh. 

Well... After my failure with the Shalom Cardigan, what did I do? Dug out my Central Park Hoodie to work on.  I must be crazy. lol.  I sewed the shoulder seams, but then decided I am going to have to re-block it before I do anything else.  Then I dug out my Earl Grey socks and worked on those.  I must be a glutton for punishment, eh? :P  The Earl Grey socks are not that hard, it's just a couple parts of the "Clock" that are completely confusing..  The rest is just straight knitting. (I am still on the sock part..  Haven't gotten to the heel yet..)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

And, Another Card...

This one I got the idea from "Paper Crafts" magazine. There aren't any online directions for this card on the website, but there are other fun downloads. I didn't do mine "exactly" like the one in the magazine. (Even though I wanted to.) I got a hole punch (?) that I thought was going to be big enough, on sale and with my JoAnns coupon it was super cheap. But not big enough...  I still used it to do the pink parts.  I still think it turned out kind of nice. I've already written in it and have it waiting to go to it's recipient. :D  I'm waiting until Monday or later next week, to avoid the insanity at the post office right now; though...

My Card (Updated)

Well I decided to add some little tiny gems; like the bird is "singing". :)   I think it's done now.. 

This is our road~ flooded. Can you see the lake the SUV is driving through? Our yard was all smushy, you could feel yourself sinking a little in the mud. It was kind of scary there for a while. It's stopped raining for now. But it's been raining for about three days straight. They just showed on the news that a house went into the Virgin River in Mesquite, Nevada. Yikes!  

Here's another view, closer to the road. All the water in the ditch, and you can see the small pond forming, just before that car.  I guess they didn't prepare for lots of rain here in the desert...  Not very good drainage in a lot of places. Roads will flood over (like this).   Well I have to get dinner out of the oven. So... Til next time~~  :)

Another Card I Finished...

Remember this? I didn't know what to do with it..  I kept putting things by it (flowers, bird stamp...)  I still really don't know what to do with it, but... 

I just did something, anyway..  This is what I came up with. What do you think? Lame-O? Or what?...  I kind of want to do "more" on the top. But don't know "what"... I was thinking, maybe some tiny gem dots in a swirly motion coming out of the birds' mouth? Like the bird is "singing hello"?..   Well, that's two cards I have done for the January Card Swap.  I have a few ideas for another one..   I "kind of" cleaned my kitchen table off/organized some more.  I will finish cleaning it off later. (Going to try and make another card~ Or at least start one..)  I think my husband is getting fed up with my clutter.  It's not that bad. Just the kitchen table was really bad...   I keep telling him, "If I had a craft room... "  :/  I have too many hobbies.  And with the kids and all their messes..     Sigh. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"Ugly Blanket" Progress...

Well since Blogger is being (somewhat) cooperative today I thought I would press my luck and try a second post...  This is my "Ugly Blanket" progress.  I think it is close to being done. Maybe a couple more feet.  I do kind of think this afghan is ugly. But it is super warm.  I'll probably keep it for an extra blanket or to use in the Travel Trailer...  My husband keeps bugging me "When are you going to finish my blanket?"  Sigh...  (I have another (baby) afghan I am trying to finish up besides this Ugly Blanket.  He said "How come you're working on these afghans when my afghan isn't done yet?" He was just joking around but...  Now I should probably finish his too.  0.o  (By the way, I am a lot farther on his blanket than what I was in that picture.. I have taken it out a few times and worked on it... ~~  Those cookies look yummy...  I was kind of in the mood to make cookies yesterday. Maybe I will today, now.)  :D

More Slippers...

Are you getting sick of slippers yet? You would think I would be sick of making them by now; and completely burnt out from them.... Surpisingly, I'm not.   Although, I think I may be getting close.  All these are going to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It's not a "Challenge" or anything, it's just something I am doing on my own.  I have squares (the burgundy/pink/yellow) enough for two more pairs of slippers, just like these.  These turned out too big for my feet, so they are probably a size 8?

These are ones I tried to make like the ones her cousin bought/brought from Georgia. The pink is not bright enough, though; I don't think. I still think they are different and cool looking. I didn't do the extra sc around the edges on these and they fit my feet perfect (I wear a 7 if you are wondering.. :P). So I'll have to remember that for future reference.

These, I actually started for Eon. He wanted a pair in red, blue, and yellow. I said "Superman colors?" and he said "No, I just want them red, blue and yellow..."   ;P   They look dark here. I used royal blue, plain old red, and bright yellow.  I used an F hook, and skipped the extra sc on the edge again. They're too small. Grr.  So, I will have to do some with a G hook I guess..  So, I'll send these to Pine Ridge... :)   All these slippers are the Granny Square Slipper pattern at the Purl Bee. :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Another Coffee Cup Card...

A Blue/Brown version of the Coffee Cup card I did previously. I think I like this one better than the original one I did.  I was just messing around making cards last night; since my husband had to work 17 hours yesterday. :/   I tried to organize all my card making stuff a little. Pssshhh...    I will definitely be saving this one to use for the January Just Because Greeting Card Swap.  I used my brown calligraphy marker to write "Hello", and then punched it out. I had a punch out already done, but the calligraphy I did on that one didn't turn out too good. So I did it the other way.

And, here is a close-up (but kind of blurry?) picture of the bear, Paula. :D   It's from a tea box, "Candy Cane Lane" holiday tea.  I was trying different things to make cards with...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More "Hello" Cards...

Well, for something to blog about...  :)  I have been making some cards lately. (Well, a couple, anyway.) I finished this one a few days ago. I call it "Hello Peppermint Bear".  The bear oval is from a Candy Cane Lane tea box. :P  The "hello" letter/envelope stamp is one I won on Ebay.   I have been trying different ideas, like the Coffee Cup Card I made..

This one I call "Hello Snowflake". I screwed up on the top part. Makes me so mad.  I got it all taped on the back and went to put it on the card. It stuck too fast, before I was ready. I couldn't get it up and it got all crinkled. GRRRR.  Maybe the person who gets this card won't be too critical of it.  You can barely see the snowflake (that's a semi-new stamp, too~ I got it a long time ago but this is the first time I've used it..); I used embossing powder & pigment ink.  And a pigment pen (one side is calligraphy) to write "hello". Also with embossing powder. And foamies, a button, a sticky gem, ribbon...   I have enough of the papers to do another one of these. (Or two or more..)  I'm trying to get stocked up for January's card swap.  I don't know if I will use either of these cards for it though. Maybe the bear one.  I like just simple "hello" cards.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I Am Crocheting a Snuggie... (Sigh...)

I started one of these last November (the only reason I know that is because I put it on my Ravelry page). I vaguely remember ripping it out and using the yarn for something else. But for some reason (probably because my 8 year old keeps reminding me that he wants a "Suggie"; "Which I am supposed to be crocheting him.."  :/   He isn't demanding for an 8 year old, is he?  I figured, in another year he probably won't want one, so...  I will crochet it for him.   I'm doing it in HDC's instead of DC's though, since it looked too loose.  I'll try to find the link to this pattern as soon as I can.
Well I should head off to bed. I've had a headache all day that won't go away even with Tylenol. Tomorrow is my first "official" day of volunteering at my son's school. I was supposed to do it last week, but he was sick. (But, I technically did do it last week, the day before. So...)  Wish me luck.  :/  (It won't be bad at all, I just dread everything the month/week/night before..) 

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


Holy Guacamole (however you spell it..)! Is it just me or is Blogger having issues lately? Sheesh! This is the fourth time (today) I have tried to post to my blog..  I tried a few days ago, too and it was the same thing.  I almost was afraid to post all the pictures I wanted to...   I have been working on slippers lately.  It's that time of year, I guess...  And I like crocheting slippers. Especially this pattern. Ruby's Slippers. One of my favorite patterns to crochet.  This pair I made a size 8 to send to the 15 year old girl I send things to on PR.  I put some goodies inside the slippers. <3  Fun!... :P

And, I made Eon a pair since he just skipped like TWO shoe sizes in the last month and the slippers that fit him last year are WAY too small... :0  They still look brand new. (I think I will send them to PR.) These are a tad bit big on him; but the way he keeps growing, that's a good thing. :P  I told him I am going to have to stop feeding him. Then he won't grow anymore. :P

And, a third pair I finished (I still have one more pair of these started, too..)  I did these with an F hook and sport weight yarn. They are probably a 9 or 10 childs size. They measure 6 inches long.  All the kids sized slippers, I am sending to a person on PR who distributes things. All the adult size ones I get done, I am sending to Pass Creek Eldery Center. 

Like these.  This one is a pattern from an old Crafting Traditions magazine. It's another one of my fave easy slipper patterns. 

And, this is the Granny Squares Slippers pattern I have talked about, from The Purl Bee. I love these slippers. Obviously I have to finish the other one. :P   I'm gonna put goodies in all of them. For the kids, Candy Cane Cocoa (or any other single pouch thingys I can find.. They have some at Smith's I think.)  Chapsticks, little animal pencil topper/erasers (in the first picture there is one~inside the little plastic ball)...   For boys, Hot Wheels or any little toy; maybe some Silly Band Bracelets...    Well I should get dinner started early today so I better get off here and hope it will post!..