Knitting · sewing

2 Year Anniversary

I missed my blog’s 2 year anniversary which was on December 19, so I will catch up today! There have been so many things going on, that as promised in the last post, I will now tell you about. ^_^

I have been working on some new Project Pyramids and have listed these in my Etsy shop. At the fabric shop, we just got in Love by Amy Butler, so be sure to watch for that soon too! If you would like a special order, just visit the shop and convo me!

 

And now for a tour around my Christmas tree this year. These are just a few of my favorite ornaments. There are quite a few, not as many as there are on my parent’s tree, but I’m slowly climbing my way up.

This is the latest addition to the tree, the red thread and needle. I love this ornament! I made the mistake of buying it for me when I was shopping for my fiance. . . turns out he noticed this hanging on our tree and got mad because that was the ornament that he bought me this year. Oops. ^_^

This is my cappuccino cup. I have had this for a few years and still love it. The picture came out with a heavy flash on the foam, but in reality, the white foam is very glittery.

My mom bought this one for me last year. It’s a purple Jelly Fish! How cool is that? She also bought my fiance a blue one to match mine. These blown glass ornaments are my favorite and are pretty much the only ornaments on my tree.

Or course I have a cat playing with a ball of yarn, duh! ^_^ This one is a few years old, I got it when I started to learn how to knit.

And the last ornament on the tour is the purple bird, also a new addition from last year. Birds are really big this year, and this chubby bird is so adorable! The detail work is really quite stunning. All of these ornaments are Old World ornaments purchased from the local ornament gift shop. It’s an annual tradition to go to the shop and pick out a few new ornaments for the tree, one that I have always loved and can’t wait to continue!

On to the knitting front, I have started my Snapdragon Flip-Tops by Ysolda. I am using Dream in Color’s Classy in colorway Gold Experience. I have finished one glove, but had to put the other on hold for my brother’s Urban Necessity Gloves by Colleen Michele Meagher. Both of theses glove patterns are great for the cold weather. I love the pattern on Ysolda’s design, but I also like the simplicity of the Urban Necessity Gloves. They both came out great!

That seems to be pretty good coverage for today. I have spun up the yarn for my mom’s hat and am in the process of knitting on that right now. I will update again soon with the progress on that as well as the sewing projects that I have to do around here. Until next time! ^_^

Cooking/Baking · Knitting · Quilting · sewing · Spinning · Wedding

Mid-December Already!

I can’t believe it is already the 18th of December! This year has flown by and so much has happened! On November 11th, my boyfriend of over 6 1/2 years proposed, finally! ^_^ I said yes, of course, and our date is set for the 10th of October, 2010. 10-10-10-, gee, I wonder how many people are going to get married that day? So of course I am busy planning for the wedding. I went downtown to the local bookstore and picked up a few things to help me out. The first “book” I got was a Bridal Idea Journal. It is really cool. It has tons of pages dedicated to possibilities and ideas of what the wedding will look like. It has a timeline and due dates, a budget section, and lots of space to jot down general notes about venues and vendors. It has been a handy little book.

Another book that I absolutely adore is The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown. This book is incredible. I told myself I wasn’t going to go through the stress of making my own save the dates and invitations, but I can’t help it. The ideas in this book are so good, and so simple, I have to make my own! Why pay double or triple when you don’t have to? And besides, there’s plenty of time. (Flash forward to a few days before the wedding, and they still aren’t done. . .) ^_^ You have to check this book out if you are in the market to get married, or are helping a friend with a wedding. You can catch this book and more fabulous ideas at www.diybride.com. I also recommend checking out The Knot. They have some great tips and other fabulous bride-to-be stuff, including an online checklist, guestlist, and iPhone app! They can be found at www.theknot.com.

Moving along to more recent happenings, yesterday I roasted some vegetables. They are sooooooo incredibly delicious. Down town at the local health food store they offer roasted vegetables in the deli case. These are perhaps the best I have ever had. . .until now. I went to the store and picked up some organic yellow squash, zuchinni, baby red potatoes, red onion, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, baby carrots, and a head of garlic. I threw everything onto a baking sheet, after preping of course, drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and threw them in the oven on 250 for about 2 hours. The only reason that I use such a low temperature is because when my oven gets too hot, it warps my pans. . . I know, I have a crappy oven. But I’m renting, so what can I do? When I do it again, I will wait to add the squash, red onion, and zuchinni until about half way through cooking, and I would use way less olive oil. I would also throw in more garlic because that is my favorite part! ^_^ Here’s a tasty picture that I snapped about half way through the cooking process. Caution: Drooling very likely to occur.

I have lots more to share, but it’s just about time to start dinner, so I have to get going. Coming soon: More Project Pyramids, A tour around my Christmas Tree, my Snapdragon Flip-Top Mits by Ysolda, my Urban flip-top gloves for my brother, my hand spun and hand knit hat for my mother, and my future Quilt projects. Stay tuned, I hope to have these posts up soon! ^_^

Knitting

Owl Barette

I made the cute little Owl Barette on Ysolda’s blog out of my leftover Snapdragon Tam yarn. It’s a goldy-orange color in Malabrigo Worsted, colorway Sunset. My barette turned out really cute. I had to scavenge for the buttons to sew on for his eyes, but luckily there was a button up shirt in my closet that doesn’t fit anymore, so I cut a few buttons off. ^_^ Hooray for recycling!

I’m working on a felt cupcake as well. I will post pictures as soon as I find a base. I’m also thinking of writing up a pattern. More to come!

Knitting · Spinning

Latest

Well. . .it’s been a while since my last post, and I really have no excuse for it.  I apologize.  But I’m here now, and here’s the latest.  (Links are to Ravelry, so if you don’t have an account, get one.  It is the best site ever.)

On my needles:  I have my first sweater!  I cast Wicked on a few days ago in Dream in Color’s Classy Happy Forest.  I only have two rows due to having to frog back to the beginning after discovering I was off on my count and my crossover stitches were in the wrong spots. . . ^o^  Anyway, hopefully I’ll have some time to myself with it later on today.

On my wheel:  I have some Corriedale dyed in reds, roses, pinks, and tans.  I bought a pound of it for an excellent deal!  (It was *slightly* felted from sun exposure, but with some TLC it spins up very nicely.)  So I sectioned it into three long bits, and will 3-ply it onto itself.  I have one bobbin done, two to go.  It’s such a nice day out, maybe I will be able to work on that too!  . . .ambitious, aren’t I?

On my mind:  My latest obsession is with buttons.  I don’t know what started it. . .oh wait, yes I do know.  It was Ysolda’s Verity.  After knitting it up, I was searching for just the right button to put on it.  In my search, I came across several good candidates.  Discovering one button inparticular that I really liked, I couldn’t let the others go.  So I got them.  And I love them.  But I don’t know what exactly will become of them.  I’m sure I will find some use for them, but for now, they will go into my newly formed button stash.  ^_^

So, that’s the latest.  I’ll try to post more when there’s more.