Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Long Time, No Post

Knitting News
Hi everybody out there in Internet land. Sorry I haven't written in so long (if there is even anybody checking this anymore)! Between the holidays, end-of-year rush at work, and just being tired from 2007, I just never got around to posting.

We had a nice holiday yesterday. Patrick was a sneaky devil and put a nice little gift in the tree for me. Always nice to get a little bling. I also received some nice gift certificates to help fill my yarn needs, the four Barbara Walker books, and a table for my loom. I'm all motivated now. I'm taking a weaving class on Friday and plan to weave a table runner for the dining room. Patrick is going to put my table together tomorrow so that I can use it this weekend.

The Barbara Walker books are also motivating me to finish up my master hand knitting program homework: 1 more swatch to make, blocking to do, and answering the questions. I think I'll start working on all of that tomorrow.

I finished up Patrick's vest just in time for Christmas. He wore it yesterday, so I'll have to post some of his pix. It turned out really well (knitted out of Mermaid). It was a little strange because the pattern called for 5 stitches per inch. My gauge swatch was perfect and so is my knitting. However, I had PK try it on when I started knitting and I had to drop the size down to 2 sizes smaller than he normally wears. My theories: 1. He likes them a little more fitted than the pattern intended; 2. the pattern was off on stitch count versus inches given (when I do the math it seems off, but I am so not a math person!).

I am back to knitting on my winter Rolling Stones. When I made this sweater out of cotton it stretched a ton. I am using a wool blend this time around and I plan to knit it even longer than I did the cotton one because I don't think it is going to stretch as much and I need to block out the width more (which will draw up the length a bit). I should be able to finish up the back tomorrow.

I also hope to finish up my Aurora 8 top down this weekend. I knew I bought enough yardage for the sweater and I was right! I finally found the other balls and do have enough to knit on the hood. It shouldn't take more than a few hours to finish up.

Finally (for the knitting front), I started knitting the 3 button wrap out of Wool Bamboo. I am writing up/designing as I go. It will most likely be the project I take with me to San Fran in a few weeks. (Which, btw, will involve at least one yarn store visit after all. We have Sunday afternoon free--pending an on time flight.) I need to get measurements for the bulky one that Tonia knitted up to see if I am on the right track. I tend to like really neat lines, so I am making some adjustments to the garment to achieve a neater line.

Holidays
One of my favorite things about this time of year is that friends visit more than normal. It has been a good week visiting with friends from all walks of my life--from knitting, normal work, family members, and new friends made in the last year. We've had some big laughs and it just makes everything else in life seem a little brighter.

A Note about Movies and TV
We've been going to see/renting a lot of movies this week. Here's my two cents:

  • * Juno. Excellent! I really loved this movie. It was cleaver, touching, and hysterical. Some fantastic one liners that I hope to use when the right moment strikes!
  • * National Treasure: Book of Secrets. A nice little escape movie. Nothing too thought provoking here, but a good no-brainer film to entertain.
  • * Junebug. There were parts of this I loved (Amy Adams was excellent) and parts I hates (the ending sucked). I suppose there are those that will argue with me about this movie. It just feels like one of those films that will deliver a message to some and not others. I theorize that I have hatred for parts of the movie because it reminded me so much of parts of my own life growing up in a small town and some of the negatives that can come with that. Maybe that was the point.

Disclaimer: I completely think that the writers' strike makes total sense.

With that disclaimer clearly stated: TV SUCKS right now. I am a complete and total TV junkie. I'll give almost any show at least one look. I have great respect for the creative work that the writers, actors, etc do. I am really missing some new and good TV right now. One can only watch so many reruns of the various CSIs and Law & Orders, and Netflix doesn't arrive fast enough to keep me in constant episodes. If this lasts much longer, I'm going to turn to books on tape/iPod to keep me going while knitting.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Ravelry!!!!!!

I got my invite and I am already finding lots of great patterns and knowledge!!!!! I need to sit down and get my inventory of needles, books, projects, and stash in there. Oh my!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Home Again Home Again

Thanksgiving with the Family
We had a really nice visit with the fam over Thanksgiving break. It was really good to see everybody and hang out. (Shout out to all of you!) We a new member of our family--little Araline. (I was hoping to post some pictures from the trip, but my camera got turned on by accident and the battery ran out. Damn the luck.)


I did learn that I have more of a history of crochet and knitting in my family than I realized. My aunt Chris and Theresa both crochet and Chris also knits. I always knew that Grandma crocheted, as did my Grandma Fields and my aunt Christine. It was fun to chat about our projects. I'm pretty sure that Grandma will be pulling Theresa and Chris along to The Mannings for some shopping. (If you are ever in the area and you knit, crochet, or weave, check it out!) I was sad to see that the little knit shop in Gettysburg is up for sale. Hm--if only.

Shopping Finds and Projects
I picked up some Wool in the Woods to make a top-down summer sweater in brown/pink. I also picked up some yarn and a free pattern to weave a wrap.

I crocheted my shawl out of Fiesta's Ballet and used up all of it in my stash. I'm way off from being done, so I placed an order for more and put the project on hold. I still don't have the holiday pillow or pullover done. Best laid plans. I started getting overwhelmed and tired with the travel, holiday activities, and how busy we are at work. I am revising my project list to be a bit more realistic for the next few months.

One of the many things I need to do is get my Christmas cards together and sent out. I just received a picture of another new little cousin Jaxton with his older sister and brother. I think I'll make it into a little Christmas ornament for the tree.

What Else...

It has been over a week since I posted, so let's see what else has been going on? We have all but the tree up. We'll finish putting it up tomorrow night and will wrap the rest of the gifts. I still need to shop for PK, but I have his list now. I ended up asking Santa for a loom stand. I really want to weave more this coming year.

We went to a warehouse book sale at our work on Friday. You could load up on books for .50/lb. I picked up books for Aidan and Toys for Tots and Patrick had a great deal of fun. We spent $45.50. I couldn't help myself and totaled up the retail value when we got home. Ready for this? Over $1,200.00 worth of stuff!!!!!! Wow. I'll have to go to this sale more often!

We'll I'm off to watch The Amazing Race. (I'll post soon regarding my TV addictions and what the hell I'm going to do when the entire no new TV thing kicks in!)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Live from Grandma's House

Well, another year, another Thanksgiving where we stuffed ourselves full of turkey!

Grandma, Patrick, and I went out to The Mannings this morning. I believe that Grandma and my aunts will be frequenting The Mannings from now on. I found a few things (surprise):
  • Put together a kit to weave a wrap: The pattern came free with the yarn purchase. I'm excited to go home and warp up the loom. I really haven't done any weaving in ages. I plan to take a class from Lisa over the Christmas holiday. Maybe I can practice on this shawl before then.
  • Purchased Wool in the Woods cotton to make a summer top-down sweater. I love Wool in Woods yarn. It has never really taken off well at the store in Indiana, but you can find it all over in PA.
  • Picked up some misc patterns that we don't have at S&S, including a weaving book of patterns. I'll have to show that to Molli as a potential new item.

I think Patrick and I will be traveling over to Gettysburg in an hour or so. He has his nose stuck in the Pfaltzgraf catalog right now and I keep hearing, "Hm." I think there are some things on his wish list. Of course, I will want to pop into the fiber shop off the square.

Well, not much else to blog about for now. We head home tomorrow so I hope to get my crocheted shawl finished on the drive home. I can then knock out the crocheted pillow at home on Sunday. So much for trying to get the top-down sweater done as well. I have a dentist appointment on Monday so if I come out of the meds early enough, I might be able to knock out some more on it.

Hope you all had a happy turkey day!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving

So, we are preparing to make the long drive out to PA for the holiday. I spent most of Sunday doing laundry (thanks in large part to PK) and wrapping gifts. That's right. I am taking all of the Christmas gifts for immediate family out with me for Thanksgiving. That also means that I have all but PK's Christmas shopping done. I'm so excited! I'm hoping that will keep holiday stress at a low this year.

I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. I've never been with this side of my family for this holiday. It will be really nice to visit, laugh, and hang out. I'm sure there will be plenty of pictures to post at a later date.

Of course, any road trip requires careful planning of knitting and crochet projects. I let myself break my UFO rule. I was sitting in my studio looking through patterns and looked up to see the perfect yarn for a crochet shawl. I started to swatch and that moved into an actual shawl and I'm about 1/3 through it now. My compromise since I broke the rules IS...I must complete the shawl, the holiday pillow, and the pullover sweater over vacation. This still leaves me two projects behind for November. Oh well. The important thing is to keep knocking the ones on the needles out so that I feel more free of them and can start (and finish) new things.

Since I'm rambling, I taught a beginning knitting class on Saturday. It was a full class and I hope that all the students felt like they got enough attention. That first session is the hardest of any knitting/crochet classes I teach. Everybody is nervous and the needles feel so foreign to them. In this class we had a lady from India, South Africa, Chicago, and New York (plus two Indiana ladies). It was a very cool experience to have all the different cultures coming together for a craft. I did have to control myself from peppering the South African student with questions. It is still my favorite trip I've ever taken and I can't wait to go back. Such a magical place.

Well, I'm off for now. Will try to post a little this week, but it is going to be crazy!!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Kim Werker Wisdom

I am often asked if I like or prefer knitting over crochet or the other way around. I often find myself skirting around the answer and have never quite been sure why. I've always thought it was because...

  • I don't want to deter anybody from either craft because I am so passionate about both. Kind of like you wouldn't want to pick which of your children you love more. (Although I recently edited an book about parenting where the author states that it is natural to have a favorite as long as 1) you NEVER voice it and 2) it constantly changes as your children grow and have more in common with you. I don't know if I agree as I've seen many a friend go through the I'm not the flavor of the month syndrome--I suppose that goes back to point 1 about not voicing it. Maybe it should be don't voice or SHOW it in anyway. I digress, but you see how I think of the two crafts.)
  • At different times I prefer knitting over crochet and crochet over knitting. I associate crochet with family. Both of my grandmother's crochet/ed as does my aunt. When I'm crocheting, it reminds me of my childhood and makes me feel like I am continuing a tradition. When I'm knitting, I feel most like my true self. The rest of the world melts away.

Then there is the third bullet point of the look of the garment and the patterns. Well, Kim Werker recently guest posted on Knitting Daily regarding crochet and knitters. She nailed my thoughts. She suggested to knitters that they knit a swatch on suggested needles, crochet a swatch in a similar size hook, and then a third swatch on a larger hook:

"In either case, the crochet swatch will be thicker than the knit swatch. That's because a crochet stitch is essentially a tube, while stockinette stitch can lay pretty much flat. It's tempting to write off crochet right there, isn't it? To say, "Crochet is too dense and thick to make a flattering garment." But that's lazy, folks. Notice that the third swatch, on a larger hook, drapes much better than the one made with a smaller hook. A sweeping generalization about crocheting garments: Use a lighter-weight yarn and a bigger hook than recommended. This isn't because crochet is worse, it's simply that crochet is different from what you're so familiar with."

Such a great way to say this. I think I found a way to answer the knit/crochet prefer and suggest question!

(If you haven't checked out Kim's Crochet Me book, stop, drive to the store/travel via Amazon, and buy.)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Crochet Classes Added

For those of you who want to expand your knitting into crochet (or enhance your knitting with crochet), I just added a few classes:

  • Beginning Crochet: December 8th-15th from 1-3
  • Crocheted Shawl Workshop on 1/21 (MLK day) from 1-4 (Even though this is a shawl, if you knit, I can get you crocheting away on this project. I am adding this project to my list of items to make in the next two weeks so that it will be in the store for viewing.)

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Lily Chin / A-List Celebration

This weekend was a fabulous time. Lily came to teach at the store and we had a celebration for winning the A-List category. What fun. I learned a ton, we had a little fashion show, some good eats and drinks, and I have tons of new ideas that I want to design. Here are some pix of the event.

Patrick helped to model one of Lily's sweaters. He had some practice when posing for his Alpaca pullover pictures. (If you notice in the previous post he is laughing because he asked me how to pose and I had him do the classic model pose where you stand for a side view and turn toward the camera to give a slimming effect. Like he needs any slimming!)



Here I am laughing at how slow I feel crocheting after watching Lily. Damn, she's fast! I felt like a turtle when I did a practice row. I'm very excited that she took the time to show me her method for getting rid of the little gaps in crochet rows. (If you crochet, check out her Crochet Couture book.)


She also signed a paper that we had both written on when teaching classes. I plan to have it as a piece of artwork in my studio. I thought it would be a cool piece of memorabilia.








Here is just a funny picture of Lin who happened to say hot wieners just as I took the picture! We got a good giggle.



Monday, November 12, 2007

Professor Patrick

Patrick will be teaching a writing course at IUPUI in the spring (pending student enrollment)!!!!! I'm so excited and thrilled for him. I know he'll be an excellent teacher.

Congrats, my love!

TCM 220 Technical Report Writing (3) Class: 3 Lab: 0 Rec: 0 P: ENG W131 or equivalent C: None Extensive application of the principles of clear writing in industrial reporting, with emphasis on adaptation to the audience; organization of ideas; and a concise, objective writing style.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Welcome Nancy!



Nancy M. is going to start working at the store on Thursdays and Saturdays. What fun!!!!


Welcome, Nancy! (There she is modeling one of Lily's beautiful sweaters. Can you tell she was thrilled?!?)

Recently Completed Projects

Now that I am back physically (was knocked out all last week, including an ER visit, with "viral syndrome," which basically means they couldn't figure out what was wrong other than I felt like you know what) and technologically (computer is back and working), I can finally post again. Here are the pictures of my recently completed projects--all completed prior to last week. I was so sick I couldn't even lift my head. Ugh. Here's hoping that is all over.



Here is Patrick modeling his new alpaca and merino top-down pullover. (This is one of the patterns you can work in the new Top-down Sweater class I am offering.) It is a good thing that I had him practice his modeling skills because he ended up being in the "Lily Chin Fashion Show" we had at our A-List celebration, but more about that on a future post!


Here is a picture of the baby Tulips sweater for baby Sydney. Dream in Color is such a nice yarn to work with. I didn't enjoy this pattern as much as other knitters. I thought about this for a long time. I think that the constant change of colors and thought of weaving in ends got to me. However, the finished project was worth it.


A picture of my felted Lucy bag. It took 20 minutes to felt (Plymouth Outback). This project brought back the fondness I have for felting. It also inspired me to start keeping a felting time record for my front loading washer. I don't know that the times will hold true for your washers, but at least it is a reference area. I was looking at the bag and my new clear button jar had this nice pin showing. I pulled it out and put it on the bag. It gave it a little finishing touch.



These next two pictures are of some new One Skein Wonders I knitted up. The red one is a birthday gift for Tonya. She saw mine in the store and really liked it. I offered to make her one and she seemed excited, so I whipped this up for her birthday. Hopefully she'll enjoy it.

I was originally making the little pink and brown one as a baby gift. However, as I was making it I thought, why not a doggie shrug. I put it on Kiki and she stuck her nose in the air like she was a stuck up little model. It worked really well on her.


And, I can't include a picture of Kiki without giving equal opportunity to Riley. So, after today's Reversible Cables class, I came home and chilled in my new studio. As I was knitting on a top-down Aurora 8 pullover, Riley cuddled up and took a little nap. Oh, so cute.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

My Computer Is Back!!!!

I'm so excited that I have my computer back. It has been such a week. No computer, very VERY very sick. I spent Tuesday in the ER. After many tests, all looks normal. So, the diagnosis was viral syndrome. Is that real? All I know is that I feel incredibly tired and sick to my stomach. It feels like I'm on a constant roller coaster. Permanent motion sickness. Any way, I did finish a few projects in the last two weeks, so I'll post more about those later. Just happy to have my computer back. Now, I need to get my body back in order!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!!!!

Two things........................................

Stitches & Scones won the Arts and Crafts category for They Indy Channel A-List competition!!!!! How exciting. Thanks to all of you who voted for us. We are so excited!

And now for a few laughs. Here is my team at the publishing company. The women dressed as flowers and Jake and Andy were the gardeners. A nice break to our week.





Monday, October 29, 2007

Long Awaited Pictures of Our "Art"

Okay, here they are. The large one hangs in our master bedroom and was painted by Patrick and I. From straight on, you can see a lot of the gold. I got some of the other colors to come out by taking side-angle pictures, but then all the gold dropped out, which isn't a true representation of the painting, but it was cool. The small dark one is Patrick's masterpiece. The larger orange/red one was mine and the small orange/red one was mine but I painted over our doodles, so it made the colors more vibrant. My two paintings are in the studio. Enjoy the art. (They really look SOOOO different in person.)

















Beaded Shawl in January

Attention: Tonia, Kim, Chef Liz, Chef Liz's mommy, Nancy, Becky, and Robin:

I think I got those of you who asked about adding a beaded shawl class in January. How about the morning of January 26th? Let me know if this works for the majority of you and I can get it on the schedule. :)

Catching Up

I haven't posted in a few days, but I have a really good reason. My home laptop went boom. Well, the monitor portion did anyway. It will be sent out tonight for massive repairs. Ugh. I hate computer problems, plumbing issues, and anything related to cars. So, I will attempt to blog either at lunch or on Patrick's machine when he isn't using it.

I'm in the midst of finishing up Patrick's alpaca and merino pullover--only 1 sleeve left to go. I hope to have it completed by tomorrow evening. I can up my knitting time again since the house is almost finished. (We had the carpets cleaned and they look like new! I'm so excited to see the stairs clean. They even got out the ink stain in my studio. It just makes the entire upstairs feel better.) After the pullover, I have a few hours to spend on the Tulips sweater and that will be done as well. Then, on to swatches for class.

I'll post the pictures of our paintings tonight. We hung them up and they look fabulous. I was a little disappointed in the pictures of them because they don't capture the texture and color variation very well. My brother-in-law was over this weekend and thought that we had purchased them, so I take that as a good sign.

And now, a few pictures of Carol in her finished One Skein Wonder Shrug and Tube pullover from Finished Knits. Didn't she do a great job?!!!!!





Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Random Thoughts on a Rainy Day

Oh What a Night!

Patrick and I woke up this morning and both agreed that last night was like three long, never ending, bad dream nights rolled into one. I feel asleep to one of CSI: Miami's bad Horatio lines where he ends with putting on the sunglasses in serious fashion. (How do the actors not laugh at David Caruso?) A few hours into the night, the electricity went out. You know that huge whining sound that occurs when the entire neighborhood shuts off at once. We woke up with a start and to a bunch of sirens. They went on forever! Patrick turns to me and says, "Riley is shaking like a chimney." I calmly said to hand him over, got him tucked in, and started petting him to calm him down. About 15 minutes into this routine, I chuckled and said, "Shaking like a chimney? What does that mean?" We got a few laughs out of it before Patrick fell asleep. Then began my Groundhog Day experience. I'd get Riley to stop shaking and I'd start to go to sleep. Just as I was on the verge, SNORE from Patrick. I tap Patrick enough to get him to stop snoring, but not enough to wake him up. Well, this arm movement was enough to cause Riley to shake again. REPEAT. REPEAT. REPEAT. Finally, I fell asleep and BOOM. The electricity came back on accompanied by another siren outside our window. It felt like we were trapped in a sitcom. By the time it was morning, we were exhausted! (I also had a strange nightmare about a dentist who wanted to fix my ear?!?)



Such a Bad Influence!!!!



Okay, Tonia, you are an enabler. Okay, we enable each other. So, for our latest little project...I was reading pages for my day job and dreaming about the Fiesta Lusso. So, I decided to check it out and the red colorway is gorgeous!!!!!!! We must give it careful consideration. Something to mull over between now and Thursday night.



First-Time Knitting

I received an email from Carol asking for advice on what/how to teach a beginning knitter. It struck me that I get this question a lot, so I thought I'd discuss what I've found out in my experiences.


  • Slip knots are the hardest simple thing to learn. I think it is because a lot of beginning knitters are adult women. We have a strong desire to learn things fast and be perfect. It all starts with the slip knot. I see it over and over again. The look of what? I've found that you have to be a visual, verbal, and written teacher all in one. I've also found that if you can equate actions to something that the new knitter does in everyday life, things click in much faster. (For example, when teaching a slip knot, you cross the end of the working yarn like you would if you were tying your shoe...and so on.)

  • Casting on scares the hell out of new knitters. BUT, teach them a useful cast on, not just the easiest one. For example, most people can get the e-wrap cast on quickly, but then they hate the look of it and they have a hard time knitting the first row. I force them to learn the cable cast on--even if that takes an entire hour of our first session. The act of getting this makes the rest of the knitting fly for them.

  • You will be tempted to teach the new knitter how to knit and purl in the first project. You are excited and want them to get the knitting knowledge so that they can run with it. However, for someone who has never held needles before, it can be really overwhelming. I've found that learning the knit stitch and repeating that the length of a scarf is the best way to go. When you get to the end of the scarf, you can teach them how to purl on a scrap project. They pick up the purl stitch like they've been doing it forever!

  • When new knitters get to the end of a row, they are afraid of the last stitch. Do it for them on the first row to show them how easy it is and then make them do it on the second row while you watch. After this, the mystery is gone and they are much more at ease.

  • What yarn, what needles. Well, that can be tough. Some people want to start on inexpensive yarn. I recommend that they at least use an Encore or Galway quality yarn. These are good quality at a reasonable price point. Working with Wal-Mart yarn is often very frustrating to use. Encore Worsted and Galway are both worsted weight and are even yarns. Some teachers use bulky yarns or something lumpy (like a Manos). I try and stay away from these as the uneven yarn can also be difficult for the new knitter to hold--not to mention if they want to pull out the yarn it can really start to felt together. If the new knitter has knitted at all before, I have them pick straight or circular needles. If they are brand new, I tend to recommend circular needles and then help them get the cord not to curl. (New knitters are very concerned about the curling, but they end up loving the security of the cord later in their knitting.)

  • Holding the yarn can be tricky to teach as well. I show students the proper way for both right and left handed knitting and then show them alternative ways that work. They really have to just play with it to find what is best for them.
  • New knitters love the bind off. It really is VERY easy!
  • The most important thing in teaching knitting is to have fun yourself. You have to be comfortable so that students can be as well. The number one goal of the class has to be fun!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Fun at the Knit Out

We had so much fun at the knit out yesterday. It was so enjoyable to hang out with everybody and enjoy knitting and good food. (Love that carrot cake!) Everybody had a smile on their face and there was lots of laughter. We'll have to see about doing this type of event more often! (I'm checking my January schedule to get the beaded shawl class added.) It is so good to spend the day with others who share your passion in life!

The weather was perfect (other than the wind), so Patrick and I came home and took a stab at painting on canvas. It was a blast. We both enjoyed it a great deal. I surprised myself though. I thought that I would be inclined to very clean lines and being very precise. I tend to be a neat freak with everything else. However, with the painting I really let myself go and found that I liked mixing the colors. I also MUCH preferred painting with the little knife things instead of the brushes. I also liked the look of the textured paint I got with this tool. The paintings are currently drying in the garage. We should be able to hang them up tonight and I will post pictures soon. We want to do this again, but we don't know what we will do with them all!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

UFOs and an Organized Yarn Room

Lots to touch on today! I am sooooo excited. I finished my Einstein Coat and organizing my yarn studio. I just want to curl up in there and knit away. AND, I have plenty to knit on. I took the Knitting Daily UFO project poll. I have 15 (13 pictured here). I am actively knitting on 14 of them and 3 of them I only knit on in classes and groups because they were selected for those sessions. Additionally, 2 of these were started today and another 3 were started within the last week. I am hoping to get at least 7 done by end of November in addition to one other project I want to knit up by then. Ambitious? Probably. My goal is to then not have more than 5-6 UFOs at any given time. I just have to get better at managing them. With that said, I was actually surprised at only having 15!

We are off to have Sushi, movie popcorn, and enjoy a good knit while watching a movie. I need to pick which one of my 15 to take along!

I picked up a copy of Knits for Men today and Patrick picked out his favorite garment. We picked out the yarn and I have the swatch started. (Yes, it is one of the 15.) He did pick what is probably the most difficult pattern in the book, but that's okay. I love him lots, so it is worth it.

We also finished up the large majority of the clean up and redecorating of the master bedroom. We still need to hang the pictures on the wall, BUT we decided to make our own paintings. I'm a little worried about this, but it should be fun. Neither of us have ever done any painting, so shopping for supplies was very comical. I think we have the needed items, but we really aren't too sure. We are going for something abstract. We are going to paint the large wall hanging that will go over the bed together. Then, we are each going to paint our own small paintings for the other walls. I'll post pix when the projects are complete (good or bad).






For all you knitters in the area, our Cruise In to the Knit Out is tomorrow (10-21) from 11-1. Swing by for some good eats, knitting, and hanging out.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Princess and the Pea--Our Little Kennedy







End of Day 2

I'm really worn out. It is 9:41 and we have been working on things around the house since 10 this morning. We made a lot of progress, but have a ton of stuff still to do. (For instance, we currently have a mattress in Patrick's bathroom!)

Here are some quick pictures of the rooms we have completed... If you look closely in the first picture, you can see a sketch of Patrick and I that a man in Rome drew for us on our honeymoon. Best $20.00 we spent!!!!







And now, here are the first day pictures of working on my studio room...Check out that shelf of mostly Aurora 8!!!! The ottoman (with storage) is on order and will go in front of the chair and a half. My red Mountain Colors shawl matched so well, that I left it on the chair. I plan to use all my extra reds to knit up a throw for the room.


Tomorrow we need to put up the curtains, get the second shelf set up, move out the desk, and generally organize everything. It is really shaping up!







Friday, October 12, 2007

Crochet Me Book

It has been a long time since I was anticipating a crochet book as much as this one. I'm going to swing into B&N today to see if they have it in stock. If not, then Amazon it is. I'm also thinking of signing up for the Crochet Along http://crochetmealong.blogspot.com/. I have yet to do a KAL or CAL, so I think that it would be a fun adventure. (Working in book publishing and being exposed to a lot of multi-media support for print publications I took special note of their website. They did a really nice job with it.)

If you are a crocheter and are looking for projects that are not old-fashioned looking, this is the book for you. I'm very excited to get it and pick my first project.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Yarn Room Makeover Part I

Tomorrow starts the makeover of the guest room from extra bedroom where my yarn is stored to...The Brownie Knits Studio. I'm so excited!!!!! Patrick spent today fixing up the walls where I had scratched the paint, had nails, etc. (He also planted some very pretty mums out front. The yard looks very nice for our simple little house.)


Here are the messy spare bedroom pictures. I hope to have the revamped organized Studio pictures either by the end of this weekend or next weekend. I have a huge laundry list of things that setting up the Studio is going to effect throughout the rest of the house. For instance, our antique dresser is going to become a display and storage unit in the living room. I hope to have the house in tip-top shape by end of October.

So, tomorrow starts the big overhaul. I plan to get up, do a little work, teach a private lesson, go shopping, rearrange furniture, and then organize all my yarn and patterns. EXCITING!
I need to work on the last sleeve of Einstein this weekend as well. I want to finish the coat, sew on the buttons, and block it this weekend so that I can wear it the rest of the month. I also want to get it done so that I can start my topdown autumn colored sweater out of this lovely Aurora 8.




Tonight was Sit and Knit night at the store. We had a nice turn out. Tonia does such a good job with everybody. I hope that she knows how much I appreciate having her in my life. She always makes me smile.

I did have a new experience--I cut a customers knitting!!!!! On purpose, but still scary for me. Her Crayon Box was coming out too large and we determined that we could take off two of the vertical squares (which was 4 horizontal) and that would fix the size. I think it will work well. I did feel like I was going into surgery. I'm glad that we were able to come up with a solution and it is another trick in the bag.