Long time, no post….

They say the best laid plans, and all that. lol. Yeah. I had grand plans to making sure I posted a couple of times a week, and I also has plans on having the sewing room renovations completed, and a few projects started. But, as you all know, life happens. Since I haven’t really had time to get to the sewing room to finish it up, I picked my knitting back up, and have been making great progress on it. So far this year, I have completed my Jewel Shift Afghan, a shawlette, and about 18 pairs of socks, I knit really fast. I have set a goal of 52 pairs of socks this year, averaging 1 pair a week. Let’s see if I make it. At the current progress, I’m about a month ahead of goal.

Now, what about costume sewing? Well, that’s a fair question. I have really started feeling the itch to get started on some things. Right now, I am really feeling pulled to work on the set of Victorian undergarments that I want to make in black cotton, and I want to get a start on designing my Regency dress for this year’s picnic. With that urge pulling really strongly, I made some time to go down into the sewing room, and with a bit of help from Miss Julia, started getting things put away and organized. It’s much closer to being in working condition. I would love to paint before I start any projects, but with the weather acting crazy lately, I think I will let that wait another month or so. Plus, I’m still trying to decide on a paint color. lol. But, I hope to have something to share soon. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

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Out with the old, and in with the somewhat new…

I still haven’t made it to the sewing room to start the clean up, and organization process, yet. That’s on the agenda for tomorrow. However, I did spend some time last weekend cleaning out my closet of the old stuff I haven’t worn in the past, um, 7+ years. I know. That’s really bad of me. And, since the closet was occupied with all of the old stuff, the new-ish stuff that I wear on the regular has been living in laundry baskets around the bedroom. I made great progress. See:

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I pulled out 3 bags of clothes of donations of clothes that were either too big or too small, and another 2 bags of old handbags. Then, in just stuff that wasn’t really fit to keep, give away or donate, there was about 4 bags that went to the curb for pick up. Then, besides the donate and trash, there were some things set aside for other I know would wear the items I no longer fit into. I was very satisfied when I was done, as the closet was completely empty:

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I forgot to take a photo of the before, and I did add the dresser before taking the after. The closet has been stuffed from front to back. When I started putting the stuff I actually wear in there, I was running out of room, and started looking longingly at my husband’s side of the closet, as it was less than half full. But, I think adding my stuff to his side would just start an argument, so I’ll have to get creative on how I get all of my stuff in. lol.

Besides working on the bedroom closet, I have been knitting away on a baby blanket for one of my cousins that is having a little boy. I’m just about done, which is not bad for just under a week. I have about 42 rows left on it.

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Miss Elma helped me pick the colors based off of a few of the baby toys that were in my cousins baby registry. As always, I ordered some Knit Picks Brava Worsted, as it’s the softest acrylic yarn I have found so far. The colors are Sienna, Marina, Peapod and Caution. One ball of each color does great for a quick, crib sized blanket in a garter rib stitch. I picked the order of the colors loosely based on the invitation I received in the mail. The baby shower is next weekend down home at my Aunt Vonna’s house. I have a few baby burp rags already made up in boy colors that will be wrapped up with the blanket. It kinda makes me feel old to be making things for her expectant baby, as I used to baby sit her when she was an infant. lol. My, how times flies! Once I have this blanket done, I’ll be starting one in girly colors for a co-workers daughter that is having a girl. So, between my early spring cleaning around the house, I’ll have plenty of knitting to keep my fingers busy while I watch tv. lol.

Until next time… Happy Sewing!

I’m still alive….. I swear!

Happy way after the holidays! I was trying to write a holiday follow up post, but we had a bit of upheaval in the house. We have a new family member. Meet Jellybean:

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We brought her home on New Year’s Eve. We got her from a local, cage free shelter. She will be 10 months old in a couple of weeks, and has settled in nicely with our little family. She is spoiled rotten, and a true knitter’s cat, as she settles down on my lap in the evenings when I knit.

PhotoGrid_1390419973057Granted, I have to make sure she doesn’t chew on my needles or DPN’s, and that she doesn’t chase my yarn to chew on. Otherwise, she loves to find ways to trip everyone, ambush the dogs, attack the husband when he isn’t looking, and just plain cause general mayhem. On the other hand, she is such a loving little thing. She greets me when I come home, sleeps at my feet every night (after she is done attacking them under the blankets), and keeps me company when I’m getting ready for work every morning.

Other than that, as evident from before the holidays, I have been bitten by the knitting bug again. And, I knew the sock knitting bug wouldn’t be too far behind. Since the beginning of the year, I have already finished two pairs of socks, and have started two more pairs. I am still working on the “Baby” Hue Shift Afghan for my expectant sister. She has less than a month to go, and I am just about halfway finished with it. And, as my husband has commented, I have been much  more relaxed since I have picked my knitting back up. I have also gained a comrade in arms. Miss Elma has picked back up her knitting needles, and we have been taking a bit of time every Saturday to have tea, talk shop and either knit or help each other plan projects. Knitting is always better when you have someone to share it with. 😉 Next week should see lots of knitting progress, and maybe some progress on getting the sewing room back into shape, as I will be on “stay-cation”. I usually love to take a week off in the middle of winter, just a bit of time to enjoy staying home and not having to be out in the weather. And, next week will be doubly enjoyable on that front, as we are expecting more arctic like weather in Ohio. I see lots of yarn, blankets, hot tea and maybe some yummy baking happening next week.

On that note, I’ll say Happy Knitting & Sewing, and leave you with a pic full of yarny goodness!

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ETA: I forgot to add that someone recently turned 13!

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That’s right! Annie is officially a teenager now. We celebrated by going to lunch with my mom to Red Robin’s. The waitress picked up on the fact that we were celebrating a birthday, and without being asked, brought her an ice cream sundae, a balloon and had the staff sing Happy Birthday to her. And, of course, I got the blame for it. lol. Oh well! We had fun. I am a little sad that my youngest it growing up on me. If only we can keep them little longer.