Monday, May 9, 2011

Why Oh Why

Ok, so I've been working on this blanket for my father in-law since before Christmas.  I always HATE working on afghans because I get bored with them!  However, I seemed to have a brain fart months ago when I decided making him a blanket would be a great idea.  I was hoping to give it to him in January after Christmas when we saw him to do out Christmas thing, but even though I worked on it all the time and stayed up really late to work on it to get it done before we went up to see him, it didn't get done.  That could've been the end of it, but I decided to take it up north with us to show him "here, I really do have a Christmas gift for you guys, but I haven't finished it yet."  So now he knows I'm working on a blanket for him.

After we got back home I set it aside (I needed time away from that blanket) and haven't picked it up again till yesterday because we're going up to see them again this weekend!  Why do I do this to myself?!?  I have to make 13 squares each 10 inches by 10 inches and sew them together and then make the border.  All by this Friday!!
So, needless to say, there probably won't be anything new in my store for a while :(

Friday, May 6, 2011

Run For the Roses

Happy Friday!!!!
Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby!!! The Run For the Roses!!!!  Time to drink mint juleps, wear big hats, love horses and short people, and root for the horse you want to win.  I know I'm probably in the minority here of people who are excited for the derby, but I've been celebrating it with my friend Natalie since we were in 8th grade!
So tomorrow I'm throwing a Derby party.  We're making mint juleps with fresh mint from my moms garden, we're making hats, and were having pierogies (you may ask why we're having pierogies at a Derby party, the Polish house down the street is having pieroie day and they are delish!).
So, going with the theme of making your own flowers from the other day, I'm making a rose garland to hang over our doorway to help make the party more festive!!  Photos to follow!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Flowers and Allergies

If any of you are like me, you can't fully enjoy spring and all of its glories because of allergies.  I love flowers, but the pollen gets me sneezing and all stuffy.  But, I've found away around that!  I found this cute little pattern for crocheted flowers!  Not only will they not affect my allergies, but they wont die either!
You have to become a "member" (meaning you just create a login) to get the pattern, but it is well worth it, and it's free!

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Few of My Faovirte Things

So I did some poking around etsy this weekend (I go "favorites" crazy every once in a while) and I found so many things that I want!  So I decided to feature some of my most favorite items here!

This first item I really really want, I just got my hair cut short and I could totally use these to keep my hair out of my face!

This second item is perfect for the summer.  Who doesn't like nautical during the summer, there is nothing better then being on the water when it's hot outside.

This third item has no practical use, but it's awesome!  I wish I had mad cutting skills like this.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding

So who’s excited for the Royal Wedding?!?  Not going to lie, I kind of am.  After much hatred for it, I have come around.  It really wasn’t a hatred for the wedding per-say, just the hatred of the constant coverage of it on the news!  It’s like come one, do we need to know everything?  Isn’t there anything else going on in the world, say Libya, Japan, the crazy weather that has devastated this country.  Bah, who cares!

But once you get past that, it’s a pretty awesome wedding.  The last Royal wedding happened before I was born (but I did get to see Diana’s wedding dress a couple years ago!!), and the next one will be a long way off.  I mean, come on, when is the next time you’re going to see a future King and Queen getting married?  Also, Prince William is Queen Victoria’s Great-Great-Great Grandson, and I LOVE Queen Victoria!

So, I’m setting my alarm for 4 am, sleeping on the sofa so I don’t disturb the husband who has to work in the morning, and watching the wedding.  Now, what to knit while watching it so I don’t fall asleep?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rainy Days

It’s been raining here for almost a week straight!  Now don’t get me wrong, rain is WAY better then snow, and I’m happy for the rain because as everyone knows “April showers bring May flowers.”  But seriously, a week straight!?!?  Oh well, at least it’s good for crafting.  I don’t know about anybody else, but I think raining weather is perfect for crafting, inspiration, reading and watching movies.

Last night I finished a baby sweater, after having to take out one arm because when I went to go block it I noticed it was a good inch and a half shorter than the other one.  So , now I have to finish 2 more projects or start a new one.  Two more days (according to the weather man) of this rainy weather, so I have two more days of being forced to be inside, and thus getting some good crafting done!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Surprisingly Stretchy

Gooooood Monday everybody!  Who here has knitted a sweater before?  Either adult, teen, child, or infant?  I just started knitting sweaters around Christmas, because I found a pattern that I loved and thought I would try it; and I had the perfect yarn to use that was sitting around my house for 2 years.  It was a great pattern and worked up real easily for a newbie, but when I was done with the collar and cuffs and had to bind off, I did it the normal way.  However, that was way too tight!  It wasn't stretchy at all, you could get your arm through it, but it would cut the circulation off if you moved.  So I did some searching, and found Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.  It is great!  It made the bind offs super stretchy and worked perfectly!  I highly recommend it if you make sweaters, it's a bit more complicated, but worth the effort.