Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Notebook

No, not the movie. My notebook. My craft notebook.

It's a list of my stash items and things designated for projects. I updated it this morning. I'm embarrassed.

The page on the left is all the quilts I have fabric for. The page on the right is the first of three for my knitting stash. There's also another page for other craft projects.

The tally is as follows:
Quilts - 15 to do
Knitting - 52 to do, plus an uncounted pile of acrylics for sale items
Other - 13 to do

A little daunting is this list.

My response? Well, other than the two orders of yarn that are in the mail (pictures to come as they arrive), I've decided that I am on a crafting diet.

That's right. You heard it here first. I am not buying anymore crafting supplies until this list is down to at least 1/4 it's current size.

I may need to buy the occasional batting or thread in order to finish all the quilts. But nothing new. I'm hoping to maintain this resolution until Easter and that I will have gotten to my goal craft weight by then. Cross your fingers for me.

A symptom of this resolve is my current bout of startitis. I have three pairs of socks already on the go, along with three quilts in the quilting stage, and another one awaiting that stage. Two other quilts have already been cut and are in the sewing pile.

Here's a picture of my coffee table full of the socks, just to prove my commitment.

Maybe I should put some kind of counter in my side bar to track my progress. I'll have to look into that as soon as I get a chance.

Happy Crafting, M

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

More SEX in Saskatoon

Just posting a few more pics of my Stash Enhancing Expedition in Saskatoon last week.

A really cute quilt kit . . .

which I chose because I love the bright colours.
(Plus I like it when I can be lazy and don't have to coordinate the fabrics myself.)

I also bought some lavender because I was missing the smell of fresh lavender on the patio this year. Fortunately, it coordinates nicely with this little fat quarter of fabric with a silvery moon on it. (I know, I know. Whatever I need to tell myself!)

And, finally, some pink and red sock yarn. Love that colour combo these days. I'm hoping to knit these for myself very soon. (Yeah, as soon as I get everything else done! But I can dream! )

Happy Wednesday Knitting, M

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Knitting, A Novel

Oh. My. God.

Read it.

It's one of those books I'm trying to read only a few pages at a time because I don't want it to be over.

Happy reading, M

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Noro Galoro

After reading Stacey's post about it here, I decided I need to knit this.

Here's my pile of Noro to help with the project. (Insert Smiley Face Here.)

I've been having a very rough start to my school year and decided I need to wrap myself in some love. Hence, the plan for a Lizard Ridge blanket and a whole bushel of Noro.

And since I was in the Noro section of my (somewhat local) LYS, I decided to go through the sale bin of Iro and Kochoran. Yummy and Yay for me!

Not sure what they're for yet, maybe a hat or two. Whatever they wind up as, I love just holding these babies.

Hope you're all having a knitty Monday, M

Think Pink

While in Saskatoon yesterday, I stopped to pick up these:

All to support breast cancer research.

To keep up the theme, here's a picture of a finished Pinky.

I added some applique hearts around the outside and it's quite stunning in person. (It looks a little wonky here because it was quite windy when I snapped the pick.)

I made a few other purchases that I also want to share but I have to get organized with more pics, etc. I'll try to post more later or possibly tomorrow.

Happy Saturday, M

Thursday, September 21, 2006

I Want To Live Here

I have a thing for small spaces. This is adorable.

It's a real house made by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

Unfortunately, with 4 dogs, a spinning wheel, a quilting frame and all the crap belongings I've collected over the past few years, it wouldn't be big enough.

This makes me kinda sad and disgusted at the same time. I used to live ever so lightly. Everything I owned plus a small dog, two cats and me in a 324 sq. ft. apartment in Vancouver. It was tiny. It was tidy. It was efficient. It was an organizer's dream.

And then I rediscovered knitting. Stash Enhancing Expeditions abounded. I moved.

The self-esteem saving feature of these tiny houses is that they cost more than twice what my house did!

Speaking of which, I'm off to Saskatoon tomorrow to sign the final documents. Have a good weekend, M

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Things That Bring Me Joy

1. A good friend that loves my dogs as much as I do.

Trena and Emmett laying on the couch watching tv. Emmett loves to sleep like this but he's usually on me when he does it so I don't get to take a picture of him.

2. My backyard - in the autumn fog.

I couldn't even see the cabin down there yesterday morning. The picture is a bit fuzzy as I took it through the window and the screen. But still, it was quite breathtaking.

3. My new quilting frame, the Sturdy-Lite from Grace Quilting.

Haven't even used it yet. Just got it put together yesterday. Can't wait to take it for a test drive.

4. My students - when they're trying their best.

Mitchell and Sam are trying their best to look sweet and innocent here. They get points for the attempt.

May today bring you some joy, M

Monday, September 18, 2006

Listless in Blogland

Is the blogging craze starting to lag? drag? collapse? It seems to be for some of us knit bloggers.

I've noticed recently that many of the blogs I read regularly are starting to drop off on their postings - me included.

For myself, there are so many stressful things going on that I don't really want to use this space as a forum for whining and moaning. Crafting doesn't get done as much as I would like and blogging about crafting gets done even less because that would take away my precious and limited crafting time.

Perhaps things will pick up again as we all settle into our new school-year/autumn-turn-winter routines.

In the meantime, enjoy this link and check out the elephant cam!

The Elephant Sanctuary

Cheers, M

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Autumn Is Upon Us

I took this pic last weekend. The first turning leaves in my backyard. Sure sign of colder days to come.

September brings wild blueberry season around here and they are yummy on my morning cereal.

I finished the first sock and I'll get to the other one right quick.

For now, I've cast on a Bernat Sox Yarn sock for Trena. Fun colours.

I also bought some fabric to make a radiant star quilt. It's going to be a memorial quilt for Saracat. Very pretty colours.

I do love autumn. The crispness in the air. The turning leaves. The cozy evenings dreaming of craft projects. The ridiculous amount of stress starting a new school year. Er, okay, maybe not that last bit.

Happy autumn knitting, M

Very Sad Day

My Saracat was very sick this past week. I took her into the vet yesterday and helped end her suffering.

This is the very last picture I have her. It was taken last weekend.

She will be missed.


Sunday, September 03, 2006

Holy "Insert Profanity Here"

It's been a painful and exhausting two weeks around here. Too much stress. Not enough rest. Thank heaven it's over.

I've been on the couch most of the weekend trying to recover. Fortunately, this means there has been knitting time.

I finally finished these socks from Lorna's Laces Bittersweet yarn. I adore this colourway.

I also discovered that knitting is not only a hobby but a necessity. During the highest stress time, I needed to knit in order to calm down. No. Seriously. It lowered my heart rate.

The result - a pretty, quick-knit scarf.

I've also started a pair of ankle socks out of Lorna's Laces Sock Yarn in Vera.

I'm using Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks Warm Feet patterns. Knitting up nicely and I think I might keep them for myself. It feels yummy just working with it.

Lesson of this day? Knitting is good for you.

Hope you're happy and healthy, M