Monday, September 22, 2008

So Square

I realized this weekend that everything I was working on was square or rectangular and all blankets and all crochet. So I went through a major episode of startitis this weekend. My works in progress on Ravelry tripled. I started on a Market Bag seen above. I love this pattern. It is by Lion Brand so it's free. It is simple and great for the mindless TV crocheting (needed as the new TV lineup is starting in earnest this week). And who could not use another bag. I'm planning on giving everyone in the family one with their Christmas presents this year. (Okay, if you are in my family act surprised when you get one.) I also cast on a amigarumi dolphin and a dolphin washcloth for my niece who is a freshman at college and very into dolphins. This is the first little animal thingy I've made. We'll see how it goes. So far so good. AND DRUM ROLL PLEASE..... I cast on my first sweater. If I finish it, it will be a present for my sister. She will appreciate the work that went into it, I think. It's a very simple plain pullover. I haven't technically cast on yet I'm doing my swatch for it though, so that counts right? (funny, I swatch for knitting and don't swatch for crochet. What does that mean? Probably, I'm just so new at knitting that I question everything I do, where as crochet, what's the worst that happens, I rip it...) Does anyone else examine what they have been working on and go through a startitis phase to do something different? I find this happens about every 3 months with me.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ike hits Ohio

I'm not even sure where to begin. Last week the whole family caught a cold. All 4 of us. It was one big coughing sneezing fit all weekend, with a lot of whining. I was planning on doing a whole post on how I was glad that the kids who were out of school Thursday and Friday due to illness were finally better and able to go back and how I was finally feeling better and would be able to crochet right side up again. (I had started crocheting laying flat on my back so that I could keep my nose from running) However, Hurricane Ike slammed into Ohio on Sunday evening. No Rain. But 75 mph sustained winds. I know the national news is not covering this at all but there are hundreds of thousands of people who still do not have power in the central Ohio area 3 days later. Trees are down all over, many houses were damaged. Our school district is back in school today with a 2 hour late start (they have to get new food delivered for lunches). But most kids in the surrounding areas are still out. Our family was very lucky our power was only out for 14 hours. The newspaper said today that many will not get power before Saturday if they do not have it now. Our family was not lucky in that our refrigerator never started working right after the power went out. It is sort of keeping things cold and partially frozen, but not really. Just enough so that it took us 2 days to figure out what was going on. So when little guy leaves for school I'm off to shop for a new fridge/freezer. That's yarn money I can't spend...and no knitting/crocheting until that gets done. By the way, how do people knit in the dark. I tried it the other night. NOT PRETTY..

Monday, September 8, 2008

First Class and the 3 Bears

I signed up for my first class this weekend. I'm goin' to learn to knit socks!! I've been knitting on and off for a year and a half. I have never taken a real knitting class before. I had someone teach me to cast on, knit and purl. I make a mean disch cloth. If it is rectangular I'm all over it. But I'm ready to move on. So socks here I come. The class starts the beginning of October and I am really looking forward to it. I'm quite nervous about it being my first class, I don't want to be the class idiot. Encouraging comments would be appreciated. I can be reached on Ravelry as Princess Kathy, or you can just leave a comment here, but so far only my hubby has done that. I continued on the "afghan for the leather chair" and the sampler afghan for the Lion Brand CAL. The CAL has not gone smoothly. Crocheted first square on an N hook, too big, Frogged, Re-crocheted first square on K hook, too small, Frogged, Re-crocheted first square on N hook just right. I'm like the Three Bears. Now I'm working on the second square then I have 28 more squares to go. I might get this finished by 2010. Hopefully, a great tennis match on this afternoon U.S. Open Men's Finals, so I'll get a lot of crocheting done...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Greener on the other side

I remember just a few weeks ago when I was day dreaming about the days when things would get back to normal, when the kids would be back in school and I could get things accomplished. The house would be clean again. There would be time for crochet and knitting again. I enjoyed spending time with the boys, but I felt like I never got anything done. There were camps to attend, days at the zoo, and museums, and the pool, errands that take twice as long with the kids in tow, etc...
Now that school is back in session I'm longing for those care free days. So far today I have been to the vet, grocery store, pet store, and still have to pick up the kids from school, go to the orthodontist, soccer practice, then back to the school for curriculum night. Plus find time to eat/feed the children. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side.
For those that have asked Darby was doing better, but now that the big collar is off and she has started scratching at her eye again the swelling has increased. I'm waiting on a call back from the vet to see if that is another place I need to add in to my travels for later today.
I have started a new project. I joined my first Crochet-A-Long. The Lion Brand Sampler Afghan Crochet-A-Long. I'm starting late to the party, but am hoping I can catch up. The orthodontist office looks like a good place to get some crocheting done don't ya think? I'm hoping to work on my "afghan for the leather chair" as seen above.