Drive-by posting

If I manage to post again this week, it’s pretty much going to be posting of the drive-by variety. I’m eyeballs deep in two new books to edit, and I’m thoroughly enjoying them and don’t really want to spend too much time away from them. It’s so much fun to have a job you absolutely love. :D Getting to read non-stop is a super huge bonus.

As promised, here is one of the bags I started cutting out over the weekend. It’s nothing fancy, just a quick and easy bag that can be used as a purse, not likely to happen since I’m not very adventurous in the purse department–or anything clothing or accessories, truth be told, or as a project bag. I’m obviously more inclined to use it as a project bag and it will suit perfectly. It’s just the right size for a shawl-sized project. Two skeins of yarn fit in easily and there’s room left over for all the notions and patterns and needles as well.

APQ Grab BagasAPQ Grab Bags Filled

This is a free pattern from All People Quilt and it was super easy to whip up. Cutting the pattern pieces out and then cutting out the fabric took far longer than actually sewing it together.

While up ALL night with kids last night (am I the only person in the world whose kids slept as babies but now plague them nightly with being up all flippin night?) I got to knit some more on my sadly unfinished cardigan. No pics yet, but if I have another night like last night, I’ll probably be able to finish the darn thing. Guess the kids are good for helping me finish the projects that I can work on while curled up on the couch with them on their sleepless nights.

Anyway, that’s about all I have for tonight. I’ll try to do another drive-by at some point this week, but knowing my blogging history, there’s a good chance it won’t happen. I am off to wrangle some more words, and, if things really go well even write some of my own. Have a fantastic week. :)

 

I’m a big baby

I’m not feeling well today. In fact, I haven’t been feeling well for three days, but today I feel like I got squashed by a tractor trailer with a full load.

Don’t you just love days where you have about 23 million things you need to get done, but about all you can manage is croaking out “please get me      insert random item here     ” and lying around praying to the gods of any religion you can think of that death will come quickly? No? Me neither.

Since the universe was sweet enough to hand me my butt on a platter, I thought I might get some knitting accomplished while curled up on the couch in a sweater and a blanket. Yes, I do know it’s a bajillion degrees out and I’ve already shut off the air conditioning, but I’m still cold. Anyway, as it turns out, when your head it filled with a gallon or two of snot and general cloggy glop, you can’t do a whole lot of concentrating–especially if said glop is threatening to send your eyeballs flying out of your skull at any given moment. So, I didn’t even attempt to work on my socks or a shawl or anything that needed to turn out properly. Instead, I knit myself a bookmark. Stupid thing had to have been one of the world’s easiest patterns, but I had to rip it all out three times anyway. Concentration issues, be damned, I did manage to finish it although I didn’t block it yet so it’s a bit wobbly. Getting out pins and pegging it down just seemed like far too much work.

Lace Heart Bookmark

Lace Heart Bookmark

I may not ever get around to blocking it, and I don’t particularly care considering how infrequently I get to sit down and read a book these days. I still dream of reading books (actually, last night I dreamed I sneaked into someone’s house and stole their mail–no idea why–but that’s not relevant to this story), but I never seem to get around to it often enough anymore.

Anyway, I guess I should go find something to feed my family for dinner, and then I’m curling back up on the couch and doing absolutely nothing except, perhaps, praying for death. It seems the most practical way to spend my evening.

TGIF

Well, it has been a loooooong week for me. I am absolutely thrilled that it’s finally Friday–and it doesn’t bother me one bit that it’s Friday the 13th.  I am pretty certain that you can’t go into the weekend with bad luck–especially when your week of “good luck” has consisted of a series of fights between your children and the neighborhood brats, a million pounds of laundry, days filled with the drudge of housework, and a very pricey printer just out of warranty that decides to crap out for good when you need to make about a hundred and ten copies and can’t get even one. I considered having an “Office Space” type of scene with it, but hubby insisted he’ll try to fix it or sell it for parts, so I guess I don’t get to have smashy fun with the hunk of junk.

And yes, I would love to have some cheese with my w(h)ine. I’ll take brie, please, with some pears and apples and olives and crusty bread.  Come to think of it, that’s another reason to be happy about the weekend being here. I’ll have the time to trek across town to one or both of the only stores in the city that carry my favorite cheeses and chocolates. Maybe I’ll even pick up a nice bottle of wine to go with the goodies.

I haven’t been up to much other than housework this week, but I did manage to start (and work about ten tiny little rounds) on a new pair of socks in this yummy pink. A grand total of half an hour of crafting this week. I’m a real winner, huh?

Knit Picks Stroll Tonal

Knit Picks Stroll Tonals

In other news, I got to sew on Sunday and haven’t managed to touch my machine since. I made a couple of cute items (yes, this is my opinion and you may think they are butt ugly) on Sunday, but I can’t post the pictures just yet because they’re earmarked for a swap package that won’t post until Monday and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. I also made a barbie dress for Punky’s barbie on Sunday, but that’s not exactly crafting I’m terribly proud of, so it’s not going to feature time here. I despise barbies.

BUT….it’s Friday, and not just any Friday. It’s time for the Friday Night Sew-In and since I lead a very homebody sort of life, I will be spending the evening sewing rather than partying or going to see Brave. Yes, I’m over 12 and the movie in my number 1 must see slot (until Batman releases, that is) is Brave. I still haven’t gotten around to sewing the needle roll I have to send out, but that could have something to do with this hellacious mess that is sort of overtaking my sewing table.

Messy Sewing Table

Mess from Hell

And that’s just the table…the shelves are discombobulated thanks to me pulling out stacks of material (which are currently piled on the floor–neatly, but still on the floor) and nearly all the storage bins (also in a giant stack on the floor). At least I have a reason to clean up the mess from Sunday, right?  ;)

Anyway, on the list for tonight and the rest of the weekend are a couple of project bags for myself, one needle roll, a couple of mug rugs, and at least five more of my granny square quilt blocks. I only need nine more blocks for the quilt top, so I’m hoping that I can make the grocery shopping a short affair tomorrow and get home to finish them up. I doubt that will happen since we seem to stop here and there while we’re out, but a girl can dream of a finished quilt top, can’t she?

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Check back tomorrow to see what I manage to work on tonight for FNSI. If you want to join in, click the link and sign up!

 

 

Socks, a shawl, and life

Well, I’ve been a truly boring person lately. It’s all been knitting and general humdrummery around here.

It’s been a strange week here with the middle of the week holiday and an odd work schedule for Eddie. It’s thrown us all for a loop and made the week seem interminable. I’m so glad that it’s finally the weekend. I plan to hole up the entire weekend and sew or knit or just try to stay as cool as possible. The heat is disgusting and I don’t want to step foot outdoors if it’s not necessary. The kids aren’t even interested in playing outside for more than a few minutes at a time. That’s fine with me because I don’t relish the thought of them dying from heat stroke OR having to smell them all sweaty.

I suppose I will have to go outside at some point this weekend if I don’t want my garden to die in the heat. And, I assure you, I definitely don’t want it dying because I’m just a week or so away from having enough fresh, ripe tomatoes to start making some more of this:

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

I’ve gotten several knitting projects done in the last couple of weeks including my first pair of socks. My only wish is that it was cool enough to wear them, but it’s hotter than hell here lately. I nearly melted just putting them on to take pictures and it was pretty early in the morning.

Self-Striping Socks

Self-Striping Socks

I feel a little stupid for being intimidated by the idea of making socks. They were shockingly easy to knit, despite the 20,000+ stitches required for just one pair.

I also managed to (finally) finish my Swallowtail Shawl, and I have to say, it’s absolutely stunning. I need to reblock it thanks to the kiddos undoing all my blocking, but it’s still gorgeous even with the edge not pointy like it should be.

Swallowtail Shawl

Swallowtail Shawl

Here’s a close-up of some of the detail:

Swallowtail Shawl Detail

Swallowtail Shawl Detail

 

I’ve heard lots of people complaining about the nupps, but mine turned out well and they weren’t difficult. I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to do more Estonian lace with nupps.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to get a little more laundry done before the hungry munchkins wake up and start clamoring for food.

 

Linking up at Skip to my Lou for Made by You Monday and at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night for Ta-Da Tuesday link parties.

FNSI for June

In case you haven’t noticed by the total absence of new posts, I’ve been busy. We’ve become a family of super beach bums, spending nearly every weekend at a perfectly uncrowded beach.

This weekend, though, I wanted a little bit of downtime to get some things done around the house and to work on some projects.

Last night was the Friday Night Sew In, so I worked on cutting out the pieces for the first block of the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Quilt. I just got the first block in the mail the other day and I’ve been hoping to get the time to piece it together. Well, FNSI was this weekend, so the timing was perfect.

Block 1 Pieces

Block 1 Pieces

Block 1

Block 1

I also did some more knitting on my Swallowtail Shawl. It’s coming along fairly well, albeit slowly. I am so ready to be done with it. I’m in the next to last border right now, thank God. I’m more than a little tired of this thing being on my needles. Don’t get me wrong…I love it and I’m sure it’s going to be fantastic when it’s finished. Right now though, I’m sick to death of looking at it and slaving over the lace. Blah.

Swallowtail Shawl Green

Green Lace Weight Merino Swallowtail Shawl in Progress

 

Well, now that I’ve got this done, I think I’m going to try to get my family to go shopping. Doesn’t really seem like anyone wants to do anything other than bum around today, but I’ve got a bit of cabin fever–shocking since I’ve been out already this week.