January 31, 2011
I just got home this afternoon, and boy am I glad to be back on my own couch. I absolutely love visiting Tacoma, but there’s just something about being at your own house after being gone for a while that really makes you appreciate your own couch. So, I’m just popping in to say hello and I’ll be back later (maybe tomorrow? Maybe not…) with pictures of the wedding and fun stuff, but for now I will leave you with this picture from the rehearsal dinner.
Hilary can back me up on this one, this was the most delicious chocolate cake I’ve ever had in my life! Yum! I’m still dreaming about it…
January 29, 2011
I finished my Gray slouchy hat.
Sorry for the awful picture quality. I was in a rush. You know how it is.
I’ll write up the pattern for you all soon. Maybe next week, after the wedding craziness has died down and I’ve got a bit more down time. It’s a really simple pattern, I was surprised at how much I liked it, since it was so easy and basic (All it is is k2T and yarn overs! Super easy!)
January 28, 2011
So… this week we made Apple Pie Pops. We made lots, and lots and lots of them!
We made an assembly line of sorts to get more productive with our baking.
It worked pretty well.
Now we’ve got this basket full of them, plus another 250 or so in tupperware ready to be hauled off to the reception.
(Don’t mind the saran wrap all over it, we’re just trying to optimize freshness here)
January 25, 2011
So, I’m a few months into my biggest project of my life.
Yep, I’m going to be a momma. We could not be more thrilled about this! I’m still pretty early on (almost two months, due in early September), but I couldn’t hold in any longer! (Also, I may not be able to fit into my clothes already, eek), also I was running out of ways to politely decline alcoholic drinks without seeming overly obvious about why I can’t partake.
So, while I’ll try to not turn this into a baby-blog, and try to keep it up with the crafts, it very may well turn out that this blog will basically be all about baby crafts. My apologies in advance, but all I can think about little baby sweaters and baby booties and teeny little baby clothes, you know how it is.
We’re just completely over-the-moon excited about our little Tiny Tong!
January 24, 2011
Sorry for the quiet weekend, folks. I spent the weekend getting ready to come to Tacoma! I flew in last night, it’s pretty great to be back. Anyhow, posting might be light this week as I’ll be hanging out with my family and helping with wedding prep for my friend Charissa, who is getting married this weekend!
But, I do have some of my hat-in-progress to show you.
I suppose you can’t quite tell by the picture, but the stitches are a little bit more open, you can see through them, they’re in a diamond shape.
Anyhow, I’ll be in and out throughout the week, I’ve got lots to do (and a bunch more pie-pops to make!), so have a great week!
January 21, 2011
I’ve been working on my February Lady sweater. I’ve gotten just past the point where you separate the arms from the body.
It’s not quite as “limey” as the picture lets on. The color is called Turtle. It’s made of the Cascade 220 Heather’s. I love working with Cascade yarns. They’re one of my favorites.
I also changed the raglan increases a little to make them more lacy.
I’m hoping that it turns out as cute as the other ones I’ve seen. If you’re looking for a beginners sweater this one is pretty simple in it’s construction and the lacy pattern is really pretty simple. Anyhow, turning out to be a pretty fun side project that I can work on in-between my commissioned projects.
January 20, 2011
I’ve started another commissioned project for a gray slouchy hat, a little different than one I’ve done before. I’m making it up as I go along, but the brim looked so nice I wanted to take a picture of it before I completely screwed it up while trying to make up my own pattern.
I love knitting on small needles. I think it looks so nice and even.
It’s knitting pretty up pretty well so far… we’ll see if my pattern holds up once I get a little farther.
January 18, 2011
So yesterday, while killing some time, Paul and I wandered over to the mall. We decided to go into Old Navy, which turned out to be the best thing ever. They are having some ridiculous sales right now. Seriously, ridiculous. Like 40% off all of their clearance stuff, and their clearance stuff is already priced really, really low.
I got 4 dresses, all $4 each, the yellow sweater in the middle was $4.50, I think. The tank tops were all just a little over $1. YES. $1. And those are the fun ruffled/embellished ones that were selling for $19.95 right before Christmas. So, you know, if you’ve got one close, now is a good time to check out the Old Navy clearance rack. I’m pretty excited to have found a new dress for a fancy rehearsal dinner I’ll be attending next week.
Now that I’ve got a wardrobe face-lift I feel compelled to purge a lot of my other clothes that I don’t wear as much/at all, or clothes that just don’t fit anymore. It’s amazing what just doing a little reorganizing can do.(I am loving having a totally clean house right now. Even down to the linen and kitchen closets!)
Here’s to more (really-early) Spring-Cleaning!
January 17, 2011
We spent most of today doing some mid-winter cleaning, and boy does it feel good. Ok. so some parts of the house are still a little…iffy, but Paul’s clothing situation is much improved, as is the craft room. (I even spent part of the afternoon whipping up a new apron which my husband requested. No really, my husband asked for his own apron, that way he can keep his shirts dry while he does the dishes..what a guy I snagged!)
The crafting room is looking great, guys. All my buttons are in the button jar, all my thread is in the thread drawer… and all the yarn is all over my freakin’ house… but sort of contained to the couch and the craft room. At least I crammed all that was upstairs into the set of Rubbermaid drawers, which are now full to the point of bursting. I may need to invest in a 3rd set of drawers for my yarn (and I have a huge Rubbermade tub full of yarn too. Yikes.) I was just thinking that I may need to do a yarn purge sometime this year, and just cut my losses and give it away… but then I get to thinking about it, and change my mind because I think of all of the wonderful projects I can make with it all. So I guess I’ll hang onto it for now.
So, all in all it was a productive day. Even got a good walk in. Oh, did I mention that the snow melted? Like ALL of the snow! No, really! It’s amazing, guys, it’s almost like that first day when you realize spring is just around the corner… except, it’s totally not. We’re just seeing a temporary mid-winter lull in the snow flurries, they’ll be back before we know it, and we’ll eventually see spring, sure, but it won’t be for another 3 -4 months. Sigh. But we did enjoy a brisk walk in the balmy 45 degree weather today, even if it was really windy.
This evening we are going out to dinner with Paul’s parents to celebrate Paul’s dad’s birthday, we’re going out to eat Mexican food (preeeeeetty much my favorite, ever) I hope everyone had a great MLKJ Day and I hope you got the day off, too. If you did have the day off, be a dear and tell me what you did with your free day!
January 14, 2011
It’s cold here. It stopped snowing, at least. But now it’s just that drizzly wet slush that leaves 4 inches of standing water in the grocery store parking lot and gets your pants wet up to your calves. So instead of looking outside, I’m trying to think warm thoughts and imagine that I am sitting in this hammock, right here.
Ah, if only. But instead, I’m here on my couch, plotting my attack on the upstairs. Yep, I’m signing off for the weekend and I’m going to try to tackle the linen closet and the spare bedroom. (The spare bedroom isn’t so much a bedroom as it is our library, sewing room, crafting space, instrument storage, and my hugemongous yarn stash hoarding room.) So wish me some luck and some warmth.