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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Catch up!!

OK, so I've been a bad blogger, but at least I realized that before my friend Ellen has to tell me that I've been a bad blogger! (Hi Ellen!)

So, lots to catch you all up on!! First up, my sister came down with my new niece last weekend. Isn't she just precious!! I could hold her all day long!

One day

Apparently, my sister and DH forgot the Pack 'n Play in Florida on their last trip and my other sister wasn't thinking clearly when they first came down. There was no place for Maya to sleep so they had to think fast and make a bed that was the right size for Maya to sleep in....

Tada! Baby-in-a-basket!

Basket Maya
And just the perfect size too!! :)

As you all know, well those of you that have been following my blog for a while now, I earned my National Boards Teaching Certificate this year! The county that I work in had an official pinning ceremony for us were we received our official NBCT pins. It was a nice, although at times boring, ceremony. The pin is now officially collecting dust in my jewelry box :) My gf in the middle there called me up the day after the ceremony to inform me that her pin never made it home that night! I laughed so hard when she told me that. She apparently lost the name tag and the pin was on her name tag. She called me up just last night to let me know she did indeed find her pin in the back seat of her car on the floor board.

The state is having a formal dinner for all who have achieved in the state sometime in March and shortly here I should be received my official certificate! I can't wait.

The Three Musketeers

I have several projects on the needles, but these are the three that I am currently working on. Back in December, I decided I was going to match up patterns and yarns so that projects were all ready to go this year. I bagged up about 16 skeins of sock yarns in hopes of getting more socks completed. My official goal is one pair a month, but the more the merrier! I picked this yarn out in February because there were suppose to be my official Valentine's Day socks. Needles to say - I just finished turning both heels last night and starting to work up the leg. I am loving this pattern (Baudelaire by Cookie A.) and the yarn! The yarn is Yarn Love's Marianne Dashwood in the colorway Summer Sangria. This colorway is just luscious!


I'm also in a March sock contest in the Sheila Rovelstad Design group on Ravelry. We had to cast on a pair of socks with green yarn (minimum 25% green in the colorway) so I pulled out my BlueMoon Fiber Arts - Socks That Rock in the colorway Lucky and cast on for Pomatomus by Cookie A. *yes, that's two Cookie A patterns on needles at once* These socks have to be finished by March 31st, but I'm aiming to wear them ON St. Patty's day - St. Patty's Day 2009 that is!! :)
Socks that Rock


Lastly is a baby blanket my gf asked me to make for another friend. I will have this blanket done before Wednesday rolls around! *I swear it Tulabug!*

Baby blanket

Here's a little yarn porn for ya. This is the first installment for the Wullenstudio sock club. Isn't this gorgeous!! This is actually my 2nd skein of it.


spring shipment

The first skein I received was to test knit the official pattern for the sock club! Didn't they come out beautifully!! I just love how the colors blend together so well!

Lace Petal Socks

Apparently Frisco thought this pair was for him!


Here are just a few projects that I have finished since my last post.

First we have a simple cowl that I made for my Valentine Vampire Swap partner.

Pattern: Simple Cowl (Rav link)
Yarn: South West Trading Company Gianna
Needles: KnitPicks size 11
Modifications: None

Next up the Christening bonnet for my niece. She doesn't look to thrilled to have this on her head does she? *she sure does have the Billy Idol snear coming along there*

Christening Hat Maya
Pattern: Feather & Fan Bonnet by Larissa Brown (Rav link)
Yarn: Patons Silk Bamboo
Needles: KnitPicks size 6
Modifications: None, I did add a wide satin ribbon around the bottom to tie a nice bow on the side and keeo the bonnet on her head.

Just couldn't resist sharing this picture as well :)

A Flower Fairy

Last up are the Christening Booties.

Christening Booties
Pattern: Mary Jane Booties by Lucie Sinkler (Rav link)
Yarn: Patons Silk Bamboo
Needles: KnitPicks DPN size 3
Modifications: None.

Next up - something for ME!!

Just Enough Ruffles
Pattern: Just Enough Ruffles by Laura Chau (Rav link)
Yarn: 100purewool.com Worsted Merino Single (love this yarn!! Just like Malabrigo, but less expensive)
Needles: KnitPicks size 8
Modifications: None

Had another skein and a half of this colorway, so I made a beret to match and looking to make some fingerless gloves with the remaining yarn.
Pattern: Meret (Mystery Beret) by Woolly Wormhead (Rav link)
Yarn: 100purewool.com Worsted Merino Single
Needles: KnitPicks size 8
Modifications: 4 repeats before decreasing.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A New Hobby??

Last Saturday I took a glass blowing workshop with some friends, Naomi, Racheal and a friend of Naomi's Joe. Not something I would have scoutted out on my own, but I figured what the heck. The lesson was only $40 and I get to take home the piece that I make. For the life of me I can't remember the instructors name, but he was a good teacher. He gave a demonstration of the three different things you could make at the workshop; you could pull a flower, blow a glass ornament, or make a necklace pendant. After we each finished out pieces, we talked about taking the 4 week course. Unfortunately, my basement fiasco happened the very next day and the money I would have spend on the class went to the plummer instead. So, no class for me right now. I am thinking that I might take the workshop again - I mean for $40 and I get to take home what I make - instant handmade gifts!

Anyhoo, here are some photos from that day. There's apparently a video of this out on facebook somewhere too. If my girlfriend ever gets around to sending me the video I will post it.

Glass Blowing Lesson

And here is what I made that day. I call it my Twlight Flower *yes, after the series* I'm really happy with how it came out and right now it is front and center in the china cabinet, mainly so Frisco doesn't bat it around and turn it into a shatter glass.

Twilight flower

Twilight flower


I so would love to put a sink like this in my bathroom! Is that not the coolest! Yeah, those are the wacky girls I took the workshop with.