Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Wreath!



First, I'd like to say that I wish I was good a blogging.  I see lots of excellent crafty blogs that are updated regularly.  I think I've come to the conclusion that I'm just not that kind of person.  And I accept that.

Second, I was very crafty last night!  I made a super secret project for a housewarming present for my brother and sister-in-law.  They recently moved back to our home town of Scappoose!  While it's all exciting and stuff, it also is sad because they are now 45 minutes away instead of 15.  Boo!  It also means I'll probably be spending more time out in Columbia County.

Since I can't show that picture until tomorrow, I've shown you the summer wreath I made last year.  It had fallen off the wall and the kids pulled pieces off.  Since I had the glue gun out, I fixed it up with some new do-dads from the Dollar Tree.

And here's how it looked at the beginning of last summer:



Through out the summer I had added a few more little pieces. but that's the gist of what it was.  I guess I need to take a better picture of the new version.

You can find some of my inspirations on my So Wreathie Pintrest board. (they're towards the bottom)

Friday, February 7, 2014

50 books in 1 year: 2013

Another late 50 Books post...

Last year, almost everything I've read was a new to me book.  In fact, I think only 5 books are rereads and 3 of those are ones I've read out loud to Sabrina.

New this year, I'm including audiobooks.  I've never included them before because, well, I don't usually listen to them. They're great for on the train knitting!  But kind of a pain to check them out from the library.

I feel like I'm all over the place with this list, but it's been fun bouncing around from YA to fantasy to sci-fi to some Native American lit.

Goal: Just keeping track, but 50 would be great
January:
1 Castle Roogna - Piers Anthony
2 Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
3 A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust (book 5, part 1) - George RR Martin

February
3a A Dance with Dragons: After the Feast (book 5, part 2) - George RR Martin
4 The Game of Silence - Louise Erdrich
5 Midnighters: The Secret Hour - Scott Westerfeld
6 Midnighters: Touching Darkness - Scott Westerfeld
7 Midnighters: Blue Noon - Scott Westerfeld

March
8 Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
9 Beezus and Ramon - Beverly Cleary (out loud w/Sabrina)
10 Sundiver - David Brin
11 Peeps - Scott Westerfeld

April
12 So Yesterday - Scott Westerfeld
13 End of Days - Scott Westerfeld
14 Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
15 Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare
16 Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare

May
17 American Gods - Neil Gaiman
18 Janie Face to Face - Caroline B. Cooney
19 Ramona the Pest - Beverly Cleary (read out loud w/Sabrina)
20 Eye of the Heron - Ursula La Guin
21 Thistle Down - Irene Radford

June
22 Delirium - Lauren Oliver
23 City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
24 The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde
25 Ramona the Brave - Beverly Cleary (read out loud w/Sabrina)
26 The Antelope Wife - Louise Erdrich
27 City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
28 Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver

July
29 The Round House - Louise Erdrich
30 Requiem - Lauren Oliver
31 Eragon - Christopher Paolini
32 The Porcupine Year - Louise Erdrich

August
33 Chickadee - Louise Erdrich
34 My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece - Annabel Pitcher (audiobook, read by David Tennant)
35 City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
36 Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli
37 Stardust - Neil Gaiman

September
38 Eldest - Christopher Paolini
39 Hounding the Moon - P.R. Frost (Irene Radford)
40 City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare
41 Thimble Summer - Elizabeth Enright
42 Moon in the Mirror - P.R. Frost (Irene Radford)

October
43 Faery Moon - P.R. Frost (Irene Radford)
44 Silver: Return to Treasure Island - Andrew Motion (audiobook read by David Tennant)
45 The Silent Dragon - Irene Radford
46 The Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde
47 Forest Moon Rising - P.R. Frost (Irene Radford)
48 City of Lost Souls - Casandra Clare

November
49 Luka and the Fire of Life - Salman Rushdie

December
50 Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
51 Glory Season - David Brin

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

When good projects go wrong, day 2.

I'm pretty sure I used a size 8 needle for this blanket...  And the new yarn is also from stash, but I'm 150% this is acrylic.  Like, bad acrylic.  Like, bought but never used acrylic.

Last night, I used a size 4 circular needle to pick up the bottom stitches (because, unlike most people, I don't bind off my sections when doing a log cabin, I just keep the stitches live till I come back around with the next color... so I had live stitches already, it was a plus for this part of the project, not so nice when I had to catch each one as I cut out the felt.).



After making sure I was starting at the right side, I knit across.  The last stitch in each row was knit together with the "live" stitch on the side so I won't have to seam up the sides when I am done. You can see in the above picture that the right side is not very nice looking.  I didn't notice that my knit 2 together on the wrong side was creating that weird bumpy thing until I was mostly done.  I am so not ripping it out and knitting it again.  The left side looks lovely, so it's just going to stay.  Maybe after washing it will look better?



The next step will be to pick up the stitches across the bottom of the next section.  I plan on doing a 3 needle bind off on the back side.  I hope it works!

50 books in 1 year: 2012 (really late update!)

(I composed this post in October... sheduled it to post automatically at 8:00 two days later... and I guess it didn't)

I finailly did it!  Actually, I went over!

Goal:50
Total:53
January:
1 Farmer Boy - Laura Ingalls Wilder
2 Little Men - Louisa May Alcott

February
3 Jo’s Boys - Louisa May Alcott
4 Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austin
5 A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula Le Guin
6 Northanger Abbey - Jane Austin
7 Tales from Planet Earth - Arthur C. Clark

March
 8 City of Masks - Mary Hoffman
9 Messenger - Lois Lowry
10 A Larger Universe - Gillaspy, James
11 The Black Pearl - Scott O’Dell
12 A Spell for Chameleon - Piers Anthony

April
13 City of Stars - Mary Hoffman
14 Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
15 Island of the Blue Dolphin - Scott O’Dell
16 Mr. Popper’s Penguins - Richard Atwater

May
17 Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
18 The Borrowers - Mary Norton
19 The Borrowers Afield - Mary Norton
20 City of Flowers - Mary Hoffman
21 The Borrowers Afloat - Mary Norton
22 The Borrowers Aloft - Mary Norton
23 Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
24 The Borrowers Avenged - Mary Norton
25 City of Secrets - Mary Hoffman

June
26 City of Ships - Mary Hoffman
27 Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
28 The Plague of Doves - Louise Erdrich

July
29 A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
30 Earth - David Brin

August
31 The Source of Magic - Piers Anthony
32 Storm Glass - Maria V. Snyder
33 Gossamer - Lois Lowry

September
34 I am the Messenger - Markus Zusak
35 Otherness - David Brin
36 Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister - Gregory Maguire
37 Mirror Mirror - Gregory Maguire
38 Lincoln’s Dreams - Connie Willis

October
39 A Storm of Swords- George R.R. Martin
40 Sea Glass - Maria M. Snyder
41 Spy Glass - Maria M. Snyder
42 Pippi Goes on Board - Astrid Lindgren  (out loud with Sabrina)
43 Troubadour - Mary Hoffman
44 Swipe - Evan Angler
45 City of Swords - Mary Hoffman
46 The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman

November
47 The Face on the Milk Carton - Caroline B. Cooney
48 The Willoughbys - Lois Lowry
49 A Feast for Crows- George R.R. Martin

December
50 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
51 Whatever Happened to Janie? - Caroline B. Cooney
52 The Voice On The Radio - Caroline B. Cooney
53 What Janie Found - Caroline B. Cooney

Year in review:  I read a lot of young adult books, but I also read a lot of books for the first time this year.  Usually 75% of what I read is books I've already read before.  I'd like to blame the library.  I keep finding more and more books to read.  And I'd like to blame my coworker who gives me "must reads" all the time.  I'm extremely happy to finally have met my goal last year.

In the future: Well, that's right now and a post for another day.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

When good projects go wrong...

Or, fixing a mistake


A long time ago, I knit Sabrina a baby blanket.  Not just any blanket; an Oregon Ducks log cabin!  So awesome!



Or not so awesome...  I used scraps from my stash.  I thought they were all acrylic.  I really did.  Months later, or even a year later, I noticed some pulling in of one section.  Uh-oh!  Wool.  100% wool. 

Fast forward another 4 years.



I've been thinking about this blanket every time I see it.  It's been washed.  And washed.  And washed.  Every time, I think about cutting the felted section out, picking the stitches up, and re knitting that section.  Really?  I didn't do it. 

Until last night.  Richard was folding clothes and came across the blanket.  The deformed blanket that my daughter loves.  He says, "Can't you fix it?"  and I immediately accepted the challenge.  I picked out a new green, found a darning needle, some extra yarn in a light color and some very sharp scissors. 



2 hours later:



It was late.  I was tired.  I may have snipped a stitch I shouldn't have, so I'll have to fix that as well.  Tonight, I'm going to try to re-knit it.