Monday, May 9, 2016

It's been a long time...

Hello Readers!

Well, those of you who are still here anyway... that's my fault, really. But I have a good excuse. We moved to Puerto Rico! 

The view from Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Transition has been tough, I won't lie. I haven't acclimated to the culture as well as I'd hoped but it's only 14 more months until we move again, so I'll survive. 

Nope, I'm not at a public beach, still at the Coast Guard Base!
It's not without it's charms here though. I'm seeing things I never would have otherwise. The weather and water are gorgeous too, and a girl could get used to it!

Playa de Cerro Gordo, PR.

And best of all?

I've been crafting again!

But more on that, soon.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Too Many Beginnings!

I've been looking around my living room (a bonafide mess, I assure you) and I'm seeing projects everywhere.

In a box, there's some Hexipuffs and the Once Upon a Time Sampler (neatly folded, mind you) awaiting it's next clue.

In another box, there is all of the yarn for a certain little girl's afghan 
as well as the 80% of it that is done.

Oh yes and MORE stitching!

I have a 12 Days of Christmas Sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery started.

And did I mention that Past, Present, & Forever has returned?

Yes, it has. 
If you have this kit and want to stitch along with us we're using the hashtag #CinderellasCastleStitchalong on Instagram!

There is also a bag of yarn set aside for a baby blanket (baby is due in May), as well as several balls in a box for a few knit lovelies for a baby girl due soon! 

I think I'm going to start that today, as that baby is rapidly approaching her arrival. With the rest of it, I don't know how to prioritize!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Stitch On!

With the Ravellenic Games complete and the medals awarded, I'm happy to take a break from (most of) my knitting and cross-stitch my heart out.

I still have knitting projects going on, like a Log Cabin Blanket for my niece, my portable hexipuffs, and slowly wrapping up some WIPs, but I'm trying to not undertake anything huge for a bit.

So what Cross-Stitching could I be so content with, that I'm nearing the point of craft-monogamy?

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery of course!

I was encouraged to start their Once Upon a Time StitchAlong for 2014 and fell down the rabbit-hole.

First came the Border.

I did the frames and then the beautiful decorative border of flowers, crowns, and mushrooms. I mostly stuck to the patter with a few tweaks. I have golden crowns I changed my text to Evey's favorite color (Purple), and My castles got some grey flagstone touches.

Next came January's Square.

Changes here include some accidental shifting here and there, Snow's blouse is Pink instead of White, her Disney dress is on the clothesline, and perhaps the most noticeable, are my little dwarves! This sampler will hang in my daughter's room when it's done so it's really important to me that she have a lot of input. She asked for Dopey and Grumpy and boy do I think I delivered! You'll notice a very "Disney" flavor to my sampler compared to the pattern.

Next we did February!

The only change we actually made was the Frog Princess herself! We toyed with adding a fork or a gumbo pot for Tiana but ultimately we agreed that just having Tiana herself was enough. Evey loves that Tiana looks just like her!

March is currently underway, but you can have a sneak peak of my Three Little Pigs if you ask nicely!

I've fallen so in love with with The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery that I bought five (Yes 5!!) more patterns and then went ahead and stockpiled all of the supplies for them!!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Ravellenic Games Wrap-Up!

It's over!!!

I managed to finish the shawl of amazingness. It was a labor of love but I pulled it off.

It's huge too! It has a 5 foot wingspan, and it 3 feet along the spine! And it's pretty good that I got that done because my spinning hit a HUGE snafu!

I was finishing the second single of Space Pixie when I got up to let my dog out. I stood up, and promptly bit it. After a lot of ice, Salon Pas patches, and ibuprofen, I finished the single and plied it together. It was never washed or photographed though, so they are still to come.

I never got to touch my Loop batts :(

But I have a pretty beautiful shawl!

Friday, February 14, 2014

It Happened Last Night... [Ravellenic Games Update 4]

Firstly, let me wish you Happy Valentine's Day if you celebrate that sort of thing.

Secondly, last night I not only finished the edging of doom, but I stepped it up. I picked up the near-300 stitches along the edge. The edge that insisted on twisting and making that difficult throughout the whole ordeal. Glad that's over with. And before going to bed, I even knit the next few rows of the pattern.

From here on this shawl should move at a steady click. Should. Then again these things like to toy with my emotions.

I still have yarn to spin for the games too. I'll probably knock one of the spinning projects this weekend when I need a break from knitting. It's nice to have a relief pitcher!

I realized, wonderful readers of this small blog, I never explained the Games and what it is I'm doing! (Did I? I think I just jumped into my goals)

Every Olympic Season, be it Summer or Winter, knitters spinners and crocheters everywhere begin training. Training entails gathering tools, project selection, and swatching. During the Opening Ceremonies we all begin at once, challenging ourselves to finish our chosen projects by the time flame is extinguished and the games are over.

It's 16 days of crafting at breakneck speed. In the end you enter your projects for consideration for medals, by which we mean little stickers on our project page on Ravelry.

This is my first year, but it's super motivating, and I love it!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ravellenic Games Update 3

We've had a touch of winter weather. It started beautifully, there was gorgeous fluffy snow (I say this because it looked gorgeous and fluffy, not because I had any inclination to go out in it) and it was sticking. I watched, smiling a little, thinking I'd get to sleep in because it would be another snow day. I watched the Olympics, knit for a while on Dorothy, and relaxed.

I finished a dozen more repeats on the edging (Yep, the one I expected to have finished Monday night) and suddenly started hearing the sound of running water. I turned my head and the disappointment washed over me as the torrential rain washed away all of the beautiful snow. And with the snow went my dreams of sleep. 

Let's not discuss the fact that had it been a snow day, I'd have another kid in the house making noise anyway. Or the fact that the kids really don't need another snow day (Aidan has a four-day weekend already).  Of course instead of doing the logical thing and immediately going to bed, I opted to watch a movie and keep knitting anyway.

Around 2:30 I finally started yawning and dragged myself upstairs. I only have a bit more on the edging to go (13 more repeats) and maybe, just maybe, today I'll get to start the body of this beautiful beast!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Ravellenic Games Update 2

I'm here, trudging along on my shawl still. Yesterday included a trip to Philadelphia (a 90 minute drive mind you) and I could not get it together to knit. I think I was too tired or something. I sat in the car listlessly staring out the window and every time I shifted to reach for my knitting bag I lost all motivation again.

Today I'm going to try extra hard and knock out (fingers crossed!) my edging. I have 31 of the 71 repeats finished now. That's not a huge amount of progress but if I keep focused today and resist the urge to do chores I can do it. I know, I know, I am a brave warrior, making the laundry and vacuuming wait another day, but I do it for glory. 

In our bout to Philly yesterday, we hit Ikea. I love Ikea. I wish I could take up residence in Ikea. It's my wonderland. While there I got a new floor-lamp so I can actually craft on my couch instead of isolating myself to the only light source in my living room. We also found a kid's round table that I'd been eyeing up online for Evey for tea parties. This is win-win because it also allows me to move all of the crayons, markers, coloring books, glue sticks, and construction paper OUT of my dining room. Leading to a more live-able home environment downstairs. 

From Ikea we drove over to an over-priced parking lot to surprise the kids with one of their favorite traditions. We went to the Auto Show! My son has been obsessed with cars for as long as he's been able to grasp a little stuffed steering wheel. He can tell you if that car driving by is a Toyota or a Ford or a Suzuki (That one is courtesy of Brian, and hysterical to hear him try to say). He LOVES seeing all the cars in one place, climbing inside and testing out all of the buttons, steering wheels and seat backs. 

This year was especially fun because he finally has the strength to open and close the car doors himself. We also, and this is completely unrelated, played hide-and-seek throughout the day! The kids got their free swag, which is another game for them while they learn to comfortably speak with strangers in a controlled environment. 

All in all we had a great time. Heading home we encountered some car struggles (the irony is not lost on me) and crawled home where I swear I overheard my poor car sigh with relief. The repairs should be easy enough to make today in the daylight but it was still enough to encourage me to stay in and knit my heart out today. 

Anyone else making progress on their project for the Ravellenic Games? Did you go anywhere fun this weekend?