Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I stumbled across a site a while back that fascinated me. I then joined a Yahoo group and then an exchange within the group. Isn't that the normal progression of getting ourselves into new "trouble"? I have actually participated four months in the exchange but only have two pictures. I forgot to take ones picture and the last one has not arrived at its new home yet so I don't want to spoil the surprise in case she reads my blog. I use a combination of knitting and crochet but mostly crochet. The last one, not yet pictured, has a little bit of beading.
What I have enjoyed so much about these little, about the size of my hand, guys is that there are no rules and no pattern. I find a bit of yarn, a color or whatever inspires me at the moment and add more yarns to compliment it. I try to pick a new stitch or technique with each one and since they are small they are a quick adventure. I seem to have little control over what they want to become. They have minds of their own.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

It's my bag

Everlasting bagstopper....
I love the name of this bag, I love this bag and I love that it won't be delegated to a grocery bag as it was originally planned to be. It is now a bag for anything nice I want to carry, like knitting or books or whatever. It is also a door decoration.

Why is it so special?

I may never wash it either.

Now the disclaimer.
Is this how the bag is supposed to look? Well, not exactly.
Did I use the yarn suggested?
Did I follow the pattern exactly?
Is any of this intentional? Yes and no.
I used a different yarn because I had it in my stash and I wanted to start the bag. This is also known as frugal.
The bag does not look like the picture because I didn't follow the pattern exactly but it was a TV watching project and every time Jack Bauer gets in a tight spot I tend to loose my place in my knitting. And since Jack gets in a lot of tight spots I get lost a lot. This is also known as taking creative license.
I plan to knit more Everlasting bagstoppers and I may have to let Jack sit the next one out.

One of the babies is here

Avery Nicole arrived Thursday evening. For the first time ever, well at least in recent memory, the gift was done before the baby was. Photographed, wrapped and waiting to be delivered. What the stork brought me was a BAD cold so I can't go visiting, holding, ooooing and ahhhhhing until the cold is gone. I have seen pictures and grandma is floating around at work. The kimono is from the book "Mason-Dixon Knitting" and the hat is called Baby's First Hat, designed by Abigail Goss of Crotiques. I found it online but I haven't been able to find it again.
Miss Avery is barely 6 lbs. so she will probably need to grow a bit before wearing this. I had baby sumo wrestlers so was very thankful for gifts that were a bit larger.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ravelry Invitation

I got my invitation today! I need a user name and some time to play.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Some interesting numbers. I guess I will be invited to join by the end of the week. I won't be home most of the weekend but I will get to play later. I've heard so much about Ravelry I can't wait to check it out.

9/21 I sent in my info. and I was #34627
10/16 5123 ahead of me and 9984 behind me
10/17 4200 ahead - 10,650 behind
10/18 3527 ahead - 11,028 behind
10/19 3228 ahead - 11,483 behind
10/22 1905 ahead - 12,506 behind
10/23 1204 ahead - 12,937 behind

This is going to be HUGE! Any one already a member? I have heard there is so much incredible inspiration in this one spot. I can hardly wait.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Podcast & Contest

Monday Vickie Howell posted a contest to celebrate the launch of her Podcast Craft. Rock. Listen. Just for linking to the information on her website she would send a skein of her new yarn. Even though I don't think I really know how to do that properly yet I linked to her web site and today I am listed on her blog and I am watching the mailbox for the yarn. How cool is that? A skein of yarn for just a couple minutes of trying to figure out how to do something.
I also entered the contest for some free books but I didn't win any of those. Congratulations to those who did.
Check out Vickie's site for information on her podcast. She has some great guests lined up.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Finished and their stories

Catching up on a few things that were recently finished. The bib goes to a long-time friend for a grand baby to be born soon. The multi-color baby hat is preemie/doll size and doesn't have a home yet. Neither does the pink/lavender one though it has a twin that goes with a kimono that is almost complete. The kimono and hat will go to a baby expected any day now. I guess I had better get the ribbons on the kimono so I can photograph and otherwise prepare it for delivery to the new little one.

This prayer shawl has a sad but "it's a God thing" story. I made the shawl several months ago. It is black Lion Brand Homespun and lots of different pinks, variegated and shades that coordinate with pink. I just loved the feel of it and I couldn't seem to get it to the church office to be used as needed. A week ago Wednesday I also had 5 prayer cloths I had made and intended to drop off at the church office after my Prayer Shawl meeting but the door was locked. I didn't take pictures of the cloths. On with the story. The very next day we received word that a niece in her early 30's with 4 small children and a husband has been diagnosed with breast cancer. That saga continues with the possibility that the cancer has spread.
I immediately knew where this shawl was supposed to go to live. With Kelly. Why did I have 5 prayer cloths with no home? Because Darrin and the 4 beautiful kiddos needed something to comfort them as well. It certainly is a God thing.