Sunday, January 31, 2010

It's been a while...

since I last had anything crafty to talk about. My personal life has kind of taken over for the moment. Admittedly, I have had some stressful situation come into view, but through it all, I have been trying to craft.

As for the moment, I am "homeless", living with family in a guest room while we find a new place to call home. In thanks to my Aunt-in-law, Hollie, I am knitting her a wide fuzzy scarf.

This isn't just any this is the first project I am doing...ever on knitting needles instead of the looms. I am using size 15's. I picked them up today while shopping. I am doing it is a color called Barley from the LionBrand Homespun line.

The sweaters from the previous post were put on hold when we lost our house.

We are trying to get into a new place this week, looking at an apartment tomorrow, can not wait to get back into my own room.

As for right now, I need to go get some water, and some artificial light. I have had a migraine all day, just getting to where I can work in artificial light. I'll post pictures of the scarf later.

Friday, January 8, 2010

My newest project...hopefully

I am working on taking some designs I have found, and altering them to fit my needs. Specifically in regards to baby jumper (sweaters)

here is my inspiration:

Pink Sweater (image wouldn't transfer)
Blue Sweater ( Image also wouldn't transfer)

I have not chosen my yarn, and am not going to be following a pattern, just working from feeling.

I'll post pics as I get it going.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Winter term 2010

So...the first week of Winter term is almost over. Just two classes today. Customer service and Business math. Fun stuff. Started Aikido yesterday... all I can say is OUCH. I didn't realize how out of shape I am, I literally had to FALL out of bed this morning.

Got into my Spanish classes Tuesday, then after 1 class period, found out that the teacher talks too fast for me to actually learn. So I dropped it. Picked up the Aikido to replace it.

Also, got into my first Aid/CPR/and Fitness class. and my Customer service class.

All of these classes were waitlisted. our campus has over 6000 more people than it has seats. and the state doesn't feel that it really needs more room/funding, we can do with what we have.

Logically, the school should hire teachers assistants, that way, a) more people would be able to get jobs, b) more people would be paying to go to school (therefore paying for the extra hires) c) the school could handle more students to make this economy a little easier to handle.

In knitting news: I have made several more cowls, and am designing a balaclava in brown "Barley" homespun yarn from Lion Brand. I have already made the gauntlet bracers to match. Not fingerless gloves, but just wrist warmers, tucked under the cuff of a loose sweater, they keep the wind out of the sleeves. I'll post pics when I can.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Some helpful hints for your technological adventures!

Though not necessarily crafty, I thought it might help, what with Christmas having just passed, and with the new term for school starting...

My husband is somewhat of a computer geek, which is great when it comes to free services to keep my computer (the lifeline, blood, sweat and tears of my business) up and running in tip-top shape.

He has written up a great tutorial on Glary Utilities, a must have for anyone who wants a simple yet effective "one-stop-shop" of computer protection.

He also has a great write up on Mozilla Firefox, which I prefer hands down to Internet Explorer! It is a must read and I can not tell you how thankful I am since he introduced me to these programs.

For everything else he writes about (book reviews, rants, raves, software directions and reviews, steps for furthering your education, and much much more, check out his entire blog, from head to toe! Getting There - Guns Girls and Obnoxious Sunglasses by David Mayernik

Leave him some comments on your thought about his blog!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Regarding post: Boxing Day

So in regard to hoping to get the goals accomplished before teh new year, I was mostly successful.

Achieving 8.5 of 15.

Now, still need to get a few more done, but I got a lot out of the way. On to a new year and new adventure!

Some of the holiday crafting photos surface

Here is the only photo I have gotten to surface from Christmas with the inlaws...

This is my Grandma-in-Law Nancy with her handcrafted homespun scarf by me..

This was knit on the long KK in pink. I zig-zagged using every other peg on every each side, creating an actual zig-zag patter (rather than the Z formed from the normal zig zag stitch or the figure 8 stitch. This creates a rib on every other peg on each side alternating between which side has the rib in which space. I am starting a new scarf today, I will add a pic so show you what I mean.

Bringing in the new year with a quote to live by.

"Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." ~ Author unknown

I received this in an email about my sister. It has lifted my spirits this year already.