Category Archives: creativity

Am I nuts, or what?

NaBloPoMo August 2013

I’ve been crazy busy at work, coming home so fried that all I can do is binge-watch Sister Wives, so of course I have to join another blogging marathon.

Look for more music, musings and craftiness to come!

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Knit the Sky

I came across a very cool knitting project the other day that I think I’m going to do as my back to school project.

Using two blues, two grays and a white, you knit a stripe every day that reflects the color of the sky that day. The originator of this project uses garter stitch, so that’s knitting two rows back and forth. The time you spend doing this project depends on the gauge of yarn you choose. The kit comes with lace weight, which will take a year to make a five-foot scarf.

I’m thinking of starting mine on September 24, the autumnal equinox. Not sure if I’m going to use lace weight or not. And as much as I like the idea of taking the time to knit just one row every day, I know I probably won’t, so I may just take a quick photo and then knit when I have time.

The designer calls her projects conceptual knitting. I like the ideas a lot, especially the social knitwork scarf, but she uses a lot of orange, and I am not an orange person.

Road Trippin’

We are on our way to the beach. Right now we’re in a hotel about an hour away, waiting for The Man to be ready to go.

I have given up on the skirt, at least for now. I think I should start with things not meant to be worn on the body before I try a piece of clothing that I would actually wear in public.

I bought some lovely cotton yarn, and I’m going to make granny squares. I am much more comfortable with yarn, having been a knitter since college. The pattern I’m using is from purlbee’s rainbow blanket. Please note how much it costs if you use the suggested colors and yarn, and that I am doing neither. I’ll add pics as I go along.

A snag in the skirt.

I had such grand plans. I was going to make a nice skirt in a weekend. By following simple directions, I would have a skirt that looked like it came from J. Crew. It would be kind of like this, but a bit longer:

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Well. I made the skirt as directed up to the part of fitting the waist. Oh. My. God. The excess fabric was horrible! I could give the old broad on the right a run for her money:

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So, I’ve hacked off a good bit at the hips, but still need to taper the waistline more. I’m planning a full post of the story of making this skirt, but I leave for vacation on Friday, so it won’t happen for awhile.

My next challenge!

Today I signed up for a phone photography workshop at Big Picture Classes. The class runs though July.

I have an iPhone 4, and am tapping my toes waiting for the next version of the iPhone to be released. Rumor has it that the camera is an improvement on the iPhone 5, and that’s what I care about the most.

Should be fun! Look for regular Instagram updates from me in July.

So many projects, so little time

My latest online addiction is Pinterest. I love seeing all the projects I want to make, food I want to eat and clothes I want to wear. (Note to self: if you want to wear the clothes, don’t  eat the food.) On slow days at work, it’s always in up one of my multitude of browser tabs. Fortunately, my work requires me to be social media savvy, so my pinning is “research.” That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Lately, I’ve been pinning sewing projects. I’ve been learning quilting, but also want to try my hand at making some simple clothes. I found a skirt pattern that looks pretty simple that this blogger reverse engineered from a J Crew skirt, and I have a nice soft denim-y fabric that would make a nice summer skirt. I’m going to make it a little longer, to just above the knee.

I also ordered a kit to make a quilted Christmas throw for my nephew and niece-to-be. We’ll see how it turns out if I give it to them or not, but the pattern looked pretty easy.  It will be waiting for me when I get home.

When I’m going to find the time to do all this, I do not know.  If you like to pin pretty stuff on Pinterest, follow me!