Friday, February 28, 2014

A Good Day is......

Well now that my pity party is over I can focus on the birthday party coming up tomorrow.  We are going to paint pottery and eat enormous amounts of chocolate. My daughter has turned 13 and I thought it would be appropriate to eat large quantities of decadent sweets.
I have taken more pictures of my creations and I have stopped creating much lately because I am struggling with a tunic that I would love to figure out. It is lovely but I am not great at piecing things together. I would much rather have a continuous project going until the end.
This looks red but it is brown. I am trying to fix my pictures so that they represent correctly what they look like. I am not quite there.
I really like this blue one. I only had a little bit of the wool yarn left and this is what I made from it. It is lovely. Because it is wool, it is a little bit itchy but very warm and it lays flat because of the twist. I am very happy with it.
This yarn is silver and very soft. It is 50% silk. The item is more of a cowl. It fits loosely around my neck and goes over my head easily. There are many loose strands of yarn because of the tulip design so it is a high risk for snagging. I will consider this more carefully next time I work with this type of yarn. It would have served me better in a tighter pattern.

I am so in love with this one, I may not give it up. It is so long and the colors are bold. It reminds me of something that I would buy at Anthropologie. I will definitely make a new one of these when I have enough scraps. 

This is similar to the scarf above. It was just a project that I worked on while traveling. I had no pattern and no real idea of what I was doing so it is fairly ugly and it is all scraps so I am willing to give it to a good home. hahaha. 

This one took me forever to figure out how to do the skulls. The pattern that I found online was not correct. The skulls curl in. I had to improvise to get a couple that are constructed properly. I will know exactly what I am doing when I get good yarn. I am planning to make this with white or cream colored yarn with trails of flowers in many different colors flowing through it. I have a gorgeous mental picture of it. :)

This is a basket weave pattern and I was amazed at how simple this pattern is. I was so happy with how it looked and I can't wait to buy pretty yarn to do these projects that I have only been practicing at.
This is another simple pattern that I thought turned out fairly well. I had to "sew" it together to form the circle and I wasn't happy about that. I have mentioned before that I don't like piecing things together. I will get more comfortable with these things. That is why I practice with material that is cheap. I want to be great at completing a project when I have the best material.

For now, I need to work on my photographs. Perhaps I will set up a photo box to capture the colors correctly and get the lighting right. Even though these are "fine" photos, I don't think they look at all the way I would like for them to. I may even have to make a sculpture to prop the scarves on for a better representation of the size. I have a few dolls that I made a year or so ago and I will put them up here also. I am having a great day when I have finished a project.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tonight I feel Fat

I know that we all feel this way sometimes. I see the texture on my legs and I get depressed. I have very little willpower. I enjoy eating and I indulge often. My husband likes to exercise but I hate it. I am ready for warmer weather so that we can go for walks again.

My skull scarf is coming together. I really do enjoy yarn arts but I have been told that my abilities are less than impressive. Wow, that kinda hurt. I would like to be good at something that I enjoy. I guess I won't be selling many scarves if they are "less than impressive".

I am a little bit bummed. I think I will make this a short post for tonight and post pics of the finished skull scarf tomorrow. Maybe I will even have more of my geek quilt to show then also.

Once again, I am not listening to music. Perhaps I should, it might improve my mood.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Always more Projects

I guess I should start making lists.
I start things but have difficulty finishing them at times. The bigger the project the more likely I will quit before the end. Well, maybe I can change that.
This looks similar to another scarf but it is only the same yarn.

This is a lovely picture but it is difficult to tell that it is a scarf. I call it my ugly scarf. :)

This is a purse made from grocery sacks. I absolutely love up-cycling.

I am trying to get a handle on Rhino art so that I may do a piece for my hubby's office.

I am a goof. My son wanted silly faces to help sell the scarves. This one did not make the cut. hahaha.

This is the ugly scarf. It is actually one of my favorites.

I don't know what I am thinking sometimes. ugh.

Practicing the simple granny square.

This was a great stitch and I made the blanket quite large but then I took it all out because I don't care for pink.

I wish I could remember how I did this stitch. I really like it.

This is perfect in so many ways but I hate the colors. I will be making this pattern again.

I dyed the pink yarn because I am not so fond of pink.

The bulk of my collection.

The dyed pink ball of yarn. I was impressed with its size.

My new project is a skull scarf. This is not the best one but then again, none of them are.

This is the beginning of a geek quilt. I have only tacked down the pieces to some of these circles. I will do a satin stitch to hold everything firmly in place once I have all of my circles cut and tacked.

Skull scarf coming together.

It needs to be longer and maybe fatter. All of the heads will face the proper direction when I am finished also.
I am not listening to music tonight. I am about ready for bed. Goodnight sweeties.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Well, That was a Long Break

I am reinventing my life right now. I have failed out of nursing school and I am starting over from square one.
It is difficult to talk about to people that know me because failure was never an option. It was just something that I wanted to do. It was not necessary for income. It would have been wonderful to be able to say that "I have a career and that I am trained and licensed to do something that I am super great at" but now I am back to working hard at not working. 
I guess this bump in the road leaves more time for a blog.

Let's try this again and see if we can get it up and running like we should.

Today I am still 10 pounds from my ideal weight. I am still shooting for a 15 pound loss so that my fluctuations will be tolerable. ;)   I am doing the 200 sit ups program.

I hate exercising and this hasn't been that bad. I occasionally do yoga in the mornings because I always feel better when I am all stretched out and limber.

I am doing crochet and quilting at the moment and I will place pics of the projects as they progress.
This was a skull cap for a nursing school friend.

 Baby blanket for a child who's parents love to hunt

 This a knitted baby blanket for no one in particular

 Obviously my daughter took this scarf. I think it is crochet.

This is for a friend that has a latex allergy so this keeps her safe at clinicals.

These are one reason why dieting is so difficult. Peanut Butter Balls.
I have more pictures to add but they can be added later. I just wanted to get this blog back off of the ground. I have some topics that I would like to address each time I write on here. One thing I would always like to tell you is what I am listening to. So today I have been enjoying my Norah Jones playlist on Pandora. Right now it is Jack Johnson singing Cocoon.