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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Capable Hands

So, you were expecting to see some knitting or some sewing -- well -- I've fooled you. All you are going to see in this post are two tired hands. I've been gardening all day. Between last weekend and this one, we have moved seven shrubs and four hostas. We've also been edging flower beds, spreading some 26 bags of mulch, and planting six new shrubs. And that is just at our house. Mom's new home has a sodded lawn in the front -- but was seeded in the back. So, today was a day that we raked up the straw in the back yard, scratched the earth in the areas that didn't 'take' at all, overseeded the entire back and then fertilized it. I did all this with my best friend and sister, Amy.

Here are my hands. They are capable hands. They can sew, knit, pet a kitty, hug my Mom, type on the computer, write a note to a friend, or do all that I described above. So, while they do look a little abused, they are hands that I'm proud to have.


Monday, April 03, 2006

101 Things in 1001 Days

I read about this on someone else's blog somewhere -- not sure where -- but decided I wanted to make this list so that I could focus on things that I want to accomplish. Basically, you make a list of 101 goals to accomplish in 1001 days. So -- here's my list. It's 101 items -- but has been broken out into categories.

Crafty related items:

  1. Knit a Clapotis out of Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb. I have the Gold Hill colorway of this yummy yarn -- and would really like to accomplish this task.
  2. Knit a pair of socks for me.
  3. Knit a pair of socks for my mom.
  4. Knit a pair of socks for my sister.
  5. Knit a pair of socks for my friend Liz.
  6. Knit something for my friend April. She is kind of picky -- but I think that a scarf made from Muench Touch Me would be hard for her to resist.
  7. Knit some kitty toys for the cats across the street -- Daisy and Tigger.
  8. Make a brick quilt.
  9. Make the Autumn Ridge flannel quilt.
  10. Make a quilt for Ellie's graduation gift.
  11. Make some quilt postcards. Sell some of these.
  12. Make some notecards. Sell some of these.
  13. Make throw pillows for my bedroom.
  14. Knit a sweater.
  15. Finish 20 knit projects.
  16. Finish 10 quilts.
  17. Make a purse from the Japanese Machine Made Patchworks book.
  18. Create an art quilt.
  19. Make shoe bags.
  20. Make a crazy quilt purse for Mom. This (and the one's I make for Amy and me) will be made with fabric from my Dad's ties.
  21. Make a crazy quilt purse for Amy.
  22. Make a crazy quilt purse for me.
  23. Make pin cushions with felted sweaters.
  24. Make 10 handbags.
  25. Make a phychedelic squares afghan.
  26. Knit two afghans for the Julian Center.
  27. Make an art project with paint chip color cards.
  28. Paint a canvas for my room.
  29. Photograph color studies.
  30. Photograph quilts.
  31. Photograph fruits sliced and whole.
  32. Make 10 crafts with thrift sweaters.
  33. Organize my craft books and magazines.

Home improvement related items.

  1. Make roman shades for my bedroom and bathroom.
  2. Make drapes for Mom's sliding glass door.
  3. Make two drapery panels for Mom's living room windows. I already made two -- so the windows look pretty good, but two more will help to dress it up even more.
  4. Make a comforter cover for Mom's bed.
  5. Finish planting garden at our house.
  6. Get cabinets in the basement.
  7. Paint the kitchen.
  8. Paint the family room.
  9. Paint the living room.
  10. Paint the game room.
  11. Paint the upstairs hall.
  12. Paint my bedroom.
  13. Paint my bathroom.
  14. Paint the guest room.
  15. Touch up the paint in the downstairs bathroom.
  16. Touch up the paint in the basement.
  17. Paint the basement woodwork.
  18. Clean out the basement window well.
  19. Repair the basement window screen.
  20. Make a window treatment for the basement window.
  21. Find a long term solution to prevent critters from getting into the basement window well.
  22. Fix bathroom wall.
  23. Resolve open issues with home builder.
  24. Clean out my closet.

Purchase Sell or Invest items.

  1. Buy an Ipod.
  2. Sell stuff I don't need on eBay.
  3. Pay off credit card debt.
  4. Purchase a chaise lounge for my sitting room.
  5. Open an investment account.
  6. Sell our old couch.
  7. Sell our coffee table.
  8. Purchase a new computer.
  9. Purchase a cutting table.
  10. Purchase a cutting mat for the cutting table.
  11. Purchase an ironing board cover for the cutting table.
  12. Sell the china cabinet.
  13. Fix and flip a house.

Travel related items.

  1. Visit Victoria Island
  2. Take a cruise
  3. Take a vacation by myself
  4. Visit my cousin Janet.
  5. Visit relatives in Arizona -- go to Grand Canyon.
  6. Visit one weekend with Janine.
  7. Visit one weekend with Kirsten.
  8. Visit New York or Los Angelas fabric districts.
  9. Take Mom to Chigago for a weekend.
  10. Go to Holland, Michigan in the Spring when the tulips bloom.
  11. Go to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
  12. Go to Stitches Midwest (Chicago).
  13. Go to Biltmore.
  14. Go to International Quilt Show in Chicago.

Health and Body related items.

  1. Lose at least 70 lbs.
  2. Walk a marathon.
  3. Get a rock massage.
  4. Find a new doctor.
  5. Find a new eye doctor.
  6. Look into having eye surgery.

Miscellaneous items.

  1. Watch all the DVD's that we own.
  2. Write 10 letters of at least three pages.
  3. Get out a different set of china for everyday use.
  4. Have three dinner parties where we invite people who haven't ever been over.
  5. Bake a loaf of bread.
  6. Read Chronicles of Narnia.
  7. Read 10 books.
  8. Take Mom to a concert at the Circle Theater.
  9. Organize my desk and files at work.
  10. Journal about these 101 items.
  11. Make a new list of 101 things.

Original Start Date: 2/14/2006

Completion Date: 11/11/2008

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Wrap it Up

I love love love to knit. Here are a couple of my current projects.

I just finished a shawl made from Mountain Colors yarns. I think the colorway was "pebbles" or something like that. This shawl is very long. I love the colors -- and it is sooo warm. The afghan crochet blanket that is beside it is a baby afghan made for me by my great grandmother many many many years ago. I have it out so that I can look at it daily. The chair was my great grandmother's too. I think she'd be happy to know that I enjoy sitting in it -- and that even tho I'm a middle aged woman, I still appreciate and enjoy the blanket she made for me when I was a baby.

The next image is detail from the Mountain Colors Shawl.

This last photo is a Koigu Alligator Shawl that I've been working on for a long long time. It is a real slog to get thru it -- but is good knitting when you want to sit and yack with friends. That handsome man in the photo is my Dad. He's been gone from us now for almost 3 years -- but he always supported my crafty pursuits.

Monday, March 27, 2006

A Fresh Start

I started a blog last Fall -- but never really got going with posting on a regular basis. I really want to do this as I think that it would give me a good creative outlet. I'm not often able to post photos -- but I'll see what I can do to make it as interesting as possible for anyone who might wander over for a look.