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Sunday, August 30, 2009

See Katie Sew

Just thought I let you guys know that Katie over at See Katie Sew is having a scrap giveaway. Go check out her blog. Katie has some awesome projects that she works on when she can find the time.

FO: Monkey's hat

Well this week I did get this finished. The this hat has been sitting on the to finish pile since April. All it was waiting for was for me to add ties and sew in the ends:

Em's hat, originally uploaded by afraenia.

Patterns: Scrappy Flap Hat by Tiennie

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease. I used all yarn from the stash/scrape pile. colors I think are: cream, denim, gray, and dark rose

Size: knitted on size 7 circular needles and end with 5 stitches per inch and had six pattern repeats.

This was my first attempt at color work. I don't think it turned out too bad. But I don't like sewing in all those ends.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Friday, August 21, 2009

FO: Crossover jacket

What a week. I'm so glad that it if Friday. It's been rainy here most of the week. Which I don't really mind. But it's made it hard to want to get anything done. I've wanted to spend most of my time curled up on the couch.

But I do have something to show you.

I finished the Crossover jacket for Little One.

pattern: Crossover Jacket by Debbi Bliss found in Simply Baby book
Size: 3-6 month
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Cotton in 775 vintage(purple,blue and green variegated) less then 5 skeins.

This was a great to knit up as a first sweater. I do know I'll need to work on my seaming. When I finished I noticed that the neck/collar was off center. So when Little One wears it doesn't lay right. And because of this, I didn't put the button on, so we're using just a tie closer.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

So Mad

When I was cutting into that fabric that I showed you last week. I cut one of the fabrics all wrong. I needed to cut it into strips of 2 1/2 inches and I cut the strips into 2 inch pieces. I was so mad at myself. So when I get to that project I'll have to go back to the quilt shop and try to find a replacement piece. I know I'll have to find something different but in the same yellow/gold family. The original fabric I picked about 4 years ago I think. So, so mad at myself.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Weekend Book Report #6

How was every one's weekend? Mine was pretty quite. I worked on some projects. But didn't get far on any of them. I'll show you later this week what I was working on. Well I did get a couple of books read this past week.

I tried reading Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce. This is book two in the Immortal series. This is a young adult fantasy book. It's about Diane who is a girl who can talk with animals. And is continuing to learn how to use her wild magic. Well actually I didn't try reading it, I tried listening to it. I didn't care for this one, I did like the first book in this series and I've liked everything else that she's written. One star.

The next two books I hadn't meant to read back to back. But I had accidental picked up the second book, thinking it was the first book of the series. So I went back to the library to pick up the first one.

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. This is book one of the Mercy Thompson series. This would be a fantasy series. In this book we are introduced to Mercy who is a VW mechanic and a shape walker. Mercy was raised by werewolves and now has the local pack leader as a neighbor. When him and his daughter are attacked. Mercy gets involved. Four stars.

The next book in this series is Blood Bound. In this book Mercy is off trying to help her vampire friend. He is after a vampire demon. And well I know this is sounding kind of corny. But it was a good read. Both books had a good dose of mystery and little bit of romance/love story. Again a four star book.

Anybody reading anything good?

Friday, August 14, 2009

another giveaway

Well Rachel over at p.s. i quilt is having another giveaway I thought I share with you.

Other then that I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Spreading the word. . .

Randi over at i have to say is having a remnants giveaway. How very wonderful. She talks a little bit of everything over there, with a good health dose of crafting. And this is just for my sister: check out the quilt Randi made using the Darla line of fabric

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sweat Pea Pieced

Well good morning to all. Look it is already Wednesday, and for that I'm happy. My evenings this week have been long. As Hubby has picked up a 2nd job working 2nd shift part time. And as how all things work around here his main job has picked up too. So he has been working 15 hour days. The Monkey has been extremely good with this . . . until bedtime. But enough about that, this post is supposed to be about my Sweat Pea's Quilt.

This past weekend I got in some sewing machine time and I finished piecing all my blocks for SPQ. Now comes the long part of the project, tracing the embroidery and then doing the stitching. I really liked piecing these blocks. There was very few seams to match. Also loving the fabric that I picked out for it. It is all so bright and happy.

And well since I was in the mood to cut fabric. I took these off the shelf:

These are all wovens and flannels. I'll post more about this project once I get into sewing it. I just love how they are all warm and cuddly. I can't wait to get this one done. I would love to have it done before the snow flies, but me with a giant list of projects already going, I doubt that I'll get that far.

Here's hoping everyone is have a great week. I know I'm in for a busy afternoon of errands after work.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Weekend Book Report #5

Good Monday morning to you! Hope everyone had a good weekend. We had a quite weekend. It was hot and sticky most of the weekend. Which seemed to provide a setting for storms. We had rain, thunder, lighting and sirens. Monkey did not like most of that. I did get some crafting done, I'm hoping to share tomorrow. It depends on if I can get some pictures taken.

Books? Well I did get a couple read. So I'll share. . .

Okay first I finished The Summer King by O.R. Melling. This is the second book in the Chronicles of Faerie series. Again this is a young adult fantasy. This one is about a girl who is traveling back to Ireland to see her grandparents, after the death of her twin sister the previous year. She finds herself believing in things she never believed in before, all in order to save her sister. Even though this is part of a series, I don't think one would need to read the first book other then to get some of the history. Four stars.

The second book that I read was The Far Side of the Loch by Melissa Wiley. This is the second book in the Little House Girls series, the Martha years. This is a children's/independent reader book. These books are for anyone who grew up reading the Little House on the Prairie books. The Martha years are books about Laura's great grandmother. Martha is a young girl growing up in Scotland. This book reads about the same as Little House in the Big Woods, with lots of tales of daily life and stories. Three stars. Not books that I would buy for myself, but books that I hope to be able to buy for Monkey or Little One they are old enough to read or be read to with minimal pictures.

Since were are talking children's books this week. . . What were your favorite books to read growing up? Mine were the Little House books, the Trixie Belden series, Charlotte's Web, and The Secret Garden.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Block 1

Well the first block is almost finished. Need to do some applique and a little stitching to go with it. I've never done any applique before. Any suggestion on methods to do or hints, or how to?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Weekend Book Report #4

Well I hope everyone had a great weekend. My weekend was spent with some 1-on-1 time with Little One. She spent most of her time doing this. . .

And since most of the time she wanted momma sitting on the floor with her, momma got lots of reading done. And all of it mindless no point reading.

Let's see. . . first up was Dragonswan by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is book 1.5 in the Dark Hunter series. This is a romance series. It's a very short read my copy was only 86 pages. The characters in this involve a history professor and a time-traveler, who also is able to shape shift.

My next read on the list was Mckettrick's Pride by Linda Lael Miller. This is another romance book. It's book two in a series. I haven't read the first book. But I also think this is part of a bigger series, as some of the back history sound for familiar. Basic info is about a widower left with two young girls and a new women in town who is opening a book store.

Both of these books were okay. They were what I expected them to be. . . a basic romance novel. Some smut, but not very graphic or a lot of it. One and half stars. Like I said not bad reads but nothing special.

The last book that I finished was 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber. This is the first book in the Cedar Cove series. At the library it was classified as a romance novel, but I find it more a fictional book, maybe a love story. In this book you are introduced to many characters and their stories. A young couple file for divorce that is denied, the relationship between several mothers and daughters, and a start to several new relationships. It was a good read. I'd rate at a 2 and half stars. I'll be reading more in this series but I don't think they are going to be books that I want to buy for my bookcase.

So, what did anyone else do? Read any books or any of these? Hope everyone has a good week. I'll be back this week to show some crafty stuff.