December 31, 2006

I forgot it was New Years Eve.

It has become glaringly obvious that I do not have a life.

December 21, 2006

More on Book Thongs

In looking for more charms for book thongs, I made a discovery: neither craft stores nor generic Walmart-like stores sell decent charms. And by decent charms, I mean anything that is NOT a butterfly, cross, or "Friends Forever!" tag. And it seemed all the beads they sold were either ridiculously overpriced or tacky.


However, while passing by the jewelry aisle in Walmart, I caught a glimpse of their costume jewelry. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about: big, chunky necklaces and bracelets that are geared towards...well, I'm not really sure who they're geared toward. All of the jewelry had stones, small beads, and other pieces on them. The best part was, they were really cheap. Well, of course they were cheap. Once I got home, I quickly cut them up and went to work on making more book thongs.

A Bit of Old News

I made two baby blankets a few months ago for baby shower gifts. I didn't get the chance to take a picture of the first before I had to wrap it up. However, here's the second one:



Again, bad lighting. The colors are actually white, light blue, and dark blue. I got the pattern from Our Best Baby Afghans. Although I love the end result, I did not like making the blanket. Probably because I'm so impatient while working on large projects, but I felt it just took way too long. However, now that I have more experience than when I began, it might go by more quickly the second time around.

Baby Hats!

I just finished this adorable baby hat. I got the pattern from The Happy Hooker and it was really easy. It probably took less than a half-hour. The lighting in the photo is awful...the colors are actually white, light purple, and teal. I love it. I wonder if I have enough yarn left over for an adult-sized hat...



Christmas Gifts are Done!

Four days before Christmas and I finished the last gift...well, the last gift that I plan to actually give this year. This gift is also my first attempt at a shawl. The pattern seemed simple enough, and really it was. It was just so painstakingly intricate. Not to mention, so many stitches. In any case, I'm happy I finished it. It seems a bit large, so hopefully, my friend can just shrink it a bit.

(No, I'm not advertising Hanes socks. I lifted my foot to scratch my leg at the last moment. But now that I think of it, Hanes are good socks...)



December 19, 2006

Santa's Little Helper.

My dad is a mailman.

He mentioned to the Dude that he always receives letters to deliver to Santa.

This has led the Dude to believe that his grandpa delivers letters to Santa personally...at the north pole.

Between having a cowboy for an uncle
and Santa's personal mailman for a grandpa,
the Dude must seem so interesting in the eyes of his peers.

December 18, 2006

Layover.

Yesterday, my dad and stepmom had a long layover at
the Denver airport.
The Dude and I went there to have lunch with them.
They gave him some candy and hot cocoa.

After their plane departed, the Dude and I walked back to our car.

As he was buzzing and bouncing around, he said,
"I th-th-th-think Grandpa gave me t-t-too much sugar!"

December 14, 2006

His name is B-I-N-G-O.

My brother gave me a holiday bear for Christmas back in '87, which I named Bingo. I have kept it all this time, breaking it out every December.

Last night, we pulled out the Christmas box and I pulled out Bingo. The Dude oh-so-politely asked if, now that I'm grown, Bingo could be his now. I was so touched that I said yes, Bingo would now be his--assuming, of course, he took good care of the precious bear.

After a moment, this conversation took place:

Dude: "I'm going to rename him Hornament."
Me: You can't. His name is Bingo.
Dude: But I don't like Bingo. His name is Hornament.
Me: No, his name will always be Bingo. He knows no other name. He's Bingo!
Dude: But I don't like--
Me: It's Bingo!

This commenced for a few minutes, until Josh finally stepped in.

December 5, 2006

Zombie Gloves.

I want to crochet a pair of gloves.


I'm going to design them to look like zombie hands,
using gray and pink yarn for the skin,
with black yarn for stitches, purple fingernails,
maybe a bug on it.

I'm guessing my g-ma never meant for this to happen
when she taught me to crochet.

Book Thong

In keeping with my oath to create all or most Christmas presents this year, I came up with the idea of book thongs: they're simple, quick, cheap, and (to someone like me) very useful.
To start with, I went to SkyBluePink.com, and perused their charms section. To my delight, I saw...

Lingerie charms. What could be better? I don't know about you, but I get sick of seeing the same old book thong charms: horses, stars, dolphins, or anything else that belongs on a 9-year-old girl's backpack.

Anyways, the charms were really cheap (I think about $1.50 for three). I also bought some double-strand crochet thread.

I got the original pattern at Crochet Me, but made a few changes of my own. Because I was using double-strand thread, I only made a single chain for the length of the book thong (rather than doubling back, as they suggest in the pattern). Also, I plan to use A LOT fewer tassels than they recommend, as well as fewer chains

All in all, I think it took about five or ten minutes, and about $.52 per thong. Not bad at all, in my opinion.

Here are some pictures of my first attempted thong:

November 30, 2006

I have AIDS...

...and the common cold and syphilis and ebola.




I'm hoping for Polio next.

November 26, 2006

Life is what you get when you fill in the blanks.

I've come to realize that my ex....likes to hang out with younger people so they look up to him...and he will never act like a real adult.

I am listening to.....the dishwasher and my chattering teeth (I'm cold!).

I talk....a lot when I've been drinking or when I know someone well...otherwise, I'm actually really shy.

I love.......way too many things to list.

My first real kiss......was in 7th grade, while wearing rollerblades and balancing on the very front wheel.

My first girlfriend/boyfriend....wiggled his nose (a la, Bewitched) a lot.

I hate it when people.....are stupid.

Love is.....knowing that everything (well, most everything) I'm thinking, smiling about, or annoyed with is understood and usually felt by Josh, as well.

Marriage is.....when you stop worrying so much about what the other person thinks of you.

Somewhere, someone is thinking.....that someone else just let a fart...oops!

I'll always......see next question

have a not-so-secret crush on......David Bowie.

The last time I cried was because....I was really stressed and Josh was being jerky.

My cell phone....never leaves my side.

Before I go to sleep at night....I check on my son.

Right now I am thinking about....how much longer this post could be because I REALLY need to go to the bathroom.

Babies are......overrated. But I still want one.

I get on the computer....whenever I can.

Today I....bought and helped set up my son's x-mas tree, cooked dinner, read a book, helped K build a Lego Star Wars ship, cleaned up a little, helped K clean his room, did some dishes, homework...oy!

Tonight I will....hopefully go to the bathroom once this goddamn thing ends.

Tomorrow I will.....go to work and meet with one of my teachers.

This week I.....will call my credit card company to get the rates lowered, slack a lot at work, make cinnamon rolls on Friday, and hopefully get some relaxation on the weekend.

I really want...to be debt-free so I can get into debt again.

November 10, 2006

Yesterday was my b-day, and Josh supported my addiction. He bought The Happy Hooker (can't wait to start some of those patterns!) and a bunch of hooks:

(Oh, and the hook case was from my parents)




In the Beginning

Here's the rest of my current stockpile...and look! I found a cuter model.

This beige scarf is the same pattern and material as the pink scarf below.



Looks like The Dude has been watching too much Top Model...that'll be years of therapy for sure.











Another baby hat...

Yet Another Blog is Born...

(This post was on my original crocheting blog, which I have since moved over to here. All hail simplicity!)

Why am I starting a blog? No idea. I guess partly because I get really (REALLY) bored at work, and partly because I like sharing crochet ideas with others. Oh, and partly because I'm an attention-whore who likes talking about myself without interruption.

So, let's talk crocheting:

My g-ma taught me how to crochet in November of 2005. It took me about three intense days to make this hat:

Bad picture, but you get the idea. For about three months after learning, I struggled to get used to crocheting. I've been known to yell, curse, and throw hooks across the room. Once that trial period ended, however, I fell in love with it. I finally attempted a scarf:


It turned out pretty well (if you don't include the rows that came undone...oops!). Since then, I've worked on mostly hats and scarves, all pretty basic.

This year, I've set a goal: I will crochet all or most Christmas gifts for friends and family, rather than spending an exorbitant amount of money (well, by my cheap standards) on impersonal items purchased at the last minute. I think it's a great idea. Of course, come December 26th I'll probably find my house covered in egg nog and shredded yarn. Live and learn, right?

Anyhow, here are some of the projects I've worked on in preparation of Christmas (prepare yourself, I make a lousy model):

Strangely enough, these two hats came from the same pattern in Crocheted Hats:

The gray hat is closer to the picture in the book, but I chose to not include the enormous (and time-consuming) flower. For the green one, I used a worsted yarn and kept it brimless.

These two hats are also from one pattern in the Crocheted Hats book. These are the hats that I'll probably end up giving to some anonymous coworker...I'm just not feeling them regardless of how enthused I look in the first picture.

And a baby hat:

This scarf is a little on the skimpy side, but we'll pretend that was intentional. :D

::sigh:: What is there to say about this ugly thing? BFF convinced me to make a hat with brown and blue, which sounds hot. But no, this shade of blue has to be the ugliest thing out there. And unfortunately, I bought A LOT of it. Stay tuned for more ugly projects featuring this yarn.

Love these pieces. I'll have a hard time giving them away.

About the pink scarf, that is one of my favorite patterns. I use a size K hook with really thick part-mohair yarn. As a result, there are only about five stitches per row. I'm able to finish a scarf in about an hour or two. Great for last minute gifts. Once I figure this whole blog thing out, I'll put the pattern up.

(The blue and green scarf is made using the same pattern but with thinner yarn and a smaller hook.)

October 31, 2006

What is the purpose of this blog?

Note from the future:

It is a journal. My mind is like that of an old man, who must write himself notes just so he remembers the smallest facets of his everyday life. Welcome to my own everyday life.

It is a portfolio. I write for a lot of different websites and like the uniformity of going to one site to check it all out.

It is a scrapbook. My family and I do some pretty kickass things and we like to take pictures.

It is an idea folder. I am consistently inspired by thousands of things at any given time. Some of which will be posted here, lest I forget it (see #1).

It is a chronicle of my (recent) history. Lest I forget where I came from.