Sunday, January 30, 2011

Finished Project!

I've finally finished a project!  And sure, it's the smallest project I had going, but still!  Finished!  I recently decided that I should give knitting another shot, and with the help of creativeyarn, and a few online videos that I linked to in this post, I was able to make...


And yes, I did make a matching set, but the other hand was occupied holding the iphone. :)

Now to give  you an idea of the scope of as yet unfinished objects that I really will have to attend to eventually...

This afghan wannabe, which I really despair of ever being interested enough in to finish.

Blocks for this baby girl quilt, I fell in love with the fabrics and just had to make it.  I lack only three blocks (they're not all pictured below) to be able to put the top together.  

This pink bear is here to represent its brethren, yellow bear and blue bear, who have not yet been born.

And I haven't even finished cutting out pieces for my friend's wedding quilt!  Yikes!

Not to mention the almost finished baby quilt for my nephew, E.  I'm so close though!  It only lacks a binding!

And this quilt top, pieced by the grandmother of one of my mother's friends.  It's so gorgeous, but I can't quite figure out how I'm going to make the setting pieces without a template.  Suggestions welcome.

Phew!  I'd better get to work!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Slow Starts

This picture is totally unrelated to the following post, but I had to start with that face.  One day, she's going to get married and I'm going to make sure that face is all over the slideshow that they always play during the rehearsal dinner.  You know, the slideshow that's supposed to commemorate/illustrate someone's life up to that point, but is in fact a weapon used to highlight every embarrassing moment the bride or groom has ever experienced.  Still, not as bad as the toast I heard a groomsman give once, telling the story of how the groom had previously dumped the bride but then changed his mind six months later.  Some things just aren't necessarily appropriate for a wedding toast.  


I'm definitely getting off to a slow start in 2011.  I got back from Arizona on the same day that classes started and haven't done a single thing since except attend one class, where all we had to do was read over the syllabus and introduce ourselves.  God bless grad school.  :)  My next class is on Thursday, so I do need to start reading for it, but aside from that all I've been doing is watching netflix instant and hanging out with my grad school friends that I didn't get to see over the break.  

I found a fantastic tv show from the 80's called 21 Jump Street with a young Johnny Depp.  TV, the 80's, and Johnny Depp... three of my favorite things.  Even better, Season 1 came out in 1987.  Have you ever noticed how many great things came from 1987?  Some Kind of Wonderful, Moonstruck, Baby Boom, The Big Easy, and, you know, me!  Those are all films I love, by the way.  Dennis Quaid, Diane Keaton, Cher.  And who isn't rooting for Watts over Amanda Jones? 

I'll leave you with that. :)

Friday, January 7, 2011


Taken using the hipstamatic app on my iphone!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

White Christmas... Finally!!!

Oh yes, I've been dreaming of a white Christmas :)

And I finally got one!

What a Christmas break this has turned out to be!  First NYC with Mom and Aunt J., then a white Christmas at home, and soon I'll be off to Arizona with Dad to visit with my sister and her family!  I've definitely been blessed with opportunities to travel this Christmas.  

I know I promised a few pictures from NYC, but as I was looking back through them I realized I spent a lot more time just looking around than taking pictures.  I kind of like it that way though.  :)  I did manage a few at least!  Like this one of the curtain at West Side Story.  I'm fascinated with ornate, old theaters, unfortunately none of the other pictures turned out very well...

One of my favorite stores :)

Love the store decorations :)

I have worked on at least one crafty project over the break!  These awesome Diagonal Hand Warmers from creativeyarn!  I used these handy videos to reteach myself casting on, the knit stitch, and the purl stitch.  Once I had a little refresher course on those things, the first hand warmer worked up so fast!  I'm only two rows into the second, but that's one project I'll definitely be finishing.  :)  

Casting on!

The ribbing starts to emerge on the cuff!

 Starting to make out the eyelet pattern...

Ta Da!!!  

Awfully proud of myself since this is the first knitting project I've undertaken since I gave up on that black and white scarf in high school (maybe it was even middle school!).  I love the grape-y color!!!  I've definitely been on a purple kick lately.

2010 was a big year for me!  I completed a teaching internship in a city high school, I graduated with my Bachelor's, I became an aunt for the second time, I moved out of my old apartment and into a new one, and I started graduate school!  I've been incredibly blessed this year, and I can't wait to see what God has in store for 2011.  

All posts should end with cake.  :)