Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Oh to relocate....

I want to live in a land far away, like Scotland.  Where I can wear my scarves and hats and wander the fields and snuggle under a blanket in the evenings with my Kindle on one side of me and yarn on the other!   Adventuring out in the dewy mornings and taking photos in the mist, gardening in the yard, collecting eggs from my chickens....I like my dreams.  They are good dreams.  So basically I want to live where it's green and damp and cooler then California and where I can crochet my days away!  

There it is, out there in the universe now :)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Long time no see!

A couple of things going on.  Decided I wanted a slip case for my iPad and had a large skein of lime green cotton hanging around....
The beginning of an idea
I liked that the color was so bright and cheery and really reminded me of spring, so I came up with the idea of a flower on the front.  A bright white daisy and went to JoAnn's to hunt down a couple of ladybug buttons.
Adding the flower
I was pleased with the results!
All done 
Stein however had other opinions!  I got home the next day and my iPad was on the floor!  Fortunately the iPad was still inside and undamaged, though I couldn't say the same about my new cover!  Damn cat wanted those buttons really bad, glad he didn't get them off though!  They are now reattached sporting tiny teeth marks!
Stein chewed the buttons!
Found a cute scoodie pattern that was originally meant to be an Yub Nub, but Katlyn requested it become a fox.  So fox it shall be.  She was out of town for 2 weeks so it has been sitting earless until I can get the proper placement for them.  I will work on them this evening since we will be parked in front of the TV watching the 2nd Hobbit movie which was released today.
fox scoodie
Got Katlyn's Nilesy pillow all completed as well.  I found the perfect sized pillow form at JaAnn's when I was hunting buttons so I got it done up and had it sitting on her bed when she got home.
Nilesy complete
Started 2 new projects, Brandon requested a scarf and I am making a Honeydew pillow to go along side Nilesy.
New projects
I need 3 different oranges for Honeydew's pillow so while gathering yarns for Brandon's scarf I came across a couple and worked up the tiny squares since I only need a few of them and I could have the orange to use for Brandon's scarf, since his request was it should be a "frankenstein" scarf.  Made of whatever yarns I pulled out.
I had to make a trip up north to pick up Katlyn and of course enjoyed time with my gorgeous Granddaughter!
Dinnertime with Brooke
we don't take enough pictures together
The drive home was easier because Katlyn was doing the driving and I was able to crochet which as makes for an enjoyable passing of time!
working the scarf on the road
With Katlyn being gone for 2 weeks the animals missed her!  this is Stein's new favorite spot to sleep!
Stein likes to sleep on Katlyn
There we go visual update.  I have new requests for hats from Brooke and from a Cousin who is expecting so I will be getting more yarn gathered for projects.  Of course all this is being done in between reading, so many books!  And to top it off, the month of March had so many books go on sale or release that I blew not only March's book budget, but April's and half of May's....sigh.  Good thing I have a large unread collection on my Kindle and there are so many free ones available.  I dread if any on my wish list have price drops, May's budget is not all that big and there are books releasing!  Only 23 more days!

Listening to: Drift & Die by Puddle of Mudd

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2013 ended

I've had a pretty busy last few months.  I made many, many things for Christmas gifts but unfortunately, didn't take nearly enough pictures!  Everything I made was well received though (I think so anyway) so lets' get on with what I do have pictures of.

Up first is my Nephew's Rainbow Dash inspired pony hat. No pattern, just me winging it.  He loved it and wore it all day when i gave it to him, so a success! 
Riley's pony hat
Next is Katlyn's super secret project that I worked on like a mad woman.  64 2x2 squares into the Minecraft face of Nilesy, a favorite of hers from the Yogscast.  I didn't get the whole thing completed by Christmas as it will be a pillow soon, but got it the front and most important part done for her to open.  Others in the room had zero idea what in the world it actually was, but Katlyn knew and was pleased.  Can't wait to get it put together for a completed photo!
Nilesy
Now we have a beanie that I actually made for myself.  It is based on another Yogscast member, Sjin this time and I am very pleased with it.  I have other ideas for other members waiting in the wings.  Sjin just happens to be my favorite, well and Rythian but I could only do one at a time.
Sjin beanie
Katlyn needed a case for her iPad, so I whipped this up for her to use.  Man we really are geeks at my house!  
Zelda themed iPad case, waiting for buttons
I did an Advent for Katlyn this year in which I gave her a present for the daily until Christmas.  This Pokeball scarf was one of the gifts.  My Sister-in-law also requested one for my Niece so I made a total of 2 of these cute scarves.
Pokeball scarf #1
All those flowers I made turned into this scarf for a friends Christmas present.  Just attached them to a love olive yarn and done!
Not the best pic, but all flowers included
Now 2 scarves I finished, but did not get completed pictures of were for my Sister and Mother.  Same scarf, just different yarns.  The one pictured is my Sister's.  My Mom's is done in teals and purples.  Silly me for not getting pictures.  
scarf semi complete

So I think that about gets everything caught up for now.  I am working on the back of Katlyn's pillow with quite a few projects in the works....and by works, I mean my headspace!  

Friday, January 10, 2014

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Skipped October

Ok trying this again.  Yesterday I started this post and did all of the proper placing of photos and their titles and typed a whole mess of fantastic information and even saved a couple of times and then the next thing I know *poof* all gone and not to be found again!!  I really have no idea what happened but I was too frustrated to work it out yesterday so I shall once again attempt to get this done today!

Now where to start since I have skipped out of October all together.  Not much happened I suppose.  There was Disneyland, crocheting, rain and a road trip.  Those were probably the highlights, so let's get to it!
Disneyland is up first.  Katlyn and I went after they had decorated for Halloween because we never got there for it last year.  We had a blast (of course, it is Disneyland after all)  The weather was prefect and we actually got to ride Radiator Springs Racers finally!
Packed up for the day.
Pumpkin Mickey's everywhere.
On with a bit of crocheting.  I decided to get working on Christmas gifts and started a hat for my Nephew and then stumbled upon this pattern and dropped the hat in favor of scarf making!  Yay for Christmas gifts! Now let me say that the pattern is ridiculously simple and is forgivable in any errors and even states that errors are no big deal.  Ok fine...I made a mistake early on and just went with the flow, considering it really wasn't going to effect the finished scarf.   By the second mistake it was just too much for me to take.  I had somehow twisted it up causing it not to lay properly.  I made this discovery while working on it at the tattoo shop with Christopher.  I was not amused considering I was well over the half way point.  I frogged the whole thing while sitting there and restarted.  I would LOVE to say that I proceeded happily along and it is now complete, but HA fat chance of that!  Frogged again on the road trip home, but now have it under control and nearly complete!  Whew!
looks great scrunched up, showing no errors!
Start of Riley's hat.
Just a photo of a chicken, because well everyone needs to see a fabulous metal chicken while reading a blog! 
metal chicken!
Bees are a favorite of mine, I save them from drowning in the pool during the summer.  (true story!)  I had a blast at the San Francisco Zoo because they had a huge beehive that you could see into, fascinating creatures I tell you!  Anyway I digress.  Katlyn has introduced me to Yogcast videos on YouTube!  They play Minecraft and other games and record videos for the games and holy hell, these guys and girls are hysterical!  Anyway we were watching them playing Minecraft and they had a whole new thing going on with bees and trees.  So many bees it was funny!  I had downloaded a little bee pattern awhile ago and dug it out to whip up a bee for Katlyn. She found it amusing and the bee found a place in the bottom of the TV.
bee butt
Rained one whole day, yay, my car got a bath!
So Christmas projects...yep as usual I have more then one going on at a time.  Oh yes and Riley's hat has not pattern so I shall be making it up as I go after the beanie base is complete!  Always a good thing to challenge myself during the holidays!
project bag overflowing!
And again found another project to start, at least it's another Christmas present!  This time flowers are involved and again not pattern for the scarf.  I am using a couple of patterns for the flowers though.  

Tea and flower making
The flowers are fun to make, I'm using 3 different patterns and many different yarns to create the size differences and different textures.  I think this maybe fabulous when it's done!

flower production continues 
reading and flower making
stacking up!
Nine flowers done so far, just have to figure out the total needed to get the look I want and then they will be attached to a base.  If the whole thing fails, Katlyn loves the flowers so I fix them to a barrette so she can wear them in her hair or on a hat!  there will be no flower waste in my house!
9 done!
Went up to North for my vacation and on Saturday spent time with Christopher while he was getting line work done on the other half of his leg.  This was his second session and his third will be next week spent getting some fill in done.  This was my view for about 5 hours on Saturday, because right after Christopher was done Katlyn had an appointment with Nate.  Good thing I brought my crochet bag with me! 
Christopher getting his leg inked
Katlyn was next.
Pumpkin carving requires pumpkin, Safeway was selling these green and pretty gross looking "fancy" pumpkins along with the regular orange one.  Just couldn't bring myself to go green on a pumpkin!  We got plain old orange ones!
a "fancy" pumpkin
Navi all snuggled into the car seat
Thursday night pumpkin carving time.  Christopher opened up Brooke's pumpkin for her to clean out, she was less then thrilled!  She did pretty good but didn't want to touch the stringy bits.  I helped her with it and got it cleaned out and she started drawing.
using a spoon
Chris and his giant pumpkin
Brooke did the drawing all by herself and I did the carving for her.
Chris working on his
Christopher didn't know what he wanted to do, so I suggested a Minecraft pumpkin and after bit of googling this is what he drew up.  Turned out great! 
Minecraft pumpkin
Road trip home was uneventful, just cruised along with me crocheting while Katlyn drove and Katlyn playing Pokemon while I drove all the while we listening to podcasts of either Hat Films or The YogPod with the dogs sleeping in the backseat!

hookin' on the road
Getting home to the cats after a week is always interesting.  My Sister and Mother took care of them while we were gone but they just did drop-ins so that meant that Stein had a lot of alone time, never a good thing with that cat as he is quite the demon cat of the family!  I Stein proofed things that I could, moved my fish and my plants out of the living room and closed both bedroom doors so I could limit the damage he could do while he was bored.  I did not count on him DESTROYING my poor little bee!  Psycho cat!
poor bee
So there it is, my little story about my missing month!  Totally nothing exciting like I said...oh wait I did come home with bronchitis so YAY me!  Will get on my projects for a more interesting post next time, which hopefully will be sooner then December!

Listening to:  Rocket by Def Leppard

Saturday, September 07, 2013

so many things

Well now I have many have been things going on lately I'm not sure where to go with this post.  The weather here is hot so a lot of pool time, but a bit hot for too much handling of yarn.  I of course am reading a lot.  Trying to keep up with all the book I actually have on my Kindle.  Which is near impossible!  I have gone over my Amazon wish list and cut off books that I wasn't a fan of the writing.  I like that you can read the first chapters in order to get a better feel for the writing, even though that doesn't always work.  I have purchased 2 books of late that I just couldn't finish.  I read the synopsis, I read the first chapters before purchasing and yet the books fell apart horribly.  I really tried to get through them both, but just not going to happen.  I actually feel a bit guilty not finishing a book once I start it, but I damn, life is too short to read bad books.  Anyway...enough of that, let's move on to yarn and things.
I have a bag full of squares, miscellaneous squares that I had gotten from a square exchange, years ago and a few that I had sampled up.  They have been bagged up for a good long time and really needed something done with them.  Idea...let's make a bag for my daily work stuff.  Grabbed a skein of pink yarn (just a random color) and started with a single crochet around all the squares I had chosen.  Hopefully it will turn out ok.  I will be lining it as well in order for it to hold it's shape better and so that small items don't drop out.  It is going to be a wild & colorful creation!
new bag
Katlyn's phone case turned out cute, well at least I think so...she isn't overjoyed with it, but she does use it.

anchor button added
So pool time includes poll drinks!  Yes indeedy!  Hot days, cold drinks in the pool, usually accompanied by a book while relaxing in the water!
poolside drinking
Home time with the pets.  Katlyn went out to sushi with my Sister and brought home a bit of leftovers.  While chatting with me and finishing off the bits of fish (yuck) Kid decided he needed to try some!  So Kid got a taste with chopsticks.
Kid uses chopsticks
The girl and I finally made it to the closest Barnes and Noble to us these days.  Gotta love a bookstore and the smell of new books!
So. Many. Books.
Christopher, Alysha and Brooke came down last weekend for a visit!  We had a great time...at the mall, in the pool, at the store, out to eat.  Just fun all around!
I like when I have visitors!
We bought new poolside cups that amused the heck out of us! 
My fancy cup!
Hanging out in the pool, on a dolphin!
happiness in a pool
Christopher also picked up his new puppy while he was visiting.  Brooke was quite pleased!
new puppy - Navi
So shopping was adventurous and prosperous!  Alysha and Chris bought me a new 46" smart TV...oh yeah baby!  It is awesome....really just so much happiness in a TV!!  Getting it home was the adventure because there were 5 of us...in Christopher's car, which is an Acura TL...not an SUV.  good thing I live fairly close to the store!  
new television!
Alysha asked for a phone case in purple, black and white, really the least I could do...of course I had already planned and bought the yarn for it, but still.
phone case
Home Goods on Monday...Alysha wanted to visit and buy a feeding dish for Navi that she had seen on a previous visit to the store near her.  They have some very cool stuff in that store, I mean come on, who doesn't need a ceramic head planter??
shouldn't everyone have one?
Brooke is now in Kindergarten and so smart and of course most adorable!
my pretty princess
I got Christopher's taco chicken finished for him to hang in his car!  Even managed to include the T-Rex charm!
taco chicken for Christopher
Got Alysha's phone case finished up, she chose a button and used it happily.  I forgot to take a picture of the finished product though and had to have her send a shot to me.  It really is not crooked, not sue what's up with the picture she took! 
Alysha's case
And for the final bit of the weekend...we got a new bunny.  Pet store + Katlyn + Brooke = no hope of bunny escape for me!  But seriously though...look at that face!
Merlin
That's it, yes a bit much, but that's what's up!

Listening to:  Le Disko by Shiny Toy guns