Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gargantuafghan!!

I finished all but the boarder on the blanket...or the Gargantuafghan. It still needs a little trimming on yarn ends here and there, but that is beside the point. This blanket is huge! It is well over 6 feet tall and I would guess about 4.5 feet wide (not stretched out). I'll get exact measurements once it's totally finished.



I can't even explain how great it is to finally have this blanket all in one piece. I started out with 24 rows still needing to be attached just three days ago!! It is a good heavy blanket and very warm. I love the vintage look of it. I got the pattern out of a small crochet magazine, actually, the same magazine I mentioned in [this post.] I think this blanket is going to become a favorite of mine at least until we're well into Spring!



Here's a picture of the blanket while it was still in progress. You can see the colors a little better in this one.



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Resolution Part Two: Check!

     Just as the last line was spoken on the last episode of my Season Two DVD of the Dick van Dyke Show, I finished weaving in the ends of a blanket I had planned to have finished 6 months ago! The size goes a little funky. That seems to happen when I make blankets like this. It happened with a Judy Garland blanket I made too. I'm glad it's finished and that the picture is recognizable. It felt like I would never get through the whole entire blanket! 
     Last night at 11pm I had just finished weaving in ends on the back and my plastic yarn needle snapped in two. Luckily I pass a craft store on my way home from work at the library (but not a JoAnn's. Shhh! Don't tell my manager!). So I went in there and finally bought my very first metal yarn needles, which should last me forever, or however long it takes for me to lose them. 



Up next: No, not a work in progress, but a pattern I had been wanting to try and figure out for quite some time. Not because it's all that pretty, but because it's old fashioned. It's the vest Judy Garland wears when she sings "The Joint is Really Jumping Down at Carnegie Hall." I found a WHOLE PDF book of old Hollywood knit and crochet patterns via [This Shop] on Etsy. 



I think this will be a pretty quick project, then it's back to working on another unfinished blanket. Still, it's a really pretty blanket that I am excited about finishing up! I'll get into that a little more in next week's post. 

I'd also like to say thank you SO much to those of you who followed me on Facebook this week! Please, share my page with your friends too!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Net-Work

I really enjoy working at a craft store! Love the fabric, love hearing all the creative ideas, love learning new tricks and techniques for various crafts, love getting the chance to network with other local crafters! 

Today I met the owner of Byhillary on Etsy. I was cutting flannel for her and we got to talking. I think she was shopping with her mom, and while Hillary went to help a customer find an item (It is SO great when a customer helps another customer when we're short handed!) I asked her mom what the material was for. She told me it as for bibdanas. Even just the name of those sounds cute!! I asked if she had a shop, which she does!  We exchanged shop info and they went on their way.

Please, go take a look at Byhillary on Etsy's facebook page and etsy shop!

www.facebook.com/byhillaryetsy
www.etsy.com/shop/byhillary


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Getting to Know You

...And a few drawings I did this weekend. I'm doing excellently with my resolution to draw more this year! 
Pictures are James Cagney, Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly.
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? 
No.

2. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? 
I like my cursive better.

3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
I don't really like lunch meat.

4. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? 
Yes, and if there were a third me we would all learn the Andrews Sisters songs.

5. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? 
I just sat here for a whole minute trying to think of a sarcastic answer.



6. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Anything that makes my milk chocolate.

7. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Egg soufflĂ© 

8. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Mountain hideaway preferably in the Austrian Alps.

9. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? 
Happy endings.

10. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? 
The Sound of Music



11. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? 
Um, I have 4 shirts on. I'm cold. The outer most is green.

12. SUMMER OR WINTER? 
Winter as long as I don't have to drive in it.

13. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? 
The Bible and An English Governess at the Siamese Court: Being Recollections of Six Years at the Royal Palace of Bankok.

14. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Seattle, WA

15. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? 
I can wiggle my ears and touch my nose with my tongue!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Short And Sweet

Today, or yesterday now, was a little crazy. I was just getting ready to update my blog. Of course as soon as I sat down my dad called and roughly 6,000,000 things happened at once and I had to start cooking supper. It was awesome. Breakfast for supper. That's simple enough, right? 
Well...
I started with the bacon. I cooked it in the oven which I had never done before. Of course the first batch out I tilted the broiler pan (I didn't broil it, that just lets the grease drain really well) and spilled hot grease all over the oven door and just a tiny bit on the element. The drops that hit the element smoked and I stood there frozen for a moment praying they would not catch on fire. I still had to clean up the good amount that spilled on the oven door. I turned off the oven, and turned on the cold water in the sink. I wiped the whole inside of the oven door with wads of paper towels then threw them in the sink under the cold water. My dad got home a few minutes after that incident, at that point I felt safe enough turning the oven back on and cooking the rest of the bacon. No fire ever occurred, thank goodness! Plus I managed to cook the pancakes on a griddle during this whole ordeal without burning them thanks to my lovely brother running into the kitchen when I called for him and flipping the pancakes for me.
Next, I took out a small sauce pan...I perfectly scrambled a dozen eggs in it.
Then, in a frying pan I started cooking scrapple at a slightly higher than recommended temperature. My dad suggested turn the knob exactly to medium instead of just above it. While I was turning the scrapple some grease popped and hit me just above my lip. There's not much of a visible mark but it does still sting a little bit. I was on the verge of tears at that point and my parents soon took over cooking in cast iron instead of all the little stainless pots and pans I was using. It was quite the experience.

Now I'm doing the sleepy head-bob as I type this, so here is a brief update. So far I've worked a little on two resolutions. Drawing and finishing my wips. I posted a picture that I had started drawing to instagram.

.....the next morning:
 I plan on finishing the drawing this weekend. Then no more drawing until all of the works on progress are complete! I finally started working on the NASCAR blanket again. It's a little wavy and off kilter, the blanket itself not just the image, but it should be fine as a blankie!! I think I've just got 16 rows to go!