Tuesday, January 27, 2004

I changed my mind! :-) I did start the needlework tote, but quickly lost interest. It's sitting in a rubbermaid bin next to the couch, and if one of the balls of yarn hadn't fallen out and left a trail of yarn across the floor, I would've completely forgotten about it.

It's not quite my fault -- another project ambushed me without warning. I was leafing through A Passion for Knitting before it went back from the library, and the next thing I knew, I had yarn and needles together and was trying a cabled scarf. I made a cable turn! No clue how it works, but if I blindly follow the directions and keep writing down which row number I'm on, it works. And I'm using up a skein of yarn I bought then lost my original plan for, so it's a win-win situation. Which is also sitting in a plastic tote. A bit too complicated to take to my daughter's karate class, and not quite exciting enough to work on when I've got time to my self. I could finish it quickly, but another idea has possessed me.

Look at this! How to Felt Over Soap I've got some roving a friend traded me that's in pretty pastel colors I didn't know what to do with. I know -- I'm supposed to spin it on my new Christmas present, but dh bought me wool for that and this looks FUN!

Michelle

Saturday, January 10, 2004

My cross stitch projects are usually big ones -- although I've discovered that "big" is in the eye of the beholder! I love designs by Marty Bell, Thomas Kinkade, Linda Meyers, Graphs by Barbara and Cheryl... it's a huge and ever-expanding list.

Right now, I'm working on The Garden Wall by Graphs by Barbara and Cheryl, Stonehearth Hutch by Thomas Kinkade, and Sanctuary by Marty Bell. I've also been stitching the ornaments in Prairie Schooler's Starry Night leaflet, but I expect to have the last one finished this afternoon.

I'm a very new knitter and just finished my first pair of socks this week. They've got toes and heels (sort of) and a hole to put your foot in, but that's about all of their redeeming qualities -- except for the fact that they are socks and I actually made them! :-) I do still like the color, and they are warm, so it wasn't a total waste of effort, but I wish they'd come out looking a little more like "real" socks. Next project to go on the needles will be the needlework bag from Frugal Knitting Haus If I don't change my mind and start something else first!

Michelle

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