I Am Not a Hoarder!

Although, I do have hoarding tendencies. I save trash that can be useful. I do toss out stuff if I’ve not gotten any closer to using it within a few months. There’s one item I find particulary difficult to throw out…laundry detergent boxes. I’m thinking, it’s probably because of some incredibly beautiful project I’d seen before that used one.
I want to turn these into containers for yarn projects in progress so they can be transported and worked on on-the-go.

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8 lbs of Yellow Cotton Yarn

Jiminy Crickets! What was I thinking?
Okay. I was thinking it looked light enough that I could alter items made with it with dyes and probably can just it won’t be as true a color had it been white.
It’s a LOT of yarn and it was an awesome deal on it and I wanted to make some more things from cotton and and and and
One headband is crocheted (pattern by Tina Rodriguez) the other knitted (pattern by Teresa Harmon). They and many others can be found on Ravelry Dot Com

Onto the next yellow item!

The Pell Grant (and others like it)

     It’s nice to know that grants such as The Pell exist and can be attained by those desiring to further their education.

 

      At this time, with the economy the way it is, and Americans just wanting to get back to work, doesn’t it seem like it would be a good (read incredibly great!) thing for The Pell and similar grants to include more certificate courses?  Companies all over are looking for CERTIFIED welders, CERTIFIED HVAC technicians, CERTIFIED machinists, CERTIFIED auto mechanic… .  As it is now, the only certificate courses approved are the ones that lead to becoming a certified BEAUTICIAN/COSMETOLOGIST/AESTHETICS!  WTF????  Okay, there is another but seriously, can we all be beauticians???  I know I can’t.  I get ill seeing dandruff on someone’s shoulders (gag!  the thought of a light wind, picking up and redirecting it anywhere in the vacinity of my immediate breathing space just freaks me out!  OMW!  or the thought of having to apply makeup to someone’s face that has a zit that is red and plump and ready to burst aaaaaaaaack!).  I’d much rather change the oil on a grimey ol’ car

  I have one more shot at proving just how unintelligent I am before my gnarly knitting knuckles curl up and refuse to write anything legible and my eyes can no longer distinguish shapes let alone letters and numbers.

 

 

Is Your Library Card Up-To-Date?

     Our library has positioned itself in the present as far as technology is concerned.  I knew it was time for me to come to terms with my lack of tech saavy when I found my local library had a website aaaaaand it was interactive.  Hoping books never become a thing of the past, I ventured down to renew my library card only to be told that it was an outdated relic and was issued a brand new one along with a matching one for my keyring (they must’ve had people like me in mind when they decided on that option…I always had a hard time keeping up with my library card).

    My first book, even with an extension, didn’t get read.  It may have been the time I opted to check it out…Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s…I’m almost sure that’s the reason.  Today, I checked out another book.  The librarian asked, “Just the one?”.  “Yes.  Just the one.  Baby steps, eh?”, I replied.  She got a chuckle out of that but I was so serious.  I’ve never been a reader.  I fall asleep.  There may have been a handful of books that have held my attention long enough for me to read from start to finish.  I can remember the titles of even less; My Side of the Mountain, Dear Lovey Hart, I Am Desperate, The Flame and The Flower, The Girl Who Cried Flowers.  I’ve tried a gazillion times with as many different books of a variety of subjects to be an avid reader…I’ll keep trying.  The worst thing that could happen is I’ll get more sleep…that can’t be a bad thing.

Another Knitted Dress

    This time I used size 3 100% mercerized cotton, in white.  After the top was finished, I dyed it with Rit’s sunshine orange (thought it’d be gold like that on the bottle but, it wound up being an incredible orange which matched another color in the fabric so I wasn’t bummed at all…actually, I like the boldness of the color more than the thought of the gold), and allowed it to air dry.  The buttons were covered in some of the same fabric.  This was made using the same pattern as the previous version ( http://setcieboutique.canalblog.com/archives/modeles_gratuits___free_patterns/index.html (the site is in a language other than english but there is an english version of the pattern…scroll down until you find it)).

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Ooooo, I like!

     Just a short bit ago, I worked on numerous knit and crochet items in red.  While making the sweater, Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down, I thought it’d be adorable in pink with a black fuzzy/furry collar and trim (my first thought was that long eyelash, wispy type yarn but considering the age of the wearer, I opted for the shorter eyelash chenille.  The youtube video for pockets was very beneficial when it came to adding them to this sweater. The buttons were made to match using polymer clay.

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So, There Was This Dress, see…

…and I just couldn’t not make it. Matter of fact, I lost sight of what I was actually supposed to be doing in order to complete it.

It wound up being a faster project than I expected. Yaaaaay!

Sandrine Bianco’s Summer Dress Pattern Direct link to the pdf of the English version of the pattern Please be aware although the pattern isn’t at all difficult it may prompt a bit of head scratchin’ and HUH? Do a WHAAAAAAT? and maybe even unraveling a time or two ’cause you wound up with 8 short at the end of the dividing row, it’ll click eventually.

Seeing Red!

While taking advantage of some super ebay auctions on yarn I wound up with quite an abundance of red Red Heart yarn. It didn’t seem like such a bad thing until I gathered it all up to continue with my projects. I only thought I was sick of pink. I will happily go back to pink (if I had to) after I’m done with all the red. I was tootlin’ along in my needlework, using various colors but the red, in its’ vast pile, loomed over me like a menacing cloud…the red cloud of doom. I HAD to do something to reduce the amount of it, and soon. I first thought to just hide it but, like any other messes, you still know they’re there and they must be dealt with and the longer you wait, the larger they seem. Well, I have put a dent in it and will now work on something else, coming back to the red periodically. Gosh! It was all still a good deal and I am glad I got it. I reckon I’d feel the same had it been all of any color.

Afghan (actually, a pillowghan) made using Chris Simon’s 12×12 square flower burst pattern

The shawl-collared sweater (2y/o) was made using the pattern shared by Linden Down on Ravelry for the Baby Sophisticate

The large slippers used the crocheted moccasin pattern shared by Umme Yusuf, also on Ravelry.com

Smaller slippers made using Thistles and Tulips Crochet’s Bella Slipper pattern and the hat, one of my favorite crocheted hat patterns, is shared by Sarah Arnold at rheatheylia.com

Dimensional Work (beyond my realm of comprehension)

   I know there’s a word for it, drawing/painting a scene to look like the background or some other area of it is further away.  Well, whatever that word is, along with proper shading techniques, I just don’t understand.  I know how I want it to look but just can’t achieve success.

     This time, the attempt was on a cake.

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     It’s woodland camouflage?  This was a learning experience.  Considering the number of requests I get for camouflage, I highly doubt I’ll remember what I would do differently/same by the time I get another.

 

 

Amusingly Amazed by Fantastical Feats (simple to some is significant to others)

   Today, DH and I drove to Lowe’s.  As we pulled into the parking lot, we noticed a restored Chevy.  We both smiled and made our own sort of appreciative utterances.  He then began to tell me of how his Nanny bought a car, similar to the one in the Lowe’s parking lot, with S&H Green Stamps.  He went on to describe the car…all the way down to a special S&H emblem the car sported.  He spoke of it like it was of no big deal and continued to speak of the boxes and boxes of these BOOKS OF STAMPS that she’d collected and never used (can you say, shop on double and triple stamp days only!).  I, on the other hand, was floored by such an incredible accomplishment!  DH said, “Yeah, I think there were only like a hundred of those cars available.”  Me, still stunned by the thought of how many stamps that had to have taken, replied with, “OMG! and Nanny got one of ’em???!!!”  Nanny was a woman who lived simply and made do with next to nothing (or even less…by the time I met her, she collected rainwater in a barrel to bathe, wash her hair, wash dishes, flush the commode.  She used one lamp only and maintained a small garden (which was drastically reduced in size from what she used to keep) and canned what she didn’t eat right away or share with family nearby.) .  I can’t even fathom how this woman was able to buy enough to acquire that many stamps.

     “Well, what happened to the car?”  “She drove it until it just wore out.”

     I HAD to do a search (still searching…had to write about it before I forgot what I was doing) when we got home!