Monday, March 30, 2009

What a miserable day!







Well, after having a productive day the other day - I come down with a nasty head cold that has left me very unproductive! It's just a head cold, but I was stuffed up enough to have a miserable sleep. I feel sluggish and have no energy...hate when that happens. The only good thing to come of this is that I was able to finish my Magic Loop Cable socks for class at http://www.agoodyarnshop.com/. I used Crystal Palace Panda Silk - http://www.straw.com which is so nice to work with and makes for a nice spring/summer sock. I am doing a second and smaller sock using the Panda Silk - print. Love the yarn...but then again, what's not to love when silk is involved! I have only knit with silk twice (the other time was for a bridal purse using Berger Du Nord "100% silk) and both projects I couldn't put down. Silk isn't as expensive as you would think - the bridal purse only took 1 skein of yarn ($10 retail). I think silk and spring go hand in hand - now if only spring would come! Gotta go, I feel my nose dripping...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's been a good day!




This has been a great day for me. It all started out with bringing in some yellow Forsythia to freshen up my bathroom and a bouquet of rosemary to liven up the kitchen. My week always goes well when I bring in fresh cuts out of my garden. I cut back the Hydrangea plants - all 7 of them (they are 6 feet tall!), began raking leaves, cutting back peppermint stalks and chives and even managed to plant some more sugar peas and spinach. Then I cut back my roses (never sure if I'm doing it right) and fertilized the roses with Epsom salts - a trick I learned while watching Martha Stewart. I also fertilized the raspberry and blueberry plants as well as the rhodies and azaleas. This year - I swear - I'll keep up with the garden.

On top of having a great day in the garden, I test knit an upcoming pattern (until my fingers hurt!), made homemade cinnamon rolls for my girls and an elderly neighbor, got my haircut and even folded 2 loads of laundry. If only everyday could go this smoothly!
Life is short....find what really makes you happy and make it a part of each day -

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Organizing my workspace

My yarn, books, patterns, needles and samples have been growing out of my walk-in craft closet for quite some time. In fact, it's truly a work hazard to try and find yarn. My husband on the other hand has a "master bedroom" sized office which houses his piles of papers and not much more. So after years of begging him for a corner of his space, he has agreed. If he keeps his promise, I move in sometime this weekend - which would allow me to use my old walk-in closet as a true craft room that my girls could actually use.

About a month ago, my girlfriend - Sherri, bought me a glass
head form - which I love. Well - this prompted me to think about how I would set up my newly inherited craft space. I have a ton of knitted samples that I loan out to yarn shops to promote my patterns and their yarn. All samples are currently in unrecognizable bins. So I went on Ebay and found a few heads. What I found out is I like to bid on things (not so good). So heads just came, feet are coming and I am still searching for the right dress form. I am thinking of putting up shelves and lining them with these heads and feet. I want it to look like a studio - so to speak.

I wonder if I should get some hands too....

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I'm a mother of 2 girl's, 12 and 15, a wife of 21 years and an obsessed knitter. I'm an avid gardener and cook.