Archive | November, 2011

Stress of the Holidays

9 Nov

The stress of the holidays has arrived in my studio.  I want to have something homemade for everyone in the family, but I think I waited too long to get started.  I’m making headway but Christmas is sneaking up on me.

I’ve been keeping busy with crochet.  I like how transportable it is.  This project has been to Judo, to pick up the girls from school, and down to the quilt shop to hang out. No electricity or stress required.  Love that.  And it’s starting to transform from a scarf into an afghan.   (This has also led me to a Reminder Session with my friend Vicki. She found a crochet project from way back and I get to remind her how to finish it up.  Fun!)

I love the neutrals.  They say curl up and relax.   ahhh. . . Normally the cream and the gray don’t go together in my mind but I’m really diggin’ them here.

I love giving gifts.  I would be fine not receiving any gifts just as long as I could watch everyone open the gifts I have for them.  The anticipation of finding the perfect thing and watching the receivers reaction.  That’s my favorite part!

When Kahlan was almost 2, my aunt sent us each an embroidered towel.  We were letting Kahlan open all the gift as she was really enjoying ripping the paper.  So with the first towel she was a bit disappointed and then she built to disgust.  But by the time she got to the 4th towel her reaction was just “NOOOOOOOO!”  The reaction is the best part.

Remember the joy of giving and have a great Wednesday!


Change is good

2 Nov

Well, we made it through Halloween without snow.  That is always my hope.  A few years ago Trick-or-Treating in Nebraska was postponed due to the weather.  So, I’m always thrilled if we can get through Halloween without the parkas.  And it was gorgeous!  About 70 degrees when we headed out after dinner.

Now it’s Wednesday and the high for today is 37 degrees!  But that’s ok.  I’ll just stay home and “work” in my studio.  Nice and toasty warm in my studio.  mmmmmmm

Yesterday, I was practicing for the change in weather.  Practice makes…well…completed projects.  I’m not actually aiming for perfection.  That would just be boring!

Ooooh!  And I picked up some yarn too.  It all started when I found a crochet project in a tote in the basement.

Crochet Scrappy

I don’t even know when I started this but this yarn is the scraps from forever ago.  I had two skeens left and finished it up this week.  It’s so warm and happy!  I had forgotten how relaxing crochet can be.  So I decided that I wanted to do more.  So I picked up some neutrals that I love, love, love. 

I like crocheting while watching TV or movies.  It makes Shaun nuts!  I’ll miss little bits of the show and then he’ll huff a sigh and rewind it so I can catch what I missed the first time.  He makes me smile.

Have a warm, productive day.



p.s. How do you spell skeen?  As in yarn.  I don’t know.  I looked it up with a bunch of different spellings and I still don’t know.  Apparently, “skeen” is an Irish knife.  Huh.  Well, I mean yarn.  🙂