Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I talked myself into it...

One of my co-workers has been buying the blank muslin dolls we sell by the armfull.  She makes little dresses for them and then sends them to Africa.  I had actually received a bunch of fabric to make those pillowcase dresses to send over.  I'm thinking that it might be too cute if for some of them I include a doll wearing a matching dress.
Then I got to wondering if it was worth making them over buying the premade dolls.  While it would cost less (in theory) to make them, it would take a lot longer to make them.  I'm sure the people would rather have more than worry about if I made every single detail of the two.
I'm not sure when I will get a chance to, but I am going to head to another store to see if they have any.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I went and did it again.

Last night Bill somehow convinced me to go for a ride on the back of his new motorcycle.  We went out to dinner.  He took me on a quick ride around the neighborhood to make sure I could handle it.  I had to practice some deep breathing exercises and my back muscles were still tense.
He convinced me to go back out again today.  I wanted to take some knitting so I could take pictures of it to make it seem like it fit in more if I posted about it here, but he wanted me to try it without the backpack.

Our first stop was at this little park/monument on a small island. I thought it looked kind of like he wanted to give you a high-five, though I don't know anyone tall enough to reach.

From the road you could also see the really cool looking church that is on the upper left of this picture.  I also liked the clock tower and that bridge going over the Potomac River.

This tree has a kind of funny story to go with it.  This is the first picture Bill ever sent me after he got his first motorcycle and went out riding with it.  In the text he said "wish you could be here" and now I have finally gotten to go out there.

After all the fun we stopped at Milwaukee Frozen Custard, pistachio was the flavor of the day.
On the ride I both discovered a very uncomfortable way to sit, and how to fix it.  When I was first getting on I was centering myself while the bike was still tilted a little.  This caused me to be off center while we were riding and for my knee to start hurting.  Once I fixed that it was a lot better.  I have also started holding on to the side bar when we are stopping so I don't feel like I am just running in to him with no way to stop.

I promise there has been progress on projects.  It's way too dark to get any pictures tonight, but I promise you will get some.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Still fighting those germs.

I have been battling with germs since last Wed.  I feel like I'm making progress, but I sound like a frog.  Hopefully this will be better before I have to go to work tomororw.

I had had plans on getting some stuff done outside of the house, but I have not felt like I had enough energy for that.  Some of it also involved talking to people, which I can't really do right now.
Instead I am trying to get some of the easier to get done projects finally done and out of the way.

 The headbands finally have buttons on them!  I added the one button to the end because that was the headband with the gradient striping and I wanted to let the wearer decide which side they liked best.

This thing I finished a good while ago, but then I forgot I had it.  I have no idea what to call it.  I based it on the rectangle hat that gives the appearance of cat ears when being worn.

Only I left little openings on the sides.  I am not sure why I did it, but I like it.  This second picture is closer to how the colors look in person.  I didn't show it, but it was one of my first times doing Kitchener stitch, so it is a bit uneven along that line.  When I made it I knit around until I got to where the gap was going to be, then I knit only one side until it was long enough to fold over, I then grafted it together with the body.

Anyone remember this bad boy?  I was sure I had finished it and donated it, but I found it in a bag in my craft-stuff storage room the other day.  I was also then going to drag out all my buttons and try and hope there were enough matching ones for it, but it turned out I went and bought buttons for it.  I only used about half the buttons since I knew I would get bored before I could sew all 11 that it called for on.
For anyone who doesn't remember it is the Very Versatile Top Down Cardigan (Ravelry link) that was last seen June 19, 2012. I don't blame you if you don't remember it.  Right now it is soaking to get blocked, but I don't think that will change how it looks too much.

It is getting dark out or I would also include the picture of my mini-Skywalker (yes, let's pretend I made it that size on purpse) and of the mustard yellow blob that is the almost done baby blanket.
Getting stuff finished is fun! (someone remind me of this when I have a pile of these things laying around again)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Knit in public day!

Why yes, it does sound scandalous.  It is also kind of something I already do twice a week...though this one is usually outside in a park and not in a building.  Either way, it seems there are a few of them.  The first knit in public day happens on the second Sat in June, which is usually why I can't participate.  I usually have to work on Sat.  Though word was going around on knit-night that is it this Sunday.  A few of us whipped out our phones and did a bit of a search.  We still have no idea.  We all found multiple listings for multiple days.  One said it already happened, another said it still hasn't happened, and yet another says it is a whole week event.

The swirl scarf has made another appearance.  The blue Skywalker shawl should be dry soon and the baby blanket is in time out.  It might not look like it, but I swear it is getting longer.  The smaller piles of yarn are my only proof that I'm really not just adding every free pattern on Ravelry to my library when I go to knit gatherings.