So, this year's Jam was this past Sunday. I took Andy and Ryan while Todd and Colin held down the fort. The boys had a blast in the kids' room. They sang "Ring of Fire" during karaoke, got their faces painted and had a terrific presentation by a couple of Firefighters including a couple of give-aways!
Did I mention there were some guests that came all the way from a Galaxy far- far away?
yes, Todd was jealous! Actually, these guys were from the 501st CTG Troopers.
We had a great time and Andy is starting his collection for next year. If you don't want to deal with returning your cans & bottles (and you live near me) drop me a note and Andy can take them off your hands. His goal for next year is $100 because 25x4 is 100. It is great logic, but none of the 3 months he collected were during softball season.
I combined the techniques of knit and crochet. I started with the Ribs & Lace Tank from IK. Then, I changed the lace to st st and began with a privisional cast on. I Bound the provisional stitches with single crochet and then added the bcrochet lace edge.
I worked the ribing mor or less as written. I did shorten the straps and raise the back. After grafting the straps, I added a crochet trim to the neckline. I then added a full crochet lace sleeve. This yarn has great drape, so it worked out nice.
upon further inspection, I decided the neckline could use some beads for a subtle sparke.
Yarn: Caron Spa
Needles: US 4 &6
Hook: US G
What is next? I have a few stealth deadline projects one down three to go. Two of which should go quickly. The third is OTN now and going pretty quickly. LOVE that chunky yarn ;)
"As we express out gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~ John F. Kennedy
and what words of grattitude shall I utter here on the blog - and attempt to live by in the real word?
I am grateful to/for the following:
- hip tosses - sorry Dubs
- Sudafed PE (wish it was the real stuff tho... damn addicts...)
- making plans
- making changes
- building stuff with the kids
- "rainbow salad"
- electric dryers (sorry Deb... )
- quilt square swaps - and swappers!
- fabric sales
- road trips past and future
- bamboo yarn - LOVE it!
It is Derby night tonight - weather permitting - I'll have car and race photos up tomorrow - weather permitting. Wish my boys luck! Oh- my nephews too. thier pack races tomorrow too.
- getting my TGIFs in on Friday (even if I did miss WIP wed)
- applying engineering to scouting
- applying engineering to knitting
- tempting offers
- deadlines (I like the motivation)
- Advil Cold and Sinus
- time and talent that brings me treasure.
- goat cheese and salmon wraps
- a cup of tea (ok- pot or five) and a good book
- a sense of humor
- oh yeah... ROADTRIP!!! going to Northampton MA on Sunday.
- Jar- 10.5"x5.5"- your choice - I think it will be more fun to see what you all come up with to put in the jars than to try to stick to a theme, so be creative!
- Lid- 1.5"x3"- should read as black
- Background - should read as cream/off white - 4- 1 7/8" squares, 2- 1.5"x2" strips, 2- 1"x11.5" strips, 1- 1.5"x6.5" strip
Step 1: making the jar.
- mark each 1 7/8" square along the diagonal on the wrong side.
- make another mark 1/2" closer to the corner.
- line up a square on each corner
- sew on the lines
- trim the square between the seams and press open.
- you will have created the jar and 4 half-square triangles. I would love it if you could send the HSTs with your blocks. I'd like to use them in the border.
Step 2: Assemble the Lid.
- sew the two 1.5"x2" strips to the "lid" piece
- attach lid to jar.
Step 3: add bacground strips.
- Sew the 1" wide strips to the sides of the jar
- Sew the 1.5"x6.5" strip to the top of the block.
- there is no bottom strip.
- the block should measure 6.5"x12.5" (finished block is 6"x12")
The finished quilt will be rows of the jar blocks with a horizontal only sashing to give the appearance of sitting on a shelf.
on to the grattitude:
- coupons for FREE stuff
- Caron SPA yarn - very cuddly!
- seam rippers
- Albuterol and Mucinex
- Tea... tea fixes everything!
- Todd letting me be sick.
- snow days
- being missed
- Food for thought.
I'm sick and a bit light headed, so I'm not sure if I posted this or not, but once I finish the stuff for the show, I'm going to get started on my T-shirt quilt. I've had these letters in a storage bin for about 10 years now. I think they will be happier as a quilt...
Speaking of the show... "Stairway to Serenity" is 100% DONE!
this is for another BOTM project - this one is a swap. the block has a mate, but it is in time out until I am feeling a little better - or at least have some patience...
- Costco...LOVE that place! Igot some great deals too
- being able to buy the necessities and not sweating it.
- chocolate fondue
- fact and crap and random trivia
- knowing how to calculate a simple volume without looing like a total fucktard.
- knitters and quilters
- my kitty the hunter (even if he does play with his catch in my bedat 3 am!)
- perfect and elegant timing.
- "Mr.Conductor" for being really useful
- my HP
- prayer knitting and crocheting
- time for myself
- finishing what I start
- taking the next step - a leap of faith
- being right
- being missed
- being needed
- being wanted
- desire to grow
- courage to change
- being a "girl"
These are the latest blocks for the QAL on Ravelry. I only used 2 fabrics instead of 10 because I wanted to continue to highlight each fabric as I use it. I made teh secondsquare the opposite of the first and it will go on the back ofthe quilt. I also did somemore quilting on the first strip. I'll take a picture of that in better light with a better camera when it is done. I ran out of thread.
- lists of lists
- checking off my to-do lists
- B&J "shots"
- remembering to put the tea bag in the tea
- laughing about it when I don't
- wii Bakugan for the distraction
- is ADD contagious?
- sock yarn and stash yarn
- people that listen
- people that follow directions
- coworkers that treat me professionally
Please PLEASE,my belved blog readers (BBRs henceforth) promise me that you will not let me get too mundane with my tweets. Comment, email,IM, text or tweet if I get crazy. I'll try to keep them interesting.
First, we made so- called "brag vests" for their Scouting patches. Ryan let me make his. thanks. I printed out this pattern. I bought some of the quilters Tru Grid and ironed it onto heavy weight sew in interfacing. I transferred the grid from the paper pattern and cut out the fabric one. Andy traced the edges with chalk, cut it out and sewed the shoulder seams. I had to help with the grommets - they were tough. All that was left was to thread the lace and sew on the patches!
Next we got to work on his Hungary Caterpillar quilt. He wants to show it in the guild quilt show. He finished the last two blocks, bordered the squares and assembled the top. I showed him how to spray baste the quilt sandwich. I need to get some more thread and some more time alone with Andy to quilt it. I'm going to show him how to quilt by machine and by hand. I need to track down some more of the Eric Carle fabric for the binding. I don't think I have enough left. Here it is ready to be quilted!
Next on the sewing agenda is to get more batting for my blue and white quilt so I can get that done in time for the show.
- clean, healthy food and water
- new tools
- new toys (not as cool as your Kathy!)
- simple solutions
- serenity (most of the time).
- York Pieces
- rotissere chicken from S&S
- "king" Ryan
- hot tea on a cold morning
- 40 degree weather!
- spending money on me and not feeling guilty (almost).
- being able to help (I hope) even a little bit.
- I was EXHAUSTED on Saturday but we had a great date night on Friday.
- We ran out of heating oil last night but that last tank lasted us 11 months!
- My job has a lot of down time but I get to knit.
Some situations are harder to see the gifts God has given me hidden in them.
My friend's husband passed away and it is so tragic I can barely comprehend it. Where is the gift there? For one, it has given me reason to be thankful for what I have and particularly the blessing of the last year. Each day we have together is a blessing to be cherished. It has also given me the opportunity to share my gift of knitting to bring her some measure of comfort in such a difficult time.
Along those line, I had another opportunity to give the gift of yarn this week. Another friend asked me to knit a cap for a family member who is just beginning chemo treatment. While I take no joy in anyone's illness, it is my pleasure to knit a cap for her. I'm throwing in a prayer shawl too. Both were lovingly knit with prayers of comfort, strength and health.
I had knit the two wraps for my Church's Prayer Shawl Ministry some time ago and was planning on dropping them off at the rectory this week. Looks like I'll have to replenish them first. That of course give me the opportunity to use up some of the yarn I have taking up space in my girl cave, try new patterns and do something I enjoy. In fact, making those shawls and that cap is just as healing for me as I intend it to be for the recipient. The patterns are simple and repetitive perfect for my own time of prayer and medetation. I often refer to my prayer shawls as "yarn rosary".
Now, how do I put a poitive spin on all of this laundry I need to put away, toys all over the living room and stacks of dirty dishes. Oh yes, we have plenty of clothes, food and enough leftover for way too many toys. Yes, we are blessed - not lucky.
- under armor
- layers, layer, layers!
- kicking on doors (really.. that was a good thing!
- knowing how to replace a doorknob.
- Ben & Jerry's Strawberry Cheesecake
- life gives you lemons... put them in your tea!
- the convention this w/e
- buying stuff for ME! (and "window shopping" for me too)
- sticks and string and time to knit
- flexability (figurative - not literal - unfortunatley)
- serenity to accept that I cannot change the weather, the courage to go to work anyway and the wisdom to wear lots of layers!
Whenever I ask "what would you like for dinner?" the answer is something like this
- Taco Bell
- Can we go to the Diner?
I put a moratorium on junk food and take out. NO MORE! school snacks are fruit and veggies. I may even go back to hot lunch on Fridays only.
I may even reward them for good behavior (in a month) with a trip to the Diner.
- New traditions
- New friends
- a NYE party without a house full of drunks.
- New pack
- being open to change
- health care
- dental too.
- a good book and a cup of tea.
- a challenge - or twenty
- learning to listen
- the circle - smaller but better
- bracelet bling (materialistic I know - but I deserve it!)
- a bear, a wolf and a monkey