Clean Slate

November 2, 2010

It’s been a while. Can blogs get cobwebs? Don’t mind the dust, please.
When the weather gets cold, I turn to the computer. It’s an interesting thing, that. I troll for gift-y ideas, menus (for my first home Thanksgiving, ever!), quilt ideas, writing ideas. Mining for awesomeness.
What am I thinking about today? Quilting, sick babies, felt food, library day, how behind I am on my knitting, and home cleaning solutions that don’t take all day.

I suppose I should get up off the couch and get to work on something!

Now all posterity can know that I sound like a chipmunk on speed.

November 18, 2008

I’ve recorded a couple chapters of Good Wives, by Louisa May Alcott for the Librivox project. It’s really fun, and kind of addicting. If you have a microphone, and know how to read… go over to their site and check it out!

I’m debating on which to do next: I’d really like to do another Alcott book, like Eight Cousins, or Little Men. Definitely as a solo project. As much as I like the less-stressedness that comes with a group project, I really like the continuity of having one voice read (as long as it’s pleasant to listen to). I’d really like to do some Brit Lit (my first literary love), but, as I’m 4 generations removed from the UK, and have a distinct American accent, I don’t think it’d do the stories justice.

Anyway, that’s my thoughts right now. Lots of Christmas Gift Knitting (GFK from now on), and a little progress on my Fair Isle project for me now and then.

I had a bit of madness at the end of October and signed myself up for NaNoWriMo. Wanna know my word count? 0. Yep. Nothing. The universe is conspiring against me in the form of the yearly Primary program, family fun in the form of much eating of poultry and other tasty meats, Jazzercise (yes, really), and the aforementioned GFK. November is a crappy month to do something like this. I’m officially moving my NaNoWriMo to February. There’s nothing fun going on, the weather sucks, and it’s going to be too cold outside to have much of an excuse to NOT do my writing. If nothing else, the excitement and two weeks of naivete beforehand got me a pretty good outline of my first book, and a general idea of what’s going to happen in the next two and a half. Progress, though slow, is still progress.

Regarding the Jazzercise: I’m tired of the flab. I want to wear my favorite Calvin Klein jeans from 10 years ago (Yes, I still have them. No, I’m not giving them up. No, they don’t make that style anymore.). I’d like to be able to run up both flights of stairs and not have to sit down afterwards. I’m hoping that the classes will get my butt in gear and help me to just feel better. And just in case any one asks, I’m not going to wear leotards and legwarmers a la Irene Cara. Ever. So don’t ask. Nope!

It’s time for me to rescue my MIL from the girls. I’ll go limp to the car now.

is this thing on?

November 7, 2008

Apparently I have fallen off of the blogging earth. I’m not as trained as I should be when it comes to recording day to day activities. My brain is so full right now that it’s hard to know where to start. I’ve been writing a little (go go NaNoWriMo!), knitting a lot (stormtrooper hats! squirrel mittens! top-down sweaters almost finished, completely frogged and reknit with a totally different pattern! baby things! incredibly complex yet fabulous socks!), sewing some (Christmas dresses for the girls! Vintage patterns!), quilting a bit (mostly table runners, not sure why), cooking every day (hooray for monthly menu planning), and rediscovering the gratification (though perhaps not the chapped hands) of washing dishes by hand.

Life at home this year is crazybusyawesome. I’ve made some major breakthroughs on my manuscript, my attempts at keeping the house clean, and keeping my husband sane through mercurial schedule changes. Seriously, afternoons to midnights to days and back again? Poor man.

I’m starting to feel the Christmas vibe. I think it’s the cold, finally descending. I mean, it’s November already. I’m not saying that I’m ready for it by any means, but 75 degree Halloween is just too much. Part of the fun is freezing your *ahem* buns off while begging for candy, right, right???

We’re attempting a repurposed/handmade holiday this year. Handmade for me, repurposed for Ry. He’s found some vintage He-Man and She-Ra toys for the kids (their new-old obsession) that should blow their socks right off come Christmas day. (Though, honestly, I’d love a Kindle– even though it’s against the “rules” and it costs the same as a new micro-laptop. Ask me how I know. He sleeps with it under his pillow.)

It’s 8:00 here. Guess it’s time I got the monkeys into bed. I’ll try and be a better blogger, really.

Where did the time go?

June 5, 2008

Last time I wrote here, it was October. So much has happened, but not really anything of note. Babies grew, we got sick, we got better, holidays were celebrated, anniversaries were observed, things got dirty, they got clean again, cakes were baked and eaten, dinner rolls were perfected, chocolate chip cookies were not, we learned things, we forgot things, we wrote a little, we read books, watched movies, took naps, had snuggles, bickered, and made up, we enjoyed the weather, we complained about the weather, things were made and given away, things were started, things were put by the wayside. See what I mean?

I put in my garden a couple weeks ago. I have corn, beans, squash, cantaloupe, radishes, peas, chard, lettuce, hollyhocks, pumpkins, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, sand cherries, blueberries and sunflowers peeking their little heads out of the dirt. Growing food from seeds is such an act of faith: you put tiny seeds in questionable dirt, invest a little time and a lot of water and hope and, if all goes well, you get to eat more cucumbers than you ever wanted to because you feel wasteful if you don’t, and your friends are sick of you banging on their doors with armloads of food saying, “are you sure you don’t want any pumpkins? How about zucchini… the trunk of my car is full, I assure you, I can spare a bushel or two.”

My only regret is that I didn’t get any potato sets this year. There really is no substitute for home-grown potatoes — no comparison at all.

On the crafting front: my projects reflect my interests… numerous and varied. Like so many others, I like to have a variety of projects in the works. I don’t get bored, per se, but I get sleepy. Seriously. I’m finding that if I want to get anything done, I have to circuit train my crafty projects. I have a pretty intricate sock pattern going: the Twisted Flowers sock pattern by Cookie A. I like to have a cabled project on the needles: still the
Rogue Hoodie by The Girl From Auntie. A major colorwork project: a fair isle vest that I’ve kind of designed for the girls (whichever one of them that will wear it… Miz Izzy is notorious for her aversion to “scratchy.”). I’m working on a mammoth lace shawl, the Cap Shawl from Victorian Lace Today, and a smaller lace project, Laminaria, from the spring 2008 Knitty. More than a couple of these are going to have to take a back seat to a couple of smaller projects – Maczilla’s Stormtrooper Hat is about done, and I’ve got two babies to knit for, the first one arrives in July, the next in October, this time, none of them belong to me. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that.

I just realized that it’s been my birthday for a whole hour and I didn’t realize it. Happy 31 to me. Hooray for being a prime number!

Dang, it’s getting late… and Miz Bean is still going strong, watching Dora reruns. *sigh* I’m getting punchy and the quality of my writing is quickly declining. G’night.

Yay, Fall!

October 15, 2007

Too busy to blog… knitting and knitting and baking and decorating and spinning and more knitting.

I❤ fall!!!

Etsy Shop Update

September 25, 2007

Just a couple little things… some row counter bracelets, but I’m hoping to add some more stuff in the next week or two. Go visit my etsy store and have a look-see.

Simple Knitted Bodice… done!

September 11, 2007

I’ve washed and blocked it and now it’s gorgeous!!! I’m still deciding if I should undo the bottom of it and lengthen it by an inch or more, maybe take out one or two of the increases. I think I’ll live with it a while and decide if it really bugs me. The zephyr was wonderful to knit with, though I had a large amount of dye in the wash bath. I didn’t notice if there was any change in the actual color of the yarn. I’m really pleased with the way the seed stitch substitution for the garter/reverse stockinette ridges around the neck, waist, sleeves and bottom hem. I didn’t really need the extra bumps in the garment.

Next: on to the Rogue! I’ve almost completed chart C on the hood and next up will be the sleeves. I’m planning to knit them both at the same time. I’m liking the knitpicks Wool of the Andes on this project, though it’s such a heavy sweater that I’ll only be able to wear it in the absolute dead of winter. Of course, this is Nebraska, where the subzero temperatures last from December to March.

Ravelry, how I lurve thee!

September 4, 2007

My Raveling has caused a rash of “finish-itis”. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. Check out the flickr thingie to see a few of the things that I’m finishing.

Not dead yet… not really.

August 24, 2007

It’s been an age since I’ve thought about blogging here. I’ve done a bit of knitting, some cleaning and organizing, a lot of baby-tending (I forgot the exponential rise in mess and the corresponding lack of sleep that correlates with that) and practically no writing (see above excuses reasons. I’m a “Raveler” now, username BlairRose, which, coincidentally is my (empty) Etsy shop name. I hope to be populating said store with some fun things in time for holiday season… a little hand dyed goodness, a couple knitcessories, handmade aprons for big people and little people… just bits and bobs, really. I’ve got to feed the fiber & fabric habit somehow. Now that I’m figuring out how to carve a bit more time out of my day, I hope to be taking some pictures so I can more visually document the madness of craft that is my life.

If you’ve found me via Ravelry, welcome. I hope to be less boring blogging more, but now the kiddos are demanding dinner, and I suppose I have to feed them🙂

Weekend update

April 14, 2007

I normally don’t blog on the weekends, but this was a funny week. My artsy brother and sister in law were home for Easter and some crafty brainstorming… and they left their mark:

Need a hint?

I miss them already.