Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sewing Again

Today, I finally got with it and did some sewing. Several month ago, I cut a vintage Vogue dress out of a queen size flat sheet I had thrifted. It is beginning to take shape:

I am getting excited about what it is going to look like when it is done. I’m thinking about trying to finish a project every week. And I’ve got Halloween costumes to do very soon. The girls want to be Alice and Dorothy this year.

I didn’t finish any knitting or crochet projects today. I am trying to decide what to do when I finish Brent’s new winter hat. I could take up my Bonsai Tunic, or I could do some more small projects. I could start doing some stuff for the girls for Christmas. And they need mittens before the snow comes. So many things to choose from.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


It is 3 months until Christmas. Anyone done their Christmas shopping? Not me. I have a sort of tentative list in my mind of things I could make. I have to be careful about paper lists these days. Knitter #2 can read anything, so I have to keep those kinds of lists hidden.

It isn’t every day you can boast you finished more than one project. And I finished 2 within a few hours today. The good news is the Wolverine hat is finished for good this time. It fits Knitter #3 perfectly. The other project I finished is a coffee cup cozy. We actually have some cups that get too hot in microwave. You can’t touch them to take a drink for several minutes after you get it out. I am wondering if the cozy will help keep drinks warm longer. I might have to do a semi scientific test on it.

This morning at 4, Maggie wanted out. She insisted she was going to die if I didn’t get up and let her out. She better not ask to go out at 4 am again. I have kids. I need all the sleep I can get. After she came back in, she kept trying to con me into letting her out again. I didn’t get back to sleep until about 5. I really, really like to sleep between the hours of 3 and 5:30. Our birds are pleasantly silent during most of that time, the coyotes have gone to take a nap, and the air is cool. I love it.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Weekend

The weekend… I love the weekend. I want to spend it being crafty. We’ll see how it works out. I had a setback on my second Wolverine hat. It came out larger than the first one, but was crocheted with a smaller hook. I have to read the pattern carefully and do some counting. I suspect I didn’t decrease somewhere that I should have. At one point today, I was finished with all the ends woven in. There is nothing worse than ripping from DONE.

Today, I decided to go for it and get some books on herbal remedies. I actually have some books on that subject, but I was looking for recipes and my books don’t have much of that. The stuff I have tells you ways to prepare a particular herb to use for certain things which is great, but I wanted something more.

Tomorrow morning, Maggie’s sister, Reese, is coming to visit. She is bringing her owner with her, of course. I got Maggie from Jodi. Reese is the pup she decided to keep. The dog at the top of Jodi’s blog is Maggie’s mother, Echo.

I’ve decided to join in the Holiday Bootcamp on Etsy. This is my pledge:

I, Kathy of 3 Grrrls Handmade, pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities. I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers. I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot. I promise to share what I've learned with those who need it, support my fellow Etsy indiepreneurs and, most of all, have a positive and persistent attitude. I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to gift givers and give-ees everywhere! 

Don’t forget to buy handmade good for the holidays if you don’t have time to make presents yourself! Pretty soon the craft fairs will be popping up everywhere, and there is always Etsy. You can take the handmade pledge, here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What I Did With My Weekend

I started with these:

And made these:

So I could make these:

I spent my weekend making stuff like this. I made these to wear to our homecoming game on Friday night. Saturday afternoon, I made bows and flowers for the girls to wear for the Boise State game. We went to Grandma’s house to watch the game. It amazes me how clean men can keep it (language) when there are two little girls in the room…

Yesterday, I made 6 quarts of wonderful, tart plum juice. Today, school.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

To Cut or Not to Cut

This week is bound to less eventful. It has the bonus of my getting off morning class duty at work. Gretchen asked me to work in the morning class for a few weeks. I’d been looking forward to mornings free for errand running. Or getting in an extra workout.

This is the pink sweater:

It is still in that unseamed condition. It is more fun to knit than to sew up. And I have to seek out the closest possible match since I ran out of pink yarn. Instead of seaming, I’ve been knitting a coffee cup cozy and a new hat for Brent. I’m still trying to burn up stash yarn, and hopefully the hat will fulfill that little mission. The yarn is the leftover green from Soria.

Last week I decided I am ready to try working out again. Not just with the Wii Fit, but with one of my lonely Kathy Smith videos. I love Kathy Smith and enjoy her workout videos. So I am back on the workout wagon. It feels great. I don’t know why I have such a hard time keeping with a workout since I had kids. When I worked my tail off as a waitress, I couldn’t wait to get home and do my workout. I love how good I feel when I work out regularly. All that energy is fabulous. It seems like I’ve only managed to keep it up for more than a month once since the kids came along. Actually, when Knitter #2 was small, I got right back on it 6 weeks after she was born. I am determined that this time, it is going to work out.

Brent had a terrible shock the other day. His little girls announced they want to cut their hair. All because I told one of them she was going to get a little trim to keep it at waist length. He is not dealing well with it. He told me to tell them no. I don’t want them to hate long hair JUST because their father made them keep long hair. Neither one of them has ever even had a little trim. I haven’t decided whether to let them have some cut or not yet.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Just Another Tragedy Averted

Poor Sam. This morning sometime, Maggie hit the gate and knocked it open. Then it slammed shut and bashed the latch around and it swung inwards where it stayed hanging open for quite a while. Sam is blind and half deaf. At close to 11, I went out the door to take some mail down to our box. I thought to myself ‘I hope Sam is asleep in the house’.

Obviously, he wasn’t or we wouldn’t being having this post. I wouldn’t post about how I found the gate hanging open in the exact same way for the umpteenth time. Anyway, on the way back from the mail box, the littlest knitter and I could hear a dog barking. It sounded like it was back in the hills and made me think of my mil’s very elderly dog that got lost and not found last week. And after a bit I realized it sounded just like Sam and that it was coming from the ditch. We had to come back to the house so I could get my rubber boots and the leash. Then traipse back to the ditch and find that Sam had fallen in at the worst possible place.

Our ditch has probably been where it is for 120 years. It is deep and narrow. It has probably been the death of countless animals over the last 100+ years. The ‘worst possible place’ is a spot with a very steep embankment that is impossible to climb if you have good eyes and young joints. I went down it as best I could and laid on my belly and spent the better part of half an hour trying to get Sam out and prevent myself sliding into the ditch. The best part was when Maggie arrived and thought I was having a relaxing, good time and laid on my back. I had a leash in one hand and a clump of grass in the other. I couldn’t even reach around and smack her to get her off me. It seems like I wiggled out from under her which nearly slid me into the ditch. I had to push her back up the embankment because she couldn’t get up on her own. Then the kiddo held her collar. It took a lot of sweet talking, but I finally got Sam to stick his head up twice in just the right place so I could get hold of his collar. The first time I was not situated right and had to let go of him. The second time I had my foot wedged in the right place and got him all the way up to the top. And then I got to the top. Most the time Knitter #2 was crying and saying she wanted to go back to the house.

After we came back to the house, Sam got a nice warm bath. It was really a shower and was probably the only one he’s ever enjoyed. He was pretty muddy and I’m sure the water in the ditch wasn’t all that warm. I’ve had Sam a long time. A lot longer than I’ve had Brent in my life. He’s the last living animal from the ranch. Sam knew what it was to lay under the calf table waiting for my uncle to toss goodies to the dogs while castrating calves. He knows all about what it takes to put an unwilling Angus cow through a gate. He’s the last link to another world and place.

Tomorrow, when I go to work, Maggie is going to be tied up. And I might barricade the gate just to be safe.

I also want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers for Brent.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

What a Week

As the title says, what a week! When it had just barely started it seems, it all went terribly wrong. I got a call at work from the ER saying my husband was there and he was fine. He’d fallen off a ladder. Falling from a ladder conjures certain images, none of which were what happened to my husband. He was working in a house, so there wasn’t far to fall. BUT. He slipped on insulation that was falling out of the attic he was working in and his tin snips were sitting in the top of the ladder where they have slots for people to put tools. His arm came down on the snips and he was cut very badly. He was lucky not to have cut an artery. They were working in a tiny little town probably 20 miles from the hospital. The guy he worked with (Isaac) tore Brent’s flannel shirt up to make a tourniquet AND drove one handed so he could help stem the flow of blood. And then Brent bled all over the ER while they tried to fix him. He lost a lot of blood, but didn’t need a transfusion. The ER doctor and Isaac both said blood was pouring out of Brent like WATER. The ER doctor repeatedly told us how lucky he was. I am glad that we will look back at this one day as that horrible time Daddy had to go to the hospital.

When you hear the words ‘emergency room’ 50 things go through your mind in an instant, faster than you could snap your fingers. It amazed me how fast I thought things like: the school should have called me, heart attack, crash, broken arm. Boy does the brain work fast in a moment of panic.

The accident ruled the week, but other things happened. Knitter #2 had her first fiddle class and got to bring a fiddle home. She’s getting a smaller one next Tuesday. Knitting happened. Monday night I started a coffee mug cozy. The rest of the week I worked on the hood of the pink sweater. It is going to have a big striped section because I ran out of pink yarn. The change I made so I wouldn’t have to seam the hood seems to be working out. I can’t wait to finish the sweater so I can make some small projects and feel like I’ve really done something lately.

I think I’ll go see if I can kiss Brent and tell him I love him a few more times before midnight. Not that he’ll remember it with the painkillers…

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Something Finished?!

So much time, so little blogging. Summer is officially over, even for me. And the weather has proven it. I’ve never been so cold in August as I was this year. It is possible I’ve been colder in September because it’s one of those months where funny things can happen.

I finished knitting projects! And I am finally working on the hood of the pink sweater. I’m thinking of altering the way the pattern is done, but I need to read through it first. Why seam when you can short row it? I’m just not good at following the rules, anyway.

What I really want to do is start a new project. But I have forsworn new projects until I finish up most of the ones I have. And I have 2 that are little more than freshly cast on. There’s the ill advised shawl/scarf and the Bonsai vest. Maybe something small and fast when I get the hood finished. Maybe some hats and mittens. I’m thinking about ripping the shawl/scarf out and making something different with the yarn. There is well over a thousand yards of my lace weight and I think I’d like to make something bigger with it.