Saturday, July 19, 2014

FO: Scrappy Happy Dishcloth

In my quest to rid myself of my knitting ennui I decided that I needed a quick and easy project. I found some scraps of dishcloth cotton in my stash and decided to knit myself a dishcloth.

Pattern: Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth
Yarn: different Sugar 'n Cream scraps
Needles: Clover bamboo size 6
Modifications: I did a KFB increase instead of the traditional YO. I copied this idea from Ross of the Smells Like Yarn podcast.
Comments: A quick and easy project. I have yet to see if this has cured the ennui.

Until next time ....

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ten on Tuesday: The On the Side Edition

Our topic for this week is 10 Favorite Summer Side Dishes. The food ones are always easy for me.

1) Potato salad
2) Macaroni salad
3) Corn on the cob
4) Grilled onions
5) Fruit salad
6) Good ole romaine with red onions and grated carrots
7) Grilled flatbread
8) Coleslaw – the soupier the better
9) Grilled pineapple
10) Roasted chickpeas

Until next time ….

Monday, July 07, 2014

6 Month Goal Check In

Believe it or not we are now more than half way through 2014. I cannot believe that July is here already. So I figured now would be a good time to check into the progress I have made toward the few 2014 goals that I set for myself.

1) Learn 4 new crafting techniques - toe up socks, crochet, knitting with beads and color work. This gives me 3 months to work on a project for each one.

I did try toe-up socks and decided it is not for me. I have not tried any of the other techniques yet.

2) Try to take a picture each day and post to Instagram

Yeah this is a big fail. I did the 100 Happy Days project but other than that my Instagram posting is pretty sporadic. I am ok with that though. I should know by now that making myself do something every day does not work for me.

3) Work on decluttering the house

I was doing pretty well on this one for the first few months of the year but have slacked off. I really need to get back to this as we are running out of places to shove things.

4) Have one day a month where we do something as family

Another fail on this one. We spend a lot of one on one time with Clark but we do not do as much together all three of us as we should.

So basically I have some work to do on these goals for the next 6 months. Maybe I will have another check in at the beginning of October to help keep me accountable. Until next time ….

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Books Read: June 2014

It was a close call but I managed to stay on track in June. We had a 4 day trip to Atlanta for a wedding so I did not get much reading done during those days. In June I did finish:

1) Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah - Dr Julia Cates returns in disgrace to her hometown to help her police chief sister solve the mystery of a young girl who emerges from the woods unable to speak.

2) A Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell - after the death of her estranged father Lara Carson returns to her hometown with her daughter. She faces many challenges - most notably the father of her child who has o idea that she exists.

3) The Next Always by Nora Roberts - in the first book of the Inn Boonsboro  trilogy we meet the Montgomery brothers as they work to restore the historic B&B in their hometown.

4) The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain - Maya and Rebecca Ward are sisters who are physicians but they could not be any different. After a hurricane hits near their home they - along with Maya's husband - they face the changes the event brings to their lives.

Until next time ....

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Birthday Musings

This past Thursday was my birthday.  I turned 38 years old. I am not quite sure how that happened. It seems like just yesterday I turned 30 and here I am pushing 40. I am not sure why but lately I have been thinking a lot about the past and where I want to go in the future.

I have always had a lot of great ideas but very rarely but them into being. I think it is a fear a failure that holds me back. It is also part laziness. At the end of the day it is easier to sit back and do nothing than put in the work that needs to be done. To bad that I have to do that pesky working for a living thing.

So what to do? Well in the words of Nike "just do it". However, it seems so overwhelming that I need to break things down into baby steps. I need to silence that nagging voice in my head and realize that I am worth it and do deserve the best. I want to set a good example for my son. I want him to realize that he can do whatever he wants and that he is also worth it. I hear him already telling me all the negative things I tell myself and that needs to stop. Hopefully by putting this out there in black and white will help to kick my butt into gear. Watch me do this. Until next time ....

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ten on Tuesday: The Birthday Edition

Our topic for this week is 10 Ways to Wish Someone Happy Birthday. Since my birthday is this week I find this a very timely topic. 

1) Call them up and say happy birthday
2) Bake them a cake or other goody they love
3) Send them flowers
4) Post on their Facebook wall
5) Whisk them away for a day out
6) Give them a big hug and kiss (when appropriate of course)
7) Send them a card in the mail
8) Take them out to eat at their favorite restaurant
9) Buy them their favorite beverage and toast their special day
10) Give them the gift of time (this one is my favorite)

Until next time ….

Monday, June 23, 2014

FO: Teacher Sets

For end of the year gifts I decided to again knit washcloths for Clark's teachers and bus drivers. I did not take a picture of all of the cloths together but you can see them on my Ravelry page.

I used several different patterns for these. Two favorites - DW Dishcloth and Grandmother's Favorite - and some new ones. The new patterns were Grandmother's Waffle Dishcloth, All Washed Up and Reversible Pips Dishcloth. I really enjoyed the patterns. They were all easy to memorize and good TV knitting. The yarn was good ole Sugar 'n Cream. Clark helped to pick out some of the colors and was very excited to give his gifts. Another successful gift knit done. Until next time ....