Tribute Tuesday

For sometime now, I've been thinking about making a post about a pattern or a designer that's inspired me to make something, whether in knitting or crochet or whatever.  I'll try to do them on Tuesdays, sort of as a tribute to the artist, hence the title of this post.

So, I'll have a LOT of material for Tuesdays!  There have been so many great patterns that I've found that have inspired me, not only to make the item, but to expand my knowledge and abilities as a crafter.  Some of the things have taken me out of my comfort zone, not only in the crafting, but also, as a person that doesn't always have a lot of faith in their own abilities.  It's because of these patterns/designers that I am braver and more confident in what I am able to produce.

For the first Tribute Tuesday, I give you:  The Sejia Set by Bev Ireland!

My first crochet pattern book was The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller, and seeing as how I had a baby shower to go to shortly after I purchased it, I decided to make the Sejia set, for who ever it was.  I don't remember who it was for anymore, as I've made quite a few over the last couple of years.  (Too much sharing of the Kool-Aid!)  It was last updated in October of 2011, if that's any indication (I wasn't too savvy with the use of the Ravelry project pages at that time).  It was also my first time not strictly adhering to a pattern.  I know that the ends are supposed to be spaced out and braids of the yarn woven through, but at the time, I wasn't comfortable with doing that (and I was short on time), and I found that I preferred it without the braided yarn in the blanket.  The hat, of course I sat and did the braids on, it sort of made the hat.  It came out well, both the blanket and the hat, but I'd later find out, my hat making left much to be desired.  All of my hats that I made at first had a very, very visible seam, and they were all too small for the people I made them for, except for the baby hats!

There it is!  I was always thinking of ice cream every time I worked on it!  It was all made with Caron One Pound Yarn and Lion Brand Pound of Love (Antique White), and I still have some of the brown, despite having made about 3 other blankets with it (they were 'boy' blankets, blue, tan and dark brown).  I got to make another girly blanket set last year for my girlfriend's baby shower, which was nice, since it had been a while since the last set I'd made.  

The Happy Hooker book has provided me with countless hours of hat making (I have made hats for every person in this house and given lots away as gifts).  The instructions are great, very clear and concise and the stories about the designers that contributed to the book are wonderful!  I especially love the pictures in the beginning of the book explaining the crochet stitches and things.  I love being able to see things being done, I find it helpful to my own crocheting, being able to watch someone do what they're showing me, instead of them just tossing instructions out at me.  It was very nice to have the pictures and instructions there to reference if I needed it.

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I have a problem.

My problem is that there are all these amazing things that I've found that I want to do that'll get me out of the house on my days off, so that there's less of a chance of me becoming only Berger's wife, or so-and so's mom. For instance, all I've been doing is waiting for the time to wake up my husband or the time for the kids to get home from school, and just sitting here watching TV and cleaning things.

I'm tired of it.  I realized the other day I don't have any REAL friends, outside of David.  There's no one that I call (or calls me) to go do things.  I wait for the days David says we'll go for a ride (which more than likely isn't going to happen any time soon).

So far, I've done one thing, and this is the second week of school.  I have plans for tomorrow.  I'm looking for classes I can take that'll not be online (I already spend way too much time online).  Sadly, a lot of the classes I WANT to take have already happened and won't happen for a while.  OR I get freaked out by the price!  But I NEED to do something!  I can only watch Frozen so many times... ( Just kidding.  I watched it last week, and only watched it today so I could hear Anna say, "The sky is awake, so I'm awake."  Because that's awesome).

Today, I shopped for food, which isn't as fun as I'd like for it to sound.  I actually woke up with a raging migraine, and feeling on the verge of getting a charley horse...a telltale sign that I'm super dehydrated, which I KNEW but I chose beer and coffee last night instead of water, even though I knew better.

So I'm nursing myself, and trying to do things that I need to do to be ready for the kids to get home and do homework.-because there's YARN and a yarn winder and yarn swift on their homework table-I had planned to wind yarn skeins that I have left unwound, but ended up having to fix my yarn winder.

I actually think I'm going to clean and start watching my Craftsy mini classes or try getting into another class.  I keep getting distracted by my crochet and knitting projects that are laid out across my couch. Really it's only 3 projects, and one of them I haven't started yet.  And yet again I am procrastinating by blogging about all the stuff I want and should be doing.

I'm off! I hope everyone has a great week!  Be prepared for some great projects coming up this week!

Good Ole Murphy

I found my camera!

As soon as I turned it on, the screen read, "The Battery is Exhausted" and shut off.

You know what?  I am exhausted too.

My job is relatively easy, with the bulk of my work being at the start of my shift. The latter part of the shift is spent mostly watching movies, good movies thankfully, and hanging out with my client, who is in a wheelchair, and various members of his family.

It's not physically taxing, outside of having to move him around, but at the end of the day, having to drive in Phoenix traffic for an hour to get home, sometimes stopping to do my grocery shopping because it's the only time I have to do it, helps me get TIRED.

I've spent the last few weeks rearranging life so I can accommodate everyone else's schedule.  Truthfully, this is something I have always done and only recently realized needs to stop.  I have to stop not doing things that I want to do because I don't want to disappoint someone in my family.  That's not good for me, and in the long run, it's not good for anyone else in this house.

So, I spent some extra money tonight and put gas that could have waited until later in the week into the car, so I can go do SOMETHING and still get to work.  I have two days, the first two days of school for the kids, which I will have all to myself.  Normally, I'd stay home and crochet or knit and do some laundry all day, both days.  Not anymore.  Now, I'm going to go out and crochet!  HA!  On Tuesday my Local Yarn Shop has a Crochet A Long going on, so I'm going to do that, possibly regularly.

Tonight, I will lock up the house and make sure all the kids are in bed without their electronic devices, and recharge my battery with some ridiculous television and sleep, and hopefully recharge the battery of my camera, so I can take pictures of some of the stuff I have around here!

Found It!

I finally went and actually looked around for my camera.  And I found it!

I'm so excited, because it's full of pictures of my new nephews and some in progress pictures of projects.

Now tomorrow I'll post pictures of the newest projects and a done photo of my dad's blanket, today is for family so here they are.

Me and Dominic!

Me and my baby sister!

Some of my favorite people!

The babies are looking at their parents, my kids are staring at the T.V.

There they are, the newest additions to my family.  They are all so cute and gorgeous and amazing.  They also make me want to have more babies! Mostly that's because I can't see them a lot.

School starts for my kids on Monday!  I'm very excited about it, and not only because I can run around the house in my underwear more often.  My oldest is starting high school, and he'll get his first taste of it tomorrow.  Sadly, it's a student only day, and I have to work anyway.  Otherwise, I'd have to embarrass my son by taking a lot of pictures of him and his friends.  

Today, however, we get to troll the hallways of the elementary/middle school for the two younger ones.  The oldest is super excited because he doesn't have to go.  This weekend, we'll buy backpacks and stuff for lunches, then we'll be set until NEXT weekend, when we do our school shopping, which we sadly have to postpone until then.

I am also glad about school starting because STRUCTURE!  I won't have to worry about the kids sitting at home playing XBOX all day long while I'm at work and their dad is asleep upstairs, which they've done, I'm sure.  They'll be gone at school, I'll be at work, and I'll be home before them.  Also we fixed up the front room, where they do homework.  We moved things around and vacuumed (OMG did it need vacuuming!). Now I just need some extra chairs so that everyone is nice and comfy and has access to electrical outlets.

With three days a week all to myself, there'll be a lot of crafting going on, so I hope you're ready!

Monday Monday

For most of you, it's Monday morning.

For me, it's Saturday morning.

Yeah, things are that crazy around here.

Today's also the day we pay all our high schoolers freshman year fees and get his schedule.

Last night, I worked for the first time with Red Heart Yarns Stellar Yarn.  Honestly, it's not my favorite yarn to work with.  In fact, the last time I worked with a similar yarn, I vowed I would only work with it in a capacity that I didn't have to try to actually crochet or knit into stitches.  I did a V-Stitch and it was easy, since you're crocheting into chain spaces.  Trying to find a stitch to work into is one of the biggest pains in my rear end.

However, this project is for a woman who has been a part of our lives as long as since before we were born.  She stood up with our mom at our baptism (my sister and I were baptized together), and IS family.  Now, she babysits my sister's son when she can, and helps out just about everyone.  So that makes working with the yarn that I dislike better.

The yarns all have spacey names.  There's Galaxy, and Nova, Comet...things like that.

The color we chose (and it was chosen because it was available at the store I was shopping at after having been narrowed down to two shades) is Nova, which is working up very nicely.  It really does look like pictures of space. I think it'll be gorgeous when it's done.  I am doing the Serene Comfort Shawl from Lion Brand Yarns pattern.So far it looks like a very clear night sky.  My sister said it looked "beautiful".  I have very high hopes for the project.

Now, breakfast is ready, so I'll bid you adieu!

What the What??

So, things have been more than a little crazy around here!

We went to get our kids back from their grandparents in California, and my husband's work schedule has changed once again.

Now, we're gearing up for the kids return to school and that means...High School.

Yep, my oldest is starting his freshman year in about 8 days!

Tomorrow starts all the fun with going to the high school and paying all his school fees and getting his schedule.  Probably not in that order since the fees depend on the schedule.  Thursday is meet the teacher night for the middle schoolers and then Friday is Freshman Orientation, which is an all day thing and (Thank God) the school buses will be picking them up and bringing them home.

My daughter and I have been watching Blossom on the HUB TV network.  She had a such a good time watching the first two episodes, we've set all episodes to record.  Sadly, we haven't had time to sit and watch the others that have come on and we now have a back log for tomorrow and Tuesday.

I have also been on a crochet tear.  I made a never-ending granny square blanket for my step dad's birthday.  It's passed and all that already, but I haven't sent it yet.  I'm terrible like that.  I made my sister a wrap for her birthday two years ago and just gave it to her in May.  I also gave my mom a bunch of stuff I made for her over the last few years too.

I'll get pictures up as soon as I am able.  I have been tasked with making  a wrap for my godmother and today I purchased 6 balls of Stellar Yarn by Red Heart.  It's pretty awesome looking stuff.  My sister chose it, but I finally got a chance to go buy it today, with lots of Coupon Commotion coupons from Joann's.  6 balls, 6 coupons.  I saved almost $14.  They should be very glad I didn't have any percent off coupons left.

In the meantime, I am trying to recreate the Shaded Blanket from Lion Brand Yarn in Minnesota Vikings colors, which just seems like a terrible idea to me, BUT it's for my Father in Law, who is about the only person in the family I haven't made something for.  I am doing four rows in purple and four rows in gold, with two rows of white between color changes.  It looks nice so far, but that single crochet over and over again makes my hands hurt.

I am also making a Go Team Throw from Red Heart Yarns.  I am using Team Spirit yarn in Navy/Orange so we can use it for football for the Chicago Bears or for when my son goes to school games, since the colors are the same.  I'm sure I'll have to make another in blue and white for the middle school and I might to donate to one of the functions the school has during the year.

Anyways, that's what's up with me.  With the new schedules, I'll have lots of time to post things on here, and as soon as I find my camera and take pictures of stuff, things will be very picture heavy around here.  For now, I hope you are all enjoying the summer and that you're all crafting up a storm!