Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Years Resolution Projects

Yes, PLURAL!!! I have three done and three more to go, hoping the kids will finish the last three, but my hopes aren't too high. #22 on the far right, middle is #23, and the one on the left is #24.






Sweet isn't it? I'm hoping to have them hung around Megan's bed when we're done with them, you know, make it all hip and stuff.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Elspeth Thompson

Today I found out the Elspeth Thompson, an amazing woman with a wonderful blog passed away on the 25th. She will be missed greatly. Her greative posts and great pictures inspired me to be more creative.

Elspeth Thompson, you will be missed greatly.

Elspeth Thompson's Weblog

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Internet Junkyard #5

Here is an email I got from my lovely sister Jennifer!

I never knew this before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified.  Isn't history more fun when you know something about it?  
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as 'plucking the yew' (or 'pluck yew').
Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew!  Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute!  It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as 'giving the bird.'


And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

19, 20, 21

As you may already know, the wooden bamboo knitting needles I used for the calico (NYRP#19) socks broke, leaving me only 4. Well mom has 4 of the size US2 needed for the project so I decided to "barrow" them. The sock is now coming along, hopefully the curse has lifted and I will be able to finish it up and start on it's pair.


As for NYRP# 20, it will be a pair of extra-long wrist warmers for Lauren (hot pink, cotton fibers). They will be awesome! She wants them to be long enough to go up to her elbow, which is like 7inches.

Now NYRP#21 is going to be a corduroy(sp?) military style jacket, that was Lauren's and will become Megan's when I'm done putting some buttons on it, sewing up some holes, and some other small things (loose threads, broken embroidery pattern, and so on). That I think is a good project and not pushing it like the pants I mended. This will be my first time working with buttons on corduroy!!! I've only worked with sewing corduroy once before and that was MANY years ago for a scrap dress I made.

Side note: I need to find where I can get those cheep pad's of paper that are mouse pads... I found them at Joanne Fabrics, but couldn't find them last time I was there. Maybe the Dollar Tree?

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Lets see, project #16 is almost done. It's long enough but still has some yarn left.

Project #17 was a pair of Megan's jeans that had a split in them, I hadn't worked on jeans before so I'm counting that as a project. I did fun colors so she would know her Aunty loves her! I used a zig-zag pattern (like on project #18) to connect both sides of the split; it seems to have worked out rather well since they didn't tear apart when I tugged at the pants when I was done, well that and Megan has yet to say anything about the split coming out again.

Project #18 was a pair of underwear that needed to be hemmed... I have NEVER worked with stretchy fabric before and found it rather troublesome. There was no stretchy thread to use so I used regular white thread. First I searched online for hits on how to sew stretchy fabric and found out that using a zig-zag type pattern helps, so that's what I did. They stretch a bit, but look rather funny... like they were stretched out too far and wont go back to their previous form.

Project #19 is the calico sock I"m working on... I had to undo ALL of what I worked on yesterday last night because I dropped a stitch! I did the heel, turned the heel, and started on the gusset. So not fair.

Friday, March 12, 2010


It's my new favorite movie! Okay, it's in my top 10 now, along with 2012. So we went out and got it! It's just a regular one, there is no special edition to purchase, but I'm so excited anyways!!! (Not going to watch it again till I'm done with Trinity Blood) Totally adore Hatter's character... I love the ending!!! Andrew Lee Potts is amazingly handsome anyways. (Also adore his character in the series Primeval which I also want to get, it's starting it's fourth season soon!) I very much love the characters he play, doesn't hurt that he's incredible good looking!

Below are the links to the wikipedia site to help explain it more if you wish! Locals, I'd be more then willing to let anyone barrow it (as long as there is a promise to bring it back safely), email me if you wish to watch it!
Link to Alice
Link to 2012

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Calico Socks

Wow... it's been awhile. Anyways, life has been fun lately, though not as busy as I would like, just time consuming, dose that make sense? Well, above is the sock I'm making for dad. Don't worry, he's getting two! It reminds me of our cat Milly Purr that is MIA for quite some time now and presumed dead because she was very old as well. The yarn he originally sent for me to use is far to thin for socks, and since I'm still learning I've decided to go up a yarn size, or two. Still made of wool. Plus I got it from the yarn shop downtown! Support locals!!!

Thursday, March 04, 2010


Miss Lauren starts ballet class next week!

I would love to have the job of blogging... would anyone pay for a blogger? Seriously, I would perfect my writing skills and come up with as many interesting topics if I could just get a paying job. Ugh, jobs. Con is coming up and I'm hoping Trinket (hint hint) will find me more things to do since it's becoming crunch time. And since Con *IS* coming up, I've been using this opportunity to build up my stamina (with my leg/back).

How can someone learn to put their foot in their mouth more often? I just think it and before I can think about it, it escapes my lips and enters the air, forever hanging there, unable to take it back.

Also, NYRP #17 was a pair of Megan's pants that needed to be mended... I know it's splitting hairs but I've never done it on jeans AND on a seam, my first seam really, *and* I used yellow and pink, like, NEON yellow and pink. I'm counting it so there!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


Not only am I in love with the new phone, but so is Neil. Yes, my Neil has a cell phone! The man who says he hates them and doesn't want anything to do with them has a high-tech state-of-the-art smart/cell phone. Yup, he's hooked like you wouldn't believe. He loves all those amazing features (unlike me that LOVES that gmail hooks up with the phone so I just have to update my calendar on the internet or cell and it replaces the GBoD!).

Here is my latest project that seems to be taking for-ev-er! Sadly I think I'll have to play major catch-up with my New Years Resolution Projects this month because everything's just been happening during February month, Hopefully this coming month will be better for crafts! NYRP #16 is taking far longer then I am hoping.