Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Finish (not stitching per se, but a finish!!!

During my recent wanderings through "blogland", I came across a lovely blog, "The Place of H".
During my visit there, I noticed a lovely dishcloth that she was knitting. I was curious though...was it really worth the time that it takes to hand-knit a dishcloth when, for about the same price as a skein of yarn, I could buy a dishcloth already made, at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Dear Mrs. H. encouraged me to give knitting a dishcloth a try. I'm a "newbie" knitter, and this did seem like a good starter project. Can I just say that I LOVE my knitted dishcloth???? :)
I can make the cloth as large as I want it - that's a big plus. Also, these "hand-made" cloths are so soft - they're a joy to use. I've found that yarn, like floss, comes in an array of colors, so your cloth can be as pastel or as funky as you'd like it to be. These cloths are wonderful to work on in the evenings, when my eyes are tired from my close-up cross stitch work. They're very fast too. I have another cloth ready to come off my needles this evening. Just what I needed, yet another needle-work craft to fall in love with! Seriously though, if you've ever thought of giving knitting a try - these cloths are a pleasure!!!



Filling in Boxes...

I've finally decided to stop "forward" progress on anymore of those dreaded lavender boxes and instead just to focus on the fun part of filling in the ones that I've already created. I'm enjoying this so much more!! I know that stitching boxes or flowers, I'm making the same amount of progress - but it just doesn't feel like I'm not accomplishing as much by just making the box outlines. We're supposed to have rainy weather the next couple of days, so hopefully, that will enable me to have a bit more stitching time.

Just thought I'd post an "up-date" where I wasn't whining about boxes for a change!!!

Happy Monday! (is there such a thing????) :)



Saturday, February 02, 2008

I've been "blogging" - reading, not writing :)

I've been spending plenty of time "blogging" lately - only I've been reading lots of other blogs, not writing in mine!! My goodness, I've been enjoying visiting all over "blog land" and seeing all the lovely things that folks have to share.

I've been trying to stitch, but I'm losing momentum on that wedding piece I NEED to be doing. The piece has lots of boxes on it and I decided to stitch those first - I think that was my mistake. I'm SICK of stitching lilac boxes!! :( I think I'm going to jus start filling in the boxes that I do have finished and worry about making the "other" boxes later. Thank goodness the other wedding in our family isn't until late this summer, so I can put that obligation on the back burner for a while.
I am also going to treat myself to a couple of "superbowl stitching sales" for some stitching goodies - so hopefully that will motivate me to finish up wedding piece #1... :) so I can stitch a couple of fun pieces for ME!

As for homeschool, Ian and I finished Robin Hood and King Arthur - now it's on to Marco Polo. (the explorer - NOT the game!) hee hee hee. For science, we've been studying the theory of relativity, so we're reading a biography of Einstein too.

Ian's tennis tournament season starts this coming Friday. Because he's in a new division, he'll be facing a whole new group of opponents. He's excited and nervous all at the same time... I really miss being able to get out and play with him and get him warmed up. I'm hoping that with a "super-transfusion", my blood levels will come back to normal and I'll be healty again. My hubby is saying that with the super-transfusion, I'll be getting "stud blood" - hmmm....ha ha ha! Hey, whatever works!!! I'm just praying that this "activity hiatus" will be over soon and I'll feel like a human being with energy again.

I'm still enjoying tea sampling - my goodness, who knew there so many yummy flavors available? Blackberry, apricot, mango, peach, - the list goes on and on. I'd love to invite so many of you to come and sit and stitch. (hey - maybe you could come and motivate me to finish that wedding sampler???) :)