Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Storage and retrevial

I have usually been able to find whatever I have lost or misplaced. Mind you, somethings have taken a little longer to find than I wanted to spend looking. I have occasionally needed to buy replacements, scissors, seam rippers, lots of the same colour of thread, knitting needles etc.

I usually lose stuff, when I have decided to reorganize. There it is neat and tidy in the new allotted space and now unrecognizable. So what is lost? My Halloween stuff, I moved it during the last year, I think it is in a box now but I wasn't able to find the box today. So no outdoor or indoor decorations. I did have candy, so I guess the most important stuff was available for the "trick or treaters" that came to the door.

Knitting: I quite often work with my own design, let's face it, I usually do plain scarves and socks. Any notes become obsolete and lost, obsolete because I generally rip out, start over, more than twice a project. Needles changes, cast on changes all happen on a regular basis. I do take photos and some years I make extensive lists. 2006 I had a great list of projects. This years list was abandoned at the end of March.
I have photographed most of my knitting, of course, I just dumped it into the computer and didn't always rename the jpg, somethings ended up under the wrong file. So now, when I am starting to upload into Ravelry and Flicker, I am having trouble finding certain finished projects.
I have been looking at everything, filed in my personal files and didn't find it all. Some things are back in 2005, and not renamed. Obviously, I have some reorganizing to do on the computer as well.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Que or not to Que.

I am slowly discovering different parts of Ravelry. I really like looking at the different designers and their creations. I have been rather lax at posting pictures of my stash, although a good portion of it has been photographed. Also plain socks, how many do people want to see. I do like having a record in one place, so it look like I will gradually put pictures on line.

The question is the Que. There are some incredibly long lists out there. I did buy yarn with projects in mind but don't know if I'll ever get to them. I'd probably list Christmas things. I sort of work with the yarn I am drawn too at the time, can I find the right size needles, is it an easy knit, can I figure out the pattern.

I do have some socks on the needles right now, but I ripped out sweatpea and I am knitting plain socks instead.

A couple of dolls are calling my name and I have been attaching one bead at a time and have taken a few hours doing that.

My new jeans fit so well, I am attempting to trace out a pattern off them. I should have that done by tomorrow.

New clothes

I have been sewing clothes, before I went to Boston, I made a knit T shirt and a knit cross over top. One blouse lately from a couple of Vogue patterns, it worked out OK but not perfect. The skirt I had to junk. PUCKERS. yikes. The fabric was a bear, it had been given to me, sort of a polyester satin backed crepe. No pictures yet.

Then I went shopping, most times I find nothing but this time I was lucky. Jeans that fit, 2 jackets, one black wool and one rust zip jacket in suede fabric. One blouse, rather low neck with a gathered sort of body, I think I may need a black top to wear underneath, it will need long sleeves as well.

When I was in Boston, I found shoes that I liked, they didn't have my size and I wasn't sure I wanted to order and wait for them to be mailed. Back home, couldn't find the shoes or my size. I was told to go on line and a store here would order them for me. I phoned Tallcrest, shoes only over size 10-- at least they knew the shoe, said there was some in the East. http://www.clarkscanada.com/product/Detail.aspx?prodId=20857&Level1=F&scroll=0&page=1&Level2=9
Although they said that they would take 5-10 days, they arrived in 2 days. Brown shoes with a heel that I can wear.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Scarf is done.


A Scarf Askew is finished. I wrote before about doing a fibonaci series at the same time and had groups of numbers written down to keep me on track. I was right to be worried about running out of black, I did and that resulted in some bizarre moments where I had to undo my cast-on row and two rows of garter stitch at the beginning of the scarf. There is a long section in the middle without stripes. My hubby doesn't want to loop the scarf around his neck, so it just warms the back of his neck and fills in the front of his jacket, if the zip isn't done up.


We are actually having a second day of sunshine in a row. I did take the picture when it was still raining this morning.

Friday, October 19, 2007

UFO's, what's the problem?

There has been a lot of talk on Knitting Daily about UFO's and how many people will admit to having?
I have UFO's in every type of craft that I try to do. I feel that I thrive on the mixture of things in progress.
Sewing: blouses wait for buttons, hand sewing waits until I watch tv, when I am frustrated with a project it may just hang on a hanger for a good period of time until I come up with a solution but if it is the fit or needs too much unpicking, it will probably get chucked after a period of time when I am no longer attached to the work I have tried to complete.
Jewellry: usually needs something to be done.
Knitting: usually only 2 or 3 things on the needles, I don't keep good notes and can't figure out where I left off if I have left it alone for too long.
Dolls: I need a deadline to get them finished. One box has a few extra arms, legs and heads.
Cards and Paper Crafting: oh boy, there is a lot of stuff involved and I like to work on conponents, so that if I get the urge to create I can just grab a few finished conponents to get me going.
So for me I am trying to organize my stuff, so that I can easily find what I need when the creative urge to finish something up hits.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The end of the vacation.

Friday, we drove out to Salem a drizzly day, and we walked around taking in the sites. My big favorite was the Peabody Essex Museum, http://pem.org/homepage/index.php first it is a wonderfully airy space. A great collection of things including ship figure heads and lots of scrimshaw. A special exhibit on origami and I loved the horses from one sheet of piece of paper.

Saturday, we went to a different hotel closer to the airport. We took the Logan shuttle to the airport and then another shuttle to the hotel. Since it was a sunny day, we wanted to go to the USS. Constitution, we ended up on shuttle buses, the T, to get to North Station and then walked across the Charles River to the Charleston Navy Yard and got in line for the tour. We were both surprised that everyone had to undergo a security check, like the airport. We had a good tour and then walked back to the T.

Sunday was another beautiful day although windy. We returned to Faneuil hall, looked in more shops and went down to Boston Common, the trees are just starting to turn colours and are not near as developed as in Northampton. We did a block of the famous Newbury Street which is very high end.



Thursday, October 11, 2007

Arts and Crafts

Yesterday, we made it to NorthHampton to the Webs store and it did not disappoint. I was overwhelmed in the main store and couldn't make up my mind. I also made it to the back room. OMG unbelieveable. I finally just bought a couple of balls of Trekking Pro Natura sock yarn. Heather will get to choose one, the next time we get together. We then had a great sandwich for lunch.

Next on the agenda was Stow, the home of Quilting Arts magazine. http://www.quiltingarts.com/ After a lovely ride through the country on a grey day, we found the store quite easily. The store owner was packing up many boxes for the Houston Quilt show, there was a great assortment of things to chose from, books galore, I got 2, dyed silk rods, rubber stamps and I bought some mermaid stamps for my altered art as well. I forgot to get a photo at Webs, but I am happily clutching my stash after shopping at the Quilting Arts store.
On the way back to the motel, we stopped at the mall in Woburn and went into the Fabric Place, mostly household and quilting fabrics. The fashion fabrics were a good selection but fancier than I need in my wardrobe. There was also a good selection of knitting yarns and books.



Today, was a bit drizzly but we didn't get too wet. We went to the Museum of Fine Art http://www.mfashop.com/index.html and it lived up to its reputation. The Monets were wonderful, saw some great contemporary art, interesting shoes and then we had a great Asian Shrimp salad for lunch.

From there we saw a small section of Copely square and had a look at expensive clothing and shoes. Really neat stuff.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Boston and beyond

We have managed to have good weather although the temperature has dropped quite a few degrees. Monday was Columbus day and we drove to Rockport, via Glouchester and Salem. It was too busy in Salem to even find a parking space, so we continued our drive and had a lovely time in Glouchester and I found the perfect travelling bag http://www.baggallini.com/product1.asp?product=%27BVC311%27 which I have been looking for the last few months. We also visited a lovely gallery http://www.menagegallery.com/with great furniture. Lunch was had next to the dock.






Rockport was very small but wonderful to visit and we could see a difference in the tree colour since we arrived.



























Tuesday, we went in another direction down to Plymouth and part way along Cape Cod.

We went on the Mayflower, saw Plymouth Rock, a museum and drove on to the Plimoth Plantation.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Such a good day






Our first day in Boston was fabulous. Hot and sunny, we took the subway into town and walked everywhere. Tomorrow we are taking a tour. We went to the Faneuil Hall and the Quincy market, lots of street entertainers. Break dancing which was great. We walked along parts of the Freedom trail and we found the architecture so different from at home. We walked to Boston Common and had a rest in the shade and then walked another mile or so to the train station. The Boston Garden was at the same stop, so we went to the Celtic's store and looked at the souvenirs.
The two statues were so good, they fooled a lot of people, wonderful to watch them. Click on the photos to make them bigger.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Off to Boston and the Green Hat









Ever since I took the picture of the hat, I haven't been happy with it. I was bored lately and took the scissors to it. The shape is definitely better but I am no further and haven't posed with it on yet.
I have been quiet but busy.
Sewing:Two knit tops have been made and they are comfortable to wear, I took a couple of lousy pictures. I have nearly made a housecoat just the sideseams to finish off.






Sproingy is now finished, I'll be looking for some more of this yarn, a different colour maybe.

















This a Scarf Askew done with a fibonaci sequence. The pattern is on Magknits.The multicolour has a black thread twisted in it, I don't have as much black yarn but so far I like the sequence.

When we're in Boston, I hope to get to Webs, it is only a hundred miles away, so I read the blog to see what was happening in the store. She announced a great give away contest to promote a new book. There are going to be 101 winners, although judging by the number of Lotto tickets I buy without winning, the odds are not good for me. Go to the site and maybe you'll have more luck.