Getting back to work

It’s been a crazy couple of days. Adjusting to our new life is a bit difficult, but John and I are making it through. The animals are as well, although this was the mood all day Sunday:

Even though I said I wasn’t going to work yesterday, I did work on Andrea’s scarf and finished it last night. I hope I can find some time later this month to write up the pattern and offer it. It matches the Beatrice Hat I wrote earlier this year. Here’s a picture of the hat and scarf together:

Now I’ll give them a light handwashing and then block both the hat and scarf before sending them off later this week. Today’s work will involve getting started on SSP#4. I have a project coming from the yarn company soon, so I’d like to get the first part done on SSP#4 before it gets here.

Okay, time for coffee and to get going on work stuff. Have a good day!

Hat done, scarf to do tomorrow

I finished Andrea’s hat a few minutes ago and got all the ends woven in. ๐Ÿ™‚ Scarf work will start tomorrow. I’m still kicking around in my head which way I want to do it.

Here’s the pics:

Okay, now I’m going to go spend time with John since he just got home. We’re now just over 2 days away from him leaving. ๐Ÿ™

Catching up…lots of pictures

Yesterday morning I finished the project for the yarn company, wove in all the ends, and packaged it to go to the post office (which I will be doing shortly). Here’s a closeup of it:

After I finished that I got started on the hat for Andrea’s hat and scarf she’s ordered. I’m using my Beatrice Hat pattern and will be designing a scarf to match it for her. I’m using Cascade 220 in Mystic Purple and black. I think it’s turning out pretty good. Here’s the progress picture after day 1:

Last night I finished the first of the pair of socks now known as the Pensacola socks since that’s where John was when he got the yarn for me. I love this yarn. It’s soft and springy and the socks fit perfectly:

Oh, and the next project after I finish the hat and scarf is to start on SSP#4…the yarn came the other day. Wanna see?

There must be something going on at the Air Force base in Tampa. Between yesterday and today I’ve heard 4 large planes go over our house. We’re not on a typical flight path for commercial planes, but John told me last time I heard this that it’s flights coming and going from the base. It still freaks me out because they sound like they’re trying to land on our house.

I’ve had to redo my work schedule. I’m working full days Monday through Thursday and then half days on Fridays. Friday afternoons will be my major housecleaning day (rather than pushing it to the weekend as I usually do) so the house is all clean and the housework is all done before John gets home from his trips. I am, however, likely taking this Monday off. It’s a holiday, and I told myself I’d take holidays off. Plus, I’m not sure I’ll be in the mood to do work stuff. This week John leaves on Sunday afternoon to have time to get up there and find his hotel and the site and all that. So I’m a wee bit cranky about that figure Monday would be best for me to just sit and do stuff for me that day. If I’m in an okay mood, then I’ll work on work stuff.

Okay, time to get another cup of coffee before running up to the post office to send off the package for the yarn company. Have a good day, everyone!

Lots of yarn

Yesterday I was out and about all day and when I got home I had a package of yarn. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was the yarn for the hat and scarf I’ve been commissioned to make for my friend Andrea. A little bit later, UPS knocked and there was a huge box for the next publication project(s).

Can I just say that I love the fact that yarn shows up at my door? I know I ordered the yarn for the hat and scarf set, but the other boxes that just show up without me having to pay? Those are the best!!!

I have two new crochet mags sitting next to me. We picked up Crochet Today on Sunday (there are a few things I may try to find time to make) and snagged Interweave Crochet yesterday (QUITE a few things in there I’m in love with). I need to go ahead and just subscribe so I can quit chasing them down every month.

Okay, slow starting this morning. I’ve now got my coffee on board and am about to get started. Hoping to finish the yarn company’s project today. We’ll see. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a good day, everyone!

Oh, also….a very happy birthday to my dear friend, Kerry! Here’s wishing you lots of yarn and love for the day!

Waiting waiting waiting

I hate waiting. ๐Ÿ™‚ But there is nothing I can do right now. I haven’t gotten a new project yet from the yarn company, so there’s nothing going on there. My publication project is finishing up with the two testers, and there’s nothing more I can do until I get back the reports from them. I’m also waiting on checks to come in. One from the yarn company and another from a friend who has commissioned a hat and scarf set. I’ll be making her the Beatrice Hat and a scarf to match (a pattern for that will be forthcoming).

So what am I doing today with my time? I’m finishing up a package of crochet goodies for my dear friend Amber from college who is due to have her second baby boy this week. I think she’s scheduled for her C-section tomorrow. I’ll be late getting her stuff to her, but it’ll be okay.

Hopefully today I’ll be making a run to the bank as well (with the checks) and then stopping to get some stuff I need for a design that’s kicking around in my head. Have a good day everyone!

Pressie for me and final look at the baby doll

First off, lookie lookie what the UPS man brought me today:

This was made possible by a very gracious gift from John’s Aunt Nelcy. She and I had been talking about how I wanted to get a commercial steamer but it was out of my range at the moment. She ended up leaving us some money so I could get the steamer after she visited the other weekend.

Here’s a pic of it set up (and yes, that’s a skirt on it so I could test out the steamer):

It works like a dream. It has foot pedals and a retractable cord and tools on board. It’s so awesome. So, thank you again for the great gift, Aunt Nelcy! ๐Ÿ™‚

In other news, does everyone remember the Seminole doll tunic I was commissioned to do? Well, if not you can read about it here. Well, Mare sent me a picture of the doll all done with the hair and the coloring and the addition of her little touches.

She does excellent work with these dolls. As you saw in the first post with the tunic, she starts with a vinyl baby doll and does hand coloring and hand rooting of the hair (except in this case…it was horsehair and just would not root so it was applied strand by strand with adhesive). She is very talented and I’ve been lucky enough to see her creations over the years and I’m the proud Momma of one of her Kidz. If you’re interested in her work, here is her site. If you are easily offended or upset by horror dolls and scenes, do not click on her site. I only state that so that no one complains about me sending them to a site they might be offended by. She does a lot of horror and fantasy work with the dolls and has had at least one of her Kidz commissioned for an album cover.

As far as my pattern work today goes, I’ve got most of the tree skirt one done. I was trying to find a way to do my charts with the programs I currently have. That didn’t work. Thankfully, John was able to get the scanner running so now I’ll sketch them very clearly and have him scan them for me. Then I’ll be able to insert them as jpg’s into my patterns.

Of course, it’s raining again so no pictures of the wrap. I’m very close to just setting up Sally and taking the picture inside somehow. ๐Ÿ™

Okay, off to work on socks for the evening. Have a great night!

Exhausted, but happy

Our friends all just went home. Our little get-together lasted for 5 hours. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great food, great friends, and great conversations.

I finished the shirt for Mare’s doll. Here’s a pic:

Now, it doesn’t look like much since the baby doll looks like a regular doll. But, I’ve heard what she’s doing for the hair and I know she’s still got to dye the doll itself. It will look great with the final work done on the doll itself. But the shirt turned out great, just as both she and I pictured it in our heads. And that makes me happy.

I’m worn out. And I don’t know what I want to work on. I realized that other than the long range afghan I’ve got, I’m not working on anything for me. I need a quick small project that will give me a sense of accomplishment and help break the monotony of the design work.

Here’s the contenders right now:

  • I could make the Maui Shrug out of my Fiesta Boucle. I have one skein of this beautiful yarn and I want a project I will actually wear. So I’m not sure if this will be it or not.
  • I could make the Irish Mist Stole out of Amazing Crochet Lace. I’ve had the mohair for it for over a year now. And it should go fast.
  • I could make a Seraphina Shawl out of the Debbie Mumm yarn I have. I know the pattern pretty well, so it would go quickly.
  • I could make Kim Guzman’s Garden Party wrap out of the peach thread I have.

I kinda want to work with a larger hook because right now my other projects I’m working on all use small hooks (E, B, and 0). My hands could use the break. I don’t know.

I’m going to look over the pattern for the shrug, if I don’t think that will work, then I’ll skip to something else. We’ll see.

I do know that I need more sock yarn. Seriously.

What I’m working on…

My friend Marion is a doll creator. She does horror and fantasy dolls. They are always well done and beautiful. I own one of her dolls, a gift from her, and it’s beautiful. So when she asked me to help her out with one, I jumped at the chance.

She has a client who has requested a Seminole Indian style doll. She remembered my dishtowel pattern and thought the stitch pattern would work well for what she sees in her head. So, after figuring out color, cut, and style, she sent me the money to do it and that’s what I’ve been working on since last night. I like how it’s turning out so far and it’s kinda fun to “wing it” on a design and not have really any stress over it.

Here’s the progress pics I just sent her. Yes, the doll’s head is off. The doll’s head is so much larger than the body that if I made the neck opening to fit over the doll’s head it wouldn’t fit on the body. So I’ve popped the head off for now. The doll is not for “play” it’s a display piece, so the shirt does not have to come back off. And she’s still got to dye the doll and do the rooting of the hair, so it’s okay that I’ve taken the head off.

Anyway, on to the pictures:

That’s the shirt as it will eventually be on the doll. I’m working from the bottom up, will make an opening for the neck, and then work the back from the top down. Then I’ll seam the sides and put the sleeves on through the openings I’ll leave on the side.

That’s the closeup of the stitches.

I like how it’s turning out. My goal is to get it done by Sunday when she gets here. I’m making good progress and now that I’ve finished figuring out how many rows for each section, the back should go quicker.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Stopping for today

I have the last row of loops on the pin for the wrap. I thought about pushing through and doing the row to take them off, the last pattern repeat row, and then the final row before the edging. I did. But my wrist and hand said “nope”. So tonight I stop. I don’t think I’ll be crocheting anything else tonight. Maybe I’ll work on the webpage and get it closer to going up. But the hook needs to be set aside for a while tonight so I can work on the sample tomorrow.

The goal now is to finish the sample tomorrow so I can block it. Then I’ll get back to finishing the wrap (likely when I get home from running my Dad to rehab). Wednesday I’ll do any fiddling with the sample (sewing buttons on, etc) and hopefully finish the wrap. A lot of that depends on if I have a class at Joann’s or not. I’ll know tomorrow night. Then I have the meeting down at A Yarn Outlet Wednesday night. Thursday I will get back to work on the tree skirt. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also need to knock out a shirt for a doll my friend Marion is creating for one of her customers. It shouldn’t take long to do. She and her husband should be coming over for Memorial Day and I’d like to give it to her then so neither of us have to pay for shipping (since I also have a doll for sizing).

Okay, I’m off for tonight. Hopefully pictures tomorrow!

Things to do this week

Busy week ahead….I’m not even going to put these into specific days as I never know what exactly will happen each day. However, these are the things I need to do this week:

1. Block the motifs for Design #105 and start joining (and write the rest of that part of the pattern) since it’s been accepted for publication and I need to get it done.

2. Begin work on Design #125 so I can get it sent off.

3. Get the 2 patterns I wrote last week photographed, edited, formatted, uploaded, updated in Ravelry, and updated on here.

4. Swatch for a piece commissioned by another artist for use in her work.

5. Make a pair of socks for Mare now that I have her yarn.

Ahh, it’s going to be a busy work week for me! I think the whole of my work is going to start getting a lot busier. So, time to get cracking on this stuff. After this next week I need to start working on the designs I submitted so that if they are accepted in the yarns and colors I swatched in I’ll have them done. That’d be nice. Instead of my usual M.O. of rushing at the last minute. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, time to finish a sock and finish up my weekend.

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