Oops, lost a week

I always look back at my blog to see when the last time I posted was so I don’t get redundant. And I looked this time and thought, “My little brother didn’t come over this Friday, I went to Margarita’s….” and then I realized I lost a week. Sorry.

So, what happened last week? Well, if you were following me on Twitter (or checking the side bar here where I have my Tweets posting), then you know that Monday I went to Mare’s house to work (didn’t get as much done as I should have…too much gabbing). Tuesday I worked really late to finish a design concept, Wednesday I wasn’t in the mood to crochet until it was time to head out for a meeting, Thursday I worked and then went to the group south of me, and Friday I went to Margarita’s (where I got a lot of work done). This weekend was spent sitting in the garage opening (where I am now…LOVE our wireless connection) while John did major surgery on his car. The good news is that the car is finally off the jack stands (why I sit out here in case it falls) and fluids are being replaced.

Today I finally got around to typing up design proposals and sending them out to a new source. Nope, not going into details, but because it was an entity I haven’t worked with yet, I was worried about how to present myself. Thus why it took forever to write these blasted things. A few minutes ago I sent those out. Fingers crossed please, as I consider it a growing step in my career. ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning I also got an article fired off for the 3rd CLF book (yep, we’re planning on cranking them out!) so hopefully it is accepted as well.

I also don’t know if I mentioned but I’m waiting to hear if my application to be moved from Associate Professional to Professional status has been accepted. It was a weird but happy feeling when I got the notice from Robyn Chachula that I’d been an AP for 2 years now. Time to grow up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully it’ll be accepted. Of course, it means getting new business cards printed, but for the time being I’ll just cross out the “associate” part on my current ones. Next step, TNNA membership.

I’m now waiting for yarn to come for 2 projects. One for the yarn company (which has a quick turnaround, so I need to get started as soon as it comes in) and another for a publication piece for next year. I’m excited about the latter as it’ll be a yarn I haven’t worked with yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m also busy crocheting garments to wear at Chainlink in August. So far I have two tops on the hook. A blue sparkly top and a yummy lavender top. I have at least one more that I want to get done. I also need to put the finishing touches on a piece that will be going into the fashion show. I can’t show pictures yet because that one is slated to be released this summer. Yay!

I owe pictures, especially on the item that arrived today. I won the Easter Egg hook from Jimbo’s handcarved hooks. It’s awesome. I’ll get a picture later and post it.

Well, it looks like I might be able to go inside in a bit as John doesn’t seem to be under the car anymore. I might stay out here, though. It’s overcast and breezy and actually nice. We had 3 minutes of rain while we were out at lunch and then it stopped. Boo. We need more.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Catching up

Wednesday night was our going away party for Amber. Other than Dani and I, Amber is close to being an original member of our little crochet group. So we got together at Margarita’s house and had a little party for her. Here are a few pics:


Me and Amber


Amber, Jo, Danna, and Dani


Margarita, Carolina and Georg


John and I

So it was a bittersweet party. I’m so proud of Amber, she’s taking a promotion that has her moving from here in Florida to New York. She will be greatly missed. I wish her the best of luck and hope to see her in August when we’re up in Buffalo (she’s going to try to sneak up there for the weekend).

On Thursday I got a present from John in the mail.


Hmmm, what could this be?


Woo hoo! It’s a handcarved hook by Award winning hook maker Jimbo. It’s beautiful! It’s a J hook made in redheart wood. I can’t wait to use it.

John said it’s for winning my Flamie! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it.

Thursday night I went down to visit the South Shore Knitters and Crocheters. They were a great group of ladies and I felt very welcome. I will likely start attending every week. I’m not going to quit going to my Tampa group, I just wanted to find a group a bit closer to home and meet some new people.

Today I worked on a new design idea (that woke me up the other night and I had to sketch in the bathroom so I wouldn’t wake John up) and got the math right and am almost finished with my sample. I also got the yarn for the next yarn company project today and will start swatching for that over the weekend. Is it bad that I want to make it work with the J hook so I can use my new hook?

I also need to do my taxes this weekend. Blah, more math. Oh well. It needs to get done.

On the non-crochet front, John has received a contingent offer letter from the company he interviewed with (contingent on them getting the contract they’re going for…something everyone is pretty secure in). So now we have to wait and see if the contract goes through. We won’t know for a few more weeks.

Okay, off to make dinner. Have a good weekend everyone!

Oh, and listen Monday night to Getting Loopy, I’ll finally be officially accepting my Flamie on the air! I’ll post a link on Monday for the show!

Holiday wrap up post (picture heavy)

Whew. That was a whirlwind week last week! This will be a quick wrap up with lots of pictures so I can get started with my work week.

Thursday:

I stayed up until nearly midnight on Christmas Eve working on Josalynne’s dress. Finally I had to stop as my hands just wouldn’t go anymore. So I got up at 7am on Thursday and took care of the animals and got back to work. I finished crocheting the skirt of the dress and weaving in all the ends around 10am. John wrapped gifts for me while I crocheted. I packaged up more thread so I could do the neckline and armhole edgings once she opened the gift. Kelli got one sock with a note that I’ll have the other one done by Thursday when Mom comes out.

Here are a few quick pictures from Thursday:

Josalynne holding up her dress (when Kelli makes a slip she’ll send me a picture of it on):

Daddy’s socks:

Mom’s socks:

Sean’s socks:

No, I don’t have a picture of Kelli’s sock because I ran out of time. When I finish her second sock, I’ll take a picture of that.

But here’s a great picture of Kelli and I holding up the shirts Mom got us. They say, “My sister has the best sister in the world”. ๐Ÿ™‚

And here’s a pic of me and John:

Oh, and of the pretty bracelet and earrings Kelli made for me:

We got home that afternoon and slept. Then I made some yummy dinner and we just relaxed the rest of the evening. I did not crochet the rest of the day.

Friday:

This was a somewhat lazy day for us. Although John did mow the lawn and take apart the steering wheel in my van. He needed to replace the clock spring in my steering wheel and got it finished once the part came in on Saturday. I finally started crocheting that evening as I was getting antsy. I’m back to working on his vest and it will likely take forever. So he may get it for his birthday or next year’s holidays. ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday:

We finished up the van and I now have cruise control and a working horn. However, it did not solve all the issues we had with the van. ๐Ÿ™ So we’re moving on to the next things he thinks are wrong. The downside is if he was working here in town it’d likely be done by now. But having to cram in all the work into weekends makes it difficult. He does do all his research at night in the hotel and typically either orders parts while there or picks them up there and brings them home.

After he finished that we met his dad for dinner. Here are some pictures of that:

All four of us (JP, Beatrice, me, and John):

JP & Beatrice:

John & Me:

They gave me 3 books from my wish list (Colorsense, The Savvy Crafter’s Guide to Success, and The Art of Tangle Sweater Collection Vol. 2) and gift cards for Michaels. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday:

We got up Sunday morning and Margarita came over to visit. She came bearing bagels and that was super yummy. We all went to lunch at Panera and then John started getting ready to go back to work for this week. ๐Ÿ™ Boo, it was nice having him home for all those days.

Margarita and I went to Michaels (my van acted up once John left so Margarita had to drive us) and spent gift cards. I got a ton of sock yarn (enough for 6 pairs of socks):






After shopping we hung out here for a bit and then went to dinner and got gelati’s after at Rita’s. Yum. Margarita headed home around 10:30 and shortly thereafter, I heard from John. He was at the hotel and said that the weather was warmer than last week.

Today:

Time to get back to work. I have finished up SSP#4, I just need to do blocking and such and then get it ready to go. I also have to go run the code scanner on the van to see if I’m going to be able to drive at all this week. ๐Ÿ™ I hope so, I have things I need to do.

So there’s my holiday recap. I hope your holidays were great as well!

Holiday get-together

Tonight was a fun time. A group of us have been been crocheting together for at least 2 years (a few of us longer than that) and so every year we do a Secret Santa swap and get together for dinner. We typically do it at one of our homes, but this year we decided to go out to dinner. So we met at Applebee’s and had a great dinner and great conversation and lots of laughs.

Let me say right now that I am in total love with my camera. These pictures were taken in very low light at the restaurant. Some of them look a little funny as I get used to holding my hand very steady in low light situations. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, here we go….

Before everyone got there:

Carolina and Amber looking through some of the books I recently got:

Amber and Margarita:

Margarita and Me:

Dani, after fighting through traffic to get there, decided to order a beer. Well, it was happy hour so she got two:

Once everyone got there we ordered dinner and then started opening our gifts. This is always a ton of fun because we fill out little forms on what we want and what we like.

Here’s Jo and Carolina as Carolina opens her gift (and then the socks she got…she also got a ton of Hello Kitty stuff):

Amber is on a purse making kick lately and she got a lot of purse making supplies (handles, closures, etc) and a gauge check since she’s starting to make garments and has listened to my rants. ๐Ÿ™‚ And no, I didn’t buy for her this year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Richard (who I bought for) was opening his gifts and Margarita stole the purple bow that I put on the package. I got Richard a black bag to carry his projects in (tired of seeing him come to meetings with a plastic grocery bag), 2 skeins of Caron Simply Soft in dark green and a book on dog sweaters since he is currently crocheting for his dog, Emma:

Margarita got a candle holder, battery powered tea lights, a mug, and then a Christmas light garland (made by Dani):

I got a candle holder and candle, 2 skeins of sock yarn, and 2 skeins of bamboo yarn:


Dani got 2 skeins of Naturally Caron Country, a pack of her favorite hooks (Susan Bates) and a small cookbook for healthy cooking:

It was a great evening and I had a ton of fun. I always do with this group. ๐Ÿ™‚ It wasn’t the same without John being there, though. But I did get to talk to him twice tonight, once before the party and then on the way home. And tomorrow is Thursday which means he gets to pack and come home the next day. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the work front, I should be finishing SSP#4 tomorrow. I have one more bit of assembly to do and then finishing. Hopefully I can get it done tomorrow. We’ll see. Once it’s done and out the door then I can work full time on holiday gifts.

Speaking of holiday gifts, my thread to finish Josalynne’s dress will get here tomorrow. Rush delivery is fast! ๐Ÿ™‚ Totally worth the $9 extra. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, it’s late, and I’m tired, so it’s off to bed with me.

Taking a moment to breathe

I just finished a project from the yarn company that’s due to them by Friday. I got the yarn late Friday evening. I got most of it done yesterday. Today I only had to do a few repeats and package it up.

I ran off to the post office where I remembered (as I was walking in…I’m a bit slow sometimes) that they were closed today. Thankfully, my post office has an Automated Postal Center and I was able to get the postage and all that and drop it off in the bin.

I swung through Panera and treated myself to a yummy Asiago cheese bagel with sun-dried tomato spread. Yum.

The party on Saturday was a ton of fun. Three groups of people who had not known one another before that day got along famously. I have Rock Band 2 to credit with that. It was a great ice breaker and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun.

Most of the stuff I got was not crochet related (yet). I got some gift cards, some smell good stuff, and a great zippy bag from Sephora. It’s in a deep plum and I love it! When opened, it sits upright on my end table so I now use it to hold all my doo-dads that tend to reside on the table. Now I can just zip it up and drop it into my crochet bag when I go anywhere.

The coolest gift I got was from my mom. She took the pictures of my pattern in Crochet! and put them on a scrapbook page and decorated it and put it in a shadowbox frame. No, no pics yet because my camera is being weird. When it recharges I’ll get a picture of it and post it. It was really neat.

Okay, I need to go. I want to get the other project that’s due next week done and out the door by this Friday. Then I have another one due right after it. And I still need to find time to work on the publication project before that deadline comes up and bites me.

It’s been a whirlwind week!

Here’s what my week has been like: work, work, eat lunch, work, work, feed the animals, work, work, sleep, work, work, work.

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Wednesday was my birthday and also the Tampa Bay Crochet meeting. I met up with Margarita for dinner and ate way too much. When we left there, we went to her car so she could get her crochet bag and she came out with a HUGE balloon and a bag. The balloon plays the Chicken Dance song. Yeah. More on that in a bit. The bag held cupcakes. We didn’t eat any at the meeting because SOMEONE didn’t let me know that maybe I shouldn’t stuff my face with yummy cinnamon rolls. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The meeting was productive. I’m now almost done with the top part of Josalynne’s dress. I finished the front that day and have the big part of the back done. Now, when I will work on it again is completely up in the air. ๐Ÿ™‚ See above with the work thing.

Margarita thought it’d be great fun to tap the balloon while the coffee house was busy so EVERYONE could hear the Chicken Dance. Joyous. And it’s apparently very sensitive as it went off three times in the van on the way home. It’s now hiding in my studio to protect it from the cats. And yes, I checked to make sure that it wouldn’t smack into anything when the a/c kicked on. I played it over the phone for John last night. He did not find it amusing. I came out of the studio and Katrinka was standing there looking at the door with the strangest look on her face.

Today will be a half day of work. I’ve spent the morning doing the bulk of the housecleaning and baking a cake. Yes, I make my own birthday cakes. ๐Ÿ™‚ No, not from scratch. I’m not Kelli. LOL. Cake mix all the way here! Vacuuming and dusting can wait until tomorrow thanks to having 2 cats and a dog. They don’t like it when I de-fur everything, so they’ll just put more down. Tomorrow evening is my birthday party! I can’t wait, it should be a good turnout.

So now that all that’s done I’ll be getting back to work. Yesterday was a bit frustrating because my tension was off from the day before. And yes, it was VERY noticeable. So I did the right thing and ripped back 2.5 hours of work. I did get caught back up last night and am almost done with that part of the project.

Oh, and the announcement has been made! CGOA Chainlink will be August 5-9, 2009 in Buffalo, NY. Margarita is THRILLED since she’s from that area. So now she’s planning on how to keep herself occupied while I’m at Professional Development Day on Wednesday. I can’t wait. It’s now on my calendar. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, now I have to grab some lunch and get back to work. I likely won’t be on to post again until Sunday night or Monday morning. John comes home tonight and then all day tomorrow will be the party prep and the party. And since it will likely be a good party, Sunday will be spent recuperating. ๐Ÿ™‚ And then John heads back up north Sunday evening.

Have a good weekend, 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!

SSP#3 out the door

I heard back from my second tester Tuesday night so Wednesday morning was spent getting SSP#3 ready to go out the door. I had to add the notes they gave me to the pattern and then proof it one last time. All done, I took my pictures and took it to the post office.

Here’s a super closeup sneak peek:

I love the colors in it and I can’t wait to show you the whole thing…but that will have to wait for a while. ๐Ÿ™‚

After the post office I went up to the “second office” (Panera) and had lunch and worked on some design ideas for a bit. Then I headed out to get supplies for the ideas and then home.

I didn’t work on any design ideas yesterday, instead trying to finish up things to send to Tennessee for my dear friend Amber who just gave birth to her second son, Peter Edward, on Tuesday. That’s what I’m working on today as well, and hope to have everything done and ready to go by tomorrow. I’ll post pics of what I’m sending in a while, I want to get it all on its way first.

On John’s job front, it sounds like a done deal if the price is right. We’re waiting to hear what the offer will be. Hopefully it’s at least what he asked for, but we’re really hoping it’s more as it will be a total lifestyle change for us (he will be gone during the week out of state and home on the weekends). We’ll see.

Okay, time for coffee and to get some things done.

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!

Easy day

I got up this morning and wrote out the pattern for the publication project. I also packaged together the yarn and swatches for the two sizes I’m having tested. The patterns are in nice sleeves and together with the bags. These will go out tonight and hopefully I’ll get some feedback in the next few days. I’m pretty secure in my math since the first one worked. ๐Ÿ™‚ And that one is done and ends are woven in. All I need to do are my photos and lightly block it. Then it’s ready to go out the door. I’m very pleased with myself.

I am currently ahead of schedule. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I’m taking today and tomorrow off. Today I’m working on a project to go to my friend in Tennessee who is about to have her second child soon. Tomorrow is housecleaning day as my little brother is coming out for dinner. Friday I will get back to work on some designs that are in my head that I may self-publish. I also need to finish the scarf I was working on, and decide if I want to write the pattern and publish it.

I’m feeling really good about my progress. Way better than when I started at this and waited until the last minute. Now I’m waiting on info from testers and the next project from the yarn company.

Okay, that’s all from me. I want to relax and crochet before I head out tonight to meet up with friends and crochet. ๐Ÿ™‚

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