Category Archives: Knitting

2012 Goals Check-Up: January

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It’s now the beginning of February and I’m wanting to check in on how I’m doing towards my goals for the year as of the end of last month.

  1. Sew more clothes for myself and the kids. In Progress/This is actively being worked on. I am working on scrubs for my new job (Yay!), some wardrobe essentials I’m sadly lacking, and I plan to make the girls’ Easter dresses.
  2. Boost my little side business, sewing custom clothing and alterations. This will become a priority this month.
  3. Complete the BSN portion of my RN to MSN Education degree. I’m nearly finished my first course. At my current rate I’ll be done my BSN portion of my education by October 2012. Woo hoo!
  4. Save money for our first house. We are budgeting and saving! Yay! We plan to rent a house this spring, for 12 months, and then buy after that lease is up.
  5. Improve my relationship with Bill and the kids. In Progress/Some days are better than others, but I am trying my best.
  6. Finish one knitted item. I started working on my in progress vintage sweater last weekend. I’ve been working on it when I have nothing to do. I hope it’s done by fall.
  7. Walk the neighborhood at least 3-4 days a week. This will not happen until spring, I’m sure. I have been working out 3-5 days a week at the gym, though. Yay me!
  8. Organize my sewing area and bedroom. Sewing area is in progress. Bedroom is a beast and very overwhelming. I’ll get to it soon. We’re planning on moving and I need to get that stuff under control so we can pack and go when we need to.

 

New Year, New Goals

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So, it’s time for a new year and time for new goals. Last year’s goals were not too bad, really. I did a few of them, which is better than none I think. Here’s the recap:

  1. Rebuild my wardrobe. – This is still in progress by the end of 2011 and I’ve made significant progress. I got rid of a TON of clothing (donated/freecycled) and I have been steadily building a really wearable wardrobe that I love.
  2. Get my craft mojo back! – I hardly did any knitting or crocheting, but I did get my craft mojo seriously going with decorating projects and sewing.
  3. Cull excess crap from my surroundings and life. – I got rid of all the excess knitting/crocheting supplies that I was NEVER going to use and no longer loved. Yay! I also moved my sewing space from the bedroom into the great room and reorg’ed it a bit. It still needs more organization work, though.
  4. Land my first RN job! – I got my RN license and got my first job! Yay! I start Jan. 2012!
  5. Get our finances in better order. – This finally started happening around the end of the year. I got into bulk cooking which has saved us a LOT of money, and we’ve been doing less frivolous spending.
  6. Prepare to buy our first house. – Didn’t happen.
  7. Devote more energy into my relationship with Bill. – Made some small improvements, but there’s still a TON of room left to be better.
  8. Devote more energy into my relationships with Evie and Abbie. – I think I made pretty good strides with this, but there’s always room for improvement.
  9. Try out for another play! – I’ve decided to not try out for acting gigs for now. I got involved in costuming and really love it.
  10. Prepare for my first competitive run. – Yeah, um, didn’t happen. My large rear end was way too comfy to sit on this year.
  11. Go out and sing karaoke! – Didn’t happen.

I’m actually pretty proud of how much I did do as far as my goals this past year. Yay me! Now, this year I want to accomplish the following… or at least make progress towards these things:

  1. Sew more clothes for myself and the kids. I really want more dresses. I also want to make myself a pair of pants that fit me well. I’m currently in process of preparing my dream winter coat for sewing, so that will be first on the list to get done.
  2. Boost my little side business, sewing custom clothing and alterations. I have 5 potential dresses to make this coming year. I need to confirm them asap and make sure I have satisfied customers so they can recommend me to others.
  3. Complete the BSN portion of my RN to MSN Education degree. I’m starting Jan. 2, 2012 with Western Governor’s University. I really think this is totally doable. I’d like to get my MSN within 2 years, tops.
  4. Save money for our first house. We are tightening our belts a bit so we can start saving for a down payment. Now is really the time for us to buy so we just need to get our money in order for it.
  5. Improve my relationship with Bill and the kids. I adore my family and need to make sure they are aware of that daily.
  6. Finish one knitted item. I have a sweater for myself and one for my mother in the works. I need to FINISH something. Even if I don’t love doing it anymore I want to make sure I finish what I promised to do.
  7. Walk the neighborhood at least 3-4 days a week. My large rear end is SUPER comfy, but.. it’s a big BUTT, and I want to get it just a little smaller. So I need to start moving, regularly. Not in the hyper spurts that I tend to do. I have severe motivation issues and lose steam with most exercise, but I really enjoy walking my neighborhood. It’s scenic and peaceful, so I need to use that to my advantage and do something.
  8. Organize my sewing area and bedroom. They both need SERIOUS help. This is a big challenge for me as I’m kind of chaos incarnate and don’t really have an organized bone in my body. lol But I gotta try.

I think that’s it. Fewer things than last year, but things that are far more important to me at this point.

I hope you all have a happy, prosperous and safe New Year!

Oh, yeah, I’m knitting, too.

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As if I don’t have enough to stay busy, I’m also participating in Twila Jean’s 3-hour Sweater Knit-along. Go check her post out to see my progress so far. Once I’m finished I’ll post it on my own blog.

FO: Testing a Hat Pattern/Adventures in Cabling

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Here’s my second FO (finished object) of the year:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pattern: Proton Stream Convergence (Not Yet Released)

Yarn: Patton’s Classic Wool Merino in Chestnut Brown

Needles: US size 6 bamboo 36″ circular for ribbed band, US size 8 bamboo DPNs for rest of hat, cable needle

Start: January 23, 2011

Finish: January 31, 2011

Comments: This was such a well written pattern!  Love the end result. I am painfully slow at knitting cables because I am very unpracticed at them. I only have somewhat large plates, so when it blocked it turned into a beret.  Which is all the better for me.  I adore berets.  I will certainly do this pattern again in the future.

FO: Moments of Serenity

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Here is my first FO (finished object) of 2011:

Pattern: Stolen Moments Wrap by Amy Swenson

Yarn: JoAnn’s Sensations Angel Hair in Neutrals

Needles: US size 15 bamboo 36″ circular

Start: January 2, 2011

Finish: January 28, 2011

Comments: This was actually a very quick knit.  I just don’t have time to sit and knit for long stretches and some days I have no time at all.  This is SUPER soft, really warm, and the pattern was really easy.  A beginning lace knitter (intermediate knitting skill I’d say) would do great starting with this project. I probably will not do this pattern again, though, as even with a smooth yarn it will look like a different version of the same shawl.  I love that this shawl will add some color to my wardrobe.

Lots of energy today!

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It’s a rare occasion, especially here lately, that I actually have an abundance of energy and inspiration.  Today is one of those days.  So, my motto for the day is:

Totally not my creation and I'm not taking credit for it.

I was browsing around Boutiques.com while Abbie was eating lunch and saw a high end designer dress that looked mighty familiar to me.

Oscar De La Renta Black Wool Dress

This dress I made on October 29, 2010 from stretch cotton sateen purchased at fabric.com with New Look 6643 as a pattern, which was pretty heavily modified for what I wanted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks mighty close to me!

I went out to the mail as Abbie was cleaning up her toys in preparation for her afternoon nap.  I was hoping that a package containing my winnings from Moi Minerals would be in the mailbox, but instead I found this:

My order from Sidney @ Limmer Lane Antiques!

And it contained these:

1940's Rayon (L) and Cotton (R)

I want to make this dress from the rayon:

Coffee Date Dress free pattern found at burdastyle.com.

I want to make a couple of these with the cotton:

Apron found here: Art Threads

 

I should also be expecting the fabric and notions today, via UPS, to make this dress:

I’m just giddy!  So many things that I can pick to work on! I’m test knitting a hat for a friend, and I will start working on a sewing project as soon as I’m done with that.  I’m excited!

Now that Abbie is napping I will be reviewing for my NCLEX-RN exam (boards for nurses) since I have peace and quiet to focus. I hope everyone is having a lovely day!