Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Halloween Crafts...Better Late Than Never

I really like black cats at Halloween. I was walking through JoAnn's and spotted a Sculpey clay ornament kit with a cat in a pumpkin. I figured I would give it a try. It was fun, but not something I'd want to do all the time. The bigger ghost and the spider were also part of the kit, and I made the smaller ghost and pumpkin with the leftovers.

Little Black Kitty
Started: 22Oct2006
Finished: 29Oct2006

[Well, not really "finished." I think I'll make a tiny pillow out of it someday and put it in a bowl with Halloween candy. Maybe next year.]

Tricky Treats
Started: 16Aug2006
Finshed: 22Oct2006
I brought this one in to get framed before I was able to get an actual photo, so you'll have to look at the pattern picture.

Bringing this in to get framed was an experience. It was my first trip to the cross stitch store in my area. I walked in, and my jaw dropped. The place was HUGE. Samples EVERYWHERE. They must have had 300-500 hanging all around the store. It was GORGEOUS. But then I got ignored for at least 30 minutes by the two workers, despite my efforts to get help, and by the time I left I was FUMING. And the cost of framing is three times as much as what I'm used to. I don't know if the woman at my previous cross stitch "home" was incredibly inexpensive or if this new place really rips people off. I'll give the place another shot when I pick up my framed piece in January. I'm hoping I just got stuck with the rude workers that day.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

A Little Bigger Ene and a Sock

I finally have the camera back in my possession and there is actually some sun today. I just uploaded a dozen pictures to Flickr, so I should be back to more regular posting.

I've been really busy lately. We decided to build a house, which involves lots of appointments, decisions, and difficult discussions. My husband is a big dreamer, and I am the more practical one. It's rather stressful. Anyway, I'm really excited to be on the way to our first "real" house with a yard. We have to finalize everything before Christmas, and then it will take somewhere from 4-6 months to build.

Here's the latest progress shot of Ene. Something got mixed up on the previous row...I've been a bit stalled by trying to figure out what's going on without completely wrecking the whole thing.

Notice the broken Options cable in the shot. I already have my replacement from Knitpicks. Kudos to them for standing behind their product.

And here's a finished Aran Braid sock, completed during Socktoberfest. Notice the tiny ball of leftover yarn. Thankfully I didn't run out!

I've gotten behind on my blog reading...hopefully I'll be able to visit everyone soon!

Thursday, November 02, 2006


On Monday I was screwing the cap on a glass sample vial at work. I wanted to make sure that I didn't lose any of my solution so I tightened it a bit more. SNAP! The top of the vial broke off and I got a 12 mm gash (yes, the nurse measured it) on the top knuckle of my right index finger. Someone had to take me to the clinic to get it checked out. It wasn't serious enough to get stitches, but I have some Steri-strips on it to make sure it doesn't split open.

I tried to knit a couple of rows on my husband's slippers, but it's just not working because I can't bend my finger. UGH! I'm still able to cross stitch though, so I'm working a little bit on that.

I have lots to show you, but I won't have the camera for at least a week. :(