November 23, 2010

More knitting

Posted in Everyday at 7:51 pm by ListenMaudy

My life is way too boring right now to be writing blog posts. I set a goal to write at least once a week though, so now I’m going to stick with it.

All I’ve really been doing lately is knitting. I finished knitting a Christmas present for one little kid on my list, but I still have a bunch more presents to make. I’m also planning on participating in a sew-along in December, which I’ll write more about later,when we’ve gotten started. I’m starting to feel like I might not be able to get all of these things done by Christmas. I might wind up taking a day off in the middle of the month just to get some sewing and knitting done.

I already cut some of the knitting off my list because I’m short on time, so I’m really hoping that I can make everything else. I’ve already enlisted Muffin’s help in doing my chores in case I’m busy making presents, so I think I’ll be pretty busy knitting and sewing during December regardless!

Also, Muffin felt that I was remiss in my last post about my knitting needles, so I feel obligated to add that besides being able to knit very large items, we are also safe from vampires!


November 16, 2010

Knitting needles

Posted in Everyday at 8:12 pm by ListenMaudy

I’ve been knitting a lot lately. My mom asked me to knit her a cowl for Christmas, and then my sister asked for a scarf, and my niece asked for one also. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but the yarn my sister wants me to use is currently ocupado.  I’ve been trying to knit the same baby blanket for over three years, and that’s using the same yarn that my sister wants. I thought that I’d only been working on this blanket for two years, but that’s not the case. I started it before my youngest niece was born, and she just celebrated her third birthday. Geez.

Anyway, since my sister wants me to use this yarn, I’m determined to finish this blanket. I don’t want to have to break the yarn in the middle of the blanket just for a scarf, so I’ve been knitting all the time recently. I’m really close to being at a stopping point with this blanket, and then I’ll be able to knit the scarf pretty quickly.

My mom wants a cowl that looks like one that she saw in some magazine, but it looks like it uses knitting needles that aren’t actually manufactured. I need very large, double-pointed needles, but the largest ones you can buy are less than half an inch in diameter. My mom’s scarf needs one inch needles. Since I couldn’t find them, I decided to make them. On Saturday, I spent a few hours carving these by hand, sanding them, and oiling them.

Knitting needles

One inch, handmade knitting needles

I’ve been doing some practice pieces with them, and they work pretty well. I’m quite happy with them. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to make the cowl that my mom is hoping for, but I’ll keep trying.

November 9, 2010

Take 2

Posted in Everyday at 8:44 pm by ListenMaudy

Okay, I’m going to give it another shot. I’ve been thinking about so many posts that I want to write recently, so I just need to do it. I don’t have a grand plan for my first posts back; I just need to quit thinking about it and go.

I’ve been over-thinking what I want this blog to be. I don’t pay enough attention to politics or to any one issue to have a really focused blog, and my life really isn’t exciting enough for a personal-stories only blog. It turns out, though, that I have a lot of thoughts about a lot of issues. I’m just going to write about whatever I feel like at this point and see where it goes. I’m sure I’ll be embarrassed about all my posts later, but oh well. It seems like a good idea at the time.

Muffin plays video games every Tuesday, so I figure I should be able to get at least one post written a week. Since I don’t get up at 5am to write anymore, that seems like a reasonable goal for now.