Saturday, December 4, 2010
We also have handouts - cards and rulers - to spread the word about Knit A Square!
We have a spot for folks to have a go - knit or crochet a row, and we'll be working on squares all day long as well.
Praying we spread the word to new folks who haven't yet heard about Knit A Square, and that they tell their friends, and so on! Wish us luck!
Ok I have to run now, finish my hair before it dries in this crazy condition - need to be presentable and proud in my KAS shirt, to represent! :-) Sorry for all the exclamations, but I'm very excited!!!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I started some of our knitting club kids making them two weeks ago, and they are doing great. We're going to sell them for $2 each at the school's holiday bazaar in a few weeks. If we sell 30, we'll cover the cost to ship one box of 8" squares to South Africa. I've made a bunch, and Mrs. M, our teacher sponsor, is making some, too. We have 14 pre-orders from teachers - it's so exciting!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
All I have to say is thank Heaven for FlyLady! Check out her Holiday Control Journal at http://www.flylady.org. After several years I'm embarrassingly still just a sporadic FlyBaby, but her routines work. I love the Thanksgiving menu mailer, too. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, and that's the truth! Ok, so much for the FlyCommercial - just check it out, you'll be so glad you did, I promise!
Happy Sunday, hope you are enjoying the extra hour that comes with the time change. Me, not so much - I can never seem to sleep in when I could, so of course I was up and at 'em at 6-ish with our Little Lady this morning. No problem, we're enjoying a leisurely morning cuddling under afghans to stay warm in the chilly hours. Rugrats marathon via the Wii-flex it is! [Netflicks through the Wii]
I stabbed two fingers on my right hand at the Home Depot on Friday, love the nasty staples on the packaging. We had a broken water pipe in the playroom's baseboard heating (boiler system), and luckily the fourth plumber we called was able to see us that afternoon, and we had to break concrete to expose the pipe so he could replace it. My husband did an amazing job excavating it, and by late afternoon we had heat again on the main floor, and for way less money than we feared. Thank you, Jesus!!!
So I'm working on Christmas gifts that I have less than 48 days to complete and wrap, even fewer if I want to ship any out East, and my fingers are still pretty sore holding the crochet hook. I have squares to make for Knit A Square, and finger puppets and small dolls to knit for the AIDS orphans in South Africa as well. It'll all get done, I just need to skip some sleep, lol!
So there you have it - one over-stretched working mom trying to make some home made gifts full of love outside of working hours, balancing work and three kids and a husband, plus cub scouts, kempo karate, and possibly cheerleading again. Here's praying we survive the season without too many meltdowns and nervous breakdowns.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
The big square blitz! http://flic.kr/p/8stSsU
Flickr • 8/15/10 8:43 AM
I'm up to 177 personally, trying to make 200 by end of August. If I do two a day I'll make it.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
15,831 squares made, 40,069 to go by end of Aug for http://www.knit-a-square.com Every 8" square helps! Knit or crochet one today!
I've made 158 so far, and my personal goal is to make 42 by end of August. I can do it if I hunker down and only spend free time on squares and no other projects.
Here we go!!! Strong to the finish!!!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I'm also working on a wedding gift for my brother and his bride for their August wedding, so that's taking up some of my time outside of work, as well. I feel guilty not spending 100% of my free time on squares, but I have to get this gift done in time. I'll do a big reveal but after the wedding, just in case!
Seems I can't ever have just one or two projects going. Besides memorial squares I promised to make, I'm also making a Refreshing Afghan for Bopchie in lapghan size to bring to her during our road trip visit.
I've also started an attic24 Lucy-inspired granny stripes lapghan for us here, meaning probably just for me. But it will probably find a different home, seems they always do.
Then there's the cheerleader ami I started last year for M., washcloths I've planned to do, and Christmas gifts to start on. The navy and white scarves I have to redo and more to make so we all 5 have one for football games this fall. Oh and the Every Way Wrap I started for myself in Impeccable cadet blue.
Pretty sure there's more waiting patiently in bags in my office. I'm just a WIP factory! Better update my Ravelry notebook so I don't forget anything.
Oh yes, and my first pair of socks as well....
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I'm supporting http://www.knit-a-square.com/ by making more squares to keep AIDS orphans warm in South Africa.
What will YOU do today?? http://www.nelsonmandela.org/
Sunday, June 27, 2010
This granny square design is in her honor, with the sample square done in her favorite color, purple. I'll add a step by step photo tutorial later. This one works up really quickly - you can bang out a few of these a day, if you have the time.
Love you and miss you, Gramma Cookie! XXXOOO
Gramma Cookie's Solid Granny Square
See the free pattern at the KnitASquare forum.
You can personalize the pattern by alternating stripes of color around, or even using different variegated colors to make it super colorful. You could also switch up the stitches each round by switching between dc, hdc, and sc. I would not make any stitches longer than dc, to keep it tight and warm for Knit A Square.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Tues night M and I will do a Twilight-a-thon and I'm rereading the saga books for the Eclipse premiere on Weds. Seeing it on XD, at least twice on Weds. Yes, I'm taking a vacation day for Twi-Day :)
Can I ever do one thing at a time?! Multi-tasking is in my nature I guess. Watching Avatar, reading Twilight, knitting squares, and yes now I'm blogging lol!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Whether we hit the goal or not, there will be a lot of blankets wrapped around such needy children, and we can all be proud of being part of that.
I'm working on #122 now, and hope to make more over the weekend. Go KASers! :)
Monday, June 21, 2010
The lovely folk in my ravelry bakers dozen group are sending 8" squares for KAS instead of the 12" we send to the member of the month - I figured that's at least 12 more for the children in South Africa!
Is is totally pathetic that I can't wait for vacation the end of July, so I can knit squares around the clock?!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
My shoulder was hurting from crocheting too many squares recently, so I took a bit of a break and started my first pair of socks. Well, started again - I wasn't in love with the free pattern from the store, so I've been in search of one to use, frogging the first cuff several times.
I settled on the Universal toe-up sock formula by Amy Swenson on Knitty.com, and ended up restarting the toe twice. Sigh... First it didn't look right, then it was too loose. I mismeasured my swatch gauge. Hey, at least I made a swatch!
So far I have 3" done! It's self striping Patons Kroy socks jacquards in fern rose jacquard colorway. 75% wool/25% nylon. Making 1" cuff anklets so I can wear them in the warmer weather. Who knows, if I can get the hang of it, I may be making everyone socks for Christmas. ;)
Oh and I made two squares today as well, feeling guilty that I only have 113 done so far lol!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
See Sandy's post detailing where the blankets are committed to going. We are all energized and already at it, and I'm helping to keep the tally.
Let's go KAS!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
She will post it on the main KAS page under resources, but in the meantime, if you would like a copy of the .pdf, please just email me here and I will forward it out to you. It is two cards across by five cards down, so 10 in all on the page, with cutting lines so you don't need to have business card stock to print and use them. They are beautiful in color, but equally lovely in black and white, if you don't have a color printer. Or if you do, you could print just one page, and bring it to a local copy shop to print color copies and maybe save some of your color print ink.
Print up a bunch and bring them to your local yarn shops, drop them around town during your errand runs, hand them out to anyone you meet, and especially keep a stash in your knitting/crochet bag so when people ask what you are making as you happily knit/crochet squares, you can hand them a card and they can come check it out! :-)
Monday, May 10, 2010
Hook: size K
Chain 29; first stitch is not counted, and last stitch is TKS to maintain smooth edges.
Rows 1-4: TPS across and return. (I prefer Arnie & Kim's Purl)
Rows 5-25: 4 TPS, TKS across (work pattern), last 4 stitches TPS, very last stitch TKS.
Rows 26-28: TPS across and return.
Row 29: Pick up stitch as if to purl, YO and slip stitch, across to end. FO, leaving a 36" tail.
So far I have "A" done. I'm thinking I'll do some A, B, C, that they can pepper in among other squares when they sew blankets together. I'll post the finished (and tested!) patterns on the KAS Forum.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
5/10/10: ETA I finished strong with 32 squares and 5 hats, so exceeded my goals by a wee two squares. Yay! Not sure I'll be able to duplicate the effort any time soon, but one never knows. :-)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I also whipped up a quick finger sweater (thanks to Yarn Pixie's pattern!), as some of my Red Heart Super Saver is creating a bit of yarn burn on my left index finger while crocheting...
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I'm just wrapping up a Sheldon Turtle for KJ, so am taking turns between finishing her shell, and working on squares. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!
On another KAS note, we started up our third and final term of the Square Circle knitting and crochet club at the school last week. We have 17 children signed up -- half of them are returning again and have been with us from our first and second 7-week sessions! It's so heartening to watch them learn and grow, and watch their skills develop and especially their beaming faces as they turn in their finished squares. Even the teachers and parents are making squares, which is just amazing. We have a wonderful community, and we're so blessed to have them involved with KAS.
Have a happy Tuesday!!! :-)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
For those of us with our heads in the sand (or without teenage girls at home), the Twilight Saga New Moon DVD release is coming - at 12:01 AM on March 20, to be exact. Yes, I've pre-ordered my copy. Yes, I'll buy more than one - different collector's editions, you know.
Like I txtd our teenager today -- U. Me. Way too many tweens up after bedtime. 10pm fri 3/19 release party. B there r b square.
Yes I'm a TwiMom, and proud of it!!!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Go Team KAS! :-)
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I have to say, I LOVE THIS HAT PATTERN by Kathy North!!! It's very quick and easy, and oh so warm. The variations are endless -- you can change the size by increasing or decreasing, or changing hook size. You can change the color pattern by using solids, or only one color, or variegated or ombre colorways by themselves or with solids. The choices are endless. Thank you, Kathy North!!!
Red, white, and blue in honor of team USA
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saint Theresa's Prayer
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
.It is there for each and every one of us.