Friday, December 28, 2007

December's Knitting Projects

After all the organizing, it only seems natural to share pictures to give each of the named projects a face.
Here are December's Knitting Projects. They are all projects to be finished, some of them needing only sewing in ends, or blocking, or as in the Pram Coat project, all of that, plus sewing the pieces together. The plan is to finish all the projects by the end of the month.

Pram Coat: needs the pieces all blocked and sewn together, finishing knitting, sewing on of buttons, sewing in ends, etc. This may have to be a long-term finishing project, as it will go into the "Grandchild Hope Chest".

Autumn Capelet: I just need to sew in the ends and sew on a few buttons, which somehow ended up in my daughter's purse.

White Baby Blanket: needs to have the ends sewn in.
A Red Scarf: needs to have the ends sewn in and blocked.

Strictly Knitting Goals

Okay, okay, I got a little sidetracked with the goals. Although it was quite fun, I DO need to make some "strictly knitting goals".

On the list:
Finish projects I have begun:
pram coat
cabled brim hat
autumn capelet
secret of the stole

Knit "new baby" projects for:
S.: due now
R.: due mid-January
B.: due February
M.: due June
S.: due June

Knit for events:
J's Bday: a pair of boot socks--due now
A--just because: a handknitted tie--due anytime
Red Scarf Project: due by end of January
layettes: one per month

Knit from stash:
Bulky weight Lion Brand Fancy Fur: Red Scarf
Bulky weight Lion Brand Handpaint: hat
Bulky weight Canadiana Boucle: hip baby blanket
Bulky weight Red Heart Symphony: scarf or stole
Bulky weight Yarn Bee Soft Delight: Red Scarf
DK weight Classic Elite Fame: Tshirt me
DK weight Cleckheaton Country 8ply: Trellis from knitty--baby sweater
DK weight Elle Mexican Wave: BPT from knitty for me
DK weight Voluma: hip baby blanket
Fingering weight Nature Spun: Ivy League Vest me
Fingering weight sock yarn: socks (3 pairs)
Laceweight sage green: shawl
Laceweight cotton: baby hat and booties?
Odds and ends of black and green: hip baby blanket
Odds and ends of pink and cream: baby items
Sportweight Yarn Bee Baby Bee Sweet Delight: S. baby blanket
Worsted weight Bernat Berella 4: baby sweater
Worsted weight Bernat Boucle: baby blanket
Worsted weight Bernat Club Softee: Tshirt Vogue
Worsted weight Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride: Logan River Wrap
Worsted weight Lion Brand Woolease: baby sweater
Worsted weight Paton's Canadiana: Menswear Tweed Vest
Worsted weight Paton's Espresso: hat
Worsted weight Plymouth Galway: vest
Worsted weight Red Heart Jeweltones: hip baby blanket
Worsted weight Red Heart Ombre: hats

Knit by Project:
Red Scarf: Bulky weight Lion Brand Fancy Fur, Bulky weight Yarn Bee Soft Delight,
Hats: Bulky weight Lion Brand Handpaint,Worsted weight Paton's Espresso, Worsted weight Red Heart Ombre
Hip baby blanket: Bulky weight Canadiana Boucle,DK weight Voluma, Odds and ends of black and green, Worsted weight Red Heart Jeweltones
Scarf/stole/shawl: Bulky weight Red Heart Symphony, Laceweight sage green
Tshirt me: DK weight Classic Elite Fame
Tshirt Vogue: Worsted weight Bernat Club Softee
Trellis from knitty--baby sweater: DK weight Cleckheaton Country 8ply
BPT from knitty for me--DK weight Elle Mexican Wave
Ivy League Vest me--Fingering weight Nature Spun
Socks (3 pairs)
Menswear Tweed Vest: Worsted weight Paton's Canadiana, Worsted weight Plymouth Galway
Various Baby Items: Laceweight cotton, Odds and ends of pink and cream, Worsted weight Bernat Berella 4, Worsted weight Bernat Boucle, Worsted weight Lion Brand Woolease
Logan River Wrap: Worsted weight Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride
S. baby blanket: Sportweight Yarn Bee Baby Bee Sweet Delight

Now I need to meld all the projects. Since I have some time sensitive items, I will organize by timeline-by the month. If I don't finish a project on the month it is designated, it will move to next month's list until it is finished. I will designate the last week of the month as a finishing period.

December: pram coat, cabled brim hat, autumn capelet
January: S's baby blanket (pink Baby Bee), J's boot socks (gray Woolease), R's baby item (may give her a blue blanket all ready knitted, or the baby sweater I all ready knitted, Red Scarf Project, secret of the stole, layette.
February: B's baby item, layette.
March: layette, item from the stash.
April: layette, item from the stash.
May: tie for A.,layette, item from the stash.
June: M's baby item, S's baby item, layette, item from the stash.
July: layette, item from the stash.
August: layette, item from the stash.
September: layette, item from the stash.
October: layette, item from the stash.
November: layette, item from the stash.
December: layette, item from the stash.
And later today or tomorrow I want to post some new goals for my knitting.

And, oops, this will be more than knitting goals.
Directly from my own Yearly Resolutions, or Well-Intended Intentions:

* Build a stash of baby layettes of at least three for the nursery. Begin knitting hats and booties and sweaters and quilts for a charity/charities.
* Knit for Red Scarf Project—only takes donations for month of January
*Continue working on scrapbooks.
* Host regular monthly social events.
-We need to have people over to our house more often. Maybe we can host a Stitch and Bitch, Book Club, Game Day, Movie Night, Investment Club, Walking/Running Club, Socialize with the Dogs, etc..

Taking them one by one:

* Build a stash of baby layettes of at least three for the nursery. Begin knitting hats and booties and sweaters and quilts for a charity/charities.

I'm not so sure how this will play out. What I had thought of in the past is to have a few layettes available for our Medicaid moms. I thought I'd like to make a simple quilt from all my beloved fabrics that I couldn't part with during the great purge earlier this year, a hat and booties and sweater. And maybe a simple pair of sewn pants, like blue jeans or something. I'd have to be in cahoots with others, and provide a notebook or something that each of us could write in, etc. I'd also have to shop frequently, which doesn't exactly thrill me. (When did I grow to hate shopping so much?)
I certainly have enough fabric right now to make several quilts, and enough yarn to get a good start.
FIRST GOAL: Go through all fabrics and yarns and make up ziploc bags each with a project in it, pattern, etc.
Which brings me to a project I need to complete--Chris's quilt. I need to pull this out, clean up the sewing machine, and FINISH this!

* Knit for Red Scarf Project—only takes donations for month of January

This is simple enough--I have enough yarn to make some really cute scarves. I can knock these out pretty quick. I have one ready now, and so will knit up two more and send them on.
GOAL: Find Red Scarf Project 2008 address, knit up two more red scarves, and send them by the end of January.

*Continue working on scrapbooks.

And, yes, that includes taking pictures regularly at gatherings. Thanksgiving, Robyn's birthday and Christmas all went by without one picture taken.
GOAL: Set up scanner and printer and my laptop to all sync, get Parallels so I can do my scrapping on my laptop, too. Figure out how to file transfer between my laptop and the desktop.

* Host regular monthly social events.
-We need to have people over to our house more often. Maybe we can host a Stitch and Bitch, Book Club, Game Day, Movie Night, Investment Club, Walking/Running Club, Socialize with the Dogs, etc..

This is something I've wanted to do for a while and it never really got off the ground.
I've thought of many different "clubs" to start--
*a teaching to knit group
*a family investment club
*a book club for the girls--and we take turns picking a book
*a play date for the dogs
*a movie night: we all either go to the movies together, or pick a movie and watch it at someone's house
*a walking/running club: we meet at a central location with or without dogs and kids and walk or run for thirty minutes. Timing is the problem, due to schedules, but it would be cool if we could even get together just once a week, say Saturday or Sunday.
*a game night: to play cards, board games, or dominoes.
GOAL: talk to Chip and see how we can make this work.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Checking in, or I've been out of it!

Have I ever been out of it, as far as blogging,that is! It has been nearly two months since I blogged last. And I intend to remedy that. SOOOO much going on in our household, and not enough time to get everything attended to, much less finished.

We're still working on getting the house ready for sale, although we have had a huge reality check as houses are just not selling well now. Many houses are going into foreclosure because people get in the trap of buying another house and are stuck making two payments, so the first one goes back to the bank. We are not going to get stuck in that situation. We will just stay here until we are able to sell it. It may mean that we sell this house and move to a rental property in order to find the next house, but I think it will not be that hard to find the new one. Chip and I spend hours every week checking out houses for sale, and we have a good idea where and what we want to buy and what good house prices are, etc.

Work has been easier, and I guess some of that is that I am feeling more confident, but it's also because I am sleeping better. The doc was right--most of my problems are due to not getting adequate amounts of sleep. And I fought taking the sleeping pills really hard, but they really, really work.

Exercising and lifting weights has gone right down the tubes. I just have not been really doing either one for the past month, due to wacky work schedule and my shoulder injury. Looking back, I really should have gone to an orthopedist or sports injury doctor right away. But trying to be tough outweighed good sense. Up until about a week ago, I was taking ibuprofen at least once a day. Now it just hurts all the time but the pain is manageable. I have range of motion, but a lot of it still hurts. A lot. And the muscles--biceps, triceps, deltoids and scapularis all still hurt and spasm even when I don't move. Sometimes when I am not moving at all, it just feels like my arm is going to dislocate from my shoulder. Going back to the regular doctor this week to have him look at it again and make a new plan of action.

And eating well has certainly not gotten the attention it should due to the holidays. We have certainly been EATING, but not always GOOD. Certainly we've been eating DELICIOUS food!) I cooked dinner for Xmas Eve, and tried my best to do as much organic as I could. We were certainly doing a good job of eating well before the holidays. And we will again, I am sure. I have upped my vitamins, tweaking them a bit. Taking magnesium, selenium and zinc has been a godsend. My poochy tummy just disappeared. Gone. Lovely. And I feel as if I am thinking clearer also, and although I'm not sure exactly why, I think it has a lot to do with sleep and vitamins. Perimenoupause is not all that overwhelming, and again, I think the magnesium especially has been helping with that.

Knitting has taken a lot of my spare time the last few months, partly due to my love affair with Ravelry, and partly just cuz I want to spend time knitting. Everyone got a little something for Xmas in their stocking, a hat or a short scarf. And later today or tomorrow I want to post some new goals for my knitting. I need to refocus and decide what I will do as far as the stash goes. I have been diligently de-stashing, and it feels good, but I just need to decide if I'm going to continue de-stashing, or whether I will move on a bit. I know I have LOTS of command performance knitting to do, and several projects to complete. I have a feeling when all of those things are finished, it will be well into the New Year, and it will only seems logical to continue de-stashing. Particularly because I have enough yarn to keep me busy for at least another year or TWO! (Okay, maybe three, because somehow my stash keeps growing!) Most importantly, knitting gives me a lot of joy these days. I still want to share that joy, and start a knitting group, to teach others how to knit. There is something else to ponder in my "later today or tomorrow" post.

Yesterday, our son was asking us about New Year's Resolutions. His wife and he were talking about the fact that his family made resolutions and her family didn't. So he was "innocently" asking us about resolutions. We talked about it for quite a while. I showed him my half year resolutions and we all resolved to have some really good resolutions to share in the next week. I'm sure I will revise my 2007 Resolutions a bit, but basically, as I said before, they were good then and they're good for now, too.