Thursday, September 28, 2006

My last post here

I'm done with blogger. I'm combining several of my blogs from blogger and my xanga into one wordpress blog. So come on over and see me at My Heart Knits Make sure you update your bookmark! See ya there! Rebecca

Monday, September 18, 2006

Well, um, I........

have decided to not make any more blog promises. Cause I don't do so well keeping them. My digital camera is busted and so I'm not likly to post many pics till I have another one. I haven't been doing much over the summer except losing weight and planning my sis-in-law's wedding. The wedding was on Labor Day so I am now free to move on to my traditional fall activities! I have managed to lose nearly 30 pounds since I started WW in March so I'm more willing now to knit things for myself. Currently I'm knitting on a woolease shrug, my FBS, an almost finished pair of Jaywalkers, the child-size Accordion from Knitty and I'm finishing crocheting a rainbow star baby blanket. I've also made a couple of hats during the summer, I LOVE making hats, they are so quick and satisfying. And hubby says I look good in them so it's all good baby!! Things I'm planning on knitting this fall include(but are not limited to): the Chicknits Ribby Cardi for me in Chocolate and Eggplant, maybe Ivy from the fall '06 Knitty, a zippered cardi for hubby, and hoodies for my girls, my clapotis, and lots of customary winter wear such as scarves, hats and mittens. This doesn't include several pair of socks always on the needles!! I'm starting to get seriously interested in fair aisle projects, particularly mittens. So I'm scanning the net and mags for a good starter pattern. I haven't had much time for spinning and I'm kinda depressed about how lacking my skills are in that area. Anyway there's an update for ya. Oh and by the way I joined Socktoberfest this year!! Can't wait to get some new sock yarns!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Back from the dead, I am...

yep, that's me. I am attempting to revive my interest in blogging by joining The Amazing Lace I will spend some time this weekend updating links on the blog and taking some new pics to post. Then hopefully next week I will be able to post an update on my life and where I've been for the last 7 weeks. I can't wait to catch up on everyone's blogs and feel connected again! God bless you all!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Oops.

I didn't realize it had been that long since I last posted! Sorry about that. I plan on making hubby find the cable for the camera tomorrow so I can post a jazillion pics for ya. I'm not spending as much time on my fiber pursuits as I was. I changed my daily schedule around so I was putting first things first. Nurturing my relationship with Jesus, taking care of myself (read: working out regularly), homeschooling my dd in the mornings instead of the afternoons (better for her) and spending some quality time with all 3 munchkins. After all that and housework and billpaying besides, there ain't much time left for fiber play. But I do have many finished projects from Feb. and the beginning of March to show off. Currently I'm working on a few shawls, the 2nd Jaywalker sock and trying to get some skirts cut out and sewn up. I have bags and bags of fleece to be washed, carded, dyed and spun waiting for me in the corner of my livingroom! But life goes on and I'm not too stressed by the lack of fiber time, it seems to go in cycles. On the other hand a woman from my church called me this afternoon to talk about the possibility of starting a Prayer Shawl Ministry out of our church. This strikes a chord with what I've been feeling in my spirit lately. I've just been waiting on the Lord to lead and guide me. So please pray for me that I would be full of wisdom and drenched in God's favor! Hubby is turning in a letter of resignation tomorrow at the machine shop. (BIG sigh of relief inserted here!) He's been working 3 different jobs and has a 4th during the summer. We are making the decision to cut back his hours for some much needed family time and have a peace that it's God's will right now. Between May and July things are gonna be kinda unsettled in that department. The job offer he's accepted doesn't go full time till after the 4th of July. But we have the peace of knowing we are right smack in the middle of God's will for us right now so I'm not worried at all. I'm very excited about my weight loss progress!! I rejoined Weight Watchers about 5 weeks ago and so far have dropped about 7.5 pounds as of last tuesday. I have a total of 72 pounds to lose so this is a long term process. I'm generally someone who LOVES exercise and I've got myself into a steady routine of weight training and walking/jogging 6 days a week. I'm logging about 12-16 miles a week at the moment and my energy is thru the roof!! I feel soooooo much better and my health is improving since we made some nutritional adjustments to the grocery shopping list. My fitness goal for the last 3 years has been to get into shape in time to run the Tulsa Run. We'll see what happens but this year I have real honest-to-goodness hope!! Just so my fiber friends don't think I have forgotten them, here's a big hello and howya doin? to Jan, R'gina, Shelly and Christina.

Monday, February 20, 2006

I'm BAAAAAACK!

Sorry it's been awhile between posts, our computer is trying to die on us and hubby and been desperately searching for parts and performing transplant surgeries on it. It's still not dependable, more work needs to be done so if you can't get a hold of me or I don't get to comment everywhere I may be unable to get online. I can't post all my pics since the cable isn't where it should be? But I can show ya the yummy wool I got from Jessica, my partner in the Winter Wool Swap. It's all from my wishlist at knitpicks.com On the bottom right, is 4 hanks of Shadow, 100% merino laceweight yarn in Sunset. This is slated for a lace shawl for fall, not sure on the pattern yet. On the bottom left is 4 hanks of Alpaca Cloud, 100% heathered baby alpaca laceweight yarn in Iris. This is for the long-awaited Flower Basket Shawl. This stuff feels soooooooo amazing!! Moving to top left, you see 2 hanks of Gossamer, handpainted 100% merino laceweight yarn in Sweet Peas. Not sure what I'll make with this yet. Then last but not least, top right you see what's currently on the needles. This is 2 hanks of Sock Memories, handpainted 100% merino fingering weight in the Fly Fishing colorway. For Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics, I'm knitting my first pair of socks, the Jaywalker pattern from Magknits.com They are for my dear hubby who has apparently been desperately anxious I was never going to knit him anything besides hats. LOL I'm progressing well on them but don't think I can finish both before the torch goes out. My hands are not accustomed to knitting with tiny toothpicks and my carpel tunnel has been acting up, slowing me down. I just finished all the gusset decreases and have only 3 inches of the foot and the toe to go. I PROMISE to post all the progress pics I've taken so far as soon as I can. Let's see, other news includes a haircut, starting weight watchers tomorrow, finished my shrug, my swap partner loved the wool I spun for her, I plan on spending time this week dyeing that fingering weight merino I bought and sewing up a skirt for spring, and I'm shopping for my first hand carders and more wool to spin. Where do you all get your wool? Drop me a comment so I can check them out too! Oh and I wanted to tell the whole wide world of bloggers that I have the most wonderful, loving, funny, and sweet husband in the universe. I love you honey!! "Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong." ~ I Corinthians 13:4-5 Knit into Him, Rebecca

Friday, January 27, 2006

Thank you so much for your prayers.

My strength is here one day and I'm lagging the next but I'm continuing the antibiotics as I can tell they are helping. Now on to fiber-related events and musings. I have gone nuts lately. I've been picking up yarn and patterns left and right. Like I'm ever gonna get all these projects done, yeah well you know how it goes right? I'm a yarnaholic. So what have I added to my stash? you're asking? 8 balls of LB Landscapes wool blend at 50% off 2 HUGE balls of JoAnn's Sensations Rainbow Boucle 2 balls of LB Moonlight Mohair 2 skeins Simply Soft and I just ordered 3 hanks of KnitPicks Color your own merino fingering weight wool. I also have a box of wool coming from the C'ville winter wool swap. I also got the most awesome pressie in the mail the other day from a new fiber friend; gorgeous merino & wool blend rovings to spin! But the piece de' resistance was the faboulous dyed silk roving she snuck in there too! I'm all kinds of nervous when I think of spinning it. Sooooooo afraid I'll ruin it! Think I'll pet and fondle and drool over that for awhile till I get more spinning confidence. Who knows when I'd be able to afford to buy more? For me, silk is right up there with cashmere, the stuff dreams are made of! YUMMY! I also got about 8 different patternbooks for $1 each at the big Hobby Lobby sale last week. Now your next question is probably: "what are you gonna knit with it all?" right? Hmm... some of it is planned and some of it isn't! (just realized I use alot of exclamation points! sorry! :P well 6 of the 8 balls of landscapes are in the River Crossing colorway, bought for hubby to be a scarf and hat. If you have pattern suggestions, let 'em rip. the other 2 balls in Coral Reef might become a hat for me but not anytime soon. One ball of the Rainbow Boucle in Dark Blue tones is becoming the crocheted Martha poncho for my dear momma's b-day next month. Hope to have some left over from that project. The other ball is in Berry shades and will be for a Lily Chin crochet pattern I bought awhile back, a shawl-collared jacket worked almost entirely in the round. Should be beautiful in this yarn! The Moonlight Mohair is the Purple Mountain colorway and will be joining another ball I already had to become Stitch-Diva's Mini Floral Poncho. Yes,I know it's crocheted! I'm crocheting alot right now, just in the mood I guess. Anyway I plan to wear this to a family wedding towards the end of next month. The Simply Soft? Well why not? It appeals to the side of me that can still deal with acrylics on occasion. And it's cheap for designing with. Speaking of, I designed a crocheted hat last night full of fp cables and shells. It's beautiful! I plan on writing up the pattern to sell on Crochet Pattern Roundup, the new site by RachelG. I'll probably wait till I finish the matching scarf pattern as well. Hmm...this stitch would make wonderful snug wristwarmers!! Wooohoooo!! I'll keep you informed. Soooooooooooooooo.............. anyway, you want to know what I've been working on? 1) the new hat design 2) my Romance in the Round shrug...my design (this is almost done, will wear nxt weekend!) 3) the vintage 1940's handbag to pair with the shrug. 4) my mom's Martha poncho...started today. 5) a knitted scarf and felted flower pin for a friend from my own handpainted handspun wool! (this is done and delivered!!) 6) a knitted short-row round dishcloth (this is done! I LOVED THIS PATTERN! so much fun to knit!) 7) a new dishcloth pattern called Bubble Wrap Cloth! 8) still need to finish Teddy's other mitten. 9) spinning and dyeing wool for my winter wool swap partner Jen. Of course that's not all my WIP's, just what's at the top of the heap ya know. ;) I reall love knitting dishcloths, especially fun patterns that aren't just mindless garter-stitch or stockinette. Other than the projects already listed, the biggest knitting challenge I have looming is what I've decided to knit for Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics. I've drooled for what seems like forever over the Flower Basket Shawl from the 2004 Fall Interweave Knits. So I'm taking the plunge my dear readers. The wool has been ordered, I will be dyeing it first, a subtle blend of 2 or 3 shades of one color. Don't want anything too busy or you might miss the lacey pattern ya know. I'm thinking a muted aqua with a hint of sky blue and sage green, that is if I can pull that off! I am fairly new to dyeing my own stuff. Wish I was good enough to spin my own for this but I'm just not there yet. Someday, someday. Anyways, if you are still reading at this point, here's a (((((hug))))) for ya. Love you all and may all your homes be blessed. "All a man's ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart." ~Proverbs 21:2 Knit into Him, Rebecca

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I could use your prayers....

I've had what has seemed to be a cold since last Monday. Once I started taking the dayquil/nyquil combo the symptons disappeared. Yesterday however they just stopped working. And it all seems to have settled in my right ear. I can't hear anything out of it now and the pain is becoming unbearable. I called my mom last night, she's an RN to see if she had any appropriate antibiotics on hand. She brought me some, praying they work. She's such a great mom, after seeing how much pain I was in, she stayed long enough to bathe my kids, change the linens on all their beds and read them a bedtime story. Ahh.... time for me to sit and relax in the QUIET livingroom. I know she doesn't read my blog, she's not internet-savy at all but anyway, I LOVE YOU MOM! So please pray for me that the antibiotics do the job, relieving the pressure and pain in my ear, and take care of any infection that might be there. I don't have health insurance so a doctor's visit is totally NOT in the budget right now. "The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not abandon the works of your hands." ~Psalm 138:8 Knit into Him, Rebecca