Monday, January 19, 2015

Knitting Fever

I love knitting almost as much as crocheting. I'm happy to say that I'm actually improving. I thought I would share my latest projects.


This hat was made in alpaca... Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Ampato. It's sooo soft.


Alpaca yarn has to be a fave for me. This hat isn't perfect, but it's ok. I finally used circulars with no problem. Yaay for progress. I'm contemplating purchasing a set of circulars. I went to a Tuesday Morning a couple weeks ago and found a variety of ChiaoGoo circulars. They were priced much less than anywhere else I've seen them sold. I heard they even have ChiaoGoo sets priced between $30 and $40. A knitter I met recently had just been in and bought the last set. I'll try again in a few days.

Ok next hat...


This one was made using Colorwul. Ignore the hair...my gosh it looks as if I haven't brushed it in days. I whipped these basic hats out in a day. I had no problems at all.


Now I'm working on a crocheted hat for Ireland. It's been awhile since I've made her a new one. She wanted Scrump. I thought what the heck is a scrump. I had to google it and found out that Scrump is Lilo's doll from Lilo and Stitch. So Scrump it is...


I'll come back in a couple of days with the finished product, and maybe even post the pattern.

Have a great week!


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Snowdrop Shawl in Noro

Last weekend I spent a few hours making a shawl for my boss.

I love the shape. Maybe I'll make one for me.

My photos are terrible. I wish I had taken the time to get better ones.
Anyway, I used Noro Taiyo Sock. Yes the dreaded Noro. Actually the skein was not as bad as usual. There was hardly any problems with it this time minus the tangling. The pattern was fast and easy. I only used one skein of yarn with about 50 yds left. The pattern can be found here.

This is the only finished project I've made lately. Sad... But hopefully it'll motivate me to do more. Wait... I did make about 15 to 20 face scrubbies. I've also been a terrible blogger lately... not kept up with my favorite blogs. I'm a little ashamed of myself. I enjoy reading all of your posts and seeing your projects. Maybe doing so will bring me out of my funk. I think coming back from vacation then having to get ready for the holidays caused me to get a little down. Enough about that... we all have our down and out times.

Ireland's been asking me to finish her patchwork blanket. The craft room is a wreck... as usual, so cleaning it may help with motivation. That's what I'll be doing this weekend. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Disney

We've been back from Disney for almost two weeks now. I ended up with over 1200 photos so it's taken me awhile to go through them all. Warning: This is a long, photo heavy post.
Our first photo of the trip was at the Florida Visitor Center

We spent the first night in Cocoa Beach and then got on the cruise ship the next day

Day 1
Our first view of the ship, the Disney Dream
Waiting to embark
The staterooms are huge with portholes large enough to sit in

The ship was gorgeous
and decorated for Halloween
First night was Halloween so Ireland dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast
Her dinner buddy
Day 2: Nassau, Bahamas


We chose the Blue Lagoon Island excursion. It was perfect because we wanted a less crowded experience. I've been here before and knew it would be more peaceful than the Atlantis experience.




 It is a beautiful island. The waves and wind prevented the beach side from opening so we had to stay on the lagoon side.

Day 3: Castaway Cay

The island was also beautiful but a little crowded for my taste.
Waiting to get back on the ship

Enjoying the view before dark
Day 4: Bye Bye Disney Dream, Hello Disney World

 We left the ship about 10am and made it to All Star Movies Resort about 11am

We stayed in the Dalmations section




The first day we explored the resort and then went to Downtown Disney in the evening. We ate at Paradiso 37, which was really good
 and shopped at the World of Disney, which is the best shop ever. We were all Disney Drunk in that store. Even Michael was a little giddy there.

Day 5: Magic Kingdom

Space Mountain
Splash Mountain



Day 6: Epcot


Ireland found her country
 

Day 6: A break

We stayed at the resort pool all day and then went to Boma, a restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge

This place was amazing
The lobby
We agreed that if we ever had an extra 400 a night to spend, hahaha, we would stay here in a room with a view of the safari


Day 7: Animal Kingdom

My favorite park

Day 9: Hollywood Studios

Fantasmic the best end to our vacation
I wish I could post more, but just uploading these took a whole day.

Now that we're back I can focus on crocheting and knitting. I've been consumed by Disney for awhile now.