A fresh start….again

19 05 2010

So, as you can tell, I’ve become a ‘blog neglector’. I could list excuses and reasons why this has happened, but I won’t bore you with that. Rather I am going to outline my plans for going forward.

First, I feel I need to re-define my purpose in writing this blog. Like starting a book and then setting it down for a while, when you go to pick it up again, you need start reading from the beginning to get yourself reacquainted with the characters and the details.

My goal is to write about things that I don’t get to discuss much in everyday life. The social circle I’m in right now is mainly comprised of people from work and from school, so that tends to guide our conversation topics. I want this blog to be as little about that as possible. I’m going to focus more on my “hippy” side, that side of me that just enjoys the way sunshine glinting in my window or the simple sound of rain, that gives into my whims.

This is my plan. I’m hoping I will stick with it longer than I did last time.

See you soon.


Catch Up Time

8 02 2010

So I kind of fell off the blogging wagon while I was prepping for my respiratory midterm, but I’m jumping back on. Getting ready for an exam is the perfect time for distractions so I have lots to write about.

I’ve recently been bitten by the interior decorating bug. After Christmas break I actually got my apartment to a really tidy state, beyond my usual funcitonal tidyness (tidiness??) This means I can actually see the potential in the place for some grown up decorating. Initially, I was dreaming up large scale projects (in my usual fashion) for the living room; painting furniture, creating light fixtures, small scale mural painting on the walls. Then I reality set in and I realized that it wasn’t really feasible for me to try and do such things. So I decided to start with the bathroom, the smallest room at my place. I noticed that I already had a colour scheme going. The shower curtain has an aqua motif of open circles, almost bubble-like, and I have a clock I got from Jackie with similar colours and cirlce design. I decided an easy place to start would be with hand towels; simple, cheap and functional. They did their job, adding a nice bit of colour to the room. I have also purchased some canvases which I plan to paint and put up. I’m still trying to decide on what should go on them, whether I should go with something geometric or maybe flowers. They are definitely a work in progess, something I’ll likely work on designing over spring break in a couple of weeks.

The interior desiging bug has just recently moved itself towards my bedroom. I have a couple of things that I really love in there, but I wasn’t sure how to work them together.

First is my demin quilt. I made it back in high school several years ago (I won’t say exactly how many years lest I make myself feel old) that I adore. Its super heavy and warm with nostalgia. Despite my love for it, it just doesn’t say ‘wow’ in the style department the way it did back then, but I couldn’t bear to retire it. Then I had a light bulb moment; cover it! No need to stuff it away in a closet. I could simply find a sheet or a fabric that is more up to date and give my old favourite a face lift. I am currently still on the hunt for that perfect piece, but I do have a theme in mind that I will elaborate on shortly.

Next on the list of things to work with was my jewelery body. It’s a lovely wrought iron piece I found a few years ago at a closing out sale in Truro. It adds some femininity to the room without super pink or lacy and is the perfect way to store various bits of jewelery while still acting as an accent piece. I am still trying to figure out where exactly I want to put it, but I think that may come more naturally as the room comes together.

Alright, just one last bit about the room and then on to the acutal decorating ideas. I hate the closet. It’s terribley unfunctional which means that I don’t use it, which means that my room is messier than it needs to be and I have all that wasted space. It has a single door that doesn’t move all the way to one side or the other, meaning that I only ever access about 40% of the closet at a time. I can never get to the middle of the rod. Half the time I am actually standing in the closet, behind the door, to get to what I want. It had to come down. And it did, thanks to my handy-dandy Jill on Thursday.

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Now for the main event. Right now the project on the go is curtains for the closet. Those got started this weekend with Grandma. I twisted her (rubber) arm and we went to FabricVille on the hunt for something with white and red and black. We spent quite a while browsing and then we found the perfect one. It’s a sheer with a red leaf motif outlined in black on a white sheer. We’re putting red tabs and a red header on it too. I can’t wait to have them done and up. I think they will add a really nice touch to the room. There’s also plans for a roman-style blind for my bedroom window using the red for main part and then the sheer for a topper. This hasn’t come to life in any fashion as of yet, purely still in the planning stages.

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Okay folks, that’s all for now, thanks for reading.

For the first time, by popular demand

17 01 2010

I know it’s been a long time coming, but I finally got some pictures takes of my current projects.  All but Meghan’s hat and scarf; we haven’t had a good time for a photo shoot lately.

Here is Lesley’s Harry Potter scarf, just completed this afternoon.  Paige’s is the purple one and is still in progress.  The colour didn’t show up quite accurate.  It’s really a nice deep amethyst.  When it’s done it will be three strips braided together, one ribbed, one seed stitch, and one more, not sure what kind of stitch yet.  Finally, the teal coloured piece is the lap blanket I’m working on for the library.  Still a lot of work left on that one, I’ll likely finish just as the semester finishes.

(Photos didn’t show up just the way I wanted.  I’m still working on the learning curve)

Maybe a braid’ll do the trick

9 01 2010

So last night I thought I had decided on a pattern for Paige’s scarf, then after about 20 rows, I changed my mind. It just didn’t fit what I was picturing in my mind’s eye. It was a simple cable, just spaced out a bit. Now I’m picturing a braided cable, but I’m having trouble finding a basic pattern to use as a template. I also don’t want to have to rip it out again as the yarn has a nice texture to it and too much of that will ruin the yarn, make it all fuzzy. Hopefully the braided design will sit better.

On a positive note, I finished the knitting part of Lesley’s Harry Potter scarf. It still needs the ends darned in and the fringe added, but the big part is done.

Let’s give this a whirl

8 01 2010

I am 100% new at this so I guess I’ll just dive right in.

I started a few projects over the Christmas break and planned many many more.  I started and completed a hat and scarf set for my friend Meghan as a present.  She had picked out the hat and I decided to add a matching scarf.  I used the pattern “Big Rasta Thumb Cable Beret” available from pixiebell on Etsy.com.  I will have to get some pictures of it to post.  I’m very proud of it as it was my first project involving cables AND double-pointed needles, both of which I was previously convinced were difficult.

The other items I started over Christmas were a shawl for myself to wear at the drafty library and a burgundy and gold Harry Potter scarf for Lesley.  The scarf is coming along quite well and I’m super impressed with the colours.  They didn’t look quite right in the store, but once I started working them together it was like magic how good they looked.  The shawl is much slower going as it is much wider, but I am already loving how it is working up.  I’m using Lion Brand Homespun yarn for that one.  It’s so soft, I lose a lot of working time snuggling with it already and it’s not even 1/3 done.

My next project is a scarf for Paige.  I have already bought the yarn, a nice deep purple in Bernat Harmony.  I have a few ideas running around for a pattern but it isn’t quite finalized yet.  I’m picturing chunky cables but it needs a little more to be just right.