2012: Year in Review

Tomorrow is the last day of 2012.  Last year on December 30, 2011 I wrote an entry about my crafting goals for 2012.  How did I do?  Let’s take a look.

  • Learn to do cables.  Yup! 
  • Learn to use a Turkish drop spindle.   I did!
  • Learn to read a chart, a knitting chart, that is.  I didn’t learn lace charts, but I can do color charts for intarsia and Fair Isle now.
  • Try my hand at more complex pattern writing.  I only did one, and I think I did ok.
  • Learn to turn heals on a sock.  I’ve done a few pairs now.  Here’s one example.
  • Knit more sweaters.  Hey, remember Bob, as one example?
  • Learn to sew!  Nope.  Really didn’t do much on this one.
  • Take a class to learn a new technique, like Magic Loop.  I think I managed that with learning Fair Isle and intarsia.  I will learn Magic Loop soon, though.  The only class I took last year was the Wingspan class, I believe.
  • Revisit learning how to crochet.  Oh, yeah.
  • Get a Knook kit and see how it works.  Didn’t do this, either.  The Knook was more of a passing interest, I guess.

I don’t think I did that bad, as goal-meeting goes!

I want to wish you all a happy and healthy 2013.  Happy New Year!  Time to go and think up some new goals now.


Handspun Hat

I finally put some of the handspun I made on my drop spindle to good use.  I knit myself a hat, of course.

I used the three skeins that I have acquired through spinning of the natural wool roving I had been working with.I love the natural rustic colors with the unevenness of the yarn.  It’s cool, I like it, and it’s mine.

Here’s the nitty gritty on Ravelry, if you are interested.

If you are a spinner, what have you created from your own handspun?

OT: Christmas Miracle

This may seem silly, but my Mom had a minor Christmas miracle this morning.

First off, my mom broke her hand about a week ago.  She’s ok, but took a bad fall.  Yesterday, we had Christmas at her house to open presents.  Her eleven-year-old dog, Patrick (who I consider my dog as well) was extremely excited and active.  He’s nuts, but he’s a great dog.  Sniffing presents, playing with toys, running around like a crazy animal.  Patrick LOVES Christmas.

This morning, I got a frantic call from my mother.  Patrick would not come down the stairs to go outside to do his doggy business.  This was about 10am.  Luckily, she got a hold of the vet to get Prednisone for his arthritis and my grandmother was going to take her there.  I was at the grocery store picking up stuff for Christmas Day (INSANE).  I said a quick prayer to get that dog downstairs and outside. 

While in line, my mom called back, not five minutes later in tears, but they were happy tears.  Patrick came down!  He went outside!  Amen!

I think he overdid it yesterday.  Poor buddy.  I am grateful for our Christmas miracle, as mundane as it may sound. 

Merry Christmas, everyone!

OT: Awesome Weekend!

Even though it’s not quite over yet, I’ve had an awesome weekend thus far. 


Sam and I got free tickets to the Reading Royals, an ECHL hockey team that I’m a big fan of.  It was quite possibly the best hockey game I have ever been too.  Fights, fan anger, and a win, it was awesome.  And our seats were right behind the Royal’s player bench. 

Yannick Tifu, the Reading Royals captain.
Waiting for their shifts.

Royals victorious!!!


Though it started off quiet, Sam and I went to see The Hobbit.  Fantastic movie!  It was beautiful and I’m so happy all the original actors came back.  And Sylvester McCoy, the Seventh Doctor, played an excellent Radagast the Brown.  I can’t wait for the other two movies!!


We had our usual breakfast with Sam’s parents.  Afterwards, we were all sitting around talking, and a new community park came up.  My in-laws had already been there, but Sam and I hadn’t.  So we leashed up Snoopy, Sam’s grandparent’s dog, (The in-laws watch him while the grandparents are away because of doggy separation anxiety), and we headed out.  There was pretty pond and a water-filled quarry that is probably gorgeous in the spring and summer.  It was a wonderful time with wonderful fellowship.


A view of the quarry.

It’s been a great weekend.

Camera Cozy

A friend on Twitter passed this along to me.  The Blue Brick, a Canadian photography and craft blog (squee!) posted a Canon 7D with a bright purple crocheted camera cozy.  I think I need to make this.

As I’ve repeatedly said here, I love it when crafting and photography collide.

As a thank you to the friend who passed this along to me, please check out his wonderful work at Brian Evans Photography.

Crochet, now?

I figured out how to crochet!  Not well, but I was working on a headband that called for a crocheted border, and I did it!  It looks nice. 

A few of you may remember one of my previous attempts at crochet some time ago, and I got pretty frustrated with it.  I currently am working on practicing with dishcloths, as seen below, and am attempting that behemoth of first projects:  a scarf.

I don’t plan on replacing knitting with crocheting.  I just want to learn the basics, and explore more options with knitting patterns that use crochet, too.  I guess I’m expanding my yarn crafting repertoire.  It’s also sort of fun, too.