Well it turns out I didn’t do too badly on last years resolutions.Working on my confidence is always going to be a WIP so let’s make that resolution number one.
- Be confident. I said it last year and I’ll say it again: I can do many things well. There is nothing wrong with patting yourself on the back now and again.
- Take time for me. Even if it’s a half an hour before bed, it helps re-charge my batteries. Get more rest. I go to bed too late. I need to remember not to let that 1/2 hour turn into three.
- Focus on business. Really start to take advantage of the great, mostly free, resources available in NYC.
- Continue to work on knitting skills. Learn proper pattern writing and try new skills and challenging patterns. Work on a proposal for a book idea.
- Re-dedicate myself to spinning. I’ve got the wheel, now to use it.
- Write. I’ve started a YA novel and I have two script ideas that I feel really passionate about. Time to get to work.
- Enter more script competitions. I’m getting better at dealing with rejection so entering will be less nerve-wracking.
- Continue to nurture my family. I feel that I have had so much more energy to simply be with my family since finishing school. We really have fun together.
- SAVE and spend wisely. I wont beat myself up too much for doing badly on this as we added two people to the family this year =)
- Express gratitude for all things. I have felt a swelling of gratitude for all things this year. My twins have stayed healthy since leaving the hospital which was not a guarantee. My oldest adjusted well to her new school which was not a given. My son embraced his new brother and sister with so much love and tenderness it made the tough days easier. My mom has been my champion this year when I needed her the most. My sister is thriving at school and growing into an even more fantastic young woman. My husband is my best friend and most unflinching supporter. Blogging and knitting have continued to anchor me. I am grateful and I hope to show it more in 2008.
I can’t really explain why knitting and blogging means so much to me. I’m sure those reading this can understand what I’m saying. You guys are the best, see you in ’08!
Happy New Year!!!
I didn’t think I got much done in 2007 before I compiled this Mosaic. When you consider the fact that I was hospitalized twice, birthed twins, moved the day before they came home, adjusted to having four children (!!!), graduated, ran a small business, help my sister navigate her first semester of College and (barely) maintained my sanity I got a lot done.
Not a bad year overall =)
Coming soon the obligatory resolution round up, where you swear to do better than last year while simultaneously starting to break your new resolutions.
My sister guilted me into crocheting a neckwarmer and hat for her this weekend. It was easy to do since her unfinished sweater was the absolute last thing on my mind. I walked in wearing my Felicity hat and she started right in on me. The hat made at least three projects that I completed instead of finishing her sweater.
So you see how these items came to be =)
I can crochet much faster than I knit so these took almost no time to finish.
Baby Sis Beret ravelry link
I just need her button selection and I can get a photo of the neckwarmer on a neck =)
These projects also mark a change in my opinion of these two yarns. I received the Lambs pride from Jenn as a part of the One Skein swap. I got the Noro on sale from Little Knits because I had to see what the big deal was. Well I was less than impressed with the Noro. The starting color was awful so I never got past it the other times I tried the yarn. This time I forged ahead and loved the next color. So I ripped back to the yucky color and cut that SOB off.
The Lambs Pride always felt so scratchy to me whenever I considered using it, but my sister chose it from the stash and said it was soft enough for her. Once I started working with it I understood why knitters raved about it. It is lovely to work with, although the mohair fibers got stuck in my throat quite a bit.
With these two quick projects finished I can continue to work on several design ideas completely guilt free. That is until she sees something else that I have finished.
The hubby and I went to see I am Legend yesterday. This rare evening out was soured by two idiots in the audience. I thought with all the changes to Brooklyn I would be spared this kind of stupidity.
At a pivotal emotional moment in the film these two assholes start shouting at one another like a couple of teenagers. Oh these weren’t some punk kids, they were two grown ass men acting like punk kids. Now this is Brooklyn, so when two people get into a screaming match it’s almost always followed by fighting (or worse).
Once it become obvious that these jerks only meant to ruin the enjoyment of the film for the rest of us, an older gentleman came over and silenced them like a stern father. It was quite hilarious and very embarrassing for the two men who were with their girlfriends/wives. One actually left the theater. The only person I feel sorry for is his girlfriend. She had to miss the end of the movie and probably endured his bellyaching all night.
Despite this drama I really enjoyed the film. Will Smith is a fine actor and the story was unusual enough to hold my attention. The ending though not wholly satisfying was really one of the only logical conclusions to the story. I would recommend it, even to the scaredy cats like me =)
I’m at it again. I can’t even count how many attempts this makes. Here she is yesterday.
And today, she continues.
It’s going well. I hope I’m not sorry that I put that out in the universe.
I really (I mean really, really) loved Felicity when it came on TV. I had heard about the show and was in need of a new escape. I would watch it and dream about starting college and being on my own. I thought Keri Russell was the bestest and liked that she had a pretty simple style like me, well Felicity did anyway.
When I saw Ms. Russell in “The” hat that everyone was talking about I liked it, a lot. I waited for those geniuses over at craftster to figure it out so I could make one. I never would have tried to make it on my own at the time. I sort of forgot about it ’till recently and stalked the craftster archives until I found the old thread, only no one had figured it out. Damn.
Now I am more confident to try my hand at things. So over the last week I did.
Click the pic above for the pattern!!
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There were so many things I wanted to do with my blog that I lacked the necessary know how to do with blogger. I tried changing the template to one of those new jazzy ones and it was a nightmare of too many categories that I didn’t know how to delete and a host of other problem.
But enough about that I have some freebies for those of you who bothered to click through. The Razor Shell Neckwarmer as a pdf file razor-shell-neckwarmer.pdf . You can find it in the lovely sidebar that was so easy to create with WordPress. You’ll also find some printable gift tags and mailing labels featuring my Affro girl (& guy) creations
affro-labels.pdf . I think they’re kinda cute =) Perfect for kids gifts and for mailing all of those holiday gifts people are bound to have to send. I hope some of you use them, that would be pretty sweet!
I have tried on several occasions to make neckwarmers from patterns online with no success. I have some kinda block or something. So I just winged it.
Formula masquerading as a pattern:
More photos here
I have (mostly) enjoyed posting everyday. It has been a challenge to remember to do so with several small people needing lots of attention. I can’t find a “close but not quite” button for NaKniSweMo any where. If you know of one let me know. You may not see me for a while, I think I need to have a blog detox for a few days =) Thanks to everyone who commented on the sometimes questionable posts here in the last month. I even have a few new readers/comments this month which is very cool. See you all in December.