Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stencil + Paint = Happy Lara

It isn't fine art, but it's my art, and I like it. I bought a prepped canvas and stenciled a little flower on it. :)

I always told my photo students - anything that feeds your creativity is good for you and ALL of your work. As long as you can pay your electric bill and make all of your other deadlines, feel free to follow your fancy and try new things. 

It's about time I took my own advice, no? I don't have great hand skills for drawing or painting, but I can learn new techniques (and intend to) all the live-long day. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

He Must Like It There

We heard a weird noise in the bathroom and went to check it out. He barely fits in that tiny sink. I guess he's decided it's a nice place to be? Anyway, Happy Friday and I hope you've found your comfort zone for the weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

UFOs, The Stash and Memorial-Day Shopping!

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I'm terrible about getting some projects 99% done and then, well, just stopping. When I organized the basement/office/studio earlier this year, I piled all of my neglected projects into this little box. (The afghan wouldn't fit, it's in the knitting bag under the table, and it is NOW DONE!)

I seriously have, in order from least embarrassing, to most embarrassing: 

1) A sock that needs about 2 hours of work to finish the pair. (I ran out of yarn, but I have more, now. I  have had the yarn for 2 months.)

2) Three cotton bibs that need buttons. I have had them for about 2 years. I always had the buttons. I just really, really hate sewing on buttons. 

3) A baby sweater that needs about 2 rows of knitting and a little icord to finish. Abandoned about a year ago. 

4) Another baby sweater that seriously only needs icord ties to be finished. Also abandoned about a year ago.

I had excuses. I had the Book, then we moved, and then I had to finish the Book, and yadda yadda. But, now, I'm not letting myself start anything else until I finish these 5 things. The afghan is #5, but it is done, done, done. It still counts. 

At least my timing is pretty good. From  now until the end of Monday, you can get up to 70% off all kits, fabric and yarn, up to 60% off all sewing project kits and up to 40% off art, paper craft and cake decorating supplies! So, either hop on over and renew your yarn stash or try something new!

I'm not letting myself start anything else until these projects are finished. But, once these things are done, all bets are off. Maybe I'll spoil myself a little and replace some of the dpns I still can't find. (How does that happen?) Maybe I'll try out a new yarn. Who knows? 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Easy Non-Knitting Gift

There comes a time in every knitter's life when knitting for gifts just doesn't work. Not forever, but just for now. Maybe you're writing a book. Maybe you're teaching a lot. Maybe you're having trouble coming up with something you could knit for 12 different people that won't make you want to poke your eyes out. 

(Maybe everyone already has an awesome set of slippers, and they haven't worn out, yet.)

Well, then, maybe bath/shower products are in order. They get used up faster than (most) knitted gifts, they are faster to make than (most) knitted gifts, and it is something new to try (so why not?)

I made these for a recent birthday, and they came out great! Package in Mason jars, for extra Pinterest.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

All Over But the Seaming

We're having a bit of a cooler spell in Minneapolis. Which is awesome if, like me, you're only finally getting around to seaming up an afghan that spent over a year as an ignored UFO. Soon, my pretty, you will be my answer to people who say, "Do you just knit socks?"

No, I keep myself and my family warm in every way, both practical and lovely, thanks for asking!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Travel, Apropo of Nothing Else

I bought a set of GoToobs years ago. (They're not paying me, I promise.)

They cost a lot, but in 5 years they have never leaked. Not once. That means a lot to a girl who often shoves her knitting (or spare yarn) into random bags when on the road. There is no hassle like the hassle of beautiful lace knitting, half-way finished, covered in hair gel.