Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Year of Projects 2016-2017: Week 1: Giving it another shot

Some local (and not so local) yarn shops have put together a Yarn Cruise this summer.  This is the second year they are doing it.  A group of friends and I have decided to participate.  We've purchased our bags and passports and have visited two shops already.  (Babygirl and I are going to visit shop #3 later today.)  The yarn cruise excitement has led to me spending some time in the craft room realizing how much I miss my knitting/crocheting.  In addition I've decided if I don't start knitting/crocheting my stash I'm going to have a big problem soon ;). The "office" has been overtaken by yarn and patterns.  I really need to get a handle on it as I may be needing the office to function as an office in the near future, lol.

In a round about way, this leads me back to  A Year Of Projects. I've done it in the past and felt I got more knitting/crocheting done while following along.  It also allows me to see what other crafters are doing out there.


I'm going to keep my goals short term as to help me focus.  I tend to want to start all.the.things, and finish none.  Hopefully by keeping focus I can get some things finished!

Short term focus for July:
1. Surprise knitting.  A gift for someone which can't be shared on the Internet right now.  It's almost done, pictures will be posted by the end of the month.
2. A River Runs Through It  - I'm doing this as a KAL with two friends from the Yarn Cruise.
3. One currently undecided UFO

Long term goals:
1. Use yarn from the stash!!
2. Get stash and pattern books organized

Things I'd like to make this year:
1. A sweater for me (maybe Antler)
2. A sweater for  Babygirl (maybe Antler)
3. A pair of socks
4. A sweater with the yarn from Ireland

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Year of Projects 2015-2016 Week 2

My first update and I'm already making changes to my list, lol.  I've decided not to participate in the Picnic Basket CAL afterall.  I think I'm going to replace it with my Celtic Cables Craftsy Class.  The yarn for that is already in my stash and summer vacation seems like a good time to start the class.

There was not much knitting/crocheting this week.  I managed to add a few rows to both my projects but that's about it.  Summer vacation has been busier than expected.  It should let up a bit after this week.

This week's photos:

Wrapped in Warmth

 I was able to get through my UFOs basket and picked two projects to complete this quarter.  There's no pattern for the orange project.  It's going to be a bag, I'm just making it up as I go along.  When it was started the goal was to use up the Orange yarn.

The next UFO up is the Stolen Moments wrap.  The yarn is Fishermans Wool by Lion Brand.  I dyed the yarn with Kool Aid a few years ago.

This week's goal is to spend at least 20 minutes a day knitting or crocheting.  It's the only way I'm ever going to get any of these projects finished.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Year Of Projects 2015-2016

I'm trying to make more of an effort to spend some time knitting and/or crocheting.  A few years ago I participated in A Year of Projects for a while.  It really kept me on track and focused on what projects I was working on.  I'm hoping it will do the same this round.  My list is going to be short, at this point I'd just like to finish a project :).  I'm thinking along the lines of quarterly goals so I can focus on finishing, rather than starting a million (more) projects.

Year of Projects list:
1.  Hitchhiker - this one is a WIP.
2.  summer-flies- still need to decide on yarn for this one.
3. CAL starting July 6: Picnic Basket Shawl I'll finalize my yarn choice for this tonight.
4. Wrapped in Warmth- Yarn chosen from stash.
5. A pair of socks using the two at a time method (new technique for me).
6. Pick two UFOs to finish this summer

I will add more as I think of them/finish projects.

Current projects:

Started: June 1, 2015
Yarn: Purgatory Falls Alpaca Farm (Mass. Sheep and Wool 2015)
          425 yards 70% Alpaca/20% Merino/10% Nylon
           Robins Egg
            Etsy Shop
Needles: size 2

Wrapped In Warmth
Started: July 5, 2015
Yarn: Red Heart Designer Sport in Berry
Hook: CGOA conference hook.  I think it's an I, will have to double check.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

I'm so excited!!!  Melissa and Doug have just released their 2012 Terrific Twenty Holiday Toys List.  Just in time for me to begin my holiday shopping.  A few things from the list have made it on to *my* shopping list!  First, the new tie-dye swirl trunki  really caught my eye.  Babygirl got the Rubi trunki last year, but I'm seriously considering adding the pink swirl to her collection!  We often use her Trunki when we go to visit Grandma and Grandpa, but she also uses it to put toys in and pull them around the house.

Here at Baby Is Boss! we love Melissa and Doug! Babygirl's toybin is already filled with so many wonderful Melissa and Doug toys and puzzles. Babygirl loves the toys because they are fun, while I love the fact that they are educational and high quality.  In addition to the Trunki, Santa's eyeing the bella butterfly tea set for Babygirl.  And possibly the switch and spin magnetic gears toy.  Seriously I just love Melissa and Doug!  This mailbox is just too cute!  From my own childhood, fashionplates like these kept me busy for hours!

The wonderful people at Melissa and Doug are giving away toys from the 2012 Terrific Twenty Holiday Toys list   over on the Melissa and Doug Facebook page. Head on over and check it out! In addition to the giveaway on their facebook page, Melissa and Doug are allowing me to give away one item from the list to a reader!!!  I'll be giving away the Switch and Spin Magnetic Gears Board.   Be sure to enter on the Rafflecopter below.

After you enter here, be sure to stop by my friend Nancy's blog Stuff Mom Loves and enter there as well!  Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was given a toy and offered one to giveaway to a reader for participating in this campaign.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Boo At the Zoo!

I will not look at you.  I will just try to pick up this pumpkin!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

From our recent trip to NYC @The Children's Zoo in Central Park

WIP Wednesday

Wip Wednesdays:

WIP Wednesdays with Tami's Amis:

I've got two projects I'm currently working on.  The first is a sweater I'm hoping to wear to NYS Sheep and Wool.  I've got just about a month to get it finished!  I've added a few rows since Sunday and am about to bindoff the left side.

The next is my travel project.  This pair of socks lives in the car.  Every so often I add a row, usually while I am waiting for the boys I watch to get out of school.  These should be done soon.