Mini Vacation

Boyfriend and I at New Glarus Brewery

Tonight when I am done with work I get to go see the boyfriend. I'm very excited to see him. It has been almost a month since I've seen him. I'm bringing him a bag of my mom's chocolate chip cookies recipe will be posted in an upcoming post. and a pair of pajama pants that he can wear at my parents when he spends the night. I just wish that I didn't need to drive over three hours to get to him house. I still feel like I am the one doing all the driving, hopefully that will change.
It is going to be a nice break from live in the North woods.


Here's a run down.

Today has been a much better day for me and my "craziness." I have not been mopy and feeling sorry for myself. I still do think that I need to get out of cold weather and into some nicer parts of the country.

This evening I am going to make some cookies to bring down to Noah. Awww what a good girlfriend. I feel that he deserves them since he has to put up with so much from me. I am going to see him for the first time this month tomorrow. I am very excited to get out of the Chippewa Valley.
I might even go see Legion tonight. I've wanted to see this movie since I saw the preview for it in Men Who Stare at Goats. From what I've seen in theatre checks at Micon, it is a pretty good movie with a few scary parts.



I've been sad and moopy all day and feeling sorry for myself, just to warn anyone who might ready this.

I'm done.

I'm tired of being an emotional mess.

stupid moon and making me go crazy

I need to stop feeling sorry for myself and go do something.

I need a vacation from Wisconsin.


Patterns I love

Ever since I became a member of Ravelry I have been obsessed with looking at the new free patterns. There are also a few that I have found using Stumble upon Here is a collection of different free patterns that I am in love with.

I really want to start making sweaters for myself. I just need to get the "balls" to start and not be afraid of making a mistake.

I have recently became a fan of making non-traditional items out of yarn. I am tired of making scarves and dishcloths and I want to start creating new items that people haven't thought of making out of yarn.
I think these are great. I have just recently learned to use double pointed needles, I'm sure that I work them incorrectly. Now I need to learn how to carry yarn. Once that happens awesomeness will be created.
Tubey Slipper Socks
Now that I can use double pointed needles I now have the tools to create these. I think that these are very neat and something that I would never be able to find in the store.


Hello Dear friend

If you love something set it free if it comes back its yours if not it never was - Richard Bach according to WikiAnswers
That is how I feel about my bass playing. I haven't even touched it since I graduated in May. Today I felt something that I have not felt in a long time. Like I was missing a friend. Someone that has been in my life for almost half of my life (almost 12 years). The last year of college really did a number on my love for music making. I felt like the orchestra professor had a low image of what the orchestra could do and the whole orchestra went up to just that level.
I am very happy that I finally came back to bass playing for my own enjoyment. Not because I am forced to play, but because I missed it. A few excuses that I have been giving myself as to why I wasn't playing was my arm and I didn't want it to be in pain and I didn't have a stool to sit on.
I hope that I can keep up with my bass playing for the rest of my life. But things change and goals in life take over different parts of life.

On to the knitting/crocheting part of my life...
I haven't done much of any of that. I am slowly getting my other hand/arm warmer completed. I don't even know if I'll wear them. If they both turn out to be nice I can always sell them at Esty.com and maybe start making more items to sell. That is one of my goals in life.
Be able to support myself by knitting and crocheting (or at least be able to quit one of my jobs)

Anywho, make to music making and crocheting.
~happy knitting!


No phone, I just want to be alone today

Does it make me a bad person to not call someone, because I know there will be long periods of silence?

I don't mind the long silences if I was up and doing something, but they mostly happen when I am woken up by a phone call, so there is nothing else to do.

Anyways, on to a project that I have wanted to make for the longest time. I want to crochet a hat (big deal) it will have two eyes on the top and along the bottom of the hat there will be teeth. That way it will look like that hat (evil monster) is eating the head of the wearer. Now that I think about it a Zombie monster hat would be much cooler then a regular monster. I hope that I can make it with the different techniques that I have learned over the past few months. Otherwise It will just have to wait until I can do it.

~Happy knitting!


hand warmers (again)

I have an over abundance of yellow yarn in my Dead Lady collection of yarn. I am a little in love with the Broom stick stitch. So I took the two and started crocheting and came up with a hand warmer/arm warmer.
I created it by chaining 40 with a size 10 long crochet hook (?). Then I single crocheted two rows. Once that was done I broom stick stitched across in groupings of 4. I then repeated it until it was long enough to wrap around my arm. I then took my tapestry needle and sewed up the seam leaving a hole for my thumb.

I think I like them. I'm not too sure about it yet, but hey I just finished one of them. I have all day to fall in love with them.


I'm back!

I've been gone for a while, but fear not I haven't forgotten you. I have just been busy with different projects. First of all I got my hair cut. I got over ten inches taken off on Tuesday. I went to Spring Street Studio Salon in Chippewa Falls. This is the first time that I got that much taken off. I just mailed off my hair to Beautiful Lengths. It is an organization that is located in Wisconsin. I sent my hair there since it is more local then Locks of Love(Florida).

I have also been busy crocheting and knitting scarves/neck warmers. I have two
of them done for my new neck. I have my nice multi colored one that I crocheted with four different yarns. I did a broom stick stitch from a free pattern that I found on Ravelry. (The link goes to the page outside of Ravelry) I slightly modified it to only have three clusters compared to the 40 that it calls for.
The neck warmer that I just finished knitting needs to have the buttons
attached to it still. I also found the pattern on Ravelry. It is my Fear of Commitment Cowl.
I also made a few changes to it. I made it a little shorter then the pattern calls for. I
just need to get a nice big button to wear it.

I went wedding dress shopping for my older sister with my mother,
sisters and the maid of honor. I think my older sister found the dress, but she wasn't going to make a decision and buy until the end of the month. We did however found a possible bridesmaids dress. That I got to model! She is thinking something like this only a dark green/deep fern.

I also have been on a slipper making kick.
I made two pairs now.
The one previously crocheted and these.
It is the same pattern that I used before, only with two yarns for the body of the slipper compared to the one yarn in the first pair. I also made them smaller then what the pattern calls for. Sorry for the crudy picture, taking pictures of feet with iphoto is pretty hard.

I still need to finish my brother's glittens. I'm not quite feeling the crochet hook. They are at the same point that they were at around Christmas. I'm thinking next week will be the week of glittens.



... As a Bee
Anyways that's what I like to think. I have been crocheting up a storm in my basement. I completed a pair of slippers.
I found the pattern at Ravelry in their free patterns.
I wasn't able to find a button that I wanted to use for the strap. I ended up buying two beads to use. I also added another strap going in from the inside heel to help them stay on longer. These slippers were very easy and fast to crochet. I just need to find some thicker yarn for the next pair. These ones I can feel every stitch with the soles of my feet.

Today I am starting to make lefse. I've never made it before. So far it is very easy to make. There will be a post dedicated to my baking of it soon.


making progress... again

I have finished my bunny. I used sugar and cream 100% cotton yarn for the body and simply soft for the nose. I used a free pattern that can be found at Rheatheylia.com. It was fairly easy to follow, if you know how to crochet and increase stitches and decrease stitches you can make this bunny. I realized while making him that I can use different parts of the pattern for my hat that I want to make for myself, a monster eating my head. It is going to be a great hat. Until I get time to sit down and do it it is just going to hang out in my mind as something potentially awesome.

Now I have to finish the glittens for my brother. I am guessing that by the end of the week those will be done too. I only have about eight hours of work left for the week, so free time will not be in high demand.


What was Left Undone

So far my new year is bringing me time to finish up the projects that I started and almost finished last year.

I have FINALLY completed the Chicken Toaster Cozy. I've been talking about it for so long and here are some pictures of the finished results. I am very excited about giving this to my boyfriend. It was what he wanted for Christmas this past year. I felt really bad about not having his finished and having my sisters' boyfriends' presents finished before I start his. Especially since he
made me an opal necklace.

This week I am going to finish my
brother's glittens that way he'll have his Christmas present also, only a few weeks late. I'm using the same pattern as before only with three colors. I think that I'll be out of the red by the start of the second glitten, hopefully I have some more in my dead lady yarn collection.
I also have my bunny that is missing an ear and tail. I was so close to finishing him before the year was out. I have to find the pattern and hook for him again. Maybe I'll donate him to a good home once I have him completed. I'm sure that there is a little kid out there some where that wouldn't mind having a handmade stuffed bunny.

It looks like I have my hands full for a while. I should be busy for the rest of the week with these two projects of mine. Then to start up my mother's projects for me.

~happy knitting!


Goals for the New Year

With the new year everyone feels the need to start over and make changes in their life. Even though I feel that New Years Reservations are silly I think I'll do a little reservation making for the new year. Instead of them being reservations they will be more what I hope to get out of 2010.

I hope to get a better shape for my body. It has been a few years since I even been in a gym. It has been about two years since I went for a walk to better myself. My sister's wedding is coming up in ten months so my little sister and I will be doing a wedding power workout this coming summer for both of us to get in shape.

I hope to start making my own yarn. I've seen a few YouTube videos on how to do it. I don't think that it'll be too hard to do, from what I've seen.

I hope to get back into reading more books. I am just about finished with The Devil's Queen and I just got Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. I also have a book about McArthur going for my read at work book. I have so many more books at home that I want to read also.

I hope to be able to keep up with my bills. I have about $670 in bills every month with $300 in car insurance every three months. So pretty much I need to make $1000 a month to stay ahead of my bills. Even during the holiday season I only made around $800 a month. I'm not sure how I'll be able to pull off 1000. I'm going to need to have a third job now.

That is it for my goals for the new year. I hope that I revisit this post to see where I am with my goals.

~Here's to the New Year!