Its been awhile since I did much knitting. I like to knit because its very meditative. I can think when I'm knitting (that's a good thing...) and I can work out those little mental issues as I stitch, stitch, stitch. After I finished the green scarf, I picked up some yarn at Wal-Mart and made this:
Its a plain ol' scarf knitted from some Red Heart yarn named "Kooky". Its a black boucle with some thicker wads of colored fibers every so often. I really liked how it turned out. Laura (who owns the coffee shop) loved it when she saw me working on it, so I gave it to her. She was so thrilled to get a hand-made scarf!
I've been working on fabric postcards for my arty meme recipients. It hasn't been as easy as I first thought it would be... I think I'm trying to do too much on a small piece of work, or I'm trying too hard. I made two cards Tuesday, and Joe couldn't identify that they were leaves. So, back to the drawing board! By the way, I did salvage those (kind-of) by fussy-cutting a leaf design from a fall print and fusing it over the unrecognizable leaf appliques. But they are NOT worthy of giving. I took some of my not-quite-leaves and re-cut them into petals to make a nice sunflower applique on a card. It will be pretty when its got some thread painting and beads on it. Maybe that's it - I need to change my subject matter...or change my technique. The background fabric is so pretty that maybe I don't need a fabric applique - just beads and fibers. Or maybe I should stitch the leaf silhouettes on the background instead of appliques. Or maybe I should foil some smaller leaves on the background. I'll try these ideas next. Its really a lot of fun, even though its frustrating when it doesn't work the way I want it to.
My Christmas weekend was so nice - Kevin was home, and he did most of my shopping for me on Friday the 22nd. (we don't buy much, so it wasn't any big task) Saturday, we met him for lunch in Amarillo (have y'all ever ate at a Red Robin burger restaurant? Its GOOD) and then finished up the shopping at Circuit City. Joe got me a GPS for my car, and I got him a new PDA since his old one died awhile back. We also got a new scanner/printer/copier to use in the quilting barn (to digitize embroidery designs). We got Kevin a beautiful piece of artwork to hang in his new place - "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo - its huge - like 3.5' x 5' - and he will hang it over the sofa. We got gift cards for everyone else - my sister and her husband, Tara, and Joe's sister. I also made a photo album of pics of Kevin and Tara for Joe's sister, since she has admired my brag book. On Christmas Eve, my sister's husband cooked steaks on the grill, and we ate and watched movies. (another reason I like Tara - she will split her food with me - a small eater!) On Christmas Day, we took Joe's sister, Kevin, and Tara to a restaurant to eat the Christmas buffet. Seriously, y'all, this is a good thing. One year Joe's sister fixed hot dogs for Christmas eve dinner. Anyway, we spent the rest of Christmas day relaxing and napping. It was wonderful. I was off work on Tuesday too, and spent that day in the barn playing.
I enjoyed the holidays so much.... but I feel so far behind now. I got out of my routine of reading blogs and e-mails, and I missed seeing what everyone was doing! If anyone finds out how to get an extra 3 or 4 hours a day, let me know, ok??? That is, without taking away my sleepin' time, cuz this girl needs all the beauty rest she can get... :) I am 47 now, ya know!