Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Border time

Working with black in the evening is tough!

This is how I sit, with the blanket in my lap and my computer on the arm of the couch.


Sam <3

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday

Hi Everyone, I just wanted to pop in and let you know for Cyber Monday I have a coupon for my Etsy shop.  The coupon is for 20% off any item!!!!!!  The coupon code is:


More items have been added to the shop, just take a look at the gadget to the right ---------------->

Have a good one and happy shopping!

Sam :-)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Grandma Betty's Afghan, getting SO CLOSE!

I was speeding along when Grandma Betty's blanket was a skein of yarn I could take with me anywhere and make squares.  Now that it is stuck to the dining room table for seaming, my progress has greatly slowed.  I'm almost there though!!  I only have 4 more seams to go!

This is how it sits on the table.  I have finished all of the long seams and I'm working on the short seams.  The finished short seams are rolled up on the left.  There are only 4 left and then I can work on the border!!  I will be so excited when this blanket is finished.  I love it!!  I know my Gram will love it.

It makes me smile :-D

I still have the finished Martha Cowl to show you.  Its been done for a while.  I wanted to take pictures of me wearing it yesterday, but a apartment mishap greatly reduced my getting ready time for Thanksgiving and I looked a MESS.  Also, there really wasn't a lot of light, it was another dreary day weather wise(though it didn't feel it because of the holiday).

Look at today, its SUNNY!  I'm at work, without my Martha Cowl, and by the time I get home it'll be dark.

I kind of like how you can see me in the reflection of the window.

Sam <3

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dreary Weather and Etsy

Its another Wednesday and I don't have anything to show you.  I mean, I do, but the weather has been so dreary here in Pittsburgh that I have zero photos of the items that I have been working on and finishing.

It is so overcast and crappy out, I decided to take a picture.  This is my view from my chair at my desk.  Behind me I have a window and this is my view today.  I look out onto the roof of another part of our building, but you can see how ugly and dark it is outside with rain and clouds.  Its been like this for DAYS!

Plus on top of that, I get home from work after 5 and its dark already!!!  I'm going to try and get pictures tomorrow during the day (Thanksgiving!!! Yummmmmm!).

I do have exciting news though...I've opened my Etsy shop!!!!!!!!!!!!


I currently have 3 items listed, and I'll be adding more in the next week or two.  My hold up is pictures (see above)!

Currently listed:

Daisy Pot Holders

Water Bottle Cosy

And last, but not least:
Ripple Scarf

So, hopefully I'll get pictures tomorrow and I'll have more to show you here and I'll be able to post more on www.Etsy.com too!

Sam :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WIP Wednesday - sort of....

I've been working on my WIPs and I've actually finished one, but I haven't been able to get any pictures.  It has busy week filled with a hospital visit (BF, his Crohn's acting up), a funeral home (a good friend/coworker's mom passed away suddenly), and some major headaches  that made anything impossible. I've gotten headaches for as long as I can remember.  I went through a bunch of tests when I was 10 and was told I would grow out of them.  They grew less frequent, but they never fully disappeared.

I'll just give you a mini update and let you know what I'll show you soon.

  • Martha Cowl is finished!
  • I have all the vertical seams done on Grandma Betty's blanket and one horizontal seam done.  It's slow going now, because it isn't my portable project anymore.
  • I have a good portion of my Grandma Donna's Lucy Bag done.  It is starting to look like a bag now
  • I have all of my pieces done for my Joint Project with Grandma Donna.  I finished one corner square, which I showed you last week and I started the other 3 for my Gram.  She can complete them once I start them.  I'll post pictures when it is all together and done.
Don't forget to go over to Tami's Amis and check out the other WIPs.

Sam <3

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Today is Work-in-Progress Wednesday.  I actually have an update for you this time.  I seem to be updating about every other week?  Its not that I don't have progress on my WIPs, its just that I usually don't have pictures of that progress for a post.  There has been terrible light in the evenings, its either dreary weather, or I'm getting home so late the light is gone.  On Monday, the bf and I decided to go home over lunch.  So I had mid-day light!  So, here are my WIPs!

Let's start with my joint project with my Grandma Donna, Teen Throw.  Last time, I showed you the Center Square I finished.  Now I have one Corner Square finished.

My Gram has the heart appliques or else I would show you it with the heart.  Also, my Gram has finished her side rectangles.  I'll take pictures the next time I'm at her house.

Next up, is my Martha Cowl.  This project is for me.  I've had this cowl in my queue for a while.  I went to a LYS near me that I just found, Carol's Needleworks.  Its a nice small place.  I was browsing for a while, and I feel bad browsing for so long and not getting anything.  I had the Martha Cowl pattern in my gmail (I never delete emails), so I opened it for the yarn requirements and voila!

Berroco Pure Merino is a VERY soft yarn.  I had to get 6 balls and I like working with it so far.  I searched the ravelry comments on it after I bought it and most people had one complaint, it stretches.  That shouldn't matter too much with this pattern....hopefully.  Here's what I have done so far.

Hopefully, I'll have this finished and I can show it to you on Friday.

I have one last WIP to show you and I've saved the best for last!  I have so much more done on my Grandma Betty's blanket.  The last I showed it to you was here and here I told you I had more squares done.  Now, I have all 80 squares done AND I have 2 seams completed.

This blanket should be the perfect sized lap blanket for my Gram.  The way the pattern says to do the seams is different.  I like it.  Its thick and it lays flat. 

It was hard to get a good picture of all the squares together because my dining table is a tall table.  Don't get me wrong, I love my dining room table set, my Grandma Betty actually bought it for me and my bf when we moved into our apartment, but since it is so tall, it made getting the full pictures hard.  For the first one I had to hold my phone over my head.

So, what do you think?  Hopefully I'll have one or two things to show you on Friday.

Don't forget to check out everyone else's WIPs over at Tami's Amis.

Sam <3

Monday, November 7, 2011


I noticed my Monday posts tend to be my, "What I Did Over the Weekend," posts.  This weekend, I went to Ohiopyle with my parents.  It was about an hour drive for us.  Ohiopyle is a state park in Pennsylvania where the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-gay-nee] River Gorge is located.  Its where a lot of people go for white water rafting.  Now I've never been white water rafting.  I think I would do it....anyhow, its beautiful there.  I actually took LOADS of pictures, but I took them on my dad's fancy camera.  He hasn't sent me any of them yet :-/  I still wanted to show you part of our day, so here are some of the photos on my phone.

My mom learning new things with her iPhone at breakfast.  She can send photos now!

I swear this was a pretty scene outside the car window.

Cucumber Falls

We hiked down closer to the falls.  It was pretty cold!

This was near some of the rapids where they raft.  You can see my dad's fancy camera around my neck.
Hopefully, some time I can show you some of the other photos I took.

What did you do over the weekend?  Anything fun?

I have a lot to show you on WIP Wednesday and possibly something to show you on FO Friday!

Sam :)

ETA:  I most definitely had to look up how to spell the Youghiogheny River.  Also, here's the link to the Ohiopyle State Park website.