Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Home Again, Home Again....

Made it home late Monday afternoon after an incredible 5 days of food, fun and friends. Poured myself a cup of coffee and decided I would do a quick post before I finished tackling the mounds of laundry; bills etc.. that awaited me when I got home. Wish I had pictures to share with you, but the camera I took refused to turn on! The only other person who had a camera has not yet figured out the fine art of emailing digital photos. So... you will have to take my word on what a great time we had.

The primary purpose of the weekend is to crop. The mess created by 8 women and all of their scrapbooking materials is a sight to behold! I made an album of the trip my husband and I took to England last April to visit our son who was studying abroard. What a wonderful way to keep the memories alive. This is the title page to the album. A fun way to use the extra pictures that didn't make it into the rest of the album.

Food is always in abundance at our get-togethers. I always go with the intention of 'being good'. And really thought I meant it this year. That was until I saw the Rice Krispie Treats. Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE them. And, I thought, these really aren't that bad for you! Then I cut into them. There was a layer of caramel in the middle. I am not kidding. I couldn't leave them alone. The ONLY willpower I was able to exert was to wait at least an hour between bars!! I finally decided just to eat the rest of them so they'd be gone once and for all (ever done that??). Needless to say, the jeans are a little tight this morning!! I don't have a picture of them. I do have the recipe (but am trying to 'forget' it) But if you want the recipe, let me know. I just will not be responsible if you can't leave them alone.

As I mentioned in my last post, I did sneak my knitting in amongst my cropping stuff and actually spent quite a bit of time curled up on a very comfy recliner knitting away. There was a washing machine at the cabin, so I was able to felt my bags as I finished them. My friends were amazed to see the before and after results!!

Here is my first RunAmokKnotSewHobo bag:

I LOVE this bag and know that I will make several more! The S-cord handle was new to me and I am so thankful that the designer, Betty, walked me through it via email. (All I really had to do was 'trust the pattern'!!!)

I finished a bag for a friend at church and am hoping that it is what she had in mind. If not, my daughter fell in love with it. It is the same pattern I used on my VERY FIRST felted bag, only 'this one is pretty' (quoteth my daughter!!)
Need to find the perfect button and add a lining.

Cast on another RunAmokKnotSewHobo bag (boy that's a mouthful!!). This one will be the small size in the Paton's denim blue color. Will probably add a few lazy daisy stitches onto the front when done.

Besides sneaking in some knitting, I also snuck into town to The Gallery Of Dreams yarn shop. Lots of fun felting yarn and so much more. There was sale yarn that I had to have and there was non-sale yarn that I just couldn't leave there when it so desperately wanted to come home with me. I can't help it. I'm a softy!!

Also swung into Michaels on the way through Minneapolis 'just in case' their Paton's Classic wool was on sale. It was. Several skeins also wanted to come home with me.

All of this homeless yarn created a problem in that my small corner of my stash closet just wasn't big enough. So, in the wee hours this morning I started purging my computer room and closet to make room for my growing stash. (I told my husband I was trying to make more room for his books... which there may be a few inches of shelf space free he can use!) Hopefully by this afternoon I'll have a tidy computer room and an organized stash closet.

Well, off to finish what I've started. Hopefully I'll even be able to squeeze in a little knitting time. May even cast on the clogs for my son Aaron.

Until next time.....


Heidi said...

You always have such nice picture, no matter what the subject matter is! Love the new bag from the group. I have it on my list-to-do, maybe after Christmas. I'm about to take off for 6 days myself...I should be packing clothes right now, but instead I'm winding center pull balls for my multiple knitting projects!

Rohanknitter said...

Sounds like so much fun!
And yes, sometimes I eat the whole thing just so it's gone and not tempting me any more. What logic, eh!!

Cheryl said...

You are unbelievable!!! I can't believe how talented you are. How could you possibly consider me your friend? I barely could keep my eyes open when I returned home let alone clean a closet! Your blog is unbelievable. I love the pictures....some day I'll get brave and join the digital world. You amaze me. You inspire me. I love you..

Joy said...

I love the bags, especially the red one! Is the pattern available?

Janice said...

the pattern is the monthly pattern for my Bag-A-Holic group! it's a very fun group...c'mon and join us!! (see the button on the side of my blog)

AR said...

What fun! I can't believe you had time to knit and even felt stuff! LOL!

Bonnie D. said...

Sounds like a great time! The red bag turned out great. I purchased some Paton's a few weeks ago (on sale at Michael's) and might just try that pattern.

I'm amazed at your energy level so late at night. I am next to useless past 9 p.m.

Janice said...

Cheryl, SOME of us went to bed before 3 or 4 in the morning!!! ;-) As I recall, I was the first to bed every night even tho many of you are older than I!!! (LOL)
Thanks for being one of my 'bestest' friends!! Love you!

TeAntae said...

I don't know what I love more about your blog, the gorgeous knitting or the killer food!

Love how your RunAmokKnotSewHobo bag turned out. I have the pattern printed, just need to finish some other projects before I start on one a bag of my own.

Your weekend sounds AMAZING! I wish I had more crafty friends around here. They say they want to but then fizzle out down the road. I think I'm going to simply through a craft-together with munchies and stuff and those that show up, show up. And you had Rice Krispie Treats!?! I was thinking about those last night. YUM!!!

Shelley said...

Here from Heidi's blog (from a comment you left).

Your bags are awesome! I've only done one so far (a Christmas gift) but I want to make others.

Those Rice Krispie treats with the caramel in the middle sound delicious...I wouldn't mind having the recipe :o)

Allison said...

I love your runamok bag and the way you striped it!