Friday, May 27, 2005

Woe is Me...

I'd convinced myself that it was good to have some "time off" without a project, other than the ongoing relping night afghan, to fuss over. A summer of reading perhaps? Doing some yard work? Cleaning house?

But then Fiona showed me some quilting magazines she had. Lovely ideas and designs. My mind raced off before I could stop it. "That would be such fun to do on a denim shirt!" "Oh, wouldn't this be gorgeous if I changed it a bit and tried it on a sweatshirt?" The magazines came home with me so I can copy the inspiring pages into my IDEAS book and my fingers are already twitching in anticipation of letting a needle loose. So much for that Ain't Doin' Nuthin' summer!

And thanks, Fiona, for again bringing up my idea of us coing something as a group for The Heifer Project.

Monday, May 23, 2005


The field of snow is done. It seemed to be about million miles around the outside edge. Now to figure out what to do with it. The entire project was a whim because of my need to crochet. But whatever do you do with a finished WHITE afghan?

Yesterday I did a small bit of needle felting. Today perhaps some more. And there is some machine sewing (mending) to be done. Then another large project to contemplate?

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Getting to the orange bits

I finally finished all the feathery green leafy bits on the poppies (about four different shades of greeny/grey) and got to start in on the orange flower bits while sitting in the emergency room last night.


All that yarn has now become one contiguous field of creamy white and as I sit working on the border it feels as if my lap is covered with a mound of warm, pee-dyed snow. Some trick of the light makes some of the blocks appear more yellowed than others, though I know that blocks on either side were made from the same skein of yarn. Interesting and slightly dismaying illusion.

So, any of you guys working of projects? Are you all being strong silent types or am I out here alone, except for pangolin, of course?

Monday, May 16, 2005

Poppies will make them sleep

I'm stalled on the latest embroidery project, which is of California poppies on fabric that will eventually become a spirit bag for a friend's baby. I'm just so tired these days and can't seem to apply the needed brain power for counted cross-stitch.

We're having difficulty getting the Bay Area Relping Females (BARF) to meet regularly. Everything is just so scheduled around here and everybody is busy. We're barely managing to meet once a month! We were going to meet this Saturday, but two of us have lumpy, farty males who are going in for surgery this Friday (one is my husband, two is Jessica's dog Max). So we've had to postpone for Memorial Day weekend.

Toot Your Horn!

So, it seems like time to hear everybody brag about the current relping project they are into. There MUST be something interesting going on. Please assure me it is so. I'm the laziest one of the group and even with this past week of flu (gad, does it ever stop?) I've gotten strips made from the dreaded afghan blocks. If my aching head will allow the goal is to make one big hunk from the nine skinny bits on hand. Time to begin deciding what the next project will be. This one has assumed non-portability!

So watcha all doing?

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Rain, rain. rain!!

It figures that YOU would be pleased with the rain, even if we were sans drought and paddling from hill to hill on homemade kayaks! I'm over here hoping for at least a temporary respite sometime before our sheep require waterwings.

My smug "back to the afghan" was a tad premature. First there was the swarm of bees in the kitchen cupboard (thank goodness Fiona was around to rescue me) and then a sick kitty. $200 later and kitty is a bit better but still not herself and she is intent upon being cuddled in Mama's arms. So much for relping of any kind! And so much for further blogging since she is beside me demanding to have her bed (moi) back. Maybe someday I'll have a real lap instead of a big belly? It would make my job as cat mattress easier.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Relper's Village

Relper's Village Nothing could possibly be as cute as a puppy. I choose to disbelieve the puppy. He makes my voice go all high and squeaky.

Can't get motivated fiber wise. I have a pile of paperwork to do that is scary, bank refinancing, Conservancy worksheets, eek! Husband in midlife crisis mode, too. It just doesn't get any better than this.

But the good news is, the drought, while not over, is definitely in remission.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Post Relping Blahs

Friday is sometimes a bit of a letdown after the hilarity of a relping. Watching Tivo, uh, Tyco, Tonto... Toyo? (I like Leman better!) try to prance around and intimidate the bigger kids was a scream. Is anything ever that young, cute, innocent and sweet?

It is good to get back to my afghan. The book won out yesterday but now that it is done I can get going again. Nine blocks and counting. Why did I leave the most complicated ones with the most confusing patterns for last? Oh, THAT'S why.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Another Thursday

I did accomplish some relping this week. My sewing machine got dusted off and I made a birthday blouse for my daughter and had enough scraps remaining to eke out a summer top for my grandtoddler. Both are n the mail.

My back is in spasm which will be a lovely excuse to avoid today's laundry and house cleaning, not that I ever seem to need an excuse, so with luck The Afghan can get some attention. There is only one more row of blocks to tackle but motivation has waned. It doen't help that there is a marvelous book sitting close to my elbow stealing the show. Book, crocheting, book, crocheting, book...