Carla's Life~Random Thoughts~Crafting

My adventures in knitting looms, knitting with needles,crafting and the sanity of single parenting and raising my boys!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies

I found this on another blog,and knowing how much I love chinese food I had to go for it. It cracked me up and was pretty accurate in my life right about now!

Your Fortune Is

It is better to lose a lover than love a loser.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Lucky Hat

Luck Hat
My lucky leprechaun hat is coming along nicely. It is being done for my nephews birthday to wear on the 17th. I started out with a long tube hat on the green loom, however I couldn't figure out how to make it stand up. I then stuffed it with poly fill and then it just fell over. So, I tucked in the middle part of the hat, and ta da, the center can double as a pot(as in a pot of gold). I then added some pimpin crochet trim on the brim for the edge. hahahhehehe I think it is still missing something,maybe some gold coins flowing out the top, four leaf clovers? hmm...not sure yet!


I read this post on a yahoo group that I am on, thought some of you may enjoy it. . I love it and can relate, now I dont' feel so alone!!!!!!!!!!!

"It has been formally diagnosed as "yas" or yarn acquisition syndrome,
there is a similar syndrome that is related to material, aka mas, or
material acquisition syndrome. I have actually seen a list of the 'true'
signs and symptoms and will pass along when I relocate them. (yep, I
am a nurse) When going shopping and coming home with the items that
magically appear on the 'list in your head' and trying to sneak in a bag
and stash it somewhere, so as not to be detected... Heart palpitations
when seeing a new 'find in yarn,' albeit color blend, brand, and all
the better to get it when it is on sale!!!! (but honey, look how much I
saved you since it was on sale... ( I am divorced now and it's finally
nice to not have to explain away an errant bag that finds its way into
the house... Who can honestly raise one's had and admit (confess) that
you have probably enough to knit/crochet an afghan, or scarf, and even
a hat that would fit the globe of the world, then have enough fringe to
tail to's a fever, and is been related to shopaholic

Thursday, February 23, 2006


That's right, today was the day I was in court and it is final. Judge Maurer was kind enough to sign the papers! Can you believe it has been:

2 years 5 mos since I moved from the house!
Way too much time trying to work things out!
1 year, 1 month, 2 days since I filed the papers!
7 hours into being a free woman!

What a long time! Who ever said time flies has more than likely never been through a divorce! Woo--Hoo--it is finally over!


Monday, February 20, 2006

Went shopping~Again~

Went shopping during lunch yesterday with Alicia and again after work. I bought the "Learn to Crochet" book at Michaels with my 50% off coupon at Michaels. I wanted this because of the needles and I needed some more lessons on crochet. My mom taught me how years ago when I was pregnant with Connor but I never learned how to read a pattern. Now, Mom would and could crochet anything! She made tons of beautiful doilies in the thin cotton yarn and she even made all my wedding favors. They were adorable. Thin little Victorian baskets that were starched and then filled with Almonds. They were beautiful. Mom doesn't do much of that anymore because her hands bother her, but I did get her the KK set for Christmas. She hasn't started using them yet, I will probably have to fly to CA to get her started on them! I picked up two skein of Homespun in shades soft brown for another poncho for me and the pink yarn is for Taylor. I am going to make her a poncho and maybe a little purse? Oh, I also picked up the green and black for the St. Patty's Hat. I am going to get started on that tomorrow. Oh, did I mention I ordered some tiny hoops online? I ordered the mitten loom and the In the Attic Loom pattern book. I hope I find some great things in it, and secretely hoping I can make socks on the mitten loom. Okay, gotta get some sleep. I have a big day of looming tomorrow!

Baby Hats and Booties

I finished the baby hats and booties. I managed to find a really easy pattern for the booties at Bevs Country Cottage. I had to modify it some only because I can't read the patterns so well, but they came out cute. Gosh, I wish I could have made some for my boys when they were little. I didn't know how to then, but Mom did make me a white and pink sweater and matching booties when I was pregnant with Connor. He never wore them though, hehe, we thought he was going to be a girl until the ultrasound! I am thinking I enjoyed making them so much I may make some up to donate to the hospital or the pregnancy resource center. They are a great project for little bits of leftover yarn as they don't take much. I am going to get the gift together tomorroow for the baby and find the Curious George blanket I made a while back with the embroidery on it. I haven't used my embroidery machine in over 6 mos. Can you believe it? The last things I did on it were monograming the names for Connor's baseball team over the summer. Someday, I will have a huge craft room for all my sewing/embroidery/knitting/crocheting/scrapbooking and crafting projects!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Gearing up for St. Patty's Day

While searching on the internet this morning I found a website that shares the animated gif's. How cute I thought, I will try to post some here and see if they work. Anyways, they got me to thinking, I need to start on my nephews St. Patty's Hat. You see, my ex-husbands family is Irish and this particular nephew of mine has a birthday that day, so it has always been a special celebration for the family. I am talking corned beef, red potatoes, cabbage, green punch, beer, the works! Now, the dilemma, since the divorce (soon to be) my ex will want the kids so he and his new girl can go instead of me, to the celebration. Boo hoo, I feel left out, my sis in law and I are still the best of friends, and will always be. Long story, so back to the hat.....when I found out their little Yorkie dog "Murphy" wee wee'd on the leprechaun hat he (birthday boy) wore and it had to be thrown out it got me thinking, hmmm I can make a hat on my loom! I am going to try and make this the greenest, irishy hat, goofy maybe Dr. Seuss looking? I would appreciate any and all ideas anyone may have. It is going to be a fun project!

Here is the hat he USE to wear that is my Connor in the picture,

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Three Day Weekend

I have a three day weekend coming up, well i am still working on Monday so I guess it is only the kids. AHHHH, the mind goes to p*** when you are a Mom. I never thought I could multitask until I became one! We have had freezing cold weather here. So cold it is below 0 and Timberline even closed the other day. Now you know it is cold when a major ski resort closes. It had to do with the wind chill too! How thankful I am for my furnace and not that woodstove we had in the other house. Funny how you can be thankful for the simple things in life that so many take for granted. There are so many peole that live up here with only woodstove heat, I say, hey you really need to upgrade and get a furnace. If I had to choose between flipping a switch or cutting, stacking, splitting wood, then builing a fire, plus keeping it goigng. Well, come on it is a no brainer! However, I have to say, i am greatful for my fireplace, but I only use it when the power goes out! okay, enough of the weather,i am really rambling. I plan to spend my weekend knitting away. I have been able to redo my knitting project with sticks. I have finally mastered it the right way. I don't know what I am making , but it will more than likely turn out to be a blankey? I am also goiing to do a few infant hats on the blue loom for a friends grandbaby too. I am feeling courageous, I even printed off a crochet pattern for booties, I will try those too. Well, not much else to post, I am including a picture of Kitkat in his hat. Ha, I can be a dork, butI thought he looked cute, enjoy.....stay warm.....

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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New project pictures as promised

New Projects Posted

I am having issues uploading my photos through blogger this a.m., will try again later. Okay, I got it to work but had to load them one at a time. Ignore the white legs! My purple socks, finally I have two :) I did them using one stran redheart and one strand homespun. Used the blue loom and basically made a very long hat except they are for my feet! 2nd, the blue dishcloth using the blue loom again and e-wrapping, the pattern is from the second knifty knitter booklet. Love the Sugar and Cream cotton yarn, only used one strand. The green cloth I did in crochet. Finally, the snowboarder hat.... I mastered the purl stitch and enjoyed doing it. I did that for the brim and then switched to the e-wrap. I added a pink pom too! I saw somethig similar in a snowboarder mag, it is warn and fits snug below your ear. I may have to keep this one. Otherwise I had a box going that will hold all my projects and save them for gifts!

Valentines Cards

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

~~Happy Valentines Day~~~

As I woke up this morning and headed down the hall I looked out the hall window and I got a surprise....SNOW.....All over the place! I head into the living room and checked out the front of the house and sure enough it was there too! Duh, the things you think when you're not quite awake! The road was covered and I had a few inches built up on my little suv. Oh, the kids are gonna love this I thought. They had a two hour late start at school,thank goodness for daycare, because I still had to get into town for work. It took the usual hour commute even though I was only going 45 or so for the first 2o miles because of the road. Better safe than sorry. For those of you who were in the car with me at Meadows, you know what I'm talkin'bout...I could use a class in winter driving skills! What can I say, I am a California girl, and just because I live in the mountains doesn't mean I can chop wood and drive in the snow...Heck we only get it 3 or 4 times a year. But we are only 15 miles away from major ski resort. Hmm, I really should think about learning to conquer the snow better. Regardless, I wanted to share my Valentine with you, so I drew a heart on my car window, aren't I clever! I am also posting photos of the Valentines I got from my little guys, they are so sweet! I finished up some projects, another purple sock to match the one I made, and my grey/white/pink snowboarder hat. I am also going to post some pictures of the dishcloths I made. The blue/white one was done on the blue loom, and the green on I crocheted. I used the Sugar and cream cotton yarn, I love it, I would love to have a blanket made of it, but that would take forever. I prefer the quick, easy, fast results projects. I should go I think I ma finally coming off of my sugar high from all the candy at work. Thank goodness I had a salad for lunch! TTFN..........Carla

Monday, February 13, 2006

Greys Anatomy~

Did anyone catch Greys Anatomy last night? All I can say is it was GREAT! You have to start watching it!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

My Poncho is finished!

I was up until midnight stitching it together, and I am so glad to see it done! I used the yellow loom and did two flat panels. I did 19 rows in the homespun and symphony yarn. Next time around I will use only the homespun or a light weight yarn. This one will be nice to wear around the house. I think I will make one for my little neice Taylor who is three for her birthday or save it for Christmas. She loves pink so I will be on the lookout for some nice yarn. Well, can you believe it I woke up to another day without rain here in Oregon! We have had a dry spell.....I don't know how I feel about it because I really do like the dreary overcast days and I am not ready for spring yet! I know I will get a lot of boos and hisses for that, but what can I say, I have had enough California sun in my time! Gotta go for now...Carla

Saturday, February 11, 2006

New Colors!!!!!!!

In the spirit of Valentines Day I am changing my blog colors to something more appropriate. Now,I have to figure out why all of my text links are on the bottom right?

It's been a while....time flies...

It has been a while since I posted. I didn't realize that ten days had gone by......whew...time flies when your stressed out working, running errands,taking care of the kids, the house,the pets and everything else! I had work, basketball games, practice and dental appts., not to mention preschool meetings this week!UGHHHHH.....Anyways, I did somehow manage to do some knifty knitting in the evenings :) I did a "scarflet" like I saw on Sara's site. I wore it to Connor's basketball game, I thought it turned out super cute. I didn't have any brooches, but I did have some fancy hair pins and I used that with it! I have also been working on the second panel of my poncho. I can't wait to finish it, I think I may be able to get it done tonight or tomorrow. It is suppose to look something like this, so lets keep our fingers crossed! I am using the mock crochet stitch but will have to add some crochet trim to the edges. I am hoping it comes out nice enough to wear to work. Also have been working on my knitting with needles. I somehow managed to start out with 30 stitches and ended up with three times that. How, I don't' know, except I think that with using the homespun yarn I kept splitting the yarn. I sat watching the Super Bowl and did this. I guess I was paying too much attention on the game and not my stitches......heheh...So, now I am going to take it out an try again. I love the red color of the yarn, funny because I am not usually into red. Well, that is my report for the knittings in my life. It has been a very long day as I worked in town today too to get some extra hours. I will post again soon......TTFN

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Holy Cow~BATMAN~~~

Okay, so I had to scan in a drawing that Kel did today at Cindy's house. I was off work today and I took the boys into town with me because Connor and I had dental cleanings. Cindy watched Kel and Quinn and this is what Kel did. He was looking at a video case of Batman and Robin and drawing his own version of Batman. Mind you he is 5 years old....he was then trying to figure out how he was going to draw the cape and then guess what, he turned the paper over and drew it on the back. Now,I say to you, isn't that the cutest thing ever??????????I cracked up when I saw it, that was almost as good as when he came back from a walk with them and he shouted "Quiet everybody, my feet are going to sleep!" We always have a great time there. I am soooo glad my divorce is not interfering with my relationship with my sister in law. She is great and I love her family so much. Oh, guess what else, she taught me how to knit! After sitting up in bed last night till 12;30 trying to figure out how to cast on, she taught me how her Grandma Lawler taught her and it was super easy. I think I have it now, once again, that is me always doing things the hard way! Now I can knit with sticks!!!!!!YAYAYYA, I am so excited!!!!!!!

New Hat & Gift for Sister

I made a new hat yesterday like the one I saw on Sara's blog. Didn't quite come out the same but I think I still like it. I added one of the loopy flowers on it that I found instructions for on the knifty knitters group on Yahoo. I have also been thinking about my sister a lot and decided to make her a new scarf. I hope to get it in the mail tomorrow. I spoke with her over the weekend and we both seemed to blow our diets on Missouri cookies. I know you are thinking what kind of cookies are they? Well, they are a great no bake chocolate and oatmeal cookie that our Mom use to make. Can you believe it, we both made them the same day? Weird, we live in differnet states and I probably haven't made them in over 6 months or longer! Some kind of ESP going on !!heheheh Sisters forever...........