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!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Teddy Bear

My bear, I used Isela's free pattern at the DA loom site. I had to use my blue kk loom and my mitten looms from In the Attic. This could be made with any size looms, you just adjust accordingly. Isn't she sweet? I just love her!

Felting, Bears and H20 Bottles!

My bag has dried and I absolutley love it! I have to figure out a way for a closure but I do have something up my sleeve. I made two other H20 holders one to match the bag and one in black to felt also. Hopefully I can get to that today. I have been knitting like crazy and finally tried one of the fingerless gloves, at first it was suppose to be the body for my teddy bear but I decided it was too small. I also knitted a teddy bear, she is great. I was thinking about my mom while I made it so this I will gift to her. I made the bear two set of hats and scarfs, a green one and a fancier dark red, she can chage them depending on her mood:) My son thinks I am nuts, I know I have an addiction! This bear has got me thinking about other stuffed animals you could make so don't be suprised if I come up with some other animals in the future! Oh, I also made the dolly from Bev's page. I will post links to the blog as soon as I can but I have to run now for a photo appointment. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Okay, I have the photos up...enjoy...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Felting~ Stage 2

I did it, it is now in the process of drying and eww, I didn't realize it would smell! Not too bad but definetely funky, kind of like my little guys when they need a bath! Check back in a few days to see the dried result:
Next project: A water bottle holder, now only if I can remember where I saw it?

Felting-Stage 1

I have it done, lucky or not so lucky for me I have been sick the past few days and home from work with a head cold, but I have still managed to find time to knit:) I finished my Baguette! I changed the stripes a little from the pattern and made the handle much longer, I love a long handle,haha! Anyways, I love it and now it is ready for felting. I am heading off to the washer now, but thought I would show some "in progress" photos. Stay tuned for more.

Monday, March 20, 2006

My First Felting Project

I started my first felting project yesterday and I am already halfway through the knitting:) I had been waiting for my baguette pattern to arrive from DA and little did I know it was already sent to me and I must have deleted it! Luckily for me Isela saw my post and resent it to me! I am charging my batteries for my digi camera now so as soon as I get a charge I will post some photos of the bag as it progresses. I am using Panda Woolbale yarn in cocoa and rose that I purchased from Smileys online. I am so excited I can't wait to see the finished project. I am home from work today I seemed to have caught a headcold! What a bummer, but anyways, I guess it is due, I haven't been sick in a long time and it gives me an excuse to sit home knit and watch the movies I rented on Friday, Harry potter and the Goblet of Fire, Flightplan and Pride and Prejudice. We'll see how much I get through. Well, off I go I have to get the kids ready for school and a new battery for my car. So much for a sick day at home!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

I am an Iris!

Who knew, I thought I would have been a rose,that is my middle name after all! I came across this on another blog and had to do it, I love these quizes, take it also and have fun...Carla

You are an Iris:

You are logical, analytical, dignified, and wise.

You are studious by nature and may prefer

books to people. You tend to be a serious

person but are capable of making others laugh

with your dry sense of humor. Friends always

benefit from your advice.

Symbolism: Over the centuries the iris has come to

symbolize faith, wisdom, hope, and promise in


Which Flower are You?
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This Week...

This week was very hectic for me. I had baseball for the kids to deal with, my ex finding out about the divorce being final, duh, what did he think? Work and being the only tech available on friday and snow, lots of it! Some new things I tried this week was a cpap machine from work. It wasn't bad. I don't have apnea, however since I am working with patients all day I thought I really needed to give it a try and see what they were going through. Guess what, it wasn't that bad, I used two different masks and was actually able to sleep for a while with it. I didn't think I could do it though becasue I am such a light sleeper, but so far so good. Oh, and GUESS WHAT---GOOD NEWS! The boys and I are going to DISNEYLAND! My ex-brother in law is treating us to the park and the hotel. We will be going with my ex-sister in laws family and my ex-nephew and neice. It is going to be a blast! I know it sounds funny, all this ex-business, my i divorced my husband not his family, and they want to keep our relationship going. I feel very lucky!


This week I worked on my knitting with needles piece, still don't know what I am going to turn it into. So far it is one long(4ft x 18 inches)piece. So maybe a shawl? I am going to post a picture of Taylor's little purse I made. I used one strand red heart lofty and one fun fur and just made a flat piece. I then folded it in half and stitched the sides together. I made a handle by e-wrapping just two pegs together until I got the desired length and I crocheted a flower for the front. Then my other projects I worked on were hair scrunchies. I found the pattern on our yahoo group for knifty knitters, they were incredibly easy to make and a very quick project. I am keeping the black one for me and sending the others to my niece. I don't wear a ponytail often, only if I am wearing a baseball cap! I also got halfway through my black poncho. I am making one to wear on St. Pattys day over my long-sleeved green tee. I am still waiting for my wool yarn to arrive, and my bag pattern form Isela. I am so excited to start my felted bag! Well, take care, I am signing off for now. Have a great weekend, I am off to clean house, watch movies, and knit,knit,knit!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Cancer Horoscope for today

Hmm, I get my horoscope in my email everyday. Guess, i am going to have to watch out today and not over-analysis! That one is true, I really do that sometimes! alot!
Mar 05
Date of Birth: 06/27

"Try not to take anything too seriously today, Carla. People may tend to be a little careless with their words, and this could end up hurting some feelings or breaking some hears. Try not to read too deeply into what is being said. More than likely, your over-analysis of the situation might lead you to suspect whole scenarios of things which have absolutely no basis in reality. Keep things on more of a surface level"


I finished Taylor's poncho (see prior post) and I made a small purse for her and crocheted a flower on it. I didn't post a picture of the purse, but will try to get it one the page later today. It really came out super cute! It is a joy for me to make these girly things for her as I have three boys! If I can fight the kids off the internet I am going to order some wool yarn and lots of other yarn too :) from Smiley's Yarn I have searched the net for some affordable wool and this is what was recommended to me. I am going to to order Isela's pattern for the Baguette Bag and start my first felting project. I am so excited! Otherwise I am still working on my flat piece that I am doing with needles. I still don't know what it will be yet, I was thinking a lap blanket, or a shawl? I am just so happy I figured out the knitting with needles things, I just keep going with it! Oh, one more site before I sign off, another recommendation for those of us learning to knit, this is a great site!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Honda Rebel & new Loom Stitch

A photo of my adorable nephew circa 1991 and this new stitch. The top is my modified mock crochet stitch and the bottom is the real mock crochet stitch!

Miss Taylor's Poncho is complete

I made a poncho for my nieces birthday coming up next month. I used some of the yarn I found at Craft Warehouse for 1.99 a skein. The darker pink is the Soft Opulence and the fun fur style is a Ravish yarn. I think it is super cute and since she is all girlie I know she will like it. I used the mock crochet stitch(I thought) see additional post about that. I made two rectangle flat pieces on the yellow loom and just eyeballed the size, I used my 5 y.o. as a guide. He kept saying to me"hurry mom, put it one me", an then "hurry, hurry, get if off, it's for a girl!" I then stitched the short end to the long ends. Now, about the mock crochet stitch. I just re-read the directions and guess what, I was doing a "Modified mock stitch" my new term for it. In the beginning of the pattern where you wrap one, knit over, two knit over and then three knit over. Well, that is what I did the entire time, just moving down a peg each time. I will post a picture to compare the two. I was trying to figure out why it was taking me so long! I told you I am not very good at reading directions. I like the stitch I did though, it is kinda chunky, like a crochet shell stitch. Now, since today is my day off work, I was cleaning the kitchen , again. I really don't' like doing housework, really I don't. Nor am I a very good cook, but I am very crafty, and I would rather do that anyday! Anyways, I have a picture of my nephew from 1991 on my fridge(pre-married days). It is amazing how many memories one photo can bring back. This was back in CA,he is on my Dad's Honda Rebel bike which my younger brother was borrowing at the time. My little VW Cabriolet convertible is in the background, I loved that car! It makes me think of my pre-marriage days in CA!

New Month/New blog Colors

Yay, for St. Pattys Day, a new green blog for the month! A lesson learned tonight to SAVE all my links before changing the template! I will now have to go back in and add them again. I hope I don't forget anyones blog, if so, let me know....