The City of Crochet

Crocheting...an escape from everyday life in Europe as I face the perils of yarn shopping in a foreign country and dealing with all of the crazy looks I get for crocheting & knitting on the public transportation system.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Three down.....

About 37 more to go! WIPs that is, those little things I keep harping on the past few days!

Here they are......

First up we have the mystery dish cloth...I was not sure what it was supposed to be, but here is how I finished it up!


Next up, my finished Dragons. One orange dragon to replace the Green dragon for my nephew that I gave to my co-workers little boy who had Viral Meningitis (hes all better now) and a second one that my niece Megan asked for......she picked the colors "A pwink dwagon wif a wed tail and purpa wings pwease" Translated: a Pink dragon with a red tail and purple wings. And she is adamant on the colors, and so these are the results.....


This means I can add three new WIPs to my pile right????? *grin*

I am now almost finished with repeat 14 on the blanket and I am finishing up the Monkey hopefully today or tomorrow!

Happy Crocheting and Knitting to everyone!

Following the other to MS3

I'm a follower and I jumped on the Mystery Stole bandwagon. I have no clue what I am thinking about even attempting this size of a lace project, but attempt it I will! That is assuming I can find the right yarn to use. I think I might have something I can use in dark khacki green, but the pattern is requesting a white or black due to the theme.....I'm assuming the theme will be announced with the first clue (the pattern is sent in a series of clues, so no idea what you are making until you are done) so I could make a decision then. I will look if not this weekend for something at the LYS in a lace weight, otherwise fall greatly behind and have to wait until I am in the US and can pick something up there.

Details on MS3 can be found here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mysterystole3/ You have until July 6th to sign up, currently there are 3,193 people signed up to make this KAL....nothing like jumping on the bandwagon eh? But I am sure that there is room for a few more, so step right up and jump on in - all aboard!

Oops - just looked again make that 3,195 people now!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Weekend of WIPs Number 1

I did it. I managed to go a whole weekend without starting a new WIP. Yay me!

The weekend consisted of a lot of working on several different projects as follows:


I am not sure what pattern I was attempting with this little cloth, so I winged a scalloped edging along two sides and a round circular on the opposite corner and the first of my WIPs was finished. I still need to tie in the ends (ugh) and then you will see a picture.


Any ideas what this mash of colors and parts is? Its Dragon numbers 2 and 3 plus a random purple head. I've finished crocheting almost all of the parts. Now I need to finish assembling them and embroider on the eyes. And make both a pair of wings since a Dragon needs to have wings!


Monkey monkey, who's seen the monkey? Hes been hiding away as I realized that the pattern was not complete, a few parts missing (like the tail - kinda critical) but I've decided to plod on and finish him up, winging the missing parts as I go along.


Yet another mash assortment of parts (with some still hiding away in the bag). These are random Turtle body parts. I've finished one of the turtles, now to finish the others and get some Turtle pictures up!


The lovely blanket for my soon to be 1 year old niece Abby.......I've been working on for probably 18 months now. I finished just over 2 repeats this weekend, so now its 12 down, 13 to go - not yet half way but oh so close....this just might be done in time for her graduation from high school!

That's it on the WIP updates. I need to take a a closer look at everything that is in my pile and make a decision on frogging or continuing.....I think the picture is going to get a few big red X's through it as I decide to frog several of the items!

Vacation countdown: 2 weeks and 4 days

Friday, June 22, 2007

Geekiness at its best.....

Check out the top 10 list of geek-fest yarn creations including crochet & knitting projects!

I've made a promise to myself...no more new WIPs until I finish a few of what I have started...gosh this is hard to do....so manny cute patterns out there, so much yarn in my stash, not enough time in the year.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A crafty type of post......warning - horror pics

First off Kudos to Kelly for knowing where my title from yesterdays post was coming from! I love that album of Pink and sing Leave Me Alone (I'm lonely) to my BF all the time.......I don't think hes realised yet exactly what I'm singing LOL

Second, onto my frightening discoveries and a little bit of self awarenes......

I've been trying to organize and clean my apartment up a little bit, especially my crafty type goodies. Well, this is what I have found & need to say.

"Hello, my name is Kimberly. I love to crochet and knit and collect yarn. Hello, my name is Kimberly and I almost have more WIPs than I do shoes"

My Mom is gasping in horror right now since she KNOWS how many pairs of shoes I have ... or at least she knew how many I had the last time she visited and also those she helped packed that I did not bring with me to Europe.

Here is a snap of the WIPs that I found while cleaning.....there are a few missing, including the second photo of the blanket I'm working on for my neice.....


Realistically I can probably frog a good portion of these as many of them I have no interest in finishing, some I have no clue what pattern / hook I was using and some I won't have enough yarn to finish (idiot me who goes gung ho on a project only to go uh oh)

Aside from the WIPs I also found a plethora of partially used, almost finished skeins from past projects that I have to figure out what I am going to do with them:

And last but not least, the doily that I finished for a swap partner. It in no way compares to what she sent to me, but it is the best that I can do and I put a lot of time and effort into it.....I hope she likes it!


Many thanks to all of you for the good wishes yesterday. Its been a hard week here for me with my almost buying a plane ticket to go home at one point.....it was on my screen waiting for me to hit the Okay button I was that close to ordering! No, it was not for good that I was buying but for a quick several day trip.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I'm not dead just floating

And not even belly up! Well, some days I fear its getting close to me rolling over and giving up yet I still keep floating in my little pool of cubical fishies trying to avoid getting gobbled up by the big bad shark. Blub blub blub

Just wanted to check in - lots going on and nothing I can verbalise really. I finally think its all getting to me, but I keep looking at my calendar and I know that I get to see my family in 24 days and counting. I need some eskimo kissin and sand castle squishin to cheer me up and get me through the next few months.

Change is coming, I just don't know when, where or what yet. Unless something major changed with my current job I know that I can not stay in this position no matter how much I like it and the people I work with - my sanity would be in even more in question and walking on an even thinner line towards a breakdown than I currently am.

I have to go to the post office tomorrow. I have several packages that HAVE to get mailed out to the US. I hope those that are getting them forgive the tardiness.

Crafty type updates coming soon......I've been sorting my craft area (note, its no longer a shelf, or a corner, but an area) and have made some frightening discoveries!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Lack of a title, too much on my mind

I am sure to develop an ulcer from stress and worry.

I just found out that one of my best friends, Paul, has been sent to Iraq with his doggie Ben (hes a K-9 MP) So I am now going to have the stress of worrying about him non-stop. How do people handle it? I've known for all of 5 minutes and already my mind is starting to freak out. Please keep him and Ben in your thoughts!

My list of to-dos is growing longer and longer - I will never finish any of them it feels like!

I have a swap obligation that needs to be finished and I already know that whatever I make is going to be lacking (in my own mind). My swap partner mailed hers out to me the very first day as she was going on vacation......I have no idea how I am going to compare with the wondrous and amazing items that she sent to me! I'm the little Toyota trying to blend in with the Mercedes and Porsche's! I'll post pictures when I have the time!

I received my invite for Ravelry - now to take pictures of my stash, organize my projects and patterns, remember my flickr name and password......

I am in the process of booking my flight back to the US for vacation, I need to decide which airline I want to take. The cheapest is Northwest via Detroit, but I have never flown them internationally before (after my experience with Lufthansa I don't want to try another unknown airline I'm thinking). My other option right now looks to be American. Will make a decision soon.

I think that is it. I am still behind on blog reading and commenting, but I'm slowly getting back to it. I'll catch up one day soon....just in time for my week in Zurich and then 2 weeks in the US!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

One, two, three...NOT IT!!!

Crap, not fast enough. I'm it as shown by Yasmin AND Kathy

Here goes:

THE RULES:
Each person tagged gives seven random facts about themselves along with the rules of the game, as well as tagging seven others by listing their names as part of the blog post and leaving a blog comment for the tagged individuals to let them know that they've been tagged.

Well I've already done the Sevens Meme so now to think of some new things....

1. I've gone out on a date with a guy from every continent except South America (then again, some people consider South and North America to be one continent so if you're in that group, consider that I've gone out on a date with a guy from every continent)

2. I'm a pack rat and like to save everything...I occasionally do a complete dump but the lack of clutter does not last!

3. I hate washing dishes

4. I love to procrastinate

5. I would love to go to law school

6. I'm a huge family person and can not go more than a few days without talking to at least one member of my family

7. I love travelling - planes, tranes, automobiles....heck, I'd travel by unicycle if it was my only option! I'd never be happy staying in one place for the rest of my life.

Now who to tag: Vik, Kelly, Jenny, Kayt, Marvie, Jessica, and YOU, yeah, YOU!