let’s talk sewing…

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yup, still here. sort of.

my camp friends and I got together over thanksgiving weekend and had a sewing/crafting weekend. due to crazy car woes, I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, but I did finish two projects: my first box bag and a new pair of flannel pj pants.

sewing - nov 2010

I also got tips from my friend (a former home ec teacher, among other things, and my go-to sewing advice person) for finishing the table runner I started a year or two ago and for the flannel rag quilt I bought fabric for last year.

I’ve been cutting the fabric for the last 10 days or so, as I get the time. here’s a preview:
flannel rag quilt - 2010

New kitty is here.

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DSCF8457, originally uploaded by criosa.

longtime, no chat, eh? sorry. I’m still knitting, I just don’t keep up with the blog much.

So, story time…

My boss (well, he’s the owner, more than my actual boss, but whatever) has a cabin up in Annandale. Someone was staying there and left a kitty behind. They soon realized she had kittens.

Anywho, he asks me a few weeks ago if I know anyone looking for a cat. I told him that I’d been looking for one. Fast forward, she had her spay surgery on Friday and she was dropped off tonight.

She is set up in my bedroom. Wolfie will sit outside the door when I’m in there and meow his fool head off. She’ll growl at him from her side of the door. This will be fun, I’m sure. (*rollseyes*)

more pics of her here

she still needs a name.

farewell Kashka

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*sigh*

so yesterday Kashka went in to the vet to see what was what. and it turns out that she had a tumor destroying her teeth and jaw. (we opted not to do the xray, so I’m not sure how bad the damage really was). since it was a tumor, we had her euthanized.

Kashka

*blows dust and cat hair off*

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I think I’ve (finally!) matured as a quilter. that or I just care enough about the FO to behave myself.

Tonight I finally started my BOTM quilt that’s going on my bed (eventually). (it’s the gold one mentioned about halfway through this post here.) the first block was in September, which I bought in late Oct/early Nov. It’s a bitch measuring things constantly, but so far my square in a square in a square (which will be the center of the quilt) looks pretty darn nice.

(I’ll post pics when I finish the square.)

in knitting news, I went to my friend Kim’s yesterday and we had a Harry Potter movie marathon in anticipation of the new movie coming out this week. since the last time we tried this we only made it through the first two movies, Emilea and I decided to start with the third movie. and as is usual for me, I fell asleep during the fifth one. anywho, I took the intarsia bag (started back in March ‘05) and managed to figure out where I left off (row 5 of the chart) and managed to get through the chart and beyond. I stopped at the part where I have to miter the bottom of the bag cuz I started overthinking things.

I’ve been trying to focus on the WIPs. I keep sort of joining ‘focus on the WIPs’ type groups on ravelry, but my knitting enthusiasm has been kind of low lately. at any rate, I’m sort of participating in the WIP Wrestling group - the intarsia bag has had good progress, and I’ve also been working on the Harry Potter book scarf this month. and I really want to get all the things that just need the ends woven in finished. we’ll see how I do.

in spinning news, I signed up for the Tour de Fleece - the goal being to spin every day with the Tour de France. I started out good, but haven’t really done much spinning since last weekend. so much for spinning a little every day. and the grand plans I came up with for the month. ah, well. at least I’m being crafty.

in other news, Kashka’s been sick the last week and a half or so. I took her in to the vet, and it’s either a tumor or just some really badly infected teeth. she’s been on antibiotics, and she seems to have improved a little bit. (the greatest evidence being her enthusiasm at chasing and pouncing at a moth that she and Wolfie found in the apartment. she’s been pretty lethargic since she’s been sick.) at any rate, she’ll be going in to have surgery soon to either figure out if it’s a tumor (I hope not) and, if not, have her teeth sorted out (cleaning, removal, etc). so if you’re so inclined, healthy kitty thoughts would be appreciated.

I made pie. it is delicious…

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so I’m making notes here so I remember how to make it next time.

prepare apple pie filling as directed on Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust box. prepare dough for one-crust pie.
consult the How to Cook Everything cookbook on apple pies. make the struedel topping. add oatmeal. bake as directed for that pie option.

yum.

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as for knitting. I started an afghan square (for a KAL) late last night while watching Twilight*. it’s pretty boring so far - just a plain stockinette square with seed stitch border in Caron Simply Soft. I’m going to make a couple of Marie Mayhew’s felted gingerbread men and sew them onto it.

* that was the 2nd time I watched it since it arrived yesterday afternoon. the first time was with the commentary on. yup, the Twilight obsession is still in full force. oh, and Chris - you’ll laugh at this. I’m actually attempting to write some fanfic now.

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