Friday, October 01, 2010

Around the House

Hi Knitters,
Lately I have been feeling the crunch of time in a big way. You would not believe the number of posts I want to get up on this blog and simply haven't had the time to get done. I have stacks of books and patterns to giveaway, great photos of family adventures and knitting adventures, patterns to get up in my little online pattern shop... the list goes on and on. With that being said I just have to remind myself that all I can do is the best I can do. I'll keep plugging along. Thank you for the constant support and kind emails and comments and photos of your projects and babies wearing your knits. You, the readers and knitters, make all of the hard work worthwhile.

I want to take a quick side journey today to share some of the crafting and knitting that has been going on around my house lately. In the photo above you can see TC's new creative endeavor, the French Horn. She has been "playing" for hours everyday this week. The problem is that she doesn't really know how to play yet. It has been a little LOUD and also a little funny and sweet.

She is wearing the Easy Top-Down Raglan sweater I just completed for a ginormous knitalong on my other blog, Spud says! Please click here for all of the information on this stripey hooded version and a plain adult size version as well.
Our sweet neighbor and knitting enthusiast has completed her first pair of knee socks! She is amazing. At the same time she has knitted a couple of pairs of baby socks, the free pattern is right here, and a couple of hats. Both of the girls finished stitching together their charity blanket (I'll post a finished photo soon). These girls are both amazing crafters but just look at those socks! She did an incredible job. I love how she slaps them right on, too. She wore the one finished sock by itself for weeks, even to school.
TC worked for a long time creating these little critters with a kit she got for her birthday. She twirled long paper strips around with a little tool and glued them together to make these tiny friends. The kit is put out by Klutz and is called, Twirled Paper. TC recommends this one and I love all of the Klutz kits. They are top-notch and include quality materials.
TC is really on a roll. She started home economics at school and got to sew a laundry bag for her first project. We picked out the cutest fabric ever over at Stitchers Crossing. It is a cotton print but the base fabric looks like a natural muslin-type fabric. It is a completely awesome print. It has a hand-printed look to it. If you want a yard or two just give them a call at 800-232-1500 and they will promptly send it to you. I would love a skirt or a bag out of this fabric! I may have to drop by and pick up a little more of it.888
TC is so proud.
Here is a fun back shot of her newly custom designed raglan hoodie sweater. I love the hood.
Here is the Ravelry page for the Easy Top-Down Raglan.
She loves the new French Horn, even as a hat! Goofy girl.

Can you believe it is Friday again? I can't. Have a great and joy-filled fall weekend, Knitters.
best, susie
p.s. Yesterday I was contacted by HK Anderson, the pretzel company, because a long time ago I mentioned how their peanut butter filled pretzels are a favorite around here. Now they want to send me a big sample pack of all of their different pretzels. Of course I said sure! Isn't that funny?
p.p.s. This week I submitted 4 different craft projects on request to Parents magazine, I'll keep you posted. Oh, and I have worked out the details for my next book. That's book #5. I am a tired girl today.


Sara in WI said...

You are such a busy girl! Thank you for sharing your family pictures and your creative endeavors with all of your fans! Another book! Woo-hoo!
(Save time for Guild on October 11th!)

Unknown said...

Great post! I love everything on it. A cornucopia of colourful things.

Unknown said...

Book #5! I'm so excited! I Love all you books and make stuff out of them all the time! I can't wait for the next one. Love the blog by the way!

Kar said...

You are one busy girl Susan! But at least it is busy fun. I love how TC's sweater turned out. My girls are wanting one now also. I better get busy also. :)

Have a great weekend!

KnittyRedhead said...

I think you should be very happy TC picked the french horn :) My son came home and chose the drums! I can't wait for your newest book...since book #5 is done can I ask when book #4 will be released? I can't possibly have missed it?

Allegra said...

Yay for the French Horn! My DH is a professional horn player. FYI, as she gets better, she'll get louder :)
Bravo on TC's Raglan. I love it! Love the pompoms and the thumbholes. I cannot wait to have time to work on Satya's again!
I've also been meaning to congratulate you on your sweet Woodland Creatures Collection. They are adorable!
Book #5?!?!?!? YAY!!!

Stefanie said...

The French Horn is such an awesome sounding instrument! I played in band, not the fh, for three years so I know how great it sounds. I think it's so awesome TC can take sewing. I had band instead so I'm not sure what Home Ec. classes there were in middle school. Sewing is another thing I want to learn.

Maryjonono said...

I love how you share your enthusiasm for life and learning. That is the key to happiness, I think!
And bandies have great fun in high school and college! Go TC!

Marilyn said...

I, too, love those pretzels and can only find them in NC at Staples office supply strange. Wish they would send me some. I am busily making itty bitty baby hats and mittens for three shower gifts. Thanks for your inspiration.

knittingknirvana said...

I started playing the clarinet in 5th grade. I squeaked a lot. Our poor dog would either run and hide or he would sit opposite me and howl. Now THAT was loud!! :)

Go easy on yourself. Things will happen as they are meant to. Just keep plugging away and know that we love you and all that you do. :)

Melanie said...

miss susan, perhaps you just need a local personal assistant to help you with such things and to tell you how fabulous you are. ;)

Unknown said...

When can you talk more about your 5th book???

Jill Nault said...

What a great fall! You have so many amazing fun things in your life Susan! Thanks for sharing them with us! Love it! :D

Judi A. said...

Love the French horn on the head as a hat! What a girl :-) Hardly a sweeter sounding horn than the French horn. Eventually the blowing and blasting will turn into wonderful melodic tunes. She will even be able to sit out in her fairy garden and play for the fairies. I know they will love it. well I remember the extreme busyness and exhaustion of being in the middle of raising a busy household of teens and all their friends! I know you recognize, though, that these are the times you will remember with the most fondness and yearning. Enjoy! :-)

Elizabeth said...

You are awesome and amazing! I love reading about all the cool things happening at your house. (We love the Klutz kits too. They had a great make-a-fairy one for a while). Hope you have a relaxing weekend! (If not quiet - smile!)

Annie said...

I tried the French Horn in Jr. High too. Not an easy instrument to play...Go TC!! What a cutie.
Can't wait until book #5 is published! No hints yet???? or have you and I missed them...