Crafty Rantings

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Duplicate Posting

Yes, this is a duplicate posting of what's on my Ramblings of A Mutant Penguin blog but I had to. I stole this picture from my daughter's blog. It's just way too cute!

Happy 22nd birthday Ally! Can't wait to see you on Saturday!!

Monday, June 04, 2007

No Rantings?!? Is The Penguin Hiding?!?

The answer is... no. I am not hiding. I have been doing nothing but dish/washcloths... tons of them! I have done a private swap with 4 different people trading my dishcloths for sewn items. And I have to say I've gotten some majorly cool items! I received a beautiful tote with a pocket inside and a matching pincushion dressed like a rooster. And stitch markers! And a great heart pincushion and pink flower pin made out of felt! My zippered pouch is on its way and it matches my new luggage perfectly!

I am going to see Ally and Matt this Saturday. Tomorrow my baby (Ally) turns 22. Oh yes, I am feeling old. But I can't wait to see them... he can pretty much sit up on his own and I have swimming diapers to take so we can all go swimming.

There are no pictures because all my dishcloths are done in various patterns and sent out faster than I can take pictures. I just don't ever seem to put them aside for gifting later. But I will. And so no pictures of THOSE, you can rest assured. :) I have a couple other projects planned but waiting for fall when the weather is cooler. It's just getting hotter and hotter here. So dishcloths are a good summer thing as they aren't hot and they're fast.

OK, speaking of fast...

I am doing 2 dishcloth KALs at a time. And both groups run 2 a month. So making 4 a month just with those will give me gifts to give or a swap stash. My mother doesn't read this (no computer) so I can post here that I am planning to make her a rectangle shawl for winter out of some beautiful cashmere/alpaca I purchased from KnitPicks in amethyst, her birthstone color. I want to give that to her for Christmas. Well, unless I finish it to take with me in October.

My big decision now is that since my 2 KALs will be done before the weekend, what do I take to knit in the airport? Jo won the airport knitting lottery last month. I don't always finish something while I'm gone but if I do, I'm going to randomly give it away to someone I know. Nothing quite like a little surprise for-no-reason gift. And I love to knit dishcloths. I have a book with my favorite easy patterns. I have one pattern (Jo received it last month in the airport lottery) that is lacy and beautiful and easy. It's a nice alternative to the feather-and-fan that I love. I kinda got burned out on that. Same with the ballband. So I am trying to find five to ten patterns that I really like that aren't hard to rotate through.

But since y'all want to see pictures, here... But Jo, don't say anything! This is the one I was working on that Vicky loved so guess what she's getting for her birthday. It's a secret! It's also one of my favorite patterns. It's called "moss diamonds".