Illcation

I wasn’t on a vacation.

I was on an illcation.

You know, when you are ill and all you can do is lay down and sit up for limited amounts of time.

Apparently I got food poisoning from a Subway sandwich the night that Shawn and I were going out for his birthday.

Luckily we bought his cake Thursday and I didn’t get sick until Saturday. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss his cake.

{It’s chocolate everything.}

There’s been no knitting. No sewing. No nothing.

Except for one thing.

There was shopping.

I bought some Dream In Color Classy for my Tea Leaves Cardigan. (I ordered from Eat. Sleep. Knit. and  I won a skein of Dream In Color Smooshy. Woo hoo!)

{Good Luck Jade.}

And then yesterday afternoon while I was checking my inbox I got a new message telling me that I was exclusively invited to my not so local LYS’ Sunday Sale from February 3-5. Meaning, I get to check out their sale stock first. Woo hoo! (Again.) I picked up some Rowan Wool/Cotton for my Sabbatical Sweater, a few skeins of Glacier Del Cielo for a top for Scout and a few skeins of Rowan All Seasons Cotton for a hat she wants.

And that’s it. I promise. Yarn wise, anyway.

I’ve kept my eye on a few new books,

all of which are going to get me in trouble because I’m already neck deep in projects. I’ve already planned two quilts and some feltie projects. And I have sewing classes starting next week. And I just recently found a little hole in the wall embroidery shop with the most gorgeous designs I’ve ever seen. I might need CA. (You know, Crafters Anonymous?)

The rest of my illcation was spent on sleep. I’ve been sleeping a lot. And you know what? It feels so good.

As for the “Meet Bob and Steve” contest! Our winner is: #4! Alisa! Alisa, email me at iknit(dot)ipurl(at)yahoo(dot)com, with your color preferences and once I get back to the sewing machine I’ll send along your customized kitty. Thanks everyone for playing! I’ll have a new contest up next week.

Til then, I’m taking a nap.

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Papa Bear

A number of years ago I heard of a charity called The Mother Bear Project. The premise of their organization is to collect handknit teddy bears and then distribute them to HIV/AIDS infected children in Africa. To date over 34,000 teddy bears have been given to these children. I bought the pattern years ago and tucked it away with my other knitting patterns. And then a year ago I picked up a copy of Knitting for Peace. The book is full of charity biographies, patterns and resources to donate to good causes. Lo and behold, the Mother Bear Project was mentioned.

Now, I admit. My time is consumed by my family life. There are diapers to change, meals to prepare, selfish time to myself to spend. But then the other night I was reading the new issue of Real Simple magazine. This issue discussed ways we can give during the holidays. No more gift wrapped presents for extended family. People were giving away their time, money and heart to help others who were greatly in need.

I realized that I have talents that need to be shared. So I cast on for my first Teddy.

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Last night, (which was the day after I cast on), I finished my first Papa Bear. While finishing the seams and stuffing him I thought of the child that will get to carry this special little toy around. I have hopes for that child. Hopes that he will live to see a cure to such a horrible disease. Hopes that this bear will bring him a smile every day.

That said, I can’t stop with just one child. I think of Scout and how she’s brightened every day of my life. How would I feel if she was ill and had nothing to own of her very own? Would people in other countries know her pain? Would they make something to comfort her? I’ve made the decision that I must continue making these bears so that I can help to ease the pain for other children. They don’t know me and I don’t know them but I feel like I can understand.

My goal is to knit 5 bears a month, (at the least). That’s sixty children that will go to bed at night with something to comfort them. Something that brings them happiness and joy. And hopefully they will realize that not all hope is lost and that there are people who care.

Knitting isn’t always about making things for one’s self. It’s also about giving. If you can’t help knit a bear please think about donating to this good cause. I’ve decided to hold a little contest as well to advertise a little awareness.

Da rules: Commit to make one teddy bear, donate $3 for a bear that is made by me, (or more, the organization desperately needs help with shipping and handling charges), or donate any scrap yarns (washable wool or acrylic only), that I can use to make the bears. For every item/donation your name will be put into a basket and drawn for a nifty prize.

The prize: I will giveaway one custom made piece of jewelry from my Etsy for your generosity. You may choose any piece of jewelry that is displayed in my shop or if you choose I will make you a piece in the choice of your colors.

Please spread the word. Contest will be held from now until December 12th. I will more than likely offer more contests in the future so that we can continue to give to others who need our help.

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Order

I decided to try and tackle some of the things on my “to do” list. It seems if I let things go for a couple of days week I get really backed up. While I feel better from the surgery I still feel fatigued. But I made a little bit of headway last night and decided it was time to organize my life. Order. I need order.

So I made some stitch markers. One set is for a friend.

And the other set is for one of the contest winners in the Summer of Socks group on Ravelry. I’m a bit late with them I admit. Nonetheless, they are going out in todays post.

Both are made with 6mm Rounded Swarovski crystals and sterling silver bead caps. I liked them so much that I made extra sets for Etsy. I also have a new earring design that’s in the works. My goal is to really launch my Etsy shop soon. I have a lot to do. My mom still does printing so she will be doing my thank you notes and business cards. The site will be revamped in the months to come.

I also wanted to share a little yarn love brought to you by Tiennie. I have to say that she’s one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve had the chance to encounter. I’ve been reading her blog from almost day one and she never fails to amaze me with her knitting. And her kindness. She had a little blog contest and she sent me a very lovely item from her stash:

Yeah. It’s Sundara. It’s Blue Grape Hycanith. (BTW, I’m stalking the site right now because there’s a scheduled update.)

The CPH is pretty much done but for the hood. All the blocking and seaming is finished. I should have pictures tomorrow or maybe Wednesday depending on how much I get done. I also have to admit that I’m a Ravelympics failure. I didn’t even cast on for my challenge. I’ve been busy doing orders on Etsy Alchemy and trying to finish CPH. I know I should probably drop a hobby to give myself some real good quality time and focus to something else but I can’t. I must get things in order.

And the winner is…

I wrote all of your names on scraps of paper and threw them into a big bowl:

And then I picked one name:

Congratulations Wendy!!! Shoot me an email with your address and your color preference and your set will be on the way!

Thanks for all of your advice. I will be updating my shop sometime next week with a variety of sets if you are interested. Next week I’m having another contest, so be sure to check in.

Lots of new things going on:

  • I’m finishing up the hood on the Central Park Hoodie
  • There’s a 50% off sale at my LYS.
  • Friends of ours are moving to our unit so we are having a “moving” party/bbq.
  • The Cowboy Festival starts this week and we are going on Sunday.
  • I am … that close to finishing up the Doll Quilt for a swap.
  • I’m thinking about knitting these for no other reason than I think that they are cute.
  • Tomorrow Scout and I are (finally) attending our first SCV Moms Group for breakfast.
  • I “found” my comfort journal that I started, oh about two years ago, and decided it was high time to start working on it. (I have some exciting photos to share!)
  • My mom has a boyfriend! (At first I thought eewww, afterall she is my mom. But then I realized she’s a lot happier lately, so maybe this is a good thing?)

I finally feel like I’m settling into Spring though it will be a matter of time, (a short, short time), and I’ll be cooping myself inside the 72 degree apartment so I can get a little reprieve from the 110 degree outside temps. I do look forward to summer for one reason: Scout has turned into a fishy daredevil and is now jumping in the pool all by her lonesome. We have to ditch the canopy boat from last summer and settle with a floating device that I can put in or over her swimsuit. There’s no way she’s not going to swim. She was a born fish. Sometimes a born monkey.

Ah, Monkey Face.