Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Caps in March

I have been squeezing in time to crochet as often as possible. It's funny how often my mind ends up picturing my yarn stash and the things I want to make. There are a few things that I am really, really, really wanting to make before our next cool weather season. Hopefully I can stay on track and accomplish some serious goals!

Part of what is keeping me from crocheting for me is that I've been making baby caps for friends. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy doing that, but I find myself asking why I'm not working on one of those projects that's been rolling around in my head.
Caps finished this week for a friend

I purchased some fabric, some super cute fabric, from Fabricworm last month that I haven't played with either. And, I was gifted some fabric and yarn for Christmas that I haven't touched yet, too. I think my next goal should be to map out a plan for some serious crafting-for-me projects.

Cowl for Mom
I am hoping to make some summer accessories like necklaces that border on being a light cowl, but nothing too heavy where I wouldn't actually wear it in warmer weather. And, I would like to try out some fun colors. I made this cowl for my mom in a yarn colorway that she picked out that works perfect with denim or any light color. I'm hoping to make one for myself, too, but in another yarn color.

What are you working on as you are getting ready for (or are already indulging in) Spring?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's the Little Things, Like Clean Potty Rooms

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a truly great seminar for Human Resource professionals that our bank put together. It was held at a place called Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth (you may know of The Colonial from major golfing events) which has been around for decades.

I've attended seminars here before, but I haven't had the need to utilize their facilities before. I think anytime I go there now I will make sure to use the facilities!

The ladies room in the main hall area was a bit small (most likely since it was built decades ago), but my goodness  they spared no expense when it came to what I might need in the stall! Or at the sink! If there weren't other ladies in there waiting to use the facilities, too, then I would've snapped some pics to share with you, but alas I do not have evidence of what brought me such joy.

There were sanitary napkins, tampons, wipes of different kinds, toilet seat covers, plenty of tissue, and it was all displayed so daintily and beautifully!

You see, I have a thing when it comes to using public restrooms. I hate having to go in public. I use the potty liners while also crouching in the Hovercraft position and I still feel gross when I use public potties. It's rare that I can mentally say ahhhhh when I relieve myself in public. And, at the Coloniial I said ahhhh. I think I even smiled!

Anyway, I just want to say thank you to all of the people behind the scenes who work to keep public restrooms nice, clean and well stocked. Believe me, there are some of us who notice and appreciate it more than words can say!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Little Diva Blankie

On Sunday one of my good friends Bridge had her first baby shower. She's expecting a little girl. If this little girl is anything like her momma then she is going to be one snazzy little diva, so I decided to veer from the standard baby registry for my gift.
Bridge loves black and white fabrics, especially the damask pattern that has inspired so many other women in the last few years. Baby B received a custom little black and white diva blankie to snuggle up with if she so chooses. I really enjoyed making it.

I used Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn in white (which came with the stitch pattern I followed), and had some silk/bamboo yarn in black that I used for the flowers. I wish the white yarn was as soft as the black, but that's just how it goes with acrylic yarn sometimes. I'm really not a huge fan of acrylic. Some of it is super soft and snuggly, but not all of it.

I love the little puffy clusters the stitch pattern made! So pretty and fun!