You Can Call Me Al

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Spring is here!

Well, once again, I’ve fallen off the “I’m going to blog everyday” wagon!  And, no, I haven’t been crafting every day either.  Lately, an early Spring has sprung here in New England, and I’ve used every one of my few free moments to be outside enjoying it.  Yesterday, I spent 2 hours on the back deck with a good book, it was luxurious!  Finished the book, too!  Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago.  Not my favorite book, but about a subject I knew very little about, which is always a good reason to read a book.  It dragged at times, but overall was a good read.

So, to get me back into the swing of things, I’m going to go with Carole Knits 10 on Tuesday suggestion today.  And today’s topic:  10 Songs That Put You In A Great Mood.  Since I LOVE music, this one should be easy!  In no particular order, here they are:

1.  Show Me How You Burlesque by Christina Aquilera – We danced to this song this morning in Zumba, so it’s fresh on my mind.  A great way to start my day!

2.  Daydream Believer by the Monkees – With the passing of Davy Jones last week, this one has been in my head a lot lately.  I’ve loved it ever since I was a kid watching the Monkees on TV.

3.  Candyman by Christina Aquilera – What can I say, I’m a Christina fan!  This one has a great beat and a Big Band sound you don’t often get in a Top 40 song.

4.  Summertime’s Calling Me by The Catalinas – Most beach music will put me in a good mood, but this one in particular is an oldie but goodie!  This one and

5.  Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price – I was first introduced to Stagger Lee in the movie Shag.  Everytime I hear it, I think back to my college girlfriends, roadtrips, Myrtle Beach.  I’m smiling right now just thinking about it!

6.  Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men – A new band out of Iceland, I can’t wait to hear more from them!

7.  The Cave by Mumford and Sons –  This whole album (Sigh No More) is terrific!  It’s what I play when I need to get stuff done.  A rockin’ beat, it keeps me moving!  But not dancing, this isn’t in my dance party playlist.

8.  Fire Burning by Sean Kingston – When I need to get my groove on!

9.  Cocnut by Harry Nilsson – For a more mellow great mood.

10.  You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon –  No music list of mine would be complete without an appearance by Rhymin’ Simon.  This song comes on the radio, it’s roll the windows down, turn it up time for me.  Happy-go-lucky is how I think of this song, and of course, the image of Chevy Chase playing a saxophone has to make you smile!  You Can Call Me Al

Bags

Today’s crafty endeavor involved making 5 drawstring bags to add to my hats for Craft Hope Project 16.  They are pretty simple to make, though I didn’t make a tutorial.  There is an excellent one on Purl Soho’s blog, the Purl Bee.  You can find it here.

The best part was that I used my stash!  Pictures will have to come tomorrow, the lighting at 10:15 at night is not the best.  However, just as a taste of what is to come, one was a fat quarter, and the other 4 were made from leftover fabric that was used to make pillowcases for some kids.  Yes, that would be kiddie fabric, Scooby Doo and Dora the Explorer.

So, pictures to come.  Tomorrow, the bags I made, and someday, I’ll share my stash.

 

 

Hats, done!

Ok, we’re going to make this a Monday – Friday attempt this month.  I’m already a day behind!  Oh well, promised I would post a picture of the finished hats, so here they are:

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I knit 3 girly hats and 5 boyish ones.  Then got out the sewing machine on Saturday.  I used Cheri’s tutorial for boy hats as a jumping off point, and just went from there!   2 black hats made from leftover fleece from my son’s toucan costume 2 Halloweens ago.  3 princess hats made from fleece.  2 Star Wars hats made from the bottom 7″ of a pair of PJ pants purchased for my husband that were too big (still need to alter them down to my son’s size, but figured I’d be cutting off at least 7″ anyway!).  1 hat made from an old Cars t-shirt that was in the Goodwill pile.  I think that’s it!  The knitted ones were all basic hats, except the turquoise and orange one.  That one was from a pattern called Chemo Toque that I found on Ravelry.  Overall, I was very pleased with my productivity.  I surpassed my goal of 5 girl hats and 8 boy hats, ending up with 6 girls, 8 boys, and 2 black ones that could go either way.

Today’s crafty endeavors will involve bag making to go along with the hats.  We’ll see how many I can get done before it’s time to pick the kids up!

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to actually happen, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf and Craft Hope’s Project 8.  The call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  Image

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Project 16 is a call out for handmade hats and bags for children going through chemotherapy.  I promised myself I would donate 13 hats, 8 boys and 5 girls, one for each healthy year of my children.  So far, I’ve knit 5 boys and am on my 3rd girls hat.  After this, I’ll have to switch to sewing as the deadline is March 16.  Again, I’ve convinced a friend to participate and she cranked out 5 hats for me to add to my box.  

So, hopefully I finish that 3rd girly hat today.  The colors are beautiful!  I’m using a wonderful yarn by Florafil, Super Soft Cotton.  So soft, and bulky so the knitting goes quickly.  The color is Purple Lupine, and may be one of my favorites.  The colors do seem to be pooling into stripes, which is always fun.  I’ll post a picture when I get it finished. 

Happy Craft Month!  How are you celebrating?

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf and Craft Hope’s Project 8.  The call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  Image

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Project 16 is a call out for handmade hats and bags for children going through chemotherapy.  I promised myself I would donate 13 hats, 8 boys and 5 girls, one for each healthy year of my children.  So far, I’ve knit 5 boys and am on my 3rd girls hat.  After this, I’ll have to switch to sewing as the deadline is March 16.  Again, I’ve convinced a friend to participate and she cranked out 5 hats for me to add to my box.  

So, hopefully I finish that 3rd girly hat today.  The colors are beautiful!  I’m using a wonderful yarn by Florafil, Super Soft Cotton.  So soft, and bulky so the knitting goes quickly.  The color is Purple Lupine, and may be one of my favorites.  The colors do seem to be pooling into stripes, which is always fun.  I’ll post a picture when I get it finished. 

Happy Craft Month!  How are you celebrating?

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf and Craft Hope’s Project 8.  The call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  Image

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Project 16 is a call out for handmade hats and bags for children going through chemotherapy.  I promised myself I would donate 13 hats, 8 boys and 5 girls, one for each healthy year of my children.  So far, I’ve knit 5 boys and am on my 3rd girls hat.  After this, I’ll have to switch to sewing as the deadline is March 16.  Again, I’ve convinced a friend to participate and she cranked out 5 hats for me to add to my box.  

So, hopefully I finish that 3rd girly hat today.  The colors are beautiful!  I’m using a wonderful yarn by Florafil, Super Soft Cotton.  So soft, and bThe color is Purple Lupine, and may be one of my favorites.  The colors do seem to be pooling into stripes, which is always fun.  I’ll post a picture when I get it finished.  

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf and Craft Hope’s Project 8.  The call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  Image

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Project 16 is a call out for handmade hats and bags for children going through chemotherapy.  I promised myself I would donate 13 hats, 8 boys and 5 girls, one for each healthy year of my children.  So far, I’ve knit 5 boys and am on my 3rd girls hat.  After this, I’ll have to switch to sewing as the deadline is March 16.  Again, I’ve convinced a friend to participate and she cranked out 5 hats for me to add to my box.  

So, hopefully I finish that 3rd girly hat today.  The colors are beautiful!  I’m using a wonderful yarn by Florafil, Super Soft Cotton.  The color is Purple Lupine

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf and Craft Hope’s Project 8.  The call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  Image

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Project 16 is a call out for handmade hats and bags for children going through chemotherapy.  I promised myself I would donate 13 hats, 8 boys and 5 girls, one for each healthy year of my children.  So far, I’ve knit 5 boys and am on my 3rd girls hat.  After this, I’ll have to switch to sewing as the deadline is March 16.  Again, I’ve convinced a friend to participate and she cranked out 5 hats for me to add to my box.  

So, hopefully I finish that 3rd girly hat today.  The colors are beautiful!  I’m using a wonderful yarn by Florafil

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf and Craft Hope’s Project 8.  The call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  Image

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Project 16 is a call out for handmade hats and bags for children going through chemotherapy.  I promised myself I would donate 13 hats, 8 boys and 5 girls, one for each healthy year of my children.  So far, I’ve knit 5 boys and am on my 3rd girls hat.  After this, I’ll have to switch to sewing as the deadline is March 16.  Again, I’ve convinced a friend to participate and she cranked out 5 hats for me to add to my box.  

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