Wednesday, September 30, 2009
While browsing around there a few months ago looking for earrings, I found these cool little ditties from Dream Spiral Art. They're enamel on copper and my new favorite (and for a girl who has about a hundred pairs of earrings, that's saying a lot!).
And then a few weeks ago I got an email from Ann Drewing, the creative force behind Dream Spiral Art. She was letting all of her customers know that she had made the decision to quit her day job and put all her efforts into her jewelry. Because I think she is incredibly brave (and because I'm secretly jealous of her decision!), I decided to support her and have her do some custom order earrings for me.
While I adore the first pair of earrings I got from her, I'm also a fan of BIG earrings. So I decided to have her make me the same thing (the enamel on copper discs), only larger and in a different color. The results are amazing!
Thanks so much to Ann for inspiring me AND creating me some gorgeous earrings!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Finally the other day I made myself put all my UFOs in my knitting basket and put down my knitting for a few days. I think it helped somewhat, as I don't feel quite so frustrated when I pick up my needles.
With the knitting hiatus, I don't have a whole lot to show for my efforts lately. I have, however, been knitting on my Maplewing Shawl. I haven't gotten a whole lot done though...only completed to row 14 out of a few hundred...gulp! I just can't seem to focus, but I'm hoping with some upcoming travel over the next few weeks that I'll break out of my rut and get back into my knitting groove!
Here's my progress so far...of course it looks like nothing more than a jumbled ruffle all crammed on that circular needle, but I assure you that it's turning out beautifully. I love the stitch definition of the Malabrigo Sock and it's so soft and squishy. I'm hoping to have the shawl done by Christmas, but with all the other things I want to get done by then and my current knitting state of mind, we'll see...
Monday, September 28, 2009
I once again entered a few things into the SE Alaska State Fair. Of course, every year I vow to plan ahead and have some really cool stuff entered. And then life totally overwhelms me and I end up scrambling at the very last minute to pull things together. Luckily, I had some decent FOs on hand to show off.
This year was apparently my year at the fair. And I even have a headline to show for it! Yep, that's right. You're following the blog of a local celebrity. ;)
Here's a close-up of what the article says:
Remember Lina? Well, the judges just loved that little sweater and I can't say that I blame them! Here it is being completely blotted out by all the ribbons...for those of you counting, that's a first place, class champ and judge's choice ribbon!
And I don't have a picture of the final project, which won class champ, division champ and judge's choice. It's a felted purse that is a precursor (and, thus, sort of similar) to a design that I am currently submitting to a publication. Even though it's not the exact design, I just don't feel right posting it on here, just in case. But the judge did say that it was so great that it should be published, which was very encouraging!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Coming south out of Carcross, nearing Bove Island.
Look at all the gold! Driving south along the Klondike Highway almost to Carcross.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This is my nephew, Jackson, who was born in December and I haven't gotten to meet him yet. He's the most important reason that living all the way up here is so darn difficult sometimes.
I'll be flying into Cincinnati late the night of October 9th and instead of driving to my parents house (about an hour and 45 minutes away from the airport), I'm making my mom take me directly to Indiana (two and a half hours away) so I can meet Jackson as soon as possible. I don't care that we'll be driving until almost 3 in the morning. I can't wait any longer!
I'll be hopefully posting some knitting-related things soon...I'm fried and it's my Friday so a cute picture of my nephew was all I could muster today. But, I'll have some knitting time this weekend so I'll get some shots of what I've been up to.
Plus, I'll hopefully have some great scenery shots of my drive to Whitehorse, Yukon, tomorrow. The fall colors are out in force and there's snow on the peaks...my favorite combination!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
However, this project has been put on the back burner because, although 4 dc clusters are great tv watching mindless crocheting, it also get VERY tedious so I put it down for awhile. But it's been put on my UFO list of projects I want to get done by the end of the year.
I'm using Trekking XXL sock yarn in color 185, which is various shades of teal. It's going to be great when it's finished, but I'm afraid I'll turn 40 before that happens. FYI - I'm 30 now. But maybe I'll surprise myself and get it finished this fall when I'll have much more time to think and do what I want to do.
Only 5 more ship days to go!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
It's September. And anyone who lives in my tiny Alaska town knows what that means. No more tourists!
Well, almost no more tourists. We've got about two weeks left and it couldn't come soon enough. I've reached my limit of rude, clueless, and annoying tourists. I don't want to have to tell one more person that Alaska is apart of the US and they don't have to change their money into Alaskan dollars. (You'd think that the whole Sarah Palin thing would have given Alaska enough exposure that people would know that we are indeed the 49th state, but, alas, that is not so.)
But, of course, for every bad experience there are good ones as well. It's always nice to come into contact with people who are truly thankful to be experiencing Alaska and who make me remember why I choose to do what I do. The people who have literally scrimped and saved up their entire lives to come ride the White Pass train and see the scenery that I take for granted every day. Those are the people that make it all worthwhile. Working for weeks on end with no day off; dealing with train delays and angry people; keeping up with the hectic pace of the office; digging myself out from under a mountain of emails. All of it is worth it in the end.
But what is most exciting about the fall is that I will now have a LOT more time to do what I really love: knitting!
I've been trying my darndest to finish some of the projects that have been taking up my knitting corner for far too long, namely the simple shawl and Hemlock Ring Blanket (yes, it's STILL lingering).
Just tonight I finished the shawl FINALLY! I cast off the final knit stitch last night and then this evening I added a crochet border, because it ended up being just a little too plain without it.
I'll be taking some photos within the next couple days and posting them soon. Then it's on the that insufferable and never-ending, er, I mean wonderful Hemock Ring Blanket. That project will officially be finished this weekend, or I'll poke out my right eye. And after that, various stealth projects that need to get done for some deadlines coming up.
Ah, I can feel the fall in the air and I love it!