Friday, January 15, 2010

Hyperbolic Crochet

I have been introduced to a new technique (at least to me) called hyperbolic crochet. It is so fun and you get to create some wild looking things.  This is the link that explains all the background of this, complicated math stuff that I could not try to explain if my life depended on it!  We are going to have a hyperbolic coral reef display at the Indiana State Museum this fall.  A friend hooked me up with this group of crocheters who are making all the pieces that will make the display.  I am hooked on making these and I took some pictures of some of my fish.  I think they turned out pretty good.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Today would have been my mom's 92ndt birthday.  I think about her everyday but on special days she is more in the forefront of my thoughts.  I know she would be so proud of what her grandchildren have accomplished in the past two years she has been gone.  What makes me sad is that my children did not get to experience her when she was younger.  Since I was a late addition and then I didn't have babies until I was in my thirties, she was late 70s when they were born.  I know she is watching over them though.  She is with me everyday also.  We are so fortunate to still have my dad with us.  He is active and  involved.  Blessed are we.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Since it is so cold outside, I am in the knitting mode.  I knitted this fun scarf using pom pom yarn.  I thought about doing the entire scarf with it, but changed my mind.  I love the yarn that the scarf is made of.  Totally  my color palette.

I also finished the body of a knitted purse.  I put a leather piece through it and put some of my lampwork as accents on the tails.  I think it looks pretty good.  Now comes the lining.  I am not sure if I will line it with jeans or use some fabric.  Hummm.  I will let you know.

A friend told me about a project she going to be involved in making hyperbolic planes.  It is pretty cool way of crochet.  I think it can be done in knitting also, but I am going to try this.  This is a link to the website that she told me about.  I think I am going to do some investigation and see what I can find out!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Back to the Routine

Well, tomorrow the kids go back to school and I will go back to my routine with a few changes. 
There are several things that I know I need to do but just can't seem to get to doing them.  This is the time I AM going to change that. I have started a One Year Success Plan so help me get my goals actually down on paper along with motivation and lots of other things.  First thing on my list is being at a good weight and being healthy.  I worked out this morning and got something out of the freezer for dinner tonight. (Cooking dinner is one of those things that I struggle with! It is really not the cooking itself, it is the figuring out what to cook.  My family's usual suggestion is "Whatever you want to fix".  Ugh.) Anyway, that is another topic.  So cooking more at home is second goal.  That is enough for this week I think of those kind of goals.  Next, are my business goals.  Those are going to take a bit of thinking to actually put those down on paper.  So that is going to be my focus today. 

I did start on one of my purse ideas last night.  I think it is going to turn out pretty nice.  I ran out of the pretty thread I was using, so I couldn't finish the "material" but  this will give you an idea of what I am thinking.  I got a great deal on some beautiful ribbon and wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it but I knew I would figure out something. 

So, I am weaving them together and sewing a random pattern on the plain color square.  I wanted to give it some stability and wasn't sure that fusible webbing would be good with all the metallic thread in the ribbon.  I have some buckram that I will make the purse form out and line it with a pretty gold fabric that just happens to be a dinner napkin!  Well, for now that is my plan but things could change and probably will! 

I also have a knitted purse in the process of being completed along with an idea using old Itunes cards.  I will post those when they are completed.  In the winter time I am much more inclined to do purses and such then in the warm months.  Funny, wonder why that is?  As you can see, I do need some focus or my creativity will take over, lots of things get started but nothing gets completed!  I have so many ideas running through my head that it gets a little crazy sometimes!  That is another reason for the goal & success plan!  Okay, so off I go!  So, I have my coffee, off I go to get goal setting and creating!  Here's to harnessing creativity into something productive!

Friday, January 1, 2010


I can't believe it is January 1, 2010.  That sounds llike it should be way off in the future, but it is not!  It is here now!   Today marks a new year of goals for myself personally and professionally. And I can't wait! Today is very cold out but the sun is shining and I am in a warm house with the family I love, so what could be better?  Today is my father's 91st birthday.  That is an achievement I must say.  He and his girlfriend, who is 90 herself, are meeting us for a birthday lunch and then cake and ice cream later.  I plan on being as active and alert as my dad is when I am his age. 
Well, off I go to get some things done and wish every a very Happy New Year.  Be safe, be happy and be prosperous!