Busy week…or 2?

Wow, it’s February – the longest shortest month ever in existence.  I am determined to survive February 2010, and so far so good.  Minus this lurking feeling that I am coming down with something … I’ll just keep popping those fantastic chinese herbs my acupuncturist gave me and hope for the best.

So, Alex has been in China since the 30th, which while I miss him very much, has left me with loads of creative time.  I basically have been working out/eating/doing errands as soon as possible after work, then locking myself upstairs, only to venture down for the occasional glass of vino and bathroom breaks.  I’ve been doing some cool stuff, at least I think so.  It’s certainly not perfect, but I’m improving with every step.

One of my first projects last weekend was to make Alex something – finally!  I never get to make him anything, knitted or sewn.  I did make him a pair of comfy pants, my first sewing project and thank goodness they were comfy pants – they were gigantic!!  But he wears them despite their size.  Since then, I’ve attempted many knit hats without success on finding the perfect black, brimmed hat pattern.  I’ve managed, however, to make one for every else I know, with perfection.  Sigh.  So with Alex gone, the first thing I did was clean and ORGANIZE the house, top to bottom.  Well, ok – only 1 1/2 of the 3 floors, but nonetheless, I cleaned ruthlessly.  It took me ALL DAY last Saturday.  What a drag, but it was worth it.  The house looks great, and I am finally beginning to feel like we have a nice space up here after our move in July.  Wow, has it really been that long?  I think when Alex is here and I want to clean, I just get snippy if he’s not helping, so if I am alone, there’s no question as to who’s doing what and when… so good things do come of that.  But in this process, I found that we really needed a centralized spot to drop our mail, keys, phones and other things that we want access to regularly but don’t necessarily look very good. For the longest time we had just piled stuff on the bookshelves in the living room.  Not very sightly.  So I made a change, and I had an idea to make something for my honey to keep his things in:

Of course black was the color of choice, Alex’s favorite … and it’s a wool on the outside with a black canvas lining.  Hopefully will help him find his organized place.

I also have been wanting to try making a quilted rug – for in front of our kitchen sink.  So … that is underway, I got a little hung up on the binding but it’s 95% of the way there.  Here’s how the design looks:

And tonight I made a skirt – with my serger!!! It came out pretty cute, and accidentally ruffly on the bottom.  Check it:

I’ve also painstakingly gone through all my fabric and organized the scraps by color and gotten ride of any extraneous fabrics that I will never use.  That’s been a good process, because it has brought lots of inspiration.  Been thinking about all the things I can create… too bad there wasn’t more time in the day.  Here are my neatly folded stacks:

I’ve also been working on my yarn collection – coming up with projects that can use all those little scraps of yarn and half skeins … any good ideas out there? I like the crocheted flowers for coasters idea:

But some good one skein or less projects would be oh so helpful.  I’m working on my 2nd knitting pattern ever, we’ll see how it comes out this weekend.  I’m also determined to finish the sweater I started over Christmas – just need to do the sleeves, so easy!  But kind of boring.  I am such an ADD knitter!  I wish I could be more determined to finish projects… but with that said, I FINALLY finished that darned black double-sided cable scarf I was working on – by making it into a cowl.  But I LOVE it!!!  So I’m pretty happy with that.

In other news, I got out on my mountain bike for the first time this year with my friend Justine.  I am determined to remind myself of how much I love that sport.  I didn’t get to do much of it last year because of half ironman training and I missed it!  But everyone else was in such good mountain biking shape by the time that I could ride again it was humbling.  So this year I’m determined to ride my mountain bike lots!

Well, off to maybe finish my sweater in front of some crappy TV before my body quits for the day.

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