alasse_fae: (Ianto)
( Mar. 29th, 2009 10:50 pm)
About the only thing I've not done this weekend is spam LJ. So here we go :)

Yesterday afternoon I picked up my new bike and took it for a spin. Spent an hour in the park learning how to get my feet in and out of the cages, which were tighter than the old ones, and learning to shift. The seat will, erm, take some adjusting too, but otherwise, wheeeee :) I didn't realize how hard my brother's bike was to ride until yesterday.

Meet Ianto teh Bike. Red is his colour. )

I also attempted to make a baby blanket for a friend of mine who just gave birth. The corners are a bit messy, the binding bunched in some spots, and I'm still having issues with stitches being straight. But, babies tend to throw up on these things anyway, right? And the rate people around here seem to be spawning I'll be getting more practice...

blankie )

Spent a couple hours at Panera today - a few more weekends of this and they should know me there - and got 1000 words written. And I have borrowed knitting needles of the correct size to continue my project - perhaps the hat will be ready by next winter!
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alasse_fae: (jack and ianto)
( Mar. 12th, 2009 11:27 pm)
So I have knit something. Basically just a practice the stitches thing, but it made a good scarf for a teddy bear.

piccies )
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alasse_fae: (Default)
( Mar. 9th, 2009 08:50 pm)
On the way home from parentals I stopped at Walmart and bought some fabric to attempt to bring my sewing to the next level and make something I can wear out of the house - a skirt.

Also bought knitting needles and yarn to attempt to learn to knit. I think I am officially nuts, not that I wasn't before.

Got some stuff at Eddie Bauer too *whistles innocently*, and then went to Harry and David for dark chocolate moose munch - yum! Got moose munch coffee also and ended up earning mum reward points *g*

piccies )
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alasse_fae: (Adam Ros noses)
( Mar. 3rd, 2009 10:45 pm)
Even though I did make it to writer's group last nite, I have done no writing yesterday or today. I was determined however to finish the pair of shorts I started last week so I could take them this weekend to show off to parentals.

Finished!! And this pair only took me one week, unlike the first which took me two. Someday perhaps I can even make a pair in the one hour the pattern advertises. And perhaps someday I can thread my machine without the cheat sheet...

I also took a pic of the tea pot I painted at the craft nite a few weeks ago.

piccies under cut )

I got home from Ork today in time to grab my snowshoes which I have not had out in years, and go for a walk in the park. Took some pics there with my phone, but so far have not had any luck in sending them to facebook, which had been the plan. Anyone have any suggestions?
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alasse_fae: (facepalm)
( Feb. 26th, 2009 12:24 am)
So I almost killed my sewing machine yesterday. I figured I'm a pro now, I don't need to look at the book and follow the step by step directions anymore. I can wind a bobbin all by myself, right?

Wrong.

I didn't put the thread through the little guides, so the poor little bobbin kept winding and winding, until it filled the whole pole down into the machine with thread.

A half hour later, mess cleaned up, rats nest piles of thread in the garbage, I get out the book.

Step one....

And now I'm thinking of taking up knitting too. Am I a glutton for punishment, or what?
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alasse_fae: (lucas snerk)
( Dec. 28th, 2008 09:55 pm)
I took some pics of my new sewing cart and the fabric I bought here .

[livejournal.com profile] theyllekpointed out how organized I appear. I told her to give me a week ;)
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alasse_fae: (cup and book)
( Dec. 11th, 2008 09:58 pm)
I did not get everything accomplished today that I wanted, but enough to make me happy :)

Had some quality coffee and book time this morning afternoon. Then went for a run in the rain, only one other nutcase was on the loop with me, but it actually was not bad. My cap kept the water out of my face. My bandanna kept my ears warmish, and my windstopper jacket did a fair job of stopping water as well. My base layer was actually pretty dry when i got home. Five miles in a little under an hour - not great, but not bad. I've been doing the treadmill thing for a while, but really need to get out at least once a week. The challenge is it needs to be before dark because the loop I use is pretty deserted after dark, unlike central park. Which is why I decided to do it today rain or shine.

Finished making the shorts I started last week, so i have completed my goal of making something wearable by the end of the year! (Though they will not be worn outside the house.)

Made cookies for book club tomorrow, and sweet potato mash for dinner.

So all in all a productive day :)

piccies under cut )
First off, we had bbq last nite, and a resturant up in Harlem called Dinosaur BBQ. In case anyone doesn't believe you can get real BBQ in NY, i took pics. If you still don't believe me, have a whiff at the leftovers in my fridge ;) Only ate half my meal so I could get dessert. Mmmmm peanut butter pie!

Today I had big plans to go on a nice long bike ride. Started out well, sky was blue, temp was warm. TehJerry and I managed to get the cages on the pedals, tho his drill wasn't powerful enough to drill through the frame, so couldn't get the second water bottle holder and pump holders on. So took off for my ride, the cages worked great. Then after about six minutes, the chain fell off. *headdesk*. Back to house, TehJerry fixed the chain, and then storm clouds closed in. So I gave up and went to the gym. Did stationary bike for 1.5 hours, juuuuuuuuuuuuust shy of the 25 miles I need.

Came back and herein lies the Great Success - completed my first experimental sewing project, including breaking my first needle. *bows* Piccies here.

Now to eat my bangers and mash (the bangers being turkey franks) and watch Connor Chronicles while attempting to finish fic. If I succeed, I will have accomplished almost everything I wanted to this weekend.
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