Friday, January 30, 2009

I knew that being patient would come in handy someday....and an FO.

Guess what??


And I didn't help him at all....which I did before...I used to hold his hands while I explained what to do. But, today, as I was finishing up Tim's Felted Clogs - he wanted to do it on his own!!

I can't tell you how excited I am. I've always wanted to be the one to teach my children "crafty" painting, drawing, sewing, knitting, etc. But, so far, Tim has only been interested in drawing and painting. (It also helps that both Ian's mother and sister are professional artists!)

Finally, one of my sons has taken up knitting! (Though, I can only hope that his interest will continue to grow...) Yippppeeeee.......!

And, now for the long awaited FO:

Tim's Felted Clogs

Yarn: Cascade 220 in black and two shades of red (colors #8414, 8895 and 8555), 4 skeins total
Pattern: Fiber Trends' "Felted Clogs"
Size: Men's medium
Needle: US 13 (20 and 32" circ - I used Addi Turbos)
Time: Took about 4.5-5 hours (of actual knitting time) per slipper and I'm not sure if I'll be adding the full suede soles this time because of how irritating it was to sew them on the last time. I'm thinking of trying those suede pieces, instead. Started on 1/20/09 and finished (with knitting, felting and felting more) 1/30/09.
Fun Level: B+ (I liked this pattern very much. It was clearly written, even though it was a bit complicated at parts. Once you make one slipper, the next one is a breeze. I was having trouble knitting the toe/instep part at around row 38/39, but I finally figured out that it's not the pattern that's wrong - it was me thinking that I could talk or listen to someone while doing those short rows. He he)

Slippers Unfelted:

Slippers Felted:

Sooo glad that I'm done with these because I'm about to start a new baby outfit in a beautiful white DK wool for a gift. Once this outfit is done, I can work on finishing GiGi's socks - and then there will be no more knitting for anyone else but MEEEE! (think horrible, horrible cackling here....)

I also wanted to share with you the absolutely COOLEST thing that I bought about a month ago. If you're on Flickr, you might have already seen the MOO printing services. If not, go check them out. I ordered a pack of stickers and a pack of mini cards, which were printed with pictures from my Flickr account. I haven't gotten the mini cards yet, but the stickers came today, and THEY ARE TOO TOO AWESOME AND ADORABLE!!!

Look at this!

And this!

And this!! (a few free ones on the front page)

I have no idea what I'll do with these yet, but my Moleskine journal is begging to be decorated!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Oh, p.s.....I'm up to just about 40 pounds lost in 16 weeks (on Wed) and I'm feeling really great. Will try to get Ian to take a pic of me so I can post it. I've dropped about 20 inches from my thighs, arms, waist and hips and a couple of clothes sizes. I'm doing Wii Fit pretty much every day for at least 30-40 minutes and doing yoga every single day. It's soo exciting and I hope to get to a 50 pound weight loss by my birthday in May. Wish me luck!!


Leslie said...

Way to Go, Gina!!! Thanks for sharing all your kewl little bits, like you son, Knitting... He's gonna be a heartbreaker he is...

Jackie said...

Yay for Ben! That's awesome. I'd love for my guy to get into it, but I'm not holding my breath. Love Tims's clogs, they're super cool.
And, 40 pounds?!?! You're awesome.

Melissa said...

Go Ben! That is so awesome!! Not to mention 40 pounds! Are you doing WW? I've gone back to the gym but the next step is the diet...I miss you! Was planning to go to knitting tonight but ended up working late :-(

cayli said...

Wow! Congrats on everything! A knitting son, finished clogs, going back to knitting for you and 40 pounds! You are awesome!

mandycharlie said...

How wonderful to have a knitting son, I can only dream of such things..

Well done on the weight loss, that is a fantastic achievement.

Donna said...

Yay - Ben is doing awesome! It is exciting when the kiddies knit. My daughter knows how and is really good at it - she just can't sit still long enough to get much done. She needs to finish her mother bear project and it is like pulling teeth to get her to sit down. She does like the beaded knitted bracelets though.

Can't wait to see a new pic of you. I am sure you can reach the 50 lb mark by your b-day! Hmm. I should set a goal for my b-day too. I know our birthdays are real close. Have to get back to ya on that....

Anonymous said...

I love that you made Tim's clogs in opposite colors - very cool!

How great that Ben is knitting. I can't wait to teach Clover; her Mommy never really had any interest.

Way to go with the weight loss!

Nichole said...

Congrats - way to go... on both getting the boy knitting and the weight loss! :)
You'll LOVE the moo cards!
Love the slippers!