Finding Time

Sometimes there are days when you just run out of time. I've been noticing this occurance a lot while I've been doing the 100 Day Challenge. Some days one gets too busy to work on anything. I especially feel this way between work and home life.  

My routine usually consists of getting up, driving, working, driving, showering and then either relaxing or going to bed. I'm not trying to make excuses, but I don't always want to be felting and accidentally stabbing my fingers. And I don't always want to be taking some picture of the socks I'm knitting to show you I'm making something. I like doing my little watercolors, as I said in a previous post. Hopefully my schedule eases down a little soon and I can show you more of what I'm doing.

This has been your weekly update. Until next time... 

P.S. I wrote this at a pub. We'll see how coherent it is. Haha

My 100 Day Project

Just a reminder that I started my own 100 Day Project over on Instagram. My hashtags are #100DaysOfShowingUp // #100DaysOfArt //#100DaysOfFiberArt Please check it out! @captnshamrock

This past week I wasn't able to work on a felted creature until yesterday.

Even so, it was a false start. 

But, I believe that progress is made even if I show up for 30 minutes to an hour every day and show off what I’m working on.

I DID do a couple other things this past week: 1) I started a new pair of socks (some of the fabric is shown in the first image) and 2) I did a small watercolor study. 

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I haven’t done watercolors in a long time, probably not since before I graduated college. Doing a small quick study showed me that I still have a little skill there which makes me super excited. I’ll be adding a few to my 100 Day Project. 

So, that’s it for this week. More to follow soon! Thank you for all the support, it really boosts my confidence and keeps me writing/making art. 

Showing Up

The hardest part of my day is waking up. I have two alarms set four days a week: one at 4:45 and the other at 5am. The 4:45 one breaks me out of whatever deep sleep I was in so I can slowly start moving towards being fully awake. The 5am alarm is the final push to get me out of bed. I never hit the snooze button because I know I'll just go right back to bed and miss work. In fact, I keep my phone across the room so that it forces me to get up to turn it off. 

Showing up to work isn't too much of an issue. When people are depending on me I always try to make it a point to be early or on time. But what happens when you need to start showing up for yourself? Personally, when I have plans to work on something on a certain day and then don’t force myself to sit down and do it, I’m disappointed. I was depending on myself to show up. I didn’t . This is something I need to work on now and in the future, ESPECIALLY if I’m going to make art a full-time thing. 

A lot of creative marketing blogs and podcasts discuss the idea of showing up for your audience. That's what I've been trying to do for you these past few weeks. If I have something to show you, and I show up to present it to you, the more likely it is for you to want to continue to see what I'm working on. And that's all I want. (Hopefully, my start time can be a little later than 5am, though.)

So, check this out!

I made another Mini-Felted creature (fox/wolf?). He measures 4" x 2.5" x 3.75". I haven't quite decided on a name yet, but he looks like a Frank or Frankie to me. I'll sit with him just a bit longer to decide, but I think that will be his name. As soon as he has a name, he'll be up for sale.

I would love to start having some audience participation in naming some of these creatures. Do you have any suggestions on what to name this little guy?

I Made a Thing

I'm rather enjoying the concept of Wednesdays becoming my blog days. Let's hope I can keep this up!

It's been a long time since I've really made and completed an original piece of art. Sure, I’ve finished lots of knitting, but it’s not of my design. I guess I finally got fed up last Friday/Saturday. I buckled down to make something.

Meet Maxwell.

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He's my new Mini-Felted Fox measuring 4" x 2.75" x 2.5". He's the first in a series of Mini-Felted Taxidermy, an idea that has been bouncing around in my creative brain for too long now. Finally, he has emerged. Which leads to my next thought.

Idea Debt. I read an article on Idea Debt about a month ago and was filled with dread…I have Idea Debt. Basically, it's the concept of imagining and talking about something you desire to create or do for so long that it is established as “real” in your mind. Therefore, you just don't do it. It's a whole lot of thinking and not a whole lot of doing. That's how I was starting to feel about these Miniature Taxidermy pieces I'm kicking off. Hopefully, that has changed and I start to make more art.

I'm definitely feeling more positive this week and have more confidence in myself after posting pictures of Maxwell to Instagram on Saturday. But, I did have to get up the courage to put a price on him. (Yes, he is for sale. He's $45 + shipping. I hope to create a shop page on here soon, but for now, contact me if interested! ) I believe that in order to be taken seriously, one has to have the courage to just go for something and do it. I simply needed to set my mind to it, and - voila! - new pieces!

Yesterday, Elle Luna, an artist and designer, posted on her Instagram about the 100 Days Project.

This could not have come at a more opportune time! To participate in the 100 Days Project one picks an action and then does it every day for 100 days. I reposted Elle’s picture and asked who would join me on this journey. I might not be picking a specific medium since Fiber Art is pretty broad, but I figured if I'm at least working (not thinking!) on something every day for 100 days that I might bring a few things out into the world. Want to see what I'm doing during my 100 Days? Follow me on Instagram @captnshamrock and/or Like my Facebook Page! The journey starts April 19th!

That's all I have for this week. Hopefully, another felted creature will be here next Wednesday!

 

Heartlines

Just keep following /The heartlines on your hand / Just keep following / The heartlines on your hand / Keep it up / I know you can / Just keep following / The heartlines on your hand

This song by Florence and the Machine has been floating around in my head for a little while. I don’t think that I had really listened to the lyrics until one occasion recently when Dylan and I were driving back from Arizona. It was a Sunday night, and I was dreading the thought of going to bed only to have to get up in a few hours for work in the morning. Dylan was singing the song to me as it played and at that moment, the meaning of the words really hit home.

It’s been while since I’ve written on my blog. Partly because I have switched jobs and found it difficult to scramble some time and thoughts together to write about. I’m now working for a well-known fibers company. It seems that when you really put out your hopes and desires to the Universe, it listens. While I’m just pulling orders and not designing or getting to make anything, and the commute is rather a grueling journey, I’m in a much more positive environment for my creative self. But now that I’m only working 4 days a week, Thursdays are my Fridays and I’m trying to use the extra time to create things.

Except that doesn’t always happen.

Most of the time, at least, the past two months, when I’ve been trying to work on things some part of it doesn’t work out. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make molds for miniature animal heads for a while now. I think the silicone method we tried will work, however, it is very time-consuming. I have a couple more ideas to try.

I did do some natural dyeing with The Northwoods Hat kit in Logwood from A Verb For Keeping Warm that Dylan was so kind to gift to me for Christmas. And I did finish felting antlers for my deer. I just need to figure out how to attach them. All in due time.

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On top of all of this, the house seems to be a mess a majority of the time, and I’d rather work in a clean environment than a messy one. 

However, all of these things are excuses. It’s not that the house is too messy that I can’t make things, it’s that my brain thinks it’s too messy so makes up an excuse to not work on art. Just like when in school and you have that huge test to study for... when all of a sudden - THE ROOM IS A DISASTER I MUST CLEAN EVERYTHING!!! It's not that I don't have the time in the evening to work on things, but sometimes I am very tired of being on my feet all day, and driving does take the mental energy out of me. I think there is a lesson in discipline here somewhere...

Progress happens, but it's slow. I feel passionate about what I want to do, I just have to keep on doing it. I know something will come of me making my art. Just because I can't support myself on it now doesn't mean that I will never be able to. I just have to keep following the heartlines on my hand, just like Florence says. Keep it up. I know you can. 

Anticipation

Ever have projects that you just anticipate the end?  The ones you can't wait to be finished with and hang on the wall, or wear, or whathaveyou?  Mostly for me, I can't wait to finish so I can start the next one.  I try to keep projects lined up, especially if I have yarn or other supplies lying around. I'm not quite actively anticipating any projects at the moment.  There are a couple I have in the back of my mind that I'm thinking about.  I have my yarn that I got in Alaska that I want to start working with, but that's the only one I can really name off the bat what I want to work with right now.

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I'm going to make a Traveling Woman Shawl from it.  I think it's very fitting since I did get the yarn while I was traveling in Alaska.

What are you anticipating?

Knitting Plans

After the last couple of weeks, I feel as if I haven't made a whole lot this week.  I was thinking about it last night and I average about one knitted item a week and am usually working on some other project at the same time (usually unrelated to knitting).  Typically I'm not a one project knitter.  I have a scrap blanket in the works, and plans for another blanket.  When I was working on my Embrace Sweater, I kept that one at home and took another project (I think it was my Doctor Who shawl) out and about with me. Right now I'm solely working on a Sea Foam Cowl that I'm using up some stash yarn with.  Last week I was moving (*gasp!*) all of my stash into my new storage unit, because, you know, I'm moving.  But, I made sure to pull out some yarn I totally forgot I had so that I had something to use this summer.  This is due to me realizing I was almost done with my list of projects I had planned for last year.  I think, also, that's why I started working on one thing at a time.

I was also a bit bad, and bought some new yarn last week.  I couldn't resist it.  It's Wanton Fiber's Tart in the Koi colorway.  It's Alpaca and Silk...so soft and heavenly!  It came all wrapped up like this:

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And when I opened it....ERRMERGERD.  I love it so much.  It's sitting next to my knitting spot as motivation for me to finish the Sea Foam Cowl and start knitting with the Tart yarn.

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I've already planned what project I'm going to make with it.  I've been wanting to make Purl Bee's Bandana Cowl.  With a little math, I was able to adapt the bulky gauge pattern to comply with my new sport weight.  I hope to finish it before my trip to Alaska, because it's going to be super warm and soft up against my neck.

I also made more project bags on Monday.

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I made a total of 7, two are the foxes.  I made a second one for a coworker who also knits.  I really hope she likes it because it's a total surprise.  The two on the far right are for Den because I gave her a refresher on knitting.

So, there's really no excuse why I shouldn't have a tutorial for these.  I was good a took pictures to make a tutorial for tomorrow's blog post.  That's all I have for you today, so please stop back tomorrow for the project bag tutorial!

Lots of Knits

As if I don't already knit quickly, I finished my Glam Shells shawl this week. I really like how it came out. I was afraid the pattern might be a little cliché, but I really enjoyed it! The body was an easy repeat to remember and the lace went quickly. 20140417-002918.jpg

I just finished another Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. This one is for Damian for his graduation! He had some Plymouth Yarn Company Gina that he got from The Grove a few months ago and asked if I'd make it for him. Two day (probably less if I really put my mind to it) project!

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And finally, something that I'm even more excited about...I made my own stitch markers!

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I used charms and split rings from Michael's.  Damian, Den and I were browsing the charms when we came up with the idea.  I can't wait to start using some of them soon!

I also found some yarn in my stash that I can use for more knitting in the coming months.  I'm traveling a bit

Project Progress: What I'm Knitting Right Now

Good morning! I thought I might show you what's on my needles right now.

After finishing my Doctor Who shawl, I decided to dig in my planned projects bag.  I pulled out my Zitron Filigran yarn to be used with The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief pattern.  I had been wanting to make it ever since I saw it at The Grove during my internship.  As the pattern calls for DK weight, and Filigran is fingering to lace weight yarn, I'm going to have to add a lot more repeats to get it to the size I want.  Honestly, it's going pretty quick for being such a small gauge of yarn.  Also, the colorway is perfect for me.  Of course, it's called Ocean, and it keeps me pretty engaged, wondering when the next color will show up!

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Also on my needles is something I picked back up.  I had an itch to work with Ewe Ewe's Wooly Worsted again.  I remembered that my friend Amanda had asked me to make a Puzzle Pieces changing mat for her future children.  I had kind of set it aside for a while to focus on other things, since she doesn't plan on having kids right this second.  But I needed something with instant gratification yesterday.  I can make each piece in about 30 minutes.  I probably made about 6 or 7 yesterday alone.

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So, that's what I've been working on this week.  I need to do a little more work on my felted deer, which is sitting neglected in the corner by the kitchen table.  Whoops.

See you tomorrow!

Catch Up Progress

Happy New Year! Alright, it's a little late, I know, but still.  I haven't been good at fitting in blogging into my schedule lately.  I think about it all the time, don't get me wrong.  But sitting down and writing something has been a struggle.

Anyway, enough of my pity party.  What have I been working on?!

All my Christmas knitting was completed way before Christmas.  It was a huge weight off my shoulders.  I've got one or two other little things that didn't have to be quite done by Christmas, so I've still got those on my plate.  Everyone really enjoyed their knitted gifts.  Arlyn and Jenn got their Lucy hats, Shannon, Grandma and Aunt Cricket got arm knitted cowls, my nieces got their slippers and a caterpillar toy, co-worker Kate got her coffee mug cozy, Chelsea got a slouchy hat.  I felt like I was on a roll as far as making things this Christmas!  I also sewed a Schoodie for best friend Andrew to give to another friend.  And I made Dylan a sailor bracelet, and I'm working on a friendship bracelet for co-worker Nick.

As for things knitted for me, I'm still working on my Doctor Who shawl.  I finally figured out the lace pattern the other night.  I hardly have to look at the pattern anymore!  As a result, it's going much faster, and all I want to do is work on it.  I've also pulled out my TV Knitting Blanket again and was working on that (before I figured out the lace pattern in the shawl).  One of Dylan's friends has asked me to make him a hat, so I need to go out and get yarn for that...and Arlyn needs to give me back my US 8 DPNs she borrowed to make her first hat.  I tell you, knitting monsters over here!

I still have plans for that one silhouette embroidery project.  Someday I'll get back to it.  I also have more plans for other projects that I just need to get supplies for...and a better workspace.  Soon!

I got a book titled The Creative Entrepreneur for Christmas from my sister.  I'm starting to work in it a little more diligently than I have in any other creative business book.  I will, of course, go back and put things into my creative journal that I've read about before in other books, but The Creative Entrepreneur has been the kickstart to it all.  Finally!

I have plans to maybe revamp the blog schedule to see if I'll pay a little more attention to it in the coming months.  I'd like to work more on the Facebook page, too, as well as get a logo going for myself and whatnot.  Step by step, it'll all happen.

How to be Productive when You're Sick

Hello world.  I lost another week due to being sick.  It's a shame, really, since I had already been sick once in the past month's time.  It came on last Monday and by Tuesday, I was miserable.  It was just a head cold/sinus thing, but even though I was confining myself to the apartment, I was still able to work on projects. I remained in my bed all morning last Tuesday before finally getting up.  I promptly made a nest on the couch with blankets, pillows, my laptop and my knitting.  I finished another Christmas hat, and settled in to start on one of my niece's slippers.  I managed to finish an entire slipper before the day was over while watching Casablanca, Play It Again, Sam, a few episodes of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations and Once Upon a Time.  I'm rather impressed with myself because I've never really been able to complete one sock or slipper in a day's time.  However, because I was confining myself to one spot to try and recover with tea and medicines and rest, I was giving myself the creative environment to start and finish an entire piece.  The second slipper took a bit longer because I didn't have that force driving me to sit in one spot for as long as I did during my sick day.

So here's my productive sick day checklist.

1. Be sick (optional) I'm not sure why I got sick again.  I blame work due to being around so many people, namely children.  I constantly wash my hands at work, but you never know...someone might have coughed on me while I was putting an apron on them.  Ew.

2. Find a comfy spot I have developed a spot on the couch that I've designated as mine.  I can, of course, sit in other spots; I'm not Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory after all.  But the spot I've named as mine is ideal for knitting.  I have the side table to my right where I can set my patterns, notions, and coffee/tea (mostly coffee, but because I was sick, it was tea).  Also on the table I keep my OttLight and my essential oils diffuser.  The couch I have doesn't have armrests, so I usually place a pillow to my right to support my arm.  I also keep a pillow behind me (also designated as "Megan's Pillow" due to the fact that it has shamrocks on it) for extra back support.  Add a blanket, and the comfy spot/nest is complete.

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3. Gather Viewing Material and Supplies I always find it nice to be able to be watching or listening to something when I'm knitting.  It almost keeps me more focused and motivated to work on a project if I'm watching a movie or tv show or listening to a podcast.  For instance, my Aidez sweater was knitted almost completely when I was watching The Walking Dead with Damian and Arlyn.  On this particular sick day, I chose to watch Casablanca and Play It Again, Sam because I had not seen those movies before (if I had a dollar for every time someone asked if I've seen a certain movie and I say no, I'd be rich).  Due to the "new" nature of them to me, I was able to stay focused on both my project and the movies.  The same goes for watching tv shows I want to get caught up on, etc.

As for supplies, I tend to keep my knitting in my sitting area.  I have the stand up knitting bag that my Grandma gave me where I keep everything I could possibly need for my knitting projects.

4. Have Time I had absolutely nothing else to be doing on that particular day.  This made it super easy to just relax, rest, watch movies and tv shows, and knit.

So, there's the basic checklist on how to be productive when you're sick.  I hope it was at least entertaining if not useful.

I plan to write about Canal Convergence on Friday, so stay tuned for that!

Productivty and Lists

So, let's be honest.  I haven't been that productive these past few weeks.  I just haven't felt like making anything.  And today, I had dental work done, so that makes me feel even less creative.  All I want to do right now is sit in my bed and rest after this morning's mouth trauma. All of that aside, I WANT to make things.  I just haven't had the motivation to sit down and actually make anything.  But, perhaps the best thing to do right now is make a list of things I want to work on and do and make.  It's a start at least.

  1. Finish knitting baby hat for a friend.
  2. Begin sister's Christmas hat.
  3. Continue working on Amanda's baby mat.
  4. Make new business cards.
  5. Continue working on embroidery project.
  6. Finish Halloween Costume.

That's about all I can think of at the moment.  I do believe it might be nap time.  Today has been a bit of a roller coaster so I think I deserve a nap...and then knitting.

So, until next time, dear readers.

Progress and Updates Week of September 1

I'm off a couple days again with two reasons.  Wednesday was my uncle's birthday, so I was distracted from posting due to celebrations.  But, also, I got a phone call from my boyfriend's mom wondering if I had heard from him recently because there had been a workplace accident on the ship.  The ship's Facebook page named no names, so we were both in the dark about what happened and who was involved.  All we knew was that two of the three people involved were now in a hospital ashore. Lo' and behold, Dylan was involved.  That was no surprise to me.  His mom called me back a couple hours later saying that she had talked to him and he was in the hospital with a concussion, broken hand and bruised ribs.  While I was worried, I knew he was alright, and that's all that mattered to me.  I was able to talk to him a little early yesterday morning and he gave me a brief rundown of what happened before he went to rest more.

SO!  What have I been working on?  I did start the embroidery finally...but my thumb split this past weekend, so it was difficult to continue on that.  I'm almost done with Amanda's cowl (I hate kitchener stitch on laceweight yarn, let me just say).  I gave my sister her shawl and she loves it.  I took pictures of her in it Wednesday to post on Ravelry.

I've also started sewing my Halloween costume.  I'm going to be Chell from Portal and Portal 2.  I'm super excited to be making my Halloween costume again.  I used to do it every year as a teenager, but since college, I haven't had the time to put anything together.  I already have one of the tank tops, and socks that resemble long-fall boots.  I need a blue tank top, ballet flats (so I can walk around outside) and I need to get fabric paint for the back logo, as well as some white fabric for accents.  I got the fabric on Tuesday, and cut it out and started sewing it yesterday.  I have the pants portion done, though I think I need to add knee patches and another pocket to make it more screen accurate.  Which leads me to my next thought.

I'm working First Friday tonight at the museum.  It really puts a damper on my weekend creativity, because all I want to do is sew this weekend, but I can't today because I have to leave the house early enough so that I don't run into traffic on my way to work.  There's just lull in my creative process that is my job.  This is why I miss The Grove so much.  There, I was able to sit down and knit while I was working (of course I wasn't being paid) if it was slow.  And even if someone needed help, I was able to jump up, help and then go back to my knitting.  Those were better times.

I think today, I'll finish up Amanda's cowl, and start on her next project.  It's something easy I can put down when it's time for me to go to work tonight.

Again, I apologize I've missed posting on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  Next week should be better.  I'll try to post pictures of my costume progress, too!  Have a good weekend, and I'll see you Monday.

Project Progress for the Last Week of August

Last week of August!  Here we go! I finished my sister's shawl last night.  'Bout time, considering the yarn was meant for Christmas slippers for her from last year, but I'm really not feeling socks and slippers anymore.  I'll stick with shawls, hats, cowls, and other projects...sweaters...yanno.  The shawl is blocking as of last night, too, so I can give it to her next time I'm over at my parents' house.

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I've also finally started with the silhouette embroidery project I've been talking about.  I even have photo proof.  Ha!  I pulled out some unbleached cotton from my various fabric stashes around the house (I swear, I need to condense it all, as well as my yarn stash, into one place), found an oval template I liked and that fit with the images I'm using.  I then transferred the oval onto the fabric in two places for my first project involving the silhouettes (I have two other ideas regarding it/them).  Next is choosing the embroidery thread I want to use.  I'm doing silver/grey borders for this one...and probably the second one.  I don't have an aversion to gold (except when I'm wearing it.  I like silver much better on me), but silver is my favorite and is fitting for the project.

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I'm not just going to have an oval border.  I want to have some embellishment at the top and bottom, maybe some decorative curls.  I'll figure it out as I go along.

As for my next knitting project, my friend Amanda sent me some yarn for two projects she wants me to make.  One is a scarf that I believe Susan, who I worked for when I interned at The Grove, designed.  I'm starting on that first.  It uses Kid Seta yarn in white and green.  The second project is a diaper changing pad using vinyl fabric on one side, and knitted puzzle pieces on the other.  Amanda isn't having kids anytime soon (I hope!), so I figured I can work on the scarf first.  She'll be out to visit in a few weeks, so I plan to have it done so she can take it back home with her.

That's all I have to show and tell.  See you tomorrow!

Late Progress

Whoops. My Wednesday was sort of busy, and I did actually take pictures of the two knitting things I finished while I was blocking them...but I never got around to sitting down and writing a post.  Oops.  Sorry about that.

I finished the improv shawl I was working on and blocked it yesterday.

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And I also got around to blocking my Thinking of Waves shawl!

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I keep talking about that embroidery project that I STILL haven't gotten around to touching.  I think about it here and there, and work on the reference pictures for it, but I just haven't found the motivation to actually sit down and work on it.  I've even thought of titles for it, but the motivation/inspiration just isn't there.  I hope it comes soon.

In other news, my sister requested that instead of those slippers she wanted me to make her, she wants her very own Lonely Tree Shawl!  I'm so excited to work on it, and started it two nights ago right after I was done with the shawl I made up.

I'll post an Inspiration Thursday here shortly!

Progress Interrupted

I won't be getting a Project Progress Wednesday out today.  And I think I have a pretty good excuse, too.  I got a flat tire on the 101 this afternoon... I was driving home from a lovely lunch with my boyfriend's parents.  I was two and a half exits away from home...when I heard the dreaded sound.  FLUB FLUB FLUB FLUB FLUB FLUB....  I've never had a flat since I learned how to drive.  This was a brand new experience for me.  I called up my Dad because my AAA card was in my other wallet (I'm moving it to this one now) and then called AAA.  They said that they'd be out in about 30 minutes.  I was pulled over far enough on the 101 that I wasn't in too dangerous of a spot.  I kept the car on with the AC running until someone came to my rescue.

Not too long after I called, a truck pulled up behind me and a cop came out of the truck.  He asked if I was alright and if I had help on the way.  I said that I did.  He asked if I would like a bottle of water and I said that I'd love one.  We are in Arizona during the summer after all.  So he went back to the truck, got an ice cold bottle of water for me and came back.  I thanked him for the water and for checking on me and he went on his way.

So, AAA finally came and he said I could stay in my car while he switched the tire.  Den called and asked if she could come over, and I said, yes, once I got home...and I explained my situation.  The AAA guy was done in a flash and I was able to get home.  I took a moment to breathe for a bit and then Den and I were off to Discount Tire.  Well, they didn't have the tires I have on my car...and it turned out that my tires are on national backorder...so we had to just put a similar one on.  Thankfully, I was under a warranty where the tire that my flat was being replaced with was free.  So at least I had that going for me!

So, from 2pm till 4:30pm, I was on the adventure of experiencing a flat tire, getting the tire changed, and replacing the flat.  I think that's a good enough excuse for not having a blog post ready to write for you.  Don't worry, though, I'll have one next week with the project I'm working on!

See you tomorrow for Inspiration Thursday!

Project Progress Wednesday: Knitting, Shawl Hanger and a "Coming Soon" Project!

So, I'm trying out this new blog schedule this week to see if I can manage doing something for my blog at least once a day.  Wednesdays are Project Progress days.  So, here we go! I already posted a picture of my Thinking of Waves shawl that I'm working on.  I have 5 rows left and then the bind off, and it's done!

On Monday, while browsing Facebook, I came across this idea on the Plymouth Yarn Company's page.  By using shower curtain rings, and a clothes hanger, one can make a nifty thing to store knitted shawls and scarves!  I saw that and immediately thought, "Hey, I have some of those shower curtain rings lying around underneath my sink, and I'm doing absolutely nothing with them!"  So I jumped up and grabbed my supplies and instantly made a scarf/shawl hanger.  It was perfect because I had just been thinking while picking up my room the other day that I didn't have any place or way to store my hand knitted shawls.  And now I do!

Shawl hanger

I have another fibers project in the wings, but I'm not sure I'm quite ready to talk about it yet.  It has to do with silhouettes and embroidery.  I'm looking forward to working on it and actually plan on messing with it today.

So that's all I have for this week's Project Progress.  What have you been working on this week?