Sunday, February 27, 2011

Have You Seen My Mojo?

Oh February, what have you done to me? I have almost completely lost my mojo. For everything. Sewing, quilting, knitting, crafting, photo-ing, blogging, thrifting, cooking. Ok, so I never had any cooking mojo. I'm just checking to see if anyone is paying attention. I have been in a SERIOUS winter slump. I even have some exciting stuff in my future. Like a cool friend (who will remain anonymous) who is scheming to help me figure out a way to get my butt to THIS. But I have still struggled getting my butt IN GEAR.

You know I actually had a couple days COMPLETELY to myself this weekend? My poor in-laws drove to pick up the kids in a snowstorm and then ended up with Ellie barfing in the night. I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted and felt guilty all day yesterday knowing Mike's mom was taking care of a barfy girl. But a little time alone (even with guilt) will do wonders for mojo. AND, this morning I am starting to be able to SEE the rug under my dirty laundry for the first time in months, so there is a light at the end of my tunnel! Is that weird to be THAT uplifted by the thought of catching up on laundry? HA! Just in time for the boys to come home and barf all over their sheets tonight! Anyhoo. I am trying. That's all I can say and I am going to attempt to keep the very slow momentum going that I have poked along over the last couple weeks with. Here goes....


I made myself mittens! DUDE. I made mittens. Knitting mojo kickstart? Check. I am really psyched about this and am hoping by next year to try some on the double pointeds so I don't get the seam, but I'm still really happy. These are full of boo-boos, but the cool thing? They still keep my hands warm.

I went out this weekend and splurged on some smaller needles, so I could make the cuffs tighter and make some for the kids with the same pattern. And I am working out the kinks from the first time around as I had forgotten how to properly increase and that made for some bumpy spots in the blue pair. Don't look too close at the thumbs. Thanks to my in-laws, I have a gigantic stash of just plain ol' acrylic yarn from Paul's mom. Lot of yarn to practice with and lots of warm little hands in the future!


Friday night, I got a little girl-time mojo rejuvenation with my SIL, even if I didn't get to eat Thai food in a restaurant because we had just finished a crazy snowstorm. I made some awesome pizza (cooking mojo? Um, check?) We worked on a little wall art project for Milo's room (more later). Crafty mojo? Check. We watched High Society and stayed up late talking. And I got to spend some time with this little cutie face, which made me take some pictures. Not digging all of them so I'll say photo mojo? Check...ish. At least I got out the camera!


Then yesterday, I tried to get back to the sewing machine. Lately, I just get blocked and I don't want to go back in the sewing room by myself and I don't WANT to just get STARTED. I made myself finish up this little thing. And now am thinking kitchen table hot pad rather than doll blanket. I am happy with how it turned out and I finished up the quilting on the other one, but misjudged the amount left in a roll of binding and didn't feel like picking it out, so I set that one aside for now.


The biggest step I took was finished a section of this hexagon quilt top pieced by my paternal great-grandmother. The hex flower was already done, but needed to be attached and about 7 outer pieces of the yellow. I found a close enough match for the yellow and sewed them all on, but SERIOUSLY what a pain in the butt. I am thinking piecing a hex top myself is NOT in my near future. Then I soaked the whole thing for a bit and washed it gently. It's just draped on the drying rack now, waiting to be ironed before I do the rest. So, quilting mojo? Coming along..


Now I have to get groceries before the troops come home.

Shopping mojo? BLECH.



9 comments:

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

See! You are a THINKER and a DO-ER!

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

looks like MOJO-ing..? all over the place to me! I don't see mistakes in the mittens at all, I Am So Impressed! I couldn't knit the thumb much less a whole mitten.
Also that hex top looks Absolutely Beautiful: )Hope your staying barf free!

Artfulife said...

I've checked back here so many times hoping to see a new post. You must have felt me sending some good post mojo vibes your way ;) Glad to hear you are feeling a little more chipper. Just remember you are not alone in the laundry fight. I dig my way through piles of it daily. Mines just covered in baby poops. Hugs!

Theresa said...

Wait, you have to like all of your photos to call it photo mojo? Harsh. I guess I've never had that, then...

blue china studio said...

Yes, I think you found your mojo all over the place! Your mittens rock.

Melissa Crowe said...

I'm paying attention!

And here's how you get your grocery shopping mojo: every time you go, you buy yourself some tiny extravagant treat (like bribing a toddler)--a little piece of expensive chocolate, a pomegranate, kettle chips. That's how I get myself excited. ;-)

Baby By The Sea said...

Beautiful mittens & bonus on the warmth. Double pointed aren't scary -- with mittens it's really just holding onto one more. I have a good patten I could email you.
Um, totally want to attend the sewing summit. That looks so, so cool.
One last bit - that hexagon quilt is so cool that you could use it as your super hero mama cape.

Jen said...

You're doing a lot better than me! I have been sick, and haven't done a single productive thing all week.
I hope you get to go to the sewing thing. I'm sure you would love that.

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

You rock! My mojo left at the beginning of Feb. and has yet to return. Send some my way, ok?