Tuesday, December 27, 2011

First Attempt: Crochet

I know it's barely a year since I started knitting and I still haven't gotten around to learning yarn overs or how to increase/decrease or how to knit in the round and now I'm attempting to learn how to crochet on my own! Well, thanks to YouTube and to the Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet, I've managed to learn the basic stitches and decided to make square coasters out of my practice scraps. I don't know, but I think my coasters look a little weird around the edges. Or am I being overly critical?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Star Fairy Dreambox

My husband Mikey and I were out at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post here in Colorado Springs looking for a Christmas present for my mom that would remind her of her visit here hence the Trading Post. We did find a present for her and a little bonus for myself: a Dreambox!

The Legend of the Dreambox (often attributed to Lemuria) suggests writing down your fondest dream, greatest desire, strongest wish on a small piece of paper, putting that paper in a Dreambox and placing it beside your bed. Every evening as you retire and every morning as you rise, hold your Dreambox and think of your dream, believing with all your heart that it is so. Legend has it, if done faithfully... your dream will come true.

After reading about the legend and looking down on the selection of circular maple wood boxes, one design jumped out at me... To be honest, it actually felt more like it called to me. I had this great compulsion to get it, to bring it home with me.

With this week's writing streak I'm having, I'm guessing the artwork on the Dreambox is reminding me to keep on dreaming (or in this case, hang up a star for every dream) and someday it will all come true.

I really hope it does work!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

As we all know, the Thanksgiving celebration is about looking at the past year and giving thanks and acknowledging all the blessings we have received, or just being grateful to the people who have been of tremendous help to us in both the small and big things. For me, I am thankful for my wonderful and loving husband Mikey, for his amazing family (immediate and extended) for their easy acceptance of me and making me feel very much welcome and part of their family and because of them, I'm not feeling homesick or anywhere close to it; I'm also thankful for landing a really great job in this economy and working with people who make it fun and enjoyable to come in every morning. And hopefully there will be more blessings this year that we can all be thankful for.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Beginnings

Introducing myself is not my favorite part but I'm doing it anyway. My name is Mary Grace but family and friends call me either Gracie or MG and I respond to all three of them. The name of this blog came about out of my love for the written word and crafting among other things and now it also extends to yarn and knitting! I was first introduced to the art of needle (and thread) crafts back in High School with embroidery, sewing and cross stitch projects as part of our Home Economics class in High School. I had to give up my cross stitch DMC thread collection as my eye sight has gotten worse and reading the pattern is no longer a joy but a massive headache starter. I saw a book laying around the house about all sorts of needle craft and as busy as I was back then with work, I told myself, one of these days I'll learn to knit and/or crochet. For the longest time, I completely forgot about learning a new needle craft until one day, I was at my husband's step grandmother's house and she was knitting a dishcloth for a friend and I told her how I would love to learn to knit and she taught me how to cast on, the knit and purl stitches, and binding off last Spring 2011 and though I've made 3 dishcloths, a scarf, 2 iPhone socks just using knits and purls, I think it's time now to learn some YO's and Increase/Decrease and all that other fun stuff. Now that I have a couple months under my belt of knitting experience, I find that I can now read my ebooks or watch movies while knitting! Life is so much better with yarn and a good book/movie!

This blog will be a mix of what I'm reading and knitting and probably everything under the sun that I find interesting. I've also included links to my favorite blogs/pod casters namely Alana from Never Not Knitting and Barb & Tracie from 2 Knit Lit Chicks.

I hope you will enjoy this blog and my favorite blogs/podcasts and come back for more.