Sunday, July 30, 2006

A pear of socks

Yesterday I put beads on socks. I did some last year for boutiques and Maria from Maurice's office wanted some more for her girls. Grace saw me doing them and thought that, of course, they were for her, and she couldn't understand that they could possibly be for someone else. I gave up and gave her a pair.

This morning we took a drive to Courtland, pear country near the Sacramento Delta. It was Pear Fair Day. As we drove, we told Grace we were going to see some pears on trees. As we got closer to the area, she said, "Mom, I don't see any pairs of socks on trees."

Eventually, she figured it out, and I took her picture with pears on trees and a pair of socks.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Hello, I'm the long-lost Carey

So... It is official. I'm blogging. My silly sister created this blog to show our creative adventures. I've only been slightly creative as of late. (Man, that day job sure does get in the way. Yes, it pays the bills, but what's your point?)

Anyway, my most recent project was to create a scrapbook of the 2005 Stampin Up! convention. Instead of opting for a simple 6 by 6 book, I decided to try a fold-over 6 by 12 book. I'm only slightly fond of the results. I think the idea is good, but the fold-over looks like it will create some long-term problems with the paper cracking from use. I may just slice it all in half and go to the 6 by 6 album anyway. But it was fun to try.

To create the scrapbook, I used the new SU hostess scrapbook kit, which I just adored. They sure did cram adhesive-backed die cuts in every square inch of space this time. And the printed papers are very cool and use the new colors offered this year. Lots of browns, lots of trendy stuff. And tag die cuts are there too! How cool is that? I just love more stuff to use and play with!

Friday, July 28, 2006

Our blog needs a cat mascot

And until my silly sister starts posting, Cuppy shall be the mascot. I noticed on Wendy Knits, she has a cat who gives her opinions on the projects and, well, we can do cats too. So here is Cuppy, as photographed by Emily this morning-and you can see she is thrilled.

I finished some ufos

For a few weeks now, the Naughty Knitters have been trying to finished up some UFOs. That really means that I told them to, and I was the only one to actually finish anything. I just try harder, what can I say? Maybe they don't like me telling them what to do. Anyhow, I finished the dreaded socks that were so irritating because of the reinforcing thread that drove me crazy. It was like torture to finish them. Have you ever finished something just because you wanted to use the needles on something better? Strange logic, but it got them done.

I also finished my entrelac scarf that was a modified version of Scarf Style's Lady Eleanor's Stole pattern. I used Noro Silk Garden #87. It took three skeins. I have two skeins left and am thinking mittens to match. I really like how it turned out. Entrelac is not hard, you just have to pay a little attention to what rectangle/triangle you are on. It was fun to learn. The yarn was nice too, although I don't understand why I only have one square of yellow and I used three complete skeins of the same lot number. Whatever. A knitting mystery.

For my next trick, I am working on the dropped stitch/lace scarf from Artfibers. I am also trying to decide what to do with the beautiful silk I got there. It has to be just the right pattern, so I'm doing what I normally do - take out every knitting book and magazine I own and look at all the patterns. Which usually reminds me of other things I was meaning to start, and it is a downward spiral from there.

I do have proof I finish things, right?

Thursday, July 27, 2006

New Knitting Bag

This is the knitting bag I finished the other day. It is made from canvas and features lots of pockets. I tried to design it so it would be what a knitter would want. It has a large divided pocket on the outside with a slot for a pencil. The inside has one large zipper pocket and on the other side six slots for knitting needles. It has bead trim which doesn't show up too well in the photo but really adds to it.

The photos below show the matching knitting needle holder. It has three levels of pockets to hold various sizes of needles, and it folds over so they won't fall out. It ties with a ribbon that I found at Carey's favorite scrapbook store in Walnut Creek.

I have two more cut out and ready to sew, and I got trim at JoAnn's this morning. I just have to do them now. The other two are pink and brown and I think I'm keeping one of those! I only have around 5 other knitting bags going, but not one I created myself.

Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to Yarn Paper Scissors!

We are sisters, Cindy and Carey, who have always had at least one foot into something creative. Cindy loves to knit, and dabbles in sewing, quilting, cake decorating, and has been known to take a side journey into whatever trendy craft is floating by. Carey loves all things paper, including stamping and scrapbooking, and also has a thing for yarn and other crafts.

Together, (along with Mom), we get into a lot of trouble, mostly on road trips in yarn or scrapbook stores.

In our blog, we will attempt to journal our creations for the world to see.