Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crocheted Beanie

Kari & I took a crocheted beanie class at The Fancy Tiger last week.  We completed Crochet 101 and moved on up to something a little more challenging.
During class, my hat was about 3x bigger than anyone's (I was using slightly thicker yarn).  I don't know if this is good or sad, but it actually fits me.  The large Olson head is a dominant gene!
I brought it home and every Olson tried it on.  It even fit Katherine & Bill!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Saturday Crafts

On Saturday, Oliver & I went over to Loren's place to work on some crafty things (Oliver mainly worked on shredding all of Francie's toys).  I bought seriously a lot of felt, and since I wasn't prepared to make people from my new book yet, I decided to make some little animals.
Loren worked on crocheting a cowl in the prettiest shade of purple.
Looking back, I should've made her sign some type of document, but she agreed to make this gorgeous afghan with me.  I'm going to the library today to get the pattern!!
It's a different type of granny square than the standard one, so Loren spent forever trying to figure out what it's called and how to make it!  It's actually called the square target or the solid granny square.

My creatures:
I think the one on the left half resembles a snowman and half a penguin.  And I spent way too much time trying to make the blue felt on the owl not look like a giant mouth.

Loren's cowl!

Oliver is: A) in awe of their beautiful Christmas tree
             B) Looking for squirrels
C) Being tempted with a toy to sit nicely in front of the tree, but it isn't working

Beth actually was inspired by my special little owl, so here's her versions for an ornament exchange party she had.  They're so cute!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

My first project!

Last night I practiced building on my chain stitch and actually counting stitches.  I probably restarted 10 different times, just to get the hang of it, but one time I just kept going and as I looked at the sleeping dog on my lap, I got an idea, added some fringe and tada!  He's ready for a North Dakota Christmas!
He was buried under blankets and in a deep sleep, so I enticed him with a little piece of ham.  I think that accounts for some of his peculiar/desparate expressions.

                            He was trying to lay down, roll over & shake to win the ham.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Crochet Class 1

Here's my beautiful work of art from part 1 of the crochet class.  I'm not a talented photographer plus there was no real way to make it look good in a photo (because it is ugly).
I knew going into the class that I'd have bad habits to break, but I wasn't prepared to find out that I was completely doing the single crochet stitch the wrong way...well, maybe not the wrong way, but not the preffered way.
Trying to get the hook through those two loops was the most difficult thing.  No one could do it and we were all complaining. I gave the instructor the same blank stare I gave Loren when I tried to learn last time! The rest of the rows were really easy, so my assignment this week is to practice building on the chain stitch.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Crochet Inspiration

After trying to teach myself to crochet countless times, I've finally signed up for a class at the Fancy Tiger.  My first session is tonight and I've been perusing flickr and blogs to find some potential future projects.
Down the line, I know I want to make a blanket and of course those adorable little animals that Loren is so good at making!

Images via here

Images via here

Jemaine's blanket, from Flight of the Conchords. Sigh.
Image via here

Image via here

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Holiday Handmade

Yesterday, Loren, Nicole + Baby & I went to Holiday Handmade.  It's so inspiring to see what other people are creating.  There were so many great things! I bought an adorable red, mod-looking ring that I may never take off + I got tons of inspiration!

Loren & Nicole + baby!

Afterwards, Loren & I went to Fancy Tiger to pick out some yarn & fabric.  I've been really excited to make little felt animals and stumbled upon this book that I just had to buy.  There aren't any animals, besides a stork mailman, but the people are so charming.  I need some tracing paper, but after that I'll be all set.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

The House Guest

Loren & Adam took care of Oliver while I went home for Thanksgiving.  I love this picture she took.  He's so intense/distressed!
I've been trying to trick her into telling me all the naughty things he did, but apparently he was an enjoyable house guest.
Thanks Loren!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I flew into Fargo last Wednesday and all signs (and weather reports) predicted a storm.  I wasn't actually expecting my flight to be on time, but it was!!
It was a little stormy & there were plenty of cars that had freshly landed in the ditch, but we made it home!
Dad & I did some reading then watched one of my favorite movies, Fargo, of course.

Dad & Rose got a new Collie/Lab puppy, Mons.  He's so adorable, but such a pain and he may or may not have committed a murder on Saturday night.

...and then there were 3...

Roey & I did some Black Friday shopping, along with all the Canadians (which was the top news story of the weekend). We took turns being crabby, or as Roey would say, we suffered "hypoglycemic fits." It was soooo cold & since Roey didn't appreciate my cursing, I switched to Norwegian cursing, and everyone knows that doesn't count.

When it is so cold you are in pain and you feel like you could die at any moment, say: "Det er jævla kaldt ute."
And for all other general cursing: "Fy faen."

I was lucky & got a chance to see Katherine's dance practice & Joey's hockey practice as well.  


Joey played his first Phase 10 game!! This is a huge deal.  He was more excited about skipping people than getting the phases!

And the perfect way to end a holiday weekend, Miss Karley Balgaard!  She & Robby came all the way from Ashby to meet me before my plane left.  We had a lot of yummy food at Doolittles, where we both used to work.
There was definitely not room for me in their car (filled with a Christmas tree, a snowblower, an ironing board, etc.), but there was plenty of room for Karley to sit on my lap in the front seat.  I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.  We kept thinking how boring it would be if I would've sat in an empty back seat.  That's just not our style.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The love dogs

We had a little house guest last week.  My main goal: Tire them out (outside)!!  We ran all over the neighborhood.

This is about the time I instituted a mandatory nap/quiet time.  Sally wasn't interested, but when I told her the definition of mandatory, she laid down.  I love the progression of these pictures.  Sally went from wide awake and bored, to sleeping soundly in probably 30 seconds.  (The nap only lasted a few minutes, but I won't talk about that.)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cupcake Truck

On Thursday the Denver Cupcake Truck, Clementine, parked in my work's parking lot.  The truck parks all around Denver then tweets its location.  It's pretty adorable.  Don't get me wrong, I love cupcakes, but people were so fanatical about it and I guess it was contagious!
Between my coworker & I, we got 4 to try:
Chocolate Extreme, Snowball something (almond cupcake..yummm), Vanilla Party & Mocha (with health favorite).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My running coach!

Karley is such an amazing and disciplined runner/athlete.  I am so in awe of all the races she completes and the distances she runs/skis/bikes/swims!
I've completed a few 5K races now and I'm looking to maybe step it up a little and work towards a new and bigger challenge.
Karley's so encouraging and has good advice and apparently has helped other girls meet their running goals.  
It's too bad we live so far apart, but she helps me any chance she gets.  My hacking cough & sinus infection are almost 100% gone, so I have no more excuses.

Karley's version of being my "running coach"
My version of Karley being my "running coach"

Monday, November 15, 2010

Craft Day Extravaganza

Yesterday, Beth & I had a craft day to beat all other craft days!
We had sooo many things that we were just dying to make!
Above is one of Beth's adorable headbands.
I love both of these headbands & they were super easy to recreate.  I've been drawn to all things sequins and glitter lately, so these make me very happy.

My last, not so impressive creation, inspired by Martha Stewart's flowery poms.  I ripped about half of the sheets & Beth thought I was a cat who got into the tissue paper stash! It kept getting worse and worse, so no, I will not be hanging this in my home.

I made the mess of all messes! Whoops.

We needed something to motivate us & keep us productive & what better to do that than a little hip hop.  We put  Beth's favorite song into Pandora & it went downhill from there.  It was sooooooo funny & it really helped, I think.  The real problem times were the moments when Pandora stopped & we took it upon ourselves to do a little freestyle rapping.  
Here were our top choices: