Monday, November 30, 2015

Not Even Close

While I was doing pretty well in the beginning for NaBloPoMo, life does get in the way.   Mentally I've posted four more times, but until they come up with a way to post via brain waves, they just swirl around in the grey matter.

Since the last time I've posted, we've had concerts, field trips, plays, volunteering and just normal insanity.

The field trip involved a bit of a drive so I cast on for a kitty blanket.  This is 2 skeins in.

I also (please be seated and put down all food and drinks) finished a project.


Yes you read that right!!!  I finished a project!!!!  And not just any project.  A cross stitch!!!!


Kitty Cat Row is complete.  It only took me 4 1/2  years.

Kitty Cat Row in all it's glory!

mouse with a perfect little colonial knot for a nose

mouse with a less than perfect colonial knot.  I say it's sticking out its tongue at the other cats

Here are the stats:

Kitty Cat Row by Bent Creek

Date start:  early 3/11
Date end:  11/26/15

Stitched on 28ct linen in Sand over two.

No substitutions with floss were made.  I used all the specialty threads listed.

As I was finishing up the backstitching, my eyes were reminding me that they aren't as young as they used to be.  Bright light and readers were involved.  Makes me question the completion of other linen projects.  Regardless of blindness, I HAVE A FINISH!!!

Lets see how long before I have it framed.......

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Moving Right Along

I've made progress on my sock.

I'm half way thru the heel.

I also pulled this out.

Baby Girl is in the National Junior Honor Society and they are having a supply drive for the local animal shelters.  After a few phone calls it was determined that they need food, towels, laundry detergent and BLANKETS!  That's where I come in.

Normally I knit up a couple of blankets every year for the local humane society, but last year was a real crazy year and I didnt get to do any. This drive got me itching to cast on for a blanket (or 2 depending on the deadline)  I've already cast on and did a couple of rows  We have a field trip tomorrow and I'm hoping to knit a bit on the drive there.  I'm hoping to have it done by Sunday.

And if any of you feel the urge to cast on for a blanket or cat toys, follow that urge and send them to me!   It would be wonderful to have a huge amt of knitted items to donate.  Let me know.

Monday, November 16, 2015

More yarn-y fun

Before I fixed the toe on that last sock, I actually cast on for another one abt a week ago.  It's been slow going, but I'm making progress.

Yarn is Sweet Georgia Brown, not sure of color.

This is sock #2 of a pair I started in 2014.  Hopefully I will get it done before the spring.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Life of a Sock

Back in 2005, I began to knit socks.  I started with baby socks and decided to progress to a grown up pair for myself.

I followed the instructions on the Regia 6 yarn band which said to use a size 3 needle.  They weren't tight enough and they never really fit right.  I would wear them, but they eventually would work their way to the back of the drawer as I made other socks for myself.

Fast forward to 2013.  I decide that I don't want a pair of socks that I can't wear.  I don't want to throw them out so instead I unravel it.  NOT an easy job considering I've worn and washed them enough that the yarn had felted in spots.  I press on because I am stubborn and will NOT let this yarn get the better of me!!

I rewind the yarn, cast on using size 2 needles and add some additional sport weight grey Regia  and some leftover sport weight Lorna's Laces for the heels and toes.

A little bit of this and a little bit of that....

Present day.  It is 2015 and we have had a cool front go thru that actually dropped the temps into the 60s at night.  That's when I pull out my socks.  This is what I find.


I inspect the rest of the sock and it's fine.  So I do this instead.

I cut off the offending yarn and cast on with another.  I had some left over sport weight  Knit Picks  in Cranberry (I think).  And I have a sock that should last for a little longer.

The other sock looks fine, I'm not sure why this one wore thru.  I've already looked for little bugs in the drawer and it's all clear.

These socks really are a patchwork of sorts.  I've also learned that Regia yarn wears like IRON!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Day 12

My way of traveling right now is vicariously thru you, my dear reader.  I enjoy pictures of different parts of the US, but I especially love places in Europe.  Europe is old.  I mean REALLY old!  Buildings that have been standing for hundreds of years.

America is a fairly new country.  The oldest spots are less than 300 years old (for the most part)  Plus people in America want NEW! and IMPROVED!!  When we were looking at houses, the older ones were the ones we liked the best.  They have more character and we like that.  

Ok not much architecture in this dwelling built 5500yrs ago, but the view is fantastic!

So as I read thru my blogroll I see that Bonnie is in Peru and Jan went to Latvia and Finland and Estonia.  She said in one of the towns MOST of the buildings were from the 13th-16th centuries.  VERY cool!!  

I also enjoy House Hunters International.  The episodes where people are looking for a place to live, NOT vacation.  Those bug me.

University of Northwestern University Hall 1869

So what do you do when you want to travel?  Search on line?  Watch foreign movies?  Make an excuse to visit family out of state??

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Just Like That

When #1 Son was born, he was a very hands on child.  He had eczema and teething was really hard on him.  REALLY hard.  His highest fevers were just before a tooth would pop thru.  Doctors can say that fevers with teething are coinidental, but that boy NEVER had a high fever unless he was teething.

side note:  he had a high fever a couple of years ago and it really surprised me.  I happened to say to him that the only times he ever had a high fever was when he was teething.  He said he had a molar breaking thru in the back.  The next day his fever was gone and his tooth was thru.  

By the time he was two, his eczema was under control and he had all his teeth in.  He never went thru the terrible twos.  He was calm and happy.

Just like that.

When Baby Girl was born, she had to keep up with her brother.  Physically, not so much (she didnt walk until she was 13 months old, just like #1 Son) but on an intellectual level, she wanted to keep up.  I was never allowed to read to her.  SHE had to read to ME.  She didnt want to watch Blue's Clues, she wanted to watch Jimmy Neutron.  

We were very busy and then suddenly both kids were in school and things quieted down a bit.

Just like that.

I reflect on those moments in time.  Right now I am beyond busy with the majority of stuff being school related.  I'm trying to keep up with activities in middle and high school, theatre, making some side money to afford said activities, not to mention cleaning, laundry, etc.  It's alot.  Some days it feels overwhelming.  Like they will never end, but I know they will.

So while I'm slowly working on an ulcer and shopping thrift stores and driving a clunker, I am truly enjoying every minute of it.  It will be gone in a heart beat.

Just like that.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


We were having problems with our a/c (AGAIN) (this is Florida and we are breaking heat records left and right!) so soon after I dropped Baby Girl off at school, #1 Son and I decided to get out of the house for a bit.  We went geocaching and did some hiking along some of the local trails.

We also decided to drive to a  town that we hardly ever get a chance to go to.

He's such a good son to humor his mother!

I love this area and really need to visit it more.

It's quite peaceful when nobody is around!

My view from that bench

He was fishing with little concern of us being there!

They have a boardwalk with trails around the lake that are really nice.  It was SO peaceful and the breeze coming off the lake made the walk really pleasant.  It was misty and cloudy and such a nice break from the heat.  When we got home it was much more humid and warm, but I totally enjoyed my daycation with my boy.