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About Last Night

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I do my best work at night.


They are finished and I am really happy with them! Here are the stats.....

Knit Picks Sock Landscape Mesa 100% Merino wool
Cast on 56 stitches on size 2dpns
Worked K1P1 ribbing for 6 rows then K3P1 rib for a total of 4.5" cuff
Stockinette foot
Sock #1: 10/23-11/19/06
Sock #2: 11/19-11/26/06

Now the next question is, what sock yarn to use next?? I've been progressively going down a needle size on each sock so may try my next pair on a size 1. I really want to try my Regia Bamboo yarn but its similar in colorway to the above sock and I need to do something different. I may have to do something in pink and purple.

Samson says:

Yes I am beautiful. You cannot look away, but you must. Bring me treats.

Bet you thought I forgot!

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It's Saturday! But where is my sky?? Right here!


And the temp at 12:45pm today.


Not a bad temp, but with the sky being cloudy and it being windy, it felt cooler than it actually was.

Health is on an upswing because basically I'm doing nothing. I think I did dishes today and oh yeah, I picked up a pizza, but that was the extent of it all. I've either been on the computer or on the bed watching tv. Whenever I get motivated to start something, I get overwhelmed by whatever project I want to start, so I sit in front of some kind of monitor and veg. You'd think I was getting lots of knitting done as well, but not really. I finally turned the heel on sock #2 and I'm on the foot. I swear I have dropped more stitches on these two socks than I have on anything else. EVER. Just tonight I was switching dpns and the one I grabbed out of my hand was the one with the live stitches on it, instead of the empty one. This is what I get for trying to watch The Producers whi…

Gobble Gobble

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Somewhere some turkey is saying thank you to us. You see, we buck the system here. We are non traditionalists. *WE* don't eat turkey today just because everybody else does. Not us. We had LASAGNA today instead! With meat sauce and sausage. Yummmmm.

So a turkey was spared.

Oh wait. We had turkey sandwiches for lunch today.

~Never mind~

In other news, much knitting is being accomplished. How I'm not making major mistakes while on cold meds is beyond me, but hey, I'm going with it. First up, the back of #1 Son's vest is complete.

I know, it looks like one big blob of knitted nothingness. I just cant seem to get a good picture of it. Maybe once I have it finished and being modeled by #1 Son. However, this part took me over a month to do. At this rate it will be done by March when it will no longer be cold enough for it.

I've also made some progress on my sock. One is complete and the other is almost at the point where I can start the heel.


And on a final not…

Why is it?

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Why is it that all my witty banter and creative blog ideas take place at all the wrong times?? Like while picking up the kids from school. Or doing laundry. Or laying in bed at night too tired to move. And yet when I do make it to the computer to put it all down, nothin'. Crickets play in the background. A blank page staring back at me. I blame it on the cold meds.

Yes cold meds. We are sick. AGAIN! This is getting crazy!! I have been sick more times this year than I have I think EVER! Baby Girl has had this cough on and off for abt a month. As soon as she gets better it comes back. But then again 1/2 her pre-K class has the same cough. #1 Son was sick on Sunday. So was the Insane One for that matter. He went to work on Monday but I kept the rest of us home. Tues was a short day and we are all now home the rest of the week. #1 Son and the IO are much better. Baby Girl still doesnt feel great, but with the holiday the soonest we can get to the Dr would be Monday.…

This is why everybody comes here.......

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Yes we DO get rain, just not very much around this time of year. Here is the sky and temp at 8:30 this AM.

I had to put on sweatpants and socks this AM!! I know, no sympathy.


I took this picture from the front of the house instead of the back. Gotta mix up the blue!


Somebody else out enjoying the weather.

As I'm writing this, the rest of the family are watching a show called How It's Made. It's a cool show on the Science Channel that shows you how things are made. Today's show is about how mannequins, hypodermic needles and believe it or not, how socks are made! I keep hearing bits and pieces and boy are they bragging how fast a sock can be made on a machine vs a human! Well LA DI DA!! I may not be fast but my yarn is much nicer than plain vanilla white!!

Speaking of my socks, I am still on sock #1. I apparently dropped a stitch but didnt notice it until I was 7 rows past it. I'm a bit of a tight knitter so it never went anywhere, it just sort of stuck out…

One Skein In.....

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I've been working on #1 Son's vest and I just finished using the first skein. I was a bit worried that I didn't have enough yarn for this project, but that first skein lasted longer than I expected so I'm pretty sure I'm good to go. But I won't have much left over......


Also, in true Happy Acres style, we made a school project a group effort. #1 Son had a project for school, a cut out turkey that needed a disguise for Thanksgiving. You had to do more than color it in, BE CREATIVE we were told. #1 Son and the Insane One were brainstorming and came up with Bob the Builder. The IO made the safety goggles, #1 Son made the hat and the tools, Baby Girl made the tape measure and I made the clothes. Yes it's a bit more involved than a second grader would have done alone, but it sort of took on a life of its own. It may not exactly be what the teacher wanted, but we had fun as a family!! LOL


And last but not least, the IO has started a new job. He is now a Pa…

Kool Aid Saturday Sky

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Here we go......




I waited until I had some clouds to add to the picture or else I could have used a previous SS picture. We've been having some really nice Saturdays so no stormy clouds to show. And now the temp.....

Again, a bit redundant, but I'm not complaining!!

Today turned out to be really nice. I was expecting to have some cooking responsibilities, but it turned out they weren't needed so it was me and the kids at home all day. What a nice change of pace!! I cleaned yesterday so that wasn't looming over me and since all I really needed to do today was laundry, I decided to do this!!!


I used the instructions from
Knitty which seemed pretty easy to follow.

First I gave my yarn a quick bath

while I mixed up the Kool Aid.

I used two pkgs of Black Cherry and one Strawberry Tea. You're supposed to use 1 pkg per oz of yarn, but I figured this would do. The yarn is some wool I got off of eBay that I wanted to use for CIC knitting, but then I realized that cream is…

Hmmmmm......

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Now to find the time.

A Snowman Lives in Florida

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See, it IS possible to make a snowman in Florida!! So what if its in fiber instead of snow. When you live in a mild winter area, you take what you can get! Here he is.

Janlynn Wizzers kit
Date Start: 10/28/06 Date End: 11/5/06
Total Project time: abt a week.

He's really cute and I'm glad I made him, but it will be awhile before I do another project on plastic canvas. I just don't like it. I attached a small magnet to the back of him and he's now at work in my drawer. I did hang him up today, but it just felt too soon. I think I'll wait until after Thanksgiving to hang him up. He'll stay up until March when I'll have something springy to replace him with.

That small little project has gotten me motivated to continue stitching, but I may have to pull something from the stash. I want something small to work on instead of a huge cat project.

Now back to that vest and sock!

Listen to the quiet......

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The Insane One took the rugrats to the park so I have some quiet time for myself. Update on the IO. Apparently he was misdiagnosed and the meds he was on were not needed. They caused some trouble which wound him up in the hospital. Once everything was settled and corrected, he felt better. In fact he is MUCH better. He hasnt been like this in a long time and it will take some getting used to! LOL

Meanwhile I still have a bad throat. Nothing else bothers me (no fever, no aches or pains), just my throat. I'm gargling and eating throat lozenges and taking tylenol. Fun stuff. However it is another gorgeous day here at Happy Acres and you know what day it is by the pictures posted!!


There are wispy clouds outside now but this morning at 9:30 there was just bright blue. Added an airplane with its wake (I know there is a better word for the white stuff coming out the back but cant think of it) and another one with my magnolia just to break up the blue.
Plus.....

I really need…

A bullet would be faster.....

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OMG what a week this has been!!

Monday-The IO starts his new job with the county. He loves it. This means, however, that I need to wake up a bit earlier to get the kids up and fed and make lunches made. Oh yeah and get ME ready as well because once the van leaves, it aint coming back! Drop #1 Son off, drop Baby Girl off, go to work. Leave to get Baby Girl and come back since I didnt finish everything in time. Go to lunch, run some errands, go pick up #1 Son. Go grocery shopping, come home, make dinner. By the time I actually sit down its 6:49pm, 12 hours from when I first woke up.

Tuesday-Start all over again, making sure Baby Girl has enough warm clothes on since she is going on a field trip to the local nursing home for a magic show.

Everything is going well until I get a call from the IO. His dr is putting him in the hospital. Oy. Pick up Baby Girl (who was late coming back from the nursing home and since this was a field trip I didnt go on, it just added to the worry), …