Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Boy do I cut it close!!

I've been working on my Lorna's Laces socks all wknd long because I want to finish them before the month is over. It's starting to warm up here so I wont be able to wear them much longer, plus I want to have a posting for both SAM3 and the Sock It To Em KAL. After I finished the 1st sock, I weighed what was left in the skein to see if I had enough to start sock #2. The scale said yes, but what would reality say??

Here I am before I start the toe on sock #2

Did you see how much yarn I had left?!? Here's a close up....

So I'm telling myself not to panic because the scale said that I had enough. Plus I still had an entire skein of the same color that I could break into if need be.....

Here are the finished socks.

Aren't they pretty??

But did I make it??

WOOHOO I did!! But as you can tell, just barely!! I think that's abt a yard of yarn left. As that ball of yarn kept getting smaller and smaller I was getting a bit nervous, why I dont know. Like I said I have an entire skein of yarn that I could have broken into.

Now details......

I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Motherlode. Using size 2dpns I cast on 56 stitches, worked a 2x2 rib for 4" and plain stst for another inch before I started the heel. I'm really surprised I could make a 5" cuff sock with just one skein of yarn.

I'm so happy they are done. They fit really well and I really enjoyed using that yarn. Now to cast on some socks for CIC to include with the sweater/vest I made. The deadline for that is March 31. Kid socks with worsted weight yarn, yep I should make that deadline!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Order Me Up Some Boredom!

First up, what a week this has been! I'm normally busy, but with trips to the vet, grocery shopping, work, extra trips to the post office, ballet and a field trip, I'm exhausted!! I have a few friends who tell me that if I didn't work in an office, I'd be bored. What?!? Are they kidding?? The office is the ONLY place I can go to the bathroom w/o being interrupted or have a normal conversation. It's the REST of my life that's a zoo!!

Next, I want to say thanks to all of you and the kind words you have for Samaria. The vet called and she *does* have breast cancer AND heart worms! I knew dogs could get heart worms but cats? Huh. There isnt much I can do for her cancer, she's 16 and most likely it's spread to other parts of her body. The heart worms I can treat. I'm not one to make an animal live in misery just to keep me happy, so once she starts to go down hill, I will do the humane thing. In the meantime, she's actually acting better. Her meow is back (which was the whole reason I took her to the vet in the first place), she's eating more and she's not sleeping constantly (the trip to the vet took a LOT out of her). I probably have abt 6 months left with her so I will make her life pretty sweet while I can. And apparently she knows this.

She knows she's not allowed to sleep in my pile of fabrics, and yet here she is. With me taking pictures of her!!! You gotta wonder, who owns who?

With it being the weekend, I can spend more time in the kitchen. Last night I made these.

Everything is done, all you do is stick it in the oven with the pan it comes in and 20 min later you have some square cookies with chocolate chips, caramel and nuts. I still prefer the pull apart cookies, but these were pretty good. I'd get them again, they are perfect for a quick dessert after dinner w/o a lot left over.

This morning I decided to do something with the ripe bananas. And I had help!

She's actually getting old enough to BE a help! She loves to watch the Food Network and we even tape shows with Rachael or Paula. Doesn't she look proud?

While we were making muffins, #1 Son was outside climbing the fence and talking to our neighbors. It was a nice day

and quite a few of them were outside doing yard work. He kept telling them that it was a good day to be getting their outside chores done.

It was also a nice day to just be a kid.

Knitwise not much is happening. I finished one sock and am abt an inch into the second one. I'll take a picture when they are both finished. I REALLY want to get a lot done this wknd since I want to post a February finish in the SAM3 KAL. If I can get to the heel by tonight, I'll have a good shot.

Right now I have a pot of sauce on the stove and will boil up some pasta for dinner. Meanwhile I need to run to the store to get some tuna. Gotta keep the old kitty happy.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Here We Go Again.......

I noticed my 16 y/o cat Samaria was VERY quiet this wknd. She's usually very verbal, meowing all the time. Well this wknd she sounded like she had laryngitis. Since its been a couple of days that she's been like this, I took her to the vet today. Let's just say its not good.

The x-ray shows that her lungs are a salt and pepper color instead of a deep black. Plus they found a mass in her abdomin. It looks like she has cancer. They will know more tomorrow or Thurs once all her bloodwork comes back.

Honestly I think I will have one less kitty by the wknd.

Somebody pass the Xanax.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sweat Equity

I go the entire day without coughing. That is until midnight. Then I can't stop. I end up sleeping in the recliner all night. Needless to say I don't get the best of sleep. I finally drag my body out of the couch once #1 Son tells me its time to get up (at 8:15am) and fall into my bed. Thankfully whatever it was that set off my coughing attack is no longer around and I go back to sleep. Finally at noon (yes NOON!) I wake up and drag my body out of bed to the couch. Meanwhile the IO had gotten up, fed the rugrats, the cats and himself then went back to sleep himself. We are SUCH party animals! blech.

Anyway as I'm sitting on the couch I'm watching a show on DIY called Sweat Equity. I'm watching all the things they do to their house that makes it

A: look nicer and

B: worth more.

I dont plan on selling anytime soon but its always nice to know that what I'm doing can make my house worth more in the long run.

Then I start to look at my house. Remember all those renovations we started, oh, back in the summer??? Well I STILL dont have my window coverings and I STILL dont have my baseboards. I turn the TV off.......So many plans and no time to do it.

Meanwhile here is my Saturday sky. I never got on the computer yesterday. When I had time, the kids were in the middle of a game and when they were off doing something else, I was too.

It was gorgeous outside. We had a freeze the night before and while the weather people tell you to protect your plants, I never do. Most everything survived, except these.....

They are some sad looking sunflowers! But the freeze also killed all my weeds so I'm happy abt that. I just need the IO to go out with the weed eater and cut all the dead stuff down. He can even do the sunflowers (which means he won't touch them!!LOL)

Knitting wise, I'm making progress on my sock.

But I also started two other projects, blankets for the humane society. I need to take the kittens back there next week for their shots and I'd like to bring the blankets with me. It's a great way to use up my acrylic stash and since its all knitting, its great mindless work.

I'm using Lionbrand's Thick N Quick yarn for one of them (the free stuff I got from my Lionbrand Chenille fiasco)

and Red Heart Kids for the second.

I cast on and will knit until I run out of yarn. I got the book Knitting for Peace (with a 50% coupon from JoAnns. SCORE!) and its got some basic patterns for blankets and socks and sweaters for charity work, but they are nice enough to give as quick gifts. Perfect.

Where else did you expect me to be, it's the warmest spot in the house!

Did somebody say mouse?!?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Kitty Knitting

I've finished off the last of the cat toys. First there was this one.....I used the left over yarn from this sock. Its the Berroco wool/cotton blend that I doubled.

Next was this one. I used some left over Red Heart Kid yarn.

Then I used another Red Heart Kid yarn to make this one.

I used the cat toy patterns from Knitty for all 3. VERY easy to do. The first one only took me a couple of hours. The other two took me a bit longer but that's because I worked on it during the week.

What's the concensus??

Tiger LOVED them!

MMMMMMM, squishy.......

You look like a toy football. I shall bat you away with my back paws.

Another one?? For me?!?

I shall use the jaws of death on this one!!

So did Samaria.

This comes with me!



Princess, however, was not that impressed......

Well it makes a comfy pillow.....

It will be interesting to see how these hold up. The eggrolls have catnip in them and claws and teeth were used liberally on them. This is why iron acrylic was used. I think I'll use up what I have to make a blanket and a couple of toys for the shelter where we got Tiger and Princess from. They said they go thru them quickly!

Once those were done, I cast on for some socks.

They are my Lorna's Laces shepherd sport in Motherlode. You can tell I did alot! I actually started socks in the yarn from Key West, but it's a bit splitty and I ended up dropping a stitch that ran all the way down. I was using size 1s so not a whole lot was done (BOY are those needles small!) and I just unravelled the whole thing and cast on with the Lorna's Laces.

Yes Princess, the news makes me feel a bit like biting too.....

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Sunday Sky

Yesterday was such a grey day that I wanted to take a picture of today instead. Well actually it was Baby Girl's idea. She was looking out the window and pointed this out.

Did you see it?

Here's a closer look.....

Isnt that cool?!?! We've been seeing two different ones in the AM quite often the past few days but its the first time I've seen it outside my window from home. Hence the picture!

In knitting news, I decided that I wanted to do something fun and mindless after working on that sweater. I pulled out some old sock yarn and made this.

It's a cute cat toy I got off of Knitty.com. I didn't stuff it with catnip so they play with it, but don't go crazy with it. I started another one from Knitty which I should complete tonight. I'll wait to finish it so I can add some catnip and make it more enticing. They are a great way to use up leftover yarn. I stuffed the top one with left over pieces of yarn and I plan on doing the same with the new one I'm making. Then I will start some socks, I'm leaning to make them for me......I already have the Lorna's Laces in Motherlode rolled up and ready to cast on.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

It's Official

I can't seam a sweater to save my life. I did it and I got better as I went along, but I'm not thrilled with it. Then again I'm not thrilled with the sweater. The sleeves are too short. Its more of a 3/4 length sweater. It's long enough, but the sleeves aren't. I would do this pattern again but as a vest. And in the round. Here it is being modeled by #1 Son.

I'm sending it anyway since they accept sweaters and vests. This falls in the middle. I included what was left of the yarn (a walnut sized ball of brown) just in case they need to fix any mistakes or narrow up the neck. Its a bit wide but it depends on who is going to wear this sweater. An older kid would need the extra room. I'll start a pair of socks as well and that will be it for this campaign.

In other news, here is a picture of my sky.

It was white this AM and it's still white, just a brighter white.

And my sunflowers are doing really well.

The birds did a great job. I couldn't have done as well if I tried!

I've been working in the office, but I've hit my fabric pile and it's like hitting a brick wall. I have WAY too much fabric and I'm not sure what I'm going to with it all. I think I'm going to have to start sewing again........I have a lot of patterns that are on the last size to fit Baby Girl so if I want to use them, I have to do it now. For the moment, I'm going to sort out all the novelty fabrics (most of them are already in the same general area) and finish the 3 quilts I've got going. I want to finish off alot of what I've got going on if for nothing else to show me what I have and what I want to recycle elsewhere.

Does that mean I have to move?!?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Kitty Mania

When I'm sewing, I'm used to having *help* in the 2 legged variety. Recently, however, I am getting help from the 4 legged variety.

Sometimes I get workers that are ready for action

I'm adding the specialty fibers.

While others are found asleep on the job.

I'm on my break!

Still others, in true cat form, ignore you.

I hear I am a God in Egypt. I shall pose for you.

I just wish I knew which one did this........

Saturday, February 03, 2007

And Now for Something Completely Different

I pulled out this

And did a little of this

It was nice playing with my fabrics for a change. The Insane One took the Rugrats to see all the damage from the tornado(s) that passed thru the area just north of us. While they were gone I pulled out some fabric to make an I Spy quilt. I pulled from my stash and am using up quite a bit of it. Once this is done, I need to keep going on #1 Son's quilt. I have the blue fabrics and will be cutting those up sometime this week (maybe even tomorrow). More details as they develop.....

On the knitting front I am abt 4 inches into side 2. And remember this? I decided to felt it again using hotter water this time. This is what I got.

It started out at 28" long and ended up a little more than 12.5. It felted up really well this time, but there is no way I'll be able to fold it and sew it up into a needleroll. It's too bulky. I'm thinking of cutting it up and making a couple of pot holders, but not sure yet. Or I can line the cat bed with it. Its really soft, but very thick and a bit stiff. This one will be continued as well.....

And here is my Saturday Sky

It was rainy and dreary and just the perfect day to play in fabric. The temps have dropped and I just keep thinking of those poor people w/o homes, or if they are lucky to have a house, they have no power. As I sit here with lights ablazing, heat on (its 51 outside) and on my computer, there are those who are struggling to find warmth and supplies inside a shelter. Send good thoughts to these folks. This is when I wished I had extra handmade quilts and sweaters around.....Donating the staples are important, but these handmade things add an extra bit of warmth when things go so horribly bad.