Saturday, June 30, 2007

Saturday Socks

Back in Nov 2006, I dyed some yarn for the first time with Kool Aid. You can read abt that HERE.

I finally started a pair of socks with this yarn on June 2nd. And I finally finished them in the nick of time to post for my June socks.

The fact that it took me almost a month to knit a pair of socks on size 5 needles in worsted weight yarn is just sad. But they are done and that's all that matters. The good thing abt being a part of SOM3 is that it helps me focus on getting my socks done. Here are a couple more shots of the socks.

You can notice that the socks are variegated. When I dyed the wool, I left it in the skein it came in and just figured I'd wing it. Well the first sock is a bit lighter due to the fact it was the innerds of the skein, but I dont think its that bad of a difference and I'm quite happy with the turnout.

So was Baby Girl and she wanted me to make a scarf for her Barbie. Thankfully it didnt take me as long to make the scarf as it did the socks!!

This is what I have left

Enough to maybe make a Barbie poncho. Or add some stripes to a sock for CIC.

Now that Barbie has a poncho, Baby Girl decided that she and her friends needed to have some hand knits added to their wardrobe (even though as you can plainly see, they prefer to be naked). She pulled out 4 different skeins and delegated what would be a tank, a pair of pants, a head band and some shoes.....I'm glad I've been saving some Barbie links for clothes because I knew she's be interested in it sooner or later.

On another note, Saturday wouldn't be complete w/o a look at my sky.

The temps were only 89 but the heat index was 95. Just another reason to stay inside.

KVVS UPDATE: We have been given our secret pals and I've been reading up on mine. I don't want to say too much because I dont know if she reads this blog or not. All I can say is that I am going to have fun with this swap!!

We've already had one Vacation Bingo game and we are starting another one on Monday.

And to answer my secret pal's question: Yes, I really dont like ANYTHING from the sea, including salmon. You mentioned it was Alaska's protein this a clue for me or are you just trying to throw me off????? Hmmmmmm.......

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

We're Back!

And had a nice little break from the house. The hotel we stayed at was the Best Western of Naples. It was a nice room with a fridge, a microwave and a view.

This is what we saw outside our sliding glass door.

The weird part abt this place??? If it's Sunday afternoon around 4:30 and you want extra towels, you're out of luck. Housekeeping is gone and if I needed more towels I had to wait until Monday morning. Not the thing you want to hear when the kids are in the pool and you need something to dry off with. But the hotel was paid for by the company so I worked with it.

While the IO worked on Monday, I took the rugrats to the zoo. I have to say, it was a pretty decent zoo. The enclosures for the animals were a good size and they were on land, not on a concrete slab that could be hosed down behind some bars. I didnt have my camera so of course the animals all posed for us! There was a kangaroo that looked like Burt Reynolds w/o the bear skin rug!! I'd go back again, but not until it was cooler. It was the hottest day in almost 10 years. If I was thinking clearer, I'd have hit the water park.

I had more fun Tuesday since I hit a yarn shop AND a book store!! Knitting by Nancy was a great yarn shop. Very friendly and helpful. No web site to post but plenty of goodies to show instead.

Here are some goodies from the clearance bin. Another novelty skein for Baby Girl, some alpaca yarn (which I've been wanting to try out), a skein of Regia Bamboo for one of the kids (most likely Baby Girl) and a chunky skein of Encore.

Then I started looking thru the shop and came up with some CashSoft (OMG this stuff is NICE!) that I plan on making a scarf for me, some baby alpaca also for me, some Sockotta for the IO (along with some red yarn for the toes and heels), some more sock yarn (for me), some buttons for Baby Girl's dress and #1Son's quilt, and some more needles and another row counter.

And it's official, after that shopping spree, I need to go on a yarn diet. I need to start using up some of the stash I have before I get anymore.

I did get some progress done on my knitting projects, but it's just an extension of what was there before, a little more done on the cat blanket, a little more done on the pink dress, a couple of more rows done on the shawl (11 repeats down, 70 more to go......oy) so no pictures of them. Once I get something new to look at, I'll post.

Meanwhile, I'll end with a cute cat picture.....

You were gone? I had food so I didn't notice......

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Saturday Friends

Back when I was a teenager, we had a group of friends that used to hang out together. Time marches on, people move away, things change. But then one day you will be with these same people again, except YOU are now the PARENTS and your KIDS are the teenagers hanging out. And there was a small taste of puppy love in the air.

It's great to revisit old friends and amazing what a small world we live in. It's also amazing how much of our lives have changed (children aged 17 thru 2.5 years) and yet how much is the same. We were all married around the same time, we are STILL married to these same men, and yet we can still get together and talk abt old boyfriends w/o skipping a beat!

That was the best part of the day. The worst? Not getting a picture of the 3 of us together. Feh.

I forgot to take that picture, but I didn't forget the sky.

Blue, hot and humid. A typical summer day in Florida.

I don't normally post pictures of food because I can never make it look pretty, but here is one that came out pretty decent.

I've been going thru my recipe books, trying to thin out the stack, and one of them had a recipe for an Egg & Bacon Potato. I had some bacon in the fridge so fried some up for this recipe. As I was looking at it, though, I realized that the directions were SO involved. Bake the potato for an hour, separate the yolk from the whites, carefully fold into batter, bake for another 20 min. Well I wanted food NOW so I improvised. I nuked the potato for 8 min, scrambled up some eggs with some leftover onions and mushrooms and melted cheese over the top of it. Once the potato was cooked, I began to layer; scooped out fleshy parts of the potato, butter and cheese, crumbled up bacon, scrambled eggs with the mushrooms and onions, and more cheese sprinkled on top. I was going to either put it under the broiler or nuke it to melt the cheese but by the time I got a drink, the cheese had melted. OMG it was SO good!! Same basic ingredients as the original recipe, but no where near the work! There is only one more recipe in that book to try and then its off to a better home. The recipes are either not appealing or take forever to make!

Last, but not least, we are off to Naples tomorrow. The IO has business to tend to on Monday, but we are going along for the ride, the free hotel and the pool. There is also a LYS in the area abt 9 min away that I want to check out. I wont be able to post until Tuesday because even though there will be high speed internet access in our room, I have no computer to use. One day I will have my own laptop.......

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Kitty Thursdays

I just love the great outdoors!

That bird's gotta come out sooner or later!!

Oh just a bit more behind your ear......

....and your neck........


That crazy lady with the camera will never find me under here!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I Gotta Do Something......

...or else the fiber will take over the house!!! I get in my moods for eBay. Sometimes I can just browse, other times I gotta spend. I don't seem to have this problem with other on-line shops (even though I'm still trying to fight against the sale at Knit Picks), but its the thrill of the hunt for a good bargain that gets me.

I just got out of an eBay frenzy. Here's my haul.

Summer is the perfect time to look for leftover wool bits. It's warm and you have a few people cleaning out their stash for the new lighter weight yarns. So I got some nice wool yarn that I can't wait to try. AND I've been wanting a yarn winder for abt a month now and I was searching on line at a few places. This was the cheapest I found at $34.25 INCLUDING SHIPPING! Not bad, esp since it was new in the box!! I've been looking for a swift, but those are pricey. During a google search, I came across this. My order should be here by the beginning of next week!

Last month I got this.

2.2lbs of Lopi and Cascade and some alpaca for only $18, again INCLUDING SHIPPING! I canNOT wait to start working on this stuff either. What's nice abt this is that I can work on some nice yarn and decide if its something that I like or don't like before I pay alot of money for it. And with my new winder I can make them into pretty cakes! I'm thinking of using some of that Lopi to make my nephew a sweater for this winter. He'll be 3 so he's still little enough that I should have enough to make him a sweater. And living in NY means he'll get lots of use out of it.

Last night I was gifted this....

Now that's a LOT of acrylic!! A friend of mine found out that I knit and said she had some yarn to give me. I never say no to a gift so there you have it. I like the colors so I will make some charity squares and baby items out of it. Needless to say, I don't need any more acrylic!!

I've been throwing these bags into my closet and I'm starting to lose sight of what I have. I need to go thru it and get some plastic tubs to store it in. Just when I think I'm making a dent in the yarn, more comes to live with me. And I specifically avoided the summer sale that my LYS was having because I already have so much. Oh well, it could be worse. Now where's that winder.....

Monday, June 18, 2007

I Wasn't Gonna Do It.......

I wasn't going to post any more pictures from the magazines I was given. No more magazine time traveling for me!! I figured, how can I top the Latch Hook Rug jacket?!?

I can't top it, but I come close......

So I'm looking thru the Better Homes and Gardens Creative Ideas magazine for Sweaters and Afghans circa 1980. Considering its 27 years old, some of the projects are pretty decent and I could see making them.

The men's sweater is my favorite here:

The afghan is really pretty and in colors that arent harsh.

It just goes to show you that classic items in neutral colors never go out of style.

Then the magazine gets interesting. I like the sweater but what happened to the other cute model by the water?? And what's up with the hat?!?!!?

Ok so the hat is to hide the receding hair line. Again I like his sweater, but there is more distraction in this picture. Like the polyester tight pants and the semi-Dorothy Hamill hair cut.

What is with the hats?!?! I graduated in 1984 and NOBODY wore hats!!

Then there is this......

I have no words.

Don't we look jaunty?!?

Please, NO MORE! My eyes are starting to hurt from all the clashing colors!! I think I'm going to be sick.......

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Sunday Morning Sky

I didn't forget to take a picture of the sky yesterday, but the batteries died in my camera! I just put in new ones too, but I guess that explains why buying 4 AA batteries for only a $1 is NOT a good idea!!. So w/o further ado.....

Yesterday was a busy day with my sisters out. Baby Girl got even MORE clothing! And #1 Son got his GameBoy. Well the Nintendo DS version of a hand held game. Apparently they are no longer making new games for the GameBoy and the latest and greatest is the Nintendo DS. Since it was more money than the GB, I told my sister that I would pay the difference. Well between the game system, a game (because apparently it doesnt come with one) and a cool container to carry it all in (I swear this container looks like something a spy would carry!) *I* ended up spending more than her!!! But #1 Son is VERY happy and everything is right in his world.

Side story: When I told the guy that I wanted a GameBoy for my son, he asked me which version I wanted. I looked at him and said, "I'm from the Atari generation, I have NO idea which version I want!" Thankfully the guy was nice and didn't (completely) take advantage of me! He did offer me used systems and games before I settled on the new. We'll eventually get used games, but I wanted to start out fresh.

And speaking of older generations, for those of you who used to read Nancy Drew, check out the movie. I have to say I really enjoyed it. She was *old fashioned* enough to be true to her book counterpart, but updated enough to be enjoyed today. The rugrats enjoyed it as well.

Since the rugrats and the Insane One aren't home, I think I'm going to take advantage of the quiet time and pull out some stitching. I don't get moments like this very often and I want to savor it. Everybody have a pleasant day!!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Project Update

It's been abt a week since I've shown any knitting. There has been some, just not alot of it. And what's been done hasnt been all that exciting. However this is partially a knitting blog so I will show you where I stand on each one.

Project #1

Another kitty blanket. I really want to use up this acrylic yarn and this really is the best way I can think of right now. Hopefully the cheery bright yarn will make some kitty (or small doggy) that much more adoptable.

Project #2

Dress for Baby Girl. I LOVE this yarn! And apparently so do the cats!! You can see Tiger's paws in this picture. She (yes, Tiger is a *she*) started going after it the minute I pulled it out. This is also the project I found on the floor with the ball a bit mushed apart. Thankfully no damage was done, but it scares me when they get near it. I'm not so sure what's so special abt this yarn, it's Berocco Pronto, a 50/50 cotton/acrylic blend.

I was hoping that Baby Girl might wear the dress during the summer, but its just way too bulky and heavy. I'm glad that I'm making it a bit longer so that she'll be able to wear it in the fall/winter.

Project #3

My wool worsted weight sock. Not much going on here. I'm half way thru June and I'm not sure I'll have the pair done in time for my KALs.

Project #4

My shawl. I havent been keeping up with a pattern a day, but at least I do have *some* repeats done, 9 or 10 I think. Only 70 to go!!!! ~sigh~

So that's it. I havent pulled out any stitching so no pics to post there. My sisters are out and J bought the rugrats Night At The Museum. We were going to go today for the free showing at the library, but now we can watch it over and over again in the comfort of our own home. I may pull out something to stitch on while watching it.

J & G both got Baby Girl some clothes. She really doesnt need much, esp since its summer, but they had fun doing it and I tried to get them to buy a bit loose so that maybe she can wear it at the beginning of Kindergarten. Saturday we see Nancy Drew and we will continue our search for a GameBoy for #1 Son. He came SO close to getting one last night, but they only had the one in metallic pink. He said he didn't mind, in fact he didnt care if it said Girls Rule on it (can't you just FEEL the desperation?!!?) Poor kid, he's been wanting this for SO long, but money's been tight so we've had to forego it. We were planning on getting him one this summer, but this works better. Let my sisters pay out the money for the unit and I can fork over the extra dough for the games. Those babies aren't cheap either!! BUT I guess I shouldnt complain too much since I made my mom buy me Atari games and those pushed $50 back in the day!! (I ROCKED at Missle Command!)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Kitty Thursdays

Lucy says:

MA! Can you stop cleaning the house? I'm trying to take a nap!!

Meanwhile, Princess says:

I want to know when she's going to put this mess away and feed me!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Virtual Vacation!!!

A lot of people have plans for the summer. I am not one of them. We may do a wknd here and there, but as far as getting away for a week or 3, it doesn't look like that will happen. So instead I will go on a virtual vacation. Or, more specifically, I will join the Knitter's Virtual Vacation Swap! I've never joined a swap before, but from what I've seen, most swaps turn out great and are a lot of fun. So here we go!!

First up, the questionnaire.

1. If you could visit any state in the US, which would it be and why?
I would love to go to Alaska. I had some friends take a cruise to Alaska and they said it was breathtaking!! I would love the wide open spaces and the cooler weather. This would also provide me another chance to wear some of my hand knit things. We have a short time span to show off our knits when living in Florida.

2. If you could visit any country in the world, other than your own, which would it be and why?
This one is SO hard for me to choose!! The only time I left the country was when we went to Puerto Rico when I was 11 and there are a LOT of places I'd love to visit! I think I'd like to go to Italy. I'd like to take a tour of the local flavor, but I'd like to spend the majority of my time in Tuscany (or Toscana). I would love to rent a house for a month and just relax.........

3. Have you ever driven across several states/providence/countries?
Yes. We drive to NY and go thru 6 or 7 states while doing it.

4. Have you ever visited someplace you consider exotic? Where was it?
Does Epcot count?

5. What was your favorite "travel" vacation? Why?
I would say it was my 10th anniversary. We went back to the same cabin we went to for our honeymoon and it was just wonderful. It was the last trip we took before we had kids, so we were on our own schedule, not kid schedule. Plus we were in NC near the Smokies and the views were GORGEOUS!!!

6. Have you ever played tourist in your own home city/state (if international, country)? Explain.
Yes I have! Living in Florida means we get a lot of company. Most of its family, but a couple of times we've had friends from Russia come to visit. You dont realize how much we have in the States until somebody from outside comes to visit. These were friends of family who were going to fly into Miami, rent a car and drive around! YIKES!! So we picked them up and they stayed with us for a week (did I mention that we never met before? They were friends of my SIL) They were originally from Denmark but living in St Petersburg Russia. I showed them the local flavor, but the high points? Cruise control on the car! And all the syrups available at IHOP. And getting fresh cheesecake from Publix every night. We had SO much fun with them.

7. Are you a museum visitor, beach comer or an amusement seeker?
Yes, yes and yes.

8. What's your favorite type of yarn?
Right now, its all the luscious sock yarns available.

9. What's your least favorite type of yarn?
Anything in the novelty area. Not a big fan.

10. What items do you like to knit/crochet?
I LOVE to knit socks, portable and much more likely to be worn than big bulky sweaters. I like to knit for my kids (small items = fast projects). I have plans for a couple of short sleeved tees for this smmer. I also like to knit items for charity.

11. What do you pack, knit/crochet wise when you go on vacation?
Socks! And the occasional scarf.

12. What other crafts do you do/would like to do other than Knit/Crochet?
I like to cross stitch and to quilt. I just wish I had more time for it all.

13. Are you allergic to anything? (Yarn wise or treat wise)
Too much mohair will make me sneeze. And as far as treats, I'm not allergic, but I can't eat anything from the sea and I'm not a big coconut fan.

14. What is your favorite color? Least Favorite?
Favorites are reds, blues, purples. Least favorites, hmmmm, I guess greens and oranges (unless its in a fall colorway).

15. Sweet or Savory (Treat not personality)?
Sweet then savory.

16. Anything else we are forgetting to ask that you think your partner desperately needs to know?
None that I can think of.

Ok there you have it. This swap promises to be very interesting, with games and prizes thru out the summer.

SHHHHHH. I'm already on vacation.......

Sunday, June 10, 2007

What's Yellow and Orange and Green All Over?

Why, the 70's of course!! Welcome to part 2 of our 70's flashback thru magazine literature. Today's installment includes decorating. Feel free to click on each picture to make it bigger, but please put on protective eyewear, some of this stuff can hurt your eyes.......

First up.

And then there's

All I can say is WHY?? There is SO much to look at because there is SO much going on in a variety of colors that dont want to match. Where does my eye rest? And where does my stomach empty?? Maybe on the couch.

If you don't like yellow and orange and green and brown, you can always decorate for the bicentennial.

My sister had this exact wallpaper!

And we had this rug!

and this purse

I like this stash

but I like this one better

Ok then there's this picture.

At first it was a bit jarring but then I started to really look at it. I like the quilts alot. Softer tones than some of the other stuff they had shown (we are also progressing into the later part of the 70's). The more I looked, the more I liked the different quilts. What makes it so jarring for me is the wallpaper. Too busy for the room of nice quilts. I don't think I'd drape the quilts over the side tables, I'd fold them up and stick them in the bookshelf. And maybe stack some books on the table instead. Oh and rip out the wallpaper.

Now remember, this is a decorating AND crafting magazine. As the years rolled on, there was less decorating and more crafting. What I loved abt these magazines was how you could see what the popular crafts were of that time. There was crochet (but no knitting), latch hook rugs, a TON of miniatures, and of course, Macrame.

Here is your house with macrame

Here is your house with you on macrame crack!

It just goes to show you that a little macrame can go a long way!!

Are you still with me?? If you are, I've saved the best for last.

My all time favorite decorating picture is this one

Remove the yarn from the area and this place just SCREAMS bachelor pad!!

For those that want to wear the latest in Carol Brady fashion.

Ok this puts Martha Stewart to shame!! I LOVE this!! LOL

Now this one is just plain scary. And something I've never seen before.

This child is wearing a rug. I looked at the directions on how to make this and it was a rectangle piece of canvas, you hook the pieces of yarn into the holes, sew it together to form a jacket and voila!! Instant way to get your kid beat up.

Thank you for joining me today in our journey to the 70s. Please return your tray tables and your seats to their upright positions. And always remember to Keep On Truckin'.