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High Hopes

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I met up with my stitching group on Thursday which was a LOT of fun! However I hadn't stitched since our last meeting and I wasnt sure what I had so I shoved all my projects into my stitching bag and away I went! Well apparently I had charts and floss, but no fabric. Or I had fabric and charts, but no floss. The only thing that matched up was my Seasonal Spring. I just put away the Seasonal Fall and planned on starting one of my new January ones, but I never pulled the fabric for it. So you stitch on what you got.

Here is what I did yesterday.

Not bad considering I just started the thing.

Dee got a group shot of us, (go take a looksie), PLUS she finished her shawl that's similar to mine. Unfortunately my shots of her wearing the shawl didn't come out very well so next time we'll have to model them together. She also cleaned out some of her stash and brought it to the group. Look what I ended up with!!

All I can say is WOW!!! I haven't gone thru it all yet…

Monday Project Update

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I went from having nothing to knit on to having a few projects to choose from. And I will probably add one more.

First up, the scarf

I worked on it all morning long to finish it. I think it came out nice and that she will love it. I used all of the black acrylic, 2 full skeins of the boa and a couple of yards of the 3rd skein of boa for a scarf 62" long. And since she picked out the yarn for herself, I know she'll wear it. Now what to do with the other 2 skeins of boa yarn.......Probably a fun scarf for the kids to play with, but I have to wait a bit, I really don't like knitting with the stuff.

That's the only finished item, but I've got a few WIPs.
The cat blankie


Delaney's sock


#1 Son's sock


My sweater


I want to cast on a sweater for my 3 y/o nephew. It's with bulky yarn so it shouldn't take me too long to do.

And on a final note, I have a favorite new movie, Enchanted. It was fabulous! My sisters are out visiting and we all went to see it yeste…

Saturday Sky

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A friend of mine who lives in NJ picked up her crochet hook when she was working nights. It was a way to pass the time and also to deal with stress. Since it works for me, she figured she'd try it too. She no longer has that job and she wasnt thrilled with her efforts so she sent the rugrats the finished results.

Her alien scarf meant for #1 Son but confiscated by Baby Girl.


Scarf #2 that now belongs to #1 Son. I like the color variations in this one.


She bought some novelty yarn to start another scarf, but the eyelashly stuff made it really hard to crochet so she sent it along in the box.

I am adding in that black acrylic yarn to make it a bit warmer and sending it back to her finished. I've already started it and hoping to have it done by tomorrow night. It's mindless knitting and much easier on the hands than the cat blankie.

It's also a great way to get my knitting mojo back. Being so disappointed with the baby sweater, I needed to work on something mindless so …

Frustration

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It seems whatever I do today is not working out the way I thought.

The House: I've been trying to clean this house all week, but every room needs to be worked on. Yes I know all the tips and hints of choosing one project and work only on that one. Well it doesnt always work. I also recruited the rugrats and while its important to get them involved with cleaning their rooms, sometimes I think it would be faster if I just did it by myself. Like backing in a bulldozer and throwing everything out.

How many kid's meals toys do we really need???


Knitting: Ok this is the true source of my frustration. I finished the baby sweater for my new niece last night. I used Bernat's Cotton Tots yarn and I wanted to know how it would handle being washed so I knit a swatch (amazing!) and threw it in the wash with the regular laundry. It didn't shrink, but it fuzzed up a bit. Ok so when I washed the sweater, I wanted to give it a washing that it normally would, but a bit gentler. …

Monday Morning Update - sit back, its a long one

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I don't think I've stopped moving since my last post on Thursday. And I almost didn't do that either since Thursdays are one of my busiest days. In addition to running errands, picking up kids and going back out for ballet, I had two field trips to get ready for.

Side note: I didn't get a chance to get into the new cross stitch shop, but as we were leaving ballet, I pressed my nose to the window and while she has a few more charts, the place is still very empty.

Friday was a mix of craziness. #1 Son had a field trip scheduled almost 2 months ago to Medieval Times. Then 3 weeks before the field trip, the Kindergarteners scheduled a movie for the same day. I was NOT happy! I knew I could get the IO to go on one of them, but which one? Baby Girl really wanted me so I made a deal with #1 Son, Daddy would go with him and I would go to the movies a couple of days later to see the same movie. Everybody was happy.

So Baby Girl's class went to see Mr Magorium'…

Target & Charity

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I LOVE Target. I just spent the AM walking the aisles, esp those endcaps with clearance prices!! And the $1 bins. The best part? The $1 bins on clearance!!!! I just need to find my links that tell me when they put certain things on clearance so I can make sure I hit the store at the right time. If any of you know of these links, please forward them my way.

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Ok so if you've read my blog just a little bit, you know I like to knit little things for charity. I've very fussy abt which charity, though, since I don't trust just any Joe Schmoe with a bucket or a hand out. I also don't like pushy charities. If I say, "No not right now" or "not this time", don't try to guilt me into it. It doesnt work and it will make me not want to give to your cause.

Ever.

This is why I knit for my local animal shelter. I KNOW they can use what I give them. I've also knit a couple of scarves for the Red Scarf Project because Norma is heavily involved and I kn…

Sunday Updates

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Baby Girl has a bad case of bronchitis. She's doing MUCH better, but I'm not letting her go outside to play or visit friends. She's not happy with me, but thankfully I have a field trip at the end of the week to dangle in front of her. If she wants to be healthy enough for the field trip, she needs to rest now.

And between both kids being sick on and off the past couple of weeks and me being the human tissue, I'm now sick as well. It's not all bad. You can get alot of knitting done when you are sick.

I've been working on the Baby Yoda wrap sweater.

So far I have the back and the front left done. I'm working on the front right today.

Once I finished the front left yesterday, I pulled out #1 Son's sock to work on.

I just passed the heel flap and am abt to start the short rows for the turning. I'm motivated to finish this sock because I'm NOT enjoying it and want it finished!!!!

At night when everybody is asleep and a cat wants to take a nap…

Made of Money??

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Apparently *I* think so since all I've been doing the past couple of days is shop! The one thing abt living in Florida is that you really dont need a lot of winter clothing. And when you are an adult, what you had last winter usually fits you the next. However, when you are a child, that is NOT the case.

We have been having some cool days here, summer temps for some of you, but when you live in Florida and its in the 50s and 60s, not only do you need a jacket, but pants are a good idea as well. After checking both closets, we were down to 1 pair of pants each. So I went to Target yesterday.

And today.

Let's just say I did my part to stimulate the economy and we should be set for a bit. #1 Son needed a new jacket as well, but Target has such great deals, *almost* everything I bought was on sale or clearanced. The one outfit that wasnt on sale was this cute velour outfit for Baby Girl. I know the jacket will fit, but the pants may not. She hasn't tried on her clothes yet becaus…

HUH???

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Last Thursday the Mobil down the street was $2.85. I knew it would be going up soon since the price of oil per barrel was rising and so were the other local gas stations. I tell myself I need to fill up the tank.

Friday at noon it was still $2.85. Three hours later it was $2.93.

UGH.

This morning it was $2.99. By 1:30 its up to $3.03.

I have yet to get gas.

Double UGH!!!

The fact that gas has gone up almost $.20/gal in 4 days is scary.

Then I think that this only means paying an extra $3 for a full tank; that's not SO bad.

HOWEVER, when I think I'm paying over $3 per gallon and it takes me almost $50 to fill up my van, it just makes me wonder how bad it's going to get....

At least we dont have assigned days to get gas, like we did in the 70s. We just have that with our water.

Before you know it, we'll be paying for air. (think Spaceballs)

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Vivian tagged me last week to list 7 random facts about me.

1. I'm perpetually 5 min late. Always. When I worked for the newspape…

Saturday Stuff

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Now that Noel and the High over Central Florida have finally left, we actually got to see a cloudless sky again.

It was early when I took this and you can see the moon. It's that little white speck in the top left corner, click to see it bigger.

This one shows some early morning color.


It was also cooler this AM, at least for us.

According to Baby Girl, she now knows what winter is. She is SUCH a Florida girl!

If she could, she'd have put on this hat, but it was too small.

Its the rest of the leftovers from the socks I just finished, the rest of the 1st Kool-Aid yarn I dyed and some yellow/orange I had hanging around. It only took me 2 days to make it AND it looks like a real hat! I think I can make a couple more to add to my A4A envelope before I mail it out.

And I may have pulled out some acrylics to start more cat blankies, but I actually cast on for this.

A wrap sweater for Delaney.

Isn't she cute?

Technology is SO cool!! She's not due to make her appearance unt…

We Have A Winner!

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Using the latest high tech capabilities, a name was randomly drawn by an impartial judge.







And the winner is..........(insert drumroll here)


That's right! SusieH you are the proud new owner of Mr Euro. I'm sure the two of you will be very happy together.

Thank you to all who played and made my first contest a fun one!!

One Thing Leads to Another

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Hemi is now sterile. As a responsible pet owner I make sure my animals are neutered so that I don't add to the abundant population of stray cats. However, as a CHEAP responsible pet owner, I look for ways to make this as affordable as possible. This means going to the local humane society. They offer a discount certificate to make it more enticing to have your animal fixed. So on Tuesday I drove out there to pick up the certificate and to drop off the twoblankets I made for them over the summer. You'd think I brought them gold. They LOVED them.

Which makes me want to knit another blanket.

So I enter the closet of yarn (which is technically my clothes closet, but the yarn is quickly taking over) to look thru the huge bag of acrylics. Now where is that pattern?

Oh yes, in the basket I keep near the bed. As I'm searching for the cast on numbers and sizing, I find a sock pattern I was looking for.

So I start going thru the basket to put all the sock patterns in one bag. Wait, don&…