Sunday, April 29, 2007

Project Spectrum

I've been collecting pictures for Project Spectrum so I thought I'd post those today instead of waiting until the last minute. This go around features green, yellow and pink.

A petite yellow flower growing among the weeds (yes its probably a weed as well, but its pretty so it lives)


My knockout roses


My hibiscus covers all 3 colors


And what pink colorway would be complete w/o a picture of Baby Girl??


If I ever finish my fixation socks, they will fall under the green/yellow colorway. At this point they will be finished for the month of April covering a few of my KALs.

Speaking of KALs, I've added a Magic 28 KAL. Norma
posted a basic sock pattern that she uses for charity knitting, 28 stitches, 28 rows, 28 socks. She set a goal for 28 socks (14 pairs for us slow ones, 28 pairs for those quicker with the needle) for charity, and as you all know in blogland, a few people latched on to the idea and ran with it. Suddenly Norma is setting up a KAL to challenge us to make 28 (pairs) socks for our favorite charity. Since summer is fast approaching, socks are the easiest and best things to knit during the hot months. And Lord knows I need to join ONE MORE THING! But I'm smart, all I have to do is knit a sock and I cover a ton of KALs! Now I just need to fix the sidebar with my picture. I'm still so brainless when it comes to making my blog pretty. I have a book, but apparently osmosis is not working, I need to actually open the book and read it. I wonder how many times the library will let me keep renewing it??


You don't fool me, you are just taking my picture to avoid cleaning.

He is a very wise cat.......

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Saturday Sky

This is what it looked like this AM.


And just 5 min ago.


In between those two pictures was a rehearsal for Baby Girl's ballet and tackling #1 Son's bedroom. They *clean* it, but I really needed to get in there to organize and toss a BUNCH of junk out. Tomorrow is Baby Girl's room. The big motivator? My sisters are coming to visit on Monday and they will each be staying in their bedrooms. I swear I think the only time I really organize and clean is when I have company coming, but they know I'm a bit of a slob and I only promise a clean bed and a clean bathroom.

I don't have a lot to report so I will dazzle you with kitty pictures.

Princess just LOVES to snuggle.


She also loves to do the paws in Baby Girl's hair like BG is the mama. It's SO sweet to watch.



Did you expect anything else? After all, you DID name me Princess!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Charity and Tragedy

I knew it would eventually happen. One of my wool socks got caught in the laundry. Washed and DRIED. So these socks that used to fit me

now fit #1 son.....


You'd think this would be ok since it still fits somebody in the family. Well as soon as he put the wool sock on he started to complain it was itchy. He doesnt like them. So I will wash and DRY the second sock, hope they match in size and put them in my CIC pile. They will keep SOMEBODY's foot warm!

Of course they were one of my favorite socks, they fit GREAT. However this has me rethinking my sock stash. I'm REALLY worried abt my Koigu and some of my hand dyed sock yarns. Do I use them and hope it doesnt happen again (I already take care to make sure they don't get in the regular laundry but as we can see, mistakes happen) or do I find other good homes for them?? I'll have to think abt this one.....

Meanwhile I've been doing some charity knitting. I finished another hat.


There is a reason I mostly knit socks.....

I used the pattern from Debbie Bliss's book for a hat that is supposed to fit a 3-6 MONTH baby. Blech. I'm not happy with it, but I think it will be fine for a 2 y/o with the ribbing folded up. I used up my Lambs Pride wool, ran out and used some Germaintown brown wool. I had fun making the hat but I'm disappointed that it didn't come out as well as I'd hoped. I knit it flat and seamed it up. The next hat I make will be in the round using the twisted rib watch cap pattern I have. Its the only hat pattern I really like.

I have one more charity sweater on the needles and so far I like it, but who knows what the finished product will be when I'm done.

The rugrats have gotten in on the crafting act as well. Here was the only quiet moment I had all wknd.


I got some t-shirts on sale at JoAnns along with an iron on picture that can be painted. Here is baby Girl's. I would have included #1 Son but he ended up spilling spaghettios on the white shirt. ~sigh~


Only 4 more Monday's until school's over. Then everything stops. No more school, no more ballet, no more work. Yep that's right, I will become a lady of leisure. Peg Bundy sitting on the couch eating bonbons. Ok maybe not that bad but the pace of life will slow down a bit and for that I'm grateful.


Get ready to par-tay!!!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Saturday Sky


Here is my Saturday Sky. It was a beautiful day yesterday, its amazing how nice its been. But the cool air is abt to end. Next week will bring highs of 89. Blech.

I've been doing more organizing. The spot next to the bed where I keep my on-going projects was getting out of control, plus some of my yarn bags were lining the hallway to the bathroom. I moved some things around in my closet, and reorganized some of the on-going projects so that the side of the bed looks MUCH better (I even vacuumed!! WOOHOO) and I got all the yarn that was in the hallway back in my closet.

As I was doing my organizing, I'm realizing I've got a LOT of on-going projects so I'm trying to finish off a few (or get MUCH further along) before I start anything new. I've got incentive to do this since I want to make Baby Girl some tank tops and I've got some nice yarn to make a nice short sleeved top. And I've also decided that the sweater for me in the closet will be unraveled. I still like the pattern and the yarn, but together it's just not working.

I have no knitting pictures to share, but I have been working on a cross stitch project. This hasnt been touched since Aug 2006, eight months ago. It's another one of my projects I want to make some progress on. Here are my before and after shots of this go around.


I worked on the green bag. When I first got this project, I figured it would go fast since the bags are mostly 1/2 stitches (one side of the "x" instead of a full "x" for those not familiar with cross stitching), but the 1/2 stitching really skews the fabric and it will need to be stretched back into place when I'm done. Meanwhile it looks funky and it makes me nuts.

As I'm pulling out these projects I'm realizing that I started them all around the same time. Back in 2001 I started FOUR big projects and only finished one (and that's only because I wanted it hanging in Baby Girl's room before she outgrew it!) The other three have been sitting in my closet not seeing a lot of light. These are the three that I want to spend some time on. We've recently seen Maggie; these are my Bag Ladies; the next one up is Lavender & Lace's Queen Ann's Lace. I started working on her last night and with the 36ct linen I need to work on her more since I wont be able to see the holes much longer!! Gotta love 40 y/o eyes.

Meanwhile my poor sock sits. And so does the shelter afghan. I want to finish both of them off soon. The sock I can see happening, but the afghan and the 89 degree weather, not so much.

Well I was wrong!! I forgot I finished a hat for Afghans for Afghans........It will join the pair of socks I made to be sent for this latest challenge. Now that I remembered that hat, I'm realizing that I want to make a small sweater as well. I think I will use a pattern out of a Debbie Bliss book I have. Its no wonder I have so many projects going on, I keep thinking of things I want to make!!!!

I used left over yarn from other charity projects. The top looks a bit weird but once on a head, it looks fine.

Hope everybody has a nice Sunday!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Maggie

I've been working on Maggie for a few days now and I think I need swap her out. When I spend more time deciding where to stitch instead of stitching, its time to move on.

Here are before and after pictures of this time around.....


I finished the book, added in her paw and worked a bit on the basket on top of the bookshelf. I also filled in some twosies and threesies areas (you know, where there are only 3 stitches of one color and then it switches to another 2 stitches of another).

Not sure who will come out to play next, maybe Too Pooped.

I also finished Smile!


I think it came out really cute, now I just need to find a square picture frame for it.......until then it will be a FUPPIE.

I'm still plugging away on the sock, I am starting the foot part just past all the decreases. It still amazes me that this sock is taking so long.........I think the problem is that I'm more in the mood to work on some of my wool sock yarn, but I really wont wear them until next year. Kind of a let down when you cant wear what you just finished. But a few days ago I was in the mood to knit up some tanks for Baby Girl so once the weather warms up I may be in the mood for that again.

Meanwhile the kitties are enjoying the cooler weather.

I will get you invisible foe!!


Wait, what is that dangling?!!?


Got you, evil paparazzi!!!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Happy Acres Cafe

The same storm that's dumping tons of icky weather up north

is the same storm that brought us much needed rain and cooler weather. Its been really warm the past couple of days so this cool air is SO wonderful right now. It was 76 when the rain past thru, but then you could feel the cold air move in. Ahhhhh.......Its now sunny and 64 degrees.

With the cooler temps comes energy and I've been in the kitchen most of the afternoon. My food pics don't come out as well as Dee's, but here are mine nonetheless.....

The sauce is simmering on the stove


The muffins are cooling


The quiche is going fast


and the cake is in the oven


The rugrats helped with the cake. They LOVE to mix, but this time I made #1 Son read the box and tell me the directions. One day HE will be making ME cake!!

If you are being hit by this storm, I hope that you dont have any major damage and that you have lots of fun knitting/stitching/quilting. THIS is the reason we have stash!!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Saturday Spa

Everybody has been to a home party at least ONCE in their lives. It used to be Tupperwear, then Mary Kay. I've been to a TON of Pampered Chef parties along with Party Lite and Southern Living. I've also been to a jewelry party (NOT Sarah Coventry, which just popped into my head while typing this. I suddenly remember going to a SC party with my mom when I was 10, but I digress). However today I went to the best one. A spa party.

A friend of mine mentioned going to one abt a month ago and this was TOTAL news to me. I've never heard of such a thing. Boy I wish somebody around here would have one. Then WHAMO! My next door neighbor tells me that she is selling this stuff (canNOT remember the name of the product) and that she is having a spa party today. After a week of kid friendly plans, this was right up my alley.

I go over around 3pm. I walk into her house, or what used to be her house. Today its transformed into a spa. She has soothing music on and candles lit. The drapes are drawn and subdued lighting is scattered thruout. Its nice and cool (today we had a high of 86 and remember I STILL have no a/c) and quiet. I'm in heaven.

There were a total of 5 of us girls plus my neighbor who is hosting the party. We have parafin type things for our hands (this was the BEST!), soothing foot creme, facials and a demo of micro dermabrasion. It was W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L. Once we were done we had some more wine and some petit fours. I have to wait until some money comes in, but I will SO be buying some of that hand stuff along with some body lotion.

I was exhausted when I went and completely relaxed when I got home. Baby Girl popped out her elbow yesterday and we thought we had it back in before she went to sleep but it wasnt. She woke up at 5:30 crying because she was in pain but she didnt want to go to the hospital. As I'm trying to get her to go back to sleep, the cat steps on her elbow and pops it back in place. Gotta love that cat!!! Hospital trip averted but so was sleep. The spa party was just what I needed. I'm just happy I didn't fall asleep, but I DID tell them to nudge me in case I started to snore.

Here is my Saturday Sky.


I love the way the clouds look when the sun is setting.
Now if I can get the rugrats to set as well.

Friday, April 13, 2007

The End of the Line

Today is the last day of our spring break before we go back to our regularly scheduled programming. I need more time. However there are only 6 more Mondays left before summer break which means that unless my employer comes up with a way to get me to work from home, I wont be working much longer. I have mixed emotions abt that, being home would be NICE, but the little pittance I'm making won't be there for extras like food and gasoline. This is what keeps life exciting!

Anyway we ended up doing quite a bit this week. We hung out with friends, went bowling, went to the park, went swimming, and went to the county fair. Here is a picture of the Rugrats loading up on sugar just before we left the fair. I know, I know, but I didnt want them eating all the greasy, sugary fair food BEFORE the rides!! They were a bit wired when we got home but I let the Insane One deal with them then!! That's what he gets for not going with us!!


I would have taken pictures of the exhibits, but quite honestly, they were a bit lame. The quilts really weren't that great, plus there were a few repeats from the quilt show back in March. The knits looked like they were pulled out of an old trunk. There were a few cross stitched projects, one that was really nice. It was a rose that was 8x10. That was my favorite. The best in show items for all the crafts were really disappointing. I hate to say that because somebody really tried to do their best, but I wasnt that impressed considering it was a competition. Then again its possible that the really good items weren't put in because the owner was afraid that they might grow legs and walk off. I know that's happened at the bigger fairs.

Today was used trying to organize some things, but I'm not doing a very good job if it. I'm just not in the mood. It's my last day of spring break and I really dont want to spend it working. Throughout the week, I've been trying to finish off some projects. I got a small button for my Smile flower, I got the WDW floss for the next small cross stitch project and I've been working on Maggie.

Knitwise there is another campaign for Afghans for Afghans, they are opening a new clinic and want to have some knitted items to give to moms with small children so I've been going thru my wool yarn to see what I can use to make up some quick hats and socks. I also worked a bit on my fixation sock.

Quiltwise, I moved my fabric from point A to point B. No motivation there AT ALL!

At this point, a nap on the couch sounds like the best idea.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Project Spectrum & CIC

My socks are done. And they cover quite a bit of my KALs! They were originally pink so they cover my project spectrum, they are socks so they cover both my Sock It To Em and SAM KALs, and they are for CIC so they cover my charity knitting. Who knew such little socks could be so powerful?!? Here they are after I dyed them with Cherry Kool Aid.

Between the shampoo I used to wash them and the cherry from the Kool Aid, they smell SOO good!! Much better than that sheepy wool smell they had when I first got them. They are a bit softer too.

I really don't have many stats for it, they are a pair of socks for a small child made from some worsted weight wool I bought on eBay, used size 5 dpns for a regular vanilla sock. They were QUICK though, each sock only took me 2 days. Now that's my kind of knitting!!

I'm still plugging along on the cascade sock. I've been really tired at night so not much has been happening. Today has been filled with laundry and paperwork. I even had "help".

Apparently there wasnt enough laundry for everybody so some just sat on high and supervised.

Tomorrow we will be bowling with some friends. Hopefully tomorrow night I'll get a big chunk of sock done. If I do, I'll report back. Of course I get *help* when I'm on the computer as well.....

Got any envelopes to seal?



I'm not sleeping, I'm keeping the seat warm for a rugrat.

Here's some extra toes if you need help counting.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

My turn!!

The one problem with EVERYBODY being home is that I don't get on line as much as I'd like. Which means I'm behind on reading blogs, answering emails and posting. Eh. One day I will have my OWN computer that nobody wants to play on, change around or generally fight over.

Meanwhile I have been busy. Caesar decided to defend his territory and ended up with a puncture wound behind his ear. Three hours and $100 later, we got him all fixed up. He's got a lot of spunk for a 17 y/o!

You think I look bad, you should see the other guy!

We also went to the library for some books, puzzles and videos. We should be set for the week. Somebody was freecycling some more books AND some yarn. How could I pass it up?!?

I figure it will work out perfect for more mindless shelter blankets. You gotta love it, the more I use up the acrylics, the more I seem to collect!

I've been working on my socks, here are the Cascade Fixation ones.... (Dee, does the yarn look familiar?)

One sock is done, and I'm almost done with the cuff on the 2nd one. I needed to take a break between sock #1 and sock #2 so I did these...

I whipped up some pink socks for CIC. Cute the way they are, but a bit light so they are sitting in a pot of Cherry Kool Aid as I type.

And on top of everything else, the IO's grandmother passed away so he had to fly out for the funeral. He flew back home on Saturday and got some great pictures from the plane. I took a picture of my Saturday Sky but his are so much better!!


Well apparently this is all the time I'm allotted on the computer. I've got 2 kids hovering along with cats looking for cuddle time.

Doesn't she realize the quickest way to get rid of us is to feed us?!?!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Count Down to Spring Break

Two more days before SPRING BREAK!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!! I'm more excited than the kids!! At first I thought I was going to have company, but that got moved to May. MUCH better!! I know I'll have people over, but it will be play dates or stop overs, not planned sleep over guests, MUCH easier for me to deal with right now.

In true form, I'm already overbooked. I pulled out a notepad and made a list of things I want to do and a list of the days home. I *think* we can do it. It's really nothing major and if it doesnt happen, its not a big deal, but if I want to get as much accomplished as I would like, I will need to plan this out. Most of it is stuff to do with the kids; strawberry picking, the county fair, maybe even the beach. I already have a day where we are meeting up with some friends to take the kids bowling. There's also the farmer's market that I'd like to visit. See its all fun stuff. But then I'd also like to do some spring cleaning, and work on the quilts and sew up some stuff. Oh and the scrapbooking. Well that might not happen, but I'd like to add some lists to my sidebar (2007 finishes, books I'm reading, etc). This is where it all gets tricky. I'm not stressing abt ANY of this, this is the kind of stuff I want to be doing, and if none of it happens and all I do is relax, well that's ok too!!

In other news, worked on my sock last night and I've actually made progress!! I'm just starting the toe decreases and plan on being finished with it by tonight. I seem to work the second sock faster so I should be reporting a finished pair soon. Then I'm going to go thru my sock stash and pull out all the yarn that has cotton in it. I have some more cascade fixation in the pile along with some Knit Picks Dancing and some Regia Bamboo. The next pair will come from here.

The shelter blanket is coming along as well, I started the last skein for it. Once that's done, I'll add a few rows of orange to finish it off.

AND my flower cross stitch is moving right along, I have the petals almost done, then all there is left is the green and purple border. Its nice to have 3 projects so close to completion. It keeps me motivated to finish them off.

On the kitty front, they find all kinds of things in the back yard. Lucy found this.

Your run of the mill garter snake.
Check out this family picture....

You can tell its getting warmer when the wildlife in the backyard starts picking up...

I can't believe that I have hardly shared any kitty pictures! I will have to resolve that as the week goes on.......You have been warned.