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Month End Wrap up

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Today I think I'll start out with something you don't normally see in this blog.

About a month ago I was in Target and they were having a sale in their $1 bins (I LOVE this section!). They had these little mini kits complete with a pot, dirt and seeds to grow your own veggies, flowers or herbs. I saw them before, but today they were only $.50 each. Well you know me and a bargain so I started going thru it. They had basil (which we have TONS of), radishes (which nobody likes) and they had a couple of tomatoes left. I decided to get the tomato one. Now just to let you all know, I dont have much of a green thumb. I need things that dont require alot of work. Anything that has to be babied along is just NOT for me. Plus if I plant something outside, the IO decides to *help* me so between the two of us, the plant ends up dead. So I decided that this will be my quiet little project. I brought it home and ended up putting it in my closet to work on that wknd.

One month later as I'…

A different kind of creativity

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I was reading Susie's blog and she had this painting posted of her current mood. I loved the painting so I decided to make one of my own.


Click here to create your own painting.

I think if I took it earlier it would be different. Right now I got the house cleaned up a bit and most of the laundry done, the IO is bringing home dinner (KFC anyone?) and once done, I will knit. Earlier today I was a bit frazzled because we have new neighbors with a kid a year younger than #1 Son, but a half a head taller than him. He's a nice kid, but a bit hyper and will climb the fence whenever he wants to come over. I'm trying to set some ground rules of when he can come over, so we had something set for 3pm today. I made the kids clean up around 2 and when #1 Son went to get him, he had another friend over and #1 Son was told that it would have to be another day. GRRRRR. The mom is also very sweet (turns out we have mutual friends) but its apparent who runs who there. Another reason I'm g…

Saturday Sky

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Today's sky is brought to you by #1 Son.

He did a pretty good job too!!

Last Wednesday I took a trip to JoAnn's. I needed to pick up a few things and needed a break from all things Mommy so as soon as the IO got home, off I went!! They are having a coupon sale right now plus lots of 50-75% off their summer stuff. I saved abt $30 with their coupons and I ended up walking out with a BIG bag of stuff for under $50!! WOOHOO!! (ANY time I walk out of that store under $50 is reason to celebrate!) And the most surprising part is that I didnt buy any fabric OR yarn!! I forgot to take pics of the stuff before I dispersed it thru out the house, but I *did* take a picture of my favorite find. A needle case.



Nice huh? I love the fabric and its nice and roomy inside. It was priced at $14.99, but with my 50% off coupon I could get it for only $7.50. I've been wanting a needle case for quite some time and have thought abt making my own. This saves me all the work. When I get t…

Another Finish

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It's not much, but I finished another square for WUA yesterday.

After I finished the square I had this deflated skein left (who knew Sears used to make yarn??).

So I pulled out my handy dandy ball winder and made this!

Can you tell I love this thing? I put it next to the bigger cake I made earlier to compare sizes.

I also started the scarf for RSP. I'm only 3 inches into a Mistake Rib scarf so I'll show more when there is more to show.

THEN I pulled out #1 Son's vest to work on. I havent touched it in a while so I had to figure out what I had done. I knew I made a mistake on the finished front left panel and it would need to be ripped out to the armhole, so I put that part back in the bag and pulled out the right front panel. I made sure that I had all the decreases correct (I have to decrease for both the armhole AND the v-neck) all the while keeping in pattern. After 10 rows I double checked my work. Apparently I was doing the armhole decreases on the v-neck side and the …

Tuesday Ramblings

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Part 1: I Just Dont Get It

As I move along the Information Highway cruising from one blog to another, there has been a flurry of activity at the majority of stops. Harry Potter. OMG I never realized how many knitters are also Harry Potter fans!! Me, not so much. I never got into him. And the fact that its the last book has made Harry Potter Mania that much more manic.

And if its not Harry Potter, it's Ravelry. Again I just dont get it. I can see how it might be kind of cool, but from what I can tell, there's nothing there that I can't find on line or post to my own blog. I'm not even on the list to sign up. When I checked to see where on the list a friend of mine was, she had over a thousand people ahead of her!! Again, another craze I just dont get. Maybe once its up and running I can get on to see what all the hub is abt.


Part 2: How to become the "Bestest Mommy in the Whole Wide World"


I just got this on clearance for $15. It normally retail…

What did I start??

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Ok I went thru all the yarn in my closet and pulled out what I want to work on. Apparently I'm an all or nothing gal because here is my want-to-work-on-now pile...


No surprise that half of that are sock projects. First ones I'll cast on for are some socks for the Football KAL. I've been looking for a coral/orange and an aqua blue for Miami Dolphin colors for awhile now. I could find things close, but nothing that screamed out BUY ME! so I kept looking. I was debating on having some dyed for me, but I KNEW I had to have something close in my stash. AND I DID!!

Each ball is a lone skein that I found in clearance bins at different times in different locations. What makes them perfect is that they are both dk weight and are made from the same materials. And knitted up on size 3 dpns should make them move along quite nicely. I think I will use the blue for the main sock and the orange for the stripes, heel and toe.

The other set of socks I want to make for me are these.


Saturday Sigh.....

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Who knew such a small closet could hold so much stuff???

Apparently part of my hobby addiction is collecting as much floss or fabric or in this case yarn that I possibly can. And I'm a sucker for a sale. I'll drop $25 on a bunch of yarns that I have no idea what I'll do with (but were on sale), and yet pass up some great yarn because its NOT on sale and VERY expensive, but would cost me no more than the yarn I just purchased. I'm sure a therapist would have fun with that one. Regardless, I'm now overflowing with more than enough yarn to make socks for my family, scarves for the extended family, some baby and toddler stuff for the newer cousins and a bunch of wool extras for the charity knitting that I do. And we wont even discuss the acrylic that keeps multiplying......

Shopping in your own stash though DOES curb any buying desires (except for my KVVS swap, still need to get something for her) and I pulled out all the projects that I have sitting in the back o…

All Aboard!!

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When the rugrats are home for 8 weeks, the things that are accessible get old.

Boring.

Mundane. That's when you dig into the back of the closet and into the garage to pull out some stuff you haven't seen in awhile and wa-la! what is old is new again!!


These trains haven't been played with in a LONG time!! They've been sitting in the garage for quite some time. I'm just glad they work!! One makes train noises and the other one used to make smoke. We've had these for a long time too. Here is a shot of when we first got one of them.....


When #1 Son was born, the IO went a bit nuts with trains. He always loved trains and whenever we bought #1 Son toys, it always included a train related item. I'm just happy they are doing something that doesn't require a monitor!

Updates on my goals:

Scrapbooking: I finished #1 Son's Kindergarten scrapbook yesterday. That was the one that just needed to be fixed a bit and transferred into a different book. He lov…

Perpetual Organization

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Ever since I realized there were only 5 weeks left until school/work starts up again, I've been thinking what we've done so far this summer. We've done quite a bit, but the projects I wanted to do haven't been touched.

Until yesterday.

Yesterday I tackled my bedroom dresser. The top is a place where I pile things to deal with later. W/O going into detail, its been awhile since I've been thru the whole thing. So now I have piles of projects waiting to be finished. Some things are just clothes that need to be fixed, or some paperwork that needs to be shredded. But then there is the pile of school stuff that I saved to put in a scrapbook for the rugrats. And the yarn that Baby Girl picked out for Barbie clothes. And the cross stitch projects that I need to finish.

My dresser is now free from paperwork, but my floor is filled with piles of different things to tackle. I figure if I'm going to put together a scrapbook for this past school year, I should also put togethe…

Saturday Social

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This was almost entitled Saturday Shopping because one of my LYS's is moving to Tampa and they were having some good sales on yarn. I have yet to go to this LYS so I figured it would be a good idea to do so before they moved. And the Rag Shop in Ocala is going out of business, everything is 30-80% off. PLUS I found some extra money that I could use for this shopping spree (dh is SUCH an enabler. HE was the one who suggested taking the day for myself and have some fun). How could I resist? Well somehow I did. I really dont need any more cross stitch, I DEFINITELY don't need any more fabric and the yarn at Rag Shop isn't what I'm looking for. The LYS specializes in sock yarn, but I have a LOT of sock yarn that I want to use in my stash already. So I decided I was going to *shop* my stash instead.

But I never got the chance.

A friend called up and needed to run some errands and wanted to know if I wanted to come along. A trip to Dunkin Donuts and Target??? Oh y…

It's Better

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First of all, thanks SO much for the positive comments on this dress. I think what bothers me the most is that it looks HOMEmade, not HANDmade. KWIM? I had an 8 y/o try it on and it fit perfectly! So it will fit for a long time to come! LOL Baby Girl was happy to hear it, because she still loves it! I added the buttons today and we tied a sash around her waist to see if it would help. Here is it.

The buttons DEFINITELY help. I'm not loving the ribbon around the waist, but Baby Girl does so it stays (for now). It looks better on the back.


When I held the material tighter to her back, it looked SO much better!!! I need to figure a way to gather it in the back and hold it there w/o messing up the knitting. If it was a fabric dress,it would be easier to manipulate. I'm open to all suggestions! LOL

Oh and I finished a dishcloth using some cotton/linen blend. It has tufts of white fibers woven in and I *thought* it would be ok, but its another project that I'm just …

It's Finished....

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.....but I'm not thrilled with it.



And I was worried it would be too small.

It just hangs on her. And it's plain.

Boring.

No zip.

So I plan on adding these.


They will help, but I'm still not thrilled with it. However Baby Girl LOVES it. And really that's *most* of what matters. In case this picture inspires you to make it (NOT!), I used a freebie pattern by Berroco. I've made this dress once before and even though it was a bit bulkier than I wanted, I really liked it. The yarn wasnt what was recommended, but it turned out ok. The buttons really made the difference. This time I used the recommended yarn, Pronto. I"m hoping the buttons make the difference again.

If it was just a bit smaller. With thinner yarn that had some pizzazz. I think I would like it then.

I just realized what it reminds me of......those sack dresses from the 80s.

This is the reason I stick to socks.

Saturday Afternoon Sky

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Here is a picture of my sky late afternoon.


And why didn't I get a picture of the sky earlier today? Because I woke up with a wicked headache that basically puts me out of commission for the entire day. I HATE them. The IO came in to check on me around 3pm to see if I was feeling better and as long as I didnt move around, I could watch the TV on low and only my eyes felt like they would rot out of my skull, instead of the usual mind crushing feeling. I fell asleep at the beginning of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and woke up 15 min before it ended. And finally felt much better. At 6:45pm. Ugh.

But at least I feel better now and got some great news. My SIL is pregnant! WOOHOO!! A new baby to knit for! She's due the end of January so that baby will need lots of warm knitted outfits. AND if she's a girl (my SIL already has 3 boys), that child will be in want of NOTHING!! LOL

We had some fun last night. Our local town has a Street Fair the first week of each month an…

Kitty Candy Friday

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What happens when you sprinkle a bit of the 'nip on some beds and toys???

Kitties Gone Wild!

Lucy: MMMMFFFFH


Lucy: sssskkkkphhfl


Tiger: Why isnt this bird flying away??


Tiger: Don't care why, I've got it now!


Princess: Hey, this doesn't look right!


Princess: When's it gonna be MY turn! I should NOT have to wait!


Lucy: I'm not giving THIS up!! MMFFFhhh


Tiger: Wait, what's this??


Tiger: Spacious yet cozy....


Tiger: And it comes with a view!


Princess: FINALLY!! Now how do I get these tiny balls out of here???


Lucy: I think I had too much of the 'nip.......


Caesar: These younguns don't know when to stop at the right amount.....zzzzzzzz