Sunday, September 30, 2007

Show Jane Your Socks!

Jane is having her Third Annual Show Her Your Socks contest. This year she's having us show our first pair of socks and then the socks we have just recently finished or are working on right now.

I have a couple of *first* socks to show. First up are my first socks ever.

I made these for #1 Son back in Sept of 2003. I made them using left over acrylic yarns and they have no heel. I know the stripes don't match, he wanted them that way. I'm not sure what to think of these guys. I don't really consider them socks, but #1 Son still wears them occasionally, and since they are on his feet, I guess they count as socks.

My first *real* socks (ie with a heel) are these.

I made these in March of 2005 for my new nephew. These have a heel but they were made with acrylic yarn and the cuff was a bit tight.

My first pair of socks that I made for me are these.

These were made in Oct of 2005. I used some Regia wool blended yarn, but I used a size 3 dpn. They fit but not as snuggly as I'd like.

Thank goodness I've learned a thing or two about making socks!! My latest are these.

My tan ones for CIC that were eventually dyed Pumpkin.

And of course the lastest socks for #1 Son

I used the same pic from my previous post, they haven't been touched since!! Can I TELL you how small size 1s are?!!?!?

Thanks for doing this contest Jane! I always love looking at other people's socks, AND this has inspired me to put all my sock pictures in one folder so I can see what I've made and how many I have done. That would be 27. Hopefully I can break 30 by the end of the year.....

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Saturday Sky

Will it rain or will it just blow thru?? That's what the weather has been like today. We are having a cold front go thru (high was only in the mid 80s today) and along with it is some clouds and rain. First it was a cloudy sky, then a plain white but glarey sky, then dark clouds blew thru. Now its this.

Apparently the sky can't decide either.

It's been a very busy and LONG week and I'm glad its over. I've been sequestered in my bedroom watching TV and occasionally knitting all day. I am worn out! More details and pictures of what wore me out will follow next week.

Also for those who knit socks and want to be a part of a fun contest, stop by Jane's blog and check out her sock contest. It's always a lot of fun to see other people's socks and she's got great goodies to give away as prices. Even if your sock has gone awry, enter anyway. Even if you've never knit a sock, but have the yarn and pattern all ready to go, you still qualify!! And if you've knit socks before but have discovered that its not for you, go for it anyway. If you win yarn, you know who you can send it to!! ;-)

More updates as the week progresses.........

Monday, September 24, 2007

Monday Morning Update

As I start my last week of work, I just keep thinking of staying home. I will still be busy, but at least the work I'm doing will be benefiting my family instead of just pushing paper around all day long. AND I can schedule out time during the day to work on some of my projects. I look at that pile of fabric just sitting there, waiting for me to cut it up and sew it back together. The shorts that are patiently waiting to be made so that Baby Girl can wear them to school. I really need to do this soon too since the shorts Baby Girl put on this AM were too small. And some shorts that #1 Son was wearing this wknd had to be put away as well. What fit at the beginning of Aug apparently isnt fitting so well anymore. At least we didnt do a major back to school shopping, I had a feeling they would have a growth spurt.

And speaking of growth spurt, Baby Girl discovered a grown up tooth cutting thru behind a baby tooth. Her first adult tooth. I'm really good with all kinds of milestones, but teeth seem to get me. When #1 Son cut his first tooth, I knew I'd never see that gumless grin again. And now Baby Girl is getting her permanent teeth. Before you know it, I'll be posting abt braces and driver's licenses!

Ok this blog really IS still a knitting blog (even though with all the postings of kids, cats and work, you'd never know it!), and I've got some stuff to post.

I finished my CIC socks and they are being mailed out today. Here are the Magic 28 socks I finally finished off on Friday.

I cast on 28 stitches on size 6 dpns using some tan wool yarn I got from an eBay win (I think).

Since these were tan and the other two were a light pink, I Kool-Aid dyed them on Saturday.

I used 2 packets of Tropical Punch for the light pink and 2 Orange for the tan. The pink ones are now a bright red and the tan ones are more pumpkin than orange.

With the socks done, I worked on my shawl. Somewhere along the way my counting got off and instead of having 54 repeats done (which would have put me 2/3s done), I only had 44 repeats done.

~sigh~

It did take the wind out of my sails a bit, but I really want this done by the end of Oct which means I have to do at LEAST a repeat a night to get it done in time. I did a couple more repeats this wknd to try and catch up.

Baby Girl LOVES it and wants me to make one for her.......Well THAT ain't gonna happen, but I do have some other novelty yarn that I can straight knit which she'd be happy with.

And since I always need a sock in progress, I cast on a pair for #1 Son.

I'm using a size 1 dpn for these socks, and it is going to take me forever!! You knit and knit and knit and knit and only have an inch done. Its a big difference from knitting with worsted weight and size 7s!!

I may have to pull out the cross stitch just to break up all this knitting.......

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Saturday Sightings

You know how it is when you go to somebody's blog and they have a link to something else that you follow and then that blog has ANOTHER link that you follow, and so on and so on? (kind of like an old Breck commercial?) Well I've been seeing some pretty interesting sights that I'd thought I'd post abt today.

First up is a British commercial that includes cereal and knitting.
Shreddies
Since we're already knitting with soy and corn, can this really be that far off??

This next one will either make you green with stash envy, or make you think therapy is needed. Either way, it will make you feel better abt your own stash. Here is a picture to get you started....

Now close your mouth and read abt it HERE

This LINK takes you to an Esty shop that has Thanksgiving items to knit. This is my favorite one.......

You know, I think this jacket would work with this ensemble!!!

Now this last one is amazing to me. Read Be*mused and see how she restored her 10 y/o niece's blankie. Here is what it looked like when she got it.

You have GOT to see what she ended up with. Absolutely amazing!! This woman has talent! The permalink wouldn't work for me so click on the above link and scroll down to her September 8th post.

Hope your Saturday has been a nice one.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Fun Friday

The first thing that makes it fun is that we survived the bad storms and tornado warnings we had last night. An F1 did touch down less than 4 miles away, but thankfully, we had no damage here. And for those hit by the tornado, there was a lot of damage, but thankfully nobody was hurt.

I'm home today (it's my last magic Friday), and I was hoping to get lots of stuff done, but I've been on the phone all day with friends and family making sure we are ok. So now that its only 1 more hour before I have to pick up the rugrats, why start anything now?? Instead I sat down to eat lunch and as I'm looking thru the channels, I notice a new show, Knit and Crochet Today. Hmmmm. Interesting. AND its on sock making. Well since I have a certain affinity toward socks, I set the DVR to tape. All I can say is that I'm glad that I already know how to make socks because this show CONFUSED THE HECK OUT OF ME! First they showed how to crochet socks. I don't crochet so I didnt pay much attention. But when they got to the knitting part, I perked up. I love to watch people make socks, you can always pick up a tip or two watching somebody else knit. Well the guest sock knitter was a bit nervous but she did really well. The host, who doesn't knit, kept interupting and asking questions that those who knit would never ask. This made the woman even more nervous which made her fiddly with the needles which made it look much more difficult than it really is to knit with 4 needles. I just wanted to give that woman a hug after the segment was over.

Later they showed another woman give sock tips for both crochet and knitting. Again, it looked more confusing than it actually is. I'm glad there is another knitting show on TV, I still plan on taping it to watch, but if all the episodes are like this one, I don't see this show lasting long. Of course this is just my opinion, your mileage may vary. If you've seen this show before, I'd love to know what you thought of it.

Speaking of knitting socks, I brought my CIC socks with me to ballet. The majority of moms there are used to seeing me pull out yarn and needles, however this time I had an older woman watching me while I worked on my sock. Turns out she used to knit a long time ago, but had forgotten. She crochets instead. On the other side of me was a 7 y/o little girl who has been wanting to learn how to knit for awhile now, but her mom doesnt know anybody who knits. Unfortunately they were just there to make up a class, they normally go on Tues or else I'd bring yarn and needles and teach her. Meanwhile another little girl started to complain to her mom, "See? I KNEW I should have brought my knitting!" LOL I've been knitting at ballet for 3 years now and I've never had so many people show so much interest in it!! Maybe I can start a little knitting club for the older kids who have to wait while their younger siblings are in class.......I think I should at least bring some extra yarn and needles just in case.

And you'd think with all this knitting I'd have something to show. Nope. That last sock is taking me FOREVER to finish. I worked some repeats on my shawl but not enough to show any progress. So what's a girl to do when there are no knitting pictures to post?? Why distract you all with a cute kitty/kid picture of course!!


Can you get me a snack? I don't want to get up.
(this comment works for both kid and cat!)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wet Wednesday

Whoever has been doing the rain dance, thank you. Now you can stop. It's been raining a LOT ever since that post! I know Carol did a rain dance for me, but if this is all from HER, she's more powerful than she thinks!! Remember Carol, make sure to use your powers for good instead of evil!

On a drier note, I saw this comic strip on somebody's blog, copied it and kept her blog address so that I could properly link her, but since the IO redid the computer none of my stuff is in the same place. I *will* find her and give her credit, but until then, I'm gonna post it.


Lily Chin would be the one to beat!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

One Month In

It's bound to happen. Once they start school, they come in contact with all kinds of germs. Thankfully we seem to gain a week each year. While I"ve been ranting abt my job, this past week both kids have been sick. Baby Girl has a cold and #1 Son's asthma kicked into overdrive. He never has a problem during the summer and we havent had to use the nebuliser since March. But its working overtime right now!!

And to add to it, Baby Girl threw up yesterday morning. She woke me up at 6AM to tell me she wasnt feeling well and we had just enough time to grab a towel before she was sick. Once she was done she felt MUCH better and was her normal crazy self.

Until she ate some barbeque potato chips.

Poor thing was so sick again. She ended up falling asleep on the couch around 4pm. She didn't wake up until 10pm that night. Now THAT'S a nap!! We stayed up another couple of hours and both kids ended up sleeping with me that night. THEY sleep better but I'm squished in the middle.

Of course all of this happens when my sisters are coming out. AND the IO has been reloading the computer and adding in some stuff he will need for his computer upgrade. Which means no little computer breaks for me (hence no Saturday Sky post). Everything is back up and running, and while I still have all my favorites saved, they are in different order. PLUS all my emails disappeared..... I had some saved to read later, some saved to respond to later and some saved to refer to later! So if I owe you an email, I apologize. If you don't hear from me, its because of the IO, NOT because of me!

What did *I* do during all this madness? TONS of laundry! I'm almost caught up. And I've been working on the kitchen. And during her long nap, I cast on for a Magic 28 sock. This time I measured while I counted so I can knit w/o having to mark off each row. Yes I can always go back and count, but measuring works the best for me. I finished one sock and should be able to finish off another one in the next couple of days. I really like this pattern, I'm using size 6dpns with this one and I'm getting a gauge of 5.5/inch. The other pattern I use gives me a 5/inch gauge, but they are for an infant, perfect for socks that will still warm toes but not used in walking around a lot. I *may* get a 4th pair done for this challenge, but I do plan on Kool Aid dyeing them and I want to be sure I have enough time to do it all and still get them in the mail by Oct 1st.

And to keep this post from being pictureless, I'll leave you with a Hemi AWWWWWWW!


Don't hate me because I'm adorable!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Freedom Friday

Due to recent events, it looks as if I won't be working in the office anymore. Yesterday's post would have been a major rant, but I never got a chance to write it. In a nut shell, I'm being given more responsibility and they are cutting my salary by $12.50. When I questioned it, one of the reasons I was told was that the new salary was a nice round number.

Seriously.

SERIOUSLY!

So after talking with the IO, I am leaving. This of course will add MORE financial issues to our life, but it's pushing the IO to get serious abt going back into computers. He promises to send out 5 resumes this wknd. Of course there are no guarantees, but the programming language he deals with is in high demand for people so I'm hoping that it wont take too long for him to be hired.

I plan on giving them 2 weeks, but with me being back for only 2 weeks, I'm not sure if they will even have me stay past Monday. So even though I won't be bringing in money and it will be THAT much harder financially, it's amazing how much better I feel!!

On a more fiberly note, I've been knitting socks!

These are some baby socks that I'm knitting up for Children in Common. They are looking for 200 pairs of socks by the end of the month, and with almost 700 people on the Yahoo group, we have a pretty good shot of making it. I used THIS pattern. Using size 7 dpns with worsted weight wool makes for a quick sock!! I can cast on at 8pm and be done with it by 10pm!! I *may* do another pair in tan, but not sure yet. Either way, I do plan on Kool-Aid dyeing these two pairs.

And now that I will no longer have to schlep to an office, I will be able to get the house back in some kind of order and MAYBE find that baby pattern book. Or cast on for another baby outfit, which means it will surely show up then!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

A Win-Win Situation

First of all, whoever did a rain dance for my area, THANK YOU!!! It started to rain yesterday at 4:11pm. How do I know that? Because when it started to rain, I looked at the clock to see how long it would ACTUALLY rain! (I swear, you'd think I had no life!). Well after 10 min I was really impressed that it was still raining. You see, we HAVE had some water fall from the sky, but it only lasts for abt 2 min and then its gone. Enough to get everything wet (including yourself), but not enough to really water anything. After 30 min I was completely amazed. Finally after almost an hour later, it stopped raining. I had an empty bowl by the front door (keep in mind this is under a COVERED porch) and it had over an inch of rain in it!! WOOHOO!! Now THAT's what I call rain!

Also on Sunday while watching the Dolphin football game, I finished my Football KAL socks.

I knit them both up at the same time because I wasn't sure I'd have enough yarn for both socks. Turns out I had enough and even had left overs.

The blue is Sirdar Snuggly yarn and the melon is Wendy Peter Pan yarn #333. I dont usually knit socks with acrylic, but they were the colors I was looking for and they were in my stash. Since I plan on using them as house socks, they will be fine. I did a K3P1 rib and a stst for the foot, your basic vanilla sock, using size 3dpns (gotta love DK weight yarn!). They still took me longer than expected, abt a month, but they are done and I can move on to my next pair of socks.

Which I did.

Children In Common is revving up for an Oct 1st sock blitz so I cast on AND FINISHED sock #1 and cast on for sock #2!! I probably could have finished the 2nd if I didnt have to go to bed at a decent hour to wake up for work today. I'm thinking I'll finish it off tonight. I may make a couple more before the end of the month, esp since I still can't find the patterns for my SIL! It's light pink yarn so that means by the end of the month I'll be mixing up another batch of Kool Aid.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Saturday Sky

Do you SEE what happens when work, school, ballet and volunteering all happen in one week??? Absolutely nothing! I've also dropped more money this week on school pictures, book fair and ballet than I have in a long time. And I know it only gets worse.

School is going well for the rugrats. Baby Girl is getting a bit worn out. Between full school days and ballet on Thursdays, she is pretty much worn out by Friday. But we are having fun in Kindergarten. And so far I have brought in cooked macaroni, cut up fruit, cut out shapes for turtles and fish, been in #1 Son's class once a week to help with paperwork, helped with the book fair on two different days and was called in to help with school pictures.

And there have only been 3 weeks of school.

Meanwhile the house is taking a major downturn. The IO is helping in the kitchen and doing laundry. Well starting laundry. He will wash and dry them and then dump them on the couch. I'm glad he's helping, but now I have clothes that are crumpled up and falling all over the place. Plus it's a great place for the cats to snuggle up.

Do you mind? I'm trying to nap!

Some slight good news......the IO is looking into going back into computers again. Ever since he got laid off from Sprint six months after 9/11, life has never been the same. After a very interesting 5 years filled with job and health issues, he's realizing that maybe he should get back into computers and is looking into getting his certifications updated. Once he gets them, I'll be able to stay home again.

And maybe finish off my house. Does wanting baseboards make me materialistic?!?

Knitwise, not alot is going on. I've done abt 3 repeats on my shawl and I'm getting close to finishing my football socks. I STILL can't find my patterns that I want to use for my sil and I'm running out of places to look.

And last but not least, here is my sky.

Yes it's cloudy, but we won't get rain from it. I was hoping Tropical Storm Gabrielle would give us some rain, but she's doing just the opposite. Not only are we not getting any rain, but the occasional afternoon showers arent even happening due to her hogging all the moisture.

Anybody know of any rain dances??

Monday, September 03, 2007

Wet & Wild

We did something today that we haven't done in a couple of years.


We went to the beach!! The nice thing abt living in the center of Florida is that if you want to go to the beach, you can go to either the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. The bad part of living in the center of Florida is that if you want to go to the beach, it's over an hour drive. (I'm not a lake person, even if its spring fed. I worry too much abt gators.) Usually we go to the ocean, but with the recent shark attacks and rip currents getting national attention, we decided to head on over to the gulf.

In no time flat, Baby Girl made a friend.


And the IO and #1 Son had fun in the water.


I stayed under the umbrella with my little friend.


There were some pros and cons to this beach. It wasnt a very big area, so parking was right by the sand. No schleping up and down stairs and docks to get to the sand and water. And if you left something in the car, no biggie. It didn't take a hike to get what you needed and come back. The water was also very calm and shallow, plus it was roped off so that you couldn't go out too far. We didnt have to worry too much abt the rugrats getting in too deep.

However there were a lot of these.


This guy bit Baby Girl. She was holding it to show her friend, and then she palmed it. OUCH!!!! Poor thing will never do THAT again!!

And along the jetty, some older kids found this one.


Later when #1 Son coerced me into going into the water, the bottom felt weird. Kind of like muck. And according to the IO, it got worse the farther you went out. The part where I was sitting was white and sandy, the part where the tide came in and out was different. And if you dug a moat, it was icky.

See?



Oh and did I mention the reactor?!?


Makes me wonder what kind of fish people are pulling up along the bridges......

Hey, be happy I only have the two eyes!!

So while there were some nice things abt this beach, I think we'll stick to the ocean. I know there are some REALLY nice beaches on the Gulf, (Naples and Sanibel Island are rated some of the top beaches of the US) but this one wasnt one of them.

Overall, though, we really did have a nice time. The stuff that put us off only bothered us grown ups, the rugrats had a fantastic time.

Which is all that matters....

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Saturday Movies

Yes it was that kind of day. I'm so tired from working in the office, I did NOTHING today! Ok I did do some laundry, but honestly, I dont even count that anymore. The IO went grocery shopping for me and by the afternoon I took some *me* time and went into my bedroom to knit and watch a movie.

You know what makes me nuts? When they advertise a movie as a comedy, but in actuality its a drama with some relief comedy thrown in. A lot of Robin Williams movies are like this (Fisher King, Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, The World According to Garp). If I'm sitting down for a comedy, I want lightheartedness, laughter, maybe a little romance (yes romance comedies are my favorite, then mystery). I DON'T want it to make me think about life. And I don't want it to make me cry.

You can see where I'm going with this.

I taped the movie Click to watch when I had some time to myself. Today was that day. Got my knitting out and started watching it. Well it started out funny, but then it got serious. Then it got dark (this shouldn't surprise me since it has Christopher Walken in it). I now no longer can knit because my eyes are leaking. The IO comes in and sees me and asks me what movie I'm watching (he knows I dont like movies that make me cry). When I told him Click, his first response was, "I thought it was a FUNNY movie!"

So did I.

I guess I should have seen it coming, but I figured it would be like It's A Wonderful Life. Lighthearted with a lesson at the end. Then again that movie is from 60 years ago, AND it makes me cry too. I have no idea what I was thinking, but it wasn't what I was expecting. So now I'm watching one of those Jane Doe movies they show on the Hallmark Channel. Taped that one as well. Those are good to watch with #1 Son. Once Baby Girl goes to sleep, he likes to watch TV with me. Well tv after 8pm is not exactly kid friendly (think CSI or Desperate Housewives) so I tape movies like the Jane Doe ones so we have something to watch. They remind me of the old cop shows of Mannix or Quincy or (my grandmother's favorite) Kojak. (Boy have I just dated myself!!) Oh and we watch Monk together as well.

As far as my sky is concerned, it was similar to last week. This is my front yard


and this is my back.


We had some thunder and while I was taking the picture of the back yard, I saw a streak of lightning and a boom of thunder so I figured we'd be getting something soon. Nope, that was the extent of it and then it cleared up. Go figure.

Well it's time I got back to Jane Doe to see how she solves the puzzle of the missing Declaration of Independence. Finally something I can knit to!