Showing posts from February, 2008

Another FO

I tend to be a bit stubborn with my knitting and while I don't rip things out, I keep doing them until I like what I get.

Case in point, vests. I made two of them that came out *ok*, but I wasn't thrilled with them. I still think the necks might be a bit tight, but I sent them anyway. Not being happy with what I did, I cast on for another vest.


I used this pattern from the Warm Woolies site. I cast on with a size 15 needle (instead of an 11) and didn't realize it until I got to the armholes, but I also added too many strands of different weights of wool and made something thicker than bulky, so it all evened out and the vest looks good. I'm happy it worked out, but it won't fit a child aged 3-4. It will fit a child aged 6-9.

It fits #1 Son as well, but I like the fit on Baby Girl better. Either way, it will fit a child well which was the main goal. (A picture of #1 Son wearing the vest was taken, but posting of the picture was nixed by the boy. &qu…

Lost in Time

While I don't usually blog twice in one day, I had to come back and post this.

You Belong in 1956

You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

What Year Do You Belong In?

1956?!? My MOTHER was only 12 in 1956!! Honestly I don't know how they figured me out because I was all over the decades with what I watch, say and drive. I think it was Cary Grant that put me over the edge (which is fine by me!)

D is for......

Florida has been in a drought for a few years now. We got a ton of rain back in 2004 when we had 3 hurricanes blow thru, but the lakes have slowly continued to drop. We have a small lake at the beginning of our sub division that has really shown this to be true. It was never that deep so it looks worse than it probably is, but the IO would take the kids fishing in the lake for the fun of it (catch and release). Now all that is there are ducks. Even the family of Sandhill Cranes are gone. We still have plenty of wildlife in the other surrounding lakes, and if you didn't know what this looked like before, it would be fine. I put a line along the areas that were mucky when they stood to fish. You can see there is quite a difference.

The things circled are the family of ducks. The lake provides food for their family, but they are so used to having people feed them, they start to swim to shore the second they see humans! I didn't bring any this time around so I got out quickl…

Sunday Updates

I swear it's getting harder and harder to get on the computer on Saturdays. I think I need to set up some kind of schedule just so I can get on occasionally! I think I'll use tomorrow to get caught up on my blog reading. Everybody will be in school/work and it will just be ME!! BUHAHAHAHAHA!!

Ok enough of my maniacal behavior, let's get on to the good stuff. I know a lot of you come to see the beautiful skies and temps living in FL will give, but yesterday morning we had a front come thru and this was my morning sky

However, this IS Florida and if you wait a bit, the weather will change and we were back to this.

I will need to take a picture of those same trees in the summer. It's weird to see them not growing new leaves yet. We've had some trees that have not only flowered, but are already dropping them.

The rainy morning was perfect for knitting, so while it was drizzly outside, I cast on and finished these.

I kind of feel that these are too light to send out s…

I Caved.......

I'll give you a hint. There are 5000+ people ahead of me. Can you guess where I signed up????

Ugh, I canNOT believe I caved, but I'm seeing too many references to Ravelry NOT to join.

So, there you have it. Peer pressure wins again.

Yesterday was the day I was meeting up with my stitching friends for some cross stitch time. Well I never made it. Baby Girl has been fighting something for the past couple of weeks (I'm surprised she lasted that long considering everybody in her class is sick), but Wednesday she just kept coughing and coughing and really couldnt stop. I tried breathing treatments and some cold and allergy meds and slathered on some Vicks. Didn't work. Then I'm realizing her cough sounds alot like mine and realized she's dealing with a post nasal drip, so off to CVS at 10:30pm to get some Sudafed. I gave her some tea and the IO sat with her for a bit. She was asleep by 11:30. I kept her home today as well, just to give her a bit of a rest f…

Kitty Thursdays

So where are these big kitties you talked abt???

My eyes can cut right thru that "so called" cage.

My paw is bigger than your entire head.

Never mind!!

Just One More.......

So the last time I blogged, I spoke abt playing in my fabric. Did I?


I pulled out some wool and cast on for another vest.

I REALLY want to make one that I'm happy with. So far so good.

There is no urgency for socks or sweaters for us here

so instead of casting on for #1 Son's sock, I decided to use up some of my wool yarn. WITH COLOR!

I did pull out my Seasonal Spring to work on while I meet up with my stitching group tomorrow. I have to say I'm so happy I can join them on a regular basis now. It seems as if this is the only time I get to stitch anymore. I want to make a bit of progress on it, though, so that I have more than brown lines to show.....

Sunday Updates

I don't know abt you, but if I don't have a clear idea of what I want to work on, I tend to flounder around a bit. Now that I finished alot of on going projects, I don't necessarily know what to work on next. I've been trying to go thru what I have already started and I'm also trying to organize any projects that have been sitting around or have been rattling around in my brain. I started making a list of projects that I really want to finish and the majority of them are quilts. So it looks like I will need to break out the sewing machine.

Meanwhile here are some shots of the knitting WIPs I've got going on:

The kitty blanket

After #1 Son's one sock was done, I pulled this out to work on. I'm really not feeling all the colors in this one, but I will finish off what I have pulled out for it. Too many blah colors mixed with a teal that is getting old to look at. My next one will include the pinks and purples and blues that will keep it more interesting to lo…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Our weather.

This really is the best time of year to be living in FL. You still get cooler days, but by the end of Feb you are pretty certain that whatever yard work you do won't be killed off by the cold.


It fits!!! I think it's a bit big, but #1 Son is happy. The ankle is a bit loose and I added no negative ease into the sock so it wouldn't be tight in the toes. I even put in a life line just in case it didn't fit. But for now he likes them.

If not, then I'll take them back!! Because of the extra elastic in the socks, they fit me as well!!

Ok they are a bit snug, but not so bad that they'd be too uncomfortable to wear.


I'm either knitting too much or I'm pulling too hard because in the past month this has happened.....

Here's a closer view of what I mean.

The little black parts that attach the cable to the needle broke off. Thankfully they have a lifetime warrantee on them so all I have to do is send them back and they will send m…

Kitty Thursdays

Is it true you're going to see some big kitties tomorrow?? Are you bringing yet ANOTHER cat home?!?

Will they be fun to play with??

As long as they realize who the Princess is, all will be fine.

If they give me any trouble, I'll zap them with my laser vision!

Central Florida Zoo here we come! As usual, life is never boring around here. Updates will follow shortly........

Like I Really Needed to Know

80%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

This was one of the funner(yes, it's a word!) quizes I've taken in awhile!!

Oh and Brigitte pointed out a C word that I forgot.


How on earth did I forget this one?!!?!?

C is for

Caesar the Cat

Ok you KNEW I had to have a cat in the letter C. And since I have 4 more that will want equal time, I figured I'd pace myself.


A non blogging friend sent this to me. It's a real cake! I did some google searching on line to get a link and while I found a couple of other blogs that posted this picture, I couldnt find the original maker of the cake. Regardless, it's an amazing design and there is NO way I'd be able to cut into it.....


This cradle has been in the IO's family since the late 1880s. It was made by the uncle of the IO's mother's mother. It was kept in an attic for awhile, donated to the local museum, and when we found out we were having #1 Son, we got it back from the museum (who was no longer using it. It was stuffed in a closet!) and had both #1 Son and Baby Girl pose in it. It now sits in Baby Girl's closet housing all the stuffed animals. His family used to have a LOT of antiques, but it's not an interest of his m…

A Finish!!

It is DONE!!!!

The vest I started for #1 Son back in Oct 2006 is FINISHED! Here is a view of the back, click to make bigger to see the pattern better.

It's getting warmer here and I knew if I didn't finish it off soon, he wouldn't get to wear it this year either. That would be 2 winters missed, and with a growing boy, that leaves VERY little wiggle room. I blocked it out last night and covered it with a towel.

Good thing too.

I am finishing the blocking process for you. You should be happy. I accept payment in tuna or catnip only.

I had to run to JoAnn's this AM to get the buttons because I didn't have any matching ones. I quickly sewed them on abt a 1/2 hour before we left the house. I forgot the camera so couldn't get any pics of him looking spiffy, but I *did* make him put his nice shirt back on so I could take a pic of him wearing it.

He was not amused.....

Here is another shot of the back.

Ok here are the stats for this vest.

Date cast on: 10/23/06
Date seamed up: 2…