Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sock Infusion

That little charity sock was just the thing to get me going on socks again. I finished the second one last Sunday.

I used my Super Quick Baby Socks pattern (which I need to link on the side) with some of my charity wool.

I then started a pair of socks for me. I'm making little ankle socks out of Maizy yarn. I'm interested in seeing how they wear and wash up during summer use.


And finally I will be casting on for another pair of baby socks, this time for a shower gift in a week and a half. I will be adding in an outfit plus some of the flannel receiving blankets. A nice gift that won't break the bank.



You are so lucky that I'm half asleep or these socks would be toast!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Never on a Saturday

Apparently I can never get on line on Saturdays anymore and I'm debating on just taking a Sunday sky instead. Either way, here is my Saturday (or wknd) sky.



I've been doing a lot of stress knitting lately (nothing big time, but I think I really need a vacation) and here is some of what I've done.

During ballet last week, I grabbed some yarn and cast on for this charity sock. Not sure who will end up with it, but it will go in the charity bag once the second one is complete.

I'll probably start the second one during the next ballet class. I need to start another pair of socks because with the summer performance coming up, we'll be having extra practice sessions. The performance is in 3 weeks, and, oh yeah, they have yet to get their costumes.

Here is Baby Girl's tank dress.

I just finished one skein and started the 2nd one. I noticed that the pinks looked different so I checked the dye lots. Yep, they are different. I checked the rest of them and they are ALL different. This is what happens when you buy on clearance. I'm continuing on, it will add a subtle striping to the dress that I think will look ok. Not sure how many stitches there are on the needles at this point, but one thing I do like, it is giving it a very flowy feel that will be nice when Baby Girl does her twirls.

I plan on working on this dress alot today in between laundry loads. I want to get a jump start on my week so that I will have some extra time to work on that quilt for Baby Girl's teacher. I would LOVE for it to be finished in time for Teacher Appreciation week, but a more realistic goal would be for the end of the year. Either way, both are approaching quicker than I like.....

Friday, April 25, 2008

Stimulating the Economy

After being rescheduled by the dr's office twice, I finally made it to my Dr. in Altamonte Springs. Got there early so I was in and out quickly. Which means I had time to stop off at Sip N Knit. With gas prices what they are, it was the perfect excuse to stop in and see what was new (since I was out there and all).

First I checked out their new sock yarns. These decided to go home with me.


I got some Wildfoote in red to add to some black socks the IO wants me to make for him; the dark multi is Araucania in Rancho and the other is Jitterbug. All sock yarns. (big surprise there!)

I checked out the play pen in the back (where she keeps the 40% off yarns) and removed a few from there.


I got 3 skeins of Atacama to make one of my bils a scarf (not sure which one since I have 5 of them!). I was really surprised to see it 40% off since there was some similar to it hanging on the shelf. Doni said that it was an old colorway so she was clearancing it out to make room for the new. Works for me, esp since it was NOT cheap! And I also picked up some Cotton Classic in a hot pink that Baby Girl will love. Again, a surprise to see that in the play pen, but I didn't see any on the main shelves so maybe she's phasing that out. Not sure and didn't have time to ask since I was already running late and Baby Girl had ballet. We've got a performance in a month so we can't afford to miss ANY lessons!

With this new stash I've been trying to go thru the old to make room for it. Hmmm. Not a good thing since it appears to be growing. I've looked at old pictures of my stash from a couple of years ago and I've gone thru a LOT of it, but unfortunately I seem to be buying faster than I'm knitting. I went thru my charity yarns, both wool and acrylic (I swear that acrylic is reproducing!), but when I started to pull out my bags of sock yarn I had to put it back. It was getting too overwhelming.... Maybe next week.

I'll try to add updates of my projects on Sunday. I started a charity sock during ballet and also a square for Warm Up America. They are having a contest for those who send in blocks. I could win more acrylic!!!! (like I need ANY more of that!)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

*Helpful* Thursday Kitties




Here let me help you unravel that!



No really I want to help!



Ok, I'll help warm it up instead!


Wow what a great bag! Smells like sheep.


Wait, is that one now?!!?

Note to my human friends: Don't expect to get alot done when trying to wind yarn around *helpful* cats!


What yarn? I was waiting for the laundry!!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

H is for

Hat
When I was waiting for my hand to heal, I didn't want to work on something that might have to be ripped out. So I pulled out some bulky charity wool and knit up 2 hats. This is one of them. I plan on dyeing them with Kool Aid and will post the finish products then.



Hemi



Hibiscus



Hill
As in Cherry Tree. I am feeling sock knitting withdrawl so I'm going to cast on for these shortly.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Stitching Update and Epcot

For those of you that like to look at projects and move on, I will post my updated cross stitch first. I met up with my stitching group last Thursday and made some progress on Seasonal Spring.

Before


After


I'm almost done with the window frame so I can start to move on to other colors instead of brown. That is the one drawback of doing a seasonal window scene, while the outside changes, you still have to stitch that window!

Knitting updates, well there really arent any. I can't find the bathroom rug I started, I haven't worked on my sweater since the last post, and Baby Girl's tank dress is progressing, but there isn't much to show. I just finished the ruffle which means I'm at 210 stitches. I'll probably post a picture by the end of the week.

So for now, that's it. If you don't want to see pictures of Epcot, feel free to move along to the next blog.


For those that stayed, Welcome to....


Two rugrats patiently waiting for our tickets


For those that don't know, Epcot is split into 2 different sections, Future World and World Showcase. Future World highlights different areas of how we can make the world a better place for the *future*, ie The Land, The Seas, Imagination, Innovations, Energy, etc. World Showcase highlights different countries. We went for the Flower and Garden Show, but we didn't get to see much of it. Between the rain and the crowds, oh yeah, and small children, you can't blitz the parks like you can when its just two adults. But I digress.

When we were in Innovations, we went into a section sponsored by Velcro. It was a show that was part comedy, part game show, but it was based around the Hook and Loop (velcro) invention and how it's changed our lives. Baby Girl and the IO got called for one of the games (#1 Son didnt want to go) and they won! Here they are before they got started.


After that we headed over to the Land where we got to see lettuce growing w/o dirt


a tomato TREE


a pumpkin hanging out in a hammock


and another one earning its *ears*


When we moved on to The Seas,


not only does it feature characters from the movie Finding Nemo,




but it also has a lot of underwater animals to look at. You are basically inside part of the aquarium and we were there when they fed the fish

I had to circle the diver so you could actually see her amidst the feeding frenzy. If you click on the picture, it gets bigger to see her better.

Hardly any of my flower or butterfly pictures came out, but here are a couple that did.
Beautiful flower that had no name posted. If you know it, leave it in the comments.


Made sure I got some orchids for Dee


Here is an exposed frame of a topiary to show how they get those incredible animal shrub statues


Thank you for visiting Epcot today. We hope you had a pleasant trip.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Saturday Sky on a Sunday Evening

After a whirlwind of shopping, eating out and playing board games with my sisters, I'm actually looking forward to Monday! The quiet hum of the dryer while I catch up on blog reading sounds pretty good to me!

While I didn't have time to post on Saturday, I did take the time to take my sky and temps.


I was happy to be in the mall by the afternoon because it was getting warm!

Which is a good thing when you are trying to grow food! Here is our little seedling nursery on 4/14.


Here it is on 4/15.

Notice the beans??

They are growing like crazy!!! Apparently one of the cats noticed it too because not 10 min later, that big one was bitten off!!! The IO moved the nursery into the garage. He also decided to pick up a few veggie plants that have grown a bit to the point of producing food a bit sooner.

Case in point, our squash.

That little bud starting will one day be a side dish.

And the beans?? Look at them now!! These are the same guys that were started from seed not even a week ago!


I have to say, I am always in awe of watching food grow in the garden to my plate. All of the food I ate when I was growing up came from the grocery store, NOT my backyard. Since I didn't do so well with my tomato plant from last year, I plan on staying away from the garden unless it's to admire the abilities of the IO. Meanwhile, Baby Girl and #1 Son are having a great time watering and watching the plants grow.


What, no catnip?!?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thursday Kitties


What is that?



Ah, an attempt to be entertained by a servant.



I'll play along.



Wait, is this itchy acrylic???



A princess deserves natural fibers.
Like cashmere.