Monday, June 30, 2008

Going, going,

GONE.



See the sock.


See the sock flop.


Rip, sock, rip!


I finished the gusset last night and decided to try the sock on. It fit fine on my heel, but the cuff was floppy! Even with the ribbing. I took the needles out and rewound it this AM. I did some searching on Ravelry last night to see what else I could make with the Regia Bamboo. Other than socks, there were also Baby Surprise Jackets and airy shawls. I have two skeins in another color that I might possibly turn into one of those shawls. I think the yarn would be wonderful in a drapey, airy shawl, especially since it was already doing that in my sock! So the verdict (for now) is to keep the yarn and find something else to do with it. It's really soft and really nice to knit with so I don't want to give up on it just yet.

So now I have no socks on the needles. What should I chose?!!? I haven't decided yet. I almost felt like I had no sock yarn. Suddenly I'm back in AP English reading the The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
"Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink ;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink."**

Once I started regressing back to my school years, I decided I needed a break from it all and did this instead.


I have a friend who is abt to pop and I've been putting off making these receiving blankets long enough. Now I can put them in a gift bag with the socks I made and a cute little outfit for the winter. One more project to check off the list.

As I was on the sewing machine, I had both kids hovering around asking me when am I going to make THEM something (they're like the cobbler's children when it comes to my sewing) so since I have the sewing machine out and the fabrics at hand, who knows what else I'll whip up.


**Not only are we entertaining here at Happy Acres, we try to be educational as well! Besides, when else will I use this information???

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday Ramblings

I. On Friday a couple of us moms got together and took the kids to see Wall-E. Now I have to admit, I SO did not want to see this movie, even brought my knitting with me just in case I was bored. Well I never even touched it! I have to say the movie was MUCH better than I expected. There is very little dialog, so it's a movie you have to watch, but there is a good storyline to it. And while I won't give anything away, I *did* feel the urge to go to the gym after seeing the people in hover chairs......


II. I realized that I never did post a picture of the Rugrats' last day of school so here it is.....


What a difference a few months can make. Here they are on their first day of school back in August. BOTH seemed to have changed so much.



III. While my cucumbers and squash are no longer in existence, we were able to eat 4 ears of corn (which were pulled and cooked before I could take a picture of them), and my lone tomato is doing really well, too.


Here it's being guarded by an assasin bug. Apparently it eats the insects that would eat my tomato.

I don't normally care for bugs, but this guy can stay for as long as he wants!


IV. Here are some pictures I saw on I Can Has Cheezburger that tickled both my kitty funny bone and my geek funny bone (yes I used to be a math geek back in the day).




Hemi says:

I don't get it...

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Socks on a Saturday Afternoon

While it was hazy and hot today,



(don't let the 86 fool you, it felt like a sauna outside)

I did the only logical thing, I stayed inside and finished up my Maizy socks.


and they fit!


I only bought a 50gr skein of each from Wild Fibre so I cut it kind of close with the white

but I finished it with yarn to spare and that's all that matters! I now have my June socks for Sock a Month 5 and I can now focus on my bamboo socks for the Summer of Socks kal. Since I'm a slow knitter and only adult socks apply, I hope to at least finish the bamboo ones and another pair before the end of summer. I'm hoping to have some socks for ME this winter. I tend to wear the same ones over and over again.....

Stats for the Maizy socks:

Maizy by Crystal Palace Yarns (82% corn fiber, 18% elastic nylon) in colors Ivory #204 and Springtime #1008 using 2.25mm Susan Bates dpns.

Sock #1: 4/28-6/15/08
7 weeks

Sock #2: 6/19-28/08
9 days (a LITTLE quicker than sock #1!)

Yarn is a bit splitty to work with but you get used to it after awhile. They feel really soft when done (haven't washed them yet). I don't have any plans to buy more of the Maizy just because there are SO many other yarns I want to work with. It seems my favorite socks so far are my Lorna's Laces Motherlode in sportweight. I WILL be making another pair by LL before this winter.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

HUH?!?


71

As a 1930s wife, I am
Superior


Take the test!


Scoring:

0-24 - Very Poor (Failure)
25-41 - Poor
42-58 - Average
59-75 - Superior
76+ - Very Superior



SUPERIOR?! How did THAT happen?!?!? I took this test as a joke and figured I'd score poorly. How did I do so well?!?!!? I'm not an old fashioned wife, we eat out more often than we should, I don't dress for dinner, I don't fetch the IO his slippers. I don't put on make up and brush my hair before he comes home from work (even when he's not working from home), I don't keep a house as neat as it should be.

and yet I scored a 71.......Hmmmmmm, should I be happy or worried?!?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sock Challenges

Summer of Socks '08 started on Saturday so that night I cast on for a pair of socks. I haven't finished my Maizy socks yet, and I usually don't like having more than one grown up pair (God you can tell I have kids; 5 years ago I would have said adult) going at a time, but I am a sucker for KALs and if I finish a pair in a 2 week period of time I get to be put into a drawing for more sock yarn. Because, you know, I don't have enough.

I only knit abt 4 rounds on Saturday, but last night while watching the qualifying Olympics Gymnastics meet, I did my 2 inch cuff (the requirements for SOS08) and finished the heel flap.

See?


The yarn is soft and feels like butter in my hands. I'm using 2.5mm dpns and am getting 9st/inch. Good gauge for socks. And yet the sock feels........

....drapey.

Now for those of you who don't knit socks, they are NOT supposed to feel drapey! They should have some body to them. But this sock is a bit floppy. I plan on finishing this sock and see how it fits. It could be the nature of the fibers (bamboo), and it could fit fine once done. We'll see. If I like it, I will continue on with the second sock. If not, it will be ripped out and reserved for something else.

Adding in all the cool different fibers to sock yarn is really neat, but I'm finding out why merino wool is still the most preferred. And its making me rethink all that Sockotta cotton blended yarn I have in the stash.......

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Saturday Ketchup

You know I don't have much computer access when it's been 5 days since my last post. Sheesh!

So what's been going on here at Happy Acres? Well I got to meet up with my stitching group on Thursday, a SOOO NEEDED day away from the homefront. If you go to Dee's blog and Jacki's blog you will get to see some pictures of our day. Jacki hosted our group this month and I got to meet her adorable animals! They are more lovable in person than they are in 2-D form. I just have one question that really bothers me. Who IS that old and tired woman sitting next to Dee or Jacki?!? That canNOT be me. But I guess it didn't help that Baby Girl felt sick** in the middle of the night. I ended up waking up late and I didn't have much time to do more than hose myself off and throw on some clothes. I was still an hour late. Never did put the barrettes in the hair until we went out to lunch. Oh well, you know they are good friends when they still look happy to see you, even when you look like something the cat dragged in.

What did I work on? First I pulled out Too Pooped but didn't feel the love so it went back in the bag. Pulled out Seasonal Spring but didnt have the floss for it (Dee called that one too!) so that went back in. Looked at Kitty Cat Row but decided that wasn't where I wanted to go. So I cast on for Maisy sock #2. I finished the cuff and am just abt to start the heel, but it's going to sit for a bit since Summer of Socks has officially started. The plan was to cast on for the sock at midnight but that never happened. Instead I was barely awake surfing the web with a 9 y/o chatting away.

Summer of Socks has a few different contests going on and one of them is Socks on Vacation. I don't see us going anywhere this summer (the IO's new business + lack of funds = no vacation), but that doesn't mean that my Maizy socks can't go visit some distant relatives. Maizy yarn is made mostly from corn fiber so my socks went to visit the garden in the backyard.

It's nice to see family all together.


Awwwww. Can't you feel the love??


Things got a *little* crazy when they broke out the Miracle Grow



Apparently the city fiber can't handle the good stuff like they can in the country.


The more embarrassing photos have been deleted to protect the innocent. All in all, everybody had a great time.

What else is growing in the rest of the garden? Not a whole lot. We did manage to get 2 cucumbers before the worms did.


My beans are flowering but no shoots are coming out yet.


and I FINALLY have a tomato!

With all the tomatoes being recalled, lets hope this guy grows to full size. My salads are missing the red fruit (or veggie, depending on the govt)

And last but not least, here is my sky at 11:30. I could take my pick as to what to shoot. My sky to the east looked like this.

Big fluffy clouds with somebody out for a morning flight.

To the north it looked like this.

Hmmm, maybe we'll get some rain.

To the west was this.

Hmmm, I wonder how SOON we'll get the rain. As of 1pm, we have a downpour with thunder and lightning. Maybe the rain will help my poor little tomato.

Lord knows we have enough heat.


**Baby Girl ended up being fine. Apparently she had a nightmare that upset her so much it made her sick.

Monday, June 16, 2008

One down.....


...one to go.

I finished this sock last night and it fits well. I probably could have added a couple of more rows, but as long as it doesnt shrink, I'm in good shape. If it does, then Baby Girl will have a new pair of socks to grow into. I don't know if I'll get the second one done before Summer of Socks starts next week, esp since this sock took me 7 weeks to make. Then again I am determined to get it done before the end of summer.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Saturday Knitting

Unfortunately I was unable to participate in any of the local WWKIPs, but that doesn't mean that there hasn't been any knitting here at Happy Acres.

Here's what's been happening this past week.....

I finished off the last of my charity hats


which will fit a child 6-8y/o


and I ended up sending it off to Kristy

She's heading out to the Ukraine with a church group to visit some of the orphanages out there. If you want to do some mindless hat knitting, she will be taking hats up until Aug sometime (I think, check out the link to make sure).

I also am knitting on an afghan. It will either be for my local animal shelter or I will send it off to Warm Woolies

I'm using a double strand of acrylic yarn, I don't remember how many I cast on, but its a great way to use up my white yarn. Depending on how big it is will determine who gets it.

There has been knitting for us here as well. Here is my poor Maizy sock

I'm SO not enjoying working on 2.25mm needles and I think that is the problem. Summer of Socks starts June 21st and I'll be casting on my Regia bamboo sock yarn with 2.5mm needles and I'm hoping that will make a difference. If not, them I'm going back to my thicker sock yarn and using my size 2 (2.75mm) needles.

I also cast on for a shawl using sock yarn for Baby Girl

It's an easy lace knitting project that I got from Last Minute Gifts, but instead of making a scarf with lace yarn, I'm making a shawl with sock yarn. The yarn has a polyester silvery fiber thru it which makes it esp perfect for Baby Girl.

And I'm still plugging away on her tank dress


I have 4 more repeats to go before its straight knitting. It's not that bad now, only abt 180 stitches on the needles which goes pretty fast when you start out with 500+!

Not just knitting has been going on, I also pulled out my stitching. Too Pooped has been sitting since Dec so I pulled him out to work on. Here he is back in Dec.

And here he is after 4 or 5 days of working on him.

He now has TWO front paws and most of his belly. I may continue with him, but I think I need to pull out Maggie. She's been sitting longer than this guy.

I've been able to get alot done on my projects because I told the rugrats I needed to take this week off and just crash. Now we'll be doing more stuff, but most of it will be the free things at the library which means I'll be able to bring a sock with me on those outings.

Hope everybody had a nice day today. And for those of you in Iowa, I'm sending some drainage vibes your way. Too bad we couldn't get some of those rains over southern CA to get rid of the fires. Meanwhile I'll send some warm sunny skies out your way.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Thursday Kitties on a Friday Afternoon


Whatcha doin'?


Here, let me hold that for you.


I think you're doing a great job!


My work here is done. Time for my break.


It's good to be the supervisor.....