Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Puzzle of a Sweater

Remember this charity sweater I was knitting on?


Well I finished it last night and this is what it looked like when I cast off.

Hmmmm. Not much of a sweater.


Maybe if I turn it 90 degrees

and fold it in half

Voila! A sweater!


Pretty nice after I weave in all the ends.


Stats on this sweater are:

Started: 9/11/08
Finished: 9/29/08
Total Project Time: 18 days

Pattern used: Warm Woolies Super Simple Sweater
Size: 2-4(more like 18 months to me)
Yarn: Some unknown wool off of eBay. I used the rest of it up and had to use abt 2 or 3 inches of Paton's Black and Germantown Navy blue to finish it off. (it's hard to see it in the pic since I took it last night with lousy lighting)

I'm glad that I'm almost done with that mystery wool from eBay. I've bought other wool off eBay before that was fine, but this stuff is itchy!! I'm just glad the child will be wearing a shirt under this. Definitely NOT what you want against your skin. I only have a little bit left in red to use up and then it's GONE!

Not all yarn is itchy, however. Some yarn is soft and yummy and oh so beautiful! What am I speaking of? Well on Saturday I got this in the mail.






OOOHHHH! AHHHHHHH!

Brenda from Molecular Knitting was having a contest and my random number came up! Thanks, Brenda!! The added stuff was really a nice touch.

Isn't this gorgeous yarn?

There is 550yds of this stuff, definitely more than a pair of socks so I'm not sure what I will make with it. Any suggestions are welcome!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

S is for

Saturday Sky


It was a beautiful morning, could even open the sliding door, but it has sinced warmed up to 86.


Sock Yarn Stash

This was taken back in May. I had enough for 90+ pairs of socks. Over the summer I slowly went thru it and liberated the yarn that would not be used in my lifetime. Plus I decided that some of the sock yarn would be relegated toward some scarves I want to knit up.

Here is my new and improved sock stash.

I'm down to 37 pairs of socks. It even fits into this handy dandy Ziploc bag!

I got these bags on clearance and knew they'd be perfect for the yarn stash. Since my charity yarn lives in the same closet as my sock yarn, I figured it would be good to bag them up as well.

Here is my charity acrylic stash


and my charity wool stash.

I have quite a bit of each, but what is nice is that the charity yarn was either free or $1/skein. It balances out the sock yarn which was NOT free or $1/skein.


Show Me Your Socks Contest

Jane is having her annual "Show Me Your Socks" Contest and this is my entry. She wanted us to share our favorite sock pattern and a sock that we used that pattern in. I tend to use plain vanilla patterns and let the sock yarn do the talking for me. These are my favorite socks, Lorna's Laces sport weight yarn in a 3x1 rib. These are the socks I pull out the most during the cooler months. The contest is running until tomorrow night so you can still enter.


Stitching
While digging in the closet I found some projects that need to come out and play.

My seasonal fall project


and my snowman.


I also came across Queen Ann's Lace that I meant to use for the letter Q.

She's turning into a lifetime project. She's not quite 10 years old yet, but she's getting close.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Thursday Kitties on a Friday Afternoon


As a matter of fact, I DO consider this a smart fit.



Are you still here with the camera?



Fine, I'll hide behind this strip of leather. You'll never see me now!



Remember, I know where you sleep......

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Fall!

Fall officially started today and apparently I haven't been going outside at the right times to enjoy the beginnings of it. A few of my fellow Floridian bloggers have said they can tell the air was a bit cooler (ok, less hot), and while it's still hot during the day, the mornings and nights are becoming more pleasant. Now you can go outside and do yard work w/o fear of heat stroke.

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I definitely have delusions of grandeur when I go to the library to check out books. I end up with 10 different ones to bring home, but if I read 1 or 2 of them I'm doing well. So while I haven't read a ton of books these past couple of months, I have read a few. First up was:

Laced by Carol Higgins Clark. She is the daughter of Mary Higgins Clark and this is an entertaining light read. Her books are one word titles (Twanged, Hitched, Decked, etc) and each book gets better as she goes along. I read Laced in a couple of days and now I have the latest, Zapped. This is one I want to read, even though I've already had to renew it once. Thankfully as long as there isn't a waiting list for a book, I can renew it 2 more times.

Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber. This is the latest in her Blossom Street series. While I didnt care for the first couple of chapters, I kept reading because I really liked the others in this series. I'm glad I did because it turned out to be a very good book. There wasn't as much knitting content like the previous ones, but it was good nonetheless.

Dyer Consequences by Maggie Sefton. This is #5 in her series of knitting mysteries. What was cool abt this one was the mystery started at the end of book #4 and continued on into #5. You could still follow the book if you didn't read the previous one, but I tend to enjoy books in the order they were written so I would recommend reading them from the beginning.

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I mentioned a couple of posts back that I was trying out two new recipes for the crock pot and if they were good, I would post them here. Well there was a reason why I haven't posted them. They were not good. The Chicken and Mushrooms recipe came out dry and the pot roast was tasteless. Oh did I mention these recipes were from a Slo-Cooker booklet by Prevention??? Nuff said. I think its time to pull out my Paula Deen books. Maybe then I'll have something exciting to post.


Speaking of recipes, R is for Recipes.
(insert picture of recipe books just waiting to be used)
I have abt 10 recipe books. Not much for some but more than enough for others. I also have a few old cookbooks from my aunt, mostly abt entertaining and social etiquette. Then I also have a drawer full of Taste of Home magazines and ANOTHER drawer full of recipes that I've cut out of newspapers and magazines that I want to try. In fact, I have abt 4 or 5 recipes for cheesecake that I plan on making and having a taste off to see which one is the best (delusional once again). Yet I still make the same 4 recipes over and over again.

Red
(insert mosaic of red items I've owned in the past; red car, red door, red phone, red roses, red yarn, etc)

Regia

Wow, an actual picture! This is just a couple of skeins of my Regia stash. I still really like those colors and need to pull some out soon for a pair of socks.

I know, I really put forth a lot of effort for this letter. I'll be posting the letter S on Saturday so I'll at least have my sky to show off.

I'll leave you with one last picture.

Apparently it's the latest footwear for Florida, Texas and Louisiana. It's what all the fashionably flooded out girls are wearing.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sticking with the Status Quo

So what did I end up doing last night? I made cake!

Then I cast on 60 sts with my 2.5mm needles.** I'm realizing that I'm a vanilla sock kind of girl. Give me a basic ribbing for my sock and I'm happy. And while there are easy 2 row ribbing (Twin Rib and Thuja come to mind), 3x1 is my fave. Which leads me to this.

Not as far as I'd like to be, but I also worked on a charity sweater and cast on for the front of MY sweater last night as well.

I also finished this in a few hours.

This is another Odd Ball Blanket for Warm Woolies. It's called Life's A Beach and my part is the dark tan and seafoam green. These blankets are a great way to use up some of my acrylic stash. I've signed up for 2 more. They remind me of the cross stitch round robins I used to do back in the late 80s.

And for those who have come to see my sky, here you go.

According to the local high school weather station, its 90 with a heat index of 97. Can't you just FEEL Fall in the air?!? If you do, you obviously don't live in Florida.

Coming soon will be book reports, recipe results and weird web sites I've come across. I also will be posting my letter R. I'm a bit behind in that. You'd think the letter R would be a bit easier to figure out...


And what about us?! I remember when you would devote an ENTIRE DAY to us! Hmph.

**I'm really not liking my 2.5 needles. They are my Phildar dpns that I bought on line. I'm getting lots of wear marks from use. Say what you want abt Susan Bates, but those needles still look good! Unfortunately they don't make a 2.5mm needle and I really don't like the 2.25.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Indecision Friday

Blogger was NOT my friend yesterday. I tried posting to SAM6 pretty much the entire day. It wouldn't post or save my entry and I finally gave up after HOURS of trying thru out the day. Today I'm reading my blogs and lo and behold! It's there!!!! I have no idea how, but my sock is posted and that's all I care abt.

I've been trying to figure out what yarn to use to cast on for my next sock. I have a bag of sock yarn I pulled out from the stash of ones I wanted to work on next. Of course when it came down to choose one, I didn't like any of them. So I dug in the closet and pulled out these.

Some Koigu that's been sitting in my closet for over a year. As I was putting some other stuff away I came across this and decided that THIS was going to be the next sock and rolled it into a ball.

Hmmmmm, now that its in a ball, I'm realizing its very similiar in color to the socks I just finished. So I pulled out some Paca Peds, rolled it into a ball and even started it last night!

Still really like the yarn but not the needle size or the ribbing. So I'm going to rip it out, change needles and do a 3x1 ribbing.

I think.

Meanwhile, I've got a very eager 6 y/o who wants to stitch herself an Ariel.

This works for me since I'm really not liking this project. I'd rather be working on Too Pooped, my kitty in the tree.

Monday, September 15, 2008

It's all in your mind.

With fall around the corner** I finished up a pair of wool socks.


These are my Blueberry Waffles socks using some hand dyed yarn in the Emily colorway from NH Knitting Mama. The yarn is VERY nice, its BFL superwash wool and they are soaking in the sink as I type.

Sock #1: 7/31-8/19/08 - 19 days
Sock #2: 8/24-9/15/08 - 22 days

So each sock averaged me abt 3 weeks to make. Just call me Speedy Gonzalez.

I want to cast on for another pair of socks but I can't decide what yarn to use. I pulled out a few skeins over the wknd, but now none of those do anything for me. I'll have to wait to see what speaks to me, or I'll have to just change direction and cast on for a scarf.


Oh Hai!

**The calendar may say fall starts in a few days, but somebody tell the heat. It was a high of 98 today. That's not including the heat index. It's no wonder I felt like I was melting. Yet I still finish my wool socks.......

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Why is it...

...that people made such a big fuss over a wardrobe malfunction in which you need to play in slo-mo and PAUSE to really see anything, yet nobody has an issue with a 30 second commercial on ere(t!le disfunction? My kids watched both games and didn't notice a thing abt Janet's b**b, but guess what they DID notice during today's Dolphin game?

To think, the only embarassing commercial when I was their age was Susie wasn't feeling so *fresh*. And even then my grandfather would walk away.



I can't bear to watch.......

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hare Kare, Xanax and Knitting

Name three ways to deal with asthma attacks, evil financial institutions, part time jobs and unemployed husbands. Since I'm rationing my Xanax and suicide never solved anything, I've been knitting.

I've been working a little bit on everything; passed the gusset on my sock, 9" into my kitty blanket and finished this cute little charity vest.

I used the pattern from the Warm Woolies site, a modification of their January vest. I used Patons Classic Wool in Black and the majority of the Lion Wool Autumn Sunset #201. That's the third project with that wool and I have a small ball left of the original 2 skeins. Started 9/6/08 and finished 9/11/08. I started another charity sweater with some mystery wool I got off eBay.

Meanwhile my house is SO trashed. I need to clean, but it's not going to happen today. Trying to get back into the swing of school and work and still keeping up with the house is taking its toll on me. I've got a crock pot set up for dinner (new recipe that if it comes out I'll post) and just plan on going slow. I'm not even knitting. I'm reading Dyer Consequences by Maggie Sefton. So far I'm really enjoying it. Once I finish it I'll give my book report on that one and Twenty Wishes that I finished last week.

And in case you thought I forgot, here is my sky.

We had some wild weather pass thru this past week from the outer bands of Ike, but I think we'll be ok today. Here's hoping those in Texas will be the same. Already saw the windows blown out on the buildings, lets hope that while stuff may be damaged, the people will remain safe.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Saturday Sigh

Saturday was a weird day. While we had sunny skies,

it was hot and humid. You could really FEEL the heat like a weight on your shoulders. So what did I do? I stayed inside and played with wool! Even that took a while to make me feel good. I avoided my sock

and my sweater since I'm at areas that require thinking. So instead I cast on for some mindless knitting.

There is a group on Ravelry that is collecting 7" squares for blankets that will eventually be sent to Warm Woolies. So I did one for them.

This is the same Lion Wool I used for the Children in Common socks, plus a tan wool from the stash. Then I decided to cast on for another vest.

Still the same Lion Wool except this time I'm using some Paton's black wool. It's amazing how the same yarn paired with a different color produces three different looks.

By the end of the night, I had organized a pile of patterns for scarves I want to make and another pile of patterns for kid projects. I pulled out some of the yarn I want to use, plus 3 different yarns for my next pair of socks. PLUS I ended up watching 3 hours of Comedy Central which made a BIG difference in my funk. Thank you George Lopez and Jeff Dunham! If you can check out Jeff Dunham, I recommend it. His characters of Walter and Akmed the Terrorist are HYSTERICAL!


As long as I have the fan and the a/c, I'm a happy camper.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

One Long Hurricane Party

Well the tropics are a bit busy these days....

It's too early to tell which one(s), if any, will hit us here in Central Florida. We'll get more rain (which we don't need) and we'll have more beach erosion (which we also don't need). Meanwhile, I'm very happy I live on high ground.

Next in news is that I am now employed again (at least temporarily part time anyway) which I'm happy abt because I'm earning a bit of money, but not happy because it eats into my time to work around the house which eventually eats into my knitting time. However that doesn't mean I'm not getting things done! Here are two finished items I finished over the wknd.

This is my Waffles for Brunch vest for CIC. I was gifted the yarn to make up some items for CIC and I have to say it's pretty nice stuff. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky yarn in the color Grape. It knit up well and the yarn was really nice to work with. I started it on 8/17 and finished it around 8/25. I say *around* since it's supposed to have sleeves. I'm having a REALLY tough time with them so I decided that this *sweater* was meant to be a vest!


And these are my standard Super Quick Baby sock pattern that I like to use, but I added a bit more to the cuff and foot to fit maybe a 3 y/o instead of a 2 y/o. Either way they are the same size and will fit somebody. Sock #1 was done on 8/30 and #2 on 8/31. They only take me a couple of hours to do and I needed a break from the itty bitty needles. I used Lion Wool for these guys. First time I used this yarn as well and while it's ok, the Knit Picks wool was MUCH nicer to work with. If I made wool sweaters I would definitely use the KP wool.

I was hoping to have my other sock finished in time for SOS08, but I didn't make it. I'm just abt to start the gusset decreases and I'm hoping to be done by the wknd.....

.....while I watch the wind and the rain. Maybe I should think of knitting a boat.

Do felted items float?!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Q is for

QUILTS




















Q is also for Quiet, but there's none of that around here lately.