Thursday, February 26, 2009

Not much progress. Not much at all.

I haven't had a whole lot of time to devote to my projects lately, so I've been trying to take moments here and there to knit. Unfortunately I seem to be moving in reverse.

Remember this guy?

It is now this.

I was knitting on this during Baby Girl's ballet class and after a couple of inches I'm realizing that I'm off by one stitch in the pattern. Granted I haven't worked on this scarf in awhile, but the pattern is easy, K2 Ktbl P1. The Harlot's One Row Scarf pattern. As I try to figure out what I did (it was correct on one side, but wrong on the other), I realized that an end stitch was either dropped or knit together because instead of having 30 stitches, I had 29.

~sigh~

Since I wasn't loving the project anymore and it was causing more grief than relief, out it came. The yarn will go back in the closet to marinate. I have 4 balls of the stuff (Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk) so it will probably end up a scarf (maybe even with the same pattern), but not right now.

What does that leave me with? Not a whole lot. Here is Baby Girl's 2nd sock.

Moving fast on this one! I really need to cast on later today while it's light and I'm awake so that when it's night time and I'm half asleep, I don't have to think much abt it.

I only have 2 projects on the needles right now and they are both for charity. This one is the latest Odd Ball Blanket for Warm Woolies.

It's called Chocolate Indulgence. I mixed a deep red with a brown and it reminds me of chocolate covered cherries. Plus I'm using a basket weave pattern which reminds me of those little grids in candy boxes.

The last one is a kitty blanket for the shelter.

I got some cheap bulky yarn from a clearance bin in WalMart and it's knitting up fast.

Last week I met with my stitching group, but I was really tired that day and did more socializing than stitching. I worked on Too Pooped (how appropriate for the day!), but really didn't get much done. Can you tell what I did?
Before

After


I'm hoping to work on some things this wknd, but it's turning into another busy one. A close friend's dad passed away last wknd and this is the wknd of the visiting family and the funeral. I'm helping her out as much as possible because she is the sibling that everybody looks to. That can be exhausting, especially when she is trying to deal with her own grief. I'm already putting myself on a schedule because while I'm going to be busy, I need to be sure to take time for myself which will include some knitting and/or stitching. I think I need to redirect my Pogo playing time as well. Lately I've been obsessed with Canasta.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

There's Something about a Photo Album

Back when I was growing up, you took pictures of special occasions, vacations, and the occasional school function. I have the first day of school picture

and the pictures they take in school for each grade. My aunt had a camera that I wanted to borrow for a school field trip once, but she said no, even though my mother would be there. When I turned 11, my mom got me a camera for another school field trip. It was a Kodak Pocket camera with the flash bar (remember those?!?) She saw in me a budding photographer.

I LOVED taking pictures. I took pictures of our cats

and dog.


I took pictures of our vacations

and since I was the only one with a regular camera, I became the designated picture taker of the family.

As soon as the 110 film was full, we'd take it to Eckerd's to be developed. I HATED having to wait a week!! But when we got them back, I would go thru them while at the counter and give back the bad shots (Eckerd's would *buy back* the bad prints, plus they gave you duplicates for free). I was in heaven when they started One Day and then one HOUR developing.

When the IO and I got engaged, I bought a Canon Sure Shot that had an automatic flash (no more running out of flash bars!) and used 35mm film. Oh I was big time now! That camera served me well and it was only after it was dropped 5 times that we finally had to replace it.

Those replacements sat in the drawer once the IO got a free digital camera with the purchase of a computer. It took me awhile, but once I was hooked, it was all over.

I now have a Canon Power Shot that I really love. I LOVE the fact that I can take a million shots to get that one perfect one. I love the fact that I don't have to buy film anymore (even though I DO go thru batteries more than I'd like). Because of this I take a TON more pictures. I don't just take the first day of Kindergarten of my kids



but instead I take a picture the first day and then the last day of each grade, with a bunch in between (you all can attest to that!) I can take pictures of works in progress or the latest stash acquisition. I'd never do that with film that needed to be developed.

One thing I miss from my 35mm is the action shots. My camera doesn't have SLR and action shots are blurry. What else do I miss? Actual printed pictures. Yes I know that I can have them printed out by a ton of different places. I can crop and adjust and print them out in the comfort of my own home. I just don't. Once I download them to the computer, I save them in folders by date. If something special happened, I make sure it's labeled (like when I have school functions or vacations). It's all saved on the computer with a backup in case my computer crashes.

Which is nice. But there is something to be said abt sitting down with the family or by yourself and looking thru an old album. We've been doing that lately and I have to say, I'm sorry I haven't done it much with the kids. I have physical albums up until #1 Son started school. THEN I started to *scrapbook*. Big mistake. Instead of having albums that we can look thru, I have bags waiting to be put into scrapbooks. Occasionally they'll ask to look thru the bags. I always say yes, but require they only take one bag out at a time and then put it all back when they are done. I think since I take SO many more pictures, it's harder to keep up, but I need to try.

How else will we be able to look back and wonder

when did we get so old?!?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Is 22 over the top?!?

The nice thing abt having company is that you get to visit with friends and family on a more intimate scale. Another nice thing abt having company is that it forces you to clean your house! While I didn't get to all that I wanted, I got the majority done. Besides, anybody who knows me knows that I promise a clean bed and bathroom. Everything else is up for grabs. I don't include the kitchen since it may start out clean, but doesn't stay that way for long.

We had my mil out this wknd and the kids were thrilled. We don't get to see the IO's parents that often so when we do, it's a treat. They have become official *snow birds* and live abt 2 hours south of us. Unfortunately my fil couldnt come with my mil, he hasn't been feeling well, so we hope to go down to visit before they go back up north. And if Baby Girl had it her way, we'd be going down today!

We didn't do a whole lot, my mil just wanted to hang with us and the kids, but Baby Girl wanted to take her strawberry picking. Because we had those bad freezing spells a couple of weeks ago, there weren't as many strawberries to pick, but we did pretty well.

The great thing abt this place is that they have a small playground for the kids and also a hay ride around the property. That's always a big hit. It was also the popular spot of the day since we saw two of Baby Girl's friends and one of #1 Son's.

We also had some yummy strawberry shortcake for dessert. I didn't get a picture of the actual dessert (it was eaten too quickly), but I did get a picture of the preparation.


The bad thing abt having company? It does throw off our schedule. I'm exhausted today and did't do much of anything. Thankfully the house is still in good shape, and I did do a load of laundry, but I REALLY need to go grocery shopping. And I have a ton of tv to catch up on. I watched most of my Thursday line up (Ugly Betty, Grey's then Private Practice), I just have one more to watch (Burn Notice - LOVE this show!). That's not including the Monks and Psychs and Desperate Housewives that need to be seen. Not to mention all the knitting that didn't get done! I finally picked up an Odd Ball blanket for Warm Woolies and boy did it feel good to knit again!

And if you all were wondering what the number 22 refers to in my title (ok maybe only SOME of you were), its the number of books we checked out of the library today. I went with the rugrats after school and since it's been a while from our last visit, we went a bit crazy. Now I just need to remember to return them before they are overdue. I tend to forget that all important detail!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday Kitties


Hemi, is that you?!?


No, Mom. I'm over here.


But I see TWO of you!


I'm just the tom that sneaks into your house and eats your food!
(he really does, too; thru the kitty door)



Meanwhile, look what Tiger's missing......

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It's been over a month


When does it grow back??



At least I still have my thumbs....

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Clean Slate

Well sort of. I have my mother-in-law coming out this weekend, and while she isn't one for a white glove test (THANK GOD!), I still don't want my house looking like a tornado hit it. I've been sitting here trying to figure out when the last time my house got a GOOD cleaning, and it's been awhile. Like the early part of December.

YIKES!!!

Keep in mind, we went on a family get-a-way and then a couple days after we came back we had a field trip and then our anniversary, then the kids went back to school, but then the sicknesses started. Add in Hemi and his broken hip. While I've kept up on laundry and no science experiments have started (that I know of), it's been awhile since I've really put things away. This could explain why every room in my house is a mess.

One of the worst is the office/craft room. It's also the room where everything gets thrown into (after my bedroom). I've had piles that had been toppled over, re-piled by *helpful hands*, toppled over again, walked over, walked ON and just basically ignored. It's taken me two days, but I've finally gotten it clean. There are a TON of things that I need to go thru and purge, but this isn't the week to do it. The one good thing abt it is that it helps me see how much STUFF I actually have. Plus I plan on bringing my craft table in from the living room (after 2 years) back into the office so that I can bring in the rocking chair back in from the garage (see how this is all falling into place?) It will be the IO's job to vacuum and steam clean all the furniture. He will of course leave this until Friday night. She is coming Saturday morning.

I have one question; why do I wait until company comes before I get things done that have been lingering for awhile?

I also got a new shower set for the kids'/main bathroom. It now has rubber duckies, which is really cute, but we've replaced the shower curtain twice. It's time to move on. We really need to paint and replace the linoleum, but that also will be for another time.

With all of this cleaning going on, I haven't touched a project. My downtime has been on Club Pogo or keeping up with blogs. This has been a double edged sword since there seems to be lots of new sock yarns coming out and they all seem to be screaming my name! However after cleaning and somewhat organizing, I keep telling myself the last thing I need is more STUFF! How can I be lusting for the new Mini Mochu when just a couple of months ago I was lusting after Malabrigo (which is sitting in the bin just waiting to be knit up).

I'm quite the fickle girl.


At least she keeps me around.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dances and Skies on a Cloudy Sunday Morning

The dance was a huge hit! We have a different set of officers in our PTO (this is our school's PTA w/o the dues and fees) this year and they decided that we needed to have the dance in a different location. Our school has over 1100+ kids and the cafeteria (the location of previous school dances) can only hold under 400 kids at one time. The've sold out this dance every year they've held it and lots of girls have been disappointed because they never got their tickets in time. So between getting a discount as a school and with the economy the way it is, they were able to get this place.

NICE huh? Esp for it being an elementary school dance. They also took pictures that they handed out at the end of the dance and gave away balloons and little gift bags as they walked out. So where are the IO and Baby Girl?

Right here.

Last year the IO wore a suit and tie but he told me that if he wanted to last the entire night, he had to be comfortable. Baby Girl just cared that he could last the entire dance. And they did. Here they are dancing the last fast song, even when they were the only ones out there.


Meanwhile #1 Son and I went to the mall to walk around. We picked them up when the dance was over. And as you can tell by this picture of Baby Girl and her friend

a fun time was had by all. Why does this picture scream Facebook to me?!?

Yesterday we were back at the mall to see Pink Panther 2. We really loved the first one, and maybe that's why I was disappointed in the 2nd. It had it's funny moments, but it also had some slow parts and while I LOVE John Cleese, I was disappointed that Kevin Kline didn't reprise his roll as Dreyfus.

While at the mall I picked up these little guys.

Aren't they cute?

And for those of you that are looking for my Saturday Sky, look no further. It's been really nice weather here lately, sunny and warm with a cool breeze. The sky last night was different depending on which way you looked so you get to look at both.




Today we are crashing. In fact the IO is still asleep and it's almost 1pm. I think I need to kick his butt out of bed........

Friday, February 13, 2009

Week in Review

While the kids are doing better, they apparently passed on whatever they had to the IO. In fact we spent Tuesday AM sitting in the ER making sure he didn't have pneumonia! Thankfully he only has a bad case of bronchitis. And all that waiting time resulted in this!

One sock done in 5 days flat!!! I plan on casting on for the 2nd one tomorrow.

Tonight #1 Son and I will be at the mall while Baby Girl and the IO will be at the Father/Daughter Dance. Poor IO, he still feels like crap, but is sucking it up for his daughter's sake. I'll post pics of their big date tomorrow.

What else has happened this week? The passing of time. One minute your baby girl looks like this

then she looks like this!

Those big front teeth are on their way!!!!


and as a side note, wonder how many people today are being named Jason......

Sunday, February 08, 2009

The mojo is back!

Back in September I cast on for a pair of socks. FIVE MONTHS LATER I cast off. And here they are!

I've never had a pair of socks take me so long to finish! And I finally have something to post for Sock-A-Month KAL 7.

Here are the details:

Paca Peds #601 Singin the Blues - 20% superfine alpaca, 65% superwash wool, 15% nylon
Sock #1: 9/19 thru 11/8/08 7 weeks
Sock #2: 11/16 thru 2/7/09 10.5 weeks
60 stitches on 2.5mm dpns
3x1 rib for 4"
stst for 1" before heel

This is my typical vanilla pattern.

While the mojo is in full swing, I pulled out some Kroy sock yarn

and cast a pair of socks for Baby Girl.


Even when I encounter mojo killing obstacles

causing me to rip out and cast on again,

I take it in stride.

I'm really enjoying the changing of the colors so I should make good progress on this sock today. Could I possibly finish another pair of socks in the month of February?!?!

We'll see.

Remember, I have *helpers*!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Saturday Sun

This is much better!


It's fun to watch the news and hear the newscasters complain to the weatherman, why is it so cold?!!? Poor guy! They need a blog so they can complain to their readers!! Weatherspeak should calm down a bit now, at least until June 1st when we start hurricane season.

Health update: Rugrats are doing better. How do I know? I had to stop a wrestling match! Me, I'm nasally but winning. The IO, not sure yet. He doesn't usually get sick so when he does, I get worried. He can quickly go into pneumonia so we are keeping an eye on him. I've also added him to my schedule of meds. If I don't dose him like I do the kids, he'll never remember to take anything.

Knit update: I'm abt 2" from decreasing my sock!! WOOHOO!! I looked back and saw that I started these socks back in SEPTEMBER!! It's never taken me this long to work on a pair of socks. The next pair will be for Baby Girl, a pair of Kroys that she picked out from Michaels. She's also been helping me with the kitty blanket. Whatever it takes to keep her interested.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

I was warmer in NY

Because when it got down into the 20s I could crank my furnace up and make my house toasty warm! Other than the cold nights I am enjoying the cooler days. It's a nice break from the 90 degree weather. (I've decided to embrace the cold because it wont last that long).

See?

They've changed the forecast to 79 instead of 80 on Wednesday so it should be a beautiful week. We just have one more night of a hard freeze but only to 28 tonight instead of 23 like we had last night(I'm NW of Orlando and we get colder) w/o the wind chill of 15. The citrus hasn't been badly damaged, apparently the crops weren't frozen long enough to do major damage. We'll see how it goes tonight.

The weather does wreck havoc on the kids' health. We had friends visiting last week and the next day their son was in the hospital with a fever of 103. Yep, you know what that means. Monday afternoon they were both home with 101 fevers. It's lasting longer than I'd like but they are on some good drugs from the Dr. so hopefully they will be fine by Monday.

The weather is good incentive to knit though. Remember my poor sock that didn't quite have a 3" cuff? I'm now on the gussets.

I had to redo part of it because after I did my heel flap, I picked up the side stitches to start my gussets when I realized that the heel hadn't been turned. This is what happens when you don't work on a sock for awhile!! I'm hoping to be done with it by next wknd.

Not much else has been worked on, hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to work on Too Pooped. I can put a movie on for them, we can climb into bed and I can stitch while they hack and sniff.

Ah, the glamorous life of a mom!!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

A Break in the Action

Aksunflour had a meme of 5 questions asked her by another blogger. If you wanted to play, she would send questions out to you. Since I like to play, here are my questions and answers.

1. What did you use to make the largest item you have ever knitted?
Hmmmm, I had to think abt this one since I'm not a large knitting project kind of gal. I like my baby items and my socks, with the occasional kitty afghan thrown in. I did finish a knitted afghan that my mom started. She was knitting up 12" squares to sew up into an afghan, but she never finished it. I found them in a bag along with the yarn and a square in progress. I figured out the pattern (it was a basketweave) and finished up that block and did another one with the yarn left over. I then seamed it together with THREAD and used it when I was first married. Its a nice size, but it was getting alot of wear and I was afraid it would rip apart so it sits in a bin in my closet with other linens from my family.

The biggest project I did from start to finish would be a sweater I made from a Family Circle magazine back in the late 80s. It is big and bulky and too warm to wear here so it sits in the same bin. Both were made out of acrylic yarn.

2. Have you ever considered using your crafting ability to help bring in income for the family?
I've considered this and actually did sell some items I made with cross stitch at a craft show. I'll never do it again. For me, my hobbies are just that, hobbies. Once I start making things to sell, then I get stressed and all the enjoyment of the hobby flies out the window. If I'm going to make money, I will make it in an office or at a craft store. And quite honestly, the money that knitting saves me in therapy bills, well the supplies MORE than pay for themselves!

3. How long have you been knitting?
I've been knitting on and off for abt 33 years. My mom taught me to knit when I was 9. I did a couple of squares for an afghan that never got made. When I was 13 or 14 I found the knitting bag and made a Barbie coat (which I still have somewhere). I picked up the needles again in my early 20s when I made that bulky sweater. I got really serious with knitting in 2001 and have been knitting consistently ever since.

4. What is the furthest West you have been.
Until I was 30, the farthest west I had been was Tennessee. I'd been up and down the eastern seaboard, but I had never been out of my time zone. When I turned 30, we finally went out to San Francisco to visit family. While there we flew up to Tacoma and then drove to Seattle. We were gone over 2 weeks and had a fantastic time. It was also the last vacation we had before we had kids.

5. With all the sunny weather in Florida, what outdoor activities do you love to do.
Hmmm. Another hard question. I'm not much of an outdoorsie girl so this might be a disappointing answer. Not much. I like hiking and going to the beach, but I'm just as happy walking the mall. I do enjoy boating, but it's an expensive sport; you either have to own or rent to play.


So there you have it. If you want to play, just use the same questions (or modify them for your purposes) and leave me a link so I can read the answers.

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And for those of you who have asked abt Hemi, he is doing fantastic! A couple of days ago he was on the roof of the van and today he was chasing Princess around the backyard. Even his limp isn't as bad anymore. Now if he would only grow back his hair.......

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Any Given Sunday

So some of you are gearing up for the Super Bowl. Some have plans to attend parties. Some have plans to watch at home. Us? I plan on watching for a bit, but w/o the Dolphins being in it, I don't have much incentive to watch. Plus the rugrats have been up late and then up early the next day so they are crashed out. AND we wont be getting out of the 50s or 60s for the next few days with lows around 31. Yes I know, but I live in Florida for a reason. I need some 70 degree weather STAT!! I don't know why the colder weather is bothering me more this year, usually I enjoy the coolness so I can wear my socks. This year is just reminding me that I don't own enough cold weather clothing.

This should give me incentive to work on my sock, right? Well last night I pulled out both Ariel and my snowman and both got put back in. I think its time to rotate them out. I worked on my sock for a few rounds, but I don't know if its because of the yarn or the colorway, but I'm just not enjoying it. I may have to cast on another pair to get my sock knitting mojo back. I'm not in the mood for the scarf so I cast on for a kitty blanket. I'm using some Bernat Black Lites bulky yarn I bought on clearance from WalMart a couple of months ago. It's nice stuff and if I had more of it, I'd have to make something for Baby Girl out of it. She LOVES the colors! It's black yarn with a strand of pink and orange variegated thru it. I'll take a pic once I have more done.

I joined Ravelry's Stash 2009 Knit Down back in May but I didn't really keep track of how many yards of yarn I knit up. This year I'm keeping track of how much I've knit with weight and length. We'll see how long THAT lasts, but in the meantime I have used up 5oz/374yds of yarn in the month of Jan. That's a scarf and a hat. Small compared to what others have done, but since I don't consider it a competition, I'm happy with what I've done. I'm also keeping track of my purchases. I know I won't stop buying yarn, but I really want to use up some of what I have. I'm doing what Clara from Knitter's Review calls Slow Stashing. I LOVE this concept and apparently so do alot of other people. If you do a google search on "slow stashing", you get abt 38,000+ hits. Basically you go thru your stash, pull out the yarns you don't love and eliminate them. Pass them on to charity groups, swap them out or sell them on eBay. This way you only have yarns you truly love. Then when you buy, stop and think abt if you will actually use this yarn. I don't like diets in general because they make you give up all the good stuff. I like the concept of *everything in moderation* so I'm just trying to keep tabs of what I'm spending vs what I use. Like I said, we'll see how long this lasts.

Meanwhile I think I will go and look into my project bin to see what inspires me. Or I may just fold laundry and watch Runaway Bride. Either one will work.


As long as it involves a warm bed, I'm there!