Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend Update

So I'm sitting in front of the computer thinking (and typing) a post for today's blog, but I can't seem to get my thoughts together in a logical manner. I think part of it may be because the IO has the news on and keeps yelling out to me "Did you hear that?", and the rugrats keep running around the house playing pianos and guitars and recorders. While I'm happy they're not sitting in front of the TV, it is a lot noisier. I've since closed the door to the office, but the train of thought is still disjointed. I think I will just show pictures instead.

What my Saturday sky looked like.


What I got from JoAnn's on Saturday.

The Kroy was on sale and I've never seen this colorway before.

And this was new to me sock yarn so I just had to try some.

I didn't even know Deborah Norville liked to knit, let alone have her own line of yarn! I really like the colorway, too. It was only $3.75/skein and I used my 40% off coupons as well. The 50% coupons went toward the IK Spring and It Itches.

I didn't do a whole lot on Sunday, I wasn't feeling that great so I mostly worked on Ariel. I finished the stitching and am *this close* to finishing off the backstitch. I took a picture of the finished work before the back stitching and will post it once I'm completely done with her. It's amazing how much of a difference the backstitching makes.

Apparently it was Earth Hour on Saturday. Did you participate? Considering I just found out this afternoon, we didn't, but I did do my part in stimulating the economy. Six of one, half dozen of another in my book.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Finish

They are finally done!!


These took me much longer to finish up than expected.


Here are the stats:

Yarn used: Paton's Kroy socks Mulberry Stripes
Sock #1: 2/8 - 2/13/09
Sock #2: 3/1 - 3/26/09
56sts using size 2 dpns
2x2 rib for 4"
2.1oz/99.6yds used

Mindless socks on size 2 needles and it still took a span of almost 2 months to do. However now that they are done, I cast on for not one but two different pairs of socks, one for me with the MMMMMMalabrigo yarn and a pair for #1 Son in the Kroy yarn he picked out.

I'm also making headway with Ariel. She is SO close to being finished. I almost have all the stitching done, then I need to do the backstitching. The outer borders will be mindless, I'll just have to pay attention when I work on her face and hands.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

If you give a pig a party

Everybody has a great time!!!


We went to the Orlando Children's Theatre where the book If You Give a Pig a Party was made into a musical play. I think this was one of the best field trips I've ever been on!!! While I am partial to plays, as a chaperone, you are kept busy making sure everybody stays with the group, but when everybody is in the theatre, you can usually relax and enjoy the show. We've done this two other times, but this time it was a great show that didn't have anything sad in it or weird looking scary costumes. Everybody had a great time.

Well ALMOST everybody

I had brought my knitting to do on the bus, and I didn't want to leave it while we were in the theatre. Baby Girl brought it out to show one of the parents the sock I was making her and then other kids came around, one of them saying he can *sew*. His grandmother *sews* and can he *sew* on my sock. I said I'd rather he didn't but he could look at it. So he's holding it and looking at it and using one of the needles to pretend to knit around the cuff. I'm watching him out of the corner of my eye because I don't want him to pull any of the stitches out around the cuff. Finally it's time to head into the theatre and as he hands it back to me, I'm realizing that I only gave him the working sock, NOT the extra needle. The needle he was using was one he pulled off live stitches to pretend to knit.

(insert deep breath here)

I had no time to fix it so in the bag it went. I thought abt fixing it when we were on the bus, but I was too tired to fuss with tiny loose stitches. I fixed it last night and I'm happy to say that all stitches were present and accounted for and abt an inch further down on the sock. I only have abt 2 inches left before the decreases for the toe so they should be done soon.

Ariel got 2 more strands of floss in her so that's moving along as well. I'm really determined to finish both by the wknd because there are two new projects that are waiting in the wings, a pair of malabrigo socks for me and a cute freebie kitty cross stitch. Also for me.

Updated or finished projects should soon be photographed......

Saturday, March 21, 2009

In a nutshell

My last post was Wednesday. Since then I have written a second post on Wednesday and a daily post since. However they have only been in my mind and since they have YET to invent a computer to read my thoughts (THANK GOD!), nothing got written down or posted. So here are the Cliff Notes version of the past few days.

Wednesday:

Took the rugrats after school to get more books from the library. #1 Son already has 2 he's reading so he finished homework while Baby Girl picked out a few books to bring home.

Do you think she has enough? She's already read half of them. You can see that I got a couple as well. Why, I don't know. I checked out three this time, I think I checked out 3 or 4 last week and I have 2 books that are MIA in my bedroom. I know which ones they are and I'm sure they are in the middle of the pile of stuff I need to go thru on the dresser, but I haven't gone thru it all yet. The library is ready to fine me for the books, not just the overdue fees.

You can also see the progress of Baby Girl's sock. I'm on the gusset and if I just worked on it, I could get it done. I hope to do more on Tues during ballet.


Thursday:

Stitching Day!! I swear if it wasn't for stitching day I'd get no stitching done at all. I worked on Ariel and I'm getting close to finishing her off. I made a border around her body so that Baby Girl could work on it if she wanted. Meanwhile I'm working on the blue border. Here are my before and after pics.




Friday:

Look what I finished up this morning.

I baked them last night (at around 10:30pm. I never felt more like a mom! Just call me June**) and frosted them this morning. They are for two classes, one of which Baby Girl is in, so I needed to make 36/3doz/aLOT. I dropped them off when the IO and I came to hear #1 Son's speech. He had a class project where every kid had to get up in front of the room and give a 2-3 minute speech.

#1 Son did a great job (even though he DID leave his speech at home and didn't tell anybody until we showed up. The IO ran home while the other kids gave theirs. He got back just before the last kid gave his) and we were really proud of him!

That afternoon I decided to visit my LYS. They are moving and having a 35% off sale on all their yarn. I just HAD to go! Here are the goods.




Not as much as I planned. I was hoping to pick up enough yarn to make a sweater for me, but I couldnt find the right yarn. Well I sort of did, but it was the pricey Noro stuff and even at 35% off, it's still a pretty penny. I'm still debating it, I don't have a really nice sweater for me and since it would be like a dressy jacket, I could justify the price of the yarn. Maybe.


Saturday:
Sky and temps...



And apparently my entire family would prefer to live in trees.




We also decided to invest in another one of these.

Our other one broke a couple of years back and we never replaced it. Today made us realize we waited WAY too long. The bonus? The IO bought and cooked the entire dinner!


Ok so this wasn't exactly the cliff note version, but it brought you up to date!!! I've been spending the day trying to go thru the piles in the bedroom, but I always make the mistake of starting on the side of the room with the basket of projects. I didn't really work on anything, but I organized my patterns into projects I want to start. With a 35% sale, I want to see what projects I can get yarn for now. I may be posting some new projects very soon. I'm getting sick of the ones I have.......


**Mrs. Cleaver is you have no idea who my reference is.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Only and Already

As I was writing out checks yesterday, it occurred to me that it was 3/17. MARCH 17! How is it already March? Wasn't I just in the Keys? Actually no I wasn't. And when I think at that trip, it does feel like a long time ago. But it doesn't feel like it should be almost April either.

However it is only March and yet I already feel the end of the school year starting to ramp up. We are squeezing in the last of the field trips (check), scheduling band performances (another check) and practicing for ballet performances (more checks). Plus one more book fair (don't have to write that check for another month), one more family picnic day, a mother/son event and a couple more things that I can't remember at the moment (I should just give them the entire check book). All I know is that my calendar is filling up FAST! Plus I'm getting more work from my p/t job so things are getting pretty busy. I am anticipating needing a vacation come June.

One thing that I make sure I mark on the calendar is meeting up with my monthly stitching group. Tomorrow is our day and I need to look for a project. I haven't stitched in a couple of weeks and I'm not sure what to bring. Or what I'll be able to find.

One thing I'm late in posting abt is that Sue awarded me with this fun award.


Thank you so much Sue! Now I'm supposed to list 5 other bloggers for the award. This is the hardest part, but here are my choices.

Bridget
Melissa
KSee
KnittyMuggins
Sandie


And it's official

she has no front teeth!! The 2nd one fell out Monday night. She was SO excited to show her teachers at school. She was happy at first, but now she's having a hard time biting things! I guess corn on the cob wasn't such a great idea for dinner, huh.....

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday Sigh

Is it really the end of the wknd already?? I need one more day. I didn't get anything accomplished this wknd at all! The IO says that's what a wknd is for, but I didn't get anything *fun* done either. I never folded the laundry (which has been slept on all wknd by either Princess or Hemi), I never went grocery shopping. I never did get to watch any movies. When the kids went to go play tennis, I decided I would just lay down a bit. THREE HOURS LATER I woke up. Now some would love this. Me, not so much. I don't wake up well from naps. While I wasn't tired anymore, I still had no energy. So I spent time on line playing Canasta on Pogo.com and reading blogs.

As I sit here I'm trying to think of what I actually did. This was one thing.

Now before you all go and think I've lost my mind and got a 5th cat, I am cat sitting for a friend while they are attending their niece's wedding (on the 15th? The Ides of March! Why does nobody else know what this is?!?! And why am I the only one that seems to remember this from high school?). Her name is Tabitha and is such a sweet cat. I go one more time tomorrow morning before they come home in the afternoon.

What else? We watched this take off.

As usual, click to get a better view.


This one is a close up of the shuttle (by the arrow) separating from the solid rocket boosters (circled)


And this was the trail of smoke left behind.

This is just so cool to watch. While I hope to get there in person for an actual launch, I am so glad I get this kind of view from my front yard.

I haven't posted one of these in awhile.

Not high but not low either. I guess it's all relative when you've paid $4 for gas in the past. Let's just hope it stays below $2 for awhile.

In between checking on the kitty and watching the shuttle, I decided to clean out the vans. As I'm pulling stuff out, I noticed a helicopter flying overhead and circle around. It did it again.

And again.

And AGAIN!

I'm looking to see if it's one of the local news stations, trying to remember if there was something special going on in town. Nothing that I could remember. Meanwhile it is still circling. Now I grew up in Miami and when a helicopter keeps circling like that, it's not good. Then I see a sheriff's car go by, the bloodhound unit. HUH?!?!? Now I high tail inside, get the kids in from the backyard and tell the IO to put the news on. SOMETHING is going on. Well apparently not enough to be newsworthy, so I call the sheriff's department and ask if I need to be worried. They said that somebody had an altercation with a family member and he ran out. The sheriff was helping out the county in trying to locate him.

Me: "I need to leave the house in abt 1/2 hour. Will it be ok or should I just stay put??"

Sheriff's office: "That's up to you ma'am."

Hmmmmmm.

I wait a bit, still hearing the helicopter and see ANOTHER sheriff's car heading in the opposite direction. Now I call the local police department. They tell me that they are looking for a missing person. When I ask if this person is dangerous they tell me that he is schizophrenic and when he left the house, he had a knife.**

WONDERFUL!

When I asked if I should stay home I was again told it was up to me.

UGH.

Well needless to say we never went anywhere. We were already late and then Baby Girl's tooth almost came out so we had that excitement as well. I'm assuming all is well since there are no more sheriff cars on my street or helicopters flying overhead. I left Miami to get away from this kind of crap and yet here I am....I swear suburbia is worse than the big city.

After all that excitement (the rugrats knew NOTHING abt any of it!) I vegged in front of the computer again. I did make dinner (spaghetti and homemade sauce), but here I am, in front of the computer yet again, blogging abt my day. While I enjoy the computer, I didn't get any stitching time in this wknd and that's what I missed the most. Who cares if there is some crazed maniac roaming the streets with a machette, I've got my circular needles to strangle him with! (God, I'm getting a bit psycho myself!)

And on THAT note, sweet dreams everyone!!


**Well it IS the Ides of March, maybe he was looking for Julius Caesar.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

More Random Thinking

You know its early when this is still out

and the sun is not. I was planning on taking a picture of the sunrise, but the closer I got to school, the thicker the fog got until it looked like this.

It was so early that the sun hadn't had a chance to burn off the extra fog. And yet it wasn't early, it was normal time. Here is one last gripe abt DST until Nov 1st when we *fall back*.

Today is much better. It's not even noon yet and we're already here.



The IO is taking the kids to play tennis which means quiet time for ME! I need to get the clean clothes off the floor

(Hemi isn't the only one who enjoys fresh laundry) and put away, but then I plan on getting out a project and getting something done. Maybe even pop in a movie. I've had the latest Indiana Jones movie that really needs to go back to Netflix so that could be the winner.

And here is Hemi 2 months later. You can see the discrepancies of his hair, crew cut vs shag cut, but it's looking much better.

At least I'm getting my striping back!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mid Week Update

I've had a couple of finishes here that I haven't posted yet. First up is the Warm Woolies Odd Ball Blanket, this one is called Chocolate Indulgence.

Here are the stats:

Date Start: 2/14/09
Date End: 3/8/09
LionBrand Wool Ease Mink Brown #127 & TLC Burgundy (I think, there was no ball band)
double stranded
4.8oz/315yd yarn used

Each portion will be 8" long and in my portion I used a basketweave pattern. The colors remind me of chocolate covered cherries and the pattern looks like the plastic sectional part of a box of chocolates (who else thinks of Forest Gump when you hear "a box of chocolates"?!?) It will be sent out for the next person to work on.

Next I whipped out a couple of hats last week.

Hat #1

Date start: 3/3/09
Date end: 3/5/09
Moda Dea Sassy Stripes #6952
I used size 8 needles, cast on 88sts, ribbed for 2" then stst for a total of 8" before decreases.
1.36oz/127yds yarn used

Hat #2

Date start and end: 3/7/09
Moda Dea Sassy Stripes #6948 Polo
Again I used size 8 needles, cast on 88sts but stst for 7.75" before decreases.

I made them for a 5 y/o and a 7 y/o. They came out a bit bigger than I wanted, but they fit Baby Girl ok so I should be fine.

I'm still working on Baby Girl's socks. I'm on sock #2's heel flap and hopefully I'll be casting off by the wknd. I'm 3" into my Warm Woolies Mystery Sweater KAL which puts me to the straight stst part so another good spot for mindless knitting. Both were in the car last night and instead of going to get them, I cast on for another charity blanket.

I'm not sure if it will be big enough for Warm Woolies. If now, it will go to the kitty shelter. Straight knitting on this one, double stranded using up some gifted Red Heart Super Saver yarn. It feels a bit "bullet proof", but the knitting bumps make it squishy. This blanket is the perfect project to work on when the only light is the TV.

As you can tell, this is the year of the Warm Woolies. I'm trying to participate in their 10 for 10 contest, 10 items for 10 y/o's and older. There are some specifics, one of them being 3 of those items need to be sweaters. Not sure that is going to happen, but then again I have until November. It would be a great way to use up some of that charity wool I have in the closet.


Since I doubt the Debbie Bliss is charity wool, please do not disturb.

Monday, March 09, 2009

DST rant! and other randomness

Ok it's that time of year to hear my rant abt the change in time. Why do they do it? WHY?!?!? Yes I've heard all the *reasons* why, but quite honestly I think they are antiquated. We don't need to have an extra hour in the day to plow or harvest the fields. The power we save at night to keep the lights off is counter balanced by the fact that it's DARK when I wake up now and need to put the lights on to wake up and see what I'm doing. I want them to pick a time and LEAVE IT ALONE!!! Can you tell I hate this?? Esp when I lose an hour. I don't have enough time in the day normally, but to take an hour away?!?! Plus I am *off* (more than usual) for abt a week. Ok, rant over. For now. We will revisit this topic in the fall (when we fall back). (at least then I get my hour back)

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For those of you who commented on the auto parts missing from the car, it was the starter. It's been a hit or miss with it so the IO took it apart, cleaned it up (it looked pretty gunky), put it back in (with no extra parts!) and it now works! It may only buy us a little bit of time, but I'll take what I can get. The other van needs new tires, an alignment and an oil change so that starter needs to hang in there a bit longer.

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Apparently we have gone from winter to summer with very little spring in between. It is abt 83 right now and we are expecting highs of 85 later in the week. While I'm thrilled not to have those 20s and 30s at night, it would have been nice to have some of that low 50s/low 70s a little longer than a couple of days. Yes apparently there is no pleasing me weatherwise.

(remember, this is day 1 of DST and I'm a bit cranky)

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I AM pleased to announce that I have finished 2 hats and the WW Odd Ball blanket over the wknd. Even with a killer sinus headache. I have no pictures yet, and I have not gone thru my quilt show pictures either. Soon.

Meanwhile, I will not leave you picture-less.

This is pre-surgery when he still had fur.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Saturday Sky

We are now back to our regularly scheduled weather.






Yesterday I went to the annual local quilt show and I took a TON of pictures. Once I go thru them, I'll be posting them here for my annual virtual quilt show. Stay tuned.........

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Staying warm Hemi style


Warm clothes fresh out of the dryer.



Tucked into a flannel quilt.



In a box filled with wool.



A warm sunbeam.


Get out of here Lucy!


This beam is MINE!