Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fall is Approaching....

If only in cross stitch.

Last Saturday I had this.

and today I have this.


It is slowly getting there. My goal is to get it done before the first official day of Fall. That's abt 3 weeks from now. I really think I can do it. I just hope I don't get sick of working on it before it's done. Most of what is left is the apple pie and rolling pin. Then filling in the rest of the table. THEN the back stitching.

So close and yet so far.

What came from the Sunday oven today? My go-to Banana Muffins.

Gotta love Nick Jr.!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

RUSH!

I just took the fastest shower ever, got dressed, PUT MAKE UP ON, and walked next door for a Pampered Chef party.

Only to find out it was cancelled.

Well, at least I'm clean.

Meanwhile I took a pic of the sky.

Your typical hazy afternoon sky. According to Weather Underground, it is 90 degrees but it feels like 101. Yep, I knew it was hot. So between the heat and expecting to have the afternoon off, I'm going to sequester myself to the bedroom and stitch.

Sounds like a plan to me.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Up up and away!

We survived the first week of school and boy am I tired!! Not used to this waking up early business. However when you *do* wake up early you get to see things like this!


We saw a different one on Tues but since I didn't have my camera, no pictures were taken. I didn't have my camera this AM either as we were driving to school, but after I dropped the kids off, I got my camera and went in search of it. Found it abt 2 miles away.

(the things I do for blog fodder)

Waking up early also helps me to meet up with my stitch group. However dropping the kids off for school first leaves me over an hour and a half to kill before the LNS opens. So I get coffee at Starbucks (cha-ching), then I go to the JoAnn's that sits right behind the LNS (cha-ching cha-ching). I don't always buy something, but I had a 40% coupon that was abt to expire and it would be WRONG to let that happen!

Here is what I used it on.

I've only scanned thru it, but I really like how they describe the different methods of hand dyeing yarn.

And remember when I said I wanted to get some yarn to make #1 Son a hat for the winter? Here is what I got.

The colorway is Sticks and Stones. Manly enough for him to wear, but interesting colors thru-out. Dark browns, dark purples and dark copper.

I also picked up the lasted American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. They had some cool Log Cabin quilts that are inspiring me to start another quilt.

As is true everytime I meet with my stitching group, we do more socializing that stitching so not much was done on my Seasonal Fall, but I'm really motivated to finish it so hopefully I'll have something to hang when it's officially Autumn. However our friend Alison (aka THAT GIRL) was working on a scarf using some Moda Dea Sassy Stripes. The colorway wasn't going that well (not enough blues and dark greens, TOO much pea green and red/white spots) on her scarf so she ended up giving it to me to add into my next kitty blanket.

I have a lot of different colorways of this yarn, including this one, but I've never had one work up the way hers was going. It will be perfect for it's new purpose.

Thanks Alison!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Here Kitty Kitty Kitty!

Come check out your new blanket!!!


This guy is FINALLY done! Here are the stats:

Kitty Shelter Blanket

Date Start: 3/10/09
Date End: 8/23/09
Total Project Time: 5 months!

Yarn Used: Red Heart Super Saver #366 Mint (discontinued color) plus misc acrylic white. Double stranded.

Blanket size: 32"x23"

Yarn used up: 1lb 4oz/1040yds (yes, that reads one POUND 4 ounces!)

Talk abt a GREAT stash buster!! I was gifted this yarn a couple of years back and I've been trying to use it up in kitty blankets. The first blanket was here. In that one I used one strand of the mint with various other yarns. This time I decided to use the mint double stranded with the occasional white strand subbed in. This is what I had left from one of the HUGE skeins. I'm using my Regia sock yarn as scale.

Not so bad!

This is what I had left from the second skein used.

Hmmm, MUCH bigger than I expected.

There is still one full one left as well.

~sigh~ I will NEVER be done with this yarn.......I need to let it marinate some more before I use it in another blanket......

Monday, August 24, 2009

Do you hear that??

Yeah, neither do I!!! That's because today is the first day back to school and boy is the house quiet!

Here they are just before we walked out.


Things went very well this am. #1 Son was WAY ahead of us as we walked up to the school. I was expecting this so when we got to the cross walk I hugged him there and told him to have a nice day. I KNEW the closer we got the further away he would get. Baby Girl still lets me walk her to class.

I finished my kitty blanket late last night, but still need to sew in the ends. I'll take pics of it tomorrow. Then we can head to the kitty shelter to drop off the goods.

What do you think, Hemi?

I approve. Besides, who needs hand knit blankies when you have fresh laundry to sleep in??

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturday Updates

It's another "it's not the heat, it's the humidity" day. The temps are only 79, but the heat index is 85 with 90% humidity. It's like walking thru a steam room. Blech. Here's my sky.

Explains the humidity being so high. We had rain earlier, but not from Hurricane Bill. I think it's the low that was once Ana. Either way, we've been soggy for a couple of days.

I haven't posted any updates for a bit so here we go.

Here's the blanket.

I haven't touched it in abt a week. Maybe this week I'll pull it out.

What have I been working on instead? My Seasonal Fall. Here is what it looked like the last time I posted abt it.

And here it is as of today.

I still plan on working on it, will be bringing it to stitch day on Thursday.

Last up is a project that is FINISHED!!!

I only needed to finish off the hem of the legs and that was it. Baby Girl loves the sparkly fabric and will wear them to school. WOOHOO!!! Glad they are done! The fabric was a bear to work with, very slippery; and that silvery thread kept coming out. NOT a fabric I'll be working with anytime soon. She tried them on quickly but wouldn't pose for a pic since her friend was over so hopefully tomorrow I'll get a shot of her wearing them instead of the cat sniffing (then attacking!) them.

Monday, August 17, 2009

A change in scenery

I've been in a funk lately. I blame summer vacation. Or the heat. Or the noisy house (oh wait, that's a part of summer vacation). Or the fact that once we got the grey van working, the red one went down and I was trapped at home yet again. Or that the a/c in my bedroom broke. Or the fact that I have to referee yet ANOTHER argument behind me (nope, this goes under summer vacation as well!)

The good thing is that the red van is running again and by tonight the a/c in my bedroom should be up and running as well. Thankfully instead of being fried by gamma rays (making the bedroom too hot to inhabit), this is what my sky looks like.

There is a reason why tropical storms are more prevalent during the summer; it's to keep us from being blinded by that big ball of light that hangs in the sky.

Knitting has felt more like something to do rather than enjoyment so I've decided to mix things up a bit. I pulled out some cross stitch and worked a bit on Seasonal Fall on Saturday. I wasn't sure how much I'd get done, but I was able to finish off the grass outside the window. Next would be the leaves that have fallen on the ground.

Fall. I figure if I stitch it, it will come.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Kitty Love


zzzzzzzzzzz


purrrrr


PURRRRRRRRRRR


Wait, don't go!


PURRRRRR


Wait, not yet!!


Kitty hugs!


Don't leave me!


DON'T LEAVE ME!!


I just love my human......

Monday, August 10, 2009

A change in plans

It's been getting busier here at Happy Acres as school gets closer. We've shopped for both Baby Girl and #1 Son, now we just need to get bits and pieces to round everything out.

We also went to a movie this past wknd, Aliens in the Attic. Not my first pick, but was better than I expected. It had bits and pieces that reminded me of E.T. and also Gremlins. My favorite part? When the kids had to use a rotary phone to call 911. Remember how long it takes for 9 to go all the way around?!? The looks of horror were perfect!!

However it's been awhile since all four of us have gone to a movie at night. We either go to a matinee, or my sisters pay for the kids. I haven't had to pay for all of us in one shot in a LONG time.

Me: 2 adults 2 kids for Aliens in the Attic
Attendant: That will be $34.50.
Me: EXCUSE ME?!?!
Attendant: $34.50.
Me: You're kidding, right??
Attendant: (blink)
Me: How much are the tickets???
Attendant: $9 and change for adults and $7 and change for kids (he gave specific amts but I was too shocked to really hear it)
Me: YIKES!

I think I'm going to rethink this theatre. I'm not sure what their matinee amts are, but they also don't have any movie specials (so many points and you get a free popcorn, etc) so it won't be my first choice the next time we go out to a movie. This explains why we use Netflix.

There has been some knitting going on as well. After my last post of what-project-to-work-on-next, I finished off the 2nd sock for Children In Common's current campaign.

It's a Magic 28 sock using size 6 dpns.

Sock #1: 8/5 - 8/6/09
Sock #2: 8/8 - 8/9/09

LionWool prints Flower Garden #202 and Pinguion Porcelaine #103 used
1.7oz used up.

After the sock was done, I wasn't in the mood to start another one so I cast on for a preemie hat.

Date start: 8/9/09
Date end: 8/10/09
Yarn used: Caron SuperSoft Baby Sport (discontinued) #2505 Orchid
I used a basic preemie pattern. DK weight yarn using size 6 needles.

Cast on 48sts, 8 rounds of k2p2, 20 rounds of stockinette.
Decreases start at K4K2tog/K (K3K2tog etc) until there are only 8 stitches left.

Easy peasy but I don't think I can work on preemie hats anymore. A bit depressing for me. Kind of like working on bereavement garments. Not going to send it in, as you can see from the above picture, MY baby needed it more.

So there you have it. I worked a bit on the blanket, but only abt 8 rows have been done since last week's picture so just use your imagination for a mental update.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Salvation vs Damnation

It's 2AM and I'm still up. Why? Because I have a million things going on in my brain. My stream of consciousness is going from one thought to another. Or should I say project.

I've got a few projects going right now. The big one is the blanket for my sil who is due in Oct. While I'm putting in a row here and a row there, it's not keeping me motivated. So I cast on for Malabrigo sock #2. I put in some more rows in my kitty afghan. **If I finish this afghan before school starts, I can take the kids to the shelter so they can see all the cats. School starts in a little over 2 weeks. I think I can do it.**

Then when I'm on Ravelry, there is a woman in the Orlando area who is trying to raise awareness of infant mortality and is in need of 1687 hats (the amt of infants that died in 2007). **Hmmm, a local woman who needs some hats. Hats are easy to knit up, esp preemie hats. AND it's a great way to use up some of my softer acrylics. She needs them by the end of Aug. Hats don't take very long, especially preemie hats.** I start looking thru my patterns.

Then I get an email in my box from Children In Common. There is a last minute trip to Russia planned and they could use some socks for kids aged 2-6. She's leaving on the 19th of this month. **Hmmmmm, kid socks are pretty quick to knit up.** I cast on a pair a few hours ago. One sock is almost done.

Meanwhile I'm not liking any of the preemie hat patterns I have. I search on Ravelry and I come across a couple of good ones and saved them for when I finish off the 2 pairs of socks I plan on doing. **What's this?? A pumpkin hat?? My sil is due in Oct and wouldnt the new baby look cute in a pumpkin hat?!?!? But I don't have any orange yarn. Will need to pick some up at the store this wknd.**

I finally shut the computer down and go to bed. **I hope my local JoAnn's has the orange I'm looking for. Maybe I should try the bigger one a bit further away. Oh and I should make one for my other niece who is 16 months. Would Baby Girl like one? No, I think it might be too young for her. Besides, she already has a couple of hats already that she can wear. Speaking of hats, I should make #1 Son a hat for this winter. Since he's going to be a safety patrol and will be out early in the mornings, it will be very cool then. He'll need a hat. I'll need to find something *cool* for him. Maybe black with a cream stripe. Oh and maybe some fingerless gloves to keep his hands warm while he opens car doors. In black as well. I have some black Utopia, but it's acrylic. Will it be warm enough? Plus I don't think I have enough for both a hat AND mitts. I'll have to check.**

ARGH!!!!!! Do you see what I mean?!?!? I have gone from one project to a million in no time flat. Actually, they are all very doable. I can finish off the 2 pairs of socks for CIC this wknd. I can finish off a handful of preemie hats by the next wknd. This still leaves me plenty of time to finish off the kitty blanket and get to the shelter before school starts. The next bits will be for Oct and then our stuff by Dec.

See? Doable.

Then why is my brain freaking out?? I think I need to install an off button.


Silly humans, sleep is NEVER a problem for a feline.......

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I should stick to quilting.

With school beginning soon, I figured I'd pull out the fabric that I've been saving to make Baby Girl some shorts. As I'm trying to cut out the pattern, they keep catching on the fabric. My fabric scissors are sticky (hmmm, which means somebody has been using them!) so I get a wipe to clean them off. Well not only do I cut thru the wipe (doubled over a few times) but I cut into my thumb as well!

See?
(insert bandaged thumb here)
Do you know how hard it is to take a picture of your right hand when you are right handed?!?! All pics were too blurry to even tell what it was.

After I stopped the bleeding and took a break, I was able to finish cutting out the shorts.

Hopefully I'll be able to sew them up today.

I really don't know why I continue to attempt to sew. I'm really not that good at it and it's really stressful for me. Quilting is so much easier. And I've never cut myself with the rotary cutter.

More updates to come.....

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Sunday Update

I decided to help keep me moving along with this blanket, I needed to have weekly posts so I can see what progress is being made. Here I am one skein in.

Not as much as I had hoped, but I still think I'll be ok. There are 7 skeins of this yarn so I'm going to knit until I have no more yarn left.

It's a Sunday and that means something from the oven. Today is cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. Yummmm........

Want the recipe? Ask the Pillsbury Dough Boy!!!!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Saturday Shopping

When I was a little kid, I used to love going grocery shopping with my grandfather. I used to get some kind of snack when I went along, either Devil Dogs or Flav-R-Ice. Plus I loved looking at all the cool stuff on the shelves. Now that I'm grown up, I still get some kind of snack when I go, but it's not as much fun. It's just work. Plus *I'm* the one paying for the total bill which zaps a LOT of the fun out of it.

I usually go grocery shopping during the week, but we're down a car so I had to wait until the wknd. When EVERYBODY else goes as well. Two hours later I came home with much needed supplies. At least the kids are big enough to help carry stuff in.

The kids are also old enough to take pics of the sky. My thermometer says 92, but the heat index is 106. Today's sky is brought to you by Baby Girl.

For those who wanted to see the sun, she brought that too!


I'm not accomplishing as much as I would like this past week, but I do have a closet that looks really good and #1 Son's room is also organized. School starts in 3 weeks and that is fantastic incentive to get the rugrats to clean stuff out. Gotta get rid of the old stuff to get ready for the new year! At least it works for my kids.

And maybe I'll pull out some fabric to make shorts!!! BUWAHAHAHAHA

(who'm I kiddin')