Monday, November 30, 2009
Yep, a sense of satisfaction. Even though I feel more like how that woman looks!
What else did I accomplish this month? Not as much as I would like, but I saw progress. I did finish some sewing and some knitting.
And guess what came in today??
Aren't they cool?!?
Both rugrats have requested a pair for themselves. I told them to save up their allowances.
I cast on for #1 Son's 2nd sock today while at ballet. Got almost an inch completed. However I left it in the car and since I can be quite lazy, I reached over and cast on for a sock for me.
Just because I can. And no, that is not the Cherry Tree Hill that is sitting pretty on my night stand. It's the Kroy FX that reminds me of Trekking. Kroy tends to be a bit on the thicker side, which means I can knit them on size 2s w/o a problem. Since both socks are in Kroy, they should move fairly quickly.
Got some rows done on my scarf as well. Keep that one in the car and knit on it while I wait in line to pick the rugrats up. It will eventually get done, row by row.
So that's it. I attempted to blog every day and I accomplished just that. Thanks for stopping by!!!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Now I've had cats before and they will occasionally just go off for a bit. I was worried but I wasn't going to make myself nuts abt it yet. This was not the case for Baby Girl. Around 3pm today, she got really upset. Where was she? Maybe she got eaten by a coyote. Maybe she got into a fight with a dog. The IO drove around to make sure she hadn't been hit (all was fine) and Baby Girl insisted on putting out flyers (which we did). Now we just had to wait. Baby Girl would be crying one minute and the next would be distracted by a tv show.
Around 8pm I look outside and who do I see?
She finally decided that she would come home. Tragedy averted. I still don't know how her paw is doing, but I don't want to mess with her. Better she sleeps off her wknd bender than to run off again.
Meanwhile I finished something.
Only 8 months in the making. The next one shouldn't take as long, esp since I want to finish it off before I start a new pair for me.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
It's a satellite picture of the sky earlier today. We've had our cold front come thru and it was around 39 this morning! No wonder the house felt so cold!! It's abt 44 now, even though my thermometer says it's in the 50s. I really need to put a thermometer away from the window, it does tend to pull in the temps from the house as well.
Today was also one of those days where I was really hoping to get some fun things done, but the more I tried to sit down and knit/stitch, the more interuptions I had. I did finally pull out a stitching project. What color do I want to work on?? Grey for dolphins? No. Blue for snowman?? Nada. Instead I worked with browns which means that Maggie came out to play! Haven't seen her in awhile and was happy to work on her again. While I like to have blocks of color to work on, when those blocks are just various shades of one color, it gets monotonous. AND I need to start some socks for me.
Is it really almost Sunday already? Where did this extended weekend go?? While I loved spending time with various friends, I really want some time by myself. Anybody else ever get that way?
Friday, November 27, 2009
It's great to see old friends. I've known these people since I was 11. And now my kids and her daughter are starting their own long term friendship.
Anybody else feel like it's S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night?? (click to hear 70's song there)
Wait, did she at least feed us before leaving?? And why am I on the WRONG of this window?!?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Since we keep it low key here, I was able to work a bit on my snowman.
It's coming along pretty well. The top box has various wintery things, an ice skate, a snowflake, etc. The bigger box has a big blue mitten in it. I need both my Ott light AND my readers to work on this project; the fabric isn't *that* small, 28ct I believe, but it's the dark blue that makes it really hard to see.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Not getting on the computer means I have more time for other things. Like stitching. I pulled out the dolphins today, then put it back. Don't have the desire to work on various shades of grey. Out came my snowman. There isn't that much left to it, the outline of the project is done (not to be confused with the backstitching, there is LOTS of that left to do) and most of the wording is done as well. The biggest thing left is the mitten which is half the size of the snowman, but only has abt 3 color changes so it should go fairly quickly. I'll take an updated pic of it tomorrow.
As I was stitching, look what I saw checking out my yarn cake!
Hmmmmm, wonder if they eat yarn, too.......
Monday, November 23, 2009
I was hoping to have something to share with you craftwise today, but I have nothing. Between #1 Son's sleepover, our girl's day out and then seeing some old friends on Sunday, I haven't had much time to do anything at all! I did put in abt 3rows in my scarf and abt the same amt in my hat. I measured #1 Son's foot to see where I need to start his toes.
I didn't take the time for myself this AM, instead went straight to the grocery store. We had a new store just open up abt a month ago and it's HUGE! While I do like to have a lot of variety to choose from, there is something to be said abt having a smaller, cozier store. AND it's laid out differently so I had to go down each aisle to find what I needed. I'd suggest adding some cheese with this whine, but they were out of what I was looking for as well!!
Hopefully I'll have something fun to share soon, because I know neither one of us wants 7 more days of posts like this.
Not sure if this was a grill or a bon fire!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Today was spent as a girl's night(day) out. The IO and #1 Son had a campout with some friends of ours
and since us girls were left to our own devices, we hit the mall. What'd we buy? Shoes and makeup!!! LOL I bought 3 pairs of shoes today for ME! Including a pair of clear Converse sneakers. I've been wanting these for sometime now, but kept putting it off because I didn't want to spend the money on them. Well they cost abt what I'd pay for 3 pairs of socks so I went ahead and did it. I should get them by next week.
I have to admit, after all the problems I had with my Malabrigo socks, it sort of took the wind out of my sails. Instead of being happy abt my finished socks, I felt my yarn let me down.
So what's a girl to do? Make cake of course!!
This is some Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn I got sometime in 2006. It's been marinating long enough and time to come out and play. It's sitting all pretty on my nightstand.
I also cast on another hat with some worsted Malabrigo. I'm not crazy abt single ply yarns, but the softness keeps me knitting. No pics of that since they all came out blurry.
However I do have a picture of #1 Son's sock.
I pulled it out yesterday and made some great progress on it. I worked the heel flap, turned the heel, finished the gusset and am working my way down the foot. I should have this sock done soon.
Tomorrow I will be fixing the malabrigos. I washed them and it turned the thin spots into holes. I actually didnt' mind it since it makes them easier to fix. They wont be as pretty as I'd like, but they'll look fantastic in my new sneakers.
More of a true to life color of these guys. And yes, one does look greyer than the other, yet they were knit from the same skein.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Look how close this is!!
It was so close that we could hear it when they fired it up. No wonder the animals were freaking out!
Even Princess went running into the house.
Bye bye balloon people!!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
These took me WAY too long to do.
Here are the stats:
Winterscape Socks from Kay
Malabrigo sock yarn in Persia
64sts on 2.5mm needles
sock #1: 3/26/09 - 7/7/09
sock #2: 8/3/09 - 11/19/09
This was a good pattern that I would use again. I, however, took FOREVER to make them. But they are done.
The bad news. Remember how I said I found a hole?
After I kitchenered the toe on sock #2, I pulled out sock #1 and fixed it.
It seemed to come out ok and you really can't see it in this pic. This should be good news, right? Wrong. When I put the socks on, I found three more thin spots. Something found these socks tasty. I haven't seen any moths in the house, and besides, this first sock has been sitting in the drawer with my other hand knit socks, which are perfectly fine (I say this casually, but trust me, once I realized it was sitting in the same drawer as my other hand knit socks, I got quite nauseous and imagined large holes in ALL my socks. Thankfully all is good.)
I'm not sure how long they'll last, but I will wear them this winter.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I'm already trying to decide what yarn I want to pull out next (this could be part of my incentive to finish them off). Oh and I found a hole in the cuff of the finished sock!!! UGH!!!! Not sure how it got there. It doesn't look eaten away (from a moth) or cut. It looks as if the yarn was in a thin spot I didn't notice and just pulled apart when it was stretched. Now I have to figure out how to fix that.....These socks have been a pain from the start. Can't figure out why either since I'm using Malabrigo yarn that is SOOO yummy! I'll worry abt it tomorrow.
Now how are you supposed to pet me with those crooked, messed up fingers!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
and when I woke up, I got this view.
Just doing our part to help you press out the wrinkles. I'm adding my special fibers as well.
After I removed the cat and said fibers, I was able to finish off another receiving blanket.
I then pulled out another receiving blanket that I made awhile back, but never used.
AND the spot came out of the first one so I now have a nice little group to send out.
The box is now packed, taped and ready to mail out tomorrow. WOOHOO!!!
I think the sewing projects will be on hold for the next couple of days. I need a bit of a break. Instead I'm going to focus on my sock. I pulled it out today and I'm almost down to the main part of the foot. My goal is to get it done by the end of the month. I think I can do it too.
Monday, November 16, 2009
So far I've gotten thru the top.
However I now have piles here,
and under here.
I have another pile on top of the bed. I'm finding a lot of unfinished projects that are almost done so I'm hoping to really make some headway. So far today I hemmed 2 pairs of pants, and then found some fabric to make a receiving blanket for my new niece.
Definitely girly. Definitely cute. Definitely a STAIN ON IT!!!! Ugh.
I threw it in the wash and am hoping the stain comes out. Meanwhile I pulled out another piece of flannel to make another blanket, but this one didn't go as smoothly. First I ran out of thread in the bobbin. Then it wouldn't sew smoothly and I ended up with a LOT of lumpy and skipped stitches.
Have you ever tried ripping out stitches in a flannel piece of fabric?? It's NOT fun. I've got the stitches ripped out and it's sitting on the ironing board to finish off tomorrow.
Oh and remember Ariel? Well apparently I placed her in a pile on the table and it got buried. And then fell. I found it covered in cat fur and dirt. So she ended up taking a bath today. It's pressed and sitting on the ironing board waiting for me to frame it by the end of the week.
Not sure what will be worked on tomorrow, but I'm glad to be getting a little done each day.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
and the back.
The apron is finished!!! This was purchased a year ago by a friend of mine. Apparently I was high on the fiber fumes in JoAnn's when I offered to sew this for her if she bought the kit. Thankfully she's a collector of stash, too, so the fact that she gets it back in a year will surprise her!
JoAnn's Domestic Diva Apron
"With Enough Coffee I Can Do Anything!
While this was a span of 6 months, it only took me 3 days to do.
I was going to pull out a receiving blanket or my BOM quilt, but I've had enough with sewing. SO not relaxing for me.
Time to move on to another project, preferably something mindless.....
Saturday, November 14, 2009
- My scarf is now 32" long and I just started the 2nd skein, which means I'll have a nice long scarf when done.
- While waiting in line for the rugrats, I found I had my sock in the car so I was able to do 4 rounds. Not much but every round counts!
- I pulled out the apron I was making for a good friend of mine and am pretty close to finishing. I'm hoping to finish it up tomorrow. I've had to make a few modifications since I wasn't impressed with the instructions, but it's almost done and it looks nice. I'm hoping to have pictures tomorrow.
- I've also been working on my crossed stitched Dolphin project. It's really the only one worth taking a progress picture of. This is one week's worth of work.
I'm hoping to have some finished pictures to post tomorrow. That apron is VERY close to being done AND I want to make some receiving blankets for my new niece.
And since it is Saturday, here is what my sky looked like around 6pm.
The weather has been really nice, just cool enough for a light jacket. My kind of winter!
We are still being inundated with bombing rumblings, and it still leaves me unsettled. AND according to the newspaper, it will continue tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday. Makes you wonder what they have planned overseas....
Friday, November 13, 2009
Yes, you read that right, the BOMBING!
There a bombing range that the Navy uses for training. Here is an excerpt from their web site.
The Navy's Pinecastle Impact Range in the Ocala National Forest is the only place on the East Coast where the Navy can do live impact training. The Navy drops nearly 20,000 bombs a year at the site, a few hundred of which are live.
I've been listening to it all day. I keep thinking it's thunder, but I have clear blue skies today. Nope, it's the bombing. Freaks me out a little every time I hear one go off. I'm not close enough that if they mess up, I'll get blown up, but just the thought that they *do* this as close as they do, makes me just a bit uncomfortable. Esp when it makes the windows rattle.....
Meanwhile we all need a little sun in our lives.
This was taken back in 2004. Today it's my Friday Foto.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Still going thru my craft table. Pulled out some projects to work on and realized my living room will have to look worse before it looks better......
Since it was such a cool day ALL day, not only did I pick up some wood for the fireplace, so did the IO.
Talk abt eating by candlelight!
And you can't have a fire w/o these
I'm not a big fan, but Baby Girl is! I just ate from the Hershey bar.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
That hobby eventually fell to the wayside when I got the quilting bug and they stayed packed away in the closet for a long time. I never wanted to get rid of them, because I still had projects to make with them. Fast forward to 2004. We are hit by 4 different hurricanes, including one (Frances) that is going so slow, she's almost stationary. I've got small rugrats that are getting stir crazy and all the projects I had in the house are now done. And the storm has yet to pass. I open the craft closet in search of SOMETHING to keep them occupied and there they are. With my help, we not only keep from going crazy, we have a new shirt to wear!
Today I'm going thru some old clothes and come across some sweat pants that are too small for #1 Son, but are perfect for Baby Girl. In the guise of making them a bit more girly, I pull out those paints and make a heart on one pair and a flower on another. Well you KNOW what happened next.
Both #1 Son and Baby Girl have new shirts to wear. Without ANY help from me!
While I had to throw a couple away because the paints had separated, these guys are still going strong! They used some up, but I think I have abt 10 left. Who'da thought they'd last for 15+ years. THAT'S what I call quality!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It's amazing to me that it was that long ago. I remember how quick it was too. From serious talks to the wall coming down in less than a week!
a piece of the wall living happily on a city street
Now I'm working on *I can't believe it's been 8 years since 9/11*
Apparently Ida is turning into a bust for us here in Central Florida. The majority of rain is all to the north of what was once the eye so places like Alabama and Georgia will be getting even more rain!
pic from www.flhurricane.com
We get the breeze which will be nice since we're supposed to reach 80 again today.
According to NOAA this past October has been ranked the third coolest on record for the US. Except for Florida. WE have had above avg temps for the past 6 months making it the third warmest for us!
Yet with all the cooler temps the rest of the US is having, this is the 43rd warmest ranking on record YTD. This is why I laugh when I hear stats. You can always find a statistic to spin any way you want!
Guess what I got in the mail yesterday?? A squishy envelope containing yarn!
Marguerite was having a contest on her blog and I won! She was giving away 3 different sock yarns, and while they were all gorgeous, this blue was my favorite. I REALLY didn't think I was going to win, but I did!!! And now I have another sock yarn to add to my collection. Thanks again Marguerite!!!