Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kitty Thursdays


Is that the can opener?

Do I smell tuna??

Whadya mean there's none left?


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Relief is in Sight!

I was hoping we were done with 90 degree days. Lets hope this is it!

BTW Happy Marty McFly Day!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday Stashing

Nope, not buying, but purging. The floor of my walk-in closet has turned into a dumping ground of bags, totes, shoes, scrapbooks and other various items. I can't find anything. My chaos is usually a controlled chaos, but when I can't find a particular yarn I want to knit with, well THAT's when it's time to clean things out.

Since I had the yarn out, I decided I might as well post it on Ravelry. I've discovered a lot abt my stash.....I can't say no to a great sale. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but now I'm stuck with some yarn that I will never use. Since I've been knitting for awhile, I've discovered yarns I don't like working with (single ply yarns) and I've also discovered there are yarns that I have a reaction to. In fact while I was going thru this particular bucket, my throat and eyes were getting itchy. Yep, it was alpaca. I love the softness of it, even have a pair of socks made from it, but I can't seem to knit with it. I react the same way to angora. Some yarns will be sold on eBay, but I'll keep a few back for any give aways I may decide to have on this blog. It's not much, but enough to thin the stash out a bit. And of course NONE of it is sock yarn!!!

Meanwhile yesterday I started another project, this time a hat.

I got this back in August from Simply Socks Yarn Company. They are hosting the Dream In Color Dream Club, a monthly yarn club that allows you to purchase what you want instead of committing to purchase 3 months of yarn you may or may not like. It came with a free hat pattern and I finally cast on last night. I am loving it, but I need to get different needles. I'm using size 3 dpns and as you can tell from the picture, it's a challenge to keep all 132 stitches on the needles. I need to get a 16" size 3 cable needle. The question is whether or not I go cheap and order on line (and wait) or go pricey and buy them from an LYS (and have it now, but spend more than I want or need to). Decisions, decisions. I'll let you know what I end up doing....

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

In the Name of Simplification

We've had a few changes here at Happy Acres, things that should make life a bit easier. First and foremost, the IO is gainfully employed!! Its a 3 month contract that *should* become permanent. I say should instead of will just because we've become so cynical when it comes to his employment. Either way, the man is working which makes us both very happy!

Second, after 5 years of ballet, Baby Girl has decided to take a break. She still loves to dance, but it's become a real rush to get home, grab a snack, change and head back out the door. It's a mixed bag of emotions with this decision, we've known these people for 5 years and it's hard to say goodbye. However, today we are not rushing around trying to get to class which is quite nice. Since we are heading into the holiday season, we're holding off deciding what to do next, but I think both kids will be back in gymnastics come the new year.

I don't have as much on my calendar right now and it feels a bit weird. My p/t job has come to a bit of a stand still. My friend's wedding is gearing up but since its all inclusive at a country club, there isn't that much for me to help with. I've decided that I need to take this opportunity to get myself organized and get some things done that have been on hold. Like paint the kids' bathroom. Or finish moving #1 Son into his new bedroom. Maybe organize (and paint)the craft room so that I can move all stash into one room. A fall cleaning would be good too. I definitely get more done in my head than in real life, but I *do* need to take advantage of this downtime because I know it wont last long.

In fact I've probably jinxed myself by bringing it up.......

One thing that does seem to work for me is keeping a sock in the car to work on while waiting in line for kid pick up.

I'm not getting much done

but I am working a few rows here and there.

All I have on the needles right now is this sock and that poor kitty blanket I started way back when. I'm feeling the need to start a new project soon, and I'm itching to start a cowl. I think I need to go thru some yarn to see who wants to come out to play.....

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


#1 Son's socks are finished!! Hurray!

And they even fit!!! Double hurray!!!

These socks have been on the needles since November of last year. I cast on back in November using a Twin Rib Stitch. When you couldnt see the pattern I switched over to straight stockinette stitch, but I wasn't loving it. Out it came. I started again in Feb but only did abt 6 rows using a 3x1 rib. It sat while I worked on other projects, not to be touched again until May. This is when I consider the beginning of the sock project. Here are the rest of the details:

Kroy FX Socks for #1 Son

Sock #1: 5/2/10 - 6/20/10
Sock #2: 8/2/10 - 10/13/10

Yarn used: Patons Kroy FX color #57242 Clover dye lot: 210979

Cast on 60 stitches using size 2 needle. 3x1 rib for 3.25" then stst for 3/4" (total 4" cuff). Heel=32 rows and foot length 7.25" before toe decreases.

#1 Son LOVES the socks. The colors are wild but not *too* funky. While I wasn't planning on matching these socks, I'm glad I didn't even try. They are of the same color and dye lot, but knit up very differently. The yarn was also splitty if you weren't careful, but the different colors in the final spinning is what makes those amazing color changes.

And I've also decided that the next pair of socks for #1 Son will be knit up for a man. His foot is as wide as mine is and is only 1/2" smaller. This explains why my socks fit him well and also means I will see very little of them this year since they will be mostly on his feet!

On a final note, let me just say how happy I am that ALL the Chilean miners got out safely. How soon do you think they'll make a movie of the week?

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Too Small Saturday

We've had some gorgeous weather this past week!

50s at night and low 80s during the day. I've been able to shut the a/c off and air the house out in the mornings and it's been wonderful! Today was the hottest in the past 5 or so days, it was 88.

As long as we stay below 90, I'm a happy girl!!!


So I'm knitting along on #1 Son's sock and I'm abt to decrease for the toes. Thankfully I did remember that I finished the first sock a few months ago and that this child now wears the same size shoe I do (and he's not even 12) so I decided to have him try on the finished sock. Well he could barely get it on. He has a VERY wide foot and even though once it was on it was *ok*, it was obviously tight. So instead I will be adding an extra 3/4" to his sock and ripping out the toe on the other sock to extend it as well. I dread the thought of it since I have a tough time picking up tiny sock stitches. I can, I just don't like it.

I also had to get closures for Baby Girl's sweater. Again, it *fits* but it wont make it past this year. She must be having a growth spurt because she's outgrown a LOT of her clothes. I bought magnetic closures for the sweater and will put buttons on the outside. We picked up some really cool purple buttons at JoAnn's today and once I get them attached, I'll show a pic of it.

I think I need to knit faster, otherwise these kids will not last long in my hand knits.

That being said, I think I need to knit a bit for me. I got a Patternworks catalog in the mail yesterday and there are a couple of patterns I want to do. It seems cowls are the latest thing and there were two that I want to do. I have the dimensions and the yarn so I will be casting on soon for those. Once I get these other two projects finished off. I still have a pair of socks in the works for me, but since *my* foot isn't growing anymore, there is no rush for them, other than me wanted to wear them soon.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Taking the Day Off

While I love helping out my friends and love being a mom, there are times when it just needs to be abt me. My stitching friends were meeting up today and while I SHOULD have stayed home and get caught up on dishes and clean out the car from this past wknd, I decided that I needed a day off and went. I am SO glad I did!!!

We met in Starbucks and got to sit and stitch/knit for a couple of hours. OH was that nice! I got to catch up with friends I haven't seen in months. I worked on #1 Son's sock; I'm in the home stretch, finished off the gusset and knitting the foot.

It's a bit blurry, but shows the true colors of the sock. It's a bit strange, I'm using the 2nd ball of the same color and dye lot, but this sock is definitely looking different than the first. While I wasn't planning exact socks, these socks will be very different. Thankfully #1 Son will not care one bit.

Lunch was at Yellow Dog Eats a really cool restaurant that Dee recommended. The owner is quirky, the restaurant is quirky, and the food is GOOD! A must try if you are in the area.

I canNOT believe you ate at a place called DOG. You have NO standards.

Monday, October 04, 2010

It's beginning to feel a lot like Fall!

It was 60 degrees for our educational commute this morning and it was wonderful!!! There are no 9s in our weather forecast for the week. In fact the 9s are now 6s. Highs are in the 80s, lows in the 60s. NICE!

So what's going on here at Happy Acres??

Friday was a carnival at Baby Girl's school. It was a fundraiser which is normally a walk-a-thon

but this year they switched it up to a carnival

including dunking the coaches.

It turned out really nice. MUCH better than the original idea planned.

Injury of the day? I forgot sunscreen and my face and the back of my neck got really red.

Saturday was a surprise wedding shower.

We squeezed 60+ people in a place that holds 45. It was tight, but we did it and it turned out really nice. Baby Girl was thrilled to hand out the favors.

Injury of the day? Matching thumb cuts.

Denise cut hers first when she was slicing up fruit. As she was getting a band-aid, I took over. I was doing fine until I tried a fancy chef move. That's what I get for imitating Rachael Ray.

I'm taking it easy today and plan on meeting with my stitch group tomorrow. I could use the break! Not sure if I'll be stitching or knitting, but I will have something stitchy to show tomorrow.

Have a great week!