Saturday, December 31, 2011

Still not feeling it.......

It's really weird. I usually get nostalgic or melancholy on the last day of the year, but not so much today. In fact we went to the mall earlier today and almost got locked in! I forgot they closed early and when we walked out of Bath and Body Works at 6:15, I couldn't figure out why everything was shut down! We ended up sneaking out an employee exit.

Didn't finish any knitting either. In fact I didn't even pick it up. I think I'm subconsciously bucking the system/calendar. Or I'm in denial. Not sure which.

I *did* remember that it was Saturday. Which means a shot of the sky.

I took this as we were rushing off to the car in the mall parking lot.

However, there is one person in this house that feels like it's a new year and she wanted to start it out with a new 'do.

Baby Girl's been wanting bangs since the summer. She loves them!

Well whatever you guys are doing, enjoy and stay safe. I'm thinking of taking a break and probably wont blog until 2012.


*groan*

I turn my back on that joke mom!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Not Feeling It

The calendar says 2012 is a little more than a day away. However I do not feel like I need to change calendars. Part of it might be because my appt calendar is a July-June variety (school year vs calendar year). Part of it may be I have my 2012 calendar already hanging up.

Part of it might be the weather.


Whatever it is, I'm just not feeling it.

However I do realize that if I want to post any finishes for the month, I have a little more than a day to do it! The poncho only needs fringe to be finished, the earflap hat only needs earflaps to be finished. Easy peasy right?? That's what I've been saying for the past few days and yet here I sit with unfinished projects being ignored.

I did get my final yarn purchase in the mail yesterday from Simply Socks Yarn Company. First of all, can I tell you how much I love this on-line shop? I've ordered from them a few times and I've been happy each time I have. They were having a grab bag of sorts from a new yarn by Lorna's Laces Solemate, a wool/nylon/OUTLAST. Outlast is a fiber used by NASA to help regulate temperatures from being too hot or too cold. Lorna's was playing with a DK weight of this yarn, but the yarn came back from the mill more of a heavy fingering weight. So they offered it to SSYC at a discount. Great quality yarn at a fantastic price! You all know I have a hard time passing THAT up! You couldnt request what you wanted colorwise (hence the grab bag) but I did ask if they could coordinate the colors so I could make a pair with solid toes and heels. Look what I got!


and


I couldn't have asked for a better grouping of colors! I love them and cant wait to cast on.

That is once I finish the poncho and hat.

and since I just realized that today was Friday, I'll leave you with a bit of feline love.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Feline Fridays


Dont make me leave this cool drawer, it's HOT outside!!!

Princess is right, it hit 85 today, hottest day since 1970. The only day hotter was back in 1921. NINETY years ago!!!!! And it was 86.

Sheesh........

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It always cost more when the kids are with you

The kids have been home for almost a week now. Since they've been home, we've done a day at Disney,

and ate out the entire weekend. I woke up with a sore throat and stuffed sinuses on Monday, which meant we ate out even more since we had no food in the house. Today was the first day I felt well enough to shower ~and~ get stuff done. Usually it's either shower OR get stuff done.

Along with a laundry list of errands, one of my stops was at JoAnns. I finished Baby Girl's poncho (WOOHOO!), but I don't have enough yarn left over for the fringe. Off to JoAnn's we go to get another skein. I knew the dye lots would be different, but what they had there was really different. Her poncho has blues and greens and purples, but the dye lots at the store had blues and greens and PINKS. So we decided on another colorway that just had greens and blues.

It will be fine, the colors are the same, just w/o the purples. I have a little bit from the original dye lot that I will add periodically around the poncho to make it blend better.

While there she picked out some yarn for an earflap hat


and a slouchy hat.

I wasn't that crazy abt the pink and black one until I saw a project knitted up on Ravelry. I really like the striping effect and it will look well with the pattern I want to do. I have to start the earflap hat first, though. Hopefully I'll get it done before she goes back to school.

And as you can see, we're doing our best to keep Deborah Norville in business!

Baby Girl also decided that she wanted to make me a scarf. She's been wanting to work on a project for awhile now and I figure a scarf will be easy enough for her to work on. I'm using the same yarn as the ear flap hat. It's soft and I like the coloring. She's already done an inch and would have done more if it wasn't so late when she started. I have a feeling she'll be working on it a lot during winter break.....AFTER they make their gingerbread houses. Yep we got some of those too. That's their project for tomorrow.

And according to the forcast, we'll be having more of a beach Christmas than a white one.

YMMV. Whatever your weather this weekend, keep yourself safe.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Too much technology!!!

I love my cell phone. And my digital camera. However tonight while I was at Baby Girl's music concert, we were using the IO's phone, my fairly new video camera and my fairly old digital camera to capture video and I'm still not sure we got any decent shots of the evening. Say what you want abt the big clunky movie cameras, my old Super 8 camera STILL takes great pictures! Its just the film that's PRICEY!

One other drawback to all these new fangled intruments of mass technology, all but one has to be charged. Right now I have my computer, my kindle, my cell phone AND the video camera plugged in to charge. My Canon digital camera eats AA batteries, but at least I can change them out when I'm at a function and continue on.

I'm truly showing my age. However I did see something really cool this AM. Guess what's coming back??? The Polaroid Instamatic camera!!!! I saw it on Live with Kelly this AM. This time around it's a digital camera and you can see it before you print it out. If you like it, a minute later you have yourself a print of what you just took. VERY cool AND retro at the same time!!!

See, I do enjoy new technology. Except when it interfers with taking pictures of my kids' school events.....

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY December 13th

Outside my window...
it is 66 degrees and sunny. Gorgeous day after a drizzly morning.

I am thinking...that I need to pay some bills before they turn the power off.

I am thankful...that I have money to pay the electric bill.

In the kitchen...nothing right now, but I do have some ripe bananas that will become banana muffins.

I am wearing...a Florida t-shirt, red plaid sleep pants, hand knit socks

I am creating...still working on Baby Girl's poncho. Will be pulling that out once I finish this post.

I am going...grocery shopping before picking up Baby Girl from school.

I am wondering...how I handle this glamorous life!

I am reading...I just finished a graphic novel called Deadly Storm. It's a graphic novel based on a non-existent novel by Derrick Storm (a non-existent novelist invented by Richard Castle, also a fictitious novelist played by Nathon Fillion on the tv show Castle)

I am hoping...to be somewhat productive today.

I am looking forward to...winter break.

I am hearing...the hum of the computer, the beeping of the answering machine and the swishing of the washing machine.

Around the house...my bougainvillea is starting to bloom, but the azaleas are looking weak. How is it friends of mine can plant things and ignore them while my neglect just ends up with dead plants?!?

I am pondering...my dead plant theory.

One of my favorite things...a good cup of coffee.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Baby Girl has her winter concert. I'm also considering one more trip to Disney before our season passes are no longer valid.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...somebody posted this link on Ravelry. Restoration Hardware is selling wool rugs from $995-$2395, depending on the size you want. Here is what they look like.

There was a discussion of whether or not you would spend this kind of money on a rug when it just looks knit. One of the things I noticed is that it's made out of a thick and chunky wool. If you got some workhorse chunky wool and some size 13 needles, it would be doable. A 6'x9' rug is big and the wool would probably get really heavy, but if you were so inclined I could see it being done.

Thoughts?

Friday, December 09, 2011

Thursday, December 08, 2011

It's official

I am now the mother of a teenager.

I will need my knitting even more now!!!!

Speaking of knitting, I've been kicking some butt on Baby Girl's poncho.

This is 3 skeins in. It looks like a big blob because I'm knitting in the round on a limited length of needle cord with what seems like an unlimited amt of stitches. I havent counted how many I've got on the needles because quite honestly I dont want to know. I'll count them before I cast them off. Right now I've got 10" left to knit before it's done........

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Midweek Update

Outgoing 80 degree weather



and incoming 40 degree weather.



It's been warm here the past couple of days but all that is going away tonight. They expect 70 degrees by 7pm and 50 degrees by 9pm. Yep, it's dropping quick! We expect temps in the 40s by tomorrow morning, but some areas just north of us are already having frost warnings. When the weather changes it really changes!!! The good thing abt this front going thru is that the weather will be nice the rest of the week. Highs of 70 and lows in the 50s. PERFECT!

Its been busy here at Happy Acres which explains the no blogging in a week. I met up with Dee on Friday and had a great time. It's always nice when we meet up together, esp when we have entertainment during lunch! I worked on the poncho the entire time and I can tell this is going to take me awhile to finish up. It doesn't help that I havent knit a stitch since then either. I think my last pair of socks wore me out a bit.......

Saturday we went to Epcot with some great friends and had a blast!

It's always fun to get with this group, we have such a good time together.

However all that fun ended on Sunday when I woke up with a migraine. Not such a great time that day.

Monday and Tuesday were spent at the school separating a HUGE fundraiser order from Yankee Candle. Today is catching up on Mt Washmore and the mess that is my house.

Maybe I'll get to pick up my needles tomorrow.

Stay warm everybody!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Odds were GOOD!

I'm a really slow knitter. Even when I devote lots of time to knitting, I still take a long time to get projects done. However when it's cold outside and your sock inventory is small

you kick it into gear and knit up some more! Yesterday I posted that I had the foot to go on a sock. After working on it all day, including digging out a second skein for the last half of the toe, at 11:35pm I kitchenered these bad boys!

Now before you all get excited, the yarn is a sport weight which helps the process move along MUCH faster. That being said, these were fast even for me!


Stats include but not limited to:

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport #104 Uptown
3x1 rib (my fave) vanilla sock
56sts on size 2 dpns
Sock #1: 8/23/11 - 10/16/11
Sock #2: 11/26/11 - 11/30/11

Sock #1 took 1.5 months. Sock #2 took 4 days.

They've got some funky flashing points at the gusset

The left side looks like this,


but the right side is plain.



Both sides are warm. I know this because as soon as I was finished with them I put them on and went to bed!

Now that these are done I should pull out Baby Girl's poncho, but an ear flap hat is calling my name as well. We'll see who ended up being the loudest.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What are the odds???

that I'll get this sock done today

with only this much yarn left?

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Hip To Be Square

We had a couple of cool days last week which got me in the mood to start working on blankets. I've been knitting up squares from some soft baby yarn and I've got abt 8 squares done.

I love these squares. They are a straight knit, a truly mindless project while watching tv. And if I put my mind to it, I can get one done in a day.

The other form of blanket making involves fleece.

I bought some fleece from Joann's last year. My goal was to cut them up and make them blankets. I never did get to them last year so the family just used them as they were, smallish blankets that did the trick if you tucked yourself into them. I want larger blankets this year that doesnt require you to fold yourself in half to be under them so on Saturday I cut up the above. I've got some contrasting light pink waiting it's turn.

I've got one more fleece blanket to make and then any extra fleece in the house will be used for kitty blankets. Fleece tends to build up more static than cotton or flannel, but the cats dont seem to mind it.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Feline Friday's - the Hemi edition




(gotta click to check out his tongue~!)







Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Simple Eye

When I worked full time in an office, I dreamt of a time when I would be a stay at home soccer mom, doing things at the school, cheering my kids on in whatever event they chose to participate in. I would also have time to keep the house clean, cook meals every night, work on my quilts and stitching projects and get Oh So Much done.

Go ahead, laugh. I'll wait.

Feel better??

Now that I AM that stay at home mom that does things at the school and cheers for my kids, I seem to have even less time to work on my projects, let alone keep the house clean or cook every night. While part of that is just life (and the realization that it doesnt end at 5pm), part of it is because I don't schedule my time as well as I'd like. I don't want to be so structured that I cant be spontaneous, but I need to do something when my house is starting to look like an episode of Hoarders. I'm realizing I can't do it all (nor do I want to) and if my time is limited, I need to get rid of extra fluff that gets in the way.

I took that first step yesterday when I didn't post for NaBloPoMo. This year has been more stressful than fun and when that happens it's time to get rid of it.

NaBloPoMo

Obviously I still plan on blogging, but not when I really dont feel like it. Another thing that lacks inspiration is the Totally Useless Stitch A Long (TuSal). While I enjoyed it in the beginning, it's gotten to the point where I just see a mess. She is doing another year of TuSal, but I decided that I wouldn't sign back up. In fact I decided that I won't finish the year out.

TuSal

While these are just two small little things, they are HUGE for me. Once I decide to start something, I dont like quitting before it's finished. If I say I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it. It's the principle of the matter, not so much the consequences if it doesnt get done. I'm great at telling others if something isnt working out to let it go, but I tend to avoid that advice when it comes to me. *I* can handle it.

Feh.

So there you have it. One small step for my household, one giant step for my sanity.

Cuz if mamma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!

Guess where my next stop will be???

Monday, November 21, 2011

To Each His Own

When I first started knitting socks, my sisters didnt get it. Why take all that time and energy and money to knit a pair of socks?? Can't you just buy them??

I know we've all heard that before and unless you have a hobby, you wont understand the expense it can incur.

Take for example, on HGTV there was a show of collections, one of them being toasters. There were people who had rooms devoted to their collection of toasters. Kept in GREAT shape. The guy who was doing the piece came with a loaf of bread. They'll make toast right?? HA! The looks on some of these people's faces were, "there is NO way that bread is getting in my toaster!!!" However there was a guy who was very eager to show that his 100+ yr old toaster actually still worked. The guy ate his toast during the next segment.

While I don't exactly get the draw of toasters, I DO understand the collecting mentality. After all I've been to conventions where you see people who collect quilts or old Singer Featherweights. Patterns from the early 1920s or old feed cloths. If it exists, there is a group somewhere that will collect it.

This morning as we're getting ready for school, there was a show on called That's Clever. I've never seen it before but this episode showed different forms of crafting. One guy is a potter and they showed how he makes fruit and berry bowls, including drainage holes so you can wash and drain the fruit in the same bowl. Another woman was making a welcome sign out of tin and polymer clay. This project was SO labor intensive. Cut this little piece, mold it, bake it for 15 min, let it cool. Cut another piece, mold it, bake it for 15 min, let it cool. Form yet ANOTHER piece around these two pieces, bake it for 15 min, let it cool. After baking and cooling for around 6 different times and STILL not be done, I thought, "OMG! This is taking forever!!! She could BUY one......"

My only defense is that I hadn't had my coffee yet.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Non Saturday Sky

After waking up with a headache that progressively got worse, I decided to take a little nap. Three hours later it was too dark for a picture of my Saturday sky. This past week really wiped me out. I'm looking forward to a nice quiet week. We keep thanksgiving low key around here so with just a couple of days of school (easy ones at that) it will be a week of destressing.

I've been working on Baby Girl's poncho, but those M1s are really starting to get to me so I cast on for yet another pair of socks (that makes three going at the same time). I wanted to work on my blanket squares but I had to switch out the needles for the poncho. The other socks were in the car (20 feet away) so what to do, what to do??? Dig in the bags to see what to start.



It was only abt 4 rows but it was enough to relax by. It's another Lorna's Laces Sport weight yarn, this one is Mountain Creek. So far so good.......

Hope your Saturday was more productive than mine.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Is it worth it?

So I'm sitting here trying to come up with some kind of idea of what to blog abt today. I went to Ravelry for ideas. Nuthin'. I googled National Blog Posting Month for ideas. Nada.

If I was a good mother I'd be showing you pictures of the Winter Concert #1 Son was in. He played both trombone AND steel drums. A good mother would have pictures. I'm not a horrible mother because I do have video, but only because the IO now has a Blackberry for a phone. The video camera I have had a dead battery.

Ok so a bad mother wouldn't have paid for raffle tickets or bought more butter braid to support the band or even show up to cheer her son on. Or carpool kids back and forth from the school to the venue back to the school. Or get Frosties (Frostys) from Wendy's to celebrate a job well done.

So I guess a wobbly video off a phone and a kiss goodnight will have to suffice.

I'm not so bad after all.

Plus you have a soft lap to sleep on....

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday WIPs

Here is a picture of my poncho.

The neck is done and I just switched from size 6 to size 10.5 needles. I haven't had much time to work on this, thank goodness it's bulky yarn!! Right now it looks like a hat....

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Simple Wopman's Daybook

FOR TODAY November 15

Outside my window...It's dark. You can tell when we are off DST when it's dark before 7pm.

I am thinking...that I made decent progress today in my room. It's the catch all area and was getting a bit out of control.

I am thankful...that the IO is employed. Contract work is getting harder and harder to find so when he is working I am happy because I can pay the electric bill.

In the kitchen...Pizza Hut. I've had Baby Girl home for two days and have not been able to grocery shop. She will attend school tomorrow and I will attend Publix afterward.

I am wearing...blue t-shirt and tan shorts

I am creating...Baby Girl's poncho. I finished the turtle/cowl neck and started on the body. AND the M1s.

I am going...to finish the last load of laundry for the day once the dryer stops.

I am wondering...if anybody finds this interesting?

I am reading...some knitting magazines I found in a pile under some clothes.

I am hoping...for some uninterupted time at home.

I am looking forward to...#1 Son's concert on Thursday.

I am hearing...the rugrats playing a game and the a/c humming. It got up to 82 degrees with a heat index of 91. NOT liking that at all!! The humidity was high today!

Around the house...I am slowly working my way thru the mess.

I am pondering...if I'll ever get caught up.

One of my favorite things...a sleeping kitty that is Hemi.

A few plans for the rest of the week: being a Band Mom on Thurs afternoon and enjoying a band concert that night.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...


Went to McDonald's a couple of weeks ago and this is what I got. Hmmm, I know they were busy, but come on!!! Ended up with a free meal the next day.......

Always forget to add this part:

The Simple Woman's Day Book

Monday, November 14, 2011

Just another day in paradise

After only 5 hours of sleep I started my day at 6:30am. The day was filled with various errands, a sick child, a crazed sister, forgotten appts (where IS that day planner?!?), grocery shopping and a late dinner. It's 8pm and I quit! I'm staring at laundry that telepathically would put itself away. Since it's not budging, it will wait until tomorrow for me to do it. Unless the laundry elves do it for me.

Yes I'm delusional that way!!!!

Anyway....we have a new project on the needles!!! Baby Girl's poncho!

It's a poncho by Berroco called Phyllis. Baby Girl picked out the pattern and the yarn so I know she'll wear it.

It starts at the neck and is worked in one piece down with increases every couple of rows. Guess what the increases are??? Yep, M1s. Well at least I know how to do them!!!

Hope everybody's week is as exciting as mine seems to be turning into...