Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I did it again!! After I ripped back and got the right number of stitches bound off and the number of stitches on my working needles correct, I proceeded to decrease. However after 10 rows I realized that I only decreased from one side of the back. I needed to decrease on both sides.

~heavy sigh~

This really has not been a good week, esp when my knitting kicks me in the butt. I still need to destress so I'm pulling out my kitty blanket. Kitties wont mind if I mess that up!

Edit to add: After putting The Tank in time out last night at 12:30AM, I pulled it out this morning and while listening to the Casey Anthony trial I proceeded to rip out 10 rows. Stitches are picked up and later I will start my decreases on both sides, this time using the proper decreases so the stitches lean the right way. That was the other thing I noticed this AM. This is why my mom always said to NOT work on projects when you are tired.

Et tu Brute?

I HATE ripping back. In fact I dont usually do it unless it's really bad. A small mistake that nobody else would notice I leave alone. I'm non-anal that way. However tonight I needed to rip out almost 100 (yes ONE HUNDRED) stitches, including bind offs to fix The Tank.

I'm at the arm hole decreases and I checking the amt to decrease, the amt left on the needles and what I need left over for the front. I count. I count again. However I count the stitches on the left needle instead of the right needle. This means I end up with 5 more stitches than I need.

At this point I'm ticked off. THIS is what happens when you use a free pattern. Mistakes are made in the counting!! I went to Ravelry to see if there were any notes showing the error. What I found were the majority of people who knit this project loved it! A few people ripped it all out, while others had issues with the added on neck strip, but there were no issues with the count being off.

I go back to try to figure out what to do. Then I see the error of MY ways. The part of the pattern that made no sense to me was where I made my error.


Ok this is not something that I can fix by decreasing so I decide to tink back two rows to fix it. I end up tinking out a bound off stitch which left me with a big loop in the back. I tink back another stitch (dont ask me why) and I end up with a bigger loop.

~double sigh~

So I rip back 90+ stitches for two rows and then start the tedious part of picking up the stitches. THIS is the part I hate because I always end up twisting a few stitches or, GASP, dropping a stitch or two.

Thankfully this time I got all stitches present and accounted for and I can try this again.

I got enough stress in my life (including a computer keyboard that doesn't always type the letter G) without my knitting turning on me.

Now it's time for a bowl of icecream before I try this again.......

Monday, June 27, 2011

I went in for a tape measure.......

and came out with this!

Not a bad haul! JoAnn's was having a clearance sale on a LOT of yarn and I decided to take a look. I havent had a desire to buy yarn in a LONG time (since the beginning of the year), but when the deals are this good, I just had to do it. The TLC will be for a kitty blanket (three strands knit up fast and make a nice sized cushy blanket). And the sock yarn, well the Serenity was only $1.97 a skein and the Kroy was $2.97 a skein! I would have bought more but I didn't like any of the other colors.

They also had some of their pots on sale at 70% off. In my mind I will be growing herbs. Reality might be a different story.

This wasn't the only stash bought. More jumped into my virtual shopping cart Wednesday night.

Some Classic Elite Summer Sox from SSYC. I really liked the way these colors compliment each other. It's really soft and I cant wait to knit with it.

But all socks are on hold due to The Tank. This is 2 skeins in.

I'm abt an inch from dividing for the arm holes. She just might have it for the reunion! Then I can knit on my cotton/wool socks while on vaca!

Where I will have more skies like this.....

Friday, June 24, 2011

Feline Fridays

You bought how much yarn?!?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

One Skein In

I really want to finish this tank for Baby Girl by the time we have our family reunion this summer. So far I am a little over 4" done. I need to knit 13" before I divide for the arm holes. Baby Girl has informed me that I have a LOT of knitting to do!!! Thankfully it's mindless knitting that I can do at night. I think I have a shot.......

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ahead of the game!

I've been in a stitching mood lately so I pulled out a project that was VERY close to being complete.



It's DONE!!!!!! (backstitching really does make a difference!) All I need to do now is wash and press it to smooth out the stitches and fabric and frame it. Hmmmm, lately this is where I seem to get stuck. I have quite a few projects that need to be framed. That might be my project for the summer.....

Seasonal Scenes, a LA leaflet #2442 by Sandi Gore Evans.
Copyright 1993 (and I'm pretty sure I bought it around the same time)

Cream 16ct Aida
50 colors used

Finished size: 4.75 x 5.25

Date start: 8/22/07
Date end: 6/17/11

Only 4 years. Huh, apparently I'm a really slow stitcher as well.

What I love abt this leaflet is the fact that it has the same scene of looking thru a window but with different seasonal views. I still love the way it looks, but stitching the same window gets OLD. You've seen Seasonal Spring, but I have yet to start Winter or Summer. I'm not looking forward to stitching those windows again, but even now as I look at the finished projects, I still really like them. They will eventually get done.

With this done, I need to find something else to work on. There is always Maggie or Too Pooped, but I think I'm going to pull out Kitty Cat Row. This one is the closest to being done and it would be nice to get another finish under my belt.

Since there is a 105 heat index outside, my sky was shot while staying inside my house.

Pretty but OH SO HOT!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Feline Fridays

Can you turn the fan a little more to the right?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I'm more prepared than I thought!!!!

I admit, I'm a news hound. I love to check the news to see what's going on in the world. I check the earthquake sites, I check the hurricane sites, I check sites that tell me the world's disasters. I check mainstream news and I also check the off beat news sites. Those can be quite entertaining! I figure between the two, reality is somewhere in the middle.

Sometimes in these articles, they tell you how to prepare for a disaster. Well I'm not going to go out and buy a bomb shelter or a bunker and stockpile tons of food in it, but living in hurricane country I do have a small bag with some travel sized items in it, copies of important papers and clean underwear. Oh and enough yarn to make two pairs of socks. You know, just in case. I probably should add a few more items in it, but for now I'm good.

I was reading abt Greece and all the uprising going on there, which linked me to a blog of a person in Greece and what it was like for the common person, which linked me to a site of prepared-ness. It was your typical what-you-should-have-to-barter-if-the-end-of-the-world-should-hit site, but there was something different to this one. One of the items it said to have was warm clothes. Here is the paragraph I found especially fascinating......

Gortex, for instance, could give you incredible bartering potential. Wool socks are a rarity (how many people do you know with more than two pairs of wool socks?). Water resistant and water proof jackets and overcoats, boots, well made hiking shoes, and waterproofing chemicals and sprays will be needed within trade networks. The ability to make these items, or repair them, will also be valued.

Ok first of all, I know a LOT of people who have more than two pairs of wool socks!! And I also know a lot of people who have the ability to make or repair said items. So there you have it folks, if the dollar collapses tomorrow, we will be in great demand. I may not be able to grow more than a tomato or two, but I CAN barter some handknit wool socks for some food. That just justified my stash. In fact I think that's reason to buy MORE!!! Forget investing in gold and silver, WOOL is where you want to put your money!!!

And they've always said we were crazy. Yeah crazy like a FOX!!!!!!!

And I'll help catch dinner. Which one do you want??

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summertime Day 2

The last day of school was last Thursday, but I dont really count the beginning of summer break until the first full week of no school. This is the week I tell the kids that we are doing nothing. It's to help decompress from the school year.

I guess weekends don't count since it seems we've done nothing but go!! We have seasonal passes to Disney, which means we can only go during certain times of the year. The last day we could go in June was the 10th so off to Disney we went!

The best part? Some friends of ours were there as well and we ended up meeting them later in the day. It was HOT but thankfully once the sun went down, the breeze kicked up and it was much more comfortable the rest of the night. They ended up leaving after the fireworks,

but we stayed until the park closed at midnight.

We didn't get home until 2AM.

Sunday was another early start to the day that ended up with friends in Downtown Orlando for their free summer concert. This year? Rick Springfield!

We had a blast! It was the kids' first concert and not one they will soon forget.

We baked in the sun under 95 degree weather, then got poured on until we were completely soaked. The weather cooled down from 95 to 81. We were actually chilly!!! Fourteen degree drop with a cool breeze and a soaked shirt does not keep a girl warm!!! It didn't matter since we had the crowds to keep us warm.

Oh and Rick of course!

This night ended with us getting home at 12:40am. Needless to say, not much got done Monday. We all needed the downtime!


Another reason I know it's summer.

Somebody pass me a Slurpie!

Monday, June 13, 2011

We Have a Winner!

I have to say I THOROUGHLY enjoyed reading all of your comments abt your 5 year plans both past and future. VERY interesting! And I hit double digits with my comments, too, including some new people. Welcome!!!

So who won?? Being high tech here, I input all the names into a special program

making sure it was inspected by the anti-virus software

and had the computerized analysis pick out the winner (also known as the IO).

And the winner is


Congratulations Susan! I still don't know what you're getting, but it will be a fun package, promise!

Thanks to all of you for playing. I appreciate all your visits and while I don't post projects as much as I'd like, I do hope the cats make up for it.

There BETTER be some tuna in this for me......

Friday, June 10, 2011

Feline Fridays

That's some good nip.........


Do you have any more???

Don't forget to leave a comment abt what your 5 year goals both past and present to be included in the give a way. Do I know what it is yet??? No, but it will be fun, promise!

Monday, June 06, 2011

A day late and a dollar short

Five years and one day ago, I started this blog. Five days ago I planned on putting together a fun post which included a possible contest. Where did those days go?!!?

When I started this blog, I had one child that just finished up 1st grade and a 4 y/o. A busy mom to say the least, but there was no end of year craziness.

Fast forward 5 years and I now have a middle school man/child who will be having finals for the next three days (he will be taking his last final during the last hour of the last day of school. That is just WRONG!) I also have a 3rd grader who will be having an awards ceremony tomorrow and a party on Wed. Saturday will be a family dinner to celebrate a job well done.

So while I may be a day late, let's still have some fun with this anniversary. It's kind of a big one. Five years of blogging is pretty good!

Five years.

It got me thinking; back in the day, during an interview, the person would ask you "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" So think back 5 years ago. Are you in a place that your 5 yr younger self would recognize? Or are you in a much better place than you could have imagined??

Myself? My life is NOT what I imagined. It's much more stressful, much more poorer and much more difficult than I expected. While life can be hard, I have friends and family that get me thru. I also appreciate the fact that while I STILL have no baseboards, I have a roof over my head. While I don't go out to eat as much as I'd like, I have food in my fridge to eat (my scale can attest to that!) While there are times I wish to be left alone, I have a husband who loves me and kids that are turning out really well. So for all it's hardships, this life isn't so bad after all.

Plus it helps that I have a wickedly dark sense of humor.

And I knit.

What more could a girl want??

UH HEM!!!! What am I, chopped liver??

By the way,do we have any chopped liver?? It's been an hour since breakfast and I could use a snack......

So what abt you? Tell me what you think in the comments, either what you thought 5 years ago or where you expect to be 5 years from now. I'll pick a random winner next Monday and depending on if you are a knitter, a quilter or a cross stitcher will depend on what goes out to you. And if you are none of the above, well we'll just have to get creative over here at Happy Acres!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

What happens when I'm in the other room......

The IO opens the door to show the kids a frog. Said frog hops in. What's a Baby Girl to do??

Put it on a paper plate, put it in the tub like a lily pad and take a bath with it!!!!

Meanwhile Lucy is keeping herself busy with a small ball of fun.....

Is there any wonder why I stay in my bedroom?!?

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

June TuSal

I didn't realize it was time to post my TuSal until I went to Daffy's blog. Here is my ort jar.

More yarn than floss as usual, but there is some in there toward the bottom. I *almost* put in my fabric bits as well, but didn't do it. When fussy cutting for a specific look, you have a lot of waste left over.

Did you post your ort jar??

'Tis the Season

For the next 6 months, us Floridians along with the rest of the eastern seaboard will be watching the weather portion of our newscast to see if any monster storms are headed our way. See, while the rest of the US is gearing up for summer, we are gearing up for Hurricane Season. A season that lasts for 6 months. A season that starts today.

The Nat'l Hurricane Center says it will be an above average season, but who knows? After all the wacko weather in the US this past WEEK! (tornadoes miles wide, snow in Fresno to name just a few) who knows what we'll get by way of weather formations.

I just checked the website and apparently something is already brewing locally.

This is not a bad thing since we are having major brush fires just south of Daytona Beach. I don't mind the tropical depressions or storms, just keep the winds under 70mph.

Is that too much to ask??

A couple of you asked abt the pattern of the sock I just finished. I got it from Marguerite at Stitches of Violet. Click on the link to see the pattern. It's a nice stretchy ribbing, something needed for these cankles of mine. The only change I made was making the initial 1x1 ribbing only an inch long instead of 2" like Marguerite did.