Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September ORT report

I'm a day late but here is my TU SAL Sept Ort jar.

We've got a little bit of everything in this jar, some floss, some yarn and some fabric!!! NOw it's time to dump this jar and start fresh for the rest of the year.....

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday Morning Update

I've been keeping some projects in the car so that I have something to work on while I'm waiting in line for the minions. This means I get to put in a few rows here and there throughout the week. However, I am also lazy, so when I want to work on something at night, I dont want to get said projects out of the car. Instead I cast on for new projects to work on. I have four going on right now, though I really thought it was more.....

First up is my red scarf for charity.

I've got abt 31" done which makes me abt 1/2 way complete. I LOVE scarves, but once I start working on them, I tend to get sick of them abt two feet in. I plug away some more and once I hit abt 40", I get excited again and finish it up quickly. I'm almost at that point.

My socks.

I haven't touched these in awhile. Time to start working on them.

The blanket for the house.

As you can tell it's Hemi approved.

Your basic rolled brim hat.

I just cast on for this two days ago so not much is done.

And I have one finish. I was working on a charity blanket for the Ravelry group Wool Aid. This blanket is called Purplicious and we all had to work abt 5" of purple worsted weight wool into the blanket. I was the last one before it goes *home* to the originator. She will sew in all the extra yarn pieces and add it to the pile to be shipped out. Here is my portion. Mine is the deep purple.

I used Stitch Nation's Full O Sheep in Plummy. The yarn is nice, it's 100% Peruvian Wool, but it's a single ply. I tend to unravel single ply if I'm not careful. LOVE the color. The pattern I used was a variation of a Twin Rib. Row 1: k3p3, Row 2: k1p1.

Here is what the blanket looks like before I mail it off.

I think it turned out really nice. I like that scrappy look. It actually reminds me of a peasant's skirt.

So there you have it; 4 projects and a finish. Not a bad showing for a Monday.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturday Sky with a Side of Stash

We were supposed to have 50% chance of rain today.

Instead the skies are beautiful overhead

and we've got a heat index of 104. Ugh. What happened to that rain and cool front we were supposed to get??? (Cool front is defined as a high of 89) This triple digit heat is getting old.


What's a girl to do?? Why stay inside an a/c'd house and stitch! But before we get to that we need to look at some newly acquired yarn. I've been doing SO well with stash acquisitions, but lately yarn's just been following me home. However when Araucania is on sale, you gotta get while the gettin's good!!! I had a hard time settling on which ones to buy, they looked so pretty! but I finally settled on these guys.

I had a faded denim in the group, but I ended up putting that one back.

So now that I've added to the stash, I guess I should go knit some of the older stuff up, huh???

Friday, September 23, 2011

Making Progress

I've been trying to spend at least 15 min a day in my craft room. While I only did that two days this week, I AM making progress. The first day was ONLY 15 min. I don't even remember what I did. I think it had to do with picking up garbage and organizing a bin. That was all I could do. I realized I needed a plan so a couple of days later I decided to fix the closet. Well not only did I do that, but I also finished putting the shelves up in the bookcase AND finished moving all the books from #1 Son's room into mine.

Here is my closet.

Nice huh?? I'm happy with it. I plan on going thru the bins once I get more organized. There are a bunch of magazines for quilting and cross stitching and knitting in there and I want to sort thru them and thin them out a bit. I also need to organize pictures/albums and books in that bookshelf of mine. I'm hoping I have enough room.

When I turned around I saw I still had this pile

and this pile

and lets not forget THIS pile!!!

I was getting that overwhelming feeling again and knew I needed to stop. At least now I have a pathway in the room that will make moving around easier. Again, I need to have a plan before I go in there. Makes it so much less overwhelming that way.

It's been a bit of a stressful week here at Happy Acres. School and PTO and the house and the IO and the kids and close friends AND extended family have been in high gear and it seems if its not one, its four other fires that need to be put out.

Which is why I was so happy to meet up with Dee today! We meet up at a local book store, have some coffee, knit and catch up. It's SO nice to talk to a grown up!! AND today I got to meet her son! Very sweet, very handsome, very nice. As always, Dee, I had a great time! Now that school is in, we need to do this more often.

There was some shopping afterward, but I'll save that for tomorrow.

Tiger says:

I dont remember approving a joint Friday post.....

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One way or another

she's gonna have a pair of socks that fit!

I finished this second pair a couple of days ago.

I'm happy with the way they came out, but if you notice, they don't quite match. There were TWO knots in that second sock PLUS a thin spot. That's not including the third knot that was toward the end of the skein. I can handle one knot, but three with a thin spot is pushing the quality of their product. I've knit with Heart and Sole before and I had nothing like that with those skeins. (they are still going strong btw). The removal of knots and thin spots make for striping to be off. I still end up with bits of pink for the toe so I was happy abt that.

Sock details:

48sts on 2.5mm dpns
3x1 rib for 3". ss for 1". Total foot length before decreases = 5.5"

Red Heart Heart & Sole
Spring Stripe

Sock #1: 9/7-11/2011
Sock #2: 9/15-18/2011

These will be on their way to Delaney tomorrow.

Now that these are done, I can focus on my other projects. I have a pair of socks for me that have been sitting for a month that I should pick up. My scarf is moving along, s-l-o-w-l-y. I think I have abt 20" done. And I'm already getting tired of it. So what do I do?? I cast on for another project!

As you all know, I'm trying to put together my craft room. It is SO bad and so turned upside down that it's overwhelming. I've told myself that I need to work on something in that room for 15 min a day. It will take some time, but it will at least chip away at it so that eventually I'll be able to spend an hour or more w/o hyperventilating and walking away. Of course this means opening bags to see what I have. Four bags have been removed from that room and now sit in my bedroom. It's yarn I bought for baby outfits that have grown exponentially! I love the softness of it all so instead of using it for babies, I'm using it for this family. I've cast on and will knit blocks. Once I have enough blocks, I'll put together a blanket. This will be an ongoing project so I dont expect to use it until next winter, but it's a great mindless project to have on hand. Straight knitting.

AND I got a charity blanket in the mail from Wool-Aid on Ravelry. It's called Purplicious and I get to use my new yarn on it. I just need to figure out what pattern I want to use........

More pictures of blankets as they progress.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Meme

Saw this on a few blogs so figured I'd participate:

A: Age: 44
B. Bedsize: king
C: Chore that you hate: Cleaning the house. I know, that's a big one. It's just frustrating to spend SO much time cleaning when it can be undone in a matter of minutes.....
D: Dogs: None here, only cats. In face I've only owned one dog in my life. I was around 10.
E: Essential to start your day: Coffee. I NEVER needed coffee when I was younger. I only started being consistent with coffee when I had to go back to work p/t when Baby Girl was 10 months old. Kids were practically babies but I still had to get up for work. Had to be *up* since I was working at JoAnn's and needed to be personable and peppy for the customers.
F: Favorite color: hard one to answer because it depends on what its for, but for the most part I tend toward reds
G:Gold or Silver. Gold.
H: height: 5'4"
I: instruments you play: I used to play the piano and clarinet really well. However so much time has passed that I'm back to being a beginner.
J: Job title : CEO for Happy Acres
K: Kids: 2 of them. Sometimes though the IO should be counted as one too....
L: Live: One day at a time
M: Mom's Name: Sandy
N: nicknames: never really had one.
O: Overnight hospital stays: Two; one for each kid.
P: Pet Peeves: whiners, ppl who ALWAYS complain.
Q: Quote from a Movie: This was another hard one. We quote movies all the time here. I think the one we use the most out of the blue would be "I want my two dollars!"
R: Right or left handed: Right, but I mini golf with my left hand and I used to hop with my left foot.
S: Siblings: two and yet I'm an only child (my family tree is VERY interesting...)
T: Take-Out food: pizza, chinese, fast food joints
U: Underwear: yes
V: Veggies you hate: carrots. I know, weird. Never liked them and not sure I EVER will.
W: What makes you run late: I am consistently 5 min late so I try to add 10 min to a half hour to my prep time. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. I also think I try to cram in too much in a short period of time. What I think I can get done usually doesnt happen in the time allotted for it.
x: Xrays: have had them, but not in a LONG time (years)
Y: Yummy food: roasted chicken, roasted potatoes and green beans. Favorite meal for sure.
Z: Zoo Animals: Lions or anything from the cat family.

Have fun with this one. If you play, leave a note in the comments so I can come read yours.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday Sky

Here is my sky in the front yard as it was still drizzling in the back.

Gotta love Florida weather.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day two of the grand opening

I REALLY cut it close this AM. They give out gift cards to the first 50 ppl and I was #49!!! I felt bad for the two women behind me. There was only one card left between them.

No yarn or fabric or stitching was bought this time around. I know!!! Nothing was calling my name to take them home. I did see some new yarn by either Deborah Norville or Vanna White (not sure which) called Everyday Acrylic. It was really soft and very pretty. They had enough to make a sweater, but I wasnt sure if I wanted brown or black. I'll wait for a sale to try it out.

Nope, this time it was a curtain rod for #1 Son's room and a couple of patterns for a skirt. I've got some nice drapey fabric that would make a pretty skirt for either me or Baby Girl. Not sure if there is enough for me, but Baby Girl will definitely get a new skirt out of it.

Tomorrow is the last day of the gift cards, but I plan on sleeping in. And I've already told the fam that I plan on doing NOTHING tomorrow. I need the rest and the recouperation. It's time to get caught up on the DVR recordings and to work on either my Coffee cross stitch or Delaney's sock. Maybe both.

No new wool for me to inspect?!? Oh the humanity of it all..........

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stashing the Stash

It's been a bit hectic here at Happy Acres and I'm ready for it to STOP!!! Everything seems to be in hyper speed with extended family kicking in for good measure.

I hadn't knit on anything for a couple of days and it's amazing how that really makes a difference! I KNOW it does, but when I haven't been able to knit for a couple of days, it just reaffirms it.

So while I haven't been as active as I'd like, I DO have some fiberly goodness to share.....

First of all, I have finished sock 1 of pair 2 for my niece.

I wasnt too sure how I was going to like it when I started it, but I'm happy with the final result. Baby Girl likes it as well so my almost 4 y/o niece should be happy with it. If not, it can wait for my almost 2 y/o niece. I've cast on for sock 2 today. With any luck I'll have it done by the wknd.

I've also added to the stash. I won on SAM 12 for the month of August and this just arrived a couple of days ago.

Nice huh? Zonda does a nice job in sending it too.

She could just stick it in the bag, but she makes it look pretty too. Thanks Zonda!

But wait, there's more.

My JoAnn's had a grand reopening sale. The first 50 people to walk thru those doors would get a $5 gift card. I pulled into the parking lot at 8:59 and I was #42 to get my card. Plus I had a 50% off coupon which was burning a hole in my pocket.

What did I get?

Some Full O Sheep for a charity blanket I'm working on. I've been wanting to try this yarn for awhile now, and this was the perfect excuse to get some. Retails at $4.99. 50% off coupon drops it to $2.49.

As I was looking thru the clearance bins, I came across this lonely guy...

He was only $.97. Yes you read that right, ninety-seven cents!!!! How do you NOT get it???

Lots of other things jumped in and out of my cart, but by the time I left I only added a magazine

Don't you just love that polar bear on that boy's sweater??? It's the reason I got it. I'm trying to see if I can add it to the one for the mom. It's just too cute for words.........

With my gift card it was like getting an additional 50% off my total purchase! The yarn ended up being free and the magazine was like 20% off. I LOVE those kinds of deals!!

They are offering this deal again tomorrow and Saturday. Wonder what other treasures I can for free?????

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Cast off and cast on

I'm spending today getting caught up on some blog reading and it always reminds me that I live in FLorida, a place that feels like it's cooling down when you only hit 92 as a high instead of triple digit heat indexes. Meanwhile there are a few of you that are starting to have cooler nights that brings on the feeling of autumn days ahead.

Regardless of the temps in this part of town, knitting is a year round event and I think I'm abt to make a 4 y/o very happy.

I finished these up this morning. I really should spend more knitting time on these guys, they really didnt take that long, but from cast on to cast off, they took a month. Here are my stats:

Delaney Socks #1 (I plan on making her another pair just slightly bigger)

44sts on 2.5mm dpns.
cuff consists of 3" of 2x2 rib and .5" of stst. The foot measures 5" before toe decreases.

Sock #1: 8/6-24
Sock #2: 8/25-9/6

Cherry Tree Hill yarn in Martha's Vineyard was used.

Yarn used up = 1.2oz/126yds.

That's what was cast off, look what will be cast on soon!

It arrived today, Dream in Color Dream Club September 2011.

I LOVE this stuff! It's a ww of their Smooshy with Cashmere!

It's nice and pretty and will be for ME! I'm thinking of a scarf or a cowl. I just need to find a pattern that speaks to me.....

Friday, September 02, 2011

Feline Fridays

Just because the kids got you sick doesnt give you the right to interupt my nap time with all your hacking.