Monday, August 29, 2011


It's a new moon already and its time to show off our orts.

Nice and colorful. And that's all from this month.

So do you have a contribution to the TuSal?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

One week of school

equals two sick kids......


This is early even for us. However we are not the only ones. We have friends in FOUR different schools with kids sick. At least we made it thru the first week. I have two friends whose kids were home by Wed.

This means my time on the computer has been limited, but my knitting hasn't. I've finished one of Delaney's sock

and started the second one.

I'm SO hoping these will fit!

Worked some more on my scarf.

I try to put in at least an inch a day. It will still take some time to finish but it's moving along, abt 9 inches now.

Since there were only two projects on the needles I started another sock

It's with Lorna's Laces sport weight yarn. I'm not too sure I'm loving the patterning to these guys, I'll decide once I get further down the foot.

Last week I had to go to JoAnn's to pick up some art supplies for #1 Son. Of course I had to look around and some other fun things jumped into my cart. Don't you just love that?!?! I found some yarn that was calling my name

I plan on making another scarf with this one. I really love the color to it, its a bit more purple in person.

Then something else jumped into my cart, something unexpected.

Isnt it cute? I already started it too, worked on it a lot yesterday.

It's amazing what you can get done when you dont have a computer to play on......

Monday, August 22, 2011

And they're off!!!! to school......

....and off the needles.....

I finished these off last night and ended up sleeping in them. Very comfy but a little stretched out for their photo shoot this AM. Here they are when I first tried them on.

I love my coordinating toes!

I bought two skeins of the Ocala Beach (the main part of the sock) but since the socks had short cuffs, I only used one. This is what is left of that one skein.

This weighed 0.1 oz. I wasnt stressed because I have another skein, but that's not much left at all!!!

Classic Soxs
64sts on 2.5mm needles
2x2 cuff for an inch
ss for an inch before heel started

yarn used: Classic Elite Summer Sox Ocala Beach and Terra Cotta
yarn used up: 2.1 oz/209 yds

sock #1: 7/18-8/14/11
sock #2: 8/14-8/21/11

the second sock always seems to go faster for me.

Now that these are done I can concentrate on the socks for Delaney, but I already plan on casting on using a size 2 needle and some Lorna's Laces sport weight yarn. I'm on a sock roll and I want to keep it going!!!!!

edit: fixed the incorrect spelling in title. I can't even blame lack of coffee....

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Saturday Sky

It's been a busy last week of summer here at Happy Acres, filled with friends, football, bowling and shopping. We also got to meet the new teachers for the coming year and I think it's gonna be a good one.

A couple of months ago, at the beginning of summer, we found a blow up pool that looked perfect for the kids to play in. It had a slide that showered you with water as you slid into the pool below. The ad came out on Sunday but by Thursday NO PLACE had them! Flashforward to three days before school starts and what do I find at Target??? Since it's still summer here for another couple of months (at least!) and it was on clearance, that puppy came home with us. Doesn't it look fun?!?

However reality and marketing have yet to agree. #1 Son almost popped the slide and flew out of the pool. Baby girl at least caught herself before she landed in the mud. She has found another use for it.

Do you notice the size differences between the marketing picture and what Baby Girl is chillin' in?!!?

The IO is heading to the store to get some plastic to extend the water fun and make it more of a Slip N Slide. The bouncing on the plastic slide will at least make the landing easier on the back.

While it is really pretty outside

is it super hot, we're up to 108 for our heat index and it's not even 1pm.

Hence the Saturday Sky view from inside the house.

On the knitting front, I am getting really close to finishing off my sock.

Delaney's sock is in progress as well, I'm abt to start the heel flap

AND I started a red scarf

This one will be added to the charity bag for Upstate NY.

I'm hoping to get my sock done by tomorrow. Hope you are all staying cool with whatever you do today. It's a HOT one!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Feline Fridays

One size does NOT fit all!!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fists and Starts ~or~ You Win Some, You Lose Some

It's back to school time here at Happy Acres. We've been school shopping and clothes shopping. Everyone is geared up for school, which is nice. We need that routine back. Let's hope it's a good one.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch I've been working and FINISHING some projects. First one done is The Tank.

It was a bust. I didnt like the way the decreases were done, I didn't like the way the neck strap was done OR attached to the garment. The yarn was nice, but not very forgiving. My gauge never went off, but the stitches didn't always lay right. I've never had that problem with cotton before. AND Baby Girl didn't like it. In fact even though I took a pic of her wearing it, she wouldn't let me post it.

So there you have it. Five months of working on a tank that didn't turn out so well. Oh well, I still have my socks.

Speaking of which, I have one of my socks finished.

I really love the color combos, and while the yarn is ok, I probably wont buy it again. Nothing wrong with it, but I'm realizing that I really do prefer wool for socks. This is a cotton/wool combo. Again, not bad, but wool is definitely becoming my go to sock yarn. Sock #2 is started and I'm already at the heel flap. Gotta love 2" cuffs!!!!

I've also started the socks for my niece.

Not real far along, but these really wont take me long either. The cuffs will be a little over 3" and the foot won't be much more. Gotta love little kid socks, too!

That's all I got on the needles and I'm itching to start a scarf. I'm probably going to do a red scarf that will go to my SIL in NY. May have to cast on tonight as well........

Friday, August 12, 2011

Feline Fridays

The belly may be big, but look at that tushy!!!!!!

Friday, August 05, 2011

A-HEAD of the game!

I wanted it done by the wknd and I got it done yesterday!

I really enjoyed knitting this hat up, even with the Malabrigo. I think I'm going to cast on for another one as well. I'm starting a pile of hats and scarves to send to my SIL in upstate NY. She does volunteer work up there and she said there are PLENTY of families who need warm hats and scarves come winter time. #1 Son has a head the size of an adult and it fits him just fine.

You can see he's such a willing participant! I even made him do a side shot.

Told him this better be the ONLY mug shot he EVER gets!!!

I cut it close too, this is what I have left.

Abt 5.5gms or 11.5yds. I'll probably add it in for a stripe in another hat. I LOVE it when I can make such good use of the entire skein of yarn!

Feline Fridays

Who is this Jabba the Hut?

And why do you think I look like him???

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

WIP-y Wednesday

There has been some knitting going on around here. I have no picture, but I have completed all the knitting for The Tank. Now I have to just put it together and add the single crochet around the neckline to finish it off. This is where I have my issues. I can knit, but the finishing work kills me. I'm hoping tomorrow I can pull it out.

We've got my CTH socks/Delaney's socks project.

Basically I ripped out the 2nd sock cuff and will start on her socks very soon. I wanted to make sure how many stitches I needed to cast on before I started. Now that I know, I should be able to cast on in the next day or two. I should have enough yarn in this ball for both her socks. If not, my sock will get ripped out. Actually I think I may rip this sock out anyway and add it as the heel and toe of the other color of CTH that I have. Not sure yet, we'll see how these socks go first.

And since I dont have those socks to work on anymore, I started a pair while in NC.

I'm using Classic Elite Summer Sox yarn, a wool/cotton blend. So far so good.

Last but not least is my Twisted Rib Watch Cap

I'm using up the rest of the malabrigo and I've been kicking some butt on this project! I'm 7" in and I only have another 2" before my decreases. I'm hoping to be done by this wknd. All that being said, I'm still not a big fan of the yarn. I know I'm in the minority with this one, but I just don't like the slubby-ness of the yarn.

Actually it's not slubby, its the yarn being only a single twist and unraveling a bit as you go along. I didn't untwist those spots, they were already like that. I tried to twist it a bit, but apparently I didn't do it good enough.

And for those of you not on Facebook, I won a Kindle! Our library was having a summer sweepstakes where everytime you checked out a book, you could ask for a entry form. We only checked out books twice this year so I didn't think I had much of a shot. Well it just goes to show you that you just need to play once (or twice) to win!!! One of the librarians called me to tell me that I won, but she also told me the story of another woman who REALLY wanted that Kindle, so much so that she was in almost every day this summer just so she could enter. They figured she would win because she had like 80+ entries in. And this just proves that you can have a million entries in but still not guaranteed to win!!! Poor woman, she really wanted that Kindle!!!!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The trials and tribulations of summertime

Trials and tribulations during summer??? Really?!?

Yep. And here we are again. During the month of May I canNOT wait for summer to start. All school activities seem to be scheduled during the month of May which means parties and field trips are at its peak. It also means final exams. Lots of craziness ensues.

Summer starts. Ahhhhhh. LOVE IT! No schedule to check. No specific place to be. No alarm to set. Sleeping in rules!!!!

Now that we are in August, the lack of a schedule takes its toll. We're all getting antsy. All the summer programs that were set up locally are now over (of which we only went to two). We've gotten an overabundance of sun. This is when I look to the calendar to see when school starts.

Less than 3 weeks.

I'm happy. The rugrats are NOT. While this may surprise me (they usually enjoy school), after the year they just had, I cant blame them for their anxiety.

It's a new year, you will be fine.

Plus I love school shopping.

Of course a month from now I'll be complaining abt how we didnt do enough of this

There really is no pleasing me, is there??? I'll just have to console myself with lunches with friends, shopping sans enfants and quiet days at home (at least until 2pm)

Monday, August 01, 2011

Homemade Butter

Baby Girl and I like to watch a lot of cooking shows, and while there are a lot of recipes we'd like to try, we don't seem to do it.

Until today.

One of the shows we like to watch is Alex's Day Off. On her brunch episode, she makes homemade butter. Oh we can do that!!!!

First you start out with heavy cream and sour cream.

A pint of heavy cream and a 1/2 cup of sour cream. Alex uses a full cup but I was afraid it would be too tangy.

Wisk them together so they can meet and get to know each other.

Now we get down to business and pull out the big guns, the Kitchen Aid!

the recipe calls for low speed so we set it on #4.

Meanwhile we pull out the cheese cloth, a strainer and a bowl

and an ice bath.

Since there is no magic of TV in real life, I decide to turn into Emeril and kick it up a notch. #6 on the mixer really got things moving!

We're moving along now!!

Almost there......

and DONE!

This is so cool!!!!! Now we need to drain the buttermilk off

it kind of looks like scrambled eggs, don't you think??

Lift out the cheesecloth,

and give it a little twist to get rid of the excess buttermilk.

That's a LOT of buttermilk!!

More than we expected!

Meanwhile the butter is just chillin'


Remove the cheesecloth

and admire your work!!

We had some some fresh rolls from the bakery that we used our freshly made butter on and


it was fantastic!!! Sorry, no pictures of that, but trust me, it was GOOD!