Saturday, October 22, 2011

Getting it out of my system

If you are on Ravelry, you might have seen the latest craze buzzing thru, The Beekeepers Quilt made using the Hexipuff. The designer makes these little 3-D hexigons out of sock yarn, sticks them in a basket until she's got enough for a blanket. They are really cute and I've been considering doing one. I've looked at all the ppl making them, the different yarns they use, the different patterns they use, etc and it hit me, it's the toe of a sock!** One side is a toe-up toe and the other end is a cuff down toe. After a google search for toe-up instructions I cast on last night.

Cute huh? Mine came out bigger than the original pattern, but I can see the allure to them. Cute, poofy, and very versatile.

After making one of these guys I realized two things:
1. while these are adorable, I wont be making anymore. Not my thing.
2. since the beginning of these little guys is like starting a toe up sock, I discovered I will be sticking with my cuff down method. Again, not my thing.

So while I won't be making anymore hexapuffs, it turned out to be a good learning experience. Kind of like crossing off two things from a to do list. The above hexipuff is already stuffed, but I think I'll add some catnip to it and make it a cat toy.

I also cast on for another hat.

I'm using up some Simply Soft yarn in Chocolate. It's what's left over from the kitty blanket I made back in July. I gotta say it's fun using up these extra scraps of yarn. I'm starting to get too much of a collection.....

In the weather front, we are having some GORGEOUS weather!

I'm happy to be out of the 90s, but this weather is a bonus!

Got the windows open and airing out the house. I really feel our fall is like spring up north. Makes you want to air out the house, and have a thorough cleaning. Cant do it in the summer, weather doesnt cooperate. Triple digit and single digit weather are the same, you cant do much outside.

Hope everybody is enjoying their Saturday!


**Disclaimer: I have NO idea how Tiny Little Owl makes her hexipuffs. I don't know the dimensions or the cast on numbers or any details of her pattern. What I posted is just what I found to work for me to get a similar look. While it's not something I wish to make, I still think they are adorable and if you are considering making them, definitely check out her site on Ravelry.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Who Says Boys Only Like Science?

When given the assignment of a project, instead of making it easy (drawings on a posterboard) Baby Girl sees it as an opportunity to get creative. It's GOTTA be in 3-D!!! And today, it had to explode.

They are covering volcanos in class this week (you can already see where this is going) and they had to make a drawing of the various parts of the volcano. Being the overachiever that is my daughter, she saw this as an opportunity to make a model that would explode!!! How??? Why puting in Diet Coke and Mentos of course!!!

We hit JoAnn's on Wednesday and bought the supplies. Then I hot glued the diet coke to the base. I helped with the foundation of the volcano (two posterboards wrapped around each other) and she added the felt, the clay, and the grass.

Here it is.


She set it off today.





The best part of this picture is the kids' expressions!


It's no wonder she's on the Honor Roll!!!

Feline Fridays


I can haz snugglz???

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Morning Evening Update

I'm feeling a bit productive with the knitting lately, I actually have another finish for the month!

A basic rolled brim hat. I used up a skein of Plymouth Suri Merino wool. It had alpaca in it which meant I needed to take breaks and drink water while working on it. Alpaca is NOT a good fiber for me to work with. I didnt have enough of the blue so I dug around in the stash and pulled out some OLD brown wool, Pingouin in chocolate. The differences in texture is amazing. The blue is so much softer, but when you wear the hat, the brown stripes are in areas that dont bother your skin. Baby Girl loves it and has added it to her collection. Now she wants a poncho AND a slouchy hat. I need to see if I have any yarn that she likes or if we need to take a trip to the LYS.

Meanwhile I'm plugging away on my afghan.

You can see I have 3 blocks already done with the 4th started. I *should* have enough yarn to finish off the 4th.

And I finished another sock, the blue and pink striped one.
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I pulled out the blue one from the drawer to work on its mate. The yarn was used for Delaney's socks, but I have enough left to do another sock up to the toe. I figure I have enough for the main part of the sock and use a different color for the toes (I'll redo the finished one to match the toes). I've already started the cuff of sock #2.
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So that makes 1 afghan and 2 socks in the works. Yet I'm feeling an itch to start another hat........

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day Trippin' for a Saturday Sky

There was a group of us that caravaned up to the Gainesville area for a day trip of hayrides and corn mazes.

It's a local farm that puts on a fall festival thruout the month of Oct. We tried to stay together as a group in the maze

in search of those elusive stamps on our game card.



Will this produce a much needed game piece or will it result in a dead end???


The hay ride took us up over the hill toward the main house

and the anxiously awaiting cows. Some were a bit overly agressive for those feed pellets.

Here's the beef! Now where's the feed?


As I watched the riders feed the cows, I also watched the hired hands who drove the tractors and wondered if they were secretly laughing at us.

"Not only do we get them to feed the cows, but they pay US for the priviledge!!"

I don't know, I think it was worth the price of admission......


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Best comment of the day:
6 y/o after he just got slimed by a cow's tongue: Cows are disgusting!
Me: Really? I find them rather tasty.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Rainy Days and Mondays....

.....I actually kinda like! Rainy days during the week make me want to clean and organize. Rainy days during the wknd make me want to sleep and read.

I know, makes no sense to me either, but I go with it.

I do have a few finishes to post. I finished a charity scarf for my SIL last week.

Stats for this scarf are:

*Yarn Harlot's One Row pattern
*Simply Soft yarn in Wine
*30 sts on size 8 needles
*8/17 - 10/1/11
*scarf measures 5.5 x 57"
*yarn used up: 4.9oz / 257yds

Baby Girl loves the scarf and I have a feeling it's not going to make the charity bin. It's a little shorter than I like for a scarf, but only just by a little bit. If it was given to a smallish woman it would be fine. We'll have to see......


Next project to see some progress is my afghan. I finally figured out a block size that I like and finished one over the wknd.

This one is a double stranded worsted in Lilac. It really is that pale of a purple, but next to a white or a pink, you can see the purpleness of it. I made a swatch of this yarn and it softens up the more you wash it. I'm abt 2" into the next block (the finished size is abt 8" square) Once I'm done with this block, I'll weight the leftover skeins to see if I can get one more out of it.......

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Stormy Saturday Sky

Like Lucy said, my knitting has had me in fits and starts the past week. I lost my hat, the finished scarf is a bit short, my afghan square is a bit thin and my socks were left in the car........

However things are falling back into place. I make sure I bring my socks into the house now so I was able to knit a bit more on them. I've finished the heel and gusset and am working on the main foot now.

A few more inches and then I can start my decreases.

I decided to cast on another square for my blanket, this time double stranded.

I like the thickness better in this one so I think I'll keep going. I have a TON of this yarn so I know I should have plenty even with the double strands.

Last but not least, I found the hat! I was looking for something else and boom there it was!! Gotta love how that happens!

So we've got 3 active projects going and I'm back to being happy with all three.

Meanwhile we've had a very rainy, soggy day today. While last week could have been a blue piece of paper for my sky, today it's a bit grey.

It has been like this all day, too, which is very unusual for us. However we've got some kind of system stalled above us and it's just churning out the rain. I SO dont mind it, it's a nice change from the constant bright ball in the sky. Days like this call for sleepy afternoons and old movies. Well I'm not getting a chance to nap, but I do have a chicken roasting in the oven and I'm watching old Dick Van Dyke episodes on TV Land. I'll take what I can get!

What are you doing on your Saturday?

Friday, October 07, 2011

Feline Fridays


Mom has been slowly going insane with her sticks and string. Normally she has fun with it, but lately she seems to be muttering under her breath. I keep waiting for some knotted up fuzzy toy to land on the ground to play with. I think I'm getting close......

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Truth in Advertising

I'm not a morning person.

By ANY means.

In fact, there has to be a REALLY good reason for me to wake up before the sun does.

That being said, there was an article in the weekly Penny Saver about a Fitness Fair and 5k Run being held locally. It was sponsored by the local Chamber and the County Health Dept to encourage fitness and health. There was going to be free health screenings, including blood pressure and sugar checks. Massage therapists and chiropractors would be present to explain the health benefits of each. Zumba fitness would be sampled along with carnival type games that would include fun prizes and giveaways. And let's not forget the face painting along with the presence of Disney's Entertainment Team!!

THIS is something I'd get up at 5:50am for!

Sounds like fun, right????

O.M.G. NOTHING could be further from the truth......

There was no 5K, no face painting, no health screenings. What we had was a leaky bouncy house, free cold eggs, free organic gourmet INSTANT coffee that I spilled out after my first sip, and a 15 min sales demonstation on the evils of all beverages other than this particular bottled water. At this point I went to find out abt the 5k. Apparently it was a *fun run* along the mile pathway around the park, but since most of the runners there were already running, there was no point to having an official start to the Fun Run and to go ahead and do it on my own.

Wow.

So Baby Girl and I ate our cold eggs, she bounced in the leaky bouncy house, and we walked the 1.4 mile trail while watching the local school football teams practice.

The pictures of the sun rising are still on my phone, and apparently want to stay there so instead I had Baby Girl take a pic of today's sky.

Yes that really is the sky, not a blue sheet of paper. The weather is gorgeous too. We actually had to wear jackets this AM!!!! If nothing else goes right today, we at least have nice weather. Right now the temp is 82, but it feels like 81 (woohoo we have a wind chill!)

Hope your Saturday is going a bit more smoothly than mine......