Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Even though we were in the car for so long, I did not manage to get much knitting accomplished (I can't knit in the dark and The Gaming One expected me to entertain him) and did not really knit much while in Fl. I did manage to finish the body and most of one sleeve of the little something something that jumped on my needles-a sweater based on The Somewhat Cowl. I plan to change the neckline instead of knitting the cowl, but I have really not decided what I am going to do. I am knitting it with KnitPicks Ambrosia that has been in my stash since my birthday (Thanks, MIL!). So far I love the yarn, it is a dream to knit with! I can't wait to wear the sweater. Unfortunately, it has been put on the back burner for a bit. My Mom has a friend from church- a surrogate grandmother of sorts- that just found out she has cancer and I am knitting her a cashmere Swallowtail Shawl to let her know that she is surrounded by love and prayer from our family. I say a little prayer for her each time I pick it up and am going to see if Mom can get it blessed by the Father of her church before it is sent. I am trying to get it finished before Mom leaves our again after Christmas, so I figure I have just over a week to get it done.
Christmas stress is kicking my ass yet again...I have 6 batches of truffles to make for neighbors, hosts of Christmas parties and The Gaming One's co workers. I have yet to buy a single present for my kids, not to mention the fact that I have not wrapped a single thing. I need to go through all the presents that I have bought and make sure I have not left anyone out. The tree is up and decorated thanks to the kids. Since the Girl Wonder is so tall, I did not even have to put the lights on. Thank you growth spurt! Can you tell, I am really not in the Christmas spirit this year?
The kids are counting down the days until Christmas, I am counting down to the 26...bah humbug.
This will probably be my last post until after the holiday rush and I would like to wish you all a very happy holiday (whatever you may celebrate). I feel blessed to know y'all through your comments and blogs. Hugs, kisses and lots of love!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Pattern: Secret of the Stole (name not yet release) available via DK the Nautical Knitter.
Yarn: My handspun (mill ends from Sheep Shed Studio wool/mohair) less than 1234 yds.
Needles: Size US5
Finished size: 16" X 7 feet
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
As for the slipper/boots I am knitting for The Boy Wonder, I finished the first garter stitch one in the car yesterday during our shopping excursion, realized I really don't like the fabric garter stitch makes and ripped the entire thing out. I started another in stockinette, but only have a few inches of the cuff,so again you will have to wait for those exciting pictures.
Ironically, in a matter of weeks I will be cursing these beautiful trees for dropping all these beautiful leaves that are bringing such a smile to my face this week...
I adore this tree covered acre...until it comes time to rake all the damn leaves!
The Girl Wonder loved this yarn I spun and dyed a month or so ago. Yesterday she started on a scarf for herself with it and has already knit 16"! Makin' her mama proud since 1996!And since it would be unfair to post a pic with one of the kiddos and not the other, here is my little war monger.. I slept like
a baby before I had babies last night! Ahhh sweet relief!
Monday, November 12, 2007
On the knitting front, I am still working on the Secret of the Stole and am really happy with the pattern so far. I have to say, I am glad I took this on as a secret project because I am not sure I would have chosen it had I seen a completed stole first. Not that I don't like it, because I do! There are just so many lace stole patterns out there and I have such a hard time choosing between them. I would have missed out on a great pattern. I am really enjoying the larger sections of stockinette as opposed to a more open pattern. There are just two more hints to be released and it will be finished. I can't believe it is almost over. I really like getting a pattern like this in chunks- it gives me a good deadline to keep me interested and does not seem like such a daunting project.
Of course, I have also started a new project or two since finishing the Tyrolean Stocking. (Thank you for all the compliments, by the way! Y'all are always so sweet! I have to do something about being able to respond to comments left on my blog. I don't want people to think I don't appreciate all the nice comments, because I do! They really make my day. I feel kinda silly posting a reply on their blog. What to do? Again, any suggestions? Is it in poor taste to respond to them in my comments? It has to be better than not respond at all.)
Anyway, the new projects.... one is a rug for my kitchen using the stitch pattern for My So- Called Scarf knitted with Sugar and Cream cotton. I am sure I will finish it about the time it is too hot to actually need it in the kitchen. The cotton is a little rough on the wrists, though the pattern is pleasantly mindless, so I can only knit a few rows at the time.
The second is a design I have had in the back of my mind for awhile now- slippers for The Boy Wonder that look like laced up army boots knit with camouflage yarn. I am to the toe on the first one, writing the pattern as I go along instead of just taking notes as I have in the past. I knit the first in garter stitch, but am thinking of knitting the second one in stockinette to see if I like it better.
Pictures tomorrow, I promise! As now it is 6 o'clock and pitch black outside... sigh...
Monday, November 05, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
The kind of shitty day that you know is gonna cost ya. To make matters worse a certain someone had a bit of a hangover because she is apparently getting too old to hold her liquor. The very friendly Roto-Rooter man informed me that the only way to resolve the problem was to remove my toilet and use his high powered auger and that it would cost $350 for him for him to do this and do I agree to the charges. To which I replied, "well what other choice do I have? I have to be able to flush! I NEED the water to flow down the drains!"
He neglected to mention that the high powered auger was loud as hell. Did I mention that my head was pounding and my stomach was churning? 45 minutes later the very kind Roto-Rooter man informed me that my pipes were too small and his loud ass equipment would not fit down to reach the clog. I almost cried. He then informed me that that he would have to install a new 2 way clean out in front of the house since the one in my crawlspace was too small to fit his big ass high power auger. Again, almost apologetically, he informed me that this would cost more. Much more. $550 dollars more. Again I replied meekly "what choice do I have?" "none" was his only reply. He then informed me he did not have the parts on the truck he needed and would have to go fetch them. Now my house smells like sewage, my stomach is churning, it is almost 4 in the evening, I have not peed all day long and I am about to spend almost a grand for some sweet relief.
The very nice Roto-Rooter man returns from his shopping excursion, fixes the pipe, informs me that tree roots are causing the blockage and it is a common thing this summer thanks to the drought. Then he springs this little gem on me.
"How do you feel about replacing your toilet in the master bathroom?"
I must have looked at him like he was crazy, I just knew he was trying to take advantage of me. "Why? Is it necessary?"
"Um, well, yes, because I accidentally broke it with my auger. But I will replace it free of charge."
No shit! I think to myself. sigh. "I guess I feel pretty good about replacing it then."
Imagine my delight, after the man was paid and gone for the day, that I discover these shmeggy auger marks on the walls of each bathroom (since he was using the machine in one room and managed to break through the toilet of the other one). I do not want to venture to guess what grossness lies within those smears. After scrubbing with bleach, I realize the only way I am going to to fix it is to sand the walls and repaint both bathrooms. Of course, it is behind the toilet and therefore the hardest part of the bathroom to reach.
At least it can't get any worse, and I have been wanting to paint the hall bathroom... <---that is me trying to look on the bright side.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog
2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
I did a version of this meme back in May, but then it was 8 random things...
Here are 7 more random things about me made much easier because I have so many things in common with Urbanknitrix...
1. I write with my right hand but can do everything else either handed. I tend to throw or bat left handed.
2. I can't "go" if there is someone else in a public restroom.
3. I do not read the newspaper or watch the news on tv. Everything seems to be bad news and depresses me.
4. My Mom is my favorite person (next to The Gaming One). She is the one person that I have never been mad at. We are very much alike and see eye to eye on most everything.
5. I don't believe in marriage either. The Gaming One and I got married so I could have insurance so we could have a baby together. We had each been married before so we knew that it takes more than a piece of paper to keep a couple together.
6. I don't believe in organized religion, but am very spiritual and pray often.
7. I also used to make spaghetti sandwiches when I was a kid. My step dad hated it and also had a "no spaghetti sandwich" rule. He said the action reminded him of something his bratty assed nieces did and he did not want reminders of them!
I am pretty sure all the blogs I regularly read/comment on have done this one, so I am changing the "tag" part. Consider yourself tagged if you have anything in common with my 7 random things. But leave me a comment so I can read your list.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
So today, I asked myself, "would you rather mope about and grump the day away, or throw open the windows and enjoy the pitter-patter of the rain on the leaves?" Today I am opening the windows and listening to the rain. No grumpiness allowed!
I have also been thinking about Christmas and the mountain of presents that usually comes with it (and the headaches and money wasted and unappreciated gifts). I have been thinking of starting new traditions and creating a more joyful atmosphere for the season. I came across this post while blog-hopping today and one of the ideas for gifts for children really stuck with me- Four Gifts: Something you want, something you need, something to play with and something to read... I love this idea and plan on running it by The Gaming One and the kiddos to see what they think about it as a new tradition.
What are your traditions to make the holidays meaningful? I am open to new ideas.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I have to admit, my favorite part about fall is the food. I could eat greens and turnips every single day. But they have to be cooked just so...
My favorite Greens and Turnips
1 Bunch of greens (these are collards) stripped from their stems and roughly chopped
1 onion diced
salt, pepper, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, oregano and red pepper flakes to taste
turnips peeled and diced
In a deep pot, saute onion in olive oil until translucent. Add chopped greens and cook until wilted. Add all seasonings and turnips. Cover with water and simmer until turnips are tender (about 20 minutes). Eat and enjoy! Especially good with cornbread!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Awwwwwwwwwwww! I love those babies already! I almost cried when I saw them! I am just so very thankful they made it safe and healthy.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I have also jumped on the Babette bandwagon. I do not have the magazine, so I am just winging the pattern based on pictures I have seen on the web. I am using the leftover Knit Picks Swish from the Super Twin's Starghans. I have decided to seam and weave in the ends as I go along so I can keep up with my squares and so I won't abandon the project when it comes time for that last crucial step. So far, so happy!
The quilting bug has officially bit me (thank you very much, Sara I officially blame/give credit to you!). I decided not to sell my Golden Eggs- seems like most people do not want donated eggs that have been thoroughly bathed in alcohol...go figure.) Instead, I decided to seek out a deal on Ebay on a lot of Amy Butler fabric to make another practice quilt. $25 for 7 yds of fabric...not too much to spend if I manage to fuck it all up. I am sewing strips together then will cut them and rearrange them...strip piecing I think it is called. I am taking the time to *gasp* measure and iron as I go along and it is making quite a difference.
I loved reading all your responses to Rambling, I guess I will have to give the fingerless gloves a try after such overwhelming support. MadMad, yes I normally get to sleep until 10am. Both my kiddos are old enough to make cereal at least when they wake (usually around 9am) and The Girl Wonder will sometimes cook eggs or oatmeal if she is not in the mood for a cold breakfast. We often have elevensies, just like the Hobbits, consisting of hot tea for the kids, coffee for me and pancakes, waffles or muffins. Speaking of muffins, I also tried the best recipe ever for Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins! I made them to take to the beach and I think they got better every day. I suggest you try it if ever you have an hour or so. I made them in a 9X9 pan instead of muffin pan so the cooking time almost doubled, but they were moist and delicious- so much so that The Boy Wonder referred to it as "cake". I am going to make them again this week and see if I can make them a little more healthy (a little bran and whole wheat flour instead of all white flour, perhaps add applesauce instead of some of the oil.) and will report back.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The following are a few knitterly things I just don't get. (Please realize, sweet readers, if any of these things appeal to you, do not take it as a personal attack- I love all y'all! Stand up for the things you love! Drop me a comment and tell me why they appeal to you, perhaps you may help me see the light -except with the fun fur, I will never get that.)
1. fingerless gloves- who has cold hands and hot fingers?
2. those new Harmony Needles- granted I have neither knit with them or seen them in person, but I just think they are kinda gaudy.
3. Giant gauge garments- quick? yes. flattering? not quite sure.
4. magic striping yarn...besides Trekking XXL and Noro (I love that stuff). Gradual color shifts are fine the other is just a bit much.
5. Fun Fur-I think that one needs no explanation
6. Art Yarn-what the hell do you use it for? It just confuses me.
After finishing The Gaming One's quilt I have been itching to try to make another one. Damn, I thought knitting was an expensive hobby! A quilting fix is going to break the bank in this single income family! But they are so pretty and tempting! Maybe I can sell plasma (I would have to gain a few pounds first) or sell my golden eggs since I don't really need any more of them... decisions, decisions...
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
It has only taken two days to finish the first pattern repeat, and I learned a new cast on (Old Norwegian Cast On) as well! My row gauge is a bit off, so I may be in trouble once I get to the heel, but so far I love these socks. The knitting is very satisfying (mmmm cables!) and the charts are easy to memorize. Just what I need for a good, in between project!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Knowing I had a little more time on my hands, I decided to go ahead and knit myself every spinners wardrobe staple- the handspun hat. After all, I have a little head and I knew it would not take long. I did not use a pattern, I just made a little gauge swatch, measured my head, did a little math and cast on. I tried it on as I went along to figure when I had to start the decreases, then decreased evenly around every other row until I had 8 stitches left. I used the leftover yarn to pick up the earflaps. I used every single inch of the yarn.
It's warm, squishy and just in time for fall!
Pattern-made up as I went along
Needles- US8 dpn's
Yarn-75 yds of my handspun wool- roving courtesy of Snowberry and Lime
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Pattern: Middle-sized Monster
Needles: US4 dpn
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I am trying to resist spinning it until I get dad's socks finished. But I am weak, weak I tell you! I am thinking it will make a great hat for chilly fall walks. My ears get unbearably cold and hurty if it is the least bit breezy and below 60 degrees and a warm woolly hat is just what I need!The Super Twin's monsters are knitting up very quickly. I have decided that they will not have legs. Instead I am going to make them little wings. This pattern is super quick and easy, though I am having a hard time getting the mouth stitched on just right. These little guys are only 5.5" tall and will be finished by the Twins birthday. Their birthday was going to be Friday, but after their mama's checkup on Tuesday, the doctor says they are doing well and should stay in the cozy womb a bit longer! This is, of course, excellent news, however their mama is really ready to have them on the outside...34 weeks down- I can't believe how the time has flown by!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
His Mom gave me a bag of quilt squares that belonged to his grandmother and from these I made his quilt. I have been working on it for a few months while he was at work, so he had no idea I was making it for him. He was very surprised and very touched, I think. I am sure I have broken many 'quilting laws' in making this quilt. I did not pin anything until I got to the backing and binding or iron each square as I went along. Some squares do not line up, but I knew my darling would not mind. It serves its purpose to keep him snuggled and remind him that I love him. It measures 52" X 72" the perfect snuggling size for my 6'6 love.
I was quite please with the binding. It was actually much easier than I thought it would be.
Happy Birthday Sweetie! I love you bunches!