Friday, August 28, 2009


I'm knitting right along on some test socks. They have lady bugs on them. Squee!

I think I need to wait to show them off, but when I do I'll point you in the right direction to get the pattern so you can make me some too, er make your own! I'm making them in some more of my hand dyed Mom's Sweater Yarn (green) because that's what I have. I'm sick of the yarn, but it's what I have. Anywho, I am SO going to make another pair once I get my mits on some red or pink or some combo thereof. I love lady bugs and these are just Too. Cool.

Speaking of Too. Cool... for school - Jake started 3rd grade. Here he is with his cheesy brother. Sean is literally saying "cheeeeeeeeeeeese" and holding it until the flash goes off. Too funny.

So far so good with school. "It's easy" he says.

Busy weekend - tomorrow headed to my Mom's for a doggie birthday party (who knew?), Sunday shopping and cooking with my MIL. I gotta make bread sometime in there, probably tonight. That's it for me, have a great weekend. Stay safe.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


I am testing a pair of Ladybug socks. How perfect is that! I cannot wait to share them!

I finished testing the thing I was not wanting to test and I am thrilled with that.

I finished hemming Jake's school pants for Monday.

I sewed together the backing for the convention quilt and got about halfway through the pinning.

I have not finished, nor have I worked on the Brainless socks, but I do still love them.

I have not started working on fixing the chewed up afghan for a co-worker of my Mom's. (I'm dreading that, twont be fun atall.)

In the past 24 hours I have finished Crossed Bones by Carolyn Haines, started and finished Finger Lickin Fifteen by Janet Evanovich and started Fangs But No Fangs by Kathy Love.

You're impressed now, aren't you?

My big flaw? Today was day 5 of Crazy Diet and I quit. 2 lbs down, not enough but I have SO had enough of this diet. I'll try again. Maybe. But man was that shephards pie good. MMM, and the coke. I've missed that the most. Sad, but true.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Rainy Days and Mondays...

Actually, although it is rainy I am very excited. Tonight I am going to Grease with my friend Jen. I am thrilled. Travis refused to even be asked if he would go, but with free tickets (Love You Stacy) I couldn't say no. Little bit of gas and $4 for parking... golden. I just hope it's not still pouring outside when we go.

Anywho, I'm still working on the testing crochet project although I am not enjoying it. It is seeming to take forever. To ease the pain, I am volunteering to test a pair of ladybug socks that are ADORABLE!!! I wish I had some nice red semi-solid but I don't. They will be done in my hand-dyed Mom's Sweater yarn that seems to never end. I think this will be the last whole ball that is left, but I swear I got 2 pair out of the last one. Best investment in yarn ever, I tell ya.

I have not done one stitch on Brainless in probably a week or so. I love those socks and am sad that they are not yet on my feet. Soon though. Maybe. Also, I found a home for the socks I made for me that didn't fit - Jen's feet are perfect for them. Sigh. Sorry Mom.

Yesterday I did start crazy diet 3.0 - so far so good with zero cheating. The suck part is that I made a big batch of Amish Friendship bread the night before and I've only had a tiny bit that night. I made some with apples and haven't gotten to taste it. And I am certain there won't be any left by the time the 11 days is up. Oh well, I'll just have to repeat the experiment (I hear it's good).

I haven't gotten time to work more on the quilt since my last post, but hopefully in the next few days I'll get some time. That's really it for now, I need to get some work done. Have a great day! ... Summer Lovin had me a blast... lalalalala.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Busy busy weekend

I got free tickets to a concert Friday night to see Def Leppard/Poison/Cheap Trick. It. Was. Awesome.
Really, one of the best shows I've been to ever. Then I took Sean to see the Dora show at the Preforming Arts Center this morning at 10:30. At 7 this evening my brother in law had an art show at the Tampa Skate Park where instead of paintings on canvas they painted on skateboard decks. It was pretty cool but hot with eleventy million sweaty kids. Boy did it make me feel old. But, I really liked Jason's deck - he did a great job.
Tomorrow we have Church then to my Mom's. Tomorrow is also bread day - the day to make my Amish Friendship Bread. Yummo.

Next week we have no summercamp for Jake so he'll be with his grandparents and daddy doing cool stuff on different days. I'm going to Grease at the PAC on Tuesday, School open house on Thursday night which is also the first night of choir for this year. Wonder if I can make both?

Yarn-wise, I'm still testing this one thing and it's taking ForFreakinEver even though it shouldn't be. Oh well, I'll keep plugging on I suppose.

I did do the work to fix the Convention quilt today. I think it came out well. I would have started getting the backing but I apparently used some of what I had planned for something and I need to figure out plan b. I have some thoughts - more involving the stripey material I used for the twins' blankets.

Add to that the 3 books from the library (not including the Tourette one) and I'm a busy girl. Poor Brainless is going to languish some more I suppose.

That's it for me. Have a good night.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Not much. How about you?

I've not even gotten close to being where I was when I had to rip out a bunch of sock and re-do it. I expect to finish the gusset/heel flap today at lunch, so that will be good. I've actually been reading a lot more than knitting, crocheting or quilting and that is not a good thing since the quilt top for Convention that I messed up a while ago is not fixing itself and I leave in 3 weeks. I did buy the clear thread though, now I just need some alone time to work on it, therein lies the problem.

I have really noticed lately how spurty of a person I am. Of course I've been a crocheter "full time" or "for real" for about 11 or 12 years (although I learned about 29 years ago)and crochet has not really gone away for any length of time during that period. I learned to knit what, 5 years ago maybe? 4? And now that is just as natural for me as crocheting, so I don't really count that as a spurt. However, I have tried decorating cakes, scrap booking, beading, One Stroke Painting, sewing (as in clothes and stuff), quilting most recently and they haven't really stuck like that crochet/knit has. Travis gets so frustrated with me when I start a new hobby since he is pretty certain (rightly so) that it will only last a little while then I'll have all this stuff and money spent and do nothing with it. Now add to it reading. Now, in my defense I've always been a reader - such a great defense mechanism - but I'll go years without cracking a book and in the last 4 months I've probably devoured 2 dozen (including the Twilight ones and most of those are HUGE). All I have to say is that Thank Goodness for the library and their wonderful Online Catalog and phone calls when your held books are in. It's like shopping online for books but not having to spend any money!

Anywho... How about a project list. A project list with ALL crafts? Hang on, here we go:
Testing some goodies for websites unmentioned
Cliffy's afghan that has wallowed in the corner of my living room for 2 years now.
Fitted sweater for me that I played with for about half hour then put aside with really good intentions.

Brainless socks are currently in my project bag and are about half done with the 2nd sock.
Blue/White socks - I apparently started these on the cruise 2 years ago and have completed 1 sock. I am not sure were the yarn is to finish the 2nd one. Whoopsy.
Sheldon - I LOVE the idea of Sheldon. I've finished his body but every time I try to work on his shell I get frustrated and quit because it's not an easy thing. So currently Sheldon is homeless/nekkid.

Convention quilt - I've finished the top and when I washed it (which I should have done BEFORE quilting) I had seams come out. I need to fix the seams (I am thinking of "under-patches" with clear thread... no clue if it'll work - I'm winging it) then do the quilting. I have the backing done and I think the edging cut but don't quote me on that.
Bridget & Amer's Wedding Quilt - I have gotten exactly 0% done on this but I have bought the pattern/templates AND the fabric. I cannot wait to work on this since it is real actual quilting (it's a kaleidescope design that is awesome!) I just need to get my arse in gear and do it. It's due in time for their wedding 12/20. 4 months, 9 days. I will not even look at it until after Convention is done. Sneak in there some Christmas knitting and I'll be in trouble.

I really owe my Aunts Sue & Lorraine some market bags. I had intended to make some for them at Christmas time but didn't. See how terrible a niece I am? They're gonna come, I swear. Just maybe for this Christmas? sigh.

And that is it. I think. I have to make these lists, just to keep me honest. It's rather depressing, really.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Aggrivation says "Rippit"

I've been working on the Brainless socks pretty steadily since finishing my June socks and I really do like them. However. I was noticing that the 2nd sock seemed to be a wee bit bigger than the 1st sock. And by a wee bit I mean like an inch in length and probably that much in width. Uh oh. I look at Travis and look down at my 3/4 done sock and tell him that I have a problem.

"Did you try it on?" he asks. Well no, I didn't but really that is a clever thing to do before I think any more about frogging half a sock and crying about it. I tried it on.

It's too big.

Lengthwise it would really be ok but it's the around part that is the problem. I see my error too. I added an extra cable set (6 rows of knitting) before starting the gusset (the part where it gets big enough to accommodate your heel) and my gusset was EXTRA big because I apparently can't count to 22.

Just. So. Aggravating.

So. Last night while watching the Closer, I ripped out half a sock while I should have been knitting. No tears were shed and that is a miracle in itself. I had lunch at my desk today and it took me forever to eat my Cuban so no knitting was done. Tonight I've got Deadliest Catch I think so there will be some good knitting time.

Anyway... moving on. My arm is feeling a little bit better since I messed it up again on Sunday. I spent yesterday at home nursing it and doing some long-neglected house cleaning.

That's it for me. I hope your night was better.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Happy Birthday Rere!!

Today is my Aunt Rere's birthday (I wont say which year because I'm nice like that).

Happy Birthday Aunt Rere, we love you and miss you so much!I hope you have a wonderful day!

I had such good intentions - I bought her a card and everything but with so much of a pain-fog with the broken arm I still have it sitting on my banister waiting to go to work with me. I bought it early too! Just so aggrivating.

Speaking of, I did something today to torque it and boy am I in some pain! I'm looking forward to after dinner when I can take a vocidin and let the pain go away. For the most part anyway. Tonight is the finale of Next Food Network Star and I'm really looking forward to that. This is the first year where either finalist could win and I'd be happy, however I am rooting a little more for Melissa since she's a "home cook" like me.

This is a yarn blog so I thought I'd add something yarn-related. I bought the yarn to finish the quilty babyghan, so that will be nice. I want to finish the Brainless socks first.

I didn't hear back from the editors on my Sweet Summertime baby top so now I am free to sell it elsewhere. I'm disappointed of course but I guess it is ok to not be monogomous in publishers sometimes. Wish me luck.

That's it for me. I hope you've had a great weekend.