Wednesday, August 30, 2006
You wouldn't believe how fast this photo loaded. Haha, I was just talking to my hubby about flicker or photobucket. I'm going to look into one of those. All ya'll keep saying they're better than blogger for the pics, so, I guess I could listen to you more experienced, wiser people. I seem to have better luck at night with Blogger. It could be that I'm not surrounded by screaming children who run around like crazy animals. I can concentrate a lot better when it's not deafening in here.
Here are a couple of garterlac dishcloths, and one ninepatch dishrag. I crocheted around the edges of the garterlacs, and I'm going to do it to the ninepatch, too.
The little change purse with it's too big zipper is in there. Then, there is the photo with more cotton! I do have more dishcloths planned. The plain colors are for a Born to Knit and a Yarn Girl one, at least. Whimsical wrote those and a bunch of other neato patterns.
So, LD had her best best friend over today. She was here for a little longer than expected. Then, tonight, we had a meet the teacher thing at the elementary school. It was really fun to see everyone that we haven't seen all summer. (and not so fun seeing some other people) We met the 2nd grade teacher she'll have, and the new music teacher. I'm so glad school's starting, but also a little sad, because we have to get back on a schedule. This has been the most lazy, do-whatever-we-want summer that we've had in a while. Fun, but now we are in trouble. We have to get used to getting to bed earlier, and getting up earlier! Especially the boys. They got away with way too much this summer. Staying up late, and watching movies and playing video games. No more. School starts in 5 days, or something. Next Tuesday, the 5th. Wow!
I wanted to let you know I am now a member of the knitter's review blogring. Check out the link, if you want to check out some blogs you might not have seen before. It's right above the Michigan Knits blogring on the left of the screen. Well, I have to go see what other bloggers have written and go to bed!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Yay! Blogger finally let me put my picture in! This is what I did yesterday (in between loads of laundry). Three kids = lots of laundry. I also finished another garterlac dishcloth, and started a ninepatch dishrag. I can't seem to find a link to it now, though. Darn it!
I took some fat, gushy worsted weight wool, and poured rainbow colors of Kool-aid all over it. It was sorta hard to make myself do it randomly. I have a bunch of striped sock yarn, and even when I hand dye non-striping yarn, I find myself making patterns with the colors. This time, though, I was very random, and it looks pretty cool, if I do say so myself!
I might stick it in my Etsy shop for a while, and if it doesn't sell, then I'll make myself knit something with it. Haha, yeah, I'll force myself to. I know this wool felts pretty well, so we'll see what I do with it.
I was outside today, in my jammies, taking pics of yarn. My neighbors love me. hehe. They really do. Luckily for us, they are really old, one of them is past 90, so they don't know how loud and annoying we really are.
I'm so lazy, I have 8 or 9 skeins of sock yarn ready to go, all I have to do is list them on Etsy. I need to do it, so that when they sell I can buy new yarn. Why don't I just get off my butt and do it, then? Good question!
Guess I'll go do something productive. Like go read and blab on knitter's review!
Sunday, August 27, 2006
I was tagged by Gina from It seemed like a good idea at the time. Isn't that cool? I've never been tagged before. Ok, so let's go:
1. One book that changed your life: Dave Pelzer's : A Child Called It. I don't know about changed, but certainly affected. Every time I feel sorry for myself, or something I try to remind myself that he actually went through hell, and still became a good man.
2. One book that you've read more than once: William Shakespeare-Four Tragedies(Romeo&Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar in one really old book)(actually every book I really like I read again and again)
3. One book you'd want on a desert island: Only One?? How To Find Food (and yarn) On A Desert Island. hahaha
4. One book that made you laugh: Gingersnaps by Delorys Welch-Tyson
5. One book that made you cry: Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card (scary)(not the vampire story lost boys a different story)
6. One book that you wish had been written: How To Get Rich Just Sitting Here Knitting For Fun.
7. One book you wish had never been written: Any book that's full of hate. Like some bad nasty nazibooks or something. Our world doesn't need any more hate in it!
8. One book you're currently reading: Crime Brulee by Nancy Fairbanks--I don't know if I like it yet.
9. One book you've been meaning to read: Wuthering Heights or maybe some important spiritual book. I've tried to read some, but I like to be entertained too much, and get bored. Shame on me.
10. Tag 6 people:Adriane, Crafty Fox, Stacey, Terri D., Whimsical, Zippiknits,
If you don't have time, or don't feel like it, don't feel bad, guys. Let me know if you play along, though, because I'd like to read your answers!!
I read books that I like, mysteries, novels, teen books, plays, whatever. I know I should read more important literature, but I probably won't; so there!!
Well, off to a b-day party. I have to finish the scarf I'm knitting for the gift, on the way there. It's almost done. I took pics of it last night, but stupid blogger won't let me post them. Even though they don't look great, I'll try again later.
Man, we're going to be late if I don't get going! I have to speed knit in the car!! Knit on!
Friday, August 25, 2006
I really hate pictures of myself. I look sooooooo old and tired and pale in these. Darn new camera sure can capture those wrinkles! Maybe I just need a nap. Whimsical: it's so cool that your son does your tats. You could save quite a bit of $ that way. Of course, if you average out how many years you'll have the tattoo, it really isn't that expensive, right? I am the queen of rationalizing. Rationalization? Whatever!
I hope this post works, blogger seems to be acting up again. I am having a crappy day. The kids are being horrible. They seem to get this way every year right before school starts. Maybe it's nerves. I don't know, but I hate it. I was also snubbed by some people who live here in Snobsville. I hate feeling like it's 5th grade all over again, and the other kids are all being invited somewhere fun, and the inviter says "Sorry, Arleta, I could only ask 8 people, and you're the 9th." Blah! Jerks!
Sorry for that whine. My feelings are hurt, and apparently I'm old, tired, and pale! I think I need to go find some soft gushy yarn to knit with, or just wrap myself in!
Hope you guys are all having a better day than I am! The weekend better shape up into something nice, too! Or else!
p.s. I almost forgot: I was tagged for a meme, I'll do it and post sometime soon!!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
So, here's my knitting from yesterday. I'm still doing dishcloths, but I tried this Lion Brand Landscapes yarn. It's half wool; half acrylic, and it says on the label that it felts in the washer and dryer. Sorry my pics are so bad. It's all my fault, the camera is awesome, but the photographer kind of stinks.
The first pic is while I was knitting, the second is before I felted it. I forgot to measure it, though! The last pic is after I felted it in the sink with hot boiling water, and one sink of cold ice water. It's a good thing that I didn't just throw it into the laundry like I was going to, because the dye in this yarn ran like crazy! The water turned a really dark green. Pretty color, but I would have been really mad if it had run on my laundry.
It did shrink some I think it was close to 6-7 inches before I felted it. You can, of course, see the acrylic stitches, but the wool part of the yarn melded all together nicely. Does that make sense? The yarn was weird, almost like it was barely spun, or something.
The finished coinpurse will have a zipper, and it measures about 4 and 3/4 inches square. I wish I had remembered to measure it before felting, but I was just so excited to start, that I threw it in the sink, and went at it.
I really need to start practicing with my new camera. It takes great pictures for everyone else. I want to be a great photographer. Darn it! I'd even like to be a good photographer. Then I could do Eye Candy Friday, like on Purly Whites. I think it's a great idea. It would get me some practice, too.
I sent Marj a package yesterday. I hope she likes it.
Well, a motley post, huh? I have teenagers running all over the house making noise, so I guess I'll go knit some more on my dishcloth. At least that won't take a lot of concentration!!
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Yeah, Diamond Dave was really cool. He did a bunch of kicks. It was neat. My hubby, Donnie, saw him like 18 yrs. ago, and he said he doesn't get as high off the ground now, but geeze, who does? Terri, he did do Jump. Love that song!! Don't be jealous, though, because we hardly ever go anywhere. Especially without the kids!
I got the link to make this funny pic from Terri's blog. That's my dishcloth on there!! Isn't that funny? I took that bad pic with my really old digital camera. Go look at her photo when you're done here. It's really good.
Well, my good digital was broken. It wasn't the stupid battery, I guess it just got dropped a few too many times. My honey surprised me with a new camera today. (The actual anniversary). Poor guy. I'm broke, so you know, no gift from the store for him.
A couple more dishcloths. Photo with new camera. Yay!
Then, my oldest son, my little (6 foot something) SkaterPunk went shopping with his girlfriend,
and her mom the other day. He bought me a giftie. I've been wanting some really cool pink hair dye, and he got it for me. Wasn't that sweet? His girlfriend's mom already thinks I'm weird. I was 16 when I had him. She was 36 when she had her. She's really very nice, now that she's used to my age. At first she thought I was probably out partying or something, because at 32, she was! Now she knows I'm a boring homebody. I'm going to be a boring homebody with pink streaks in my hair, though!! It's called Candy Pink. Hehehe
I also took a picture of the gifties I have for Larj Marj. I already told ya'll how I took all of the names of everyone who commented on the day I got my 100th comment, and then I dropped them in front of my fan, and the one that went the farthest was Marj's. It went really far, too. It was weird. I won't show that pic yet, though. I'm going to send the gifties out tomorrow, and I don't want to ruin the surprise if she reads this.
So, I guess I've babbled on long enough tonight. It's late, and I'm going to bed. After I knit a little anyway!! I started a little change purse with some Lion Brand Landscapes. I hope it felts, it says it will on the label. I got it for half price, so if it doesn't work, oh well. $3 down the drain is a lot better than $6 lost, right? I have a couple of dishcloths going too. I can't seem to stay away from them.
Knit on Knitters!!
Monday, August 21, 2006
My honey and I went out of town on Friday, and came home Sunday. Man, I wish I'd have had my camera working. My dishcloth would have liked to have had his picture taken at the David Lee Roth concert. It was so much fun. He really put on a great show! We had (cheap) lawn seats, that were actually pretty good, but then when the warm up band was done, and the rich people seats weren't full, we got to move up and sit (who sits at a concert?) in real seats. The warm up band was Ashes to Soma, or Ashes of Soma. Either way, they were good. Here's how eclectic our music tastes are: For my B-day last year, hubby took me to Naughty by Nature. Rap. Yeah, I listen to it all!! N.byN. was the kind of music my friends and I listened to in jr. and sr. high. My best friend was there, too, and Lisa and I were right up in front of the stage at that one!!
So, we stayed at a hotel. It was so wonderful to be able to sleep without the dog cramping my legs at the foot of the bed, and then to get up and not have to wait on other people(kids). They were at their Granny's for the weekend. On Saturday, hubby and I were going to go to the mall. But, we ended up at this little historical village. It's called Olde World Canterbury Village. Full of antique stained glass windows, and wooden doors, and artifacts. There's a castle (restaurant) and a store called Always Christmas. There are little shops that were buildings of the original farm. They are going to have a festival there with spinners. Yarn--yummy! They have an empty store that could be a yarn shop. There could be a spinning wheel demo, and they could sell the spun stuff, and have knitting going on. Oh, and dyeing the wool in the old way, like with natural dyes!! That would be so cool.
I tried to put up an awful pic of my awesome garterlac dishcloth right here. I guess Blogger is being dumb now. The pic of DLR worked, now I can't add my knitting pic! I've tried a bunch of times! I'll try again tomorrow. Well, if you've gotten this far, you know there is something to look forward to!!
I love this pattern. I finished one on our trip this weekend, and started another one. It was fun knitting in the car. My hubby, Donnie and I talked and listened to music, and he even pointed out other knitters in other cars. I used Sugar 'N Cream in Rosewood. I'd call it Neapolitan. It looks like the ice cream to me. That's one of the things I like about this cotton yarn: the colors. I have so many different colored dishcloths. I'm doing one right now in Summer Splash, it's bright bright green, blue, and yellow. I keep thinking of knitting a bunch of these squares in the garterlac pattern, and joining them together for a blanket. That would be cute!
Well, time to go do some housework. I think knitting dishcloths could count for housework, you know, you need them to do dishes. Right?
Thursday, August 17, 2006
OK, so, I took all of the names from the comments on August 7th. That's the day I got my 100th comment. I put each name on a scrap of paper, same size, etc. Then, I dropped them all in front of the fan, and the one that blew the farthest was declared a winner!! I'm going to do some snooping and come up with some little prize for her. Figure out some little thing. I'll have to go snoop around her blog!!
Well, back to my dishcloth. Hope everyone is knitting happily!! 'Til next week!!!!
Monday, August 14, 2006
I got this meme from either All she wants to do is knit, or to knit perchance to dream. I can't remember who I snagged it from!! (and I'm too lazy to figure it out!)
1. First Name? Arleta
2. Were you named after anyone? My mom, Arleta. I named my LittleDiva that, too!
3. Last time you cried? At the relay for life, during the slide show, when I saw the "in memory of" pic of my FIL on his motorcycle.
4. Do you like your handwriting? It's ok, if I take my time.
5. What is your favorite lunch meat? Roast Beef. MMM.
6. Do you have kids? Three of 'em. Two boys and a girl. Jordan=SP 16, Malcolm=MM 13, and Lil' Arleta=LD 7yrs old.
7. Would you be friends with you if you were someone else? Yep, I'm very cool.
8. Do you keep a journal? Only if you count this blog.
9. Do you tend toward sarcasm? Nooooo. (sarcastically)
10. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes.
11. Would you bungee jump? Yeah, it looks like fun.
12. What’s your favorite cereal? Golden Grahams.
13. Do you untie your shoes before you take them off? Only if I can't get them off without untying them.
14. Are you strong? No, not really. If that means physically. Mentally yes!
15. What is your favorite ice cream? I don't really like icecream. Chocolate if I have any at all.
16. Shoe size? 9.5 or 10 US Women's.
17. What do you like least about yourself? I am super unorganized, and I want to be organized, and not lazy.
18. Who do you miss the most? My dad, I'm a Daddy's Girl. He's been gone for 9 yrs.
19. Do you want this sent back to you? We could change that to "Do you want to know if someone else is doing this meme", and the answer would be "yes" I like reading other people's memes.
20. What color pants and shoes are you wearing right now? grey shorts, and no shoes.
21. Last thing you ate? burger and fries. Now I'm eating a little chocolate with peanut butter.
22. What are you listening to right now? My two boys and the oldest's girlfriend talking, and my hubby in the kitchen.
23. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? To choose just one isn't my style. I can never decide. I love all colors!
24. Favorite smell? fresh fruity smells.
25. Last person you talked to on the phone? probably someone trying to fix my stupid paperwork problem.
26. First thing you notice about someone of the opposite sex? Cute face, eyes, lips, nose, chin
27. Do you like the person who sent this to you? I do like both of the blogs this may have come from. I'm too lazy to go see who did it first.
28. Favorite drink? coffee
29. Favorite sport? Not very sporty
30. Eye color? green. sometimes blue
31. Hat size? I think my hats are all one size fits all, except he hand knit ones.
32. Do you wear contacts? Yes. I love them.
33. Favorite food? Chocolate. Cheese, and fruit, too.
34. Scary movie or happy ending? Both!
35. Last movie you saw at a movie theater? Aunt Bully. I slept through Superman. (Drive in)
36. What color shirt are you wearing? Dark grey.
37. Summer or winter? Summer. I'm a beach baby!
38. Hugs or kisses? Both, usually. I'm not super touchy-feely sometimes, though.
39. Favorite dessert? Cherry pie, or chocolate anything.
40. Who is most likely to respond? Good question! Whoever wants to copy and do this meme. Let me know if you do, so I can read it!
41. Least likely to respond? I guess whoever already did this, or doesn't like memes.
42. What books are you reading? Grand Ambition by Lisa Michaels, and whatever else I grab, I'm in a reading funk to go along with my knitting mojo being off!
43. What’s on your mousepad? A university name
44. What did you watch on TV last night? That three moons show, and celebrity fit club.
45. Favorite sounds? birds, my kids laughing.
46. Rolling Stones or Beatles? Either, neither are my faves.
47. The furthest you’ve been from home? Colorado or Florida. I live in Michigan, which is father? Too lazy to go check.
48. What’s your special talent? I whistle pretty well, I play flute.
49. Where were you born? Same small town I still live in, Michigan, USA
50. Who sent this to you? Noone did. I grabbed it off someone else's blog, now you do the same!!
So, if you read this far, just let me say I don't have a winner or prize (yet) for my lil' contest, but I will soon. I also wanted to say thanks for the comments about my felted bags. They really are fun to knit. The dyeing part is also a grand obsession of mine now, too!
Happy knitting! Later....after some rest and after that darn paper work problem is solved!
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Roo-bee-faye: You're right; some jerkface keeps putting stupid make money comments on my blog. I think I finally fixed them, though. We'll see. By the way, what happened to your blog? If you deleted it, or something I think it's been blog-jacked. When I try to see it, I'm sent to some advertising place. I'm sorry for putting this here, but I can't figure out another way to get ahold of you. I miss your blog!
Ok, now. Knitting. I want to do a contest for all of you wonderful knitters. I got my 100th comment the other day. Not counting the jerky spam comments. I think what I'll do, is take the names of the commenters from the day I got my 100th, and randomly pick one, then I'll send the winner a little knitty prize. Nothing too big, because I'm poor. I just think it's so neat that you like my blah-blah-blah. Even though, since I started this blog, I've been pretty boring on the knitting front. So, I'm going to do that, and then I'll let y'all know. OK? OK!
I have some pretty knitting pictures to share with ya'll. Actually, the first one is crocheted, and then felted. I can do that, too. (Crochet) I just don't very much. It seems to take more yarn, but it is faster. For me, anyway. This is a little handbag I made for myself. It is out of LB Fisherman's wool, that I dyed with kool-ade. The purple stuff in the foreground of the picture is the lining fabric, and the zipper. I use this one quite a bit.
These four bags are just some that I knitted, and felted, then they were either given away as holiday gifts, or I sold them. It's all LB Fisherman's wool, dyed with kool-ade, with really old buttons on the flaps. I didn't really use patterns, I just knitted in the round until I got a size and shape I thought would look good, then I felted them in the washer and stuck them on boxes to dry. Very technical.
So, I am going to be pretty busy the rest of the week. I finished up the charity cloths, and I have to deliver them. I actually did a few rounds on my hedera-like sock yesterday. I have some crazy paperwork that is all messed up, and I've been on the phone a lot trying to fix it. Then, the relay for life thing is this weekend. I'll be painting faces, and walking, and whatever else. I hope to get a battery for my camera before then because I really want pictures.
So, as soon as I get all of my she-ee-it together, I'll have a little prize for someone. Have a great weekend--if I don't get to post again-til next week!!
Monday, August 07, 2006
What a lazy weekend. We didn't do much at all. I finished three dishcloths for a charity event coming up next weekend. Cleaned out the car, while the couch covers and the dog bed washed. That was about it. So, today, I have a ton of catching up to do. Five people in the house makes for a lot of laundry and dishes. LD just washed the cups, plates, and bowls. She's blasting my 80's cd. It's so cute to see her sing along to The Gogos and The Bangles and Heart. I could go on & on.
I counted my comments, and I have 96. I think that is just amazing. I know there are bloggers who have that many in less than a week, but I'm just a babbling knitter, who can't believe people actually want to read what I go on about. I'm thinking of a contest, or something, having to do with the nice comments I get from y'all. I'm going to figure it out, and I'll let everyone know what I've decided this week.
Knitting content! Knitting content!
Of course every knit blogger, and their mom, and sister, and uncle, and cousin has probably made at least one of these. If they haven't, then they have heard of it. These are some crappy (sorry) pictures of a Clapotis I knitted. It is made of -gasp- Red Heart acrylic. I liked the colors, and the price, so there! I also made one out of Knit Picks Shimmer, held double. That one is more of a scarf size, and it is so soft. I don't seem to have a picture of it, though, and my camera still doesn't have a battery.
I think I'm going to knit one more cloth, then I really need to get back to my hedera sock. I have the urge to do it, but I just keep picking up easier projects. Who knows why, I sure don't.
My friend is going to make up a basket, or some baskets with hand knit cloths by me, and another knitting friend. She will add dishsoap and whatever in the basket, too. They will go to the silent auction to raise money for the Relay for Life event. I will be there painting faces, too.
It's in Elberta, MI on August 12-13, I think. I'd better find out for sure!!
Well, time to get that laundry and nasty housework done. Hope you had a great weekend, and have a great week. Later....
Thursday, August 03, 2006
My knitting is suffering from the heat. I just don't feel like knitting the projects I have going. I have been knitting cotton dishcloths. When I told my friend that, she told me another friend is knitting some for a charity. So, I'm going to donate a few, too. Not very exciting, I know. I guess this is what everyone on the Knitter's Review Forums call a slump. Whatever. This is my hobby, and my blog I guess I can do what I want!!
The picture above is from the Sleeping Bear Dunes. It's the view from close to the top. I am pretty sure the lakes in the background are Little and Big Glen Lake. On the other side of the dunes is Lake Michigan. I do love Michigan in the summer, but I am not a big winter kind of person. Michigan is a big kind of winter place, though! Cold and snowy!!
This other dunes picture is the view from the opposite way. I mean: it is me looking up toward the top of the dunes at LD and The Don. It is really hard to climb up, (for me anyway), but the views are unbelievable!!!!
One more non-knitting related picture. Bear with me, I am so bored right now. This is a sunset over Lake Michigan. Our town has this awesome gateway thing spanning the road coming into town. The gateway in the picture is a miniature one someone made. I thought that sunset was so cool, that I'd share it.
Ok, then. Knitting next time. I promise! Even if I have to make something up!!