Thursday, December 27, 2007
The dark purply, black, gold; named Gothic Moon came from Terra Bella Spun. Isn't Gothic Moon an awesome name? It's merino, border leicester locks, mohair, and glitz. SOFT! I started spinning it, and have a tiny bit done.
The pinky, red came from Lone Star Arts. It's called Raspberry Sherbert, and it's merino. Soft, stuff, it's going to be so pretty.
The spindles came from Butterfly Girl Designs. I just had to have these ones, cuz they are dalmatian jasper. I had a dalmatian when I was growing up.
My MIL got me all of these. Wasn't that a wicked awesome gift? She's nice!
On the spindle is a bit of fiber that came from one of these sellers. I just stuck it on the spindle after opening gifts, and didn't even see where it came from, or what kind of fiber it was. hehe, I just needed to spin! The little keychain skein came from one of them, too, but since I just stuck it right on my keys, I don't know which seller. Patience, what's that?
Hubby got me a DS and two games, even though the new camera was supposed to be my Christmas gift. LD got me my own Webkin, so I can have my own account. His name is Wyatt. Cute little lion. hehe
I finished my socks! The day after Christmas, though. Oh well, I can wear them on New Year's Eve, at our last Christmas party. Hubby's sister and her hubby and kids, and hubby's step sister and brother and families will all be there. The kids did a name drawing, so they'll each get one more gift, and give one more gift. I have a pair of slippers to felt before then to go to the 15 yr old cousin with some sleep pants.
Unfortunately, my mom's slippers were too small. All the rest fit, and were a big hit. I just have to knit my mom a new pair. And remember to give my brother his hat.
I also have to knit Hubby's aunt a pair of socks. She hinted a while ago that she really wants some, and when she opened her gift, she was like "Where are my handknit socks?" Her birthday is the 30th, so they'll be a late bday gift.
The kids were way spoiled, too. So was Hubby. I found him a bunch of Red Sox stuff. Cups (stuffed with his fave candies), and a license plate, and a watch. He loves the Red Sox.
I hope everyone in blogland was spoiled, and happily surrounded by loving family, and knitting goodies, like I was! Hopefully, I can get to the blogs and read what everyone has to say about their holiday celebrations.
Time to go knit, and let LD check on her WebKin family. :)
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Happy Holidays! I can't believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve! I hope I'm ready, and I haven't forgotten anything. Hubby is getting one IOU for a gift, since the thing I ordered him didn't come in. I think everyone else's gifts are here and wrapped. We'll just have to see if Santa shows up, and fills the stockings and leaves a gift for each kid.
I really want to wear my new socks tomorrow. I'm knitting them with some Tofutsies that Rhoda sent to me. Right now the gusset is cruising along on the second sock. I (of course) changed the pattern a bit. It's the Tidal Wave sock pattern, but I continued the patterning down the foot, instead of just on the leg. I always make such a short leg (3 pattern repeats instead of 5) that I wanted the pretty to go on longer. The bottom of the foot is stockinette, of course, but the top keeps going lacy until I get to the toe.
I love this yarn. It is a little splitty, but not enough to bug me. It's soft, and since it has some fiber from shrimp and crab shells, I can't resist! hehe
The wind is wild and crazy right now, and the lights flickered once, so I'm afraid the power will go out. I don't want to stop posting, though, now that I finally have my hands on the computer.
We had our last little knit-in of the year at the third grade class last Wednesday. The kids are so into knitting, it's great! LD handknit three gifts this year for her teacher, and two friends. I didn't take pictures before she gifted them, though. Ugh! What kind of proud Momma am I? I didn't get any pictures of the dishcloths and soap socks I gifted, either. Jeeshe!
Every Wednesday after lunch, the kids in the third grade can stay inside for recess, and knit. The teacher, her friend, and I are reaping another generation of knit-wits. After recess, the teacher reads out loud, and the kids can keep knitting, if they listen to the story. They just love it. One girl has knit a mitten, and started the second, and one little guy made himself a scarf. We'll continue after the new year, and we're going to have a spinning lesson. They are going to make spindles out of cds, and the wool is already here, ready and waiting. Fun stuff, lucky little kids!
I still have to felt the last pair of slippers I made as a gift, but they aren't going anywhere until New Year's Eve, so I have time. Other than that, I guess I'm ready for Christmas. I'd better be, anyway!!
Well, time to go work on those socks.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, and knit-tacular New Year!!!!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
The Homecoming Dance was attended by my SP and his girlfriend! This is big news here. SP is a homebody. He usually skips all of that school stuff. I'm so glad they went. Look how cute they looked!!
Here's another picture from the Senior Pictures taken a while ago. We look so happy, awwww! I think this is one I'll have to print out and frame, along with the one of him and his dad, posing in front of the same gate. I'll have to post that one sometime, it's neat.
I've been spinning, and knitting! I have some new yarn. I think I might knit a hat out of some two plied merino I spun. It turned out pretty nice, if I do say so myself. No pics right now, though. My darn camera is having issues, and it's just such a hassle to try to mess with it.
I'm working on another pinwheel baby blanket, this time out of cotton-ease. Three of the discontinued colors, blue, light blue, and mint. I think it'll be really cute, it's so soft, too. I finished another pair of booties, and a hat for a baby. I love these patterns. The set I just did is pink. One of LD's friend's mommas is having another baby in the spring, and the news got me in the knitting mood.
So, I have been so busy, I have once again turned into a lurker on all y'all's blogs. Lurking and looking at fiber to spend birthday $ on! I haven't spent any yet, but I have seen alot of stuff I like! It's so weird, when I have $, I don't spend it right away, but when I'm broke, I spend like there's no tomorrow. ??
I haven't answered any comments or emails, either! I am so naughty! I really do appreciate all of the birthday wishes, and the nice comments, I'm just a busy, naughty girl. Hehe, wonder what kind of freaks will land here from those words?
I also got the most adorable birthday card, handmade by Rhoda! I'll try to add a pic later. (Camera's a butt, remember?)
Gotta go get ready for work. Hope everyone has a great week! I'll be lurking!!
Monday, October 01, 2007
I think Hubby must have taken some spoiling lessons from Becka's Hubby. He spoils her real good. My Hubby spoiled me real good this year, too. He didn't know what to get me for my birthday. He knew I wanted wool, of course, but I never sent him any links of where to get the stuff, so he struck out on his own and came up with a different idea.
I got a gift certificate for a fancy shmancy spa here, to get a hair-do, and a massage, and a manicure. Of course, I'll ruin the manicure as soon as I leave, so I'm getting a pedi instead. Mmmm, I can't wait! What a smart guy. That wasn't even it, he also got me a binder and plastic sleeves to keep patterns in, so I don't have to re-print everything over and over, and the final season of Charmed on dvd. Whatta guy!! :) See, I'm so spoiled!!
Then, my mom got me a little family prayer thing on a mirror, and a jewelry box that looks like a Faberge egg. My MIL got me tanning minutes, and $ (for wool) and Hubby's aunt got me a certificate for a class on lamp work beads (and $ for wool). I do need another craft, don't I? lol I've been wanted to learn bead making like that for a long time. Torches and glass, heck yeah!! I'm going to go to the class with Hubby's cousin. It should be so fun! And, his other cousin and his wife gave me more $ for wool!! I feel so spoiled! I hope it doesn't go to my head! I'm already starting to feel like a brat. Hehe, just kidding.
The most important thing was that we had a nice family gathering (with cake)! I love seeing everyone, and getting to share my special day with them.
Once again, thank you all for the birthday wishes. I love feeling special, and being a busy mom of three, it doesn't happen enough!
I owe so many emails, and I even owe Becka an answer to a meme that she tagged me with. I'll get to it, I promise, but Hubby took the day off and the kids get home in 3 1/2 hours! We need to squeeze as much as we can into it! We never get to see each other alone during the day!
Have a great (gasp) October!!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Here is the lovely view of what the street behind my house has been looking like. Urgh! Construction work. The really sad thing is the front street wasn't looking much better. We couldn't walk to school without tromping through deep holes dug in the street, and construction guys from who knows where.
I have a little proof that I've been knitting, too. Dishcloths. Thanks for the pattern, Carrie and Melanie. :) I'm not going to show the cute little baby hat, though, since it needs a trip to the frog pond. Somehow, I moved the cord while I was doing the magic loop, and the increase rows moved.
Here's what happened last Monday. I dropped LD off at school, and when I got home there were a bunch of construction guys at the end of my driveway. I had to drive through the yard to get into the driveway, and they were close enough to talk to me. They watched me park, and dig through the car for stuff, and walk into the house. Not one of them said a word. So, the next time I came out, the road was gone! My mini van was stuck in the driveway! Thanks for the warning, guys! When Hubby got home from work, he got the van out, but it scraped on the bottom of the van on the driveway. It's ok, though.
So, we parked it out front, then the next day, I got up, and there are no parking signs all up and down the street. Great! I parked at that darn green building behind our house, and walked. So, I go get my kids, and their cousins from school, and in my driveway, there is a huge truck. I mean, HUGE! When they moved it, they tore two branches out of the tree, which didn't make LD very happy. Then, the guys working out there knocked down a wire that is hooked to our house. They came and asked if they could fix it. Um...yeah! You'd better!
It is time for the construction to be over! I seriously needed a girls' night out. Luckily for me, a friend decided it was time for her annual b*tch fest. We had a blast, just don't listen to Carrie about me and the dance floor, I am totally G-rated. Hehe, most of the time! And, don't let her fool you, she brought some amazing home made Salsa with those chips! You can listen to what she said about how I looked. Thanks, sweetie! ;) We all looked great, especially Carrie, and what's more important is that we had a wonderful time!! I should go check out that band's site and see if they have any pics of us gorgeous women. I saw one of them snapping a camera. *blush*
Ok, enough b*tchin!
I have another senior pic to show off. I love this one in black and white. What an artsy guy! I also told him and his GF that I was posting pics of them, since I had to drive him to see her at college. No this isn't the same girl from before, they are still friends, but he has another love. What a doll she is, too! They've been friends for quite a while, but while she was in Sweden as an exchange student kind of thing, they started chatting on line, and pretty soon, I had to ask if they were more than friends.
This lovely girl knits! I gave her a spindle and some wool the night before she went to school, and on her next visit home she had a scarf with her hand spun wool in it. I need to get a picture, it's as cute as she is.
I have about 300 senior pics to go through, so I can find my faves, and his faves, and the Hubby's faves, and the grands' faves, and have some printed out. It just seems like such a ginormous job. I seriously need to get some great yarn and knit a thank you to the photographer, too!
I should get to work on this neglected house, but Crazy Aunt Flo has come for an early visit, and she's in a bad mood! I just feel like reading and knitting all day. I just might, too!
This was quite a long post. No wonder I don't have time to do the stuff I should! I'm too busy doing the fun stuff. Gotta run, I have a good book and some frogging calling my name!
Hope everyone has a great week!!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Field trip, and then cupcakes at school today, then two parties tomorrow, and a sleep over! So, that means, I have to get busy and do some housework!!
Hope you all have a great weekend!! :)
p.s. this is weird, but when I put the photo in the center, you can't clicky-to-make-biggy. If anyone knows why, let me know how to fix it, please. ;)
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
What fun. I am so happy to be passing the love of fiber along to the next generation.
We went to school last night for ice cream and to meet the third grade teacher LD will have this year. Of course, we have known her forever, since she was my teacher, and the teacher for LD's two big brothers when they were smaller. She is a knitter! Yay, knitters!
She asked if I could come in and demonstrate the drop spindle for her class later in the year when they read a story about wool from sheep to sweater, or something. I said definitely!
She will also be continuing with the knitting in her classroom, since it was a big hit in past years. I'll be doing the afterschool classes again, too. As long as there is $ for supplies, I'm there!
Well, here is my two plied yarn. It really looks like yarn. Thanks so much to Carrie, for getting me hooked. I've had the stuff for a year, but I just couldn't get it. Now, I think I've got it!
I love the plying part, it's fun. Now, I have to get back to work. There really is truth in the saying a "clean house is a sign of a broken computer"! Hehe
Oh, yeah, I have to say Melanie, another knitting friend was with us when Carrie was showing me how to two-ply and she was just as confused as I was at first, but she isn't a spinner (YET) LOL
Thank you all for the nice comments!!
p.s. My camera date is all messed up, so if you click and see the pics bigger, ignore the date. 2002, Jeeshe!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
This is the white merino roving I got from Amy, and I split it into two half pound bundles, then went crazy with the acid dyes. I love the little jellyroll it made in the pan! So cute.
Then I had lots more mixed up dye left so I did a couple of skeins of white merino yarn. When I put them in the sink, after dyeing, they were both only dark bluish-purple, but when I opened the skeins up, all of the colors were there. So pretty, like tie-dye.
I also got my blue roving spun up, and today Carrie showed me how to ply it. Funny story: We're sitting in her dining room and I said "Ok, show me how to ply these, I'm ready", and she went to grab a spindle, I was like "What do you need a spindle for?" Seriously! "You're joking, right?" She said. Hehehe, really! I've heard everyone talking about plying, and I just didn't get it. Duh! It's not so magical when someone explains the simplicity of it. I didn't know you spin the two singles together. Urgh! *slaps forehead* At least I spun it the right way and didn't unspin! Then she says "You're spinning it the wrong way!" I even believed her for a second.
I'll show off some pics of the two-ply yarn sometime. I made yarn!!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday we went to a charity event, where I painted faces for donations. This little mime had her face done three times, but I only took pics of this. And, by the way, Carrie and her Hubby did a carwash to raise $ for the charity. They did super great, and I believe that's what pushed our team into the number one money raising spot! Very Cool!
Then we went to my brother's, and the kids played in the pool until it was dark. What fun! I got to visit with my sister and her husband from down state. Her husband's brother was there with his wife, too. We started talking about knitting. She knits sweaters for all of the kids in their school. She also knits hats with the school team name on them. So cool! She and her husband drove their motorcycles down to visit with the family.
When my brother was talking about the Tiger's, my Hubby asked if they were scrolling scores on the bottom of the screen. He needed to hear how the Red Sox were doing, and it turns out My Sis's sister-in-law grew up
But the big news here today is "I got the fiber and spindle I bought from Amy!". Yay! Amy sent me the most gorgeous colors. Soft mooshiness of wooly goodness. I am nervous about dyeing the merino, but I am going to do it! She also sent the most adorable little sheep button that is orange! Such a cool, smart lady! I cannot wait to make yarn! Carrie is going to have to show me how to do the plying thingy when I get it spun up. Whoo-Hoo!
You know what I'll be up to. Dyeing and Spinning. I'll get to the knitting part later, when I have some handspun to use.
Knit on, knitters, and I was going to say Dye on, dyers, but that sounds weird. So Craft On, Crafters!
Thursday, August 09, 2007
I filled the two spindles I had, so I threw one together with a couple of cds, and a hook, and a dowel dpn I made a while ago. It works, but I (of course) went and spent some $ on a new spindle for myself, and some roving from BoogieKnits. Love her shop! I can't wait to get them, so I can spin some more! (And hopefully get better at it)
Well, I have a scarf knit of ribbon to finish for a charity event on Saturday, so when Carrie and I get together tomorrow, that's what I'll be working on. I also have to add fringe to the 3 other ones that I knitted. I don't see myself knitting with that weird ribbon again. It's pretty, but not much fun to work with. I'll have to try to remember to take pics before I give them away.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Here I am trying on a gorgeous hand knit coat. I loved it, but they sure did clean up the fashion show knits after that. Hehehe
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I know I should hurry and put her on my other blog, but another busy day is coming up. I have some other fo's that need to go there, too. I'm just going to have to make time to post my details there!
I have to make some time to do a proper pic of me modeling this shawl soon! Here we have the Little Diva being a "modeler", showing off Shawlly for me. She went a little wild with the tattoos. I know she applied more than 20! Hehe, at least they wash off. I only have 4!
I am most definitely wearing Shawlly to a wedding this fall, I think I'll be wearing her a whole lot more, though! I am in love with shawls! I was looking for another lace one to knit, as soon as I had her off the needles! I have lots of socks I want to knit, too, though. Time! I need more of it!
Today, we are hopefully going to finish the patio, and next weekend I hear there is a Fiber Fest in Michigan! I really want to go. Look who will be there with her awesome shawl, that she designed! We'll have to talk about it again Carrie, and maybe make some plans!!
I am so sorry for not answering emails, and properly thanking everyone for the wonderful comments. I keep hoping to get to it, but with knitting like a crazy person, reading like another crazy person, and kids ~ Well, you know.... Soon, hopefully, soon!
Friday, July 13, 2007
I even forgot to talk about my one year blogiversary, which was on June 29th!! I had a plan, but out the window it went. Kids are running me ragged!!
Birthday parties, family reunions, picnics, and a great 4th pool party. All fun stuff, but then I have to make food, and visit, and eat, and play. My poor knitting gets pushed farther and farther back.
I have been working on my shawlly. I am on the next to the last chart. I could have had it finished, but I find myself slowing down (when I do have time to knit) I think I'm afraid to finish it, even though I really want to wear it!
Speaking of wearing great shawls, I got to wear Carrie's at the park the other day. I had on a sleeveless tee, and it was windy. Mmmmmm! Warm and pretty! I loved it. Thanks, Carrie, you sweetie!!
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
- Carrie, The Barefoot Cobbler. Her blog is a fun read. Busy knitter with 3 kids!
- Kadiddly, Backstage Stitches. Great read every post about her work, knitting, and life.
- Amy, Boogie Knits. Homeschooling momma knitter. Shop owner, too!!
- Bernie, Coming Up Blank. Crafty lady! She also started knit 1 blog 2 for us all!
- Deborah, Deborah's Daily Dilemmas, knits, cooks, mothers, and shares it all with us.
I'll have to find some time to go leave them some comments and let them know I put them on here! Time? Hehe, yeah right!
If I didn't put you on here, you know I love you all! I'm embarrassed to admit how many blog favorites I have on my blog lines!! And we all rock!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Well, here's shawlly again. I have stuck a little pic of my cheater's lifeline in. Carrie really seemed to like the idea yesterday at our little knitting group.
Here's what I did. I threaded one row of stitches, Not the stitch markers, though, (Ergh! Yes, I did.) onto one of my knitpicks cords. I made a note to myself on what row and what repeat I put the lifeline in, so if (Lord ~ NO!) I have to rip, I can just screw the needles onto that cord, and redo.
I am on the seventh repeat of chart two. I am going to do it 10 times, then onto chart three. I am so in love with this pattern. The shawl is about 21 inches bigger than the last pic I posted. I can't wait to get done and see it all blocked out.
Well, another one of those crazy, busy days! Gotta run.
Thank you all for the nice comments and thoughts you've sent. I love this community! All y'all are the greatest!!