Thursday, September 30, 2010

Trials of Thursday...

I am all alone at the shop.  

Okay, not really.  One of our employees is here.

And Jack (the big stinky Golden Re-arranger) is crashed in front of the filing cabinets.


Wes has gone fishing.  Went yesterday too.  


Yes, I am the Best Wife Ever.


I told him to go play.  


But, there is a little bit of method to my madness.  He is not "just fishing."  He is scoping out hidey holes of the bass he needs to catch.  Over the next few weekends, the bass fishing tournament season will be coming to an end for him and the upcoming tournaments are all on his "home" lake and are the $ motherload for the season.  So, it is in our best interest for me to encourage this and I gladly do so.  


It makes him smile.


Which makes me smile. 


...and go a little wobbly-kneed...


So, today I've just been putzing around here.  Surfing, doing the books, helping catch shirts, eating cookies, surfing some more, attempting to locate art files on Wes' desktop so I can print out the films, giving up on that adventure, writing up jobs, payroll, ordering goods, eating more cookies.


Brought my knitting (duh, does a die-hard fiber addict ever leave home without it?) but it is sitting forlornly on the floor behind me.  


Back to surfing I go.  


Wishing there was actual surf.  <sigh>

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

WIPW

Today's WIPW actually starts with Tuesday.  Earlier I had posted pics of some the cardboard in the house.  Since that time, Chris and his project partner have come to the conclusion that they don't have quite enough time (after you take away their job hours, school hours, other homework hours, and let's not forget those mandatory xbox game playing hours)...can you sense the sarcasm in the last bit?...to make the ginormous boat they originally planned on. 


Plan B...now the focus is a "Castaway" theme.  This translates to they are gonna build a raft...still the same hours constraints apply, but now not only do I have cardboard boxes and sheets everywhere, but also 14 cardboard carpet rolls cut into 9 and 3 foot sections!


Here is a glimpse into the retrieval/procurement process yesterday of said tubes...

Chris at the carpet store attempting to cut the tubes down to smaller size with scissors from my knitting bag. (Sorry for the sorry pic quality...phone)

Ever try driving and parking with tubes sticking out of your passenger side window?  
One the plus side, on the way home, Chris commented that I sure do put up with "a lot of crap for his school projects'...to which I smiled and said "it's all just part of it baby".  That was probably the closest to a teenage thank you I'm going to get and I will gladly take it.

Today, I was scrambling around at the shop trying to get things done so I could get out of there and pick up Chris to take him to work (yep, perpetual taxi...in the last two weeks have put over 1000 miles on my car), so out of desperation I just draped my projects on the couch in our office...at least I had the good camera with me!

Almost done with the first sleeve for the butterfly sweater.

 Just glancing at this, it looks like some weird deformed bikini.  But it is NOT, it is the front two pieces and half of the back for this.  Found the yarn at Tuesday Morning (in the #27 purple/rust colorway.)  It is a very quick knit.  When the pattern arrived, errata was included suggesting use of US 7 and 8's, but I am choosing to follow the pattern as written and am using US 10 1/2 and 11's.



Almost done with my first super scarf.

The end.  

Now to finish making dinner.
Or dig into the Halloween candy again.

WHY did I buy some yesterday???
Oh yeah....Target gift cards with purchase.

Yep, I am a pushover.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sidetracked on Sunday...good thing Monday is here to straighten me out!

It was a gorgeous day yesterday.  Slept in, putzed around, made pancakes and sausage with my darlin', then finally got energized enough to venture outside.  Last week was a total bust for running.  I was sick and/or just felt awful to the point that I did not even want to walk.  So, after the "week off", decided it would be safest to walk instead of run.  Half a mile in, Jack appeared beside me.  Now, he was asleep in the living room when I left, so I assumed Wes had let him out and he  tracked me down.  I use "tracked" verrrry loosely...Jack is no great hunter.  As we walked, a chipmunk ran across the road.  He looked up at me and I told him to go get it.  Well, Jack ran right past it and then looked around for it, gave up and rejoined me.  No small woodland creatures need fear him.  Knocked out a short walk of a little over two miles.  Upon our return, discovered that no, he had not been "let out".  Jack had pushed the back porch door open and escaped...leaving an escape route for Norman and Sophie.  Great!


My intentions for the afternoon were to update my Blog Swap posting and a few other desk jobs, BUT, true to form, got sidetracked by....


these.  Lemme tell ya...they really, truly, honestly, not kidding, cross my heart, are the absolute best sugar cookies I have ever eaten/made!


Naturally, since I was already making messes in the kitchen got started on the sauce portion for our dinner.  I had planned on making eggplant parmesan for dinner Saturday night, but now I honestly don't even remember why I didn't.  So last night was the night.  This recipe is quite easy and tasty.  Cooked up some mini-penne to go with it and there was plenty leftover for our lunch today.  Yum!


And now for the final fun from The Blog Swap...

Day 6:




Verrry cool and mucho mucho appreciated.  I need a counter to count the number of times I have lost and had to replace my counter(s).  Perfect!

Size 2 mini circs...How did she do it??? I have 0's, 1's and 3's but NO 2's.  Whenever possible, I much prefer these over dpn's.  Have a fear of poking my eyes out with the dpn's, because I find myself bringing the project closer and closer to my face from being so intent upon it.

Stitch Dots...have never seen these before, but they are so cute and functional.  What a great notion!  From the info page:
Finally a stitch marker that has something to say!

StitchDots™ “talk” to knitters and crocheters with words and symbols imprinted on each marker.  Use the “Start” marker to identify the beginning of your row and the “End” marker to do the opposite.  Use the RS and WS markers to point out the Right Side and Wrong side or your project and the Inc and Dec markers to denote when its time to Increase and Decrease.  Other helpful markers include the letters A, B, C, D, E, & F.  Every StitchDot™ package includes 20 markers and a cool retro carrying pouch. 
 
Sarajewel, thank you!
 
and now :( the last one :( Day 7
 

 
Happy Feet sock yarn by Plymouth.  Beautiful colorway.

First...This escaped me/got nabbed by cats...they thought it was another toy.  Finally retrieved it from under the couch.   

Kalajoki Socks.  The pattern design reflects the Kalajoki River and is mirrored on the socks.  I can't wait to get these on needles.  The yarn Sarajewel sent will also be reminiscent of water.  

Sarajewel, thank you for all the wonderful gifts.  Everything was perfect and I am one lucky girl!
   

Saturday, September 25, 2010

...and so the Tide came in :(

I don't normally follow football, but right now the game between my alma mater (University of Arkansas) and Alabama (my BIL's choice) has just finished and it is a sad day for all Razorbacks.  Almost, but not quite :(


On to happier topics.  This morning was GORGEOUS!  Cool, clear sky, light breeze.  Went downtown to partake of the last Farmer's Market of the season.  Truth be told, this is the first one this year I have actually made it to!  Picked up a few things:  big bottle of local honey, fresh wheat bread, a small loaf of fresh banana bread (I was hungry), some green beans,  a yellow squash, a zucchini, and an eggplant.  Tomorrow for dinner, I plan on making Eggplant Parmesan...but tweaked a bit...baked, not fried. 


After wandering around for an hour, went over to Cottage Knits and hung out for a little over an hour, knitting with friends and getting caught up on the latest happenings.


Returned home to knock out the weekend's to-do list.  The cats and Jack are not very happy with me right now.  They were all given their doses of Capstar and Program. 


Today is also Day 5 of the Blog Swap...so here we go...






Hmmmm, what could it be...

 OH MY!  I'm tellin ya, Sarajewel knew what she was doing!!  

 What a beautiful dishcloth!  I love knitted dishcloths, they just seem to do a better job.  Love the colors too.  Blue and white are probably my favorite decorating colors, especially in the kitchen.  I collect antique Blue Willow dishes, my everday dishes are Blue Willow, most of my dishtowels are blue and white, have cobalt blue glassware, should I keep going???

 This actually made me giggle.  Over the last couple of months I have managed to set fire to no less than three of my dishtowels while cooking.  Don't ask, just understand it's how I am...

These are the coolest little things!  I am forever misplacing measuring spoons and I hate how the measuring cups are bulky in the drawer.  Not so with these little cuties...they collapse for space saving...

Hmmm, I'm feeling the need to go cook something (hopefully not setting anything on fire) and play with these terrific kitchen toys/tools.  Thanks Sarajewel!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Blog Swap Day 4/ FO Friday/ Random musings

Can you guess?

 What is going on?

Did my swap buddy send a HUUUUUGE package?
Have I started my own personal cardboard recycling station?

Am I moving?
No, to all of the above...

But, thanks to my dear son, it looks like a recycling center in my kitchen/hearth room.  He is building a cardboard boat for his Physics class and I was lucky enough to be given the task of cardboard procurement.
...and now for the real deal...

Day 4
The bag said to relax...

Okie dokie...sounds like a plan to me.
Oh wow!! Can I say it again, this is kinda creepy?  I have been looking at different teas (plus investigating recipes for lavender ice cream).

Polly, put the kettle on!
This is a new one to me.  Have never used loose leaf tea.  

The verdict, a lovely green tea with slight undertones of lavender.  Definitely a keeper.  I am one of those anti-coffee weirdos.  Love the smell of it, but oooh, icckkk, blecchh...not so much the taste.  My parents were confident that college days would transform me to a coffee drinker, HAH nope.  Give me tea, hot, iced, however, just give me tea!
Thanks Sarajewel for yet another delightful treat that was spot on!

The only things that I can add to FO Friday this week are:

Three pairs of sleep shorts that I failed to take a picture of in the finished state.

and


a flower spa cloth.  

Update from last week's post about nail polish...lemme tell you...this is some fantastic polish!  NO chips, no wearing (even with lots of knitting).  Love the steel gray color, so neutral, but yet so not neutral.  Do yourself a favor and go getcha some!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blog Swap Day 3

Day3


Thanks to Sarajewel, I have some happy happy kitties!   I had barely opened Day 3's package, before they were investigating.
They LOVE these things, and so do I as they are not as gross as when they are chasing the real thing.  

Amos was the first to attack and attempt to save us from the mousy invasion.

Then Norman (left) and Sophie (right) got in on it.  Sophie is usually a bit of a primadonna grumpy butt, although here lately, she has been a true affection/attention slut.  Don't know what is going on with her!  At one point, Norman and Sophie each had a mouse in their mouths and were on the ground facing each other and softly growling.  

 
OH NO! where'd they go?

If I pooch out my mouth I look fierce!

Hey guys! What's going on?

Bella as usual, was late to the party and is confused by all the commotion.  Miss Ashley is too good for such nonsense and stayed hidden under our bed.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

In which I combine three days in one...

It is supposed to be Fall now, but someone forgot to tell the weather.  Are you kidding? 96 degrees near the end of September?  Sadly, with our lack of rain, the leaf colors will not be very interesting this year.  Which in turn, should also decrease the number of "leaf lookers" that get lost and wind up in our driveway trying to find their way back to the main highway.  The combines have been chugging along and harvesting is underway.  My nose can testify to the increased dust and debris in the air...along with the nearly perpetual sinus headache.


Today, I am going to cheat a bit and combine three days into one post.  Blog Swap Day 1, Blog Swap Day 2,  WIPW. 


My stepdaughter runs cross country for her high school.  The girls' team has "families" amongst the teammates.  As a way of encouraging each other and providing support, the girls give their "family members" a small, meaningful (and ideally inexpensive/handmade) gift prior to their meets...really is all about the thought that counts with this plan.  This weekend, they will be traveling for their meet and will have to be spending the night, so it's kind of a big, exciting, deal.  Madi, her Dad, and I had discussed a number of different ideas for this gift, before settling on the idea of making sleep shorts piggybacking on the point that this is an overnight trip.  One slight glitch to the idea is that Madi does not know how to sew....here's where it gets fun.  No, really it does get fun.  Dad is excited about this gift, because baby girl not only has a special handmade gift to give, but she also gets a lesson in a few life skills that perhaps she can continue. 


And here we go...
She picked a lovely light blue with blue and purple polka dotted flannel for the fabric.


After a quick lesson/assist with how to cut out a pattern and a practice run on my serger, she was ready to go.


Did I mention that some silly person came and shrunk the eyes of the needles on both my serger and sewing machine to the point that it was soooooo hard for me to see them to thread?  Wasn't very nice, huh?


After successfully sewing the legs and front/back together, I finished them off by hemming, making the waistband and buttonholes for the ribbon ties.  One pair down, two more to go...


On Ravelry, I belong to the Blog Hub Forum which is hosted by Eskimimi.  A fun activity going on there has been a Blog Swap.  A questionnaire was posted for members that wished to participate.  After completing it, Eskimimi matched up members to do what amounts to a "Secret Santa" gifting to each other.  Seven gifts were to be included in the swap, to prompt seven days of blogging.   My swap partner was Mags.  I was paired with Sarajewel.  



Back to all that in just one moment, please.  Tuesday is normally my day to spend at my LYS, but several of the girls and I like to take "field trips" once in a while.  So, yesterday, we headed off for Madison, Indiana which is on the border of Indiana and Kentucky on the Ohio River.  It is a lovely, quaint little river town.  We descended upon the town, ready for some girl time, retail therapy, walking/exploring, and of course a trip to a "fiber therapy" store.  One slight problem....the only knit store in town is usually closed on Wednesdays, but for some godforsaken reason, they were closed on TUESDAY!!!! aaaacccckkk...no amount of standing and tapping on the glass, peering in through the windows,wishing, or even asking neighboring shop owners if they knew the owner's phone number because she was about to miss out on a potential windfall from the six rabid money/credit card waving women that were seriously considering picking the lock with a knitting needle.   Bah humbug, didn't work.  To soothe our souls, we shared a piece of turtle cheesecake with lunch. 


 There they go strolling down the street as I snap away.  Funny, we all bought basically the same things and were carrying around the same bags.  

When I arrived home, sad from lack of exchange of currency for fiber, there was a box sitting on my doorstep.  Happy, happy, joy, joy!!! Is it? Could it be?  YES...goodies from my buddy!!



So, without further ado, here goes:    Day 1

Heavy and sorta rattly...

 Lovely!  Have the exact perfect spot in mind.  I have been thinking for the last couple of weeks that I need to start planning my Fall bulb planting.  And there are PINKS in the mix.  Beautiful...now I feel like digging in the dirt, but may postponed until it rains and the ground is not like concrete!

and now, since I opened Day 1 last night, Day 2 got opened this morning right after breakfast.  Couldn't stand it...the packages were taunting me...

Now, this one was heavy and had a very pleasant smell.  I know for a fact that Sarajewel makes soap.  Maybe?  Hopefully?  Oh geez that would be fab!

OMG!!! I am one lucky girl.  (btw, I used the Aloe/Tea Tree Oil/Peppermint bar in my shower this morning...HEAVENLY!

Thank you thank you thank you Sars...I am feeling very spoiled and perhaps a little creeped out that you might be psychic and channeling my thoughts.  That is based on what I bought yesterday in Madison...

A handcrafted wooden soap holder at this shop.
And also...
Sorta eerie huh? but waaaayyy cool...

And now for my latest installment to WIPW...

Shhhh, this is one of maaannny flower spa cloths I am making as Christmas gifts for some friends.

In case you live under a rock and don't know this, Indianapolis is going to be the host city for Superbowl 2012.  Part of the initiative amongst the organizers is to have local knitters, craft 8000+ knitted scarves in Colts Blue and White.  As a token of appreciation of each event volunteer, the Indianapolis Host Committee will be giving a scarf to each volunteer.  A post card with a note from the knitter, their name and the city they are from will be given with that scarf.  More info can be found here.  I am making a short row scarf.

The back is done on the Butterfly Pullover and...

I have cast on and started the first sleeve.  

Whew, I'm tired now.  Gonna get this posted, eat some dinner (maybe my darling will take over that task), and Miss Madi and I have a date with fabric and a serger.

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