Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The first step is...

admitting you might have a problem:
Pretty sure I could spin that.

Honestly, not sure which is the bigger issue, the fact that I was so easily distracted while doing some shopping, or the fact that I actually stood there contemplating spinning this fiber and even bothered to take a picture of it.

Could be worse, I could be saving all the dryer lint, cat hair and dog hair...


Monday, June 18, 2012

Horsefeathers

Color me shocked.

Yesterday while using one of those old fashioned word finder thingys (aka a d.i.c.t.i.o.n.a.r.y) the pages flipped open to a word that up until now I was certain was a made up word.
A word that was heard being uttered by my Mother when I was growing up.  

Truth be told, I have said it and so has my sister.

Who knew?

Horsefeathers.
What does it mean?

horsefeathers |ˈhôrsˌfeðərz|
exclamation
used to express disagreement, disbelief, or frustration.

The level of my disbelief horsefeathers that it is actually a word is staggering. (As is this gross misuse of the word contextually)


Sunday, June 17, 2012

39 and 84 months

Saturday was my birthday.  Can you guess my age?  It was truly a wonderful day.  Lots of wishes from friends and family.  My darling suggested a trip into town this morning to check out the Farmer's Market.  What a great way to start the day!

Several months ago, Wes spotted and was able to get a pair of vintage (early 1970's) Schwinn bicycles that were in darn near perfect condition.   They are so much fun and the original streamers on the handlebars sure do help you go faster and ramp up the cool factor!  We loaded them into the truck and headed off to a parking lot at the edge of town, unloaded them, hopped onto the People Trail and headed in to town.

Once at the Farmer's Market, we parked and set off to do some browsing and people watching.

The heat was stifling, making a Lemonade Shake Up all the more refreshing.
After a quick trip by the Bicycle Station for some parts, we took off for Zaharako's where "Son 4.0" treated me to a birthday chocolate soda.  Sorry, there wasn't much left to show...chocolate sodas and chocolate malts two of my all time equally tied favorites.
The rest of the day and evening was just as pleasant.  I am one lucky and blessed girl!

Friday, June 8, 2012

My hat's off to you!

Early June.

Mild weather.

Stifling heat coming.

Perfect time to knit winter hats!

I often think that, as knitters, we should probably be knitting a season ahead anyway.  While it is not difficult to get most projects done with plenty of season left to enjoy them, it seems to me that it would be more enjoyable to have the scrumptious sweaters, hats, and scarves all ready and at the waiting at the BEGINNING of the season.  DO NOT interpret that statement as any sort of proof positive that I have managed to ever accomplish that task.  Sounds good in theory, but seldom happens.  Sort of like being done with your Christmas shopping/creating by the first of July.  (if that is you, then please feel free to contact me so you can knock out my list also!)

All that aside, the Dustland Hat is finished...and super-de-duper cute!  Totally justified "Barney" reference since said hat was made for my oldest son that was little when the big purple dinosaur exploded on the toddler scene.  Sing it with me:
 
Annoying as it is now, Barney and Friends was a life saver when same 2 year old had the chicken pox and could only be consoled by hours and hours of rocking in the chair with Mama while watching the dino.   He definitely learned about sharing because he "shared" his chicken pox with me!  Chicken pox and first trimester pregnancy with twins is not a good combo!

So, here is the purty hat.  Yarn used:  Cascade Eco Duo in colorway 1710 (which is really a misnomer as it is UNDYED baby alpaca and merino wool).  Needles:  US 6 and 7.  Pattern:  Dustland Hat from Westknits Book 3...Stephen West...you ROCK!  I did not put the button on it.
Here ya go Alex Alliebobander!  A "Mother Present" cuz I love you.  (Oh no, another reference from one of the boys' favorite childhood movies...)
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Is it Fummer or is it Sall?

Crazy weather, huh?  Two weeks ago it was hotter than the face of the sun and now for the last several days it has completely flip flopped.  It has been so chilly at night that long sleeved/long pant pj's and socks have been in order for the sleeping porch.  We even had to break down and grab an extra blanket one night.  It is like a mixed up combo of Summer and Fall.

Several months ago I slipped and fell in love with (along with seemingly the rest of the knitting world!) Stephen West patterns.  The Dustland Hat caught my eye.  It is the style that I was certain my oldest son would love.  After a few e-mails confirming that he liked it, the pattern went into my favorites file and into my mental queue for early autumn knitting.  Enter the current crazy weather and the need for slowing down and crafting something for a loved one to help me regain my center after the recent craziness.

For some time now, I have been fondling the skeins of Eco Duo at my lys.  Straight up honest truth people...if you have NOT been found fondling said fiber you absolutely must get your fingers on this stuff.  I am a sucker for baby alpaca and merino separately, but lemme tell you the combination is better than, well, even chocolate!

Naturally, the first week of June is the most logical time to cast on a baby alpaca/merino wool hat.  Tuesday, I cast on while knitting with my peeps.  The pattern is super fast thanks to a well written pattern.  As of this afternoon, I am halfway done with the third section and that was with just an hour and a half Tuesday afternoon plus drive time to and from work today.  At this rate, it will be done and ready to be blocked by Thursday evening.

The pattern from Westknits Book Three, by Stephen West is great!  There are at least 3 other patterns that are calling to me.  Son number 2 had a look-see when I was showing him what I was making and he has picked out/requested another hat from the book.





Yum...fabulous fiber + awesome pattern = perfect project!


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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The month that would not end...

or so it seemed. 

I feel as if I should break out in a rendition of "I Will Survive" but change the words a bit to reflect the fact that the month of May 2012 did not kill me.  But, boy howdy, did it ever give it the old college try.    I have missed posting, but to be honest, there was precious little time this last month to do anything more than what was required to get through.  The quick summary of "that which will not kill me will make me stronger" went something like this:

Time crunch deadlines to finish and publish then finalize all necessary paperwork for transitioning off of a service organization Board position as Secretary and Project Co-Chair / c.r.a.z.y. high volume-quick turn jobs at the shop / Prom / finishing up some house tweaks for soon to arrive houseguests / trip to Arkansas for one son's graduation / back home and more crazy work stuff / family arrival for second son's graduations from his schools / putting attending Carb Day at the Indy 500 on my bucket list so that it could be marked off (and of course it would be ridiculously hot that day!) / cooking / rolling hot flashes / more cooking / rabid insomnia (that is the only way to describe the insomnia that results in someone cleaning their oven at 1 in the morning and then on another night filling cupcakes with Nutella at 2 in the morning!) / more insomnia / more rolling hot flashes / and finally ending on June 2 with a day at the Hoosier Hills Fiber Arts Festival. 

Here are a few pics (minus the middle of the night antics of insomnia driven domesticity):




















All right June, whatcha got???



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