Apr 18, 2014

Being Busy Is a Great Excuse

Well I'm going with it being a good excuse. That's my story and I'm sticking too it. There are days when I feel like things are never going to slow down here. It seems like it's just one thing after another. I had every intention of blogging more frequently. Believe it or not I really miss it. One of my biggest problems besides being busy was because my computer was buried in an office with a lot of boxes that I just couldn't find the willpower to force myself to clean them out and being back there made me feel guilty because the boxes were still sitting there. It's so much easier to avoid things then to deal with them. The office has been cleaned up and I have a shiny new MacBook Air so I no longer have to sit in the office. The office still has issues with being messy. It's seems to be the catch all for the junk in the house that isn't setting on my kitchen bar.

The girls and I spent almost 2 months down in California with my parents last summer. It felt really good to be home. We took the girls camping in the Sierra National Forest for almost 2 weeks. I learned that Bree is the biggest dirt magnet in the world.

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 I swear the kid found every speck of dirt in the forest. It's definitely a face only a mother can love. She looked like this pretty much the whole time. We'd no sooner clean her up then she'd find more dirt with her cousin and partner in crime.

Both girls caught their first fish and we found out that Kaity is a friggin fish whisperer. The kid caught almost as many fish as her Papa did.

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Between my dad and Kaity we had rainbow trout while camping and managed to take some home too.

The girls also got to see the beach for the first time and boy did they have fun.

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The girls helped their Papa dig a big whole while my mom and I went looking for shells. I can't tell you how great it felt to dig my toes in the sand and feel the water wash over my feet.

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I've really really missed walking on the beach. I spent a good amount of time with my eyes closed listening to the waves crash in on the beach. Crazy me I actually took a recording with my phone to get the ocean wave sounds. It was a great day.

I was able to get a deal on 3 day park hopper tickets to Disneyland through the military base. They had a special going on for military members and their dependants.

Girls with Mickey June 2013

It's expensive but my parents shared the costs with us and we spend 3 days and 2 nights down in Anaheim running around Disneyland.

On our way home we stopped off at my Granny and aunts house to visit for a few days and the girls got to ride on my aunts horse.

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My aunt walked them around on it. You'd swear they won the lottery they were so happy. They had a blast.

The only thing that would have made this past summer better is if Shawn was there with us. We're hoping to make a trip down to Cali and another trip to Disneyland summer 2015.

Since Woolgirl closed her doors I've found myself with more time to knit stuff for myself. Right now I'm working on some requests from my mom.

Fingerless mitts for mom.

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The yarn is Zen Yarn Garden Bling and the color way is Ruby Slippers. I'm using some white beads I picked up from Hobby Lobby.

I started a sweater for myself by I've had to frog it because of the yarn pooling. I'm now rotating through 3 different skeins and things are looking much better. Hopefully my next post I'll have some more progress.

Bree is counting down the days till football season.....132 days till Boise State plays their first game.

BSU Fun Fur Scarf

BSU Fuzzy Fun Fur Bracelet

So to get in the spirt of things I made her a Boise State colored bracelet and scarf. I hate fun fur but she loves them so it was worth the hassle. She's ready for the season to start and has been promised her very first game this year so I have to get tickets ordered for one of the home games. We're probably gonna hit the one in Oct when they play Fresno State. Would love to see them stomp Fresno this year. Plus it's one of the few home games they have that ESPN isn't forcing a late kickoff. 8:30pm kickoff is way too late for the poor kid.

So hopefully I'll be blogging a little more now. We'll see. Till next time.

Happy Crafting!

May 17, 2013

Poor Neglected Blog

I've been neglecting the blog for quite some time now and I haven't really tried to get back into the habit of blogging.

Things have been busy here for all of us. The kids are almost out of school and my mom is coming up next week to help us get our household goods unpacked. We're taking off the beginning of June for a 5-6 week trip down to my parents house in So Cal. Shawn unfortunately has to stay behind and work but at least he loves the new job and the people he works for and with are great.

We're buying my sisters house so at least we won't have to change our mail address again. It's hard to believe that we'll be seeing our stuff in a little over a week....woohoo!!

I have been knitting. I've managed to keep myself busy even with my stash in storage and my spinning wheel in pieces packed in a box.

Knit myself another sweater using Miss Babs Yummy sport weight yarn.

Gnarled Oak Cardi

The pattern is Gnarled Oak Cardi and the color is Vlad's. I found the buttons at JoAnn's. The one here in Boise has a much better selection of buttons then the one in Montana. Of course it's like twice the size of the one in Montana.

I used the left over yarn from my cardi to make a shawl.

Crescent

The pattern is Crescent. It was a quick easy knit and used up the last skein of Miss Babs Yummy sport I had left.

I made a pair of socks for myself.

STR Nancy's Sock

The pattern is Nancy's Sock and the yarn is Socks That Rock medium weight and the colorway is Peridot and Periwinkle.

A pair of socks for Kaity using some yarn I picked up from Michaels.

Miss Ks socks

The yarn is Loops and Thread Luxury sock. It's a merino/cashmere/nylon blend. It's pretty affordable. I've never used it before so we'll see how well it wears for the kids socks.

My Simple Skyp socks.

County Clare Skyp Sock

Knit using Socks That Rock lightweight in the County Clare colorway. I really loved the way they were pooling so I worked and afterthought heel.

I knit a Trousseau shawl using yarn I frogged from a pair of knee highs that weren't coming out the way I wanted them too.

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I think the shawl looks better then the socks were looking anyway. This one may be rehomed to my mom. I'm not a shawl wearer but I do love them.

This isn't everything I've knit but it's a good recap of all the big things. I've also done a handful of test knits for Woolgirl too.

Thanks to my sis I'm now hooked on several new shows, The Glades, Castle, Warehouse 13, and Supernatural. As if I really needed new shows to watch. Since I haven't upgraded to a dvr that can record more then 2 shows at once I have to rely on XBMC on my android Xios keeps me from missing shows. Gotta love what my sis deems lovingly as Hacker TV.

Till next time.

Happy Crafting!

Jan 11, 2013

Here's To A New and Hopefully Better Year

We're well on our way into a new year and things are going well. I have a trip planned for the girls and I to stay at my parents house for a month this summer and if all goes well Shawn and I will be looking to purchase a home when I get back from my trip. I can't wait to get all my things out of storage. :-)

The girls had their very first ever snow day. They were so excited. Great Falls school district refused to call snow days no matter how crappy the weather was.

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This was taken less then an hour after Shawn shoveled and you can barely see where he had shoveled.

I've been knitting a bit. Some of it I can't show right now because they are test knits. I made the girls a lace shawl for their American Girl dolls.

Thistle Doll Shawl

The yarn is a sparkly sock yarn from Red Heart that I found at Fred Meyer. The girls each got a pair of socks for Christmas with this yarn.

My favorite fuzzy, orange foot warmer.

My favorite toe warmer

Meet Mouth my sisters lovely, orange, fat kitty. He is the ultimate lovely kitty.

Mr. Spaz

The little black kitty is Spaz and he has to be the most unique kitty I've ever seen. He's not a lap kitty but he does love curling up under the blankets. His favorite place is on the top bunk which is Kaitys bed.

I finally finished my Love Bug socks.

Love Bug socks

Found some orange and blue sock yarn for my little Boise State Broncos fan.

Lorna's laces sock yarn

Bree is a little diehard Broncos fan. I've never seen a 6 year old girl that will ditch her toys for a football game. I'm going to probably make her some knee socks.

I'll end this post with a pick of my sisters kitty boys curled up in my lap.

Kitties keeping my leg warm

Happy Crafting!!

Dec 10, 2012

Welcome

Welcome to the new blog. I'll be back in a few days with some knitting related posts. My stash is currently in storage here. I can't wait to get my own home so I can have easy access to all my stuff again.  :~)

Aug 17, 2012

Ack Arg Blah Tired of it all

I've started unfriending people on Facebook who have turned their walls and therefore mine into and never ending stream of political garbage. For the most part I believe that politics and religion are no no topics for me. I'm sick of seeing it and most of all I'm sick of watching it end friendships. I have enough stress in my life with out feeling like my "friends" are adding to it. Some of them have gone as far as send private messages with their political garbage. Um I hate to break it to everyone but both parties are lying to you. They don't give a flying rats ass about you and they most definitely don't have this country's best interests in mind. They have their own agenda and I can guaran-damn-tee it's not what they're telling everyone.

I'll be just fine no matter who takes control of the country. It does scare me a little when people want to tromp on my rights and some of these "new" republicans are scary as hell because if they had their way we would lose our freedom of religion, our freedom of choice, and a few other freedoms many soldiers, sailors and airmen have died protecting. I believe everyone has the right to practice/not practice religion, I believe everyone has the right to love, marry, and live anyway they want. My marriage is not threatened by two men or two women who obviously love each other getting married. I think this is the biggest reason why I refuse to go to church. I just can't believe that a God who is suppose to be so lIoving would say that being gay is wrong. I hate to admit it but I have a few people in my family who are so hateful but yet call themselves good Christians. Thankfully I was lucky enough to not grow up anywhere near these bigots and i proud to say that my kids are being raised right and if one of them turns out to be gay I will love them, support them and hope they find someone they can love and spend their life with.

I don't believe that Muslims are dangerous. I think some very bad people have used their religion as jumping point for some very bad things just like other religions have been wrongly used. Religious zealots are a scary lot no matter which religion they use. Um anyone heard of the Westboro baptist nuts? They use Christianity to sling their mud. They aren't causing bodily harm but what they do is dangerous and sick.

I don't find it hilarious to watch the republican party blame the democrats for all of the country's debt. Um sorry but there are a lovely list of republican presidents who helped contribute a sizable chunk to our national debt. Our current president just happens to hold the title for the most debt ever. I'm not saying I agree with him because I don't and I think hes made some really bad mistakes along the way. But I'm also not foolish enough to believe the drivel that Romney is spewing either and his running mate Ryan has some really scary ideas. It's a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't. You cant win either way but a choice of which side do you think is going to screw you a little less.

 



Jun 12, 2012

Another Day, Another Dollar

Well school's out and I wonder where the time has gone. It seems like in was yesterday that I was taking Bree to her first day of school. Now my baby is a first grader. She excelled too. I'm a bit worried that she going to be bored with first grade. Kindergarten here in Montana is a bit more advanced then they are in Idaho. Bree's already reading at a second grade level.


I just found out that Boise doesn't have a ban on having chickens in your backyard. My goal is to have 2-3 hens for egg laying so it's nice to know I'll be able to do that. Here in Great Falls it is strictly prohibited which I think is completely assinine. I can understand banning roosters within city limits and wouldn't want one anyways. You don't need a rooster for the hens to lay eggs and the damn things can be wicked noisy. 


It's been a long time since my last post. I'm trying to get back into a schedule for posting and home to post at least 2-3 times a week. 


I finished my It's A Wrap.


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The yarn is Miss Babs Yowza. This will definitely be nice for winter time. I doubt I'll ever wear it around my shoulders but it's large enough to pull over my head to protect my ears from the cold which will be nice for running from the car to the store. This picture was taken before I blocked it. It got a bit longer after it's bath.


I finished my cousins baby blanket.


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The pattern is a mix of a few different patterns and the yarn is Knit Picks Comfy worsted in the Macaw colorway which I think has been discountinued. She loved the blanket and I do believe it's going to get a lot of use.


I finished my "on the go" socks. 


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They are my basic toe up pattern with a short row heel. The yarn is Opal 6ply and the colorway is 1715. I managed to match up the stripes fairly well. There's enough left to knit a pair for Bree and add a square to my sock yarn blanket. 


Right now my free time has gone to finishing Bree's crochet blanket. 


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I'm cruising right along on this thing. I'm a few rows into the 16th stripe of 25. I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel.


My container garden is doing well this year.


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I have tomatoes on my Better Boy and Roma's. The cherry tomatoes are full of blooms so I'm figuring I should see some tomatoes soon.


My snap peas have produced a few peas so far.


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I didn't realize I could have planted them a good month or two before I did. They love chilly weather and don't do well after it gets to hot so I might not see many off but these two were very yummy and I'm hoping for a few more. There are more blooms on the plant so I might get a yummy little snack out of this plant.


Hopefully Penny.


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She's hoping that cute eyes will allow her into my lap. It's very difficult to crochet on a blanket with a 48 pound springer spaniel in your lap. 


I'll leave you with this picture of Georgie.


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He's trying to decide the best course of action for getting to the rings on my fingers. 



Mar 14, 2012

Knitting, RA, and Other Ouchies

I think I remember posting awhile back that my RA meds weren't working anymore and that it feels like my joints are constantly trying to kill me. There have been quite a few mornings and many more nights where I wished they'd hurry up and finish the job already which led my doctor to give me Humira but my TB test came back positive which means nine months of TB meds and a swap to a new medication because I guess Humira is super dangerous to take while being treated for TB. How I managed to contract TB I have no idea. It's been in the last 11 years since my last TB test was in 2001 and it was negative. It's not like I make a habit of jotting off to third world countries or anything like that. I have almost 3 months of TB treatment done and 6 more to go. I finally got the approval from my insurance for the Enbrel and the foot doc gave me the green light to start. I was waiting on her because of the two toenails that I had removed. I took the first shot yesterday and so far so good. No serious reactions so now it's time to sit back and see if the meds help reduce some of my RA symptoms. This complicates our move a little more since I'll have to find a suitable way to keep the meds cold because they have to stay refridgerated. I did some research on how much this medication costs and from what I've found if you don't have insurance you're looking at $2,000 to $3000 per 30 days for most of the basic biologic meds, Humira, Enbrel, Orencia, etc. Makes me very thankful for the health insurance we have and will continue to receive after Shawn retires but also makes me sick thinking about the people who aren't getting the help they need because they don't have insurance. It's a rather scary thought. I don't know what Shawn and I would do if we didn't have insurance to cover my meds.


Moving day is happening 5 Sept. WooHoo!!! I'm not looking forward to the drive back and all the stuff I have to do to prep for the move but I'm so looking forward to being home again. MyiPod will be loaded with music and I need to find a good bluetooth headset for my iPhone. Budget gave us one hell of a deal for a moving van rental since we're military and they gave use 150 extra miles since we have to drive over a 95 miles to pick up the truck in Helena. A little over $300 for 5 days is an awesome deal and they frickin rock!! U-Hell wanted over double that. We've opted to move essential stuff that we need since we're living with my sister for awhile so most of our stuff will go in storage until we get our own place. Plus there are things I just don't trust the movers to pack and move, ie family photos, computers, my yarn, etc. I'm already in contact with a realistate agent. I've found several houses that I would absolutely love to have but buying isn't an option yet.


I've been working on a few things on the knitting front.


First up is my It's A Wrap shawl.


 


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I'm using Miss Babs Yowza in the Tulipa colorway. Right now there is a knit along over in the Woolgirl group. You don't have to have the kit to participate in the KAL. The pattern is available for sale seperately. We're running the knit along through the month of March.


Second on the list is my Love Bug socks. 


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These are knit using Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! and the colorway is Longhorn Beetle which is a drop dead gorgeous red!


 


Next is my knitting on the go socks.


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Toe up socks knit with Opal 6 ply sock yarn. I think this one is called Lollipop. These are my basic toe up short row heel socks. Nothing fancy but they always fit great.


 


I'm working on a baby blanket for my cousin.


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 This is actually a mish mash of patterns to get the look I want. The basic look and layout is a modified version of the Bedtime Story Afghan (ravelry)(non ravelry). The original pattern called for duplicate stitch to put the animal pictures on the blanket. Since I'd rather cut off my foot then work duplicate stitch I'm using a knit elephant dishcloth pattern (ravelry). I had to cut a couple of knit stitches on each end but all in all I think the elephant looks pretty damn good on this blanket. I'm alternating the elephants with the blanket blocks. I'm actually working on the 3rd row of elephants now. I think I need a total of 6 rows to hit the right size blanket.


I knit these lovely socks for my last TLE Swap partner.


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The pattern is Twinkle Twinkle (ravelry)(non ravelry) and the yarn is Studio June Super Cash Sock. To add a little twinkle to the socks I used 6/0 Toho glass beads.


I finished my fingerless mitts and cowl for the TLE Q1 challenge.


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The yarn is Malabrigo Silky Merino in the London Sky colorway. I asked the fine folks at Malabrigo if they were going to be doing this colorway in their sock yarn base but sadly they are not. I think it's rather gorgeous and would love to make a shawl or socks with it in the sock yarn. The fingerless mitts pattern is Princess Mitts from The Knitters Book of Yarn (ravelry)(non ravelry). The cowl is Diamond Leaf Cowl (ravelry)(non ravelry).


Kaity has a new pair of socks.


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These were knit from some ONline Supersocke that adopted  from someone who hated the way it looked. Kaity liked it so I paid for shipping and gave it a new home.


Bree has a new pair too.


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It's just my basic toe up sock with some ribbing on the foot and cuff for a better fit. It's funny how much she loves her handknit socks.


I'll leave you with a shot of the boys in their new birdy McMansion.



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This thing is super roomy. We went with PetCo's parrot cage. Between the sale, discount coupons, and free shipping it was the best deal over all the other cages around the same size. They have tons of room for toys, perches, etc. I have to very happy birdies now.


Until next time.....Happy Crafting!