Jan 31, 2007
Back to what's making me smiley and happy. I decided to go with the JaggerSpun Zephyr in Emerald for my Civil War Shawl KAL. So I went ahead and bought that and got the pattern on order. Then it was off to Knit Picks I go....Yippy. Don't you just love, love, love Knit Picks. I got a few things, needles, cables and such. Plus I got a pattern and some yummy yarn so that I can start knitting up a B-Day gift. I still have quite a few months to go but want to get started early. I won't talk about the B-Day gift till after the recipient has gotten it. Then I'll definitely post some pics.
Finally it was off to shop at The Loopy Ewe. I love that shop and all it's yummy sock yarn goodness. I snagged some mini Soak sample packs, Schaefer Ann in a georgous green and blue colorway (I believe is called Blue Spruce), Cherry Tree Hill supersock in Tropical Storm colorway for my Martha socks, the Parallel sock pattern by Wildhorse Farm and the Loop Ewe Stitchmarker set...they were so cute I couldn't pass them up. My order from Sheri was my reward for having to shave Shadow.
Now I must be good with my yarn orders till after our vacation in March. Well except for the LYS hopping during vacation time. : ) There is one shop I will definitely go to and one more that I'm going to try to hit.
Even though this is my last order for now, I can look forward to the $25 gift certificate I'll be able to order after the 22nd of Feb. I've got enough points from MyPoints.com to get another gift card. I knew I was reading those emails and visiting websites for a reason.....lol. Not to bad for a few minutes of time out of my day. I think it took me about 6 months to get enough for the certificate. Definitely not a major money maker but it helps me pay for my knitting books. : ) I think I'll get it to use at Overstock.com. This one will be buying the new More Sensational Knitted Socks and maybe a book or two more. There are so many books that I want....just look at my Amazon.com wish list.....lol. I'm going to stretch that $25 as far as I can go and I'm sure I'll end up kicking in a few dollars....lol.
Jan 30, 2007
This afternoon I swapped my knitting time for dog shaving time. My cocker spaniel, Shadow, was in serious need of a grooming. My fault completely, I've been a bad mommy. Due to lack of time the poor girl ended up with a bunch of knots in her fur and the hair on the top of her head was so long she couldn't see where she was going. : )
Now me being allergic to pet dander and all, wanted to take my loving fur baby to our groomer to get her done up. When I groom the dogs it plugs my nose up almost all the way and gives me a vicious headache. So you could probably understand why I would want to take Shadow to the groomer.
Now a normal trip to the groomer would cost about $50 or so but with all the knots and long fur it probably would have upped the price considerably. So Shawn in his infinite wisdom and frugality decided that we (please interpret the we as I) would shave Shadow here at the house. So being the helpful spouse that he is he ran to the store to get me another pair of clippers (YIPPY)!!!.....my first set is getting dull and I need to get new blades.
Between 2 sets of clippers and 6 hours of time I was able to get Shadow shaved, yes she was that bad and no it ain't pretty so I will skip the pics. Needless to say, from here on out Shadow will be going to a groomer and Trish will not be shaving dogs anymore. : )
5 hours later I'm starting to finally be able to breathe out my nose. I still want that Capt Morgans and Coke but since I'm nursing Bree still the rum and coke will have to wait *sigh*.
Jan 29, 2007
On the knitting front, I've got about 2 inches done on the cuff of my sisters second sock. only 4 more to go before the heel. I'm itching to cast on something else but am holding back so that I can get these socks done. Plus I'm going to be ordering some yarn (CTH and Schaefer Anne) and a new pattern from Sheri so I'm going to wait to get that so I can cast on with one of those yarns. Unfortunately this will be the last of my internet ordering for now. I may pick up some yarn while in Oregon on vacation.
I believe that Shawn thinks I need more yarn like I need a whole in the head so I think I will refrain from buying more for now....lol. Of course he doesn't stop me from buying but he does roll his eyes so I can imagine what is going through his mind....lol. I need to find that man a hobby. ***Trish sits in her computer chair pondering about getting her hubby hooked on knitting*** Yeah right, like that's ever going to happen....lol. Although our budget probably couldn't handle another knitter right now anyways. : )
Jan 27, 2007
This sock had better fit my sister. I tried it on and it's to tight and short for me so it should fit her just fine. Her foot is about 1/2 a size smaller then me plus her foot is skinnier. My sizing has been right on the money with all of Kaity's socks so I think it's good to go. Of course she isn't here right now so it will have to wait till she gets back.
My Aunt is wanting to learn how to make socks and is waiting for me to come over in March so that I can help her through the sock making process. My guess is that she's seen a pair of Kaity's hand knit socks. The kid wears the hell out of them so I would not be surprise if she packed at least on pair....lol. I'm going yarn store hopping when I get over there so I'll be able to help her get some yarn and needles. I think I'm going to have her make her first sock with worsted weight or at least sports weight yarn so she can get a handle on using the needles. This should be a FUN challenge since we are talking about someone that hasn't wanted to move past the knit stitch....lol. This should be fun teaching her to SSK and K2tog....Lol. Wish me luck and lots of patience. : )
I'm off to go get my stinky little monkey in the bath and then hopefully to bed on time.
It took me a little while to come up with these and even these are stretching for being weird. I ended up saving this post as a draft more then once. I had a hard time coming up with weird things about me.....probably because Shawn isn't here right now to point out my weirdness.
Six Weird Things About Me
THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.
I'm giving everyone the option to answer or not. I'm not tagging anyone. Once again I have to be the Odd Ball....lol.
Jan 26, 2007
I must have some bad JuJu going on right now. This is my weekend that is going to be Shawn and Kaity free and what happens....I end up with a nasty head cold. Go figure! Of course that isn't going to stop me from enjoying this weekend. Chances are I'm going to sit around the house and enjoy the quiet, well at least the quiet when Bree is napping. : )
Jan 25, 2007
Super Knit Sunday, Feb. 4, 5 pm - 11 pm ET
DIY is holding a Knit-In on Super Bowl Sunday. They are asking Knitters & Crocheters to make 7"x 9" squares to send to Warm Up America. DIY has more info out on there site. You can read more about it here. Just wanted to spread the word to all those who are interested.
Jan 24, 2007
I've finally decided to go with Zephyr laceweight for my shawl. I'll be ordering that next week. I've been hem hawing over it for the past few days. I think I'm going to go with Emerald. If I don't go with Emerald then I'm going to go with one of the dark reds.
I get the house almost to myself this weekend....Bree is the only one who'll be here. Shawn and Kaity are taking our cat Mr. Puff back to my Aunt. He's a killer on our allergies so my Aunt is taking him back. It's going to be so quiet here.
Jan 23, 2007
Here he is folks....Old Meow in all his glory. Don't you love his snazzy clothes?. They came from various mini babies that have been bought for Kaity. She striped the babies and gave the clothes to Old Meow. I had to make him a scarf to keep him warm. I'm waiting for her to ask me to make him a sweater...lol.
This cat is Kaity's most favorite thing on the face of the planet. The poor cat has patches of fur missing almost like he has mange, his eyes are scratch like he has glaucoma, and his whiskers were rubbed off years ago. This rates up there with her first blankie she had before my mom sewed a new one for her. I've got it put up but that blankie has more holes in it the swiss cheese...lol. I wonder if this is what Ty had in mind when they came out with this Beanie Baby....lol.
Jan 22, 2007
My mom bought me Jan Eaton's "200 Ripple Stitches" book for me. I sat down one day with a big skein of Red Heart Classic yarn in a bright yellow and started trying out the stitches. I gave all the swatches to Kaity. There was one that was longer then the others so I folded it over and made a sleeping bag out of it and gave it to Kaity for Old Meow. Old Meow will not sleep without his sleeping bag and scarf I made him. I'll have to get a pic of the cat and his bag. It's priceless. I'm sure that after seeing this bag for the new cat, Old Meow is going to be jealous and want a new bag....lol. Just wait I'll be spending another evening knitting another bag with scrap yarns.
Anyway back to present time, Kaity told Shawn to tell me that her new Kitty (can't remember its name right at the moment) needs her own sleeping bag because Old Meow refuses to share and she doesn't want her new Kitty to get cold. Thus the pictures I'm now showing you. I'm not the one who picked out the yarn.....that one can be blamed on a 5 year old.....lol. So this is what my few hours of knitting was spent on tonight and why I'm going to bed so late. I know it will be loved so it makes it worth it.
The other day I joined in on the Civil War KAL. I saw the design and fell in love with it. Of course now I can't decide if I'm going to use lace weight or fingering weight yarn. I was starting to chicken out on the lace weight yarn since it is so skinny but now I'm thinking about going with it. I've got until payday to make up my mind...lol. I'll probably go with lace weight, time to get brave and jump right in. If I go with lace weight yarn then I'm going with Sue's suggestion and getting JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk Yarn.
Of course this also means another shopping trip through the Knit Picks website for some longer cables.....of course that means I'll have to buy something else....lol. I think I'll lay off the sock yarn for now. I may pick up some worsted weight yarn to try my hand at a skirt for Kaity I found in March's Creative Knitting magazine. I can get some of the Swish Superwash.
Jan 20, 2007
Plus I'm waiting on Fedex to bring the new parts to Kaity's dresser mirror. We got Kaity a new 6 drawer big girl dresser for her room and it has a big mirror that mounts to the back of the dresser. The mirror mounts were flawed so they are sending us new ones.
I'm figuring I'll see my Knit Picks order, Opal yarn, and stitch markers sometime next week. I'll still have my yarn for Kaity's sweater and the order of needles from the new place. Man I didn't realize I still had so much stuff out there. I knew the stitch markers were going to take an extra day or so before they shipped because the seller is going to custom make them so they will fit on all my needles up to US 10.5. I already have some pretty green ones for sock making....needed some for my bigger needles. I have some of the boyle plastic ones but I wanted some pretties...lol.
Well I'm off to try and get my little monkey in bed....hopefully.....so I can knit.
Jan 19, 2007
I'm off to go give my little monkeys a bath.
I started to search when after a week I hadn't heard anything back on some needles I ordered and the business never replied back to the 3 different emails that I sent them. I found 2 different phone numbers for the company and when I called them, Surprise, neither number was for Needles!
Thankfully I was never charge for the order. I sent an email to the company stating that I was canceling my order and then to be on the safe side my bank recommended that I cancel my debit card and have a new one reissued. So now I'm out a debit card for the next 7-10 business days. What a pain in the butt end!!!
I've ordered my new DPN's from Full Thread Ahead where they may have cost me $1 more per set but at least I know they will ship out my order on time.
Jan 18, 2007
Bree went to bed late so I didn't get much knitting done. I decided to cast on for another fun fur hat. They're simple mindless knitting so I can do that through the day when Bree is awake and Kaity is at home. I'll save my sock knitting and Peanuts blanket to work on at night when both my girls are in bed. That way I don't lose count and have to tink or even worse frog. Ah, ya gotta love knitting speak.
My yarn stash is slowly taking over a corner of the living room. There is yarn in zip up bags, ziplock bags, grocery bags, priority mail bags....you name it they're all over the place.....not to mention the yarn in the plastic tubs. Here in the next few days I'm going to be doing some major organizing. Kaity has a play kitchen that is beat up and falling apart, plus she doesn't play with it anymore so out it goes and in comes the 3 big drawer storage thing that use to have all my quilting stuff in it. Yes I like to make quilts too but don't have the room or time to set up my sewing machine to sew right now, so I sold off my fabrics on eBay. Some day I'll have a room of my own for my crafts. I'm a woman of many talents. :-)
And here I am adding to my stash and planning on adding more.....Ok I can see a habit forming here...lol. I've been looking for worsted weight yarn to make Bree some summer dresses. I know it's winter but I've got to start planning now. There are three different dresses I'm looking at. I'm leaning more toward the one called Emma's Sundress and the Knitting Pure & Simple Toddler Jumper/Sundress (see my side bar for projects in waiting). The Knitting Pure and Simple uses about 205 yards of yarn and I was thinking about splurging on one or two dresses and getting some Lorna's Lace Shepherd Worsted....maybe I'll get lucky and catch a sale somewhere. I just love that yarn.....I think it would make a soft dress. I think for the rest I will probably fall back on Plymouth Encore in both solids and prints.
Well I'm off to go dream of yarn frolicking around in a meadow with butterflies and flowers waiting for me to take it home and knit it up into something beautiful. I know, I know I just can't be a normal woman and dream of Russell Crow or George Clooney.....lol.
Jan 17, 2007
Now on to this pic. Does this look like a baby who is enjoying her dinner? I think not....lol. We tried Peas today and they did not go over at all. She liked the Carrots and Sweat Potatoes but she is just not liking the Peas right now. We'll set those aside for another day and move on to something else. Squash or Green Beans....which will she like? lol!!!!
Well I'm off to get Bree down for a nap and do my walking.
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Jan 16, 2007
Here's my pics and I'm off to go catch as much sleep as I can. : )
At least I'm not seeing little green men today....lol.
I just noticed I have about 74 days left to get my 100 miles done. Well actually I have 66 to go because I'm going to visit family during my daughters spring break. So now I need to try to figure out how to get 94 miles done in 66 days. I know I can do it if I can get Bree back on a normal schedule. I was getting in about 3 miles every day, until she started giving me trouble. I want to make this goal and my reward for making it before I leave will be a trip to the LYS's in Bend, OR...Yipee!!! So you can see why I want to make it. Plus it helps me hit my ultimate goal of losing 50 pounds. So far I've lost 1.5 pounds....guess it really does help to cut a good chunk of sugar out of your diet.
If Bree goes to bed at a decent time tonight I may get to do a little knitting. I want to get the socks done. I'm seriously thinking about frogging the scarfs I was working on for Shawn and I. I'm going to have fun fur hats to knit up as soon as I get the fun fur and I want to get started on a sweater for Kaity. I'm going to be starting a baby blanket for Baby Peanut, plus I have my socks to work on and my dishcloth KAL....this time around we are using cables on the cloth....that should be interesting.
Jan 15, 2007
I thought I had it made tonight with Bree. I had her in bed at like 8 pm. I figured I'd check my email, say goodnight to Kaity and Shawn and head off to La La Land to count hanks of yarn frolicking in a meadow. Well I didn't even get a chance to close my eyes...darn I so wanted to count all those beautiful hanks...lol. I was all but in bed when a screaming I did here come from Bree's room. So I go get her and I'm thinking to myself "Great she's now had about an hours worth of sleep" which translates to crap Bree's going to be up for at least 4 hours or so. 4 hours it was, I finally got her in bed around 1 am, crawled into bed less then 5 minutes later. I was just dozing off when I heard fussing coming through loud and clear on the monitor at about 1:20 am. It's now 3 am and she's still wide awake and I've all but given up on the hopes of sleeping. Meanwhile the rest of the household is sleeping soundly...I'll have to envy their sleep.
I didn't get much done with knitting yesterday, Bree was pretty fussy and I was just way to tired to get much done. I managed to accomplish a few gusset decreases on my sisters sock but I'm going to double check that after I've had some sleep....need to make sure I didn't forget a decrease along the way. Looks like today is going to be another non knitting day. The good news is that all my orders have shipped, except for one....well I'm waiting on a reply from the store to see if it's shipped. That's will perk me up to see all my lovely orders come in....almost like Christmas.
Well I'm off to go have my coffee and find something to eat. Might as well have my creature comforts if I'm going to have to be awake. : ) Please excuse any sentence that don't make sense....lack of sleep is making me crazy.....plus the little green men are still running around my living room.
Jan 14, 2007
WooHoo. They are starting to look like a sock...lol. I've never continued the pattern down the foot of a sock so this is a new experience for me. So far it's going great. The problems that I had with the sock in the beginning don't seem to be repeating, thank goodness!!!! If all goes well by this time next week I will have the second sock on the needles.
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Jan 13, 2007
Wow....that was a lot of site hopping....man am I tired. I do believe that Shawn is going to ban me from Internet ordering when he see this stuff come in....lol. He's going to take my debit card away. Maybe it's a good thing we don't have a credit card. I could get into soooooo much trouble yarn shopping.
I think I've jabbered enough for now, so without further ado I give you pics of all my glorious projects. : )
I've got 1 charity hat done and 1 that is almost done. I haven't had a chance to get anymore done one Kaity and my sisters socks. I was hoping to work on my sisters sock tonight but I'm not sure if I can since Bree still isn't in bed and it's after 11 pm. I post updated pics when I get them.
Jan 11, 2007
Kate is running this charity for Children's Hospital Boston, which treats children from all over the world. I figured what the hay I'll go for it. They'll be fun to make. I snagged some Lionbrand Fun Fur from JoAnn's for $2.79 a skein and I'll probably find more at Wal-Mart in the markdown area. Makes me wish I would have snagged some of this stuff from time to time when I seen it on sale or marked down. I just never figured I'd use it. That's what I get for thinking....lol. "Note to Self: No More Thinking" Our Wally World seems to always have stuff like that marked down. I always stop by to see what they have. The hats are due to Kate by I believe the 27 of Feb. If anyone has fun fur that they don't want you can send it to me and I'll knit them up into caps or you can got to Kate's blog and sign up to knit some too.
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Now I do laundry every 4 days or so....can't go much longer then that or the baskets are overflowing. Bree's laundry is done separately and I normally have a full load every other day or so. Anyone who has kids knows how much dirty laundry one baby can produce....glad I didn't have twins. : )
Anyways back to the matter at hand. There are some days when the laundry doesn't get put up on said laundry day and it takes a few days to get put away. This seems to be happening a lot here lately since Bree seems to be iffy iffy on taking her naps....hard to get laundry folded when holding a squirming, drooling baby. By the time I get it all folded, hung, and put neatly in their rightful places it's almost time to do laundry again. It feels like the laundry is never ending.
Now I don't mind doing laundry, which is much better then say cleaning the bathrooms. Of course bathroom cleaning is normally Shawn's job. There's very little work involved in putting the cloths in the washer and dryer. Throw them in go sit down, watch a little tube and knit away. What I don't like is folding, hanging, and putting it all away. It seems like it takes forever, plus it cuts into precious knitting time. Laundry is kinda like grocery shopping. I have no problems grocery shopping, it's lugging all the stuff into the house and putting it away. This of course is even worse after our monthly trip to Costco...lol.
Jan 10, 2007
Jan 9, 2007
This has absolutely no knitting content to it at all but I'm beginning to see a pattern forming with my 6 month old. That Cutie Pie smile is what I see every morning when I go in to get Bree. My little midge is definitely a morning baby. Now I coming to the conclusion that she's becoming a clothing escape artist. These pictures were taken on separate days, hence the different sheet patterns...lol. I'm not exactly sure how she managed to wiggle her arm out of her PJ's but she did. It's one of those mystery things that babies due. Kaity did it all the time. The leg making it out was do to a bad zipper in the PJ's. I'm going to have to replace those PJ's before she falls out of them completely...lol. She's found her feet the other day and every chance she gets now she is constantly shoving her toes into her mouth. Ah, the joys of being a baby.
One of these days I'll learn how to do Magic Loop so that I can do both socks at once. My LYS is trying to convert me from DPN's to 2 Circs or Magic Loop. I might try it one of these days but I'm one of those who seems to love her DPN's.
The pics above are (left): Dishcloth KAL....I do not block dishcloths. They are going to get used to wash dishes so I don't bother to block them....lol. (Right): The first sock of my sisters socks, which was the bane of my existence when I first started knitting it. It's already had flying lessons. The yarn is Online Highland Color #843 from the Linie 3 collection. I'm using a 4 stitch Waffle Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks and US 1 size DPN's....they are one of the sets that Sue sent me....thanks Sue, these needles are so nice and smooth, the yarn is sliding on them nicely. The yarn kinda hides the pattern but it shows up better in person. It's hard to capture all the details with a camera. I showed them to my sis and she's really liking them so the frogging 3 times was definitely worth it....lol.
Hopefully I can get Kaity's socks going now. Her socks are currently me new frustration. Me and gauge just can't seem to get along with these socks....lol. I'm going to attempt to get my gauge tonight. I can't sleep so who knows how long I may be up....might as well make good use of the time. So maybe I'll have an update on her socks. I'm using Lorna's Lace Shepard's Sport. I love the feel of it. If LL Sport feels this nice I can imagine what the LL Sock will be like. I can't wait to get some now....lol.
Jan 8, 2007
I gave up on the SocknittersSAM KAL for Jan/Feb. I just wasn't liking the way it was knitting up and I really don't feel like hunting up some DK weight sock yarn to get it to work out right. I've got plenty of other things to do anyways.
I got my sisters socks started. I've got about 3.5 inches done. I've got about 3-3.5 inches to go before I start the heel flap. So far I'm liking it but I didn't like it during the 3 times I had to frog the stupid thing. The final frogging was due to dropping a stitch and not noticing until several rows later...couldn't get the stupid stitch pick up without it looking like crap. I was so aggravated that I threw the sock to the other side of the room cussing at it the whole time...as if the sock is going to magically fix itself. 5 minutes and a few pieces of chocolate later I picked the sock up and started it all over again....It's looking good now....lol.
I also finished my Monthly Dishcloth KAL and I started another pair of socks for Kaity....Damn I really have been busy....lol. I'll post pics later tonight or some time tomorrow. Haven't taken any pics....been too busy knitting.
Jan 4, 2007
Now that George has been retired and my project list has been started I can now go to bed and sleep restfully for a few hours. Sadly my days of sleeping in have come to an end because Shawn had to go back to work.
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The problem is that you have to pickup and knit the stitches all onto one needle so you have the right side of the booties stitches, then the heel stitches, and then the left side stitches. The only prob I had was picking up the left side stitches with the right side stitches and the instep already on the needle....you kinda have to manipulate the yarn a little bit to get it to work. After the stitches were picked up it was smooth sailing. It's a damn cute baby bootie but I think I will stick to using my 5 little ancient torture sticks and sock making...lol! My mom can make the baby booties for little peanut and I'll make the little socks.
On a brighter note I did find a website that is selling Brittany Birch 5" needles for like $5.85. Needless to say I will be ordering a few sets of 1's and 2's this payday so that I can have more then one sock project going. If I can find the time to even cast on. Here's hoping that Bree decides to take her nap tomorrow. The poor baby was soooooo tired I had a hard time getting her to bed tonight. She didn't doze off till about 11pm. She spent a good 45 minutes alternating between sleeping and fussing...poor baby.
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Jan 3, 2007
Kaity didn't want to sleep because she said she didn't feel good and Bree finally went to sleep around 9pm but for some reason woke back up again....go figure. Kaity finally fell asleep around 11pm and Bree went down again around 12:20am. Here's to little ones staying in bed. Time for me to go find my bed and cop a few Z's.
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All appears as if it has returned to normal in my household. Shawn went back to work, Kaity will be heading to school soon and Bree seems to be in a happy mood. She had her nasty day yesterday so we should be good to go now for a few days before its drama time again....lol. Hopefully next time I won't have a splitting headache when it happens.
If all goes well my little punkin' will lay down for a nap soon and I will be in knitting heaven. I still haven't made up my mind on the socks I'm working on. I haven't decided if I want to ditch them so they just sit off to the side till I decide what to do. I think I may cast on my sisters socks and get them working up. I need to call her and find out how long she wants the cuff on the sock to be.
Jan 2, 2007
I did get a little knitting done on my SocknittersSAM KAL. I'm not really sure if I like how it's working out or not. I'll figure that one out tomorrow when my head doesn't hurt and my body doesn't ache. If all else fails I will dig through my yarn for something else. If I can't find anything then I'll sit this one out and work on one of my other KALs. Not as if I don't have enough to keep me busy. : )
Jan 1, 2007
Well time to start one of my KALs, my sis socks or some other project that may be calling to me.