Jun 10, 2011

Headline News: Table Causes Problems

The other day Shawn and I wandered around one of the local furniture stores debating on which dinning room table. After much hem hawing we finally decided on a table made of mango wood. It's a solid durable wood that is sustainable which is important to us. With proper care this table will last a long time. It's it gets messed up with to many nicks and such as most tables and chairs will with use we can always sand everything down and refinish it. As you can see in the pics below the design is simple with clean lines which means it'll be simple enough to sand down. We went with the bar height since Bree can sit in the chairs without a booster seat. I find this odd that Bree has to sit in a booster with normal height table and chairs but the bar height table and chairs are perfect for her.

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Anyway I digress, we brought home our beautiful table and chairs with the help of a friend and after the kids went to bed Shawn and I spent a little less then two hours assembling them. We're still waiting on the bench which is what the girls will use but they didn't have any in stock. So we stand back and behold our lovely table. The table has a hidden leaf to extend out the size and with the bench and 4 chairs we can now comfortably have 6 adults sitting at our table. We try out the chairs and decide that we love our new table. Fastforward to two days later, I decide that I want to wind some yarn and look at the table only to realize that there isn't much of a lip on the table top and I now have nowhere to clamp my ball winder and swift. How in the world did I not notice that when we were picking out the table? Isn't that suppose to be a requirement for a table when a knitter is looking for a new one? (thumps head on desk a few times) So now I need to figure out where I'm going to wind my yarn but I still love my new table. Maybe it's time for an upgrade to a table top swift?

I finished Bree's toe up socks.

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They are knit with JoAnn's Sensations Soles and More sock yarn, colorway 1813. Not a bad sock yarn to knit with and it's pretty cheap specially if you use those coupons JoAnn's loves to send out in the mail and email. It's like all the other work horse sock yarns out there, ie Opal, Patons Kroy, etc. I only used about half of a 50g skein so there's enough to make another pair for Bree.

I have my yarn for the first project of Camp Loopy.

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I picked up two skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine. The colorways are Berry Pie Mix and Salt & Pepper. I've waffled on the pattern several times now but have finally decided to make In the Land of Oz (ravelry). I think I'm going to wander down to the local hobby shop and check out their bead selection. I'm going to put beads in the lace section of the shawl. I'm going to knit the stockinette part in the salt & pepper colorway and then swap to the Berry Pie Mix for the lace. 

I'm almost ready to start knitting the toes on my Embossed Leaves socks. I won't bother with a picture now. I'll post one when I finish the socks. I'm also just about done with a pair of Sydney socks (ravelry) for Bree. I'm using Unique Sheep Foot Prints sock yarn which is sports weight so I had to knit the smallest size to make sure Bree could wear them. They're currently turned inside out so I can knit the ruffle so no picture until they're done. 

I think that's it for now. Be back later with some more FO posts.

Until next time......Happy Crafting!


Jun 3, 2011

Crying Shame

We finally found out how hard our school was hit after the failed school levy. It's not as bad as some of the others in the district but it's definitely not good. We lost the HIP HOP program for the whole district, which was an after school program that helps K-8 students with math, reading, writing and study skills. We lost our Para in the resource room, all of our library aides, 15% of the building budget (who knows what that will do, guess the kids will have to do without lights and heat for 20 minutes every day to save money), and our intervention specialist (she helps teachers with ideas for dealing with academically and behaviorally challenged kids.

Sadly, most who voted against the levy were doing so because they do not have kids in the school system and are on this no more taxes kick. It's one of the drawbacks to being in a town where there are a lot of empty nesters. Every year the cost of living goes up. Taxes and death are the two constants in this world. Do they really expect that the cost of running a school is going to stay the same? What freakin bubble world do these morons live in? See the levy would have raised property taxes around $15 per year for someone with a home valued at $100,000.....if I remember correctly. I know it was a small amount. $15 per year isn't much when you think about it. Hell one less trip to the casino would make up for that. That's 3 less trips to Starbucks for me. The school district was asking for a little shy of 1 million dollars. When you factor in that the school district is comprised of 15 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools, I'd have to say that 1 million dollars is pretty damn reasonable. So instead of paying a little more each year on property taxes they voted no and now the kids are the ones paying for it. 24 teachers have lost their jobs, classroom sizes are going up, German language classes have been cut from Middle School and the kids are without the ability to recieve tutoring for free. What's next, band and art? Sure as hell won't be sports. It drives me crazy that schools put more priority on sports then actual education. 

Needless to say I'm sick of schools taking the beating from people who don't want to pay taxes. Watching these idiots in town with their picket signs for their tea party braggin about how they won because the levy was defeated and talking about doing away with our government and going back to a simpler Montana. One boob in town actually has a sign is his yard that says impeach Obama. Impeach him for what? That ignorance makes me laugh every time we drive by it. I swear our country's founding fathers have to be rolling in their grave with all the political BS going on right now. Never mind that some of these people who want to do away with our government completely, are now standing in the freebie line with their hands out for help from FEMA and the Red Cross because they had homes and property destroyed from all the flooding we've seen in this state. Oh shoot wait it's the presidents fault that we had heavy snowfall in the mountains this year or that it's been raining like crazy (gonna have to insert the sarcasm here and a few eyerolls since you can't see or hear me). Don't bitch about taxes and the federal government and then stand in the line to get help from said government when you need it. Talk about being hypocritical. 

Anyways, I could rant on and on about this place and the serious problems and lack of progression in this town but that would probably shoot my blood pressure through the roof. Instead I'll just move on to the knitting portion of the post which calms me and keeps me sane. Plus every city has it's problems so it's not as if Great Falls is any different then any other city in the US. Find me a perfect city and I shall flock to it when retirement hits in 1 year, 3 months. If not I'll be bloggin from Boise, ID and happy to be away from the messed up town.

I powered through my moms Rosalind shawl (ravelry)(non ravelry) so that she could take it home with her. 

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The yarn is Dream in Color Baby and the colorway is Blue Sage purchased from TLE. I used 4mm megatamas from Earthfaire. DIC Baby is a really nice yarn but I'm really wishing I would have used a thicker yarn. Baby is more like a light finger weight yarn and the pattern called for fingering weight yarn that is on the heavier side. I'm thinking I should have gone with Smooshy instead. Oh well, I'll just have to make another shawl for mom. Maybe this time I will make one out of worsted weight yarn for those chilly days. 

I finished the dishrag made with Knit Picks Dishie.

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I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn. It has great stitch definition and worked up beautifully with US 7 needles. It's been pressed into service and I'll report back after a few trips through the washer and dryer on how it's holding up. No bleeding in the dish water so that's good. I have a few dishrags using the Peaches and Cream and Sugar and Cream that still to this day bleed and they've been used countless times. 

Bree's socks are making great progress.

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A few more trips into town and I'll have these babies done.  They actually have about two inches more on them since this photo was taken. My parents were here for a visit so the blog post got pushed back until after they left. I need to have Bree pick out a solid yarn for the next pair since they have a lace pattern and a fancy ruffle on them.

I'm joining in on Camp Loopy. It's my kind of camping. :) The yarn has been ordered so now I just need to sit back and patiently wait for the yarn to get here. I order Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in the Berry Pie Mix and Salt & Pepper colorways to knit Whippoorwill (ravelry).

On the gardening news front I planted 4 tomato plants. Two cherry tomatoes, one early girl and one big beef. Even with all the rain and lack of sun they are doing good. The cherry tomatoes each have one tiny green tomato and tons of blooms. The early girl and big beef still haven't shown any tomatoes yet but they are blooming quite well and some of those blooms have closed so I have a feeling I'll soon be seeing more green tomatoes. We're going to have sun for the next two days so I'm hoping that will help.

Happy Crafting!