Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Is still knit, I promise.

And I have pics to prove it. So, let's dive right in. Here are my Yukon Leaves socks:

You can see the pattern a little on these. This pair also kills 2 birds with 1 stone. There are my Socktober fest socks, and the socks for my October credit for the SAM2 KAL. And I love this colorway. It's Lana Grossa Meilenweit Fun #138.

Next up we have the fingerless gloves I made for my dad:

I made these with Knitpicks Essentials in grass. They are really soft and warm.

And I caved, I made my first dish cloth. I used the same Yukon Leaves pattern and converted it the dishcloth.

I know the pic is lousy. I had to use the flash, and the kitchen counter is white.

And just for Halloween, here are the pumpkins we carved last night:

This one is Annie's. I cut it open for her, she gutted it, told me what she wanted on it, and I carved it for her.

This one is Katie's. It's a little blurry. I cut it open and she finished it herself.

And here is mine. I went traditional with it. We love to carve pumpkins. There is nothing better that getting messy gutting them.

I'm going to cut it short, as I'm watching Most Haunted Live for Halloween.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 20, 2006


Blogger ate my template, again. This time without any help from me. So, if you notice that things have moved, or there are new things, or things are missing. That's why. So far, I have spent the past half an hour fixing things, and I'm not done. So, I am going to sit here, watch Most Haunted on the Travel channel, and keep fixing it (sigh).

On a good note, Amy and I have planned a trip to the Circleville Pumpkin show. We only have my kids this weekend, and we haven't told the what we are doing yet. My kids and I have never been, so this should be fun. I know! I have lived my whole life in central Ohio and have never been to the Pumpkin show. So, I'll have pics, you can count on it.


ETA: There. Back to, somewhat, normal. Although I have lost several of blog ring codes. If anyone knows how to get them back, please help!!!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

This week's progress

Well, I have finally finished my Harvest Sock Swap pal's sock. But I won't be posting any pics, as I like to keep it a surprise. I just have a terrible time keeping myself from casting on for the second sock. Plus I really like the yarn and pattern I picked out, so that makes it doubly hard for me. I had better hurry up and finish my shopping, or my pal may get a complete pair of socks, and won't get to knit the second one.

In other knitting, I have casted on for my dad's fingerless gloves. I casted on Monday, and I only have the thumb to finish on the first one. I have also casted on for a pair of sock in the Yukon Leaves pattern for my self in the Lana Grossa Meilenweit Fun, in colorway # 138. I love this color way. It reminds me of hiking in the hills of southern Ohio and looking out over the canopy of changing leaves. As soon as I make real progress on it, I'll post a pic.

For the last week, Annie has been very sick. She has run fevers, had a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and been pukey! Yuck! When I got to mom's yesterday to pick up the girls, mom told me that I had to wash her coat and sweater, as she puked during recess and didn't tell the teacher, she just brushed herself off and zipped her jacket up over it. Gross! When I asked her about it, she said,"But mommy, I didn't tell the teacher because I didn't want to come home, I wasn't done with recess. Besides, that's what happened to the first kid who puked, he had to go home." Well, it apparently wasn't alot, or very nasty, as there was no stain or smell. And the sweater and coat got thrown in the washer promptly. Then, she sat on the floor next to my bed all evening, coloring as I knitted. At 8 o'clock, she packed up the coloring books and crayons and climbed up on the bed with me. Now, she is a chatterbox, let me tell you. I swear she is powered by Energizer most of the time, and she gets worse as she gets sleepy, to keep from going to sleep. However, it was time for America's Next Top Model. So, as my fingers flew furiously on dad's glove, I tried to concentrate on hearing the tv over her. Finally, I gently shushed her so I could hear. This must have done the trick, because she got really still, which means she went to sleep. Here is what I saw when I got up for a potty trip during a commercial:

There she is, fast asleep with her trusty side-kick, Candie, the Build-a-bear dog. Don't worry, I did change her out of her jeans and into her penguin pj's. She slept there peacfully until about 10 o'clock when she started coughing really bad. Then we had a repeat of the recess incident. Poor baby. But, since she is on a funky school schedule, and they have not school on Friday, she doesn't have to go back until Monday.

About a week and a half ago, one of my managers loaned me the first season of Lost, stating that I have to watch it because she knows that I'll just love it. I still haven't gotten near a dvd player with it, I have to crack down and watch it so I can give it back to her. Maybe that's what I'll watch tonight as I knit.


Sunday, October 15, 2006

Picture Sunday

This has been a very busy week. The washer broke down, and cost a lot to repair. And work was a little on the stressful side. So, I have been knitting to relieve the stress. I have gotten past the 3 repeat on my CPH, but have set it aside so I can get my Harvest Sock Swap pal's sock started, and almost finished. I'm not going to post any pics until after I send it and she has received it. However, I do have some pics to post, so here we go.

Here is the 3rd Sophie bag that I made. This one I gave to Miss C at work, she absolutely adored it.

Here is the hat that I made to match my Irish Hiking Scarf. It turned out great, not too snug, but it screams pom for the top. And I hate poms, but I may have to bite the bullet on this one. Now if only I can get a chance to go hiking some time soon. Couldn't go this weekend, as Annie is horribly sick and had to stay home from school.

Here is a shot of my Central Park Hoodie, a very out dated photo. This was when I only had 2 inches of the ribbing done. I have since gotten 3" past the 4" ribbing. But it shows the Black Cherry Heather color true.

I may have a long drive to and from work, but I do get some great natural displays of beauty. Like this one:

This was the sunrise on Thursday on the way into work. And this is what I got to see on the way home:

This is one of my favorite farm houses. They worked wonders with it. It has been completely restored. I hope some day to have such a great farm house. But look at the fall leaves all around it.

And finally, inspired by this post by JessaLu. My sock yarn stash.....

I didn't think I had this much. And this is only new skeins, it doesn't include any of the left overs I have stored in a basket. In there I have Lorna's Lace, Claudia's Handpainted, Cherry Tree Hill, and Knit Picks (Memories, Pallette, self-stripping and Essentials), Trekking, Lana Grossa and Regia.

That's all for now, as I want to finish my movie "The Lady Eve" (1941; Henry Fonda & Barbara Stanwyck). And lunch is approaching, which left over homemade cheesy potato soup that I made for dinner last night. Yum!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

What's up this week?

Feeling better, still not up to speed, but I'm surviving. I have casted on for my Central Park Hoodie, and have worked to about 2 inches past the ribbing. I completed a beanie hat to match my Irish Hiking Scarf. I made another Sophie bag, a gift for a girl at work (who squealed in delight when I gave it to her). I have pics, I just haven't uploaded them to my laptop, yet.I am having second thoughts on the pattern I have picked out for my Harvest Sock Swap pal, so I think I'll pick a new one. Other than that, nothing else new, so, Top Model is on. Later.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

On "The road to Wellville"

Remember that movie? I loved that movie. Anyway, warning.... this post will be pic heavy!

I am feeling a little better. So, here is a pic of my yarn from Knit Picks.

From left top: Essentials in Grass, Memories in Red Hat and on the bottom is the my Wool of the Andes Black Cherry Heather. Let me just say, this pic does not do the Black Cherry Heather any justice. It is really not that red. And, Central Park Hoodie, here I come!

While I was bed-ridden over the weekend, I did do a couple of left-over stash projects. I made a couple of Sophie bags. One for me and one for Katie. Here is my Buckeye Sophie bag:

For scale, here it's sitting on top of my dyer just before going into the washer. Next up is Katie's:

Here, it's laying on my laptop for scale. I call it the Barney bag, because this purple reminds me of Barney. Now for the after photo:

Katie's turned out just ever so slightly bigger. Hmm?

Oh, I forgot to show you this:

I went to mom & dad's one Saturday about a month ago and played in the wood shop. Mom helped me make this swift. It's a little on the rough side, and next time we know what mistakes not to make, but it still works great.

I think the last couple of pics that I'm missing are of my car after it came out of the body shop, and the pic of where Mr. Vinny decided to get into my bag of roving and play. Bad Kitty!!! I'm still trying to figure out how to fix that. But I'll post them when I find them.

On the knitting front, I have come up with about 6 pattern design ideas to help fund my trip to Scotland. Now to come up with the yarn and motivation to finish the designs. The motivation shouldn't be the hard part. Coming up with the money for the yarn, on the other hand, will be the hard part. I have started another left over stash project. I have taken the left over yarn from my Irish Hiking Scarf and started a matching hat. So far, so good. I realized on Sunday, that between my car accident (not being able to knit because of my shoulder) and being sick, I missed finishing my socks in progress for my SAM2 September credit! :( But now that I am slowly, but surely coming out of my sickness haze, maybe I can make up for that. And now I'll say good night, as I am so tired from my first day back to work this week.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A little on the better side?

I feel a little better. I had to stay home from work for the past couple of days, during which time, I mainly slept. My body must have finally decided that enough was enough, 'cause I finally ran a fever (at 102) this morning. I slept until about 1 pm, and have slowly feeling better. Baby steps, I guess.

My yarn for my Central Park Hoodie has finally arrived. I went upstairs to fix Annie some mac-n-cheese for dinner and found the bundle sitting on the dinning room table. Pics to come later. And let me say, I love the color. Black Cherry Heather from Knitpicks.

Over the weekend, I took advantage of my bed ridden time to do a couple of stash buster projects. I used my left over Galway from last Christmas to make a couple of Sophie Bags. One for me and one for Katie. I'll post pics in a couple of days, when I feel up to it.

I am still working over the design ideas in my mind, during my lucid moments. I have had a suggestion for a bag, which I have a good idea for, but I need to get it on paper and work out the schematics. And Miss Tammi has suggested that I need to just design several things, as once I get started, I'll come up with more. Which she's right, as soon as I started thinking of the bag, several more ideas popped up.

But I am done for now, 'cause I'm really tired after typing so little. Later.