Sunday, July 30, 2006
Reminder: The Discloth Exchange signups are now open. Even if you don't sign up please spread the word. I think it will be fun!
Saturday, July 29, 2006
These are my latest sweater purchases. I'll be unraveling these soon. The one of the left is wool, and the one in the middle is a wool/cotton blend (lots of colors for other projects) and then the pink and white one is pure cotton. I paid a whole $0.30 for the 3 of them so if something doesn't work out I'm not going to cry over the money. They were 10 cents a piece.
On other notes, it is time to get organized over here at Chez Procrastiknitter. B is coming home in the middle of the night tonight. He's coming back from a 9 day fishing trip in Canada. It's not like the place is a mess, I just promised to get quite a few things done around here and I've finished ALMOST all of them. I'm hoping (*crossing fingers*) that I'll be able to have some time to myself tomorrow.
Friday, July 28, 2006
All the rules and information are posted! Go over and take a look!
EDITED: ** I was thinking that we would have sign ups starting August 1 and then closing August 10th. THe dishcloths would have to be sent no later than October 1st, or later depending on how many dishcloths we wanted to knit per person.
I have decided that as of September 1st or a little earlier I will NOT be buying anymore yarn until Christmas! WTF? You might say? Well I think I might be able to do it. I did the Stashalong earlier this year and it was SO productive, however, my stash is still completely out of control again as I made many yarn purchases over the summer. I'm going to plan a list of what I want to make for whom and for birthdays and/or Christmas. Get the patterns, plan it out and buy ONLY yarn that is absolutely necessary. I will not start any additional projects that are not related to Christmas or birthdays from Sept 1-December 31. I think I'll call it "Stashbusting for the holidays". This will also really help with my Christmas budget and I won't be freaking out and knitting garter stitch scarves 3 days before Christmas like last year. Anyone else want to jump on the wagon with me?
Thursday, July 27, 2006
The past few days have been interesting. Lots of company including my best friend and her son, "Booter". We had such a great time. Being closer to them (2.5 hours) is one of the reasons that I wanted to move. We've been best friends since we were 6 and are closer now than ever.
As far as knitting goes, I'm done for now with birthday presents. I'm waiting for my trip to Tulsa next week when I START MY NEW JOB (Eeeeks, is it back to school already) to go to the LYS to get some yarn for the next B4 bag. Em decided that she wants a mitered square blanket for her birthday (in October) so that's what I've been working on. That and trying to figure out exactly what I want to do for Christmas gifts this year. While at Wally World today I picked up the new Creative Knitting issue (Sept 06) a few standard sweater ideas I'm toying with.
Also looking for a tutorial on how to unravel a sweater. I found some great wool sweaters at a garage sale last week and am trying to figure out how to unravel them correctly. Any online tutorials for that?
Ok, before, I was going to give it to MIL with little black glass beads on the bobbles to look like ladybugs, but it just seemed like to much for her anyway. So here's the pic of it before I gave it to her today for her birthday. I used Lion Brand Wool for this one. I used 2 strands and a size 13 circular. It knitted up so quickly and painlessly.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
2. Where is or would be your favorite place in the world to take a vacation? Germany to visit my relatives, I've never been.
3. If you could have any job in the world and not worry about finances (everything would be taken care of), which means you'd be doing something you actually like, what would it be?
If I didn't have children and the above I would have been a cardiac surgeon, but probably have a yarn store would be the best.
4. What is your favorite project to knit or crochet?socks, hats and mittens
5. What is your favorite food - whether it be a main dish, dessert, snack, whatever? anything chocolate and pepperoni pizza (cold)
6. What is your favorite way to relax and unwind? Knitting of course, or watching TV
Monday, July 24, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
This is my #1 favorite spot in my house. It's the covered back porch. I love sitting here watching the girls play and just being quiet at night.
This is the girls' favorite place in our house. It's the cutout window from our kitchen to our family room, aka "the drive thru window". They walk by and I have to go to the kitchen and say, "Welcome to Mom's Kitchen, how may I help you." THey giggle and order and complain when it's not done in a timely fashion. We went to the craft show last week and the girls spotted a sign and we HAD to have it. It's the one above the window and says, "Welcome to Mom's Kitchen". It's so much fun.
Now, to find a place to knit. I've tried the living room, the family room and even my bedroom, nothing feels right, not even the back porch. Hmmmm, it'll find me I suppose!
The B4 bag is coming along nicely and is being felted as we speak. The kids got a kick out of how big I made it. Especially when Nan decided to put it on as a dress! LOL. I think the Ladybug theme that I'm working on for this bag will turn out nicely. Just hoping to have it done by Wednesday night.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Anklet sock I'm making from some Lion Brand Magic Stripes that I got for $2 at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. Also our backyard, and the way backyard (property behind the chain linked fence is also ours), and of course the wretched trampoline.
Last night we went to Grandma P's and Pa Al's. I picked 10 quarts of blackberries (thornless) and the girls ran around in the sprinkler like maniacs.
THe little wooden figure behind the girls is known to our family as "The Man". "THe Man" is a wooden cutout that has an attachment to hold a waterhose. The waterhose swings back and forth to water the grass. It is the girls' favorite thing to do when we go to visit!
ON tap for today is mowing, garage sale-ing, freezing blackberries, cleaning, packing B for his fishing trip, and hopefully some knitting. We were so happy that our friends Dick and Judy from Nebraska came to visit us last night (they are in town visiting her family) and we are going out without the girls and going to dinner with them tonight! I know you are probably thinking, "Big Deal", but B and I hardly EVER ( like 2 xs a year) go our without the girls. It's also nice when family members argue about who gets to keep the girls this evening! LOL. BTW, SIL won out this time!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Thanks to Sharon I have joined another KAL. I've been doing felted purses quite a bit this summer so I thought I'd start another one. This looks a little challenging for me, but fun. It's called the b-4 Bag: Bobbles! Beads! Bumps! Buttons! and it looks fun! Check it out!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
I found myself thinking about Christmas gifts and how I wanted to get a start on it this year, because I've improved much more than just scarfs and hats like last year. I started a list of people in my life that would appreciate knitted gifts and then I realized.....CRAP! MIL and B's grandmother's birthdays are next week! Oh the horror! These crept up on me. Grandma P's birthday is next Tuesday and MIL's 50th birthday is next Thursday. They need to be something nice as B and every male relative he has are going to Canada to go fishing from the 21st to the 30th. ANy ideas for Grandma P? She doesn't wear socks and is a very very plain Jane in a hot climate. MIL is getting a pair of socks and maybe a few dishcloths because I've already made her two felted purses and a pair of ballet slippers last month. But I do need hints for Grandma P.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Hi. My name is Em and I will be 7 in October. We just moved into our new house. My favorite color is pink. My sister Nan is 3 and a 1/2 and she is very naughty and likes to break my stuff. Our new house is very cool. It has a big back yard and a fence and a porch and my mom said that when she wished for a big back yard for us that she wished that she had thought to wish for a free riding mower because the back yard is a hill and she doesn't like to mow it. My dad doesn't mow the yard because he is at work and then he is too lazy when he gets home. My mom knits all of the time but she is not knitting much now because she is unpacking our house but she's knitting something now but she won't tell us what it is. Did you know that there is a new rule at our house? My mom and dad told me and my sister that you have to wear a shirt outside in the backyard and my sister just runs naked all of the time anyway. My dog likes our new house but she barks a lot. I am knitting a scarf for my barbies. I like to knit. My mom is taking my sister and me to the craft show in Tulsa today. I bet that we won't stay very long because my sister will get bored and scream. My grandpa and cousins and everyone comes to our new house all of the time. My mom should lock the door and shut the curtains so we can hide. I love Oklahoma.
*Edited for spelling only at the author's request. LOL
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
On a related note, we spent our first night at the house last night (girls too) and they slept ALL night in their own rooms in their own beds! YAY!