Tuesday, September 27, 2005

About time??

I guess it's about time I sat down and wrote something on here instead of just posting pictures,huh? I haven't been in the greatest of moods so I haven't wanted to be here~~not that I had anything better to do!!
As you can see if you shoot down to the pictures I've finished my huge and I do mean huge tote!! I was surprised it didn't use up all the yarn. I used Lamb's Pride bulky~~5 different colors. I've got a whole skein of the main color and small balls of the others. Maybe I'll do a crazy tote and use up all the scraps!! I'm definitely going to use leather straps for it. I think I-cords are a pain normally let alone on something that's going to be heavy.
KK and I went to play cards Sat. night and they insisted we bring Sophie!! All I could think of "are they out of their minds?" . These are our friends that introduced us to the breed. There's a photo below~~not a good one because they didn't hold still long enough for me to take it!! Sophie is the one on the left with her tongue hanging out!! It didn't take them too long to exhaust themselves and then we played cards!! I left happy because my quarter stash got built back up!
Not sure what I want to work on next~~it's weird not to have something going to felt!
I'm thinking I may try the Pink Lady Bag~~or the Vintage Bubble Bag. Can't make up my mind! I really should start DD's xmas socks ~~maybe I'll get those going and something mindless too. I have to decide what I want to do for everyone else~~or if I'm even going to knit gifts. That would be odd not to.
Finished HP finally~~I certainly didn't expect what happened to happen!! Those of you that read probably know what I mean. I felt so bad!!
Had my doc. app. yesterday and I still haven't made up my mind how it went! I think I went with too high expectations. Maybe I was thinking this was going to be a cure all and it wasn't? I left feeling somewhat let down~~the Doc. did call me in the evening with more info ~~maybe more than I wanted to hear at that point. So now I'm on some med's and we'll see how it goes for a couple weeks. I must say it was nice to get real sleep last night!!
Knit Nite is Thur. so I have that to look forward to. Guess I'd better start something!!
Off to read!

After felting

Fiber Trend large tote pre-felting

Monday, September 26, 2005

Sophie visiting!!

The surprises inside!!

Needle exchange giftie!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The things you can find!!

Now I've seen everything ~~you have got to check this out~~
http://www.absolution-online.com/confessional/ I thought this must be a joke?? I don't think it is~~weird. Do people really believe this????
Just think of the gas you save~~one less trip to church!
The fiber fest was great!! Weather was a bit iffy when we started out but cleared up nice.
When you first walk in it really is a bit overwhelming! Yarns,roving,wheels,spindles,needles everywhere!! We did good~~went with a limited $$ amount and managed to spend it all!! Did drag the camera along and only took a couple pictures. Will get them on~~
I got my needle felting supplies so we'll see how that goes! One thing I already found out ~~that felting needle is sharp really sharp and it can pierce finger tails!! Don't ask!!
I got the most gorgeous chocolate brown hand spun yarn. I think it will become a small bag for moi!!
We walked miles~~around and around~the place isn't that big but you don't want to miss anything so you must go through a few times!!
I must say tho they would do good to check into some better food vendors. The food selection is poor at best. They even ran short on the chicken barbecue. Poor planning!
There was a display of sock knitting machines~~after seeing them I've lost my interest in acquiring one!! They do look somewhat complicated to work with. I think I'll stick to my Magic Loop!!
Off to bed~~~

Friday, September 16, 2005

It was the

night before Fiber~fest and all through the house not a needle was stirring not even a dpn!!
Ok,enough of that~~but I'm a tad bit excited~~tomorrow is "THE DAY" yeah, fiber~fest!!
I'm keeping an open mind and not looking for anything in particular~~just browsing. Would like some new ideas for bags.
I'm annoyed with my felting right now~~I just finished a small bag and I'm not at all pleased with the yarn. It looked pretty good pre~felting but after it was stretched all out of shape! The flap was as long as the whole darn bag! The body felted but the flap didn't as much and it was all knit the same. After running it through the wash cycle 4 times I figured that was enough. Laid it out and shaved it quite a bit and turned it inside out to clean up the fuzz on the inside and it looks great!! Weird~~the inside is now the outside and it looks much better! That encouraged me to play around with it a bit rather than chalk it up as a lost cause. I decided it couldn't hurt to cut the flap right off since it was so misshapen. Once I had scissors in hand I broke out in a cold sweat and thought "what the hell are you doing?" so~~I came to my senses and decided rather than cut it all off why not try to shape it?? I do believe that I saved it!!! It's not perfect but I think it will be ok once I make up my mind about some straps. I'll try to remember to get a photo~~
Funny how - once a mom,always a mom. We were driving back home from ds's apartment with another load of "junk" ~~it was dark only one road away from home and I'm cruising along about 50 go around a curve and right there in front of me standing as bold as can be is a doe!!! OMG~~now if you knew me you'd understand this is not a good thing~~~since my kids were very young they tease me that I brake for leaves!! Joke being one time I did thinking it was a squirrel! I slammed on those brakes so hard my van squealed and slid practically right next to her in the oncoming lane!! Thank goodness no one was coming. Oh, yeah back to the mom thing~~while slamming on the brakes my automatic reaction was to fling my arm across ds's chest!!
Once we stopped ds laughed and said "Mom, what are you doing? I'm bigger than you worry about yourself first" yeah, right!
On a good note said doe casually turned and walked off! When I went to get out of the car a couple minutes later I was all week in the knees!!
I really must get to bed so I'm ready to "shop till I drop" tomorrow!!!
Off for a snack

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

New Desire!!

Ok, I said I didn't want to even think about getting any new yarn until fiberfest, right???? Well, I had my first look at recycled silk and it is awesome!!!!! I've seen it on the net but to see it in person is a whole nother story!! I really,really liked it~~but I was good and didn't get any~~alright, I confess the only reason I'm not sitting here fondling some is because Heather wouldn't let me buy any!!! Now I ask you "what kind of friend is that?" the only way I was bringing some of that home today was if I snuck back to the lys without her and then I'd have to hide it! Dam,why did I tell her don't let me but anything until fiberfest??? What kind of friend listens when you say something so totally off the wall???? Alright she did a great job and come Saturday when we're shopping I'll be thrilled I have some $$$~
Anyway, the yarn is really nice if you like something a bit different. If you're into very precise,neat stitches this yarn is not for you! It's kinda FUNKY
in a kewl way!!
We've got ds just about all moved in~~a few more things to get at the apartment and that's done. So far so good~~weird to have someone else in the house again. Now we just have to work on the job thing~~
It's starting to rain and I'm so glad! It's been hot and muggy again and I'm summered out! Never thought I'd say that but this weather seems to be getting to me.
Still have a couple weeks to go before I go to the specialist but if I don't snap out of this "fibro-flare" I'm calling my regular doc.
I played around with my new sewing machine ~~did I mention that I couldn't get it to work??? Called the store and they said bring it in~~they thought it was a user problem~~not so~~they couldn't get it to work either! They gave me another machine and when I set it up the bulb didn't work! Am I meant to have this machine, or what??
Call them again and after another trip there I'm good to go! Maybe once I get everything rearranged I'll get to sew something!
Rio, my Amazon parrot is enjoying his new spot in my room. He's talking up a storm which may sound like fun to you but try to have a phone conversation sitting next to him! The louder you talk the louder he talks! He hears me in the other room and I get a "mom?" in a tone you can't ignore!
Off to read~~

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Needle Exchange Info!!

I almost missed out on this one!! For once I remembered the date the info should come and I didn't get the post for it so after checking into it I found I was lost in space somewhere!! But all is well I have a partner and here is my info ~~

1. What do you like to knit or crochet? (socks, sweaters, etc.)
Definitely socks and felted bags
2. What fibers do you like?
Natural~~wools for felting
3. What type of needles do you use most often?
I was using dpn's for socks but found I like magic loop much better!! Using
a lot of circulars lately for felted bags~~seems you always need another size!
4. Do you like to knit in the round?
5. Do you use a magic loop method or any other we should know about? Are you interested in learning a new method?
Magic Loop and I want to learn two socks on one long needle~~Mobious sounds interesting
7. Do you have a favorite place that you shop online? (knitpicks.com, knitpixie.com, jimmybeanswool.com....)?
I don't do much online myself but have been gifted some knit picks and I like it
8. Do you want to be surprised? then erase all your answers above and write surprise me!!!

Ok, that's the official questionnaire~~but I should add to it~~I don't need any dpn's. When I first started doing socks I bought double sets of the different sizes so I could do two at the same time. Now I'm not using them very often.
My "want" would be Addi #1 60" for doing socks on one needle. Course I would be very excited with a pair of Lantern Moon !!! I couldn't believe the finish on them when I saw my first pair!! I'd have to display them when not in use!! lol~~
Handmade would be fun too!!

SP 6 is off!

I know this is boring for everyone but my SP but I don't know how to do it any other way ~~so here goes!!

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
Nothings changed~~I'm still a snob!!

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I have tried to drop spindle but haven't done anything with it since last year's fiberfest!

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Not really~~don't like smoke smell

4. How long have you been knitting?
A looooonnnnggggggg time!!

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
lavender is my favorite but this time of year I like the fallish scents

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Oh, yeah!!! Chocolate!!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
Counted cross stitch, dabble in beading, am just now doing some primitive needle punch pieces

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I'm liking country ~~not the old type ~~not sure about the mp3's so maybe not?

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
Fallish colors are so me!!! Oranges, rusts,browns,gold's and some greens! Not into pastels too much

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
DH of 35 yrs, DD 25 and DS 23~~
Greyhound, Shih Tzu, Boston Terrier pup~~~Yellow-nape Amazon and 2 blue&gold macaws

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
At this point I'm content being home knitting,reading.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Opal sock yarn, Lamb's Pride for felting,

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Felted bags

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Socks and bags

17. What are you knitting right now?
Felted bag and a pair of socks

18. What do you think about ponchos?
I don't!!

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
They both have their place~~

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I've used all but am slowly working into Addi's

21. Are you a sock knitter?
For sure!!!!

22. How did you learn to knit?
My mom

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
A sweater I started last winter

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Favorite animal is dog

25. What is your favorite holiday?
I like the togetherness of Xmas

26. Is there anything that you collect?
Yarn??? lol~~projects

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
Yes!!! Cat Bordhi's Mobious Knitting~~I think I want book 2 first for the projects it has

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
I'd like a nice felted bowl pattern~~and the above mentioned books

ETA: 30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?
I wear a size 7 shoe ~~but I must have big ankles~~I cast on 72 stitches in Opal

Thursday, September 08, 2005

About time

I've been remiss in posting~~not sure why~~just didn't feel like it! I've been busy with KK off again for 5 days. I needed him to go back to work so I could relax!!
Last week was B'day so I decided I wanted to go to Barnes and Noble in the afternoon and then Knit Nite in the evening. We went out for a late breakfast and then the book store. My DD has me hooked on Mocha Frappicino(however you spell it) so good!!!
I browsed through some knitting books and KK surprised me with one I've been wanting.
Came home and had enough time to get my things together and off I went!
Heather was going to pick me up but she was running late so she said we'd meet up there. What a nice surprise she brought! Cake for Lisa and my b'days! Candles too!! Didn't want to put too many on the cake Jen would have been worried about her yarn!!
Jump over to Lisa's blog and you can see us hamming it up!
Friday KK and Ds and I went to the Cleveland Zoo!! It's beautiful. We had a great day~~weather was perfect and it wasn't crowded. Took us 3 1/2 hours to get there but it was a pleasant ride. We got there about 10:30 and I made it until 4:30~~we walked for miles! I swear next time we do something like this I'm renting a wheelchair!
Sat. we had a B'day cook-out here with the kids and they along with KK surprised me with $$ for a new sewing machine!!
Sunday we went to Joann's and I picked one out which I was talked out of and talked into getting a so-called better one! After this evening spending a couple hours with it I'm not so sure!! It's that whole computer thing!! I just want to sew!
I started a small felted bag and got right to the flap and ran out of yarn~~of course no one close has it so that means tomorrow driving to Knitter's Corner to pick one up. Not that I mind going there but I'm really trying not to even look at any shops until after Fiberfest!!
I've also been working on the large tote~~after a false start I'm moving along nicely. It's going to take some time but I'm in no hurry for it so that's fine. I do have a couple other small ones I want to try.
DD gave me some xmas ideas all ready ~~so I'm going to make an effort to get started on those things. Of course socks were top priority!!
This sounds really bad but I've got to vent somewhere and since this is my blog I'm going to do it here!! The last few weeks have been a bit stressful with DS. He hasn't lived at home for a little over a year. KK and I have gotten to like being alone and enjoy the quiet and privacy. Well as the saying goes "all good things come to an end" or something to that effect! Three weeks after loosing his job Ds tells us! No job~~no $$~~~no rent, no food, no nothing!! What the hell was he thinking??? It's been one thing after another~~and he doesn't seem concerned! We are! So guess who's coming to dinner??? And staying?? For God only knows how long!!
That sounds bad,huh??? But he's such a slob~~and this is going to require much rearranging.~~starting with the parrots. What do you do with macaws in a 6 foot high cage????
I know I shouldn't complain ~~he's our son and we do care but he needs to grow up!!
With all that's going on in the south it makes me feel guilty for being so petty~~we have our home,food,clothing and each other~~~~ok, rants over~~~we'll manage!
Still trying to get through HP book 6~~or is it 5?? Anyway, I can't seem to get done with this one and then one more to go~~I'm HP'ed out!!
Enough rambling for tonight~~
Off for tea and reading

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Go all the way to the Cleveland Zoo to take a picture of this!!