Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Love me some beach!

We made it in great time and are having a blast....the kids are a hoot.  I have taken a few pictures, but haven't downloaded them yet.  This is from the crows nest on top of the house. Believe it or not, the ocean is out there, you just can't see it in the picture.
Gorgeous weather.....lots of sun, sand, and warmth.  Just the way I like it!
Downfall, one of my knitting projects has been put aside.  Brought my summer ruffled shawl and began the 2nd skein only to discover it is a different shade.  Now the labels are the same name/lot, but the colorway is different...slightly, but enough for me to go "whoa!!"  I put it back in the bag and grabbed the socks.  I will have to investigate my yarn further when I get home.  I didn't want to put a damper on my beach mood :)

Tour de Fleece 2010!

Oh yes, I have joined...2 teams!  Ikes, that is not like me, but I am doing it!  I am on Team Fleece Bottomed Girls and Team Rookie and getting excited!  I believe I will be working on this box of SpringHill batts that I purchased from The Dizzy Sheep.  It is a blend, the brown one has alpaca, which I have never spun before.  Anyway, getting ready for our July 3rd kick-off...or spin-off!
Here are a few other prospects in my fiber stash!  I didn't get a chance to snap all of the goodies, but it was time to go on vacation :)  I had no idea all of this was in my stash....that's bad!  I even have a pound of mohair locks that I didn't photo, that are gorgeous! 

Here is my Spinolution Mach II that will be spinning up a little storm for the Tour de Fleece!  Go wheel, get spinning!!!!   I was going to go with the Cherub or Babe, but decided such an event needed my big guns :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Vacation.....we are headed your way!

Tra-la-la...I am packing for a little vacay that is much needed!  My family is already there and I will join them tomorrow.  I have sunscreen packed, babing suits packed (what my niece called them when she was little), Fiber One cereal in the bag, 3 knitting projects (of course), big book....what else do you need????????

The poopies will go to the kennel, the kitties will have a pet check every day, and I will hopefully sleep.  Though, I already miss them and they are all right here lounging.  BUT I need a little break from nightly pee breaks for Ava and I can't wait to play in the sand with my nieces and nephews.

Oh yes, camera is ready...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Puppy mess...I want a maid!

Don't tell me raising a puppy is not similar to having a baby or toddler, I will argue!  I will fight you!  Last night wasn't too bad in the sleep department, seeing as I got about 4.5 hours..better than it has been. 
Ava the Hun decided at 4:30 she needed out to potty, fine..no problem.  Then at 5:30 she decided she just needed out.  She wanted to play.

Sooooo, mommy had to get up with them as His Majesty stayed snug in the bed, sleeping.  Coffee started, laptop warming up, puppy destroying! 

She begins to unpack her toybox (yes, she and Finley have a toy box) and scatter toys all over the living room floor.  An already dirty living room floor, this is where my need for a maid comes in!  Then barking ensues...loud and demanding.  She wants attention from a sleepy Truman...who is NOT in the mood for Miss Ava gangsta thug!

This is my morning...I'm sleepy, hungry, and trying to keep everyone quiet...don't want to wake the bear!!

I grabbed my summer shawl knitting and I am trying to knit at least one row, but someone keeps trying to eat it.....gggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.          I WANT A MAID! I need help....I would love for once to have someone else sweep and mop and scrub toilets.  Now I will do the laundry, since I love laundry.  But everything else I will welcome assistance on :)

I would be in a much better mood with help and I will share coffee and even bake something luscious!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Wanna go beadin?????

Several years ago I was addicted to beading...addicted!  See, I have a problem with crafting; I go feet first, obsessed, never ending, must do it all...to the extreme.  So, I went nuts over beading and did it ALL the TIME.  Then along came knitting and the cycle began with knitting.  I still have a knitting obsession, but last week Iwent to a get together with coworkers that included beading.  Oh boy, the obsession began again :)Sorry for the granite background, took the pics without thinking.  I made a necklace and earrings and now keep thinking of beading (beadin man!).  I have a HUGE stash of beads from my earlier love and need to knock them out before buying more.  Yeah, like that will happen!
Anyway, I am ready to go back to the bead store and play some more.
By the way, today is my official first day off for the summer...ikes!  What will I do with this time off????  I have some spinning and sewing classes lined up, lots of puppy dog hikes, a beach trip with the family planned, and hopefully some day trips for fun.  And find a pool!!!!
Wanna go bead with me????  Just let me know !

Monday, June 21, 2010

Finished another little project....I'm on a roll!

Well, I feel like I am on a roll...that counts for something!  So, I saw this link to a tutorial over at Stash Resolution.  She was making tea towels for Mother's Day, except hers were much prettier than mine.  (That's okay, I don't mind... :)
Anyway, I wanted to try to use some of my fabric stash and started cutting strips.  Oh yeah, I printed off the suggested tutorial from Tallgrassprairiestudio, which is excellent.  So, I go buy my muslin and get to stitching.
I have made 4 lovely little tea towels.  These (above) will be going to my mom.  The other 2 I will be test driving.  They are cupcake strips :)  Love them.  Mom doesn't know it.  I'm just going to pop them in the mail and let it be a surprise!  Don't you love getting prizes in the mail???  I do.

Now these are some generic Magic Loop socks I have deemed my "travel knitting" and was working on them last night as my knitting project.  I have completed the heels, yes they look funny!!  Stop laughing!  And now slowly working on the foot.  I hope to finish these by next week and cast on another pair.  I MUST work down some of my sock yarn.  It is taking over!
I am loving Magic Loop so much more than DPN, because I suffer from second sock syndrome.  I find my cable needle beneficial to my sanity.  I worked on them a little today during a workshop break and was asked several times "what are you doing?"  "why on one needle?"  "how can you do them both at once?"  "you find THAT RELAXING???"  Why, yes I do!!  I love it and it helps me to focus.  The workshop stresses me, the knitting centers me.  Does that make sense to you?  I know it will to the knitters out there!
Well, another 7am to 7pm workshop tomorrow...I just hope they have more food, I was starving when I got home!  This girl needs her snacks or she will pass out!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sewing away...love it!

I have been sewing much more than knitting the past 2 weeks and loving it, but missing my knitting projects :(  Ever feel that way.  I lost my knitting mojo and just hopped into some sewing projects.  I have been stitching up some fabric lanyards with my fabric stash.  I'm thinkging about trying out Etsy with these...need to pay for the Bernina :)  I made about 25 of them, carried away....

Speaking of carried away...Ava and Finley get a little crazy when they play together.  Since this picture she has grown a ton!!  12 weeks and 19 pounds of gangsta teeth!!!  AND PEEING in front of the door, gggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  She will scratch to go out and potty, but tinkles without saying a word.But how can I get mad at this little puddin head??????  After all, she is only a baby...patience.
Now, I need to go and spend an hour decrompressing with some roving and my wheel, then knitting a little on my shawl, and walking the hounds.  Perfect evening :)
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Ah, the weekend and school is out :)

School in my system is finally out for the summer and that means a little vacay for me :)  I will embrace it, yes I will, but it doesn't arrive until June 25th.  Until then, work and trying to stay cool.

I discovered this morning that Cafe Press is having a sale!!  Yes 25% off sitewide and that includes the very cool knitting apparel...all 28,500 women's tshirts!!! I am trying to read them all.  The coupon code is "BEST25" and shipping starts at $5.95.  I found this info on http://www.dealnews.com/.  I already have 3 tees picked out and may even make my own. 

I have frogged 3 baby hats intended for the Stitch n Pitch on Tuesday and I am so frustrated.  What am I doing wrong????  I just can't seem to get it together.  I think I am in a knitting slump, gasp!  I have stalled on the socks, the shawl, the baby hats and my summer cardigan.  I am stuck!!! 

Today is hair day and I sure hope that goes well.  Finally, these highlights I was given 7 weeks ago will disappear, since I HATE them....along with everyone I know....they all hate them too. 

I have been working on making muslin tea towels and need to find the links to show you....that is my goal for the afternoon...to share...be productive.  That and some ice cream.  It is the weekend after all, that means MORE ice cream.

Monday, June 07, 2010

A little monkey surgery...

A smile for the day...last week I performed a little monkey surgery at work. A 3rd grade student was quite upset that her monkey was torn and asked if I could fix her. Well, what a challenge and what a precious girl...I had to say yes! I couldn't let her monkey be injured at school, so surgery was our only option.

I set out our equipment and proceeded to suture the little guy back up. I applied a big bandaid and he was as good as new. After a short stint in recovery, he returned to class and enjoyed the day. Wow, what a feeling...day's like this that make my job awesome!!!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Quick look at the Bernina

Here is the Bernina that I bought this week...I'm finally putting up my pics.  Corbin kitty LOVES him some boxes and couldn't wait to jump on top to lounge.  He prefers a shoebox, but will take whatever is around that he can stuff his big body into.See his crazy eyes, that is happiness ("oohhhhh I have a box, I love it!").  I love my Bernina as much as Corbin loves a box.  I plan on taking the Mastery classes that my store offers, but the next go round isn't until July...boohoo.
Anyway, I'm happy :)  It is Friday, the sun is out, I had a wonderful breakfast (made egg whites with toasted English Muffins and peanut butter), and I plan on hitting a drive thru for lunch and living sinfully!  Thinking Bojangle's!
Have a wonderful Friday, hug a cat!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Stitch and Pitch!!!!

My town is having a Stitch and Pitch and I am so exicted!!! The details are here.  On June 15th at 7pm, the Hickory Crawdads will host a stitch and pitch and I am so hoping to go! I have my voucher and I have my pattern picked out. We will be knitting/crocheting up some lovely preemie caps for our hospitals. I just love preemie caps :)

I had a class that day as well, but it has been postponed, so I really have no reason holding me back from the ballgame. I'm stoked...join us!!!

I know that A Strand of Purls, Wildskeins Yarn, and Chix with Stix will be there knitting up a gorgeous storm of yarn goodness. 

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Slow progress on my Ruffled Edge Shawl

Terrible lighting, I know.  This is where I am on the Ruffled Edge Shawl (free pattern from Ravelry) that I mentioned a few posts ago.  I love the colorway of the yarn and this is the first time I have truly knit with cotton.  My main problem is the yarn slipping off of my Addis, but I can live with that.  I hope to get a little further tonight.....
I also made the Bernina purchase yesterday.....yes!!!  I have pics to post of that tonight.  It is still in the box!  I know!  But dinner, cleaning and dog walking was just so much that I couldn't stop to get it out and love on it, so that is tonight's big project after exercise.

My regret:  I wish I had really splurged and gotten the next up model.  Oh, will I regret that forever?????  I was trying to stay within a reasonable budget, but now I regret it :(