Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Rogue has gone to my head

This must be what has happened. Everything I see is a shade of my Rogue yarn. This happened again at the store the other day. I decided to go ahead and dye my hair again. It has been way too long since I have done this. The color I found that day was Burgandy. And this is now me.

And do we remember what my Rogue color is? Wine of course.

So if I still have this color when it is done, I can just disappear. By the way, I still have a couple rows of the hem to go. Harry Potter has won that fight in my head more often than not. But I feel he is a worthy cause, and the only one I would let take time away from Rogue.

And here is a shot I took at Ariel's party. That would be the daddy's girl and the daddy's girl in training. Oh, and of course, that would be the daddy.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

I went and did it

I know I said I wouldn't do it, but I went and did it anyway. I just couldn't wait another day. I bought the new Harry Potter. I said I didn't want a hardback because my whole collection is paperback. The kids have a paperback set too. All of them given to them. And they don't care whether they get hardback or not. So once I read it, it's all theirs. And then they will have the whole set. I like the way the cover is with those colors. They are my hubby's favorites.

Now there is going to be huge fights with myself in my head every day. Rogue, Harry Potter, Rogue, Harry Potter. I haven't got to the point where I can take my eyes off my knitting to do other things that involve having to look. But I would say I will give time to both of these. I have gotten to the 9th row of my hem on Rogue, so I am making progress. As soon as I make a bit more, I will post new pics.

Off to dive into the magical world of that Potter boy.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Happy Birthday Ariel!

Today is my oldest girl's birthday. She is 7 today. Time just flies by so fast. She wanted IHOP for dinner, so she got her pancakes. We will be having her party Sunday.

I can't really claim this one though. She is a true Daddy's girl.

He is the one person in the world I don't mind sharing her with.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Get your yarn.

2. Make your swatch.

3. Cast on and get to work.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Socks and poker chips

Yesterday was a really good day. The MIL and FIL went out of town, so we went to their house and hung out yesterday. Just the hubby, the kids, and me. We ate our meals, watched movies (and cartoons of course), and I finished the first camo sock.

It fits. I am so relieved. Man, that boy has a big foot.

While we were there the MIL called me. She told me where my birthday present from them was. The love just keeps coming in. And it has been over a week since my b-day.

This is the PITBOSS Card Table Top. Here are the specs for it:

~Folds up easily and stores in a convenient carry bag
~Poker style card table
~Built in drink and chip holders
~Dark green cloth felt on card table side
~50 3/4" x 46 3/4" size will fit most household tables
~Poker chips NOT INCLUDED

Yes I am totally into Texas Hold-Em poker. When I am not fondling my yarn, you will find me fondling the felt. I love the way it feels. I like the way the cards slide across it and how the chips sound being chunked down on it. I have been wondering if the World Poker Tour allows their players to knit and play.

Don't worry too much about the chips not included part. The MIL and FIL got me this when I graduated college.

Yes they are feeding my poker addiction. Really they just hope when I win big, I will send some love back there way.

In another happy note: my Steelers won their second pre-season game. Yes!

Friday, August 19, 2005

It's so Purdy!

Yesterday I got another birthday present. It was from hubby. I am so excited.

It's all mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Sorry, I still can't believe it. And it has great air-conditioning. It gets good gas mileage too. So the kids and I may just drive around all day (after school) until it's bedtime. LOL. Yeah well, I just love it.

You know what time it is now don't you?

This is just too good for one happy dance. How about two?

That's how excited I am. Just had to share.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

It's Football Time!

Yes. I have waited so long for football to start again.
Last night my Steelers won their first pre-season game. Yes, SuperBowl, here we come!

Monday, August 15, 2005

I really am NUTS aren't I?

Well I don't know how I get myself into these things. Oh yeah, I am an addict. LOL. I got the Rogue pattern yesterday and ordered yarn. Now normally I wouldn't have, but I got enough yarn to do it with for only $12.13. That is including shipping. I figure since this will be a big challenge for me, and may not turn out really well, that is not a bad deal. I think after I finished the corset, I got the big head and figured I could do anything. The corset is the first wearable thing I have made, other than scarves, the kneesocks, and that one little hat. But this will be a major project to do. I haven't even done cables before. But I figure if I want it bad enough, then I have to try. Gina says she wants to do the Rogue with me, so I won't be totally alone in doing it.

This is the color it will be. It is Caron Perfect Match in wine.

And as I said I would, I started a pair of socks with the camo yarn.

Hubby likes them already. And thanks Snow for giving me more ideas about what sock yarns to buy. I love an enabler. Makes me only part guilty for buying more stash.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Adding to the Stash

I finally got to go to Hobby Lobby. It was hard to narrow down my choices, but I think I did good.

First I found this. I thought it was just too cute. My little one was with me and she liked it too, so I got it.

And then I got quite a few needles. DPNs and circulars. I plan on making more socks. And the circulars, just to have extra.

Then I saw this camo yarn, and I had to get it. I will make hubby something with it. And the other two are to go with the purple yarn I got a couple of days ago. I think I have decided what to do with it. But I won't tell until I have casted on for it.

And then I found the sock yarn. I have never had real sock yarn, so I made sure I got some. I didn't really want the plain blue, but I liked the free pattern it had with it. It is so soft.

That's not too much for my first sock yarn purchase is it?

And then I got my book in the mail.

I would have had it read already, but I got a migraine Friday and still had it Saturday when I woke up. So I read all I could. I hope to read more today. It has totally kept my interest so far.
Well off to read and fondle my new yarn some more. I can tell you that it is well fondled by now. lol

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Crab, FOs & Purple Yarn

Since I had to get the kids early from school, we decided on the b-day dinner to instead be the b-day lunch. So I decided to go to Ruby Tuesday. I had the Jimmy Jax Crabcake burger(minus the horseradish sauce). It was good. I recommend it if you haven't tried it.

I got a package in the mail. It was this:

Yummy purple yarn. I helped Heather de-stash. Thank you! I have some ideas for this, but maybe I will get some more when I get to spend my gift card.

And last, but not least. I finished the corset! And I even put it on and took a pic.

Sorry for the roll on the back. I was trying to hurry and didn't have it pulled on quite straight. While I was doing this, someone was trying to be sneaky.

She came out from behind me while the picture was being snapped. She is such a ham when she sees the camera.

And as is tradition with every finish, the happy dance. Cue Charlie Brown theme.

Idiosyncrasy Meme

As if the first tag didn't blow me away, I got another one today! Thank you Itgirl!

Idiosyncrasy Meme

id•i•o•syn•cra•sy - a structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.

Write down 5 of your own idiosyncrasies, then if you wish, tag 5 people.
Ok, here we go.

1. I always have to put my left shoe on first. I don't know why. I have done this as long as I can remember. When I severly sprained my left ankle and couldn't wear my left shoe, I had a really hard time putting on the right one.

2. When I buy a new book or am given one, I don't want anyone to touch it or even open it unless I have finished reading it. And even then, I don't always let them. If the book is used, it doesn't bother me at all.

3. I think I am an obsessive-compulsive pack-rat. Things do have to be in a certain place at all times. And everything has its place. Even if that just means in the same pile of junk all the time.

4. I am a hard-core procrastinator. I make lists of things I need to do, over and over. I just keep shuffling things I haven't done to the next week's list. I had a PowerPoint presentation to give for a college class. I knew about it all semester. The class was to be our last meeting. I did it the night before, in an hour. I made an "A".

5. I still have to go check on my kids while they are sleeping, to make sure they are still breathing. They are 9, 9, 6 and 2 years old.

I tag
HibiscuitsGirl cause I just like her so much, Pixiestikz cause she is a new friend, The Bookish Girl cause I wanna read what she would write, Annie cause I am curious, and Melanie, just cause.

Tag...You're It!

The Shrone tagged me. I feel special as it was my first tagging. I feel I have made it in the blogging world.

I tag
Melissa, Gina, and Rabbitch (sorry but, I just can't call you by your given name).

If you want to participate the chain-letter part works like this: remove the blog at #1 from the following list and bump every one up one place; add your blog's name in the #5 spot; just check to make sure the links are still attached if you copy n' paste.

1) Yarn Obsession
2) Yarns and Musings
3) Addicted To Crochet
4) Home Burrough
5) Charmingly Wicked

5 Things I Miss From Childhood:

1. Being alone. I am an only child and always had quiet and alone time. Now I am married, have 4 kids, and my hubby's family is huge. I don't know what being alone is anymore.

2. Coming home from school and watching the Monkees on tv. No, not the original, the re-runs. I am not that old.

3. Taking naps. I may not have wanted to then, but I sure want to now. I'm not saying I never do, I would just like one (or 12) every day.

4. Not worrying about how I looked when I went to the store.

5. Eating fried squash and okra that my grandmother made.

Go forth and tag, my little taggees.


Yeah, it's the day of my birth. I didn't realize exactly how old, until the hubby lovingly pointed it out to me. And only because he is about 7 months younger than me. Yes, I met him before he was legal. So this reminds me just how long I have known him. Almost half my life. Wow. How time does fly.

Lookie what I got.

I know where I want to go tonight. As you all may have guessed, I have had a list for a week. lol

And last night, I finished the corset. All that's left is the buttons, which I just found this morning. No they weren't lost. I just went through a bunch and found the ones that look good on it. So as soon as I get them sewed on, I will model it for you. Here it is, but not blocked.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

MASH and spit

Well I had a scary experience the other night. I was sitting happily knitting away (from a CHART), and I go to unwind some yarn off the spool and saw a break in it. When the spool had been wound, there was obviously an end to the fiber and they just picked up another end and kept right on winding. I am using this to knit a lace shawl. I had no idea how I was going to weave in an end into open holes. Then I remembered reading in a blog where someone had spit-spliced their yarn and kept right on knitting. So I figured why not try. Couldn't hurt could it? So I did it and then kept on knitting. I either didn't do it enough or I did it too much, because the ends started to come loose. So I had to make a teeny knot. Luckily where it lays it doesn't show. I know it's there, but oh well. I didn't have the heart to re-knit all those rows that I was so proud of already. I have 20 rows left and I will be done with Clue 2 of the Mystery Shawl. I will post a pic of it then.

While knitting, I was watching M.A.S.H. Love that show, have loved it and watched it for as long as I can remember. It just so happens that this was the episode that was on.

Season 9

A War for all Seasons
December 29, 1980
Written by Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford
Directed by Burt Metcalfe
Guest Stars: Carl Freed, Laurie Bate, Jeff Maxwell

On New Year's Eve, the staff looks back on the highlights of 1951: The doctors invent an artificial kidney machine; Mulcahy plants a garden; and
Margaret takes up knitting.

During this episode, Margaret starts by knitting a dishcloth. This turns into a scarf. It then turns into a sweater. And lastly turns into a blanket. She was knitting this on two straight plastic needles. I was wincing from all the stitches scrunched up together on them.

Why is it that now that I knit, I always notice it on tv? I am sure there have been people knitting on tv and in the movies for a long time. I guess since my brain is filled with visions of yarn and patterns I want to do, that I pick up on all things knitterly. I have even found myself closely inspecting knit garments in stores looking to see how they are put together and what they are made with. Am I too addicted? I hope so!

And to leave you as the show M.A.S.H. did on it's last episode:

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

New Button & a Book

Well I was just sitting around, catching up on all the blogs I read and all the messages in the KALs I am in. And I decided to make a new button. I am in such a good mood after knitting that pattern from a CHART, I had some extra creative juices I needed to use. So here it is. (as if you can't see it on the sidebar)

And I am able to buy something for a change and I decided to get a book. I have been wanting to get this for a while, and I finally am. It should be on it's merry way soon.

Wow. I have had a busy, busy day.

I Can Do It!

I can't believe it. I actually knitted directly from a chart and finished it. Well I am talking about the first clue from the Mystery Shawl A-long. I never thought I would be able to just sit and knit without first writing all the pattern out. That is what I did with the Mystery Stole. And what I have done with most of my other patterns that had charts. But I just sat down and re-did my swatch in a different needle size and decided I liked the look of it better. Then I color coded my charts and started. I got through the first chart just fine and decided to brave the second. I finished all 42 rows with no trouble. I am just so happy about it.

And here is a closer detail shot.

And I have still been working on my Corset. I did something really scary the other day. I put in a lifeline and took it off the needles. It was very scary as I had never done that before. And then the even scarier part, I put it on and took a pic.

Well actually the scariest part was actually posting it here. LOL. It is coming along. And in other news, I have a pen-pal. I have already gotten two letters and have sent two. In one I got a cute little card with a knitting picture on it. Here is a pic of my letters and card.

Mischief Managed

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