Saturday, July 28, 2007

Just keep spinning....

That's it..... I'm WAY obsessed with Ravelry!!! I spend so much time there that it's interfering with my knitting, spinning and reading (Harry Potter!!!) time! I'm really trying to finish spinning the roving I got in NH this last time I was up there. It will be hard for me to justify buying a ton of roving at Rhinebeck if I've hardly touched what I already have. If I just had a wheel.... LOL!

Since I skimped on the pix last post, I'll make up for it now.

This is what I'm currently spinning. It's 100% merino & so fluffy & soft! I love merino :-) I'm spinning it as a thick & thin single, which I haven't done before, so I'm trying to make sure I don't over twist it too much. This is less than 1/2 of what I have. I'm hoping that I have enough to make another rattle snake scarf, since Georgie lost the one I made him last winter :-( That thing was really cool, but what can I do about it? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will appear in the school lost & found in September.

Devin lost another tooth on Thursday morning. It was a top side tooth. This makes #7. It bled quite a bit when it fell out. Ewwww.....

And finally..... Devin in the skirt Aunt Juli made for her. It's Knitty's Hip in Hemp Pattern.

So what should I do now? Knit, Spin, Read or do Stupid Laundry??

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Catching up

I haven't been doing much new knitting... I'm trying to finish up all the random little things I have laying around over the summer, so in the fall I can work on the big things that I don't want to think about while it's so hot- like Juli's shawl & Gloria's shrug. I have about a billion dishcloths that I made recently, most of which will be gifted, and I have what WAS the beginning of a pair of socks that I'm turning into leg warmers for Devin. George asked that I make the kids Harry Potter scarves. Ummm.... let me think about that one... OF COURSE!!!! I want to place an order @ Webs for some superwash wool for the project. Knit Picks doesn't seem to have the Gryfandor colors in Swish superwash. Although they did put the new Fall line out & I haven't had a chance to look it over yet. Maybe I'll make Georgie a Gryfandor and Devin a Ravenclaw... Have to think about it before ordering. Bottom line though is that I don't want to start anything new until I have a few projects off the needles. And speaking of needles, I'm eyeing the DPN set on Knit Picks which I see that my sister just ordered. Let me know how you like them Juli! I'm a big fan of Clover Bamboos, but I do really like my Knit Picks options, so maybe I would like to Knit Picks DPNs too.

Georgie starts summer school tomorrow. I can't believe my 5-year-old has to go to summer school. He'll have the boy aross the street with him though, and he doesn't seem to mind the idea of going to school tomorrow, so I'm not gunna make a huge deal out of it.

I entered a contest through the Stash and Burn podcast, and I didn't win, but got an e-mail that they're sending everyone who got the correct answer a little gift :-) Juli got hers already, so I hope mine comes tomorrow! I love getting stuff (other than bills) in the mail!!! Juli has been on a kick that we're gunna do our own podcast, along with Gloria. She's got segments worked out, I named us, now we need to work out the logistics of podcasting from different states! I bet we would be able to do a decent pod cast!

And speaking of Gloria, there was a fire in her apartment building last week. Several fire fighters went to the hossy for smoke inhalation, but other than that there were no injuries. She's out of the apartment for a few months while they do repairs, and she needs some new furnature and whatnot... all her clothing needs to be dry cleaned... and she LOST HER STASH!!!! GASP!!!! Now, it's wasn't the world's most impressive stash, but it was a stash none the less... and what do you want to do most when you're stessed out and have to stay at your parents house?? Knit, of course. So, she came over and took a ton of yarn from the craptastic garbage bag of doom, needles and a back issue Knit Simple magazine with a log cabin blanket pattern in it. I just told her to be careful with the blanket when she's done with it, b/c since it's acrylic it may melt to her if it's ever in a fire :-X I think the deal worked out well for everyone. I unloaded a boatload of craptacular yarn, Gloria got a project to work on, and I brought most of what was left in the bag to a drop box, so George is thrilled that we no longer have a ginormous bag of yarn in our living room. The way I see it, being that I destashed like 80 skeins of yarn right there that I should totally be able to buy whatever I want at Reinbeck :-D Juli will be coming with us this year, so I'm pretty sure spending will be completely out of control, but I'm OK with it!

G & I spent the day on the boat today- he worked (installed the radio) while I started re-reading HP: The Order of the Phoenix. We got HP7 yesterday, but G is reading it first since I can't keep a secret, so I'm re-reading the last two in the mean time. I can't wait to read the new one! All the buzz I hear has been that it's great. I found HP inspired sock patterns (Bellatrix, Fawkes, and Nagini a few minutes ago, with the help of Ravelry. I love that site!! Maybe once I get a few projects off the needles I'll cast on for some socks.

OK, I feel like I'm still on the boat, and I'm getting dizzy, so that's it from me for now. Bad Blogger, I have no pix today.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Goals for today

Since I'm home with Lil G all day (may go in for a few appointments later, but pretty much home all day) I may as well set some goals for myself.

* I WILL get at least half of the laundry folded and put away. Laundry & I are *worstest enemies* as Georgie would say!

* I will phtograph some of my WIPs so I can eventually put them on Ravelry (Me? Obsessed? What makes you think that??).

* I will vacuume the first floor.

* I will get the dining room table crap organized and throw out what I can bear to part with.

George's parents want to take the kids for the weekend. I think they're going out to the Hamptons, but I'm not sure. This means they will miss pratice on Saturday, but it's summer, they should be out having fun!! Hopefully G & I will be able to go see a movie & spend some time on the boat while we're child free.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Rambling on....

George & I moved the boat this weekend. Yeah! Now it's only a short drive to the harbor to go out on it. We have to row out to the mooring in an inflatable little thing for now, but we plan on upgrading soon! This is the boat at the mooring:

And another picture. These two were taken from the row boat. And this is an aweful picture I took of G & myself on the boat:Devin & Aunt Buli in their tie dye:
And I was wearing mine too!

This picture is proof that I need to go back to WW :-X Yikes!

Lil Man started football & Devin started cheering over the weekend. They seemed to have fun :-) Georgie like the equiptment more than the actual playing, but that's ok! Tonight would have been the second practice, but Lil Man was sick. I THOUGHT he had poison ivy, but when he came home from camp with a 104 fever I call the doc & they said to bring him in ASAP. The doc thinks that the rash is hives (which he has a history of getting) and that it's a reaction to a virus. She said to give him Motrin & Benedryl (which I had already done) and bring him back in on Thurs if he still has a high fever. I'll be staying home w/ him tomorrow, but on Thurs I have things I can't miss, so I need to find a sitter. This is why Mom should quit her job & babysit the kids full time!!! Hopefully Devin wont get this next...

Lil G also starts the Summer Literacy Program on Monday. The bus picks him up at 8:20, so I can put him on the bus in the morning, then he'll be bussed to camp at 12:00. I spoke with them today & they'll get him off the bus- which means I don't have to make sure I'm in Huntington for my lunch breaks! Whew!

Hmmmm...... I think that's all I have for now. I'm totally addicted to Ravelry still & not getting much knitting done because of it. And the knitting I DO get done is little dishcloths that I don't want to bother posting on Ravelry. Most often I just get lost looking at other people's projects!

Thursday, July 12, 2007


I'm WAY too addicted to Ravelry. It's so freaking fun!! There are a lot of projects that I didn't take pix of before I gifted them, so I'm SOL for that, but I'm going through my old pix to see what I can find. For the most part I wont be putting up projects that I have no chance of finding pix for.

So, my New Hampshire Stash Additions..... First off, on the way to NH we went to WEBS. Yeah!!!! It's a good thing I don't live too close, otherwise I would be broker than I already am!! I was being relatively good while I was there: I picked out two different sets of purse handles and some Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky to make felted purses with and a pattern book from Filatura Di Crosa (I'm itching to make the sideways knit cardi). I was on my way up to the register when I ran into a staff member who asked if I was finding everything, we chatted for a bit, she asked me if I was in the warehouse. I said *The what?* and that's when it was all over!! I wound up with what I hope is a sweater's worth of cotton to make the cardi and a whole bunch of other cotton to make washcloths. I'm really into the Ball Band dishcloth. It's such a cute pattern. Next yarn store was an accident. We went to New England Fabrics so Mom could get some fabric to make pillows and I discovered a ton of Lopi. Georgie picked out some Cammo yarn to make him a vest with and Orange yarn to trim it with. Then we went to the Fiber Studio, where I got two big hanks of superwash merino that I plan on dyeing for Juli to make socks with (after I place another order from Dharma), and Georgie picked out some roving for me to spin to make him a new Rattle Snake scarf (his is lost- *SOB*). And that's it. I was pretty proud of myself that I didn't get more! I REALLY have to start using my stash though, b/c it's totally getting out of hand. I have to admit that I can't resist it when Georgie requests that I make him things. I think it's SO cute.

We're having some issues with Camp scaring the sh*t out of the kids with their dooms day preaching (what should I have expected from a church camp?? It was what we could afford though) so G talked to them this morning. We'll see what happens. Georgie is literaly having nightmares that a ball of fire is gunna crash into the Earth & we're all gunna die :-X Just what I wanted out of summer vacation :-(

K, time to get a move on.

Monday, July 09, 2007

More pix

A few more pix from New Hampshire.... I really wish we could move up there, but G couldn't make a living there :-(

This picture was actually taken at home on the 4th of July. This is the shirt I tie dyed for her :-) I intended on making us each a R,W&B shirt, but that didn't happen! Devin's hair has gotten so long again so quickly!! I love it :-) See that heap on the floor next to her? That's Georgie in a Superman Cape and Transformer helmet..... I think I have video that's quite funny of this moment!
Grammy & Papa got new furnature for the cabin & Papa was going to bring the box to the recycling place when Devin suggested they recycle it with their immagination instead. It became a playhouse, a lap top and money, amung other things!
Peacock at the Friendly Farm. Georgie said this is what the boy peacock does to make the girl fall in love with him. I wish I was able to get a better picture, but you can get the idea!

And my cutie boy in a shirt he dyed all by himself. I'll have to get a better picture next time he wears it, b/c for all it's randomness it came out really cute. I love this guy :-)

New Hampshire

We're back from New Hampshire. It was so nice to be away for a few days... I wish I didn't have to come back to work today!!

A few quick pix:

Those are from The Friendly Farm. I love that place :-) Georgie liked the goats the best, and Devin's favorite was the baby chicks.

Oh, and we dyed those shirts. I'm happy with how they came out, but I think their may be room for improvement :-P

I'll be back with more pix, and with info on my recent stash enhancement!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


George came home with a big bag of yarn for me :-) Yeah for yarn! It's mostly crap, but it was free, and it's mine, so I'm totally OK with it! It came from a friend of his mother's who's mother-in-law passed away. I was sitting there knitting teacher's gifts on Father's Day & she asked if I wanted the yarn, since she has no clue what to do with it. Sure! There were 8 balls of sugar & cream cotton in a verigated yellow/orange color. Does anyone know anyone with a yellow/orange kitchen that needs some dishcloths??? LOL! I think that was the biggest prize in the bag. There was lots and lots of acrylic. Like, a huge black garbage bag full. There's an entire bag (10 skeins perhaps? No, 12, I just counted) of Caron simply soft in white. I heard a rumor that simply soft actually makes a nice Clapotis, so I'm thinking a Xmas gift for my Grandmother.... too bad I can't dye acrylic.... Pretty much everything she had was large quantaties of the same thing, so I can make some blankets, maybe something for NH. Squeaky acrylic is perfect for up there since it wont get attacked by bugs while the cabin in empty. And I can definitely use some of it to make toys for Devin & Georgie & my nephews. I was gunna make some baby blankets in Cotton, but since I now have a large quantity of acrylic baby yarn (with that sparkly thread running through it. WHY do people think this makes the yarn more babyish??? I don't get it!) it looks like project Linus may be getting some acrylic baby blankets. Maybe I can whip up a white balnket for Daniella's baby's christening or something. Too bad I can't remember how to crochet, I bet that woould burn through this new aquisition quicker!! If anyone has suggestions on what to do with this I'm totally open to hearing them!!

Onto a few pix:

What could be in that bag?

Yarn. Duh!

Sugar & Cream for dishcloths. What else can I make with this?

A gazillion balls of Lion Brand Jamie. Two bags are rainbow colors and one is yellow & white. Ya, and they're sparkly. The bag behind it is another brand of baby yarn in sparkley white:

12 balls of Caron Simply Soft:

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Superfreak strikes again

After spending most of the day in his PJs on the couch watching TV, I insisted Georgie get dressed so he can go out side & play.

This is what he came down wearing:

I love this boy, but he is a Superfreak!!