Wednesday, September 24, 2008
New sheers up in the living room Done
Yarn cleaned out of living room, almost
Yarn in the dye pot, done
Sheep Time Soaker started, 1/2 completed
Grocery list ready done
Bedroom curtains hung, done
581 other things to complete?
Workin on them
With 2 days left!
The storm damage has set us back about 6 days of yard & patio/courtyard work. Larry is working himself ragged trying to complete it. We are down to placing the stones for the floor and it's a "one man show" from here on out. I know we wont have the entire floor completed in time but he hopes to have the stones that are out set. The rest will have to be leveled pea gravel. Well, you do what you can right? I think its , going to look fantastic when were through.
I do have a few works to show, in between manic bouts of cleaning I finished the "Hannah Banana" Sweater. Hannah is my good friend Johanna's daughter. Big girl in first grade this year! This is a crop sleeve, shrug, sweater. It was made for her birthday in May....all it needed was the front button band completed. Another UFO completed!
Shes so excited to finally get to wear it. We are having cool fall mornings so it will come in handy waiting for the school bus.
This one was made with Bernat Chunky, washable for a active child and working single mom!
Oh, I just found out I received a Blog award, from one of my 3 readers!!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
If its a girl, we have "Snow Blossom", & "Coastal Sunset" if its well, it will work for either boy or girl! My photo is not doing this yarn justice, these colors are so vibrant.
Itchy fingers have I! Crud, this means more seams, buttons & FO's!!
I like to keep a bag or 2 of gifty things in the house. You never know when you will need a quick "little something" for someone. Or.....forget a birthday, NO! never mind, I'd NEVER do that!
This time I picked some cute note cards & 2 nice sized note books. I have one in my purse, one for knitting notes, and another for just reception plans etc........ I'm getting a bit A.D.D. about them but they help me keep organized. The note books & note cards have an initial on them, kept hidden for secret gifting purposes!
My other finds were recipe cards. Quite a few had a holiday motif but these are generic. I can stick them in a basket with home made jam & dish cloths for a last m inute holiday gift. You know, just in case!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
It was my second attempt with Wilton food coloring. I realized later I used to much vinegar.
I'll keep what I have!
In keeping with my new self imposed rule of finishing 3 before you start another project.....This was an order for 2 Lavender Paws. Another Lisa Milan of Digknitty design. On the way to Canada!
Her pattern is designed with legs front loading to allow plenty of diaper room. She gives directions to modify the soaker for any baby shape, Buddha to
string bean. In other words no need for short rows!
2 completed diaper soakers.....up to 4 FO's!
I found all of these dish cloths started in various stages in 3 separate tote bags, the van, the car, the family room & well....get the idea?
I didn't realize I had so many sets of 6,7 & 8 needles....maybe thats why I was using the 8's....
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
With approximately 1/3 of our utility trucks and staff assisting in the southern US recovery this number is fantastic! Yes our guys are home now, which will speed the process.
Yesterday work required me to travel All over Jeffersonville, New Albany, Clarksville, thru Dixie HWY, Preston HWY, along Bardstown rd, & Hurstbourne areas. A normal 95-minute drive time took over 3 hours!
Despite news reports of fighting at gas stations & all the negative behaviors,
I have never been so proud to be a member of any community!
Let me tell you of a few things I saw, some may seem minor and very trivial, but it/they made a difference:
Residents, Police& National Guard members directing traffic in busy intersections and residential areas….& random driver passing them bottles of water and juice!
Banks, churches and other businesses barbecuing & offering free or minimal fee meals
Grocery store employees working hard to haul water & other non-perishable foods to the isles. Yes they were unshaven, a little grungy and in t-shirts and shorts but, they came in.
Drivers giving the same consideration to Tree service & Utility trucks as they would an ambulance.
Grocery Stores taking phone orders and delivering to the elderly or those without transportation be it due to lack of gas, road debris….at no charge!
Grocer employees hauling dry & wet ice in their own vehicles, when the trucks could not get there soon enough
Tree service employee’s working as fast as they can to clear the way for utility workers with very little sleep
Power cords running from house to house to house, those with helping those without.
Neighbor helping neighbor,Those that can helping those that cant, families working together.
As in any situation you can always find the negative but it’s just as easy to focus on the positive.
We can tell the stories of the 2008 Windstorm, acts of kindness, heroism & caring for years.
This is what community really is, and I am so very proud to be a part of it.
Monday, September 15, 2008
So what did I do during the wind storm? Found my last skein of un-dyed yarn! I call it "Child's Play" I think it will make a adorable soaker! Boy or girl, I was actually trying for a blue and got a deeeeep aqua. Anyone know what I'm doing wrong? I can use all the advice I can get so speak up if you know!
These I had hanging to dry from playing Saturday. The blue and brown "Little Boy Brown" is a match to the pink and brown posted a few days ago. extra hank with the blue is solid blue for the soaker waist band and legs.
The second, my son in law Christopher looked at and said "that looks like Bahama Breeze to me." So, "Bahama Breeze" it is! when I was winding these up into skeins, I noticed the blues are the same shade. (at least my colors are consistent) so, if I need extra I have it.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Our New landscaping! Isn't it lovely? We had a bit of wind today, 60-81 mph
The tree house, the trees were pulled in different directions and ripped it apart!
Just think of it as new yard art!......maybe I can have Larry make benches out of the down trees...some are hardwood!
This was the "Thinking tree". It had 2-3 levels the kids could go to. They would sit up there and study or read (pout)
Remember the wall we just built?
We cant tell if there is any damage to the new garage, the trees fell between the house and garage,.....on to the new wall. It looks ok, we won't know until we get the trees cleared.
This photo was 30 minutes into the high winds
So far we have counted 8 trees down, and the top of 2 others.....hanging over the house!
This was the first "break" in the wind, see the trees behind the house?
Oh, Excuse me...that were behind the house.
Now just keep in mind our daughter Erika's wedding reception is on the 27th, here, at THIS HOUSE! She wanted a big informal family style gathering. Here. At home. We have at least 2 days of just chain saw work ahead!
Our closest neighbor came over, they suggested we have a theme reception.........Survivor Style. The games and contest possibilities are endless! LOL
But you know what? We are so BLESSED! no one was hurt, & our road is one of the few in the county we have found out that still has electricity. Over 400,000.have no power!
Maybe we will have a bonfire too........Gotta make lemonade!
The end of my kitchen table is covered with
skeins of yarn and working projects. I'm " working it clear" (SURE I AM)Then there is a/was a basket of UFO's in the living room, lets say one of many and leave it at that! All of these need either Frogged, buttons or just sewn up. Some are from LAST September. The Burgundy shrug, needs frogged. I was to the point of sewing it for a Christmas outfit for Erika and found a major error right after the neck line. Of course its top down knit
See that? It has marinated for a year. My first Grown up garment. Fits her beautifully, just needs seamed, now to be frogged.
The Pink Ivory & brown shrug was /is for a friends daughter. A birthday gift from Apr/May. Just needs the button placket and ends tucked in.
2 bibs, just need buttons, The Mossy Oak sweater? I don't know what I've done but the front doesn't meet, FROG! I wonder if any one else has had this problem, I've counted stitches and its correct to the pattern.
Yellow and green sweater? Just needs a button! I have a cute Daisy one ready and waiting.
Blue Jumper has been done for months, waiting for decorative stitching, The kimono jacket just needs seamed for nearly a year~
Needle case I got bored with, 3/4 of the way done & need for Christmas. Ear warmers & hat? only 3 wks old.
That's the first of 3 baskets.
So, my new short term goal? I have to complete at least 3 things before I start another.
That's not counting dyeing though, I already have my yarn soaking !
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Baby on the Brain
With the new baby coming I’ve been looking at all kinds of patterns. I was searching for a pattern that would be handy with the upcoming seasonal change. The FREE PATTERN "Confection" by Tonya Wagner was my inspiration. And as with all my projects I had to tink the pattern, I added longer sleeves & made the back a bit deeper. The first is a Pink Ombre of I Love this Yarn, purchased at my local Hobby Lobby.
I love variegated yarns of any kind. Its interesting to see how the colors will pool
The second is Plymouth Encore from my LYS "Grinny Possum." These will see a lot of use as they can be worn as a extra “something” around the house or, with little dresses for a date with Daddy.
Wooohoo! Yarny goodness from Purewool! I received my co-op order from Purewool started
to get twitchy finger Cant wait to get started.
Just the incentive to complete some projects. Yes I still have all those buttons & seams to sew. Need to complete at least 3 (well, maybe 1) to start something new......
Another dish/washcloth with Digknitty designs.
Lisa has a great collection of pumpkins, pilgrims, spiders & goblins for fall, be sure and check them out!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
New soaker stocking for Etsy & KDC
"Lavender Peace", size large, 100% Peace Fleece wool.
"Grove" size large, 100% wool Purchased from Radiant Twist. Wonderfully soft fluff.
"Navajo" size large, 100% Fisherman's wool.
My first dye!
"Rocker" size large, 100% Merino wool.
In My house a camera left out in the open is considered "free game," you never know what you will find I do believe pregnancy has curled her brain!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
When I first looked at this yarn drying I thought Ooooh, I love the colors, and was excited. After I wound it to a cake I thought Oh No! This is what they call “Yarn Barf!” With nothing left to loose I started knitting. I've seen write ups for "Yarn Barf" scarves on Etsy, so why not a Diaper Soaker!
I am suprisingly pleased with it. Not to sure of the green. My random stripe is more ra than dom!
Citrus colors, Lime, Yellow & a Coral/ watermelon in Fisherman's wool.
Dip dyeing with sock yarn, I LOVE this one. To bad its sock yarn. Possibly a scarf in its future!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I dipped one end into a berry color and got a rich pink, separated out 3 other sections for lime, blue and purple. I used the stove top method and found it so easy! This batch is skeined and in process of becoming a soaker.
After my first success I had to go for a 2nd attempt. My red came out as a deep Coral pink, almost a watermelon. Overall, I'm very pleased with the results.
My batteries died so I'll have photos of the other 4 I did tomorrow.