Thursday, February 28, 2008
Not any knitting to share today but here's a photo of Ms Thang and Christopher (Froggie's little guy who's gonna get the new duckie). Can you tell they're happy to be getting out of school? lol
This one I took while we were waiting on the kids..just playing with the new toy. Luckily Froggie tolerates my strange obsession and isn't embarrassed when I randomly snap a photo while we're driving down the road. :P
Okay, my crisis is over and now I really gotta go get some knitting done. I did get a few skeins of yarn today but it was marked down *only $1.oo* and a couple balls of solid color cotton. Not a bad day at all.
*Oh yeah, no blogging tomorrow for the Blog 365er's. It's a day off...can't even blog about not blogging*
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
These are the prettiest stitch markers. I don't have any even remotely like these. Most of my pretties are the small little beads...which I love but this is a nice little change.
Could she have picked a more appropriate set of stitch markers? They are so cute! Perfect for knitting more duckies. lol
There was also a cute little flower button in with the stitch markers. You can see who got that and tried to steal the littlest duckies. I got the stitch markers back but I think the button is going to stay right where it is.
Thanks for the awesome goodies, Cat! We both love em!
*Other duckie update....got the body seamed and the wings and beak on. Just need to finish the legs, stuff the duck and add some eyes. Froggie had a really cute idea for a little something extra for this new duckie. I love the idea...totally cute....if it works out, I think it's going to be the perfect addition to the new guy. Shouldn't be long before he's ready.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
I still don't have lilduckie's brother seamed and stuffed yet but I thought I would post a picture of the duckie parts....give ya an idea of what he's gonna look like. It's really not such a neat pile of parts but I hid all the ends underneath so it would look all neat and tidy. :P *Froggie, DON"T LET CHRISTOPHER SEE THIS POST!!!*
*Still haven't touched my Icelandic Shawl yet. I am so disgusted about having to frog back. I will get back on track...not to worry.
It was an awesome warm, sunny day today. 64 degrees F and I can check the mail without swimming out to the mailbox or renting a boat. YAY!!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Duckie update...just gotta sew him together and put in the stuffing and he is birthday ready!
Found out today that my cousin whose original due date was April is now at the "any day now" point. She went for an ultra sound and the baby has turned and assumed the position. Today, I had to dig out my Cotton Tots and get some baby cloths started....shower will be rushed up pretty soon I think.
Hope you're all doing well, my cold is finally beginning to subside and I can breathe!!! YAY for tissues with lotion in them. My nose is forever grateful.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Duckie progress....need two wings and a foot and then put him together
I did finish the teddy but forgot to take a photo....maybe I'll remember to do that tomorrow when the light is better.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I don't know how or why it's orange in this photo but I thought it looked kinda cool. I got some tips from a friend and hopefully in the future I might some decent moon photos. I'll keep trying.
Ms Thang wore her socks to school today and showed them off to her friends, her interpreter and her teachers. She tells me her interpreter wants me to teach her how to knit. I don't know if this is true or not, the awesome interpreter hasn't mentioned it to me.
Almost finished with the other half of duckie #2's body....then on to the wings, beak and feet. Hopefully, he will finished soon.
AND.....I am sooooo excited!!! I learned to do the long tail cast on today!!!!!!!! YAY ME!!! It wasn't really hard at all. Man, the things I fear and then end up feeling so "DUH". lol I'm working on casting on my second pair of socks...hope socks #2 go as well or better then the first ones.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The second one seemed to take me a lot longer than the first and I was so afraid the entire time that it would come out all wrong or too big or too little.....but miraculously, it's the same size! I am shocked and proud.
The photos aren't as clear as I would have liked but again, it's late and the light is crappy. I am so relieved to be finished and see that they did turn out not only the same size but wearable too.
Ms Thang was thrilled to have it done and put it on right away. These are going to be worn out real soon...I just have a feeling about that.
Teddy is still waiting on his last ear and a scarf and he's good to go. He had to chill on the desk while I got the sock finished. It was driving me insane and I can't cast on for another one until I finished the pair so it just had to be done.
Now, I'm going to fix me a nice cup of hot chocolate (courtesy of Aunt Kathy)....have the worst sore throat and need something warm and soothing. Spring....come on already....all this sickness is just ridiculous!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The color is nowhere near true in the photo but it's late and the lighting really stinks right now. He's/She's a very pretty pale mauve color knitted with more of the wonderful yarn that Shirls sent me from South Africa. It's called Lollipop yarn but there's no color listed on the label. It's 100 % acrylic...yeah, acrylic......and I love this stuff! It's so soft and it's an absolute pleasure to knit. I used some scrap Sugar & Cream in Black for the face. I think I need to invest in something a little lighter for faces if this toy knitting continues. The cotton looks a little bulky to me.
Oh yeah, almost forgot...he's/she's going to need a little scarf or a ribbon around that little neck. I'll have to get that figured out too. I like the way a little scarf looks on the teddies...maybe that will be okay with Ms Thang. I'll be sure to ask first.
*Got half of the body done for the next duckie....March will be here soon so I need to get busy. Froggie's little one is having that birthday whether I finish or not and I want to be finished. He's gonna love it!
Okay, gotta get some rows done on my Icelandic Shawl tonight because Friday will be here even sooner than March. lol Then there's the sock.....can I borrow some knitting hands? Somebody? Anybody? Hellooooooooooo? :P
Monday, February 18, 2008
You Are Big Bird
Talented, smart, and friendly... you're also one of the sanest people around.
You are usually feeling: Happy. From riding a unicycle to writing poetry, you have plenty of hobbies to keep you busy.
You are famous for: Being a friend to everyone. Even the grumpiest person gets along with you.
How you life your life: Joyfully. "Super. Duper. Flooper."
Sunday, February 17, 2008
This is just to prove that I DO NOT have SSS...yet. It's OTN and I hope it will a FO tomorrow. Ms Thang is over-seeing production and not cutting me a bit of slack. lol Since tomorrow is her birthday, I really want to have it done. I would be further along but I spent way too much on Ravelry looking at sock patterns and trying to decide what my next one will be. I have some Tofutsies and I'm ready for another pair.
I am, however, very upset with these brand new hand made birch sock needles I bought recently at my LYS. They were $8.50 of worthless crap! I opened them yesterday and used them for the first time and one of the needles just split apart. They will making a trip back to the store and hopefully I can get another pair (different kind) because using these long DPs is really a pain.
That's my rant for the day....going back to my heating pad.....it's a girl thing. Nuff said.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
It is so cute. I just love it and I've already had a request to make one for someone else. I think maybe I'll have to order some yarn and a handful of the sock blocker keychains so I can have them handy for gifts.
If anyone is interested in getting them...you can find them at The Unique Sheep .
Just a quick post today...had to share this little thing with you. It's already on my keys and ready for show. :)
Friday, February 15, 2008
Ms Thang slept in that sock last night...it was so funny. I didn't even realize she still had it on until she got up this morning to get ready for school. Monday is her birthday so she brought home a present from her interpreter. That woman is the best! She got her a big Dry Erase Board with 2 boxes of markers and an eraser. Ms Thang loves to draw and has been playing with it since she got home. We're going to hang it up in her room.
Lilduckie wanted to show you a couple of things we've been working on. This is part of a Spa Set we're putting in the Christmas gifts box. The square one is face cloth and the other one is a headband. The face cloth is actually a modified mug rug.....I thought my recipients would have more use for a face cloth than the mug rug so I just added a few more stitches and went with it.
The pattern is one of Sue's at Harvest Moon . She has the nicest designs...something for everyone.
This is the progress to date on the Icelandic Shawl. So far, I'm doing great keeping up with the KAL. I'm a few rows ahead at this point and I'm going to try my best to stay on track with everyone. Ahead is great but as long as I'm on schedule...I'm happy.
Okay, gotta get that second sock OTN and start on lilduckie's sibling...birthday gift for Froggie's little one.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I was able to put it on but it's a snug fit so I asked my youngest son to try it on....snug on him too. Then it was Ms. Thang's turn...she told me yesterday that "that sock better be for me".....lol Well, that sock is definitely for her because it is a perfect fit for her. It also doesn't hurt that it is her favorite color...orange. She gladly modeled the sock for me while I took some photos.
Later on, I checked to see what she was up to...too quiet means trouble you know....she was lying in the floor on a comforter watching TV with that sock still on her foot. Never mind that she doesn't match....she says she's waiting on the other one. :P
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Just a little close up not a good one but a close up. I am really enjoying this and I can't wait to get it done so I can attempt to put it on. Cross your fingers on that one. lol
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I TURNED A HEEL!!!!!! I can't believe I finally turned a heel! It was so not as hard as I thought...I always end up saying that when I finally do something. lol Now, it's time to pick up stitches and I think this scares me more than turning the heel did but I will at least try.
I have no idea if the sock will even be wearable but I'm understanding what's happening so I know that I will be able to knit socks after this. I have wanted to do this for so long so this is just an awesome feeling for me. I don't know if I will work on it more today....maybe later tonight when things quiet down.
Thanks for all the encouragement I've gotten about trying to knit socks....you all are such great motivation! Wish me luck with the picking up stitches....another new thing for me...only ever done this once I think.
I'm using the yarn Aunt Kathy sent to me....they may not be wearable but they will be bright and pretty. lol
Monday, February 11, 2008
This first photo is not even all the goodies. I got my favorite candy...Ferrero Rocher....several different flavors of Holy Chocolate...sock knitting book....needles with the lighted tips...cute hot chocolate mug...mini marshmallows (yummy)...some luscious hand lotion, a cute Chihuahua fridge magnet, a magnetic bookmark and pretty stitch markers. She also included one of her own original dishcloth designs.
Here's a close-up of the bags...aren't they just too cute? The one on the left (darker pink) was made by Aunt Kathy. The one on the right is made of felt and has cute little flower cut outs. I love them both!
Here is the yarn goodness I got...some sock yarn in the brightest colors and 1 ball of cotton in a neutral color....sort of an ecru I think you would call it. I love em! Can't wait to knit something up.
Here are my pretty stitch markers. The pink ones are my cocoa swap markers and the blue ones are my prize for linking to her contest from my blog. I can't get enough of the pretty stitch markers...every girl needs a stash of shiny, girly things.
And last, but certainly not least......my Blah Buster Buddy and his own personal cup of hot cocoa.
He is just too cute. This is why I want to learn to crochet! There's even marshmallows in his cup of chocolate.....She thought of everything! And he's even the same color as my little chihuahua, Diva. Wow, I hope I didn't forget anything....there were so many goodies in my box and I was so excited....If I find anything I forgot I will post them later.
Thank you so much, AK....I 'm really glad you turned out to be my Secret Swapper. Love Ya!!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
This is the case after felting. There is a lot of pilling but I think I can clean that up pretty well. These last two photos just don't show the colors well....lighting was pretty bad. I also don't have a button on it yet. I have been fighting the flu since Friday and just haven't felt like looking for one.
One more view here....I really think the flap needs to be a tad bit wider and then I will love it. I had to use a stand in camera for the photos since I was using my camera to take the photos....it's a little big for the stand in but fits my usual camera almost perfectly.
You can find the pattern I used on Dianna's blog . She even has a diagram and directions to adjust the size to fit your camera.
Okay, hope everyone is well and knitting.....I am 2 rows away from staying on schedule with my Icelandic Shawl even though I have felt like crap. YAY ME!!!!!!!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Claudia over at Cat tagged me for The Power of 7.
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. I rarely ever watch TV. I use it mostly for background noise.
2. We use sign language in our house as much as we speak English.
3. I'm pretty good at cake decorating...once made my son a full body Spongebob cake...it was awesome. I've also done baby shower cakes, birthday cakes and one wedding cake (3 tiers).
4. I have the worst memory in the history of memories....I write everything down.
5. I had two of my children in the same year....long story short, one was born in February and the other was very premature in October of the same year.
6. I am addicted to French Vanilla Cappuccino.
7. I have taken self defense classes from a former IKF Kickboxing champion.
I now tag these 7
people who are sure to be thrilled by the tagging. lol
Okay people, get on with the sharing of random weirdness.
Friday, February 8, 2008
You're the time of day right around sunrise, when the sky is still a pale bluish gray. The streets are empty, and the grass and leaves are a little bit sparkly with dew. You are the sound of a few chirpy birds outside the window. You are quiet, peaceful, and contemplative. If you move slowly, it's not because you're lazy – it's because you know there's no reason to rush. You move like a relaxed cat, pausing for deep stretches that make your muscles feel alive. You are long sips of tea or coffee (out of a mug that's held with both hands) that slowly warm your insides just as the sun is brightening the sky.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
This is a little close-up peek at the baby blanket I am knitting. I love the color but dang knitting with this yarn. :( It should be a quick knit though....using size 15 needles and I'm already almost through one skein already.
I have a camera case that I've finished knitting and it's waiting to be fulled. If it turns out good...I'll post photos when I'm done. If not, well......let's all just forget I ever mentioned it. :P
Gotta go get my needles out and sort my yarn for the Icelandic Shawl KAL. I need to get my colors organized and start casting on. The KAL started today and I have a feeling it's going to take a while to get it started....provisional cast on.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
We know that ducks love the water but even lilduckie was a little concerned about the weather here today. *See the frightened look on his face?* I'm sure most of you have heard of the awful storms that just plowed through 5 of our southern states yesterday....last night we were told they were heading this way. Fortunately for us...they had weakened by the time they reached us. The clouds were looking pretty menacing today but aside from a little rain...we're just fine.
This is what they looked like this afternoon. I tried to get some video but it just didn't turn out as well as I had hoped so we'll just have to live with photos.
These last two look a lot worse than they really are. The second photo is the "real deal". By this time, the sun was going down and it added a very dramatic effect to the clouds.
Especially this one. Strange how nature can be so scary and so beautiful all at the same time. I know there were so many who were not as lucky as we have been and I want to say that our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by the storms. Come on my blogging buddies....let's all light a candle and say a little prayer for them. Hugs all around!
*Knitting note....cast on for a baby blanket today. I'm using Red Heart Baby Clouds in Pink Lemonade. Love the way it looks knitted up but HATE HATE HATE knitting with it. AAGGGH...What was I thinking?!* photos later
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Yesterday on Nichole's blog ...she had some hilarious, time-sucking links to share. I spent a lot of time on the 3rd link...too funny! If you need a good laugh, it's a great place to check out.
I received this photo in an email today. It was just so beautiful...I had to share it. It was taken by my friend's son in South Africa. Shirley and I have become very good friends and have adopted each others families. Will went back to school this past week and sent his American "Aunty" Mel this photo. I'm sure I'm not the only one who never realized what a beautiful country it is.
Going back to my corner to knit now. :)
Monday, February 4, 2008
Oh well, it makes for good knitting weather...but then, for me, any weather is good knitting weather. lol
Not much exciting going on around here now...just finishing up the final touches on my Cocoa Swap and getting it ready to mail out tomorrow. I've got two cloths OTN for Valentine's Day gifts and seriously fighting the urge to pull out that little sock keychain kit and cast on. I know it will require much attention for me and so it would be better to wait until I get some things finished.
Ms Thang is hounding me about what toy I am going to knit next and I really have to get another duck knitted for a certain Froggie's cute little son for his birthday in March. He absolutely loves little yellow ducks. He will have a handknit one this year.
lilduckie wanted to say "Thanks" for all the nice comments. You've really made him feel welcome. He has promised to be good and try to take over but he will pop in from time to time to say "HI". So, from lilduckie....MWAHHHHHHH!