Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Project Revisited and the Marshmallow Thief Makes an Appearance

Since school is starting next week, I decided to see if I could finish this baby blanket. It is for Miss I Cut the Yarn's teacher. She doesn't go back to preschool technically until September 10th so I have a little extra time. I have made one in nine days so I think I can do it if I can stay away from sock knitting and searching for sock yarn.

This is the sock that she cut the yarn on. I switched to my Addi Turbo's (the only ones I have) to finish it. It is not nearly as splitty since I switched. I think I may actually make the other hank of the yarn into socks also. We shall see. I turned the heel last night and this morning I picked up all the gusset stitches and I am working on the decreases now.

I also thought I would show a picture of the Marshmallow Thief. It has been awhile since he made an appearance. He is growing so fast. He has learned to say Yeah and ball. He likes to wander around the house aimlessly. I think he does it just because he can walk and tends to take after his dad that he can't seem to stay still for long. He was pretty tired in this picture, he is so quick now that it is hard for me to get a good picture. I think I might need a new camera.

I have also started working out again. It is just a start but hopefully I will keep it up. I am doing the Walk Away the Pounds videos. I am also throwing in some Core Secrets with it too hopefully.

Monday, August 27, 2007

A No Pictures Post

I have learned a big lesson. Never buy more than one hank of sock yarn from a company until you decide if you like it or not. I have two hanks of the Perchance to Knit and I am pretty disgusted with it. It did not help that my daughter cut it either. I am so tempted to swap with someone if they are interested. I know that the sock fits so far, I am just really unhappy with the yarn splitting so much.

I was able to find jars. Dh picked them up for me at the Wal-Mart in the town where he works. I have 27 jars of salsa canned so far this year plus I have about 50 more tomatoes that are ripe that I need to turn into something else.

Happy Knitting

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Warning Rant Ahead!!!!!!

Well, my not so secret project had a mishap, I had to rip it out. I was almost through with the leg on my beautiful Fall Sock Club package from the Loopy Ewe when I discovered a mistake. No one would have probably noticed but it was bugging me so I tried to fix it. Unfortunately, that didn't work. So it is in the bottom of the frog pond until I feel the need to cast them on again. This sock that I am knitting fighting now is out of Perchance to Knit yarn in the Pond colorway. I am not impressed with this yarn at all. I find it very splitty and not very soft but the colors are gorgeous. It might just be that I knit tight and I am knitting with the wickedest needles in the United States. I love my Options though. I just need to loosen up I guess. I am using a pattern out of the Sensational Knitted Sock Book.

My Canning Law says that if you have 66 ripe tomatoes (yes I counted them) and only five pint jars you probably need to buy more jars right???? Guess what??? The grocery store and the hardware store are both out. Also I called another store to see if they had some and they never called me back. Grrrrrrr. I highly frustrated at this point and on top of that the Stinkerbug daughter is throwing a fit about something because her sister made her mad.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Jaywalkers are Done

Well, the Jaywalkers for my wonderful sister-in-law are in the mail. I messed them up a little but I wasn't going to rip them out again. Somehow some peanut butter cookies got in there for my wonderful brother. I am not quite sure how that happened.

I did cast on for something else but I will share that in a later post. I want to see how far I can get by Friday or so.

I am starting to worry if my iPod is in danger of becoming kidnapped. Our little Stinkerbug has turned into a little music fiend. She loves music. Her dad let her listen to my iPod the other night and she just looked so cute.

Although, I am thankful that she has her own FP3 player. She thinks it is neat to listen to music that she likes (Rascal Flatts' Me and My Gang and Sheryl Crow's Real Gone) over and over and over and over and over. I am sure you get the idea.

Happy Knitting

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A Punkin Has a Birthday!!!!!

It is hard to believe that seven years ago today, I was laying in a hospital bed with a brand new baby. That baby is not a baby anymore. She is a big 7 year old. She is so excited about being a first grader here in a couple of weeks. I am very proud of her. She can read, take a shower all by herself without having to be told, can help her sister get snacks and loves to play with her little brother. The first picture was taken when she was just a few days old and the second one was taken today. I love you Punkin. Thanks for letting me be your Mom.

On the knitting front, I am almost done with the Jaywalkers for my sister in law. I am so excited. I am so ready to cast on a new pair of socks for me. I have lots of beautiful yarn to choose from. I was so certain that I wanted to start the Loopy Ewe Fall Sock Club but I just got the Loopy Ewe Anniversary Socks so I am torn. I guess we will see what shows up on the needles next.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dishcloths are so Cool

I have to admit that I love to knit dishcloths. They make me happy when I use them (yes I do use them and then when they are worn out I throw them in the trash and make more) to wipe counters and wash dishes. My daughters have been known to use them for little baby blankets. I knit these two in the last couple of days. I used one ball of yarn for both of them and I even had a "little" bit left.

This is some pretty sock yarn that I got from the Simply Socks Yarn Company small indie dyer sock club. It is Sleeping Dragon in the Ramble colorway. I can't wait to knit it but it is farther down the list.

Happy knitting

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Now with 50% More Knitting and 15% Less Frogging

I feel like an advertisement for a new product. The New and Improved Perky Knits, more knitting and less frogging. I know I have just jinxed myself but lately I haven't had to frog much, which tends to lead to a much more pleasant knitting experience.

I was in the mood for a little mindless knitting this afternoon and I have a friend that is having a birthday later this week so I thought I would make her some dishcloths for a little gift. This is the first one, it is a the Pinwheel Dishcloth from 1870 Pearl. It is a pretty fun knit that goes fast. You have to love a project that goes fast right????

I am still working on the Jaywalkers. I am about ready to turn the heel so I hope to have them done soon.

And the reason I want to have them off the needles so bad???? This. This is the Autumn sock club package from the Loopy Ewe. I received it last week and I am in love. I would love to be able to wear them to take the kids to school on the first day. I have a few weeks maybe it will happen.

May all of your knitting PERK up your spirits.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Always Behind

I can't believe it has been three weeks since I last posted. It seemed all I did for about a week was frog stuff. I have been reading alot too. I am probably the only person in the world that wasn't all over the Harry Potter book when it came out. I have only read the first two. I read those a few years ago so I started over at the beginning and now I am on the second book. It will be a while before I get to the last one I think.

I have been knitting on a pair of Jaywalkers, (yes I know I am behind everyone on those too). I am making this pair for my sister in law. I am using the Socks that Rock lightweight in Chapman Springs. This yarn is holding up well considering how many times I have started over.

I have finished the first one and I am almost to the heel flap on the second. This yarn is great for this pattern. It really shows off the yarn without a pattern getting lost in it.


I have also made salsa. I love making salas but I wish my recipe made more at one time. I never seem to have enough tomatoes at one time to make more than a few pints at a time, but the husband claims it is the best salsa he has ever had so I will trudge on and make more throughout the summer and fall.

Some really pretty yarn came to live with me. It is a hank of Seacoast Merino/Tencel in the Autumn colorway and a hank of Dream in Color in the In Vino Veritas colorway. Now which one to knit first????

Happy knitting.