Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
So, I spent some time knitting a pair of socks on Sunday. I am having some trouble actually knitting these socks - I'm just not feeling in the mood to do them. I started them in June and they are taking me forever to knit. In the meantime I have knitted about a dozen other projects and started more socks. Here is a little back story and then I will need some input.
Knit Picks (one of the great yarn companies out there) has a sock yarn colorway called "Smores". Now, what girl scout leader could resist this? I knit up a pair of socks and donated them to my council for their silent auction at the annual meeting in April. They were a hit and several other people asked if I could knit them a pair. I said sure, and ordered more skeins of Smores yarn.
The second pair of Smores socks are the ones stuck on the needles. I am knitting two at once on two circular needles and have passed the heel and am working my way down the foot. There is light at the end of the tunnel for these suckers, but I just can't bring myself to work on them. I mean, instead of knitting them last night, I actually turned off the Patriots/Eagles game and went upstairs and sorted through the piles of mail and detritus on my table. That is pathetic. Those of you who know me know how I am currently feeling about our council and maybe this is a psychological thing in my brain. So, here is my question - do I:
1. Finish the socks and sell them to one of the women that asked for them last year?
2. Finish the socks and donate them for the annual GS meeting in February and make them bid on them? (thereby the council gets the money)
3. Finish the socks and give them as a Christmas present to a friend? (which just seems wrong)
If I choose #2, then I have an issue about what size to knit as one of the women has incredibly small feet.
I would love to insert a photo now, but I can't seem to get this feature working. Sigh. It's a Monday.
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday and I also hope that the next month of Christmas music does not drive you too crazy!
Oh, and the title for this post came from the beer commercials I watched all weekend - one word spoken through the whole commercial, just with varying inflections depending on the situation. Dude.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The slipper sock pattern will be renamed Shirley's Slipper Socks in honor of her.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I will be making pumpkin pies though. I was given a pumpkin last month and decided that I couldn't bear to watch it rot. After many many phone calls to my mother, I managed to cook and puree the pumpkin to make real pumpkin pies. There was the morning phone call to see how to cook the gord - put it in whole in the oven at 350 for about 1hr 15 minutes, or until cooked through. I let it cool for several hours. Then there was the phone call to see how much puree I needed to make a pie so I could freeze it in portion sizes. Mom asked me what pumpkin pie recipie I normally used and I think my answer of "the one on the can of pumpkin" was a tad disapointing. Needless to say I was emailed a pumpkin pie recipie the next day. I was able to get 10 cups of puree from my pumpkin and can make 6 pies and a loaf of bread. So, my pie will be mostly from scratch - thanks to the nice people at Pillsbury I will not have to make a pie crust.
I did see a recipie in a magazine recently for pumpkin pie smores to use up that leftover pumpkin pie. What!!! Who has leftover pumpkin pie? I love having a slice of pie for breakfast the next day (and then lunch, and then dinner, and then snack....). And why would you need to find a way to use up any leftover pie? So bizzare.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with friends and family and pets. I will be knitting Christmas presents, maybe playing with the spinning wheel, and having fun with the dogs.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Last night was the premier of Season 4 and it looks to be a great season. Simone was "out" as her dress was not very well constructed (she had no zipper and had to sew it on the model) and the jacket did not really go with the dress. I though that Sweet P's dress looked like a potato sack, but what do I know. I loved the jacket that Christian made - very 1890's.
I hope you have a chance to catch an episode and enjoy it as much as I do. If not, then watch your own guilty pleasure and enjoy!
Monday, November 12, 2007
The Circut is actually pretty cool. A fellow scrapper had one with her on Saturday so I was able to see it in action. Nifty, but not $300 nifty (plus $50 for addtional font cartridges, etc....). I figure I can always borrow hers if I need something. We scrappers are pretty friendly in that respect. In other scrapping news, I managed to catch up several albums on Saturday and finished the 2nd knitting album. I'm on to the third! Woo Hoo!!!
Sunday I slept. Actually, I was once again woken up at 6:30 am so the little fuzz balls could be fed breakfast. I think I have mentioned this before, but it seems I pour the kibble much better than Ron, as I checked and he was awake!!! Dippy dogs. I took a 3 hour nap in the afternoon. The dogs were outside.
Pershing has been sneezing all weekend. I have a call into his vet to see if it is just allergies or something more serious. After the doggie issues we have had this year I have gotten to be quite the nervous mommy. I'll keep ya'll posted.
I'm going to a Yarn Tasting party tonight after work at our LYS (local yarn shop) All That Yarn. Joan (the owner) has samples of the new yarns set out on dinner plates and you get to try knitting with them to see if you like how the yarn feels and knits up. There are even sample patterns to go with the yarns. There is good food served (prepared by the chef at the Casper Country Club - also a fellow knitter), and spiced cider as well. Yum! I am looking forward to this fun evening. I expect to see some of my knitting students there as well.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I think I pulled something in my neck when I did the leaf diving. Since I woke up Monday morning my neck muscles have been strained. This afternoon at work I tripped over a phone cord and wacked my knee and my wrist. Time to fill out a workers comp report! ha ha.
I think I hear a vodka tonic, or perhaps even a Guinness calling my name.
Monday, November 5, 2007
How about this one? Different yarns and textures...but no shaking the box - you still won't be able to figure it out!
You'll never guess what this one is! A pretty mix of wool and mohair though.
The felting went really well. I have everything drying on a hanging sweater rack. Normally, it hangs in the shower, but as I needed to take an occasional shower this weekend, I had to move it. Where to hang it? Oh, I know! There is a plant hook in the ceiling in the middle of my living room, and as I have no plants (a black thumb does not go well with plants), this was available. I how have a very odd looking chandelier.
I also had a girl scout meeting this weekend. The girls wanted to have a sort of post-Halloween party so we had munchies and music. We decided to move the festivities outside and headed to the park and playgound behind the meeting place. Keep in mind I have 12-15 year olds. They played on the equipment meant for 6 year olds, and then ended up scooping all the fallen leaves into a large pile. Everyone had to take jump into the pile at least once, including yours truly. I think I am still picking leaves out of my hair. But, we had a lot of fun - and that is the important bit.