Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

There were pumpkins...

Zombie Red Sox players...
Who got a little more Zombiefied before leaving the house...

And came back not so Zombiefied with lots of loot...
And Mama sat down and finished the toe of the second sock just in time for the SAM8 KAL. These were started way back on September 30, but I've been working on other stuff trying to get it done, so these got the back burner. (Till the other night when I realized I only had three days to knit the second sock in order to make the KAL.) I used 2.25mm needles and Invicta sock yarn. This is a dark charcoal with a silver fleck in it, very nice yarn. We've got more coming hopefully this week. This colorway sold out pretty fast, so I got some more and several other colors. These socks are hand knit Christmas gift #2, October socks for SAM8 KAL, and pair #13 for the 52PPiii. Ravelry details here.

Loads of stuff going on this past week that kept me from blogging, plus the fact that I didn't really have anything to show. The kids and I were sick last Sunday, the Littlest One got sent home from school sick on Tuesday. The Oldest One called from school Wednesday afternoon with a pain in his side I thought at first was his appendix. Hospital, xrays, blood tests, but all was good. Turns out it was a bowel complaint that luckily rectified itself after returning from the xray department without any aids, if you catch my meaning. (But the poor kid directly across from us had to have that aid, and boy, did he scream!) The next day I get home from town and see the Littlest One's school's number on the phone and a voicemail. I thought, no, not sick again. No, turns out a kid in his class had glass marbles, the big ones, and accidentally hit him in the mouth with one and chipped a tooth. And of course it couldn't be a baby tooth. He only has two permanent teeth so far, the bottom two front teeth, and it was one of those. So off to the dentist we go for xrays. Luckily it wasn't in the nerve or under the gum, so he goes on the 9th to get it fixed. It's going to be a bugger to keep fixed, I bet, and so does the dentist. I have a tiny chip in one of my front teeth I did when I was in grade five. I gave up on it -- bite into an apple or something along that line, and poof -- repair gone.

Happy knitting and Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It's Just One of Those Days....

...y'know, when it's just like, "Get this day over with!" There is no knitting content here, and it's kind of a rant/whine thing, so you may want to skip it.

It was payday today, so off I go to the bank to deposit my cheque through the machine and take some cash out. Fine, I do that -- to be continued later -- and go to the post office where I find a parcel slip in the box. I go inside to pick it up, I hadn't ordered anything, I highly doubted someone just sent me something out of the blue. So I go in, and the lady brings out BF's gift that I mailed to her for her birthday back on September 4. It made it to her town, but it was unclaimed, so they sent it back. With tax the damned thing cost almost $17 to send, and I had to pay that amount again to get it back. So I spent almost $34 on postage for something she never even got. So now she'll wait til next year when I go out for a visit cuz I ain't mailing it again. (BTW it was this and this and this.)

So T and I go to pick up lunch. I ended up debiting my stuff cuz I picked up supper and a couple of other things, too. I was going to stop and get some gas while we were going by the gas station, so I get out my purse, and lo and behold I find that the bank machine cheated me $15. I had no money on me at all except for some change before I took money out of the machine, and there were $20s and one $5 (which they don't even have in the machines around here -- all you can get is $20s). So after lunch I go back up to the bank, and they readily enough give me a $20 for the $5. I've never had any problems with a bank machine before, and it's weird cuz my mother had the same thing happen to her at a different bank in town a few months ago. She didn't have any problem getting it fixed, either, they say it happens.

So the icing on the cake was when Hubs called me. He was getting ready to do a run to Quebec when lo and behold he broke a spring, then he noticed a big old bolt in one of the tires. So off he goes to see if the tire can be patched, which it couldn't, so $200 later he has a new tire put on the truck. Now I'm waiting to see how much the spring repair bill will be. We've had that done twice before, and I'm sure it will be close to four-digits if not over. Sigh.

On the plus side, I am a totaly geeky tomboy...

Watching it now, waiting for my hamburgers to cook, then I'm gonna knit. Thank goodness for Knit Nite tomorrow night -- I need a pick-me-up.

Happy knitting!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Warm Feet Again!

I have warm feet again. I set all my projects aside for a couple of days while I made myself a new pair of felted slippers. I knit the first one Thursday night while watching my tv shows, and I knit the other one Friday night while watching tv as well. I used two skeins of Patons Classic Wool in one of the new colors, water chestnut. I don't usually do pink, but I wanted a light color cuz of the dog and cat fur. (I vacuum every day, sometimes twice a day, but still, the darned fur is everywhere.) Ravelry details here.

I have to watch it already, though. Hubs arrived home, and I took these off long enough to go outside to help him bring his stuff inside. Maggie was inside, Jewel was outside. When I got back in the house literally two minutes later one slipper had mysteriously disappeared already. Must remember to put them up on my dresser when not in use -- they have my old pair for chew toys, they aren't getting my new ones!! (And for some reason they don't touch anyone else's but mine.)

Jewel decided she wanted to play Bingo with the Littlest One the other night. She must be in the middle of everything at all times!

I'll close today with a video clip. Sorry it's dark, it was raining, and I didn't have any lights on. The tv was kinda loud in the background, but you can still hear Jewel. She wanted a rawhide, and for a good half an hour she ran around the house whining and going on cuz she wanted to hide it somewhere. She kept going to the door cuz she likes to bury them outside, but I won't let them take them outside. She tried hiding it a couple of times in the sofa but I guess decided it wasn't good enough. She eventually settled down and chewed it up.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Farewell, Annie

It's a sad day at the store today. Our "mascot" and the owners' Golden Retriever, Annie, passed away this morning. She would have been 11 in the spring. She was always at the store, every day, til a few years ago. (She came out front and laid on the floor behind a good customer of ours. The customer didn't know she was there and fell backwards over her. She didn't want them to not bring Annie any more, but they thought it was better to be safe than sorry. That customer didn't get hurt, but someone else may not have been so lucky.) We had a lot of people who used to come in specifically to see Annie. She was a good girl and will be missed. She was a terrible mooch come lunchtime! I feel bad for K&W, the owners. It was 11 years ago on the 13th that their daughter passed away, now two days later their dog dies. Not a good week for them.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Emma's Blankie

made with Bernat Jr Jacquards in Big Deal Teal
ruffle border Bernat Softee Baby in white
blanket knit with 4mm needles except ruffle border with 3.5mm needles
started September 19
finished October 9
roughly 25.5" x 34.5"
Ravelry details here.

Love, love, love it! The border really makes the blanket, but I soooo wish there would have been a yarn that matched the teal or the limey green or even the pinkish color instead of having to use white. Too bad Bernat didn't make a yarn the same weight in contrasting solids for the Jacquard lines. Anyways, the ruffle takes for-ev-er, but it's well worth it. This is going to Hubs's cousin who just had a baby girl on September 30. Oh, and obviously I worked the blanket horizontally instead of diamonds like the original pattern.

Last Wednesday we did pot luck supper at Knit Nite cuz it was right around our 2 year anniversary. Everything was really great, and Heddy made her famous pavlova dessert. Poor thing will never get a chance to ever make anything but this for any food gatherings we'll ever have. I know I could eat the entire thing myself in probably once sitting. May not feel that well afterwards, but I bet I could do it. Then again, it's a really light dessert, so it wouldn't be like eating an entire cheesecake by oneself.

So now I have some drab grey ribbed socks on the needles for my take-along knitting. We did go yesterday to the in-laws for Thanksgiving supper, and I took a baby dress to work on instead. I have to try and get two size 2 tank top style dresses finished before the end of the month. One of our good customers at the store asked if she bought the yarn if I'd knit the dresses. I'm anxious to get them done so I can move on to some Christmas knitting or else I'll be out of time as usual! Plus I'm getting the urge to knit hats and mittens. Could be cuz the forecast for next week is in the single or low double digits Celsius all week. I guess that happens around here once Fall hits.

Off to my parents' place today for turkey. Pa has to go away to work tomorrow, so she's doing hers today.

Happy Thanksgiving to fellow Canadians, and Happy Knitting!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Bad Mother!

I was at work today, and Hubs was home. He called at one o'clock to see why there was a small sub in the fridge. I forgot to put it in the Littlest One's lunchbox! I sent the poor kid to school with just his snacks and no real lunch. I called the school right away and said Hubs could take it up if the Littlest One needed it. She said she'd find out and call me back if he needed the sub. Apparently he didn't, she didn't call back. I guess they gave him noodles of some sort for his lunch. Whoops! Last year I forgot once to send the Oldest One with his lunch money. The teacher gave him money, so I just had to pay her back the next day.

Working on the border of the baby blanket. Pictures to follow soon, I hope.

Happy knitting!