Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I know...I know....

...we were all starting to wonder if the orange and blue prayer shawl was EVER going to get done!!!! Trust me, you weren't the only ones...I was beginning to wonder myself...

Arghhhhh, that took an eternity. I am really happy with the way that it turned out and it is currently in the mail on its way to its recipient. I snuggled it for a few seconds. I even tried it on. Then I gladly packed it up with a letter.

As pretty as it turned out....I can't stand touching it anymore!

Apparently I was off by a day or two on when my SIL was having my nephew. I guess they're in the hospital tonight! He's supposed to arrive tomorrow! Go figure. I had him written down for Thursday. Good thing I finished Pooh when I did!

Monday, June 25, 2007

G-Rated Once Again!

Everyone can relax now.....Pooh has clothes! **See previous post for Pooh nudies**

My kids were at Bible Camp all last week. They had a blast, of course, and can hardly wait to go back next year. This is Stefani with her counselor Shelley from Canada.

Here is my son, Teo, with his counselor, Mike from ??. Both counselors are living at the camp year round for training. Lucky them!

I love camp. I give them clean children with a suitcase full of freshly laundered clothing and a list of instructions for my children to follow when repacking their bags.

I get back at least one child that hasn't showered in 4 days OR changed his underwear. The other, thankfully, showered every day. I can't be sure if teeth were brushed. None of the instructions I sent with them seemed to make a difference. And the smell. A mixture of dirty socks and sweat with a slight lake undertone.

I am washing everything whether it was technically worn or not.

At least this year bibles and glasses didn't get lost. We only had one casualty... a pair of socks. That's ok. Other than the uncleanliness....its well worth the trip and the money spent. :)

Friday, June 22, 2007

I'm on a roll...

Remember the camo shrug??? Well, I finished it. I tried taking really nice pictures of it by the plants, green bench and faux brick wall.... and well...it blended it so well I couldn't see it to take the picture....(I'll pause while you slap your knee and guffaw at that one, I know I did)...so I hung it up by the yarn to get some contrast.... This one actually turned out more like a shrug and less like a sweater. This is my mom's but I can't guarantee I'll have a camera when she wears it so... I love it so much I think I'm going to make one for myself.

Headless Pooh now has a head. He has no clothes, but he has a head.

Just to give you an idea of the size of this guy, I had my friend take a picture of me and "Nekkid Pooh"... (btw, thats me minus 32 lbs...yay)

I had to stand and crochet him for the last two hours cuz I didn't have enough lap room left. Yes, I love my new nephew alot.... more than even I knew....

Ok, my back and feet are hurting and my husband is literally standing over my shoulder breathing on me, so I'm going to go now....


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

...When ya miss a day....or two...

Got lots of pictures today. Let's start with every child's nightmare....."Headless Pooh".....Why is he headless you ask? Because mommy ran out of fluff. So because I live in the boondocks and currently fluff is not something I stock in my store...I have to wait till tomorrow night to get some more. Pooh has been sitting like this since Monday.

This is what Pooh will look like when he has a head....

Next in my weekly overview...is the SnB, HH book. I have put off purchasing this book for myself (based solely on the name of the book, yes I'm a prude) until I just can't put it off any longer. There were too many people making the Fat Bottom Bag and the Knot Ugly Shrug amongst other things that I just HAD to have this book. It hides in my bag cuz I just cannot handle the title...LOL...but that's just the way it is! I made my mom a Knot Ugly Shrug yesterday afternoon (yes, it works up THAT fast) cuz she begged me to make her some shrugs. Today she came in and bought $40 worth of yarn for more shrugs cuz she loves the one I made her so much. Go figure. I tweaked the pattern and made it larger than it called for cuz my mom is a larger lady, but it worked out really dreamy....

This is my VERY first knitting book EVER! Now, I have some books that have some knit/crochet projects in it, but once I saw a project was for knitting I never looked at it again. THIS book I bought just because it was for knitting. I'm almost half way through reading it. Yeah, I know...a pattern book to READ! I haven't seen one of those since "Afghan Romance" came out! They have great stories and some UBER cute patterns in it.
btw, both books were purchased thru Amazon.com. Great prices on books!

On to my "Fun with Ebay" section of this post! First is a fix for my new wool habit. Luscious, soft, creamy, and great colors. I purchased the green/brown mix. They have a ton of other really great colors and I plan to get them ALL! As soon as my pocket book can afford it! This yarn does not have a project for it yet. It is going to sit on my shelf and I'm just going to look at it until it tells me what it wants to be.

Here we have the hard to find Red Heart Super Saver yarns. One in purple heather and one in green fleck. I'm pretty sure both of them are discontinued yarns. I sell RHSS here in the store and I can't get them....
I love both colors and both of them are currently slated for afghans. I have 6 skeins of each.

I don't think I've ever worked with Wool-Ease...ever. But, I have run across some patterns that call for it so I wanted to try it out. This was apparently another hard to find color in the Wool-Ease brand and it was only three skeins, so I figured it would be a pretty prayer shawl. Maybe a little dark but some people enjoy dark colors. And I think done as a shawl it would be very nice. Or maybe the ouline of some afghan squares????

And here we come to the piece de resistance(I don't know how to spell French, so we are spelling it English with a French accent)! My Mommy!!! The Mafia princess herself modeling my newly created Knot Ugly Shrug. Yeah, I know its a little more like a Knot Ugly Sweater than a shrug, but it made her smile! It was the perfect length and the perfect size for what she wanted to wear with it, so all is well with the world! Isn't she cute?

Get this. I am making her a camoflage shrug. Oh yeah. Camoflage. I promise to take pics.


Friday, June 15, 2007

What The Day Hath Wrought....

The wonderful lady that said she would teach me how to knit socks came in yesterday and did just that...:) Happy me....
So this is the sock before I left work last night.....

This is sock late morning today......
This is sock about 4ish....moves slow don't she?
Yuh, it's tedious but I'm finding that its just challenging enough to be totally enjoyable!
And this is the other half of my life...another square was completed today....

Leaving this lonely little black ball to fend for himself. Well, no fears..he will be used up tomorrow attaching the last two squares to the afghan and then the remainder of him being worked into what I can get out of him for a square....then its sit and wait till the rest of the yarn comes in.
There was about 5 rows of progress on the orange/blue prayer shawl this morning. I have so many things that I want to do that I have to set time limits for all of it so that it all gets worked on a little bit every day or every other day.
I suppose, the work day is over so I gotta get home....ttyl

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Not Enough Yarn....

I just couldn't leave well enough alone. I just HAD to play with one of the new yarns. I cast it on 3 times cuz it didn't like me. After the third time of frogging my progress and reworking it...it finally worked....

Am I glad that I did it? You bet...cuz I discovered that I got 12" of material out of one skein of yarn. OMG!!! So now I have to quick get on the horn and call the store in Bayfield and see if they've got at least 3 more skeins of this yarn! That sucketh!

I do have to admit to loving the way it looks and feels, though...:)


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ice Cream Cone Square

This is square #8 for my 12 square kids afghan (currently a part of the "Misc Afghan CAL" on C'ville). I just keep plugging away. Slow and steady wins the race. Hopefully I have enough black yarn to completely finish, cuz I forgot to order more this week.....so slow and steady might just lay down by the roadside and take a nap while it waits for more yarn to come in.....


Ok. Anyone do any designing? I think a few of you do. So you will understand what I am talking about when I ask this question....Ever start a design and somewhere in the middle of it the yarn and hook take over and it becomes something else? Something you never planned? Something you were NOT designing?

Well, I have....today.

Never in any of my drawings for the AG Tulip Dress did THIS come up......

As a whole, I love it. It's fresh, its summery and Kit is perfect for the design with her cute little bob haircut.....

She's even got some 'sass' goin' on.....

But......As you can clearly see.....this doesn't even come close to resembling a tulip.

*sigh* Darn yarn and hook....you hate me....I know it......

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Back to our regularly scheduled programs.....

As promised, we are now back to our regularly scheduled program....
......The Yarn Obsessed.... or .....The Happy Hooker..... or ......Knitting Needles: Craft or Murder?..... You pick...

Here we have yarn #1- the one my mom went gaga over. It is a mix of a chenille-ish yarn and a fun fur-ish yarn. It's huge and it's gorgeous, made in Italy. I think its going to make a lovely shawl for my mom. Nice and cushy......like a tushy....(ooo i'm on a roll today) In case you can't see them. The colors are purple, green and black......kind of like a bruise....hmmm....

Here we have yarn #2. It is a wool/acrylic blend, I think. It was just too neat looking to pass up. And no your eyes aren't going buggy...my camera is fuzzy. This will be a shawl for my grandma's 80th birthday. It is super soft to touch. This is also from Italy(the birthplace of my grandfather, husband to this grandma who passed about 5 years ago).

Here we have yarn #3- This I know is a wool/acrylic blend. I didn't want anything super high maintenance for people. I love the peachy, orangey color of this yarn. It is just so summery. Its very soft too. This will be my charity shawl.

Speaking of charity shawls....here is the progress on the orange/blue shawl. Its coming along nicely. Not much left to finish on the second set of orange balls, then another stripe of blue and the last two skeins of orange. I don't think I'm putting a fringe on this one. I like the simplicity of the edges. I didn't use half of the skeins of blue..I realized that would make the shawl way too long, so I just put about 16-17 rows of the blue in there (I'm still learning how to count the rows after they are done). I think I'm going to like the effect. It'll be a little bit 'sporty' looking. That is if you can make a 'sporty' looking prayer shawl...lol

And last but not least. Here is the progress on the latest AG design. Working on the Tulip Dress design for the "Garden Party Series".....I can't decide whether to keep this design as a shirt and do something else for the dress, or add the skirt like originally planned.....its a dilemna. I really like the shirt! Any suggestions??

Ok thats it for now. I will gab at you later....


Monday, June 11, 2007

Another Great Weekend!

Hi all.
Tony and I took the day off on Saturday for just the two of us and went to Bayfield, WI. Its a little, trendy harbor town on Lake Superior. I love going there because they have a wonderful artisans community with a bunch of really great shops to visit.

One of my favorite stores is the Brownstone Center. WELLLLL, they have added a yarn shop to their second floor since last year..... This is one of those 'yarn snob knitting shops'.... There wasn't a crochet hook or book in sight. Gorgeous yarns. I got to see the handpainted, hand dyed, uber expensive knittings wools up close and personal. I even got to touch them...;)then I set them back down and willed my palpitating heart to quiet itself... and turned the corner into the 'sale' room. There I found some wonderful yarns and bought 3 skeins of each to make more prayer shawls with. (I promise to take my camera home tonight and photo the yarn and the ongoing orange prayer shawl-its turning out cute).

We went to lunch at Maggie's. Love that place. They definitely cater to a crowd that eats more than meat and potatoes (unlike Phillips). Tony and I started off with Garlic Polenta Fries. They were really good! Then he ordered a good-old fashioned bacon cheeseburger and fries and I got a Pizza Vesuvias. Tony's food was good(great fries), BUT mine was better!!! Mine was a thin crusted pizza with spinach, roasted peppers, roasted garlic, onions, tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms, pesto, olive oil and feta and mozzarella cheeses. WOWWWWW. I still dream about it....Then we ended with the dreamiest desserts imaginable!! Tony got a NY cheesecake which happened to be one of the best pieces of cheesecake that I've ever tasted (and I LOVE cheesecake) and I got a Lemon Tart with a wonderfully crispy butter crust. **scuze me while I wipe the drool off of the keyboard** We very much enjoyed just having a day to the two of us. Tony has lost so much weight he's being drooled over from 'both sides of the fence' if you catch my drift. I had so much fun teasing him about that! LOL

We are taking the kids back there on July 7th for a family day. We are planning on taking the ferry over to Madelaine Island and spending the day touring the shops and museum and going swimming in the lake at one of the beaches. We, OF COURSE, will have to eat at Maggie's so Stefani can get a creme brulee and we will HAVE to go the fudge shop downtown and get some fudge and salt water taffy!! But most of our day will be spent on the island. I'm excited, it should be a fun day!

I haven't crocheted since Friday. Any time I picked up yarn this past weekend, I knitted. I really want to get the orange prayer shawl done so I can move onto one of my new yarns. I am using one of them for a prayer shawl for my grandma for her 80th birthday party in July. I am planning on using another of them for one for my mom for her 60th birthday in November and the other yarn will be used for a charity one.

I'll quit blabbering now. Tomorrow are yarn pics and all things crochet once again!


Thursday, June 07, 2007

Kids Afghan In Progress

Have 5 more squares to do and ran out of black yarn.....typical! Hope I have more at home.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Out with the old..In with the new...

Out with the old...In with the new.....
I finished the Homespun prayer shawl last night. It turned out so pretty. The picture color is so horrible. The burgundy line is actually a really pretty purple. The yellow line is more of a limey green with brown undertones...etc. It's just shy of 5' long and I put a long, fluffy fringe on it. The instructions said "Tie a knot at the end of each fringe to keep the yarn from fraying."....Yeah....the first side I did it all AFTER the fringe was on. My hands AND (get this) my shoulders cramped. The second side I did WHILE I was putting the fringe on and it was MUCH better!! I tried the shawl. It is comfy and fluffy. It is also being given to the church tonight for a lady in recovery....so..onto the new....

Remember that baby afghan I told you I needed to finish up this week for my mom? Well, I thought the first prayer shawl was going to take me another day to finish up. So I scheduled the afghan in to start finishing it on Thursday......*evil grin*.....SOOOOOOOO that means I get to work on the next prayer shawl today and not even feel guilty about it!!!!!!! Yay for me!!!!!

The colors really aren't as hideous as this picture makes them look. The orange is a soft , peachy, tangeriney orange and the blue is more of a clear, ocean blue. Less turquoise. When I started I thought "Let's try this with one strand".....Basically, folks I would've been working on this prayer shawl till Jesus returned....so I doubled the strands. The yarn is like a mini homespun the way that it is made, but much less frustrating to work with. I am going to stripe the blue and orange. I will use up two skeins of orange, stripe half of the blue skeins, use another full two skeins of orange, stripe the remaining half skeins of blue and finish with two remaining skeins of orange. This yarn is the bargain yarn I found at Walmart last week on clearance. Most of the blue skeins were pretty beat up, so I only took four of those. But the orange and pink ones were really nice, so I took six of each of those. The pink is a pretty pinky, rosey, bordering on hot pink but not really hot...pink. I am going to do another prayer shawl in pink with the same striping of blue thru it. I think these will be my favorites(to date) when I am done with them.

Wow, I'm a chatty cathy today....ttyl


Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Silly Camp Names

Ok I wasn't going to post again. But you really have to try this. It's silly camp names. Go to this link: http://www.scoutingweb.com/ScoutingWeb/SubPages/CampNames.htm and look it up.

My camp name is: Chilly Towel Tush. I am married to Zippy Towel Tush and our children are Crusty Towel Tush and Falling Towel Tush..... I won't tell you which one is crusty!!! LOL


Prayer Shawl Progress

On Friday the kids had to finish up their schoolwork for the year. So I stayed home with them and was able to finish the first skein of yarn and get almost 1/2 thru the second skein on the Prayer Shawl. I haven't worked on the shawl since then. Just didn't have time with weddings and parties to attend to. Today, however, has been another relatively productive day in that department. I finished the second skein and am about to work into the third one. Thank goodness I only have to go half of the third skein. The rest becomes fringe. I'm so excited to be almost done!! I love the self-striping of the yarn. I think I said that last time I posted about this. Its getting very heavy and my shoulders are starting to ache....

My mama came to work today and brought me a wonderful spinach salad with bacon, glazed walnuts, chicken and cheese with a berry/citrus vinaigrette(sp?) dressing. **salivation pause**Oh yum. Anyway we got to talking about projects I am working on and ones I've started and haven't finished. I dragged out an afghan I started back in October and she asked if I would finish it so she could give it as a baby gift. There's only 6 squares left so I said sure. I'll take pics of it when its done. Its very cute.
I also had her look through some pattern books and find some sweaters she liked. So there is a really cute pullover/zip up sweater and a shrug that she liked. I'll have to wiggle that into the schedule soon.....

My Wishes

Have you seen the "Master of Disguise" with Dana Carvey in it? Ya know "Turtle, turtle". He uses a line in that movie that goes like this...."This is what you are doing, this is what I'd like for you to do." Remember?

Well, so far I've had a week like this....(yes, I'm aware its only Tuesday).....

And this is what I'd like for it to be......

High and mighty aspirations? I think not.


Saturday, June 02, 2007

I Was Right!

Well, it just so happens that my BIL and SIL found out what the new baby is going to be!

It's a BOY!!! NOT a girl!! Thank Gawd I made that Pastel Pooh in blue and green and not in pink and purple!! LOL

Also, I have changed my previous veiwpoint on the Homespun yarn and a size 9 needle. It's not so bad. It's actually coming along really nicely. Hopefully I can get it done like I'm planning this weekend. I have about a full skeins worth of knitting to do yet. It is really thick and really soft. There is a lady in the hospital that could use a prayer shawl. I told my mom if she didn't have people that she could bless with these prayer shawls (my parents are also our pastors) then I would make them for the Time Out Shelter (women's domestic abuse home in Ladysmith, WI). But the church has first preference to what I get done. Not that I don't want to bless the ladies home, but I really started doing this for the church.

ACTUALLY, here's my REALLy lofty idea!! I would love to make them and as I get done put them into 3 piles. One for the church to use, one for the Time Out Shelter and one for the group of ladies that intercede for our women's retreat (which blesses hundreds of women from around the state of WI) every year. That's ALOT of prayer shawls.

That on top of designing....:~}....I don't know what I'll be able to accomplish. I just ask that God blesses my hands with strength to keep doing them!

Speaking of designing...I have about three or four new designs roaming around my head!! #1- I have to design the Tulip Dress for the last of my AG Garden Party series. #2- Fall is coming, so I thought about designing some costumes for AG dolls for Halloween. A Pumpkin, a Witch and a Ghost. Now, I don't celebrate Halloween, personally, but alot of people do....#3- AND I have one or two 'back-to-school' designs floating around too. I know Summer just started, but we all need time to actually MAKE the stuff!! LOL

I have, also, had my first inspiration towards designing clothing for adults. I have a girlfriend who wants me to design a skirt for her just like the "Cargo Skirt" design I made for the AG dolls. LOL. It could be done, don't you think?? This idea is still just an inspiration though. With everything else, it may take some real futzpah for me to get this one going....

I have to brag on my kids for a minute. We, as a family, went and worked at the church this morning. It was a 'work day'. Sort of a Spring cleaning. Turns out it was just our family and 4 other people that felt like it was important enough. That was disappointing. My kids were whining at me at first and asked "Why do we have to do this?" I told them "You are going to serve in the house of God" and left it at that. I was blessed that that answer was enough for them. They never said another word and worked really hard. They washed all of the chairs down in the sanctuary and washed the leaves of the silk plants free of dust. I was very proud of them.

Gotta go. BIL and SIL of the new baby are getting married today, so gotta go get gorgeous..lol and thanks for listening to me ramble. Have a great day!