Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Let's Talk Yarn ~n~ Stuff!

I've been busy slobbering over yarns and patterns online. Let's take a look at some of them, shall we?

KnitPicks is my very favorite yarn website to slobber over. All the colors, all the yarns, all the knitting paraphenalia, all the books and patterns.....argh. I am totally in love with the miniature sweater ornaments kit that is on their home page. You can click on the picture below to go right to the KnitPicks website. Look at the adorable knit Christmas lights and popcorn string! Too much cute!


*click on picture to go to Knit Picks*


I have never had the opportunity to shop from Knit Picks. I am such a stickler for using up what I have before I buy more. I've never been very good at being a hoarder. If I can't justify the purpose, I can be a real cheapskate! lol So, needless to say, there have been several kits that Knit Picks have put out that I have loved from a distance. I couldn't commit to making it right away, so it just stayed as a picture in a catalog. I frustrate my kids cuz I can talk myself out of buying almost anything, which in their estimation, never bodes well for them. :) I may have to pull myself out of some of that though. I don't know how many yarn stores there are in Florida.

Next up would be WEBS. They have the very cool website address of http://www.yarn.com/ ! Although you can click on the picture below to go to WEBS too. Look at the lovelies! They are highlighting yarns that sparkle and shimmer on their Knitting and Crocheting page. Some of them have sequins, some of them have beads, etc. All I have to say about this AWESOME! Now, when I make that beaded shawl for my mom...I don't have to string all those miserable beads!!


*click the picture to go to WEBS*

Some of the yarns are uber expensive, some of them are very reasonably priced. WEBS is famous of having bargain yarns and clearance yarns, so who knows? If this piques your interest, you may be able to find a fancy in the bargain bin! :)

Last on the list for today would be Lion Brand Yarns, etc. Click on the picture to go to their site. I love Lion Brand Yarns for a few reasons. Their yarns are always reasonable priced and you can find them in any good craft store. I adore the Wool-Ease brand in particular. The warmth of wool, the washability of acrylic...and soft? Oh man... I use it for all my hats, mittens and slippers. Good stuff, baby.


*click on picture to go to Lion Brand*

Another thing I love about Lion Brand? All the free patterns. The picture here says 3600+ free patterns. I can believe it. They are endless and you can find almost anything you could possibly need to make in their pattern stash.

Happy Christmas Slobbering and May the Yarn Force Be With You!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

100 Followers!!

Holy Smokavitch!!

100 people following my blog? That, to me, is so cool.

I'm sure you only love me for the free patterns *wink*, but I thank you all the same for reading my meanderings.

I promise this blog will return to it's regularly scheduled programming soon. I just need my world to stop spinning long enough to land next to a hook and/or a pair of needles and yarn.

Blessings on you all!!!

~B

Monday, November 29, 2010

Top 10 for last week.

Last week:

1) I turned 39. My husband and kids gave me an awesome new camera. :)
2) I had a week long family-fest with the holidays.
3) Told church family we are moving to Florida. Lots of blank faces and tears.
4) I ate lots of turkey, stuffing and gravy....mmmm :)
5) I dealt with some sad days....still haven't totally shaken them off, but they are getting better.
6) Organized my yarn....starting working on Tony's lap blanket again. Need it finished before he moves.
7) Got my cra(p)ft room almost completely packed up. Taking it one box at a time. When I get overwhelmed, I leave the room.
8) Mom decided to help me pack. I'm not sure how much cooking I'll be able to do in the next few weeks. lol
9) Things with house sale are progressing. Slow and steady wins the race.
10) Christmas is right around the corner. Finished my brother's kids, still have Tony's brother's kids to do, almost finished with Stefani and haven't even started for Teo....argh.

Other than that, I am pretty much feeling overwhelmed. It might be a combination of the never-ending gray coldness and the fact that I keep forgetting to take my Vitamin D pills. Don't know. I need to find my happy place. Soon.

Friday, November 19, 2010

And the Saga Continues....

Ready for another twist?

Tony got an offer for a job in Pensacola, Fl. He has accepted it. We have spent the last two days with each of the families crying. My eyes ache and I'm pretty sure I'm dehydrated from all the tears.

We know this is right. Too many things are falling into place for this to be wrong.

Tony will be moving in January and the kids and I will be moving in April after Stefani competes at Nationals.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Update on the House Situation

Ok. I have just a minute to write, so this will be kind of short.

In talking with the mortgage company, we found out that there is something called a "Short Sale" which they would be in agreement with for us to basically liquidate the house. The guy was SO nice. Talked me through everything I needed to do and take to a realtor, etc. He really calmed me down.

So Monday, I talked with our local REMAX girl and she said she would love to take on the project. She stopped by Tuesday to look at the house to get a listing going and promptly brought some buyers by that night. Apparently they were ready to put an offer in on a different house. The buyer lady brought her dad with and the showing went so well that she brought her mom by today @ 12:30 pm and tonight she is bringing her husband by @ 6:00 pm. I talked with REMAX girl and she said that it went so well, she thinks they are going to switch their offer to our house. *Squeee*

Ok, so now, if you are like me, you would be saying "Well, that's great, but what about you? Where are you going to live?" Fear not, my friends. God is busy providing, once again.

I felt this 'need' to contact REMAX girl and find out if she rented homes that were not for sale. I'm in no mood to have my rental sold out from underneath me. She didn't but she gave me two names of people who do have rentals. Called them, no luck. I sat there for a while banging away on my computer games and looking up real estate ads in the local newsrag, I felt this 'need', again, to call the other umpteen realtors in town and ask the same question. I hopped on the phone and found out that realtor number two shows great promise. There is a 3 bdrm, 1 bath, 2-1/2 car garage w/ an out building ON the lake (hot property around here) for $550.00/mo. The only drawback is that it has electric heat (and no cell service). In this area, that can be costly (for both). It is available January 1, which is right in our timeline, AND they are perfectly fine with the fact that we have a dog. We drove out by the property to see how far out of town it is and its 6 miles out from the main road. From what we saw, it is a beautiful setting and I am dying to see the inside. I am currently waiting for Realtor #2 to call me back so we can set a time to peruse!

God is good. :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Things That Just Don't Go Right


Ever have something go really, really wrong?


I am in the middle of one right now. We received a "Summons to Civil Court for Foreclosure" last night from one of our local Sherriff's Deputies. A very nice man named Dave.


We have been in contact with our mortgage company repeatedly. I have spent much time on the phone with them trying to work this out. Nope. They want what they want and they want it all now.


So, this is being chalked up to one of those things that 'Did not go the way I intended for it to go'.


We know we will not be able to come up the funds they are asking us to put up and so we will lose the house. Not sure if this is a blessing in disguise, since this house has been nothing but a money pit. And for them it's always the question "How did you end up behind on your payments?" and I have to go back over a year ago when Tony was laid off for more than four months and what that did to our finances. Then, tell them how we never really recovered from that and had to go through a bankruptcy. And then in the middle of all that we got behind on our house payment. Plus, I didn't go to work full-time until July....(unbeknownst to us) way past where we were ever going to be able to catch up on our behind payments to the satisfaction of our mortgage company. They just finally started sending our payments back and refused to accept them so they could foreclose on us.


Do I blame them? No. They are doing what they were designed to do. They are not some big, evil entity.

Do I agree with their lack of willingness to work with me when I am MORE than willing to rectify this with extra payments? No. I can't say that I do.


We will move on and rebuild our lives. But, I do have to wish them luck in finding a buyer for this house in our little town and it's struggling economy. Good luck, indeed. There have been many a home on the market for years here.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

My Favorite Color....

Red is, probably, nature's most beautiful color.




At the risk of alienating any of my fellow crafters who might lean to the left in their political beliefs, I need to share with you my favorite color.
It. Is. Red.
Do I think Red's can do it all? No.
Do I think Red's have all the answers? No.
Do I think that having more Red in government is good? Yes.
The Blue made a pretty strong statement while they were there and in complete control.
They said "We are going to do it our way and we don't care what you think. You are just the elecorate, you don't really have brains. You certainly aren't able to think for yourselves or know what is good for you. We should really own everything and dole out to you what we think you should have."
Well, to that I say this: No.
And I am so glad so many other American's (including my beloved Wisconsinites) agreed.

The leader of the Blue team has behaved in a horribly arrogant and caustic manner that will do nothing but tear my Country down and continue to tear it apart. His words are a poison in the ears of any person that hears them. He speaks poorly about the Country he is supposed to be the Commander-in-Chief of, he talks as though his ideas are the only ideas worthy of consideration, he says things like "I" and "me" and "my"-not "us" and "we" and "our", and he is terribly arrogant in his demeanor and treatment of others.

America is the greatest Country on Earth. Shame on him for thinking, talking or behaving otherwise while standing in the role of Leader of said Country. Shame on him.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Frog Pond Pattern

First, the purpose of the bag: It is a Frog Pond that houses 10, rainbow colored frogs.
Why ten?: To learn counting. This toy reinforces the 1-10 counting ability.
Why rainbow colors?: For color matching. 2 of each rainbow color affords little ones and their 'teachers' the ability to work on basic colors: Red, Yellow, Orange, Blue & Green and matching those colors into pairs.

The New & Improved Frog Pond Bag

Froggy Friends to Fill the Bag- Get the Pattern Here.


Snug as Bugs in a Rug. :-)
Frog Pond Bag Pattern
by Elizabeth Mareno 2010
Supplies:
Frogs/Flowers:1 skein each of Patons Astra (1.75 oz) Red, Green, Blue, White, Black & Yellow.
Frogs: 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft Mango (orange-only because Astra doesn't make an orange)
OR Any colors you want in a #3 light weight yarn or DK weight.
Bag: 1 skein of Red Heart Spring Green
Bag: 1 skein Blue-ish boucle (used a random WalMart brand for the project)
OR Any colors you want in 4ply worsted weight.
Water Lily: Tiny amount of Dark Sage Green WW yarn
Tiny amount of warm brown for "grass accents"
E hook
F hook
H hook
Large eye needle for assembly and 'cleaning up'
Fiberfill
BOTTOM: w/green & H hook
R1- ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6sc) do not join
R2- 2sc in each sc around (12sc)
R3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (18sc)
R4- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (24sc)
R5- (sc in 3sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (30sc)
R6- (sc in 4sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (36sc)
R7- (sc in 5sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (42sc)
R8- (sc in 6sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (48sc)
R9- (sc in 7sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (54sc)
R10- (sc in 8sc, 2sc in next sc) repeat around (60sc)
R11-20- Sc in each sc around.
Cut off, leaving an end to weave in.
WATER: w/blue
with inside of green bottom facing you. working in the open loops of sc from row 20.
Large Wave R1: sl st in any outside loop of open sc on row 20. ch3, 2dc in next loop, (dc in 1sc, 2dc in next sc) around (90dc)join with sl st to first ch 3(which counts as dc)
Large Wave R2: ch1, sc in sm sp, (hdc in next dc, dc in next dc, trc in next dc, dtrc in next dc, trc in next dc, dc in next dc, hdc in next dc, sc in next dc) repeat around. join with sl st to first sc. (11 waves)
Small Wave: sl st in any inside loop of open sc on row 20. ch1, sc in sm sp, (hdc in next loop, dc in next loop, trc in next loop, dc in next loop, hdc in next loop, sc in next loop) repeat pattern. join with sl st to first sc. (10 waves)
Main Water R1: with outside of bag facing you, but working on the 'inside' of the bag, sl st around the post of a sc of row 20. Sc around the post you have sl st'd around and sc around each post of row 20. (Essentially, you will be putting a row of sc around the posts of row 20 scs, creating the "building" row of your main water.) join with sl st to first sc.
R2: ch2, hdc in sm sp, hdc in each sc around. join with sl st to first hdc (not ch2). (60hdc)
R3-R10: ch2, hdc in sm sp, hdc in each hdc around. join with sl st to first hdc (not ch2). (60hdc)
R11: ch4 (cts as dc, ch1), (skip next hdc, dc in next hdc, ch1) repeat around. join with sl st to 3rd chain of original chain 4. (24dc)
R12: ch1, sc in each dc and ch1 around. join with sl st to first sc.
R13: ch1, sc in sm sp as join, (ch3, sk sc, sc in next sc) repeat around. join with sl st to sc. (24-ch3 sp) cut off.
Tie: Chain 101. sl st in 2nd chain from hook and each chain. Cut off, tuck ends and weave through the open spaces from R11.
WATERLILLIES: F hook
w/yellow
R1: ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6sc) do not join
R2: 2sc in each, cut off.
**w/petal color: attach w/ sl st to BLO of any sc. ch4, sc in 3ch(petal made), sl st in back loop of next sc, repeat petal all the way around. (12 back petals) do not attach to 1st petal
**sl st in the front loop of 1st sc, repeat petals in all open front loops of sc's. (12 front petals)
Secure, cut and weave in all ends. Then thread the tip of one side of Tie through the hole in the middle of the flower and put an overhand knot on the end of the tie to keep the flower from sliding off. Repeat this one more time with flower #2.
LILY PAD: w/WW yarn and H hook
R1: ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6sc)
R2: 2sc in each (12sc)
R3: (RS) (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) 3 times (9) leave rem 3 sc unworked
R4: ch1, turn, (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) repeat to the end. do not join. (20sc) Finish off. Leave a long end for sewing on. Place where you want on the bag.
Cut several 3" pieces of Light green/Dark green and Brown. Latchook these onto the waves area to give the "idea" of pond grasses, etc.
*Disclaimer: I have done my best to make sure that all of the instructions are here. If you have any questions about the pattern, email me.**

The Meaning of November

Canibals?

November.

The month of my birth. (I'll be 39 this year...eek)

The month that causes me to catch my breath and try to remember where the rest of the year went and did I have fun?

The month that suddenly has me thinking "What do the kids want for Christmas?" and "Are we going to be able to afford it?" lol.

The month where I start planning out my Christmas baking and candy making.

The month where it seriously turns cold, hunters come to town and bloody deer get strapped to the roofs, trunks and hoods of vehicles.

The month of Thanksgiving, where we get together with family and enjoy each other while eating copious amounts of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pie. Then we all need naps.

The month where I realize it will be better to just try to maintain the weight I am at than to try and lose weight for the next couple of months. lol

The month where I usually say "Oh! I should make socks for everyone in the family this year!!!"
Well, that only happened once....it won't ever happen again. :)

What does November mean to you?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

What Have You Been Up To?


Moi? I have been totally focused, enveloped and up to my proverbial eyeballs in all things "Christmas Program". It appears I have this talent for writing Christmas Programs, skits, plays, etc.
This is the third Christmas Program I have put together for our church. This year's theme is "The Glory of God"....which is us, His creation. In all of this we have speaking skits and music skits that we 'act' out or pantomime to. There is always a "story" that is narrated or acted out throughout the program, essentially introducing the individual skits. Needless to say, since this is all coming from my brain I have to be there to choreograph and oversee everything. Sometimes it is overwhelming, most times it's just good old fashioned fun.
We are hot and heavy into practices and rehearsals. There are so many elements to pull together. Thankfully, this year we created a "Creative Team" that will help with props and costumes so that it doesn't all fall on me and the Children's Church Director. I am so greatful for all of them. They have such great ideas. :) I have finally assembled all of the music. I have all of my principal characters assigned and I am sooooo stoked! This year is going to be GREAT!! :)
Somehow I will figure out how to video it and then we will figure out how to put it on youtube so that you all can see it. :) Right now with just the basics and not running through the program from beginning to end without stops, we are at about an hour and a half with a ten minute Intermission.
I have also been crocheting. I am almost done with my Grandmother's shawl (the Sweet & Simple Shawl Pattern by me) that she requested and I am almost done with all my little froggies. Just have to assemble the one that is done and make one more and we are good to go. I am using the Mango Simply Soft for the orange froggies. Bad choice. Just sayin. Not the color...it's just soooooper hard to work with for this project and my left arm aches. So the last two frogs are taking longer than planned. Frog Pond pattern coming soon....I promise!

Now, if I can just stop trying to live on chocolate.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Finding My Center

Today, I crochet for the sake of therapy and sanity.

My mind is unsettled. I am not mad, sad or unhappy....just unsettled. For two reasons, the first being that I made a mistake at work that could have been potentially disastrous, financially. I paid some bills (...big bills) and neglected to post them to the checkbook on the computer....bad, bad, bad.... And now, the money that is coming in from large sales this week has to go to cover my mistakes instead of going for other things. *facepalm*

The second being that my son is having a hard time in school right now. My kids attend an online high school that is proving to be a great school for them. My son, for lack of a better word, pretended he was doing his school while letting his mind wander and doing nothing. Then, he would take his regular breaks and the like....just wouldn't turn in any of his work.

Well, I decided to see how they were doing through the parent controls and discovered all of this late work. I told him to catch himself up. He was only a day or two behind. He ignored me. I told him then that he had one week to get caught up or deal with loss of beloved gaming systems, etc.....should have been easy...nope. While I was 'grilling' him about why wasn't he getting anything done and what the heck was he doing all day??, he said to me "Mom, your little grilling sessions aren't making me move any faster." I almost killed the boy. So, instead of murder, I chose to have a 'punishment' day.

Last Saturday he had to do school and chores all day. No free time. No TV. No computer time. I made him take his favorite stuff from his room and put it in my room (all purely symbolic, this was only one day). Then he would do school for a 1/2 hour, we'd do a chore for a 1/2 hour...just to keep the day broken up. It went fast. It wasn't as miserable as he thought it would be, but decided that he didn't want to give up another whole Saturday like that. He got every thing caught up except Spanish.

So, I thought he was cured. I thought he'd get caught up in Spanish on Monday and then quick catch himself up on the rest of the things he might have gotten behind on today. Apparently not. Once again, I checked his work. It took him two days to complete and hand in about 4 things. He is continually getting further and further behind in Spanish, as well as, all of his other classes, which he is now behind in AGAIN. And then come to find out he has 0's on a few assignments in various classes because he didn't follow directions. When I tell my kids "redo this assignment because the teacher has suggested that you do that so you can get a higher grade", they all but thumb their nose at me and say "no". I am at my absolute wits end. I have nothing left in me. I'm so overwhelmed by his (and sometimes her) absolute lack of desire/will to do well that I just want to cry.

Just get the *&^%&*!@ work done!!! How hard is this???

My time is so limited right now. My schedule is so full. But, if I have to sit next to him and force him to complete every assignment, I will. Thank you, God, for the strength I need not to strangle him.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Froggy Friends

I want you to meet my new froggy friends and their future buddies.
I got the pattern for them here.
They were too adorable to not make.
Since I've redesigned the Frog Pond Bag (pictures and pattern coming soon!) and I totally love it this time....I decided it was time to make the little rainbow froggies to go inside.
I, also, decided that it would be entirely redundant to design little frogs of my own when there are a bazillion different frog patterns already available, most of them for free.
I decided, instead, to support another fiber artist and promote her pattern with my bag. :)
I have altered the pattern only in the application of eyes. I have sewn mine on with yarn. I am a terrible embroider-er-er(?)...I am not good at embroidery. Mine is always choppy and sloppy and sorta ugly. Beauty thing? Babies don't care. Mama's typically don't either. Most of them can't make it themselves and are just happy their kids can't chew it off and choke on them. I'm pretty psycho about making all toys teeny-tiny-child friendly.
So, if you don't look too closely at the eyes of my frogs, which are all crooked...every one... and look at them as a whole, you will realize they are way to cute to not have a home!

Friday, October 08, 2010

Hello Fall

I know I'm a little late, at least for my area, to post about saying 'hi' to Fall.

Most of our trees have already shed their color, but a few are hanging on. Like the gorgeous Oak in my back yard that is flame red right now. Every morning I go into my second floor laundry room to look out the window at it. The sun is hitting it at just the right angle at that time and it looks like a huge fire. Morning sun is different than any other time of the day. It's gorgeous and Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.

One year, we had particularly good color that hung on for a long time. It was an abnormally warm fall without a lot of rain and it was just gorgeous. Every where that I went I took pictures of the fall colors. I still have all of those pictures and some day I am going to put them on the wall of my house in a collage. Some day.....when my house isn't in a perpetual state of reconstruction.

My husband is a wonderful starter. He really is.

Monday, October 04, 2010

A Bit Tired & Crabby

The first of the striped mittens is completed. Almost everyone in my circle of people has tried it on. And almost every one, to a person, has said "Oh! It fits!"...like there was some question that it would...? Come on, people!

My daughter, being the high-maintenance gift receiver that she is, was irritated that the thumb was not black. When we talked about the order of the finger/thumb color repeats, we had discussed the thumb being black. Well, in all of my finger knitting...I forgot. I was going to do them blue when I had originally started them, and when it came time to do them..I just picked up the blue without another thought. By the time she realized the thumb was blue, I was about 5 or 6 rows into the thumb and I was not knitting them back. There is much disappointment in that blue thumb. It's an unexplainable disappointment. I have, yet again, failed her somehow.



Me and my ever-present pattern book just keep plugging along. I will finish her second mitten (which I offered to alter the color progression of the fingers and have the thumb be black...but no...they won't match, then) and wipe my hands of her neediness for a bit. It will be good to be done with this pair.



Then, it is on to my husband's black pair. They will be a wool blend to keep his previously frost bitten fingers warm.
And now, a personal moment: I have hit a whole new level of fatigue. I decided last Friday night, while my husband and daughter were at football games and my son was busy playing video games, that I would can. I started around 6 something and quit around 11. I was able to get cranberry sauce, spicy cranberry salsa, traditional salsa and caramel-apple jam canned. However, by the time I was done canning, I was keyed up. Couldn't even think about going to bed. All I wanted to do was knit and relax. Then A Few Good Men came on TBS and I just had to watch it! I mean, it was almost language free! I love that movie. So, I was up till 2am. yay. My plans for Saturday were to get up and go scrapbooking. I thought "I'll just sleep in and go when I wake up". Lucky me, I was up at 7:15. Plenty of time to get ready for scrapbooking! Saturday went fast, but I was up late again. Sunday dawned bright and EARLY....and I hauled my cookies out of bed for church. But, no nap for me during football cuz we had friends come over for the day. It was a nice time, but I spent alot of time yawning. Now, I am at the end of an extremely busy day at work. The phone rang non-stop with the temps in the 30's first thing in the morning. Now, I face an hour trip out of town to go grocery shopping and i. am. tired.
Tonight, I go to bed early. No excuses. Well, after Dancing with the Stars......

Friday, October 01, 2010

And So Another Pair Begins....

*sung to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers*

Onward Knitting Soldiers,
marching as to war,
with our knitting needles,
wielded as a sword.
Daunted not by boredom,
or repetitiousness,
We will be the conquerors,
and make a matching set.

:)



I'm pretty sure I have too much time on my hands.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Second Mitten Syndrome

Second Mitten Syndrome is much like Second Sock Syndrome, only less eclectic and fun. When you have second sock syndrome you can still get away with wearing mismatched socks. It's all the rage...or at least it was a year or two ago. You could even get see through shoes to show off your funky sockness. But, second mitten syndrome is less charming. You don't look fun and funky...you look like some lamo who lost their mitten and should really have a string sewn on so you don't do that again!



The second mitten is much less exciting to make, cuz you've been there, done that. Just like the second sock. Anything you have to make two of.....well, pretty much drains all joy out of me.

So why do I do it? A) It's a sickness. B) It's a compulsion. C) There is a satisfaction derived from completing something that you dread doing. Almost like feeling that sense of inner accomplishment for eating that yogurt...when you really wanted a donut. And then you go back and eat the donut anyway cuz the yogurt really wasn't satisfying...but who's counting? You get 'points' for eating something healthy.

Has anyone ever added up their 'points'? If so, what do you get to use your 'points' for? That's a brain twister there.

Gloves I finished a week or so ago. I think I actually love making gloves way more than mittens. Don't know why. Maybe it's the fact that I feel like a freaking knitting goddess when they are done. They fit, they are functional AND they are pretty. :)
My macho, macho man was too cool for knitted gloves when I showed him the pattern I intended to make. "Nah...I don't need any gloves" he said. After I got the first one done, all of a sudden.."Yeah, these are pretty cool. I could use a black pair." Oh can you, now? And daughter pipes up..."Ooooo, Mom, I want these.....the ones with 1800 color changes and 50,000 ends that you'll have to weave in when you're done! Those are sweet!" *You really don't care if I ever work on another project, do you?*
So, onward, I knit. Loving and hating it all at the same time. While I know my family will "appreciate" the gloves. They will never "appreciate" what goes into them. I make it look way too easy. Sort of like watching my husband play any sport with a ball involved. How does anyone play that good all the time?? Or watching my daughter powerlift. How does anyone get that strong?? Or listening to my son tell me his latest ideas for books he wants to write. Where does he come up with this stuff???
I guess we all have our own gifts. World would be pretty boring if we were all the same, huh?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mittens for the Finished Hat

I started the mittens that will go with the hat. I do have a pattern for the mittens. It comes out of the Patons: Next Steps Seven, Mittens & Gloves book. It's the basic 4 needle mitten. I just added a few stripes of color to have it coordinate with the hat. Working on the second mitten now.


I'm sort of loving the way the two skeins I bought are pooling their colors so differently. The hat and top portion of the finished mitten are the
same skein. Bottom of mitten and the next mitten are the other ball. If I were going to be super anal about it, the differences would be driving me batty about now. But, seeing as how I'm the super laid back broad that I am, I am looking at this as sort of fun. I like the differences. I mean, that is why I bought hand-dyed, right?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Finished Hat

We'll start off with a scary self portrait.
This is me, not at my best, but me all the same.

The hat is a bit short. Of course, this is the first time I've made a hat without a pattern to follow. I'm sure the next one will be better.

I figured I would give taking a picture of myself a try. I mean, my daughter takes about 50 pictures of herself a week....so how hard could it be, right? It's a lot harder than it looks. That is, if you want it straight.







Here we have the back of the hat.

I love the way that it turned out. I love the colors together. I even love the way the cables turned out. They were meant to be subtle and they certainly are that.

I don't know that I'm the neatest knitter. I can see lots of chunkiness in my decreases, etc. Of course, that may be the weight of the yarn. The mystery wool from Bayfield is chunky and rough, but boy is it warm.

Currently working on mittens to match.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hat Turned Swatch

I finally came out of my funk this week and decided I was going to try my hand at working with the hand-dyed mystery wool I picked up in Bayfield at the beginning of the month.

I broke out the size 6 bamboo dpn's (they are the only ones that I own that have 5 to a pkg) and cast on 80 stitches, 20 per needle. I thought...gads...80 stitches should be plenty for an adult size hat. Um, no. Try, small child.

As I knit right along I was falling in love with it. I even got all crazy and threw in a few segments of leftover llama/mix/handspun that I had picked up at a different craft fair about 4 years ago. I even made some baby cables in there. Ya know, just me being all awesome and stuff and showing off my crazy knitting skills. *rolling eyes* I don't have crazy knitting skills, folks. You have no idea how I struggle through cables. I love, love, love the way they look...I do not love, love, love making them. I either have the wrong size cable needle, hence the 'slipping' that occurs frequently causing me to "Ahhh!! Nobody MOVE! I dropped a needle!!"....(my family loves it) OR I just suck at making cables and end up making them out to be WAY harder than they need to be. Either way, it's a handicap for me.

So anywho, I noticed that the hat just did not seem to be of adult proportions right about the beginning of the gray llama yarn. But, I thought to myself, "oh I'll just make this a child's cap", until I got done with the gray and went a little on the green and wanted to start decreasing. My inner knitter cried out, "NO!! This is all wrong! This is supposed to be an adult hat!" I could not continue. I would be living a lie. Lord knows I have more than enough yarn to make this adult hat. (how many stitches???) This little hat became a practice swatch that will be taken apart.

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Frogging commenced and I have neat little balls of yarn waiting to be re-knit into my happy little wool hat. I'm making it up as I go, so who knows what it's gonna look like..??

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fun & Funky Witch Costume-AG Dolls Pattern

I was finally able to find my pictures!!
So without further ado...The Fun & Funky Witch Costume for AG Dolls!!







Fun & Funky Witch Costume Pattern for AG Dolls
by Elizabeth Mareno 2010
**Corrections in RED**

Items Needed:
Caron Simply Soft Black
Small amts- Lime Grn, Purple & Orange
F hook, Lg Eye Yarn Needle for finishing.
Gauge:
18 sc/20 rows = 4"x4" square using Caron SS

Bodice:
ch 50- join to make a ring- don't twist.
Row 1- ch1, sc in sm sp as join and each ch around. sl st to first sc. (50)
Row 2-10- ch1, sc in each sc, join. (50)
Row 11-15- ch1, turn, sc in each sc.
Left Back: (RS)
Row 16-24- ch1, turn, sc in 10
Row 25- ch1, turn, sc in 5, lv rem st undone.
Row 26-27- ch1, turn, sc in 5. Cut
Right Back: (RS) sk 30 from left back. reattach with black in next sc.
Row 16- ch1, sc in sm sp as join and next 9 sc.
Row 17-24- ch1, turn, sc in each sc.
Row 25- do not ch1, turn, sl st in 6sc, ch1, sc in sm st and next 4 sc. (5)
Row 26-27- Ch1, turn, sc in 5. Cut.
Front: (RS) from left back, sk 7, reattach w/sl st.
Row 16- ch1, sc in sm sp and next 15sc. (16)
Row 17-19- ch1, turn, sc in each.
**Left Front
Row 20- ch1, turn, sc in 8.
Row 21- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in rem sc (7)
Row 22- ch1, turn, sc in 5, sc dec (6)
Row 23- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 4 (5)
Row 24- ch1, turn, sc in each.
Row 25-27- ch1, turn, sc in each. Cut.
**Right Front-(RS) reattach w/ sl st to 1st open sc,
Row 20- ch1, sc in sm sp and next 7 (8)
Row 21- ch1, turn, sc in 6, sc dec. (7)
Row 22- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 5 (6)
Row 23- ch1, turn, sc in 4, sc dec (5)
Row 24-27- ch1, turn, sc in each. Cut

**Sew shoulder seams with right sides together.

Skirt: (RS) working on opposite side of starting chain, attach with black to sc at back seam.
Row 1- ch1, sc in sm st and each ch around. join. (50)
Row 2- ch2, hdc in sm sp, hdc in next 4sc, (2hdc in next, hdc in 4) around, join to ch2. (60)
Row 3- ch2, hdc around.
Row 4- ch2, hdc in sm sp, hdc in 4, (2hdc in next, hdc in 4) around (72)
Row 5- ch2, hdc around. Cut off.
Row 6- Change to Orange, attach orange in sm st as join, ch1, sc in join and each sc around. (72)
Cut off.
Row 7- Change to black, attach orange in sm sp as join, ch2, hdc in join, hdc in 5 (2hdc in next, hdc in 5) around. Join. (84)
Row 8- 9- ch2, hdc in each hdc. join.
Row 10- Change to Green. Repeat row 6 (84)
Row 11-13- Change to black, ch2, hdc in each.
Row 14- Change to Purple, repeat row 6 . Cut off, weave in ends.

Sleeves: with black, join to round 15 of bodice.
Row 1- ch2, hdc in each sc and row end. (31)
Row 2- ch2, hdc in each, cut.
Row 3- Change to Orange, ch1, sc in each. Cut.
Row 4- Change to black, ch2, hdc in sm sp as join, hdc in 4, (2hdc in next, hdc in 4)5times, hdc in last hdc. (37)
Row 5- ch2, hdc in each.
Row 6- Change to Green, ch1, sc in each.
Row 7- Change to Black, ch2, hdc around. (37)
Row 8- ch2, hdc in sm sp as join, hdc in next 2, (2hdc, hdc in next 2) around, hdc in last hdc. Cut
Row 9- Change to Purple, ch1, sc around. Cut.

**Back trim- with black, join with sl st to bottom of back opening, sc in each row end up to corner. Cut. Join with sl st to opposite corner, ch1, sc in join and each row end to bottom of back.Finish.
**With Green- ch30, attach with sl st to back trim row end, ch1, sc in sm sp and each sc across to inner corner, sc dec, sc across row ends of shoulder to front "V", sc up other side to opp. inner corner, sc dec, sc across rem sc and back trim row end. ch31, Cut.

Collar: Optional
Row 1- ch7, sc in 2nd ch and each sc (6)
Row 2- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 2, sc dec (4)
Row 3- ch1, turn, sc in each.
Row 4- ch1, turn, sc dec twice (2)
Row 5- ch1, turn, sc
Row 6- ch1, turn, sc dec once.
Row 7- turn on edge, sc in each row end, 3 sc in each corner.
**Sew to neckline on ch7 edge, can tack tip down or leave free.

Belt: Optional
Row 1- With Green- ch80, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each, 3sc in last ch, working on opp side of ch, sc in each ch. (159)
Row 2- ch1, turn, sc in 78, 2sc in next 3sc, sc in 78sc. (162)
Row 3- ch1, turn, sc in 78, 2sc in next 2sc, 3sc in 2sc, 2sc in next 2sc, sc in 78. Cut leaving a long end for sewing buckle on.

Buckle:
ch25, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next, 2sc in next, (sc in 2, 2sc) across, sc in last.
Put RS to RS on end and sc together, ch7, sl st to sc on opp side of circle. Finish off.
**Attach to belt by weaving onto flat end of belt, fold belt end over and sew in
place.


Hat: Starting at top with black
Row 1- ch2, 5sc in 2nd ch, do not join.
Row 2- sc in each sc
Row 3- (sc in 1, 2sc) twice, sc in last (7)
Row 4-5- sc in each
Row 6- (2sc in 1, 1sc in 1) around, sc in last(10)
Row 7- sc in each
Row 8- (sc in 2, 2sc) around , sc in last(13)
Row 9- sc in each
Row 10- (sc in 1, 2sc) around, sc in last (19)
Row 11- sc in each
Row 12- repeat row 10 (28)
Row 13- sc in each, join and cut.
Row 14- Change to Orange, after attaching, repeat row 10, join and cut. (42)
Row 15- Change to Black, after attach, sc in each, join.
Row 16-17- ch1, sc around, join.
Row 18- Change to gree, after attach, ch1, (sc in 5, 2sc in next) 7 times (49)
Row 19- Change to Black, after attach, ch1, sc in each. (49)
Row 20- ch1, (sc in 6, 2sc) around. (56)
Row 21- ch1, sc (56)
Row 22- Change to Purple, after attach, ch1, sc in each (56) join.
Row 23- ch1, FLO (sc, 2sc) around (84)
Row 24- ch1,both loops (sc in 5, 2sc) around.(98)
Row 25- ch1,( sc in 31, 2sc in next) 3 times, sc in last 2, join (101) Cut and weave ends.

Spider:
With green, ch2, 6 sc in 2nd ch. Join. Cut leaving long end. Sew to hat and use long end to embroider legs.

Trick or Treat/Evening Bag: with black, ch7
Row 1- 3sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 4 ch, 3 sc in last ch. working on opp side of ch, sc in next 4 ch, join with 1st sc.
Row 2- ch1, 3sc in join, 1sc in next, 3 sc in next, sc in next 4, (3sc, 1sc, 3sc) in next 3 sc, sc in last 4, join.
Row 3- ch1, sc in join, 3sc in next, sc in 3, 3 sc in next, sc in 6, (3sc, sc in 3, 3 sc) sc in last 6, join.
Row 4- ch1, BLO, sc in join and each sc around. join.
Row 5- ch1, both loops, sc in each.
Row 6-11- ch1, sc in each, join, cut
Row 12- Change to Green, ch1, sc in sm sp as join, sc in each sc around. cut and weave in ends.
On Sides- attach with green and sl st on one end, ch14, sk 8sc, sl st in next, sl st in 7sc, ch14, sk 8sc, sl st in next. (handles made)



Low Gluten-Dairy Free Waffles- Recipe

Hello all you wonderful people! I figured its time for a recipe. I haven't posted one in just forever! This time it is WAFFLES!! Yum, every Saturday morning should be filled up with waffles! I call these low-gluten because they are made with Spelt, which can usually be consumed by people who have an irritation to traditional wheat products. Not celiac's! They still need to avoid, because Spelt is part of the wheat family and does contain a certain amount of gluten. Go here to read up on Spelt to see if it will work for you. I am not celiac, but I do not tolerate wheat well. You should be able to find it at any well-stocked health food store.
Now to the recipe.
This recipe is adapted from Better Homes New Cook Book copyright dated 1989. It is actually their pancake recipe that ended up working out better as a waffle batter after I made all the substitutions for our dietary needs. I double or triple this recipe for Saturday morning feeds depending on how many of us are home. They are very light, but very filling.

Saturday Morning Waffles (Low-Gluten, Dairy-Free)

1 Cup White Spelt Flour
1 Tblsp Turbinado (aka Raw) Sugar
2 tsps Aluminum Free Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Beaten Egg (use egg substitute if you need)
1 Cup Rice Milk (or any non-dairy milk substitute)
2 Tblsp Oil (we use walnut oil)

In a mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking pwdr and salt. In another mixing bowl combine egg, milk and oil. Add to flour mixture all at once. Stir mixture till blended but still slightly lumpy.

Pour about 1/3 cup batter onto waffle iron. For whatever reason, I find that it doesn't matter if I put just less than 1/3 cup or a full 1/3 cup...so I use the same amount with each waffle. It either doesn't reach the edge of the waffle iron and I have anemic looking waffles or this happens:
The same 1/3 cup that I put on the waffle iron...every time....
Served with Pure Wisconsin Maple Syrup.
I need to buy some from the local farms for this winter.
Some of us like to dunk.
Others of us are less...civilized...and drown our waffles.

Still, yet, some of us are a little more creative and use peach preserves made with honey.
Hubby doesn't eat Maple Syrup.

He did not feel as though his presentation was complete without
showing you the waffles with their
turkey breakfast sausage companions.
Don't you love my 70's Corelle? LOL
HOPE YOU ENJOY!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Crafter's Block


Ever since proclaiming I am going back to the drawing board with the Frog Pond Bag I have been in a perpetual state of "Crafter's Block".


**I want to knit gloves and mittens. Can't decide where to start (even though I have the yarn I want to use and the bag of dpn needles sitting right there with the new book I picked up last week). No ambition.


**I want to make socks....pretty socks....warm, wool socks....I have the supplies! Not happening.


**I want to remake the bag. No desire to even dig it out.


What is wrong with me? Maybe I have too much going on?


School, Homework, Real work-which is getting busy with the heating season starting, Obsessive canning every few nights (salsa's, apple butter, jams, etc), Baking pitas and granola on the weekends........the ever-present free online mahjongg game (lol), facebook, emailing....


What is getting in the way??


Ok. Nevermind. My whole darn life is getting in the way! LOL!! This must stop!


Lawd, help me!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ever Do This?

I shop on Amazon alot. I always use the "take it right out of your checkbook" feature. It's worked well for me and it's super convenient. Been doing it for years.

Recently my husband made an adding error in our checkbook by $40...it caused a check that we wrote to Sam's Club to be "sent back". So now TransWorld something or another won't let me use my checkbook anywhere. Good times, baby!

I ordered my son's birthday present from Amazon on the 10th. His birthday is the 26th. Well, when I ordered it, I didn't know TransWorld was stopping all my checks till I received a sweet little letter in my email telling me that "we are having trouble processing your form of payment" . In other words "Hey Loser! Put some money in your checking account!!". Except that there IS money in there! Plenty! They just won't let you have any of it!

So, ok, moving right along. I don't have any credit cards of my own. Credit cards are the devil's playground in my hands...so I don't keep them. I borrowed one of my dad's....well, got another sweet little letter in my email this morning stating "we are having trouble processing your form of payment". In my mind I added, "again". And then they were kind enough to inform me that "maybe you typed a number wrong?". No, I didn't. The card just didn't have enough available credit on it. Now, I'm a double lame-o.

I am on payment source #3. Mom's credit card. I really, really hope that this one works. Otherwise, I will be forced to go to a retail shop and pay more for the same things. Grrr. The check is at home all ready for the lucking recipient to cash, so it's not like I am mooching off them. But, at times like this I feel so....what's the word....uncool? needy? dependent? Almost like back in the day when we really had no money and couldn't afford anything and had to rely on parents, etc, even though we were 'adults' (haha) and were supposed to be 'on our own' (double haha). **short side track: looking back, if we were 'on our own' and had made a conscious choice to reproduce, we should have been able to pay our bills. just sayin'.**

I hope I'm not the only who has ever found themselves in a messed up little pinch caused by an accidental miscalculation. My poor husband. He felt so bad when he saw that he had made an adding error. He's such a perfectionist.

**9-15-10** Update: All is well on the birthday gift front. It's on its way. Should be here Monday. Third time was a charm. LOL!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Poopy Thoughts

I have been thrown into a tailspin of foolish, poopy thinking.

My little award that I had received out of the kindness of someone else that thought my little blog was worthy of note brought me joy. So I passed it on to a few other blogs that I thoroughly enjoy reading.

One of my recipients didn't care for it. Instead of just saying no thanks, he basically made fun of it on his blog, without naming names. Now I feel like a boob. He called it a "chain letter for bloggers". And it may very well be that, but I didn't view it or pass it along as such. Anyone that knows me, knows that I do not FWD anything. Usually if it says FWD in the name...I skip it and delete it almost immediately, no matter who its from. I have to be in a special mood to open it. So, for what I thought was a neat little gift to be called a chain letter....Gahhh!

So, thank you, person I love to read, you have made me a neurotic mess over this. I feel like an idiot and wish that I could take it back. I don't think I will ever make the mistake of giving of myself like that on the internet again. I don't like feeling like I've just been made an ass of.

Pokemon Designer Extraordinaire!!

I don't believe in duplicating designs if it can be helped. So, I have come on here to share with you a Pokemon designer that has forever released me from designing another Pokemon! Her work is incredible and clean and neat. I love every one of her designs and I am actually wanting to make a few of them for my son who claims to be over Pokemon at the ripe old age of 13...but still talks about them and the new games coming out obsessively.

She does several other popular toy designs, too. She has Mario Brothers Patterns, Sonic Hedgehog Patterns and a Despicable Me Minion Pattern. She has several other patterns for various objects, as well. I encourage you to visit her site, she is an awesome Amigurumi Fiber Artist!!

Just follow this link to Wolfdreamer-Off The Hook's blog.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Labor Day Stuff

Labor Day weekend was a very full weekend for us.

Saturday we started it off by heading to Bayfield for the day. Isn't it weird how there really isn't a convenient time to plan a day trip? You just have to slam it into your schedule and not apologize for its invasion of your routine. That's what the trip to Bayfield was like for us. Not convenient, but Oh, such a necessity. This year we got to take some good friends of ours. The Bushman's. Sam had never been before. Her husband and kids had gone the year before with his parents, but this still seemed like a new experience for them. We showed them our once-a-year haunts and favorite stores. We walked the cobblestone streets down to the used book store and perused the overpriced handmade pieces of art in the various shops that line the road. We, finally, after much nagging and grumbling by children, made it to the candy shop where much fudge and salt water taffy was purchased by all. Not to mention the rock candy and various caramels.... We ate our lunch @ Maggie's, as usual, and enjoyed a quick walk through of the local farmer's market where I acquired some lovely hand dyed wool (the picture beneath the group). And walked along the pier before heading out into the country to visit an orchard we like. They have a wonderful blueberry wine that we bought a bottle of for a Christmas present. We also bought some early apples( "Wealthy's" to be exact) that I plan to turn into applesauce and can this weekend. (Find out more about Bayfield @ their official Blog, it's a lovely place.)



The wind, she was a-blowin' hard!!
Lake Superior & the Apostle Islands behind us.

Hand-dyed wool.




Sunday we hung out at my parents for lunch and then went home and did NOTHING! Hallelujah!:)
Monday dawned bright and frisky. We decided to take another day trip, this time to Wausau. We had some grocery shopping that needed to be done and we figured we would do some other shopping while we were there, as well. As we were getting read to walk out the door I grabbed my crocheted market bags and realized that I didn't have enough of one particular kind. It's nice and roomy and has a much better handle than the tall, skinny ones I made (sorry no pics of those). So, I quick grabbed a J hook and a cone of cotton and away we went. I decided to make another bag on the way to Wausau (hour and a half trip, one way). I got about 1/2 done on the way down. Here I have pics of the start:
Nearly full cone of Americana colored Peaches n Creme (can't remember the real name).


The start of my bag.

The pattern....lol

Finished her up last night.

My teeny-weeny cone of leftovers. lol.
This will probably get me one or two more dishcloths.
Now, I just need to remember to take them into the store and use them. :)

Friday, September 03, 2010

Oh My Gosh!

Did I even tell you?

I'm a college student again!!

*Gasp*

I know, can you even believe it?

I'm in a Web Development class with aspirations to get my degree in IT for Web Development and Media Design.

I would love to turn this little blog into a website with some way cooler features! Like patterns separated from blog and a place for pictures...you know...way cooler than this....

Besides, it's something I can use in ministry. :-) If for nothing else, that makes it all worth it.

Thank You!

Just want to send a shout out to all my good friends (cuz you know the good ones will be honest with you regardless of how much it might hurt in the end..lol)! I appreciate all of the comments on the frog pond, so far.

Please, feel free to keep commenting! I've gained some wonderful ideas and revamps for my little Frog Pond Bag. I would love to hear some more ideas!!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I Need Your Opinion

I have created a bag. Except when I look at it, I don't love it.

I will explain what it represents and then I want your honest opinion. No matter how harsh or cruel or judgemental....I KID!! I KID!! Really, I want your opinion on this bag.

It is supposed to represent a little frog pond. The blue represents the water. The varied green "leaves" represent the long grasses you find in a pond and then there is a lily pad and some water lillies on the side. It is all held together with a draw string. My family says that it is adorable. I am afraid that they are just being nice.

So you, crafting community...tell me the truth and don't hold back! What do you really think of this bag?



I've Been Given An Award!!! Cool!!


Kristine @ www.kristine-creativecrochet.blogspot.com has bestowed a most lovely award upon my blog! It is actually the very first award I've ever received, and how fun!! Thanks Kristine! So now, the program says I am to name 7 random things about myself. Gads, what haven't I told you?
1) My eyes are deep, hunter green.
2) After I sold my yarn store, it took me almost 6 months to pick up a hook or needle again.
3) The sound of thunderstorms relaxes me.
4) I love the smell of my dog right after a bath.
5) My greatest want in life is to live in the country again and have a small farm where we raise our own meat. I miss the quiet and solitude of the country.
6) I am an impulsive person. I have had to learn through many hard lessons to be more conscious and think things through.
7) I realized the other day that I am a perfectionist. While there are many things in life that I just let go, there are just as many things that I hold to an extremely high standard. Punctuality being one of them.
I am passing this award along to these people who should grab it, post it and pass it on (to steal some of Kristine's words)....
Visit these blogs and enjoy!

Monday, August 30, 2010

New Pattern Project



Here's a preview of the colors. The yarns are Red Heart Super Saver "Spring Green" and some No Boundaries WalMart brand boucle yarn I picked up about 5 years ago and it just keeps hanging around my stash. I'm sure that it could be substituted with another Red Heart yarn. The product label on the WalMart yarn calls for a size K, so I'm sure another worsted weight will be more than sufficient.

I am starting the pattern today and will post pictures as I get some things done. :)

This is going to be another Learning Baby Toy.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That

As I sit here scarfing my lunch (soooper hungry) of leftover sauteed peppers, onions, garlic and zucchini with feta cheese and a homemade spelt pita....I remember the pictures of Toby that I promised to share with you featuring the Barnyard Gang.
There is only one picture of the carnage that I won't be able to show you. It is on my phone and although I carry a small media center around in my purse, the one cable I don't have is the one for my phone to connect to the computer. I will, however, describe the picture to you. It's a little blurry. Lola is dangling from my mother's cupboard by her tail, upside down, udder facing out. No one is quite sure how Toby, who is 13 months old, was able to coordinate such an effort. But, it made for a hilarious picture. One I really, really wanted to show you. :) It's a testament to the hardy structure of the toy itself. From the moment Lola came out of the bag, she was one of his favorites (the other was Jedediah's hat). He tried to behead her, de-tail her and rip most of the rest of her limbs off as well. Watching him play with the Barnyard Gang reaffirmed for me why I double sew everything on. It needs to last and not be a choking hazard. And Toby would have found a way to make it a choking hazard, if he could. LOL
Without further ado...here's Toby.
Notice that Bob is almost flat? He's gotten crawled over a few times...

So that was the Tobinator.
Next up: Baby Socks.
When I was looking through my yarn stash a day or so ago I came across little balls of leftover sock yarn. So, yesterday, I got a wild hair and decided that I needed to make some baby socks out of those little balls. The balls looked so small to me I thought, "I won't be able to get more than one baby sock out of each of those balls. This'll be a great way to stash bust some of this mess out of here, baby socks work up fast AND I'll be able to work my way back into sock making (I haven't touched them in almost 2 years)." Well. Let me share a little secret. Little balls of sock yarn make many baby socks. Because the little balls of yarn sit in my bag and reproduce...so they never end. Ever.
I did have a grand time surfing the web for baby sock patterns, though, and I printed off a pile of them to make. I am going to do with these what I did with the dishcloth patterns I printed off. I want to make at least one pair of every pattern I printed. I am 1 sock done on the first pattern. lol I know I made it sound like I had knitted 15 socks off of one ball, but I didn't. Only one sock...but I was so sure that darn thing would've taken up alot more yarn than it did.
Here's the picture and pattern of my fat, little baby socks.

Here is the extra yarn I brought with me today. Although if I don't get off this computer, I won't even finish the second sock to the first pair....
Here's the list of patterns I will be tackling in the next few days in an effort to **Bust the Stash** (insert loud, echo-ey announcers voice here):
and some Just for Fun items from Lion Brand Yarn Company:
*You will have to sign up for free membership to view these patterns*
Thought Stefani might enjoy a pair of the leg warmers. We'll see if I have enough ambition to get them done. lol
Tah!