Friday, August 28, 2009

When You Have Gone too Far

I just came across this site, naughtyknitterz. They had this video that definitely needs to be shared. Take a look.

These Two

Once upon a time I was organized and tidy. I flew by the seat of my pants and never planned out much past the next week. Then the kids came along and I was less tidy and organized but managed to keep up with cleaning. Then the kids got older. They had friends and social lives. They had their schedules which became my schedules. So much for tidy and organized. There is no time for that. Now I find myself being totally ruled by my calendar. My somewhat carefree summer is now replaced with Girl Scouts, Volleyball, the oldest daughters babysitting schedule, Etiquette classes, running class, etc... Suddenly there are no free weekends. I have my calendar filled with items out through May 2010. What happened to flying by the seat of my pants. What happened to "Hey, there is a great TravelZoo deal...let's go!" ?? Okay, maybe that last one was a bit of a stretch if you know me...but still, where did "my" time go?

My time went to these two...and as much as I complain about the schedule I wouldn't do it any other way. They are worth it.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Last Hurrah

Next week I will officially have both kids in school. I will have the house to myself. No preteen hanging around asking me to entertain her. In celebration of this event we were going to go camping but now the weekend looks, hot, rainy and humid. So instead we are staying home and relaxing. This means no household chores/projects. This means everyone sleeps in, a late morning big breakfast, going out for dinner, going to the pool (weather permitting), seeing a movie or two, etc. This summer has been full of homeowner projects that have taken up valuable family weekend time. Not this weekend...this is our last hurrah before volleyball, piano lessons, girl scout activities and lots of homework starts taking up all of our free-time. It should be fantastic.

I finished up my Seaweed Socks and they turned out great. The Ella Rae Lace Merino created a beautiful fabric with great stitch definition. The seaweed pattern is displayed nicely (other's have had issues with it). I used 2.25mm needles and made the medium size. They will definitely be a favorite pair.

I finished Eclipse and I have to say I'm still enjoying the series. It has been great summer reading. I also read Janet Evanovich's latest book and I'm done with her until she makes the last Stephanie Plum book. They are getting repetitious and not as funny. I also feel like within a book Janet is writing some chapters and a ghost writer writing others. I'd rather it just be consistent. To finish off my summer reading I'm reading the latest Debbie Macomber, Summer on Blossom Street and I just picked up from the library While My Pretty One Knits by Anne Canadeo. That should be enough fluff reading for the year.

Now to begin our lazy weekend with a nap....

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009


Finished a couple of items this week. First is my She-Knits Mystery Bag. The knitting went well and the bag was a cool design but my felting destroyed it so below is a picture of it pre-felting. It was an great experience and I would have never knit such a bag otherwise.

Second item is a Xmas gift for a friend who loves this color. It is the Scaruffle pattern. It was an easy knit and went rather fast. It would be great in a large variety of yarn types. I knit it in Sugar Bunny Blvd fingering weight yarn. It's so unlike me to be this on the ball for Xmas gifts. Onto the next thing.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Outer Banks

We spent the last weekend in Nags Head in the Outer Banks of NC. The weather was not kind to us but we tried to make the best of it. We visited the Bodie and Hatteras Lighthouses. We ate a few great restaurants. Did a little school shopping and then on Sunday morning we were finally able to play in the surf. I love the waves and boogie boarding. We had a blast seeing who could travel the farthest with each wave. My knees are all bruised/scraped from riding in until they scraped bottom. Youngest daughter (the fish that she is) discovered body surfing and said to heck with the boogie board. We couldn't get her out of the water.

Since we had to vacate the motel by 11am we packed up and headed onto Roanoke. We visited the Lost Colony site and toured the Elizabethan Garden that was put up in honor of the first settlers.

We then headed into the town of Manteo where I actually got to visit a yarn store! I don't' get to do that very often when we travel it seems. It was a lovely store called Fine Yarns and Gallery at Kimbeeba. Quite a name but a lovely store. I bought 3 skeins Mirasol Qina and 1 skein of Ella Rae Lace Merino. The Ella Rae reminded me of the beach and seaweed. So it is currently being knit into the Seaweed Socks by Wendy Johnson. How perfect. They are coming along nicely and I love the colorway. A wonderful thing about this store was they gave a 10% discount for NC residents! Yeah, a bargain on vacation yarn!

I'll post pic's of the socks soon, hopefully along with a very bright scarf I've been working on.