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|Finally - I've sadly neglected my blog. I have been doing a *bit* of crocheting and yeah, have enough to do a picture. I've just been swamped at work and home - rare times for pics and no time for words.
Here is a pic of the put together and blocked sweater. So far, I like the sweater. I'll have to wear it to give it my blessing. It is so cute and will need a cute body to wear it successfully. Lucky for it, I'm on the South Beach Diet. I love the acronym for this diet - SBD. In 4 days, I've lost 4 pounds and feel great! I like what I'm seeing.
I got to see my friends from Lake Charles, LA. Remember Robin and her roommate, Claire, the sheep? They are evacuees and lucky for me, they're staying with friends in Leander. I got to hug both necks and visit for a few hours on Wednesday. We met up at Chicks with Sticks - full house! I knew Robin would be smart enough to stay at the hospital during the hurricane and that is what she did. I was just so worried about her knowing she'd have to evacuate at some point. It was so refreshing to see her and know all is well. Her house is standing but that is all she knows.
I'm working on a baby blanket for The Linus Project and a girl who lived with us when DD was in high school just found out she is having a boy. I guess I'll be making something blue for her new, little one.
|9/19/05 Monday, New Week!|
Not only have I started a baby blanket but I've been going crazy with the needle punch embroidery. As you see from the pic, I'm working on an UT project. I ran out of the burnt orange color and ordered the wrong orange. Luckily it is an orange that I can use since Halloween is right around the corner. I realized this when I popped open my order on Saturday. That is when I started on the Peanuts Gang Halloween project. I printed it off the internet and then I drew it on the back of the fabric. DH helped me get Charlie Brown's head shaped correctly. Every copy I've ever seen of CB has his head mis-shaped and I wanted this as close as I could get. I'm going to make a pillow out of this for GB. I'll be reordering yarn for the UT project(s).
I finally found a baby blanket pattern that works with the variegated blue/green/white yarn from stash. This blanket will probably go to the Linus Project. I received an e-mail from them saying they're hoping to add many more blankets since a lot of kids were displaced by Katrina.
Got lots done over the weekend. Cleaned out the pantries, part of DH's closet, Dining Room, got DH to rewire my vintage lamp, and cooked a yummy supper last night. I marinated chicken strips and then wrapped them in bacon. When DH got home from hunting he grilled them up for us. Pretty good for a quick/easy fix.
Words to the Wise: Age doesn't matter unless you are cheese.
9/14/05 Hot Damn It's Finished!|
|Yeah, I know I was supposed to be showing off some needle punch embroidery but wanted to show off the completed Crocheted Hot Damn Afghan. This turned out much prettier than any picture could ever prove. Even DH told me that he liked it and what I did with the yarn. I love the fact that I unloaded over 20 skeins of yards since Sunday plus the fact that I hadn't a clue what I was going to do with one color of this, two colors of that. It is really heavy and soft. When I was putting the finishing touches on it DH asked where it was heading. When I said that I wasn't sure he said he may want it for his bed. Uh? You mean "our" bed? Like he *ever* gets cold enough to need an afghan of this weight. For the time being it is hanging over the back of the rocking chair.
I had to be bus rider on the road home yesterday. DGS decided to stick a rock up his nose and I got this frantic call from the school nurse telling me she couldn't track down his parents. Here I am at work with no car and the only one they can reach. I called his other GM and she located his Dad. It worked out good since he is the closest in proximity and DD got notified and met them at McDs. The Dad was able to get him to blow it out. No, we haven't figured out why a kid would stick something in his own nose. I guess the justification is because it fit? I don't think he'll try that again.
Words to the Wise: If you tell the truth, sooner or later somebody's going to find you out.
9/13/05 Pumping 'em Out!|
|This is what I'm working on at home. It is my version of the Hot Damn Afghan. I took all the Homespun and Baby Clouds yarn I had and held three strands together. The most I had of the same color was two skeins. I started out with three colors and worked a dc row and a sc row and then cut color #1 and attached color #4. As I used up skeins and wasn't finished with a 2 row set, I attached whatever color I only had a tiny bit left or if there was a 2nd skein. It is turning out extremely heavy and warm. This will probably grace the back of DD's couch. I started this on Sunday and should finish it tonight. I am using a Size S crochet hook.
On Friday I finished the final piece of the Lacy Pullover Sweater. It awaits me zipping it together. On Saturday I pulled out the punch embroidery and got with the program. I do have to say, "I'm hooked." I drew on the back of the fabric and pumped out a secret project for DSeester. It is something I had sent DMom about a week prior to her having a massive stroke. Needless to say, she never got around to it. Over the years, DMom made a lot of cute things with punch embroidery. Some of the cutest were nursery rhyme characters for DB's kids. I've been wanting to try this and it was a lot of fun. I will show off one of my projects tomorrow.
Work is still extremely busy. We hired an accountant and she is supposed to start coming in tomorrow for a few hours and then be here permanently on the 21st. I'm hoping this will be a good thing - I don't know yet about all the personality clashes that I hear will ensue. I just hope to keep out of the way.
Words to the Wise:People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.
|We're so happy that it is Friday - today is bagel day and the last day of my short week. Since I was off Monday and Wednesday - nice!
This is where I was at with the sweater on Wednesday evening. Now I am about 80% finished with the 2nd half. Zero mistakes on this one - so far. Guess you learn the pattern after frogging a gazillion times. I should be zipping this together over the weekend.
DFIL is hanging in there. They had him up and scooting around his room yesterday and today he is to walk out into the hallway. It is amazing how different things are done compared to just a few years ago. They may send him home as early as Saturday. I'm hoping this goes real smooth so he'll be excited to get his 2nd knee traded out. DH cracks me up - he told his Dad to ask for the bone so we could make some soup. I'm looking forward to soup weather but think I'll pass on the DFIL soup.
Words to the Wise: The only sure think about luck: it will change.
|9/7/05 Surgery Success!|
My DFIL had knee replacement surgery today. He looked great for being 70 and having had a large joint replaced. Yeah Dad!
Here are the pics of the Halloween bag I made. The one pic shows the two sides where I put Halloween fabric pockets. I think it turned out cute and I think I'll start using it in July, when they bring out the Halloween candy in all the stores. Around August I'm thinking of wearing all my Christmas sweaters. What is up with stores doing that?
I finished the front (or back) of the sweater so now only have the front (or back) to finish it off. I knocked out the last bit of the one half and started on the other half while sitting in the waiting room of the hospital. Looking forward to getting this off the needles. Also can't wait for cooler weather so I can wear it.
|9/6/05 Monday After Labor Day|
Had a nice, productive weekend. DH and friends changed out the clutch and brakes on the Bronco and I made curtains for the kitchen! I also put together a Halloween bag from marinating fabric. I'll show that off tomorrow. The curtains are made from the tapestry fabric I found at Hancock the day I ran into all the losers that work there. I like curtains either short or extremely long - I don't like exact lengths on curtains and I'm not sure why. This fabric fit the bill. I didn't want them extremely short so I had to figure out how I was going to hang them on the pole in the window seat. My first thought was to sew a tube on the back. Didn't really like that idea and then it dawned on me. I have a butt load of bias tapes from saling and dug out the grosgrain ribbon type. I cut 14" strips and sewed them on the back to create ties. This worked like a charm. The curtains pleat perfectly and they drape as I wanted. I used some lace tape as tiebacks. The bonus is that this fabric is heavy and perfectly suited for the upcoming autumn and winter months.
Work has been so busy with school starting last week. I've been thoroughly exhausted but still making sure I hit Curves for my 3x/week. I also headed to church on Sunday to see Angela, from Curves, perform with her band. She's such a cutie and I've been wanting to see her play. Saturday we had a friends/family get-together and had to be up super early to get the brisket cooking. That was a fun time and not much running around for me since we only did brisket and beans. Everyone else brought a dish. I had almost all the laundry finished and put away by the time guests started arriving at 2. UT whipped some butt and that was a great ending to the evening - 63-3. Hook 'em!
I also kicked out some cleaning. I have this portable phone that I got from work and I've been wanting to get it hooked up in my office. That takes a bit of work since I have papers and boxes stacked under the desk plus no extra holes to plug it in to power. I also refiled all the pattern magazines and books. I found two huge azz folders of recipes. I need to go through those and see if there is something yummy in there for us. I also worked on the sweater - the sleeves are complete and I am about 5 inches into the armholes. Getting there. It has been slow going since I zone out and have to frog. I don't care - one step at a time and I can't wear it in this heat anyway.
Words to the Wise: Everything has been thought of before, the challenge is to think of it again.
8/30/05 Tuesday After...|
|Yesterday was my 21 x 2 birthday....does that mean I can have two drinks now? I'm a lightweight in the beverage department so that would be all it would take. So, what did I do? Worked all day, went to Bealls and spent my $10 certificate they send me every year, worked out ($5 Curves cash for DS's t-shirt collection), filled up with gas and got the car washed, went home and ate leftovers. How fun is that for a 42nd birthday? It was just what the dr. ordered.
Did I ever show you my friend Claire? She's the cute, black one in the picture. Her Mama hails from Louisiana and we met on-line. Mama has friends here in central Tx and I invited them to join us at the yarn shop. Claire is a very spoiled girl. Her Mama has clothes for her, she goes to work every day with Mama, she rides in a car seat and has her own bedroom. I hope they hurry back to visit - it was such a good time when they visited. Discussion ranged from farts to pot smoking. I think that was the most I laughed in a long time. It lightened up the group - a lot!
On the knitting front: I frogged sleeve #1, finished another rendition minus the weird-looking rows and started a duplicate. It ended up being a good thing that two weird-looking rows showed up on sleeve #1 because it also ended up being way too long. I corrected both problems and I'm really glad that I started with the sleeves instead of the body. I was able to get a grip on the pattern, frog and not be disgusted with the project. I may be taking 3 classes soon. MK gave me a Ginger's flyer yesterday and they're offering needle punch, x-stitch with large stitches for a stocking and a Debbie Mum oven mitt class. They have b/w pics of the needle punch in the flyer and I've been wanting to try that anyway. I inherited all of DM's np yarn which, is no small amount. I've seen many cute projects and would love to punch out a few gifts I've got swirling around in my head.
Classes start here tomorrow. Today I have to head to a work study recruitment event and since I'm looking to hire 5, should be productive. Busy days ahead of me.
We'll be celebrating my birthday this weekend. Saturday is UT's first football game of the season and DH thinks it would be fun to throw a party for me. I love any excuse to have people over. I doubt DFIL will make it since he's having knee replacement surgery tomorrow. Brave man.
Worked our butt off on DS's football website and then they (booster club members) went in and switched it all around. That didn't bother me as much as having the front page as promotional ($ making) links and one of the links is an ad to stop child porno on the net. Sorry but I just don't think it is appropriate and is in very bad taste when that is the first thing you see. I'll be stepping down on this project.
Words to the Wise: Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets. Nido Qubein
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