Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve

I can’t believe the year is nearly over again. I’ve decided to set some goals/resolutions for 2011. I’ll post them tomorrow I hope.

Here is some yarn that came a few weeks ago:



This stuff is for the Lopi sweater I talked about in a previous post. I don’t think I am going to use the bluish stuff on the end. I think I have a skein of black I could use instead. That color is just not going to work.



I love Silky Wool. However, the Silky Wool I’ve used before did not have nylon in it. It is very pretty and is for a short sleeved cardigan.

These are mittens I made Gretchen for Christmas:



I like them and want to start a pair for me. I was completely amazed at how they look like they come from 2 different color ways. I wonder if mine will look that way, too.

And this is what I’ve been working on lately:



I have waited all this time to make my own washcloths. Why?! It is so fun! And it is eco-friendly and green.

We had a little party tonight. It is 11 and I am the only one still up. One kid was out by 9:15 and the other about half an hour later. They were really thrilled about getting to stay up late and having their supper in the living room. I made fried rice for supper. We also had pork and seeds and carrots with ranch to dip them in. I think one of the girls may have only had our secret family recipe chex mix for supper, though. I love making my own mustard for pork and seeds. Brent and I feel like it isn’t hot enough if we don’t want to cry when we eat it. So, store bought or restaurant mustard just doesn’t cut it. I find it a bit ironic that Brent likes really hot mustard because he hates anything with cayenne, jalapeno, or curry in it. He also loves horseradish. Of course, horseradish and mustard are different than hot peppers and curry.

I hope every one out there is having a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. See you next year!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Surviving the Holidays

We have survived Christmas. Now, let’s hope I survive until next Thursday when school resumes…

Last week seemed like one nightmare after another. On the 23rd, my darling old dog-boy, Sam, started having these horrific seizures. Not the tame little things he’s had once or twice a year most of his life. We had to go to the vet and get some medicine for him. I tried to cut back on the medicine since he wasn’t able to walk, but I think he had a seizure tonight. We will have to suffer with a dog that can’t get around much for the next month or so. So much for spending the day making cookies with the girls. The next day, I almost forgot to make dessert for Christmas dinner. The presents all made it under the tree, and dinner got cooked.

I am very happy to spend this week knitting and sewing whatever I feel like. I spent a while this afternoon teaching Knitter #2 how to sew nice, small stitches by hand. I made her a sewing kit for Christmas and decided she should learn to hand sew the way Mary Ingalls did: sewing a doll quilt. She is doing great, too! I couldn’t sew that well when I was 7. I could crochet pretty well, though.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

More Snow...

I am finally feeling like Christmas is coming. For some reason, last week it just wasn’t settling into my mind that Christmas was around the corner and I needed to get moving with the Christmas plans. Now I am wondering if I’ll get anything made for the kids. AND we are wondering if Knitter #3 told her big sister what she’s getting her for Christmas. We did the shopping yesterday and suddenly this morning, the thing she is getting from her sister is what she’s going to ask Santa to bring her for Christmas. Knitter #3 didn’t tell last year. And she was only 4 then. I can’t get her to confess to telling, so I don’t know what to do.

I’ve been spending most of my crafting time working on a present for my boss, Gretchen. I don’t really think of her as my boss. Anyway, I’m almost done with the gift and will get some pictures of it before I am done.

I do have pictures of a project from last weekend:


Stewing on the stovetop


Filling the carboy

Beer! This is a Nut Brown Ale kit we got from Midwest Supply. It is due to be bottled up on Christmas. Providing it is ready, of course. I am going to have to start checking it with the hydrometer every day now. It will be exciting in a few weeks to taste our stuff.

And here is the yarn that I’d just gotten last post:



I joined 11 Sweaters in 2011 on Ravelry a while back. I am all kinds of excited about knitting a bunch of sweaters. There are a couple bulky sweaters I’ve wanted to do for ages and it is my perfect excuse to get with it and buy the yarn. One is an Icelandic Lopi sweater. It is from their No. 18 book. I don’t know if it is still in print because I bought mine right after I got married. The other sweater is this DROPS sweater. It is the bulky red, purple, and orange you see above. It is a short sleeve sweater and I am pretty excited about making it and wearing it this winter.

Keeping track of the balls of yarn I’ve used up in my sidebar has inspired me to try to keep track of how much I buy and how much I use. I am not going to try to count up all the balls of yarn I have. Just what comes in and what gets used.

It’s been snowing here again. Yesterday we had at least 5 inches and today, I am not sure. It has rained as well and that tends to ‘settle’ the snow. Plus it is snowing like crazy right this minute. If it snows too hard, I’ll lose my internet connection…

Friday, December 03, 2010

Yucky Weather

I’d say happy December, but the weather is so crappy right now, I don’t feel like it. I slid all over the place even with my 4 wheel drive yesterday. We had a foot of snow Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday was a snow day. Yesterday school was back in and it was raining. Until I got to town, and then it started snowing. As far as I know, it’s never quit. Just like Tuesday. Except now it is foggy, too. It is great weather for staying home with warm drinks, knitting, a log on the fire, and a few naps.

When I posted pictures the other day, we had a couple inches of snow. Now my animals are nearly up to their bellies in snow. I hope this isn’t setting the tone for the winter. We don’t have room to keep them all inside all the time.

I’ve been on a yarn ordering spree this week and some of it has already arrived! If the sun shines tomorrow, I will take pictures of what came today.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Shopping...

Did any of you take part in some cyber Monday shopping. I did. And I am exhausted. Ha ha ha. I bought some yarn, some beer kits, and called it good. Because after all, that I may need to make a transfer from our savings account tomorrow. Beer equipment kits are NOT cheap. But they do promise fun…

Tonight I am staying up because some whiner around here thinks he needs clean pants and long underwear for work. How ridiculous. He’ll just get his clothes dirty again if I keep washing them. What’s a girl to do? Brent didn’t get home until 8:30 tonight, so I took pity on him. He’s expecting to work long hours all week.

Just when it was beginning to look like our snow would disappear again, they have threatened us with more. It seems as if winter is upon us once again. There probably won’t be more pictures like this one of Maggie for a while:



I honestly don’t know how she can cram herself in the top of that planter. The planter bottom broke out years ago, so we put it in the ground to look pretty with flowers growing in it. Some years, it works out nicely. I’m not going to call Maggie a flower, because she’s more like an out of control thistle. She’s awful cute and sometimes it is awful hard not to let her become awfully spoiled. Of course, the moment after I think what a sweet adorable little thing she is, she does something decidedly NOT adorable. Like digging a hole next to that planter big enough to plant a shrub in.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Snow

I really hate when, through my own bad judgment, I lose half a blog post. I didn’t have to just flip the breaker without thinking to go shut off the computer… All in an effort to fix an outlet and get the Christmas lights up. We don’t have lights on the house yet because the roof is still covered in snow. I’m sure it will all melt off and Brent will be able to get up there to put them up.

This morning, I took pictures of our herd having breakfast:






Portia and Dolce

Friday, Brent managed to get a lot of work done on the sheep barn. It now has 3 walls completed along with windows. I am hoping he can get the 4th wall and door in so we can keep the sheep there. Things are a bit crowded and complicated up at the goat barn. The goats are spending their nights in a stall while the sheep are all crammed in the main pen. All so that the 2 newest girls can be separated every morning to get their grain. They’ve just been bred, so they get a bit extra in the morning for a while. Portia and Dolce are very keen to get sorted off every morning for a special treat: barley and corn. When they are off the special treat train in a few weeks, things will be less complicated.

I’ve been doing some serious thinking about Christmas stuff. I’d like to make the girls some slippers for Christmas, but I don’t want to put any extra stress on myself. There will be plenty of that without me piling more on. I’d like to keep myself on track with only having 2 knitting projects at a time. It has taken me years to get back to it. And I need to do the finish work on at least one project that is finished knitting. I think I’ll look through my ravelry queue and see what’s there. A while back I promised myself to try to knit from it instead of just adding things to it. What is the point if I NEVER make things I’ve put in it? I can’t say I NEVER make things from the list, but I make lots of things I’ve never bothered adding to the list.

PS. It seems I will be adding pictures later as Blogger is acting up.

PSS. Pictures! Yay!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What's Up

I have more new sheep! Well, I’d bought them already, but Saturday we went and picked them up. Fortunately the weather was nice. I need to get pictures of them taken. I was so busy yesterday getting things ready for the winter storm coming in that I didn’t take any pictures. It snowed all day Sunday. Now the snow is all gone and the temperature is dropping. It’s been getting steadily colder since I got up at 6. We didn’t get any snow with the wind in the night. There was a cold wind that must’ve started about the time it got dark. It was dark when we got home, but it wasn’t when we left the dance studio and the wind wasn’t blowing then. No blizzard conditions for us. I should shut up now before something happens…

I’ve made a knitting decision. Any socks that I can’t finish in more than 2 years are probably not for me. Everyone else may love Monkey socks, but I just can’t get into them. They look cool, but they just don’t hold my interest. That yarn would be better off being made into something someone will wear. I started a pair of socks I’ve wanted to make for many years. I feel good about them and enjoy working on them. And I need more socks!

These are the felted mittens I made for the girls:



I am knitting cuffs on to them now.

I made this flower a couple weeks ago:



I saw something similar on Etsy and thought it would be a great way to use up remnants of yarn. It doesn’t take much. I just found a flower on Ravelry and crocheted it in, like, an hour. Voila! New kitchen scrubby. I love it.

Last week, I made several of these:



They are produce bags to use instead of the little plastic ones. I love the idea.

Someone asked how knitting was going with a broken finger. I managed to knit fairly well after the first few days. I did have to be pretty careful with my finger for the first couple weeks, but after that it didn’t bother me to knit at all.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

A Rainy Day

I feel like it has been ages since I posted. It’s only been a week, but I’ve tried to write posts several times this week. It was one of those crazy, weird weeks. I’m glad to be starting a new one. Even if it did pour rain all day.

I finally finished my mitten knitting and felted them today. And last night I crocheted a flower scrubby. I saw one on etsy and thought it was a great idea. So I found a bag of yarn and searched Ravelry for just the right flower. Today was not ideal for pictures, so none yet. The mittens won’t be finished until I knit the cuffs on. I hope I don’t regret doing them in a cotton blend later on this winter. I don’t think the girls would like the feeling of the super wash I have on their wrists. Of course, I can still change my mind and do the super wash instead.

Since I finished knitting the mittens I can get back to working on my Bonsai Tunic. I think it will go pretty quickly since it’s a vest. And I’m knitting it in the round, so no seaming. Happy times. No seaming, lots of knitting!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Hallow E'en

I hope you have all survived Halloween. Trick or treating was last night here, so for us, it is over. All except the candy binge. I prefer to let them eat it all as quickly as possible rather than meting it out over weeks. I just want it gone. And we mostly go to the relatives and call it good. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of candy. I do like to tell myself other kids get a lot more candy than our kids do. It makes me feel better about the whole thing.

Now that the costume sewing is over, I can get back to knitting. I will post some pictures pretty soon, but today I just don’t feel like doing anything that remotely feels like work. The costumes came out great. I feel the need for a wool sweater. I have one my brother gave me that I’ve been wearing out to take care of the animals. It is a scratchy Woolrich sweater he didn’t want anymore. He thought I might want to felt it. I probably will when I get something different to wear. Wool is the best in cold weather. I’ve knit several sweaters out of cotton blends in the past few years, but they are better in the spring when it is warmer. First though, mittens for the girls. I’m down to half a thumb and one mitten to go

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Esme and Lucy

Where have I been the past few weeks? Nursing the finger that Maggie helped me break the morning after my last post. Typing was a real difficulty until the past 3 or 4 days. I was shutting a gate when Maggie hit the end of her lead and it started slipping from my fingers. I started tightening my grip and the lead popped off my ring finger. And then I felt the pain. It is amazing how some little thing like that can suck everything out of you. My finger wasn’t broken so bad that I needed to go get it set. At first I even thought it was just a momentary pain that would go away in an hour. What really happened was I went and shut the sheep in the pasture and then went to the house. It sapped all my energy and I spent most of the morning laying around. It has not been fun.

These friends should prove to be fun:


New Girls



Lucy

Esme and Lucy are 2 of 4 sheep I bought Sunday. The other two, Portia and Dulce, stayed at the farm to be bred to a ram whose name is Loki. I can’t tell you how many times I have thought to myself that I should have renamed Skye “Loki”.


Esme

The new girls have caused loads of excitement around the barn. Today, Esme and Lucy get the barn and barnyard to themselves. Lucy is very brave and confident. Esme is not so much. She’s very skittish and will need more time to get used to things. Lucy is a very special sheep because she chose me. Almost as soon as we were in the barn with her, she came up to me and made friends. She is so sweet and so pretty. She was born this spring, so chances are that she will look differently after her first shearing. I love her ‘collar’. Shetlands are the prettiest sheep!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Morning Breakfast


Biscuits with butter and homemade blackberry jam. Yum. I am not sure that sausage or bacon can improve that breakfast. Brent thinks differently. Men.

He’s been back to working on this little project:



A sheep barn. Hopefully it will be somewhat done soon. I would like to add some more ewes to our little herd before winter. He had just started the project when he got hurt and had to stop work on it for several weeks.

This year it was kind of devastating to not have a garden. I decided I could at least try a fall/winter garden. I’ve planted one bed:



I am also working on cleaning out the cold frame Brent built for me a few years ago. He’s never finished it but has now promised to get the lid fixed up for it. I am planning on planting spinach and lettuce in it. According to what I read today, I have planted nearly everything way too late. All I have to lose is seeds. The experiment begins…

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Introducing Sylvester

It’s been a while since any of the animals appeared here, so earlier this week I took some pictures of them:



Meet Sylvester. He joined our herd a few weeks ago. He is half Nigerian Dwarf and half miniature La Mancha. Which means he’s really more than half N.Dwarf. His father was not registered, but his mother was. Maybe we’ll get a registered herd sire some day. Sylvester’s job is to be handsome and keep us in babies. Every night, as I force him into the barn, I tell him it is his job to protect his women folk. He wants to tell me that he doesn’t like them and they really aren’t very nice. Little does he know how they will one day think he is the hottest, hunkiest dude ever.



This is Kisses and Hugs. They and brother Stanley are now hornless. In this picture they really wanted to know what the camera was for. It might have been edible.



Sylvester and Stanley. And the sheep. Sheep like to eat. Just ask the goats. Sylvester thinks sheep might be nicer than other goats.



And here is Skye. Mr. Cool. He’s the leader of the sheep. King of the connivers, really. Those three are always conniving.

The three that are now hornless are pitiful looking. Next year, my brother can hold the goats while I run the dehorning iron if he is around to help me. Otherwise, Brent will have to seriously toughen up. Taking them to the vet left them not feeling too great for a day or two. They’ve been staying in the yard for several days. They go back to the barn at night.

Tonight, all the animals are shut in the barn. The coyotes have been coming in very close the last few nights. I am pretty sure they trying to figure out how to get in and get all my delicious smelling livestock. Even though our barnyard is well fenced, last night I worried about the sheep. It sounded like there were at least 5 of them and I was thinking how nervous they must be making the sheep. If the coyotes don’t drift away real soon, I’m going to get a shotgun after them. They’ve never been a problem for us before, but we are experiencing an explosion in the rabbit population. And that means there are probably going to be more coyotes around to cause problems. Last night, Brent got up for another reason, and the coyotes split. I want to sneak out in the dark and shoot the shotgun off. Maybe they’ll get the idea and not come back. Coyotes are very, very smart animals and know how to take a hint.

Friday, October 01, 2010

The Witchy Hour Approaches...

It was a busy week and I didn’t get to sew like I wanted to. Our dvd player decided to give up the ghost in the middle of a movie. Not just any movie. A movie the kids were watching. They were a bit disgruntled. Wednesday, Knitter #3 and I went on a mission for a new one. Now we are back in movie watching bliss once again.

I have managed knitting this week. Here are the things I’ve been working on:




Brent’s hat. It is this Boyfriend Hat. (There are several on Rav)



Oooooo. My monkey sock came out of a long hibernation recently. Let’s see if I can finish this one AND the second one, as well.

Today I started this:



Another crocheted Wolverine hat. This one is a cool spiral pattern that I love. It is called Moriarty and has adorable flowers you can make for it. I may have to have one for myself.

And look what came here today:



We’re going to make some herbal cures this weekend. I’ve always wanted to make stuff like lip balm, and this is the weekend I’m going to get started.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sewing Again

Today, I finally got with it and did some sewing. Several month ago, I cut a vintage Vogue dress out of a queen size flat sheet I had thrifted. It is beginning to take shape:



I am getting excited about what it is going to look like when it is done. I’m thinking about trying to finish a project every week. And I’ve got Halloween costumes to do very soon. The girls want to be Alice and Dorothy this year.

I didn’t finish any knitting or crochet projects today. I am trying to decide what to do when I finish Brent’s new winter hat. I could take up my Bonsai Tunic, or I could do some more small projects. I could start doing some stuff for the girls for Christmas. And they need mittens before the snow comes. So many things to choose from.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Saturday

It is 3 months until Christmas. Anyone done their Christmas shopping? Not me. I have a sort of tentative list in my mind of things I could make. I have to be careful about paper lists these days. Knitter #2 can read anything, so I have to keep those kinds of lists hidden.

It isn’t every day you can boast you finished more than one project. And I finished 2 within a few hours today. The good news is the Wolverine hat is finished for good this time. It fits Knitter #3 perfectly. The other project I finished is a coffee cup cozy. We actually have some cups that get too hot in microwave. You can’t touch them to take a drink for several minutes after you get it out. I am wondering if the cozy will help keep drinks warm longer. I might have to do a semi scientific test on it.

This morning at 4, Maggie wanted out. She insisted she was going to die if I didn’t get up and let her out. She better not ask to go out at 4 am again. I have kids. I need all the sleep I can get. After she came back in, she kept trying to con me into letting her out again. I didn’t get back to sleep until about 5. I really, really like to sleep between the hours of 3 and 5:30. Our birds are pleasantly silent during most of that time, the coyotes have gone to take a nap, and the air is cool. I love it.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Weekend

The weekend… I love the weekend. I want to spend it being crafty. We’ll see how it works out. I had a setback on my second Wolverine hat. It came out larger than the first one, but was crocheted with a smaller hook. I have to read the pattern carefully and do some counting. I suspect I didn’t decrease somewhere that I should have. At one point today, I was finished with all the ends woven in. There is nothing worse than ripping from DONE.

Today, I decided to go for it and get some books on herbal remedies. I actually have some books on that subject, but I was looking for recipes and my books don’t have much of that. The stuff I have tells you ways to prepare a particular herb to use for certain things which is great, but I wanted something more.

Tomorrow morning, Maggie’s sister, Reese, is coming to visit. She is bringing her owner with her, of course. I got Maggie from Jodi. Reese is the pup she decided to keep. The dog at the top of Jodi’s blog is Maggie’s mother, Echo.

I’ve decided to join in the Holiday Bootcamp on Etsy. This is my pledge:

I, Kathy of 3 Grrrls Handmade, pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities. I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers. I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot. I promise to share what I've learned with those who need it, support my fellow Etsy indiepreneurs and, most of all, have a positive and persistent attitude. I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to gift givers and give-ees everywhere! 


Don’t forget to buy handmade good for the holidays if you don’t have time to make presents yourself! Pretty soon the craft fairs will be popping up everywhere, and there is always Etsy. You can take the handmade pledge, here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What I Did With My Weekend

I started with these:



And made these:



So I could make these:




I spent my weekend making stuff like this. I made these to wear to our homecoming game on Friday night. Saturday afternoon, I made bows and flowers for the girls to wear for the Boise State game. We went to Grandma’s house to watch the game. It amazes me how clean men can keep it (language) when there are two little girls in the room…

Yesterday, I made 6 quarts of wonderful, tart plum juice. Today, school.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

To Cut or Not to Cut

This week is bound to less eventful. It has the bonus of my getting off morning class duty at work. Gretchen asked me to work in the morning class for a few weeks. I’d been looking forward to mornings free for errand running. Or getting in an extra workout.

This is the pink sweater:



It is still in that unseamed condition. It is more fun to knit than to sew up. And I have to seek out the closest possible match since I ran out of pink yarn. Instead of seaming, I’ve been knitting a coffee cup cozy and a new hat for Brent. I’m still trying to burn up stash yarn, and hopefully the hat will fulfill that little mission. The yarn is the leftover green from Soria.

Last week I decided I am ready to try working out again. Not just with the Wii Fit, but with one of my lonely Kathy Smith videos. I love Kathy Smith and enjoy her workout videos. So I am back on the workout wagon. It feels great. I don’t know why I have such a hard time keeping with a workout since I had kids. When I worked my tail off as a waitress, I couldn’t wait to get home and do my workout. I love how good I feel when I work out regularly. All that energy is fabulous. It seems like I’ve only managed to keep it up for more than a month once since the kids came along. Actually, when Knitter #2 was small, I got right back on it 6 weeks after she was born. I am determined that this time, it is going to work out.

Brent had a terrible shock the other day. His little girls announced they want to cut their hair. All because I told one of them she was going to get a little trim to keep it at waist length. He is not dealing well with it. He told me to tell them no. I don’t want them to hate long hair JUST because their father made them keep long hair. Neither one of them has ever even had a little trim. I haven’t decided whether to let them have some cut or not yet.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Just Another Tragedy Averted

Poor Sam. This morning sometime, Maggie hit the gate and knocked it open. Then it slammed shut and bashed the latch around and it swung inwards where it stayed hanging open for quite a while. Sam is blind and half deaf. At close to 11, I went out the door to take some mail down to our box. I thought to myself ‘I hope Sam is asleep in the house’.

Obviously, he wasn’t or we wouldn’t being having this post. I wouldn’t post about how I found the gate hanging open in the exact same way for the umpteenth time. Anyway, on the way back from the mail box, the littlest knitter and I could hear a dog barking. It sounded like it was back in the hills and made me think of my mil’s very elderly dog that got lost and not found last week. And after a bit I realized it sounded just like Sam and that it was coming from the ditch. We had to come back to the house so I could get my rubber boots and the leash. Then traipse back to the ditch and find that Sam had fallen in at the worst possible place.

Our ditch has probably been where it is for 120 years. It is deep and narrow. It has probably been the death of countless animals over the last 100+ years. The ‘worst possible place’ is a spot with a very steep embankment that is impossible to climb if you have good eyes and young joints. I went down it as best I could and laid on my belly and spent the better part of half an hour trying to get Sam out and prevent myself sliding into the ditch. The best part was when Maggie arrived and thought I was having a relaxing, good time and laid on my back. I had a leash in one hand and a clump of grass in the other. I couldn’t even reach around and smack her to get her off me. It seems like I wiggled out from under her which nearly slid me into the ditch. I had to push her back up the embankment because she couldn’t get up on her own. Then the kiddo held her collar. It took a lot of sweet talking, but I finally got Sam to stick his head up twice in just the right place so I could get hold of his collar. The first time I was not situated right and had to let go of him. The second time I had my foot wedged in the right place and got him all the way up to the top. And then I got to the top. Most the time Knitter #2 was crying and saying she wanted to go back to the house.

After we came back to the house, Sam got a nice warm bath. It was really a shower and was probably the only one he’s ever enjoyed. He was pretty muddy and I’m sure the water in the ditch wasn’t all that warm. I’ve had Sam a long time. A lot longer than I’ve had Brent in my life. He’s the last living animal from the ranch. Sam knew what it was to lay under the calf table waiting for my uncle to toss goodies to the dogs while castrating calves. He knows all about what it takes to put an unwilling Angus cow through a gate. He’s the last link to another world and place.

Tomorrow, when I go to work, Maggie is going to be tied up. And I might barricade the gate just to be safe.

I also want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers for Brent.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

What a Week

As the title says, what a week! When it had just barely started it seems, it all went terribly wrong. I got a call at work from the ER saying my husband was there and he was fine. He’d fallen off a ladder. Falling from a ladder conjures certain images, none of which were what happened to my husband. He was working in a house, so there wasn’t far to fall. BUT. He slipped on insulation that was falling out of the attic he was working in and his tin snips were sitting in the top of the ladder where they have slots for people to put tools. His arm came down on the snips and he was cut very badly. He was lucky not to have cut an artery. They were working in a tiny little town probably 20 miles from the hospital. The guy he worked with (Isaac) tore Brent’s flannel shirt up to make a tourniquet AND drove one handed so he could help stem the flow of blood. And then Brent bled all over the ER while they tried to fix him. He lost a lot of blood, but didn’t need a transfusion. The ER doctor and Isaac both said blood was pouring out of Brent like WATER. The ER doctor repeatedly told us how lucky he was. I am glad that we will look back at this one day as that horrible time Daddy had to go to the hospital.

When you hear the words ‘emergency room’ 50 things go through your mind in an instant, faster than you could snap your fingers. It amazed me how fast I thought things like: the school should have called me, heart attack, crash, broken arm. Boy does the brain work fast in a moment of panic.

The accident ruled the week, but other things happened. Knitter #2 had her first fiddle class and got to bring a fiddle home. She’s getting a smaller one next Tuesday. Knitting happened. Monday night I started a coffee mug cozy. The rest of the week I worked on the hood of the pink sweater. It is going to have a big striped section because I ran out of pink yarn. The change I made so I wouldn’t have to seam the hood seems to be working out. I can’t wait to finish the sweater so I can make some small projects and feel like I’ve really done something lately.

I think I’ll go see if I can kiss Brent and tell him I love him a few more times before midnight. Not that he’ll remember it with the painkillers…

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Something Finished?!

So much time, so little blogging. Summer is officially over, even for me. And the weather has proven it. I’ve never been so cold in August as I was this year. It is possible I’ve been colder in September because it’s one of those months where funny things can happen.

I finished knitting projects! And I am finally working on the hood of the pink sweater. I’m thinking of altering the way the pattern is done, but I need to read through it first. Why seam when you can short row it? I’m just not good at following the rules, anyway.

What I really want to do is start a new project. But I have forsworn new projects until I finish up most of the ones I have. And I have 2 that are little more than freshly cast on. There’s the ill advised shawl/scarf and the Bonsai vest. Maybe something small and fast when I get the hood finished. Maybe some hats and mittens. I’m thinking about ripping the shawl/scarf out and making something different with the yarn. There is well over a thousand yards of my lace weight and I think I’d like to make something bigger with it.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Busy Day

Today was a yard sale day and back to school shopping day. I had promised the girls they could get one new outfit for school, so we went to Ross and found them each an outfit. But first, we hit the yard sales and I found some prizes:



These little birdies were too sweet to pass by. They’ve found a home in my bathroom.



This little stack of fabric was a great find. I almost never see yarn at a yard sale. And if I do, it isn’t worth buying. Fabric is a whole different story. I got this stuff at a yard sale a while back:



And the pattern here is going to work out well with the plaid wool up above:



I got it at the same yard sale as the vintage lunch box. I love old metal lunch boxes. I got that one for 50 cents.

Sheets can be a great fabric find whether at a thrift shop or a yard sale:



The lavender stuff is for a dress for me, but the floral could be for the kids.

The sweater pictured with the wool fabric up above is going to be felted and turned into something. I am not sure what yet. I have some other wool sweaters from thrifting that I want to felt.

A while back, a package came in the mail all the way from Philadelphia. My blogging friend Eileen of Mama Sews Quilts sent us these ornaments:



They are so adorable! The girls wanted to keep them to play with, but I took them back after they got done showing them off to their grandmother.

And today these little goodies were in the mail box:



I bought them on Etsy from a seller right here in Idaho, Plum Street Fiber Arts. They are DK weight and have a bit of cashmere in them. There’s 230 yards in each skein, so I could make a scarf or hat out of them easily. I don’t think I’ll use them for socks. The yarn feels just fabulous.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Results Are In....

Where is the summer going? When the fair is over, I know the end is near and the dreaded first day of school is coming. Or depending on the day, I may be thrilled to see the first day of school…

The results are in:



Soria was my big winner just as I expected her to be. I wasn’t necessarily expecting the hat and skirt to do well, but I was pleased that they did. My new master plan is to begin planning now for next year. I would like to have an entry for every knitting category. And the planning is always the best part…

The past few days have been downright cold for August. I actually closed every window in the house last night because I was afraid we’d all be shivering by morning. We barely reached 70 yesterday in the late afternoon. That is pretty weird for this time of the year. I love it, though!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Maggie Rocks!

Now that everyone left comments about my running, I’ve stopped running. The first reason was the combination of a sore ankle and a Great Pyrenees LGD. One morning, Maggie and I had to run like hell because the Peruvian guys at the sheep farm couldn’t stop the damn dog. I really thought I might have to let go of the leash and turn to face the dog all while screaming for my husband on the walkie talkie. Maggie can run a lot faster than me and she was pulling me. I didn’t feel I was going to be attacked, but Maggie probably was. The second reason is that Brent got a call from his former boss and has gone back to work. I’m trying to figure out how to make his coffee and lunch AND still be able to go for my run before he has to leave. It might work out if I can get up at 5:45 a.m. instead of 6.

Tomorrow is the day I take things to enter in the fair. I don’t have much. I didn’t get anything finished that I had planned on. I have my Soria vest, a hat, and the skirt I got all the nice comments on. I’m sure that will be plenty. Maybe this year, I can make some things just to take to the fair next summer.

I am keeping with my plan to just knit from my ravelry queue. It’s 4 pages long and I actually have the yarn for 3 or 4 of the larger sweater projects. Sock yarn is not really an issue. And my sock yarn collection is MUCH smaller than many knitters out there.

Here are some things I’ve been working on lately:



A 1950's Vogue dress pattern. I can't wait to get it made and wear it. I love 1950's dresses.



This is the first in a series of hats. I am planning on taking it to the fair, and I plan on making a couple more for the girls to wear to football games this fall. Red and white are our colors. In a small town, everyone wears the colors, not just high school kids.



These are the Bella mittens I was working on for the fair. I haven't gotten much more done on them. They are going to be nice to wear. They go almost to my elbows. I am really loving the lush look of the big cables. For me, lush is the only word to use to describe them.

In past week or two, Maggie has been turning into a real sheep dog. Tonight, she ran the sheep in for me. And she’ll be 5 months old in two days. I am amazed. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but I took the time with her so she could understand what I wanted. It took 2 or 3 tries before she realized I didn’t want her to bring them back to me. The speed of a border collie never ceases to amaze me. They are so fast and so smart it is no wonder 2 or 3 dogs can move a herd of nearly a thousand sheep. I am very pleased that my sheep are learning the fear of dog again. They came from a farm with 3 good border collies, but they became rather snotty about things after being away from dogs for a while. Maggie rocks!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sewing At Last

For the past week, I have been going to start running every morning. I intended to start on Monday, but I was too tired and opted to stay in bed. Later in the week I was downright depressed and wondering if getting goats was a huge mistake. (the milk was tasting horrible and it turns out one of them has mastitis) Then I snapped out of it and decided to quit being a wuss. So yesterday morning I started running. I run a mile from home and the mile back. Yesterday I think I probably ran a mile and a half of it. This morning, we (Maggie and I) ran the whole 2 miles! And we even got out of a trot and into a real run for part of it. I do not run on our driveway. Why punish myself? No one in their right mind would want to run UP our driveway. The faster we go, the better Maggie likes it. It turns out that I will probably never have to worry about her getting in front of a car. She runs as far off the road as she can get when we meet one.

Yesterday and today, I made a skirt. I could have done it all yesterday, but I decided to spend it playing in the kitchen. I bought the fabric a couple years ago thinking it would make a great skirt:



I’ve already worn it and pronounce it perfect. I used the skirt pattern from Sew U by Wendy Mullins. Instead of using a zipper and darts, I just made a casing and put in some elastic. I love this pattern. I made another one with it last December.

Here is Maggie at her very best:



Sound asleep. She loves laying there in front of the kitchen sink where a register blows out nice, cold, air.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

One of Those Days

Today has been one of those days you’d not want to repeat. It’s not that it was so bad, but it was not very great, either. It’s been downright depressing. I cut out a pattern for my Knitter #3 to have a dress and ruffle pants to go with. However, when I laid the pattern out on the fabric, there is just no way to get pants and a dress out of the 2 fabrics have. It is so disappointing. She will not care because she’ll get a pretty dress, but I had envisioned it with the pants.

I took some pictures of stuff today:



This is the wrap I have started. It was going to be a fair project, but I don’t think it is going to turn out that way. I’m going to track progress by the shrinking of the yarn ball. This project will only take a little more than half of it. I have a feeling that in the future, I will make my lace projects with fingering weight.

This is what our supper was cooked in tonight:



This is a casserole dish that my Grandmother had. It came with the first refrigerator they got when my Dad was in high school. Electricity came out our way in the late 40’s I think. The Grange paid for a lot of it, if not all of it. And we take it all for granted these days. Before that, they used iceblocks to keep things cold. I forget how they listened to the radio, but it seems like there was a battery with a hand crank.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Cleaning and the Desire to Knit

Why does it have to be so hard to get kids to clean up after themselves? I remember when the girls were pretty good about cleaning up. These days, there is nothing but standing over them ordering them to pick up THIS and put it away. Right now I’m wondering if they will get enough done to deserve the movie I am dangling in front of them…

I really, really want to start working on my fair projects. The problem with knitting is it takes time. Sewing is a breeze time-wise. Here are some pictures of where we are with the projects right now: