Friday, March 28, 2008

Hectic Week

That's what this week has been. Ryan was out-of-town for a few days and E was crazy! I have a hard time sleeping when Ryan isn't here, so I was up till 2:30 a couple of nights. I've been very tired and am still a bit tired today. I was so tired, I took 2 naps this week with E and didn't spin. That's tired! lol

No on the bobbin pics. I don't know why I didn't take one while I was taking other pictures. I'm currently spinning some grey alpaca. Very nice. I think it's going to be a shawl. I'm wanting to spin some merino for the spin-along on Ravelry, but I was wanting to wait until my Little Gem got here for that.

Here are some of my FO's this week for spinning:

This is my Lavender Sachet from Loop. Spun up as singles. I see a hat here. This was so much fun to spin up, the locks in it were very soft. I loved it!

This is Black Magic from Loop. I am happy with the final product, but this was not as much fun to spin. I now know what Sari Silk is and I do not like it. I think it's the stringy stuff. But, I do like the finished product and I'm thinking a funky scarf.

This is part of the Schwag Bag from BarbeStJohn. It's interesting to spin up and makes an interesting yarn. Once I finish the bag, I'm thinking a funky scarf.

This last one is roving and locks that I dyed. You may remember I blogged about it a couple of weeks or so ago. I still have more to finish up, but I wanted to see how it was going to come out. Pretty cool, IMO. I'm thinking hat when I'm done.

Just artsy yarns to show off this week. I did finish the yarn for my swap partner, but no pic just yet. I also finished the trim for the gift I am currently knitting. It came out nicely.

I finished the Lucy bag for my swap partner!! Yay!!! It's just about dry, then I will embellish it a bit. It's so much nicer felted then it was unfelted. I am really very happy about how it came out.

My crochet shawl is almost done. It's been fun to work on and I am happy with it.

And, I still need to get sewing done. I will try to get to it next week. I know, I keep saying that. It's not giving up if you keep trying!! :)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hello, hello

What a week. I threw my back out last Sunday and have been laid up most of the week. I was feeling pretty much back to normal yesterday, thank goodness. Having a hurt back sucks. Fortunately, it did not affect my knitting, crocheting, or spinning. :) Well, the first couple of days when it hurt the worst, I didn't spin.

My swap package came yesterday. It's awesome!! It came in the evening, so it'll be a couple of days until I get some pics up. But I am taking the bag to the knit-in today, it's so awesome! I got a lot of great goodies, I love it all.

I finished spinning up my surprise yarn this week and Navajo plied it. I am currently working on my other surprise project and hope to have that finished up this weekend, since I only need a small amount. So, no bobbin or finished yarns pics this week.

I do have a pic of my Raspberry Dreams. This is a Merino/Silk blend that I am 2 plying with some metallic cotton crochet thread. So far I have 500 yards and still more left to ply, but I ran out of crochet thread. I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do with it.

After I finish up my surprise spin, I'll be participating in a Merino spin-a-long. I have some Merino/Corrie/Tencel blend waiting to be spun up. As soon as my surprise spin is finished, I'll be starting on my surprise project. I can't wait and hope it turns out nice.

Here is my progress so far on the Green Crochet Shawl.

It's working up fairly easily and I love the Malabrigo. Very soft and pretty.

I am on the handles of my Lucy Bag and hope to be finishing this up over the next couple of days. I plan on shipping next Saturday. I finished up with my goodie shopping as well and I hope my swap partner likes everything!

Well, I guess that's it for this week. I'll be back in a couple of days with more pictures.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday, Sunday...

What a busy week! I went to the gym Mon thru Fri, it's great! I'm so glad I started going again. It does help keep me busy too. E is doing good in the Playcenter too. He seems to like it and has a good time.

I've been keeping busy all week. I don't really like being that busy, as I need to have a good amount of down time to keep my happiness and sanity. Today I need to do some cleaning and laundry. This place is looking a bit shabby and it's driving me crazy. Not crazy enough to jump up right now and do something right now, but definitely today.

Still finishing up the Lucy bag. I'm also working on a couple of other goodies for my swap partner. I plan to have everything ready to go in about a week or so. I won't lie, this Lucy bag has gotten a bit boring. Rows and rows of just knit. And more to come as I start on the handles. I really want to get it finished up though so I can start on some new stuff. I also got my square in the mail on Friday.

Here is what I have been spinning this week:

Party Dress from Spunky Club. It's superwash Corriedale. It's Navajo plied and about 10 wpi, IIRC. It came out pretty good and I am happy with it. I currently have some hand dyed, by me, Corriedale on the bobbin. No pictures because it's a surprise. :)

I still have to finished plying my Raspberry Dreams. I have 300 yards so far plied with metallic/cotton crochet thread. I'm trying to decide if I want to ply the rest of it that way, or Navajo ply it. Decisions, decisions.

Ok, I really need to get into the sewing room this week. I have to get those diapers finished. I just ordered an awesome pattern and I want to have a clear plate so I can get started on it when it gets here. It's the Knit and Go Girl knitting bag. How cool is that?? I will have a very awesome knitting bag.

I have also just received the newest Ottober for Women magazine. I had forgotten that I had a self renewing subscription with them. This issue is awesome and I see several items I would like to make. Oh, I am so addicted to spinning that it's hard to take a break from it and sew.

This past Friday I got to meet up with another Diva, Gina. We went to the zoo and it was a great time! I had a really good time and am glad I went. Thanks Gina!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Sooooooooooo tired

I have had a very long day. It was lots of fun, but tiring. I will have a better blog update over the weekend. I just wanted to get this up along with my Quidditch answers. See you later!

Quidditch Round 3

Quidditch ~ Round Three

1. When Rita Skeeter prints a bad articles about Hagrid in the Daily Prophet, which Professor teaches Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures class while he is away?

c. Professor Grubbly-Plank

2. What was the article Rita Skeeter wrote about Hagrid called?

c. Dumbledore's Giant Mistake

3. When the school champions were being chosen from the Goblet of Fire, whose name cam out first?

b. Viktor Krum

4. What is the spell Ludo bagman says to magically magnify his voice when he commentates?
a. Sonorus

5. What kind of dragon did Cedirc have to face in the first task?

b. A Swedish Short-Snout

6. Who raised the trophy after winning the world cup?

b. Troy and Quigley

7. How many bedrooms did Mundungus Fletcher claim to have?

d. 12

8. For what did Moody mistake his birthday gif of a carriage clock?

b. A basilisk egg

9. What did Mr. Ollivander produce for the end of Cedric's wand?

d. Silver smoke rings

10. The dark mark is on Snape's left arm.
a. Yes

Picture Scavenger Hunt
A Basilisk
Mundungus Fletcher
Amos Diggory

Saturday, March 8, 2008

A late entry!

Ok, so not really, I guess. Since I did post earlier this week. And that posting was premature. E hasn't peed in the potty since that day. The next day I was giving him some naked time and he brought me a diaper. No biggie, like I said, we're in no hurry. Changing diapers doesn't bother me, so whenever he is ready.

So, I've been trying to cut my computer time back and I have been doing a pretty good job of it. Except for this morning.

I did some dying this week. Actually, I honestly can't remember if it was this week or the week before. I think it was Monday. Ok, I went back and read my blog. It was Monday. Boy, I am getting old! Anyways, it was a lot of fun. I had dyed up some roving for my swap partner, but I'm going to do some more and hope for a better outcome. I'm also going to dye up some of the BL locks to send with it. I dyed up some locks and matching roving for myself and it's pretty nice. Here are some pictures for you. :)

I finished up my Think Spring! from my Spunky Club roving. It's South African Fine. I 2 plied it with some white Louet Corriedale. It's very nice. It's soft and squishy. I love it, it came out great!

Here are a couple of diapers I am working on. I need to get some sewing time in this weekend or Monday and get them finished up. Plus the pillows for my mom.

Here is the progress thus far on my Lucy Bag. I only have 15 rows to go until I start the handles. Yay! The Malabrigo is lovely to work with.

I bought a skein of lace-weight Malabrigo last night. I am going to use it to make this shawl. I love the way it looks and sits.

I am patiently waiting for these lovely fibers to arrive. Two spontaneous batts from Loop. Black Magic and Lavender Sachet. Dyed targhee locks from WhimzyPinzy. Lovely goodies!

This weekend I plan on finishing up my Raspberry Dreams. I am going to 2 ply it with some metallic crochet thread. I think it's going to make a nice, lacy scarf.

Ok, I think that is it for this week. I've been keeping busy, that's for sure. :)

Monday, March 3, 2008

He peed in the potty!

So, E has been showing interest in the potty for quite a while. He loves to flush, play with the TP and sit on the toilet. A few months ago, we bought a potty seat to go on the regular sized toilet. He likes to sit on that too and he has peed on it a couple of times. But I figured for me serious potty learning, we would need a little potty to sit out here in the living room and give him some naked time. We bought the potty yesterday and this morning I gave him some naked time. I told him if he has to pee, to go on the potty. So, he was running around and playing. Next thing I know, he's on the potty. And he peed in it! We had a big celebration. He's currently in a diaper and napping, but I'm going to try again after nap time. We're not in any big hurry to PL, so if he catches on great, if not, no biggie either. I was so proud though that he came and sat on the potty by himself when he had to go. He just keeps getting smarter and learning more everyday it seems.

This is actually not going to be my weekly blog post, I just had to post though.

Today I am dying wool. I dyed some locks 4 different colors. I dyed up some purple wool top for my swap partner. And I'm dying up some more wool top for myself. I'm using Wilton's food dye. And unfortunately, I am out of gloves, so my hands are a lovely color. : )