Monday, July 31, 2006

You know....

He should have come with a warning label....



The Boy, bless his heart, on top of the clerestory windows (or rather where they will be). Yeah, I almost had a heart attack when I realized that was where he was. For perspective... The metal ladder is 6 feet and the wooden ladder right up there by him... 8 feet. And I know from experience that there really is no floor until the cement one when you're up in that neck of the woods (coincidently that's how we found out that yours truly is afraid of heights).

This is what one (or rather two) look like when working out in very nearly 100 degree weather (that's actual temp not heat index)..



Yeah I'm wearing part of a bathing suit... It was hot... Don't look to closely.
But in all honesty look how happy the Boy looks. : ) Crazy Bastard. ;)

Very little knitting has been done as of late but there has been SOME... I'm knitting some very basic washclothes in an attempt to get back into the swing of it (and to prove to myself I can do more than swing a hammer).

And since everyone else is showing us their sky I thought I would show you mine.



The Boy's friend, Cam, (also known as my saving grace... he helps at the Lodge... I love him) took pictures of the coming cold(ish) front.

weekend update

We've all survived a wonderful weekend of houseguests, scroching temps and a birthday party for a soon to be 5 year old. (Five years old already. It seems impossible.)

Despite the crushing heat, Jess' birthday party was a success. We are now knee deep in Playmobil around here.

Now Jess' actual birthday is a little more than a week away, but she had the unfortunate fate of being born the week in between our two family reunions, so we always celebrate early.

Despite the weekend's festivities, there has been some knitting. (even a trip to the yarn shop.)

Behold my new sock yarn.

My LYS had just gotten Fibertrends FELTED SQUIRREL PATTERN. So I snatched that up, along with the new IK.

That red blob is a felted hedgehog; pre-wash.

Then there is also the Perfect Pie Shawl, and the Boobalicious tank.

My read a good book swap book came! It's a mystery set in Manhattan, and the partner even included a map for me. How very cool! Thanks, Liz!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Here we are now going to the south(west) side...

Yesterday, I dropped Jess off to spend some time with her Auntie, swung by Jennifer's to pick her up and then we made our way to My Sister's Knits.

I have to say that the shop does a lot with it's very limited space.

We got there early, perused the shop made a couple of purchases, and then headed up to Ridge Park to wait for the Harlot speech. We were less than enthused to be in 90 degree heat, with no beverage options in sight. (Well, the park did have vending machines, but they were all broken. What a tease.)

Stephanie was witty, and funny and wonderful, as she always is. Afterwards, Jennifer found Katy and we walked back to the yarn shop, where Stephanie signed books.

The wait in line was pleasant, although we were SO THIRSTY. As we waited, we heard rumors of a water cooler in the back of the shop, and spotted it, right after it broke. d'oh!

Anyway, I saw Stephanie, got our books signed, petted the fleece artist sock, and gave Steph a chicken. It was a lot of fun.






Hmm...seems I have no pictures of my purchases. I bought some sock yarn and some alpaca laceweight. (Made in good ole' Indiana.)

As you all may or may not have noticed, I collect laceweight. I haven't made but one item that has called for laceweight, but I keep buying it. This time I think I bought it in anticipation of Jess' return to school and my three hour break during the day.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

my mess.

My guest room/craft room/etc. (I can't believe I'm actually showing you all this mess.) It needs some serious help.



Saturday I will be having guests stay here. (Yikes!) This week will be a "stuff and go" kind if clean up. But it seriously needs help.

Last night I couldn't sleep so I finished up some headbands for my SILS and made this little eyeglass case for my Ma.

I'm in a serious knitting slump. My WIPs right now are two blankets and 3 or 4 pairs of socks. I don't even want to look at them anymore.

Maybe I'll be reinspired when I see the Yarn Harlot on Monday.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

YAWN

Yeah I've got nothin'.

I've decided that me and my life are just too boring to throw at y'all. I promise I'm not being self deprecating I really think I'm just that boring.

Yesterday the Boy (who is 4 years my junior no less) said something to the effect of when did we get too old to go out and have a good time? My response was something to the effect of when we started building the Lodge perhaps? I have a very un-Carma like urge to put on some "skanky clothes" (ok in the grand scheme of things my view of skanky is probably a little skewed.. but I have a surprisingly large amount of clothes that I think fit in that category... That I NEVER wear) and go DANCING... Like BinWillies, holy crap what happened to Carma.. DANCING. Yeah, Erin close your mouth and probably pick yourself off the floor now.

I assure you this is not generally something I am about. Not that saying going out and shaking ones groove thing is a bad thing I'm just not so much a fan of my particular "thing" that I don't really like shaking it for an "audience" (IE anywhere outside of my empty apartment).

My new boss has informed me on more than one occasion that I could use a boost in the self esteem department... Anyone know where I can get self esteem in a bottle? Or perhaps a can? : )

ANYWAY, it's been hot here. Which means working on the Lodge for more than 3 hours at the arse crack of the day is enough to tire me out for the next, um, week? The construction isn't going as quickly as the Boy would like but we are getting there.... Tonight and this weekend we are working towards a point where we can put the joists for the "shed" roof up (this will be the roof over the loft) so we are getting ever closer to a roof. We even bought shingles last weekend at my home away from home, Menards.

Oh yeah and the heat and the working on the Lodge not real conducive to knitting. I know I suck. Erin, send me some knitting (& general crafty) mojo please. : )

I hope you all aren't melting where you are. : )

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Welcome to Texiloy


We hung out with Jennifer and Zander today. Jessica renamed the park "Texiloy". I have no idea, but the kid gets marks for originality.

Jennifer scored some Ravenclaw Yarn from Sunshine Yarns for me.

Jessica's honeybee socks.
See how far I am?

Last night I had both socks down to the heel turn and I though I would do another fitting before the gussets. They didn't fit. I couldn't even get them past her ankle. They fit two weeks ago. I was crest fallen. I frogged them both and started over.

I found a new way to use my vintage buttons.

On the sewing front, I have more chickens, and a couple of bigger projects in the works, along with a few more aprons to finish up.

My main concern right now is my inhereited Pfaff 360. I have no info or accessories for it. They are all probably still at Ida's somewhere, but I'm not about to drive 5 hours just to find out. So, I've been searching for these things via goggle. I have a couple leads, Pfaff is sending me a photocopy of the manual. The only other info I have is that my Pfaff was made in Germany sometime between 1960 and 1969, and parts are "limited".

I'm also once again considering where we should move our little blog to. I need something that allows multiple/guest bloggers. Typepad has my attention, but I'm not sure I want to fork over the $$. I'm just going to have to think on it.

I'm also thinking about what to do with our guest room/craft room/old computer graveyard. I've been inspired by Dan, and his room makeover, so expect some pictures soon.

Monday, July 17, 2006

weekend update

It has come to my attention that I have not posted a picture of Animal in a while, so here you go.

He currently is holding the ENTIRE contents of his food dish in his mouth.

Sunday, we spent the afternoon hanging out with Jennifer and her peeps. (She has some great pictures of the kids in the pool.)

Today we broke and turned on our AC. Jess and I attended a funeral today, and by the time we got home we were so hot and wiped out that we both agreed the AC was a good thing.

Before we came home though, we stopped by the toy store, and Jess spent some early birthday gift money to add to her playmobile collection.

Knitting? sewing? Yes, there has been a little of both, but no pictures as of yet.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Thursday

Jess was wonderful yesterday. We have had some behavior "issues" lately and it was so nice to have my sweet little girl back. I hope to see more of her.

Look what arrived in the mail yesterday!

A thank you from Alison, for helping with Sockapaloooza.


A "Just 'Cuz" package from Wendy. Boy, does she spoil me. Look at the cute little project bag, and matching mini wallet/cardholder. The squirrel iron ons, the squirrel and acorn buttons, the plastic sock holder, the CHOCOLATE soap and lotion.I haven't had a chance to check out the recipes. Missing from the picture is a CD she made for Jessica, who is very excited about getting a gift in the mail.

Last night I hung out with Jennifer at Starbucks, and had my new favorite drink. Tangerine Frappacino. (YUM!)

While Jennifer wrestled with her perfect pie mohair shawl, I finished part of Jess' birthday gift. (the top) and then came home and sewed up the rest. (the skirt) Now I'm just hoping it all fits.

Yesterday was a very good day, exact;y when I needed a very good day. Thank you to Jess, Alison, Wendy, Jennifer, and Zee who made it so.

By the way, Carma, Nate told me your news. I cannot even picture it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Not for the faint of heart


Y'all remember my Rogue from the Knitting Olympics right? the Knitting Olympics that I stumbled right before the finish line when I ran out of yarn for the sleeve cap? The Rogue that I ordered more yarn, finished the sleeve cap and then put it aside because I was too mad to sew it up?

Well, today I decided to take it out and sew that last sleeve on. But, before I did, I tried it on, and decided it was too big.

The good news is, I've lost some girth since February. (Yay!) The bad news is, I decided to frog the whole thing.

I'll make another Rogue eventually. It was a joy to knit and something I would definitely wear. But now what to knit with the reclaimed Barlett yarn.

For those of you who are still with me, a picture of Jess in her new yellow dress.

Monday, July 10, 2006

aprons

Well, it's been too sticky to knit around here. Saturday I woke up feeling awful, and had to cancel my activities for the day. Sunday we headed over to my Ma's to celebrate her birthday, (Which is today. Happy Birthday, Mama! We love you!)

But I did knit a bit while enjoying Ma's air conditioning. I'm working on your basic raglan cardigan for Jessica. I had originally decided to make her the denim tunic from Weekend Knitting, but I was bored to death by the endless seed stitch.


I have also been sewing some. I've made my favorite Stalker a chicken, (No picture, I want her to be surprised.) been working on a dress for Jessica, (Also no picture, because right now it just looks like a pile of yellow fabric.) and some aprons.

They are made from some of the kitchen towels from Ida's.
Jess has picked one out for herself.

Friday, July 07, 2006

short post. no pic.

Just hanging with the roost.

Some chickens went on to new homes yesterday, so I'll have to make up some more. Jess has claimed three as her very own. She rounded them up in their "coop"(laundry basket) Then asked me what they ate. I told her they were pretend chickens, so I think maybe pretend chicken feed. She decided chicken feed sounded gross, and they would instead eat pretend chips. Jess then proceeded to pick up the very tiny fabric scraps from around the sewing machine, and threw them to her chickens, all they time saying,"Chick, chickchickchick..."

It was damn cute. It almost made up for her complete meltdown that morning.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

I'll be your little chicken if you'll be my honey lamb.


Welcome to the flock.

It's the best picture I could take at 1am.

I'm having way too much fun. In a sea of blankets and socks, I think I needed to drag out the ole' sewing maching for a little instant gratification.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

what the heck is erin up to?

How about a little bit of everything.

We had a wonderful holiday weekend. Saturday we went over to Jill's house for a cook out.

Sunday we were spen the day on Lake Michigan in a coworker's boat. Jess LOVED it.

Tuesday, we went to a cousin's cookout. The truly weird event of the day was when my friend, Andy showed up. Turns out he knows my cousin and actually does a little local radio show with him. We all just never realized we all knew each other. Weird stuff.

There has been knitting.

You are looking at the mish mash that are my WIPs.

There has been cleaning. I've been cleaning out our guest room, aka the junk drawer of our home. It's clean enough now to set up my sewing stuff again, hence...

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Today is her birthday...*Na na na nanana..*

I know you are all busy today with your celebrations, cookouts, picnics, etc. (at least stateside.) But as your and yours are enjoying the day, make sure to tip back a beverage of choice in honor of Carma. Today is her __th birthday.

Happy Birthday, Sweets I hope you're having a bast.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Deja Vu

My magic yarn ball arrived Friday! It came from Emily (Who was a recipient of some of my stitch markers last summer in the Bead It swap.) in Idaho. The yarn you ask? Noro Iroha. This stuff is SOFT!! I think I'll be making some handwarmers out of it.

The magic yarn ball experience has been wonderful, but the funny part is, I have had some contact with both of these bloggers before. Pop over to Rebecca's site and see the beautiful Sophie bag she made with her magic yarn ball. (She was also the recipient of my sockapaltwoza socks.)

Also while I was out Thursday night, Jess and Nate snuck out to the hardware store to make me a surprise.

My very own PVC Niddy Noddy. But there are two there you say? Yes. Jessica got one too. She is extremely excited about it, even though she doesn't really get what it's used for.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Nap Time?

I realize that to apologize for my less that frequent posting is kind of silly (because regular blogging hasn't really been my "thing") but with the new job I have had less "regular" access to a computer connected to the Internet AND typically if I'm with the Boy either he's using his computer or I'm just too tired to deal with it.

I do have knitting questions for you all... I've started an easy no-nonsense baby blanket for new nephew, Dominick, and intend to finish it. However another very cool pattern has come to my attention and I'm thinking about making it. This leads me to my questions...

Have any of you worked with Summer Net or anything else from Crystal Palace?

Also I'm pretty non-traditional when it comes to "gender colors" but I'm afraid if I make this blanket out of the suggested colors (celery, strawberry, & misty lilac) Dominick's sister, Sydney, will claim the blanket as her own because pink and purple are pretty high on her list of favorite colors.... (She was the recipent of Aunt Cara's first ever forray into the Big Bad Baby Blanket)... I love the celery color but I'm not married to it. Do any of you guys have any 3-color combo suggestions?

Your input is appreciated.

Tomorrow I'm working on the Lodge with the Boy... Then Saturday it's off to Northern Minnesota to spend a long weekend with the Boy, his sister, his parents, and his grandparents. Yup I decided to bite the bullet and agree to spend the big 2-9 birthday up there (family tradition they've gone up there for the 4th since before the Boy was a twinkle in his daddy's eye...) I think I'm looking forward to it. I had to shop for a bathing suit yesterday (easy way to ruin one's day) but I found some that will work, I guess, so major hurdle over.... : ) We'll be driving back on the 5th (apparently the tradition HAS to include the fireworks on the 4th). We're stopping at Ikea on the way back through the cities because the Boy needs something for the Lodge (or the house)... Best part about this is that my friend, Cari, is going to come down and visit with me (with her two little girls... one of which I have not met yet).

So you all have a FABULOUS weekend and 4th... As my mom would say, "Be careful and all that jazz".

no rhyme or reason

I submitted my Togs for Toys KAL for the month of June. You can see it here. While you're there you should look at all the great outfits everyone has come up with so far.

There has been knitting. I've been working on a blanket for my nephew,

a pair of socks for an upcoming birthday,

The wicked socks, (they are so slow-going with the size 0 needles and the soft Baby Ull.) and a little wallet-type thing for my polka dot swap partner.

One item is missing from the picture, but you get the idea.

The polka dot swap is my second swap through SWAP BOT. The idea behind this is great. The first swap was the magic yarn ball swap. I forgot to take a picture of the ball before I sent it to Rebecca. I hope she's gotten it. I haven't received mine yet, but the deadline to send is not until June 30th.

Tonight the Stitch and Bitch is "unofficially" meeting and I'm looking forward to getting out of the house for awhile.

I'm still trying to play catch up around here and I'm just not there yet. Hopefully I can get caught up this weekend.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Back to basics

my trekking sock came with me to the Pioneer Village, and we took in the sights. Well, we took lots of pictures of spinning wheels, and only one of the trail itself.


We stayed at the Inn at Spring Mill, and walked the trail down to the pioneer village. It's very neat, on the weekends they have volunteers there to actually work in the village. They have a woodshop, leather shop, grist mill, weavers house, spinners, quilters, a very pretty garden that's kept up, a distillery, etc. Anyway, like I said, all we have here are spinning wheels to share.

"the low wheel"

"the walking wheel"
Oh, and the sock. I ripped out my original picot-edged sock and just went for my basic sock. I have yet to cast on the second, I have another pair of socks that are due for an upcoming birthday.

Monday, June 26, 2006

back to business.

Geez, I don't know where to start. We had a wonderful vacation with the In-laws. Saturday we drove to Butler County, Ohio, to celebrate my MIL's birthday. It was very fun. Nate made her a bluebird house out of some leftover cedar from her barn.

Monday we all headed out to Spring Mill State Park. (Watch for a trek with me post later this week.) This year there were no trips to the Bedford ER (Yay!) and a good time was had by all.

We stayed until Wednesday then we all headed to Gibson County, Indiana. We got to visit with Aunt Ida for a bit. She's seems to be doing much better than when we last saw her in October. We all headed to the house to go through some more things in the house.

We scored some kitchen items and a sewing machine, (It's a Pfaff, and it weighs a TON.) and here are some pictures of the some of the haul.


Knitting? well, I've been a bit of a knitting flake. I started a shawl, but I've ripped it out. Same with a blanket and my trekking sock. So no knitting pictures with this post.

Friday, June 23, 2006

back home

We returned home last night. I'm still unpacking, then there's the grocery shopping etc. I'm hoping to be back in the swing of things by Monday. Have a great weekend.

Friday, June 16, 2006

mini skeins

Ok, so Wednesday we had Jennifer and Zander come over to play. I have no visual record of the event, but Jennifer does, so pop over there for supreme cuteness.

Before they headed over, Jennifer emailed me that she's bring me a bag of wool. (does this girl know how to make my day or what?) So I'm thinking she's bringing me a little shopping bag of these tapestry wool skeins. I was SO wrong. Correct on the tapestry wool, (the skeins are about 40 yds each.) but wrong on the bag size. She arrived at my door witha GARBAGE BAG full.

I already have a plan. It's to be an entrelac throw.

with LOTS left over.

Also, look what was in my mailbox yesterday.

It's a postcard from Lesley while she is abroad in Europe. How sweet!

Tomorrow we start our vacation, so I might not be posting until the end of next week.

Oh, before I forget, Hop on over to Lesa's and wish her a Happy Birthday!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

What the...

Here is a picture of the Lodge... taken yesterday.

Ah I think I see why I have no time to knit, or blog, or clean my apartment (oh wait, I'm not upset about that last one...)

To give you an idea of scale... That ladder is 8 feet.




Oh this might also help so you can see where we're going with this...



This is a screen shot from the "blueprint" software the Boy is using to design things...

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Random Wednesday

First allow me to be a proud Auntie (so I’m slow). This here…



…is my simply adorable nephew Dominick. Born into the fam on May 5th (I said I was slow). Mom, Dad (my oldest brother) & big sister Sydney are all doing fabulously. Man, I love being an aunt. Especially when I realized I was holding a baby with a diaper issue & could pass him easily (well…) off to his dad for a change.

I’ve started a blanket for him (NOT in the Big Bad Baby Blanket pattern because I’m right fond of my ever decreasing level of sanity & don’t want to hurry it’s depletion any more than necessary). Of course I get the yarn (with the help of Erin and Michael’s) only to come back to Iowa to find a pattern that I might be in love with from my Pattern-A-Day knitting calendar. It’s knit out of Crystal Palace’s Summer Net and essentially it’s 3 randomly alternating colors knit in a random pattern of stockinette and reverse stockinette with a garter stitch border. Hey, Erin, any idea where a non-DD geek can find a multi-sided die to help with the randomness? I’m still not totally sure I’m going to make the commitment to this blanket (hey I still have a baby sweater on the needles from, um, a YEAR *at least* ago) but it’s fun to think about. Anyone have any experience with Summer Net?

Second, meet Jimmy…



… the wallet whale. I got him at my local “fun shop”, Mohair Pear, & he is another creation of the Queen Bee (link put there especially for Kristen). I think I might starting an addiction. : ) But this one is TOTALLY justified. I have one of her big wallets & love it but it’s too big to work in my “cute little summer purses” but I’m the world’s most unorganized people so if my shite isn’t in a wallet it’s going to get lost. See? I really can justify anything.

I (I’m giving up on the whole numbering thing) would have new shots of the Lodge to show you but the Boy has yet to email them to me. We had a construction crew come out yesterday (e-gads a real live CONSTRUCTION crew, not just the Boy, me, & some of his friends) to put the back 2nd floor wall BACK up. The wind was so gracious to pull it down for us. Yeah, little tip… Any of you get the brilliant idea to build in the middle of a cornfield with cornfields on either side… take the extra time to plant or otherwise landscape some windbreaks &, heck, SHADE before you start to build. TRUST ME it’ll work wonders. Anyway, not only did the crew put up the back wall they put up the smallest (in relative terms) of the LVL beams & one of two of the LARGE ones. Rumor has it the other large beam is going up today (right now we’re getting on and off T-storms but according to the Schnack they should be clearing up later today).

Other than that, not much going on in these parts… My last day at my current job is tomorrow (Imagine me cartwheeling out the door) & tomorrow night I meet with my new boss & our “financial backer” from Vegas. The job “officially” starts Monday. I was told by my current apartment’s manager (& brother in law to the owner of the building/ my current boss) that I am welcome to stay there as long as I like although my rent discount for being an employee ends with my July 1st payment (I had expected this). I’m still looking for a place closer to the new job (in Cedar Falls) and therefore closer to the Boy/ land too but thankfully there is no hurry. Cedar Falls is a college town, so rent is kind of pricey for some less that desirable space. The new employer keeps telling me I can live with either the college crowd or the senior citizens. I chose those seniors any day. I like my quiet sleep. : ) If any of you happen to know any good places (or even good places for me to start searching) I would appreciate it. I’m half tempted to move back to Waterloo (where the ghetto apartment/ my first place in Iowa) was located. Cedar Falls & Waterloo are essentially “sister cities” in terms of geography (they are RIGHT flipping next to each other) but are really world’s apart. The Boy doesn’t want me living “over there” again but I’m starting to think if it’s really that much cheaper… AND I lived “over there” for 3 years before he ever even met me & I was fine.

I have a feeling this might be an ongoing “issue” for a bit (& before you say anything, saying “Well it’s my apartment & therefore I’m paying for it so it’s my decision” has not stopped the aforementioned discussion).

Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to knit again…. Don’t hold your breath. :)