Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fiber Overload

I've been busy. Very busy. Hubby took the family on a road trip to Grand Island for a soccer showcase tournament. While there, I worked on my Chevron Scarf & some new washrags in lime green. I also found a pair of Trekking socks that I finished on my trip to Missoula.
Peaches & Cream (or Sugar & Cream) Lime Green washcloth.
Trekking socks.
Ribbing is k1tbl, p1

Chevron Scarf - 2 skeins of Koigu KPPPM. I'm being lazy and don't remember the colorways. It's posted on Ravelry so I don't have to remember (let me know if you don't have access & I'll look up the names/#s if you're interested).
close up

When I got home, my wheel told me I had neglected it too much. I had no choice but to 'sit & spin'. I whipped up some G-E-O-R-G-E-O-U-S merino/silk 2-ply. I purchased the roving at Joseph's Coat in Missoula, MT while on vacation (note to self, buy lots more roving next time I'm there, it's faboo)
singles2 hanks. Approx. weight = 4oz.
close up

I dug through the growing roving stash and found two small bits of roving (totalling approx. 3oz combined). I decided to spin some of the dark, card the dark and light together & spin it, then spin the light....sort of a blendy thing. I'm liking it so far but am not sure if I am doing it right (please tell me/give me advice).
Single, not sure if I'm going to ply or not. Right now, I'm thinking 'yes'.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Mommy Octopus

One of my friend's children request that I make a crochet toy for him. I had him look through my amigurumi book and he selected the 'Mommy Octopus'. I chose the colors . I hope he likes it.

Pattern: Mommy Octopus
Book: Amigurumi World Seriously Cute Crochet
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (from stash, not sure how it got in there)
Hook size: F

Friday, July 18, 2008

Today's Harvest

It was pouring rain yesterday. We hadn't been in the garden for a couple of days (except to water when needed). Hubby walked through and the little guy followed him with a bowl. We harvested sugar peas, zucchini (for zucchini tacos tomorrow, yumm!), cucumbers, & sweet banana peppers.

REQUEST: If you have any recipes that use sweet banana peppers OR cucumbers PLEASE send them to me & I promise I'll try them. I have loads of these puppies, this is just the 1st picking. (I'm excited & a bit nervous at the same time...Big sis, you'll have some serious help asked of you, I can probably swing some canning jars your way in payment for help).

Today's Lesson...Flowers

This is what happens when Daddy is a science teacher. They picked some flowers from the garden and are dissecting them in the kitchen. The little guy is learning the names of the parts and what bees take from the flower.
Daddy is starting to dissect a flower.
They continue to discuss (note the microscope in the left corner).

Thursday, July 17, 2008

This is soooooo funny!

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog + Neil Patrick Harris = SUPER FUNNY!

Our Hair

Guess who got haircuts...and who didn't.
NC told me to make a silly face.
NC told daddy to smile.
Daddy got tired of waiting for his picture to be taken.

This is my hair (ready for bed) for those family members who wanted "more of a view". I hope this helps, sorry, it's not my favorite picture.

Monday, July 14, 2008

A little bit of crochet never hurt anyone.

A while back I purchased the book, "Amigurumi World Seriously Cute Crochet". It took me a while, but I decided to sit down and whip up a few things. Below are the items I created this afternoon.

Tiny Turtle & Apple with WormApple with Worm (didn't have button eyes so I used embroidery floss and made some)
Tiny Turtle with tiny red shell.
Tiny Turtle's gigantic eyes make him look like an alien. Hoping to find smaller eyes next time I'm at the craft shop.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Did you know...

that yogurt is actually milk except squishy? At least that's what my son told me. I'm not sure where he get's his information.
(Could it be his father?)

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

More Garden Pictures

The last time I posted, there were pictures of my vegetable garden. Today, I thought I'd show you the other plants that are blooming in my flower garden(s).


This is my hubby installing a NEW motion light above our garage. Our son was playing with one of those gianormic balls you can buy at Target and hit our old motion light rendering it broken and useless (unless someone were to stand directly below it and flap their arms like a chicken).

Saturday, July 05, 2008


I don't think this is what they were thinking of when they put free Pepsi stuff on the box?

Friday, July 04, 2008

Fruits (& vegetables) of our labor

Hubby & I love to garden. This year, we decided to mainly plant a salsa garden (hence the abundance of peppers & tomatoes). When I left for vacation, it was very tiny and things were just starting to bloom & peek above the soil. The pictures below are what the garden looked like when I returned from vacation. One word, "WOW!"
Tomato gardenPeppers, peas, my son's one green bean plant (kindergarten activity), zucchini plant, cucumber plants, watermelon, pumpkin, & strawberries. You can tell by the droopy leaves on the the pumpkin plant (very back of the picture) that the plants are a bit thirsty. I took the picture BEFORE watering.

I actually had to stick my arm/camera into the center of the bush.
I would say it's approximately the size of Pluto.
Zucchini tacos anyone?
Cucumber (one of eleventy-billion)
My lil' pumpkin's lil' pumpkin.
There are scads more just like it.

My lunch today. Mmmmmm. Cucumber & chicken pasta salad, with tomatoes & onion. The cucumber & onion were directly from the garden. Tomatoes aren't ready for picking.

I'm alive, I was just on vacation.

I'm back from my vacation and was able to make two yarn related stops on the trip. The first was to Joseph's Coat, a little shop in Missoula, MT.

I purchased the above 80% merino/20% silk blend roving. VERY soft!The first thing I did when I got home (after unpacking)
was spin some up on my wheel.

The final day of my vacation was spent at Brown Sheep Company in Mitchell, NE. This was actually a designated stop. I didn't have to talk anyone into it (granted, I went with my mom, aunt, & son so objections were minimal). I was told that they sold mill ends for cheap. I asked if they happened to have any roving for sale. They did. I was given a tour by a wonderful woman who shoed me how they spun, dyed, dried, etc. all of their yarns. It was my birthday & Christmas rolled into one!

Here is what I brought home from Brown Sheep Co.

Blue & white wool/merino blended and ready for spinning.Black & white wool/merino BEFORE blending.
Makes me think of a skunk.Black & white wool/merino blended & ready for spinning.
100% acrylic. It was gifted to me by the woman who gave me the tour. She wasn't sure if it could be spun easily. Said it was what they used with their wool when spinning sock yarn to make it more durable. I told her I had a drop spindle in the car and we tried it out. Turns out it works! I'm going to attempt to spin some sock yarn with it.

The best part of the day was when I got to meet THE Mr. Brown of Brown Sheep Company. I gave him a thumbs up and told him he was doing a terrific job.

He is actually posing for the picture.