Poke You With My Sticks

It's Coming back... Ever so slowly

Friday, September 29, 2006

This is where I've been 5 to 6 nights, a week. It's also where I will be 5 to 6 nights a week until the end of October.

Both of my babies are playing soccer this year. It's the first time for both of them. They both really like it, although Christian prefers baseball. I hope they play soccer again next year. The soccer games are much more entertaining than their softball/t-ball ones ever were! Of course, this means it's a little harder for me to knit at the games.

This is Christian's team, he's the one in red with the soccer ball.

And here's Emily, the one in purple, kicking the ball.

My Sock kit finally came this week. I am very happy with the yarn and pattern. She sent me the exact yarn I have been wanting, hand dyed by Scout! The color is called Puesta del Sol. In my ksks questionaire I mentioned not being able to find the perfect orange/yellow yarn so when Scout first blogged about this yarn and said it was a cutom dye job for a sock kit I couldn't help but wonder if it was for my kit. It was so hard to resist ordering it but I had to hold out, just in case. My pal never mentioned if it was in fact dyed for me, but what are the chances that someone else out there requested the same exact colors as I did? I could be wrong though... Doesn't matter cuz I got my freaking yarn and it ROCKS!

The pattern is Here There Be Dragons socks I have been wanting to try this pattern...Another good choice for my kit. In fact, I started my upscaled socks and have finished two of the cuff repeats so far.

I was so thrilled with the yarn and pattern that I had to do two things. First, I bought some more yarn (Yes, I'm buying yarn again?!?!) to make the Hubby his own pair of downscaled dragon socks. the green one is his. It's Welsh Green Dragon from Sunshine yarns. It's shades of green and grey (yes, it looks blue in the picture). And then I had Scout do a custom dye job for me. I'm a huge Ohio State University fan, ever since we lived there four years ago. Who wouldn't love a pair of OSU socks? Scarlett and gray, I mean c'mon, what a great combination. So I asked, and I received. I e-mailed Scout about it on Sept. 24 and I received it today, Sept. 29. That's a damn fast turn around for a custom dye job. Red is a hard color to photograph, but I assure you, in person, it is SO definately the perfect shade of scarlett. . If you need a custom dye job, go see Scout. You won't regret it.

Now you know, here in Virginia, the days are still pretty warm. But when the sun goes down, man does it get chilly out there. Which means cold hands. I haven't been able to find my favorite pair of fingerless gloves (I tore the house apart searching for them too. So sad... ) so I had to make a new pair. I use one skein of Noro Kureyon that I had laying around. I love them. They were knit on size 5 needles, so they're really snug and warm. I knit them in one day too... Gotta love that instant gratification. :)

Finally, I have to share something else I've been working on. My very own Stitchettes! Aren't they sooo cute?! I just love the old fashioned simplicity of these dolls. They are hand embroidered on cotton muslin. I still have to sew them shut and then they'll be complete.

Emily loves them... can you tell?

To say life around here has been hectic would be an understatement. We are still having internet troubles and have another technician scheduled to come out October 12. Yes, that long. Which is why Adelphia supposedly is giving us a free month. You bet your ass I'll be checking my statement. Between soccer, and school, and oh yeah.... Two kids getting strep throat, one right after the other, I haven't had much time to breathe. I've been having some minor medical issues lately as well. We don't think it's anything serious. Of course, I have to wait until October 18th to see the Dr. and find out what's going on. (Did I mention I haven't even started paying my other hospital bills?? Shit shit shit!) I've been able to do a little sewing, which I'll show you later. And I started my quilt. It's coming along, slowly.

I'm going to a Pearl Party with my Mom tonight. A pearl party is run sort of like a tupperware party. Only the lady brings oysters filled with pearls. You buy the oyster, get the pearl, and then pay to have it mounted into jewelry. I don't have any extra money for it...But a house full of women and wine sounds good to me right now.

If you got this far...Thanks. I feel like talking my head off today and there's nobody for me to talk to. So I blog. But there's so much I wanted to say, I can't keep up with my brain. the post is probably all over the place but I don't care. At least it's a decent post with pictures :)

Knitters... Unite!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

I have a mission. I am looking for a backissue of Knitters Magazine, Summer 2004. I found one on ebay but it doesn't end until Tuesday. The starting bid is $7 plus shipping, which I don't mind paying. But that's assuming no one else bids on it. The buy it now price.... $20! No thanks.

So, my readers, dig through your old boxes of magazines and see if you can find this issue. I would gladly pay for it or perhaps a trade of some sort. A needle case or something...

I really want this issue! So help a girl out!!!

Thanks for all the help. I was able to order a brand new copy for a reasonable price.

I have some Fo's to show you later this week. And surpise, one is a knitted item. My first knitted FO in months?!?! How exciting.

I'll be back...

I'm Around here somewhere

Monday, September 11, 2006

The time span between each post around here keeps getting longer and longer. I'm not sure why I can't some to make myself blog. I'd like to say it's because I have nothing "knitty" to talk about. Perhaps if this was a mommy blog, I'd post daily. But really, I don't think I would. I've lost interest in so many things around me. I just drag through the days, holding myself together. How I do, I'm not so sure.

I don't have anything poignant to say about September 11. I do remember that day, vividly. I watched it all unfold live on tv. I was along with a 3 yr old and an 8 month old, in a house that I'd lived in for less than two months. My husband was halfway around the world on a Naval ship, where he had been for the last five months. We were one month away from his homecoming. I never wanted to be in his arms more than I did that day. And while I cried and prayed for everyone directly affected, I selfishly worried about my Husband. He'd already been gone so long... Would he be home soon? Would I be able to hear his voice again? It was five days before they were allowed to contact family. They had to be cryptic in their e-mails for security. I knew he was okay then...But really, was anyone ok? He did make it home just in time for Halloween. But he was never them same again... I don't think I'll ever be the same again, either.
I'm grateful that I have my family. Then and now, when things are hard, for very different reasons.

Wow. That was pretty deep for me.

How about some light stuff? The kids started school last week. Emily LOVES kindgergarten. Over the week-end she whined to get back to school. They started soccer this week... So as you can imagine, it's been hectic. Soccer practice several night a week, each. I don't know why I get myself into these things. Although the kids do like it a lot, and it gets me out of the house so it's worth the hassle.

I haven't done much crafting. A little sewing here and there. I started a sock for the hubby. I got to the heel before I realized/decided it fit me perfectly. It's been sitting ever since. I can't bear to rip it out, but the yarn is destined for him. I'll sit on it a bit longer I think.

Our internet has been a mess as well. A technician is supposed to come out on the 20th...three weeks from when we called?!?! I usually get about 5-10 minutes of decent service before it craps out and I have to reboot the modem. It's really quite annoying so I haven't been online nearly as much as I would like.

Oh yeah... I lied. In my last post I said something about "as long as my sock pal loves her kit, that will be enough for me"... I so fucking lied. I haven't received my Knit Sock Kit Swap kit yet. Last I heard, my pal is still out there and has an extremely valid reason for why it's not here yet. And while I am trying to be sympathetic, I can't help but be a little selfish and whine that I'm still waiting. It's such a freaking bummer. I guess in my last post what I should have said is "I'll be happy with whatever I get. As long as I get it" I don't feel anger towards her. I feel a massive amount of guilt that I'm upset and bummed about this though. I guess I really am a selfish bitch. (by the way, I used bold writing up there just in case she's reading. I don't want my pal feeling guilty about this. She has too much on her plate to be worrying about me and a wee little kit)

I don't have any new pictures to share...So how about this one of our boy Tommy, relaxing as usual.

I'll see you around.... Hopefully before October :)