Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things...

I honestly thought I was going to be done with the socks this past week. I am decreasing for the toe on of them, so that's good, right? The thing is, I got distracted last Wednesday. When we were making trip #2 (for the week) up to E. Lansing, I decided to take along my beloved yak yarn and start working on the Who? hat. I needed a different project to counteract using the tiny needles for the socks. This was an excellent hat project! And the yarn.. yes.. it is a dream. The buttons I have on it so far came from my Mom-in-law's stash. I decided I want eyes for all the owls and am working on mixing and matching.

I did a smidge bit of reading (that was not school related), too. While at the yarn shop (trip #2), Chase pulled his attention away from the spinning wheels long enough to eyeball the book Little Felted Animals. He began to flip through it, then go through the yarn shop confirming all the needed tools were available When we made trip #3 to E. Lansing Sunday, I decided to buy the book and read up on it myself. I had dreams Wednesday night of Chase making felted toys and I took that as a sign it was something we could at least read up on and possibly try together.

Trip #3 to E. Lansing. Yes, well, when we were up there on Wednesday I had mentioned to the shop girl about Heather's mystery shawl KAL and how I always seem to miss out. She let me know that Stephen West was hosting a Mystery KAL and that there was still time to sign up. I thought about it. And thought more about it. When the opportunity presented itself to visit the yarn shop for potential yarn, it was set!

I decided to go with an old favorite (I used this for my Sassafras shawl), and picked up more Berroco ultra alpaca fine yarn in Turquoise and Oceanic. I'm looking forward to this next project.

Okay.. I'm off to get ready for my class. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Sunday, June 24, 2012


This weekend included:

Baking two new to us recipes (both delicious).
Watching the original 90210 series (okay, it's a guilty pleasure!!).
A migraine.
Steve getting backed into while in the church parking lot (ugh!).
Wondering about dress codes in general.
Another trip up to E. Lansing (hey, I'm not complaining!).
More yarn shop love(!!!).
More root beer floats (some with green ice cream and cake pieces).
Saying goodbye to Steve as he heads out of town (again).
Iced coffee. By the pot full.

Chase says this one is for you, Tracey! xoxo

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer Days

For the past two weeks on Mondays we have gotten some nice little fits of rain. It's almost becoming a tradition. And we're talking significant rain. Enough that the garden doesn't have to be watered. And perhaps, a nap can be stolen with any willing feline for an hour.

And then it gets warm again. Like pretty much everyone else, this past week we dealt with the horrible heat wave. The weather has confused people and plants.

Rose of Sharon

The Rose of Sharon is starting to bloom. This usually doesn't happen until August at the earliest. I was completely shocked yesterday morning to discover this little bud opened.

The Garden 2012

The garden enjoys the bursts of rain (oh and of course the sprinkler). I've been battling squirrels this year. They decided to uproot two cabbage plants last week. I've peppered the garden. Everything I started indoors never made it outdoors. But everything I waited to start as seed in the ground is doing fantastic (look at the pumpkin plants!). I have 4 or 5 types of tomatoes this year. I picked up the plants from one of my favorite vendors at the farmer's market. So far they're all doing really well. The empty box is for Chase to plant his seeds from Ms. Tracey (he has been waiting for the weather to be tolerable).

I thought I had made a post and set it to publish a week ago, but I see that it didn't happen. I received my surprise package of goodies from Jacinta in Australia (thank you again Tracey for hosting the swap!). Everything is wonderful. Chase has enjoyed studying the map, the post cards, and sniffing the soap. I have plans for the yarn (!!). Thank you for everything, Jacinta!

Goodies from Australia.

There also has been trips to E. Lansing for Steve, with me and Chase tagging along in the afternoons. Root beer floats from the MSU Dairy Store and a trip to the yarn store?? Yes please! Mom is still waiting on the buttons for Chase's sweater to come in, so I don't mind stopping by the shop to see what the status is, or feeling the yarn, looking over the buttons myself..

Does yarn make me happy? Oh yes, yes it does!

Happy Fuzzy Yarn is new to the shop AND they are local to me! I only bought one skein of it because I just don't know what I will do with it right now. It feels so good and I love the colors (reminds me of fall). Oh and the buttons are a steampunk theme. Mom really liked them when she was here in May, and since they were still plenty, I brought home half a dozen. Again, not sure what they will be used for, but they're there when needed!

And between all of the studying (final exam is on Thursday for one of my classes!), the running around, the excessive heat, the iced coffees (mm.. ), we are lucky to see a little bit of natural beauty on the way home from Scouts.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things...

Progress! Both heels are turned and I am working on the "foot" section of these wonderful socks. Nothing beats carrying a freezer bag full of tiny little needles. And yes, my "luxury" reading so far this week was my newest issue of Food Network magazine. It arrived as we were heading to the farmer's market yesterday afternoon, so I took it with me and read it cover to cover at the coffee house post market trip. There are a lot of great recipes in there! Chase snagged the "50 milkshakes" insert and has started making a list.

I received notification from the library that after five months on the wait list, Townie is finally ready to be picked up. I'll be making my way to the library soon to pick it up.

Okay.. time to get ready for class and another scorcher. Stay cool and happy knitting!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things...

I took a break from yarn along last week because the only knitting I had accomplished was the Hugs and Kisses bracelet. Mom saw the bracelet as a kit in a knitting magazine and ordered one for me (I love being the test guinea pig!). I definitely see myself making more of these little bracelets. It was a nice, quick little knit, and the kit it came in included needles, yarn, pattern, travel yarn cutter/needle threader. The difference between my bracelet in this picture and the one on my Ravelry page is that the bracelet went through the wash yesterday and tightened up a bit (much to my liking!).

Oh and my socks.. they were neglected last week. I've opted to go with shorter socks so one is ready for the heel, the other is about ten rows from that point. I love this pattern so much!

Reading.. well.. I finished the other two books in the Fifty Shades trilogy last Monday. I just could not put them down the previous week. I loved them! By book three I was a bit annoyed with the "adult content" and admittedly did skim over some of the bedroom scenes (Okay, I get it, you have sex! Great for you! Now.. can we get back to the issue at hand here?). I found the trilogy to be light and fun. The interaction of Ana's "Inner Goddess" and her "Conscious" kept me amused.

Since finishing the trilogy I haven't picked up any reading for pleasure. Everything I am absorbing right now is strictly for academic purposes and let me tell you.. reading an accounting manual is BORING! I have two weeks left in one class, so my mind is focusing on studying and the weekly tests and quizzes. I think once this class is over in two weeks, things will settle down. I have another class that ends in a month, and the accounting class goes until August. They weren't kidding when they said these summer classes fly!

Okay.. I'm going to quickly check on a few blogs and get ready to head off to school for the morning.

Have a lovely Wednesday!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

We All Fall Down

I've been trying for two days to write a post about things, but my heart has not been in it.

I made a comment over the weekend that I think migraines are the body's way to get you to slow down and I fully believe it. After the past two weeks of worrying about my dad's health, over-stressed about class, I finally succumbed to a migraine Saturday afternoon and stayed in bed until Sunday morning. I should have known one was brewing because Friday, despite Steve taking me to Frankenmuth for the day to cheer me up, I was on the verge of tears the entire time. At that time I didn't know what was going on with Dad's health (they decided not to install a pacemaker) and I was scared. He texted and called me when I was in class Saturday morning and let me know he was happy to be home. We talked for a while. Everything, tentatively, is good.

So I needed the rest and my body demanded it. I ignored my homework for the rest of the weekend and took care of Me. Stressing is just too exhausting.

Gradually I am getting myself back on track again. I've ignored my accounting work long enough and am ready to tackle the lectures. Steve has been out of town a lot, again, so it's just been me and Chase, and I have been dedicating my time to him mostly (he's learning how to solder). There is just too much wonderful going on around me and I don't want to miss it. School is important, I agree, and I don't take any of my classes lightly. But I have been down this road before where I let one particular thing dominate my life and I just won't let it happen again.

So for now, I am going to enjoy the time when my husband is in town, enjoy my friends, my knitting, my reading, even my classes, and most importantly enjoy those simple moments with Chase.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Knitting Gift Exchange -- An Apology

To those that expressed interest in the knitting gift exchange:

I apologize for the late notice, but with my father's health crisis and school this summer semester, I have decided to postpone hosting the event until a later notice. I am hoping to work out the initial kinks and try again this fall when things will hopefully be calmer. 

I sincerely apologize. 

- Emily