Monday, July 30, 2012

Hello Summer

Chase saw him first yesterday morning.


I know, it has been summer for a while now. But it is officially my summer time. I finished the last of my class work Friday night and am ready to veg out until late August when my classes start up again. This was the first summer that I took classes, and I know it won't be my last. The nice thing is that for the next year, I can go part time. Whew.


There are no real plans for this summer. Well, I take that back. I don't have any real plans for the rest of the summer. Things for Chase and Steve are getting ready to pick up. They're going camping this weekend with the Scouts. I'm not quite sure what I will do with myself for three days and two whole nights! You know.. other than knit, read, sleep, and most likely clean and de-clutter the house. 

Two weeks later they're going to sleep on a submarine. I thought about going instead of Steve, but the thought of being stuck in confined quarters with 30 8-11 year olds did not sound like fun to me. I tried to convince myself that while the boys are sleeping on the submarine, I could entertain myself at the the fiber festival, but alas, my wallet won't allow that little luxury right now (besides, I have oodles of projects I should be working on right now).

I think a staycation is what I will have!

In garden news, we got about six snow pea pods this season before the heat just burnt those poor little plants up. Our tomatoes, for the most part, are doing well. There has been some evidence of end rot again this year, so Chase and I dosed the entire garden with antacids (thanks again, Tracey, for the tip!!). The little black cherry tomatoes seem to be doing well, and are nice treat right off the vine.

Oh and we have zucchini! There are three right now that I can see. I am hopeful that the pumpkins and watermelons will produce. Mom keeps telling me to be patient. This has been such a hot summer that I shouldn't give up on anything yet. It's hard. I told the pumpkins this was their last year as an attempt before I cut them off the list like I did the corn. Patience..patience..breathe.

I also went on four interviews last week. I went months without even a nibble and then suddenly back to back (to back, to back) interviews. I have another this week, too. So I am staying hopeful that a job offer will come from one of these. I really need to be working again! I miss it so much.

And in case anyone is wondering..





Steve was working in Anderson, Indiana last Friday and Saturday and with a little bit of sneakiness, he surprised Mom at work and took her out to dinner. Mom is doing quite well. It's always nice to see that she is, though. (Plus this was the first time she got to show off her son-in-law to all of her co-workers!)

So hello summer -- sorry I was late for the party. Lets enjoy the next few weeks.

Wednesday, July 25, 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...




Well, I am chugging along with my MKAL shawl these days. This may not be the greatest picture, but unless I actually pin it down, it wants to curl up. For the most part I am enjoying this project. Clue #2 involves three balls of yarn going at once which is always fun. I just don't care much for breaking yarn and weaving in.

After seeing Karen post about The Language of Flowers last week, I knew I had to pick up a copy of this book. I'm still too early in it to give a detailed opinion, but as of right now, I'm really enjoying it.

Now for a question for all of you knitters.. How and what do you use to clean wool sweaters?

Last year my boyfriend sweater was stored in a plastic tote (which I assumed was sealed) and was apparently exposed to chemicals (perhaps when my hubby fumigated the house) and now it has a chemical smell to it. I knew this at Christmas time and all through the winter, but I used Febreeze on it and went about my way. It's been sitting out all year in my room and it still smells heavily like chemicals.

HELP!

My thought was to wash it in wool wash by hand and lay it on a sheet in the sun to air dry. Mom thought maybe putting it in another plastic tote with baking soda for a week or so to see if that absorbs the odor.

Mom knitted this sweater for me using wool from Beaverslide. Her sweater of the same yarn was stored under mine, but it smells just fine.

I don't want to take it to be professionally cleaned. I love this sweater too much to just hand it over to someone.

Thanks, everyone! Happy knitting!


Wednesday, July 18, 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'm a bit light on the reading again this week. Focusing on finishing up my accounting class for the semester and working on final projects that come with that. I'll be relieved when this class is over with!

I have been reading and re-reading the pattern for my little lace knit project over and over, however. When I picked up the fall edition of Knitting Traditions 2011 last year, the Christening gown pattern caught my eye immediately. I picked out the yarn for this pattern in May when Mom was here (I'm using Fyberspates cob web weight yarn for this) and decided to cast on while waiting for the 13th.

I think this is the finest weight yarn I have ever used before which is why I didn't want to go into too much detail last week. If the project was deemed to be TOO MUCH! then I would just frog it until a later date. So far, however, so good. I have the top and the sleeves done. I'm at a good place to stop so I can focus on my other project. The skirt should be fun, along with the fancy trim for the neck and cuffs. I like how open-ended this project is. Once done, it will be packed away with the other little things that are being knitted for fun.

Of course Friday was the first day of the Mystery KAL! The night before I was skimming over the discussion boards and my goodness.. some women were chomping at the bit to get started. Wow. I think Clue #1 is looking pretty good so far! It's kind of slow going because this is in my bag for when I go out, and I didn't take it out much over the weekend. Now that I am at a comfortable stopping place with the Christening Gown, I am going to work on the shawl more at home, too. This part of the pattern is easy enough that I have it down pat and can leave the pattern at home.

Okay! Off to browse before Chase and I head out to run errands. Happy Wednesday!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Something new...


Steve and Chase have been talking for quite a while about going kayaking. After seeing pictures of Lori's husband on her blog (and Chase getting very excited at all of the potential fun), I did some serious research. I knew where two liveries are on the Huron River, but it was just nailing down a good time to go. It just so happens that today was Huron River Day!

So this afternoon we headed toward the river (along with everyone else, apparently). I opted not to go kayaking or canoeing (I have this fat girl in a small boat fear), but happily sent them out into the water.





They had a great time! They went under the overpass and disappeared behind the fishing island for quite a while. After their hour on the water, Chase was wanting to again. He spoke with the wonderful ladies with Urban Wave who really tried to convince him to try SUP. He says 'not yet.. but soon!'.

I think we're going to go back again in the next few weeks and try one of the river tours. After more research on my part, I think I can safely go in the water and sink to the bottom ;-) The boys certainly are ready to go!

Wednesday, July 11, 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 tried taking a break from knitting while waiting for the mystery KAL to start, but it's like when the needles stopped clicking together, my creative juices stopped flowing in all of my projects. Saturday I decided to pick up a book and pick up the needles. I've had Sheepish for a while now, and with one class done, and another finishing this coming Saturday, it was time to start reading for fun again.

My only two regrets about Sheepish is that I waited so long to start it, and that I finished it Monday and I am craving more. What a wonderful memoir! It just solidifies my desire to have five sheep (I've been going on about this for years to Steve). I ordered a copy for Mom because I know she will love it as much as I did.

As for the knitting.. this may end up being a very long term project. That super lacy yarn is certainly something... This project stays at home because I am afraid of getting it dirty. I'll see how it goes over the next week and if it seems to be working out, I'll discuss more.

I also knitted up two more cat toys (pigs this time). It started with one, a request from my Mom for a friend of hers, but Jess found it hiding in my school bag and took off with it. So I worked up another one to send my Mom last night (Jess thought that one was for her today).

Okay! Time to get back into the school groove. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 4, 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..







After finishing the first sock and deciding it just wasn't fitting right, I went back and added more rows. Finally my corn maize socks are complete! I really enjoyed this pattern and am looking forward to making a few other pairs in the future.

Reading wise -- I'm studying up on Maine. When I was little we used to spend time on Frye Island during the summer (not to mention trips to LL Bean). Chase has expressed an interest this year in wanting to vacation in Maine. Granted, Chase wants to go during winter, but I think I have convinced him that a summer trip next year would be possible. So for the past two weeks I have been working on a travel guide for us. Of course we can't just go to Maine. We have other places to stop along the way. If everything works out, we'll be taking two weeks at the beginning of summer next year and exploring the Northeast.

Oh that little purply thing? Well, today is Jessica-4's birthday. Chase asked me last night as he was heading to bed if I had made her a toy (no.. the thought honestly hadn't crossed my mind). Jess is his baby (though she oftentimes treats him like her baby) and he wanted her to have a new toy. Knowing that Jess likes ball shaped toys, I decided to make her an octopus. Currently she is happily batting it around the living room.

I find myself in an interesting standpoint with knitting right now. I am over my "I must knit for myself!" kick, and have no projects waiting for my attention (well, my sweater is, but I just don't want to work on it right now). So I am not sure what I am going to knit between now and when the mystery KAL starts next week.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!