Monday, April 6, 2009
Friday, October 3, 2008
The furniture and stuff shown in the pictures is not ours... that is from the couple who owns the house but as soon as we get our stuff organized I'll put pictures up to show what it looks like with us in it.
The kiddo is super happy with the new home, and I am just so happy to finally have a place to call my own. Can't wait to get the craft room put together, but my main focus has been on the kitchen, main bath and living room to this point. My plan for this coming weekend is my bedroom and Ethan's bedrooms... while the beds are already in, everything else is still in boxes in the corners... must get that remedied soon!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Once again I have taken way too long to post on here, but I'm back and have a list things to share.
My hunny, the kiddo, and I are looking for a place to live, but it just seems so hard to find a place that we all like and that we know we will be able to afford. I found a place that I absolutely loved and while I know we can afford it when the hunny is working, he is laid off about 1/2 the year and the kiddo's child support is rare. So we keep looking, hoping to find something that we know we can afford even on those really bad months and yet has enough space for the 3 of us. NOT an easy task in this town. I just keep reminding myself that everything will work out the way it is supposed to.
My kiddo started 3rd grade this past Monday. The time seems to go by way too quickly. This past weekend he ran in his first 5K Race. Ethan's best friend, Jimmy had an older sister who died in 2004 at the age of 6, from a brain tumor. This year was the 2nd annual Paulina Cooper Dot to Dot 5K in Overland Park, Kansas to benefit pediatric brain tumor research . His time was 53 minutes 16 seconds. I realize that isn't the best of times, but I was so impressed that he finished. Here he is, almost to the finish line. His buddy Jimmy took 2nd in their age group and his buddy Stephen took 3rd for their age group.
I didn't run this year, I've been having problems with a pinched nerve in my back, so instead I just helped along the race route, but I really hope that next year I can run with the Kiddo.
A Gift from My Hunny!
Every year at the end of July downtown Lawrence has a huge sidewalk sale. Every single store in downtown Lawrence puts items on sale and the town swamps Massachussets street in search of the annual bargains. I avoid this for the most part... I can not stand the crowds, elbowing and shoving for a few dollars off some item. But this year around 7:00 in the evening my hunny said, so aren't we going to go to the sidewalk sale? So off we went... and as is usual for me, I conveniently always find a parking spot right in front of the Yarn Barn. So we go in and I start browsing the sale yarn. After about 15 minutes my hunny returns from wherever he had disappeared to and starts asking me to tell him about drumcarders... how often would I use one, how long do they last, have I ever seen any used ones for sale, etc. Next thing I know he is buying me this...
So I am now the proud owner of an Ashford Drum Carder. I have been having SOOOOO much fun with it. This was my early birthday present!!
A finished Object!
I've been on a major spinning spree lately... so the majority of the finished objects I have to share is yarn. There is too much to share all in one posting, so I'll just spread it out over a few postings.
In May my mom and I went to a little fiber fest in Mission, Kansas. She purchased a bag of misc. wool locks that had been naturally died with plants and she bought a bag of natural white merino. The plan of course was that I would spin it for her, but I was at a loss for HOW. Some of the died locks were slightly felted from their dying and there was a fair amount of vegetable matter. I had no clue how to deal with this. The Yarn Barn had a Spinning Open Study in July and I took the bags with me to ask the others what to do. The instructor suggested that I take advantage of the available drum carder. So I spent about an hour running the locks through the carder, and then about another half hour blending the dyed fibers with the natural colored merino. Then I began spinning it...the result was a slightly tweed looking green single... but it just seemed to need something a little different, so I bought more natural white colored merino and spun up an equal amount and then plied it with the green. The result was a really nice green and white tweed looking yarn.
- Handspun: Green/White Tweed
Specs - 775 yards Worsted (12WPI)
Project Finished - August 13, 2008
This was one of my WIP Wrestling projects for the Ravelympics
More finished objects, another gift from my hunny, and hopefully I'll have a house to tell you about.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Progress is being made on projects... I call it progress anyway. I've been fighting a bit of startitis lately, but everyone has that now and then right?
Chili Peppers is DONE!
Fiber: Superfine Merino & Silk
Purchased: Exclusively by Linda Lee on Etsy
Plan: No Clue yet... perfect texture and weight for socks... but not enough so will have to think of something else...
Now for Knitting!!!
I've been working on my "On Your Toes - Denim Broadripple" socks for too long... I just keep getting interested in too many other things. I only have about 9 more rows before I start the toe decreases. So it shouldn't be too much longer now. I mainly only work on these when I'm in a restaurant waiting on my food, or in a meeting, or something where I need simple small work so I only get a few rows done at a time.
I have also started knitting two different projects using my handspun yarn.
First is the Swirl Shawl using my "Pumpkin Latte" and "Cream Yak"
Then last night I started the Seascape Wrap from the newest edition of Knitty. I'm using "Turquoise Yumminess" for this project and it is making up beautifully so far.
I'm not sure what it is about this project, but it has all my attention right now. Just couldn't quit yesterday and I can't get over how beautifully the yarn is knitting up. Wish I could take a decent picture so it would show it better.
That's it for now... more updates later.
Monday, June 9, 2008
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1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.
I started spinning up this gorgeous mix of Fine Merino and Silk.
Purchased from exclusivelylindalee on Etsy.
I absolutely love this fiber. It is spinning up so easily and the colors are just gorgeous.
Colorway: Chili Peppers
My newest knitting project is the Swirl Shawl by JoJoland
I'm combining two of my handspun yarns for this project. Pumpkin Latte and Yak.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
2004 Buick Century
|Engine Size||3.1L 6 Cylinder |
|Transmission||AUTOMATIC W/ OD|
My Hunny said he is going to have the windows tinted for me... he feels that it is important to keep the upholstery from fading... I think that he is just embarrassed to be riding around in a granny car and thinks it will look cooler with tinted windows... whatever.
Now I'm $300/month poorer than I was a week ago... This is seriously going to cut into my fiber and yarn collecting. BUT, seeing as how I'm allergic to walking and last weeks vehicle no longer has a working transmission, I guess sacrifices will have to be made.
Hope everyone is having a great week.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I named my newest spinning project "Yumminess". Not sure why, but that was the first thing I thought of the first time I saw the bat. Yumminess is 60% Border Leicester, 24% Alp0aca, 5% Mohair, 5% Tussah Silk, 5% Icycle & Angelina Nylon Sparkle, .5% Recycled Sari Silk & .5% Silk Nibbs Purchased at: Twist Yarn Shop in Wichita, KS Blended by: Custer Cottage
So, 9 oz of that became ~ 1000 yards of this very fine fingering weight (25 wraps per inch).
I recently bought some things for my spinning from this great little Etsy shop called Exclusively by Linda Lee. First are three different sets of Portrait Silk Hankies.
Then I also got 4.5 oz batt of this great blend of Super fine Merino and Silk called Chili Peppers.
I also recently bought these great stitch markers from Marly Bird a.k.a "Yarn Thing".
Well, that's about all I can think of for now... I'm off to do some laundry and then do some more knitting before heading to bed.
Sweet Dreams All!!!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Mom and I went to Art in the Park this past Sunday. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we had an incredible time walking around and checking out all the vendors. I only bought one thing... a pair of turquoise earrings.
My hunny and I are going out of town for a few days... not far away only a few hours away to Wichita... and not for long... leaving on Tues and returning on Thursday... but still, it is the first time he and I have gone anywhere without anyone else. It's so weird to think about going away without my son, but it will be good for me.
I got quite a bit of work done on the 2nd of my Panda Charade socks over the weekend. I did the last 6 rows of the cuff, did the heel flap, turned the heel, picked up the gusset and am now flying down the foot portion. This is where I get burned out though. Making socks long enough for my size 12 feet is BORING! But, I keep telling myself that I REALLY want pink socks so I need to hurry up. More importantly I need them finished before I leave Wichita to come back home on Thursday. These socks are the February socks for On Your Toes Sock-of-the-Month Club at Twist. I am frustrated that I'm running so far behind on getting them done... and I really want to pick up my stitch marker for completing them while I am there.
Pattern: Charade by Sandra Park from I May Be Knitting A Ranch House.
Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Cotton Solid 55% bamboo, 24% cotton, 21% elastic nylon Colorway: Fuschia
Needles: Two size 2 (2.75mm) circular needles from Knit Picks
The March sock for On Your Toes is the Peak Experience Sock. But I think I'll be skipping this one for right now. Since the yarn is mainly Wool and I'm not likely to wear anytime soon, I'm moving on to other things. I can always come back and finish this later.
Pattern: Peak Experience by Betsy Lee McCarthy from Fiber Trends
Yarn: Opal Hundertwassers Werk - 75% wool 25% Polyamide
Colorway: Silver Spiral (#897)
I think my next sock project will be the April On Your Toes sock. It is the Broadripple Sock from Knitty. Since they are cotton, I will wear them now and then throughout the summer, so need to get busy on them.
Pattern: Broadripple Socks by Rob Matyska from Knitty Summer '03
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Fixation - 98.3% Cotton 1.7% Elastic
Colorway: Spray Dyed #9030
Hope everyone has a fabulous week! I'll post more when I get back from my trip.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
His father and I were together for 5 years, and the last 3 years were just not good. I'm not sure why either of us stayed with the other. You know how some people are just poison for each other? Well that was us. We broke up in August of '98 and in December of '98 I got pregnant... no you aren't reading incorrectly. We did that "let's get together and talk things out" thing... and well, there wasn't much talking... but I have an amazing child, so in the end it was all worth it.
Ever since then though I realized that maybe I had a problem with "needing" men. So I decided that I needed to spend a little time on my own... figure out who Lawanna was... and then of course figure out who Ethan's mom was...
I NEVER meant for it to be an 8 year hiatus. Sure I went on a few dates (literally only a handful in all that time)... but just never was interested, or maybe I just didn't trust myself to be with a man. I'm not exactly sure. I was starting to realize though that I was perfectly fine without a man in my life. Honestly, the only thing that has been a constant "want" in my life was a child and I had that. I didn't know how to meet guys anymore, the bar scene SUCKED... my job is definitely not conducive to meeting people at work... and it is amazing how hard it is to meet other people when you stay home with your child all the time. Crazy!!!
My mom evidently was not convinced by my "I don't need a man" act... frankly I wasn't either. She announced one day that she was going to get me a membership to eHarmony for my birthday. UGGH! That was in August 2006. So I filled out all the questionnaires and started talking to a few people, but again had the same problem that I had in real life, as soon as men notice that I'm a big girl, they immediately are not interested. I did meet a few guys who didn't seem to care, but nothing ever came of it... very nice men, just not for me.
My 3 month subscription ran out and the broke pessimist in me decided to not renew... eHarmony has free communication weekends though; typically on holiday weekends, and I would see what activity there was during those times. I eventually put a note on my profile that read "It is important to know that I am not a skinny girl... and frankly, probably never will be. I'm a great person, funny, hard working, with a lot of love to give to the right person, and not ugly by any means, but if you are a person who can't look at the whole person, and only want to be with a skinny girl, then I am not the girl for you." Well, it definitely reduced the number of messages that I had to read.
Then Labor Day weekend 2007 came and I had way too much to do to spend the weekend online answering messages from eHarmony... that is until I came down with bronchitis. I was so sick that I couldn't bring myself to leave the house. So why not? I might as well do something to entertain myself for the long weekend. So I sat in my favorite chair, knitting, and napping, and answering messages from this guy in Topeka... Scott.
Scott's profile described him in the normal blah blah blah way... but it had certain things I was looking for... positive answers about children and an apparent job. One of the 5 things he had listed under "Can not live without section" was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches... now while that may not mean much to most people, it told me that he was simple... Under the title that says "The one thing Scott wishes MORE people would notice about him is", his answer was "my eyes"... oh really???? Now I have this thing for eyes... even if a man isn't necessarily attractive I go gaga for deep intense eyes. Ray Liotta or Brian Bloom eyes.
We spent the whole weekend talking on email and chat... and finally started talking on the phone Sunday night... and all day Monday we talked on the phone and email. We talked about so many things that I can't even recall most of them... but I had to admit that I was happy that I had been sick so I had a chance to meet him.
And he didn't care about my not being skinny...
When we met for the first time, part of me was scared to death... but part of me was just going to meet someone that I seemed to have known for years.
When he first met Ethan they were immediate "buds". Scott walked up behind me while I was talking to Ethan and scared the holy moly out of me... which Ethan of course thought was too cool, and ever since they have enjoyed taking turns scaring me, tickling me, pestering me...
This man has been amazing... whenever he is off of work he stays at our house so that he and I get as much time as possible together, without me having to leave Ethan too much... please remember that Ethan and I live with my parents... He is wonderful in the fact that 90% of our dates include Ethan. I have this incredible respect for the fact that he not only has stuck with me and all my weirdness, and accepted that in a way he is dating my son and I as a package, but that he also is dating my parents in a way... I know, that is an odd way to think about it... but in all reality, how many men would put up with all that?
I'm not saying he is perfect, he definitely has his issues... but I am so lucky to have this man who accepts me for who I am, and is willing to have to "work" at spending time with me.
Now if I could just get him to pose for a picture so I would have something better to show you than this picture that I had to sneak...
We've just recently started our marriage prep stuff... more on that later!
Friday, April 18, 2008
This all started last fall... I wanted to learn more about the yarn I was using for knitting, and thought that it would be fun to take a spinning class. So I signed up at The Yarn Barn (our local yarn store) and took a class. I was fascinated with this process and bought a couple of spindles and some fiber to play around with at home. While I have finally started making decent yarn on the spindle, I just did not enjoy it like I did with the spinning wheel in class. So in February I decided to take another class. It was about how to create the types of yarn that I wanted rather than accepting the yarn that I ended up with. And I wanted more! I have now taken my third spinning class and...
My hunny got me this lovely Schacht Ladybug on March 29th. Since then I can NOT quit spinning... I am totally addicted.
My son, Ethan and I live with my parents currently, and almost every evening we read together as a family. We are currently reading the Deltora Series by Emily Rodda.
When we first started reading this young readers series, I was reading it to Ethan, then my mom was listening in since she was in the same room and got hooked on the story, then she told my dad to sit and listen one evening and he was hooked too. So for awhile Mom would crochet, Dad would lean back in his chair and Ethan would cuddle on my lap while I read the story. My father has an amazing voice, so Mom suggested one night that Dad read. That night worked on a sock I was knitting while he read and it was amazing how much knitting I got done in that hour. So we continued with him reading the next night, and every night since. There have been nights that all of sudden we realize we have been reading for 2 hours. So now we stick to a maximum of 4 chapters (well, with some exceptions) per night.
Once I got my spinning wheel though I started spinning while listening to Dad read... and talk about relaxing. Listening to my father read us the story of Lief, Jasmine & Barda as they battle the Shadow Lord in the magical land of Deltora while letting the fibers slip through my fingers into the twist and making it yarn. I know, I'm weird, but it is the best thing for letting the "blah's" of the day slip away.
So what am I making? Here are some of my yarns that I've made in the last 3 weeks.
Fiber: 100% Merino
Purchased at: The Yarn Barn of Kansas
Spin Dates: March 29 - April 3
I know, it's not very consistent, but for my first yarn, I am ecstatic!
Brand: Louet Karaoke
Fiber: 50% Soysilk 50% Wool
Purchased at: The Yarn Barn of Kansas
Spin Dates: April 4 - April 10
Fiber: My own Drumcarded Mix of Alpaca, various wools, merinos, silk nubs, etc.
Colorway: Pumpkin Latte
Spin Dates: April 11 - April 14.
I still need to set the twist on this, but other than that it is done.
I have no clue what the Sage Merino or the Karaoke Mermaid are destined to become... but the Pumpkin Latte I think is going to be mixed with the fiber I just started spinning last night to become the Swirl Shawl by Jojoland.
I'm always open for suggestions though, any ideas on what these yarns should be?
I can't wait for the day to end so I can go home to listen to the newest adventures in Deltora while Ethan sits on the floor next to me and makes his newest spaceship out of Legos and I make more yarn...
Have a fabulous weekend all!