Musings from the Happily Unemployed

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Felting Frenzy...

Hi all,

Well, since my last update, I've been on the wonderful "field trip" to the Brown Sheep mill. That was sooooooooooo much fun! Farrah told me about Sea-Bands for motion sickness and they worked so well, I was able to knit on the whole bus trip and never felt sick! I usually can't even glance at a map in my lap when I'm in a moving vehicle!

We got a chance to buy Brown Sheep "seconds" (dye lots that are off, etc) at excellent prices (some way over 50% off the retail price!), and I managed to stay well under $100! I was proud of myself.

Other than that, I've been felting away! I need to finish 6 felted lambs to ship to my mom. I have 1.5 more to go. I also finished a booga bag this week. It's now being used as my purse. I love it! I'm also trying to finish my Lorna's Laces socks. Today at knitting group, I broke out my brand new Addis and transferred the sock to the Addis. I've slipped a couple more stitches than normal, but I really like knitting on them so far. I can't wait to get to the non-cabled part of the sock so I can really see how fast the Addis are! I'll post pics in a few days of all my recently completed projects.

In doggie news, Colorado is slowly improving each day. He's still pretty stiff when he first gets up after laying down for a nap, but usually works it out within a couple minutes of hopping on 3 legs. He's less tired at the end of his longer walks now too, so that's good. His good knee occasionally luxates, but so far it's been holding it's own, thank goodness!

Well, I better finish this update and go watch my DVR'ed Poirots from last week! I keep falling asleep on the couch so we're way behind on watching the shows recorded last weekend!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Belated Pictures

Ok, so I took quite a bit longer than I expected to post pictures! But, anyway, here they are! This is a little felted backpack purse I made using a pattern I got from my LYS. It was easy and fun to knit up and I like it! I just wish I could use it now. It's still drying, plus I have to find a button for it too.

I've been working on these really gorgeous socks in Lorna's Laces. They are turning out really nice! I love working with this yarn! I'll definitely be buying more Lorna's Laces in the future. With this pair of socks, I'm doing the regular heel flap which I think I like knitting better, but I like the short row heel looks better.

Last, but definitely, not least, here are my husband's socks! I used this pattern. The ribbing was a pain in the rear to knit, but I'm really happy with the end result and so is Luc. After washing, they are soooo soft.

Tomorrow's the big day! My knitting group is going to the Brown Sheep Mill! I've got my sea-bands and dramamine all ready so I can knit on the bus without getting sick... hopefully.
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In doggie news, we started our little guy in physical therapy with Kim Spelts, a wonderful physical therapist! He gets underwater treadmill sessions which he now loves, plus a massage. He's already showing improvement and he only started therapy last Thursday. We have a few exercises to do at home with him, plus longish walks. Overall, he's doing really well, in my opinion. He's pretty stiff and lame when getting up after a nap, but recovers within a couple minutes. He does have a hitch in is gait and a slight limp normally, but based on the improvement he's already showing, we're pretty sure it's only going to get better. Kim was really pleased when she saw him today.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Socks, Socks, and more Socks!

I'm still working on my husband's socks. I think I'll be done with the second sock either really late tonight or tomorrow, if I get tired. ;-) Yesterday at knitting group, I cast on for another pair of socks for me using my newly acquired Lorna's Laces! So beautiful! I will post pictures tomorrow.

So what have I been up to? Well, let's see... We ended up going to the vet on Friday, instead of Monday, because my dog was limping really bad. Guess what?? The x-rays were good! We don't know why he was (and still is at times) limping badly, but he checks out pretty well, according to Dr. Bauer, so that made my day. We think it has something to do with his leg being immobilized for 7 - 8 weeks. He probably strained something that hasn't been used in two months. His ankle was swollen for awhile, but it's gone down and seems to be better.

As if that weren't enough to be an awesome day... I went to lunch at Culver's with Farrah and had walleye! YUM!!!! I haven't had fried fish in ages and it was delicious! Thanks for introducing me to Culver's, Farrah! ;-) Then, we hit up 3 LYS (that's how I got my Lorna's Laces). It was a really fun day!

Since then, things have been going pretty well. The weather's been great today and we got (on dr's orders!) to take Colorado for longer walks, which we all enjoyed. Tomorrow, I will call the doggie physical therapist for an evaluation. He walks really, really well when he's outside, but he seems to hesitate when he's indoors. Weird... Some of it must be psychological. Sometimes, he forgets and walks normally (well, almost since he does have a slight limp) indoors too. He's a truly a funny doggie, but we love him to death.

Hope everyone had a great Easter! I'll update tomorrow with some pictures of Luc's socks and the luscious Lorna's Laces.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Trying out a new way of posting pictures

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This will be a very quick post because I'm just trying to figure out a new way of posting pictures. Seems to work! By the way, this is the first felted lamb I did. I've since gotten better and found that I can use a lighter main color and it will still felt. I used KnitPicks WOTA.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Felted Clogs - Before and After

I finished my mom's felted clogs! They are my 3rd pair of clogs and I love the pattern (from Fiber Trends). Here they are before and after felting:

They always crack me up before felting since they are sooooooooo huge! I love the way they turned out, though. They are drying on the patio in the warm afternoon sun right now. I also finished another Hermione hat also to send to my mom. It's made with Lamb's Pride Worsted leftover from my own clogs.

Well, my dog broke his splint yesterday, but when I called the vet to see if we could bring him in for a replacement, they told us to cut it off and come in next week for an appointment with the dr. and more x-rays. Boy was that SCARY! His leg has been immobilized for 7 weeks and he's so used to splint that it took him about an hour before he'd even put his foot down. His poor foot had been squished into an unnatural position and I'm sure it hurt to spread his toes! He's been using his leg a little bit more as time goes by, but he's not bearing full weight on it. And it's soooooooooooo skinny compared to the other leg. All the muscles have atrophied and now he needs to really regain some strength. I have a feeling that if we don't have to have another surgery, we might be starting physical therapy after next week's appointment. I really hope he's on the road to recovery and not on the way to yet another surgery...

Monday, April 10, 2006

Recipe for Nachos - AKA "The Stuff"

Hey guys! Hope everyone had a great weekend! We didn't do much, but we enjoyed it (as we do everyday)!

For a change, I thought I'd post a simple little "recipe" of mine. It's our favorite "junk food" dinner. The name "the stuff" comes from my mom's boyfriend. I used to make nachos when we lived with my mom and her boyfriend. He used to LOOOOVE my nachos and for some reason called them "the stuff". Anyway, here it is:

1/2 to 3/4 lbs lean ground beef
Pinch of cayenne pepper (to taste)
2-3 tablespoons chili powder (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (to taste)
Tostitos Scoops (or any tortilla chip)
Tostitos Queso
Half a 14 oz can of refried beans
2 green onions
1/4 cup black olives
1 small tomato, chopped
1/4 cup white onion, chopped (if desired)
Pace Picante sauce (or other salsa, mild or hot)

Preheat oven to 350. Brown ground beef (if the beef is lean enough, do not drain). Add cayenne, chili powder and garlic salt, mixing well. If beef is too dry, you may add a little bit of water. Line the bottom of an oven-safe dish with the tortilla chips. Layer the beef, refried beans and queso over the chips. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Top with the rest of the ingredients. Bring it over to the coffee table (make sure you put a trivet down!) and enjoy while watching your favorite tv show! ;-)

I'll post some pictures of my recent knitting shortly... I've been working on my mom's felted clogs and they are ready for felting! I'll post before and after pics.

We are definitely enjoying the warmer weather here, even though it can be overcast sometimes. Being from CA, I never really got to see the seasons change, so it's a real treat to see the grass turning green and the leaves starting to appear on the trees.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Some recent and not so recent knitting FOs

I've realized that I haven't posted a lot of my finished knitting projects! So hope you guys like pictures! ;-)

This is my first pair of socks. Made from KnitPicks Simple Stripes in Storm and I followed Silver's Sock Tutorial. If you've never made socks on DPNs before, this awesome tutorial is the way to go! I wear these socks all the time and absolutely adore them!

This is a sweater in some novelty yarn I picked up at Hobby Lobby. It wasn't easy to work with, but the fuzziness hid the mistakes. ;-) I made the sweater for my mom who loves things like that! Yes, she is very tiny! Too bad I didn't inherit that from her. I didn't really use a pattern... I kinda winged it after looking at several short-sleeved sweater patterns.

Here's our clogs! I love these things! My husband and I wear them all the time. I used the Fiber Trends felted clogs pattern (sorry, don't have a link, but the pattern is not available online) and Lamb's Pride Worsted (bought from my favorite LYS, Knitter's Kove). I find that I actually like the way the clogs turn out when they are made too big (even bigger than normal felted items) because the felted fabric turns out a lot stronger! My husband's were really really big before felting and his are much sturdier than mine. (See the dog's paws in the picture? He did that on his own... he has to be a part of everything!)

Ok, only one more picture for this post... I'll see if I can take pictures and post them later. This is a Hermione Cable-and-Bobble hat (not a free pattern... it's $5.00 for a pdf). I actually made this hat to help someone from the Knitting Help Forum figure something out! I used some cheapo acrylic, but I really like the way hat looks, and I think I'm going to make one from Cascade 220 soon!

Hope I didn't bore anyone with some of my knitted projects! ;-) I'm excited to say that I'll be going on the field trip to the Brown Sheep Mill in Mitchell, NE on April 25 with my knitting group! It looks to be a really fun trip! Let's hope for good weather and fun times!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Starsky's done (well, almost)

Hey guys! I finished Starsky today! A few things.... The sleeves turned out way too long for me, even though I followed the pattern (23" before armhole shaping). I also ran out of yarn for the belt and belt loops. I scrapped the tube belt and just did a garter stitch belt (and streeeeeeeeeeeeeeetched it out). I managed to have enough for two of the four belt loops. I'm going to order another hank of sierra from Knitpicks when I have some more yarn to order so I can make a better, longer belt and finish the belt loops. But anyway, here's the finished product. I still do like it! And it's quite warm!

I went to another knitting group yesterday at the same LYS (Knitter's Kove). It was a smaller group, but still so much fun! I think I might be taking a "field trip" with those ladies to the Brown Sheep mill in Mitchell, NE. It sounds like fun!

My dog is doing really well. He's only had one more incident of the left knee luxating (and I'm not even sure it was that, since he never did limp). I'm getting a little nervous about him actually getting the splint off, since he'll have no limitations (except for the ones we manage to enforce) any more!