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Spilling my Guts

O.K. Not really my guts. My purse guts, which is week 2 for blogstalking. I was quite amused when I dumped out my purse, how in the world do I cram so much in there. And why? Even worse, I have a Haiku messenger bag I sometimes use and I have no trouble filling it up either.

Here’s my purse from Aeropostle. It’s reversible, the other side is a blue plaid.

Here’s a quick glance at what’s in there. The other day the hubby was looking for my cell phone, in my purse, and he couldn’t find it. The phone has a silicone case so I told him, “You don’t have to ‘look’, just move your hand around until you feel something rubbery.” Really, that should have been the first sign it was time to clean out.

The Guts!

There’s so much crap in there I figured I better number everything.

1. Hair clip, because I always want it out of my face.

2. Trident splash gum, a must.

3. Zoloft in case I forget to take it. My xanax is also in there, but I haven’t had to use it yet.

4. Ice Breaker lemonade mints.

5. Motrin bottle. It has motrin, advil and lots of immodium in it.

6. More gum.

7. Bath and Body works lotion, Sea Island Cotton

8. Mini wallet from Etsy- This holds my extra cards. You know, the discount cards, punch cards when you buy something, etc..

9. Secret bag, I’ll show what’s inside in a minute.

10. Cute little cube zipper keychain, from Etsy. I *love* this!

11. Tissues from Austria.

12. My favorite pen ever. I don’t shareit.

13. Eye glass microfiber wipe. My stupid anti-glare lenses never stay clean!

14. Post-It notepad. Most of the time, I jot down books I see at the store that I want to read. And some phone numbers, or sports info. for the kids.

15. My phone, pink razr.

16. These are funny. My kids soccer cleats have these little pieces in 15 different colors so you can make them match if you want. My daughter made hers red, white, and blue. But a few weeks ago, she decided only white. I thought she lost these since she took them out when we were at soccer practice. Obviously, I now know she tossed them in my purse.

17. Cute wallet from Etsy. My favorite wallet!

18. More lotion, for when I don’t want something strong smelling.

There is one small zipper pocket inside my purse, holding these goodies. My period likes to surprise me. More book lists, and chap stick.

#9, the secret bag, holds this…

That’s half of my lip gloss collection.  The Blistex ones are my favorite.

Now since I showed you half of the lip gloss collection, I figured I would show you the rest.

25 lip glosses pictured. I have 13 more in the closet that I forgot about until just now. I don’t feel like getting them out for pictures, but trust me, they’re there.

So there you have it. My purse guts. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go clean it out 🙂

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So I joined this group on the Knitty boards, called Blogstalking. Basically, every week we have a new topic and have to post pictures with it. I figure it’s one way to get me blogging more. Of course, I’m already behind since I see today some people have started posted week 2. So here’s week one

Who Am I?

I really wrestled with this one. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I don’t really know who I am. Besides all of the obvious, I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I don’t know what makes me happy. A few nights ago I was laying in bed trying to sleep when I finally knew who I am.

I am a Mother.

I am a Mother. (And I am a person who believes the camera makes my ass look freakin huge!) This is me with my children, on a nice Saturday morning. They both play community soccer, different teams, and both had games that morning. I love that this is what I spent my Saturday morning doing. I love being a soccer Mom. And a baseball Mom. And if my daughter has her way, I’ll love being a football Mom next Fall.

I am a Wife.

My tenth wedding anniversary is the December. It is hard to believe I’ve been married that long. And honestly, I don’t know how we made it. That roller coaster we call life…I ride it every day.

I am a daughter.


This is my Mom and Dad. Aren’t they cute?! They will be married 35 years this December. They are a huge inspiration to me. If they can stay together that long, and still be in love, surely I can. They give me reason not to give up.

I am a little sister.

This is my big brother, Mark. We had a lot of fun teasing him about this picture. It was, after all, taken in front of several hundred people. Most of them in uniform. But being the best big brother, he did it without complaint. Mark recently deployed for the next year to Iraq. We are a military family, born and raised. So while this will be painful and hard, we have survived deployments and war many times over, and we will again. And when he comes home next summer, he will hold his baby boy for the first time…

I am….almost an Aunt. Finally!

Sorry for the wee picture. I got it off of my cell phone and I have no idea if/and how to make it bigger. This little on is due to arrive November 11th. Not too long! I’ve been wishing to be an Aunt for years, and finally, it’s happening. My brother and sister-in-law had a tough go, but thanks to modern medicine, he’s on his way. Little Damien Blaze. I can’t wait to meet him

So that’s me. Sure I could talk about my shopping obsession, my lip gloss collection, my love of even numbers and many other things. But really, what life comes down to is family. I am a Mother, Wife, Daughter and Sister. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Clearly, I’ve lost my mind

I’ve gotten a little knitting done these last few weeks and my “queue” list over on Ravelry just keeps getting longer and longer. I finished my MS3 Swan Lake shawl, but it still needs blocking. I want to try wire blocking this time, of course, it would help if I had the wires. I keep meaning to go to a welding shop and see if they have anything I can use. Maybe when the hubby gets back from Texas I’ll send him. I’m nearly finished the hug me tight shrug. I have 4 inches left of ribbing and then I can put it all together. I’m having a hard time pushing myself to work on it though. Here’s a picture of the lace arm edgings. I don’t plan on blocking them. Well, that’s not entirely true. I don’t plan on soaking and pinning them out. Instead, just a little spritz and a little stretch. (I actually e-mailed the designer a few months ago and that’s what she recommended.)

So yeah…knitting, not much. Spinning on the other hand has wrapped it’s sticky little hands around me and isn’t letting go. Case in point:

First up we have merino/tencel from Funky Carolina. The color is called Hydrangea, which Carrie dyed just for me. I sent her some pictures of the most gorgeous hydrangea petals and this is what she came up with. I *love* it. This is my second skein of handspun yarn. Seriously.
311 yards, 2-ply heavy fingering to light sport weight.

Up next we have more Funky Carolina roving. This was July’s Fiber Club, soy silk in “Coquette”. The picture gives it more credit than deserved. If you unskein it, there are quite a few places where loose fibers popped out and a few slubs.
153 yards, 2-ply fingering weight.

And finally we have my personal favorite. The is roving from Knitterly Things. It’s a merino tencel blend in “Water Lilly”. My 4th skein of handspun. I am dieing to see how it knits up but I’ll have to wait. Right now it’s in Northern Virginia waiting for the Fall Fiber Festival where it will compete in the Novice category for hand spinning. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll place, I’ve never won a ribbon before. I don’t know if I’ll actually make it to the festival but you can bet your ass I’ll try my hardest. If I don’t make it and somehow manage to place, can someone please take a picture for me?
277 yards, 2-ply fingering weight

I don’t have any idea what I’ll knit with any of these yet, because of the limited yardage. I have a few ideas though. Do you?

I’ve been having way to much fun buying roving’s galore from many, many different places. I have to say my favorite is Funky Carolina. Her dyeing is amazing, her prices kick ass, she ship’s hella fast, and she is so awesome to work with. Very sweet, and quick to reply. Carrie dyed a few custom colors for me, and then dyed some of her popular colors for me when I missed them. If you’re a spinner, check her out. You will not be disappointed. Want to see how much I love Funky Carolina?
My Funky Carolina Stash

Those are all Funky Carolina rovings. There’s also two or three more that aren’t pictured. Heaven. If you’re not thinking I’ve lost my mind yet, you will be in a second. See the last picture on the bottom right? Wait a sec… you need to see it bigger. O.K., now look.

That is 2 lbs. of superwash merino roving. A few of us Funky Junkies, including Carrie are doing a knit/spin along. We are all doing the same color, but some are using merino tencel. I love the name too, “Bitchin'” So for my 5th hand spun yarn, I’m going to spin 2 lbs and then knit it into a sweater?!?! I am in love…..And I’ve gone crazy 🙂

Let’s do the fun stuff first today.

Usually, I start my sockapalooza socks as soon as I get my pal. But this year, I kept changing my mind on the yarn and the pattern. I finally made up my mind the beginning of July and made some kick ass socks. If I would have had more time to knit a different pair for my pal, I would have kept them for myself. Seriously!
The pattern is Twisted Flowers from Cookie A. And the yarn is Dream In Color Smooshy, “Some Summer Sky”. The pattern looks complicated but was easy as pie. I liked it so much I think I’ll make a pair for myself. And those of you who know me, know I hate knitting the same pattern twice. The yarn…Oh the yarn!! Out of all the sock yarn I have used and stashed, this is my favorite. It really is smooshy, and knits so nicely. I used size 2 needles, which is a nice change from toothpick needles. I love the way the colors blend. No stripes, so pooling. Just perfect. I have some more in another color for myself. (and I have the worsted to make a shrug too). My pal and I also have the same size feet so I had no problem making sure they were the right size. I’m happy to say my pal, who I believe is blogless, has received her socks and loves them.
Here’s a close up:

Over the week-end my sockpal socks arrived. I wasn’t expecting them so soon! The box was postmarked from England so I really had no clue what it was. Imagine my surprise when I opened it and realized it was my socks. Polly from All Tangled Up was my pal and she was a great pal. I’ve been reading her blog for well over a year (maybe two?) and love seeing all the socks she knits. What a nice treat having her as my pal! The socks were made with regia silk in a blueish gray color. They fit like a glove, and I LOVE them. I gasped so loud when I opened them that my son came running to make sure I was o.k. I really like how they don’t have a ribbed cuff. It really makes the pattern pop, and they don’t slide down any more than normal.
But wait! That’s not all. There were some yummy candies for the kids and I. No pictures, because it’s already been eaten 🙂 There was a second tissue paper wrapped goodie. I figured it was the leftover yarn. So imagine my surprise when I opened it and found this:

The yarn is by Piece of Beauty Yarn. It’s 100% merino superwash, the color is called “Deep End”. It is SO soft and squishy. I can’t wait to try it out. So needless to say, another kick ass round of sockapalooza for me.

I know I said I was going to blog more and then disappeared. I really wanted to blog but it’s been a crazy summer for us. Christian had summer school, both kids played baseball again (it just ended last week). Emily, poor thing, keeps getting sick. First it was Fifth’s Disease, rash and all. Then she got a little flu-like bug. I had my first set of fillings done last week, some girly doctor visits, a Mammogram in two weeks, more dental stuff in three weeks, Christian turned nine in July, and my brother is coming for a quick visit next week before he deploys for a year to Kuwait. So yeah…really hectic around here!

I have been doing a little knitting and some spinning. I’m really getting into the spinning (I guess I should show pictures of my fiber stash soon). I’ve also been sewing some baby stuff, and finally, I get to knit some baby stuff. No! Not for me 🙂 I’ll fill you in on baby detials later though.

On top of all that crazy, I haven’t blogged because I don’t like my blog. Ok, sure I like it. But I feel like it’s a “knitting” blog and I shouldn’t talk about much else. But then again, it is my blog and I can do what I want. So I compromised with myself. I started a new blog over at WordPress. Much better than blogger! I imported all of my blogger posts over there, but the name is changed to something that doesn’t scream knitting. That way, readers can’t whine if I don’t talk about knitting. *Not that anyone has complained before, but still…* I’m almost done setting it up. I just need to figure out the widgets and set up my side bar. I haven’t decided if I will post the link or not. See, there’s a crazy person out there sort of harassing me. Nothing crazy that requires police or anything. Just enough that I’d rather get away from him. I hate to ask me few readers to e-mail me for the link. Maybe you could just leave a comment and I can send you the link? (IF you do, make sure your e-mail address shows up. New blogger doesn’t always show it)

I’m hoping to finish it later this week. I’ll let you know when it’s ready 🙂

**I am so tired of messing with the stupids pictures. They are just going to have to stay the way they are. I miss being able to use Hello to load my pictures. Stupid Blogger. If you click on the picks it takes you to my flickr page. You can click on “All Sizes”, which is above the picture, and you can see the larger sizes then for more detail. If you want to of course.**

I tried. I really tried. To blog more often that is. The kids are home on summer break, a new kitten who wants Mommy’s attention all the time, and a husband who ripped a muscle in his lower back and is pretty much useless because of it, hehe. Oh yeah…and a dentist visit five years in the making. Just so you know, if you eat a lot of sugar, you are going to get cavities no matter how much you brush. Not only do I need a crown for an old root canal, I also have stage 1 gum disease and need a debrinement? or something like that (a special cleaning). But the worst part…8 cavities, all of my back molars!!! I was so embarrassed. I’m using it as an example for my kids though and they seem to brushing more often since then. I have so much work to be done that I actually have 5 appointments set up starting in Aug. and going through Nov. I’m not going to even mention how much it’s going to cost me. Wish I could find a dentist who would take me as a charity case. I’m hoping to have the money by August 2, otherwise I’ll have to reschedule everything. (there’s a 3 month wait too, so that pushes me back the end of November and some of these cavities are real bad and before long I’m going to loose a few teeth) This sucks. Period. I need to find out if I can take a xanax before dental work, I am going to need it.

But enough about that…That’s not what you come here for.

Up until last week, I have done minimal knitting. I just couldn’t find the motivation. But now I need it…I still have sockapalooza 4 socks and some test knitting socks that need to get done asap. I signed up to do the Mystery Stole 3 kal, and wouldn’t you know it, I sat down the first day we got the first clue and started knitting. I finished it Sunday night. And since then, I’ve had the urge to knit. Finally!

I decided to start my sockapalooza 4 socks first. I have an awesome skein of yarn from DoodleBird Creations that I need to knit up for an example, and I really want to get started on them. Unfortunately, my sock pal has to come first thanks to the deadline. (If you’re reading this Beth, I promise to start on them as soon as I finish the sock pal socks!) So here’s my sock pal socks. I’m using Dream in color smooshy sock yarn, color is some summer sky. And the pattern is Cookie A. Twisted Flower. I LOVE this yarn! It’s so squishy when I knit with it, and the colors are just amazing. My only minor complaint is the tangled skein that took for ever to fix. Do you like my skull needle holders? I found them on Etsy and they are great.

Sockapalooza 4 Sock

After those two pairs of socks are done I will be making these:

Scout's Swag Cookie A. Pattern!!!
It’s a brand new, exclusive Cookie A. pattern called Marilinda. It was part of the June installment for Scout’s Swag. I almost didn’t make it into this round but when someone didn’t pay, my name was next to come up. SO freakin happy about that! These socks are going to kick ass. The yarn is really hard to take a picture of without it looking like crap. If you look closely at the pattern picture, that’s the yarn that came with it. And Cookie even designed the colorway too. Sweet!

Up next is something you wouldn’t expect of me. Last year I got spindle kit from my secret pal. i tried it and hated it. I just couldn’t get the fiber to draft. After that, I didn’t think I would ever think of spinning again. “I don’t want to make it. I just want to knit it.” Of course, things have changed. In my not wanting to knit slump I needed something to do. So I pulled out my spindle but it was still crap. So I ordered a 2.2 oz schacht hi-lo spindle (bottom), along with two how to spin books and tried it again. It was a little better this time, but still rough. I decided to order a lighter spindle, so I bought this 1.5 oz Grafton fiber spindle (top). But still I couldn’t quite get it right.
Spindles

I stewed on it for awhile. I figured the only way I was going to get it is if I have someone show me in person. I called up the ever sweet Kathy, from Holly Spring Homespun and made an appointment for some lessons. Kathy was awesome, as usual, and after a short time, I finally got it. She gave me some white, local grown merino and I was on my way. Here’s what it looked like a week later, plied washed and skeined. One is navajo plied, the other is regular ol’ two ply. Not too shabby I guess.

First Spindle Spun

One problem I am still having…I can’t make thicker yarn. I suppose that’s a good thing since I mostly want to spin sock yarn. But it’s still frustrating. Anyhow….While I was there Kathy and I got to talking. We get along so well because the two of us can just keep going and going. I thought I would be there maybe two hours, and ended up being there for four hours! We just kept talking about everything you could imagine. It was really nice being able to talk to another woman, knitter, spinner in person. My husband thinks I have lost my mind because this is something else I came home with that day…. (yes, I just realized that is a backwards picture. I’m too lazy to redo it so imagine it’s turned around the other way)

"New" old Wheel

The story goes something like this: I asked Kathy if she would mind showing me a little wheel spinning, just to see what it’s like. (I have never even looked at a wheel up close before, let alone watch someone spin) She got out her shop wheel, an old Ashford Traditional in gorgeous condition. I was glad to see that, and told Kathy that’s the exact wheel I have been pricing. For future reference mind you. I didn’t expect her to tell me she would sell it to me for $200. Um, hello?! How could I pass that up. First I had to try it out, and I loved it! Just loved it! So I did what any sensible crazy knitter would do…I bought it. Clearly, I have lost my mind. But who could pass up that deal? It’s single treadle (which turns out is a little bothersome because of my bum right knee) single drive. I did order a new flyer for the extra speeds and a turbo belt which makes treadling a little easier for me. And maybe a few more bobbins (it came with three and I bought three more). My fiber stash has grown immensely, to the point it is rivaling my yarn stash. That’s bad! I haven’t had a chance to spin anything yet, and now with those socks, it might be awhile before I really get to play with it.
Here are some singles I spun the day I brought it home, just to try it out. What do you think? Good, bad?
First singles

Before I start spinning up everything, I want to spin this green corriedale on the three different speeds. I figure that will help me get a better feel for each, and help me decide which speed to use for what.

Oh yeah, just in case you haven’t seen the 4,000 pictures already out there of this, here’s my MS3 shawl at the end of clue one.
Mystery Shawl 3

I’m using Zephyr Vanilla and clear rainbowy beads. (The same colors that the designer used. Yes I’m boring.) Surprisingly I zipped right through this and axiously await the next clue. I love how it looks so far.

I’ll leave you with some Stanley pictures. This little guy is such a joy! And a momma’s boy. He follows me every where. Cries if I’m behind a closed door. Sits on my lap when I go potty. He *still* sucks on my shirt. It drives me crazy because he soaks me shirt and makes this loud annoying slurping sound. But it’s soo cute! If I am at my desk, he has to sleep in my lap. All day and night, every time. You can see that in the top two pictures. He curls up in wee balls and sometimes stretches out to tomorrow. The top left one, yes that “pillow” is my boob. They’re soft and squishy, what can I say 🙂 He’s getting SO big! The bottom two pictures are my favorites. On the right, Leo and Stanley are sleeping together. If you look closely, you can see Leo’s tail works quite good as a pillow. And the picture with me….that’s me knitting my MS3 while the peanut naps on my lap. He doesn’t mind my knitting, sleeps right through it. And no, he doesn’t even bother with the yarn. It’s shocking considering he bothers everything else in the entire house. But I won’t complain.

Stanley!

Phew! I think I covered everything for now! I’m hoping that since I am knitting again, I’ll be posting more. It helps to have progress photos and stories, you know? Also….I’m on ravelry so if you’re over there add me. My name is ibmomof2 (big surprise) I actually got into Ravelry when it was only around 100 people, I just haven’t had the time to add much to it. I’m working on it though.

New Addition

Meet Stanley!!!

This is my new baby. On Mother’s day, the kids and I went to a small local festival with my parents. We usually try to go every year. There’s live bands, pony rides, craft for kids, loads of vendors, and all that great fair food. This year, there was a woman there who was giving away kittens. At first, I resisted. Even when the kids started begging. But we don’t need another cat. Really. A little while later, my son asked how much they were. When the lady said free to a good home, I knew it was over. I have always wanted a tan/orange cat. We always manage to get black/white/gray. This was the only one who was all orange/tan.

It took us a day to come up with a name. We were going to go with Milo, but it just didn’t fit him. The hubby suggested Stanley, and you know what? I think he really looks like a Stanley. So the name stuck. This little guy is a sweetheart! He’s 7 weeks old. He went to the vet monday, and other than worms (which I’m told are normal for new kitties) he’s in perfect health. Stanley weighed in at 1.6 pounds. He was already sort of litter trained, although we did find a little poo once or twice the first day. Since then, he’s using the litter box. He won’t use the small one though. He uses the big one that the other 3 big kitties use. He purrs all the time! While playing, eating, sleeping… The other kitties didn’t purr when they were young so this is a nice treat. It sounds so cute! the other cats have warmed up to Stanley. Smudge, the mother hen, has taken to bathing him. Of course, now he follows her around batting at her tail. Smart girl, she just ignores him and walks away. He naps in my lap during the day, and give me baby kitty kisses. I’m in love.
He really has blended in quite nicely 🙂

Hehe…Look, he’s a little bigger than a skein of yarn pirate sock yarn 🙂

In Bloom

Have I ever mentioned that I have a brown thumb? Seriously, I can kill a plant just by looking at it. Last year, my Mom got into gardening. Big time. She orders flowers/plants like I order yarn. And we all know how much I like to order yarn. Sometimes she drove me nuts talking about gardening, showing me plants. But it wasn’t long before I realized her hobby was like mine and I should support it, just as she did for me. My Mom lives like me. We don’t work, we don’t have any friends. Just each other. I took more interest this Spring when the real gardening began for her. She had trees cut down to make more room for her garden. Visits to the flower nursery were almost a daily excursion. The results, which she is still adding to, is inspiring. I started feeling envious. I mean, who wouldn’t want a big beautiful garden to relax in, maybe knit a little? But me, garden? Ha!

So on one of our little shopping trips, I fell in love with some hanging baskets. Petunias. I decided to give it a whirl. I bought 2 yellow and a purple and hung them up across my front porch. They really are quite nice. And after a month, they are still thriving. They survived some late season frost. And me. It wasn’t long before Mom decided I needed my own garden. (I suspect part of this is because she ran out of space in her yard, and thought she could start on mine.) We tossed around a few ideas, and that was the end of it.

Fast forward to this past week. I took Mom to Lowe’s to look at more flowers. I saw this huge orange one and I fell in love with it. next thing you know, Mom was putting it in the cart. “Happy Mother’s day!” she said with a smile. And on we went. Before you knew it, I saw a huge pink flower that I loved. Again, it was put in the cart with a smile from Mom. In no time, the cart was full of flowers. For MY garden. The one that doesn’t exist. We worked our way inside the store where I saw a garden decoration that I *had to have*. With that same Motherly smile, it was added to the cart.

The next day, Mom came over. And we planted my very first garden. We had fun. We laughed. Especially when I found a ton of worms, some grubs and a spider whose abdomen was bigger than a quarter. Each time, I jumped and ran away. I’m such a girlie girl. Mom stepped in and killed the spider, moved the worms and the grubs and on we went.

It was a labor of love. We sat there, in our matching blue shorts and white shirts, which was totally unplanned. *we do this a lot actually* A hobby that before bored me, has now taken me over. Something that my Mom loves, I’ve grown to love. We made wonderful memories that day. I can only hope that this garden will grow and grow, over the years. (Yes, we planted some perennials.) It’s truly one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever received. I will treasure it forever.

To the best Mother in the world, I love you Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!

Now…how about some pictures of my new garden?

Here we are working away. The hubby had to take a picture as proof that I actually did some work.


The finished product. I’d tell you what was planted, but I can’t remember most of the names. Let’s see: Lavender, rosemary, portulacas, African marigold (they’re huge!). There’s four more, I don’t remember. I’ll look in the morning (I did remember to keep the labels in the garden), and let you know. There’s also a lemon verbeena on the table. I didn’t want it in the garden, since I plan on using it in the kitchen. There’s a cat who likes to play in our yard, and I don’t want him peeing on it or something. And of course, my fairy statue from last year.

Close up of the big pink one I fell in love with. It’s a vine. It came on a smaller trellis and it took us a good ten minutes to unwind it. We’re hoping it will get tall enough to wrap around the column.

The big orange plant I fell in love with. This is my favorite in the whole garden.

And the decoration I had to have. I’m sure you can see why. It’s my homage to knitting, my first love. I like how it looks like the sheep is grazing in the meadow. (that poor marigold in the back. They’re so big and heavy they can’t hold themselves up. Her head popped off after planting.)

When I went out the next morning to put the kids on the bus, I couldn’t help but smile. It sure is nice to have these bright flowers greeting me in the morning. Now…where else can I make a garden in my yard? It’s addicting, I tell ya!

Happy Mother’s Day to my readers. xoxo