Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Busy as a Bee

I finally got busy and managed to get a few things done around the house recently. Monday was major "house cleaning" day (boo) and we finally got The Girls "own" rooms set up last weekend. They've been sleeping in the same room since they were babies, but the 7th grader doesn't need to go to bed as early as my 4th grader now. Together they stay up wayyyy to late talking, laughing and giggling so it was time to seperate them. Of course ever since we set them up, they've still been wanting to sleep in the same room, they're calling it their "farewell tour!" Couple of nuts I have. Yep.

Yesterday The Girls and I "attacked" their closet to see what still fits them and what needed to go. Wow! It's a BIG job when you have two "pre-teen" girls begrudgingly helping you. Life is so hard for those poor children. They like getting new clothes but when it comes to cleaning out the closets...the attitude can get slightly unpleasant at times. We were all getting on each others nerves at the end! Oh well. It's DONE. We got a mountain of clothes out of there and we felt so much better when it was finished. That's one thing I DO NOT look forward to when school's going to start.

We also went thru all the school supplies that I've been picking up here and there, we can't beat getting stuff at Walmart so cheap this time of year. I stock up on as much paper, pens, pencils, etc. as I can afford to since the school asks for it all thru the school year. Plus, it gets them a "tiny" bit excited about school starting again. Wooo hooo School's starting soon!!! I know this Mom is excited!

On the knitting front I've been a slacker big time. My "sock-in-progress" is moving along at a snails pace. I'm just working up plain ol' socks in Lorna's Laces Purple Club. I have to say the way they're striping using a larger cast on than I normally use is pleasing me to no end. I think that's why I'm not rushing (besides being so busy doing other things). It's just been a pleasurable, leisurely knit. "Zen" if you will. I'll have to post a pic soon.

I also finally got around to over-dyeing that sock yarn I got off from an Etsy seller. After unraveling the hank and examining it I found it to be a dye job that wasn't up to my expectations at all. You can't see it very well from the pic but it wasn't something that I knew I could be happy with.

I just decided to turn it a darker purple so I overdyed it with GRAPE Koolaid yesterday and I'm very happy with the results. I don't know if she didn't soak her yarn well enough, dyed it dry, or what, but the dye she used didn't penetrate thru to a lot of the inside very well. I think that's why soaking is so important. It DID have a "varigated" look to it (and still does), but it looked "rushed" maybe, and not thoroughly done to me. Easy Peasy Fixable tho, so all is okay in my knitting universe after all. Oh Gosh, and it smells WONDERFUL!!!!!! I wish this was scratch & sniff. It's Absolutely Delicious!! Whatever base yarn she used is really nice and soft though. That's always a good thing.

And I made my first stitch marker ever.

Many more will follow as The Girls and I have a TON of beads. I got some of my supplies at Joann's last weekend (all beading stuff was 40% off) but still need a few more of the different findings. There are so many great tutorials on blogs, it's a fun project when you need some diversity in your crafting.

Enough going on already... I've got a neglected sock that's calling my name...AGAIN!


knittinwolf said...

Dang you've been busy girlie! Ug closet cleaning! You're getting real good at that dying thing! You'll have to dye your own soon! Love the stitch marker too! Such a crafty girl! Hey, you missed a CA earthquake today...don't ya miss CA! It was a jolt and then rolling, rolling, rolling motion. Ug! Love ya

Dawn said...

I know!!! Did you feel it?? I read on the news pages that it wasn't too bad tho. I'll take our earthquakes ANY DAY over the scary tornado warnings we have here! Talk about hiding under the bed!! Geez! :P

Anna said...

Sounds like you've been busy. I know that feeling! Love the stitch marker and love the dyed yarn!!! I'll write more when I get a chance!

Nat Red Knits said...

Your a brave girl-overdying! I don't know if I have the nerve for that.

I love that stitch marker... I spent a small fortune buying some like that. Maybe you should set up your own etsy store!