A Beautiful Disaster

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I have had a most interesting week! I found my yarn for the potholder swap thanks to Candace @ Squash House Quilts. I ordered from Elann yesterday, and I can't wait to smell that new yarn! Is that weird? I love the feel of all (and I do mean all!) yarn, but if it doesn't smell yummy I can't use it. Smells are the first thing I notice about everything. I think I have decided on a pattern for my potholders. Since I am newly come to the Southwest US, I will be using a SW style pattern as a keepsake...I bought way more yarn than I need for this very purpose! But, who really needs a purpose to buy more yarn?

Now, for the hilarious part! Well, it was much much funnier in person, but i'll try to do the incident justice. First, just let me say... we had a clog. You see, we are staying in our camper for the time being. Campers being temperamental as they are seem to constantly have something that needs to be fixed. Also, my husband is no plumber ;) He's the Telephone Guy! If it's not some huge technical issue, don't call him! I love my husband, he's a great guy! The smartest man I know, but I won't let him under the hood of my car! You should stick to what you know! So, back to our clog...hehehe. First he tries a plunger, and that doesn't work. For the following two days he puts everything from non-toxic septic cleaner to microbial camper sewage bacteria-stuff, and when none of this works he turns to Sulfuric Acid! None of this works. Things go downhill from there. Mr. T then sends me to Home Depot for chemical gloves and extra milk (we'll get to that later :))) He's gonna snake the drain from the outside.... Oh, man, did I have some worries and I had worked myself into a great panic by the time he was ready to get started. I had my purse and keys by the door and A ready to get in the car and fly to the ER.

Mr. T, being the thoughtful man he is (as I'm hovering) tells me I might want to step back a few feet b/c when the clog comes loose sewage is going to rush out everywhere. I then step back about five yards...just to be safe. He's snaking away and nothing is happening! He gets frustrated and sits down to rest as he's pulling the snake out. He's going to try snaking from the toilet side. As the end of the snake comes out of the drain pipe a wad of who the hell knows what comes out on the end...and just behind that.... a barrel.... full.... of sewage. Mind you, this was not funny @ the time. The poor guy was trying to get back on his feet and reconnect the drain at the same time as he was slipping in shit. All that is running through my head is all those war movies we seem to always have on atleast one television, and all the men that died of disentary from unsanitary conditions! I am screaming at him to GET UP! Finally, he gets that sewage soaked slippery drain hose reconnected and jumps up to run out of the sewage spill disaster area and realizes the sewage is HOT, from the Sulfuric Acid, duh! He then starts to panic and takes off at a run, only to trip over the water supply line and fall head first into the corner of the slide out on the camper! I swear if I had been video taping, we would win a million dollars for AFV!

Needless to say, I was NOT going to let that man inside in those clothes. At my insistence, he strips outside down to his underwear and takes a shower. At the end of his first shower he yells for me to bring him some milk. Now my family singlehandedly keeps the local dairy in business. So, thinking he was thirsty, I take him a glass of milk. No, he wants the whole container! He then proceeds to tell me that since milk is a base?!? it wil counteract the sulfuric acid, and that I should pour milk on him!!! OMG! Let me tell you! Those of you with food fetishes out there, I have no clue what you are thinking! It did not do a thing for me! However, we both got a good laugh out of our situation!

After he took two more showers, he got around to calling Poison Control. According to the lady he spoke to, he did everything he could do and he would be fine; only, since according to her, milk is not a base,so, he wasted a gallon of milk!!! He still swears she has no idea what she was talking about. Of course, HE knows EVERYTHING. Oh well, atleast I have a new, hilarious story to share!


Life, Love, and a Potholder Swap

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Hi all, My baby girl just lost her fifth tooth, on top, and very noticeable! Ready for the crazy part? A has not turned five yet! She started loosing her four bottom front teeth two weeks before she turned four...i know! They have all come in very fast. She's already 46" tall, too! I feel like I live in an alternate reality, kids just aren't supposed to grow this fast! It's not fair my baby is getting big way too fast! I guess I should have thought about that before I married a 6'3" giant...LOL! And me, a measley 5'3 AND 3/4 "! Oh well, at least he (and soon they) can reach the top shelf for me;)

In other news, I joined a potholder swap! It's my first, and I'm excited. I love knitting potholders. Talk about super fast gratification! I have lots of potholders and tend to give many of them to family, but that never happens until I'm ready to part with them (many, moons). It will be nice to have a quick answer for the Guy when he asks why I am knitting another potholder. :) Now I just need to decide if I'll use the new hand spun Romney wool I just finished or cotton from my stash. Ahh, decisions, decisions!

When It Rains It Pours

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I get up today full of good intentions. I'm going to break out my trusty camera and take a photo of the yummy socks i'm knitting. They are from Vogue Knitting winter 08/09 on p. 77, I love these cabled socks by Mari Muinonen. I've started with Caron Simply Soft Shadows in Mardi Grey. Hey, what can I say the yarn was a gift! Besides, It's grey, my second fav color ( purple being numero uno:) with a green, pink, yellow and blue striping yarn. So, in the interest of full disclosure these are the first pair of adult size socks I've made. I have bought many patterns over the years but blankets and afghans always catch me by suprise. So, I'm @ the end of my second repeat on Chart A, and they look great! So, I go get my camera to post my WIP. No flash! WTF!?! I forgot in just three days that I have no flash! Taxes are eating my brain! The pics are black, being as the sun has decided to hide out this week; and, let the rain have full run of the skies. So, needless to say there will be no new photos until: A) The sun comes out of hiding, or B) I get around to sending it to Olympus for repair. This blows! Oh well, I need to focus on taxes anyway. I have no more excuses, blahhh!

Promises, Promises

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Here we have Divani Armwarmers designed by Marilyn Losee from naturally caron's website. I used the suggested yarn, Caron Spa in Ocean Spray. They are soooo soft and comfy and beautiful to boot. The yarn is 75% microdenier acrylic and 25% bamboo. Here they ar modeled by my daughter. It seems no matter how hard I try I seem to always knit too tight on DPs. These fit the Princeass perfectly, oddly enough she claimed them b/f they came off the needles, lol.

Meet Max and Ruby! If you have kids you probaly know where the names came from. It seems I know more about childrens shows than anything else. I used extra yarn from my stash for these. I beleive it was Caron Simply soft, not sure, but that's what it felt like :) First, I made the pink amigurumi bunny (from Lion Brand's site, though you will need to register. Sorry)as a V-Day gift for P. As soon as she saw it she asked where Max was. Luckily, I had a bit of blue, too. Whew! In a flash of aroma creativity, I stuffed their abdomens with lavender satchets. They smell awesome! These are now P's constant companions, and the car smells good too :p

I know I mentioned her amigurumi doll too, but it seems my flash died in my camera and we are in the midst of a cloudy week. So, no new pics until I am graced with better lighting :( But, if you want to check out the pattern, it's here. A's doll is in purple and lavender for the body with yellow hair and blue button eyes. This is a cute doll, she loves it.

The Spin Zone

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Well, I've finally done it! Imade my drop spindles for spinning fiber, YAY! I'm so excited. I've been researching the best way to make my own for the last week. First, I tried it with a door knob on my dowel...not enough weight. Next, was a round wooden plaque, no dice! Finally, this!
It works perfectly! Who would have thought CDs, and i have a million scratched cds taking up valueable space. So, I made a top whorl spindle and a bottom whorl spindle! I like the top whorl better, but that's a personal choice. I spent less than five dollars, including tax! I had a spindle, so of course, I went to my life line: Ebay. I have wool roving on the way, yippe! I'll be sure to post photos of my newly spun fiber, after it's spun of course :)

New projects seem to jump into my hands. What can I say, i'm a craft whore. I just cant seem to commit to only one. Oh well, where's the fun in that? Right now i'm crocheting a doll for the Princeass, and knitting blocks for a bebe blankie for my sis, and some yummy socks for myself...I'm planning to finish these up this week. I need a clean conscience when my wool arrives. Maybe if i'm good tomorrow i'll get around to posting some WIP pics.

I also have a pair of turqouise qauntlets, Max and Ruby to show off...oooh, the suspence. Ciao!

It's me again world...

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Well, here I am again. It seems I try to keep a blog atleast once a year, and it never fails...I loose interest, or time. Usually, it's both. However, this is my new years resolution that I am officially late starting. That's me the procrastinater(or? Oh Well:) ). This is something I have to do...for my family and my sanity. We are 2,000 miles away from home on the edge of the desert, seriously. We are in southwest Texas, atleast 2 hrs. away from a city in all directions. Well, Hobbs, NM is just across the border, buuuuttt (pout pout), that is not a city by my standards. I miss civilization. It always smells of oil or horse, gag! But, I digress.

Smells aside, there is not a decent craft store that I can find. Granted, there is a Hobby Lobby in Hobbs. It has kept me sane thus far, but (pouting again), I want a small fabric/yarn shop privately owned to escape to and knit for a while. Well, I'll keep my fingers crossed, maybe something will turn up.

So, I suppose I should introduce meself. I am a wife and mother of one. One very temperamental, emotional, hurricane the Telephone Guy and I call our Princeass...lol. I asure you it's all in good fun. The Telephone Guy is my wonderful hubby. It's his doing that got us settled in the middle of nowhere. The company he works for here is also in good ol' Ohio. So, hopefully within the next year or so he can transfer us back to the land of trees and green grass. Til' then here I will be.