Thursday, March 06, 2008

This Coming Weekend

When I say that the Lil' Lambs consignment sale I work at (I'm a committee member - there's about 22 of us) every six months is huge, I'm not kidding. For the past two days I've worked my behind off setting up for this. There' still two days left. We open to the public tomorrow.

But for tonight, I've got some pics for you of it. You'll have to forgive the quality of them though, all I had was my camera phone.

Let's start off with the toys, shall we? These were piled up and falling off the tables and there are loads crammed under each table as well.

Mountains of toys

And even more toys

And look! more toys!
Need a few shoes?

How about a few baby swings?
I counted 41 swings

And strollers? Tons.

How about clothes?
A view from on stage

The best thing above all about this sale though? Yes, there's tons of stuff. Yes, about $65,000 will exchange hands this weekend. But it all goes back to the children of our church: To children in need and to the needs of the children's ministry in church and to the children in the community. This sale also provides the community with extremely (some downright cheap) affordable items that they can use to have well clothed (and toyed) happy children. Not bad for a weekend's worth of work huh?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Evening post

Welcome to the late evening post at All Things Shea. This week is an absolutely crazy week for me. I will be all over the place, either working the Lil' Lambs Children's Consignment Sale thru the weekend or driving the Eldest to the next place on his itinerary. Why does a 7 year old get an itinerary and I'm stuck at home going nowhere fast?

Do I have a baby sitter? Only on Thursday. Am I sorta panicking? You betcha. I begged my Mom to drive two hours to keep the Youngest on his schedule. When he gets off of his eating and nap schedule, he turns in to Mr. Hyde. I'm not kidding. When his blood sugar gets low, he turns into the AntiChrist. It's scary how evil a two year old with low blood sugar and no naps can be. You guys have only seen the cute side. It's the cute side that has saved him so far. The other Grandma gets him on Saturday. At this point, I'd let anybody watch him as long as they could keep up with meals and naps.

Anyway, I put the Circular Shrug back down. I'm thinking that I'll have to add another inch to it, but I prefer to be in denial right now. I'll get it finished sometime in the next week. But today! Today I made something else.

I love the fast easy project and that's what I needed to bolster the ol' confidence.

I made the Calorimetry. I know that everyone has already done this project and I'm a little behind, but who cares? This was fun and fast. Fast being the important factor. And, it'll look cute when I have my hair up. Here's the final outcome:
Shea's Calorimetry
Mods to the pattern: Cast on 80 sts instead of 120 the pattern calls for. I didn't really keep up with how many repeats that I did, just winged it. Doesn't matter, fits perfect.

Monday, March 03, 2008

So not happy.

Notice from the pic below that the knitting part of the Circular Shrug is finished. That's the good news. The bad news is that one edge (2x2 ribbing - the one the arrow is pointing at) is way larger than the other. I don't know why this happened. Clueless. I don't know if I got more tense towards the end and my gauge tighteded up. I don't know if it had to do with my bind off (I did Grumperina's super stretchy bindoff on needles two sizes up) or what. Maybe I need another inch of ribbing?

Right now it's in the blocking stage. I'm blocking the hell out of the side that the arrow is not pointing too. I'm hoping to stretch it out a bit. If that doesn't work, I might try adding another inch or so of ribbing.

I'm so not happy with the way this is turning out. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears.

Not the best knitting day ever.