Friday, June 11, 2010

The Noro Stole

So far I'm loving the One Skein - A Stole! project.  The Noro sock yarn is giving this a real bohemian feel that I"m craving right now.  I'm needing the bright colors after the black of the last failed project.

I'm also enjoying this because it's my first dropped stitch project that I've done.  It's really neat to watch the stole grow as those stitches get pushed off of the needle.  I had to really concentrate at first on doing the extra wraps on the needle to accomplish this, but it really is turning out to be fun.  If I ever get more than 10 minutes at a time to work on it, it's going to go amazingly fast.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Shawl Mishaps

In all the teeth and bunk bed excitement I forgot to tell you what happened with the Prayer Shawl that I was making.  I had finished the length of it and was oh so glad because I had lost all excitement over it.  I laid it out to examine it really close and wished that I had done that a lot sooner.  I found two unforgivable errors.  There's supposed to be a straight lattice look to it and in two places it looked like a spider had gotten in to the lattice and set up house.  There was no way I could gift it looking like that.  I also decided that there was no way I was going to be making it again.  I'm going to hope the prayers made it my Aunt's way, since the shawl won't be.  I frogged it.

Then I had started digging in the Ravelry database and found another shawl that I wanted to try.  It's the One Skein, A Stole shawl (Ravelry link) that uses one skein of Noro sock yarn.  After all the black from the previous project, the Noro project is very welcome.  I don't particularly like the way the yarn feels, but the colors are awesome.  Here's the yarn that I'm using:

As far as my teeth go, its' going amazingly well.  Little to no pain, I'm only taking Ibuprofen for any that pops up.  I've been painting walls today and feeling fine.  I even ate fried chicken last night!  Yippee!  I'm kinda shocked that everything has gone so well to tell you the truth. 

So now I'm going to go back to painting.  The walls would like to be painted sometime before the century is over.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

My Teeth Have Left The Building

Just a quick post today to tell you I had two wisdom teeth pulled today.  I went into the office for a routine cleaning and possibly a filling and left with both my wallet and my mouth emptier.   Thank goodness my parents have my kids today! 

For the past two days I have started the day out intending to get lots of things done.  My house looks like a tornado has come through it thanks to lots of displaced stuff from the laundry room renovation.  It's affected almost every room.  The upstairs is topsy turvy from the boys' room being changed around and everything else has just suffered from neglect.

But have a I done a freakin' thing today?  Not unless you count changing gauze pads every half hour or so.  Yuck.   So, there ya go.  I'm basically useless today.  again.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The new addition to the household

Today was such a good day for me!  I've been looking for a bunk bed set for the boys that has a twin bed on top and a full on the bottom.  I've been haunting Craigslist several times a day, just waiting and watching.  The best price that I've seen has been around $100 and so that's what I was prepared to pay. 

Well, I found an ad for a yard sale that mentioned a bunk bed.  I figured, what the heck, I'll send an email and see if she will sell it early.  After all, all she could say was no, right?  She didn't.  When I opened my email and found out the price I was practically tripping all over myself to get there and put cash in her hand even though I didn't have a truck to move it at the time.  You know what she was asking for it?  $25 bucks!  Woohoo!  What a steal.

My folks drove two hours to bring a trailer to load everything up for me (and put it together too.)  My parents are the best!!!

The bed is styled like this one but the color is all red:


Now, to make things even better, let me tell you what happened yesterday.  We (my Mom and I) went thrift store shopping with the kids.  The Youngest saw a comforter set and began absolutely begging for it.  I've never in my life heard a child beg for linens.  It was the funniest sight.  It looked brand new and had super heroes on it.  The Youngest is obsessed with super heroes, but especially these: Batman & Robin and it had all the bad guys too.  The bad guys were particularly important since he prefers those to Batman & Robin.  He's very strange that way.  So I bought them, knowing that in the not too far future we would be getting a bunk bed. 

And now today, I have one.  For $25 bucks.   How cool is that?

Monday, June 07, 2010

Friday DIY Continued

My Laundry Room diy project carried on through the weekend and it looks like it will take me the rest of the week to complete it.  I live my life on a start/stop, start/stop basis thanks to my kids.  So no project is ever completed in a short time span.  Ever. 

There was a rush to get at least one corner of the room finished and that's where my washer and dryer go.  Laundry mountain is about to have an avalanche, so it's critical we get those hooked back up. 

Remember the awful blue and hideous wallpaper?  Here's where it stands now:

You can barely see the wall paper under the primer on the right and on the left is one coat of the paint color that's going up.  It's the same color as in my kitchen since the two rooms are right next to each other.  The wall paper is covering up nicely.  I was worried that it would show through the paint, but it's not.  Yay!

Here's another shot of a different wall.  The paint is a little darker here due to it being dry and the lighting:

The wall to the right is the same one as in the first picture.  The top pic was taken after this one. 

The paint color is sort of a very warm butternut squash kind of color.  It looks better in person than in the pics.  It's a little intense if you are used to white walls, but never let it be said that we are afraid of a little color around here!  It'll come together better when I get the rest of the trim color in and some pics up on the wall. 

You have no idea how much I loathed the wall paper.  Honestly, I was so sick of looking at what was in this room before that I would have slapped up an electric purple and called it a good day. 

I did do some knitting this weekend and there's bad news/good news, but I'll tell you about it tomorrow.