Sunday, April 29, 2007

They're Done

I finished Dad's Socks!! Yippee!!!! I tell you these men with their big, wide feet... I used a 100gm ball of Regia Havanna and had probably 1-1 1/2 yards remaining. Infact I think I may have shorted one of the socks abit when I was doing the toe decrease because I was afraid I would run out. I must say though, I now have a better visual on how much yarn I go through when doing a toe decrease on an 80-stitch sock.
I will post a pic either tomorrow morning, or early Tues. Tomorrow is a busy day for me with one job from 6:30am- 12:30pm followed by the other job from 2p - 8p.
Then Tues I will have some time before I go off to my first Accupuncture appt. I want to regain some balance in my health. This last time that I was sick is the 2nd time since January and this is very unusual for me. Especially since lately I have been eating better and trying to walk on my treadmill at least 3-4days per week. Since my blood pressure is still not responding I am loooking to Accupuncture to help my body do it's work. Mainly because I really do not want to go on blood pressure medications at this point in my life.

I wish everyone a good start to their week and .....

Keep on Knitting!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I guess this just proves what lots of people have told me

You Are Cookie Monster

Misunderstood as a primal monster, you're a true hedonist with a huge sweet tooth.

You are usually feeling: Hungry. Cookies are preferred, but you'll eat anything if cookies aren't around.

You are famous for: Your slightly crazy eyes and usual way of speaking

How you life your life: In the moment. "Me want COOKIE!"

I have had several people describe me as the Cookie Monster over the course of my life, I guess they were all right - "who'd a thunk it??"

I am finally beginning to feel like myself again. Been away for a few days. Some sort of 'buglet' crept up and jumped me from behind. There I was enjoying myself on Saturday - outside in the sunshine, working in the yard, transplanting flowers and trees and then - ALL OF A SUDDEN - BAM!!!! I am laying on the couch feeling like I have been run over by a truck and 3hrs later I have a fever of 101.2 (which for those of us who usually run 97.6 is close to death). So being the naturalist that I am I try to burn those little buglets out for my system for a bit and just let the fever do it's thing. Only trouble was, I was so hot that I could sleep, sit still, or do much of anything with out everything (including my hair) hurting. I should remind you all that this was a Boys weekend - and the boys do not like it when I am sick - life just isn't as fun when Cheryl's not either around, or feeling well (it is so good to be loved).
So anyway, by about midnight I decided to go for the Tylenol. Then spent that whole night not sleeping, of course neither did my DH. Sunday comes and goes - I call out sick to both my jobs - very unusual for me, especially these days ($). Lots of Echinaccea, Hyland's Homeopathic Sinus and Insomnia formulas and then a little bit more sleep. 2hrs at a clip was better than none. Still could not get the temp below 100.0 . Monday comes and I call of sick again to my job at the store and the sniffles, sneezes and coughs start. DH comes home from work and promptly goes to the Vitamine Shop for more Echinaccea, (between the 2 of us - me trying to cure and him trying to keep from getting what I have) we ran out AND some Hyland's Flu formula. Let me tell you with in 1hr of my first does life was already beginning to improve.

So here I am today at 98.8 (still up for me, but much much more liveable), and with a bit of cabin fever so I think I shall go do a few errands just to ge out of the house for a bit. Good thing the weather has been gorgeous the last few days and I could have the house open. It doesn't feel like such an icky place when the house is open while someone in the house is sick. I guess if I have my druthers I will choose getting sick at this time of the year instead of during a time when the house is all closed up for either heating or air conditioning purposes.

Yes Viv, I did get your email with my "meme" in it, and now that I can actually think clearly I think I shall work on that after I go outside for a bit.

Stay well everyone, and if you must get sick - open the windows and let the fresh air blow through.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Here it is - the new ME

I took the leap and got my hair cut... I must say I am loving it. Excuse the funky picture, I used my web cam to do it, as I was impatient to post for my friends.
On the knitting end of things, now that my sweater is finished I am working on a little cardigan for my Great Nephew. Once I get a bit further with that I will post.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Yep, I did finish it finally

Hey Everyone, here it is - the Neck Down Weekend Pullover from Knitting Pure and Simple. The pattern really knitted up quickly and fairly easily.
Would have been easier if I had followed directions, and not had to cast off 5 times in order to get the body correct. But alas, this is how we learn in life. The Plymouth Baby Alpaca yarn is just wonderfully soft and I haven't even blocked it yet.

Luckily my LYS (the one that is "going out of business" but not really now that someone else has purchased the store) had another batch of the Baby Alpaca - enough for me to do another sweater (maybe for my DH or not - haven't decided yet), only this time it is burgundy and only one color. I think I need to figure out how to knit a bit tighter with this yarn, since the pictures indicate quite clearly what color bra I have on. DH says you really don't pick it up in person but it is very obvious in pictures.

So next on the needles is the baby sweater for my new great-nephew who just arrived 2 nights ago. Yep, I am already behind with this one, but I am hoping that since he is still small the sweater won't take too long.

You will all notice I now have 'functioning' buttons on my side bar. My wonderful friend Que at my Meet-Up mtg this morning enlightened me on the how-to's of getting them to work the way they are suppose to. Now I am really dangerous - look out world - here I come.

Well, I am off to work on my baby sweater and maybe even finish Dad's socks this weekend. Wish me luck.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

This Time For Sure....

Yes folks, it took not 1, not 2, not even 3, but 5 attempts to cast off the bottom of this sweater correctly. Correctly meaning it made it past my arm pits, over my belly and able to rest on my hips AND have a bit of 'sproing' to it, so that when the day comes that my hips and belly are not the size they are today the bottom of this sweater will still fit me. I am putting it out there for this to mean that both will be smaller.

Yes, I admit it, I did a Viv. But let us face it folks, it is Saturday, and I have been frantically trying to get this right (icluding a run to the LYS for advice - and yarn of course), so I am not really looking my best. I will save that for once the sleeves are on. I can honestly say I am hoping that will happen really soon, so that I can wear this one once or twice before it is time to put it away. After all we have had SNOW off and on all day here in Viginia Beach. Can you believe it??!! You could have nocked me over with a feather. Infact yesterday I was telling people they were nuts for actually listening to the weather guessers. But alas now it is just sunny out and windy and not a flurry in sight.

Well I am off to go start on my sleeves. Have a great weekend everyone!!
Remember Life is what you make make it GREAT!!

Friday, April 06, 2007

OOooooo I am such a Lucky Girl!!!!

I have a wonderful Secret Pal. Last evening I recieved on my doorstep a lovely little box filled with all kinds of marvelous things. Thank You so very much my Secret Pal!!!

This is my best attempt at a still-life photo grouping. I guess I really need to talk to my son to get some tips.
The yarn on the left is absolutely scrummy. The Wooly Washers in the middle, all I can say is the soap smells soooooooo wonderful, and the wool it comes with, I don't know - it almost seems too pretty to make into a soap-y thing. Let's see, on to my lovely Lantern Moon 5" sock needles. This will be a first for me. I have only used 6" and thought they were little, but my SP tells me once you have used 5"ers, 6 seems huge. On to my wonderful Chocolates, she really knows the way to my heart. My name stitch markers on the left came just in time for me to start working on the repeats in my lace shawl and the oriental case just above them is perfect for storing stitch markers. Last but certainly not least is the treat she enclosed for my four-legged daughters - peanut flavored dog biscuits with 1/2 dipped in carob. As you can see from the pics below the girls LOVED them. Thank You from Misty and Naya for our treats!!!!

Can you just see the sisterly concern Naya (the silver one) has for Misty - wanting to make sure she got all the crumbs. The the final shot with Naya offering to help Misty vacuum the carpet really well. I do promise we feed our dogs twice daily and these shots occured AFTER breakfast.

On to some knitting stuff...the promised pic of the Baby Alpaca Neck Down Sweater need just a bit more time. I casted off the bottom edge of the body this morning just before rushing off to work only to realize that I bound off too tightly and could not get said sweater past my arm pits. Errrrgggg Arrrrggggh!!! So that my dear friends is what I am off to do right now.

Have a lovely weekend.