From our family to yours.
Pattern: Baby to Toddler Socks from Mimknits
Started: November 16, 2006
Finished: December 5, 2006
Yarn: Left over from the Jaywalkers. Confetti Superwash Color number 03.006
Notes: I was 3 rows short of yarn. Luckily, I had another ball of Confetti in another colorway that had the same brown in it. So I used it to finish it off. Also being that it took almost 3 weeks for me to finish a pair of baby socks is pretty sad. This is why I have a hard time knitting stuff. I try. I really do...Hopefully the kid will fit them. Notice the shirt it is pictured with. That is also part of the gift.
I recently borrowed the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook from the library. They have an interesting pattern where one is able to knit socks back and forth on 2 needles instead of the double points. I find this interesting and I wonder if I would be able to do this quickly on my knitting machine...I see some experimentation in the near future.
One finished baby sock. It's intended for a friend's baby's birthday present in mid December. Obviously, it's the same yarn as my Jaywalker. I'm just using the leftovers. However, I'm not sure that I have enough yarn for the second sock. I guess we'll find that out soon since I've just started on the heel flap. Looks like it's going to be close...
Pattern: Heel and Toe socks from 50 Baby Booties to Knit
Yarn: Socks that Rock - I forget which colorway
Started: About September 28, 2006
Finished: November 6, 2006
Notes: I mentioned in an earlier post that I ripped out the first sock because, stupid me, forgot the heel flap. No wonder it looked funny to me. But it's all good now. =)
Homemade fetticine with scratch alfredo sauce (just cream, parm cheese, and margerine) and mixed greens. Almond Jello with fruit cocktail for dessert. DELICIOUS!
I finally finished the Jaywalkers, just in time for Socktoberfest.
Please excuse the picture - it was taken 7:30 am just before I went to work.
Started: About January 15, 2006
Finished: October 26, 2006
Yarn: Confetti Superwash Color number 03.006
As for the other little socks that I have been working on, I've discovered a major flaw in the first sock (uh, forgotten the heel flap. Der.) so it's been ripped. But I'm almost done the second sock (which will be the first sock, since I screwed up the real first sock so badly)
Also, since I am such a slow knitter and I like instant gratification, I've started on some baby socks; which will be kept away until there is someone to give it to. I'm actually done one sock. And it only took a week. Now to start the second sock.
And because pugs are nice to look at.
Just put some up on Etsy!
Looks like I'm going to have to restock my fabric soon! YAY online fabric shopping!
Doggy Birthday Cake
1 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Cooking Oil
1 cup Shredded Carrots
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 cup Honey
Mix together Flour and Baking Soda. Add the balance of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes. Mash cottage cheese in food processor for frosting.
I believe these instructions are for an actual 9" cake pan. I halved the recipe and got about 18-20 mini muffin/cupcakes. Oh, and I didn't have any cottage cheese on hand, so I just spread some peanut butter on the top.
Important: Make sure your doggy is not allergic to any of these ingredients. The vet once told me that the 4 biggest allergy concerns are wheat, corn, peanut butter, and cheese. So be careful. For us, I know that my guys are allergic to corn, so I never make any of the dog recipes with cornmeal.
Milo the first week we brought him home. He is 2 months old here.
We celebrated with some bday pug cake. Everyone was quite excited. A peanut butter carrot mini cupcake with peanut butter 'icing', topped with little man cookie from the box.
He could barely sit still for this picture.
They are supposed to look like this.
Preparing the jars.
Processing the pickles. It's a little steamy.
Cooling off on the counter. They made the vacuum 'pop' pretty much right when I took them out of the pot.
For my first time, they turned out pretty decent. Only after did I discover that my husband no likey the sweek pickles. I'm going to have to give them out to relatives and friends. I only made 4 jars because this was the first time, but I do still have half a bag of cucumbers left, so I think I may pickle the rest of them this way as well.
Well, I guess it's not like I haven't been doing anything. I hosted a bridal shower for my cousin. 40 ladies in my home. That's a lot of people! That was a lot of baking too...banana cake, chocolate chip cookies, lemon meringue pie, key lime pie, and chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow icing.
Sorry for the dark photo. It was probably close to midnight when I took the pictures.
The recipe was simple enough. And the icing part, even simpler. Put a marshmallow on the cupcake 2 minutes before they are done and put back into the oven. Take out of the oven when the time is up and smoosh the marshmallow onto the cupcake to look like icing. I found the idea in a Martha Stewart Good Things for kids mini mag.
In other craftiness, I've dyed some yarn -- still contemplating whether to try my luck to sell on etsy or not (pic soon), worked on a few sewing projects, and stenciled this lovely shirt for my husband.
Chuck Norris. I also added the tagline "Guns don't kill people. Chuck Norris kills people." He loved it.
Oh yeah, there was also an attempt at a Garfield stand up cake. That didn't work. I didn't take the shameful picture of the overflowing upside down cat cake. I'll just have to pay more attention to the instructions next time.
As for the title of this post, I came down Monday morning to a pool of water covering my main floor bathroom, and alot of water seeping into my basement. My basement floor was practically covered. Somehow, the water from the toilet seeped into the walls and floor and ruined my hardwood from under neath. It needs to be all ripped out. Boo. There was some drama with the builders who built my home for a bit. But I have since called the house insurance for the sake of reducing headache. I have some pictures somewhere...I'll post them soon.
This review post will be pictureless, as I was too hot to lug my big camera around.
- We went berry picking on Saturday. It was hot and we got alot of strawberries and rasberries.
- Due to the heat, the rasberries started to get wilty, so I promptly made rasberries sorbet. (no picture, but there is some left, I might take a picture of that)
- Due to the amount of strawberries we picked; a overflowing ice cream pail full, I made freezer jam. Way too hot to make regular jam. (no pictures of this either)
- Drums + 4 year old kid = Super Noisy...my ears were ringing
- Noisy 4 year old drummer kid thinks the volume of a movie in a movie theatre should be turned down.
- Chuck E. Cheese pizza is not as tasty as I remember it
- Air conditioning should be considered a necessity, not a luxury.
- Since when does it hit 38 degrees (that's 100 degrees Fahrenheit) in Edmonton?
- We will be eating cereal for supper for the next few days
- Concern for my Nano being scratched up resulted in a makeshift pouch sewn for it. (picture coming)
- Trying to play 'Time after Time' on my Hello Kitty Guitar
- Tried to get 4 year old kid (my little cousin) to play bass drum with a 1,2,3,4 beat so I could play Hardest Button to Button to it.
- It didn't work
- Dogs were hot
- Took them swimming in the In-Laws swimming pool.
- Milo is a panicker and flails his arms to make big splashes
- Daisey focuses only to getting out of the pool. She is a pretty good swimmer though.
- I wish I had taken a video of that. Maybe next time.
- Posted another blankie on Etsy. Will be making at least 2 more right away.
Um, I guess that's it...just a running list. I really wish I had air conditioning at my house. *sigh*
I'm planning on perhaps one more blanket, and some dog collars and harnesses...
(it's still stinking hot here...my poor pugs are panting like crazy)
There are a few things that are on my crafty project list, but with it being so hot and us finding that Milo has a luxating patella that requires us to be more deligent with walking him (he gets walked 2x a day, one first thing in the morning -- 630am, and one after supper) to strengthen his ligaments, I have had trouble sitting in my new craft room and crafting it up.
Crafty project list includes:
- Dog collars/harnesses
- Dying some merino yarn
- Hemming the curtains (not really crafty, just needs to be done)
- Sewing of various items (skirts, bags, dresses, etc)
There's a few other things. I want to get a hang of the dog collars/harnesses so I can try to put some up on Etsy along with my baby bibs so I can raise some money for a button maker machine.
It just needs to cool down a bit first.
My cousins came over to watch the game. For the game 7 dinner, we had the delicious but not so nutritious KFC and pizza. Milo wanted to eat the left overs. He sat there for practically the entire game.
He's the wishful thinker. And Daisey watched the game too...when she wasn't watching us eat.
This morning, the city seemed a little subdued. I think alot of people took off the little Oiler flags that they put on their car. I didn't see as much of them today as I have the past month. Since getting to the Stanley Cup finals, practically every car in Edmonton had a flag on their car. The hardcores had up to 5 of them.
It's kinda weird that the city has no longer anything really to band together and get excited about. One of my cousins were really cheering on the Oilers yesterday. I hope he wasn't too upset and couldn't sleep last night after the loss. Haha.
(I'm actually doing some crafting. I'm crocheting a vest from one of my japanese craft books. Pics soon! i hope.)
But back to work tomorrow. I'll try to post more often now that I'm not living in a basement.
(5 days left! I am so excited!)
There has been a little hiccup, however.
We got a call on Tuesday letting us know that someone had stolen the boxes of hardwood flooring from our new home and that the builder will not be able to replace the same wood for an excess of 2 months. We know for a fact that the floors were there on Saturday afternoon. We visited the house and the boxes of hardwood were sitting in the middle of the living room. This apparently has been a problem for the builder. Someone has been breaking into the in-progress homes and taking stuff: appliances, furnaces, fixtures, hardwood, etc.
Wednesday we went to the flooring place and got a replacement for the hardwood we orginally had. Although not 100% content, it's pretty close. That's good enough. I was preparing myself for the worst; that my dark wood replacement was to be something like oak or something. Boo. But that wasn't the case. So it's okay.
To the person(s) stealing stuff from people's houses: Shame on you. For shame.
I've been finding it hard to post lately as there has been nothing really to post about. I've been working lots, and just got back from Red Deer yesterday for work. I had reached there on Friday and had a busy busy weekend helping with a training/trade show that was put on by our branch.
This marked my first time being away from home by myself. I also checked into a hotel for the first time, ordered room service for the first time, checked out of a hotel for the first time, and took a taxi by myself for the first time. I know. I'm a little deprived.
Hopefully, as time goes by, I'll have a little more to post about. We have received confirmation that our possession date for the new house is June 5. After then, once everything is settled, I should be able to go back to my crafty ways.
But for now, I'll try my best to post. something. anything.
No crafting to speak of as of yet. I'm trying to still finish the jaywalker sock. But other than that, I'm in a little bit of a funk -- anxious to get into our new house to start any new crafty projects. But anyways...
We had the family gathering Saturday night. It was a food filled good time. Especially Milo and Daisey who suckered almost all my relatives into giving them turkey. My grandpa was chasing them down with giant chunks of the turkey...
About an hour after everyone had left, I was just settling into bed. All of a sudden, I heard a crumpling sound outside the basement window of our room, then a spray of depris hit the window. Ten seconds later, I hear more crumpling and more depris hitting the window. Then I hear the screeching of tires, and 30 seconds after that, I see flashing lights out the window.
I didn't really think anything of it. Nothing really happens in my (my mom's - since we are living here temporarily) neighborhood. I just went back to sleep.
When I woke up in the morning, I went upstairs and saw a police report on the counter. My parents told me that someone had run through the fence. My mom thought it was only the front part of the yard (there's a divider fence in the front). I went out to check the backyard to make sure that it was safe to let Milo and Daisey out, and here is what I saw:
It's like those cartoons where there's no fence, but the gate is hanging on it's hinge after a natural disaster...
See the basement window? I was sleeping. In there. While this happened.
Apparently, he smashed through the front section of the fence in the front yard, when through the fence next to the gate, and decided to leave out the side of the yard.
Before he got to our yard, apparently, he was joyriding through our neighbors front yards and hedges, going through 4 front yards, nicking a garage, and knocking over a tree lining the street in front of our neighbors, who are on the right side of us. HE COULD HAVE HIT MY CAR (shown on the driveway in the above picture)!