31 October 2007

Ahhh...fall!

Happy Halloween!

I just love autumn! The other day I took the kids to pick out pumpkins. We went to a local farm. Each of the kids got one of those tiny pumpkins, I got two big ones for the door and a corn stalk bundle. (it even had corn on it still!) It really made me appreciate where I live now as the farm is only a few blocks from our house, yet we live right in town. How wonderful is that? I love the city life, but I think the country life suits me better.

Have you ever read the book Country Mouse City Mouse? It was one of my favorites as a kid. Funny, I liked the country mouse's life better. More relaxing...

My knitting is coming along very well. I taught myself intarsia (barely) and fair isle last week. My instructor said I was ready for a sock class, so hopefully I'll be taking that in December. It's the magic loop technique. But I still want to try dpns. There's a mitten pattern that uses them, I might try that!

I caught a yarn sale online the other day...but I really didn't buy too many of the sale items...funny! I now have the yarn for a beautiful shawl, a pair of fingerless gloves (could use those right now!), socks for my mom's Christmas present, a lace shawl, and another scarf/shawl thing. All of that only cost me $36 with shipping! Yay! It's really great because the yarn called for in the first shawl alone would have been $95! (Of course, it's alpaca...mmm. I might make another one some other time! For now it'll be wool.)

I also bought some fabric for an 'outer space' quilt for my son. He's very excited about it! He wants it finished now! I'll be working on that shortly.

I sure could use a digital camera. I'm half-tempted to buy one of those Hello Kitty ones at Target just to have something. Of course, I don't even know if my computer will cooperate. I need a new one of those too!

19 October 2007

Ah yes...

I woke up with my mind racing, so I decided to get up and do some catching up with e-mail and such. I also thought I'd get cracking on a swap that's due at the end of the month. So I went to find the book with the pattern in it. I spent a good hour looking for that darn thing! You know how I eventually found it? I decided to get on my hands and knees in my craft area to get a 'different perspective.' (yes, I was desperate) I found it right after I got down! Crazy, isn't it?

18 October 2007

Taking a break

Boy have I been stressed lately! I decided to take a bit of a break from the internet. I think it's helped, but I'm sure I'm missing out on things. You wonder why I'm stressed? Well, I think it's mostly just the normal day to day stress but it's built up over a while, and I just need to let some of it go. I also have 2 or 3 swaps (quilting related) that I need to work on. Have I mentioned that I'm a procrastinator? But sometimes, I really don't have time to play those games, yet I play them anyway, and this is what I get for it...

We recently purchased some new lighting for various spots in the house. One spot being the front door. My husband asked me to move my fine spider friend or he'd do it himself...meaning, of course, he would squash her. So I moved her to the other side of the door, and when he was done, put her back over by the light. But I don't think she likes the new light as much. Poor thing!

Today my son found a wooly bear caterpillar. He had fun letting it walk on his hand. They become one of my favorite moths. They're white, furry and have neat black and white striped legs. They're fun to hold too because they're so active they vibrate!

I had a knitting class this evening...though it's now the next day as I've been working on my purse for so long! I'm making a cute little felted bag in a lovely green yarn!

Tomorrow, which is really today, I have a hand quilting class. It's the thimblelady method which is supposed to be easier on the hands. That's quite appropriate as I've worked them too hard this evening! You know, if I'd never gone to the doctor, I wouldn't think much of it, but I have been to one and so I feel like I'm falling apart. I've got carpel tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and tendonitis. I wouldn't have asked about my hands, except when I was pregnant with my daughter my fingers were numb for 3 months straight...that's when I learned of my CTS. I was only in high school when I found I had arthritis. Geez loweez! But like I said, if I had never gone to the doctor, I would have thought that everyone's hands felt like this...no biggie!

Speaking of falling apart, I think I'm going to try to do something about this lovely excess weight I've been carrying around. I'm not sure what though. The most realistic thing would be going to a gym, but I don't like doing such things without a buddy, and alas, I haven't one. Maybe yoga? I love classes. We'll see. Wish me luck!

01 October 2007

Now that's just funny!

When I first chose the layout of my blog I put that Adsense thing at the bottom of my page. It said it would have fitting content...I had no idea how. Well, it must pick up on words I use. Wouldn't you know I have 2 ads about killing bugs on my bug-loving blog! Irony at it's finest!

I wonder what sort of ad I'd have if I was talking more about my quilting?

On Wednesday I am taking a beginning knitting course...there will be 5 sessions. I'm very excited! I've knit before, but nothing but drab scarves, and I'm ready to make things I actually want! I'm a frilly romantic sort of gal! There are a couple of great books out there that are just perfect for me! There's Knitting Loves Crochet by Candi Jensen and Romantic Style by Jennie Atkinson. I thought there was a third, but I'm not seeing it right now. If you like romantic things, check them out!

My incredible spider friend


I mentioned the other day about the lovely spider who chases her prey. Well tonight I saw her catch a moth that flew too close to her web. It was rather amazing! I didn't even know she was on her web. I saw this funny 'lump' in the corner, and thought she'd abondoned it. But alas, she was the lump! I read that these spiders make a new web each day...injesting the previous day's web. She had quite a few large bugs the other night...could she have eaten them all?
Here is a picture...again, not mine. (someday I'll get a digital!) You can see her beautiful cross-like markings. They're really so pretty in person. The color seems a little washed out in the photo.
I'm very happy to say that the other night my son came to me and said, 'momma, there's a spider crawling on me.' And he patiently waited while I picked it up and put it somewhere else! It makes me happy that my efforts to raise bug-loving children seem to be working! :)