Sunday, November 20, 2011

Finally done!

My mom asked me for an afghan for her Christmas present... last year. I started working on it in January. I just finished today. UGH! I decided to do granny squares in an acrylic yarn (it will last forever and I have a gajillion skeins in my stash to rid myself of). I worked two squares per color, with the exception of the corner squares (white) and the middle square (rainbow). I edged them all in black and did a black border so that they would resemble stained glass. I'm pleased with the way they turned out and I think she's going to love it! (She'd better!)

Here are some pics...




Friday, August 19, 2011

There I go again.

Whoops. Forgot to blog again. Sorry! (not that anyone is probably reading this.. oh well)

So, yesterday was Mr. T's first day of preschool. We found a school that was 5 days a week that was affordable (half days). Huzzah! We're going to St. Michael's School (an episcopal church). I love his teachers and so does Mr. T. He had so much fun, that he didn't want to leave!! I think he's making friends and it's going to be just great for him. He's never been in school, my MIL has just watched him. The socialization will do him wonders and I'm so excited for him!!

The DH was able to get home early tonight AND he was in a good mood! Should I pinch myself? lol. We went out to eat at Cheddar's and it was so nice to be out with the family and Mr. T actually ate some of what we ordered for him! My picky eater is slowly trying new things and I love it.

So, there's my mini update.

On the yarn front... I worked on my Annis shawl and am almost through the first chart! Yay! Also started a scarf with the chunky yarn that I bought at Magpie's sale. It's a thick/thin cotton yarn in yellow and gray. I'm using a size 10 needle and doing a seed stitch. It'll give it a lovely texture. =) Ok. Now I'm done.

Cya later!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Holy heck Friday

This day has been packed full of stuff. And of course, I decide to post at Mr. T's bedtime. So here's your quickie review...

Went to check out Mr. T's possible new school this morning (St. Michael's) and LOVED it. Mr. T did NOT want to leave and was moping about all day because of it.

Went to park, fed ducks, went down slides to cheer up the boy.

Went to Arby's for lunch (eating chicken tenders is new and different for the boy), then home for naptime. Argument in naptime resulted in many toys being "thrown in the trash."

Went to pool for a few hours since this may be the last good day to go swimming before they close.

I am.. exhausted. On the boy's front... he has been good since naptime so he gets ONE of the toys back (from the mean trashcan).

Ok ... bedtime. Peace out!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Possibilities

It's oh-my-god-what-am-I-doing-awake in the morning and I'm getting ready to go to work. I failed to post yesterday (bad Heather!), so I thought I'd do a quickie this morning. hehe.

On Tuesday night, DH and I were browsing preschools for our son, Mr. T. We actually found one that was a reasonable price! It is affiliated with an episcopal church. My friend, Joy, was married there and her parents are members. If I were going to go to church (I don't), then this would be it. The atmosphere is open and accepting. No sneaky little hate doctrines sneaking into my little boy. I'm against any form of discrimination and that includes sexual orientation. To me, love is love. Period. Anywho, (stepping off the box) I called the school yesterday morning and they have openings! HOORAH! So I should be getting an application in the mail this afternoon. I'm going tomorrow to visit the school with Mr. T and my MIL. I'm so excited!

The school runs 5 days a week from 9 - 12 and I think it is just the starting board that Mr. T needs before going off to kindergarden. He is super excited about it and kept asking last night if he could go to school. If only he can keep that enthusiasm! lol

Well... it's 6 and I guess I'll get up and haul my tired butt off to work. *grumble, moan*

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

You can do eet!

So... I realize that I need to be a little more active on my blog. It has been way too long since I last updated and I'm going to try to be a little better about that. In addition, there have been some crazy on-goings in my life and it would maybe be a bit therapeutic if I was able to vent feelings here.

SO.... Hi, everyone!!!

Today was a decent day. I was exhausted this morning because my four year old decided that it would be a great idea to wake up at 1:30am and again at 3:30am, and then to jibber jabber in his room around 4:00am. I have to get up for work at 5:15am. I was NOT a happy camper. Starbies is my life saver. And I work 10 hour days, so the day always seem SO LONG. But, I came home and had Mr. T paint a picture for my Nanny (will discuss her more later). While he was working on that, I tried to start organizing the garage a bit. It is a MESS and I have to get the things from Nanny's in there, too.

In the yarn arena, I ordered my Yarn Hoar bag last night and will be so pleased to get that soon. It will have Yarn Hoar on one side and Mourghana (my ravelry name) on the other. I've been working on my second legwarmer during lunch and I'm close to finishing! They should be ready to go for the cooler weather. I'll post pictures when I finish. I've been working on a baby girl sweater at nights, on the couch with my DH. No real recipient in mind and no set finish date. If I finish early enough, it may go to my friend, Joy, who is having a little girl in September.

DH let me sleep for a few hours when he came home from work and I'm just now finishing up my dinner (fried chicken salad). All in all, it was a decent day.

The reason for my need to blog: my Nanny is 87 years old and is dealing with Alzheimer's. It is a terrible, awful disease with no cure. She has been the one solid and loving force in my life. When my mother decided to have her second childhood when I was 13 years old, Nanny was the one who took care of me. We argued, we fought... but I never EVER doubted that she loved me and that she always put me first. She helped me pay for college and I love her more than I can even express.

A few weeks ago, my aunt who lives in Florida made an executive decision to move my Nanny to Florida for an extended care facility... without telling anyone and in the middle of the night. Last night was the first time I talked to her, the first time I heard anything about what was happening to my Nanny. It's been heart breaking and maddening. She has always been there for me and in the middle of the night, without any chance of saying farewell with hugs and kisses, she was taken from us. It isn't exactly like I can just drive over there on Friday afternoon to visit. I try not to do it, but I think about her all the time and it makes me sad and frustrated that the situation is making me helpless.

So... when I say I had a good day... it is progress.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Now up on etsy!

I've added three new items to my etsy page and I hope you love them as much as I do. I've added a potholder with a hot pink skull on a black background. Very punk, very fun and super to use in the kitchen. I made myself one in different colors a while ago and it is the potholder I pull out of the drawer every single time I cook. I have never burned myself (or even gotten hot!) using that potholder. It's double thick and is 8 1/2" by 10 1/2".

I've also added two skeins of my hand-dyed yarn. They are both part of my TrueBlood collection. I added Eric (red, black, purple) and Claudine (green, gold, black). I hope you like them as much as I do (because if they don't sell, their mine!) ;)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Yummy Shawl

So, I received a skein of my very first Wollmeise yarn from my bff on Christmas. It was one that I had "ooo" and "aaah" -ed over when I had seen it. It was a "We're Different" skein with jewel-like colors... emerald green, sapphire/turquoise blue, amethyst purple and a little magenta. LOVE IT. But it's taken me this long to decide what to use it for! I didn't want just regular socks. Socks are fantastic, but I have 574 yards of this stuff! I could do knee-high socks, but I just didn't see anything that screamed at me.

For those who don't know, Wollmeise is a super nice, strong, hand-dyed yarn from Germany. It is highly sought after and as soon as someone gets their hands on it to sell, it is sold out immediately... seriously within minutes of it going up online. The "we're different" skeins are yarn skeins where the dye hasn't come out quite how she wanted or it's a test dye for a new colorway. So... special stuff!

I was tooling around on ravelry, like ya do... and I finally settled on making a shawl with my skein of Wollmeise. After that, it was just a matter of deciding WHICH shawl. So many choices! I finally settled on the "Harry's Shawl" pattern. It's simple with some eyelet rows towards the end. It will show off those beautiful colors marvelously!

I started working on it last week and am quickly falling in love with this yarn. I may have to do more shawls! Here's what I have so far...


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Say bye-bye, Sam and Sookie!

I sold two more of my hand-dyed yarns to my good friend, Alex. She's gifting them to another friend who knits. I'm honored that she thought to buy handmade and chose me! So I will say farewell to Sookie and Sam. I loved them well and hope she can convince her friend to send me pictures of what she creates with them. I will miss them! *sniff*


I thought the doggy paw print for Sam was ingenious...




"SOOK-eh"




My babies!





Packed up and ready to go... with little sachet of lavender included. :)


Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday, Kathy!

Since I was able to dye a few weeks ago, I was finally able to create my sister-in-law's very own hand dyed yarn. She is quite literally the coolest sister-in-law around. She's working right now in a restaurant as she goes back to school to become a nurse. She has a wicked cool sense of humor. She's fun and enjoys knitting to about the same extreme as I do. She is a yarn hoarder, as well.

She has a crazy busy life right now. Besides working and going back to school, she's also planning her wedding for next year! So I thought I would make her yarn colors something a little bit serene. I hope that when she's finally able to sit down for a spell and relax by knitting, that these colors will help her find her zen, so to speak.

I dyed the yarn in about 7 different colors and I think it turned out beautifully. So, here's introducing Kathy's Watercolors. I was finally able to give it to her last Sunday night. I think she liked it....





Sunday, January 30, 2011

Namaste bag part deux

Picking up from my last post, I sent the handicraft cafe site an email about my order being incorrect (including pictures) on Thursday, which is when I received the bowling bag-esque Malibu bag.

I didn't get an email back on Friday, so I jumped on ravelry and sent Anne an email through their site asking her to respond to the one that I sent to handicraft cafe. When I checked my email on Saturday night, there was an email from her. She apologized again. Apparently, she didn't fill the order because her back and sciatica had been acting up. O_o And she must have failed to catch the mistake before it was sent off. Oh, and by the way... the peacock bag is no longer in stock. *SIGH*

How the hell did I know that was going to be the case?

As it turns out, she has the Laguna bag in Charcoal (a boring gray), Turquoise (the faded version of what I wanted), Olive (too dark and that's the color my friend has), and Lime.

So, I'm sending her the Malibu bag back tomorrow. She will supposedly refund what it takes to ship it. And I should be receiving my Laguna bag in Lime. I told her that if the lime was not available, I wanted a full refund.

Part of me just wants to send the Malibu bag back and get my full refund anyway. But, as my dear hubby stated, I've already paid for this bag. Make her work some more. And it IS discontinued. So, I'll hopefully have my Laguna bag, even if it isn't my first choice of colors.

=P

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Yarn store FAIL

So, I have wanted a Namaste Laguna knitting bag (in Peacock) for awhile. It was on my Christmas list. Unfortunately, I didn't get the bag. :( While I was in Louisiana over the Christmas holiday with my son, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law, I saw the Laguna bag in my second color choice (Eggplant) in one of the yarn stores we visited. I wanted it so bad, but it was $75 and at the time, money was tight and I just didn't feel like I could justify the cost.

When I got home, I was telling the dear hubby about my sadness over not getting the bag and he instructs me to get the bag if I can find it online. Herein lies the problem. You see, the Laguna bag has been discontinued. It's after Christmas. So quantities are limited at best. I was able to find a site ( www.handicraftcafe.com ) who had the bag in stock. Success! Right? Hmm....

Well, at first glance it seemed fine and they even had a group on ravelry. I was nervous because I'd never heard of the store, but I decided to go ahead and buy the bag. I received a receipt of payment to my email, which said the bag was unshipped. Cool. Someone's there. The money comes out of my account. That was on Sunday, January the 2nd. I'm expecting to receive an email sometime that week saying that it's shipped. The website says that they ship orders within 3 to 5 business days. That's ok. I can wait.

But I wait... and I wait. A week and a half goes by and I've heard nothing. Now I'm really nervous. They just took almost $80 out of my account for the bag and shipping and I still haven't gotten a shipped email?! So I send them an email. Two days later, it bounces back because they're inbox is too full. Well, hell.

So, being the hunter that I am... I trace down the handicraft group on ravelry. I send the "handicraft" moderator an email. No response. So, then I trace down the phone number for the store on google. (Btw.. they're stationed out in California.) I call the number. A very nice voice tells me that her name is Anne and thanks for calling the handicraft cafe. Leave a message.

Well, at this point, I'm just relieved to find out that they're still in business. I leave a nice message and ask to be called back about my purchase that I've yet to receive. I wait a day. Nothing. So, then I get back on ravelry and find another moderator... Anne! So, I send Anne an email via ravelry and... FINALLY!!! I have reached someone!!!!

Anne apologizes very nicely and explains that she's been backed up, etc. etc. She offers to send my bag and to give me a partial refund (20%). Cool. That's like getting it shipped for free. I can handle that. I'm satisfied....

So, my package from the handicraft cafe store finally arrives today. I'm SOOOO excited because, as I've stated, I've wanted this purse BAD and it isn't like I can just walk into my local yarn store and grab it. I go home after working ten and a half hours and pick up my son, dealing with two tantrums before I can get the package open (but it'll be alright because I'll have my brand new purse, right?). Yeah. WRONG. I open the package and peek in the wrapping to discover it is NOT the purse that I ordered.

sigh.

I could throw something. I could scream.

So, I've sent yet ANOTHER email explaining that although it took three weeks to receive my package, it's not the right one. We'll see what happens. I'll keep you updated.

Oh, and the bag that I got. It's totally not the style that I wanted. The handles are wrong, it's chunkier, and just.... *frustrated, angry sigh* ...just NOT the bag I wanted.

I'll post a picture so you can see the loser. So... whatever you do... I beg you... do NOT purchase ANYTHING from handicraft cafe.

Yarn store FAIL.





And here is a picture of the purse I was SUPPOSED to get (and I actually pulled the picture from the handicraft cafe website).



Saturday, January 22, 2011

Success!

I've been having great success this year with etsy and I just wanted to thank everyone for supporting me! I've sold two scarves, a hat, a winter set, and one of my hand dyed skeins of yarn.

I have to admit that the most exciting sell was my Pam yarn. I was so excited that someone could appreciate the beauty of the yarn. I was excited to send it away and at the same time saddened. That's my baby!! lol. I just hope that I get pictures of what it ends up being. :)