Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween everyone!!!  I hope everyone’s night is filled with more treats than tricks!  And speaking of treats …. looks what I got in the mail yesterday!

My second Falling For Ewe yarn swap package came!  There are two great backs of candy, Halloween lip balm, a sock pattern, a CD of Halloween songs, and two great skiens of yarn – the one of the left is called ‘Witches Brew’ and the other is Yarn Pirate ‘Monster Mash’.

Thank you so much pal!!!!  I love it all!

Alright – off to pour some wine and wait for dark!


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Friday Fill-In

Whoo hoo … it’s Friday!  Thank the stars!

Friday Fill-In #96

1. My favorite food seasoning is garlic – and lots of it.
2. David Bowie is music to my ears.
3. Lucky is having a wonderful loving family, a fantastic husband, and amazing friends.
4. The treatment of the elderly is something I take very seriously.
5. Many people think I’m crazy for working 12 hour shifts.
6. A new set of pillow cases was the last thing I bought at the store.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to handing out candy to Trick-or-Treaters and watching Saw 3, tomorrow my plans include hanging out with my Mom for a bit and then having my in-laws over for a late dinner and Sunday, I want to clean the house a bit and relax with John.

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Cold Winds

Man o’live … it really is cold and windy out there tonight!  I went out for a smoke and I thought that I was going to get blown away!  So that is why I made my Awesome Vegetarian Chili for dinner, along with cornbread (not from scratch, but still very good.)  A full belly, along with a couple of Sam Adams seasonal brews, and a new episode of SVU  … fantastic.

Well, I’ve been a busy lady as of late.  I’ve been knitting, sewing, and trying to keep the drama under control in my Fall yarn swap.  Let me start there, if I may … and if you don’t mind a little ranting.

I love to run swaps.  I have so much letting others have such a great time, get great goodies, and make new friends.  I also enjoy all of that, as well as getting to know so many awesome knitters!  But sometimes things happen and people are not able to keep their commitment to the swap.  They may have work issues, family trouble, or bad health.  I understand that and have no problem if someone comes to me and says, hey – I’m sorry, but because of (insert reason here), I can’t participate in the swap any longer.  This way, I can get an angel lined up and everyone is happy.  I do not, however, appreciate it when people do not communicate with me or their pal, leave their pal hanging, and send packages really late – or do not send them at all!  This is when I go from friendly, happy to please Swap Mod to Queen Bitch of the Universe Swap Mod.  Really … I don’t need all the details … just let me know and leave it at that.  Arg.  Thank you for letting me vent.

Now … onto the good stuff.  I finally have a few FO/WIP photos!

I finished John’s scarf a month or so back, but now that the weather calls for it, I got a great picture.

  • Project Name : John’s Scarf
  • Pattern: One Row Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
  • Yarn :  Colorchanges by Ironstone Yarns

He really loves it, especially the fact that it is machine washable.  I was thinking, if he spills coffee on it, I can wash it.  But with those colors, it may not even show!

Now, these have been a lot of fun.  I’m finally making another pair of socks for myself!  I’ve got one sock and another toe down.  I’m so OCD about knitting socks … I have to at least start the toe of the second sock right after I BO the first one, or else I will never start the second sock.  I’m using JoJoland Meloday Superwash, and the pattern is a Crosshatch Lace.

Rebecca, at work, saw me working on these and wants a pair in the exact same pattern and the exact same yarn.  So, I need to get going on those, probably in December.  I’m also working on a few extra knitted Christmas gifts right now.  Those, I’m sorry to say, I can’t share, as they are Top Secret!

Onto the sewing front!  My Mom and I have been busy working on my first full Civil War outfit.  Now, I purchased the hoop skirt already, so we need to make the chemise, drawers (which are more like pantaloons, but without a crotch,) the under petticoat (which goes under the hoop skirt,and since the hoop skirt is flounced, I don’t need a petticoat to go over it!) the corset cover (which is basically a sheet shirt that hides the corset,) the dress, and then the cloak.  Ya know … check out THIS website to know more about what I’m talking about.  So, with my Mom’s help, we finished the drawers the other night.

I know that they look huge and un-weilding, but really … it’s not about a fitted garment when it comes to these, it was about modesty.  Which is funny … considering that they have no crotch!  I will be wearing regular undies with these; I don’t care what anyone says, that’s what I’m doing!  Now, my Mom – who is super smart when it comes to certain things – made my petticoat the other day …. out of FLANNEL!!!!  My first event is December 13th, and we will be outside laying wreaths at Arlington Cemetary, and then outside at a Christmas event.  I will post photos soon of the petticoat, but probably when I have time to get the corset on with it.

Ah … so throw all that in with work and trying to stay sane … it’s not an easy job.  But it’s getting cold and dark out, and with my depression, it’s much better if I keep a lot on my plate!

Have a great Halloween everyone, and a great rest of the week!

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Manic Monday

I should be asleep right now.  I worked last night …. I really should be exhausted.  But my bad knee decided it wanted to wake me up after two hours of sleep and give me hell.  Arg.  Might as well take a hot shower and go over to my Mom’s and sew a bit … I’m already awake.

Manic Monday #139

What is the greatest value that guides your life?

My family and friends.  I guess it’s more of a something that I value, but they really do drive me.  They make me want to be a better person and always come out on top.  They keep my depression at a minimum, they remind me that I am loved, and they help me share my life and talents.

Fill in the blank: If I could be anybody besides myself, I would be ______.

Paris Hilton, for a day.  Now, I know this may come as a shocking statement, but it’s true.  I’d want to see how someone who depends on money and fame to keep their self worth alive lives.  I want to see why and how someone can live with putting so much work and importance into appearance and material things.  And like I said … just for a day. More than that, and you can shoot me. 🙂

What is one item in your house that you should really throw out but probably never will?

My Grandma’s arm chair.  This thing is in that late 70’s gold color, is scratched to hell on the back from various cats, and isn’t all the comfortable … but I love it.  I think I’ll have it as long as I can!

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Friday Fill-In

Friday Fill-In #95

1. Right now, I’m feeling hopeless.  I’m trying to find Civil War knitting patterns for winter bonnets.
2. Somewhere warm and sunny is where I want to be.
3. How does one sign up for a swap and then flake out?  Really … I can’t believe how many people are doing that in my Fall Yarn swap?
4. My pocket calender and to do list keeps me on track.
5. Please don’t talk on your cell phone while you are driving.
6. Spending a relaxing evening with John fills me with joy.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting and watching a couple of horror movies, tomorrow my plans include working and Sunday, I want to get some sewing done, but I have to work!

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Manic Monday

Manic Monday #138

How long does it take you to get out of bed in the morning?

Oy – forever!  I set my alarm for two hours before I need to leave for work.  It doesn’t take me that long to get ready – just shower, pull my hair up, and get dressed.  But it’s the actual waking up that is a pain in the ass.

Do you usually sleep on one side of the bed or another?

During the week, when I come home from work and John is already at work, I take up the entire bed.  But on the weekends, I sleep on the left side and John on the right (if you are looking at the bed.)

Something you wish to accomplish before the end of the year:

Have my outfit ready and attend my first Civil War event with the 49th ANV.

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New Hobby

Well, as it stands right now, I’m all go for my new hobby …. Civil War Re-enactment!  I attended the Cedar Creek Battle Re-enactment this past Saturday and met up with the unit that I’m going to be joining.  The 49th Virginia is family friendly unit, full of some very nice and welcoming people.  Georgia, one of the groups founders, is such a great lady, full of so much information.  I talked to her and a few of the other ladies before heading down to Sutler’s Row to find a hoop and a corset.  As I was walking away, I over heard them say that I’d fit in great!  Ah … it’s always nice to be liked!

So, I purchased my corset and my flounced hoop skirt this weekend, along with a few patterns for dresses.  I’m going to be a busy sewing bee this November!  There is a small day event that the 49th does, which involves laying wreathes at Arlington Cemetary and then their Christmas party.  So, I need to get some sewing done!  I’ve got to make my pantaloons, chemise, under petite coat, corset cover, dress, and cloak in a month and a half.  Now, I’m not that good at sewing, but my Mom is going to help me, for which I am so amazingly grateful.  Now I just need to figure out how I can afford to get a bonnet and shoes by then as well.  (The shoes I have to buy … might be able to borrow the bonnet.)

Speaking of money …. argh – I can’t believe how expensive it is to get started in this.  As it stands right now, it’s going to cost me close to $500 to get two dresses, two bonnets ( the ladies in the group do Victorian Mourning one day and regular re-enactment the next), shoes, and all the proper extras that I’m going to need just to be period in my dress.  As for camping …. we’re looking at close to $700.  Yeah … yikes.  And John is going back to school this spring, along with paying off the credit card.  So, I’m really not sure how I’m going to get all this ready by May 1st.  I may have to pick up a couple extra 8 hour shifts at work here and there.  I am working both Thanksgiving and Christmas, so that time and a half will be a good thing.  Oh yeah …. Christmas.  Gotta get people things for Christmas!  *sigh*  I really had to pick this as my new hobby, didn’t I? LOL

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