Tuesday, September 25, 2007

My Pal Rocks!

Well we got everything moved over to the new house. That’s a start right?? We still have a long way to go before we are moved in though…a long way. I took yesterday off to try and get unpacked and I only got the kitchen done. At least now we can eat. It was so nice to finally spend a night in our new home. It seems sort of like a weight has been lifted off of us. Now we have accomplished something that we have been wanting for so long.

While we were trying to finish up the painting on Saturday I got my first piece of mail at the new house. I got a package from my Pal and she is the best pal ever!! That so did not help with trying to finish the painting. She so spoiled me.

I got some awesome Tofutsies yarn, 2 Knit Picks circular needles, “Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles” (perfect!), a beautiful washcloth, some yummy dark chocolate (that I had to eat right away), and a cool notebook. I don’t know how, but she just knew what to get me. Maybe it had to do with my questionnaire, maybe not. How did she know that I almost bought that exact yarn last week but decided last minute to put it back?? Maybe she spying on me…from Indiana… Thanks Pal!!! You’re the best!

I was able to fit in knitting time here and there. I definitely used all my time off yesterday for unpacking though. (yeah right…) I have realized that the hubby now pays attention to my knitting. When he got home yesterday he commented on how far I got on the sock, when I was supposed to be unpacking all day. Busted! I really didn’t think he ever looked. I am almost halfway done with the first Horcrux Sock. It is looking lovely!

I will have to knit these again soon. I love this pattern. I think that whenever I need a quick FO to bring up my spirits this will be it. Hopefully I will have this sock done in the next day or two and I will be casting on for the second right away. I have not decided if these will be a gift or if I will keep them.

Well I should get back to work now, We have a ton to do!


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Take A Deep Breath...

Now that I think about it, moving into the new house the same week that office is moving probably was not a great idea. I thought it would be ok but I am about to pull my hair out! Since my office is only about 10 people and I am the owner’s assistant, I got to make a lot of the calls to switch everything over. After spending well over an hour on the phone with our phone company last night and most of the morning today I just want to go home. At least we will be finished with the move on Friday.

Even though we have been really busy I have been knitting a little. I have been switching projects every week or so. It makes the progress go by slower than if I was only working on one exclusively, but it makes it more interesting for me. I picked up the Horcrux socks again. I don’t know what was wrong with me but I just could not get that pattern. Now that I am into it I realize how simple it was. I am about halfway through with the leg now. They are going by pretty quickly because I am using worsted weight yarn. I really like how the pattern is turning out.

I know that this is a blurry picture but you can see how that pattern looks. I might have to knit these again.

Hopefully we won’t be too stressed out from all the moving. We are only part way packed and I rented a truck for Sunday. If we can at least get the big stuff in I will be happy.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Busy Weekend

Where do I start? We were so busy all weekend! I finally got to get together for a nice dinner on Friday with some friends. It was nice to see them and to see how big there son is getting. He is the cutest baby ever but he is such a chunk!! I just love to pinch his thighs! :-)

Then on Saturday Angie and I got to hang out and go to the Fiber-In. We spent all of 15 min there. It was so not what we were expecting. I thought it was going to be an event with things going on. All that was there were about 10 tables of people selling yarn. I’m not saying that’s bad, I love to wander and look but I thought there was going to be a little more happening there. We didn’t stay long. We did get to buy some drop spindles though. We both really want to learn to spin and this seemed like a good place to start.

I really liked it and thought it was a lot of fun. Now I don’t think it will ever replace knitting for me but it is definitely sparked my interest. After we left the Fiber-In we headed over to Cocoa Village so Angie’s son could play in the park for a while. While we watched him we got to try out the spindles. I think we got a good start before we left. This is Angie trying to get the hang of it.

When we were leaving the weirdest thing happened. A guy brought a monkey to the park. That’s right, a monkey. He was really cute too. (the monkey, that is) As we started walking that way to get a better view and head to the kitting store the guy walks off shaking his head. By now people had seen him and were heading his way too. He sat down on a bench with the monkey ad grunted every time someone walked by and looked. Well come on dude, if you bring a monkey to the park you will get curious people. Duh…it’s not like you brought a dog or something. I got a picture from down the way and we scooted by him pretty quickly. I don’t know if we were more worried about him biting or the monkey…

Well after all that I went home and practiced on the spindle. I finished all the fiber that came with it and was very pleased. I have my very own little skein of handspun yarn. It’s so pretty!!

Sunday was all work for us. We spent an ungodly amount of money at Home Depot and got to work painting. We are almost done with the living room and I LOVE the color!! I can’t wait until it’s finished and we can move in. We figured out that Jessie is a Scardy Cat too. Every time we start moving things around she hides. This time I found her hiding in the purple bathroom. She’s sweet even if she is a scardy cat!

I think I need a weekend after the weekend. ;-)


Friday, September 14, 2007

The American Dream

Well We did it...

We are officially Homeowners. We are thrilled. There are lots of pictures of the new house here.

I will have more knitting and Fiber-In pictures soon.

Have a great weekend!


Monday, September 10, 2007

Heels and Toes

It’s been a while since I last posted. We have just been so busy with everything. We are closing on Friday (YAY!!) so it will only get busier. We are also moving offices at work on the 21st too. I don’t think I will ever want to move again. We have started packing but we can stay in our place until the 30th. That works out great for us to paint and work on the house before we move in. Exciting!!

I finally got back to knitting this weekend too. I have been working on the Purple Eater Sock again and just finished turning the heel. I am very happy with how it turned out.

I think that I am done with short row heels for good now. I really want to change from short row toes too. I liked them at first but they just aren’t as pretty as other toes I have seen. I am going to try knitting socks on two circular needles next so I will probably try a new toe. I really don’t want to admit it but I don’t think I will knit the second Purple Eater sock yet. I like the yarn but I am tired of it! I want to start a new color. Then maybe I will get back to it.

I feel like I have been neglecting my secret pal. I still read her blog when she posts and leave her nice comments but I have not sent her anything. I keep telling myself to remember to pick up a little something to send her but we will get really busy and it gets pushed to next week. I finally sat down and planned out what I will send her. I will post a picture as soon as I get the package together. I don’t think that it will ruin the surprise because she can’t possibly know my blog. She is really new to blogging and my blog isn’t hugely popular. I doubt she’s ever heard of me. Good for me because I get to show off the goodies.

I am thrilled that we have absolutely nothing planned for tonight. Only a little knitting, a little packing and sleep! I didn't realize how much yarn I had until I tried to pack it. I started with a medium size bag and had to move to the ginormous bag. Wow...it's not all pretty yarn though. I still have a lot of the cheap acrylic from before I knew there was better.


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Funny Story

I have had a couple of comments about us buying a house. Seems that it was a surprise that we already found a house. It’s funny really. We found the house before we knew we were buying.

I know the owner of the house and when I heard that they were lowering the price to “dirt cheap” we went to see it. We fell in love with it. It is just right for us. A cozy 3 bedroom/2 bath house with great yards.

After seeing the house we talked with the mortgage company in my office and found out that we could afford the house so we decided to buy. That took all of 5 days (including one very long weekend of waiting) From there it was back and forth to get all the info together and finalize our little list of renovations before we move in. We close in Mid Sept and will be in the house before October. Yippee! If you want to see more pictures there is a set here.

And since we know the owners we are free to go in the house to dream as often as we please. I was extremely excited to find out that the huge tree in the backyard is in fact an avocado tree. Yum! We love avocados and there are a bunch on the tree!!

They are huge! Bigger than my hand!! My mom is so jealous of my new tree :-) We also got to meet the neighbor. He’s nice, and he told us about the yummy orange tree that someone planted in the easement behind our houses. Cool! We were able to get my lovely Plumeria’s moved this weekend too. They look a little wilted but I think they will be ok.

I did work on my sock but in the rush this morning I forgot it at home. So no picture yet. I started the gusset increases and hopefully will turn the heel soon! I also knit on the dream swatch too. I like the pattern but it seems like it will never end!

I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend!