Just another summer – A catch up post

What they say is true…… Best laid plans, and all that. lol. This summer has not turned out like I thought. On a few levels, it has had it’s sad bit, but on the whole it’s been very fun. I’ll start with the sad bit.

Jellybean 4/1/13 - 6/7/14

Jellybean
4/1/13 – 6/7/14

My pretty little kitty has passed away. She had FIP, and apparently had it since birth. It broke my heart to see her go, but the symptoms came on suddenly. We didn’t have time to prepare for her passing. Every morning, I still expect to wake up and find her little furry face tucked up against mine. She was my little knitting partner, always on my lap when I sat down. Because of her passing, I lost all will to knit until this past weekend, when I could finally pick up my needles without crying. She will be forever missed.

Now, on the all the fun bits.

Ladies Day Out May 19, 2014

Ladies Day Out
May 19, 2014

For our Ladies Day Out we started with lunch at The Jury Room. This time around it was Miss Tammi, Miss Elma, Miss PJ and myself. We had a great meal and some quality chat time. From there, we ended up at The Surly Girl Saloon for a couple of great cocktails. We had so much fun, too bad we only get to do this every once in a great while.

Ohio Village Opening Day May 25, 2014

Ohio Village Opening Day
May 25, 2014

We attended the opening day of the Ohio Village again this year. While it was not as big and grand as last year’s, we still had a blast. We even got to see the new 1950’s exhibition. Afterwards, we hit the shooting range on the way to a friend’s house for a cookout. All in all, it was a great day.

 

Ladies Amish Country Trip May 31, 2014

Ladies Amish Country Trip
May 31, 2014

The next thing was a Ladies Amish Country Trip. Another great day. This trip it was Miss Tammi, Miss Cassi, Miss PJ and myself. As usual it was a fun filled trip of shopping and site seeing with stops at the covered bridge, the cheese factory, three wineries and various shops in between. Granted, this time the main route was shut down for construction and we had to take a couple of interesting detours (on the way back it was an extra hour on the “fifety-two” – lol).

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

The 4th of July was another fun point of this summer. The hubby had to work, but Annie and I headed over to Miss PJ’s for a bit of a cook out and backyard games. Then, later that night I was able to watch a small fireworks display put on by someone in the neighborhood.

Camping Trip July 25, 2014

Camping Trip
July 25, 2014

We had a big camping trip this summer, in celebration of Miss PJ’s 20th wedding anniversary. On this trip it was Miss PJ, her hubby, both of their boys and their oldest son’s girlfriend, Miss Cassi, her hubby, their son and daughter, and their son’s girlfriend, two of Miss PJ’s nephews and one of their girlfriends, and finally Annie and myself. We started out on three sites for two nights, but had so much fun that even the kids were asking to stay an extra night. So, we consolidated onto one site for the last night. There was plenty of cooking over an open fire (with smoke in the eyes every single time, lol), playing board games and even a trip to the beach. On that Friday, as soon as I got off of work, Annie and I stuffed my little car full of our camping gear. There was so much, it was kind of a good thing it was just the two of us going from our household. If there would’ve been anyone else, I have no clue where we would’ve fit them into the car. When we got back, we piled it all out into the driveway so I could determine what had to go back into the garage and what had to go into the house to be cleaned up. It had been almost five years since my last camping trip, and this trip made me realize how much I have missed it. The only things I didn’t miss about camping is the week long prep before going, the week long chore of cleaning everything up to be put away and all the mosquitoes. We loved it so much, we are planning another trip for this fall, when it’s a bit cooler.

Fun in the office!

Fun in the office!

Another fun thing from this summer is the office cookouts. It started when I suggested a potluck, as it has been ages since we did anything like that in the office. The guys liked it so much that we do it just about every Friday now. It gives us another reason to look forward to Fridays.

As for what’s left of the summer, we has started planning Halloween costumes for Miss Cassi’s annual party. This year has a theme of Villains. I’m kind of stuck between a couple of ideas at the moment. Not sure which I will like better, but we’ll see. But, before we can start on costumes, I really need to get the sewing room back in shape, as I haven’t touched it all summer. Oops! lol. Better late than never, huh?  So, until next time….. Happy Crafting!

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Tempus Fugit! And does it ever!

So, I decided that I need to write up a post, as it had been a bit. I just didn’t think it had been that long! lol. Since my last post, I have finished nine pairs of socks. Yes, you read that right, nine pairs of socks have come off of my needles. My fingers have been very, very busy to say the least. I’m not going to post them all like I did in the last post, or you’ll be here reading for a while. For Ravelry members, you’ll find all the details there. I’ll just post a photo collage of them:

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I am currently at 19 pairs finished, 2 pairs on the needles and 6 more pairs planned. Besides all of the sock knitting, I have started another blanket. This one is a knitted ripple for my newest niece. I have gotten it started, and the color repeat established. Other than that, I have been commissioned to knit a Sailor Dress set for a co-worker in Chicago. It’s for her first grandchild that is due near the end of the month. And, another co-worker in Chicago has commissioned me to knit him a crazy tie, since he is known for his crazy ties. This should be fun. ;)

In other happenings, this weekend is our annual ladies lunch. We will be going back to a place that is quickly becoming our favorite haunt, The Jury Room. Expect photos sometime next week, especially since we will be also celebrating Miss Elma’s birthday. Good thing The Jury Room has really great cakes, or I would have to sneak one in. ;)

Since the warm weather is finally returning to Ohio, we have all been feeling the urge to start sewing. Our “year off” from sewing has given us a much needed break. I have started looking at patterns, notions and fabric samples, and can’t wait to get my machine up and running. I have a stash of black cotton calling my name from the depths of the sewing room, and hope to get started on that by the end of the month. But first, I need to get the sewing room back in shape, and possibly clear out somethings that just aren’t needed. I have a love seat that just needs to go, and a couple of half book cases that I need to get down there for storage and organization. In other words, my sewing room just need an overhaul! lol. I hope to get that all taken care of in quick order, as the festival season is starting back up, I have already marked a few that I want to make it. Bring on Summer!

Until next time… Happy Crafting!

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Socks, socks and more socks!

So, March has shaped up to be an eventful month. Some good, some not so good. But, that’s life. So, let’s start with the good. ;)

The return of my sock knitting obsession is still in full swing. Since the last post, I have finished 3 pairs of socks, and started another pair over the weekend. Here is what we have:

Fruit Stripe Gum Socks

Fruit Stripe Gum Socks

Specs:
Pattern: Fruit Stripe Gum Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici (Discontinued)
Colorway: Foxglove
Needles: US 1 Knit Picks Rainbow DPN’s
Started: 3/5/14
Finished: 3/9/14
Notes: Knit as per pattern. And let me just say that this is a really fun pattern to knit. A great pattern for self-striping yarns. These were made for my best friend, Miss PJ, for her birthday.

Arrow Lace Socks

Arrow Lace Socks

Specs:
Pattern: Hiya Hiya Arrow Lace Socks I (Cuff down)
Yarn: Lorna’s Lace Shepard Sock Multi
Colorway: Mixed Berries
Needles: US 0 Brittany DPN’s
Started: 2/9/14
Finished: 3/12/14
Notes: This was a test knit. While I did like the pattern, it was a bit big, despite being knit on size 0 needles.

Pink Ribbon Socks

Pink Ribbon Socks

Specs:
Pattern: Pink Ribbon Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll
Colorway: Rouge
Needles: US 1 Knit Picks DPN’s
Start: 3/12/14
Finish: 3/21/14
Notes: These were made on commission. I was asked to only do 1 repeat of the Ribbon pattern. I love the texture of the seed stitch on each side of the Ribbon section. When I first started knitting socks (way back when), I had tried to knit this pattern, but wasn’t very good at reading charts, so I gave up. Now that I have made a pair, I really like this pattern, and will most likely be making more.

These are my finished socks for this month, so far. lol. These make pairs # 8, 9, and 10 toward my goal of 20 for the year. I am more than on track, and look to over shoot my goal, which is always a good thing. I have started another pair on commission. These are being made for a co-worker. I have the first sock complete, and started the second sock last night. I do hope to have these done no later than tomorrow, so I can keep working as I still have 5 more pairs that are on commission. Plus, I do have a few pairs that I want to make for myself, and after a quick peek at my stash on Ravelry, I see that I have enough sock yarn to knit up 92+ pairs. Wow! That’s a lot. ;)

Other than all the sock knitting, I did get to go out with my best friend for her birthday. We did a late lunch at The Jury Room in downtown Columbus, then made our way to Easton Town Center for some shopping and a late dinner. The husbands and Miss Tammi joined us. It was a blast!

Now, for the bad. I had to put my car into the shop last week. Good thing is, the guys I work with have the hook up for a great mechanic. I dropped it off Thursday afternoon, he started on it Friday morning, bright and early, and it was done by end of business. Which really amazes me. Had I taken it to the dealership, it probably would’ve taken several days, and cost me twice as much. Granted, it cost me a pretty penny to get it fixed, but the mechanic didn’t take advantage of me like the dealership would’ve. So, even though I didn’t pay out as much as I could’ve, it was still a lot. Good thing I have all the sock yarn in my stash, because it looks like I’ll be knitting from there for a while. ;)

Well, until next time…. Happy knitting & sewing!

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