Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Guest For Dinner

Has fast as Little J left the dinner table this evening, a small old rather cantankerous dog called Linus thought he could slip in unnoticed.
He has his eyes firmly planted on the salad bowl - this dog loves carrots!!!
Don't fret, he was only there long enough for me to take a photo.

Silly old dog.

Toodles... L x ♥

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gift Yarn - The Project Reveal

I was waylaid on my way to write this post as my lovely Uncle M just rang from London to check in and make sure we survive Irene.  He doesn't ring often and he's always such I delight to chat with and I love hearing stories of his new allotment and travels around the U.K.
So I'll be brief, even though I've been dying to finish and share this project made from my lovely gifted yarn.

 It's the loveliest softest yarn I have ever worked with and I have since ordered more!
 Even ordering this yarn from across the pond it still works out way cheaper than any yarn I can buy locally as shipping from here is free!  Oh and the service was fantastic.
I knew as soon as I saw this yarn that I would make the lovely  Louise's Granny Shawl Pattern.
I absolutely love it. 
I can't wait for the cool weather so I can use when I sit on my front verandah or watch Little J run at the park or on the chilly cold winter evenings in our old drafty house.

Thank you -Thank you - Thank you Louise

for sending me this delicious yarn!

Must be off!

Toodles... L x ♥

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Short Woolie Tale

I do promise to try and keep this short.....
I trip to Blacksburg to drop off Big J resulted in the surprise discovery of a yarn/wool shop right next to our favorite burger joint.
What a lovely surprise I thought?

The Mister gave me permission to make a small purchase, but as the boys were waiting impatiently happily in the car, I had to make my purchase in haste.
With the goal to stretch my $$ as far as possible, I bee-lined it for the sale bin - 50% off. 

Hastily made a selection based on colour and softness...

Fell head over heels in love with two skeins...

Glanced quickly at the price...

Restored my eyeballs back to sockets...

Succumbed to pushy sales assistant pushyness...

Made purchase...

Ran to car...

Instantly had the worst case of buyers remorse...

I mean the worst case EVER, the sick to my stomach what-on-earth- have-I-done worst. 
Even at 50% off this yarn was SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive than any yarn I've ever bought.  Plus the colour didn't seem quite the same once I got a really good look at it.
How the heck did I fall in love with this????
 I very nearly wept. (Of course I was already a tad teary eyed with saying goodbye to the Big J.)

For the six hour car journey home I randomly stroked my yarn, trying my bestest to love it again.
Devised various plans to make something brilliant so my love would be restored.
After the journey to Blacksburg and back I was exhausted and the yarn was promptly plopped in my woolie basket.
On Friday night, in the quiet of my bedroom, the boys downstairs saving the world on the XBOX, I tried knitting with it, casting on and off several times and when that failed crocheting with it to no avail.
Saturday night, determined to make something with this expensive purchase I cast on enought stitches to make a make-it-up-as-you-go-along hat with my pointy DPNs. (Clearly at this point I'd lost my mind.)
Watched some bang bang shoot 'em movie with my boys....
And fell in love with my yarn again!
So much so that the Mister has even entertained the idea of me buying more of this yarn to make a cardigan.

Nuts eh?

Must be off!

Toodles...L x ♥

Sunny Sunday

Just a beautiful breezy cool sunny Sunday here today.
Just the weather I like.
I've been for a little potter around the garden to enjoy my flowers.





 I was delighted to see that the tomatoes I'd grown from seed, which grew SOOOO SLOOOOOWLY once I put out of the garden, had sprung out of no where in the midst of the marigolds and had tiny little drop shaped fruit growing!
Yippee!
I hope the weather with you is as beautiful as it is here.
Happy Sunday!
Toodles  L x ♥

Thursday, August 25, 2011

What A Week

We've had quite a week this last week at the Gephart.  To be honest, it's been a bit exhausting. 

So far we've
  • Made the 12 hour round trip journey to take the Big Boy back to school.
  • Prepared the Little Man for the 4th grade.
  • Been a little shaken by an earthquake
  • And are now preparing for the Hurricane.
Only two calls and one text from Big J with "Oh Mum, I forgot"..and.."Oh Mum, I need xyz or $".  Not too bad really considering we left a whole box of stuff behind!

Little Man rose at the crack of dawn yesterday (even after going to bed at 11:30pm)and had a thumbs up first day of the 4th grade.

Yes, we felt the ground move Tuesday.  To be honest, at first I thought I was having a "turn", even after experiencing several earthquakes when I lived in California.  Luckily, just a little shake to break up another boring day at work.  Little Man and Middle J were at home on the beloved XBox and never felt a thing!

Well the hurricane thing is debatable. It's not supposed to come anywhere near our neck of the woods/mountains, however, Middle J is supposed to go down to his friends house on the coast in Virginia on Saturday.  So he is most definitely not amused that a Category 3 hurricane has booked the same time to arrive there.

So that's my week folks!
Bring on the weekend.....

Toodles...L xo ♥

P.S. I know the typewriter has nothing to do with my week, but isn't it cool?  Little J found it at a flea market for $10 and it's just too cool.  We've spent the week typing messages to each other - loads of fun.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I Made This!

My apologies for the long delay, but I will keep this short and sweet and spare you the details of my absence.

I am very proud of this little knitted bag - YES - knitted! Honestly, yes honestly, I knitted it - seed stitch too! 
I've discovered the more you knit the better you get at it!

Must be off.  Promise not to leave it so long again.

Toodles... L x ♥

Pattern:  Apart from the mistakes, I did my best to follow a lovely little pattern in this book.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday

Hello! 
Happy middle of the week to you. 
I hope you are all having a lovely week and the weather is treating you nicely.  The weather here has been quite generous today and dropped a few degrees.  We even got a few spots of rain today and for that I am very grateful.  My poor wee garden has had to put forth quite an effort to stay green this summer.  In fact, it's hanging on my a thread.  Along with a terribly hot summer, there seems to be a zillion more bugs than ever.  Every time I go into the garden to water I end up with a gnat in my eye!  What is it with gnats?  And why do they thing my eyes are a good place to hang out?  My boss is even less fortunate, she always ends up with one up her nose!
Anyway, I've just dropped by ever so quickly to thank you all for your lovely comments on my basket. 
I'm certain with some practice I could improve my basket weaving skills.  Anyway, my last little effort, once I've lined it with some fabric, is destined to carry my pegs (clothespin for my US readers).
Speaking of baskets, I've been on a bit of a mission recently to find myself a good project basket.  I'd had my eye on one of these (just like my Mum had), but the cost of shipping was just ridiculous!  One eBay seller estimated the cost of shipping at $100 US!  There was no way I could talk the Mr. into allowing that purchase.  Heck, I'm not sure I could have talked myself into it!  Anyhow, whilst browsing a local thrift/antique mall I came across this beauty for a mere $4.00.  I'd discovered many many baskets in the store, but they were either well over priced or too flimsy.  This one was stuffed under a table and filled with magazines and a very happy bargain for me. Not quite what I wanted, but it will suit perfectly.
Of course, I took a few minutes to line the basket so my needles and hooks and such wouldn't fall through the cracks and get lost. I've never lined a basket before.  It wasn't an easy task, but it also wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  I quite pleased with the results.
Anyway, there I've managed to ramble on for a day after only intending to type up a few lines.
Must be off. 
It's Wednesday and as usual I must go watch my favorite show.

Toodles....L x ♥

P.S.  I just wanted to say, very quickly, a huge thank you to all the lovely people who spend a few moments of their day to tap tap out a little comment on my blog posts.  They really truly do make my day. It's so lovely to have the support of so many people!