I love Caron Simply Soft.

Can you believe I just said that? I can’t believe I just said that! But I did. I’m doing another test knit with Buttknits (yea, it makes me laugh too, but in a nice way — the owner is really sweet ;)), and I’m knitting the item for my sister to use & she doesn’t use wool, so I dove into my acrylic stash — much of which has been gifted by well-meaning relatives (hey it comes in handy occasionally). So anyhow, I grabbed a partial skein of unlabeled acrylic & went to work. The pattern is for a baby item, so I figured I would have enough. Yea. *smacks forehead* Luckily, when I ran to JoAnn’s and compared the yarn to every black acrylic there I found that it was CSS. Since CSS is a no dye lot yarn I am/was saved from having to reknit the entire item! So there. Caron Simply Soft has earned my appreciation (it’s also waaay softer than Red Heart or Bernat…still in that freaky squeaky/plastic-y way, though).

***Good Grief***

I’ve hardly posted recently, and here I am again, out of time (I started the CSS post Tuesday)! We’ve had so much going on that I’ve haven’t been able to spend much time “visiting with all my blog buddies.” I have a new project that I haven’t blogged about to show you, pics of other projects to share, and a bunch of links. Unfortunately, I fell asleep this evening at a mere 12:30am so I missed out on most of my “free” time. I’m up now because I have to put the laptop & knitting supplies (okay, and the glass of wine that I had out! ;)) away so it isn’t all sitting out when the boys wake up.

I guess this just means I’ll have lots of pics to show you when we get back from camping Monday. Wish us luck — all my siblings (have I mentioned that I’m the oldest of 6?), their dh’s (except the one who always comes up with an excuse not to come — spoil sport), all of our kids, and my Mom & her new dh. That’s 18 all together, ranging from 51 weeks to 51 years, all tent camping it.

So ya’ll understand if I save all the pics for next week… I can however post my Random Links!

The Art of Surprise is the site of an artist friend of mine; she’s a great (fellow Diana Gabaldon fan) lady who does beautiful work. I hope to be able to comission a graphite of my kids some day. Here is a Sleep Commentary by Kathleen Dettwyler. It helps me sleep at night (no, really! lol). Here‘s a little guilt trip on drinking bottle water…a huge vice of mine. Ugh. This was a bit more crazy though, the birth control pill changes your preferences in mates? Scary. Thank God I didn’t use it until after I’d already chosen mine. You still couldn’t pay me to go back on it, though — yuck. Next, I have a quick Yahoo article on Obama that I found interesting. Last, through Ravelry, I’ve found a fun new swap! If you enjoyed the Diana Gabaldon books, you may want to join, too. Here’s the blogspot blog about it, and the Ravelry group. I’ll be heading up the Fraser clan. 🙂 Now to pick my Scottish name

Well, that’s it for tonight; as much as I’d like to stay up, it’s after 4 am now, and the boys will be up by 8:30. I don’t even want to think about all the packing and food prep I have to do tomorrow…hopefully my sister (one of the childless ones) really does show up to help early rather than late! Wish us luck *and good weather*

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Things I love…

or rather…new things I love… Red Truck wine. Yea, how red neck does that sound? It’s yummy though; and probably responsible for my loopy post!

So, things I love:

1. One of the Twist Collective designers, Marnie MacLean (first link to Ravelry). Actually I love more than one of them — Cookie A. is a longtime favorite. Still drooling over the Ornette socks I don’t currently have the brainpower to knit, lol.

2. Sanford lake park (link to blog for comments about entire county park systems — nifty!). I somehow dropped my knitting bag at the park Wednesday & didn’t notice until Saturday. I almost freaked (okay, I did freak; slightly!) when I realized. It was not only my chevron scarf, but also the first bag I ever sewed for myself & (inside that) another knitting bag with my Noro sock yarn with 1 1/2 socks completed. What with needles and all, probably about $100 in supplies & yarn, not taking into account time spent crafting and my notebook with notes from at least 3 projects. Luckily, when I drove back out to the park & described the bag, the admission attendant responded with, “is it your knitting bag, dear?” I seriously had to hold back tears. As I gushed my thanks & wiped my eyes she said, “I understand, honey, I’m a knitter too.” I’ve never been so happy in my life.**

3. Felted dryer balls. cool.

4. Jennifer Garner. I seriously doubt she’s the “perfect mom” (who is?) but I think she’s way cool. She just rings true, you know? I became a fan when I saw the first episode of Alias. She’s pregnant with her 2nd and I’m seriously tempted to knit her a baby sweater. How pathetic is that?

**okay, perhaps my wedding & the births of my boys beat that day out… lol!

Rockin’ new patterns source & peace fleece hoodies (to be)

Wow. I’d possibly be more chatty, but I was linked to this new web-magazine full of stunning knits. I’m on a serious budget right now, but I will be queuing: jaali, come together, livia, linden, gnarled oakwoods & lily. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single publication with so many things that I not only want to knit, but want to wear. And may I say; Cat Bohdi is my hero. An afterthought leg?! Genius.

Now I’ve got to get back to ogling, so I’m going to post my newest knitting project all in pics:

peace fleece hoodies 1

pf hoodies ian yarn pf hoodies spencer yarn
Ian & Spencer’s yarn choices (the boys picked theirs & helped me with Spencer’s)

pf hoodies aiden pf hoodies aiden yarn
Aiden’s is first as he asked first (plus, how often does the middle child get to go first?).

…and a quick shout-out to rockin’ yard sales…
yardsale books

…rockin’ people who don’t steal vehicles at the beach — even when a certain unnamed dummy leaves her keys in a prominent place for 4 hours…
keys!

Anywho, they were happy boys…
boys in truck

Now leave me be — I have articles to read & patterns to drool over!