special kinda special

So, Monday I finished my Monkey socks right? Right after I grafted the toe shut, weaved in all my ends I slip on my new comfy socks and marvel in their sweet glory.

Monkey sock close up

I started winding up the finished yarn into little balls (because I’m anal like that. I hate my yarn to be messy) to save for possible darning.

Finished Monkeys

Well… (remember how sentences that start with well… go?) I noticed how one ball was a bit bigger than the other… so I looked at the socks, and then suddenly realized what I did wrong. Well. Nuts.

Finished Monkeys, one a little short

Sock 1 (left leg) has 6 pattern repeats on the leg, Sock 2 (right leg) has 5 repeats. Urgh! Why didn’t I check sock 1 before turning the heel on sock 2?! I even wrote it down, twice even, that I knit the 1st sock as stated in the pattern. urgh!

Stats:

Pattern: Monkey socks by Cookie A. Knitty Winter ’06

Yarn: sweet georgia superwash sock in Spark colorway. (swapped with the wonderful Suzanne)

needles: Inox US 2 (2.25mm)

notes: I’m a special kinda special. Sock 1 has 6 repeats on the leg and Sock 2 has 5. Will I frog the socks? Probably not, I’ll keep them as a reminder to check my damned notes!

Cayli awarded me with this
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thanks Cayli! *snort* I rock! I guess I have to award 5 other people that I think rock…

Abigail

Diane

Suzanne

Heather

Susie

as corny as this sounds, its true, I had a hard time picking just 5 people. Because so many of you rock. BTW look what else I finished this week
Diamond Fantasy shawl blocking

I’m taking the kids up to my parents this week (now that the van has been released from the shop. The ABS light was on, it needed an oil change, and there was a recall. I had L4 the larger clown car for 2 days.) and I want to take FO pictures at the lake. So, you’ll see it then. The suspense!

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4 days in Virginia

We left pretty late on Sunday, it was around 5:30 when we finally got on I-80. So we didn’t pull into the Campground in Ashland Virginia until 12:30-1am.

Day 1:

  • I finished the toe on my 1st mini-van sock, I still have to cast on for its mate.

Finished Mini-Van sock

  • We stocked up on groceries and other things that we needed for the trailer at the Super Wal-mart in Richmond.
  • Went swimming at the pool at the campground. It was 101 degree’s Fahrenheit, and humid!
  • updated 7/15 got locked out of the bathroom of the trailer. Which there is no key for. My library card and a steak knife saved the day.

Day 2:

  • Went back to the damned Wal-mart. Cause there was more stuff that we needed for the trailer.
  • Went swimming at the pool at the campground. Still hot and humid out.

Day 3:

CMoR mosaic

1. Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2. Children’s Museum of Richmond, 3. Children’s Museum of Richmond, 4. Children’s Museum of Richmond

  • and had a TON of fun! There was a large model of a stomach that you could crawl though and it burped! hehe.  The kids wouldn’t crawl through it. Sissy’s! There was a pretend grocery store and cafe where the kids shopped for groceries and cooked up pretend meals. A good way to teach them how to make good food choices. (It aggravates me to no end that the school system is trying to teach my kids that all treats are bad no matter how much you have. I think sweets are ok in moderation.) The kids LOVED the tree playhouse, the clock tower, the shadow play room, and the Learning Garden outside. I wish we lived closer or we had a museum like this! best $28 I’ve ever spent! 
  • got horribly lost in Richmond following my own crappy directions trying to find the yarn lounge. I gave up, and tried to find my way back to I-195. Got horribly lost (again) Called Mike when I freaked out. While I was trying to find what street I was on found an on ramp to I-195. Dope!
  • Went swimming at the pool at the campground. Wasn’t quite as humid this day.
  • Had super yummy Pizza hut pizza.

Day 4:

    See ya Virginia!

  • packed up the camper and the mini-van to go home.
  • Went swimming at the pool at the campground.
  • Wished I left later (5/6pm) because I hit the freaking traffic on the beltway. URGH! (The traffic doesn’t seem to be as bad after 7pm)
  • Had dinner at Cracker Barrel in Haggerstown Maryland.
  • Smiled while one more person said “you’ve got your hands full.” Really what is the best way to respond to this? I know I have my hands full, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • Arrived home around 11:00pm.

oh, how I wish we could have stayed one more day! But Mike was heading 3 hours South for a few days and that would have made our trip home wayyy to long! Our house seems soo much bigger after staying in the camper. I’m already thinking and planning our next trip! I want to see the desert, but I think that trip should wait until October or November. The farthest West I’ve been is Indianapolis, Indiana when Mike drove truck for TMC.  My kids love to travel, they enjoy the adventure and so do I!

road trip!

Mike’s going back to work today, and the kids and I are going with him! This is a total last minute decision. Watch out Virgina, here we come!

PS Don’t worry Dad I got new tires on the van.

PPS Mom, clean out the guest room we’ll be coming in a few weeks!

Ketchup

Let’s play ketchup! Because there really is no other way I’m going to catch up this blog.

Diamond Fantasy Shawl

I started Diamond Fantasy Shawl. I’m using Brooklyn Handspun signature in chocolate covered cherries I’ve had stashed for a while. I think I’ve knit about 3 repeats. See the cute little markers I’m using? Mom gave them to me.

Wee One's sheep

they are just so stinking cute! And just like (almost) every other knitter on the planet I’ve started a pair of Monkey socks

Finished Monkey 1

This picture just makes me laugh, my foot looks so wonky! Second sock is on the needles, and will hopefully be done soon. I’m using Sweet Georgia superwash sock in Spark that I trade with Suzanne. I’m dying to cast on for my waving lace socks. Last week I got my yarn for Mystery Lace shawl 3 from Mom. I still have to cast on…

Jaggerspun Zephyr Pewter

isn’t it pretty? Its the pewter color. So.pretty.must.cast.on.soon! Mike and I took Kailey and Allysa to Brockway for their 4th of July celebration. Mike’s sister rode over with us. We watched the 2freakinghour parade. And later met up with the rest of the family to watch the fireworks. I have to say, I really enjoy meeting up with Mike’s family to watch the fireworks there, its become sort of a tradition for us.

Kailey and her Aunt

(click on pic to go to my flicker set to see all the pictures)

Kailey and Allysa had a blast watching the parade! Kailey didn’t mind all the noise, but the shriners in their little cars really freaked her out! Allysa got a whole shabang of candy. I don’t know what it is about parades. But I cry. Yep, cry. Just a little teary not full out crying. Anyway, there was a bagpiping band (?) click here to see the video.  The music was beautiful.

Ok, I think I’m all caught up!