Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

It is my fav day of the year.  You can celebrate the day or not, no one really cares.  It is not as much fun as when I was a kid because you have to be careful of so many things and creepy people.  However, it is a day of candy and tomorrow it will be on sale if there is any  left.  You can be who ever you want and no one cares.

Happy Anniversary to my parents as well, 60 years. 

We are finally expecting a freeze tonight, we need to kill the ragweed and then it can get warm again.  I have covered my flowers I don't want to give up yet and we will see how they fare in the morning.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dear FemiNazis

So the lefty Femi Nazis made a list of companies we should not shop at because all the left Femi Nazis care about are your body parts.  Really please don't, they are none of your business.

So the first one is Hobby Lobby, I should own stock as much as I am in there.  I LOVE HL and will shop there until I die or they close.  I am surprised you did not put CFA on your list because they are right after HL in how much you hate companies.  Some of the places I will never step foot in but not because of you; I simply don't care to shop there.  Don't even start on me not shopping at Wal-Mart. 

So how about you shut your piehole and find something worthwhile to protest over and I will shop where I want to. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mom, I am Starting my Christmas List.

I have always loved sports car but this one.... Oh my.  They don't put a price on their website.  I know I could not afford it but.... oh my.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Decorations

One of my knitting buddies gave me this plate for my birthday.  It is a genuine polish piece of pottery.  I love it.  I found these creepy hands at Micheals and thought they were perfect to go with the plate.

This is my wreath on my front door.  It is almost bigger than the door. Micheal's once again has the best Halloween stuff this year.

Red Trees

The city came through a few years ago and planted trees in the parking.  I have 3 of these and they get so bright red gold when the leaves turn.  They are just gorgeous.  While I have too many trees in my parking I will keep these 3.

I Need A New Sock Drawer

There are 37 pairs of socks stuffed in this drawer.  I need to do some re-arranging and start another drawer for my  hand made socks. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

D20 Update

Today was moving day for Decorah! During the move, the status of tail feathers was checked out and his tail is coming back in slowly. He has two new grown-in feathers... that look like what a second year eagle would have! He also has two or three feathers peeking through... still with the protective covering. While a weight wasn't taken... he's fat!

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Red Glow

I love this tree.  In the Fall when it is this color and the sun shines, well... the back of the house has a red glow in it.  I can't wait til it grows up.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

National Feral Cat Day

I lost my feral tom a few weeks ago.  He was 13 1/2 years old.  His name was Little Bit because he was the smallest of his litter.  I never got to touch him until about a month before he was gone.  He was so thin and has lost some hair and as I fed him he would lean against my leg and let me rub his head.  My feral female is still around and is 6 1/2 years old. Her daddy was Little Bit and her name is Smudgey.  While I can't pick her up she does expect her tummy rubbed and head to be petted til she is done.  I love them as much as the ones in my house.  Love a feral cat, put some food out and let them know someone loves them.

Only $1085

The price on this kind of goes along with an earlier post on cheapness.  While the yarn certainly does not justify the price, the time would. However I am NOT paying this much for a sweater.  Sure would love to have a pattern for the skull though.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Red Velvet Fudge

I love red velvet cake, ok I love red velvet everything. Now there is fudge.  I have to make some of this for Christmas and yes I think I will throw a couple pieces in some of my "cheap" gifts I will make.

Are You Cheap?

Yesterday on Facebook there was a link to an article from a woman who had made her co-workers baby blankets for their impending delivery.  She questioned whether she should continue and was she cheap in doing so.  One woman who received a blanket said based on what she made she could have afforded more than the blanket and a few trinkets.  I would have grabbed my stuff back after I slapped her.

For those who don't craft they have no idea what supplies cost, but mostly the time involved.  I made many baby blankets for my co-workers and I can tell you they all loved them and wondered how I found the time to do this for them. 

I made my mom an afghan made up of puzzle pieces.  The whole project took 108 hours from the time I picked out the yarn to the time I wove in the lase end.  That does not count the time I spent looking for just the right pattern.  Lets say I made minimum wage, the afghan time alone would have amounted to $800.  Now for the woman who said the crafter was cheap she really does need to be slapped.  I can make a pair of plain vanilla socks in about 20 hours and based on what I made when I worked, well lets just say these socks would cost over $1,000. 

Most of the time it is not the cost of the supplies but the cost of the time involved.  When you make something for someone it takes the time of that person who could be doing something they need to do or want to do.  They are taking their time to make something special just for you, no one else, just you.  Many times it is done with love and hope that the one getting the gift will appreciate for what it is worth. 

I have learned that there are those who get 15 minutes of my time with a purchased gift that really does not mean a whole lot.  Those who appreciate the time I take get a "cheap" gift and know that is was made with love. 

There's A New Yarn in Town

Cervelt is considered the world's finest luxury fiber, and for the first time ever, it is available as a hand knitting yarn. It is extremely rare, and only 80 balls, each 25 grams, have been manufactured. String is proud to have been invited by Zealana, the provider of the yarn, to be the exclusive retail source of this exquisite yarn.

Cervelt is made from an extremely rare natural down fiber from the New Zealand Red Deer. It is a 13 micron fiber which is much finer than the finest cashmere, and because the diameter of the hair is consistent throughout its length, unlike other fibers it is consistently superfine. The fiber has a natural wavy curl that produces a yarn that is strong and resilient. Its incredible natural properties have defined Cervelt as the most sought after new natural fiber in the world and a personal favorite of leading haute couture designers including Hermes and Giorgio Armani.

One recent high profile example of the prestige of Cervelt was in what was hailed as the world's most expensive pair of socks, costing $1600 a pair, marketed by luxury shoemaker Harry's of London as the "most exclusive sock in the world".

We are offering the 80 balls of Cervelt as this week's special. Each ball is beautifully packaged, as shown, in recognition of the collector's item that it is. We did not knit a sample with it because we have so few skeins, we wanted to save them all for our customers. For this week we are offering it at the special price of $150 per ball. It is 25 grams and 191 yards.

It is a light fingering weight, and could be used with any of the Zealana AIR patterns that we are featuring as this month's yarn special.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all

These are MY socks.  I love how Patons Kroy patterns up with their colorways.  These are just a plain vanilla sock pattern.  Since it is Fall and the temp is 41 this morning I will be wearing these soon.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Monday, October 06, 2014


I love butterflies, they are so gorgeous yet so fragile.  The monarchs are migrating right now.  Last week a local suburb had over a thousand of them in the trees.  Can you imagine.  Today I finally got some pics of the ones that have been teasing me in my own yard.  The purple flower is my butterfly bush.  Aren't they gorgeous?

I chased this one all over the yard and yet it never would let me get an "open" picture of him.

This is the same butterfly.  Beautiful orange and brown on the inside and yet red and blue and different colors on the outside. Perhaps he is a blender so no one will see him.  Mr bumblebee wanted in on the pictures as well.

This one almost looks like a moth and wanted a picture as well.

It's A Skill You Might Need One Day

My paternal grandmother taught me to knit.  She always told me it was a skill I might need one day.  I doubt grandma knew what the good things about knitting were as indicated in this article.  I do know that grandma would come home and pick up her knitting and it made her peaceful.  Millissa, pick up those needles and knit on!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

From Scrubbies to Pumpkins

While I have never used these copper scrubbies they do make the cutest pumpkins, now I may have to see if I can find some.  I bet red ones could be made into apples, yellow ones lemons, oh the possibilities are endless.

Pumpkin from a scrubbing pad - a repurpose

Sock Yarn

I used my gift card today that I won in the knitting contest.  The store it is from well let's say they are not moved in yet and they don't really have a good selection of yarn but....

The grey is alpaca and I am thinking some cables on my socks, may design my own.  The green is Shalimar Breathless (have heard wonderful things about this yarn) and these will be St Pat's Day socks.  The blue and white will turn into LA Dodgers socks of my own design and there is enough for some fingerless mitts as well.  So I am off to design my LAD socks.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Candy Corn Time

I found some candy corn recipes that look good.  How can they not be good, there is candy corn which is about as sugared up you can get short of a box of Peeps.

I Am Happy to Report

You know I had to name him, Three Spot, because he has 3 little red sequins starting on his throat.  Remember yesterday I found the injured hummingbird.  Well this morning he is back in the top of the redbud tree.  I said a prayer and asked God to watch over him during the night and this morning I planned on finding someone to take him to see if he could be saved.  Well as I went to go in the bathroom he was flying around the room.  He landed back in the pan I kept him in had some nectar and I threw a towel over him.  I carried him to the front porch, he chirped at me, like thank you, and flew off to the top of the redbud tree where they all hang out.  I will keep out an eye today to make sure he is ok if I can and hope he makes his journey safely the rest of the way.  Godspeed Three Spot. 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

I Know You Are Shocked I Have Finished Another Pair of Socks

This Part of Nature Sucks

I kept seeing this little hummingbird just sit on the feeder.  I was so excited because I know for the most part they are gone for the season.  I also saw another one and this one did not move.  I knew something was not right. I went out to see and he fell off the feeder.  I have him in the house feeding him waiting for the bird store to call me back.  I doubt he is gonna be ok, but I have to try.