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(Me – not anyone else.)

Its been so hectic here in Okieland, that I keep forgetting to come here and post!

 Here is what I’ve been up to:

Sent Zack to Boy Scout Camp.  He did really well.  It was his first week away from home with out ANY family to turn to.  He earned 4 Merit Badges while he was there, and I think he’s finished his Tenderfoot Badge.  We’ve unpacked him and done all the laundry that he brought back with him.  Unfortunately, his Boy Scout Shirt wasn’t one of the things he brought back – UGH.

Mack is at Cub Scout Day Camp this week.  Its been a lot of fun to coordinate that schedule – let me tell you!  Camp runs from 8:30-3:30.  Now – what kind of 2-income family do you know that can work that kind of schedule?  Not to many – thats fersure!

I had surgery yesterday to remove a lipoma (DO NOT Google Image search that – really – DON”T).  It was sitting at the base of my skull, causing occipital neuralgia.  The pain from having it cut out – so far – is less bothersome than the headaches it was causing.

 I’ve done some knitting – but no real progress on anything yet.  Its summer in Oklahoma, so things just S L O W   D O W N – a lot.

I did spin this tho:
Handspun

Details:  Roving from Danielle in two lovely & coordinating shades of greens/blues

Yardage = I don’t have a clue (yet)

WPI = again – no clue (yet)

Squishy factor = HIGH

Plans – pair with some Cascade 220 for Fuzzy Feet

Just a quick post before the weekend (a LONG weekend)!

I am still knitting – socks, of course!

Snicket in Regia Silk

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I’m loving it!

 Swap updates:

 Hogwarts Sock Kit:

The Bag is made, the sock yarn is in hand, the pattern needs chosen, the needles purchased, and goodies secured.

Summer Blockbuster:

The movie has been chosen, sock yarn selected, goodies decided upon, bag needs made still.

Those are my cousins initials.  He was killed today in a traffic accident.  I know I’ll see him again.  He leaves behind a wonderful wife and a lovely son.  This picture of him is as a toddler, and the onlyone I have as a digital image.

JLP

I signed up for another swap! It is Summer Blockbuster hosted by CraftLilly.
I’ll be swapping with Kris.
Here is my Questionairre:

Since this is a summer blockbuster swap, would you rather receive a summer action/adventure movie, a light romantic comedy, or a suspense/thriller?
I love romantic comedy/Chick Flicks! I also like adventure movies if they are clean (National Treasure).

What is your favorite film genre or type?
Chickflicks for myself – no questions

List 3-5 of your favorite films and why you like them.
Bridgette Jones (I & II) – Great for just “girl” time
Mona Lisa Smiles – Love when the girls LEARN about life
The Holiday – a little too “clean”, but good knits & entertaining

Do you like foreign films? Would it annoy you to watch a film with subtitles if you are knitting/crafting?
I’ve not been “exposed” to any foreign films, but knitting & reading give me motion sickness!

Is there a movie that you’ve always wanted to see but haven’t?
Not that I can think of off the top of my head

Do you have any favorite actors?
I don’t particularly follow them, but good eye candy makes even the worst movie easier to watch!

What kind of movie night treats do you like? Type of Candy? Popcorn?
Since this is summer time – and I’m trying to eat healthier – please no chocolate. I do like nuts (of almost ALL kinds), small hard candies, the boys will eat popcorn, but I don’t like it.

Are you a sock knitter, lace knitter, or hat/mitten/scarf knitter?
yes. Oh, are you wonder which I prefer? Depends of the mood of the day. Right now – Socks!

What are your favorite fibers?
Natural and superwash! Sock yarn is good w/ nylon.

What fibers do you dislike or are allergic?
Mohair (just during the summer months!)

What are your favorite colors?
Blues, Purples, Pinks, Spring Green, Brown

What colors do you not like?
Yellow

Is there anything else that your partner should know that will help her spoil you?
Not that I can think of!

Well, Anne, one thing I had already done is browsed through the blogs of all my “housemates.”  Its like trying to figure out who your dorm-mates will be before going to college!

Anne – our Prefect (RA) is just learning to turn a heel.  She managed with with help from her sister VIA EMAIL!

Rae has a beautiful dog and is a member of the STR Club (I’m jealous of her!)

Maddalena just sounds like my kinda girl.  She likes to play dress-up in fancy clothes, likes History and even yutes.

Lia is in TWO Harry Potter based sock swaps, one a knit pair of socks, the other the kit.  Her sock swap questionairre has some good peotry in it!

Cheryl – oh MY!  I wanna knit colorwork like hers!

Jenean – she seems so sweet – like she’s going to be everyone’s best friend!

This is the summer of “Patch it, Paint it, Make it at least look good” House Renovations.  We need a lot of serious structural work on our house that we just can’t swing this year, but I’m tired of living in a 70’s style ranch house that is still heavy on the 70’s style.

 Most of the work done will be paint related (cheap!) and done by me and the boys.

I’m using January One’s method of taking a picture for inspiration and tiling it in Photoshop to narrow the color palette.

Living Room color choices:  Blues, Sands, Whites, Coral 

I’m hoping to get Leather furniture – and think this will go with leather.Living Room Palette

My Bedroom Color Choices: Shades of green with a touch of purpleMaster Bed

My Kitchen Color Choices:
Kitchen Colors

My Bathroom Color Choices:
Bath

Zack’s Room:
Zack’s Room

Mack’s Room:
MacksRoom

Its a lot of blues & greens, but I really think it will update the house A LOT.

I’ll try to get pics of the progress.  The first room will be the bathroom because the wallcovering is already off! 

So – what do you girls think?

Now that Zackary is a BOY Scout, he is able to go on more and better (IMO) outings than the Cub Scouts.  This past weekend, we ventured to Metroplexia to see a NASCAR race.

Socks @ TMS

The socks really enjoyed the race.

Zack @ Race
Zachary did too.

Mack had so much fun, he fell asleep – at NASCAR. 
Mack @ Race
And for reference as to how close we were to the track – look at that pic of Zack.  One more row of seating, then the safety/Hot zone, then track!  Its LOUD!

Mack had much more fun here:
Cabelas

Other places we went this weekend (actual stops)  Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Arlington, Keller, Dallas, Sherman, and Denton.

We had fun, and we’re already planning for next year!

PS – I also talked to Monkee because we were breathing the same Metroplexia air, and I saw this – reminding me of all the Chat Girls (and Anthony).
Hooters

OK – so no nice proof of actual KNITTING, cause the pictures were just craptastic, but here is a picture to prove my bad-@$$edness:

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 Click to make it bigger.  The yarn is Artsygal handpainted sock yarn in Prom Dress.  Think 1987 irridescent taffeta and thats what I have!  I’m still trying to decide on a sock pattern, but getting it to cake form is the first step!

 The wood its modeling on – thats my FIRST BROKEN BOARD!  Since I am a yellow-belt in my Karate class, there should be many of these in my future!

(in lieu of any Knitting or Spinning content)

 Princess Cupcake In Your Face!

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And really – I do knit and I have been spinning!  As soon as I can get photographic evidence – I’ll share!

OK – not a whole lot of knitting or spinning going on here.  While I did assemble and practice on Odette when I got her, I didn’t put in the screws on her legs, and I had ordered the Ashford Maintenance Kit for her too.  So, tonight she shall have a spa treatment.  And then I MIGHT get to spin.

 I finished the back of Orange Twist, and have started the front.  I want to modify the crew neck to v-neck.  Anyone have any ideas as to where to look for tips?  Thanks in Advance!

 My 2nd Chicago sock is coming along nicely.  I’ve done the first set of calf-increases and I’m down to less than 1/2 of the ball.

Pictures SOON!  Perhaps even Yarn Pron on Friday!

Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap

Swap Trivia

1. Felix Felicious 2. Half Blood Prince 3. Arthur Weasley