April 02, 2007

Didn't think I'd do it, did ya?

We had a really great weekend. A really great and ambitious weekend.

It all started with an idea. (Don't they always?) If you knew me in person, you'd know that I like color. White walls are too boring. And because I don't tend to hang a lot of pictures, our walls were really looking bare. So we went from this:
To this:

I wanted to paint the kids' room for a while, but didn't know what I wanted to do. A trip to Target on Friday gave me oodles of ideas, (for our room too). Shawn said that if I wanted to redecorate I could, as long as I was the one doing it. He will pay for it, he said. (I could go crazy, but I won't...yet.) So I had him take Scout's Pooh Bear baby blanket and have them do a color match for the paint. A spring green is what we got. Sunday morning at about 10 a.m. I started and we were done by 3 p.m. I will take the pats on the back, though, because I was the one who did mostly all of it. Shawn did the trim near the ceiling for me and worked on the wall with the window.

I still have things to do for the room though. I am going to buy some lined baskets for Scout's crib, (especially all of her handknits). And a wall hanging to measure how tall the kids are. And a new lamp, (I gave Jem my old one, but he lets it get so close to his plastic toys that they melt...fire hazard, anyone?). Plus, I am going to get some wood letters from Michael's in the kids names and paint them. The color theme is going to be the spring green, chocolate brown and sky blue. I'm excited. New projects always excite me. (And I suppose it makes me happy that I can do this for Scout because I couldn't do it for Jem when he was a baby.)

I also went and had a pedicure done and a set of pink/whites because I started biting my nails this past week again, (I've been experiencing a bit of anxiety). After that I went to the LYS for about an hour and had a chance to work on my Dalton socks and chit chat.

But it doesn't stop there. There is some sadness to this weekend though. Saturday I decided I would tackle the short row heel on the Dalton Socks. Afterall, I was at the ankle bone. Shawn and I rented The Illusionist, (which by the way, if you haven't seen it-you should). I started the short row heel. Then it came to the reverse short rows, (you know, the pick up the double wraps, blah, blah, blah). And I did it! But then I realized I didn't have 70 sts. I had 63! How in the hell did that happen?!?! So rip I go, and then...And then I realize on needle one, (the instep), I was on the PSSO row and that I really should have only 63 sts! I realized that once I did Row 2 in the pattern I would have 70 sts. *sigh*

Needless to say, I was angry, upset, pissed off, mad as hell, (you get the idea)...

So last night I say to myself, "Let's try this again". And since I knew what I was doing the second time, I actually understood it enough that I didn't have to keep looking back and the pattern and asking myself why I chose the Toe Up sock.

And with that, I got this:

Purty, ain't she? (And I don't mean the tattoo, LOL.) The sock fits perfectly and it's so comfortable I can't even believe it. The yarn is a dream. (I should say that this is the medium weight STR because Jillian had posted that she had some issues with the heavyweight STR, and anyone who hasn't tried this should start with the mediumweight or the lightweight.) I have decided I'm going to make ankle socks. And I have a feeling I will be wearing these on a daily basis.

Obligatory shot of the much feared short row heel:

I'm very proud of myself. I feel like I can do anything! Socks! They are amazing!

And so is Scout.

Yes, I'm partial. But I don't care. Scout is a beautiful, mellow, funny baby. She wakes up happy. She laughs all day long. She loves people. She makes life wonderful. She's been talking so much the past few days. And if you laugh, she laughs with you. As the song goes, "Scout is my sunshine, my only sunshine, she makes me happy when skies are grey..." (She loves when I sing that to her!)

My yarn buy for the month, (yes, I've decided to curb the spending since I already have enough sock yarn for at least 6 pairs, not to mention what I have for sweaters and all that):

It's Little Bunny Foo Foo from Socks That Rock. I love pink and brown together. Almost as much as I love brown and blue together! I'm thinking if they did a yellow and brown that would make my day!

Aside from that, life has calmed down a bit. I'm not constantly busy going back and forth to appointments, which is nice. I sent out my Sockret Pal package and my other swap package. So right now, I am in two swaps: Secret Pal 10 and the Knitterly Letter Swap hosted by Domestic Cat which is basically a pen pal swap where you actually write letters! I tell you, I miss writing letters. I miss receiving letters. Technology has gotten the better of us I believe.

This week: Jem has to have a tooth pulled today. *sigh* Later we are going to mall. I have some lotion and bubble bath to pick up from Bath and Body Works. He's on spring break, so we are going to try and go to the bowling alley. Saturday we are hitting the LA Zoo for their Easter festivities. Easter I will be making our traditional dinner and have an Egg Hunt here. And knitting. There shall be knitting this week!


jillian said...

The wall color is gorgeous!

And congrats on your first short-row heel!

Rose Red said...

You did have a great weekend, and sounds like a great week ahead (with the exception of the tooth-pulling - ouch!). Love the colours you have chosen for Scout's room.

tiennie said...

Beautiful baby, beautiful room! Great job on the room and the socks too!

Knitting Mama said...

I love the wall color. I'm all for green right now!

I love bunny foo foo too - i just got it also - it's heavenly!

I was scared of socks once too - but my first pair were short row heels so it wasnt too bad at all! :)

keri said...

The room looks great, I love the color you picked!

Anonymous said...

Green walls & Lucy & Bunny Foo Foo- what could be better. I have been ogling STR colorways all week but I cannot make up my mind! Nevermind that I don't (currently) knit socks- it is only a metter of time...

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