Monday, November 17, 2008

OK, OK! An update and more FO's

OK, my bad....Things have been really hectic here. Some good some bad and some horrific and I won't go into that.

I've been doing quite a bit of painting and knitting and sewing and home-schooling and.....raising puppies.

I have a few knitted things finished, like this PL1 sweater set in blue. I have a few finished waiting for the dreaded seaming/weaving in ends. One is a "quicky sweater", another is a sun suit with t-shirt in pink and white.

I also have a sock monkey ready to be stuffed and finished. He sports a blue and red striped t-shirt! E's a monkey headed for eBay.

I've been spending too much time playing with Paint Shop Pro learning animation.

Home-schooling is going well. Charlie procrastinates and hemms and haws. A friend was uncomfortable not knowing when would be a good time to stop by. I said that unlike my painting, we can stop our school time at any moment and resume again at any time during the day. Then I said, "It's sort of a "free range" kind of thing". We don't do the same subject everyday at the same time. If he feels like doing some science work first, fine. It's getting him to do the work.

Gotta get started on a busy busy Monday....maybe get that monkey done? He needs a hat and scarf and off to ebay that baby goes. He is a cutie-patootie.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Puppies, puppies everywhere....

Been pretty busy raising these puppies over the past few months. I've hit a new record of having 3 litters on the ground (14 pups total) ranging in age from 8 weeks to 3 days. The first litter of 3 darlings are being adopted out now, the next litter of 6 is 6 weeks old and due for their first shots. This last litter of 5 is only 3 days old and I need to cut some dew claws.

Then I need to get busy grooming the adults. I had at one time had a goal of letting their hair grow long enough that I could spin what is combed out. Too much work with 5 adults to contend with!

Finished the "Happy Baby" cardigan and pants set. It is soooo cute! We use "Baby George" as Charlie named him as our model for baby things. Pictured above...

Still working on my second knitted sock monkey. Decided he'll have a blue and red striped shirt. Currently working on the bum and mouth areas, then arms, ears and tail! I am going to make buttons from non-toxic epoxy putty for the eyes. I use this stuff on the model horses with wonderful results, so why not??

Getting back into learning how to do the miniature crochet animals. All I have is white thread here, so I plan on airbrushing my first one, then trying dying another one with the food coloring method (works wonderfully on the silk cocoons!).

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Knitted Sock Monkey

Finally, a picture of my first knitted sock monkey! I have always wanted a sock monkey. Recently I found a pattern for a knitted sock monkey (no destroying a perfectly good pair of socks!). Oddball Sock MonkeyI decided my first one was going to be strictly for myself and the colors were to go with our master bedroom theme turquoise and brown. I think I might make some clothing for him... looks too nekked.

I have just started on another one, using light brown for feet, hands, bum and face; reddish brown for body and head and then I think he is going to have a blue or blue and green t-shirt and hat to match. We'll see.... stay tuned! These are too much fun to make!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A day of sledding!

We all took today off and just did something fun (after the hospital visit - I needed an MRI). We had to be there early, I am not allowed to drive, so we had to take Charlie with. Then there was another dr's appt. in the early afternoon.
Once that was all taken care of, we decided to go sledding. The first time for Charlie and he loved it.
During the ride, I brought along a knitting project. I found a really cute pattern for a sockless sock monkey and made one for myself in brown and turquoise. This one is going to be light brown and reddish brown with a blue t-shirt and hat. The pattern is actually quite easy and so adorable...once I get the eyes and nose embroidered on mine, I will get some pix up.
OTN - funky leftover socks for afore mentioned Dental Assistant, slipper socks for the three of us, second sock monkey.