Too busy to work?!

I’m convinced I could be a full time crafter if I didn’t have to work a paying job… I am totally dabbled over the past 3 weeks, I have so many projects in various stages!  And this doesn’t include any that I recently pinned on pinterest (like learning to crochet hearts and pumpkins and more!)

I went to a knitting class held by a local yarn club about a month ago – super fun and came out of that with 2 projects: 1) a sampler scarf of different knit stitches and 2) a spiral cowl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-queens-spiral-cowl) . I had purchased yarn for the class and started the sampler scarf but found I really like the waffle stitch so here is work in progress #1:

Scarf

The spiral cowl is (to me) a really big project so I decided to ‘practice’ with some other yarn I had that I had no idea what to do with. But knowing I was just practicing I didn’t pay close attention to the stitch count and was getting frustrated with this particular yarn so after using up the first skein I bound it off. Lesson learned – place more stitch markers!  I haven’t started the cowl yet but have the yarn, stitch markers and new pointier circular needles ready to go. Here is a picture from the Ravelry website:

Cowl

Project #2 is stuffed turkeys –  I found the project on the Joanne fabric website. This has been in progress for a few weeks (okay, months) I finally got around to ironing and marking the fabric for cutting only to discover that fat quarters are not big enough for 18″ circles! I was feeling pretty dumb but the pattern even says “1/4 yard” and checked with my crafty BFF and she was stumped as well.  SO! I popped into Joanne’s and bought 1 yard each of 3 fabrics. Those are waiting to be marked, cut and ironed… This is the picture from the Joanne website:

Stuffed_Turkey_Project

Project #3 was a crochet octopus.  I missed a crochet get together at the Yarn club where everyone was crocheting an octopus for pre-mature babies in the local hospital NICU. (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/octopus-for-preemie—octo-project) Over 3 nights for about 4 hours total I made this totes adorbs octopus:
Octopus

Now that I know the pattern I can definitely churn out another one in shorter time, and participate in the next crochet get together 🙂

Project #4 is a Christmas Creche (manger).  My Mom crafted one waaayyy back when I was a kid and I have always loved it – found the pattern from 1978 on ebay and it is sitting in the craft room waiting for me to cut out the pattern pieces.  This project will be a long ranging one as there are 12 figures, palm tree and the manger.  I visited my Mom this past weekend and took some detailed pictures and she let me borrow one of her wise men and a shepherd.

Manger

and finally Project #5 is a Halloween alphabet cross stitch! The design is by JBW Designs, I have quite a few of her leaflets from maybe 20 years ago?! This project I admit is totally  me having a “oh look something shiny” or “Dory” moment (as my crafty BFF calls it) – in the process of looking for something else I came across a JBW Designs leaflet…saw something Halloween and there went my train of thought!  It will probably be finished right in time for Halloween.

CrossStitch

How bad is it that I’m excited for the forecast of rain all day Saturday?!  My garden could really use a soaking though and I’m overdue for a garden post…after I knit a few waffles and stitch some ABC’s of course!

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Get out of my pool!!

If you know me you hear me saying this in my best Penny Marshall voice as the wife of “Satan” in the movie Hocus Pocus (see It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus for more on my Hocus Pocus obsession) when she tells the Sisters to get out of her house.  In my case this is aimed at the ducks in our pool.

Now if they would just land in the water, throw some water on their backs and then leave that’d be just fine.  But they hang out and POOP. Either in the pool or on the side or both.  YUCK.

They mostly enjoy the pool early in the morning or later at night when we aren’t awake or watching out for them to be in it.

To the internet I went –

First internet suggestion – alligator pool float.  Most people who tried this said it worked at first but wore off and I’d most likely find the ducks sitting on said alligator after a few days.

Next suggestion – dogs.  Which we have three, but the one that will chase the ducks off is also the one most likely to jump either in the pool after them, or over the pool fence to get them. And her bark is seriously piercing to the ear drum which I don’t think my neighbors would appreciate at 5am.

THEN I read that snakes are also a deterrent…soooooo I found a rubber snake, brightly colored, but it wouldn’t float.  DH to the rescue –  cut pieces of a foam pool noodle and attach it to the snake.

Snake

Voila! It’s not pretty, but it’s a floating duck deterrent!  It’s been about 2 weeks since we started using it, and so far so good – no duck poop in the pool, woo!