Sunday, November 04, 2007

Friends and FOs and Everything Else Imaginable

What a weekend!

Saturday El Chunko and I headed over to Stix-n-Stitches and met up with Chris. It was great meeting her and hanging at the new Stix store. I think Chunky and his polka dot sticker fetish entertained her. It's always so fun to actually meet people you only read about--and I got to take possession of the Fug too. Eeech.

While at Stix I picked up some lovely sock yarn on sale:


A ball that just spoke to me with its "Rose" color:


(Soon to be another Calorimetry!) And November's K.A.Y.E. prize yarn:


Classic Elite Alpaca Sox. Yeah, yeah, more sock yarn, I know!!! But it's alpaca! And the color is called "Dried Herbs." How Thanksgiving-y is that??? It was too nice to pass up!

Today I capitalized on the extra hour.

I woke up and took Chunky's lunchbag and turned it from this:


To this:


I hate hand felting. But the laundromat seemed to be out of hot water on Saturday.

I still have to let it dry and do some finishing touches on it before I give the official blog-o run down.

Next I baked a pumpkin.


While it cooled, I changed the smoke detector batteries (did you?).


Then I pureed the pumpkin.


I froze about 3 cups of pumpkin. We'll have a pumpkin praline roll for Thanksgiving dessert (can you tell I'm psyched about turkey day?)

Next I planted some garlic.


Not sure if it will work, but it's worth a try.

Then I worked on a couple things for the shop.


I don't really like the way that one turned out though.

Next I took this:


And sealed up our bedroom window, kitchen window and the dining room windows.


Again, not sure how well this will work but the kit cost $9.99 and I figure it won't hurt. The windows I sealed are so old and drafty it's disgusting.

I'm trying to see how long we can go without having to turn the heat on. I'll bet we can make it to at least the middle of December.

Then I paid the bills, smashed the jack o'lanterns with the boys, called the 'rents, made homemade pizza for dinner, did the dishes, prepped everything for crock pot chili and cornbread tomorrow, made lunches up for tomorrow, and cast on a Calorimetry.

Gah, I'm exhausted!!!!

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Blogger janna said...

I love that rose and green yarn! And I need to find some of that window-film stuff....

8:51 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Lovely yarns there! I never knew you could bake the pumpkin and then scoop it, thanks! I was always boiling it..grr hate that! Hope the window film works well for you!

9:50 PM  
Blogger Brena said...

You are so freaking productive!

10:17 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

You're like Ma on Little House on the Prarie.

I love the Alpaca Sox. Almost makes me wish I had another gynie appt. scheduled for November.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

The plastic window kits do make a big difference. The worse your windows, the bigger the difference.

You can always get some thick curtains, too, if needed, for extra insulation.

Hey, I finally got in to "The Place", mostly as a venue for self-promotion. Look for me.

11:24 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Wow! Lots of fun in that post...but I just need to know more about this pumpkin praline roll!! Two of my favorites in one dessert!! I can't wait for Thanksgiving either!!

12:21 AM  
Blogger Andey Layne said...

Just reading all of that wore me out. And like irishgirlie, I want the recipe for this pumpkin praline roll. Sounds heavenly.
And I think the pink and purple cutter is abso-fricken-lutely adorable. It must be mine!

1:20 AM  
Blogger JRS said...

I wish I could be half as productive as you!

Those window films really helped out when I lived in Boston. We didn't have them the first winter, but got them the second, and I DID notice quite a difference.

I buy up pumpkin and freeze it so I can eat pumpkin pie not from a can all year. I'd love to try a pumpkin praline roll!

2:44 AM  
Blogger Guro said...

Oh, so much nice yarn! And I did not know one could bake pumpkin... You're like the queen of domestic productivity...

5:40 AM  
Anonymous Connie said...

Very productive! I had just seen the garlic planting on Martha last week, it sounds like you are planting it at the right time. I bet your house smelled great while the pumpkin was cooking!

6:50 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I love that sock yarn. I'm making a pair for my husband out of the same thing. The extra reinforcing nylon for the toes and heels is awesome, even if you can't get the colors to line up exactly.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

What a busy day~! I love the colors in the jawool!!

I used the plastic in my first very very draft apartment and it did help some.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous bufanditas said...

No wonder you're exhausted! You were one busy bee this weekend.

You're yarns look so warm and cozy. That pink one is my favorite. Where you trying to replicate the colors in your yarn cutter?

8:49 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

The shrink wrap will make a noticeable difference. It keeps down the drafts. I love days like that when I get things done but I also like those weekends where you do nothing. I had one of those and it was great. I did, however, set up the crockpot with chicken cacciatorre for dinner tonight and have some bread in the breadmaker for garlic bread so I don't feel like too much of a slouch!

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Miss T said...

Wonderfully busy day! I'll be interested to see what happens with your garlic experiment.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Woo-hoo - I will actually be in the running for this one - my appt is 11/14. Did I ever tell you my parents have a hobby garlic farm?

9:43 AM  
Blogger Vaedri said...

Wow! Now I feel even worse about my decidedly non-productive weekend. I shall choose to live vicariously through those who actually accomplish things other than catching up on pvr-ed tv on the weekends.

I've used the plastic window coverings several times in the past - it does make a huge difference!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

Hubby won't let me put the plastic up. It really bothers his aesthetics. Last apartment when we where freezing with a $300 heating bill, he let me put it up. We do have storm windows in out new house, though.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

Great weekend round up. I love the Jawoll, it's a great and under-appreciated sock yarn. It's one of the few wool sock yarns that I don't have to take off in 5 minutes from the scratching.

Isn't fall wonderful? (That's the feeling I got from this BezPost :-)

11:27 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

crosses fingers to be the November KAYE winner...I bought the Alpaca Sox for MY contest!! :)

Planting garlic...I will have to try that.

And the window plastic? We have old drafty windows as well and they are wonderful. But then, we don't control our heat and then we're suffocating....

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tgwckpqBeing one of the 'rents that you talked to and I will not say how long....I am surprised at all you got done this weekend!!! I put up some of that shrink wrap on our livingroom window and it is making a difference. I tried not to turn on our heat til at least the first of Oct. I don't think that I made it though, I am already wearing my long johns and it has just gotten to the freezing mark. I cook my pumpkin on the stove top with just a tiny bit of water, course it is the scrapings from the Jack-0-Lanterns, and I think that it would burn if I baked it. Love, Mom

11:46 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

OMG, I'm tired just reading that post! I need a nap now...

11:52 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I second those who said the window kits make a difference - they TOTALLY do. We lived in Indiana in an old, drafty house with single pane windows and no storm windows. You could FEEL the BREEZE through them in the winter.

After discovering the wonder of the plastic window kits, we were converts. Our dogs did tend to barrel through the one next to our front door when barking at visitors, but that was a minor detail.... :P

12:29 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

nice yarn! And the plastic kit for the windows actually does a pretty good job. Provided the draft isn't coming from the outside edge of the window trim. In which case you have to cut a MUCH bigger palstic thingie...

1:07 PM  
Blogger Macoco said...

jeez louise you are one industrious woman!

1:34 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

you made me tired just reading through that list! and now I'm embarrased - I didn't accomplish anything this weekend.

The new bezzie ball is clever! And that Thanksgiving dessert sounds really yummy.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Busy/Bezzie little bee.
Can you post the recipe and method for the pumpkin and praline desert please.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Phew! I'm just tired reading it all. I think I'll go take a nap :).

4:48 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

December? Really? Impressive.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Eryn said...

I'm exhausted just reading about your weekend!

BTW - the garlic should grow nicely. We plant tons of it with the leftover cloves. It takes longer than you think to get a good sized fruit (?) what do you call a ball of garlic?

5:57 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

The garlic sprouts are really pretty and you can use those too, good luck with it!

What a weekend- you really were busy, it all sounds like so much fun- beautiful yarns. I just told my husband I want the alpaca sock yarn for Christmas.

I love Thanksgiving and can't wait for it to be here either!

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

I feel like a total slacker! We played baseball and made pot roast in the crock pot. I think we talked about getting the leaves out of the gutters but it seemed like a lot of work.

Nice job with the hand felting. That's difficult to get right.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Pretty yarn!

Just wanted to let you know, I am following your lead and going to do a Cheapass Christmas this year!!!

10:48 AM  
Blogger knitty_kat said...

I love the JaWool, nice colours. Have you ever tried nuking the pumpkin? It works too and doesn't take as long!

12:16 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Have you knit socks with alpaca before? I have some fingerling weight alpaca, but am afraid it would be to fuzzy, and then get pilly?? Mmmm... pumpkin!

2:19 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

Lovely yarn! I almost bought some of that Alpaca Sox stuff today but then stuck to my yarn diet. It was a close call, though!

I'll try the pumpkin thing this weekend. I love pumpkin.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

So many great things going on at The House of Bezzie!!

I love your choice of yarns.

Our heat is on ~sigh~ Today actually was an awesome day but the last few have been rainy and so so damp.

6:02 PM  

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