Saturday, December 30, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
I want to show off some knitting that wasn't done by me, but was gifted to my lucky kids this Christmas.
These hand puppets were all knitted by my mom. This was the first year that she didn't "work" outside of the home. She will be 75 in February! I was teaching her neighbor lady to knit, and she got out her yarn and needles and made up all these puppets and then some! My hubby said "Where'd she find the patterns for those?" Hehe! No patterns! Smart lady!! She sold some to her neighbors for their grandkids. Only the kitties and things that weren't based on real cartoons, though!!
The big Jon Arbuckle (?) Garfield's guy, and the monkey, and the horse girl were all knitted by the lady who made our Christmas stockings. It is so funny that I thought of these toys a while ago. She decided to give some to my kids totally out of the blue!
SP collects Garfield, so these are just right for him. MM loves monkeys, so that monkey is perfect for him, and LD loves the horse. I thought it was a cow, but she corrected me like no one but an eight year old can!
Also, I just wanted to give a little update on our poor invalid, SP. He's doing really well. We'll see the surgeon again in January, and then we'll know more. Maybe he'll even get a walking cast, then!
We've been playing all the fun new games we got for Christmas, and still eating way too much junk. (And I've been knitting soaps in socks for my etsy shop) I wonder how we'll ever get up on time for work and school when the new year comes, because we've also been staying up way too late!
Thank you all for being so sweet! I hope everyone has a wonderful new year! It's been crazy trying to get on the computer with everyone home for the holidays, so I'll say it now, just in case.
Just a little edit. The puppets are all about 7 - 10 inches tall, and the big toys (Jon A., the monkey, and the horse/cow) are probably around two and a half feet tall, or so. I guess, anyway, since I didn't measure. :)
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
I got knitting things (of course). I really wanted some knitting books, though, and when all the gifts were opened, I didn't have any! Hubby said "Isn't there another gift?" to his mom and she's like "yep, look behind the tree". She got me Mason-Dixon Knitting, and Socks Soar on Two Circulars, and a knitting dvd! I thought I was just getting an anklette (beautiful as it is) from her. I really get more excited about knitting books than jewelry? Yep!!
The only gifts that come close to the knitting gifts are the great flannel jammies hubby got me. I love flannel jammies, and I got 2 new pair! He also tricked me with one gift. I always get a set of Charmed dvds on the holidays. I picked that gift up first, because I knew what it was, and he took it away, and said to open it last. ??? So, I got to it, and it was the first season of the Gilmore Girls! I love the GG's and Charmed! Great shows.
So, after cleaning up the paper mess, I casted on with some of my pretty new wool. I knitted a sock for a bar of soap and left it for MIL. The blue/turquoise soap sock is the one I made for MIL. The brown/pink/red one is the first one I ever made, with the left over SWS and Paton's Merino. I had a pic of them here, but blogger is doing it again! I can't get it to show! I'll post it soon. Really!
Since I am such a camera hog, there are almost no pictures of me at all! I did take videos of the kids opening presents. They're so funny!
When we got home, we all played Guitar Hero II, and SingStar on the PSII. I got videos of Hubby beating SP on SingStar, but on Guitar Hero, SP rocks! He was standing on his one good foot, but I made him sit. LD wanted to do the song Paint It Black over and over and over!
We had tons of fun, but I definitely ate way too much junk, and the house is seriously trashed! My stomach is feeling very yucky, and all the sugar I ingested did not do me any good! We still have one more Christmas celebration, on New Year's Eve. I should probably try to eat a little healthier at that one!
I swore I wasn't going to Traffic City, where we do our shopping, until after the new year, but the boys each have gift cards for the mall, so I don't see how I am going to be able to avoid it.
I am going to go try to make that picture show up!
Here is the picture! The only way I could do it was a new post. ????
I'll just fiddle with the time so it shows up under today's first post.
The top pic is Paton's Merino wool in Peacock and Too Teal. Knitted in the round with a figure eight cast on then, I stretched it onto a bar of Oil of Olay, and kitchenered the end. I gave that one to MIL.
The bottom one is Paton's SWS, and Paton's brown Merino. I don't know the exact color names right this minute. Wait oh yes I do! I had to dig in my new knitting bag that I got for Christmas for the ball bands.
The SWS is Natural Plum, and the Merino is Chestnut Brown. I knitted it in the round, and sewed the ends shut. It's on some plain old Ivory and it is felting as we're using it. I should probably write up a little pattern for this, since it's still just in my head!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
One more time: Thank you all so much for the comments on the Fake Isle hat. I've been getting so many compliments around town, that I'm starting to get a little embarrassed. It's pretty hard to embarrass me, too! I seriously love that hat. The pattern's awesome, but the Paton's SWS that I used made it extra-special, since it was a gift from a friend, and I'd been wanting to try it for so long.
I went knitting yesterday with my friend, Carrie, and look what she brought for me! Isn't that the cutest little snowman you've ever seen? She knitted him for me, and I love him! He is so cute and squishy!
I was going to post about him right when I got home from running my errands, but while out and about, I started feeling a little sick. Tired, stomach ache. You know. Blah. So, I came home and took a nap. Then, after I went and got the kids and Hubby got home from work, I got in the recliner and zoned out. I didn't even knit! So, you know I was sick. I feel a lot better now. I guess I'm just wearing myself out with all of this holiday stuff.
I am going to show off a gift I knitted, too. (Hope that's not tacky!) I actually showed a pic of this rooster cloth before, but I did it all blurry so no one could tell it was a rooster. I did that because I knew if the person it was for saw a rooster she'd know it was hers. I gifted it with a felted soap yesterday, though, and she told me this morning that she loves the little rooster. Do you think I typed rooster enough yet? LOL
Well, I hope everyone has the most wonderful holiday season, ever! I can't believe how close it is. Today, the second graders are wearing their pjs, and are watching the Polar Express. LD spent a lot of time picking out just the right pajamas, and wore her fuzzy robe. I have to be there around 2 or so for the "winter vacation" party. I'm going to be snapping some pics. They grow so fast.
I don't know how much I'll be able to be on the computer for the next week, or so! Hopefully, I'll be able to keep up on my blog reading. I have so many feeds on my bloglines, it's not even funny.
Monday, December 18, 2006
I was tagged by Romi for a weird meme. It's going to be hard to come up with 6 things. hehe Not really.
"THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the "6 weird things about you." People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their comments and tell them to read your blog."
- I only brush my teeth with hot water. If I have to use cold they just don't feel clean enough.
- I check and recheck the locks before bed, and before leaving the house. A little compulsively.
- I check the stove a little compulsively, too.
- I hate hate hate grapefruit. I tried to eat half a grapefruit before every meal. (to lose weight) I couldn't do it even once. YUCK!
- I don't like the number 6. If I have a choice of numbers, I never pick 6. Ever! So, you only get 5 weird things. Haha!
Ok, if you read all of that, you get to see knitting stuff. Yay!
Thank you for the wonderful comments on my hat. I'm blushing. I need to get some of those smilies so you can tell. Here are some more pics. The hat "guts", the soap in a sock, and a closer pic of the hat. I knitted the soap in a sock yesterday, it's left over SWS and Paton's Merino. I just casted on some stitches on my long options cord, and magic looped it. I watched a video online to learn the magic loop. Then, I sewed the ends up with more wool. If I was making one for a gift, or for sale, I'd kitchener the ends. As it is used, I hope it will felt.
I think this is my very first early morning post. I started this while the kids were getting ready for school, and finished it after dropping them off.
Now, I have a mountain high pile of laundry! No joke! In between loads, I'm knitting on the pinwheel. It'll be done soon, and I'll show off the whole thing!!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
I copied this from Kat's blog.
The idea: Post the first sentence from each month of 2006.
Since I have only been blogging for a few months, I don't have the whole year covered, but I thought it looked fun, so I'm doing it anyways! :)
June: Well, here goes!
July: Poor MM, he is 13, and the middle child!
August: First of all.
September: Ok, I'll tell my secret.
October: Marji from Fiber Arts Afloat sent me a package!!
November: Ha, ha, I'll get back to knitting next time!
December: Well enough for now, anyway!
Ok, on to other things. Thank you all for the comments on the pinwheel blanket, and my Fake Isle hat.
The hat is done, blocked and all! I love this hat, I love the yarn, too. It looks so great, if I do say so myself. So, one more time, thanks Amy for the great pattern, and thanks to g-girl for the awesome yarn. I swear I'm done going "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" LOL!
I am most definitely knitting another one of these hats as soon as I get some more SWS. I'll still work on the UFOs I have laying around here, I SWEAR!
I actually had a little SWS and a bunch of the Merino left, so a started a little sock for a bar of soap. Soap in a sweater. Haha. It's feltable wool and soy stuff, so as it is used it should felt on the bar, right? I guess we'll see.
I'm going to go knit on that lil' sock thingy and the pinwheel blanket. Hope everyone's weekend was great. As you can see from the pics of me up there, mine was pretty exhausting. (Tired, pale looking lady!) Shopping wears me out, but I am done! Now, I just have to wrap it all.
Friday, December 15, 2006
I don't think I promised not to start another project. I may have sort-of, kinda said that I was going to finish something first. Oh, wait, I finished felted soaps. Haha, so it was ok to start a new project.
Plus, it was gift yarn, and I know g-girl would want me to knit something and enjoy it as soon as possible!
This is a Fake Isle Hat by Amy. I just had to start it today! I love it. I am at the part where you just start the patterning. I am in some serious love with this Paton's SWS. Isn't it gorgeous? I hope the brown Paton's Merino was a good choice to go with it. I almost chose this awesome turquoise, but the brown called to me.
That is the crazy pinwheel behind it. I am doing the ruffle, if you look close, you can see it. I have changed the yarn to all purple, instead of the purple and white. Love it, too!! It's pretty close to being finished!
I am behind on blog reading! I am behind on answering emails, and I haven't wrapped a single Christmas gift! No, that's not true, I did put one in a cute little box that looked like Chinese take out, and gave it to Carrie. If I owe you an email, or a card, or anything else, I swear it's coming. Just be patient, cuz I'm a little slow lately. hehe
Thanks for all the nice comments on LD's drawings, and on the wonderful things g-girl sent! Oh, she didn't make the bag, she got it at Target, and it's super cute! If I am an obsessive commenter on your blog, don't worry, I'm ok, I just either haven't been over :( (I will soon!) Or if you switched to beta, I might have tried to comment. I've been having a really bad time with commenting on beta blogger blogs.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Listen here, this is what I got: A super cute pink bag (handmade!), a dishcloth g-girl calls snowflakes, also super cute! You know I love dishcloths. This is the first one I've ever had that someone else made me!! A sweet note, Two needle trackers, and .. a skein of Paton's Soy Wool Stripes. I've been wanting to try this yarn. I have to come up with the perfect one skein project. Whoo-Hooo!!
Ok, I swear I am not a total knit freak! LD was joking when she drew these pictures. It's all because I let her look at this site with me. It gave her inspiration! The mad, crazed knitamaniac you see before you is me. The girl going "What?" is LD. I think she's trying to steal my yarn. She says, she's confused by the knit wit. Haha, funny little girl.
See on the Christmas picture, which is a work in progress, doesn't it look like someone is trying to steal my knitting? Why else would I be on the fireplace?
One of my KIP bags is a purse, and I have thought about what I'd do if someone tried to snatch it. Steal my yarn? I don't think so!
I've been knitting on the pinwheel blanket every chance I get. I followed the pattern, and increased every other round until I had 600 stitches. Then, I borrowed someone's idea of a seed stitch ruffle, and did a k f/b in every stitch to make an even 1200 stitches. Yeah, I know, it sounds like I'm watering the crazy seeds LD is trying to plant. 1200 stitches! It's really not as bad as it sounds. I'm going to do seed stitch until my yarn runs out, or maybe until my patience with this project runs out. LOL!
edit: I had to add a stitch (1201 sts) to do seed stitch. hehe - duh!
I'll post a pic when it's all done.
When I finish the pinwheel blankie, I'm also going to post a little review of the Knit Picks Options Needles. Just my own little observations, and opinions.
Knitting class with the kids was yesterday. What a funny bunch I have this time! They are so full of new ideas. A few of them have knitted the simple wristbands that I designed for them, and one finished a small scarf already! Only one more class, until spring. That made some of them very sad. It makes me a little sad, too. Once in a while, I think, maybe I should start a knit group at the school. Then, I remember everything I already have going on with my own three kids, and I know I just can't do it right now! I think it would be fun, though.
Holiday Program tonight for LD. She's all dressed up in her new dress, and ready to sing. I can't believe the holidays are so close!
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Well, I didn't let that bad dishcloth keep me down. I just knitted up a garterlac cloth instead. I love the garterlac dishcloth. It looks so complicated and hard to do, but it's not. We watched Narnia and I made this last night.
I've been knitting on the baby blanket, too. We did all of our decorating, and I guess we really like the Christmas lights. Gaudy bright every color, flashing Christmas lights. Very pretty!
I made a list of all of the WIPs and UFOs I have going on and it's not too bad. (for me) In no particular order I have:
- the blue sofa throw
- a pair of Jaywalker Socks (one done, second almost done)
- LD's Broadripple Socks
- My mitten
- My scarf from Marji
- a Branching Out Scarf
- a pair of Hedera Socks (one about done, second started)
- the Pinwheel Blanket
I also have these things going on:
- a black long sleeved One Skein Wonder
- pink fuzzy slippers
- felted soaps
I am the Queen of the WIPs! No one can beat me. Haha, I win. I am going to try really (sort-of) hard to finish these things (or maybe some of these things) before starting any other projects. I (kinda) promise. I know having so many projects going would make some people crazy, but this is the way I like to do it! All of these projects will get done, and gifted on time. If they are gifts, that is. At least the broadripple socks are pretty big, so I don't have to worry about LD growing out of them too soon!
Speaking of LD, she drew some lovely knitting pictures for me that I have to post soon. They really make me look totally obsessed with knitting and yarn. Not because I really am, but because we were looking at these awesome knitting tshirts. I love 'em. I told my Hubby that I could get 7 different ones and just wear one everyday. Hahaha.
Ok, back to the weekend. It's almost over, and I have WIPs and hungry kids calling.
Friday, December 08, 2006
So, I am knitting a wonderful dishcloth. It says "Knit On"; I say "Knit On!" a lot. So, I started this dishcloth a while ago. I put it down to do some mittens and to work on other things I had already started.
I picked it up yesterday to finish it. I mean, I could have finished it in one day, but I enjoy dragging my knitting out forever and ever. Obviously! So, I am knitting along, and I decide to look at the entire cloth and see how the words are coming out. Ahhhh!! No!!! I can't believe I did this.
The part that says on is good, but the knit is backwards and looks like crap-o-la! I skipped a row or something. Here's a lovely picture of both sides of the cloth. Of course, that is after I crumpled it all up and yanked the needles out, and crumpled it more and threw it across the room, all while swearing at myself.
So, on to something better. I started a different dishcloth. An easier one, because apparently right now, knit, purl, whatever is too much for me.
Here is a cute picture out of one of my favorite Christmas books. It is called A Gift From The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright . My mom would get this book from the library for me every Christmas and we'd read it.
The really neat thing is that she would get this exact book. The librarian gave me the book when that old library closed. Is that cool, or what? It was this little village library. I took the kids there until it closed. The place was so small, that the library card with my name from when I was little was still there!
This little doll, Edith, lives with some bears, and she wants to knit Mr. Bear a muffler. Little Bear is not very supportive. He tells her that she doesn't know how to knit. The book shows her buying wool, and how she has to wind the skeins into balls. The scarf turns out way too long, but she turns it into three scarves. One for Mr. Bear, and two for Mr. Bear's cousins that they go spend the holidays with. It even shows her dropping a stitch and ripping out a few rows to fix a mistake. I love how they have her hiding the muffler from Mr. Bear and knitting in secret. The pictures are dolls and teddy bears posed. So cute!
I never did like that Little Bear. He doesn't get a scarf at the end. Probably because he was always putting down Edith's knitting!
I guess I'd better go make some calls, and pay some bills, and stuff. Then, I'm going to go knit!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Here are pictures from last Christmas. See I really do have three kids, even if I don't blab about all three of them all of the time.
See SP, standing on two feet, with his hat that I knit? He is up and about on one foot, but guess where he is right now..... School! I hope he's not completely exhausted from hauling himself around on the crutches all day. I would think that would be pretty hard. I told him his dad could probably borrow a wheelchair from work, just for school, but he didn't seem so keen on that idea. We'll see how he feels after school, though.
That fireplace is the most awesome thing. Seriously! Even if I do say so myself. It is actually our nasty old bookcase. I covered it with brown paper, and painted it up. Hehe. Hubby drew the logs and fire for me, and I just went to town with the acrylic craft paints.
These stockings are so special to us. My mom's neighbor knitted them. Aren't they great? Handknit gifts are really just the best! She's in her late 70s. She knits the most amazing great big stuffed animals. When I was small, we'd go over there, and I just remember all of them being so big, and neat! They still are, too. You know how sometimes things are actually different than you remember them? Things seemed really big; probably because you were small. Or something seemed like magic, and when you grow and learn, it's not magic anymore? The toys she knits are still big and magic! Yay! I love that.
So, class was pretty good yesterday. One little girl made a small purse out of a long rectangle, and a braided handle. Another little girl finished a wristband / bracelet. Unfortunately, we only have four weeks this time, so there's not a lot of time to learn, learn, learn. I, being the teacher, decided I'd just teach the basics, and try to instill the love of the craft into them, and hopefully they'll just run with it. One girl, who took my class this last summer, has half a scarf already done! One of them said "I don't have any homework tonight, so I can just knit until bedtime!" I think my plan is working!! LOL!
I actually got to sit with Carrie and knit for a while today. Man, I needed it, too! Just feeling like I was "on call" (24hrs a day) these last few days with SP home was very tiring. I really don't know how people who have differently-abled kids do it! Even when he didn't need anything, he was here, and I was listening just in case he needed help. It was only for just over a week! I am seriously wimpy!
Almost time to start thinking about picking up kids. Basketball game tonight. That's the only thing on the calendar. It's usually three things at least; one per child. I guess tonight we get a little break.
I'm going to knit a bit, then I'll be off to pick up the hungry horde.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Super Chocolatey Hot Chocolate
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I like the monochromatic look, but we have lights of all the colors, and some that are just white
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope, but I think I may have one year
5. When do you put up your decorations?
Not early enough. We just started the other night. I always think "Next year we'll do it earlier"
6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Mmmm....? I don't know, I can never make up my mind.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
My totally ugly stocking that my mom knit me. It was only so ugly because I chose the colors, and yep, I still have it, and I still love it.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I don't remember.. probably from my older brother.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yep. We go to Hubby's Aunt's house and get a gift from them. The other ones we open on Christmas morning.
10. What kind of decorations are on your Christmas Tree?
Handmade ones from the kids, plus some from our families. I also make a picture ornament for each year per child. When they are grown up, I'll give their whole set to them. Someday, I'd like one of those matchy matchy magazine trees to go in my clean magazine looking house.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread?
It's pretty, but it's cold, and I hate to drive in it. I don't think I'd miss it if I moved South.
12. Can you ice skate?
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
As usual, I can't make up my mind! The one I use most often is my wool ball winder.
14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Family. It's all about the kids here.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Cherry pie, or pumpkin pie
16 What is your favorite holiday tradition?
watching the kids open their gifts.
17. What tops your tree?
An angel with a lighted halo thingy all around her.
18. What is your favorite holiday book?
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Too many to name. I love Christmas songs.
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yummy?
Yummy. I love candy canes. All flavors.
I've been trying to add some really cute Christmas pictures from last year, but blogger won't let me! I'll try to add the pics later, cuz they are so cute, but I have to go get ready for my knitting class.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
When we left the house at about 4, Friday morning, the weather was nice. Clear roads all the way to the hospital for SP's surgery. When we got out of the hospital to come home at about 11 am, it was a blizzard. You couldn't see because of the snow falling and blowing around. The roads were completely covered! Slow drive home, let me tell ya. That would have been bad enough, right?
Well, I put my window down to flick the ice off the wiper, and when I pushed the button to put the window back up, nothing happened. It would still go down, so down it went. We had to drive an hour in a blizzard with the passenger window all of the way down. I held my coat up to it all of the way home.
Here are some pictures of the mitten I finished while SP was in surgery. Look at that snow. It's really deep. Feet deep! Not inches! I need to move South!!
Here's a close up of my mitten. I love this yarn. It's my handdyed fisherman's wool. Warm!! It will go with the Panta that I knit for myself.
Oh, yeah, after we got home, Hubby called Cindy's hubby, and he gave him an idea on how to fix the window. Hold the button down, and slam the door. It worked. Weird!
I have eight soaps calling for felt. I hope they dry out really well before I have to gift them!
I just have to say, one more time, how much we appreciate the well wishes for SP. I love the community and friendship I've found in knitbloggers. All y'all are GREAT! **hugs to you all**
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. I know they helped.
Nasty Michigan weather story and knitting pictures tomorrow, or next time I wrestle this computer away from a family member.
Off to watch the Polar Express and Knit!!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Thanks to everyone who is thinking of SP and his broken ankle. I guess the surgery will be on Friday, so please keep us in your thoughts, and prayers if you pray. We're waiting for the Dr. to call with specifics. I hate waiting.
Thanks for the compliments on the mittens, too. LD has been wearing them, even though it's been in the 40s and 50s. I am loving this weather. I know it'll come to an end soon. :( Michigan is never this warm.
Here's a little yarny picture. This is the pinwheel blankie for the new baby girl who is coming in a few months. I am up to 520 stitches. The rounds go faster than you'd think, though. That's my mitten up there, too. See my hand dyed wool? Mmm. Let me tell ya, that is some yummy stuff! Yep, orange is my favorite color. I like orange with pink, too.
My knitting class was fun yesterday. Only a couple of the kids didn't know how to do the knit stitch. I was thinking about doing a gauge swatch with them, but with such short classes we're just going to learn some basics and have fun. I have written some really simple patterns for the kids classes that they love, but I have to rewrite them to match the yarn and needles sizes I was able to get. I usually use worsted weight yarn doubled and size 10 1/2 needles. That way they finish a project really fast. I could only find size 8 and 9 needles, though, so it's regular worsted weight yarn, instead of doubled. I taught them a knit on cast on, and they all did it, and took off knitting for practice. It's all girls this time, and I have 9 students. My helper wasn't able to come, but we did fine.
One little girl said "So, do you just sit and do this all day? Cuz I know you don't have a real job." Ouch! I know she didn't mean anything by it, but she must have heard it from her parents. Right now, I don't know what I'd do if I had a real job. The worry, and stress from surgery and whatnot is driving me crazy as it is. I just laughed and said "I wish I could just knit all day" and changed the subject. Don't worry Carrie, you know it wasn't your daughter. hehe
We went to the community tree lighting last night. It was a small gathering, even though the weather was awesome! There was a very important sports thing going on, and a lot of people were at that. Which our team won! Yay!
One of my new little knitters came up to me as soon as we got there, to ask me a knitting question. I'm showing her the answer with my fingers, and no yarn. You should have seen hubby's face. It was so funny.
Cindy's little guy came up, without looking real close to my Hubby and said "Pick me up". He thought hubby was his dad. It has happened before. LD has done the same thing to Cindy's hubby, too. As I said before our hubbies are cousins, and they do look a bit alike. Hope he wasn't too embarrassed. His parents were right there, but a few people laughed, and I bet my kids would get a bit upset at being laughed at. We're working on that. I don't like being laughed at, and I think that has rubbed off on them. We need to believe the "laughing with not laughing at" thing.
g girl posted some darn cute pics of her new little niece, too. You should see 'em. What a little doll. She also posted a pic of the st. markers I sent her. I've been so busy I haven't put them in my shop, yet! I need to read blogs, too. So, if I am a usual commenter or lurker (which you wouldn't know anyway) on your blog. I'll be back!
I guess it's time to go wait. I hate waiting. I hope they call soon.
Knit On, Knitters. And send good vibes to us while you're doing it, pretty please!
|Your Stress Level is: 69%|
You are prone to stress, and you're probably even pretty stressed right now.
Life's problems seem to pile up on you, and this often makes you feel depressed and burned out.
Learn to take time to relax and enjoy life, even if things are stressful. It's the only way you'll get through the bad times.
Monday, November 27, 2006
I really am liking my new knitpicks needles. I needed a little break from the pinwheel blanket, though, so I started some mittens. The first pair I've ever done. I would have had them done in two days, but somebody hurt his ankle, and I got a little busy. Just kidding!
LD loves her new mittens. I saw her showing them to her teacher today. She also knits and asked if the thumb was hard to knit. It wasn't. I started myself a pair, too. The 6 yr. old nephew requested some, and I have some really soft, dark blue yarn that might work just right!
These are made of Paton's Merino Wool. On size 4 needles. Mine are going to be of some hand dyed by me fisherman's wool. I'll show a pic soon.
I am at something like 510 stitches on the pinwheel blanket. It is really cute. I'll show a picture of that, too! Yeah, promises, promises!
I hope I'll have time to read some blogs soon, too! Darn blog lines, sometimes it doesn't tell me when the blogs I like are updated. Then it'll say 6 or 7 new posts at once, and they're really not that new!
So, today was busy, because we had a dr. appointment for SP. The drive there is like 45 min. or so. Then, they sent us for a catscan. We got home, I sent some emails, then I went and got LD from school, dropped her at girlscouts, went to get supplies for my class, went and picked her up, and then went to MM's basketball game! We didn't even have supper until after 7! That's pretty late for us.
Supplies for class? That is the knitting class I will be teaching tomorrow. I love to teach kids to knit. I have eight students. There are a lot of classes to choose from, and the knitting one I do, is always full! Yay! The only bad thing is that it is only for four weeks. I wish they were longer. The pta pays for the supplies, and the teacher's time. It is totally free for the kids. My kids have done: games, juggling, sign language, crafts, yoga, and this time LD is trying ballet.
Hopefully, I'll be able to get on here often, and read blogs, and post. We'll see with all of the craziness of injury, and sports, and holidays going on!
Knit on, Knitters!
Friday, November 24, 2006
We had a lovely time in a gorgeous place. I do not remember any Thanksgiving in my life that wasn't snowy, and at least below 30 degrees f. Yesterday, it was 50 degrees, and the sun was out! I was a good girl, and didn't fight with the in-laws. I just might have to open a flicker account to share all of the amazing pictures we took. (Any advice for a free account would be welcome) We were at Point Betsie Light House. It's in Frankfort, MI. I was so glad it was nice enough to go walking on the beach, and around the cabin we were in. Talk about being blessed and thankful.
Besides walking on the beach, and eating, and knitting, I also read the piece about Carrie and her hubby in the paper!! It was so cool! And sweet! See the pic of the beach down below? The little specks on it are LD, MM (our 13 yr. old), BIL, and the nephew who is 6. It was seriously the best Thanksgiving I've ever had.
Until I got back from an after dinner walk on the beach with MIL, her friend, his mother, LD, and the nephew who's 6.
We walked in to the cabin, and my Hubby said that SP (our 16 yr. old) called. He was at his great-aunt's house with his other grandma. He had fallen and hurt his ankle. So, I called and he gave the phone to one of the adults, and to make a long story a little bit shorter, we went and got him and took him to the emergency room. He has a broken ankle! (The whole trip call to cast, only took a couple of hours) He's got an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon Monday morning. He will be driven to and from school everyday, and get a break from work. If he needed a rest, I told him, all he had to do was say so. He didn't need to break a bone! He was fooling around with cousins, seeing who could run and jump the farthest, and yep, he won!
Hopefully he won't need surgery. I almost fainted when they were telling us where and how it was broken. Hubby took my arm and walked me over to a chair. Haha. I'm ok, until it's my kid that's hurt. He has only taken two ibuprofen tablets. He says it's not hurting much. At least he's figuring out how to use the crutches quickly. Poor kid, he was joking with the p.a. about when he can skateboard again, and the guy thought he was being serious. Hubby said (after the p.a. left) stop trying to joke with these people, they don't have a sense of humor. Most people don't get SP's humor, anyway, it's very dry and different. I only get it because I've lived with him his whole life, and because Hubby has the same weird sense of humor, and I have to get it, or live everyday in confusion! Anyone who doesn't get it, has no sense of humor, according to Hubby.
I hope everyone else who does the US thanksgiving day thingy had a great one with no injuries!
Now, for a little bit of good news: As I was sitting here, typing, and chatting with SP, the doorbell rang. It was Hubby with a package for me! He went to the post office on his way back out to the cabin to get MM, and LD. They spent the night with their Granny and cousins, and SIL and BIL.
I got my knitpicks needle set already!
Isn't that fast? I love knitpicks! I'm going to go play with them!
Hope you all have a safe weekend. I'm going to be knitting on my new needles, and waiting on the invalid! Knit On!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I'm running around like a crazy person today. I even missed knitting with Carrie. I thought she said it wouldn't work for today, and I didn't go, then she called and said "Where were ya?" We were both too busy today, anyways. Wait, I was busy knitting. Actually starting more knitting. Don't you think I have enough going? You know there are a bunch more WIPs that aren't making it in the pic, don't 'cha?
This is the stuff I have in the living room. A dishcloth, my latest jaywalker socks, a pair of broadripple socks for LD, the pinwheel blankie, a new pair of mittens for LD, and the blue thing. The blue thing is a throw I started a couple of years ago! It's on huge needles, but it is boring! I was cold last night while I was knitting the baby blanket, so I pulled it out and started knitting on it again. There are more WIPs and UFOs in other rooms of the house.
Well, I finally spent my birthday money. (Thanks Cindy!) Haha, my birthday was in September. I was waiting for the right sweater pattern to hit me, but I finally decided I don't need another project right now. What I need is the Knitpicks Options needle set. MmHmm. I got that and a few extra pieces with it, and it came to 2 cents less than my birthday money. Just right!
Since the sun is sort-of out, here in Mi, I finally got the bracelets and stitch markers photographed for my etsy shop. I'll make a little posting here when I finally get them posted on the shop page. Right now, it's all hand dyed wool, that I dyed with kool aid.
Gotta run! I have to go get the kids from school soon. I hope I'll get to post again before Thanksgiving, but if not, Happy Thanksgiving to the USA, and all who celebrate it!!
Monday, November 20, 2006
Here are some lil' pics of the felted soaps that I've done. This roving is way to pretty for me to try to spin. I need junkier stuff to practice on. I really like the felted soaps, though. I just used plain ole Ivory soap, but for gifts, I think I'll get some pretty smelling bars, that are bigger so that they last longer. These are my first ones. They're still pretty wet. I have them in a window, between the screen and the inside glass, so that they hopefully dry.
We had a nice weekend. Tomorrow is Hubby's birthday.
I have to go help with LD's girlscout meeting this afternoon. I'm not sure I like the girlscouts. Oh well, we won't get into that here. Next year, she can start basketball, and she is excited for that! Our younger son, MM is playing basketball this year, so he needs to keep the grades up, or he'll just be warming the bench.
I'm sure I have tons of more interesting things to say, but I can't seem to come up with any right now. Oh, I have some good news! 2 more pounds down, and I got i.d. ed this weekend! How do you spell i.d.ed? I don't really care how it's spelled, the point is the store lady wanted to see my i.d. to make sure I was old enough to buy alcohol. LOL. Hubby said "they check everybody at that store." but I told him he's supposed to say "It's cuz you look so young, Honey." You'd think after 15 years he'd know what I want to hear!
Well, hope everyone has a great Monday. I've gotta go do stuff. (and knit!)
p.s. I put a talk to me link and the little link to the place that I made the link in the sidebar if you ever feel like sending me an email.
Friday, November 17, 2006
I got some mail yesterday!!
Isn't that some pretty wool? I'm going to try my hand at felting around some soaps. Since I apparently need help learning to spin, but I still wanted some of this Spunky Eclectic Wool from Amy! My picture does not show how great these colors are. You should go to her site and see them. Pretty stuff! I really want more. It's so yummy!
Here are some more pictures of my walls. This weekend all the stuff is going back where it belongs! I will be so glad to be able to use the dining room table, and to be able to move through the middle of the room without something in the way!
When the mirrors (thanks Cindy!) and my kids' school pictures are back up, I'll feel so much better. I only like having dinner (supper or whatever you call your evening meal) at the dining room table. We can finally do that again! Clutter be damned! If we hadn't gone out of town last weekend, it would have been done long ago. I'm just really glad it was taken care of before Thanksgiving. We won't be here for the celebration, but that was my goal.
I've been knitting on the blanket. I can't remember if I posted this; but it's a girl! Yay, so if the blanket turns out girly, it's ok!! I have a couple of Christmas gifts that I'll show off later. You know, after Christmas.
Ooh, and in less than two weeks I get to teach knitting to some 3rd-6th graders. I've been doing that a couple times a year for like four years(?) Before doing the knitting, I was teaching friendship bracelet making. Remember the bracelets made out of knots of embroidery floss? It's only for four weeks at a time, unfortunately. I keep thinking about starting a knitting club at the school, but I am busy enough. I don't want to start something if I can't keep up with it.
Well, I guess I've rambled on enough. Real life is calling. I keep looking over at my knitting. I probably have some time to do a little before the housework. hehe. I'll make time, anyway!
Have a great weekend!!!!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
So, if you want to see something neat, and read a love story post on a knit blog, run over to Carrie's and check it out. What a romantic husband!
Thanks for the nice comments, everybody! Del, you're so right about the lucky to live near my knitty friends, but poor Cindy is such a hard worker, that she hardly ever gets to knit with Carrie and me. Should that be I? It's sounds better when I think me (in my head). hehe
I just love the blog community that I've become a part of since I started this thing last summer. I feel like I have a bunch of new friends!! Some of them even keep me from the dreaded house work with constant emails. hehehe Just kidding! I do love it, so don't you stop! I think you all are keeping me sane. So, thanks again!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I am back! We took a trip to Ohio this past weekend. I did not have much knitting time, though. Or any time to read blogs, or post on mine. Of course, I'm not whining! (Yes, yes I am). At least we missed the big snow storm that hit here. That made me very happy. It started right after we left, and the snow was gone when we got back! Ya!
How about a picture of LD's sock with my newly painted wall for the background? We stuck her up on the bookcase for this shot. She wasn't really sure about sitting up there at first, but it's a very sturdy bookcase. Plus, hubby held her on the waist, so she was very safe.
I made up for the lack of knitting by going to Carrie's house this morning and knitting with her for a while. What fun! I brought some library books with me, and she pulled out her knitting books. I borrowed Knitting Without Tears and a longer circular needle from Carrie. I have Last Minute Knitted Gifts and Mason Dixon Knitting from the library. I have made out a wishlist for Christmas, let me tell you these books are right at the top. hehe. I gave my hubby the list yesterday to look at, and he said "Are these all knitting books?" I said "Nope, one's a knitting DVD". Hahaha!
I needed the needle Carrie lent me for the baby blanket for our friend. We all found out that it's a girl, so it doesn't matter if the pinwheel blanket is turning out too girly, after all. I'm so happy for them. Here is a picture of it where you can actually tell it's a blanket, and not some weird hat. Sorry for the junk all over the table. I have stuff all over still. It will go back to it's own place this week! We just have to stripe the last wall. I want my pictures back up! I'm not sure why the picture says 12 whatever a.m. I'd better check the date/time setting on my camera.
Well, time sure does fly! I'm a little in shock that blogger let me put two pictures in my post. I'd better publish it quickly!
Thanks for the comments on my last post. I am a constant commenter on a lot of the blogs I read. I hope I get some time really soon to catch up on my blog reading!
Happy knitting - blog reading - knitting book reading....
Thursday, November 09, 2006
My camera came! I love the HP people! I took a picture of a little swatch of handdyed wool that I keep in a bowl SP made for me. See the little spider? Cute. I missed that one from Halloween. Here are my walls. They are not done, but I think they will be soon! See the blue paint tape? That's so our stripes aren't wonky. Hubby has the day off tomorrow, so I'm thinking that the taping and painting will be done tomorrow, then next week all of the junk will go back up on the walls. The dark wall is not getting stripes. I'll share another picture when it's all done, and looking pretty! I had a fun time knitting this morning with Carrie. I was invited to join her and another friend for more visiting, but I said I had to do housework. How boring. I almost turned around and went back. Well, the housework is done(ish), but I should have stayed. Next time, I'll do the stupid housework later, and hang out with the girls. We have to make some time that Cindy can join us, too. Her very first sock is speeding along. She can even fix her mistakes. That's something every knitter needs to be able to do.
Speaking of handknitted socks: I won some yarn from knitting for the dutchicans! I forgot that some really awesome people donated prizes. I never win anything. Really, I'm 33, and I've won about 3 things in my whole life, so Yay! I'm excited. I'm not sure who donated the prize I'm getting, but it's Gypsy Knits Superwash Sock Yarn. Wowie! Thank you to the generous person who donated it, and to the person who drew my name. Hehe, that sounds like an awards speech.
Well, better go do the Mom stuff, and get ready to get the kids. It is so amazingly gorgeous out here today. November in Michigan is never over 50. Well, it is today! Yay, we're going to walk, and breathe the fresh air before Mother Nature realizes that Michigan isn't getting hit with crappy weather!
p.s. to del. I just got your comment on the last post. You were discussed at knitting today. 'Cuz you're so darn cute! That sweater looks so amazing on you!! Thanks for the compliments on the socks, too.
I'll probably be busy painting tomorrow, so everyone have a great (knit-filled) weekend!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
So, I went and voted yesterday. LD got my I voted sticker, though. She asked how long until she can vote. Then, she showed off the I voted sticker all over town. It's unbelievable that in the next presidential election my oldest son will be able to vote. Holey Moley! Now I feel old.
I think we'll do the stripes on the living room walls tonight. That is if hubby isn't exhausted from work. Speaking of work, I got a couple of comments that I should be getting some kind of commission from blogger. I totally agree. Then, I can buy yarn!
I know there's more to say. Oh, yeah, the people across the street cut down an old, beautiful tree. I don't think it was sick, or dying. I just don't get it. People move here from "the city", for the nature and then cut down the trees and stuff. Honestly! The people on the corner cut down all of the lilacs in their yard. Nice, old pretty lilacs. They just moved here (only in the summers). I know it's probably not my business, but it bugs me. LD wouldn't even trick-or-treat there, cuz she's mad at them. Silent protest or something. Edit: I don't know if it's the home owner or the "city". They are cutting down another tree too. I saw it when I walked down to the school. I hope there is a reason for it. I love trees, and lilacs!
I feel like I forgot to mention something. I'm sure it'll come to me, but I have to go get ready to get the kids. We have to go to the library and pick up Mason Dixon Knitting. I requested it. Mmm-hmm. They called me to let me know it's in. I'm going to see if I want to buy it. Gotta love the library! Edit: It wasn't that book. It was Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I forgot that I had asked for that one after I saw del's sweater from October 30th. She did a super job! I also got the Anne Bartlett novel Knitting. Whoo-Hoo!
Knit on, knitters! That's what I'm going to do!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
It's a crazy day here today, laundry, voting, knitting, dishes. Not necessarily in that order.
Have a great day!
Monday, November 06, 2006
Well, I am actually sitting here watching paint dry. Haha. I have a couple more days to let it set before I can do the stripes. I have been knitting on the pinwheel blankie while breathing all of the paint fumes. It is at 330 stitches. I'm still on the first skein of yarn, so I've got a way to go. I have to figure out an edging for it, too. I like Adrian from Hello Yarn's seed stitch ruffle, but what if it's a boy? Would that be too girly? It's already purple, but the mommy to be loves purple, so I thought it would be a good color. I obviously love stripes. The self striping yarn is sort of pooling. That is a good thing. I also love pooling. I mean, I knew something would happen to the stripey-ness when the blankie got to be a really big circle. I can't wait to see what it does next.
Sorry for the state of the pic. I just flopped the blankie right onto my scanner. No camera, no problem. I don't really mean that! I need a camera. haha
I went to print out a pattern for a pair of socks that I promised to Lil' AR, and there is no ink in my printer. Not low, it's been low for a while; totally out of ink. What kind of knitter can I be with no ink? I have startitis, and I can't start more socks without a pattern. Geeze!
So, this is a quicky post. I have to go get the kids from school! Later all! Keep on knitting!!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Well, the HP people are going to fix my camera situation. I wrote about it breaking on the vanishing post. I really can't afford a new camera right now, and with three kids, and a knit addiction, I need one!
We painted our living room walls this weekend. I can't show a picture. (Camera's broken!) We chose Gold Strike, and Daisy Mae. One wall is dark golden yellow, and the lighter Daisy color is up on the other three walls. In a few days we will put dark stripes on the lighter walls. It didn't take too long, because our walls are mostly windows, or doors. I like it! When my new camera comes, then I'll post a pic or two. If blogger will let me!
My friend not blogless Cindy brought some goodies from her visit downstate. She brought me a scale from her mom. I weighed myself on it, and it says I have lost 10 more pounds! I'm not really feeling like it, but I hope it's right. We balanced it out and everything.
I got almost no knitting done this weekend, since I was busy painting. Lil' Ar and I did get a gift done that she started on her knitting loom for her cousin. His birthday is coming up.
Hopefully I'll have something more interesting to post about soon. Good stuff, universe! Please.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
So, my blogless friend Cindy called me last night and said "You have to see this new blog I found. It's great." She told me the name of it, but I couldn't find it, at all. So I told her to email me a link, and it's her brand spankin' new blog! She tricked me! Good job, girl!! Go say hello, then come back here. I can't wait to read funny stories about dog grooming, and knitting when she gets a chance. It ought to be good!
No pics. Sorry. I did finish another (that makes two) Christmas gift. The person it's for might see this, though, so no pic til later. I promise I'll show it right after I gift it, next month. Next month? Holey Moley! There was a Christmas movie on tv last night. Can you believe that?
I have been on this computer helping my sis do some stuff all morning, and I have to go catch up on the housework. Yuck. But then, I'm going to knit on the pinwheel blanket. I should do my scarf, too, cuz it's getting really cold here by the lake.
Hope you all are staying warm!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Thanks for the positive comments on my face painting.
Halloween's done for one more year. I was a little scared that I'd frighten the small children with my momster face, but they all loved it. Here's a pic of the Lil' Pirate with her normal "attitude" face on.
This is my MIL with Lil' AR and Malcolm last night, before trick or treating. I painted the MIL's face as a mime. She looked really cute, if I do say so myself. MM was Jason from Friday the 13th. Alice Cooper had already been dropped off with his friends, but he looked the same as he did that morning.
No housework got done today at all! Hubby was home from work for today, and when that happens, it feels like a weekend, so I didn't do anything. It will be made up for tonight after the kids get home. I'll be busy then!
I'm ready to take down the Halloween decorations. I think we need to get some paint and change our living room a bit. I know exactly what color I want with our vintage yard sale decor. Haha.
Hope everyone who celebrates it had a great Halloween! Knitting next time!!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Thanks for all of the comments about my face painting, and the fake newspaper. Here are some more pictures of my work. These pics on the left are from last year. The kids were all members of the band KISS. Lil' AR is a little bit obsessed with Gene Simmons. She did not get that from me!
The pics on the right are from this morning. The boys can wear face paint to school, but Lil' AR has to wait until 2 o'clock for the parade they put on. So, we got up early and painted Alice Cooper. Nope, not my influence, either. Then, once again Malcolm is StarChild from KISS. Later on for Trick or Treating, he is going to be Jason from Friday the 13th. It's funny, because we live by Crystal Lake!
Malcolm's hair is quite a bit longer this year, but Jordan has shorter hair now. He dyed it black. (I like it blonde), and we were going to do the black hairspray on Malcolm's hair, but that stuff rubs off on everything. Lil' AR let him wear her KISS shirt today.
I'd better go do the dishes, and then paint my face. I have to get back to the school to help the 2nd graders with their costumes.
I'm hoping that I'll find some time to check out everybody's blogs today. More pics tomorrow (I hope)!
Monday, October 30, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Back to the weekend!