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!!