Monday, December 31, 2007
I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Eve and 2008! I doubt I'll be up until midnight, unless I'm knitting.
As for knitting progress, I'm still working on my SIL's socks in STR G-Rocks. The first is finished and the second is on the needles. I'm not sure that she'll like them, but we'll see. I stopped the sock progress to quickly knit two little hats for our friends that just had twins. They were early, but healthy and only in ICU one day! I didn't take pictures yet (I was knitting right up until we headed to the hospital to visit), but will hopefully get pictures of them on the babies next weekend. Both were from Itty Bitty Hats. I used Cotton Fleece and did the newborn size on each, but think they should come closer to fitting than the hats they had on yesterday.
I got together with several friends at a new coffee shop last week to knit! They had great chai (and other things from what I heard) AND they have a fireplace! I love fireplaces (not that you'd know it... we have two. A woodburning and a gas log and we rarely use either. I guess I worry too much with two little ones around.) Anyway, the fireplace was going and we sat at the back of the shop right by it on the leather furniture. It was fabulous! We're hoping to get together next week at the same place.
Well, here's to another year of knitting gone by and (hopfully) another to come! I'm on a yarn diet that I'm hoping to be faithful to for 2008. The only yarn I'm able to purchase is if I don't have enough for a project. I'm planning to make a vest like Hayden's for each of his cousins, but I don't think I have enough Cascade 220 (unless they want them to be pink and green striped!) I won't be knitting them until closer to their birthdays, so I won't need the yarn until June or so. I'm hoping to have a complete lack of yarn purchases from January 1 until June 1. Then we'll see if I am still knitting gifts, etc. My "carrot"is $20 a month that I don't purchase any yarn. That could be a nice amount of STR if I'm able to stick to it! I am planning to make a small purchase from Knitpicks sometime soon though (without yarn). I'm hoping to order the sock needle set. My bamboo DPNs are on their last leg.
See you in 2008!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Not much knitting this weekend. Hayden has had a stomach bug most of the day. I've been trying to keep Lainey out of his way. Guess we'll see if we all come down with it. I'm hoping it will be all over by Christmas Eve, if we do.
Hayden wore his vest to his school program last week. He looked so handsome and he's asked when he can wear it again. I told him that after Christmas Eve it's all up to him!
Well, off to knit!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Now we'll see if anyone reads my blog! Thanks Chris!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Look for a little pay it forward experience in my next post!
Monday, December 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
I finished the first of three pairs of Fiber Trends Felted Clogs for Christmas. I'm going to gift them un-felted so that they can get a great fit. I'm also still working on my MILs socks. I finished a cute pair of cabled slipper socks for Lainey and am almost done with the first of a pair for Hayden. They will be in their stockings this year. I'm using Cascade 220 in bright red. I also have a pair of socks to knit for my SIL, but they may not be done on time... She might get felted slippers as well. Hayden also wants a red vest for Christmas, so I'm working on that too.
I've got several projects lined up for myself and am excited to get started. More about that when I can actually see the light! I "donated" knitting lessons to the silent auction at Hayden's preschool recently and just gave my first (of an unspecified number) on Sunday. We worked on long tail cast on and the knit stitch. She caught on quickly, but we're going to get together soon for a quick refresher.
Anyway, I'll have pictures and more to talk about soon!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
This is a skein of Fleece Artist Nova Sock yarn in Tangerine colorway all the way from Canada...A wonderfully "Smooshy" skein of Dream in Color Smooshy (blue lagoon colorway)...Ellen's Half Pint Merino/Nylon sock yarn in greens...
I also finished another EZ February sweater. This one is in Louet Gems Opal. It's for a friend due November 1. The color is a bit darker than in the picture... more of a dusky violet.
I started my MILs Christmas socks with Online Supersocke Beach Cotton colorway 948. I'm just using a plain stockinette sock pattern since the yarn has enough interest itself.It was good knitting on the trip to Philly. Last night I cast on for ANOTHER February sweater that I'm donating to the Silent Auction that Hayden's preschool is having next week. After that I'll be back on Reid for our goddaughter. I've got the fronts done. The deadline is the 27th of October, so I have to get in gear!
Friday, September 14, 2007
I'm working on Kate's Reid and have almost finished the 2nd front. It doesn't look like much now, but I'm hoping it fits after blocking. I've heard that the next too sizes are huge and Kate isn't too much bigger than Lainey. We also found out that Kate is going to have a little brother and little sister in December/January! Anyone have any cute baby sweaters to suggest that would look good together in pictures?? I think I see a pair of these in their future! Chris has come up with a cute sweater, but it will be a while before these will fit the twins.
I'm starting a quick February sweater for my friend Kerry who is due November 1. And I also need to get a sweater together to donate to Hayden's preschool silent auction. I'm thinking something machine washable. It may speak more to the parents there.
It's quiet here and the dishwasher is full, so off to start it and sit to knit!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I also started Ela's Favorite Hat from One Skein Wonders in Patons SWS for Lainey. The blue matches her coat and she doesn't have a hat for this winter.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Lots of knitting going on here! More to show soon!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I'm waiting to start Elsie's sweater since it won't take long. I want to make sure I make the right size. We'll see if she's growing as quickly as my kids or just at a normal pace! haha I've also been unable to get the pattern to print. I went to my mom's today and didn't know my password to log in to IK. Oh well, I'm planning to start it September 1st, after I finish a few other WIPs.
Off to knit!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I've also started Lainey's Weasley sweater (it will have an L on the front). Other than the intarsia for the letter it's just straight stockinette. Should knit up quickly on size 9s. Hayden hasn't decided for sure what color he would like his to be, so I'll wait to get the yarn until he's ready. I'm also making a pair of socks for each stocking. (We started a tradition of new pjs for the kids in their stocking that they get to open on Christmas Eve and I decided I'd add a new pair of handknit socks to that tradition).
Am I the only one starting presents for the holidays?
Not much else going on. We've got playdates, swimming, etc. planned for this week, so I'm hoping to wear the kids out and have a little extra knitting time. hehehehe
If anyone bothering to read this ends up on Ravelry, let me know! I'd love to add you to my friends!
Hope this hot weather ends soon! I'm ready for Fall (or even snow.)
Friday, August 10, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
I ended up starting a dress for Lainey's baby. I printed out several patterns the other day and the computer crashed right as I was getting to the Pea Pod set. Off I go to work on the doll dress while Lainey is taking a nap and Hayden plays with his cousin.
Have a fantastic day!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
And, we found out that our friends in KC had a baby girl... Elsie Marie! I'm planning on the Pea Pod set for them, but I got the cutest little dress with floral embroidery on the yoke at BabyGap for cheap. Now I'm thinking maybe a little shrug to go with the dress or keeping the dress for our friends expecting twins or some other future babe. Who knows! Our printer isn't working, so I can't start the Pea Pod until I get to my mom's tomorrow and print it off. Guess I'll knit up a little baby outfit for Lainey's naked doll.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Preparing for a little massage into shape...
And, I get to start reading the 7th Harry Potter book. I know some people have no interest, but I've really enjoyed them. My husband was skeptical when I read the first one, but when the second one came out he decided he should find out what all the talk was about and read the first two. Now he's just as much a fan as I am! We've enjoyed the movies as well.
It's been so hot here for the last few days and doesn't look like it will cool down. The rec center we belong to has the pool closed right now for cleaning and annual maintenance, but it should reopen next week. We've just been hanging out inside playing playdough, etc. I can't wait for Fall! Then we'll hit the park almost every day and can resume our nightly walks.
Just a little over a month and Hayden will be starting preschool. He's very excited! So am I! Lainey and I will have some time together alone. Right now she's very interested in the potty (she's only 16 months old, but we're going with it for now.) She's made several "deposits", but I wouldn't say she's near potty trained. I'm waiting for some training pant covers to arrive. Apparently, I'm the odd one out since "everyone" wants to use disposable training pants. I found the little padded underwear at Target, but none of the vinyl covers. Once they arrive we'll ditch the diapers except for naptime and bedtime. I'm torn between my baby growing up too fast and the "dream" of no diapers to change (or buy!) Below is Hayden with our goddaugther. He's very secure in his boyhood!
Lots of excitement at our house!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I'm in the straightaway on the socks... So far I've enjoyed the Magic Loop.I have a bit of a ladder on the sole, but am hoping it will even out when they get a bath in a night or two. This is the last time I'll be modelling... My SPs feet are smaller than mine! (Fairly easy to do since I wear a women's size 11!) I've made some stitchmarkers to send with the socks and have a couple of other little things to go as well. We need to run out to a local honey producer and pick up some honey candies to send along. I'm going to start a Weasley sweater for Lainey (christmas present) and a Reid for our goddaughters birthday. We also have some friends that are due any minute. Once we find out what they have I'll be making a Pea Pod baby set for this fall.
Last night I watched HP and the Goblet of Fire again in preparation to see the Order of the Phoenix sometime soon. We're hoping we can get away later in the week for an afternoon matinee and dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant. We'll see if it happens! Doug finished book 7 and I'm hoping to start it soon as well.
I've also continued putting in too much time on Ravelry. I have most of my stash photographed and entered. I've got a huge queue of patterns I'd like to (eventually) knit. I hope it's open to the public soon. There are still things to fix and add, but it's going to be/is a great site!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
And, this is why I've been moving so slowly! She's getting molars and having separation anxiety. Last night I'd had it with her getting up. She just wasn't happy with much of anything. I decided it was time to night wean (maybe wean completely, but since we're not having any more kids I hate to go that far yet. I love breastfeeding!) I decided to tell her that "they" were sleeping... This did not go over well! After about 20 minutes of crying, rocking and trying to console her I just put her in the crib so I could rub her back. That started a whole new tantrum. So, I left the room. Doug was awake and offered to go in. He walked into her room and told her it was time to sleep, she pointed at the door and said "mama" to which he replied that I was sleeping. She laid down and we didn't hear another peep until 7:45 a.m.! He is hired!!!
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
And I just got a surprise handcarried back from Ireland! Doug's bandmate, Bruce, and his wife, Susan, just returned from their second trip to Ireland. We went for two weeks for our honeymoon and can't wait until the kids are a bit older so we can go back and take them with us! I didn't knit on that trip we made. I started about 4 months after that. But check out the beautiful 100% wool they picked up at Blarney Woolen Mills!It was spun in Co. Donegal. Each skein is 100 g.... Now, must, put, with, stash... Must, finish, socks! I knew Doug had asked them to bring him some whiskey (Powers 12 year for anyone that enjoys it.)
One of the kids is in bed now and the other is having a fit. We'll see if she'll go to sleep soon so I can get started on my requisite 10 rows! I doubt I'll get it done tomorrow. We're going to St. Louis to the Police concert with another couple! Can't wait!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I'm hoping to get the Clapotis done by August 1 as well. I've got so many other projects that I want to start! I'm working on Ravelry as well. Maybe I'll get a good day and get some stash pictures taken. Doug's out for the evening, Lainey is asleep and Hayden is headed that way. Better get moving on my socks!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I'm working on my sock pal socks (very little) and another ballet t-shirt for a birthday present for Sophia. I'm about 1/3 of the way done and hope to finish it this weekend. Then I'll get back on track with the socks. Most available time has been sucked up by Ravelry.com! I've still got quite a bit to enter and a lot of pictures to take. We've also been outside playing, going for walks, etc.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!