Nov 26, 2005

And the pie was just fine...

...actually, it was rather good! I'm very proud of my first pumpkin pie, my ever trusty mini cheesecakes werent so great, but that's because I neglected to specially buy 2% milk instead of the skim milk DH prefers, so they didnt set so well, everyone was too full anyway to miss them ~ and the pumpkin pie was a hit.

Didnt really bother messing with the "black friday" deals...this is going to be a "light" Christmas with my family any way because of everyone's financial situation, so there really was no need to get bumped and bruised in order to save a few bucks - plus, I think most everyone is expecting handknits anyway ~at least they should be ;)

I am making incredible progress on child cardigan #1, this is my first major branching off from a pattern, I'm only very loosely following the structure of a cardigan shape I really liked, but changed the stitch pattern, I'm pretty excited about it, but the colors are "jumping" off it differently than I'd planned so now it looks more peach than pink. Then followed the debate whether to continue the striping pattern onto the sleeves, but I really wanted something to "pull" the pink back into attention, so I think I'm leaving the sleeves just pink stockinette, which I think will do the trick. Now to decide if child cardigan #2 will be purple, purple/white, purple/varigated, or purple/pink...tune in next time to find out :)

Nov 23, 2005

Easy as...Pumpkin Pie?

I decided to be industrious this year, and instead of buying the Pumpkin Pie I'm supposed to bring to the feast tomorrow, I would make one...easy enough right? Just follow the directions...

Well, I'm proud to say that I followed the filling directions to the "t" and it smells and looks quite yummy ~ I merely neglected to follow the pie crust suggestion (really should be a rule) to use a glass pie dish (because I wanted to be able to leave the pie at my SIL's if they want it - I'm making another one just for us...shh) So, I bought the ever trusty foil pie I should have caught on as I was pouring in the evaporated milk that this is a "soupy" situation, not to be entrusted in foil; but no, I have to learn the hard way...

Thankfully, I'm (and my floor/counter) only wearing a small portion of my pie filling, I was humble enough to admit defeat before complete disaster, and discovered that the foil tin fits snuggly inside my glass pie dish - disaster avoided and I'm doing my best to not cry over spilt pie filling ~ I'll just tell the "world" about it instead :)

The other good news is that I decided to wait to make the 2nd pie until after we saw the finished result of the 1st one (just in case I need backup). Also, the other dessert I'm making I can do in my sleep, so no worries there :yay: So, tonight I'll finish up my mini cheesecakes, and tomorrow morning I'll do the green bean casserole, and then put on some "big pants" and gorge ;)

I am pretty excited as this will be Gracie's 1st Thanksgiving where she gets to actually take part in the spoils (and not just get it 2nd hand through me), it should be fun watching how she responds to all the hub-bub.

On to knitting news, ***hold on, gotta put the foil around the crust ~ ouch!!! why didnt I understand how necessary a pie shield is? A good number of my fingers are now overly toasty from trying to figure out how to get the foil around the crust now that I'm using the stupid pie dish with handles...ugh, at least the mission is nearly accomplished and hopefully my crust wont get too burnt *** I got my latest issue of Creative Knitting in the mail yesterday and there are quite a few new additions to my "to-do" list thanks to their latest publication ;) The good news is I have enough yarn stashed away to get me started on quite a few of them before I need to go say "honey, ..."
I also have most of my Holiday knitting settled, I cant disclose who gets what yet because I have random family members who drop by here, but I may play a little "guess what I finished" and if they want to figure it out that's their problem ;) (I will do a final project break down- after the Holidays - and who got what ~ because I know you care)
I'll try to get some pictures up this weekend, I'm just not motivated right now to take pictures because I'm so darn busy knitting when the toddler's napping...and she is very demanding right now when she is awake (we have already entered tantrum mode and she's only 17 months) I think most of the problem is due to the fact that she doesnt speak (understandable) english yet, so we have a communication barrier.
Well, I'd better get back to one of my various UFO's (I truly have them scattered all about, in very random stages, and my sanity is basically being held together by the index cards each project is assigned (thanks Mel)).

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Nov 8, 2005

I'm a Squib !?!

***to jump to knitting content, look for the bold print***
So, I came across one of the various "Sorting Hats" (from Harry Potter) and the one at okcupid declared me a Squib.
You scored 8% Slytherin, 44% Ravenclaw, 44% Gryffindor, and 28% Hufflepuff!
Are you sure that you belong at Hogwarts? You show no defined personal characteristics and therefore no house preference. Perhaps you should seriously consider a lucrative career in dentistry or tax preparation -- or allow the Sorting Hat to redetermine your place at a later date.

Once I recovered from my shock, and actually read the results...I find it hard to deny. I really do equally identify with Ravenclaw and Gryffindor, am ambivalent about Hufflepuff, and dont care much for Slytherin...and Hagrid's not too bad off, he still got to stay at Hogwarts ;) Although I dont get how a less than 50% identification with a house makes me a squib...
The funniest part is that just before I met DH, I had finally gotten my college career on track to be an accountant (which is on hold and/or I will pursue real estate once the kids are in school).
Later on, I came across another Sorting Hat, and it placed me in who knows. I am excited about the new movie, and my muggle hubby even said he wants to see this one ~ so I may not have to see it alone after all.

On to knitting...well, I'm actually avoiding my knitting right now, I started working on Fall (05) Vogue #4 this afternoon, but felt guilty for not finishing the last mitten and seaming up the ensemble, so I finished the other sleeve/side seam during House, and then the poop hit the fan when I started seaming the first mitten. I tried to just backstitch the seam, but it looks HORRIBLE, and my efforts to pull out this seam ended in the mitten flying across the room and me escaping to the computer, hoping for a distraction while my blood pressure resumes normal levels. I used the blue yarn for the "finger-tip" portion of the mitten, and if you noticed in yesterday's pictures, the pink and blue are speckled with the cream color and now I cannot "find" the seam I just put in. So I'm going to either have to wait for better light tomorrow or just give up and redo what I did manage to pull out and figure no one else will notice the goofy seam anyway, Gracie moves too fast.

Well, I feel better now, I'm off to watch Beyond the Sea, and either work on mitten 2 or Vogue #4.

Nov 7, 2005

Coordinating set in progress...

I am finally in the home stretch of finishing Grace's Cardigan/Hat/Mitten set...what started as just her new fall sweater has turned into an ensemble. This wasnt necessarily planned, the yarn just keeps stretching into each new project. I still cannot get over how I had 2 coordinating yarns in my stash...finally I have succeeded in knitting a project without having to run out to a store ~ oh shoot, I still have to go get a zipper for the cardigan (or I could alter the pattern, add a button band, and finally have a complete stash buster) ...hmm, I'll have to think on that one - if anyone who stops by has an opinion on this, please share.

I dont think I've shared the prospective stats on this project, I'm doing the Accordion pattern from knitty, with the yarn I was RAOK'd by Stephanie as the main color and stash busted my way through the contrasting colors (perfectly). As I realized there was going to be plenty of yarn left over, I began a hat from adorable knits for tots (earflap hat pg 120) and then flipped over a few pages (as there was still certainly a sufficient amount of yarn) to work up some mittens (pg 130). If there is still yarn left over, I may have to finish with a scarf, but I'm not counting on it.

Here are some [not very artistic] in progress photos:

1st The Ensemble

The "original" project
Gracie's 2nd sweater

Her Earflap Hat
Gracie's Earflap Hat

And, finally, one lonely nearly finished mitten
1 lonely mitten

Well, I'm off to see what I can get done on the last mitten before my eyes/patience send me to bed ;) Hope your week is off to a good start!

Nov 3, 2005

Hoppy Halloween!

I know its not Halloween any more, but I can only use the computer (at night) on Thursday nights, when hubby is distracted at poker.
So...without further ado, here's my little baby bunny:
Hoppy Halloween - Sweet Little Girl
Here's her close-up:
Hoppy Halloween - ready for my closeup
A view from the rear:
Hoppy Halloween - bunny from behind
Just the 2 of us:
Hoppy Halloween - hoppy mommy and baby
And, not to be left out, our pumpkin:
Hoppy Halloween - spooktacular

Why yes, that is a hand knit bunny suit for my little girl. The pattern can be found here, because the yarn is discontinued, I used Lionbrand Woolease Thick & Quick in Pewter that I got on clearance at Joann's (can you say stash-buster?) It took me about 4 days to complete...its hard to say because I gave up multiple times worrying that the woolblend suit would be too warm and settled with leaving the arms off for ventilation (which worked quite well, and of course we had a cold spell which really helped). I also did not enclose the feet because we had considered actually trick-or-treating and I needed her feet to fit in her shoes. It ended up raining so that made up my mind to stay inside (she doesnt know any better).
The pumpkin was expertly carved by the hubby, he did a pretty darn good job. We did have 2 pumpkins, there was a baby one too, but it was too little for the candle and was trying to burn up so I blew it out before we got a pic.
Well, that's all for now :)

Oct 21, 2005

Gracie's sweater

Someday I'll get those pictures [I keep promising] uploaded...just been too busy, busy, busy lately. I started Gracie's sweater yesterday (and it's more than 1/2 done!) I love knitting for babies/toddlers, talk about instant gratification knitting ;) The main color is done in the creme colored wool blend yarn RAOK'd by Stephanie, and the 1st contrasting color (the one you see more of) is pink, and the second contrasting color is denim blue. I will see what I can do about carving out some time this weekend to get those pics up.

Hope you have a great weekend, we'll be rooting on the Sox, and tonight we are eating out at Panda Express, yum!

**I edited out the blogthing-a-palooza, there's something funny going on in my blog and I'm trying to figure out the culprit**

Oct 15, 2005

Yummy, yummy, gummy goodness

Gummy Bears
You may be smooshie and taste unnatural, but you're so darn cute.
What Kind of Candy Are You?

I love gummy bears!!! So you can guess I'm pretty excited about this match :D

And my favorite childhood candy led me to checking how happy my inner child is...
Your Inner Child Is Happy
You see life as simple, and simple is a very good thing.You're cheerful and upbeat, taking everything as it comes.And you decide not to worry, even when things look bad.You figure there's just so many great things to look forward to.
How Is Your Inner Child?

Apparently, she's doing just fine.

Onto the knitting front, I'm over 2/3 completed on the charity blanket...which means I've got to get cracking on choosing which pattern I want to be Gracie's new cardigan. [and be more disciplined with keeping a blanket on the back burner for "brain dead" nights] But really, I'm very happy that I've made so much progress this week. I really do like this ruffled garter baby blanket , not quite as brain draining as the diagonal blanket, for me anyways. I think the next one will be this very nice basketweave pattern a friend shared with me...we'll see.

We made it to the pumkin patch today! Very neat!!! I'm hoping that we can make this return event every year because the set up is wonderful, free admission and you just have to buy tickets for what you want to do (they have hay rides, pony rides, a few carnival rides, a petting zoo, and a haunted house). Because Gracie is just 16 months old, we just went to the petting zoo and she had a blast! I'll get the pics up tomorrow, I'm too exhausted tonight ~ had a little too much fun I guess ;) Oh, and speaking of yummy, we got some cotton candy (it's been awhile since either my DH or myself indulged) and it was good ~ Gracie couldnt quite figure it out, so her daddy ate her share ;)

~off to get a few more rows in on that blanket :)

Oct 13, 2005

Finished a project, but no photo, sorry :(

So, once again I've gifted a project without getting the picture first, I was working so furiously I didnt even catch an "in progress" photo. Maybe this will have to be my excuse to get myself over to their place and check out their nest they've been working so hard on.

"what on earth is she talking about?" ~ well, as I mentioned previously, I was furiously knitting away on a wedding present for my dear best friend who got married Oct 1st, this present happened to be an afghan - well, lapghan, but it blocked bigger than I'd anticipated - and I bravely conquered it in 2 weeks. Some would ask "why the last minute?" well...first I was going to make her a shawl/shrug, but had a hard time selecting a pattern/yarn combination that I liked (could afford) and I was so very close to making her I Do that I bought the yarn in the right quantity and then did the gauge swatch and then it hit me...would she really like this or am I just trying to knit her now I had some beautiful yarn and nearly gave up knitting anything and then I remembered a pattern I had come across in Creative Knitting, The Rosebuds Throw, and it was just perfect. I really wish I had a picture to share, I will remedy this as soon as I can, but she lives 3 hrs away so I cant exactly "just swing by". They returned from their honeymoon today, I hope they had a wonderful time.

My immediate project is cranking out a charity blanket, I feel bad that I havent been more diligent...I was soo excited to find this opportunity and then all these (personal) gifts keep popping out of me. I'm trying to work a better rotation in my knitting goals so I can get more done since I seem to slow down as I lose excitement in a project. Once I get my new housekeeping schedule down better, I think I'm going to add a monthly knitting goals series (but I'm not ready for that much structure all at once right now). Anyway, I have the latest blanket over half done, so I'm almost there and can return to getting a sweater for Gracie done.

Well, off to finish a few rows before hitting the pillow!

Sep 23, 2005

I belong in Rome :D

You Belong in Rome

You're a big city girl with a small town heart
Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome
Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand
And gorgeous Italian men - could life get any better?
What City Do You Belong in? Take This Quiz :-)
Find the Love of Your Life (and More Love Quizzes) at Your New Romance.

I absolutely love this one!!! Of course I already have my gorgeous Italian, so this one is an easy fit ;)

Mom's in town, so I've been enjoying her company, loving that she gets to play with Grace and give me some time to knit :happy dance: I'm busy plugging away on a gift for a friend...details and pics to follow in a few weeks - surprise gift and all, you know how it goes.

Got my hair shaped today (fancy term for hair cut) and I love it! I havent had a hair cut since a month before my baby was born - yes, way too long. But it was less stressful to just throw it in a pony tail than try to find a decent salon out here (still feel new in town) My mom was a willing guinea pig for me and tried one salon...they did ok on her, but she recommended I try somewhere else, so I finally stopped by
Elegante and I love this place...they do nails and massages too [guess what's going on my Christmas list]. FYI: Elegante can only be found in the Chicago area.

OTN: Surprise Gift, Smartly Shaped Tank, Grace's Blankie, Grace's Cardigan

Sep 2, 2005

Technical [photo] Difficulties

Ok, so I'm having an issue right now with my, I'm not stealing bandwidth, but I did just merge my flickr and Yahoo account and that may have changed something...if you click on any of the "blank" photos, it will take you to the flickr photo so it is half working, hopefully it some snafu at the moment and will be fixed shortly. I am too tired to investigate any further at this very moment. Any suggestions are welcome, otherwise I'll wait it out/figure it out later :)

~back to knitting, g'nite :)


still dont have photos for you...keep forgetting to get the batteries out of Gracie's room when she is awake. Not that it matters too much, the progress I made on the Honeymoon Cami is about to visit the lily pad as my gauge is way off. Does anyone else have the problem that their gauge swatch and actual knitted piece dont necessarily match? I use the exact same yarn and exact same needles for both and I'm generally in the same mood whenever I pick up this project - I have baby blankets to knit when I'm feeling stressed and need to relax, or when I'm too tired; I just dont get why my gauge swatch seems to be different...I guess I'll figure it out some day ;)

I am so unsettled over the Katrina disaster I dont know what to say...I am thankful that I have no family in the region and I have been praying for the survivors and the families affected by the situation. I wish I could do more...

Well, I'm off to get a few rows in before sleep takes over - have you seen the new version of the Tivoli? here's the Picovoli! I am so glad that I have been too busy to get to starting the Tivoli, I like the updated version so much better!

Aug 29, 2005

I have a few pictures for you

Because my digital camera needs new batteries again, I dont have an update on my latest endeavor. But I have a few pics of my little monster sweet daughter, and I just cant remember if I showed you where I left off with my now stalled lace project; since I'm so proud of both here you go:

my sweetie pie
My sweet little girl striking a pose.

mouthful of cookie
Quite a mouthful of animal circus cookies, not sure how many animals she's crammed in there...half the circus probably

Must have been a lion or two, now she's roaring :)

Gracie's 1 now!
She really likes having her picture taken.

Mystery Stole Progress
And here is some knitting content for you, I'm actually starting to want to get back to this one, now that I've looked at the pictures again...

I'll try to get some pics of my newest project up...soon

Oh, I nearly forgot! Thank You Brianne!!! I love the pattern book you sent, I cant wait to check my stash and make Gracie one of those beautiful dresses - they are soo cute! (I'll get a pic of this up soon too)

I'm off to knit some!

Just cant resist these

You're Jane Eyre of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte!

Which Classic Female Literary Character Are you?

[sorry about the broken credit to quizzilla, I tried to fix it and lost it]

This one actually fits me to a tee, so now you know just a bit more about me :)
Good read too, by the way.

Aug 25, 2005

I have no excuses this time...

No more promises either...

The funny thing is I really do like blogging, I like clearing my head of whatever happens to be rattling around in there, and I like the sound of the keyboard doing its thing while I think - it's actually been doing a better job of obeying my desires lately too :)

So I guess I should start where I left off ~ we had a fabulous time at my Grandparents 50th Wedding Anniversary. I am so glad that we were able to make it after all (even if we couldnt afford it - it is one of those "once in a lifetime" events after all). Just about the whole family made it and a few friends from California, and Grace (as if on cue) took her 1st steps that evening back at their place. [For those new here, or who may not have a calendar marking each of Grace's landmarks ;) she crawled for the first time there too when we visited back in March - at least her daddy was there for this one] I really loved seeing everyone, I miss my family very much and cannot wait to visit San Diego again - this is the longest I've EVER been away.

The top I made for my sister came out much to small (as I figured), so I got to bring it back with me and play with it some more (Dr. Frankenstein time)...a few tries later, and after sitting down with a calculator I think I've come up with the closest formula that I can get without corrupting the design - I wanted to try short row shaping, but dont know how that works in a lace pattern yet, but all is well now I think :) I'm quite proud of myself, actually. And big props to Paton's Grace yarn - it has been through the wringer with me lots of visits to the frog pond and still looks good to me!

Now I'm juggling attempting the Honeymoon Cami from with the Sirdar Duet yarn my mom got me for my birthday - I am going to attemt a striping pattern in peacock (blue) and lime (green). I'll keep you posted on that far I'm finding the yarn really likes to snag on the shiny part, so I'm having to really be diligent during those sections, otherwise, I really like it and I think it will have a very nice drape.

OH, last weekend we were watching the Bears game, and they did the 85 Super Bowl flash-back and I noticed Mike Ditka's sweater vest and casually mentioned if DH would like something like that and he got totally excited about it!!! So far, when I've brought up making something for him, he's been like "nah, I dont need anything, make something for yourself" but I finally found something he wants! I am sooo excited, now I just have to figure out what I've gotten myself into: am I ready to employ fair isle in my knitting or should I just duplicate stitch B-E-A-R-S across the front, I think I've figured out the basic shape and styling, but I'm still looking around.
Now I just have to get more yarn ;) - I certainly dont have any Orange just sitting around, and of course the other colors will need to coordinate, Knitpicks Wool of the Andes is a little "thin" but I gues I could double strand or look for a base pattern that will be happy with that gauge...

Things are definately looking up around here, Grace is a tornado, but she's having fun and that's what she's supposed to do at this age so I guess I'll hold on tight for now :)

Of to get a couple rows in, unti next time, Happy Knitting!

Aug 4, 2005


Hooray for Brianne!!! Knitting has finally clicked for her!!! I am very proud of her as she is one of my long time friends who I didnt know until recently was addicted to yarn too! I have successfully wooed her over from crochet only land and now she has two crafts to satisfy her yarn cravings :) Go over and congratulate her!

It is so humid/muggy/hot out here I am literally melting. And I just bought a bunch of wool yarn to make a cute sweater, but I cannot go near it, I must wait for the heat to subside :(

We also just got our first full summer month electricity bill, yikes! is all I have to say about that one...

I just finished the shawl I made for my Grandma just in time to take it to her as the family is all congregating in TX this weekend for their 50th Wedding Anniversary! Very exciting!!! The family is also stoked to get to see Gracie...she has grown so much since she's seen my family last.

I am also on the last row of my "potato chip" scarf...I'm not sure how I feel about linking this pattern with the copyright hullabaloo going on, so if you want it, go find it at under their free patterns. I'm not sure if I'll be doing any more of these, cramming all those stitches in really made my hands hurt...and that's after extending my longest cord with the 2nd longest cord - I do not know how anyone does this pattern on straight needles, I wouldnt recommend trying it.

Now down to the final countdown to recieving my copy of The Half Blood Prince, my sister was so kind to buy it for me (she of course read it first...had to make sure all the pages were there and what not) I promise this will be a spoiler free zone.

Well, off to pack for TX, I've never been good at packing earlier than the night before ;)
Happy knitting, and I'll see you when I see you :)

Jul 28, 2005

Ha! I didnt forget you after all...

Gee, I really wrote a lot yesterday...sometimes it looks more intimidating because of the layout... but, you can tell I didnt get to talk to any "adults" yesterday - sorry about that :) Oh, and I hope I didnt hurt anyone's feelings that I'd rather knit than blog, I really care about anyone who happens upon my blog and hope to work out the regular blogging thing soon :)

Today was a lovely day, when Grace and I got back from our outing yesterday, I found a UPS tag on the door ~ not that it would matter if I'd been home anyway, our doorbell has only worked once since we moved in. So today I walked on over to the rental office to pick up the package - for John - and didnt think to put Grace in her stroller so it was fun trying to balance the baby and the box. Thankfully everyone made it home in one piece and now John has a bunch of cigars to keep him happy on the golf course. Oh, and while at the office, I mentioned the door bell situation (I'm tired of missing pkgs and we have Poker tomorrow night, so it was time to remedy the situation) and an hour later the maintenance guy had everything fixed - the connectors were dirty outside [like you really needed to know]
I took this latest arrival [John's cigars] as my "sign" that I do deserve to aquire the Denise set, so I finally made it to Kool Knits (my new fav LYS) and managed to resist scooping up some more yarn - very yummy stuff, but I was already pushing it - and I really love the set, I think I like the resin better than I like bamboo...I know blasphemy to some, but I love how light, slippery, and silent these are to work with.
While we were out, we made a quick stop at Trader Joes, and discovered Gracie loves blueberries! She is such a healthy girl, I'm very proud of her :)
Well, I'm off to dream about knitting ;)

Jul 27, 2005

Thought I Disappeared Again?

Well, I guess I did disappear again, sort is amazing to me how much harder it is to blog during the summer. It probably doesn't help that the desk and computer are now in our bedroom in the new place, so I don't get much of a chance to be a late-night blogger anymore. Now you've found my secret, I prefer sneaking in knitting time to blogging, I'm sorry.

Honestly, I think the summer days just aren't as conducive to desperately seeking connection with others. Between the sun being out in all its glory, and all the vacations tucked in here and there, I've noticed many a blogger go MIA, I'm sure we will all be back to our regular posting once the weather locks us back inside ;)

Lots of knitting has gone on, along with some fidgeting with our "stuff" to try to get it to "fit" better into this place. When we 1st moved out here last year (yes, Grace and I have officially been out here in Chicago-land for a year now) I had no choice but to pull the "1st time mom" card, so we just dealt with our stuff being all around us at the old place and since the baby couldn't get into things, that worked out ok as long as we didn't really want to move around ourselves very much. Now with our 1 year old tornado, I devote much time every day trying to keep up with the wreckage in the wake of her fury of discovery as well as try to find "better" places to put things - ie: out of her reach, ha! Plus, we of course have poker night this week, and since they were the guys who helped us move, I want to show that I am making better use of this place than we were able to get out of the last one.
~but I digress again...

I finished the 2nd attempt at the Lace Up Camisole from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 05, and I'm not sure if I knit tighter than my swatch - honestly I swatched this time! - or if the pattern just wasn't written for a body that is not "flat chested" the measurements had me wondering in the first place, but I figured I was just not reading it right or it was a typo or something...and I'm still not sure, I now have a very pretty lace top that might fit if I had the proper "propping" undergarments ~ the intended victim does however, so I'm trying to be patient, figure I'll let her try it on and then go from there instead of rashly frogging something that may be just fine after all. My biggest concern came as I finished with a skein and a half left over. I had to re-read everything a couple times to make sure I didn't miss something somewhere, but nothing has popped out I guess time will have to tell.

Joann's is having a pretty awesome run of clearance yarn (in store) so I am finally accumulating quite a stash of cotton yarn...I have the rest of the week to decide if I'm going back to snatch up some more - if only I can find the justification for it, it is pretty hard to resist $2 skeins.

I've also recently become quite torn in the debate of continue to buy needles on an "as needed" basis (especially since my Grandma did help out greatly in the accumulation process), or whether to jump in on an interchangeable needles set which adds the great debate Denise Interchangeable vs Boye Needlemaster. There are so many pluses and minuses for both, I had nearly given up until I got home tonight, and got excited about starting Tempting or Lelah, and discovered that my size 8 circs are too long and I don't have either of the needles Lelah requires. Oh, what do I do, what do I do?

I'm really considering just working on some baby blankets and getting over myself - but that is no fun :)

I guess I'll just have to sleep on it - again! - and will probably wake up just as confused. I think I'm going to go to my LYS tomorrow and see what she suggests/and if maybe they have a Denise set that I can touch and feel and maybe then I'll be a little more comfortable with this decision...I've really been reading as much as I can find on both since I heard of them - well, first I was saving up for the Needlemaster set, and then I heard about the Denise set and that's when the frustration over the "right" choice set in. I am not much of a product snob, as long as I get the quality I expect for the price I spent I am happy, so the aluminum/plastic debate doesn't sway me much - my biggest deal is why did the Denise come up with non-conforming metric sizes, will this make much of a difference, and do I really need the convenience of interchangeability for my needles less than size 5 US?

ugh, well it is way too late (yes it is after 1am - DH is on a short business trip), I'm gonna get some much needed sleep so I can keep up with my tornado tomorrow.

Until next time, happy knitting! :)

Jul 7, 2005

I've been RAOK'd!!!

So, my mail carrier was late yesterday, and I didnt get my mail before DH came home so I havent had the chance to share my barely contained excitement until now...

Yesterday was just a normal day, running lots of errands and fairly tired, until my mail finally came and I found this on top of the pile:

A pkg from Canada?
~sorry it's blury, our camera doesnt have zoom - but the sticker says "Canada Post".

Now who could I possibly know from Canada?

What was inside

no one other than the Yarn Harlot!!! I was so excited I floated all night - for multiple reasons, really:
  1. I lovelovelove reading her blog, I may not comment, but that is generally because it takes me far longer (and in a very disjointed fashion) to do anything these days as Grace gets more mobile every day minute.
  2. I of course (just like everyone else) love getting packages.
  3. Inside this package was yarn - I am enabled to start yet another project!!!
  4. This yarn is destined to be Grace's winter sweater...which I've been plotting for lately, and this neutral color is just what I'd be looking for if I was ready (and had the $$) right now.
  5. I was real happy to get a birthday present :)


~By the way, there are 2 skeins, very exciting, I will probably add a bit of a "girly" color just for fun.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Stephanie!!!

---more knitting news to follow, but Gracie just woke up, Happy Knitting!

Jul 5, 2005

Quickie, not that kind ;) Just had a chance to pop in real quick.

I almost have the 'swing' of keeping up with the charts for the Mystery Stole, instead of dealing with sticking and unsticking post its, I am just using paperclips to hold another page in place over the chart for where I'm working - and I have Chart B memorized. But, I am still only 18 rows in and have over 1,000 to go...yippee! I am also liking the color again, I was beginning to wonder if I was going to attempt dying it once this was done, but I think it was the lighting playing tricks on me. So now the big debate is whether this will be gifted or mine...I have plenty of time to figure this out, but I have compelling feelings both ways - so I guess we shall see [if I havent figured it out by the time I finish, I'll probably put it up for a vote].

I finally found a pattern that works for me right now for another baby blanket, I'd tried a few ripple patterns, but kept losing my count - I think one of them had some design flaws...oh the joys! So, I wandered online upon another near brainless pattern with just enough counting to keep me awake [;)] so this should be good.

We didnt end up seeing any fireworks this weekend...we were waiting until the 4th and then the drought decided to ease up a bit and we had some rain, which further dampened my mood re: the debate over whether Gracie would be up for fireworks this year since she is so deathly afraid of loud noises - the vaccum, drill, lanscaping equipment - when the festivities were beginning on Friday night, I took her out with me to see if we could see anything from our parking lot and she clung to me like she thought the sky was falling. So I took the rain as a sign to call it a night and we'll try again next year. There will be plenty more fireworks shows to come!

Gracie was so glad to have her daddy back home this weekend, 2 week long trips back to back were taking their toll on the little girl - she was missin' her daddy. We all had a pretty good weekend, and DH helped get our room put together, so things are really coming together in the new place - I can definately handle staying here as long as we need to.

Well, I gotta go find the baby, she's been out of sight and quiet too long ;) Hope you had a great weekend, and knit some!

Jun 30, 2005

I'll be 26 tomorrow!

How did that happen? I'm already on the "short side" to 30....all I can say is - you are only as old as you choose to be/feel - and boy does that become more and more evident the older you get. Some days I feel like I should still be in high school or at least college, and other days I just feel ancient and beat up. I do have a fair share of feeling how I 'should' and I'm trying to do a better job of enjoying the present, since I'm realizing how quickly your future starts to sneak up on you ;) ~especially once you have a child

I would love to show you my knitting progress, but the project I'm concentrating on right now is under cover (I'll let you see it when it's done and in the possession of the owner).
I was focused on the Mystery Stole, and totally addicted to lace knitting. Unfortunately knitting lace requires much more attention than I am able to provide right now [with the move and settling in], and I tried to push it this evening and now the project is frogged back to the lifeline and may be going back to scratch after a little more of a "time-out". I am also considering looking into getting some better needles for it, but that may be me just not wanting to take responsibility for messing it up tonight when the needles were working just fine before I gave in and tried to work on it again before I was "ready". ~bad knitter, bad, bad knitter, you know better!

DH didnt make it back from his trip tonight, hopefully he will get in tomorrow morning - he said he should at least make it in by dinner time, so we shall see. We may go check out Ribfest this weekend, it's a huge bbq picnic gathering with some nationally know bands performing and what-not. We are still debating whether we are ready to attempt staying out for fireworks on the 4th; I'm just not sure yet how open to the whole thing Miss Gracie will be so I guess we will play it by ear. She is currently scared to death of the vaccum and now a bicycle pump has been added (I'm not sure how that freaked her out), and I'm not sure how she will do with the loud bangs not to mention being out past 10pm (fireworks start at 9:30ish)

No exciting plans yet for the birthday...if DH gets home early enough, we'll all go out to dinner. If he hasnt gotten me anything yet, I may talk him into going by a bookstore to get A Gathering of Lace, or maybe I'll just wait til Saturday and get some yarn...I guess I'll have to wait to see what he has up his sleeve ;)

Well, I'm off to enjoy [sleep] the last 30 min of being 25. Good Night!

Jun 29, 2005

The yucky "bug"

I went online to see if I could discover the identity of the multi-legged creature that tried to get me last night. And of course, my mom was right, it was a centipede, rather a House Centipede.
[if you want to see one, click here]

If you would like to read up on House Centipedes you can do so courtesy of the University of Arkansas ARTHROPOD MUSEUM NOTES . They were the first one I clicked on when I googled "centipede". The other sources say about the same thing, that this is a scary looking creature, but harmless to humans and beneficial in that they eat spiders and small insects. I'm still not thrilled about seeing it, but hopefully it will hide better from now on - or better yet, move out ;)

Well, TTFN, just figured I'd update on my creepy crawly find :)

Want to take part in science?

I came across this [below] on Snooze's blog

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

This little boredom diversion device at least serves a purpose for if you have some time, check it out...its not too painful I promise [you are on your personal keyboard, so they cant shock you with electrodes or anything - unless you put them there ;)]

Have fun, and until next time, knit something!

Jun 28, 2005

My Thumb Hurts

So here's the latest and greatest, I was at JoAnn's looking for yarn for yet another project and I discovered that TLC's Cara Mia was on sale/clearance for $5/skein (it was normally $7.99). I have been eyeing/petting this yarn for many potential projects, but it was always just out of my budget - sad but true. Needless to say, at this price, my search was over, the "perfect" color was even available and so I scooped up what I needed, made my purchase and found that the one of the few good things about it being so terribly hot/humid outside is that Grace went right down for a nap when we got home.

Now here is where you get to know a few random facts about me:

~ I am very sensitive/allergic to latex, in H.S. during my senior year, my hands would be beet red for nearly an hour after my science labs (yes plural, I took Genetics and Chemistry as electives). I have to go to Wal-mart to find Nyplex gloves to wash dishes/for housework.

~ I get "itchy" and sneeze if angora fibers touch my body - which is really too bad because angora is soo soft and yummy.

These 2 items are of interest to this post because I also picked up some of those highly acclaimed tiny elastic pony tail holders to use as stitch markers [my husband will go crazy if I take up making my own stitch markers right now]. And it wasnt until I was home and really read the yarn label that I find that there is a wee Angora content (13%) in this long coveted yarn. I am unsure if it was one or both combined but now my right thumb is red and burns and I havent touched the elastic bands since 10 am or the blasted yarn since 11:30am when I gave up and took the yarn back because my thumb and fingers were really burning.

So, until my thumb recovers and/or I get brave again, I will not go near the ponytail holders (unless someone can confirm that elastic isnt necessarily latex based - these ones are clear and I am hoping nylon based), and I managed to research that Microspun is the perfect gauge and Michaels had the color I wanted (and it cost less - yeah for saving money). So, I get to start from scratch but that is better than having my thumb leave me from abuse.

Oh, and I made my 1st trek into Hobby Lobby today (I'm originally from the West Coast), and boy if I had money I could do some real damage there! I didnt buy anything this trip, but I know where I'm going if I have some home decor money burning a hole in my pocket.

Well, I'm off to knit some, you do the same! [by the way, I'm posting this from Bloglines for the first time so wish me luck]
Update:So apparently I have a bloglines blog as well as this one...I was trying to figure out why the post never made it here and then I actually read the details on the Bloglines page and discovered that I created a bloglines post not a remote post, the things you learn...good night! I hope I can sleep, one of the wierd "really long skinny bugs with many legs" just nearly crawled over my foot[I am now typing leaning over from my bed with no extemity touching the ground], I had never seen this bug where I came from, and dont know what it is - hopefully it will not figure out how to crawl up my bed frame, and it hid too quickly for me to get rid of it.

Jun 24, 2005

Chipmunks and Fireflies

We are finally moved in and we are back on-line. I am very excited to have access to all of you again...I was just beginning to go through "withdrawls". I say 'just beginning' because I have honestly been busy enough to not really be sure that it is already Friday! The good news is that I've got this place nearly completely operational and it is almost in better shape now than I ever had the old place.
I really like this place, the floor plan is very open and flows very nicely - and I'm also glad to have everything on one level (no more lugging the baby and whatever I forgot up and down stairs anymore). We have a lovely pond/fountain to gaze upon out our slider and the pool is no more than 50 paces away - well, I guess I havent counted yet, but it's real close. This place will definately "do" until we can afford to buy a house.

I finished my 1st charity baby blanket today, and am just about to cast-on for the next one. This has been my distraction from the Mystery Stole Along that I have been too busy/tired to work on ~ which has been killing me, but I dont want to mess it up and get too frustrated since I'm already worn out.

Our little girl is simply amazingly cute! This morning she woke up and had a long conversation will all of her stuffed animals in her bed...I look forward to the day I can understand what she is saying - earlier this week she told me a joke (I'm guessing here, since only she understood what she said) she was soo silly, she was walking around in circles supported by her IncrediBlock, talking with animated inflection and then she laughed and waited expectantly for me to laugh with her...that's my Amazing Grace!

Oh yeah, I taunted you with a title that I havent fulfilled yet didnt I? The first night as I came in with the "last load" some chipmunks scampered by as I walked up to the door and then I noticed some fireflies off to the side. For those of you who see this all the time, this is a huge dream come true for was in all the books I read growing up [and movies, too] and we just didnt have chipmunks or fireflies where I grew up in Southern CA. Especially the fireflies, there is just something magical about them, they were always a highlight of our visits out here, and now I can see them all the time [for some reason, I didnt see many at our old place, but there are plenty here]:)

Jun 17, 2005

Quick Update

Hello, just wanted to let you know that I will not have an internet connection as of Monday morning until hopefully Friday, but possibly the next Monday. So I'm not really a bad blogger on purpose :)

I hope all is well in your knitting/personal goings on.

At least without internet I have no excuse to not get the new place settled in (around knitting of course ;))

I look forward to being back on-line Friday (6/24) and will be sure to let you know when it happens!

Happy knitting!

Jun 15, 2005

Moving Week!!!

Ok, so Miss Gracie is 1 now, yeah!!! I cannot believe I didnt have time to post on her b-day...well, I guess I can...but more about that some other day...

We are entrenched in the move now, today I move all of the kitchen over and we will no longer "eat here" so that will be interesting [ok, so I'll leave some munchies and breakfast stuff]. Thankfully DH took tomorrow and Friday off, so we will be all set to move the big stuff on Sat, then I'll scrub and say Good-bye to this place that was nice and sucked at the same time.

~~oh ya, gotta keep this short, mucho work to do~~

So, not much knitting this week, which is killing me because I just started the Lace Mystery Stole and I'm totally addicted to knitting lace now. I think I can hold out until next Monday...tempting to pick it up Sunday night, but that will depend on my exhausted factor ;)

Hope to be back to regular blogging once we are moved in [and figure out if SBC has DSL at the new place or if we get to figure out the situation with the cable company...wish me luck as I am afraid I may have to go through internet withdrawls again soon as all this comes together]. So, if I do "disappear" again, it will be because we may not have an internet connection immediatly at our new humble abode.

On that note, I will leave you with this:

You are Acrylic.
You are Acrylic.While you are very versatile, your plasticky
countenance can be offputting. You are very
good with children but can become a pill if
left alone with them too long. You are very
flexible but don't give in to manipulation.

What kind of yarn are you?
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Jun 6, 2005

There's Something About Gracie

Miss Gracie has reached that lovely age where you'd better wear full body armor, a face shield, tarp the floor, and strip her down to preserve her clothing...

I'm eating here

...notice her hair..."there's something about Gracie"...

There's Something about Grace

...thankfully in this case it is butter from her pasta ;)

Here's a sweeter picture of my sweet-baby ~

Someone found Daddy's phone

yes, a little over exposed, we dont have zoom and John got a little too close ;)

and speaking of the Man of the House

Silly Daddy

here he is playing on the floor with Gracie, trying (nearly succeeding) to get a pic of the 2 of them...I of course was too busy knitting to help [honestly he was just challenging himself, this was 1 of 2 of the best from nearly 10 tries - the next best one needs a little crop that I'll get to later]

well, I hear Miss Gracie stirring...we're off to get some yarn for the Mystery Stole :)
Baby Blankie

Here is my current WIP ~ a baby blankie in the "big dishcloth" pattern. This pattern is great for mindless knitting, but not an exciting choice for a quick knit...although now that I am past the grueling increase section, it does seem to be shrinking quite quickly for me.

At least this is distracting me from ordering yarn for the Mystery Stole...I just got off the phone with my LYS, so Gracie needs to wake up so we can dash on over and support my neighbor ;) I am no good at waiting for items to ship.

Catch you again soon! In the meantime, happy knitting :)

My 1st Pair of Socks!!!

1st Sock

My 1st sock

1st Socks!

The 1st pair together, comfy and cozy.

This pattern is called Curvy Lace, and it can be found in the March 2005 issue of Creative Knitting

I love knitting socks!!!

French Market Bag Update

FMB Pre-Felted

My 1st French Market Bag ~ pre-felted

FMB Post Felted

My 1st French Market Bag ~ post-felting

Felted Close up

My 1st French Market Bag ~ felted detail

This project was incredibly fun, fast, and addicting...just gotta get some more wool!

Clapotis Est Finis!

Clapotis Est Finis!

My Clapotis has been done for quite a was a lovely knit, I would really like to work another one in if I have the chance/yarn :)

Jun 5, 2005

My Goodness!

Oye! Ok, so first of all, I lied before about getting better...that last post was my last bit of cognizant thought before my brain was completely invaded by mucus - I apologize if that was too graphic, but it's the truth. By the time I was finally released from the mucus prison, my hubby came down with it, and of course it was "the worst thing that ever happened to him", but he is better now too. This was the first cold that managed to attack the whole family. I have been unusually healthy since delivering Grace (I earned it from being soo sick while pregnant), Gracie has been fortified by the Super Powers of nursing, and John simply never gets sick (honestly - even the flu is generally eradicated from his system within 24 hrs). He was so bad that we almost cancelled our trip to Atlanta, and then by the time he got back from work the next day he was greatly improved and the trip was back on - I tell you, if it wasnt such a good thing, I'd be disgusted at how well his immune system works. So he really only had it bad for 3-4 days, and I was out for at least a week...oh, well.

And I do have many pictorial updates, but am not yet properly motivated to sync the camera, so I apologize deeply, and I will get to that soon I promise.

The Atlanta trip was pretty neat, we left at 9pm to theoretically beat the sun (we dont have A/C in the car we took) but then we stopped at a motel at 4 in the morning - maybe it was 3-3:30, i wasnt very there as I really had to use the Ladies room - so we started again from Kentucky at 9am the next morning and we were making great time until the Yahoo directions ditched us in Cartersville (I think) GA, about 1/2 way between the TN border and Atlanta. My DH's Granny lives in a town a few miles West of Atlanta, so we were trying to avoid Atlanta traffic. By the way, I love looks beautiful! Granted, we didnt get out of the car (until the ride back when we stopped in Lynchburg at (you guessed it) The Jack Daniel's Distillery! Way fun! The funniest part of that adventure is that the distillery is located in a "dry" county, so they can make it, but you cant drink it there. --Ok, back on track, thankfully we had a good Atlas with us, and faked our way down there, and after a few lucky turns made it to Granny's house. We were happy to finally be there, but I was bummed that our shoddy directions made us miss DH's sister's Graduation from H.S. It was real neat to finally meet more of DH's family, it's been a long time coming and I really hope to keep in touch now.

One more thing about the trip back - Kentucky was Beautiful too! We came up the I-65 (I think, I wasnt driving and was distracted by the scenery most the time), and saw the most amazing farms, pastures, hills, flowers, etc...I want to go back! Except, we did get "caught" by the largest scale speed trap I've ever seen (and I'm from San Diego) there were at least 20 patrol cars waiting besides the min 10 that had people pulled over and there was even a guy on the overpass with a radar gun who radioed down the vehicle info - and of all times too, we were in the middle lane, going with the flow - the flow just happened to be going 82 in a 65 zone...

I did bring some of my Warm the World yarn with me so I started my first blankie for them, and thankfully Gracie napped and went down pretty well each night, so I made quite a bit of progress! I also finished my first pair of socks! I did the Curvy Lace pattern from a Creative Knitting back issue (I think March) and I absolutely love them! I wore them all day...of course!

On Friday, I was checking KnitSteph's blog, and found out about the Mystery Stole Along, which seems real I just have to get the yarn ;) The clues began June 3rd, so anyone interested should still have time to catch up (the 1st clue seems to be a quick knit). By the way, this is a lace project - my 1st big lace project, but the socks gave the the lace bug.

So, no promises of frequent updates this time...I will try, but from here until the 20th we are in full scale moving process - packing now, new keys on the 13th, big stuff goes on 17/18th, scrub down 18/19th, drop old keys in box at office when done. We will come up for air on the 11th for Gracie's 1st Birthday! and I have a baby shower to distract me the next day, but otherwise these were my last gasps of free air (j/k) I'll take a break every now and then...I gotta share those pictures, right?

Happy knitting!

May 20, 2005

Finally feeling better!

Yeah! I think most of my cold is over now...the worst part at least. I have not been that congested in a long time! I couldnt even knit because I always had a kleenex in my hand, not very fun.

Before getting real sick, I did finish my French Market Bag - just need to felt it! Oh, and the other day I found a K-mart closer to us and got a zippered pillowcase for $4! I was very excited about that. I was contemplating just using an old pillowcase and just rubberband/tie it real tight; but I couldnt pass up the $4 one.

Oh, and I checked out the charity Mel signed up for - Warm The World, and it sounds like an awesome opportunity to help babies, so I signed up too, and my yarn is on its way! I've been wanting to do something to help others, and this org does all the legwork for you - all you have to do is knit up the yarn they provide! How awesome is that! You can also crochet and/or quilt for them too!

Looking forward to the weekend, especially since I almost feel better! And yes, Gracie is much better herself now, she is like a day and a half ahead of me, so yesterday she was full of energy - and I had to catch every mini-nap I could ;)

Happy knitting!

May 12, 2005

Yucky Allergies

Ugggh...this is not the time for me to feel like I just want to sleep all day!!! I have things to do! Tomorrow starts the BIG COUNTDOWN to MOVING! Well, at least I get the keys a month from tomorrow; so I can begin the endless back and forth trips in my Focus of whatever I can stuff my car with ~ without burying Gracie. That's it, tomorrow I am getting some more Claritin.

I have been making incredible progress on my French Market Bag. I'm just not sure how much I'm liking the striping pattern I ended up working out. I tried to plan it, and then ended up winging it. I'm trying to be less of a control freak ;) I'll let you know how I do on that. I'll try to get some pics up. I just have to get the motivation up to get my camera out of the diaper bag, plug it into the pc, delete the excess photos, upload the ones I want to flickr, and then post them here - and my gallery for some finished photos. I must admit I was remiss in catching a photo of my mom's b-day present before she took it with her to Cali, I'll have to snag a photo if/when we visit there or make her bring it back in Oct.

The other bummer I'm dealing with is my Focus is ready to be picked up...which normally would be a victory, but I'm really going to miss cruisin' in the Jeep ~ I dont recall if I mentioned that the insurance for the semi that rear-ended John gave us a Grand Cherokee Laredo as a rental until our car was done at the body shop. Boy did we enjoy that vehicle...I cannot wait until we demolish our debt, buy a house, and then get my larger vehicle - may be as small as the Escape Hybrid, or we may get a diesel SUV... jury is still out on that one, but the SUV has finally won me away from the mini-van (for now at least - a woman is entitled to change her mind), and we definately will not be getting anything much bigger than what we just drove - I have no interest in being "tank girl". And I'm crossing my fingers that my car is really and truly ok! I dont care so much about the body work, my concern is whether it still drives the same...

Well, I believe I hear the baby calling...happy knitting!

May 9, 2005


I am so happy and excited about my French Market Bag. I have finished the base and have finally started my 1st color - now to decide how/when to switch to the contrasting color. I have a ways to go before I have to decide, but I am really digging working in the round!

Miss Gracie is feeling much better today, but she's in that "coming out of the cold" hot/cold stage. She'll be giggling and having a good time with me and then the next second she's yelling and throwing her body around, and signaling she wants to nurse. So far each day is still getting better, so this should be over soon :)

I had started a blankie for Gracie with Homespun I had purchased when I was first pregnant and debating crocheting or learning to knit. I was too sick/unmotivated to crochet/scared to knit so it sat and sat until I caught the knitting bug, and I used 1/2 of the stash for a ponchette. But now I'm looking at this other yarn that I was going to attempt IK's Isis Wrap with, and I think I'll do the blankie with this stuff and get some yummy/more appropriate yarn for Isis after/for my birthday - that homespun can just sit for a little while longer ;)

I happened to be on-line long enough last night for an old friend to find me, it is often neat to catch up with someone from another "era" of your least for me, generally. I had lost his contact info, so I was taken by surprise when he IM'd me. So, thanks, Daniel for saying hello! I look forward to keeping in touch with you! If I find Marie before you do, I'll let you know ;)

Sleep is pulling at me...I guess I'm turning in early tonight....Happy Knitting! ~ and I'll get those update photos up soon, I promise!

May 8, 2005

What a Mother's Day!

***Disclaimer: there is baby diaper content in this post, so consider yourself warned!***
So, as I was in the bathroom rinsing one of Gracie's baby dolls of the poop that leaked from her diaper; it occurred to me that this truly was an example of a true Mother's Day. Retail wants you to believe its about beautiful cards and bouquets of flowers, a lovely meal surrounded by family (that you do not have to clean up after), and your children are simply angels all day in honor of their mother. But in reality, your husband is randomly [and apparently honestly not on purpose] rude, your children make a mess, and you are lucky to eat your meal while it is warm [not that you know anymore what a warm meal tastes like]. I'm not bitter, I promise :), I am just a mom who has discovered that this is just another part of our "job". We will not get peace and quiet, or a warm meal, until we escape on one of those coveted Mom's Retreats - which I plan to sign up for the 1st one I hear of after Gracie is weaned ;)

Now, in Gracie's defense, she came down with a cold on Wednesday, started with a fever and ended with upset stomach and diarrhea. The interesting part is since she nurses, and once she got sick she would no longer eat solids - so now she's solely nursing - her stools have become an often indiscernible concoction of possibly diarrhea/possibly just returned to what she had before we introduced solids. The unfortunate part is, we just switched from the diapers that were 99% effective in capturing this sort of mess, to another variety (on sale) that is more suited to capturing what we had become used to from our solid foods eater. Thankfully, tonight her daddy was able to get her to eat a variety of solid foods, so this little adventure is hopefully soon to be over...if not, I may have to go pick up some of the "better" diapers before I go cuckoo.

In John's defense, he probably wasn't as rude as I was just sensitive today. Plus, we grew up a little different (my family made the most of the little things - his wasn't always conducive of "warm fuzzies"). So he "fairly" may not know yet how to allow days to be special...we (I) have been working on that, and he is improving.

I guess today was just a "landmark" day for me - my 1st Mother's Day - not that I was expecting angels trumpeting from the sky or anything, I just didn't want today to feel so much like any other day...
I did get a rose from our church this morning, that was pretty neat. And Gracie did wake up from her second nap almost back to her happy, healthy self; she also really enjoyed herself when we went for a walk and then made a last stop at the swing-set at the playground. That was my biggest most precious gift today...I moved behind Grace on the swing and John took over pushing, and to see them interact and laugh with each other nearly melted me to a crying blob right there on the wood chips [I managed to just beam at them and smile the misting up away instead - I didn't want to ruin the moment by concerning John]

So, now that I have a "truer" perspective on Mother's Day, I am ready to bask in the reality of it. I would much rather have my day blessed with my husband and daughter bonding than just about any material thing...if only we hadn't had the diaper incident, today wasn't so bad after all.
Now, my friend Melanie really had a day that makes my diaper episode pale in comparison!
Not that we are having a bad Mother's Day competition, but this mom's day was truly yucky, and she could really use a vacation about now!

Quick knitting tidbit: I have nearly completed the base of my French Market Bag! I have moved the project from my lovely, life saving bamboo double pointed needles to my trusty circular needle and I am ready to get rolling on this baby!

Happy Knitting! and Happy Mother's Day! I hope a few of you had a good restful one!

May 6, 2005

Being a Mommy...

What an awesome and amazing experience it is to be a mommy. It is amazing what we are able to do with what we have been given to do it with. I have never been more fulfilled and exhausted at the same time in my life before. I love my daughter more than anything, but those first few days are nothing I'm excited to repeat yet...time is fading those early days, so I'm sure she will get a sibling some day, but not in the near future if I can help it ;) It simply amazed me how tired I was at at time when I felt I needed to be the most rested and level headed. It also was the wierdest feeling to get in the elevator at the hospital and leave with our tiny precious baby, and no one was going to make us quantify our readiness to be parents. It seems to be assumed that if you can make a baby, you can take care of it.
Thankfully, there is instinct that kicks in...and thankfully I only had to get through a minor dose of "the baby blues" (mostly I was upset that we were going to be leaving my family a few weeks after she was born). I am thankful every day that my husband and my family loves me enough and is supportive enough to fill in wherever I am lacking, and that my daughter is young enough and trusting enough to not give me a hard time for all the little things that dont go as well as they could...of course we are in a learning process...and thankfully I have been blessed with a healthy baby, so we have not had to wade through any major crises yet.

I really think though that most of my strength comes from my trust in my Heavenly Father, who has truly been there to hold me when no one else knew I needed to be held, or how to hold me. As a new mother, I now no longer think it is a "fluke" that many moms and dads feel driven to get their children to church. There is something about the responsibility for my little one, that makes me desire to be closer to the only Truth I know. Especially in this day and age when there are at least two books for "every stituation a parent/child unit could encounter" and advice everywhere you seems that this input overload sends me running to the only constant Truth I've ever known.

I also know that I owe a lot to my mom, who has been an awesome example of loving with all that you have. My mom is my other constant. Her steadfast love and support has gotten us through many valleys, and she has always helped us find the sun (and the Son). I am so thankful to have been brought up in a manner that I am able to appreciate the small things in life. To have a true appreciation for what we do have, and not be constantly focused on what we do not have. I hope that I am able to instill the same grounded sense in my children.

Well...I better get to bed, just had to share a few thoughts before I turned in :)

May 3, 2005

Happy Birthday Jolasoni!

Happy Birthday to my lil sis! I hope you have [had] a wonderful birthday!

birthday cake

Have a lovely lobster dinner and enjoy every delectable bite you lucky girl! I got a bunny for you, but she has to live on my blog (at least for now). Her name is Lila the Wonder Bunny and I will take good care of her for you here until you decide you may want to join us in blog-land.

Onto other news, I finished my Clapotis tonight and I am very excited about it. There is no reason for this project to have taken this long other than I am a new mother and we have lots going on around here lateley. Everyone is right, the dec section seems to go by very fast, which was fun and rewarding. I found that for myself the pattern as written makes a lovely shawl that isnt too bulky or in the way for my fact I am wearing/enjoying it right now! [I was too lazy to weave in the ends yet...I'll get to that tomorrow...I needed some instant gratification first ;)]
My next project should be the Isis wrap from IK Summer '05, as soon as I saw it in the preview I knew I had to make to just find the yarn! This will be my treat as I make progress in moving; to take a break and dig into a pattern just difficult enough to keep me on my toes without wanting to stick my needle in my eye! (here's hoping anyways)

I have to let out an ugg on the moving front...apparently you need boxes to move - honestly I knew this already, having just unpacked 8 months ago. But we had planned on staying here at least 2 years. So, when my SIL asked if we had boxes when they were moving I gladly offered them and now have found out that she just gave all MY boxes to a friend of hers who is moving cross-country! So, now we are stuck potentially having to buy more boxes if the local stores (chains dont give boxes very freely) or freecycle don't come through for me (gotta love freecycle by the way) The good news [always gotta look for the bright side] is that since we are only moving about 7 miles down the road, and I will be moving all the small stuff throughout the week before the big guns move the large items, I am hoping to get away with using trash bags for items that dont require the structure of a box. So enough grumbling....I need to get to bed so I will be rested enough to handle weeding through our junk tomorrow ~ at least we have the freecycle outlet now for those things you cant stand throwing away but don't have the time to make it to a donation center.
Happy knitting! And I'll get some pics of my clappy up soon!

May 2, 2005

I'm back!

Ok, so sorry, hopefully I wont have to apologize much more any time soon...

For starters, I had a great visit with my mom. I REALLY wish she could have stayed longer, we were so busy with preparations for other things while she was here and now things have calmed down and she is gone :( Miss Gracie may be having a hard time with this goodbye. I dont think she really understands why Grandma is gone. Hopefully she will get through this quickly (I know this will depend on how quickly I process the end of her visit myself) but it nearly broke my heart when we got out of the car and she quickly looked over my shoulder and giggled for Grandma and the confusion crossed her face as she looked all around us and couldnt find her Grandma. Even when we got upstairs to our door, she looked back down waiting for Grandma to "catch up"....I must be strong, if not for me, then for my baby girl. I'm just trying to get through today, and then when I put her down I have a glass of wine with my name on it, I will relax and know that we can get through this, we have every visit before, and there are many visits to come! At least we will see her again in Oct for my best friends wedding, and I may get to go to CA this summer if finances here's hoping that I see her sooner, and at least Oct isnt that far away if not - my mom always taught me that it is easier to enjoy life if you do your best to see the glass half full.

Yesterday Grace was dedicated at our church, and we had some of our extended family there; then everyone came to our place for lunch. My first meal served to John's family went over pretty well. At least everyone was well fed and seemed to enjoy themselves. It was really nice to have everyone at church with us for the service, I'm so glad my mom was able to make it out for this.

The big news is that we are moving, yet again...thankfully not half-way across the country this time ;)

We got notice at the beginning of the year that our apartment complex was sold. And then the 1st week of April we were notified that we the option to buy our unit or move within 180 days. Although we rather liked living here, we were not interested in buying this place [too many problems] so we've been tossing around the eternal question of do we buy now or rent a while longer. As much as we'd like to be home-owners, the timing is not very good right now, and we'd have to get real lucky to find a place that we could afford/like/move into quickly. So, the apartment hunt began in earnest. We found one we could deal with, but the time-line had us rushing to check out our other options to make it by their deal "dead-line" and in the eleventh hour John found one more place just outside of our previous search zone and we love it!!!

This place is just a little futher south than we had planned, but the travel time difference should be negligible. It has a little less square feet, but a much more open floorplan and LOTS of closets! I will have storage for all our stuff now!!! Also, since we arent moving until mid-June I will have time before this move to purge all the junk so things should be much better around here after the move. Gracie will really have a room (right now her room is more like storage) with all her toys having a place and we can get her stuff out of the living room when she's not playing with it! I am very excited about that :D

Also, our bedroom will now have enough space for the desk to go in there instead of in the middle of traffic central (and no more presents for Gracie from the tower - she really cannot resist playing with the buttons and wires hanging in the back)

And did I mention that our kitchen is so big it has an island? Oh, I fell in love at first sight of the I'm hoping that everthing will work out once we move in, and come close to what I hope for. We will also now have a pool and a catch and release fish pond :)

On the knitting front I barely finished my mom's top before she left - far too many things going on around here for me to even think about knitting, how scary was that? And now I need to get going on something for my sister since her b-day is how time flies! I cannot believe that Grace is nearly 1 year old and that we will be nearing our 1 year anniversary of living in Illinois!

Well, I better get organizing/packing, catch ya later! Happy knitting!!!

Apr 27, 2005

Why I'm Lacking in Posting

Hello, just wanted to remind those of you read what I share that I have not mom is in town and we have been having too much fun! I promise to be back soon and update on all the exciting news that has happened in the last week; but until then TTFN!

Apr 17, 2005

I love bamboo

Ok, so I was just going to be money smart and try to make my alum dpns work, either by using needle protectors or rubberbands to "stop" the other end. But I remembered that I had a coupon for Joann's for 40% off, and since I've come across enough patterns to know that I will be using size US 7 dpns again in the near future...I went ahead, squeezed a few pennies out of the budget, and got them today.

I am in love...they are so nice :) Bamboo is my friend. I didnt have a single problem, the bottom of my French Market Bag is just flowing from my needles - it's already 1/2 done!

So now I have hope of finishing this bag in the near future and my mom's top is 3/4 done, too! Very productive, very nice weekend, my Spring is definately off to a good start (aside from the bloomin' trees). Now to just get the grumpy, teething toddler who is getting into everything back to happy baby least Grandma's coming to town this week!

Happy Knitting!

Apr 16, 2005

Yesterday & Today

Yesterday: Alum DPN Trouble
So, some knitting-chicks and I are doing our own Felted Bag KAL (quickly becoming a whatever bag you want to knit-along ;) for those not wool inclined). Anyway, our "launch date" was yesterday to celebrate tax day; so I go to cast on - I've never done a bag before - and I quickly realized how much of a slippery monster aluminum double pointed needles could be! I couldnt make it past 3 rows...and those three looked pretty darn twisted and ugly... So today, after DH returns to watch kiddo, I'm gonna have to get myself some bamboo dpns, because I wanna do this bag without exploding my brain or going crazy. My only alternative...if I try and fail to see if somehow I could do the pattern "upside down" I've done many a hat now and had no trouble working with alum dpns before; but starting with just a few stitches seems to be different then working down to a few stitches. I dont know, maybe yesterday just wasnt my day.

Today has been awesome, so far! I'm back in touch with my DH's little sister, and I'll spare you the details, but it looks like he's going to be able to reconnect with his mom and sister sooner than we'd ever hoped for! We just got reconnected this week via e-mail and I even got to chat with her early this afternoon! Happy Birthday Katie!!! We will get to see them Memorial Day weekend, and I am so excited and hopeful! It is way too bad when family conflicts explode a family, and life is way to short to let things get in the way of family, so it will be nice to see this family "knit" back together (sorry, couldnt resist).

Well, off to get a few rows in before Gracie wakes up. Happy knitting! And Happy 18th Birtday Katie!!! (again)

Apr 14, 2005

Same Blog - New Look

Didnt mean to scare you...just changing things around a little on you - keeping you on your toes! >^..^<

I am sooo tired today. Dont know what the deal is; I didnt stay up too late last night. Got a few rows in in Clappy last night and today, so I'm happy about that.

But I have a long way to go to have the place ready for Chris' visit...I think I'm dragging because hubby makes plans without helping me get the place ready. I've broken myself too many times already getting the place ready for Poker Night w/out much assistance (if any) from him...and I think I'm in one of those "non-confrontational funks" I tend to fall in.

BTW, I've been trying to decide if I'm motivated enough to maintain 2 blogs - you know another "life in general" deal - but I think I keep coming down to the realization that knitting is such an integral portion of my life it wouldnt be worth the trouble. That is part of the wonder of knitting anyway isnt it; that while you knit it seems the puzzle of your life begins to fit together. And why SnB groups have been around forever too - you know, hash out the junk in your life while you get to be productive otherwise.

Oh boy, I'm about to start really rambling...I better spare y'all and make my way back to my knitting - and maybe try to get to bed a little earlier tonight.

~Since my BIL is just out of college he wont mind that my house isnt spotless right? I mean I do have a little tornado who follows my path and destroys whatever neatness I can assemble anyways, right? ;o)

Apr 13, 2005

Hola, Como Esta?

Ok, so I admit I've been a bad blogger lately...I'm very sorry. Things have just gotten a little hectic now that Gracie is an established crawler and already threatening to walk - I've got my money on her walking before my mom leaves May 2nd.

I have the back finished of my mom's top...I'll try to post a pic in my not yet linked FO Gallery and let you all have a sneak peek (mom looks in here every now and then and I dont want to ruin the surprise - she wont peek in the gallery if I tell her not to) so I'll let you know when that is up.

Trying to figure out what to make for Ang so mom can take it back with her; its looking more and more like I'll....oh shoot she reads this, well you'll just have to wait in suspense for the unveiling.

My poor clappy is nearly to the decrease section, but I've been madly knitting away on my mom's project, so clappy is feeling a little neglected - I'll get back to you soon, I promise!

Well, I gotta get to cleaning the place up, my brother-in-law (not the one who just had the baby) is coming to visit this weekend; so I gotta get the place spiffy for our visitor.

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My hubby will be thrilled with this...he had a major crush on her when he was younger - ok, he still does kinda, but I can handle that competition ;)

Apr 6, 2005

My Momma's Comin to Town!

So my mom called last night while we were watching House M.D. - which isnt generally a good idea because that is one of the few enjoyable shows that catches my attention [*gasp* even from knitting] However, she was relating her booking info and I am so excited [I just cant hide it :) (hee, hee)] She'll be coming in on Apr 20th, and leaving May 2nd; so we will have 11 wonderful days of her actually being here! Hooray!

I figured since she already has a general idea of what I'm making her, I'll relieve the suspense for some of is another short sleeve top that has raglan shaped sleeves, it can be found in the Creative Knitting Magazine May issue, it is called "Upbeat Top". DH thinks it may be "too young" for her...but I think it is just that he 1st saw it on a young model...I guess we'll see once it is finished. - mom doesnt get this magazine, so she'd have to go out of her way to see the design (and the website is still showing the previous issue, I just checked) The project is coming along fine now! Now that I finally bit the bullet and settled on this pattern - this will be the 2nd time I use the actual yarn called for in a pattern!

Well, Gracie's calling! Happy Knitting!

Apr 5, 2005

Happy Birthday Mom!

birthday cake
It's my mom's birthday today!!! I hope you have a wonderful day mom!!! Its been a tough day for me, being that it is the first time I've been away from her on her birthday....I'm not even going to think of how I'm going to get through mine....
We do birthdays big time, my mom, sister, and me. Its not about presents - we've often been in the financial position to just enjoy each other; but I think that is what made our "special day" that much better. The "birthday girl" gets to pick dinner that day, doesnt have to do housework, and everyone else does their part to make the day special (ie. the sisters dont fight). We often wake the birthday girl up by jumping on her bed and singing Happy Birthday - generally earlier than the person usually wakes up so it is what they wake up to. It's a fun and simple day...just reminding us how much we mean to each other. When my sister was at college, we called her at 12:01am to sing her Happy Birthday, she laughed and said she needed that and then went back to bed :)
I think it's a little harder for me because Gracie is missing Grandma's birthday...I know I shouldnt do this to myself...but oh well. The good news is that mom is coming to visit soon. We are going to have Gracie Dedicated at our church May 1st, and mom wanted to come for that since she may not be able to make it for Gracie's birthday party. So I am excited and loosely trying to make plans for what we'll do while she's here :)
I've finally settled on what I'm making her and have cast on the project...yes, it is obviously going to be finished after her birthday, but I was waiting for the Spring/Summer patterns to come out since she lives in CA.
Well, Gracie's calling! Happy Knitting!

Apr 2, 2005

Pebble Beach - my labor of love Posted by Hello

Pictorial Updates

First, here is my lovely Clapotis~
Clapotis Progress

Another view~
A Little More Than 1/2 Way There!

And without further is the finished Pebble Beach Top~
Well, sorry to keep you in suspense, but flickr is trying to really tick me off and wont show the picture....I'll try with Hello in a minute; so here's a pic of Gracie for your time
Ruffle View of Gracie

Here is the pillow (in progress) I promised my stepmom (I'm finally motivated)~
Pillow For Stepmom (in progress)

And finally, here is the Petals Baby Hat that Melissa (knitting-chick) introduced us to ~
Petals Hat
I had a cool pic of a top view that really showed the flower on top...but flickr isnt cooperating.

So this is what I've been up to since Easter weekend, hope you all had a lovely week! Ours was incredible - 60-70 degrees all week! Welcome Spring!!! It is amazing how good the sun feels once you can finally feel the heat coming down. Gracie and I have been enjoying walks all week...she even got to meet the ducks at the pond (although the cars passing by were a little more interesting to her).

I am soo excited about the summer preview of Interweave Knits!!! I think I'm going to knit just about everything in there! I was about to return some yarn that wasnt living up to my expectations...but I think I've discovered its to just get my hands on that issue!

Happy Knitting! to see if Hello will be more cooperative

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Apr 1, 2005

Its a Girl!

So here she is! The long heralded newest member of our family, and the 1st cousin younger than Gracie!
Olivia 4 days old

I just had to share this one too...nothing sweeter than the oldest bonding with the youngest!
Olivia 4 days old w/Izzie

Olivia Adrianna was born on 3/27/05, Easter Evening, at 10:40pm. She weighs 7lbs, 10oz, and is 20 in long.

So that was our Easter excitement, and why I was absent this week...we had their next youngest for a couple days. I did manage to finish Pebble Beach (I'll get the pic up this weekend). It fits pretty well and I'm sure will fit better once Gracie doesnt need me for nourishment any more. Clappy is up to 8 dropped sts, so it finally is resembling a shawl, and I'm ready to get cozy with it.....almost there!
I also made my first venture into on-line fiber ordering, and it was shipped out I am looking forward to starting the birthday present for my mom :)

On the baby development front, Miss Gracie is now walking along furniture. Yes, my daughter who made her 1st successful crawling lurches just last March 1st is already threatening to walk! She is growing up sooo fast! But I'm not ready for the next one yet...after having Mikey for a few days, I am reaffirmed in the only 1 in diapers at a time guideline. So once Gracie starts at least pretending to be aware of potty training is when discussions shall recommence on that subject.

Well, I need to get to bed...Happy knitting!

Mar 24, 2005

Oh, where do I start?

Ok, I'm sorry I kinda neglected my posts...but I've been distracted since we were trying to wade through some gunk in one of my groups that is dear to my heart. Thankfully that situation is behind us and we are looking forward to moving is funny how easily we can mess up the simple things in our lives.

Also, my SIL still has not had her baby...we had her son again Monday night...we are hoping the 3rd time will be the charm (but not any time soon - she's not due til Apr 1st anyway)

The biggest casualty of this situation has been my knitting...actually, I have knit quite alot but dont have much to show for it. I have been trying to put together (read: lots of knitting and ripping) a heart shawl for my Knit Red KAL, and finally gave up today realizing that it's not the pattern's fault but my yarn choice...I need a bulkier, perhaps fuzzier yarn than I have on hand. So until I can remedy that situation, I have cast on Cheesy Love which I am actually quite this is my new Knit Red KAL item, it will be a tank with a red body and pink hearts across the bust. That's the tenative plan anyway...and yes, my 3rd attempted Knit Red Project - I'm not really this flaky, its the yarn's fault, darn acrylic!
oh, acrylic, I didnt mean that, please forgive's not your fault that you are all I can afford

On that note, I have good news on the Pebble Beach front: we are only 1 sleeve away from piecing together and being done!

And today at the completion of our "walk around the block" ( finally nearly got to 50 deg today!!! We got to breathe fresh air!) I realized that I had not shared a picture of Gracie wearing her coordinating cardigan and hat. So...for your viewing pleasure:
m24 what r u doin mom
How quickly they master the "Mom, what are you doing?" look

And here is a profile shot~
m24 with block

Just for fun...she is now into everything~
m24look what I found

But at least she already listens pretty well, and leaves things alone when I call her~
m24off I go
These last 2 were also for Auntie Angie - my daughter does not have a 'mohawk' anymore :p

One last one for good measure~
m24Sportin moms hat
How quickly daughter's "steal" their mother's belongings (this being my hat). Ok, I give, I put it on her...but she looks so darn cute! Especially when she tries to pull it off...its our little game.