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2 1/2 Years in the Making

Wait, longer than that.  Well, let’s just include the knitting/crocheting time, not the summer when the boys and I actually dyed the yarn.  CHRISTOPHER’S BABY BLANKET IS FINALLY FINISHED!!!!!!!!  And, the coolest part is – I finished it up in the same place I started it – Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.  We went on a DVC member’s cruise last week, just like the one back in September of 2010, and I knew I was almost done, so the blanket came with us to the beach.

Once again, Steve humored me by taking a few pictures of me finishing it up.

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Funny thing – the ball rolled towards the water, and I was all “Steve, get a picture of that – it’s hilarious!  I bet there’s never been a ball of yarn on Castaway Cay’s beach before!”

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Steve was all “It’s alright everyone – IT’S SUPERWASH.”

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And here I am, blanket complete.  Then Steve went and bought me a pina colada.  Well, 2 of them actually.

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And for those of you reminiscing, here’s the start of the blanket:

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Now, what am I going to do for Nathan’s baby blanket?

New Year’s Eve Snowfall Pictures

Ok, so we didn’t have a White Christmas.  Which was ok, cause I wouldn’t have been able to smell it anyway.  I got the worst sinus infection, and the day before Christmas I realized that I COULDN’T SMELL ANYTHING.  I went all jazz hands and tried to smell ALL THE THINGS, and there was nothing.  No pine-scented candles, no baby head, no poopy diaper (ok, so that wasn’t so bad), but the worst part?  I couldn’t smell my mom’s sugar cookies.  It was horrible.  It almost ruined Christmas.  Almost.  But it didn’t.  Christmas pictures will be in a couple of days, or maybe even later today if I get all inspired.  But for now, we’re gonna go backwards.

Today’s 12-31-12, and it snowed.  It’s still snowing.  This is quite possibly the best New Year’s Eve ever.  I can smell the snow.  The boys played outside for well over an hour, and no one cried.  David only came in cause the 3rd layer of snowman fell apart when he tried to put it on top, and he needed a break.   Here’s some pics of layer #1, and random snow pics of my backyard.

David as King of the Mountain:

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Patrick as King of the Mountain or the top of a snowman:

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Russell as King of the Mountain:

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I told them to jump off, and managed to get these cool shots:

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Someone even built Chris a mini-snowman, and he tried to add on another head or something…

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Here’s the second layer of snowman:

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And here’s the back ramp/stairs that David built to get it up there:

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My little engineer.  Snort.  Little my aunt fanny.  He’s gonna be 15 in 21 days, and he’s already 5′ 7 1/2″.  I think my dad’s 5′ 6″.  Nevermind that.  I’ll just focus on all of them wearing hats and mittens that I knit.  Cause I’m awesome.

Next up…Russell’s birthday, Christmas, cookie decorating, and Thanksgiving pictures.  Most likely in that order.

And the countdown begins

Well, it already started.  And I don’t knit or crochet nearly fast enough.

I wonder how much knitting/crocheting I could actually get done if I’d stop looking at more patterns on Ravelry.  I swear, I’ve added like 15 or 20 to my queue in the last couple of days, and that’s not even counting the things I’ve seen for my sister that I haven’t queued yet in case she goes on and queue-stalks me.

What on earth makes me think that if I haven’t finished the things I’ve been working on for a while for people for Christmas that I can go ahead and, say, for example, knit her a pair of awesome mittens too?

Oh, and get them done in time to mail up there.

And I sit here typing this out while the boys are sleeping.  Am I working on something?  Nope.  Just sitting here going through emails.  And looking at Ravelry.  Found a cool afghan pattern on Lion – it was on an email.  It starts out as a square, and I’m guessing you could just totally do this whatever size you want, and I can see making this either crochet or knit.  Sort of reminds me of a log cabin style thing, but cooler somehow.  And now I want to make one of those too.  But not for Christmas.  I’m not THAT insane.


Crazytown – I am the Queen of it

What kind of person starts knitting a cowl thing at 10 pm on a Saturday night (yes, I do realize I have no life, but wait, don’t answer yet – there’s more) … thinking that it’d be awesome to wear it to church tomorrow with her new black turtleneck?

I’ve never been to Rhinebeck, but I’m thinking this may be the same thing as those people who think they can knit a new sweater in a week to wear there.


Well, perhaps I’ll quote a card I saw congratulating the new parents on their baby.  The inside said “Sleep is for sissy’s.”

All for me!





I finished up my Camp Loopy project #2 the other day, and blocked it yesterday on our bed:




There’s Russ helping take out the pins from blocking.

And here’s a close-up of the center:

And a close-up of the side and border:

Hanging on the deck railing in the morning sun:

And back-lit in the morning sun on the deck railing:

And one of the artist, taken by Son #2.  I think this is fair-worthy.  The shawl, not the photo.

The details are on my project page.  Let me just say that Malabrigo Lace is quite possibly softer than baby angel kitten butts.

Look, I made something!

Can you guess what it is?

How about a little peek?

Oh, look!  There’s a Kindle in there!

I made a flap thing sort of like those fold over sandwich baggies, and David loves it.

Which really, is all that matters.  Cause pleasing a 14 year old boy is hard.

Just another Manic Monday

Nate let me sleep in until 6:40.
My alarm went off at 6:45.
I couldn’t reach it cause I was nursing him.
Steve was in the bathroom.
He came rushing out to shut it off for me.
David “forgot” to pack a sandwich in his lunch.
He had cheetos, strawberries, and a brownie.
I made him take a banana too.
I fixed and packed Russ’ and Patrick’s sandwiches.
I toasted toaster waffles for Russ, Nathan, and Christopher.
Russ and Patrick too the recycling out to the curb on their way to the bus stop.
I loaded up the dishwasher and let Chris put the soap thing in it.
That’s our next to last dishwasher soap.
I add dishwasher soap to the grocery list.
I let Chris vacuum until the dustbuster ran out of batteries so I’d have enough time to gather the laundry without a shadow.
Chris meets me at the bottom of the stairs “run owa baaaa-reees”
I put soap and bleach and softener in wash and let Chris load up the clothes.
Add bleach and fabric softener to the list.
How’d I run out of bleach, dishwasher soap, and fabric softener all on the same day?
I vacuum for real while Chris puts all the laundry in on the same side in one big pile.
Decide to play with new steam mop – it’s really cool.
Part of my floor’s not sticky.
Got Nathan down for nap.
Played with Chris for a  while to let Nathan settle down.
Got Chris down for a nap.
Hung bleaches outside on line.
Ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast (10:30)
Mopped some more with new mop.
Read directions on mop – turns out that “holder” that Steve mentioned is actually a carpet glider.  I can steam freshen the carpets.  Cool.
Decide to knit a while.
Take out new summery top I’m working on and think I should try it on, cause it’s a bottom up one and it looks a little big.
Are my hips really that big?  I’m getting gauge and I did the size I should for my size hips, and it’s HUUUUGGGGEEEE.
Whew. My hips aren’t that big.
Dang it.  Now I have to frog.  A whole bunch.
And re-cast on a smaller number.
Like 2 sizes smaller.
No,  I’m not shrinking.
I think perhaps my yarn is stretchier than the one she used in the pattern.

Great, the boys are up now.

How’s your morning going?

KU BSJ striping notes

So, I offered to make something for one of David’s teachers who’s expecting.  She asked for something in KU colors.  This is what I came up with.  I’m adding my notes to the bottom in case I want to do this sort of striping again.

Cast on with red
Changed to blue on row 13
Changed back to red on row 29
Started blue on row 75. Ended on row 79.
Realized that if I do the directions as written (using the old Adcock cheat sheet), the 2 yellow stripes won’t match up due to the picking up of stitches on 2 different rows. So, here’s what I’m doing:
Row 80 (WS) K even, in blue, cut blue yarn (I suppose I could leave this and do the back 90 by using the yarn from the outside of the skein, but right now I don’t want to deal with that fiddley-ness)
Row 81 (RS) Slip first 34 st onto left needle without knitting. Switch to yellow, and knit the next 90.
Row 82 (WS) Knit 90 in yellow, cut yarn.
Row 83 (RS) Switch back to blue, and knit 90.
The rest of the back 90 rows will be knit in blue.


So, took the 4 youngest to the Mopaca Show this weekend.  I let Patrick and Russ be in charge of taking ALL the pictures.  They learned some things.  Like, if you tell Mom to lean in to the picture, it might be worth your while to not zoom in so much.

And taking pictures indoors with the flash turned off doesn’t work so well.

For the love of Pete, HOLD THE CAMERA STILL.  Please.

Also, if you hold the camera way up high, and aim it down, and press the button, you get a picture of the floor.

We also learned that alpacas have funny noses, apparently.

And that alpacas come in almost as many colors as people.

What an awesome way to spend the morning!  I may have had some very pretty yarn jump in my stroller and beg and plead to be adopted.  Luckily, the adoptions fees were very reasonable.

One month in…

…and – big surprise – not that much to show for it.   Here’s my goals, and my (lack of) progress so far.

1.) New Christmas stockings for the boys – let them pick out their colors for the body and the trim. These will be fairly plain – I’m not going all out and doing fair isle or any of that.  I may even crochet them for speed.  We’ll see.  The closest I’ve come to working on this was to do a pattern search on Ravelry.  I didn’t even queue anything. 

2.) Cross stitch one tea towel from that collection I bought 3 or 4 kids ago.  Haven’t even dug them out from wherever they are in the basement.

3.) Work on Steve’s Bucs blanket for at least 1 hour every month.  Nothing.  Wait, I think once I opened up the basket where it’s all stored.  Does that count?

4.) Finish up Maureen’s big black shrug.  She’s been way too patient.  Again, nothing at all.

5.) Ditto Dulcie’s scarf that matches the hat I already made her.  Haven’t even located the rest of the yarn, somewhere down in the basement.

6.) Start one of my sweaters.  Whenever I want to start something for myself, I seem to always make socks.  Not that I don’t love my socks, but dang.  I actually even have the yarn for like 3 or 4 of them at least, but I just wait and wait.  Now, this, I have started.  I’m alternating between ashamed that I’ve put myself first, and happy that the sweater is turning out rather pretty.  More on that at the end.

7.) Finish Kristi’s purple socks.  Actually working on this one.  Win!

8.) Start some Christmas presents during the year, instead of waiting until December.  D’uh.  Not actually started on this, but I have, however, decided to slightly modify it to include all sorts of gifts: baby things, little toys for birthdays, etc.

OK then, mostly not so good on the goals.  I am making progress, which is good considering that I’m also trying to do laundry (2 loads a day, excepting Sunday), washing dishes, cooking meals, nursing the baby, etc etc etc.

So the sweater.  I don’t remember exactly how I found this, but I noticed someone else’s version of this Sunkist, and they had made it into a scooped neck pullover.  And they had used about the yardage I had in this Noro Kochoran stuff that Steve’s mom bought me YEARS ago at the Lamb Shoppe in Denver.  Thankfully, the person wrote down really good notes on what they did, and I totally copied.  Up to a point, though.  She did a rolled edge at the bottom, and I want something else.  I’ll figure that out later.  This picture was taken about a week or so ago, I’m actually a little further along now, about to the hippage area.

I do like it a lot though.  I think it may work out that I won’t have to wear a shirt underneath.  We’ll see.

Next up is something I finished up for one of Steve’s friends who just had a baby girl.  I offered to make them something, and they asked for one of those baby sacques.  I put a little different twist on it though.

Not your normal princess/butterfly/heart/girly stuff.  But they like it. They’re gonna get me a picture of it in action later on.

Oh yes, Russ’ hat.  This was the yarn he dyed a few years ago, and finally decided he wanted a hat.  He paged through my queue on Ravelry, and picked out this one called Gehry.  I made the hat, and he misplaced it.

David found it a couple weeks ago.  Outside in the back yard.  It had been a little faded by the sun, apparently.  I told Russ if he wanted to, we could always re-dye it with some more Koolaid this summer.

And I also finished up a pair of lounge pants for Chris.  I made the legs long, so he’d be able to wear them for a couple of years hopefully.

He’s dancing in this picture, to music only he can hear.  At least that’s what I think he’s doing.  Or maybe he’s pooping.  Either way, good picture.

More later.


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