Archive for January, 2009

Some long overdue FO’s

Patrick's hat

Here’s some pictures that are long overdue.  I found out I am a lousy photographer, as I didn’t get pictures of more than half the things I made for the kids at Christmas.  Poop.  But this is just about the cutest one.  It’s the Armando hat I made for Patrick (link there to the Ravelry page).  He loved it.  So did his older brother, so I just finished one for him, and now the little one wants one too.

David's socks

Here’s David’s Horcrux socks. They turned out a little short, but he loves them.

Russell's fingerless mitts

These are the fingerless mitts I made for Russell.  He also loves them, but prefers to wear them on the other hands.  I made them have stockinette for the palm and ribbing on the top of the hand.  For whatever reason, he almost always puts them on the other way.  I guess whatever works.

Abigail's slippers

These, if you can almost make them out, are the slippers I whipped out for Abigail, hubby’s sister’s little girl.  There’s the pink fluffy things.  I crocheted these instead of knitting them like normal, and they turned out so cute.  I wish I had taken a better picture of them, like maybe with her feet in them.  D’uh.

David's Horcrux socks, close up Here’s a closer up of the Horcrux socks.  Isn’t that yarn wonderful?

David's 11th birthday cake

He did that.  I baked the cake and dyed the frosting blue and spread it all out, but he did the marshmallows and swirly chocolate chips and candles.  I still can’t believe he’s going to be 11.  Know what else I can’t believe?  I bought 2 tubs of frosting, then mixed in a baby spoon ful of the royal blue frosting dye gel stuff from Wilton.  It turned everyone’s tongue blue.   But the cool part was that it turned our lips blue too.  It looked like everybody was freezing to death.  That dye is some potent stuff!

Russell's 5th birthday cakeThis I did not make.  Thank you Publix Bakery.    I wonder if I can upload a video on here, of Russell opening up his present from Aunt Kristi.  It was so very cool.  Ok, the upload of the video was taking forever, so I’ll try that later.

There are a couple of things I didn’t even get pictures of, so I’m going to have to e-mail the moms and ask if they can forward me a picture.  That hasn’t worked out so well in the past, so hopefully it’ll  work this time.

I think I’m going to go knit now.  The backwards party went great, fun was had by all, and I was so tired at the end of it I didn’t even knit or crochet last night at all.  The only thing I could manage to do was to sort of measure some handspun given to me by a good friend.

Busy as a, well, a mom

Oldest son’s birthday is the 20th.  I still can’t believe I’m old enough to have a  son who’s turning 11.  I still feel like I’m barely a grown-up.  We’re having his party on Saturday, and it’s a backwards birthday party.  Can I just interject here how difficult I find it to find cool party themes for older boys?  If you’re girl, there’s fairies and princesses and ponies and beads and jewelry and nail polish and all that stuff.  You can be 16, in my opinion, and still have an amazingly cool birthday party as long as you have enough nail polish.  In the cool colors.

There’s nothing like that for boys!  For the little ones, there’s the character themes, like Cars or Diego or other cartoons, then for the slightly older, there’s pirates, or a luau (which don’t remind me, last year we were in Hawaii at this time and yes, we did go to a luau which was so seriously wonderful I considered moving there.  To the luau.  Not Hawaii, just the luau.  Kalua pork, yummmmmmm.), or cars and trucks.  For the older ones, like tweens (yikes, is my kid really a tween?), what is there?  We’ve done Harry Potter, and that’s really the only one I could think of that’d be geared for the older set.

Then I came across the family fun site, and there was an idea for a backwards party.  Use your imagination, it can go as far as you want to take it.  David wrote with the help of a computer, his invitations backwards so they’d have to be held up to a mirror to read.  We’re going to be wearing our clothes backwards, and greeting out guests with a “Good bye!  Thanks for coming!”  I’m trying to convince him to let me serve the cake upside down.  Frosting on the bottom.  We’re hanging balloons from the ceiling, no helium, so they just droop there.  We’re putting crepe paper streamers on the floor.  Any other backwards ideas will be welcomed.  No dinner is served, otherwise we’d totally do dessert first, then the dinner.

Knitting wise, things are moving right along, but still no pictures.  I have to get my act together on that one.  I finished David’s hat and made Patrick some fingerless mitts, and oh yes, a milestone was reached last night…Patrick lost his first tooth!  He was so thrilled.  David’s sweater is really starting to take shape, but it’s on hold right now while I wait for a Knitpicks order in which there are some size 7 screw on’s to my ginormous cable.  I need to have him put it on, because I think it’s about time for the lime stripe.

Oh yes, and all these have yet to be put on Ravelry.  Good thing there’s no knitting police.

Ahhh, the memories

Guess what I was doing one year ago today?

Climbing rocks with my kids on the rocky beach in back of our resort on Kauai.

Now, I don’t miss Hawaii that much; I know, there are some folks out there who’d think I’m nuts, but believe me, there was a backstory there that tainted the entire trip.  If you have an hour or so, look back at the archives from January of 2008 and grab some chocolate.

I do miss that rocky beach though.  It was fun, and interesting, and the kids loved it, and I really wasn’t worried about them being swept out to sea like I normally am on a regular beach.  Later that day, I think was when we went to the Farmer’s Market thing and bought coconuts with the straws in them and I had coconut milk.

If you’ve ever bought a coconut in the store, one of those hard brown things, and hammered a screwdriver in one of the holes, and then tried to drink the “milk” out, you might have been grossed out.  I know I was.  Milk?  It tasted more like watered down coconut juice.  Very watered down.  On Kauai, I think I figured out why.  All the flavor went into the flesh on those brown ones.

When you drink the milk from a fresh coconut, it’s so amazingly coconut flavored, you’re surprised you don’t have to chew.  It’s creamy, coconutty, and really refreshing.  The flesh on the other hand, is rather bland.  And like jelly.  Rather gross.  I know because later on, I cracked mine open, and it was not that good.    Interesting, huh?

Now, one reason I don’t miss Hawaii that much is because I’m totally a seasonal girl.  I love me some crisp fall weather, I’m the first one out in the snow when it’s falling, I’m out there in the mud looking for the first bulb shoots coming up in the spring, and I’m out there every day, it seems, cutting the grass or trimming things or doing gardening things, or sometimes just sitting on the back deck with some yarn watching the boys play.  Hawaii was nice and all, but it doesn’t snow there.

Or here either.  My sister called from Aurora, IL, the other day.  They got a blizzard of sorts.  I’m so jealous.  If I’m not going to be in Hawaii this week, is it too much to ask for a little flake or 5?

On the knitting end, much has progressed, but no pictures have been taken, sorry.  David’s sweater is coming along nicely; the cables on the sleeves have 3 crossings in them so far.  My slippery’s are fun to knit.  I think I may try a new heel thing I saw on ravelry.  Right now I’m just doing a few increases on the foot part before I start in on the heel.  Found some old yarn in the car that’s soy and wool, so I’m sort of wondering how quickly I can crank out another potholder for my sister.  And I’m itching to make an entrelac cushion using the directions for that Danica scarf  I made for my brother in law.  It’s rather simple really, you just do multiples of 10.  Then there’s a new hat, for David since he liked Patrick’s so much.  And Patrick wants fingerless mitts like the ones I made Russell, but he hasn’t picked out the yarn yet.

OK, then, enough computer stuff, bring on the knitting.  Right after I put away the Christmas tree.

Well, that was the opposite of fun

Being sick sucks.  Good thing I’m pretty much all better now.  Only have a stuffy nose and some chesty coughing.  That I can handle.  Running to the bathroom every few minutes, not so much.

Finally got to go back to knitting night last night.  It’d been way too long.  It was very relaxing.

On the knitting front, I’ve started a few things.  When I finally felt well enough to play with yarn again, I pulled out some of the sock yarn I got in Denver and started the Slippery Socks, from knitty.com.  They are really fun.  It’s sort of a combined cable pattern with slipped stitches thrown in there too, to make the little cables stand out even more.  The yarn is also very soft and squishy.  I’ve been warned though, by one of my knitting buddies, that this yarn tends to grow a bit.  So, the other yarns I have like this may become scarves and or fingerless gloves.

I also started David’s Harry Potter sweater.  4 times now.  But I think I have it.  It’s sort of a combination of 3 different sweater patterns.  He likes the color style of this one, but wanted it in turquoise and lime green.  Tropical.  He liked the cabling on this one, but didn’t want that much of it.  And I liked the seamless aspect of this one.  So, I’m sort of combining all of them.  I’m pretty much following the pattern for the top down, except I’m doing it in K2P2 rib.  And I’m adding 3 cables on each sleeve.  And a lime stripe across the chest and shoulders.

I started it once, and realized that the ribbing was all off and not symmetrical, so I re-counted and figured out what I needed to do to have them match up and cast on again.  Then I didn’t like the increases I was doing.  It just looked wonky.  I frogged it and thought it’d look nicer with a line of K2 down the raglan “seam”.  It looked better, but I thought maybe it’d look even nicer with a different increase.  So,frogged again, and re cast on again, this time trying to do the M1 where you do a half-hitch cast on thing and then knit into the back loop of it on the next round or something.  That was not working out the way I liked either.  It was leaving a sort of hole.  So, re did it again, and figured out a way to do the increases using just a Kf&b but on either side, so there’s one of the K2’s that stays the same, and anyway, it looks nice.  Then, I was about to join it in the round after all the increases to get the neckline the way it was supposed to be, when I noticed something.

The seams down the back side, separated by the K2’s, were matching.  Meaning that on either side of the seam (which really isn’t a seam, but I’m going to call it that for now) the ribbing was mirror images.  Where a K2 started on the left, there was a K2 starting on the right.  On the back seams, it matched up.  On the front seams, it didn’t.  This was because I was doing all sorts of increases, and really didn’t pay attention to how they were lining up at first.  And I tried really hard to not let it bother me.

I showed Steve, and he said it still looked great.  I showed David, who’s going to have to wear it, and he said it didn’t matter to him.  (How could it not matter?  It’s right there on the front?)  I tried to not let it bother me.  But it did.  Instead of frogging it though, I just re-cast on, using a different ball of yarn.  So, I could see my work and what I should have done and where.  Now, it looks way better.  I can breathe.  Don’t laugh, you probably would have done the same thing too.

And Kristi wanted some potholders like I made for Dad, so 2 of those have already been kicked out and I’m waiting to know if she wants me to felt them or if she wants to.

One last thing, well 2.  Here’s a shot of what the underseat storage looked like after I stuffed as much yarn as I could in there from Dulcie.

underseat storage

And here’s the jewels.  vintage yarn

Can you see the labels there?  The green is 100% pure acrylic from Zayre, a store that’s no more.  Funny story there about the name though.  I’ll tell you later.  The brown is some wool from Sears.  I had no idea Sears sold yarn.  Cool huh?  Makes up for all that time I spent in the bathroom.

I’ve got a code

I can’t remember the last time I went through this much kleenex this fast.  Between blowing my nose, and coughing up, pardon me, big chunks of phlegm, it’s pretty awful.  So awful in fact, that I skipped my knitting night.  Which may have been last night; I’m not sure.

The good new is that the car is pretty much all cleaned out.  The bad news is that there are 4 suitcases and several tomato boxes full of stuff that need to be put away.

The good news is that Steve went to run a couple of errands last night and one of them included a stop at Honey Baked Ham to cash in a gift cert for a meal, so lunch today and dinner was a re-heated spiral sliced glazed turkey breast and sweet potato souffle and green bean casserole that I didn’t have to fix.  The bad news is there’s only 2 sliced of the turkey left and it was really really good.

The bad news is that my shower is leaking somewhere along the 2 stories of our house.  I showered yesterday morning, and in the middle of sudsing up my hair, my youngest came barging into the bathroom almost crying saying “Daddy says to turn off the water!”  Turns out, the boys were all down in the basement and heard the water hitting stuff down there, and called on Daddy, and he got 2 buckets and there’s only a couple of things that got wet.  The pipe that drains the shower apparently runs down the outside of the house, and he thinks that during our stay in FL, it might have got so cold that that pipe froze.  Or something.  The good news is that the rest of our bathroom including the toilet uses a different pipe.  The other good news is that we have 2 other showers in our house to use.

So, then, the bad news is that I feel like crap.  The good news is that I have an excuse to stay in bed and knit until I feel better.  Except for fixing the kids’ stuff to eat.  I’m thankful we did most of the laundry in FL.

Also, 2 more good news’s…my sister and my brother both got me amazing cookbooks for Christmas.  A cookie one from sis and a soup and stew one from my brother.  I have already ear-marked about 15 or so from each that I really want to try.  It is feel a cold, right?  Starve a fever?  I have no fever…bring on the food!

Back home again

Well, that certainly had its moments.

Dear MIL is at home now, trying her darnest to get better.  Her daughters are trying to help her with diet and other holistic remedies.

We made the drive back to Kansas safely and somehow without any speeding tickets, which considering how my hubby drives is somewhat miraculous.

Knitting content will resume in a couple days when I get done unloading the car, and putting stuff away, and figuring out where I packed everything.


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