Archive for March, 2010

Decisions, decisions

What I should be doing:

Any of the things on my list of what needs to get done before Friday.  Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Put fresh sheets on the spare bed for my sister, who’s arriving on Friday.
  • Consider straightening up the spare bedroom so that there’s a wider path from the door to the bed as well as perhaps a place for her to put her stuff.
  • Wrap up her birthday presents (her birthday was the 12th, but since she was coming down here, I just saved them here instead of mailing them up).
  • Finish up Patrick’s dragon.  I’m this far:

  • Vacuum kitchen and fireplace room
  • Mop floors in kitchen and dining room
  • Buy cake ingredients and decorations
  • Bake cake and decorate it
  • Do a quick wipe-down of bathrooms
  • Buy stuff for movie party (candy, popcorn, waters)
  • Figure out a time to take David and Russell out to get their present for Patrick.

What I’m doing instead:

  • Well, I have to give myself a little credit.  I got the 2 bottom legs sewn on the dragon this morning.  The arms and wings are knitted up and ready to be sewn on.  I also spend 15 minutes in the spare bedroom doing a little straightening up.  Otherwise I’m looking at some of the patterns I queued up on Ravelry, mostly tops,and looking at the directions for them, and estimating the yardage I’d need to make each one, and then editing the queue list to reflect the yardage amounts.  So that way, when I’m scrolling through, I can see at a glance, “Oh, I love that one.  It says I’d need 800 yards.  Hmmm.  Oh, I have 815 of that teal and cream stuff.  Cool.”
  • Also, blogging, working on the Slippery socks (come on, I’m so close to being done!  I’m to the ribbing already!),  reading e-mails, checking facebook, reading other blogs, fixing lunch for Russ, nursing and changing Christopher, and other things that really don’t HAVE to be done right now.

Alright then, back to work.  I have to finish up those socks.  Er, I mean that room.  Oops.


Details of Mopaca

This is what I’m calling my Easter egg yarn.  I found it way in the back room of Mopaca near all the alpacas!  There was a lady there crocheting, and she had several hanks for sale, as well as some finished crochet pieces.

She was kind enough to explain to me that she had hand-dyed the yarn.   She said that she rolled it in a ball and put it in the blue dye, but only sitting it there to rest.  Then she said she rewound it and put it in the  mauve.  She said that by only setting it in the dye it made the variations of color.  Whatever she did, it’s beautiful.  It’s a 2 ply, 100 % alpaca, and about 200 yards.  It’s probably somewhere between sock and light fingering weight.  I know I can make socks out of 200 yards, but I’m not sure if this wants to be socks yet.

This is the other hank that came home with me; I’m calling it my sparkly alpaca yarn.  I’m not sure if you can see the sparkles here, but I think they showed up in the close up from yesterday.

Again, this is a 2 ply, but one of the plies is a silver thread.  It’s 80% baby alpaca and 20% tencel, and it came from the Whirlwind Ranch booth.

Remember those pants?  Here they are in action:

Well, sort of in action.  I think he was starting to fall asleep here.  I finished up the blue pair as well, but I didn’t get a picture of those yet.  I did try them on him though, and whew, they’re too big, which means he has something to grow into.  I’m hoping now that the fallish pair that I made for him to wear in the fall will fit him through the spring, and the blue pair will replace the fall ones for the fall.  Make sense?

Wavy Socks update: I finally remembered to take a picture!  Please ignore the baby toes on the left.  Or not; they’re awful cute.

Aren’t they pretty?  I love love love that Jojoland Melody stuff.  The colors look in the picture a little vibrant; in real life they’re more pastel.   I haven’t been working on these as of lately though.  I’ve been dividing my time between Patrick’s dragon and my Slippery socks.  Both are almost done.  Patrick’s birthday is in a week, but his party is Saturday.  All I have left to do is to sew all 4 legs on, sew the wings on, and crochet some fun fur up and down the sides a bit.  And hubby says he should have fangs too.  We’ll see.  It’s turning out rather cute, and I’ll be sure to post a pic of the birthday boy with his new dragon.

Spoils of Mopaca

Here’s a close up; can you guess what I got?

Better yet, can you see the sparklies?  The top one has a silver thread plied into it.  The bottom one reminds me of Easter eggs.  Details will follow tomorrow…

Parade of FO’s

First off,don’t go thinking that all these have been finished up recently.  I think what it was was that I never took pictures, or took pictures and never loaded them up to the computer, or loaded them onto the computer but didn’t put them on the blog, or possibly some sort of combination of the above.  So then, here they are in no particular order, along with a few gratuitous baby pictures.

These are the socks that were supposed to be finished up during the Olympics.  Good thing is, they still work, and fit great, and feel nice and warm and squishy.

These are some Monkey’s that I finished up a while ago, for my brother’s fiance.  Hey Kristen, if you’re reading, I’ll sure try to get them in the mail to you this week.  Well, maybe this month.

Another Grandpa 60 hat for the boys.  I’m pretty sure David’s going to claim this one, cause it’s blue.

I’m completely addicted to this pattern.  I literally knitted this pair in 5 days.  With a newborn, and 3 other boys in the house, that’s like total warp speed.  I’ve already started another pair in some blue wool I picked up on clearance, but now that Knitpicks has come out with their new cotton heathers, I’m thinking an order is in the works for some cotton pants too.

This is yet another Grandpa 60 hat that I’m fond of for a couple reasons.

1. It’s made using leftover yarn from 2 different projects: a hat I made my brother for Christmas this year (both the gray and black) and some fingerless mitts I made his fiance.

2. Russell immediately claimed it with love, as shown in picture below.

3. This was the one project I brought with me to Christopher’s birth, and while things went fast enough that I didn’t get to work on it during labor, I did finish it up the next day while waiting to go home.

4. One more I almost forgot – this one was the first time I tried to do Grandpa 60’s pattern upside-down.   I wasn’t sure of the quantity of yarn I had leftover, and so I started from the crown with only the gray, increasing every other row until I got to 100 st around, or close to there, then started striping.  I even messed up on the striping and turned it into a design feature: I had started with 2 rows of each color, then wasn’t paying attention at some point and did 3 rows.  Instead of frogging, I just changed the striping pattern at that point to every 3 rows instead, and it looks like I planned it that way all along.

This cute little blueberry hat I whipped out in a few hours so that Christopher would have something warm to wear to his first Dr’s appt.

This one was interesting.  I had a teeny tiny ball of this teeny tiny yarn.  It looked like laceweight, but it was in baby colors, so I thought, what the heck.  It turned out so dang tiny, but I’m hoping it’ll fit a preemie, so I included it with the hats we’re sending over to Sweden.

The finished picture of the fingerless mitts my sister picked out for me to make for her.  She’ll get them along with her birthday presents when she comes to visit in a couple weeks for Patrick’s birthday.

and speaking of Patrick, here’s a cute shot of him holding Christopher.  Do you have any idea how old that chair is?  Me neither.  It belonged to my dad’s mom, and it was her sewing chair.  It sat in their living room, on the right just as you walked in.  It was pretty much the only thing I wanted from there when both my grandparents had passed away.  My Nana was not a tall lady, so the chair sits very close to the ground, and if you rock too much in it, you run the risk of flipping yourself backwards.  It’s a great chair, and the boys look so cute in there.

and this is Christopher at exactly 1 month old.   It’s quite amazing how different his face looks.  His cheeks are filling out, as is his double chin.  He still has somewhat scrawny legs though, but it’s only a matter of time before my magic boobs fill everything out and he reaches what Steve and I like to call “maximum cuteness”.

Cute baby + yarny goodness = Awwwwwww

That there is one of the many baby hats I finished up for the little contest our knitting group was having with another group all the way in Sweden.  You can read about the details here on Ravelry.  I think Christopher’s upset because either

1: he wants the hat for himself

2: he really hates 1970 era acrylic

3: he wants someone to stick a boob in his mouth.

You vote.

Below are 2 adorable pictures hubby took of Christopher in the blue baby surprise jacket.  It’s still a little big, but he does look amazing.

At some point, I’m going to have to get a picture of him in the jacket, hat and matching booties.  Hopefully before he outgrows them all.  Right now though, I’m somehow addicted to knitting these pants.   I finished up a pair in some fallish colored yarn already, and I’m almost done with the first leg on a blue pair.  I’m going to have to dig out some cotton though, cause the weather guys keep saying that this crappy 40’s and rain isn’t going to last forever.

It’s spring break week here.  Then before I know it, it’s going to be Patrick’s 8th birthday.  Speaking of, I had better get to work on his dragon.  Did I mention that before?  Not sure, but it sure is turning out cute.  I’m adding some nasty sparkly puke green fun fur to the outside after I make it, to make the green dragon more fuzzy.  Saturday I went over to Hobby Lobby and bought some cat eyes that look frankly adorable.  I’m going to take a picture of the pieces before I sew them all up.  All I have left are both wings and the front legs/paws/arms/whatever they’re called.  And I have to find my stuffing.  I think it’s in the wicker basket downstairs.

OK, the baby’s sleeping, so I’m going to get to work.

My Olympic Goals…

…I almost did it.  Or, them, rather.

I had wanted to finish up the blue BSJ set, which meant seaming up the jacket (done), knitting the hat (done), and knitting up the booties (done).  This I actually wanted to get done prior to going into labor.  That part didn’t work out according to plan.

I had also wanted to finish up a pair of socks that I started back in May.  Which oddly was right about the time I got pregnant.  I had completed one of the socks, then must have figured out I was pregnant, and started in on other stuff.

The socks are of a DK weight yarn, and I was using a pattern I had already used for socks, so it really shouldn’t have been a challenge to finish up one measly sock.  They’re even on a size 3 needle.  The pattern’s just a stockinette foot and ribbing at the top.  I should have been able to kick out one little sock.

But, as you know, this happened:

And today after church, and lunch, and rootbeer floats, I crashed.  I took about a 3 hour nap, waking up around 7.


I did get all the way up to the start of the ribbing on the cuff before the flame went out.

Sometimes I think naps are more important than knitting goals.  At least it sure was today.


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