Monday, December 31, 2007

Cobblestone Pullover Done!

I got this done today and it fits! I did a little happy dance when Hubby tried it on.
it took 12 balls of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Amber Heather. Knit on size 8 needles. The pattern from Interweave Knits Fall 2007 was very easy to follow. The short rows in the back really make the fit. The neck is a little tight but it works. Yeah me! My first adult sized sweater. Now on to something else...

New wip's

I have started 2 new projects over the last week. Well 3 if you count the spinning. First is a pair of socks for a Knit Along I am doing on Raverly. It is called Hands Off Its Mine! The idea is to knit something for yourself. Fun!

The second is a blanket for MG. I am using the Pi Shawl pattern from EZ's knitters almanac. I am knitting it up in worsted leftovers from stash. I think this might just finish off the bag of odd balls I have. Should be pretty colorful. So far: hot pink, dark purple, natural,black, and red. The pattern is easy only 5 increase rounds in the whole thing. The first 2 rounds were no fun but now that is on the circs it is as mindless as it gets. Should be warm too. MG has been upset lately when ever I leave the house without her, so this will be a warm Mommy blankie.

I am happy to report the Cobblestone is nearly done. I finished the last of the short rows at the neck and just have to finish up the neck and graft the armpits. I have decided I am not a huge fan of garter in the round. I am a slow purler.

The spinning? Well I have spun something that is kind of like yarn. I have a lot to learn. I enjoy it I just need to practice.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Socks!

Pattern: Thuja from Knitty

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Heavyweight

Color: Metamorphic

Needle: Size 4 dpn

These knit up so fast! I love them. Soft and warm. I was going to gift these but I think I will keep them for myself. Truth is I put them on to take the picture and just have not taken them off. The pattern is super easy and well written. I like the yarn too. The color is nothing like what their website shows. I like it a lot more now that it is knit up.

Note to self...

Never buy the MK's Moon Sand again ever. The carpet will thank you.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

spinning my wheels... not

Well no spinning yet. Hubby had the wheel all in parts and I just the tension right and have just been turning the wheel to get used to the feel.I have not had 10 minutes all in a row to sit with her and thread her up so I will take her to Miss V's tonight and see if I can get her going.
My favorite LYS is having a big sale today. 25% off everything in the store. I'm on a yarn diet but may stop by just to have a peek. I have been so good about knitting from stash, but 25% off is pretty good.

In BunkyBoBo's news I had a Etsy showcase spot yesterday. It resulted in a lot of hits but no sales. I am going to do more advertising this week and see if that helps. Maybe everyone else is on a yarn diet too? After I get my new desk set up I am going to work on some new projects to list. I have some good ideas and a bunch of stuff stashed around the house. I just need the space to work on them that I can keep the MK's out of. I need Hubby to move a big TV first but this should be done this weekend.

The MK's are doing well. MG has been working up a sweet with the Wii and MB likes to make up stories with his books and stuffed animals. It is so cute to watch him. As I type this they are Wii Boxing. At least they are not hitting eachother.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Very Merry Indeed

The kids are happily playing with the Wii and other new toys. MG is the champ of Wii bowling, MB is reading his new Degio books.

Me? I started a new pair of socks.

The Yarn is Socks That Rock Heavy weight in Metamorphic.

The pattern is Thuja from Knitty. These should be nice and warm.

Here is the current state of the Cobblestone:

Very close to done. He should have it for Valentine's Day.

I have yet to get pictures of the many knitted gifts the MK's got this year cuz they will not stand still. When I get them to calm down we will get some pictures.

I am off to see if I can get my wheel to spin something.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

My new friend

Maker: Kromski
Model: Mazurka
Wood: European Alder/Birch
She is pretty. Hubby got her from a lady on E-bay. She has only the one bobbin so I will have to order some. It needs to be tensioned.
I read on line that Kromski Wheels are hand made in Poland by a company that survived 2 World Wars and the Communist party. I can't wait to get started.
I think she needs a name.
More Christmas pictures coming. Boy what a mess!

Monday, December 24, 2007

The 24th Day

Have you ever used Santa Tracker? NORAD puts it up every year. It works with Goggle maps and is really cool. My kids love to see where Santa has been and where he is going next. It gives info on different places he has been. This morning we learned all about what Russian kids do for Christmas. There is also a bunch of fun games and stuff on the website. Check it out the kiddos will love it.

In other news I got no knitting time this weekend so the Cobblestone is not done. I am so close.

Last night as I wrapped the gifts Hubby made fudge. Yummy! Alton Brown never steers us wrong! No the trick is to not eat all the fudge in one go!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The 23rd Day

The Christmas cards from family and friends have been arriving for about a week now. I love reading the letters and catching up on what everyone is doing. I suck at getting cards out. I still have the box I bought last year and in the box I found cards I wrote last year and never sent. Who knows why. Up until this year Christmas was my busy season, with dozens of events and things to set up for clients. This year I have no excuse. I had the time to do them I just spent that time doing other things. Things like playing in the snow with the MK's and baking cookies.
So sorry to friends and family who did not get cards from us this year. I really do care about you I just did not get the cards done, Maybe next year.

only 3 more inches of yoke and I can bind off the Cobblestone! It will be good to have this project done.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

More from the pot!

So here we have Sunspots. 100% merino wool sock yarn. I am not a fan of yellow but this came out so pretty. I like it a lot.

And needs a name. I haven't named it yet. With the purple dye I use I can get it to crack in the pot so I get areas of blue/pink and purple. It comes out a little different every time. I love this one. It is 440 yards of worsted wool. The color is set so it can be felted.

I got some roving to dye so I'm gonna play with that today.

Hubby's Cobblestone is coming along. I am almost to the decrease rounds. I am not the fastest knitter so I need about 4-5 hours of knitting time and I should have the knitting done. The finishing should be a piece of cake. He may get it unblocked.
There is no way the sock will fit my pal. It is too big. So the way I see it is I can A: rip it out and start over. B: finish it and start a new pair for my pal. (The secret sock will fit someone I know.) C: Finish the pair and send them anyway. I can't do that. Nope she needs a pair that fit and I have plenty of time to knit a new pair. I'll decide the fate of the sock later,

MG is out of school for the next 2 weeks so we will be busy. I am going to take her to a craft class next week at Michales. She is really looking forward to it.

I am off to bake the chocolate crinkles. Yummy!

Aside to Ms. Snark, Thanks for the order. It means a lot to me. I am so happy that Hanks is doing well. I wish I could have been at that slumber party!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The 20th day

The Red Kettle. My kids love the bell ringers at Christmas. I try to have a few coins on hand for the kids to give. This year MG really understands that the money goes to help other people. She is very cute about it. She will tell her brother he has to put his dime in the pot because it is nice to help others. What a great kid. 7 years old and she gets what Christmas is all about, Peace on earth and good will to men. I love that kid.

There is a bell ringer at our local supermarket who is always singing. When you put $$ in his pot he sings his thanks. MB calls him That Singing Guy. He loves to put his coins in and do a little dance with Singing Guy.
With the changes I've made this year I don't have as much to give as I would like, But I can always find pennies for my kids to put in the red kettle. When I think about all the red kettles out there and children putting their pennies in I know my little family has done some good. And I could not be more proud of my kids for knowing it too.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Note from the FMC

Dear Santa,
I have been such a good dog this year, I really think I deserve some treats. I mean have you met the kids I live with? Boy are they loud. The little one climbs on me and the big one makes me go where ever she goes. But I love them and they are good pals for me. I help Mom too! I lay on her feet to keep them warm and I leave piles of warm fur all over the place. I am loyal and friendly and cute! Please don't forget me this Christmas. I promise not to wake the kids when I hear you come in.
Your Pal,

Monday, December 17, 2007

New Yarns

So here we have Kate, Puck, and Deep Red.

Kate is a nice mix of rose/peach/orange. I like it. The superwash is so soft. The blue/green is Puck. I love this one! It turned out just as I had hoped. This one is a superwash wool/nylon blend sock yarn. The deep red I will never be able to do again. It started life as an oops in the dye pot, a big dose of red over dye and I got this. 100% merino wool sock yarn a one of a kind.

Kate is up in the shop already. The others will follow soon.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Here is the yarn form my SITM2 pal. it is much brighter than the picture. So pretty! I may pair it with something from stash and make some mittens.

In knitting news I have joined up the Cobblestone and finished the first short rows. Hubby is taking the MK's to see Alvin and the chipmunks today (isn't he great?) so I can get the gifts wrapped and make sure we have everything. After that is done I will plant myself in the chair with the sweater. Looks like it will be a good day to sit under a big pile of wool.

The socks I am working on are going to be for my sock pal. I think she will love them and I think they will fit her. I have smallish feet and these are a little big for me. This means that I can't post them for a while...sorry.

The great 2007 bake off is in full swing here. MG had a bake sale at school so I made 4 dozen cookies for that. There have also been new cookies this year. I tried Scottish Shortbread the other day and it is melt in your mouth yummy. I sent some off to Moms. Last night I made Mint Chocolate Brownies. I really just switched the chips to the mint kind. Yummy! I only find the ch mint chips around holiday time so I always stock up. Today I will make Hubby's favorite, Andees mint/toffee. I got some Heath Bars to smash up.(This is the fun part!) These are the cookies people ask me for every year. Hubby went out and got the candy bars when I couldn't find the chips. He wants his cookies! I'll post these soon.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Grand Lake

There is a place in the Rockies called Grand Lake. The color there is amazing. Deep blue waters, Bright blue skies and snow on the peaks. This went up in the shop yesterday. I sent this same colorway to the Mobtown Review . I also sent Christmas Past.

In other news all gifts have been shipped and the Cobblestone has 2 sleeves. I am just waiting for a quite moment to put it together. The sock is moving along. I am worried it will be too big(as always). We are stuck inside today with a big pile of snow. The kids were out playing in it today. Mommy was shoveling it.

The 15th Day

We woke up this morning to a blanket of fresh snow. A new layer of white to cover the now dirty snow from last week. I love snow until about January 2nd, then I'm done with it. After the holidays are over I just don't see the need for it any longer, I can deal with the cold. I think this is because we are all in love with the idea of a White Christmas. I blame Bing and Danny.
So today I will reinforce the White Christmas love with the movie. How can you not love this movie? Rosemary Coolney is to die for. I still get a chill when she sings "You Done Me Wrong".
And Vera Ellen with the dance numbers! I bet very few of today's starlets could dance some of those numbers.(Let alone fit into her outfits) I love the "Blessings" song too:
If you're worried and you can't sleep, Just count your blessings instead of sheep...

Here's to a White Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Sock it to me!

My sock pal sent me a Christmas gift yesterday. I would show you but blogger hates me just now so pictures will have to come later. Sock Pal sent a sock blocker key chain with a pattern for a little sock for it, super cute. Some yummy smelling candles. A bar of Blacks Chocolate Mint. I have never tried Blacks before but I love it! Very yummy. Lucky for me the MK's don't like mint so it is all mine! There is also a dpn holder that is just so darn clever and yarn. Oh the yarn Claudia Hand Painted in the Lipstick colorway. It is so bright and fun. I am going to save it and knit it up some dark winter weekend when I need some color. Thank you sock pal! Happy Christmas!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The 12th Day

We have a little Advent Calendar that hangs in our kitchen. Starting December 1 the kids take turns pulling out a little Christmas ornament out of one of the pockets and counting the days left to Christmas. I love this little tradition. The kids love it too. They like to see what each new one is and count how many there are, it builds the excitement for them.

If your a knitter like me you will like this. Lime & Violet have an Advent Calendar for knitters going on the Daily Chum. Just click once a day until Christmas. Enjoy.

Monday, December 10, 2007

One more gift

Here is the last of the gift knits for this Holiday. I have amended my plan and am not knitting as many gifts this year.
So the scarf is based on Brooklyn Tweeds Scholar Collar. I didn't really even look at the pattern. The Yarn is leftover from the Tomten, Jo Sharp Silkroad Tweed DK. Cast on 32 knit garter till I like the length, make 2 button holes, knit 8 more inches of garter and voila!. The yarn is the star here, a wool cashmere blend. The tweediness of this little scarf makes me happy. It will be a warm toasty hug for the wearer. I do hope he likes it. I almost made this person a hat but just can't knit another hat for a while.
In other knitting the Cobblestone has a 2nd sleeve that is 3/4 done. I may get this finished. I have also started a new sock for travel knitting. I started with the Jaywalker pattern but just didn't like the way it fit so I frogged most of the first sock and have started on a new idea. We will see if it pans out. I have never really knit socks without a pattern before but I think it will work out. If not I can always frog.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

The 9th Day

On the 9th day of Christmas (4 years ago) I had my son.

Happy Birthday Monster Boy!!!

You are 4 years old today!

The day you were born it snowed all day. I remember sitting in the Hospital bed and watching the snow pile up outside the window. We brought you home on a cold December day and our lives were never the same. Your little face makes the dull days of winter brighter and your laughter fills the house. Now if I could just bottle that energy of yours!

I am so proud to be your Mommy I love you Monster Boy! Have a great birthday!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

The 8th Day

One of our favorite Holiday cd's is the Barenaked for the Holidays Album(2004). The cd features many holiday standards as well as some newer songs that crack me up. My favorite track is The Elfs Lament. This track features Michael Buble.

"A full indentured servitude can reflect on one's attitude

But that silly red hat just makes the fat man look outrageous

Absurd though it may seem, you know, I've heard there's even been illegal doping

And though we're coping, I just hope it's not contagious

You try to start a movement, and you think you see improvement

But when thrown into the moment, we just don't seem so courageous

I make toys, but I've got aspirations

Make some noise Use your imagination

Girls and boys, before you wish for what you wish for

There's a list for who's been Naughty or nice, but consider the price to an elf"

Other fun tracks include:
Snowman Lyrics

Do They Know It's Christmas? Lyrics

Hanukkah O Hanukkah Lyrics

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman / We Three Kings Lyrics

Footprints Lyrics

Deck The Stills Lyrics

This last one is pretty funny. I think I spit pop out my nose the first time I heard it.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Thanks to the Knitters

After the horror of the mall shooting here in town I have received e-mails from all over the world checking in to make sure that we were not there when it happened. I am so thankful for this. It is amazing to me how small the world really is. Knitters rock! Who else would think about someone they have never met in real life but love that last pair of socks you knit? Simone's boyfriend is a cop btw. And so far it seems like the was very little they could have done. Is seems to me they did a good job getting people out and making sure the had the guy. This is a tight knit community and everyone is banding together. We see too much of this on the news, it has been a surreal experience to have it in our own back yard. Lucky for us we kept the news away from the kids and they seem ok. They know something bad happened but don't really get that it happened in a place we go all the time.
We were lucky we did not know anyone involved and our hearts go out to those family's. We will hold ours a little closer this year and celebrate being together.

p.s. Hubby got a spinning wheel. Don't know what kind yet, he says he got a good deal.

p.p.s. Got some BFL and Merino roving from Miss V the other day. Can I just roll around in the BFL? So soft!

p.p.p.s. Almost done with last knitted gift that needs to be shipped. Then its all Cobblestone all the time till it is done.

That is all.

The 7th Day

With the Holiday season in full swing now and the weather turned cold Hubby and I are always looking for things to do with the kiddos. One our favorite things to do is pile everyone in the truck(doggy too) and go look at the lights. One of our local radio stations puts together a map of the best decorated houses in the area. Hubby maps out our route and I put on the Christmas cd's and off we go. The kids love seeing the houses all lit up and singing along with the Christmas music. When we get home I make hot chocolate for everyone and Hubby reads the Kids a Christmas book. All in all a nice family evening with no tv. The nice thing about this kind of evening is we can do this more than once . Hubby just picks a new part of town and off we go. We our planing our first such trip for tonight. I have my Muppet Christmas and Bear Naked Ladies cd's all ready to go.
We have a nice layer of snow now. Everything looks so pretty covered in snow, at least for a day or two anyway.
I hope you can all get out and enjoy an evening of sight seeing this Holiday season. After all spending time with family is what Christmas is about, and when they are all trapped in a moving car they pretty much have to get along.(or you could just leave them on the side of the road! hehehe)

Thursday, December 06, 2007


No Christmas post today. Yesterday afternoon a young man walked into the Von Maur store at our local mall and shot and killed 8 people 5 more wounded, then he shot himself. I was not at the mall for any of this. MB and I were out and saw lots of cop cars headed that way but I did not think much of it till Hubby called me to find out where I was. Scary. So far it seems we did not know any of the people involved, Thank God! What they did not say on CNN is right outside that store is where Santa is set up. Right outside the first floor entrance! If it had been Sunday afternoon we would have been right there. as a side note MG's school was on alert but not locked down. Police knew pretty early on they had the shooter. The school is 2 exits down the expressway from the mall. Gonna be hard to find a reason to go to the mall for a while.

This kid had a SK assault rifle. Who in there right mind would sell a kid a gun like that? I would say maybe now people will think again about gun control, but they won't. Not here in red state USA.

Back Friday with Happy stuff.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The 5th day

I should call this one the power of Santa. Around this time every year the kids start to get very excited about Santa. They know they have to be good or Mommy will tell Santa and there will be no gifts. I love that they still believe. MG keeps telling MB if he is naughty Santa will leave him rocks. When he and I were in the mall last week he saw a bin of shiny rocks. "Is this where Santa gets his rocks Mommy?" The sales person looks confused. So I tell MB "Santa brings a lump of coal if you are naughty"
"oh," says MB "these are pretty! I like pretty rocks."

So this may seem like a bit of a cop out but, I love that at Christmas time some grown ups will do anything to keep Santa real for the kids. At Holiday time we all get to be kids. I tell the MK's that Santa is real as long as we all believe in him.
On Christmas Eve The MK's will leave cookies For Santa as well as some fruit and veg for the reindeer. MG says that if the big man gets a snack the reindeer need one too! Last Christmas Santa left her a nice Thank You note.
On Sunday we will go visit the Big Man for MB's birthday. We do this every year and he loves it. When he is older he may wish his birthday was not so close to Christmas but for now MB thinks it is the coolest thing to Visit Santa for his birthday.
So this Christmas remember to believe in the Magic of the Season and it will be yours. Life is what we make it so at least once a year we can make it special.

I wonder if Peace on Earth would break out if we all just believe in it?

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Elf hat pattern

So to make the Peppermint elf hat you need about 200 yard worsted weight. 3 colors(I used wool but you could use anything.) A size 8 circ needle ( or whatever you like)

Cast on 84 Stitches in MC. Place marker and join in round careful not to twist. Knit 4 rounds.
Purl one round
Knit 2 rounds
Purl one round
Knit 2 rounds

Now the stripe part
Knit about 25 rows in whatever stripe pattern you like.
Knit 2 rounds of MC.
Next round K21 place marker repeat to end or round.
Decrease round: Knit to 2 sts before marker k2tog repeat to end of round (4sts decreased)
Knit one round
Repeat these 2 rounds until 1 stitch remains between markers.
Knit a short I cord on the last 4 stitches. Bind off. Add bell to end of I-cord and weave in ends. Block lightly
For a longer hat you can use 3 decrease points instead of 4 or knit more rounds between the decreases.

Hope you enjoy it. If you have questions please let me know. I have never really written a pattern before.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Elf Hats

So I made this silly elf hat Saturday. Just sort of made it up as I went along. I kinda like it. The stripes are BunkyBoBos Hand dyed and the red is something from stash. Patons classic merino I think. That's a gold bell on the end. Adds to the silly. The color in the flat picture is really good. I like it. Sort of fun in a campy Christmas sort of way. This is going to a friend who I did not knit a campy Christmas hat for last year. I hope she thinks it funny.

Elf hat #2 is the Peppermint elf hat. Same red as before with hot pink and white Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks. Green bell this time. I love this one. I can write up the pattern if anyone wants it.

The 3rd day

As part of my holidays I am allowed to eat whatever sweets I want. I watch what I eat the rest of the year, I give myself December off.
I use real butter in all my baking too. None of that low fat good for you junk for me thank you very much! Bring on the fudge! the cookies! and Party mix! The cakes! the breads! and candies!
I know, I know its bad for me. But all the extra Holiday running around and the chasing of Monsters helps keep the poundage down and it is only once a year.
So my wish for my friends on this 3rd day of Christmas is this. Is for everyone to put the scale away and Enjoy the goodies of the season, forget your diet and treat yourself. We will all spend January worrying about what we ate over the holidays anyway so have that piece of fudge, and enjoy it. You'll burn it off in the parking lot at the mall in no time. Guilt free snacking for all!
What is your favorite holiday treat? Stay tuned for my favorite cookie recipe!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The 2nd day

I am short on time today so this is a quick one.
The family and I were trapped in our home most of yesterday due to the weather so we had movie time. I love my holiday movies. There will be more on the list but today's movie is A Christmas Story. How can you not love Ralphie and his pals? And that lamp? I have been looking for one for 10 years now! I have a burning desire to knit Flick's stocking cap. (I am in fact working on this design as we speak) If you have never seen this movie go see it. Today, you won't be sorry.(Unless you hate Christmas then I would suggest not seeing it) If you have seen it it is time to pull it out again. My kids love it and it still makes Hubby and I laugh out loud. He and I can do nearly every scene. We are a hit in the living room.
Its funny how my kids love this movie so much. This is one that came out when I was still a kid. It really is timeless. Favorite Holiday Movie anyone?

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The first day of Christmas

Today begins the 25 days of Christmas series.

One of the things I love about the Holidays is putting up all of our decorations. Each year we pull out the boxes and enjoy rediscovering each item. The last thing to go up every year is our Stockings.

The group of 4 belong to my little family. These were Knit for us by my GAH. She has knit hundreds of these over the years. I know quite a few families who hold GAH stockings as their dearest Christmas treasures. Each one is a little different. I love these stockings. I have never even considered getting others. These stockings were made with all the love that Christmas time brings. For the Knitters out there. GAH has a large notebook of patterns for these. Most are made with Red Heart Sport yarn. Santa's beard there is some kind of soft fuzzy yarn. They are knit flat to the heel then foot is knit in the round. I'm not sure if she ever made 2 alike. The MK's each have a Gingerbread boy(or girl). The design possibilities are endless. I have never seen another like mine.

The 2 stockings in the other picture belong to my Grandparents. They passed away before my kids were born but having the stockings up at Christmas time makes me think of them and I feel like a little part of them is here to have Christmas with their Great Grand kids. I know they would have loved being great grandparents.

Maybe in the future if I am very lucky and do enough things right, My stocking will hang in my great grand kids house to remind them at Christmas Time...

What is your most precious Christmas Treasure?

Ah to be almost 4

Standing in line at Wal Mart yesterday MB stands up in the cart and says" Mom Look at that huge butt!" He was talking about the women before us in line and yes she heard him. Anybody got a hole I can crawl in? The woman just laughed at him, Then MB made faces for her baby. Baby cooed and the Mom smiled, they went on their way. Ah the joys of parenting!

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Secret is out!

So my SP11 is Kris from Bockstark Knits. I have been reading her blog since I started knitting socks this past summer. Have you seen her socks? Really go look. Pretty cool eh? She also does the Knitters Uncensored Podcast and she has been to SnB with me spoilee Simone. Small world. Well let me tell ya she did a great job here with the package. The candy and treats have already been broken into. I love the Leibniz Minis yummy! She also sent a little travel office, a wool comb and some cute magnets. It does not stop there though. I got a great project bag she made herself. I took it to knit night last night in fact. and 2 skeins of Wollmeise sock yarn. The yarn is so beautiful and soft. I love it.

The one above you can only get from the artist in her shop. The color is Rosenrot. The color is pretty close in the pic.

The 2nd one is superwash sock yarn in Brombeere (dark). I can not tell you how much I love this colorway. Whatever I make with this will be for me! I love it! The dark red and almost black play so nice together. It is not easy to get this yarn here so I was even more excited to pull it from the bag. The gals a knit night all got a chance to pet it before I got it back in my bag and Miss V pulled out her collection of Wollmeise. Her colorway are so vivid and rich.
Thank You Kris for such a great treat. I hope to one day make socks as pretty as yours! You made my day.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fug from the pot

Small problem with the last hank of yarn I dyed. I hate it. I was playing with a new color and I'm not crazy about it. I think it is rather fuggly and just needs to go away. Oh well it happens, maybe a blue over dye? Worth a shot...
Moving on.

My cell rang the other night and there was a kid on the phone for MG. they talked for about 20 minutes. after which time MG said she was going to meet this girl Saturday at a local arcade. I still have not heard from the kids Mom so we will see about this. Seems the talking on the phone phase has started. I have told her to give her friends the land line so she can talk away. If no one answers the call waiting, try my cell...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Tam #2
Yarn is Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran in Merlot. (gifted to be by SP10 Beth) I love the way this came out. The color is really rich. The Yarn it self is a dream to knit, soft and no splitting. The pattern is really easy to follow. I will hunt up the link and post it later today with the pics of the new yarns I have done.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Shop Update

I am spending this week working on new things for the shop. I have some new yarns and one or two other items to post so keep an eye out for that. I am toying with the idea of buying some showcase space on Etsy for next month and want to have great things to show off.

In knitting news the 2nd tam will be done today and I have cast on the 2nd sleeve for the Cobblestone. I am hoping to get it done during knit night so I can get that thing done. I will feel pretty bad if it is not under the tree before Christmas as Hubby has been so great to me this year and he deserves a nice hand knit sweater. I am also going to get Hubby a new fryer cuz his is too small and dying.

Well that is all the news for now... I'll be back later with pictures of the tree trimming and new yarns. We have a little sun here today but are not too likely to have much more of it this week.

Monday, November 26, 2007

One Down

This yarn was meant to be black but the dye split in the pot. The result is so pretty. This is The Staircase Tam. Someone will find this under their tree Christmas morning. I need to block it before wrapping. This was so fun and easy to knit I am making another. I should have it done later today.

In other news Miss V is having a big stash sale and I have a little $$ socked away so I think I'm gonna go and check it out. It will be like going to play poker... I will only take the cash I can spend and walk away when its gone. I hear she is selling spinning fiber too. ooo pretty...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

My Hubby

is the sweetest thing. Last night as I was looking at yarn on line he says "what do you think about a spinning wheel" I tell him I would love to have one but figured one would be more $$ than we have right now. "Yes but couldn't you make your own yarn then?" sure says I if I can find someone to teach me. "lets look at some" says the best Hubby ever. So we head over to e-bay and see lots of nice looking wheels some new some old. BHE thinks an old wheel would look nice in the living room by the fire(see why I love him). I don't know anything about the different wheels and told him I just want to make sure the thing works. So blog land any thoughts on spinning wheels? Old vs New? Type?

And let me just say for the record: I have the best Hubby! He loves me and wants to see me happy. He knows I really want my shop to work out and wants to help me. He is a great Dad and my Best Friend. I love you Baby! even if you do leave empty pop bottles all over the place.

I had better get that sweater finished!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Holiday list/Holiday blog

As we jump full swing into the Holidays around here I wanted to take a moment to list what in need to get done knitting wise before Christmas. So here goes:
1 Finish Cobblestone for Hubby
2 Finish sock#2 for MG
3 Finish tam
4 Knit 2 pair fingerless mitts
5 Knit 1 (or 2) drawstring gift bags
6 Knit and felt 1 pair slippers
7 Stuff 2 knitted balls
and if there is time:
mittens for the kids
and two more knit balls

That is quite a list. I think I have the yarn for everything on it but do I have the time? I have to ship a bunch of this stuff so I figure I have until December 20 to get it out. Should be doable. Keep telling me that....

I am using my own hand dyed yarns for some of these. The first project is coming out really nice. Now I just need to sit and knit. This sounds simple I know but the MK's are not really interested in letting Mommy knit when there is a tree to put up and cookies to bake. I am looking forward to the cookie baking time. I have not had enough in recent years and this year I am doing all my favorite Christmas cookies and sweets. MG's school has a bake sale coming up and there will be cookies for gifts as well. Yummy!

One more thing before I go. I am going do a series of post for December called the 25 days of Christmas. Each post will be about something I love about this time of year. Recipes, movies, music. All kinds of little things that make life a little sweeter during the holidays. What are some of your favorite Holiday things?. Feel free to join me in the 25 Days of Christmas. Drop me a comment if you do. I would love to read them and maybe discover some new things. I will start December 1. Happy Holidays.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday

So I got up this morning and went out to Michael's. They had 25% off until 9:00am and I needed some white wool. What a zoo. There were 2 ladies fighting over the last tree of some kind. It was sitting on the shelf while these 2 went on about who saw it first. As this was going on another woman picked it up, put it in her cart and walked off. The 2 seemed not to notice. Ah Christmas brings out the best in people. The woman ahead of me at the cash wrap told the poor checker that the store should have opened earlier(they opened at 6:00am)Crazy.

I got what I needed and went home, I'll finish shopping later when the crazies have gone home for a nap.

In knitting news the first sleeve is done on the Cobblestone, one to go then we join it up. MG's socks are moving along, I am at the heel of sock #2. Won't be long now.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope today finds you all surrounded by people you love and good food! I will spend today cooking with the MK's and hanging out. This will be the first year in I don't know how long that I have the day after thanksgiving off. Yippee! Hubby is planing to work on the basement a little today and I am hoping to get the sleeves of the Cobblestone done. The MK's are going to make paper chains for our Christmas tree.
I hope you all enjoy your hoilday as much as I know I will enjoy mine.
I have to run there is blueberry buckle to make!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


The kids are screaming. It is in fact snowing if you can call it that. It is gone by the time it hits anything but it is snow none the less. They could not be happier. Just as long as I don't have to shovel it.
Gotta go wind 700 yards of Merino.

ETA: yarn wound looks very nice. Snow now covers grass and car. Where did I put that smowbrush?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

GAH Your yarn is done.

Sorry these are spoken for.

Here it is sorry the pictures are so bad but there is no light. The pink is perfect if I may say so. Light to bright pink in soft waves. I love it. It is soft and washable. I rinsed the heck out of it but just to be safe wash in cold water all by itself the first time. The other is a little brighter than the picture. It is still wet so we will see a better photo tomorrow. The blue could be darker. You should get stripes of the blue/peach/brown The peach is a little more orange than I had intended but I like the result. You can't tell from this but there is a real depth of color that should play nicely in the striping. I have to wind it again and that takes some doing. I'll get a picture. That's 1320 yards of yarn coming at ya!

Up next yarn for my little bros gift. Kettle dyed all one color. Much easier dye job. I like the single color dyes lately. I love the slight changes in the resulting fabric.

The Ick

Yesterday it was 70 and sunny. Today, the ick... cold,rainy and windy. I already have the runny nose next comes the head cold. Happens every year about this time. When I was in college I was always sick for Thanksgiving. Break meant I had time to be sick and my body would gang up on me. Swell. Maybe I can get to hold off a few days.

Hubby made progress on the basement yesterday. The shelves are painted and if I can get the wall painted today he will put them up this weekend. This will mean I can get the dvds off the book case and get the rest of the books out of the boxes! This will open up much needed storage space for other crap.

Kiddos and I will get out the Christmas stuff this weekend. They are very excited. They will be doing the tree this year. We are going to make garlands and other little decorations with MG's bff tomorrow. MG is very happy her friend is spending all day with us tomorrow. BFF is a good kid and her Mom and I are PTA buddies. The girls have a great time together but it is loud.

I have pretty yarn to show but I can't get a good picture just now, it will have to wait. I distract you with a pic of MB from the zoo. Cute right?

Monday, November 19, 2007

One Sock Two Sock

These are the MK's Christmas socks. For MB Purple urple hand dyed by me. For MG the KF that Simone sent me. I should be able to get MB's done this week and MG's going right after that. just keep telling me that.

I am making slow and steady progress on the cobblestone. It is mindless sleeve knitting for now. I will feel a lot better about it when the sleeves are done. I need to get my dye pots going if I want to get them out in time to ship this week. This will require a lot of walking in a circle for the next batch... Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sock It Too Me Twice

Here are my answers!

How long have you been knitting?I learned when I was little but I have only been knitting regularly for about 2 years.

Do you consider yourself beginner, intermediate, advanced? I would say intermediate. There is always some new thing to learn.

How long have you been knitting socks? About 8 months

What are your favorite fibers to work with? Wool and natural fibers.

What is your favorite color? Red is my favorite but I love color. I do not like pastels, and I look bad in yellow

What are your current WIPs (works in progress)? Cobblestone for Hubby, Socks for both kids, mittens

Name your favorite yarns, (brand, fibers, colors, etc.). oo this is hard! My favorite for socks so far is Lorena's Laces, That said, I love to meet new yarns. I would like to try STR, Yarn Pirate, Mountain Colors. I love hand painted yarns.

What are some yarns/fibers that you stay away from. Furry yarns and acrylics

What is your family situation? (Married, kids, pets?) I am married 2 kids and a large dog.

Name some of your hobbies. Movies, reading Theatre

Name some of your favorite movies? I love old movie musicals. Other faves include The Godfather, Singin' in the Rain, Spinal Tap and A Christmas Story.

Do you like to read? Oh Yes all kinds of things

Do you collect anything? Yarn, art glass

Do you own an iPod or mp3 player? nope.

What are your favorite type of knitting needles? I love my Harmony DPN's for socks. I use circs for almost everything else

What knitting notion could you not live without? Tape measure

Who are some of your favorite designers? Ann Budd, Euny Jang, Brooklyn Tweed

Do you subscribe to any magazines? (Knitting or otherwise.) nope

When is your birthday? May 4
Do you have a "wishlist", (on Ravelry, Froogle, or Amazon)? I have a very long list on Raverly

Do you have a Ravelry ID? sandyknits

If you had a sheep, what would you name it? Aran

This will be fun! Time to plow through the stash.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Well I've got the dye pot going and it should be going most of the day. I need to get GAH's done and dye up a hank for a Christmas gift I need to get knit. The good news is I am half way there with the first cobblestone sleeve and each MK has one sock done. MB's 2nd sock has a heel flap. I have the gift for MG's teacher knit as well so I think I'm gonna make it.

The Cobblestone has me worried about fit. I knit tight and I am getting gauge but I still think its not gonna fit. I always think its not gonna fit. I have this feeling with everything I have made so far. However my knitting always seems to be like always works out in the end. Sure you get bad knitting as well as bad theatre sometimes but that's how we learn right? Yeah, somebody please tell me that Christmas morning when Hubby is swimming in wool.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Knit night at the junkyard

So knit night was super cool. I found the place OK(no easy feet in the dark) and was greeted by 4 of the most lovable dogs I have ever met. I explained I was looking for knitters and hoping this was the right place. Miss V's hubby just laughed and sent me upstairs with Minnie to join the fun. She host Knit Night in her studio. After making sure I did not drool on the fiber (which is everywhere) I sat down and finished my Kaffe sock and did a few rows on the Cobblestone. I seem to fit right in with these ladies. We talked about people we both knew (turns out Miss V and I know some of the same folks). One gals Hubby used to work for the company I just left. V is so funny and the rest of the ladies so nice. I am sure to go back. I told her about you Simone. She says Hi. I will try to get a picture next time.

I traded a skein of sock yarn from my stash With Miss V. for a skein of L&V sock yarn. It is so pretty. She let me pick it right off the wall! I wanted something unlike the yarns in my stash and I got this beautiful skein. I tell ya it was all I could do not to stuff a few down my shirt, but I want to go back so I restrained myself. This is Lime & Violet Sasquatch Sock. 75% wool 25 % Nylon. 425 Yards colorway:Pillywiggan. It is so purtty!
V did not want to give up any of her stash. (which is impressive to say the least) but I I am happy. I know just who these socks will be for, buts for after Christmas knitting.
I must say I never thought I would go out to meet someone I had met on line but this was a good time. Knitters are good people everywhere you go. Thanks Miss V for inviting a total stranger into your home. You Rock! I'll bring yummies next time.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

play date

I took MB to the zoo today to meet up with some Moms I had met on line. They were super nice and had very nice kids but MB wanted nothing to do with anyone. He kept saying"I want to go home" and "I don't want to play with anybody!" I took him home after about an hour and a half. We did get to see the Sharks this time and the Gorillas. Tonight is the regular Thursday night knit night. I have been invited to Miss Violets tonight. I can't wait. It sounds like a great group if I can find the place. For those into this sort of thing Miss Violet is The Violet of Lime 'n Violet fame. I don't really do podcast but I have seen her yarns and they are beautiful. She told me I had to be able to put up with off color humor and big dogs. Should be fun. What to work on?

Yarn should arrive today for GAH's order. I need to put it in to soak if I am going to dye it this weekend. 6 hanks of worsted shouldn't be too hard. I am going to leave the sale up for another week. So if you would like some pretty hand dyed yarn go check it out. I have 2 Christmas colorways up and it is not too late to start socks for Christmas!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Knit Night

Such fun at knit night last night. One lady had her spinning wheel and was working on a fine mint green yarn. Very pretty. There were a good number of people there working on all kinds of things. I got the gusset of my sock knit with only 1 small mistake. You know me running my mouth! This group meets once a month. I will be going back.

In knitting news: Still have not picked up the Cobblestone. Gotta get on it. 1St kaffe sock has gusset and foot needs toe. I am working my way through the gifts slowly but surely. I might make it I have something like 41 days. Gifts need to be shipped so I have more like 33 days but whose counting?

We are going to save some $$ and use our old tree this year. We had it and a real tree last year. Last years tree sat in the yard till summer cuz Hubby did not take it to the drop off place. And no one picks them up. So it is all for the best. The MK's are ready for the Christmas stuff to come out. Won't be long now. This year I have decided I will try to finish all the half done projects of Christmas past. I have kits I bought a few years ago I never did anything with. This is the year to get them done instead of buying more stuff to sit around. I cleaned out my closet yesterday, can you tell?

I will be sending my last SP11 package today. I hope it does not take 4 weeks to get there.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The list

If you want to see the Christmas List click here

Monday, November 12, 2007

Family Knitting Weekend

So Saturday morning we all got up and went on a little adventure. I had printed some directions from map quest for 2 yarn shops in the area and we are knitters after all. So we went about 20 miles up the road from our hotel to Coralville, IA to visit Crazy Girl Yarn Shop. The shop is in a cute little shopping area near the train station. They have a huge wall of Cascade wools as well as some nice sock yarns. Mom gifted me the one seen here. I love it. The color here is pretty good. It is Trekking Pro Natura. The fiber is wool and Bamboo. Pretty.... GAL picked up a Spun magazine with an article on striping yarns. It is mostly about spinning. I would love to try spinning someday. Seems to me, hand spun yarns add one more element to a project that one can do oneself. Making the item that much more special. But I digress...

After we left the Crazy Girls We set off to find a shop called The Fiber Hut. I had seen an ad for this shop on line somewhere and it was said to be inside a German restaurant called Der Shammershmacken. ( this is not the name of the place but what I said when I mangled the German in the car. We all laughed.)GAH said the name meant something like The Good food or The Good Chef something like that. Anyway off we go onto the highway. We take the exit on my sheet. ( I like a dork did not print the map, nor did I bring one.) We take what we thought was the turn and end up somewhere in central Iowa farm country. It was a lovely drive but no towns,restaurants or yarn shops to be found. We stopped at a small community center to ask for directions. The people were very nice and got us back on a paved road toward town. We drove along and still did not find the place. We did find a great little gift shop in the middle of nowhere. All I remember about its location is that is it somewhere near Old Man Pass and Old Lady Creek. The very nice lady there gave us directions and we were off again. By this time we had given up on the printed directions and were just going with it. The dude with the long ponytail at the gas station told us the restaurant was up the street. "just look for the big chicken" he tells me. Ok ladies lets find us a big chicken. Here he is.(this is the only photo I took. I keep meaning to and then we all kept right on yakking)

In case you are wondering he is as tall as me. We went in to find no Fiber Hut. The girl had no idea what I was talking about.Ah well. We had a very nice lunch, where we stuffed ourselves with good food. Off we went again down the Iowa Highway. The trees still have some color and the weather could not have been much better. We stopped in Little Ammana and looked at the shops. Jan(Moms Guide dog) urpped in one shop so we did a little clean up and then went to taste some wine. Finally worn out with our travels we went back to the hotel for some knitting. GAH helped me with my little toe problem and showed GAL the finer points of Christmas Stocking knitting. You must under stand that her Stockings are among the most treasured items in so many family's including mine. I helped Mom seam up her ribwarmer, and we all knit away.

After a while we thought it would be fun to get our shop on so we went across the street to the outlet mall. Here we had a grand time shopping for all kinds of things. We got some great books I will share later. We shopped for kid stuff too. Soon it was time for Pizza and more knitting fun. We had the Wizard of Oz on the TV, wine, food, yarn and each other. It was as near a perfect evening as we could ask for and over all too soon.

Sunday morning brought brunch and more shopping. We had a grand time. MG is getting a new winter coat from the Gap that we got a great deal on. Gotta love the outlet mall. There were many great buys I won't go into it. However. My Mommy who I love so much got my part of my Christmas a little early. I love them. They are the most comfortable pair of heeled boots I have ever had. Classic cool. Did I say how much I love them? I Love Them!

We are already thinking about our next trip. This spring. This kind of thing is just too good to do only once a year. The yarn shop tour of the US has begun! We are thinking of St Louis next time. I promise to bring a map next time!
Ladies, I miss you already. I am so lucky to have you all in my life, and so is my little girl. We love you!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Good Times

So I am home. MK's are happy to see me and very happy with the giant coloring book that GAH sent home for them. MG had her markers out within 2 minutes and is coloring away. MB is napping. I only took one picture the whole trip. We were all so busy yakking that I forgot about the camera. We had such a good time we did not want to go home. I will post picture and details later, I have some coloring to do...

Friday, November 09, 2007

Today is the day!

In a few hours I am off to enjoy a kid free weekend! Mom and I are calling it the first annual knitting retreat. I shall return Sunday with pictures and stories. I just can not wait!

Spamalot last night was good but a bit of a let down for me. The Broadway cast is so much stronger. The leads seemed winded for much of the show. Still pretty funny thou...

Knitting update: Have not touched the Cobblestone for a week. Really need to get at it. I washed my swatch and it set up a bit so I think the item will fit. I may cry a bit if it does not.
The first KF sock is up to the heel. I love the color but the yarn is a little bit rough. I have read that it wears great and softens up in the wash. Is this true? I think MG is getting these. I owe her a knit and she loves them so.

I joined another swap. I know I said I wouldn't but I have till 3/31/08 to get it all done. It is Sock It To Me Twice. It is really like SP with a pair of hand knit socks at the end. I am hoping to challenge myself after the holidays with a really great pair of socks. There is still time to join. It is a small bunch so it should be fun. This is the only swap I am going to do for a while. I have some great yarns in the stash so I shouldn't have to buy too much yarn. Click the link to join in. Looks like fun.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Owl has landed!

I received my HSKS3 box from Laurie today. It was so great! Check it out!

We have some coffee and candy. A yummy apple pie bar. some cute stitch markers, a note pad and a set of Brittany 3.0mm dpns. There is not pictured a pattern for Acorn Lace Socks from Fiber Trends. The bag is great. I love the fabric. Very fun. and she also sent a matching needle roll for my dpn's. I really needed one of these! The Yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Sockittome in Champlain Sunset. I love it!. Thank You Laurie! I can't wait to knit it up.

Gimme Gimme Gimme!

This is the post where I tell those interested what the family wants for Christmas. I can never think of anything when put on the spot so this is just easier for everybody.

We will start with Hubby. He needs: A pair of long johns, warm socks and a good travel mug for the morning coffee. He wants: a smoker (like for ribs) The Simpson's video game for his PS2 and a new dvd player for his projector.he wants one that will do the 5.1 sound thing.

MG is pretty easy. She needs warm clothes for this winter. She wants: Chapter books. she is in the highest reading group at school and she gets to read chapter books. She loves them. Anything to do with horses. She also wants the Barbie MP3 Player thing and crafts. She loves to make stuff. I don't know about the Barbie Girl thing. Seems a bit much for a 7 year old.

MB needs winter boots, warm clothes and a desk for his room. He wants anything to do with Spongebob, Superhoreos or Curious George. He also loves books and crafts. I think a RC car would be fun for him now. He loves cars and trunks.

Both kids need jammies, socks and long johns.

As for me I want The Harmony Wood needle set from knit picks. I would love both the sock set and the Options.

Books: Poems of Color, Sensational Knitted Socks ( MSKS), and Knitted toys to name a few. Maybe a book on dyes.

Yarn: Socks that Rock (I love the new Raven Series)and Lorna's Laces for socks and something beautiful for a sweater for me.

I would like to learn to spin next year so a spindle and fiber might be fun.

A laptop would be good too Santa if you're out there.

Oh yeah I need: new jammies,snow boots and a new(regular size) coffee maker. Hubby buys himself a coffee every morning, no reason we can't make it here.

Mostly I want everyone to enjoy this Christmas Season. I plan on sucking up minute I can gift making and cooking baking with the Kiddos. I'll remember that a lot longer than the coffee pot.

Here is a nice Mountain Sunset to distract from all the Gimme gimme gimme!

Much better

MB seems to be on the mend. He was looking pretty sick last night but this morning he is right as rain. Ah to be a kid. When I get that crud it last for a week or more.

I started a new pair of socks last night with the Kaffe Fasset yarn from Simone. Love the stripes. The color is called Storm. MG wants them so we will see. I might be able to get socks for both kids out of these 2 balls of yarn. That would be too cute.

I think I have my Christmas gift knitting list done and I am in pretty good shape. Almost everything is started and I really only need yarn for 1 or 2 little things. I am almost done with the Mitts I am working on. They are so soft! I find myself just petting them. I also have one purple kid sock done. Getting there. I want to make my MIL a Santa so if you know of a good pattern? I might just make it up as I go along

I am dreaming up new colorways for BunkyBoBos, thinking ahead to spring. I want to move into acid dyes and maybe try some natural dyes as well. I am taking my BBBs stock with me to show off to my family this weekend so if you happen to order anything I will not get it out until Monday. I am going to leave my sale up for a while and see if I can get some of these to sell before Christmas. If they don't sell everyone will get socks next Christmas!

I am off to eat some graham crackers and watch Blues Clues with my boy. Yeah, I'm lovin being home.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Dear FDA,wtf

So MB has a runny nose and a little sore throat due to said nose. The only problem is I am not supposed to give him anything for it. Thanks a bunch FDA! Tell all the Moms not to give their kids cold medicine, what am I supposed to do now? You think you could check if these things are safe before we give them to kids? What happens if we have given it to them as instructed by the Dr for the kids whole life? Quit freeking us out and do your job ok?

He is drinking lots of water and resting but the river of ick from the nose just keeps flowing. Called the Doc and the nurse said "just let it run its course" Thanks lady! How many kids do you have? If he is no better tomorrow he gets the cold medicine I have used for him his entire life. Hasn't hurt him yet and I only give him part of the dose.
In related news the MK's will be seeing a new doctor starting with the next visit. I have changed offices all together now. So with a little luck the new guy will be better. The last guy told MG when she was 5 that she was fat. She wouldn't eat for 3 days after that. The new guy comes highly recommended.

2 more days till girls weekend!

1 more day untill Spamalot! I got Hubby tickets for his birthday and the show is tommrow. I saw it in NYC but Hubby was not with me so he missed out and was more than a little bummed about it. So tommrow is the day!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Look What I got!

The postman brought me 2 boxes today. The first was GAL knit picks order and the 2nd was from Simone. She said she wanted to send me something to thank me for send her her Knit Picks stuff. The box was a total mess when it got here but all was well within.

She sent some candy for the kiddos (which I am hiding for now) a very nice postcard and yarn. First is 1 ball of Regia Galaxy. This colorway is very soothing. I really like it. It is called Jupiter Syil. The next is 2 balls of the Regia Kaffe Fassett. I love it, and it stripes! Thank You so much! I love them. The colors are so different from anything else I have. Yea! btw I have your last box here but I think I will send it when I get back from the weekend. I want to find one little thing...

Ooooo Scary!

Here are the Monsters all ready for Trick or Treat. They both got a pumpkin full of candy.MG uses the Jack O Lantern I had as a kid. You can still see where the tape with my name was. It was a chilly night and we were home pretty early. They had a great time. MB runs to each house on and says his "trick or treat!" then shouts Happy Halloween" at the top of his lungs. MG want to pet everyone dog. Much fun was had by all.
With Halloween over we are getting ready for the holiday push. I love that this year I will be home with the kids in December. I see lots of baking and snowball fights this year. I need to get some wool and knit some mittens. I have 1 fingerless mitt done for hubby, I guess I had better knit the other soon. I hope to find yarn for some mitts for myself while I'm out with the gals this weekend and maybe a sock yarn. MG wants some hand knit socks but does not like any of the colors I have. We will see. I may have to get some superwash and dye it for her. The first of MB Christmas socks is almost done. Just need to finish off that toe. I can never seem to get it right so I plan on asking GAH to help me out. She is the Aunt that taught me to knit after all.
My goal was to post to the blog everyday this month. I will miss 2 days this weekend while I am out of town. I am sure I will have lots to post about after the trip so I'll make up those 2 posts.
And don't forget I'm having a sale at BunkyBoBos. The yarns from yesterday sold before I even got them up. So sorry. I have had a request for more worsted and sport weight. What do you guys think? Any colorways you are just in love with?

Monday, November 05, 2007

Pretty colors

New Yarns! These are both Superwash Merino Wool. There is 220 Yards of the dark purple and 440 yards of the blue and burgundy. I love both of these, but alas they are bound for the shop. This is the last undyed worsted left in the house. I hope to order some more when some of the other yarns sell. I do not have names for these yet. I'll get to that later.

In other news Hubby had today off and went to the school to have lunch with MG. She was so happy and Hubby said it was pretty interesting to see her there with all the other kids. Next time he if off on a Monday I will go. Gotta do it while she will still let us!

Only 3 days till I leave for my weekend with Mom, GAL and GAH! I am so excited. I have found 2 knitting shops near where we are staying. Should be lots of knitting and hanging out together. I need to make some cookies.

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Will someone explain to my kids about daylight savings time! we get up about 8:00 am on Sunday's. I did not turn my watch back last night and when I checked the time with kids jumping on my bed it read 7:00am. Which of course is 6:00am! Hello! Where is my hour of sleep???
Ah good times.
Hubby is taking the kids to see Bee Movie today so I get 2 whole hours of quite! Oh the joy! what to do? what to do?

Quick Cobblestone update: Body is done and I started the first sleeve. I left the body otn for now. The pattern calls for me to put the underarm stitch's on waste yarn and the rest on a holder and join up the sleeves and knit up the yoke. I have never done this before so it should be interesting.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

100 Things About Me

I have read these list on other blogs so I thought I would just start one. The idea is not to write 100 things all at once but to space it out over a good chunk of time. So here is the first chunk:

1-I have a thing for red shoes. I have red ankle boots, chuck Taylor's, crocs, flip flops and my clarks.

2- I am the oldest of 27 Grandchildren on my Dad's side, and 2 on my Moms side.

3- I once played 2 dead guys in the same show. It was Arsenic and Old Lace. Teddy only dropped me on my head once. Poor guy next night he broke his leg during a performance of Noises Off.
(When he got home he found he had gotten bit by a tick and had Lime Disease.)

4- I have walked the bases at Wrigley Field in a party dress while carrying my heels.

5- The first thing I saw the first time I set foot in New York City alone was a guy peeing on the sidewalk, in the middle of the day. Gotta love NYC

6- I feel the only place to get a proper pizza is in Chicago. and don't even get me started on Italian Beef and Hot Dogs

7- I have a little brother who is a foot taller than me. I went away to school and by Christmas he had grown a foot. My SIL is about as tall as I am

8- I chipped my tail bone when I was 15 because of a cute guy and a rattlesnake.

9- I am a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.

10- I once spent the night at The Museum of Science and Industry with the Girl Scouts. It was a long time ago but I remember it as being very cool.

Friday, November 02, 2007

More Yarn

Here we have Red Rock, Dementor(sold) and Viola.
All listed with sale price in the shop!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sale!!!! Free stuff!

I just got done with the shop update. I will have at least 2 more to add this next week. From now until the 15th of November each order will come with a free set of stitch markers.
So go check it out.
Here we have pictured: Fawkes. Reds and Oranges. The color shift is really nice in this one.
Next is Bunky. MG helped pick the colors and mix the dyes for this one. Rich purples and deep burgundy. The last one I just love. I call it Lady Macbeth. This is a semi solid yarn in deep reds.
There are more colors in the shop. Let me know what you think.