Monday, December 31, 2007
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
Pattern: Thuja from Knitty
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Heavyweight
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.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
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
The pattern is Thuja from Knitty. These should be nice and warm.
Here is the current state of the Cobblestone:
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
Monday, December 24, 2007
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
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
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
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
Monday, December 17, 2007
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
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.
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
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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
Sunday, December 09, 2007
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
"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:
Do They Know It's Christmas? Lyrics
Hanukkah O Hanukkah Lyrics
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman / We Three Kings 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
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.
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
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
"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
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
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 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 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?