Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Updates from my life

Today the headache is finally gone. After working since last Wednesday this is my first day off. Friday doesn't count I was sleeping most of it. I am taking today to snuggle with Noley. He is growing up so fast and I miss the little baby stage sometimes so much. Everyday is an adventure with him, he is such an easy boy and happy. His language skills have taken off recently so we are now listening to him yell, "Fruuuck!" (for truck). And he was playing with his toy phone," Hi, Whatcha doing?" His dad does that all the time.

The last Christmas gift is halfway done and I am loving this yarn! I am using Patons Soy Wool Stripes in Natural Garden. It has a beautiful sheen and the colors and very pretty. I hope Andrea likes it.

I have been wanting to start a new project but am holding myself back until all my obligations are finished. Well if we're being truthful I did start some socks but I have to rip them out and use smaller needles so they don't count.

Since I didn't have a Thanksgiving this year I'm looking forward to Christmas. Except for not having gifts for anyone yet! Yikes I gotta get on the ball! So just a couple more minutes on the couch snuggling Noley and I better go to town. Knit On!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Gifts, Crafts and Headaches

The before and after of my nephew's slippers. He is 2 so I hope these will fit him OK.
I made this hat to sell at a craft sale and another one that I didn't take a picture of.

Yup that's me modeling it. I used some yarn my mom spun a long time ago, I think it turned out cute. Hopefully someone will like it and buy it.

I also made some jewelry. I am working on the SIL's Xmas gift and then I'm done with gifts. I think I will move on to socks and the shawl pattern I just got.
Today was a bad day, I worked with a migraine and still have a little residual headache hanging on. There is nothing fun about wearing sunglasses while I take care of a laboring mom. Thank goodness they were a good sport about it. I'm sure if nothing else they will remember me! Wish I could be wittier about this because it seems like it would be funny, but my brain is not working well. Knit on! Later.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Trip to Grandma's

We went to visit my family this weekend after a very busy week for me of work, kids, house and so on. This guy is the reason for the family gathering. My nephew "Little" Tony (called that now only because his dad is "Big" Tony) is back safe from Iraq. He is a Marine and was doing patrolling near Falluja. Dangerous stuff.
We are all glad he is home safe. He was heading back to his home base soon so thus the trip to Mom and Dad's.

These days it's not a little gathering anymore. With each of us siblings having kids of our own its a little like being inside a zoo of kids full of sugar. The highlight for them is the hot tub.

The big boys played and played, here they are checking out the Lego site.
There are crazy jumping girls, and a fort was made in the kitchen with chairs.
There are babies who are soon 2 years old and probably shouldn't be called babies anymore. These two are 3 weeks apart, Theron on the right is older and my sisters boy.

At the end of the weekend, Noley was exhausted:) So was I!And I did a little bit of knitting too, mostly in the car. The slippers are waiting to be felted today, and the dishcloth is just because I needed a few more. One more Christmas gift to go!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Over the River...

And through the woods. To Grandmother's house we go!

Details tomorrow.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Save me from myself!

I must not buy more yarn.

I have been surfing for new yarn all over the Internet this week. No matter if I have money or not I still want the yarn. I could ask for some of this stuff for Christmas but there is that issue of, how does my family find the stuff I want? Plus there's all the yarn hiding in the stash. I think I will have to knit up some of it so that I can buy more. It is my birthday in December too so I could justify some of it for a birthday present right? OK OK. I will hold back and cast on for some socks or something. I am feeling squirrely with the Christmas presents and am now over half done with what I was planning on making. Funny how putting any kind of deadline on my knitting makes me feel so hemmed in.

I love the ability to search for patterns on Ravelry except for the fact that I have like 14 projects on my list. Besides socks I've been thinking about finding a shawl pattern to make myself. My plan is to get pretty good at lace knitting and make Miss M a wedding shawl someday. So I have to practice. I ordered a pattern today called Bee Fields Triangular Shawl, you can find it here.

I love, love, love that pattern. I have one problem. There's some really pretty yarn in my stash that I bought for the MS3 project which I never knit. I am just not sure I would like this shawl knit in this yarn. What do you think?

Monday, November 5, 2007

One down...

Before felting...

They fit me.

After felting...
They fit Taylor:) One Christmas gift down and another half done. 2 1/2 left to go.

Noley has discovered Dora the Explorer. His favorite thing to do is to show me a Swiper toy and say "Oh Man!"

Friday, November 2, 2007

Fall activities

I went to a Stitch N Bitch to meet some of the Northern MN Ravelry knitters this week. There were only 3 of us there but it was fun to meet someone new. We'll have to try to do it again and see if more people can make it. This was my coffee drink. Doesn't it look yummy? It was! I think it was called a Cara Miel Cardamom. MMMMM! The coffee shop closed early so then Jess and I went to a different place and had tea.
I took the kids to the gravel pit to look for agates the other day. KD had been bugging me to take him. We were there about 30-45 mins and this is our loot.
They're not huge but the kids really liked to look for them it was like finding treasure.

Halloween pictures: Noley as a chicken.
KD as a Lego guy (a guard for a castle, his idea), Miss M as a bat princess:)

OK obligatory costume pics out of the way, on to the knitting!
I have made progress on the felted children's slippers. One pair is done but needs to be felted. I started BDiddy's gift and I really like how it looks. Sadly I can't show you it or it won't be a surprise. I may use the pattern for the other Christmas gift though it is really cute and would look good for a guy or a girl. One more pair of slippers to knit and then I may add to the Christmas list. The slippers went way faster than I remember.

I have a butt load of cleaning to do today as my Aunt and Uncle are coming for a visit this weekend and I have to plan a meal for Saturday night that is a bit fancier than our usual taco's. So probably won't have a bunch of time to get much knitting done this weekend.

Oh and I am loving Ravelry! If you haven't signed up you should get on the waiting list! Knit on!