Friday, March 31, 2006

A week in review.

ok, let's catch up.

Tuesday I took Jess to her first movie. We saw curious George and she had a wonderful time.

Wednesday we went to Brookfield Zoo. Again, a good time was had. Jess really liked the Bison, and the sea lions and walruses in the underwater viewing.

Wednesday night we were all up as she was ill all night and then feverish all day Thursday.

Today we are all much better. Although Jess woke up a bit before I did and now my glasses are missing. Thank goodness a have a few spare, especially since my contacts perscription now calls for really uncomfortable and expensive lenses.

Jess admits to playing with them, but cannot seem to tell me where they are. But she has decided to reward herself for her good behavior this week. (Note to self: Self, NEVER leave the reward stickers out.)

Ok, onto sock progress.

One sockpal sock almost ready for the toe. I can't seem to get a decent picture, so you'll have to wait on that one.

One little girls petticoat sock. (I love this pattern. It's in Weekend Knitting, in case you are wondering.)

Also, I have started Pullover Flair from spring IK, but I'm only about 2 inches into it. I'm ujsing some patons classic merino I had in the stash.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

I meant to update you a some knitterly progress, but Jess came down with some sort of stomach bug last night, so we're all trying to get some rest. Hope to have apost for tomrrow.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

And Now For Something Completely Different...

...for my sockpal. I feared that the River Rapids I was working on might be too lacy for my pal, so I have scraped them. I have opted instead for some handpainted Koigu and Tuulia's Green sock pattern. Which was originally brought to my attention by Laura.

I'm very pleased with them so far, but I'm nor sure if I want to continue the pattern stitch down the heel or not. If not, I was thinking of making a plain heel in a solid color. What do y'all think?

Monday, March 27, 2006

What Carma's weekends are made of...

Anyone who says construction isn’t hard work is on crack.

This is this weekend’s progress….

We have steel and a couple walls (the ones the steel is resting on). Remember this is a garage (say it with me now, “Uff da”).

The next step is the downstairs wall along the back of the garage. The Boy is hoping that will go up easily this week, he claims this is the easiest part of the whole shindig. But once that goes up we’ll have something to stop the wind.

So needless to say I haven’t been knitting all that much. By the time I get home and cleaned up all I have the strength/ gumption to do is lay on the couch & then get up and go to bed.

I’m hoping to get something knitterly done tonight though. It’s raining here so no constructing and if I don’t do some serious laundry I’m going to have to start going commando in either the worn out sweats that really shouldn’t be seen outside of one’s home OR the really fancy cloths that you keep “just in case”.

Keep your fingers crossed. :)

Oh & send some parental love in Erin's direction... This week is Spring Break.

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Stepdad is well, but in a good amount of pain. (Understandably) He has asked that we not visit him yet. He's not ready for visitors.

Today is the start of Jess' Spring Break. Please excuse the lack of knitting that will commence this week.

I did work on somethings this weekend though.

Finished Sweet Mary Janes for my SIL. The yarn is Wooly stripes, and Lambs Pride.

Jess' mini sweater for her Easter dress. Yarn is Baby Ull. I still need to weave in ends and sew on buttons.

Still plugging away at all these socks I have on the needles, but nothing picture worthy yet.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Hangin' in there.

Just wanted to add a note that StepDad's surgery was a success. He is in good spririts, and already making "stumpy" jokes.

This is a huge relief, because due to Stepdad's very weak heart, any surgery is especially scary. He's got a long road ahead, but he has a successfule surgery out of the way, which makes us all more at ease.

Now, To keep my mind off things today, I dug out some of my old crocheted toys, that I had mentioned to the girls at the knit group, and thought I would post pictures.

I want to thank all my sockapalooozers who are helping me with my update this week. I appreciate it so much, and I thank you all.

My Grandmother, Great-Aunts and Mother crochet, so I had a LOT of crocheted toys, and these are just a taste.

Mr. Monkey.



Knit, knit, rip.

Sorry, no knitting content to show. I mean I have been knitting, but I've been ripping out a lot too.

Yesterday waas a little rough and today isn't going to be much better. Stepdad goes in for surgery to amputate his leg today. so I'll be sitting home, knitting, ripping out and worrying.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

double dog dare

Yesterday I met with Jennifer and helped her with her pie shawl, as I started my Wicked socks. I'm learning "intarsia in the round" which sounds far more intimidating that it truly is. THese ends will drive me batty, but that's intarsia.

No pictures of the failed felted sweater project yet. I have not finished them.

Last night I got distracted by Jennifer's plea for crocheted poop. (Hey I love a challenge.) It made me realize that I am the knitting equivalent of that kid on the playground that you can make do anything by laying down a dare. Yup, that seems to be me.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

No rest for the Wicked...

Carma's cardigan has been growing. I'm up past the armholes. I hope to have the body finished and start on the sleeves next week.

We received some bad news yesterday. After two weeks of medical staff trying everything they could to save StepDad's leg. They've decided they are going to have to amputate it at the knee. In more positive news, they have stopped giving him Morphine and he is now awake and alert, and far more cognitive.

I couldn't sleep last night and embarked on "recycling" a failed wool sweater into felted coasters. Pictures as soon as my camera charges.

Also, finally have all the Baby Ull I need to make some Wicked socks I've been planning to make for a friend's Mom. She treated a group of us to tickets to see Wicked in Chicago last July. (Yes, last July I know I'm behind.)

Monday, March 20, 2006

Weekend Update

Thank you all for the compliments on the baby cardigan. There's no pattern to it. I just have a general schematic for a 3 month old sweater that I use as a guide.

I was hoping to have a finished squirrel mitten to show you, but this is all I have:


I had most of it done on Saturday, but I had to rip it all out because it was puckering. Saturday we went to my Mom's, took her to lunch then we all went to see my Stepdad in the hospital. (Yes, he's still there and likely to be there for at least another week.)

It was horrible. He is so doped up on Morphine he cannot stay awake for more than 30 seconds, and when he is awake he is not aware of what's going on. My Mom has more than once, and not quite so politely asked if they could put him on a different painkiller. They are still hoping that they will not have to amputate, but it doesn't look good. Mom is just so exhausted and stressed.

Not much else to post. I have been working on Carma's cardigan.

And I need to finish up my FIL's socks, since there is a good chance he'll be visiting this weekend.

Oh! Wendy has pictures of her daughter modeling the Kiri I made as a thank you for my kickass needlecase.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Top o' the mornin'

So I used some odd balls of Cork I had sitting around and I thought it would make a cute little cardigan for Tara's little bundle.

I went rummaging through my vintage buttons and came up with these plastic red ones. I'm not sure when they were purchased, but a card of eight cost 8 cents at JcPenney back in the day. I'm not sure when I'll get to drop this off.

Today we're (family) all working on getting together and visit my Stepdad in the hospital. We haven't seen him for a couple weeks. He's had some fairly serious health problems for a while now, and it looks like they'll be amputating some toes next week. (A lesson to us all the take diabetes seriously. Especially, when it is further complicated by some serious cardivascular conditions) He's actually extremely lucky they are not taking the whole foot, which was the original plan.

Ok, enough heavy. We don't want to start the weekend that way. After all, it's the Sacred celebration of St. Patrick.

Wendy emailed me a while back (I'd link, but for some reason her page is not coming up. I hope her shawl has arrived.) with Hello Yarn's Squirrel mitten pattern. Yes, I have about three socks on the needles, an unfinished Rogue, and about a third of Carma cardigan, but I NEED these mittens. So I'm off to search the stash for some Yarn

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Thursday is progress day.

So, I have been cleaning out the guest room. This has forced me to somewhat organize my yarn. Now I'm not going to use the term "yarn diet", but I've decided that if we are seriously looking at moving, I really don't want to move this much yarn.

So, Instead I'm putting up a very vague project list and seeing how much I can get done.

1. I NEED to sew up my Rogue, but I'm still kind of mad at it. (WIP)

2. Carma's cardigan. (WIP)

3. sock pal socks. (WIP)

4. FIL socks. (WIP)

5. Lace tablecloth. (WIP)

6. crochet cat. (WIP)

7. one throw. (WIP)

8. Nate sweater.

9. About 3 shawls.

10. about 6 pair of socks. (2 WIP)

11. about 4 bags.

12. Countless Sweet Mary Janes.

So, let's see what I can finish up.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

whoa baby

Tara from my SnB just had her second baby boy on Sunday. I have since abandoned the previous (secret) project I had been working on for this little sweet baby, (I really didn't like the way it was turning out.) and since started a few more. What is it about babies that makes us want to knit everything we possibly can for them? I'm hoping to have them fiished by next week.

Other than that there is not anything new knitting or otherwise. There are still some goings on but they are not very blog worthy and sort of depressing, so I'll spare you all.

I'll leave off with a pile o' wips.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Mama's got a brand new bag

My Lexie Barnes bag came on Saturday! It arrived on my stoop on Saturday and has since been my constant companion.

I finished Nate's retro rib socks. Blooger's not letting me uplaod a picture, so hopefully I can get a modelled shot for tomorrow.

Not much else to post. It's been a busy weekend, both good and not so good. I think I might lay down for a catnap once I get Jess on the bus.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Pie shawl photo shoot

*the role of (not quite so)adorable finished object model will be played by erin today*

Yesterday Jennifer brought her mohair pie shawl (named Animal) to see if I could figure out what went wrong. We got it fixed and she's back on track (and I got a free lunch to boot. Thanks, Jen)

She also took pictures of my pie shawl for you all to see.

Perfect pie shawl, found in the Weekend Knitting book.

6 balls of Lite Lopi in Rust

Granted, I'm not nearly as cute as the model in the previous post. But hey, at least my hair has been recently brushed in the pictures.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Green for Spring

Ain't she cute?

She's modelling the Odessa I made for her. Doesn't she look all sweet and cute. You'd never know the grief she's been giving me lately. (I think we're all back on the right track now though.)

Not much else to tell lately. Jennifer and I are getting together for lunch so I can help her with her pie shawl. Maybe if I ask nicely she'll take a picture of mine for me.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006


You Are the Swedish Chef

"Bork! Bork! Bork!"
Your happy and energetic - with borderline manic tendencies.
No one really gets you. And frankly, you don't even get you.
But, you sure can whip up a great chocolate mousse

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 with pictures.

Ok, I have no real reason to post today so we're just going with some complete randomness.

We celebrated birthdays for my step dad and my brother this weekend. (By the way, it took my brother about five minutes before he busted out laughing at my "Raised by Squirrels" shirt. He was impressed to hear I had drawn it.)

My doc has put me a birth control temporarily, which seems to be inducing random Narcolepsy. I apologize to everyone I have passed out on this weekend.

I'm still working on a secret project for someone who may or may not be reading this blog, so I still cannot talk about it.

Retro ribs.

Right now it's all about socks and Carma's cardigan. (Besides the secret project.)

Sockapaloooza socks.

As always, (half of)a pair of Sweet Mary Janes.

Jess is having some "behavior issues" on her bus ride home. This week she will not be on the bus (I will be taxiing her instead) and today I go to spy--er, observe her at school, and try o to figure out what is going on.

Monday, March 06, 2006

You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Moya (Farscape)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


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Friday, March 03, 2006

Have a great weekend.

ok, Wendy's kiri is blocking. Step dad's slippers are drying. and I'm plugging along on the retro ribs. I have another project in the works, but it's off limits until it's been gofted. so although I have been putting in a good bit of work on it, I cannot tell you about it yet.

I can tell you what's next. I (finally) have a skein of yarn en route to my mailbox so I can finish Rogue, and two projects waiting in the wings. My sock pal socks, and Carma's Cardigan in Cork (say that five times fast.)

There's not been much blog worthy going-ons here this week. Hopefully I'll have something for you next weeek.