Thursday, June 29, 2006

Nap Time?

I realize that to apologize for my less that frequent posting is kind of silly (because regular blogging hasn't really been my "thing") but with the new job I have had less "regular" access to a computer connected to the Internet AND typically if I'm with the Boy either he's using his computer or I'm just too tired to deal with it.

I do have knitting questions for you all... I've started an easy no-nonsense baby blanket for new nephew, Dominick, and intend to finish it. However another very cool pattern has come to my attention and I'm thinking about making it. This leads me to my questions...

Have any of you worked with Summer Net or anything else from Crystal Palace?

Also I'm pretty non-traditional when it comes to "gender colors" but I'm afraid if I make this blanket out of the suggested colors (celery, strawberry, & misty lilac) Dominick's sister, Sydney, will claim the blanket as her own because pink and purple are pretty high on her list of favorite colors.... (She was the recipent of Aunt Cara's first ever forray into the Big Bad Baby Blanket)... I love the celery color but I'm not married to it. Do any of you guys have any 3-color combo suggestions?

Your input is appreciated.

Tomorrow I'm working on the Lodge with the Boy... Then Saturday it's off to Northern Minnesota to spend a long weekend with the Boy, his sister, his parents, and his grandparents. Yup I decided to bite the bullet and agree to spend the big 2-9 birthday up there (family tradition they've gone up there for the 4th since before the Boy was a twinkle in his daddy's eye...) I think I'm looking forward to it. I had to shop for a bathing suit yesterday (easy way to ruin one's day) but I found some that will work, I guess, so major hurdle over.... : ) We'll be driving back on the 5th (apparently the tradition HAS to include the fireworks on the 4th). We're stopping at Ikea on the way back through the cities because the Boy needs something for the Lodge (or the house)... Best part about this is that my friend, Cari, is going to come down and visit with me (with her two little girls... one of which I have not met yet).

So you all have a FABULOUS weekend and 4th... As my mom would say, "Be careful and all that jazz".

no rhyme or reason

I submitted my Togs for Toys KAL for the month of June. You can see it here. While you're there you should look at all the great outfits everyone has come up with so far.

There has been knitting. I've been working on a blanket for my nephew,

a pair of socks for an upcoming birthday,

The wicked socks, (they are so slow-going with the size 0 needles and the soft Baby Ull.) and a little wallet-type thing for my polka dot swap partner.

One item is missing from the picture, but you get the idea.

The polka dot swap is my second swap through SWAP BOT. The idea behind this is great. The first swap was the magic yarn ball swap. I forgot to take a picture of the ball before I sent it to Rebecca. I hope she's gotten it. I haven't received mine yet, but the deadline to send is not until June 30th.

Tonight the Stitch and Bitch is "unofficially" meeting and I'm looking forward to getting out of the house for awhile.

I'm still trying to play catch up around here and I'm just not there yet. Hopefully I can get caught up this weekend.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Back to basics

my trekking sock came with me to the Pioneer Village, and we took in the sights. Well, we took lots of pictures of spinning wheels, and only one of the trail itself.


We stayed at the Inn at Spring Mill, and walked the trail down to the pioneer village. It's very neat, on the weekends they have volunteers there to actually work in the village. They have a woodshop, leather shop, grist mill, weavers house, spinners, quilters, a very pretty garden that's kept up, a distillery, etc. Anyway, like I said, all we have here are spinning wheels to share.

"the low wheel"

"the walking wheel"
Oh, and the sock. I ripped out my original picot-edged sock and just went for my basic sock. I have yet to cast on the second, I have another pair of socks that are due for an upcoming birthday.

Monday, June 26, 2006

back to business.

Geez, I don't know where to start. We had a wonderful vacation with the In-laws. Saturday we drove to Butler County, Ohio, to celebrate my MIL's birthday. It was very fun. Nate made her a bluebird house out of some leftover cedar from her barn.

Monday we all headed out to Spring Mill State Park. (Watch for a trek with me post later this week.) This year there were no trips to the Bedford ER (Yay!) and a good time was had by all.

We stayed until Wednesday then we all headed to Gibson County, Indiana. We got to visit with Aunt Ida for a bit. She's seems to be doing much better than when we last saw her in October. We all headed to the house to go through some more things in the house.

We scored some kitchen items and a sewing machine, (It's a Pfaff, and it weighs a TON.) and here are some pictures of the some of the haul.


Knitting? well, I've been a bit of a knitting flake. I started a shawl, but I've ripped it out. Same with a blanket and my trekking sock. So no knitting pictures with this post.

Friday, June 23, 2006

back home

We returned home last night. I'm still unpacking, then there's the grocery shopping etc. I'm hoping to be back in the swing of things by Monday. Have a great weekend.

Friday, June 16, 2006

mini skeins

Ok, so Wednesday we had Jennifer and Zander come over to play. I have no visual record of the event, but Jennifer does, so pop over there for supreme cuteness.

Before they headed over, Jennifer emailed me that she's bring me a bag of wool. (does this girl know how to make my day or what?) So I'm thinking she's bringing me a little shopping bag of these tapestry wool skeins. I was SO wrong. Correct on the tapestry wool, (the skeins are about 40 yds each.) but wrong on the bag size. She arrived at my door witha GARBAGE BAG full.

I already have a plan. It's to be an entrelac throw.

with LOTS left over.

Also, look what was in my mailbox yesterday.

It's a postcard from Lesley while she is abroad in Europe. How sweet!

Tomorrow we start our vacation, so I might not be posting until the end of next week.

Oh, before I forget, Hop on over to Lesa's and wish her a Happy Birthday!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

What the...

Here is a picture of the Lodge... taken yesterday.

Ah I think I see why I have no time to knit, or blog, or clean my apartment (oh wait, I'm not upset about that last one...)

To give you an idea of scale... That ladder is 8 feet.




Oh this might also help so you can see where we're going with this...



This is a screen shot from the "blueprint" software the Boy is using to design things...

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Random Wednesday

First allow me to be a proud Auntie (so I’m slow). This here…



…is my simply adorable nephew Dominick. Born into the fam on May 5th (I said I was slow). Mom, Dad (my oldest brother) & big sister Sydney are all doing fabulously. Man, I love being an aunt. Especially when I realized I was holding a baby with a diaper issue & could pass him easily (well…) off to his dad for a change.

I’ve started a blanket for him (NOT in the Big Bad Baby Blanket pattern because I’m right fond of my ever decreasing level of sanity & don’t want to hurry it’s depletion any more than necessary). Of course I get the yarn (with the help of Erin and Michael’s) only to come back to Iowa to find a pattern that I might be in love with from my Pattern-A-Day knitting calendar. It’s knit out of Crystal Palace’s Summer Net and essentially it’s 3 randomly alternating colors knit in a random pattern of stockinette and reverse stockinette with a garter stitch border. Hey, Erin, any idea where a non-DD geek can find a multi-sided die to help with the randomness? I’m still not totally sure I’m going to make the commitment to this blanket (hey I still have a baby sweater on the needles from, um, a YEAR *at least* ago) but it’s fun to think about. Anyone have any experience with Summer Net?

Second, meet Jimmy…



… the wallet whale. I got him at my local “fun shop”, Mohair Pear, & he is another creation of the Queen Bee (link put there especially for Kristen). I think I might starting an addiction. : ) But this one is TOTALLY justified. I have one of her big wallets & love it but it’s too big to work in my “cute little summer purses” but I’m the world’s most unorganized people so if my shite isn’t in a wallet it’s going to get lost. See? I really can justify anything.

I (I’m giving up on the whole numbering thing) would have new shots of the Lodge to show you but the Boy has yet to email them to me. We had a construction crew come out yesterday (e-gads a real live CONSTRUCTION crew, not just the Boy, me, & some of his friends) to put the back 2nd floor wall BACK up. The wind was so gracious to pull it down for us. Yeah, little tip… Any of you get the brilliant idea to build in the middle of a cornfield with cornfields on either side… take the extra time to plant or otherwise landscape some windbreaks &, heck, SHADE before you start to build. TRUST ME it’ll work wonders. Anyway, not only did the crew put up the back wall they put up the smallest (in relative terms) of the LVL beams & one of two of the LARGE ones. Rumor has it the other large beam is going up today (right now we’re getting on and off T-storms but according to the Schnack they should be clearing up later today).

Other than that, not much going on in these parts… My last day at my current job is tomorrow (Imagine me cartwheeling out the door) & tomorrow night I meet with my new boss & our “financial backer” from Vegas. The job “officially” starts Monday. I was told by my current apartment’s manager (& brother in law to the owner of the building/ my current boss) that I am welcome to stay there as long as I like although my rent discount for being an employee ends with my July 1st payment (I had expected this). I’m still looking for a place closer to the new job (in Cedar Falls) and therefore closer to the Boy/ land too but thankfully there is no hurry. Cedar Falls is a college town, so rent is kind of pricey for some less that desirable space. The new employer keeps telling me I can live with either the college crowd or the senior citizens. I chose those seniors any day. I like my quiet sleep. : ) If any of you happen to know any good places (or even good places for me to start searching) I would appreciate it. I’m half tempted to move back to Waterloo (where the ghetto apartment/ my first place in Iowa) was located. Cedar Falls & Waterloo are essentially “sister cities” in terms of geography (they are RIGHT flipping next to each other) but are really world’s apart. The Boy doesn’t want me living “over there” again but I’m starting to think if it’s really that much cheaper… AND I lived “over there” for 3 years before he ever even met me & I was fine.

I have a feeling this might be an ongoing “issue” for a bit (& before you say anything, saying “Well it’s my apartment & therefore I’m paying for it so it’s my decision” has not stopped the aforementioned discussion).

Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to knit again…. Don’t hold your breath. :)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

keep on trekkin'...

Jess and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful, sunny day. (Oh, by the way, yesterday's illness was due to Jess eating ALL the tomatoes we had bought Sunday, and then topping it off with a spaghetti dinner.)

Jess and I decided a TREK was in order. Although maybe a short one to sort of break us in for next week's trip to Spring Mill.

I grabbed my trekking 108 and decided I was making things far too hard on myself and just a plain ole stockinette sock would do.

So we headed down the road to Sunset Hill County Park.

We wandered through a few trails, and past "No-Can-Do" Pond. (Mrs. Murray would not let anyone disturb her pond. No swimmers, boaters, frog giggers, no one. That's how it got it's name.)

Then we took one of the trails...

...To visit the former owner of the property. He really did pick one of the more beautiful spots to spend enternity.

Oh, the sock? Well, I didn't get too far.

Jess, a camera, and a sock might just be a little too much for me to handle simultaneously.

Monday, June 12, 2006

A rough start to summer vacation

My very last sockapaloooza post, I swear.
I volunteered to be a "sock savior". A person to fill in for a pal that dropped out, that way, everyone gets socks.

I finished them last night.

the pattern is Gullwing Socks from Socks, socks, socks. The yarn is Shelridge Farms, Soft Touch Ultra. Man they weren't kidding, after washing these socks were VERY soft. I hope the recipient likes them.

I also finished my trekking socks last night. I was hoping to work on these while I contemplated what pattern to use for the other trekking yarn (108) I have in cue. These were Suppose to fill in for my Trek along with me obligations until I picked a pattern for the other yarn. I still don't know what pattern to use. Any suggestions?

Jessica and I are quarrantined to the house today. Our morning started with Jess throwing up last night's dinner, and I don't want to take her anywhere until I'm sure it was an isolated incident.

So, in the meantime, I started my nephew's furry blanket.

and I've dug out all my books and patterns, in hopes of finding the perfect sock pattern, and a tank pattern for this.

Oh, Jess would like to show off her new haircut.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Memewhile...

Ok, I know, it's been a while. In hopes to get back into the swing of posting, we'll start off with a meme I've shamelessly ripped off from MamaSnooze.


High School Hell

Fill in the blanks about your senior year. The longer ago it was the better.

1. Who was your best friend?
My senior year was a transition year for me. I was letting go of my bestfriend, who was in dire need of help, but would not except it. I had to let her go her own way. I had a few other good friends, but we did not really hang out due to my psycho--er, POSSESSIve boyfriend at the time.

2. What sports did you play?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh, you're serious...

3. What kind of car did you drive?
A purple (yes purple) chevy cavalier. I called it the jellybean.

4. It’s Friday night, where were you at?
Either working (at Subway) or in the company of previously mentioned BF.

5. Were you a party animal?
I was more of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I was very quiet and studious at school, and, well, you get the idea.

6. Were you considered a flirt?
Yes. shamelessly.

7. Ever skip school?
Yes, but only a couple of times.

8. Ever smoke?
Yes.

9. Were you a nerd?
I was more just considered to be weird, actually.

10. Did you get suspended/expelled?
Nope, Dr Jekyll, remember?

11. Can you sing the Alma Mater?
A few lines, which is pathetic because ours was quite generic. (Go trojans!)

12. Who was your favorite teacher?
Yhat would be a dead heat between Doc Strange and Frau Bartels, but I will have to go with my German teacher, Frau Bartels. My senior yaer I was not actually IN Doc Strange's class. I had taken physiology and anatomy my junior year.

13. Favorite class?
German. We no longer had a text book, and at that point I think Frau had just given up on us all.

14. What was your school’s full name?
Chesterton High School

15. School mascot?
A trojan. Which was actually just a slip of a girl in plastic armor, riding a horse.

16. Did you go to Prom?
Yes, with psycho BF (which means I had a terrible time) in a strapless, shrimp-colored, vintage, ciffon gown.

17. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
Not for anything.

18. What do you remember most about graduation?
My mother came up, as did much of my family on her side. And it was COLD!

19. Favorite memory of your senior year?
Due to reasons I'm not about to share here, my memories of my senior year are not very clear.

20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall?
Senior wall? 'splain dis to me????

21. Did you have a job your senior year?
Yes I worked as a "sandwhich artist" at subway.

22. Who did you date?
Previously mentioned psycho, possessive, controlling, bf who's name I will omit.

23. Where did you go most often for lunch?
We had a closed campus and were not allowed off school grounds for lunch, which of course meant most of my lunches were eaten at the Taco bell across town.

24. Have you gained weight since then?
Yes. A good bit. I used to lift weights and such in HS. I am nowhere near thae shape I was once in

25. What did you do after graduation?
I went to nursing school, which was not a good fit for me.

26. When did you graduate?
1996.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

D'OH!

Will I ever learn???

An overview

Thursday night

Carma arrived and, as is protocol, we stayed up far too late talking.

Friday

We decided to go to lunch before dropping Jess off at school and joining the knitgroup, already in progress, at the local B and N.

Unfortunately, Jess in her excitment, started jumping around on the stoop, and no sooner than I tell her to stop before she hurts herself, she does.

Jess fell forward off the concrete stoop, scraped her face on every step and then landed on said face. So, we spent our morning in the ER, to make sure she was ok. Jess was indeed ok, just some abrasions to her face. (but with Jess you never know.)

We then grabbed some lunch and took her to school. (If it had been me, I would have milked my injuries for all it was worth, but Jess really wanted to go to class.)

Carma and I arrived a little later than planned to meet the knitgroup. (I have no pictures, but Jennifer has posted some. Please excuse the odd expression on my face, It was a rough morning.)

After school, Jess had a date with her Aunt Shell, and Carma and I hit the mall.

Saturday

We both did our own thing. Carma had some visiting to do and I had errands to run.

Also, Stepdad came home Saturday evening, I ran out there to see him.

Sunday

We had a picnic and then visited Carma's brother and his family, and got to meet the new baby.

Monday

after a Dr's appointment on my end and getting Jess to her bus,(By the way, do I know how to show my guests a bland time or what?) Carma and I were on a mission to search local liquor stores for beer I was unaware was still even being produced. To my surprise, we found it.

Then it was time to part ways, but (if you're still with me here) not before a few FO's were photographed.

Carma's cardigan. Knit by erin.




Carma's baby blanket. Knit by Carma.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

random funk

I ripped out my embossed leaves sock. It was far too tight.
I also ripped out my ballet tee, and the lotus blossom top I started.
I just wasn't feeling it..for any of them.

I do have my wicked socks out(just a little sneak peak),

and a pair of Gullwings.

Also, I have my trekking sock to kick off trek with me. I'm working on these while I try to figure out what pattern I want to use for my trekking color 108.


Oh, a while back I signed up for the Magic yarn ball swap, and I got my partner today. I don't want to give too much away, but when I saw who my partner was, I just laughed.

so I think today I will try to get back in the groove of things with my magic yarn, and socks. The hike will have to wait (rain today). (YAY! Carma comes tonight!)