Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bad Cara

I ask Erin to make the blog go and then, in Cara fashion, I do nothing with or about it. 

Well, my friends, I'm going to attempt to change that (in my head Yoda just said "There is no try, only do" - I hope that's the right phrase.... my internal nerd is apparently having issues again). 

On the knitting front I have too many projects in the making to mention however a baby blanket and a pair of socks are on the forefront. The socks are just for myself, I've been attempting to make myself a pair of socks since before Christmas when I told my dad that's why I wasn't knitting him another pair (knit 'em two - three pairs of socks and they expect them to start showing up every month or so). The baby blanket is for a baby that's not due.... um.... I'm really bad at this... I think the baby is about halfway done. I need a ridiculous deadline to get the fire going under me, like they are in the delivery room. 

Anyway I knit like the wind on the baby blanket when we were in Minnesota. Vacation with the in-laws in a remote location? Knitting literally saves lives. Of course now that I'm home I've glanced in the blanket's direction a couple times.

And now.... a gratuitous wedding photo (married The Boy June 13th, helicopter, Niagara Falls)

Monday, July 21, 2014


In order to avoid all of my sock projects that I don't feel like finishing, I decided I'm just going to try to work through my stash.

So my latest finished project is the Tempest Beret by Kate Gagnon Osborn from the Best of Knitscene book. I'm using some Berroco Vintage for it, and I believe it's going to be a gift.

As for the Entrelac baby blanket, I ended up just adding a few rows of single crochet around it. Then I set it aside. I figure if there comes a time tgat I need a baby gift, I can add a decorative crochet edge to it and be done.

My current project is the oscilloscope shawl by Kate Gagon Osborn. I'm also using Berroco vintage for this one too.

The good news is I've heard from the mechanic, and the news sounds not so bad. It's been over a week now. I called today and the parts are in, but the work is not done yet. Sigh.

Monday, July 14, 2014


The entrelac baby blanket is done. Well, the entrelac part is. Now I'm trying to decide on the border. As pretty as this yarn is, (Berocco, vintage, color? ) I'm tired of it. 

There is a reason I don't use varigated yarns much. Self striping yarns are a whole other story.

So now onto the border, on which I'm still undecided.

This week we attempted Vacation Bible School with James. The first night, he cried a lot, but was able to eventually calm down and join in the fun. The next night he cried more. We ended up having to come get him because he just would not calm down. Tonight, we didn't even attempt, because the mere mention had him welling up with tears.

I'm trying to decide my next project. There are a couple of sock projects I have going, and I seem to always have at least one sock project, I've been making these while I try to decide:

Pattern: Recluse by Lisa Mutch
Yarn: oddballs from the stash
Notes: pattern calls for worsted, doubled, but many of these I have been making from chunky weight yarn.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A couple projects

So I know I have been a while gone, and I haven't been sure how to go about getting back into posting somewhat regularly. I'm just going to try to pick up with the present and do my best.

The progress on my entrelac project has stalled. Once I realized it would have to be a baby blanket, due to the amount of yarn I have left, I haven't been too keen on finishing it. It's gorgeous, but I don't think I have any baby gifts needed in the near future. With no looming deadline, my interest has faded a bit.

My toe2toe project has reached the second toe. Once that is done, I will figure heel placements, then split the whole thing for the top cuffs.

This week the kids and I headed to Valparaiso, to visit some family. The trip had been long overdue, and I think we all enjoyed it. Jess is extending her stay, so James and I returned home without her.

We got home just fine, but the next day the car broke down, so it's now in the shop.

Monday, July 07, 2014

The fair

As a child, I loved the fair, but when Jess was little, the fair was just a big ball of anxiety for her. The lights, the noise, the crowds, the smells, made her miserable. As she has gotten older, those things that once spurred panic are now tolerable, but I can't say she enjoys it.
A few years ago she discovered roller coasters, and loves them. Last night the promise of a couple carnival rides and fried pickles was enough to convince her to come to the fair with us.

James riding the merry-go-round. Nate and Jess riding the scrambler in the background.
I think she had fun. By the way, can I tell you how much I love this picture?

We also went through the 4-H exhibits to find the ones Jess submitted.
Reserve Champion.

Jess is pretty pleased. We are proud of her.