Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

KThis one is a timely list. Since the week of Thanksgiving, one or more members of the household have been sick. This weekend the Little Dude had the stomach flu, which killed all our plans. I had it yesterday...and let me tell you, it is so much worse when you have a Little One kicking your already tender digestive tract from the inside. Now we're 10 days till Christmas and I've done almost nothing.
So here we go:

10 Things On Your To-Do List

  1. Knit Fetchings for Little Dude's main teachers at daycare.
  2. Buy DnD gift cards for his teachers as well. (only his three main teachers are getting the added knitted gift)
  3. When fabric arrives for quilt, wash, iron and cut as needed.
  4. Sew quilt
  5. Christmas shopping...I'm ashamed to say we haven't done any of this yet. 
  6. Decide if I'm going to bother doing any cookie baking at this point and do it if I am.
  7. Address Christmas cards and send out.
  8. Wrap gifts.
  9. Try and get out to see Santa and get the yearly picture.  Illness has thwarted this twice.
  10. Pack for our road trip
There's so much more but I'm limiting it to the ten right now. 

    Tuesday, December 07, 2010

    Ten (or more) on Tuesday

    10 Favorite Holiday Shows

    A ten on Tuesday topic after my own heart. Much to my husband's chagrin I adore Christmas movies and I plan on passing that love down to our kids. These are some of my favorites but in no particular order:
    1. White Christmas--one of my top favorites. Don't know why but I love it. 
    2. A Christmas Story--who doesn't love this one? (and shame on you if you don't). How could you not love lines like "You'll shoot your eye out!" and "Oooohhhhh Ffffuuuuddddgggee."
    3. Nightmare Before Christmas--a fitting movie for two holidays and Tim Burton to boot. I have CD memorized and I sing along. 
    4. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer--yes it's hokey stop motion but it's one of my favorites from childhood. I love the Island of Misfit toys. Burl Ives singing "A Holly Jolly Christmas" is one of my favorite Christmas songs...it always gets me in the holiday spirit.
    5. Miracle on 34th Street--the original only
    6. The Santa Clause--I'm not a huge Tim Allen fan but I love this movie. I've only seen bits and pieces of the second one so I can't really rate that one.
    7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas--again another classic. Narration by Boris Karloff...come on! Frankenstein's Monster narrating Dr. Seuss....how can you go wrong?
    8. It's a Wonderful Life--to be completely honest I never saw the whole of this movie until several years ago. I know, I'm a freak. 
    9. Home Alone--and possibly the sequel. 
    10. The Bishop's Wife--Carey Grant...need I say more?
    11. The Family Stone--I love this movie no matter how much it makes me cry
    12. Mickey's Christmas Carol--this has a special place in my heart and my Little Dude has already watched it twice. (He's very into Mickey and Donald right now)
    So there you go. I'm ashamed at how few of these I own, but I plan on rectifying that. The Little Dude misses most of these when they are on TV because they tend to start at 8pm and he's in bed (hopefully) before then. What is your favorite?

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    Plugging away

    I've been to busy knitting to post.

    I've finished the back and two fronts, blocked them and stitched them together. I finished and blocked the sleeves last night. So I've got the skirt and the collar left. There's a lot of knitting in the skirt. I'm not sure I'm going to make my goal to wear it Saturday, but we shall see. I might get the collar done first and get the sleeves on and at least have a bolero for now.

    I am enjoying the pattern. It's not a difficult knit by any means and I really do like the yarn. I think I have a new stock wool.

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    Ten on Tuesday

    10 Ways to Have Fun on Long Car Rides
    1. Knit- the obvious answer
    2. Read- I've never understood the people who can't read in the car. I've always read on car trips.
    3. Audio books- This is how we survived a long road trip with a 1 year old. Thank you Harry Potter.
    4. Talk- Sometimes it's the only chance my husband and I get to catch up on the random things in our lives.
    5. Sleep- a necessity when you are the back up driver.
    6. NPR- Love them
    7. Take some fun sidetrips....or just get off the highway and the same old rest stops to have lunch and pee in a really awesome local diner. The best hint to finding the best local grub is to check the license plates in the parking lot. If they are local plates...eat there.
    8. Wear comfy clothes. 
    9. DVD player....this has helped us with longer trips with a very active toddler.
    10. Make sure you like the people who are in the car with you. 

    Several people have asked where I get the topics....well I get mine from Carole Knits.  I found her through my friend, The Painted Sheep.

      Tuesday, October 05, 2010

      Race to Rhinebeck

      So the yarn came Friday, but frankly I was too exhausted to do anything but open it and admire.

      Saturday I started my gauge swatch. I needed 17 stitches over 4 inches. On the recommended 10 needles I got 16 stitches. On a 9, I got 18 stitches. WTF! A little more finessing I went with the 9's and seem to be making gauge. I cast on the back and set to it.
      Sunday night I finished the back
      Last night (Monday) I finished the right front and knit the left front to the armhole.

      This project is my marathon knit. I the same spirit as the Tour de Fleece and the Olympic challenges, I plan on wearing this thing to Dutchess County Sheep and Wool at Rhinebeck. I'm also thinking I should have ordered another skein of yarn, but I think I can make that up in the sleeves. Being of petite stature I find that the sleeves are often too long.  I probably can adjust the skirt of the sweater as well, for the same reasons.

      Anywho...tonight's plan is to finish the left front, block the completed pieces and start the sleeves.

      Wish me luck.

      Thursday, September 30, 2010

      Need a lift...

      It's a rainy gloomy day. I know better but would love to find some wool in my door when I get home. That would be just the thing to cheer me up and occupy my evening with more interesting things than laundry and dishes.

      Tuesday, September 28, 2010

      Ten on Tuesday

      Ten Things in My Refrigerator Right Now:

      1. A quart of apple butter that I made this weekend. 
      2. Organic milk for the Little Dude
      3. Some of my Mum's homemade sauerkraut. Best. Kraut. Ever!
      4. Jug of apple cider for hot mulled cider...one of my autumn indulgences. 
      5. Inglehoffer cream style horseradish- the hottest horseradish sauce out there determined by our delicious but unscientfic tests at work. Good for clearing out clogged sinuses.
      6. Portabella caps waiting for some gorgonzola and carmelized onions to become the perfect dinner. 
      7. Pure maple syrup from Vermont...some things I don't compromise on. Maple syrup is one of them. 
      8. Orange juice. I'm pregnant. I inhale the stuff. 
      9. Green olives. My husband's latest passion has been vodka martinis. 
      10. Greek yogurt.

      Friday, September 24, 2010


      and now waiting. I've got enough Blackberry to make my Duster. I'm holding off on the other for now. I didn't want to wait while I made up my mind. I guess I'll finish up my socks until this comes. I'll be stalking my mailbox.

      Well I'm exhausted and hungry so I'm going to eat and then crash. Let us all pray that the Little Dude sleeps in tomorrow morning.

      Thursday, September 23, 2010

      Almost there....

      with a decision. I meant to order last night, but the night did not go as planned at all. Immensely irritated (read severely pissed off) at having to miss Stitch n Bitch and knowing I won't be able to attend the next few weeks I was in a mood. I turned my irritation towards housework and vacuumed before I picked up the Little Dude from 'school'. After we played outside I made dinner for the two of us (Pasta!!!) and after much fuss and tears and pleading for "Down!" he ate it. I also did three loads of laundry, stacks of dishes, set the dishwasher to run, bathed the Little Dude, put him to bed, mopped and cut my husband's hair. And even though I was rather furious with him, I refrained from shaving something into the back of his head. That's true love.

      Once all these were accomplished, I settled down in the bed with my laptop to surf, and write and order away while waiting for the diapers in the dryer to finish....and I promptly fell asleep. My husband pointed out that once the screen saver pops up, it's probably best to go to bed. So I did and my yarn remains unordered. I've narrowed it down to a few color options: Currant, Blackberry, Lullaby and Indigo Heather. I'm leaning towards Blackberry.
      I might order two sets to make another top from my queue. I've been wanting to make the Ballet Wrap by Nora Gaughan for quite a while but it falls in to the pile of items that my stash cannot supply. Plus it works well with a baby bump and seems like much of it is rather mindless knitting. Again, I'm slightly stumped on color. I might go more neutral as it is something that I would layer with a ton of other things. Or stop being practical and go with one of my other options (Currant or Hollyberry or Claret Heather) and have fun with the color.

      We'll see what the night brings.

      Wednesday, September 22, 2010

      Decisions, decisions...

      I'm still debating on a color for my Tilted Duster. I've decided that I need to order tonight, if I'm going to do this. I've banished the idea of a neutral. I've got too much of that going on in my wardrobe. Besides, if I've had to stop dying my hair funky colors because of the Little One then I might as well wear them.

      I'm still looking at the Wool of the Andes. My top choices are the following:

      Winter Night
      Indigo Heather
      Amethyst Heather

      I'm just stumped. This is the dilemma I have with online ordering. It's hard to pick when they aren't right in front of me. Looking through Ravelry I've noticed that several people have used Amethyst Heather, so that has moved that color on down the list. Any guidance, suggestions, or opinions would be appreciated.

      Tuesday, September 21, 2010

      Ten on Tuesday

      I've nearly forgotten about these.

      10 Ways to Have a Happy Birthday:
      1. My number one rule is that I wear a tiara on my birthday. Hey, it's your birthday. You should be Queen. This tradition started when I spent way too much on my wedding tiara, but it was the only gold tone one I could find. So I rationalized it by saying I'd wear it at every opportunity, and I do...only I have a collection of 7 or 8 by now. Even if I'm wearing respirator, ear protection, and goggles my tiara graces my head every birthday.
      2. Cake--a must. And the birthday girl/boy gets to choose the type. That's the rule in our house. Even if it means I'm making the pain-in-the-ass-to-make cheesecake that my husband loves and spraying myself and the kitchen with chocolate every year, so be it. He gets the cake he wants.
      3. Do something you wouldn't do on a normal day. Even a little something....just to make it special.
      4. Fill the day with people you like (and avoid the ones you don't) even if it means taking the day off from work.
      5. Calories don't count on your birthday.
      6. If possible, sleep in.
      7. Make the day about celebrating you, not some abstract number.
      8. Look at pictures of your childhood birthdays....this is always fun. Share them with family and friends and reminisce or just laugh at the clothing/hair styles.
      9. If you have your mom in you life, have her tell you about the day you were born. My mom finally wrote it down and sends me a revised document every year as she remembers more details.
      10. Indulge in something special just for you. Something you wouldn't normally buy. Hey, you survived another year. You've earned it!

      Saturday, September 18, 2010

      Fall is in the air....

      and making me ponder going off of my very strict yarn diet. The chill in the air makes me long for hot cider and warm knits. My needles are longing for some wool and my stash just isn't allowing me to knit what I would like. With Rhinebeck looming in the near future I have a strong desire to wear the Tilted Duster as I peruse the stalls. Frankly, I've settled on getting the yarn I'm just stuck on the color. I'm looking at Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. The colors are lovely and the price is right. Just what color do I go with??? A rich brown or charcoal?? Or do I abandon my neutral kick and go for a lovely jewel tone....if so then what? Blue to go with my eyes or a woodsy green??? A deep red or a glorious purple??? I better decide soon if I'm going to manage this in time for Sheep and Wool.
      I've been eying this pattern since it was printed. I know several people who made it and have admired it on several knitters at various festivals. I'm always cold, as my husband will attest to, so I never can have too many sweaters/hoodies/jackets. Plus, I think it'll be the perfect pattern to accommodate the new baby bump I'm sporting.
      In all the stress and strain of the summer we achieved something thought we could manage on our own....namely getting pregnant without jumping through numerous hoops and much heartache. Yet here we are. The Little Dude with be a big brother come this March.
      And speaking of the Little Dude, I'm happy to say that his new 'school' is working out very well. He's very happy there and they just love him to pieces. He's learned so much in just the month he's been with them. He's counting to ten and getting much better recognizing letters. M (said with a slight growl) is still his favorite. His hands are better and better all the time. It's even hard for me to notice the discoloration that had been left.
      I've been silent here since I went back to work myself. I confess to the mixture of being back on the job full time and the pregnancy has knocked me on my butt. I'm often falling asleep after Little Dude goes to bed. I'm going to have to fight that urge if I'm going to get my Tilted Duster done.

      Off to stare at some color swatches...and maybe a few kits. If I'm going off the diet I might as well splurge my way to free shipping.

      Monday, August 09, 2010

      Not an encouraging beginning

      I had mentioned before that I was going to start the Eva raglan sweater. I've been swatching over the last several days and I'm not happy. It has nothing to do with the yarn or the gauge but the pattern.

      The English version is full of confusion and inaccuracies. First off it wants you to swatch in M3 but never explains what the hell M3 is. Luckily my friend NutmegOwl, who is familiar with French patterns was able to explain. M is short for stitch. M3 would be the third stitch pattern given in the instructions. Excellent...then it took me a little while to find a needle size...whatever.

      So I swatch and swatch...and learn to cable without a needle to make it easier... and something doesn't seem right. Well that would be that the damn chart is wrong. I've had it on this pattern. Luckily some Foliage I traded for arrived and I'll make some boot socks while I figure out what to do next. I'm not sure I want to continue with this pattern at all.

      Wednesday, August 04, 2010


      So I finished a project for myself....and I love it. You know, I could get used to this knitting for myself thing. Here she is.


      Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda
      Yarn: Ball and Skein Super Sock 416 in Atlantic


      Thoughts: I love this pattern. I did the small stockinette section and the large lace, which left me a small amount of yarn left. Perhaps enough for some baby socks. I did the lace without a lifeline and had a few mishaps but nothing major. I had pulled out the needle on accident at one point, dropping maybe a dozen or so stitches, but they were easily recovered. I did have to do some tinking to deal with some mystery stitches (both appearing and disappearing ones) but nothing too drastic. I would definitely knit this one again.




      I have some more of this yarn in a different colorway that is going be yet another Ysolda shawl. I'm also looking to start the Eva raglan pull by KatyTricot...but there are some issues with the English version of the pattern. I've written a few people on Ravelry for insight. I really have to say though, if it were my design and there were a bunch of questions posted about my pattern, I'd put the damn information on the main page. If enough people are having issues, there is obviously needed information that needs to be made readily available. I may just give up on this one and jump right into the Tilted Duster. The only thing is that I'm not sure I have enough of anything in stash for it.

      On the Foliage front I'm arranging some trades on Ravelry so that I have enough boot socks for work this winter. I'll have to find a replacement yarn.

      Tuesday, August 03, 2010

      Ten on Tuesday

      Ten Things to Take on Vacation:

      Frankly my last true vacation, one that was to somewhere we really wanted to go and didn't require a mandatory relative visit, was my honeymoon 8 years ago. I don't feel qualified to answer this week.

      Thursday, July 29, 2010

      This is what happens...

      when you're not paying attention. So apparently Berroco has discontinued Foliage when I wasn't looking. This is my go to yarn for my thick work boot socks. The yarn works great for the pattern I have, they keep my feet warm and it wasn't so expensive that I minded too much if I get paint on them. Now I must scour the Universe to keep me in work socks for a while.

      On the Ishbel front aside from those few mystery stitches and a lost stitch last night (that I found easily this afternoon) I am chugging along. It is a lovely knit. I'm nearly done with Chart C. That leaves D and E (E being a single row). I might have FO before the month ends....or at least before the weekend ends.

      Must ponder the next project so I don't lose steam.

      Tuesday, July 27, 2010

      Ten on Tuesday

      I will confess I don't watch a lot of TV anymore. We don't have cable. I only let the Little Dude watch PBS and DVD's. I will admit that he's had a lot more TV this summer than I would like but between my surgery and his injuries it was the easiest way to keep him occupied that didn't involve me running around or him getting his bandages into sand/water/mud/what-have-you.

      Ten Things to Do Instead of Watching TV
      1. Knit (duh!) ---I do admit that I knit in front of the TV most of the time, but I usually listen rather than watch. The TV does make me look up from the knitting every now and then and that's not bad.
      2. Sewing---a crafty thing I just can't do while watching TV.
      3. Spin---something soothing and wonderful. I find the wheel very meditative.
      4. Read---In my hiatus of blogging I've been reading a lot. I often fall asleep in bed with a book.
      5. Cook--- Try new recipes, learn to can or just make something to share.
      6. Garden--- If you have a yard, get out there and pull some weeds. I'm pretty against chemical warfare on my lawn so most weed control is done by hand, hence my horrible looking lawn. Start a garden. If you don't have land of your own lots of places have community gardens.
      7. Go for a walk/hike/jog---I mean, really, who out there couldn't use more exercise.
      8. Spend some playtime with a child---they really do keep us young.
      9. Volunteer---there are so many non-profits that need help, pick your cause and go for it.
      10. Spend some quality time with a loved one--- I think this speaks for itself but I know that my Love and I tend to get so caught up in the day to day that we neglect the romance. Pack a picnic and go off somewhere just the two of you.

      Friday, July 23, 2010


      So I've not been blogging to much but I have been knitting a fair amount. I cast on Ishbel and I've been smitten ever since. I'm doing the small stockinette and should have enough yarn to do the large lace. But today I hit a snag. First, halfway through the first row of my second go at Chart B I noticed a missing yarn over. So I tinked back and fixed the mistake. Now I'm short two stitches in the first half of the shawl. WTF! They seemed to be there a minute ago. *sigh* Then the Little Dude woke from his nap and Ishbel has to rest until this evening.

      Otherwise it has been a rainy gloomy day, but at least I remembered to put away the sidewalk chalk before it rained....this time.
      Pictures soon.

      Wednesday, July 21, 2010

      Ten on Tue....I mean Wednesday

      I completely spaced on the fact that yesterday was Tuesday. Being home with the Little Dude all day everyday has warped my sense of time.

      So here it is:

      10 Things to Bring on a Camping Trip

      1. Bug spray. Mosquitoes just love me.
      2. Coffee and a percolator pot. Electric if you have power, one for the fire if you don't.
      3. A cast iron frying pan (or you can cheat with an electric if you have power). Nothing beats waking up to the smell of coffee and bacon while in the woods.
      4. A deck of cards
      5. Lots of socks. Dry feet are important.
      6. Extra pair of shoes. See above. You never know when you might fall in the lake. (ask my older brother)
      7. Matches- preferably strike anywhere ones.
      8. The knowledge of what poison ivy is.
      9. A good sleeping bag. Air mattresses are for pussies.
      10. Someone you enjoy spending time with.

      Tuesday, July 13, 2010

      Ten on Tuesday

      Ten Things I Like About Where I Live

      1. I'm in the Northeast. It's where I'm from, and where I belong. I don't know if the mindset in any other part of the country suits me quite so well.
      2. I'm two hours from Boston and two hours from NYC...and I don't visit either as much as I would like.
      3. The seasons. There is nothing quite like a New England fall. I don't know if I could live somewhere that lacks the cycles of the seasons. As much as I'm not into the snow and cold, Christmas just isn't Christmas without it.
      4. My neighborhood is filled with trees. It may suck when it's time to rake but I wouldn't have it any other way.
      5. Our house is conveniently located to major highways, but tucked back in a neighborhood where it is safe for the kids to ride their bikes in the streets.
      6. This area is steeped in history. Everywhere you go are wonderful ancient cemeteries to explore, famous old houses to tour and so much more. Some of our nation's history began around here and I just love that.
      7. Park, farms, green spaces. For being one of the original states and a small state at that, we have surprisingly large amounts of green space. I love how there are small working farms tucked in here and there. We have plenty of parks to explore to keep one grounded in this crazy technological age.
      8. Diversity. There is so much of it around here. I feel good raising my son here, knowing he will be exposed to people from many different places and all walks of life. And that provides us with a wide range of culinary delights in both markets and restaurants.
      9. The Arts. We have theatres all around us. You will find museums of all kinds if you drive in just about any direction. And we have a government and community that strongly supports the arts.
      10. It's home. I've lived here for nearly 10 years. I bought a house and started a family here. Obviously there's something that keeps me here, even if I can't describe it.

      Monday, July 12, 2010

      An ending, a beginning and an ultimate demise

      I haven't completely abandoned my knitting during my hiatus. I worked on it here and there. I often couldn't make it to SnB. Many of the nights I did, I had the Little Dude with me; which means friends and fun, but no knitting. Despite the small amount of time devoted to knitting I am keeping my promise to myself. For every thing I knit for someone else, I must knit something for myself.
      My first two finished objects I have no pictures of. I knit a pair of Knucks as a gift for the guy that does my hair. And as the 'Me project' I knit one for myself. Not a pair of Knucks, mind you. Just one...to replace the one I lost from this pair. I had more than enough yarn left to make the replacement. You can easily get two pairs out of one skein of Silky Wool.

      The ending from my title is I have finally finished Little Dude's vest. Granted it was meant to be an Easter vest, but I'm just glad I completed it while it will still fit him.
      Let's start with the specs:
      Pattern: Cable Tank Top by Debbie Bliss
      Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun DK
      I loved this pattern.I worked on the much of this project while recovering from my surgery. The cables are very easy to work in this project. And I mean, able to knit while on medications ending in -ocet without major (and even minor) mistakes. The most challenging part, I found, was picking up the stitches for the arm bands. The yarn color wasn't the best option to show off the cables but it was what I had in stash that would work, and he liked the color. He has been out of sorts since I completed it, so I don't have a picture of him modeling it yet. I promise to post it as soon as I do. Here's a detailed look at the back.
      Don't you just love these buttons? They were a little gem I had in my button collection. Someday I'll post about my button collection.

      From there I jumped into a "Me project". My Ishbel. This project started with a trip with some dear friends to Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair. I hadn't indulged in yarn for a year, or at least that I can recall. I was child and husband free on this day and I succumbed once again to Ball & Skein. Kris did twist my arm, ever so slightly, but that was hardly necessary. This is the booth where I could easily lose my head. I left with only two skeins of Sock 416 in the lovely shade 'Atlantic'. I knew it was destine to be a shawl, but which one. I had yet to decide on a pattern to pair with the two skeins I had procured the year before. I scoured Ravelry and queued about twenty-some-odd shawls. It was when I saw the finished projects of two of my friends that I knew Ishbel was it. And here it is so far:


      As for the demise....it is time to say farewell to my first pair of socks.
      I've made several of this pattern over the years and these socks are the work horses of my winter footwear. Paired with store-bought knee highs, these keep my tootsies toasty on those cold winter days in the warehouse that is our shop. Normally I would go to the trouble of darning and repairing. However, this pair had been slightly felted and wasn't worth the trouble of fixing. As you can see Isis inspected the damage and found them not worthy of repair.
      So now I must get a few more skeins of Foliage and knit some more. Ideally I'd like to have at least a weeks worth of boot socks, and now I'm down to three pairs.

      Tuesday, July 06, 2010

      Ten on Tuesday

      I thought this might be a good kick in the arse to get me posting again.

      This week's topic: 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer.

      1. Eat a Popsicle while sitting on your front steps. It is a summertime must.
      2. Go for a hike/walk in the woods. There is nothing more peaceful than the woods on a hot summer day. The shadowed world under the canopy is magical to me and takes me back to my childhood and the countless camping trips. The smell of moss and ferns, the sounds...sheer summertime delight. The summer woods are far different world than in the fall, which has its own special allure.
      3. Run through the sprinkler. I am currently teaching my son this joy, which apparently takes a little time to warm up to.
      4. Build a sandcastle....bonus points if it has a moat.
      5. Buy fresh corn from a farm stand. Grill it, and enjoy.
      6. Find a small independent ice cream stand and indulge in some soft serve.
      7. Sweltering in the heat? Go to a museum. They are air conditioned and you might be inspired.
      8. Go to the farmer's market and make sure to buy produce you've never tried before. Most of the sellers are wonderfully helpful with suggestions and recipes for their products. Plus you are helping out the local economy.
      9. Go to at least one fireworks show.
      10. Take some time to lay in the grass with a beverage of your choice and a book and just enjoy yourself. Better yet a book you wouldn't want most people catching you read. (Trashy romance novels tend to be my secret literary indulgence.)

      Monday, July 05, 2010

      Half year in review

      So I'm sure a lot of you are wondering (or perhaps not) where I have been since my birthday post back in January. 2010 has been an interesting, if not a rather trying year so far. So here are a few of the highlights:
      • I had spent much of the fall ill only to be struck down again at the holidays and remained so well into March.
      • Christmas eve became our last nursing session, which I regard with mixed feelings of elation and regret.
      • Work was a mixture of the same old (designers missing deadlines and shows growing out of control) and the very new (a new dean who is thankfully not hampered by the New England mindset of "We've always done it this way. We don't know why, but we've always done it this way").
      • As I was getting to a point were life was coming under control, I developed a cyst in a rather delicate place that after much pain and inconvenience had to be removed by surgery. Recovery slowed me down a bit. This whole situation ended up leaving me only three days to work on a project that I had really looked forward to working on. (more on that later at Footprints)
      • The most significant event in the last 6 months happened just a month ago. In the midst of having my hair done, with half a head full of foils, I got the call no mother wants to get. My son was injured at daycare and my husband was on his way to the ER with him. Luckily for us we have wonderful children's hospital nearby. My son sustained second degree burns on his hands from the water at daycare. (I'm going to take this moment to say...if you have kids, lower your water heater. And never, NEVER put their hands in water without testing it first, even if you just checked and had your back turned just for a second. Toddlers are fast. Very, very fast and very, very curious.) His bandages came off this week and he's healed up very well. There is no permanent damage at all. He has been a trooper through the whole thing and is the bravest little boy I know. But now we find ourselves without daycare. I'm in my summer lull for work so I'm home with him full time.
      And he is a full time job, let me tell you. I should have named him Houdini Knievel. He's climbing everything in sight. Well, climbing, moving, dismantling, and examining everything he can get his little hands on. His favorite movies are Toy Story (1 and 2), Shrek and Cars. His favorite shows are Sid the Science Kid, Super Why!, and Dinosaur Train. He loves his stacking/nesting blocks and anything with wheels. He loves to splash in the tub, dig in the sand, and chase the kitties. He'd wear his Batman and/or Superman jammies day in and day out if we let him. He pics out the shirt he wears every day. His favorite food is pasta, with cheese and bananas right behind. Every night we read two books before bed, one always being Where the Wild Things Are. He's generous with hugs and kisses, and his laughter is my daily delight.

      So there's my last 6 months in a nutshell. It didn't leave too much room for knitting, or anything creative outside of work. I'm working on that. And I do have a few things to show, but that's for another post, another time.

      Thursday, July 01, 2010

      Me...now in color

      One of my dearest friends, and a phenomenal fiber artist, just immortalized me in a colorway that we developed and she named after me.

      Here's the blog post

      And here's the Etsy shop.

      She picks quality fiber and yarns and does amazingly beautiful things with them. Check it out.

      Wednesday, June 30, 2010

      Riddle me this....

      How does one manage to misplace a rather large umbrella swift?

      I'm sure my husband is involved somehow. Though the cats may be toying with my sanity so that they can later convince me that I haven't fed them yet. Hrm.....I'll keep you posted.

      Update: It has been found....lurking in a corner of the office, hiding from little hands. And now some yummy yarn is ready for a new life. There will be pictures once I pull a Frankenstein on the camera battery and bring it back to life.

      Wednesday, June 23, 2010


      I'm back and I'm making a few changes...as one can see. Expect more in the coming weeks.

      And maybe even some post. (oh the horror!)

      Friday, January 08, 2010


      Happy Birthday to Me.

      My present to myself is to go to bed early and fall asleep with a book in my hand. I'll do that once the little dude falls asleep, which just doesn't seem to be happening tonight.

      Tuesday, January 05, 2010

      A lovely evening and an FO

      Last night I got the little one off to bed in record time. By 7:30 he was bathed and in his jammies. By 7:45 his bottle was empty and he was snuggled with his Piglets and off to dreamland. I, still being fairly awake (I must confess to often going to bed right after him) decided to make a night of it. My love being at work till late, I had the house to myself. I brewed a pot of tea and settled down with my knitting, a purring cat (Loki has finally forgiven me for giving birth to my son), and Pride and Prejudice. The choice of film was to help cleanse the memory of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I read this fall. I had such high hopes for this book and was bitterly disappointed. The Pride and Prejudice was exquisite as always, a book that has a place on my list of books often reread. Zombies...well hard to go wrong there. The ninja aspect, yes I did say ninjas, was pointless, stupid, distracting and just plain idiotic. The illustrations looked like something a 15 year old boy would churn out and were inaccurate period wise. There was such potential and it was a complete letdown. I forced myself to finish it. I'm very glad I didn't waste my money on it (i borrowed it from the library). I had used my Borders gift card months before on a much better choice....I now have my own copy of Dickens' Bleak House.

      Anywho...I settled in and set to work on my work scarf. This project was a re-knit as my very industrious son managed to start the process of frogging the original scarf. The scarf was group project from a get-together with ladies from a knitting forum I belonged to years ago. We all brought a skein from our stash and all had a turn knitting on it. At the end of the weekend names were put into a hat and I was the lucky winner. The scarf was knit the long way. The cast on and bind off were a bit tight causing the scarf to curl in an odd manner. I took the unplanned frogging as an opportunity to make the scarf more suitable for work. I needed it to be shorter and without fringe. When it's very cold and they have the doors open, I'll keep my scarf on while I work. It has to be long enough to tie but short enough to stay out of the paint.

      This is what I came up with. I knit it the short way with a 2 by 2 rib, left out two of the yarns and didn't reattach the fringe. I purposely went with an asymmetrical look to force myself to break away from my tendency towards rigid symmetry. I don't know if this a new habit of mine but a rut I'd rather not be stuck in. So, nothing spectacular but just what I need to keep me warm. And it's a completed project. That is a feat in itself.

      I'm back on the couch again tonight, watching the second half of P&P, Loki napping by my side. I think blogging will override knitting tonight, but I intend to pull together yarn for my next project.

      FYI- I updated the other as well too. Check out my time lapse video.

      Sunday, January 03, 2010

      Holy Crap it's a New Year!

      When did this happen?!?!?

      I think I'm going to follow the path of many out there and say that my new year starts on Monday. I'm off vacation then. It seems more like a new beginning. I'll be going back to a mess of a shop but the opera is finished. It will be a chance to clean up and perhaps do a few of the shop projects on my list. I'm heading into a HUGE show...but that's fodder for another blog. (note to self: update other blog)

      I usually count my birthday as the new year but I think Monday is a better day. Wow, 2010. Arthur Clarke was WAY off, wasn't he. But then again I'm reminded of 1984, and we can never be quite sure what year it is. So for the sake of clarity we'll call it 2010.

      What are my hopes for this year? Goals? Projects? and dare I say it, Resolutions???
      Well, for one, I want to get back to blogging on a regular basis. (I know, I know, when the hell did I ever do this on a regular basis). I'm hoping by doing so I can switch out of Mom mode every so often. Now that the Little Dude is growing more independent, perhaps I can have some time for my own projects and have something to blog about. I also hope to do a little redecorating around my little corner of the blog-o-sphere. It will require me gaining some more computer knowledge (and I have a feeling that will involve a lot of swearing on my part) but I think it's time.

      I'm determined to knock of several projects on the to-do list for the house. We've been in stasis for so long on many of them. In the last few months we have done more than in the last year or two. My love put in the new staircase to the basement and took out the old one. The transition for the cats has been slow and arduous, and they still get very confused. I hope to knock off a few big things this year (new roof, switch out the french doors, install the new exterior lights, install the new bathroom faucet, the basement plumbing fiasco). The roof we might not have a choice with, considering I discovered a new water spot on the ceiling yesterday (which I have yet to disclose to the husband). And that's in the newest part of the house. I'm looking at faux slate instead of asphalt shingles. I'm also formulating a plan for a new look for the front door. My time spent on the faux forum and The Steampunk Home have given me quite a few ideas. I also want to finish the decorating in J's room.

      My knitting has dropped off in the last year or so and I intend to get back into it. I've been working on a few things here and there. My goal is to work only from stash this year. If I buy yarn it is only to supplement a stash project. I plan to dive headfirst into my stash of sock yarns. I've got some great yarns in there but I've been hesitant to use them. I'm not sure why. I need to move beyond my basic (safety) sock pattern and go for it. (though I do need a few more pairs of my boot socks to get me through the winter. I need enough to get thorough a week of work without having to do laundry)

      To find myself a working space. The studio in the basement slipped away from me. (remember the damn orphan cats) Now it's becoming a gaming room, which is fine, but I need a space of my own. Plus my husband has been locking the cats up there at night, which means there is a litter box in there. I've apparently have developed an allergy to something they put in the litter. I can't be around the stuff. If the cats have just been in there, I can't have them on my lap. So the box being in there pretty much means I can't. I think I know where my sanctuary will be but won't say for the moment. My husband has the office. J has much of the rest of the house (oh did I mention he figured out the lock on the baby gates? Smart boy. too smart). I need something.

      Where was I....oh there's the usual eat better and exercise. The eating better isn't all that hard. After being pregnant and breastfeeding for so long that has become the habit. I barely drink now either. I was doing well with the exercising until illness and extra jobs (yeah, I've been pulling in a bunch of extra painting jobs-one excuse for the lack of posting) cut into that. Again having a space of my own will help with the exercising. So will it not being winter. Little Dude does keep me going though. Man, he's fast.

      Blah, blah, blah. I'm sure there's more but I've got a knitting pattern sitting next to me calling my name. You won't blame me for running off to start it...hey, it will give me something interesting to post about.

      I'll leave you with the standard cuteness. (how could I not). You'll see my baby is a little man now.