Friday, December 29, 2006

Oh, What a Good Day...

First, I have an update on knits...

Yes, it's another Brick pattern dishcloth done up on Sugar 'n Cream cotton. This pattern is so easy, this is number 3 and I can't wait to make one for my self.

Second update is on how much I love my hubby...he did really good this xmas.

Drigger has approved the usage of this tool.

Yep, he got me a ball winder. I love it! The yarn on the winder is Jawoll superwash. Great greens, purples and a very uniqe striped pattern. I'll most likely do two socks on two circ's. Hoping to get more progess on these socks on New Years Eve. I'll keep you updated.

And, here is where me and the gals went this afternoon. Kool Knits in Naperville is going out of business - what a great store and it's a sad moment for all knitters. Look at the great yarn I got. Regia crazy color sock yarn, Suri Merino in burnt orange and purple, then there is the great pile of hunter green Berroco Ultra Alpaca to do a celtic cable sweater.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

I Wana Play!

Okay, so I've been blogging around and seeing everyone's top 6 wierd things about themselves and wanted to post along too. I really don't know 6 bloggers personally (Rebecca is Tagged), but if your reading this consider yourself tagged! If you don't have a blog, then leave a comment with your list of odd things.

THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog post of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

1. I love smell of all kinds. Even stinky ones. Like... I adore smelling MacKenzie's feet...I know, wierd. She's only 2, so their still baby feet to me:) Where as my son, who's 11, I wont go near him...he has "man" feet now, that's just gross. But smells of fresh cut grass and a new leather coat, sigh.

2. I'm a nervous picker...scabs, chapped lips. Knitting helps:)

3. I love to drive fast. I think I was a race car driver in another life. I drive safe, but I do always have this urge to go, go, go!

4. I have to sleep with some kind of blanket and have one foot sticking out. It helps regulate the tempature, of course.

5. I sucked my thumb till I was 9.

6. I'm obsessed with preventing bad breath. I might not have it, but I'm always looking to pop gum or a mint in my mouth just in case.

Check these fellow bloggers and there wierd things too:
January One
Keyboard Biologist Knits (Dec 18th post)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Knitters Review Gift Exchange

I can't wait any longer...I'm just so pumped to show this off. My knitting buddy Chelsey from the West coast was my gift exchange partner from the Knitters Review. This was the first time that I've done something like this and it was a blast. We exchanged email addresses and learned a lot about each other. I then received this package in the mail and my gosh! Thank you so much Chelsey!!

There is See's chocolates, vanilla almond tea, a gorgeous needle holder wrap and lets not forget the super yummy merino Claudia hand painted yarn. Tons of cranberry and golden caramels...great yarn. I've actually knit with this stuff before and love, love, love it!!

And here is what I sent Chelsey. If you haven't received the package yet...stop now:)

Inside is hand baked ginger snap cookies, glass stitch markers, a knit and crochet book to log your projects and supplies and of course there is yarn...nothing like hunter green alpaca to make your day!! Enjoy Chelsey, it was truly fabulous to do this and I can't wait to do it again.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Tis the Season...

for a little stuffed stocking moment...

Nothing like chocolate and goodies to make Christmas morning just right. And as I promised here is the "sock" that just couldn't get finished. I'm going to blame the cat on this one because I refuse to admit it.

Kiddies get up and just before all hell breaks loose, I captured a happy moment.

In the end I finished the socks and gave them over to the man of the house. He loves them and claims them to be the softest pair he's ever had. Now, I feel that he'll want more...I'm I being a tad selfish in wanting a pair for my self?

I Must Confess

I confess to you all. I've failed as a knitter. I will walk the line of shame come four hours from now. I'm ready and set with full pictures of this scandal, but choose to pre-post my xmas non-done-hubby-sock. Oh, yes...I hear your sighs...your Oh No's...I too am hurt by my lack of sock-just need 6 more rows of k2p2 rib. I'm throwing in the towel. It is currently 3:30 am...the time of which I loved to wake up as a small-still-believes in Santa Kris. But, I digress. Forgive my post...I promise to you all that I will finish to socks...and before it reaches the 26th of December.

Happy Holidays everyone.

To be continued....

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

SNB Holiday Gift Exchange

Oh, what fun was had by all...a story was told, goodies where eaten, a lot of laughs from all around - we even had an new member join in on the fun.

First off...Here is a pictures of the gift I put together for tonights exchange. See what's dangling from the handle??? Yep, handmade stitch markers...very easy to make too, I'll see if I can locate the online instructions.

Aleta is the lucky winner in the Holiday Exchange...which included a skein of yarn that is a 50% wool and 50% alpaca blend in a slate gray. The other item is the 2007 knitting calendar - a pattern for each day of the year!!

Once the Knitting story was complete, this is what was in my lap. Thank you Jen...this is truely awesome. Love, Love, Love the blue Cascade wool. I'm sure I'll want to make these felted slippers for every member of my family.

Just look at these lovely ladies...I had a blast, thank you all - Happy Holidays.

Stitchin' and Holiday Giving

Tonight is the night the Stitch nB in Tinely Park and I'm so excited that I'm a lose for words. So, here are pictures....

Kool Knits in Naperville is closing, and they are having a sale. On my visit I picked this stuff up. What a shame, cute shop filled to the ceiling with goodies. I even found roving amoung the skeins. The Catalina is some yummy carmel baby alpaca....ooooh, yeah - super soft.

Finished the Ballband Dishcloth from the Mason Dixon Knitting book. I used the Peaches & Creme or Sugar 'n Creme...can't remember which. This was suppose to be done in time for the packages to go out on Monday, but alas I got trapped in that time-space-warp-thingie.

Now to go off and finish knitting my hubbies socks...I hope I can get these done!!

Happy Knitting.

Monday, December 18, 2006

A Season of Giving, normally around this time of year I'm going psycho...and it's really not that far off. But I do feel better because I got this out today:

Which I'm positive that will be there before the weekend and also contains lovely knitted items. Hopefully there fully enjoyed. I'm also getting these out in the mail very soon...they would have been in the system by now, but the hole-in-the-wall post office I go to is (get this) no cash, no stamps only open from 10-12:45 and then 2:30-4:30. Hey, it's so much better then going down to Clark and waiting in line for half the day. Today is expected to be the busiest day for postal employee's...god bless them.

This Wednesday is our SnB gift exchange...and I'm so excited. I had a lovely time picking out the gift and can't wait for everyone to play along with the Left & Right Yarn Inspired pass around. At the end of the story what ever gift is in your lap you get...I keep having this reoccuring dream where everyone ends up with there own gift..haha. I certainly am not a writer and I hope the ladies will forgive a dork like me...but here is a taste of The Knitting Tale:

"Mrs. Wright sat down one night, to knit for Mr. Wright all thru the night." --you do see how Left and Right fit into this crazy pass around game.

Here is another thing I did this weekend - oh yes cookies. I have none left to take pictures of, so you know they must have be good.

--and I can't forget...about my Knitters Review Gift Exchange Buddy...Chelsey if your reading this, I'm almost done putting your package together - what fun it is gifting for a fellow knitter. I want to post pictures, but that would ruin the surprise.

I was also very touched by Stephanie's call to all knitters to step up and show there support that I'm also supporting the Doctors Without Borders by donating some of the money I would normal buy as gifts for family members. The Harlot touched me and I felt giving to those who truely need it is what the season is all about. It might not be much, but I agree that knitters will rule the world one day.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I'm Addicted...

way can't I just stay on task?? my mind is wondering, knitting is being done. Not as much as I had wanted, but alas we can't have it all. Thoughts of loved ones opening wool presents and being warmed by knitting wonders is just not going to happen. Where did I go wrong?? It's these damn Blogs I tell you!!! Blog after endless Blog....let me enable you for just a sec...on the left hand column, you'll see a Knitters Review Webring (click on the 'NEXT' link and you'll be whisked away into fiber wonder). I joined thinking "What Fun!" and now I just click away and get lost in page after page of fiber ideas, patterns and much to my dislike a time warp. I have to stay off the computer at least until I get all my shopping done (1) and gosh forget even thinking about clicking away during work. Keeping my job is very high on the list (2) thing you know I'll have to join a support group (3).

So, I have no pictures for you...I know, sad isn't it. Well, maybe something old will do:

This was my first experience with Lorna's Lace....oh yeah baby! These lovely socks went to Mom for Mothers Day.

And here is a hat and bootie set I made while preg with my daughter Mackenzie...they would get put on, but she would wiggle and kick until they fell off.

And this is another piece I made for this picture she's just over a month old and she had already outgrown the papoose.

Holiday gift exchange is next Wednesday for the Tinley Park Stitch n Bitch...I'm hoping to get to the LYS sometime soon, not like I need another excuse to go, right? Take care and Happy Knitting!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Oh, What Bliss

I finally have a hat to wear, but now it's not really even cold - go figure.

After ripping, time after time, I've fallen into bliss with my Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino hat. It fits perfectly...after I figured out to decrease the overall amount of stitches for a snug fit. The rib doesn't make my head stick out like a huge gumball...this was somewhere around rip #3 or 4. And the greatest discovery is my perfect (at least for my head anyway) is this gorgeous decrease on the top...great combo of ssk and k2t (slip slip knit and knit 2 together) ...I had this swirl thing happening before and it was okay, but wasn't loving it...yaknow?

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sounds Like a Good Idea

That was good at the time. The holiday season is just to much pressure. The right gift, the perfect dish, making time to shop ...and get all the good sales in too. Most of the time I don't have a problem knowing what I want to buy...its being able to get what I want for everyone. Living on a budget sucks when you've got expensive taste. So, I just have to live with the fact that, I can only do what I can, when I can.

The family dragged all the holiday boxes out of storage and assembled the xmas tree. Lights where strung on the tree with much care by me and Eric, who is now so tall he can easily reach the tippy top. We plugged in the lights and what to our astonishment... and just so you know, we tested them before putting them on...Soooo, why is it that only a one-foot band in the middle of the tree lights up? Boy, did that just ruin the whole thing. I stripped the tree of lights and vowed to do the tree decoration another day. This weekend we got that done.

Here is the tree and my little stinkers. All the delicate ornaments are on the top half while the "I don't care if Mackenzie touches" ornaments are on the bottom half. She really doesn't like the tree, pretty yes...and it's pokie. It certainly isn't huggable like she was hoping. Now, it's time to locate my xmas cookie recipes and get to baking. I've baked practically every year and handed out little grab bags to co-workers, friends and family. It's a hard thing for me to do this year, being that I am trying watching the weight. But, I just made a promise to myself that I wont deprive myself of these wonderful treats this year, just don't over do it and let it take over my every meal.

This is what we also did this weekend:

No smiles and no knitting updates...holidays and all. Soon, I will be done with my re-do Debbie Bliss hat and will show a pictures soon, till then try to grab some holiday cheer. Happy knitting.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Big Green Monster Hat

Okay, so my first thought was the character Dumb Donald from Fat Albert...

It really isn't bad, but unfortunatly I'll be ripping this out again for the 7th time...I just need it the rib on smaller needles. You think I would have noticed that in the begining. I had intended on cuffing the rib area (see the line of purl stitches poking out) but it's so loose that it makes my big head look even bigger! But other then that, I love it!!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Crazy December Days

December has come in like a lion – hopefully leaving like a lamb. See my babies first "rememberable" snow day. As the snow flakes fell, she carried her blanket scratch that. She dragged her just washed blanket through icky slush while daddy shoveled the walk. Her expression is that of one getting cold snow flakes on your all know that feeling right...well, she loves it so much, that she screams bloody murder when having to be dragged back in the house after falling in a icy puddle.

So...did I hear someone ask? Any knitting done? ...oh, well, no. I got sucked into the knitting vortex of doom this weekend and look what else we got into. We celebrated lovely Godmamma Karen's Bday this weekend...she's hit the Big 3-0, but were not counting anymore, right love;)

And here is me and hubby...gosh he looks drunk. Although, I'm sure he wishes he was. Can't blame the guy for being sluggish that night. Waking at 6am and then driving all over Illinois will bring anyone to a stumper.

Here is what the knitting vortex does to you. You knit and knit for hours on end enjoying it all the way...and then you pull out your tape measure and notice you haven't moved...How is this possible?

By some mystic grace, I've completed the first sock for my hubbies xmas gift and have cast on for the second. I love working with Lorna's Lace...the color depth is awesome and love the soft feel of the superwash wool. Good thing too, cuz I know he'll never remember to hand wash.

Did I just hear "Where's the hat?" ...Hat you say? ummmm, let me recall. Noticed a "prancing pony" mistake about half way down down the rib and ripped back. Next, I dropped a stitch and had to rip back again and now it sits in the time-out-bin. I should have been done with it by now. It would have helped so much in keeping my Big Fat Head warm when it's -20 outside! I will most likely finish it in time to not need it anymore...another case of the knitting vortex.