Sunday, November 29, 2009
I have had very little time to myself so project progress ground to a halt. I had done some knitting but a certain little puppy has decided that it should be his chew toy and snagged it off the couch and did some damage which I just finished fixing. It appears that he's a little confused and thinks he is a kitty, because balls of yarn fascinate him. Maybe he's getting back at me because he heard me talking to the vet about getting him neutered. (although who could blame him for that). Any tricks on how to train your puppy/dog not to eat your knitting?
I did get some sewing time in with Madison on Saturday for some doll blankets for her American Girl Doll bed. I was pretty impressed with her eye for design and how she told me what she wanted and went a very different direction than I had planned. It almost bought a tear to my eye.
Hopefully I'll find a minute tomorrow after company leaves to take some progress pics.
I'm tired and I need to head to Bedfordshire and relax.
Before I go:
The winner for the "Sweet" Sundara Giveaway is:
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Jessica from RoseKimKnits!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Am I the only one who does this? Should I call my therapist?
Now, they're here I've got some serious baking to do tomorrow.
However, watch this space! In the spirit of being Thankful, I want to share some of my over abundance of stash with you.
Check back tomorrow for giveaway details!!!!
Friday, November 20, 2009
I forgot that kids would still need to be ready and on the bus by 6:50am.
I forgot that another child would need to be driven to their school for an early morning meeting.
I forgot that I still had a preschooler to care for, drive to school, and have a play date.
I forgot that less than three hours of sleep is pushing it, even for me and my insomniac self. (3 is my minimum, 4 hours and I can function well)
I forgot that it's a bad idea when you're tired, the mountain of cola that you've pumped into your system so that you'd keep being pre-holiday productive would eventually wear off and you'd not be thinking very clearly.
I forgot that it's probably a bad idea to grab a few rushed minutes to cut out backing for the "place mats" (in case you were wondering what they were) as I ended up with cutting them too small.
I forgot that after 9pm on the night that you got less than three hours of sleep would be a bad time to decide to quilt place mats.
I forgot that I'd have shaky hands.
I forgot that I was trying not to swear anymore.
I forgot to immediately fix my mistakes.
I forgot to go to bed early so that I wouldn't make bad judgement calls.
I just remembered. I'm off to "Bedfordshire" and will try to remember tomorrow.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I'd post something really cool right now, but...
I'm heading out to go have late/early breakfast with the girls and then off to watch the midnight showing of New Moon.
Mature? Possibly not! But that's no surprise.
Enjoy your zzzz's.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, I plan on getting lots of sewing done on a gift project for a friend. I really should be getting my house ready for Thanksgiving and starting all of the baking I need to do. We have family coming into town and I'm nowhere need ready. Still, procrastination isn't just my middle name....
Sunday, November 15, 2009
This yarn is truly to die for. It knits like Butter! I definitely plan on getting some more of this. I actually bought some more and had gotten two skeins of Mystery Bugga. One of the skeins was the Carabus colorway again. I'm debating what to do with it. We'll see....
I loved knitting these socks. The pattern was interesting, but not so complicated that you couldn't easily memorize the lace patterns and knit away on them. In fact, I watched some Netflix DVD's with the first season of Lie To Me while knitting these. (such a great show)
Today, the Cute Guy and I had our monthly mum and dad/kid "Catch Up's" with the kids. Having four kids (plus lovely puppy Sir Winston) keeps us so busy that if we don't schedule to sit down individually and chat with the kids about everything from school to church to friends to chores, that important information can be missed. Don't think that we don't take special time for them other than once a month, it's just that I've found that our kids like the formality of scheduling a time to sit down one on one with us and have as long as they need to chat, just about them.
We've been concerned lately that something has been bothering our oldest son. He really is the perfect kid. I'm probably jinxing myself by saying that, but he's just been so easy to raise (so far). He really made it easy for us to want more kids. I think he's been 40 since age 5. For example, for his 5th birthday he asked for a suit and a robe. Why? Because he wanted to be like James Bond. Please note: we are unsure where he ever learned anything at age five about James Bond - still trying to figure that one out. However, he's just seemed a little off lately. After talking with him, we've found out he's fine. Just normal teenage stuff, but just to be sure, I informed him during his meeting with us that I could read his facial features and decipher whether he was lying to me and what each facial expression he made meant. Of course, it was complete trollop, but still... I had him going for a while there. I think I may use it on the younger kids, they're much more likely to buy it. (insert evil laugh here)
Anyway.... I know why you're all here today. Although my new socks are lovely, you want to know who won the Wollmeise.
Insert Drumroll here.....
The winner is (by random number generator - care of Random.org)
Number 49 - Philigry
I just spent the past hour reading through each comment and reading their blogs if linked. It was so much fun. Some of the comments made me laugh; a couple made me tear up. I loved discovering more blogs to add to my list to read.
I think I'm going to have to do this again. Maybe with that lovely Carabus skein. Hmmm, maybe this next week.
Philigry please email me at knittinbrit at charter dot net to claim your prize. I'm looking forward to seeing what you think.
For everybody who participated, thank you. It was fun!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Any tips on how to get them out?????
Don't forget to enter for the giveaway.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Can't get ruddy easier than that, can you?!
I must dash now as I've misplaced (please do not say "lost") a cord for my Addi Clicks. I hate it when I can't find things, so although it's after midnight and everybody else is asleep, I'm going to be digging around my house until I find the darn thing. If I make a lot of noise, accidentally on purpose, and wake up the Cute Guy, I'm going to make him search with me so that he can have the pleasure of helping his sweetie. I'm a giver that way!
Monday, November 09, 2009
If you happen to be reading our blog (which you had better be doing on a regular basis) I thought I'd make life a little easier for you this Christmas and put together a grouping of items I'm loving and maybe you could pick one (or two, or ten) for my Christmas gift. I should probably warn you that if you ignore such very obvious hints that I will be forced to utilize your credit card on your behalf. I know how much you like to make me happy and I can assure you that any of the items on my wish list would make me happy, very happy, almost as happy as your H2 makes you happy. Remember the car I bought for you (okay, purchased with your credit and then handed you the payment book - which I still consider one of my greatest scams yet).
You've told me before that you'd give me the world if you could, but luckily for you, I don't want the world - I've never really been fond of Ohio, Arkansas or France, so I'd settle for a nice new coat or lovely new pair of boots and purse instead. A bargain at half the price!
Thank you in advance for the wonderful life we life together with our four lively kids and the cutest puppy in the whole world (who secretly I know you love, even if you continue to call him Little Turd when you think I'm not in earshot). I look forward to many more happy years with you.
love and hugs,
Joe's Jeans jeans, $235
GUESS? outerwear, $198
Maruione.jp coat, $188
Toast.co.uk cardigan, 155 GBP
Joe's Jeans jeans, $139
P.S. This may or may not be a test!!!! Ignore at your possible peril!
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Think Julie & Julia type blog, but using the slow cooker every day for one year. It's amazing what she came up with.
Not only are the slow cooker recipes in this book, not the usual casserole, soup, pot roast type recipes, but they are so fast and Stephanie O'Dea also shows how they can be made Gluten Free. It almost brings a tear to my eye. Fast and Gluten Free - who knew that the two went together. I think we should also add that the recipes are VERY tasty. Definitely not a word that comes easily to a GF menu.
Declan, who has been known to ask if I'm feeding him poop before (yes, he did get to see how tasty a bar of soap was for that rude comment) literally jumps up and down with excitement when he sees that I'm cooking something in the Crock Pot.
The Beef Bourguignon was delicious! As was the Pasta Fagioli Soup. I've made everything from Indian to Asian cuisine in the crock pot lately.
I love a good food blog. Others that I have been using a lot lately are Karina's Kitchen, Tasty Kitchen, and Bakerella. I'm always looking for good suggestions. What are your favorite food blogs?
Saturday, November 07, 2009
After reviewing the patterns I was contemplating for the Lustra, I arrived at a decision. I'm going with my original plan - Seneca.
Today, I was a little busy with taking a sick puppy to the animal hospital at 7am this morning. He's still there - should be home tomorrow - sniff, sniff.
A day spent Up North doing this....
And in between all the ups and downs of the day, I swatched for Seneca. Started with a 8 - what was I thinking. I'm a very loose knitter. Then switched to a 6 - perfection! (fun centered increase and decrease - it's the small things that make me happy!)
Now, I have to be strong and not go any further until I sew up Claudia. Unfortunately, I have no willpower. zippo. It's why I spend my life desperately trying to work off a few pounds - diets just aren't my thing. Again, it's that willpower thing.
Character flaws... I have many. What's yours?
Friday, November 06, 2009
I'd originally planned on knitting Seneca by Jared Flood from the Made in Brooklyn Booklet.
I'm still pretty sure that's what I'm going to knit with it, but during the search I came up with a couple of other ideas for it too. Now, I'm dithering on which to knit.
Novak from Twist Collective Fall 2009
Beryl by Bonnie Marie Burns of Chic Knits
Mondo Cable Pullover by Bonnie Marie Burns of Chic Knits
Decisions, decisions, decisions! I wish I possessed the gift of Decisiveness, I'm so flippy-floppy! What virtue do you wish you possessed and why?
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Clusterous Migraines (I'm new to these and don't want any more- she says stamping foot)
Preschooler falling out of bed and cutting his head open
A car wreck (poor black beauty - I miss you - hurry home to me)
1 suspected case of Pertussis
1 case of Flu
80's Murder Mystery Halloween party
One hosting of a baby shower
Trip to Madison to see Caleb perform in the Wisconsin Mid Level State Honors Choir - it was truly amazing - professional quality
Luckily, less puppy accidents than last month
Finishing of some knitting - woo hoo - still need to seem together one sweater that for some strange reason appeared to be the black hole of sweaters
Many friends families completely hit with Swine Flu - so many meals delivered to sick families
New addiction to Sanguine Gryphon yarn - me likey's alot!!!
It's been crazy at times but certainly not boring. Now we're heading into the Holiday season and I've got a mountain of projects I want to work on.
Blog posting was set on a back burner for a few months really, but I'm feeling motivated to post again and get back in the saddle.
I have one quick question: I was at the gym today and the trainer had me doing lots of jump-roping to warm up. Which part of "I have four kids" seemed like this was a good thing to have me do. Having given birth to four kids and jump roping definitely do not go together. What strange thing did you have to give up after having kids?
While you mull over this, enjoy some pics from this past month. Bugga in Carabus - used this for my Soctober Mystery Sock. This stuff knits up like Butter. More Sanguine Gryphon! Someone stop me. The children's college funds may be at risk!!!!
Finally, he has a name - Sir Winston Humvee the First - seriously, it took us a month to come up with this. He normally goes by Winston. He's my baby and I love him.
My outfit for the 80's Halloween Murder Mystery party. My character was Polly Abdool. Winston is in the picture for cuteness factor. Adorable, isn't he?
Here's the one showing off the Queen t-shirt I scored at TJMaxx. I'll be honest, I love this. It will not just be for the benefit of the costume party.
Black Beauty in the shop. All I got to show for it was a bump on the head, a bloody nose, a miniscule cut on my finger and a major bruise to my ego.
Okay, maybe I didn't mention the Wollmeise addiction that got under way too.
Ouch!!!! Still he felt the need to tell his mum how he loved her all the way to space and back again while we were waiting for stitches.His stitches before they took them out. This kid is sooo brave. I love him more everyday.