family, knitting, living

Archive for July, 2007


Ok…so I’ve had a couple of questions about Ravelry.  It is a new on-line community for knitters.  The site allows you to catalog your stash, record details about the patterns you’ve used, catalog your books and needles, plan projects, find other like minded knitters…etc.  It also lets you see who else on the site has knit the same pattern you are planning so you can learn from everyone else’s experience.  Really cool!  It’s in beta stage right now, so only about a couple hundred per week are being accepted as a tester.  There are still a lot of bugs, but it’s going to be great!  I’m not sure if it will remain a closed community or what.  I gues I’ll have to wait and see….in the meanwhile I am absolutely crazy about being a beta tester!  You can look at some screen shots at the website.

I’m In!

Ok…I know I should not be doing a touchdown dance or whatever around the library….but I am.  I got my invitation to Ravelry!  My user id is Slipping.  Check me out if you are already there.  Of course…there is nothing in my notebook, but I’ll get to it soon enough.  For now, it’s just great to know I’M IN!

Poor Kiki

poor-kiki.jpgLook at me…posting two days in a row.  I couldn’t resist posting this pic of our littlest girl and our littlest cat.  Kiki is generally happy in his new home and is learning to be very tolerant.  He has to be…this is his normal mode of transportation when Mycah’s around.  We can’t really just call him Kiki when his life is ruled by a three year old and a five year old.  No, he’s Pooooor Kiki.

Grey and Sarah


One month from tomorrow me and the girls will be on our way to Iowa.  Henry will leave in two weeks and we will follow.  The painful process of saying goodbye (at least temporarily) has started.  Here’s a picture of Grey (right) with her friend Sarah.  They had a sleep over at Sarah’s house in honor of Grey leaving.  They’ve been friends for half thier lives!  They will miss each other terribly.  Hopefully they can get together when we come back to visit and when we move home.

Husband, co-workers,yarn, Iowa

I had a terrible disaster with some laceweight silk that I wound into a center pull ball over two months ago.   The reason that I had not used it was because I was afraid it would be a mess if I tried to do anything with it.  Well… was!  I started the mystery shawl again (more on that later) and no more than 10 rows in I hit a hideous knot.  I fixed it and moved on…then another…then another.  The last knot came simultaneously from the inside and the outside bottom!  I was devastated.  This is some gorgeous stuff I got from the Knaughty Knitter.  Here’s a pic.    The one I bought is the orange/rust/red/brown right in the middle and yes it is prettier in person than in the picture, believe it or not!  To continue…I am almost in tears realizing that I now have to ball the yarn before I can go any further.  So, Henry and I work for 4 hours trying to detangle.  It was 1:30am before we went to bed.  No, I did not get finished and no I will absolutely not trash it and get more.  It was expensive, I love it and I am not even sure I could replace it.  Henry was begging me to throw it away by the time 1am hit, but I will not.  I might add that I did get a good bit undone and it is beautiful in the mystery shawl.   I told my story to my co-workers (great guys).  Both said…..He really loves you!  I know…he does….I have the BEST husband!So, the mystery shawl.  I had to abandon the first attempt.  All was wonderful until I got this bright idea half halfway through chart B of clue 1 to reduce the two charts to get them on one page.   Apparently, I did not line them up correctly.  My shawl is beautiful on one side and terrible on the other.  Oh well, I bound it off for a Barbie doll shawl for the girls.  They totally appreciate it.   I’ll try to post a picture later.  I did bring it into work to show the guys.  Yes, I work with mostly men and yes, they have to make believe they have some interest in my knitting just as I do for bowling.  SO, I pull out the triangle shawl to show the guys.  It is about 6 inches tall and 8 inches wide or so at the widest point and yes, it is lace.  The guys stand, mouths open looking at the shawl until one gets the nerve to ask…”Are those knitted panties?” Uh, no, nut the black lace triangle does resemble the front of a thong….whoops! By the way, most of you probably know this by now, but I thought I would announce it anyway.  I’m moving to Iowa.  With Henry in school for two more years and having done one year without him, we just could not stand the thought of another separation.  I will be telecommuting with my current job.  We have made arrangements for my dear Uncle to live at the farm and have rented a tiny apartment across the street from campus.  It is a three minute walk to the art building.  Grey will start kindergarten in August and her school is .88 miles from the apartment according to Google Maps.  I haven’t found a pre-school for Mycah, but I know that will work out.  All that matters is that we are together