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Archive for March, 2008


I got my swap package from the Tops and Pots Swap today.  It had a lovely red basket weave stitch hat.  It fits Grey beautifully.  We love it!  I got matching note-cards, recipe cards and ribbon with cherries on them.  Very Cute!  Thanks, AngelSong 76! 



Yes, the Easter Bunny does come to Iowa.  The girls were so excited about the Easter Bunny last night that I was sure they would find their baskets before we got up to document any of the loot.  However, they apparently suffer from sleep amnesia.  They got up this morning, turned on the TV and vegged out.  I got up and told Henry to get up quick because I was afraid he would miss it.  But, no.  They sat long enough for me to make a pot of coffee, get the camera ready and pour both of us coffee.  I even had a few swallows before Henry finally said, lets get the Halloween baskets down so you can do the egg hunt (grey mentioned that I had failed to get them baskets).  While they were walking to the bedroom Grey spied the loot.  Her squeal caused Mycah to awaken from her TV induced stupor.  Here they are upon first inspection.


They dumped everything in the floor and had a great time. Mycah especially enjoyed the lip gloss.


After a long time and breakfast they started begging to go out front (the yard, so to speak) for the egg hunt.  While they were waiting for us to get dressed they spied a squirrel who had a funny looking nut.  It turns out that the squirrel found on e of the Easter eggs and was working furiously to crack it.  He managed to crack it and scurried up the tree with the miniature candy bar.  I have proof. 


By the way, it was snowing ever so lightly while they hunted eggs and it is terribly muddy, which explains Grey’s snow boots.  They used the big bubble wands from the baskets to blow huge bubbles.  Great fun was had by all. 


I hope you and yours had a wonderful and relaxing Easter.  I’m off to pan sear marinated lamb chops. 

MS Awareness Week Round Up

So, I’ve had six comments with six people named.  I know another 4 plus my MS group of about 20….so with just a week’s worth of asking and only six people commenting, we’ve found 30.  So, what was the point?  I think the point was that we all stood still for a minute and thought about it.  I think awareness is the first step.  The next would be activism.  That is one I plan to work on.   I have walked in a 50 mile walk to DC and raised a good deal of money doing it, volunteered for the MS Jack and Back in TN and donated to various other riders or walkers through the last couple of years.  I’m going to figure out how to do more during this next year…but in the meantime:  Shelia, I’m on Rebif and would be more than happy to talk to you about it.  Also, I got to know some great people in the MS community back in Nashville and I would love to hook you up.  Anyone else out there struggling personally or know someone struggling with dealing with the MonSter….email me.  I will be happy to lend an ear, maybe that’s what I can do to help right now.

It is National MS Awareness Week

March 10-17 is National MS Awareness Week.  The call from the National MS Society is …what will you do?  I read another girl’s blog and what she said was freaking genius….”I will have MS.”  Hehehehe…me too!

Seriously, I am copying a blurb from the Society’s website and asking that anyone who knows someone with MS…leave me a comment.  I find it amazing how many people know someone with MS when they think about it.  MS is generally pretty quiet.  It’s the “oh, but you look so good” disease, but think about it.  Do you know someone?  I know 4 in my family or extended family….and another 20 or so form my Nashville group.  My dad meets people all the time.  I think this is one of those seemingly silent diseases and I just want to know…..

Here’s the skinny on MS (and I do mean the skinny).  There’s a lot more to it, but you’ll get the idea:

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.

Elliot’s sweater

Some of you may remember that one of my sisters had her fourth and final baby in early January.  I had not seen Elliot until 2 weeks ago.  I had to fly in to Nashville for my nuero appointment and got to stay with Allison, Sam and all the kids.  We had a great time.   The two oldest, Chance and Emmy are turning out beautifully.  They are sweet and well mannered and quite handsome too!  Chance is 12 and Emmy is 10.  They are both a great help with the two little one.  The next up is Evans.  She is almost 3and a delight. I got several great big, heartbreakingly sweet hugs from Evans….another keeper!  And then there is little Elliot.  I have to say…she’s perfect. 

OK…back to the post, I got a little sidetracked.  So, I had started a Debbie Bliss sweater.  It was cabled and seed stitched.  I love cables, hate seed stitch.  I almost finished the back, but I just did not want to finish it.  So, the Sunday before I left to go to Nashville I bought some pink tweed yarn from Crazy Girl and busted out Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Almanac.  I sis the two-needle baby sweater….some call it the gull lace sweater.  I cast on Sunday evening.  I finished the yoke on Monday evening, started the lace on Tuesday and split for the sleeves before getting to the airport.  I knit like a maniac through two flights and a delay.  By the time I got to Allison’s house, I had knit to about an inch and a half under the arms.  This was Tuesday night. On Wednesday I got to within an inch of the bottom.  On Thursday morning I finished the border, seemed the sleeves weaved in the ends.  As soon as the ends were woven, we left for the airport….talk about the nick of time!  I cannot say enough good things about the pattern.  It was quick and easy once digested.  As with all of Zimmerman’s patterns, there is something of a leap of faith aspect.  I really believe that knitting was so much a part of her that it was intuitive.  I also think that she felt it should be intuitive to all of us and she would just help us hurry and get to that stage.  She is certainly hurrying me right along!

I think Allison likes the sweater and baby Elliot, well she seemed happy!  Here’s the photos Allison took of Elliot and the sweater. 


Finished Objects….hats

I finished two hats recently.  The first was my favorite baby hat for little girls.  It’s a free pattern.  I’ve made several and have been super happy each time.  Here’s the link.    I made one for Grey’s teacher.  One of the other mom’s had a baby shower for her a week ago this past Sunday.  I knit the hat in one evening and finished early that morning.  I made it from an incredible yarn I got in an exchange. The yarn is called Sublime and ……yes, it is.  Here’s a link.  The color is waterleaf.  It is a merino and not superwash.  But, she was good with that and since it is a hat I figured she would not have to launder it too often.  I washed it in Soak before blocking it and it smelled heavenly.  She loved it.  Here are the pics…….


The second hat is for a swap recipient.  I have to mail it tomorrow.  I can go ahead and post because she does not know who her swap partner is.  I am so worried.  I love the hat.  I think it’s funky, the color is great and it is made from Malabridgio, which is softer than soft.  I checked her profile out on Ravelry and she really seemed like someone who would go for something a little out of the ordinary……please pray with me that I’m right because this hat was NOT the easiest thing I have ever knitted.  It is a Woollywormhead hat.   The construction is so interesting.  Most hats I have knitted have been in the round.  I enjoy this because they are pretty quick and require little purling.  The WW hats are knit flat using short rows with decorative wrap and turns in conjunction with the pattern.  The hats are started with a provisional cast on and then kitchnered together to produce a seamless hat.  I was so intrigued by this method that I knit most of it over the course of less than a week.  Then I got burned out…I just wanted it done.  I got interested again right before I finished and will certainly make more of her hats but not under a deadline.  I did end up with a silver dollar sized hole at the top after it was grafted, so I picked stitches along the edge and knit a little decorative decrease until I could close it up like a regular in the round hat.   In the end I really like that little detail!  Please forgive the pictures.  It is so hard to get a decent picture of a hat when you are using yourself as the hat model!  I would have used one of the girls, but their heads were too small! 


By the way here is the link for the hats

The coolest thing is that she has self published an entire book of her cool hats using Lulu.  You can order it print on demand basically or you can do as I did and pay for the PDF version which is delivered immediately.  The book is very high quality and a steal at something like $25 or so.