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Archive for September, 2008

February Lady Sweater

I finished my February Lady Sweater about a week to a week and a half ago.  Then I threw it in my trunk to show the girls at Haus of Yarn in Nashville. I purchased the yarn there and was very proud…so proud that I made the poor girls look at it!  Anyway, the actual knitting of it took about two months from cast on.  During that time, I knit the yoke once, ripped it out and reknit it because it was too small; tried three different cuffs on one sleeve;ran out of yarn;  finished both sleeves only to find they did not match; and then finally reknit them.  It took two stores, four different sets of buttons and the opinions of all near and dear to me…well some strangers too.  Now I have soaked it in wool wash and blocked it. 

This is the very first thing that I have knit for myself AND actually kept.  I have knit several items with the idea of keeping them only to find someone I love that I feel cannot go without said item.  I knit for people I love, babies and charity.  Mostly, I knit for those I love because it seems like a tangible expression of my love. 

Ok, I’m rambling.   The sweater was a joy to knit.  I used three skeins and a tiny bit more of Malabrigo in the Stonechat colorway and 1.5 of the brown (I don’t remember the name).  The buttons are a shell material and the color matches the brown of the yoke so they disappear.  I do plan on taking a modeled shot once the thing dries.  I’m posting a couple of photos just to show what it looks like so far because I am so excited.  I am also posting a picture of the bath tub after I soaked the sweater.  All I have to say is ….gross.  This sweater took many rips to the playground and to the backyard.  I also found both cats sleeping on it at different times……so it was DIRTY.  I expected a little dirt, but that is just yuck. 


Three Weeks Behind

On August 19, our youngest girl, turned 4.   We had a small gathering of family and a few friends.  I say “small” but small is relative in our family.  There were about 15 people here.  Mycah was very excited about her party, but I think Grey was even more excited.  She spent the entire week prior to the party counting down for Mycah.  Mycah had a wonderful time after a bit of a rough start.  She’s a stubborn child and one who wants things to go a particular way.  Since she is only 4, she can’t seem to fathom that we cannot collective read her mind.  Apparently she did not want to be sung to.  We sang and she spent the whole birthday song pouting and almost allowed the candles to burn down before she recovered enough to blow out her candles.  After that minor meltdown, things went great.  I am attaching photosfor those who would like to see.  Wendy was my official photographer.  She always gets stuck doing this because her photos are always great and I can’t stand still long enough to think, let alone take a picture! 

At every birthday for both girls I find myself thinking and talking about how they managed o come to be.  Obviously, I know how they “came to be,” but that they are here and belong to Henry and me is amazing.  I remember when Mycah was born.  Henry was so much more relaxed than when Grey was born.  I have a picture of him holding her within hours of being born.  He looks so happy, she is peaceful and he is proud. 

Mycah has turned into a funny little girl.  Of the two girls, Mycah has inherited some of the traits that I see as my best, but the most off-putting at times.  She is tenacious….stubborn.  She is curious…..into everything.  She is active….a monkey who is always on the verge of needing an er visit.  She has a mind of her own….does not accept authority well.  She is loving…..I love her.

Here are a couple of pictures from Mycah’s party and a couple of the past 4 years.