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Archive for October, 2008

Knitting ADD

I apparently have it. I keep casting on, looking for new projects and generally flitting bout gettingnothing done.  My days are filled with errands and a seemingly unending list of things to do, but nothing gets done.  It’s funny, I think I accomplished more when I was working.  I am volunteering at the library once a week and doing lunch with Grey once a week.  I also help out with cutting things out, sewing silly puppets, hanging stuff up or whatever menial, time consuming tasks Grey’s teacher needs done.  I remember the days when I taught elementary school art. I spent hours every day after school prepping paint, clay, cutting paper down to size (it was cheaper to buy large sheets and cut to size), hanging artwork and the like on top of the lesson plans that where due every week.  So, I try to help anyway I can without worrying the crap out of her! 

But, at home I just can’t seem to get the house clean enough and instead of being able to it down and knit because the house is clean, I just keep casting on inlittle snippets of time. It’s funny, I thought that I would have so much time that the house would stay spotless, all the clothes would be clean and folded, I would teach Mycah to read, have dinner on the table every night and have time to knit like a production house since I am at home.  I don’t know how I got anything done when I was working.  (I guess that’s why I never slept.) Anyway, I currently have the following on the needles:

Tuscany Shawl in Misti Alpaca = 70% complete.

Peddlers Shawl in Boku = 30% complete.

Druid Mittens in Koigu = 10% of one mitten.

Sweater for Henry (Teva Durham pattern) in Elann Peruvia = just cast on.

Shrug for Zoe in Misti Alpaca Hand Paint (my design) = 95% complete.

Shrug for Drew in Misti Alpaca (my design) = need to cast on.

I need to have Henry’s sweater done by January 9th for his birthday and his impending return to Iowa for another ridiculously cold winter.  It is a pretty simply knit, but it is a man sized sweater adn will be the biggest thing I have ever knit.  David, Lori and the girls will be here in the next few weeks and I really need to have both girls shrugs done.  Zoe’s is actually done, bu she tried it on and I was not pleased.  It will not close and the edges are rolling.  While I have seen plenty of shruggy/bolero type things that fit in the same manner, I just can’t get over it and I want her to be able to wear it for more than a day.  Both twins are growing at an alarming rate!  I cannot believe they are 12.  Also, I would like to get the shrugs done while they still think it’s cool that I knit something for them.   I want to finish the Tuscany just because it is so close and I want to where it.  I also had a grand plan that I might make the girls one to each for Christmas.  I am crazy. 

So, I my priorities are:

Drew’s shrug

Zoe’s shrug

Henry’s sweater

The boku shawl (for mama)

Knitted toys for the girls

Tuscany shawl

Druid mittens

On a side note…I went to the Fiber Festival in Murfreesboro with Wendy yesterday.  I will post some photos later.  Anyway, I bough another spindle to spin my own yarn.  I also bought fiber.   One more thing on my list of things I want to do.  

I’m sorry this is such a whiny post.  I don’t mean to whine.  I am just mad at my unorganized self.  I am thankful that my list of things to do is only self imposed and not like before…..job hangingover me on top of everything else.  I am grateful to be blessed with this dilemma and will pull myself up by my boot straps in good time.

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this is an experiment

I got a crackberry, so I have spent an inordinate amount of time seeing what I can do. I can surf the web, but it is NOT quite as fun and defenitely not as easy as being on my laptop. The pages get all long and squished. I can change the view, but then I can’t see the page! Still it is cool. I’m sitting at Sylvan waiting on Grey. I am knitting the Tuscany shawl from No Sheep for You by Amy Singer of Knitty fame. The pattern is pretty simple, but very enjoyable. I am using Ble Sky Alapaca’s Royal Alpaca in a georgeous misty gray. I have tried three or four patterns with it so far. Nothing worked,but this pattern is perfect for it. This shawl is going to be warm and soft. – may actually keep it for myself. Here are a couple of pics I took of it with my new toy! Nevermind….can’t get the damned thing to work. about the pics……


Busy Weekend!

I kept Allison’s three girls today along with my two.  We decided to walk to the popsicle place on Kirkwood.  It’s called Las Paletas.  They ahve the most awesome popsicles.  Bobby Flay challenged them to a throwdown and he lost!  Anyaway, the girls are crazy about the popsicles, so we walked.  It is about a mile…one way.  I had to take the wagon for Elliot (9 months) and Evans (3.5 years).  Mycah (4 and some change) decided she needed to ride as well.  So, I wound up pulling them in the wagon most of the way there and back.  I am exhausted.  But, it was worth it.  Don’t they look like sisters!  They are so similar that they look more like sisters than cousins.  Of course, they also all look like Allison…even my girls! 

Here’s a few pictures of the shrug I made Grey.  She needed a little something for school.  It had to conform with the color regulations for her school.  She would have rather had something pink, I’m sure.  Anyway.  She is very pleased, even though it’s hard to tell in the picture.  She was tired from walking so far and was not digging the modeling shots!  I made up this pattern myself.  It is top down and seamless.  I used Caron Simply Soft Chunky.  I used about 2.2 skeins, so this would be about 110 yards.  The best part is that it took me about 1.5 days to knit!!!!!! Talk about some instant gratification.   The back has an OXOX cables so that she has hugs and kisses from momma all day!  I know I can be a cheeseball sometimes.  Anyway, I am going to give the pattern to Wendy to try out and if it works for her, I will put it on my blog.  It is my first design!!!! 

 Here is a picture of me in the February Lady Sweater.  I have gotten to the point that I hate to be photographed.  But…I do love my sweater.  This picture was taken by Henry right before we left for the Fall Carnival for Grey’s school.  Henry and I helped set up and take down a booth and we both worked a couple of shifts in it.  I also baked a pound cake and 4 dozen chocolate steel cut oat cookies for the bake sale that went on during the carnival.  This past week has been quite busy and I am exhausted.  It was all worth it though.  I think our family made some great memories his weekend.