Knifty Knitter

One husband, two kids, lots of pets, little time to knit. Yet I find time anyway.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

oh baby!!

These past few weeks have been surreal. I was going to sit down and write about the baby shower I gave my sister, but before I knew it Adam was headed to Reno for work, and was going to be gone over our anniversary. This seriously bummed me out, and so my parents took the kids and I up to the cabin last Thursday. My sister decided to come on Friday, and on Adam's and I 11th anniversary Saturday, she went into labor a full month early. My mom and her rushed the almost two hours home, and at 1:55 am on Sunday, my nephew was born.

I would love to write more, but the computer or Blogger or both lets me type about two words per minute, and does not let me uplaod photos. In fact, it took me about 25 minutes just to write this. Bums me out, but we are working on it. Just wanted to spread my happy, happy news!

oh baby!!

These past few weeks have been surreal. I was going to sit down and write about the baby shower I gave my sister, but before I knew it Adam was headed to Reno for work, and was going to be gone over our anniversary. This seriously bummed me out, and so my parents took the kids and I up to the cabin last Thursday. My sister decided to come on Friday, and on Adam's and I 11th anniversary Saturday, she went into labor a full month early. My mom and her rushed the almost two hours home, and at 1:55 am on Sunday, my nephew was born.

I would love to write more, but the computer or Blogger or both lets me type about two words per minute, and does not let me uplaod photos. In fact, it took me about 25 minutes just to write this. Bums me out, but we are working on it. Just wanted to spread my happy, happy news!

Friday, July 21, 2006

.....and, I'm back!

Yes, if there ever was an award for a bad blogger, I would surely get it. This summer has been full of swimming, sun and fun-and very, very little knitting. I have sewn a few things, but nothing too exciting. However, seeing I am about to be made an official aunt on Sept. 7, and have been busily planning a baby shower, I realized at one time I was going to knit a few gifts. So Tuesday night I picked my needles back up and started working on some baby Blu jeans, made with "Aunt Lydia's Denim", and really have not had much time to knit on them but will hopefully have them done in time for the shower in two weeks, along with this sweater-done in colors appropiate for a boy of course.

My June sock yarn swap partner was Jenifer and she sent me some beautiful yarn which she called "Teresa'a Blues". I adore it, and started to knit some anklets with it right off, but then the thermostat shot up and my hands were too sweaty and yucky to work with it-and the thought of wool socks right now are the furthest thing from my mind (no, we do not have central air). Once it cools off again I am looking forward to picking them back up!

Adam and I both turned 33 this past month, which is really no biggie since 33 is not much different than 32. Talk to me again in 2 years when I am 35 and ask me how I feel. Anyhow, birthdays are always a good excuse to eat too much cake and ice cream, and that is just what we did-twice.

Alrighty then-hopefully more when the computer is cooperating better. It has been pain-in-the-ass slow lately, and Adam said he thinks it is time for an upgrade. Sounds to me like it is time to spend money on something that isn't yarn-no fun. Oh well, I go with the flow-or so they say. Later!

Friday, June 30, 2006

MIA

I have not forgotten about this blog, but sometimes life just gets busy, and sometimes there just isn't anything good to say. A little bit of both has been happening to me lately, and for some reason I have been very, um, quiet. Now for those who know me that is a rare thing. Another rare thing that has been going on is I have not been knitting. There is really no reason for that, just busy with the kids and sewing and planning a baby shower, etc. I helped my cousin sew a pillow and blanket for her boyfriend who is leaving for Central Michigan University in the fall, made a dress and a pair of shorts for the kids to wear on the Fourth, several tops for me, as well as some other things. It is late at night and I am up all alone, unable to sleep yet another night, so I thought I would post a quick something. I am going to try very, very hard to post something interesting this weekend and take some pictures. Just know that I am still here, still loving to knit (I got some gorgeous yarn for the June yarn swap for Jenifer), and still want to share with all of you.

Talk to you soon-I promise!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Green Day

Have a great Memorial Weekend, and say hello to Summer!!!!!!!!!!
*Ruby pattern from Saunshine, done in 'Lion Cotton'
And a great big star spangled 'Thank You' to all those who are serving their country today, and to those who have served it in the past!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Still here

Fear not, dear readers-I have not abandoned you. My server has been acting up this past week, and now my camera isn't cooperating. Ah well, such is life.

Last Tuesday Veronica fell off her top bunk and broke her wrist. Of course this all happened at nine o'clock at night, but we were home and back in bed by midnight. The doctor set it in a hard cast on Friday, and in 3-4 weeks the sucker should come off. This is little consolation to a 7 year old girl who is worried about swimming, but with the weather in Michigan being as it is she will be healed before the first few chilly dips are taken. On top of all that, my right-handed daughter landed on her right wrist. Oy.

Not much to photograph even if the camera was working. My mom's quilt-aka as The Project That Is Consuming My Life-is near completion. I gave it to my mom as is-without the binding-but have not touched it since. I needed a little break (oooo-sorry Ronica, bad choice of words).

As for knitting, I was so jealous of Lolly's great "Ruby" tank that as soon as I got done reading her post I went right over to Saun's site and got myself the pattern(s). I got to cast on last night and plan to work on it a little more today-I want to finish it and get to wearing it! The design in fantastic.

So more from me when the camera is repaired or replaced, and the quilt is finito. Until then, take care my pets. I do miss you all....

Friday, May 05, 2006

Yeah, yeah, I know....

First of all I would like to thank all of you for your kind words-both regarding the family's loss, and the well-wishes for my sister's pregnancy. All of your comments are greatly appreciated, and mean so much to me!

Is it me, or did April just fly by? Honestly, I just don't know where it went. Not that I am complaining-I am so ready for the warm weather to get here, and the leaves on the trees are a welcome sight. Here in Michigan the weather can play some serious tricks on you. Just when a person thinks that the warm is here, it can snow. Last year we went down to
Greenfield Village for the Day Out with Thomas event. When we bought our tickets we decided to go on the last weekend in April, figuring that it would be warmer on that weekend versus the weekend before. HA! The weekend before we went, it was sunny and in the 70's. The weekend we went? Blizzard like conditions with temps in the 20's and a windchill that cut to the bone. It sucked. When I was young I could always tell when it was really spring-dad put in the screens and took out the storm windows. He never did this until Memorial Day weekend, even if the whole month of May was mild (it still gets damn cold at night). I thought he was just being a stick in the mud, but now I understand. Storm windows still don't come out until Memorial Day 'round this house.

Tuesday was my mom's 52nd birthday!

















I decided to knit her a little cardi in a green-blue stash yarn. It was some Luxor DK I had in a color called 'Peacock Swirl' (everytime I say it out loud it comes out peacock 'squirrel' much to the delight of Veronica), and made her some beaded matching earrings. I forgot to get a pic of the earrings, but here is the shot of my mom in the cardi. I don't know who hates getting their picture taken more-my mom or I.



Geez mother, would it kill you to smile?

We had a nice dinner and mini-celebration. We have a few b-days in May, including my mom, her dad, and her niece, so we celebrate them all together on
Mother's Day. My mom is getting her quilt from me as her "big gift". I have sewn the top together and have started cutting out the pieces I need to applique to it. Should be able to put the whole thing together very soon.


My knitting, other than my mom's gift, has been pathetic. I did not finish my April socks-in fact I am just about ready to do the toe on the first one. I really don't know what I have been doing with my time. Organizing my fabric and sewing stuff was done, as well as cleaning up all the debris and stuff in the yard after the long winter. I did knit up a bunch of squares for the Warming Grace project, but like a dumb-ass didn't take a picture of them. I swear I don't know where my head is half the time-well, maybe I do but I won't go there. I have been drawing out some designs for stuffed animals to sew up, and came up with a workable pattern for a teddy. Here is the prototype I made up for Veronica. I used an old bathroom my grandma gave me, and just used buttons for the eyes and a satin stitch nose. I think he turned out pretty cute. My mom sure likes him, so I think I will make one up for her as well.


The other day I received my yarn to dye for this month's PS Yarn Swap. I got right to it, but had to stop several times to save Scottie from 'bees'. In fact, to him any insect that flies is a bee so there was much screaming and running yesterday. He is most definitely his father's son. Adam hates insects, so much so that shortly after we moved in together he almost flung himself off the balcony when a fly buzzed him. I have honestly never seen anything like it. His worst enemy is the dreaded earwig. God, it is great fun for me to watch his antics when one of those things get near him. His biggest fear is that they will be in bed with him. During the summer he pulls back the covers and inspects his sheets, then pounds the pillow to make sure nothing is hiding under there. All this because one time years ago when we lived in a duplex one crawled on him at bedtime. Last summer one of Veronica's hair ties was on the bed (the kids are always jumping on it), and he lay right on top of it. I've never seen him move so fast, and then when he saw what it was he tried to play it all cool and just toss it aside. I love him to pieces but man, is he a big baby when it comes to bugs.

Oh yeah, I was talking about yarn-wasn't I. Anyhow, I finally got around to dyeing it, and don't think it turned out half-bad. Now hopefully my swap pal will like it, and that it will stripe as it should. Adam built me a wrapping board and it made its maiden voyage with this yarn, so we shall see!


That is really, sadly, about it. I am looking forward to this month's PS color of green, especially since there is so much of it everywhere-and it is such a welcomed site after months of blah brown and grey. I did dye myself some sock yarn, in some happy colors that I am going to call "Say Hello to Spring". I want to make some little anklets with this:

I will probably work on these tomorrow. We are having a garage sale and I need some "mindless" knitting to do. I am going to Shipshewana Tuesday and all of tomorrow proceeds are going into the 'Teresa Shopping Fund'. Hooray!!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!!!!!

Have a fantastic weekend folks!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

HA HA HA HA-this is rich!







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You are Cashmere.You are sophisticated and luxe. You can often be found in high-end boutiques and hobnobbing with the upper crust. You are one of the beautiful people and you don't let anyone forget it!
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I don't think a quiz could be any more wrong. Hobnobbing with the upper crust? Only if I am the one taking their order. High-end boutiques? Uhhh, does that include Goodwill and Walmart? And I don't think anybody ever in my 32 years has used the word sophisticated to describe anything about me. Luxe? WTF???

Oh well-it is fun anyway!