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A little bit about knitting, a little bit about my family and anything else I feel like writing about :-)

I hate sickness

You know I’m sick, really sick, when I don’t want to knit.

Or read a book.

Or watch TV.

Or even sit upright.

This house has been plagued with the sickies for the past month almost and I have had just about enough of it!  I’ve been congested and working on a sinus infection for the past 4 weeks, intermittently loosing my hearing to a build up of fluid in my ear canals.  Then last week, DD had a nasty virus that gave her very high fevers, and eventually a rash.  Her appetite is just now getting back to where it should be.  Now this week on top of the already annoying sinus infection that I had, I also broke out in the fever virus!  Friday night I was most miserable with a temp of 106–it took hours and much drugs, cold drinks and being sponged down with cold wash cloths most of the night to bring it back down.  The next night I only got to 103.4–I’m hoping for no fever tonight.  Man being sick sucks!  At least today, I felt like sitting upright, read a little in my book and watch a little TV.  Still can’t concentrate enough for knitting.  I think I have to frog my sock heel, and that will not be done under the influence of drugs, thank you very much, lol.  I actually have to post on that later, much later.  For now, I’m tired already and need to get some sleep.  Stay well everyone!!

May 28, 2007 Posted by | Family and Life | Leave a comment

SP 10 contest

Our latest post contest for SP10 includes taking a picture of all your UFO’s and blogging about them.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to gather them all up from their various hiding places and take one picture, but I do have a running list on the right side of my blog of all my UFO’s and even unstarted objects (to which I could probably add a million more things–the two projects from my SP10 pal, for example).   Ahh variety, the spice of life, lol.

May 21, 2007 Posted by | knitting, Secret Pal | Leave a comment

SP10 Package #2 pictures

As promised, here are pictures from my second SP10 package.  This is how pretty it looked when I opened it up:

Then this is what was inside (you will notice all candies have disappeared already):

Then the yarn is now ready for it’s close-up:

So as you can see–I am a lucky girl!  Thanks, pal!

May 21, 2007 Posted by | knitting, Secret Pal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A knitting post about things I have knit, want to knit, or not….

Items in bold have been or are being knit.
Items in italics are ones you plan to knit.
Leave the rest plain.

afghan (I’ve crocheted one, but not knit one…)
Shawl
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat
Sweater
Cardigan
Toy/doll clothing
Baby items
Slippers
Graffiti knitting (?)
Scarf
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
Purses, Bags
Stuffed toys
Jewelry
Gloves
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Pillows
Rug
Shrug/bolero/poncho
Hair accessories
I-cord
Garter stitch
Stockinette stitch
Moebius band knitting
Drop stitch patterns
Slip stitch patterns
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Two end knitting (?)
Continental knitting
American/English knitting

Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Buttonholes
Fair Isle Knitting (I have knit this, for some reason I can’t get rid of the italics…)
Norweigen Knitting
Holiday related knitting

Bobbles
Knitting smocking
Steeks

Fulling/felting
Textured knitting
Kitchener stitch
Swatching
Long Tail CO
Entrelac
Knitting and purling backwards
Intarsia
Tubular CO
Short rows
Thrummed Knitting
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Knitting with banana fiber yarn (again, cannot remove the italics)
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Knitting with alpaca
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Knitting with cotton

Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn

Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Knitting with Linen
Knitting with dog/cat hair (unintentionally)

Participating in a KAL
Charity knitting
Designing knitted garments
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Machine knitting
Darning
Writing a pattern
Knitting for preemies
Freeform knitting
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting in public

May 20, 2007 Posted by | knitting, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SP 10 package arrived and a glimpse into life over here at the moment…

I have been swamped, really swamped over here.  DH is gone for yet another business trip (the second of this 3 trips this month), DD is sick with a pretty high fever (she’s just finally down for sleep now and I am getting a moment to myself) and is whiny and won’t eat, and I have not had hearing in my left ear for over 3 weeks now due to allergies.  This place is falling apart bit by bit, lol. 

But, on Saturday, a special package arrived at the door.  It was from my secret pal.  I hid it in my office and knew, that with this upcoming week, DH away and DD with temps and congestion, that I would need a little pick-me-up during the week, so I left it unopened, waiting to be savoured.  Today, I felt was the best day to open it up and enjoy it.  Pictures will be added later, as my camera is downstairs and I haven’t the fight in me to trapse up and down the steps ONE MORE TIME, lol.  But I will describe here and now, all my goodies.  There was a contained of orange-filled marshmallows in an adorable Pichachu-type contained, that my daughter promptly walked over to the box, lifted it up and proclaimed “Mine?” and walked away.  That item is not included in the picture, since she took it before I even had a chance to process what it was, lol.  There’s a pattern for a really cool felted bag in there, the kind where the straps loop through a hole on the bag itself, I have always wanted to give that shape a try, now I have the perfect pattern.  And what goes best with the perfect pattern than the perfect yarn to make it with?  Nuttin’, that’s what!  What  a gorgeous shade of wine/purply/plummy/pinkish/magenta–yum!  LOL  As you can see, I am at a loss of descriptive words for the color, but I assure you it is right up my alley.  I will have to consult DD’s gigantic box of crayons for the exact name of the color later.  But wait, included was also novelty yarn to felt into the bag, some cool socks to wear, and a mesh bag full of goodies.  Goodies such as candy, ribbons, glittery pens, a washing puff and some designer soaps.  And maybe most importantly for this week especially, some bath and body works antiseptic hand wipes–I can always use that in the germ-infested house that I am in right now!  LOL  She must know what toddlers are like…hmmmm….lol  I think I’m going to eat one of the kit kats right now!  I deserve it.

Thanks pal!!  Watch for pictures soon…

May 17, 2007 Posted by | Family and Life, Secret Pal | 1 Comment

A contest for moms–I’m all about that!

Check my buttons for a link to a contest for Mother’s Day.  It’s this Sunday, don’t forget!

May 10, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Toddler Trivia Answer and DD’s 2nd birthday party

Well, in case anyone didn’t already know, the answer to yesterday’s toddler trivia was Cinco de Mayo.  Hooray for the SF knitter who got it right!

Well, the last guests just left from our DD’s 2nd birthday party and all the dirty dishes all piled on our table, but I need a minute to chill out and relax, so here I am blogging, lol.  It was an amazingly gorgeous day, sunny skies, nice breeze (although it was a little cold out of the sun), good food and great family and friends.  DD enjoyed playing with her cousins and friends and seeing her grandparents and aunts and uncles.  She even let us put a crown on her and she posed it up for the camera.  She passed out as soon as my parents left the house and is napping as we speak.  It is remarkable how time flies–to think last year this time she couldn’t even walk…now all the things she can do and say and everything she knows about in the world.  She is a miracle, and I thank God for her every day.  If I could just slow down time a bit, I think that would make me even happier, thinking about the day she will leave to go to school can give me a panic attack even now.  Sigh….she’s my princess peanut and I love her.

TTFN, I promise the book review in the next post.  I haven’t had a chance to read in the past few days, but I plan on finishing the Cold Sassy Tree before starting Life of Pi…

May 6, 2007 Posted by | Family and Life, Toddler Trivia | Leave a comment

Toddler Trivia–It’s baaaaackkkk…

What was the topic of Handy Manny this morning…you could take a wild guess at this and still get it….Does anyone know what day it is today?

May 5, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

New IK and how I like to knit…(SP10 contest)

In the mail today was the summer issue of IK (Interweave Knits, for those not in the know).  I always like their patterns, they seem classy, if not always something I would wear, they seem in good taste and usually have nice detailing to them.  I am not the “knit endless rows of st st with minimal shaping” type of person, even though it seems I don’t have much time for anything but simple knitting, atm.  Overall, I was impressed with the magazine, but what struck me was the sock article.  Now anyone who knows my knitting, knows I have tried knitting a sock (I say “a sock“, because it is not even completed and the mate has not even entered my consciousness) and they are not my thing.  My poor lonely socklette has languished on my needles for at least three years now.  It’s the ever popular Opal tiger stripes pattern, and it really is a cute sock, just lost my interest.  I started it toe up and stopped just short of making the heel.  HOWEVER, the sock article kind of perked my interest again.  I may just have to dig it up and try this heel out.  Who knows, maybe I’ll be a sock knitter yet…..I do want it noted, that even though I am not a sock fanatic, I have the sock stash of one–don’t ask me why…

Now, on for the contest question.  I don’t know what it is with me, but I always have these strange answers to these particular questions.  The query is:  What you do while knitting. Is there a unique way you like to cuddle up with your yarn and needles? Do you watch TV? Do you listen to the radio? A podcast? Do you drink tea? Coffee? Wine? Do you have to wear slippers? Do you have to have peace & quiet? Do you have a fave spot?

And my answer is…I dunno.  I guess I knit whenever and wherever I can, and no, it’s not usually with peace and quiet–ever!  I don’t have a set way of doing it.  Perhaps if I did have a specific routine to it, maybe more would get done.  I’ve knit in the car, on my couch, at the coffee shop, at my SIL’s house, at doctor’s appts and countless other places, but I don’t think there is any one “way” that I knit.  But just thinking and blogging about this is making me want to sign off, find my sock and give that short-row heel a try.

TTFN!  (I finished my latest book, btw, and will post about it next time…

May 4, 2007 Posted by | knitting, Secret Pal | Leave a comment