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

My poor car!!

highlandercrashed, originally uploaded by kdw12570.

Hubby got back from the salvage yard where my poor Highlander was dragged to after it was released from the impound yard (car jail!). It is amazing that we weren’t injured more severely.

On a happier note, we just purchased a new Honda Pilot in a nice deep cherry red to replace it. May she move through the streets and highways of NJ without any mishaps!

October 14, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Happy (potty) dance/lucky to be alive/lace lust?

Well, I didn’t intend to ignore my blog for so long, but life totally got in my way.  I have good news, bad news and surprising news this post.  Let’s start with the good news.  DD is happily potting training away!  Hooray!!  Only diapers at night and naptime, training pants the rest of the time and she’s only had a handful of accidents.  She is most proud of herself and we are overflowing with pride over here!  Way to go, princess peanut!!!!  Can’t wait to go out and get a new purse that I don’t need to accomodate a diaper changing mat in any more…..

Now the bad news, bad, but ok.  DD and I were in a major accident last Thursday.  We’re ok, bumped, bruised, cut and scraped, but doing ok.  One week later I can finally say that I’m not as sore as I have been and only having minor aches and pains from the bruises and whiplash.  DD was well protected in her car seat and only bit her tongue on either side and had some cuts on the side of her neck where the car seat straps dug into her skin.  She’s a little extra clingy and doesn’t like me out of her sight (even more than usual) but that’s to be expected and she has a good grasp of what happened to us, that it was an accident and she’s not afraid to go in the car or anything.  She was an angel at the hospital and let them take all sorts of x-rays and everything.  When asked she will tell you, “the car seat saved me and the air bags saved my mommy’.  Which sums up the entire accident to a T, thanks so much, baby.  Needless to say, the damage was so extensive, that our SUV has been declared a total and we now need to shop for a new SUV asap!  I’m so glad I had that contest for quick holiday gift patterns, as I will be trying to make as many gifts as possible this year.  Even though we have insurance, the car was almost 3 years old, so we will have to put out a significant amount of money to purchase another new vehicle.  Gotta love insurance.  We’ll be doing a few test drives tonight and this weekend–wish us luck.  We decided to let DD pick out the color for the new car and she chose blue.  I couldn’t care less what it looks like as long as it’s safe.  Now for some quick grandstanding.  If you have a child, please restrain them in the MIDDLE of the backseat, it’s the safest place for them.  Had DD been on the driver’s side of the backseat, I am sure that she would have suffered a lot more injuries.  I wish they had a safety option of the gigantic plastic bubble that I can put around the car to keep us safe and prevent anyone from touching us again.  Live for each moment, you never know what will happen next.

On a happier note, I am in lace lust.  I don’t know why, or how, I’ve never wanted to before, but for some reason I am obsessed with all these new knitting lace patterns.  I want to join every KAL I can find and I want to knit them all now, immediately.  This is so odd, as I never really enjoyed lace in the past.  I have joined the mysticwaters KAL and will probably not get to it before the holidays, but I just feel like I want to make it without even seeing it.  Very strange, must be the cold weather approaching.

Well, I have things to catch up on and need to do some work on my library fundraiser.  Don’t forget to check out my website www.marykay.com/kyue and place an order, 25% goes to my local library children’s center, use code 276577.   Thank you!!!!!

October 12, 2007 Posted by | Family and Life, knitting | 2 Comments

Woohoo! I’m on at Ravelry

Hello all!  I’m so excited I finally got my ravelry invite.  I can see how this is going to be a time consuming project, but in the end, I will feel so completely organized, I hope, it will be worth it.  My ravelry id is kdy12570–stop by and say hi.  If you don’t see me around here lately, I’m sure that’s where you can find me.  I am also under the gun to squeeze in all sorts of warm weather activities before it gets cold around here, so time is not on my side.  Please check back in a week or so and I should have some more posts.  Off to Ravelry.

October 4, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Virtual Vacation Swap Package arrives and other lifely stuff

FUNDRAISER REMINDER:   Fundraising for my local Children’s library is now underway.  Please visit my website at www.marykay.com/kyue 25% of the total will go directly to the library, please use event code 276577 when ordering.  For all you knitters, the satin hands pampering set is the best thing for dry hands!!!!!

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Well, before I go into anything else, I wanted to post a pic of all my goodies my Virtual Vacation Swap pal sent me from Cali.  Somehow I knew she was from CA, just from the time she said she was going to take short trips all over her state to pick up some things for me–I just knew.  Anyway, here’s the loot (conspicuously missing are the Jelly Belly jelly beans which DD believed to be her’s and she decided to share them with daddy only–that’s ok, I think it’s not on my WW plan, anyway, lol):

So a big thank you to my pal, who can be found at: www.pointbreezedesignsblog.blogspot.com   Keep warm and sunny by the beach–you lucky dawg, you!

Speaking of WW, I lost a whopping 5 pounds this past week!  Yippee!  I am fast approaching my first goal of 25 pounds, which I am hoping to meet this week.   I spent the past few days trying on old clothes and thinning out (no pun intended) my closet.  I actually like looking in there and seeing less clothes to deal with.  Anything that is too big and unreasonable to belt or not good enough to have altered is going in a nice pile for donation or the garage sale.  It is quite a nice feeling to be doing that!  Wish me luck this week!

Book update:  I just finished The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards.  It was just ok for me.  Good premise to the story, had the making for a great book, but I just wasn’t invested in the charachters at all–couldn’t feel for them.  I also recently finished The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  Wow, a quick read, simple writing, but so powerful.  It is not often a book will get me to cry (I didn’t cry when Dumbledore died even!), but at the end of this book I was sobbing.  Moving, truly moving.  ‘Nuff said.  I also finished up Dry by Augusten Burroughs, this was  a sequel to his Running with Scissors.  To sum it up, it’s like a soap opera on drugs.  It was a quick read, moved from one thing to another, but it didn’t do much for me–I didn’t particularly enjoy his first book either.  Oh well.  Not sure if I wrote about Water for Elephants, but I finished that a bit ago as well.  I would say that Water for Elephants and Middlesex by Jefferey Eugenides are two of my all time favorite books I have ever read.  Almost as soon as I put down Memory Keeper’s Daughter, I picked up The Alchemist by Paul Coellho.  I don’t know much about this book at all except it was featured in the NYT bestsellers email newsletter and I immediatly put it up on my www.paperbackswap.com wish list  (if you decide to join, please use my email addy as your referral  princesspeanutsmommy at gmail dot com–thanks!).  Within a week I had gotten a copy and I’m going to give it a try.  It’s relatively short (<200 pages), so I should be able to let you know what I think of it pretty soon.  I also picked up Night by Elie Wiesel at a garage sale last week.  I remembered it was an Oprah book club pick, so I thought I would check this out as well.  It is also less than 200 pages, so I will post about that asap.

I must be super-duper sleep-deprived the past few weeks (which I kind of am, trying to work at night while DD is sleeping–she is giving up her naps of late–can you hear my screaming and ripping out my hair as we speak?), and I am really hoping to make my fundraiser for the library a great success, so I have been working extra hard on that, too.  But for the life of me, I am having such a time knitting DD’s sweaters sleeves–it’s ridiculous!  It’s a 10 row pattern repeat, simple increases and I am doing both sleeves at the same time so I only need to figure this out once, but for the life of me, I have had more mistakes on these stupid sleeves than almost anything else I have ever knitted.  It is making me want to put it on hold for a bit and pick up some Christmas knitting for a while, but I really want to finish this off.   Speaking of Christmas knitting, the winner of my contest should be getting her package shortly and I apologize for the delay in mailing it.  I completely forgot to grab the box with all your goodies when I left the house for the post office last week–sorry!  It’s in the proverbial mail now–enjoy!

Well, DD has finally started to seek out the potty.  It’s an exciting time here with lots of potty DVD’s and books, running around half naked all the time and doing the potty dance.  Good luck little peanut, enjoy your new freedom–but don’t grow up too fast!  Her new question of the week is whether she is big enough to do something, and if she isn’t old enough, she asks if someday she will be big enough to do it.  That’s usually followed by her stating that she wants to “be big like you, mommy” and it breaks my heart a little bit every time she says it.  Life goes by so fast!!  I tell her not to grow up too fast, stay little for me, but I’m afraid that’s not going to happen.  Sigh…

TTFN, blog at ya later!

October 2, 2007 Posted by | Book Club, Family and Life, knitting, Virtual Vacation Swap, Weight Watchers | 1 Comment

Fundraising for a Great Cause!!

I know I don’t normally talk about my business on this blog, but I wanted to take the opportunity to let you all know about a fundraiser I am doing for the holiday gift giving season ahead.  From now until Sunday November 18th, for any orders placed via my website using event code 276577 , 25% of the total will be given as a donation to our local children’s library.  Just visit my website at www.marykay.com/kyue  , place an order and enter the event code in the appopriate box during the checkout procedure and I will credit the fundraiser 25% of the total amount of your order.  No credit card information is required on the website, I can contact you for all that information.  If you have read my posts in the past, you have heard me gush and fuss over how much this tiny little library does for the kids in our town and how much I appreciate all the work that our children’s librarian does for us.  This is my small way of giving back.  So, if you’ve the inclination, browse my online store or drop me a comment or email and I would be happy to help you pick out gifts for your family or treat for yourself.  Thanks!

September 20, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I apologize for the delay!! Sorry!! And the winner is…..

Mandyharris!  I will contact you shortly to arrange delivery of your prize.  Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated and sent me ideas for my Christmas projects.  I received 12 different pattern ideas and they can all be found in the comments on the past few blog entries.  As soon as DD’s sweater is complete, I will start my knitting, and I am sure to use these patterns.

Speaking of DD’s sweater….I just finished the front this evening after putting DD to bed early (no nap fairies in this house make for an EARLY bedtime–yippee!!).  I plan on knitting the two sleeves at the same time so I will need concentration for that,  hopefully after a trip to the beach and aquarium, I will have requisite nap fairies to do just that.  Her two year molars are finally coming in and it is tough on everyone around here!  I’m still anxiously awaiting my ravelry invite.  As far as I can gather, people post pics of their stash on there–is that correct?  It would be an enlightening, interesting and yet scary proposition to do that, but I would totally take up the cause and do it.  It would take me forever, though.  And I just organized my yarn, too….Oh well, one can never touchy feely the luxurious fibers too much, can you?  Speaking of, I probably should re-prioritize my to do list as well.  Since I am putting all sweater projects for myself on hold while I am in Weight Watchers and trying for some serious weight loss, I need to figure out some other projects that I can make for myself and keep me happy.  I already mentioned that I would love to make myself a shawl–only problem is, one pattern after another just look prettier and prettier.  How do you choose?  I’m also a little worried about having to weave in ends and thought about knitting from a cone of yarn–what’s the best one for that?  Research, must do research.

Well, it’s getting late and we are meeting friends at the aquarium in the morning for some fun so I need some sleep.  Blog at ya real soon and keep those comments coming!

September 20, 2007 Posted by | knitting | Leave a comment

Contest ending soon!!!!!!!

OK, since it is almost 10PM my time, but there are still hours left on the West Coast, I’m going to let the contest go on until 3 am East Coast and 12 midnight West Coast to see if anyone sends in some last minute ideas.  Honestly, I won’t be checking again until the morning, but I have to cut it off at some point 🙂  I didn’t really get close to finishing DD’s sweater, I’ve been a little busy with other stuff, so I won’t be starting any Christmas knitting yet, but I have really enjoyed the suggestions and will give many of them a try.  Thanks again everyone for your links to patterns, etc.  and good luck in the drawing!

September 15, 2007 Posted by | knitting | 1 Comment

Ravelry and podcasts

CONTEST REMINDER:  Deadline 9/15/07   Send links or references to QUICK knits (or felted items) for my Christmas gifts and you will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize!  Don’t forget to include a way of getting in touch with you, should you win. 

I don’t know about you, but if you haven’t gotten your invite to Ravelry, doesn’t it make you jealous hearing about all those other people on there already, talking, gossiping, sharing, and I can’t get in to see anything!  And I checked just now, it doesn’t look like my invite is going to be happening any time soon….

  • You signed up on July 29, 2007
  • You are #21532 on the list.
  • 9698 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 10481 people are behind you in line.
  • 36% of the list has been invited so far

My latest obsession is podcasts.  Specifically knitting podcasts.  Who would have thought that you could listen to people talking about yarn and knitting and sheep and other fibery animals for hours and hours on end, and be perfectly content doing it?  I started with Cast On and the Knitpicks podcasts, but I have most recently been listening to Lime and Violet–wayyy tooo fuunnnyy!  These are my kind of girls!  They crack me up!  If you haven’t listened to them, I highly recommend it, although they are a little on the “wild” side, and not as behaved as Brenda Dayne or Kelly Petkun, be forewarned.  I started with just listening to their most recent episodes, but figured out how to download all the older podcasts, so I now have like 80 podcasts lined up on my IPOD.  I also have Socks in the City and KnitScience in queue and there is even a video podcast about knitting, but I haven’t gotten to those….yet.  So what do you all like to listen to?

September 11, 2007 Posted by | knitting | 1 Comment

A realization

CONTEST REMINDER:  Deadline 9/15/07   Send links or references to QUICK knits (or felted items) for my Christmas gifts and you will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize!  Don’t forget to include a way of getting in touch with you, should you win.

The past few days I’ve been lamenting on the fact that I am no longer knitting anything for myself.  I’ve decided to stop all knitting on my Cabin Fever Braids Cardigan and just put it in a holding pattern until I see how this whole WW thing pans out.  When I started knitting the cardigan I was so excited, because it was the first time I ever started to knit a piece of clothing for myself.  Oh sure, I’ve knit hats, scarves, bags, felted items, lots of accessories, but never a sweater or cardigan for me.  Any sweaters that I have knit have been for someone else, many of late, for my daughter.  So now that I have decided to stop knitting on my first cardigan, I am a little sad to not be knitting anything for me.  True, I will be a much happier me when I have lost lots of weight and this cardigan would not fit me anymore, but still, I want to make something for me.  Then the other day, I suddenly realized, I could make something for me that would be more of a garment than simple hats, scarves , etc.  I could make a nice, intricate, lace shawl for myself.  Something I have been wanting to do for a long time, but just hadn’t the patience.  Now I think I can finally take the plunge and start that project, and it would be for me, and I can wear it.  Now to find just the right pattern and then the right yarn.  I’ve heard so many people speak about Zephyr, but I personally have never seen it before.  I think a trip to the lys may be in order.  Now I do have to promise myself that I won’t start this until after all my Christmas knitting is done–it will be my gift to myself.  And it will always fit!  🙂  So do tell me your favorite patterns for shawls, I’m adventurous, so any pattern will do, not just something simple.  Lay ’em on me! 

September 10, 2007 Posted by | knitting | 1 Comment

DD’s sweater

CONTEST REMINDER:  Deadline 9/15/07   Send links or references to QUICK knits for my Christmas gifts and you will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize!  Don’t forget to include a way of getting in touch with you, should you win.

 Here is (finally) a picture of the back of DD’s sweater out of Araucania Nature Cotton.  Love it!  So soft!  Thanks SP10 pal!!!

September 8, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment