Sunday, December 16, 2007

Yogurt's other use...

Any of you have two year olds at home? Yes? You will relate. Already been there done that? Maybe you’ll be smiling! Not quite there yet? Just wait!!! My seven year old...never got into much and I didn’t have to put stuff up high. She just stayed out of trouble (for the most part :-). Yes, she is a girl, not sure if that makes a difference but my two year old son *sigh* I’ve lost count the number of times he has made a major mess of some sort. I’ve decided I’m going to start documenting his “creativity” by photographing these many, many occurrences.

So I was upstairs checking email and he was downstairs innocently watching his Mickey Mouse video and he comes up and shows me his hands which were completely covered with yogurt. (He's been opening the refridgerator since he was one and has been helping himself since) So I ask him why he is such a mess thinking he was going to show me the 99th yogurt stain on the carpet in front of the TV but instead he runs downstairs to proudly show me his masterpiece.

That isn’t the only place he fingerpainted. He also decided to deface his TV and DVD player including the Mickey Mouse DVD. Anyone know how to get yogurt out of a DVD player?? *sigh* He didn't seem to have a clue that this was "naughty" even though I kept saying it over and over. He was really quite pleased at what he had done. He certainly keeps the detergent companies in business.

On the knitting front...
I've been busy with knitting Christmas gifts so I have not posted much lately but I will once the gift giving season comes to a close. This was a gift my daughter gave her Sunday school teacher.
The pattern was purchased here. A very quick and neat gift to give to families. I had seen this before but had never heard of the legend of the Christmas nest. A card is included and reads:
A German legend tells of the magic of all the world's birds bursting into song as if with one voice the night the Christ child was born. Your family may find a bird's nest hidden within their Christmas tree. The nest promises the gift of health, wealth, and happiness to all throughout the year!

So you hide the nest somewhere in the tree and the children (or adults) try to find it.

In a previous post I mentioned my friend Janet who is undergoing chemo and I knitted her a hat. I decided that her granddaughter needed a coordinating hat to wear when Grandma wears hers. I used Susan's Ribbon hat pattern in Itty Bitty Hats and just modified it a bit. I love how it turned out.

I have had an inquiry with respect to the frames I use for my pictures. (Hi Andrea!) In my other spare time (ha-ha) I digi scrap and have purchased and downloaded lots of digital elements. Some of my favorite places to shop are
here ,here ,here and here. I use Photoshop Elements to create my pages and photos. I haven't done much with it lately. Too busy knitting so I have a little catch up to do.

More posting of projects to come!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Baby Gift - Check!

I did it. I finished the gift the morning of the baby shower. Someone in my family would call it procrastination ;) but I like to think that I just work well under pressure, so why do today what you can put off 'til tomorrow. This was a fun gift to give and I'm hoping it doesn't scream "beginner knitter". Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving? I'm running in the Turkey Day 5K then off to Sioux Falls for a few days. I'll be bringing my knitting to see if I can check off some more gifts that are on the list. But for some reason this year I am in the mood for Christmas shopping and might even venture out on black Friday with the rest of the crazies. I want it all done at least a week before Christmas and that includes wrapping.

I forgot to mention that I purchased this book. Supposedly only one skein needed for each project in here. There a few things in here that I'm going to make. I think I like this one over the previous one better.

From our house to yours...
APPY you all

Thursday, November 15, 2007

You Tube = My Friend

This is why I LOVE technology. Never crocheted in my life. Need baby gift for Sunday. Began pacifier clip elephant pattern. Got to the ears, crap, they're crocheted! Oh no! Don't have much time left. I gotta figure it out. Go online. Search for videos. Found this one and other various web sites. And after two evenings and at least 20 attempts, finally figured it out as well as what the pattern was saying.

Oh yeah... doin' a dance... oh yeah... uh huh!
See it there? That cute little ear.

Needless to say I'm very proud of myself; not only for figuring it out but sticking with it and not giving up like I wanted to do oodles of times. But dangit my hand hurts. I think I had a death grip on that hook. Just need to do one more but I need to give my hand a rest. I'll post a new pic when it's all done. Goodnight!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Just keep knitting

I have two completed projects to share. (Did I mention earlier that I am a sloooow knitter?) Well, actually I have more to post but they still need finishing touches.

I picked up this book Knitting for Peace and found a hat to knit a teacher-friend of mine who recently had a brain tumor removed and will be undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. I hope it serves her well. The stitches are intertwined with many prayers for her.

I aslo wanted to share this project...Meet Mrs. S. We (my daughter and I) have not officially named her yet so Mrs. S will have to do for now. If she behaves she might be a little Christmas gift for my daughter's teacher. Sometimes I think she is making faces at me. Every now and then when I get a glance of her sometimes she looks mischievous. (The pattern is this)

Did I also happen to mention that neither of these projects were on my list? Just keep knitting...just keep knitting. (Love that Dori)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Candy Corn and Peanuts

We are ready for trick-or-treating! Not sure if this will be mom's bag or the kids but I only made one so I'm thinking it's for me. Not that I'll be ringing any doorbells but there's always that treat that neither child will eat and will end up in my bag. By the way, have you ever tried candy corn and roasted peanuts at the same time? Keep that dish as far away from me as possible. LOVE it!

I also finished the Upside Down Daisy hat from Itty Bitty Hats.
This one took me awhile to finish. I'm not crazy about the sewing piece of it and each petal had to be sewed on the top. I guess I'm not sure if I'm doing it right hence the lack of confidence and procrastination! But I like how it turned out.
Happy Halloween!
PS. I've received my invite for Ravelry. Yikes! It's a bit overwhelming but will be very sa*weet once I get it organized.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Projects, projects, and more projects

Must have a list. I am becoming overwhelmed by the minute.

Love this idea from Garnet Hill but I better start now to have it finished by Dec. 2008. Plus I don't know if I could create this without a pattern....anyone out there willing??

Then there are these cute Snowbabies and patterns to knit your snowman a hat and even little accessories like ice skates, mittens and gloves, and even a knitting bag! Too cute.

So here is my list of what I need to either complete or begin (because I have already invested in the yarn). YIKES! Is this what happens to knitters, new and seasoned??

Very exciting...look what came in the mail yesterday! Yes, I think I'm going to actually attempt to make one (the other option is to purchase one from her store) but I also love to sew. Another hobby is just what I need right now, LOL. But this Cup o Joe is so darling and she is so talented. I can't wait for her book to be published.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Wavy Flower

This was a pattern by Pick Up Sticks called Wavy Flower. It was fun to do and I love that felting hides "stuff". I had a hard time when knitting the second tuck but that sweet Maggie at the company was able to explain what to do in an email. I don't like getting stuck and having no one to help me out so I actually emailed the company to see if they could help. She saved the day!


I saw this darn cute thing but the original pattern (above) was crochet and I'm just not there yet but Isela created a knitted version. Unfortunately my stash does not contain these colors (yet) so I'm off to find some yarn to make two before trick-or-treating is here.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Felted Hat

Here's another look at the WIP. Guess who's under the hat? Still need to knit the flower that attaches above the brim and then felt it.

Not knitting related but I have to share this sweet picture. When the weather has cooperated (which hasn't been to often lately) lil' Anders has been chaffeuring El to school in the mornings. He takes his job very seriously and makes sure he gets her to school on time (Nascar style) and sends her off with a little lovin'.

Monday, October 01, 2007

* Ribbons * Book * WIP *

Another hat completed. Well, actually this has been completed for some time but I have been struggling with the ribbon color combinations. Just can't make up my mind if I like it or not. Maybe that will change once its owner is determined. For now it will sit atop the TV where it has been for the past few weeks.

It's finally here!!! Picked it up at the book store yesterday. I was shocked to see it on the shelf already. AND I have begun a list of projects to knit. Just LOVE that Susan B. Anderson. She is one talented knitter and designer. Can't wait to see what she writes next...

Currently on my 10.5's's a secret. Can you guess?

Monday, September 24, 2007

Another New Beginning

This was a gift for my DH coworker's new baby girl, Hannah. I love how the hat turned out. The booties were fun to knit too but as a newbie knitter I needed help from my LYS. I hope Hannah likes to wear them.

New Beginnings

After having been a blog lurker for a long time I decided it was finally time to create one for myself. Now to stay on top of this is a whole different game. We'll see about that.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sweet Pea

Speaking of new daughter and I delivered this gift this evening to our neighbors who had a premature baby girl. She is home now and doing very well but looks so fragile! I knitted this sweet pea hat and then found an iron-on transfer of a pea pod. Then to top it all off, when I was grocery shopping today I found this perfect card!