Sunday, June 29, 2008

Teeny Tiny Top

I FINALLY have a finished object to show off! The Teeny Baby Top by Moondust Boutiques. This was a test knit for the pattern, which should be available to purchase in the beginning of July. It's super cute, and pretty easy. There's some tricky picking up of stitches for the sleeves, but it's so worth it. I was nervous at first - it just didn't look like anything! Once it was all seamed together though, it looked great!

I used two skeins of Tahki cotton, and size 2 needles (as opposed to the size 2.5 called for in the pattern.) I took the time to do the gauge swatch (applause for me!) My needles were very pointy and I had a hard time maintaining the same tension throughout. I don't think any babies will mind, and I realize I should have invested in a size 2 needle that was less pointy, and thus not likely to hurt my poor pointer finger so much. I was hoping the yellow would make it gender neutral, but it still might be a bit girly.

I'm making good progress on the Lillian Tank. I've split for the armholes, and am working on the back. I hope to have it done within the week. The Summer of Socks has been going on for over a week, and I still haven't cast on! Pathetic, I know. My goal of the summer was only two pairs, but still....

Happy Knitting!

Monday, June 23, 2008


I know I've been very absent lately, but I have a really good excuse - I've been planning a surprise party for my husband's 40th birthday. The party was Saturday, and it went off perfectly!

The DH thought we were having an afternoon/evening out by ourselves. Unbeknownst to him, my parents had driven into town the night before. The little ones and I left the house early (so Daddy could sleep in), drove to the hotel and spent time with my parents. I left the kids with them, and met my husband back at our house. I put him in the car, blindfolded him, and took him to the site of our first official date - bowling. Tons of fun, and SO NICE to be out without kids. I blindfolded him again and took him out for cocktails and appetizers - fried calamari that was super delicious, and wonderful garlicky mussels. Another blindfold, and driving around in some circles, and I arrived back at our house. The guests were all waiting outside the car, and DH got a huge surprise when I took off his blindfold. (I wish I had a better picture - can you see the surprised look?)

31 people, including his brother from Texas. I had a slideshow going on the TV - pictures from all different times of hubby's life (including several 80s prom pictures), personalized candy bars, and a picture of DH as an infant on the cake. It was well worth all the effort to see my husband surrounded by all the people who love him dearly. He truly is the nicest person on the planet, and I am so blessed to have him as mine!

But seriously, this whole thing has totally impeded on my knitting time. I have until the end of the month to finish a test knit. Plus, I have my tank top, and the Summer of Socks has started, and I have to even cast-on! I'm hoping to knit happily away this week!

Happy knitting to all of you!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Knitting Picture

I know, I know. I haven't been around much lately.

I've been knitting a little bit each day, but not all that much. The little ones are busy with summer activities, it's hot, and I'm cleaning my house like mad. Partly because it needs it, and partly for reasons I'll tell you more about later.

But, since this is a knitting blog, I finally got up the motivation to snap a picture. Here is my Lillian Tank Top, so far:

I've tried it on, and it seems to fit, which is a huge relief! The color doesn't show well in the picture, but it's a pretty green. I just have the bust, neckline, and shoulders to do. The test knit I'm working on is going so slowly though - and it's on a deadline.

I wish I had more to share with all of you out there. Life is just good lately. Not exciting. Just good.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, June 9, 2008

1930s Wife


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

I LOVE THIS! The thing is, I love Donna Reed. I want my house to be that clean, and I want to be that charming and elegant. Don't get me wrong - I want to be that way because I enjoy it and want to, not because I feel like I have to.

But oh, I want to be Donna Reed.

Thanks Moriah for sharing this!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Tag, I'm it!

Angie has tagged me.

The Rules:

Rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names. Then the player goes to each of the “named” people’s blogs and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. If you’ve been tagged, you do the same, letting the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer. Your answer, of course, is the answer to the following questions. Here we go!

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
I had just graduated college, started dating my first after high school boyfriend (STUPID! STUPID!!), and was applying for teaching jobs.

2. 5 things on my to-do list today?
  • Finish unpacking
  • Laundry - it never ends
  • Work on my Lillian Tank Top
  • Write out a card or two to some friends
  • Catch up on emails and blogs

3. Snacks I enjoy:

Chocolate cake, chocolate cookies, chocolate ice cream....I think you get the picture. OH, and popcorn - especially when my husband makes it on the stove.

4. Places I’ve lived:

Amherst, NY (right next to Buffalo), Boston, MA (proper and metro area.) I prefer Buffalo.

5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
  • Buy a house, and create the perfect kitchen and entertain a TON!
  • Buy my parents a house closer to me
  • Hire a maid/mother's helper (thanks for that idea, Angie!)
  • Donate time/money to charities - probably mostly to the Salvation Army
  • Treat my friends and family to rockin' good times
The kids are fussing, so I'll tag anyone who wants to be tagged. But, leave a comment, so I know to check your blog!