Friday, October 23, 2009

Charity Knitting for Orphans

If anyone is interested in doing some charity knitting for Christmas, please check out this Ravelry thread. We're looking for hats, scarves, or socks to send to orphans in Estonia.

Thanks! Happy Knitting!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Baby Viking

First of all, I just reread my knitaversary post. Um, so I wrote it after feeding the babe at night, and was on the verge of falling asleep. I think I had a lot more to say, and just kind of lost it. I'm sure if you're reading this blog though, you get what I was trying to say: Knitting has brought me fun and joy, and has expanded my friendship boundaries. Yea, knitting!

I finally finished the baby viking hat. I LOVE IT!!! It looks ADORABLE on the baby!

(Yes, the hat is on a Pepsi bottle. No worries, I'm still totally a Diet Coke drinker. It's just that Pepsi was on sale for 88 cents.) (If you don't drink Diet Coke, DON'T START! Diet Pepsi drinkers just don't have the cravings us Diet Coke people have.)

Tomorrow morning, the little kids and I are off to visit my parents. I should totally be packing and finishing up laundry, but I just don't feel like it. I should also consider taking a nap, but that would require getting all the laundry off the bed, into a suitcase.

And now the baby is crying...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

3rd Knittaversary

As of today, I've been a knitter for three years.

(I wish that I had a finished object to show for it!)

I love knitting. I love knitting as much as I love playing softball and reading. That's a whole heck of a lot. But there are things that knitting gives me that sports and books don't - I love that knitting keeps my kids warm, and allows me to create something beautiful from something simple like yarn. Knitting has brought people into my life that I would never otherwise encounter - people from all over the world.

I love knitting.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Oriel Lace Scarf

At long last, I've completed the Oriel Lace Scarf by Anne Carroll. The pattern is in 101 Designer One Skein Wonders (you know how much I love those one skein wonders!) Although this project has often taken a back seat, I've really enjoyed working on it. It's far from perfect - one end is obviously wider than the other (maybe because it took more than a year to complete) and I need some more practice blocking. Oh, and maybe some work photographing lace! :)

Even with the imperfections, I think the scarf looks great! I hope the recipient loves it as much as I do!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rainy Day

What you do when you have a nifty umbrella and it's raining and Mommy won't let you off the porch.

Monday, October 5, 2009


Apparently, I'm a no picture blogger these days.

Little girl had a GREAT time at school. She loved the craft, and outside time, and felt very independent.

The Chronicles of Yarnia, my dishrag tag team, came in second. It all came down to which box was put in the mailbox first. I confess, I would have preferred the sock yarn, but I'm super proud of our team and am totally content with the final outcome being in the mailperson's hands. :) I can't thank Emily enough for all of her work in making this such a fun annual event.

I have just a few rows of the Oriel Lace Scarf. This weekend did not provide the knitting opportunities I had hoped. I'm really savoring the last few rows - I've had a good time with this knit.

I've finished the body of a second viking hat. This one just needs horns. I'm feeling pretty good about the Christmas knitting right now.

It looks like on Wednesday after school, the little kids and I are going to Buffalo to see my parents. Big boy is going to Maine this weekend with his aunt, so that makes it a little easier for me to leave him here. I thought about taking him out of school, but it doesn't feel like the right thing to do given that we have plenty of other opportunities to go when school is not in session. Unfortunately, my sister-in-law's mother is quite ill, and trip plans may have to change if things get worse. Please keep Kay in your prayers.

I promise, the next post will have some pictures. :)

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

School Daze

Tomorrow, little girl will start preschool. I know, it seems late in the school year. She's going to a lab program at the high school, so beside the two teachers there are also a number of high school students who come in and work in the program. School starts in October so that the high schoolers have time to be trained. One of the students is Lauren, our friendly neighborhood babysitter. Little girl is VERY excited that one of her favorite neighbors is also one of her teachers!

I can't tell you how happy little girl is to be going to school - she's been asking for over a year! She loves to learn and socialize, and I know this will be a wonderful, positive experience for her.

All the same, I'm a little sad. For the first time, a very significant portion of her life will happen separate from me. I won't be there to watch her face as she discovers something new, or to see her approach a new classmate and make friends with them. I won't get to hear her sing the goodbye song with the group, or find her in the middle of the morning just to give her a hug. And this is just the very beginning of so much of her life being different from my life. I know that all of this is healthy, and normal. It's part of the process of independence that began when we got her to hold her own bottle, pick up her own toys, and put on her own socks. I'm so proud of the little four year old person that she is, and am just as excited as she is for this next part of her life.

But at the same baby is going off to school, and I'm a little sad.