December 2006

December 22, 2006

So far so good

The sock is coming along nicely.  I do wish I could whip them out as fast as Wendy but such is not the case.  Granted, she’s been knitting quite a bit longer than I have.  I think I have about 2 1/2 years on me, she has a little more 🙂  I have finished the gusset decreases and have been working a bit on the foot, so I am ahead of schedule LOL.  I do plan to finish it today, and then I shall start a new pair.  Kid ones this time, a pair for each of my girls.  I found some cute patterns that I’ll go through and then use some Lorna’s Laces that I won from a contest at my old LYS The Black Sheep Wool, Co. in Salt Lake City.  I won five lovely skeins of it!  Not too shabby.  I can make a boat load of socks for little ones with all that 🙂  Plus, I still want to make Jessie some knee socks with some thicker yarn.  I do have some dye your own yarn from Knit Picks that might work well in the plain old non dyed color it comes in.  That way she could wear them with dresses.  Or I could try to go totally funky and make her some pink and red striped ones, like the tights I wanted to get her at the store.  But I didn’t think they’d match.  Then I felt bad because who cares if they match anything, they were so cool looking!  Who knows.  So much to choose from!  🙂  I really do enjoy knitting socks.  Socks and baby items, those are my most favorite to knit.  I also like dishcloths, those are nice and easy to whip out! 

My aunt and my cousin, my sister and her baby girl (I guess she falls into the toddler category now, since she’s 2) are coming for Christmas!  I am really excited to see my sister and niece.  My cousin and aunt too, but not as much as my sister and niece.  They just moved in with my aunt to get out of a bad situation and I’ve been really worried about her and mostly just want to see her and make sure she’s ok.  I’m really looking forward to it.  It will be the first Christmas in a long time that my mom, sister and I have been together, since I have lived in Utah for the past 7 or 8 years.  They were able to come down for one of them, that was nice, and I was able to come up for one.  But since we both had our kids, this is the first time.  I think we only had Jessie and Niffie was a teeny baby the last time they were able to come down.  Anyway, it will be awesome to all be together.

I would like it to be known that I can’t stand the wofl-something else mix dog across the street.  He is constantly howling, as he is right now, and when a train goes by it gets worse.  I’m not impressed.  If I didn’t like his owners so much, I’d have a mind to send a nasty note.  But they really are nice people, so it’s just one of those things I’ll have to overlook. 🙂

Well, I’m off to work more on that sock.  I hope to post pictres post giving, that way they can be on the receiver’s foots.  Yes, foots 🙂

December 21, 2006

Secret Santa

We’ve been Secret Santa’d!  My mom’s husband knocked on my bedroom door this morning and told me to come look at something.  I followed him out the front door and there sat a huge box filled with wrapped presents!  I’d show a photo, but I don’t know where my camera is (and Jessie hasn’t gotten her new digital camera from Santa yet! shhhh!) and so you’ll just have to use your imaginations 🙂  I looked through to see if I could recognize the writing on the name tags, and searched for a card or something.  There are 2 or 3 presents for Matthew, 2 for Jennifer and 2 for Jessica, plus a really nice wire basket with sparkling cider, candies and 2 goblets in it, I am assuming for myself and Kenny 🙂  And some books that were not wrapped, so I let the girls have them now.  It has to be someone who is either really in tune with the world, or someone who knows my kids well, because they put a monster eyes book in there, and Niff just LOVES anything to do with monsters.  And one of the other books is about everything pink, and Jessie is little miss girlie girl if there ever was one.  I have an idea who it was, but I don’t want to call her and ask her because she obviously wanted it to be anonymous and I don’t want to make her uncomfortable.  I decided the best way to thank her is for us to do this for someone next year.  I feel quite blessed this year, even though we’re quite empty in the pockets.  We have a roof over our heads, our tummies are full, there is food in the fridge and cupboard, all thanks to my mom for letting us stay with her until we’re able to save enough money to get our own house.  My kids have been very well taken care of this year and they will get more than their fair share at Christmas.  When my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I couldn’t think of any monetary thing that I really needed.  I already have everything I want, and my kids are happy, my husband is happy, and I am happy.  What more could you ask for?  I told her I didn’t know, surprise me. 

I have finished my cousin’s socks.  Now I am finishing the dreaded “auntie” sock.  Remember back when I blogged about getting mad at the first sock yarn in her socks, balling it back up and throwing it in the closet?  Well, I moved on to different sock yarn that I enjoy working with, however, I don’t like the colors.  She does though, and that’s what’s important.  I finished the first sock weeks and weeks ago.  I told her I’d have them done by her birthday, maybe a titch late.  That was like…Octber 16ish.  I’m almost ready to start the heel on the second one now.  And I have no choice but to finish it in time for Christmas, since I knit her son a pair of socks.  My mom mentioned to her that I did that and she got upset that hers aren’t done yet, so I’m knitting like mad.  I gave myself some goals, yesterday I was supposed to make it to the heel, which I almost did, I have about five rounds left, so that’s good enough.  Today I have to knit until I’m done with the gusset decreases on the heel.  Tomorrow I have to finish it, including the kitchener toe.  Then I’ll be done with all my Christmas knitting for the year, with a whole day to spare! 🙂 

I hope you’re all having a great day and Happy Holidays all around!

December 17, 2006

Majestic Mountain Socks

I think that’s what I’ll call them anyway.  They are these HUGE socks made from Majestic Mountain Wool Ease.  I’ve never knit socks this huge before, or this thick.  They are for my cousin, who has size 900 feet I think LOL.  Really, they are a 13, but holy freak, they seem HUGE!  The first sock took up nearly the entire skein (fortunately I bought a few, knowing this would happen) with just enough to cast on and do the 10 rows of ribbing on the next sock.  Knitting them this big and with bigger needles than a size 1 sure do make them go quicker!  The texture reminds me of those grey with orange stripes at the top socks that men wear (or women too) when they go hunting.  Funny story about those kind of socks.  Although my husband doesn’t hunt he has those kind of socks (clearly they aren’t limited to hunters only!) and when I thought I was in labor with my first baby he was packing my bag and packed me those HUGE socks.  I sat on the couch laughing my head off and at the same time declaring how sweet he was to be doing that for me.  We still laugh about it to this day, and he insists that he didn’t want my feet getting cold.  LOL  So anyway, those are the socks for my cousin, who I’m sure will not be as impressed as I am, and I’m not even all that sure he’ll wear them since they’ll be quite warm, but you never know.  I know he won’t hate them, so that makes me feel good, and I’m totally enjoying the process of knitting them!  And having thick yarn for a change makes it nice.  I’m even thinking of making the girls some knee high socks out of this type of yarn, only in a different color. 

Well, that’s it for me for now.  Off to go find something to eat!  Hope you all have a great week!  Both of you who read this 🙂

December 13, 2006

Domestic Violence

I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately, especially with what happened with my sister.  Having never been a victim myself, thank Heaven, I have no idea what she is going through, or anyone in that situation.  However, my heart really goes out to these people, be they men, women, and especially the children of these men and women.  So I’ve been tossing around ideas on something that I can do to try and make something better in their life.  I’m not a counselor, nor do I want to be one, so that’s out.  I don’t have a building I can loan out for a shelter of refuge, so that’s obviously out.  I don’t have much money to donate, so that’s not an option at this time either.  However, people always need things when going to these shelters, often times to start their lives anew, with nothing.  I can knit.  So what should I do?  Create an ongoing charity project, wherein people may continually send me things, and I shall continually knit things in which to deliver to a shelter?  Maybe do group afghans?  I could start one, then send it on to the next person, and they to the next one, and etc.  Any ideas would be great, or if you already know of something like this that you could refer me to, that would be fine as well.  I just have to do something.

December 12, 2006

One of those days….

Can I just tell you I have had it with this day, week, month, etc?  The kids have been sick with things I’d rather not mention, just for the sake of putting it in the past.  Someone I am very close to has become a victim of domestic violence, and nearly a victim of murder.  Now she has to go to court, for fighting back for herself.  Apparently self defense is 4th degree assault.  Anyway.  Blah.  I’m ready to give up.  I’m in such a sour rotten mood that I don’t even have a desire to knit.  That’s bad, since knitting usually pulls me out of those moods. 

On a good note, my cousin had her baby this morning.  She was due today as well.  She ended up with a c-section, however I’m not sure why.  Par for the course in our family.  I had three, my mom had two, my aunt had one, my other aunt had a regular delivery, then a c-section, my cousin had 2, my sister had 1.  I do have one cousin who had all four of her deliveries as vaginal births.  Lucky duck she is.  Her daughter is actually the one who just had the c-section.  I’m excited for her, and hope all is well.  I’m also curious to find out why the c-section. 

Hope you’re all having a great holiday season.  And if you are, I hope some of it can rub off on me!

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