Another blog :)

I’ve decided to have two blogs.  This one, of course, is for knitting and crocheting, and whatever else I want to share with you about my life 🙂  My new one, though, is specifically for my journey in weight loss, exercise and becoming a healthier me.  If you’d like to check it out (and I really want you to, I am BEGGING you to, because I SO need any support I can get!!!!) then you can see it at runninginmyshoes.wordpress.com

In other news, I have 900 projects going, and have, of course, started number 901.  It’s a test run really.  I don’t know if I am going to like it.  I’ve taken the Snowdrop Lace Facecloth and extended it into a small throw size, hopefully for a friend for Christmas. If I hate it, of course, I’m tearing it out and she’ll get something else. I started making her the star afghan that I think I posted about last time (or you can see it in my Ravelry projects because I haven’t deleted it yet) but I just wasn’t liking the way it was turning out, so I ripped and casted this on instead. I hope she likes it! That’s my main project for now. Nothing else new with knitting.

In baby news, MY SISTER HAD HER BABY!!!! A beautiful little boy named Trapper Lee (after his daddy and our dad, who passed away when I was 16 and my sister was 8). Trapper is his daddy’s first name, Lee was our dad’s middle name. He was 8 lbs 1 oz. LOL My mom’s husband first said he was 8 lbs 7 oz, then later said it was 8 lbs 9 oz. And my mom said 8 lbs 1 oz. I finally got in touch with my sister and she confirmed what the weight was. She also told me that the scale really was 80.9 pounds, and that was just 8 lbs 1 oz. I tried to tell her that 80.9 pounds meant eighty pounds nine ounces, and she wouldn’t hear any of it. So I finally gave up, let her think she was right, and chalked it up to her morphine from the c-section. The next day, I explained to her that this could not be, she did not have an 80 pounds baby, I was sure of it LOL. Anyway, he is a cutie patootie and I can’t wait to meet him. We’re hoping it happens at Thanksgiving next week, but it depends on how she is feeling.

Published in: on November 15, 2007 at 6:38 am  Comments (1)  

Mittens

Ok, so those mittens I was knitting yesterday, and LOVING?  Not feelin the love so much tonight.  I was working on it, and it just wasn’t flowing the way it should.  I was past the cuff, past the thumb, and working on to the hand, and I just wasn’t feeling the love.  In fact, I hated it so much I took it apart, and am not sure now if that poor finished mitten will ever see its mate.  The pattern really looks so cute knitted all up, and true, I was dreading the seamage at the end.  I think I shall just search for another pattern that involves several pointy sticks rather than just two.  Ravelry seems to be my greatest pattern source lately.  I LOVE it over there!  Look for me if you like, I’m romiettah 🙂

 Other than that, not much went on today.  A lady from church wanted to stop by and visit, so I had the house all nice and tidy, which for me was not an easy feat as I HATE cleaning the house.  But I cleaned the kitchen last night and got up early this morning to make sure it was all nice and decent looking for her, and she never showed up.  Never called.  Nothing.  Oh well.  This isn’t the first time she’s flaked on me, and I sort of had the feeling in the back of my mind, but at least my house is clean 🙂  Well, most of it anyway.  You can always shut a bedroom door 😉

I also just finished a book called Pendragon: The Merchant of Death by JD MacHale.  I found it in the Young Adult section of the library (actually it was the bookmobile that comes around once a week!) and it was quite good.  I am now getting ready to start book two of the series.  If you like fantasy type stuff, and don’t mind reading Young Adult books, you might really like this.  I’d say it’s about the same age group as Harry Potter, or somewhere about there.  I’d like to eventually buy the books and have them in my own collection for my kids to read later on.  And with Jessie, that later on might be sooner rather than later.  She’s the highest reader in her class *beam*  Her teacher (she’s in first grade) was talking with the 2nd/3rd grade split (it’s split because there’s an overflow of 2nd graders and 3rd graders, but not enough of each to have a new teacher for each grade, so they just put them all in the same class and adjust accordingly) …anyway, she was talking with the 2nd/3rd split teacher about Jessie and how she’s reading at a 3rd grade level, and that teacher offered to have her go to that class for her reading.  Jessie’s teacher said she might to do that for, but she wanted to think about it.  Then she decided it wasn’t really in Jessie’s best interest and is going to keep her in her own class for reading, and just work with her on a bit higher of a level.  I’m actually glad she chose this because while Jessie does great at home and around a few other kids, at school, she is VERY shy and it takes her some time to open up for her teacher.  She’s just barely starting to open up for her own teacher, and I think that if she had another teacher to have to get used to as well, that might make her petrified.  Not to mention that the other teacher, while a great teacher, can be rather … abrupt.  I’m quite satisfied that she is getting the attention that she needs and is getting the challenges that she needs as well.  At parent teacher conference I mentioned that, as did her teacher, that we were concerned about her getting bored, and the teacher’s been pushing her to go a little further in her assignments, which has been helping.  And at home, she gets “fun reading” and “homework reading.”  For fun, she can read whatever she wants, be it a baby book of Matthew’s, or her own older kid books.  But for her homework reading, she has to read books that I approve, that give her a bit of a challenge.  Anyway, that’s how she’s doing…quite well.  My kindergartener is also doing really well.  At first she was having a hard time getting adjusted to going to school all day and was REALLY whiney and crying a lot.  I started putting her to bed much earlier, and that has helped a ton.  Her teacher was worried that she might not be ready for kindergarten because she is so young (her birthday was three days before the cut off).  But academically she seems to be actually above where she should be, so I’m not concerned one bit.  She acts like a five year old and I’d expect nothing less.  And Matthew is of course a giant sponge learning everything he possibly can.  You know how babies are 🙂 

With that, I think I shall go peruse patterns, play with Ravelry for a while, and start a mitten or two 🙂

Published in: on November 9, 2007 at 5:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Being better

I really am going to try to be better about posting.  I’ve been doing a lot lately yarn-wise, and I really should share it 🙂 

I’ve made a few scarves, several of which are from the SnB The Happy Hooker book, but which is also a free pattern at patons.com (you have to be a member, but it’s free!) found here. It’s called the One Skein Scarf, and it works up very quickly, and looks great, I think. Of course, I have no pictures to show, because…well, you know me. It seems I rarely remember to take pics to share. I’ll put that on my list of things to accomplish today and see how it goes. I’ve made a few in different gauges, for littler kiddos, since they don’t really need a six foot long scarf 🙂 All the nieces and nephews are getting handmade goodies for Christmas this year, for a couple of reasons. The first being, while I love to shop, I love to make things even more, so there’s that 🙂 And for another, we are el broko this year, so I’m saving my pennies for my own family. I know that’s selfish of me, but you know how that feeding your family and making sure the heat works and all goes 🙂
But anyway, back to the other stuff I’m making. I’m making a star afghan for a close friend for Christmas. I am using the ginormous pound of love skeins, the main color being blue, the contrasting being in cream. It’s looking ok. She’s seen it, and really loves it, so that’s what’s important. I started out making it just playing around to see how it was working out, decided that while it looked ok, I didn’t care for it, but then Angie saw it, loved it and I’ve decided it’s going to get finished for her. Plus it matches her bedroom colors, so that makes it all even more worth it 🙂 This will be what takes me the longest to make, as I want to make it big enough to decorate her bed. Thank goodness she doesn’t have a king size 🙂
I am halfway done with one set of kiddo mittens, pattern found here. While I am terrible at seaming things, because it always looks awful, I do love this 2 needle mitten pattern because it works up so quickly, takes up very little yarn (so you can make multiple pairs with one skein!) and my girls LOVE them!

Let’s see….what else am I making?  Oh, I made a few hats for my friend’s little baby 🙂  He was born a few weeks ago, and I just barely gave her the hats, so I’m afraid they probably won’t fit, but that’s ok because I can make more 🙂  Gotta love hats!

Yesterday, the girls’s school was shut down for cleaning because one of the students at the school was diagnosed with MRSA and they wanted to take extra precautions. Since I wasn’t really sure how it’s spread and what to look for, I called our pediatrician’s office and got the scoop from the nurse. Basically, as long as it’s localized and not gone septic in the diagnosed individual, and they keep the area of infection covered, it is less likely to be shared with someone else. And my child would have to touch the child’s infected area (scratch, sore, wound, etc) in order to get it from them, hence why it should remain covered. If it has gone septic, which means it’s in the blood stream and is making the individual quite sick, it can be spread more easily, like my child shared a water bottle or something with the diagnosed individual, or something along those lines, then she could get it that way. I’m not sure how severe the student who has it is, hopefully it’s a localized infection, not only for the sake of the other kids, but for their sake as well, or it could possibly become fatal, and that would be a horrible ordeal for them and their family to go through! Anyway, I was a bit freaked out, because of hearing of so many other stories across the nation with teenagers and others having it and passing away from it. I do feel much better after talking with the nurse and getting more info on it.

My sister is having her baby next Thursday!!! She’s going in for a scheduled repeat c-section, and I am so bummed that I don’t get to be there. She lives 9 hours away, we only have one car, my husband works the next day, the kids would miss school, gas costs 19 thousand dollars a gallon…so many underlying issues keeping us from being there. But, I’ll get to meet the new little guy the following week, at Thanksgiving. His name is going to be Trapper Lee. Trapper is his daddy’s name, and Lee is our dad’s middle name, so it’s got lots of meaning to it 🙂 My family is giving my sister grief because they all think that Trapper is too much a nickname type of name, and I keep telling them that it’s her baby, the name has meaning, and she can name him whatever she wants, and just leave her alone about it. They all think she needs to rethink things and name the baby something else. Personally, I like the name, and I think our dad would be proud to have part of his name as this baby’s name (our dad passed away several years ago, so this makes it even more special). Anyway, I can’t wait to meet him and hold him and snuggle him! And give him the afghan that I made him several weeks ago 🙂

Speaking of babies, my own little guy is no longer a baby. How quickly those baby days go by. Now he’s 18 months old and gets into everything, and has even had to be put in time out a few times, for hitting, kicking, throwing things at people. Since he’s so little, his time out consists of being put in his bed for one minute (unless he falls asleep, which happens often lol) and then I take him out and talk with him about how he’s not supposed to hit/kick/etc. I tried making him stand in the corner, but I don’t think he’s quite ready for that yet, and the bed thing seems to be working. He hates time out. Not that he’s in it all the time, but I figure they have to start learning at some point that those things are not what nice boys do. I have been trying to wean him from breastfeeding as well, and we were doing great, down to only one time in the morning when he got up. Then he got sick and stopped eating very much, so I had to start it up again, now he’s up to about three times a day. I couldn’t have him getting nothing, so now we have to go start that over again. Go through all the crankiness from not getting a boobie and what not. *dread* But as soon as he’s over this cold he has, we’re starting it over.

I think that’s about it. I can’t think of what else I have to share. I hope you’re all having a great November so far!!!!

Published in: on November 7, 2007 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment