Yarn suggestion

I am participating in a class next year, a “block of the month” type of class, wherein we are knitting, wait for it….wait for it…A BLOCK A MONTH! 🙂  Anyway, this is going to be a blanket for me, and I’d really like to go with some blues, because the color of my new comfortor is blue.  But color is beside the point.  I’m wanting to make the blanket from Cascade 220, and wonder if anyone has any other suggestions that might be good for this.

My hats are coming along nicely 🙂  I’m working on a tan hat now, with a red strip aound the center.  Jennie tried to claim it as her own, but it’s too small for her head, so I told her I’d make her a bigger one, just for her, and that this one is for donating.

Speaking of Jennie, my five year old, she had her first filling today on one of her teeth.  She ran into the dentist’s office like it was Disneyland lol.  And this office is GREAT, we walked in, and before I even sat down, they took her back.  Then I started filling out some paperwork for an upcoming appointment for myself and my other daughter, and she was done before I was done with the paperwork!  And she came out all smiles and giggles!  What a great place 🙂  And the dentist is going to call later tonight to check up on her.  I’ve never had a dentist do that after fillings, I’m impressed.  This dentist goes to the same church as we do, so it helped Jennie to feel more comfortable to see someone she knows, and he is really great with kiddos.  If you lived in my area, I’d recommend him 🙂

Want a weather report for Brownsville, Oregon?  It’s raining.  I’m sure you’re shocked 🙂  It’s also cold. 

Published in: on December 28, 2007 at 12:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Hats hats and more hats :)

I’ve been working the last week or so on making hats.  I’m knitting and crocheting them, and really enjoying it.  I’ve made I think three or four so far.  I’m making all these hats to donate to the local WIC program. Right now, finances are tight for us, and we are participating in the benefits of this wonderful program, and when I went in the other day for their nutrion education expo they gave my son an adorable knitted hat. I asked if I might be able to donate some hand made hats to them, and they welcomed the idea, and said they like to have enough hats to give to each child person that comes into their program, be they newborn or adult. Matthew got the last hat that day. I feel that although it’s a minute gesture, it is a way for me to give back, and I hope to donate several hats over the next year. I encourage you to make a few hats to donate to your local WIC program as well, as I’m sure they could use them too 🙂 One pattern in particular that I am enjoying is found here and is great. It’s a basic hat recipe, and I hope the designer doesn’t mind me mentioning it here. I have also crocheted a couple of hats, one in Oregon Ducks colors, and one that looks like a tomato.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a very happy New Year!

Published in: on December 27, 2007 at 5:19 am  Comments (1)  

Holiday giving

This year, for the little kiddos in our family (niece/nephews/friend’s kids) we’re giving something weird, homemade, and cool.  At least, I think it’s cool 🙂  We were watching PBS the other day and they were having their fundraiser, and this couple who own Kid Concoctions was doing their thing, showing how to make these totally cool globs of stuff.  Well, we decided this would be fun for the little people to play with, and we found a kit at Wal Mart (we weren’t even looking, just got lucky!) that had some ingredients, but most importantly the project book with the recipes.  We’ve made a couple of batches of Gooey Gunk.  Our first batch we did wrong, and it turned into a … Gunk Ball LOL.  I’m also going to make play dough.  My friend told me of a kool aid recipe for play dough, and I’ll google it later to see if I can find one.  My niece loves that kind of stuff, and it’s quite within my budget 🙂  Hopefully my cousin’s kids will like it, and my friend’s kids 🙂  I’m also making scarves and dishcloths for people as well.  Hopefully they’ll not mind all this homemadeness for Christmas, but I’ve decided that’s one of my favorite things about the holiday season, is giving homemade things to people.  It’s putting more thought into it, and to me, it gives that person a sort of connection with you, if that makes sense. 

My kindergartener has to have an eye exam.  She had one last year at pre-school, and failed, and she had one at her physical last year, and failed as well (both were around the same time) and the eye doctor I took her to disappointed me.  She said that her while her eye exam was abnormal, she didn’t want to correct it right now because she was too young.  I felt like this dr didn’t want to give me the time of day really, because I didn’t have insurance and had this certificate thing to pay for our visit and glasses if she needed it, and I just felt like that was the reason she didn’t want to prescribe lenses for Jennie.  I know that kids her age have glasses because my other daughter has had hers since she was 3.  Jennifer was 4 at this visit, now she is 5, and the school did their routine exam that they do every year, and of course, she failed.  She’s even complained to me that she has trouble seeing things.  She complained to her pre school teachers the same thing last year, but what do you do when the dr says “oh don’t worry about it, she’ll probably grow out of it by next year”  Clearly she did not, and now she needs to go see another eye doctor (NOT the same one) and that dr has to fill out a form to mail back to the school verifying that she’s been seen, etc.  I’m frustrated that I tried to take care of this, and was told not to worry about it.  I should have stuck to my gut feeling and insisted on her helping my child to see better.  I’ll be going to the previous office where she had her exam and getting a copy of the records to take to a new doctor and comparing notes. 

Hope all your holidays this season are happy 🙂

Published in: on December 6, 2007 at 10:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

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  

Hats, hats, hats!

I’ve been in ‘hat mode’ lately.  I found a pattern online that I’ve become a bit obsessed with.  I think I’ve made… 6?  I love it, because to make different sizes, you just change the hook you’re using.  Hook?  Oh yes, I’ve been crocheting a lot lately.  I’m trying to bust through the stash to get rid of all these lonely skeins, and hats and scarves seem to be quite assisting in that.  You can find the pattern here.  I changed it a bit.  Instead of using the muppet fur, I opted to just use either the same colorway as the rest of the hat, or a contrasting one.  I like it, and the kids love it.  It all works out just great 🙂  I’m trying to make a bunch of them, as well as some scarves (not necessarily matching sets, just hats and scarves in general) to donate to a women’s shelter for my project this year.    I got all excited to show you all pictures of what I’ve been doing, but then I realized, the digital cam is in the car.  And my husband has the car.  At work.  Until six in the morning.  So you’ll just have to wait.  Hopefully I’ll get around to sharing some pics soon, because I’ve realized I’ve mostly just done text posts this year.  How boring I am.  Maybe that can be one of my NY goals for next year?  We’ll see.  I hate setting goals.  It’s so disappointing when you break them on January 2.

Let’s see…what else is new?  Oh, I’ve made a friend here that I’ve been teaching to knit and crochet!!!  I’ve been having a lot of fun hanging out with her and playing with string, hooks and sticks. 

We’ve also been sick.  All of us.  And it’s getting old.  My 5 year old got sick first, then a few days later, my husband, then my 6 (almost 7! I’VE BEEN A PARENT ALMOST 7 YEARS! HOLY FRICK, CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT???????) year old got it.  Then I got it.  Then Kenny got it, again (Kenny = the husband) and Matthew, the baby, has it as well.  The flu bug.  Blech.  I blended in quite nicely with the couch for a few days, sucking down nyquil and dayquil as though it were diet coke.  Ok, so not really, but it felt like it.  Now I’m almost better, and haven’t had to have any meds today 🙂 

I got my first bee sting the other day.  Well, one week ago tomorrow actually.  I also got my 2nd and 3rd stings.  I was at my mom’s house, last Tuesday, and I felt something on my arm.  It felt as though I’d scratched it on something, and when I went outside and exposed it to the chilly air, it stung a little, like a fresh scratch would.  Nothing painful, just a bit irritated and “there”  Then I felt it again, so I reached to my arm to feel for the scratch, but nothing.  So I kept visiting with my mom, thinking it must just be one of those weird things.  Then I felt it again.  What the heck is this???  I still felt nothing there when I touched it.  I mean, I could feel the little sting, but not any scratch or anything.  Then I saw something move out of the corner of my eye.  I thought it was a spider.  And it was crawling along the chair I was sitting on.  And I was ready to scream my head off, because my fear of spiders is …. HUGE.  Then I realized it was just a bee.  A wasp, actually, I’m told.  So I flicked it on the deck at my mom’s order (my mom feels the same way about bees as I do about spiders, so we work well together.  She kills the spiders, I kill the bees.)  So upon flicking it, I of course squish it.  Then I thought ‘Hrm… I wonder if it stung me and that’s what I was feeling?’  So I held my arm up for my mom to see, asked if it looked like I might be stung, and she said sure enough, that’s what it was.  So I asked the hubster to look for a stinger, because I didn’t know at first what type of bee it was.  He inspected, and couldn’t find one, and that’s when he told me it was most likely a wasp that stung me.  Then I was looking at it a day or two later, when it was all huge and red and puffy and swollen (the red area was bigger than the diameter of a baseball) and upon closer examination, I saw three areas where the little creature had impaled my arm with his venom.  It’s still huge and red and puffy and itchy and swollen today.  Driving me crazy.  Tomorrow will be 8 days.  How long does this last?  A few days after my stingings, Jessica, the 6-almost-7-year-old got stung on the neck, but hers had a stinger.  And her sting site was nearly gone by the time she got home from school, and the next day you couldn’t see where it happened at all.  I’m glad, I don’t wish this itching on anyone!  So, any of those three (two?) readers I might have left out there, if you’ve been stung, how long did your symptoms persist?  Are you allergic?  Am I destined to itch for the rest of my life? 

 Well, that’s about it for now.  Hope to post some pics tomorrow 🙂

Published in: on October 9, 2007 at 1:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Loss

I have written about loss before.  It seems to follow people around sometimes.  I’ve noticed in blogland other people who write about it as well, so at least I know it’s not just me. 

Last  year, my 5 year old was in pre school.  One of her teachers was blessed with a beautiful new baby granddaughter last November.  While in utero, an ultrasound diagnosed that the baby had hydrocephaly, which is fluid on the brain.  She was delivered and a shunt was placed.  A test showed the reason for the hydrocephaly.  There was a mass in her brain.  A biopsy showed it to be a rare form of brain cancer.  This beautiful little angel survived 10 months of this disease that she was born with.  Intense chemotherapy treatments that were somewhat of an experiment because it isn’t often that a newborn needs such a thing.  She had multiple surgeries and chemo treatments before and after the surgeries.  This little angel lost her battle on Thursday.  I didn’t know the family really well, but I’d followed frequently and kept tabs on how the little one was doing, and the teacher at Jennie’s preschool was one of my favorites, and I cared a lot for her.  I met this family one day at the park, not knowing right away who they were.  Jennie waws playing with their older son, and we got to talking, and then I realized who they were, and we talked a bit about her life and how beautiful she was.  I’m greatful for that opportunity where I was blessed to meet that sweet little angel.  My heart, however, aches so much for that family.  I can’t begin to imagine what they are going through.  It’s one thing to lose someone who has lived a little, as hard as that is also.  It’s another thing all together to know that there is a great chance your brand new baby could die any day from some horrifying disease.  I love God.  I just don’t understand his reasoning for things sometimes.  Maybe it’s not for me to know, or maybe I’m too stubborn to see the meaning behind it. 

Published in: on September 22, 2007 at 6:02 pm  Comments (2)  

LOOKIE HERE!  A POST! 

 It’s been CUH RAZY around here the last month or so!  My sister’s daycare provider had a new baby, so I had my niece here for a week at the beginning of August.  That was a lot of fun!  We don’t get to spend enough time with her, so I’m glad we had that opportunity.  However, four kids, all age 6 and under? EXHAUSTING!  Then all the back to school preparations.  We have a new kindergartener among us now, as well as a first grader.  School is old hat now for Jessica, who has settled right into the first grade like she’s been there for years.  Jennie, on the other hand, … well, I’m a bit worried about her.  She doesn’t react to change as calmly as Jessie does.  On Thursday, her first official day, she did great.  The kinders here go all day, and school days are Monday through Thursday for the whole school.  On Friday, (they went on Friday, since Monday was a holiday) she started sobbing her head off the moment she saw me, telling me that she missed me and wanted me to stay by her side every waking moment.  Obviously that couldn’t happen, but we talked, I let her know that I missed her too, and that it’s ok to miss people when they are away.  Fast forward to today.  School is from 8:15 to 3:15.  My girls get on the bus around 7:30 and get home around 3:40.  It’s a long day for them.  They get up around 6 or 6:15 to get ready (they are pretty slow at getting ready, that’s why it’s so early) and off they go.  Jennie’s teacher phoned me today around 3:30 to let me know Jennie had a melt down.  I felt so bad for the teacher, and really bad for Jennie.  The teacher of course, let me know that this is normal, and that she’s probably just tired, but she felt it was important that I was aware of why she was crying when she got home.  I very much appreciated that, communication is very important to me.  We talked a bit about some solutions, and the new bedtime is going to be 6:45 rather than 7:30 for Jennie.  And she suggested that I come and pick Jennie up from school rather than ride the bus, and maybe come a few minutes early, for a little while, to help her get adjusted.  I think this is a good idea, and will start picking her up tomorrow. 

I have been knitting in the meantime too.  I have finished an Irish Hiking Scarf, and am working on a multidirectional scarf now.  The IHS was made from some old red heart acrylic I found, so that I could practice cables on something that didn’t matter if it got all boogered up.  Turns out I’m not too bad at cables, and I really like them!  The multidirectional scarf is made from some sock yarn I have had for a while that has lost it’s label somewhere along the way.  My oldest daughter has claimed the IHS and my mom has claimed the multidirectional.  For some reason I’m on a huge scarf kick lately.  If you know of any cool patterns BRINT IT!

I read a great book yesterday called A Thousand Splendid Suns, by the same author that wrote  The Kite Runner.  It was great.  I started it yesterday, and couldn’t put it down, so I finished it yesterday.  And I LOVED IT.  Then today I read a REALLY good book called Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.  LOVED that book.  I started it this morning and read straight through until about 2.  It’s not a very big book, and a great read.  I highly recommend it.

Published in: on September 11, 2007 at 1:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Lots Going On

It seems like I’m not very busy, but when I look back, I’ve been quite the opposite.  My sister came to visit a couple weeks ago, and I started her “bun” a baby blanket.  She’s due with my first nephew on my side of the family in November!  🙂  I am doing a simple garter stitch blanket that started out as a dishcloth.  It’s from http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com and I think it’s the “Idiot’s Dishcloth” It’s not a large blanket, but more of a receiving type.  I like it.   I’m using some sport (or maybe a titch smaller?) weight cotton yarn that my aunt got me from a thrift store near where she lives.

I also went to a baby shower, where I gave the new little guy a pair of baby socks that I knit using a toe up pattern that I just made up as I went along.  It has a short row heel.  I’ve grown quite fond of short row heels.  While my socks weren’t the best present at the shower, I did notice they were the only present that got passed around to everyone.  It made me giddy LOL

My best friend from high school is getting married this weekend in Eastern Washington and I’m going up for that.  I haven’t seen her in a few years and I’m looking forward to it.  She asked me to be a bridesmaid, and I got to choose from a lilac colored dress, or a light yellow.  I chose lilac.  Apparently sandals go with it 🙂  Shoes and a dress!  What more could a gal want?  Well, happiness  for  the bride and groom would be ok too 🙂

My hubster’s parents are coming up next week.  They leave on Saturday and said they’ll spend Monday and Tuesday here.  I’m looking forward to seeing them, as are my hubster and the kiddos of course!  I’ll be back from my trip on Sunday, so I will get to see them the whole time they’re here.  They are going to drive back to Utah through northern California.  I think they’ll love that, it’s gorgeous!

I’ve been doing some volunteer work online at http://www.familysearchindexing.com typing in names and dates into a spreadsheet from census forms from 1900 that have been scanned in.  I’ve been having a lot of fun with it.   There was one woman who’s family I typed in, she was black, widdowed and had like 9 kids, and I felt bad for her.  It was probably hard enough to be black at that time, let alone widowed with 9 kids.

And in doing this indexing of names, it got me even more interested in US History.  It makes me want to know more about the people who were here before me.  Anyone recommend any good history books/stories/etc?

We’re planning a quick camping trip after the inlaws leave.  The kids have never been, and we thought it would be a fun way to spend a weekend.  And there are eleventy hundred places around here to go camping, so that’s nice too 🙂

So all that on top of dealing with the regular day to day stuff (kids, laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc).  No wonder I’m so tired!!  It’s been fun though.

And now, I was sitting here thinking.  In doing this indexing, the program that you download has a hilighted square covering the information that you’re to type in, and it moves as you hit tab or enter to go to the next cell/column/row/etc.  I was thinking how nice it would be to have something like that for knitting charts and just being able to use my laptop to maintain the pattern and just move the little hilighted doohickey around.  Anyone know of anything like that???  If I were cool enough I could make something up, but I’m not, and I have no desire to even attempt that LOL  If anyone knows of something cool like that, I’d love to know about it 🙂

With that, I bid y’all (ya’ll?) farewell for now!

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