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!!!!