Friday, May 30, 2008

Another Pattern To Love...

Thanks to everyone who left comments cheering on my weight loss plans! It is always nice to get moral support.

The other day, I was reading a blog and saw a French Market Bag. I’ve thought about making it for years, but that one sold me on it. It showed off the square-ness of the bag really well. I’ll have to decide what colors to make it. That will be horrible, looking around at different yarns to find the perfect colors. Oh how I will hate that.

I’ve gotten about 2/3 of the second sleeve of the Happy Hen knitted. I guess I am probably not going to finish the sweater this month as I had hoped to. Oh well. There is always next month.

I almost thought I hadn’t made any toys for this month, but then I remembered the pirate map was finished up in May, so I could count it. Phew. I would hate to be failing at ALL of my New Year’s resolutions. The year isn’t even half gone, I could stage a comeback and make good on most of them. I am not sure I could get another 11 pairs of socks finished before the end of the year, though. That goal may have to be cast aside again.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cute Little Pockets

It has been so rainy this week that I haven’t had many decent picture taking opportunities. And me with a really cute little pocket to take a picture of:



There will be some embroidery added to it before I sew it on the front of the sweater. I could knit cute little pockets like that all day long.

Today is the first full day of summer vacation at our house. There were 15 crying jags and one black eye before lunch. A great omen for the next 3 months. The black eye was the result of a couple heads crashing together. I didn’t actually see it, so I can only imagine what they were doing. They were laughing up to the point that their heads met. Anyway, today is the first full day of my summer weight loss plan. I want to lose 25 pounds by Sept. 1. I am not sure if it is truly possible, but I am going to try. Right now I weigh 144 lbs. By the end of the summer I would like to be 120 lbs. My plan is to do 5 cardio workouts a week and yoga every day. And not eat all those naughty things I love. Many years ago when I had horrible eating habits and hadn’t even had kids yet, I managed to lose 35 pounds to go from 155 lbs to 120 lbs. I know I can do this again. I actually have way better eating habits than I did when I lost 35 pounds. Now I need to go work on my new inspiration board to keep myself motivated…

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Green Backlash?

I’ve spent most of my weekend so far installing a drip system in our garden. When I ran out of some of my parts, I went to the store and found they had my beloved ¼ “ soaker hose back in stock. I bought 4 rolls and it was enough to do what I wanted with it. Happy days.

I have had time for knitting, inspite of the fact that pressing little plastic parts together makes my finger tips hurt. I am finishing my first sleeve. I can’t wait to start the pocket and do just a little intarsia. Lots of little balls of yarn hanging off your work can be a pain in the rear. I’m not so sure I’m looking forward to the front so much.

Our lawnmower has so many problems, we’ve decided to get a new one. One of the problems is that the gas tank leaks. I want to get a reel mower. My husband doesn’t want one because he had one when he was a kid. He tells me I will hate it. It doesn’t take gas, so I think I will love it. And I shouldn’t have any trouble starting it first thing in the spring. I think there is something more to his not wanting get it. He hates when I buy things that are green, organic, etc. It drives him crazy that I recycle EVERYTHING that I can. He thinks it’s fine to recycle newspapers and that it is a handy way to get rid of milk jugs. It bothers him to no end that I won’t let him throw tin cans or beer cans in the trash. I really think he is suffering from a green backlash.

Enough of the backlash, how about some pretty flowers?



They are mine, in case anyone is wondering. I dug these up at the ranch before it was sold. They were part of my mom’s huge iris collection. She loved irises and had every color she could find. I only wish I had more of the irises she had.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Progress Shots!

Once more, I have been sucked into Ravelry for FAR too many hours in one day. First I was looking at a hat, and something like 3 hours later I told myself I was doing research for Christmas. Pathetic.

Good news today. Our sick little knitter is feeling fabulous. She is eating, playing, fighting, and throwing tantrums again.

My first picture today is the Bugling Elk mirror:



Next up, we have finished and blocked Luna Moth Shawl:



So pretty, so tiny. I may find myself wearing it as scarf. It will be cozy warm no matter how I wear it.

This is the back of the Happy Hen sweater:



There are blue strings holding stitches so I can do a three needle bind off for the shoulders. I decided to just hold on to the back of neck stitches, as well. Next we have about half of a sleeve:




These sleeves are very fast. That’s the great thing about knitting for kids. Things knit up so much faster when they are so small!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Talia

Greetings from the land of wind. It has been so windy today that there was no possible way to work outdoors. Or hang laundry out to dry. It was, however, a great day for hanging around Ravelry and visiting Knitty. I checked out all the patterns when the spring Knitty came out, but I wasn’t really attracted to any of them at the time. Now I really like Talia. I’ve always loved layering, and I think I need some sweaters to layer with my t’s and tank tops. There was a time when I believed all of my knitted garments needed to be sweaters with sleeves. These days, I find myself changing my mind about so many things when it comes to clothing. Heck, I might even get gutsy and knit a top for myself one of these days.

Good news on the actual knitting front. I have finished the back of the Happy Hen sweater and started a sleeve.

Yesterday I probably promised pictures for today, but we spent today’s fun hours visiting the Dr. This was my first time taking a sick kid to the doctor. Knitter #3 has been sick since Sunday. The dr. thought she would probably be fine in a few days. We think she might have eaten something that didn’t agree with her. She started out throwing up and has had diarrhea for several days. He did tell me how much liquid Immodium I could give her. Hopefully she will be back to her normal, mischievous self in no time.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mean, Rotten Garden Trolls...

I will endeavor to bring you all a picture of the bugling elk mirror. It is nice, don’t get me wrong. If I had seen it, I might have considered getting for my husband for Father’s Day. I just wouldn’t have bought it for myself.

The pirate map was really fun to make and is the first large embroidery project I’ve done freehand. We’re all knitters here, so I don’t really need to go on about how much fun it is to make something all of my own creation.

I am approaching the finish of the back of the Happy Hen sweater. When I finish the back, I am going to go for some simple instant gratification and do the sleeves and pocket before tackling the rest of the intarsia on the front. My knitting mojo has returned and I am aiming to finish this thing by the end of the month. I think what turned my knitting back on was the email about the Tour de France KAL coming up. It brought back lovely memories of knitting last summer.

My lawn and garden woes continue. I am setting up a drip system in our garden and have run out of tubing for it. Worst of all, no one seems to have any on hand. I saw it last week, but it is now gone. I will have to go on the hunt or our garden will be doomed. The sprinkler system just doesn’t get enough water on the veggies to keep them alive when it gets hot. I am sort of hoping to find myself up to my eyeballs in veggies in a few months. The gardening trolls will not thwart me!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Pirate Map

The shawl is blocking, finally. It took nearly all my available pins. I hope she dries fast, because we kind of need our bed for sleeping tonight. The pins are stuck through the cardboard and into our bed.



The green towel is stretched all the way across and taped to the back of the cardboard. It is my favorite blocking towel because it is very big.

This is the pirate map I made:



It is complete with a sea monster and an X to mark the spot. All good treasure maps have sea monsters if you ask me. When I was a kid, I loved pictures of old maps with sea monsters on them.

I can’t believe that it is almost time for school to be out. Next Wednesday is Knitter #2’s last day of preschool. In the fall, it will be kindergarten and riding a real school bus. Fortunately for her it will only be twice a week. She’s a real slow dresser. I made her go to school in her pj’s one day a couple months ago. Her teacher said she wouldn’t speak to anyone for 10 minutes. That child is ALL girl…

That reminds me. Some people may remember the incident back in February when I got tulips that my husband believed were roses on a certain holiday. One of the guys he worked with said “You’re just all man aren’t you?” So, Mother’s Day rolls around and he goes into a local store and finds me a gift he is just sure I will like. Before I tell you what it is, I have 2 things to say. First, my birthday is coming up and I am scared. Second, we are keeping the gift as a reminder. He bought me a mirror with a frosted image of a bull elk bugling. The girl at the store asked him if it was for me or him. I was thinking about getting him a new hd tv for Father’s Day, but now I am wondering if I should get him a spinning wheel instead…

Monday, May 19, 2008

Return of Summer Projects...

Today, I have a picture of my Luna Moth Shawl in its finished-but-not-blocked glory. I plan on blocking it tomorrow.



A few weeks ago, I got my hands on some heavy cardboard and turned into a blocking board. In the current state, the shawl would barely tie around my head. Blocking should make a world of difference.

The Tour de France KAL is coming up in July again. I am thinking about making another Clapotis for it. I’d probably have to buy yarn for it, though. And I am nowhere near my 35 ball goal for Stashalong. Maybe I should come up with something sort of French themed I could make with stash yarn. I could always make something for the girls from one of my Phildar books. Last year I designed a cropped, ¾ sleeve sweater for myself. It was really fun.

It has been hot the past few days, so we’ve had the air conditioning on. For some reason, having the ac on makes me want to knit. I find it odd that hot weather makes me want to knit.

Speaking of the hot summer weather, I got some fabric a while back:



These fabrics are for my youngest. She is in need of some really cute summer clothes. Mommy to the rescue! I kind of need to finish up my spring time projects. I might want some summer tops, too!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

I Finished Something!

I can’t believe I hadn’t posted this month yet. Eek. It’s been really, really busy here. After our oldest had her birthday, we went headlong into yard work and gardening. And our lawnmower went south. First it wouldn’t shut off, then it wouldn’t start. We had to borrow a lawnmower to get the yard mowed. I think maybe I am finally starting to catch up on my outdoor work, though.

I finally took a picture of my box of knitting:



This box housed the baby chickens while they were small enough. I washed it out really well before putting any yarn in it. I finished one of my projects this past Thursday. The Luna Moth shawl is done and ready to get blocked. Now I am working on the Happy Hen Sweater. My intent is to get all these languishing projects done, and get back on my one project and a pair of socks happy place. When I get these projects done, I want to do some winter knitting. I hope to do that in June or July and then do some Christmas projects in August. Just some toys for the kids, probably. Right now I am in the list making stage. Don’t we all LOVE to make lists? I do. I am making a Christmas list and a birthday list for Knitter #3.

My toy making has been going pretty well, so far this year. I made the puppet theater that is in Bend the Rules Sewing for Knitter #2’s birthday and she loves it. I also made a pirate map that was my own design. I’ll have to take picture and post it. Maybe it will inspire someone to make something for their favorite kid! I hope so, anyway. It was really fun to make something totally unique like that.

I promise more posts this week!