Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ode to Gracefulness

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone. We safely returned from our week long trip to Birchwood, WI on Saturday so what better way to enjoy Sunday's 90 degree temps than to work on your tan, right?!?!? That was the plan. Of course I got my suit on, applied my SPF 15 for the day and got comfy in my lounge chair and that's when Jack requested lunch. No prob, I was hungry too so I got up made us sandwiches and took my lunch to the patio to sit on the lounge chair and eat. After polishing off that tasty sandwich I proceeded to adjust myself to tanning position and happily laid, sweating, reading Water For Elephants (good book!). Anywho, after some time Brendon came out and said my leg was bleeding. I thought it was odd since I remember scraping it as I adjusted myself but figured it was just a little scrape. That little scrape got me 5 stitches today! It really didn't bleed much, may have been due to my laying on my stomach so there was pressure on it but it definitely was split enough to require stitches. So much for getting back into a workout schedule this week! I'm on low exertion for 8 days til the stitches come out. It's bandaged now but maybe tomorrow will be a picture of the lovely blue thread!!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

08-08-08! None of us are free until ALL of us are free!

Lucky day? We'll see. The Olympics kick off today so this morning I cast on my project (entry) for the Ravelympics. I chose to enter the Shawl Relay with a cross into the Lace Weight Long Jump as I'll be knitting a shawl with lace weight yarn. I had originally started the Goddess Knits Anniversary Mystery Shawl at least a month ago but due to an error, I ripped it out. This morning I started again in full force! I'm not sure why I sign up for these things other than they are free and there are prizes (I never win!) but it's fun.

In other news, I followed a link from this blog I read which got me here. Again another contest but this one also comes with a message. Pippi of Pippikneesocks, yarn dyer extraordinaire has created a colorway based on the Tibetan Prayer Flags to increase awareness that Tibet is not free. Check out this link too for more information.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bellin Run Results

We did it again, B and I ran a 10k on Saturday, our second Bellin Run.

B finished with a time of 1 hour 18 minutes 21 seconds - this is about 7 minutes faster than last year!

For me - I wasn't going to do the run since I didn't really train well for it but decided that since I had to drive B there anyway, I may as well just do it. (Heh, Nike!) My time 1 hour 19 minutes 52 seconds - about 10 minutes slower than last year.

It was fun, always very cool to see the crowds line nearly all of the 6.2 miles of the route. I think our next run will be the Thanksgiving Wyld Turkey 5k.

Note for next year's Bellin Run - TRAIN!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Edit

Updated my ticker, instead of running "x" number of miles per week, as I really don't love running, I've decided to track the number of days I workout per week. This week is messed up royally though. I did workout yesterday and planned to workout Thursday and Friday but I now have another commitment Thursday morning so unless I go out and walk or run, I won't get it in as I can't get to the gym. Friday step at 8 am is on though! Any suggestions on your experiences of running/ walking? I'm thinking if I walk 3-4 miles at a decent briskness, I should be good right?? Ever since this stupid cold (which is now gone) hit me 3 weeks ago I've been sedentary and it stinks and it certainly doesn't take long for the body to go kaput! I need to kick it in gear!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Summer months are near

Ok, I've been absent here. Sorry.

A few goals I have for the summer:
* I added a ticker to track running mileage, I'm hoping to run at least 5 miles per week. This is in addition to other workouts, I plan to run on Monday and Wednesday mornings, continue my weight lifting class on Tuesday mornings, Kick box on Thurs mornings and go to Step on Friday's.
* I haven't posted about it but over a month ago I purchased a spinning wheel! I love it, I haven't spent a whole lot of time with it but plan to dedicate a lot of time this summer to perfecting my spinning. It's a whole other avenue of fiber playing!
* Clean the house - this means purge stuff that is just collecting dust.
* Finish some knitting projects and prioritize projects (to possibly include holiday gifts)
* Be a better blogger!

Guess that's good for now. I'm sure I have lots of photos that should be blogged but now just isn't the time.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Marpril Sweater!

I finally finished my March Sweater for March Sweater Madness, only it took me until the end of April.

Project Details:

Pattern: Top-Down Raglan Cardigan from Cosmicpluto Knits aka Laura Chau
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool in color Cherry Blossom. I used just over 4 skeins.
Needle: US 8 circular and DPN's
Size: 36-38" bust
Start: March 1, 2008
Finish: April 27, 2008
Mods: Followed the pattern as written although I chose to not add button holes. I may add pretty ribbon and snaps down the front though. I also added the cable from the Tangled Yoke Cardigan on the bottom.
Thoughts: This could be a fast knit. I started March 1 with the race on March Sweater Madness. But after someone else finished, I put it down to work on other projects. Glad I was able to finish before Summer though! I have the sweater on as I'm typing this. I think it does need some sort of closure so I'm going to look for ribbon and get some snaps. Other than that, I think this is a beautiful sweater, if I might say so myself. ;o)

Friday, April 18, 2008

What's Your Personality Type???

So I found this quiz over at Yarn Crawl's blog and decided to try it for myself. I think it comes out pretty darn accurate, what do you think?

You Are An ISFJ
The Nurturer

You have a strong need to belong, and you very loyal.
A good listener, you excel at helping others in practical ways.
In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music.
You find it easy to be devoted to one person, who you do special things for.

In love, you express your emotions through actions.
Taking care of someone is how you love them. And you do it well!

At work, you do well in a structured environment. You complete tasks well and on time.
You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

How you see yourself: Competent, dependable, and detail oriented

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, dominant, and stuck in a rut

Monday, April 7, 2008

FO - Oceanic Baby Bunting

Lots of knitting has been going on but not a whole lot of finishing - until today! Incentive to finish to be revealed later this week.

I give you the Oceanic Baby Bunting from baby knits kit.

I'm very happy with how this turned out.


The appliqu├ęs were a learning experience but I think they came out fine. The recipient's parent's own a Fly Fishing shop, hence the light bulb went on for this pattern when I saw it. You know, fish and all.

Project Details:

Pattern: Oceanic Baby Bunting from baby knits kit
Yarn: Elann Sock It to Me 4 ply - 2 strands knit together throughout. Appliques were from
various scraps of worsted yarn.
Needle: US7 - 24" circular and DPN
Size: 6 months
Start: March 16, 2008
Finish: April 7, 2008
Mods: None, followed the pattern.

This is being washed now and will block then off to the new baby.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Yarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrn!

Mmmmmm, Emerald City sock yarn from the Booty Club. The colors in the pic are pretty true to the yarn itself.

Sadly, this is my last shipment, I decided to cut back a bit. Just a bit though as I found another sock club. Starting in May I'll be receiving yarn from Blue Hands Fibers. This club was a little less $$ and half the cost goes to support Ravelry. How cool is that?!?!?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Update on Paige

Paige suffered another seizure this morning. It's very odd that both have occurred immediately after I shower. She usually lays by the bathtub while I shower, guess she won't do that anymore!

So after a message was left for her vet and she hadn't called back in 30 minutes (I love my dog!), I called a friend of a friend who happens to be a vet, only she specializes in birds. She said my dog needs to be seen and made sure I was able to get in today. We did. Thank you Sally!

They took blood and ran tests and the vet called me a moment ago and said everything in the blood work was normal but we will be starting her on medication in order to prevent these seizures. The good news is, her liver is fine, although they will monitor this due to the meds. The bummer is there is nothing showing why she is having seizures but having 2 within 9 days was enough for them, and me, to put her on meds which she will likely be on the rest of her life.

I promise knitting progress soon. I've been very concerned about my dog though. She's very tired now, those episodes must really take a lot out of her! But she's doing well so that's good.

TTFN!

Monday, February 18, 2008

The one about the dog...


This is my Pug, Paige.
Paige gave me quite a scare this morning, I stepped out of the shower and headed to J's room to get his clothes out and started to hear Paige smacking her lips. She did this once before and was foaming at the mouth but it went away rather quickly. This morning, however, she was doing the same thing, foaming and smacking. She proceeded down the stairs to the living room and had an all out seizure. Probably the scariest thing I've ever seen. Fortunately, the boys were not in the room and did not witness. Since the seizure, she has been fine and I did talk with her vet who suggested I log these episodes and if they increase, they will do blood work.


Sounds pretty crazy to me! She's my girl and I'm supposed to just wait it out and see if this ever happens again???? Apparently. I guess easier said than done. So pray for my girl, she's only 5 years old and I'm hoping for many more slobbery years with her!


Thursday, February 7, 2008

You know it's been a long day when.....

you fall asleep on the toilet. Poor guy!

Monday, February 4, 2008

What I've been up to...

This morning, B left for school at 7:40, J is still sleeping and it's now 9:40 and I have no babysitting kids til 10:30, what's a girl to do? Color her hair of course! I noticed the other day that my highlites were grown out about an inch, this after realizing it's been 2 months since a visit to the salon. Considering the options of a $100+ salon visit or using a box already in my linen closet, I chose the box. Loreal Excellence Cream Medium Golden Brown. I'm happy with how it turned out. Woot!


January 30 was B's 10th birthday, I feel so old! He got to enjoy a snow day, well actually a -40 F windchill day, on his birthday. He had a friend party the weekend before and family celebrated this past Saturday. We gifted him a Racquetball racquet set - included balls, goggles and rule book. He, of course got lots of other goodies from family and friends too. It was a great birthday.

Knitting news: I have a few things under way and a finished project too. I started fuzzy feet for B yesterday and got 1 done. This thing is HUGE! but will shrink when felted.

J also asked for orange socks a few weeks ago and I happened to have some awesome Yarn Pirate sock yarn in my stash and picked up a great sock book - 2 at a time socks.
I was able to whip up a pair of socks for the little guy in about 2 weeks, this whilst knitting other projects too.

The other project I'm nearing completion on is Si, Capitan for a coworker's b-day gift. This baby is ginormous on my little head but should fit her quite well. This was Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky. Easy care! I just need to add buttons and it will be complete.

Finally, I have to mention 2 knitting related cool things I've come upon. First, I checked out 101 Designer One Skein Wonders from the library and it is now on my Wish List along with a hint to hubby that Valentine's Day is fast approaching. This book is great! I had checked out the first edition awhile back and wasn't super excited about it but this one has loads of projects that I want to do. Silly me, I was looking at a pattern and was looking for how much yarn was required then, duh! Realized, hmm, it's a One Skein book, it probably needs 1 skein! This book will be super helpful in the Knit A Long I joined over at Year Long Gift-A-Long. This is a great site! I'm hoping it will alleviate the last minute knitting I experienced last Christmas!

That's all for now. J is now up. Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Inner Rock Chick - Round 2

Ok, so my brother's girlfriend Kelley did the inner rock chick quiz and got Gwen Stefani so I thought, hmmm, I think I'll give this another shot cuz I'm totally jealous and would rather be Gwen that Liz Phair (no offense to Liz but I really don't even know who she is)! So, I honestly did the quiz again and didn't flub anything and round 2 came up with Gwen for me too! Now I'm happy and can go to bed!
You Are Gwen Stefani!
All guys dream about you
And all the girls want to be you
"Sappy pathetic little me
That was the girl I used to be"

Oooh, quick though, I went to my first Knitting Night (Loop Group) at the Local Yarn Shop, Loops and Links and I got a lesson from a fellow knitter on spinning with a drop spindle. I'll put a pic of the little bit I spun, with her help, tomorrow. I have a long way to go but I could see this as fun. This was the first time I had gone to an open knitting and I really had a nice time. Next week is B's birthday but I hope to make future Wednesday Knit nights. Until then, I will work on my spinning and my projects. Ta ta for now.

Monday, January 21, 2008

A cold, sad weekend but knits to show!

The Frozen Tundra is what it is. That's currently 1 degree with a windchill of -10. It's dang cold! Sadly, the Packers were not able to come up with a win last night losing to the Giants 20-23 in overtime. The cold may have had something to do with it. I thought Brett Favre looked like one of the coldest people there. Seeing him on the sidelines on tv with his face mask on and slipping hand warmers down the front to warm his lips was not a good sign. Life goes on though. I will root for the Giants in the Super Bowl and wait til next year. Of course the media didn't waste any time asking if Favre was coming back next year so I'm sure that will be the buzz around town for awhile. Give the guy some space, geez!

My brother, his girlfriend and their friend came up early for the game so they hung out here during the Patriots/ Charger game. My parent's took the boys for the weekend so my dad brought them home shortly after the Patriot's game had started as dad goes to the Packer games too. Heck, he's the one with the tickets - over 30 years on the waiting list, mind you. It was quite a sight to see the layers they donned before heading out to the game! The kids colored football related pictures to hang on the window for cheerfulness, everyone was in the football spirit! Oh well.

So, onto knitting news. I completed 2 projects this weekend and made some momentous headway on 2 others.
Noro Silk Garden Ribbed Beanie for - me!

Super fast and easy knit. I want to get more of this yarn and make more but I'm on a yarn diet. I will keep it in mind for the future though. Can you feel the enthusiasm from him modeling this?

Ballband Swiffer Cover

This was also easy and oh so useful! Peaches and Cream yarn in 2 colors. It's washable, reusable, and works quite well. Notice the dirt on the left side in the picture, I used it before snapping pics. I plan to make a few more of these.

The Somewhat Cowl

This project is coming along quite nicely. I'm nearing the point where I will place the sleeve caps on waste yarn and join in the round. Being a dk weight yarn, there are A LOT of stitches on this so each row takes awhile to knit. At last count, there were 304 stitches and each right side row has 8 increases. I'm hoping once it's joined in the round it will go fast. No purling!

Tidepool Sock

Why does the dog have to sniff my foot every time I put these on??? These socks are going quite smoothly. They are being knit toe up so I intend to use the entire ball of yarn. I think I will need to go up on needle size though to accommodate my calf. The short row heal on these was so easy too. I may actually prefer toe ups now!

My LYS is holding a copy of 2 at a time Socks for me, I hope to pick it up tomorrow. This process is knitting both socks at once on a long circular. I'm very interested and excited about this. More on that once I have the book in hand.

Ciao!



Thursday, January 17, 2008

Who's Your Inner Rock Chick?

I'm Liz Phair, find out who you are...


Sexy tough indie girl...
Who's not afraid to be a little girly
"I am extraordinary, I am just your ordinary
Average every day sane psycho
Supergoddess"


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Few FO's, Some WIP's and Holiday Knits

I've continued knitting up a storm, it's an odd day when there is no knitting involved although I have had a few. Somehow I got in a "finish mode" recently and was able to crank out some of my hibernating items. Let the photos begin!

Here is one of Brendon's flap Gryffindor mittens. He does have a pair, trust me. These were fun to make and I may have to make some for myself. For the mitten, I used The Basic Mitten pattern from The Handy Book of Patterns. The flap comes from Handknit Holidays. It took a day to make 1 mitten. I need to add snaps on the flaps so they stay secure when open yet. The yarn is Plymouth Encore Worsted left over from the Gryffindor hat I knit him for Christmas.


My most recent FO is my Carolyn sweater. I first cast on for this sweater last summer but had to frog as I didn't get gauge. I started over in August 2007 and finally finished in January 2008! I love it, it fits great, it's comfy and it's stripedy! I did have to order 2 balls of yarn once I got to the button band but all is good. This was knit with Elann Peruvian Highland Wool. I think I will get a lot of wear out of this sweater.So, onto my wips. I'm really trying to clear things out so I can move on to patterns in the wonderful knitting books I received for Christmas!

WIP List (I'm not counting socks as I seem to always have socks going! :o))
Lastly, here are some Holiday knits that I hadn't posted earlier.

Alyssa's Ripple Eyelet hat

Alyssa's purple Elf Socks

Drops Cardigan for my sister Jean

Mom's gloves in Knit Picks Elegance with beading.
Last, but certainly not least. GO PACK GO!!!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Happy New Year!


Wow, time sure does fly when you are having fun. These socks won me some sweet yarn on New Year's Day! The pattern comes from the Sockamania group for December and I was able to finish by the end of the month (barely). How surprised was I when I checked the blog on New Year's Day and saw I was one of the names picked and got to choose something from Anni's Etsy shop.
I chose some yummy yarn, I'll post a pic when it arrives.

I've been pretty slacky with posting. Christmas came and went and I have nothing here to show you. I need to update my Flickr! account with pics soon. Brendon is home sick today so I've been fiddling with some things online. Doubt I will get pics added as I should sanitize the house, Jack had it Saturday, yuck!

I didn't really make resolutions this year although I did come up with a few things that I would like to achieve or at least work on for 2008.

1. Eat better! Our whole family could benefit by eating more fruits and veggies.

2. Work out again! - After catching a cold in early December, I slacked. Last week I worked out Wednesday and met with a trainer on Thursday. I planned to go today but not with the kids being sick. I'm signed up for a 6:05 am class on Tuesdays, which starts tomorrow too. EARLY!

3. Finish my knitting projects - I seem to end up with too many ufo's, I need to stop that.

4. Learn something new! - I decided this would be spinning so I ordered a drop spindle and some roving from Spunky Eclectic , this is en route too, pics to come soon!

5. Sew more - I started with making Jack some pajamas yesterday. So fun!

6. Read more - I'm such a slacker on this one. I am working on finishing Knitting Under the Influence though so hopefully I can at least read a book a month.

Those are the biggies, then there is the annual keep the house cleaner/ less cluttered and stuff like that.

Anywho, we rang in the new year with our neighbors and the boys stayed up til 12 and we popped party poppers on the porch at midnight and then it was off to bed!

So that's it. Long drawn out post with not a whole lot in it. I suppose I should work on my blogging too this year. ...

Happy 2008!