Random

1. I am fighting the urge to wish for cold weather so that I can wear my new Lopi sweater.  Needless to say, I really love it. (pictures soon.)

2. A corollary to my earlier post: Friends don’t let friends knit black BOUCLE! Should be a no-brainer.

3.  I am adding a pear to my apple pie this year because my friend does it and the idea intrigues me.

4. And chocolate chips to the bottom of my pecan pie. See #3.

5. I have grand ideas to order a bunch of Christmas presents this week and it’s only Wednesday.

6. I really like basketball season.  Love watching the kids’ games and think it is my favorite sport of theirs.

7.  I am taking huge shortcuts on tonight’s dinner and yet it will still have that homemade feel to it.  And I feel clever cheating.

8. Laundry doesn’t fold itself.

9.  I have solved one of my problems posed by yesterday’s gauge/needle issue.  Feeling clever about that also.

10. Glee. (Right Stephen?)

Anything you care to add????

A Public Service Announcement

1. Gauge matters.

2. Needle size matters.

Pay attention to these two factors.  Number 2 changes number 1.

Ask me how I know.

I have 2 projects going right now and both seem to have issues with both.

Carry on.

Super Snack Monday

Let’s face it. Nobody likes Mondays. So, at the beginning of the school year I instituted Super Snack Monday. It works. It takes the edge off for everyone And distracts the kids from bothering each other at the end of a tiring day.

Welcome to today’s installment.

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Good Weekend, Goodnight

Sticking with my NaBloPoMo pledge and posting yet again.  Hope I am not boring you all to distraction with my life play by play.  But here goes:

A full weekend done, 4 happy, healthy kids almost all asleep, and I am just settling in for some down time.  Think it’s time for quality time with my Lotus Blossom Hat.

Scorecard:

Basketball 3-0. Victory is sweet.  Let’s hope the season is as kind.

Sweater done and blocking.  In about 3 weeks time I think.  Better than 4 1/2 years for the last one.  I would put it on now with my pi’s if it weren’t wet.  That’s how much I like it.  (and I like that it is ALL done, every last end woven and a very tidy job on the finishing work.)

One lingering design project to be finished this week and 2 more ready to pop out of my head.  Hope nothing is lost in the translation.

And one reason to look forward to Monday.  A new KAL with Pat!  Here’s a peak:

Sweet dreams…

 

 

The Saturday Report

I am declaring today a success.  The team is 2-0 in their tournament.  They played 2 great games and outmatched one of their league arch-rivals.  They were very happy.  It’s only pre-season, but still a great indicator of the hard work paying off.

Caution: mother about to brag about her kid. You’ve been warned.  My daughter played great!  She was a force both offensively and defensively and was a huge contributor in both victories.  And, she scored 7 points.  Bonus!  Mom is proud!

Number 1 in team spirit.  Yes, that’s green hair.  It washed out with some effort but does stain the brush, which is currently a bit purple. (different team)

Patricia has one full repeat done.  I have all season if need be. I am not worried.  I get pretty wrapped up in the games and take some time at the scorer’s table too.

The sweater WILL be done by the close of business tonight.  Only 3 more color rows, 2 more decreases, and a collar.  Then the blocking process but that doesn’t count against it being finished.

How was your Saturday?

A New Season

Basketball, that is.  My daughter’s season starts with a tournament tomorrow.

So I did the only reasonable thing.  I marched on down to knit night and got a headstart on the perfect bleacher project.  I will look forward to knitting on this at every game.

This is Flicker (it’s a pale purple even though it looks grey here).  And it’s friendly companion, Knitter’s Pride Dreamz in pretty green that tells me it is a size 9.

Soon, it will be Patricia,  a constant winter companion.  I need one one for every mood and color.

Still chugging on the sweater and REALLY close…

Have you got a carry along project on the needles?

Did You Know?

It’s Wovember.   The month to celebrate all things wool.

I happened upon this great part of the website where the garment industry is called liars basically.  That’s pretty much what you’d expect from a Hall of Shame, right?

Then, I went shopping with my girls today.  (Not being a shopper, this was Big.)  All I could do was read garment tags for fiber content.

Go look.  Let me know if the same thing happens to you…

Oh, and the sweater is coming along and I have a dream that it will be done tomorrow if no one makes me go anywhere.

What are you up to?

The Sheep Shack

Big news!  My girlfriend Cynthia is the new owner of my local yarn store, The Sheep Shack.

I met Cynthia years ago when I first discovered my LYS and we became fast friends.  It’s a friendship about more than yarn, but that certainly was the beginning.

Cynthia, in a cute purple Flicker vest, helps her customers.

She has a great vision for the shop and will certainly build on Christina’s success.  (Good luck in Arizona, Christina!)  Cynthia is bringing Cascade yarns into the shop, new needles, accessories and other lovely items that will make a knitter’s heart go pitter patter.

There is a fresh coat of paint, compliments of the “Granny Squad” as they called themselves.  You’d never know that painting was not a first career for Maureen (the kindergarten teacher), Melinda (the school nurse that I miss dearly) and Ellen (not sure of her first career but rumor has it she is a real painter of pictures and even maker of Nantucket baskets).  Cynthia’s crew was definitely over-qualified  but man, they got the job done.

My only assistance in the redecorating effort was this:

The adorable felted mitten had quite sever sunburn (fade) and I decided it could be saved from a darker fate.  After peeling the motif off, washing, shaping and re-needle-felting the motifs on the former inside, it is good as new.

The sheep mitten is ready for a new life, just like The Sheep Shack.

Good luck Cynthia!  Thanks for giving our LYS new life!

Fall Sports Round Up

Well, today marked the end of our Fall sports seasons.  Flag football, soccer and baseball. And by all accounts, successful and fun!  We are certainly busy but it’s better that way.

Second in the baseball season, champions of the flag football league, tops in the soccer league (2 kids on same team was a HUGE bonus!) and since I am a slacker at photographing games, all we have is sassy thing’s cartwheels even though she was an offensive force on the soccer field.

The kids all had great seasons and now we are on to basketball!

(Photo credits to Debbi’s awesome camera! Gotta get one of those. Except the team photo, iPhone quality.)

What’s keeping you busy?