Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
In other knitting nonsense - I have joined yet ANOTHER TWO knitting adventures that will add buttons to my sidebar (ever see Office Space? I've almost reached the bare minimum! Ha!). There are TWO MORE knitting adventures that I want to join, but that requires too much effort and concentration at this hour. It will have to wait until tomorrow. After the sugar shock (and nausea, when did the chocolate turn bad?) wears off.
I'm almost done the zodiac baby bag for tomorrow's baby shower - who throws a shower at 5pm on a Saturday night? Nurses, that's who. And I am such a social butterfly that I didn't have to cancel any plans to attend. My one year old has a better social life than I do.
I'm going to bed to let my pancreas clean up this mess. Shinier seas tomorrow and all that.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I only crochet when I absolutely have to, I'm a knitter.
2. How long have you been knitting\crocheting?
After much begging, my mom taught me when I was about 8. The first thing I made was a long rectangle with a hole in the middle for my head out of my mom's scraps. I wore it every night while watching TV before bed.
3. Have you knit dishcloths or dishtowels before?
4. What are your favorite cotton yarns?
I've only knit with Rowan All-Seasons, Rowan Glace, and GGH Mystik before. They're all so different, I guess between the three, the Mystik.
5. Is there a cotton or linen you’ve been dying to try but have not?
Of course! Blue Sky Cotton, Fable, Jamaica, Cotton Twist, I could list more!!
6. Are there any cotton yarns you don’t enjoy knitting with?
Not that I know of.
7. What type of needle do you prefer using? (Metal/Wood/Plastic)
I like dark, smooth, wood needles, but will use Addi Turbo metal needles. I can't knit with plastic.
8. What other projects do you enjoy knitting or crocheting?
I like making sweaters and hats for my daughter. But I have been known to make tops for myself, ponchos, shawls, purses, etc.
9. Do you have other hobbies or enjoy other kinds of crafting?
I have a 19-month old so my hobbies are knitting and keeping my knitting out of her hands and mouth.
10. What kind of treats do you like? Chocolate? Candies? Nuts?
I am always a fan of chocolate, but sour gummy candies make me happy too.
11. What colors are your kitchen and bath decorated in, if any?
The kitchen is Caribbean blue with not-yet-there yellow accents. The bathroom is tan and darker blue.
12. What are your favorite colors and what colors do you dislike?
I love sun-kissed earth tones, yellow, orange, reds. I dislike neon and washed out pastels.
13. Do you drink coffee? Tea? Other beverages?
Tea in the winter, ice-tea in the summer, diet Pepsi all the time.
14. Do you have any kids (human or pet variety!)?
1 1/2 humans (a 19-month old, and a 11-year old step daughter part time), and 2 dogs.
15. Do you have any allergies?
16. Please share 3 tidbits about yourself that you think your pal and other swappers might find odd or interesting.
1. I am a Registered Dietitian with a degree in Nutrition and am working towards my Masters.
2. If all goes according to plan, my husband and I want to have four children.
3. I got married at the top of Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire in September 2002 with ten people present, despite having a 200+ guest wedding planned for the following summer.
Now, some non-swap items - this is from Jacques website, This Kitten Knits, where, incidently you can see another picture of Bear in Jacques' design, Hey Mickey. "It is time for those of us in the online knitting community to pitch in and help out one of our own. Annie Modesitt and her family are facing a battle with cancer. As you know Annie is an amazing designer who has given us knitting wisdom as well as tons of beautiful patterns to knit. She is offering a gorgeous pattern for download that can be yours for a small donation that will go directly to her husband Gerry's health fund."
Monday, June 25, 2007
1. Piggle Hat
2. Red dress with matching Head Scarf for Bear
3. Ivory dress with matching Head Scarf for Kitten
4. Big Digger Sweater
5. Minnie Mouse sweater
6. 7 pairs kids socks
Despite a second straight week of progress in the right direction, I am still disenheartened by the number above. Especially when I see how far off I am off my original goal.
I think about what I could be wearing instead of what I am wearing and it makes me want to, well, honestly, it makes me want to eat ice cream until I feel better.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Husband: It sounds more like gunfire to me.
Me: Do you think we should call the police?
Husband: I don't think that's necessary. By the way, it's your turn to walk the dogs tonight.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The Garter Stitch Pullover - one side seam left to go.
Rowan Flame Halter, 1/2 of the front completed.
Honeymoon Cami - the bane of my existence.
Debbie Bliss Hooded Striped Top - had the entire back finished and then realized my gauge was off by 1/2".
Bear's sweater - notice any problems with the 2" neck opening?
Round-about leaf tank - screwed up the edging and cannot for the life of me figure out how to fix it without starting over.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
I had high hopes for the week. I would clean the house and do the dishes each night after Bear went to bed. We'd walk the dogs on the "big" loop each morning. I'd make healthy, vegetable-based meals that any mom would be proud of. Yeah. So single moms, you're gods.
Bear and I spent lots of time outside this past week. Playing in the yards of friends and family until it was time to go home and go to bed. We also spent a lot of time eating pizza and other deliverable take out. (Which has made keeping up with the dishes pretty easy.) But look! I'm down one and a half pounds! I guess I have to attribute that to all that playing outside and being the only one to walk the dogs this week, with Bear in the backpack every single time.
I'll take my weight loss any way it comes and keep plowing forward.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I am without words.
This man was funny and sweet and tenacious in the face of such an exhausting personnel struggle. Later this week family and friends will gather to honor and celebrate his life. Let this be my tribute.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
A little background...
As with any local hospital, you have your regulars - the frequent flyers that for one reason or another come in again and again. You get to know them. You know their kids names, their favorite foods. They become part of the fabric of the hospital. When they're sick, you fight with them, and when they heal, you celebrate with them. Two weeks ago, we had one of those celebrations.
A patient was readmitted with recurrent symptoms after having surgery to remove some cancer. Everyone's first thought was that the cancer had spread. We were all wrong. We fixed the new problem and sent the patient home to their family. Today, I got news that the patient had a freak accident and is now paralyzed from the chest down. I have never cried over a patient AT work - until today.
I KNOW people get sick. I KNOW we can't fix everything. But how much is one person supposed to take? This person already fought the fight. And won. And now, the fight starts again, the road ahead will be longer, the fight tougher.
Paris, this is where the phrase, "It's not fair," should be used.
Monday, June 11, 2007
In other exciting news, Laura found the Autumn Glory sweater I was looking for. It is just as fabulous as I remember it, though apparently I flipped through the magazine, as it is not actually on the cover (Cast On, Fall 2004 in case you're wondering). Thanks again, Laura!
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Me: Do you want to go to the balloon store with Mama?
Me: Then we need to get dressed.
Me: Do you want to get a balloon at the balloon store?
Me: Then you need to put on pants, naked people are not allowed in the balloon store.
[Insert loud wrestling match, screaming, tears, and an extra application of deodorant for Mama.)
Me: OK, you ready to go to the balloon store?
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
1. If you could visit any state in the US, which would it be and why?
I think this is the obvious answer, but Hawaii - it used to be it's own country and the
pictures are beautiful.
2. If you could visit any country in the world, other than your own, which would it be and why?
Russia, in about two weeks, to meet my new nephew.
3. Have you ever driven across several states/provinces/countries?
I live in New England, so driving across several states is practically a daily occurrence. My
husband and I make the trip to western Pennsylvania about once a year to visit his
4. Have you ever visited someplace you consider exotic? Where was it?
Guadalupe, in the French West Indies. The island (when I was there right after graduation from high school eleven years ago) was definitely NOT a tourist trap. Virtually no one spoke English, we pretty much had to rely on our 8th grade French class & fend for ourselves. There's a volcanic tropical forest that takes up the entire center of the island - I was too afraid of the 100-something-year-old rope bridges to go hiking in it.
5. What was your favorite "travel" vacation? Why?
Two years ago my husband and I went to Disney for Valentine's Day on a whim. One week later, we found out we were pregnant. That vacation was (unknowingly) the last time we were truly alone as a couple. Not that we would trade being parents for anything, but we both really treasure those memories.
6. Have you ever played tourist in your own home city/state (if international, country)? Explain. Sometimes... You know how when you go on vacation you'll eat at virtually any restaurant you see, you'll pop into a store because it looks interesting, and go to a play, just because. My husband and I try to do the same thing when we're home. Last year, we swore off chain-restaurants for a while and found some really great local places that we never new existed.
7. Are you a museum visitor, beach comer or an amusement seeker?
Definitely a museum visitor. When I travel to someplace new, I want to know about that place, about it's history. I want to visit it's landmarks, it's zoo's, it's naturally beautiful places.
8. What's your favorite type of yarn?
I love linen & bamboo, but wool is a very close second.
9. What's your least favorite type of yarn?
Besides flashy acrylic yarn? It's got to be the old-school variegated yarn. Not self striping or something multicolored like Rowan Nostalgia, those are great yarns - more like Red Heart Multi, that has to be the worst yarn out there.
10. What items do you like to knit/crochet?
Mostly tops for myself and my 19-month old daughter. I designed a halter last summer for the baby that came out fabulous, but I have made baby blankets, mittens, hats, you name it. My next challenge is socks. Yikes.
11. What do you pack, knit/crochet wise when you go on vacation?
Everything - well, as many projects as I can sneak past my husband. Who knows when there might be a 25 car pile up on the thruway or a freak snow storm that keeps you stuck in your hotel room for three days.
12. What other crafts do you do/would like to do other than Knit/Crochet?
Before or after I became a mom? Before, I had begun taking sewing lessons and started scrap booking. Now, the scrapbook still has a few unfinished pages and that yellow linen dress I made? No one can tell it hasn't been hemmed yet when I wear it.
13. Are you allergic to anything? (Yarn wise or treat wise)
14. What is your favorite color? Least Favorite?
I like bright earth tones - does that make sense. Colors that look naturally sun-kissed.
15. Sweet or Savory (Treat not personality)?
16. Anything else we are forgetting to ask that you think your partner desperately needs to know? I'm pretty much a homey, outdoorsy kind of girl. I still consider myself young (I'm not quite 30) but I was never a flashy, partying, ultra hip person.
Monday, June 4, 2007
1. Hats & Scarves
Olive You! Itty-Bitty Hats
2. Shawls & Wraps
Color on Color Scarf Style
3. Hands & Feet
Over the Knee Socks Handknit Holidays
4. Bags & Purses
Backgammon Bag Weekend Knitting
Cover skirt Vogue Knitting Summer Spring 2006
Autumn Glory (?) sweater seen on the cover of a magazine when I was returning to knitting after a 5 year hiatus, I remember looking at the pattern and it was made by using single thin strands of yarn and changing the colors strand by strand to make an amazing sunset scene. If anyone knows this pattern - PLEASE tell me where I can find it.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
I'm also one sleeve away from finishing the garter stitch sweater. It might be finished in time for J&N to take to Russia with them. Something finished on time... that would be a first.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Bear, enjoying her first ever Valentine's Day present from Mr. Magoo.