Thursday, February 28, 2008

In Honor of Bear's Favorite Cartoon



You Are Bert




Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you lovable - even if you don't love them!



You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you



You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil



How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others

Sunday, February 24, 2008

TWO Finished Objects

Chemo Cap



Pattern: Chemo Cap (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: Light Blue Chinchilla - bought on sale at Yarns at Lace Wings when they closed the Pawtucket store, no ball band
Made for: Megan (see NH Knitting Mama's post)
Begun: 2/23/08
Finished: 2/24/08


Huggable Hedgehog



Pattern: Huggable Hedgehog by Fiber Trends
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in light and dark brown & Crystal Palace Yarns Splash Print
Made for: my hot cocoa swap partner
Begun: 2/5/08
Finished: 2/11/08

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Where Have I Been?!?!

I can't believe it has been over a week since my last post... sorry everyone!

This past week has been crazy - Wednesday, there were torrential downpours and my car decided that it had had enough, in the middle of merging between two lanes on a major highway during rush hour while taking Bear to the pediatrician. I was OK, but my husband was freaking out that someone was going to rear end me with the baby in the car (which started to freak me out) but luckily AAA made me a priority due to my crappy location and the fact that I had Bear with me. We both made it home safely. Bear gave our tow truck driver a pop and got rewarded with Sour Patch Kids for her fantastic good behavior.

The next morning, Bear woke up with pink eye - where the hell did she get that?!? So I called out of work and rescheduled all my outpatients. I got a lot of cleaning done and made some progress on my SITMT socks.

Friday night, my friend Sara and I took the kids to see Elmo Live. It was fantastic. They were spellbound and loved every second of it - well seemed to anyway. And they reminded us just how hysterical two-year-olds can be. Bear was hogging the popcorn, so Mr. Magoo (Sara's son) kept taking huge handfuls and stuffing popcorn into his mouth. Then he just decided to dump a pile ON THE FLOOR and EAT from it. During the intermission, Bear was licking the railing (eeww!!!). I wish I had a picture of Bear's face when she tried cotton candy for the first time. She couldn't spit it out fast enough. As we were leaving, Mr.Magoo helped himself to someones leftovers from a paper plate on the floor (eeww, eeww, ewww!!!!).

On Sunday, Andrew and I took my boy cousins to a Providence Bruins game. My cousins on my dad's side are all 12 years old or younger - instead of actual Christmas gifts this year, we got the boys hockey tickets and the girls tickets to a play in Providence later this spring. The game was fantastic. The P-Bruins won with one minute left in overtime. We ate lots of stadium food and even managed to take home a few souvenirs.

Monday, Bear and Squirt (my step daughter) played all day. Squirt is 11 and a fabulous big sister. Bear insisted on playing "Horsie" for most of the afternoon. She also convinced her "Sissy" to paint her toenails and fingernails. Squirt let Bear pick out the colors for her own toes and fingers, so I think Squirt went to school with blue and purple nails the next day. I took a really heartwarming picture of Squirt painting Bears nails and then deleted it by accident. There has to be a way to retrieve that right?

This morning, hubby brought Bear to day care early in the morning and my aunt picked me up and brought me to work two hours later. I had TWO HOURS to myself. It was amazing. I did my hair, put make-up on, and even made myself a matching necklace and earrings before going to work. My car is fixed (a relatively inexpensive procedure - yippee!) and I get to pick it up tomorrow morning so guess what - another TWO HOURS to myself. What to do? Perhaps just sit on the floor and enjoy the peaceful quiet.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

SITMT Contests

In a feeble attempt to add some points to my pathetic SITMT score...

Contest #1 - All the Love
When my husband and I were dating I left him a trail of Valentine's Day candies leading from the front door to the bedroom. I including several cards that he had to stop and read along the way. It was a nice night.


Contest #2 - Spring Knitting
My goals for spring are just about the same as they were this summer. I want to finish all my WIP's (pathetic isn't it). I added some sherbert colored cotton to my stash on Super Bowl Sunday - I'd like to make Bear a summer dress with it. I'd also like to move some of the things in my mental que to actual projects.

Contest #3 - Share the Yarn Love
1. Rowan Linen Drape - now discontinued but available at random on ebay
3. Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo - so amazingly soft & shiny

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Contest

Just a quick note to remind you that insanknitty's random contest ends in FIVE days! Quick enter now!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Perfect Day for Hot Cocoa

Today's high was 23 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 Celsius) - the perfect day for some hot chocolate, so Amanda's package arrived just in time. Here's a picture of the goodies:

[Picture of goodies once blogger feels like cooperating.]
To give you a hint, there are tootsie rolls, sour patch kids, Georga cotton, Knit Picks Cadena, a key chain tape measure, a really cool waterfall notebook (the pages get longer towards the back of the notebook), a crocheted elephant, and of course hot cholocolate. AND a Pinocchio pop-up book and a light up Dora pen for Bear. She loves it!

Thanks Amanda!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Ggggrrrr!

WHY is the second mitten NEVER the same size as the first? The stripe on the second one is about 1/2" lower that on the first mitten. If only my MIL was an amputee.

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Best Part of Superbowl Sunday

Sunday afternoon our LYS had it's annual Superbowl Sunday Sale - save 40% between 12-1, 30% 1-2, and 20% between 2-3, plus special all-day sales. It's a small shop with only one cash register so the line takes a l-l-o-o-o-o-n-n-n-n-g-g-g time. (The owners are really good about noting who was in line by 1:00pm so that you still get a good deal.)

Anyway... while standing in line there was a lot of Ravelry chit chat and talk about upcoming RI knitting events, including one being planned at another LYS. I told the group that I'm in there all the time since I work at the hospital nearby. The woman in front of me whipped around and said "No way! I work there too!" (Now, in my defense, I thought she looked familiar but RI is a small place and I could have just passed her in the mall for the last 29 years.) This afternoon, I walked into the fitness class that the hospital sponsers for employees and guess who was there! How funny is that?

Someone in line asked if I was Grape Monkey (or something like that) on Ravelry and I said no, I'm Meganlynn. The people in line had no idea who I was until I told them they wouldn't recognize me from my avatar since it's my daughter and I smooshed together. Then everyone knew who I was.

In addition to meeting some great RI Ravelrs, I got some great yarn and a new book - Lace Style. I've never knit lace before but I want to try it and this book has some beautiful projects.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Back to School U-Neck Vest

Finished!

I started this puppy back in October when the Red Sox were nail-bitingly close to giving it all away. And I finish it as I watch Tom Brady and the Patriots screw up their perfect season. Now, as heartbreaking as tonight's game was, tonight's local news is so pathetic it's almost funny. The newscasters (all men) look as though someone just ate their puppies. And they sound as though they've been run over by several 18-wheelers.

Moving on to a happier subject.

Picture taken by Matt using my cell phone in our cinderblock office.

Pattern: Back to School U-Neck Vest from Fitted Knits
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers 9458 Vachon Island Heather
Begun: 10/07
Finished: 2/3/08

Notes: LOVE this pattern. LOVE the way it looks. I added some short rows right above the front dart shaping. Next time I make this (there will most definately be a next time) I will NOT bind off the shoulders and then have to seam them. I think it makes more sense to just put them on a stitch holder and 3-needle bind off.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

THANK YOU JANE!!

A couple of months ago I asked a (very unsuspecting) co-worker of mine to make Bear a duvet cover out of the fabric from her crib bumpers now that Bear is sleeping in a toddler bed. I Googled toddler duvet and toddler comforter and found several for sale at Ikea. On a shopping trip before Christmas I picked up (what I though was) a toddler duvet and gave it to Jane still (shrink) wrapped in plastic. Apparently Jane started sewing before she unfurled the duvet. But being the good sport she is, she made it anyway.

Now, I am not a sewer (remember the non-maternity skirt?), but I'm pretty sure that this was a LOT of work. This thing is unbelieveable! Here's what I gave her...

Photo courtesy of a google image search :-)

And this is what she gave me...




Towards the center top of the first picture, not really visible, Jane embroidered Bear's name along with a frog wearing a crown.

How much does Bear like it? She took all the stuffed animals OFF her bed and voluntarily put them in her toy box to make room for her gargantuan new blanket. What does that tell you?

Friday, February 1, 2008

Pajama Day

Today's weather is what the local weather man calls a "wintery mix". In other words, freezing rain, sleet, snow, wind, and COLD. Bear and I decided to stay indoors and in our pajama's today. Bear accesorized a bit...




And I made some fantastic progress on my Back to School U-Neck Vest...


When Bear went down for a nap, I took the dogs out to tinkle and look what was waiting for me on my front porch!



My SITMT partner PACKED this box with goodies.


We finished the day with some blocks while watching the Wiggles.