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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Big Boy, Don't Look!

Had to put in the warning title because Big Boy will be receiving these in the mail for Father's Day.

Poor Piglet was not in photo mood this morning. The poor baby is getting his last tooth, his nose is running and he is coughing. The photos are both for Father's Day and for Piglet's 18-month birthday.

My day was made better when I got to take these photos...

Montego Bay is done! All of the big details are over on Ravelry. As you can see, I decided to do the fringe. It took two glasses of wine and a late night but once I dove in, it was pretty fun. The pattern says to braid the fringe but for now I am going to leave it as is. I love this scarf. I love everything about it - the pattern, the yarn, the color, the weight, the smell.

And finally, a little yarn p0rn for ya'll. In case you didn't know, (and I didn't) anyone who donated 10 lousy bucks during RavelRaiser 2008 went into a drawing for prizes. I was a winner! I won a $30 gift certificate to Khetala's Etsy Shop and this is the yarn I chose. It is a laceweight and the color is called Deep Sea Follies. If you get a chance, check out her shop!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I'm Still Here!

I have not abandoned you, I promise. It has been a busy few weeks and now that we have Big Boy off to play in the sandbox it is quieter. LOL! I just made a joke! I have managed a little knitting in between sleeping, eating and keeping Piglet out of trouble - a task that isn't nearly as fun as it sounds!

Montego Bay is nearly finished and I have to say, this is the easiest knit ever. I can even work on it with Piglet around because there is no way to screw up the pattern. I still have to cut the fringe and I have to admit, I'm a little scared. I have never made fringe and the thought of cutting this beautiful yarn into 200 pieces makes my eyes roll into the back of my head.

I started a little sweater for Piglet. It is in Cascade 220 and the cable pattern is from Stitchionary 2. I think the color will bring out his blue eyes. Of course when I make the size that will fit his chest and fit over his melon sized head, the arms are very long. I am already at the length of his arm and still have a bunch more increases to do. I guess I can roll up the sleeves.

I did a little stash enhancement over the weekend. This is Claudia Handpaint Silk Lace. Can we all say YUM! There is a little story behind this yarn. I bought it in hopes it would make a nice stole to go with a dress that I may or may not fit into, for a wedding that I may or may not be invited to and may or may not attend if I am invited. Make sense? Well, can't fault a girl for being prepared. Well, as I was squeezing my butt into the dress and trying to figure out if I need to lose weight or just buy some of those suckitallin underpants I realized that I already have a stole that would look great with the dress. Yep, I have Print O' The Wave - a stole that created a lot of headache for me and has not been worn yet. Since this whole wedding deal is going to end up giving me a headache (it is a long story that includes small towns, family, friends, a church and a partridge in a pear tree!) I think the stole would be appropriate! Piglet figured the bee would help enhance the colorway "Walk in the Woods". The funny thing is, this colorway is not really me. But, each of the colors in there are! Still, it caught my eye and would not let go.

Speaking of the little monster... he had his very own cup of ice cream last night. He was so disgusting that I would not bring him into the house and instead "bathed" him in his swimming pool!

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Buttons, Buttons... Who's Got The Buttons?

My Tangled Yoke is complete (and all the details are in my Ravelry page) and is just waiting for me to drag my happy ass over to the JoAnn’s and buy some buttons. I would like to say that there is no hurry and the sweater wearing days are over for a few months, but around here, one never knows.

There has been knitting and un-knitting (I believe you professionals call it frogging?) ‘round these parts. I sent the Lady Eleanor packing and in its place I have Montego Bay - a pattern that is simple to memorize and will take 1/4 of the time. It looks pretty and I think I may make a second one in a stashed yarn as a gift. As it turns out, Amy had this in mind all along when she bought the yarn.

I also started Sizzle a few weeks ago. And, just to keep my fellow SnB’ers laughing, I frogged it. It was justified. Really, it was. I used Main Line and found it was just too heavy for the pattern, and the summer. Of course I would have known all this if I had done a little research on the yarn and pattern before just diving in.

It has been a crazy few weeks here in the Knotty house. I need a t-shirt that says “I survived the Grandparent invasion of 2008”. My parents came to help out with yard work and Piglet (‘cause the two do not go well together!). Of course he managed to get sick while they were here and I lost my “parent of the year” badge because I refused to take him to the emergency room for what ended up being two new teeth. Sigh Then Big Boy came home. His second training was cancelled and he will be here until May 18. After that though, we are on our own. The not so little Piglet has been keeping us hopping. We have new words and skills every day (well, if you can call trying to throw your sippy cup in the toilet a skill) - his words this week are “school”, “ow”, “out”, and “uh-oh”. Of course he doesn’t use any of them in the correct context but at least we have more variety than “hi” and “gogogo” a million times a day.

Last week Big Boy’s parents arrived to drive me nuts visit with Piglet. They seem to be under the impression that I would enjoy visiting them while Big Boy is gone. I hate to burst their bubble but I have no intention of even answering their phone calls for the next six months, let alone hopping on a plane with kid and baggage!

And speaking of nuts… knitting seems to be full of them. I have now managed to read all 10,000 posts in the MCY thread and am waiting in anticipation for the day the undead Danielle is finally caught. Add to that the great Mystery Lace mystery of 2008 and you have yourself one hell of a train wreck. What can I say, it is better than anything on television these days!

So, what is next on the knitting calendar? I am going to do a sweater for Piglet in these colors from Cascade 220. I plan to do an all-over pattern from Vogue Stitchionary but I haven’t decided if I should do a v-neck or a hoodie.

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