Friday, December 28, 2007

one down . . .

one to go. first I have a sleeve to tackle. :o\ I thought second sock syndrome was bad! (for you non-knitters, second sock syndrome is something only knitters suffer from, so you're safe! We get one sock done only to move on to another project and leave the solo sock all alone. I joked once and said I needed to find me a one-legged man. A knitting friend of mine said she works at the VA and could hook me up! What a charity project!)

Anyway. . .I learn something new every time I knit a new project, like, how if I cast on more, I should bind off more in the end. I can't even show how pointy these toes are off the foot! Oh my!
But I finished a sock and that is something. I sit and look at the finished sock and giggle. It amazes me every time. And it's oh so fun.
Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

merry merry!

o. mah. gawd.
We're gonna get -so- fat!
Ken got this super-duper waffle iron for me this Christmas! And thanks to the wonderful Kelly (and the wonderful Susan for sharing), I have a kick-ass recipe for waffles. The recipe makes four waffles and four waffles takes 3/4 of a bottle of syrup. Ken said, "You don't have to fill every hole with syrup!" and everyone I've said that to replied, "Yes, you do!"
Yes, you do.
Fat farm, here we come!
Waffles anyone?
Posted by Picasa

Saturday, December 22, 2007

As the heel turns

Hey mom - the tofutsies yarn? It's knitting up VERY nicely. I did an eye of partridge heel on this but somehow the detail of the stitching was lost in the pattern of the yarn. Or I made a mistake. It's probably the latter. I am digging this yarn though. Thanks mom!
Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 21, 2007

my brain, it's bigger

I love learning something new. I always joke when a new tidbit comes my way, "Ok, I can go to bed now. I learned something new."
Well . . . yesterday I spent the afternoon with my knittah's, Cami and Rhonda. I do wish Rhonda would make a blog so I could hyperlink her too! What a perfectly lovely way to spend the day - knitting, laughing, eating bite sized pieces of cake, laughing some more, eating some more and oh, did I mention laughing? I always come away from Clementine's with a wealth of new information. Yesterday's brain growth still has me shocked!
On to the new factoid.

We got to talking about yarn (big surprise, I know) and I mentioned The Harlot (another shocker!). I'd just read her book, Secret Life of a Knitter where Stephanie writes about her love of the handiwork that goes into each ball of wool. There's no machine that shears sheep. Each ball of wool exists because of someones hands somewhere. I love that too.

The gifts were exchanged and the amazing Rhonda gave me the loveliest of gifts: hand-knit cashmere. Ahhhhhh. A scarf. Hand-knit. Is there any better gift?? Cami got one too and confessed today of sleeping in hers. HA! It's that nice.

Back to the yarn talk. The girls had a debate as to which was the loveliest of yarns. Camilla stated cashmere was so nice. And me? I don't usually think about where my yarn comes from. I don't feel my wonderfully soft scarf and immediately think of a goat somewhere. A goat. I cannot believe this light, fluffy, SOFT fiber came from a goat. Wait - it gets better.

One of them mentioned qiviut (kiv-ee-ute) and said surely this was the loveliest of all yarns. Me, being a new Knitter hadn't heard of this yarn. Here's where I about fell off my chair: it comes from the underbelly of a MUSK OX. Just so you fully appreciate the ridiculousness of this idea here's a little picture I snagged. The most wonderful fibre in the whole world comes from this:

It's true. And now I want to feel it. The yarn, not the musk ox. Can you even??

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

sweater update

Yesterday I threatened to make this sweater a vest. I do not like sleeves. They get bigger as they go along and with 80 some stitches at one point, that's a lot of loooong back and forth knitting.

I must have been grumbling a bit because Ken threatened to hide my knitting needles. "I want you to do something you enjoy!" he cried. I do enjoy knitting. I swear I do! Ignore the knitted brow (ha!) and the cursing and muttering under my breath. This is a hobby I enjoy. It is!

Today, I finished a sleeve. I sit here amazed as I look at my progress. I'm. Knitting. A. Sweater. There's a back, two fronts and now, a sleeve. It's amazing!

I'd show you a picture but my battery ran dead taking too many ice shots. (no need to comment Clementine! :oÞ) I'm hoping to put this sweater together this weekend. Maybe. With a little help from my friends?

Friday, December 14, 2007

Pacers 93 Raptors 104

This is a view of our lounge in Conseco Field House tonight. We went to a Pacers game. No, we're not basketball fans (GO COLTS!) but the beer was free and cold and you should have seen the dessert tray! They had chocolate shot cups for heavens sake!

Ken's company has this suite for the season and tonight it was all ours. Well, ours and 20 of our closest friends. Good times.
I even got a little knitting in. :)
Cami - TAG! you're it!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

sleeveward HO!

Thanks to a day at Clementine's, I've made tremendous progress on the blue cardigan! She performed what we called a back alley abortion - it was a seriously nasty procedure. One that shouldn't be considered lightly or done without parental supervision. You could be scarred for life! (Ok, I'll get off that soapbox now! Are we still talking about the sweater??).

I couldn't have done it without her!
Excuse the crappy camera phone picture, it's all I had to capture pure genius at work. (nice kiss, eh?)

We frogged 15 rows of work. A whole afternoon of knitting but, as Cami pointed out, "For the same price you get to knit it again!" HA! Turns out if I'd just done what Rhonda said to do in the first place, all systems would have been go right off. I'm still not sure how I did it, those right slanting through the back loops, double somersault, full pike decreases but knitting is like that. Magic. And I'm hooked. Pun intended. Though that's really more of a crochet pun but I guess it works here too. The joke wouldn't have worked at all if I said I was needled so hooked it is.

Sleeves are next! And I know I'll feel like I'm almost done once I get the sleeves finished and really I'll be very close but then I have get to do my first ever button band with double yarn overs and everything. I may need a drink. Or two. Or seven.

And Cami? Don't even complain one bit about this picture. Remember, I know your super secret password and have access to that slanty face picture and I didn't post that. See what a good friend I am? :

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

rainy day ramblings

o. my. gawd.

I don't know if I'll make it through another midwest winter! I may need to get a sun lamp or something! Today was so grey and foggy and rainy. I'm needing a little vitamin K or D or whatever it is the sun gives.

I have been knitting today. Knitting and watching a marathon of Sex and the City.

However, the blue sweater is on hold. I was working the decreases for the right front neckline and I wasn't quite sure what I was doing. Rhonda and my mom both tried explaining the correct decrease to me, all to no avail. I feel like I've never knit before! The needles felt clumsy in my hands and now where there should be two perfect rows of decreases, there's one perfect row and four (albeit even) twists. :o\ I'm such a perfectionist I don't think I can leave it the way it is and I just don't have the heart to undo all the work I did today. Damnit, damnit, damnit.

At least I was watching some good TV. Ahhhh Mr. Big.
Ken has gotten smart - tonight he looked at what I was doing and asked, "Are you taking something apart or putting something together?" As in, it's ok for him to bother me if it's putting something together, but better he not if I'm trying to un-do something. Gotta love that.

So for now, I'm knitting my Christmas socks. The ones my mom would have knit for me this year had I not learned how to knit. See what happens? I master rib cooking and now we never go out for barbecue. I cook a mean fettuccine alfredo so now Olive Garden is out. I learn how to knit and rather than get wonderfully hand-knit socks from my mom for Christmas, I get balls of yarn. I should just keep my talents to myself!
But it does feel good to share.

The girls at my Christmas party fought over my Santa ornament. That made me feel good. My director had it at one point and was upset when someone took it from her. I said, "I know where you can get another one!" I think there were four girls total that said they wanted one. Not a bad day.

We got our tree up and for the first time I have two trees - one in the formal living room and one in the family room. Even though I hardly ever go in the living room it's fun having a tree in there. It has white lights and teal and silver ornaments to continue the room's colors on the tree.
The family room tree is our hodge-podge tree. I love it. Colored lights and all our collectible ornaments. Every ornament has a story and it's a tradition to relive those memories every year. Maybe my favorite tradition.

What are your favorite traditions?

christmas card

It's too cute not to share. Plus I was sick of looking at "jane's" belly. :)
merry, merry!
Christmas 2004

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Christmas Past

While looking though some old photos I came across this little gem. Obviously scanned as this was before the days of digital cameras. In my house, anyway.
I -love- this picture of Ashley. It is just so HER. Justin in his Power Rangers jacket (everything really DOES come back, doesn't it?) waiting for his turn to talk to the big guy.
Taken in '94 at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

if you show me yours...

A certain knitter I know (*cough* CAMI *cough*) had the nerve to say to me, "I like the little Santa and all but really, when are you going to post on your blog again?" Lets go have a look-see at HER blog and see how many days pass between posts over at Camilla Knits. You go ahead. I'll wait here.

I think I win that game. She totally tried to blackmail me. I finally gave in (cause that's what people close to her DO - it's self preservation as "Boris" informed me) and said, "I will if you will." Well she did, so I do...

Here's what's been making me pee my pants lately:

there's just nothing better than pee-your-pants funny, is there?

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas Craftiness

Originally uploaded by imelly

I feel like it's finally Christmastime.

I made this for an ornament exchange I'm doing with my Pampered Chef team next weekend.
I bought the pattern from Little Coon Creek a few years ago and TORE my house apart today looking for it. I found bits here and pieces there but no pattern. Luckily, I had enough pre-cut pieces, I found the website, looked closely at the picture and guessed at the rest.
Now I need to go clean up the mess I made looking!

Merry merry!