Thursday, November 29, 2007

I forgot to tell you what I did to fit the pirate hat to an adult. I knitted the hat on size 5.5 circular needles instead of size 3 ones.

I've finished off the newer and bigger skull cap. OK, I've actually made two of them out of Misti-Alpaca with Misti-Alpaca laceweight liner. These do fit actual adult humans. I've got another one to make. I only wanted to make one, but as you see, this one does not come off my son's head. He'd sleep in it if he could. So I had to make another one for my Nephew and then another one for my Niece. She saw it and had to have one.
The shawl and stole are at a standstill. My progress on a lot of things was halted. My Great-Uncle passed away on Sunday Night and we had the funeral yesterday. Uncle Ken was 88 and loved horses, old tractors and bluegrass.
I've said 'to heck with it' on the smoke-free effort. I'm smoking 3 ciggarettes a day these days. On day 5 without a cigg, it took me 3 tries to fill the coffee maker. I finally admitted that I was not prepared to become the most frustratingly awkward person on earth just because I stopped smoking. Next time I will need to come up with a plan for that.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Smokeless: 3rd Day

This is my 3rd day without a ciggarette. I quit on the way up to the In-Law's on Friday. Why? Well that of a Governor put another $1 tax on each pack of ciggs. Don't get me started on why that is just another log thrown on the witch-hunt bonfire that goes on against smokers. And certainly, the 3rd day nicotine free is definitely NOT a good day to tick me off, it could cause me to commit homicide.

For those of you who have never had to kick a habit; first of all I congratulate you on not having a stupid moment and starting one. Next, let me give you a hint on how it feels to be in nicotine withdrawl. Take one of those days that you've had a bad day: Things not working, stuff breaking, nothing going your way, people constantly butting in front of you, cars cutting in front of you then stopping suddenly. Now take that bad day, and DOUBLE it.

Now remember, keep your patience! Don't snap at others for their stupidity, don't show any impatience at all. Remember: you're the evil one for smoking in the first place, and this is your penance!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The last few weeks have been busy ones. This week, much of my family will be eating Thanksgiving dinner here. That meant a thorough cleaning last weekend. You know, the kind of cleaning where you actually dust stuff instead of sucking off the dust with the vacuum attachment.
My Mom and Dad joined Weight Watchers about a month ago. They've done well and have started mall-walking in the mornings. Since washing out of the PTA program, I've not been able to work out. I do miss the fitness center at the tech school. So I'm driving the kid into school, and then joining Mom and Dad for an hour of walking. Um.....ah...........I think I'm the youngest one there. That being said, there's a few ladies and gents that can kick my butt around the mall!

Now, for eye candy:

The pattern is called "We call them pirates" online at:
and when I saw it, I knew that it would make a wonderful hat for my nephew and son. I actually bought yarn to make it. I bought some alpaca yarn and knitted it up. Cool, but it's too small! For anyone !!! So now it's being knitted on bigger needles with the yarn left from this one. I know that I need to add a liner to it, but I want to make sure that I have enough Alpaca for the real one first.

Update on Shawls/Stoles:

Mystic Waters is bigger, but not up-to-date. I was busy working on the Secret of the Stole and spinning up more for both. I do like this shawl but it does require concentration to read and knit.

Mystery Stole is getting longer also. I know it looks striped here on the picture, but that is because I was extremely lazy and impatient and didn't wash the yarn well enough. I will attempt to
clean it better when I am done.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

"Celebration Week" Continues

15 years ago today, I had this boy. Now, he's a teenager 100%. Mom and Dad are freaks, and he's terribly cool. He's grown 6" this year, and his voice has changed. Yep, he looks like me but in a male form. How weird is that?

Happy Birthday Son!!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

8 Years ago today, I woke up next to my Fiancee and said, "We're getting married today!" That day was as unconventional as our treatment of it. A wedding in our opinion was a ceremony to note, but it was the marriage that we focused on. In our opinion, too many couples focused all their energy on the perfect wedding and not on the perfect marriage.
We got hitched in a church for 1/4 of what many people spend on their weddings. I made the bridesmaid's dresses, the flowers, my veil, the decorations and left the making of the dress and invitation to professionals.
Before we got married, we did agree on a few things: to consult each other before purchases made over a set amount. We would also have respect for each other no matter if we were angry with each other. On issues of dealing with the kid, we'd provide a united front. Any disagreement is done later and in private.
Here's to another 80 years of marriage!

Monday, November 5, 2007

New Bag Style

I think I've made the perfect sized medium bag. What you see, is the big bag I made last week on the bottom and KIP's sister on the top. I LOVE this batik! The size is about 16" wide by 14" tall.

The pockets are big enough for lots of stuff and I've snuck in a hidden scissors pocket between the outside and inside. It's got a snap closure and will keep those pesky scissors (or cell phone for that matter) in reach.

And just because I wanted to see it; I dug up some really cool designer fabric in my stash for this one:

They're available on ebay.

ETA: Removal of photbucket pics that were deleted years ago 11/17/11

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Try Try Again

What is this; # 8 or 9 in prototypes? Eh, who's counting. Anyways, it's too big to be called a bag for medium projects. I had some insomnia early this morning and came up with the smaller pocket between the inside and outside. I like it and will be using it again, but with a smaller bag. Pefycfyccrhaps about 1/3 smaller...........