Momma 0 – Kids 4,542

Peaknit wrote about it last month…those days when the kids “win.” It’s been like that lately. I feel as if I’m fighting them for everything some days & yelling at them for fighting with each other (which totally works *rolleyes*). Really, I think we just need some direction. They’re great when they’re engaged in something:

grandma's house
— it’s boredom (or excessive TV time) that brings on the aggression. We also need to work on some clear-cut rules (that we can actually enforce) regarding some new members of our family:

new kitties
Blog; meet Sabertooth & Boots (yea, those names match wonderfully, huh?). Sabertooth is the short-hair in front; he’s shy but fierce when cornered & loves to play pounce on his brother (he also would love to be left alone most of the day, but that is not to be his lot in life, I fear). Boots is his longish-haired brother who is very friendly & puts up with a LOT from a certain trio of young boys (although getting his leg pulled made him less than happy today). Boots was almost named Mary Jane, as his white feet in front have that look, but dh quickly commented on “MJ’s” other meaning, so Boots it is.

In “other” news, Spencer has finally stopped smackin’ his little cousin up side the head…now he’s forever lovin’ on her. Hugs & kisses all the time…

spencer & haley 1

She doesn’t seem too traumatized…

spencer & haley 2

These pics were taken during our July 4th visit with family. We stayed with little Miss Haley’s Mom & Dad (my sister), then all drove over to my other sister’s house for fireworks (she lives next to the fairgrounds) and the birthday of one of my nephews. I’m proud to say that not only did I finish his blanket on time (i.e., I wasn’t 2 hours late to the party!),

braxton blanket

but I also made & delivered the blanket for my other nephew whose party we missed last month:

willie blanket
That is a fireman’s hat in the center, there. I’m sure you would have known if you’d seen the center fabric up close — it’s Curious George & fire trucks. The 3 is in reference to his age. Both boys really seemed to like their blankets, so I’m happy. The niece I made the blanket for back in January or so actually pulled hers out to sit on during the fireworks, as did my older nephew with his flames blanket. It’s so cool to make things for kids that they like. 🙂

Now I only have 2 nieces left to make blankets for — and my own kids, of course (and I just realized that all 5 of those blankets have been started already!). I’ve pretty much held to my initial challenge of using stash fabric. I bought several yards of yellow to have matching backs, as I said I would; but on the 3rd I realized I didn’t have a large enough blanket for my 9 year old nephew (dude is TALL!), so I had to go buy some black to trim it in. I almost had a fit when I realized they didn’t have any black flannel (come on, Joann’s — if you’re going to stock flannel with flames & skulls & crossbones, you need to stock some black, too!). I ended up finding some clearanced “crinkle cotton” that wasn’t “crinkled” at all. It has a similar weight & color/tone, so it worked out fine. Plus it was only a buck or two. 🙂

On the knitting front, I’ve been plodding along on all my projects, just a bit at a time, in between cleaning up my craft/sun room, going through old paperwork, and sewing. I’m hoping to have some progress pics soon. Especially of Mingus. It’s a beautiful sock. I’m trying to do several rounds every evening. It has a chart that you have to read 2 different spots on (twice) for each round, so it isn’t all that great for tv knitting, and I’m usually pretty pooped by the end of the day. I’m also making nice headway on my chevron scarf, although it looks awfully wrinkled… I thought I was knitting too tightly so I started knitting more loosely & it hasn’t really helped. Hmmm… I blocked the end of it at 8 inches along & it was okay, I should try again now that it’s closer to 2 ft.

I don’t have a lot of links today, I really haven’t been at the computer very often, lately. But Knitscene’s Fall magazine has released it’s online preview, and there are some really neat patterns in it. I particularly like the Opulent Raglan, which I now see was designed by Knit & Tonic‘s Wendy Benard. Of course — she does great work. 🙂 There are a lot of other things I might knit, too, so I’ll probably pick this issue up when it hits newsstands.

I also found this new cardie from Berroco while surfing Ravelry last week. It’s amazing & is screaming for me to knit it — for me! Of course, although I have yarn for 2 different (yet to be determined) sweaters, I’m pretty sure the gauge will be wrong on both of them for this pattern. And there is the simply stunning scarf that I just *must* try someday. It’s so unusual looking — and pretty, without being “cutsie” (which I abhor).

I’m off to pay some bills & knit a bit — I think I deserve a break after today (did I mention dh had to work a 12 hour day, today? Thank God for fast food or I think I would have turned into the little old lady who lived in the shoe!). I may just have to open that bottle of Pinot Noir that jumped into my bag at the corner store, today…

And of course…gratuitous cute baby shot:

spencer @ grandmas 1

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4 thoughts on “Momma 0 – Kids 4,542

  1. I love the cardi from berroco too!

    The blanket is great and the kittens are adorable.

    Sometimes I feel like my kids are winning too.
    With the summer holiday from school and kindergarden + that my stepdaughte are here for three weeks, it can get a little crazy around here some times. Hubby is working all summer, so I’m pretty much alone with the kids during day time.
    Just looking forward to my mum goes on vacation, then my kids ( at least the two oldest) are going there for a week or so 😉

  2. Kids are totally kicking my ass today. OMG. I seriously should NEVER, EVER set ANY goals for myself for any given day, ever. Because they will ruin it every time!

  3. Love your kid photos! You have the most beautiful kids! I am kid free this week – yahoo! They went to stay with Grandma for a short week, and I am going to knit knit knit.

    Love the soakers on the babies too. Too cute. Sabertooth and Boots will be just fine, I’m sure. I figure if the kids get to be too much, the cat will run and hide.

    Hope you are having a wonderful summer, I know I have been extra kid busy and this week for me feels needed.

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