I missed you! I’m sorry I didn’t post to reassure you sooner, but you’ll all be glad to know that I did not, in fact, get tied to a tree by my dear sweet sons, as Tina suggested. Truthfully, they were too busy learning farting songs from their older cousin, rolling and running down Sleeping Bear Dunes, and floating down the Platte River in Rhino float rings. Spencer turned into a clinger monkey, so I spent most of my time with him & forgot entirely about the camera. Maybe I’ll remember next year; you’ll just have to take my word for it that it was really fun. And the food…oh my…if I’d had the chance, I’d have sat at the picnic table and ate for hours!
On the knitting front, I mentioned a project last post that I hadn’t showed any pics of or even talked about. It’s a baby blanket that my entire playgroup contributed squares for.
I volunteered to join the squares, and after a fun finishing techniques class with Terry at Apple Valley Yarn Company in Freeland, I decided to do an I-cord bind off/join. It’s beautiful, but it is taking a loooong time. Of course, Spencer has been in the middle of one of those lovely “phases” where he needs Mommy more than he needs sleep, so I’ve been averaging 1 side of 2 squares per night. Did I mention there were 24 squares? I am finally in the home stretch, with only the top row left (the two missing squares have since been completed & given to me). Of course I also decided to do the trim as well, since the only thing that goes with i-cord joined squares is an i-cord border. Yea. I’ll post in 2009 when I finish up. lol!
Anywho, there has been some sewing in the last few weeks (although I’m officially behind on my last 2 blankets for my “year of the blanket” for my nieces & nephews’ birthday presents).
Here is the recipient of those diapers, sweet Haley at her 1st birthday party (with her gorgeous Mom, who I’m proud to say is my wonderful little sister…I developed my “baby hip” carrying her around when I was 7 *sniff*).
She is a beautiful baby, isn’t she? Almost as beautiful as mine (Spencer is almost exactly 6 months older than Haley)… did I say that out loud? lol
This bag was a small commissioned project for a mom in my playgroup (who will be returning to us next spring once her dh finishes his last year of school — yaaay!).
Dh put up a shelf for me in my craft room, and I had it decorated (read: chock full of “stuff”) in minutes. 🙂 That doll on the wall with the yellow hair was bought by my Grandparents in Brazil when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade. She’s really neat. 🙂 And yes, that is an original Nintendo you see…I got to level 7-4 last night in Mario; woot! (this is the part where you don’t mention that I should have been I-cording… ;)).
I’ve also bought some stuff…100purewool; lovely stuff, but beware of the colors — you occasionally get a color that is ridiculously different from what you ordered…and then they update their website to reflect the color they’re giving you with the original name…really — does this look like “coral” to you?
Ashen 1ply worsted
Firebrick (both 1ply & 3ply –another mistake–I wonder how noticeable it will be if they’re knit up together?) worsted
I also keep buying these gorgeous candles at the Farmers Market…I’m sure I’ll get more next week as I keep buying them for future swaps then setting them on my window sill & realizing there’s no way I’m going to give these up!
Other exciting happenings include Ian’s 1st day of Kindergarten…*sob*
He’s completely happy; already learning to write his numbers & taking Spanish. His school prompted me to make another buy, but more on that next week. I think he made a name for himself when his teacher complimented him on the tattoo on his arm and he promptly showed off the rest…
For all my talk of not getting pics of the boys, I actually did get some this week. We had a lovely summer rain a couple days ago — the sort where the rain just comes straight down & there is no hint of thunder or lightning. So I sent them outside to teach the baby the fine art of stomping in rain puddles.
My camera sucks, but you get the idea…it was one of *those* moments. 🙂
And then we came in and I caught this shot of Aiden — I swear this is one of those pictures that show you what a child is going to look like in 20 years (other than the wet hair!).
I haven’t been knitting anything other than the blanket, but here’s a progress shot of the Peace Fleece sweater I’m going to have to rip out. The first shot looks about right…
And then you see how many inches too big I’ve made it… ugh I’m pretty sure I counted 20 stitches too many — at least it will knit up that much more quickly, huh. And I can change the order of the colors, although I’m not quite sure what order I’m going to change them too yet.
Oy. It is getting late (and I’ve been working on this post for 2 days **edit: 3 days!** — Mario Bros. is time consuming! lol). So I’ll sprinkle all my beautiful “Spencer in a fireman’s hat after he learned to ham it up for the camera” shots between my random links:
Information on the dangers of flouride, and a company who may make filters that may remove flouride.
I also followed a link that I’ll have to read more about later — a grass-fed beef retailer.
On a non-soapbox issue, Metapostmodern came out with their 2nd online issue of new knitting patterns — very cool, even though I didn’t see anything that was really my style. Maybe it’s yours? 🙂
My buddy Jamiee (who hasn’t updated her blog in AGES) sent me this link…what do you think — are we ready for another generation to learn “who ya gonna call?!” I think so!
My last link is for my all time favorite Author, Diana Gabaldon. She has a BLOG now!! I’m so excited. 🙂 I have months of archives to catch up on (you know…after I finish the I-cord… ;)).
**Whew — I can’t believe I finally finished this post!