Miss me?

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.

blanket

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!

baby blanket 2

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).

more dipes

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*).

1st birthday 1st birthday with mom

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

haley & spencer

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!).

bag

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… ;)).

new shelf

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?

100purewool 1 ply
“Coral”

100purewool 1 ply
Ashen 1ply worsted

100purewool 1ply & 3ply
Firebrick (both 1ply & 3ply –another mistake–I wonder how noticeable it will be if they’re knit up together?) worsted

100purewool fingering
Fortress fingering…yum!!

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!

farmers market candles

Other exciting happenings include Ian’s 1st day of Kindergarten…*sob*

1st day of Kindergarten

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…

Ian - tatoo boy!

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.

Rain!

My camera sucks, but you get the idea…it was one of *those* moments. 🙂

My boys

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!).

Aiden

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…

PF hoodie -- folded PF hoodie -- too big

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:

spencer fireman's hat 9

Information on the dangers of flouride, and a company who may make filters that may remove flouride.

spencer fireman's hat 8 spencer fireman's hat 7 spencer fireman's hat 6

I also followed a link that I’ll have to read more about later — a grass-fed beef retailer.

spencer fireman's hat 5 spencer fireman's hat 4
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? 🙂

spencer fireman's hat 3

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!

spencer fireman's hat 2 spencer fireman's hat 1

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!

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5 thoughts on “Miss me?

  1. WOW – now that is one long fun filled post! We spent a week camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes last summer – what a wonderful spot – we floated down the lazy river right into Lake Michigan. And you are WAY too nice volunteering to put all those squares together.
    Nice yarn haul even if the colors weren’t as expected!

  2. Oh wow, where do I start! That baby blanket is going to be beautiful. I have never done an Icord join and I love how it is looking on your baby blanket. Perfect for uniting all of those colors and textures.

    Ian looks so grown up heading off to school, which makes all of the hidden tatoos even funnier! So strange for me to see the Parkdale lobby-I still miss everyone at that school.

    My favorite picture is the boys in the rain. The neighborhood kids got into a serious mud fight here a few weeks ago, wish I grabbed the camera before hosing them all down. Plus I was a little ticked that they dug a hole in the front yard to get the mud.

    I thinkd the yarn looks beautiful but it would bug me to get a color that wasn’t as expected. It does look nice though. In fact, I’ve only ordered yarn twice and was disappointed each time. The first time a friend and I joined orders of about $200 total and didn’t get anything for weeks. I finally called to see what was up and apparently the place I ordered from didn’t stock everything shown on their web site. So, without telling us first, THEY had to order everything, then ship it to us, which ended up taking 3 MONTHS!! We were not happy.

    We are all grass fed beef over here-it’s awful when you’re used to the other stuff. Did I ever tell you who in Midland we got our beef from? It was fantastic! Email me if you want a contact.

    Sounds like a fun camping trip. I love sitting around a campfire and knitting for hours. Bet the boys had a blast.

  3. We get local grass fed beef too. The only downside it that is a gamey and harder to cook. Some people really like it and some not so much. We have a Berkey filter too;the stainless steel kind. I really like it. They are super hard to get right now because of the hurricanes and everything.

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