Boo!

Well, how was that?  I post my first every blog contest, then disappear for what? A week?   Of course I plead motherhood…and Halloween, of course!

halloween '08

I didn’t blog a whole lot about the saga of sewing this year’s costumes; I figured if I had gotten sick of listening to myself whining about it, then you surely would have!  lol  That said, I’m brimming over with happy contentment that things came out well.  Dorothy was much better than last year’s Princess Peach costume (aka Princess Puke) — I even fielded a “where did you buy that” comment, or two! Never mind that it was dark — I still felt special.  😉

I’m also responsible for the scarecrow & the tinman (God bless my tin man — who really does have a heart — and a lot of patience!  lol).  Other than my 3 year old behaving, well, less than lovingly when I tried to put some finishing touches on his costume, “no momma, take this stupid thing off me!” it went pretty smoothly (if you don’t count the not being finished sewing until 6pm this evening thing… ;)).

I hope you all had a fun Halloween, too.  I’m still smiling at my 20 month old squealing “tweet-twa-tweet” at each door & walking right up to people’s doors trying to go in just in case they had more candy hiding about somewhere.  Never mind that my 1st born didn’t even know what candy was at this age…he didn’t have any big brothers to show him the way!

Oh, and by the way; Peaknit won the random drawing — send me your addy, woman!  I’ll keep ya’ll posted on the 500th commenter — this prize package thing is fun to do!

Anywho, I’ll leave you with a pic of my cute baby with the 2 1/2 day Yarn Harlot Sweater I made months ago — it fits pretty well, now…and what a cutie!

spencer 20 mths

PS…he just woke up muttering “tweet-twa-tweet” again… *love*

Autumn; and a blog milestone!

It’s a beautiful time of year…
autumn '08

autumn '08

halloween socks!
I know they aren’t hand knit, but they still make me smile! 🙂

My blog (in it’s current incarnation, that is) is about to hit a 10,000 views milestone — and sometime in the next couple weeks, someone will be the 500th commenter. I cannot tell you all how much I enjoy all my blog friends. I appreciate talking to you, reading what you write, and knowing that you are here reading about my life & the things that are important to me.

So I’m going to say thanks. I’ll be sending out 2 gifts — one for the 500th commenter, and one random commenter who posts the day my blog makes it to 10,000 views. 🙂

On to more blog business! I’ve been a bit lazy lately, so I have a bunch of random links for you. 🙂 First up is a nifty blog called A Year of Crockpotting — I’m hoping to try out some of the recipes; I sure could use a little mealtime inspiration! Sheri at TheLoopyEwe also had a nifty little chocolate fix type recipe. 🙂 On a more knitterly note, Through the Loops is having a mystery sock knitalong that looks gorgeous (although I’m not taking part right now — too much on my knitting plate) — check out Peaknit & Linda’s. Krisknits is a really nice blog I’ve come across. it’s one of those blogs you happen upon and before you realize it, you’ve read months of posts because it’s so interesting (and with excellent photography).

The last of the links I have are drooling opportunities — the Yarn Harlot posted a link to this excellent knitters gauge necklace that I thought was nifty. A bit out of my “spend on me all at once” price range, but I keep coming back to it…hmmmm; my birthday is coming up! (hint, hint, honey… ;)) lol This link is more accessible; it’s a preview to the Interweave Knits Holiday edition. Not as fantastic as last years (who could beat that one, though!), but pretty nice — I love the bag with the thistle. 🙂

I would have posted more last week…

but I was busy knitting:

cables & eyelets 2

Someone has got to help me come up with a name more interesting than “Cables & Eyelets…” lol

I’d post more (mostly about my love of this beautiful Autumn!), but that will have to wait, because I’m still busy knitting:

sophie -- for outlander swap

If you know what this is, shhhhh! Don’t tell — it’s part of my Outlander swap partner’s package. I’m actually just a few rows from binding off the most of this, so I’ve got to get back to it — it’s been ages since I had a 3 day project! 🙂

CookieA!

Don’t mind the terrible picture of me; I’m getting used to taking crummy pics…lol
cookie & me

Cookie’s class was just as interesting and fun as I thought it would be. She is charming, unassuming & (of course) very knowledgeable about pattern design! She spoke about converting stitch patterns, gave tips on elasticity of different types of patterns, made an excellent case for top-down socks, and of course — had an entire pile of beautiful sample socks. 🙂 It was great fun getting to see everything up close! Her ideas on how to incorporate cuff ribbing & heel flaps into the pattern design were great, and it’s due to her comment that the sock I began has the cable starting from the cast on edge. 🙂

Because it is, of course, the “pc” thing to do to buy your yarn at the same lys you’re attending your class at, I introduce you to both my new sock and my newest yarn acquisition. Here is the very, very yummy Dreams in Color “Smooshy:”

cookie sock design class sock

I LOVE the semi-solid variances. 🙂

Now back to cuddling my little ones through their first-head-cold-of-the-season. Ugh (to the cold, not the cuddling!). 😉