Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Christmas!

Rosalie and Nina
also known as
Reindeer and Santa

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Candy coated fingers anyone?

The first step of making Pralines, butter, sugar and cream, heat to 240 degrees. Step two, add Bourbon and toasted pecans.

Step three, drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper and let cool.

No where in the directions did it say to push the candy off the spoon with your fingers!
I love you Chuck! I'm sorry your hurt.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Scary!

DON'T leave your mechanic's hand lying around. It's hazardous to your nutcracker collection.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

GOTCHA!

Still a little surprised I actually caught a smile. I guess the Christmas spirit is here!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thankyous feel good

I made this hat for my brother with Mission Falls in the Detroit Lions colors. It's part of our home made Christmas gifts. He sent me a lovely note saying how much he was enjoying wearing the hat.

Even his dog Cooper is smiling!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Yum! Cookies!

While making her cookies for the Christmas baskets she got C's approval. Job well done.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tagged

Ok. So Knitwhit tagged me. These are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.

3. Write six random, arbitrary things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.


1. I clean up dog poop several times a day.
2. I watch the Today show every day.
3. I compost.
4. I get grossed out seeing someone eat rare meat.
5. I knit lots of socks, but rarely wear them.
6. I sit "Indian" style on my couch!

Tagging; Kellie, Meliaballa,
Knittedbear,
Zarzuela,
Emily,
Tracey


A green Christmas

This year we decided that as part of living a healthier, more earth friendly life, we would use newspaper as gift wrap! I have been having a really great time trying to match articles with the gift recipient. I also think it is rather festive looking with the mix of articles about the holidays.
I'm thrilled with the way the kids are embracing this, too!
Oh! By the way, do you notice the wee socks and hats on our wee tree? Hehehe

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas is in the air

I am most excited to see how our family is all working hard to make home made items to give as gifts this year. Some of them are really getting into the spirit of it. I can't wait to put the baskets together and showcase all their hard work. This is really making the holiday season great. Quality family time and self esteem boosters abound!

Friday, December 5, 2008

The good and the bad

How can this sweet and innocent kid be so darling one minute and so rude and disrespectful the next? I am trying to remember the good things and forget the bad.....

Monday, November 3, 2008

Perfect Day?

The weather is amazing. While walking the dogs I had amble opportunity to enjoy the sun and beautiful colors. It made me think.

I wondered how soon the days would have bone chilling winds. Heavy coats and looking for that lost mitten you had just moments before. How miserable I would be scraping ice from my very hard to reach van window. Or worse, scraping frozen poop off frozen grass. It was depressing.

So instead I tried to concentrate on how, with a day like today, in let's say in May, it is filled with excitement and things to come. Trips to the garden center and placing yard ornaments in the perfect spot. Going out with no coat or even shorts if you dare.

That's when I realized I could just enjoy the day. Because it's today. A beautiful day. Filled with the wonder of having four seasons. Fall is a great time of the year. Enjoy every day.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

AS the weather turns....

As the cold weather has been creeping in, with pelting hail and bone chilling wind, we have been "winterizing" the yard. It's a good reason to start modeling all the lovely hand knits. It also is inspiring me to finish up all the knitted items that have been keeping my needles cozy.



Rosalie is very thankful to have this finished project I started last May!

I need to get started on all the new fabulous patterns and yarns I've been collecting. I have so many Christmas gifts I want to make. I'm excited to be giving my knitted items to people that will appreciate the work and time put in every stitch.


On the kid front..... Homecoming dances and new experiences as one forges into adulthood.... I wonder why fighting the parental desire to document such moments is required. The pleasure of seeing the kid [who doesn't think brushing his hair is worthwhile] all cleaned up and shiny is far and few between. I need these documents to remind me eventually "teenager" will be a memory and they become normal again.

I guess, if sullen was the look you were going for.......


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Whew! October is busy!

This weekend the Lovely Stephanie will be coming to visit! She is bringing her very charming partner, Matt and her best friend, Theresa. S, M and T are running in the Free Press Half Marathon. The rest of us will be participated in the 5K walk. We will be on Team Autism.

I am trying to finish knitting my Witch hat so I can get it felted and dried for a party on the 25th. So, I better get going on it.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Incoqnito

I enjoy reading blogs about knitting and life of fellow knit addicts. Usually I just read a long and enjoy a laugh or pics of other bloggers incognito. I've followed Knit-Whit for a while now. [I came across her on Ravelry] This month she decided to have a comment contest and I decided to take a whirl at the comment thing. And yes, I one for week one! Whoo-hooo! I will soon be adding a charming wee sock to my collection along with a matching pack of gum!

See the wee clothes pin just waiting for your sock?

Also, the girl and I attempted to make a felted bar of soap. I don't think we have quite the knack for this. The soap bar got considerably smaller and the roving felted minimally. Hmmm.

Monday, September 29, 2008

What's with that?

This was a great weekend. We enjoyed the company of family and friends here with a Bar-B-Que and campfire. My husband did a great job smoking the meat starting at 6am. The kids all helped get ready in the yard and cleaning out the garage. Sarah helped with the inside, which was awesome and a giant help, and kept me from being crazy insane and stressed. I think the Sarah help was great for the kids too as their load was lifted significantly. We planted some fall flowers and put out "Christmas" lights. Everyone brought a dish to share and all the food was delicious.


Do you know that only just today I realized no pictures were taken. Not a single one. WHAT'S WITH THAT? I always intend to take picture's and now that it's over I highly regret not having the visual memory's of the people we love just enjoying each other. I will work on this. Starting today the camera will be more accessible and not kept out of the way in my bedroom closet!


I took this picture today. It will have to suffice. It does at least have smilling faces.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Chaotic or Calm?

Cluttered or Comforting?

I find I'm concerned probally more than I should about what others see of my life and home.

Let's assume I have a freind visitng me. She thinks that my life is over cluttered. I have too much furniture in this room. Why don't you put things away and what doesn't fit eliminate? Too many boys sharing this space. Maybe you could reorganize this area? We good make it look so much better.

Now let's assume a different Friend is visiting. Wow, everything is is so nice, your colors are great. I like that you have extra chairs so every one can sit together. I'm amazed how you can fit so many people in so little a space. You always have everything so organized. It looks so nice, too.

But, I suppose it's more telling about the person noticing these things than those being noticed. I know I myself have thought these things about my friends each in turn. And that, I would say is the most interesting.

I should remember that people look at others and see both what they admire and what they hope to be better than. It's not really about you. So, I'll endeavor to remember we all appear one way or another at different times and to different people and that is okay.

I'll strive to be calm and comforting and work on the chaos and clutter, not only with my house but also with those in my life. We all need to see the good while acknowledging the bad so we can continue to grow.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

When I grow up.....

I want to be a consistent blogger......

Meanwhile, I'll try to update more often.

Let's see, my life has been put on hold it seems. M and H are in OK. Still. I have no kitchen. Still. I am traveling with ML for his work. Still. I'm doing laundry for the trip (Buffalo, NY this time.) Still. I'm trying to find more time to knit. Still. It's hot and muggy. Still. My life seems to be on hold. Still.

I have new blogging goals of 2-3 times a week. Just 15minutes of my time 2-3 times a week. I think I can handle that.

I updated my flickr so feel free to check that out. Meanwhile I am going to hang the perma-press.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Happy days of summer

I've sent out my swap package to Paula. I'm very excited for her to get it. I picked goodies I thought she'd like but had a very hard time with chocolate. This is one of her favorite things, especially dark.....But it's summer and mailing chocolate with wool is asking for a tragedy. But I think she'll be happy.
This is the first SOS08 sock. I have cast on for the second sock today and hope to be finished by Friday. This is the Ginny Weasley pattern and I am using Chewy Spaghetti in the Sunset colorway.

I'm hoping the new bag I ordered from Loopy to come tomorrow. Also, I am waiting on my swap package from Kellie. Yup, I'll be checking out the mail before my husband!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Forever and a day

Since I haven't updated in forever I thought I would today.

I have been working on non sock project. Trying to finish everything so I can go "whole hog" into SOS'08. I have plans to knock out socks from my stash that I have been wanting to knit. I'm very excited to get going.


This weeks focus is finishing up my Loopy Swap II package. I'm am picking up goodies and finishing the knitting. Looking good for my deadline.


Since my last post I've finished my Lace Ribbon Scarf



Also finished my Husbands Afghan
I have also worked on this basic Triangle Shawl made from Mountain Colors Mohair in Tamarack
And...... Loopy was spotted vacationing with the gnomes in my yard. It was very exciting! One of the Gnomes was overheard saying "It was great that Loopy got to GNO ME on a more personal level!"

Friday, April 25, 2008

UGH!

I have been knitting mom's socks for Mother's Day. I'm using J. Knits AC-130. I've used J. Knits before with great success. Remember my Loopy sock swap for Pam? Those were knit on 1's and mom tried them on and said they were perfect. Good to know.

I am making the chevron pattern from Sensational Socks. I started with a 0 needle because it had more stitches (66) and it was too tight. So a frogging it went. Started again with a 1. Too small still.... Frogged....Added another repeat which is eleven stitches..... HUGE....Frogged......again.....UGH! So.....Now I'm trying 0's with 77 stitches.

By now, surely, I've knit this sock enough to have finish the damn pair! If this doesn't work......I'm burning the yarn......Well it's wool so maybe I (can't) won't burn it.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ready and waiting on summer

Hooray! Let's have a party. Under our new pergola of course!


Everyone helped by following Uncle's direction

It turned out fabulous and I am looking forward to all the days and nights we will be spending under the shade watching the kids playing. Now all we have left is to add some flowers and invite the fairies for tea. Nice job every one. Especially Rick and Drew.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Start your day out right

I got up a little early today so I could work on the afghan. I'm hoping to finish this last square in row two and get it blocked for class tomorrow. This is what I saw in the kitchen....

Who doesn't love the comic section?!?

Now that my day has started out right I'm confident I'll reach my knitting goal. And it's supposed to be 75 degrees today! Woohooo!!!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Swaps and such

I am ready and running for The Loopy Swap 2. I am going to be checking my sources for info on my down stream partner and planning on projects and goodies. I'm excited to get to know new people.

I'm almost finished with my Loopy club socks for March. I am currently on the toe decreases of sock 2! I'm on the second row on the Afghan. And I've frogged a big chunk of my Noro sock because I thought the stockinette would be too uncomfortable.


We have a very busy weekend planned. Starting with the girl having a half day and we plan to go to LYS and checking out their big spring sale. Tomorrow two kids are going with Gma for the Saturday early movie special. One kid will be going to State to visit his girl, one will be helping a fellow scout on their Eagle project and another will be working. ML and I are going shopping for ingredients and such to make Orzo salad, Potato casserole and a veggie salad for my friend whom is having a 1st Communion party [we will be attending on Sunday.] Hopefully the farmer's market will be helpful in this. We also are planning to go order the flooring for our big Kitchen remo. Then my brother and his wife will be coming for dinner and cards. And, because I'm a procrastinator, I will have to work in order to get out the Robotics team shirts in time. I don't think there will be much knitting time.


My weekend goal for knitting is to finish my Loopy club sock. I said it out load so now I am committed to that, right?


Here's the Afghan's first row.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

I have three projects going right now. 1. Swirls, Loopy sock club-75% 2. Noro stockinette sock-40% 3. Calender Afghan-10%.


This is Swirls

I want at least three more projects started. 1. Mom's mother's day socks 2. Socks with tomato chutney Numma Numma 3. Scarf with hand maiden sea silk.

I'm in danger of becoming a starter. I'm trying hard to be a FO-er!
I participated in the Wee tiny sock swap hosted by yarnmiracle. I haven't received mine yet today but have high hopes for today.



This is the sock I sent to Margaret in N.C.

I think I'd like to make a million of these and hang them on a "clothesline" with little clothes pins.


Friday, March 28, 2008

You know you spend to much time on Ravelry when....

you check your groups and nothing new is posted.....

you reconize people on multiple, seemingly unrelated groups.... and feel like you've seen a friend in the hall at school.....

you check ravelry so much you change it to your homepage.....

you turn the TV on, boot up ravelry and half an hour later... you realize your watching the sports news on ESPN.....

the reason you want a PDA to have Internet is so you can check your forums when your on the go.....

You catch site updates... and panic because you think it's gone.....forever.....

you can't understand why anyone would NOT be on ravelry.....even the non-knitters.....

Friday, March 7, 2008

Keeping up. or not!

I have been rather lazy about blogging. I keep thinking I'll have something interesting to say and I'll blog tomorrow. It never seems to be interesting though. It's just my life.

But today as I sit contemplating my visit with Ann Marie over knitting and coffee, I realized not that anything specific we said was so fabulous but rather just the chatting and sharing was. I enjoy the listening and sharing stories and learning about her life.

I guess that's what blogging is missing. The sharing.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Life has been very busy this week. ML and I went to Georgia to visit with Stephanie and brought home thisThis is Rosalie she is an absolute sweetie and a great addition to the family. Everyone is loving her even Nina.

On the knitting front I still am working on the same socks and I've started a prayer shawl. I am going to knitting in the morning with the intent to finish the Murky pair. Today I purchased these fabulous shoes to show off my knitted socks! Aren't they cute?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A very good day indeed

I got my swap package in the mail today. WOW is not enough said. Lynda, my upstream partner, did a super job. She sent Duets in Chocolate Crunch which is the perfect mix of reds and browns. a darling Sock Monkey knitting bag, biscotti, salt water taffy, Godiva Chocolates, sock blockers, soak wash sampler and pecans from her grandma's house. And........

The most beautiful shawl in browns and I'm sorry I don't know the pattern but it looks like leaves. I just can't believe I have such a talented partner. I have been sooooo lucky in this swap to have got her.

This is ML showing minimal enthusiasm for the pecans (which are a favorite snack for him.) Isn't he cute!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Week off school

No school for winter break. We seem to be having a lazy catch up time of things. I scheduled Eye Dr and Dentist appointments and things like that. I have high hopes for all bedrooms to be cleaned and sheets washed. Tonight some of the kids will be going to the Pistons Basketball game and ML will be at school so I think the rest will go out to dinner somewhere.

It's super cold out. I can't wait for summer to be here. I have to go grocery shopping and the thought of loading and unloading the van with the wind ripping through you has me snuggled under a blanket with the dog instead.

Speaking of dogs. ML and I will be going to Georgia to visit Stephanie for the weekend and we'll be bringing a dog home. Another Chihuahua, so Nina will have a new friend named Rosalie. I think every one is excited. She will be a rescue and I here how sweet she is from all that know her so I'm sure she'll be a good fit.

My swap partner received her package and said she loved it and the socks fit. That's a big relief. I can't seem to get any more photos uploaded so I'll try again later.

I've also started two new socks. 1st pair is Chewy Spaghetti in Murky. Just a basic rib. The second pair is Duets in Neon Love. It's mostly st st but it does have a cute lace heart around the leg.

I also am working on a scarf with Schaefer in Rosa Parks. I think I'm intrequed with this scarf. It's got me thinking about what other scarfs I might like. Maybe it just too cold out today to think of any thing but staying warm.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Yesterday my husband and I became the proud parents of our third adult child. Happy 18th Birthday to Rick.

So, I have changed my username on Ravelry. It is now Kash. I got tired of looking at my name all ran together and since I think my initials are pretty cool I went with them. It seems kinda weird now though. We'll see if it makes any difference.
I am rounding the corner home on my swap project. It's been adding stress to my life in a way I had not expected. I'm worried I used the wrong pattern for the yarn I chose. I'm worried she won't like the yarn or think I did a good job knittting. What if it doesn't fit? I am not usually this insecure about things. I'll be glad when it's over. I hope she loves everything. I'm trying really hard.

I am almost finished with the Math Nerd socks for ML. I have broken my third Lantern Moon needle and it's put that pair on hold until I can replace it. It's the third one, it's kind of embarrassing really.

We have several inches of snow on the ground today with a nice thick layer of ice under it. Of course since the schools called a snow day last week (when we had almost no snow) they all went today. You only get two snow days figured in the calander and if more are taken school gets out later in the summer and the teachers and other staff hate that. So off to school we go after deicing the van and prying the frozen doors open and almost killing myself on the icy driveway. Happy winter to you, too.
We sent this adult child out to supervise the.. uhm.. Shoveling.
They seemed to enjoy themselves. Good job anyway!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Snow day!


Happy snow day for all the school kids out there. Although we only have a lame 3 inches of snow right now it is supoosed to keep snowing all day. I plan on knitting until ML makes it home from St. Louis. Then I'll give him a big kiss and a tight hug. Then I'll probally knit some more.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Excitement and Concerns

The weather threat is 9-12 inches of snow starting about midnight. I like the snow when there is only enough to cover the grass or so much that school is canceled and noone needs to leave the house. If we get the predicted snow tomorrow it may delay ML's air travel. NOT a good thing. So I'll pray for a safe and on time return.

I've been plugging along on my socks. I have two pair I'm progressing on and one pair on hold (sorry ML). The 1st pair is for me. The Perchance to knit-Pond II. I'm working on the foot of the second of the pair. The other pair is the new Swap partner version. This is going much better but I am concerned the colorway will be boring for my partner. I hope she'll enjoy them though. I think they're nice. I'm thinking of making a pair for myself also which is a suprise because I only have "Frank" socks right now.

And speaking of Frank color socks. ML went to the Loopy Ewe and is bringing home yarn. I can't wait to see the colors he chose. I am trying to get at least one pair of socks done so I can cast on with a new pair right away! I can't wait.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Accolades!

I AM REDEEMED!!! As I usually make lame stuff like hot dogs and mac & cheese when ML won't be home for dinner, the kids prefer to eat the junk any way. The adult kid asked what was planned for dinner, I said "chicken patty sandwiches." He responds with, "Crap- is it going to be like this all week? I so would prefer you to cook real food!" HA! It's nice to actually have some one who enjoys my food. I think he and I will have Chicken Parmesan with the frozen homemade spaghetti sauce, garlic bread, salad and pasta. The young and uncultured will eat chicken on a bun with ketchup and raw carrots!

Well, I know ML would rather be home to eat with us than in that God for saken place he has to be. I love you, tons. I miss you too.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Changing plans & other fun

I've decided, after knitting halfway through the gusset on the Thelonious that I can not continue. I have found 3 mistakes in the lace which would require frogging all the way back to the 10th row to fix them. I've changed plans. I am working on a new sock with a new yarn. I hope this works out better.

Last night we had my brother and his wife along with my cousin and his wife over for dinner and cards. We had fun playing cards and visiting.

We were talking about this special gift ML commissioned for my Christmas gift. My brother designed and built it.

My brother says, "Oh, are you talking about the Sock cocks?" Honestly! That's what he thought they were called. I almost peed my pants. He's not just another pretty face you know.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thelonious Day

Today I am determined to make significant progress on my swap socks. I am starting the heel flap as soon as I'm done here. I would really like to report one complete sock tomorrow. So that's my goal. No turning back. Off to knit. Click-Clack. See... you can hear the needles already.


I LOVE YOU- CHUCK!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fun with the kids


We went this weekend to Frankenmuth and stayed at Zender's Splash City. We always stay at an indoor water park to celebrate our anniversary. Zender's was the smallest of the water parks but it was the closest distance. Just over an hour away.



ML found the hot tub.


This one was every where having the most fun!


My mom loves water stuff and came along to enjoy the kids.

This is mostly what I did.

This one went down the water slide... a 1000 times!




This one macked on some girls......O- to be young.


This one did this.


At one point he actually asked where every one was. When I answered "swimming" he says "Oh- makes sense." DUH! Only the brightest can be so dumb.


The older boy child didn't stay with us now that he's a too cool adult but he did drive up to have dinner at the restaurant with his girl so that was nice. I didn't think to take a picture of him eating a mound of Zender's family style chicken dinner. I think we all had fun. Next time we'll go back to one of the bigger parks.