Yarning with Natalie

While Natalie was here, as a thank you, I took her to the local yarn store, Ivelise’s.  She had a great time looking at ALLLLLL the yarn and the books for ideas.

While we were waiting, we had some yarny fun of our own.

That’s my mystery knit* with Ducky on the big round table. Can you see all the yarny goodness hiding in the background?  To the left are wound up scarves in a cute little crochet pattern.  When wound up they look like little heads of broccoli or something.

Miss R and Ducky show off a bright pink flowered headband that she would like me to make for her.  Only skinnier.  And with rainbow yarn.  And a bigger flower. And stretchier. So really, it won’t look anything like that at all.

A stealth shot of Natalie picking out some yarn. She took FOREVER to pick out yarn :) But she got some really great stuff that made her happy.  Plus a new book, 60 Quick Knits for Cascade 220.  I’d like to get a copy of that book.  Lots of fun little projects in there!

I can’t wait to see what Natalie is up to with all her yarn and new patterns, but since she was doing some stealthy holiday knitting, I think I’ll just have to wait.

More updates coming!

In other news, Ben is still in Switzerland.  But he’s sick.  Say a quick prayer, light a candle, cross your fingers, slaughter a pig** or whatever it is you do to pass on the good luck he needs to finish his class, graduate on Friday, and make it home without the flu.

*More on the mystery knit later.  It was finally released, so I’ll show it off to you later.

** Ok, don’t really do this unless you are a trained professional who will later eat the pig, please.

Jello? and other messy things

Ducky helped Miss R and Natalie make Pirate Jello this week.  It was Pirate Jello because of the marshmallows and blueberries they added-you know, hidden treasure.

Arrrr!  Ducky is worried he may have to walk the plank!

Donut got some jello too!  I don’t think he really cared for it too much-a little too sweet.  But he did enjoy playing with it.

We needed a bath after this.  Surprisingly, the red dye number4 that was all over his hands and elbows came right off in the bathtub.  No long lasting red baby!

Ducky also went back to ceramics class.

I designed a bowl to be used with yarn while knitting.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to put the yarn in the bowl, run the string through the loop and be able to knit while the yarn stays put in the bowl.  We’ll see how that turns out!

Then, Ducky went to visit the girls at knit night.

Here’s Ducky with everyone! There was lots of coffee and ice cream around this table along with the wools, alpacas, cottons, and acrylics.  I left Natalie with the group last night because Ducky was so tired (and so were the kids).  They had a great time, and now Natalie is looking for her own knitting group.

In other news, my super crazy busy week is now coming to a close, and I only have to do eleventy seven things this weekend instead of eleventy eight.

Ducky comes to visit

While Piggy was in Geneva, his cousin Wapiggy came to visit us.  He’s not exactly the friendliest little pig, but he’s cute.  He went with Miss R and Donut to a birthday party this weekend.

It’s a little blurry, because little girls don’t hold still for long.  But you see that little girl who is not Miss R?  She asked to hold Wapiggy.  Little did she know what a scheming little pig he is.  After a few minutes, he convinced her to run away with him and take him far far away.

There they go!  And that was the last we saw of Wapiggy.  Sorry Piggy, but your cousin is on the run.  I don’t know when we will see him again.

However, our friend Ducky stepped up and promised to help us out.

He went to the library with us.

Ducky likes to read Elephant and Piggy books with Miss R.

He also likes to read Scooby Doo.

But unfortunately it was nap time.

Then, Ducky went with me to my clay class.

Ducky helped Nettie throw a bowl.  It was a very big bowl.

Here’s Ducky modeling some of my finished bowls and a pony.  The pony goes on the boat.

Here’s Ducky sailing the boat.  There is a series of three boats that go along with the idea of Lake Michigan’s Invasive Species.

Ducky is looking forward to more news from Switzerland soon!

Easter Flowers

Easter Sunday was a beautiful day.  The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, the daffodils were blooming.  Miss R had a new dress (and new socks too!)

Speaking of which, the March socks are complete. And boy do I feel clever.  I designed that little heart on the back of her heels all by my onesies.

Miss R looking all adorable.

Using the daffodils as an umbrella?

Uncle Jon hanging with the Donut. He was worried the Donut was going to drool all over his cool skater shirt.

It was a very nice little Easter weekend.  Chocolate bunnies, potato salad, a puzzle, a nap, some yarn, and a very exciting church service (we even got to use little fire crackers to send confetti all around the sanctuary).

Goofy Hats and Big Feet

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We made these goofy hats awhile back with Grandma.  They are just rectangles sewn together on three sides with tassels.  This is actually MY hat, but Miss R has decided that she really likes to wear my hat more than her own.  Hers is bright pink with rainbow colored tassels.

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We made a mini one for Donut too!

Then, when we were over at Grandpa’s this weekend for his birthday, something extraordinary happened.  Donut’s feet grew too big for his shoes! In fact, they grew so big, he could wear his sister’s shoes!

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Ahhhh!  He’s growing up SO fast!

Finished Knitting and Children

Without listing all the excuses for why I haven’t updated in a while, I’ll just give you some pictures.

Donut and Miss R

The kids hanging out together.

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Finished February’s socks (on March 5th, a little late, but totally done!). These are Bellatrix pattern-slightly modified to skip the yo’s on the instep since they were a bit bulky.  The yarn is Happy Feet.  Loved it.

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Donut likes the socks.

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He also likes chewing on his wooden spoon.  It’s quite tasty I hear.  He has also started eating rice cereal. I have a movie of that, but haven’t been able to pull it off the camera and edit it yet.  Will try to post it soon.  He LOVES his rice cereal.  This kid is going to be a champion eater for sure.  I’ll have to start saving now for when he’s a teenager and eating everything in the house.

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A finished sweater vest. Mondo Cable vest by Chic Knits.  I used the Shepherd’s Wool from Stonehedge Fiber Mill-local to Michigan! The color is Spring Green, so appropriate!  I have an extra skein left over that will become matching mitts, hat, or cowl.  I haven’t quite decided yet.

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All that knitting and posing for the camera has made us sleepy!

Aside from all the knitting I’m getting accomplished, I’m also working on my thesis.  It’s not going great, but I’m slowly plugging away at it. I’m still gathering resources because my adviser wants the books/articles first before I start working too hard on the rest.  Which means, I’m making a list, but not actually researching anything as of yet.  This thesis stuff is so not mu cup of tea.  But if it means I will have a Master’s Degree, then so be it.  I wonder if I get a raise?

It’s March! (and other tidbits)

It is now March, which means that there is only 4 more months of winter here in Michigan.  Just kidding! I’m hoping that spring is just around the corner!

This is the snowman in February:

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This is the snowman in March:

snowman kerplop!

See? It’s totally almost spring!  When you have a snowman that belongs on CSI, you know that the weather is warming up and the flowers are coming out soon.  Ok, I’m not so delusional as to think we’ll have flowers next week or anything, but in Michigan, you gotta have some hope.  Come April, there had better be some crocuses (or would that be Crocii?)

My February socks are not finished.  Boo.  But I did make a valiant attempt. The toe of the first one took me a whole week as I knit and tinked because I started it too soon and it was much too short.  The second sock is ready for the heel, and I have great confidence that I will have it finished by the end of the week in time to start March’s socks.

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And those sock blockers? Those are a splendid surprise from Emily that she sent me from Webs.  Isn’t it great to get a package in the mail that you weren’t expecting? Thanks Emily! They are perfect!

A funny story about sock blockers and Emily.  Last June, we were putting up a display of yarn things in the library display case.  I brought along a couple of homemade sock blockers, just in case.  It ended up that we used them, but not for what they were intended.  Instead, we took the clothes hangers that had been manipulated and manhandled into sock shapes and manipulated them and manhandled them until they resembled coat hangers again.  Emily was so funny, because right after she got them into shape, she said something like, “Oh! were those your sock blockers? I think they can go back into sock shapes.  I hope!” And while we never actually got those twisty bits of metal back into shape, I had made another set.  Homemade ones are fine, but the Webs ones are so much sleeker and refined.

As for March’s socks, they are all ready to go, the Lang Jawoll sock yarn from Siwtzerland is waiting patiently for time on the needles!

Happy Birthday to Dr. Suess.  Miss R’s class has an exciting week ahead, and today she is wearing her jammies.  I’d take a picture, but she is already in her coat and hat because she wants to go to school and show off her pink nightgown and tights.  And flower barrette.

And just because everyone wants to see a little baby looking like Mr. Rogers, here is Donut in his old man sweater.

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Snow Day!

Today was one of those days.  It was Monday and the baby didn’t sleep for more than 2 hours at a stretch last night.  But when the phone rang at 5 am telling us that Ben had a snow day, I knew it would get better.

We slept in until 7:30, I made lemon scones for breakfast.  Yum!  I peeked outside, and this is what I saw.

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Don’t you just love that heavy, wet snow that clings to the branches?  It’s so pretty.  Until the snow started melting and the streets were a mess of brown, slushy snow.  Our backyard is still pretty pristine though!

Then, as I finished up breakfast dishes, I happened across a happily sleeping baby.

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Awwww!

Then, after spending an obscene amount of money to fix the brake and fuel lines in Ben’s old car (I GUESS it’s a good idea to fix those so that he doesn’t go barrelling to his fire-y death on the highway), we got a package in the mail.  Two actually.

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One was a cute green hat from Nicole.  She knit us all matching hats a couple of years ago and had some yarn leftover to make one for the little guy too! It fits perfectly!

And then there’s the blanket.  Ben’s cousin Natalie knit him up the cutest blanket in some fabulous organic yarn.  It’s so soft!

So many hand knits all in the same day! It was like Christmas.

But that’s not all!

Miss R and Daddy went out and made a snowman too.  I didn’t get any pictures while they were making him, but he is a very cute snowman wearing Daddy’s bright green hat and Miss R’s gardening gloves.

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What a fabulous day! Hope your Monday was just as splendid.

Come out Mr. Golden Sun

One of the ladies in my Bible study class is from Georgia.  Her husband moved her up here this year and this is her first full winter in the north.  And it’s been cold, snowy and gray.  Anyway, she’s been feeling pretty blue lately so one of the other ladies in the group suggested we shower her with sunshine this week.  Everyone agreed and we’ll all bring a sun for her on Friday.

Since it’s cold and snowy out, I thought I might share my sun with you all for a bit of a mid-winter pick me up.

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A little leftover craftiness from my bookmaking days.  Now to find something witty to write inside to help cheer her up!

It’s just a construction paper cut out. I started with a circle, added the triangles to the back, covered up the mess on the back with a second circle.  Made two circles cards for the center slightly smaller than the big one.  Then, laid them so they would open in opposite directions and glued the whole thing together.  Hooray! Arts and Crafts!

Sock O’ the Month Club

I’ve wanted to join a sock of the month club for several years now.  Unfortunately, the price tag and time constraints have deterred me from actually joining a sock club.

I have discovered that I actually have enough sock yarn in my house to make my own sock club.

So that is exactly what I’ve done.  I’ve already finished January’s socks.  While they are small and knit on big needles, I’m gosh darn proud of myself for having finished a pair of socks in less than 30 days.

These are knit in DK weight yarn.  It wasn’t the most pleasant of sock yarns to knit, but they are HEAVENLY to wear.  Super soft and squishy!  The yarn is King Cole Smooth.  No color, but it is the most deliciously bright turquoise-my favorite!

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February’s socks are already on the needles.