Friday, August 29, 2008

Gallery Update

It has been a while since we have hosted a gallery event.
Eleni's flag
However, Miss EJ has done it again. This time working with construction paper, white glue, and gold stars she expresses her views on the country she calls home. I have the honor to present to you "Patriotism on a Stick"
Eleni's flag close
The artist could not make the gallery opening. It was nap time.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

So Long!

No, no... not like so long, I am going away. More like holy heck, my arms are SOOOoooooo long!
So Long
I ended up adding about 4 inches more sleeve than the pattern suggested! However I am happy with the length and that means I will wear the sweater without pulling at the cuffs all day long wishing I had just spent a little more time making them right. there is a mistake in this sleeve. Can you see it? Yea, I didn't think so. Which is why I didn't fix it. Now I just need to finish the second one... it is about 5 inches long now. Maybe I will duplicate the mistake and that way they will match. hehe.

Between knitting the sleeves I put the collar onto the sweater to mix things up a bit. It does not lie flat when it is laying flat, but does smooth out once it is on and stretches out a bit.

Who knows, I just might finish this sweater before the start of Fall!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Teeth vs Sleep

Guess which won.... yawn. The good news is that the second tooth cut. Perhaps tonight will be better? I never saw a baby with bags under their eyes, that is until today.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

More Thermal

I realized I had no pictures of my thermal sweater body that I knit oh so long ago...
Here it is lounging in the lawn
Thermal body
and now on me... sorry about the self portrait. K doesn't get the need for blog photography.
Thermal body
As you can see it is quite fitted due to the ribbing however if I remember correctly my swatch flattened out considerably once it got a bath. So I expect it to fit closely but perhaps less snuggly once it is blocked.

I finished the increases on the first sleeve this morning while EJ napped. I still have a while to go before I can start decreasing for the cap of the sleeve though. Best be getting back to that...and my Olympic game watching before this second nap is over!

Home things

As I mentioned previously, we have established our fourth room upstairs as a guest bedroom. Meaning that we no longer have a "junk room". At one point it seemed like we had three junk rooms. Oh how far we have come in the past 4.5 years of home ownership. We received the full sized bed from my grandparent's house. It fits into the room nicely.
guest bed2
I love that little detail on the headboard. We painted the room a color called Beach House by Shirwin Williams. This picture does not do it justice however. Guess that is what I get for photographing the room while it was very sunny out.
guest bed
The coverlette is from Bed Bath and Beyond, and is a light blue. We need a couple of more pillows for the bed before it is finished. Plus I only ironed one set of the curtains so far. We are also considering adding room darkening blinds to the room to try to combat the afternoon sun. Oh, and I have to install the ceiling fan too. Probably sometime this weekend. Just a boring white one like in our room, but the room gets so hot it would be silly to not put one in.

Rachel's Irises
I did a little gardening! I decided on this little corner to plant the Irises that RD so generously gave to me when we visited their new home. I really hope that they like it here as well as they liked living next to the carriage house! I gave them some new soil as what was there was lacking in many ways. After I had finished this little project I went to another bed and tried pulling weeds. I startled a little snake who was sunning himself , which in turn startled me. So those weeds are safe for now... and I know to look around for snakes before digging around for weeds!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Thermal, revisited

I cannot belive I can say I have been working on a sweater for over a year and a half. February 10th 2007 I posted to the Thermal knit-along blog that I was anticipating to swatch that weekend. However, somewhere along the way I was distracted and became more interested in something else. Like being pregnant. I was last spotted with my thermal sweater at the Yarn Harlot's book signing with Amy, tiny little Heather and even tiner EJ...we just had found out the week before, and I let Amy in on the secret.

I justified setting the sweater down in favor of a new project because even if I finished the sweater I couldn't wear it that fall because I would be very pregnant at that point. So I started knitting K's sweater. My logic being if I didn't do it before the baby, he would have to wait a LONG time for anything that involved.

With fall just around the corner again, and having my body back to its normal shape again I felt motivated to get back to this project once again.
thermal arm
After quite a bit of knitting I have around half of one sleeve complete! It is slow progress, but I am still pretty motivated to get it finished. I just wish I didn't have such long arms!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Twist Collective

Have you ladies come across this new online knitting magazine? I was linked to it via Mason Dixon Knitting. There are some yummy patterns in their premier issue. I wasn't so sure how I felt about each pattern costing $7. As I can subscribe to a real magazine and get many different patterns for that same price (or less). However one particular sweater struck my fancy enough that I jumped onto Webs and ordered the expensive (for me) yarn for the sweater and ordered the pattern too. Perhaps this is the retail therapy I needed after the Great Washing Machine Debacle. It is official, that Lady is dead. Coming soon- the Come Together Sweater...

(picture from Twist Collective)


It has been WAY too long since my last update. I have found that taking and uploading pictures to blog about has been more of a chore. I have things to talk about. Revival of my Thermal sweater and slow progress on its sleeves. A new coat of paint in our "guest room" and a bed worthy of guests. Not to mention plenty of EJ milestones. She is cruising! However as I mentioned... no pictures of any of this. So this is my promise to get my act together and take some pictures. Until then, here is Eleni practicing being gentle with patient Momo's soft little ears. I am sure the sun-coma he is in helps with the patience.
Nice Momo