Sunday, August 30, 2009


OK, well I didn't manage to get pictures but I did manage about 10 minutes at the computer. So here's a little knit update...

I'm working on two more cable handle bags. This time in alternate sizes. One of my Ladies Night Girlfriends asked for one, but a little smaller. "The larger your purse, the more crap you carry around with you." Words of wisdom I say.

And Brenda called to say that her niece keeps stealing her beige bag so I needed to make one for her pronto! Being as her niece is only 13, I think it will be a mini version. The plus side of all this (besides making a little $$) is that I can write the pattern to include the other sizes! The down side? Well, I have to write that pattern now, don't I?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Is it Friday already?

I'm starting to get grouchy without my computer fix. All week long I've barely made it here before some major catastrophe erupts. I think they secretly wired an alarm in the computer chair so that they know the instant I sit. By "they" I mean the boys, kidsters and Hubster too. They are all in cahoots I tell you.

So fine friends I'll have more knitting for you soon. Once I've had some time to take pictures, download them, and share them with you! But for today I will make the easy post.

Friday Fill-Ins:

1. He was a Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B.
2. Allergy medication is what I look forward to most this time of year.
3. My best friend is Hubster.
4. I can't wait for the kids to be in school, to be honest with you.
5. Appearances can be scary.
6. The last person I gave a hug to was Kidster #1, tucking him into bed, right as he said I was the best Mom he ever had (yes, I know I'm the only Mom he ever had).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to beer, tomorrow my plans include keeping sane while stuck inside all day during Tropical Storm Danny, and Sunday, I want to steal a few minutes (hours) at the computer!

In case you're interested, you can get your Friday Fill-ins right here at

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Trying to find some time...

to do anything! I have to post about my latest projects but have been busy cramming in every ounce of fun possible. The summer is winding down and school starts soon. Hubster is back to work already. Kidster #1 has one more week before he starts Kindergarten. Then Kidster #2 will start Preschool two weeks after that. They are on opposite schedules (afternoon/morning) so I think I'll buy stock in gasoline. And remember to bring my knitting in the car with me!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

In case you were wondering...

5:25 am.

He has a sixth sense about when his father is not home. After a half hour of chatting with his teddy bear he softly called to get up. Of course after a whole summer of waking up with Dad (which was somewhere between 6 and 6:30, btw) he didn't want to get up with me, he wanted to go back to "bed". I sure wish he would have done that at 5:26.

I think I'm going to tell him that Dad will be here in the morning just so he (we) can sleep in. Would that be so bad?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Wakeup Call

Tomorrow Hubster heads back to work. He has been off for the last week and a half, and before that he only worked Thursdays and Fridays for his summer schedule. And even then he went in later, after he enjoyed some quality boy time. It has been a tremendous summer.

Well, no more turning off the monitors when he gets up. No more waking up at 7, or maybe 7:30, or a few times even at 8. From now on I will be waking up to the soft, sweet, and singsongy sound of "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!".

Let's just hope that the first digit on the clock is a 6.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Keeping it even

Baby Sadie and her family came over for a pool day last week. For some reason I held back and didn't give her the giraffe I had finished for her. And I know why. I needed to make something for her 2-1/2 year old brother! He's a love of a boy, a little pint of peanuts, and gets along with my kidster #2 famously, even though he's at least half his size!

I decided to make the sleepy puppy pattern. A quick enough knit, even for me! I started per pattern, which is to knit flat and seam each piece, and quickly decided that I would go crazy trying to make it that way. I took the advice of other Ravelers and made the parts in the round. Which was fine except that still meant sewing all the parts together. Ugh. Not my idea of fun knitting. But it's a cute pattern and if I do it again I will make the body first, then pick up stitches for the various parts.

So here's my attempt to alleviate any sibling rivalry.

Feel free to give them some Ravelry love!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What we've been doing lately...

This is what Hubster has been doing... This is what I have been doing...

Clam boils (steamers)...

Clam sauce...

Chowder..."chowdah" Remember he cooks? Aren't I lucky? Today he got big quahogs and little necks (small quahogs). Tomorrow we'll be eating stuffies and clam chowder, batch #2. Mmmm. I love New England in the summertime.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Ms. Girbra Zeraffe!
The world's one and only striped giraffe!
Thankfully, this little giraffe pattern is knit in the round with the only seaming being between the legs when they attach in the round. Which, by the way, is a little tricky. No I don't have a picture of that. But hey, you shouldn't be peeking into the little gals nether regions anyway! Thankfully she is heading off to baby Sadie who, I am quite sure, wont care about some messy underside seams.
I didn't embroider the eyes. I'm not sure I can do that effectively without the yarn coming undone. And since this is for a baby I think it best to go just the way she is.
Thanks to Tink for the zebra inspired giraffe name!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My Mother's Sweater

My Mom has a little wardrobe problem. She has clothes (and wears them) from before I was born. The other problem is that the closets in her four bedroom house are full. With her clothes! So I am always happy to hear when she has put together a little bag to send off to charity (or trash, in the case of the pre-Amybel items). However, on my last visit she lamented a hole in this mohair sweater. Her mother had made it when her older sister was in Junior High School. That dates this sweater at about 50 years! She was so sad to see it go, I gave in a little and said I would see if I could fix it. I'm pretty sure that the hole is just from wear and not moths. Especially since my mother has always kept her wool sweaters in cedar chests (and yes, she has a few of those too, all stuffed!). After further review I decided that fixing wasn't an option since the fashion police might actually lock me away for enabling (pardon the t-shirt).

It's so not me with the pastel colors and all. Well, that and the pink in there :)But I think that maybe someday when she has forgotten about it (ok, when the kids actually let me work on big projects) I'll take it apart and make something useful out of this for her. Not because she needs any more clothes, but because it is a memory of her mother and the gift of knitting she passed down to me.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Giraffe Progress

As I promised, here are pictures of the world's only striped giraffe! Well, her legs anyway.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Another great award!

I got an award from Alexandra the Great! She is fantastic and I'm thrilled that she shared this award with me.
The rules of the award:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Copy the image above, the rules and the questionnaire in this post.
3. Post this in one or all of your blogs.
4. Answer the four questions following these Rules.
5. Recruit at least seven (7) friends on your Blog Roll by sharing this with them.
6. Come back to BLoGGiSTa iNFo CoRNeR (PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THIS LINK) at and leave the URL of your Post in order for you/your Blog to be added to the Master List.
7. Have Fun!

Questions & Your Answers:
1. The person who tagged you: Alexandra
2. His/her site's title and url: Wool & Cotton
3. Date when you were tagged: July 21th, 2009 (Sorry it took me a little bit to get this on here!)
4. People you tagged:

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