Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

Kelly tagged me with this one and honestly I'm surprised she can type after her garter stitch knitting frenzy this weekend ;)

I am to open a book I am currently reading to page 161 and copy the fifth sentence on the page.

"Could a search be set in motion with so little information to go on?"--The Thirteenth Tale(Setterfield).

Normally I'm not about tagging people--especially since I don't know if everyone out there reads(which you should be--it's way better than TV, especially with the stike and all). But here goes: Wanda, The Knitty Professor, Laura, Jeni, and Mary Kay.

So, ladies, put down those knitting needles long enough to open a book, pretty please!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Labor of Love

I was recruited to knit some squares for a baby blanket. The clock is ticking until delivery day and this little girl can't come into the world without her own knitted blankie, so here's my contribution to Baby A's blankie:


I can't wait to see the finished product!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Mountains Out of Molehills

I'm teaching my neighbor(who's 10) how to knit and we decided to start with a dishcloth/washcloth. I gave her her first knitting bag, notions, yarn, and needles. And she picked this pattern. I don't think it's a beginner pattern at all--I mean, who would want to start knitting with a TON of seed stitch?--BUT it's what she wanted to do. She's still plugging away on the first 10 rows, but I finished my example for her.

Little Diva has claimed this as her own(and it is a very Diva colorway).

Monday, January 21, 2008

HAEDless Sampler SAL(1/12)

This is the second of the two SALs I'm involved in this year. This piece has been in my WIP pile for quite some time.

Provence Sampler--20Jan08

Stats:
Pattern: Provence Sampler(Butternut Road)
Fabric: 18 Count Cream Wool, Wichelt
Floss: Flame Caron Watercolors
Stitched: 1 over 2

I haven't stitched over 2 threads in a long time--those stitches felt HUGE! I love the color but I'm a little worried because I didn't prerinse my threads so I'm not sure if I'll be able to wash it when I finish--not that that will be a problem for a while.

In other news, I went with my neighbor to see Sweeney Todd last night. I love most of Tim Burton's stuff and this movie was no exception--what a great cast. I'm just glad I didn't eat before I went because between the blood and the bodies falling down the chute headfirst I thought I was going to puke.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

HAED SAL Challenge 2008(1/12)

Over at the HAED BB there is going to be yet another Stitchalong Challenge(remember I worked on Misty Weniera for last year's SAL). This year I have moved Little Diva's piece to the SAL Challenge spot, so I can guarantee I get work done on it.

Swimming with Dolphins--15Jan08

Stats:
Pattern: QS Swimming with Dolphins(Tate)
Fabric: 28 count white evenweave
Stitched: 2 over 1, tent

I didn't get as much done as I had planned but I managed to fill in some spaces in the top and start working my way to the bottom of the page. Although the picture doesn't do it justice(it's overcast here today), the colors are very vibrant--not my usual M.O. I guess that's why it's for my daughter ;)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I Love MK/Gansey Socks





Stats:
Yarn: Red Rocks Fiber Works, Red Tulip(MK's name for this colorway)but in my mind it's more like Garnet/Dragon's Blood
Needles: size 2 dpns
Pattern: I love Gansey, Six Sox Knitalong

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I wish that I could regale you with tales today about all the crafting I have accomplished since my last post, but I can't because we have been dealing with the viral plague caused by some bizzaro germ here at Casa KIP. Within about 48 hours Rage, Diva, and I all succumbed to the crazy cold on steroids. Luckily Rage and Diva only ran fevers but Mommy got that PLUS a raging cough and runny nose. It's good times, people. It really sucks for everyone when Mommy is sick, because all Mommy wants to do is go lay in bed and be left alone in her Nyquil induced stupor BUT the kiddos and the husband can't grasp that fact. Here's a little snippet of last weekend at our house.

(Imagine me in bed with tissues stuffed up my nose and trying not to breathe so I won't start coughing uncontrollably. ENTER Rage with his juice cup)

Rage(thumping me on the arm with the cup): "Mommy, juice cup?!!"

Me: "Ask your father to do it?"

Rage: "Daddy's on the computer." (He then puts a little more power behind the juice cup thump).

(I proceed downstairs and fill the cup; glaring at computer Dad on my way back upstairs. I get all settled back into bed. ENTER Diva.)

Diva: "Mom, I want raviolis."

Me: "Your father can do it."

Diva: "He's on the computer and keeps telling me to wait a minute and, Mom, I AM SO HUNGRY." (NOTE: she has a penchant for the dramatic so EVERYTHING turns into a life or death event in her little life.)

(I head down and make the microwave raviolis. Computer Dad looks up.)

Computer Dad: "I was going to do that."

Me: *glaring as I serve Diva before she keels over from starvation*

Computer Dad: "So what are we having for dinner?"

Me: (I'm thinking to myself, "You have got to be sh*tting me." But I say) "I have no idea what YOU are having for dinner. Diva is having these raviolis and Rage informed me earlier that he wanted a Popsicle**. I am going to bed. Later." (I then proceed to take a larger-ish dose of Nyquil and pass out until morning).

**Note: I know Rage should not have a Popsicle and only a Popsicle for dinner BUT I was sick, it was all he wanted and he had been sick too so we'll just let that slide, okay?

Also, in defense of Computer Dad he was doing actual work related stuff on the computer--not playing video games or anything like that(he's actually grounded from video games for 2 weeks BUT that is a whole other story). He loses track of time and "yes's" the kiddos while only half listening to them when he is work mode. "Go ask your mother" tends to pass his lips often in work mode; he apparently forgot I was on death's door this weekend and has since apologized--profusely :)

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Goals for 2008

Knitting:
**Log all stash onto Ravelry
**Finish all outstanding WIPs

Stitching:
**Finish HAED QS Swimming with Dolphins(Tate)
**Finish, at least, 2 pages on HAED I Love Thee(Seed)
**Start and finish HAED "K"(Fenech)
**Work on Provence Sampler(Lavender and Lace) during HAEDless SAL weekends

Reading:
**12 books/average out to one new book per month(excludes rereads)