Friday, May 09, 2008

Lest you think...

...I'm not Knitting, well, I am!

I've been knitting like a madwoman, at least, as much as my achy wrists and fingers will allow.

I've been concentrating on the Hemlock Ring Blanket mostly. I felt like I was making amazing progess for a while there. Then I got to row 62. This row and the next four took me a full 15 minutes to do each row. By the time I got to row 72, each row was taking me 20 minutes. Why? There are 312 stitches per row. This circle is getting out of hand. It'll get worse. Row 82? 376 stitches. Not looking forward to it. there are a total of 87 rows for this blanket. I have instructions to make it bigger, but I don't think I'll be able to handle it. Throw size will be just fine thank you.

I feel like I'm on a treadmill and going no where really fast. I try knitting quick, then I tense up and then my arms and wrists and fingers all go kaput and I have to stop.

Anyway, here's a few pics of the lovely brown monster. The second and third pics are the most indicative of the color.

Feather and Fan Section

Center was placed over a bowl so you could see it better:
Enlarged Leaf

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Mom's Day Project Part One

I've worked with children for years now and I have an infinite patience with them. Except, that is, with my own. Why? You'd think it would be the opposite, wouldn't you?

So we began the Mother's Day project for both Grandmothers. The Youngest reacted very negatively to the whole experience because he hates getting stuff on his hands. He then proceeded to wipe his hands all down his legs. Did I mention that we were using a bright yellow acrylic paint? I had the Eldest on standby to help me out. I asked for a wet paper towel. I did not however, ask for one that was dripping wet. sigh. Big mess.
Pretend you don't see this Mom

A good time was not had by all. In fact, I don't think anyone enjoyed the process. I sorta lost my temper a little. Thankfully I had the presence of mind to do this on the kitchen tile floor and not the kitchen table. No telling how much acrylic paint would have found it's way onto the chairs, chair pads, table, etc...

Having my children working together on projects like this is like herding cats. It just never works out the way I want it to. I'll show you how it all turns out on Monday. I've still got a few steps to do, but thankfully the rest of the project can be done solo. It should be super cute. The GrandMom's are gonna love it.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Doesn't everybody's desk look like this?

Let's see, there's:

Vino - to calm the nerves after dealing with the Youngest
Snackies - almonds to be exact - keeps me away from the cookies
Calculator - for all that mathy stuff
Knitting Pattern - nuff said
Hemlock Blanket project - one of 3 wips going now - now on the 40" cables
Super Secret project - all I can show you at this time
Click to see a bigger mess

On the kid front - I swear that my kids subscribe to the "if a little is good, more is better" philosophy. As if the Youngest hadn't done enough damage to his face over the past month, he added a lovely golf ball sized knot to his forehead this morning before 8:00am. He then fell twice more and turned that goose egg into an ostrich egg. It's humongous, but at least there's no concussion. Small blessings.

I may have to start sitting on that child to keep him from running and tripping all over himself and bashing his head all in. I've got enough gray hair, I don't need for him to keep adding more!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Whole lotta nuthin'

I gotta whole lot of nuthin' for ya today.

I did do some spinning today, but it was in short spurts and I don't have a lot to show off.

Most of the day I've spent the day dealing with a 2 year old who refused to take a nap and is now cranky as all get out.

He also had me playing one of his favorite games. It's called "fall-ning". He grabs my hand or shirt and pulls me down onto the floor with him so that we're "Fall-ning". I'm supposed to land on top of him and squish him. That's it. Exciting huh? Yeah, I think so too. One more game of fall-ning and I just might scream.

I need a few of you to scrape together a few pennies and send them my way so that I can hire a nanny, and while we're at it, a maid. The current nanny and maid is terrible, a great Mommy who plays fall-ning, but a terrible nanny and maid.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone!

Since I've been having the wrist pain while working on the cabled pullover, I took a break from it over the weekend. And since I get the fidgets when I don't have anything to do, I started yet another project.

I've been wanting to do the Hemlock Ring Blanket by Jared Flood, aka Brooklyntweed. Nobody does knitting ph0tography like Jared and I mean nobody. That's what suckered me into this project, his fantastic pics of his blanket. I picked a darker chocolate brown, #8087 of the Ecowool than his pattern calls for. I love dark chocolate. Mmm, dark chocolate.

Here it is so far:

It looks more like a beret than a blanket at this stage, but it's coming along.

And guess what? I worked for several hours on this on Saturday and didn't have one wrist pain. I'm guessing that it's definitely the cables that are causing the trouble.

I've also been working on my secret project that I can't show you until June which really sucks. It'll be done long before then. I'll probably post a Ravelry link to it when it's done. The recipient isn't a member there and can't get access to see it that way.

I found a site, today while I was messing around on youtube. I was looking for new hairstyle stuff. This is the cutest girl. She has several cute how to hairstyle videos and I'm planning on doing a few of the ones that she demonstrates. Just thought I'd share. She's got beauty stuff as well, but I love the hair how to's.