Friday, September 19, 2008

It's a Pokeball!

I apologize for the lateness of today's post. I've been busy playing "Mom" today. There were teacher conferences and there was the wrestling of the two year old and the chauffeuring of the children. You know, typical Mom stuff.

I did do something fairly creative. I decorated a birthday cake:

Pokeball Cake

This is the easiest child's cake that I've ever done. Hands down. This is one that you can "phone in", requires very little effort. It'll be a big hit with the 8 & under Pokemon lovin' crowd though, I assure you. The Eldest was very impressed. Personally, I'm just happy that I'm not having to get out all the decorator tips, bags and a bazillion different icing colors.

The Eldest originally wanted something that I can't even pronounce, some strange Japanese Anime Poke (pronounced Pokey for the Pokemon uninitiated) Monster. I said "Oh wait! What's that on that card?" It was just that easy.

I asked him what a Pokeball is for exactly, what does it do? "Oh, it just helps catch Pokemon." Okay then! That answers that question doesn't it? :P

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A current state of affairs

Well, here we are again. Not only did yesterday's hat get frogged once, but twice. I had so much trouble finding the right color combo for this had. I needed something a little more toned down that would work with my wardrobe and this is the current state of affairs (just a little farther along than yesterday's project.):

I like these colors much better. Now I have to find a project to use those other two balls of Noro yarn. I'm sure I'll come up with something.

The Eldest is still sick. He went back to the doctor this morning. It seems there's a virus going around and he was the third kid in today that had the same symptoms.

He's had the worst birthday week and now we keep getting call from a bunch of the other kids saying that they won't be able to make it for the party. We've got reservations (nonrefundable) for this party at a Monster Mini Golf place and now I'm scared that we'll be paying all that money for just the four of us to play golf. I would just hate it for him if no one came to his party!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Not so gratifying

Way back in March I made a Jaunty Cap out of Noro Silk Garden. While I loved the colors, the structure was rather limp. I had to dip it in liquid starch to get it to look right because when it was knit, I only used one strand of yarn and not two.

So, while looking today for a somewhat instant gratification project I decided to try the cap again. This time, I chose Noro Kureyon. I picked two different colorways just for fun. Now I'm not so sure that that was the best choice. Besides the fact that this is killing my hands, I'm not really feeling the love for these two together. I suppose it might grow on me, but I may rip it back and pair one of the colorways with some black that I've got in the stash to tone it down and make it wearable.


Of course I'm not very far in yet and might like it better later, but I doubt it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cute Little Fish Button Sweater

We got word over the weekend that the hubby's cousin and his wife finally had their baby. My first reaction was, Yeah! My second was, Oh No, they can't have it yet, the sweater's not finished! Well, it is now.

I know that I've stated that I don't particularly love Elizabeth Zimmerman patterns. Mainly because I prefer patterns that spell things out a bit more and don't assume that you are already an accomplished knitter. But I finally got around to completing one of her patterns, one that a billion other people have already made, the February Sweater:

I couldn't decide how I wanted to present it, so here's another pic:

The best detail of this sweater is the buttons. You have no idea how difficult it was to photograph one of these clearly enough to show the detail:

That's right, a fishbowl with a goldfish and tiny little bubbles. I adore these buttons. They're by JHB and I got them at JoAnn's. Cute huh?


Yarn: Cotton Ease in Terracotta. Used just over 1 skein.
Mods: None
Pattern: February Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Monday, September 15, 2008

Contest at My Place!

Today is the Eldest's 8th Bday* and I want to celebrate. Let's have a contest!

I'm giving away a pattern from White Lies Designs and some random yarn to be chosen by yours truly out of the stash. Said yarn won't be enough to make the pattern with, but it will be enough to play with.

That being said, every comment left will be considered an entry. Contest will end on October 1st (my Sister In-Law's Bday.)

*Truth be known, he's had a lousy b-day so far. He's had stomach issues for a week and had to go to the doctor on his birthday. He did get lots of attention from the nurses though, so I guess it wasn't all bad. The big party is scheduled for this Saturday, so hopefully we'll make it up to him then.

Would you do this?

Would you do this to your child? Would you put your precious little angel in this terrifyingly ugly size 4 overall/short set? As far as I was concerned, this won the prize for scary clothes that were for sale at this weekend's consignment sale:
Scares the heck outta me!