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Friday, February 27, 2009

Easiest Baby Blanket and Brimless Baby Hat

This was a gift that I sent to some old friends for their baby. I was pleased with the way both things turned out. The blanket was hard to finish because it was boring... but that turned out to be a good thing since I put the project to the side and then lost the pattern. I was able to look at the what I had already done and was able to see the pattern.

The blanket was made with Caron Simply Soft. I used one strand of white and one strand of green.

I will definitely be making this blanket again....

6 hour afghan

6 hour afghan (2), originally uploaded by SoccerMomKnits.

This is the completed 6-hour afghan that I made for my mom's bosses for Christmas.

The pattern was found on Lionband and it is made with two strands of chocolate homespun and two strands of cream homespun held together and knit with size 50 needles.

Hococo the Lemur

Pictures 259, originally uploaded by SoccerMomKnits.

This was the stuffed lemur I made for my sister for Christmas. The pattern is Hococo. I am really pleased with how he turned out. I had the pieces all knit up by September but I waited until I moved to Florida to finish him and I recruited my mom to help me seam him up since I am SO bad at it.

I gave her this little guy and Madagascar. King Julius is her favorite character.

She told me on Saturday that when my nephew (who is almost 4) who has Down Syndrome sees the movie he says "Move, move" to the same beat as "(You Got to) Move It". I love it.

Baby Beanie

Baby Beanie, originally uploaded by SoccerMomKnits.

This is the completed Baby Beanie and Booties that I made for my coworker's sister's baby shower.

Photos of my life....

Since I never post photos, I thought I would today.

This was Princess Ivi last weekend. That is her hiding behind her book. She spent all Sunday in bed reading.

Both of these are shots of the sandhill cranes that come and hang out in our yard on the weekends.

This is Princess Ivi's completed birthday blanket. It was the Basketweave Pattern from Leisure Arts #4165, Quick Knits with Speed Stix made with three strands of Homespun and one of Vanna's Choice. I am pretty pleased with it.

The tassels were interesting to make. They looked like little purple ghosts.

I hope that not too much of the Homespun fluffs off.

I am going to try to take more pictures and post them here. I will be making a post in the coming days of recent knitting projects that I never posted pictures of.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My baby is turning 13!

Today is my baby's birthday. She entered the world 13 years ago today at 8:01 a.m. and I fell in love instantly.

She has endured a lot over her short years and I admire her so much. She always handles every adversity with courage and perseveres through all her trials. Most importantly, she remains true to herself.

So on this important anniversary I want to say:

I love you baby. I am so glad that you are a part of my life and I was chosen to be your mother.

You make my life complete and you teach me new things everyday. You teach me to remain true even when tempted to change to please others, to smile even when life is hard, to keep going even when you are scared, to wish even when it may not come true, to work hard even when you get tired, to see even when you want to close your eyes, and most of all, to love with all that you have.

You are my inspiration and I am so proud of you.

Love always,

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

WTF Kind of Day

Remind me again why I got out of bed today.

Today has already been one of those days and it is not even 10:00 a.m. My boss left the office to travel over an hour away for a deposition. Then the other attorney called to point out that I made a mistake on the subpoena. The subpoena says 1:00 p.m. so that is when the witness was planning on attending and of course, he couldn’t change his schedule. Luckily, I called my boss before he got all the way down there and he was able to come back. But I still feel incredibly stupid and irritated. This witness and the other attorney are difficult and I am now sitting on pins and needles hoping that they still show up.

I wish I had a teleportation device. My boss is supposed to go to Arizona on the 2nd for a video deposition which will be used at trial. Then on Tuesday he has a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Well, I can’t seem to find any flights that get him back here in time. Unless I count the flights that are overnight flights.

I can tell that today is the type of day where anything can go wrong.

Can I get a do-over? I will be more than happy to go home, go back to bed and try again tomorrow.

Last night was uneventful. After dinner, I started on Princess Ivi’s blanket. I am holding three strands of Homespun and one strand of Vanna White’s Choice. It looks nice and feels really soft. I am going to make a concerted effort to get as much done on it as I can.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Two Funny Quotes

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. - Ellen DeGeneres

I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed. - James Thurber

Books and Knitting. What could be better?

I finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. That makes a total of 17 books read so far in 2009. I don't know what I am going to read next. I have to take a break for a while though and work on some knitting.

As I said in my previous post, Princess Ivi has requested a blanket. I have decided to make the afghan that is in the Leisure Arts #4165, Quick Knits with Speed Stix book. (I don't recall the name but it is purple.) We picked up the yarn for it on Saturday.

I also want to work on the Spiral Tube Socks and the Feather and Fan Shawl.

Monday, February 2, 2009

I haven’t updated my list of books read lately so I thought I would do so now.

Recent books read (actually, re-read):

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I was missing Harry so I thought a re-read of his adventure was in order.

Due to all the reading I have been doing lately, my knitting has fallen to the back burner. But not for long, I expect to work on either the Feather and Fan Shawl or the Spiral Tube Socks tonight depending on my mood. Since I have to wait until Saturday to pick up the final two books in the HP series I need something to do. (When I read the books before I borrowed my sister’s but now since we are so far apart, I feel I must have them)

I have had a request by Princess Ivi for a bigger blanket. (She has a small throw but she is growing so fast that it doesn’t do much to keep her warm.) Before I can tackle a project like that, I need to sort my yarn and see what I have to work with. I was thinking that I may be able to hold multiple strands together so that it works up quick but I guess it depends on whether she sees yarn that she approves of. Another option is to go by Walmart on Saturday and pick up some more. I know that they have a purple-ish yarn and as that is her fave color it might work. If so, I will make a 6 hour throw and consider it part of her birthday present. The blanket will be done though because it is not often that I get a request for a knitted item from her. Normally, she is too "cool" for them.

This weekend was pretty uneventful. On Saturday I slept a little late, went grocery shopping, made homemade chili and guacamole, read while Princess Ivi watched Peter Pan, took a nap, made tapioca, and talked to my sister. (Since my brother-in-law works nights on Friday and Saturday, my mom and I talk to my sister until he gets home. Mom has Friday night and I take Saturdays. Most of the time, I am off of the phone by 1:30 a.m.)

On Sunday, I slept late again and then did laundry. I also stripped the sheets and pillow cases and sprayed the bed and pillows down with Lysol. (I am waging a war with my cold germs.) For dinner, I made baby-back ribs and potato salad.

Princess Ivi spent the day watching Anne of Avonlea. She really enjoyed it.

Then we watched Sense and Sensibility on Masterpiece Classic. What a good movie. Even Princess Ivi is loving it. She can’t wait for the sequel next week. She can’t wait to see what happens between Elinor and Edward and Marianne and Willoughby. She is rooting for Willoughby. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that Willoughby may be dashing and handsome but he won’t love Marianne for the right reasons. She thinks the age difference between Captain Brandon and Marianne is "gross". I suppose by today’s standards a 35 year old man marrying a 17 year old girl is pretty "gross" but then it was acceptable. I, of course, know how it all ends because I have read the book but I won’t give anything away.

Princess Ivi is amazed with how things used to be done Like the age difference between husbands and wives, the fact that so many marriages were just for money not emotion, and the fact that relatives married each other.

There was a scene in Anne of Avonlea where Pauline told Anne that Morgan never should have married his cousin. Princess Ivi and I quite agreed. Her words were "Ick." Of course, Pauline didn’t mean they should not have gotten married because it is gross or morally unacceptable but because the two were not matched well.

Last weekend when we watched Wuthering Heights and Princess Ivi realized that both Lynton and Hareton were Catherine’s first cousins and she married one of them and was in love with the other. It was quite a shock for her.

It is interesting to see her maturing to the point that she recognizes all the complexities of older books.

Princess Ivi worked on her birthday list. In addition to a camera and a stuffed panda bear, she has put in a request for a "real, live puppy" which, hopefully, is in the works.

She also requested a gourmet meal of hot dogs, french fries and macaroni & cheese (and she suggested Easy Mac - yuck. I think I will make homemade mac and cheese and if she wants, I will pick up the powdered stuff for her but not for me.) For her cake, she wants a red velvet cake with white chocolate frosting with chocolate drizzles and shavings.

She is even happy to have a birthday party with just mom and I and then grab a movie over the weekend. I think it helps her to know that on Saturday (the 28th) we will be going to the Northeast Florida Scottish Games which is always a fun treat for all of us.

As an aside, with respect to the retail therapy in my post of 1/23, Princess Ivi was pretty disappointed because she was unsuccessful in finding a pair of shoes with an acceptable heel height. She found many that she liked but none that weren't too high of a heel. She did get a really cute bag though. (And I got two pairs of really cute shoes.)