Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Just Relaxing


Well, Christmas has come and gone and I am sitting. Doing nothing. Which is not what I should be doing. I completed my Mother's shawl in time for Christmas and she was thrilled. It is similar to one I had made myself a year or so ago that she has wanted me to copy for her. I had purchased the ribbon yarn a few months ago and just purchased the black yarn - Berrocco's Quest - the week before Christmas. So I completed it in about 3 days. My Mother is planning on wearing the shawl for a New Year's Eve party. Now I am working on the chemo do-rag for my friend. I am almost finished with it. I have yarn on hold at the LYS for a chemo cap with one skein from Berrocco's Chinchilla. I think I have 4 or 5 skeins on hold. I should go get them today. I had a very nice day on Christmas. My husband and children gave me pearl earrings that I had been eyeing for about a year. They also gave me a handbag from a designer that I like - Kathy Van Zeeland. I was quite surprised that my husband and oldest son did that on their own! My parents gave me a lovely pair of earrings they purchased while on a cruise in the Fall. The earrings are called "Carribbean Topaz" and have blue, green, and pink going through them. Really lovely! My children were thrilled with their gifts. My middle son said it was the best Christmas ever! Mother and I cooked a dinner of prime rib, twice baked potatoes, green beans, sauteed mushrooms, rolls and a salad I copied from a favorite restaurant. We enjoyed our meal to say the least! My husband and Dad spent about 4 hours putting together a basketball hoop for the boys. Next year I'll think about stuff that doesn't have to be assembled. Next year????? Let's not go there . . . yet! We are taking the boys to a Dallas Stars game tonight and to dinner at Reunion Tower - one of those revolving restaurants that overlooks the city. It should be fun.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Pictures



First here is a picture of me in my tunic. And secondly, here is a picture of my kitty, Millie. She was being feisty the other day while I was wrapping presents. The cat's in the bag! Notice the cross-stitch stocking in the background - I did that! I've done 4 and my MIL did 1. I am making good progress on my Mother's shawl and will post a picture as soon as it is complete! I bought more baby alpaca yesterday in a blue/purple color to make another tunic. I won't get it started for a little while as I have some other things to do. As I mentioned my last post, a dear friend started chemo today (not next week) and before her second round in 3 weeks will be losing her hair. I'm making hats. I hope she likes them. I will be going out to LA to visit her in March to help take care of her during her final rounds of chemo. Keep my friend in your prayers, please! Anyway, I will start her hats AFTER I finish Mother's shawl. I have been reading "The Quilter's Legacy". It is a series on people who quilt. I really enjoy this series and I began the book on Monday and I keep picking it up. I'm almost done! But I MUST knit Mother's shawl. Must stop blogging now! picking up needles!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

It is Done!

I finished the tunic - I have worn the tunic - I have bought more yarn to make another tunic! I will post pictures soon. I love it and I like the way it fits and I like the comfort of it as well. I bought the same kind of yarn in a deep purple/blue to make another one. There have to be at least 10 other yarns I'd like to do it in as well. All I need is TIME!!! I do have to say I got a little offended at my LYS today. I was waiting for the new yarn to be wound and I was looking around just wanting pretty much everything in sight when a lady (another customer) came up to me and asked if I had made the tunic (I took it in for show and tell) and the sweater that I am wearing today and I said yes. She asked me if I work. I said well, no, I'm a stay at home mom (I hate when I do that) but I did it. She said, oh that's why you have so much time. I then in turn said well, I find time to knit becaused I enjoy it. I also knit in carpool line, at doctor's offices, at boy's sporting events and when I watch TV at night with my husband. And IF IF IF I can get my husband to drive when we are running around, I knit in the car. So I FIND time lady! I don't just sit around eating bon bons all day watching Oprah - face it she is only on 1 hour! But if I'm watching, I'm knitting! Phew I feel better now. In any event the first tunic is done. I love it really love it and look forward to the next one. I am now working on a shawl for my mother for Christmas. It seems to be coming along quickly. Then I am going to knit up 2 hats and a scarf for a dear friend who begins chemo on Monday (12/26). Then I am going to knit up a hat for me for when it's cold out and I have to go to oldest son's soccer games. Then I'm going to knit 1 of 4 sweaters waiting in the wings . . . . thankfully I have so much time!!! I did tell my LYS owner she probably wouldn't see me for a while since I have so much in the wings, but she said come on in and show me stuff as you finish. Cause you know I won't look around once I'm there! I am feeling really festive now that all the busyness of school stuff is over! Merry Christmas everyone! Oh and did I mention that I finished tunic? I'll post a picture SOON!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Blogs . . .

I was reading Stephanie's blog at Unwindknitting.net and she is having an optional tag so since I don't have much progress on my tunic to tell you about I thought I'd answer the questions as well. But before I do, I am in the process of finishing up the tunic. I have one sleeve left to set. It's been a little troublesome but I'm sure I'm gaining knowledge and experience - just positive about that! So hopefully, it will be done TONIGHT!

Why Do I Blog? Well, I admit to being completely computer dumb. I don't know how but several months ago I happened onto a knitting blog. I don't remember which one at this point. I would read the comments people posted and learn that they had blogs too and after commenting on the same blogs for awhile, the owner's asked me about mine. I didn't have one, didn't know how to have one, didn't know if anyone would be interested. So it began with fellow bloggers encouragement and now I really enjoy it. I like the friendships I have formed and I appreciate the common interests with fellow knit bloggers as I don't have any friends that I really knit with here at home. We know that knitting is FUN here in blogland!


Why Do I Read Blogs? Oh my goodness because it's addictive. I love to see other's progress. I love to hear the little goings on in people's lives and I love the inspiration and great ideas I get from the blogs. As soon as I sit down at my computer, I have to click on my favorite blogs and see what's going on, if a new post has been done yet and so on. Then I get to reading comments and their blogs and time has gone by that I should have been doing laundry. And blog reading is much better and enjoyable than laundry!

I hope to have my tunic completed tonight and pictures posted in the next few days. I might be away for a couple of days so bear with me!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Santa Claus Came To Town


Well, Friday is over and Santa Claus was the best character in the play. There is absolutely no favoritism in that comment. At the very end of the play he had a singing solo and I almost cried. It was about believing in the Spirit of Christmas, that He will always be there, and being kind to everyone. The wig and beard that middle son had to wear was a little cumbersome and I had to run backstage once to rearrange it because he had come out with the wig almost backwards. It was funny, but I didn't want him to be so distracted that he forgot his lines. He didn't! These are kids with sensory issues as it is so you want things to be as comfortable as possible for them. I'm not going to bore anyone with the chaos of the day because there was but when you see children with special issues pull something off like this when their teacher was not good, they missed 2 days of school prior to the play and had not had a full dress rehearsal, well it was all about the children and they were AWESOME! It was worth everything I did and more! Okay, knitting news. I think I'm gonna do it. I think I'm gonna knit my mother shawl she has been begging me to do for about a year for a Christmas gift. It's just a big rectangle, garter stitch on big needles and I could probably do it in a few days - week at most. And if I didn't finish it by Christmas, her birthday is Jan. 15. My brother and his wife were supposed to come to us for Christmas but there has been an emergency in my SIL family and they are going to them instead. My Mom is bummed but understands so I wanted to be extra nice. Yep, I think I'm gonna do it. And I haven't even sewn my tunic together . . . but I will!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Woo Hoo

Just a quick note - I finished my sleeve on the tunic. Now all I have to do is piece it together and knit up the mitered collar edge. I see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Where Have I Been

It seems over a week has gone by since I posted. Where have I been? What have I been doing? Is there any knitting progress - NO! I check all my favorite blogs almost daily and it seems I've just fallen off the blog world. So, here I am to tell you basically nothing. My children are out of school today due to the weather and they are happy. I'm happy too because if it was a normal day I'd be at middle son's school decorating the set for the Christmas program tomorrow in which he plays SANTA!!!! So, they dismissed at 10 am yesterday and no school today - it should be an interesting program. I will be at the school most of tomorrow doing all the work around the kids as they practice all day hoping we pull it off, and we will! This is one of those weeks that I am ready for it to be over. We needed a poster size picture of "Santa" to hang over a mantle on the set and my co-coordinator had a great idea. I took a picture of middle son in his costume (okay 24 pictures) and found the best of the best and took it to a photo lab and they made it into a 20 x 30 poster. We are framing it and putting it over the mantle. I just think it' s a clever idea and I get to keep it after the program! Well, I paid for it but still. I'll hang it in middle son's room. It's the little things. I've done a teensy bit of Christmas shopping. I hope I'm not out Christmas Eve trying to finish - that would be bad. I've never done that in the past but who knows. I have about 30 rows left on my sleeve and I will be ready to sew my tunic together. I think I can do it today. Well, if I quit reading all my favorite blogs I can do it. Maybe I can wear it this weekend! That would be cool. That would be great. I'd get something accomplished! I'll post photos when done as well as a Santa pic!