Wednesday, March 29, 2006


And a wee bit of knitting:

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Blue Yellow Merino = Project Damnation

The blue/yellow Merino and I are just not getting along. First I made the Ribby Wrap Soaker and frogged it, next I started a simple hat for Chris and I am now going to frog it too. Blah. I really have no interest in starting anything warm and cozy as I don't want anyone to be able to wear them until next fall (this is pure dreaming as we will still have rogue snow in May). I'm thinking I'm just going to start cranking out soakers, sizing be damned, as they are quick and ACC will need them soon enough.

I was sick over the weekend and am now just plain grumpy. :(

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Mud Season

It's still relatively cold out. (It would feel balmy except for the 70 degree warm-up that threw off our internal what-is-warm gauge.) But that doesn't stop JCC from enjoying the mud.

Wee girl is still sick.

Not much else is going on. JCC actually did print-outs yesterday. He has been interested in letters/reading from going to the Starfall site and yesterday we decided to print some out and try writing them. He still has a bit to go on the fine motor skills to write so I don't think I'm going to suggest it again. I also need someone left handed to show him how to hold a pencil. I did my best to approximate how my father writes and it seemed to be ok, but I think he could use some hands-on attention from another lefty. The whole thing felt a bit schoolish in my book which was just plain weird. I'm much more at home with the mud jumping part of childhood. :) Well, just as long as he takes the boots off before coming inside.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Yesterday it was Spring

And today it's back to winter. Normally I don't mind Cleveland winters as with all the snow they're usually quite pretty, however this year we have had little snow and it's just been gray and ugly. Bleh.

But yesterday it was 70 and sunny. JCC and I spent time outside in our short-sleeve shirts reveling in the blue sky. Even with a babe strapped to my chest I couldn't resist gardening and managed to clean off one wee bed back by the woods where I wouldn't have to pick up the leaves. Underneath the leaves some crocuses were starting to open so it was well worth it.

And now today . . .

Poor baby girl is quite sick (suspected RSV) and is sleeping even more than usual. It really sucks to see someone so young feel bad. :( Even with being sick she still smiles and tries to coo -- that bodes well for her temperament.

Knitting wise I'm making a boring hat for Chris. I had originally made a ribbed soaker (cloth diaper cover) but after having gauge issues and it turning out too small, I frogged it and noticed that the colors match Chris's winter coat very nicely. I had found a couple of cute patterns for hats, but they were dismissed as too childish. With that said, yesterday he asked if I could put a knot on top like on the kids' umbilical hats. :)

I'm not sure what to do about my gauge issues -- I knit really really loosely and can't seem to get my knitting to meet normal gauge ranges. Even going down to small needles (US 3) I'm getting 4 sts/in in worsted yarn. I guess the answer is that I'm going to have to start figuring out how many sts/in I want and then adapt the pattern.

My apologies for this rambley, tense challenged post. My mind is antsy this morning.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

A New Sweater for JCC

It's made out of WoolEase Chunky (which I detest -- it splits horribly) from a Knit It! pattern. I took my time with the sewing on this one (Stitch 'n Bitch by my side) and it's much improved. I still need to work on making the increases look good, but it's a hell of a lot better than Chris's Flame Sweater.

My attempt to catch one of those first smiles.