Saturday, April 29, 2006

Busy Busy Needles at Work

(JCC has a book -- "Busy busy wheels at work, They do their job they never shirk." Who puts "shirk" in a kids' book?)

Anyway, I am moving quickly on the Drop Stitch Cardigan. I am up to the armhole shaping on the back and should be finished with the whole back by tonight. I'm hoping to have it complete by the time I get back from Baltimore. I really love this yarn (even though I know it's going to pill) and it's just so nice to knit with it.

I'm using two balls of yarn to prevent an obvious color change from ball to ball.

Sleeping Angel

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

And I'm Over My Slump

The knitting is back in force. Last night I balled up some of the hand painted wool and today I cast on for the Drop Stitch Cardigan (scroll down). I also dug out some cotton to make a sun hat for wee girl and some other yarn to make a scarf for a friend. Lastly, after reading some technical articles (and others' progress) I think I may give the pinwheel blanket another try. Pics coming soon.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Spring Pics



New Tulip Bed

Island Bed

Baby Girl

Melancholy Sand Digging

Nothing interesting in the knitting department. We had a super busy week: bumper bowling (JCC had to use the 9lb ball because it was purple; he got a strike and then was disappointed because it meant he only got to roll once that turn), GLSC, picnicing at Squires Castle, attending the orchestra and lots of play outside.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

They Are All Asleep . . .

The children, the husband, the dog. The cats might be still skulking about but the house is quiet for once. I'd love to be reading or knitting something interesting but I have nothing but another boring baby sweater in garter stitch and some child rearing books to peruse. Blah.

Spring is in full force here and we've been outside a bunch. Little boy should have been a farmer as much as he loves to dig and pretend grow things. 3.5 is a nice age in that he'll actually listen when I say not to dig in my flower beds. (He has his own bed to dig in and a woodsy bed that's about 50' x 12' to dig in too.) Yesterday I did the last of the spring clean-up and then did some weeding today. I still want to move some ferns and hostas to new homes and then I need to re-edge the beds. I'm hoping to get some mulch down too, at least on the sunny beds, so the weeds don't take over.

In homeschooling land I sent out an email to a bunch of mamas seeing if anyone would be interested in little field trips every month if I organize them. Things like going to a riding stable, chocolate factory, art museum, etc. It feels weird to be taking an initiative to do this but I think both the little boy and I are happier when we're out and about at least a bit most days. Little girl is a such a sweet, happy girl that she doesn't care where we are. We are blessed to have such an easy baby to go with the not-so-easy child. I can't imagine what having two high needs children would be like.

In a couple of weeks the babes and I will be off to MD. Mostly to visit my family, but a little bit to see the MD Sheep and Wool Festival. I'm trying to figure out how much money I want to spend. I have a whole trunk full of yarn so it seems a bit weird to be stalking fiber. And then in June I'm going to take the Beginning Spinning class at the FiberFest and I know that that will lead to more things I just have to have so maybe I should save most of my spending money for there. Decisions decisions.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Such is Life as the Child of a Knitter

My children will resent me for this one day. :)

I was going to give this to a friend whose baby is due any day, but as it's not very small and quite warm, I've decided to keep it for ACC. I'll make a wee sweater out of blue cotton-ease for little baby to be.

It's another beautiful day here. The crocuses are almost done and the daffodils are starting. It looks like the Magnolia will be opening soon. Little Boy is sick today. Nothing like projectile vomitting to start the morning! He is feeling better now after quite a bit of sleeping and some Junior Mints.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

More Garden Pictures

With sunshine and blue sky finally a reality, I am having a hard time knitting. Wee boy and I have been working a bit outside each day and I am loving seeing all of the spring color. I only have one bed left to clean off and then the spring clean-up is done!

I love JCC's fashion sense.

Are you supposed to cut the old foliage on Hellebores? Mine are beautiful but kinda ratty around the perimeter.

The first daffodil!

ACC in the sweater I made. (It fits well but the buttons are too small.)