Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sampler Hat Again

I made another hat with my Hawthorne sampler. This time it's for Arthur. I used the blue/purple colorways this time...

Don't you love it? The Hawthorne colors really do go well with one another. This one is 8 different colorways! Unfortunately, Arthur isn't as excited about it and refuses to wear it. Instead, he likes to use it as a bag to hold his pacifier. It's been put in the pile of "for future use" knits.

I've picked back up on my Summer Waves Cardi in Cotlin and am making decent progress on it. I want to have it finished soon so that I can start wearing it over my baby bump (which seems to be growing at an alarming rate, despite my 15 pounds lost since becoming pregnant).

Non-knitting life is definitely still filled with packing and moving prep. We get the moving truck in 2 days!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pack, Pack, Knit

Knitting has been my way to destress each night after all the craziness of packing and fitting in a such as we can before the move. I finally finished my sMIL's fingerless gloves she requested over a month ago. I used KP Stroll Tweed in Oyster Heather and of course loved it. The pattern was nice enough, though I did mod it a bit when it came to the finger length. These were a chore... boring, tiny needles, and since it was a request I didn't feel like they were fun. I'm just glad that they are finished.

I also made a little newborn (though I think it'll fit through 6 months+) hat from my KP Hawthorne sampler! I say I'm branching out from KP, then they introduce this amazing new line. It's handdyed in a 2-part process and it's just glorious. The yarn base itself is so lovely and very similar to Koigu. I bought in on a share of a 15-yard co-op and got the yarn 2 days ago. I fondled the mini skeins, 20 in all, and then made this cute little hat the next day. I plan on keeping it for the baby, adding pink flowers if it's a girl. We find out in one week, super exciting!

I also managed to finish a pair of socks I've had OTN for 2 months. I kept neglecting them for other things and it felt so good to finish them yesterday night. That's pair 2/12 that I hope to finish this year... I'm a little behind and had better get working! I do have some Hawthorne on its way from the KP warehouse, so that should help...

Here's a pic from our Georgia trip I didn't realize I had...

Arthur loved my mom's chickens. He fed them each morning, gathered the eggs from the adult hens, and played with the pullets. He may have been born in metro Detroit and lived here for 2 years, but he's a country boy at heart. I can't wait for our move next week so I can get us all where we belong :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


We had a wonderful trip to Georgia. Of course, I don't have any pics to share since I didn't think to get the camera out at all.

Charlie's orientation thing went great. The jail in Conyers is about a third of the size of the one that he's currently working at and is much newer. He got all his security stuff done and got his ID card made. He starts working there on the 28th! He got a good schedule... 7pm-7am 6 nights in a row, then 8 days off. Full-time! They are letting a girl go and Charlie is taking her position. Bad for her, but wonderful news for us. It'll be a little tough during those work weeks, but he's basically getting a vacation every other week! And when he does actually take a week of vacation, he will get 3 weeks in a row off. Not too bad! If he's having trouble sleeping with us in the house during his work weeks, my parents live only about 35 minutes away so Arthur and I can just run down there for a day or two.

Saturday morning we went to sign the lease for our house. It's amazing and even better than I thought that it'd be. It's not too far from the square, but far enough put that we aren't right in town. It is in a neighborhood, but the people there seem ok and we are across from a wooded lot so aren't just staring at someone's house all the time. There are three bedrooms... one for us, one for Arthur and baby, and one for my craft room! Yes, I get my own room just for my knitting and sewing stuff! Charlie is getting the front living room (his old couch he loves, his tv and game systems, etc), the walk-in closet off the converted garage (which we will use as a living room) for his uniforms and gear, and he also gets the shed in the back for more stuff like camping and fishing equipment. The kitchen is amazing and the converted garage is huge. So is the back deck... I can't wait to eat many summer meals out there!

One thing I really love is the big backyard and the separate fenced area for the dogs. It'll be nice for them to have their own outdoor space, away from my garden and clothesline.

I can't wait to get down there and move in! I think deciding where everything goes is the best part of it all. I've been thinking and planning and dreaming about it ever since seeing the house. We leave Michigan on the 21st and will arrive at the house on the 22nd.

We have a very busy 2 weeks ahead of us... this week will be packing and cleaning, but the second week will be very hectic. I have a doctor appointment on that Tuesday, Charlie has one on that Thursday, we pick up the moving truck on Friday, Arthur's birthday party/our goodbye party is Saturday, church and lunch Sunday, then Monday the 21st Arthur has an appointment, I have my big ultrasound, and we leave for Georgia! Whew!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Getting There

Charlie's phone interview went well, though it was more of a verbal medical knowledge quiz... they didn't ask him a single question about himself and only quizzed him on nursing stuff. I guess he did ok because they asked him to come in to see the jail, have another little interview, and to get "oriented" with everything.

It's a long drive, 12 hours one-way, but we have to go and it'll be nice to squeeze in a little Georgia visit. We are leaving the 3rd, the interview is the 4th, we do the lease signing for the house the 5th (assuming that he gets the job), and come home the 6th. Short and full, but we will be able to get in some good food and a trip to Stone Mountain.

I'm anxious and nervous about the interview. We think he will get the job, but it's strange how they are handling it... transfer are usually easy and don't require interviews and all that. He's already an employee, so why treat it like a new hire? Weird, but we will jump through whatever hoops they want us to. They said that if everything goes well on the 4th, they will give him his start date then. I can't wait for that day to come!

I've been packing the house in anticipation of the move, so if we don't get the transfer I will be horribly disappointed and have a lot of work to do to get the house back in order.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


I recently treated myself to some yarn. I got a skein of Pagewood Farms Yukon in Army Girl (see, breaking out of my KP-only habit!) and a KP order. Included in that order was the Billow Sampler, which is pictured above along with 2 extra skeins of Lichen I already had in stash. I hadn't used Billow before, but couldn't resist those colors and the 30% off price. I am now about halfway through the crocheted blanket I'm making with it. It's just a simple hdc striped blanket, going as far as each skein will get me. I love it. I'm calling it my New Home Blanket because I've been adding all my wishes, hopes, and prayers for our move to happen into each stitch. And, guess what...

It worked!

We heard back from both the house people and the job transfer today! It's been a serious headache dealing with the rental management company. Honestly, if time and distance weren't such issues right now, I would not have gone through them. There was a complete lack of communication and a lot of other issues, but talking with the manager fixed everything and we were approved for our house! I am sending the reservation fee tomorrow and then it'll officially be held for us. Wanna see a picture?

So, it's not beautiful from the outside. That's ok. Just look at that kitchen, though! It may not be anything wonderful to some of y'all, but to me that's a beautiful thing. I'm currently working with practically zero counter space (literally, I have about 2.5 feet of counter total, and that's divided into 2 different areas) and only 3 cabinets and NO pantry. This kitchen is huge and just so lovely to look at. Plus, I've never had a dishwasher before, so that's kind of neat. I don't know how much I'll use it, but it'll be fun to try out.

The house is on about a half acre lot and the backyard is fenced on 3 sides (we will have to run fence on both sides of the house), there is a small storage shed in the back (yay, no more camping/fishing/etc stuff in the house!), and I love that there's a small deck. The house is pretty big at 1678 square feet (the garage has been converted into another room). There are houses on either side, which we aren't thrilled about, but the lots are large, it's in a rural area (not a subdivision or true neighborhood), and I'm sure it'll be ok.

Now, for the job news. It's good and bad. They called today and offered Charlie a job, but it's only parttime. They don't have a fulltime position open for LPNs. There were, but I guess they got filled. So that's kind of bad, but they did say that he would be in line for fulltime when a slot opened and they seem to open somewhat regularly (working with inmates isn't something that many are suited for, so there's a high turnover rate). That's how his job up here was at first and he got fulltime within 2 weeks. He'll be looking for another parttime job once we are down there. Anyway, they talked to Charlie's boss up here and got a release date, though he won't find out when it is until Monday, and they are doing a phone interview Monday morning. They might need him to go down there for an actual interview, which will be inconvenient but a good excuse to spend a few days in Georgia. So, unless he just bombs the interview Monday, he has the job. We are so excited!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Baby Knoll

We got to see baby yesterday! I am 12 weeks today and baby is looking great, though measuring about a week big (so maybe I'm actually 13 weeks today... the dating could very possibly be off since they originally said I was 6 weeks when I first went in, then they said I was only 5 weeks, so who knows?).

This is an arm and hand. Baby was wiggling around a lot and moving its little fingers a bunch.

Really, I guess that I can stop saying "Baby" since we have picked a name. Either way, boy or girl, this is Ellis. We have always liked that name. If it is a boy, it will be Ellis Moses Knoll and if it's a girl, she will be Ellis Rebecca Kim Knoll (though Charlie wants to remove the Rebecca part... I plan on keeping it because then both grandma's are included --- Rebecca for Charlie's mom and Kim for mine).

Arthur, who was looking particularly grown up Monday, wore his Big Brother shirt to the ultrasound. He kept saying "Yeah!" when I asked if he wanted to see the baby, but then wasn't very interested when it actually happened. He was probably thinking that it was the strangest looking baby he'd ever seen, haha.

He was so sweet when I had to get my blood drawn though. He got to watch and when the tech stuck me, he said, "Owwww," and then made that pititful I'm-about-to-cry face where his little lip quivers. Charlie was holding him and Arthur just put his head on Daddy's chest and cried huge tears while he watched Mommy get hurt. It was so sweet and sad! He cried for me. I love how caring my baby is.

Monday, February 24, 2014


It's been quiet on the blog, but big things have been in the works here...

Remember how we've been wanting to move to Georgia since moving to Michigan in 2011? Well, it looks like we finally are going to, and within the next month!

We don't have everything finalized yet, but the job transfer has been requested and the rental house application has been submitted. If all goes as planned and as we hope, we will be leaving Michigan on March 23 and moving into our new home on the 24th. I'm so excited and nervous (what if we don't get the transfer?!). Now we just wait to see what happens...