Friday, September 28, 2012


I finally finished sweater 3 out of 4. It's the girl version of the Sunnyside Cardigan, 6-12 month size, knit in Knit Picks Stroll Tonal - Gypsy.

I don't have a lady baby model (yet - my sister in law is expecting my first niece November 6), so Arthur had to think girly thoughts and model this sweet sweater. I think he did a great job :) He is about 5.5 months old and the sweater is roomy, but wearable.

Now, on to sweater 4/4, but not before I make a pair of fingerless gloves or two (the same lady wants 4 pairs of these as well!).

Friday, September 21, 2012

FO and WIP Pics

This is my latest FO. It's a Heroclix holder for Charlie to take to tournaments. Not perfect in any way, shape, or form, but it was kind of a quick little thing I was making up as I went along. Not bad for just winging it and I learned a lot for when I finally get the chance to make him a larger one. Just used Patons Classic Wool for this, all but a few yards of one skein. The pockets are felt that have been sewn on.

The two fru-fru scarves I have on the hook. Easy and actually kind of fun, though I don't see the appeal of wearing one of these. They go for 45.00 in the consignment shops here... definitely worth making a few to see how they fare at craft shows.

The so-close-to-being-an-FO-it's-ridiculous baby sweater, 3/4. Will be done tomorrow! I have a few hours to myself and I'm going to spend them doing hardcore crafting. Arthur will be at my FIL's house and Charlie is going to a Heroclix tournament. I should have about 5 hours to myself... something that hasn't happened since Arthur was born!

Tarn. Charlie and I filled a trash bag of t-shirts we don't wear anymore and I just couldn't let it get thrown out! I decided to try to make some tarn rugs and such (and, if I'm really ambitious, a tarn diaper bag). It's kind of rough on the hands to cut the shirts up, so I haven't made much of a dent in the bag of shirts.

We have been doing some major rearranging/cleaning in the house this week and I now have my own little crafty corner of the living room! It's a mess in this pic (haven't really organized everything yet and some of this stuff is actually Charlie's), but I have a table and drawers for all my stuff. (The bag under the table is what I have left to make into tarn)

And, of course, my sweet little handsome lovebug baby boy!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Knitting, Knitting Everywhere and Not an FO in Sight...

I have been meaning to post all this past week, but I've been very busy with school (just two online courses from the local community college for fun and mental stimulation) and just life as the wife and momma. Arthur is getting so grown up, but that means he's also taking a lot more of my time and attention. He's now mobile (scooting, not crawling... yet) and has his own ideas about things!

I have so many WIPs going on right now and so many that need to be started soon. I still haven't finished Arthur's cardi (so close, though!) and am nearly finished with the third baby sweater for the lady in Colorado. I also have two of those fru-fru frilly spiral scarves that are so popular right now on the hook (crocheting rather than knitting). I don't really like how they look, but they are quick and really really popular right now so I thought I'd whip a few up for my mom to take to craft shows this fall. Charlie's project has taken the back burner until I can finish up some deadline knits (like those baby sweaters), though I did crochet up a quick little thing he requested and just need to do finishing work on it.

I really need to finish that third baby sweater this week so that I can start on the fourth and final (thank God!) one. Deadline and required knitting just kind of take the fun out of it, ya know? Also to be knit are four sets of fingerless mitts for the same lady. It's nice to be getting paid for my knitting, but it's hard to still view it as fun and hobby rather than a job.

Along with those things, I also would like to knit my mom a pair of socks for Christmas (a tradition for us), Arthur a Gramps Cardigan, me some sort of cardi, my MIL a hat for Christmas (I'm thinking a Beaumont Beanie since it's pretty and she works for Beaumont Hospitals as an NP), and more things for craft shows. Busy busy busy and it doesn't seem like it's going to let up anytime soon, especially since my brother and his wife find out in 8 weeks if their baby is a boy or a girl and my brother has very high knitting expectations from me for his little one (not that I'm complaining... it's nice to be appreciated).

Other news...

Charlie and I are trying to make a medical mission trip to Guatemala work out for March. If we can afford it, we will be going for about 10 days, during which time Arthur would be staying with my parents in Georgia (a real treat for them!). Charlie's mom is a Nurse Practitioner, he's an LPN, I'm an Army medic... we could really do some good down there and it would be great for me to practice my Spanish. I took it all through highschool and college and even taught English to Mexicans in my freetime, but haven't gotten much practice since then... I'll be brushing up on my medical terminology for sure!

Red, our little orange and white kitty I found in a dumpster in San Antonio, is pregnant and due next month. It was a mistake, for sure. My SIL's cats came to visit and there was a misunderstanding on whether or not one of them was neutered (he wasn't) and, of course, Red went into heat the exact day Trey came to visit and now they will be proud kitty parents. I wasn't thrilled and still am not, but I can't help but be a little excited over kittens. They'll be so cute! If anyone in the metro Detroit area wants a free kitten in about 12 weeks, you know where to come, lol.

Ok, that's enough talk for having no real pics to show. I'll get some taken this week and show them off. I just feel like nothing is really accomplished on the knitting front, so don't have a whole lot to show. Instead, here are cute pics of baby boy from the weekend:

Arthur and Charlie when we went to the Hazel Park Raceway Saturday. They do the horse races where they pull the tiny carts (can't think of the real name for it right now).

Arthur at his first time at church Sunday. Isn't he just too cute for words?!

Arthur and Barrett yesterday. They are making the same face! He loves the dogs and just laughs and laughs at them all the time. Today, he laughed so hard he had to pause to catch his breath! Gideon was the butt of the joke, though, since it was Barrett jumping on him and making him yelp that got Arthur laughing so hard, lol.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Show Me Your War Face!

I can't look at this without cracking up! Isn't this the most hilarious thing you've ever seen?!

Knitting stuff coming soon...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mini Vacation

My inlaws took us on a trip up to the Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island for the long weekend. Here are some pics...

Arthur, Charlie, and an elk.

Grandpa Kelley dipped Arthur's toes in Lake Michigan and he was not happy about it! So what if we torture our little baby... it's cute!

Painted Rock cruise... This is the Indian head rock formation.

Beautiful painted rocks. The colors are from mineral deposits in the ground water. Red is iron, white is calcium, green is copper, black is manganese.

Looking at the rocks.

A white oak out on this rock by itself. The shadows on the left are from the root system that crosses the gap and goes onto the mainland.

Arthur and Grandma Kelley enjoying the ferry ride to Mackinac Island.

Our horses for the carriage ride... Caramel and Perry.

View of the Mackinac Bridge from the island.

Loving the carriage ride with the grands.

Grand Hotel. It has the longest front porch in the world. Each of the 360-some rooms is decorated differently.

Arthur was sad that he had to say goodbye to Perry.
Fort Mackinac

Furs at the fort. Oh, how I would love to have this on my wall at home! I love furs and am slowly building my collection (I got a bobcat tail and a black fox face on this trip to add to the rabbit furs, deer hide, and lynx pelt I already have).

Family pic on the carriage ride. Arthur rode happily in his carrier the entire day. He's such a sweetie baby.

This wasn't on vacation, but was too cute to leave out. Arthur started petting Gideon all on his own this morning and I got a cute shot of it. Gideon has been having some major health issues lately and he won't be with us much longer, so I savor these sweet moments.