Tuesday, November 20, 2012


We really needed new soakers for Arthur and I finally got around to making a pair the other day. I used up some Malabrigo scraps, just working until the color ran out and added a new one using my favorite join, the magic knot. I made the medium size this time and they fit well, with room to grow.

I think it's interesting how I ran out of yarn in the exact same places.

These are the Ringwood Gloves in KP WotA Sport (Thirst Heather). They are such a surprisingly quick knit when I actually work on them! I really hope to finish the pair before the end of the month for the Project:Stash KAL. We'll see.

Still working a round here and there on the Sweetgum Duncan sweater. Not too much progress to show, but it is growing.

Tonight is Thanksgiving dinner with my MIL and step-FIL (Charlies siblings will be there also). I'm looking forward to the time with them and the food! Tomorrow will be hanging around the house, maybe hunting as well. Thursday is dinner with my FIL and step-MIL (and the siblings again, plus Grandma Knoll and Grandma Elaine). It will be fun and chaotic with the house full of people! I am from a very large and very close family, so I'm used to a house full of family (my dad is one of 6 and each of them have between 2 and 5 kids each). I'm a little sad that I won't be with my family this year... Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and my chance to see my entire family. Oh well, at least we get to see them next month after Christmas.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


A pic of the Divine hat I mentioned in the last post. I really like how it came out and wear it daily.

I whipped up a simple crocheted beanie in Patons Classic Wool for my brother, but forgot to get a picture before I mailed it to him.

Still working, very slowly, on the Sweetgum Duncan sweater while working on little things in between!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

FOs and WIPs

I'm still a little sore over the whole election thing, but am trying to move on for now. I've been busy sneaking in knitting whenever I can and have a few FOs to share:

A very terrible picture of the DRIPS hat I knit with 2 very similar colors of Kathmandu Aran. I enjoyed the knit and love the yummy yarn, but I just don't like how it looks on me. It's going in the pile of knits to sell at craft shows.

These are a pair of longies I finished today. They to a little too big and the picture is really bad, but they are wearable and will fit through the winter. I used the Dandelion Daydreamers pattern and Patons Classic Wool. It kind of looks like Gideon is a little parrot sitting on Arthur's shoulder.

I also crocheted a Divine hat for me in some of my handspun, but don't have a picture yet. I'll get some soon and post them.

Now for some WIPs:

My NaKniSweMo project is the Sweetgum Duncan sweater in Valley Yarns Superwash DK (olive green, MC) and Knit Picks Swish DK (Marina, CC). The CC is actually greener and more vibrant in real life. It's a bit of an odd combination, but it's what I had in stash and I like the colors together. I don't know if I'll finish this before the end of the month and I'm totally ok with that. It's a goal and if I miss it, oh well. There's enough stress and I don't need to add any to it!

I'm also working on a pair of Ringwood Gloves in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport (Thirst Heather colorway). No picture of those yet. It's more my travel project than anything, just something to work on in the car or when visiting inlaws.

I am looking for a knitting group to go to each week. I have been a bit stressed since Charlie started working fulltime. A job was supposed to reduce that, right? Well, I love being a stay-at-home mom, but I need a break a few hours each week. I get up when Charlie does (0545 or so) everyday, including the weekend when Charlie is home (babies have crazy good internal clocks). I also get up during the night for Arthur. While he naps I do dishes, laundry, etc. Then Charlie gets home and takes a half hour to unwind. I take care of Arthur and Charlie at that point, doing the cooking, feeding the baby, bathtime, bedtime routine, etc. Charlie is a great dad, but most of the work is on me and it's been getting to me this past week. I have been irritable and short with Charlie, blaming him for my being exhausted, and have been getting more frustrated than I should with Arthur. Charlie and I talked about it today and he made me realize that I do need some me time. I'm excited to be looking for a group and being part of things again; I was active in a knitting group and spinning guild in college and miss having friends (I don't have a single person I can truly call a friend and it's been that way for some time now... I'm not particularly social by nature and I've lost contact with old Georgia buddies and haven't had the opportunity to make Michigan ones).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Shame on everyone who voted for a socialist America, for a man that is working hard to remove opportunity in our country and making it quickly go the way of many European nations.

Shame on anyone who voted for Obama that has family members in the military... You just put many out of a job and, at the very least, made it an environment many do not want to be in any longer. There is a reason why China and similar countries supported an Obama win... A weakened military is a good thing for them!

Shame on you if you voted with your uterus, skin color, dislike for a rich man, or some other shallow reason. If you have a brain, you obviously didn't use it yesterday.

Shame on those who champion a man who uses government programs to create a dependent population, a man who has shown the American people that personal responsibility doesn't matter.

Shame on everyone who put Obama in office for another 4 years. I was hopeful that he would be a one-termer, but the American people seem to be too enchanted by an evil smooth-talking man, unable to see that he doesn't care about restoring America to what she once was and that his personal agenda is all that matters to him. I feel sick to my stomach with disgust and disappointment.
I am a conservative. I do not identify with the Republican party because many of them are compromising and care mostly for elections and not really about issues. I am heartbroken today. I did not really like Romney, but this election was so important; it was our chance to remove Obama and try to get America back on track. Now, we are just heading for an inevitable train wreck.

Monday, November 5, 2012

4/4 Sweater... I'm Free!

Finally, I am free to knit what I want! I finished the fourth and last commissioned baby sweater yesterday.

The pattern is Helena and the yarn is Knit Picks Stroll in the Barn Door colorway. I had actually purchased 2 balls of Scarlet, but a fellow Raveler desperately needed them for a WIP, so I sent them to her and she sent me these two (I just needed red yarn, so exact colorway didn't matter). It's a discontinued color, so it was nice to be able to work with it before it went goodbye. The color is not true at all in this pic, but is good in the one below:

I have started on a hat for me and am about to swatch for a sweater as well.

We went to a farm recently and had a good time, despite it being painfully cold and we were totally under-dressed (I don't know what I was thinking!). That's actually an adult-sized hat he's wearing, one that grandma let him have for the day. He loved seeing the animals and laughed when Phinaeus the calf ate his blanket and mommy's hair!

My two handsome guys! Arthur was a monkey for his first Halloween. He was such a cutie! We went to Detroit to hand out candy at a friend's house and I took Arthur to the neighbor's house to get candy. He thought he was a real big shot going trick or treating in downtown Detroit, lol.

Arthur had surgery on the 1st and it was terrible. He wasn't circumcized at birth because the pediatrician wanted him checked out by a pediatric urologist first (they thought that there was a problem that might require corrective surgery). Everything checked out ok, but by then we had to wait until he was 6 months old to get it done. I will NEVER go make my baby go through something this again and if future sons can't have it done at birth, they will just have to wait and decide to do it themselves.

I was so nervous during surgery because my family has a genetic disorder that causes us to die under general anesthesia (malignant hyperthermia). They have to use special anesthesia and take special precautions whenever someone in my family has to go under. They reassured me that they flushed the machines for at least 2 hours and that they removed all the triggers from the operating room. They ended up giving him laughing gas, then IV anesthesia and a spinal block for pain management. He ended up doing just fine and came out ok. Isn't he the cutest thing ever in his little hospital gown?

This is him on the ride home after surgery... sleepy and in pain :(

The nurses gave him a bear and we named him Beau (the hospital we use is Beaumont). It's become his favorite stuffed animal. He (and we) had a very rough few days with dealing with how painful he was... it broke my heart. The first night he slept a hour or so, then would cry for just as long, then repeat until morning. He would cry and I would cry. Very upsetting and I felt like a terrible mother for making him go through this (I was kind of against the surgery since he was so old, but Charlie really wanted it done). I filled his codeine prescription first thing the next day (I initially just gave regular Tylenol because I don't like medicating if I can help it, but he really needed something stronger) and he has been much better since, getting better and more like himself each day.