Monday, December 24, 2012

Off To Georgia!

We will be heading out shortly for Christmas at my father-in-law's house, then taking off for a week in Georgia! I can't wait to see my family, my state, and have them all see my baby for the first time. I may or may not have internet access, so may or may not post. I will definitely be making Christmas posts once we're back, probably around the 1st or 2nd.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Arthur and Barrett




 

So the video doesn't have Arthur in it, but it's a good one anyway. Arthur was laughing his head off but of course when I get out my phone for a video he stops! (And please ignore the coffee and juice stains on the floor!)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Santa, Knitting, and The Great Cat Purge


We took Arthur to Bass Pro Shop to see Santa and it was a blast! This was the most authentic Santa I've ever seen... he was perfectly old, perfectly plump, and had the more perfect beard, not too big, not too small, and snow white. He was so patient and kind, not just trying to get through all the kids, but rather was wanting them to have a great experience. Arthur wasn't afraid of him, but wasn't all smiles either. He was mostly just like, "Who is this man?!" Santa sang Jingle Bells to him the entire time so that he wouldn't be afraid.


My mother-in-law and step-father-in-law (though I consider him to be more of a FIL than my actual one) came and they surprised us with a package that gave us several prints in different sizes and a digital download (we were just going for the free 4x6 they give everyone).


Of course, you can't go to Bass Pro without checking everything out! Arthur was a bit clingy and scaredy after seeing Santa, but was a good sport about sitting on this Arthur-sized 4-wheeler! Charlie said that he's signalling a right turn here.

We ended the night with a celebration dinner at Rainforest Cafe (John, my sFIL, wanted to celebrate Arthur's first Santa experience). Arthur of course loved the fish, but was a bit nervous of the thunder storm every 30 minutes... lights flashing, animals making all sorts of noises, etc. He would just cling to Daddy and peek over his shoulder. He's not the type that just buries his face when he's afraid; he wants to be held tight, but wants to see what's going on. He liked watching the robot tigers, but from a distance. We ordered the volcano dessert and he absolutely loved the sparkler.

On to knitting...



I've been busy Christmas knitting! I finished these little Crocodile Stitch Booties (Baby Sizes) for my niece, Mila. I used KP Felici Fingering in the Peachy colorway (top picture shows true color). I loved this project and I love this yarn! It took me a few tries at first to get going on them, but it was because I was misreading the directions. They have an adult version that I can't wait to try out... my mom and MIL would go nuts for some in their sizes! It makes me wish that I had some KP Chroma Fingering and Worsted to use...


This is the finished Irish Hiking Hat for John (sFIL).



This is the beginning of a Knitted Lace Jewelry Frame for my SIL, Alicia. I'm using a random ball of KP Stroll (Duchess Heather) I have. This is a great project for using us scraps, leftovers, and single skeins of lace or fingering weight yarn. My other SIL, Brooke (brother's wife), will be getting one as well. I'm getting there on finishing up Christmas knitting... I would like to finish up these frames, then finish the second Ringwood Glove to give to my mom. My brother requested a knitted ski mask that looks like Captain America's helmet, but I don't have the yarn or the time to make it. Maybe it'll be a birthday gift instead. I ended up doing some comic book-style drawings of his hero and will frame them.

Now for the Great Cat Purge... we found homes for 3 cats in the last week and 1 more is going at Christmas! First we found a good home with my SIL's friend for the cream colored male kitten. Then I found a great home for Red, the momma cat... her new owner absolutely spoils her and takes her to Petsmart all the time. A much better home than ours, where she was fed, watered, and petted sometimes. Then the very next day I found a good home for the calico kitten. The last kitten, the orange male, is going to Georgia with us to be a Christmas surprise for Brooke's brother (their parents approved and picked him out of the litter). That means that we are down to 2 cats, our originals, Bams and Colt. It feels good to only have them and I think that they appreciate it because they have been so much more friendly and less mischevious than they were before.

We now have 2 dogs (Partner and Barrett), 2 cats (Colt and Bams), a fish tank, and then the rats (we have quite a few, but they are easy-care and we breed them). Gideon, my old man Dachshund/Chihuahua mix, has been living with my MIL and sFIL since Thanksgiving. We took him there so that my SIL could watch him while we were on our hunting trip and they liked him so much they wanted to keep him until we move to Georgia, after which he will live out the rest of his days at my parents' house. He wasn't happy at our house... Barrett bothers him too much and he can't be around Arthur because, for some reason, Arthur is only allergic to him (he gets welts and redness when he touches him).

Friday, December 7, 2012

Inspired


I had a tiny bit of free time today while Arthur napped (it seems that he's been on a napping strike for a few days now and it's been rough on all of us), so I used that time to catch up on some blog reading, which inspired me to make the above candle jar.

Matt, who always makes the most creative and beautiful things, made a few jars using twine and, of course, crochet. I am obsessed with containers and save every glass jar that comes into this house, so finally decided to do something with one of them. This one used to hold banana peppers.

I wasn't going to go out and purchase anything for this little project, so I used some leftover Cascade 220 in red, a small scrap of some novelty yarn (Crystal Palace Party), leftover Knit Picks Cotlin in Sprout, and my new hot glue gun (it was a 3.99 mini one from Michaels and it has been waiting for a project like this... It works great!). I even had the right sized candle for it.

It was really fun. Like Matt, I used Lucy's Jolly Holly pattern. My mother-in-law loves candles and I think this is just perfect for her, so it's already been wrapped up and is waiting for Christmas.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Second Box




8 Wool of the Andes, Hollyberry - a vest for my cousin in Korea
2 Brava Sport, Red - for Momma
2 Full Circle Worsted, Fresh - 1 for a sweater for Arthur, 1 for me to play with
1 Full Circle Worsted, Latte - maybe a sweater for Mikah, or I might keep it
2 WotA Tonal, Canopy - longies or something
2 Swish DK, Rainforest Heather - probably a hat and mitt set for Arthur

Cyber Monday, Ornaments, and Another Hat



Charlie and my mom made the Knit Picks Cyber Monday sale happen for me :) Pictured above is my first order (my second order is at the post office, waiting for the mailman to bring it to me). Top to bottom, left to right:

* Sling Scoop Bag, Paisely - the perfect bag for carrying the essentials without adding bulk/weight to all that I have to carry (babies need a lot of stuff and diaper bags are heavy!)
* KP Lint Shaver
* 4 Chroma Worsted, Elfin - chevron blanket for Mikah (my brother's unborn son)
* 15 Wool of the Andes, Stellar (a special buy oops colorway) - a fall/winter skirt or cardi for me
* 13 Simply Cotton Sport, Limeade Heather - probably a summer skirt for me
* 1 each Stroll Tonal, Stonewashed and Heirloom (special buy colorways, traded the Stonewashed for other yarn with a Raveler because I didn't like it) - socks? baby stuff?
* 1 Wool of the Andes Tonal, Deep Waters - cardi or longies for Arthur
* 1 each Simply Cotton Sport, Dogwood, Carnelian, Mandarin, Golden, Green Tea, Wave, Haze, and Bermuda - bibs or maybe something larger that uses all the colors?



We sat down as a family the other night and made the gift ornaments! I made salt dough and we put Arthur's handprint in them. 1 for each set of grandparents and 1 for us to keep. We want to do this every year. I made other ornaments with the leftover dough (the Harpers on is going to my brother and his wife). I painted them with acrylic paint and a paint pen, then used homemade mod podge once the paint was dry.


This is the completed hat for my MIL's friend's daughter. I used the Brrr Baby Beanie pattern, minus the earflaps and with a picot edge. It was too plain, so I added a flower using scrap cotton.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's That Time Again

Time to really start thinking about Christmas knitting. I probably should have done this sooner, but I really didn't have gift knitting ideas before, so thought I might skip out on it this year. Now I can think of a million things I need to knit in the next 21 days, so it's time to get serious.

I have a few non-Christmas gift knits I need to finish up asap so that I can start on the presents. My MIL asked for a baby hat for a friend's little girl, so I am working on that right now. Should get that finished up today, though.

Anyway, here is the annual gift knitting list (also listed are non-knitting gifts). We'll see how much I actually accomplish this year...

Charlie - Nothing handmade this year I'm afraid. He already got his main gift early (at his choosing); I got him a set of night vision goggle things.

Baby Arthur - His presents are all toys this year. He doesn't really have an appreciation for the handknits yet and has enough clothes to last for the next year. We made good use of the Black Friday toy sale at Walgreens.

Momma - I always give her Knit Picks sock yarn for Christmas, so she's getting 2 balls of Stroll in Barn Red. I usually make her a pair of socks as well, but I've lost my sock knitting mojo somewhere and can't seem to find it. I'm going to gift her the Ringwood Gloves I've been working on. I have one finished and the second started. I'm also making a salt-dough ornament with Arthur's handprint for their tree.

Daddy - We got him a Mohammed Ali Fathead wall decal for his man cave/gun room at a charity auction we went to. He's going to love it. We also have a t-shirt that says, "I wrestled a bear once" because he did (twice, actually). I'm making peanut butter treats for their dogs. Oh, and we are giving them Gideon as well. Not really a present for them, haha, but they agreed to take him for us since he's unhappy here with Barrett (she wants to play, he wants to relax) and Arthur is really allergic to him (just him though).

Brother Arthur - Not sure about him yet. His request was, "Make me something with Captain America on it." I'll have to think on that one a bit more.

Brooke (SIL) - Again, not sure yet.

Mom (MIL) - I really want to make her a felted tote this year. I have a really cool button that says "hope," which is her favorite word and the name of the counseling stuff she does with my step-FIL. I think a tote big enough for her work computer (she's a NP and gets a hospital laptop) with that button on it would be very nice. An Arthur ornament for them as well.

John (step-FIL) - Irish Hiking Hat from some acrylic my MIL picked out. I'm about a fourth of the way through it. Treats for their dogs.

Dad (FIL) - I'm thinking some knitting golf cozy things with expletive symbols (% # @ etc) on them from stash RHSS. Treats for their dogs.

Theresa (step-MIL) - An Arthur ornament and maybe some candles with crocheted cozy things. I've seen some really pretty ones made this way. I can't think of anything else that she would actually use that's in the budget.

Alicia, Ryan, Mila (SIL, BIL, Niece) - Not sure. I know Ryan is getting Heroclix (a game they play) and I'm making Crocodile Stitch Baby Booties from KP Felici Sport for Mila, but Alicia is a toughie. We do have a stuffed turtle (her favorite animal) that says funny things, but we need something else. Maybe I'll go with the candle idea for her as well. Treats for their dogs.

Erin (SIL) - Another toughie. She is probably leaving early next year for the Coast Guard and won't be able to take much with her. Maybe go with a gift card this year.

Michael (step-BIL) - We want to get him his first gun, a .22 rifle. He went to the range with us and really loved it. Not sure if we'll be able to make it happen (the darn thing called money), but we'll see.

Talia (step-SIL) - Last year she was big into loom knitting, so if she's still doing that I'll probably gift her some nice yarn (she's only used RHSS so far). We are taking her to the range as well since she really wants to shoot.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Hats



We went "up north" for Thanksgiving weekend with my mother-in-law and (step) father-in-law. It was a great, though very snowy, trip. We spent our days hunting with Arthur spent his days in the cozy cabin with grandma. We saw a few does, but there wasn't anterless hunting allowed, so we had to pass them up. I made Charlie and me hunting hats using Patons Classic Wool and some Sugar n Cream. Mine is the prototype, so isn't very pretty, but Charlie's is the much nicer new and improved version. I forgot to get a picture of his while we were up there.



I also made the munchkin (who is only getting handsomer by the minute and is such a handful now) a hat. It is the Brrr Baby Beanie in Knit Picks Swish (regular and tonal). I went down a hook size to make it fit Arthur's big almost-8-month-old head... it was written for 18 month. Arthur does have a decent-sized noggin on him; his growth charts have him at 25-30% on height, weight, and BMI, but his head is in the 65%. Ah well, it's for his huge brain he has.