Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
I'm in Virginia with Little Man visiting my family. Just wanted to let you know that I'm going to take a short blogging hiatus. With being out of town and needing to spend more time on my phonics workbooks (work), I'm going to take a short break from writing this blog and from reading most blogs. Please know that I will be back in a week or so. Until then, I hope everyone is well. Happy Knitting and Blogging! --Haley
Saturday, September 15, 2007
A local ice cream maker was one of the sponsors.
Of course, I had to indulge. It was DELICIOUS! And for once, the weather was nice enough to eat some. For the past 4 years, it's been freezing and raining.
And, at the end of the race, as we were getting a bite to eat, we found Ellin! Our inspiration for this race. Doesn't she look great! You go, girl!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Well, this is basically my knitting spot, except in this instance I was being extra nice. You see, my dogs and I all have something in common--we all love to be on this couch (actually it's the only one the dogs are allowed on) and we all like the edge or corner seats. None of us like the middle seat. In this instance, I was just being nice and taking the middle because Zoe and Pauli got there first.
My main knitting spot is in the corner of the couch near the blue and white lamp (the spot Zoe is in). I like to sit kind of diagonally with my feet toward the Pauli end of the couch and my back nestled into the corner of the couch.
This is an OLD couch. I've owned it for about 8 years, but before that it lived in my parents' basement for about 25 years. It's been reupholstered multiple times (most recently right before I got married 7 years ago because my husband hated the lovely bright modern art looking fabric that was on the couch at the time). As you can see, it is partially covered by a lovely bedsheet in the hopes of minimizing the stains from muddy dog feet. This sofa is a sleeper sofa and weighs about a thousand pounds and my husband has vowed never to move it again.
Anyway, even thought it's old and actually not very cushiony at all, the girls and I love to hang out on it (together if they don't mind getting cozy). My husband is usually stretched out on the red and tan loveseat that you can see in the righthand edge of the photo. So it's a family hangout area. The tv and many of Little Man's toys are in this room (did I mention this is the smallest room in my house besides the bathrooms?)
Anyway, if I'm sitting, I'm probably knitting--so this is my knitting spot. Unless it's beautiful out, and then you might catch me here.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Top Ten Little Everyday Reasons Why Life is Good
10. My husband and I watched several movies this weekend and we both enjoyed them. Thanks to the library's expanded selection, we are watching movies again. And they're free! Life is good.
9. I am almost finished with my nephew's Wonderful Wallaby, the twin to this one. I thought I was going to be able to stretch a second one of the yarn leftover from my niece's, but I need one more skein. Luckily, it's inexpensive and I have a JoAnn's coupon. Life is good.
7. Little Man is making animal noises--and not just for me! We went to my in-laws for dinner on Sunday and Little Man was telling them what noises sheep, cows, owls and monkeys make. It was very exciting to see my little guy's budding drama skills put to better use than the usual one of throwing a huge fit over the remote control. Life is good.
8. I wore my Rusted Root for the first time on Saturday. And it actually fits. I made a piece of clothing for myself and it actually fits. Life is good.
6. I made a ton of progress on Little Man's sheep costume (yes, Alice and Kristin guessed correctly). It's really coming along quickly. I guess my plan to use chunky yarn and size 11 needles was a good one. It's all very exciting. I'm knitting a hooded sweater with ears and a tail and then my sister is helping sew some fleece pants. The last part is another reason life is good. I am an awful sewer.
5. I found some fluff. It was much needed. Ah, escapism through chick lit. So nice. Life is good.
4. I discovered this weekend that I can knit and read. Thanks Ashley for once commenting that you do this sometimes. Reading AND knitting--at the same time! Life is good.
3. I got asked to be godmother to my newest nephew. Remember this little cutie? I feel very honored. Life is good.
2. Good friends on the internet. I got the kindest comment ever from Yarnhog about my costume attempts. I am constantly encouraged and rewarded by the wonderful people I've met on the internet. Another person who is always leaving me encouraging comments is Lydee. She must be one of the nicest people I have ever met. Does knowing someone through the internet count as "meeting" them? Who knows. Life is good.
1. Good friends here. I got so many encouraging comments and compliments when I wore my Rusted Root for the first time to a playdate this weekend. These are my friends I met through a breastfeeding support group. Now, almost a year and a half later, I am still discovering how sweet and supportive these women are. Life is good.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
7. Detail of ribbing and lace (love the way the purls and knits lined up)
6. Trying to not feel self conscious (hands are down for Little Man)
3. Timer shot--full view (trying to seem relaxed)
2. Oval mirror shot (love this little antique mirror)
Pattern: Rusted Root by Zephyr style
Yarn: Cascade Pima Tencel (less than 5 skeins for XS)
Needles: Size 4 and 6 (24" circular) and size 6 doublepoint
Adaptations: I had to play around a little to get the right size. I ended up doing the XS, but added a few extra rows in the raglan. I also had to add a few stitches in the sleeves and ended up doing the sleeve ribbing in a size 6 instead of a size 4 so the cuffs weren't too tight. The pattern called for 12 rows of ribbing on the bottom, but I only did 8 because I didn't want a huge band of ribbing.