Archive | November 2007

Wow

It’s amazing how much stuff I’m finding that we never use, have grown out of or don’t need anymore.  I haven’t even started the main floor…I’m still working on my basement and it’s boggling.  Dh just took a load to the goodwill and is getting me more boxes.  It’s kind of cleansing, getting rid of all this stuff. 

The first load….

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Focus On The Pretty Shoes

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I’ve never worn these shoes.  I bought them at the second hand store and loved them, but took them for granted, forgot about them. 

It’s funny how much we have and forget about, take for granted…and funny how it takes a tragedy to show us that.  Losing a lot helps you see clearly what you have.   I found those shoes today and they represented the whole thing for me.  I have many beautiful things…most importantly beautiful people, a beautiful family! 

I’m packing today, we move in two weeks.  It’s so daunting trying to figure out what to keep and what not to…we have so much stuff.   I’m going through all my clothes right now…as good a time as any to get rid of all the things we don’t use.  I already have 4 garbage bags for the second hand store and have one pickup truck load packed.  Which only shows me how little of a dent that has put in the job.  So many books and things…things no-one ‘uses’ but things I love.  I do have to reduce though so I’m going through all of it.

All my Christmas knitting plans are messed up now but I’m still going to try to finish my husbands blanket if I can.  That man deserves to be cozy after all we’ve been through.

I’m Falling Behind :)

I’ve been slacking with my blogstalking posts lately. 

I need to do ‘whats for breakfast’

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I usually have oatmeal crisp or mini wheats (the brown sugar coated kind), a  yoghurt and a banana or an orange.   Our cereal cupboard is packed enough to provide breakfast for a month should cereal become hard to find, lol!  I love these bowls…we bought them for the kids a few years ago…everyone likes them :) 

Ok, now the junk drawer!   This is my junk drawer….

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Lots of stuff, lol.  We have my glasses case, advil, dh’s old wallet, stamps, ball bands, needles, thread, bookmarks, a grad picture, those buttons and bits of string you get with store bought clothes, a pair of extra shoelaces that came with my shoes, nail hardener, nail files, reciepts, a watch….I’m tired…can we stop now? 

Now for what I am thankful for….

What am I thankful for?  Everything!  I’m thankful that I have been blessed with a husband and children that are healthy and strong.  I’m thankful that I live in a country as wonderful as Canada is.  I’m thankful that I have a good head on my shoulders and I’m thankful I’ve had opportunities to develop my skills.  I’m thankful that I am blessed to stay at home, to make that choice to be wife and mother — I’m thankful to live somewhere where the choice is mine.  I’m thankful for my beautiful home.  I’m thankful my husband and kids support me in that and that I am able to support them.  I’m thankful I can pursue my interests and create to my hearts content.  I’m very thankful to still have my mom, though she has been through many health challenges.  I’m ever so thankful that my children have her too!  I’m thankful for the love my family gives me…the understanding…how they are always always there for me and for each other :) 

The Christmas rush of making things like mad has kept me on my couch knitting in all my spare time lately.  At the moment, I have a pair of socks – for my middle daughter (the sweetheart lace) which are half way done… a ‘crazy cabin’ scrap blanket for my husband (6/20 blocks done), a few half baked plans to start yet more projects for gifts…. I found a pattern I had laying around for dog beds and coats.  We have three dogs who would love beds and coats!  Who knows if I will have time.  The dh made a boo-boo yesterday and actually suggested I should finish some stuff I have started before I start anything new.  Screwing with my creativity!  LOL.  He’s probably got a point…he’s seen the mad rush of finishing things up on Christmas Eve before…it’s not a pretty sight :)

Have an excellent day! :)

Distractions…

Working on the Cable and Lace socks and then the new pattern for my daughter has worn me out for sock knitting…for now :)

The first sock is almost done…the pattern worked out beautifully.  I just cannot bring myself to knit the rest right now.  My hands need a break. 

I’m debating on a name for the new pattern (I improvised this – including the lace)…I started out with the idea of ‘I Love You Baby’ socks but now the name ‘Sweetheart Lace’ is winning in my head.  What do you think?  Comment and let me know!  Here is a picture of the lace….

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Wouldn’t they be awesome in a solid or almost solid yarn? 

I’m so pleased with how well the hearts stand out.  It is a knitted lace pattern with yarn overs and increases/decrease on every row.  Some of the rows are a little tight and take some patience (to avoid dropping sts) but I think the results are worth it.  I will finish these before Christmas!  I have to, they are for my daughter :)

I was looking at the buckets of yarn around here, lol, and decided to make my husband a blanket for Christmas.  I want this to be a REAL surprise so I’m only working on it when he isn’t home.  Lucky for the blanket he works a lot…he drives many hours back and forth a day on top of a long physical workday.  The man is always cold and enjoys laying on the couch and relaxing at the end of the day.  He doesn’t wear knitted anything either!  So the blanket is born….

I’m using odds and ends in chunky – ish (it’s a blanket, lol).  If I have a colour, it’s probably going in there. 

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I have quite a bit of the green (shetland chunky) and the gold fleck (moda dea cache) and the red (berella astrakhan – superwash wool) and odds and ends of everything else.  It’s fun to make.  No counting, no measuring, no nothing, just sense and zen knitting.   Freeform.  It is not perfectly even, or perfect in any way!  It will be perfectly imperfect, lol.  I’m just going to match the sizes of finished squares.  It’s relaxing for me.  I’m probably crazy. 

The last thing I need is another ‘on the go’ project but I’ve started an embroidered table runner as well.  My mom gave me the kit yesterday and I needed something to do when my husband is home…!  So of course I had to start it. 

I’m off to work on that blanket! 

Make Like An Elf…

So, back to Christmas….

I’ve started a pair of socks for my middle daughter, in the knitpicks felici that was included in my warm sock sampler.  The colour is ‘clay’ and it’s really nice.  My daughter chose it as her favorite :)  She likes cables more than lace so I’m trying an idea I had…will let you know how it goes!  I’ve charted it – now to knit it up a bit and see how it looks ‘for real’.

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This Gauge Thing…

I rarely worry about gauge unless I’m trying to share a pattern.  I think my estimated gauge for the Cable and Lace Socks was off a little…it’s closer to 9/10 sts per inch.  I want to offer the most accurate information….

This picture should help!  (I hope anyways!)

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