Knitting knots around the family.

The view from the lap March 28, 2008

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Is MUCH better than the view out the window

Yeah, so much for “Spring”.  Of course, the boys are home for yet another day of arguing in between coughing fits.  Sigh.  I really don’t like to dope my children up, but today might be an exception…


Creeping Crud March 27, 2008

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The boys got hit with the creeping crud and have been home for the last two days.  So, between Easter, sick kids, snow (YES! Freaking snow!), and the neverending procrastination, I’ve been a bit lax in posting.

Here’s the last big project I was knitting.  15 Knitted Easter Eggs pattern from The Purl Bee.  If you actually count the eggs in the photo, there are only 14 eggs there.  One egg was a major dud.  It happens.

Clockwise, from the top blue egg:
Blue:  Nature’s Palette Fingering, sample from Yarn of the Month club
Blue Striped 1:  Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock Candy, leftovers from socks for Mom
Pink Striped:  Regia, name unknown, cotton/wool/elastic, sample from Yarn of the Month club
Purple:  Sundara Yarn Sock Yarn
Rainbow 1:  Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sport
Rainbow 2:  Knitpicks Dancing
Teal:  Regia Bamboo Color, leftovers from socks done for Molly at Celtic Swan Forge
Orange:  LavenderSheep Merino/Tencel Sock
Green:  My own handspun, fiber is LavenderSheep Superwash
Blue Striped 2:  Schachenmayr Nomotto Catania Color
Blue Striped 3:  Regia, name unknown, 6 ply wool, sample from Yarn of the Month Club
Red:  Wool, unknown type, recieved in a swap
Pinky Orange:  Oceanwind Knit, leftovers from socks done for my sister-in-law’s mother
Lavender with Beads:  Fly Designs Monarch Sock Yarn, leftovers from socks for my mother-in-law

Everyone at Easter dinner got to take home their own egg.  I think they went over well.  I’ve already heard reports of one couple’s cat stealing them for her own and apparently won’t give them back. 

Now to catch up on March’s chemo cap, before March runs out!


Five Years March 18, 2008

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Depending on who where you dig up the information, sometime this week is the anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.  I know that there have been a lot of people killed, a lot of lives torn apart, families that are no longer complete.  My younger son was a little over a month old when the war started, and my first thought was that this was a war that he could potentially fight in when he got old enough.  That scares the crap out of me. 

In these five years, I haven’t seen much change.  I’ll admit that I don’t meticulously read every news article or watch every news story about the war; even so, I don’t see much change.  More suicide bombings, more of our soldiers and their people killed, more stories of children needing medical care because they got caught in the crossfire.  But it doesn’t seem like anything is really getting better for anyone involved.

I’m not pretending that my opinion is the only one that counts, or is even the right one.  I just wish that it wasn’t 5 years later and we’re still essentially in the same place we were then. 


Eggs March 17, 2008

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Instead of doing one huge long rant and cry about my grandmother, I am going to share bits of my memories of her. 

In my younger years, my grandparents had chickens.  The henhouse was at the back corner of their small garden, and when I would stay over, it was my job to go get the eggs.  Most of the time, it was all good, but there was more than once that I got chased out of the henhouse by an irate chicken.  It’s a bit hard to run out of the coop while at the same time trying to shut the door so the chicken didn’t escape, because then I’d have to go chase the chicken.  I’m not good at chasing chickens.  Grandma would make fried eggs most mornings, and I don’t know what she did, but I have yet to meet someone who makes eggs that taste just like Grandma did them.

If the eggs weren’t meant for eating that day, they went into an outdoor fridge.  There were two fridges and one freezer outside the door under an overhang.  The smallest fridge was Grandpa’s “pig” fridge.  It usually contained vaccinations and such for his pigs out front.  The next fridge was for stuff that wouldn’t fit inside, and also for Grandma’s diet pepsi.  I don’t have a single memory of visiting my grandparents where my Grandma didn’t have her stash of diet pepsi in that fridge.  My Grandma had a kind heart for outdoor critters, so she’d have a tin pan of cat food out on top of those freezers for the strays that came through.  It wasn’t uncommon to look out at the top of those fridges at night and see eyes reflecting back at you.

There was one Easter that I remember spending with my grandparents, it must have been Spring break.  We went to the church that my grandparents belonged to, and where my Grandma played piano.  It was windy and rainy, but there was still an egg hunt after church.  I was old enough at the time that I watched the younger kids and helped them to find their eggs.  What I remember most about that day was Grandpa just sitting there watching Grandma play during church.

The Purl Bee posted a pattern for knit or patchwork Easter eggs.  I’m busy making a few of the knit ones for my family, but I’ll show you my prototype.  The yarn is Oceanwind Knits in Berijus, and it’s a bit smaller than the Koigu called for in the pattern, so I used a 2.5mm needle.  It’s a bit small, but still cute. 

ETA:  The left one is the prototype, the right one is made from Monarch from Fly Design in Roses colorway with beads.


We interupt our usual programming March 11, 2008

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My last grandparent, my grandmother with Alzheimer’s, passed away last weekend.  I’m doing ok, this wasn’t a super huge surprise, but I will be away from this blog until next week.  Thanks for your understanding and patience.


My head is full o’ goo March 5, 2008

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I think I’m courting an ear infection, so while there’s beautiful sunshine out, I’m going to the chiropractor to see if he can’t realign drainage from my head so I don’t have to breakdown and call my “doctor”doctor (I also say home and “home” home too).  If you see a gal in downtown Seattle who’s kind of weaving like she’s drunk, it’s probably me, minus the alcohol.


Word of the day March 3, 2008

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It’s raining, so no progress shots of anything.  Instead, you get the word of the day.  I was reading a book, and it had a passage about a “squiffy-looking” individual.  I just loved the sound of it, squiffy.  According to Webster, it’s a drunken looking individual.  Isn’t squiffy such a much better word than the usual sloshed, snockered, three sheets to the wind explaination?  Wait, why do most words relating to drunkenness seem to start with ‘s’… hmm.