Contest Time!!

Let’s have a contest!!! I am almost finished with Shipwreck!!! 14 rows and the cast off and I’m done. I’ll not consider the dyeing as being done for this contest, just the knitting portion of it. So, leave a comment with the date and time of day you think I will finish and you will win a prize!!! What will you win?!!?!?!? I dunno. Let’s see…hmm… how about a skein of lace weight yarn from my stash!! So, leave a color preference in your comment and I will see what I can do to please you! Unless you would rather have sock yarn. Ummm…let’s start over. Leave a comment here with date and time I will finish knitting Shipwreck and let me know if you want lace or sock yarn and color preferences!! Contest ends when I finish knitting my shawl. Could be today, could be tomorrow, could be next week! Good Luck!!

Shipwreck

It’s coming along.

See my pretty beads

Ummm…Hi

The lovely My Only Sunshine (who has two of the most beautiful young ladies in the whole world) tagged me to do 5 Things I Love About Being A Mom. Wow! That’s a tough one. I love being a Mom but I don’t know if I can define why I love being a Mom. So in no particular order, here are 5 of the many, numerous things I love about being a Mom.

1) The feeling I get when The Squid smiles at me.

2) That he has made me a different person and given my life an alternate  purpose and a special perspective.

3) When he comes and grabs my hand and pulls me away from what I’m doing to come play with him.

4) When he walks up to me and asks for a kiss.

5) That all of a sudden he now he has to do everything for himself. He’s such a big boy!

New Year, New Baby, New Knitter

What a great time for something NEW!  There was a baby born today and I am SO glad I was wrong!  It looks like there is a crochet dress coming and it’s gonna be PINK! 

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!  I have been looking on ravelry and found a lot of cute dresses, but haven’t decided which one yet.  This yarn has just been waiting for the right (baby) person! 

On to the New Knitter!  I taught her Christmas of 2007, but it didn’t take right away.  Right before Halloween of 2008 she decided she wanted to give it another try and this time, it took.  She has done 3 scarves, a baby hat, some can cozys, and is almost done with a pair of mittens that she started and has her first one almost done without my help.  She read the pattern by herself and everything.  To be fair, she did ask two questions.  One, how should she cast on the two extra stitches for the thumb, because all she knew was the long tail cast on.  I told her to look up the backward loop cast on, she did and figured it out.  The other question was “what is a darning needle?”  Cute huh?  She asked me if I had one she could borrow… actually, SHE has one but doesn’t know it yet!  Special thanks to Aubyn, Botgurl, Jenn and the Pirate for donating their extra stuff to the New Knitter.  It can get very expensive to make sure you have all the tools you need and most of us have some extra stuff  lying around.  So thank you so much guys for your generosity!  She has a GREAT set up! 

Wow!  It’s only the second week and there are new babies and new knitters, what a great year so far!

Starting off the New Year right!

It always makes me feel good to finish things.  I seem to start and start, but not typically finish!  HA!  I have a few things to show today, woo!  

First, it’s Baby Starghan for Cheerio.   (That’s NanC and Matty’s bebeh.)  This was done in cotton-ease.

I also have a couple of caps for friends going through chemo.  The first one being modeled by my baby Nephew.   He actually walked around the house like that, running into stuff and laughing. He really cracks me up.  This cap is based on the Yarn Harlot’s basic hat pattern and I used part of the We Call Them Pirates pattern for the band. 

 One more… this is a sleeping cap for a friend with breast cancer.  I used organic cotton and the Lace-Edged Women’s Hat pattern.  I made this same cap for my Mom when she went through breast cancer and she loved it. 

In the current pile “to be finished” are two scarves, two socks, and a variety of other things that have been in the pile for a while.  I didn’t make any New Year resolutions related to that pile.  They don’t work for me.  I do intend to stick with my yarn diet of sorts… I can only buy yarn when I travel, called souvenir yarn.  I did really well with that last year!  I travel enough for work and fun that I didn’t feel deprived. 

Had a great time New Years Eve!  We went to a friends house and had a bonfire. 

Happy 2009!  Hope it is filled with love, fun, friends, and good knitting mojo! 

Making up for lost time…

Well, it’s been a while!  After sitting for the last two days and catching up on all my blogs, I noticed quite a few that have only posted once in the last month or so.  I guess it is all the crafting, and cooking, and decorating we all try to do.  There is also the regular working thing that has to be done in between all that.  HAHA! 

My Thanksgiving and Christmas were both great this year.  Every Thanksgiving we visit Hubby’s family in Virginia and make a side trip to North Carolina if possible.  We had great weather, ate well, and our flights were all on time.  Here’s our clan on Hubby’s side, it was pretty bright out on the front porch.

Our Christmas was pretty good too!  Mom, Diva Sister and the boys all spent the night Christmas Eve, so Santa came to my house this year!  We had a big dinner with turkey, dressing, various salads, and cassaroles.  I made my Grammie’s yummy apple pie, and my Mother-in-laws delicious chocolate pecan pie.  One small thing… when I say turkey, I use that term loosely.  There wasn’t a whole lot of turkey left after this little gal got a hold of it:

Yup… sometime in the early morning, she got into the kitchen sink and ate two wings and more than half a breast.  She has been paying for it with an upset tummy.  I would say that I didn’t think she would do it again after this belly-ache she’s had, but I know I’d be wrong.  Doesn’t she look like she wishes she hadn’t done it? 

Just a little sampling of the events:

     

I am off for the next week and looking forward to catching up with some serious knitting. Will show you some really soon!

Texas has a Fiber Festival?

Really?  Is it celebrating the cotton plant?  Or, the silk worm?  Maybe, the flax (linen) plant?  Because, really wool is crazy, right?  HAHA!  If you like to knit, you are going to knit with wool at some point.  So, the Pirate, Squid, Pirate Mom and I were off to Kid & Ewe and Llamas, Too! 

It isn’t a really big festival… but there were a lot of classes (that we didn’t take) and a decent amount of wool.  There were also musicians! And cashmere goats! 

    

Now, about the goats… cashmere goats should mean cashmere yarn, right?   We found one bag where they were showing the goats, but other than that… nada!  We kept thinking we were missing something.  But, it wasn’t very big, so we aren’t really sure where they would have hidden it.

So, now you must be thinking… What about the haul???   Check it out!  Notice a theme? 

On the left, we have a silk blend, in “Hook ’em Horns” orange, at the top left, is Brooks Farm Arcero, and the 4 skeins on the right side and right bottom, i Plain & Fancy, Sheep & Wool Co. from a farm in Henderson, TX.  I also got a couple new shawl patterns and can’t wait to get started!  But, I do have a ton of other projects to finish first.  HA!  (Who doesn’t, right?)  It was a fun trip and a great opportunity to spend time with my friend the Pirate and the Squid as well as Pirate’s Mom!  Also, of course, there is the fact that I got to buy yarn.  This self imposed yarn diet, with the one cheat rule (souvenir yarn is allowed) was getting a little tough.  I feel much better now!