Archive for ◊ December, 2003 ◊

28 Dec 2003 Post Christmas Update
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Hope everyone had a merry Christmas or happy whatever you celebrate. We had a great holiday that was only slightly marred by my wonderful husband having to spend two days in the hospital for an infected cat bite (Nope. Wasn’t our cats). We could hardly believe something minor turned into something so big.
Thankfully, he’s okay now. :o)

No knitting to report on. The last several day have been busy ones. I, of course, had plenty of time to knit while Eric was in the hospital, but didn’t want to spend the time it would take gathering my supplies. I have the cuff nearly done on one of Emily’s yellow mittens and it was going to call for a needle change, etc and I just wanted to get out of the house and back to the hospital. Though I am today being distracted by the Sims, I know that we can’t spend hours at a time playing it. We’ll be back to usual come Monday, which is tomorrow though I am having trouble figuring that out!

23 Dec 2003 Deep Thoughts…
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Turns out, I do have time to post today.

I haven’t taken pictures yet, but I finished Emily’s hat today. Just the one blue stripe. I stitched the hat in manner that the brim would need to be folded up, but Em doesn’t seem to like wearing it like that, so I might pull off the pom-pom, cut a few stitches and leave it “regular”. I don’t know what would make her happiest. Cast on and knitted about an inch and a half on her matching mittens. Pictures of those to follow

Have also decided that she might need a cool, fringed scarf to match her coat, hat and mittens. I have an abundance of the yellow yarn left, so I’ll have to use it up as much as possible.

However, I do have some balls of contrasting color at home, maybe I should work on this:

However, now that I think about it, the yellow and dark blue with gray might seem a little masculine. Maybe I should do white or a more feminine color. In any case, I should have more than enough. There is also a hooded sweatshirt at Lionbrand.com as well that might be fun and easy too. Emily is in LOVE with Yellow (even though I don’t personally care for it all that much).

You know, there are two things that I’m finding as I knit. First, I am obsessed with sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, socks, etc. I look at everything now. Today I assessed that I was wearing a Fair Isle knit it stockingette stitch with a 2×2 rib on the cuffs, neck and hemline. I also love looking at hats etc and thinking to myself that I could probably make that. That’s awesome.

Also, I am finding that projects beget projects. For instance, I bought that big ass ball of yellow yarn to make one hat and one pair of mittens. That has now morphed into one hat, one pair of mittens, one scarf and one sweater. And maybe slippers or socks. I was also wondering today if Emily’s teddy bear would like (meaning, would Emily like) a matching yellow hat and scarf as well.

22 Dec 2003 Happy Frogging!
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I’m not sure if I will have a chance to post between now and Christmas, but if not I wanted to wish everyone who may be reading a very Merry Christmas. Also Happy Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice or just Happy December, if you don’t celebrate anything. I finally have some pictures of my FO and one of a WIP. I know they’re not as terribly exciting as things some are doing, but I’m proud of them.

This is Em’s teddy bear in his jaunty red Christmas sweater. The neckline is totally messed up which you may or may not be able to tell from this picture. Sweater making may be a bit too advanced for me at this time, but I’ll try again.
And now for a project I’m actually pleased with…

The seed stitch cuffed baby hat. I have friends coming over with small babies on Monday, so I’m going to pull it out and try it on them. I hope it fits! However, they’re nearly two months old, so I won’t be disappointed if it’s a bit small.
And now a picture of a WIP.

A hat for Emily. We had to buy her a new coat on Saturday (long story) and while her coat before was a nice icey blue, it’s now bright yellow and has NO hood. This is an adaptation from a the Shaker Knit Pattern. I wasn’t getting the Shaker rib, so I’m knitting a 2×2 rib instead and I like the results. The stripe wasn’t in the pattern and I may add another small stripe toward the top as well. The yarn is knitting up really quickly, although the blue stripe yarn is a little more difficult to work with.

I also have to get to work on N-N’s red and white striped scarf. I had about four inches done on it, but decided it was too wide for a teddy bear and frogged the whole thing. In fact, I frogged a lot yesterday. I think I did more frogging than knitting, but that’s okay. I’m happy with the results now, and that’s what counts.

20 Dec 2003 Friday Five
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It’s been several days since I updated. Thursday and Friday I was down with another reincarnation of my yucky cold. I feel a little better today, but I have that nagging “You’re Gonna Get Sick” feeling at the back of my throat. I guess we’ll see. I’m drinking a warm cup of coffee and waiting for my husband to bring some cocoa up to work for me. Let’s get started with the Friday Five, shall we?

List your five favorite beverages.
1. Water
2. Pepsi
3. Lemonade
4. Orange Juice
5. Milk Shakes :o)

List your five favorite websites.
1. Moms Who Think
2. Two Peas in a Bucket
3. Knitting Blogs List
4. Yahoo Games (Love those Crosswords)
5. MSN Groups(where my favorite on-line people reside)

List your five favorite snack foods.
1. Nachos
2. Pretzals (particularly Schnieders honey mustard and onion nibblers)
3. French Fries
4. Baby carrots and French onion dip
5. Good citrus fruit

List your five favorite board and/or card games.
1. Trivial Pursuit
2. Balderdash
3. Euchre
4. Dominoes (I know it’s not a board game, but it is a favorite)
5. Solitaire

List your five favorite computer and/or game system games.
1. Mario kart (Yes, I know it’s old, but it was my favorite game to play with my brother)
2. Super Mario Brothers (another old pick)
3. Some driving game that my dh owns that I cannot recall the name of, but that I like to play
4. Crazy Taxi
5. Just about any on-line word game

Okay, so that’s done. I joined another web ring yesterday-for knitters with CATS! How cool is that? (well, probably not cool, but I think it is). I have three cats and consider myself a cat person (though I do own a dog). My eldest cat, Shelby, is four. We got her from a pet store (long story! We DID try and adopt a cat from a shelter, but didn’t come with proof of current address). Anyhow, we have made up for our transgression with Shelby and have since adopted three strays, so I think we’re dong pretty darn good. Our youngest cats are siblings, Angus (male) and Belle (female). They’ll be a year old in April.

Here’s a picture of Emily with Angus and Belle when they were babies

Aren’t they sweet?

I did remember to take pictures of two of my FO Thursday, but didn’t get them uploaded and now I’m at work, so I can’t share. Hopefully tomorrow I can get those up.

Started work on a surprise red and white striped scarf for N-N (Emily’s teddy bear) last night. Thought we’d give it to him for Christmas. It’s my first time every knitting with two colors (Yes, I AM a novice). I’m knitting it in garter stitch on size 6 needles. I’m just going to go along for a foot or two and then bind off and add tassels. I think Emily (and by default, N-N) will love it).

Also working on some thumbless mittens for Emily. She has such a problem getting her little thumbs into the thumbholes on her winter mittens. It’s awful. I found a pattern at Knitlist for Toddler Sized mittens and am now making a pair, with some adjustments, to fit Em. The original pattern called for size 6 needles. I upped the size of needles to 8s. I made one mitten that is about one inch too short, so I’m going to work a few more rows tom ake them longer for her. I’m knitting them in Red Heart Light and Lofty in a really nice Ice Blue. They won’t be waterproof, but I figure she can wear them when we’re out running errands and to school.

I am also thinking about altering them to fit my Grandpa. He’s disabled (he has muscular dystrophy and cannot use his arms from the shoulders down). I know he wears mittens, but wonder if he has problems with the thumbholes as well. I will ask him about that the next time he calls and add them to my project list if he wants them

17 Dec 2003 Club Scrap and Christmas Cards
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No knitting done today. I am happy to announce though, that I have made seven of nine gifts for teachers and co-workers (I’ll make the other two tomorrow) and I finished my Christmas cards. My Club Scrap Evergreen Kit arrived today and it is beautiful. Just what I needed to crank out my last nine cards. Hooray! Now, I just need to sign, address and mail out. I should have that done by tomorrow. No pictures of my FO objects you, however, here is my Christmas tree

Also, a picture of my sleeping dog, minus his nose.
I just love that tree
Am suffering from a nagging cold. Caught it at Thanksgiving. Thought it was gone, but found out it wasn’t. It’s back. I’ve been coughing my head off since last night. I hope I hurry up and get over this darn cold. I’ve had more than enough
Tomorrow and Friday will be my big “Get it done” Christmas rush. I wanted to have this done weeks ago, but, alas I didn’t. I’m hoping that it will afford me time to relax and maybe knit some next week. I’m really chomping at the bit to get some work done.

16 Dec 2003 First Post
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Five W’s
� Who: Jamie, female, age 27.
� What:Wife to Eric, mother to Emily. Knitter, scrapbooker, reader
� Where: North Suburban Chicagoland, IL
� When: Tuesday Evening, after work
� Why: Inspired by the kntting blogs of othes, I’ve decided to start my own

So, now that we have the facts down, here’s the other stuff that the five W’s won’t tell you. I’ve been married to my husband for 4.5 years. We have a three (nearly 4) year old daughter. I have one dog, Jack, a yellow lab and three (3!) cats, Shelby (4), Angus (8 months) and Belle (8 months). It took me three days to get my Christmas put up and decorated and I haven’t finished Christmas shopping yet. How’s that for a confession?

I have 9 christmas cards to make, forty to address and mail out. I have nine jars of homemade bath salts to crank out, three jars of cinnamon pancake mix and four jars of homemade cocoa mix, for good measure. I’d rather be knitting though.

I am happy to announce that I have three FO to my name now. YAY! However, Emily has heisted all three of them . I made a super cute pair of 38 stitch baby booties, a seed stitch cuffed hat to match AND finished a jaunty red sweater for Emily’s teddy bear. I’m thinking he needs a red and white striped scarf to match, which will be project number 2, right behind finishing a swatch square bunny rabbit to match aforementioned booties and hat

Maybe I can post pictures tomorrow, if I can get Emily to part with the items. The sweater didn’t turn out as well as I hoped. I had to sew a bunch of stuff together that the pattern didn’t call for. Things got confusing toward the end and I just ended up winging it. The cap and booties, though, look very nice and even. And wearable. Thankfully, only N-N (the teddy bear) is wearing the sweater, so besides the fact that it looks funny, he doesn’t mind much