In Progress

I’m working on a couple of knitting projects at the moment. I think I must have ADD as I can never do 1 project at a time, have to always do 2-3. The first one is the “CITY SHAWL”, I believe I first saw this pattern from Strange Little Mama, she always finds the prettiest patterns. I’m using thicker wool that the patterns says, as I want the shawl to be thicker. Here’s a picture:

                

I’ve also started a pair of socks. Using Lorna’s Laces wool. The pattern is Raindrop Lace Socks. I’m not going to make my socks as long as in the pattern. Here is a pic.

                  

Is’nt it a pretty color, oops you can see the shawl in the background. Now to reading, I finished “Knit One Kill Two” by Maggie Sefton. I enjoyed this book, it is a quick read. I have also started reading the Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs. These are very quick reads,  I have finished the first two.  “Death By Darjeeling” and “Gunpowder Green” I also enjoyed these.

                            Book Cover

I’m going to read this book next, I have never read any of this author’s books. My goal this summer was to read only books by authors that I had not read before. It has been fun as I have found some new authors that I really enjoyed their work. There is no consistency in my reading, or my book choices. I have loved reading since I was a little child, I will read anything. I read every night in bed before I go to sleep, D#2 is the same. Have a great day everyone.

Knitting Updates

This posting is all about knitting for a change, I’ve started some new projects. The first one is Odessa, for my D#1, she picked the wool.

           

She says her favorite colors right now are blue and green, last month it was pink and purple. The next project is for a new baby present.

         

It is called “Exquisite” from the “Best of Terry Kimbough Baby Afghans”. I’ve used this book several times when I crochet baby Afghans, it has some of the most beautiful afghans in it.

Next  the Rocking Sock Club July’s wool arrived the other day,(I’d forgot we were getting it in July). It is called Peaseblossom, and the pattern that came with it is called “Hippy Crunchy”.

         

I think I took all my pics this morning at the wrong angle as I keep getting flashes in them. Anyway I need to get down to some serious business with socks. I have about 6 pairs I want to make, and then I want to buy some more sock wool at Scouts.

Finally this was something I picked up for D#1 as she is really  into knitting right now, she even brought her knitting to her sister’s gymnastics yesterday (that’s where I knit alot).

            

It contains wool, needles, and pattern to make a bag and belt. I got it in Tuesday Morning   , It was $2.99. Is’nt it cute. The only problem is, that’s not the only thing I bought there, that store can do alot of damage to my check book. Have a great day everyone.

The Pea Story.

 I was sent this by e- mail today from a friend, I’ve read this story many times and it always touches me. Maybe I’m just being whimsical since my Mom went home, but I thought I’d share this with you.

Pea story 


Babs Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I
  noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature,ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas. I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller and the ragged boy next to me.“Hello Barry, how are you today?” “H’lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus’ admirin’ thempeas. Sure look good.” “They are good, Barry. How’s your Ma?”“Fine. Gittin’ stronger alla’ time.”“Good. Anything I can help you with?”

“No, Sir. Jus’ admirin’ them peas.”“Would you like to take some home?”“No, Sir. Got nuthin’ to pay for ’em with.” “Well, what have you to trade me for some of thosepeas?” “All I got’s my prize marble here.”“Is that right? Let me see it.” “Here ’tis. She’s a dandy.”

“I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is
blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one
like this at home?” “Not zackley. but almost.”“Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you
and next trip this way let me look at that red  marble.” “Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.”
Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, “There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.
When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn’t like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, perhaps.” I left the stand smiling to myself, impressed with
this man. A short time later I moved to
Colorado but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering.
Several years went by, each more rapid that the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that
Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his viewing that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.
Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts … all very professional looking.

They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and
smiling by her husband’s casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by  one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes. Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and mentioned the story she had told me about the marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket. “Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim “traded” them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size….they came to pay their debt.”“We’ve never had a great deal of the wealth of this
world,” she confided, “but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho “With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers
of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.
Moral: We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.   

 
   
 


Grandma Is Gone Home.

Its a sad day here as we put Grandma on the plane. My kids (especially the girls) miss her already, we went for a sugar fix after the airport. Next year they want to go to Ireland to see Grandma, instead of her coming here(she really found it too hot this year), so maybe I’ll go back home with them for summer vacation.

Now some more pictures of our cabin vacation, these are of the kids getting to know the horses that grazed on the grass just outside the door of the cabin. The first day they were terrified of the horses, by the time we were leaving they were feeding them grass out of their hands.

           Getting to Know You

                             “Getting To Know You”

          Running Scared

                               “Running Scared”

        

                             “Best Of Friends”

Lots of Knitting

Here are some of the items I knitted while at the cabin        

It is the Odessa by Grumperina. Here is a back view.

      

I used left over wool for it, and I actually did’nt adjust the size or needles, I just followed the pattern exactly and it fit my 5 year old perfectly. I made her a second one with no beads, and a pair of fingerless mittens to match.

           

and again the back view.

          

 The pattern for the mittens is Fingerless Mitts in 4Ply, it is for an adult, but I just made it a little smaller. She loves them and wants to wear them now, I’m making a set for my other daughter right now.

Now my final knitted item (or should I say items)!!!!

               

Knitted bears, are’nt they so cute. My Mom showed me how to make them while at the cabin. I don’t have an actual pattern, as she has been knitting them for years. It is all done in knit, 2 pieces, then sew and stuff. The white one was my final one, I actually finally got it right. The girls have claimed them all and take them to bed everynight. So thats my cabin knitting, have a great day everyone.

Grandma Update

                  

After finally managing to drag my Mom down to the ER on Tuesday for xrays, it turns out she broke her right wrist. Even though we were in the ER for 5 hours, I have to say everyone was so nice, they even found a nurse from Ireland who has worked in the ER for 30 years and had emigrated from Ireland 40 years ago(she’s in her 70’s and still working, The Irish are tough), to take care of my Mom. Normally the ER just put a temporary cast on and then you go to the Ortho doc to get the real cast, but that can take up to a week to get in to see them, and my Mom is leaving this weekend. The ER doc was so nice , he called the ortho doc and got the OK for a temporary and for my mom to see her ortho doc back in Ireland, he even went and got the hard copies of the xrays so we did’nt have to make an extra trip back down. The other good news is that she is not flying back to Ireland by herself, my brother is meeting her in California (he’s on vacation with his kids there), and they are all flying back together. So while we were waiting in the ER, I made my Mom this:

           

she had chosen the colors, it is a crochet shawl. Here’s a close up picture (knew that treadmill would be handy for something)

             

The pattern is: Blue Jeans Shawls I did’nt use the wool or size crochet hook the pattern suggests. Instead I used a size I crochet hook, and 2 balls(5 oz/278 yrds) of Red Heart Color 0413 Farmland. It is so warm on, and my mom loves it.

Update on my Summer Reading, I have finished the Trilogy byPosie Graeme-Evans that I was reading, they are “The Innocent”, “The Exiled”, and “The Uncrowned Queen”. It was a good read, I enjoyed them, I was just a little disappointed in the ending. Here’s my next book “Knit One, Kill Two” by Maggie Sefton. Hey it includes some of my favorite things knitting, reading, and mysteries.

                    Book Cover

Hope everyone has a great day.

Back Home

  

We left this beautiful scenary and returned home yesterday. We had a great time at the cabin. It was 20 miles from Pagosa Springs in Colorado. Our only neighbors were horses, and deer running in the woods. So peaceful, and relaxing.

     

         

OK so there were a few mishaps, such as

#1 Daughter No 2 lost her baby tooth and in her excitement to show us she tripped and banged her head on a chair, now she has a goose egg on her forehead.

#2 Daughter No 1 while I was taking care of No 2, decided to go hiking up a hill with her brother (Daddy was watching!!!). Well she thought she saw a bear, and went running down the hill, but 1/3 way down she went airborne, landed on the ground and rolled the rest of the way down. Not one bruise, scratch or broken bones, just scared of bears,

#3 Grandma slipped and fell while hiking and has either sprained or broken her wrist, of course no hospital for 50-100miles, good job I’m a nurse. I’m bringing her to get xrays today.

#4 Sunday, the day we were meant to leave, we woke up to a flat tire. DH puts the spare on, and its flat too!!. So we had to get a tow truck to take the car to Pagosa Springs, but everything was closed. We did a temporary fix and got to stay an extra night at the cabin. 

          

This is right outside the porch of the cabin. Anyway even with the mishaps we had a great time. No TV, VCR, electronic games, just the big outdoors for your play yard, animals, lots of reading, knitting, and board games, and yet I never once heard the kids say they were bored. Here they are exploring.

    

Of course my son won’t let you take a picture of his face. I’ll have pics tomorrow of the knitting I did tomorrow. Have a great day.

Family Knitting

OK so I’m a bad Mom, I’ve failed to show my  2 girls how to knit, but their Grandma has made up for my failings.

     

As you can see the Princess is concentrating very hard, no holes.

    

 No 2 daughter Angel is’nt as intense, holes are there, and wool is a tangled mess, but she is only 5. Here is the teacher, she’ll be really mad if she sees this picture.

     

It is so cute to see everyone knitting together, and it only took her a day to show them. Everyday they get their wool out with Grandma and they all knit together. Of course I’ve been working every night for the last 5 nights, so no knitting for me.

I actually won something, is’nt this wool beautiful.

    

I won this Vesper Wool on KnitMamaKnit’s blog for her 1 year blog anniversary drawing. I’m going to make socks with it, not sure which pattern.

So I should really be packing, as we are going to stay in a cabin for a week, Grandma too. Fishing for the boys, games and knitting for the girls. My Mom and I have all our knitting packed and thats about it. I’m really looking forward to the trip, after working so much overtime lately it will be so nice to kick back and do nothing. See you all when I get back.

All About Knitting

        

Shadow Shawl is finished, I have’nt blocked it yet. Excuse the dog paw prints around it , Misty was checking it out. Here’s another picture of my daughter modeling it.

     

I used the following wool:

                   3 x Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool Color 19

                   3 Koigu Color P305 Dye Lot 236

It is a little shorter than I expected but my Mom loves it.

My Mom also wanted some Ruffle Scarfs, so I found a quick knit 

pattern.

    

  

The 2 scarfs together are shown here by D#1

  

 OK , Wool snobs warning, you may not want to read any further (I have become a wool snob too), this wool cost me 99 cents per skein in Hobby Lobby. Each scarf uses about 1 skein. I used the following:

       Pattern:  Potato Chip Scarf from KnitPicks

                     1 x CARON Simply Soft  Violet

                      1 X Caron Simply Soft Lavender

I actually bought about 10 balls of this Caron wool in coordinating colors to make more of these scarfs. I also bought this

    

   Its my new knitting bag in celebration of the 4th July, it is perfect for holding small projects. Well thats all my knitting for now, have a great day.