Monday, December 1, 2008

every Tuesday....

I get a reminder to blog. and every Tuesday it seems like something comes up and I close the reminder and tell myself, yeah, I'll do it later... but as you can see, it's been about a month.. no wait, longer, and I haven't been so good at blogging. A lot has happened since Oct. 19th... Smush has gotten bigger, I became a year older... and WE FINALLY GOT OUR ETSY STOREFRONT OPENED!!!!!!!! so, here is the link: and we are really excited about it and you know you want to see it... so GO!!!!! check it out.... and if you like the idea but are looking for a less expensive gift, we have some costume jewelry bracelets and necklaces that we can't post on etsy because we didn't make them, we just do the pictures, so leave me a comment or send me an email at p2pinfo(at) making the correction in the addy....

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Catching UP.....

This month is always a crazy one. Between preparing for Rosh Hashanah, then Yom Kippur, then Sukkot and Shmini Atseret there is always something that needs to be done and blogging certainly doesn't seem to take priority. BUT... a lot has been going on. And, to prove it, here are a few peeks at things that have been completed. Of course, there are about 3 other things that haven't been photographed yet, but at least here's a start!This dress is for a dear friend of mine's youngest... she's a total "girl" even at only 4 months old, and I hope she wears this well... It will need a longsleeve onesie and tights under it, but since Kira is a mom of 3, I am sure she will figure it out! Thanks to my MIL for helping me line the darn thing. I knew I wanted an openwork bottom, but wasn't sure the best way to line it.
This was for a cousin's daughter who was born awhile ago... I did most of this while we were driving from here to Pittsburgh and back, but didn't actually "finish" it and give it until recently. I don't really know the parents too well, but I hope they put her in it at least once - it will definitely be warm. I think the yarn probably works better knit than crocheted and I originally bought the yarn to make a coat for Smush...but then I began the guernsey (see below) as this baby gift and realized that it was turning out like size 4T, that the new baby was a girl and perhaps they were going to be the type of parents who liked pink on their daughter and that I really liked the yarn and perhaps this would be better for Smush... so I swapped the projects.
This is the sweater you have see here before. It is even more completed now... and I had to buy more yarn. This bulky stuff only has about 70yards per ball and it doesn't go far! I have now completed the ribbing on the very bottom, the neck ribbing and have begun one sleeve. It is very large - and has been put aside for a little bit until I get some other stuff under control.

In the works, on my desk upstairs, I have a small caterpillar that will be for a baby gift, and I want to make one more toy... but I don't know what. I have begun and completed a holiday gift for one niece and am completing the other niece's as well. I have two good friends who are due in January, and one who is due in November. Needless to say I am working in the order of potential birth...this is all good!

ok... this is getting posted even though I have more to say... soon the holidays will be over and hopefully things will get back to "normal."

Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy New Year....

As we head into Rosh Hashanah I would like to wish you all a Shana Tova U'metukah.... I know I haven't posted much recently and resolve to do much better. I have lots I want to say, but limited time and also lots I want to do... so I will work on it!

Monday, September 15, 2008


my last post didn't post.... it wasn't like it was great literature or anything, but it annoys me when technology fails. i will think about it and re-write... or not...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

oops.. again...

ack.... another whole month has passed by. Tomorrow is a big day in our world. Four years ago we (I mean CB and me) got married. CRAZY. I can't believe all that has happened in this four years, including building a house and having a kid...not just any kid, but this kid...and, this kid is getting big. and walking... ok, not really walking, but running... when did this all happen? well... it happened one night in March 2004... when I decided enough... and turned on the computer and did a search on frumster... and the rest... as they say... is history...

I have so much more I could add, but lets be realistic...I need to get a load of laundry done, get dinner going, and I have some work to do to build our company's website... which can't go live until the content is written, so in the interest of time what I will say is I am a lucky girl. A. VERY. LUCKY. GIRL.

'nuff said.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

check this out...

This is amazing... this wonderful beautiful quilt is being given away...
see the picture on my sidebar and click either here or there

Monday, July 21, 2008

On a roll...

So... I know I mentioned Erin's new sweater in a different post (the one where I know it happens to everyone) but I hadn't posted the new version which I am loving.... the reason being that, well, getting pictures onto the computer can be, sometimes, an arduous task depending on naps, etc. I have to say that since I frogged this thing I am loving it. The only reason it is sitting on the sidelines right now is that I need to finish the replacement gift since this is no longer a gift for anyone other than my delicious little smush. Here it is...
My only fear at this point is that it is much larger than I anticipated and while I did purchase a couple more skeins of the variegated, there is no more solid or variegated to be had, so it might end up being a vest....Before I put it down I started the bottom ribbing, but realized after about two rows that the sweater itself was not long enough, so it looks like at least one more band of navy and possibly another variegated before the ribbing goes on. Depending on the yarn sit at that point I might do the neck band and then see what the sleeve deal will be... Maybe a lighter weight to look almost like a layered deal... We'll keep you posted!

And, in other news... I decided that since my spoilee doesn't know who she is, and I am not sure she will even look here as she has no reason to read my blog, I can post pictures of her handmade after all... I had posted on Ravelry about whether it was cool or not to send a swap item unfelted because I wasn't sure if my front load washing machine could felt easily... I am happy to report after 2 runs with towels included this purse came out beautifully felted...
this is a little detailed closeup. It is my own crocheted item with no pattern, based on a few knit items I have seen out there...I hope my spoilee likes it. and then, lastly, since I am the master of startitis, here is a swatch I have made... I am going to learn how to really cable and I am not sure which of these two patterns I will make, but it will be one. Either cabled or woven. I am leaning toward woven - if you have a preference, let me know! A woman who I have met on ravelry who lives in my neighborhood is going to help me out. She is a master cabler - I have seen her projects in her ravelry file...
I just tried to hotlink the two hat patterns, but they are only automatic downloads which I will not do to you, so unless you are on Ravelry, you won't be able to see them... sorry.

I've been SPOILED......

by Knitterleigh from Ravelry's Swap on a Budget.. my kinda swap where the limit is $20 plus shipping, and your only requirements are to include a skein of yarn and something homemade/handmade... Here is what I got...look all wrapped up and nice... first off, the hand knit item... a hat which fits wonderfully and will be nice and cool... always a challenge - and the remainder of the skein was included so I can make Erin a matching hat! and an awesome magazine and beautiful beaded stitch markers that open so they are great for both crocheting and for knitting - I have already replaced the paperclip I had in the hat that I am currently crocheting...
and some amazing Noro Silk Garden Lite... I have wanted to try Noro for the longest time but haven't been able to pick colorwise... now, thanks to Melissa I can try Noro and not be totally intimidated by the colorways...and, as if that was not enough... some silk and bamboo yarn in a delicious color of deep purple. It is really soft and smooshy and just might have to become a hat for me... come to think of it, I think both of these skeins are headed for my head...and particularly since the copy of Knit Simple of all the hats was recently re-located...and the bonus of a set of addi turbo 7's is awesome because I am still building my knitting needle collection, I love the addi turbos and I have been using 8's for my worsted and should probably be using a 7...

here it all is in one place...

I haven't quite finished my box yet to send to my spoilee... so I can't say much about what I am packing, but I have a small trip to the store to get one last item and then it will be in the mail... I have finished my handmade_____________ but want to make one more small thing... I have until August 29th, but am hoping to have it in the mail by the end of next week... I am being time generous because one never knows with Erin what I will be able to accomplish!

Actually... since I have a minute... I think I might go photograph her sweater!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

how time passes...

wow! it's been too long... this has been a busy three weeks, and we were away for some of it. VACATION!!! and, most importantly... Erin learned to walk... be afraid... very afraid. I will post a video of that when I get a chance. First off... another FO. This cardigan was a "twin" to the hoodie that I posted about in June. Also made of Cottentots, and made for Theo who is probably the closest that Juliet will come to having a brother...
here is a close up of the buttons/stitches...
I really liked this pattern - top down, no sewing after the fact - this is how I have been knitting lately as I really dislike getting all the crocheting done, then having to spend at least another hour doing the sewing. I think from now on I will search for patterns like this!

Sir Bear took good care of our house while we galavanted in Lancaster County, Hershey, PA and then visited my old home in Pittsburgh. All in all it was a good time, however it was a lot of driving and the upside of that means a lot of knitting time. I haven't taken photos yet, but I have the body done and have started the first sleeve on the Firestone cardigan, and the sock is now 5.5" long. Pretty soon it will have to come out of the car to be worked on since the heel is NOT a memorized thing...especially since this is the first sock ever!
We took a steam engine train ride which was a lot of fun...

a good time was had by all. We went with my in-laws and we are all still talking to each other, so, I suppose that is a good thing!

In addition to traveling, for our business we have been busy working on a book for a company we have worked for before. Not sure how much more I can share other than they have a tendency to wait until too close to the deadline for publication to send us the materials and then they want it all scanned, color corrected and layed out in a minimum amount of time. Our last book with them was a Mutt and Jeff comic book. This one is Happy Hooligan. I definitely like the comics better this time, but since I do the front work (scanning) and the end work (layout) it's a pain that they rush us! We actually supposedly had to have it done before we left on vacation, but then they gave us a reprieve. I am much happier with the way it looks now. We'll see how they like the work. Last year they led us to believe we would get more time with future books... I am thinking this is going to always be a rush job and so that sort of sucks, because we take pride in what we do.

So, in the end, I know I still have lots of pictures to add, but at least this is a start!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

crocheted hoodie... and more UFO's finished

I have completed more things.. of course there are always more to be completed because even though I try, I still have startitis. Anyway. I have completed two more baby sweaters (both crocheted - here is one - no photos of #2 yet)
and a car seat blanket that I made months ago finally has a home. I swear... I make something not gender neutral and then store it waiting for the first girl baby to be born... and all boys are born. Then, I have a girl that needs a gift, Zoe Abigail, and I send it off to it's new home... and more girls are born. From now on I am going to make gender neutral ONLY!!!

In other news... the guernsey that was going to be a gift... the one I posted about that I frogged twice, anyway, I am now making that for Erin... it should fit her this fall. I have started a new sweater for the baby that was originally intended for. They had a girl. Not that the other wasn't gender neutral, it was... I just wasn't seeing it as a good gift for them. I know... Another started item... so, just so it's on paper, because the bars to the right aren't telling the full story... here it what is started and currently being worked on:

Mom's Crocheted Afghan
Firestone Knit Cardigan
Erin's new Knit Guernsey sweater (more pics will be posted soon)
knit sock for me (car project - will be done in the year 3000!)
Crocheted Graph Afghan (can't be worked on until Erin is older or not around)
Crocheted cap for me

and what I want to start
Knit hat for me
Knit hat for Erin
Knit cardigan for me
Crocheted holiday gifts (can't say more here)

BUT I will not start or cast on anything else until some more of the UFO's are done.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

i know it happens to everyone...

i love the yarn (colors 38 - navy and 40 - a variegated lime, gray and smoke). i love the pattern. i hate the yarn worked up in the pattern. i have now frogged this thing twice... the first time because i was having trouble with the seed stitch. the second time because, well, it just wasn't showing me the love...
so, it hit the frog pond... rip it, rip it, rip it... the part that didn't work for me was the seed stitch and yoke all being navy and then not integrating the variegated until the body of the sweater... initially i had 4 skeins of navy and 2 variegated, but I picked up 2 more variegated and now have equal of each...

and will follow the pattern in terms of shaping, but will be doing it all in stockinette and will stripe it. It looks great so far... and I am excited about it, which is very important.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

lots of pictures of finished objects...

This is Erin's sweater under construction, with one sleeve done. It's my first attempt at a cable and it's just a simple twist. I am not sure I really like how the two colors are coming together. The pattern had a much more complicated cable, but since this is my first sweater not out of completely bulky yarn, and with shaping, I decided to forgo that element.
It took me a really long time to do the one sleeve, and since I don't love it, I am not putting the cable in the second sleeve. This sweater must be done. I really wanted her to be able to wear it for the kiddush we sponsored for her birthday. By not doing the second sleeve cable, that was a reality.

Here it is all completed. The edge was flat after blocking, but I forgot to take pictures then. I took them after she wore it, so the blocking is gone... now I will wash it and we'll see how it looks. I hope she will wear it more than once. I learned a lot making this. Including why you knit 2 rows of one skein then 2 rows from another skein when you are using hand dyed or kettle dyed yarn... you can totally see where the color shifts. Oh well. Lesson learned. Glad I learned it on a baby sweater! I love the way it came out overall. Now I need to learn how to cable for real so I can make the myriads of projects I see with cables... and I already have a teacher lined up to teach me! Orthofunky from ravelry lives nearby and she is going to teach me!

this was a little cap done with extra yarn... it was an exercise in using DPNs. I really enjoyed it, although I should have cast on a few more stitches as it just barely fit the baby it was made for. NEXT TIME! I am learning a lot about knitting!
Lastly, here we have the blanket I made for my cousin Lisa's son Noah. I had hoped to have it done before he was born, but didn't happen. I will be sending it off in the mail this week. It is made of 100% cotton as they live in Savannah and I wanted something not too hot. Also, it has a little tab that goes over the buckle of either a car seat or stroller so it won't fall on the ground. I hope they like it.

Now, back to finishing up a few other UFO's and trying not to start too many new things until I am caught up!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

i know... i know...

it's been awhile... but, really, i've been busy! First off... Erin is now 1 Year old!!!!!! I can't even begin to believe it. CAN NOT. WILL NOT... okay, it's true. she's one. and, as a birthday present to her parents, she slept from 9pm until 7am. CRAZY! but, I digress. Really, it's been a bit crazed here... okay, more than a bit. The time between Purim and Passover almost always tends to be. First there is the cleaning, then there is the shopping, and then there is the cooking... and in between all that there is the regular everyday.

In addition, I did a hat sale for a friend of mine up in CT. I stayed at my mom's house. It's a good thing I did. We were going to spend the day after the sale doing fun things, then the next day I was going to drive home. BUT... I spent the night after the sale up and puking... I spent the next day lying on the kitchen floor with Erin playing nearby and my mom taking care of the two of us. It was awful. Luckily I felt okay enough to drive back the following day, but, sadly, I infected my mom's boyfriend with my icky germs and so he was sick. My mom escaped the germs, which is good seeing as she has had enough sickness for forever.

Passover was really nice in the end, although I have to say I don't even remember it all, it's almost like I sleepwalked through it. My mother-in-law did a ton of cooking which cut back on what I had to cook, but I still had to clean my kitchen and kasher everything, and then we did the sederim at our house so that Erin could go to sleep at her regular time... except she decided she wanted to be at part of the seder and so each night she woke up and ended up being present for some of it.

Then, this past week I did a project for a client. Let's just say that time management and Erin's sleep skills (or lack thereof) made it difficult. It seems, though, that the client is happy in the end and that is really important as well.

I have knitting content here... will edit later to add photos... I completed Erin's sweater.... YEP... all that is left is sewing on three little decorative flowers and it's done. As a matter of fact, I am going right now to do that. Then it will be totally done.. Which is good as I really wanted her to be able to wear it next weekend at her birthday party with the family. Now it seems as if that is a reality. HAPPY DANCE!!!!!!!!

oh - and one last thing... if you need a last minute mother's day present... let me know... we got in all sorts of photographic jewelry and while our business website isn't up and running, I can send you an image and we can talk details...

Saturday, March 22, 2008


the last two weeks have been busy! Erin hasn't been sleeping through the night this past week... and I am tired. She is drooling a ton - we think more teeth are on the way. My DH has a to do list for me. And, on it he had listed Purim Baking... about a month ago. I laughed... but should not have. Clearly he knew better than me. In my spare moments I should have baked and thrown in the freezer, and yet... I laughed. Last week was a marathon, and I feel like our shaloch manot were shvach. Three batches of chocolate biscotti and one large batch of hamentaschen later and I will not laugh ever again and the one month warning mark for Purim. I usually have three or four different baked goods... this year... just two.

And, as I look back on these two weeks I am amazed that I got even that much done. Of course, in addition to baking we had dentist appointments, La Leche League, my mother's group, and tax return stuff to take care of, you know, the everyday things. And, last Saturday as I was locking the back door my key just kept on spinning, and spinning and spinning... the lock broke... AGAIN! (of course the first two times were within weeks of the installation and it has now been two years) but it was still a little frustrating. Friday morning, as I was coordinating putting the shaloch manot delivery list in order and getting Erin and myself ready for the day, and get myself to megillah reading while coordinating w/ my FIL to watch the baby, the locksmith came to repair the lock. He mentioned that the lock hadn't been installed 100% correctly - the plate was too tight for a smooth rotation... probably why it broke before. He fixed it. It shouldn't break again. I hope!

And, on the project front, I have now finished one sleeve to Erin's sweater... and while I was excited to try a "mini-cable" which is really just a twist, I am not doing it on the second sleeve. Not only did it take me a long time to get the sleeve done, I don't love the way it came out. I will post a photo later. I just think the color (navy) and texture of the yarn make it invisible and I don't really like where the color changed from the olive to the navy. Maybe there is a better way to make that change. Dunno. The second sleeve will be solid. It should hopefully be done soon.

As a matter of fact... I am going to go knit a few rows.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

musings on motherhood...

so, why is it that the cute one always seems to be able to sense when I need to get something done and therefore needs me more? or, if we need to get someplace that is when she needs to be fed. NOW. or, if I have things I'd like to do after she goes to sleep it becomes the night that it takes her over an hour to fall asleep... of course , if she weren't so darned cute the rest of the time... it wouldn't matter.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Melanie strikes again...

I just got in the mail an addition to my hot cocoa swap box and wanted to share the beautiful stitch markers I got. They are iridescent and way cool! Also in the photo is the cute little snowman that was left out of the original pictures - he had already taken up residence on my kitchen window sill!

hugs and kisses...

to Kim Guzman for designing such a great blanket!!!!!

the overall size is 30" by 24" the changes I made included yarn choice, changing 2 rows of single crochet to doubles to make it go a little quicker and the last row of the border is supposed to be done holding 2 strands of yarn, but I wasn't sure I'd have enough yarn left to complete the border and so I only used one. Kudos to Kim!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

the goods...

Okay. So it took me a long time... I admit it, time has a way of slipping by when I don't even realize it's happening. Here are the pictures of the awesome swap box I received from Melanie...

here are some of the notions and needle holders...

here is BabaLouis, leaning on one of the two pillows made with hot cocoa fleece...

and here is the cocoa, with some neat new mugs and a matching dishtowel.

I just realized that the only picture with a good shot of the yarn that was included is the first one of everything. There were two skeins of yummy yarn. One is Araucania Aysen which is a kettle-dyed merino wool/alpaca/silk blend (in color 807) And the other skein is Plymouth's Galway Highland Heather 100% wool (in color 710 which is a burgundy.)

Monday, February 18, 2008

well... i suppose since i love pooh...

Which Pooh character are you?

Indulgence is not a bad word as far as you're concerned, your confidence in being yourself is what matters more than all that.The most loyal of friends and always good fun to be around, everyone needs someone like you in their life.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

a big post is coming

because I got spoiled!!!!! by Melanie through the Hot Cocoa Swap!!! I have taken photos and will be uploading them shortly... as soon as I can get the card to the computer in the basement....

Thursday, January 31, 2008


keeps on ticking.... I still can't believe Erin is almost 9 months old. Everyone says to enjoy her as much as you can. I am trying. Everyday I try to remember moments. We have a lot of pictures because of that. Here is a photo of her with her Omi... isn't she cute... of course I know I am not objective at all...

Monday, January 28, 2008

weekly topic #4

What is your most memorable vacation? Where did you go? What made it memorable?

gee... Probably our "honeymoon" - this is in parenthesis because we had already been married almost two years before we were able to go. We went to the island of Providenciales in June 2006. It was our first trip together anywhere that we didn't know anyone, weren't traveling for a wedding or other family function and didn't have any schedule other than our own. We woke up when we wanted to, ate when we wanted to, swam when we wanted to, snorkeled, went to the beach, snorkeled in the pool, and all around had a great time. If I get onto the other computer soon I will post some pictures. The water was bluer than any other place I've ever been, and we swam/snorkeled in an area that I can only describe as G-d's fish tank. It was incredible...and, of course, that was the one day the camera malfunctioned!!!! We even had the underwater camera bag system so we could take underwater photos... The only bad thing about the entire trip was the heat... of course, Caribbean in June, what did we expect, but the ability to go at low season when the beach was pretty empty was worth it. Also, we just stayed in the cooled air conditioning between around 11am and 2pm. Problem solved!

Monday, January 21, 2008

weekly topic #3

What is the most 'random' memory you have from your childhood?

I have several random memories... One is of waking in the middle of the night and finding my grandmother in my parent's bed instead of my mother. I think this must have been when my younger brother was born. I was not quite 3.

Second memory is of "teaching" my younger brother and younger cousin in "school" in our basement. I guess I have always wanted to teach as I was probably 7 or 8 (my brother and older of the cousins would have been 4 or 5).

Third memory is in the basement of the house that we moved into when I was 2 and 9 months. There was a spider in a toy box and the door from the basement to the outside was open and the dog from next door had come in and was barking as I was screaming about the spider.

Memories are strange birds. Some that we have are truly our own, others are so shaded by what we have been told about an event that perhaps what we think we remember never really happened, but only occurred in oral history. Basically a lot of what my film "The Image of Eileen" is all about. Speaking of that film, I think I need to figure out how to upload it to YouTube or something like that. Ah... technology!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Topic of the Week #2

Now that we're in the thick of 'Winter'... has your knitting changed to match the season? Are you moving on from dishcloths, and tank tops to afghans, hats and mittens? Has your yarn changed from silk or cotton to wool, superwash or heavier cottons?

Um... I suppose one is assuming here that the projects started in the earlier seasons (summer/fall/early winter) are completed! So... since they have not been completed, and I have been trying really really hard to keep the works in progress down to a reasonable number, I am not changing anything. ALTHOUGH... I will admit to having almost completed in a manner of weeks a winter hat in a squishy thick wool/acrylic blend for Naomi. It was a car project, but then I fell in love with working with circulars, and it was such a quick knit I couldn't put it down. I have two rows left, but needed a second set of circulars to do it, so had to put it down. (Decreasing the crown and not being able to find size 15 dpns!) Anyway, it should be done this week.

I had wanted to make the Yarn Harlot's Unoriginal Hat, but realized that I am just not ready for cables yet. Also, I didn't have size 15 dpns and you can't do the cable w/ just the circular (or maybe I just don't really understand cables) regardless, I found a much easier hat and will do the Unoriginal Hat at another point in time.

Back to the question at hand... I am still working on what I had hoped would be a late winter/early spring sweater for my daughter. It is cotton stria from Manos del Uruguay, it is very soft... I have been working on it since August. It is my primary project (except for the crochet Hugs and Kisses blanket being worked on upstairs) and my critter for my secret pal... I have the back and one front completed. I am almost done with the second front... My plan is to alter the pattern a little and do the sleeves on circulars which will then be much faster as it is in stockinette...we'll see what happens.

ok, off to shower now, darling Erin is out for a walk w/ Grandpa and Omi...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

outta town...

I am visiting Nanna right now, so blogging, email and most things are not happening... stay tuned for more from our regularly scheduled programming after Thursday!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

I am lame...

So, I have this scavenger hunt... I was going to do it, honest... and I think I read about five people's blogs. And, then I realized, well, I am just lame. Also, perhaps it's that I view a lot of my time spent on the computer as a total time suck. My minimal precious time when Erin is actually asleep or playing on her own I would rather spend either knitting or crocheting or (and I know this seems bizarre) doing laundry. Seriously... I love doing laundry. In college I got paid to do other people's laundry. I once folded dirty laundry (I didn't know it was dirty) Anyway, I think you get the point. And, so here I am posting the scavenger hunt, and I will answer what I can... but, remember it is limited!
Hot Cocoa Scavenger Hunt...

1. Who's favorite animal is an Otter? not me
2. Name someone who prefers whipped cream with their hot cocoa not me
3. Find 3 people who live outside of the United States not me again
4. Name a fan of Harry Potter me - but I don't think I put that on my questionaire
5. Name someone who crochets me again
6. Name someone who DOES NOT have a healthy supply of notions me
7. Name someone who has NOT put up their questionnaire yet (just put a date with your answer in case they put it up after seeing their name listed somewhere ;-) ) not me
8. Who likes to have Kahlua, Baileys, or Peppermint Schnapps in their cocoa? me
9. Name someone who knits fingerless gloves as a 'quick knit' not me
10.Name someone who's looking forward to gardening this spring. me again!
11.Who's favorite way to drink cocoa is with a gorgeous Frenchman, while overlooking the eiffel tower from a French Cafe? (I'm right there with you... well at the table next to yours!) umm, not me.. but I wish!
12.Name someone who's favorite animal is NOT a dog or house cat me
13. Name someone who's favorite treat is NOT chocolate. not me
14. Who plays Candyland? ooh... fun! me - but I don't think I wrote that on my questionaire
15. Name someone who DOESN'T get the winter blahs and finally, not me again

see how much fun that was... and now, off to do some laundry - or more accurately, finish today's laundry!

Monday, January 7, 2008

as promised....

I am posting photos of the hugs and kisses afghan... A far away shot, as well as a close-up so you can really see the stitches. Kim Guzman writes a great pattern. It was easy to follow, even though initially I thought it might be hard with all the "around the back" type stuff. but, I will never shy away from a pattern she has written! If you want the pattern for this, look to the right and find the Hugs and Kisses afghan in the project list...
While I have not paid any attention whatsoever to gauge or anything like that, this blanket is around 3 feet wide and I am not really sure the width at this point... I am basing my guess of 3 feet on the fact that if I hold the edge in my right hand, the blanket comes to the middle of my chest... I have no idea if that is a reasonable way to guess or not... but, I think I am about half way done with it, regardless of the current size.

All I can say is that I have done most of this in semi-dark as I am working on it while I nurse Erin in the evening and late wee hours of the night... however, my SIL did get me a little clip on booklight thing for Channukah and it has worked out really well - it does make it much much much easier to work!

Next is the little cap I made for Erin to sleep in... it's cold in our house and we decided she needed a sleeping cap - after all, I sleep in one many nights, why shouldn't she. Of course, mine is a Hartford Whalers cap that my husband got me for our anniversary, so Erin needed a special one, too. I was going to knit this for her, but, we wanted it done quickly, so I crocheted it. I am still much faster at crocheting.

It is a self-striping yarn. I am not 100% happy with it. The colors didn't change as quickly or as subtly as I would have hoped. It won't fit her much longer anyway, so in the end it won't matter. It was made with Dive yarn. A 50/50 wool acrylic that was nice to work with, and is very soft. Perhaps the problem is really that it has a lot of pink in it. The peach I don't mind. The pink... not loving it... and there's hardly any blue in it - I added rows to get the blue at the bottom edge...

And, this is our little devil trying to see what is going on downstairs in the basement... did I mention she is just 8 monthes old... and is crawling very well, pulling herself up on everything, and walks herself around our furniture as long as she is hanging on.... wearing a dress her Omi made her... how cute!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

ready to post some pictures...

I took pictures today.... really, I did... both of finished objects and of projects in progress...and the pictures are downloaded onto the computer... but it's the computer downstairs... and I am upstairs... and my husband is working on that computer, so, it will have to wait until tomorrow...

Saturday, January 5, 2008

mmm.... hot chocolate...

The Questionnaire...
1. What is your favorite way to drink cocoa? Prepared with milk? Water? from home made recipe or store bought?, In a tea cup, or big mug? Cocoa is extra-yummy when made with milk vs. water, but since the hot water is usually already (we almost always have the electric kettle on), then water it is. I have never made any home-made recipe- although I will sometimes "doctor" the cocoa by adding a little bit of coffee - which I then call my "cocoa-mocho-chino" when describing what I am doing to my daughter. All hot beverages in my house are served in nice big mugs, with good handles to curl your hand around them.
2. Marshmallows or whipped cream? when I was younger I liked marshmallows, but kosher marshmallows aren't so good - so I pretty much don't bother - although I have been known to, when given the opportunity, to add a dollop of fluff (even though I rarely have fluff in the house - so this is usually at someone else's house!)

1. What is your favorite type of yarn? In what colors? I really don't have a preference, although I do prefer bulky and super-bulky yarns - they work up much faster! I like navy, forest green, burgundy, sage green, pretty much anything but pink and lavender!
2. Do you knit or crochet (or both)? both - although I have only been knitting for a year
3. What are your favorite type of needles, would you like to try something new? I just got my first sets of circular needles - size 10 and size 15 - loving them!
4. Do you have a healthy supply of notions? not sure what this means - I have been acquiring things as I need them
5. What one thing do you keep thinking you need to buy for your knitting habit (outside of yarn)? don't really know...
6. What is your favorite 'quick knit/crochet' pattern (quick gratification) in crochet I make a lot the Crochet Me "Baby It's Cold Outside" sweater as gifts as they are nice and quick. In knitting I have yet to find a "quick" pattern!

1. What is your favorite thing to do in the Winter? watch the snow fall, unfortunately that is not too often, but the best part of winter is that it is hockey season
2. What is your favorite animal? teddy bears
3. Do you get the 'winter blahs'? occasionally - especially when it is just cold and gray and doesn't snow at all- I love the snow - to me a light snowfall is equivalent to a nice sunny day when it has been gray for days on end.
4. What is your favorite way to beat the blahs? cuddle up in front of a nice warm fire, with some cocoa, some knitting or crochet, or, if I don't want to make a fire, cuddle under our nice warm down comforter and take a nap!
5. What is the thing you are most looking forward to this spring? working on our garden which is a huge work in progress - we did major construction on our house 2.5 years ago which essentially required us to pull out what was in the garden, so since then I have been slowly re-planting - the first year we put in some shrubs, last year we put in some perennial flowers, this year, hopefully some more!
6. What are your favorite treat? pretty much anything chocolate
7. What is your favorite board game? hmmmmm, I'd have to say backgammon
8. Do you have any children (furry or human)? one daughter who is now 8 months old, one betafish who we have had for 1.5 years
9. Do you have any allergies or special considerations you partner should know about? no known allergies, but we do keep kosher - you can see more information about this in my posting for the knit coffee swap 3 questions...