Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I've Got A New Book

I ordered this from Knit Camp last Summer. I wondered about it a couple of weeks ago. I can't wait to sit and read and look at it. But, that along with the new Lace Book from XRX will have to wait until after the holidays. I just don't have time to divert from my schedule of knitting.

Well, maybe a little diversion, I did knit on the sleeve of the Suspender Sweater a little last night, cause I was too lazy to get up and get the next mitten out of my knitting bag!

Monday, November 27, 2006

I'm Just A Day Behind

Two Christmas projects complete. And only a day behind on my timeline of what I need to knit for this holiday season.

I still need to felt this bag, but I can do that later this week when I am downstairs doing other stuff. This is the first time I used this mitten pattern. It is pretty simple on four needles, but I am not entirely happy with the crotch of the thumb. I am going to investigate other patterns and see how they handle them.

Back to knitting....why do I wait until the last month of the year to knit my holiday gifts? Why is it I don't work on them the other eleven months of the year?

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

What Do You Think?

I am knitting on a felted bag. Always in the past, I have knitted the ICord straps, felted them and then cut a small hole in the bag after felting and fed them through. Lately, I have been thinking about knitting the ICord straps and feeding them through prior to felting. I wonder if that will work.

What do you think?

P.S. The boss let us leave at 3:00 yippee skippy! It's the weekend!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Coffee and Sweaters Go Together

Now, that it is getting chilly at night, I've been having a pot of coffee at night while I sit and knit. A friend introduced me to the one on the right before I went Decaf. I loved it, but alas, with the Dr telling me to go decaf all the way I was bumbed. But, look what she got me for my birthday!!!

I'm in heaven. Well, for a little while at night!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Can It Be Done?

These are my yarns that must be knittied prior to the holidays. Well, not all of them, because there is a couple I have still find. Can it be done? And will I need to sacrifice the knitting of the Round the Bend Sweater to complete them?

Starting on the left and going clockwise: Scarf (in the round), Scarf and Mittens, Mittens (two pairs), Baby Sweater (this could wait until Xmas 2007 or the baby's first birthday in 2007, cause it goes up to a size 2), Felted Booga Bag, Pocket Scarf, Flip Socks and Socks. Then add in, five other pairs of mittens, can you tell this is a mitten year? I must clothe the world in mittens this year!

Seriously, can this be done? I count 15 items that I want to knit before the holidays get here. My timeline is Wednesday, December 20th for most of these.

Keep tuned for updates.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Will This Sweater Ever Be Done?

I've been knitting on it since Knit Camp. I am down to the last sleeve. And then I will just have to weave the side seams.

There have been a few false starts on the last sleeve. Mainly, because I was not paying attention to the directions and to my notes. Twice, I skipped vital information.

I want to finish it before Thanksgiving. Tomorrow, you will see why!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

He Got It!

The older twin got the job at the Federal Prison. He starts on the 27th. He's excited. I pleased if that is what he wants.

To be continued.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

I Have Some Great Friends

I know I keep saying it, but it bares repeating or is that bears repeating? Yesterday, was my 49th birthday. But it all started Thursday night. My good friend Norma took me out to eat. Chinese. I do believe it is my favorite food. I ate what I wanted and ignored that I was a Weight Watcher. Then we continued the celebration at Knit Night with some decadent cake. Ummmm, I can still recall it. My knitting friends helped me celebrate with my favorite past time knitting. Jan called from Texas. Those ladies are the best, what more can I say. We are all different but yet the same.

And look what I can now add to my collection of Snoopy apparel (casual days at work will see me sporting my new holiday sweatshirt) and adding to my collection of knitting figurines was this new statute. Isn't is just the coolest!

Then, yesterday, my pals at work helped me celebrate all day long. It started with Maria baking me my all time favorite cake - pineapple upside down cake! She got up yesterday and made it! That girl is something else! At lunch, my coworkers in the back bought me lunch from Bellacinos and then we celebrated again at 3:00 with Ice Cream! Again, WW went out the window. And this is what my pals at work gave me along with just a ton of cards.

How lucky am I? Words cannot express it.

Then last night, after grocery shopping Bob, Willie and I went up to Goodfella's and made Roger cook pizza for us. I had to buy, but it was a nice end to a great day! I am blessed....but the birthday is not over yet. Tomorrow night, we are going to celebrate with Bob's family and my mom.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I Had Great Plans For Today

I was going to accomplish so much. But other than vacuuming and sewing the button on this little bib I knitted, I have not done much but eat and sleep in the chair. I was going shopping, but decided to just spend the day at home getting things caught up.

But, yesterday, was such a long day. I was up at 3:30, making sure the boys were up and moving and delivering signs to polling places. Back to bed around 4:15 and finally to give it up and got up about an hour later. Got ready and went into the campaign office and spent the day on the phone reminding voters to get out and vote.

Then from there to the party where I stayed til the end. Ate too much, drank just a little beer and was hoping to celebrate a victory that did not come. It was an interesting experience, I'm sorry our friend Ernie did not win. He worked hard and is an exceptional man. His family worked really hard for more than six months. It's too bad that the other man did not win. I don't believe he is the right man for the job, and of course, I'll be watchin!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Get Out And Vote!

I early voted in late October. So, this morning, I am off to help out in our friend Ernie Russell's Campaign office. He is running for Senate in the 46th District here in Illinois. We are hopeful.

The boys were up this morning at 3:30 putting out signs at Polling Places. And they will be back out at 9:00 a.m. knocking on doors encouraging Pekinites to vote.

It's going to be a long day, and I'm taking tomorrow off to recover and maybe knit a bit.

Vote today. And if you can, vote for Ernie Russell!

Sunday, November 05, 2006


This is a collection of what I knitted yesterday for the Girls Holiday Bash give aways and raffle. I'm done for now. I do have a couple of scarves in the works for gifts but those are not like these.
After spending a day knitting on the scarves and couple of flip flops, I celebrated with this.

I was going to sit and look at my new book that came yesterday, but after celebrating with a couple of those above, I never made it to the book.

Today, I am going to tackle the baby sweater and see how far I can get it done. When it is done, I'm back to knitting for me and those four holiday gifts that must be accomplished!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

I've Been In Scarf Mode

Every year we have a Holiday Bash for Girls only at the College. And starting this year, I am one of the organizers. I am kind of known for the scarves I have and make, so this year, I thought I'd see how many I can get done and donate as door prizes. That is if I don't sell them at a Bazaar that we normally have. So, I need to do more since I don't know the date of the Bazaar yet. Most of these can be done in a night, since I am using size 13 needles and small amount of stitches.

But tonight at Knit Night, I'm back to working on my Suspender Sweater. If the weather lately is any indication, I better get it done, cause it's been chilly lately and it can only get colder!