Wednesday, December 31, 2008

On the 7th Day of Vacation

I had a perfect day. I slept in. The sun was shining. I was alone! Everyone else was at work.

I popped Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell CD in the player, cranked it up and decided to tackle the blocking of one of Carol's Clever Little Shawl.

As you can tell, it didn't happen! I don't seem to have any pins that will hold down the points for blocking. So, that did not discourage me, I just moved onto something else.

Decided to sit and catch up on another Stash and Burn Podcast. That got me into trouble. They sent me to Ravelry (the time sucker) and before I knew it, I was joining another group. That is where Linda caught me.

We had a great phone conversation (I cannot believe how tuned in to each other we were). It was a great pick up to an already great day.

Finally, I got into taking my tree down, took a shower, got dressed and plopped myself down with a book!

The tall guy and Baby Boy B came home from work....and I was still giddy as to what a great day I had. Sometimes you just need that!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

On the Sixth Day of Vacation

was pizza and celebrating with friends from work. And reading. And absolutely no knitting.....and the realization that the 12 days of vacation are half way over!

Time to get serious.

Monday, December 29, 2008

On the Fifth Day of Vacation

I discovered how handy these pattern tamers could be for holding my spot in a knitting book. When I bought them back last Summer, I thought they looked liked a good idea for following charts.

The first time I tried them, I wondered if I had made a mistake. I sat them aside until this weekend, when I needed something to hold my spot in the book. Voila! Not such a bad idea.

I did not knit at all on the fifth day, instead I caught up on some much needed magazine reading. That now complete, I started swatching the Debbie Bliss after midnight, which technically is the sixth day.

We had a sickie in the house on the fifth day. I hope it stays confined to that one!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

On the 3rd and 4th Day of Vacation

I watched t.v and knitted. I love these Marathons on USA. Friday I spent the day watching House and Saturday I spent the day watching NCIS. In my jammies until I absolutely HAD to get dressed to grocery shop and then celebrate my mom and my nephew's birthday. I see a trend here!

Through all of the great t.v. I got to finish Rachel's Jacket on Day 4. It needs some blocking and I will be on the search for a perfect button to close it when I venture out.

Actually, I have about four things that now need blocking. I should really get to that this week while I am off as well.

Who would of thought a week ago when we were in the deep freeze with ice freezing the parking lots like ice skating rinks that not a week later we would be having tornado warnings, 60 degree weather and rivers overflowing?

Now, I'm not complaining because I am glad to see the stuff gone! But, it sure did look a little gray on Day 4.

But, I stayed dry and had my knitting. I was going out to Dunlap for soup, but felt a touch under the weather so I stayed home. I think it was just my stomach telling me I had been eating way too much sugar!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

On The Second Day of Vacation

It was a different kind of Christmas. Since the kids were home on Monday, we celebrated like it was Christmas then. My mom came down for lunch with the three of us and I ate myself silly.

I'm becoming a monagomous knitter these days. Even though, I want to cast on with the Debbie Bliss Tweed, I am knitting away on Rachel's jacket from Cheryl Oberle.

Thats my new yarn scale I'm holding there. It already has come in handy.

Friday, December 26, 2008

On The First Day of Vacation

I worked on Rachel's Jacket from Cheryl Oberle's new book Knitted Jackets. This one is going fast and I love the feel of the mohair yarn.

While knitting I downloaded some new podcasts for on my iPod. And watched the video of the wedding and reception that the kids gave us for Christmas. It was fun to watch it.

On Monday, when the kids were here, we opened presents and I got just what I wanted. Speakers for my iPod. It is come in quite handy on the first day of vacation.

Day 1 was perfect. Stayed in my jammies until almost 4:00 when we had to get ready to go to Christmas Eve dinner at the in-laws. What a great day!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Twelve Days

Not of Christmas, but of vacation. I don't have to go back to work for 12 days!

What will I do? Since I cleaned really well last weekend before we celebrated Christmas with the kids and family, I don't have to do that.

So, I have plans to knit and knit and watch some DVDs -- some of them movies, some of the knitting and just catch up on some things.

Now, there are also plans to eat. It seems about every other day I'll be eating somewhere, sometimes twice a's my unofficial rundown.

24th, Tonight, Christmas Eve with the in-laws.
25th Tomorrow, Christmas Lunch with my mom.
27th - Soup at Knit Four Together in Dunlap (weather permitting) at noon, later that day, celebrate my mom's and nephew's birthday
29th - Pizza and get together with some girls I work with at noon, later that night celebrating a friend's daughter's 21st birthday at Goodfella's with beer and pizza
1st - New Year's Day Fun and Knitting

January 2nd!!!! Done....start preparing for going back to work and Weight Watchers.

It's going to be a great 12 days!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Just Another Wild Hair

I did not get the intended stocking done for DIL, but I did make four of these little stockings for the ladies in Accounting. I wasn't going to do them, but then had a wild thought that I could use up some cookies and candies (in little packages) that we received as a gift. That and a couple of them gave me a little something and instead of just saying thanks, I felt like I should do something for them.

What the heck and they were kind of fun.

DIL didn't mind that she had a temporary stocking

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Hanukkah!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

It's Beautiful

But damn, it's cold outside (high of 6 degrees). I am staying in today. I have a list. I'm cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, yarn room and vacuuming the house. The kids from Memphis will be in very early Monday. They will stay for about a day and leave tomorrow night for Quincy. Then home Tuesday night. Baby Boy A has to work at 6 am Wednesday. It makes me tired just thinking about it!

We'll celebrate tomorrow at noon with the grandparents at our house. We celebrated last night with my neice and the tall guy's sister's house. This is going to be one celebrating Christmas!

We're off tomorrow to celebrate, back to work on Tuesday and then I'm off til the first week of January. This is gonna be nice. Lots of knitting on my schedule!

Keep warm everybody!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's Been A Long Day

Spent the entire day at the hospital with MIL. Waiting, trying a couple of different possibilities of stockings for DIL for Monday. And watching the weather. The endless wait for a doctor to come in and the endless wait for promised sleet and ice.

Finally, the doctor came, released her to go home, and thank goodness no ice and sleet until about an hour ago. No stocking completed either, but I have narrowed it down to the just the purple yarn and am back with my original plan. Now, I just have to complete it by Monday. Hopefully, we won't lose power with this stupid storm.

Not sure if I'll go to work first thing tomorrow morning. I may sit it out until the weather warms up. So that would give me some time to work on the stocking. For now, I'm going to bed, I am tired!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Back To

Finally, I have some things to blog about besides the weather. Oh, there is weather to report, but that can wait, I have knitting to report. Finished the little hat for my great niece for Saturday. Wasn't real difficult, but still I can check it off of the list.

Also, can't show you what it WAS in this bag, but lets just say it is also finished. Now, if the weather would just cooperate for Thursday night and the Radical Knitters then I can show you what was in the bag.

One more Christmas thing to knit and it is for Monday and then I can go back to ME knitting!

Friday, December 12, 2008

I Couldn't Resist!

I don't know if the book is any good or not, but the cover jacket front and back made me buy it.

"SoCal's newesthotspot isn't a bar or a club, it's the beachside knitting shop at Malibu & Ewe" It clearly has a knitting theme and of course my other fave - the beach! I hope it is worth reading. I'll let you all know and will share when I am finished.

Tomorrow, I am off to some shoppin...I hope to have the knittin friends done by days end.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Sorry I'm Busy Knitting

Nothing to show, nothing to report, just busy knitting some last minute presents.

And wearin my sweaters since it is starting to get cold again!

More later

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Visions of Gift Giving Is Dancin In My Head

19 days til Christmas, 14 days til the kids are supposed to be here for a quick Christmas. And I am just now thinkin of all the cool things I could knit for the daughter-in-law.

Why? Because finally, things should be calming down and I have a chance to think. I don't have my tree up but I do have the rest of the decorating done. The Girls Holiday Bash is over for another year. Although work is still busy, I should not be working 11 hour days now. It should settle to about 9 hours instead.

I'm off to Dunlap today to pick up some yarn for another Carol's Clever Shawl (love those things) and a couple of other things that are on my list.

It's cold here in Central IL and just a snow shower here and there are predicted. Winter is here and OUT come the sweaters to be worn!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Memphis Knitting

As always I packed too much knitting for the Memphis trip, but here is what I did accomoplish.

Who would have known how long it takes to knit 7 inches? This was my car knitting down and back (when not sleeping). But when it is boring garter and you have 160 stitches to go back and forth on it takes a bit of time

I'm finally on the downhill stretch on it. I am on the sleeve and then just have to do the icord around the fronts and neck. I hope to have it finished by the weekend.
This hat I have already torn out, I think it was just too big for a two month old. And I am not so crazy about the pink Debbie Bliss color. Love the cashmerino, but just think the pink is kind of dull and dark. It just looks dirty to me.

The one thing I did finish. This is also from the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Pink. It is the Squash hat from 101 Designer One Skein Book. After I finished it, it seemed to me a little small for a head that is going to grow over the next few months. She would not get much wear out of it.

So, instead I am going to give it to a co-worker for her new granddaughter to be.

Back to the drawing board on a winter hat for the two month old.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Whats This Stuff?

Not exactly what I wanted to see on the last day of November. Does this mean we are going to have 30 snows for the season? When I heard a Winter Storm Watch I was surprised. I thought it was just suppose to be some slushy stuff.

The weatherman was telling us that some areas around us got 6 inches. I guess I should be grateful we just got a bit. I'm not quite ready for this!