Sittin 'n Knittin

musings on knitting, family and life in general

Monday, January 22, 2007

Suffering from PDF

PDF. That would be "Post Disney Fatigue". We had an amazing time this weekend! Flyboy was a real trooper and we enjoyed 2 twelve hour Disney days (!) followed by a long day at Kennedy Space Center and an early morning flight home today. Flyboy braved Soarin', Star Tours and Dinosaurs! He loved them all. Post with photos tomorrow.

In other, fiber-related news, my pal for SP9 really loved her package! I'm so happy, because I really enjoyed putting it together. Thanks for being such a great giftee, Mary!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Thank You, Secret Pal!!

I got my Secret Pal 9 package Saturday, but just had a chance to photograph it:She gave me her final 2006 Rockin' Sock club package!! TWO skeins of STR lightweight, colorways Mustang Sally and Rare Gem, emergency sock yarn keychain and the Winter's Eve beaded sock pattern. Plus some Crystal Palace DPN's and a little bottle of Eucalan. I've never really had the desire to knit with beads, but this pattern and the Mustang Sally may just be the inspiration to do it. Thank you Tiffany!

I will be sending off a package to my Secret Pal tomorrow morning, photos once she gets it!


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Happy Fourth Birthday, Flyboy!!

My dear sweet boy is four today! My life has changed in more ways than I can begin to say since his birth, and I am grateful for every minute.Flyboy's birth announcement photo
Notice the airplanes on his outfit

Flyboy at two weeks old

Flyboy at Oshkosh, 2004
Behind that pedal plane, he's wearing an airplane shirt

The Gates
Central Park, NYC
February 2005
Wearing his bomber jacket

The American Museum of Natural History
New York
January 13, 2007
Wearing yet another airplane T-shirt
Taken with Flyboy's camera

Happy Birthday, my Best Little Buddy!


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

FOs fo sho...

I've got three, count 'em THREE FOs for 2007. Let's see if I can keep it up!

FLyboy would not let me get a photo of Daddy's Christmas socks without him. So behold T's finished socks...and Flyboy in his rocket jammies.

I"m getting ready to send out my package for Secret Pal 9, and decided to toss in a couple of warshcloths.

Variations on Mason Dixon Knitting's moss grid towel, Blue Sky Cotton , much more purple than the photo portrays. These were quick and fun, and took less than a full skein for both. I've got another full skein in sage and it just may end up in a moss grid towel for moi.

I'm waiting for the yarn I ordered for my pal, and then I'll send it all off to...another state. I hope she likes what I've put together for her!

Meanwhile, my pal emailed me to say my package is on its way to me. Yipee! I can't wait to get it!

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

New Year, New Goals

So I've been mulling over beginnings, fresh starts, new ideas this first week of the new year. I"m not much for resolutions; the word itself raises the hackles of the rebellious teenager in me. Some thoughts percolating for a while have manifested in the form of "__-along"'s, such as Knit from your Stash 2007 and 100 miles by April 1st. It seems that Project Spectrum 2.0 fits nicely into my planned 2007 knitting, so I may as well join them all! Too lazy to add buttons right now, however. Ahem.

My current knitting goals are as follows:
1. Finish T's Christmas socks--only 2 inches of 3x1 ribbing to go...
I added some reinforcing yarn to the heel. It's not nearly this contrasty in real life, but I love the subtly shifting color thang of the trekking.

2. Finish thuja socks for nephew . Same yarn, pattern, and size as ones for Dad. Should go fast.3. Knit jaywalkers for niece, out of Lisa Souza sport weight merino once it arrives. Should go fast, she's only 7 with a 20cm long foot.

4. Knit Bonne Marie's Ariann out of Araucania Nature Wool, procured from Webs over the New Year's weekend, on closeout! 6 skeins for under $30!! 5. Knit Hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts out of natural silver alpaca from A Touch of Twist. Or some variation thereof. Many thoughts swirling, will get back to you.

6. Knit 8 pairs of socks for ME from my sock yarn stash. Yes, I know I've got nothing on some people, who shall remain linkless. But I adore it all so much I can't stand to have it just hangin' around anymore. I've got enough here for 18 pairs, including 5 skeins of Trekking, 4 skeins of Socks That Rock, 2 skeins of Schaefer's Anne, enough for a pair each of Sundara, Wildfoote, Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm, Lorna's Laces, and 3 unknown inherited skeins, 2 possibly Mountain Bearfoot:
I see some Project Spectrum potential in that pile!

7. Finish the Clapotis I started before Thanksgiving and gift it already. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your perspective), the giftee has no idea it is happening, so no motivation to put it tops on the list.

Non-knitting goals are not so concrete. I know I want to be more fit, and for motivation Runagogo fits the bill. My plan is to ski my way to April on my NordicTrak--no snow required! Which is a good thing given the high today was a balmy 70+F. I would also like to do more sewing this year. I have some fabric and vague ideas.

The rest of this month is going to busy, too. My parents arrive Thursday night for Flyboy's birthday on the 14th (FOUR! He's going to be four!) Then T, Flyboy and I jet off to Disney World for a long weekend. Somewhere in there I must send off my Secret Pal 9 package. It's almost ready.

Maybe I can finish T's sock tonight or tomorrow, and put one goal into the completed category.

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