How did we end up here? We've lived in Northern Illinois for 24 years. Way too long for this vegetarian! Thankfully, we're only a Metra ride away from Chicago.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Earth hour

We're supposed to go without "extra" energy from 8-9pm tonight. Since it's 7:45 this is a quick post before I shut the computer down and survive without internet for an hour.

This arrived today.

One of my favorite lesson learned from knitting was #42, All's well that ends well.
With knitting and parenting "you have to have some faith that what you are working on will become beautiful and good, no matter what it looks like right now."

It was an entertaining, quick read and I'm excited to go hear her speak in about a month.

I'm off to turn off the non-essentials and reduce my carbon footprint for an hour.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

F is for....

Fabulous, Fiber Trend Felted clogs!

I love this pattern. Many feet in my house stayed comfy and warm all winter long thanks to the clogs I've knitted and felted over the past year.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Viva Las Vegas

14 years ago today during my college Senior year spring break we headed to Vegas. Looking back upon it with happy memories. Such a simple time in our lives. No kids, no house, no soul sucking permanent jobs. Young and in love with each other. Ahh good times!

Friday, March 14, 2008

A finished project?

I finished my cabled sweater last night. You read it correctly-I FINISHED a project. It took me a good hour to sew up all the seams but now that it's done I love it.

The pattern: Big Sack Sweater from Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook
by Debbie Stoller

Size: Small
Needles: KP Harmony Options Needles, US 8/5.0 mm and US 10½/6.5 mm
Yarn: Cascade Eco +
How much: 2 skeins(956.0 yards), I purchased this yarn from a fellow Ravelry member and the yardage was fantastic. I'll probably have to wear a shirt under it but I'm a bit sensitive when it comes to the "scratchiness" factor.

I received my Patons Street Smart booklet in the mail today. I know I should finish up another WIP(like my husband's sweater) but this is calling me. I think I'm going to scrap plans for the yarn I bought for the Drops sweater and start the Must Have Cardigan instead.

There's lots more "stuff" going on in my personal life right now but knitting is much happier and positive to share with you all. I hope everyone has a great St Patrick's Day weekend.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

E is for......

Etsy. Go find something handmade for yourself!

(My license plate holder was made for me by Monster Promos, a fabulous Etsy shop!)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The good news and the other stuff.

Have you ever been asked do you want the good news or bad news first? Well since you can't answer it for me I'm going to start at the bad before the good.
Starting in late January I started having lower back pain. I've never had back pain before and I can't pinpoint exactly what caused this pain to start up. I can say the two full term pregnancies I carried were a breeze compared to the pain I've had in my back. So for the past couple of weeks I've had five doctor appointments and have been prescribed five different medications. All these meds say "may cause dizziness or drowsiness." I've been really drowsy and had a back ache for over two weeks. Yesterday my insurance finally approved an MRI and an ultrasound for next week. I'm almost hoping for a definite answer to this back ache.
In other bad news, my Dad is back in the hospital. He's admitted for at least 10 days for a really bad infection in his leg that also caused his heart to go into atrial fib. Since he's 1400 miles away in Texas I can't stop by to see him.

Okay, now that the bad stuff is out of the way now on to the good.
Last Thursday Danielle, a fellow Ravelry member contacted me to see if I would be a sponsor for a knitting retreat she's having in DC later this month. Then on Friday another fiber entusiast, Karida of Neighborhood Fiber Co contacted me for 56 bags to send along with her sock of the month club. 81 bags ordered in the course of 2 days! I'm a one woman operation so this is allot to take on at once. But I love my little bags so I accepted the challenges and have been trying to get as much sewing done as my back will allow!

One of the first books I acquired when I started knitting was Stitch 'N Bitch by Stoller. I used it for information but never used it for a pattern. I picked it up a couple of weeks ago and cast on for the big sack sweater. I have one sleeve left to knit up and then comes the part that takes the longest for me, putting all the pieces together. A wearable item knit on 10.5 size needles was exactly what I needed and I'm loving this project.