Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Summer fun..........

Well, this is why I don't have time to blog, knit or anything else for that matter, in the summer. I am having fun with my little ones! We did a facial mask and relaxed with cucumbers on our eyes. Unfortunately, right after I cut the cucumbers up for my three, my littlest started to cry. Upon asking her what was the matter, she replied, "I forgot we were supposed to put the cucumbers on our eyes and I ate mine!" I laughed so hard and thought to myself, "this is why I don't mind if my knitting is on hold."

I finally have my camera working, but have completely forgotten how to get to flicker and back again for posting pictures. I need to call my friend Karen. She is a computer guru and can answer any question or if you are looking for her to make a badge or create a beautiful blog, she's your girl.

Time to go fold a ton of laundry and read a little with the kiddies. Tomorrow is, "So you think you can dance?" on Fox. We LOVE this show and try never to miss it. Benji is one of our favorite dancers. We love his West Coast Swing. If you haven't watched this show, it's on Wednesday at 8pm est and then again Thursday at 9pm est. It's sort of like "American Idol" except it is based on dancing rather than singing. Great show.

O.k., off to my children. Loves of my life............

Friday, July 14, 2006

I am knitting.... finally!!

Yeah, I finally am back to a project. I got my "Knit Simple" magazine in the mail last week and did what I always do when I get that... Make a fresh pot of coffee and hide somewhere in my house for some quiet time to read every page of the magazine - even the advertisements! I just love those magazines. Seems like yesterday I was reading "Seventeen" magazine and now look at me! So, here I am, hiding, reading my knitting articles and I see it. A project I want to make and feel the need to start immediately. Well, with three kids, immediately turned out to be six days later, but I was still as excited about it. I have two, very adorable, twins in my family. A little guy named Chace and a little beauty named Madeline. I started to make the "giraffe" scarf pattern for them and will make the matching hat and gloves as well. It's so cute and I felt easy enough to do at the beach or pool so I can watch the kids swim, but still get some knitting in as well. I missed having a little WIP (that means Work In Progress for you non-knitters. I don't want you to think I am a wierdo or something!) and now, I feel, I have a purpose again in my knitting world. I'll take a picture as soon as my camera is working. The darn thing is on the blink. Ta, ta for now ...........

Saturday, July 08, 2006

For those of you friends that do read my blog, I apologize for not creating new posts. However, I fear that there really is no one reading my blog and so it wouldn't matter if I didn't add a post or not. Life has been busy and now that summer arrived, I am spending my time outside with the kids. Come September, I will be back to my regular postings and knitting as well. Seems like I can't do it all when the children are out of school. I cherish every minute we can get of the two months we have off and I don't even like to sit in front of the computer for any length of time that will take away from being with them. So, if you do read my blog, thank you and be patient. I will be back soon..........

Thursday, June 08, 2006

I'M BACK.........

Yay, I am back to my blog and sitting with my morning coffee! It's been so long since I have been able to do this since a) we went on a wonderful vacation that I didn't want to end and b) we came home to a TON of things we had on our calendar. Just to fill you in on some of it, because I would never want to bore you with all of my escapades.... I chaperoned two field trips for my children. The first was to Mystic Seaport with my middle one. We were so tan and our bodies were used to the warm sunshine of Florida, that we FROZE that day at the seaport. It was a lot of fun and I am glad I got to be there with my little chicklet, but I wish it had been a bit warmer. The next class trip I got to go on was to Lake Compounce (the day before our very big dance dress rehearsal, I might add.) The kids had a blast. They loved running around and getting on all the rides. I, myself, was happy to see my child having a great time with her buds, but could have done without the torrential rainstorm and being soaked to the bone for most of the day. Regardless of the weather though, the kids were thrilled to be there. I braved the return trip home on the bus (soaking wet and listening to 30+ kids conversing loudly for over an hour) and then had to run and sign my kids up for the fall/spring season of soccer. Tired and cold, I found my way home to a full night of prepping for the dress rehearsal. Packing our car with everything I could think of to keep my children fed, hydrated, occupied and happy during the 8 hours of rehearsal that was ahead of them. During the rehearsal, I had a few moments of wanting to strangle people for their rudeness, but that is another story in itself. The following day, was the big day.

The recital was beautiful and brought me to tears. I love watching my children on the stage with their amazing ability to dance the way I could never have done when I was little. They give me great joy and I love every minute of this special day.

Now that the dancing has subsided, for now, I am focusing on all of the birthday parties I need to arrange, plan, and execute. Needless to say, my knitting has taken not just the back seat, but I think is sitting somewhere on I-95 hoping I will come back and find it. I got one of my knitting magazines in the mail yesterday. I really want to sit and look at that bad boy. Maybe next week............

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

My Blog is blogged........

Well, I am sorry to say that I have no knitting to report. I am in an official slump. The amount of activity in my home right now is on maximum and I have not had two minutes to sit and knit a thing. I also have not been inspired by anything lately. Usually, I have a pattern or project that I can't stop thinking about and knit into the wee hours, but I haven't seen one lately. Between all my children's soccer games, dance lessons, Brownie meetings and then the school activities, I have been exhausted! I am getting old. However, once I get passed the recital and all the crazy weekends of May and June, I am planning to sit on the beach ALL summer and enjoy the kids and my knitting. "Hi" to my blogging buddies and please don't stop reading just because I am boring right now. Promise to be back to my knitting-self soon!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

No knitting for me....

Hello there my blogger friends. I have no new pictures to add to my blog since I haven't taken the time to take any. Sadly, I haven't been knitting much either. I did finish my flip-flops for my chicklets and now am starting a few for teacher gifts. I really want to try the new sock craze, but am overwhelmed. I need to sit with someone who does this and get a little tutoring. I don't usually use dpn's and feel awkward with them. The pattern in the newest Interweave Knits magazine is so pretty. Did anyone see it? Such pretty socks. I just feel like I might be over my head. I have pretty much tackled all of my summer clothes bins. Now, I am just trying to weed out all the clothes that the kids don't need and get them the heck out of my house. I brought four huge plastic bags of clothes to the Good Will and have about two more. Mostly my clothes now. I lost two more pounds this week. I am on a mission to at least look half way decent in my bathing suit this summer. We will see....

Monday, May 01, 2006

My crazy life...........

Well, it's May! Cannot believe how fast the months slip by. I am not complaining though since I love, love, love the warm weather and am thrilled to be outside and having fun again. We are not winter people in this house.

My weekend was NUTS to say the least. I had three soccer games to get my children to, a birthday party and a dance rehearsal. Then, after that was all done (all in one day, I might add) I slept in my car from midnight on so I could buy recital tickets for my chicklets. Yes, I actually left my warm, cozy bed to attempt to sleep in my car overnight. O.k., call me a nut for doing that, but I have been sleeping in the car for many years now since the recital tickets are highly coveted at our dance school. I would also like to say that not only was I #15 when I arrived at 12 midnight, but by 3am the line was wrapped around the building. I wouldn't do this for Rolling Stones tickets, but I would do anything for my kids. I have completely lost my mind, I know.

The other saga of my weekend, was Mickey. No, not the one in Disney, but the cute, little grey mouse that scurried across my family room floor on Thursday (my first sighting of him) while I was peacefully knitting between school bus pick-ups. Mickey was in my house, uninvited, for three days until on Sunday, he showed up again. That, with the fact that I was running on about 1 hour sleep (did I mention that I TRIED to sleep in my car the night before?) caused me to freak out. My husband and girls were lucky and caught Mickey for me. He is now WAY back in the woods of our yard and hopefully realizes that is where he should stay or else his fate won't be as kind as this stay in our home. Needless to say, I am pulling apart my entire pantry to clean to make sure he didn't get into anything. And then, I have the other "craft closet" to put back together since my mouse police pulled it all out when Mickey scurried under that door. I will have a clean kitchen when I am done, but wasn't planning the massive spring cleaning after my stint in the car. Oh well, such is life. No knitting for me today, I am afraid!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

G.N.O.- Girl's Night Out

Girl's night out! How nice it was to spend time with my friends. I celebrated my birthday and had a wonderful time with good friends, good food and lots of gabbing. It was nice to sit and eat my dinner without having a little one say, right when the food arrives at the table, "I have to go to the bathroom!" I also liked not having to cut anyone's meat or make sure that the drinks didn't get spilt all over the table. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my children, but it's very (I should stress VERY) rare that I ever go out with my friends. This was a treat, for sure! Alas, none of my friends are knitters though. Not any talk of what yarn is yummy at your house, or what are on your sticks at the moment. We had fun talking about other stuff though! Thank God for my friends!

As far as my knitting goes. I think I got a bit frustrated with my last project and have put my knitting on hold. I felted the mitered bag and it just doesn't look the way I would like. I haven't had two minutes to rub together to sew the lining, so it's on the "waiting to be done" pile. I am tackling the bins of summer clothes, STILL! Gosh, these kids have toooo much.

Well, I must get going to the pile upstairs in chicklet #2's room. I have to get this done before the summer days arrive and I am outside 24/7. Can't be in at all or I go crazy! Winter is long enough. Someday I will end up in warmer climates when the snow flies in New England. I will never be a Florida girl though. Not sure where I will be, but somewhere warm. Thank you Melinda, Eleni, Debbie and Bunny for a great birthday dinner and making me feel so special. I love you all and am so blessed to have you as my friends.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The pre-felted monster

Here is my pre-felted picture to see how pretty it was before I sent it through the wash. Grandma was sitting in the tree with the kids and I asked her to hold it up for me. I did the edges in the grey, and I'm glad I did, because it did look so much better. You can see the one edge on the left. What I am bummed about is the top did not felt well. I make purses all the time and usually it all felts in a uniform manner. This one did not. I contemplated adding an i-cord edge to the top before I felted it, but decided against it. Now, I am wondering if that would have been better. Oh well, you live and learn. I am planning on lining the bag and seeing if that will help "shape" it a little. Otherwise, it will be a knitting bag and I will shlep it with me with knitting projects in it. Always need one of those! The size of this bag is just right too. I measured pre-felting and after, so with my next picture and post, I will put those measurements in. Thank you Karen for reading my blog and being so nice to comment. It's nice to have a friend read and support me. Most of my "non-knitting" friends either don't know what a blog is or look at me like I have two heads because I tell them, "It's like an on-line journal, of sorts, that I talk about my knitting escapades." My one good friend said to me, "And WHY do you feel you want to write about that?" I felt like I was on the couch at a psychiatrist's office. So, call me crazy, but I like to have this little outlet. Have a happy day and enjoy this sunshine.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Well, it's been forever since I posted. We had quite the last 11 days or so. The flu hit my house hard and I ended up with sick children on every couch in the house for a week! That, in itself, was hard enough. Then, when we finally were feeling better, school vacation started. We needed to get some fun time in since the couch was our best friend for the week before. It was a lovely week of great weather and being together. I love my kids. They are the glue that keeps me together. So, not much knitting was done except that I did felt my striped mitered bag. The top looks funny to me and I am not thrilled with the results of the felting. But, I haven't given up completely. I want to line it, as I always do with my felted bags, and see it that helps bring it back into shape a bit. I am also in the middle of taking all the summer clothes out and doing inventory. You know the drill with that.... Does this fit you? Will you wear it? Give it to your sister then! This process takes me a full week if I have the luxury of time. I can't believe the amount of clothes these kids have. I plan on giving 80% of it to the GoodWill and my church. My children have plenty and I am sure that the children in New Orleans, or elsewhere, could use them more than we will. My closet is next.... Well, I am off to the races again today. (Figure of speech, never been to the race track, but that's what life is like for me.) Thank God for the sunshine, I needed it..........

Friday, April 14, 2006

Slow and steady wins the race....

Well, here I am at the next point in this mitered striped felted bag. I got the front and back done, as you can see. I started the sides last night and ran out of yarn. But, luckily for me, I have quite the stash of wool in my home. Now, I have to decide whether I want to follow the pattern that tells me to make three different colors for each edge piece or do I want to follow my gut and do all the same in the dark grey that I started. I think, if I do the three different colors, it might look incredibly "busy" and take away from the stripe pattern. What do you think? Please leave me your thoughts so I can ponder this with some other knitters. Notice the LARGE cup of coffee and my cat in the picture? If I sit with my coffee, she will be up in my lap in a flash. No knitting when Phoebe is around. Anyway, I need to think about the whole one color versus three issue.

My parents took off for the weekend to Washington D.C. with some family friends. They took the train and were so excited to go and do something new. I am "itching" to go on an adventure too. This week is school vacation and sometimes we go to Cape May for a few days to just play on the beach and walk around the shops. It's a bit warmer there and the last time we went, we had 70 degree days that were beautiful. But, alas, I have a little one at home with the flu. The poor thing missed most of this week of school and is still not feeling up to par. So, maybe this week, when she feels better, we will be hitting the movie theater for all those cute kids movies that are out and, of course, the mall. I believe a new pair of sandals for the summer would cheer anyone up after being sick for so long! Happy knitting and please don't forget to leave your thoughts about my felted bag.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

My baby brother

We all had an early Easter celebration this past Sunday and I got this nice picture of my brother and I. I can't believe how life has flown by so fast and he and I now have our own families. We used to play catch in the yard, late night card games with flashlights so Mom wouldn't know we were up, and so many fun family trips to Vermont and Cape Cod. Seems like a lifetime ago! (He calls me a sap, can you tell why?) Anyway, we all had such a nice day and it was wonderful to be together. I have to be the auntie who teaches his little one to knit now! I should let her learn to walk first, though! My own know how to knit and are working on there own projects. Whenever I go to the yarn stores, I have to go alone or else I get alot more than I had planned to buy. "Oh Mom, isn't this yarn pretty? Can I get this one?" I've created little knitting monsters! That's fine with me though. I'd rather they be creative and enjoy a fun hobby than into something that wouldn't be good for them. So, we all plan to bring a knitting bag along when we go on vacation. (My husband can't believe I am bringing my knitting with me to Disney!) Look out for some pictures of me with a project in hand in front of some Disney landmark or even Mickey. He will really think I am nuts then!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Easter Chicks

Aren't these cute? My sister-in-laws aunt made these for Easter. She knits them and then puts a little plastic egg inside. I thought they were adorable and want to teach my class how to make them. The girls I teach are so funny because they want to make everything I show them. It's cute to watch them interact with each other once they learn to knit. Just like "the big girls" when we all sit around and knit together. Gabbing and laughing. It really warms my heart to see them all bonding.

I have been working on my purse and flip-flops. I really want to get them done so I can start a new project, but I won't start anything new until I finish these. I already have enough un-finished things that bug me. I also am in desperate need of taking a "yarn stash inventory." I know I have more than I need for this lifetime. I can't help myself when I go in and see all the yummy yarns these days. You feel the need to touch them all and ooh and aah over them. If I ever worked in a yarn store, I would be paying them for me to be there! Socks are now what's on my agenda. I bought the small needles, but don't know where to start with the yarn. I don't want to buy anything expensive for my first pair and I also want to try an easy pattern. We will see.... Well, off to start my busy day and hopefully get a few rows in here and there. Happy tuesday to all who are reading my blog and thank you for stopping by!

Friday, April 07, 2006

I'm just a chick that likes to knit.....

Hello there.... Don't you just love this chick who knits? Isn't that a felted bag her knitting yarn is in? Cute, cute, cute. Well, I am on the road to recovery. I still don't feel well enough to perk a pot of coffee, but at least I am moving around and getting some housework done. I started the second mitered purse square. I don't think I will crank through this one like I did the other one. That was an all day "knit fest." The luxury of knitting time is not usually on my side. Today I need to focus on cleaning my house since it looks like a family of squirrels could come in and eat off my floors for days without a problem. When Mom is sick, the whole house goes to pot! Make it a happy day today and..... don't forget to at least knit a few rows

Thursday, April 06, 2006

My sick day knitting....

I felt poopy yesterday. So much so, I didn't get off the couch much. Anyone who knows me, knows I don't sit down much. Not just because I am a mom and that in itself tells you I don't sit much. But, I really felt lousy and just couldn't bring myself to do any of my usual housework and errands. So, I knit! 124 rows to be exact. My mitered striped purse is coming along nicely. It's similar to a pattern I have "on the sticks" and yet to be finished upstairs. However, the other pattern calls for four of these mitered squares that you attach. This mitered square was casted on with 125 sts. The other pattern calls for 60 cast on sts. So, the overall size comes approximately to be the same. The other big difference in these two patterns is that this purse I am working on will be felted and the other one does not call for that. I think it would look pretty either way, but this one will be done long before I would have gotten the other pattern accomplished. Way too much finishing for me with four squares being sewn together just right to make sure the stripes line up correctly. (Now that I said that, I know I will probably try and tackle that job just to prove to myself I can. I'm weird like that!) I will take a "before felting" picture once I get this purse sewn together and make sure I measure it if anyone is needing that information. Also, this pattern I linked to has a few things I "tweeked." I used size 9 needles and worsted weight 100% wool yarn. I actually doubled the strand since it called for 8-ply yarn and the Patons wool I used is 3-ply. Doubling worked just fine. Now, I have to cross my fingers for the felting part. We will see. Being sick stinks, but at least I got some knitting in. That always makes me feel better.....

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Been so sick........

Well, I thought I was in the clear being that the weather is so nice. However, all of my chicklets are coughing, have headaches and tummy aches and are overall feeling yucky. The worst part of this situation is that mommy is right along with them. Ughhh, I feel lousy. The only reason I am sitting here typing is because, as exhausted as I am, it makes me feel better to be sitting up a bit. What better way than to "talk" about knitting?

I started a mitered striped purse yesterday while I sat on the couch feeling sorry for myself. It looks like a pattern I was working on last year, but didn't felt that bag. This one is similar and I think I need to tweek some of the instructions. I will take a picture of my progress and let you know what I changed as I go.

I went to Michael's in Danbury since I needed something nearby and always love to look at yarn even though it's not my favorite store. There are a lot of Moda*Dea brand yarns at 70% off right now. I believe they are going out of their line and the store has them on clearance. I bought a few and have to say, they have a lot left. Go while the going is good, knitters!

O.k., that is enough sitting for me. Back to the ginger ale for my tummy and some shut eye. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.........

Monday, April 03, 2006

We missed the bus........

What a beautiful day it was yesterday! And it looks like it will be again today. We played outside all day and got a ton of fresh air. That's probably why we missed the bus this morning. Unfortunately, none of us are moving with much speed in my house, and off it went without us. Mom's taxi, to the rescue!

My chicklet snapped a picture of me knitting on the porch yesterday. How nice it was to be outside and enjoy the day. I was using my little one's "beginner" needles on the flip-flop saga project. They are the best for not slipping. I feel like I have to get these done, since Spring is here and our toes are showing again. Once it really does get warmer, I hardly ever wear anything but flip-flops or sandals. Can't wait to be in shorts again! Summer is never long enough and winter drags.... As my little one puts it, "We aren't winter people."

I must get a hold of my blogger buddy, Karen, and ask more questions about how to make socks. I have yet to tackle that project and would like to try. I looked into joining a class in my town, but can't seem to find one. Ponchos, sweaters, even scarf classes. But, no sock knitting classes! I know there are many different ways to go about it. Toe up. Two circular needles. Double points.... Where do I begin? I want an EASY pattern that will show me how to do the basics. Making socks kind of goes against me wanting to see my toes and wearing flip-flops, but I figure if it is another one of those projects like my pillowcase edging, it'll be winter by the time I finish them! Well, off to start my day. I put all the laundry and dishes off from yesterday and now they have doubled. Groan.............

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Yahoo, it's a beautiful day!

Yahoo, it's a beautiful day! I opened my windows and plan on putting my jogging shoes on.... The dishes and laundry can wait until tomorrow. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new knitting magazine. "Interweave" or something like that. I saw a cool felted purse in it through another blog (for which I cannot find now and I am bummed!) and I want to make it. I have been toying with a black and blue mix, hence the knitting kitty --->, but I think I might add a few colors. The purse is shown to use "intarsia." I have never tried my hand at that and it said it is for beginners and easy. Well, I guess I will see about that! I'll take some pictures as I progress and share them. I really should try and finish my "on-the-sticks" projects first, but I just can't bring myself to. I have a beautiful lace edging I started that, when done, you sew to a pillow case. But it's one of those things that no one can talk to you while you are knitting it since it is so easy to mess up and you can't pull it out and fix it. Believe me, I tried and I ended up starting again. I think that's why I don't want to pick up those sticks. The only thing is, I wanted to make them for my Mom's birthday gift and I started it LAST winter. This will be two birthdays that have come and gone because I haven't finished the darn thing. Let alone the fact that I need to make TWO! Sorry Mommy, I will eventually get to finishing that. It's hard when you have a little one asking for everything under the sun as soon as I pick up my knitting needles. Well, off to enjoy the day. Happy knitting to all and make it a GREAT day!

Friday, March 31, 2006

My Blog is so pretty!

I am so happy.... Look at my pretty blog! Now, I feel complete. I am such a geek. O.k., this is what happen. I decide I am going to have a blog of my own. After reading all the great knitting blogs out there, I thought I would like to join the bandwagon. Little did I know it's not that easy. I had to reach out for some help, and help I got. I cannot believe how kind the knitting community is when you ask for some assistance. A wonderful girl, who had a cool blog that I liked, e-mailed me back and started me on my "blog journey." Karen not only fixed all my problems, but went out of her way to help me. Thank you so much, Karen! I love how the blog came out and now I am enjoying adding my little snipets here and there to make it my own.

As far as knitting goes, my sticks have gotten a little cold. I did work on the "flip-flop saga" yesterday while I was sitting at dance class for my chick. I want to get rolling on a black to-be-felted purse, but have had a heck of a week. Thankfully, it is friday and I can start relaxing now. (My chicklet was at a week long sleep away gig for school and I was a nervous wreck, but her sweet little body is sawing zzz's upstairs as I am typing and I am so happy. All my chicklets are back in the nest!)

Now, I am off to try and knit a few rows while my house is quiet. By the way, isn't this weather AWESOME? I walked/jogged 5 miles yesterday and can't wait to do that again today. Thank the Lord the snow and freezing temps are gone! (Now I hope I didn't jinx myself!)

Monday, March 27, 2006

Stitch Marker making day!

My chicklets and I made stitch markers yesterday. They love sitting with me and being creative. "Does this look good, Mom?" We made a few and then I did some packaging. I'll take some pictures of my packets once I get them done. Want to try and sell some. Of course I have to share the profits with the little munchkins that helped. They already want to know how much I plan to give them. By the time I buy the beads and other supplies, the packaging and then put them together, I won't have much for a profit. It will all go to the chicklets! Oh well, that's o.k. It's all for fun anyway. I finished my flip flops that were ordered and now I am working on my own. I want them done so they can have them for spring. Of course they want their toes painted as well. Such girly-girls! I want to say an extra big THANK YOU to my brother-in-law Kenny for all the help he gave me on Saturday. My blog is looking better and better. Another huge THANK YOU goes out to Karen. My newly found knitting/blogging buddy who has been a tremendous help in getting me to understand the blogging world much better. Thank you for all your "tutorials" and kind words! I'm still working on the blog, but I hopefully will have it finished soon.

Friday, March 24, 2006

I finished the little blunder...

I finally finished the little blue blunder. I followed the pattern, but it really is a small purse. It didn't look that way in the picture given, but the prefelted measurements were 10" from the base to where the handles attached. The finished size went to 6.5". It came out cute, but is definitely going to be a purse I use when I only want to carry a wallet. (Come to think of it, my wallet won't fit in it!) Oh well, I could throw a lipstick, my id and some moolah, and away I go. Who's kidding who? When do I go out without my whole brood in tow and not with my purse full of snacks, wipes, tissues, gum and all the other things that my family is always asking me for? It's nice to dream about a night out, right? I am trying to get a little knitting night set up. Thought I could call a few people I know that knit and see if we could meet at a local coffee shop or something and just knit and gab for a while. A few people I asked think it might work, so let's hope a nice little knitting group can be created. I recently found out about something called, "Project Spectrum." I am looking into that and seeing if I can try it. Sounds like fun. Still on the, "can't figure out this darned computer" bandwagon. I have a great fellow knitter/blogger new friend that has been trying to help. I hope to have some sidebar things added soon. I just love reading all those cool knitting blogs and seeing all the neat things they do. Hopefully, my blog will look better soon!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Stitch markers galore!

It's so late and here I am adding my blog for tomorrow because I will be busy and won't have the time to share my fun project. My chicklets and I sat for two hours and made these really cool stitch markers. I must say that we didn't get a lot of them made in the two hours we sat on the floor and did them, but we were in the learning process. It was so much fun to do with them and they had fun thinking we might be able to sell them. My little entrepreneurs! The glass beads were being used primarily for my little one's earring making endeavors, but I went and got some more and she was willing to share and give me her creative input! We used stretchy string instead of wire. I have seen them done on wire, but did not have any to try my hand at that. So, we figured we would try the 1mm stretchy string and it worked. It's thicker and very strong, so they won't break. I had such a time seeing the little holes in the beads and putting the string through. Mostly because I can't see at night! My chicklets were easily putting the beads on and doing the crimping for me. We had so much fun. Anyone have any how-to's for using the wire? I would love to hear from you. I don't know what gauge to use or if there are straight wire "pieces" that work well. All in all, I am very happy with the results of our efforts. Very pretty to add to my knitting projects! Tres' elegant!

Gifts from Sue

I got some pretty new yarn! Well, I got it last week, but I finally could get the picture uploaded to show. The purple and green yarn is an Adrienne Vitadinni 100% wool yarn that has a pretty texture to it. I have never felted with a textured wool. Does anyone have any input on that? Wondered how that would look when the felting was done. The steel blue colored yarn was also a 100% wool (Plymouth, I believe) and was so inexpensive, I couldn't leave it there. I wanted to try a new purse pattern. (The one that is not really going that great, but I am still pressing on with!) I figure I will either have a really pretty purse or a very small "change purse size" beauty. I plan to wash it as soon as my husband and little one are awake. Don't want to make alot of noise since I have my coffee and the quietness of my house for a few minutes! Have been loving to read all the great blogs out there. I found two this morning with beautiful ideas. A great sock pattern at www.knitty.com. I believe it is called, "Thuja." Sorry I can't link you directly to the sock. I haven't learned how to do that yet. My brother-in-law is a computer teacher and has offered to help me. I really need to call him! I plan on trying my hand with this sock pattern and hopefully, I will be alright. I am trying to find a class, locally, I can join to get some help with it. My friend, Diane, teaches at All About Art in Monroe and could probably set up a class soon. (Or at least I hope!) Diane, are you listening? O.k., off to knitting while the knitting is good!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

My circular needle case

I finally got my pictures to post. I did something really ingenious.... I restarted my computer! Duh, I am really in need of a computer class. My chicklet knows more than I do. My circular case came out cute. Not perfect because of the way the felting finished. It was not a perfect rectangle and then I made the lining for the needles and really noticed it. But, all-in-all, I like what it looks like and is giving me a place for all my needles. I am working on a purse now that is definitely not working out well. The pattern was WAY off. I am interested in looking at the finished, felted piece though, so I don't want to pull it apart. Thought it would be a learning experience if I just kept going and saw what happens to it. If it is way too small, one of my little ones will love it anyway. I am starting a knitting class next week with some kids at school. This will be the third session this year and I am so happy to see the results of it. I usually have about ten kids start the class. They range from somewhat knowledgable to not a clue what to do with knitting needles. At the end of the classes, I end up with ten happily knitting little girls that chat and knit and just look absolutely adorable sitting there with their newly found skill. I feel like I have done something they will always look back on and say, "I really loved that knitting class when I was little." Gives me a smile at the end of my day!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

I am frustrated!

I have some pictures of my new yarn as well as my felted circular needle case that I would like to add to my blog. Well, I upload the pictures and when the window pops up to add to the blog, it's empty! I have tried a few times and am now thouroghly frustrated. So, I will have to get those pictures in here somehow, just am still trying to figure it out! On the knitting front, I am busy with a little purse that may end up being the size of a change purse when I finish and felt it. The pattern was a little off with it's needle size and yarn type. It's a cute design, but unfortunately the instructions are seriously lacking. If I can get this blasted blogger to get my pictures posted, I will show the finished piece. In any event, my day has been busy from the minute I got out of bed and is jammed packed today. I had a moment to sit and blog, so I must go now. The moment is over! More tomorrow, hopefully with pictures!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Another cold Sunday....

Well, another day of cold weather. Unfortunately, you get a couple warm days and feel good about getting out with a light jacket and no socks (yes, I actually wore a slip on shoe without socks on!) and mother nature throws us a curve ball and brings back the snow. It actually snowed last night and is lightly snowing right now. The socks went back on.....

I am working on a new project. I couldn't take the flip-flop saga anymore and at 9:30 last night, I sat in bed and started a new felted purse. I found a GREAT website with beautiful felted bags and other patterns that just made me feel like I had to try one. The site is www.knittychick.com I am using some of the new yarn I just got from my friend for my birthday. It's a pretty steel blue color and I am going to add a flower to the front of the purse when I am done. Maybe in navy or I'll go crazy and put a bright pink for Spring. I tried to get a photo uploaded today, but the darned thing wouldn't work. Maybe too many people on line today. I'll try tomorrow to show my project. Happy knitting!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Phoebe, aka, smelly cat........

This is our sweet kitty, Phoebe. We have been calling her "smelly cat" lately because she has a medical problem that has been causing her to, sorry to say Phoebe, STINK! We love her, so no matter how bad she smells, we still cuddle and keep her close by. (Some days are harder than others, though!)

My knitting has been predominately flip-flops (what else is new?) but I would like to branch out soon and do a felted black bag. I just went to Selma's Yarn store in Southbury and had some fun. My dear friend, Sue, gave me a gift certificate for my birthday which was burning a hole in my pocket to spend. I found some great yarn and plan on working with it soon. I just love yarn stores and wish I had one close by. However, I am sure if it was near by, I would spend too much money! Better to be a drive away! I have such a yarn stash at my house that I could knit for a year and still not run out of yarn. Well, off to finish making dinner. Cornbeaf and cabbage tonight in honor of St. Patty's day. Yum, yum!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Flip-Flop Galore!

Well, I am getting there! I have made quite a few flip flops in the past week and still have about eight more to do. They come out so pretty and they look so adorable on the kid's feet. I make sure to have their toes painted to match and then they are really stylin'.

Life is good. Had an absolutely wonderful day on tuesday. My dear friend and I sat over a glass of wine (or two, but who's counting!) and caught up on alot of stuff we never get to talk about since life is always on the run with our families. We laughed so much, I thought for sure the bartender was going to cut us off. Then, my handsome man took me out to dinner and gave me some BEAUTIFUL earrings. He really is such a good guy. (Not just because he gave me diamonds, he truly is wonderful!) So, my birthday turned out to be a lovely day and wasn't so taxing on my emotions the way I thought it would be. Getting old is just a state of mind.....

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Yuk, it's my birthday....

Well, I have been dreading this day coming, but here it is. Birthdays don't usually bother me, but this one is. I think the 20's seem so far gone, but I feel like I'm still there. Time to grow up, huh? You are only as old as you feel and I feel great! Keeping my attitude up and happy helps. Well, I am not knitting today. All day has been running around doing errands and now I am the taxi for my chicklets. I will be having dinner with my number one guy later, so that will be nice. Birthdays have some plus factors....

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Yeah, it's warm and sunny today!

I can't tell you how happy I am to feel the warmth again outside. I actually wore capri yoga pants and took a 5 mile walk. No mittens, hat or scarf! Let's hope this is an on going trend and I can walk everyday. My blog is hurting right now. I do not have a clue about HTML or all the little things you need to do to add to the sidebar. I want to make categories for my knitting and other interests, plus I want to add links. It's all Greek to me. But, I won't give up. Still trying. Well, I am off to get some more fresh air. Thank you God!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Cute toes, aren't they?

Originally uploaded by ya-yaknits.
Here are my little chicklet's feet modeling one of the many flip flops I am knitting. I have about 20 I am working on for orders and friends that wanted them for Easter. They look so cute on the kids and moms too! I am hoping to get them all done as soon as I am able. Knitting in the car, knitting while I am waiting for the chicklets, knitting while I sit outside watching the kids play. I am knitting CONSTANTLY! I think I am getting a nervous tick from all this flip-flop making.

Blogging Woes

Well, I am perplexed with my blog. I am trying to put some links into my blog as well as "categories" like the site I love, www.majorknitter.typepad.com. She shows you all kinds of cool things she has knit as well as cooking and other interests in categories that you can click on. I cannot figure this out! My chicklet and I have sat here looking through all the help buttons and have yet to get it done. Anyone reading this that knows what I am talking about or could help me in any way, please e-mail me! I have so many things I would love to add to my site and share. It's fun to read others knitting experiences (since I don't have any friends that are really into knitting like I am!). So, I appreciate any help. If you are out there, and know what to do on blogger.com, I all ears.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Spring, where fore art thou?

Well, I officially am sick of wearing socks 24/7. I miss my toes. A nice, relaxing pedicure is due for me and a new pair of pretty sandals. These are for my "dance mom" friend that ordered a pair for her daughter instead of giving too much candy for Easter. I have to run out today and buy 8 more pair since I have been getting a bunch of phone calls to knit some more. (Of course my own chicklets want them too and have their orders in for color preference!) I will surely be sick of them by the time I get them all knit and sewn together! I want to get that Opera Scarf started since I have two balls of a beautiful angora yarn that I have been saving for something special. I also want to get a black felted bag started since I have been carrying around a pink one that I have grown tired of. I am nuts, aren't I? I have sooooo much to do and feel the need to add more to the pile. Oh well, this all keeps me sane. Have a happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Here's another picture of my knitted, felted purses. I get alot of my handles at Michael's Craft Store and Jo-Anns Fabrics. I am told there is a wonderful store in Manhattan, called M&J Trims (?). Not sure if that is the correct name, but close, I hope. I am planning to jump on the train soon and visit NYC for a day of yarn store hopping. My husband is not quite into going to NYC to look at yarn stores, so I will be going with friends that find that as fun as I do!

Have a great day and try and fit some knitting in!

Hello! I finally got the whole "attach-the-camera-to-the-computer-and-download-the-picture-thing." It's not as easy as my friends say it is, but I am slowly getting it. My daughter is better at this stuff than I am, but alas, she is at school. Anyway, this picture is a little sample of what I am working on these days. I started knitting scarves and then got a bit bored. Although, I was on a great website the other day and found a terrific pattern for an "Opera Scarf" that is now on my list of "I need to knit that!" If you want to see it go to www.majorknitter.typepad.com She's got a great blog site and is very informative about knitting.

As you can see with my purses pictured, the "felting bug" bit me and my washer has never been the same since. I knit purses in every pattern I can get my hands on and felt away! I always line them, unless they are the small evening bag type. Lining really gives it a finished look. I even use the small magnetic closures to keep the top closed. I sold some at our church's Christmas fair recently, but haven't branched out to boutiques in the area. I have seen alot of the same type of purses out there selling for more than I charged and they weren't even lined. Truly, I am not in the business of selling my wares, but when people call me, I am happy to make a buck or two. Guess where I head with the money burning a whole in my felted bag? Yep, the yarn store. I am addicted to all those yummy fibers! I just love to knit and knit and knit.

My next project, that seems to be peeking my friend's interests, are knitted flip flops. I'll post a picture once I get a pair done. I went to dance class and, of course, was knitting while I waited for my ballerinas to finish twirling. My "dance Mom friends" all liked the flip flops and ordered some for their girls for Easter. Better than giving the kids candy!