Monday, June 26, 2006

Matthew's 1st Birthday

My little man turned 1 today! It is a sad and exciting thing.

Here are a couple of pics of his party from yesterday. Enjoying his cake (banana with cream cheese frosting)

And one of him opening his presents, with sister Sarah in the background. We had a really beautiful day. The weather was gorgeous, the kids got to enjoy the pool and the sun. All in all a really great day! Still, I am a little sad. He is my baby and I don't think I'll every have another one, so this is the last first birthday I will have for one of my kids. I will have to live vicariously through others from now on!

Happy birthday, little man!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

1 FO and 2 more UFOs!

I finished my sixth sense socks from the Six Sox KAL. I finished them just in the nick of time, 11:58 pm on May 31st, the due date! Unfortunately, I didn't get the picture posted in time so I was not entered in the contest. That's okay though because I know that I finished them on time.

Here they are modeled by my 4-year-old daughter, hence the baggy appearance! They fit me and they are so comfortable. They used a short row garter stitch heel and garter stitch toe. They were very fun to knit! They are only my second pair of socks and I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out.

I have already cast on my next pair of Six Sox KAL socks: Color Blox Socks. They are toe up socks. I've never done toe ups before and I am excited to be learning how.

The other project that I cast on is Branching Out with the blue silky wool that I had bought a few months back. I had the hardest time getting started! This is my first lace project and I swear I frogged that dang thing back at least 10 times before I got the pattern right! And this morning I was knitting on it and it took me almost an hour and a half to get 10 rows done -- just one repeat of the pattern! I'd knit and frog, and knit and frog, and knit and frog! AHHHHH!!

I have been scoping out all the LYS's in the area around here. So far I have gone to about 3 in the local area. When I say "local," I mean anywhere between a 20 to 30 minutes drive. And when you have 3 kids, anything longer than 2 minutes gets you a "are we there yet?" at least 10 times every 5 minutes!

I went out to another store yesterday called Right Off the Sheep! What a great store! It was about 35 minutes from my house (about 70 "are we there yet's?") in downtown Birmingham, Michigan. I was super impressed with the store, the yarn, and the two lovely ladies that were working there! They had the biggest selection of sock yarn that I have seen so far.

Well, I went there looking for something for my secret Pal and found some really beautiful Uruguay wool yarn. It is very soft and in warm shades of cinnamon. I hope my secret pal likes it. I think that I might go back and get one more skein of it for her as I am not sure what she could do with just one skein. (And then I'll get an excuse to maybe look around some more, maybe even without my kids!)

I also got myself a couple of things from the clearance rack. And what a steal I got, too. Two skeins of Regia sock yarn 50 g for $2 a piece; one skein of Regia cotton sock 100 g for $5; and one skein of Sirdar Snuggly Poppet 50 g for $2. I also got myself #2 6 inch Plymouth bamboo DPS because I had been knitting with these gigantic 8 inch DPS and I felt like I was knitting with a dang porcupine!