Sunday, November 26, 2006
It's been a pretty good week. We've decided to remodel our bathroom. We live in an old (1910-ish house). It has a fair amount of character, but the bathroom sucks. So does the kitchen, but that's another story that will have to come later. The bathroom is pretty big, but has a ton of wasted space. There's a generic sink/cabinet, a toilet, and a shower. No storage and no bathtub. Miss Catie Grace isn't a fan of showers. AT ALL. And she's getting way to big for a bath in the kitchen sink. So we're biting the bullet and redoing the bathroom. I want to make it look more like it would fit into the era the house was built...clawfoot tub, pedastal sink, a cool tile floor, and hopefully a built in cabinet. I'll post pictures once we get going.
Thanksgiving was a good day. I made bread for the first time in years. The first batch burned on the bottom because the oven was too hot, but the second try...mmm, just right. I had this epiphany that I should start making bread from scratch. All that kneading is good for the soul. In reality, when I'd have time to do that, I'm not sure.
I took my 1 hour glucola earlier this week, and failed miserably with a sugar of 158 (should be less than 140). So this morning, I headed into the hospital lab for the 3 hour diagnostic test. I passed!! No gestational diabetes, but I'll probably keep an eye on my sugars anyway. The good thing about having to sit there for three hours while they poked me every hour was that I got some knitting done.
I was able to finish a pair of socks. They're the Calla Lily socks from Sundara Yarn.
I didn't take any other knitting with me, so then I just got to take a nap in between blood draws. Not an ideal way to spend a Sunday morning, but not horrible either, by any means.
The big news of the week is that after 17 months and 3 days, Catie started walking!! I was getting seriously freaked out and worried about her development. Friday night, she finally just decided to get going. She's still pretty unsteady, and doesn't take more than about 20 steps or so, but she's vertically mobile. Woohoo!! We have a cute video, but I can get it to load on here right. Take my word for it though, it's most fun to watch.
Monday, November 20, 2006
As far as the knitting goes, I signed up for the Petals Collection from Sundara Yarn way back in the summer time. I'm 2 sock patterns behind, but I've been working on the Calla Lily socks. The first one is done. The second one is progressing nicely. The heel is turned. The gusset is done, and now I'm onto the foot. The home stretch. The pic is dark, but here's the sock with my new "sock basket".I've decided not to cast on anything else for awhile. We'll see how long that bright idea lasts. I have 3 pairs of unfinished socks sitting in my basket. 2 of them are for me, so it's no big deal if they don't get done for awhile. But one is for G, and every so often he comments he'd like to have another pair. The one pair I did for him has developed a hole---now the question remains...to darn or not to darn? Part of me is tempted to just toss 'em, but them I remember his size 15 feet. It takes a LONG time to finish a pair of socks that are that big. Plus I have a shawl or two to finish, plus who knows what else I can't think of right now.
Pregnancy is progressing nicely. I'm huge. I'm 22 and a half weeks. And I'm bigger now that I was at probably 30 weeks last time. Granted, I weigh more. But I don't feel like the baby is any bigger. Maybe it's just that everything is all stretched out or something. Seriously though, excuse the little fat roll in the back, but check this thing out:
And last but not least, some ultrasound pics. We had our ultrasound a couple of weeks ago. I'm finally getting my butt into gear to post some of the pics. One the left we have a nice face shot. Quite an adorable little alien, wouldn't you say?
Below is a foot. AWWWW.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
So, as most of you know, I live in Idaho. For the past several weeks, we've been hearing ads like, "Candidate X...too liberal for Idaho." The state where Republicans are calling other Republicans too liberal. It kind of makes me giggle. So I had to go and cast my vote, for what it's worth. I guess I'll know tomorrow. Go blue, that's all I have to say.
I did something last night that I haven't done in months. I actually broke out the spinning wheel and did me some spinning. Not tons to show for it, but at least I finally did something. I finished a sock the other night too, but it's a little small. I'm debating whether to make the 2nd one the same size and gift it to someone, or if I should frog it and reknit it. Any suggestions? I guess this is proof that, maybe, sometimes, I should check my guage.
While we were on vacation, we went to Beehive Woolshop in Victoria. I discovered Fleece Artist sock yarn. I bought 2 skeins, and G went back and bought me 2 more. For an anniversary present. How awesome is that. Yarn for an anniversary present. Seriously. Jackpot, baby. So now I have the dilemma...do I start a new pair of socks with the new goods, or finish one of the 6 WIPS I have. I know what I'd prefer to do, but.....
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Vacation was wonderful. As is the case with most vacations, it's hard to come back to work. We went to Victoria, BC. I really think I could live there. We stayed in a time-share condoright along the water. This is what we were forced to look at every day
It was a tough job, I admit. But somehow we managed to survive. Rough, I tell you.
We ate lots of good food. Went to some really cool places. I got to spend lots of time with these two characters. I read a book. I knitted a baby sweater (but unfortunately forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it to its intended recipient). I started a new hat for Catie. I bought some yarn (details another day). I slept in. I sat in the hot tub--sometimes 2 or 3 times in a 24 hour period. I had high tea. And there's more. But I'm probably boring you to tears. Needless to say, we had a most excellent time.
And then, life came crashing back down around me. 12 hour days. Stacks of charts. Sick patients. Can't I just be on permanent vacation? Maybe I could retire early? Is 32 too early?
Friday, October 13, 2006
But bright and early in the morning, we're headed to Victoria, BC for a 10 day vacation. It's where we went on our honeymoon, and we're going again. Yay!!! I'm very much in need of a break. Long work hours combined with pregnancy is kicking my butt.
So I'll see you all in about 10 days. Happy knitting.
Monday, September 25, 2006
My sister, G, and I (and the babies) headed off to the Canby fairgrounds. What a cute place! I think that my sister and George were quite apprehensive about the whole thing. A morning filled with yarn and sheep? Could it get any worse? Little did they know...
So we walk in to the fairgrounds and go in the first building. What meets us there but the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth. Here's the sock display they had:Needless to say, I dropped a quick hundred bucks there without even trying. Stay tuned in the next few days for specifics.
There was lots more shopping to be had. I bought a book on dyeing, and some kids books for Catie, as well as some new knitting baskets. I managed to hold myself back from buying more fiber, seeing as I have bags and bags of it here. But oh, there were some pretty colors.
Then it was on to the critters. This was definitely the high point of Catie's day. Not to mention G. He almost bought 2 alpacas. Who would've thought I would be the voice of reason on that one. Here's Catie petting a sheep. Unfortunately we missed the photo op where she and the sheep were kissing.
I could go on and on with more pictures of critters, and maybe bore you to tears, but instead, a couple of cute babies for you. Catie is ready for more shopping, and Danny found the festival so overwhelming and exhausting he just collapsed with excitement. More weekend events to follow...
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Me: You're probably right. I hope I remember how to make all the links and pics work. It's been over a month since the last REAL post.
Why yes, folks. I have not dropped off the face of the earth. It's been a LONG time since I posted. I've had the blahs when it comes to all things knitting and spinning related. Thank you all who wrote with suggestions and encouragement. I don't know if it's pregnancy fatigue, too many hours at the office/hospital, or whatever, but I just haven't been into it. Although now the temperature is cooling off and my interest is starting to warm up. There's somthing about a little chill in the air to really get me thinking about warm knitted items.
Today was our local Wool Festival at Ste. Chapelle. It was a gorgeous day and lots of people out knitting and spinning. I would have to say, a good time was had by all.
Here's Judy, Pam, Pauline spinning away:
And Kim and Sharon at their booth:
I've started a new pair of socks, and this coming weekend we're going to Portland for the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. I feel yet more motivation coming on. Stay tuned...
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
We just got home from vacation late Thursday night. We went to eastern Montana for a wedding, and then spent a few days in Helena with G's dad and stepmom. We drove to Bozeman for the day, and visited the Museum of the Rockies. The coolest part of the whole thing is the living history homestead. More to come later. But after 6 days without a pager, I definitely feel much more relaxed.
Today is my dad's 80th birthday. We're having a big surprise party for him. Though I don't see how it can still be a surprise. Doesn't he think it's odd that his sister and brother in law from Portland just "happen" to be here to help move cows? Or that my brother-in-law's parents just "decided" to ride along with him when he drove over? Maybe he's just playing along. At any rate, hopefully the weather will cooperate and a good time will be had by all. I'll post pics tonight or tomorrow.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Because here is my other project:
I'm sure that you were all dying to know what the inside of my uterus looks like. So there it is folks. 6 weeks, 1 day today. Due March 23. We're calling it "Itty Bitty". Catie calls it "Doggie".
Let the puking begin.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Grilled zucchini (farmers market) and eggplant (not local, but organic from the Boise Coop--I had a serious hankering for eggplant and its not ready here yet. Sorry)
Oven roasted red and Yukon gold potatoes (farmers market)
Stir fried zuchinni, onions (farmers' market again) and mushrooms (local grower).
I'm on a zucchini kick right now, if you hadn't noticed. One of my favorite vegetables, hands down. I think the challenge is going to start getting a whole lot easier, as more and more fruits and veggies become available. This whole thing has definitely got me thinking a lot more about where my food comes from, which is the whole point, right?
On a non-food note, head over to The Amazing Lace and vote. My latest entry (Santa's beard) made the finals!!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Not much else to write about for now. I'm trying to fight the urge to start a new project. Don't you think Catie would like cute in this? 2 weeks until vacation. We're going on a long roadtrip to Montana, so I'm envisioning LOTS of knitting time. Maybe by then I can start on the new sweater. Let the countdown begin.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
So now, on to the pics. I didn't post a pic for the One Local Summer challenge last week (obviously, due to my lack of recent posts). But here's this week's meal:
Eggs, zucchini, and onions all bought at the farmers' market. Tortilla from a local tortilla factory. Only the salsa isn't local, but needs to be used up. Pretty tasty, if I do say so myself.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
So tonight was our first night.
Potatoes: Yukon Golds from the Nampa Farmers' Market
Greens: Mixed greens from the Nampa Farmers' Market
Meat: Can't get much more local than this. Home grown beef from our own back pasture.
Overall, the meal turned out well. The greens were a bit bitter for me, but the stir fry sauce was good. My only non-local contributions were the onions and garlic in the stir fry. I had both already in the fridge that needed to be used up. What to try for next week?
Ode to Birch
A white could of silk and mohair
Who knew it could be such a bear?
Such delicate fine thread
But, oh, how it does shed
Worked on in fits and starts
It's breaking its knitter's heart
Lifelines are for sissies, she declared.
Alas, now she's running scared.
Thou shalt not knit lace and chat.
She seemed to forget that.
A whole pattern repeat gone bad.
Has made her very sad.
So last week, she tried to tink
But it nearly drove her to the brink.
So frog away she did.
While her shame, she hid.
So now dear Birch has been started anew
Just how much more trouble can she brew?
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Not so much distinct blocks, but not bad. My next attempt at multicolored yarn produced a uniform shade of brick red. Very pretty, but again, just not what I was expecting.
We finally figured out that dark colors were pretty overpowering. Amazing how quickly we figured that out, eh? So I thought I'd try some lighter colors. This last batch is some yellow, green and blue dye. I tried the hot-pour method. Or at least our version of it. Here's the wool sitting in the dye
and now spun up.
I surprised myself with this one. I don't usually like green, especially something of this shade, but the more I look at it the more it's growing on me. I had been calling it "Split Pea", but I'm not a big fan of split pea soup, so the name has quite the negative connotation, at least for me. Maybe "Shrek" is a better name?
Friday, June 23, 2006
Hmm...what have we got here?
And now...mmm...I like chocolate.
What a great year it's been. Though it's certainly gone by fast. It's been amazing to watch how she changes from day to day. I can't even really remember what life was like before her. Happy Birthday, Miss C!
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
You scored as Elinor Dashwood. As Marianne's older sister, Elinor lives at the other end of the emotional spectrum. She rarely reveals her intense feelings and is more concerned with being honest and loyal than having what she deserves. Even though her intentions are pure, she sets herself up for loss by constantly placing other people before her own needs. Overall, Elinor is gentle and rational but is just as capable of radical emotions (despite her withholding them) as her sister.
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Enough bitching and moaning from me. Pictures of the one year b-day party coming soon to a computer near you.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
My first book that I've finished is The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant. 321 pages of goodness. What a great book. I'm certainly not the most religious person, so was not intimately familiar with the story of Jacob and his family. But this perspective is something I can get into. What an amazing story and women and their role in the world. I was fascinated by all the midwife stuff.
Book #2 is The Overspent American, by Juliet Schor. I actually read the hardcover version--253 pages, though the last 75 are bibliography, references, etc. This one's from the library. I'm rather disillusioned with my life and finances right now, and so am reading quite a bit about downshifting. Too much junk and too many bills. I can't say I really learned much from this book, but it's a good overview of our consumerist culture, of which I somewhat unhappily am a participant. It does have some recommendations at the end, but most of them are pretty common sense. I guess it can't hurt to get a little refresher course though.
Next up...a book about signing to young children and I need to finish Eragon. Plus there's been a "development" with my Birch shawl. I'm going to have to rip back a few rows. Dang.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
So...today is going to focus on my last Secret Pal gift. Tuesday night I'm getting ready for bed, too late as usual, and George brings in a big manila envelope for me. It had come in the mail that day, and he set it up on top of the fridge to keep it away from the dogs (eye level for him, 2 feet above my head). He finally remembered it was there before he came to bed. Well, it was my final SP package, and what a good one. This was the "reveal" package. Mary in NYC, you are such a great secret pal. You always seem to know what will be perfect for me. Further proof--4 skeins of KPPM, Knitted sheep and doll patterns, the Kids Kids Kids book of patterns, Zephyr in blue (my fave), a book that I can't wait to read--Sylvia's Farm, about a woman who raises sheep. Especially pertinent considering our newest additions of Lacey and Aran, who by the way are getting tamer and more friendly every day. For your drooling pleasure:
Not much else going on tonight. The REAL housekeeping still awaits. Next up this week--some reading updates, my first adventure in dyeing, and more.
Monday, June 05, 2006
First off...the box from the
arrived at my house last week. What a bunch of goodies. It took me a few days, but I finally decided on
More sock yarn...just what I need. I've been wanting to learn to dye, so this KnitPicks color your own comes at a very appropriate time. Perhaps this weekend...? (Hey Kim--busy? What to do some dyeing?) I mailed the box off to the next person this afternoon. Enjoy.
What else? Birch is progressing along, though slowly. I've done one more repeat. Pretty sad...one whole repeat in a week. And in terms of my diet, I really sucked today. Krispy Kremes at the office with no breakfast before is a BAD combination. Damn those glazed gobs of sugar.
I've joined the Mason Dixon Knitalong as well. I made this over the weekend.
What a fun pattern, and quick to make. I'm going to try and make a few more over the coming weeks. I think they'll make good additions to bridal shower/wedding gifts, and good lord, I have several of those this summer.
And I joined this as well:
My first book is The Red Tent. I bought this book 2 years ago when we were on our honeymoon in Victoria and read the first couple of chapters and then set it aside. It's high time I actually picked it up and finished it.
I think that's all...at least for now. Yikes.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
(Cheesy announcer voice)
This summer, while children play in city pools and parks, while adults flip burgers on the BBQ and drink beer, join us on a quest. A personal journey, of sorts. Watch these two individuals work to transform themselves into something bigger (or smaller) and better than ever before. Ladies and gentlemen, WELCOME TO THE AMAZING LACE.
(Cheesy action music)
First we have our project, Birch. Ahhh, Birch. Birch, whose parents are Rowan and Kid Silk Haze. Birch, the ugly duckling who hopes to someday turn into the beautiful swan. She spends her days languishing on the dining room table, a pile of silk, mohair, and Inox needles, only to hope that she will be remembered at night. Wishing and praying that her knitter will stay focused, keep her eye on the prize, and actually finish her. Right now she looks like this: but someday, hopes and dreams of looking like this.
And now...the knitter...Jocele...
(more cheesy music)
Jocele works all day and sometimes all night (trying ever so hard to pay off those damn med school loans). She tries to squeeze in knitting when she can. But will she get sidetracked? There's those socks, those Mason-Dixon dishrags and log cabin blankets, that baby sweater. The spinning wheel. Not to mention spending time with her handsome husband and adorable daughter. But Jocele has more than knitting and family on the brain this summer. She is packing a few (oh, okay, more than a few) extra pounds post-baby. Especially concerning because the said baby is 2 weeks away from turning a year old. So in addition to the shawl knitting, yarn spinning, perfect gardening and housekeeping, as well as being the ideal wife and mother, she's going to try to find the time to eat better and excercise more. She's hoping by the end of the summer, there'll be a bit less of her to see. Here is a picture of our knitter a few months ago. What will she look like come September? Only time will tell.
How will these two do on their challenge? Stay tuned...
(Music fades out)
Monday, May 29, 2006
I got a fair amount of knitting done this weekend. Birch is moving along nicely. I've gotten 3 repeats done. I'll be glad when the rows get shorter and it goes quicker. Because now it takes FOREVER to get through a couple of rows. Maybe I'm just slow, though. Here's how she looks so far
I think I've actually done a couple more rows, but you get the basic idea.
And I'm happy to announce, the sheep have names. Thank you all for your suggestions. I had a hard time choosing. But now I have lots of ideas for the next sheep, whenever that may be. And so, without further ado, the lucky winner is (drumroll): Lisa with "Lacey and Aran". The white one will be Lacey, and the brown one Aran. Although G is going to call the brown one "Clarice". Can you believe I've never seen that movie? So, Lisa, if you're out there, email me with your address and a prezzie is on its way.
The sock is moving along. I basically ripped it all and started over, so now it's back to what it looked like prior to the frogging. And I've been poring over Mason-Dixon Knitting. I've never been so intrigued by dishcloths. My house needs more knitted stuff, and the sooner the better. I'm trying to finish something before I move on, though. It's hard, because I've got some pretty dishcloth cotton just sitting here looking at me. Who knew cotton could be so persuasive?
Saturday, May 27, 2006
The sheep are settling in nicely. They're getting used to their new pasture and are becoming more curious and courageous as well. They're actually coming up to us and sniffing us as we try and feed them. Thank you to all who have written to suggest names. We're pondering (and even bickering a bit) over which ones are the best names. So check back Monday, because that's when I plan to announce the lucky winners.
So, how did I spend my Saturday? Well, I had grand plans of sleeping in. I might as well give up on those forever. I wake up at 7, regardless, and have a hard time falling back to sleep. So after snuggling in bed with G and Catie, we got up to start the day. I had planned to meet a friend for lunch, so eventually Catie and I headed into Boise. The restaurant we were meeting at was downtown, in the same block as the Farmers' Market. I was blown away by the number of booths. I'll definitely have to check this out again. I'm becoming entralled with farmers' markets. Could be because I'm on this kick where I just want to be an organic farmer/shepherd/cattle rancher. Just a dream.
Lunch was at a Greek/Mediterranean restuarant. Yummy. Then all three of us walked through the rain to the yarn store downtown. Didn't buy anything there, but enjoyed looking. Then we went for a cup of coffee, where Catie fell asleep while nursing. It's been FOREVER since she's done that. It was so nice just to hold her while she slept. Then we went our separate ways, and I headed to Borders. I've had a hankering for a new book. I hadn't actually LOOKED inside this book, but I loved it. Those Mason-Dixon ladies sure have lots of projects I'd like to try. And god forbid, I leave a bookstore with only one book. I also got Big Girl Knits. We met G and his old roomie, Jason for dinner. Where Catie ate an amazing amount of food. I have no idea where it all went. I don't think I've ever seen her eat that much. Maybe she's getting ready to grow another inch or two. Here's a picture of her last weekend at the rodeo.
So now here comes the embarassing part (the part she might hate me for someday). My sister, her hubby, and baby came for the weekend too. Catie and Danny got to hang out and play. Here we have them together...please pardon the look on C's face. Not the most attractive one ever.
And here's just one of the many pictures that show just how much they enjoyed each others' company:
I never thought "kissing cousins" could be so cute.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
This weekend marks the annual Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo, the rodeo in the town where I grew up. So off Catie and I went, while George stayed home with the stomach virus from hell. At any rate, this is what the pasture looked like when we got home.
Look a little closer now...
And just a little closer yet...
Yes folks, today was sheep delivery day. I've mentioned on here in the past that we were planning on getting a couple of lambs. They're from Cleo, at The Sheep Shed, the same place I bought my wheel. Here's a couple of close ups:
The white one is a Merino-Cormo cross, and the brown one is Border Leiscter-Merino cross. Both ewe lams. Both about two and a half to three months old.
SOOO...here's where you all come in. We haven't come up with good names for these little girls. So I'm holding a bit of a contest. Let me know your ideas. G and I will choose from among the options, and the lucky winner(s) will get a little gift from me. Some lovely STR, perhaps?? Maybe a bit of handspun as well??
Monday, May 15, 2006
And on G's size 15 feet:
The vital stats:
Pattern: No specific pattern, just a larger version of my basic, generic sock pattern
Yarn: Trekking XXL, Color 122
Needles: Crystal Palace dpns, size 1
Started: April 15, 2006
Finished: May 15, 2006
So what's next, you ask? Lace, baby. I'm going to work more on Birch, and for portability, yet another pair of socks. STR this time. Maybe I'll go back to this: