March 25, 2008

Easter ... the crafty holiday

"Gram, I have these flowers for you. They aren't real so don't water them." Can you spot the not real flowers? Just adorable. Joey says: Yes I'm sitting on the table outside. And it's too cold for you to do anything about it.
And my niece was crafty too. She made these cards decorating them inside and out. My hubby's friend was over to share Easter dinner with us (after spending part of the day camped out on his couch watching sports) made a comment "Someone has too much time on their hands."
What a stupid thing to say! To take time to create something beautiful and share it with others is a wonderful gift. And really couch potato watching sport vs my beautiful niece and her hubby sharing the day with us ..... I'll that the beautiful niece and her hubby any day.
Wilson and Mr Potatohead went to school yesterday to be graded by the teacher. They both received A's. Mr Potatohead is now living in my room and Wilson has been gifted to my youngest daughter. She'll be going away to school in September and D2 thought she might need a friend. Hey it worked for Tom Hanks.

March 24, 2008

The sounds of Easter

Phone call at 8 am ....
W: Hi Gram! The easter bunny came to my house and left a basket for me, one for N, and one for A.
Me: How exciting! You are so lucky.
W: Yes I am. Did the easter bunny leave you a basket?
Me: No but he did leave a lot of eggs all over the back yard.
W: Oh that's great. Hey Gram?
Me: Yes?
W: Just stay out of the yard until I get there.
The easter bunny left some kites at my house too so N and W were out flying kites with D3 and S1. Not windy at all so they had to run with the kite on a short line to get it to stay up. N had a great time and stayed out running around for almost a half hour. W gave up after around 10 minutes and came in "I wanted to make sure my brother has plenty of room to fly his kite. I don't want the lines to get tangled."
Papa was sitting on the couch watching A play. All of a sudden she starts "singing" the alphabet song. Doesn't know the words but had the tune down. Words are overrated.
My sister in law is CFO at a company. Computers crashed Friday so she and my brother spent the weekend in the office working with a tech guy to make sure everything was good to go on Monday. My neice and her hubby both work at the same company as worker bees .... they were at my house for easter dinner .... sometimes it's good to be just a worker bee.
I got A a pair of new balance sneakers off ebay (when they said worn a couple times in the house with no sign of wear they weren't kidding). I put them on her feet and noticed a tag on the side that said they were all terrain. Thank God! Now I don't have to worry about her walking on dirt, grass, or gravel.
And as the car was getting ready to pull out W's last comment was: Gram? It you find some more eggs that we missed just put them aside and give me a call. Great Gram can bring them up on Tuesday for me.
I love easter with little ones about.
Gotta go make sure the cheese cake in my fridge isn't lonely without me.......

March 17, 2008

Forrest canopy and my exchange package

Finished casting off my forrect canopy shawl last night. It's about 44x20 unblocked. 400+ stitches. It took forever!!!! Now all it needs is blocking ..... kind of like the shawl I finished for my daughter over a month ago ..... no really I'm not lazy.
And I received my defeat the winder doldrums package from my wonderful exchange buddy Felicia. The dishcloths are beautiful! Included was a notepad, a few patterns, some wonderful soap, candy, some yarn, a needle gauge (which I really really need), and the cutest stitch markers (one is a little snowman).
Thanks Felicia! Oh well, gotta go hide my candy ..........

March 14, 2008

Happy Friday!!!

Finally feeling better. Going off to the post office to mail some long overdue packages. If you've been waiting for stuff from me you can start standing by the mailbox next week. lol.
Forrest Canopy Shawl is coming along. I started off on size 8 needles, frogged and now I'm reknitting on size 6 needles. I had a knit picks order come in with some longer cables and more options tips so I moved the shawl to 47" cables and I LOVE IT. The colors aren't correct in the picture.
They had some lovely baby alpaca lace weight yarn on clearance in this beautiful moss. 4 skeins found their way into my shopping cart.
Mr Potatohead has a mouth so he's done. D2 decided on a smile with a nice toothy grin.
And this is project #2.

March 11, 2008

College crafts class

In every college student's life a little artistic effort is involved. D3 took her artsy class last semester. She decided on an acting class and had fun. The semester before she took a painting class which was interesting . S1 hasn't decided on anything as of yet but he'll be doing something next semester.

D2 is around as artistic as a brick. Acting no way! Not gonna stand up in front of anyone and act. How about a crafts class? Really how hard could it be? First project was sunweaving. She did 2 and gave to her boyfriend. Hated sunweaving and will never do it again.

Next up paper mache. Gotta make 2 projects and had to be something roundish in shape. Everyone in the class starts making piggy banks. Now D2 doesn't march to a different drummer .... she's got her own friggin' band.
Gotta admit Mr Potato head is pretty cute. Project #2 is even more interesting but you'll have to wait until it's done for a picture or any details.

And yes .... I'm still friggin' sick!

March 07, 2008

Still sick

Still sick. I'm so over being sick. One week is ok. We're at the end of week #2 and now it's just irritating.

This is my sotsII. Secret of the Stole is a closed yahoo group of test knitters for this pattern. Every week a new part of the pattern comes out and by the time the last clue is finished you have a stole. There are pros and cons to this type of kal. The biggest con is that you don't know what the finished product is going to look like. However the process of lace knitting is so interesting to me that I'm having fun with it and will decide later if I actually like the pattern. The yarn is knitpicks gossemer in a discontinued colorways called bluejean.

Unblocked lace always looks like colored barf .....
Since I was finished with the last clue and had time before the new one came out (comes out on Fridays) I started something I've had on my to do list for a while: The Forest Canopy Shawl. Between Sue's wonderful pattern and Ray's lovely yarn I'm loving this shawl.
In progress is a sock for my size 12 foot son in law in some nice Opal crocodile colorways.
Gotta take some more cough medicine. Have a great weekend.

March 02, 2008

Too sick to knit

During my last posting I shared a little trip to Mass followed by stopping to see my sick grandkids. Smooching sick grandkids obviously is flirting with disaster ..... and I ended up with their flu.

Since I work at home I did manage to work all last week ..... with plenty of napping but didn't cook, clean, or stay up most night past 8pm. The sadest part was there was no knitting. Too sick to knit. How pathedic is that?!?

Friday I was feeling 80% better so the grandkids came for a visit. They are all pretty well recovered although they are still tired. This flu is just exhausting and you tend to sleep hours at a time.

Saturday I picked up my sotsii to work on. I'm almost thru clue 6 (the group is on clue 7).