Archive | September 2007

Happy Birthday

baby girl 

My oldest turned eighteen yesterday!  I can hardly believe it.  It seems like the years couldn’t have passed so quickly.  I remember thinking it would take forever for the kids to grow up, too.  Nooooo.  It passes really fast.  It’s amazing really.  It’ll be the blink of an eye at this rate before they are all grown.  Our youngest will be ten this year.  There were so many years of babies and now we’re in such a different phase.

I’m so proud of our daughter….she’s been through a lot, self inflicted and otherwise, in her life and has come out on the other side of it all with a strength I admire and a determination that will take her far if she uses it right.  She was always the most determined and stubborn child out of our four.  I am so happy to see that some of the things that caused conflict when she was younger are becoming her strengths now.  She is brave and smart and proud.  She’s talking about college.  We go to her high school graduation next week 🙂 

Loving the sweater!

I’ve finished the ‘wheat ear cable yoke’ sweater from the Interweave Knits Summer 2007 issue.  I love it.  I used the ultra alpaca….SO SOFT.  Other sweaters will never feel soft again seems to be the only downside, lol. 

I made some changes…lengthened the sleeves and the body quite a bit, knitted in the round rather than seaming.  My only seams were under the arms.  I lengthened the patterned area under the arms by one inch.  I had some issues with the decreases….I ended up decreasing every other row at a point and then two rows in a row just before the ribbing.  Yet I had perfect guage…go figure.  Another ‘go figure’….I have 300 yards of the yarn left.  I’m thinking mittens 🙂  It worked out great though, and I love it!


Purse Guts!

Ahh yes, here we have it (them!). 

First, I must confess…I have three purses currently in use 🙂  First we have the ‘day to day’ purse….I use this the most lately.  It is hardly more than a wallet and it holds everything I need at least basically….  000_0278

See, it has the important stuff 🙂  The shopping list, the orthodontist reciept, the appointment card for the dentist, the wool fund (which pesky kids keep needing part of for like…books and stuff lol)

Then there is the serious purse.  This baby gets used when I need to carry a lot of stuff, or when I have to bring a lot of id to sign papers, or when I want to use the purse instead of a suitcase…. 🙂

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These are the things I keep in this purse…my wallet, with its ’45 nickel for good luck….a watch (with broken band) so I can be on time (borrowed this from the children)…my lighter…(yes I smoke)…a bick pen, and one of the ever-so-many lists I carry 🙂

Lastly we have the knitting bag purse…currently in use as the ‘going to change my health card cause I’m a moron and missed that they misspelled my name’ purse… It’s a beauty…I love it and usually use it to carry knitting when I’m travelling/visiting….

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It’s all set to go so that when I wake up ‘in the mood’ to go to a government office…I’m ready!!



I’ve spent my day reformatting and reloading all of our software.  My norton was acting up so much I tried to fix it, lol.  Fixing didn’t work out so well!  Everything is ‘not quite right’ yet but I’m getting there.  Just about fed up.

It’s probably time to go and knit….

This is what I’m working on, knitting wise….

wheat ear cable yoke from Interweave Knits Summer 07

It’s the ‘Wheat Ear Cable Yoke’ Sweater from IK Summer /07.   I’m using Berocco Ultra Alpaca and it’s so beautifully soft!  Very nice.   I’m doing it in the round because I don’t like seams much.  I’ve lengthened the pattern somewhat, hoping not too much.  Pretty soon I should be done and then I’ll know for sure 🙂

A New Computer


My husband is awesome!   He bought me a new computer.   Just for me…the kids can keep using this one.  So now I need to figure out how to network them…it’s going to be a challenge!  LOL  I’m a ‘learn as I go’ with the computer stuff, I’m afraid.  I’ve decided to upgrade my service with Bell and that way they’ll send me the router etc (I have to purchase the network adapters seperately) and include full antivirus/internet security and the best part is that its the same price I’m paying now for just high speed.  I should check their website more often!

This means I can get rid of the Norton too…it’s been acting up a lot lately.  I’ll be happy to replace it with something new at this point.

I’m looking forward to seeing this new computer but I have to wait until thursday…they should be here sometime that afternoon.  So exciting…love that man!

Finished First Mirasol Glove :)

Here’s a picture of the first glove, all done….  Mirasol Glove

 And a look at the inside….Mirasol Glove - Inside Look

I would change a couple things with this pattern.  What I do is knit and then take notes, after each row, as I go.  I find it difficult to write it all out and then knit it.  I have no clue how others figure out their designs, but that’s my way.  With these, I would hold the kroy doubled in the cuff, to make it more fitted.  Also, I would have picked up a couple more stitches in the pinky and next-to-pinky fingers (I caught on and started doing that after those two).  They are a little snug.  But, in the interest of not frogging, because I hate that!, I am going to make the second glove as this first one.  They may be a little imperfect, but at least they will match 🙂

Awesome Job!

My daughter has been working on a school project for the past couple days and I’m so proud of her.  She is in grade eight and she loves school.  She always goes the extra mile with her work, making it as creative and attractive as she can.   🙂

Check it out….

Good Job!

The whole thing…laid out on our table…she used three bristol boards, lol….those lines?  Those are pieces of embroidery floss glued down for the roots :)…..


One thing about my kids…they are very creative and always do excellently in art!  One advantage of having a crazy creative home… 🙂