Thursday, October 30, 2008

ALMOST Friday.........Halloween

Ok, I am averaging only posting once a week now that maybe the 'new' has worn off the blogging..............I still enjoy it and also like the fact that I am keeping some sort of 'history'.

How many of you keep a real hand written journal? I try it at least twice every year and just don't have the time or can't keep it going. Time? Typing is much faster than hand writing and I think that my hand writing stinks! No matter how hard I try to keep it neat it is messy. Is that a reflection on me? Messy? Perhaps at times yes. Messy? More about disorganized. Well, I have my own 'organization', unique to me. Ha! that solves it all.

Ok on to knitting..........
I made a somewhat peeps matching hat of my own design to go along with the sweet peeps baby booties. The booties were already given at the baby shower but the hat will be given with hopefully another pair of booties when the baby is born. That way mom and baby will have 2 pair of booties, one green and one blue with a matching hat of blue and green.

Other knitting............ I made 2 pumpkin hats for the twins! There are a lot of pumpkin hat patterns out there but none for sock or fingering weight yarn. So I made my own pattern combining several bits and parts from patterns I found or had on hand. The results are here:

Then we will also have a photo of the twins wearing the hats as we the grandparents are watching the little ones tomorrow HALLOWEEN while the parents take Abygail out as 'Hannah Montana' trick or treating. Yes I will post a photo of her dressed like that too. Its too cute!

Other projects working on or completed are 3 bags lined for customers. I have a few more to do this weekend as again we the self employed have not enough money in the bank to purchase material to make parts to sell to our customer. Long story..............same chit.

I did however make a short list of things I have to have knitted before Christmas. HA! I am not sure that there are enough days left to get it all done, especially with a new grand baby coming on Nov. 18th or sooner! I am hoping that any days I do not have to be at work I can be with Amanda and the new baby Mackenzie. All these babies! I can't get enough and before you know it they will be toddlers and off to pre school like our Abygail! Who by the way is loving her new pre school, she can now write her name and is learning so much so quickly also getting help with speech which has been one of my biggest worries! Yippee all is going so well.

Ok well now I should knit if i can, I know that there are a few things that he wants me to get busy with out in the shop but I just don't want to get dirty. That is my biggest complaint about working here and in a shop. Dirty, smelly and oily..........Oh and it is soooooooooooo LOUD that I have to wear earphones and mp3 player. Thank goodness for and pod casts!!!!!

take care all!!! Happy Halloweening!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Yippee!!!!!!!!!!! Another Friday!!!!

Well what have I been up to you ask? Sheesh! You name it! I just finished the Sweet Peeps booties and they are soooooooooooo cute! I think that I will make another pair.
I have yet to finish the sewing of the backing for the baby squares blanket.......I'm working on it, I'm working on it!
I have been working on my side job also.................Oh did I forget to mention that I line bags for the local yarn shop customers? Yep its me Liners by Lorrie. It is getting closer to the Christmas rush and the bags are pouring in!!!! That too keeps me busy.
I am currently inventing and inspired hat pattern, will be free here on my blog when finished but up for sale I hope at Whitmore Lake Yarn . I am also working on a few other goodies that I will be selling through the yarn shop. Hope to get some in there before November 1. Keep your eyes posted!
OH Oh Oh Oh! I guess that I am a few years behind!!! I just found the TV show HEROES!! OHMYGOSH! I LOVE IT! I signed up to netflix just so that I could instantly watch starting from the first episode! I am now into season 2 and it is so good, I just love it! I like the sci fi of it all with some comic heroes thrown in. Oh and there is even some grossness too. How can you beat all that? If you haven't checked it out.................DO! I am addicted for sure. Let me just say that it is sooooooooooooo good that I can't even knit while watching! I am like stuck like glue to my screen! LOL.
Speaking of which................lemme get back to you all later I have another episode to watch!
take care all..... One more thing that darn dust bunny is now playing hide and seek in the yarn shop!! Whoever finds it has to hide it, and so it goes............
But to my dismay, no mail has been returned to me and that darn PIT SLUG I made and sent to Miss Violet of Lime and Violet has not been spoken of on their podcast. So the snail without a shell (slug) has slithered off into snail mail no mans land I guess. Woe is me
Bye for now!
Please feel free to comment, right down below this sentence is a tiny place to click and leave a comment on this or any other entry I have made...............feel free (hint hint)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Day 7 Dust Bunny FOUND!!!

Finally!!!! That darn bunny has been found! Sure would have LOVED to be there when he was because Mo (one of the shop owners) yelled................MOUSE!!! And the other shop owner (I won't mention any names Dee don't worry) Oh the sheer terror of that would have made me wet my pants! Seriously!

Well I am not sure exactly what day he was found but last night at knitting he was finally mentioned and one of the owners made a guess that it was another knitter that didn't show up for knitting last night (Kim) and so her second guess was indeed me. Sheesh! Dead give away I am I guess!

No word on the Pitt Slug, I think that he might have gone missing in the USPS. Or HA! snail mail!

Ok so this has been a really short week! I mean its already been 7 days since I last blogged? Where has all that time gone?

For one I have the baby blanket almost finished, just need to cut my fabric for the backing, which is a cute bunny flannel and sew it on. Maybe put some tacks in the corners where the squares meet (quilt it together). Oh and then I will of course need a made by gramma label. Of which I still have to order the new ones that I have designed in my mind.

And last Sunday I got to babysit all day with my daughter Tiffany. We watched the twin grand children! WOW! No that's work! But they are so darn cute and sweet! I just can't believe that by Christmas we will be topping out at 5 grand kids! Whew! Those kids have been busy huh?

Speaking of kids having babies.............oldest daughter Amanda got out of the hospital on Sunday or was it Monday? Can't remember now! But she is doing fine and so is the baby. She had a follow up appointment with her Dr. on Tuesday and all is well except that they are now going to do the C-Section on November 18th!

Photos: I will have a few photos to post of grand twins, a couple of hats that I made for the baby boy.

On the needles: I have started the bat from Mochimochi Land to make and give to the two older granddaughters and maybe one for the youngest daughter if she is nice to me! LOL!! Oh and I also have to cast on a holiday dress for the new granddaughter that will be here Nov. 18th. Of course I am pretty sure that I will not have it finished by then as I really don't have much time to start and finish the bats before Halloween. I better get on the move!

Well I had better get to my needles and get my knit on! Have lots to do.

Take care and thank you for checking in with me and my progress!!


Friday, October 10, 2008

Day 4

Well it is now 4 days after I left the dust bunny at the yarn shop. I stopped in last night to knit for a bit and noticed that dust bunny was GONE! Yikes! I wonder where he went? I looked and looked and looked around and didn't see hide nor hare of him! One of the owner gals was just a tad frazzled by evening so even if she did know of the dust bunny...........she didn't think of it.

Update on the baby dishcloth blanket.................all blocks now sewn together and 3 of the four sides are complete! Yippee!!!!! Almost finished.................well almost enough to head on over the the fabric store to find something to back it with at least!

Oldest daughter Amanda (the current pregnant one) is in the hospital. She went in this morning at about 4am with excessive bleeding! The bleeding has stopped but she is having contractions so they are giving her a pill form of medication to stop them. The biggest concern is that she does have placenta previa which is where the placenta is near or covering the cervix opening. They don't want her to go into labor. She is now about 30 weeks and scheduled for a c-section on November 25th. Baby is breech also. Keep us in your prayers and your fingers crossed that all is well and stays well so that she can go home in a couple days.

I will post a photo of the blanket as soon as I finish the 4th side and after blocking too!

I have also not heard a peep on the Pitt Slug. Hmmmmmmmmm maybe there is a conspiracy?


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Day 2 of Dust Bunny prank

Well so far, I haven't gotten any phone calls..............and no comments here to signify that the Dust Bunny has been found and all signs point to me. LOL

Also finally mailed out today was the 'Pitt Slug' to Miss Violet.

I have finished all the Baby washcloth squares to seam together for the blanket. I made 16 squares and 2 of each design not including the sail boat. I used 8 different colors of Cotton Fleece yarn. Started seaming last night am now 3/4 done!

I think that I will pick up and knit a border around the whole blanket similar to the squares blanket found in Natural Knits for Mom and Baby using some of the left over yarns. Then it will be off to the fabric store to find some fabric to put on the back. I am hoping for a flannel white background with polka dots in similar colors to the blocks. Wish me luck.

Ok and now on to the less exciting information! I did it! I went and had my annual exam, you know the one! Pap, Cholesterol and Thyroid check, schedule for the Boob smashin'! and then hopefully...........Nova sure. Which translates to NO MORE PERIOD period. LOL. I am hoping that my new insurance will cover it.........I have yet to make that phone call.........

Next on the list of things to get done, Dentist. Really I would much rather get a PAP than go to the dentist! I know that I need a good cleaning.........and some other work too as I have only 1/2 a molar on my upper right and really the only part that is left is the previous filling part. Yippee and can you say sensitive to hot and cold?!!! But I will get that looked at too.............soon?

More knitting.....I just started a simple roll brimmed hat for a new baby boy. We know his mom through work, she is in purchasing at our customer's down in Chihuahua Mexico. He is only about a week old now so what better time to send him a tiny newborn hat? That is my current carry and go project while I can't do the seaming well in the moving car, nor do I want to carry it with me into the shop (where I work).

Speaking of shops, I work in a manufacturing facility. Actually Hubby and I own and operate it ourselves with just the two of us as employees..........Yes
1. it is very stressful to be in business together working along with your husband or partner all day, go home and be together all night and weekends too.
2. its very stressful to be in the automotive industry doing manufacturing
3. it is very stressful to work for each other and when your customers do not pay on schedule neither of you have any money for bills, food, gas or mortgage. It means NO paychecks.
4. IT IS STRESSFUL WORKING TOGETHER! did I already mention that part?
5. oh yes and it stinks, smells like shop after a while you don't even smell it but you know that wherever you go people smell it and you know its you they smell!

I guess that I had better get some knitting done and quit worrying.............about things I can't change today.

More Later!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Going to play a prank today..........

I was surfing the web and found a pattern for a 'Dust Bunny' from I made said bunny and am going to put a note with him and hide him at the yarn shop tonight where at some point he will be found by someone. Lets see how long it will take the yarn shop owners to figure out who made him?

If said yarn shop owners.............Mo and Dee of Whitmore Lake Yarn Co. do get their hands on him because they might just be following my blog.............please leave a comment below ;)

I also made a slug from that I will be sending to Miss Violet of LimenViolet. The reason is that there was a podcast that had some chatter about a person they referred to as the Pitt I thought it would be neat to make one up and send it along for a laugh! A quick thank you to Lime and Violet for their awesome knitting etc. podcast they are a real great bunch of people and make you laugh your ass off! Seriously!

What did you all do this weekend? I made a Dust Bunny and also almost have the Baby Washcloth blanket blocks ready to sew together. See the photo below of my progress.

Well that's about all for this past weekend. I have a few ideas to throw out as this week progresses.

Take care all!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Well well well..................

Ok so I have totally slumped some on this blog! I did however get the contest finished and the winner chosen and the prize plus small surprise off in the mail! That is all a good thing!!

The weekend before last we went to the Applefest in Fenton Michigan with the kids and grandkids. We really went to eat a chicken dinner on the cheap and take Miss Abygail on the rides at the carnival! I did get a few good photos and she is also sporting her new haircut! In her 4 1/2 years this is the shortest hair she has had and it is so adorable!!

After that we did spend some quality time with the twins.......they are growing! Blake is at 9lbs and Gabby is now 7lbs! But really she is still such a tiny peanut!!

On the needles: As you can see from a previous post I have finished the Two needle baby sweater along with matching hat and some cute socks using the gullwing lace pattern on the calves and a stocking stitch for the foot. I also whipped out the Nicky Epstein book of knitted flowers and added just a touch of embellishment to the whole ensemble as you can see in this photo.

I am currently working on Baby Washcloths to knit by Melissa Oscarsdotter, I will be knitting up 16 and sewing them into an afghan for the new grandbaby coming sooner than expected!! Yes Amanda (the oldest) was due December 20th or so, but she has placenta previa and they have just scheduled the C-section for November 25th!

We had the baby shower last Sunday and that is where I presented the two needle baby sweater ensemble and here is a cute photo of the expecting parents.

Next up for my needles.............I think that I had better make something for the youngest daughter before all the baby stuff takes over. I am thinking of doing the 2 needle fingerless mitts I have the pattern and yarn already purchased from Knit Picks! I will have to review the pattern and probably adapt them to doing two at once in the round on 2 circular needles. I think that I have had the ingredients for almost 2 years. Shame on me! Then I am going back to baby/kid stuff. I think that I will make a sleeper sack for coming granddaughter, and then switch it up to make to sweaters for the 4 1/2 and 2/12 granddaughters, then back to new baby stuff. I hope to squeak in a hat for me and at least start some socks for either me or hubby!

I guess that is all for now, today. Have a few more post ideas to add in the next day or so.

bye all!