Sunday, December 31, 2006

No surgeries in 2007!!!

That is #1 on my New Year's Resolutions. I realize, of course, that I have no real control over this, but a girl can dream.
Here's the rest.

Start designing knitwear for the masses, including multiple sizes.
Not buy more yarn until my stash is officially busted. (This will be the hardest to keep)
Stop drinking so damn many sodas.
Try smiling a little more so people won't think I'm going to eat their babies.
Start (and stay in) a playgroup. (Actually, THIS might be the hardest to keep)
Go off all my meds.

I think these are realistic goals for the coming year. Last year pretty much sucked, starting with the gall bladder surgery the first week, followed by the diagnosis of both high cholesterol and bipolar disorder. Yippee! Then came the grueling 6 month process of moving out of state, leaving behind my friends and family for greener pastures.
Let's hope this year is better. I'm hopeful.

Who knows? Maybe this year we'll see an end to this stupid war. Maybe that's too hopeful.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Post Holiday Wrap-up

This was our first Christmas without our extended family, and it was actually quite fun. Perrin was very excited about Santa bringing presents and tore into them like, well, a kid on Christmas.
Here are a few highlights.
Dancing with Pablo (from Grandpa and Nana)

Feeding his furby (from Grandma and Papa)

And a quickie shot of the relieved parents at the end of the day

I hope everyone had as wonderful and relaxing holiday as we had. Love to all.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Total Tubey Transformation

Tubey has bit the dust. I finished it 5 months ago (or so) and have never worn it. The fit is all wrong, and despite a half-assed attempt at frogging and redoing most of the body, it still looks craptacular on me. So, I will be turning my poor tubey into this gorgeous cardigan. That's right, Helen. I'm going to seam!!!! Wish me luck. I may give myself a brain aneurysm sewing this up, but if it turns out as lovely as the picture, I'll be wrapping myself in cashmere goodness for the rest of the winter.

In other news, the plague is still swimming around in my boys' bodies. Perrin had a little two day bug, and John has strep throat following a week of the flu. Girlies, if you thought it was tough dealing with a sick hubby, try nursing TWO boys back to health. Whining, whining, and more whining. But I love 'em; I even baked them oatmeal raising cookies. Now who rocks?

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

It's a good life if you don't weaken

Here's an adorable pic of my kiddo modeling his new mama-made sweater. Just yer basic raglan (which I'm sort of the queen of now) with a couple of small cables down the front. This took me about 6 days to knit up, and he kinda hates it. Oh well. He let me put it on him long enough to take this picture. I used the yarn left over from Brian's DNA sweater. I am now deconstructing tubey up to the boobs and knitting it in stockinette for the rest of the body. Allover ribbing just isn't flattering on anyone with tummy rolls. I'm also adding some increases to give it a little bit of flair at the bottom. May do a hem at bottom or just let it roll up.

Oh, and in case it wasn't totally obvious that my hubby and I are uber-liberals, here's the shirt I bought him for his birthday.

Monday, December 11, 2006

A not purple FO and a very somber Christmas

My latest sweater. I heart it so much, I could live in it.
Yarn: 4 skeins Cascade 220 some green heather
Pattern: regular raglan with cable from "Cables Untangled" (can't remember author)
I did no ribbing on the neckline, cuz that drives me bonkers, and I did an extra long ribbing on the sleeves. I actually may go back and add another inch to the sleeves tonight.

Oh, and check out this spirited holiday pic. We were doing a little Christmas photo shoot for the fam, and whilst waiting for John to tinker with the self-timer thingy on the camera, he accidentally caught this shot of me and Perrin looking ever so thrilled. Said in a monotone, Ben Stein voice, "Merry Christmas, everybody."

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Ah, the 5 day suckfest that has been the flu. It started the day it snowed, so I haven't been outside to bask in its freezing splendor. The only cure for the flu seems to be zombie-esque lounging in bed and watching the entire 5th season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was so sick in fact, that I was too weak and shaky to knit, so not much progress on my beautiful sweater. I will probably have pics in a day or so of the gorgeous cable panel. Off to mope in my virus. Stay well.