Friday, September 29, 2006

Jeff Gordon

Remember that contest David won about 2 weeks ago?

Well, Dad & David went to the Meet Jeff Gordon lunch down at the Hard Rock Cafe yesterday afternoon. What a good photo that someone else took with our camera.

A photo of the car out front of the Hard Rock in downtown.

It is now off to the race at PIR in November.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Knitter's Tea Swap Package

I joined the 2nd Knitter's Tea Swap. What is not to love about tea & yarn??
Anyway, my package is all ready to be shipped out today!

It is going cross country. Hopefully, it has a good trip and nothing melts!

Monday, September 25, 2006


I was reading blogs this morning and saw Susan's gorgeous Forest Canopy Shawl over on Birdsong's blog.

So, I started knitting it early this morning AFTER I finished another diaper soaker. I just need to sew on the velcro to the two of them and hopefully get them off before the baby comes. This is how far I knits so QUICKLY. It is a very good beginner lace pattern.

I am using hand painted Merino Superwash Wool from Angelia (SP8). She got it from Lancaster County Yarns & Wool.

And, here is the lace weight wool/mohair mix from Kathy that I won in a contest. It is 50 grams Touch Yarns of lace yarn. I think it is enough for a scarf...probably about 400 ish yards. Hmmm...that is just enough to make a second Forest Canopy Shawl!
Oh, and she also sent the cute Halloween candles. How did she know Simon LOVES Halloween??

Thank you Kathy!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

There is knitting here....

I finished the IK baby kimono this morning. I put two buttons on it this time instead of one. I just don't like the ties on it as the pattern recommends.

This time I used merino wool sock yarn in more of a fingering/dk weight and like the weight of the sweater much better.

Yarn: Mill End yarn from it on a knit swap website. The baby hat pattern is a short row hat pattern from the 2006 Knitting Pattern a Day calendar.
I also dyed some yarn this week. This was yarn that Alison sent me, it is lace weight wool. It was cream when I got it but then I dyed it with acid dyes a friend let me use. I am hoping this looks like raspberries & chocolate. There is just a little bit of chocolate in there.
I dyed the yarns, as is, in the little balls. I just squirted they dye into the ball. We shall see what it looks like when it is knit up. I think there is only enough there for a lacy scarf.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


It appears we have been a wee bit lucky as of late.

I was reading Kathy's blog this morning and saw that I won her lace contest and chose the hot pink & red lace weight yarn. I was drawn to the green & pink/purple but I just got some lovely yarn from my Secret Pal 8 Angelia in similar colors so hot pink it is.

We had another surprise last week. About 2-3 weeks ago I saw a contest to win a tickets & a meeting with Jeff Gordon sponsored by Georgia Pacific. You picked up the entry forms at Basha's but had to fill them out and mail them to the address provided on the entry blank. I got one for me and one for David.

Last Thursday David got a Fed Ex letter at the house from someone so I put it off to the side and gave it to him after dinner when I remembered it.

Inside was a letter telling him that he won the grand prize of a meet & greet for him & a guest with Jeff Gordon at the Hard Rock Cafe next week, tickets to the November NASCAR race at PIR and a gift bag.

At first, David thought it was a joke but then I remembered sending the form with the thought that we would NEVER win (I mean, how often do you enter something and promptly forget since your odds of winning are SO LOW?). After a short discussion, it was decided that David would take my Dad, a much BIGGER NASCAR fan along to the prize events.

I'll post pictures when they have the meet & greet next week.

Hmm...I better enter some more sweepstakes, especially those that involve $$$! ;)

Monday, September 18, 2006

A Great Weekend

First, a belated Happy Birthday to my Dad. He & Linda watched the winkies this weekend so we could go to Carefree. The kids,waiting to blow the candles.

And, of course, no adult is allowed to open their own gifts. I think he knew what it was, a pair of Keen walking shoes, but still likes them anyway.
We had a great time in Carefree, AZ.

Our weekend started after a work luncheon for David. We happened to pass the Mini Cooper dealership so pulled in for a test drive. OOOhhhh....the 6 speed on that little car makes it mighty fun to drive! Even though it has the LATCH car seat system, I can't see anyone over 5'8" being able to fit a child in the back without removing their legs first.

We stayed at the Carefree Resort & Villas, again. We even got the same room. I did call and request a room on the ground floor and close to the end so we could see the view and also not have everyone walking past our patio. It was lovely.

After a nice seafood dinner, I slept in until 7:30 am, which is like sleeping until noon for most people. I can't remember when I slept past 6 am in years!

The view from our patio. We did have to do a timeshare on Saturday morning but that was ok. After that we went to a flea market put on by the Kiwanis in Carefree and had a nice golf course patio lunch. We went to Le Sans Souci French Restaurant in Carefree. It was amazing!

We decided to splurge and ordered their Grand Marnier Souffle! Oh, it was to die for and came with a very thick Grand Marnier Sauce on it.

Here we are at the beginning of our meal.
I took more photos but most of them were too dark from the weekend!

I also got some knitting done but nothing of great consequence...yet!

Thank you again to Grandma & Grandpa for looking after the children.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

See ya all next week!

Ok, there won't be a lot of blogging this week.

Darned work and stuff getting in the way PLUS, hubby & I are going to Carefree for an adult weekend on Friday.

Grandma & Grandpa are nice enough to take care of our winkies for us.

I see a lot of knitting in my weekend on a patio chair with some reading & sun!

So, in a nutshell, see you all next week! I'll take photos...and Bonnie's knitting shop is in Carefree.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I am an Auntie...Again!

Our niece in the UK, Nicola, had a little baby girl on September 8th. Her name is Isabella and she weighed 7 lbs 13 oz.

I have yet to see a photo but, I will post one when Grandma sends us one via email.

I started knitting this cardigan (Interweave Knits Baby Kimono) in the summer but they did not know WHAT the baby was going to be until she arrived. It sure was nice to have it all ready.

I knit the hat last night & this morning. It is Julia's Hat from the 2006 Knitting Pattern a Day calendar (Wednesday, September 6). The yarn is Dream Baby DK.

I have another one to knit for my brother, Matthew & his wife Mindy. They have a little one arriving in December. They "think" it is a girl! I sure hope so.....because that is the yarn I have. If not, I guess I will dye it after the winkie arrives.

As you can see, Simon's eye is healing up nicely. He still looks like he was in a fight but, he is ok.

I bought a computer over the weekend. My work computer has been giving me fits and I have been worried it was going to DIE at any moment so I backed everything up and wiped the hard drive clean using Drive Washer. Very handy to get rid of all your data on an old computer.
Dad is taking it to their house to build a "server".

Obie likes the box for the keyboard.

Saturday, September 09, 2006


My mail man continues to be a good friend this week.

He brought me my lovely gift from my Secret Pal 8, Angelia.

First, look at this gorgeous hand dyed yarn. It is dk weight and in two of my favorite colors, green & hot pink. I may finally attempt the Angelia also sent Knitting Over the Edge by Nicky Epstein and some lovely stuff from Arbonne International. Sunscreen in SPF 15 and 30 that will be very useful on our trip to Florida next month, Mandarin Body Scrub and hand cream.

And some lovely cards and yummy tea. Thank you again Angelia.
I also got my Washington, DC "pack" from Eva. I won a contest on her blog about the Armed Forces. A new mug (that I have used to drink my Arbonne Tea), postcards, a magnet and playing cards. Thank you Eva. Hope the new job in DC is going well.

And, yesterday, Hannah won another reading award. Here she is with her 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Hanson.
Congratulations Hannah!

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Six pairs of mittens off to Ann for the Cheyenne River (Lakota Sioux) Reservation, located in Eagle Butte, SD. I originally got the info from the Knitting for Change blog.

All mittens are 50% wool & 50% soy silk. Weird how, both colors are the SAME yarn but the purple ones turned out bigger. The yarn was quite a bit thicker. We tried a mitten on 3 girls Tuesday night at Coffee Rush and it appears the smaller ones will fit a 3 yo, 5 yo and 7 yo. The purple ones will fit probably 7-9 yo's.

And, I got some "gifts" from Renee. They were both give aways on her blog. A beaded ring and a pretty hair barrette. Hannah has take both items!

Thanks Renee!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I LOVE the Mailman!

Actually, not all the time since he drives like a lunatic & delivers our mail to the neighbors and people 4 streets over!

However, today he brought me my Summer Sock Party Sock from Amy! Hmm...that pattern looks a wee bit familiar. Oh yes, it is the same one I chose but she knit some gorgeous short row heels.

In the photo is a pen that has a 3 foot tape measure on it, size 0 short needles stitch markers and some earrings. The yarn feels a lot like the Lorna's Laces I used for my swap partner.
The earrings are made of Rose Quarts & Sterling Silver and the stitch markers are amyethyst, blue goldstone, hematite and rose quartz. I gotta learn how to bead but I worry about having ANOTHER hobby that costs me money and takes up space!
As you can see, the socks fit perfectly! They are little anklets, my favorite kind of socks.
I also got a Lei, napkins with beverage photos, lanterns and confetti. Thanks Amy!

My Mom sent me the rolled hem attachment for my new serger, because you know they could not let you use the same attachment on two different models. She got it at the Bernina shop in St. Cloud, MN, where we both bought our machines in the 1980's.
So, I guess the old serger will be sold with the rolled hem attachment afterall!!

My baby....

The kid looks like he has been in a fight with something or someone.

In actuality, at 10:58 pm last night, we hear a thunk and a whole lotta crying.

Turns out Simon rolled out of bed and hit his face/eye on the corner of a night side table (that is no longer near his bed).

I toyed with getting stitches this morning but since it isn't deep, I am going with a little round band aid and then a Spiderman band aid to keep someone from picking at the scab and leaving a huge scar.

He is at home with me today becaus he didn't want his preschool friends to see him like this....WHAT??? Vanity at 4?

Monday, September 04, 2006

Weekend Review

We have stuck close to home this weekend. Hannah had a "pool party" on Saturday. Um, I was tired it when it was done. Simon also had a friend over, less fighting, and a good time was had by all.

Hannah & her friends.
I do have to say that I was surprised that the parent of the one the girls, who I did not know until Saturday, never called or spoke with me about the party. I guess David & I are pretty over protective about our children going to a house with a pool and want to speak with the parents, see the house, etc. as we drop them off.

Is it me or is it surprising that I could pick the girl up, ask if the Mom wants to talk to me or anything (the girl called herself to RSVP) and the 6th grade brother says "no, thank you" and off I take her 8 year old daughter WHO DOESN'T SWIM AT ALL?

Me, I want to see the house, meet the parents and get a handle on things AND know the location of my child. Overprotective, I know, but wow, 8 is a long way from grown up. Ok, Ok, off my soap box because we all know that I am not the Queen of all parents and certainly would not win any prizes.

Here the girls are running off lunch.
I have finished nearly 5 pairs of mittens. Ironically, based on the size of the mittens and the color repeats, I appear to be getting "pairs" of mittens based on the self striping. However, they don't necessarily come in order. However, I am pretty sure I have the 5 pairs and may try and finish a 6th pair.
Our water softener overflowed today so it facilitated us (mostly David) to clean out the garage. I took 4 Rubbermaid bins to Goodwill of baby toys. We can now get both cars in the garage.
And, my progress on the "Moth" shawl. I am in the 5th of 14 body repeats.
It is a well written pattern but might be a wee bit tricky if you haven't knit lace before or are a beginner knitter. Otherwise, so far, a pretty reasonable knit pattern.