Knit Lit



1.   It’s time for me to buy a new sewing machine! ( I already have it picked out, too! I’m hoping I have enough reward points on my credit card to pay for most of it.)

2.   Yarn shops; it’s not a bad place for meeting really great friends.

3.   I must be crazy to take on any more crafty endeavors.

4.   My Heavenly Father’s love is the best thing I have ever known. (Sorry to swipe your answer Mrs. S, but it’s true!  I didn’t think you would mind.)

5.   My husband is simply my best friend in the whole world.

6.   The last time I laughed really loudly was the last time I accidentally stabbed Hubby with a knitting needle. (Not sure why I found this so funny, but I almost wet myself.)

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting on the couch, tomorrow my plans include visiting with Mrs. S and Sunday, I want to rest!


1.   I started a new knitting project.  Since I decided my last cardigan was just not working for me (even though it was about 1/3 complete), I needed a quick knit garment to stay in contention for my 12 in 12 group.  I decided on the London Cardigan.  I’m working mine up in Cascade 128 in an aubergine color.  I knew this was going to be a chunky knit, but it really is working up more as a jacket than a cardigan.  This is fine with me.  I plan to take it to Rhinebeck, so it may end up taking the place of my wool coat which is quite heavy.   So far, this one is surprisingly light for the warmth it will provide.  The best part is that I got the yarn on sale at WEBS!

2.  I really want to be working on a different project.  The other day when I was shopping with Mrs. S at our LYS, I found a great pattern by Spud & Chloe.  It was their Uptown Downtowncoat.   Oh my! This coat is gorgeous!  I bought the pattern without a thought.  The yarn on the other hand was a little too rich for my pocketbook.  Luckily, I have several hanks of Cascade 220 in that rich brown sitting in my stash.  I was able to match two of the colors with the Cascade they had on hand.  I’ve ordered the third from the Loopy Ewe (GREAT prices, yarn & people!), and hope it will be in next week.  Yes, I know I could start on the back, now.  I also know I need to keep on track, so it will be London Calling until it’s done.   Though it will make me knit faster just so I can get to this one quicker!

3.  I have a low tolerance for “stupid” people.  I have been this way as long as I can remember.  I think people have reached a point that everything is handed to them on a platter, and they no longer feel the need to think for themselves.  Think, people! Think before you speak! While we are at it, there is no need to speak all the time.  It is okay to be both silent and let others speak.  Shhhh. It might even help you think.

4.  For some reason, by past obsession with Big Brother has come back in full force.  Seriously!  I can not stop watching it.  I don’t even like reality TV!

5.  Yarn.  While I was ordering the last hank of Cascade for the Up/Down town cardigan, I also slipped into my order enough skeins to whip up the Every Way Wrap I mentioned in the last post.  I went home and found my IK sitting on the couch waiting for me.  Thank you Hubby! (smack!) I couldn’t resist.  I’m planning on working it up in a muted burnt ginger. Yum!


That’s all for now. Hope you guys have a great weekend.

July 31, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in, Friends, Gripes, Knitters, Knitting, Magazines, Random, Uncategorized, Yarn | 2 Comments

Birthday weekend

Sunday was Boy child’s 10th birthday!  I can not believe it was ten years ago that he was born.  I remember that day so clearly.  It feels like it was yesterday.  Not that it is a surprise to anyone who knows him, but I must say that he is the best child a mother could ever ask for.  He is super smart, talented, focused, sweet, engaging, easygoing, thoughtful, polite, and funny.  Honestly, I could go on for days about how wonderful my kid is, but everyone knows this!  Since I have been planning his celebration, I began to take a look back at his life, and I realized for the first time that he is a real live person.  I know that sounds a bit odd.  But, if you think about it, we really don’t start to think of people as people until they are grown up.  You have to take care of babies and children.  It’s hard to think of children as being their own person until they can begin to take care of themselves.  That is were I am.  Boy Child is his own person, and I love him more than I can say.


We celebrated on Saturday by taking Boy Child and 11 of his cousins and friends to play laser tag.  They had a blast.  We had pizza and cupcakes.  The kids played arcade games in between laser tag games.  After that, we went back home were we had a family party.  My baby brother has the same birthday as Boy Child, so the family usually gathers to celebrate.  It has been a couple of years since my grandparents have been able to come over.  They are missionaries that spend most of the year in Pakistan.  They always bring gifts back.  The vest, seen here, was a gift.  Looks good, no?  Even Boy Child got one of his very own.


We had homemade tacos with homemade salsa.   I played with my two-year-old nephew all day and had a blast!  Mom made two cakes for the birthday boys.


 2009-07-27 Dragon cake

 Boy Child’s cake.


 2009-07-27 Brother Cake

 Baby Brother’s cake.



Yesterday was Hubby’s graduation.  It was nice.  I did discover, too late to fix it, that my beautiful dress was a little on the short side.  Sigh.  It’s not uncomfortable, but it is shorter than anything I’ve worn since Kendall was born.  It is lovelier in person than it is in the photo. I would highly recommend this dress to anyone.  We also celebrated my MIL’s birthday, which, as it happens, is the same day as Boy Child and Baby Brother.  We went out to eat.  It was nice except for Hoky Poky the clown blasting fake pop music and dancing around.  Shudder.



I’ve received my new Vogue Knitting in the mail.  I was not impressed with any of the sweater patterns.  Again, it feels like the designers fail to realize that models and those just as thin make up a very small portion of the population.  Cables running up the middle of the front of a pullover and big bobbles are not the most flattering items on less than perfect bodies.  There were a few hat patterns that are cute, though.


The preview of Interweave Knits is also up.  The patterns are not quite as bad as Vogue, but most are not to my taste.  The Everyday Wrap is awesome, though.  I think it is going to get knit very soon.  I also like Rosamund’s Cardigan, though I would make it long sleeve.


In my knitting news, I finished the back and the left side of my Ursa cardigan before I decided that I didn’t really like it.  I’ve decided to frog it and find another better suited pattern.  This seriously puts me behind on my 12 sweaters in 12 months goal.  I think I see chunky knits in my future. 

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Birthday, Boy Child, Family, Knitting, Magazines | 1 Comment

Weekend Preview

2009-07-27 Vest

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Birthday, Family | 4 Comments

I did it!

1.   Obama is not the end of the world. (I hope.)

2.   Sitting here, listening to the sound of rain falling, I feel like I’m in a cocoon of oneness.

3.   A big green monster tastes so good!

4.   Sometimes, putting others first is easier than you think it will be.

5.   Having and raising a child is breathtaking, really.

6.   Well, maybe there is a way to have your cake and eat it, too.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to the family arriving, tomorrow my plans include Boy Child’s birthday party and Sunday, I want to go to church with my family!


I found it! I found the dress for graduation!


I saw it on-line this morning and ran to Anthropologie at lunch to see if my store had it.  They did!  It fits so well, too!  People who know me might think it a strange choice.  I am not one to wear lace; however, this one is so elegant and ladylike.  I love it!  It is  a lovely shade of charcoal brown.  On me, it hits a couple of inches above the knee which, I think, makes it more youthful.  Now, all I have to find shoes.

July 24, 2009 Posted by | Events, Friday Fill-in | 1 Comment

A Letter

Dear designers of women’s clothing,

I know that you have a calling to make beautiful clothes.  I know that you have a vision.  I respect that vision.  I also know that you want to make women look beautiful.  However, I believe there has been an oversight on your part.  Do you realize that women come in all shapes and sizes?   We are not the same!  Please, please design clothes that fit different women!  I know sometimes you get so engrosed in your ideas that you forget that women need to wear what you create.  Please remember!  These women have to endure the humiliation stress of trying to fit into something you designed for a toothpick to wear.  Real women have curves.  It does nothing for you to distress your potential consumers to the point where they live in sweats.  You disappoint me designers.   Please step up your game.



July 22, 2009 Posted by | Random | 2 Comments


  • Parents, grandparents, siblings coming into town for Boy Child’s 10th birthday
  • Cleaning entire house for the visit
  • Grocery shopping for the visit
  • Buying present for Boy Child
  • Knitting for Rhinebeck trip
  • Hubby graduating next week
  • Shopping for a suitable dress
  • Not finding a dress that fits
  • Hating department stores for finding the exact lighting and color combo that makes women feel like they are the ugliest creatures on Earth
  • Knowing this is not true, but feeling it anyway
  • Leaving 10 different stores in one week without a dress
  • Plan to sew own dress instead
  • Buy beautiful linen fabric and pattern
  • Realize I have 5 people coming to stay at the house this weekend + 5 more to visit + a party with a minimum of 20-30 people attending = no time to sew
  • Realize I need to sew dress before this weekend
  • Realize this all takes place AFTER 8 hours of frustration at work
  • Wonder what what my boys will do when I have a complete breakdown
  • Wish you all a happy Tuesday

July 21, 2009 Posted by | Birthday, Boy Child, Events, Fabric, Family, Gripes, Knitting, Random, Sewing, Work | 1 Comment

11,000 words

2009-07-15 desk phone

2009-07-15 ron and harry-ron socks
2009-07-15 movie theater

2009-07-15 Ron Socks 1

2009-07-15 Harry-Ron Socks 1

2009-07-15 movie poster

2009-07-15 may wrap

2009-07-15 desk

2009-07-15 copy machine

2009-07-15 mail machine

2009-07-15 relaxing

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Boy Child, Events, Family, Knitting, Movies, Uncategorized, Work, Yarn | 3 Comments

en pleine déprime

I know it has been awhile since I’ve posted, but have had a case of en pleine déprime.*  I really have not felt like doing much.  There is has been no sewing.  Don’t get me wrong.  There has been a good deal of dreaming about sewing, but sadly no actual sewing.  

There has been a little knitting.  I have finished both pair of Harry Potter socks.  They fit. (insert sigh of relief here.) Boy Child can not wait for Wednesday.  Honestly, neither can I!  I’m so lucky that the managing partner of my office is a Harry Potter fan, because he understands the need to take a huge chunk of time in the middle of the day to go see it. 

I’ve also finished the Blue Sahara Top. 

my honey, my baby 02

First of all, let me say I’m hoping the whole see-through thing is only attributed to the camera flash.  It did not look like this when I put it on that morning.  Second, my face is not usually this red.  It was extremely hot that day and, this photo was taken after a long day at work.  I think I’m going to be more careful in selecting my undergarments in the future.  

This pattern was very clearly written.  It was a little cumbersome and ackward at times; however, it was well worth it.  I will be making this one again.  I believe I will also use this yarn again.  It is Southwick I got from WEBS.  I love this color so much.  It reminds me of our trip to St. John.

Hopefully I will pull out of my en pleine déprime soon.  Yep, I’m trying the whole ‘glass is half full’ thing.  Maybe it will work.

* in the doldrums

July 13, 2009 Posted by | Knitting | 3 Comments

Friday fill-in

And…here we go!

1.   When I heard the thunder, I nearly jumped out of my skin.

2.    Knitting is the best medicine.

3.   It’s late, but I can’t stop until it’s done.

4.   I always have a book with me, always.

5.   My eyes have seen things I love and things I don’t.

6.   Things I feel, I feel strongly.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing sock one of Boy Child’s Harry Potter socks, tomorrow my plans include going to a cook out at BIL’s house and Sunday, I want to sew an iPod cover and another summer dress!

July 3, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | 2 Comments

Sewing, Knitting and Boot Camp

I am still working on the Harry Potter socks for Boy Child.  They are coming along swimmingly.  I should also finish Blue Sahara tonight.  I’ll try to get pictures up soon.  I haven’t had a chance to try it on, so I hope it will work out.   I think after this one, Im going to transfer to winter knits for our trip to Rhineback. 


A week or so ago,  I came across the greatest fabric I have ever seen.   It is a collection called Lantern Bloomby Laura Gunn.  I ordered  a yard of several of the prints so I can make a quilt.  Once I saw how much extra fabric I was going to have, I decided to make a lap blanket for the couch.  I know I said on my 101 in 1,001 I wanted to knit one, but I think I’m going to sub this sewn one.   Here is what I’ve got so far.




This was me pinning everything together.  I machine sewed where each different fabric meets.  Instead of matching quilting the remainder of the quilt, I am planning on hand quilting along the designs.  I’m going to change the thread color depending on the fabric.  That way, there will be a design on both sides.  I love it!  I lay it across my lap as I’m quilting, so it keeps the chill off at the same time. 


I’ve also discovered a new fitness blog, Oh She Glows.  Today, she is starting a one month boot camp.  I think I’m going to try it.  I need something to kick me back into gear with a healthy lifestyle.  She talks often about her “Green Monsters.”  They are smoothies using greens (spinach, kale, ect) and fruit.  There is thought that the nutrients get lost when they are cooked and are too difficult for out bodies to extract just through chewing.  During the process of liquefying for a smoothie, the cell walls are broken down for better absorption.  This morning, I had my first one – spinach, banana, strawberries and soy milk.   It was pretty good.  I did not have to add any sweetener.  It kept me full for 4 hours and fulfilled 3 servings of fruit & vegetables.   I think I will probably stick with this one.  I’m hoping it will get me in the mood to stay healthy all day.  We’ll see.

July 1, 2009 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Bloggers, Boy Child, Fabric, Green, Knitting, Sewing | 2 Comments