FOs! Finally!

My blog has been wordy for a few days now. Today I’ve got knitting to show! Yay!
When I posted my to-do list back on Friday, it included “spider face” and “blog spider, broken dpns” – Here’s the spider:
Knit Spider

Lorelai and I go to a baby group that uses plastic easter eggs with stuff inside to shake when we sing songs – I took it one step further and knit up the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” – he’s about 3.5 inches long and 4.5 inches across with his legs. I’m thinking about making more (I have ideas for a whole animal set!) to sell either on etsy or a local craft fair. Lorelai is napping right now, which is why the photo is of me holding the spider, not her. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cotton DK, and when I was making the legs (icord) I used my US2 dpns. Not the best idea as I broke two of them in the process:
Two broken dpns

I’m still knitting burp cloths (again, to either sell on etsy or a craft fair) – I think I have made enough for Lorelai – she’s less drooly now, and not spitting up so much… but they are just like potato chips – can’t knit just one. And they are easy enough to work on while she’s crawling around – I can drop it to go grab her, knit while I watch her, and it’s great mindless tv knitting.
Violet stripes burpcloth Daisy burpcloth
The roobeez shoes are just for scale. I love how the stripes really striped! Peaches’n Creme (or Sugar’nCream?) yarn. 1 skein = 1 cloth.

Also exciting news, I’m now a LoopyGroupie!!
I'm a Loopy Groupie!
I had ordered a “To-Go” knit pouch, kitchner dog tag (because I can never remember how to do it correctly), and a pattern for Merry-Janes. It was my 6th order, so I received the tote bag, a key chain, peppermints, and a skein of jknits “Florida” – so very cool!
jknits florida LoopyEwe keychain Loopy Ewe Order
The Loopy Ewe rocks!!

Yesterday, Betsy was in town for a whirlwind visit and Lorelai and I were lucky enough to be on her “must see” list 🙂 She helped me with some destashing (which, by the way – yarncycle on ravelry? incredible. I posted stuff there and it was all taken / claimed within hours!!) I have gotten “rid” of ~30 skeins since the weekend. Yay! More room for new yarns (just don’t tell Dan yet!) I am dreaming now about sweaters and blankets. I want to make a blanket for my mom for christmas / her birthday (considering it for the ravelympics) and for Dan / me for next year (our 5th anniversary!). And Betsy is way ahead of me on her Central Park Hoodie… What is it with knitters and dreaming out of season? I don’t want to be like the marketers at the stores – I saw candy corn for sale at the supermarket already!!

I’m in a finishing mood, so I should go back to my test knit & model knitting or cleaning….

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Destashing

Going through ravelry because right now that’s the easiest way – I’m doing a small destash. Let me know if you’re interested in anything.
Also destashing / Free-cycle style here
And books.

Accountable. aka Being a grownup is boring.

Here’s my to-do list for to-day. Probably overly ambitious. Whatever.
In no particular order of importance.
*Find out what time the party on Sunday is. 1:00pm
*Find a green salad to make for party on Sunday.
*Get ingredients for green salad (and grocery shop for oj, half-half, milk, etc)
*Make Lorelai food cubes peaches, plums
*Try plums with Lorelai (with cereal?)
*Make blueberry muffins
*Finish spider face.
*Blog about spider. Broken dpns.
*Work on model knitting. Get sleeves done today.
*Work on test knitting. Get through decreases & eyelet row.
*Clean shower.
*Run load of laundry: Wash. Dry. Fold. Put Away.
*Burn CD.
*Dig out yarn for Betsy, Virginia?
*Cull stash for destashing – blog it / ravelry it
*Post office run – green swap, birthday in a box returns.
*Ebay stuff. take photos
*Dust.
*Swiffer.
*Vacuum.
*Find new credit card / call to activate it / destroy expired card.
*Bring box of clothes to basement.
*Bring goodwill clothes to car.
*Renew library books. Better yet just bring them to the library.
*Order snapfish prints.
*Photo Lorelai / Happy Birthday for MIL
*Get cards out in the mail for MIL birthday!

Stuff that can probably wait until tomorrow:
*Food cubes for Lorelai – sweet potato, carrots, apples
*Weed the garden.
*Dig out the wildflowers that are overwhelming one bed.
*Uncover desk: File paperwork. Chuck Recycle old magazines. Put knitting supplies away.
*Bring donation clothes to goodwill.

More Stuff I’m thinking about

Some of this I already plurked.

We’re looking into getting a whole-house-fan. We are lucky enough to have central air, but when the weather gets hot and the house heats up there is little to no air movement, and it doubles (at least) or electricity bill to run the AC. Honestly, I don’t like the A/C. It’s July, it get’s hot I am ok with that. I just want to feel a breeze or the air moving, and to be able to sleep ok at night. I have bareley slept under the covers since last March! Granted, I was pregnant so that made me warmer than usual, but after having Lorelai I’m still running warm! Anyway, I had called this one guy who gave an estimate (without even coming out to the house, and he was the one who tried to joke with me) that was really high. My father-in-law contacted their Mr.FixIt guy for another quote and he came out today. It’s do-able, but not easily. At least his quote was less. As he’s checking out our attic, he says “That’s a funny way to build a house” – do you know how many times I have heard / said some variation of that? “Why would the builder do this or that?” “Gee, that’s an odd way to have this or that?” I can tell you why – because the builder (who is my next door neighbor!) built this house as he accumulated materials from his projects! When my in-laws were in this house my mother-in-law fixed a whole lot of “quirks” – and then we have picked that up as well. I’m kindof tired of just shrugging it off or shaking my head. House stuff = headaches.

Last night I saw a new Tampax commercial. I already hate the Kotex / Happy Period ones. This one did make me giggle at first – Mother Nature giving a gal her monthly gift (and she says “Here’s your monthly gift” as she hands the girl a red box), but seeing it again made me roll my eyes. Those commercials are so stupid!

I made brownies last night – they were good, but I think they would be better if I had one of the brownie edge pans.

I read a plurk that we are now closer to Christmas 2008 than we are Christmas 2007! Gotta get started on my list / projects!

Stuff I’m thinking about

Eloquence has never been my strong suit.

Anyway. This is really a non-knitting post, while there’s progress on my projects, it just doesn’t seem blog-worthy to post about the two rows on this or the ball winding for that. I want there to either be a completed object, a whole lot of progress or a problem. No I don’t really want knitting problems, but they do make good photos and blog fodder.

Lorelai and I went to a “Baby & Me” movie today. We saw “Hancock” – not a baby friendly movie, but a grown-up movie and it was better than I expected it would be. I will keep my eyes on what they are showing – it’s a worthwhile trip – for $5.25 (my admission) you get a new movie, the lights are kept on, the sound is not so loud, and down under the movie screen there are diaper changing areas. They also had a muffin cart to sell muffins (it was a 10:00am showing) and coffee. Lorelai was up and about the whole time – I was hoping she would sleep, but that didn’t happen until the last 5 minutes of the movie, I could feel her body start to go limp on me. But it was ok because there were other people there with kids – so it was no big deal to feed / nurse / change a diaper. I would love if they showed “Indiana Jones” or “WallE” or “Mamma Mia”.

I’m just about finished reading Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” – it boils down to these key points I’m getting a little obsessive grabbing the boxes of food / containers in the fridge. Since Lorelai I have made more of an effort (without really realizing it) to follow those points… While I am not 100% won over (as I ate some high fructose corn syrup candy at the movie today) – I love my cheerios and perdue chicken shortcuts and sushi and can’t stand boiled veggies – I do think he makes some good points. I would encourage others to read it and see if you don’t feel the same way. I will definetly seek out his other books after this.

I have to call a new dentist and new doctor for appointments. I’ve been putting this off forever – I have a dentist and doctor, but they are 45 minutes away – closer to where I used to live with my parents. I’m a big girl now, and I should take care of myself. Still. Ugh.

I am still thinking about gdiapers too – amazon is running a sale on them, so it seems like a good time to order. Having a diaper with a degradable component would lessen my guilt about the regular disposables.

yeah. my mind feels full.

Lounging

Three day weekends that start on Friday are always the best! My brother Matt was in town on Thursday, so we had dinner with my folks and him. Friday we went to Long Island for a party. Yesterday we did very little – well, that’s not entirely true. I bought supplies to make baby hair clips / barrettes, Dan & I washed the kitchen floor, we watched “Drillbit Taylor” (it was about what you’d expect), had chinese food. Today we’re off to his folks for dinner as well. I was poking about the internet and Dan noticed right outside the window next to the computer desk:
Bunnny lounging
A bunny just lounging.
nibble nibble nom
(I love my camera. That photo is through the window screen with lots of zoom. Yes, I’m technical like that.)

What was Jackson doing?
Jackson Lounging
Lounging.

Lorelai is lounging now too – she might be almost done with her nap, so I probably should go check on that. Yesterday she was all over the place creeping and crawling. She ended up under here:
Hiding Out
She got in there all by herself. Really hard to get a photo of her smiling this time. Oh well.

Knitting has been slow and steady. Finished and started more burp cloths, am onto the sleeves for the toddler sweater and the foot of the noro sock. Every little stitch counts!

Updates

This morning seemed quiet enough. L. and I were getting ready to go out and meet friends for a coffee / starbucks snack. We took Jackson out for a bathroom break and on the way back into the house he stepped on a yellow-jacket! Poor guy – he started whining / yelping / crying and not walking on that paw. So I called the vet – can’t really tell about any sort of stinger – Jackson already has a thing about his paws, so I couldnt’ get too close. No apparent swelling, but I did give him half a benadryl (in cheese! yummy). His breathing has been fine, so I don’t think we have an allergy issue. You can tell he can’t get comfortable – he would sit, then get up and move to another spot, lick his paws, lie down and repeat.
Injured
He’s better now – using the paw, gently. He’s been mostly sleeping / resting and accepts me picking him up when it’s time to go down stairs.

I’ve been pretty good about splitting my time among some of my more pressing projects – I finished another burp cloth last night. The color was hard to photograph, but it’s the swimming pool colorway – deep / bright blues:
BurpCloth

Noro Sock #1 is coming along – I’m on the foot.
NoroSock

And I’m working on a toddler cardigan for schaefer yarns – love these colors – it’s like peas and carrots and pinks!
Toddler Sweater Almost done with the neck edging, then I can do the back and sleeves.

Lorelai says to have a safe and fun holiday weekend!
Yay! Holiday weekend!