A little bit of everything.

Things are good in this little nutshell – busy, but good. On Sunday, I went up to Peacefulknitter’s for a knitting potluck party. She is truly a “hostess with the mostess” – there was so much delicious food, lots of knitting, a yarn swap, yarn games and a yarn swap! Obviously there was a lot of thought put into this event and I think it was a huge success! One of my favorite parts of the day was meeting Emilee – when she walked into the room and saw me she exclaimed, “Nutmegknitter!” – and I exclaimed right back “Emilee!” 🙂 Good times! I really enjoyed the chance to spend more knitting time with the usual gals from the Thursday night SnB and the other knitters that I know only online or through the occasional drop-in to a different SnB. (Jennsquared got some great photos!)

I won a really cute “Sheep Scarf” kit in the raffle and swapped some yarn for some purple Cascade Pima Tencel – I have a little bit of grey and white in my stash already, maybe I can do a stripey hat or top for Lorelai.
Sheep Scarf raffle prize Cascade Pima Tencel

Sunday, being February 1st, marks the start of the 2009 LimeNViolet Sock Marathon – my goal is to knit 2 miles of sock yarn. On Saturday I started to practice with some worsted weight yarn and my “2 Socks on one circular” book – I had the lightbulb go off that, duh, that’s Magic Loop! So, my first project in the “marathon” is a pair of iPhone Mitts for me. I’m using my “Bekka” yarn from Ruby Sapphire. I wasn’t won over at first, but I stuck with it and am quite impressed by the fact that this actually works. Now I am interested in magic looping everything.
1st Magic Loop project
(the blue isn’t quite that bright…)

We went over to my in-laws for the Super Bowl (Love the Doritos / Crystal Ball commercial the best) and there was a special presentation at half-time. I won the Pigskin Pool I was in with my husband, father-in-law and brother-in-law. In the past the winner gets bragging rights – this year is different. I won (!!!) (and was in first place for several weeks in a row) – they got me a trophy. I have a football trophy! How awesome is that? I learned the game when I married Dan, and I try to keep up, and next fall I’ll be starting all over again (still can’t tell you what a safety is, or a flea-flicker and once everyone gets on their new teams I’ll be lost again) – but still, I have a football trophy 🙂
My football trophy! go me!
(My team, the Fighting Dachshunds! Last year it was Rosie Grier Knits Too.)

I’m on the button band on my Central Park Hoodie! The hood was finished last night, and I’m really trying hard to get the rest of it done before I get sucked back into sock knitting again. So close!

Other knitting news I also turned several mini-skeins from j-knits.com into swatches.
MiniSkein MiniPyramid jknits swatches

Yeah, busy, but good.

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Kisses

Trying to make one post to cover everything. First, it is Thursday, so there’s a Jackson spotlight for Dogs on Thursday:
Smile Jackson
He’s been pretty good since we returned from vacation. Only one accident in the house (we give him one free pass when he comes back to us) and he’s uber-affectionate. Kisses all around, especially for the baby:
Smooch!

More kisses

She doesn’t seem to mind too much:
One more kiss?

Yay for harmony in the house.

There is knitting in this post too – seems like it has been a while, but I’ve mostly been knitting baby genius burp cloths a la Mason-Dixon – it’s now my easy, mindless, grab and go project!
burp cloths
(gosh, Lorelai looks like a little kid here!)

I’m just about done with a sweater for Lorelai too:
mistakes & kisses
(More kisses!) I knit and finished the first sleeve, then last night I was working on the second sleeve and realized I didn’t decrease enough times. Whoops. So, I plan to un-do the left sleeve bind off and work back about 8 rows to redo. At least it’s not a huge mistake. The sweater is maybe a 6-9month size, so I do have a little bit of time.

Other bits about my life recently – the ants seem to be taken care of – had tons last night at the baits, cleared out the counter and put out new ones last night – nothing this morning, and I put out new ones this morning – so far, nothing. I’ll give it another day still.

My favorite band, Barenaked Ladies have put out a children’s cd – “Snacktime” – it’s really cute. Totally “them” and nothing so annoyingly catchy that I’ll be humming it all day. Love it!

Today out at knitting with Mad-Knitter I got to meet another blogger-knitter: Wifemomknitter – so much fun!

I’m also loving:Motherhood Uncensored

Did you sign up your baby to knit?

One of the programs offered at the local library is a “New Knitting Club”. Here’s the description: >>For mothers & daughters, anyone who enjoys knitting. Sit and knit, share yarn and ideas in a comfy corner of the children’s room. For all ages.<<

So, I sign up and on the sign up sheet there is a space for your child’s name / age. I put down Lorelai (Baby). Because, well, that’s what she is!

I just got off the phone with the library. They called and immediately asked, “Did you sign up your baby to knit?” I told her yes, I am interested in coming by and knitting and was is supposed to be just for kids? Because the flier says “All ages.”

So I can hear her ask someone else in the background “It’s an adult who just wants to come and knit, can she? Oh okay.” and then back to me, “Why sure, maybe you can help out.”

Um, I don’t mind helping out, but I signed up to knit and I will have my child in attendance. And isn’t she jumping to conclusions that Lorelai doesn’t knit? She’s been to several knitting meetups. Photographic evidence:
LKnits1
It’s in the interest of her own safety that I help guide those needle points! Sheesh.

I think I might only attend the first knitting club at the library… Maybe though this will show them that there are local adults interested in knitting groups!

And we’re soon to be a family of knitters – I taught Dan the basics yesterday of cast-on and knitting. He’s working on a coaster. He’s working very hard, putting lots of concentration into it. He asks a lot of “WHY?” questions – I’ll have to remind him that with knitting sometimes you just DO, just go with it and worry about the WHY later. I have photos of him knitting as well, but we’ll give him his own post once the coaster is done!