Tuesday, June 24, 2008

when do we get a vacation?

Tomorrow! Wednesday we leave for Columbus, Ohio. We'll be attending at the Origins Gaming convention. (I would really have liked to be there for Stitches last weekend, but we couldn't manage two weekends in a row.) Big J is attempting to have us at three different gaming conventions this year - to make up for maybe not being at ANY next year (He's going to be away at classes, diffferent stuff) We'll be at InConJunction here in Indy next weekend, too.

I've got a list a mile long of things that still have to be done tonight, but, of course I'm planning to take knitting along. Remember the Big Grey Blob of doom? I'm going to dig that out of the closet to take along and finish (I'm trying to finish my UFOs :) ) I've a shawl planned to work on, and socks to do too.

(The Jaker sweater is almost done! The neck ribbing is halfway done, and then I need to sew in the sleeves. Yay!)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Nice breastfeeding ad!

KnittingmomC on Ravelry pointed this out. It's on the Motherwear blog, and is a public health announcement from...ireland?scotland? one of those.


Friday, June 20, 2008

Dinos Escape!

I had forgotten to post this earlier. When we visited the Indianapolis Children's Museum, Little J and Big J insisted on examining the dinosaur that was breaking thru the wall. if you look very closely, they're standing under the dino's (apatosaur?) neck. Me, I was holding Gloria, and I wasn't going to walk all the way over there.

Summer berries

These are pictures of mulberries growing on the way to (or from) the library. I love them (they grew on my grandparent's farm), but I can't get Jaiden to even try eating them, so I only get to eat a handful when we go by.

We went by them this morning. I'm doing my part to help the enviroment (and save on gas money) so we walked to the library. It's fun taking the time to see everything along the street, but, when I forget we're walking and check out a stack of books, it's hard to get us all home. I carry Little G in the baby sling, so I have two hands free, but one is busy holding Little J's hand.

(I think I like this whole blogging with a cell phone. I know the photo is blurry, but at least it IS a picture on my blog, and I'm publishing today.)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Pretty socks! and shoes, too?

Over on Diva Knitting, she was talking about clear converse tennie shoes, to show off handmade socks. I may have to get a pair, just to wear these socks with!

Here are the socks I'm making from Colinette Jitterbug. I only have one sock done (same sock in both pictures), but that means I only have one left to do!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This week in our world...

It's been over a week since my last post?! eek! Well, I've got pictures and stuff to share

Last Wednesday Little G learned how to roll over from her back onto her tummy. She still doesn't like being _on_ her tummy, but she can use it to wiggle around.

And, she grabs onto toys and holds them. (and shoves them into her mouth...)

almost got it I got it

And here is the little boy, chilling with his baby sister:
boy and lil sister

Monday was Knitting night at Panera's, and it was the swap day for our DishCloth Swap. I had forgotten my list of who was knitting for who at home, but luckily, C. called up her husband and he was able to get it off the internet. Yay for C. and husband! The one on the left is the one I knit, and the one on the right is the one that I recieved. Interesting that they are both blue, isn't it?

swirl dishcloth
square dishcloth

I gave over the baby sweater for A's new baby to C. at kniitting. I had finally sewn on the buttons (note to self: check the size of the holes in the buttons because you're going to put YARN thru there) and I had hoped A would be at knitting. No such luck, but the sweater ws awfully cute.

A's surprise sweater

I had my hair cut about a week ago (sorry, no pics of me) and it's much much shorter. I haven't gotten comments on it, and i realized why: most people didn't know how long my hair had been. It was down to my bottom, but I always wore it up.Now, it's barely to my shoulders and very cute. Or so my husband tells me! :)

Okay, that's enough randomness. Back to the Jakers Sweater!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Little J pictures

Is little J cute, or what? The top left picture is him intently destroying a piece of chocolate cake at the Our Lady of Greenwood Church festival last weekend. The other pictures are from today. We walked over to the local grade school and played on their playground. Hmm...i don't think it's visible in the top right picture, but the front of his overalls, and the front of him, were covered with dirt because he had fallen at the bottom of a slide. He had fun, in spite of the dirt! I also learned, that he's grown big enough to sit on a regular swing by himself. He was talking to himself while he was sitting on the swing, "forward, back, forward, back" (not that clearly, but that's what he was _trying_ to say.)

Saturday, June 07, 2008


In the last month, I've had exactly 100 people visit the blog. Why do round numbers tend to occur in random events? hmmm...

Maybe next month, we can have 200?

quick update, illustrate later.

It's been raining, a lot. It's not flooding at our house, but if you go a couple blocks away from here there was a lot of water in the streets. At least 6 inches of rain came down (I'm going by how deep the water is in the baby pool. And I had just emptied the pool, darn it). Can we say Noah's Ark, anyone?

This morning, we took Little Sister to the airport to travel to Kansas. It turned out to be a huge hassle, she wound up flying on standby, but she did reach Kansas safely. She's going to be gone for two weeks, and I already miss her.

I've finished a knitting project. (one. one project. In a month. This is so sad.) I did the last segment on a circular dishcloth that I knit for our local knitting group's dishcloth swap. I've decided I like the pattern: it's really easy, and turns out very pretty.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Sucessful expedition to Hoosier Hills Fiber Fest

Indeed, it was a successful adventure, full of interesting encounters and lovely treasure.

This post may be a bit fragmentary, as I'm typing it in the bedroom, while supervising the little boy who is supposed to be going to bed because he had a temper tantrum....deep breath...but I do have pictures! Not of the Fiber Fest, itself, sadly. (I really should have had a photo of Little J petting the little black lamb. So cute! Or Little G and the lady who kept running into us and loving on the little girl. (mental note to self: bloggers and shutterbugs keep their cameras with them at ALL TIMES)) but of the loot we brought home.

Little Sister went along, and was in charge of herding Little J, so, as a for her being so rewardhelpful, she was presented with a drop spindle of her own, and pretty fleece to practice with.The pretty wool, (blue and silver) she has to share (officially) but she's taking it to Kansas with her, so we'll see how much is left when she gets back home. The smaller drop spindle is mine. I want to try spinning some lace wt yarn, with the new little spindle.

I have some pretty roving and a silk hankie to spin. The roving has a lovely sheen - it's a merino/alpaca blend. I've 3 oz each of a brown and a grey. Wonderful! I think that this is what I want to make lace wt yarn out of. (I don't spin. I tried once last year. I have a niggling feeling that the universe is going to curse me for my hubris in boldly attempting lace wt, but I'm going to try anyway.) I'm thinking of lovely lace scarves...

I grabbed three skeins of handdyed yarn from the Creatively Dyed booth. Her name on ravelry is Creative, and the yarns were wonderful! All different colors, and different yarns...her daughter was with her today, too. Her daughter's birthday is tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Little D!

And, I haven't mentioned it yet, but I have one more item, non-wool/knitting related. I stopped at Clementine's Dry Good's booth (Cami is evil!) and the proprietress convinced me to buy a baby sewing pattern. It's such a cute little dress! I'll have to stop in to Clementine's soon to look for material for it.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

My amazon.com order arrived!

Oooh! i ordered books, and a new stroller. Whee! knitting and a baking book, what could be yummier?

I ordered Cat Bordhi's "New Pathways for Sock Knitters" and "More Big Girl Knits" by Jillian Moreno and Amy Singer. I've glanced thru both so far, but Little Sister grabbed them both and was oohing and aahing. Lovely patterns, there's just so much stuff I want to make, that I can't decide what to do next.

Also, I ordered Small Batch baking after seeing what another blogger did with it on her blog. It's making small batchs of deserts and breads, instead of making an entire cake, or 4 dozen cookies. Because, let's face it, if I make a cake, I'm going to be the one to eat the most of it, no matter what my good intentions say. this way, the leftover cake is much much smaller :)

I was going to put pictures on to show you the pretty books, but it's now tomorrow, and I still haven't added pictures, so, today is a picture free post. Hey, I'm doing good to post at all!

Panera's is great for knitters

It's that never-ending cup of tea. I love it! and they never complain about how many times I get a refill on hot water, either.

I went to the Indianapolis Southside Knitters last night, just me and the littlest girl. I had a great time, and came back with my face aching from smiling so much (which made me think that I don't smile very much at home. I've too much to remeber and worry about when I'm with kidlets. And even with my husband, these days.) Crystal made up a cute toy bunny for Little G, which Little J promptly tried to abscond with as soon as he saw it.

I was able to knit a few rows on my current sock project, while Little G was asleep on my lap.

gotta go, the little girl wants picked up.