On Monday, April 16th a Nor’Easter came sweeping through Maine. We lost power at 7:30 in the morning and didn’t get it back until Wednesday at around 11:30 in the morning. Fun? Yeah, not. The kids were all on Spring Break, they were not pleased. We have a generator so we were able to keep the ‘fridge going and a couple of lights so it wasn’t too bad. Plus? My “doomsday” Husband was all prepared. You see, every summer he goes through this thing where he puts water under all the sinks, makes sure all the flashlights have good batteries in them and has glow bracelets and necklaces for the kids in case we lose power. Yeah I am always the one scoffing at him and saying,”The longest we were ever without power was two hours for pities sake.” Uh, yeah I was forced to eat my words two weeks ago. =) Let’s just say it could have been a LOT worse but it wasn’t exactly fun either. You don’t realize how much you use electricity until you don’t have it. Blah.
Knitting? Oh yeah I have been knitting.
I finished the Cider Moon Campfire socks for TK. It’s rather odd, the first sock took me three weeks to finish. The second one? I did it in a week. I just knew if I set it down I wouldn’t finish it. TK is rather pleased with them, yet won’t wear them. “Those are special socks, Honey.” Hrm, I made them for him to wear. I have decided he is just weird. =)
Yarn: Yarn for Sox in Charcoal colorway 1 /12 skeins
Pattern: Cider Moon Campfire Socks size medium
Over all I am pretty happy with how these turned out and I have figured out that socks aren’t so scary to knit after all. I can totally see myself knitting myself a pair of these.
I am also working on a PinWheel blanket for a friend of mine. Actually it is for his brother and his wife. Actually it is for the baby they are adopting from Guatemala. =) The left on Saturday to go get him and will be back on May 5th. It has been a long hard road for them and hopefully they won’t running into any huge problems while they are there.
Oh? We have a new member added to the menagerie. Actually we have five new ones but well I only have a picture of one. We were at the feed store because TK wanted a couple of new chicks. They had ducks. Yes ducks. Yes we came home with one. Yes it is my fault. But dang it he is soo cute. So cute in fact that TK had to go back the next day and get another one because well, you can’t have just one.
Meet Waddles. Yes Waddles. How cute is he? Egads he is a messy duckling but sooo cute. And the other duckling? His name is Peeps. Yes Waddles and Peeps. We needed more animals like we needed a hole in the head. But he is super cute! =)
I just now figured out how to added buttons on my side bar. ~rolls eyes~ =)
Hope everyone had a nice Easter. Ours was okay. The kids got sugared up and then refused to eat anything for the rest of the day. HA! I had to work so it wasn’t all that great.
Last Wednesday we had a nice snow storm hit here in Maine. Oh joy! The weather had been seriously teasing us because it had been nice and sunny. You could actually go outside with a light jacket or no jacket on. And then? Bam. SNOW! Bleh. Heavy snow too because we lost a few huge branches in the front yard. TK kept muttering, “I told her I wanted to cut those trees down but oh nooo and now look.” Yah yah whatever. =)
Knitting has been going on. I am making some socks for TK because he has been bugging me about it. =) I am using the campfire sock pattern from Cider Moon and so far I love the pattern. Well written and even a goof like me can figure it out.
Right now I have three projects on my needles, I have a pinwheel blanket for a friend’s baby due in May, Monica from this issue of Knitty, and the Clementine Shawlette from the Spring Interweave Knits. I am using my malabrigo yarn in purple mystery colorway that I picked up at SPA for the shawlette. I love it and it is knitting up rather quickly.
We have had a tragedy here on the homefront and TK and I are helping the two oldest boys deal with it as best we can. Needless to say it isn’t easy and it’s going to be rough around here for a bit.
Right now I am just itching for Spring and am longing for days where I can throw open the windows and let a good breeze flow through the house.
I am also in the process of planning on how to do the flower gardens in the front of the house. TK and I pretty much ripped them out in the fall with the hope of replanting and redoing them this Spring so I am itching to get started on that. Just.want.to.be.outside.in.the.warm.sun. =)
Weeeeee, I am doing Emily’s Wee Tiny Sock Swap. How fun! How easy!! How wee tiny! =) Want to sign up? Go here . Do it! You know you want to! =)
The Spring Knitty is up!! I have already started on this for HRH. It is knitting up rather quickly and it is really easy. I am in love with most of the patterns in this issue. ~le sigh~ So many wanna knits so little time. =)
I finished the Odessa that I knit for my friends mother. I will post pictures of that soon.
Conversation between TK and I this morning:
Him: ~whine~ I used to be able to hop over things with ease. Now I creak and crack when I do it.
Me: Uhm honey, that’s what happens when you get old.
Him: OLD? Hell I haven’t even hit mid life crisis yet.
Me: Oh yesyouhave! You got chickens when you went through it.
Needless to say he didn’t think it was very funny. But honestly it was. ~grin~
As for me? Last night I went to fill up my car during my dinner break at work and well, let’s just say the cold must be getting to me. Seriously, it is really cold up here in Maine this week. Highs in the single digit range. So, there I am, at the gas station and the little door to my gas tank won’t pop open. Crap!! So I go back to work, call TK and ask if he has any special little tricks that might help. I was told in the truck there should be a cable right around where the gas tank is that I can pull and it will release it. Uhm, yeah. I couldn’t see it/get to it/didn’t want to rip apart the lining to my truck. So, uh, I kicked the little door. That didn’t help. So I keep pulling the little lever in the car, which conincidentally is right next to the one that releases the trunk. You know where this is going right? Yeah I was pulling the wrong lever. ~sigh~
When we pick up some yarn and some needles to knit, we do it for all sorts of reasons. The kids need hats, you want some mittens that match your coat, you saw a sweater pattern that you MUST make for your niece’s brother’s uncle’s baby. And sometimes you knit for compassion. I have a friend at work who just found out that her mother has terminal cancer. If she has surgery she has two months, without the surgery she has two weeks. There is still some talk about possibly trying to treat the cance but that is another story. K was talking about how they bought her mother a hat because she couldn’t abide her hair always doing the bed head thing. At first my thought was to make her a lap blanket, something to keep her warm and honestly? I don’t think I have time to make it. So I thought I would make her a hat. I am making her Grumperina’s Odessa hat only without the beads. I bought some yarn that was soft and machine washable, because really? Who is going to want to fiddle with handwashing it at this time when all time for this family is precious right? I can’t remember the yarn right now but I will take a picture of the hat when I am done. I feel so helpless to help K and her family and yet when I am knitting on this hat I feel like I am doing something. Not a huge something mind you but a little something to let her know that I am thinking about her and her family. ~sigh~ Life can be a bitch sometimes huh? So, here I sit, thankful for my family’s health, knitting this hat for someone who is at the end of her life, and hoping she goes with peace and love.
On Friday evening I started a pair of socks for her highness. I was done with them by Sunday morning. I could have been done with them on Saturday night but I got caught up in watching a V!n D!esel movie. Yeah it was awful but he looked and sounded might good in it. So, socks! They were super easy! Don’t get me wrong, these weren’t difficult socks and they were for a 2 year old for pities sake but still. The yarn is Plymouth Jelli Beanz in pinks of course because everything for HRH is done in pink. =) Anyhow, I didn’t screw up the heel like I figured I would and it basically wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. I have a ton of sock yarn in my stash bought because I liked it, but now? I might just have to make socks out of it. I had been looking for patterns that suggested sock yarn. But hey, I just might have to do socks with sock yarn. Go figure. =)
This past weekend was SPA sit and knit, and it was awesome! I have never been to anything like this before. I mean, I knit and I go to my LYS but I have never been to something that was specifically geared towards knitting, spinning, just everything. It was fan-freaking-tastic. And I can tell you that I am going to go to more of these things! And while I suspect it is more fun to go with a friend, I went by myself and had an awesome time. I looked around, I fondled, I sniffed ::yes I sniff yarn!::, and generally walked around looking like a rube but I had so much fun! I didn’t buy too much but I was mostly there just to absorb it all but some people, were definitely there to buy! Holy cow they had bags upon bags of things!! It was great!
And? Everywhere there was a free spot to sit? Someone was sitting either knitting or spinning. Seriously. How awesome is that? I watched someone spin with her spinning wheel and I think I drooled. *heh* I have a drop spindle that I bought at the Fryeburg Fair but I haven’t used it yet. Yes I bought some Romney Wool handpainted Roving from Spunky Eclectic so I am totally ready to try it out!
Also? I bought two skeins of Malabrigo yarn in Purple Mystery. Ooooooh sooo soft. I touched it in the Quilt Essentials booth and nearly lost my mind. It is THAT soft. Just….yum. As you can see from the pic below I really didn’t buy much but I had so much fun just being there. It was , as the 16 year old would say, “Freaking awsome!” =) Can’t wait for next year. Hell I can’t wait for the Maine Fiber Frolic!!!!