Thursday, March 27, 2008

Yarn happenings

Ok..so I was browsing Ravelry today (when I should have been focusing on work) and I came across a thread mentioning Lion Brand's upcoming sock yarn, Sock-Ease. I was a little skeptical since Lion Brand discontinued Magic Stripes a year or two ago. I decided to check it out, since I am always on the lookout for new sock yarn. Apparently, Sock-Ease is going to be yarn infused with aloe vera, like Austermann Step. How cool is that! I cannot wait for it to be released, but the colors will hopefully improve and will include some solids.
I finished the first hat for the Atlanta project, and started on the second one. Its in Red Heart (yeah I know) but its cute and is really easy-care. I also mastered a new knitting skill today: reverse stitching. Now all the roll-brims I do will actually look the way the pattern intended them to look!
I won a contest on Vickie Howell's blog and my prize arrived yesterday.  I  recieved a flat of Conjoined Creations' Flat Feet sock yarn. It is a flat piece of sock yarn that you knit right off of the flat. It looks really fun--will post pictures soon!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Nothing new




Nothing new or extraordinary going on. DH and son getting over sickness/food poisoning. Easter weekend was a washout, and trip to Cleveland was the beginning of DH's long journey through the land of undercooked ham and its effects on the human body. I am NEVER eating ham again!




As promised, pics of the socks I have completed. I am also working on a pair of socks for son and a couple of hats for an ongoing project throughout the year. A group of women in Atlanta are collecting scarves, hats, and gloves to distribute to the homeless for next winter. I urge you to get involved in a charity project this year. It is good for the soul. Check it out on Ravelry group: Charity Knitting.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Knitting ADD

This past week I have gotten a lot of sleep, and as a result, productivity with work and knitting has suffered. Son and husband were sick for a while and I was sick for 2 days. Work has been up and down, as it usually is with sales. I'm blessed to be able to be home with my family though.
I finished my first pair of socks for myself. I then cast on for my second pair of socks(from the same pattern as the first) in my beloved (and first skein ever) Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in Firebird. I was feeling bored, so I then pulled out a pattern from the Plymouth Yarn Company website. Pattern is for socks for son. Using Encore Colorspun, I knit a sock, modified it to fit a 20 month old, then tried it on said 20 month old and found the sock did not fit at all. I then cast on for a new sock and am coming along with it. Being the polygamous knitter that I am, I am currently working and knitting my socks that rock sock.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Complicated feelings

Ok..so a few months ago my hubby Nate and I agreed no more kids after our son, Charlie. I just feel now like I want to give all of myself as a mom to him. Nate was the first one who was like " One is Enough!" I agreed, our little life is perfect as it is. Now his brother and fiancee are planning their wedding and family, and Nate has been hit with baby fever. A large part of me does not want more children, as son is perfect. A smaller part of me wants the 9 months thing and the baby bliss again. I don't want to take away from Charlie, and I want him to develop into the beautiful person he is becoming without any loss of attention from Nate or I. Its so difficult, but maybe some people arent meant to have a huge family. I think we are doing the right thing, but time will tell. It is so difficult to know that in October of last year, we were expecting another baby. I would have been due in July or late June. It crushes me and I try not to think about it, but it creeps into my mind all the time. I wonder whether it would have been a boy or a girl. I suppose everything happens for a reason.

Friday, March 7, 2008

It's been awhile...

It has been a long time since I last posted. The move went fine, and was mostly stress-free. Our new apartment looks much better since we moved in, made it more home-like with all our stuff.
My son came down with bronchitis and the flu at the same time. I wish I could be sick instead of him.
Work has been going along...well like it goes along.
I love living in a city!!!
Scouted out a new yarn store, Temptations, located in Dublin, Ohio, a 40 minute drive from our new apartment. I got to stroke Malabrigo for the first time--yummy! Got to pet some sock yarn, quiviut, and Buffalo Gold fibers. I also checked out the very extreme Habu Textiles fibers. I bought a skein of Louet Gems fingering weight yarn and a skein of Cascade 200. I was going to use the Cascade 220 for a dog sweater for Chance, but will use acrylic instead because he loves getting muddy outside.
More later!!