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4 posts from October 2008

October 17, 2008

Wedding Preparations

No, not my wedding.  Madeline's wedding!  The big day is 9 days away.  I get to block her chuppah tonight so that we can give it to the florist on Tuesday.  Actually, the chuppah that I am blocking is Chuppah the border, she is hand painting the silk center piece.  Lew knit the border for her.  Beautiful hand knit lace, pattern designed by Lew.  Tomorrow we pick up her wedding dress.  It has been fitted and is ready for next weekend!  On Tuesday, we leave for SF so that she can relax (maybe) and we can finish any last minute preparations.  The best part is that we will be there with no kids, furkids, and no husbands/husbands-to-be.  Her big day is coming!!

Yesterday, I took my furbabies to the vet.  It was their time to be spayed/neutered.  I was able to Conehead bring home Duma.  His recovery period is much shorter than Kima's.  She will be picked up later this morning.  I do feel sorry for him right now. It is obvious that he misses his sister, he keeps wandering around the house looking for her.  He also has an e-collar on.   The vet decided to put it on him as he keeps licking his stitches.  Of course, he looks so pathetic and Tink and Nigel are avoiding him as they are not quite sure what that thing is attached to his head.

Tori had a choir concert last night.  I am going to try and post pictures this weekend.  We have a video camera that John used to tape the performance.  It has a feature that allows you to take still photos from the video.  I am going to try and do that tonight.  Hopefully, I will be able to get some nice pictures of her.  They did a wonderful job with the performance.

I don't have any of my knitting photos to post.  Those will come later.  I did join a KAL on Ravelry.  I am knitting a lace shawl (shocker!).  The pattern comes from this site and is called Pangea.  It is a beautiful shawl and I am knitting it from stash!  The yarn is from Elann that I bought way before I had the store.  It is called Peruvian Baby Silk.  I have no idea why I bought it, but I am very glad that I did.  Not only is the price very nice, the yarn is quite beautiful- very soft and easy to knit with.  I am knitting this as a gift, but will still post photos .  I just won't say who it is for!

Well, I'm off to pick up Kima.  Duma will be very happy to see her sister.  Hopefully, there is no e-collar for her!

October 13, 2008

Weekends are too short!

The weekend has come and gone, where does all of our time go?  Well, part of my weekend was spent at Great America in Santa Clara.  No, I didn't go on any rides.  What was that?  Why didn't I go on the rides?  Well, I was there for a cheer competition!!!  The first of many to come.  I will get to  Tori-GA  Tori and Sami travel at least once a month for the next 5 months to different competitions around the state, ending up at the National Championships is Anaheim at the end of March.  Sounds like great fun,   but it's not.  Not that I don't enjoy watching my daughter and her team compete, I do.  The problem is the rest of the time that you spend waiting while everyone else's daughters (and some sons) compete.  It usually ends up being an all day affair.  We could have gone on the rides, but DH and I were tired and had no motivation to walk all over the park.  Instead, we waited with Tori and the rest of her team, watching the other teams perform and waiting to hear the results.  For their first competition, Oakmont performed well.  Definitely room for improvement.  Once they look pretty good, I'll post a video for all to watch.

The rest of the weekend is always spent cleaning and doing laundry.  The normal things that More yarn everyone must do.  But, part of my cleaning involved going through my stash-and do I have a lot!  Now having owned a yarn shop, one would expect that I would have some yarn.  But, the yarn that I went through was everything that I had before the store.Yarn in basket I was amazed at some of the yarn that I found.  Much of it I had forgotten I had.  Unfortunately, I did not remember to write down what projects the yarn was purchased for.  If you noticed my sidebar, I have a list of goals from the site 43 Things.  One of my goals is to get my house organized.  So, by spending time of Ravelry, I can organize my stash of yarn, needles, books and patterns.  This will help me accomplish one of my goals!  And I can find patterns for all that yarn!  Nothing like finding ways to justify spending part of your Sunday playing in your yarn!

I was able to get some knitting done too.  I am now done with the back of my cable cardigan and have moved on the the fronts.  When knitting cardigans, I always knit both fronts together on the Sweater fronts same circular needle.  This helps me to have all the shaping done symmetrically.  I know that one of my weaknesses in knitting is not taking the best notes.  By working the fronts together, I don't have to worry about what row I started the decreases on the left so that I will start the decreases on the right on that same row.  I think that the biggest problem that I have is keeping my yarn from getting tangled.  


   For those of you that shopped at my store, I wanted to make sure that you didn't think that I have forgotten about Tink.  She is still here, ruling over the kittens and Nigel (my doggy).  She likes to perch on this banister so that she is able to see most of what is going on in the house.  She is still as bossy as ever and will only let certain people pet her when she is in the mood.  But, she is still my baby from the store.  My 'free' kitty-and the kitty that is the pickiest of Duma on desk the three when it comes to food.  Only the best for the free one!  The kittens will eat just about anything.  Speaking of the kittens, here is Duma on my desk.  He insists that he spend most of his time there, snapping at the mouse on the screen and lying on all of my paperwork.  Of course, he can only do that when Tink lets him.  He and Kima are getting spayed/neutered this week.  I wonder how we are going to keep them from running around the house once they get home?

As I noted above, I have joined Ravelry.  If you are a knitter or crocheter and have not joined, I highly recommend it.  I really don't have a lot of time for the forums, but there are many knit alongs and different knit groups to join.  They also have a database so that you can keep track of WIPs, upcoming projects, needles, books, and your stash.  I was pretty impressed with the site.  You do have to ask for an invite, but after waiting a couple of days, they email you and you're in.  Because I finally joined, I am now part of the Walker Treasury Project.  Check out the blog and find out more about it.  I am really excited about being part of that group.

I did want to say 'thank you' to everyone that has left me a comment.  Those are really appreciated.  It is nice to know that there is someone out there actually reading this blog!!

October 08, 2008

Family Additions (knitting content also!)

During the many months since I had last blogged,  we made a couple of additions to the household.  Now, those of you that had been to the store will remember Tink, the abandoned kitten that became the store cat.  When the store closed, she came home with me full time.  Now Tink is a very tempermental cat.  There are times when she is quite loving, but the majority of her time is spent in solitude (completely her choice).  Tori has tried time and time again to get Tink to let Tori hold her and pet her, but to no avail.  So, this year, Tori begged and pleaded with her dad to let her get another cat (I have no problem adding another pet to the household as cats, in my opinion, are much easier to handle than dogs).  We finally wore him down and Tori, Madeline, and I drove out to a breeder to look at Maine Coons.  I chose this breed to make my husband happy (they are big cats) and make my daughter happy (they have a reputation for being very loveable).  The breeder had many kittens, both  Maine Coons and Savannahs. I had never heard of a Savannahs before, and didn't know anything about the breed.  But the cats were beautiful and friendly and big!  We were all taken with them, but had gone there to look at the Maine Coons, so we looked at those kittens instead. 

Being a good wife, I informed my husband that he would need to go to the breeder with us on the next trip and see the cats.  I wanted to make sure that the kitten chosen would be acceptable to him, after all, he was going to be paying for it!  So off we went again, out the to breeder to visit her cats.  The breeder showed us the kittens and the parents and we couldn't help but look at the Savannahs.  My husband saw them and decided no Maine Coons for us in the future, were getting a Savannah!  Well, I did do some research on this breed and we were at the breeder, so we had question and answer time!  We found out that they are a newer breed that is still in development.  They are very active and very loving.  Usually not a lap cat, but loved to be petted and play games.  They have many "dog-like" qualities, they will come when called, play fetch, and walk on a leash to name a few.  They are not for everyone.  The activity level with the earlier generations is much higher than the average cat.  After learning that little tidbit, I decided the two would be easier than one, I just had to convince John of this! So, we put a deposit down on one kitten, but had made sure that the other would be available too, just in case.

Upon our arrival home, Tori and I got on the internet to find out all the information that we could.  Armed with the new found information, we took it to Daddy (he was buying his baby girl a birthday present!) and showed him why two kittens would be better than one.  After much cajoling, he finally agreed and I called the breeder that night.  Here are our two new additions to the family:IMG_0536small Duma (Swahili for cheetah) on the left and Kima (Swahili for monkey) on the right.  They are much bigger now than in this photo, but I will be adding more current photos of them in the future.  They keep us on our toes, and Tink is not at all happy with the new arrivals. She is adjusting slowly but surely.  Since she believes that she is human, I am sure she feels we should have consulted her on this.

On to knitting.......I have made progress on my sweater.  I decided to make the cropped cardigan not so cropped.  When first reviewing the   IMG_0717small  measurements, I knew that I would make the sweater longer than the pattern instructions. Being in my forties, showing off my mid-driff is a bad idea!  With that in mind,  I have added two inches to the length of the sweater. So far, I have just completed the armhole decreases and used two balls of yarn.  I am staying on track to complete the back by the end of the week.

Madeline and I were comparing patterns and found out that we want to knit the same sweater.  We are going to start a little knit a long with the condition that I do not start the sweater until she returns from her honeymoon.  Something about me knitting too fast.  The pattern calls for Adrienne Vittadini's Natasha.  Reading its description on Knitter's Review, it sounds lovely to work with.  Since Adrienne Vittadini is discontinuing her yarn line, I decided to see if I could find some at a good discount.   I found Natasha on sale at CALYarn, a site that I have just discovered.  They seem very nice and I emailed them to place my order.  I hope to receive it today or tomorrow (will post pictures of what I get) .  We are also going to be knitting the sweater with Janice.  She started hers a while back, but will be picking it up again once she finishes her Christmas knitting. 

Wow! This is the second post this week.......maybe I will actually keep up my blog.  Hope somebody out there actually reads it!

October 06, 2008

Let's Try This Again.....

  Bloggers forgive for I have not posted.  It has been over a year since my last post......

Wow!  One year!  I have been paying for this thing for the past year and haven't posted until now.  If anyone out there is still reading this, I do apologize.  I am going to TRY and post to this at least once a week.....let's see how I do!

If you have read my blog in the past, then you know that I have had many ups and downs with the family.  To give a brief update, I can say that my family is doing much, much better.  Johnny did graduate from high school and is now attending college.  Tori is cheering again and her grades and attitude are much improved.  I did do the right thing by closing the yarn shop.  As painful as that was (and it was very, very painful), the outcome for my kids was more than worth that price.

Now, don't think that I believe that everything will be hunky dory from now on.  I know that I will have to continue to be there for the kiddos for a long while.  I just now feel that the sacrifices are starting to pay off.....they are good kids and it has been worth it!

For those of you that I have talked to recently, and have wanted to know the horror stories that I can now laugh at, stay tuned, I will post those stories at later dates!

In case you are wondering, I am knitting.  I actually have just started a project.  I have lots of yarn (shocker!) and pulled something that has been in my stash for several years.  I have lots of Jo Sharp yarn.  I love her tweeds and color pallette.  So when I saw this,Cropped cardigan  I knew what my next project would be.  I am using Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed in Potpourri.  I started it on Saturday and hope that have the back finished this week.  I will try to post pictures later this week.

Well, that's all for now.  I am impressed that I posted this much :)  Let's see if I can keep this up!