Friday, January 28, 2011

Overheard At the Car Dealership

Nice Salesman:  Go ahead, kick the tires!

Prince:  kicks tire

Nice Salesman:  Let's check under the hood.  Have you ever seen a hemi?

Prince:  Raises arms to mama, says, "Pweese, Mama?"

Nice Salesman:  Do you want to try and drive it?

Prince:  "Uh-huh." Climbs in the driver's seat and grabs onto the Charger's wheel.

Nice Salesman:  Did you have fun?

Prince with a huge grin: "KANK OOO!!" (Thank you!)

Nice Salesman:  We'll see you back in a few years!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Knit A Week

Verdict:  This is the first sweater that I have made for myself that I have not totally hated and/or given away because it looked better on someone else. {grin}  That makes me happy.  It is so snuggly and warm.  A perfect a fall day/a not bitter cold winter day/a bright spring day jacket.  And it was a super fast knit!
Some notes of interest:
The lining fabric is an Amy Butler decorator print which I ♥ with all my heart!! From this great fabric site!
The buttons are from an amazing etsy seller.  She made them of out of a vintage fabric and they are oh, so fun and unique!

Pattern:  Anise (a freebie on the Rowan website)

Yarn:  Rowan Big Wool, a super bulky, quick to knit with yarn.

Pardon my oh, so, somber face.  Taking pictures of yourself without a dorky expression is very hard to do, especially with a little Prince tugging at your pant legs screaming for "JUICE PWEESE MAMA!!  PWEESE JUICE!!!" {grin}

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Overheard After a Horseback Ride

Queen:  Did you have fun riding with your Auntie and your cousins?

Princess #3:  YES!!  But now I'm all puckered out!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Knit A Week

I know, I know, more socks.  
But making them is one of my favorite 
go-to knitting projects.  Not to mention, I have
a pair going at.all.times. :)
Socks are great for when you just have a couple of minutes
or you are in a waiting room 
or taking a drive with your chauffeur {grin}
Try them, try them, you will like them!

Pattern:  Ampersand Socks (a freebie)

Yarn:  Socks that Rock Mediumweight in the 
Wonderful Goodness colorway
(Souvenir yarn from our time at the coast!)

Verdict:  I really enjoy the Blue Moon Fibers yarn-it is a pleasure to work
with.  It is so sproingy!  And I love this simple colorway.
The pattern was an easy one to memorize, which
is something I tend to look for in a sock pattern, and
looks really cool.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Overheard After a Squabble

Princess #2:  I really hate that we have to do chores every time we fight and Mama can't take it anymore.

Princess #3:  Me too.

Princess #2:  At the rate we're going, Mama's not going to have to do any chores by herself for a whole week.

Princess #3:  Yah, cuz we're doing them all, right?

Princess #2:  Totally.

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, January 10, 2011

Happiness Is . . .

. . . teaching your wiggliest child how to knit, having her catch on immediately, and LOVE doing it!!  Princess #2 has already finished her first project--a neck warmer for her stuffed animal, and then proceeded to cast on for her second project, a scarf for herself.  Amazing!!  The rate she's going, I'm going to have to start paying her allowance in yarn.

The King and I are still scratching our heads.  We've never seen her sit as still or as long as she did yesterday.  Well, willingly, that is.

She's been asking me to teach her on and off for a while now, I just didn't think I could dig out enough patience to do it.  I was wrong.  She is awesome!

I love being wrong.  For a good cause like knitting. {grin}

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Recognize this one??

I love how he's just hangin' out, one hand in his pocket.
Just like his Dadddy does. {grin}

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

2010's Knitting Wrap-Up

I am writing this post for me. {grin}  I just tallied my projects for 2010 off of my go-to knitting website  I love that site!  If you are a knitter or an aspiring knitter, you should join.  It will inspire you!!

So for 2010 my knitting tallied up like so:

Pairs of socks: 7 (approx. 2,450 yards of yarn)

Hats:  10 (approx. 1,000 yards of yarn)

Pairs of Mittens: 4  (approx. 300 yards of yarn)

Scarves/wraps/poncho:  7  (approx.  2,000 yards of yarn)

Sweaters:  10  (approx.  5,000 yards of yarn)

Just for fun/stuffed toys:  6  (approx. 600 yards of yarn)

Total:  11, 350 yards of yarn used on 44 projects!! 

The most favorite thing I knit last year is hard to choose, but I think it would be the little tea set I made for my youngest niece.  It had tea cups, saucers, a creamer, sugar bowl w/sugar cubes, tea bags, teaspoons, cupcakes, and a fabulous tea pot.  The best part was, I made the entire set during the winter Olympics, as part of the challenge on Ravelry.  The pattern is in the book Itty Bitty Nursery by Susan B. Anderson.

The teapot is stripey, need I say more??
Thanks for all of your encouraging comments along the way in 2010.  Look for more knitting posts in 2011!  I've just about completed my first project for the new year . . . there it begins!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Another Monday Ramble

1.  School was back on today.

2.  Surprisingly, it went really well.

3.  I don't know why that surprises me, but it did.  And it was a nice way to start the week.

4.  I didn't make any specific new year resolutions.

5.  Just kept to the broad one:  survival.

6.  I got the Pioneer Woman cookbook for Christmas and boy, have we been eating yummy new stuff these past couple of weeks.  The sour cream pancakes were delish!

7.  The pancakes were notable because as a general rule, I could do without pancakes in my life.

8.  I started on my February must-have knits.  I am knitting up Princess #3 a bunch of fun goodies for her b-day.

9.  And I found an adorable (easy, I hope) pattern for making a fire engine cake for the Prince.

10.  When I showed him the picture, it immediately triggered his siren wail. {grin}

11.  Next week all three of my sisters and their adorable children arrive at my parents' place.

12.  I should probably convince the King to buy or rent an RV for us to live in while they are in the area.

13.  Thataway, we won't miss a minute of time spent. {grin}

14.  Happy New Year, dear readers!