Friday, December 14, 2007

Birthday, Christmas, Knitting

Okay, I've been busy. The Girl turned three this week. THREE. How did that happen?

It only takes a moment to go from here:

To here:

I'm enjoying every second of it. Here she's posing with one of my favorite toys. Her new Fisher Price dollhouse. It comes with a mom and dad and two twin babies; a boy and a girl. She's named the babies Bluey and Pinky, the Mom's name is Sweetie and the Dad is Cheatie. I love playing with this so much, but I worry about that dad.

I've been trying to do a little Christmas shopping here and there, but it's so hard with the kids. I think next year I'll start a bit earlier and do all my shopping online. The next week and a half will be pretty busy with parties and shopping, and my Mom-in-law coming on Tuesday, so may not have the chance to blog again until after the holiday. Of course, I have no hand knit presents, which disappoints me, but I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I'll have Matt's sweater done after Christmas. I was hoping to finish it up before, but that is just not going to happen. I have two sweaters planned after his; a skull and crossbones pullover for The Boy and a hoodie or cardigan for myself.

My one and only FO to show:

Pattern: Danica Scarf, Winter '05 Knitty
Yarn: Patons Soy Wool Stripes, Natural Earth - 3 skeins
Started: August (I put it down for a while)
Finished: December 13, 07

I was planning on knitting this for a gift, but changed my mind. The last time I saw this person, she had a beautiful scarf that she made herself (sewn) and I figure it wouldn't be worn. I have a second person in mind, but I really don't know her too well, and the wool is a bit scratchy. I'd hate for her not to wear it for that reason. I think I'll keep it instead.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Hats On!

The past two days I have been without internet connection and phone, due to a faulty router. The internet is back up (thank goodness), but we're waiting for them to send us a new router for the phone. Grrrrr. This is after two days of phone calls, one trip to the computer store for a new network card (not needed) and untold frustration. I'm just glad I have my internet back. I can do without the phone.

So, knitting. I finished a hat for The Boy to match his new orange and navy winter coat. He didn't like it. I like it. He doesn't think it's flamey enough. I don't even know what that means.

I also needed a new hat, so Friday night at The Yarn and Fiber I picked up some Dream in Color Classy for an Amanda Hat for myself. I started it Friday night and was finished Saturday afternoon. I could not stop knitting this hat. It was so much fun. I have enough yarn left over for another hat and maybe even a pair of fingerless mitts. I'm going to knit the mitts first and then weigh the leftover.

Here's the hat on (forgive the dorkiness, please).

The Amanda Hat, by the fabulous Gina of Sleepy Eyes Knitting
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, Gothic Rose
Started: Friday, November 30
Finished: Saturday, December 1

And here's a closeup for color and pattern.

Isn't it beautiful? I wore this hat all day in the house on Saturday. It's so comfortable.

Also OTN, I started another Silk Garden scarf for myself, but haven't gotten very far. I've also started one teacher's gift, a Branching Out scarf in Silky Wool in the gorgeous red. I hope to finish it in time.

By the way, he still likes the skull hat best:

Even if it doesn't match.