Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Hope you have a Happy Easter.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead ... 1 Peter 1:3

Eggs drying
All the pretty eggs

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Branching Out

After completing hub's vest, I had a desire for a quicker knit project. I had a pattern in my queue in Ravelry of a lacy scarf that fit the bill. It is called Branching Out by Susan Lawrence in the Knitty 2005 issue, so an oldie but goody. I ran out to Michael's and purchased some Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere. This is the first time EVER that I have knit with cashmere and I must say I could get used to it! Granted this only has a small blend of cashmere, but it is so soft and easy to work with. I am just about thru one ball, see Georgie sleeping next to my knitting? This scarf is going to be a surprise for my good friend Beth who loves gardening and happens to be a Master Gardener. I figure with this scarf, she can have her "plants" with her all year long and this one will be a lot less maintenance.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fully Vested

After much knitting and sewing, I finished hub's vest. Amazingly enough, I did not run out of yarn, in fact, I have one full ball left. He tried it on several times as I was finishing it up and he seems pleased, which pleases me as well.

We decorated hard boiled eggs this weekend with the family as our regular Easter ritual. A good time was had by all and not too much dye got thru to the counter tops, a big plus in my book.

 This morning we awoke to (GASP) snow on the ground. All I can say is I am ready for winter to be over. It melted by the end of the day and tomorrow we are supposed to get rain, so that should take care of the rest of it. Come on spring!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Not Pretty in Pink

It all started with an innocent comment from my husband at the dinner table. "Honey, your eye looks a little red, does it feel ok?" I take a peek in the bathroom mirror, yeah it looks a little red, but I brush it off. So, today at work, one of my employees says, "I bet you have pink eye!" Oh right, I am thinking. But I walk back to the nurse who agrees, but tells me not to worry, it will clear up on its own. Hmmmm, that doesn't sound like anything I have ever heard, so I call my doctor's office where I am transferred to the nurse hot line. She agrees that it sounds like pink eye, but she gives me a, "THAT IS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS, YOU DON'T NEED TO COME IN, WE WILL CALL IN A PRESCRIPTION FOR DROPS RIGHT AWAY!" One might think I had the bubonic plague or something. Well, I have already exposed all of our Zeeland facility for 1 1/2 days now, but I head to the pharmacy to pick up my drops. Hopefully this clears up soon as we have family pictures scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

While at the pharmacy, I did find something in pink that was pretty.

This weekend I was practicing beading with knitting, something I have never done before. I purchased a big jar of pony beads from Hobby Lobby.

I surfed the net (where better spot to get knowledge?) and found a really cool tip. Instead of stringing all of the beads on the yarn to start, you use a teeny tiny crochet hook and slip a bead on it and then hook the stitch you want it to slide over from your left needle over the hook, slide the bead past the stitch and then put it back on your left needle and continue knitting. It is sweet! So, here is what it looks like on my practice swatch.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Warm Hands

I finished the Twisted Rib Hand Warmers last night. I made the 2nd one a touch smaller than the first as it seemed a little loose on Elizabeth's hand. She didn't seem to care one way or the other. What a great project for new knitters that want to graduate beyond "the scarf". You could make hand warmers in virtually any stitch pattern and get really quick results.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bird Watching

Now that spring is officially here (even though it doesn't feel like it) the birds are out in full force in the back yard. Hub put out the bird bath and feeder last week and Chez Paul is back in business. Misha spent a lot of time checking out the new residents this morning.

Elizabeth and I had a fairly non restful night at the hospital and were glad to head back home this morning, although I was a little surprised that we were discharged before 7:30 am. The nurse had indicated that they would not be in during the night, but they were in the room before 2 am and again before 6 am. The view of the city lights was very cool, but my cell phone could not take a picture that looked half way decent so no sharing. After I picked up Dan from my mom's, I went to bed and slept until felt so good.

I felt somewhat human again after my nap so I made muffins and did some laundry and worked on the hand warmers for Elizabeth. If I can sit down for a few minutes I should get them finished tonight. Here is Misha grabbing a cat nap while waiting for the kids to get home from the library.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A New Knitting Hang Out

Today was a crazy day for the Pauls. Elizabeth had a 24 hour EEG at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Hub took the early shift from check in until after dinner. I came around dinner and am staying with Elizabeth overnight until we check out tomorrow am. The hospital is beautiful and the view from the room on the 10th floor is fabulous, check it out! My picture from my phone isn't the greatest resolution, but you can see the whole city and the river from up here.
Since I am spending the night, I have a choice between the recliner on the right and the fold down bed on the left. Which do you think I should choose? Good thing I am taking tomorrow off of work, I think I will need a nap to recover.

While here, I finished one of the spiral ribbed hand warmers from the Berroco website. Elizabeth wanted them in purple, but believe it or not, I did not have any purple yarn in my stash except a lilac color with metallic thread and she wrinkled her nose at that. So, I found a variegated yarn in blues and purples and she was fine with that. These are a PIECE OF CAKE to make, but I had to modify the pattern to match my gauge. I will finish the other one tomorrow.

Well, time to get ready for bed, hope I can catch a few winks tonight.
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tinking Vs. Knitting

I have finally come to the conclusion that when I am tired I need to put my knitting down and go do something else. Preferably something mindless and relaxing. As I had predicted earlier, I knew I was going to run out of yarn before we got home from my mother in laws, but I used that time in the car to nap, so not all was lost.

As soon as we got home, I hooked up another ball and started back at it. I did really well for about an hour or so. The next thing I know, I screw up the pattern and I need to start tinking. TINKING SUCKS! I know that it is good to have a method to fix things, but I still don't like it. Tinking brioche is EVEN WORSE than that!!! Instead of just slipping your needle into the previous stitch and pulling off the new screwed up stitch, you have to fiddle with the row below stitches. Its just messy and unpleasant.

In spite of screwing up, I am making progress, see the finished back on the left compared to the half finished front on the right? One of these days, hub will have a vest of his very own.

On My Mind

I saw this pattern on Berroco's website (actually in their email notification I signed up for) and I really was entranced. There is nothing really special about these little hand warmers, but they look so easy and yet so cool. I could use a pair of these, but not only that, I could whip these babies out for others in no time at all. And what a stash buster. Look for a pair of these soon from me!

I decided to start working again on my husband's ladder ribbed vest since I was going to have time this weekend. We are back in the Detroit area visiting my mother in law for the weekend. It feels really strange to be knitting with size 8 needles after having worked on the buttercream twist blanket on 13s. Also the progress seems a lot slower (boo). I only brought 2 balls of yarn with me and I am regretting that as I think I will run out of yarn before I get home later this evening. We stopped at Target last night off Outer Drive and picked up some things for my mother in law. I was hoping to stop at JoAnne's since it is right around the corner, but hub was not super receptive to that idea. So we didn't..... now I know why I shop by myself.
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Friday, April 1, 2011

Knitting Limerick - No Fooling 2KCBW Day 5

Day 5 - Have a little fun on your blog in a totally unexpected (and hopefully entertaining) way.

A Handless Lady from Holland

A handless lady from Holland
Carried around a wool ball band.
If her knitting she brought
Then her friends often thought
How does she knit with a doll hand?

A handless lady from Holland
Ate only food that was all canned.
Since she was quite picky,
She ate nothing sticky
And had no issues with ball strands. 

A handless lady from Holland
Felt hot so she used a tall fan.
Though her friends would say
Go to the beach and play
She hated that it was all sand.

I sincerely promise I will not quit my day job!