Sunday, October 23, 2011

quick post to say

my dad is here for a nice, long visit... and he brought with him two of my favourite sweaters that had gone for a bit of a spa break at my parents' place for the past few years... one big cardigan that was knit for my grandfather 25+ years ago that I wore throughout college, and one fishermans sweater that my mother made for my dad 30+ years ago... I love them and I missed them and they're just what I needed. Hopefully I can get some pics soon :-)

And now, since my Dad's sleeping, and N. is sleeping, I'm going to get ready to watch some New Jersey Housewives reunion and go to bed myself.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Poking above water

sorry for the lack of WiPs and FOs and all lately... we've been dealing with lots of crap... not the least of which is an issue with the new 2nd floor tenants; or rather, they have an issue with us. Long and complicated story, but it's culminating in me going to pick out new carpet with the landlord this afternoon. Did I ever mention that I love our landlords?

I've been working on a few projects here and there, but am thoroughly enjoying being back in the lab full time, especially because it's a full house (and I like everyone) instead of me working by myself in a room with no windows, like my last job. Sure, it's only volunteer for now, but I feel at home, and that's what counts.

We've also determined that we're not taking a trip up north this fall, which means settling in for holiday prep. My dad is coming down this weekend, and staying for a couple of weeks hopefully, and that should break up the long stretch of not seeing anyone. I miss them all terribly, but I can be grateful for not having to travel right around Christmas. There's always skype, after all :)

OK... off I go to Lowes or Home Depot... picking out carpet... whee!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Quick FO Friday

Quick FO friday for you: the completed Freia hat :)

Thank you for all of your comments!! I'm behind on responding because I've started volunteering in a lab full time while waiting for all kinds of paperwork and grants and things to potentially come through. I LOVE being busy, but it also puts a serious cramp into knitting and blogging :)

The verdict on the hat? Love it, but had to fudge. I had to leave out two rows of stockinette on the last section after the final braid to have enough yarn. It doesn't make much difference in the fit, but for someone like me with a huge head, it's important to be able to make the largest size as written. I'd definitely make it again, though.

Head to Tami's Amis for more FOs :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WiP Wednesday

One thing to show you this week - a store sample for my lys. They've gotten so much yummy yarn that doesn't all fit in my budget, but the Freia Handpaints were so beautiful, I just wanted a chance to try them out. Luckily, the ladies are ever accomodating, and I'm knitting up a sample hat in the grapevine colorway.

It took just a quick store visit and one TV show's worth of time to get to this point:

I'm making the largest size, and I'm not sure how the yardage will work out - the pattern is one-skein, so we'll see.

And since we're all feeling better these past couple of days, off I go to be productive :)

For more WiPs, check out Tami's Amis!

Monday, October 10, 2011

quick update - all is well

So far, the whole illness/discomfort seems to have been short lived for everyone - had a great morning, then a great day at the park. sleeping soundly at the moment, hopefully for the night (fingers crossed). thanks for letting me deleriously vent, twas very theraputic.

night-night :)

I'm not even sure why I'm posting at this hour... I'm delerious, and this is likely to be TMI, so consider yourself warned.

It's Sunday night/Monday morning, somewhere after 1am... and I'm not sleeping.

Last night I thought I'd be domestic, because we'd had a great day, and N. had been terrific. So, I chopped up a whackload of onions and set out to make french onion soup for Hubby. Fast-forward to 7:30pm: Trying to get the child to bed, and I'm trying to finish the soup. During my first deglaze (which is something I do all. the. time.) I got splashback. Burned my right hand all over, and I'm still not sure if it was steam, broth, or grease. I spent the entire evening with my hand in a bowl of icewater. Luckily no blistering, but it BURNS like the fires of HELL.

Fast-forward again to 12:45am: I'm trying to doze while keeping my hand in a ziploc baggie with icewater, a facecloth, and some chunks of ice. Then the *ahem* party downstairs revs up. My bloodpressure spikes, I go down and scare the shit out of them with four little words, "Dude. Shut. It. Down."

Sunday was calmer - more ice compresses, a long walk outside with some froyo. I cooked a cauliflower pasta recipe that I found last week and it was delish. The child went to bed at 8pm (which is early, but he was happy). Push that good old FF button: 10:30PM: Child wakes up. Claims his whole body hurts. I'm not sure it's a nightmare or illness, but he has no fever (whew) and very little tenderness anywhere (swatted me away from palpating his belly, but more from annoyance, I think). I'm guessing he has gas, but he doesn't want to potty. All he wants is to sleep in my bed.

He was so sad and tired, so I tucked him in and got ready to climb in too (it's about 11:10 at this point). Unfortunately for me (apologies for the TMI), it turns out that I'm sick. I'm pretty sure it was the assault of the cauliflower pasta (which included copious amounts of garlic, chilis, and anchovies, none of which I've had lately), but I've been battling things since that point. It's been the longest two hours of my life.

I think I'm finally ready to climb into bed, and I just heard what sounds like kids firing off firecrackers and cherry bombs in the neighborhood. Which reminds me, they've started playing knicky-knicky nine-door lately, and it's really pissing me off. Sigh. I'm just a barrel of laughs tonight. Possibly going to delete this tomorrow when I'm lucid.

And now that I've gotten that stream of consciousness out, I think I'm going to go lie down... We're supposed to have a playdate tomorrow with our neighbors since daycare is closed. I'm desperately hoping that N.'s episode is temporary, because he loves the park and loves these kids.

Ellie, over and out.

Friday, October 7, 2011

FO Friday

Just one thing to show you this week, because that's all I managed to get photographed:

The roll-up nap blanket for my niece :)

This was tremendously easy, all straight seams. The only hitch was convincing my machine to sew through three layers of high-loft batting... that took some encouraging. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was big enough - the finished size of the pad is 20"x50", and the blanket is approx 36"x38".

It has kid-approval: N. obliged for a photo, but when I told him I was putting it away to send to his cousin, he was heartbroken; not the 'I'm annoyed because you took my toy away' kind of upset, but the "But I truly love this thing with all my 3 year old heart" kind of upset. It was rather cute, enough that I ordered some Cars flannel and matching red fleece to make him one of his own for Christmas :)

As always, check out Tami's Amis for more FO's :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

WiP Wednesday

I'm trying to get back on the life train, but it's thwarting me at every turn... mostly with a cold that turned into mild bronchitis, which pissed me off because it's October, not February.

I did have a fun little excursion last week - Stacey and I went on a fabric-and-grocery expedition, and had a girls-night-supper in between. I scored a good length of Dora fabric for my niece, and since it was the end of the bolt, I got 1/3 of it at remnant price. I'm making her a roll-up nap blanket for Christmas, and this was the status this morning at 11am:

In this photo, it needs to be quilted on the main body, and the pillow section stuffed. The attached 'blankie' is some 50% off polar fleece with quilt binding. (I'm cheating a little, it's mostly finished right now, and I'll feature it on Friday... note to self: use two layers of hi-loft batting instead of three, and watch the fleece while sewing, because it stretches).

While I was home wheezing last week, I also knocked out a pair of Duffers slippers, because I had two skeins of Cascade Pastaza, and they do wear through when you spend your evening sliding on the linoleum like a 6-year-old:

These are still a WiP because it's pre-felting state; I also did one size smaller than last time, because I wanted to see if I could get them felted down in two laundry cycles instead of the five it took my previous pair.

That's it for me today; for more WiPs, visit Tami's Amis!

ETA: Tutorial for the roll-up nap blanket is here; 2nd note to self: use 28-30" of webbing instead of the 27" lengths for the straps.