Friday, December 28, 2007

December's Knitting Projects

After all the organizing, it only seems natural to share pictures to give each of the named projects a face.
Here are December's Knitting Projects. They are all projects to be finished, some of them needing only sewing in ends, or blocking, or as in the Pram Coat project, all of that, plus sewing the pieces together. The plan is to finish all the projects by the end of the month.

Pram Coat: needs the pieces all blocked and sewn together, finishing knitting, sewing on of buttons, sewing in ends, etc. This may have to be a long-term finishing project, as it will go into the "Grandchild Hope Chest".

Autumn Capelet: I just need to sew in the ends and sew on a few buttons, which somehow ended up in my daughter's purse.

White Baby Blanket: needs to have the ends sewn in.
A Red Scarf: needs to have the ends sewn in and blocked.

Strictly Knitting Goals

Okay, okay, I got a little sidetracked with the goals. Although it was quite fun, I DO need to make some "strictly knitting goals".

On the list:
Finish projects I have begun:
pram coat
cabled brim hat
autumn capelet
secret of the stole

Knit "new baby" projects for:
S.: due now
R.: due mid-January
B.: due February
M.: due June
S.: due June

Knit for events:
J's Bday: a pair of boot socks--due now
A--just because: a handknitted tie--due anytime
Red Scarf Project: due by end of January
layettes: one per month

Knit from stash:
Bulky weight Lion Brand Fancy Fur: Red Scarf
Bulky weight Lion Brand Handpaint: hat
Bulky weight Canadiana Boucle: hip baby blanket
Bulky weight Red Heart Symphony: scarf or stole
Bulky weight Yarn Bee Soft Delight: Red Scarf
DK weight Classic Elite Fame: Tshirt me
DK weight Cleckheaton Country 8ply: Trellis from knitty--baby sweater
DK weight Elle Mexican Wave: BPT from knitty for me
DK weight Voluma: hip baby blanket
Fingering weight Nature Spun: Ivy League Vest me
Fingering weight sock yarn: socks (3 pairs)
Laceweight sage green: shawl
Laceweight cotton: baby hat and booties?
Odds and ends of black and green: hip baby blanket
Odds and ends of pink and cream: baby items
Sportweight Yarn Bee Baby Bee Sweet Delight: S. baby blanket
Worsted weight Bernat Berella 4: baby sweater
Worsted weight Bernat Boucle: baby blanket
Worsted weight Bernat Club Softee: Tshirt Vogue
Worsted weight Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride: Logan River Wrap
Worsted weight Lion Brand Woolease: baby sweater
Worsted weight Paton's Canadiana: Menswear Tweed Vest
Worsted weight Paton's Espresso: hat
Worsted weight Plymouth Galway: vest
Worsted weight Red Heart Jeweltones: hip baby blanket
Worsted weight Red Heart Ombre: hats

Knit by Project:
Red Scarf: Bulky weight Lion Brand Fancy Fur, Bulky weight Yarn Bee Soft Delight,
Hats: Bulky weight Lion Brand Handpaint,Worsted weight Paton's Espresso, Worsted weight Red Heart Ombre
Hip baby blanket: Bulky weight Canadiana Boucle,DK weight Voluma, Odds and ends of black and green, Worsted weight Red Heart Jeweltones
Scarf/stole/shawl: Bulky weight Red Heart Symphony, Laceweight sage green
Tshirt me: DK weight Classic Elite Fame
Tshirt Vogue: Worsted weight Bernat Club Softee
Trellis from knitty--baby sweater: DK weight Cleckheaton Country 8ply
BPT from knitty for me--DK weight Elle Mexican Wave
Ivy League Vest me--Fingering weight Nature Spun
Socks (3 pairs)
Menswear Tweed Vest: Worsted weight Paton's Canadiana, Worsted weight Plymouth Galway
Various Baby Items: Laceweight cotton, Odds and ends of pink and cream, Worsted weight Bernat Berella 4, Worsted weight Bernat Boucle, Worsted weight Lion Brand Woolease
Logan River Wrap: Worsted weight Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride
S. baby blanket: Sportweight Yarn Bee Baby Bee Sweet Delight

Now I need to meld all the projects. Since I have some time sensitive items, I will organize by timeline-by the month. If I don't finish a project on the month it is designated, it will move to next month's list until it is finished. I will designate the last week of the month as a finishing period.

December: pram coat, cabled brim hat, autumn capelet
January: S's baby blanket (pink Baby Bee), J's boot socks (gray Woolease), R's baby item (may give her a blue blanket all ready knitted, or the baby sweater I all ready knitted, Red Scarf Project, secret of the stole, layette.
February: B's baby item, layette.
March: layette, item from the stash.
April: layette, item from the stash.
May: tie for A.,layette, item from the stash.
June: M's baby item, S's baby item, layette, item from the stash.
July: layette, item from the stash.
August: layette, item from the stash.
September: layette, item from the stash.
October: layette, item from the stash.
November: layette, item from the stash.
December: layette, item from the stash.
And later today or tomorrow I want to post some new goals for my knitting.

And, oops, this will be more than knitting goals.
Directly from my own Yearly Resolutions, or Well-Intended Intentions:

* Build a stash of baby layettes of at least three for the nursery. Begin knitting hats and booties and sweaters and quilts for a charity/charities.
* Knit for Red Scarf Project—only takes donations for month of January
*Continue working on scrapbooks.
* Host regular monthly social events.
-We need to have people over to our house more often. Maybe we can host a Stitch and Bitch, Book Club, Game Day, Movie Night, Investment Club, Walking/Running Club, Socialize with the Dogs, etc..

Taking them one by one:

* Build a stash of baby layettes of at least three for the nursery. Begin knitting hats and booties and sweaters and quilts for a charity/charities.

I'm not so sure how this will play out. What I had thought of in the past is to have a few layettes available for our Medicaid moms. I thought I'd like to make a simple quilt from all my beloved fabrics that I couldn't part with during the great purge earlier this year, a hat and booties and sweater. And maybe a simple pair of sewn pants, like blue jeans or something. I'd have to be in cahoots with others, and provide a notebook or something that each of us could write in, etc. I'd also have to shop frequently, which doesn't exactly thrill me. (When did I grow to hate shopping so much?)
I certainly have enough fabric right now to make several quilts, and enough yarn to get a good start.
FIRST GOAL: Go through all fabrics and yarns and make up ziploc bags each with a project in it, pattern, etc.
Which brings me to a project I need to complete--Chris's quilt. I need to pull this out, clean up the sewing machine, and FINISH this!

* Knit for Red Scarf Project—only takes donations for month of January

This is simple enough--I have enough yarn to make some really cute scarves. I can knock these out pretty quick. I have one ready now, and so will knit up two more and send them on.
GOAL: Find Red Scarf Project 2008 address, knit up two more red scarves, and send them by the end of January.

*Continue working on scrapbooks.

And, yes, that includes taking pictures regularly at gatherings. Thanksgiving, Robyn's birthday and Christmas all went by without one picture taken.
GOAL: Set up scanner and printer and my laptop to all sync, get Parallels so I can do my scrapping on my laptop, too. Figure out how to file transfer between my laptop and the desktop.

* Host regular monthly social events.
-We need to have people over to our house more often. Maybe we can host a Stitch and Bitch, Book Club, Game Day, Movie Night, Investment Club, Walking/Running Club, Socialize with the Dogs, etc..

This is something I've wanted to do for a while and it never really got off the ground.
I've thought of many different "clubs" to start--
*a teaching to knit group
*a family investment club
*a book club for the girls--and we take turns picking a book
*a play date for the dogs
*a movie night: we all either go to the movies together, or pick a movie and watch it at someone's house
*a walking/running club: we meet at a central location with or without dogs and kids and walk or run for thirty minutes. Timing is the problem, due to schedules, but it would be cool if we could even get together just once a week, say Saturday or Sunday.
*a game night: to play cards, board games, or dominoes.
GOAL: talk to Chip and see how we can make this work.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Checking in, or I've been out of it!

Have I ever been out of it, as far as blogging,that is! It has been nearly two months since I blogged last. And I intend to remedy that. SOOOO much going on in our household, and not enough time to get everything attended to, much less finished.

We're still working on getting the house ready for sale, although we have had a huge reality check as houses are just not selling well now. Many houses are going into foreclosure because people get in the trap of buying another house and are stuck making two payments, so the first one goes back to the bank. We are not going to get stuck in that situation. We will just stay here until we are able to sell it. It may mean that we sell this house and move to a rental property in order to find the next house, but I think it will not be that hard to find the new one. Chip and I spend hours every week checking out houses for sale, and we have a good idea where and what we want to buy and what good house prices are, etc.

Work has been easier, and I guess some of that is that I am feeling more confident, but it's also because I am sleeping better. The doc was right--most of my problems are due to not getting adequate amounts of sleep. And I fought taking the sleeping pills really hard, but they really, really work.

Exercising and lifting weights has gone right down the tubes. I just have not been really doing either one for the past month, due to wacky work schedule and my shoulder injury. Looking back, I really should have gone to an orthopedist or sports injury doctor right away. But trying to be tough outweighed good sense. Up until about a week ago, I was taking ibuprofen at least once a day. Now it just hurts all the time but the pain is manageable. I have range of motion, but a lot of it still hurts. A lot. And the muscles--biceps, triceps, deltoids and scapularis all still hurt and spasm even when I don't move. Sometimes when I am not moving at all, it just feels like my arm is going to dislocate from my shoulder. Going back to the regular doctor this week to have him look at it again and make a new plan of action.

And eating well has certainly not gotten the attention it should due to the holidays. We have certainly been EATING, but not always GOOD. Certainly we've been eating DELICIOUS food!) I cooked dinner for Xmas Eve, and tried my best to do as much organic as I could. We were certainly doing a good job of eating well before the holidays. And we will again, I am sure. I have upped my vitamins, tweaking them a bit. Taking magnesium, selenium and zinc has been a godsend. My poochy tummy just disappeared. Gone. Lovely. And I feel as if I am thinking clearer also, and although I'm not sure exactly why, I think it has a lot to do with sleep and vitamins. Perimenoupause is not all that overwhelming, and again, I think the magnesium especially has been helping with that.

Knitting has taken a lot of my spare time the last few months, partly due to my love affair with Ravelry, and partly just cuz I want to spend time knitting. Everyone got a little something for Xmas in their stocking, a hat or a short scarf. And later today or tomorrow I want to post some new goals for my knitting. I need to refocus and decide what I will do as far as the stash goes. I have been diligently de-stashing, and it feels good, but I just need to decide if I'm going to continue de-stashing, or whether I will move on a bit. I know I have LOTS of command performance knitting to do, and several projects to complete. I have a feeling when all of those things are finished, it will be well into the New Year, and it will only seems logical to continue de-stashing. Particularly because I have enough yarn to keep me busy for at least another year or TWO! (Okay, maybe three, because somehow my stash keeps growing!) Most importantly, knitting gives me a lot of joy these days. I still want to share that joy, and start a knitting group, to teach others how to knit. There is something else to ponder in my "later today or tomorrow" post.

Yesterday, our son was asking us about New Year's Resolutions. His wife and he were talking about the fact that his family made resolutions and her family didn't. So he was "innocently" asking us about resolutions. We talked about it for quite a while. I showed him my half year resolutions and we all resolved to have some really good resolutions to share in the next week. I'm sure I will revise my 2007 Resolutions a bit, but basically, as I said before, they were good then and they're good for now, too.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Knitting Organizing

I have to say I love Ravelry! It is such a great site, and I spend at least an hour there every day, looking, looking, looking. But it lacks a few things that I feel like I need now. Like ORGANIZING. I'm kind of tossing around what I would like at this time. I am thinking I need a hands-on notebook, but I would also like to have an online notebook where I have my yarns in my stash posted with the particulars like on Ravelry, but I would like them to be organized by yarn weight. And I would like to have a wish list of yarn linked to the patterns I would like to use.
I know on, I downloaded sheets that had a lovely format. But after looking at it, I realized that the format just wouldn't work, and it certainly wouldn't be as lovely as Ravelry. AND, Ravelry is online. I fiddled with the queue feature and I think I can make it work, except for the yarn weight problem.
Take a peek!
I may still make a pdf form and have a printable notebook. Especially for Xmas. That is what originally got me going on this organizing-need a notebook thing.

Where has the time gone?

Back again to organize my thoughts.
Looo--ooots of stuff going on.
Work BUSY. We had a little lull after what we thought was the "after-holiday baby bomb". But this week we had a crazy lot of babies. And the battle with my rest continues. it feels like I'm either trying to sleep pre-work, and barely getting an hour and stressing over having an hour of sleep in 24 hours, or I'm catching up after work, and sleeping only a few hours and then I'm worn out and groggy for the rest of the day after work. Not to speak of the fact that work is HARD--mentally and physically demanding--on my toes mentally and moving physically for a constant 12 hours.
Mom fell and dislocated one of her replaced hips and was in the hospital for a couple of weeks. She is home now, and things are going well with she and Daddy. I got him a cell phone to make calls. I am just trying to help them stay in their house. I want to help them, but I don't want to be a meddling daughter. I want them to be independent as long as they can. The next hurdle is the breast cancer surgery and radiation.
We continue to prepare the house for sale in January. Whether we will actually have it ready is questionable, but we continue to plug on. Chip is working so hard on replacing the siding. He is up on his scaffolding the entire weekend, weather allowing. It takes him half the week to catch up on rest, but he is enjoying it immensely. God willing, the weather will hold and he can complete this before the weather gets too cold. I am working in the guest bath now. Have refinished the cabinets. We will replace the counter/sink, flooring, and paint. Also will refresh the caulk around the tub edge.
Went to the doctor for a checkup cuz these bouts of tiredness and "I don't give a damn about anything" is just too boring. This isn't the me I want to be. Thyroid fine, labs fine except cholesterol was a little higher than I liked. The Ben and Jerry's Binge is officially over. BUT. . . I'm officially in menopause (per the labs) and to that I have to say W-T-F? Really? So when does the endless period stop? This week I go to the OB, or rather, I guess now I should say, the GYN, since I haven't had a baby in 24 years, and we'll see what she has to say about the whole THING. The upside of this is that many things are explained because of this--the weight gain, mood problem, saggy everything, etc., etc. And if this is menopause--it ain't so bad. Doc feels that I am mostly just tired from flipping back and forth from sleeping during the day to sleeping at night due to work. So I'm trying some sleeping pills and it seems to be working. But I hate taking pills.
I'm not training for the Turkey Trot anymore. I hurt my left shoulder and I have orders to lay off the weights and only do gentle stretching every day. I'm to take anti-inflammatory regularly for a few weeks and then report back if it isn't better. The pain was exacerbated with the trudging, too, so that just has to go by the wayside for now. I WILL start up again, but slower next time. And I WILL continue to lift weights my lower body. Walking will have to suffice for now.
So the plan remains the same:
1) Take care of myself. Eat well, exercise regularly, sleep enough.
2) Love Chip.
3) Keep up with family. Help Mom and Dad. Connect with everyone regularly.
4) Work on house, preparing it for sale in January.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Turkey Trot, here I come!

My daughter challenged our family to run the Turkey Trot this year. What great timing for me! I have been battling a mild depression for a couple of months now, and cannot snap myself out of it. I am having a hard time getting enthusiastic about much of anything. I am getting things accomplished, but without the joy I would like to feel.
I know most of it is due to the extra weight I'm carrying around, and not eating as well as I should, and not exercising as consistently and as vigorously as I should.

I decided I am going to do this right and train like I did the last time I was successful, using Body for Life for the eating and weight lifting part and "Marathoning for Mortals" for the running part.

So today I started working out for the Turkey Trot, and my intention is to do the eight miles. I started on the "Walk/Run Half-Marathon" training plan. Today I walked 3 minutes and ran 1 minute, in cycles, for 32 minutes. I was very surprised that I covered about 2.3 miles in that time period. That equates to about 4.5 miles per hour, and I wasn't even pushing at all. I am determined to take it slow and easy, and not get sidelined by injuries. My right hip was talking for the last half, which reminds me I need to pay attention to my stretching and weight training, and start taking the Osteo Biflex again.

I also hung from the chin-up bar twice for about ten seconds each time in "chin-up position", wow, when I think I used to be able to do 3-4 pull-ups, it pains me to see how far I have to go. I did twenty girly push-ups, two sets of the plank for ten seconds each, and one cycle of Ab Boot Camp. (

In the ten weeks I have till the Turkey Trot, I should be able to "walk 3 minutes, run 2 minutes, repeat continuously" for the actual race. My goal is to do it in 64 minutes, which equates eight minute miles. If I'm slower, I'm slower.

Now, off to plan my food for the rest of the day and my cross-training day for tomorrow--both courtesy of Body for Life! (

Monday, July 30, 2007

A lil' bit o' this, a lil' bit o' that and a long lovely week off

Well, close to a week anyway--after I've slept half a day today and half a day on Friday, it'll be a blessedly long period of time off of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I plan to use the time to my best advantage. I need to update my blog and make some changes to the website. I promised the beloved daughter-in-law that I would help her on Wednesday with graphics and mailers and a flyer for her budding art glass business. Another friend of ours helped us with the address label, and with my start and his end, we have come up with a lovely little creation.
Realtor Friend is coming over tonight to look at the house and give us a punch list of things to do to fix up the house to get it sale ready, which will necessitate a reworking of the Excel spreadsheet Husband and I made to help organize the Getting Ready to Sell The House project.
In support of the Getting Ready to Sell the House project, I want to go through every closet, every drawer, and every nook and cranny in the house and donate, throw out, or box up all the stuff I can this week. I know I will have to do it again before we put the house on the market. I don't anticipate completing this project this week, but I can at least start.
I want to finish some of the knitting projects I have started, especially since I started another project yesterday, and I am embarrassed that I have so many things on the needles. I plan to finish knitting the Pram Coat and sew it together, finish the blanket for the baskets our department will sell to benefit the North Texas Food Bank, and continue to make headway on the new project--a little red scarf for the Red Scarf Project. And of course, I still want to make a few layettes for the nursery for our not so fortunate moms, and a few pretty gowns/blankets for the fetal demises.
I want to explore the possibility of having weekly knitting sessions at work for Antepartum. I need to find a contact person this week.
Husband is trying to roll out a project through his Rotary club. They hope to provide new coats for over 70 needy children at a local elementary school. Even in Texas, it gets down in the 30's and 40's many mornings, and many impoverished children walk up to two miles to school without a coat. (The state of Texas says you have to live farther than two miles from your school before you are eligible to ride the bus.) Thinking of a little six year old walking that far in the cold makes me want to cry!
I plan to call a friend from work that has been out sick for ages and have lunch with a few friends.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Our hospital has chosen the North Texas Food Bank for its charity project this year. We are trying to put together a few baskets to auction off to the employees, and the proceeds will then go to the Food Bank. I have offered to knit a few little things. I had a cute blue and white striped blanket in the stash closet, and I decided to make a pink and white striped blanket, too. I am using some yarn from the stash, some pink baby Homespun and some white boucle. I do love just knitting and purling back and forth, back and forth. It makes such lovely mindless knitting for television watching.
The pram coat has been languishing with only a few inches to complete the knitting part. Then the finishing work, which I don't mind at all. I do love making the seams as pretty as possible, and look forward to easing the collar into the body. The cabled cap is resting in the queue as well.
The Husband and I have been conducting A Grand Search for a new neighborhood to live in. It is time to move on. The House of Blue is a daily reminder of the sadness and we still talk of it nearly daily, and even if we don't talk of it, we think of it. It is a constant reminder of the monstrous violence that happened there. We need to move away, period. We have looked at several neighborhoods, and we have eliminated many, and found some lovely neighborhoods that we didn't even know existed. So far there haven't been any houses that we absolutely were going to regret not buying, for, after all, we still are emotionally attached to "this" house. There hasn't been a house that would be worth the effort it will take to sell this house and buy another. And, yes, that is a huge concern. We are both frightened we will sell this house, uproot ourselves, move all our belongings into a storage facility and rent a place and never be able to find a place to buy that is better than our current house. It's not that this house is so very wonderful, in fact, it has many flaws. But the flaws have diminished in importance, and have become less aggravating, and yes, even charming and lovable as the time has gone by. We realize that we must emotionally detach from this house. We logically know we will find another house, and it will at least be most everything we desire. It's a process, and we're working on it.
But, first, to sell THIS house. And that will take a lot of time and effort. We have to go through all our belongings and pare down before we move. And, not only that, but we need to do some freshening and fixing up of this old house. We've made an Excel sheet with a plan, and we are just slowly working on the plan. The goal is to have the house ready to go on the market by January 1st, sell the house, and move to a rental property with a minimum of belongings. The search for a house will be in earnest at that point and hopefully, we will be in our new digs by the end of the year.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

My website is working!

After fiddling around with Time Warner and receiving little to no help from their support staff, I gave up and bought my own domain and with a bit of tweaking and some productive fiddling, I finally have my website functional again! Some of the pages aren't linked correctly, and some of the images also aren't linked correctly, but for the most part, it is functional! What a thrill!
Go see!
And, thank you, Apis Networks, , my host, for making this such an EASY process for this somewhat Luddite.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Please stop. . .

RAINING! Enough is enough! Gracious, we have had rain every day for nearly a month now! Officially, we have had ten consecutive days of rain, but at our house it has been much longer than that. The rain gauge says we have had 19.76 inches since we reset it on June 1st, and since our YEARLY rainfall is about 33.7 inches, you can see we've had more than half our usual rainfall in just a little over a month. All the lakes have not only gained the ten feet or so they lost last year during the drought, but they've gained more. A lot more. We're talking flooding in places that don't usually flood. Ever.

And yes, everything is really green and lush, and we have a bumper crop of tomatoes and peppers. But even that has its limits. The peppers are looking waterlogged. Now that would be a first. Things dying in the yard from over watering is just not something we experience here.

I am nearly finished with the knitting of the Pram Coat. I think I will work a few days on the nearly-but-not-quite-abandoned cap, and then get started on those layette sets that I want to provide for the nursery. I really want to get some small projects completed, and continue to hack at the stash. Plus I need some more instant gratification. Baby booties, caps, small sweaters and large gauge blankets are what I had in mind.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Half-Year Resolutions, or Well-Intended Intentions

It occurred to me that it is the Half-Year, and it seemed a good time to review the resolutions, or well-intended intentions that I wrote at the Beginning of the New Year. They were good then, and they are good now.

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2007, or
2007 Well-intended Intentions:


*Read articles from hospital library for one hour per week.
*Read books about breastfeeding and care of newborns.
*Participate in hospital online wellness programs, and be a cheerleader for those participating in Newborn Nursery, Ante-and Post-Partum and L&D.

* Pay down debt—pay down all credit cards to zero.
* Decrease unnecessary spending by evaluating each expenditure as a "need" or "want".
* Increase liquid cash and retirement fund

* Walk three miles a day.
* Buy Penguin book and run a half marathon this year.
* Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and continue to drink eight glasses of water per day.

* Build a stash of baby layettes of at least three for the nursery. Begin knitting hats and booties and sweaters and quilts for a charity/charities.
* Knit for Red Scarf Project—only takes donations for month of January
*Continue working on scrapbooks.
* Host regular monthly social events.
-We need to have people over to our house more often. Maybe we can host a Stitch and Bitch, Book Club, Game Day, Movie Night, Investment Club, Walking/Running Club, Socialize with the Dogs, etc..

Personal/Love Interests
* Contact long lost friends and get to know extended family.
* Continue communication with close friends and family.
* Chip and I are to go on a shopping expedition once a month and purchase one new outfit, from head to toe.

We haven't done too bad--I have been trying to keep up with the latest in breastfeeding and realize I need to expand that regarding newborn care. I was diligent in my wellness program until about a month ago, when the site was broken for an extended period.
We've been diligent about paying down credit, despite a two month setback due to a tax snafu. We've been good about keeping spending to a minimum, and although our savings is not where we would like it to be, it's "all right" for now. Retirement savings has improved dramatically.
Although I'm not walking three miles a day, and I'm not training for a half marathon, I'm doing fairly well about walking two or so miles a day and I've been lifting weights at least once a week. My eating habits continue to improve, and I've recently cut my alcohol and soda consumption by at least 2/3's.
I haven't begun the baby layettes yet, but plan to get rolling on that soon. I knitted numerous items for the Red Scarf Project, and tried to get a program locally going, with no luck. As a result, I missed the deadline for sending in the stuff I had made, but it is in storage, and I will continue to knit for it. (note to self--check to see if there will be a red scarf project for 2008. Continue to try and get a local program going) I would like to continue with working on the scrapbooks, and will try to get motivated in this area. I'd like to reconfigure my website and get that running again. We have certainly had the kids over often enough so far this year, and we've had some really great get-togethers. We've met up with some old friends, and truly, that has been fun. We're planning to meet up with my sister in August in St. Louis, and Chip will finally see where I grew up--'bout time, after 31 years.
Chip and I started out shopping kind of badly, and it's just sorta fizzled since then. We went twice, and we bought stuff mostly for Chip, and then with the tax fiasco, we put shopping on hold for a few months. Then May came and all the birthdays, and we just never got started back up again.
So I will restart on the well-intended intentions with a few changes:

My Half Year and Revised New Year’s Resolutions for 2007, or
2007 Well-intended Intentions: (revisions in bold)

*Read articles from hospital library for one hour per week.
*Read books about breastfeeding and care of newborns.
*Participate in hospital online wellness programs, and be a cheerleader for those participating in Newborn Nursery, Ante-and Post-Partum and L&D.
*Work on improving my Spanish.

* Pay down debt—pay down all credit cards to zero.
* Decrease unnecessary spending by evaluating each expenditure as a "need" or "want".
* Increase liquid cash and retirement fund

* Walk two miles a day and lift weights 3x per week.
* Run a half marathon this year.
* Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and continue to drink eight glasses of water per day.

* Build a stash of baby layettes of at least three for the nursery. Begin knitting hats and booties and sweaters and quilts for a charity/charities.
* Knit for Red Scarf Project.
*Continue working on scrapbooks.
*Revise website and get it running again.
* Host regular monthly social events.
-We need to have people over to our house more often. Maybe we can host a Stitch and Bitch, Book Club, Game Day, Movie Night, Investment Club, Walking/Running Club, Socialize with the Dogs, etc..

Personal/Love Interests
* Contact long lost friends and get to know extended family.
* Continue communication with close friends and family.
* Chip and I are to go on a shopping expedition once a month and purchase one new outfit, from head to toe.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Recent purchases

My wonderful husband "brung" me home some goodies in his pickemup truck yestuhday. We found this delightful dining table during a shopping expedition last Saturday.

It is a lovely solid oak extension dining table. You're seeing the underside because it needs some minor repair work. You can see the not-so-good repair that was done by the previous owner. Chip will make a much better repair from solid oak stock. The table has a beautiful top, about 39" x 60". It has two extensions, each 15", that will make the table 69" x 39". That should easily fit our group, which can number up to eight with all the kids/significant others. I plan on buying a two seater bench to go in the bay window, and two "skinnies" should be able to sit in there. This table will fit into the breakfast room much better than our beautiful 60" round table, which, with a weather-proof cover, will go onto our patio, where it will be much enjoyed and used as well.

My dear husband surprised me with three other goodies--love that man!
Two wonderfully shabby metal chairs, and this darling plant stand:

And George is dutifully watching all:

Knitting Update

Nothing much really to report, at least regarding the Cabled Hat. I just am having a tough time getting back into it. I suppose the reason is that I am really enjoying knitting the Pram Coat, as it is very easy to follow, quite mindless in fact. I have finished the back, sleeves and collar, and I am nearly finished with one front. Not bad, for three weeks of knitting! I hope to have the left front complete today or tomorrow, and finish up the right front during another one of those all-day meetings that I have scheduled for next Monday.
Here is a picture of the Pram Coat, thanks to IK for the picture:
I have started thinking about buttons for this project, so pulled out the "button, etc." storage bin. I came up with a couple of possibilities.

The white buttons are probably what I will end up
using, even though I really like the metal buttons,
they are a bit heavy for the project. Since the
original picture shows some quite similarly sized
metal buttons, I will keep the metal buttons at the
ready. Once the coat is all washed, blocked, sewed
together, then steam blocked, the metal buttons
may be just perfect!

In typical distracted Barbieness, I have begun fingering yarns in anticipation of the "next" project. I am feeling a need to knit some layettes for the newborn nursery where I work. We do have some "walk-ins", and they typically have had little or no prenatal care, and quite often they are illegal immigrants and quite poor, or they are on Medicaid (and quite poor also). I have tons of pink and white and blue washable yarn in the stash, and some cute babyish fabrics to make some simple quilts, too. It will feel good to have a cute layette to give these moms and babies in need.

Books, books, books

I'm currently reading "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" by Joseph Murphy--see link in the sidebar--and I can't decide whether it is hopelessly hokey or absolutely brilliant. Or whether the hopeless applies to me as in "hopelessly skeptical regarding the topic of religion".

I bought myself (as a birthday present) a couple of out of print Alice Starmore books, "Scandinavian Knitwear" and "Sweaters for Men". I can see myself knitting some of the designs from "Men", but the "Scandinavian" book is so hopelessly outdated, I can only see these being knitted with much reworking of the pattern.

I've been reading some good books lately, and then again, some not-so-good books. But they all have something redeeming or charming about them. I have a pile of books that are going to go either to my mom or Half Price Books:

"You on a Diet" by Dr. Oz:

I will keep this book in my library. It is charming and witty, and a great motivational book, as well as just a darned good resource. And I am currently striving to meet the goals in this book. (Doing well in the exercise department, and probably meeting the nutrition goals by 80%--just gotta cut out the soda, ice cream, cookies and chips. The plan this week is to replace the soda with water, replace ice cream with frozen yogurt, replace the cookies with fruit, and the chips with veggies. I CAN DO IT!)

"Man's Search for Meaning" by Victor Frankl:

Enjoyed this book immensely--the first part of the book relates Frankl's experiences in concentration camps, and then explains how he used his experiences to form the theory of logotherapy. It is a form of psychotherapy that states that our purpose in life is not to find pleasure, but to find meaning. Very deep, very stimulating and oh, so, thoughtful.

"Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro:

Really, really creepy--you start suspecting at the beginning of the story what is actually going to be revealed, but when it finally becomes altogether and eerily apparent, I was still shocked and somewhat disgusted. The book itself is beautifully written, and I will definitely be reading more of Ishiguro's books. I hope to pick up "Remains of the Day" next.

"White Noise" by Don DeLillo:

The characters in this book were so completely irritating that I gave up on page 54.

"Inside My Heart" by Robin McGraw:

Kinda fluffy, kinda funny, and just real down to earth.

"The Mermaid Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd:

I read "Secret Life of Bees" and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is definitely a recommended read, as well as "Bees".

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Pram Coat Prattle

The "Denim" pram coat is coming along nicely--here is a photo of the finished back:

and the sleeves on the needles, two at a time, woohoo!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Isn't life just--ODD!

So, per my May 8 post, I did start the cable-edged hat in the tweedy tan yarn. I have been not-so-diligently-or-enthusiastically knitting on the thing. And, pray tell, why not? Wellllll, it is a delightful pattern, it is a beautiful yarn, and I doooo love seeing the cables unfold, but, oh-my-word! The durn thing just unfolds so sloooowly! A repeat of about 20 rows (of less than 30 stitches on each row) takes me nearly thirty minutes, and at this rate, you would think it would have taken me only about six hours to do. But with all the figuring out the graph, working out the gauge, frogging and correcting, it has taken me many times more than that all ready, and I am just now two-thirds of the way through JUST THE BAND! All for a hat!
Unfortunately, this frustration led to some knitting doldrums. I was determined to knit only one thing at a time, and many days I just looked at it and thought, nah, you just lay there on the table, in your corner.

Then, this week, after a few weeks of WANTING to knit, but trying to stay committed to my one project at a time goal, I found myself in a not-so-bad quandary. I had a meeting on Wednesday--a long, five hour meeting of sitting and needing to pay attention, and take the occasional notes, but not a meeting that needed my total and undivided attention of eyes, ears and hands. Besides, if I have a simple knitting project, I don't have to look except at the beginning and end of the row. VOILA! I could start a new project!
I looked at all the projects I "could" start, and they were quickly whittled down to a few--it had to have long rows of knitting or purling, that didn't require me to stop and count rows or stitches for long periods of time, and was a color that didn't command attention. I chose the "Denim" pram coat from a very old issue of KnitNet magazine for these very features, and also because I knew what my gauge would be on the yarn (pale blue) I was going to use. (NatureSpun fingering weight wool)
Now, you would think that at a gauge of 70 stitches per square inch, that this would take me forever to knit, but with all the note-taking, stopping and starting, lunch, discussing, etc., I still finished about 45 square inches!
Which project do you think I'm more motivated to do? Yup. My solution to this is to knit on the pram coat for an hour, and then knit on the hat for an hour. It certainly doesn't make the hat go any faster, in fact, I only gained about four inches on the edging, yup, that's about 12 square inches of knitting, but I gained about 30 square inches on the pram coat.
That's just ODD!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Durn! Blast! Or, Wow, Cool!

Today I decided I would look thru all my non-knitting projects that are awaiting to be started/completed, etc. I have two pieces of fabric for shirts for me. I also have at least four other projects to sew of children's clothes, a couple of them to be smocked. These are for future grandchildren, to add to the as-yet-to-be-started "Grandchild Hope Chest". I also looked at the box of quilting fabrics I have. I bet I have enough scraps in there to make a couple of twin-sized quilts. At least. And, of course there are some totally darling fabrics that are just begging to be made up. And I have a couple of Tshirt quilts t make, too! Wow, cool!

I also looked at some "other" yarn in the stash that has been temporarily stored with the fabric stuff because it was for "later", such as the beautiful shawl I began knitting "some" years ago. Suffice to say that I haven't worked on it in quite a while. (Did I say this is the project that made it evident that I am not a lace person?) I pulled it out, thinking, how on earth am I going to pick up accurately where I left off, and as I was stretching it out to look at it, a whole section had just disintegrated off the needles. Oooh, that looks like BUGS! Some sandy stuff fell out of the bag. Uh.......oh. Ensued some frantic cleaning and tossing and running to the outside trash and multiple sealed plastic bags full of possibly contaminated stuff. Durn! Blast!

I think the predominance of the yarn is untouched, just will have to choose a new pattern "someday" (Did I mention I don't like lace?) Durn! Blast! Wow, Cool!

Seriously, I think I could work in all my spare time for the next year in my projects room just doing my sewing/quilting projects. Wow, cool!

Which leads to the quandary of--will my attitude be Durn! Blast! Or, Wow, Cool? Will I succumb to the call of the idiot box and eating myself into Fatdom and doing damned little as I have been for the last few months, or am I going to pull myself out of this funk and pursue a more actively creative and healthful and giving life? I know which one is best for me. So what is keeping me from pursuing it? Me, just me.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Hooray, I finished the boot socks!

And the recipient--my beloved husband--LOVES his socks! He proclaimed them the best fitting socks ever!
But now I need to pick a new project. . . . Why is it that this is so hard for me? LOOK at all the projects I have to do! (over there in the side bar to the right) Just PICK one, woman, and do it! Hmm, hmmm, hmmm.
And the winner is, by virtue of its aged status in the stash of at least ten years, (drumroll), the tan tweed yarn, to be made in a cap with a cabled edging. The pattern is from the premier issue of KnitIt! Yup, it's from quite a few years ago.

Sunday, May 6, 2007


We had such a great weekend at Grant and Summer's wedding. We flew to Tucson with some of our family and friends and had a really wonderful weekend. The first night we ate at a little Italian restaurant downtown (Enoteca). Very charming. Food good, service abominable, just really inexcusable. Parking was two city blocks away due to a biker convention and folk festival in town. If you go, try to catch them at another not so busy time. You might have a better experience.
We went to Grant and Summer's for a cocktail party; their house is just perfect for two young professionals--homey and chic all at the same time!
Saturday we hung out at the pool for a while with the kids and then a few of us went to the Pima Air and Space Museum:
The guys loved it, and it was fairly interesting for us gals. Lots of planes, helicopters, and a hanger full of NASA artifacts and one for the 390th, a group that flew B-17's in WWII. Pretty cool.
The wedding was fabulous. Grant and Summer did most everything themselves from flowers to cookies to who knows what else. The weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding! The atmosphere of love and celebration was downright amazing.
Sunday Chip, Andy and I went to Saguaro National Park, just outside of Tucson. I can't begin to tell you how wierd it was to see a saguaro forest. The vegetation was amazing and truly different from anything we had every seen.
At lunch the families had a barbecue, and it was just great visiting with everyone before we left to come home. The flight back seemed to take forever, gosh were we ever glad to get home and see Big George.
Take a peek at some of the pics from the trip:

No knitting to report, too busy this weekend to do much of anything, although I am nearly to the toes on each one of the socks. I was going to start a new project on my birthday, but never could commit. It seems very strange to me that I am knitting on one project at a time.

Friday, May 4, 2007

iT's mY bIrThDaY

Today is my 51st birthday, how 'bout that? I'm sitting here thinking that I should say or do something profound, make new plans for my life, like a list of lofty goals or a renewal of that list of New Year's Resolutions. (Now WHERE IS that list?) And ya know what? I'm not. Not right now, anyway, although for those that know me and are yukking it up now, as I'm a hopeless listmaker and goalsetter, I will be compelled to make that list in, say, the next minute or so.

RIGHT NOW I am just content to be exactly who I am, what I am, where I am, and doing what I am doing at this very moment. And feeling very blessed at that. I'm content to be 51, living in the great and crazy state of Texas in the greatest country in the world, a newborn nursery nurse at a wonderful hospital, in love and married for 31 years to my best friend and the most wonderful husband in the world, with three grown children that I am so very proud of and love fiercely. I'm content with my physical imperfections and aging body, and comfortable with the fact that 12 hour night shifts wear me out, as well they should.

Ahhh, siiiigh, content. And blessed.

I did order a couple of books for myself, both by Alice Starmore. I ordered "Scandinavian Knitwear" and "Sweaters for Men". They may not be the best books in the world, but I just want them.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Lily arrived at 12:33 a.m. on April 28. She is beautiful!

"The Year's at the Spring"
by: Robert Browning

The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in his Heaven --
All's right with the world!

Monday, April 23, 2007

FOs and WIP

Simply, a picture of the hat and booties for Lily, now beribboned.

And, a picture of the boot socks, heel turnings in progress:

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Finished "The Road"

Yesterday afternoon I finished "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. I love Cormac McCarthy's books. I've read most of them and find his style mesmerizing. Not only is he a master of the plot, but he is the quintessential master of words.
This book was no different. The subject matter was disturbing and comforting at the same time. Ultimately it was a difficult read for me, as the plot was, for me, about the love of a parent, and the overwhelmingly difficult task we have as parents to care for our children. And that love can be sweet and simple and satisfying. Or in the case of our neighbor-gone-mad, it can be complex and destructive and selfish.
Read it yourself and see how it affects you.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

It's been a long week

This is gonna be a long post, not only because I haven't posted in a while, but because a lot has been going on here at Snyderland.
First I want to talk about the happy stuff, because it is what I want to concentrate on and reaffirm that life mostly is GOOD.
The socks are coming along well. I started the second sock because I was afraid that I might run out of yarn. I split the yarn into two balls by eyeball and weighed them, and hopefully have "half" the yarn in each ball. Here's a peek at the two cuties:

Wednesday I went and had my nails done as I usually do once a month. I've been going to the same nail place (Alice's Nails) for over ten years, and all I have to do is call and when I arrive they have my massage chair ready to go with a lovely hot water soak infused with my favorite soaking salts. They further spoil me with the latest ladies magazine, a hot rocks massage, and great music. They are the best! And as usual, I was asked if I'd like a little something painted on my nails. As I'm truly not the kind of person that would paint girly silliness on my nails, I once again said, "No, thank you." But. This time I was tempted with a LILY! And DING! A Lilylilylily! Why of course, because our little Lily is coming soon! And, in honor of our little Lily, and probably not just a little bit because of the sadness in Snyderland this week (later), I did a silly girly thing:

When I told my husband what I'd done, he was totally silent. He asked me very quietly if I was okay. That's how off-the-charts this is for me. BUT. I'm enjoying them thoroughly--I'm catching myself slipping off my shoes just to peek at them.
Other random happinesses in my life (which must be recognized to balance out the sadnesses):
The beautiful bromeliad:

And my Boy George:

And now on to the sadness. Sunday morning I was sitting at my computer and heard some screaming and moaning and crying. Figuring it was the neighbors to the west, who in the past have been known to have LOUD arguments in the backyard, I rolled my eyes and sighed, thinking it would pass soon enough, after he came out and yelled, then she would scream back at him, and then they would go back inside their house and that would be that. I stood up and peeked out the window and couldn't see them outside, so I shrugged and settled back in my chair. Then I heard a gunshot. A loud gunshot. A very close by gunshot. I jumped up and looked out the window again. Nothing. I ran to the front of the house and looked out the window. Nothing. I ran downstairs and looked out the front door, then the east side of the house. Nothing and nothing. I ran back upstairs and woke Chip and went to the bathroom window and looked out. With a sinking heart, I realized that the activity was at our favorite neighbors' house. And as Chip described it, we walked into someone else's nightmare. Our favorite neighbor, apparently distraught over a separation with his wife, shot his sleeping daughters, killed the six year old, and injured his thirteen year old daughter. Then he killed himself.
I can't begin to tell you how surreal an experience this has been for us. We'd chatted with him a few days before while he was riding bikes with the girls. I had smiled only the day before when I heard the girls squealing and laughing as they played in the backyard.
There is no way to explain it, to justify his actions, except to be thankful that we don't understand, because it means we are not mentally ill. And to be sad that he didn't reach out for help. And to gather our loved ones to us when we are in distress. And to be thankful for our family, who would not allow us to be alone for a minute when we are in distress.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

31st anniversary, FO and new on the needles

Tuesday was our 31st wedding anniversary. Chip took the day off and we had a great day just spending time with each other.
We started off the day eating breakfast at Chubby's. Golly moses, it's an "old guy" place, that's for sure. I think we were the youngest people in there besides the waitstaff by about twenty years.
We dropped by Half Price Books, and Chip picked up a few books. Knitting books were abundant, but nothing caught my eye, as I have plenty of reading material for myself.
Then it was on to a drive downtown--how I wish I had taken pictures. We were on a quest to find the building that Johnston Printing used to be located, but, alas, after driving up and down little streets and alleys for twenty minutes, we concluded, sadly indeed, that the building had been torn down.
We decided we might as well make it "Locate the Old Houses Chip's family Lived In Day", but it was more of the same--ALL the houses were GONE! Grandmom's house on Shenandoah had been replaced by a McMansion, Uncle Robert's house on Turtle Creek Blvd. is being replaced by a six million dollar monstrosity, the house that Fallon grew up in on Irving is just a vacant lot, and Aunt Mary Louisa's duplex is now condos.
Disappointed, and more than a little sad, we left the frenetic pace of Highland Park and drove to the comparatively slower pace of Richardson and settled in at the computer for a retirement planning session, which proved to be encouraging as well as a good brain workout. Chip can really work those Excel spreadsheets.
We fell into bed for a recovery nap, and when we woke up, it was time for dinner. We decided on "Boots and Brix" in the Richardson Hotel. The food was superb! We hadan appetizer of summer rolls, and the combination of shrimp, shredded vegetables, cilantro and mint with the dipping sauces was just fantastic! We each had a beef dish--Chip had prime rib and I had beef rondelles with mushrooms and onions, and mashed potatoes.
We came home and watched a movie and hit the hay early--what a great way to spend our anniversary!
Oh, and look at the beautiful two dozen red and yellow rose bouquet Chip sent me:

I finished knitting Lily's sweater, and haven't quite decided what I will do for fasteners. I would like all the fasteners for the jacket, booties and hat to match, but the little bows that I bought look cheesy, so right now I'm in the contemplation phase, and leaning toward knitting or crocheting ties for all of them.

I also started a pair of socks in my continuing determination to knit from my stash. I am using a couple old balls of navy flecked Woolease, with a little bit of brick red flecked Woolease to add a few stripes at the sock tops for interest. I'm using a Lion Brand pattern for the socks, but had to rewrite it a bit due to the gauge I got and to resize for Chip's feet. Here is a link to the pattern:

Thursday, April 5, 2007

A lovely busy day

I had a lovely busy day today--had my teeth cleaned (that part wasn't so lovely, but my teeth are lovely and clean!) and then had lunch with the hubby at one of our favorite places, Macaroni Grill. I did some shopping at Hobby Lobby and bought some little goodies (ribbon and embellishments) for Lilly's hat and booties:

And here is a picture of the booties and hat all nicely washed and blocked:

I also bought four balls of RED yarn on sale that are slated for the Red Scarf Project:

Right now I am working on a sweater for Lilly to complete the layette:

and a detail shot of the yoke--I just love the "spokes":

This pattern is from the knitlist giftlist:
I found it so far to be an exceedingly well-written pattern.

My amaryllis, shown below "sprouting", actually bloomed day before yesterday:

It has eight blooms on it this year--isn't it pretty?

George remains nonchalant as usual:

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Spring Garden

I really do love spring. Even here in the South, everything gets brown and quite gloomy looking during the "winter". We've been spending a lot of time working in the yard, cleaning up all the old brown dead stuff and waiting with bated breath for the new lovely tender green babies to show their heads.
Some beautiful irises:

Soft lambs' ears:

And the spirea, which hardly even noticed the severe pruning it received last week:

The vegetable garden is all ready producing lettuces:

And with the extra square footage the husband added, we should have enough veggies for ourselves and sharing this year. I am really looking forward to spinach and peas, but tomatoes are not far behind.
Last week at one of the wonderful nurseries we frequent, Calloway's, we happened upon this oddity--a pitcher plant! It is a carnivorous plant. Is that not the craziest thing you've ever seen? The pitchers are HUGE--seven to nine inches long! WE haven't seen any bugs crawl in the pitchers yet, but hopefully it will keep the flies and mosquitoes under control. The only bad thing about it is that it smells kinda strong; the syrup in the pitchers smells rotten, which is how it attracts the bugs.

The amaryllis accidentally appeared outside, and within ten days has sprung up taller than a foot--man, do they grow fast! I'm tickled pink to see it has two plants as this plant was harvested from my parents' stash last year. Maybe by the time I'm in my eighties "I" will have a couple dozen plants as they do.

And what does George think about all this?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Lily's lov-e-lies

I couldn't resist posting the pics of Lily's booties:

and hat:

The booties need a ribbon for tying them on, the hat needs a single crochet edging, blocking, and ribbons.
I'm also knitting a sweater and I'm using "Tigger" from knitty as a jump-off point, making it my own for a newborn size.
I had the body practically finished last night, and realized when I split for the armholes, that I miscounted the stitches, so had to rip out and recount. Ugh.
Oooh, and I knit a blanket, will take a pic later and post. But now I need to run and get my hair done.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A lil' bit o' this, a lil' bit o' that

And a lotta new! Golly bum, it's been a different world around here--well, some things never change, but it sure has been BUSY and different around the homeplace. I'm still acclimating to night shift and have just decided that I cannot always sleep during the day, that I'm just gonna have to sleep when the need strikes. Glory be that I can!
We had a catastrophic failure of my husband's computer and we ended up buying a Mac for me, which necessitated a major educational process for me AND readjustment for the poor hubby, who very nearly lost all of his files and most importantly, his Ipod stuff. The poor man has been walking around for weeks in a daze, worried that he had lost all his newest music, despite my assurances that it was all "there", just needed to be "found". Thank heaven for the youngest son, our family computer geek, who we are most beholden to for (finally) helping us extract the files from the crashed computer. (The boy IS busy, too!)
I deleted the old posts from the blog, with the intention of starting anew. Besides, I couldn't get the durn old posts to archive NOW.
So, other than learning how to work the Mac, and enjoying the lapability of it, and working, and the usual family stuff, gardening, exercising, and keeping our beloved Boxer boy, George, entertained, walked, fed, and loved-on, I've been doing precious little scrapbooking, and quite a bit of knitting. For those of you who had been following the blog, you know I'd been working hard on using up stash in the name of "Knitting From Your Stash" for the Red Scarf project. I knitted an armful of scarves, and attempted to drum up some interest through our local "orphan" group, to no avail. So I still have a pile of scarves on the desk. Ugh. I DO want to pursue this and DO want to contribute. Just have to figure out HOW to do that. Sigh.
Currently I'm knitting little adorable baby thises and thatses for a new baby that is coming in about five weeks--our "adopted" son's. He is our oldest son's best friend, and has been for, gracious me, could it be, FOURTEEN YEARS? (MUST we continually recognize how OLD I'm getting?) Currently, I have a blanket and a pair of tiny booties and a bonnet completed. But I can't show you as I want the mom (who also happens to be my hairdresser) to be surprised.
Next on the knitting lists, is ummmmmm, I dunno.
Going to go look at the inventory and decide.