Tuesday, May 18, 2010


A new skein of yarn from a Ravelry trade . . . We're Different (likely Barista).

Mama Llama socks in Woven Stitch pattern . . .

A Little Jazz in Numma Numma The Special, Cupcakes! colorway . . .
Need to get started on new baby stuff - just found out we're having another boy in the family. He'll be my great-nephew.

Leaving to go outta town tomorrow . . . talk to ya when I get back.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Yarn P*rn Friday

A few (and I use the term "few" loosely, obviously) skeins of yarn may have been delivered to my house this week. A couple of Kunterbunt grab bags of Wollmeise from the 5/1 update are pictured below. If I were a computer/techie/camera savvy person, I might know why my pictures turned out up-and-down instead of sideways. (See, I don't even know what to call the position of the photos. LOL)

Anyway, here they are . . . top to bottom, Versuch (maybe a light magnolie?), Fleiderbush, Jultomte, Schwammerl and Forster's Gluck.

And the second photo, top to bottom, Lavendel, Versuch (a beautiful turquoise), Okzident, Sanguinello and Strohblume.

Third photo, Yarntini's April variegated skein in Sunshine colorway.

Fourth, The Loopy Ewe's May Sock Club kit, which includes 3 little red mesh bags within a bag, a skein of Fleece Artist BFL yarn in Daffodil, and 2 patterns, one sock and one shawl. The sock pattern is May Flowers by Debbie O'Neill. It's a really neat pattern, but it's toe-up. Probably won't knit it. The shawl pattern is called Reflection Shawl. I'll probably knit the shawl with the Yarntini yarn.

Below is a picture of a little kit I got from Numma Numma this week. It is called Cupcake kit, and it is for these mittens. I'll probably make fingerless mitts with it. I read somewhere that you can get 2 pairs of fingerless mitts out of one kit.

Aren't all of these colors great? It's one large skein and a bunch of little mini skeins.

And, to prove that I have been knitting. I have completed one and started the second Mama Llama Autism socks in Woven Stitch pattern.

And I have completed one, but have not started the second Lorna's Laces Grumperina in Staccato Socks pattern.

Gratuitous puppy picture . . . She's still heeeeeere. . . . Bailey. She's an adorable puppy, and she has a lot of energy. Her daddy finishes finals tomorrow and is coming to get her.

Have a great weekend.
I may have some more yarn coming in today's mail. Just sayin'.

Before & After . . .

Somebody went to the Pet Cottage for a haircut this week . . .
It looks ok, I guess . . .
But he feels so much better. He can actually stay outside longer than 2 minutes without wanting to come in.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day

We had a wonderful Mother's Day celebration this past Sunday. My cousin, who is like a sister to me, came over with her husband and 3 sons. Her parents, my favorite aunt and uncle, came, as well and my mom and step-dad. Missing was TD, who had to return to Birmingham Saturday after OS' graduation. We had boiled crawfish, which somehow did not get photographed, and barbeque. The boys, all 6 of them, and the 2 dogs swam all afternoon.

This is my aunt, on the left, and mom, on the right (obviously). My aunt was like a second mom to me. I spent a lot of my youth with her and her 3 daughters.

L to R: my cousin, my aunt, my niece, mom and me

And I have a little visitor for the week. MS has finals this week and must concentrate on his studies. Even though Bailey is a very good puppy, she still needs a lot of attention. Isn't she adorable?

She gets along very well with Beau - it only looks like they are fighting. I assure you, they're playing. They do this constantly, until one of them throws up the white flag, and then they go to their respective corners and nap. Then one of them wakes up, goes and nudges the other, and it starts all over again. It's very funny to watch. My 2 dogs, Coco and Cubby, usually watch from the couch tucked in safely next to me. They want no part of it.

There is knitting going on, and of course, there is yarn coming in. I will tell you about all of that later this week.

Family Photo

My beautiful family . . .This photo was taken this past Saturday at my oldest son's graduation. He received his M.B.A. from Millsaps College. He has decided to continue his education and will attend LSU law school in the fall. We are very proud of him and his accomplishments.

In the photo, from left to right, are - Amanda (TD) my beautiful daughter, my hubby (the HWWTM), John (OS), me (proud mama to all), Alex (YS), and Josh (MS).

I'll have a Mother's Day post tomorrow. Have a great day.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Proud Mama

So proud of my baby boy . . . he is finishing his freshman year of high school and he is a pole vaulter. He works very hard at it. He has a wonderful coach, Erica Bartolina, who pole vaulted in the Beijing Olympics. We are so lucky to have such an accomplished athlete so close to coach him.

He has been pole vaulting since 6th grade, when some of his older brother's friends taught him the basics. His then track coach told him that he could enter the upcoming track meet if he could get over 5 feet. He did that on the first day of practice, and he's been hooked ever since.

This year his PR - personal record - is 11 feet.

There are only 2 pole vaulters in our high school, he and a sophomore friend. They placed first and second in our district.

The pictures in this post are at the regional meet in New Orleans, where he placed 7th, I believe. He was one of only 2 freshmen there. He "only" vaulted 10 feet at this meet, so he was not happy.

The above photo shows him trying to get over 10'6". As you can see, he knocked the bar down and didn't make it. Did I mention he was not happy?!?!

But he is a winner in my heart. Do you see how high in the air he is? Amazing!!!

And now to brag on my oldest baby - Amanda whipped out a Girasole in a few weeks time. She knits like she is on a mission. You know how some people are process knitters, and some are product knitters? Well, she is a product knitter. She knits to "finish" a project. That's not to say that she doesn't enjoy knitting, but I think she likes the feeling of accomplishment when she finishes something. But then, don't we all? She brought the Girasole to me to block for her. It is made of Malabrigo yarn on size 9 needles, I think. It measures 5 feet across. It is so beautiful and soft.

This is my baby blanket made for my friend's grandbaby that is due next month. It is made from Yarntini sportweight in Designated Driver colorway on size 6 needles. The pattern is Heirloom Baby Blanket, and it measures 32" x 35". I really like how this turned out.

As you can see, both blankets are blocking side by side on beach towels in my foyer.

I don't think I've mentioned this little thingy I've been working on for about a week. It's called A Little Jazz - the pattern came in March's Loopy Ewe Sock Club. It is the smaller version of Shawl That Jazz, which I made last year. The yarn is Numma Numma's Saucy in Cupcakes! colorway. I'm using size 3 needles. I'm on the ruffle now. I'll probably make the ruffle fairly long as I have a ton of yardage. It's all garter stitch, so it's a very easy, fun knit.

That's all I have for now. Have a great week.