Thursday, February 28, 2008

We're home

Thank goodness! Last night we got sprung from the hospital. We didnt warn Jake that we were coming with Sean to get him, so when he saw us he was excited. I put the baby down and he almost ran to Jake and threw his arms around him. It was SOOO cute and sweet. They really did miss eachother. I'd walk down the halls with Sean and he'd look into rooms saying "Jakey" like he was looking for him. Poor little guy, he really didnt understand why his brother was missing! But, we're out and only have to do steroids a couple times a day for a couple days plus breathing treaments 4 times a day.

I didn't really take many pics but here are a couple.

Sean in ICU on Sunday:

Getting a breathing treatment on Monday:

I also got the email from Penney's with the boy's pictures. Here are a few:

Jake & Sean together:

My favorite of Seans:

The littlest angel (to go with the one of Jake with Angel wings):

And finally, Sean wearing the cowboy outfit that was Travis', then Jason wore it, then Jake:

And for a yarn-related update... I am about 3/4 done with Mom's second sock - I got SO much done in the hospital! Also, I worked more on the jacket at lunch today. I joined the 2 fronts to the back and started on a sleeve. It's going well, I really do like it.

Well, that's really it for now. Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Quick Update

I have not fallen off the face of the earth, just been living in the pediatric ward of the hospital. Saturday Sean got admitted for Acute Asthma & Bronchitis attack with a slight pneumonia. He's still there. I've been coming home while Travis is up there for a few hours each day to take a nap (where I'm headed now). I have gotten Mom's other birthday sock almost done though! Anyway, thats it for now.

I've only been marginally keeping up with Bloglines, but Kim I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

Hopefully we'll get sprung tonight, but I'm not sure yet.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Some updates

I beat the damn yarn! It is nice and caked up into 3 cakes that I refused to take a picture of. They are in time-out in the yarn storage area. They may come out later to be sold, but that will be only after they have learned their lesson!

I finished the mini-version of the felted basket. It came out very cute, even with hand felting and would look even cuter after a spin in the wash.

I also started on seekrit jacket 2.0. I started this a while back and got frustrated trying to figure out if I could felt part of it and attach it to another non-felted yarn. Now, I'm using wool-ease to get the wool effect without the felting. I like how it's coming out so far, but I just started last night so it's not very far.

I have not worked on either sock or the afghan. I did, however, buy the dye for Mom's Christmas sweater... the yarn should arrive this week!

Um, we went Saturday (even Travis) to visit my folks and grandparents. Then to the Indian Rocks Beach Winterfest - which is a little outdoor festival. Craft booths with people selling their hard work for WAY too little, firemen selling beer, bouncy house, etc. It was a nice time and I did buy a toy thing for the cat which he has hidden somewhere.

Sunday I went with my MIL to get the boys' pics taken. I should have them in email form in a week so I will share them.

That's really it for now. OOOOHHHHH - for anyone that watches All My Children - I was very saddened to see Jamie leave the show because he's my favorite guy and SO easy on the eyes. So sad. However.... I looked on the COVER of my tv guide and there he was - he's Knight Rider!!! I watched the 2 hour premier last night even though I should have gone to bed half way through it. I liked it, Travis hated it (something about 3 different types of helocopters used in this one scene). I'm sure it will be gone soon if I like it. But yay! That is all.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sit down, take a deep breath...

My ball 'o yarn is 2.5 inches in diameter. There is a LOT less of that then the mess that follows. Welcome to day 5 of the "Great Untangling of 2008". Course it is only February, there could be other "Gret Untanglings" yet to come. Sigh.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Need a recipe?

I got one! I wont get to try this until after I get to the store next, but it sounds SOOOO good that I had to share. AND, each serving is only 6 points!

Brushetta Chicken Bake (serves 6)
Preheat oven to 400.

1 can Italian Stewed tomatoes (UNdrained)
1 pk stove top stuffing
1/2 C water
2 cloves garlic minced
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast chopped
1 tbs dried basil
1 C Shredded Mozzarella cheese (part-skim for that points count)

In a bowl, mix togther the tomatoes w/juice, stuffing mix, water & garlic and let sit. Place chicken in 13x9 pan and sprinkle with basil and cheese. Top with the stuffing mix and bake 30 minutes.

I LOVE brushetta and to see it as a meal is exciting to me. Of course this coming from the girl on day 4 untangling yarn because she's a dumbass, but still! And since I've been untangling I have not been knitting or crocheting. Thats a good thing cause my fingers have been hurting, but soon my friends (I hope). I have managed to creat 1 - 2oz yarn cake and the other 4 ounces are seperated in to 2 piles and a ball (all attached to eachother). I am working 1 pile into the ball, and once that pile is done I will finish with the rest and then wind it into cakes.

In a brighter note, I ordered the yarn for Mom's sweater. I need to go and get dye, but I can get that at Joanns. I also need to figure out a better way of not being a dumbass when it comes to winding the yarn. Because let me tell you, if I have to deal with THIS mess again I may have to tearfully BUY Mom a sweater for Christmas. I also bought one extra skein (just in case) and once the sweater is made I may make some socks! These socks. Not to say that I'll forget about Cliffy's afghan or the Other Socks either. I've still got, um, 10 months until Christmas, there's time for it all!

Monday, February 11, 2008

A Big Ole Mess!

Ok, first some updates. Apparently I forgot to tell you guys the part where my boss almost chopped off his finger in Ocala setting up an RV show. That was Wednesday, and he was banging a flagpole with this thing called a slammer. He broke the ring finger and nearly severed the pinky of his right hand (he's a lefty, thank goodness!). Anyway, he goes to the bone doc on Thursday (after the swelling goes down) to see if they will be able to save the finger but it is pink and has blood flowing to it so it looks good. No more pain meds, but he's a manly man anyway.

Also, Jovanni (although is a little sicky now) is doing much better since his surgery. He's such a fat little boy, and you'd never know he was sick! Our house is pretty much back to its non-sick self. And, Grandma is doing well.

Speaking of, yesterday the boys and I packed off to my Moms for a visit. My Grandfather brought my Grandma over from the nursing home and we had a nice dinner and a visit. It went well and we had a nice time. Here's a pic.

Backtracking a bit, here's Sean eating a chocolate covered cookie on Saturday. I think he enjoyed it:

On to my mess. I had some laceweight undyed yarn in my stash and some dye. I wanted to experiment to make sure that I could do the slight variations in the yarn like I wanted for Mom' Christmas Sweater. Here's what I did:

I think it turned out perfect! However, because I'm a dumbass, I untied the shoelace that was holding this mass of pretty string in some kind of order, just so I could take that picture. The mass got moved before I retied the shoelace. I've spent the sum total of about 4 hours trying to wind this 1200 yards of yarn and I've done maybe 1/3 of it. I'm not happy. Dumbass dumbass dumbass. It is pretty though!

In project news, I started the second skinny sock. I've only done about 1/4 of the leg while I was waiting on the laceweight to dry from its washing. UGH. I really need to get a swift. Sigh. Oh well, back to untangling. I am purposly not showing you a picture of the mess,for fear of shock-induced trama for which I do not want to be held accountable.

Move along, nothing to see here.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Blue sock done

I finished up blue sock #1:

I also did a bit of math (!). The sweater I want to make Mom for Christmas needs about 1600 yards of sock yarn, it calls for Cherry Tree Hill which is beautiful, makes slight variations in color and apprently knits well. It is also $20 for 400 yards making this an $80 sweater. Yes I love my Mom, I even love her $80 worth, but $80 for just the yarn part PLUS knitting a Sweater with SOCK yarn? Maybe not-so-much. She agrees. My solution? Dye My Own. I dont know if I can get it nearly as beautiful as Cherry Tree Hill, but at $5.99 for400 yards making this a $23 sweater - thats much more managable. Becides, dyeing is fun!

I have the undyed yarn in my shopping basket at knitpick waiting. I am still trying to decide if that is what I want to do. I'd hate to buy it and screw it up, ya know!

We really dont have much going on, Travis has ot tomorrow night, so we'll hang out with him during the day, maybe find something fun to do. Then Sunday the kids and I will go to my mom's when he goes to work. My Mom requested more fun with the Dyson, and I think Damarys wants dibs next!

Hopefully I'll get some knitting done on either of the second socks, the afghan or the basket, or all of the above!!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A Tisket, A Tasket...

The answer is yes, you should do a mock-up before diving headfirst into a project. And thats what I did. I made a tiny little basket 1/3 the size of what I want the end to be, just to test the theory. Yep, I think it's gonna work! I've finished the knitting, and hand-felted it in the sink. I want it to be a little firmer felted so I will give it a go in the washer tonight. But yeah, I like how its come out. The design makes sense, I like the garter stitch because its given it some extra bulk, and it's easy. Yay! Anyway, at lunch in a bit I will work on the bigger one a little bit. I'd show you a picture but then I'd have to kill ya, and that'd be no fun!

I also brought the blue sock, which will hopefully get some knitting on it during Jake's dentist appt this afternoon. Once these are done I'll do the other sock to Mom's pair, then the other blue sock.

OOOOH, and I found Mom's Christmas Sweater!!!!! Yesterday I got the Interweave Knits magazine and it's right in there!!! (It's called I heart cardis). Damarys agrees, it's cute! Now I need to find Cherry Tree Hill yarn.

That's it for now. Hopefully Jake's appt will go well and there won't be screaming involved. I'll leave you with a pic of Sean playing with the toy Grandma & Pop Pop gave him for Christmas the best way he knows how:

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


I had very good intentions of blogging yesterday, really! But, when Sean's daycare called at 9:30 that he had a 101.3 fever, I had to go. I took him to the doc and got him meds for an ear infection. Im pretty sure it's completly tooth-induced. My MIL said that whenever my BIL got a tooth in he'd get a runny nose and an ear infection. That seems to be true for Sean too. Poor little guy. But, hopefully he'll get to feeling better, and I wont get another phone call from daycare today.

Sean is not the one sick... yep, me too. Stuffy nose, gack in my throat, blah. Oh well, what can you do.

On to knitting. I'm about half done with the foot part of the blue sock. I really like i, and I'm not sure if I will give them up. Maybe they will go to Damarys for Christmas or her birthda in March. We'll see.

I have done a little more on Cliffy's blanket, but not much.

I started working on a felted basket design that I've had in my head for a while. I'm about a quarter done with it so far - not too far. I wonder if should have made a prototype size first to see if the theory will work? Whoops! Wish me luck!

Friday, February 01, 2008

A pig, with a side of sock.

Today's blog post is dedicated to Linda (prounced LEENda by me). Linda has been our temp at the office since the fall, and she has been great. I think all of us tried to lobby for her to stay, but the boss couldnt be budged. But, he did say she could come back next year!! Anyway, today is her last day. And while I dont like that she choose Beefs for her going away luncheon because their selection of WW-approved meals include water and nothing, I will miss her dearly.

And, in honor of this auspicious occasion I decided to knit her a pig. Why a pig? 3 reasons. Linda grew up on a pig farm. Linda and her hubby are "BBQers" (with special rub and everything... go get you some Here )with a fondness for, um, pig. And finally, yesterday when the pattern popped itself in the calendar on my desk she thought it was really cute. For those that have said calendar, I didnt have time to make the pigets but I really wanted to. For those that dont have the calendar - it's perfect JUST THE WAY IT IS!! Travis said I should have knit a little bitty bottle of BBQ sauce too, but if I didnt have time to make the piglets that were supposed to be there, no way could I do a bottle that wasnt! Here's a lookie.

Linda with her pig:

The pig on her own:

Now I know that I have um, SomethingLike 4, or 5 WIP's, and I was DILLIGENTLY working on them - I swear! But I like her, and the pig is cute, and blah blah. It only took me 2 and a half hours - not too shabby. And SOOO cute. Anyway, moving on.

I also finished my short-row heel. It's a pain in the arse, but in the end it worked out well, I think.

This weekend - Birthday party tomorrow, Superbowl on Sunday. I'm sure I'll get some knitting done. I've started feeling pretty craptastic the past couple days - wish me luck!