Friday, June 29, 2007

I know, I am a bad blogger -

I am not sure where this week has gone to, but I cannot believe it is already Friday. I know I promised pic, and they will make it here. I am hoping over this weekend. Although with the boys here, and supposedly my laundry room floor being redone by my DH (and possibly one son), it could be a bit hectic.

Anyway, at this point I have finished the Monkey socks (my modified version there of), and am making fairly good progress on my Emeral Isle shawl (which is for a very dear friend who may see this blog, so unfortunately there will be no pics at this time), and Rick's 2nd sock is actually starting to take shape.

I have readied and will drop off my final SP package at the post office today (yeah, I am a bit behind but life happens). I have very much enjoyed both being and having an SP. Heck, I may even get to meet my Spoiler in person since next weekend I leave to go to her neck of the woods in CA. We shall see. Schedules may not allow, but it is a nice thought.

I am off to hit the treadmill and do some treadmill knitting (or should I say fitness knitting) and then it is off to a whirlwind day of errands, work, more errands and then home to the DH and it is a boys weekend as well.

Take Care All

Thursday, June 21, 2007

What a weekend!!

So let's see, that is now 2 graduated and 1 to go. We have a few years yet though on #3. It really was a great weekend. Mom & Dad arrived on Thurs, the boys arrived on Friday and we went out for the traditional 'graduation dinner'. Saturday was then graduation and celebration here at the house. It was a small family affair, but that is what Josh wanted, and that is just fine with us.
Then came Sunday... Mom & Dad left around 0800, and we were all out the door by 1100 on our way to Washington DC area. 1st we stopped and dropped Josh off at his mom's house so they could drive to George Mason Univ together (family orientation). Then we took Rich to Dulles International to catch his flight to Tel Aviv. Yep, he is currently on location near Jerusalem and (eek) Gaza. What an experience that was... we arrived more than 2hrs before his flight, and the airport was an absolute zoo - a thriving mass of humanity. After the better part of an hour at the Air France ticketing line, he cruised right on through security - which when we arrive there the line was easily 1 - 1 1/2hr long.
Then we found our hotel near GMU and kicked back for the rest of the evening and then Monday morning it was off to family orientation. I think Josh is going to do just fine. I was amazed at how wiggy a good number of the parents were at the thought of their 'little one' going off to college. Obviously I was raised differently in that I am thrilled that he has gotten this far and now feels that he has the wings to start flying on his own. It is what we as parents work toward.

Anyway, as for my KNITTING....let's see -
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend has been put in 'time out' until I decide if I can find either the error in the pattern or the error in the knitted piece. I am still thinking I may unravel her, and put the pattern aside for another time. After all she is my first real lace project and she is rated for intermediat to experienced knitters.
There fore I have started a new lace project that seems to be flowing along quite nicely from the same designer (Goddess Knits) called Emerald Isle. The yarn is Jager spun Zephyr - I think.
My 2nd Monkey sock is finishe just past the gussett, and I have yet to cast on Rick's sock #2, but I do have some travel time coming my way, and socks are really quite good for airport and airplane knitting.

I am really enjoying my Lantern Moon blondewood needles from my SP, I may have to save my pennies and get another set. I am trying to be quite good since really blowing the budget while my LYS was doing her 'going out of business' sale. The bad part is, I really feel that I want to support the new owner who is doing her Grand Re-Opening this Saturday.... what is a girl to do???
As soon as I get the chance to load some pics I will show what all has been going on. Until then I hope everyone is well and happy

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Still Here and Still Knitting

Well, the good news is, we have finally acheived some satisfactory closure in our dealings with DH's ex. Things have gone our way (finally), and the healing can begin. It will still be a long road for the next 12 - 18months financially, but we are on our way to being back in control of our finances. This is a huge weight from my soul. It was really getting to the breaking point, but now we are only focusing on the positive.

I have been working on my 2nd Monkey sock, and am almost down to the heel at this point. I must say by the look of the yarn cake I am working from, someone else will probably also benefit from this wonderful yarn in the way of socks. Not sure who yet...maybe my wonderful SP, but will have to wait for the reveal and then check about foot size.

I have also been finally making some serious FORWARD progress on my lace shawl. I am really getting into it. I have figured out that this pattern can truly only be done with silence or classical music, and I cannot be tired. I came this ______ close to taking the whole thing apart and putting it to the side until I have a bit more experience, but alas... things started coming together. The tough part is, every line of the pattern is different, but with repeats within the line. I think it will be quite lovely once it is finished. I am hoping my upcoming travel plans will allow for some lace knitting time. Plus I am going to enlarge the pattern to make it easier to follow.

Anyway, this coming weekend is graduation weekend for Josh, and my parents arrive tomorrow to celebrate and attend graduation. Then Sunday we all leave in different directions - Mom & Dad to home in PA, DH-Josh-Matt & I to George Mason Univ for family orientation - and Rich (the oldest) to Israel on an archeological dig near Jerusalem for 5 weeks. When we scatter we really scatter.

Hope all is well with everyone, and I will try to post graduation pics next week.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Has it really been this long???

Wow, I am amazed how long it has been since I have posted. I guess things have just gotten away from me.

As usual life has been busy, and I have simply been trying to keep up. Must admit I do a have a few pics to post.

This past weekend was prom weekend for my middle son- I am just in awe of how much he has grown in the time I have know him. I have known him for 11yrs and Rick & I have been married for almost 7 - Wow!!! The little boy, who was quite the rough and tumble, always getting into trouble and eating everything in sight has become quite the young man. Why in less than 3 months he will be heading off to college....anyway here he is in all his glory.

Let's see now, onto knitty things....

I have CO Monkey Sock #2 for me, and have been making some good headway with my Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend Shawl (except that it does not seem to be getting bigger - could it be because I have to keep ripping back to reknit the YOs that I forget) Hopefully will work to fix my latest error after I get off the puter.

I still need to CO Rick's #2 sock. I think I will have some knitting while in the air and airport time coming up, so socks are great for that kind of thing.

I am hoping to cast on a sweater or a shrug or a shawl of sorts soon as well. I just have to prioritize (what's that you ask...) and decide what can be finished reasonably quickly, and something that I want to be working on. Choices Choices Choices - so many patterns so littl time.

More posts to follow - sooner than this one