Tuesday, November 10, 2009
So if you will look above, you will see a new header, with a new blog title! It still depicts my love of Red Yarn, but hopefully also will show that this blog is about more than that. I also share parts of my life, family, and hopefully soon (if my craft room ever materializes!) other crafts! (Sewing...I'm talking about you!!!) I had contemplated moving the blog altogether to a new address, and starting over from scratch, but I didn't want to lose what few readers I already have. So here it is. Same blog, new spin. And now that I have actually figured out how to change the header!!!!!! perhaps you'll see a new header from time to time.
Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Self portraits are not my forte.
Pattern: Darkside Cowl by Sarah Fama
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino - Dark Gray Mix
Needles: KP's Options in US 10/6 mm
I wanted to use up the leftovers from my Bella's Mittens and I had just enough to do a cowl. I love the texture in this pattern, it was very easy to knit. I wore the cowl to walk the kids to school last week and I was cozy warm. :o)
In other news, a probable case of H1N1 has hit my house. Poor little Owen is down for the count. He has quite a few of the symptoms - fever, bad headache, nausea/vomiting, and a horrific chest cough which has turned quite congested. I'm mostly worried about the cough as that is the side effect of the virus that is really making people very ill - a bacterial infection can occur in the lungs making it difficult to breathe. He was scheduled for his vaccine tomorrow (along with Maeghan who at this point is symptom free) , so I'm going to ask the doc if she thinks he should still get it, just in case this isn't H1N1 that he has now.
And furthermore, as if that wasn't enough, Owen has managed to break his collarbone even worse than before and is now being referred to an Orthopedic Surgeon who will decided if he will require surgery or not. We aren't absolutely sure how it happened, but think it may have been when he was out in the backyard a couple of weeks back, tripped, and tried to break his fall by reaching up and grabbing onto a tree branch - unfortunately with his bad arm.
What a mess. When it rains, it pours.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Dark Grey Mix held double
Needles: KP Options US 10's/6mm - 32" length - Magic Looped
Verdict: Loved the pattern, very straightforward which a gal like me really appreciates. I wore these when I walked the kids to school this morning and my hands were toasty warm. I have almost a skeins worth of yarn leftover, so I'm going to knit up a matching cowl.
As promised in the last post, I bought a couple of rakes and got the kids to work! Actually, as soon as they saw the rakes they couldn't wait to get outside and rake up the biggest pile of leaves they could so they could jump in it. Maeghan even got out the wheelbarrow and carted a whole pile out to the front yard (where there were no leaves to begin with!), I'm still not really sure why, probably to decorate the front lawn or something like that. I had to put my foot down though and get her to clean it all up.
So we are starting to get ready for Halloween, the pumpkins are carved, the candy has been purchased, and costumes chosen. Maeghan will be the same witch that she has been for the last two years (yay! That girl takes after her mama in her thriftiness!), and Owen was going to be Spiderman, but has now decided on Darth Vader - either would have been fine as we already have costumes for both!
Have a great week, I'm back to work tomorrow (boo!), but will hopefully have some Halloweeny (Owen always laughs when I say Halloweeny - boys!) pictures for next week!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
He recycled all of the large rocks from various locations around the yard, digging them out and repositioning them to build a large raised garden bed. We are planting clumping Bamboo along the back whole length of the fence to give us some privacy from the neighbors along that side. They're not bad neighbors, we just don't want to look at them all of the time. The bamboo will take a few years to grow to the max height of 15 ft., and we have been told this particular type of bamboo will not spread (which is the problem with most bamboo) and will build a very nice privacy screen for us. Next spring we will plant potatoes and carrots and whatever else will fit into this garden.
Aidan also built these steps leading down into the backyard. Such an improvement over the muddy slope that used to be there! To the right of these stairs is another raised bed that runs the length of the yard. Aidan is planning to replace the soil in it and we will grow more vegetables and strawberries in it. He has hopes of building a greenhouse before spring, in which we will grow tomatoes and red/green peppers, as well as some habanero or jalapeno peppers for salsa!
These are all great plans, but let it be known, for all intents and purposes, I have a black thumb. I crave growing my own veggies, and canning my own tomato sauces and salsa's, and growing our own pumpkins for Halloween, but the likelihood of anything actually growing, let along fruiting, is pretty slim. We will give it our best effort, I will be frequently consulting "Gardening for Dummies" as well as searching the internet, and we will keep our fingers crossed until the first crop comes in!
In the meantime, we will have to deal with these leaves. They are ginormous. Each leaf is the size of my head. This is the part where we get the kids rakes for presents and enslave them into a life of eternal raking.
I think we are going to need another "Yard Trimmings" bin.
Monday, October 5, 2009
I'm going to have to invest in some button up shirts. We have one. And two pairs of button up pajamas. Looks like I'll be doing the wash everyday for then next 3 weeks!
I just want to hold him in my arms and cuddle him all day! But that hurts him too. I already tried.
However, as much as I feel sad for the pain that my "baby" is going through, I was a little relieved that our crazy, hectic weekday schedule is on hold for a while. It's been pretty exhausting, and this will give us a chance to recoup a bit.
A couple of days before this happened to Owen, Maeghan received a golf ball in the eye (courtesy of her brother - total accident though) and now has a black eye. They make quite a pair now! On top of this Aidan has been going to physio for muscle spasms in his back. I'm the only healthy one left. Knock on wood.
Well, that's it for now, Owen and I are going to put in some movies and vegetate together for the day. He's too sore for school, and thankfully my work is letting me take a few days off to take care of him. I hope to get some progress on my Jane cardi, one sleeve to go! Not sure yet how I feel about it. I hope I like it more after blocking, but I think I should have made the smaller size, it feels a little big across the shoulders/armpit area. I have decided that if I don't end up wearing it much, I will rip it and make something else. I love the color of the yarn way too much to leave it in the closet unused. Anyways, I'm probably jumping the gun a bit since I'm not even finished yet!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Yes, that's right, my wee little guy is now a hockey player. His favorite piece of equipment is the cup/jock strap (why am I not surprised...), and he walks around wacking it with his stick, marveling how it doesn't hurt when he does so.
I'm surprised he can even skate with all of that gear on. It's really heavy! He is loving every second of it and as soon as one game is over he is asking when the next game will be. He just can't get enough!
The hectic fall schedule has hit us full force. Aidan is in school at the university three nights a week, just so happens they are the same three nights that the kids have their activities. Hockey and soccer practice for Owen, and Maeghan is starting Brownies. I'm exhausted. I give kudos to all single parents out there. I don't know how you do it! Saturdays we have gymnastics and a soccer game, and then in October swimming lessons starts on Sundays. Yikes. What have I gotten myself into.