Wednesday, July 23, 2008

It's All Out

Ok. Now that my summer oh birthday madness is over I can focus on the crafting. Oh the crafting. Here is a post of confessions. I have a problem people. I think a rather large problem. (Warning picture laden post). I start too many projects and do not finish them. Mind you I have every intention of finishing them it is just that something else calls my name and I can't say no!

First this is the container where I hold a great majority of my knit projects that aren't finished if this tells you anything at all.

Here we have Mariah. I was working very steadily on this project and in the beginning of June I was nearly finished with it and was knitting the hood when I realized that I had MAJORLY (understatement) misunderstood the arm directions and they were incredibly too long. So I had to rip back the whole yoke and about 5 inches on each arm. While doing this I also noticed that the back was 6 inches too wide. So that was taken out as well. Here is the progress thus far. All of my pieces are in the bag and what I have knitted of the new back.

This I should just plug away at and finish. I am making two Pea Pod baby sweaters for a friend's girls. One is finished other than buttons and shown is my progress on the second.

Here is a second attempt at a beautiful Creme shrug for myself. It is being taken out again because I just don't like the progress. If anyone has a good recommendation for a plus sized shrug that will take 1240 yards I would appreciate it!


A pair of socks for Riley made out of Cotton Fine. LOVE this yarn. It really doesn't split at all.

Oh my gosh! I started these Thuja socks AGES ago for my mom. She asks about them all the time. They have been shuffled around in the "container" and now look at that mess of yarn!

I started these not too long ago for myself. The yarn I am going to guess is some On Line colorway. I got this so long ago and I have no clue where the wrapper went. I am loving how they are coming along and wish I had made them sooner.

Again socks that were started AGES ago. I was going to take these apart because I didn't like how the colors were knitting up in stockinette stitch and I was going to do some sort of textured sock but now looking at them I think I like them and I will finish them?

Now this is just rediculous! Here are two sets of baby socks that I was knitting to donate to Swedish Hospital. Come on how long to baby socks really take anyway and why aren't these finished?

Since we are talking about Rediculous things.
A small granny square blanket that I was making just to practice crocheting and two washcloths and a baby hat that just need the ends woven in.

A Feather Fan scarf for myself. I am maybe 40% finished with this project. It would be nice to have for the fall.

This is a hoodie scarf that I had started for a friend probably a year ago! I will finish this one! Seriously.

A belt that I started over a year ago. Do I even wear belts? NO! But I love it. This is probably halfway finished.

Yes I am behind on the Clapotis craze but here is my progress. With amazing yarn I found on Etsy.

Matros Vest (ravelry link)

Quinn Bag started last summer. The last thing I need is another bag. This one will be something else I think. I have two skeins of this fabulous hand spun yarn by Sachi. I am thinking of something for myself. Maybe a small bolero or a cap sleeved shrug?

Lastly a strawberry hat I made. I used the Fiber Trends pumpkin hat pattern and changed it up a bit. I was going to put cute french knots throughout but didn't like how the inside looked when doing this. So I think now it will be buttons.

If you have gotten this far thank you and I am sorry. See I have a problem. I just can't start anything else until these projects are done or taken apart and just put away until later. I won't even go into the amount of yarn I have lying around. I think it is embarrassing and the last thing I need is more yarn!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Whooo Hoooo!

I finished one dress and I didn't pull my hair out! I am so excited.

I think sewing as with anything just takes patience patience patience and a very close attention to detail. Ok off to sew up Riley's Strawberry Shortcake dress now.

Time to dust the ol' girl off

I thought in the hopes of dimishing some of my fabric stash that I could make Riley some school clothes for KINDERGARTEN! this fall.

Riley chose the strawberry shortcake of course which I still have more than enough left after cutting out the dress. Then I chose the eyelet, and daisy fabric.

We'll see how it goes. I should finish them up today......hopefully.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

And now 3

My baby boy is 3 today. For some reason his years have not flown by as fast as Riley's have. But still 3!!!!! In the past 6 months his speech has improved by leaps and bounds and because he is such a tall guy people always think he is older than he really is. Again, I am amazed. That my husband and I can make this! He is still my baby in so many ways. I do feel like I want to do this again once more but then I am happy in the fact that I got to give more attention to Jake in his second year than I got to give Riley because Jake was a newborn. However, now all of us have a great time together.

I mean look. Here is Jake within hours of his birth. We knew he was going to be tall then.

And now for the comparison
Here is Jake I believe the day we came home or the day after so he would have been almost a week old.

And here is Jake today on his third birthday.

Yes, he still sleeps like this.....

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Birthday Party Success

I have to say I think this was our best party yet and the last big one for a long time. With Riley turning 5 we wanted her to have a great party and one that she would remember and say later in her life to her children "I remember my 5th birthday it was so great...."

Soooo..... we rented a pony. I know I know frivilous but hey look how cute she is. And Jake...oh my gosh Jake. He LOVES ponies and now he has gotten to ride one! There will be some day when we won't be able to celebrate the kids' birthday's together because they will probably protest but until then I love the joint party.

I know you all want to see pictures from the big day so here you go....and if you last to the end you can see the amazingly huge June Bug that we caught on our front door screen.

Our VERY excited children riding their rented birthday present.

Riley even got some love from Pepper the Pony.

Bob and Hermione have a new cousin that came to visit the party but he tired out very quickly.

And now what you all want to see the GYNORMOUS June Bug that came to visit us last night and was still in practically the same place this morning.
Daddy saves the day!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Riley is 5!

I am honestly shocked. I can't believe that my baby, my first born is 5 years old. Where does the time go? Last night when I was looking for a baby photo to post here today I kept tearing up as I was looking through the first few months of her life captured in film. Then moving onto her first year and beyond. Watching her grow on my computer screen. It is so amazing that one egg and one sperm can make such a beautiful human being. She is so smart, inquisitive, emotional, beautiful.... of course I could go on and on. It amazes me that this....

(Riley just a few weeks old.)

Gets to this in a seemingly short period of time.

(Riley today on her 5th birthday.)

Always on Rileys birthday I mentally relive where I was in my labor at this moment in time. I am just in awe today. 5! I really can't believe it. Kindergarten people! Amazing truely amazing.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Purple Shrug for Riley

This was a VERY quick knit. It only took me a weekend to knit here and there and finish up. It is a Knitting Pure & Simple Pattern. Little Girl's Shrug #288
Ravelry Page
Yarn: EL. D. Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10 - this project didn't even use a whole skein of yarn which is around 250 yards.

The pictures shown are unblocked. Riley was too excited to wait so she could wear it and mommy was too excited to take pictures.

I found this cute metal button in my button stash.

And here is the oh so happy recipient!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Birthday America

I would like to take a moment to just remember John Adams and our forefathers for their revolutionary thinking.