Thursday, January 26, 2017

On the knitting front, I finished the back of the the Janda hoodie : some projects for my trip

Getting ready for a trip is just horrid.  The worst part is I think I am having sympathy nesting for my sister who reached her due date yesterday.  Normally before a trip, I'll straighten up my house.  Keep in mind I'm not a neat-freak.  My house is always picked up but I don't do the real deep cleaning on a regular basis.  So, I've spent that last 3 days cleaning the heck out of my house.  We're talking on my hands and knees with a toothbrush cleaning the grout in my shower and on the floor.  I've got 3 more rooms to do and then I'm done.  It will be nice to come home to a clean house.

Parts of town : He weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and next to my 8# 11oz kid he looked like a doll

Well, we got here safe and sound on Tuesday afternoon.  My son did GREAT on the plane until the final 15 minutes when the pilot had the audacity to request electronic devices to be turned off while Patrick was in the middle of Maisy.  Now, I'm sure the pilot didn't have time to properly weigh the pros and cons of telling a 2 year old who woke at 4am, had no nap and was strapped to a seat for 4 hours, to turn off his favorite mouse.  I suspect he would have chosen possible death by crash landing.  The exact moment Brad turned off the computer my son threw himself into a screaming fit that would have made any mother proud.  It was quite the site.  Otherwise he was an angel.  The little stinker did seem to think for awhile that since his 'time out' seat isn't here he can go around acting like a poster-child for birth control but once he realized there is ALWAYS a place for a time-out he got his collective crap together.  :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I keep screwing up the front of the baby sweater

about my life as a paranormal psychic who spends her days and nights trying to stay one step ahead of Murphy using her uncanny ability to anticipate his every move. 

What did I tell you about those frames?  I was driving to a friend's house tonight when I hear... "SMASH!"  There goes one frame, smashed into pieces in the back of my car. 

I gained ZERO pounds when I was pregnant so it's not leftover baby weight

I gained ZERO pounds when I was pregnantWent to the doc for my annual today and to see about getting some meds for the baby machine.  Now, I knew I had gained a few pounds but figured it couldn't have been that bad since I can still wear my clothes.  Yeah, I've gained 23 pounds since I got pregnant with my son.  I know that doesn't sound bad, but …

I need to replace the frame I broke AND buy another frame for my dad's

That, ladies and gents (are there even any gents here?) is the sound of the squeaky wheel getting the oil.  I'll just premise this entry by saying that I rock!

apartment-warming gift so I head to Aaron BrosWent into Borders tonight with hubby and bub and noticed that there wasn't a stitch (haha) of artwork in the Cafe.  WHAT!?!?!?!?!  So, I asked for the person in charge of artwork.  It was this sweet girl who just started in the position.  She immediately starts telling me about the change in owners, yada yada yada. I rudely (oops) cut her off and said, "Yeah, I know."  I explain that I was set up to do March and understand they are remodeling the cafe in March but I noticed there was no artwork up now so could I just do it this month since the person isn't going to show?  I get this song and dance about how they decided if nobody showed up they were just going to stop it in February.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Escape from knitting limbo

Whew it's been a busy week!! My parents were here over the weekend and it seems like we've just had a lot of tests/practicals/other school stuff to get done. I don't have anything too exciting to report, but I do have a little venting on stupid people and Chicago public transportation.

Story #1: I'm walking towards the entrance to the Green line train. At first it looks like no one else is around, but all of a sudden a guy walks up, goes to the entrance, and tells me to swipe my card so we can both go through at the same time so he doesn't have to pay. And of course there is no one else around and the guy was a little scary. Not cool.

Story #2: Today while I was on the bus some guy tried to get on with a can of gasoline. The bus driver tells him to get off the bus. The man insists that it is a covered can of gasoline so it's OK. He proceeds to turn the can upside down to demonstrate this. Gas goes all over the place. Bus smells like gas. We all have to get off. Not cool.

Anyways, in happier non-public transportation news, looky at what came in the mail the other day....

Feltedtweed_1

Woooooo Rowan Felted Tweed! It's been on backorder for a few weeks but it finally arrived. So yesterday I started on Salina, here's what I have so far...

Salina1

I am absolutely obsessed with the felted tweed...the color, the feel of it, everything. However I have a feeling Salina is going to take me forever to finish because the yarn is a bit thin, so I'm setting a goal of January to have it finished (I have a feeling Christmas knitting is going to get in the way of my progress too)

I also picked up some Manos del Uruguay at the yarn store yesterday. There were many, many colors to drool over but I went with this one....

Manos

I'm in desperate need of a hat but haven't done one before so I think I"m just going to knit a simple one with the Manos, probably one of the hats in Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

Tonight we're heading to Benihana for some Japanese food...I've never had sushi so I'm pretty excited! I'm trying to work up the courage to try the kind with raw fish, but we'll see...

I heart my secret pal!!!

My first secret pal package! And the timing couldn't have been any better. I was all stressed out today because I had clinic for 4 hours in the morning and had to go take a big final afterwards. So after clinic I decided to go check my mail to procrastinate....and I had a package!

So first there was a nice little note from my secret pal...turns out we're both Minnesotans! Wooooo! And we even like the same yarn shops :) How cool is that?

And here's what was in the package (notice it was packed in pink tissue paper...my favorite color)!

There was some organic chocolate which I was very tempted to eat right away after I took it out of the box...it took much willpower to wait until I could get home and get a picture! There were also some cute little packets of wool wash, which I definaltey need. And I'm guessing they smell good too, they have fancy little names (flora and aquae). There was also a little tin of hand balm, which I have to show a close up of because it's so cute!

It's hand balm espeically for knitters! I didn't even know that existed :) It's supposed to give you snagless knitting and be safe for your yarn...I love it! And it smells good too.

And I almost had a heart attack when I pulled this out of the package.....

Its Alchemy Synchronicity, and I love it. A lot. My secret pal must be a mind reader because I've been drooling over this yarn on the purl soho website for awhile. And the color is so pretty, the blues and greens are perfect. The picture doesn't do it justice (I took many, but it was hard to get a good one with no natural light). I honestly couldn't stop looking at it when I took it out of the box. I would be reading my ocular disease notes and my eyes would slowly drift towards the yarn. Then I would go back to studying, but then get distracted by it again :) It's perfect!

Thanks secret pal, I love everything!! You're the best!!!