Monday, January 29, 2007

Big Arms

It has been a crazy around here for the last week. I know, I know it's just the way life is, so I am not complaining. But because it has been a little hectic there is only a little progress on the sweater for the KAL.

See that completed sleeve, it took a while to get to the point that it is at now. I some how transposed the numbers along the way and picked up an extra twelve sts. When I tried the sweater on after the sleeve was almost done, I realized that the only way it was going to fit me was if my arms looked like this guy's.

Anyway, as I was saying, I had to frog the original sleeve when I was almost done *big sigh* But now I really like the way the sleeve is fitting. I made it a little loose around my upper arm and a nice snug, but not too snug fit around the wrist.

I am really looking forward to getting this one done. Though I probably won't get much chance to wear it. I can almost guarantee that the weather will warm up two days after it is done. It's always what happens when I finish a sweater for myself.

Monday, January 22, 2007

I'm back on track, sort of

I am definitely feeling better. I have a few more days of meds and hopefully this will be it for me getting sick for the year. I know it's only January, but a girl can hope, can't she?

I went for a run/walk with hubby earlier today and I felt really good. Not much in terms of coughing, though I am feeling a bit on the tired side. I think it may be a lack of caffeine in my system though.

I have been working on my sweater for the Red Sweater KAL.

This pic was taken a few days ago. I am actually about ten inches farther down, but am too lazy/tired to take new progress pics. I am trying to figure out what exactly I am going to do with the neck. I want a scoop type of neck and think that I may do some short rows to get the bottom nice and big without it being too bulky around the neck. Just a thought though, I'll probably change my mind a thousand times before I actually start to work on the neck.

In other knitting, I have been working on a pair of socks for B. The last pair of socks that I made for the kids were these back in August.

The socks no longer fit either of their intended recipients. K is already wearing the red socks that were made for B. I hate the thought that the boys get such limited use out of the socks that I make them. I was wondering what others do/have done about this. I am thinking that I am just going to make some tube socks for them, but I don't know if that is actually going to be comfortable for them. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

It's raining snowing?!

There was a song maybe fifteen years ago where the chorus was, "It never rains in Southern California."

The song was by the group Tony, Toni, Tone and the song was called, "It never rains (in Southern California). Every time it would rain they would play that song on the radio. Occasionally I will still hear that song play when it rains, but I didn't hear it yesterday, maybe because it really wasn't raining.

This is what it looked like from the window.

You can see K's fingers on the bottom of the pic. He was so excited that it was "snowing" he ran around the house saying, "it's nowin, it's nowin," with a huge grin on his face.

When B got home from school, he was so excited because according to him, he actually got to see it snow. In fact he wanted it to continue snowing so he kept asking if it was cold enough for it to snow again.

It actually wasn't snow, but hail. Who am I to disappoint the kids?

Also, thanks for the well-wishes. I went to the doctor's yesterday, turns out I have strep throat. I am starting to feel better and should be all better in a few days.

Monday, January 15, 2007

He's got personality!

And lots and lots of it may I add. Lately whenever we ask K to pose for a pic, he will do so in a manner that when we look at the end result all we can do is laugh. Here is exhibit A, B, & C.

These were taken last week. And all I could do was laugh my butt off when I saw them. The second pic reminds me of the movie A Christmas Story, the scene in which one of the characters gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole.

Then, when I asked K to pose for some pics of him in the socks, this is what I got.

In fact he was very definite on the way he wanted to pose for the socks. Oh well, what could I do? If he ever goes into the entertainment industry.....I don't even want to think of the demands he is going to have.

You can click on the link in the sidebar for more details on K's socks and my finished socks, too.

In other news, I have been sick for the last couple of days. In addition to being sick, my throat is swollen and I have no voice, which means I haven't been able to add any miles for Run Yourself Ugly, no real cleaning, and not much in terms of knitting.

I am about to go batty, I need to get back into the swing of things soon.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Home Sweet Home

I feel as though I have been moving non-stop for the last few days. Monday Hubby and I went snowboarding, Tuesday and Wednesday we were at the Magic Kingdom. Finally we are home. There is so much that I need to do. There is so much that I want to do. But I really just want to be lazy today.

The thing that I have difficulties with is deciphering the difference between the needs and wants. Need things to me usually mean the household type of things laundry, cleaning, etc, while the wants are things like knitting, exercise. Though, knitting and exercise are things that I actually think I need to do. I'll just rephrase the earlier statement.

There are so many things that I need to do.

While we were away, I finished K's socks. I was working on them in the car ride down when Hubby realized that I was a little frustrated. He looked at me as though I was crazy and then asked what was wrong.
I had to explain that while I was knitting I came across not one, but two knots within two yards of each other.

That's right there were two knots where the yarn was joined within two yards of one another. Here is a closer view.

I understand that there are going to be knots in the yarn, but for there to be two so within the same skein and so close to one another. It's just frustrating.

Having finished K's socks, I think I am finally ready to start on a bigger project. I signed up for this KAL a while back.

I swatched for the sweater, but I didn't have the inspiration to actually knit a sweater. I really didn't know what I wanted. I think I am going to do a cowl of some sort. We will just have to see. I just realized that the button I had on the sidebar is no longer there, WTF!?!?!

I guess I'll just have to fix it if blogger lets me.

Monday, January 08, 2007

I need to relax

I finished the cap I was making for B. Although I wanted to finish it before 2007 began, I ended up finishing it the following morning. I was trying to get B to take a pic in it, but he being almost 6 wouldn't sit still long enough. Now I can't find it. Go figure.

I was anxious to work on another pair of socks for myself, so I have worked on (and finished) these.

They are the first pair of socks that I made for myself using Koigu KPPPM. All I have to say about them is yummmmmmm! They are so so so so comfy.

After I finished these on Saturday, the guilt of making something for B and not K started sinking in. So I decided to make K another pair of socks. I decided to so a basic stockinette in self patterning yarn and after double knitting B's cap, I thought that I would do K's socks the same way.

They say third times a charm right? The first time I tried to do the two socks at once toe up. Things seemed fine until I realized that I wasn't going to be able to check to make sure the socks were separated because they would be enclosed by the toes.

The next time I tried, I went from the top down. I was doing well until I had turned the heel. Somehow I managed to switch yarns. So the yarn that I was using for one sock I was now using for the other. Uggg!

This was where I was with K's sock this morning.

I decided that I was not going to do the two socks at once thing. Besides constantly mixing up the yarn while turning the heel/toes, the fabric was just so loose. So now I am doing it the ol' fashion way. One at a time.

The pic above was taken on the way to the mountains when we left our house. I wanted to do progress shots every hour, just because.

This was my next (and only other) progress shot for the day. Hubby made great time. What normally would take one and a half hours or so, only took a little over an hour.

We had a great time snowboarding. Though my ankles feel like they are falling apart. They have been bugging me a little for the last couple of months every time I would go running. I attributed it to needing a new pair of running shoes. Even with new running shoes, the ankles are still a little uncomfortable. But after boarding for five hours, they are swollen and I am having trouble bending one of them.

I need to take a break and stay off of them for a little while, but we are going to take the kids to the "Magic Kingdom" for the next two days.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I will do it!

Call me crazy, but look what I just signed myself up for.

You can read about it here at Whitney's. If you are so inclined to join, go over runagogo and register. You don't have to run all of the miles, it's any movement/activity that gets us out and moving.