The Wonder of It All

Random thoughts from a mom in the great Midwest. Working on writing more while chasing 4 kids around the merry-go-round of my life.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Finished object!

Yay! I finished Sophie's new hat this afternoon. I should have finished it last week, but, well, didn't. I had it ready for her to try on after school, and the verdict is "Thanks Mommy! I love it!"

Sophie's Vita von Hat


Pattern- based on the "Vita" pattern from Hip Knit Hats
Yarn- Brown Sheep "Cotton Fleece" in Robin's Egg Blue, and Moda Dea" Mosaic" in Bottle Green held together
Needles- size 9 dpns and circ
Notes- Easy pattern, fun hat, and the Moasaic yarn is snuggly soft! Hope it'll keep her head warm this winter!

Now on to the next project...


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Beat it, Sorcerer!

Just a quick post before bed. We're watching our usual late Sunday night tradition- TCM's Silent Sunday Night. The movie is "The Battleship Potemkin". It has been pretty good so far, with an excellent score.

We had a great fall day today. Slept in (miraculous!), a wonderful yummy brunch, some general lazing about... then to the farm market to pick out pumpkins to carve soon! The kids had a great time picking them out, and all came back with very different looks. The weather was gorgeous, the kids had fun, all was great.

"To the bottom to feed the worms!"

Except the damn lady bugs. Technically Japanese Lady Beetles. Nasty little buggers. They kept flying at me, landing on me, and giving me bites. Then releasing their lovely, musty stink. Ugh. Hope they freeze soon!

"The land is ours!"

We also took the kids to Governor Dodge State Park. The fall foliage was beautiful! We let the kids play on a playground till the darkness drove us home. We will go back- we didn't get to see as much as we wanted. The Stephen's Waterfall was especially pretty.

"Together with the sun, the news hits the city... rebellion..."

Knitting news- I have my CoffeeSwap 3 partner- on to shopping!
-maybe a knit night on Tuesday, replete with wine and dessert- here's hoping!
-still need to finish Soph's hat, the Wisp, a washcloth... the list goes on. Trying to not get distracted by other
projects... must resist!

Till then- G
"Eternal memory to the fallen fighters!"

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I'm in!

I got a Ravelry invite this morning! I'm Neanderknits over there- the name is a representation of two things I really enjoy; human evolution, specifically the Pleistocene era when the Neanderthals were king, and knitting, 'cause, well, duh!

Now I need to figure out what Ravelry is all about!


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Here I am again!

Great day in the morning! What once was lost, now is found!

Yeah, it's been a while. The Tour is long over, along with my hopes of a scandal-free Tour. Ugh. Still miffed about that one. I am still working on my TdF KAL project- you can tell I don't use performance enhancing substances! But I did knit on it for 2 hours last week, and it will be done!

Knitting news- I'm in the third Knitter's CoffeeSwap- yay! Can't wait to see who my partner is this time around. I love, love, love this swap- coffee and yarn- what could be better? I'll answer the swap questions here, in case this blog actually gets read!


Here are the questions:

1. Whole bean or ground? whole bean

2. Fully-loaded or decaf? fully-loaded here!

3. Regular or flavored? either is fine, but I don't care for fruity flavors

4. How do you drink your coffee? sweet with cream

5. Favorite coffee ever? Just Coffee's Bike Fuel blend- it is truly scrumptious!

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? I prefer fair-trade coffee, and don't like Starbuck's at all

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? I love scones, baked goods, dark chocolate, doughnuts... you name it!

8. Anything else about your coffee preferences? Can't think of any

9. Yarn/fiber you love? soft wools, like merino, some superwash (since I have kiddos), variegated colors, tweeds... it's all pretty good! I love cashmerino, and covet Malabrigo. My LYS has sooo many goodies right now, but I'm trying to use up some stash right now, and it's hard!

10. Yarn/fiber you hate? 100% mohair- I'm allergic, glitzy fun furs, not a huge fan of 100% acrylic, but it has it's place -see kiddos above.

11. What's on your needles? My TdF KAL lace project, finishing up a hat, a washcloth, a small felted bag... soon to try mittens! I'm also planning some ponchos/shoulder wraps for my three girls, and a sweater for my son. Where's the time? Need more time!

12. Favorite colors? Fall colors especially now! Jewel tones, blues/greens... I love variegated yarns, multi-colored yarns, self-striping... I'm not into pastels right now, and tend to only use solids for felting.

13. Allergies? Just to mohair.

14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest? I really love a great cup of coffee on a crisp fall morning, I really don't like the Indian summer we've been having, and I can't wait to meet my partner and start shopping!

There- that should cover that!

I'll have to post more later- I have many projects in the works, both knitting and sewing, and need to get cracking on some housework now, since my inlaws are coming for a visit tomorrow! More later!

Till then-G

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