Archive for May, 2009

Fun Filled Friday

Good news!  My mother in law, Ellen, is doing well and recovering nicely from her surgery!  In lieu of flowers, I made her these …

  • Project : Get Well Socks
  • Made for : My MIL, Ellen
  • Pattern : Spanish Dancer Socks by The Knitting Archaeologist
  • Yarn : Cascade 220 Wool

Friday Fill – In #126

1. It’s cold and wet outside right now.

2. I love to eat raw tomatoes.

3. My favorite health and beauty product is Biore  Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser.

4. If the weather perks up today I might take a nice long ride.

5. Well, first of all I answer to no one but myself and God.

6. Jan, Chris (both nurses I work with) and a few patients of mine; those were the cast of characters in a recent dream and it was a night mare – literally.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sewing, watching a movie at home, and cooking, tomorrow my plans include having coffee with a friend from high school and finally going to see Star Trek and Sunday, I want to relax and get some more sewing done!


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Memorial Day Monday

What a wonderful day Monday was!

After working the previous night and getting some much needed sleep, John was happy to inform me upon waking that our rose bush had it’s first bloom!!

First Bloom

First Bloom

Isn’t she beautiful?  We’re both so happy that we didn’t kill it; John and I are NOT naturally green thumbs by any means.  Now I can’t wait to see what else she’s going to do this season.

After that we headed over to see John’s parents.  We celebrated his Dad’s birthday early because his Mom is having major surgery on Wednesday and will down for the count on his actual birthday.

Here’s the guys taking care of the grill.

Grill Masters

Grill Masters

Ellen, enjoying a glass of wine.



I, however, decided to start off with one of John’s home brews.

Home brew goodness

Home brew goodness

Ah … look at those ribs!  I can assure you that they tasted as good as they look!

David says, Shes a beaut!

David says, "She's a beaut!"

Finally, a great shot of me and the hubby!

Ah, love!

Ah, love!

Now, what to do today?  It’s going to rain, but I may get out and take a little road trip.  To where – who knows?  Or, I may curl up in bed with a good book.  That’s what I love about having a day off and nothing to do; you can do anything that you want!

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Friday FO

Today I finally finished my Mom’s Mother’s Day present.

The second photo truly gives a better display of the bag’s actual colors.  The lining is a simple cotton print, but I think it really compliments the bag.  The strap is a brown suede and the button a glazed clay material.  And Mom loves it … that’s what matters!!!  I may have to make one of these for myself, perhaps in a wool/cotton blend.

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WIP Wednesday

Last week I must confess … I was so fed up with my knitting.  Like I was losing my knitting mojo.  But alas, I decided to cast on something for me that I’ve really been wanting to make.

I’m about half-way through the stole version of Hypoteneuse.  I’ve eyed this pattern for awhile now, along with pretty much every pattern on Knit Spot.  The yarn – love at first sight.  I’m working with Rowan Felted Tweed for this project.  I bought it a couple balls at a time (lucky for me – the same dye lot too!)  I eyed it months ago at the LYS and something about the blue/gray captured my sight.

Also, thanks for all the great comments about the “Mud” Market.  If you would like to see some more photos, check them out HERE on the 49th’s Web site.  Page two is very good … 3 year old Kendall showing 33 year old Greg how to play with a Jacob’s Ladder!  Also, please pardon the very grumpy picture of me on the first page.  It was wet and cold out … and I was SO sleepy!

OY – I almost forgot! I picked up one of these today.  I LOVE IT!!!

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Or, really … I should be calling it the Battle of “Mud” Market, because on Saturday we got close to two inches or so of rain.  But I digress … it was a great event and I had a lot of fun!

3rd Regiment Camp

3rd Regiment Camp

That’s a shot down the fire pit line in camp.  Notice the sunny blue sky on Saturday morning.

This is Rachel.  She’s our camp cook.  I tell you, she is an amazing woman and without her, well – we’d all starve at events.

Here I am … no surprise … knitting.  That’s the dress my Mom helped me make, which she really should get the most of the credit for.

Here’s a few of the guys in camp before Saturday’s battle.

The guys are getting ready for battle!  Readying their rifles and such.

Now … notice the skyline?  That was about ten minutes before it started raining.  At which point John, Corey, and I high tailed it back to camp before the start of the down pour.  Once back in camp, after the first bought of rain, I decided to take a nap.  Rain tapping on canvas is almost as soothing as rain on a tin roof.

I didn’t want to bring my camera out in the rain or the mud, but this should give you an idea.

My shoe is coated in mud, and to the right in the photo … well, the hem of my dress WAS white.

The fun part began when I tried to get my Dad’s truck out of the field where it was parked … in the mud … soaking wet just mowed grass.  Yeah … needless to say, I got stuck.  Many thanks to the nice deputies who pushed me out!

But I had a blast.  These things are always fun, and I get to hand around with my friends that I only see at events.

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I just finished up my May Personal Sock Club socks last night!!!

  • Project : May Personal Sock Club Socks
  • Made for : ME!
  • Pattern: Tidal Wave by Deby Lake
  • Yarn: SWTC Tofutsies

I loves this pattern; elegant but simple.  Enough to keep me entertained without being too complicated to knit at work.  The only thing I didn’t really like was the yarn.  I know that a lot of people like soy silk, but I think I would like it better for a shawl instead of socks.  But I’m very happy with these!

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Mother’s Love

Happy Mothers Day … to my mom, and all of the moms that I know.  I don’t get to spend the day with my Mom this year; she’s on a business trip.  But that just gives me more time to finish knitting her present!

My Mom and Me - 4th of July 2008

My Mom and Me - 4th of July 2008

Why I Love My Mom

  • She sewed button holes onto my Mourning Dress sleeves – BY HAND!
  • She is beautiful, no matter what she thinks.
  • She put up with me for 18 years solid and never once turned her back on me during my darker times.
  • Even though we fight sometimes, we always make up.
  • She has given me the gift of kindness and putting on a smile even when I don’t want to.
  • She is strong and supportive – a true rock in my life.
  • She’s as crazy as I am

And those are just a few reasons.  I know there are many, many more.

Oh … and on the knitting front … I finished a great pair of socks the other day.  I’ve just been waiting for all of the rain to end before taking some nice pictures.

  • Pattern :  None really – just “Plain Jane” socks from the leg down
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in “Martinique”
  • Made For : pair one of three that one of my nurses has requested (and is paying me for) for Christmas Gifts

So, happy Sunday, and Happy Mothers Day to all!

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