Thursday, May 27, 2010

I am sure ready for WINTER!

Rebecca, I am back. Thanks for checking on me.

Most people wait, with anticipation, for summer and the warm weather to arrive. And, for most, summer is their favorite season. Not me. My favorite season is fall, followed by spring, winter, and finally, summer. I don't complain about the winter's cold days, deep snowfalls, having to shovel sidewalks, or wear thick clothing. I don't complain about winter, so I CAN complain about summer. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy waking up to the birds singing, I love BBQ's, I love sitting in the backyard visiting over the fence with the neighbors, I LOVE camping, I even like to mow the lawn. What I don't like, filling the pool, only to have the kids tattle they are being splashed. "HELLO, YOU ARE IN A POOL!!!!" Oh, sorry. And speaking of the pool, try getting the 3 older ones situated in the bigger pool and the 2 year old in her little pool. Then, add the 2 little boys from the neighborhood, who will NOT listen to me. I AM READY FOR WINTER! And my house, oh my gosh. What a mess. The girls are in and out, 10 times each, for a potty run. That is fine, but my floor is full of puddles. You would swear I have a leaky roof. AND DISHES!!!! I don't have a dishwasher, so my sink is full of dishes until all the kids are picked up. I can't wash dishes and still be a lifeguard at the pool. Maybe it isn't that I don't like summer, maybe I just need a maid. I still think I will make a list of the pros and cons of summer vs. winter.

Ok. Enough ranting.

I am working on Project #7 ~ Rosebud hat. I decided to start with the roses. They took no time to complete. Now I am knitting the leaves. This hat would have been done days ago, if it were winter ( pro ). I would imagine it will be done by the weekend. I am going tonight to get the yarn for the actual hat. Can't wait.

Last week I was thrilled to take my Mother's Day gift certificate to "have you any wool?", my favorite LYS, and buy a folder/pouch from Brown Sheep Yarns to hold my circular needles. It is wonderful. Also, I got the greatest coffee mug from Black Sheep Co. What fun.

Tonight is weigh in at Weight Watchers. I feel better, lets hope the scale feels the same way.

And finally, I just joined a book club. I don't know what will suffer, knitting or reading. I need to set aside 2 hours a day for ME. That isn't gonna happen this weekend. My 2 granddaughters are spending the weekend, along with my grandDOG, Abraham. So...we will be: 2 adults, Sarah and me, 3 kids, Luiza (6), Ella (6), and Mia (3), and 5 dogs, 2 Great Danes - Eli & Quinn, 2 Yorkies - Dillon & Sipsie Rose, and Abe the Bulldog. Oops, got sidetracked, back to the books. I am so anxious to start reading. The one bad thing I do on a regular basis, I read in the bathtub. Normally that wouldn't be a bad thing, but, I fall asleep and when I wake up, my book is floating in the water.

Everyone have a wonderful Memorial Day. I am going to the local parade and then a BBQ afterwards. Keep our service men and women in your prayers.

Friday, May 21, 2010

LOVE Project #7 ~ Rosebud

First off, can you believe it, 3 posts in 3 days. Yikes! I am on a roll.

All I can say about Project #7 ~ Rosebud is that I SO love this pattern. The little rosebuds are so easy to make. I was actually able to get a dozen done while watching the second hour of Grey's Anatomy last night. DID ANYONE WATCH IT? Oh my word. I was on pins and needles the entire time. Great season ender.

For those of you who asked, I lost 1.6 pounds at Weight Watchers weigh-in. I am happy for a loss, but, I should be losing more than that in a week. I guess I actually have to exercise. Starting Saturday, I take to the streets. WALKING, I will start walking. Oh, thank you for asking. Total weight loss: 21.2 lbs. Amount left to lose: 60 lbs.

I thought you might enjoy some of my favorite things outside my kitchen window.

These are my Japanese Iris

More Iris

I grew up with a plant like this in my grandma's garden. I love the memories I have of my grandma in her garden. She was such a special lady. Everyone who met her, loved her.

MORNING GLORIES..........You can't kill them. They have taken over my entire fence line.

I saved the best for last.

Luiza and Mia




Thursday, May 20, 2010

It is time for an itty bitty hat

Good Morning. What a glorious day in Michigan. It is sunny and almost 70 degrees, heading to 80. One baby sleeping, 2 little girls playing outside, 3 birds fed and napping, 4 dogs exploring the new pile of dirt, and a happy grammie getting ready to start Project #7.

Did I ever mention how many projects are in the itty bitty books? Itty bitty hats has 36 projects, itty bitty nursery has 24 projects, and ittybitty toys has 26 projects. Total=86. Some projects actually have multiple parts, but I am still counting those as one project. Example: the Cupcake Tea Set, in "itty bitty nursery", has 22 PIECES to it. As usual, I am blown away by Susan Anderson's designs and her eye for detail.

I have been trying to decide what to knit next. I had such fun making the Egg to Bluebird and a Little Nest, Too. I gave it to Neve for her 2nd birthday. I really need to make another for me. My grandchildren love to play with the reversible toys. I bought the yarn to make the Lion and Elephant, but, I am thinking it is time for an itty bitty hat. I haven't made anything from the "itty bitty hat" book, yet. So......drum roll, please......Project #7, Rosebud, from the "itty bitty hat" book, page 78. I am going to make the wreath version. I love the colors of the flowers.

So, tonight I weigh in at Weight Watchers. Lets hope I lost the 1.2 pounds I gained last week. I made sure I drank water this week and not diet pop. I always stay within my points, so, I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Project #6 ~ Bear Sweater......DONE!

Do you believe it ? ? ? I didn't even post what Project #6 was going to be AND IT IS DONE !
I decided that the Grumpy Old Bear needed to have his wardrobe expanded, so, I made him his sweater. I do have to get to the fabric store to buy a more appropriate ribbon. I have dozens of spools of ribbon from scrapbooking, but, none as elegant as the one in the book "itty bitty nursery", Bear Sweater page 21.

I seem to be a passenger in cars alot lately, so, I decided to make a decorative scarf, mainly to have a portable, brainless pattern that I can take with me. I had purchased this yarn on ebay, Banana Silk, and didn't know what to do with it. I bought it over a year ago. When it arrived and I opened the bag, it smelled like my uncle's old canvas army tent. That old tent is about 60+ years old and smells of musty canvas. The yarn smells the exact same way. I LOVE IT!!! It brings back 50 years of camping memories. I have kept it in the same bag it arrived in, closed tight. I didn't want to lose the "memories". ANYWAY, I think I am liking the way the scarf is turning out. Funny, I have chosen to make a decorative scarf out of yarn that smells like an old canvas army tent, that will be worn around my neck. Interesting perfume, "Musty Canvas". Look for it in your high end department stores.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


I am not happy. I ate all the right foods this week. I didn't go over my points. I even made Cabbage Soup. I wrote everything down. I did everything I should and GAINED 1.2 pounds. I really can't get discouraged, I have gotten control of my food choices and my portions. know what I didn't do this week? I didn't drink water. I had coffee and lots of Diet Coke. Funny thing, my favorite drink.....water. Oh well, next week I should have a big loss.

FYI......I made the vegan spare ribs and a Twice Baked Potato. It was good. I made a cheese dip. Ate very little, but it was delicious. I made a new coleslaw, YUCK! Had a small piece of chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling. Threw half the slice away.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

OH MY GOSH! What is that?

Can you hear it? Is that a marching band? Wait, maybe a parade. And where are the lights coming from? Is it a flashing neon sign? Fireworks? Oh my gosh! It must be a HUGE celebration. What could it be? Can't be Elvis, he is no longer with us. The Beatles, no. Million dollar lottery winners are a common thing nowdays. What is attracting all this whooplah? Now I see what is causing all the excitement. Project #3 ~ The Baby's Texture Blanket IS FINALLY COMPLETE! It is a MIRACLE! I think I can hear the angel's singing in heaven. I know I am.

This has been a sometimes challenging, sometimes frustrating, sometimes relaxing, often a learning experience, often a topic of conversation, and always a fun project. As much as I complained about my lack of knitting experience, I would make this blanket again. Just not in the near future.

Check back at the end of the week for Project #6. I am still trying to figure out what to knit next.

One more thing, Thursday night is weigh in at Weight Watchers. You know what that means? CHEAT NIGHT!!!! After I weigh in, I have a fun meal. I decided tomorrow will be a twice baked potato and my vegan "spare ribs". The potato was the on the show, "Cook's Country", a PBS cooking show. It looks sinful. THEN, a piece of chocolate cake with mousse filling. All this with a large DIET COKE. Can't wait for weigh in.

Monday, May 10, 2010


I can't believe it..........finally done. YIPPEE!!!! I bet you are SO excited to see the finished project. Oh, did I mention, it isn't the Baby's Texture Blanket. I know in my last post I said the blanket should be done by Sunday night. I thought I would get 6 hours of knitting in on Friday night. I attempted to knit for 6 hours, but, I talked so much that I unknit as much as I knit. Not good. Saturday morning my cousin, Marilyn, and I were headed to Sam's Club, where we learned how to pick the perfect pineapples and watermelons, but first we got sidetracked when we saw the signs for a bird show. It was worth stopping. We both bought lots of supplies for our feathered kids. Saturday afternoon, Ella and Mia came over to spend the night. Sarah, Luiza, the girls, and I went out to dinner, followed by a stop at the Dairy Queen. I actually took my knitting to the restaurant, but didn't get much done. Sunday, being Mother's Day, was busy, but, I did get 2 sides of the blanket edged.
Today I couldn't bring myself to knit one stitch on the blanket. I just wasn't in the mood. I looked in my knitting bag and found Project #4 ~ The New Sock Monkey. I decided to work on that for a little while. Well guess what? I finished it in no time. And better yet, I LOVE IT! What a sweet little monkey.

Tomorrow is a new day. I will take a deep breath and hopefully finish the 2 remaining sides of Project #3 ~ Baby's Texture Blanket.

Thanks for stopping by Knitting thru thru the "itty bittys". I really appreciate all your comments.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

I would like to say.......

that I was dancing around the May Pole, OR that I have been lounging on a sandy beach in the Pacific, OR that I was returning from touring with Bon Jovi. The truth is..........I am STILL finishing the border of my blanket. I am sure I am the slowest knitter in the world. Not to mention, I am new at knitting and the Picot Edging isn't feeling comfortable. But you know what? I love knitting. I wish I had 10 hours a day that were designated to knitting only. No phones, no internet, no dishes, no interruptions. Just knitting. But I do have a full life. I have 5 fabulous grandbabies, 4 dogs that drive me crazy one minute and lay as close to me as they can get the next, 3 senior birds that are keeping me on pins and needles with their new quirks, 2 weeks worth of spring cleaning, and a partridge in a pear tree. Project #3 ~ The Baby's Texture Blanket is so close to being done. Tomorrow night I will be able to spend 6 hours knitting with the gals at the Salvation Army's scrapbooking night. (We really need to change the name to Night of Laughter at the Salvation Army) ANYWAY, please bear with me a bit longer. I hope to have the final photo of my blanket by Sunday night.

I thought when I started Knitting thru the "itty bittys" that I would also start dropping the pounds. You figure with yarn and needles occupying your hands, there would be no time to snack. After all, most finger foods have either crumbs, moisture, oils, or staining agents. YEAH RIGHT! Isn't it funny how we can find foods that are easy to eat without leaving any residue? I would list those foods, but, I don't want to encourage anyone to eat and knit like I did. That's right, I said "like I DID". I have been on Weight Watchers for 4 weeks and tonight, when I weighed in, I am down a total of 20.8 pounds. YIPPEE!!!! I have a long way to go, but, I am on the right track. In a few weeks I will post photos of before and now. In the meantime, here is a photo of a great tree in my neighborhood. It is a very loving tree. It is hugging itself.

Oh, one more thing. Just started reading a book, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer by Seth Grahame-Smith. It grabs you from the beginning. Don't be alarmed. This book isn't taking me away from my knitting. I read it in the tub. Don't tell my son. It is his hardcover book. I have been known to drift off in the tub and come to, only to find my book floating in the water. Of course if I ruin his book I will buy him a new one.