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Paris, je t’aime June 20, 2005

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I wish I had some decent knitting to show.  However, I have been knitting novelty scarves for teachers.  They love them and it is unique and much better than a candle or a coffee mug.  Not that I ever gave either of those as a gift. 

Anyway, Gracie just called.  She forgot her lunch money.  Way too distracted this morning writing a flowery thank you note to her teacher.  She kills me.  It said something like, "I have gone to many schools and you are one of my favorite teachers…". 

We had a lovely visit with my friend Brian from Paris.  He showed up yesterday with his brother.  We were all still in our pajamas.  Oh well, we jumped on the trampoline a bit.  I feared for my children’s lives as Brian is a bit of a wild jumper.  (Kevin was out golfing with his dad).  And we discussed my upcoming trip to Paris.  Big grin  here.  I am going the first week in October. 

Kevin booked my trip Tuesday night.  I love wireless internet and laptops.  I won’t be flying business class this time but I think I will survive.  Just kidding, of course.  I know there was more that I wanted to say but I am distracted by thoughts of Paris just a few months away. 

Time to go finish a few more novelty scarves.  And a question.  The crossing guard is a crocheter.  But not a passionate one.  Do I give her a gift certificate to the yarn shop?  I knit her a hat for Christmas and gave her a gift card to Target.  She’s not a novelty scarf kinda woman, you know?  Any thoughts?  I love her–she’s a doll.  She really throws herself in front of those cars that aren’t paying attention when the kids are crossing to save them.  I am serious!

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Finally Friday and the mystery revealed June 17, 2005

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Early start on the day as Owen was up at 4:40am.  Why?  Oh well, it afforded me a bit of time to post.  It has been an insanely busy week.  Thanks for all of the birthday wishes for Gracie.  She had a lovely surprise!  On her birthday, her godfather showed up from Paris–with pizza and an ice cream cake.  She was elated.  We all were! 

And now to the mystery I alluded to…

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A sheepy painting from Michelle.  Isn’t it wonderful?  I sent her some yarn from past projects and she added them to the painting.  It’s like me watching over Cameron, Gracie and Owen.  I love it!  And if you are interested in your own–let me know and I will forward it to Michelle. 

 

A lame post June 13, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 2:36 pm

I hate to post and say I have no time to post.  But I have no time to post.  It is an insanely busy week with school meetings, Gracie’s birthday and work.  I have something fabulous that I want to show but need to photograph as it deserves to be photographed and write a post somehow worthy of it.  Mysterious, huh?

In the meantime, please welcome General Ginger to our St. Brigid KAL.  I am the suckiest KAL host.  Her sweater is looking gorgeous.

Gracie’s sleepover was a success and went smoothly.  Tomorrow is her actually birthday.  11.  I can hardly believe it.  I have to go make cupcakes.  Dirt and Worms.

 

Ode to my mom and Gracie June 8, 2005

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Manos_by_mom_004 Manos_by_mom_texture It was tough getting a good picture of the Manos throw I blocked with my mom yesterday.  I was up against the pool fence–that’s why my shadow is there.  What was nice was how it was drying as we blocked.  Immediate gratification.  Except my mom has to fringe it–and it’s not for me.  Sigh.  I forget which book it is from.  Hopefully she will edit this post or comment later.  K’, mom?

It’s the Spring throw from Four Seasons booklet, Design Source Collections, I carefully followed the directions,and put the colors together wrong, it’s done in strips, easily sewn together.

After blocking, I hit the mall to look for a dress for Gracie.  It’s her Moving Up Ceremony.  I lost my keys.  Doh.  Thank goodness I had my spare set in my pocketbook–thinking on Monday–that anything could go wrong.  But still, I lost car, house, mom, and work keys.  I hope someone finds them.  Granny’s gonna kick my butt.  It is the second key I have lost.  The last one fell out of the door and disappeared while I was hauling boxes to the dumpster.  Please don’t think working at yarn shop is all glamour!

The Poetry Cafe was amazing.  The theme for the artwork was Vincent Van Gogh and there was a student made checkerboard awning over the classroom door.  There were tables and umbrellas.  We had tablecloths and napkins with poems on them.  Our place mats were poems written by the kids.

Some people like to play

Because it is a nice day

Little did they know about the snow.

                                                      

                                                                       I found something

                                                                       Pink on my shoe

                                                                       It was as sticky as glue.

We gave our names to the hostess and were seated by a server.  The server took drink and dessert orders and poems were recited while musicians played quiet music.  Oh, and we "snap, don’t clap".  It was fabulous.  The poems were so imaginative and varied.  I Dreamed I Was Derek Jeter’s Sister.  Pa.  It was so sensitively yet humourously written to his great grandpa.  Some rhymed and others didn’t.  So, without further ado I present Gracie’s poem. 

Dreams

I dreamt one night

That I was on a boat

I was surrounded by water

Shining in the night

I heard fish swimming

I felt the smooth water

Flow through my fingers

I saw the water glisten

The wind pushes me

I close my eyes and then open them

I am lying in my bed again

Waiting for the next dream to come

 

Technically not knitting related June 7, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:27 am

Yesterday I went into the big city for the spa day so generously given by knit blogging friends.  I admit, I am not a very self-indulgent person (except when it comes to yarn buying and dessert).  Kevin asked why I used the spa gift for a day of relaxation when the knitters gave it to me but got several haircuts when he did a few years back.  It was fabulous.  Haven is lovely.  I had a facial,  massage (Laurie, it was a him), pedicure, and a manicure.  Nancy even joined me for a  manicure and we went out to lunch afterwards.  It was all wonderful.  After the facial, I felt like Marcia Brady and I never wanted to wash my face again…it was so soft.

Of course, there were a few mishaps.  Like the cab didn’t show up in the morning.  But I called another one and got on the train in the nick of time.  Kevin switched our phone from Verizon to Vonage and we had no phone service–so I couldn’t keep in touch with my mom who was getting the kids after school.  When I got back to the train station, there were no cabs and I had to walk home!  My dad was at my house and I couldn’t get through!  It was just under a mile and a half.  I needed the exercise. 

I worked on a pulse warmer for one of the knitters.  5 down and 3 pairs on the needles.  Only 2 more full pairs to go!  I hope the recipient likes these.  Tonight is Gracie’s Poetry Cafe.  My mom is accompanying me.  If Gracie will let me, I will post her poem.  I really like it.  Oh, and my poor mom got attacked by the cat.  Scooby does not like her.  He let her feed him no problem but pounced her leg when she was walking.  I am going to help her block her Manos throw today.                                                                                          

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Thanks again for all of your generosity, kindness and friendship.

 

June 3, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:22 am

Rosemarys_little_sweater I finished the second sleeve on Rosemary’s Little Sweater last night at Ann’s.  Is it "hostess with the mostest" or "hostess with the mostess"?  Peggy and Joy came as well and a great time was had by all.  I spent some quality time with Lou.  Alright, she was in it for the cookies but I enjoyed her company.  And Poe.  Gosh, he is so cute.  The sweater on top of the blue Mountain Mohair is my second Rosemary’s Little Sweater in a more "masculine" color.  Lamb’s Pride is working up quite nicely as a substitute.  I did have a bit of breakage with the Mountain Mohair when I was knitting the neck but I get a second chance when the neck is reknit.

I am a bit bored with my knitting.  Yea, I ought to get back to St. Brigid but it is hard to find the time to commit to it with all of the end of year things going on.  And I am dragging on my end of year scarves for teachers.  BORING! 

My mom and I went to a yarn shop in Commack yesterday, Wild and Wooly.  I had been there before and they were nice enough.  But not so yesterday.  And their prices, which were a bit high to begin with are a lot higher now.  Many yarns, like Lamb’s Pride Worsted and Cotton Fleece, were $2.00 above retail.  That adds up quick.  And Manos, my mom’s latest addiction, was $4.00 above retail. 

Thank you for all your kind thoughts regarding the gerbil.  I do feel bad but I did some retail therapy for her at Petco and bought her new snacks and a smaller house.   I have been giving her a paper towel torn into strips and she is making a little nest.  I can see her struggling to get comfy when falling asleep…they always slept on one another. 

Well, I supppose I must get the kids off to school and me off to work.  Oh, we had Cameron’s education meeting and it went pretty well.  He tested out of Occupational Therapy and will continue with speech, Resource Room and reading.  I am glad it went so well. 

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:22 am

Rosemarys_little_sweater I finished the second sleeve on Rosemary’s Little Sweater last night at Ann’s.  Is it "hostess with the mostest" or "hostess with the mostess"?  Peggy and Joy came as well and a great time was had by all.  I spent some quality time with Lou.  Alright, she was in it for the cookies but I enjoyed her company.  And Poe.  Gosh, he is so cute.  The sweater on top of the blue Mountain Mohair is my second Rosemary’s Little Sweater in a more "masculine" color.  Lamb’s Pride is working up quite nicely as a substitute.  I did have a bit of breakage with the Mountain Mohair when I was knitting the neck but I get a second chance when the neck is reknit.

I am a bit bored with my knitting.  Yea, I ought to get back to St. Brigid but it is hard to find the time to commit to it with all of the end of year things going on.  And I am dragging on my end of year scarves for teachers.  BORING! 

My mom and I went to a yarn shop in Commack yesterday, Wild and Wooly.  I had been there before and they were nice enough.  But not so yesterday.  And their prices, which were a bit high to begin with are a lot higher now.  Many yarns, like Lamb’s Pride Worsted and Cotton Fleece, were $2.00 above retail.  That adds up quick.  And Manos, my mom’s latest addiction, was $4.00 above retail. 

Thank you for all your kind thoughts regarding the gerbil.  I do feel bad but I did some retail therapy for her at Petco and bought her new snacks and a smaller house.   I have been giving her a paper towel torn into strips and she is making a little nest.  I can see her struggling to get comfy when falling asleep…they always slept on one another. 

Well, I supppose I must get the kids off to school and me off to work.  Oh, we had Cameron’s education meeting and it went pretty well.  He tested out of Occupational Therapy and will continue with speech, Resource Room and reading.  I am glad it went so well.