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July 18, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:54 am

I finished The Half Blood Prince yesterday.  Gracie, Kevin and I have been sharing fighting over the book since Saturday morning.  I didn’t care for the first chapter at all.  I don’t know if it is my resistance to change or…I don’t want to potentially ruin it for others who have not finished.  While I loved the bits of romancing and that awkwardness that comes with finding your place and fitting in…the book just seemed a bit forced.  And choppy.  Much like my little review.  I cried.  I laughed.  It had its moments. 

Gracie enjoyed the party at Barnes and Noble.  She and I waited on line to get our bracelet to buy for an hour and a half.  And she and Kevin waited short of an hour to buy the book after midnight.  Gracie had her fortune told–she will face a challenge.  Oh really?  But she made a cute little  book mark. 

I worked on Saturday.  It was good to see Granny but what a ton of work to do.  My back was killing me by the end of the day.  She got a good sized delivery of Noro.  So we decided I should move all the Noro to one–more accessible area.  I closed out, shuffled yarn, threw out a weeks worth of garbage.  And still there are three huge boxes I didn’t get to.  Plymouth yarns, Swedish yarns and Fiesta.  I took a skein of Noro Daria home to knit up a sample belt.  That Linen stitch is driving me nuts.  And I plan to knit a hat with Transitions.  I wish I had gotten more done.  Granny’s granddaughter packs the bins.  If you touch a ball, it all jumps out–like a jack in the box.  But I am down to just Saturday’s now. 

Owen got off to school, Cameron and Gracie are sleeping…and I should be knitting.

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Gone to the dogs July 14, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:02 am

Dogs_pulsewarmer I have been trying to figure out this beaded pulsewarmer for a while.  The yarn is by Norsk Kunstvevgarn.  I love the color–it reminds me of the Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk #3.  The bead pattern is Model Dogs.  But I don’t think the yarn and beads are working.  I started out on a US0 but I just knit a few rows on the US1 and it still seems really tight.  Any thoughts?

I wanted to thank everyone for their support and understanding regarding the bus issues.  Owen was picked up this morning and the driver was really friendly.  However, he was picked up at 7:30am…a one hour bus ride.  I hate that.  If he gets dropped off last–after being picked up first–I am going to go nuts.  The district called this morning to see if he got the bus and they apologized.  The other family demanded compensation for gas and mileage.  I guess that’s why they got a bus a day earlier. 

One last thing, gosh I have been a posting fool this week, but have any of you tried Coke Zero?  Oh my gosh, I love it.  I had really cut back on my diet soda intake.  I wasn’t even buying 12 packs.  It seems I have been roped back in.  I still enjoy a nice Pepsi though.  Oink Oink!!

 

BEWARE! Complaining ahead July 13, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 10:41 am

I have been taking Owen to and from school this week as our district forgot to submit the paperwork for bussing.  This totals about 3 hours a day of driving.  Ugh.  What’s especially aggravating is that other kids in the district got their busses.  Owen and another student did not.  Having experienced this crap before, we called the district last week–before school started–and were told it would take several days.  Owen should be getting a bus tomorrow.  The other student is new to the the program.  His parents only called Monday when no bus showed up.  He had a bus today.  I don’t ask for special treatment from the district because I volunteer for their special education meetings.  They are mandated by the law to have a parent member there.  I am–technically–doing them a favor.  Could they at least give my child equal treatment?  I am so disgusted.  Yet, I am reluctant to make waves…I still need their support in getting my child the appropriate education.  Both Cameron and Owen.    I am sorely tempted to tell them I can’t volunteer at the next meeting as my car will be in for an oil change due to all the mileage I just put on it. 

In other new, I will not be reorganizing my stash closet.  Kevin signed the papers for our construction/remodel today.  We are having a custom modular dormer built for the house.  They will remove the whole entire second floor and put a new one on.  We have looked into moving and traditional remodeling but this seems the easiest option for us–and Owen.  He was rather put out when we had the hard wood floors refinished.  And got a new couch.  This whole remodel should be done in a couple of weeks.  Of course, it takes about 6 months to build the dormers.  Kevin is planning a huge New Year’s party.  Me, I am just wondering where my stash is going.

 

It’s easy being green July 12, 2005

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Hilton_head_knits So, I don’t think there was a whole lot of knitting in Hilton Head.  Or, at least, I was a bit more optimistic.  I knit a humongous scarf in the Cascade Magnum for Cam’s Resource Room teacher.  And I bought one skein of Rowan 4ply while I was down there.

I started a Rogue sleeve in the Rowan Kid Classic.  There is already a minor mistake that needs to be tinked.  Hilton_head_rouge Purls on the right side.  The mohair in the yarn makes it less than fun to rip.  I modified the hem as indicated on the girl from Auntie’s site.  Many thanks to Claudia for the mods to cardiganize.  I think I am going to go ahead with that.

The_sock_from_hilton__head The sock I was planning to knit for me–might fit Gracie.  What a bummer.  You’d think, with all that ribbing, that it would have more give.  Must have been a bit tense knitting.  Oh well.  If it doesn’t fit Gracie it may be going to her best buddy from MA.  Cakelyn as Cameron used to call her. 

Another pulse warmer was worked on too.  I had worried there might not be enough beads on this pulsewarmer.  I had drawn up the chart myself Green_beach_grrl_1 based on another pattern I had seen.  But I love it.  And it is reversible.  I almost don’t want to give it away.  But I think it will be perfect for its intended recipient.   I am using the Dale Ull and Miyuki 8/0 beads. 

A lot of green in that knitting.  I love green.   And I was very fortunate to receive some lovely green, handspun laceweight yarn from MargeneFrom_margene I absolutely love it–in all of its handspun slubbiness–800 yds from Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool Co.  My mom has been sorting through old lace patterns for me so perhaps I will find something perfect for it.  Thank you Margene.  You are a wonderful friend, an inspiring knitter and a tremendous asset to our knitblogging community. 

 

Home sweet home July 11, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 10:34 am

It was a fun trip.  The kids had a blast.  Kevin played golf.  I knit a bit and reread The Order of the Phoenix in preparation for The Half Blood Prince.  Unfortunately, I took no clever photos of my knitting and the beach or pool.  As it was hot down there, I didn’t really schlep the knitting around.  I still haven’t photographed any of what I have worked on.  But I do have vacation photos. 

Cam_and_gracie_golfing Cam_and_katy_slide Goofy_kevin Owen_at_the_beach

Cam_and_gracie_boogy_2

Jump_gracie I am still trying to decide upon a cardigan or pullover for Rogue.  I started a sleeve and I think I like it.  Pictures…soon. 

 

July 7, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 1:53 pm

Kevin and I were very sad to hear about the attack in London.  Aldgate East had been Kevin’s tube stop when we lived in London.  His company, Thomson, still keeps offices there but the majority of its employees are at another office.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragedy. 

Tomorrow is our last day in Hilton Head.  Saturday morning, bright-eyed and bushy tailed we will drive all 15 hours back to NY.  My oldest brother is in DE, so I figure we can stop there if we are exhausted.  It has been fun.  Albeit a bit shorter than usual.  Cameron and Gracie are enjoying the pool and the beach and the golf.  Owen is enjoying it the water fun too.  Speaking of water fun…we went to the Water Fun Park yesterday.  It is a very small waterslide park that Cam and Gracie love.  Owen enjoys it too and was able to go down the slides by himself.  He seemed very proud.  He was quite cute this morning with a pretty insistent request for "bathing suit".  It is very hard to get him to articulate that but with the right motivation…

I am still working on Gracie’s sock.  It seems a bit tight for her too.  No more US0’s for me!  Or my mom says dpn’s could loosen up my gauge.  I don’t know about that.  I like the 2 circular method.  I still haven’t swatched for Rogue.  I think if I knit up a sleeve first, maybe, in the color I could know if I like the combination. 

We are told Scooby is doing well.  Our neighbor is coming over and looking after him.  My mom stopped by and he scratched her.  Bad kitty.  And, of course, it seems the district has dropped the ball once again on transportaion for Owen and school.  Argh.  Every year.  3 years in a row.  Other kids in the district–no problem.  Owen, it seems, every single time.  It is especially frustrating as I volunteer to sit for meetings for them.  I have Kevin on the job. 

Well, Owen has just put on his bathing suit and is handing me mine.  Guess he’s hinting at something. 

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 1:53 pm

Kevin and I were very sad to hear about the attack in London.  Aldgate East had been Kevin’s tube stop when we lived in London.  His company, Thomson, still keeps offices there but the majority of its employees are at another office.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragedy. 

Tomorrow is our last day in Hilton Head.  Saturday morning, bright-eyed and bushy tailed we will drive all 15 hours back to NY.  My oldest brother is in DE, so I figure we can stop there if we are exhausted.  It has been fun.  Albeit a bit shorter than usual.  Cameron and Gracie are enjoying the pool and the beach and the golf.  Owen is enjoying it the water fun too.  Speaking of water fun…we went to the Water Fun Park yesterday.  It is a very small waterslide park that Cam and Gracie love.  Owen enjoys it too and was able to go down the slides by himself.  He seemed very proud.  He was quite cute this morning with a pretty insistent request for "bathing suit".  It is very hard to get him to articulate that but with the right motivation…

I am still working on Gracie’s sock.  It seems a bit tight for her too.  No more US0’s for me!  Or my mom says dpn’s could loosen up my gauge.  I don’t know about that.  I like the 2 circular method.  I still haven’t swatched for Rogue.  I think if I knit up a sleeve first, maybe, in the color I could know if I like the combination. 

We are told Scooby is doing well.  Our neighbor is coming over and looking after him.  My mom stopped by and he scratched her.  Bad kitty.  And, of course, it seems the district has dropped the ball once again on transportaion for Owen and school.  Argh.  Every year.  3 years in a row.  Other kids in the district–no problem.  Owen, it seems, every single time.  It is especially frustrating as I volunteer to sit for meetings for them.  I have Kevin on the job. 

Well, Owen has just put on his bathing suit and is handing me mine.  Guess he’s hinting at something.