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G is for guitar and H is for Henry Hudson May 16, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along,Autism,Family — katy @ 4:47 pm

Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_0 Gracie is much too busy being a teenager to send me her preferred picture for blog fodder!  So onto a bit more enthusiastic participant!  Cameron, my guitar loving rocker.  Cameron started playing the bass guitar in the fall and bought an electric guitar by himself for his 10th birthday.  He is doing really well with it and truly enjoying it.  He rocks out on Rush, The Police, Santana, and Deep Purple.  Mind you–I have very little clue as to what these songs are but I am learning…Black Magic Woman, Smoke on the Water.  It is a lot of fun!

Henry_hudson H is for Henry Hudson.  Cameron did a book report on Henry Hudson and the 4th grade did a Living History Museum.  Cameron was incredible.  Despite his short term memory issues–he was fantastic.  He stayed in character the whole time and looked fabulous!  His teacher’s daughter, who is in Gracie’s grade, said Cameron was the best! 

There was another post saved for this that included details about Gracie anOwen_and_the_disappearing_needles_2d why I am not knitting or reading but my knitting mojo has returned.  I am knitting the  Chevron Lace baby blanket from Vogue Knitting on the Go in Koigu from the stash.  Oh how I love to use stash.  The color is just so gorgeous that it will be put in the hope chest for some future grandchild.  We took Cameron and their friends to go see My Chemical Romance at the Garden last Friday.  That was fun.  My favorite song is Teenagers.

Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_3 In sad news, Owen has disposed of all of my straight knitting needles, several pieces of jewelry, money, beads and goodness knows what else.  Kevin took him to the dentist on Friday and forgot to make sure our bedroom door was locked while on the phone.  I thought Owen was dumping my stuff down a small hole around the air conditioning duct but after having several holes put in the walls, floors and step–all that was found was 6 cents.  I am especially sad as some of the needles were my Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_4 grandmothers…Lantern Moon needles…and antique needles  from France.  The hole has since been closed up and boxed in but there are other random spots in Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_5 the house…who knows what lies beneath.


Waiting for Gracie to email me a G April 29, 2008

Filed under: All done!,Family,Work — katy @ 8:30 am

Cam_and_soar_pageant_015 In the meantime, direct your eyes to poor Cameron whose face slid across the ground…although he prefers to tell people he was mauled by a bear.  Thank goodness it is healing nicely but that scab is going to itch!Cam_and_soar_pageant_014

I guess it has been a while and there is a post saved in draft waiting on a teenager to send me a picture she can live with.  Although a Central Park Hoodie picture would have killed two birds with one stone.  Poor birds.  I have finished my sheep sweater.  Granny and I are planning to wear them to the NENA show. 


D, E and F April 1, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along — katy @ 10:26 am

Can I squeeze 3 letters out of the trip?  Diet, Exercise and Fun!

Kevin_katy_nevis Miss_june Hold_on_tight_to_your_man I can’t find card or cord to upload any new pictures to the blog or ravelry.  My latest WIP can be seen at Purlingswine’s.

Thanks to the diet and exercise…I have lost over 30lbs and had tons of fun on the trip.  Please forgive the lameness of this post.  And Vicki, don’t kick me out of the ABC Along. 


Wasn’t gonna blog without a picture but… March 20, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 9:16 pm

Aww…Scooby has his paw resting on the laptop and I was just moved to share.  A D post is brewing in my head.  Specifically "Daughters".  Being one and having one.  In other very exciting news, I toured Owen’s new school (he starts in July).  I was really quite delighted.  It is a genuine school building which is very exciting considering he has been in an office park for the past 5 years.  The very best news–besides the gym and adaptive PE teacher–is he will not require a 1:1 aide.  This has been one of my greatest concerns and cause for many sleepless nights.  Life cannot be 1:1 and I don’t want him dependent on an aide that way. 

Knitting.  I absolutely hate everything I am knitting right now.  I started a blanket on the trip for Kevin’s coworkers baby to be named "Caty".  Colors aren’t working.  Started a second one in Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton.  Not liking that one either.  Anyone have any suggestions for a summer baby blanket for a well-named baby? 

A little funny story…Gracie and I stopped by the stationary store of an ex-boyfriend today.  The very first boyfriend.  He gave her some sweet advice not to think your first boyfriend is THE love of our life.  Needless to say, Gracie has moved on to his best friend.  Just as I had moved on to his best friend in college.  Some things never change.


Return to reality March 12, 2008

Filed under: Family — katy @ 8:02 pm

Dsc02596All in all a very relaxing trip.  We canceled more things than we actually did.  Golf was canceled twice, tennis skipped–even a spa treatment was canceled.  Pool, beach, pool.  On the excursion day we kayaked and snorkeled.  I made it to the gym 4 times and swam laps.  The food was pretty good too.  I think I only put on 4lbs and the chocolate brownie with ice cream was worth it!  Highlights were Miss June’s and Montpelier Inn.  The biggest highlightDsc02644
was spending time with Kevin.  The kids did well with Grandma…in fact Owen has requested, "I want Grandma" twice now.  Grandma has now informed us that she is ready to do it for the next 5 years!  Kevin better get cracking at work!

I worked on a baby blanket for Kevin’s coworker who is giving birth to a girl to be named, Caty.  I was basing it on 100 Afghan Squares to Knit but I am not feeling it.  Back to the drawing board.


February 26, 2008

Filed under: All done!,Blankets,Friends,In Progress — katy @ 3:35 pm

Life has been absolutely crazy of late!  I guess it is pre-trip insanity. Doctor appts, hair appts, parent training…never dull!  The shower this weekend for Cara was a blast!  Best shower I have ever been to.  Ann is an amazing hostess–as always.  It’s always delightful to spend time with Nancy and Maribel.  What more could one ask for?  And Nancy brought carrot cake!  The only sad part–wait two sad parts–Norma and Sandy didn’t make it do to cursed weather.  And my cell phone fell out of my pocketbook and landed in a hot cup of tea.  It’s not the same…the front buttons are broken but it flips–so I can dial inside and the end button doesn’t work.  Anywhere–in or out.  $450 to replace it so I will make do! 

Colinette_and_kersti_cardi_007_2  I finished my (and by finished I mean did a loop and sewed a button) on my Koigu Kersti cardigan. (241)  The knitting was done ages ago and I was wearing it without a button but it is finally almost completely finished.  One last end to run.  What is my problem?  I use the excuse that it looks like I made it.  Sigh.

Work on the Colinette throw for my sister’s birthday progresses.  I may have itColinette_and_kersti_cardi_002  finished before I leave if I don’t continue to screw up the chevron.  I seem to have quite a bit of yarn left over in the mohairs.  I have to cut fringe but there isn’t enough of the other yarns to make it longer.  Still, it will definintely be ready before July–which is awesome because a pile of mohair in my lap over the summer would stink! 


Camonator February 20, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along — katy @ 2:39 pm

Dsc02549 Dsc02569 Cupcakes for Cameron!  It was his 10th birthday earlier this month.  Double digits…I can hardly believe it.  He very kindly chose his birthday place based on what he thought Owen might like.  The place had an indoor train ride.  The compassion and kindness Cameron and Gracie show never ceases to impress and amaze.  It took Owen quite a bit of time to warm up and find the courage to ride that train but we are seriously thinking of Disney this winter.   

Knitting on the Central Park Hoodie is finished.  It’s smaller than I would have liked–no buttons either.  Oh well.  It needs its final block and Gracie can’t wait to wear it for the all of two weeks it might fit.  Sigh.

I would love to post a cool cardio picture for C.  Instead I will just share that I am going to the gym 4-5 times a week and loving it.  Diet and exercise…I have lost just over 30lbs.  I think 40lb is my goal.  And then maintain.  A few people have asked how I am doing it.  As I said, 4-5 times at the gym.  I do weight lifting at least 2 days a week plus 30 minutes of cardio.  And 30 minutes of cardio the other days…always changing up the machines.  And abs.  Lots of abs.  I also bought some dumbells for home to work on arms and shoulders.  At night, when I brush my teeth, I do side bends or lunges.  I might be getting fanatical.

As far as diet goes, I have cut back on the carbs considerably.  I allow myself one healthy carb a day.  This is either a hollowed out whole wheat bagel with egg whites or oatmeal.  I eat protein bars for lunch or meat and salad.  Snacks are either vegetables or fruit.  But I don’t allow more than 2 fruits a day.  Dinner is meat and salad.  I have cut back on the cookies and drink a lot of water.  I definitely feel my hunger has decreased.  But if I do get hungry…I eat some turkey, a slice of cheese or vegetables.  I do not eat carrots, corn or peas.  They are high carb vegetables.  Better choices for me are celery and cucumbers.  Oh, I also eat a small amount of nuts.  My greatest weakness are Twizzlers so I will occasionally eat fruit snacks–like Shark Bites or something–it comes in a more manageable package and fills that need.

A very fabulous C is coming up next week…and I can’t believe I haven’t shared this with the blog sooner.  I tell you, though, it got me through the January doldrums!  Caribbean baby!  Kevin won the trip for work and we are going to Nevis March 2-8.  We are staying at the Four Seasons and I am looking forward to some cucumbers on my eyes by the poolside and Evian spritz!  Oh and time with Kevin too. 


A technique question February 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 9:59 pm

I just posted this on the Ravelry Central Park Hoodie KAL board…

I am knitting the smallest size for my daughter and it seems a bit
small. I thought I would make the button band wider. However, I don’t
really like all of that extra width on the hood. Couldn’t I just start
a new ball of yarn and knit the button band up to the hood and then
continue on the other side with the original ball of yarn  and then when it is wide enough cast off the
whole thing using one yarn? Am I crazy with this idea?

I swear I have done something similar to this on another project…just can’t think what. 


B+ February 8, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along — katy @ 6:17 pm

Owenbubblebath Bad boy bubble bath….

Looks like this wasn’t the first time…Owen_in_the_bath_003


B…b…b! January 29, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along,Friends,In Progress — katy @ 8:42 am

Central_park_hoodie_007 Birthday boy!  8.  How did that happen?

Central_park_hoodie_003 Birds (by Cameron).  We have as many as 3 male and 4 female cardinals.  We truly enjoy watching the birds.

Christmas_pic_07_029 Bronx Girl!  And blogging in general has brought more to my life than I expected.  (Doesn’t it look like Owen is covering his ears?  Nancy was really good on vocals–don’t ask her to play drums though!)

Central_park_hoodie_023 Thinking ahead to the letter C.  I hope to have the Central Park Hoodie finished by next month.  I have finished the fronts and am nearly finished on the sleeves.  Grandma is working on the back.  Nothing like knitting together!