Thursday, December 6, 2007

New location

If you've noticed that, well, nothing's changed here, it's not (just) because I'm lazy. I'm now at! Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 17, 2007


This has been a weekend of finishing for me! I have turned three WIPs into lovely knitted happiness! All photos are clickable for full-size views.

The Mystery Stole 3, aka Swan Lake Stole, has been completed, blocked, and worn. This was my first lace knitting project, and I'm thrilled to have been a part of such a wonderful group of ladies, and to get to test drive a beautiful pattern. Thanks to Melanie for this experience -- I'm looking forward to joining again!

Here is the completed work of wearable art:

Also, this weekend, I finished "matching" sweater vests for the kids. They are made from the same pattern, and use the same white yarn and teal yarn.

Noah's also uses a navy blue yarn for a more "manly" solid stripe.

Catie's has a more fun little-girl stripey pattern that was fun to do, but, oh my, the ends to weave in!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Predicting the next Baby Boom

I think BJ's is trying to create the next Baby Boom. And they're starting in my state. While on a shopping trip picking up all our other basic staples, I also needed to get a standard 40 pack of condoms. They used to be right on the aisle with toothpaste. You walk nonchalantly by, toss a package in your cart, and continue on. No more embarrassing than buying contact solution, right? Well, apparently, that was too convenient, as far as BJ's is concerned.

Today, I couldn't find the condoms, after the third trip in a row looking for them. And, well, by this point, we're not just running low -- we NEED more! And of course I love my little Peas, but two in the pod is plenty for now.... I found a lady who worked there, straightening diaper boxes, and asked her where the condoms were. And that was the start of my most embarrassing errand ever. Lady 1 said "Oh, I don't know. Lemme ask someone else." We traveled through the store, while she stopped every person who worked there, or who just happened to be wearing a blue shirt, where the condoms were. Only she didn't just ask. She basically introduced me to everyone.

Lady 1: "Hey, Joey! This lady here needs bulk condoms."
Joey: "I don't know where they are...."
Lady 1: "I didn't think you would! I just wanted to show you!"
(Insert laughter here.)

Finally, Lady 1 introduced me to Slimy Stock Guy. Slimy Stock Guy, who of course knows about every move the condoms make, informed me that they'd been moved to the "cage" (and you could tell he enjoyed saying "cage" and "condoms" in the same sentence....) behind customer service. I got all the other staples... milk, bread... and got into line for Scene II of the Errand from Hell.

As I checked out, I explained to Lady 2 that I'd need condoms from the cage. At least she had the decency to look slightly embarrassed on my behalf. But only after she'd asked me to repeat myself because she hadn't heard me the first time. Unfortunately, she didn't have the keys to the cage, and had to get Lady 3 in on the action. So, we sat and waited. Lest we worry that Lady 3 might have been lonely, she met up with Burly Guy, and he walked with her while she explained that she was getting a big box of condoms for that lady over there. And pointed. I would have waved so he could tell for sure it was me, but Lady 2 had already started her check-out lane light blinking, so it was obvious.

Lady 3 and Burly Guy brought the condoms back over to Lady 2, who finished ringing me up (checking me out? All the options sound vaguely dirty at this point...). Finally, I was on my way, with the older lady behind me in line shouting "CONDOMS!" to answer her even older, partially Deaf husband as to why it was taking so long.

I came home and told my husband what a mortifying trip it was, and how embarrassed it made me. So of course, I had to blog about it, first thing. But I can't help but wonder if, 40 condoms from now, we're going to be more serious about considering Pea#3.

Friday, July 27, 2007

More MS3

I know, I know, it's a shock. I got Clue 2 done, and before I got in gear and uploaded the pic, I got Clue 3 done! Glory be, I might catch up, yet. I've got Clue 4 printed off and ready to go, but I anticipate a bit of a slow-down over the weekend. You know, kids and all. This whole family thing sure gets in the way of a girl's knitting.... ;)

Clue 2, completed, with helpful three-year-old hands included....

And Clue 3 completed. My stole has officially out-grown toddler hands, so I bit the bullet and invested in pins. I'll need them for blocking anyway.... I'm just so thrilled with this, and can't wait to delve into Clue 4. Thanks, again, Melanie for this fabulous treat!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby!

Noah at a few minutes old, born at 9:20 am, July 20, 2004.

Noah at 9:20 am, July 20, 2005

Noah at 9:20 am, July 20, 2006.

And my brand-new 3 year old! Noah at 9:20 am, July 20, 2007.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

What 3 year old *doesn't* love.....

Elmo! Check back this weekend for pics of the party, and how Elmo is taking over the world, starting with this group of toddlers....

Close-up of the cake:

And of the cupcakes:

We'll see you again when Noah's 3!

Clue 1

I did it! I finished it. It will not win.... Mystery Stole 3 has not seen the last of me!

(And, see the little hand on the left? That little helping hand will be 3 tomorrow! Happy birthday, Noah!)