Saturday, January 27, 2007

Frou-Frou Frustration

I failed to mention earlier that the pattern I was working on in gray for Project Spectrum is the Frou-Frou sweater from the Happy Hooker. I ripped out a good start the other day because I found out about the transposed numbers in the pattern. Now I feel like the gauge isn't right, so I may be ripping it out again - I am farther along this time, so it hurts a bit more.
I might need to take another "thinking" break on something else before I can actually frog and restart.

I love the crochet hook I am using for this project - it's just an average Boye hook, but it's glide on the yarn is the nicest I have. Some hooks have a finish that seems to stick more - maybe I am just picky. I also really like the pewter color - it reminds me of the bad guy in the Terminator 2 - just the color, not the super creepy walk.

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Easy Like Saturday Morning

There is nothing like relaxing on a Saturday morning with the paper.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Updated Growing movie

I finally updated the "growing" movie after our last photo session last week.
It seems to get harder and harder to take the pictures - he is so "on the go" - but it's is worth it to see all of these photos together.
Every time I watch this I can't believe how much he has grown - was he really that tiny once?


Sunday, January 21, 2007


I just found out about Snap thanks to Crochet all Day.

I think it's swell... but maybe it's annoying. What do you think?


Has it really been that long since the last post?

Ok... it's about time for an update.

I was home on MLK day last monday, so Radley and I had fun out in the new snow.
He looked a little bored riding in the sled - not much different than a stroller, I guess. He only wanted to walk on the shoveled path, but finally I got him to at least bat at the snow a little.

His new favorite thing to do is look for airplanes outside. We have recently had an explosion of signing around here. Airplane is a favorite. It probably helps that we live along a flight path. He also does tree, hat, dog, eat, more, car, ball, milk, shoes, and apple pretty regularly. They don't all look exactly like the real sign, but we understand what he means. We had a good time looking through one of my new magazines last night - we found a lot of ads with good photos of things he could sign - mostly car ads, but some dogs and even an apple.

There is also big teeth news for the Rad man - he has molars coming in on both sides, both on the top and bottom. I don't know if this is early for that or not, but looking at those icebergs coming into his mouth... it just looks painful. He has stayed pretty happy through it all though.

I have been working on a few things here and there.
I promised a new pair of jim-jam pants (aka pajama pants) to Davin for Christmas to replace the well loved pair that is getting a little threadbare after 5 or so years. It made me laugh that in my Marimekko stash I actually found enough of the same stripy print (different colors) as the last pair. I will save myself some time when I make the next replacement pair by cutting out the right size to begin with. argh.

I just joined Project Spectrum.
The colors for February/March are Blue-Gray-White.
I have been working on a crochet project in a nice gray - but I came to a point where the pattern didn't seem to make sense... I just did a quick check online to see if anyone else had posted corrections to the pattern somewhere. It turns out that two numbers were transposed in the instructions. Instead of doing the decrease every 5th row for 7 times, I am supposed to do the decrease every 7th row 5 times. That makes so much more sense, but it also means that I will be starting over. argh.

Before I figured out the pattern problem, I took a break to think and tried out a few different stitch patterns on cotton washcloths - it's close enough to white to count right? One is a "grit" stitch (right) the other is a "sedge" stitch (left).

I also made a little sewing project the other day that I think kind of fits into the blue-ish family - the background is blue-ish. Ok maybe I'm stretching - but I don't think there are any Project Spectrum police. It's a gift though, so I am not going to reveal it just yet. Here is a little snippet of the fabric I used. You can decide for yourself if it is blue enough.

A final photo: "Hey, that kid looks just like me!"

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Too much ado

After far too much ado our Christmas cards are all sent and should be in everyone's hands by Elvis' birthday.

I tried to shake a stick at all of the printer problems we encountered, but it was more than I could shake a stick at.

Technically we are still in the 12 days of Christmas right now... so I'm not really late. Right?

A little "12 days" tidbit: According to the PNC Christmas Price Index, this year it would have cost you $18,920.59 to buy your true love all of the items in the song - a 22 year high.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!
The problem with longer breaks from work like this, is that the last day never feels like it should be the last day. Well today is the last day, and it doesn't feel like it should be the last day.

We had fun and fondue last night at John and Sharlene's. I actually won at Sleuth! I don't know if that has ever happened before.

In and effort to be more organized (or maybe just because it was fun to make), I started this crochet hook case last year (yesterday) and just wrapped it up today during nap time.

I love the wood button.

We realized Friday that we had not taken any obligatory "kid in bath" photos.
What would we have done if we didn't have any "KIB" photos to embarrass him with in the future.

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