Thursday, January 19, 2006

Gooooooooooooooooo Sissy!

Wow, the Knitting Olympics. What a great idea and I couldn't resist checking out the "Yarn Harlot". Was shocked to see almost 700 people respond to her idea. Although she says it is for knitters of every level, I should probably wait to enter the Knitting Special Olympics. I will instead wave a pink boa and cheer on Steph!
Shelly

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

I'm Going For The Gold

I've joined the "Knitting Olympics" ala the Yarn Harlot. The Challenge is you choose something to knit that is above your skill level, and you have 16 days to complete it. From opening ceremonies, to when the flame goes out. I have chosen the "Birds Nest Shawl" from "Folk Shawls". Now, how to knit approx. 2 plus hours a day for 16 days, care for a family of 5, work full time, sleep, etc. I hope this doesn't end up with me in the garage, car running...........(smile).
I will try my best not to go all "Tonya Harding" on my family. I picture myself at 3 a.m., in the fetal position, sucking my thumb, clutching my knitting needles, and crying for my Sissy. Truthfully, I'm excited for the challenge. I think I'll get myself one of those groovy athletic headbands in red, white, and blue. Also, I was thinking of duck taping two wire hangers to the bottom of my slipper to resemble an ice skater. Ideas and suggestions welcome.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

sheesh!

Shell,

I cant help but notice that in all the pictures I'm the fat one. Still to this day you are known as the "small one", and I forever will be the "big one". You have Moms genes and I have Dads genes, sad thing is I could fit in dads jeans.

The Demon Shawl is laying abandoned in its bag, waiting for me to finish my work marathon. 13-14 hour days, with a patient load of 13. Today I cross the finish line with 3 days off.

I about to start the "trellis" sweater from Knitty for a girl at work. She is pregnant with number 3, another boy, 3rd pregnancy in 4 years. She is a little disappointed, as a girl would have been fun. I reminded her, being the good Catholic that she is, that Catholic sperm swims faster than say, Baptist sperm, and she will be pregnant with a girl in no time. In the mean time, I will stash bust for blue yarn to CO for the sweater!

Happy Day

Stephanie

Thursday, January 12, 2006

No, It's Not a Halloween Picture.....


although it does look as if Steph is going as a square dancer, I'm going as Laurie Partridge, and Mom is going as Mary Tyler Moore.

Again with the pink...was there a conspiracy?

Love the 70's bang look. Maybe if I consider it again Dad will cut out the "big forehead" jokes. Looking at Mom at least I know where I got it.

Swing your partner round and round......... Nice dress Sissy!

Shelly

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Yes, You Were Cuter


This is one of my favorites as you were just so darn cute. Wouldn't you love to still have some of the things under the tree? And the decorations!

OK, second Christmas photo of me in pink. I hate pink. Didn't I have a say in anything I wore? I'm forever scarred.
Shelly

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Demon Shawl




I've started this thing like 100 bazillion times. I swear I hate it, no I love it, wait, I hate it! This time I will finish it if it kills me, in other words, I'm making it my bitch. Notice the yellow "life lines" which allow me to rip back a repeat if needed. The Yarn is yummy 4 ply Cashmere that I scored from a perfectly beautiful J Crew sweater. I love ripping apart sweaters, its so barbaric, oops I mean relaxing. The cats help with this, as every star has an entourage, a posse, if you will.

Shell, I love the picture. It's so "telling". Actually I don't think your hugging me, it's more like a choke hold, and It's the only time in our lives that your feet were bigger than mine. Oh, and I'm sooo way cuter!

P.S. Isn't that the couch Mom took an ax to, so Dad wouldn't make her recover it?
Love you,

Steph

The Ghost of Christmas Past



I can't believe I wore pink slippers! I can't believe Steph was letting me hug her. But I really can't believe Mom paid money for that couch.

Shelly

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!

2006, Here we go!
I spent last night playing with Benjamin, dancing "shaking our Laffy Taffy", and when the ball dropped in New York City (11 our time), I told him it was midnight, and carted him off to bed. Spent the next 2 hours wrestling with my "Flower Basket Shawl", aka "the spawn of Satan, I hate it so much I want to burn it" shawl. I finally gave up, and decided to frog it for good. I think one of my problems was that I was using addi turbos, which are too slippery for the lace weight, or at least that's what I'm telling myself. Now on to the resolutions. They are as follows, in no particular order.

Stash reduction, I will not buy anymore yarn until I have started and completed the following things

Kimono Shawl, "Folk Shawls" , Jade Sapphire lace weight merino

Yet to be determined shawl, Zephyr wool/silk lace weight

Yet to be determined shawl, Jade Sapphire lace weight merino

Jay Walker socks (started), Lornas Laces

Yet to be determined sock, Mountain Colors Barefoot (I love this yarn so much I could lick it)

Felted sheep, Fiber Trends, Lambs pride Bulky

Felted slippers, Galway

felted cat bed x2, misc. Wool

Next is lose weight. Not so much for looks, but I feel fat. Sort of puffy, which I hate.

Get my house organized. Throw out, Throw out, Throw out!

Lastly, No more pets. My mini farm is complete. I don't care if someone comes with a three legged dog, a fuzzy kitten found in the trash, or a water buffalo that's house trained. No more. Eight is enough!

I wish everyone peace and joy in the New Year!

Stephanie