Friday, September 15, 2006

Yes, still here, and yes, I still knit!

It's been an amazing couple of weeks around here to say the least! Spent a week with the oldest baby girls kids while she spent a week in the hospital! Wow, you can get a lot of knitting done while your kid's in the hospital and all she wants to do is sleep.
I stayed with her the first night because she was so bad and then spent the days with her and the nights with my grandkids. 3 kids can wear you out when you're my age! She's on the mend but still not 100%. She had a bad case of strep throat, tonsilitis and now they're thinking it all stems from Mono! She has to go tomorrow for another blood test but they're thinking that's what it is. What's really ironic, they rushed her into the hospital the night of her 29th birthday, so, we spent the night together just like we did 29 years ago. Scared me to death, she did! 29 years ago she just made me really happy to be a Mom! Oh, and the vest that I made while I watched her sleep? It's from Mountain Colors in their Merino Ribbon. It is wonderful yarn and a really fun project. I have another pattern for a button down vest that I'll do one of these days, but that Merino Ribbon isn't cheap, so it'll wait awhile in the "things to do pile."
This is what a marching band student looks like after 6 weeks of being outside in 100 degree weather for Marching Band! Bruised toe, ant bites (yes, in the South those ants BITE hard) and a tan line from flip flops! She came home and spent the long holiday weekend with us and we enjoyed every minute of it. While she was here I was making myself a little present, but, I lost it to my College Freshman who decided he had to go home and live with her in her apartment or he'd be really upset. What was it you ask? This:

Isn't he the cutest thing you ever saw? I did it all in one day, except his eyes. I'm just going to have to make me one now, this little guy now resides in a college apartment with a thief and here I thought my knitting bored her! This is a Fiber Trends pattern that I found awhile ago and I ordered the complete kit here. It's the huggable hedgehog. Time to order another one.

And this - (not yet blocked)is the Sitcom Chic sweater from Bonnie Marie Burnes. It's also the first time I ever used Lion Brands Cotton Ease and I loved it! Loved it so much I'm now making the Bristow sweater from Knitty (by Melonie Gibbins) in the red Cotton Ease! I ordered every color that Smiley's had available a few weeks ago when Bron was talking about it. Love it, it's exactly right for the temperatures here in the South in the middle of the winter.

I've also been working on this -
Excuse the pug butt, but, she's a pug, always loves being in pictures, no matter which end is showing. This is the Mystery Stole II project I've been working on forever! I have the last 2 repeats of the second side to go, then the edging and it'll be done. It's a beautiful stole and I've really enjoyed working on it. I'm doing it in Knitpicks Alpace Cloud in the color Iris. I've had this yarn forever but never liked the little, tiny laceweight yarns, so I doubled it and it's turning out great. It's going to be nice and big to wrap myself in when I'm freezing this winter. Or, I might just hang it from the stair bannister and admire it forever.

I found these today while in the big city and for less than a dollar each, I couldn't resist spelling out my very favorite past time and putting them in my sunroom/knitting spot. They're just wooden blocks with letters carved into them but they fit just perfect over my sunroom window.

And, one last picture. I've blogged before about Squirt, the kitten that showed up on our doorstep back in March or April, well, this showed up about 3 weeks ago and, yes, he's staying by the looks of things. As if 2 dogs, 2 10 year old cats, one "old" kitten weren't enough we now have a new one to add to the list. He's got the most gorgeous eyes and HUGE ears! I'm trying to find out how to say "ears" in another language so we can call him that.

If Blogger wasn't so dang slow at uploading pictures, etc, I might blog a little more often, but, this has just taken me almost an hour and I have lots of knitting to get to. So, till next time - Happy Knitting.


Beth said...

Wow! You've been busy! All of your knitting is great! I think that Libby might like a hedgehog, too. :)

I hope your daughter is mending well. I'm sure she was glad to have you with her.

I've never tried (or even seen) Cotton Ease. Your Sitcom Chic sweater turned out so well.

Is it cooler in southern Georgia? It was nice but got hot again today in ATL.

Mouse said...

Awww.. I love the hedgehog and kitty photos.. even with the pug-butt in the background! Its been getting cool in ATL in the mornings but still is disgusting by 2pm.. hopefully soon it will settle into FALL weather.

Shez75 said...

Beth, Libby loved the Hedgehog once she figured it out. She sniffed, woofed and walked around it several times before giving it a Pug Kiss. I even have a picture!
Thanks for the well wishes for my oldest. She's feeling better but still not back to her old self. More tests to come.
I love the Cotton Ease. It's great yarn, even though 50% acrylic/50% cotton. Love the feel, love the way it knits up.
We can tell that fall is coming down here, but it's still in the high 80's, low 90's during the day, but now only in the high 60's at night. Much better than 90-100 during the day and 70-80 at night with really high humitidiy.

Mouse - Fall is coming, but it's not here yet. Since I'm a northerner at heart, I'm really looking forward to the cooler days. My yard needs lots of attention and I don't do a thing out there during the heat of the summer. :o)

Michelle said...

The hedgehog is adorable! I should make one of those for my kids.

Shez75 said...

Michelle, it was an easy knit and lots of fun watching his little tummy and head take shape. Try it out, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Sheri in GA