Thursday, January 29, 2009

Is it next week yet?

I tinked back the sweater just few rows to fix the minor error and I have decided to "cheat" on the cable error. Well, I am going to fix it using the cheat and then decide if I should rip back. I don't have it in me to do that now so it's on the table for this weekend.

In continuation of my "good fortune" (NOT!)this week...we have discovered that our dog Lily has a quarter sized stone in her bladder. That in itself is not a problem. It will require surgery to remove but it's the next part we didn't know. She has a pelvic bladder. Basically her bladder should be in her abdomen but instead it's in her pelvis. This does not allow her to fill her bladder up very much before she has to relieve herself. It is possible to pull the bladder back into the abdomen (so we are told) at 3x the cost of just having the stone removed. We'll meet with a Vet Surgeon next week to decide if we just do the stone removal or both.

Tomorrow we are having a dinner party here. Not my favorite thing to do. I don't mind casual dinners but we are cooking for DH's work friends. So I feel the need to cook something less casual and I feel obligated to clean the house. Both of those things I dread. I'm hoping my luck improves and the dinner we chose (which by the way we have never made before) turns out or we'll be eating out. :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Not off to a good start this week

So there I am, just sitting and knitting quietly on the Dr. G's Memory Vest for my husband. The kids are actually quietly playing on the Wii and I am listening to Cast On. I just finished a WS row and I decide to look over my wonderful work. Crap! It looks like there is a mistake 3 rows back. No problem. I can work through that. Maybe I should check over the rest of the work. I have looked plenty of times because of all the cabling involved and I hadn't seen any problems....until now. CRAP CRAP! I mis-crossed a cable 4 cables down! How the hell I am going to fix that?

After a little bit of web surfing, I can only find how to fix a cable before other cables have been done. I did find Yarn Harlot's cheat for fixing my problem but I don't know if I want to cheat. I was hoping to enter this vest in the fair in the fall. I really hate the idea of ripping back that many rows. This vest is already going slow enough. WAAAAAA!

I'm going to look a little longer to see if I can fix....otherwise I'm going to cry and then rip....Is it too early to start drinking?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Serious Snow

It didn't just snow REALLY snowed here and is still going! It is so beautiful. It is the most snow I have seen since Minnesota 2+ years ago. My knitting, a cup of coffee and my fireplace await!

Monday, January 19, 2009

We were off to a volleyball tournament this weekend in Virginia. DD#1 is on her first traveling club team. While they lost in the first round of playoffs we were very proud of how well they handled their first multi-day tournament. They had fun, worked hard and slept like rocks. The parents were busy feeding them, making sure they were where they were supposed to be on time, and trying to not have hard attacks or stress out on the sidelines. It's hard watching them fail at times. We too slept like rocks.

We were only at the convention center 5 minutes when the following was found:

This spelling error was in more than one spot around the center. The girls of course spent the remainder of the weekend mispronoucing it.

Another lovely play on words was spotted on one of the free use computers:

If the girls spotted this, they didn't tell us. My husband (of course) spotted it and showed it to me.

On the knitting front, I finished another pair of socks using Fibranatura Yummy yarn. I hadn't used it before and found it "okay". Nothing special. I haven't washed them yet so maybe that will change. The pattern is Welt from the new book Socks a la Carte. Great book. It has affectionately been named the "flippin' sock book". Go check it out and see why.

I have lots of projects in the works. An all garter Clapotis, Dr. G's Memory Vest for my husband, another pair of plain vanilla socks made with Flat Feet yarn, and a scarf. It is the season for lots of knitting and I'm enjoying it all right now. In fact it is rumored that we are getting 2-4 inches of snow tonight! YEAH! It's been a while since I knit by the fire with snow on the ground.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year

Let's start out with projects completed in 2008...

2008 Projects

Not a bad year as far as knitting goes. I'm looking forward to more sweater knitting this year as well as continuing my sock habit. I am going to try curtail the sock yarn buying and try to use stash. We'll have to see how that goes.

Outside of knitting, this last year has been been a learning experience. Here are a few things I've learned.

1. Your best friend can just walk away.
2. You can get paid for doing something you love. All you have to do is ask.
3. No matter how old you get, there will always be people who behave like they are still in high school.
4. Life is too short to hang out with mean people.
5. There is always room for one more dog.
6. I can be happy during the just takes planning and control.
7. I still hate planning and cooking meals. I thought it would get better as I age but it doesn' gets worse.
8. I can become a full blown yarn snob. It does take a little extra money but it is so worth it!
9. I can belong to too many sock clubs at once.

and finally...

10. I love the Wii! We got it for the kids this year for Xmas and am addicted to it. I play it almost as much as the kids. I am waiting for them to go back so school so I can have it all to myself. I'm going to have to add a widget on the side listing my total Wii hours.