Thursday, January 24, 2008

My How Things Change!

Well I was all set to talk about hats today. About how some heads really look good in hats and others (that would be mine) not so good. But things have changed. Willy Nilly is going to be born on Saturday, so today is all about babies, or grandbabies in particular. First, let me show you what I made for her.

No, not the real kitty, that's Phantom.
Her mom requested knitted toys and this is what I have so far. Bunny by Debbie Bliss, Elefante by Susan B. Anthony, and Kitty by Lillian. I have a bunch of others in my queu. But I really wanted to tell you about the joy of being a grandparent. Too many people believe that it's because you can give them back but that's not it at all! It's because you no longer have the responsibility of them. That's their parents' problem. All you have to do is enjoy them. You can laugh at all the things you can't laugh at when you're their mom. You can do all the things you didn't have time for when you're the mom. It's like having your babies back but with unlimited time and patience and no other responsibilty. I now know why my grandparents loved me so much! I hope you all get to be grandparents.
I forgot another reason, when the grandchildren get a little bigger, you have a common enemy...hee hee.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Welcome to 2008!

No pictures today but I've been thinking about this new year. I took down my FO's for 2007, and started my 2008 list. This got me thinking about what I really want to knit this year( have you checked your queue on Ravelry? mine is getting really scary) what I want to learn, and where I want to go with this blog and the blogs I read. I've read a lot of blogs lately that have been thinking the same thing. Do I want this to just be a journal, a comedy, or a view of my life through rose-colored glasses? Or do I want it to be just for me alone? I do know that I don't want my family reading it right now, I shudder at the thought of what the kids would say!
I have discovered how nice it is to get comments which has me commenting more on other blogs. I've always been a little shy about that, and now I just jump in even if it's only a couple of words.

As for my knitting, which is why this all started, I want to get better at, I really can't say perfect yet, my putting it all together skills. I do hate the seaming up, but I have to do it and do it a little better each time. Or just knit in the round and learn to steek!!!!! That could just scare you into seaming. Anyway, it's just the beginning of the new year and there are so many places we can go and things we can see.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

It's Not Easy Being Green

I really try to be green, it's just so hard. The three things I always do are: recycle a lot, compost everything, and hang out my laundry. When I was little, everyone hung out their laundry, now not so much. But I still do it, my little bit to help the environment, plus I love sleeping on sheets that have been in the sun. The winter usually means using the dryer but today is beautiful so look what I did!!!!!

Friday, January 4, 2008

The Best of 2007 or at least the biggest

Last winter I bought the magazine Knitting because of the poncho by Nicky Epstein. I loved it! So I started. A year later it was finished. I picked this one because it is the biggest ^%$#@ thing I have ever knit. I knit all those little triangles, ran out of yarn, bought more, knit a bazillion yards of icord and then I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to put the thing together. Mr. Truck to the rescue. Then it was hours of seaming the things up (mattress stitch is my friend, mattress stitch is my friend...) then the hopeless task of making the *&^% knot out of the icord. Abandoned that, even Mr. Truck couldn't figure it out. (Sorry Nicky but you're obviously smarter than we are). Then it was hot out so I stuffed the thing in the closet in the hopes all those little ends would just disappear or maybe there would be a darning in the ends fairy somewhere. No luck. So I took it out of the closet and darned in all the ends myself. Now I actually wear it. I must say I've gotten a lot of compliments. We were in the little grocery store buying candy for the gingerbread house and a lady behind me kept saying "excuse me." Trying to be polite, I kept moving, she kept saying "excuse me." Finally, she said "I'm trying to look at your poncho." Oops. So this poncho qualifies as my best or at least biggest and longest project ever. And I have learned a lesson: never anything like this again!