Friday, December 31, 2004

Finished objects of 2004

Booga Bag for Kiesha

My first-ever two color project

Multidirectional diagonal scarf for my secret Boob-pal, Joan

Headband from the Bea Ellis kit

Sockotta socks, done on 2 circulars. My favorites to wear!

Critter Knitters blanket

Some preemie hats

Koigu socks-- Mother's Day present for my mother

The end result of the short-lived flip-flop phase

I'm proudest of this blanket for Amy's baby, Nina Jane

Hooded sweater for Sam from Debbie Bliss Cashmerino pattern book

And another one, for Alison's son, Stanley

More preemie hats-- perfect car knitting

More socks, made with Opal sock yarn

And baby socks that Sam grew out of before he ever wore

London Beanie for Brian, when he was having chemo.

The official "Fishbein Family Hat"

There's one for each of us!

Aran Watch Cap, became a gift for Rachel's niece, Simone

Carriellen got me knitting balls.

Positive energy watch cap for Aryeh

"Magic" Irish Hiking Scarf for my dad

I'm looking forward to lots of knitting in 2005!


Monday, December 27, 2004

I hope everyone had a good Christmas Day-- a good holiday for those who celebrate, and a relaxing day off, for those who don't. We made our annual family trip down to Maryland-- Sam was a trooper, and weathered the road trip well. I did a little bit of car knitting-- started another watch cap in WoolEase, but ended up sleeping through most of the trip (BIG shock there... not!)

I've just been working on the Irish Hiking Scarf-- I am past the halfway point.

Not to steal Stacie's "Show & Tell" idea, but I got this picture e-mailed from Sue, who is home in West Virginia for the holiday. She has been frantically knitting ponchos for her two nieces since Stitches East, and managed to get one totally done, and the other mostly done before Christmas. This is her niece (Amy?) modelling her poncho... nice job, Sue!

The office is closed today, but we're going in for a few hours to deal with some computer crap... tomorrow, it's back to regular old life.


Tuesday, December 21, 2004

I hope some of you Blogger gurus can help me.

I'm doing something wrong in my "100 Things" link. When you click on the link in the sidebar, it links to the entire November archive-- I would rather have it just link to that particular post.

Does anyone know how to fix this? Thank you in advance if you can help.

I'm trying to get some computer stuff straightened out. Ads234 is killing me. I've run multiple virus scans (picked up lots), a trojan scan (picked up about 50), and then another Ad-Aware deep scan (picked up 198)... and no improvement. GRR.

I did a few more pattern repeats on the Irish Hiking Scarf. I'm on to the 3rd & 4th balls of yarn. I guess maybe it's getting a bit longer.


Monday, December 20, 2004

Aryeh and his mom liked the hat. Aryeh took it and tried to put it on his head, which was really cute. He won't know it, but I hope he gets some of the positive healing energy out of it... 'cause a lot went in.

I have been knitting more and more and more on the Irish Hiking Scarf, but it doesn't seem to be getting much longer. I tried to take a new picture, but the pictures didn't come out great, and I'm too lazy to go retake them. It looks like the last picture, just a little longer, I guess. This scarf feels never-ending.


Sunday, December 19, 2004

It's been kind of a sad day. One of Sam's daycare buddies, Aryeh, lost his dad this weekend. We found out this morning. I never met him, and I only know Aryeh's mom from chatting for 5 minutes when we happen to drop the kids off or pick them up at the same time... but I feel so incredibly sad. I can't even begin to imagine what she is going through... losing her husband and suddenly finding herself the single mom of a toddler in the same moment.

I've been working on this simple stockinette watch cap as my car knitting project. I decided in the past week or two that I would make it for Aryeh, and put as much good knitting energy as I could into it. Last night, I brought it in the house to work on... after we got the e-mail about his dad this morning, I came home from work and finished it.

I'm hugging Jonathan & Sam a little bit harder today, for sure. I'm just really sad.


Friday, December 17, 2004

I've been knitting the "magic scarf" for my dad-- figured the yarn wasn't really going to magically turn into a scarf without my help, so I'd better start working on it.

The pattern is the Irish Hiking Scarf. Looking at the scarf doesn't do it justice... you have to FEEL it... it's really really nice. Soft, and stretchy, and soft... I think my dad will like it. It grosses me out a lot that it's going to reek of smoke within 10 seconds of him putting it on. Poor alpaca.

I got a LOT of knitting done during the Apprentice 3-hour season finale last night. I'm already looking forward to finishing this... and getting Grandma's "magic gloves" done... and hopefully finishing up a few more UFO's before I start a million new things. I've been feeling rather un-excited about the projects I'm working on, but I CAN'T start something new. I can't even count all of the things I have started at the moment... that's bad.

Sam wanted me to show you his new chair. He got it for Chanukah.

I must say (as a Jew who does not celebrate Christmas) that it is nice getting this whole holiday stress thing out of the way early. Chanukah is over. Done. No stress. Well... maybe a little, just to take care of work gifts, and something for the daycare teachers etc... but not much. It's nice.


Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Another week.

My dad got "magic yarn" for Chanukah. I can't remember now which blogger gave me the idea-- but basically, I gave him 5 skeins of the charcoal alpaca yarn I picked up in Toronto, and told him it was magic yarn... if he left it at my house for a few weeks, it would become a scarf.

My grandmother got a "magic glove." Same concept. She liked the first glove. I still haven't called Romni to get more yarn for that.

I have developed this horrendous habit of falling asleep with Sam when he goes to sleep at 7:30 or 8:00... and then waking up at midnight, wide awake, and unable to go back to sleep. At that time of night, I'm too tired to knit (and the fact that I misplaced my reading/knitting glasses isn't helping... I know, I'm an optometrist, and I should have more than one freaking pair of glasses... but I am too lazy... will get another pair or two this week). Anyway, the moral of the story is that I haven't gotten much accomplished lately. No new pictures... will try & post later this week. Hang in there with me, though... okay?


Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Sorry for the hiatus. Life gets too busy, right?

Chanukah starts tonight, and I have not quite finished one of the gloves for my grandmother. Somewhere around the 4th finger, I realized that I had somehow managed to follow the pattern completely backwards... so I started with the pinky, but was using the pattern for the index finger... etc etc. The middle finger (figures!) was okay, but the rest of them were all screwed up. So I ripped back and adjusted, until it seemed okay. The only remnant is that the index finger (which was knitted using the pinky pattern) is very far away from the thumb, and is really REALLY narrow... but that is not even my biggest problem.

My biggest problem IS that I do not have enough yarn. Again. Are we sensing a theme? And the even BIGGER problem is that I do not have the ball tag from the original yarn. I NEVER throw these things out, and have been looking for this one for days... without success. It's Katia something, but I don't even know the exact type, let alone the dye lot... so I will call Romni Wools later, and describe it (well, it's pink, and it's fuzzy... they only have about a zillion yarns there) and have them try & guess... and then send 2 balls of whatever, so that if it doesn't match, I can make a pair from the new stuff (although I'm looking for another pattern if I do that!) Needless to say, Grandma will be getting an I.O.U. for Chanukah... as well as a new computer monitor that my cousins & I are chipping in for. Not a bad haul.

However, a call to Romni Wools is not SO awful, because I also want more Regia Silk, just to have around for another pair of socks, or maybe two... here is the progress on Jonathan's sock. It looks narrow, but it fits him. (I was kind of hoping it wouldn't, because then I'd just have to make it for me)...

Lastly, Kiesha-- I don't know if you read this anymore... but if you do... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! (The picture is from our office holiday party this past weekend)

Happy Chanukah, everyone... I hope that all of your yarn lasts for 8 projects (even though you only thought it would last for only one)


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