Tuesday, March 28, 2006

OK I am such a slacker. I am doing a 3 HOUR training tomorrow morning for new employees of the NJ Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired. Have I worked on it at all? Nope. None. Zip. Nada. I'm too tired. Too tired to even knit.

I've given this same training a bunch of times before, so it's not like the presentation isn't done... but I don't know, you'd think I should at least LOOK at it... refresh my memory a bit, as it's been over a year since I last did it. Nah... that's no fun. I'm wingin' it, baby! Off to bed now- I probably will get up a little early & at least glance at it before showtime at 9:30.

Wish me luck!


Sunday, March 26, 2006

Blanket progress continues.

I've finished the 3rd ball of yarn (out of 15), so I'm moving along at a good clip. I don't expect to keep up this pace, though.

Sam & I both had strep throat this week. We're both on antibiotics (yuck!)

I'm putting a lot of time into two presentations I'm giving this week-- one Wednesday for NJ Commission for the Blind staff, and a big one Sunday at Vision Expo. Yikes!

Sam went to his first real birthday party today-- very exciting stuff. One of the kids in his class had an upsherin-- combination 3rd birthday/first haircut party. There were easily 100 people there-- adults & kids. Most of the kids from Sam's class went. It was really fun-- for a big party, it was low-key, in an excellent way, and all of us had a great time. It was interesting to see all the kids interacting-- we don't really get to see that when we drop him off at school. It was also nice to get a chance to talk to some of the parents- more than a "hi" when we pass at drop-off and pick-up.


Saturday, March 18, 2006

Well... here's the first of Sue's socks.

Isn't it artistic how I sprinkled brightly colored beads on the carpet, to provide just the right balance of color and whimsy? Oh wait, that's how the floor of my house looks these days. I can't believe it was my idea to give him the beads. It was cute at first... stringing them onto yarn, creating necklaces for himself and for Mommy to wear. Then the Y chromosome kicked in, I guess, and they became something to shovel into (and out of) the back of the dump truck. Slowly, they just became part of the landscape around here... which is usually fine... except if you try to go to the kitchen barefoot in the middle of the night... when it is not fine. But I ramble.

Note the blurriness in the bottom center of the photo. We loaned the camera to Sam's teachers (who couldn't seem to locate theirs) for Purim, and it hasn't been quite the same ever since. It was worth it, though, because they were able to accomplish something we have not been able to do... get Sam into most of his Pingu costume, and get a picture of him smiling in it. Hmmph.

We also have some cute photos of Sleeping Beauty (or one of those princess-types) picking her nose, and proof that daycare teachers take more pictures of their own kids than other people's. I have to say, though, Snapfish impressed me yet again. I uploaded the pictures about 8:30 Wednesday night... went to choose a shipping option for prints, and saw that "pick up at Walgreens" was an option... so I chose that, and lo and behold, at 7:30 the next morning, prints were there and ready for pickup. The per-print cost was a little bit more, but there was no shipping charge, so for these 15 pictures, it evened out. If you don't have a Snapfish account & want one, let me know... I get free pictures for referring you.

After a few days of blurry photos, I (ever the optometrist) decided that if I wiped the lens with a cotton cloth (fancy opto-term for "my t-shirt"), it could help... and it did.

So without further babbling, here is Emily's blanket:

Yes, Debbie Bliss's entrelac shawl, version 2, again with cashmerino aran, instead of baby cashmerino (if I'm going to knit a billion stitches, the blanket should at least be big enough to cover the baby). I know I loved knitting this the first time, and was thrilled with the result. But once again, as I was at the beginning of this project last time, I am in awe of the sheer number of stitches that will be required to finish this... but they're all good stitches.

And Sue, I haven't forgotten your poor cold other foot...


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

One sock down, one to go... but I've gotta say... that baby blanket is calling my name dude.


Saturday, March 11, 2006

I think I worked myself up over the Threadybear steeks-- that when I finally got to one & cut it, I felt like I was done. I haven't worked on it since.

I did some uninspired knitting of preemie hats, just to use up some yarn that was in the "active" basket...

And then I started some socks for Sue... Hipaa birthday socks!

Check out my first-ever short row heel!

The pattern is loosely the Diagonal Fixation Sock pattern. The yarn is Socks That Rock (and they really will rock... awesome yarn).

I just ordered yarn to make a blanket for Amy's older daughter-- turned out she's been stealing the baby's, and Amy thinks she needs one of her own. I ordered Cashmerino Aran in a denim blue color.


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