Monday, December 29, 2008

Time Marches On

Hard to believe that another year is almost behind us again. Regrets: some - Anticipation: Always.

Been reading "Twenty Wishes" by Debbie McComber - pretty nice idea - gives one something to look forward to and work towards. She (McComber) is inspiring - her book "A Good Yarn" is what inspired me to learn to knit.

Took the kids to the movies today "Twilight" - both had read it === now I have to also. Ordered from the library on tape so I can knit and read at the same time.

Have to ponder this 20 wish thing - is it a waste of time or encouragement for the future.....

Happy New Year All


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Remember I was so on top of it ----

Welcome to sooooooo lost it.

Oh well, come heck or 0800 it will be done I guess.

I am currently making bacon wrapped asparagus (yum), washing clothes and wrapping presents.

All the BLAH aside....

May I wish a very Merry Christmas to all my blog friends. Enjoy your families, everything else doesn't really matter.

See you post Christmas

All my love and virtual hugs

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Looking up :)

So who has signed up for 2009 Socks That Rock?

I have tossed around signing up. Was looking forward to the date (Dec 15). Was concerned about enough space etc. Monday came and I remembered as I was climbing into bed (0400). Thought about it again crawling in bed the second time (1000) and pondered it a third time late in the afternoon (1600).

I love STR - love the patterns, yarn, excitment of surprise packages. However, I only found time to knit only one kit last year (January -- though I did knit it twice.) I still have kits left from 07 (2 I think) that I never got around to -- and than 5 from 08. That makes 7 kits. Than there is that "Swell Yarn" kit, the Kintpicks kit (last year presant) and the several skeins I've just thought were "too pretty" not to come home.

What with full-time work and knitting samples for my LYS, there are just so many knitting hours. So though it is with a heavy heart, I figure I can get a lot of yarn for $230 and there are so many free patterns that if I finnish them I could than find probably something I like to purchase.

So while I am sure I will regret this at some point in the year... I have bowed out.

In other news....

I bought a new car. (Still doing my part for the economy.)

Its been 16 years since I last purchased a new car. With Lissa getting her license in April I didn't want the only transportation I have in the whole world being the one my brand new driver is using.

Saturn ASTRA -- Pick it up Tuesday.

Merry Christmas & Happy Anniversary to Me :)


Sunday, December 14, 2008


I'm sick.

Started last night (head cold type). Slept 16 hours cause I have to go to work tonight.


Hopefully it will be gone in a couple days.

Excuse me while I go tame the faucet on my face :)


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Making Good Time

Last knitting Christmas present in very good shape.

One sock down - 2nd sock more than 1/2 way up the foot.

Back to knitting now (and that yucky thing that pays for the yarn :)


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Glutton for Punishment

So, the knitting is going really well. I have just one knitting project left to complete and than the scrapbook (can you see this scrapbook being a down to the wire thing....)

Anyways, I finished my nephews socks last night and am trying to work on Lissa's cowl when she's not around so its an actual surprise. So I'm feeling great! Its only Dec 3 and I have just about completed the "Christmas Knitting".

So what does any over achiever do when the end of the deadline projects are in-sight? YES you are right. I added another project.

Pair of men's socks. Worsted weight, 100% Alpaca on size 6 needles. Waiting on the exact size, around a 10 if memory serves.

Just call me Glutton

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hello All

Happy Belated Thanksgiving to All -

I am trying a catch up of sorts - I should be sleeping (note its 1:19 EST) but I am finding more and more that night-time is for being awake and day -- at least mornings-- are for sleeping. Now this isn't bad when I'm working, but in my off days it presents quite a problem i.e, nothings getting done.

I finished all my sewing projects and currently have on three that need completing - 2 knitting and 1 journal thing.

Got the tree up and decorated without a fight or tears. Not sure how much more is really going to get done. I can already see the days winging away.

Work is work - lets move on.

Signed up for International Scarf Exchange 7 waiting to get all the info after January.

Seems like there was so much I wanted to post, but can't remember any more right now. Happy holidays to all and try not to stress out.

:) K

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

And the race is on

The "Projects to finish by Christmas" race that is.

Every year I do this to myself.
1. Start the project list (usually in May) when I'm using this as reasons to purchase additional "stuff".
2. Add to list as the year progresses.
3. Revise the list as October begins
4. Add additional projects to the list - as I finish one I add two more
5. Purchase additional "stuff" for added projects.
6. Revise list substituting new project for one "stuff" in May was purchased to make and purchase more.
7. Start to realize "to do" list is longer than current ___ days till Christmas.
8. Stress
9. Revise list again to bare necessities.
10. Pull it out in the end, somewhat.

Currently I am at #7. I have been resisting #6 this year, but we'll see how that goes (I have yarn purchased in May for a felted purse that I'm rethinking a Cowl would be better. Not rethinking the yarn of course.)

I am also trying to resist #4 (2 headbands for nieces... finished mom's Cowl yesterday).

I still have to: Start a purse, Finish slippers, finish hat, finish two pair of PJ pants, make slipper socks or purchase gift for friend, finish "journal/scrapbook".

I think that's it. If I don't add the headbands.

Merry Christmas :)


Monday, November 3, 2008


By this time this picture is a little outdated, but that's what I have.

No I didn't do the toe the way the directions said - knitters choice I decided to do a regular toe and embroider the leaf motif on top. Worked just fine Thank You.

I have attached all the leaves to sock #1, completed I-cord and tacked the ends. I have 1/2 the leaves on sock #2. Than I have to do stems and vining and ALL WILL BE FINISHED!!!

This was a great pattern and not a bad knit but I am sooooooo sick of working on it it isn't funny!!! I didn't feel a "push" as it was for Christmas so I picked it up and put it down. Now after 7 months of playing with it I just want it finished!! That and I'm feeling the Christmas Countdown

Later gators :) K

Monday, October 27, 2008

After 12 years....

We went from looking at this in the Dining Room

To This!!!

What a Difference! - Even the dog doesn't jump on the door anymore.
:) K

Friday, October 17, 2008

Where is the time going...

Here it is Oct 17, the month is half gone already. I can't believe how fast time is flying by!!! The only benefit is soon all the campaign adds will be gone!

Not much happening. Working on knit stuff for the store and trying to squeeze in some Christmas knitting.

The new door is suppose to be installed on Monday.

Closing the camper and getting ready for colder weather.

Hope all is well with you :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hello All

I sit here at work and for tonight we are having a very nice one. Really deserved too!

Haven't heard anything on the maternity front. Trying not to become negative, believing God will work all out the way it should. But getting really tired of ER.

Been working on some knits for the shop for displays, enjoying doing some baby stuff. Need to get back to my own knitting.

Other than that... I have nothing to say. Life continues. Children grow.

Where did that last come from? My daughter went to homecoming this past weekend. Got a little teary-eyed. She was just so grown up, won't be long before shes leaving me to be on her own and than married.

Keep knitting my friends. Chat soon.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ut Oh

I was a not so good girl.

I ordered myself a ball winder and spinning thing.

I ordered yarn to make a skirt.

I (finally) used my discount coupon and gift certificate to order from Blue Moon (like that's suppose to make it better)

and none of it was for gifts.... it is all for meeeeee.

Maya Co pa


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thankful Thursday


Last week when I was at work, the RN Recruiter for our Main hospital in the system came through the ER on a totally unrelated task. I spoke with her for a few minutes, she told me about a OB position at Main and gave me her card with the instructions to forward a transfer request and resume. Which I did. The next AM when I arrived home.

So it being one week almost to the hour today, I called to follow-up.

While I have not been invited for an interview yet, the conversation was very positive and I am hoping to be invited for said interview in the next couple weeks.

Amond some of the other things she said to me "Divine Intervention" was one.

She mentioned that ER nurses are one of the best fits for OB as were used to ever changing playing fields, life and death and taking all in stride like the post has just been delivered. SO, the conversation has uplifted me that there may be the possibility of change in my near future and not just distant future. Which is good cause I'm off to the "yucky place" in an hour and can do so with a little more hope.

Will keep you posted :)


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Nothing New

Hard to believe that in 8 days nothing can be new. As I type this I realize that there are a couple, but nothing necessarily positive.

My car decided that it needed that little extra attention this weekend, so off to the shop she went for a few hoses (cooling type), new window motor and oil change. Can you say cha-ching. Why is it when your trying to pay bills off you seem to acquire even more.

Danielle from "A Knitting Mom" has disappeared, right out of blog land. No notice, no nothing. So Danielle, if you're reading, I'm missing you!!!

Work is work, lets move on.

I did run into the Nurse Recruiter for our main hospital last week. Spoke with her regarding a transfer and she did clue me in on a position that was going to be posted. I have sent all my paperwork over and am waiting (again) to hear something.

Other than that? I'm cleaning and doing laundry. Oh what a life I lead :)


Monday, September 15, 2008

Hello All

So I've been back at work.

Didn't get the Mother/Baby job, they promoted from within. Waiting to see if they post a part time position. Spoke with someone from Alaska yesterday who told me she would hire me for a month in an intern position. Giving it some serious consideration for next summer. Real serious consideration. I mean what an opportunity!

If you don't have a 15 YO yet, let me tell you its NOT a joy. And if you do have one, do you have any pearls of wisdom? I seriously do not currently like my child much.

Other than that I'm working and knitting. Plan to hit the camper this coming weekend, hoping to get some serious knitting done. Only have a couple more weekends before we close up. Have the "Vintage socks about 1/2 done. All the leaves & one sock. I have to do sock #2 and attach all the cuff leaves.

Well its off to the yucky place, happy days all.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


So, whats up?

My mom and dad are headed down to Florida for the next 6 months - they are orphaning me again. I really don't know why they want to play with hurricanes, I think its the Mickey Mouse pull.....

Have heard nothing really about the job. Well, I did stop in at HR last week and was told "unofficially" that there had been an internal person interested, but that she had declined the position so they would be interviewing. I am going back to talk to HR tomorrow, hopefully for good news.

Went shopping on Friday. Like to pick up at least 1 "outfit" per season, so I have something to wear that actually fits and is in style should I have someplace to wear it. I'm am now working on some knitting to accentuate it -- will post when complete.

That's about it. Starting to think "fall". Closing the camper, changing gears, redecorating, etc....

Chat soon

Friday, September 5, 2008

My life returns

So what does one do once their children go back to school, and they are recovered from sleep deprivation?


Off to the mall with Mom.

We have decided to stay home this weekend as there are sooo many things to catch up on (laundry and house cleaning top the bill). I think its the first weekend that I've been off and home since May.

Lets see how much I can get my act together.
:) K

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Excuse me I'm doing my happy dance....


Oh yeah, the post.

Kids went back to school today (more dancing).

This might sound really awful, and I actually love having the extra time with my children, but we ALL need the structure that school gives us! (and I need to be able to clean without someone going immediately behind me messing it up!)

I wish there was year round school with breaks every 10 weeks so I could add more quality to the time with my children. 11 weeks off is hard to fill and keep them busy. But alas that is what we have. Added a few more lessons to put in place next year. Hopefully it will be better.

My baby starts middle school this year. WOW, no more elementary! Lissa is a Sophomore. That is really hitting me. She'll be graduating in 2 years. OH MY!!! OHHHH MY!! I'm not ready for this, I need to go lie down :)


Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Yes I owe you all a post.

I think summer... i.e., life is finally catching up with me. I am so frigging exhausted I have been dragging myself around the last 4/5 days.

I am so looking forward to waving the kids off to school so I can just sleep without guilt.

Nothing new on the job front.

Happy Labor Day Weekend All :)
P.S. cute kitty pic - this is Panther -- one of four fuzzy residents in my zoo.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Job?????

We'll see.

OB had a posting again so I put in for it.

The ER is currently the pits. And while no job is perfect, crying on your way to work is usually a signal that something has to change. So.... we'll see.

God's will be done!

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Were off to Band Camp tomorrow - and I am really looking forward to it. Plan on a couple of yarn shop stops on the way, have packed plenty of projects (I hope). I figure I have roughly 30+ hours of knitting time this next week (YIPPEE).

I had promised some pics, sorry it took so long.....
This is the shrug that I ran out of yarn for and added some linen to the sleeves.

I expect it will look better in the winter with long sleeves than it does now.

I had mentioned that I was working on the backyard earlier in July. This is the area that I did. We laid black landscaping paper over the grass and than the mulch. In the far corner I have Iris' planted... to the far left are Brown-Eyed Susan's and where the chair is Vinca Vine.
Will post more when we return
Happy Days,

Friday, August 1, 2008

Hello All

Yes, I promised a bit about vacation and will post (probably next week). I just can't seem to get it all together...... again.

Vaca was great - got lot accomplished.

Its back to work now so I will be almost non-existent for the next 6 days then I am home for 3 and off to band camp for 5.

Until next week -


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More than Ready!

Well were off to the camper for 6 days starting tomorrow, so I will be blog-less.

Really in need of the time - just about too tired to care.

Hope all have a great weekend.


Friday, July 18, 2008

The memories of yesteryear

Thank you all for your comments! I love the fact that we seem to all go back to different cars in our past. The memories that a simple comment can evoke.

My first vehicle was a soft top jeep CJ-5. The thing rusted out beneath me (literally!) First the window wiper box rusted off the windshield and I manually had to move the box back and forth to make the wipers work. When dad eventually found out he replaced the windshield.

Than the area around the ashtray rusted (dad smoked) and one morning I turned the corner and got dirty wet ashtray of water slopped onto my wool knee socks (private school uniforms) and walked around disgusted by the ick that was my sock.

Than the floorboard under my feet rusted away. I was careful where I stepped to get into the vehicle so I didn't step through it.

Why did I put up with all this? Cause wheels I didn't have to pay for and were available completely to me wasn't to be sneered at. Without them I might have been grounded to the house, have to buy my own or worse yet await my parents!

Happy Memories :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Now that I don't have to

I find that I don't have much to say. Does that make sense.

30/30 forced me to post which turned into some days just chatting about what was going on in life.

Truth be told -- not much happens in my life. I'm a mom. I work. Life happens. I spend money. Hence, why I work.

Newest thing in today's world? I started looking at new cars (remember the spending money part). Lissa turns 16 in April and sometime between now and than I have to purchase an additional car. I do not want to be forced into purchasing the first thing I see at whatever the current price is. Sooooo I am shopping to see what I want and to know when its a good price or good deal (come back 0% financing!).

So far the "Cobalt" is in the lead -- but that's only 2 dealerships and 4 cars.

:) Karrie

Monday, July 7, 2008


Well, I finally broke down, ordered the mulch and 3 1/2 hours later -- ta da... no grass. Yes I know a pic would be nice but that will have to come, as its dark and I haven't found the camera yet. Of course, it would have to be 93 degree today.

I am back to work tomorrow. Promise I will have pics soon.

Finished the BSJ (except stitching and buttons, but done enough to be off the needles... will worry about finishing when I have a baby to give it to).

Finished Lissa's socks. Raven by BMFA, October 2007.

Continuing on the "Vintage, wanted to get a few things finished so they've been resting.

That's about all. Back to work for 3 and than off for a spell. Our community Art/Street Fair is this weekend and than its off to the camper for some relaxation.

Chat soon

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me

Yes today is my B-day and the last post of my 30/30.

Not a whole lot planned for today - I have a massage this afternoon and than meeting the girls tonight at the yarn shop to share a bottle of wine. Other than that I'm only doing what I want.

I didn't hit 30/30 - total of 27 which I'm happy with all in all. Have really enjoyed the push to get back into the habit. Probably won't continue to post everyday as there were some days I was scraping the barrel to come up with material. However, I hope to continue with more than 1-2 posts a month.


Happy Day to All
Happy Forth of July
Enjoy your weekend and I'll catch you next as I go back to work tomorrow.

Later Gaters

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Wishy Washy

You know how sometimes you think "wow, what a great idea!"

And then the thought of how much work it is so overwhelms the positives that you think "forget it"

That was the train of thought with my backyard.

Mom said "Get mulch delivered - its cheaper and we'll do the whole area at once.

Than it was in the 90's and high humidity - who wants to work in that.

Than it rained for weeks straight.

Than I looked at what a mess my backyard is... and if I did the mulch thing, how long could it take? One, Two days? And the whole area would look so much better for me to enjoy until Oct ish.

I checked on mulch today. Didn't order it yet --- but definitely one step closer to satisfaction.

We'll see......


Monday, June 30, 2008

Rain Rain Go Away

While I understand and appreciate that rain is an important part of the eco-system. So is too much!

I appreciate all the grand things that water brings.... however, there are positives to sunshine too.

Happy Yarny thoughts



Remember this:

Well, I tried to get a 3rd skein - nope, sold out and unknown when supplier would have more.
So I changed gears, figured I would make it more of a shrug and add some linen in the same color (yes the match is wonderful) to the end of the sleeves. Still knitting - will post final pic when finished.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Happy Days All

Wanted to check in and say howdy. Will be at the camper the rest of today and Sunday so I will be out of cyberspace and diligently knitting.

See you all Monday


Friday, June 27, 2008

Hello All

Flip floppin around I missed a day again, sorry.

Whats new? Not a whole lot of anything. Off to the knit shop last night. Off to the knit ship tonight. Camper later in the weekend (Sunday, Monday).

Balled "Vintage" main sock yarn yesterday. Still in love with the leaves, but I am interested in casting on for the socks themselves. I think that I am going to do them one at a time instead of 2/once -- I am trying to enjoy this endeavor and not make it just a means to an end.

Lissa's socks are continuing - I am getting tired of working on them so I am making an effort to stick to it and Finnish (about 2 inches left before toes).

BSJ is sitting in the knitting bag.

Shawl is waiting for ball 3 of yarn.

I'm getting itchy to cast on something else.... I'm thinking of trying this sweater. I like the part of "fitting a grown ass woman". Like the green that she knitted it in, but I'm thinking maybe a bright blue (go figure).

Haven't tried a sweater before.... adult sized that is. But maybe this is the one to give it a whirl?

Later gaters

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Its almost over

I have worked the last 7 days.

I am tired.

I am sick of this place.

I am looking forward to being off and heading back to the yarn store.

Progress on "Vintage Socks" - they are going really well. I have a little more than 1/2 the leaves done. I went and did the "toe" leaves so I could start the actual socks. I have to Finnish Lissa's first (about 3 more inches of foot) and than I can start "Vintage".

Than I'm thinking about starting a sweater..... hum..... we'll see.

Later gaters


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Update Sunday

So I poked around and found more "rainforest" yarn.

There are some things that you know, you just don't want to face..... like knitting 2 skeins of yarn knowing that your probably going to be short.

Whats that called? Delusional :)


Monday, June 23, 2008

Little Dress

I found this really cute hat at Target that had frogs on it and thought a coordinating dress for my GF's daughter would be really cute. So while in NY I found this material. I had than heard of a simple pattern from "dresses for Africa" and within a half-hour I had this:

adorable dress. The pattern is super easy. I purchased a yard of fabric, but use less cause the child is only three. Adjust yardage as necessary for height.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Thank you!

I want to "thank you" all that have been stopping in, leaving messages, and those that haven't. Believe it or not, I am really enjoying this. Kind of like something that you enjoy doing but just don't get to unless pushed.

In knitting news, I've been working on a shawl/
wrap thing. This is really nice wool in "rainforest" that I picked up in NY - anyways, I did 2 skeins (380 yrds) and its too short.


So please take a look at what its suppose to be -- mine is about 2/3 the size - I need a 3rd ball of yarn which is vary hard to get. So, Suggestions? I'm thinking that I might just have to rip the whole thing out and use the yarn for something else.

In other knitting news, I am working on October 07 STR shipment. These are destined for my daughter - and after a start and rip session I am working on the foot. The yarn looked more like her hair before when it was skeined, but I am still liking the way they look.

Chat Soon


Saturday, June 21, 2008

and more pics

So, the idea of the quilt retreat is that you complete a quilt top in 1 weekend. At this particular one, all the strips were pre-cut. The strips were sewed together and than re-cut, reassembled. Thus we created an "Irish Chain".

I had decided that I wanted to gift this to Lissa's beau, but the fabrics were flowers. Once cut the medium fab no longer resembled flowers, so I added this border to a) make it less feminine b) enlarge the original size and c) tie the colors together. I was really pleased in the gradation of color.

This last pic shows the match slightly better.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Picture Time

So, when my GF from NY visited last summer, I sent her home with several quilt tops that I had completed and hadn't quilted. She just bought a long arm quilter and needed practice.

When I went to visit in May, I returned with several finished quilts.

This is not my colors at all! However, I saw it hanging in a shop back in 05, loved it and bought the kit. The pattern is called "3 bean salad" and is a quick quilt.

My house is primarily red/white/blue. This quilt originally was destined for someone else. However, after seeing it quilted, I decided to keep it for my bed. The pattern is "Yellow Brick Road".

Finally is this stack and whack quilt. I think its official name is "Crazy 9 Patch", but I would have to check for sure. You stack 20 different squares - slice, sew and shuffle, slice, sew and shuffle, etc 6 times. Its quick and cool. Again, I wasn't crazy about this one until I saw it quilted.
Upcoming photos include the quilt retreat project, other sewing and knitting.
Happy Sunshine

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thankful Thursday - For A Very Good Friend

Well, I've been storing up photos and such for the next few days as I head back to work. Hopefully I won't ditz and screw up my days again.

Thankful Thursday - for answered prayers.

Since the kids are out, I've been enjoying time at the new LYS. In doing so, I have made 2 new friends, Diana the owner and Judy. I look forward to many more pleasurable hours spent with them.

Diana also asked me to help out at a new Sock class. Teaching/helping others to knit socks, what could be more fun!

Off to work now :0


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thought for the day

Don't give up hope, even Moses was a basket case.

Later Gaters

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Monkey Is Off My Back!!!

Back in Sept I was asked to do some custom sewing for someone I don't know (friend of an acquaintance).

If you hang with me at all you are aware that my sewing anything has been ditched into the trash can much less simmering on the back burner.

The fabric (2.5 yards, of which a table runner and 10 cushions were requested) made its way to the basement where it has stared at me constantly reminding that I needed to do something with it. Yes I just should have said "NO". I have a hard time with NO unless its my children.

Avoidance behavior? YEP I was doing it.

And than the recipient e-mailed me. And I had to face those 2.5 yards.

Explaining that there wasn't enough material, we narrowed the request to 2 cushions and a runner. Simple enough right. Yeah..... NOT.

Sewing for someone is difficult enough. Sewing for someone you have never met........

Anyways, after 8 months of the monkey attached to my back IT IS DONE!!!!!!!!!! Can I have an Amen!

I have finishing touches to apply (Velcro, non-slip backing). But the cushions are made and work. The runner is complete and I have my life back. YIPPEE

Well, my family can't appreciate, but hopefully you can.

Later Gaters

Monday, June 16, 2008


I can not remember when I have been so relaxed! There are many things that I don't like about the camper (extra work, little gets done around the house by DH) - but it does have its upside. We spent the last 24 hrs out there and the wonders that it does for my 'tude.

Sat after sleeping in, having lunch with DD, I headed to the new local knit shop. Was a delicious time. Met someone new and we sat and knitted for about 3-4 hours. Just putzed on different projects that are continuing along.

Sun afternoon we headed to the camper. I had decided that I was going to start working on the vintage socks (where I had first seen them at Yarn Harlot). After looking at the pattern I was very worried that this was way beyond my ability. Biting off more than I can chew ---- yes I frequently am guilty. So I thought, maybe when your actually doing the knitting it means more than just reading it. So onward I charged.

I now have 5 little leaves done. They are very cool. Take about 45 min per leaf X 18 leaves. I am trying to work this project out WAY before Christmas. So far, so good.

So for the last 48 hours I have done very little except amuse myself with knitting. No wonder I'm relaxed. Maybe I should try this more often :)

Later Gaters

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Fathers Day

I was hoping to post a pic of the man. However, I don't have any on the computer. I looked through them all and zippo.

This is probably because he is usually behind the camera, as picture taking is "not my thing" (the children will be happy their aunt is otherwise they would have zippo pics of their childhood).

Anyways, in lou of having any of the complete family, I leave you with the three of us.

DC vacation Summer 07 - the man is again behind the camera.

Happy Sunday

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Apples of my eye

This is my Josh

And my Lis

Prom at their church -- Do you remember prom? My first one I now consider a disaster (Junior) - Senior year was better.

Friday, June 13, 2008

oopps, sorry

Well, I fell off the daily posting yesterday (Thrusday).

Sorry, I was sleeping.

8.5 hours of sleep.

It was a wonderful thing.

So. That was my Thursday.

Friday is pretty packed. I'm off to my Quilting Group and actually have something to show! I am than off to a "team" night with people a work with. Will keep you updated and am planning lots of pics again. I'll be off for the next few.

Happy days!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I remember...

Monday night while I was trying to fall asleep, I laid in bed remembering things from my youth... like:

  • "Fishing" with my brother in the driveway puddle, trying to hook leaves with a stick, string and paperclip.
  • Walking home from school with friends.
  • My kindergarten teacher using my "art" as an example of how not to color and being so embarrassed.
  • Playing jump rope in first grade at recess.
  • Kevin Duhonic "killing" the flowers on my dresses as he sat behind me.
  • Learning about race related hate when I tried to include the boy who was being left out and he misinterpreted my actions.
  • The people who touched your life growing up that you have no idea where they are, but will never forget: Bobby Harris, Carrie Gathawat, Kevin Duhonic, Joseph Stratmann, Ty Bittner, Miss Martigan.

The things that run through your mind when your suppose to be sleeping!

Later Gaters


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sone days are better than others....

I am really trying to post something everyday, even trying to make it interesting.

Than there is today.

I don't feel good, am looking at the start of 3 12's (T,W,TH) and just want to crawl back in bed.

I'm whining.

I'm sorry.

We'll try for something better tomorrow.


Monday, June 9, 2008

Busy Hands

Lately I've had this interest in producing baby items. There are NO babies in my future, and only 1 person I know is currently pregnant. A cousin recently had one, but as I was not invited to the shower or received an announcement, I don't feel the need to send a gift. However, babies sweaters is where I'm stuck. This is the Baby Bolero from 1 skein. Cute and quick I whipped this up out of cotton I purchased on my Lansing trip.

I thought that it was so cute, I than whipped this one up as well. I included a hat with the pink and have enough yarn to do a hat in blue/white also. Baby items waiting for babies, that's the way I like it.
:) Karrie

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Some yarn....

So, while in NY we did visit 3 yarn stores. The first was Black Sheep Knits where I purchased the Green/Blue Malabrigo. This will be a hat for my son for Christmas. (Good excuse for yarn purchase... Christmas presents, this can be used repeatedly).

We than went to another store on the north side of the island - really nice owner. There I purchased the purple and blue Malabrigo - a silk combination that is just heavenly. I am thinking about mittlets for my GF and myself. I also purchased a red/white/blue combo yarn that makes socks that look like flags. I am a BIG patriotic person, so I couldn't let that yarn languish. It has joined my sock stash (what a wonderful thing a sock stash is :) :) :) :)... ). Finally I picked up two skeins of worsted weight from Rupelstilskin Knits that I am going to use for a shrug. Its a light green color. I had them wound into pats, so I'll have to hold pics until I use it.

This yarn I picked up at shop #2. Its a very pretty baby yarn that I am using for a Baby Surprise Jacket. Yes this makes 3 or 4 that I've done up, but the pattern is so nice, its an enjoyable quick knit.

Quilt pictures to follow later this week. Along with pics of other FINISHED works.
Happy Monday

Saturday, June 7, 2008


My wonderful upstream pal "Crafty Bernie" sent me two wonderful shawls. This first one will be great when the weather does get cold again to wrap around either inside my jacket to add warmth both around my neck and shoulders or outside my jacket to add interest when its blah outside.
This second one will be delightful now for those times when you enter those establishments that want to recreate the Arctic. I hate freezing in the summer!, I do enough of that from Nov till March.
She also included some stitch markers, a lovely bar of soap encased in its own wash... thing and a skein of yarn from project number 1.
Tomorrow I will post images of some of the yarn I bought in NY.
Until than all :)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Your probably thinking, its no longer Thursday.... I haven't been to bed yet so I declare its Thurs until I get some sleep.

This Thursday I am Thankful for....

Summer, which has finally made an appearance. While there is much to be said for how it arrived, I will take it 90 degrees humidity and all.

Kindness in strangers. There is still so much good in the world if you care to look for it.

My health.

The ability to see that my attitude is a direct result of my perspective and that my perspective greatly effects my attitude. Some people would change their lives if they could harness this process.

Happy Day All, see you tomorrow.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Two days in a row -- don't faint!

Well I suppose anyone can do something two days in a row huh?

I uploaded a few pictures which will be gracing you over the next few days as I am posting while working, so yes I cheated a little. Than again does pre-planning constitute cheating or being well prepared and knowing the subject (me)?

We are recently tieing up International Scarf Exchange 6 and while I hope to join ISE7 I hope that it doesn't start too soon as I was having trouble garnering interest in making a scarf when were headed to warm weather here. I didn't take any pics of mine that I sent off (wasn't that organized, you can see it here. I used a variation on January STR lace pattern. The yarn was Alpaca, so soft and wonderful!

In excahange, Crafty Bernie from England sent me this wonderful surprise.

Not one but TWO (2) pieces pieces of lace (individual pics to follow), Cool Postcards, a skein of yarn and a need soap holder/washrag.

I do enjoy these swaps.

Chat soon - Karrie

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

30 in 30 days....hummmmm

Leah just finished a 30 posts in 30 days challenge and while I have already fallen off (if you will) I think I am going to attempt this challenge.

Therefore, from June 2 until July 2, I'm going to give it a whirl. Some days might not be much or very coherent (12 hrs shifts you know), but we'll see what I can get accomplished.

So, check in, say hi, we'll see what the next month brings.


Monday, June 2, 2008

New York, New York

I am back from the Big Apple and had an excellent time. As of this post, I am still relaxed though the family is working to change this.

Finished a quilt top and purchased additional material (which I didn't need) and yarn (which I only think I need).

Pics will follow once I unpack the suitcase and find the camera.

Apologies to those I was unable to see - after 12 years away I had a hard time fitting things in. I never did get my NY pie, however the bagels never tasted soooooo good!!!

Later - Karrie

Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Pooh

Pooh, in this case, is my baby brother, who turns 39 May 27th.

Wanted to add a quick note as I realize that I have been very absent the last 6 weeks or so, about the time I went full-time I believe.

Remember the commercial of the women who sang "I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan, and never never let you forget your a man". She should be shot!

While I can fulfill all those roles, what a bag of crap. Yes I make as much as DH. And geeze thank you that I can than come home and do the grocery shopping, preparation, cleaning, mommy-ing, carting around to all the activities. And when that's all done, like I am awake enough for anything else!!!!!!

OK, enough ranting. Yes, I have a wee too much on my plate. Guess I could use a vacation.

OH WAIT! I'm heading out on VACATION!

Yes, it is about time for my long awaited Quilting Vacation Weekend with my GF. I am desperately in need and greatly looking forward. Am I packed, you asked. Um, no. I still have 2 days.

Actually I have been finishing up some embroidery projects for a friend along with working. One more 12 hour shift. I hope its a good one.

In knitting news.... I finished my scarf for ISE6 - no I didn't get pictures. Its hard enough getting a post done. I used alpaca in pinks and modified January's STR pattern to make a lace repeat. Turned out nice, hope my pal likes it.

Been working on some baby items - "One Skein" Baby Bolero. Really like the pattern - am finishing up my 3rd one.

Started my November 07 STR socks for Lissa. So far going well. Will be taking them to NY with me. Hummmmm that might not be the best idea. If they tell me I cannot bring my knitting on the plane, than I would have to abandon them. I'll have to rethink plane knitting..........

Other than that, we opened the camper early May and have been spending most weekends there. Enjoying the change.

Take care all - will check in when I'm back from NY

Happy Memorial Day -

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Checking in

I'm still here - life is spiraling out of control.

I seem unable to catch my breath, get caught up, or tell you what is next on my ever expanding list.

If you have found a way to freeze frame life please share the secret.

Until then, I have to retie my running shoes and catch up.


Project Update

While life might be out of control - My knitting continues - have finished (except felting) a purse for my BF, will post pic when felted. I'm trying to get all the knitting done so I can felt a bunch of stuff at one time.

Am currently finding off a pair of plain socks using the "needle bind-off" method - OH MY HEAVENS what a great bind off! Stretchy and easy -- a definite wonderful addition sure to appear on many future items!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

What era do you belong in?

Tripping thru my blog roll I saw this posted on Tracy's

Upon taking the 10 question quiz, I find that:

"You Belong in 1950 : You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

This was no surprise and if asked I would have said that's when I would have liked to live.

Anyways, to try for yourself: Year

Happy Day

Friday, April 18, 2008

A little bit of.....

This was listed on Amy's blog

If you can’t get rid of the skeleton[s] in your closet, embrace them!

I love it, because whoever doesn't have skeletons is lying. And the only way to let go of them is to accept and move on.

Happy Spring - Karrie

Monday, April 14, 2008

Thankful Thursday - For A Very Good Friend

This Thursday is dedicated to my friend Tiffany.

We have been friends now for over 10 years. Our friendship began the day I accosted her on the street (in front of my house) with a "don't our girls go to preschool together".

Our friendship has weathered blizzards to visit Walmart (what else are you to do on a snowy day with 4 kids)..... pea soup fog coming back from Shipshawana (that's in Indiana... I think), broken hearts (ours and the girls), 4 college degrees, vomiting children (that was a grocery store visit I would rather forget), and untold other "adventures".

Tiffany is a good sport and avid "along for the ride" type of gal. She doesn't knit but does tag along rather well. She has learned that knitty friends will knit for you if you buy the yarn and sometimes will even buy the yarn too (any excuse for yarn buying is a good excuse).

I have not convinced Tiff that she needs to knit ...... yet. I have high hopes that once she's finished with nursing school she will despair of filling all those extra hours and need to take up knitting. I keep making good arguments and she does enjoy feeling the wool.

Anyways, we had another yarn adventure today. I picked up some pink Lorna's Laces worsted weight for my ISE 6 pal. Some charcoal and maroon for a felted purse (for Tiff) and some pretty pink/green Panda for summer socks. I better get knitting!!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Catch Up

Well, I've been saying I would post about my yarn crawl and haven't gotten around to it. Not that I didn't have and ABSOLUTE BALL - but the idea of unpacking all that stuff, taking pics and than putting it all away again is blucky!

So, please pardon the absence of pics right now and I will reference when I get around to taking them.

The Yarn Crawl -- we had such a good time. I had way over planned (7 yarn shops) but I wanted to be completely prepared. We actually made 4 of them leaving the last 3 to do on another day as they are clustered together and closer than Lansing.

We started at Threadbear - OH MY what a store. Its housed in a non-discript strip mall but the inside is amazingly filled with yarn and fiber. Stephanie (who told me about it) has pics here. I purchased some beautiful beige/tan fiber to make Christmas presents (mittens with the fiber threaded into the knitting so its warm and furry on the inside) from this book. (are you impressed I finally have this linky thing down).

I also purchased sock yarn and yarn to make a felted bag for both my mom and s-i-l for Xmas. Have started the s-i-l bag, but am a little bored currently so I'm working on socks - no none that I was suppose to -- another pair out of yarn I received from Paula in our scavenger hunt exchange.

Anyways, then we went to the "Little Red Schoolhouse" (I think that's what it was called) - That will be permanently removed from the list - blah =(

On to Rae's Yarn Boutique. This was OK. Small store not a whole lot. Its cool though when you are coming down the street the State Capitol is directly in front of you. Anyways, near Rae's right by the RR tracks is a very cool restaurant - housed in the old train depot. Food was good.

From there we went to our last stop (and sorry I cannot recall the name currently... if your headed to Lansing let me know and I'll find it). Anyways, this was right down near the MSU dorms. What a cool place!!! -- It is small, but the owner dies her own fiber along with commericaly produced fiber. I purchased some cotton lace weight (700 yrd for $15) which I am working on a plain rectangular shaw and a couple of other cool skeins. I also saw kuivit (is that right?, buffalo fur) for the first time and at $60 a tiny skein that's the closest I will get to it let me tell you.

Anyways, fun time was had. Can't wait to go back once I refluff the coffers. Nice day trip with some excellent shopping opportunities.

On another note - drove by the new yarn store (no I am not a stalker... yet). They have no opening date posted, however, there were some bags with yarn skeins resting on some of the shelving. Definitely a positive sign.

Chat soon =) K

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Some Suggestions Needed

I have all these leftover bits of yarn from various projects (especially the sock variety) and I don't know what to do with them.

Danielle has made some very cute cupcakes, but then I would have to store them - not happening.

And I realize that I could combine the sock yarn with regular worsted weight and knit the two along together, but the sock yarn seems to get lost and doesn't show.

I also realize I could make patterned socks of different yarns -- but.... not excited.

So, any suggestions - yes I realize I'm being picky. However, many minds are better than one.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Thankful Thursday - a little late

In honor of my friend Tricia...

Thank You Father that Geoffrey's testing all came out positive.

If we take a moment and think about it -- we have so many things to be Thankful for.

Count your blessings, say a prayer and smile.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Happy Days All

Have you ever had those times where your just not motivated to.......

Yeah, well I'm there. Not depressed, just not motivated to do anything. Including post.

Work is beating the bejeevers out of me. I'm tired and ..... I don't know.

Anyways, Hello to all of you. I'm checking your blogs. Hopefully a sunny day here somewhere will inspire me.

I finally finished Josh's socks. Have to cast on Lissa's, got the new STR shipment to cast on, have my International Scarf Exchange 6 to cast on. Working on my first Christmas Gift for 08.
Bla bla bla......

Sending Smiling Sunshine even if I'm not feeling it.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Hello All

I apologize for being "away" for so long. Where was I you ask? No place special. Here, doing nothing. I haven't gotten my act together to post and I haven't had anything to write about. The kids have been on spring break the past week (ours was early this year).

I did recently hear from an old friend. Christopher and I have been friends since HS, Sophomore year. We've fallen out of touch the last 8 yrs or so (his wife didn't like me much). Met up with him this past week and boy did he look OLD! - I guess that means that I'm old too, huh. Anyways, it was really nice to reconnect (wife will soon be ancient history).

So that's the skinny. There is still snow on the ground, but the brown grass is starting to show through and I am hopeful that soon, soon we will see the end of white!

Sending WARM spring thoughts

P.S. Other Headline News (that I forgot to mention)

Attended a different church in the area for Easter and was very positive experience - looks like we might have found a new church home.

AND.... There is a new Yarn Store opening very very close. YIPEE - someplace to knit and find other knitters - I am SOOOOO excited!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Happy Days All

Wishing one an all a Happy Thrusday.

The Sun is Shinning
Its 50 degrees outside
The snow is melting
and Spring is looking more promising.

What could be better!

Pictures of new yarn you say... yes I know I promised a detailed yarn crawl account. I'm working on it. In place of pics and knitting I spring cleaned my sons room. That was enough (2 days work) to make me crabby and short on time. But its done so it should all be downhill from here right?

Happy Day All


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Pay It Forward

Back in Oct-ish I signed up with Amy for "Pay It Forward". Earlier this week this wonderful present arrived

Mittlits in a very pretty pink lace. Lace is something I haven't tackled yet (read a little intimidated) and really like.

Thank You Amy!
So, I put it out there. If you would like me to send something to you and you want to pay it forward by sending something on to 3 other people, let me know. You can comment your interest here and than e-mail me at "
In other news, my Tuesday yarn crawl (before the massive snowstorm) was fantastic. Check back for details and pics.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

MEME - 6 Unimportant Things

I was nominated on Trica's blog to Meme 6 unimportant things so...

  1. I am going on a yarn crawl with my GF Tiffany on Tuesday (stay tuned on that one).
  2. Tiff and I have been friends for 10 years and I still can never remember how to spell her name and usually screw it up.
  3. Lissa is now taking drivers ed. She drove for the first time - ever - with me on Thursday. Boy was that a white knuckle experience.
  4. I am a bit of a control freak. Yeah, Yeah stop laughing! - Anyways, this makes #3 even more nerve racking!
  5. I am seriously interested in moving out of MI once the kids graduate from HS - something I thought I would never, ever do.
  6. Every room in my house is in some state of redo. My DH never finishes a project. This really gets to me in Feb/March when I'm tired of looking at everything inside.

If interested tag yourself and let me know.


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I am out of sorts. Can't put my finger on what exactly the issue is, but something is just not right. Ever have those times?

I love my knitting, but I'm tired of knitting.

I am interested in sewing again (see bag addiction), but I can't get myself downstairs to sew.

My house is a disaster and yet I walk from room to room stating "what a mess" without doing anything about it.

Just can't put a name to my ..... melancholy? slump? disinterest?

What does this have to do with Thankful Thursday? Nothing

Thank you God...

for Sunshine
the promise of 40 degree days next week
friends that listen when I don't have anything to say
the gifts that you have bestowed on me that keep my hands busy

for the never ending promise of tomorrow.

Happy Thursday - Karrie

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday (a little late)

This weeks Thankful Thursday is dedicated to Paula, my "Scavenger Hunt Swap" upstream pal.

My package arrived Friday and I waited until Sunday when I was home to open it. First of all it came with kitty kat packaging tape - way cool.

When I opened it up WOW - it was soooo pretty inside that I just sat and knitted while looking down for about an hour enjoying how pretty it was! Than, wanting to enjoy it that much longer, I finally opened 1 item - the "Something Local".

This bag is beautiful!!! I was so enthused that after looking at how it was constructed (you can always tell a sewer, they check out construction). I than though of Tricia and that she would probably like it too. So I had to hop up right away and start my posting for the week.
(by the way, Paula has written out all the instructions, visit her at her blog
and look, I did the linky thingy TWICE)


So, today I am miserable (feeling icky) so I decided to make myself feel better by opening the rest of the box......oooohhhhhh

Paula sent me

  • * some short sock needles, which I've been eyeing to purchase myself.
  • * A cute "black sheep" tape measure, which I've wanted but won't buy myself (funny the things we will and won't purchase sometimes isn't it).
  • * Some of my favorite chocolate and the cutest "Green" choc frog.

*A really cute pair of "french fry" stitch markers (which I will take a pic of but I want to get this posted)

* And THIS beautiful skein of yarn. In Blue (imagine, me and blue) 450 beautiful yards of "Smooshy" goodness... I might be able to get 2 pair of summer socks out of it, we'll see.

Thank You Paula, you make my week!

So, in other news, since its taken me a week to get this up - finished ACLS class this weekend. One of those things required my job, but something that I really never use (I have a Dr. in the ER at all times, I will never do 90% of what they teach). So every time I have to recert (2 yrs) it is very stressful and it is only done on days... yes I was up at 6am 2 days in a row. I did pass, thank God - and I did repeatedly, and I have now taken my nap.

Chat soon all - btw, its teasing spring - 40 degrees and sunny.


Sunday, February 17, 2008


7 things about me......

1. I was married at 19 to someone 25 yrs my senior who I consider my soul mate. I loved him when I married him and when I divorced him. I still do.

2. We watch M*A*S*H everyday. Have it on VHS and DVD and can recite most of the dialouge.

3. I don't miss not having cable tv - at all.

4. I have lived in Norfolk, VA, Long Island, NY and Michigan (born and raised). When my children graduate, I'm ready to move again.

5. Other than 2 brief periods of depression - I am an eternal optimist.

6. Since babies I have told my children I love you more than the stars in the sky and the fishies in the ocean minus one (God is first).

7. I would rather work an extra day and hire a maid than have to clean the house.

OK, if interested tag yourself ;) K

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Spring is Just 37 days away by the calendar - what better to be thankful for?

So, I owe you all a post of what I've been up to.

Well for starters I've been making some stitch markers. I found markers were very necessary when making the BSJ by EZ.

This is a pair of socks done by request. Lorna's Laces, Denim - really liked the striping. Tried a 3 x 1 ribbing on the top of the foot and plain stockinette on bottom, short row toe and heal.

Not sure how these pics are going to fall, so you will just have to follow along. I actually worked on some sewing lately (a very small amount) and finnished this valentine hanging PRIOR to Valentines Day!

The sweater is my first ever! I found a quick crochet pattern which wasn't too bad. The only problem is that I forgot that while I knit pretty true to guage I don't crochet anywhere close to guage. Outtake is this is too small for me, but does fit my daughter nicely... not that she'd ever be caught in it. I am encouraged though to try another sweater here in the near future

Lastly, my January STR in Dragon Dance. This is what got me started on the whole "Puff" thing. Puff was the special word inside my ball band. These started out for Josh, but his feet are now mans feet so I will shortly be starting another yarn in this pattern. I told him that the pattern was of dragon scales, a very manly thing instead of the lace it truely is. He's happy!

And if there are misspellings, I apologize... I figured out the linky thing and somehow disabeled my spell check.

Happy Spring Thoughts - Karrie

Monday, February 4, 2008

bits and pieces

Lissa's current beau has this on his myspace -- it's about God holding it all together.

(I finally got the linky thingy to work!!!)

I found it extremely interesting and moving.

In other news, I was offered full time today. It's been 11 years since I've "officially" worked full time. So as of April, I will be adding one day to my schedule (going to 6/14 instead of 5/14).

I'm off again as of Thurs, so check back for FO's and pics towards end of the week.

Happy Spring Thoughts

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Happy Birthday Mom!

I have finished up a number of projects in the past week. I was going to post today about them, but I decided to put that off to another day.

I decided to cast on January STR shipment which is "Dragon Dance". As I was winding the color way, I decided that I would knit this for my son. Joshua loves reds, has a thing about dragons and January is his birthday.

In curiosity I checked the ball band for the associated word they print inside. Mine is Puff.

Do you remember Puff? "Puff The Magic Dragon" was popular when I was just a small child and I absolutely love the song!

So, I sat down and checked YouTube. Sure enough, its there. So I wandered down memory lane, actually cried myself down memory lane.

So, Thankful Thursday is dedicated to childhood, the subsequent loss thereof and everything that falls in between. Appropriate for my little man who is teetering on the brink.


(p.s. I tried the little linky thingy... no luck yet - K)

Monday, January 28, 2008

You Make My Day

A few days back Hanna from Hasbu's hideaway (Carrie, I will figure this out yet) nominated me for You Make My Day.

Thank You Hanna

I appreciate all those that I do visit (and you know who you are cause I comment, frequently). I enjoy all your postings and checking in with my "friends". I appreciate those that I've gotten to know better, and those that are across the pond (Hanna / Elf) that otherwise I would never have encountered.

I appreciate the times you all let me whine. The advice and suggestions given. The support that comes without fear of derision. A group of cheerleaders that I can check in with anytime, anywhere.

So to all of you my blog buddies - "You Make My Day"


Thursday, January 24, 2008

A Little Of This And That & Thankful Thursday

In my past post (3 down) I was asked about the miniature socks I was making.

Pattern is a combination of one that comes with the Sock Blocker Key Chain with a short row heel added.

Cast on 16 stitches in round
Work 5/6 or your choice rows of ribbing
Change to stockinette and work leg to desired length
Work 1/2 stitches (8) for short-row-heel
Continue in round until foot desired length
Decrease for toe
Bind Off

Basic pattern. If you require more info -- let me know.

I was also talking about making a Yarn Themed Christmas Tree next year. If you are a Rockin Socker, we received those tiny little yarn skeins "emergency" yarn. Wouldn't they be cute also on a tree as an ornament? So, for next Christmas I plan on gathering my little skeins, knitting miniature socks and hopefully miniature sweaters.

(I apologize to whomever I got the miniature sweater idea from. I tried to trace back and find your post so I could link to you but I couldn't find it. Please accept my apologies and if you let me know whose blog I saw the miniature sweaters in, I will link. Thank you)

By-the-by if someone could instruct me on how to hide an address when I link, that would be appreciated.

Oh, and is there any sheep/fiber festival in the Michigan/Ohio area that anyone knows of coming up?

On the Thankful Side...... the sun is shining, and January is almost over. Spring is only 2 months away!!

Happy Thursday - Karrie

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Scavernger Hunt Questionaire

1) Do you knit, crochet or both? How long have you been doing it?

Now Both. My grandma taught me to crochet when I was little, which my mother reinforced. Grandma provided many gifts over the years that I still cherish.

Two years ago I read "A Good Yarn" and "A Shop on Blossom Street" by Debbie McComber and I HAD to learn to knit socks. Two years later I am an avid knitter who's other love (quilting) has dropped by the wayside.

2) What is on your needles/hook right now?

EZ Baby Surprise Jacket - currently just one thing as I completed all "hanging out" projects for Xmas and haven't had a chance to refill the bags/needles with projects. One of the top things on my to do list.

3) What is the most frequently used tool in your knitting bag?

Tape Measure.

4) What are your 3 favorite yarns (fiber type or brand)? What are your 3 least favorite?

Favs - Wool ! - Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Soft! ???? I really haven't used much else to "Love" it

Not So Much :( .... 100% Acrylic .... Scratchy .....

5) What is your favorite color?


6) If you had a 5 minute shopping spree in your LYS, how would you plan your attack?

Sock Yarn, bulky's

7) What is your favorite FO and why? (post a pic if you have it!)

Wow... fav FO... I can't think of anything that just GRABS me, but I love my socks.

8) What are your favorite things to knit/crochet?

Socks and "quick knits" I like the feeling of satisfaction of finishing a project. I have not knit a sweater cause it takes to long (ok, yet). And what's better than hand-knit socks?

9) Do you collect anything?

Not much, I don't like to dust. I have the entire collection of Jude Deveraux books & August Moon Collectibles.

10) What are your five favorite things (not necessarily knitting related)?

1. My Children; 2. Sock yarn; 3. Bags to carry my yarn; 4.

11) Are you on Ravelry? What is your ID?


12) Do you drink tea/coffee/cocoa?

Tea preferably. Than cocoa

13) Favorite Sweets?

Lindalt Milk Choc Truffels

14) Any allergies?


15) Do you have pets? kids?

1 Dog

2 Birds

3 Cats

2 Children (14, 11)

1 Husband

Too Many! (of which depends on the day)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Thankful Thursday (a little late)

This week I am thanking God for all the ways he uses us to bless other people.

It was one year ago this week that God ...

made me a little late for work
made a springtime January day
encouraged me to park a little further out in the parking lot
encouraged me to smile at the lady sitting in her van
used me to take the little baby
used me to delivery her safely
gave baby a chance at a wonderful life
gave 2 childless people the wish of their hearts.

Here's to all the ways God uses us to bless other people.


Monday, January 14, 2008

Happy 2008

And a right good one its going to be too.

I woke up Monday morning and as I was laying there thought that if I still had that 2nd job I would be getting to go in and that extra $200 would come in really handy right now to pay for Lissa's drivers training (yes, driver's training... but we'll discuss that another day) and as I lay there I got this upset knotted stomache at the thought. That was confirmation enough that I made the right decision by quitting. I love being free of that albatross.

The last couple of days are the first ones that I have had off this new year without children, thus why I'm just now getting around to a holiday review and knitting update.

My biggest resolution for the New Year was more of a revelation. Currently in MI there are only 2 grocery stores at which to shop. Kroger and Meijer. I have shopped so long at M that I can't find anything at K and they are much higher priced. However, M's customer service has going to the toliet. This has been getting my goat for some time now. I made a concious decision that since M wasn't going to change and I didn't like K that MY ATTITUDE had to change and what a difference it made.

I applied this same perspective to the "In-Law Holiday Gathering". Those elements that irritated the bajeevers out of me, I tried to remove. I provided all the food and drink and made it an open house so they were free to arrive whenever and I wasn't waiting on them for any part of the meal. Ended up being a very nice day, all things considered.

So, I am resolving to not let things in life that I have no control over get to me. That it is up to me to change my attitude towards the situation and thus move forward. No one cares how I feel about this or that and if I don't have the power to change the situation than I do have the power to change how I respond and feel about it. Once changed, the whatever doesn't have any power anymore. I'll let you know how this works throughout the year.... and feel free to remind me when I'm crabbing about something.

Christmas did me in for awhile on my sock knitting. I have several pairs I need to work on but I had interst in nothing that was time consuming. So I've knitting up a 1/2 dozen so far of these cuties. I'm hoping to have a tree next year with a knitting theme, even if its just a little one. One of the blogs I visit (please forgive me, I can't remember which one right now) had some miniture sweaters and provided me with the link. I'm hoping to add a few to this new tree as well.

Before Christmas I had purchased yarn to make myself a hat and mittens for the early mornings I'm leaving work and don't care about what it does to my hair. I've finnished the hat and one mitten. Hopefully will have a 2nd done here before March.

I also purchased EZ "Baby Surprise Jacket" pattern and yarn. I found out at xmas that a cousin-in-law is having their first baby in April so that was slated for them. I have a baby outfit in light green (pants/top) that I don't like the way the top came out at all. I had started a 2nd pair of pants (same pattern) but didn't want to repeat the icky top. So... I'm pairing the BSJ green and beige with the 2nd pants (which are 1/2 done).

The kit came with yarn that is somewhat scratchy (green and grey). One of my co-workers is due in February so I thought I would use it for her. If she doesn't use it I'll never know if she washes it and it shrinks I'll never know that either so its a perfect fit. BSJ #2 is 3/4 done - hoping to have it finnished before I go back to work Thursday. I know you've heard this before, but I absolutely LOVE this pattern. It is so quick and cute and makes the nicest jacket. So I am going to tear out the top to light green pants/top and mix the light green with some varigated baby yarn to make jacket #3. That one is in the wings.

I am also making a real effort to get back to my quilting this year. Yes I quilt too. I know you haven't heard much about that, but I do. I currently have 2 Block of the Months that need to be finnished (have finnishing kits). Another BOM that I need to finnish the blocks on, join, quilt that I know who I want to give it to. My Graduation Quilt (what I bought with grad money so I have something to show for it. Right now I have 10 squares, 2 patterned squares and a finnishing kit). I'm going to start small though and try to get a couple of small wall hangings done for the time being.

And finally I've joined another swap. The Knitting Scavenger Hunt is my first swap of the year. I really enjoyed ISE 5 so I've been looking for another to join. So, you'll be seeing posts for this shortly. If anyone is interested, International Scarf Exchange 6 will be opening in the beginning of February.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Hello To All My Friends!

I feel like I've been gone an eternity, though I haven't gone anywhere. Between the kids being home (absolutely loved it but we were all ready to return to a schedule) and work being wacky because of the holidays, I feel very disjointed.

I would like to take the time to post a nice long update with photos... but I'm suppose to be sleeping as I have to work again tonight. Than Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are packed so it will probably be next week before I have time to say much more.

I am hoping that I will catch up with life again here soon (do I say that in every post, sure feels like it). I have been knitting.... just finished a Baby Surprise Jacket which I absolutely love both the finished item and the pattern! I have been listening to Knit Pics Podcasts (got an IPod for xmas) and want to purchase a bunch of books now. I need to find the time to get a project together (yarn, pattern, needles) so that I can start on something else, but can't find that time either... UGH!!!

So, here's hoping your finding your balance. Chat Soon K