Monday, April 30, 2007

Just can't help it.

I have the 10 minute tank on the needles. A block for a baby blanket, the Jacqueline headband from sleepy Eyes Knitting and now the gusset for the tote' em bag. The chain cast on did take some figuring out. Screwed it up several times, could not seem to find good enough instructions on line. Between my copy of the Knitting Answer Book and a few tutorials I managed to learn how to do a chain cast on. Before I could even start, I spent almost an hour looking for the one page of the pattern that was lost. It had the instructions for the gusset. Eli woke up all stopped up and coughing, so I am still up. He is fixed up in the recliner with a pillow and blanket watching Scooby Doo and the Loch Ness Monster. He fell asleep at 7:45 while I was at the grocery, so I am not surprised that he is up.

I now have to decide what to take with me to knitting tonight. I don't want to bring the "big" knitting bag, but I just might have to. Olivia is going with me so the rest of the Sunergo's Knitters can see the headband. I bought a bamboo/cotton blend for the Jacqueline. Zoe will love it, the color is fuchsia. Her favorite color is the spectrum of pink. I have come across something really strange. I have tried
several different places to find a clicking counter and everyone is out. When I do do find one it will be duct taped to my hand. The first one disappeared. I am almost positive that a child absconded with it because of the cool clicking sound.
Seeing that it is now 2:00 am, I better try to get some sleep. I have 15 more mornings of trying to get the two of them to school on time. Next year could be even tougher. I will have to get three ready for school.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Olivia wearing the Amanda Headband

I had to cut the photo shoot short. It was bed time and she modeled it like a belt, around her head like the hippies use to wear and as a scarf then in her hair.
She plans to wear it to school tomorrow with a pretty blue shirt. I will certainly knit this again.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Finally some knitting

Gina this is for you. The Amanda Radiance Lace Headband is being blocked. If you click on the link the pattern is on the right.It was altered slightly to fit Olivia's head. I made it a little more narrow and just a few inches shorter. I am working on the beaded fringe now and it will be ready for her to wear Sunday. Here is a close up of the lace pattern. Sorry about the hideous towel underneath. That is a beach towel from a Myrtle Beach trip 15 years ago. Yes, I have a 15 year old towel. Maybe a few of them. The oldest towel I own is a James Dean beach towel I bought about 20 years ago. So now you know a dirty little secret. I have some very very very old towels and we still use them.

I bought yarn. I know I know everybody buys yarn. But I bought yarn for the Tote'Em bag from Knitter's Magazine FALL 2006. I saw one over at Sleepy Eyes Knitting and one at Hello Jackie I just love this bag. I will not cast on until I have finished three things waiting in the wings. Repeat with me I will not cast on I will not cast on. Do you think this will work? What if I start with the 408 rows of garter stitch? Hmm.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I was thinking just a little while ago about the previous post. Would they be considered drunken sailors? It's not the ocean they were sailing. They were mostly on steamboats or river barges. What did Mark Twain call them? I don't know I will have to think about that.

In my neighborhood...Just down the street and take a left

The Howard Steamboat Museum
I was in the History Club in middle school, I know so were the other geeks. But it was really lots of fun. We took a special tour through the museum. The museum was a stop on the underground railroad. There is a tunnel from the cellar of the mansion that leads to the bank of the Ohio river. In the cellar there are also a few jail cells that usually held drunken sailors. It is a great place to take older kids that know to "look with your eyes not your hands"

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

What's on your fridge?

I saw this today while reading Amanda in NH
I had to take a close up so you could see who graces the front of my fridge.

Hi Kinberger family!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Here is a little more info..

Thunder Over Louisville
We had wonderful weather all day Saturday. My parents brought my nephew Trey over and they spent the day hanging out. My brother Jason, his fiancee Becca and her son JT also spent the day with us. We grilled out, kids jumped and we watched planes fly over. When it got dark we walked down by the river and watched the fireworks.
Next Wednesday they will have The Great Steam Boat Race and Thursday the Derby Parade. All of this is leading up to the Kentucky Derby on May 5th.

Friday, April 20, 2007

A table with a view

will cost you a pretty penny. There are three well known restaurants with a front row seat for the air show and fire works. If you would like to spend the day at Kingfish it will cost several hundred dollars for a table of four. The same set up can be found next door at Buckhead Mountain Grill and Rocky's Italian Grill,a local favorite.

These are just a few of the many port a jons that are placed up and down the river. A few years ago some one had the bright idea to call them Thunder Pots.

Big plans for the weekend

Alex has found the world of Webkinzs and I may never get my computer back. He has been playing for days now and if your friends have webkinzs then you'll can chat together. It is interesting but I can see it becoming an obsession. Tomorrow marks the beginning of Derby festival. Thunder over Louisville is a huge airshow and then one of the biggest fireworks show in the country. Thousands and thousands of people come to see Thunder Over Louisville. There are signs like the one above all over down town Jeff.It is insanity. One of the two bridges that connects Jeffersonville to Louisville, KY will be closed starting this evening and all day tomorrow. The fireworks are launched from the bridge. Traffic is stopped on the surrounding expressways and the other bridge during the fireworks. Traffic is so bad after the fireworks that a normally 15 minute drive will take almost an hour. Don't even think about trying to go across to Louisville.The Ohio river is over flood stage so some of the prime viewing areas are not available. We are so close to the bridge that we can see all of the high fireworks from our yard. The jets that fly over the river during the airshow, turn north to head back and pass right over our house. They have started practicing today. The jets fly very low, Hutch is scared to death of the noise. We are homebase for the family tomorrow.
They will park here and walk down to the river. We are going to grill out, have beer and ice cream and cake. John will be 42 on Saturday. Sounds kinda of strange to say that I am married to a 42 year old man. I tell him every year, that this may be the year that he becomes too old for me.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Where oh where is Spring?

Where oh where can you be? I am so ready to... Ok I will get back to Spring in a minute. Do any of you have a dog that you can't wear shoes around? It can be any kind of shoes, crocs, tennis shoes or sandals. As soon as Hutch sees me in shoes he follows behind me nibbling at my pant legs and shoes. I tell him "no bite" and he will stop for a minute. I know why he does it, he wants to make sure he does not get left behind. Mom + shoes = go in car. Just a moment ago I went down the hall, with him on my heels, and took my shoes off and put them away. He looked at the shoes, then me and back at the shoes again. I was able to walk down the hall sans dog.
This is the hail we got just a few days ago.
Now back to Spring. I am so ready for this weather to pick something and stay that way. Back in March we had the AC on for a few days. Mid April we are turning the heat up and having frost advisories. The kids are stuck inside and getting on everyone's nerves! Olivia and Eli have one or two pairs of pants that fit. Soon they're going to have to wear shorts no matter how cold. John has to dress up like the little boy in the movie A Christmas Story, to ride the motorcycle to work.
Then there are my azaleas. My very favorite next to roses I look forward to these blooming every spring. They are more than just flowers to me. I have been coming to this house since I was about 4 years old. Enjoyed countless Thanksgivings, Easters and Christmases. We live in my grandparent's house. We bought it from them in June of 1998. My grandfather died that November. My grandmother died two years ago on the 16th of this month. This house is my grandparents. The azaleas are my grandpa. He spent more years than I can remember grooming the purple ones. There are about 5 bushes next to each other, he cut and trimmed them into one long hedge. People have stopped and asked about it, in full bloom it is beautiful. It makes me terribly sad to see them this way.

Your Vocabulary Score: A

Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

See, I knew some one had thought about this..

To see an incredibly long list of knitting on TV,movies and books take a look here

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The knitmaster 3000

Alex wanted y'all to
see what the (that is the hair from the tub drain going in)
Knitmaster 3000 looked like and there you have the freshly knitted night cap.

What have you been thinking about today?

Things I think about. In no particular order, my kids, knitting, my dog, hubby, will my windshield wipers ever stop coming on just because I used the turn signal. I imagine myself ripping the turn signal arm off and throwing it out the window. My 4 slice bagel sized toaster bit the dust Monday. Eli was very worried about how he was going to get the blueberry bagel with cream cheese that was for his first breakfast. Not to be confused with second breakfast or some days third breakfast. I broiled it in the oven. Gotta stay right with it or it burns to a crisp.
Is the laundry fairy ever coming to my house?
Will I make it through, or will the light turn red?
Is it really empty, or can I go 5 more miles?
I know someone out there has thought of this before but I was thinking today about knitting, knitting portrayed on TV, movies and in some books. I came up with MASH, Hawkeye and Hotlips. She started with a scarf that became a
sweater then an afghan. On Clifford's puppy days Nina knit a sweater for her dog Jorge. Then her abuela says she will teach her and Emily Elizabeth to knit. Another abuela knits on the show Maya & Miguel. Everyone but me saw the knitting episode on Gilmore Girls. Can't forget Gray's Anatomy. In the movie Hoodwinked Red's grandma knits. Wallace and Grommit
Veggie Tales: Larry Boy and the Angry Eyebrows has to be the cutest portrayal of knitting without ever seeing a needle. The Knitmaster 3000 is invented, it recycles the hair that collects in your bath tub drain and turns it into a freshly knitted night cap. In the children's book by Mercer Mayer Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo. Prof. Wormbog knits a very long stocking while waiting in a tree hoping to catch the elusive Zipperump-a-Zoo. I know there has to be more but that is all for now. Maybe I will have some actual knitting content in the next day or two.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Some knitting and some life

The hat is finished and it was a lot of fun to knit. It is in two shades of purple. I will have to make this again, in the round tho.

It has been a very long week and I am glad that it is over. But know we have Easter. Nothing wrong with Easter just makes for a busy weekend. The wind keeps blowing the sheets off of my azalea bushes. They had just started blooming. It is trying to snow out there right now. So any outdoor activities will not be much fun.
Just last weekend the kids were complaining about how hot it was at t-ball practice.

These two are just too cool for t-ball!
Eli is having a great time playing t-ball. There was some confusion in the beginning because both coaches put Eli on their team. After some discussion, Eli was put on the team with his cousins.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Mother Nature decided I wasn't going

knitting tonight. Some severe storms came through early this evening. A town about 25 miles north had tornadoes and hail. Some other areas also had hail. Baseball, tennis ball and golf ball sized hail. Nothing really serious happened in my little corner of Southern Indiana. We had strong winds and lots of rain. I have been working on a test pattern for Kathy. She is getting ready to use the pattern in her next class. I have been having lots of fun with it. Should be finished tomorrow afternoon. We are planning a knitting makeup day tomorrow evening. Hopefully Mother Nature got it out of her system tonight.

Monday, April 2, 2007

I forgot

to mention that the pictures are courtesy of Holly. I wanted to make sure everything was ready when it was time to leave. Saturday night I put the batteries in the charger so they would be all ready. I got them out Sunday morning and finished getting ready. Can you see where this is going?? I walked into the alpaca show camera in hand.....and nothing it did not come on. I slowly, with much trepidation opened the battery door to see (you know what is coming) no batteries. After charging them up, they somehow some way never made it into the camera. I was so pissed. I whined and complained. I wanted some damn batteries. Holly put up with me and my whining and shared her pictures. Thanks Holly!

Sunday, April 1, 2007

I want one......Please!

I spent the morning with Holly. Wanna know where we went. Come on I know you do. We walked around oohing and aahing, petting and touching the softest, sweetest creatures. You saw the pictures, but I bet you guessed alpacas. This was my first alpaca show and it was wonderful. Holly has been to quite a few and said this one was on the small side. We saw alpacas from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Michigan.
Looks like Holly found true love
We debated as to whether we should take the picture of the newly shorn guy. I think he knew he was naked.

They made the neatest little sounds, like humming. I watched, the sound is a nasal thing. Oh and a couple of them must have been allergic to themselves. I saw some sneezing going on. A day of the show sale price was $1000. Some of the others were $2000, $4000 and $8000. A real beauty that was a blue ribbon winner was $16,800.
I have it all planned out. Holly, Tabitha, Stacy and I and maybe Lora can go in on one of the $2000 guys. That would be about $400 a piece. Stacy has moved out in the country so he could live there. Holly and soon Tabitha, can spin it for us. Then next year we can get a girl, and before we know it, we'll have our own little herd. Ya, that's the ticket. It could happen!