Sunday, January 27, 2008

How much can you knit......

in line at Disneyland??!!

A scarf out of cotton fabric strips which is quite pretty, but not soft or warm. I think one out of fleece would be a lot nicer - I put it on the list of things to try out after dh's sweater is complete.
A feather and fan dishcloth - cotton stripes

A hat to match ds #2's sweater. He wears it for all of 2 seconds before he takes it off letting me know that his head is "TOO HOT!".

A hat for dd#2. Now dd#1 wants one just like it.
I discovered a couple of things while knitting in line at Disneyland.
One - I have previously found Disneyland to be lots of fun but very, very tiring. I realize that standing around doing absolutely nothing just drains the energy right out of me. I stood in line knitting and playing word games with the kids and we had a blast.
Two - lots of people were very curious about what I was doing and not in a bad way. They kept asking what I was making and on more than one occasion someone would say they were going to bring their knitting the next time they visited Disneyland! HAH! Knitter's unite :o)
Three - I must get better at using my dpns. I could totally have knit at least a sock and a half while in line.
Four - I need lots of sleep. Even though we stayed at the park until closing (midnight) on most nights, we wound up sleeping in until 7:30 or 8 each morning and did not get to the park until 9:30 or 10. That meant we (read I) was getting between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night and it felt GREAT! I had tons more patience with the kids and just generally a better outlook. SO....while I generally do not make New Year's resolutions I decided to get more sleep this year on a daily basis.
So far I am doing well with this, but sleep is cutting into my knitting time is a big way. I used to knit in the evenings after the kids go to bed-sometimes for hours. I still do knit after the kids go to bed, but in order to get the sleep I am trying to get, knitting time has been cut to about 30-45 minutes. Now to learn to knit in my sleep - that would be the cat's meow! :o)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Back from the holiday madness!!

The holidays were a great time!! The kids had 2 weeks off from school-the first week was spent with family. LOTS of family. EVERYDAY. It was totally fun & great. We went on lots of day trips and also just hung out here at the house. The 2nd week we went to Disneyland with friends and that was also fun. Our family loves Disneyland (including the parental units) and I find it kind of relaxing to just walk around, play games in line and have no set schedule - just following the kids' lead.

The holiday knitting did get done. Lots of late night and early morning knitting :o). But I give you a:

hat for DD#3

a hat for DS#1
a sweater for DS#2

gotta love these buttons!! He does.

The piano scarf disaster for DD#1. This scarf I wound up knitting 100 rows a night at the very end down to the wire. It looked great when it was finished - the white was very white against the black; however the edges were curling so I decided to block it. I put it in a bowl of cold water and left it unattended for about 15 minutes. When I came back the water in the bowl was a muddy brown and the white of the scarf was no longer white - it was a tea brown color, but not an even brown color - it was splotchy. The keys did not stand up anymore, and it smelled AWFUL (I guess wet wool does that). I laid it out on our bed and left for the day in a decidedly downcast mood. The scarf dried and the keys stood back up again. It was still off color, but DH said that DD wouldn't know what the scarf was "supposed" to look like and that I should still give it to her. I gave it to her, but I could tell that she was not thrilled. I'm not sure what I did wrong and I haven't asked anyone yet, the dissapointment is still too fresh.

DD#2 closeup of her t-shirt. I love this yarn and the pattern

The T-shirt. She loves it and has worn it over and over again already. It has been washed (in the washing machine) and hung to dry several times and still looks the same as it did when it came off the needles. Gotta LOVE that!

DH's sweater did not make it to the finish line-but his birthday is in March-AHH another deadline :o).