Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Everything is on hold.....

all works in progress are on hold. I haven't felt much like knitting the past two days.

Yesterday at 6 am I got a call from my Sister in Law. Her husband is in the Army, special forces. You know, the kind of soldier that goes on a mission but can't tell you where he is or what he was doing.....Well anyway he has been deployed to Iraq, and he was shot. Not a fatal wound but a serious one nevertheless.

For the past two days my sister in law has been playing where in the world is my husband with the Army. Right now he is in Germany, and soon he will be on his way to Walter Reed. He is in intensive care and on a ventilator, the bullet when through his lung and collapsed it. It entered his back and exited his neck.

I wish that there was something I could do for my SIL. She is going crazy in NC, and we are here in Ca. My Mother in Law is going to fly out there, and I hope she get some comfort knowing that if I could just up and leave I would.

They have two young daughters who are taking it well. Their youngest is so sweet. She just wanted to know if Daddy has a big hole in him or a small one. When Becky told her just two small ones she said "Oh then that's OK"

She has asked me to knit something for her so all my WIP are going to be put aside. What to make her is the next question. She really has no use for wool in NC. maybe cotton socks? I don't see her in a shawl.....Maybe a bag....

I have another friend in Iraq as well, and after emailing him and asking him to be careful, he tells me how they exchange fire with the resisters everyday...great.

By nature I am a worrier......I can't even imagine what the mothers and spouses of our deployed troops feel like. They are much stronger than me!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

We have a winner!!

Emy guessed 15 inches. She was the closest, we had 18 inches. Since then we have had about another 18....I am so sick of snow. Just this morning I was out clearing the driveway again. I talked to my Aunt in upstate NY and they have NO SNOW on the ground. Don't you think there is something wrong with that picture?

I have not really been knitting. My wonderful husband got me a laptop computer, something that I have been wanting for years. Being able to take it with me when I go do genealogy research will be so helpful! Now if only I could get a small portable scanner..... :-)
Most nights I have been playing with it...and not knitting. I did pick up my knitting again yesterday. Relaxing and knitting really helps when you have something that oh want to take your mind off of.

I got my first STR club package yesterday. I didn't really like the color at first but it is really growing on me. I think with a pair of tan pants it will look really nice. I do love the pattern, it's just beautiful.

Sorry no pictures but I don't really have anything to show! I have to go pop a chicken in the oven for dinner...I am making Chicken 'al La King, one of the kids fav meals.

Friday, March 10, 2006

There is still time.....

Go ahead and enter my contest!

Read about it in the March 4th entry, and then email me at knitwitmomma AT earthlink DOT net

No one has guessed correctly, but someone is close!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Star is a Shining!

I have finished the shining star hat for James. It's a little big, but that's good, he will be able to wear it next year too. Katie was my model..James was not in the mood.

I am really unhappy with the cast off edge. It just doesn't look as "neat" as I think it should.

This is the closest that I could get to the color of the yarn.....

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Here you can see the star.

I really loved this pattern. It was a fun and fast knit. The yarn, Aurora 8, is a dream to work with. Next to the skin soft and 100% merino wool. I would love a sweater out of it!
The Embossed Leaves socks are coming along nicely. I can't wait for them to be done. I on the other hand, am down for the count. I have an ear infection! First one that I have ever had and boy it hurts. I hope to feel better tomorrow. The doc gave me some wonderful antibiotics to knock it out of me. I actually put the chains on the van and drove to the Doc in a snow storm. Now you know I'm in pain if I drove on the white stuff. We get a break tomorrow and then it's snow Thurs, Fri, and Sat. Isn't spring almost here?
And because you didn't get a James shot...here he is.

Wait you want to see my other child???

Yes I had to crop the photo.....I am sure you can figure out why. Good thing it is warm in the house.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Come on a Field Trip!

Come in and enjoy my snow covered backyard....

The view from my sliding door onto the deck.

Looking down the deck toward the garage door and the steps down to the yard.

Looking over the deck at the yard.

The snow was just too deep to be wakling down there for some close up shots!

....and for good measure,the beautiful sky in the front yard!

Thanks for thinking of this Becky!!!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Socks, Snow, and a Contest

Last month I had my one year blogaversary! I didn't even know that it was coming up. I started the blog on Feb 23rd last year, when James was only 2 weeks old. What was I thinking?
He slept much more then, and I had more time for knitting and blogging. Now I try and find time each day, but it doesn't always work.

So in honor of my one year of blogging I am going to have a little contest. The winner will get a spring goody box. Once I know the winner, I will put together a box, that way I can customize it for them.

Here is the question:

How many inches of snow did we get over the past 2 days?

And as a tie breaker: How many times have I shoveled the driveway in the past 2 days?

Please email your answers to: knitwitmomma AT earthlink DOT net
I'll give ya'll until next Saturday to guess.

And before you ask, no I will NOT tell you exactly where I live (that's the fun of it) just that I live on the west slope of the Sierra's :-) (no fair guessing Catherine)

(as I was typing this I heard a loud noise outside...like a lawn mower. The man from two houses down was snowblowing my driveway.... I LOVE this neighborhood, people are very friendly!)

On To Knitting

I started the Embossed Leaves socks in the winter IK. I have to say that I am loving this pattern. It seems to be going really fast. This picture was taken yesterday and I am one and a half repeats further. The white specks.....snow of course.

These socks will be for me. I have not yet made socks that I have kept, and I only have 2 pairs of handmade wool ones from my Mom. I need more snow shoveling socks! I am using KnitPicks Essentials sock yarn. I will not be knitting with it again. I am missing the feel of Lorna's Lace, so I used my Jimmy Beans credit and ordered some.

I have been itching to make something lacy. I have plenty of lace weight yarn in my stash, I just need a pattern. I have been eyeing a two Fiddlesticks pattern's, I have a beautiful pink lace yarn that Catherine gave me as a Chirstmas present that would be a perfect scarf to go with my black wool coat!

I am also planning on knitting a square for the Comforting Jef blanket. Christine, of Knitting on Trial's, brother is battling a recurring brain tumor and has asked for blue 8X8 squares. She will be accepting them until the 24th, and the will give her brother the blanket at the end of the month. I too have a brother named Jeff who, thank God, is happy and healthy. So it will be off to the the yarn store tomorrow to find some beautiful Blue for Jef.

That is really all I have been knitting. The crud is going around and all 3 children were sick. Of course I then got it and it's even been passed on to my Dad. Greg never got it. Figures huh?

Tomorrow I will be joining in on Knitting Interrupted's Back Yard Field Trip! Check it out, looks like it will be so fun. Although I won't have too many pictures, the snows too deep to be in the yard taking pictures! (hint hint)

Friday, March 03, 2006

So what do you think?

What do you think of the new design? Yes...No...too busy?

A real post tomorrow including pictures!
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