J is for…

Just Asking. Or the way Goozle says it “juss askin”
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Apparently Goozle picked up this phrase from me, but he uses it wrong. If I catch him doing something naughty, he tells me he’s Just Asking. I try to explain to him that he’s not Just Asking, he’s actually doing. I should know by now that 2 year olds are always right.
The other phrase he’s been (over)using this week is “Good Idea”. Everything is a good idea. Today he did have a good idea. He wanted me to take a picture of his blue truck.
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Then he wanted me to take a picture of his race car.
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Then he thought I should get a picture of the race car’s mouth.
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I don’t know why people make such a big deal out of boys playing with dolls. Goozle plays with his cars like dolls. He cleans them and tells them not to crash into each other. He even made them a house garage:
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And he insisted he read the car book while he slept. Seriously, this is how he fell asleep:
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I figured out how to make WordPress e-mail me when people leave comments, so now I can write back individually. I always wondered how other people did that. I was also thinking about the killer bunny from Monty Python! It was just a baby bunny, too.
I will have more knitting news tomorrow (yes, tomorrow) when I will have some impressive knitting progress to show. To quote Goozle again, “I’m so ‘cited!”

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June 12, 2008 at 9:28 am 3 comments

Keeping Cool in Summer Dishcloth Exchange

I joined a swap!  This questionnaire is a little late.  Sorry!

Please post to your blog no later than the end of registration June 6th!

1. Do you Knit or Crochet? For how long? I knit and try to crochet.  I have been knitting for about 2.5 years and trying to crochet for a couple months.

2. Do you enjoy using metal, wooden, or some other kind of needle\hook?  Doesn’t really matter.  I like pointy tips, and I don’t really care for plastic with the exception of the Boye interchangeable set I inherited from my grandma.

3. What are your favorite types of yarn? Any you just can’t stand?  I like all different kinds of yarn.  I don’t really care for bulky ribbon yarns.  I’m on a lace yarn kick right now.

4. When it comes to cotton, are there any brands you’d love to try and haven’t? I’ve always wanted to try Henry’s Attic Pigtail cotton.  It doesn’t look like it would be necessarily fun to work with, but it looks like it would create great end results.

5. When you make Dishcloths, do you use them yourself, or tend to give them as gifts? So far, all for me.  I’m going to knit a couple for my mother-in-law since she loves doing dishes and cleaning.

6. Do you have a favorite color? Any that you dislike? My favorite colors are greens, reds, and purples.  I don’t have any that I particularly dislike.  I guess I don’t really care for beige.

7. What color(s) (if any!) are your kitchen and bath decorated in?  They are both decorated in brights.  My kitchen is more primary colors with red and orange, and my bathroom has more magenta, teal and lime green.  Actually, that’s the theme for my living room too.

8. What are your favorite scents around the house?  I clean with grapefruit scented cleaner, and I always love the smell of coffee brewing.

9. What is your very favorite thing about summer? There’s more stuff to do: play outside with the kids, going out on the boat, baseball games, parks & zoos.

10. What is your least favorite thing about summer?  The humidity and the mosquitoes.

11. Do you use soap or body wash in the shower?  In summer, soap.

12. What scents do you enjoy in the bath?  Citrus, calendula–nothing too perfumy.

13. What is your favorite dishcloth pattern?  tribble or slip stitch patterns

14. What sort of treats do you enjoy? Sweet or Salty?  Both.  I’m addicted to coconut.

15. Imagine today is one of the hottest days of the year – what do you do to keep cool? Or are you one of those folks who loves the hot weather?  Drag the kids to a highly air conditioned place like the mall or the library.

16. What sorts of hobbies do you enjoy besides knitting or crocheting?  spinning, dabble in sewing, and I planted a garden this year

17. Do you collect anything (besides yarn!)  postcards and fabric

18. Are you on Ravelry? If so, share your ID!  myhobbyisyarn

19. Do you have any allergies? no

20. Do you have any pets? no

June 7, 2008 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

Things that lurk in the night

The other night when N came home, he came and got me right away, because someone had spooked him. N doesn’t get spooked very easily, and he told me the little jerk that jumped out at him came back to sit on our step. I went over to the front door and opened it. I grabbed my camera and got a picture:

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Rabbits can be scary!

I haven’t done much knitting because I haven’t had the attention span for it. I learned a couple months ago that I would be getting promoted. That was a couple months ago. First they had to find someone to take my spot. Then they had to hire and train him. Well, the first guy quit after 2 days, so they had to repeat the process. Now, finally, I talked to the people in charge, and they said they’re going to have to bite the bullet and start me at my new position, because we’re not getting any less busy. So, either this week or next, I’m going to be moving on up to a new position that doesn’t even exist yet. I’ll be starting from scratch which is ok with me. I feel like finally my 8 years of experience in various aspects of the printing industry, my degree, ability to multi-task and communication skills are going to be put to use. Maybe when I’m not preoccupied with whether or not I’m actually going to get promoted, I can knit better again.
Wait, I lied, I had the attention span to knit a tribble.

June 3, 2008 at 9:28 am 4 comments

Historic House and Independent Children

I’m falling a little behind on the abc-along, so I’m combining H and I into one post! My mom came up to visit last Thursday. That’s always fun, because she likes doing things that N doesn’t such as reading knitting magazines, drinking micro-brew beer, and visiting the Caddie Woodlawn house. It was a gorgeous day, perfect for visiting historic houses:
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I was kind of disappointed that it was not an actual museum, just an old house, but it was still fun.
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The kids had their own agenda as always. They’re very independent!
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The Caddie Woodlawn house is in a park outside of Menomonie. It’s a few miles down Highway 25 from Downsville. We stopped in Downsville to get directions. Goozle fell asleep, so he missed the cute little coffee shop where grandma got them cookies
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Girly had fun running around though
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And in the midst of all this fun, I managed to knit…2 whole socks!
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2! And then I put them on Girly’s feet while she was sleeping. 🙂
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My very first PAIR of socks!
And on a side note, Congrats K on graduation and happy birthday today!

May 28, 2008 at 9:13 am 3 comments

G is for…

Goozle and Girly, of course! We got some nice Mothers Day pics:
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Girly’s nickname is pretty straightforward–she’s our little Girly!
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She’s also miss mess. She’s a bottomless pit these days, and she likes to smear her food all over her nice little outfits.
Goozle’s nickname comes from when he used to babble when he was a baby. He used to always say “gooz, gooz.”
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His favorite game these days is trucks. That’s his favorite monster truck.

May 12, 2008 at 8:14 pm 3 comments

Is it spring for real now?

I’ve been on strike against winter since about February, but it doesn’t seem to be making a difference! I’m still paranoid that it’s going to snow. I took Thursday through next Monday off, and I’m doing outside stuff. I talked my in laws into letting me use their garden, and we also talked some friends who bought a house last summer to plant a garden. We tilled it up this morning, and now N and his friend are putting up a fence to keep the rabbits out. We’re still not going to plant anything for a couple of weeks.

It’s also been wedding season which means for ridiculously busy weekends and no blogging. This is the first weekend in the last 3 that we haven’t had to drive anywhere. First there was G’s wedding in Fond du lac. I, of course, left my camera in the car in a rush to get to the wedding close to on time, but K took some pictures:

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After a 4 hour car ride the kids didn’t want to sit still for pictures! That’s Tiny in the middle. We also got a nice picture of my sister, me, and my mom.Picture 100
Then last weekend, my friend J and I went down to Beaver Dam for a bachelorette party. We had a party bus which was really fun. We also stopped to visit my family in Waupun where K got this pic of me knitting a last minute gift that never actually made it to the bachelorette 🙂

Picture 105 K also did our hair, and mine looks great! I’ll have to have N take a picture, because me self-portraits don’t do it justice. And due to complaints/requests, I’ll go back to blogging more often!

May 10, 2008 at 11:25 pm 2 comments

F is for Finally and Finished

Wow, long time no post. I have been following the “if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all” rule. But, today is finally sunny and warm (ish), and I have been knitting like crazy. First FO is the wave scarf from 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders:IMG_0206

I knit it with hand-dyed Bernat Cottontots. I love how it looks. It’s going to a friend. I will definitely knit this easy but interesting-looking pattern again.

Secondly, from the same book, the Rhea Stole. I’m using Malabrigo laceweight. It’s going to be short, though, because I only have one-skein, but it’s not as much yardage as the yarn the pattern calls for.IMG_0207

I have been bit by the lace bug! I have another lace stole that I’m working on, but I’m starting over, because I don’t like how it looks. Lace is challenging especially since I shake so much. I drop a lot of stitches.

I finally found Bend the Rules Sewing at Borders. I love the cutesie patterns. So far, I made a little purse. You can’t really see, but I added sequins to the centers of the flowers.IMG_0208

Yesterday, we took the kids to a dog show at the Eau Claire Indoor Sport Center. I’d love to have taken lovely pictures of the kids pointing and laughing gleefully at the doggies. No such luck. Girly is fearless, and doggy is her new favorite word. She just wanted to run around. She stopped every time she saw a dog and pointed and said doggy. Goozle was excited that he saw all kinds of flags, and there must have been a baseball somewhere, because he kept talking about it. Every time he saw a dog, though, he freaked out! He was clinging to N like Velcro. We didn’t last very long, but I guess we got our $3 worth of family time. Goozle talks about the dog show like he enjoyed it 🙂 and I got Girly a doggy book to read at home. I’m more like Goozle–I only like dogs from a distance, but I did see a giant dog (I think it was a great dane) and a dog that looked a lot like Lisa‘s dogs.  Girly’s favorites were these medium-sized brownish-gray dogs.  We ran into Dixie there, too!  She’s definitely a dog person 🙂

April 15, 2008 at 9:13 am 4 comments

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