Friday, January 25, 2008

Tangerine Bag

Finally completed another bag. This one is also "winged." Sorry, no pattern to share. It's unlined, intended for use as a shopping bag or beach bag. I haven't learned to do the lining yet. Sewing...ugh! Let me tackle knitting first! I will be sending it to my SIL so I hope she likes it. Now to start a project to give to my other SIL. And on my way to Hawaii so no picture blogs till I get back home.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

About Last Night

I baked a cake. Chocolate. No raw eggs.
For the first time, Z got to...enjoy!
Someone else enjoys yarn as much as I do.
So, being a good momma, I shared...
some Pound of Love

Oh yeah, it was fun untangling it all.
Totally worth it.

Once around the park

I found an awesome blog called "Once around the park." Each blog is 30 words, and in those 30 words, the author, Clare Grant, paints such a vivid picture! It's like reading haiku but better! I love reading her words and the images and feelings she evokes. Check it out!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Knitting in Air

Yes, knitting needles are supposedly allowed in your carry-on according to the TSA, but note there is a caveat. Copied from their website:

"However, there is a possibility that the needles can be perceived as a possible weapon by one of our Security Officers. Our Security Officers have the authority to determine if an item could be used as a weapon and may not allow said item to pass through security."

I'm not going to risk it. I'll just hook on the plane.

Playing House

I buy my son toys that interest and enrich him. He has monster trucks and he has a baby doll. He has trains and he has a doll house. He has a r/c car and he has a pink doll stroller. It's all good.

So today he was playing with his doll house, albiet a little differently than before...

Photo 1: Note the ambulance and fire truck parked outside the house. Note the "girl" lying in the bushes.

Photo 2: Note the fire truck inside the house.

I think my husband needs to stop watching AFV with the boy.

Some UFOs

"Z" Bears: different crochet patterns faces to protect their identities...
*hee hee*

knitting project...
keeping it easy so garter stitch
let's say it will be a scarf...

KK piece...long loom
maybe a bathmat or mat for Lucy...
any ideas??

What's the Weather?

S is for Snowman

R is for Rainbow

M is for more art from a preschooler

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

UFOs and FOs

Apparently there is a whole 'nother language I have to learn. The hooker language. No, I don't mean that kind of hooker! Hooker as in crocheting!

I had quite a few Beavis and Butthead moments giggling as I read through some crochet forums. If you get your mind in the gutter, anything can be funny! For example, did you know some women are tight hookers?! Got you giggling too, huh? You Beavis!!

So to my non-hooking friends, I may educate you as I learn a few things. (Even hookers from L.A. can learn something new!) For future references: UFO's are unfinished objects (I think). FO's, therefore, are finished objects. Also, if you see KK it refers to Knifty Knitting. Here are a few of my FO's!

2 Knifty Knitted hats (to be donated to charity)

5 golf club socks/covers (going to my mom)

the 2 on the left are crocheted and the other 3 on the right are KK

another KK doggy sweater for Lucy

My yarn stash is growing at an alarming rate as my interest blossoms in this area. They are like Tribbles! (Who's a Trekkie?)

I am currently learning to knit. I think I figured out I do better with smaller needles, and I am working my first garter stitch scarf. It gained a stitch somewhere, but I'm not frogging! (I think frogging is the correct term. Tanya? A little help?) I'm just going to press on...unless you look carefully, you can't tell. And that is what I am banking on or I will never finish!!

I'm trying to keep my UFO's to a minimum. I've got two small stuffed crocheted animals that need faces, and a crocheted beach bag to finish. Then I get to start something else. Yaaay!!

I'm still deciding what to bring with me on my trip to Hawaii. Knitting needles go in the checked baggage. I'm not risking having to mail them back in case they don't allow me to carry it on. Yes, that means I'll be hooking on the plane.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Another Good Word

Yesterday was the first day of this year's Fun & Friends Preschool Program. The letter of the day was "S". Miss Kim asked the group (of 18 kids!) what starts with the letter "S". I clearly heard Z.


The words he knows never fails to amaze me.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Outta his mouth again!

We went out to dinner last night. Instead of bringing a toy for Z to play with, I brought Brain Quest. It consists of a stack of cards with questions...covering areas like story logic, picture matches, and alphabet recognition.

Z constantly amazes me with his answers.

There is a picture of a house with a chimeny.
The question: What comes out of a chimney?
His answer: Santa Claus

I asked: What starts with the letter "H"?
His answer: I don't know.
I say: Think. "H".
His answer: *he sounds it out* "H" huh. huh. Hummus!
DH thinks: huh?!
I think: That's my boy!

And the other night, Z stops playing with his trains and tells us, "My neck is a little tight." So he got a massage and some attention with it! The things they learn from us!!

**Due to the confusion of my adult readers please note: The answer to the first question is not related to the second. The answer to the first is "smoke."

Thursday, January 10, 2008


As you all know, I'm big on helping others. Especially if it's not going to cost me a dime.

I recently found Good Search. It's a search Yahoo and Google...but it also donates money for searches you do on it. You can designated where to send the monies to. There are the popular nonprofit sites and schools such as World Wildlife Fund - WWF, Red Cross, and Salvation Army. There are also smaller nonprofits. If you search, you may find one close to you...I'm donating to Harbor Interfaith Services. So far I've raised $1.11 for them. Wanna see what good you can do for free?

Also, on my side bar to the left, you'll see some sites to visit and click for free donations to help with issues like breast cancer, literacy. Hey, with one click you could help plant a tree. And did I mention it's free?!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Pupsicles and Hot Dogs

What has Lucy so enthralled?

What stops this girl in her tracks?
What makes her calm?
What does she beg for (aside from treats)?
What warms her from inside out (or outside in)?

She loves a good roaring fire.

A tutorial on your blog page set up

How to add those side thingys to your blog (for you know who)

After you sign in, you are directed to your “dashboard”. You would have already selected a template for your blog (the way it looks aka color and overall framework). From the dashboard, click onto “layout”. Then click on “page elements”. From here you can add links, pictures, slideshow, labels etc… depending on which you choose.

That should point you in the right direction. Hope this helps. Let me know if I can help with more.

Monday, January 07, 2008

A pooped pup pouch

Here's a bag a crocheted a few months ago. I styled it after those sling/tote bags. It all evolved from laziness. Lucy would get tired from walking, so I would end up carrying her. I got tired of carrying her in my arms.
I walk till she is tired or I see a store I want to go in. I pop her in and we are in business.
Note: Not recommended for dogs named Baxter or Roscoe (or those over 10 pounds)!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Move over Sally Field

Z gets a kick out of seeing his name in print.

Today while in the car, I pointed out a store that had "Z's" name.
It read "Z's Upholstery".

He commented, "They must like me."

We all agreed.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Knifty Knitter Dog Sweater

Using my blue round loom, I knifty knitted these sweaters for my girl. The first one was just a bit too snug. I think she did the whole "gasping for breath 'cause my pants are too tight" thing. So, I made another...same loom but made the stitches as loose as I could. Looks much better.
For those who are curious as to how I made mine, I used regular acrylic yarn, 4-ply, 2 colors, blue loom. I started out making the neck part. This was done as you would for a hat, making the brim. Then I continued on. The leg holes were done using the technique I found here. At Off the Loom Linda discusses how she made her's. I haven't tried the stretchy bind off but if you are better at this than I am, it probably makes dressing your baby easier.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

My Snow Angel

After Christmas we went up to Big Bear for a few days. It snowed just a little bit but enough for us to have some fun!