On the needles

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I finished a test knit last week of Monika Sirna‘s Cabernet shrug design. She plans to rename it but no idea what the new name will be yet. 🙂

I have quite a lot I need to have finished this week! Back to school rush gets me every time. This week my goals are to have: Roseberry test knit which I am 75% done now (or Cabernet shrug for me, waiting on how I should order them!), Sea Siren tank (45% done) for Ella and I have about 15% more to get into on the Lemonade Stand top to help give the designer measurements. SO. A lot. 🙂

I have two more new tests I asked to take part in before I cut myself off of test knitting for others for the rest of the year (there are always exceptions from time to time if I can gift an item) but I normally make a sizeable list and plow through 80% of it. Which seems pretty good to me because I have TOO MANY KIDS. Anyway, those tests are the Kapuzin hoodie and Brook. I started the hood of the Kapuzin and after a tricky start, put the middle bit of hood on a DPN (the rest of the sts were on circular needles) since my long size 6’s are currently sitting in a sweater. It split it up nicely and I was able to maneuver it better the farther I knit. Today’s goal is to finish the hood.

I’m not sure on the yarn I want to use for Brook. I have some pastels and a bit of grey sport yarn that will work as the accent color. If I make Alma a tee, I shouldn’t need much. I will start it late next week possibly.

In KnitKnots design news I have enough testers for Sea Siren to publish if all goes well on the planned date of August 20th! Eowyn is FULL and now seems to be going smoothly. I have a new sketch of the Blue Fairy shawl that I think better represents the actual design:

Testing for it is still open and I will take TWO more testers, I am really pleased with how quickly my test spots have been filling up, and for that I thank you! Upcoming tests for September include Rue, Henry, Lyra, a fun skirt pattern as well as a secret surprise! If these interest you, please join the Ravelry group or the test forum to express interest.

Oh my gawsh

Okay, so is it just me or is this year ALREADY flying by? March is just about here folks!! I’ve been in Spring Cleaning mode as well as spending some time being the Craft Queen lately. Lots of fun projects going on right now:

-Knitting a hooded cardi for E.

-Yarn balls. Been winding lots of hanks of gorgeous WAHM hand-dyed goodness for queued projects.

-Planning and plotting Easter basket goodies. I made NOTHING this last Christmas and felt weird so I     have some time to make up for, lol.

-Hairbows! Been making lots of them lately.

-Preliminary planning for E’s 6th birthday party: K says there’s a place that will pick the girls up in a     PINK LIMO for spa/makeover fun… leaning towards that idea!

With March, then Easter right around the corner I think E’s birthday will come quicker than I expect. My sweet little baby is becoming a helpful, fashion-conscious, prissy, thoughtful young girl. She told me the other day she won’t marry a boy unless the diamond in her ring is “ginourmous.” LOL, such a smart girl- I’ve taught her well! ;D

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Little Miss A began taking steps without cruising on February 12th. She can get about 6 or so in now until she loses balance and topples to the floor like a cute little Weeble. A’s also climbing to the top of the stairs! Baby gate time!

The boys are also doing great. N excels in mathematics and reminds me SO MUCH of his Uncle Josh. They both are of the sort to do math for FUN. (Yeah, totally beyond me, lol!) D is another smart little cookie. I should say BIG cookie. Everyone is always in such disbelief when we tell them he’s only 3. His vocabulary is astounding, he can already read a little and he carries a bit of “old man” matureness that makes one aware that he’s an “old soul.”

Long overdue

has been my first post for 2010, but there you have it. We’ve been SO busy. Lots going on and that’s pretty much expected with a family our size. ;D

I figured I’d share some photos from Christmas, since I haven’t yet..
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Can you get over how BIG they are? A’s going to be walking soon. I’m in no hurry for it, lol. Here’s our tree..
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Verrry eclectic, to say the least! I loved it anyway. Sorry about this being a photo dump. I’ll make a post soon with more meat and less filler!

11 days and counting

I am exhausted! I’m getting over a stomach bug. It seems like since I got anemia this time last year (when I was pregnant with A) I’ve been sick a LOT. At least more than I have in the seven plus years I’ve lived here. (I used to be constantly sick when I lived In Minnesota, TOO DAMN COLD, LOL.) Sure doesn’t help that I still have anemia, I guess.

I’m thinking about knitting a few things last minute for some of the kids’ gifts. Probably some hats and perhaps some ornaments or other holiday decor. Lord only knows I have enough yarn to plenish a small continent! 😉9-thru-11-2009 429 by you.

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A’s up to EIGHT teeth now! She’s standing unassisted a lot more, too. Won’t be long now until she walks! The rest of the kids are also doing really well. N’s about to lose one of his top front teeth. That’ll put the tally up to three. I could swear I lost more by his age, but then again I always fussed over my loose teeth and wiggled them until I could yank ’em out. E is such a sweet girl, she attended a birthday party for a classmate (a first for her) on Saturday and now she wants to start planning her 6th birthday party. (Her birthday isn’t until May first, but I don’t have the heart to tell her to be patient.) D is definitely in the “terrible 3s” and is finding his independance. He’s so funny, he’s without a doubt inherited mine and K’s overactive imaginations! Now that we have internet again I have to battle with N and E over the computer, but it keeps them busy (and out of trouble!) while I get things accomplished. They have another week of school and then a few days the week of Christmas before they’re out for winter break. Then it will be time for finding things for them to do. I figure we’ll make cookies and fudge, work on crafts, and I’ll let them play with their little friends to keep them busy. I’m hoping we won’t have a repeat of last Christmas when basically the whole fam came down with the Mucus of Death. That’s it for recent updates on the A-Team, they’re all thriving beautifully.

Procrastinate

..  is my husband's middle name! He's supposed to be getting me a USB cord so I can take about a million photos off my camera. I've been working on getting a knit order out the door- but I need a clear memory card to be able to take new photos and I need a pic of these longies about to go out. Grr.

I still have Halloween pictures of the family to upload! I'm just lagging behind this holiday season, too.

As for gifts this year, I'm not making a thing. Well, I'll make some ornaments and hairbows (for gifts) but nothing besides my cooking/baking. This is very unusual for me since I tend to make most of my kids' gifts every year (or make things for others to trade for what I want). As a result I still haven't a THING yet for the kids this year. At least it will be a simple thing to please them! I am just not looking forward to battling people in the stores because I'll likely wait until the last possible minute. I swear holiday shopping is like a little visit in Hell.. unless it's done online. I WILL be doing it all online again next year! 😉

Very warm here today- unseasonably so: it's supposed to get into the mid-70s!

I'm kind of freaking out. Next month my sweet baby girl A will be A YEAR! It feels like she was just born. Miss A is already very close to walking. She just cut her 6th tooth and is steadily working on popping out more. She also LOVES food and eating. I think she's going to be a foodie like her momma. A has the sweetest, most loving personality with her loved ones.. but if she doesn't know you she'll smack you silly! I adore her (as does everyone else) and I feel like she completes our clan.

(Please excuse the random jumbo this entry consists of.)

The holidays again

I love this time of the year. The planning, baking and cooking and seeing your kids experience the joy and magic of the holiday season. I've been busy today beginning my decorating for the holidays. I wish I had my camera, it's at the farm. =(

A, our sweet girl, just turned 10 months November 22nd. She's been crawling for a little over a month and loves to stand ALL the time. She has started letting go of things and tried just this morning to take a step on her own, but it was wobbly and she plopped down on the floor almost immediately, quite angry with herself. A's quite the chatterbox as well! She also has a goofy sense of humor, so she fits right in to this family.

Because she's getting everything now, I'm waiting until about two weeks before Christmas to put the tree up. Fighting a baby to leave a Christmas tree alone is no fun, so I'm making especially sure that I don't have to endure The Fight for very long!