Thursday, April 26, 2007

Clapotis Groupies Beware...

So I tried. 3 times. I loathe Clapotis. It just wasn't working for me. Maybe if I had no deadline and this could be a year long WIP, then maybe. But I have to work this sucker up fast...and it's not happening. I have ADD when it comes to knitting. I need me some instant grats...know what I mean?
The genius that is The Plucky Knitter, who also happens to be my adopted knitting sister...she came up with a plan. We have been talking about doing a knit-a-long together. We were going to do the Clap. See above. Not happening. So, today she sent me a link to this beaut...I saw this up at Jessica's last time Spiff and I went and it was gorgeous. It's also faster and a lot less boring I think. I should still be able to use the Louisa Harding Grace Wool-Silk too. Bonus.
I've also been itching to make something for me. In the 3 years I have been knitting I have yet to make/finish something for myself. Socks are perfect. I really want to make some socks for football season with the custom Philadelphia Eagles colorway that Scout made me last winter...but I have 3 months till preseason, so Plucky and I are going to knit the same socks too...these cuties..2 projects together. Could we be more virtually attached at the hip?

I was told to wait to cast on for both of these until I get a surprise...okay, well not so much of a surprise anymore package from Ms. Plucky. Until then I'm going to whip up a Meathead and a few dishcloths.

Happy Non-Clapotis knitting.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Don't get your hopes up...

It's boring stuff over here at Chez Wannabe. No pictures. No knitting. And certainly no babies to report. The pictures...there are none because there is no exciting knitting going on. Le Spiff and I went to Queen Creek's Yarn Yankers on Saturday to knit and I started the Clap. BUT, while I was there I frogged what I got done because I made a huge mistake and couldn't figure it out. I cast on again yesterday but really I'm only into the 2nd repeat on Section 2 which are the increases so there's really nothing excited about that. And today, when I could have been knitting while the 'Nut was down for a nap, I was cleaning blinds and dusting and spraying Febreeze on every fabric surface in the house. This seriously cuts down on knitting time. Don't feel sorry for me or anything. I do it to myself. And later...well, later I have to do the shopping at Trader Joe's followed by dinner, bathtime and bedtime....and by then, I'm sure I could knit, but the Mister is home tonight which means the carpet cleaning that he has been putting off for 5 weeks has to get done tonight so I can return the steam cleaner to the MIL tomorrow...that means I will be lifting chairs and litterboxes and shoes and stools and well, you get the knitting time. Le sigh. Even still, all you are going to hear about around here for the next little while is the Clap and surely that will get I'll have to come up with something...maybe I'll tell you about my oldest cat's love affair with a certain pair of my J.Crew flip flops, or like Spiff and I, we can ponder the reasons why men stand to pee. But don't get your hopes up...there will be no pictures of those either.


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Friday, April 20, 2007

Grateful Friday

Have a fantastic weekend.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

An update and a BIG thank you

Seriously guys, I received so many emails and comments about my auntie. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy lives to think of my family. You have no idea how much that means to me and my family. The current update is that she has been transferred to a different hospital about 3 hours from her home. A biopsy will be done tomorrow and then it will be about a week for the pathology results to be in. Then they will determine whether they can do radiation to shrink the tumor and have the ability to operate. Everything is so up in the air right now, but please continue to send the prayers and love if you can. She can use each and every one. The good news is that we were able to get a hold of my mom who is making plans to try to come back to the States to be with my aunt.

The REALLY good news is that my sister had her baby last night after a long labor. She is doing well and has a healthy, BIG baby boy. I don't want to give away too much because I know she will want to post on her blog when she is home in a few days. He is nursing well and she is just trying to get used to be a new mama. I am so proud of her. I love you, Mar. :)

I'm off to knitting tonight for creme brulee and girl talk. Today has been a LONG one. Spiff, Michelle and I took our kiddos to the zoo and we are wiped out over here. Hopefully I can stay away long enough to knit something...I need to cast on the Clap, but have no energy to do so. It might be a dishcloth night for me. :)

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sadness and Happiness

How can both exist on one such day? The far ends of the spectrum. Black and white. That is today.

The happiness is that a baby boy will come into the world today. A sweet, precious boy that will be so loved and cherished. A baby boy who I can't wait to spoil. A baby boy that will someday call me Aunt 'Nana'. A baby boy who will have such an unbelievable mama that he won't even know how lucky he is. If you have a minute today, say a prayer for my little sister, Embee, who is bringing that baby boy into the world as I type this? (Oh, and guess what he is wearing home from the hospital...the Baby Bolero I knit for him!!!!! Woot!)

The sadness is that we found out this week that my mom's only sister, my auntie, has brain cancer. It has spread and at this point it's not looking so good. I will have more info later today after she sees another specialist. Can you light a candle and say a prayer for my Auntie June? She is the most loving, wonderful, caring and giving auntie ever. I'll never understand why things like this happen to such amazingly beautiful people but I do know that all things work for the good and that what will be will be. I'm hoping and praying for a miracle. Will you join me?

Love and hope to each of you today.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

I actually relaxed!!!

Yes, you read that right and if you know me even a smidge you know that this girl's brain and body goes about 100 mph ALL.THE.TIME. I rarely even sit down during the day and some nights I realize at 7pm that it's the first time I've sat down all day. Well, this weekend was different. I relaxed. And it FELT.GOOD!

Our little weekend began with a playdate with Buggernut's BFF, P and her mama, who is a close friend of mine. We took the girlies to the park armed with a grocery bag of Ben & Jerry's Minis. The girls played SOOOO well (no fighting, they shared and loved spending time together!) and P's mama and I got to really get some good girl time in. It was sooo nice.

Saturday I relaxed all morning and just did a few things around the house at a slow pace and then got to go grocery shopping ALONE. Don't laugh. I rarely get to go anywhere errand wise alone so it's like a vacation to stroll lazily down the aisles at Trader Joe's. :)

Yesterday was the kicker. I was at the spa by 10am. IT WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOO RELAXING. Even the room I waited in during treatments was relaxing and I got 2 chapters read in my book UNINTERRUPTED! Woot. I got an eyebrow wax/reshape followed by a facial consult (I go back in a month for an antioxidant facial). Then I got a combination massage which was a mix of hot rock therapy, swedish and deep tissue. The only thing I would have liked better was if she was rougher. I find that I need a male therapist to really get all the knots out because I like the deeper pressure...okay that sounds um, nevermind. Then I got a mani and spa pedicure (which included a foot masque!). It was lovely. I was really annoyed at the Mister when he went and spent all this money on this for me, but when I got home I thanked him profusely and reminded him that Mother's Day is in a few weeks! Bwahhahahhhahaaha.....

Hoping your weekend was relaxing and stress-free. We have a jam packed week filled with several playdates, an all day craft day, and possibly a trip to the zoo. Hopefully I can fit some knitting in there sometime. My yarn from WEBS should be here this week too so I can start on the Clapotis (you know what that means Sarah!). And Spiff, you better bring a bigger bag or bra to knit club this week so you can smuggle your yarn home. ;) muahahahahaha...

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Pretty In Pink

Didn't you love that movie? Le sigh. Brings me back. Anywho, I promised some pics of the Petal Bib so here they are:

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Pattern: Petal Bib from One Skein
Yarn: Rowan Handknit Cotton in Color #310 gifted to me by The Knitting Buddha
Needles: Size 6 Clover Bamboo Straights, Size 6 Clover Bamboo DPNs
Mods: None
Notes: I LOVED knitting this. It was a super fast project...perfect for those "in between" projects. It also allowed me to learn 2 new things that I've never done before...Purl 2 together thru back loops (P2tog tbl) and knit an icord into a project. I was a bit freaked out by both but once I sat there and really read the directions thru I figured them both out and felt like a genius. Okay, humor me and clap or something. :)
Knitted for: My friend, Jessica who is due with her second baby girl in June.

Speaking of pink, these have been a fixture in the 'Nut's wardrobe for about a week now. She exclaimed the other day that these would be the only shoes she is going to wear. Not that I have a problem with that or know...with my love of pink and all. :)

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Grateful Friday

I'm in a list mood today. Deal. LOL!

This week I am grateful for:
I promise to get some pics posted in the next few days of what I've been working on. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


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Thursday, April 12, 2007

A grump

That's me today. I don't know what my deal is but I have a major case of the grumps. Ever have those days when everything feels off? You get out of the shower and still feel don't have enough energy to do anything around the house even though there is 3" of dust on everything...your favorite jeans feel not so favorite and your bra makes you feel like you have back fat? Today is that day. Really in the scheme of things I have nothing to complain about. Someone snap me out of it. Tell me a joke. Dirty or clean. Make me laugh. Lift me up. Or else I'm resorting to that bottle of Merlot in the kitchen during nap time. Oh, and some Haagen-Dasz for lunch.


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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

No pics, just linkage.

I got knitting. Lotsa knitting. I finished off the secret baby project I have been very slowly working on...of course, I can't post pics until after it's gifted. Yesterday during the Buggernut's 3 HOUR nap I started on the Petal Bib from One Skein in some beautiful pale pink Rowan Handknit cotton that the Spifster bought me on her trip "to convince me not to move to LaJolla" aka "vacation in San Diego". It knits up SOOO fast and this yarn...oh, this yarn is awesome. Must have more. Anyways, I'll post some pics of this as soon as it's done because the recipient doesn't read the blog. Punk.

Next up, the Clap. Clapotis, that is. Please, people. Sick. After some yarn selection help from Plucky Sarah and Knitting Buddha and a WEBS sale to push me over the edge, I chose Louisa Harding Grace Wool-Silk in Beige. This is going to be a 90th birthday gift for the Mister's grandma so it needed to be practical and beautiful at the same time. I think it will work up beautifully. Now if Plucky can chose some yarn we can knit these together...that's the plan anyways. :)

Off to get ready to go up to Scottsdale to have lunch with some of the old work cohorts. Have a lovely day!


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Saturday, April 7, 2007

Chocolate & Cotton Candy

Okay so I have this pink & brown fetish. I love the combo. Obviously, le blog is modeled after said fetish, as are the coffee mugs in the cupboard, yarn in my stash, my knitting bag and notions, so why not add one more little thing to the collection. Now who doesn't love a pink and brown skully?

She will reside on my knitting bag as soon as she gets here. I bought her as inspired by Sara's felt flower fetish over at Pink Sparrow. Can I tell you how much I heart Etsy?

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Friday, April 6, 2007

Grateful Friday

So okay I couldn't stay away till next week because I HAVE to do Grateful Friday and all. You know.

Here goes:
I have lots more to be thankful for and could keep listing and listing....I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! See you next week!


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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Seriously people...

it's called food poisoning and the moral of the story is to never ever eat at Olive Garden aka the McDonald's of italian chains. Ick. I promise I will be back next week with some witty (psssssh!), fantastic knitting mojo and lots of pictures. I'm just playing catch up over here. Must go. ;)


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musac love

XM Station 818 - Flight 26

podcast love


The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer


Fringe, Mad Men, Man vs. Wild


Vegan Yummy


Coffee with soy milk


Every moment of my day is exercise..hello, I chase after a 4 year old!


Clapotis, Donyales Socks, Highly Regarded Mitts, Berry Hill Mitts, Philadelphia Eagles Broadripples

doin' this


spoil me handmade

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