This post is all about David. At the beginning of May we had a couple of busy weekends. First David participated in a music festival with kids from his school and across the Northeast at UMASS Lowell. He learned songs, dance, and music. Then they put on a concert for the parents .I was amazed they learned it all in a day. Then the following weekend we had an outing with the cub scouts. It was called Webelos Woods. That was all kinds of activities gearing the boys towards Boy Scouts(which he wants to do). He has one more year as a cub scout then it is off to the big times. They did things like an arts and crafts project,bb gun shooting, scavenger hunt, tug of war, an obstacle course type thing in one of those big inflatable things, and that was only before lunch. During lunch they had an animal show where you could go and pet snakes,turtles, and even a gillamonster Then after lunch they had a rocket launch,stories about Indians, and a game where they had to do something as a team. They also learned the safety of building a fire and how to make sure that it is out. We all had a very good day and I hope the boys really learned something from it. Then on the following Wednesday I had the day off from work so I kept David home from school and we went in to Boston to a place called 5wits. It is a maze where you go in rooms and solve problems on a search for the Pharoah. We had a good time except for the fact that it took us 2 hours to get there by train and bus. When we were done we went looking for someplace to eat and since we were just down the street from Fenway Park we stopped in at one of the places in that area.
After the sock swap that I was in I decided to make the secretary at the school I work at a pair of socks for her birthday which was the end of April. I used yarn that I got from Yarn Pirate. It is called Icicle. This was my first attempt at a cable and it was very easy to do. She loved them so much that she asked if I would make a pair for her sons girlfriend. So I am in the process of making hers now. I am using the pattern Socks of Kindness. This is made with Trekking that I got in a swap.
This is amazing two posts in one month.If you read my profile it says that I am a mother of a 9 yr old, well that is not true anymore. I am now the mother of a 10 yr old. I didn't have a birthday party for him instead we just had cake at home. But seeing as he turned 10 I figured I needed to play a joke on him, so I bought those magic candles that relight. We could actually send smoke signals there was so much smoke from them. But he enjoyed it. Then it was time for opening presents. He wanted a Gamecube so I bought him one. Doesn't he look so happy? Oh yeah I forgot his birthday was April17th.
I know it has been awhile. As you read in the last entry that I made I had joined a swap with some of the women my sister knits with. Well we did the swap in April( I know a little late) and I just wanted to share with you as to what I recieved in my swap. My swap partner was Julie and boy did she spoil me. I had stated that I wanted to learn how to do cables. I would list everthing that she got me but there is to much so here are the pictures.I just realized the things that are missing are the two needle rolls that she made for me. Does anybody see a color theme going on? I absolutely love everthing that I got. We had so much fun that night. If you want to see more pictures go here. We are actually going to be doing another swap for Halloween. We already have our swap partners.
Well it has been a while. Last sat my son and I went to the Eagle Festival in Newburyport with the cub scouts. It is where you can go to different places on the Merrimack River and see bald eagles in the wild. It really is interesting. They also do shows at City Hall and that is where I took this. This is Noah. He has a damaged eye and wing so he can't be put back out in the wild. Then on Thursday night as most of you know we had a full lunar eclipse and I went out back and took these. This first one was taken at 8:55, the second one was taken 1/2 hour later and the third 1/2 after that. Then it was getting to cold for me to go back out. Of course if I had a coat on it probably would have been fine. Now on to knitting news. I joined a swap with a small group of women that my sister knits with. It is called the Silly Sock Swap. Well I started my sock and it was going slow at first. I finished the heel and just did not like the way it was coming out. I was using Tofutsies in a black/white colorway. At first I thought it was the way I was knitting but when my sister looked at it it wasn't me it was actually the yarn.What was happening was it was very loose. It seems that when they wound it they didn't wind it tight enough. So back to the drawing board for my silly sock swap. Now mind you these need to be done by April 1st and I don' t knit all that fast. So I looked through my sisters knitting books and found one I really liked. It is called Socks of Kindness and I am using JoJoland Melody in a purple/maroon colorway. It is going alot faster. I started it last sat and I am already on the heel but now I am at a stand still because it calls for a short row heel and my sister went to SPA this weekend so I have put it to sleep for the weekend. I also finished one sock that I am making for my sister. It was supposed to be for Christmas but as long as I get it done she is ok with it. This is Soft Sea Wool and a basic 4x4 rib.The other sock that I finished before Christmas was one I made for my mother. That is made with Alpaca and I used a Basket weave pattern. I gave her the one sock and I am glad I didn't make both because it is a little small for her so I will be undoing and resizing it. The only socks that I did finish in time for Christmas were my sil's. Those are made with Knit Picks firefighter with a basic 4x4 rib just like my sisters.
First off I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Second I would like to thank Sara from Florida for sending me a wonderful Christmas Around The World Package. I know I am late in posting this and I have no pictures but trust me when I say it was wonderful. The next ones I would like to thank is Nicole and Joanne and all the ladies at your knitting guild for sending my sister and I squares for the Everett fire. We are still accepting squares if anyone is still willing to make them. I haven't been doing much on theknitting front as I would like to but the arthritis in my thumb has really been acting up. I haven't even finished one sock that I was making for my sis for Christmas. Maybe they will get done in time for her birthday in Feb.(or maybe not).
Pay it forward - Like the movie-do unto others like someone has done to you. Pay It Forward
This is a great movie!!!!!! Watch it with the kiddos..... Makes them think.
The idea of the exchange is I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on this blog post requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet, and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog - now if you don't have a blog but want to play - let me know. I have no problem making something for someone who doesn't have a blog as long as they promise to pay it forward. Of course I do need to limit it to just one non-blogger, that way it continues. NOW if no one wants to play..... I will pick 3 people and give them a gift anyway. Then it will be up to them to decide if they want to continue it or not.
I'm doing this through my sister' so if anyone wants to play just let me know.
As some of you are aware of there was a fuel tanker that overturned and exploded yesterday morning in Everett MA. Well I just found out through my sister Debbi that my sil's niece and her boyfriend and family were one of the houses affected by this disaster. This is her niece Laura. What my sister and I are asking is if there is anyone out there willing to knit up some 9x9 squares so that we can show Laura and Chris that people care. If you can that would be very much appreciated. I know alot of you have holiday knitting to do but anything would help. If you are willing to help you can send them to us by Jan 5. Then my sister and I will put them together. I want to thank everybody in advance. Laura is also the niece of a former employer of mine. If you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will send you my mailing address.
This was a week for presents in the mail for me. First off on Monday I received a package from a swap that I did on swap-bot. The theme of the swap was Knit Flicks so obviously it had to do with movies and knitting. This is what I got. You can't see it very good but it is two skeins of Lorna Lace in colorway Pin Stripes, the movie The Firm, a pattern for simple socks, some pretty blue stitch markers, and some spree candies. Then on Wednesday I received my k1t2 package from Nicol W. It was full of wonderful things. There was a trivet shaped like a teapot with the word TEA on it, a tea for one set, a tea ball, a candle, two dishcloths, a tin of Harney and Sons African Autumn tea, and two skeins of Noro Silk Garden Lite. I feel like such a spoiled child.
Look at my beautiful sock. I hand dyed the yarn and then I used the Lacy Mock Cable Pattern by Island of Misfit Patterns . Aren't they purrttyy!!! I love them so much. I am about 1/3 done on the second one.