Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Miracle


A miracle happened today, Elijah Joseph joined his family~  all 8 1/2lbs of him!
 Their first father/son talk....
Getting some comfort from big sister during a bath.

 I hope to go tomorrow to meet him in person!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beauty and the Beast

 Mom knit a hat for Ella.....who, rumor has it, hasn't taken it off since she received it!
I made one for Aria.  But I haven't been to the post office to send it yet...more on this at the end of this posting.
 I beat the blanket vs Elijah arrival-hot off the needles early this week,
 blocked with my new blocking wires-wow, so nice not to have swoops along the edge of the blanket!
 The yarn is wonderful in color but is sticky so be sure and not need to rip out any sections!
 Now just to wait for his arrival.......right after I get over my science experiment...
This week has been a colossal lesson on futility-where a reasonably creative human being has been reduced to a snot-leaking factory incapable of the slightest bit of well, too much of anything.  I supposed most of you have heard that the flu is sweeping the nation.  Well, I think someone should call Homeland Security.  My personal space has been severely invaded by a force of H3N2 or similar fiends.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hard and Soft Work

 The winter of remodeling continues in my parent's home.  We are pulling up the carpet in the back bedrooms-one room at a time so we have space to pile everything while we work!
 The floor is in great shape underneath this time, so that is good.
 But we are not going to miss the smelly old carpeting in the least.
 The guys spent an hour pulling old staples and pounding in nails to get it ready for the new flooring.  To be continued!
 I finally finished spinning the four ounces of angora!
 Then I wound it onto my yarn winder-397 yards of utter tactile delight!
 This yarn will be gracing the cuffs of fingerless mitts1
 I wound the skein.
 Can you see how soft it is?
And I labeled it because I am old enough to know how well I remember details like this!
 I snuck a bit of work on the new cowl.......
 when I was supposed to be working on this!  So I guilted myself into another two rows which means 2 hours of knitting!
 But this morning, I finished the cowl instead!
 It is out of the softest yarn called Effervesce by Yarn Bee at Hobby Lobby.
I used 1 1/2 skeins (224 yards per skein)  The pattern is from Drops Design 98-1.  If you find it on Ravelry, you will also find that it has been knit by a Russian woman and while I couldn't follow her pattern, I could pick up enough of her alterations to realize that the worsted yarn is knit two strands on number 15 needles.  The pattern unfolds right under the needles, just in a loftier and bigger pattern than the original.  It is perfect.  This is for my sister-in-law who requested it especially!  It will be in the mail on Monday!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Knitting and Knitting....

 We interrupt this Twilight Zone of knitting...........
 to do a quick one night knit-this one is for Will.
Just because he likes hats.  Mom is knitting the one for Ella and I will whip off the one for Aria tonight!  Mom and I are going to the yarn store for some chunky yarn for cowls to make for the northern girls in the family who are freezing!  Such a burden!  (I have to hurry and finish the baby blanket so I can play!!!!)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Big Reveal

 I have been a bit scanty on my blog posts lately but with good reason.  We have had an under the radar project going on every day for the last three weeks.
 Bill and I decided to do some remodeling for my parents, without them knowing, here at their winter home.  It has been very fun to plan this surprise!  First, we installed a new door-they really wanted one with a window so they could lose the storm door.  Done.
When Caleb was here for my birthday, he helped Bill pull up the old carpeting in the living room but first they had to move all the furniture out.
 They rolled up the top layer and found another old carpet underneath.   (You can see the new bedroom in the background-remember we did that in November and they knew about that!)
 Out with the old!
 Bill uses the carpeting to hold sand on the right of way next to our house so that it doesn't get washed out-great way to recycle the 30+ year old carpeting!
 and then they pulled up the bottom layer!
Now we know why there was this funny black stuff that kept trying to come up through the carpeting when you vacuumed!  The trailer is 50 years old and I think this was the original carpeting folks!
The new carpet is in place and wow, what a difference!
 On to the dining room (my camera died for the carpet removal of this room-old green plush and linoleum in the kitchen)  We laid this laminate that looks like tile flooring!  Perfect for a florida home!
We continued to the kitchen.  The blue is the foam barrier that goes under the laminate.
Isn't it striking!?  We are so excited to see their faces when they see this!

Oh, yes, it was every bit as fun as we anticipated!  They just went from one surprise area to the next!   It is so nice to do something for your parents when they have done for you all their lives!  
 My parents arrived on Tuesday with my brother and his wife.  We dropped them off at their house first and they told mom they were getting a new couch, did she want their new/old one?  She was so excited to be able to replace this one.  (My brother didn't know about the remodel at this point so it was so fun to know what was to come!)
 When Bob and Shelly came over on Thursday, the men took out the old couch...
 unloaded the new and....
 muscled it into its new home!
Voila!  What a great addition to the make-over!
 Last night, both of my sons and their families came to see Grandma and Grandpa and the remodel!
The kids had fun see their great-grandparents after a year away!  There was a lot to catch up on!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Waiting...

I am heading into the airport; sitting and knitting and waiting for my parents to arrive with my brother and sister-in-law!  Winter is officially here when my parents arrive!  I haven't seen a single robin this year but I will be seeing a snowbird any minute now!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Snowflakes, Florida Style

Even Stormie is looking to the future~  she thinks we can't see her there.  Too cute.
 I worked on the chimney on New Year's day.  I was just going to work on drawing the grid but ended up putting up a few tiles and then a few more.....I am loving the way it looks.  I only put up the whole tiles and didn't do any cutting but I sure did cause a flare-up in my right arm!  It is hard to only have one arm....and the wrong one at that!  (the black pieces are spacers and will be removed when the tiles set!)
 All of the Christmas cactus' are out in full bloom-what a cascade of flowers!
 The camellias are all in bloom-white, pink and red ones line the driveway!
 The Turks' Cap hibiscus are still blooming but the frost anticipated later this week will probably send them to flower slumber.
 That is why I enjoyed the front yard walk while I could see all the color.
 The pencil cactus is very happy with the cool nights and warm days-very desert like!  The pink tips are his flowers.  Very creative...
 I did a bit of spinning in the morning before I messed with my arm.  I am still filling bobbins with angora!
 But I did finish another pair of boot toppers!  As long as I don't move my elbow, I can knit.  My left arm does all the maneuvering and it works!
 Today my arm works much more freely so I went into the sewing room to make this table runner.  It is wool with wool appliques applied with my embellishing machine-no sewing!
 I did manage to do the blanket stitch edge by hand off and on all day-it just took a lot longer but it was nice to be able to get the stitching on so it is on the table!