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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Nuttin' but Knits

I went to the Sock Posse party tonight and brought my pattern and socks with me ;) Yarntopia is selling the pattern and I am selling it on my blog as well... Of course I can dream a little dream and hope these become the next "jaywalker" craze..Probably not, and thats okay :)..I am just anxious to see them worked up with other varigated colors and yarns! So if you do buy the pattern and knit the socks please send me a pic so I can make a photo gallery on my blog.
here are some photos and Specs.....
Gauge 16.25 stitches/2 inches
Yarn Hill Counrty Sweet Feet Merino 400 yds
Needle Sz 2
Pattern is written for DP's but I use magic loop and will modify it for you if needed ;)
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I have a new product with the Mama Llama Accessories line coming out on Kpixie pretty soon... kind of excited to get those creative jucies flowing again!

Sorry if my past couple of posts just seem like commercials, don't mean to be pushy... just excited to share things that make me happy with you guys ;)


I was planning a long post, but to be honest I am coming down with a nasty cold.... Chris and I were suppose to have a romantic night out (and the kids are sleeping at grandparents houses)tomm., but I'm afraid I will spend the night doped up on nyquil
:(

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Audience of One

Or maybe more? I was so excited when I started knitting these socks I just had to do a quick mini post to share it with you guys!
You remember in the last post I was commisioned by the folks at Yarntopia to create a pattern for the Sweet Feet Bluebonnet? Well, after 3 tries I came up with the perfect pattern! I'm further along than these pictures, I'm about to divide for the heel. And trust me these pictures do not do the real thing justice! yummy socks!
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have you ever not checked your bloglines for 3 days......and regret it, I'll catch up ;) love seeing what y'all are up to ((huggs))

I have made some really great friends through blogging! I got a personal email from Black dog Knits(aussie blog)with tips on potty training *thumbs up*... And a surprise phone call from Wendy at www.Catknits.typepad.com... Thanks ladies i appreciate the special attention ;)

catch ya in the funny pages......

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Want A Cheap Thrill?

Did I get your attention?

First:HILLARD WENT POOPY on the POTTY! He did it! he really did...We were watching him like hawks this past week and he managed a few accidents when we weren't looking... When Hillard got home from school on Friday I decided...ENOGUH, and Chris and I followed him everywhere around the house! Finally while I was at Yarntopia (see goodies below)Chris called and said, "he did it"! I nearly wrecked the car! (was driving when I was on my cell phone...*slap wrist*) Then Hillard went a few more times before bed.... Prayers have been answered, and now my sanity will be returning... Thanks you guys, We DID it! All of us ;)


Second: I am knitting and reading blogs again! The cloud has lifted and the funk is drifting away... Here are Chris's LSU game day socks! I finshed them in about 4 days. He wears a size 14 shoe so I asked Dani of Sunshine Yarns to dye some Sportwieght so I wasn't knitting forever! Isn't the model cute? Notice the heels at the back of his calves... He he he! I am almost done with Brandons LSU socks... Hillard and I should have matching pairs by the end of the week!
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Take a moment to notice my gigantic 27 month old son. Yes you heard right... He is 27 months old, weighs 43 lbs. and is the size of your avarege 4 or 5 yr old! that shirt he's wearing is a boys size 5/6..... He grew out of his "T" clothes months ago. He can't wear diapers anymore, we put him in pull ups.... The doctor giggles everytime we go in and says "atleast he's proportionate".


Third:Sorry to keep you waiting, did you really want to see the goodies from the goddesses (Amy and Cheryl) at Yarntopia? We have Malabrigo... yummy! and the colors in this pic below are very true.... This is a simple scarf I am starting.
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Then we have Hill Country Yarns Sweet Feet. I am very proud to announce that I will be making the pattern for the next "Yarntopia Sock Posse" socks! I will get started this week, I already know what I am going to do, just have to make sure and write it all down as I go. I am making it very simple because I don't want to take away from the varigation in the yarn. We have our first "Yarntopia Sock Posse" sock party in two weeks, and thats when the shop announces the next project and yarn... It's sort of like a sock of the quarter KAL! I love it :) If you want to join and get in on the fun call Yarntopia and they will hook you up ;) You can buy your Hill Country Yarn Sweet Feet from them and the pattern will be availble shortly. (end of excited rant)
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Fourth:Angelika finshed the bigger bag. Isn't it beautiful? She used 8 skeins of Knitpicks wool of the andes.... I will put the pattern link on the side bar by the end of the week! I just have to say Thanks Keri and Angelika for test knitting.. It was a lot of fun to see these to bags unfold!
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Fifth: SP8 is over and I had so much fun spoiling Vicki... I sent her a project in the first box, Green gables... second box was the book one skein and a bunch of different skeins to go along with it... and the third box was all about sock projects... I made a really good friend this go around!
*waving like crazy at Vicki*

by the way I am destashing over at the destash for cash blog....
So that about wraps it up for the week! y'all take care now ya hear ;)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Desperate Measures

How do you potty train an Austitc kid?
We have had the worst time BM (bowel movement)training Hillard... I am going to be very honest and graphic!
He poops and doesn't seem to care.... If we don't catch it in time, which is most of the time, he smears it all over his floor, walls and himself... Hillard lacks the "Know How" to ask for help so he licks his hands to get it off.. Yes folks this is one of the many trials of having a socially void child! Chris and I have been in tears, and furious all at the same time while we clean him and his room. We make him help us clean everything, and he just giggles.... I cry everyday...... We have tried many tactics and in the end we have failed him, and he us. Chris has looked on the messge boards and there are so many parents in the same stituation. The only suggestion that seemed to come up in every entry was "MAKE HIM COMFORTABLE" so Chris did this early Saturday morning:




You think he'll do it? Gee I hope so! Last year at school he would hold the BM's until he got home... This year he doesn't give the teacher the same respect! She is such a lovely woman, and we all have our work cut out for us... His teacher has only had Hillard in her class for 2 days and he was sent home on Friday...It's a huge hurdle and I suspect it will be harder than Pee Pee training. We have been at this for over a year and I am running out of patients.

This is a great video from Autism Speaks... Please get tissue before watching it.. IT DOES best describe the everyday life of a parent of an autistic child.
Here are some other resources availble that I have found.

A weblog dedicated Potty training autistics... read the comments, very helpful!
others:
http://www.epinions.com/content_4025262212
http://www.marshall.edu/coe/atc/RESOURCELIST.HTML

Thanks for the sholders to lean on... I appreciate everyones support:)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Lately

I have been working on those secret socks FOREVER! I have never had one sock come out smaller than the other before because of gauge issues... I guess there is a first time for everything ;) I was below the heel gusset when I discovered that it wasn't wearable and ripped the entire thing!!!! I am back to the heel flap once again.. Luckily, I am right on my gauge and forsee no problems!

To entertain my self I decided to work on a simple shawl pattern and got straight to work! I realized in the middle of it that my "creativity" was looking a little bad. And I should have used a life line! You can see where the problem is in this picture below.. The bottom middle! yep! stitcks out like a sore thumb, don't know what I was thinking!
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I like the little peaks I had going on there, very cute! I just ended the project and decided to block it and wear it as a kercheif.
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The pattern is written (and corrected) with eyelet rows and the peak pattern alternated through out. In my minds eye it looks absolutely adorable! I will just have to try again... And no verigated yarn this time.


I have a new product coming out through the Mama Llama line... It's a lace Knitters Kit and here is a sneak peek!
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Yep, those would be many (20) sterling silver anti-tarnish stitchmarkers, and they are sitting on their organza bag... Whats missing? The row counting braclet that comes in the kit! I also have a VERY BASIC triangle shawl pattern that comes included in the kit. I have no clue when these will be available, but I will keep you updated :)


Keri was kind enough to test knit a tote bag I designed, she is mailing it to me now, but here is sneak peek!
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Angelika is test knitting the larger one now. I should have the pattern on the side bar soon, Keri is sending me her notes this week.....


You remeber last post Hillard was spelling? My husband put him on the computer in MS Word, he loved it just look at him spelling away! We have got to get this kid some sort of software!
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I am going through withdrawl! My Big Bud Jenn is on vacation in MT with her family... We talk several times a day and I'm missing it! We talk about the sillest things too, but we are both SAHM's so we keep each other entertained..... Too bad she lives over 1500 miles away ;) We both have unlimited long distance! COME HOME JENN!

Ya'll take care! Hillard starts school this Thursday YEY!!!!!