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Location: Belmont, New Hampshire, United States

Born and bred in a small New England town, I am convinced that I know something about everything, and that my opinion matters. If only to me. Well, you'll see what I mean. And I love to knit, so you'll see what kind of things I'm doing when I should be vacuuming the living room.

Monday, April 28, 2008

"I Can't Wait for Sunday!!!"

Shouted aloud by the Bug on her way to the bus stop. Why, you ask? "Because I can take communion again! I can do it EVERY Sunday!"

Ah, God bless Sister Mary Catherine of the Five Wounds. Here she is receiving the Eucharist from our beloved Fr. Albert. "I don't mind the host too much. They taste like cardboard, and I've chewed cardboard before so it didn't bother me." Really? When? Your mother would like you to stop chewing cardboard, please. And a sip from the cup. "That wine just tastes HORRID. But I think I'll have some next week anyway. Do you have an Altoid?" No, I left the Altoids at home, and take it from me, they don't mix with wine.
After Mass, taking some snaps at Godmother Tanta's house. Note the fantabulous pew banner behind her. We made that from felt. Clearly felt is a good medium for me. You should see the one we made for Fr. Albert. It's got the South Park Jesus holding a bunch of balloons with his name down the side. It's awesome, dude. He says he might stitch it onto a vestment and wear it during Mass.
She's modeling the capelet I made for her to wear with her dress. I basically used a raglan top-down sweater pattern and knit it in stockinette to where I'd normally separate for the sleeves. Then I used the Grapevine lace pattern from my stitch dictionary. The collar I knit for about an inch and then did a row of eyelets to make a picot edge when it was turned and stitched under. I put on mother-of-pearl leaf buttons with a loop closure right at the neck, and the front has a turned under hem as well.
That's a close-up of the back. It's creamier than the stark white of her dress, but it still looked lovely.

My mom has the rest of the pics on her camera, and I hope she got some that didn't come out so dark.

So the big First Communion day went really well. She was truly angelic.

In knitting news, I've been working like Chinese sweatshop knitter to get the cape done, and then turned attention to getting the house cleaned up for the party. We wound up going next door to Sister's house since it's bigger, and as it rained all day no one would be able to hang out on the lawn like I'd planned.

But the house is more or less clean now. I figure in another month people will be dropping in to see the new baby, so it was going to have to be done anyway.

I still have a lovely new stash of yarn from Webs to show you. I didn't get much. I kept my purchases to under 40 dollars, if you can believe it! I'm saving up for NH Sheep and Wool on Mother's Day. I plan on stocking up on some new rovings to spin.

Like elizabeth, I too have a bag of roving that seems like it's going to be a lifetime project to spin. My dad and his girlfriend are currently assembling and finishing the new niddy-noddy my sister got me for Christmas, and as soon as it's back, I've got two bobbinfuls to skein. One is white. I may dye it, though I haven't quite decided yet.

So after gorgeous summer-like weather all last week, it's going to rain all this week. I'm not complaining. It keeps the pollen down and I have to work in Dave's room. Need to weed out some toys and put the crib together, and put the clothes I've been given in the drawers.

Oh, my friends Matthew and Sarah who have six-month old twins gave me four diaper boxes stuffed with newborn clothes. STUFFED. There are at least 60 onesies in there, and one box has no less than 3o footie sleepers. And she said to let her know when he's ready for the next size, she'll be ready.

Only a month left until he gets here!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Ooooh, I Think I'm Taking a Yarn-Road-Trip

Saturday, April 12. The day after my birfday. Sister wants to take me to


Oh, I'm excited. If I can get Mr. Poops on board with me being gone for the day, I'm so there! Yarn! Lunch! Whee!

We decided that it wasn't a good idea for me to try to do the tent sale since it's about a week before my due date and the weekend after NH Sheep and Wool, so we'll go this weekend instead. No tent, but whatever. I didn't get anything from the tent last year anyway.

I don't know if I'll be able to sleep between now and then...

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Love Isn't Love 'Til You Give It Away

Betcha didn't know the same was true about colds. You will have a cold forever until you give it to someone else. And here I was being all careful not to spread my germs! All I had to do was give it the Hubster and I'd be better in no time.

Here's Mr. Poops on a sick day from work sacked out on the couch with Bobo. To add insult to injury, not only did he get my cold, but he passed a kidney stone this past weekend too. Owee. Still, I'm feeling better, and isn't that what really counts? Yesterday, since I had a car, I picked Bug up from school and we zoomed up to Patternworks to find some yarn for her First Communion capelet. She decided she wanted a cape and not a sweater or anything like that. I still don't have a pattern that I like, but I know what I want it to look like in my head and I might just invent it.

'Cause that's how I roll, my peeps.

It's called "Alpaca Silk" and it's wunnerfully soft, as you can imagine. I have no idea who makes it. It's not stark white like her dress, but I'm not splitting hairs. Do you know how hard it is to find pure white in a natural, luxurious fiber? Hard. Very hard. I did pick up a skein of cashmere about ten times and put it back. It was 30 bucks a skein, and while the yardage was generous, I don't think the 7 year old gets to wear handknit cashmere before me.

This stuff was 10 bucks a skein and I got three of them. It gives me about 450 yards which (in my estimation) should make a capelet to go over her shoulders at least to her elbows. And if I need more, there's a ton of it in that dye lot at the store.

They kind of hid it at the bottom of the Koigu, so perhaps no one else will notice it. Hmmmm.

So now I have 19 days to design and execute a capelet. And make and send the invitations whilst finishing up the thank you notes from Bobo's birthday.

Yeah, after I finish my crossword puzzle...

Friday, April 04, 2008

I'm Just So Sick

And I don't mean that in a good way.

I've had a cold since Easter Sunday, which for anyone keeping score will be two weeks ago this coming Sunday. On Monday I saw the doctor and he said I may have a sinus infection so he gave me ten days worth of antibiotics. Which do nothing for a cold, mind you, but at least if I have something infected, it's not now.

I just feel like crap. I'm blowing my nose constantly, I can't taste, I'm coughing up shit you wouldn't believe if I showed you, my throat hurts...this may be the worst head cold EVER.

But at least there's signs of spring. The driveway is mud and there are grassy spots on the lawn. It's a positive step in the right direction.

I promise to catch up more when I'm feeling more like writing.


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