Monday, November 07, 2005

Monday, Monday

How can it be Monday again? I want my weekend back! It was a good one, though.

Saturday brought a surprise from my Secret Pal!

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Aren't they cute? Stitch markers from Zephyr. I love them! My awesome SP also gave me a gift certificate to Adagio Teas which I quickly blew on several yummy tins of tea. I'm not a coffee drinker and I love herbal tea. Their tea is divine. Thank you so much, Secret Pal!

We found all kinds of old favorite movies at the library last week and seemed to watch all of them this weekend. Mr. Holland's Opus (wonderful), A Civil Action (excellent), Born on the Fourth of July (great, but damn depressing) and a few others. This, of course, gave me lots of time to knit on the baby blanket.

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Told ya I was cranking on it. That is skein number 3. Joan asked a few questions in the comments. I bought 4 skeins and I'll probably use all of it. So, I'm just past the halfway point. The feather and fan pattern I'm using is a repeat of 18 stitches. After knitting a gauge swatch (yea, I actually do this), I measured how wide the pattern repeat is. Whipping out my trusty calculator, I figured how wide I wanted the blanket to be. So, I cast on 154 stitches for 8 repeats of the pattern and 10 extra so I would have a 5-stitch garter stitch border on each side. I also knit 5 rows of garter stitch in the beginning and will do the same at the end. The blanket is being knit on size 10 needles and I'm really happy with the density of the fabric. I knit loose and 10 1/2 was a little too loose. I thought I would be bored out of my mind with the pattern, but I'm not. Like the Clapotis, it has a few mindless rows with 1 you have to think about tossed in. Keeps it interesting, but also is great for movie knitting. I'm really hoping to finish it by next weekend. The yarn is beautiful and I like working with it. Not bad for a $22 gift, huh?

In teenager related news, I think something is definitely wrong. Star was told on Friday, that if he didn't COMPLETELY clean out his pig pen bedroom by 9pm on Sunday, his new iPod would become mine until it was. If I told you the shit that came out from under his bed, you would faint. I did. Ok, almost. It probably doesn't help I'm a clean freak, but his room was a phone call away from being condemned (ok, I'm probably exaggerating...a little). Well, try not to gasp too loudly - I know you are at work (heh), he actually did it. I know!! It really is a Christmas miracle! Of course, he finished 15 minutes before the deadline, but that is the Star for you. Want a good laugh? He thinks it smells funny now. Ha! That would be a CLEAN smell, kiddo.

And in case you were wondering about the Princess...grounded, again. For breaking the same damn rule as last time.

My next purchase? A tape recorder so I can stop repeating the same thing over and over and over again...

Posted by Heather at 7:48 AM

6 Comments

  1. Blogger Nancy posted at 8:31 AM  
    That baby blanket is going to be beautiful! As a mom who's adopted I can tell you how appricaited that will be. Best of luck to your friends. My mom made a very similar feather/fan blanket for Ems and it's now her reading chair cuddle throw.

    Love the markers. And the stories about teens. We're scared, very scared, around here!
  2. Anonymous Anonymous posted at 7:42 PM  
    Thanks Heather for the info on your feather and fan. I've saved it and will plan to make it for the next baby gift I need. It's really turning out well and I'm sure the new baby and mom will enjoy. I like to read your blog! Joan in Michigna
  3. Anonymous Bliss posted at 7:55 AM  
    Boy do I hear you on needing a tape recorder so I can replay myself saying the same things over and over! Insanity is inherited...we get it from our teenagers!

    The baby blanket is beautiful.
  4. Blogger Soulknitting posted at 3:34 PM  
    I reallllllllyyyy like that F&F blanket. I think I understand the pattern. But if you get a minute, it's 5 garder, 10 f&f, and 5 garder. Right? I can find the F&F on the net I know. Boy, is that pretttttyyyyy or what??
  5. Anonymous Heather posted at 6:04 PM  
    Those stitch markers are the cutest! And your blanket, wow..it's going to be awesome!
  6. Blogger Jody posted at 11:28 AM  
    Love the blanket. What a wonderful gift/keepsake it will make.I always tell pregnant women to study LaMaze well, as they will need it in 14 years. Have heart...those exasperating teens will grow up to be fabulous people (ok, so two out of three did, but those aren't such bad odds, are they?).

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