Monday, January 17, 2011

Jack Phillip

What a wonderful weekend!

We spent most of Saturday with some good friends of ours, the Rex's.  Jason did some electrical work for them and I chit chatted with Lynn all afternoon.  Such a great time of fellowship.

I finished the hand-dyed sweater for the Rex's son, Dawson.  I love it!  The color is awesome and the cabling up the front gives it a little something special.

On Sunday we got the news that our good friends Bethany and Ryan were finally having their baby!  Little Jack Phillip was born yesterday at 4:29 pm.  He was a tiny 6 lbs 13 oz and 20 inches long.  Mom did an incredible job and both are doing great.  We went up last night to see the little peanut.  What a sweet little face.  AND I can officially name my sweater!  The pattern for Jack's Hooded Sweater will be up soon.  I need to do a little tweaking to the pattern.  Bethany is our professional photog and has already said she will be doing newborn pics of Jack in his sweater.  Once she gets those up, I will get permission and swipe one for my album!

Next, up?  Another of those 5 hour Fran's Hooded Sweaters in some sweet Bernat baby bubbles with blues and greens.  The baby knitting never ends. . . I can't wait for the day when all the baby knitting is for MY baby, le sigh, someday, just not today!

Finally on Friday, I started organizing and decorating our living room.  Here are the before pics.  I am not quite finished yet.  So after pics to come!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

celebrating 2011, forty-five seconds too late!

That's right, we missed it, by 45 seconds!

We went to a party held by some good friends of ours.  They just got married this summer, just bought a new house, and just announced they are pregnant!  That's a lot for two people to do in 6 months!  Anyway, we wanted to go because we had been so busy this holiday season and I had just received the news that my uncle had died.  I wanted something to take my brain off all the craziness; a New Years Eve party with good friends, sounded like a good idea.  We had a great time chatting, eating, and just hanging out.  About 10 minutes until midnight, we turned on the TV to watch Dick Clark's program.  We counted down at one minute, but 10 seconds into the countdown, one of our friends said, "Hey, my phone says there is only 10 seconds left?!?"  Another friend checked his phone and said the same thing.  We realized as the ball dropped that the boys had rewound the tv to re-watch something earlier that night and no one had ever forwarded the tv back to real time!  We missed midnight by 45 seconds.  In lieu of missing the actually new years, we rewound the tv six times and celebrated six more times!  Oh the joys of technology!

Yesterday, Jerek and I went sledding and played in the snow.  We finally got a good snowfall and Jerek was dying to go play in it.  I wish I had the tolerance to the cold that he had so I could stay out with him the whole time.  I made it a good 45 minutes though!

I also got the body of another sweater done.  It is the Telemark Sweater by Erika Flory on  I LOVE this pattern as it is so quick and easy.  I substituted the cabling from Newborn Top-Down Sweater for the garter stitch that is suppose to go about half way down the sweater.  My cabling went all the way to the bottom.

I am also excited to blog that this was my first skein of self-dyed yarn!  I have done 2 skeins so far, this one was 2 packets of lemon-lime Kool-Ade to 3.5 oz. of 100% virgin wool.  I love the look as it turned out slightly variegated!  I am not sure if you will be able to see it in the pictures, but it is a very subtle light green to light yellow change.