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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Football and Babies

What a game! The Falcons and the Seahawks! I felt a lump in my stomach for quite some time. The play-offs are stressful for us, so I can just imagine how the players feel. We had Lucas this weekend and what a wonderful time we had! He is so sweet and such a good baby! We played and played. I love my grandchildren so much. I hope to have Anna and Brian weekend after next, if I can get it worked out. Since they live so far away, it isn't as easy as it used to be. Crossing my fingers. Well, I have tried and tried to draw Phicops and I just can't get it! I can't make it work. I am not giving up though, I will keep trying until I figure it out. Hoping to start working on the Dare after dinner tonight. I am not really feeling well today and I am not sure why.
This is the top down sock I started earlier in the week. It is going very well and I am enjoying the dpn's. Haven't done socks on dpn's in quite a while. Til next time....

Saturday, January 12, 2013

This Week's Dare and Diva Challenge

I just finished printing out this week's dare from over at The Bright Owl. Erin has given us a great pattern to work with this week. I also printed out the Phicops tangle instructions from the Diva. I am going to see if I can draw the Phicops. I have been away from both for a while, but I am back and ready! I have several new drawings, but the last time that I scanned them into my computer, they just didn't come out good. I know I need a new printer with a better scanner. I have had this HP for about 8 years, and it is so outdated. I am knitting socks and trying some new recipes. Randy and I are trying to eat healthier and I have been cooking all of our meals from scratch. The most difficult part is going to the store so often, but other than that, it is pretty cool and I think, well worth it. I am adjusting to having my Mom here and things are better, though still extremely hectic and stressful. It seems like I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop......

Home Sick (Written on Tuesday)

I am at home today, very sick with a sinus infection. Went to the DR yesterday and she gave me the usual, steriods and a z-pac. I feel as if my head may explode any minute, and the ringing in my ears is so loud, it is annoying. She said I had fluid in both ears, so that is probably why. I decided to take a few minutes to blog while I was up getting something to drink. The toe-up socks are going pretty good. I am using a worsted weight yarn since it is easier to handle. I am surprised at how different the patterns can be written though. I have tried several toes and I am hooked on Judy's Magic Cast-on and knitting in the front and back on the increases. It looks great, it is smooth, and make a beautiful toe. My sweet DIL asked me to knit her another pair of socks and she loves the chunky ones, so I think when I do those for her, they will be my first pair of toe up. I am looking forward to OPAM2013, which will begin the end of January. I am going to work hard to finish more items for my list this year, and I am going to try and do more embroidery and quilting. I have not done much of either the last couple of years, and I am anxious to try and get back to it.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Knitting and Zentangle

Now that the holidays are over, thank goodness, I am having a hard time deciding if I want to knit or tangle. I am doing both now, and loving it! I need more time though, and I just can't seem to find it. I have not been doing the Dare over at The Bright Owl, nor have I done the Diva's Challenge lately. I have been drawing,but I have also been learning to knit toe up socks. I can't believe that I have been knitting socks all these years and never tried toe up. I just love doing them. I am almost ready to attempt making a pair. The training ones are going really well now, and I think I am ready. The holidays were a whirlwind, to say the least. Lucas turned a year old on December 29 and we had a big birthday party for him. Randy, Mom and I stayed around here for New Year's and just enjoyed the peace and quiet. Rest was much needed by all of us. Mom is doing well, though her memory fades more each day. It seems to be going quickly. It is surprising to me. She gets upset all the time about it, and I can't seem to get her to stop, but I really do understand how she feels. I would think it is terrifying not to understand what is going on in your own head. Will try to post more in 2013. I am working on a schedule to get more things done and still trying to find a way to retire early....