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We’re lucky enough to have neighbors who were willing to buy one of those huge water slide playthingamajigs for the back yard. Our kids pounced and played for a while yesterday and again this morning. Poor neighbors. They have one child and all 3 of ours descend on them like locusts whenever they bring out any new toy stuff. We tried warning them! 🙂

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They weren’t cold at all, as you can see!

We'rrre nnnnooott ccccooollddd!

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But this, this is what makes being a parent and living in suburbia all worth it:

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As I said, the kids descended on them again this morning and ate most of their snacks, popcorn, gatorade, and generally had lots of fun! There were 3 more kiddos over today and I probably should have grabbed my camera, but I just didn’t get around to it.

I’ve just about finished my log cabin squares blanket for the auction… it’s seamed together and just needs an I-cord border. I’m hoping to get started on that tonight and be done by the end of the week. For now, I give you the latest WIP photo of the squares:

Log Cabin Squares

I’ve begun the Kai Cable Sweater using some of the leftover green yarn and it’s looking like I’ll finish tonight if the kids are agreeable and allow me knitting time. I’m planning to take the kids to the Morton Arboretum to see the Big Bugs exhibit tomorrow along with my daughter’s bestest friend in the whole wide world, so there might not be as much knitting progress as I hope. I’m sure to have some candid pictures, though, so check back!

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Hang On!

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Knitting content coming soon!  We’ve been busier this year doing summer stuff than ever before and I haven’t really got much knitting to show for it.  I have been making great progress on the auction blanket, but I want to finish before posting photos of it.  I’ve also been searching for a sweater to make for the monkey pictured above using the yarn she chose at HobbLobb this week.  Cheap + washable = Happy Mom and Daughter!  Hours spent perusing Ravelry means time not spent knitting.  If only we could figure a way to search and ogle while knitting…  hmmm

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I have agreed to knit several things to be grouped into a baby basket which will be offered at our school’s auction later this year. I needed to purchase the yarn for these items, and because we’re looking for the most cost-effective and easy-care items, I headed to HobbLobb. While there with all my kiddos, my oldest spotted the ugliest Red Heart Kids yarn I have ever laid eyes on and immediately began begging. And pleading. And begging some more. He HAD to have this one skein of yarn so I could make him a blanket. Ha! I tried reasoning with him. Not only was it kinda sorta scratchy, but it’s nowhere near enough to make a blanket. Probably not even big enough for a blankie for a toy. It was futile. It became obvious to me that he really just wanted something special made by mommy just for him. I am a little pressed for time because I want to be absolutely sure I finish the knitted items I have promised to the auction, but I also wanted to oblige my son.

One Skein Mini Blanket

Pattern: Diagonal Pattern Baby Blanket (Knit) by Lion Brand (free with registration on their website)

Yarn: Red Heart Kids in Crayon, one single lonely skein

Needles: 10.5US

Started: June 20, 2008

Finished: June 22, 2008

I weighed the skein before starting and wound it into two equal balls so I could increase through one half and decrease through the other. I ended up with maybe 3-4 yards leftover. The mini Clown Yack Blanket measures ~19″ square. He’s happy, although he did say that he didn’t expect it to look like it does. He thought it would end up more of a striped rainbow than a muddled puke pile. 🙂 If the interest is still there in a few months, I’ll use some of my old Cotton Ease and make a striped blanket for him.

Hope you had a great weekend!

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Pool Fun

Pool Fun

We took the kids to a local pool today… It was shockingly uncrowded, even though the weather was awesome. Worked out great for us since it’s hard to keep track of 3 kids who all want to go different directions at the same time! I was surprised that my daughter, who often refuses to leave my side, was willing and excited to go down all the slides alone! WOOHOO!  (my apologies to all the lifeguards who had to ‘catch’ her at the end of the slides)

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Mike Wazowski

My good friend Sheri was perusing my Flickr account when a coworker looked over her shoulder and spotted the monster toy I made for our school friends… She shouted “Mike Wazowski! I want a Mike Wazowski, too!” When my friend told me about the little chat, I took it as a challenge and thus a toy was born!

Voila! Mike Wazowski!

Mike Wazowski

Pattern: Spherey by Jess Hutchison’s Unusual Toys for you to Knit and Enjoy

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Spring Green, maybe a quarter skein

Needles: US 4

Started: June 17, 2008
Finished: June 19, 2008

Mods:

I added a 6 stitch i-cord for the arms, and when I reached the ‘hands’ I did the following:
kfb, kfb, k2, kfb, kfb for a total of 10 sts. I then broke up the stitches into pairs and did very short i-cords for each finger.

For the legs, I don’t think I could possibly explain what I did. It was a combination of short rows and gussets and picking up stitches and ending up with two feet that look a little similar but are really different. 🙂 I even tried to take notes as I went so I could end up with matching feet, but that didn’t work as well as I had hoped.

He’s a little wonky, but I really like him and am proud of myself for trying to modify a pattern and add things to make him look like the ‘real’ Monsters, Inc. character.

I’m currently working on a few auction items for our school. I have until early November to complete everything I hope to offer. Thankfully, that’s a good amount of time and the people I’ve approached so far have been open to my using their patterns in the auction!! Wish me luck in speedy knitting over the summer!

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Somebunny to Love

Lovable Bunny

Pattern: Sophie by Ysolda Teague (Rav link)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Savers in Lavender, not much… forgot to measure… maybe 1/3 skein?

Needles: US4

Started: June 4, 2008

Finished: June 8, 2008

Measures ~13″ tall

Lovable Bunny

This is such a great pattern! I think it’s very well written, with photos to help clarify the instructions and available pattern support if you need it! I did a couple of things different from the pattern only because my stitchpickupability (new word!) was a complete failure for no apparent reason… So, instead of picking up the stitches to knit the arms, legs, and ears, I just cast on and began knitting and later seamed the pieces onto the body using mattress stitch. It worked out very well for me because I thought it was a pain in the a$$ to fumble with the dpns and the toy flip-flopping around. (Just my opinion.) I love how the ears fold a bit… however, when I make this toy again I will use larger needles for the ears to make them more floppy and cuddly. They’re really stiff as knit on the US4s. As I mentioned in earlier posts, this toy will accompany the Happy Flower Blanket to be given to the baby girl twin sometime this summer.

I had originally started knitting a Magic Circle for the mom-to-be, but decided it was going to take far too long and end up way too large for what I was hoping to accomplish. I resorted to asking mom what she wanted, telling her that whether she chose something or not, she’d be getting a gift, so why not make it something she’d enjoy?! She mentioned slippers, so I went to my LYS and bought the goods to make some Felted Clogs.

Clog, pre-felting

With luck, I’ll get these done by the end of the week.

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Soccer Post

I don’t have substantial knitting to show you today, but I did manage to take a few fun pictures of my oldest son playing soccer yesterday.

Over Here!

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Attacking the goal

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The ‘Fun’ Team Shot:

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The ‘Real’ Team Shot:

Team Photo

And a closer shot of the only two boys on the team:
The only boys!

Our team won this game (although no official score was kept… wink wink) and T was able to score one of the goals!! The other boy on the team scored at least 3 goals himself–maybe 4, I can’t remember. It was a very good day for both of them, for sure! T did very well in the goal, and in fact seems to really excel there. Who knows, maybe he’ll go pro one day and we’ll retire early. 🙂 There’s only one more game before the season is over. He’s definitely had fun and I think he’ll play again in the fall. I’m sure we’ll be doing plenty of sport type stuff over the summer, as well.

I hope to be back within the next day or two with a completed Bunny to be paired with the Sunshine Flower blanket. I didn’t expect the bunny to take as long as it has… It’s certainly not difficult–far from it!–but I’ve not been knitting a lot over the last week and that makes for little progress.

Hope you are enjoying less violent weather than the Midwest is today, and I’ll be back soon with some knitting to show.

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