Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cabbage Patch

Here's May's mid-month dishcloth with my revisions. Now that I know the name, I thought it would be appropriate to knit it in green. Unfortunately this has been the extent of my gardening this year.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dishcloth Fever

I have been driven by dishcloths lately, to the extent of staying up until the wee hours of the morning. The following two dishcloths are my catch up of January's Mid-month KAL, called Cheyenna. The first is knitted from some scrap yarn that I have gotten from a knitting basket that used to belong to Ida Shurtz. Many of you will remember her from Eugene First Ward. I found out after I married Lance that she was also one of Grandma Bacon's best friends.

This one is called grandma's favorite. When Theresa (Holland) Raymond taught me to knit, she taught me with this pattern. A couple of years ago I started adding a crocheted border to this pattern. I started this on Thursday night when I went to a Book Club for Enrichment. I have a hard time sitting still and not having my hands busy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Weekend Knitting

I had a wonderful weekend with a little bit of down time, so I was able to do some extra knitting. I finished this wonderful dishcloth which was designed by a very talented lady. I didn't find the pattern until after Mother's Day, but how appropriate.
Since I joined the Monthly Dishcloth KAL at the end of March, I didn't get the dishcloths knitted from the beginning of the year. I've decided to try to knit those dishcloths when I can find the time. If I can get them all done and posted on the KAL group site, I will enter the 2009 Challenge for the year. This is January's dishcloth.
It will be fun to have a bunch of dishcloths with monthly themes and then also just dishcloths.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

May's Mid-Month Dishcloth

Here's May's mid-monthly KAL - I don't even know it's name yet. The whole pattern with its title has not been posted yet. It's interesting as I knit, sometimes I think, "I could make this 'better' by doing such and such." I don't always figure that out until these dishcloths are done because I only see a few lines of pattern at a time. This is definitely one that I want to reknit and make into more of a square.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Elephants for Grandma

Sariah helped us make a Mother's Day present for Grandma Giles, who loves elephants. She said I could post her cute plaque after Grandma got her present. Happy Mother's Day, Grandma!
Sariah is so artistic and talented.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mock Disaster

This morning the three younger children and I spent about 4 hours at the fire station being victims in a mock disaster. We volunteered to help those training in the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Program. Amber was so excited about going and getting all made up, but she ended up being assigned the role of a hysterical family member. She was only made up with a bruise on her forehead. Luckily the make-up artist understood the teenagers that made up most of the volunteers. He gave them the opportunity to go home with extra blood squirt on them if they wanted to go impress their moms. So Amber got to go home all bloody, too.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Complete Library

The tangram bookshelves are filled. It's been fun watching Dad fill them with spheres that he has made - finding ways to place the spheres to look like eyes, brains, or something being held.
I tried to get a picture of both shelves together - a bit difficult without a panoramic lens. I am sure enjoying this beautiful room; now the challenge is that Amber and I can keep it clean.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Tribute to My Mothers

I wanted to express my love and appreciation to my mother and my mother-in-law today. I don't know why I was blessed with two of the most wonderful angels, but I am so grateful. I have learned many values and traits from my mother, she is such an example to me. I know I would be a good woman if I had but a few of my mom's attributes. My husband is the wonderful man that he is because of his mother. As I have been a mother and parent, I think I have gained more of an appreciation of what my mother and mother-in-law have done for me.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Can you tell what this is?

I have been working on designing a dishcloth this week. I finished the design last night and then knitted it. My family has had a hard time telling what it is. Can you tell what it is? I do not draw, so this is a difficult thing to do. I have a second version which I will start knitting - we'll see if it's any easier to tell.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Tangram Bookshelves

After finishing the wonderful diagonal bookshelves for the library, my dad started some other fun tangram bookshelves.
Dad was looking forward to doing these because they were much more fun and challenging. Hmm, I wonder where I get this drive to knit and create. That reminds me, Mom is starting to knit some socks. This is really becoming fun!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009


I finished May's Monthly Dishcloth KAL.
Sariah hates the bobble; but I learned something new, so I think it's o.k. I do understand her point, I'm not real big on bobbles all over a sweater, but who knows maybe some day I'll make one and then like it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Books in the Bookshelf

I have not done any book organizing for over a month. I've got about two or three cubicles to fill still and stacks and stacks of books to decide which will go into them. So, the books remain in piles on the floor in Bryce's room. I finally decided just to take a picture of the shelves with the books that are in there and post the picture.
I enjoyed organizing these books - I have the reading books organized by author, then most of the school books by subject. It was fun to change the slant of the books, too.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Couple Cloths of the Week

I just finished a couple of dishcloths this week. This one I finished last night - Waves of Molokai Cloth.
This one I finished a few days ago - Waitress Slice of Pie.
Lydia - I have not forgotten about Maya's hat. I've misplaced the yarn and needles for it - but I'm searching.