Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Grand Baby Number FIVE!

Yes, Mario Alonzo Ramirez III was born 12/10/14 at 9:25 pm and was 7 pounds, 10 ounces.....he hasd some complications, and was in NICU and had an IV in his head, but he is doing much better (no more IV) and I hope he gets to go home soon (sorry for the picture overload)!

Then Alexxis (big sister) was missing mommy, so she got to come to hospital to see her.  This is my DIL, Amanda, Grand Daughter, Alexxis, and Step Son, Mario (he is Jr, so the 2nd).

And yes......I finished the blanket in time to go visit him this past Friday!

Celeste and I went to see her dad this weekend.....she made some cute pictures with some games on my phone, we got some ice cream at DQ....and then I got her to take some pictures by the Christmas tree!

Christmas is almost here......are you ready?  Do you have all your Christmas knitting done?  Are you doing any Christmas knitting this year?  I am doing very little this year...but some.  Remember the socks I started for my niece....well, I want to finish them for Christmas....and also the matching cowl for my sister.  I have finished the gusset on both socks so know it is straight knit and I am hoping it will go quickly!

I am also still plugging away on Paige's sweater.....I am about 2 1/4" into the 3" ribbing at the back....I still need to pick up stitches and a 2x2 ribbing around the front...but right now there are over 300 stitches on the needles and it is becoming time consuming!

I also started the shawl for the final Miss Babs Destination (I showed you the yarn last week)......I have not worked on it since I started it...and I have a billion other things to finish...but it just called my name!  The shawl is called A Day To Remember.

This past week, I got my Secret Santa package.....my secret sister gave me some chocolate, yarn, some Christmas Ornaments, a shawl book, a big pen, and a Santa punch ball!  All Yummy!

I also had a small exchange with the ladies that I work with and knit with.....Evelyn made the cutest yarn ball with knitting needles ornament and gave us each a fun eraser (she knows we need them)!

Suzi gave us each a long container and each slot has a spot for stitch markers....and she even put different types of stitch markers in each slot along with the rubbery things to grip your needles with!!

 Barbara got me an UnWined wine glass with sayings "Typical Day", "Rough Day" and "Don't even ask" each with a different mark on how much win should be in the glass for each day....along with the most awesome Longhorn Ornaments!!!!!

Darlene got us each a Thomas Kincade mug with English Breakfast Tea (my favorite) and sugar cookies....and of course, one of her AwesomeGrannie notions bags...the notions bag had stitch markers and a tape measure in it!!

I also had some stash enhancements.....I got some Turtlepurl self striping WORSTED yarn in the trenchcoat colorway....I love this colorway!

And my last shipment of the Barking Dogs Yarn Club came in.....this is by far my favorite color....Gingerbread......I kind of wish I was doing this club again next year, but the clubs were getting a bit expensive....so I had to cut somewhere.

Well, I guess that is just about all I have....I did watch Antonio one day last week and Jaime (Antonio calls him Pam-Pa for Grandpa) helped his play with the drill....they had lots of fun!

Oh yeah....one small shout out to my good friend, Ruby, who had knee replacement surgery this past Friday.....get well soon and I hope you get lots of knitting time!

Have a great week everyone!

Happy, Happy, Happy Knitting!

Monday, December 8, 2014

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas......

Okay...I promise I will not sing to you, but it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  I got out my Christmas tree yesterday, put it up, pulled out the lights and had to throw away almost 3 strands of lights.....so I have a few lights on the bottom, and I have all the ornaments on it....but I still need to finish off with more lights.  I do not have a picture of mine....but I do have a picture of Paige's....her roommate, Bizzle, only likes real trees....so they got a real tree and got it all decorated.....Antonio was sooooooo super excited!

Can you see the excitement in his face?  I just love this time of year!!

Remember the Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock Yarn I got last week?  It was an awesome early Christmas present from my BFF Darlene......well, I loved the yarn and colorway so much......I FINISHED THE SOCKS!  Yup...with all the UFO's I need to get working on, I made a pair of socks....but I love them, and they are for ME!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paige's friend had her baby early, so I finished the last hat.....now she has small, medium, and large to choose from.

My sister recently returned from Europe and brought me some European crack (at least to me) from my relatives....Thank you Tante Mecki, Uncle Dieter, and Cousins Sabine and Dagmar!
This is the best chap stick in the world....Labello.....and the best candy in the world....MaoaM!!!

I also worked on Little Mario's baby's blanket....I am just about at the 1/2 way point!

I worked on Paige's sweater too, but only about 5-6 rows (hey, they are over 300 stitches each).....and I also had a Club Delivery today....it is Miss Babs Knitting Tour Final Destination of 2014.....this is Isadora Yarn (A heavy lace with 70% merino wool and 30% tussah silk) and the pattern is by Joji Locatelli.....I love this designer and have several of her designs in my que.  It is called "A Day to Remember"  The closeup of the yarn is the best coloring I can capture.  There are lots of extras (as always with Miss Babs Tour)....the band around the yarn is a leather bracelet that says "Must Knit Faster" by CJohannesen Studio.  Today was also the day to buy next year's tour.....and I got mine!

I am also participating in a Secret Santa Exchange and my package went out to the recipient today!  I hope she likes it....I cannot wait to get mine!  While I was shopping for my Secret Santa Sister, I came across some wax warmers.....let me tell you, I have tons of candle wax (scentsy)....and it seems my holders to melt them ( also scentsy) are always breaking.  Plus, I have a lot of the plug in the wall (like a night light) and the grand kids think all those are too interesting, so I have to go with ones I put up high on a shelf and then a cord plugs in to warm up the wax.....well, I found the cutest Knit Cable Pattern ones....whatcha' think?  I have not decided if I am going to gift them to others, or keep for myself (they were initially bought to keep for me).

Lastly, the lady that heads up all the HiyaHiya stuff asked me to make a video of her grandma's stretchy bind off......so I did.  This is for a toe up sock and it is for a k1, p1 ribbing.....I used it on my Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock socks....and it is stretchy!

That is all I have.......oh, one more thing....a friend of mine on LSSK found these cute IOU labels.....so just in case you are a little behind on your Christmas knitting but still want to wrap something and put it under the tree......print this out, fill it out, put it in a box and wrap it!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Happy December

Wow!  It is December already!  Did you survive your Thanksgiving?  I did....and I had a great time!

Here are some family pictures:

Almost the whole gang!

Uncle George and BIL Jim frying one of the turkeys!

Nathan hitting that ball!

My leftie, Antonio hitting the ball with my nephew, Sean, supervising!

And of course, Antonio showing me his creation that he is VERY proud of....do you see that smile?

It was a great time had by all and we all ate too much!

I hope your family had a great time and everyone took a moment to think of what they are thankful for!  Okay, now on to the knitting!

I am almost done with one mitten for my Loopy Academy.  I still have to do the thumb, and make the second mitten!

I worked a lot on Paige's sweater....I am sure you guys are tired of seeing it...but I am actually to the RIBBING!  I know I put that in capital letters, but I still have a ton of ribbing to go...but this is the first part of the ribbing.....It is the bottom at the back side......

I started some baby hats for one of Paige's friends that is due January 2nd.....I finished 2 of them so far...and I had to frog a bit on the third one because I forgot to change needle size after the ribbing!

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Paige wanted more hats....and she picked out some yarn and I would be casting on soon......well, I got the yarn and I casted on for both hats.  The first one is called Nordic Lace Hat.  Paige saw the green (called Mossy Rock) that is being used in the Dr Who Scarf I am making for my friend's son...and she loved the color.  So I got it in a worsted weight.

Paige also picked out some sock yarn in my stash...it was Malabrigo Sock yarn in Tiziano Red....but the skeins in my stash are all meant for my Knit Swirl pattern....since I did not want to take the chance on a dye lot problem, I ordered a new skein and waited for it to come in.  I am glad I did because this skein of yarn has a considerable amount of dark undertones in it....I would actually have preferred skeins like this one for my Knit Swirl, but I am not going to rip and restart!  I am making the Autumn Gold pattern with this yarn.  UPDATE:  I ranted on my blog about this terribly written pattern that I paid for, but the next day I got a message from the designer and she is refunding my money...so I came back here to remove my long rant because now I no longer paid for the pattern.  I do love it when people make things "Right"!  If you get this pattern, one hint...the cables should be on row 3, not row 1....if they are on row 1, contact the designer for the updated pattern….This is the same designer/author as the Nordic Lace Hat I am doing for Paige in green (above), and the designer has told me there are no errors in that pattern.....keeping my fingers crossed.

I had some stash enhancements.....first, I got another bag from BagsByAwesomeGrannie (it is holding my baby hat project!

and I also got the yarn in the last baby hat picture last week...it is Simpliworsted in the bubblegum colorway (although I think it is a little lavenderish).

I got some CoBaSi Plus also in the Bubblegum colorway and the Iris colorway...this bubblegum colorway is a little more towards the pinkish side I wanted!

I also got some needle tips for my chiaogoo's.  They are 4" needles so I can make 16" circulars and make more hats.  I got size 2, 2 1/2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 (I am already using the size 7's) and a few more spin cords....one in 8" and one in 22"

With all this hat making I also decided to get some more dpn's.  I have never tried the Chiaogoo....so I got a few to try (but I really love Hiya Hiya Sharps)!

Then I got some yarn from Darlene (because she is awesome!)  There is a little story behind it.....do you watch The Big Bang Theory?  If you do, then you know what Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock is......if not, then you are really missing out!  This is TurtlePurl Yarn in the "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock" colorway!  HOW COOL IS THAT?  I had to cast on right away for a pair of vanilla toe up socks!  Thank you Darlene!!!!!!!!!

Well, that is about it on the knitting front......Last week I told you about my new tv and how I was having another one delivered....well, it was delivered and I love it!

I also watched Antonio on Wednesday evening...for some reason, Facebook showed me a photo I had shared on the same day, three years earlier....it was a picture of me snuggling with Antonio.....So, to all the people who do not see how fast time flies.......from snuggling to full grown Ninja in a mere 3 years.......sigh!

Oh, and I also made Paige some pumpkin bread....she loves the stuff, and while I am not usually a very good cook or baker....I can make pumpkin bread......

That is all I have for this week.....sorry I was a day late....crazy day yesterday!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!