October 2003 Archives

October 31, 2003

Happy Halloween

Today's entry is all about Charlotte.

Last night we carved our pumpkin with seven teeth to match Charlotte.
This led Charlotte to cut her eighth tooth late last night.

Here's Charlotte in her costume.
My husband and I went to Ga. Tech, home of the yellow jackets, so my sister thought it would be nice if Charlotte had a bee outfit.

Under Charlotte's hat is the scariest thing I've seen all day.
Luckily her costume covers up the bed head.

Knitting pictures and updates on Monday.

Posted by crsattic at 10:12 AM

October 29, 2003

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good
Here's my one-year old who seems much too grown up to still be my baby.
She had a very nice birthday party complete with a visit from Grandma, a cinnamon pudding cake, and lots of presents. If you have never made a pudding cake, you're in for an experience. I made the cake batter and was surprised to find that it barely covered the bottom of the pan. I thought that maybe I didn't add the right amount of ingredients. Then I made the topping and poured that on top of the batter. I think the topping, which was a sugary syrup, took up twice as much space as the batter. By this time, I had decided the cake was a failure. I put it in the oven while my husband prepared to go to store and buy a cake. Sometime in the cooking process an amazing thing happened, my syrupy blob turned into a cake! The batter part fluffed up while the syrup drained through the cake and formed a sugary bottom layer. All in all the cake was a success. Anyone out there making a pudding cake, I'm warning you that it will not seem like a cake until it is completely finished so don't panic.
The Bad
As I said on Monday Haiku and the Debbie Bliss Jacket aren't finished. That's the bad part. Here are pictures of the progress.

Debbie Bliss Jacket

Here's a side embroidery closeup.

The Ugly
We cleaned out my car yesterday, because it could be towed to a salvage yard as early as today. Here's what's left of the first new car I ever bought.

Posted by crsattic at 3:48 PM

October 27, 2003

I'm taking it easy right now

Charlotte had a very nice birthday. Her sweaters weren't finished; however, I did make some more progress on them both. I'll post pictures later this week.
Charlotte and I were in a car accident this morning. It was a front-end collision that I think left my car totaled. Charlotte's fine, and I'm just a little banged up. My left hand is bruised and swollen, so no knitting for the next couple of days.
I hope your Monday is going alright.

Posted by crsattic at 12:49 PM

October 18, 2003

One Week to Go

Charlotte seems to realize that her first birthday is fast approaching, and she wants to hit as many milestones as possible beforehand. On Sunday, she took her first steps. Then I noticed yesterday that she has another tooth coming through on the top, making the teeth total now seven. At the rate they come in, she may have eight teeth by next Saturday. She has also started drinking through straws. She won't drink from a sippy cup, but give her a juice box and she's in heaven. Charlotte's even big enough to start taking big girl baths in the real bath tub (no more baby tub).
With all the excitement around here, only a little knitting has been accomplished. I think I'll put Sonnet to the side for now and plow ahead on Haiku. I hope to have it and the black sweater finished by her birthday Saturday.

Posted by crsattic at 3:19 PM | 1 Comment

October 15, 2003

It's A Blustery Day Here In Northern Virginia

Between the storms and heavy rain yesterday and the strong wind gusts today, I've been staying close to home and actually getting some knitting done.
Here is the lovely Sonnet. The edges really are straight, it's just my circular needles that are curvy.
And here is the smaller but equally lovely Haiku.
Both are coming along now that I'm finally past the cast on for the back. (I had a lot of trouble adding the correct number of stitches, mainly due to my soon to be one year old.)
Before the storms yesterday, I did manage to get our flowerbeds weeded. I found a small worm in one of my rose bushes and discovered that it was a rose slug. These bugs have been eating all the meat off of my rose leaves, leaving little leaf skeletons behind. I've knocked off any I've found, so hopefully I won't find much more flower damage.
I'm still chilled from the wind this morning, so I'm off to warm up. Stay warm where you are and have a nice Wednesday.

Posted by crsattic at 8:26 AM | 1 Comment

October 9, 2003

I've made some knitting progress over the last few days, most of which can be found here in Haiku.
I'm amazed at how fast this project is going. Because of Sonnet, I'm already familiar with the pattern, and there are a lot less stitches. It makes the knitting just fly by. I'll try to tear myself away from this project to get some work done on the other projects as well. Sonnet is my only project on circs, so any out of the house knitting will be on it. More progress pics later.

Posted by crsattic at 10:31 PM | 2 Comments

October 7, 2003

A Great Meetup

I attended a wonderful meetup today with other stay at home moms. This is only the second social activity I've been to since we moved in April, and I really loved meeting all the other moms and their children. Charlotte really enjoyed interacting with the other kids as well. Hopefully, this group will continue growing so that we can see each other again next month.
In all of the excitement, I did still find time to knit. I've added a few more rows to both Sonnet and the Debbie Bliss blue sweater. The embroidered jacket is currently on the blocking table to prepare it before I start on the body flowers. And ... I cast-on and started Haiku. I'd said this would happen if I freed up a pair of needles. It's moving very fast, I should finish the first garter band tonight. I'm using the same yarn that I used for Sonnet, Venice by Passport Yarn Co. I'll post progress pics of these guys later in the week.
Charlotte's birthday is looming on the horizon (only 18 more days) and I would love to have at least one finished project to give her. I think her black jacket will be done, but I'm not sure beyond that. If you're reading this, send some positive knitting energy my way.

Posted by crsattic at 10:43 PM | 1 Comment

October 6, 2003

Finally, Some Progress

I've finally caught up on my Sonnet.
I'm just past the first armhole decrease. The box stitch is very pretty, and the garter stitch pattern on either side really makes it stand out. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get a very detailed picture of the box stitch band to show it off.
Here also is Charlotte's blue sweater.
As you can see, still no circs, but I'm slowly making progress. We're over halfway there. Charlotte's birthday is at the end of the month so I'm hoping to do some speedy baby sweater work between now and then. Maybe some of Alison's fall finishing frenzy will rub off on me.

Posted by crsattic at 4:40 PM

October 1, 2003

Our Busy Household

Sorry for the lack of posts but this has been a busy week for us. Charlotte now has teeth 5 and 6, and I've picked up some extra work. Between that and constantly cleaning up after Charlotte, not a lot of project work has been accomplished.
I had a Sonnet setback, but I'm almost back to where I left off last week. I promise this is not a difficult pattern. I also promise that I'm not a complete idiot when it comes to knitting. I am however a perfectionist, and, if I'm going to invest so much time into something, I want it to turn out right. Although my husband has threatened to throw out my yarn stash if he sees me pulling out any more work.
I have to buy circulars for Charlotte's blue sweater. It's not that the work is getting heavy on the needles yet. I've just gotten spoiled by the circulars I'm using on Sonnet, so now anything else feels awkward, bulky, and slow.
Charlotte's black jacket now has all of the collar embroidery finished. I was going to wait to buy buttons until all of the embroidery was finished, but I think I'll need them sewn in for flower placement. I do want to know that the buttons will look all right with the embroidery though, so I'll probably finish the sewing on the button hole side and then go shopping.
I'll post pictures as soon as I get enough work finished to be worth showing.

Posted by crsattic at 7:11 PM

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