Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my Dad. I couldn't have asked for a better role model to help me through life. He has always been there for me and I know that he always will be. No matter what happens or what others think, if I know that my Dad is still proud me, then I know that I am doing just fine.

We are fortunate to have such a wonderful person in Matthew's life. He is an amazing Pa and is now not just a great role model for us, but for Matthew too. Most importantly though, Matthew loves playing with Pa :)

I love you so much Daddy. I hope that you have a great day, but since you are visiting your newest grandson, I know that it is probably awesome. Happy Birthday!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekend Joy

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. We definitely did (we of course do not mention the game that occurred yesterday evening (congrats WSU) - we are just excited for baseball season to begin shortly).

On Saturday we went down to southern Maryland to visit our cousins Christopher and Brittany. It was great being able to spend time with family and to get out of the city for a day. While we all enjoyed ourselves, I think that Matthew had the time of his life.

Since Matthew has an obsession a love of planes, Christopher and Brittany had the brilliant idea of taking us to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, MD. It was perfect. They have a large open area with tons of retired test planes that the navy used. You can walk right up to the plane and touch them, walk underneath and check out details that you otherwise couldn't see. When Matthew saw where we were headed, he screamed "planes" and took off running full speed towards them. He was in heaven.

The happy crew (minus the photo taker)
Standing on a helicopter 
He thought this plane looked like Dusty (who he had in his hand)

We bought him a F-35 model while we were there that he now has to sleep with as well.

He was sitting in a plane for this picture. HEAVEN!
He keeps asking to go see the planes, so I have a feeling that we will be making the trip there again very soon.

What did you do this weekend?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Five for Friday

I have seen on other elsewhere on the internets that some people (a.k.a. other blogs) post five things from the previous week each Friday. I really like this concept. It forces you to go back and remember some things that you might otherwise forget. It also serves as a way for me to post about smaller items that I might not mention during the week, or that I might put on instagram of the like, but not on the blog. So, with that, here is my first Five for Friday.

1) As you may have noticed, March Madness got underway yesterday. It was not kind to the Big 12, with all three teams that played yesterday losing. I am hoping that the trend will changed today with my Jayhawks up first at 12:15 ET. Rock Chalk baby!!

I was able to watch the games yesterday with my knitting and my little man.  Nothing better (well, some Big 12 wins would have been nice).

2) Happy Officially Spring Day!! Or not. This is what I am currently looking at outside my window. I can just hear my dad saying "I hate winter" as I type this. What is the weather like where you are?

3) I was making GREAT progress on one of the WIPs that I posted about on Wednesday. One of the Bookman Blankets is almost done and I got so close.....and then I ran out of yarn :( I could of sworn that I had enough to make the pattern, but alas, I do not. So, that WIP is going to be set aside until the rest of the yarn arrives.

4) What I am currently reading...

I have started the second volume of The Complete Sherlock Holmes (will post about the first soon). I am also reading His Excellency by Joseph Ellis. I have decided that I don't know enough about our Presidents, so am starting from the beginning and will be reading a biography about all of them in order. Yes, all of them - even Filmore. So, George Washington is up first.

5) I have noticed (and have been told) that some of the links on the pages of links no longer work. I will be updating that next week. In the meantime, if you have any blogs that you would recommend, please send them my way and I will check them out and include them if they make sense to list.

Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Madness

As many of you know, or have heard, I LOVE MARCH MADNESS.

I, of course, am always rooting for my Kansas Jayhawks, but it is more than just that. I love the excitement of every game. I love the filling out of brackets and seeing who does the best. I love upsets and the close non-upsets. I love to see teams achieve what they set out to achieve.

All in all, this is maybe the best time of year!!

If you need me, I'll be in front of the TV with my twitter feed up. @purlsuasion

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I am in waiting mode. As I mentioned I am in the process of changing careers to teaching. I found a great program that would work perfectly for our family and for what I really want to achieve. I completed and turned in my application for the program at the end of last month. Now - now, I am waiting. I HATE WAITING. So much depends on the answer to getting into this program that I sometimes have a minor panic attack when I think about not getting in, but if we have to, we will cross that bridge later.

Luckily, I have several things to occupy my time and help me keep my mind off of the waiting. The first is Geometry. Yep, that's right, geometry. Fifteen years after my last math class, I am in the middle of taking a geometry course that was a requirement for applying for the teaching program. Surprisingly, I am having fun. It is nice to be doing math again, and luckily I have someone in the family who knows something about geometry, so that helps. However, how much I hate tests is coming to back to me!

The second and third things are knitting and reading. I have posted recently on some of the reading that I have been doing, and have neglected my knitting. And boy do I have a lot of knitting going on right now, mainly because I have a LOT of WIPs (works in progress) that have been sitting around my house for a long time. I finally have the time to start finishing them and move them out of the sad WIP pile. 

The saddest is this sweet baby blanket that I knitted while pregnant with Matthew. I intended for it to be a blanket that we used to bring him home with - yeah, that didn't happen. It has been sitting in my knitting closet ever since just waiting to be finished. It is a little embarrassing that it isn't done considering I just have the edges to sew on. But, I have to be honest - I really really don't like finishing my knits. I love the knitting part and I love the giving the finished product part, but not so much the finishing portion that goes in between those two parts. It is a problem on which I need to work.

Next up is this sweater that I started for myself in 2012 - yep, three years ago. I had finished the body and had started on the first sleeve and somehow it found its way into the WIP pile not to be brought out again until now. I don't really remember why I stopped knitting it, but hope to remedy that soon.

The other two projects are both the same blanket. One is about a year out that I made for Matthew the other is actually a recent cast on for a new member of our extended family.

Matthew's fell off because of the dreaded running out of yarn problem. In my defense, I bought the yarn intending to knit a completely different blanket. When I started knitting that one up, I really didn't like it so I switched to the tried and true Bookman Blanket by Megan Bayonet, which I had knit for my niece and nephew a couple of years before. I knit the letters of Matthew's name in a white yarn so that they stood out more - I am still working on my color work, it needs some help. I am working on finding enough yarn to finish the yellow portion and then we will be back on track. Any one happen to have a couple skeins sitting around?

The other Bookman blanket was started in December for a sweet little baby who is now three months old. This is my most promising WIP. I am finishing up the last of the border and am hoping that I will have it done and can deliver it to the little man in the next few weeks.

While these are not all of my WIPs, sadly there are more, these are the chosen few that I am going to focus my efforts on during the next couple of weeks. Hopefully I will be able to post completed pictures soon. I am also working on a secret knitting project that is going to be present for someone so I don't want to post about it until it has been given. Stayed tuned!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Book #5

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book number five for this year was, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin. I have to be honest, I had to step away from this book before I could write down my thoughts. While reading it I wanted more from the characters. The nature of the story at times made some of the characters seem two dimensional. However, I really liked the story and the way that it evolved. I had to discuss my thoughts with my mom before I really came to appreciate this book. After some time I realized that the characters couldn't have been any other way. The title of the book explains who the book is about - and it lives up to that. I know that this doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement, but it really is a good book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves to read :)

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Finally, some knitting!

I haven't posted recently about any of my knitting. Which is crazy because since being unemployed for the last few months - I have done A LOT. Some of them are surprise presents, so I will post about them after they have been given, but I will start off with these two scarfs.

The patterns and the yarn for both were bought at last years Maryland Wool and Sheep Festival. I got to share the experience that is a large fibre festival with my Mom and our friend Carol who were both in town for the Race for Hope (more on that later). They picked these two patterns out and they choose VERY wisely :)

My mom's scarf is the Pterodactyl Polydactyl Scarf by Helen Cosgrove-Davies made with Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply Toes yarn in colorways Ladybug, Blackbird, Gotta Love Me, Ansel, Oyster, Pewter and Slate. I used size 2 needles.
Mom modeling her new scarf.

I LOVE THIS PATTERN. It is really easy knit but comes out looking amazing! The colors are just perfect together.

Pre finishing and blocking

The cowl that I made for Carol is Albers Cowl by Ann Weaver made again with Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply Toes yarn in colorways Ghoulish, Blackwatch, Coos Bay, Impatiens, Pewter, Provence and Rain Forest. I used size 2 needles.
Carol modeling the Albers Cowl

It is made up of three different squares that you knit separately then sew together after blocking. The colors on this just pop like you wouldn't believe. This is again, an easy knit that looks incredible all made up.

Squares pre-blocking

Can't wait for the festival this year to see what other treasures I can make!