The one where things are listed

12 08 2010

Super LtothAtotheMtotheE right?   Right.   I’m doing it anyway.

  • Summer.  Can you believe it is almost OVER?  Two weeks from yesterday and the kids will be back in school.    As always I have mixed feelings about this…too many to list
  • Knitting.  Been working on lots of things…too many to list.  Here are my favorites.  Join Ravelry to learn more….A few of my favorite knits
  • Bad/sad news.  Really world, I’m quite sick of it.  Please   Whether it is people getting sick, passing away, or having generally junky stuff happen, it needs to stop.   Hear me???   Again, really too much to list.
  • Sewing.  I’ve been doing some sewing.  Found some AWESOME sheets at Goodwill–a sheet set from Tommy Hilfiger  and just another neat one.  The TH ones became summer play clothes for Sunshine daughter and a dress.   The other sheet is waiting patiently to become new PJ pants for me.  Using the sheet to become pants, is the most awesome sewing trick, b/c there are NO HEMS at the bottom of the pants!  Yeah!!!
  • I’ve been reading AND logging the books with the HP Library book club.  Total geek.  Favorites so far: Once upon a Marigold & Eat Pray Love.   I’ve been hitting the Goodwill and buying way too many books and STILL going to the library for more books.   Man I do love to read….
  • Running.  Wish I could say I was breaking speed records….I can’t.  I haven’t run in a long time.   Hoping the weather cools down a little or I start hauling my fat keister out of bed earlier so I actually get out and run.   I’d feel better, so why am I not doing it?
  • Kids.  The kids are crazy and loveable all at the same time.  All are healthy (thank God!) excepting allergies.    Sunshine sons are going into third grade and Sunshine daughter is going into Kindergarten.   They alternately got on each other nerves and were playing wonderfully.  We didn’t do much this summer and that is OK.  (No, really it is.)  Money is tight and frankly, I’m a bit sick of camping, so we stayed home.  We went to the Sunday concerts and did a whole lot of nothing.   For the boys it might be the last summer of nothing.

Bullets, love ’em or hate ’em, they are useful.   I know, its still LtotheAtotheMtotheE.


Felted slippers…heaven on your feet!

2 04 2010

About two months ago I lamented to the Splintered Knitters that my slippers were in sad shape.  They were starting to fiber apart and develop holes all over. 

“Just knit new ones.”

Mandy said it, Cindy said it, and I think Denise just knit and nodded.  I didn’t want to and said so.  It was a little irrational. I’m sure they thought I was being stubborn and silly.  In a way, I’m sure I was.  Sometimes though you just can’t help how you feel!   These slippers were my first felted project and one of my first completed knitted projects in general.  It wouldn’t be hard to knit another pair, just hard to knit a replacement pair. 

The stars aligned themselves (read:  my mother slipped me some secret spending money on her last visit…THANK YOU MOM!!) and I finally realized that it was time to knit another pair. 


As you can see, the slippers had seen better days.   My feet had stopped saying, ahhhhhh, when I slipped into them.   There were holes all over. 

After a trip to Common Threads and a 30 minute internal debate about the color of the slippers, I headed home to cast on: Felted Clogs from Fiber Trends and Bev Galakas.  (Bev, you are a genius!).

They didn’t take long and viola! I have a brand new, little slice of heaven for your feet! 

My color debate resulted in a heathered color called brick (Cascade 220) and a four-tone called charcoal (Quatro 220).  As I knit them, I wasn’t sure if I would like the finished product, but it turns out, I love the combination.   The Quatro felted into a beautiful rich brown color.  Perfect and much more beautiful than I could have hoped for as I was knitting them. 

All in all, great yarn, great pattern, and wonderful finished product.  As usual, Mandy was right and I find myself wondering why I didn’t knit them sooner!!  If you don’t have a pair of these slippers, wait are you waiting for?  You won’t regret it.

The only question is, what do I do with me old pair?  It feels a little wrong to just throw them away….

Peace, Love, and PTA Part 1

15 03 2010

I have been PTA president for Triangle Lake Montessori Elementary School for almost 2 years.   I came into the job unexpectedly when the president who had been elected relocated to Michigan.    It was a reluctant appointment.  No one else wanted to do it, so I did it.   It was the stuff of motivational speakers, really.  Not.

 Now that you know how I came to be involved in the PTA, let me tell you why you need to get in the PTA.  Here are my top ten reasons YOU need to get involved in the PTA. 

10.  Involvement.  Studies show students with parents that are involved in their school do better.  Children are at school for at least 6 hours (at least) a day.  Get involved in the place where they are spending SO much of their time. 

9.  Toys.  You will have access to a LAMINATING machine and a DIE CUT machine.   It is so much FUN. 

8. Food.   There’s ALWAYS food left over at PTA events.   Be generous and give it away or keep some for yourself. 

7. Friends.   You will make some amazing friends–teachers, parents, staff. 

6. Awareness.   It will open your eyes to how much work a teacher actually does during the school day and then what they have to do AFTER the day ends.   We won’t even talk about the principal and the job they do. 

5.  The kids.   It is true, they say the darndest things.   They will make you laugh and some of them will make you cry because of the type of life they are living right now.  Triangle Lake has a population of 462 students.   There isn’t any day where I don’t get smiles, waves, high-5’s, hugs, and hellos from kids who aren’t mine. 

4.  Resources.   Even if your family doesn’t need them, you will meet a family that does need them.  You’ll be able to point them in the right direction. You will learn what resources the school has to offer and how to access them. 

3.  Its fun.  Hard?  Well, sometimes, but honestly, what in life isn’t hard?   More than anything though it is fun.  There will be a time you will LAUGH so hard you will cry. 

2. Networks.  Networks with parents, teachers, school staff, and other PTA volunteers throughout the area. 

1.  Connections.  There is a lot of gossip flying around the school.   You don’t need to spread the gossip, but you will be “in the know”.  You’ll know and maybe, be able to help.   By getting involved in the PTA, you are connected with your child, their peers, and the staff. 

No matter why you joined the PTA, you will be involved in your child’s education in a whole new way.   You will learn things about yourself and about the school–not all of them will be good either.  

Its peace, love, and PTA.  Stay tuned for what I learned about myself over the past two years.

So, whatcha been doonin?

15 04 2009

Ignore my bad grammar.  

I’ve been twittering or is it tweeting?   Anyway, the other social media have been taking over my life..or at least spring break.   So sad…but still entertaining.   I’ve begun thinking in 140 characters or less. 

So let me fill you in on what has been going on.  Besides Twitter, I’ve been working on PTA stuff.  Did I tell you about PTA?  No?  I must have been trying to block that out.  I’ve been the PTA prez at the Sunshine boys school for a year.  I’m also delusional enough to have signed up for another year.  Crazy,fun, exasperating stuff but surprisingly addictive.  

Family Fun Day–the biggest school fundraiser we have–took up most of my Feb and all of March.  Check out the parade and pictures!

Sunshine Boy #1 marches in Peace Parade

Three cowboys & a pony

Sunshine daughter will be going to Pre-Kindergarten next year.  Sad times yet joyful too.   Now, I need to get a birth certificate to prove I didn’t just pluck her from the cabbage patch.  Hopefully the price of that document didn’t go up since she was plucked born four years ago.   Some days I wonder how those teachers are going to put up with her 4 yr old going on 15 yr old self.  Then I remember they’ll have a room full of ’em.  Makes me glad I don’t teach. 

Sunshine Boys # 1 & 2 had their 7th birthday a week ago.   Every parent says this, but WOW, I can’t believe it has been that long.  I miss the little bitty boys I snuggled.  Every so often I get a glimpse of them and it makes me sad.   I looked in on one two weeks ago and he looked exactly like he used to as a baby.   So serene and kissable.   Here are their cakes:  Space Shuttle & Lego Rock Monster.   Space Shuttle Cake

Lego Rock Monster--Firox

Weight Watchers…wow.  Been gaining and losing the same weight.  STILL.  There is no try.   I’ve not even been trying.  Time to write it and behave like an adult.   Bad habits are hard to break after almost 36 years.  Excuses I know.   Say something to kick me in the a$$ (about the weight loss anyway!). 

Happy Easter!   Here are some of the pictures of the day.   The church really cleared out quick this year and hubby was left holding the camera.  



Thanks for reading the brain dump at Land o’Sunshine.  Hopefully more cohesive thoughts will come since Family Fun Day has ended and the year is slowly drawing to a close….  Have a wonderful spring…happy itching & sneezing!

As for knitting.  I’ve been working on stuff, but have not been using Rav.   I knit the shrug Sunshine daughter is wearing.  It is the Jane Austen Shrug from Knitting Outside the Lines from MDK.  Great little pattern–through check the errata or you’ll think you’re going crazy.  Ask me how I know.   There’s been other stuff, but nothing spectacular.   My knitting mojo is off twittering somewhere….

2008 in Review

25 01 2009

So, my own personal pity party got me thinking about what 2008 brought.  Yes, it is a little late in the month for looking back on things, but before I can totally face forward, I need to look back.   It is really easy to forget all the things a year has brought.  So here are some of the FO’s for 2008: 

2008 Knitting in Review

2008 Knitting in Review

Picture 1:  Fake cable hat.  Hand dyed Eco wool.   Hat is now Sunshine #1’s, because I don’t knit hats well.   Hat’s off to Anne for helping learn to dye!

2:  Sundance Make-up bags.  There are 4 of these in circulation.  Knit from I Love This Cotton from the HL.  

3: Waving Lace (??) from Favorite Socks.  Knit from Bamboo/wool that has been lanquishing in the stash for a while.  Glad I finished those!

4: Claytor Lake socks (Oak Rib pattern from Nancy Bush).  Knit from Red Heart sock yarn.  Really, try it, you’ll like it.  Seriously. 

5: Bunny lovie for new neice.  Free pattern from Lion Brand,  Knit from Cascade Tencel.  

6: Jane Austen tea cozy.  Knit for Anne because cold hot tea is just gross! 🙂

7: Seamless baby kimono.  Also knit for neice.   This is Bernat soy.  Great stuff.  

8: Mittens.   I was mitten obsessed.  This picture does NOT show the 5 other pairs of mittens I knit for me and the fam.   In July it was all mittens all the time. 

9: Beech cowl.  Does this yarn look familar???  I knit the cowl and then didn’t like to wear it.  Too scratchy for the neck.  I undid it and knit the hat instead.   The cowl was great fun to knit, just not to wear. 

10: Faux Isle hat.   Noro & hand dyed Cascade.  Another hat which was given to the children.   Fun to knit, just the wrong size and not long enough. 

11:  Craven-dish discloth.  Where is this I wonder….hmmm.   One cannot knit too many dishcloths, of course there are some who would disagree and doubt my mental capacity. 

12:  Grocery bag.  I think this one is the Knitty version.   I knit way too many of these things too–4 I think.   This one is my favorite though.  It holds buckets of stuff, and has great handles.  

13:  Selbu mittens.  Love, love, love these.   Again, part of all mittens, all the time.  These were a combination of lots of people’s work.  Knit from special birthday yarn.  

14: Chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting.   Knit two of these.   Fun.  If you haven’t knit food yet–GO DO IT!   Maybe that’s the answer…knit food instead of eating it. 

15:  Headbands.   This is a free pattern.   I needed a quick girly gift and these were free and knit with dishcloth cotton.  Free, cheap, and fast.  Who doesn’t like that???

16: Coffee cup cozies.  End of year teacher gifts for the Kindergarten year.   Filled with Starbucks card, chocolate, and gum.  

17:  Liesel scarf.  Goodness I hated this thing.   Ugly and pattern was bagh!  Gave away to random Ravelry person in a yarn swap.  

18:  Felted slips.   These were #1 for the year, but by the end of the year, there were 3 more.   This pattern ROCKS.   It is Bev Galakas.  Awesome.  

19:  Wallaby.  Sunshine #2 wears this ALL the time.   It is getting a little short.   Better get going on another one.  Knit with Plymouth Encore.   No hood.  A much loved knit.  

20:Baby Kimono from MDK with umbilical cord hat.   This was a gift for sunshine hub’s coworker.  Have knit another sweater for the child–seamless kimono. 

21:February sweater.   This was also a coworker baby gift.   Loved knitting this and should do another.  Once you get past that 7X4 thing, it really is cake! 

22: Baby gift set:  Elefante, booties, hat, & baby yoda sweater.   This was for my cousin’s baby–first boy out of 5 girls.  

23: Red wallaby.  Sunshine #1’s version of the wallaby.  Knit from I Love this Yarn.  Did some MAJOR growing.   Also, cuffs really are too loose and he rarely wears it.   Sad, neglected knit. 

24:  Seaman’s cap for Sunshine hub.  There are gloves to go with this.  Hated the yarn I chose–some Bernat junk.   Wanted it soft, so there’d be no complaints. 

25:  Sheldon.  This is nekked Sheldon.  When Sheldon fly to California, he was equipped with a shell, eyes, and a pirate shell too.   Fun to knit and see it come together.  


Gosh, are you still reading?   Sorry there’s no Linky-love.  Let me know if you need more info about anything in particular.   I’ve knit more for sure, but this is all I had in my flickr.   I also knit a sweater for myself, loads more dishcloths, baby stuff–bibs & burp cloths, Alice (Angelina’s friend).   It was a very productive year.  

I’ve already had some finished objects for 2009.   Things up on the knitting needles?   Sweaters for the fam & me, more EZ, dishcloths I’m sure, more socks, and some more toys & fun stuff.  

Knit on friends and happy 2009!

Island in the Sun

17 08 2008

Do you ever think of what your life will be like after the kids have moved out of the house?   If you’re feeling puzzled, keep moving, this post has nothing for you.

I think I have glimpsed my future and it is quiet…well quiet in the sense of dinner’s cooking, no one’s talking, music is playing, and I’m randomly moving between reading, blogging, Raveling, and knitting (ok, you caught me, I’m dancing around the house too!)   It is strange…nice, but strange.  There will be a day when my life and hobbies are my own again.   Moments like this teach me to enjoy the volume that kids bring.  The volume won’t always be this high and I’m sure I’ll miss it.  

If you’re wondering where I’ve placed stashed put my kids are, they are out geocaching with the Sunshine grandparents.  My in-laws are kind-hearted people.   It is Sunday and that is all I’m going to say (otherwise I’ll have to go to confession).  

Knitting action!   My brother and girlfriend are going to become parents in December and the ultrasound predicts a girl.   Little Lady Pryor will be my first niece.  I’m very excited although I do wish San Diego was a tad bit closer.  

This is the Seamless Baby Kimono.   A great top-down raglan sweater.  A great pattern.  Looks to be about a 6 month size, no?

Yarn?  Oh, the yarn.  I love it.   It is Bernat Soy.   The color was creamier than this.   It was like knitting with silk.  So nice.   The needles (US 6) made the fabric a bit dense, but still so nice.   The pink is Cascade Tencel.  It has the same feel as the Bernat (are you saying BER-nat or BER-nay?). 

Thoughts:  Great little pattern.   Next time (come on people, more babies!), I would do the same detail on the sleeves that is on the bottom hem.  Also, I’d do some garter stitch edging on the neck band to match the bottom and sleeve hems.  The neck and bottom hem are both rolling (no, its not blocked…yet.  The kid isn’t even here!  I promise, I’ll block it.). 

Gotta run and enjoy the solitude before the Sunshines return.

Finally finished objects!

6 08 2008

Despite the serious lack of knitting content (ok, any content), I have been knitting and even finishing things.

First up:

 Pattern:  Beech Wood by Ilga Leja. 

Yarn:  Cascade 220 hand-dyed (by ME!!!).   I did the last Saturday in July with Anne & Denise.  Anne is a master color dyer (don’t listen to her when she protests!).   She had faith in this yarn even when I didn’t, which was pretty much the whole entire process.  

Needles:  US 6 Circs

Thoughts:  Cowls are fun to knit.   Round and round we go.   The cascade won’t be too soft, but I didn’t really think about that until this was 90% finished.  


Pattern:   Fake Isle by Spunky Electric

Needles:US 6 Circsand dpns

Yarn:  Cascade 220 in pink and Noro (gray/green) Kueryon

Thoughts:   This is a gift for a friend moving to Michigan.  I have a feeling it is too small.  My gauge is a little small.  If you have a teenager with pink fiber obsession or a small head, I’d be willing to send this your way….   


Pattern:CravenDISH by Cindy Colbert

Needles: US 8

Yarn: Sugar & Creme in yellow

Thoughts:What a great pattern.  Fast easy to knit when you follow the directions (which I forget sometimes).   It is great for scrubbing.  I’m thinking of modifying it to fit my Swiffer. 


Pattern:Market Bags.  I’m too lazy to link them all, but I finished up the 1Bag (1st pic), Bagstopper (2nd pic) and Mineco (not pictured).    

Needles:  US 5, 6, 8, & 13 Straights and Circs.

Yarn: Mainly dishcloth cotton. 

Thoughts:   I need about 3 more bags to make a full 2 week grocery shop fit with all knitted bags.  Right now I have 3 I have knit and 1 I purchased.   Harris Teeter does a great job with packing the bags.  Walmart makes you pack them yourself–at least the cashier I had made me do it.   Boo to Wallyworld.   No matter which pattern I choose for the remaining bags, I will use a canvas handle and not knit them.   Those knit handles stretch out way too much!  


Pattern:EZ Norwegian Mittens & Hello Yarn Norwegian Mitten Chart hybrid

Yarn:Cascade Dolce.  Buttercream & Teal.  Love, love, love this yarn.   B’day yarn and if the Common Threads hadn’t done a reorg, I never would have found it.   Soft, squishy alpaca, silk, wool goodness.  

Needles:US 5 dpns

Thoughts:  I have new respect for designers.  Tough work.   $5.00 doesn’t begin to cover the time it took to create the chart for these mittens.  The worst part is, I felt like I was redoing something that someone else has probably already done…. Oh well.   I do have the Norwegian/Selbu mitten bug…stay tuned for more mittens.  

Doesn’t seem like much knitting for one summer, but there are still 20 days left until school starts.