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Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Wee Fair Isle Set

It has been a long time coming, but it is finally finished. I can't believe how long it has taken me to get it done. There really isn't that much to it, but it has taken f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

Now that it is done the babe just fits into the sweater. I should have knit the 12 month size not the 6 - 9 month size. He is only 4 months old, but I never expected to have a chunker. ;) James was always on the high side of the the growth charts on everything, but Isaac has gone above and beyond. He is currently 4 months old and is in 6-9 month clothes. I never would have guessed that the 6-9 month size would have been just fitting him this winter.

So I guess he will only get a few wears out of all that work. Note to self: Make the clothing much much bigger than you think you should make. We are going to take a family photo like we do every year in front of the tree, so I plan to have the boys in their sweaters to get, hopefully, a good picture of them in it. I plan to sock Isaac in the outfit and take some pictures for memory sake. ;)

As for James' sweater... it is the fair isle that I knit for him a few years back. It fits him perfectly this year other than the neck band was too tight. I ripped out the old one and put in a new one on larger needles and it fits just fine. I always thought that the neck hole was a bit on the small size, but at the time I just wanted to get it done so that he could wear it.

Ok, so I didn't get the mittens done. Actually just started them today. But the bulk of it is finished and if the mittens don't get done it isn't the end of the world right?

I am excited to see the 2 of them in them together. Isaac's is a dark blue, but James' is a deep navy almost black.

The wee fair isle set sans the mittens that are not done yet.

A close up of the sweater.

James' sweater.

James' and Isaac's sweaters together.

If I don't get back here to post, for those of you who celebrate Christmas - a Merry Christmas to you! For those that do not - Happy Holidays. :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

So Much and So Little Time

I have so much going on to tell you all, but so little time to get it done.

These are the topics that I want to talk about hopefully in the next few days....

Ky Wool Festival
Contests - yes that is right I will be having 2 of them - call a buddy bring a friend. ;)
Spinning - Yes I was able to do some at the Ky Wool Festival - oh how I missed it.
and a few others that I can't think of now. Maybe I should talk about lack of sleep and the inability to think straight?.

So sorry that the past few posts haven't had any photos. I do have photos to share, just need to get them off the camera and onto the computer.

Well I have to run the babe should be up soon and I really want to head to bed. I am T-I-R-E-D.

Hope to have a post with pictures the next time. :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Growing and Growing

We had Isaac's 2 month checkup on Friday. They are pleased with his progress Here are his stats.

Born: 2 months: Growth:
8lbs 14lbs 4.8oz 6lbs 4.8oz
21in 24in 3in
16.5in head

So he is growing fast! He is pretty much out of any 0-3m sleepers because of his length. They were impressed with the strength of his neck and ability to hold his head up. He has been a strong guy since before he was born, I have the sore sides to prove it. He passed every test with flying colors. He even decided he had to tell his side of it to the Dr. and started smiling and "talking" to her. Whatever he said he was serious about getting his point across to her. :) We are all happy that he is doing so well, at least we are doing something right.

Onto something else that is growing. KY Wool Fest! The wool tent has grown quite a bit from last year. We will have 19 vendors! So things are growing in the right direction. Hopefully next year we will have enough to need 2 tents. Keep your fingers crossed that the wool part of the festival will continue to grow. Please come and see us if you are in the are or if you would like to go on a beautiful scenic drive. Hope to see you this coming weekend. Stop in and say hi.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Where has the time gone?

Wow has it really been that long since my last post? I am hanging my head in shame for neglecting you all and my blog for so long. I could say that dyeing up yarns and rovings getting ready for local fiber festivals and complications with my pregnancy were to blame, but really, I am the only one to blame here.

I would like to introduce the newest member to the Knitted to a T family. Our baby boy was born July 21, 2009 at 2:00pm. He was 8 lbs and 21in long. We named the little guy Isaac Mathew (no I didn't forget the other "t" in Mathew lol).

Isaac in the nursery being cleaned up and checked.

Proud Daddy, Big Brother James and Isaac.

Mommy (me) and Isaac.

Isaac 1 month old.

Big Brother James (4) and Isaac (1 month).

Tomorrow we have Isaac's 2 month check-up. He is such a little chunk. I can't wait to see what he tips the scales at this time. The last time he was weighed he had been gaining 2oz per day! That is double what the "scale" says they should be gaining. Of course that "scale" is based on formula fed babies, but I won't get on my soap box about that at this point. ;)

Ok so proud Mommy that I am had to show you my boys before I went onto the fiber part of my life. I had been dyeing up yarn and roving like a mad woman getting ready for my fiber festival season. I have 2 shows under my belt and one more to go.

The last one that I am doing this year is the Kentucky Wool Festival. While it isn't a true wool festival (more crafts than wool), the wool part is growing. There is a blog just for the wool part of the festival with a list of vendors for this year and other info. Check it out here. The festival runs October 2 - 4, Friday and Saturday from 10am - 10pm and Sunday 10am - 6pm. Hope to see you there

Thank you to all that have come out to the past festivals and shown their support. I hope that you enjoy your purchases.

Hopefully soon I will get back to my sadly neglected website. I will be adding things back to my etsy sight as well here in the next few weeks.

See you all around.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Addi Turbo Lace Needle, Baby and Knitting Updates

Last week my new Addi Turbo lace needle arrived directly from the factory. Yay. Now I need to find a project that requires the sz 5 needle so that I can try them out. Hopefully this will solve the issue. I will keep you all updated on what happens with them.

On the baby front I have my first Ultrasound on Wednesday. This is an early one as the Dr. believes that my uterus is enlarged (like a month or so bigger than should be). He is worried that the due date is off, which is likely the case. I have never been "normal" on anything, so this wouldn't surprise me either. I am hoping to find out the sex of the baby as well, but you never know if there will be cooperation in that department. James was a pain to get to turn to see him. They had me upside down on the table, on my side, shook the crap out of my stomach and many other things to get him to turn. It was crazy. Hopefully this one will be more cooperative.

Instead of the nesting hitting me, the knitting has hit me. I have knit 2 baby surprise jackets (might make a 3rd), a baby kimono jacket, 2 hats and am currently working on the Sweet Pea pattern of hat and sleep sack, and baby blanket. I have plans for more things as well, a few larger coats and I have yarn for 2 more blankets. We will see how all my big plans work out in the time that I have left before the baby arrives.

I promise pictures of some FO to come. Hope that everyone is doing well.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Addi Lace Needles

First let me state that I love these needles. I wish they made the pointier tips in all sizes. I would so buy them.

I do have a problem though. :( For some odd reason when I use them my fingers and yarn turns black (not dark black, but there is a black residue on it, so it makes the yarn have darker spots. That is not good when you are using a white yarn.)! I had a set of them when they first came out that did it. I contacted the Skacel company that makes them to see if there was a solution. I received a very prompt email that said they were having problems with the first batch and to return them to where I purchased them. I did this and traded them for the new shipment that was supposed to be fixed. Sadly this is not the case for me.

For some odd reason the new needles have been doing the exact same thing. There is nothing that you can see structurally wrong (they look brand new). I just don't understand why this is happening.

I have sent Skacel another email today and I am sure I will get and answer back in the next few days with what I should do. I am just so disappointed. :(

I do not use lotions, or hand soaps with lotions. As many of you know about James and his Celiac, so we use the cleanest, gentlest, purest hand soaps as possible as well as everything else. I have tried washing my hands before knitting with no success. I have tried just leaving my hands as is and still the same result. I am so confused.

I want to knit with my Addi Lace needles. I love the needles, the points are perfect for me, and they feel good in my hands. I am hoping that there will be an easy fix to this. Maybe I just got another bad batch? I hope so. I will gladly trade them in for new ones that won't turn my fingers and yarn black.

Wish me luck.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

From the Mouths of Babes

The other day I was looking in some of my knitting toddler/infant books. When ever I would come to a picture with a baby on it James would say "ah that baby is cute." I asked him if he liked babies and he said "no". So of course I had to find out why he didn't like babies. His response to this was..........

"I'm just not good with babies."

What? He thinks that he isn't good with babies?. I know where this one has come from. It is my BIL. Whenever he is asked about kids his response is that he isn't good with them, which is a complete lie, but if that it the way that he feels then there is nothing that anyone can do about it.

As for James, we might have to be changing his mind on this. ;)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day

I wanted to pop in and wish everyone a very................

Happy Valentines Day!!

Hope you have a great one.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hand Dyed Yarn/Roving Sale - Birthday Blow Out

I am going to leave this at the top of the blog so all now posts will be below.

20% off sale going on through the month of February on all yarns and rovings at Knitted to a T Etsy store.

Hope you stop by and take a look. Thanks!!

From the Mouths of Babes

Ok so I have been wanting to document some of the things that our silly child says. Being a bad mommy I haven't done it, but last night was so funny.

James and Kevin were in the kitchen fixing dinner (green beans, potatoes and sausage). They were in there talking like always and I hear James ask for some M&M's. (one candy that he can have that is GF). Of course Kevin tells him no, because it is almost time for dinner, but he can have some after if he eats well (which is normally no problem - the child eats like a horse). I had just though that James told Kevin no, but the reaction I heard. I ask what happened and Kevin tells me that James' response to no M&M's before dinner was.........

"I have argued with you all day, I am not going to argue with you all night"

LOL We have yet to figure out where he got that from. Kevin and I have never said that and we do our best never to argue in front of him. He could have gotten it from the in-laws. I can see MIL saying that about FIL. Or maybe something on t.v.

Any way the things that come out of his mouth at times are too good not to share. I will post more as he comes up with them. ;)

Happy Tuesday.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Don't forget the Sale and Some Knitting Content

Wanted to remind you all about the sale that is going on at my Etsy Store the month of
February. 20% off all yarns and rovings!! Prices shown are with 20% off. You can click on the mini Etsy on the right of this page as well and it will take you there.

You have all been so kind in welcoming me back to the land of blogging. I think that you all deserve some knitting content.

These socks were made for Kevin out of Malabrigo.

As you can see he has a large foot. Sz 17 to be exact!

Unless I have completely lost it you won't be seeing me making him any socks out of fingering weight yarn. If you year of me talking about it, please slap me back to my senses.

Anyone that has knit with Malabrigo knows the lusciousness of it. It is so soft and lovely. Plus with the worsted weight it made the knitting go faster. Which is always a plus.

Kevin seemed to really like them, but he has yet to wear them. Grrr He said that he is afraid to ruin them. Sigh..... Isn't the point of me knitting them for him to wear them. I didn't expect him to wear them every day, but I thought that they would be nice for around the house since we have hard wood floors. Wool is much warmer than the cotton ones that he wears with his boots.

Oh well maybe one day he will put them on his feet. I will just continue to knit socks for James and myself, since I know that we will wear them. James loves a new pair, or old pair for that matter, of hand knit socks. You would think that you gave him a million bucks.

Well that is all that I have for you for now. Can you believe that there is regular blogging occurring now? :)

Welcome to My New Home


Glad you made it over here. I thought if I am going to do this I should do it to where things aren't so confusing. Please change your blog feeds to this new blog as I won't be posting on the other one any longer.

I hope you enjoy the new blog. The setup is a little different and will take some getting used to for everyone involved, but I think I am going to like. Hopefully you all will to.

Let me know what you think. :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Blog Reading

Ok so not only have I been bad about posting on my own blog, but I have been really bad at reading all of your blogs. :( I looked at my bloglines yesterday and had 5,000 unread blog posts! I know that there is no way that I will ever be able to get through that many and be able to catch up with everything that you all have been up to. Sorry. I have started a new. If you have posted today I have done my best to comment on it. So what have you all been up to?

There are many things that I need to do in my life to make it a bit easier for everyone. Like getting organized. LOL Not easy with a husband that doesn't know the meaning of clutter and a 4 year old that has too many toys. But I am going to do my best.

I started today by cleaning the bathroom from top to bottom. The next thing to tackle is the closet and under the sink. It is a start that I am hoping will continue with the rest of the house. I need to purge so much junk that we do not need instead of letting it sit around and pile up. There are still boxes in our basement from when we moved that we just put down there and never even looked at. If I haven't used it then I sure don't need it.

I would like to have all my knitting projects organized where the yarn for a project is all together and I have the yarn marked as to what book and project it is that I am planning on making with that yarn. It would be nice not to have to guess as to what I bought the yarn for. LOL

I have quite a bit of yarn and roving that I need to dye up and list as well. That part is pretty well organized, but I need the time to do it and all the other clutter needs to be taken care of first. I am hoping that will help motivate me.

I am hoping that I will get on a roll, get the house really clean and make sure that I keep up with it. It is amazing how fast a house can pile things up if you aren't constantly on top of them.

Humm I wonder what room I should do next? Maybe I will do our bedroom and the extra bedroom. They should go fairly quick and that will help with the since of accomplishment. I would really like to be able to get my spinning wheel back out and spin up some roving, but that just hasn't been the kick in the butt that I need. Anyone have any good ideas for a good motivator?

Can you believe that I have posted 2 days in a row? Someone feel my head. :)

Also don't forget the 20% off sale that I am having at my Etsy Store. Yarns are starting at just over $11.00 and rovings at just over $8.00.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Birthday Blow Out Sale

Wow where has the time gone? I can't believe it is February already. We have finally gotten some snow other than flurries and it is snowing as I type this. James has had the best time playing in the snow and Kevin even made him a little igloo. I am not sure which one has more fun. ;)

I am having a Birthday Blow Out Sale over at my Etsy store. 20 % off of all yarns and rovings! That even includes the handspuns!! Stop on over and take a look. All sales over $75.00 will receive free shipping.

I am hoping to be able to blog more now that the holiday season has come to a close and life has slowed down a bit. I have many things to share and hope to be able to do it soon.

Hope that everyone is well and doing good.

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I am a married Mother of 2 beautiful boys and 1 adorable girl. James was born on 1-1-05. Isaac born on 7-21-09. Anna born on 3-21-12 I have been married since Nov. 2001. I have 3 dogs (white lab/mastiff mix, black lab and black lab mix), 4 black cats, many angora rabbits (French, English and German, many fish, hamsters, hermit crabs, frogs, chickens and our newest additions 2 bottle lambs - or as my husband fondly calls it "the zoo." I currently live in Indiana, but grew up in Ohio. I am a house wife, and absolutely love my job. I have started my own hand dyeing business called Knitted to a T. I sell had dyed yarns, rovings, stitch markers, wool washes, patterns, and many other goodies.