Tuesday, March 27, 2007


These are Maggie's mittens that I finished almost four weeks ago. I must get this camera fixed or else buy a new one!!!

Mr. Todd got into my yarn while I was working on the baby sweater this afternoon!! Did I scold him right away? No, I ran to get the camera!!! I am not a very strict mama!!
Todd and Richie are really good friends. Todd doesn't understand why Richie isn't very playful right now, but the vet said that by this weekend, Richie will be more like himself.

Monday, March 26, 2007

It's Spring!!!

The weather has been beautiful! Yesterday it was in the upper 70's. Today it is also going to be warm! I went to St. Paul, MN yesterday to check out a yarn shop called The Yarnery. It was worth the trip. I got some bamboo double points for my friend Chris, some Cascade 220 to make felted slippers for my hubby, a sock book, Knitting Vintage Socks, by Nancy Bush, and of course some Koigu sock yarn!! Maggie went with me and after the knitting store we met my niece, Joanna, for lunch. She had a birthday on March 22, and I didn't call her!! What a bad auntie I was!! We all had a nice lunch and it was good to see her. I hadn't seen her since Christmas.

Maggie and I then went to Woodbury Lakes to shop for clothes on our way home. We are going to NYC the end of April, and I needed some dressy clothes. The tornado sirens went off while we were there!! No one seemed too concerned, so after Maggie tried on some clothes we went to my sister's house in Hudson to wait out the storm. Nothing serious even happened near us. We got home around 8:00. I really needed a change of scenery and just to get out of the house. It has been a long winter!!

Today Todd and I have been on two walks already!! He loves being outside. We will probably train him for the invisible fence in the next few weeks. He just came into the room with a shoe!! Gotta go!! Happy knitting!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Just a quick post today. Our cat, Richie, is in the hospital!! He was throwing up a lot on Wednesday, so I took him in to the vet. They kept him over night, and ended up doing exploratory surgery yesterday. He had a lot of bleeding ulcers in his stomach and an obstruction in his small intestine. He may have swallowed a string cheese wrapper that he found in one of the boy's garbage cans!! They think he may have Inflammatory Bowel Disease!! They took a biopsy of the stomach and are watching him. He may not come home until tomorrow or Monday. What a way to spend Spring Break!! It had only been three months since Mel died, and I am still grieving so my nerves are not the best to deal with this whole new episode! I love these animals of mine so much. Thankfully we have a very good vet clinic who takes very good care of my furry kids!! We have kept the clinic busy since about October when I took Gracie in for a sore on her neck. It ended up being from scratching at her ear which was plugged with wax and she ended up going under anethesia and having it removed to finding out she had a punctured ear drum. Mel had a yeast infection in his ears over Thanksgiving, died in December of cancer, Kipper had a bladder infection shortly after that, we got Todd and all of the vet stuff that goes along with a puppy, I took him in on Tuesday for a bump on his neck, which is a result of all the vaccination, and then was back with Richie on Wednesday!! My husband told me to ask if they are going to add a wing to the vet hospital and name it after us!! Thank goodness he loves these animals as much as I do, and has a good job!! Okay, enough!!

I am off to the Yellow Dog for some adult time and knitting!!! Have a good weekend. Happy knitting!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The progress I am making on my sweater is wonderful. I am really enjoying this pattern. I am also working on the baby sweater. My kids are on Spring break this week!! They had dentist appointments yesterday and hair cuts today. We saw the movie Wild Hogs yesterday. We all enjoyed it. I went to Border's tonight to meet with the knitting group out there. I needed some time with fellow minded people!! I don't know if I will have time to blog again before the weekend, so I'll just say happpy knitting to you all now!!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

This is my son's favorite day! When he was little, he thought this day was just for him!! The first thing my mom said when she met him hours after his birth was this: " Boy he has a sparkle in his eyes, I think he will be your little leprechaun!" He has lived up to that!! He is such a sweet boy, but has made me wonder at times why he does certain "naughty" things!!

I have been working on my sweater from the class I took on Tuesday. It is Sally's Knitting Bag Sweater from Sally Melville's Color Book. I am really liking how it is coming along. I also want to start my socks from the STR club!! We have been watching the NCAA tournament, and I am in first place in the bracket pool that my hubby has with his fellow workers!! I think it is really funny!! I had no idea what I was doing, but so far so good. There is one guy at the office who is a big know it all, and he is in last place right now. I would just love to finish ahead of him!! I sound really nasty don't I? I am generally a kind hearted person, but this guy rubs me the wrong way.

I hope you all have a great St. Patrick's Day! The Quigley's will be having corned beef with cabbage and potatoes for dinner!! Happy knitting!!

Monday, March 12, 2007

I feel like I have to have pictures everytime I post. Since the camera is acting up again, I haven't been blogging. I have now decided that I can still post without pictures. Maggie's mittens are done!! I started another baby sweater, and pulled out a WIP from last year. I am starting a sweater from Sally Melville's Color Book tomorrow in a class. My sock kit from Blue Moon Fiber Arts came on Thursday!! I can't wait to start these socks!! Too many projects, not enough time!! Happy knitting!!

Monday, March 05, 2007

I finally have another completed project. This patterns is from http://www.gardineryarnworks.com/ and is Karen's Sugar-Free Sock Pattern. I think the yarn is Lush, but I misplaced the ball bands, so I'm not sure. I started another pair of mittens for Maggie to go with her ski jacket. I am also anxiously awaiting my package from Blue Moon Fibers for the STR club. I can't wait to see the yarn and pattern!!
//www.scoutj.com/wanted people to post pictures of their tatoos, so here is mine. I love the Green Bay Packers, so that is why I got this tatoo. Some people get tatooed for sentimental reasons, I just wanted to get one for my favorite football team. Simple as that. I thought about getting one on my shoulder of a hummingbird, just cuz I like them too, but haven't done so yet. Do you see that cute little puppy in the right hand corner? Mr. Todd loves to lick toes and then chew on them!! I love this puppy so much!! He has been so easy to house train. Wednesday we start puppy school with him. I am looking forward to seeing the other puppies in the class.

Well, I guess that is all I have for now. Happpy knitting!!

Thursday, March 01, 2007


1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
wool, bamboo, non itchy fiber, I hate acrylic
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have a case similar to a CD case for my needles
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting for 13 years. A friend taught me how to knit starting with dishcloths. I would consider myself advanced.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? No

5. What's your favorite scent? cinnamon

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Of course, I love chocolate and Haribo Gummy Bears

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I also read and scrapbook, I don't spin

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I love country music.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? Red is my favorite color, but I like fall colors too, rust, brown, greens, gold, purples, blues.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?I have a husband, three kids, two dogs, and two cats.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Scarves, hats, mittens, no ponchos!!

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I love to knit socks and mittens.

13. What are you knitting right now? W0rking on some socks

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Yes

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I usually use Addi turbo circulars for most of my projects.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes, got these for this past Christmas

17. How old is your oldest UFO? A cabled vest, 11 months old!

18. What is your favorite holiday? I love Christmas

19. Is there anything that you collect? Well, it would be yarn and scrapbooking supplies!!

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I just subscribed to Interweave Knits.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Entrelac(not sure if I spelled it right!)

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yes, US woman size 8

23. When is your birthday? June 3

Okay, so I don't have any pictures of knitting to post. I did manage to finish the pair of felted mittens for Maggie's friend and her mom felted them. She is going to send me a picture to post. I am almost finished with my Karen's Sugar-Free socks, so hopefully I can post those in the next few days. I have been a bad blogger, but somehow my knitting mojo just isn't around. I still get pretty tired most days. I look forward to feeling normal again. It has been 4 1/2 weeks since my surgery. I really thought I would have more energy than I do. The weather is terrible and that doesn't help. I think I will just keep on working on socks for now. I did finish a baby sweater that I started last fall. After I had to rip out the sleeve because of a wrong dye lot, I put it away. The girls are getting bigger, and I think it will fit them soon. I have to start the other one, so maybe this weekend that will be my goal. Hope this finds you all well!! Happy knitting!!