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Dollhouse Purse - Stable Variation

A few months back, I made a bunch of dollhouse purses to give to my younger nieces as Christmas gifts. But I wanted to make something special for the oldest, who is currently going through her "horse crazy" stage. So instead of making a little cottage, I made a little stable and filled it with toy horses and accessories

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Finally Finished!

A few months back, I was Facebook and found out that two friends from high school had not only found out that they were pregnant but had found out that they were SIX and a HALF MONTHS along already. This sent me scrambling for my yarn and needles. Six and a half months along meant less than 3 months to knit something for them. And of course, as people who know me can tell you, I always have to make things hard on myself. So instead of going to Ravelry and picking out a cute, quick baby blanket pattern, I had to open up my stitch guides and design something. My friends had just come back from a trip to Ireland and their house is decorated with lots of little Irish touches, so I decided to do something that suggested an Irish Fisherman Sweater. I picked out a bunch of different cables out of various stitch guides and started knitting.
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Geode Necklace

Another Christmas gift done. I made my mom a necklace. Since my mom is a science teacher I make her a lot of Earth Science themed gifts, I have worked with fossils, and various gemstones - all sorts of geological kind of things. This time I made a pendant out of a slice of a geode and strung it with some agate beads and silver accents.

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Dropped Stitch Scarf

I finished another Christmas gift, which brings my total up to 14 done. I made a dropped stitch scarf for my MIL out of Yoga yarn.

(Ravelry Pattern Link - here)

It was a quick knit. I was done with it in just a few hours. I love the way the yoga yarn looks (even if it is a tiny bit scratchy due to the metalic edging) and I am heartbroken that the yarn is discontinued. Does anyone know of a similar yarn that is still being made?

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May. 29th, 2011

Looking back over my journal, it seems I haven't had a REAL update in months. I mean, I have posted pics of finished craft projects and an occassional book review but nothing really about what's going on in my life. So I figured that I could fix that while I wait for Rob to finish playing Portal.

Things here have been busy but good. The biggest things around here have been my b-day (which was yesterday but more on that later) and the fact that we got my car back up and running.... FINALLY. I have been without a car for over three years and I cannot tell you how much of a difference it makes to my mental health and independence to have my own transportation.

And just as I got my car back things really started to pick up.

Our newest niece, Julianna, was baptized a while back.

Julianna"s Baptism

Julianna Grace

Then we had Rob's birthday. To celebrate, we went out to the Long Island Maritime Museum and flew kites with the nieces and nephews. It was a little too windy and we had a couple of kites tear away and attempt escape but with the exception of my dad's kite, we managed to recover them all. When it got too chilly to fly kites, the kids explored the museum's outer exhibits with all sorts of boats. Then we went to Friendly's for ice cream and to sing Happy B-Day. Everyone seemed to have a good time, especially Emma and KC who were really enamoured with Kite Flying.

Uncle Rob Flying His Kite

(I should mention that Kourtney took that shot of Rob and his kite).

Emma and her Ariel Kite

KC With His Kite

Rob and I also went to the Huntington Sheep to Shawl Festival. It was a cute festival, with sheep and goats and llamas to visit with and demonstrators from all sorts of fiber crafts and even some historic reenactors.

Kerry Saying Hi to Lily the Sheep (aka checking out the future yarn)

And then Kourtney and I went to Mustang Day at the Holtsville Ecology Center. There were visiting wild mustangs from out west but we mostly focused on the dogs that were there. We spent a lot of time learning about guide dogs and therapy dogs. I let Kourtney have my camera and record what we saw that day. She took a lot of flower pics as well as pics of the dogs. She is getting really good for her age and I am very proud of her. These shots are hers:



My cousin / BFF, Nikki, was coming down to visit this weekend for my b-day and I hadn't given her anything for her b-day yet. She loves Dr. Who so I made her Tardis Socks and she also got a Jayne hat from Firefly. It was a very yarny, very geeky b-day for Nikki.

Dr. Who Socks - Nikki (4/11)

I've spent a lot of time hanging with Nik and Katrina and other members of the family. Nik, Rob and I took the girls to the beach to fly kites and play on the playground one evening and there has also been a ton of board games being played.

And then there was yesterday. As many of you know, my b-day is a big thing for me. I have a lot of issues about how it is celebrated and for the past couple of years, it has been completely skipped, which hurt my feelings big time. This year, I really wanted a celebration and Rob stepped up. We planned a big tea party at Planting Fields Arboretum and asked everyone to dress up so we could take pictures while we had the arboretum as a background.

The planning process was a bit harrowing. The caterer that we had to deal with if we wanted to have the party there was a bit of a pain to deal with. The woman who was in charge of planning our party wasn't all that great at getting back to us in a timely manner and had a little bit of an attitude. We were also worried about the weather as the forecast mentioned thunderstorms.

But it all worked out. The food was INCREDIBLE - (really, really good cheesecake and strawberries with cream) so the hassle of dealing with that woman was well worth it. The weather was lovely and we got some great pics.

Me and Nikki

This is me and Nikki. Even though we have been BFF's our entire lives, there hasn't ever really been a good pic of us together so I am REALLY happy to have this one.

Me and KC

This is me and my youngest nephew, KC. He is such a sweetie and I love how he was waving so hard at the camera that we got this motion blur.

He complete fell in love with my goddaughter, Katrina.

Ring Around the Rosy

and it seems like it was mutual since Katrina (much later that evening) told us all that when KC grows up, he is going to be very handsome - just like her daddy and her Uncle Robert.

I got a couple of great shots of my dad (this one is one of my favorites)

Dancing Daddy

And my mom

My Mommy

And even my sisters very graciously allowed me to snap a few shots of them.


Chrissy and Lynne


We had tea

Katrina Sipping Tea

and played with bubbles

KC with Bubbles B&W

And Chrissy broke out her hula hoop:

Hula Hooping Chrissy

Hula Hooping Chrissy

Hula Hooping Chrissy

After the party, Nikki, Rob, Katrina and I went out for dinner and then later met up with some friends for fondue at the Melting Pot. We got to hang out with my friends, James and Brad which was a lot of fun. By the time we were done with all this, I was all partied out and ready to rest. I guess that is what happens when you get old like me.

Anyway, that's what I have been up to. How bout you guys?

So much cuteness

I think I found the most adorable teddy bear pattern on all of ravelry. This sleepy little bear will make a great Christmas gift for my 1 year old niece, Julianna.

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Ellie's Teddy Bear

I just finished another Christmas gift (bringing us to a total of 9 finished gifts). This one is a teddy bear for my 3 year old niece. The pattern was adorable but a little labor intensive. Usually when I make a doll or stuffie, you knit their clothes as part of their body but this pattern had you knit the bear and then knit its sweater, overalls, shoes and socks and then dress it in the clothing you made for it. It was a lot of work but I think the results justified the effort

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Knitted Dinosaur

Mother's Day is coming up and I was looking for something quick to make for my mom's gift. She teaches earth science and really likes it when I make her something that relates to Earth Science. In the past I made her a knitted stegosaurus but recently she mentioned that she would love another dinosaur so when I found this project, I knew she would love it.

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FO - Necklace and Earring set

I have really been missing jewelry making so when I realized that my cousin, Christa's b-day was coming up I took the opportunity to make this:

Green Garnet Necklace and Earrings - Christa (4/11)

It's really a basic wire wrapped necklace and earrings.... nothing earth shattering or innovated but I loved the color of the green garnet beads and it was fun to play around with my beads.

Plus as you can tell I got a bit fancy taking my usual completed project photo which was fun too.

Springy Socks!

My newfound obsession with knitting socks continues. I have been feeling the need for Spring after a long, hard winter so I decided a nice leafy green pair of socks with lace leaves on it would be just the thing.

The first sock flew by. The second one had it's issues. I decided I wanted to wear them to my nephew's birthday party so the day before the party I was determined to knit until they were done - no matter how late it got. It was around 3:30 am that I realized I skipped an entire section of the pattern and hadn't done a TON of decreasing necessary before I could do the toe. *thud* At that point, I admitted defeat, went to bed and ripped the sock back and reknit it the next day. It was a demoralizing moment but now that they are done, I love these socks enough to forgive them for that.

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