- Are you a sock knitter? yes. What are your foot measurements?9 inches length, 8 1/2 in width.
- Do you have a yarn winder and/or a swift? No but I would LOVE to have one
- Where/how to you keep you needles/hooks? Needle cases I made
- Do you collect anything? No, unless you count fabric and yarn.
- What is your favorite type of music? Country and oldies Are you MP3 ready? yes
- Do you like sweets? YES What are your favorites? Mellowcreame pumpkins, anything withcarmel, and Jelly beans
- What is your living situation like? Any pets? Children? One Dog, 3 kids
- Do you have an online wish list (Amazon, Etsy, Loopy Ewe, etc.)? No
- Favorite Harry Potter movie character? Professor Trewlaney
Ok, so i needed a present for a little man who will soon be two and I had days to find one. So hey, I'll knit one up. Not my brightest idea I'll admit that. At least I didn't choose a lace pattern! Nevertheless, the whole lets just knit up a quick gift for someone idea is not always "Quick" Ignoring the little voice in my head that says, "Just order something from Amazon." I eagerly searched for a pattern for the little guy. I stumbled upon this hat pattern from the Knitting Pattern Central website and just knew it was "The One." I cast on that night as I was reading books with Emma, always the multitasker. Before I knew it, I was flying through the pattern. It was really quick and despite errors, contradictions and mistakes in the pattern it was finished. This time it really was a Quick knit.
Well, as sleep deprived as I was on monday. I died anyway. For those of you who have NO idea what I am talking about, a little summary.
1. At the beginning of the book, Cornelius Fudge is talking to the Muggle Prime Minister. Which member of the Order of the Phoenix has recently been found dead?
c. Emmeline Vance
2. What animal does Bellatrix Lestrange kill when she and her sister, Narcissa, are going to see Professor Snape?
3. What time does Professor Dumbledore collect Harry from Privet Drive?
b. 11 p.m.
4. What did Professor Sluhorn transform into when he was trying to hide from Harry and Professor Dumbledore?
a. An armchair
5. What grade did Harry get for Herbology?
a. E – Exceeds Expectation
6. Herbert Chorley, the Prime Minister’s Junior Minster, has been entertaining the public by impersonating which animal?
b. A duck
7. What is Professor Sprout’s first name?
8. What is Dumbledore’s idea of ‘a few words’?
d. nitwit, oddment, blubber and tweak
9. Who is Marcus Belby’s famous uncle?
10. What is Snape’s mother’s name?
b. Eileen Prince
Saturday we spent the day at the park. Mark had a soccer game at one so we took off early and made an afternoon out of it. The park was on the East side about 1 hour from the house. So we packed a lunch and a ton of snacks. We arrived at the park in plenty of time. Which gave the kids lots of time to climb trees, play at the playground and catch bugs. They were in heaven. Somehow, the tired and hungry kids that whined all the way to the park, were suddenly invigorated. They could hardly sit still for lunch. They climbed and played for over an hour. You should have seen the teamwork. Just to get in the tree, Jack would lift Emma and then Emma would pull Jack up. Very Cute! I even heard one parent say to his little boy, "Even that Girl could get up there!" (I just want you to now i took offense to that but let the guy go because Emma was so proud.)
Here is the Pi shawl. (crowd cheers...)
As I said in my last post we went out of town for the Labor Day weekend. John's parents were in town from Ohio and it is always fun to be able to share some of the southwest with them. We spent the weekend in a little hotel in Silver City, NM. called the Palace Hotel. It was an old historic building with cute rooms and antiques everywhere. The kids were full of questions about "what was it like a long time ago?" We did have a lot of rain on Saturday night which fortunately only hampered our plans slightly. Our original plan was to explore the Gila National Forest, including the Gila Cliff Dwellings. However, due to excessive rain the road to the Cliff Dwellings was closed. (bummer)
The West Texas and Southern New Mexico have had quite a bit of rain this past week. As a result many critters have been out and about here in El Paso. While in Silver City, New Mexico this past weekend we encountered several different types of bugs. The kids had a blast discovering all of the new types of bugs and showing mom and Grammy. Emma had a few moments of panic when told by the Ranger that the millipede we found was poisonous. It however, was not and after much reassurance from Daddy, we were able to calm her down. When your new coloring book is used as a shovel to pick up a 6 inch long millipede you are bound to be a little squeamish. Rest assured we did get a new coloring book, just to be sure.
(SNIFF, sniff, sniff...) Surprising as this may sound Thursday morning Mark came down with a fever. Just to make it fair, I took him to get a strep test (and a flu shot). No strep! YEAH!! However, he has a nasty cough and is allergic to most over the counter cough syrups. (yeah.) Mark was given a new cough medicine, which is unfortunately not working. (Cough, cough) Round the clock cold medicine and cough drops, as well as the occasional vitamin C and herbal tea (when I can coax him). His fever has subsided (thankfully) and we are improving ever so slowly. Emma has been complaining of an ear ache since Saturday evening. Since, we were out of town for the weekend, we have been treating it with decongestants and warm compresses. No new, fevers so maybe it has cleared it's self up. Time will tell. Knock on wood, Jack is still well. By the look in this picture I think Ginger is feeling a little ill...