Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tri-City Valley Cat's Stitch N' Pitch.

I just thought I would put this out there.  Deadline is today.

I will say, I can't say that I approve.  I love knitting and I love baseball but I don't think knitting at a baseball field is the best idea.  It would be my luck that I would be looking down, counting my stitches and miss a great play or worse, get hit in the head with a fowl ball.  I personally will keep my knitting and baseball mixing confined to my living room where there are no fowl balls.

Besides, I would have to listen to my husband complain about people not watching the game.  He think the only hobbies that go with baseball are eating and drinking beer.

But if you do go, have a good time! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy Belated America!

I have been tired getting this house ready for the baby, despite making very little progress.  A three day weekend was welcome, especially after having weekend trips for 3 of the 4 weekends in June.

Hubby and I saw Jersey Boys on Thursday night.  I enjoyed it but I hear the musical is better.  I would have enjoyed it more if the people in front of us weren't talking throughout.  Seriously people, this isn't your living room.

On Friday we just hung out and I did some stuff around the house.  We never had plans on the actual 4th so we decided to go to a baseball game.  Our local Single-A team, the Tri-City Valley Cats were playing the Red Sox affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.  So of course we were routing for the Spinners.  I was crabby because we were on the aisle and the people inside kept having us get up and let them out.  They were nice but it still made me crabby.  I am seven and a half months pregnant and haven't had many issues but the pregnancy is starting to slow me down.

And it probably didn't help that the Spinners were not playing well.  I get serious about my baseball.  I saw people wearing Red Sox stuff cheering for the Valley Cats and I just don't get it.

July 4th 2014 Valley Cats vs Spinners
 I had trouble getting firework photos because my camera kept doing this delayed shooting and I ultimately just gave up.

Fireworks July 4, 2014
On Saturday we spent the day at our friends Lake House on Saratoga Lake.

Saratoga Lake 2014

Saratoga Lake 2014
 A rare selfie but I was on a boat so I couldn't resist.

Saratoga Lake 2014
Fireworks on the lake were amazing but not grand finale because the boat caught on fire.  Ooops.

Saratoga Lake 2014

Saratoga Lake 2014

Saratoga Lake 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Where Did June Go?

I have been working on some projects which I will be sharing soon.  I don't know where June went.  We went to Buffalo the first weekend, second weekend at home, third weekend I went to Boston on Saturday to meet my cousin's new baby (who I made this blanket for) and this past weekend we were in Long Island for a wedding for Hubby's cousin.  That is the last trip until Baby comes and I am ready just to stay home and nest.

I haven't taken many photos this month.  Just some from our USA-Portugal World Cup viewing party.

Kitty was showing his USA support!

My first attempt at a snackadium.

I hope to be back to blogging more in July.  Been working on some projects, trying to find creative ways to use up my yarn leftovers.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day 2014: Busy Books, Cinammon Rolls and the World Cup.

We had a pretty low-key Father's Day (or Soon-To-Be Father's Day) weekend.  Lots of World Cup  Soccer Action and trying to get stuff around the house though it doesn't look like it.

I did finish a few crochet projects that I will write about this week but I also had another project.  I am part of an online group of brides from my birth month and we decided to do busy book page exchange.   We each make the same page for 12 people and in return, get 12 different pages. I thought, why not participate.  Of course I left it until the very end.  That is normal Kerry fashion.

This is my page.  Not the fanciest, but not too shabby.

Busy Book Exchange 2014
For (Soon-to-be) Father's Day I made Hubby is favorite breakfast.  Cinnamon Roll Cake.  I used the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.  I even got up at 6:30 this morning to make the dough.  The dough needs to rest for 90 minutes so I wanted to do that while we were at Mass.  To not be intimidated.  Sally breaks it down into manageable steps.

Dinner was a Hubby favorite, chicken enchiladas.  Pretty simple, a mixture of 1 shredded rotisserie chicken, an 8 oz package of cream cheese (melted on stovetop), 1 can of Rotel tomatoes with green chilies.  2 cans of green enchilada sauce.  Roll mixture into tortillas and top with a Mexican Blend of cheese.  350 for 30 minutes with foil and remove foil for another 10.  Hubby can't get enough of this.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Siena College Sweater Set for Baby

I have dropped the ball with blogging but I have not dropped the ball with knitting and crocheting.  I have some projects that I will be writing about.

We spent last weekend in Buffalo.  Hubby's brother and sister-in-law had some items left over from our nephews for the baby so we rented a car, drove out and then rented a truck to drive back to Albany.  I didn't take any photos.  We drove over the border to St. Catharines, Ontario and went to The Works for amazing burgers, I did some shopping at Thyme Maternity and Hubby did some shopping at the LCBO.  We went to a Buffalo Bison's game which was a long and boring baseball game.  We had a nice family picnic lunch and a nice dinner with the in-laws and Hubby's Aunt and Uncle.

I have been working on several projects and I have been trying to use from my stash and my leftovers.  In 2009, I made this scarf for Hubby. It was a basic ribbed scarf.  He is an alumni of Siena College and loves to cheer for the basketball team.  I used Plymouth Encore Wool and Acrylic blend.

Ribbed Scarf
Siena Scarf 2009

I found the leftovers and decided to make Baby a sweater and head set.  The sweater is based on the Coffee Bean Cardigan.  This pattern was the 3 month size and still needs buttons.

Little Coffee Bean Cardigan
Siena Baby Sweater 2014

I also made a hat but didn't follow a particular pattern.

Siena Baby Hat 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Lovely Weekend

We had a lovely weekend here.  Friday evening, Hubby and I went out for Mexican food.  Guacamole seems to be a craving of mine.  I always check in at Mexican restaurants on Facebook and my mother-in-law commented asking if her grandchild was going to be fluent in Spanish.  It's a possibility but I think my child's Spanish vocabulary would be limited to "guacamole," "enchilada," "chimichanga," and "queso."

On Saturday we went to a Preakness Race Party at a friends house in Saratoga.  They have gutted an old house and are in the process of renovating.  I began working on a new project to break up the monotony of the hounds-tooth blanket.

Little Coffee Bean Sweater
Pumpkin Baby Sweater 2014

After the Preakness Party, we went to a friends Bonfire party.  It was really like four bonfires to celebrate Solstice or Equinox.  There were 4 bonfires and fire dancers.  So many different types of people there.  It was amazing.  

We didn't stay too long because my nerve pain was acting up but we had a great time.  Sunday included going to church and putting up lattice work on our front deck.  We also bought a vacuum and did some work around the house.  I also did put some work into the houndstooth blanket.  This is my most recent progress.

It looks long and narrow but the sides are curled up and it actually needs about 8 more inches.  

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Of course kitty had to come and inspect my work.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

This is a close up.  I put a marker on every Monday so this represents the last months of work.  It has been a very slow going project.  But I think I will happy when it's done.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WIP Blues and Baby Pattern Lust

I am still working on this one.  

I was going to blog about the process but I am having issues getting pics off my phone.  So instead I will post some pics of baby patterns I am itchy to start.

I want to make this sweater in orange and...

a matching pumpkin hat.  
It will be perfect for when we take the baby to a local apple festival in the fall.

I love sheep and can't wait to make this "welcome to the flock" sweater.

Barnyard Booties.  How could you not love these?

I need to get going on that houndstooth blanket!