Sunday, September 14, 2014

Babywatch 2014

Well today is Baby's Due Date and it appears that Baby is taking his or her time getting here.  So Hubby and I just kind of hung around this weekend.  And I took a lot of photos of my cat.  Sorry if you hate cat pictures.  I love my cat though I never had cats until I adopted this one three years ago and I never understood why people got cats.  I am reformed.

Friday evening Hubby made me poutine as he got some amazing cheese curds.  We watched some TV, mostly that new reality show Utopia (Hubby knows one of the characters) and Girl Meets World.  I was working on my Generic Mitered Blanket and Kitty was planning a yarn heist.


On Saturday we had breakfast with a couple we are close too.  It was my friend who threw my Baby Shower and her husband who just came home from Afghanistan, for good.  After that, Hubby and I went to test drive some cars because my 2008 Jeep Compass is not big enough for the rear facing car seat.  We aren't buying anything new right now but we want to look before the baby arrives.

Hubby fried the leftover cheese curds and they were delicious.  Good job Wisconsin!  We eventually went to Mexican for dinner.  I was hoping spicy food would induce labor but no such luck.  We came home and I surprised Hubby by agreeing to watch his favorite movie - Top Gun.

Today we went to Mass and then Hubby went to watch the Bills with the Albany Bills Backers and I watched the Patriots game at home.  I kind of went overboard making cookies.  I wound up with 8 dozen cookies.


I vacuumed and I think Kitty felt the need to get his fur all over the rug again.


And he had to look out the window.


Well I guess I have to go to work in the morning and deal with all the people asking me why the baby hasn't arrived yet.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Started: Generic Mitered Square Blanket

In my mission to clean up my yarn stash, I have come across many abandoned projects.  I have had to make the decision whether I am going to finish or completely abandon.  I had this blanket that I was not happy about.  It wasn't that I didn't like it, but I just couldn't picture it finished.  It was an abandoned Ripple Afghan (Neat Ripple Pattern from Attic24)

Neat Ripple Pattern 2012

Neat Ripple Pattern 2012
I did not dislike the colors but I wanted to do something different.  I have been eyeing the Generic Mitered Square Blanket lately and decided to make a go at it.  I also had an extra skein leftover from the border of my Houndstooth Baby Blanket so I added that in.  I am unsure as to how big this blanket will be.  I don't plan on buying any yarn for this, except for the border so we will see how big it will become.

Generic Mitered Square Blanket 2014

Generic Mitered Square Blanket 2014

Generic Mitered Square Blanket 2014


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Started: Box of Crayons Stroller Blanket

 As some of you may know, I am have been on a mission to use up some of my old Red Heart Stash.  I also have been suffering from a short attention span so I have been making stroller blankets.  Less time commitment.

I decided to use up some bright colors but had no idea what the theme was.  I like themes.  At first I was thinking "Team Spirit Gone Awry" but most of the colors were not school colors.

Box of Crayons 2014

Then it finally hit me, with all the bright colors, this blanket reminds me of a Box of Crayons.

Box of Crayons 2014

As you can see, I have a lot of yarn to use and this doesn't include the bins upstairs.

Box of Crayons 2014

I am using Attic24's Neat Ripple Pattern with a size G hook.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

End of August, End of Summer

This last week of August has been pretty busy.  Hubby and I have birthdays two days apart so we ate out alot.  Texas Roadhouse for Hubby, a new Brazillian Steakhouse that opened up for both of us and some Chinese for me.  The Brazilian Steakhouse was good but expensive and we didn't think the cuts of meat were as authentic as you would find elsewhere.  I was excited to eat Chinese food because there aren't many Chinese restaurants to eat at in Albany.  Most places are takeout places with one or two tables.  When I was growing up outside of Boston, we had nice Chinese restaurants.  I discovered one very close to home and it reminded me of the Boston experience.  Hubby was surprised that they serve Caribbean drinks (though I think it is more Polynesian) and he had never heard of a Pu Pu Platter.  Blew my mind.

I also began my online classes.  Yes, you may question my sanity taking classes the same semester as having a baby!

I also have a few projects I have been working on that I will be blogging about soon.

I have been fighting a head cold and almost called out of work last Wed.  Good thing I didn't because my amazing co-workers threw me a baby shower.  That was so sweet of them.

Last weekend was Travers week at Saratoga.  We went with Hubby's best friend and his wife.  It was a fun day.  My horse, Wicked Strong, came in second (which was okay because I had bet Win, Place and Show) and Hubby had the Exacta with the long shot on top.  We also had dinner at a local Mediteranean Restaurant.

Saratoga 2014

Saratoga 2014


We also got to watch the Tri-City Valley Cats play the Vermont Lake Monsters.  We didn't get to that many baseball games so I am glad we got to go to one last one!

Valley Cats 2014

Valley Cats

We've spend Labor Day Weekend, thus far, getting stuff done around the house and running errands. Basically getting ready for Baby! I hope everyone has been enjoying those last days of summer!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Finished: All Washed Up Dishcloth

I started the All Washed Up Dishcloth back in June and put it down halfway through.  I finally picked it back up.  I worked on it during lunch.  Leftover homemade macaroni and cheese was delicious.

All Washed Up 2014

Finished Product

All Washed Up 2014

All Washed Up 2014


Monday, August 18, 2014

Finished: Houndstooth Baby Blanket

It's finished.  It's finally finished.  

I feel like I have been working on this blanket FOR.EVER.

According to my project page, I began this project on October 6, 2013.  I started making this before we even got pregnant.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

I did what I could but I couldn't work on this blanket for long because I had three babies coming to people close to me that were due before mine was.

First was the  Done in a Jiffy Baby blanket my cousin's son.

Done in a Jiffy Baby Blanket 2014

Done in a Jiffy Baby Blanket 2014

Then there was the Tiramisu Baby Blanket for my best friends baby girl.  I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Chicago for the baby shower.


Tiramisu Baby Blanket 2014


Tiramisu Baby Blanket 2014

Tiramisu Baby Blanket 2014

And last but certainly not least the Classic Baby Blanket  for the new son of my Hubby's best friend.

Classic Baby Blanket 2014

Classic Baby Blanket 2014

Classic Baby Blanket 2014

My cousin's baby was due in April and the other two were due in May though they all end up coming the week of Easter!

So back to work on my houndstooth blanket.  It was very slow-going.  The pattern was not hard, mostly knit and purl with slip stitch.  You just need to be careful of the slip stitches.  When looking at the pattern gallery on ravelry, you can tell that some people messed up the slip stitch placement.  It is an easy error to make!

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

I started putting markers on each weeks progress every Sunday night after watching The Good Wife.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

I finished the main body but had a month hiatus.  I had bought red yarn before the move into our new house in April but couldn't find it.  I was convinced I was going to find it and not buy more yarn.  Finally I gave up.  I worked too long to abandon the project now.  So for the past two weekends, I worked on the border.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

I finally finished.  I am not sure where my iron is and this blanket badly needs some ironing but here you go.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Kitty seems to have claimed it.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Please forgive the mess in the crib.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014
I used Caron Simply Soft.  If I were to make this again, I would use a nicer yarn.  The Caron Simply Soft was soft and made a thick blanket but there is a fuzz to it.  

This blanket is pretty large for a baby blanket and if I were to make it again, I would make it smaller.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Time to Clean (and Save Money Too)!

I am not a strong housekeeper, I will admit it.  But I love making washcloths and had lots of cotton yarn leftovers.  I saw this pattern for homemade Swiffer pads or should I say the crochet biffer shrug and had to try it.  Swiffer pads are expensive so it made perfect economic sense.  I could use yarn leftovers (thus not buying more yarn) and I wouldn't have to buy swiffer pads.  I can use these reusable pads and throw them in the washing machine.

I have used them and they work really well!

Crocheted swiffer pads
Crochet Biffer Shrug 2014

Crocheted swiffer pads
Crochet Biffer Shrug 2014

Crocheted swiffer pads
Crochet Biffer Shrug 2014

Crocheted swiffer pads
Crochet Biffer Shrug 2014