Tuesday, February 26, 2008
These are the fabulous sock yarns that Hector picked up for me at Lake Tahoe. I can't wait to get started on these. I started the Ditto yarn and am barely knitting the cuffs. The darker colors are better for winter or guys but I'm curious to see how the self striping comes out.
Because I knit 2 socks at the same time I have to divide the yarn into 2 balls (one for each sock). To wind the yarn I bought a yarn ball winder from Joanns.com which arrived yesterday. It was a snap although the yarn was tangled up which took me more time to untangle than to wind it up.
This one came out great considering I didn't use a cable needle. I've used cable needles before but they are too long or just get in the way (tangled) so I saw links on how to get around that. Lo, and behold it worked perfectly for me. Yay! Here is the link for the pattern.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Today is another hockey game and this time Josh will come with me. I even found one of Tyler's Kings jerseys so he is set. I also managed to whip up a black and purple beanie for him. Maybe he will get to see himself on the jumbotron. Look for us at 1pm.
On Sunday I'm planning to take my friend Sherri up to Mt. High to teach her how to snowboard. She has taken the initiative and got a couple of books from the library on how to learn the basics. I approved one book that explained in detail and with pictures on the basics. A couple of days later she came over to try on some boots and strap on a snowboard to slide around on and get some pointers. It was nice for her to be able to understand the book by working with the real thing so she should be totally ready tomorrow. I predict that she'll master the beginner slope in record time unlike another "beginner" I know.
I asked Hector to pick up some cool yarn for me in Tahoe and of course, he did. I am really trying to get going on socks so I asked for sock yarn. He bought several for me which he was told that it is not carried in LA so I'm very curious. It'll be my first step into more upscale yarn.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
So T's ski vacation is over on the very first day which is a total bummer. Today is holed up in the cabin but is well stocked with food and DVDs. He might have to go to the hospital to get it splinted so I'm waiting for the update.
Meanwhile the forecast for the rest of the week is rain in SoCal and snow in Tahoe.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
We didn't have any special plans for Valentine's Day like we last year. First of all, Tyler had Little League practice and Hector didn't know how long he would be stuck at work. Then yesterday morning we woke up to unexpected rain and quite a bit of it so that cancelled baseball practice. Then Hector showed up at the park when I was there to pick up Tyler from school. He showed up with 2 cards for me which had my 2 favorite breeds of dogs, a French bulldog and Boston terrier. Inside one card, Hector listed his Top 10 Reasons Why He Loves Me. Awww, he put a lot of time into writing it and it was perfect. It made me teary eyed and it was better than any present in the world. Okay, back to our day. Since Hector is leaving Sunday for his Tahoe trip, he really wanted to replace my mom's water heater. This heater was way overdue to be replaced; Hector estimated it was installed around 1994. My mom was starting to get no water flow in her bathroom sinks, then the kitchen and washing mahine. Hector found calcium buildup and cleared them out which he showed my mom how to do but the problem just kept getting worse and more frequent. He finally figured that the water heater was the culprit and needed to be replaced. So that's what he did last night. I went to KFC to pick up dinner for all of us and we had a nice meal at my mom's place.
I think the lower sock is the most recent. The problem I had was keeping the socks uniform...you can see the difference in sizing.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Doesnt' Cece look adorable? She wasn't very cooperative in modelling it but I managed to get these decent pics. Kat was very pleased and now Carol (Kat's mom) wants one for her Rottie/Shepherd mix Bobbie. Uhhhhh, I'm not too sure about knitting a human size sweater for a dog but we'll see. Meanwhile, Josh had loads of fun with Bobbie...here he is pretending she is a horse.
***Update: here is the pattern.
The man was pretty nice but for some reason all the customer service workers are behind a plexiglass barrier almost like the bank. I had to open a door to put in the old modem so the man could retrieve it from his side. Weird...I didn't think that the cable company had to be so secure. I was so happy that I tried to hook up the modem but for the life of me couldn't screw the cable in with the little pin. I tried for about 15 minutes and spoke to Hector on the phone to see if I was doing it correctly but no go. Much later when Hector came home and looked at it...the pin was too long so the screwy part couldn't reach the thready part. Huh...okay.
Well, I have much to catch up on but I am exhausted so maybe tomorrow. Thank goodness I had my Blackberry to read my email during our brief innernet crisis. I now realize how much I use the computer while Hector just uses it to surf porn. :)
****Update: Okay, I stand corrected. Hector does pay our bills online too. Coughart!!!!
Friday, February 08, 2008
I'm still here...just busy doing other things like:
- Trolling the Salvation Army for ugly sweaters with nice yarn so I can unravel, recycle and knit into cool items. I picked up 2 sweaters for $3.99 each. I am saving those up for the days when I can devote the entire day to it which is relaxing in its monotony.
- Playing around with my new Blackberry Curve (red) which is my Valentine's present from Hector. Because I am the gadget queen.
- Shooting BB guns. Yes, Hector is gradually getting me into guns and I like shooting at targets. Somehow in a week period, we have acquired 2 BB rifles and an air pistol (mine...another Valentine's day gift).
- I started knitting a mohawk hat for M which has frustrated me several times but it is done and I am about halfway through attaching the hair. It reminds me of the childhood horse/pony on a stick because the mane-like effect. Pictures to follow at a later date.
- Getting geared up for our Legoland trip/belated birthday party for Josh. Our last scheduled date was rained out but we're heading out tomorrow with Sherri's family.
- Playing Game Party on the Wii with everyone. Hector and I played darts and it was really fun. Safer than the real thing too.
- Trying to get rid of the kink in my left shoulder. I need to figure out how to convince Hector that we need a jacuzzi in our backyard. Costco has a 7 person spa with JBL stereo, internal speakers and delivered for $4000. Just something to think about. :)
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Yesterday was a fun yet tiring day... I'm not sure why I stay up so late when the kids are off school the next day especially when I have to wake up at my normal time anyway. I started off okay energy-wise but starting feeling the effects later on. The kids and I met up with Sherri and her family for some serious playtime at Kids Concepts. They played nonstop for 2 1/2 hours running and climbing etc.
Then I had the chance to meet up with T for an adult meal at Joe's Crab Shack for some yummy crab legs. They were soooooo good. Yum. After that we found the closest Sephora store where I got to browse (kid free) and I bought a Bare Esscentuals kit to do my face in 5 minutes. So I try it out this morning and the eye shadow is missing! Grrr...so I went back today to exchange it and this kit has all the right items inside.
When I arrived home yesterday, Hector had finished taking all our Christmas lights down and the pickup was packed with stuff that needed to go to storage and the secondhand store. Hector convinced me to go along with him although I was dead tired. We drove down to Long Beach to Out Of The Closet to drop off one of Tyler's old bikes and some CD racks. Then we decided to check out the store and maybe we can find some turtles (my MIL collect thems). Hector did find one and I happened upon a Ralph Lauren light gray sweater (men's XL) that is 100% wool for $8. Hmmm, I remember reading how to unravel a thrift store sweater that can be recycled into another knit project. Heck, for $8 I'll give it a shot! It will a valuable learning tool and maybe it'll be fun. I can see it now that I'll be trolling all the neighborhood thrift stores and garage sales for cheap sweaters. :)