Monday, August 30, 2010

35 Years

How do you sum up 35 years of you life? Today I celebrate being married to my eternal companion, best friend, and sweetheart. I am truly grateful that it started in the Manti Temple where we united our family for eternity. It is my prayer and wish for the coming year to be filled with peace, love and happiness.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Easy Baby Booties

I cannot count the number of times I have made these booties. These work up in about an hour and a half. I have made others but still come back to this pattern: (Make 2)

I use Bernat Baby Softy sport weight yarn and size 7 needles

Cast On 40 stitches.
Knit 12 rows.

Toe shaping:
Knit 18, knit 2 together, twice, knit 18. (38 stitches)
Knit 17, knit 2 together, twice, knit 17. (36 stitches)
Knit 16, knit 2 together, twice, knit 16. (34 stitches)
Knit 15, knit 2 together, twice, knit 15. (32 stitches)
Knit 14, knit 2 together, twice, knit 14. (30 stitches)

Knit 2 together, knit across row, last 2 stitches knit together. (28 stitches)
Eyelet Row: knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together across row.
Next row knit across, knitting the yarn over’s for the eyelets.
Continue the cuff in either garter stitch or stockinet stitch for 9 rows.
Bind off.

Sew up back and across bottom.
With a crochet hook, make a chain stitch tie to weave in through the eyelets of the bootie

Monday, August 23, 2010

Life and Little Stitching

Sometimes there isn't enough time in the day to sit down and work on all my projects. Some days are better than others, but I try and do something that is creative because it helps me think, plan, organize and de-stress. It is nice to to see what I have accomplished so far this year. Stitching makes Life a little easier.

Last Christmas I picked up this chart from my LNS, The Attic. This is Lizzy Kate's "Time For God". I thought that this was appropriate for all the trials and events that we have experienced so far this year. Trying to keep the perspective of Gratitude is helping us face the future.

This is a little sweater I started last week. It is called the One Skein Hooded Baby Sweater. I like the yoke treatment and changed the hem to garter rows from what the pattern called for. If I do this one again, I will add button holes instead of the ribbon ties. This was a quick knit and it took just one skein of my designer sport yarn. The pattern can be found on ravelry along with the corrections.

I am trying to stay caught up on my baby gifts. Between family and friends I am always making something for these little ones.

Starting to work on my Christmas list.

With school is session I have been adjusting my schedule to fit the drop off and pick up times for Sevrine. It has been a rough start for her but hopefully she can pay attention and have some success in her class.
While Ric is back to work, I am handling the yard work and other honey-dos that need attention. When I was out taking Sevrine to school I saw this amazing desert sage bush. This is in my neighbor’s yard. I had to take this picture. I was surprised that it smell really nice too. The next picture is the same bush in my yard. We have regularly trimmed it so we miss the blossoms.

It is that time of year that the smoke detectors needed new batteries so I hauled the 14 foot ladder around trying to find the one that was chirping. This is life!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

That Time of Year!

This has been a fun past time for the month of August. I don’t remember when I started following Little League but I think it was about the time when our son played ball. I was fortunate enough to go to Williamsport and catch a couple of games. This is on my list of things to do with the grandkids once they are old enough.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Phoenix Temple

The redesign for the Phoenix Temple has just been announced. Yesterday in church they let us know they were having an open house for the neighborhood to unveil the plans for the building. The first design was withdrawn because of complaints for exceeding the height requirements. I am so excited that this is going to be built just a few miles from my house and I will be in it's shadow each Sunday when I go to Church. It is the one place I can go to get away from the world for a few hours and feel a peace that I cannot describe. More information can be found at this web site.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Last days of Summer

As summer is coming to a close I am looking forward to a cooler fall, football, and projects that are geered for the holidays. I am starting to look for ideas that translate into gifts that can be done with minimal cost and time. We are in the middle of our Monsoon season so these dark wet days make me long for cooler weather. I am still waiting for a good electrical storm to light up the sky that I can watch from my balcony. We did get these dark clouds and good amount of rain.

Curried Rice Salad
I made this salad for dinner today. I added chicken so I could serve it as an entre. The recipe came from this site. ( Definitely one I will make again.


Booties and Leg Warmers
The WIP’s that I have been working on have all needed some frogging. The perfectionist in me has made it difficult in letting mistakes slide. If it isn’t a dye lot change in floss, a slip-up in seed stitch to garter stitch or skipped stitches on the baby blanket I would be much further along with these projects. All in all I have enjoyed them and got a lot accomplished when I was relegated to the downstairs. This is what I have done for the last couple of weeks along with reading the last two novels by Daniel Silva.

Sevrine's First Day of School
I have felt like I have blinders on these last few weeks. Problems and stress have made it harder to look beyond the day to day survival. I have been watching Sevrine sense she is back from Utah. Last week she started school and I get a bit of a break during the day. Another problem that blindsided us was the upstairs AC going out. This took a few days to get repaired so in the mean time I lived downstairs. I was relieved to have the cool house back and to sleep in my own bed. Ric is doing well with work and settling into a routine. Much like Marissa did to her dad, Ric calls me on his commute home from work and I here the details of his day.