Sunday, July 27, 2008

Lotus Blossom Tank





Hi,

I've got the first two lace pattern repeats on the "Lotus Blossom Tank" from Interweave Knits. I'm using Louisa Harding Mulberry yarn (100% silk). Very nice. I picked it up at Crazy For Ewe on my May trip.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

New Shoes





Hi,

Mitchell was starting to say his shoes were too tight, and we made a stop at the shoe store during our regular Friday shopping. They said he measured OK for the ones he had, but he wanted new ones. I'm not one to limit a person to one pair, so I said OK. He picked out a completely different pair. His old ones were white Stride-Rite, and had a "baby" look to them compared to the ones he picked out. He's growing up!

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Birthday Mitts


Hi,

Back on my birthday in May, Mom went yarn shopping with me. At two different shops, she picked out a ball of yarn to make Elegaunts. I finished both pairs and gave them to her for her birthday. The purple one is Zara (100% Merino), and the red one is Manos del Uraguay kettle-dyed wool.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

ILU2

Hi,

On Tuesday (July 22), during bath time, Mitchell graced me with "I Love You, Too," for the first time. [I cried.]

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Let's Play Tag

Hi,

I've seen a few blog things where folks ask certain questions, and you answer them in turn... This set came from Fig and Plum.

1. What Was I Doing Ten Years Ago?

In 1998, I bought my first house (a townhouse) in Leesburg, Virginia. I was working at Orbital Sciences Corporation on the OrbView-4 imaging satellite. In my free time, I was quilting (not yet knitting) and gardening.

2. What are 5 Things on My To-Do List Today?

a) Sew buttons on Tempest II (done)
b) Update McAfee and remove Spyware from my 'puter (done, I think... ack!)
c) Laundry (still needs folded)
d) Knit if I get some time (I did, a bit... still hoping for a bit more)
e) Sunday night dinner with the grandparents (only W's this week. E's at family reunion...)

3. Snacks I Enjoy

- Lately, I eat a lot of "100 Calorie" anything. My desk is full of 100 Cal Doritoes, popcorn, M&M's, etc... The trick is to just have one!
- Ice cream (My favorite low-cal one is Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches in mint flavor.)
- Cheese (Weight Watchers has some one-point cheese sticks.)
- Sometimes I combine a WW english muffin and WW cheese. (2 pts)

4. Things I Would Do If I Were a Billionaire

- Take golf lessons from someone who knows what they're doing and tour the world's famous courses.
- Knit a lot
- If it happened soon, I might have another child. (Have I mentioned I would quit my job?)

5. Places I Have Lived

- Beale AFB
- Guam
- Southern Illinois
- Cambridge, MA (College)
- Los Angeles (Garden Grove /La Habra / Pasadena / Monrovia / Glendale)
- Virginia (Ashburn and Leesburg)
- Southern Illinois, again

6. Jobs I've Had

Going way back...
- Babysitter
- Lifeguard (3 summers)
- Short order cook (college, 2 years)
- Lab assistant, MIT Space Systems Lab (college, 2 years)
- McDonnell Douglas (Space Station)
- Jet Propulsion Lab (Cassini, Mars Pathfinder)
- Orbital Sciences (BATSAT, OrbView-4)
- Boeing (Hornets)

Tag, you're it. (Leave a comment if you play, so I can see your entry...)

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Batman Baby


Hi,

Mitchell knows who Batman is. He has some books, and he recognizes a "bat symbol" when he sees one. Mitchell puts his old dinosaur Halloween costume on his head and calls it his Batman Cape. He says to Daddy, "You be Joker," or "You be Robin," and they chase each other around the house.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tempest II Done!


Hi!

I've finished my second Tempest, as part of The Loopy Ewe's Knit Along. I think I still have enough Dream in Color Baby left to make a striped pair of socks.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Go Fly A Kite




Hi,

We stopped in a local hobby store and picked up an inexpensive kite ($1.99) and went to the park. Sometimes fun doesn't have to be expensive. (Hey, the St. Louis Zoo is free, too!)

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sticker Boy


Hi,

As with many little folks these days, Mitchell really enjoys stickers. He is usually pretty good about only putting them on paper or coloring books. Sometimes he puts them other places...

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Build A Bear

Hi,

Mitchell and I did some shopping with Grandma E, yesterday. We made a stop at Build-A-Bear and got a new friend.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Tempest II Fronts


Hi,

I finished the fronts. The second Tempest is knitting up faster... because I'm on vacation! :)

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, July 7, 2008

Kings of the Mountain

Hi!

Kids put the "climb" into rock climbing!

We also added a twist the to regular sliding... we took a car to send down the slide. Sometimes it stayed on all the way to the bottom, and sometimes it flipped out of the side.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tempest II - Back



Hi!

Tempest II uses Dream in Color "Baby" (their lace weight yarn), in "November Muse" (brown) and "Lipstick Lava" (Melon) from The Loopy Ewe. I've just finished the back. I had to use one size larger needle (7) than the Great Adirondack Silky Sock version. The Dream in Color is a subtle variation in color instead of being truly variegated. It is same yarn dyer as the Central Park Hoodie I made, except that was the worsted weight (in "Ruby River").

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Friday, July 4, 2008

Tempest Done!




Hi,

I've finally gotten the buttons on. I've had the knitting done for a couple weeks. I'm pleased with the fit. I'm making another one, already, as part of the next Loopy Knit Along.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

A Trip to St. Louis Zoo


Hi,

On my first day of vacation, we all went to the zoo. The bears remain a big favorite. The elephant frolicked in the water, and the jaguar was unusually active for a hot day. He did take a swim, though.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay