Saturday, April 30, 2011

Soccer Drills

Today was our first outdoor soccer practice, given all the rain we have been having.

Soccer Drills 1
The grass really slows down the ball, compared to the gym floor...

Soccer Drills 2
...and all the kids were instantly better at dribbling.

Soccer Drills 3
Mitchell really seemed to be getting the hang of it.

Soccer Drills 4
They did "Red Light - Green Light" drills, where everyone had to stop and put their foot on the ball for the, "Red Light..."

Soccer Drills 5
...and then dribble, again, when he said, "Green Light."

Soccer Drills 6
They had to wait in line for the passing drill.

Soccer Drills 7
The kids had to stop at each cone and receive a pass from one of the two coaches...

Soccer Drills 8
...and then pass it back and run to the next cone.

Soccer Drills 9
At the last cone, they made a kick on the goal.

Soccer Drills 10
As the coaches have taught him to do, Mitchell threw his arms in the air and yelled, "Goal!" when his ball went in...

Soccer Drills 11
...and then got a pat on the back from a coach.

Soccer Drills 12
Nothing matched the yell Mitchell gave when the next class began to arrive and Mitchell spotted his friend, Hannah, from pre-school.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, April 29, 2011

Sock Progress and a Kit

I've finished one and a half socks in the second pair of Mona's. Here's one sock for a progress photo:

Rose Mona - One Done

I also received my April installment of Romi's Pins and Lace club. It is gorgeous! The pattern is called Lisianthus. The yarn is String Theory Seri in the colorway "Larkspur."

Pins and Lace April 2011

You may recall my first Pins and Lace kit and project (which isn't finished yet.) If you are interested in Pins and Lace, the club will have a few "half year" openings available May 20th, at the "Pins and Lace" link, above.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mona Socks

I finished my first pair of the April-May sock, Mona. The yarn is by a lovely sponsor of the KAL, Saffron Dyeworks, the Amara yarn base in the colorway "Sassy."

Sassy Mona Done B

Sassy Mona Done A

I immediately cast on another pair in Barking Dog Yarns' (another lovely sponsor of the KAL), Rune base in the colorway Oklahoma Rose. This yarn really smells nice. I wonder what yarn wash she uses...

Mitchell hopped out onto the deck when I started taking pictures.
Rose Mona Cast On w M

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Egg Hunt

Gma E and I took Mitchell to Eckert's today, for an egg hunt. It was a bit rainy, and they moved the festivities off of the grass and into the nursery. There were other activities, including decorating (and eating) your own cookie and a petting zoo with bunnies and chicks.

Egg Hunt 1
"If Buddha had a bucket, would we be twins?"

Egg Hunt 2
The eggs were pretty easy to find.

"If I leave some icing on my fingers, will the bunnies like me better?"

Bunny 1
Gma and I thought the bunnies had some "better living through chemistry" going on, but at least they were very well-behaved.

Mitchell wasn't quite sure what to do with the chick.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, April 18, 2011

Zoo Outing

Spring weather called us outside, today, and we visited the zoo.

Zoo April 2011

The rhinocerous was the star of the day, trotting about in its enclosure from one end to the other.

Zoo April 2011-rhino

Zoo April 2011-rhino2

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thelonious Socks Done

I finished my March/April socks, Thelonious, on the 12th.

Thelonius Done

Thelonius Done 2

Now, I'm on to Mona.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Quasi Club

I promised to post more information about the new Zen Yarn Garden club, and here it is!

The new club is a gorgeous red semi-solid colorway inspired by Japanese red maples, available in three bases, the Serenity Worsted, Serenity 20 fingering, or Serenity Silk fingering... all luxurious bases. It is available to order in any quantities of any of the three bases, through May 8, shipping mid-month. For more information, see Roxanne's club page. It's a "Quasi Club" because you can select any amount and make anything you want. :)

quasi club maple

I ordered enough worsted to make Cassis, plus a matching pair of socks in Serenity 20. Yea!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, April 11, 2011

March-April Sock

The Knit Sock Love KAL allows two months to complete the pair, as long as you cast on sometime in the first month. I got my March cast on just a few days before that deadline, and I'm trying to hurry and finish the pair so that I can start the April-May sock, Mona. It is tough if you get behind. You have to average one pair a month, if you want to do them all...

Here is my first sock in the pair of Thelonious socks.

Thelonious - One Done - Front

The yarn is Zen Yarn Garden's Serenity 20 in "Regal Red." The 20% cashmere makes it squishy and a treat to knit. I really like Roxanne's semi-solids. She is planning to start a semi-solid club, soon, with sweater quantities available. Hmmm... I'll post details when I know more! :)

Thelonious - One Done - Back

The diagonal panel made me pay a bit more attention to what I was doing, since the diagonal shaping happens every four rows. I had to keep marking progress on a chart, instead of memorizing the pattern and just taking off on my own. Other than that, it wasn't really that hard. I thought it was going to be really fiddly, but not too bad. There are some other patterns in the book that might keep me from finishing every sock in the KAL... Luckily, four book patterns can be substituted with one of CookieA's other sock patterns!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Spring Rush

We had a busy weekend, running about from one thing to the next. We started with our first soccer practice. It had been delayed a few weeks, and we still had a wet field, so the group met in the gym. It is an introductory skills class for seven weeks, followed by one "game" on the eighth and last week.

Soccer Started

Saturday evening, we headed over to Gma and Gpa W's, staying the night for family reunion the next day. Family reunion is held across the street from a school, and I got these shots of Mitchell on the school playground.

Family Reunion 1

Family Reunion 2

And since Stephanie has announced it, I assume it is safe for me to mention that I'm going to be an aunt, again. :) Yea!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Test Knit

I am having a cardigan hoodie test knit on Ravelry in the Free Pattern Testers group. If you are interested in test knitting, see the posting on Ravelry. It is a heavy-worsted (4sts/inch) stockinette cardigan, with ribbed edges, alternating yarns every two rows for stripes. The gauge makes it a fast knit. The alternate yarns keep it interesting. The pattern should be available in the June timeframe (one way or another), but for now, it is a secret, just in the test group. ;)

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, April 4, 2011

Chasing Chickens

Sunday was a record high here, 90 degrees, breaking a record that stood for 129 years. We went out early, before it was really hot, and visited the petting zoo at the local park. Mitchell chased a hen.

Chasing Chickens 1

Chasing Chickens 2

Chasing Chickens 3

Chasing Chickens 4

Chasing Chickens 5

Chasing Chickens 6

He never did catch her, but he kept her on her toes.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

March Clubs

I'm prone to joining clubs, it seems. I've received some really interesting club yarns in the last month...

Plucky - The Hills are Alive (Feb 2011)
The Plucky Knitter, Plucky Classics Club, "The Hills Are Alive"

ZYG Art Club March 2011 - Klimpt
Zen Yarn Garden, Art Walk Sock Club, "Judith"

hedgehog sock club March 2011
Hedgehog Fibres, Sock Club, "Quicker" and "Glazed"

LL - Loopy Club March 2011
The Loopy Ewe, Lorna's Laces Honor in "Loopy Ewe Shuffle"

RSC - march 2011
Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Rockin' Sock Club,
"Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"

Meanwhile, I'm off working on my March/April sock for Knit Sock Love... it is red Zen Yarn Garden. Lovely! Sock pictures later...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay