Scout has had her first knitting lesson. As you can see she was very intent on learning. This is actually the little plain garter stitch headband I was working on for her. Jo decided she wanted to knit too. At three it is a little hard for her but the want to learn is there. She has her own needles that I had bought for her a while back and I rolled up a little ball of yarn for her. She likes to sit on the couch and try to make the stitches. She said she is making a headband for everyone. Maybe I could get her to make me an afghan someday. Better yet maybe we could make one together.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
With a new baby and all the things that involves, it has been busy here on the Ponderosa. Jo is such a great big sister. She loves to hold and feed Scout. I am enjoying having so much time with my girls and of course TJ who is a great dad and husband. I am not sure who is going to have withdrawal more when I go home, Jo or me.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
We don't have much longer till Jo's baby sister is here. Since due to doctor appointments we would miss tomorrow's storytime we went today. Jo wanted to go to the play area in the mall first. Here she is, the future Olympic gold medal gymnast. Well, maybe just future tree climber in the backyard. We then went to storytime and she found another friend, Roxanne. When Roxanne walked up Jo told her she could sit with her on the bench. Jo likes everyone to feel welcome. After a yummy lunch at Rice Boxx we went to Target to get a few last minute baby things. Of course we had to get an Icee and popcorn. Interestingly they had little packages of jelly that Jo thought made a good treat. That girl cracks me up.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Many times today we hear of poor customer service when we have an issue with a product. Yesterday I wrote about the weirdness of a skein of Tofutsies sock yarn. I have never had a skein of yarn actually change color in the middle. I have used Tofutsies on several adult, child and baby socks and never had a problem before. I was a little, well... shall we say traumatized when I realized that the second sock in the pair from that particuar skein really did not match. I mean I looked at it and turned it over and laid them side by side and kept saying to myself maybe it is my eyes, I have been knitting too much, it is the lighting, but to no resolution. What to do? I mean one sock is finished and this one was about 1/4th of the way along. I got on Ravelry and went to two of the forums asking if anyone else had ever had this happen. Many readers but no one apparently has had this weird thing happen to them. We are talking socks, with tiny needles and a million stitches. Well not that many but thousands of stitches. What to do? I thought you know, South West Trading Company has a site on Ravelry and I get their e-mails maybe I could just send an e-mail to the company. So I pull up the site. Mmmm who to talk to. Well, Jonelle Raffino the president of the company sends info about yarns to me in a newsletter so maybe I should just go to the top. This was not in meanness like I was mad about the yarn, I was desperate to find out what the heck was going on with this yarn. Remember, tiny needles and many, many stitches. I shot of an e-mail not expecting to hear anything until today. I checked my e-mail later in the evening and there was a note from Jonelle asking for more info and she would check out what was going on with the yarn. I e-mailed her back the info. This morning I checked my e-mail and there was another e-mail from Jonelle stating that truly this is weird and offering to replace the skein. Ahhh, this is a knitter, she understands. The reason this post got lengthy was because not very long ago there was a thread on Ravelry where customer service of LYS's and internet shopping etc. were discussed. I truly feel that when a company provides good service to it's customers this information should be passed on. SWTC and Jonelle have made me a customer for life. Not only do I like and use their yarns but they were quick to solve a problem and made me feel that they did care. This is a rare quality in today's market. Thanks Jonelle, ya'll are the best.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Ok, so what is going on here? I started the second Tofutsies sock and about three inches in the sock looks completely different than the first one. I was careful to make sure the color matched for the stripes. This is the actual color of the yarn. The finished sock is a more muted pink, purple and blue. The new sock, began in the middle of the same skein, has more dark and vivid colors. I have used three other skeins of Tofutsies for booties and socks and never had this happen before. The pix is a litte fuzzy since it is from my cell phone but still this is so weird.
TaDa. One pair of my socks down and two pair are left to finish. I don't normally do one sock and move on to the next skein of yarn but it happened. So now I am finishing up the various pairs. Actually this is not a bad idea. After one sock if you are tired of that yarn then do a different one. Just make sure that you go back and finish the first pair. I really, really liked this yarn and the pattern it made. JaWoll Lang. I had never used it before and was very pleased with it. So now I am finishing the second sock in the Tofutisies yarn. I got through the hated K2,P2 ribbing that though it was only two inches long seemed to take forever. Now I am whizzing through the top of the sock, well maybe whizzing is the wrong word but I am making steady progress.
By the way one week from today I will be posting pictures of my brand new grand-daughter. Are we excited? You betcha!