Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Long Time, No Post

It's been a little busy at our house lately.
Work, work, work, work. Work, work, work. Easter. Family. Grandpa. Work. Work. Work.

That's about it. It's all I can do to eat and get some knitting in.

I was on a roll and got a few projects accomplished and now have a new LIST started. I love lists.

1. Jared Flood's Habitat
Yarn: Rowanspun

2. Pattern: Pending
Yarn: Seedling by Classic Elite Yarns

3. Bry's Socks
Pattern: Toe Up Socks by Leah Mitchell
Yarn: I can't remember!

4. ?Sweater - suggestions welcome
Yarn: Shibui Knits Staccato

5. This one's done - but I love it.
Thanks to Alex, Tony and Riley for the lovely yarn.
Pattern: Revontuli by AnnM
Yarn: Kauni Effect Yarn EA
6. Another gift from the Vosooney Clan
Pattern: Raglan Top Down Sweater - Pattern came with the yarn
Yarn: Tosca Light by Lang
7. Pattern: Springtime in Hollis
Yarn: Lisa Harding Kashmir Aran

I know I haven't been blogging much. And it's not looking too good for the summer, either. I would like to share with you a few of the blogs that I have been going to for inspiration.
A Little Pregnant
Posie Gets Cosy - OMG I may need to start embroidering. Alex! Check this out. I'll buy the kit for you if you want it!
Artsy Crafty Babe
Wee Wonderfuls
Aesthetic Outburst
Wren Handmade
Wild Olive

Have a good spring. Hopefully the weather shapes up here!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


 These are the beginnings of the new project: A Quilt.
My mom and sister came into town and we had to hit up the local quilt shop so they could get their fix (don't tell my dad!).  We always go to Patched Works Quilts in Elm Grove.  They have a terrific selection of fabrics and patterns and we always find some inspiration in the many many quilts on display.
Well normally I just bide my time in the quilt store until they will go to the yarn shop with me.  But this time....this time I may have found a new pattern that I like.  The pattern is Urban Cabin by Terry Atkinson.  The fabric is a selection of fat quarter bundles SPA by Rosemarie Lavin for Windham Fabrics.
 This is just the beginning.  The actual quilt is all pieced together except for the border - I still need to get some fabric for the border and put that on.  Then my first quilt will be off to my Mom's to get quilted and so she can sew the binding on for me....that's part of the deal. 

 These are the Easter Booties that I made for Liza - they are made out of Debbie Bliss Eco Baby and they match the sweater I made for her too.  Can't wait to get pictures of the whole outfit put together.

Work has been pretty crazy lately.  I am working most days this month and don't have a whole lot of energy to do much when I get home.

In other news I just went to a BRAND NEW YARN STORE in Brookfield.  It is called Cream City Yarn and is located on North Ave and Pilgrim Rd.  It was lovely - very well done and organized, not crowded even though there were a lot of people there.  The workers were friendly and helpful.  I may have spent a little bit but I have been wanting to try out Spud and Chloe yarn for sometime - and they had a terrific selection.

Well that was it for my wonderful day off.  Now for some Mexican food, margaritas and crafts for the evening!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hole in the Head

Occasionally I advocate for placing a hole in the head of one of my patients.  Occasionally I have patients who had already placed holes in their head, or somebody else did so for them.  Most of the time, however, I would state that a hole in the head is a bad thing.  Nobody WANTS one.  Sometimes people NEED them. 

I NEED ANOTHER hobby like I NEED a hole in the head.

However, thanks to my mother, I have a new one.  Poor Bry. Pictures to follow.

Somebody shoot me.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2011 Day 7

Day seven: 3rd April. Your knitting and crochet time.
Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

My knitting time is pretty fluid - my favorite knitting is sitting on the L shaped chaise lounge on our new couch with a good movie/TV show on and a few snacks/Diet Coke nearby.
However, one of my favorite aspects of knitting is the ability to DO IT ANYWHERE.

I knit during long lectures - and I pay attention better.

    I knit on long car trips - and time goes faster.

      I knit while waiting for things to happen - Bry to get ready for instance.

         I knit in public - at the coffee shop, in line waiting for Bry's iPad 2, etc.

           I knit at work when I'm not having any clinical responsibilities.

These are the times that I truly appreciate the nature of knitting.  I save up "portable" projects for taking in my purse.  I always have some knitting in it in case I luck out and get to knit at work.  Small projects like hats, scarves, mittens and socks are easy to take along - although I've been known to stuff a baby sweater into my purse as well.

Have a Happy Sunday.  Good work on the blogs this week, folks!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Something to Aspire to (2KCBWDAY6)

Day six: 2nd April. Something to aspire to.Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make bu can admire the result of those that have.

Yep.  There is one yet unaccomplished goal in knitting and that is to knit a SEAMLESS sweater.  I have heard tell of these magically sweaters that don't require sewing up the seams - and I want to make one.  I have just finished scouring Ravelry and come up with some projects that are now added to my queue....

love2knitnpurl's Seamless Yoked Baby SweaterSeamless Yoked Baby Cardigan

This one is written by the same pattern designer:

Help me pick one out.  Or let me know if there are some other options you like better.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2011 Day 5

Day Five: 1st April. And now for something completely different This is an experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create.
There are no rules of a topic to blog about (though some suggestions are given below) but this post should look at a different way to present content on your blog.

Happy April Fool's Day!  If you want to check out more great blogs type 2KCBWDAY5 into Google and visit as many as you can!

The ABC’s of Me… (idea from Roni's Weigh)

  1. Age: 27 - yikes.
  2. Bed size: Queen - would love to have a King eventually so Bry can stretch out - but he likes the Queen size.
  3. Chore you hate: Washing dishes by hand.  
  4. Dogs:  I am Pro Dog.  Bry is Anti-Animals-of-Any-Kind.  This has been a topic of discussion in our house recently as I want to get a kitten......
  5. Essential start to your day:  My 9 Point WW+ sandwich - a Bagel Thin, lunch meat, cheese and an egg.  Toast the Bagel - heat the lunch meat, cheese, egg and maybe some veggies in the microwave. Also - COFFEE.  In my new coffee maker!
  6. Favorite color: Green.  Look at the blog.  But I am also getting into the mustard yellow craze.  
  7. Gold or silver: Silver.
  8. Height: 5 feet 3 inches.  12 inches shorter than Bry.....
  9. Instruments that you can play: Piano, trumpet, some fiddling with guitar, drums, and there was the time I taught myself the clarinet.  Sadly I am away from all musical instruments right now.....
  10. Job title: Resident Physician in Emergency Medicine.
  11. Kids: None.
  12. Live: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  13. Mom’s name: Jane
  14. Nicknames: Abi, Abui, Spike
  15. Overnight hospital stays: Appendectomy at age 6-7. Otherwise my hospital overnight stays have been while working - and there are a ton of those.
  16. Pet peeve: I have a bunch...... the proper use of turn signals being a big one.
  17. Quote from a movie: "And they're all as tall as Church steeples!" - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  Some day I will do an entire post on why that is the greatest movie ever made.  Also, my husband is as tall as a church steeple, I think.
  18. Righty or lefty: Righty.
  19. Siblings: Two sisters, one brother.
  20. Time you wake up: Depends - I'm definitely a morning-person though.  I prefer to wake up and get started on my day.
  21. Underwear: Yep.  Love love love to buy new underwear - and new socks.  It just makes the day better.
  22. Vegetables you dislike: Not many.  I like most vegetables and I'm very open to trying new ones.
  23. What makes you run late: Nothing had better.  I get extremely upset if I am running late.  I usually show up 10-15 minutes early.  For everything.  When something messes with my plans I get pretty worked up.
  24. X-rays: Just a few.  My hand when I broke my finger in high school (right before prom!), a few chest x-rays for my TB testing, and a foot MRI when I thought I had a stress fracture.
  25. Yummy food you make: Comfort food - mashed potatoes, chicken, and I'm getting better at making Bry's favorite casseroles too.
  26. Zoo favorite animal: Lions.