Rant #2

1. My husband is crazy. He changes his mind way too much and I don’t know what to do about it anymore.

2. My mom and step-dad are moving to Portland. I don’t know how I’ll ever survive without her being within a 50-mile radius of me.

3. This is a bad time to be a Girl Scout. Cookies are on sale now and we’re in the process of starting summer camp registration. Busy is such an understatement, I would throw a cookie rock at whoever said we weren’t busy.

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Let me get an update, update!

So, Mary had her beautiful baby boy, Liam Paul, on February 8th. He’s absolutely precious and looks so much like his older brother, Loren. I wish I could see them, but flights to Hawaii are insane!

I’m 1/3 through with the baby blanket. I started with my second skein of Bernat Softee Baby in Pale Blue just last night and I feel so accomplished already! I can only hope these last two skeins go by quickly so young Liam can have this blanket before he’s too big!

Here’s to friendship and knitting! Peace.

Rant #1

I can say one thing: big projects are the devil! GRRRR!

I’m making a baby blanket for my best friend in Hawaii. She’s having her second baby boy and he was due late January. I haven’t heard whether he’s arrived or not, but I’m so excited for her! What I’m not excited about is how long this blanket is taking me. Am I just slow or do blankets take everyone a long time? It’s really cute, though!

Who knows? Maybe little Liam will enjoy it for his 1st birthday.

Rah, rah, ree! Kick ’em in the knee!

Since I have my normal 9-5 job, a lot of co-workers see me knitting after I’ve eaten my lunch. I do get a lot done, but that is also when I get the majority of my requests. My first request actually came from my HR Director. She saw the hat I had made for Rolando and thought I could make a cute hat for her too!  I found an adorable pattern on a blog by the lovely Marieke Berghuis, at www.treatsandtreasures.com. It’s a really cute pom-pom hat that I decided to make in a creamy ivory that would look great against her dark hair. I used Lion Brand Alpine Wool in vanilla.

As you can probably see in one of the pictures, there was one wrong stitch in the seed stitch, and that just bugs the crap out of me! All I can say is that none of my pieces are alike. You truly get a Robyn original when you come to me.

Keeping his head warm since October 2009

After an unusually long hiatus that included a stint in community college, finding the love of my life, getting married, and moving three times, Rolando (that gorgeous man I get to call my hubby) requested a hat. I was able to narrow the selection down to two choices. After Rolando chose the hat he’d like to wear, I set to work using a gorgeous gray wool yarn. If I can find the brand or a label, I’ll make sure to post it as well. I bought the yarn at a local shop called Yarn & Stitches. The ladies there are always helpful and they even have one of those old, noisy registers! Gotta love it!

This was my first experience with knitting “in the round” and I found it quite enjoyable! I guess I’m just a nerd like that… I had a wonderful advisor named Jane who helped me if I had any questions. She volunteers at the office I work in, so it’s always convenient to show her what I’ve been up to and ask questions. I think everyone needs a Jane.

So this is the new year…

First post, eh? I guess I should make it good.

I started knitting the summer after my senior year, while I was working at a swimming pool with my Grandpa. I just wanted something to keep myself occupied during long, boring hours keeping sweaty, chlorinated kids filled with snacks and sodas. My first project was an easy beret. I still have it, but it seems to have lost its shape. I had a bit of yarn leftover, so I decided to knit a scarf to go with my new beret! It was loooong and skinny, and seems to have gotten lost in the abyss of my back seat. Life goes on, right?

Now I’m definitely not advanced enough to start creating my own patterns, but I do hope to get there one day! I feel like I’ve done some pretty hardcore work, but the people who make these patterns all say, “It’s so easy!” Psh, I beg to differ! I still have a lot to work on. Hopefully, I’ll be at the top of my (one-person) class one day.