Monday, February 8, 2010

a little knitting, a little stitching

I am one sorry excuse for a blogger!  That's why I have the "blogging without obligation" gadget LOL.

I've been knitting!  I'm making an baby sweater for one of my managers at work who is due very soon.  I'm pretty sure she will appreciate something handmade since she majored in fashion design in college.  Everytime I knit a sweater I swear I'll never do it again and then proceed to try just one more time.  At least with a baby sweater fit is not so important.  There will be a lot of sewing to do though, something I am not crazy about.  I still need to finish the left front, the sleeves and the neckband.

I also stitched up this Prairie Schooler santa and I'm not sure how I want to finish it yet.  It's stitched on 18 count Floba, a fabric I really like to use for Prairie Schooler designs.  It's got a simple homespun quality about it. 

We've had our fair share of small triumphs and setbacks here in our little household lately.  DS seems to be buckling down (fingers crossed) and working hard at school.  I'm finding that an art major can spend quite a bit on supplies!  DD was accepted at the 5 colleges she applied too but hasn't figured out which one she wants to attend.  4 of the schools are in Ohio and 1 in Indiana.  We'll wait to see what the numbers add up to and make a few visits before she commits.  I am so excited for's almost as if I'm going off to school, not her!  A severe case of senior-itis has set in though and this last semester will be rough for her.

My MIL is now in hospice care and Mark has been with her in New Hampshire for the past 5 days.  We don't expect her to live through the's just a waiting game now.  I may have to hop on a plane and head out there later this week.  Her birthday is in 12 days, her 91st.  Mark and his brother have been by her side for many many hours lately and did the right thing by moving her from a nursing home to the hospice facility.

Hoping we don't get a lot more snow in the next couple of days!   I have been spoiled by a man who loves snow and always does all the shoveling.  I sure do appreciate it.


Melissa said...

Hi Barb,

Nice to see you again.

Sorry to hear about your MIL. This sounds so much like my aunt last year - same age and roughly the same time of year.

Love the knitting - I always admire anyone who can do more than knit and purl in straight rows (that's me)!

Good luck with everything. A bit bumpy ride ahead.

Lee said...

Awww! Love the little sweater and you know how I love the PS Santas!

Keep me up to date on your MIL. How sad for Mark.

mainely stitching said...

Stopping in to say hello and to let you know I'm thinking of you.

Carol said...

Congratulations to your daughter, Barb--that is wonderful that she was accepted at all five colleges... I hope she enjoys the rest of her senior year.

Pretty pink sweater and I love the hockey Santa--keep meaning to stitch him for my youngest.

So sad about your MIL--so many of us are going through struggles with our aging parents, aren't we?

Deb said...

Your baby sweater is adorable. Isn't it funny how knitting can be so addicting sometimes, especially when you see your finished piece, and it inspires you so.

Congratulations to your daughter. And I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL.

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. I will look forward to seeing how you finish your Prairie Schooler Santa.
Be always in stitches.

doris said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I know it's a terribly difficult time for your husband, and I hope it's as peaceful as it can be.

Your baby sweater is very cute. Looks like you're doing a wonderful job. I'm not sure when I'll be up to that challenge, but I'm looking at other ideas for my soon-to-be-born grandson.