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I have negative knitting to share for Yarn Along this week.  Well, technically I finished the plain pair of socks for Ella.  But they were whisked away, worn, and thrown in the laundry before I got a picture.  But I’m sure you all can imagine what they looked like.  They were made with the leftover Astra from her birthday socks.

Why is it negative knitting this week?  Because I ripped out the sweater I had started for Belinda.  I don’t know what the designer was thinking when she made the sweater at sport gauge (24 sts/4 inches) with fingering (28-32 sts/4 inches) sized yarn.  I gave it a real try, but it was horrible.  It was like a shawl with sleeves.  It didn’t look like the picture and was going to be far to hard for my laundry-impaired sister to manage.  So now what?  I’m making my own version of that sweater.  I’m using all the lace/cable charts of the original with the numbers from my favourite book, Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges.  Unfortunately with the new gauge I need more yarn.  I have a desperate email into Knit Picks (still waiting).  But worst comes to worst and I’ll take apart the new socks I made (haven’t worn yet).  If I mix in the rows the different dye lot shouldn’t be noticeable.

I’ve also started a new purse knitting project.  Just a regular pair of socks for me.  Toe-up since I only have the one skein.  That’s the beauty of this sock formula.  It works (supposedly) for any size yarn.  I’ll let you know.

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Yeah, I know this is starting to be a habit.  I spent most of yesterday fighting with the skating costumes we need for Saturday’s competition.  I volunteered to MAKE the costumes.  I absolutely HATE making alterations.  Especially since every. single. skirt! needs to have inches, yes I said INCHES added to them.  I told the mom who made the decision that they weren’t big enough (likely made for 6-7 year olds) but she decided ‘they were stretchy’.  Ugh!  I have them more or less done.  Try-on’s are tomorrow.  Except for the one girl who no one will give me the measurement for, all they says is ‘she’s tiny’.  Guess what?  “Tiny” isn’t a measurement.  I’ll be putting my foot down next time.

Monday:

grilled cheese -yummy goat cheddar for Ella

tacos -birthday girl’s request

Tuesday:

leftover tacos

boeuf bourguignon (Julia Child)

Wednesday:

chicken burgers

out -early skating then Guides

Thursday:

pancakes

leftover bourguignon

Friday:

lunch meat sandwiches

French fries

Saturday:

at the competition, Daddy feeding himself.  Hopefully we can come home for lunch and they don’t make us stay at the arena

Sunday:

Ella’s b-day party with her girlfriends

spaghetti

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A Decade?!!!!

How on earth did this little one get to be a decade old?

One tired Daddy!

I was looking for this picture for the last post.  This is Ella’s old tractor from Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan.  Definitely time for an upgrade.

It’s too early in the day for a birthday picture, so I’ll share one of my favourites.

 

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Yeah, I know, I’m running late this week.  I don’t know why it’s so hard to load pictures from the camera to the computer.  I just don’t seem to get around to it on time.  I did have this post ready for yesterday, but Photobucket wasn’t working so I couldn’t post pictures.    Today’s post is going to be all about Ella.

You may remember a certain Miss has a birthday coming up this weekend.  So here’s here traditional pair of birthday socks.

I’ve liked this pattern for a while and thought they would be cute for Ella.  They are a thicker gauge which I like to do for Ella since she won’t get too much wear from them before she out-grows them.  But I’ve decided I’m not doing socks in Astra sized yarn any more.  My wrists just don’t like it.  Hopefully her feet will slow down (they have to some day) and I can make her proper ‘sock yarn’ socks.

I had extra yarn, so I’m whipping up another plain pair of socks for Ella too.  She’s got Guide camp coming up and needs warmer socks than she currently has.  I found a Toe-up sock formula online.  Toe-Up is always the way to go when you don’t know how far your yarn is going to go.

Did I show you the American Girl dress?  If she likes this one I’ll make another so both her ‘girls’ can have the same dress.

So, what has made my Pretty, Funny girl so very, very Happy?

Daddy finally found a local go-cart!  Ella was really pushing the size limit on her little riding tractor last summer.

Daddy’s putting the sides back on and building a roll cage.  He’s also putting in a floor so she doesn’t break a leg. He also needs to make some adjustments to slow it down A LOT.

He’s also going to have to adjust the pedals for now.  Ella and I can’t reach.

Daisy thinks she needs to chase it and bite at the tires.

One very happy girl with her early birthday present.

 

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Great afternoon tobogganing with our home school friends (who just moved across the highway!!).  The wind was a bit brisk, but it’s only 0C.  With the bonfire and hot chocolate it was a warm enough.  The girls had a grand time up and down the hill -and so did the Daddys.

Monday:

potato soup

actually made the paprikash last night, tonight is slow roasted pork.  That way I could just throw it into the oven and forget about it.

Tuesday:

pizza

leftover chicken

Wednesday:

spaghetti

leftover pork

Thursday:

pork sandwiches

leftover paprikash

Friday:

mug mac and cheese and French onion soup for me

honey mustard chicken (from 365 Slow Cooker Suppers)

Saturday:

beef barley soup

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Sunday:

chicken sandwiches

boeuf Bourguignon (from  Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I: 50th Anniversary)

More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie!

 

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Such a bright and sunny day.  Usually that means a fairly cold day, but today it’s only -5C -which is pretty good for Ontario in January.  We had a couple lovely flurry weekend.  Must have received a good couple inches of snow.

Not sure what’s up this week.  I’ve got sorting and cleaning that I’d like to get at, maybe I’ll get that started this week.  Off to a good start.  I cleaned out under Ella’s bed.  It was full of boxes that were mostly mine.  I sorted and consolidated and made room for the dolls’ trundle bed.  Now that the living room is cleared up from Christmas we can bring ‘Clover Leaf Corner’ back downstairs and Ella can play with her Calico Critters again.

Monday:

garden vegetable soup (fromThe Amish Cook: Recollections and Recipes from an Old Order Amish Family)

leftover wings

Tuesday:

pizza

pork chops (maybe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I: 50th Anniversary)

Wednesday:

pretzel dogs

BBQ chicken thighs (from 365 Slow Cooker Suppers)

Thursday:

pizza

chicken enchiladas

Friday:

tuna sandwiches

leftover enchiladas

Saturday:

French fries

Sunday:

pancakes

baked pork tenderloin

More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie!

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Secret Yarn Along this week.

New American Girl dress for Ella’s birthday.

Finished my clock socks.  The wool is more navy in real life.  Just have to sew the ends and get the bias tape for the tops.  Checking my email and it looks like Belinda’s wool will be in soon so I can start on her Christmas sweater (an IOU from Mom).  I love the yarn she chose (Make Believe colourway).  It’s from Knit Picks.  Luckily it was on sale, so even with the bad dollar it was cheaper than a drive to Ottawa (and nicer than anything locally available).

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