Thursday, April 29, 2010

Calcaneal Stress Fractures
(Also Student Permits)

No.  Don't go away, you haven't wandered into the wrong blog. I have been dealing with boots and MRI's for one kid, (Puck), and wading through miles of incomprehensible paperwork for the other. 

Puck has had a Calcaneal Stress Fracture since, oh, about January.  I just didn't know it.  Stubborn mom finally decided to listen to him and got him in to see a Sports Physician.  One MRI later and Puck is now wearing a boot.  For three weeks.  I have been less than truthful about the length of recovery time.  I didn't tell him that after the boot was off, he may not be able to play Lacrosse for three more weeks.  I think I'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

As for Teen, well, let's just say the process of getting a Student Permit for studying in Canada could be a bit less confusing.  Just cross your fingers and hope they don't decide he needs a Custodian.  I'm in deep trouble if they decide he needs a Custodian.  (The legal age in Vancouver is 19.  He won't be 19 until May of 2011.)  Sigh.  You have to apply at the Canadian Embassy and the nearest one is in Michigan.  Also?  They will not accept telephone questions about immigration.  Everything must be email or snail mail form.  Don't they realize what email does to a simple question like:  Canadian Immigration Services has a price posted of $125.00 for this permit, but the embassy website says $115.00, which one is correct?  A simple question that should take just seconds to answer turns into an endless round of emails before you get  your simple answer.  Sigh.  Do you think they'll turn my application back if I've overpaid?

I think I'll go to knitting tonight.  That is after I bring the kid  home from his Dr. appointment.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Very Pink FO

Pattern: Cotton Candy from Yarn:  Ruby Sapphire Tenderfoot   Color:  Paige Needles: US 2 Started: March 25, 2010 Completed: April 20, 2010

Note: For some reason I could not find this pattern in Ravelry's library.  This is the Cotton Candy socks from the website.  The pattern shows the socks as anklets.  I knit them with four repeats in the cuff and only needed 3 1/2 on the foot.  Ruby Sapphire has restocked their Etsy shop, and I highly recommend their yarn.  I have used several different bases and colorways and really, I have not ever been disappointed.  This particular base is very similar in feel to the Cherry Tree Hill base.

Friday, April 23, 2010

I Love Beyonce

So I thought this was hysterical.

My favorite Glee episode ever is the one where Kurt does the Single Ladies dance.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Time to Share

I brought a new Toshiba into my house last month and I thought it may be time to share my new toy.

It's a pretty little brown netbook that I picked up at Micro Center in St. Louis Park.  My computer gurus at Chip Heads have recommended both the store and the brand.

My husband had to replace his laptop last fall and he bought a Toshiba that he has made him quite happy.  I finally accumulated enough cash stash out of my weekly spending money; and that accumulation coincided quite happily with the crashing of many desktop computers at our house.

I say:  Taa-Daa!

For size comparison - with a dime.

Look at it's pretty, brown cover!

Oh, is that Ravelry I see?

It has already proved very handy at knit group on Wednesdays looking up patterns and checking IMDB to aid my failing memory when I am trying to remember who is starring with Holly Hunter in Saving Grace (Laura San Giacomo).

This is the Toshiba mini NB305-N410BN in Java Brown.  If you really want all the technical stuff, you can click on the link - but it's just enough for my purposes!  

Now, we have to figure out how we're going to drive to Vancouver in August.

Friday, April 16, 2010

April Socks
I started this pair at my knitting group last week. The yarn color seemed appropriate for a pattern called Summer Solstice. Also, as the weather is starting to get spring-steamy here, it just felt right. As a matter of fact, it's such a beautiful (albeit, chilly) evening that I wish I was down at the new Twin's ballpark. It looks like a really fun time.

Instead, I settled for making a pitcher of these. Very smooth.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

No More Excuses.

So, my morning knitting group has moved to the local B&N every other week. I'm not sure if knitting in an LYS would be any worse. I've managed to pick up a book or a magazine almost every week.

Last week I picked up 99 Yarns and Counting from Green Mountain Spinnery. A couple cute sock patterns, a really cute hat pattern and a cardigan or two that I really like. I am starting with the Child's Striped Raglan. This is the stashbuster year, and while I am still buying the odd skein here and there - the focus is on digging through the stash to thin it out! This will be for Afghans for Afghan in honor of my high school graduate.

That's the yarn I dug out of my stash - and that's the high school graduate - at three years of age. I still think he's adorable. Also? That is the same year he started to read. Really. Picture that little monkey in the back seat car seat, reading street signs and billboards and asking me what words mean. It was scary then. Now, he's been accepted at University of British Columbia and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (that's Vancouver, Canada and Troy, New York). Both great schools, but opposite ends of the continent. I am so proud of my boy, proud that he's doing exactly what we brought him up to do: strike out and be his own, independent person. (Can I help it if I feel like I may never see him in my house again once he walks out that door?)

***Pardon me while I give myself a little shake****

I finished another pair of my two-pair-a-month socks.

Norfolk Ramblers by Emma Haigh

Pattern: Norfolk Ramblers by Emma Haigh Yarn: Sugar Bunny Boulevard Merino Sock Color: Unforgettable Needles: US 1 Started: March 12, 2010 Completed: April 2, 2010

Note: This is the first time I've knit with this yarn and I like it very much. It was a thinner base than I am used to, but this pattern is very stretchy and a little lacy so this combo knit up very squooshy. Let's try a photo without the flash to see if we can get a better feel for the color:

A lovely brown and blue. This pair will go into the Christmas Basket. In the meantime, I am knitting catch-up on the two pair for April (although I'm actually ahead as I've knit 7 pair so far this year.)

Friday, April 09, 2010

Lot's of Knitting...

Just very little finishing. These are the Cotton Candy Anklets from Crazy4Dyeing. They have a bunch of cute free sock patterns that I have worked my way through this Spring. This is the first pair I started for April. Luckily, it's an easy pattern.

Puck's Box Lax team went into tonight's game 9 men down (it's Spring Break!) - and minus the head coach. (My husband is in Boston with the Teen.) These junior men are so well trained, they went in and mechanically tore the other team to pieces! Our Goalie was ON FIRE - he broke his goalie stick! 12 to 0! The worst part about those kinds of games with this age group is the tempers start to flare after a while and things get really, really physical. It really did, too. There were two ejections and there should have been three more.

Three more games left in the short spring season, and then the playoffs. I may actually get a picture or two next week. Teen is going to be reffing!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

One New Computer Later

All I have to show is a picture I took back at the end of March. These socks are finished now and will be appearing later in a FO post.

It's Spring Break and Puck and I are at home. DH and the Teen made one last trip to visit a couple colleges. We are still waiting to hear from UBC (who typically notifies after most US colleges need a decision.)

The Wild are winding down and Lacrosse is picking up. I'm a little excited to check out the new Target field, though I'm not really a follower of Baseball. Sigh. There are many projects on the needles and my kids are really busy. I am hoping to get all caught up in the next couple weeks now that I have a new connection!

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