Monday, February 28, 2011

Jack in His Highway Hat and Fish Hat

Jack LOVES his highway hat. He plays with it in the car finding all the different cars, planes, and trucks. It was so interesting to see him interact with it. Patrick suggested figuring out how to do one with all water themed buttons. It set me off thinking about other possibilities. I think a Halloween one would be a ton of fun to knit up and to play with, too!

I gave Jack his fish hat in his Valentine's Day package. He wore it and said, "Blub, Blub." How cute is he? We tried to teach him a fish face, but we got a mini kiss face and laugh.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Nook Book

My husband's print book The Nook Book is out and available for sale. If you are somone who is new to the techie side of things and want a hard copy book to reference while you learn how to use the Nook, this book is for you! It is also a great book for those techies who want some more advanced tips and tricks for the Nook.

Buy here at B&N

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Play Ball, People!

Right before Valentine's Day we got to visit with my SIL and her hubby & son. The night we arrived was Jack's 2nd birthday party. It was so cute to see him playing with his friends and how excited he was by the gifts. The next day we went to the Discovery Center and I think the adults played as much as Jack did. I would say my favorite was the green screen sports area. Patrick and Pete played snowboarding and soccer. Jack was in awe as to why Pappa and Uncle Pateeek were jumping like idiots! That night and the next day we played many rounds of bounce the balloon off of Uncle Patrick's head. He giggled that little kid giggle that makes you smile from ear to ear.

 Meg got super cute decorations off of Etsy.

 Trying to give Coco a hug. SO cute.

Happy Birthday Dear Jack...

One of the funniest things was to hear Jack and all of his little phrases. He would say Aunt Gina sorta like AunNina. At one point he told all of us, "Play Ball, People!" Meg said that was a brand new one and nobody knows where he picked it up! He also says, "Oh man!" a lot, which is adorable. It's so nice to see life through a 2-year-old. Check back in over the next few days for the pictures from the Discovery day.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Projects Gone Awry

I blog all the time about the projects that I finish. And after having 40+ UFOs on the needles several years ago, I have myself VERY controlled about unfinished items now. (Currently, I have two sweaters, the Babette blanket, 1 monthly club project, and two designs on the needles/hooks. I don't think that is too bad considering that I finish 2-3 projects a week. If only I could finish the damn Babette blanket!)

Anyway, I rarely blog about those that go awry. Sadly, sometimes projects do go that way despite the best laid plans. Two recent projects were falling into this category and I was somewhat devastated about this given that I had spent much time on these two projects, they were lovely yarns, and I was so excited about the patterns. They both were suffering the same problem. Rolling. Terrible. Terrible. Rolling. Which resulted in the garments being incredibly unflattering. I tossed them in the studio closet stomped my feet and huffed around about it. After a few months, yes months, I was out running errands and spending some time in my own thoughts. I realized that if someone brought one of these into the shop I would tell them, "Try this or try that before you rip out your beautiful work."

I go on and on about the value of blocking when I teach. I tout the magic of it to customers who are at their wits end. Well, Gina, what the heck? At least TRY blocking them to see if that works...

 They look a mess! Ugh. Nothing that I could ever save or wear, right. Well...

I'm so happy that I was able to rescue this project. 

Yarn: 80/10/10 sport Madelinetosh in Smokey Orchid
Superwash merino/cashmere/nylon
I used 2 skeins for a total of 500 yards.
I used a size US 8 Addi Turbo.

Pattern is the 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf and is a free Ravelry download from tentenknits.
Mods: I didn't do the total width per pattern and I shortened it. Even with that, it still looks huge on me. It is so long that it goes past my knees! Woohoo. I still have one skein of this yarn to knit into another lovely project. 

Now, the other project is still up for debate. The blocking fixed the rolling issue. However, I still have the unflattering poncho problem in my head. I haven't totally decided to scrap it. Going to sit with it for a bit longer and ponder what could become of it. Perhaps, maybe, ugh, steeking it and turning it into some type of cardigan or shrug. We shall see. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Jack in His Christmas Hat / Shakespeare Shirt

I found a few holiday pictures that were on my iPhone and didn't get downloaded! The first one if of my nephew Jack wearing his Salute Hat. He looks so happy in it & CuTe.

Patrick's brother and girlfriend got him this shirt for Christmas. It's great--all Shakespeare insults. So funny.

Aidan's favorite was "Foot-licker!" We edited which ones we read to him! :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Hair Cut and Some Dog Pictures

I've been growing my hair out since I had it in a pixie cut last summer. (It was less than an inch long!) This time around, we finally had some length to work with and Diane did such a great job. Check it out...

 If you live in the Indy area, C Avery Salon is awesome!

I haven't posted pictures of the dogs in a bit and realized I had them piling up in my camera. They are so cute. I love having them around every day.

 He looks high. He has had a hair cut, too, since these pictures. Actually, the grooming appointment was prompted by the pictures.

Post grooming snuggle and bliss.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Become a Brownie Knits Follower!

Hi all you loyal readers! Starting today and running through 5/16/2011, I will enter all blog followers into a drawing. To become a follower, click the follow button along the right-hand side of the main page.

We will draw on 5/17 for the winner. The winner will be mailed a set of Brownie Knits patterns and yarn for at least one of the projects. Fret not, existing followers, you will also be entered.

Sign up!!! (Should a non-knitting/crocheting follower win, you will be sent a knitted BK garment of your choice.)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cute Shop

I had massive cabin fever and cold weather hatred the other weekend. We didn't have anything planned. I'd been waiting for that to happen because there is a newish shop about an hour from home that I wanted to check out. We got in the car and headed over to Nomad Yarns. It was such a cute shop and the owner was very welcoming and friendly. We chatted about patterns, yarnie goodness, and other fiber topics while I looked around. I especially loved her displays, which you can see a few pictures of on her website. From the barrels on the wall holding the yarn to the old style crib displaying the baby yarns, it was just adorable and the front sitting room is perfect for a group to hang out and knit.

Of course, I found some goodies I had to have. This luscious red was yelling, "Gina, I've been waiting for you!" It has enough yardage to make a sweater. I think I will just cast on a top-down sweater and see where the yarn takes me.

Can you say BEauTiFuL!!!
Weaver's Wool in Ruby Red

I was being silly with my purchases and Patrick snapped this picture. I really "get" into my yarn.

I grabbed this pattern and few balls of Baby Bamboo from Sirdar to make this summer top for Ella. I realized that I keep using Jack's coloring to figure out what color to knit things for Ella. She'll probably come out with darker skin and black hair and shock us all!