The hours she feel o.k. she is busy with me & my siblings. She will be back though. Promise! She posted a few photos on Flickr.com, you can find her there under KeanaLee.
Monday, December 29, 2008
The hours she feel o.k. she is busy with me & my siblings. She will be back though. Promise! She posted a few photos on Flickr.com, you can find her there under KeanaLee.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My husband got a promotion! I got my Christams stuff done, on time! My ex-husband's estate finally closed & the long 4 years is over! I got some new Malabrigo sock yarn! All GREAT news.....but it seems that for every 2 things that happen good, I would get some kind of bad news.
I got an e-mail from an old high school friend telling me that a friend of ours was recently diganosed with Ovarian Cancer. She had just given birth to her first child, a beautiful little girl, Louisa. She is stage 3C & in for a long road. I know this because as many of you know my mother was diganosed with stage 3C Ovarian Cancer almost 2 years ago. Oddly, the same day I got the news about Sarah, I got some news about my mother. The cancer has spread throughout her body, her options are none. There is really nothing else to say. I know what comes next from other peoples stories & online reading, the nagging question that hangs so cruely in the air for all of us is, "How long do we have with her?" I hate surprises. I just want to know. So I will be spending time at home with her in Altoona, driving back & forth. Jack turns 1 on January 10th, this calls for a party at Grandma's house!
I sat down last night to knit Sarah a pair of fingerless mitts, chemo can make you cold. I know she'll love them. I have to get them done tonight. They will be sent off with a care package that a girl from our high school is putting together for her. I hope she has a very Merry Christmas with her family. I know I will.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
5 bags of Snyder's of Hanover Snaps, 10 pounds of chocolate discs, 4 bags of M&M's and about 8 hours of work, I have these. Easy to make & delicious to eat, just ask the extra 5 pounds I've put on in the past 2 days. You can find the Recipe here!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I used Cascade Wool 220 Heathers in color #2430 & this took about 3 hours to knit. Lovely!
Monday, December 08, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
1. What is your first name? Keana
2. What is your favorite food? Pizza
3. What high school did you go to? Altoona Area High School
4. What is your favorite color? Pink
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Jude Law
6. Favorite drink? Tea, hot or cold
7. Dream vacation? Montana
8. Favorite dessert? Choclate, any way shape or form, but mostly in a Souffle
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? Stress Free
10. What do you love most in life? Peacefulness
11. One word to describe you. Bold
12. Your Flickr name - KeanaLee
Want to play too?
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I know some people aren't big fans of the movie & some just don't get it and I don't get them, I find that these people have a sense of humor I just don't get. (no offense to anyone, though I am sure I have offended) I call them the Anti-Ralphies.
To me it brings out my inner child, remembering wanting that ONE THING so badly & somehow it always made it's way under the tree. Our parents never let us down. That is what this movie reminds me of, that my parents never let me down, always understood what it was like to walk in my shoes, always made the holidays super special, and always taught us to be thankful for what we have. That is what I am thankful for today, my Mom & Dad. Without them there would be no me. Thanks!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Moose was given to me very without much fanfare. A box arrived at the house yesterday & when I told my husband that I knew it was my birthday gift, he replied, "No, it's some books I had to order for a class I'm teaching at work." Now, you must know my husband cannot lie, he is terrible at it. So I told him I wanted to see the books. FINE! He says, rips open the box & just sets it in front of me as I am sewing curtains at the "craft table." I hyperventilated for first time ever, then I got teary & was afraid to touch Moose for fear I might break him. I got over that quickly!So here are some photos I was snapping last night, no touch-ups, just them.
I can't end this post any other way than to say Thank You Matt, I love you.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I found it difficult to decrease a cabled hat, though I followed the instructions, it wasn't working out. So a little frogging was in order..........I'll try again tonight with a fresh mind but can't help but to think there is something missing from this pattern.
I was in downtown Pittsburgh yesterday, stopped at the Starbucks in the Westin William Penn & knit a few rows. What have you all been knitting for Christmas?
Friday, November 14, 2008
I have to give a belated birthday wish to my wonderful husband who turned 29 on Tuesday.Your finally the age I was when I met you 7 years ago............I love you Shnoogets Dad! You are the most wonderful man ever. Who would of thought that the day I celebrated my 7th birthday so many years ago, my future husband was somewhere lying in his crib, only 11 days old, dreaming of someone like me!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
~~decorating the house
~~Black Friday shopping
~~my baby's first Christmas
~~crowded grocery shopping
~~my daughter's shortbread cookies
~~Salvation Army guys outside the Giant Eagle
~~my carved Santa, which is from the trunk of our tree from last year
~~my Christmas Morning Casserole (made every Christmas since my daughter was 3)
~~A Christmas Story all day long, everyday, for about a week. I drive my family crazy!
~~crunch time for knitted gifts(one is in that house in my photo, I will show it after the holidays)
~~our light display that I make my husband do every year & the pride in his face when it's done
~~Christmas Eve, late at night my husband & I getting ready for the morning with a roaring fire
& a sparkling tree
Thursday, November 06, 2008
While you are there, check out her link to Shabby Apple Dresses. The best little black dresses you will ever see - all in one place & all at terrific prices!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I also wore the new gloves I knitted for my son, Justin. I used some fabulous yarn from Kraemer Yarns out of Nazareth, PA. It is from the Vintage 2006 collection, some of the softest alpaca I have ever touched.
The pattern was Those Mitts by Leslie. It was a quick knit & he loves them!
Happy Election Day!
**picture was touched up with Picnik's new "sandbox", go play in it! So fun!**
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The cabinet is getting a paint job in the next couple of weeks. Along with some new knobs & some TLC. Thanks to my wonderful husband who did the grouting, yucky job! I highly suggest this if you have old tile you would like to save & restore. If you have any questions about the products I used just e-mail me. I spent a total of $156.78 on this project & still have enough product left to do the rest in the new year!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Now on to working on the sidebars.
I have been pattern hording or should I call it whoring...... Does anyone else do this? Where you just sit for hours on the computer sifting through Ravelry, saving patterns to your computer, printing them out & just reading them for the shear excitement of reading them, & dreaming about what your project will look like. If you ever get to it!
I found 3 patterns that I love from ChicKnits. Lara just knit Cassidy & when I went to look at it I ended up with 2 other patterns as well. I bought Ribby Cardi, Cassidy, & Basic Chic Hoodie. Ribby is definitely my fav!
Then off to Ravelry stashes I went to see if anyone had the yarns that I wanted. They did. I bought. We are all good.
My husband was telling me last night that he read somewhere recently that in tough economic times historically people will spend money on there "vices" or "habits". So I am guessing that beer, cigarettes, porn, & yarn sales have gone WAY up. Knitting just doesn't seem to fit with those, does it?
I also LOVE the new Knitty surprise, Franken Socks, created by this talented lady right here.
I just wish they would of put them out the beginning of October so you could have them in time for Halloween, but on the bright side if you use the recommended yarn it is only $3.99 a skein. Now that is a deal!
I also bought KoolHaas by Jared Flood. It looks hard but I would like to tackle it for my husband. I am going to the Ravelry ISO destash group & see if I can locate a nice Penn State Blue for his Kool Haas.
I would list all the wonderful patterns I downloaded, bought, & saved but it would take forever & Jack is asleep so mama gets to shower! Here's a quick photo I took of my new finds.
P.S. Stop over and say congrats to Abi!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Phase 1: I completed by giving myself a new look & a new name.
Phase 2: is organizing my blog roll & transferring everything over to Google Reader. If you have not done this, I highly suggest that you do it NOW! It may take an hour or so to get it organized but you can transfer all of your blog lines feeds with a couple clicks of the mouse. You don't have to enter all of them all over again. Google Reader is easier to read, easier to use & easier to leave comments. I LOVE IT!
Instead of organizing all my knitting blogs in one folder I have organized my favorite blogs by regions. I have Knitting Blogs Canada, Knitting Blogs Northeast, Knitting Blogs Southeast, etc., etc.
Phase 3: Is weeding out the blogs of people that do not update enough, don't take enough photos(I'm a visual person), don't leave comments or never say thank you when I comment. I don't expect people to respond to my comments all the time but a little acknowledgment that I am there would be nice. I think that is fair.
In Phase 3 I will also find new blogs to visit & hang out on. I have to decide on what to put in my blog sidebar in Phase 3. I see so many cool options. Off The Needles/On the Needles/Projects past, Present & Future/Blog Rolls/Percentage Bars of things you are working on/last visited/last commented..........and the list goes on! Any suggestions of really great blogs you love? AND what things do you like to see in a sidebar?
I have no new knitting photos but my daughter took this photo of herself, by herself & I just love it!(no touch-ups, no Picnik)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This one is so much fun to knit. It is from the book Knitting The Easy Way by Terry Kimbrough. It is out of print but I did buy a used copy on Amazon.com.
I'm using what it calls for, Karabella "Aurora 8" in Vermillion. Which I bought from YarnMarket.
I'm really falling for cables, I don't do them often enough! Such an easy pattern.
My daughter's cat joined me for a little knitting this afternoon. His name is Lucky. He is quite possibly one of the most annoying cats in the world. But he was keeping me warm so I left him on my lap.
Monday, October 13, 2008
He is here & he is a hit! Meet BOB of Mission Falls Cotton 1824, pattern can be found in Wee Knits 3 by Mission Falls. He is a little roomy, but that gives him some growing room. I have 4 more skeins of Mission Falls to make Rugger for Jack, which I will start soon. These are such easy knits, great for TV knitting. This is a size 12 months, and it is huge. I think I would of dropped down to a 6 month size & modified the sleeves a bit. It won't be bad when he is walking but for a crawling baby he gets his knees all caught up in the hem.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The coupon mom was just on OPRAH. Go to her site for coupon deals. Oprah also had two families on that swapped furniture that they were tired of, to give there home new looks. Making your own cleaning products is hot right now & hosting parties where you make your own is even hotter.
Crafty people have always been turning junk into beauty, yarn into fabric for our clothing & homemade cookies instead of store bought have always been our thing. A lot of us are used to this. Sewing, baking, cooking & knitting just like some of our mothers did.
We have said YES! to aprons & no to fake nails, fake tans, hair extensions & overpriced jewelry! Natural is better, less is definitely more.................but I must admit I have expense taste for certain things. Yarn is a weakness. As are jeans, underwear & shoes. I spend money on a good haircut & buy $90 face cream, I wont' lie, I don't mind spending it on my skin. I like good tea, quality paper towels, quality toilet paper & quality laundry detergent. Some areas you just don't skimp but you do use coupons.
I like to pick & choose where I am frugal, I think we all decide where to spend & where to cut corners. That is why I clip coupons, always have, always will. My kids don't care that I didn't buy THE BEST cut of meat, they would rather I spent the money on a night at the movies with their friends or on their ZUNE subscription, which they pay off by doing chores.
I didn't grow up poor, but by today's standard's I did. My mom stayed at home after trying to get pregnant for 13 years. She came out of it with me & my sister, who is 3 years older. You bet your ass she stayed home after wanting babies for that long. My dad left school in the 9th grade to help support his family which consisted of my immigrant grandparents from Italy & his 6 brothers & sisters. He served his country in the Koren War then worked in the railroad supporting us for 42 years. We never wanted for anything but we never had an Atari either.
I married at 20 to my husband of 10 years, the father of Justin & Sabrina. He was a professional athlete & we lived very well & lived it in an 8000 square foot home on 7 acres, which was really hard to keep clean! *I'm so glad to be out of that place, it was like white-collar prison*
But my roots never escaped me. I still looked for deal, clipped coupons & got samples when I could. Now on my second marriage I have married beneath me.....not in that way....in years. Matt was just finishing college when I met him, he is 7 years younger than I. We budget, clip, & save, we do our own home repairs & remodeling when our expertise allows us. I just won't let him deal with gas lines & electricity. Though it wasn't always this way, he had to teach me to budget better & over time it has worked. He is only 7 years out of college & nowhere near retirement. Which we are both grateful for, a lot men & women that are taking that step towards retirement are losing it all. Probably having to work longer than they wanted to gain it all back, afraid they might get "let go" before retirement because someone younger can do their job cheaper. God bless them all.
I have been thrift store hunting lately & I have mixed thoughts on this. I go to these places & sometimes I buy stuff I really don't need but because Target sends their clearance to my Goodwill I will pick up brand new bath towels for $1.50...........but when I come home I take the same amount of old towels and turn them into rags.
*Tip: Look for Goodwill's in affluent areas around the city, that is where you find great stuff*
I got a great pair of Citizens For Humanity Jeans for my daughter, priced at $5.99 at Goodwill, $158 at Nordstom's. I also picked up a pair of Club Monaco Jeans for me & a sweet pair of JCrew jeans that fit me perfectly......$5.99 a piece.
I recently saw this sign on the side of the road. 10 CENTS! (they are 39 cents at pumpkin patches)I bought 14 pumpkins for $27.oo.----we are having a chili cook-off in 2 weeks & I am giving the neighborhood kids pumpkins to carve. I would of never bought that many pumpkins but at that price I did. If I would of bought 4 of those at a "commercial" pumpkin patch I would of paid around $10 a piece. I still saved money.
I found a copy on Salam Rushdie's Satanic Verses at Goodwill for $1.99. Knowing a little about books I looked at the copyright, it was a first edition!! Worth way more than what I paid. I bought it. I am not going to sell it, I'll hang on to it, I am sure it will only appreciate over time. That little teapot there I used this morning cost me 50 cents & that sweet little mug someone brought back from The Roman Baths of Bath, England, was a quarter. It is stoneware & keeps the tea nice & hot. Did I need any of these things, probably not. That is why I get conflicted about thriftiness. I buy stuff because it's a good deal. Not necessarily because I need it. Though I did get 300 Target brand sandwich bags for $1.00. (opened box)
So bring on the yarn swaps, spend a night at home with a good bottle of wine & the one you love. Rent a movie & watch it curled up on your outside deck with the family for the drive-in effect. Be frugal, be thrifty but most of all be happy. While the market tumbles take time to be thankful for the intangibles in life..............healthy kids, healthy spouse, a large stash of yarn to keep me busy and most of all a fixed rate mortgage.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
The ratty looking white cloth hanging above Bob are my Martha Stewart Ghosts. Make them. They were quick, easy & look so cool at night.
Stop by & check out this new blog from a dear friend of mine that I have known since the boys were in pre-school together!!! She recently left us here in Pittsburgh for a sunnier climate but her artistic vision lives on. She has her own businesses & is great at all of them! Congrats on the blog Cris. Can't wait to see all the great stuff you make!
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I am frantically searching, hopefully I will find it soon.
The floor pieces look amazing, hopefully this weekend Matt & I will set them. Then I can fill you in on the trials & tribulations of this particular project.
Monday, September 29, 2008
It will be about 2 years ago when Leslie first left a comment on my blog, I of course went to her blog to reciprocate & there was an actual photo of Leslie on there, yes her face! I thought she looked very familiar to me so I e-mailed her a note after I left a really nice comment, of course. I asked her if she lived in the same town as I, reassured her I was not a stalker but told her she looked oddly familiar. So maybe our paths crossed somewhere at one point & as fate would have it I remembered her face. An even bigger fate was her face was on her blog! Maybe someday I will figure out where I first saw her................
Funny thing is I have no pictures to show you, though I took my camera, I mean how many photos do you really want to see of us two knitting & chatting. We were too busy being chatty, and for got about photos. We had some colorful people there & had a good time. So I think some Leslie MOJO rubbed off on me, though it didn't inspire me to knit, it inspired me to do this.I have a love/hate thing with my home. I love my neighborhood, I love the house but it is 43 years old and though it is in great condition occasionally things start to go. this I hate because they always seem to be BIG things. I have a slate floor in the entry way & downstairs bathroom. I am ripping it out, restoring it & trying to put it back together............*sigh*
I really love "original" things about homes, it is so rare to come by. Quality in homes is not what it was 40, 50, 60 years ago.
Hubby is not thrilled, he will have to grout. Abi has the same floor. Abi if you read this, please be prepared to rip parts of your floor out & ship me pieces in case I screw up...LOL
I will keep you all posted!
P.S. Wasn't Grey's great on Thursday!?!?!?!?!?!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
On the brightside, I'm meeting up with Leslie tomorrow & I hope some of her MOJO & the MOJO inside KNiToNe rub off on me. Here's BOB.....my P.I.T.A(pain in the ass).
Bob is knit with Misson Falls Cotton 1824. It's very loose & stretchy, and being a loose knitter already it has given me problems, I ripped it out once already, lets hope it doesn't happen again.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I have a question, it's not a knitting question, it's a blogging question. When people leave me a comment & it goes to my email, blogger puts a "phantom" e-mail address up for them. So I can't hit reply & comment on their comment, or even thank them for the comment. How do I fix this? I have searched in the HELP/FAQ's over & over but have had no luck, anyone?
I have no photos of knits today, for I really F*'d up a sweater that I was working on. It's called BOB which is short for pain in my ass.
I will share that this past weekend Matt & I went to a very cool function called Steel City Big Pour. (tickets were sold out!) For $35 you walked around, ate food, drank lots of different micro brews & had a great time. Lots of artsy type were there with booths, making things. I got Matt to help join in on piecing together a stained-glass window, that they will hang at Construction Junction, where the festivities were held. We even saw chainsaw artists & glass blowing, which was all done with recycled glass that they poured right there on site!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
For all you crafty bitches out there that sell patterns, own shops, instruct, dye yarn (SCOUT!!) etc. etc. you can look into earning a free cruise here..........just cruise & teach! How awesome is that?
OK, I think my adrenaline rush is subsiding, I can talk about my latest project. Justin's football coach had a little baby boy the other day so I knitted this little hat (in school colors of course) up from Knitting For Peace. The Caps For Kids Swirled Ski Cap.
It took me 2 evenings, about 3 to 4 hours. It was an easy knit, I just wish it could have been knit in the round, a lot of loose ends to weave in.
Sometimes I wish my kids went to a different school or had different school colors, I live in a city where where ever professional sports team is black & gold, and so is there school. I get some black & gold overload sometimes. But I guess it makes for easy wardrobe selection to all sporting events and they are colors I look good in!
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I have been working on this Chevron for, um, about ............10 months. It's Justin & Sabrina's school colors, I plan on wearing it to all his football games for the next 5 years.
Though the Chevron Scarf is beautiful when finished it is quite frankly one of the most boring knits I have ever encountered. This may be the last one I ever make.(Until Justin plays football in college then I will have to whip one out then, too)
This pattern seems to go on for an eternity.
I finished another Chevron last year & should of went down a needle size(a #4 instead of a #5) It's gappy.....I occasionally look at it & debate on ripping it out & making socks. Someday.....
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Ruby & I have been going at it for a couple of weeks, staring at each other lovingly & so tightly wrapped up in our bliss that I failed to realize that 12 rows after the bind off of of the first armhole where it says "continue in pattern" that they meant the cable pattern. I thought they meant "knit the knit" "purl the purl"...DUH! "How long have I been knitting?" So that sweet cute little ball of yarn is what I have ripped from my Ruby. So I guess this where Debbie Bliss separates the woman from the girls & I need to step up to the plate. I have to figure out a few minor things but I shall continue on....LESLIE, HELP!!!! *we must meet soon*
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
This shelf will always remain, as his memory does. The pictures & tokens on the shelf sometimes change but they are all things that have a memory, a vase of ceramic flowers he gave my daughter, a cat she painted for him, dried flowers from a school art project that he kept on his mantle & photos of him.
Everyday he is in my thoughts & I am sure the thoughts of my kids. I wonder what would he look like now? Would he have remarried? Has more siblings for our kids to play with? Where would he be? Would he be happy for me? Would he have shared a laugh with my new baby? OR perhaps a beer with my husband? My questions will always go unanswered & we will always have a special birthday wish for him every year on August 18.
Happy Birthday Justin! We miss you.