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17 days ago I started the Knitting Olympics with the Yarn Harlot.  I had found the beautiful Aeolian Shawl by Elizabeth Freeman, which you can find the free pattern for in the Spring 2009 issue of Knitty. Now this shawl comes in 3 different sizes and I chose the biggest size because I like to be wrapped up in my shawls…and so far none of them have been quiet big enough. Below is a photo of the one I picked to make, pretty huh…you can’t really see the bead work that is included with this shawl. But I fell in love with it and cast on…well the original yarn that I chose to use, was damaged by moths or something and after completing the set up chart and 2 repeats of the Yucca pattern I realized that there was no way I could use this yarn.

That’s when I took a break to read the Yarn Harlot’s blog and discovered that she was going to hose the Knitting Olympics on her blog again and it started in 2 days!  So I decided to do this project in 17 days…perhaps that was a bit over reaching considering I have a newborn. But hey it was supposed to be a challenge.  So I spent the next two days selecting yarn and finding beads and getting ready to knit in between breast feedings and playing with my daughter.
Those first four days I got quiet a bit of knitting done, it was going a long very smoothly and I was really proud of myself I thought I would finish the shawl no problem.
Then we found out that my grandfather was dying and so I put aside my knitting to make plans to fly home to Montana in the hopes of seeing him before he passed on.  My mom really wanted a picture of him with his new great granddaughter. So we gathered up our things and headed to the airport where Bella took her first ride on a turtle…
and a plane…where no knitting was done because Bella slept peacefully the entire way there.
But that was not to be he passed on peacefully the night before we flew into Montana, the funeral was on Sunday and we spent the next few days in a flurry of getting everything ready. I was able to knit maybe a 2 or 3 rows during all of that time.
Bella got to meet my Uncle Merle for the first time at the funeral, where I managed to flash the 88 year old Pastor while he was giving the eulogy.  I have to say he didn’t miss a beat when Bella dragged back the blanket to cough.  After the funeral in good Mauch tradition we released white balloons into the sky,(which I’m fairly certain is illegal now)
went to the Golden Corral and had a family gathering…for those that could make it. My cousin Josh had come down to see Grandpa before he passed but like us he missed him as well.
He did however get to meet his new niece and they had a great time snuggling and hanging out together.  Though it seems that Josh has the innate ability to have his eyes closed in almost all photos taken of him.
Bella got to meet a lot of her family on this trip.
And Suzi got to imagine what it will be like to be a grandma when her boys held the baby.
After the funeral Bella got to experience her first snow drift…she wasn’t all that impressed to be honest.
Trina got to give Bella her first hair style…originally it was pigtails, however her hair is so silky it didn’t last long and ended up looking like Devil horns, giving her a DebilBaby look.
And of course I couldn’t leave out a picture of Bella in her pretty coat. 🙂
So overall I spent the Olympics supporting my family and helping them deal with a rough time, but not really knitting, which is why I didn’t finish my shawl in 17 days, but I’m okay with that because sometimes life is more important and a knitting challenge…rarely but sometimes.
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I’ve been so busy growing the baby that I haven’t felt the need to update my blog lately. But it seemed like a good idea this morning so here we go.
The Lost Boys are doing wonderfully they are very excited about having a little sister and hover so much that I have to admit it makes me a little crazy. Seems like every time I turn around I have to be careful not to trip over one of them.  They are good boys though, they have managed to stay out of too much trouble these last few months.  This Wednesday is Kayden’s guitar show, he’s been doing really well with it.  In fact he was so good that when he started the after school guitar club his teacher bumped him into the advanced class, which he is pretty proud of. He’s been very excited about the Christmas show and keeps asking if Bella is going to wait to come until afterward. Which of course I hope she does as I know how much it means to him for his family to go to the show.  Who knows maybe 45 min of sitting on uncomfortable chairs will kick-start some labor. lol

They are both doing well in school, and Alex has been selected to apply to an advanced school next year if he makes it through the application process. Craig and I  are going to go learn more about it in January.  We haven’t told Alex about it yet because we want to make sure it’s something that is doable before we bring it up to him. We’re not sure if it’s a school that will cost money to send him to, we are hoping that if it is the price is not so outrageous that we can’t send him.  He really needs to go to a school that will challenge him and this one has an emphasis on Math, Science, and Engineering which are right up Alex’s alley. His grades this year have been really good he had all B’s his last report card so hopefully he will keep that up and be able to get in.  Of course with Alex going into middle school next year, I know can you believe it middle school already, that will be a big change for Kayden who will have to get used to not having his older brother around at school anymore.

Bella is doing well, she is head down just like she should be and baking just fine. My midwife says she probably won’t come early, which is fine she can bake as long as she needs, but I am to the point that I wouldn’t mind if she came early.

Mom and Dad will be down around the 19th or so to hang out and wait for the baby as well as be here for Christmas.  They are putting Grand into a nursing home before they come down as he has gotten to the point that he cannot be left alone and of course the rest of his good for nothing 7 boys (I’m not counting Eric or my dad) won’t lower themselves to help their father.  Even the Son that lives in his house and eats all his food, and no I am not talking about my dad.

Mom says that Grand has really taken a turn for the worse in the last few months and that its impossible for him to do most anything for himself now.  I find this topic really upsetting because while Grand’s boys are all making excuses about how they can’t help out even to watch him for a day, so my parents can spend some time together, they are all behaving like greedy bastards with their hands out demanding various items from Grand’s estate.  Which because his house has been reversed mortgaged and he will be going into a home with nothing to pay the bills with there is no estate.

It all goes to pay for his remaining days in the home, which it should, other than my father his children have sat by and watched eagerly as Grand has gone downhill waiting like evil nasty vultures.  One of the brothers even had enough nerve to tell Grand to his face that he should just kill himself and end it all. My mother is way to nice to these people, and I keep telling her that but she’d rather avoid a confrontation about such things.  Which I guess I understand on one level but it makes me so angry if I was there I’d tell them how useless they have been as children, let alone human beings. Thieves and drug addicts, who care about no one but themselves. Of course none of them read this so I can be as blunt as I like, which honestly I would be just a blunt if they were in front of me right now.

More than one of them has tried to use the excuse that it just hurts too much to see their Father like that…I call Bullshit! That is so pathetic I can’t even begin to describe it, you are just trying to avoid your responsibility to your father because it’s inconvenient for you to take part in his care and his life.   I hope you raise children that will happily sit back and leave you to die alone either in the street or a home just like you were willing to do to your father. And as for the other one that doesn’t have children that said that I think you should be aware that you will be dying alone with no one to care for you or lift a finger just as you’ve done for your father.

Okay obviously I needed to rant a little bit about that…now moving on to happier topics.

I’ve been knitting for Christmas this year, unfortunately there will be no pictures because I just don’t want to spoil any surprises.  Though I did make the cutest coat for Bella that I don’t think I published so I’ll give you all a peek of that. I have the coat being modeled by the doll my Gran gave me, so no that is not a live baby its okay that she looks a bit spooky to some.

I think it turned out very very cute and I can’t wait to take pictures of Bella in it.  Oh I can also show you all  Trina’s Birthday gift as her day has come and gone by a few months now. When she was very little around 2 or so she used to have this pink stuffed elephant that she adored.  She loved it so much that when someone stole it from daycare she was heartbroken. She has mentioned that elephant from time to time her entire life so I decided to make her another one. This one can’t replace that one of course but I had fun making it and knew she would love it.

So there are a few of the projects I have been working on over the last few months. Most of my stuff has been for Christmas. I still have a bit left to do for Craig’s present but I am waiting on the yarn to come as I underestimated my need in that area. It should be here any day now.

So I know it’s been a really long time since I have blogged, but I have been a bit busy.

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Yep that’s right I have been busy making baby stuff to go along with the baby I’ve been working on.  I am currently 17wks pregnant, and everything is going wonderfully.  I am due Dec 22nd. So I’ve had a bit of a baby stuff spree. We don’t know the sex yet, though it’s probably obvious that I wouldn’t mind a girl. I have been trying to do some gender neutral stuff, but I’m not sure if I am managing to succeed at that.

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My bunny looks more like a puppy, I didn’t manage to get the shaping right but I am still  pretty happy with how it turned out.  Pretty cute if I do say so myself.

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Made some cute little mittens to go with the socks that I finished as well. I think I may have enough for a matching hat.

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The baby blanket seems a bit girly to me though Craig says that it would be fine for either I am not sure I believe him.

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I happened to like that yarn so much from when I made the hoodie and hat that I couldn’t resist using it for this blanket also.

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I made a matching hat and bootie set for a newborn which I really really like how it turned out.  I am sooo jonesing to make a baby sweater, but Iam trying to hold off until Aug 5th when we can find out the sex of the baby. Anyway I think that’s all of what I have been up to.  Oh yeah I forgot this one…

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This last semister, Alex decided to slack, he slacked so much that his writing grade went from a B to a D…in one semister.  Mainly that’s because Alex is not all that fond of writing. He’d rather hurry through it and his work is…abismal at best. So we decided that he would be writing a story a week for the rest of the summer. This is the first installment of his summer homework. After some decussion Alex asked if he could write one large story for the whole summer. We agreed and so this is the first part of his story. It doesn’t have a title yet as he’s still working on that.  But here we go…

“Hello, what is your name?”

“Alex.”

“Well hello Alex. Welcome to Desert Breeze. My name is Cloe.”

“Hey why don’t you put your lunch box on your group table, in the gym.”

“Ok.”

When I got in the gym everybody was free playing. The first thing I played was wall ball with a leader then I shot some hoops after awhile we had to line up for snack.  For snack I had a cookie, gummies and a banana. After snack we went back to the gym.

But when we got there something with wings grabbed me and flew off with me. At that moment I realized two things, one I was hungry and two I needed to know what is carrying me. All of a sudden I was dropped into a pool of water. When my head got out I was in a whole new place.

When I realized that I started to hear some laughing. When I looked up I saw harpies laughing at me bacause I was soaking wet and that made me mad and suddenly I realized that I had armor and a sword and beside me was a ghoul.  “This much be WoW, ” I thought.

When I clearly realized that it was WoW I attacked the laughing harpies and after I gained a level and now I was completely convinced that it was WoW.

Right after I was clearly convinced I realized I was my level 58 Death Knight. Then all of a sudden a man in a black mask pounced out of the bushes and was being attacked by wolf clan men and it was technically four against one but I decided to even the odds.  After the fight we introduced each other, his name was Zorro.

Guess what he got here the same way I did, harpies took us from the real world to this world. He also told me how to get back to the real world. “You just have to go to the Harpies kingdom, but to get there you will have to go through Saku’s Forest, Orgrimmar, the Dark Portal, the Never Ending Cove, Dino Kindgom and the Orc cavern.”

“So where do we start?”

“The Never Ending Cove.”

“What!”

“Don’t worry it ends…eventually.”

“Ahhh!”

“Just kidding, sorry.”

“That was not me.”

“Then what was that?”

“Why don’t you ask it?”

At that moment Zorro turned around and guess what he saw a werewolf.  Right after I blinked the werewolf’s head was gone.

We pause here tune back in about two weeks for the next story.  The kids are going up to their grand parents for the week, so there will be a longer pause the usual after this story.

Today we made S’mores in a campfire out back. We had a lot of fun, though I had to teach the boys S’mores etiquette. Craig doesn’t remember ever having them before and the Lost boys had never had them either. We all sat outside and watched the fire burn out and the kids and I made up a story about a knight and a dragon from what we could imagine the flames of the fire looked like. The S’mores were as yummy as I remembered.  And the kids lasted until 10pm on one S’more and one roasted marshmallow. I don’t know how my mom let us eat so many of those on camping trips. Then again we spent most of the day hiking and were so worn out that the S’mores didn’t really have much effect. I couldn’t convince any of the boys to eat the Marshmallows that way I liked it…charbroiled to ash, I am telling you ash with your sugar is good….sigh they didn’t believe me.

Earlier today Kayden and I dyed his first skein of sock yarn. We both had fun dying our yarn.  Kayden’s came out very well he listened to my instructions and there was only one little bit that got a bit muddied with the dye mixing together.   I dyed mine a pretty light blue and Kayden did his green, red and blue.  I will have pictures later when they are done drying.

Below is the story that Alex just finished writing, thought I would share it all with you.

Hello to all you Dragon lovers out there. My name is Alex and I  will tell you how to find a North American, African, and Asian dragons.

First if you live in North America and you live near the mountains that have a cave, ask yourself these three questions.

1. Would a dragon live in a cave?

Yes / No

2. Is the dragon hungry?

Yes / No

3. Will he/she be a baby?

Yes / No

If you are not sure about a question there are three things you can do.

A. Give up

B. Sneak in the cave and look.

C. Buy a robot to check

If none of these work that means there is no dragon. Wait! But there still could be dragon remains, below is a picture of a dragon rib I found.

As you can see it has a crack and if you are wondering what a dragon would like like.

  • blue wings
  • wings tattered
  • breathes fire
  • blue
  • red and yellow eyes

Now if you are in Africa and you have elephants and you want to catch a dragon have a heat seeking missle ready because these type of dragons eat elephants. There are three week spots.

1. The head

2. Wings

3. Long neck

If you hit the head it might cause temporary blindness or it will kill the dragon. If you hit the wings the dragon will lose balance and fall. If you hit the neck it might blow some scales off or it might blow the dragons head off.  Below are then dragon traits.

  1. Dragons are carnivors.
  2. Dragons are fast.
  3. Dragons breathe fire.
  4. Dragons have big meals.
  5. Most dragons have black horns.
  6. All dragons have tails.
  7. Most dragons live in caves.
  8. Baby dragons are called whlepings (well-p-lings).
  9. Some dragons have feathers.
  10. All dragons have claws.

Now you know how to find an African dragon and an American dragon.

The next dargon we are going to talk about is so evil and vile that one look will crush the living daylights out of you. Just kidding! There is no dragon that is that dangerous.

The real dragon that we are going to talk abotu is the nicest dragon alive, it is called the Asian dragon. The Asian dragon looks like it is part snake, part lion, and part lizard. It’s scales are red and at the end of the tail is hair. On its back there are some red spikes sticking out. Every dragons eye tell of its power. Below are some colors and powers.

  1. Green = Healing
  2. Purple = Singing
  3. Red = Sharper claws
  4. White = Fast Flying
  5. Black = Invisible

Now you know how to find three dragons. And there names are , the North American dragon, the African, and the Asian dragons. Now go and use your wisdom well.

Okay I know it’s been way to long since I did this, but I have finally gotten comfortable with my new program and it’s time to play again.  I have been doing a ton of knitting lately, so I thought I’d share a few pictures with you.

Before we start with my stuff though I want to show you Lorna’s Baby Murloc of doom! He’s soo cute and he was her first project that was not a scarf, I am very proud of her. She has done such a wonderful job with the baby murloc.

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It’s pictured below with Kayden’s murloc so you can see the size difference. As you can see it hasn’t quite come into his colors yet.

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Here are some of the projects I have started and  finished in the last month or so.  First I made Craig his own Skull hat so he wouldn’t be so cold in the morning driving to work since he took the jeep top off  just a bit early.

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But then Kevin at work saw it and wanted one of his own so I sold him one as well. I haven’t given it to him yet so I have no pictures of him in it…so I made Craig model it for you.

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Then I made another pair of toe up socks cuz, you can never have enough socks and I wanted to try out the whole toe up sock thing again, with a different heel to see if I liked that better.  I have decided they are a bit baggy and so I am not sure about the whole toe up thing. However Craig has stole them…evil man that he is. This is one of the few times I have been able to get my socks back from him. He claims he doesn’t mind the girly lace stuff I put on the tops in hopes he wouldn’t wear them. Unfortunately you can’t really see it in this picuter.

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My mistake of course was making him, his own pair for Valentines day ever since then he has been coveting my socks!

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Then I decided to knit Indie Dyer her murloc so she could take her on to Stitches West. She turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself. Indie Dyer is the wonderful lady that makes the murloc yarn.

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After that I thought I had better finish the murlocs for David that I promised him, because quiet frankly its getting to the point that I don’t ever want to knit another murloc again. Ten is really quiet enough.  I finished all three on the day that I took David in for his surgery and they let him pose for a picture before they took him off into the room.

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I took that picture with my Blackberry so it is a bit fuzzy…sorry about that. They waited patiently with me in the waiting room while I waited for David to finish his surgery so I could take him home.

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Then Alex happened to see a pair of my fingerless mitt and was very convincing in his argument that he desperately needed a pair to keep his hand warm when he rode in his Dad’s jeep.

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Once Kayden  saw Alex’s gloves he had to have a pair as well. So I ended up making two pairs. They both only took a day to knit.

And finally I started something for myself! I am so excited about this shrug I can’t wait to be finished with it.

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Anyway that’s pretty much what we’ve been up to this last month. The lost boys are excited about spring break coming up and seeing their grandparents again. Craig and I are staying busy with work and life and overall everything is going well.

Oh yeah Kayden got to call his girlfriend today…that went…interestingly. She deigned to talk to him for all of about 30 seconds before telling him she was busy and hanging up. Of course he called her five times in one day at his mothers house…so we had to explain the whole stalking concept and that he couldn’t call more then one time a day in the future.

So I have been doing a lot of editing for the Strangers RPG game as well as a bit of writing.  This project was started about 15 years ago, and I became involved with it about 7 years ago.  I helped write the first rough rough draft and then promptly moved to Las Vegas and left it in Raven’s hands. Well I am happy to announce that the game will finally be published June 1st, through Chronocomm Games. We will be going to Gen Con in August to promote the game and debut it. I am really really excited.

I haven’t been knitting much as I have been working on the game.  Today is sit and knit and I am going to try and finish that last murloc.

Yesterday I went to the Stripper 101 class, with some of the in room girls from work. We had a blast! The teacher was awesome and and very very funny. She showed us all these great stripper tricks as well as how to keep the control in a lap dance and  even a few pole tricks. It was such a work out, though at the time it didn’t feel like it. I sure feel it now.