Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My First Post

Well, I decided to start a more public blog than the one I have on MySpace, mainly because the only people who see my MySpace stuff are my close friends and family. Most of them, I don't think, would appreciate my ramblings about my hobbies. Not to say that you, dear reader, will, but if you're here and reading this after checking out the welcome text describing what this blog is pretty much going to be about, then maybe you can appreciate my ramblings!

This is my first post, pretty much just to get something up here. I'll be prettifying the layout and adding more photos and info as time permits. But for now, I'll just tell you a smidge about myself and leave it at that for today.

I'm a stay-at-home mom with three, beautiful children. I have a daughter and two sons...all three years apart from the other (i.e., my daughter, K, is the oldest, her brother, Little J is three years younger than her, and my youngest, Little T, is three years younger than Little J). The older two are in elementary school, but the youngest is in preschool for half days three days a week and home with me the other two weekdays. This can make it a bit challenging to pursue my hobbies, and I try to only knit or craft when all three kids are in bed for the night or playing together nicely (which doesn't happen nearly as often as I'd like!).

I'm married to a wonderful man, Big J. I know, everyone posts that their spouse is wonderful (usually). But seriously...I'm really fortunate to have found this man. He's a great dad and a fantastic, considerate hubby, who tries to support and encourage my various crafts, even if he doesn't always understand my fascination with them!

Big J has a pseudo-hobby of restoring pinball machines. He purchased an old Cyclone pinball machine not so long ago and has been working to restore it. I've been drafted to repair the painted playfield. Unless you're a pinball hobbyist, you may not know what I'm talking about! I won't say anymore about the pinball, right now. I'll wait until I have some photos downloaded from our digital camera to post and show you.

Currently, in the knitting department, I'm working on a hat for my daughter. I made this hat:

...for my youngest son. She liked it so much that she asked me to make her one, too. Hers will be made with a variegated yarn. I haven't taken photos of it yet. Her hat is a lot more challenging, too, because the pattern was written for flat knitting. I'm attempting to knit hers in the round because I really hate seaming. :) This is the first time I've tried to take a flat project and knit it in the round, so I've been making a TON of mistakes and having to rip out rows of work at a time to get things right. The good news is that I'm writing down how I've altered the pattern to knit in the round so that the next time I make this hat, I won't have to reinvent the wheel!

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