Monday, October 30, 2006

Halloween is almost here! I am pretty much ready for it - not ever as much as I like though! I made pumpkin jars and filled them with candy for my co-worker's desks. They turned out really cute, and pretty quick to make!

I also made a "BOO" bookmark. I started to make one for my co-workers too, but....just didn't get that far, so AJ gets the one that I finished. Maybe next year!

The bank has a pumpkin decorating contest, and my parents brought me down some gourds that they grew (I have never seen this type before!), so....we have a "snake and mouse" grouping for the contest. They grew the pumpkins too. It may be hard to see the snake part, but it is cute. I will also do a "regular" carved pumpkin for the contest too. The competition gets tough sometimes, as the first prize is a day off with pay! Since the customers get to vote on the best pumpkin, you never know who is going to win. The bank also has a costume contest, and my "group" are dressing as "unsung heroes". I am out of the office that day (training at other office) but my desk will be decorated as a school, with books, an apple, a dunce cap, and a chalkboard. If I remember to get chalk today at lunch, I am planning on writing "out to recess" on the board.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Golden Goose Doily finished at last! I didn't think I would ever get this one done. I used a partial ball of thread (because I had just bought it a couple of weeks before) and when I needed a new ball, guess what - no thread! I eventually bought another brand and the colors are close enough you can't tell. I could tell working with the thread it was different - not quite the same feel. This one just might be a Christmas present for Alli's daycare provider!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Horse Therapy

Here is Alli's last day of horse therapy (until Spring). Her last session was on a Saturday, so I went along with Ralph and took pictures. We have to stay in the shadows of the barn so Alli doesn't see us, so the pictures are not as good as I would have liked.

The ramp

Alli on the ramp

The horse arrives

Getting Alli on

Loving the horse

Round and round we go


More loving

The crew (the lady in burgandy T-shirt is the therapist. The others are all volunteers!)

All Done!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Here is the "newspaper boy's cap" I made for a co-worker. It is not quite my style, especially in the camouflage yarn, but it is cute. Jasper was "helping" me for the picture too!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Here are the ribbons I have been working on (not very hard!) The one in front is supposed to represent the Autism Awareness ribbon, which has a puzzle piece pattern.

Replacement Poncho Finished

I finished the "replacement" poncho for Alli last night! I think it looks better in red! I have a request from the CFO of the bank to make a poncho for her granddaughter, so now I need to see what color she wants it. This poncho did not take long to make - I started it Friday night (barely started - just a couple of rows) and finished it Sunday night. Because the Homespun yarn frays so badly, I knotted each fringe - which seemed to take as long as making the rest of the poncho!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

New Yarn! I found camouflage yarn the other day, and picked up a couple of skeins. The next problem, what to make? I found a pattern for fingerless gloves, and AJ OK'ed making them, and.....he likes them! I finished the first one Sunday, and the second one at his soccer game last night. I also got a request for a hat in the same yarn from a co-worker. I didn't know the yarn would be that big a hit. It worked up very nicely! I have also started a scarf for AJ from the yarn, using the Knifty Knitter loom. That is definitely a "work at home" project. The weather is turning - rain is forecast for today - so we are feeling the cooler temps. We were in the 90's last week, and now - the 60's! I think we are all glad it is cooler, it just takes a little while for our bodies to adjust! Hopefully the rain will put out the fires that have burning for a month, and the air will clear up. The last picture is AJ and his cat, playing fetch with his dog (wearing his gloves!)

Monday, October 02, 2006

Well, I finished Alli's poncho, but now it isn't Alli's poncho! It is a little too big for her, so rather than frog it, I am just going to make another for her, and give this one away to someone. It was very quick to make, and I really like it, it just is a little more "poncho" than Alli needs.

Last weekend I took AJ out to the local Pumpkin Patch with the Boy

Scouts. The scouts work a weekend at the Patch, and get funds donated to them, and this year, the owners of the Patch asked all the groups to come in and put in some "sweat equity". The boy's job was to repaint some signs that the Patch had. They turned out better than I thought they would. I spent 4 hours trying to keep five 10-13 year old boys (armed with paint) from getting too wild. They don't like the Moms to go with the scouts for the most part - because we do try to make them behave. Dads seem to be a little more easy going - boys will be boys type of thing. The other two dads that were there didn't seem to be at all concerned about the boys - paint and all! I'm just glad the signs turned out. They are placed out in the field, so you don't get too close to them (which is a good thing - none of us are artists!) AJ is on the far right in the picture - painting Donald Duck.