Monday, March 22, 2010

Bowling Party!

A huge shout-out to the mighty Thunderbird Lanes of Willow Grove for hosting an awesome Glow-In-The-Dark Bowling Party for my awesome 10-yr-old this weekend. They did a great job of coordinating - I actually enjoyed the party instead of fretting and micro-managing the whole time. I cannot recommend them highly enough. And, most importantly, the kids had a blast.

Here's my little ham getting ready to blow out the candles on his cake:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Gansey Madness!

It occurred to me the other day that not everyone knows what a gansey is. I've been throwing the word around for months to non-knitters who politely nod when I tell them how many ganseys I've been working on. I assumed they knew what I was talking about, but they probably didn't and maybe didn't want to know! Anyway, a gansey or guernsey, is a fisherman's knitted woollen sweater, similar to a jersey, which originated in the Channel Island of the same name. (thank you, wikipedia) Ganseys usually have a textured pattern on the yoke and upper sleeves alone.

And now (drumroll please) here is what I have been working on for the past six months. PHEW. Welcome Chesnut Hill Ganseys!

In ascending size, American Girl Doll Chestnut Hill Gansey:

Baby Chestnut Hill Gansey:

Child's Chestnut Hill Gansey:

Adult Chestnut Hill Gansey:

Baby Chestnut Hill Gansey Hat:

Adult Chestnut Hill Gansey Hat (worsted weight):

Adult Chestnut Hill Gansey Hat (chunky weight):

There's also a child's hat, which I couldn't find (aren't you sorry??) and another baby hat. Yes, I have that cobblestones-and-trolley-tracks pattern burned into my brain forever. We took the pattern pictures for these samples this past weekend and now the patterns are being put into final graphic form. Boy howdy, will I be glad when they're ready to go! It's like giving birth!

Stay tuned, they'll be ready for purchase next week. And if you're not already a member of my Facebook Group, go join! I'm thinking I'll have something special going on for the debut of these patterns. Just sayin'....

And because I'm nuts, I'm also work on this because I realized there should be CH Gansey Cardigans too:

That's the back of the Baby Chestnut Hill Gansey Cardigan. Madness!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Momogus Knits Trunk Show

Shameless plug: I'm hosting a Momogus Knits Patterns Trunk Show and Party at The Tangled Web on March 26 from 6-8 pm. That will be the official unveiling of the Chestnut Hill Gansey patterns, plus I'll have lots of samples of all of my other patterns, plus wine! Yeah! Stop by if you're in the neighborhood! We always have a lot of fun!

I went bowling yesterday with Gus. It was my first time, and it was FUN! It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be (I bowled an 80, with 4 intentional gutter balls at the end to keep it close), and it was so fun to hang out with my boy. Bowling rules! Now I get it.

Blanton shut out the Tigers (I think) yesterday - 35 pitches for four innings - yikes! I love Joe Blanton. 25 days till Opening Day!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Birthday of the Decade!!

Look who's turning 10 years old today! This guy:

Accomplished musician:

Thoughtful artist:

Occasional superhero:

More than occasional sourpuss!!

Salty athlete:

Accomplished swimmer! (oh boy do I remember this day!):

Graffiti artist! (just kidding!):

Boy of many talents:

He enjoys every aspect of life to the fullest:

My dear 10-year-old boy:

Happy Birthday, dearest Gus. We love you.