Sunday, August 28, 2011

Time for some FUN!

Whoa.  So that relaxed, recharged feeling I talked about last week.  Well, thank goodness I felt that way at the start of the week because this was a crazy, hectic week.  Pretty eventful here.  Let's just say that last Sunday, I had knit one of the baby socks, and that second sock there, well that was all of the knitting that happened since until late last night.

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Just pitiful, right?  And that cute Uncle Frank hat...pattern should be easy peasy to write-up, but that hasn't happened either.

To catch  you guys up, here are a few of the highlights from the week.....

1.  First, happy happy news for my sister!!!  She got engaged last Sunday!!

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Look at these two silly kids!  This is one of my fave pictures of them from last Christmas.

2.  School started this week....which means the problems, reports, school meetings, and such started rolling in at work.  I always know it is the first week of school when my email practically doubles overnight.  Fun fun.

3.  My mom had a bit of a scare this week with an emergency appendectomy surgery on Tuesday, which led to 3 days in the hospital.  She's starting to feel better now that she is home from the hospital.

4.  My sister's fiancee graduated from the police academy, which means party time!! And brownies of course!

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And although there has been little knitting, hopes for a sweater seemed a bit closer when these gorgeous skeins arrived this week!

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Hoping to turn them into a Sprossling!

Other fun mail included the Knitpicks Catalog which featured my Merrily Socks!  So cool to see them featured :)

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Another cool designing thing....my designer page on Deep South Fibers is looking awesome! I am so excited that they are distributing my designs to Local Yarn Stores!!

So now it is Sunday night and I'm glad to put last week to bed.  Here's to a fresh week ahead....September, one of my favorite times of year, is coming right up!  And a 3-day weekend!  It is going to be a good week. 

Just to be sure though, let's have a contest AND a sale!!  Time for some FUN!!

Sale details.....I've always loved this time of year...back to school shopping (even though I'm a grown-up!), football season, autumn coming.... so what better way to celebrate than to give you guys a deal on that back-to-school knitting!!  Receive 25% off of any of my patterns available through my ravelry store between now and Monday, Sept. 5 when you enter the coupon code: backtoschool

Now for the contest fun....just leave a comment telling me what you are looking forward to, whether it be a new project, new book, end of summer vacation plans, anything.....,  on this post and one lucky winner will win a fabulous IGK tote bag filled with yarn, patterns, and goodies!!!  Leave your comment by Friday, Sept. 2 by 12pm PST.

I know I'm definitely looking forward to a week with a little less excitement, Notre Dame football next Saturday, knitting, and watching The Pioneer Woman's new Food Network show that I recorded yesterday!  Can't wait to read what you guys are looking forward to!

Happy Knitting!!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

94 comments:

Jocelyn said...

Congrats to your sister!
And bummer about your mom but glad she is now at home recuperating.

I can't wait to send the kids back to school next week! I love them but they need to stop driving me nuts at home and get out there, get some education and be with their friends for real instead of on Facebook and text messaging.

Zonda said...

Glad your mom is ok! Congratulations to your sister! Hope this week is a bit calmer for you! Great colorway you picked out too.

As for me, I'm looking forward to moving into our new home! :)

Colleen said...

Wow! I thought my week was busy. You're Super Woman! I'm glad all is well in the end.

As for me, I'm looking forward to graduating! This is my last semester as an undergraduate and I'm soooo ready to be done.

Karin said...

Glad your mom is okay and congrats to your sister.
I'm looking forward to fall and some cooler temps. It's been a hot summer here and I'm ready for my wool socks.

turtlegirl76 said...

Ooh that's a gorgeous color for a sweater! I don't have kids, but one thing I look forward to with every school year is the change of seasons. I cannot wait for some cooler fall temperatures!

Daphne said...

What a week! Glad your Mum's ok, & congrats to your sister
I'm looking forward to getting my act together & making a bunch of new work

arlene-marie said...

You HAVE had quite a week - so glad your mom's okay! I live in Houston where we've had record heat and a drought this summer so I'm looking forward to some good, old fashioned rain :-)

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Elizabeth D said...

Looking forward to:

my daughter's first day of high school next week (!)
no hurricane this week
no earthquake this week
starting the first sweater I've made for myself in eons
reading time after a few days of frantic hurricane prep (we were lucky and didn't even lose power, but you don't know until afterward)

Kathleen said...

I'm looking forward to spending a fun Labor Day weekend with my family. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to having my electricity restored. :) Glad your mom is OK.

katbetty on Ravelry

angelmum3 said...

Just returned from my first Stitches, and I am looking forward to finding patterns for all this yarn I purchased, mostly I'm looking forward to attempting the Summer Wind pattern! I had so hoped to find it at Miss Bab's booth - but now I'm looking forward to using a coupon at Ravelry!!

I'm looking forward to a big bright beautiful tomorrow - that includes knitting! I'm so looking forward to trying new things and that would include... making socks for the first time!!

Kathy Lancaster said...

looking forward to going back to school where i work as a speech therapist. can't wait to see my kids again and meet my new students. i feel so much more productive during the school year than i do in the summer where days just seem to get away from me. oh, and getting a regular paycheck will also be very nice!

Kim said...

The start of the school year, which also means that I go back to work. Also my birthday at the end of the week.

Renee Anne said...

I'm looking forward to a few things this fall, some knitting-related and some not.

I want to make Little Man some pumpkin to eat...you know, gut it, bake it, scoop it, mash it for his little baby mouth. And then roast the seeds. I so love roasted pumpkin seeds!

I'm looking forward to having more than 2 pairs of socks going at a time because I sprung for a 6-size set of Signature DPNs at Stitches Midwest and, because you've touted them often enough, a pair of the Kollage square needles, DPNs specificially.

I also have a bunch of yarn for projects (courtesy of Stitches Midwest)...if I could only find the time to actually do them.

I also love fall weather. It means I'll be able to get out with the puppy and Little Man and get some of this baby weight off :)

Cathie said...

I'm looking forward to finishing a sweater project that was ment to be done in July! Also would like to finish a set of scarves that I'm giving as a wedding gift. So glad that there is football this year, really looking forward to it!

Discoknits said...

Great pic of Sis and fiancee. Will he get an official blog name now ;0) ?
I'm looking forward to my tri in less than 4 weeks. It's all the rage I hear :0) And looking forward to a certain hat pattern.
Hugs to your mom, I hope she's feeling better with all the knitty love coming her way this week.

Mindy said...

If it's fall it means it's time for football. I'm looking forward to this football season and for my son to head back to school.

Shirley said...

This is my youngest child's last semester of college, so this is our last back to school September. I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to the end of this era, but I am looking forward to no more tuition bills!

Siobhan said...

So good to hear your good news, and glad that your mom is OK.
I'm looking forward to our trip to Vermont at the end of September, to see the grand kids again!

Val said...

I am looking forward to knitting mitts and a new sweater. Fall is the perfect time to wear wool under my bike jacket to get a few more days of early morning riding.

SpinningLara said...

Congratulations to your sister and future brother in law! And Congratulations on your pattern in the new KP catalog!!
I had a health scare recently and Im just looking foward to being healthy and spending more time with my hubby. We have a vacation planned in October and I can't wait to be with him 24/7.

sandi said...

I'm looking forward to football season! There is nothing I like better than a Sunday afternoon of NFL and knitting. Though the 49ers haven't looked great in pre-season, I'm confident the new coach will pull them together and we'll make it to the play-offs.

Brittani said...

Congrats to your sister and bil to be and I hope your mom is feeling better soon! Man oh man, that yarn is going to make an awesome sprossling : )

As for me, I'm looking forward to lots of sweater knitting and Rhinebeck!

Edie said...

Congrats to your sister! and glad that your Mom is okay.

Looking forward to a trip to Europe to visit friends.

Alicia V. said...

That baby sock looks so adorable.

I am looking forward to having my husband home after 5 weeks of being a single parent to a pre-schooler and toddler.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE plucky yarn! I'm waiting for my mystery yarn to show. Any day now! I'm looking forward to that as well as spending time with a friend of mine who has moved in with us for 2 months. She's come down for school and, lucky me, has decided to live with us while she's here! Hooray!
Liette

Morgan Syring said...

Wowza, that is a huge week! I'm beyond excited about school starting, my Kindergartner is going strong and the preschooler is starting up 2 days a week!

Plus at the end of this month I'm taking a whole quarter off from school, 3 months for me! (I've been going year round for almost 2 whole years right now!)

Jules said...

I am looking forward to getting the kids in school and for a little normalacy to return to my house. Summer is always so much in such a short time that we are left exhausted and breathless at the end of it.

setinink said...

I'm looking forward to moving!!

SilverFox said...

Congratas to your sis and best wishes for your mom.What a week!
I love the fall and I am looking forward to knitting again, had to take a few months off due to a tendonitis problem-caused be too much knitting (I still don't believe that).

doviejay said...

I'm going to be in Rhode Island for the fall - I'm looking forward to the leaves changing colors, meeting a bunch of ladies from Ravelry, going to WEBS and Rhinebeck, and wearing my handknit socks. I. Love. Fall. ;)

Sarah JS said...

Hope your mom's recovery continues apace. I can remember from some years back that it does take a while!

I'm looking forward to cooler temps and knitting a fall/winter sweater ... the question is just: which one?!

Christine said...

I am most looking forward to a break from this southern summer heat and finishing (and wearing) my first knitted sweater.

Mya said...

Fall is certainly my favorite time of year! And this September is my 10th wedding anniversary so we are going on a Disney cruise! Fun fun! I'm so looking forward to it!

Scrabblequeen said...

Love your red yarn for the new sweater! I'm looking forward to a fall filled with visits from folks we don't see often enough. The first ones will roll in on the 10th of Sept and keep coming steadily for the next two-three months. :-)

fowlervilles_deb said...

I am kooking forward to my annual "i beat lung cancer trip." My friend and I started celebrating it once I hit the 5 year survival date. This is out third trip....yeah!! We are leaving in October to go to the Rhinebeck Wool festival (first time for us) and then on to Toronto for a few days....can't wait!!
fowlervilles_deb@yahoo.com

Ms.Curdy said...

As much as I hate saying goodbye to summer, I'm looking forward to football season! :)
Love that red yarn!

erica said...

I'm glad your mom is on the mend and congrats to your sis. What a week you've all had!

Your designer page looks awesome! Way to go! I'm so proud of you.

I am looking forward to Fall weather and a weekend getaway with my hubby to Rhinebeck.

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

That was a big week! Congrats to sis and get well to mom.

I'm looking forward to using some of the new mad skillz I picked up in Sivia Harding's class on Saturday! Mmmmm, lace.

Julianna said...

I'm looking forward to:
-becoming a more accomplished spinner -- I just learned this past weekend
-starting my next weaving project
-finishing the never-ending featherweight cardigan
-cooler evenings and mornings
-a touch of red in the leaf tips
-an October trip to the mountains
and this is just the short list. :-)

Sarah-Dianne said...

I'm looking forward to heading back to Birmingham for Labor Day Weekend! I just moved to Arkansas with my family for my senior year of high school, but Friday night is the big rival football game, so my mom, sister, and I are heading back! I can't wait!

I'm so glad that your mom is ok!

Susan Moskwa said...

Congrats! I had a pattern on that catalogue page, too -- always exciting, isn't it?!

I just started a sweater for my husband which I'm looking forward to finishing before Christmas (I'm still in the honeymoon phase of a new project). I'm also going to Vegas this week and looking forward to seeing my second-ever Cirque du Soleil show ('O')!

Kristen said...

Sorry there was so much chaos for you last week, Carrie. I hope your Mom's feeling better and Congrats to your sister!! It was bedlam here, too last week. But this is a the start of a new, better one, right?

I'm planning a trip to NY in early October to visit family and travel to Hyde Park to see FDR's Library. In preparation for that, I'm reading "Franklin and Eleanor." Knitting a cap and fingerless mitts for the hostess where I'll be staying.

Christine said...

I've been hosting a KAL to finish socks in progress in August. I'm really looking forward to knitting something other than socks - well, I'll still knit socks after August, but I want to knit shawls and spend some time on my sock yarn blanket!

jdonze said...

Thursday my DD goes back to school, 4th grade and I am soo looking forward to it. That and I'm knitting a vest for fall with an Alice Starmore braid down the center - can't wait for the cooler weather so I can wear it!

Jodee said...

Looking forward to my daughter starting grad school, two weddings and knitting workshop with Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen!

katygirl said...

I'm looking forward to settling into my new job (I've gone from preschool teacher to gluten-free baker!), to going whitewater rafting this weekend, and to a weekend yoga retreat with my bff in October. And to finding lots of knitting time this fall!

Karen said...

I am looking forward to my son settling in at college - he is feeling really lonely and I can't make it better for him :(

sandy said...

I'm looking forward to cooler (cold) weather and snow~ what better time to "sit and knit"
especially enjoy knitting for local charities

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for this weekend! I get to hold my 3 month old grandson for the very first time! Have not been able to travel to see them (they live several states away and my 75 year old mama can't travel) So far, I've made 6 baby blankets, a couple of sweaters, and am working on baby socks!

(Sorry that I don't have a google acct, but my email is sunnydsbaskets@yahoo.com)

Hope your mama is right as rain real soon...
Sue

knitnonthefloor said...

I am looking forward to a 3-day weekend!!

hazelmoon said...

I'm looking forward to the wonderful autumn weather, and waking up to an alarm every morning (yay for an end to unemployment! yay for being able to buy yarn again!)

Kira said...

I am looking forward to having my brother's wedding out of the way! Hope your sister's wedding is less stressful for you than my brother's has been for me!

Kelly-ann said...

I am also looking forward to college football (go Hokies!) and feeling some nice crisp Fall weather.

momwhoknits said...

I'm looking forward to kids back to school (including one leaving for her second year in Nova Scotia), my fall marathon in Niagara Falls and winter knitting in front of the hockey game!!

Anonymous said...

I am so looking forward to finishing more WIP's including a shawl for fall and sweater for winter. ;)

Kirstin said...

I have been traveling pretty much non-stop since June. I am looking forward to being home!

Amy T said...

I am looking forward to going to Disney World with my family in a week and a half and I am so excited. To be off work, to be with the husband and kids, to have the knitting time in the car that I can't seem to find anywhere else. Not so excited about the re-entry, but I'll muddle through. I may even work on my Cotty socks that have been neglected. I really can't wait to finally have a pair of these!!

Anonymous said...

an engagement:~}
an appy:~{

a giveaway!!!

I have already started my Christmas knitting!

Donna
Luvsknittin on Rav

Melissa B said...

I'm hoping this week is much less hectic for you! As for me, I am looking forward to sweater knitting and pumpkin spice lattes.

Rea said...

It's funny how some weeks can be so full -- at least your week was full of exciting good things as well as some stressful ah oh things. Glad your mom is on the mend.

I'm very much looking forward to a lowering of the heat and a breaking of the drought in Texas. I visited my parents there a few weeks ago and it was heart-breaking to see how dry everything is. There was even a dead cow on the side of the highway...no pond (or tank as they call them) to drink from.

Hope this week is good to you!

Sher said...

I am looking forward to kids going back to school, summer has been fun, but I need a routine again! Also wearing some of these late spring/summer projects that I knit, but it it has been too hot for.

dianne said...

I'm looking forward to having my power back. This is day 3 without it and I admit I started to twitch. I'm at McDonald's taking advantage of their free wifi and catching up with the world before I get the kid from school :-) Never thought i'd miss the washing machine and vacuum cleaner!

Hugs to your mom! Happy New School Year!

Traci Gill (traci3006 on rav) said...

Spring in Australia! Looking forward to all the beautiful buds on the trees and bushes and feeling the warm(er) breeze on bare arms.

Natalie said...

Wow you have had a crazy week in your world. Hope the week to come is much calmer and more knitterly productive.

I am looking forward to new job opportunities that are coming my way. Time to find a positive work place that is fun :)

natbug on ravelry

Linda said...

I'm looking forward to blocking my biggest, most beautiful project yet -- a Storm Water shawl that will be a belated wedding gift for my new sister-in-law...

Lorajean Kelley said...

I'm looking forward to all the new yarn/pretty colors/shows!!!! I can't wait to see knitty friends again--you included! I'm also excited to do a little school routine with Eli at home. I have some high hopes!

Rebekah said...

I'm looking forward to my first trip to Germany, a fall weekend vacation to Frankfurt in October!

May :) said...

That was quite the roller coaster of a week you had. Glad to hear it ended well (and with some yummy Plucky too).
As much as I enjoy the lazy days of summer with my kids, I'm looking forward to them going back to school and getting into a routine again. And some fall knitting of course!
Thanks for the fun sale and contest.
WoollyMomma on Rav

marilynknits said...

Congratulations to your sister and I hope your mom is feeling better! I'm looking forward to knitting Ishbel on my new Signature circulars. :)

Rita said...

Looking forward to the long weekend, the kids going back to school and weather cool enough to wear my summerwind.

mhardersen said...

Happy news about your sister and I am glad that your mom is ok.
I am hoping that this fall allows me to make some life changes--Better for everyone!

Joann said...

What a busy week!

What can I say, I look forward to some sleep!

Batty said...

Wow, what a week you've had! Congrats to your sister and her fiancee on their engagement, to him for graduating, and thank goodness your mom is OK.

The thing I'm looking forward to is some quiet knitting time. I've had foot surgery so I need to sit around a bit. This would be bad if I weren't a knitter. But... I have yarn and patterns ready for at least 5 new projects! Yay!

kgmama said...

I am looking forward to hat knitting. I am so tired of knitting with fingering weight yarn and I still need to finish up a fairly big (for me) project (in fingering). I can't wait to knit with worsted weight yarn again.

CelticCastOn said...

Glad you mum is ok!

I'm looking forward to knitting a couple of dresses I have in my queue and an aidez kal with a friend.
I'm NOT however looking forward to the end of summer but I must say that all those beautiful Fall patterns coming out do make the transition somewhat easier ;)

Liz said...

I'm looking forward to fall weather!

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to my sister visiting from Florida! We don't look related at all, but our hearts are!

DianeV on Ravelry
momdlux@aol.com

Kate B said...

I am looking forward to UCONN football starting on Saturday. It was supposed to start tonight, but our friend Irene took care of that! I'm also looking forward to a friend's wedding in the Dominican Republic at the end of the month. Now if I could only decide what shawl I need to knit to wear for a light cover while down there.

nomorebittercakes said...

Congratulations to your sister and future brother in law and best wishes to your mom!

Hmm...I have been away from home so I am looking forward to getting back and seeing my pups and playing with my new wheels that I picked up before leaving. I feel so bad not breaking them in!

Watercolor said...

I am looking forward to blocking my first sort of lace project and starting my first real more than one stitch besides knit lace project!!! And cooler temps! Tyred of summer heat. haha.

Andi said...

I am glad your mom is okay!
This time of year I look forward to the holidays being around the corner, new fall colors, and more quality family time.

Jean said...

What am I looking forward to?
2 all day spinning classes at the best fest-Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Fest, that is.
Shopping, observing, eating with my sister at the Festival.
Teaching knitting (in 1 hour) at our local Sustain Jefferson Skills for Simple Living Fair.
Walking 2 of our alpacas to a neighbors for her 3 year olds Farm themed birthday party.
And, of course, knitting, reading, spinning, gardening, stamping, baking---and sleeping.

nursenikkiknits said...

I have two competing thoughts in my head of what I am looking forward to:
1. an upcoming trip to New Zealand and Australia - can't wait!
2. Casting on my next sweater. I finished my first adult cardigan ever today!!
The sad part is... I'm not sure which one has me more excited ; )

Melanie said...

I'm excited to help students learn math at my new job, have a 4 day weekend, and go shopping for new job outfits! I'm also excited to keep working on my new cardigan :)

Knitting Kris said...

Contests to you sister! I'm looking forward to a three day weekend, and some much needed sleep and knitting!

Dana said...

Hey Carrie!
Glad to hear your mom is good and what a wonderful time for your sister!
I am looking forward to a family swim/BBQ party we have at our house every Labor Day, which is also my husband's birthday! And knitting of course!

Enjoy!

Mrs. McGrath said...

I'm looking forward to a new school year with new students to get to know. I have a great group this year. And just as exciting is the coming fall weather- can't wait!

Amy said...

I'm looking forward to crisp, cool fall days and early evenings, apple crisp and pumpkin bread, all the great foods that fall has to offer. And of course, the kids going back to school!!

Caffeine Girl said...

Hope your mom is continuing to do well. And weddings are fun -- especially when someone else is doing the planning!

I'm looking forward to biking as the colors change. I love the Midwest in the fall!

melissa aka Witchknit said...

I'll just be glad to have a long week end. I'm taking Friday and Tuesday off to make it even longer; more time for knitting (and maybe a glass of wine). Congratulations to your sister and future brother in law and a BIG hooray for Lil Snowboarder's cooking. She's a doll!

Vodka Absolut said...

Hi there!

What am I excited about? I'm moving out of my parents house this weekend! I finally feel like an adult again. You may be asking "again"? Well, almost two years ago I lost my job in Detroit and had to move back home.

I'm now working (even if it is contract) and able to afford to live on my own again. Unpacking the boxes from storage will be like Christmas in September! :)

Jana said...

I am looking forward to getting in lots of knitting and organizing this long weekend! We'll see if it happens, but I'm sure hoping!

mhchong said...

Congrats to your sister, and continued good health to your mom. I almost missed the contest part because I was stuck on the brownies & yarn photos. Here's what I'm looking forward to: kiddos back in school, more knitting time, cooler weather to wear my handknits, and youth league football season (both my boys play and my daughter cheers)!

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