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I am here; just not here.

I realized that it's been several months since I've posted on the blog. I'm sure you have pined for my posts every day, wondering where-oh-where has PeachyQueen gone? (/Where -oh-where could she be? With her scarf so short and the hank so long/ Where-oh-where could she be?)

Well, the pull was too strong. I fought my desire and ultimately succumbed. I started a podcast: Jewish Diva Diaries: a Little Knitting, a Little Jewish Family Life . . . .What's not to love? You can find me on… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on October 27, 2009 at 9:07am — No Comments

It was bound to happen . . .

You all were there and know the story. My brother and SIL were having their first child. In honor of that child, I knitted an EZ Baby Surprise Jacket. I spent months knitting the BSJ. I agonized over the yarn, changing my selection twice. I had to overcome my apparent inability to count. I then found the perfect buttons to sew onto the jacket once Sarah had been born.

And if the jacket weren’t enough, I knitted a duck bib and a Spartan tribute bib for the baby to wear. I created the… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on August 25, 2009 at 6:16pm — 5 Comments

The Finished Baby Surprise Jacket

I finally sewed on the buttons to the BSJ. Off to my new niece, Sarah Marie.

Added by Peachy Queen on August 13, 2009 at 7:34am — 4 Comments

It's Calling Me . . .

I’ve had this strange calling over the last few weeks, and it’s not my knitting needles. It’s my crochet hook.

I picked up the crochet hook years ago. I worked in an office where a secretary avidly crocheted. At night, she sat in front of the TV making granny squares. When someone had an event, such as a baby shower, she would sew the squares together to make a blanket. I really liked the idea of being able to throw together a homemade gift.

I took crochet classes at… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on August 8, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Ripples in the Pond

Do you remember the movie “Awakenings”? The doctor, Robin Williams, described Robert DeNiro’s character as having so many ticks and twitches that he (DeNiro) was paralyzed. That description describes my blog writing as of late. I’ve had many stops and starts, but I’ve been pulled in so many directions, I have not finished any of them.

The source the craziness - I got a job. About two weeks ago, I accepted some contract work. It’s nothing glamorous; I'm reviewing thousands of pages of… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on August 3, 2009 at 8:36pm — 1 Comment

Introducing . . .

My DH worked on my computer, and now I can upload to KnitPicks. Hooray!

My Gotta Get a Gecko! (pattern by Fiber Trends)

I also want to show you the intarsia bib, a/k/a Spartan Tribute (my brother is a Michigan State alum):

And finally, the granny square cat blanket, modeled by Curious Georgia:…


Added by Peachy Queen on July 9, 2009 at 1:01pm — 1 Comment

Lace 9; PeachyQueen 0

Yes, it's been one of those projects.

I mentioned the Atlanta "Secret" KAL which is supposed to be my first lace project. I'm having some .... challenges, and I've only started the swatch. First, I needed the find the right gauge. I am using fingering weight yarn because lace weight seemed a bit ambitious. I started with a size 4 needle (which was recommended), went down to a 2, and now I'm up to a 10. The many attempts I've made do look lacy. Unfortunately, I can't seem to hold onto… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on July 6, 2009 at 8:32pm — 1 Comment

Back to reality

I'm back from Franklin, TN. While I really enjoyed spending time with my parents, it is good to be home. Their house is just not designed for two rambunctious boys.

My mother and I agreed that knitting camp was something of a bust. Our plan was to take a bunch of knitting or fiber-related classes at the LYS. Unfortunately, few of the classes were offered at times convenient to us, and private lessons were more than we wanted to spend. I then borrowed EZ's DVD Knitting Workshop from… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on June 28, 2009 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Knitting Camp Continues

Knitting Camp with Mom continues. Well, sort of.

I drafted my last post on Tuesday evening. By that night, I had a heck of a migraine, completely derailing plans to knit with Mom that night. Wednesday morning, the migraine continued. In addition, my older two did not have camp that day because of thunderstorms. So, we had to postpone Knitting Camp until Thursday.

I have been able to get a fair amount of knitting done the last few days. I started knitting a Gecko for my… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on June 21, 2009 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

Knitting Camp days 1&2 (originally written 6/16)

The kids and I arrived in Franklin, TN on Sunday around lunch time. We immediately began to prepare for DS1 and DS2 to attend soccer/science camp the following day. After heading to Publix for lunch goods, it was time for dinner and bed.

Monday morning, I dropped off the boys at their camp (could you hear the screams of joy?) and returned home for our knitting camp. There was a bit of a delay with DS3 wanting to eat. My DH and I also realized over the weekend that DS3 had outgrown… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on June 20, 2009 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Crazy Camp Week Begins

The elder members of the PeachyQueen gang seem to be enjoying camp. DS1 is at cub scout camp and is having a blast. Normally, I can't get a word out of him about his day. This entire week, he couldn't wait to tell me about camp. He even wanted to cook dinner with a recipe he learned in camp. I'm still not sure about this recipe. You crack and egg into a Ziploc bag, add milk and cheese, and mush up. Then you are supposed to put the mixture in to a pan of boiling water. I figured we were making… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on June 11, 2009 at 4:26pm — 3 Comments

A Sad Day to Be a Tree

The word came down today - the Kwanzan cherry tree outside my office window must go.

It's actually a pretty tree, maybe 10 feet tall. We planted it when we first moved into the house 10 years ago. In the spring, it sports these beautiful cotton puff pink flowers. I have fond memories (and several great pictures) of the kids pulling the flowers off the tree and blowing the pedals into the wind.

This year, I noticed a large branch that died. Not a problem, I thought; we'll… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on June 6, 2009 at 6:29pm — 1 Comment

I knitted a Baby Surprise Jacket

Yes, it's true. It's not finished, but it's knitted. I still need to sew in the ends, the top seam, and add buttons, but here is what it currently looks like:

It is knitted in Comfy Sport, a perfect choice for a baby who is going to live in Arizona. I brought the almost-finished piece to the Atlanta Knitting Guild tonight, and I received many oohs and ahs from the membership both on the yarn selection and my workmanship. It is… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on June 4, 2009 at 7:42pm — 4 Comments

Is it really June?

I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks because, well, I haven't had time. I usually try to put a lot of thought into a blog. I compose an essay with a definite theme and some sort of conclusion. Now that the summer has begun, I need to get over my legal self and just write.

The past two weeks have been crazy busy. The week of May 16 was our children's last week of school. Sunday, my oldest child "graduated" the religious school first grade program in the morning, and in the afternoon… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on June 3, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Is Change in The Air?

How many times have I started this blog post? About as many times as I’ve cast on the Baby Surprise Jacket. It’s been a tough week from a blog and a knitting perspective. I’ve been very distracted and have a variety of issues muddying up my head.

The main issue with which I have been grappling is whether to go back to work. My DH has been working on contract for a while, longer than we expected. While we are fine financially, we both are more than a little tired of the instability.… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on May 16, 2009 at 7:02pm — No Comments

The best husband and Mother's Day ever!

I just have to rant and rave about my wonderful husband. He got me a set of Harmony interchangeable circular needles for Mother's Day. In fairness, when he asked me what I wanted, I did tell him I wanted this set of needles, but this is a super nice gift for what I consider to be a Hallmark holiday. He also enclosed a copy of a book of baby patterns by Debbie Bliss.

And, if that weren't enough, he worked with each child to make decorative cement stones for the garden. You can make… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on May 10, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Sorrow and Joy

It was a sad, sad night for my baby surprise jacket. I went to a local knitting group, and I needed help with a section of the jacket. I was using a wool that has different thicknesses - the yarn goes from very thin to very thick - and I couldn’t tell if I had dropped a stitch. Ultimately, it was determined that I was having a lot of trouble seeing what I was doing with the yarn, and those with more experience strongly suggested that I frog what I have and try the pattern with a more forgiving… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on May 7, 2009 at 2:14pm — 5 Comments

Don't Do It!

We all have moments when you act against your better judgment. The Yarn Harlot has made a career discussing those moments. Within the last week, she blogged about a sock she continued to knit even though it could only ever fit the Jolly Green Giant. Apparently, I’m trying to fill the Yarn Harlot’s very big shoes (or socks, as the case may be) by routinely working against my better judgment with my knitting.

Take, for example, my recent trip on family business. I brought with me with… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on April 30, 2009 at 8:54pm — 2 Comments

Saga of the Pink Purse (Part II) and other UFOs

It's done, and it's beautiful, if I do say so myself.

(Drawstring Bag by Janet Russell, Patons Classic Wool in Woodrose Heather)

I did have an interesting experience with felting. Thinking I was being clever, I ran a piece of acrylic string through the holes to hold the I-cord before I felted the purse and cord. The purse felted beautifully, even though I mistakenly ran the purse through the spin cycle. Apparently, I did… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on April 23, 2009 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Decisions, Decisions

I'm heading out of town overnight BY MYSELF to take care of some family business. Yes, you did read that correctly. I will be without my husband and children for more than 24 hours. I will have two plane trips and an entire night in the hotel by myself to knit. Nirvana.

My big decision remains before me - what knitting to pack. Oh, the possibilities.

I will probably begin the Baby Surprise Jacket. As my faithful followers already know (all 3 of you - love you Mom, Dad and… Continue

Added by Peachy Queen on April 15, 2009 at 7:20pm — 2 Comments

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