Mike's present

My son turned 14 today and made a special request for an afghan to keep him warm and match his room. This is the result...

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Mike's Afghan


Recent projects

The last major push of creative outlets before I am locked away in Nursing School craziness....

IMG_5449 Complementary afghan IMG_5301 Baby Sweater


Now the fun really begins...

I got into Nursing School! I start January 2009. Hope I can keep some sanity!



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Day 177/366

So much for a break....

This is how I found out I have a broken sprinkler head in the backyard....


The end...

I have decided that I have neglected my blog so much that I will be putting this blog permenantly on hold... I can still be found on Ravelry (knitlich), Facebook or Flickr...


Only crocheting...

Don't know why I haven't been knitting very much...Summer has just been calling/pulling me in so many different directions so I seem to crochet more and more just to relax...

Things made so far this summer:
summer projects



I headed over to Alamitos Bay Yarn Co to spend the gift certifiate I won for the Dodger baby sweater. I really took my time and wandered all around the pretty little store. I finally decided on this:

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Getting caught up...


Made this afghan for John many years ago but am trying to get some past projects into Ravelry. I really liked this pattern as it is different for me to do anything in one color...


A Flickr game

My version of the game

1. Beautiful Stephanie, 2. Pizza Porn, 3. Meet Me at the Bike Racks., 4. PURPLE HAZE, 5. Daniel Craig, 6. Diet., 7. Burano - Venice, 8. Chocolate Ice Cream, 9. registered nurse #991, 10. Cat Family, 11. + complicated path +, 12. kaleidescope63006

Found the instructions on Green Jello's blog

Here's how it works:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker).

There's a group you can add it to, as well.

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name. (kid version: favorite animal?)


No gloom in June

The marine layer keeps creating dense fog like weather so although it doesn't quite feel like summer, the "busy"ness of the end of school year schedule tells me otherwise.

Class plays: Day 108/366 Sarah plays an "airhead" perhaps a little too well....

Dance Recitals: Day 110/366
The theme this year was The Circus so I had a baby elephant and a performing poodle.

Fathers Day Portraits: Day 111/366
I think I was being too ambitious.. 3 kids, 2 dogs.

Baby blankets: Day 106/366 I am really digging making blankets for babies in non-baby colors...

I have resorted to only knitting in the round which I finds very soothing for some reason....

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Summer is almost here

Final grades should be posted this week. Summer plans are coming together and as I continue on my photo a day quest, I captured something very elusive... My son's full smile... Day 97/366

Playing around with more squares....

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Color experiment progress

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I was very inspired by another design by Woolly Thoughts called Double Vision. The object is to take 10 different colored yarn and using two strands see how many color combinations you can create. The original design has black borders around each square and I eliminated that. I made strips instead of squares. Also, I only made about ten rows of each "color" because I was afraid I was going to run out of yarn. I am intriqued by some of their other designs regarding mathematical knitting. My hubby told me this is his favorite thing I have ever made with yarn. I said "Ever?" He said "EVER".

I think this still needs a border... Any suggestions?


Granny squares continued

More stash busting...

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Happy Mother's Day!

Day 82/366

Handmade gifts are the best!


Contest entry


I couldn't resist the chance to possibly win a gift certificate to Alamitos Bay Yarn Co. They are having a contest for items to take to the LA Dodger Stitch N Pitch Night. I used the Baby Boy 5 hour Sweater pattern and eliminated the garter ridge row. I added the logo with duplicate stitch. Baseball buttons come from Joann Fabrics.

I am crossing my fingers! :)


Not much crafting getting done...

I should change the name of my blog to something else, since I have not been knitting very much. When I have time, I have been crocheting, though. Finished a baby blanket for the girl who cuts my hair.... Looking forward to summer....

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I think this is Japanese for "small stuffed toy". Not sure...

They are fun to make though.
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This one is going to Operation Kids.



I have been using this for a while and it works great.

There's a new easy way to raise money for your favorite cause. Just start using GoodSearch.com as your search engine and online shopping mall. Every time you search the Internet or make an online purchase at one of their partner merchants, GoodSearch makes a donation to your favorite nonprofit or school and it's powered by Yahoo! so you get great search results!

I chose Stitches from the Heart as my charity...


100 degrees in April

The small heat wave we are having is not making me feel much better from the dreaded sinus problems. Luckily we bought the last kiddie pool from my local Mart store and it cooled everybody's feet at least.


Another completed afghan

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I have too many scraps. I didn't think that was possible but I thought this blanket would use up much more of my stash. Still like the way it came out though. It will belong to Tiger. Should name it the "2008 Spring Break Afghan" since that's when I finished all the squares.



These took me much longer to complete than I thought they would. Sarah had asked for some legwarmers for Ballet class back in January. I think they were just a little boring to knit. Added some string elastic to the top rib so that they would stop falling down her thin legs. Hopefully, she will be able to continue using them as she grows.

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My pack

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Spring Break is over. The kids have gone back to school. Now the work really begins.


Art field trip: Palos Verdes

Journeyed to the Wearable Art exhibition at the Palos Verdes Art Center. Amazing work! There were no photos allowed inside but the exhibit was stunning! So I took a picture of the brochure.

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The Easter Bunny brought more than jelly beans and chocolate eggs this year....


I (heart) granny squares

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A work in progress... Something to distract me when my mind needs a break from studying...

Tonight I have an Exam on the Nervous System. The ENTIRE Nervous system. How do nerves fire messages to each other? What does your hypothalamus do? What is the chemical structure of dopamine/norepinephrine/epinephrine and what diseases are associated with them? Does your parasympathic nervous system release digestive enzymes when stimulated? Define flacid paralysis. What nerve plexus does your pudendal nerve run through and what does it control? How does your brain register pain?

Let me tell you, my brain registers pain.. lots of it...


Happy St Patty's Day!

Day 27/366

Pattern can be found here.


Yarn Store field trip - Liscat

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I have been awaiting the arrival of the newest yarn store in my area, Liscat over in Lakewood Village shopping area. Catrina is the owner and she is very nice and down to earth. Her new space is amazing! So colorful and energizing! It was kind of torture to only be able to visit for 30 minutes. I can't wait to see what classes and meet-ups will happen there. I think my resolution to not buy any yarn this year is going to crumble... Here's some more pics in case you want to venture in.

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Cleaning Day

Sunday is catch-up day for our family. Sarah has to clean the guinea pig hutch every week. Snowball enjoys the escape time.

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Spring - my favorite season

Day 13/366

I really love Spring!


Day 12/366

Trying to keep you resolutions is hard! Another finished baby blanket that seems to glow in the dark using Caron Simply Soft Brites. My hubby says its "whimsical". I think that's code for "Some baby is going to need sunglasses to look at this."

Day 12/366


Cross My Heart

Finished another square for the 12 in crochet along on Ravelry.
Pattern is Cross My Heart

Day 11/366


Happy Leap Day!

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Originally uploaded by slichly.
Dakota leaps for Leap Day


Haekelbeutel Purse

Day 8/366 haekelbeutel
Originally uploaded by slichly.
Another FO

Done for a crochet along on Ravelry. Needs to be blocked and lined. Used misc. Noro Kureyon with no labels so don't know the shades.


Day 7/366

Day 7/366
Originally uploaded by slichly.
I have an exam on this material TONIGHT!!! I cannot believe how complicated the human body is. Amazing! But so complicated that I think my head is going to explode.

Plus Paige keeps coming up to me and asking/saying various things, "Mommy, can I go outside and play? Mommy, can I have a cookie? Mommy, Dakota is throwing up on the grass. Mommy, will you please untie this knot? Mommy, I want paint my fingernails. Mommy, how does God make the clouds? Mommy, um, Mommy, umm, .... never mind, I forgot"