Monday, April 23, 2007

Good Weekend

We had a good weekend, got a lot of outside stuff done-no planting of anything, lots of clean up, especially from the latest storms. The pool cover is pumped off, wet vac'd and ready for removal next weekend. I forgot to order the chemicals last night-Doh!

Elena had her sleepover here on Friday night and complained Saturday that "not much sleeping was done and she was tired"-I tried to explain that although it's called a sleepover, you don't sleep much, etc. She still didn't get it, but is eager for another one. A week from Friday she has her school trip, an all day affair of a Junie B Jones play and then to a county park afterwards. It's a long bus ride for them to the play and then back to the park and back to school and I expect her to be tired, but that night, at 5:00 PM, we had a banquet to go to for my mom and 20 years at work. Elena should be super crabby by then-but there's more, she has Girl Scout Camp the entire next day and overnight-I expect one very tired and nasty ass little girl on Sunday.

I did get some crocheting done Friday night into Saturday.






Pattern: Adina Bolero (scroll down, she sells the pattern on her website)
Super easy. I was the pattern tester for this two years ago.
Yarn: Knit Picks Merino Style, Frost, 123 yds per skein-about 3 1/2 skeins for mine and maybe 2 1/4 for Elena's.

Modifications: None. Although Donna's original pattern calls for a sportsweight boucle, it seemed to thin to me for this. I've made this in Microspun also. I used the I hook and the yarn was a DK weight. I think if you used a finer boucle, it would be drapier like the one shown on Donna's blog.

Elena saw it completed and begged me for one, same yarn and all. I tried to sway her to Microspun (since it's not a light wool), but she would have none of that-needed to be the same color, same yarn, etc. I started with 7 skeins and was unsure what I would do with the leftovers, so I was happy to be able to use them. I really liked working with this yarn, no splits or anything.

This pattern is easily adaptable to any size, just change the starting chain and/or hook size. I've made several adult ones and kid sized ones-Elena's size changed from last year and it was super easy to adapt the entire thing.

I was able to complete mine in less than a day and Elena's is already done, except for the trim. I don't know how much time I actually spent on it, but it was here and there between outside stuff, inside stuff, etc. This is also made in one piece and just seamed up the sides-terrific pattern.

Well Aunt Flo still hasn't made her appearance-I am hoping for menopause, but freaking out still the same. I don't know my family history for this because everyone one on my mom's side had a hysterectomy long before they were my age and my dad was adopted and no FH is available. I have a follow up with my primary, so I'll ask him about it (while he screams at me about my stupidity I am sure). BTW, two days without any stomach meds and the Aloe Vera Juice has helped the pain a lot. Today is actually the second day, so time will tell as it goes on. Usually I am good for one day without it and then BAM, hits me all at once. Gotta run, laundry is awaiting.

15 comments:

Kari said...

A mainly good weekend here too.
Love the bolero.

Maybe aunt flo finally got the hint about being not welcome?

April said...

Aunt Flo is one pain in the ass. I hope it gets worked out and she makes an appearance or is gone for good.

The bolero is really cute.

Linda said...

I really like your bolero-yarn, color,and length. I'd like to have one that hits right about the hip bones. Anything longer would emphasize parts of me I'd rather not emphasize.

Deneen said...

You know, the one Donna made for the pattern, was a much drapier (is this a word?) and I liked how it sat, however, I can't seem to find the right yarn for it and didn't want to change the hook size with trc. All the ones I made so far, are this length. The nice thing about this pattern, is you can make it as long as you want, just do the front panels the same length, very versatile.

Megan said...

I love the bolero! The drape looks very nice, and I can see why Elena insisted on one just the same for herself.

Kelly said...

I love the bolero! Very pretty. I thought my Aunt was leaving for good a few months ago. She came back two months later with no more meno symptoms. I had them prior like the sweating. I think you are to young, but a friend of mine stopped at 32 so...

The Elena sleepover story really hit me funny, because my first one upset me that no one would go to sleep! Very funny that you brought that up.

Megan said...

Love the bolero! Are booties and blankies possibly in the future? ..runs away... :D

Deneen said...

Megan, NO! I had a UPT today, negative and the doctor ordered blood work for pregnancy, hormones and thyroid also, cover all bases. I'm not sick from it, just wondering where she is.

Kelly, I am older then you are!

Sara said...

The bolero looks great! Hope the get back in the flo...or not w/o complications ;-)

Mimi said...

The bolero is lovely, nice color and yarn :)

Bron said...

Very cute bolero!

It could definitely be
"the beginnings." I've been dealing with "will it or won't it appear" for over a year! NOT fun & it could last years more.

Gee - I'm a ray of sunshine, aren't I???

ladylinoleum said...

The bolero is faboo! I love microspun. I know a lot of peeps hate it, but it works up so nicely and soft! I love it.

I'd love to forego my period. Pain in the rear, as well as other places.

Yep, sleepovers are definitely good for strung out girls. LOL

Kenyetta said...

I love the bolero- I need to learn to crochet!
I let my girls have a sleepover once...

KnitXcorE said...

cute bolero :-)

Mathgirl said...

How's this? I'll tell Julie tomorrow to post if you keep up that promise a few posts back to learn how to knit!

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