Monday, December 31, 2007

Where did you go?

SUC53595.JPG, originally uploaded by a-chan.

I have lost these needles! They are either 10s or 10.5s and they are no where. Perhaps they're still in the project. It's a mitten, can't you tell? I started these just about 1 year ago for a present for a friend. I don't think I ever knit further on them. How sad!

Sure it's cheap yarn, but they would have been warm and fuzzy!

On the mitten front, I have now knit almost 5 whole toddler mittens. There are two with no thumbs and the tops still need to be kitchenered. Instead of frogging the one that was wrong, I started a new one to match the right one. I know this is making more work for me, but I decided to knit a 6th mitten to match the odd one. When I'm done I'll have mittens for all 3 of my flower girls (one niece and two cousins, all within a year of eachother, they're so cute!) I feel like I'm back where I started.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

White Christmas

White Christmas, originally uploaded by a-chan.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


DSC_0286.JPG, originally uploaded by a-chan.

Okay, so I didn't finish my to do list... I think I came close. I had the sugar cookie dough in the fridge and the house was clean.

My sis-in-law, Erin, and I had a half day on Friday, so we started baking cookies around 3:00 and we baked until 9:00. We had some help, but it was mostly Erin, her sister and me. My kitchen isn't huge, but it's big enough for 3 people to work on 3 different cookie recipes at once. We only had two mixers; my kitchenaid and my little hand mixer. Seemed to work okay, but sharing one cookie tray was what really slowed us down.

I felt the most movement on Friday night. It was exciting. Around 8:00 I realized I needed to take a break, so I put myself in a time out and laid down on the couch. All of the sudden, my stomach was like there was an earthquake going on in there. It was crazy! Baby banana was probably just waiting for me to stop moving.

Well, we decided we needed more cookies. Saturday morning I woke up and baked one more ranger cookie batch and a double batch of cranberry cookies (so good!). Erin came over when I had one sheet of the cranberry cookies left and she took over and made some awesome chocolate peanut butter cookies that took way too long. We finished just in time to go to dinner with my cousins and then go to PIR for the Winer Wonderland thingy. We were there forever! The line to get in was insane and I don't believe we'll ever go back.

So much for the rest I wanted.

Sunday morning I spent knitting crazily on the toddler mittens. One pair was going to be gifted that night. I got to the top decreases in the second mitten and noticed I had cast on 2 fewer stitches than the first one.... It's chunky yarn on size 7 needles, so there is definitely a difference. I'm just going to finish it and see if it fits, but by then I was ready to quit. She'll get them later. I spent that night at my aunt's house (on my dad's side).

Monday morning was spent shopping for last minute things like bread, egg nog, fruit tray, and a present I forget to buy. Then it was time to make the peanut butter pie (numm!). Then, we were late for Christmas Eve mass. Not really late. We were 20 minutes early and there were no seats. My mom grabbed some chairs from the basement and we settled into the social room to watch the mass on a big screen tv. Then dinner and dessert. When the nieces and nephew were asleep we helped wrap the Santa gifts. By the time we got home, it was bed time.

Woke up this morning and headed back to my brother's house right away for presents and breakfast. Got home, showered and set out for another aunt's house (mom's side) in Scappoose. The snow was awesome! But totally gone when we got home.

So, four and a half days off work, and no rest. I'm glad this is only a 3 day work week. Maybe I'll rest some this weekend. Probably not, we have tickets to go see Beauty and the Beast Saturday.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas todo list

DSC_0121.JPG, originally uploaded by a-chan.

I need to make a to-do list for tonight when I get home. If I write it on a piece of paper, I will loose it.

1. vacuum
2. make sugar cookie dough and put in fridge
3. weave in ends to scarves, mittens, and blanket
4. knit 1.5 more toddler gloves
5. wrap some presents (mostly Richards things since he works late tonight)
6. start last pair of adult mittens
7. rest

Do you see the problem with this list? I do. I'm suppose to be resting. I think #1 should be rest and the rest can wait... but they can't. I told myself I wouldn't work too hard and stress myself out. It's not good for the banana (the baby).

I have some family and friends coming over Friday night to bake cookies, so I NEED to vacuum. I NEED to get the cookie dough in the fridge so the nieces will be able to help cut and decorate it.

And there's not even a new CSI tonight!

I've been up late every night this week because I decided I needed to send my already late thank you notes from the wedding inside the Christmas cards (yes, not proper, but I don't care, they're already late!) At least Richard helped clean last night so I'm not as freaking out as I could be.

(gingerbread house was made a few weeks ago at my bro's house with the nieces, it's really cute and I want to make one for my own house, but I don't have any time.)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Toddler mittens

You have new Picture Mail!, originally uploaded by a-chan.

Pattern: peekaboo mittens by Pensive Frog in Magknits (Feb 2007) - heavily modified
Needles: us size 7 dpns
Yarn: Lion Brand wool-ease Chunky

So I've knit 3 pairs of mittens from this pattern, but this one is really small. I cast on 10 less stitched, guessed on the thumb gusset and guessed on the finger opening. Everything fit my 3.5 year old niece except the thumb. I ripped the thumb out and am reworking it with a few extra stitches. The yarn is so chunky that the first thumb was like a 7 stitch i-cord.

Christmas list: I now have to finish it's mate and then knit another pair slightly bigger for my 3 year old cousin (who is bigger than my niece). Two pairs of baby mittens (no thumbs). I did one pair already, but they were too small (I'll keep them for my own baby). And maybe one more pair of adult peekaboos for my sis-in-law's sister... and maybe another pair for my friend... If I keep adding to the list, I'm never going to finish.

In other news, I had another ultrasound on Friday. It was abnormal (low fluid), so they sent me to a specialist and I got another ultrasound. She said that while the fluids were on the low side, they were still in the "normal" range and there was nothing to be worried about. That was scary! I did earn myself an extra ultrasound for next month just to keep tabs on everything.

After those two ultrasounds, I still don't know if I'm having a boy or a girl. The second tech said that she didn't see anything, so she would guess it's a girl, but the baby was crossing it's legs at the knees the whole time so she didn't get a good look at all.

I have another post to make and I've been putting it off and I just can't do it right now. So, it will come next time, I hope.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Down the Rabbit Hole

DSC_0256.JPG, originally uploaded by a-chan.

I'm not much into sewing... sure I have dreams about sewing a whole bunch of things, but when it comes down to it, I never really do anything. Anyways, my niece wanted to be Alice for Halloween and the Alice costumes at the stores this year didn't really look like Alice dresses.... they were all princessed-up *gag* So, her mom was shopping for a pre-made dress on ebay and they were so expensive! I talked her into making one.

On friday night we cut all the pieces out, the next weekend we sewed the top half with help from my sis-in-law's mom (who then finished the dress part the next day).... My friend baby-sat one night and we came home and it was done! We should have known better because Valeska is known for her anime costumes. But we were glad it was done!

We didn't see any other Alices trick or treating and I don't think we saw any other handmade costumes! Alivia had a great time! Although, some people didn't know what she was.... I think it's pretty clear!

So anyways, the costume was fun to make and I do see myself sewing more often, but probably not in the near future as the Christmas knitting is less than half done!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Peekaboo!, originally uploaded by a-chan.

(sorry about the crappy picture, it's from my phone)

To prove that I have been knitting, I introduce you to Peekaboo

Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport - held double through-out
Needles: us size 7's (dpns)
Pattern: Peekaboo from Magknits

No changes that I remember. I had to rip the tops out of them several times to get the right hight, they're still not exactly the same. I don't like the decreases, so If I knit these again, I'll probably use a different top.

I love the finger holes! They're so convenient! They're for me, but I think I have enough yarn to knit two more pairs in smaller sizes (like, for the nieces).

Another FO:


Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Ballerina (less than half the skein) and Plymouth Encore worsted, held together through-out
Needles: us size 17
No pattern

A basic garter stitch scarf for my grandma. I'm not one to usually go to the dark side (novelty yarn and huge needles), but I did for this fast knit. I got a little scared that I didn't have any Christmas gifts done, so I whipped this one out on Sunday.

At the Blue Moon Fiber Arts de-stash sale on Saturday, I picked up the Ballerina (can't even find a listing for it on Ravelry), a hank of Rio in lapis, a skein of what looks like Gingerbread Dude in STR mediumweight, two skeins of STR lightweight in what looks like two of the Raven series, and two skeins of neon STR lightweight that missed their bath and are not superwash. It wasn't as successful of a trip as I hoped. I really wanted to find enough STR to knit the Big Bad Baby Blanket from SnB (3 skeins of two different colors to be held together... but I can't afford that at full price)

I should have more FOs soon because of gifts. I already started a feather and fan scarf out of the neon STR.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


bootie, originally uploaded by a-chan.

Well, there's really 3 of them. This first one didn't turn out like I wanted it to. There's nothing really wrong with it, except for the fact that I pulled the buttons off one of Richard's old hawaiian print shirts he threw in my sewing rag pile and I went back to get more buttons off of it for the second one and there were no other buttons! It was crazy. So, I knit two other ones and used buttons off another rag shirt and they're cute. This is a camera phone picture, so it's a little fuzzy (tried to make it look better with picnic, it might have helped).

I forgot my knitting again today so the bus ride home is going to be looonnngg! If I had more money left after the mortgage and other bills, I'd walk down to Knit/Purl and get some yarn and needles and that would be remedied.... However, since I spent a good couple of months yarn money in one shot at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, I have enough yarn for awhile and can't afford any more.

This weekend, I built a Tinker-Toy swift from directions I found somewhere (link to come once I go look for it). It's cool! I have a picture of that I should post when I get home. Richard was really impressed with it, partly because it can be taken apart and put away when not using it. He's really a good sport with the yarn all over the house, but the tinkertoy swift was a bit much for him. (He did say it was really cool) The dog really likes it to, especially when I drop pieces of it and he grabs them and goes and hides. So far there hasn't been any casualties, but he's such a quick little bugger that it's only a matter of time.

It's been awhile since I posted a new Chibi picture, so here's one that's from Labor Day:


To me, he looks so skinny and skeletal in this pictures. He's definitely gained a few more 10ths of a pound since then. I keep thinking he's too skinny, but the vet says he's fine. He's going to stay a little dog. At his last visit, he had almost reached 4 pounds. I really thought that he'd be a bit bigger because of the jack russell in him.

He's going in to be snipped this Friday. I'm really excited, but I'm sure he won't like it (at least at first).

I'm having another ultrasound (the "official" one this time) sometime this week. I have to wait for them to call and then I'm suppose to just drop everything and go. Work is okay with this, so I guess I am too.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

First baby pictures.

originally uploaded by a-chan.

I went in for my first appointment yesterday! It was kind of scary because I haven't actually been to the doctor in ... well... years, but it was also really exciting. I thought I might have an ultrasound, but I wasn't sure since it is still kind of early. We didn't know the exact day my last cycle started, so they went ahead with the ultrasound to see how big the baby was.

It was so cool! I've seen ultrasound pictures before, but I swear this was the neatest thing I've ever seen... I mean, there's this BABY inside of ME! And then there was the little heart beating, we saw it beating before we heard it, that was funny. He/she was moving all over the place. It's weird to think that this little thing inside of me is moving that much, but I can't feel it.

It was too early to see if it’s a boy or a girl, but the doctor was trying to figure it out.

Anyways, I have another appointment in 4 weeks. I still haven’t knit anything for my own baby, but I am knitting for my friend who is due in December. I’ve finished a pinwheel blanket for her and am part way through a February Baby Sweater. I’ve debating about going to a knit night tonight so I can get some work done on it.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Reasons why I didn't knit during Labor Day weekend.

Warning! Picture heavy post, no actual knitting content

We had too much fun in Sunriver!!!


This is my nephew. We call him Buddy Smalls. He's a bit of a chunk!


My nieces. Key's in the green and Alive is in the pink. (my aunt and brother are the other two hanging out in this picture)


Alive loves slides!


My puppy, Chibi. He loves the pine cones.


Alive playing the Wii (with my mom in the background).


My husband holding Buddy Smalls.

Oh yeah, and I'm pregnant.

Thursday, August 9, 2007


DSC_0065.JPG, originally uploaded by a-chan.

Before heading out camping, I decided to find a longer US size 9 circular for the baby blanket I'm knitting for a friend. I dug around and finally found one (in the time-out basket). It was hanging out in a baby blanket I started last year that I had bound off and then decided I didn't like the edge and I ripped a few rows out and knit it again (like 3 times).... I then banished it to time-out, with the needle still in it.

On top of that blanket, I found Evan's blanket. Evan was born a month early (in January) and I was almost done with it. I realized I needed one more ball of the black for the border and the LYS was out... so it was banished. When I picked it back up the other day, I noticed that I still had quite a bit of the green left and that I should knit to the end of the green, even if I didn't have the black.

That is how Evan's blanket ended up going camping with us. I pulled it out the second night by the campfire and Richard exclaimed "You're knitting your nephew a Slytherin blanket?" Uhh... I didn't think of it that way... So now it's called the Slytherin blanket and yes, I'm still giving it to him because I love green and black... It's not the blankets fault that it has gray in it.

So now I'm done with the green and it's been banished again until I find two balls of black Reynold's Utopia. I've never done an i-cord boarder, but I think it might be fun... and this would be good practice because it's going to be over 600 stitches when it's time to bind off (yeah, another pinwheel).

Here's another shot, so you can really see the colors:


And I've been working on Gracie's blanket. I've gotten a bit farther than where this picture is.


Anyways, my ravelry name is "chiaknits" if you want to add me. I wonder if Ravelry will replace this blog...

Oh, and yeah, the knitting does smell like camping now, it will come out in the was *crosses fingers*

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I lurvs me teh lolcatz

Some of my recent faves that have shown up on icanhascheezburger?:



going to chamber of secrets brb


I�m on ur broom�. � goin 2 Hogwarts

If you haven't already checked it out, please do so. They update a couple of times a day and it's hilarious! If anyone knows of any other lolcatz places that are worth seeing, please let me know!

And to prove that I've been knitting:


That's right, I'm on the third color already! Yayz! The reason I'm not further is scrapbooking! I'm trying to get the wedding scrapbook done (just started), the honeymoon, and a sports one (from my old team pictures that I just unearthed in my old bins). Then it's back to working on the two Disneyland albums (went twice in two years, I'm behind!)... that doesn't count all the everyday stuff I like to do.

Yeah. Now that all the wedding stuff is over, I might be doing more knitting and scrapbooking.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Chibi knits

DSC_0009.JPG, originally uploaded by a-chan.

Well, the puppers is being introduced to knitting slowly. He likes to chew on the yarn. But, since I was taking pictures of him and my knitting bag was sitting right next to him, I decided to pull it out and see what happened. He sniffed it a bit and then he made a grab for the bamboo needles. Back in the bag it went and he seemed to shrug and say "oh well"

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The new puppers! .... And Harry Potter (no knitting)

DSC_0032.JPG, originally uploaded by a-chan.

Meet Chibi! He's a Yorkie/Jack Russell mix. He got his dad's looks and possibly his mom's ADHD (you know how Jack Russells are). We're working on potty training him. Some days I think we're doing great... and then he pees on the floor. I guess that's what puppies do.

I haven't tried knitting around him yet. But last night I needed to wind some yarn so I'd have a project for tonight (more on the later). At first he ignored it, but then when I was getting to the end, he decided that he'd like to taste it. I caught him before he made too much of a mess with it.

Then this morning I went into the craft room to get some needles for today and he followed me in. Next thing I know, he's in the hall with a big pink yarn cake. Granted it was acrylic, but it was still yarn. He's been banished from the craft room (which is now in progress to becoming an old school video game haven/craft room/guest room/future nursery (some day)).

Tonight, I'm taking the bus to Twisted for an Eastside knit-blogger meet-up. I've never really been to a meet-up. I'm a bit shy. So, if you see me, come and talk to me or something! I'll be wearing a blue striped shirt and a blue tank top and knitting a pink pinwheel blanket.

Now, on to Harry Potter!


Of course I had to read it the day it came out. I picked it up at midnight (wearing my Hufflepuff scarf, of course), read till 4am, slept for 4 hours, woke up and read straight through to 10pm. I guess I'm a slow reader, but I wanted to savor it.

It was great! I loved it! I hadn't made any predictions, but I had some theories I was right about (and some that I was totally wrong).

The next day I had a Harry Potter Hangover. I thought I was the only one that called it that, but I was wrong. Look what I came across this morning. Shelly is the one with the super-cool blanket!


Monday, July 16, 2007

Posing for pictures

100_1904, originally uploaded by a-chan.

Just thought I'd share some wedding pictures now that we're all settled after the honeymoon




And that's about it. The professional ones aren't ready yet. I'm hoping more people email me better pictures than I already have.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Only scrapbook store on Maui

SUC54445, originally uploaded by a-chan.

The first day on Maui, my new brother-in-law's fiance tells me about this store, Island Paperie. The only scrapbooking store on Maui! The biggest selection of tropical and Hawaiian themed items in the world.... that's what they claim at least and I'm not arguing!

Anyways, I ended up spending over $70 on two separate days. I bought a bunch of stickers and die-cuts the first time and then realized I had only gotten a few sheets of paper... So I went back and got $20 worth of paper. A bit more than I spend for paper normally, but it was cool tropical paper. I couldn't resist. Now I've just got to find the time to scrapbook.



I did not knit at all on vacation. I did pull it out on the flight over there, but I knit a few rows and decided to not continue on that scarf.... Anybody know what I should use my one skein of Sea Wool for?

I did go to a yarn store in Lahaina, but they were closed. I took a pictures, though. I had already done so much damage with the whole scrapbooking thing that I decided I didn't really need to go there.


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Next week today I will be married!

You have new Picture Mail!, originally uploaded by a-chan.

OMG! I'm so laid back and such a procrastinator! I always wait till the last minute to do things. Everything seems to be falling into place, but there's still last minute things like printing a program and baking cookies and arranging the flowers... eep!

Anyways, I realize now that I should have taken pictures of the flower girl dresses... yes, I have three flower girls that are between 3 and a half and 2 and a half... They say I'm brave.. My dad's lady friend made the three dresses and the junior bridesmaid dress and I had my camera today when she was showing them to me and I should have taken a picture... oh well. Instead, this is a picture of the flower girl shoes I picked out. They are going to be so cute!

I'm about ready to freak out!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bad Penny

You have new Picture Mail!, originally uploaded by a-chan.

Here's the upper part of my Bad Penny. I'm using Rowan Summer Tweed. Some people say that they don't like the yarn, but I don't hate it. I don't think I would have picked it for myself, it's not too terribly bad to knit with. There is some debry, but it's not bothering my. One of the secretaries at work gave it to me out of her stash.

Right now I'm about an inch or so past the underarms. I haven't decided on the trim yet. I don't want anything to contrasty... I'll probably end up with a lighter or darker shade of brown. I was thinking about orange, but I haven't decided yet. I have to find a LYS that sells the summer tweed so I can go in and compare colors. Anybody know of a yarn similar to summer tweed??

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

blue pinwheel blanket spotted in the wild

blue pinwheel blanket, originally uploaded by a-chan.

The blue pinwheel blanket has been gifted! It was greatly appreciated (and used the same day it was gifted, although, not by the recipient).

Finding this picture reminds me that I have a few more baby blankets to finish. One is the yellow and green log cabin that is done except for the weaving in of the ends. The other two are mostly done, I just ran out of yarn and need to find some more....

My Bad Penny is coming right along... slowly but surely.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Knitting at the bar

Knitting at the bar, originally uploaded by a-chan.

So, my bachlorette party was last night. We had a plan, but the plan was thrown out the door when the restaurant we were going to was closed (like, boarded up closed) We ended up at a different sushi place, which wasn't too good. It wasn't horrible, but they didn't have the rolls i like and that was a bit of a disappointment.

Anyways, a co-worker and I started out earlier since we got off a bit too late to make it home before we were suppose to be back downtown. We walked to Knit/purl. I love that store because it's within walking distance of work and I can get there an back in 30 minutes (if I know what I want and I don't look at anything else).

At Knit/Purl, I got some Sea Wool by Fleece Artist. I finished my Sea Silk scarf a few weeks ago (no pix yet) and I really wanted to try the wool. I picked out the woodland colorway. It's brown and blue and green with some tan. I'll probably do another scarf, but this time I'm going back to feather and fan..... of course, I would have liked to buy two skeins of it so I could do one of those cool scarfs from LMKG. Oh well.

Anyways, at the bar, I pulled out my new yarn to show my cousin and the rest of the group was weirded out a bit. It was funny. Then I pulled my sweater I'm working on now. So, this is my knitting at the bar picture. It probably smells like smoke now.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Llama in Scappoose

You have new Picture Mail!, originally uploaded by a-chan.

I know not many people read my blog, but that's okay. I just want to share with you the new yahoo group I joined. It's for Portland-area-ish knit bloggers! If you live in the area and knit and blog, you should come and join... or if you don't have a blog yet, go and check out all the cool blogs and maybe you'll want to start your own.

Click to join PDX-Knit-Bloggers

About the picture: Last night we drove out to St. Helens to see a puppy (that we're totally getting when we get back from our Honeymoon). On our way back, we stopped at one of our fave new Hawaiian restaurants. Every time we go, I always have said, "I should take a picture of those llamas." And I never have. They are in their field, right up against the parking lot for the restaurant. Last night, I did take one.... although, it's a crappy camera phone picture. I edited it in picnik and it looks much better now.

Every time I see a llama, I say "I'm a llama again... . oh" (from Emperor's New Groove) yeah.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Another find:

Katie, originally uploaded by a-chan.

So, I keep finding these websites that are quite fun to mess around with. First it was fd's Flickr Toys Then jyte and moo. Now it's picnik

If you haven't heard about it, well, it's just a free online picture editor. It's cooler than fd's Flickr Toys because it lets you crop and change the coloring and add borders and tons of stuff. One thing to look out for with the rounded corners is to choose a background color for the little corner pieces to match the page you're putting it on. Originally, I was just going to upload this to flickr, so I chose white. I suppose I can go back to change it to grey, but that would require effort.

The picture above is from last summer at my mom's church's camp-out. It's my cousin, kay-skay, crocheting after dinner. Yeah. I have crafty family/friends.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Wedding invitations

SUC53818, originally uploaded by a-chan.

So, we're almost done with getting all the invites done. It was a lot of work, but I finally got the hardest and longest parts done... Like tying all those hemp closures and putting the backs and front squares on.


Now we just need to print out the insides and we'll be all done.... Well, except the return cards and stuff.

Whew! This is hard work, having a wedding.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

These are some of my fave moos

1. 100張, 2. Flickr MiniCards by MOO, 3. moo card, 4. Picture 579, 5. My Set of MOO card, 6. Moo Cards Mint Tin, 7. They came!, 8. MOO Cards, 9. moo wheel

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

Monday, April 23, 2007

I want to be like moo.

I want to be like moo., originally uploaded by a-chan.

I discovered the coolest photo service out there. It's called moo. I got the link from flickr. My collage is inspired by because I haven't had the chance to place an order.

Basically, you choose your pictures from your flickr account. They let you zoom and crop a little and they print and send them to you. It isn't photo paper, but it looks like it's pretty good quality. Check out the flickr group

100 mini-cards for $19.99 doesn't seem unreasonable to me. I've already planned to get a bunch of Richard and me printed so we can put them in the treat bags for our reception.

I was also thinking that it would make great scrapbooking pictures. And I also want to get a set of really random ones for trading. It seems like there's mad moo trading going on all over the world. *squee*

Bottom line, check out moo, you might become as obsessed as me.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

grab a loop

grab a loop, originally uploaded by a-chan.

As my last post said, we had our engaged encounter weekend. We're back and better for it... Well, at least a little. We've been together for 5 years, 2 of which were spent living full-time together. Most of the talks were good. We've just experienced and figured all of that stuff out by now.

We think that the weekend is geared towards couples who maybe haven't been together for so long. We had already come to an understanding on finances (duh, we bought a house in October!) and children and that kind of stuff. It was nice to just bring it up and discuss it with each other just so we know for sure that we're on the same track, which we are.

The weekend was tiring! I slept well, but not nearly as long as I wanted. Now I'm sitting up late typing this. I seem to never get enough sleep.

Anyways, to make this connection to knitting: I didn't get enough done. I did less than one section on the log cabin, not worth really taking a picture of.

Saturday night, after mass, we got some 'free time.' I was tired, Richard was tired. We didn't want to just turn in for the night, so we hung out at the snack table for a bit. Then, one of the presenters came by and said that they had found the game closet. So we went... and found grab a loop!! I kinda wanted to play, but we were tired. I can see myself now scouring ebay just to find a copy for myself. It sounds like great fun! like flag football and capture the flag and tag all in one! the box reads: "You loved Twister, now wait till you play grab a loop!" and "the game that really GRABS YOU!" Man, I want that game!

There was also a game called "Oregon Only Trivia" I would have liked to see some of the questions, but we didn't get a chance. It looked older than the grab the loop game. There was a mancala game, but there was no marbles or stones, so that was kinda lame, I like mancala.

Now we're home and back to the planning. I still have tons to do on the invitations, we talked to the caterer tonight, so we're good on that. We need a cake and flowers and centerpieces... and bridesmaid dresses. I learned that my shower has been planned, so that's cool, I just need to send my aunt the list.

I think it's a little funny that we will have been engaged a full year, but we're planning the wedding in 4 months. We're such procrastinators. I decided to do no wedding knitting. I figured that would add to the stress, plus the dress I picked has a jacket that I can wear during the ceremony that will cover my tattoo and then uncover it for the reception and some of the pictures. I'm getting pretty excited about all of this.