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I just wanted to write a quick entry to say I’ve been really busy. I just started potty training little A and it’s not going well at all. She’ll sit on the potty, but she doesn’t do anything except five minutes later on the floor. Very frustrating.

I’ve finished little A’s scarf and I’m just adding the pom pom fringe. I’ll have to post pictures later as I just don’t have the time to so right now.

Well that’s it for today I hope to have more to say in the next few days.

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It was a lovely weekend vacation. A much needed one as my anger management wasn’t been very well managed last week. At times being home with my children while watching other people’s children too can make me feel so trapped and emotionally depleted. Young childern demand so much from you it can be exhausting. Going away helped me do some soul searching and helped me gain a better perspective on my life as it is right now. I also felt I got to re-connect with my husband. So much is about the girls that I feel my marriage relationship gets my second best.

If you’re interested in seeing a little slide show of about half the pictures we took check out this on our flickr account.
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On Friday we drive for 3.5 hrs. up to Port Carling, Ontario and arrived at the Shamrock Inn Lodge around 4:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. we enjoyed what I felt was one of the best meals in a resort I’ve ever had. The meals proved to be delicious for throughout the entire weekend. We stayed in this cozy one room plus bath cabin called the Courthouse.

In the morning we drove to Bracebridge and found a Tim Hortons and a lovely yarn shop called the Yarn Connection. It was great shop and I spent a half hour drolling over the yarn. I managed to leave yarn free but not without a copy of Interweave Knitting and a pair of hardwork knitting needles (gift from my sweet hubby). On Saturday we spent the day in Bala, Ontario. We enjoyed the Cranberry Festival that took place their that weekend. In the evening I tried my hand at some drawing. I haven’t sketched in years. I haven’t anything to really show for it, but I did feel all my years of training and skill creeping back.

Of course I had ample time for knitting too. I worked on little A’s scarf. I’ve decided to go with a pom pom ‘fringe’ instead of a regular fringe. The basic hats are finished, but I still want to add some flowers to little A’s hat and maybe a teddy bear or snowflake on little G’s. I’m going to either sew them on or use duplicat stitch like I mentioned before. The images show were I’m at right now.
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The Celtic sweater is sitting quietly, waiting for me to photograph it and get it posted on either ebay or etsy. The main problem is photographing it, because most people like to see the sweater on someone, but I don’t know anyone that is small enough to model for me. The thing is like a size 4 or 6. I’m sure with a bit of asking around I’ll find someone who can model it. If comes to I do fit in it, it’s just not comfortable to wear for a long period of time. More to come on this saga.

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In the after math of my celtic sweater which I knit too small I haven’t thrown in the towel. I just started a few small and quick projects. Hat, mittens and scarf sets for the girls. I finished little G’s hat, but I think I’m going to sew a snowflake or something on it in duplicate stitch. As much as I love having an image knit on something I don’t like seeing the yarn behind it or the pulling or other gauge changes that sometimes show up. I think I’ll be using duplicate stitch a little more often.

Sorry no pictures at the moment, but I barely had time to write this. I should have lots to share after my 3 day vacation up north for my 5th anniversary. I can’t wait to go. Somedays being at home with the children is trying on my sanity.

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For all you Canadians out there have great Thanksgiving this weekend. I’ll be going until Monday so there won’t be any posts for a few days. I have decided to try and sell the celtic sweater on Ebay. More details about that later.

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Samantha,
I miss you so much even though you were only here for 13 days. You, Allison and I lived as one for 6 months – a short, wonderful time. Ally is old enough now that she asks about you and asks where you are. Someday she will understand more about the angel who watches over her.

I love you,
Mom

Never forget who you are
Little star
Never forget how to dream
Butterfly

God gave a present to me
Made of flesh and bones
My life, my soul
You make my spirit whole

Never forget who you are
Little star
Shining brighter than all the stars in the sky
Never forget how to dream
Butterfly
Never forget where you come from
From love

You are a treasure to me
You are my star
You breathe new life
Into my broken heart
Never forget who you are
Little star
Never forget how to dream
Butterfly

May the angels protect you
And sadness forget you
Little star

There’s no reason to weep
Lay your head down to sleep
Little star

May goodness surround you
My love I have found you
Little star

Shining bright

You breathe new life
Into my broken heart

Never forget who you are
Little star
Shining brighter than all the stars in the sky
Never forget how to dream
Butterfly
Flying higher than all the birds in the sky

Never forget who you are
Little star
Never forget where you come from
From love

Little star
Little star
Little star

From love

Madonna – Little Star

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Okay here’s the thing, although the celtic sweater is done it’s pretty snug. I’m thinking about frogging the whole thing and starting over, adding an inch or two all around. I have enough cotton to do this. It’s just all the work (about a month) that went into it. Sigh, but it just doesn’t fit the way I want it to. I’ve been in denial about it for the last few days.

I’m going to leave it alone as I knit the girl’s winter sets and any Christmas gifts I want to do. Then I’m going to go back and think about it. I think it’s going to be frogged. I mean what’s the point of making it if I can’t wear it? I’ll make the proper modifications and then I’ll be happy with it.

Please take a moment of silence and weep for me.

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Here it is…

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Front

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Back

I know I said I’d post a picture of me wearing, but it has done nothing but rain here the last few days. I managed to take this during a break, but my husband wasn’t home to take a picture of me wearing it. I hope to post such a picture in a day or two when the ‘flood waters’ stop raining down on me.

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Well at least for my Celtic sweater. I finish the new neck last night or early this morning if you want to get technical about it. I foolishly stayed up until 1:30 a.m. completing it. I’m not quite done though, I have a few duplicate stitches to add to the knot. Even though I followed my chart I found a couple of spots that need to be brown to make the knot look better. I also have a loose stitch at the neck egde that needs to be tighted with a stitch, especially since it’s at the front.

I’m not sure if I’m going to block any further with it as it fits well and is already sewn together. I’m hope it’ll be a less stiff after I wash it. It very fitted so the stiffness could be a problem, but I think after I wear it for a bit it’ll soften and loose up.

I’ll post a picture of me wearing as soon as I fix those few problems.

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I’m trying to get out and play with the girls as much as possible. Soon the cold weather will be here and it’ll be harder to get outside. I’m not big on playing in the snow. Perhaps that’ll change this winter, but I can’t make the girl’s any promises.

I took the camera out today and took these shots:

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Lovely red leaves
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Little G looking at leaf

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Little G getting a little too close to the camera

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Little A and I (please excuse my lack of make up and even brushed hair)
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Little A being cute

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After yesterday’s disaster I walked away from my sweater for a few hours. I looked at it and swore a few times, then I got out my sissors and carefully ripped out the neck edge. I decided I should have cast on more stitches. I’m still so sore about the whole thing that the sweater sits in a neglected heap in the living room while I happily work away on 5 mm dpns on little G’s winter hat. Stupid sweater can sit there for another day or two.