Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My hat (small child)

Here is a pic of the hat that I made from Knitting Workshop.  Making this hat was fun and easy.  I never thought that I could do color knitting.  The pattern for this was full of tips and tricks that came in  handy.  I can just pick up yarn and needles and with  EZ’s  pattern and I can make something beautiful.
Now I am a little nervous.  I am up to Part 2 Two Sweaters.  Uggg.  I don’t know if I can continue.  I have to get more yarn to do  a sweater.  I am willing to tackle the project!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Started on the EZ hat…

I started reading the Knitting Workshop.  So far I really like the book.  Its not a book that gives you patterns on each page.  Its more like a one on one class.  She gives you tips and tricks along the way and at the same time we are knitting. Right now I am knitting the hat.  I am up to color knitting.  Knitting alternate stitches with two colors. EZ says it’s the simplest ever.  I made a nice design where I am carrying over the yarn.  This is a technique that I was scared of doing because it always looks so sloppy, but now it looks great,  I am making the hat on circular needles. T he problem with me is that I had to use a smaller circular because I brought a short one.  I was at my mothers house at the time.  So now that  I am almost done the hardest part to figure out is the decrease.  After this, I won’t do this again.  Meaning, I will stick to the pattern and if I don’t have the tools I need, I just won’t start. Elizabeth provides very precise tricks to finish the cap with ease. 

Facebook is really boring, just thought I would say that. 

Anyway, I sewed up a neat bag for my long loom.  To make this short, I used the bottoms of my boys pant because the knees had holes.  Made them into squares and sewing them up.  Now all I is a soft lining to sew it on the inside.  I found a fleece baby blanket in the thrift shop, but I didn’t get it.  I will try to go back this week and get it.  I will post a pic of it once I am done.  I am thinking of decorating it, but I don’t know how.  Now all I need is to know is how to shine the  pins on my loomSad smile.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Still here….in the Bronx…..

Its been a long time since my last post. The boys had a good school year and both passed into the next grade. My year was full of PTA meetings, trips and Yankee stadium and lots of volunteer work. The Bronx Little School is awesome, full of dedicated teachers and staff. I can say I had a very busy year. I didn’t do a lot of knitting but I was able to meet with the Parkchester Knitting and Crochet Club and talk and share. Members come and go but we always have a nice bunch ready to lend a helping hand. It’s my little 2 hour me time.


Ismaeel at Yankee Stadium.


Ismaeel on a fishing trip with his 2nd grade class and Ms. Noble.


Flashback, boys ages 1 and 3 at my sister’s house.


Parent trip to Ellis Island.  Sponsored by The Bronx Little School(awesome)!


Katherine and the cutest baby ever, with Sumi on the Statue Ferry.


Ismaeel with Ms. Noble (2nd grade)


Mrs. O’Conner (4th grade) with Ibraheem on Field Day.


Now its September, school starts on the 8th.  I have to go buy school supplies, 1 book bag, and 2 uniform shirts.  I need to get everything ready for next week.  Then I have to get a schedule for homeschool with my girls at home.

My family and I just finished fasting the month of Ramadan.  It was tough, but wonderful.  We celebrated Eid  with the morning prayer in Bronx Park next to the Bronx Zoo.  It was wonderful and peaceful.  We packed up a picnic  and went up to Rockland County State Park.  What a nice and clean park.  We cooked up a storm and had lost of refreshments and fruits.  We made bbq chicken, jerk chicken, and some apple rub chicken.  There was shrimp, steak, hotdogs, and hamburgers.  I made my famous rice and beans!  So Yummy!  By the time the afternoon came I was ready for a nap. 


Wilmarie, Sumaiyah and Ameenah


Ismaeel and Ibraheem at the Eid Salat.


My hubby cooking on the grill!


Ha, we got of pic of Juana smiling!


Nadirah and I.


Muneerah, Hanaan, Ibraheem, Ismaeel, Dawood and Yusuf.


Brothers cooking on the grill.



I was able to order lots of goodies.  I bought some yarn, a straw bag, patterns books and The Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann.  You know, she guarantee’s that you can become a master knitter by the time you finish her book.  Tell me.  Have you every read a guarantee like that? I haven’t.  So I ordered it on sale at Knitting warehouse for 11 bucks! Master Knitter here I come!  I am ready EZ!   I also got some new tips from Knit pics and lots of cute notions.  I love my notions.  So I don’t feel badly for buying stuff.  I took a bunch of pattern books and magazines that I didn’t want and gave them to my knitting and crocheting club.  They were eager to have them too.  I just had too much!  I had to make room for my new stuff. 


I got this huge straw tote bag from Lantern Moon for 10 bucks on Knit Picks.  What a deal!


The guarantee!!!!

Okay, I had so much more to add but didn’t want to stuff everything in one post.  I like the fact that I was able to have this blog since 2006.  I have so many memories.  I have wasted putting pics on Facebook .  So I am going to try to create slide shows so I can have them on my blog. Blogging is so much better.