Fourteen year old boys and birth control…

Hello everyone! How do you like the title? Well, it has been an interesting week here at the Christensen Huis – get yourselves something to drink, pull up a chair, and get ready!

About 2 weeks ago, my son – Sam – came home with some paperwork from his life skills class. He either had to write a 5 page essay on adoption OR he could have “Program Baby” for 2 days and 2 nights. Sam and I had a long discussion about all the people we know who have either been adopted or wanted to to adopt… it is a good list, varied – some in state and some out of country adoptions. Sam though felt that 5 pages were, well… F – I – V – E pages…you know LONG and lots of work. And, even though I cast my vote for the essay – last night he came home from school with his new baby “Max”. Max who fusses, cries, needs to be changed, attended to – and quite franky – slept as much as most new babies do. Sam got very little sleep last night – how he managed to not wake me up is something I am still wondering about! Well, anyway – if any of you have the priviledge of having teenagers in your homes – you know that they need a LARGE amount of sleep – kind of like babies themselves, now that I think of it!! Sam had a bit of a reprieve – he could drop the baby off to the life skills class so that he could attend his other classes today – but he had to go get “Max” at the end of school today and once again – the new baby is in the house again tonight. Although I helped Sam a bit after school so he could get his homework done. This baby has some kind of monitor inside it – if it cries for any length of time – it is registered and how quickly you respond to the cries is registered as well. So, we have “fed”, “burped”, “changed diapers” (although this is an odorless – messless process – this would be nice in REAL LIFE!! LOL) etc. This all needs to be logged by Sam to turn in to the teacher. Sam was not his usual self at the breakfast table this morning – he informed me that he WAS NEVER having kids! I am not sure what brilliant teacher thought this up – but Holy Cow – they deserve an award! Sam and I had an indepth conversation this morning about the consequences of sex – something we had talked about before, but it had new meaning this morning – my son is growing up – he is not my baby anymore. I am proud of him (as I have always been) – but I am seeing him through “new eyes” and hearing him with “new opened ears” as well! I know that a 5 page paper would have never have taught him what he learned these past 2 days – I am glad that he did NOT listen to my suggestion!

Hopefully, this baby will “sleep” better here tonight than he did last night – but I am so glad he is here in our home!

Urgent Reqeust!!

Hello Everyone. I have a very special request for all of you out there. I have participated again in SP9 and the end of January is when we are to reveal ourselves to our spoilee.

If it is not too much trouble – I was wondering if you all could stop by Kimberly’s Blog and tell her that someone sent you there to say “hello”. Please do not reveal who sent you – she has been such an awesome pal for SP9 – I want to make the waning days of the swap special for her. If you all could stop by and increase the mystery as to how you all found her – I’d be so grateful.

I intend to reveal myself to her in the last week of the month – so help me out in bringing her some good cheer!

Thanks to all of you – you all are the best!!

PS – I got a package from my pal – Thank you so much!! I will try and have my daughter take a picture and post it here later this week. It was filled with some great goodies! She did not let me know who she was though – hmmmmm – am I supposed to figure out??? Help me out here pal!! 🙂

Thanks again to my pal and to all you pals out there!

Knitting Backwards 101

Knitting Backwards 101


This is now normal purling looks like – see needle in front – normal purling. But, when doing Entrelac, constantly turning your work back and front to knit and purl makes for wasted energy. You can work your entrelac from one side with very little turning except for when you need to pick up your stitches to go on to your next square. What follows is a “knitting backwards lesson”. If you have questions – you can email me at kachrist37@gmail.com for more help!

When working backwards you do not turn your work – see the yarn coming from the left side of my work? This is a purl row and I am working it from the right side (or knitting side) of my work.


I insert my LEFT needle into the BACK of the stitch on my RIGHT needle. See – the yarn is coming from the LEFT side of my work.


Wrap the yarn counter clockwise around my LEFT needle as above.


Pull LEFT needle forward through the stitch on the RIGHT needle. This is your new stitch, sliding the stitch from the RIGHT needle off that needle.

Now work your next stitch. I found this technique incredibly easy when working with a small number of stitches. I don’t know why you could not use it on a longer row, but when you are knitting 20 or more stitches it does not make as much sense.

Here is your lesson for the day! Now I have helped you learn a new technique! Have a great weekend everyone

Friday fun!

Hello everyone! Did you all have a great week? How are you all doing on your resolutions??? Still hanging in there? I am proud to say that I have 2 bags of clothing going to Goodwill – 1 bag in the “garage sale” section – and – drum roll please – I have 4 bags of things that went in the TRASH!! My closets are cleaner, more streamlined, organized AND – I love it! I also worked on my “stash” closet – I now have my yarn on the shelves – organized – I know, be still my heart!! I also have my sewing machine and sewing related items in there as well. AND – I have some paper craft things in a clear plastic box – all ready for me when I need to make a card quickly!! How about that ladies!! It felt so good – this weekend I am going to tackle my kitchen cupboards and the pantry!

I also brought some magazines I wanted to save for various reason downstairs and put them in a book shelf I was not using – decluttering is happening at the Christensen Huis!

I even worked on my half pi shawl this week a bit. I am almost done with section 2! And!! I went to SNB last night and had fun laughing with the ladies at Friends of Wool. It was Sue’s birthday and she brought goodies to eat!! A fun evening was had by all. The Afgan Class of 2006 was there with all their squares to work on assembly – I have to tell you, I was amazed with how beautiful their squares were. This caused me much excitement, because the Afgan Class of 2007 will meet in 2 weeks to start on their afgan journey – and I have a ticket for that trip!! There are several techniques that I do not know how to do that I will be learning this year! So, this class will continue to help me with my resolution of learning!

I did have a small breakdown on the yarn front. My daughter wants me to make a “shawl” for her birthday – I truly tried and swatched some yarn from my stash, but I did not have anything that I could get the perfect gauge with. I had to buy 2 skeins of yarn – but – I found it on sale at Friends of Wool – so I only paid $8 for it!! This did not break my budget at all!! I will be so excited to see my daughter’s face when she opens her gift! I shall try and post a photo of said shawl and daughter #1 after the 6th of February – which is her birthdate. Hold the phone – she will be 18 years old!!! I cannot believe this, because I swear she was just learning to walk yesterday!!! Where does the time go??

We are getting close to “reveal” time in SP9 – I have been having so much fun with my spoilee – I have been dropping hints the past couple of weeks – and we have been laughing and having so much fun together. She is an awesome pal! I am working on the finishing touches for her last package – she is a SAHM and she home schools her children! AND, her husband is in the Army. As the end of the month gets closer, I will post the link to her blog and ask you all to pop over and say hello to her!

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

First Friday!

First Friday!

Hello everyone and welcome to the First Friday of 2007! This is surely something to celebrate, right? How did Week 1 go for all of you? So far – so good here.

I have printed out my resolutions and put them in several places – in my planner for work, on the mirror in my bathroom, on the fridge in the kitchen. I think that this will help me stay focused on what is important to me this year – what I need to accomplish – where I want to go!

How are you all doing? Did you all fall the the Resolution Wagon? That is okay – get back on and try again! Be your own best supporter – not your worst enemy!

I am excited to have made it through a week of this New Year! I actually got out some yarn from my stash and cast on something for ME! I had gotten a gorgeous skein of Lorna’s Laces – Helen’s Lace last summer to make the Half Pi Shawl and I cast on this week! I have the first set of the pi completed and have started on set 2! I am in love with this yarn – it is amazing. I selected the Vera colourway – and I am so happy with my selection!

This picture does not do the yarn justice – it is knitting up beautifully – burgundy’s, rich browns, some amazing greens, and a dusky khaki – dyed perfectly! I will try and have my daughter get a picture of it next week and post my progress. If you have not knit this pattern – it is definately on my must knit list! I am flowing through the sections easily and can even knit while watching TV! So, I was so happy to pull this out of my stash and treat myself to this little gem. I did not realize that I had such a nice “stash store”!!

Speaking of “Stash Store” – on my plate for the weekend is to clean out and organize my stash closet – and my bedroom closets. There may be some destashing going on here next week, so be on the lookout for that!

So, there is my week one synopsis – drop me a note letting me know how you are all doing.

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

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