Sunday, September 30, 2007

We Made State

Elder Celting won his division of the Elks Soccer Shoot! He'll be moving on to the state competition to be held November 17 in State College, PA. Winners from that level, will move on to the regional which is 7 other states. We're very excited and EC is looking for the perfect place to display his new trophy. The competition was well organized and they had a pizza party lunch for all the competitors afterwards. This was where they passed out the awards. I'll post pics as soon as I get them developed. I couldn't be more proud.

Friday, September 21, 2007


If I suddenly go MIA, you can find me here. I got my invitation to be a Raveler this morning. I'm not totally set up yet as I've been running about but I'm excited. Now all I have to do is focus on the knitting and not the web cruising and I'll be good.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


You know celebrities are chased after by paparazzi for nothing more than following their passion and working at what they love. Last night, I felt a little the same way. Elder Celting had soccer practice and as usual I brought my knitting, the Transition Gloves. As I watch practice and gossip with the other parents, I knit on them. Now at the same time as EC's practice, there is another practice with the girls' team for the same level. So imagine about a dozen and a half aspiring Mia Hamms, Julie Foudys, and Kristine Lillys, playing hard and working towards team coherence when the coach tells them to go get some water. At this point, they all come rushing towards the bleachers where I'm happily working on my project. Soon, they are all asking about them. "What are those?" "Gee those are pretty." "I can finger knit!" "I knit a little." "My Grandpap knits me scarves." And so it goes every water break. They oooh and aaah over the pattern and the project itself. Sometimes even to the point of me having to remind them to get back to their practice. Laurie has always teased me about my ability to find or attract knitters where ever I go. I always thought it just was me being a little more social and a bit lucky. Now I wonder.... are the knitterati following me?

BTW, if you're reading this and wondering why I'm posting so early in the morning, I'm home today. The van is being worked on and I needed a mental health day. So I'll be working on lesson socks and waiting for my KnitPicks package.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Little Feet

This one's for Heather. After all, when she told me that she just wanted to chuck all her knitting to one side just to work on the lesson socks from Cat Bordhi's new book, I thought she was a little nuts. But I bought the book at Knit One just due to patterns included such as Robin Hood's Fireside Boots and Charlie's Dragon Socks. I mean come on people! That just screams the Celting household. I read the book. I flipped through the pages. The little lesson socks just cried to be knit. So I rummaged around for some partial balls and I started last night. Here's the first one. It's the Sky Sock. Instead of increases/decreases placed on the sides, the increases stem from the front center of the instep. Cat has versions of sock architecture for both cuff down and toe up. Of course being a cuff down kind of girl, I was startled to see that the one I found most appealing was a toe up design. The Coriolis. I'm hoping to finish that lesson sock later tonite. I'm also hoping I can get the jist of it to see if I can figure it out for cuff down.

And in case you're wondering, I didn't chuck all my knitting. I'm waiting for the yarn to arrive and I'm working on the Transition Gloves in transit and during soccer. I'll post more pics when they are further along.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I've Been Robbed

Okay I'll admit it. I'm sulking a bit about my defeat on Saturday at Knit One. While many folks indicated how absolutely divine my wrap was, I was beat out by a cute little Rowan wrap. The creator had only been knitting for about a year and she did a great job. I do however think that it was not quite as fab as my project. I'd post a pic, but I need a good camera to get that.

In spinning news, I'm working on using homework time to spin more. Since the Celtings sit in the kitchen to do homework, I sit there to be sure homework is what's happening. Rather than knit or read, I think spinning would fit the area best.

In the mean time, I'm working towards kicking off the holiday knitting. Wish me luck.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Overheard Conversation

Younger Celting: Nuh-uh!
Elder Celting: Uh-huh!
Younger Celting: Nuh -uh!
Elder Celting: Yuh-huh!
Younger Celting: Dad!
Celtic Consort: What?
Younger Celting: Does Elder Celting know more than God?
Celtic Consort: No, God knows everything, and your brother is only a fourth grader...
Younger Celting: Hmph... are you sure??
Celtic Consort: Yes
Younger Celting: How do you know?
Celtic Consort: Because I went to Catholic school with nuns.
Younger Celting: See I TOLD you!

This whole dialogue made me think of that show Are you smarter than a 5th grader? I also think that it's interesting that the selling point for validation that it wasn't just Catholic school... it was Catholic school WITH nuns.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Back to School

First let me show you another newbie sock. Dee finished her first sock at our last meeting and I've been lax about posting. She did a fabulous job and I can't wait to see it as a set.

In other knitting news, I've finished the MS3 and now just need to block for Saturday. I'm trying to get Laurie to take some pictures so you guys can see it in a decent view. The Celtic Consort is working on getting me a digital camera but I have to wait.

Now the big news. Today is the first day of school. Both boys were excited to get out the backpacks and get moving today. For Elder Celting, it's fourth grade. His only disappointment is that the male teacher he was expecting won't be there this year as he had some health problems. Instead we have another woman who's introductory letter sounds promising. Let's hope for a smoother year this year.

For Younger Celting, it's the First Day of School. He has the same kindergarten teacher as Elder Celting had and even the same time (afternoon). He was quite excited to be an official big kid. I got a little teary eyed at my baby going to kindergarten. Where did that time go? He'll catch the bus from daycare and ride it back there for the first half of the week. Second half of the week, Dad will help with getting him there. Coming home will be with his older brother. I'm anxious to see how he likes it.