Thursday, June 24, 2010


It's here - the last day of school. My youngest is home playing basketball in the driveway and the older guy will be back soon. I love having them home. I love planning fun things to do and having Star Wars marathons and Monopoly games on rainy days. When my whole family is home my world is at peace so there's lots of that in the summer even if we have to wait for my husband to get home in the evening. I know - June Cleaver all over again but that's just how it is for me - with maybe the Dead for the soundtrack instead of The Toy Parade.

Here's my brainstorm for the kids finding things to do this summer without me having to orchestrate everything.

It's filled with slips of paper that have ideas of things to do written on them. Everything from Have a Pretend Christmas (seriously, cookies, a big dinner, a gift for everyone - why the heck not) to Jigsaw Puzzle. Some are things that cost money - most are not. Some are the toys we have that never get played with, some are places to go, card games, jigsaw puzzles, libraries, parks, hikes, you name it. So far it seems to be working with both kids - even the 12 year old who I thought might be a little old for this. But I put ideas in there for bigger people too, like Change All the Songs on Your Ipod or Make Optical Illusion Photos. (Check out these good instructions eHow Optical Illusions Photos.) And my 12 year old is a good guy, generally up for anything as long as he can bring a book just in case.

Oh, and did I mention that I'm going to do some knitting? Duh! I'm in the Christmas Monthly Make Ahead group on Ravelry and although I make big plans in January that I don't seriously intend to keep I get an awful lot done during the year by having a list of ideas. I do have 1 out of 3 kid blankets made out of Lion Brand Homespun for my brothers kids so I'm doing the next 2 this summer for sure. Plus I love making them. I want to finish that gorgeous Alpaca pullover that has been dormant for, um, several months. I'd like to have it for work next fall when it gets cool again. So that's 3 projects. I don't want to tie myself down too much because I like to let my mood direct my knitting.

How funny is this. Younger one just came in and said, "I'm hungry and I want to do a craft. Can I have some clean scissors to cut a tortilla into a snowflake?"

It might take some practice but it's fun!

Here's hoping everyone has a great summer.  I'm going to do some knitting.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The 8 Questions Game and Swiss Cheese


I'm making the Swiss Cheese Scarf by Winnie Shih out of some 5 year old laceweight Rowan wool and I am just loving how it's coming out.

You probably can't see the great nubs and texture on the yarn but they're there making this one of the most tactile projects I've worked on in a while.  It's lovely boring garter stitch which works well for me right now in my sleep deprived state of mind.  The bind offs and cast ons for the holes keep it interesting enough and when it's blocked it'll look even cooler.  Here's the Ravelry Link for the pattern.  Check out the projects page for it.  I think it looks great in varigated yarns too.

So here are the 8 Questions from VoolenvineKnits Blog.  I think these things are fun.

1. What's your staple meal (ie. what meal do you cook most often when you can't be bothered to be adventurous) ?  Sandwiches.  They're my favorite thing to eat anyway.  They're completely easy to make.  I always have something or other that I put in it if it's cream cheese and jelly, peanut butter and banana, cheese and mustard or egg salad or something even "fancier".  And there's very little clean up which is the main reason I can't be bothered to make something adventerous.  I also love love pretzels so a couple of pretzels on the side makes it a perfect meal for me.

2. What do you want to be when you grow up?  I'm already there.  I want to be a stay at home Mom.  I work part time but next year I need to take a full time job if I can get it so my dream job is almost over but, we do what we have to do.  If I get the job I want working with kids in the computer lab at my daughter's school that will be perfect and the next best thing to being a stay at home Mom.

3. What book are you reading at the moment (if any)?  I'm in the middle of book 2 of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan but it's getting a little slow so in the middle of it I read I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak which is FABULOUS.  It's a young adult title although a little rough even for young adults in my opinion but it's riveting and very well written.  I highly recommend it.  Not a book but I also read the New Yorker magazine regularly and really enjoy it.

4. How do you relax?  Knitting - of course!  Running, lifting, yoga and skiing too.

5. What color are the interior walls of your home?  Ours are all white.  We've only lived here for 2 years and when we moved in we got the whole place painted white but I love it!  Aside from the fact that they get dirty easily they really show off my husbands collection of prints.  If there was color on the walls I think it would detract from the artwork.  Here's his most recent to go up. (Sorry for the glare.  I guess I should have sprung for the glare free glass.)

Check it out - Dali's signature in the upper right corner. Cool!

6. What is your guiltiest pleasure?  Well, I already blogged about this.  It's the Wendy Williams show - hahahahahahahaha.

7. What time is bedtime and getting up time?  Bed about 10:00pm - awake at 5:30am. 

8. How long do you spend reading blogs (per day or per week)?  I'm going to say about 3 hours per week.  I'd like to read more but I just haven't got the time.  There are so many great writers out there!  To me it's like reading magazines that are super-targeted to my interests.

Have a great day!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Various and Sundry

I yarn binged this week.  Caught a sock yarn sale at Jo Anne Fabrics on Patons Kroy (a long wearing standby for me) and Sensations which I haven't tried yet but it gets good reviews from Roue on the Knitcents Podcast so that's okay by me.  First I went to the yarn section of the store and there were 2 bins.  One was a butt ugly colorway but I still picked it up for a while.  In a fit of sanity I put it back down.  The second was my second favorite colorway evuh.  I picked up all 3 skeins and figured I was good to go.  I went up to the registers to pay and there, waiting, just for me, was a basket of MORE sock yarn on clearance.  With 4 more skeins of my 2nd Fave colorway and bunch more great ones.  Oranges and Greens - SUCKER . . .  Pinks and Blues - FOR MOM . . .  I picked through it.  Then, damn her, the check out lady at the other register saw me pawing through the basket and said, "Hey Honey!  There's another whole basket of that stuff over here."  Crap.  It was on sale cheeeeep in fun colorways and I bought so much that I'm not posting a photo.  Seriously.  It's embarassing.  But I'm loving the preprinted sock yarn so much for knitted baby gifts that I apparently, obviously, damn the groceries and let them eat . . . well . . . pb&j's I guess, couldn't resist.
Check out the Johnny Boy and hat I just finished. 

And I love Phazelia's Mitred Sweater (Ravelry Link) too.  So what's to stop a girl from buying a boatload of sock yarn on sale?  Just sayin.

My 7yo wants a Johnny Boy too and I think I got enough of a great red/black colorway for that.  Sweeet.

However, I was looking for the buttons for the Johnny Boy and it dawned on me (rather, it slapped me in face) that if I NEVER buy another craft supply in MY LIFE my kids will still be trying to sell this stuff at the Estate Sale.  Really, can I burden them with that?  So here's my plan.
Knit something out of my scrap yarn.
Knit something out of my scrap yarn.
Share - give away - use.
Never go to Jo Anne Fabrics again (muhwahahahahahaha)*
Repeat between *. . . *

Get the idea?  Anyone need anything?  A belt buckle?  Buttons?  A Kilt Pin (or four)?  Beads?  Needles?  Embroidery Floss? and don't get me started on the non-fiber crap I'm saving either for crafts that I never have time to do because I'm a Knitter in Motion (thanks Knitajourney.)  Seriously.  Contact me. 


P.S. Happy Father's Day tomorrow to all Dads.  You are wonderful.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ode to a Shrunken Sweater

Ode to a Shrunken Sweater

Merino Wool
a gift
Stitches formed in the hotel
looking at the majestic pine tree and
the orange sunset of April warmth
in the mountains
then ripped out and begun again
Forty hours come and gone in
Pleasant Pastime
Soft and supple caressing my skin
Joy and Comfort
But what is love for a thing?
Let go
You are shrunk