Saturday, June 28, 2008
The perfect stash contains just the right yarn for whatever project pops into your head! Can you just imagine? I want to make a purple silk rolled brim hat - and there's the yarn, perhaps a present from a far away friend. Or I want to make a pink stripped scarf and there's the yarn, purchased three summers ago while on vacation. The problem with having all that yarn around is to not feel guilty about it. It's no fun if everytime you look at that gorgeous sage green wool you feel bad because it hasn't become felted slippers yet. You have to be able to enjoy just having yarn around, admiring it's colors, treasuring its texture, dreaming about the possibilities of what it will become. Like children, only better because the skeins don't talk back!
We're off to the CT shore today - it's gloomy here but I'm told it's sunny down there. I'm hoping to blog a bit while on vaca, but if I'm slow, rest assured I'll be back soon.
Meanwhile - start thinking about how great it would be to finish off some of those long neglected projects that are begging for attention. There will be an announcement soon about a super fun KAL to help you get motivated.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Now there's a remake (of the show - not the scarf) on BBC America. I know this because all of my favorite shows are on hiatus for the summer so we've been surfing for alternatives. This one is campy too, but just catchy enough to keep my attention while I'm whipping off a few stitches. The bizarre story lines are truly a testament to the depths of a vivid imagination. But by far the most interesting bit of the show was half mitts worn by one of the lead female characters. It was near the end of the show and she was caught in a parallel universe wearing the most darling dark pink half mitts I've seen all summer. They had a diamond cable up the back with a moss stitch in the middle. I couldn't tell if they had thumbs or not even though dh obligingly rewound several times (Thank goodness for TIVO)
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this whole episode is that dh has become so accustomed to my knit obsession that he wasn't alarmed that I'm paying more attention to the knits than the show. He didn't fall out of his chair laughing at me or start muttering about weird knitting cults. "Will there be purling?" he asked trying to sound all hip to the stitches.
Oh yes, there will be purling! Must go check my stash...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
To make the hat match a little better, I crocheted around the edge with the soft, lucious pink yarn and then crocheted a cord in that same yarn. It works much, much better than the ribbon because it is stretchy like the hat.
I was putting the finishing touches on this as I walked out the door to an event where I knew the baby's mother would be. Why waste a second? One can actually walk and thread a cord through eyelets at the same time!
The event was this - the last day of school. It was a sad and happy day, says my now First Grader! My hat is off to teachers everywhere - they do such an important and challenging job. I will be forever grateful to her teacher, who was so dynamic and caring.
Don't you just love the missing teeth?
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Q: What is your favorite summer drink?
A: Iced coffee, which I'm drinking right now. A little bit of cream, no suger (same way I take my hot coffee).
Q: When you were a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer?
A: Same thing as now - traveling. We would go from Wisconsin to Michigan to spend time with my grandparents and there was always a week or two of overnight summer camp.
Now we go to Connecticut for two weeks to see my husband's family and to Wisconsin to see my family. It's hard to get out of the routine, but I love being on the go.
I'd love to hear your answers in the comment section - or post on your blog if you're not in SP12.
Monday, June 16, 2008
The red ones are roses, the purple ones are snapdragons. I don't know what the yellow ones are, but they have certainly made themselves at home. There are three clumps of them and it looks like some more are shooting up. Some might describe them as invasive, but I don't mind because they are pretty and my garden is rather bare.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
It meets my requirements to be quick, relatively simple and super tasty -- thumbs up from all 5 kids, even the two little ones who claim that they "don't like chicken," unless it's in the form of a nugget.
It's better than in the restaurant, if you ask me, because it's not all gloppy. We served it with mango salsa from Costco, which though it may not sound appetizing, really is.
I cooked the chicken then ran it through the food processor to "shred" it. I also didn't wait for it to cool down before spooning it into the tortillas.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
5. What's your favorite scent? Lavender, lilac and rose.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I have five children, ranging in age from almost 3 to 15. We have a playful English Springer Spaniel and two gold fish.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
I don't know why I expect my kids to be neater than I was at their age, or even neater than I was until they came. I had an incredible mental block when it came to picking up until I had kids and then something clicked. I am far, far from being a neat freak, but I crave order in a way I never did before. Unfortunately with seven of us in the house it's harder than it ever was. I'm much better than I was before, but I'm still bad about putting things away when I'm done with them.
As far as motivating kids, I've discovered the house fairy. She's smart business woman who has discovered a great small business that provides a tremendous service. Her story is that she is Santa's Helper and she goes around inspecting children's rooms. If they're clean "she" leaves a present, if not, she leaves only fairy dust. You can buy into her system, which includes printable coupons and other goodies, or just borrow the concept. Some might object to the idea of introducing yet another character into children's lives and underlying concept. I'm all for method that helps my kids get in the habit of keeping their room clean without me screaming at them, which by the way doesn't work. I'm sad to say I've tried that.
For some reason, I feel better when their room is clean, more so than any other area of the house.
For inspiration and motivation, I've been watching "How Clean is Your House?" on BBC America. For those of you who haven't seen it, these two cheeky British ladies go to disgustingly dirty houses and help the people get them cleaned up. They are some seriously ill kept houses. Had someone pitched me the idea for the show, I think I would have tossed it out, but it's oddly compelling.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
It seemed that summer would never come - but here it is - proof that warm weather exists and that summer will creep into New England as expected.
I've made yet another attempt on the short row heels. It was worse than the first one! Attempt three was over almost before it had begun. I'm eager to try again but just plumb worn out from earning money to buy more yarn.