Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Still a Little Time to Wear it...
Guess what I got done earlier this week? I got the last of the kids' winter coats washed and packed away... sigh...
Here is one of the pairs of cute little baby socks I've been mildy obsessed with. I knit the first one while listening to the Yarn Harlot herself. It snowed a lot that night too. That night was in April too. Isn't it supposed to be 'April showers bring May flowers? Short spurts of kitchenering several times over the course of a week enabled me to memorize that technique. Fun stuff, that kitchenering.
I knit half of this front piece to a little Girl's Sundress for my 18 month old while waiting at my first midwife appointment yesterday and it was going so well that I just kept going and finished the piece shortly after supper last night. I'll probably cast on the back and get it underway today and try to finish it up tomorrow- what an easy fun knit. Baby and toddler knitting is so much fun for those of us with short attention spans...
I know I've bombarded you with a great many pictures, but this was just too cute...
Spring to-do List, Part 1
- cull old shoes that don't even fit any kids here from overflowing entry closet
- nature walk with kids
- knit something
- remove turtlenecks and various warm long sleeve shirts from too-small closets of often overheating children who will not need such clothing for at least 3 or 4 months
- set up pool for kids
- knit something
- remove too-small clothes from speed-growing teenage son's overstuffed dresser drawers so he can actually put away the clothes that do fit this week
- take kids hiking
- knit something
- clear years' worth of collected junk/stuff from junk/stuff room downstairs, throw most of it away, store leftovers in attic to be thrown away 10 years from now- that room is needed for children to make way for a new addition this fall...
- explore a new park with kids
- knit something else
- plan garden, buy seeds, locate tools like rakes and hoes
- drawing/sketching outside with kids
- knit something
- dream about getting chickens
- read a classic book out on a blanket in the sun with kids
- knit something more
- go through pantry, eat or throw food nearing or past expiration date, restock pantry
- bird watching with kids
- knit something
- clean some windows
- try a new cookie recipe
- knit something new
- plan summer field trips
- have fun with kids
- knit some more...
If you notice a week pass with no blog activity, assume that I'm working on my list!
Friday, April 18, 2008
It Could Happen
I did something that will really not impress serious sock knitters, those with years of socks and dozens of pairs under their needles. But for a recent sock addict, who's knitting has consisted of more sweaters than anything else, this is huge. Ready for this? I kitchenered the toe of my Cable Rib Sock last night, without looking at any directions. That's right. I did it by heart. Woohoo!
I was excited. I put on my one sock, strutted like the proverbial proud peacock over to my husband and teenage son, stuck my foot near their faces and beamed. My husband was impressed with the cable running all the way down, on both sides even. My teenager asked, "Where's the other one?". Teenagers. Enough said. I gave him a quick "Watch it, boy!" and tried to give him the sternest look I could muster up while trying not to crack up at the little stinker grinning back at me with that mischievous smile that silly kids can do, oh, so well.
I actually cast on for this sock quite a while back... and then set it down and forgot about it. When I remembered it, I couldn't find it. That's how deep my pile of ufo's is at times... It would take me some serious and laborious hours of data entry to let the world know (via Ravelry) how much I really have going on at one time. Anyway, I'm hoping to cast on and finish the second sock in much shorter order than the first. My hopes and dreams don't always pan out, but a girl can try...
I'm actually having way too much fun with little baby socks, which is cool because there seem to be babies being born all around me. Gotta think up some matching hats and sweaters, etc... If only there weren't so many other things to do each and every day... mental note- train more kids to cook!
Speaking of cooking, we recently celebrated our anniversary and received a wonderful knife set from my family. I was slicing potatoes for some homemade garlicky oven fries, and I realized how careless I had become with my practically useless old knives. I wielded those things with no fear. Brushing against a finger had never hurt before... hehehe... I'm one of those peel towards your thumb even though the Home Ec teacher told us not to type of peelers. Sharp knives do make a difference. I now have a couple very tiny paper cut-like breaks in the skin of my right thumb, a new found fear of/respect for sharp knives, as well as a new found fear of young children chopping vegetables to help with dinner. I must get over that last fear if I am ever to get my little sous chefs to take over my kitchen so I can sit back, eating peeled grapes and knitting... "It could happen."
Well, it could...
*eta- 2nd Cable Rib Sock is cast on and underway!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
My main point is that I have no cute finished skirts to show- a shortfall I hope to remedy very soon. Perhaps I can get one or two done tomorrow in between the reading and the writing and the math, science, and history that should be going on here between the violin and piano practicing and the petty little things like dishes and laundry. Or perhaps I can get one or two done instead of some (or all) of those other things... Maybe I can sew and answer math questions at the same time- this could be one of those silver linings on the cloud that is the fact that I do not have the wonderful sanctuary sewing room that is in the dream house in my head. That's it, the upside of having the sewing machine out on my dining room table is being right there with my kids while they toil over their schoolwork and color masterpieces while I toil over my textile creations which I then force them to wear, with a smile for the camera... I mean, hey, if I have to hang all their pictures on all of the flat vertical surfaces of my house, it's only right that they should have to wear my works of art on all the surfaces that are themselves, right?! (Back me up here...)
Hey, it's almost a sock!
Dizzying, isn't it?
How many sts per hour is that?
Well, that was fun...
Yep, I know I hold the yarn wrong. If you're a purist, anyway. I'm not. Whatever works for you... whatever works for me... what doesn't work for me is having the yarn wrapped around fingers sliding by giving almost a fingernail on chalkboard or fork on plate type of sensation- I guess I have sensory issues... anyhoo- sock number one is nearing completion. If I neglect all of my other responsibilities tomorrow, I could get it done. I'll probably get another inch or two further down the foot and nearer to the toe. Then it's cast on another time, because I haven't yet attempted 2 at a time. Way behind the times, I know. But I did get a book (visual learner, no time for a class, not to mention no yarn shops within 30 miles) and have that on my summer list...
Friday, April 11, 2008
Let's Hear it for the Yarnery Family Singers!
The ride home was treacherous. What should have taken 1 hour, took 2... there was fishtailing, there was near zero visibility at times, and there was a large snowplow in the middle of the highway coming way too close for comfort, despite the fact that I was as far over onto my unplowed shoulder as I dared to be, considering the deep ditch just beyond... I was thankful for modern technologies such as traction control.
I'm still recovering from the stress of it all (that's excuse-speak for 'been to busy to compose a brilliant, or at least slightly above average blog post') but I had to take a moment and share these brilliant clips from the evening's pre-Stephanie entertainment. The folks at The Yarnery were/are fabulously clever and talented, and I'm so glad someone captured these moments on video! Enjoy!
Yarnery Family Singers- part 1, posted by Shelly Kang
Yarnery Family Singers- part 2
Yarnery Family Singers- part 3
Yarnery Family Singers- part 4
These clips make me giggle, a lot.
That's it for tonight, I'm falling asleep.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Spring has Sprung
Lovely, isn't it?