Monday, March 26, 2007
Speaking of which, here is a picture of a felted vest a friend made that came out of the washer cabbage patch sized and resulted in a SOS call to my house for a good old fashioned wool pull (like taffy, only less sticky and smells a lot worse-it never ceases to amaze me how bad wet animal fibers smell...). We stretched and STRETCHED and STRETCHED and then I sewed it to my chair to block it out into a normal human size and shape-here's hopin'....
Btw, that is waste cotton holding the place for the border, not a wonky white border and the colors in the yarn in person are really beautiful. That is my chair covered in a trash bag and stuffed with a pillow-like MacGyver only better 'cuz it's with knitting. I have decided that this is my Humanities Fair project and I have learned that I do not like to think things cannot be fixed, I will do whatever I can to fix them and that I will continually thank the Lord the days of the corset are OVER (and also that He gave wet animals a weird smell). It may not be pretty, but I think it will get the job done in the end-I'll keep you posted!
Friday, March 23, 2007
Look what we got yesterday:
A new van!! Well, not new but new to us because really, who BUYS brand new cars??? (Add to TO DO list: plant tree on which money will grow) I LOVE it! It's so nice and clean and currently Goldfishcrumbandcrayon-free! Woot! AND it has the "Magic Doors", as my kids and their friends call them-magic because they open and close with the touch of a button -forgive us for being so excited-we traded in our 12 year old van so we're a bit Old School. Plus, I got some good knitting progress in on my Jitterbug sock while waiting forever at the dealership yesterday (which was a GREAT place to buy a car, seriously! Super friendly and not the usual slimy car buying experience) and last night the Husband and myself went out on a date-an all-around AWESOME day! Not to mention that our date was sponsored by one of our great friends (featured here wearing some lurvly Clemson mittens knitted by moi! Ok, so maybe not much of a need for wool mittens in South Carolina, but aren't they fun and orangey??) who is home on her Spring Break and called US and offered to play with the Things so the Husband and I could go out-hello?! How often does a babysitter call you and ask you to go out so she can play with your kids?! One of the many reasons we love her!! As previously noted, an all-around awesome day!
I've made some good progress in Clean and Purge 2007 but my enthusiasm is seriously waning-cleaning is for losers. I think I'll go knit for awhile, love on my babies (sigh, some of whom are big girls now...) and enjoy the weekend! Have a great Friday, y'all!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I'll try to get out from under the piles long enough to post now and again-wish me luck and feel free to come by and adopt a homeless dustbunny or 2! (I wonder if I can spin those into some sort of exotic yarn...dustbunny sweater anyone?)
Friday, March 16, 2007
Well, off to watch the Hokies play in The Tournament. LET'S GO, HO-KIES!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Oh that basketball stuff is fun and all but HELLO?! Can ya' beat a great yarn sale, especially when it is less than 2 miles from your home??!! Last time Mosaic had a sale this past summer, I spent all of my birthday money (the day I got it) and then some, justifying it as "Christmas Presents" (to me a little....) and I have used very little of what I bought YET. However, is that stopping me? NO WAY! (I do have lots of it earmarked for projects that are yet to be-you know how that is.) And I believe the Husband's remark was "You could not possibly need any other yarn for any thing else in the world"- silly, silly man. Does he not know the silliness of such a statement? "Need"-haha, that's cute of him. Now, if I can only think of a few more "presents" before I go, it will all seem like I am doing it for the good of others. In fact, I AM doing it for the good of others! Yeah! I just cannot possibly NOT go to the yarn sale when it is for the happiness of others and the giving of handmade gifts that could one day be treasured and prized heirlooms. How can I rob friends and family of receiving a little piece of fiber love? That would just be mean and I won't stand for it. It is clearly for the good of my fellow man (and woman-and kids-and maybe a little bit me-or a lot me) that I embark upon a journey to this noble sale, credit card quivering with excitement, and purchase what I can to bring joy to others. It is my destiny.
And if anyone tries to get the last of any yarn I decide I want, be prepared to be knocked down. You know, for the sake of the children and all.....
Sunday, March 11, 2007
It will be awhile before I knit another Sheldon...or speak to that Baby Zeke.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Thing 1, my 7 year old, learned to knit!!! Would ya' look at that?! Move over, Elizabeth Zimmerman! She took right to it and just loved it-she was so proud of her cute, loopy, floppy stitches-as was I! It's amazing to see her delight at doing something Mommy does and I was so proud of her and so surprised, honestly, given her propensity for distraction and scatter-brainness (yes, that is a word because I just typed it and I am making it a word!). It really was the highlight of my day since I am barely fighting off a cold and spent yesterday under a blanket giggling to myself like a lunatic while knitting Sheldon, feeling achy, and sniffling. But anyway, she liked it so much, she climbed in my bed this morning before school, still in her sleepy eyes and jammies, and brought her knitting and sat next to me knitting a row, all the while quietly saying the rhyme I taught her to remember how to do the stitches, while I was sleeping.
What a great way to wake up-I love the smell of yarn in the morning!
Monday, March 5, 2007
I think I would like to be a knitting Hero. My special powers would allow me to knit at warp speed while caring for the 3 Things, thereby finishing the 2 baby gifts by tomorrow that I am trying to churn out by the end of this week (although I may actually be channeling my powers now as I finished one thing today-the Bunny Blanket Buddy, NOT in the icky green yarn pictured but in a handpainted, cotton chenille from Colinette). I think I'd also add the ability to knit lace, cables, intarsia, fair isle-you name it-without saying a single swear word, dropping a stitch or frogging. Hello?! Can you even imagine? It would be nothing short of miraculous! Plus, I would have nothing but fascinating, clever, hilarious blog entries with nary an out of focus picture to be found AND be able to write my own patterns. That about sums it up. Yeah, I think being a knitting Hero would work out nicely. In the meantime, I will be hurriedly be trying to put together Sheldon (most likely while swearing and dropping sitches) before a 1 year old's birthday party on Saturday and putting the final touches of fluffing and buffing on the Bunny for a brand new baby who is to make his appearance on Thursday of this week-I'm so excited, I love new little babies!! OK, gotta go watch the rest of Heroes and find out what the heck is going on...maybe.
Knit on, Heroes-in-training!!
p.s.-They just said that Heroes will not be back on till April 23rd-are they TRYING to kill me??
Thursday, March 1, 2007
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWW! Now, I do not have problems with nice little frogs when they are alive, but when I am reaching into wet nappy leaves to clean them out and I accidentally grab a humongous DEAD one, totally gross. I washed my hands about 5 times with scalding water-of course I did pull the frog out with a stick to show my daughter's little friends who are boys. They found it fascinating, but still disgusting. So anyway, we are managing OK without Daddy around but we're not loving it. Too many gross things for Mom to take care of makes one grouchy Mommy! Needless to say, not much knitting to report-just small bits here and there, nothing as interesting as a dead frog. (which doesn't say much for my knitting,eh??)Maybe I'll knit him a little sweater....or see if he'll get up and sing "Hello my Baby!" like on the old cartoons. So, in a shameless quest for fun comments, tell me YOU think I should do with the dead frog. I'm looking for creativity here, not "throw it in the woods". I look forward to your ideas!
P.S.-If you get a chance, go to this website and check out the cool bag she sewed, posted on February 25th-I just may resurrect my sewing machine for one last hurrah!