Saturday, March 31, 2007
INBA's class met at the National Aviary on Friday. We had a very nice presentation where the children showed off their enthusiasm and then had a walk around the Aviary.
Here is a very interesting page about the peregrine falcons nesting on the Cathedral of Learning, it has a territory dispute 'caught on web cam' !
The Aviary is pretty neat, if you haven't been, I recommend.
Anyway, this is INBA standing next to a crane... you know, the graceful crane that inspires so much japanese art? LOOK how BIG it is! I wish I had a picture of it with its head up, it is as tall as me!
And then there was this bird.
That did this! The keeper was speechless!
I guess this is not common behaviour with so many spectators. (It was feeding time.)
Friday events continued with INBA taking his first picture with Mommy's digital camera.
The REAL fun of Friday...
Was at Joseph-Beth booksellers in the South Side at 7 pm.
The Celtic Queen saved seats to see/hear the Yarn Harlot. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this. Maybe it's just because I like to laugh. Maybe it is just because I like to knit my socks without anyone looking at me funny ('cuz they are all knitting their socks, too.) Maybe it is just because I got out of the house.
Whatever it is, I have a new book to read and I have pictures to prove it.
It's Laurie, Me and the Celtic Queen.
oh, and of course, this is Stephanie... holding my sock.
I don't even know what to say...
how about, "great bohus!"
Dang, wish I had thought of that!
What can Top That?
I am hoping that some hand dyed yarn can come close. The Mister made me a PVC niddy noddy just a few minutes ago. So now I am going to try and find instructions on how to wind the yarn on it...ah, this tells me how. I think I am going to have to play with it a bit.
Then I need to soak my yarn and then I need to be patient until tomorrow afternoon when Laurie and CQ (and the boys) come over.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
The Celtic Queen's favorite LYS allowed me to buy what you see but then refuses any more of my business! I was told that they would order the other 10 balls that I need on the 1st of March when I was in the store. I called last Saturday and the woman who helped me seemed baffled. "I will call you Monday." she says... Well, she didn't. I can take a hint. So I ordered my yarn from SpinBlessing. I haven't received it, yet. But then, it has only been two days. *sigh* It's like waiting for your *birthday* and then your party is postponed.
I guess working on my hat to Represent for Yarn Harlot has gotten my Fair Isle Mojo working... probably good to be anxious for the yarn to arrive, maybe get a running start. I only have 9 months until Christmas, 10 'til his birthday, I need all the momentum I can muster.
This is the state of a Spring Holiday project. I made a ball out of some bernat ladder yarn (I tossed the lable, oops) that I bought at Michael's for a dollar (on sale- obviously not worth more:) and pulled one end from each side to work this scarf... it grabs onto itself with more passion than I have seen in a while! So annoying. I am trying to knit as far as I can before cutting and sacrificing yardage. Never Surrender!
I think it is the Moon.
Check out what my sock yarn did! It didn't just burp, it pretty much tossed its lunch.
It is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Cotton Multiringel color 2210.
But, I am in Love... ok, blind infatuation.
I adapted a eyelet chevron pattern for the round and look how great it is!! I am so hooked (I think it is the purl ridge that does it for me)... have to limit myself to only one repeat, otherwise... well, a girl needs her sleep. I guess these will get done faster than anticipated. They can't stay relegated to intermitent-waits-while-out-and-about time.
This is a problem, though. I wanted to have my Green Socks be my fancy at home sock knitting and this be the carry around. My Cardigan is languishing on the end of the family room sofa and I can hardly think about anything other than the Mister's BHFI!! I may need to be disciplined and keep these as carry along and turn my attention to my cardi. I bet I could get most of it done before the rest of the Heilo arrives.
Do you think any of this has something to do with the onset of spring and the blooming oak trees and sunshine and the warmth that has blessed our neighborhood? Startitis to go along with the itchy, watery eyes and stuffy nose? (and yes, Laurie, I have been eating the spring honey all winter.)
*shameless plug for the upcoming birthday of someone we know and love...ME!*
Monday, March 26, 2007
His egg broke after only two wacks, but the yolk was pretty hard and made it to the finish line!
I told him that I took this picture for evidence of child labor when CPS calls. He didn't think it was funny. Brick laying is a life skill. And besides, you help break it, you help fix it.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I finished Eldest's requested cable vest last night. I crept into his room, while he was sleeping, and draped it across his dresser.
Isn't the picture beautiful?
What? You think this is the Emperor's New Vest?
*sigh* This was the conversation this morning...
"Eldest? Did you see what I left you?"
"I put it in my drawer."
"Ugh! Go try it on!"
"It looks penty big, maybe too big."
"Go try it on anyway."
"I thought you were going to try on your vest?"
"I did. It fits. Maybe a little big."
"I want to see. Go try it again."
"See, it's a little big."
"No, that fits very nicely. What do you think? Do you like it?"
"Yeah, I am going to take it off, now."
*sigh* the enthusiasm is overwhelming.
Maybe I will knit Mr. H. another dinosaur, just for the love.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Eldest is rather unimpressed by my creative outbursts. The hat is useful, it is the only one around, so he wears it. Scarf, similar story. The purple school vest, well, it is school color purple. Daddy's Blue Cable Sweater? Well, that is kinda cool, it has a cable. Everything he saw after that with a cable, "Mommy! You can do that!" Why yes, Mommy can.
So, Mommy, wanting to please her man-child, lets him pick out the yarn and sets to making him another vest-- with a cable (ok, basic braid, but let's not split yarns, ok?) He is anxious, he wants it to be done in time for Easter. No problem. Mommy quit working on her cardigan to get his vest done.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
There is no picture for this post... it is one of those things you hear and you know.
There is a suburban male mowing his lawn, right now! And surely this is not just any ordinary suburban male, this one is a plain over-achiever, desirous of the ego satiating most-meticulously-maintained-yard-on-the-block award. You can just smell the Alpha scent.
Hey, Mister! You better get crackin'! You don't want anyone talkin' 'bout ya over the hedges...
Monday, March 12, 2007
|You Are A Little Snobby|
And being a little snobby every once and a while is totally allowed.
Because if no one was ever snobby, no one would ever try to dress up or look pretty.
And while you do enjoy the finest things in life (that you can afford), you tire of superficiality.
You know there's more to life than what's just on the surface.
It was question number 5 that gave me away.
I have been trying for a few days to get a picture of the Cardinal that has been looking for a good place to nest in the yard. My neighbor ripped out the bushes that lined our yards, destroying privacy and nesting ground. The Mister says he has been seeing a Blue Jay around lately, too.
I love love love this yarn. It feels like butter on my feet. Yum!
Thursday, March 08, 2007
I circled the two closest prints... and those are my petite size 8.5 shoe prints up and down my front walk...
What on earth is stalking here!!
The closest I could find in my googling...
We do usually have a bunch of rabbits running around the neighborhood in the spring. I didn't realize that they leave such a large track!
Unless of course, it isn't a rabbit.
But I checked all the scary stuff I could think of... no moutain lion, no bear, no ginourmous killer deer, no fox or wolf... I am comfortable with it being a rabbit.
If you can tell me for sure, please do.
One must really be careful in Suburbia.
Distractions needed when contemplating Wild Life...
The wilds of socks are much less scary.
Unless that means knitting at 8spi a yarn that is perfectly happy at 6.5 or 7.
But I did get guage on the beautiful size 0s that the Celtic Queen bestowed upon me.
Next step, instep. heh.
Really, we must begin with the toe, but that didn't amuse me.
Is it Friday, yet?
Monday, March 05, 2007
Saturday, March 03, 2007
I did find something nice in my mailbox. The Celtic Queen was a)feeling sorry for me, b)indulging instant gratification or c) being nice to me and left me some Crystal Palace Bamboo 6inch double pointed needles--size 0 in my mailbox. She isn't spoiling, but this is the size required for the pattern that I do not yet have. Does it make it better or worse to have tools in hand and nothing to swatch? Hmmm. I double checked the front porch this evening-- just to be sure-- so I am fondling my skinny needles.
But that is ok, cuz I am smart. Stop laughing. It said so right in the February 2007 issue of Child Magazine. And I quote:
Are Breastfed Babies Smarter? (no, my mother did not breastfeed me, but read on) Yes, but that's likely because their mothers are too. Researchers from the British Medical Research Council report that maternal IQ accounts for most of the difference between breastfed and non-breastfed babies' intelligence levels. But breast milk does help protect against infection and certain illnesses.
There you go, next time someone gives you stupid and selfish and just plain wrong reasons that they are not going to breastfeed their precious child... just tell them 'stupid is as stupid does.' -- as gently as you can.
I think I shall go tuck in my brilliant little boys, now. :)
Friday, March 02, 2007
In case you didn't get enough of the Pea, here's another. Isn't he scrumptious?!?!
He is a scandanavian boy, no hair under that hat! When he does get it, it will be lovely curls of flaxen gold. Lucky dog.
Who needs to be a dog when one could be a shark!!
A shot or two from the tank of the sharks you don't want to pet at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
You know the boys love that.
Can you spot the animal in this picture?
INBA even fed the Lorikeets! He always wanted to, but was too scared. He did great, this time!
Should I tell you that I have a skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Lorikeet colorway?
Yes, I had to purchase it because I missed the birds.
We had to sit on the runway at PIT for 3 hours the evening-turned-night that we left for LAX because of bad weather. So, me being me, opted to not sit in the car for the drive to LEGOLAND, but to suck it up and go to Disneyland (the much much shorter drive) with the boys.
Oh, for those who would know... it is shorter to drive from Long Beach to Disneyland in Anaheim than it is to drive from my house to Costco, time- wise. Of course, I love Costco waaaaay more than Disneyland.
The boys, however, love Union Station more than anything. Ok, maybe it is the trains and the MetroRail ride to get there, but it is none-the-less the premier destination for Mayhem children.
So what of the knitting? Did I take a vacation from that? Hardly! I knit INBA a 'shark' hat which is really the Whale of a Tail hat by Cabin Fever. And it is red. If I was more confident and had the mental energy to do so, I would design an actual shark hat and mitten and maybe even scarf (like the dragon) set for the boy. I will put it on the wouldn't-it-be-nice-to-do list.