Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Last week was very busy with a Christmas dinner, a youth group meeting, a Cantata and a Homeschool Parent night for our co-op. Whew! It was fun, but I'm glad all those things are checked off and done.

Sumo thong: machine felted and stretched over a box.

Between piano lessons, math and language arts, buying and cooking food for 90 women, I did manage to squeeze in another step for my mom's gift - felting. And after a trip to a local yarn store to check my knitting pattern (I was doing something wrong and couldn't figure out what. Thankfully they were a great help!), I ripped out what I had begun and restarted the next step.

We also had a moment of quiet to enjoy some cookie-making with the kids. I was thankful that this year's dough event went smoothly, and everyone enjoyed themselves.

In past years, I either:
a. made the cookies myself
b. didn't make cookies
c. ended up in a foul mood while making cookies

You know... having to listen to bickering about who gets the rolling pin first, which cookie cutter is better, 'he made more than I did', etc etc etc. Sort of squelches the festive mood!

This year there was none of that! We only made 1 type ~ Cocoa Spice ~ our favorite. Sometimes we decorate them with marbled icing but mostly they remain simple and unadorned. Their appeal is more their taste than their prettiness. Very good with coffee. Full and spicy!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Sumo Thong?

I started a Christmas project during the springtime for my mom. I can't tell you what it is because that would give away the surprise. But I can share with you a step in the process: I knit the first portion and stitched it together. Oddly enough it reminded me of something.

Part of a sumo wrestler's outfit?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Need for a Hand Model

I finished my first pair of fingerless mitts using double-pointed needles! The first one took me many many hours to complete. I had to get accustomed to holding the needles and making sure my 'corners' were nice and tight. It was ridiculously slow. But the second one was so easy I wondered why it had taken me so long to even attempt dpns. Now that it's done, I'll be making a second pair for me and then a pair for my daughter with some size adjustments.

I do have to say however, where are the hand models with the beautiful photogenic hands? You know... the ones used for Palmolive ads? Or the ones showing off diamond rings? My hands are slightly wide, need a good dose of lotion (my kids say I have 'snake skin' hands), and I've never liked my fingernails, so don't look at that part of the photo, okay? I knit a 2/2 rib on size 7 dpns with half a skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca in #6275 "Pea Soup Mix". Apropos name, I think.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Knitting Bug

My daughter has caught the knitting bug, but unfortunately her ability is behind her good intentions. However, she has just mastered purling. I told her that now a whole new world has opened up to her. We recently visited a yarn shop and purchased several hanks or skeins of various colors for some Christmas projects she has in mind. Hopefully they'll be finished in time or else a little knitting elf (or in my case a large elf) will be helping her along.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Snow Day!

We woke early this morning to this:

Yippee! No homeschooling today. No sirree!

The first snowfall of the season (in this part of the world). It's barely three inches, but the kids wolfed down breakfast, donned themselves in full anti-snow apparel and stayed out 'til lunch.

Grilled cheese sandwiches!

Then after warming and drying their snow gear, wolfing down their lunches and using the bathroom BEFORE redressing, they returned to a 2nd round of snow play and I was left to:

... Trying my 1st attempt at knitting in the round using double-pointed needles. It will hopefully be a pair of fingerless mitts.

...Using my swift to wind the recycled sweater yarn. I bought a thrift store sweater over a year ago, unraveled it while watching LOST season 1 on dvd, tied it off so that the yarn would not get tangled and let it wait in a pile (with many other yarn balls from recycled sweaters) 'til it could get a proper washing. Needless to say, it sat and sat and sat. Until a few days ago when I gently handwashed it, let it drip dry over my tub and wound it into a usable ball of 'new' yarn. Now, what to do with it...

...Cleaning the house a bit.

...Listening to Beethoven for my composer class.

...Chopping veggies and onions for Moroccan Lentil Soup for dinner from this cookbook.

...Admiring our almost-finished kitchen. Notice the pantry still needs doors and the molding needs touch-up painting.

...Hoping for another snow day soon.