Friday, March 7, 2014
Lately I've been noticing a close correlation between time and money. It's some of the important things that I don't want to spend either on. Showers and utility bills for instance.
If something in your week left an impression on you, feel free to share it here.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I finished my scarf. It went pretty smoothly. Only after it was blocked and I was seaming it did I realize that "tbl" doesn't mean to check the table, it means "through the back loop"--opps. So that's why there were some funny looking bars on one side of the leaf vein throughout the entire piece.
I'm not going to rip it out though. That's one of the benefits of not being a perfectionist. Sure, there are flaws in our carpentry, there are paint drips on our painted furniture, the deck hasn't been restained for years, and everything in the house in mismatched--including our socks. But we're not intimidated by starting projects, and we can pump some of them out at a fairly decent rate. Just don't look too close at the end result. I mentioned to someone the other day that I just wish everyone around me would just lower their expectations. It would sure make things easier for me and the rest of the non perfectionist population. "Lower your expectations"--How's that for a new year's motto?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
These two little Plain Vests flew off the needles over the weekend. I got my chunky Madelinetosh in the mail on Friday afternoon and by Monday afternoon I had them both done. The speed was partly due to the simplicity of the pattern--seamless construction, and the chunky yarn knitted on size nine needles. The other factor was that my yardage (165 yards) was bordering on not enough. I was so anxious to see if I would be able to finish the vests at all. The first vest was actually more of a swatching experiment until I found I might actually be able to complete the project.
It was exhilarating knitting so fast, but at the same time nerve-wracking "playing chicken" with my yarn yardage. And although the vests are a little bit shorter than I would like, I think I won. I finished with just four inches of yarn left to weave in. I couldn't have cut it any closer. It's interesting that this vest is the entire skein of yarn uncut. I know I said I wouldn't do it again, but it's certainly tempting to reuse this wonderful (expensive) yarn when the babies outgrow their vests. Who knows, you may see it again here sometime in another project, giving it a second life.
To finish up I sewed on the adorable wooden buttons that I found locally for just 90 cents a piece, wove in my two ends and the babies were all set to go. And that's just what these two toddlers do best.
This isn't my typical yarn along post, but we just finished listening to an audio book in the car, Nate The Great. It's a series of short funny detective stories that we all enjoyed on our car rides this past week. Nate and I occasionally consider getting our built in movie thing in the car fixed (it was broken when my brother sold us the car) but then I think about all the great books, games and conversations we'd be missing out on and I decide I like the status quo.
Linking up with Ginny and her Yarn Along.
I've never understood why so many people claim spring as their favorite season. I'm hands down a fall lovin kind of person. To me spring is mostly a muddy, drab looking place. A season of ugly yards (namely mine) of things that didn't survive the winter (namely my yellow patio table) and lots and lots of work. I realize that some people are just so tired of the cold dark winter that they'd be willing to take anything just to be able to go outside. I guess I'm just not really at odds with winter. I kind of like my hibernation and all the inside activities it allows me time for. And I'm not always ready to trade that in, to move on to the outside activities so soon.
However, this year, I'm being frequently dragged out of the house, albeit reluctantly, by two babies and a bunny. They don't seem to share the same contentment with inside activities as I do. "Outside, outside," they demand as they hand me their jackets, sweaters and hats. And knowing that we could all use some fresh air (my older two readily question the air quality outside) I shoo everyone in the back with the promise of popcorn. That usually does the trick.
And so the changing of the season, the move from in to out, the switch of activities begins led by the littlest souls and accompanied by something as familiar and comfortable as popcorn. I better go buy some more.
The hats are this purlbee pattern. So quick and easy. I'll be making more.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
With temperatures in the fifty's this past week and no rain for a while, we've been heading outside for some much needed fresh air and leg stretching. This week is the first time we've allowed Zaichik, our pet bunny, to get a taste of the free range life. We were awfully worried that she would bolt and we'd never see her again. But each and every day we're more confident that she wants to stick close to home. We keep an eye on her, but honestly, if she wanted to flee, there wouldn't be much we could do to stop her--there are just too many places she could wriggle under or through--and she's fast. I hate to deny her of any outdoor freedom though. She is a great explorer, dashing from one corner of the yard to another, inside the garage, underneath the covered patio furniture, and through my gardens. But we've always managed to bring her back in, albeit with a bit of chasing effort. Nate teases that it's time to go "wabbit hunting" when we're ready to come in.
The twins likewise are full of curiosity with their new found love of the backyard. Although they've spent already two summers out there, I'm sure their memory of the yard is limited and it all seems so new to them. It's certainly a different perspective as a big walking/running toddler than it was as a crawling/waddling baby. It really is like they never new this place existed and they want to try everything out from the slide to the swings, from the bird feeders to the garden ornaments--it's all very exciting.
What fun adventures lie ahead for these three curious friends and one great big yard.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
My good friend had an extra skein of handspun, kettle dyed Manos Wool Clasica yarn from a really beautiful infinity scarf she was knitting. Well, with half the work done, picking out the project and the yarn, how could I refuse her offer of taking the yarn off her hands and start on my own Twin Leaf Loop scarf from the gorgeous Botanical Knits book. I'm really enjoying this knit and to think that I only have to make ONE of them. It's also very exciting that the recipient of this project is myself! I get to wear this beautiful scarf. I rarely knit for myself. I'm not sure why. But this is just the right project for me at this time. And with size 11 needles, the project is moving so quickly despite Georgia's protests and her new phrase, "knitting down!"
And in honor of our new bunny, a friend shared with us a very sweet book that we decided we had to own ourselves. It's called That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown. It's a very fun story but I really love the subtle messages is sends to its readers. Louisa and I have had discussions about how loving something makes it important. And that one really really good thing is so much better than lots of "ok" things. It's made me reevaluate the toys and other things we bring into our house. And for that matter, it makes me think twice about the activities we fill our time with. Fewer great things are better than lots of good things. Does that go for chocolate too?
Joining Ginny in her Yarn Along.