Lasa Socks pattern is now available from Three Irish Girls!
I'm so excited! 3IG always makes my patterns look so good, I feel like a REAL designer :-)
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I don't have any big plans for the week, the weather is kind of chilly to take her on any outdoor outings. But she does love to go places (though she usually wants to leave as soon as we get there), so maybe we will go to the mall or I'll try a museum. Suggestions welcomed.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Hats off to you, B! May your glue gun never run out of glue sticks!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Food We (Americans) do Not Eat at Christmas:
- Smoked Salmon with Buttered Brown Bread
- Chipolatas (evidently some sort of sausage?)
- Roasted Parsnips
We do, however, share a love of the roasted turkey and the roasted potatoes.
The Queen's Christmas Day Speech: I'd gladly add this one to my holiday list. But no BBC here in the States alas.
Symbols of Christmas Good Will and Cheer:
- Mince Pies and Mulled Wine. Not Ever. Cara & I tried Mince Pies when we were in London. And immediately spit them out into our napkins. Ick. Ditto on the mulled wine.
- Pantomime (or "Panto"): Okay, I might love this. Classic stories and fairy tales performed for a family audience. I would definitely go if I could see "Nowadays, a pantomime occasionally pulls off a coup by engaging a guest star with an unquestionable thespian reputation, as was the case with the Christmas 2004 production of Aladdin that featured Sir Ian McKellen as Widow Twankey". Or Dame Edna as anyone.
And I'd definitely be up for celebrating Boxing Day (December 26). More presents!
I'm excited, and a little nervous. Because committing to a whole year of projects is a little intimidating. Especially when said projects are done mostly on tiny needles. But it should be interesting, and give me something to blog about on a regular basis. Whether you, Dear Reader, find said blog posts interesting is another question.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
P, Katie & I will be heading to The Cabin to share Thanksgiving with relatives, yay! Oh. Lulu is coming too, probably much to Logan's horror (5 year old Logan is terrified of all animals. That's my girl)
This group is tons of fun, always loud, always ready for a game or a drink. Just don't think that Zaide will be kind to the small children when they play games. She's cutthroat.
We are waiting for our Turkey Day food assignments (hurry B!) and also plan to cook a breakfast, so that we can use some of the yummy recipes from the "Good Montana Morning" we bought at our Knitting Retreat in Whitefish.
I'll then be heading over to Seattle to spend the week with Mom. And maybe get a little Xmas shopping done.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I love Victorian knitting books, and I have most of the "Weldon's Practical Needlework" collection published by Piecework. These books are full of wonderful (and weird) patterns for all kinds of things to knit.
So I am thinking of launching a project in 2012. Working my way through Volume I of the series, knitting every pattern. This would probably take ALL of my knitting time for the year. And I'd end up with a lot of socks, plus various garments and accessories.
If I do it, I'll probably set up a new blog to record my progress (so as not to bore those readers who couldn't care less about my knitting life). And maybe I can parlay this into an article or something for Piecework...
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I'm working on a few Christmas gifts. Some are coming along great, some not so much...
Here's Hadley's "Bitty Baby" Christmas sweater (shhh, don't tell her she's getting an American Girl doll!) I just need to sew on the buttons. Turned out pretty cute! I'm making a matching sweater for the Mama. Meg says she will die. Katie says this is almost as good as getting a horse. And BTW "why didn't I get the horse I asked for?!" I know Katie, we could've done it. I mean, we had a back yard and all. We were mean parents.
And this one is headed to the trash. Tony (and Cara of course) LOVE the English Football League. You can ask them for the standings at any given moment and they will update you. They can instantly identify Tottenham and Wigan Athletic. So I thought this Manchester United Hat would be a no-brainer for Tonsy. Except it's BIG. Even if you have a big head (which Pooh does), it's too big. I will probably send it anyway, he can put it with all the other things I've knit for him that he will never wear.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Selfishly, I'm a tiny bit glad she didn't win the position. Because that means maybe she will have a few free minutes to spend with me when I come to town. Northshore's loss, my gain.
B, I am so proud of you and all you do. You're a fantastic sister, daughter, wife, mom, grandma, friend and citizen. Your house is always clean and beautifully decorated (ditto on your cabin), your garden is delightful, your gift dept. at work is the BEST in the state, you cook like a dream, you work out EVERY DAY (ok, that one is a little irritating), you are endlessly inventive in dreaming up activities for the babies, and you always have a funny story to tell. Really, your only weak point is that you like "Survivor".
I couldn't have gotten a better sister. And the family is lucky that we'll have more time with you. Yay for us, too bad so sad for N'shore.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Lucky for me, Pia LOVES to bake. She is a veritable tornado of flour, butter and cocoa powder. And when I browsed through this month's Martha Stewart Living and saw this 6 Layer Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake...well, I knew it was synchronicity.
I showed her the mag, she did the rest. And cleaned up her mess too :-) I'm waiting for her to get home to have a piece of this for dessert.
Even though I'm not a huge cake fan, this combo of sweet and salty sounds perfect.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Here's my list:
- Toby Tyler (Susna, you will be the only other reader who remembers this one)
- Big Top Pee-Wee
- a Charlie Chaplin movie called "The Circus"
- anything with midgets or clowns
- Cecil B. De Mille's "The Greatest Show on Earth"
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Here are some pix of my favorite trick-or-treaters (not including Princess Lucy of course):
Army Man Mike and his buddy Russell the Mummy. Mike hid out in the bushes waiting for me to arrive, so he could scare me. I was a little bit late, so no idea how long the poor guy had to crouch out there. But I was terrified by his "boo" :-)
It's not officially Halloween until you have taken the "dead bodies" shot
Liam was some sort of Ninja-Clown mashup. Terrifying.
Al stuck with the classic Vampire. Never goes out of style. Especially when said Vampire is posing with 20 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
RJ in the mandatory 6th Grade Boy Costume: be as gory and hideous as you possibly can.