Yarn Therapy

Renewal, down to the fiber of my being.....(snicker)!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Our Trip to the Farm

Amelia has been asking lately to go to a farm. We honored her request today by taking her to the Old Mine Ranch, just 15 minutes from where we live. It was perfect for her. They had ponies to ride, animals to feed, a hayride, moon bounce, tunnels, sandbox, and just lots of farmy goodness. One of the sheep got injured while we were there and they had to catch it and wash it. Fun to watch. Amelia loved the ponies the best. We got some pictures of the highlights. One really nice thing: Amelia didn't cry when we had to leave! Icing on the cake.

Some pics!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

I Can't Resist A Good Meme

Three Things That Scare Me

=Car accidents

=George Bush

=Who we'll elect next?

Three People Who Make Me Laugh:


Three Things I Love:

-chocolate — and lots of it!
-Knitting (duh)
-being a mom

Three Things I Hate:

-loud, inconsiderate people

Three Things I Don’t Understand:

-Why we should be interested in the love-lives of celebrities
-How mancala works

Three Things On My Desk:

-pictures of Amelia
-little handblown glass teapot with fish inside

Three Things I’m Doing Right Now:

-blog entry
-feeling thirsty
-preparing to frog several rows of Camellia

Three Things I Want To Do Before I Die:

-have grandchildren
-travel more
-go to a knitting retreat or cruise

Three Things I Can Do:

-accumulate junk
-talk to children in ways most adults can't

Three Things I Can’t Do:

-manage money
-fix things mechanical
-find a good friend in Woodbridge!

Three Things I Think You Should Listen To:

-your gut instinct
-your children

Three Things You Should Never Listen To:

-your critical inner voice
-mean people
-music you don't like

Three Things I’d Like To Learn:

-money management!
-world history
-more complicated knitting

Three Favorite Foods:

-Really good Mexican
-Turkey and gravy

Three Shows I Watched As A Kid:

-The Bugaloos

-Family Affair

-I Love Lucy

Three Things I Regret:

-thinking I was fat when I really wasn’t
-Not paying attention in Geometry class in 10th grade
-Not making better friends in grad school

Monday, April 16, 2007

Latest Knitting Progress

OK, so here are some pics of my recent projects, namely, Camelia, my ipod cozy, the Inside Out Sock, and the beginning of a gift sock for my friend, Claire.

Camelia is a Stefanie Japel design from her website and I

decided to use two strands of Karaoke (soysilk/wool from SWTC) in Fur Elise. I love the effect this is getting: not stripes, but a nice blended effect. I know a lot of knitters seem to hate orange, but I think even orange-haters could tolerate this combination of orange, lavender and brown. It is also hopefully hiding some of the errors I have made but reluctant to rip out. Yes, that is the hardest thing for me, still. I am definitely better but I still don't qualify for perfectionist status by any means.

I am not wild about how the Monsoon pooled on the Inside Out sock, but the sock was fun to do with the toe-up construction and the short-row heel. It kept me sane when I was sick as a dog with pneumonia last month. The Cascade Fixation sock for my friend is seeming very quick and easy by comparison. I love those colors, so I may have to make some for myself, however, if making two socks is a challenge due to SSS, how would I do with four?

I welcome comments on all of the above!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

My Busy Girl Gets a New Sweater

I am so proud of my darling daughter. We went on an Easter Egg Hunt yesterday at the local shopping center. She was on a mission. At one point, we got waylaid in the paint store where they had toys!

When left to her own devices, she puts together some amazing outfits. Notice the two shoes and the enormous pants are on backwards.

I made this sweater, hoping that she'll be able to pair it with just about anything in her wardrobe. (Note, the colors are truer to life in the previous post). I am very proud of this because I followed my resolution to use good finishing techniques and I think it paid off.

Amelia got adventurous later and decided to try using chopsticks to eat her Chinese food. She did pretty well!

Now I must choose my next project! Hmmmm....so many things I want to make. I know I should do the other Inside Out sock. I suffer from extreme SSS (Single Sock Syndrome). There should be a sock exchange where people make one sock and trade them to another for the other sock (make sense?)

Stay tuned to find out!

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