Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yarn along

It's time to focus on my son's overdue Christmas gift. I finally finished the first sock! So what if it's four months overdue -- I figure he will not be wearing them any time soon since the weather is turning warmer. They will be perfect for this coming fall and winter.

Back to the sweater - My husband got a great shot of it for me to enter into a contest to win some yarn. I think he nailed it!

I'm still working my way through Jimmy Carter's book, but I decided to pick up another fiction book on the grades 9-12 OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) list. I just started, but as far as I can tell, Dirty Little Secrets is about a teen who lives with a hoarding family. Which leads to a confession - I love the show Hoarders. I find it fascinating to try to understand what life events (or events) leads people to hoarding. For the ones who are able to turn their lives around, I find myself cheering for them.

Happy knitting and reading everyone! Link up at Yarn Along!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Breaking a leg - in a good way

The high school's spring musical for this year is The Wedding Singer. It's a great show because the kids are doing a great job!

Brianna is the lead makeup/hair designer again, but she also has a part in the ensemble. At last night's understudy show she dressed up in my wedding dress and danced the opening number.

I have to admit that I got a little misty-eyed while watching her.

All of the girls were commenting on how big the butt bow is. I told them to watch out - trends do tend to come back around.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yarn along

I decided that after spending 3+ months working on the sweater I wanted something quick to make. Instant gratification is sometimes necessary for knitters.

Even though the weather has turned to spring, I decided to make a hat. I found some wonderful yarn (Berroco Flicker) during the Rose City Yarn Crawl. The shop that I bought it from had a sample hat made out of it, but when I went to find the hat pattern online, the website was gone. Thank goodness for Ravelry, where I found Knit Night hat.

It met the need for a gratifying quick knit. The hat is super soft and squishy and will be perfect for a cool day.

As far as reading goes, I'm working through Jimmy Carter's new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power. He doesn't hold back the punches in discussing the role of religion in suppressing women.

Link up at Yarn Along!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Yarn along

IT'S DONE!!! What a relief! As much as I love this sweater - not as much as the girl wearing it - I am so glad to be done with it! Time to move on to other projects (for me!).

The only thing that I am not happy with is that the button below the top one is too far down. But, that can be overlooked. Because this sweater is done!

Now to finish those socks. And my book, Wildwood.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014


Spring will make you do unusual things.

Today I found myself putting on sunscreen. That does not happen very often in April in Oregon.

Then I found myself taking the dog on a walk to the post office.

Where I mailed actual hand written cards and letters. That does not happen very often either.

Spring is surprisingly and wonderfully strange. Even if it makes you sneeze way too much.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Yarn along

What a week this has been! I was so hopeful that I would get that sweater done. Friday night I finished the neck collar and I had an uneasy feeling. It seemed way too small. I had Brianna try it on and sure enough, it was way too small.

I racked my brain trying to figure out where I went wrong. As I looked up pictures of other projects on Ravelry, I noticed that they all had one thing in common that I was missing - a long incline from the button band to the top of the shoulders.

Monday night I took out the neck band and racked my brain over what I could have done wrong. I had a sneaking suspicion, but honestly I was in denial about that.

Yesterday I went to visit a local yarn shop and they confirmed my suspicion. I made the button band too long. As I hung my head feeling on the verve of tears, one of the shop gals tried encouraging me by saying, "It's okay. You'll get it done." I told her I knew I would. The other shop gal just said, "Shit happens." I looked at her, smiled, and said, "Yes, apparently it does."

Yesterday afternoon I did this:

And last night I picked up stitches (correctly) again for that damn button band. *Sigh* But, hey! I get to learn from my mistakes, right?!

As far as reading, I'm moving along in Widwood. It reminds me a bit of Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, except that it's a little more wordy.

Link up at Yarn Along!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

That went fast

This past week was spring break for us. The week seemed to go by super fast. At first I did not make any particular plans since I was scheduled to work most of the week. But, like any week, things began to fill in the days.

Brianna ended up going with a friend to a week long drama camp with Staged! They worked from 9-5 every day and on Saturday presented a one-hour show of Spamalot.

They all did a fantastic job! We could not believe how well the show went for only having a week to get the songs, dancing and script all together. This has been one of my proudest moments as a parent - having my daughter play a taunting French guard!

Alex had a few days where he got together with some friends. But on Thursday, he and Brian took off for the Redwoods to meet up with some other folks to camp. They returned Friday night because the rain washed them out.

Now it is Sunday. I told the kids they could not plan anything because they needed to be home to do any forgotten homework and work on cleaning up their rooms. School starts early tomorrow morning!