Tuesday, October 30, 2007
is what Baby Sister is becoming. She just doesn't look or act like a baby anymore. I don't think I'll be changing her blog name anytime soon, though, as there isn't likely to be any more babies around here. At this point she's at the age where people start to say, "time for another one!" (as if they hadn't noticed my eyes trying to look in three directions at once or my unwashed hair graying before their very eyes, but I digress). And indeed, with the boys, I was really thinking about "another one" when they were about this age. We originally intended for Little Brother to be the last baby; J actually wanted to get a vasectomy. I talked him out of it on the grounds that people do not do something irreversibe like that at the age of 24, for Pete's sake, but maybe there was more to it than that. I didn't feel like I was done.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I think I have made friends with my drop spindle. The learning curve for this has been pretty steep (hmmm - reminds me of when I started knitting!), but now that I've worked through the four ounces of roving I started with I feel like my hands are learning what to do. I got three small skeins of two-ply yarn out of it. This one, the last one, is my favorite:
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
J and I try to get away every year for our anniversary. In the past, we've done overnight trips, but Baby Sister's still a little young for that. Last year, we did the classic dinner-and-a-movie (even boring dates rock when you don't usually get to go on dates!) and this Saturday we went out for the afternoon.
Monday, October 22, 2007
This originally started out as a hat. I had some pretty chunky yarn, I thought at the time I'd be making the turtleneck shrug from Scarf Style in a similar color, and I wanted to be all cute and matchy-matchy. You know, to fool people into thinking I've got it together.
Surprisingly, none of that actually happened; the shrug didn't look right and got frogged, and I ran out of yarn on the hat. I finished it with a different color, but I didn't really like that either, so in the end I ripped back to before I has started decreasing, bound off, and called it a neckwarmer.
I wore said neckwarmer a couple of weeks ago when I went on the Providence ghost tour (fun fun!) and was honestly surprised to get several compliments on it. My sister also told me I should make them for the craft fair, and one for her too. I will definitely be doing that, and I am also posting the (super simple) pattern here. Enjoy! Also enjoy the closeup of my nostrils!
yarn: any chunky-weight yarn, I used Jo Sharp Silk Road Ultra in cardomom
needles: US size 11 circular/ double-pointed needles
gauge: 14st/18 rows = 4" in st st
finished size: about 15" circumference unstretched, but it's really stretchy
CO 63 st. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rounds 1-4: work in k4, p3 ribbing.
Round 5: *sl 2 st to cable needle, allow to hang in front of your work, k2, k2 from cable needle (or try this!), p3, repeat from *.
Repeat rounds 1 - 5 three more times.
Work 3 rounds of k4, p3 ribbing.
BO in pattern. Weave in ends. Block gently.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
No, really, she has a new blog and her Ravelry name's lilypotter. Go say hi!
So, the knitting. It has not all been forsaken in favor of spinning (yet). (I did venture into the land of plying, though, and it was pretty awesome.) I finished up J's mittens in time for our anniversary. Here they are, modeled by Big Brother:
I've also worked a bit on the Roza's socks for my mom's birthday in November. I've finished the first sock, and I am currently doing battle with SSS. Because, at the time, I thought re-winding the yarn into two balls would be a bigger pain in the ass. Rethinking that now. I'm trying to focus just on these, which will hopefully ward off that sense of distraction. I think having so many things going at once may have been a contributing factor. It can be bloody boring, but I know myself well enough to know I better finish before the wheel arrives (release date: October 21 - squee!).
At this rate, that Christmas list isn't getting any shorter . . .
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
- The weather cooperating beautifully.
- My sister painting her toenails while wearing both her bridesmaid dress and her shoes, and my mother looking horrified.
- My brother, so excited to be wearing a tux. (He was 9 at the time.) He kept pretending he was James Bond.
- The only person I saw getting misty-eyed: my dad.
- Big Brother toddling into the reception with his grandparents, looking terrified of all the people.
- How pretty I thought my flowers were.
- J, being perfect.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I have this evil little voice that lives in the back of my head. Do you have one of those? Mine is constantly devising ways to make me insane.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
So did you think that the "cool kids" didn't take SAT prep classes? Wrong!
They're trying to set up a real fiber community at Slater Mill, and I hope there's a lot of interest. It's a pretty place, and it's just such a cool idea to be able to, say, take a spinning class at the first textile mill in the country. A reverse Industrial Revolution, maybe?
By the way, I edited that last post, about the k'nex swift, to include directions, if anybody's interested. :)
Friday, October 5, 2007
Okay, I'm re-doing this post to include directions on building a k'nex swift. I've seen a couple of them on blogs and on craftster, but no instructions. So here's how I made mine.
You take off the little tan piece at the top of the base, put the swift part on top of the gray post, and replace the tan piece. Give it a spin!
Next, you snap these red bars into the pieces on the ends of the swift:
Finally, you can put on your yarn and happily wind away.
Now I guess I need to make a ball winder. That seems a bit more complicated, though. :)
Posted by jenfromRI at 6:05 PM
Okay, I confess. My kids do not, for the most part, have cute matchy-matchy pajama sets. They sleep in sweatpants, hand-me-down tee shirts from my brother, cotton shorts that they've pretty much outgrown but are unwilling to part with. This is not normally a big deal, except for pajama day.
This week and next week grades 3-6 at their school are taking the NECAP test. No, I have no idea what NECAP stands for, and I'm too lazy to look it up. It's one of the standardized tests, and while Big Brother regards it as I always did - a bit of a break from the everyday - a lot of kids get pretty stressed about it. So the school has "spirit weeks," with a different theme for every day. So far they've had twin day, school colors day, Hawaiian day, and now pajama day.
So Little Brother comes downstairs this morning, has his breakfast, and starts heading for his playroom. I remind him that he needs to get dressed.
"It's pajama day," he tells me.
I explain that doesn't actually mean you can just wear whatever you wore to bed last night, and he goes upstairs to put on some clean pajamas.
He comes down a few minutes later wearing something of the outgrown-clothes-they-don't-want-to-get-rid-of variety. It's a tee shirt he painted with fabric paint and a pair of red shorts. The shirt shows about two inches of belly, and the shorts are essentially Daisy Dukes. He is flabbergasted that I won't let him wear this to school.
"But it's pajama day!"
I send him up to try again. This time he comes down in one of the few matchy-matchy sets he does have: a camouflage-patterned long-sleeve thermal shirt and pants. It's supposed to be 85 degrees today. Now he's really getting mad.
I have to say here I wasn't as patient as I ought to have been. My excuse is that I got about four hours of sleep last night, one in the chair in Baby Sister's room, the rest on the couch with her curled up on me. Fricking teething.
Anyway, he finally ended up in cut-off sweatpants (because he loves them very much and they cannot be thrown away when the knees go) and his tie-dyed tee shirt he got in Lake George. Big Brother, thankfully, found something acceptable without incident.
I am so looking forward to naptime today.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
I am so bad with secrets. I don't keep them very well, and I don't particularly enjoy having then kept from me. And I'm not talking here about bad secrets, mean secrets, I'm talking about nice things, like I-wonder-what's-in-that-big-wrapped-box-with-my-name-on-it kind of secrets. J totally exploits this, buying my Christmas/birthday present wicked early, wrapping it, and leaving it in a prominent place. Oh, how the ones we love know how to torture us.
The secrets thing really rears its ugly head at this time of year, because I'm working away at all these projects, and most of them are gifts for family, and I can't tell them what they are. Plus, now I actually have some people I know who will occasionally peruse this blog, so I can't write about them here either. And one of them especially is so sweet and I want very much to share!!
I can only hope that I won't crack before Christmas. Wish me luck.
Posted by jenfromRI at 10:53 AM
Monday, October 1, 2007
This weekend the boys and I made some felted beads. We used this tutorial from knitty, and it was really fun. Essentially you roll the roving loosely in your hands, then you can add more and more pressure as it starts to felt. Not all of them felted completely, but that's okay. Now I just need to get some more colors of roving to make some more. :)
And, lastly, I've been working on a bunch of hats for the craft fair. To avoid going insane with boredom, I've been experimenting a little with knitting them sideways. I think this hat is knit that way, although I didn't use a pattern. The first one, in garter stitch, came out, um, a little big, but I did a second in stockinette and I kind of like it. The second picture is blurry, but you can still see how the top looks. The next experiment will be to see if I can get rid of the seam by using a provisional cast-on and grafting it at the end. Hopefully that will work out.