Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Finances have been pretty tight for me lately with recent vet bills, my trip home to MN and acupuncture treatments consuming what little extra money I have each month. So, I've been watching the Yarn CSA on Etsy as the number of shares has dropped steadily for weeks waiting for my checkbook to have a little money in it. I've been sharing my excitement about the CSA with friends and cheered as they bought their shares. Well, when the number of available shares recently plunged, due in part to the Martha's Vineyard Fiber Festival and in part to recent publicity, I snatched one up.
Why would I buy something I can't exactly afford at the moment? If you ask Paul, he'd tell you he is really glad I did because now I don't have to keep updating him on how many shares are left. Based on how often I felt the need to share those numbers with him, I knew I would be sad if I missed my chance to participate in this opportunity. It isn't just the yarn that is of interest to me, although I am excited about that too. It is really about the idea of participating in the success of the CSA business model. If Susan succeeds at this, she will be paving the way for other small fiber farmers to offer Yarn CSAs. I want to be able to knit with yarn that I know is from animals that are loved and well cared for and I like feeling a connection to the creature my fiber comes from.
Plus, baby goats are so dang cute! Don't believe me? Then check out one of Susan's blog posts.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
My mom's birthday was in February, but since I knew I'd be visiting her in April, I decided to take her out for high tea to celebrate belatedly. She thought we should wear hats or really, it seems she thought I should wear a hat and she should laugh at me and my silly hat!
The St. Paul Hotel. It was delicious and I loved having that much time to sit still and talk with my mom. We were both a bit jittery from all that tea and had to switch to chamomile in the middle! We both talk fast to begin with but put caffeine in us and we can cover a lot of content in a short amount of time.
Sally and Mike over a tasty Mexican Lasagna dinner one evening. And, I had a good bit of time to get caught up with my dad. He fed me delicious homemade pizza with mushrooms that he had foraged for and then sent me on my trip home with leftovers.
Ever notice how much I talk about food? I like good food and it seems I like people who like good food. (Jessy, I still like you even though you like to eat ramen noodles :) There has to be an exception to every rule.)
Lastly, here are some words of wisdom from the bathroom wall at the Seward Cafe.
AlterKnits. It was a bad bad bad idea. I gave up after laboring through about six torturous rows. It was good that Jessy pulled through with the boa to help add a little more fun to the day.
Crepe Paper + Knitting = Hand Cramps and GrumpinessI mostly took photos of Grandma that day, but I also made sure to capture the newest baby in the family and the family baby tamer.
Taylor and JessyI am really glad I was able to be there for Grandma's birthday party. I witnessed lots of special little moments, like seeing her face when she saw the photos from her past that had been put into a DVD photo album. I also thought it was really neat that one of the resident's of the home brought her autograph book to show my grandma. The book had a note that my grandma had written to her in German when they worked together at the local hospital soon after my grandma's immigration. The woman doesn't know German and was hoping my grandma could translate the note for her. When my grandma came to the US from Germany she didn't speak English. She had formed some sort of friendship with this woman despite the language barrier and that note has been there as a hidden message of friendship throughout the past 70 years.
My other grandma, Grandma Shirley, is currently going through chemo treatment for breast cancer. I wasn't able to make it to her house in Wisconsin during my visit, but I spent time with my dad who sees her regularly, so I passed on some love for her in the form of knitted hats.
Remember this hat?
In no particular order...
Mark and Jerri are pregnant! Jerri was in the last day of her 7th month when I got together with them to see their new apartment and have a great dinner at the French Meadow Bakery. Dinner was delicious and the company was excellent as always. I got a chance to witness Jerri satisfying her ongoing pregnancy cravings of hot water at the restaurant.
Bib O' Love from Mason Dixon Knitting and the GRRR! washcloth from Knitty.
Sweet Baby Cap.
I made Joanne the Friday scarf from the now defunct MagKnits website. It is knit out of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The weekend before my trip, I attended a workshop with Joan McGowan-Michael through the MetroWest Knitting Guild.
The workshop was held at the New Art Center in Newtonville.
flirty little knitted things. Joan had a sample there that may have inspired me to knit a skirt!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Many, many bloggers have covered this event and hundreds of comments have been posted in multiple threads on Ravelry, so I am not posting in attempt to add a new perspective. I was totally hooked on what everyone else had to say about it and read lots and lots of posts throughout the day yesterday. I think I may have been trying to piece together the big picture of what happened and why. Needless to say it was on my mind throughout the day.
Knitting is such a huge part of my existence, my community and my life that when something like this happens it is BIG NEWS to me. The funny thing about that is that many of you reading this probably don't care. That is, if you are still kind enough to be reading something I've written despite not caring about it. However, I am so invested in the well being of the knitting community that it matters to me when stuff like this happens.
When I got home last night I turned the news on in the background while I was doing some stuff around the house. I had this fleeting thought as I was listening to the newscasters and the thought was something like this, "I wonder what they will say about this whole MagKnits thing." Ha! My semi-subconscious mind actually thought that this was such major news that they would have to mention it. Of course, I realized nearly as soon as I had the thought that it was a totally ridiculous thought because yesterday was home opener day for the Red Sox. Nearly the entire newscast was all about the "home team." Wouldn't it be a better world if knitting got some airtime on the news?
Monday, April 7, 2008
This is the hat that was intended for my grandma but it seems that the blocking has resulted in more growth than I had expected and is now too big to fit her. I may end up keeping this one for myself and making her a new one. I'm still thinking on that puzzle.
An exciting addition to the blog! If you look to the right, you'll see that I added a project update sidebar courtesy of Ravelry. It shows you the projects I am currently working on and my progress. I was a little intimidated about doing stuff that required html code, but they supplied the code and the instructions so it was manageable.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
After breakfast with Arturo and Sam at Sound Bites Paul and I headed to Worcester to visit the Higgins Armory Museum. While looking at all of the weapons in the museum, I found out that Paul knows way more about weapons than I would have guessed. I think the video game playing has provided him with knowledge that I don't have. Before today I had never heard of maces, pikes or war-hammers.
The outside of the building was pretty impressive. It looks like a fortress with rivets but also has a very decorative entrance.
The museum has a hands-on area where Paul and I got to try on all sorts of armored helmets. They are heavy!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Here are the recipes I tried in March:
Red Pepper and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce from The Best Vegetable Recipes
Maple Oatmeal Scones
Cabbage, Tomato and Onion Salad (This was a surprisingly good recipe. Paul, who turned up his nose when I described it, ended up really liking it.)
Indian Peas and Cauliflower
Cold Chinese Sesame Noodles
Friday, April 4, 2008
The ladies who learned
The stuff we used
(Thanks to Bonnie for the two photos above.)
We learned how to make a variety of hammered jewelry. My favorite were these die cut, hammered coins.
We worked mostly in copper but also did one pair of silver wire earrings. The bottom right is a shawl pin. I have yet to test its functionality.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
However, I am not perfect nor is my system of check and double check. No matter how careful I am, sometimes things disappear. On the rare occasion that I lose something, it eats at my mind. I usually run down the list of finding-lost-stuff steps that my mom taught me. Step one: think where you last had it. Step two: retrace your steps. Step three (I added this one, mom is not to blame for step three): repeat the statement "how could I have lost it?!?!" until ready to move on to step four. Step four: conclude the process by declaring "It'll turn up eventually."
Almost a month ago, somewhere between the Harvard Square T stop and my work, I lost something. I lost the mate to this:
When it was chilly, I wore those mittens every day. Once I accepted that they were probably not going to reappear, I moved on to deciding on a replacement pair. Here is what I made:
Folks, that is a sad lost. That is a handknitted mitten within a handknitted, felted mitten. I thought back to where I last remembered having it, retraced my steps, checked various lost and founds, cursed myself for losing it and then hoped that it would turn up. It hasn't.
thrummed mittens. The thrums are made with cotton roving. I suspect they won't be nearly as warm and nice as wool roving would have been but they are Trinity friendly and that was my goal.
By making the new mittens, I've taken steps towards accepting the loss. Though, I have to admit that I still have my eye out for the lost mitten during my daily commute because sometimes things really do turn up later.