AT THE MOMENT
Need I say more? It’s not as hot as yesterday according to iPhone weather, but let’s get real, shall we, anytime you get over 100 degrees, the actual temperature is irrelevant. iPhone says 104. Whatever. All I know is that I’m not getting out again today, even though I’ve spent most of the afternoon working on my grocery list. I just can’t brave the asphalt parking lot this afternoon. Most of the afternoon has been taken up by alternately knitting and surfing Pinterest.
BY THE BOOK
As usual, I have several books I’m trying to read, two audiobooks, two Nook books and two paper books. They run the gamut, a couple of novels, a memoir and a book of essays on knitting. I do this at buffets too, a case of my eyes being bigger than my stomach. I’m particularly in love with Inconceivable, by Carolyn Savage, the memoir. A synopsis can be found in all the usual places (I apologize for not knowing how to put in a link, that’s on my list to learn this weekend). I started out with it being my “on the treadmill” book but very quickly decided that it’s my “read every free moment” book. It’s a definite repeater.
ON THE NEEDLES
I’ve started the seventh of eight triangles on Wingspan, I’m anxious to get it finished. It’s supposed to take only one skein, I hope that’s right, since I only bought one skein when I decided to knit it. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll just finish up with a different yarn and call it a “design feature”. I’ve done it before. ; )
JOSIE THE PUG
I love this picture, with her sweet face. She brings much joy!
Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may not remember. Involve me and I’ll understand. Native American proverb
Somehow, I’ve stockpiled 45 extra minutes of worktime this week. This means I get to leave and start my weekend just that much sooner. Hard work really does pay off! Now, to decide what I’m going to do with the extra time – grocery store, yarn store, extra walk time (on treadmill as today’s high is predicted to be 106) or just going home and enjoying the cool quiet.
HOW HOT IS IT?
It’s off the charts hot, even by Arkansas standards, and I don’t think we’ve had any measurable rain in at least a month. Our lawn is brown and crunchy, even with daily watering and I’m glad we procrastinated getting new sod and landscaping. Thanks be that I have a cool, air conditioned office to work in. When I left the house this morning at 7, I saw some roofers already hard at work, they must begin work at dawn to be able to get any work done before it’s too hot.
Babydiva in her Bumbo Seat – Three months old tomorrow!
UPDATE – HOW HOT IS IT?
It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.
You mean to tell me that my blog pictures aren’t there? Why can I see them when I post but they’re not there for anyone else. A little slow on the uptake lately, me, especially when I have Flickr on my phone and it’s a million times easier to post from there. My kids are always saying I’m always a day late and a dollar short when it comes to technology; give me a break, when I learned to type (back in the Dark Ages, 1974 or thereabouts), electric typewriters were on the cutting edge.
Before and after pics of the French Market Bag
I hope these show! It took about five trips through the washing machine before I was satisfied with the felting. This was my first felting project and I was surprised at how much it shrank. I think I might try a big bowl next.
BY THE BOOK
At the moment, I’m still listening to Part 5 of Stephen King‘s Dark Tower series, Wolves of the Calla. I’m nearly finished and have a new book waiting in the wings, A Time to Love, by Barbara Cameron. I think it’s part one of a series, Quilts of Lancaster County. I should probably mention that this was a Free Friday Nook Book from Barnes and Noble. Every Friday they offer a different free Nook Book and it has been a great way for me to break out of the “reading rut” I find myself in sometimes.
ON THE STOVE
Thanks to a friend at work, Mr. Iknead and I have enough fresh okra and tomatoes for at least a week. I think I’m going to freeze the okra and do salsa with the tomatos. Hurry up work week so I can get started! Thanks C., Mr. Iknead and I appreciate you and your garden.
The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds. Jawaharlal Nehru
WHAT I DID
Ending up the weekend and this feels like the first time I’ve had more than a couple of minutes to put my thoughts in order. I did some baking – made Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread yesterday and Chicken and Rice Casserole today. Oh, and I went to the grocery store. And knitted on Wingspan. Besides that, I don’t have a clue where the time went.
ON THE NEEDLES
Wingspan is coming along nicely. But, I keep reminding myself, while I’m getting a lot done on it, three (minimum) projects are languishing on the back burner and I seemingly have a low guilt threshold because I feel guilty when I see them and then once again pass them up.
Yay, pictures of the French Market Bag, before and after:
I like the way it turned out. My next felting project will be a big bowl, I think. (See above regarding languishing projects).
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. Paul Valery
ON THE NEEDLES
Wingspan, in Araucania Huasco, Code Color: 7.
Every time I knit with Araucania, I fall a little more in love. It’s definitely a splurge yarn for me, but sometimes I just can’t resist its charms!
BY THE BOOK
I just finished I Am In Here by Elizabeth M. Bonker, about her autistic daughter and her struggle to communicate. It’s a book of hope, courage and commitment; I enjoyed it very much.
I’m rereading (for the nth time) Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Just started Wolves of the Calla this morning, fourth in the series. No matter how many times I read or listen to this story, I find something new; it never gets old.
The measure of a man is what he does with power. Pittacus
I got my haircut on Friday morning and since Babymama was feeling under the weather, I told her I’d go and help her out any way I could. I think she mostly wanted me there so she could limit her contact with Babydiva, hoping that she wouldn’t catch whatever her mom had. Between the salon and their house, I got rearended by some guy driving a Dodge Ram van. I’m OK, not hurt as far as I can tell, just really aggravated because it was hot, we were standing in the middle of a really busy street and it took the cops 40 minutes to arrive and do the paperwork. Fortunately, I held my temper in both hands, reminding myself over and over to just communicate at a minimum, exchange insurance info, making sure everyone was OK for the moment. My car’s back bumper is probably going to have to be replaced, it’s plastic so it doesn’t take much of a hit to mess it up. Things to be thankful for: I was not hurt, my car is driveable and I have insurance.
ON THE NEEDLES
Here is the promised picture of the Nine to Five socks. I think they’re going like gangbusters. What do you think about them?
Here’s a picture of the yarn for Wingspan. It’s already been started and I’m planning to show off what I have on WIP Wednesday. Here is a sneak peek at the yarn.It’s Araucania Huasco, Code Color 7. I thinks it’s going to knit up really well. The French Market bag is complete and I started the felting process yesterday. I’ll have some before and after pics for all to enjoy.
Going in for the kiss.
Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you. Aldous Huxley
ON THE NEEDLES
The Maidenhair Fern socks have been reborn as Nicole Hindes’ Nine-To-Five Socks. This picture is not the best, the stitch detail isn’t great, but tomorrow I’ll take the WIP sock outside, the lighting will be a million times better that it is at 8:35 p.m. in my bedroom. I’m using size one circulars and am much happier with a tighter stitch and overall smaller size.
A better picture tomorrow, I promise.
A DUH MOMENT
I can’t believe that I spent an entire hour trying to figure out why pictures taken from my iPhone are on their sides when I e-mail them or try to post them. Also, I can’t believe that the solution to that problem is to turn the phone on its side horizontally first, then take the picture. Duh. Occam’s Razor once again proves correct: “when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better”, also known as Keep It Simple.
HOME SWEET HOME
As much fun as the Girl Power 2012 get-together was, I was so happy to get home to Mr. Iknead and JosiePug yesterday. A great time was had by all but when the Papoose (usually so happy-go-lucky and go with the flow) had three meltdowns in ten minutes, I knew it was time to pack it up and take it back on the road to Little Rock. We rolled back into LR about 5 p.m.; Babydiva needed a bottle STAT and thankfully, we had called ahead and Babydaddy had one waiting. Babydiva was getting ready to more than live up to her name by the time we got home. Hell hath no fury and all that.
It is necessary for us to learn from others’ mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself. Hyman George Rickover
Just a quick post while the other girls are napping. Babymama, Babydiva and I just got in from a little shopping up on the square. Naturally, I ducked into Handheld and fed my addiction with some Araucania Huasco. It’s lovely and I’m thinking Wingspan shawl.
Are wonderful as always. The Papoose and Babydiva adore each other and we’ve got some really sweet pictures. Won’t even try to post them until I’m back in Little Rock.
WHAT’S FOR SUPPER
I think it’s to be catfish but that could change at any moment. Anything but fast food.
There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company, from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. Sam Walton
ON THE ROAD
Babydiva, Babymama and I are taking a road trip to Fayetteville to see the Papoose and family, to help amuse the Papoose while her mama is busy packing and sorting. The plan at this moment is for us to leave for F’ville right after Babydiva’s morning feeding, hoping that she will take her usual nap while in the car, trying very hard to keep her regular schedule. Yeah, yeah, the best laid plans and all, but 100% achievable I’m convinced. For this very first girly road trip, Babydiva has splurged on a new bathing suit, modeled below. She is really playing the diva on this one.
ON THE NEEDLES
I usually try to stay at least a little monogymous with my projects but at the moment I have a pair of socks, a baby hat, a French Market Basket that has to be felted and a lacy wrap for when my arms get a little chilly, in church for example. All going right along. Sorry for no pics, in Fayetteville, strange computer and all, I just don’t want to spend time figuring out how to post them.
ON THE ROAD (continued)
Babydive was a great passenger. We made one bathroom stop and we were quickly back on the road. The eat/sleep plan worked like a charm.
OK, this unfamiliar keyboard is giving me fits, I’m wrapping it up quickly. Tomorrow, there will be pictures.
Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better. John Updike
ON THE NEEDLES
I did it. I frogged the Maidenhair Fern socks, it took me until yesterday to it, but I got it done. I’m thinking Fa Fa Fa socks, a free Ravelry pattern that I saw on someone’s blog last week, I need to go back and look and I will, just not today.
I spent most of the day babysitting Babydiva and loving every second. Really, there wasn’t much to do, feed her, play with her, nap with her and it was glorious! She takes a long afternoon nap, so after lunch, she took a nap and so did Bela (Divadog) and I. Don’t know how long it’s been since I took an afternoon nap, I’m usually at work and they generally frown on that sort of thing and on my days off, I’m playing catchup with the things I put off during the work week. I could get used to naps. Here’s a new picture of Babydiva, big smile –
See why yesterday was so fun??
IN THE OVEN
It’s official – I love the silicone pans. Love them an unhealthy amount, I think. I (finally) got around to making the little Apple Cakes I’ve been talking about for at least a week and they turned out amazing. When they were finished baking and cooled a little, I literally just popped them out of the pan. Nothing stuck, they baked evenly and I’m so proud! Here’s one for show.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain
ON THE NEEDLES
French Market Bag from Knitty
The color doesn’t translate well in the picture, but it’s Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool and once again I’ve fallen victim to Lost Ball Band Syndrome, so my description of the color is heathery brown. Oh, and can someone tell me why this photo rotated itself onto its side and how I can fix it? Thanks in advance.
I still haven’t decided what to do with the neglected Maidenhair Fern sock. Here’s a pic showing the “girly” yarn.
And this one has decided to recline also. Help.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are — you aren’t. Margaret Thatcher