Thursday, April 17, 2014

Falling Asleep at the Needle ...


See that there? That's what happens when you're determined to finish the toe of sock #1 before going to sleep. You were good, you took the late class at the gym and worked an hour of cardio. You walked home. You didn't eat TOO much before going to bed.

It's midnight, you're working by the glow of some cable movie on the t.v. that you really shouldn't have in your room, but you're a grown-up and it your house, your hypocritical rules, ha! Okay, there is also a sad excuse of an end table lamp on, but really someone with the eye sight of a woman gently and ever so gracefully maturing should be using more. Also, if you could find those ever elusive glasses again, it would've been good to employ them...

So somewhere on your late night journey to end of the sock, amongst the puppy snores of your husband, you nod off too.

You wake up, and really the world is the same ... except for the sock.


Now you must stay up another half an hour trying to get some stitches back on a dpn. Is it just me or do dpns and stitches seem to shrink in the middle of the night ?

I could not fuss with "if it's right."

This morning proves to me, it's not.

At least it started off pretty ;)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax Day and an April Giveaway

I know there are some of us that are still scrambling to get our taxes out.

There are others that might be a little on the sad side, because  they had to pay out some tax money and well, we all know that could've gone to some yarn or at least a good pastry.

So let's have an opportunity for something for free!


Here are four balls of  Jo Sharp Infusion Kid Mohair. (I also have half a ball I'll throw in, but it didn't photograph as well.) The color is a smokey gray and purple. Since I was having an impulse moment last visit to Imagiknit, I grabbed a couple of mini Anywhere Balms for your knitting hands. Perfect size for a notions bag/tin.

You know the drill. Leave me a comment here by end of day April 22nd, and a Ravelry handle or some way of contacting you and it just might possibly be yours!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Comfort

The mornings have started off cold and foggy.

We dress in layers and dream of the next warm cup of liquid as we get our day going.

Sunday before our son's soccer match we decided to get Japanese Ramen for lunch. Not instant ramen, REAL ramen.

We headed down the peninsula (for shopping chores as well, Target etc) and stopped at Dojo Ramen. They are known for spicy broth. The place is small (it seems most ramen shops are). We had to wait for a while outside, but by then it was pretty warm and I had a sock to knit in my purse. The menu is very focused. I got mild spicy for my first time to be able to taste the actual soup. I chose garlic pork flavor and added on corn and bamboo shoots. (I gave the quail egg to The Manfriend, shh, don't tell my Mom!)


It was definitely tasty and I would go back, but I prefer the old fashion version of its sister restaurant, Santa Ramen. (Which shares it's plaza with a Japanese grocery store AND a Joann's ... In case I need more comforting :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Family Book Club: Wonder

http://www.amazon.com/Wonder-R-J-Palacio/dp/0375869026
Image from Amazon.com. Click for link.
I kept seeing Wonder in the book stores (You know that place in town where they have real books on shelves that you have to BUY and sometimes they have a cat lounging in the window). I had read a few really good reviews in magazines. I saw the positive buzz online.

So, I bought the book, and handed it to The Kid over winter break and said, why don't you give this a go, it's supposed to be excellent.

He tore through it, and openly commented on it. He kept asking me when I was going to read it. Then my pal HM read it after I told her The Kid liked it. But she could not believe I hadn't read it yet (even though I recommended it). Then his father read it and then they both asked, when are you going to read it. I finally did. I really enjoyed seeing the world from a kid's perspective who knows his parents are really trying to help and protect him.

Synopsis: The books is about a home-schooled child with a severe facial deformity that begins going to "regular school". The story is told in multiple perspectives: Main character; Sister; Friends

Our favorite thing about the book was the multiple narrators and perspectives. The writing style was smooth. We were impressed with the amount of empathy and sympathy it squeezed out of all of us. I wasn't too sure what to expect in the ending, something sad or sappy, but I was actually pleased. It was a great character study. I like how some characters went through changes ... and some didn't.

Our whole family would recommend this book.

p.s.:  I wanted to do an interview style post with each of us on this book, but the menfolk basically rolled their eyeballs into the back of their heads when I made the gentle wifely and motherly request. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Knit Status: A Shawl for Me!

I'm veering off the beaten path and going for a finished object on Tuesday. I know, I'm wild like that. next thing you know, I might actually start keeping a clean house. HA! I kid, I joke I LIE like a lazy rug!

But look here! I did find some time to knit during my kid action packed Spring Break.

This is Cecily's Shawl.

I used 4 different colors of Tosh Sport I had in the stash, instead of the 3 (Quince & Co) it calls for. Yay for the stash knit! I broke out the first large stripe into 2 different colors, and continued to knit in sequence. It is an easy knit starting from a large cast-on to a small bind-off. I had never knit a pattern in this decreasing sequence. I was constantly worried I was not shaping appropriately simply because I was not used to it. When I cast off, the shawl was a wonky shape. It really benefited from a good blocking.


In my project page I actually call it Cold Shoulder, because I momentarily thought I was funny, but Cold Neck would be more appropriate since I like to wear it like a kerchief scarf.


Now it's time to wrap up a pair of socks (RE-ally!) and then I need to whip up or at least get started on some coworker baby knits.

What's your knit status?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Break 2014: Monterey Bay

Spring Break Selfie!!



First! We have a winner: Leslie! Super Congratulations ! I've sent you a message via Ravelry. I'll get this out quickly once I get your mailing address!

I'm sorry I did not post sooner on who won, or posted sooner in general, but I was living the dream. read that as paid time off ...

I was on Spring Break hiatus (though I originally had every intention of updating the blog in a timely manner... bah!) and had a ball hanging out with The Kid and his pals. Instead of taking The Kid out of town for the duration as I had originally planned, we did a quick overnight and 2 day getaway to Monterey Bay. (I was going to do 3 days/2 nights, but I wasn't willing to give up his dentist appointment on Tuesday. Friday I had promised The Kid and 7 other boys I'd take them to see Captain Ameria 2: Winter Soldier Opening Day. And Sundays we like to spend with The Manfriend aka Dad, the nice parent.)
Movie thoughts, in case you were wondering... I liked it better than Captain America 1. Yes, I like action, comic book, fantasy blockbuster movies on my own, without school kid influence. Honestly the action was very entertaining, but I miss the old wide shots of fight scenes where it is more visual than a bunch of shaky cameras and punch blocking arms. I am thinking more in the style of the choreographed martial art scenes from the good old days. And personally I think The Winter Soldier is more handsome than Captain America, but yes, I think he (WS) could use a friendly meeting with some shampoo.
Back to the break ... I rented a car and The Kid navigated when I *ahem briefly got lost in town on the way to the hotel. I may have mentioned, I do not drive much. This sometimes leads to some anxiety when I have to do it after a long while. I was fine after 20 minutes, although cars are fancy now. I had a car with a pedal for an emergency brake that had NO ignition key. You literally press a "Start" button. Crazypants! That's not my husband's big butted Honda Accord or my local MTA pass! I didn't know how to work the strange pay kiosk at the gas station and sort of let someone else go before me to see how it's done. I felt so stupid! But it all worked out and within 20 minutes I was driving on the Freeway, in traffic making "Mom" faces at the other bad drivers. hehe. Still, I don't like traffic. You commuters are amazing.

Our hotel Portola Plaza was lovely. See Kid -- so happy to be checking-in, especially after they give you warm chocolate chip cookies :) He wants to recreate the recipe. Add that to the To Do list ...


The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located approximately a 1 mile walk from our hotel. It's a beautiful scenic, walk or ride along a bay path filled with pretty scenes of boats and seals and birds. The next day we rented a bike surrey and rode down further. Next time we'll rent "regular" bikes and maybe try kayaking on the bay!


My Bezzie Mrs. B. lent me her guest passes so we saved some money visiting the Otters, which is probably the only place we didn't spend too much on our Mother/Son get away, but really, it was a fantastic time!


Real otter photo 1 by The Kid
Real Otter Photo 2 by The Kid
The Kid is still a Kid  when allowed to pick out a small souvenir, he still opted for a Stuffie :)   

Friday, March 28, 2014

March Giveaway

Okay, I know March is just about over, but it's still ... March.

I have gathered up a bag of various green yarn for someone. I'm sorry, I'm a cliche, but March makes me think things should be "magically delicious" and I feel a need to have Baileys and Coffee with whipped cream for dessert, I might possibly pinch the Manfriend a little more in the kitchen. It's March, why the heck not!  Also, my nephew told me he thinks green is the genius color. Not the lucky color, not the color of money, but the genius color.

Meandering on, I've got 2 balls of Traditions which is a nice ombre-ish wool/acrylic blend. I've made cowls, mittens and a Kindle cozy with this stuff. Here's one of my previously posted examples:


Also included is a ball of Caron Simply Soft Shadows. Another fun color yarn. Keeping with the green theme is a ball of Cadiz that I got for some project that never came to fruition,  I cannot even remember the project. This is a blend of viscose, acrylic and cotton.

If you are interested and feeling lucky or like a genius, {whatever} leave a ravelry handle or method of contacting you in the comments by Friday 4/4/14 and maybe I'll send you some March Happy, even if it arrives in April :) ... 'cause I'm happy ... clap your hands ...