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Fine, I'll Knit the Damn Sock...

This sock-in-progress has been stashed away in a little project bag since last winter. It's my first attempt at fingerling weight socks. As you might have guessed, progress hasn't gone like I had hoped.

Today after pondering what to do with it...finish or frog...I decided to pull it out and rip, rip, rip. Only I had incorrectly remembered just how far I had already knit...6 of the 8 inches at which point I can start the heel.

Sigh...

So even though there are a couple of mistakes really close to the beginning of the cuff, and even though I feel like I will never actually finish a PAIR of these...I can't bring myself to rip it out. And before I allow myself to order yarn for those darn SpillyJane mittens that I can't get out of my head, I've told myself I have to finish at least one project with the fingerling weight yarn that I have already purchased.

So fine...I'll knit the damn socks. And if I'm lucky I might get them done before the end of sock wearing season…

THE Board...

This is Lexi and her board...


The board she broke using a side kick Wednesday night in her Tae Kwon Do Class...


The board that she broke in Tae Kwon Do that she will tell you makes her very proud of herself...



And we are so VERY proud of her too!


peace

DPS Assignment: Catching Up...

Many months ago I came across an online photography forum called Digital Photography School. I think I ended up there when I was looking for more information on white balance. Any who, I signed up for the weekly e-newsletter from DSP and have quite enjoyed the variety of articles written by a host of photographers from all over the world. The forum also poses a weekly challenge...a photo assignment with a theme. After poking around on the discussion boards a bit through December, I decided that with the turn of the calendar maybe I would participate in the weekly assignment if for no other reason than to help me keep shooting even through the winter months when my camera can lay untouched for days (even weeks) at a time.

Last week I submitted my first photo for the theme "Brand New". I had just started knitting the Dashing Mitts for Scott so I chose knitting as my model.


To my COMPLETE surprise, my photo was featured as one of the two runner-ups for the winners of the "Br…

Lil Bits...

Brea(Walking into the kitchen with a baby bottle in hand.): "I need some milk and juice mixed together." (Proceeding to the fridge where where she pretends to open the door and pour in the two liquids.)
Me: "Milk and water mixed together? That sounds kinda gross."
Brea: "It's for my baby unicorn."
Me: "Oh. Your unicorn has weird taste."
Brea: "Well Mom, she is a unicorn." (Exiting to go continue her play.)




Yesterday while we were out and about picking up a few groceries, we stopped for a what has become rare treat...coffee shop time. The girls settled into the two leather chairs situated in front of a gas fire place with their hot chocolates, while Scott and I grabbed a table for some much needed talk time. At one point I turned to check on the girls and found Lexi, snuggling her hot cocoa, reading an article in one of the little magazines sitting around about knitting. It made my heart skip a beat to realize what a reflection of her mo…

Non-linear...

I had a clear vision for what would be accomplished this afternoon. After wasting most of the week fighting a cold, today I finally felt as if I could muster up enough energy to do some cleaning around the house. I mean between the sizable dog hair tumbleweeds floating around in not so far away corners and the fact I can only offer a best guess as to the last time the toilets have seen anything besides our tushes, I figured it was time. So I walked Brea to preschool (in 3 degree, wind chill of -10 weather mind you) and returned home to get busy.

I started upstairs in the bathroom that gets the most use. Scrubbed, vacuumed, moist mopped and made the turn out in the hall to finish vacuuming the carpets of our bedrooms. So far so good. As I start transferring the cleaning supplies from the 2nd to the 1st floor, my tummy reminded me that I hadn't yet eaten lunch. Plus I noticed that the 1:30ish light coming in the window of the stairwell might be good for getting a photo that I've …

The Book...

The book Lexi brought home from school today about yoga...


Copyrighted in 1973.

(Yes, this is actually what it looks like...it's not just a poorly colored photo!)


peace

Business Partner in the Making...

As Lexi was filling me in on her school day this afternoon she mentioned that during her class' trip to the media center she checked out the ONLY book about yoga in the WHOLE library. And then she gathered some of her friends in an open space and they tried doing some of the poses in the book. I asked her if she mentioned to anyone that her Mom teaches yoga. To which she replied,oh yes! Apparently when the librarian commented about her choosing a book about yoga, Lexi piped up to say...

"You know that place downtown on the corner of School Street? The dance studio? My Mom's studio is in room A. She teaches yoga there."

Does that mean I have to start paying her a salary for marketing? I'm not sure that's in the budget...


peace

Just A Normal Sunday...

Pancakes for breakfast...


And casual fun...



We've reached a new stage with Lexi...phone chats with friends. What an amazing (and from a Mom's point of view, slightly sad) thing to watch how quickly she is growing up.


peace

Education Matters...

When we decided to relocate to Carlisle, it was in large part because of the positive things we had heard about the school district. While every school district these days faces tighter budgets and the expectation to do more with less, Carlisle schools seem to have been able to step up to the challenge of meeting the demands of a growing enrollment while keeping their facilities and services fresh and up to date in the constraints of a tight budget.

During our inquiry before the move we also learned that, unlike Grinnell, Carlisle was able to offer pre-school to every 4-year-old in the district free of tuition thanks to grant funding. For us that means Brea benefits from 4, 1/2 day days of school at no cost to us...a considerable step up from the 2, 1/2 day sessions we would have been able to squeeze into our budget if we had remained in Grinnell where the number of students interested in attending pre-school out numbers the available spaces. Brea's lead teacher, and 2 assistant te…

Snow Day...

First snow day of the year.

I downloaded a new Retro Camera app to use with my phone camera. Can you tell I'm having fun with it?

Stay warm!


peace

Before...

Before we lean Left or Right,

Before we are Christians or Muslims or Jews or Hindus or Atheists,

Before we are straight or gay,

Before we are the administration, the workers, or the students,

Before it ALL...we are humans.

It makes me wonder with the most recent acts of violence, slinging of words and pointing of fingers if as a society we have forgotten that most basic of truths. Violence, whether through physical acts OR words, is never the answer. It saddens my heart that some see no other way to voice their opinion. The long term consequences of such hate are great for us all.

May you live today free from fear, free from unnecessary sources of suffering, and in a place of peace.


peace

As Pretty as a Princess...

Brea helped me take the blocking pins out of my shawl yesterday. It simply amazes me how my previous pile of lumpy nothingness has turned into a lacy shawl. Brea wanted to wear it around the house for a bit and informed me she felt as beautiful as a princess...even in her polar fleece monkey footie PJs.



I myself have NO IDEA how/when/with what I'm ever going to wear my new pretty. It's small as far as shawls go, so I might end up using it more like a scarf with my black wool coat. I don't know that I'm much of a triangle shawl person. I'm leaning towards casting on a half circle shawl that I found on Ravelry next...or a lovely rectangular lace shrug pictured in one of my knitting books...I want to make both and I need to buy yarn either way so I just need to commit and cast on. Knowing my knitting tenancies it is quite possible that something else may catch my fancy before I get yarn for either. (Though do not worry, I have a project on the needles to keep me compan…

Go Ahead and Laugh...

I don't care how many times we to this...


It's bust a gut funny...


Every damn time...



peace

At the Top of the Stairs...

My shawl is blocking on the landing at the top of the stairs...


All stretched and pinned in what I hope is the correct shape...



Interestingly enough, having watched the lace take shape as I laid it out, I'm kinda getting the urge to start pick another shawl pattern to cast on. I'm thinking 1/2 circle or rectangular in shape this time. Any suggestions from you knitters out there?


peace

A 2nd Celebration...

I love that I learned to knit on New Year's Eve 2 years ago...it makes remembering my Knitiversary so much easier than if it were some other random day of this year. So how did I spend my 2ndKnitiversary?

Knitting of course!

Actually, binding off to be more specific. Binding off this...


My first shawl...


I still have to block it, but I couldn't resist taking pictures of it in all of it's bumpy pre-stretched goodness...


It's fun to look back at what I wrote about my 1st Knitiversary. It's amazing to realize how many things have been made on my needles over the past 2 years. This year the FO count is quite a bit smaller than last, but the projects tackled definitely took a step up the difficulty meter. This year's FO list includes:
2 pairs of fingerless mitts...including these little lovelies I whipped out for my MIL over the Christmas weekend in less than 48 hours. (A personal best for me in terms of time from start to finish.)



1 hatA lace scarf...my first lace project…

The Year 2011...

While I'm generally not a big on the whole "it's the start of a new year" thing, it's hard not to take time to pause and reflect on 2010. It was kinda a big year for the Mavin clan. It's been somewhat of a blur, giving the year the feeling of being both just a passing moment and the longest year ever. A year ago today I would have never guessed today would find us where we are...but here we are.

Yesterday I was chatting with a friend and I was talking about how it's hard to believe it's been 6 months since we moved to Carlisle. I was telling her how I felt like I was still in a period of transition because our life looks so different that I envisioned it would at this point. She kinda looked at me funny...which made me stop and think about what I had just said.

While my comment encompasses more than just where we are physically living, the fact of the matter is regardless of what it looks like, life is happening NOW. Period. I need to do a better job of…