Saturday, May 31, 2008
They get all over the yard, when it rains they get slimy on the sidewalks, there's no way to get them all up, so there are hundreds of tiny maple trees trying to grow all over our yard.
I hate them.
This afternoon, my daughter looks up and says "Mama! Look! It's raining butterflies!"
I guess they're not that bad.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
There was a question last post about the assembly of a doll.
This last method is the how the Button baby is made, with the exception of the joints.
The baby has button joints. This means that the arms and body are sewn together with one long piece of craft string which is threaded through buttons between the pieces.
The doll is really floppy. The arms and legs go all over, but when I asked at Wonderment, they said it is supposed to be that way, that babies can't control where their limbs go either, and once I make it some clothes it will calm down.
As I have said, the Elder Hug-a-Bug is happy with the baby even with its flopping, the feet are already kinda grubby from all of the loving.
I think that my main problem with this construction technique is that the fabric is stretchy. I might try this with a woven next time and see if I get different results.
As I make this list of dolls, I realize that I have a little problem.
The Hug-a-Bugs are running out of room for toys.
I love making dolls and toys.
Where will it all end?
Have a terrific Wednesday,
Lost Finale Tomorrow!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Please keep the victims of the Hugo, MN tornado in your thoughts.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I will come clean and say that I had these laying around already.
In the last 2 years, and this is not an exaggeration, I have had about 15-20 pregnant friends. I guess that's what happens when you've kept in touch with 4 different ECFE classes-worth of child-bearing aged women.
I had this great idea that I would put a bunch of these Star Babies together and give them all to my friends when they had their babies.
Unfortunately, I am not as on the ball as I had hoped to be, and most of the babies got a big smile and hug instead.
I did get a few done anyway, and they have been packed away for a special event.
I think this is the place that they need to go...
Have a memorable Memorial Weekend,
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
a trio of percussionists who let their sons and grandsons get in on the musical fun in the sun, note the two-year-old on the marimba!
The Younger Hug-a-Bug was overcome with the music, and he rushed in to be a part of it as well.
The mom of the fellow in the striped shirt said that it was o.k. and Little Hug-a-Bug played the marimba for a short while too.
The band was terrific!
Then we all sat down and listened to the Minnesota Orchestra with a huge crowd.
The Elder Hug-a-Bug was very excited, and maybe a little disturbed, that there were so many adults sitting on this wall.
They lasted all the way through the overture to the Barber of Seville, and a Suite from Carmen.
Eventually we did have to get back on the train and come home, but I will certainly keep this on our itinerary for the future.
On a baking note, I went to a little deli near our house the other day and had the most tasty cookies.
They were peanut butter with Reese's Pieces in them.
I had to try my own.
They were also quite tasty.
Recipe to follow, I have to get to work.
Have a musical Wednesday,
Friday, May 16, 2008
Today, while I was looking at the clouds, I was reminded of a fantastic episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The freshman class at the college in Sunnydale was being attacked by vampires, but the vampires were very sneaky and they stole all of the victims belongings so it just looked like the students had dropped out and gone home.
The best scene was where the vampires were going through the belongings of the students and they all had either "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt or "Water Lilies" by Monet. There was a big stack of each poster and I think that "The Kiss" was the winner.
I suppose that the clouds reminded me of that scene because I had Maxfield Parrish up on the wall in my dorm room my fresh(wo)man year of college.
As a complete non-sequitor, my kids said some funny things this week and I need to record them somewhere. Please forgive the doting of a Mama.
I hear a sneeze from the back seat in the car-
Younger Hug-a-Bug: I put gesundheits all over my buckles!
The Younger Hug-a-Bug was looking at a picture of a rattlesnake wrapped around a yellow flower.
Younger Hug-a-Bug: I don't like snakes!
The Elder Hug-a-Bug: Don't you like Sunflowers? They smell like sun!
On the knitting front, I finished the primary work on Eris.
The knitting is complete, but I need to block it, sew down the front facings and put in a zipper.
These three things are not my favorite activities, so it may be a while before we have a checkmark in the finished objects column.
I don't think I need to hurry if we continue having the fantastic weather that we are having right now...
We have been invited to a birthday party this afternoon, so I plan on spending the next couple of hours whipping up a "Peanut" from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts.
I have made three now, two for other birthday gifts, and they are so fast and fun.
I was going to post a picture of the Elder Hug-a-Bug's Peanut, but she stopped me from taking its photo, saying "It's special to me."
I am apparantly not authorized to take Peanut's likeness.
I have to get sewing now.
Have a fun and relaxing Saturday!
p.s. longest post ever, guess I should come on here more often...
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Look at the difference a couple of days makes! Everything is greener and more Spring-y!
While I am talking about green things, can I just give some props to the weeds out there?
I am also in favor of Creeping Charlie, though I don't think that my neighbors appreciate it.
I love that it fills up the spaces where grass can't or won't grow.
I also love their little blue flowers.
There, I said it.
I am pro weeds!
I am not what you might call a clean freak.
I am not what you might call overly sanitary if it comes right down to it.
I didn't get a lot done today, but I did clean my downstairs windows for the first time this Spring.
It was really satisfying to see the light coming through the windows without the filter of months of grime.
I actually enjoyed it.
It must be Spring Fever,
talk to you soon,
Saturday, May 3, 2008
See you again,
This is my first one.
Using the top 100 yarns on Ravelry (by number of projects):Bold the ones you’ve used and would use again;Cross out the ones you’ve used and would not use again; and Italicize the ones you’ve never tried, but would like to.
Add comments as desired, and then pass the meme along to 5 knitters/crocheters. Link back to this post and to the person who tagged you.
1. Cascade 220 Wool
2. Patons Classic Wool Merino
3. Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted
4. Noro Kureyon
5. Caron Simply Soft-----(I can't figure out the crossing out feature)
6. Lily Sugar’n Cream Solid
7. Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted
8. Red Heart Ltd. Super Saver Solids-----
9. Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solid
10. Noro Silk Garden
11. Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM)
12. Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
13. Lion Brand Homespun-----
14. Lion Brand Cotton-Ease
15. Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi
16. Manos del Uruguay 100% Wool
17. Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky
18. Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
19. Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock - Lightweight
20. Plymouth Encore Worsted
21. Cascade 220 Heathers
22. Lily Sugar’n Cream Ombres & Prints
23. Zitron Trekking (XXL)
24. Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes)
25. Rowan Kidsilk Haze
26. Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
27. Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc. Peaches & Creme Ombres
28. Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece
29. Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock - Mediumweight
30. Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
31. Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc. Peaches & Creme Solids
32. Cascade 220 Superwash (in my stash)
33. Berroco Ultra Alpaca
34. Knit Picks Swish Superwash
35. Knit Picks Essential
36. Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solid
37. Colinette Jitterbug
38. Lion Brand Lion Wool Solid
39. Knit Picks Shine Sport
40. Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull
41. Lion Brand Microspun
42. Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino
43. Knit Picks Palette
44. South West Trading Company TOFUtsies
45. Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool
46. Mission Falls 1824 Wool
47. Rowan RYC Cashsoft DK
48. Red Heart Ltd. Super Saver Multis/Ombres---
49. Rowan Felted Tweed
50. Rowan Calmer
51. Lion Brand Wool-Ease Heather
52. Knit Picks Merino Style
53. Garnstudio Drops Alpaca
54. Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Fingering
55. Knit Picks Andean Silk
56. Red Heart Ltd. Soft Yarn Solids
57. Elann Peruvian Highland Wool
58. Tahki Cotton Classic
59. Dream in Color Smooshy
60. Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton
61. Dream in Color Classy
62. Rowan Big Wool
63. Peace Fleece Worsted
64. Caron Simply Soft Brites
65. Plymouth Galway Worsted
66. Karabella Aurora 8
67. Rowan Wool Cotton
68. Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton
69. Knit Picks Shine Worsted
70. Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock
71. Lion Brand Fun Fur Solid
72. Misti International Misti Alpaca Chunky
73. Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk
74. Mountain Colors Bearfoot
75. Lion Brand Jiffy Solid
76. Knit Picks Shadow
77. Bernat Softee Chunky Solids & Marls
78. Austermann Step
79. Bernat Cottontots Solid
80. Cascade Ecological Wool
81. Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud
82. Patons Shetland Chunky
83. Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky
84. Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted
85. Malabrigo Yarn Lace
86. Bernat Satin Solids
87. Lily Sugar’n Cream Stripes
88. Knit Picks Gloss
89. Lion Brand Magic Stripes
90. Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk
91. Cascade 220 Quatro
92. Rowan All Seasons Cotton
93. Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Solid
94. JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18
95. Novita 7 Veljestä
96. Rowan Kid Classic
97. Mission Falls 1824 Cotton
98. Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi
99. Cascade Fixation Spray Dyed/Effects
100. Patons Kroy Socks 4-Ply
Looks like I have used 37 of the yarns and only would never use 4 again.
That's a pretty o.k. ratio.
I don't make socks, so that lets me out of most of the yarns I haven't used yet.
My problem with this meme is that Meema already tagged the knitters that I know, and I don't know if you can tag someone that you don't know. Would that be rude?
I guess I'll wait for some divine inspiration on that one.
If anyone has done one of these or would like to join in on this one please leave me a comment.
Have a great sunday.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Let's hope that May holds up its end of the bargain with some flowers!
Now I have to perform my traditional May 1st custom.
I must listen to "The Lusty Month of May" from Camelot at least 3 times.