Wednesday, April 30, 2008
"How come?" I asked.
"Because they will just annoy me. And then I would have to spend all my money on kid's stuff instead of spending it on myself."
She has figured it out already.
A few minutes later a fight ensued about telling me a funny part of a movie that they had seen recently. Katie wanted to tell me while Christopher wanted me to wait and watch the movie. Katie eventually won the arguement when she reminded her brother that I wouldn't remember anyway.
"You're right," he said. "Because she does forget a lot."
When we got to kempo I had to hurry inside so I could write this all down. Because he is right, I do forget a lot.
I blame my kids for that.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Maybe because I am a Canadian I never even made the connection between the yellow ribbons symbolizing the military unable to come home and my row counter. But the more I thought about it, the more poignant it became. Canadian troops are now also heavily involved in armed combat in Afghanistan and are suffering heavy loses. Traditionally the Canadian military has served in peace keeping duties instead of being out on the front line. Now as a nation Canada is feeling the incredible burden that the American people have felt for many years.
So the row counter will be named “Home Front,” for where ever home happens to be.
Sharon Rose also got bonus points for some of her other suggestions. I particularly liked “Orange You Lucky?” and “Teals on My Pillow.”
This wasn’t and easy decision! There were so many cute and original names. 7 year old Katie really liked “Daffodilly Dreams.”
Huge thanks to everyone who left their suggestions! I had a great time going through them all. Watch my Etsy shop for many of the other names.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
He was working away again yesterday so I grabbed my camera. At first he wasn't too sure about this human standing on a lawn chair so close, but he slowly got used to me. Every once in a while the female would fly in for a few minutes. She never landed on the branch with the soon-to-be nest in it, though. Eventually, the male hopped up on the top of the dead branch to check me out. He seemed to be facinated by the clicking of my camera. Every time I took a photo his little head would cock to the side.
On the needles I have another of the Opal Zircus yarn. This one is 2003. I love watching the Opal self-patterning yarn knit up. And to non-knitters it makes you look so smart. : )
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
These are the socks that I was working on in our dreary March. I finally finished them up. Or almost anyway. I still have the toe to stitch shut on the second sock. While it is a lovely soft yarn (KnitPicks Pebble, which I don't think is available this year) I was finding the colours of it to be too reminiscent of my back yard. It was just too drab! So I set them aside to do something much more colourful.
And this is what I picked! Opal Zircus in colourway 2000. It doesn't get much cheerier than this! I have no idea what I will wear these socks with, but the yarn was just too cute to resist. The little flecks look like confetti on your sock. I am almost done these, but my knitting is taking a back seat to the row counter production right now. About the most I have gotten knit is a pair of socks that I use for my pictures that I post on Etsy. When I list a new counter I will include a picture of it on a project so people can get a better idea of how it works. I knit one on, and then I knit it off after the picture is taken. So that has been the extent of my knitting in the last while - one row for every row counter listed.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The assignment, should you chose to accept it, requires you to name the above row counter that I will then put up on my Etsy site. Bonus points will be given if you can think outside the box and come up with lots of different names for other colours of row counters. Just post your row counter names in the comments section.
The winner will receive a row counter in their choice of colour. You have until Sunday midnight (or Monday morning when I get up - which is early) to get creative. Judging will be completely subjective. Make the names sweet, descriptive or witty - it doesn't matter. I would like to use the names for counters that I make in the future.
If you don't have a link remember to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win!
Monday, April 21, 2008
As an example of my desperate need, I ended up naming two different row counters the same thing on items I listed last night. And I just started this! Can you imagine what it will be like over time? Row Counter #642, Row Counter #643...
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
But now everything hurts. Sitting on your butt for that long is really a work out!
Etsy also seems to have a mind of it's own. As I was trying to list another counter this evening I kept getting an error message that the title contained illegal characters. Uh? What is all that about? The title was basically the same as all my other listings. Slowly it dawned on me. The illegal character was the name I had chosen - Cherry Pie. I continued on trying different combinations but the same error message kept appearing. In an act of desperation I retyped the exact same thing that I had entered the first time but this time Etsy let me continue on. Did Etsy hear me swearing at them?
So I need some help. I need a stash of creative names for my row counters. It can be something to do with a colour, a charm, or any other thing that is cute and catchy. At the end of the week I will send a row counter to the person who comes up with the one I like the best. So put on your thinking caps and on Sunday, April 27 I will post a winner.
edited on Sunday, April 20 to add:
I have fixed the comments page to allow anyone to post. Never realized that the default was to allow only registered users. Thanks for pointing that out, Elizabeth!
Friday, April 18, 2008
So I escape downstairs to my beading, hoping that no one will follow me. Naïve, I know. Then the phone rings. The kids still haven’t figured out how to answer a phone, Dallas can’t hear it over the tv, and someone has moved the portable phone so that I have to hunt to find it. Meanwhile, Mikki and Kai think that I am hard of hearing (after all this I will be) and have to tell me that the phone is ringing. But the joke is on me. Dallas has programmed my phone to play circus music.
So it’s official.
Waiting at the gate for a reason to bark.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
And to keep the knitting theme... Before buying sock yarn I will often go out hunting on the net to find pictures of yarn I am considering. I like to see what it looks like knitted up. So I guess I can do my small part and post pictures of my finished socks with their brand and colourway. Here is Trekking 159. There is a whole long story about how these socks finally came to be. My sister has it up on her blog, Doglover's Yarn. And no, we do not have any green leaves yet. We dumped the fake tree out in the yard while renovating so that we could at least see a little green.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The thought about setting up a blog has been rumbling around in my head for awhile now. Coming up with a good name has been a major stumbling block. Sometimes all forms of witty creativity are completely absent from my brain. I have enough trouble remembering that one kid likes baloney with ketchup and the other likes ham with mustard. Heaven forbid should I get my condiments mixed up. But then March rolled around. It was a dull, dreary, cold March. And dirty. VERY dirty. The melt was slow which means my backyard was muddy for ages. After the third day of wiping up muddy paw prints every time the dogs went outside, talking myself hoarse reminding the kids that muddy boots should be left outside, and moving my husband's shoes off the carpeted steps and onto the mud tray, I gave up and resigned myself to living with
muddy paw prints for the next while. Out of resignation a blog name was born.
But now what do I write about? I'm boring. My life is dull. Not that I am complaining. I like it this way. But even my knitting is boring. I knit socks. I knit socks in stockinette stitch. The most elaborate that I have gotten was to alternate rows of ribbing for a few inches on a pair of socks. I draw the boring line at single colour socks, though. We all have to have our limits.
However, I have to go now. It rained yesterday and I still have muddy paw prints on my floor that I have to clean up.