Let’s Go Fly A Kite

Finally!  The first signs of spring have begun showing themselves.  Walking to work this morning, I spotted a robin and immediately had to tell my mom.  It has been a long standing family tradition to see who could spot the red-breasted bearer of warm weather first.

This past weekend the sun was shining brightly and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  Odin wanted to head to the beach for some kite-flying, I wanted to explore.  Finally, we settled on finding some place outside of Chicago to go kite-flying.  We ended up packing up the car and taking a trip to Long Grove.  Long Grove is a quaint historic village that has a lot of funky shops and galleries.  In the summer there are a number of festivals that occur.  Dandy Things, a consignment shop I am a part of, just relocated to a larger storefront in Long Grove, and I wanted to check them out.

After exploring the town and checking out the shops, we found a park and began to fly our kites.

Our pirate ship didn’t fly very well, which is why it was photographed on the ground.  I think it needs a tail.

I also remembered, while we were in the park, that I was wearing a piece of knitting I had never actually photographed, but wear often since it was made last May.

The pattern: Louisa Lace Tunic, from French Girl Knits by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes.  Yarn: Cascade 128 Superwash Bulky.  It stretched like crazy in the blocking.  I just pulled the lace down so it would be longer instead of wider in the overall shape.  Mods: I made left it open in the front instead of stitching it closed like the pattern called for.  I like it much better this way.

Unfortunately, Sunday Ellette had a very high fever and spent most of the afternoon drooling sleeping on the couch.  I went to work this morning for a couple of hours and returned home to take care of her.  She doesn’t need much care taking right now and I have been able to spend some much needed time on wings and things.

Another Pattern!

Once I figured out how to work in the program, completing the pattern was a cinch.  It’s so easy to knit and the pattern is simple and easy to follow.

The Tetris Afghan is now available for sale! Find it here on Ravelry, here on Etsy, and of course it is available via this blog.  Just go to the “Patterns” page at the top of this page and scroll down until you find it.

I am so relieved to have it done.  I’ve begun work on new projects already.  The ideas just keep rolling in.

Finally! A Pattern!

This may not be the pattern you were expecting, but it is something.

 

This afternoon I made a big push to complete the written portion of this project.  I struggled through the layers of Open Office during Ellette’s tumbling class to finally bring it to you.

It features a tutorial on adding the scales, complete with clear photos to make it as simple as possible for you.

Find the pattern on Ravelry, on Etsy, and of course, right here on this blog!  Just go to the “Patterns” page, scroll down until you find the Dragon Slayer Gauntlets, and click “buy now.”

I am so ridiculously giddy to finally have it finished!  I have continued beating the Tetris pattern into submission.  It should follow shortly.

Birthdays and Blankets

I finally feel well enough to do things after the phenomenal birthday party.  It was terribly exhausting for us, and may have gone on past our threshold – but we hung in there.

The pizza was a huge success.  We didn’t know what extra toppings to get with the cutie pie kits from Homemade Pizza Co., so we went with pepperoni, pineapple, and tomato.  The pepperoni was used.  And then the girls got creative with the pineapple.  Some of them were adventurous and put it on their pizza.  Mostly, they liked to make pictures with the pieces and gobble them up.  Odin and I got ourselves a pizza as well, which was good because I had no thought to my own welfare during all of this.

I’m amazed at how excited the girls were for Ellette to open presents.  They all knew she would love their gifts and couldn’t wait to see her excitement.  They chose presents before cupcakes.  I had labored tirelessly over the cupcakes, by the way.  I convinced Ellette not to go with the marshmallow popcorn idea she had (don’t ask) and instead I made “sleepover” cupcakes:

Somehow, I suffered camnesia through most of the evening.  I didn’t even think to get photos of the cupcake creations until the kids had started eating.  I shrieked a “wait!” and then ran around the table trying to take pictures quickly.  They all looked at me like I had lost my marbles – which I suppose by that point I had.

They settled down for a movie and I wandered back and forth, making sure they were comfy, unafraid, watered, bathroomed, and given ample girl sleepover privacy.

I was totally relieved when 3 of the guests departed for the night.  The other 2 were spending the whole night with us, so as soon as I could I had them make their beds and brush their teeth.  I saw them to bed, turned out the light, and retreated to my own room where, through the open door, I could still hear their giggles and whispers for some time.

Sunday was spent recouping.  Ellette lazed around for the morning and then started playing with the trillion balloons that once held helium and had sadly sunk to the floor overnight.  I watched episode after episode of Once Upon a Time and worked on an afghan while Odin created a hanging garden on our back porch and planted Nasturtiums.

The afghan, by the way, is the Tech Square Afghan that I had started in January of 2011, with the intention of finishing it in the space of a year.  Last week, just before heading to knit night, I sat in my studio wondering what in the world I was going to take with me, picked up and put down several balls of yarn and WIPs before remembering this afghan.  I loaded the bag and took it with me.  Sunday saw the completion of another square, which needs to be blocked.  But I finished this one on Thursday:

Now I only have two squares to go – the intarsia and the fair isle.  I have been putting them off as the most fiddly and I didn’t like the geometric pattern in the intarsia one.  I tried to map my own and ripped it out twice before tossing the yarn aside today in a tangle of bobbins and circulars.

It feels good to be working on old projects.  I am looking forward to getting this one done and out of the way.

Green Eggs and Ham

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and as a suitable dinner for Ellette, we made a most delicious meal of Green Eggs and Ham.

It was a rather fun process.  I couldn’t decide how “green” to make them – I think the food coloring may unsettle our stomachs at some point.

We completed the green omelet with green (vegetarian) bacon – loving called Fakin’ by the family.

And then we sat down to the strangest meal I’ve ever had.

 

I must say – I quite like Green Eggs and Ham.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

In the Meantime

I made a gallant effort at writing the Tetris aghan pattern yesterday.  Really gallant.  Truly noble.

It left me cursing harshly at the computer and groaning at every turn as I tried to turn a table into a chart into a JPEG.  Open office, while doing most of what Word does, has failed me miserably, and I do think the time has come for me to break down and download Knit Visualizer – especially as my patterns become more complex and colorful.

This meant that I had nothing to show you yesterday, like I had hoped.  I wanted to get the pattern done, upload it, and offer it to you, and hadn’t prepared anything as Plan B.

I am feeling rather frazzled, preceding the Tetris fiasco.  My darling Ellette’s birthday is fast approaching, and on Saturday we will have a house full of little girls for a Sleep Under.

Sleep under? you ask.  It appears to be an exclusive Evanstonian housewife concept, but I like it.

You know what a sleep over is.  A bunch of kids come over, with sleeping bags, you watch movies, eat junk food, stay up all night.

Well a sleep under is just that, except the kids don’t stay over.  They go home at some point – just before everyone falls asleep involuntarily.

So, Saturday, 5 girls will be invading our house.  We will be making personal pizzas, decorating headbands, making popcorn and enjoying cupcakes, and then settling into our sleeping bags to watch a movie.  I tried so hard to get Ellette to chose Cinderella – that 90s version with Brandy and Whitney Houston.  I love that one.  She is adament on Arthur and the Invisibles (also an adorable movie!)

This week I have been desperately cleaning the house and gathering party supplies, trying to convince Ellette that cupcakes and marshmallows to look like popcorn – while a cute idea – might be too much sugar.  She’s not budging.  And, it is her party after all.

Odin bought a helium tank to fill balloons – I can’t wait to have fun with that Saturday morning.

More news to come as the party approaches and the last shreds of sanity depart.

 

(PS: I don’t know what the F happened, but if you received/saw a million posts with various portions of this one, please forgive.  I think the app I used for wordpress has some bugs to work out, and at various intervals of my post-writing, it decided to publish the text thus far.  I think I’ve got it fixed – and thank you for your patience.)

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