Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fourth and final pair of April Fools' Socks

I finished the third and fourth pairs of the April Fools' Socks. They continue to be a fun knit and are quickly completed because you think you'll knit to "the next color" but like potato chips you just can't stop with one!
Pattern: Vanilla Socks with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Oh My Everything 80-20 in sock yarn
Colorway: Just Take A Look!
Needle Size: US Size 1

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hurray for Hollywood!

About a month ago I bought a stash of yarn from Knit Picks for a screaming deal. When choosing sock yarn you can buy it just because you love the color or colorway name - it's only one skein - and that's exactly what I did.  I chose all the yarn because of it's splash of color or splashy name.

Just out of production is the first pair of socks "Hollywood" and like a Hollywood production, "stay tuned" there are some more beautiful socks just waiting for their premiere.
Pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted, and Cascade Heritage Sock
Colorway: Hollywood, and Black
Needle Size: US Size 1 (5" double points!)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

I had some outstanding friends when I was Ramona Quimby's age. Often I was invited to tag along to a concert, a play, or spend a weekend at the family cabin with a friend. I'm sure there was much coaching by Mom on how to be a worthy guest and it paid off with many varied things to do and see.

Many times I did things with my friend Lori Peterson and her mom. Usually the outings were great fun but not always. Once Lori's mother took us to see Bambi just after it was released in a downtown Seattle theater. I remember arriving home and Mrs. Peterson apologizing to my mom for possibly scaring me for life. (In the movie when Bambi's mom died in the fire I totally lost it and cried the entire movie.) But surprisingly that misadventure didn't stop Lori or her mother from inviting me on other excursions. One such trip was to the public library. We went to the West Seattle Public Library and listened to an author read from one of her recently published books. As I remember there weren't many children there, she was very soft spoken and seemed quite elegant.

Year's later as an adult while going through some childhood possessions I found a scrapbook, most items in it were worthless, a piece of wood, ticket stubs, those sort of things. But also tucked in there was a scrap of paper and next to it in my childish handwriting I had written: "An author's autograph" on closer look it was Beverly Cleary's autograph. I'd totally forgotten!
I loved reading her books growing up, loved reading them to my girls, and later to my students. What a great legacy Beverly Cleary has provided generations of young people.

I hope you have had a wonderful 100th birthday Ms. Cleary.

Friday, April 8, 2016

I'm a fool for April Fools' Socks!

Although I have a pair of "traditional" socks on double pointed needles, (Yes, I'm giving those tiny chopsticks a try) my traveling purse socks continue to be the Frankensocks. I finished a pair while in North Dakota and even started a third pair!

Pattern: Vanilla Socks with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Oh My, Everything
Colorway: Just take a look
Needle Size: US Size 1

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Happy Birthday PurlGurl

Spring in Montana means the weather can change dramatically from day to day and so I watched the weather forecast all week before making the the decision on Thursday that I could make the 8 hour drive to celebrate the NorDak Purl Gurl's birthday! I arrived Friday evening, after work and school for the NorDak Family.

There was an added bonus, on Saturday Sadie played in a volleyball tournament.
 I was so impressed how the program is run. If the girls aren't playing they are line judging or keeping score. This is a great way for the girls to stay on task during a day long tournament as well as learn the finer points of the game. The girls can out play any of the middle school teams I've seen play here in Montana.

We dyed yarn using Easter Egg dyes and now I have four beautiful skeins of yarn for socks.
Mine, Sarah's, Sadie Lou's, and Troy's

Saturday night we watched March Madness Semi-finals. Before the month long tournament started Troy brought home two brackets for the series. He work very hard putting together what he thought was a winning series and the other sheet he gave to the kiddos thinking it would be fun for them to complete. They worked at filling it out putting a team here and another there. A team they particularly liked the sound of...."Vanilla nova". So the kiddos decided it was "Vanilla nova" for the win.  

At Saturday night's game Villanova dominated beginning to end.

We were all looking forward to the final game on Monday night. And what a game it was..."Vanilla nova" won in the last second!

Sunday, the kiddos and I had a discussion about what they would do with their winnings should "Vanilla nova" win. I suggested perhaps they could save their money until summer and then buy an ice cream everyday all vacation long. The Tiger said he didn't want to waste his money like that and in the next breath asked his sister if she'd like to pool their money together and buy and x-box 500 (or some such techie game machine type thing that gramma's can't remember the name of) She instantly declined. It will be interesting to see what happens to the winnings!

Sadie made her mom's birthday cake and both kiddos decorated it:
The PurlGurl asked if I'd make Swiss steak for dinner, something she loves but didn't know how to make.  It really doesn't have a recipe, my mom just showed me how to make it years ago.  I'd forgotten how delicious it is.

We also taught SadieLou how to play Shanghi-rummy and had a great afternoon.

Monday morning it was time to go back to the real world. Kids to school, their mom and dad back to work, and me back to Montana. It was a fun weekend and thanks for having me!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

NorDak Purl Gurl's birthday cowl

At Christmas I knit The NorDak Purl Gurl a scarf. She loved it and said she's like more so I knit her a cowl for her birthday.

I've had this Crazy Zauberball for quite a while, in fact, earlier I'd knit it into a Hitchhiker which I later frogged. It's a bright red and purple non repeating colorway but in this pattern, I think it's great.
Pattern: Father Time Cowl by Steven Fergert
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball
Colorway: Indischrosa
Needle Size: US Size 6