Archive | May 2008

Onward…

We’ve been very busy this week – 5 “weeks” of a course jammed into 5 days of class. A whirlwind to say the least, but we’re surviving. I remind myself each year that I taught this course one time while 9 months pregnant with a sprained ankle (I can do ANYTHING!). Bug was born the day of the final exam for this course nearly 3 years ago now… I can’t believe it. Time has certainly flown…

Someone recently asked her what she wanted for her birthday. She said cheesecake – we have made several of these in the last few months for other people. She likes to hold the eggs and eat some of the chocolate chips.

In the last few days she has added that she wants presents – I asked her ‘what’ presents. Her answer: blue presents. 🙂

We’ve made some progress on all fronts – the garden is enjoying the rain, but aches for some seasonably warmer weather than we’ve been having. I’ve made progress on three projects: the stained glass crochet scarf

and the corn socks for DH

but messed up the lattice scarf and had to rip back past the “progress” I had made.

I like Lixie’s slogan for these days… Keep calm and carry on…

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Down crochet lane to Japan and out to the garden

I saw this “thing” on a blog and just had to try making “it.”  See if you can guess what it is before you reach the ending pictures…. 🙂

First I bought some wicked color yarn.

then I wrote down the pattern from the blog…

Then I got out my crochet hooks and went to work on the various pieces…

then came the assembly…

Then…. ta-da! Konnichiwa katamari!

This is a super-cute toy and the pattern is from Amy’s Babies Blog and is great!  I read about it on Coffee Yarn’s Blog and had to check it out.  Mostly the modifications I made were “accidental” such as forgetting to change from an E hook to a G hook for the nubs.  Also, I mis-read the pattern where you switch to the ‘ball’ color for the last round of the nubs, so I just added an extra round to each nub in the ‘ball’ color.  I used only 1 magnet per nub, but used a super strong magnet that was 1/2 inch in diameter and ‘super’ strong.  I also sewed the magnet into the tip because it kept moving around.

I got the gardens prepped and planted late last week.

There are mostly petunias, wave petunias, a small petunia-like plant and lots of sunflowers (seeds).  The veggie garden has herbs, two tomatoes, and a pepper.  We got back from Paducah to find some critter had eaten one of the tomatoes already.  Oh, well, I wanted a Roma tomato anyway…

In other news, I’m still working on the corn socks (picture later) and the lace scarves.  The yarn for my kimono got here today, but I don’t want to get it out until I finish something else.   The 3 week semester started today, so I’m quite tired – gonna go to bed soon.

Vacation…

I know it should be easy to just relax on vacation, but I have a difficult time with it.  I took this week ‘off’ to rest up for my summer class (a full course in 3 weeks!) that starts on May 12.  So far, I’ve finished grading for the spring, walked in graduation, vacuumed and shampooed carpets, cleaned the kitchen, done tons of laundry, prepped the flower garden partially and bought flowers, shopped for teacher appreciation gifts for Bug’s teachers, and cleaned and/or changed all the filters in the house.  I have done some reading (The Year of Living Biblically), some crochet (a surprise!), some knitting (DH second sock out of Maizy), made cookies, bought yarn for my first try at a garment (Leaf kimono top, “glacier” cotlin from knitpicks),  and made a little pair of “harem” pants for Bug.  Pictures, soon…