Thursday, February 25, 2010

Would It Be So Wrong

... to wish for snow? Two, three feet of wet, heavy, packed snow that blocks the roads and closes governmental offices and stops the trains and makes it impossible for me to go to work tomorrow and requires, instead, that I stay home and knit and bake? Since September, I have had exactly two days off from work, and have taken 2 sick days -- days when I was really, truly, unbelievably sick and couldn't get out of bed (stupid migraines). So really, would it be so bad if I could have a fun snow day at home?

Somehow, I don't think it's going to happen. Just like I don't think it's going to happen for me to win the 99 million dollar mega-millions jackpot. Doesn't keep me from wishing, though.


This is the cutest thing ever. I wouldn't have made it - I like functional things, generally, but I showed it to my friend and she loved him and said she would like one for her office. So I made an Octopus Amigurumi. He is made entirely of stash yarn - about 138 feet of it - and he only took an evening to make. I think he's rather adorable.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Peachy-Keen, Jelly Bean

Denise of Lost City Knits is giving away yarn through a contest on her blog, In return for your contest entry, she would like to know how you eat peaches. Of course, I entered. What I said was: My favorite peach-eating method is fresh, with a nice somewhat firm resistance in the skin, and the feel of the fuzz against your lips. The kind that you eat with a paper towel or a napkin in the non-peach hand ready to catch the juices that escape the mouth and rapidly cascade down the chin threatening to drop onto whatever clothes you are wearing - no fabric avoids the peach nectar.

What I didn't add is that my non-baking grandmother had a recipe for peach pie, which of course she made with canned peaches, but the description of which was accompanied by a hand motion indicating how one is to lay out the peaches. Although my grandmother has been dead for nearly twenty five years, the hand motion survives.

Also the Body Shop used to have these perfume oils (they may still have them - I just don't know) and my friend and I used to go and get the sample paper things with the peach oil on them. We stuck one in between the pages of a journal we kept of important things, and years later, when I opened the book, I was instantly transported due to the lingering scent.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Elephant in the Room

If I don't mention how long it's been since I last posted, maybe no one will notice. Right?

I've been very busy knitting, and not so busy blogging. Since last post, I made a blanket for K, a bunch of scarves, two hats for L, a bunch of squares to send out to people on the RAK list on Ravelry, a blanket for K&L, a garter for C's wedding, and a scarf out of the Sunday Market Shawl Pattern that I wound up ripping because I didn't like it.

Last weekend, I joined up with the Ravelympics, and have been having fun challenging myself. The challenge for me hasn't been so much of the sort where I say, "I'm going to make three sweaters during the Olympics" but rather something where I can look at my stash and my projects and let the Ravelympics sort of guide it. I think it's been fun.

I'm also test-crocheting a pattern, and apparently, not doing it right at all... That will be remedied this week, I hope!!!