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Got this through Inter-Library Loan (oh dear ILL, how I love you so…)

The Man and I are going away for the weekend – someplace remote and quiet.  I’m refraining from bringing half of my yarn stash with me because any thoughts that I might get that many projects completed in one short weekend may be just a titch lofty.  It doesn’t mean I won’t try though (sorry honey, you can’t bring clothes, we need more room for yarn).

Today at work (shhh) I printed out a ton of patterns from Ravelry.   The babe needs a hat (or 3) and so does The Man.  I think I love this one the best for the babe (third one down -pdf).  Oh, and Pip changed his Solstice gift request from a hat and mittens to pichouxs (slippers for those of you who don’t have my Memere).  The problem with this much stuff wanting to be made is… what to start first?!?


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The Man and I had a date night (oh, la la). We had delicious Indian food and then zipped on over to the theater to catch HP7.1. It was good, but felt short, probably since it’s only half. Unlike when the others came out, I didn’t re-read the book prior to seeing the movie. I think it might be better that way since I was pretty disappointed in 5 and 6 because I thought they deviated too much from the book.

As I was watching, I found myself listening for names, or ideas for names for this baby. We’ve got a girl name all set, but there hasn’t been a boy name that has clicked for us. As much as I trust technology, ahem, I think we’ll only be sure about the gender when this wee bub is born.

I’m going through this with my trusty pencil hoping this library book sale find on “dollar a bag” day will show us the perfect name.

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more beans

The stack of sweaters was just sitting there looking at me (because I hadn’t put them away yet, ahem) and they suggested I make another bean bag out of them.  So I did, of course…

while Hopper played with Legos.  I love this particular felted sweater.  Hopper asked if I was planning to make this one for the baby.  I told her that we’ll be sure to make some for the babe when the time comes.

When she was done with her Legos, she wanted to make another.  To my surprise (and pleasure), she wanted to be more involved in the actual sewing this time.

She wasn’t quite flying solo, but progress I say.  I only had to rethread the needle about 12 times.  The sensory bin doesn’t look too empty… yet.

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Hopper found this book on in the sun/playroom and fondly remembering our evening of bean bag making, asked to make another.  I snagged my stack of neglected felted sweaters and we sat down to make one.  I thought maybe she’d be ready to sew her own, unlike last time.  I was wrong.  She got a few stitches in and handed it over to me to finish up for her (we’d had enough frustration for one day, I sacrificed the teaching moment for a moment of self-preservation).  Pip was too busy doing something crazy on the computer to be bothered (I wish I could explain the things he does, but they involve virtual machines and operating systems and whatnot). But later, he got on board himself.  Perhaps the lack of sharing by Hopper was his motivation?  Hopper’s is the striped, Pip’s the wine color.  The striped one is nice and thick and doesn’t hurt quite as much when you get hit with it, fyi.

A quasi-tute perhaps?

Bean Bags


Felted wool sweater(s)
Beans or seeds


Cut two of your desired shape bean bag from your felted wool sweaters.  Because they’re felted, they won’t unravel, so you don’t need to turn and topstitch or anything crazy like that.  Holding the two pieces together (pin if you need some stabilty) stitch around with your stitches close enough so your beans don’t escape.  Keep sewing until you have about an inch left.  Raid the sensory bucket* for black beans.  Fill your bean bag.  Sew up the rest of the way.  PLAY!

*We have a plastic tub filled with 25 lbs of black beans and various accouterments (wooden spoons, clean containers, small pitcher, etc).  It is currently missing two bean bags worth of black beans.

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I have this really fabulous niece.  She’s 12 going on 20 going on 6.  I’ve had the good fortune of hanging out with her a couple times this week.  I also had the good fortune to get her a basic little Brother machine a couple Christmas’s ago.  She hasn’t used it much – she’s not one for the patience and when the bobbin got wonky she sort of threw her hands up and walked away from it for a while.  Well, Auntie to the rescue.

Friday night I fixed the bobbin and re-threaded her machine for her.  I gave her a few driving tips and she was back on the road.  She constructed this fabulous skirt/shawl out of some fabric and part of an old dress.  She showed me her drawer full of clothing she intends to reconstruct into something else. Of course, she busted a needle into 3 pieces trying to hammer through a ton of layers of fabric to sew on a loop for her button.  I reminded her that if her machine makes that noise, it’s probably best to stop for a second and re-assess.

Last night we were over for her step-sister’s birthday party.  Not surprisingly, in the last 5 days, the machine chucked a wobbly on her and there were bobbin troubles again.  I reminded her there were pictures in the manual which was met with a tiny scoff and “I don’t like to read”.  Pictures dear, pictures.  But I wasn’t just tweaking things to get her back on track again, she had a plan.  A right now plan.  See, Memere got a new cell phone and the niece decided that Memere needed a wee bag for her phone.  She yanked a black something-or-other from her “reconstruction” drawer.  She folded, she cut with her round ended paper scissors, she sewed a bit here and a bit there and voila – a pouch for Memere’s phone.

I envy her; her ability to drop everything else and do what she’s moved to do.  Some might call it ADD, impulsivity, what-have-you.  I call it freedom.

I feel that pang to take a page from her book, to spend some hours up in the spare room finally unpacking and organizing so that when I’m moved to do, I can do.  Do you know how much fabric and craft supplies I have?  A lot.  Do you know how many ideas I have rattling around up there?  A lot.  And how much time to I take to make, to create.  Not much, not much at all.  I wonder why that is.  What do I allow to get in my way?

All is not totally lost.  I’ve been knitting.  Slippers.  See.

Working on a recipe even, so you might make yourself a pair.

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last minute

I finished these Sunday on the way to a family party and am very thankful they are a lightening fast project. This was the second in the pair and it took me 30, maybe 40, minutes to do while the Man drove (love that).


These were a gift for someone with smaller hands than mine. 3 stitches will add about another inch circumfrence which is what I’ll do if I get around to making myself a pair (sometime after the holiday frenzy).

Lion Brand Landscapes 1 skein
Size 10 dpns

Loosely cast on 21 stitches (for older child or woman with small hands). I do this by casting on with the slingshot method around 2 needles held together. Carefully slide out second needle and divide stitches onto 3 needles being careful not to twist work.

Row 1 – 24 knit around.
Row 25, knit 2, cast off 4 stitches, knit 1 (you should have 3 stitches on this needle now). Knit to end of round.
Row 26, knit 1, cast on 4 stitches using backward loop, knit 2.
Row 27 – 32 knit around.
Row 33 bind off loosely.


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last night

7:30 finishing up a late, picnic dinner in the livingroom (a favorite special treat)

8:00 watching The Grinch (the real one)

8:15 we interrupt this program to report the first substantial snow fall of the season

8:30 boots, coats, hats, mittens on

8:35 first family snow ball fight with perfect, clumping snow ball snow in the back yard

9:00 shed layers, drink hot cocoa

9:30 jammies

10:00  they sleep

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