Showing posts from May, 2012

The Ravelympics are Coming! The Ravelympics are Coming!

Some of you might remember that I had a really good time with the Ravelympics (the knitting counterpart to the Olympics) two years ago....

And it's almost time for them again!!!!!!!!!! The mass cast-on is July 27, so I have some time to decide which events to enter.  As always, the event list cracks me up: afghan marathon afghans, blankets 
baby dressage baby items: anything baby 
bag-n-tote backstroke bags, totes, containers 
balance beads beaded items 
cable steeplechase cables of all kinds 
cast-on trap shoot cast on mania 
RULE: 1/3 into project (% yds) completed to qualify; projects can’t cross compete in other events
charity rowing items for charity 
colourwork crosscountry colourwork, fair-isle,
cowl jump cowls, infinity scarves; things for neck joined in loop 
double-knit boxing double knit technique 
felted freestyle all things made then felted 
frogging trampoline frogging projects 
RULE: only deep hibernation projects (1+yr on needles); projects can’t cross compete in other events

Olympic Yarnbombing

"Yarnbombing," or the attaching of knitting to various public objects--like adding a scarf to a tree or statue or whatever, has become sort of a cool creative-but-doesn't-hurt-anything sort of movement in the last few years.  I've seen pictures of lots of fun stuff, but NOTHING like this one:

That is cool even if one doesn't knit.  I can't even guess how long it took to make it--the details on the little knitted figures would have done me in completely.

New Lesson Learned This Week

Actually, there are two:

1.  If one's back is already hurting, it's probably not the opportune time to see if one can do something new

2.  One's ability to handle pain pills can change.

So....for the last couple months I've been doing some political consulting, which is probably not a great stress-free way to ease back into working.  I've been trying to still exercise, but I certainly haven't been as faithful as I had been before working.  Last weekend, for the first time in months, I had to move my hip back into place.  To a brighter person, this would have been a tip-off, but I have always been a bit of a slow-learner on these things, so I thought this week was THE opportune time to test out how long I could ride in a car.  Something less than 2 hours up one day and 2 hours back the next, it turns out.  Wednesday afternoon I drove up to my parents' ranch, stayed the night, and came back the next day.  I knew my back was hurting at the time, but it wasn…

They're Wrong

Pick up any magazine or watch even 5 minutes of television, and you're going to see some sort of ad telling men what gifts women will appreciate--and it usually involves a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.  And maybe there are a few women out there who would agree, but frankly I think every woman I have ever met would rather have what I got last night:

Shelves for my sewing room, made for me by my loving husband, Andy!  There are even going to be lights in those upper curves.  Can you imagine anything that one could buy being a better gift??????  I certainly can't.

Companion Planting

So last year, after squash bugs killed all my squash, someone told me that nasturtium repels squash bugs.  I had planted nasturtium, but nowhere near the squash so it had no affect.  THIS year I'm trying it--so I'll probably be plagued with some new bug or disease or critter.  I found this link though:

which provides a short, easy list of what to plant where to repel what.  My kind of thing.  Of course, this means that instead of just hoping to get ONE plant to grow to get food, I need to get that ONE plant plus it's bug-protector companions to grow.  I can see how grocery shopping caught on........

Let the garden wars begin!

For My Friends In North Carolina


A Little May Day Fun

Did you ever do May Day when you were a kid?  Leaving a basket of flowers on someone's door?  When I could find them, I remember picking wildflowers to give to my grandmother, but I thought it was a tradition that had long since died out.  But we were delighted to find
this very adorable basket of flower COOKIES on our doorknob.  How cute is that?  Andy says the cookies were delicious.  It's nice to have a little random kindness once in a while.

Pretty Much Sums It Up........