Friday, November 27, 2009

Self Portraits

Getting comfortable with me in my thirties.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Twisting the Night Away (I Know, That's So Cornball)

So, I had a lot of fun watching that tkd video clip on imovie, running it backward and breaking it into goofy stills; but in the process, I saw this twist kick. Huh? I had no idea it even came out right because it's a new technique to me and I'd only used it in classroom sparring at chest level. Too cool. Ok, I'm done.

Got It!

I am proof that if you want to do something, no matter your age, you can to some degree. A K-kick.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I Love My Children

Spent the whole weekend loving on my children and

thinking about the great people God made them to be.

Thought I would share.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Maine, Tilted

Played around with tiltshift on a few photos from my trip in August. The second one is my favorite.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Extreme Form

There's a better view here on youtube.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fair Isle, You So Crazy!

I did it! I'm doing this fair isle pattern. I expected to have already thrown it across the room a few times, going a bit more insane with each row, but I love it! It's crazy -in a good way. I figured you have to be a little intense to do this kind of knitting, but guess not. And if it fits, I think it will look really sharp.

Changed the color scheme up because I have to look at these tedious little yarn strands for a long time, so they'd better be my favorite colors. And with the madness of six different yarn balls hanging from my piece all at once, dogs present, and dog hair ever-present, I had to put each ball in an old mesh produce bag to keep strings from entangling.

I Don't think I'll be taking this one to work on in lobbies and such, not unless I want to look a little driven.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Felicity Instead of Fan Face

I've never been a big football fan, but my playoffs themed scarf inspired me to make a hat for last Friday's high school game. Expecting to be a bit bored, I actually brought it on the needles to finish during the game.

It had been close the whole game and we were behind by two points. Everyone was standing and tense. With only 43 seconds left in the game, one of our boys blocked the other team's field goal to run the ball (I don't know how he outraced them) across the field to touch back and tie. No one sat down as the game went into overtime.

We won with a field goal, the stands rocked around me as hometown fans (the ones my husband says drank the purple kool aid) jumped insanely, hugging and yelling, I screamed a lot in my son's ear, and I never finished the hat.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tiltshifting Peru

Found a great site that turns my photos into tilt shift miniature style photos. So I tried it out on a few pics.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Boiling Water

My grandmommy always says that her mother did all the housework, so when she married she couldn't boil water. Then she did the same thing to her daughter, who did the same thing to hers. That would be me.

So in an effort to right the sins of past generations, I have always let my children be kitchen helpers- little,squirmy, kitchen elves, with chocolate on their chins, sneaking pinches of things and double dipping. They had a little apron they could put on and would then pull a chair up to the counter to stand on. When they were at mixing height I'd let them rip. They'd stir, knead, add, measure, etc and learned the most important rule of the kitchen: The one who makes it licks the bowl.

So far its working fabulously. I have no doubt that when they are grown and living on their own they will be able to whip up a quick batch of brownies or a boxed cake mix to feed their hungry families. Well, it's not that bad. They know how to do a lot in the kitchen, but I'm thinking it's time for them (especially my daughter) to learn to put a whole meal together. You know, from start to finish, not that brownies aren't a good meal.
I think this week, I'll let them each describe their ideal meal and make it. Then there's one less generational curse for us to deal with.
My work is done.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Unnaturally Long Scarves

I took a break from projects that need a little concentration to make an Uptown Scarf from one of my first knitting books with this inexpensive yarn the other day.

It is the easiest, fastest project I've ever done. Made some for Christmas but never for myself, so I popped in the last disc of Freaks and Geeks and went to town with the giant size 35 needles. Maybe it's the yarn or that it's only 5 stitches across, but it stretches out to be even longer when I wear it.

I really wanted to do another 7 stitches across and not so long so, a week later, a friend jokes that she'd like me to materialize a purple scarf for her to wear to high school playoffs. She was so not expecting me to really do it overnight. I told her it's almost all acrylic, nothing you'd wear to the opera, but I had it on hand and I think she enjoyed the surprise.


My daughter named him. And he was "drawn out" of the litter by my sister just for us.

All I have to say is, "Where's my hat?" and he knows what's about to happen.

You can't see the grizzled hair on his chin.

He's a good old man.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Foggy Fall Mornings

Don't Be So Sensitive

Pure castile soap: no scents, no additives. Love it.

I've had trouble finding a soap for my sensitive, acne treated skin that would clean away makeup and not dry me out. After years of trying everything, I'd settled for the most dermatologist recommended brand, but it left huge pores and makeup on my skin.
So about 2 months ago I chucked my facial ritual of 10 years and tried my new homemade castile soap. Unless you've had acne, you can never know what chutzpa it takes to rub a soap made purely of oil onto your face. I feared it was like scrubbing with a pizza and rinsing with soda.
But it worked great! -the soap, that is. Now my sensitive kids use it as well as my grandmother who says it cleared up an ongoing rash. Yay.

This is another calendula batch I did before all the flowers died off. I saved some seeds, so hopefully we'll have more come spring.