Tuesday, December 22, 2009
On the first day of Christmas, my bakers made for me Gingerbread Molasses as sweet as can be...
On the second day of Chistmas, my bakers made for me 2 dozen Jam Thumbprints...and Gingerbread Molases as sweet as can be.
On the third day of Christmas, my bakers made for me 3 dozen powdered apricot Kolackys...2 dozen Jam Thumbprints, and Gingerbread Molases as sweet as can be.
On the fourth day of Christmas, my bakers made for me 4 dozen chocolate and vanilla Pinwheels...3 dozen powdered apricot Kolackys, 2 dozen Jam Thumbprints and Gingerbread Molases as sweet as can be.
On the fifth day of Christmas, my bakers made for me 5 dozen Snow Balls...4 dozen chocolate and vanilla Pinwheels...3 dozen powdered apricot Kolackys,2 dozen Jam Thumbprints and Gingerbread Molases as sweet as can be.
On the sixth day of Christmas, my bakers made for me 6 dozen Sugar Cookie cutouts...5 dozen Snow Balls...4 dozen chocolate and vanilla Pinwheels...3 dozen powdered apricot Kolackys,2 dozen Jam Thumbprints and Gingerbread Molases as sweet as can be.
Yes, I know there should be 6 more dozen cookies in here somewhere...but one can eat only so many cookies!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
1) 5 cookie packages
2) coconut milk
4) shower curtain
5) assorted jars and vials
Any guesses as to what they are making?!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
We had our first family day out on the slopes last Sunday...even including little Ginny who is still just two. She had a blast skiing, but I think she was mixing her sports up a bit. Everytime she fell over, she would shout out "Touchdown!"
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Our stay in NY was wonderful, though. Lots of fun with friends and family, beautiful fall colors. The troubles began on our way home.
We get to the airport with hours to spare (very unlike us, I might add, but ironic considering what came next). Although the weather was clear in Bufallo, our flight was delayed again...and again...supposedly due to bad weather. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but our connection in Atlanta was close to begin with. With the "weather" delays, we would have exactly 16 minutes to make our connection back home to Portland, OR.
We begged the personnel at the desk to inquire in Atlanta as to whether they would hold the connection for us. Otherwise, it would mean staying in Atlanta overnight, missing work the next day, paying for a hotel ourselves (because of course the airlines don't pay for hotels when it's due to "weather"), etc... And, did I mention that we were all in various stages of battling a bad cold/flu? Needless to say, they would not even consider calling ahead for us, despite the fact that there were 7 of us on that flight trying to make the same connection.
We arrived in Atlanta 5 minutes before our next flight was to depart. Even then, would the gate agent call to the other gate, and ask them to hold it for an extra 5 minutes so we could get there? No can do... (Oh, and by the way, the weather in Atlanta wasn't delaying the departures, so still not sure where the "bad weather" actually was...)
So, we missed the flight and get to wait in line with dozens of other angry customers. When we finally make it to the front of the line, they tell us that the airline only has to get us "as close to our final destination as possible". Yes, you heard me right. Apparently, even when you pay over $1000 for 6 tickets, they only have to get you "close" to your destination when weather crops up and you miss your connection. In our case, it meant that they had booked us on a flight to Seattle. Our final destination was supposed to be Portland, OR. Hmmm...that's like 200 miles away.
So, we (reasonably) asked them, how are we supposed to get from Seattle to Portland? And, what's going to happen to our luggage? Well, the luggage would travel with us to Seattle (sounds good). But, we were on our own to figure out how to get to Portland. They (unhelpfully) pointed out that there might be trains or rental cars we could consider...but they would not get us seats on any of the numerous carriers that operate between Seattle and Portland.
By this point, we (sick kids included) just wanted to get home. So, we hop on the flight to Seattle, and reserve a rental car (on our own dime, of course, because the airline can't assume the liability of renting us a car, and recall, they were at least getting us close to our destination).
We arrive in Seattle at 1am. Did I mention that we sat in the plane for almost an HOUR at the gate in order to accomodate connecting passengers whose flights had been delayed?! (But, they couldn't have held our original flight for 5 minutes...I guess dealing with all the upset people from that first go around at least helped the later travelers).
So, we are waiting at the luggage carousel and of course our luggage never arrives. Another line to wait in to see what happened to our luggage (it was still in Atlanta) and where it was going to be sent (yes, you guessed it Seattle)... Quite reasonably, I told them, if it was still in Atlanta, it would make more sense for them to send it to Portland, since THAT'S WHERE WE LIVE!!! But, they said it was going to go to Seattle, because that's where we flew to. I told them there was no way we were going to drive back up 2 1/2 hours to retrieve our luggage, to which they said "Oh no problem, we can arrange to put it on a different carrier and send it to Portland". I, of course, wondered why, if they can do this for luggage, they couldn't have done this for their passengers... Apparently, Delta treats their customer's luggage better than their customers.
Anyway, we finally got into our rental car at 1:30am (another $150 to our growing tab due to Delta), and my wonderful husband drove the 2 1/2 hours home arriving at 4am... Later that night, my husband returned our rental car and picked up our car from the economy parking lot (where we got to pay an extra day due to Delta). Our luggage arrived at 9pm that night, a bit muddy but otherwise no worse for wear.
Needless to say, we will not be flying Delta ever again. I know people often say these kinds of things, but every step of the way, we were told time and again, these are the corporate policies...we have no control over them...
I actually believe the ticketing and gate agents. They don't make the policies. Corporate leadership at Delta does and they let their poor employees deal with the fallout and all the angry customers. More than how they treated us, that is why we will not fly Delta again. What kind of company creates these terrible policies, blames all delays on air traffic control and/or bad weather, and then lets their employees take the heat? (By the way, we even overheard them originally saying that the delay was due to a delayed crew. I guess when it became apparent the delay was going to adversely affect lots of passengers, the excuse became "weather" and "air traffic control" because then, they are not obligated to help their customers.)
Give us Alaska Airlines and Southwest any day.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
An easy quick-to-knit project that is great for someone who wants to try lace for the first time, but doesn't want the commitment of a larger project. The size of the hat can be adjusted by using heavier (i.e., worsted) or lighter (sock) weight yarn in larger or smaller needles.
Yarn: 150 yards (50 gm) Woolcraft Kids Stuff (or other DK / 8 ply / 11 wpi yarn)
Needles: Size US 6 / 4.0 mm 16” circulars and/or set of 5 US 6 DPNs
Size: 2T – small adult* (19-20”)
*Note: Pattern is very stretchy due to brim ribbing. It was made for a 6 yr old, but fit my 2 year old and me equally well.
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4”
YO: Yarn Over
SKP: Slip (as if to knit), Knit, Pass Slipped St Over
K2tog: Knit 2 together
SSK: Slip (as if to knit), Slip, Knit
Using long-tail method (or other loose cast-on) CO 88. Join to work in round.
Work K2,P2 rib for 1.5 in”.
Work in stockinette stitch (i.e., K all sts) for 1”
Begin Lace pattern as follows:
Round 1: [K3, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SSK, K3] around.
Round 2 (and all even rounds): K all sts.
Round 3: [K2, K2tog, YO, K3, YO, SSK, K2] around.
Round 5: [K1, K2tog, YO, K5, YO, SSK, K1] around.
Round 7: [K2tog, YO, K7, YO, SSK] around.
Work 1” in stockinette (or until hat measures 5” from beginning or desired depth).
Begin Swirl Decreases as follows:
Place marker at beginning of round and every 22 sts thereafter to divide top into 4 equal parts.
K to 1st marker.
[Slip marker. SKP, K to next marker.] Repeat around until 4 sts remain, switching to DPNs as needed.
Place 4 sts on one DPN and work i-cord for 3” or desired length. BO.
Weave in loose ends. Tie in knot.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
First Skiing of the Year at Timberline Lodge (May, 2009):
Skiing in powder
Swimming in the deep blue pool
Then Ginny threw up.
Annual Father's Day Camping Trip (June, 2009):
Father's day camping
It was so perfectly planned
Rained out - no can do.
4th of July:
Saved money for months
Oh glorious explosions
Zipper didn't run
Timberline Skiing for Tim's Birthday (July 7, 2009):
One day skiing trip
Met Guinness record holder
Skied til the runs closed
Snow Lake Camping Trip (July, 2009):
Hiking in and out
A great first trip for Aaron
Didn't fall down cliff
Camp Howard (July, 2009):
Camp Howard was cool
Canoeing and archery
The pool was fun too
Trip to England (July, 2009):
First hour - car broke down
Two silly pictures were drawn
Saw Harry Potter
Redwoods Vacation (August, 2009):
Giant trees, cool seas
All cliff climbing on the beach
Hanging with good friends
Saturday, August 8, 2009
But, in this case, I always like it when the Kitchener visitor pops up on my map, because I like to think of this visitor as happily knitting socks while reading my blog. And, today, it was particularly nice, because I just returned from the Sock Summit in Portland, OR. Imagine an entire convention center filled with nothing but knitters and yarn. Perhaps that isn't your idea of fun, but for me it was seventh heaven.
In actuality, of course, who knows who the Kitchener visitor is or why s/he visits the blog. Perhaps they don't even knit! But, I thought I would dedicate this post to all sock knitters out there...those lucky enough to make it to the Sock Summit, and to those who were with us in thoughts! (Trust me, we bought enough yarn for everyone...)
Thursday, July 2, 2009
1. A wandering minstrel, poet, or
entertainer in medieval England
2. A happy hat for the little
entertainer in your life.
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Brights (Light Worsted Weight)
Color A: Yellow
Color B: Purple
Color C: Turquoise
Color D: Red
Not particularly important, since you begin with a chain for the brim that is sized to fit your little one.
(1) Hat is worked in the round from brim up to crown.
(2) Foundation chain for brim is created in multiples of 4. To modify size, add or subtract multiples of 4 ch until desired size.
(3) From brim to crown, rounds are joined with sl st to first stitch of round.
(4) Crown is worked in continuous spiral without sl st.
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
tr: treble crochet
PM: place marker
sc2tog: single crochet two together
Size: 2T-3T (Can be increased or decreased by making starting chain longer or shorter by multiples of 4).
With A, ch 64. Join with sl st to begin working in rounds. Ch 1.
Round 1: Work sc around. Join with sl st to first stitch, changing to B. Ch 3. (64 sts)
Round 2: Work dc around. Join with sl st to first stitch. Ch 3. (64)
Round 3: Work dc around. Join with sl st to first stitch, changing to C. Ch 1. (64)
Round 4: Work sc around. Join with sl st to first stitch, changing to B. Ch 1. (64)
Round 5: Work sc around. Join with sl st to first stitch, changing to C. Ch 3. (64)
Round 6: Work dc around. Join with sl st to first stitch, changing to A. Ch 4. (64)
Round 7: Working in front loops only, work tr around. Join with sl st to first stitch. Ch 1. (64)
Round 8 (Creating Welt): Work sc around while at the same time working through back loops of dc from Round 6. (In other words, you are creating a welt by working single crochets to join the tops of the treble crochets from Round 7 to the free back loops of the dc from Round 6.) Join with sl st to first stitch, changing to D. Ch 3. (64)
Round 9: Work dc around. Join with sl st to first stitch, changing to C. Ch 1. (64)
Round 10: Work sc around. Join with sl st to first stitch, changing to D. Ch 3. (64)
Round 11: Work dc around. Join with sl st to first stitch, changing to A. Ch 1. (64)
Round 12: Work sc around. Join with sl st to first stitch, changing to B. Ch 4. (64)
Round 13: Working in front loops only, work tr around. Join with sl st to first stitch. Ch 1. (64)
Round 14 (Creating Welt): Work sc around while at the same time working through back loops of sc from Round 12. Join with sl st to first stitch, changing to C. Ch 1. (64)
From here on, do not join rounds, but PM to note beginning of each round. In addition, divide sts equally into 4 parts and PM (preferably of different color from one used to mark beginning of round). If you started with 64 sts, then a marker would be placed on the 1st(i.e., beginning of round), 17th, 33rd, and 49th sts.
Round 15: Work 1 round of sc. (64)
[You will now begin decreases by working sc to each marker. After each marker, sc2tog.]
Round 16: Work sc to each marker, then sc2tog the two sts following each marker. 4 sts decreased. (60)
Round 17-21: Continue as established. (40 sts at end of Round 21).
After Round 21, work decreases every other round.
Round 22: Work sc around. (40)
Round 23: Decrease round (36)
Round 24: Work sc around. (36)
Round 25: Decrease round (32)
Round 26: Work sc around. (32)
Round 27: Decrease round (28)
After Round 27, go back to decreasing every round.
Round 28: Decrease round (24)
Round 29: Decrease round (20)
Round 30: Decrease round (16)
Round 31: Decrease round (12)
Round 32: Decrease round (8)
Round 33: Decrease round (4)
Work even for 2 more rounds, then break yarn and weave though sts and pull tight.
Weave in all loose ends.
Using A, ch 7. Work popcorn st in 2nd ch from end, then sl st back to beginning of chain and finish off.
[Popcorn stitch: Work 5 sc in specified st. Drop loop from hook. Insert hook in top of first sc in group. Pull dropped loop through st.]
Make toppers in B and D.
Fasten tightly to top of hat and weave in all loose ends.
Monday, June 29, 2009
A cute swirly topper for your favorite little one...
Size 4 16" circular or DPN needles
1 skein Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi (195.0 yds/178.3 m) Colorway 103
CO: cast on
SKP: Slip 1 as if to knit, Knit 1, Pass slipped stitch over
PM: place marker
Gauge: 24 sts across 4"
Size: 0-3 mos.
(For toddler size, try a worsted weight yarn with size 6 needles.)
Using long-tail method (or other loose cast-on) CO 88 sts.
Join to work in round. PM to denote beginning of round.
*Knit 2 rounds. Purl 3 rounds.*
Repeat 4 more times (or once for each color change, depending on your preference).
Knit in round until hat measures 4" from beginning (or desired depth).
Purl 4 rounds.
Divide hat into 4 equal parts by placing marker after every 22 sts.
Begin Swirl Top:
SKP after every marker until 4 sts remain.
Work i-cord for 3 inches. BO and tie in knot at top. Weave in any loose ends.
For an alternate "swirlier" top:
Try dividing top into 8 equal parts, and doing the SKP after each marker. This would result in a rounder swirled hat (more like a soft serve ice cream cone as opposed to the square design currently pictured).
Monday, May 18, 2009
Big Bucket List
Little Bucket List
Sunday, May 17, 2009
And, her award ceremony:
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I love the multiple attempts he made to spell "Your family loves you..." "a" "Are" U" and then finally he went oh what the heck: "we all love you a lot"!
Who knows I'd rather have a cold drink than be "queen for a day"
And, from Alli, my amazing artist:
Friday, May 1, 2009
As it's leaping out of the water with a seal caught in its jaws, Ginny keeps asking "What's a shark say? What's a shark say?" And, Aaron pipes up, "The shark should say 'sorry' to the seal."
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
I bet they would be glad to know they rank right up there with fruit cups!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Before I begin the story, let me note that when I woke up Aaron this morning, I noticed that his lips were purple. Seemed a bit strange to me, but he acted fine, so I didn't give it much more thought. (But, it was weird.)
Anyway, back to the story. So, I was making lunches this morning and could have sworn there was a brand new box of fruit roll-ups in the cupboard that I had just bought last night. But I couldn't find it anywhere. I asked the kids, "Didn't we just have a brand new box of fruit roll ups?" They all gave me the "Mom, its 7:30am and I'm sleepy" look and shrugged.
But, a few minutes later, Aaron sidles up to me and whispers, "Mom, I got hungry in the middle of the night. And, I ate the fruit roll ups." I asked (trying not to giggle), "All of them? In the middle of the night?" And, he whispered "yep".
I couldn't be angry, because I was too busy, first of all, being happy that he admitted what he did (and that I hadn't imagined the existence of the fruit roll-ups). But, second, the image of him stumbling in his sleep to the kitchen and stuffing his face full of EIGHT fruit roll-ups one after the other in the middle of the night was just too funny. And, he even remembered to throw away all the wrappers and recycle the box afterwards!
It also explained the purple lips.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Golden Shamrock Hotel:
To show gratitude for all their hard work, this big Leprechaun left a pot o' gold chocolate coins for my little Leprechauns to find after school today.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Notice the "Sensible Portions" advertising... and then consider the fact that they packaged this "sensible" portion into a ONE POUND bag of chips! I don't know if you can tell from the picture (I put a pencil in for scale), but this bag is huge!
Despite all that, having polished off the 1 lb. bag (not by myself, mind you), I can attest to the fact that these chips are very tasty and I would highly recommend them if you like to munch.
Monday, February 23, 2009
After asking my kids for advice on what to name this scarf (and discarding suggestions like Tree Top, although that is pictorially fairly accurate), we came up with "Feather". The lace pattern looks like bunches of feathers and the yarn is definitely feather soft. Enjoy!
(Adapted from J. Leinhauser's 101 Ripple Stitches #72)
Size 6 needles
1 skein Karabella Yarns Boise (163 yds/50 g.) Color 69. (Mini Mochi would also be nice for this)
Sl1: Slip 1 as if to knit
K2tog: Knit 2 together
K3tog: Knit 3 together
PSSO: Pass slip stich over
YO: Yarn over
36 sts in pattern = 4"
Row gauge not important.
Finished dimensions: 4" x 39"
Using long-tail method (or other loose cast-on) CO 36 sts.
Seed Stitch Foundation
Work 4 rows of seed stitch as follows:
Row 1: *K1, P1*. Repeat ** across.
Row 2: *P1, K1*. Repeat across.
Row 3-4: Repeat Row 1 and 2.
Row 1: K1, P1, K1, K1, Sl1, K2tog, PSSO, K9, YO, K1, YO, P2, YO, K1, YO, K9, K3tog, K1, P1, K1, P1 (Note: Be careful to fully wrap the YO before the P2 sts.)
Row 2: P1, K1, P15, K2, P14, K1, P1, K1
Row 3: K1, P1, K1, K1, Sl1, K2tog, PSSO, K8, YO, K1, YO, K1, P2, K1, YO, K1, YO, K8, K3tog, K1, P1, K1, P1
Rows 4, 6, 8, & 10: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: K1, P1, K1, K1, Sl1, K2tog, PSSO, K7, YO, K1, YO, K2, P2, K2, YO, K1, YO, K7, K3tog, K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 7: K1, P1, K1, K1, Sl1, K2tog, PSSO, K6, YO, K1, YO, K3, P2, K3, YO, K1, YO, K6, K3tog, K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 9: K1, P1, K1, K1, Sl1, K2tog, PSSO, K5, YO, K1, YO, K4, P2, K4, YO, K1, YO, K5, K3tog, K1, P1, K1, P1
Repeat these 10 rows for pattern until desired length is reached. In the pictured scarf, I had 21 pattern repeats.
End with 4 rows of seed stitch, following Foundation pattern above.
Block lightly to display lace pattern to best effect.
Alternate symmetric pattern: If you prefer a symmetric scarf, work scarf from beginning through 11 pattern repeats ending with Row 9. Place sts on holder. Work second scarf section from beginning through 11 pattern repeats ending with Row 9. Graft together in pattern following Row 10.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
But, we also went shopping... We got the kids lots of souvenirs and Tim some organic Guatemalan coffee. But, for me? Yep, you guessed it:
Lots and lots of yarn! There were two fantastic shops in Victoria, but my favorite is the Beehive Wool Shop. It was full of the most wonderful hand-dyed and hand-painted yarns... I could have hung out there all weekend (as it was, I went twice!).
Anyway, it was a fantastic trip - so nice to hang out with my parents. And, Tim even remembered Valentine's Day. When I left to drive up to Seattle to catch the ferry, he slipped me a Butterfinger bar for the road (which I assumed was the only Valentine's gift I would get). But, when we checked into the hotel in BC, there was a huge bouquet of my favorite flowers waiting for us in the room.
And, somehow we even managed to get them through customs, so we continue to enjoy them at home.
I have to say, I must have one of the best husbands in the world.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I'm now working on writing a pattern for mittens to match the hat. I've test-knit the left one, but am not thrilled with it. The top just isn't right yet.
So, I'll continue to modify it as I knit the right one. (Of course, that does mean I will end up with mis-matched mittens, but who really looks all that closely, right?)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Apparently, the trash can (being all of 6 inches closer than the toilet) seemed like a better option at the time...
Normally, this wouldn't strike me as funny, but Alli and I couldn't stop laughing...