Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Oy. This could be a problem.


Monday, November 28, 2005

The road trip was a success!

We broke the trip into small pieces, stopping every hour or two at a mall, supermarket, or Chuck E. Cheese to let Sam run around a bit. Sam liked staying in hotels ("I watch TV while I get my diaper changed!"), he liked pointing at all the trucks and cars on the road, and all the "M for Mommy's" Mobil & McDonalds, and he especially liked the frigid Canadian weather we encountered at our stop in Niagara Falls.

We got to spend some quality time with Granny & Auntie Lara, and we got to see Joel & meet his lovely wife-to-be.

I got some much needed R&R... and some knitting time. The Matinee Coat is ready for finishing.

However, I stopped at a fabric store to pick up a crochet hook to do the edging (it's written for knitting, but it seems crazy to knit picot)... and they had Lion Brand Cotton on sale (discontinued colors)... and I had just read in our travel journal about the time I bought cotton yarn & crocheted 3 potholders on the way home from Toronto... and I just had to buy some...

These potholders are really cool. Last time I knit a potholder, it led to a 4 or 5 month obsession, which resulted in more potholders than I knew what to do with. We'll see what happens this time around.


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The top-secret WIP was a miserable failure... yesterday, it all got ripped out... I may pick up & try again in a couple of months.

The Matinee Jacket is coming along splendidly... finished the fronts (ack! I can't believe there is no finishing on the neck or front edges... I might have to add some!) I have about 2" done on the sleeves-- if all goes according to plan, I may finish this on our non-Thanksgiving road trip.

Yes, the vegetarians have figured out how to skip Thanksgiving all together-- avoiding the awkward invitations of family members, "Are you still on "that diet?"...(UM, YES, 12 YEARS LATER, WHY YES I AM!!!) Well, you're certainly welcome to come, but I just can't imagine what you'd eat..." (SIDE DISHES. VEGETABLES. DUH! NOT EVERYTHING IS MADE OF TURKEY!)... or conversely avoiding the awkward responses to our invitation... "Um, okay, I guess... we could always stop at McDonalds on the way home... you're not serving that Tofurkey again, are you???"... and don't even get me started on what happens if we bring our own dish "to share" and it's something SO complex like mashed potatoes or vegetable stew, that everyone assumes it's made with tofu and avoids it like the plague...

So, anyway, we are skipping the whole event, and heading for Canada, where Thanksgiving was over a month ago, and stores and restaurants are open Thursday, and the Indian food will be hot and plentiful. There's even a knitting book event Thursday night... I could handle that... Sam may be disappointed when he realizes we've missed Thanksgiving-- his wonderful teachers have spent the entire month of November brainwashing him to answer "What do you do on Thanksgiving?" with "I EAT turkey!"

Here's hoping the road trip goes smoothly. Jonathan has mapped out all of the Chuck E. Cheese, Wegmans, and shopping mall locations between here & Toronto... we're planning plenty of stops and snacks...


Sunday, November 13, 2005

Sorry. I have a top-secret WIP I've been working on-- it's not quite going as smoothly as planned, and it's been taking a lot of my energy.

However... I do have some new blog-worthy fodder.

My dad has friends (Age 57 & 41) who just had their first baby. My dad decided he wanted to get them something different & unique and really special... did I have any ideas? I suggested he could commission a cashmere sweater... he readily agreed... so this is the back of the Debbie Bliss Matinee Coat, in baby cashmerino. Yum.

At some point, I had a ball of Dale Baby Ull & no desire to work on any existing projects. I started (and have almost finished) yet another Aran Watch Cap... I just have to find another circular in the right size, and work the last few rows.

We took Sam to the "Please Touch Museum" in Philadelphia today-- among other things, they had a little supermarket exhibit, where he got a pint-sized shopping cart, and roamed around the "store" picking out all of the food he wanted to buy.

Should I be worried about my little vegan boy?


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