"I stand correctly." one of my current favorite sayings from my DearSon. ( It's right up there with, "What the huh?". ) I think, in his 6 year old brain, that he has heard, "I stand corrected." but that doesn't really make sense whereas, "I stand correctly." makes considerably more non-euphemistic sense. In any case, he uses this phrase correctly as it pops out when he has been proven to be right. Too cute.
There has been knitting as well and I think I've been craving a bit of color this winter. Granted "winter" is a bit of a misnomer as we have had very little snow and the temperatures are absurdly warm for February. But, it's wester NY, so we have got the winter grays.
See? Bright! Bright! Bright! (You know, the more you type "bright" the weirder it looks.)
Yarn: Chroma in Lollipop and Brava in white from Knitpicks.
Pattern: Peace-out hat by Marinda Maritz also from Knitpicks
Mods: Instead of using the backwards loop cast-on I used a knitted cast on to provide a more stable edge. I also twisted the tassels a bit differently than instructed. A tassel that was made up of 12 pieces of yarn, I made two bunches of 6. Both of these bunches I twisted the same direction, then twisted them together going the opposite direction. Then tied the tassel off. Tassels stay twisted this way.
Future Mods: If I were to knit it again, I think I may do the ear flaps and brim in garter stitch as the edges have a tendency to roll.
Both Chroma and Brava are very soft and didn't receive any comments from DD#2 about itchiness.
One more picture just for good measure.
This skirt, also knit in a near rainbow, I knit the bulk of it during the summer but, as it wasn't the right season to wear it, didn't feel the need to finish it until recently.
Thank you DH for taking the pictures and following my amazing directions like, "Hold the camera the other way." and "Does it look good on me?" (Because, the first one isn't specific and the second really only has one right answer. Ever.
Pattern: Lanesplitter by Tina Whitmore from Knitty.com
Yarn: Noro Kureyon in color 185
Mods: Shortened the skirt to knee length.
I love the colors that Noro puts out. I wish it was a tiny bit softer -- it has some serious wool prickle. I would love to use it for knits for gifts but it's just too risky. (Risky? Not usually a word associated with knitting. But, if you spend 10 hours of your life knitting a gift that isn't used because of itch, then there's some risk involved.) Luckily, I'm quite immune to wool prickle and can wear everything from Noro to Lopi (all 100% high prickle factor wool.).
Well, that was quite the hiatus. Sorry about that.
Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!
21 wonderful years! (Does that mean our marriage is now legal? Could it go off and drink on its own now?)
And what does one receive from a wonderful hubbie on a 21st anniversary? Apparently, the 21st anniversary is for ice cream!! Not just any ice cream but my very favorite flavor ever! He had it shipped here overnight from Buffalo after calling in a special request to Anderson's (yes, the restaurant of beef-on-weick fame) corporate. Behold!
Two quarts of Anderson's Graham Cracker Ice Cream. Have I mentioned? He's good! Really good! (Oh, and it's only a summer flavor so Holly Anderson, of said corporate family, called local restaurants to see which one had any left. So, thank you too, Holly!)
Anyway..... so there was....
The first day of school.
And a trip to Corning Glass works where we saw...
Beautiful glass objects of art. Ancient glass.
Unusually shaped glass. A glass flute.
And one case of ugly. Sorry, that isn't actually fair. I don't really have an issue with the glass, what can perhaps be described best as, a butt. The artist rendered that shape accurately and it's certainly an interesting use of color. (Perhaps the artist wishes his/her butt was this colorful. Perhaps it already is.Hmmm.) But...the other object. Clearly the artist is extremely talented but a world of possibilities and he/she went for a clown. A clown?! A glass clown. Combines creepy and fragile. Best of both worlds? (Please see my long running issues with clowns.)
And, of course, there was the Fingerlakes Fiber Fest. My all time favorite fiber event of the whole year!
There were cute animals!
And, of course, yarn!
More to come on purchases made and activities since.
Yup, finally coming to the end of family vacation pictures. Last I left you, we had finished up at Old Mystic Seaport and we were off to explore the other attractions around Mystic.
The next big event was the aquarium in Mystic. Now we have recently been to the New England Aquarium in Boston, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. The aquarium in Mystic......one of them. Though it isn't on the scale of any of those, it is nicely done for the scale and size that it is.
Their main exhibit was the large outdoor pools with beluga whales.
Also in outdoor pools were the touch and feel rays. They were used to being hand fed as when you put your hands in the water, they nibbled fingers. Odd being tasted by another animal.
Really where this aquarium excelled was in the small animals department.
The boardwalk over a swamp was an interesting exhibit. Lots of frogs! Frogs are cool.
And here is a picture that makes me wish I could paint.
And what aquarium would be complete without a bunch of budgies tent. (I think it was actually billed as the "Birds of the Outback!" but "tent of parakeets" is much more accurate.) Total hoot regardless.
Everyone received a popsicle stick with bird food glued to it to attract the birds which flocked around each new human entering the tent. Some people dealt with this en masse interest better than others. The occasional screams from the entrance let you know which kind of person had just entered.
Oh yeah. There was the ocean.
And giant dinosaurs....
Perhaps the submarine and dinosaur warrant a bit more explanation. We went to the US Submarine Force Museum which everyone found interesting. I love museums with hands-on displays. And The Dinosaur Place (Yes that was the name. Creative that.) really was a total tourist trap. But a well done tourist trap -- the scale dinosaurs through out the park were accurate and scientifically labeled. And I mean recently scientifically labeled, not the 1950's labels that sometimes accompany dinosaur models. And you have to enjoy a human sized maze where you get to be eaten by a giant dino head at the end. (Though we could have done without the college student dressed as "Lady Lava" and the "erupting" volcano was less impressive than a 2nd grade science experiment.)
That concludes the Ross Family Vacation 2011 -- thanks for flying with us.
(More yarn, spinning and knitting to come.)
Spring has sprung. Finally.
So I'm living on the edge and packing away the warm woolies at the beginning of June.
It was a long wait but finally, we have flowers and a garden and kids outside without 99 layers of clothing.
So here we have flowers....
6-yo included for scale.
Everybody sing, "I love a parade!". Was that Ester Williams? No, she is the swimmer. Ethel Merman.
Our spring duck visitors.
DearSon and I have fed these guys before school quite a few mornings.
And what is this?
This is the sum total of a huge silly string war in the backyard. DearDearSister tells me that I actually hold the veritable napalm of the Dollar Store world in my hand. Apparently there are a perfusion of America's Funniest Home videos of this stuff dramatically bursting into flame at weddings and birthday parties and such as it is sprayed near candles. Because fire and celebrations are funny????
And from the files of "What the .....?!"
We (DearSon, me, his kindergarten class and assorted other chaperons) were waiting for the ladder truck demonstration at the fire safety field trip to the firehouse when what should we hear trundling down the street? The street cleaner. Now, mind you, it had be raining, no, dumping buckets, for at least a half an hour. Why would one try to run the street cleaner in such weather? The brushes were doing a tremendous job of pushing the water out of the overflowing gutters, into the street, where it promptly ran back into the gutters. Useful.
I've mentioned this before. As I mom, I occasionally hear phrases come out of my mouth that I never really thought I would utter. Today I actually said, "I don't think your monkey nut is quite in the right place." Ponder that one for a moment. Are you pondering? Now consider, what was understood but not said was the remainder of that phrase..."I don't think your monkey nut is quite in the right place for the rubber golf ball to land in it after you shoot it out of the miniature catapult that you built with your Dad." Clear? Quite the image, yes? And just in case you think I'm joking....
Behold! The monkey nut, rubber golf ball and miniature catapult.
And of course there has been knitting and spinning. I'll include some new fiber fun in my next post.