Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
I went to a free class at rei (we have one right next to our grocery store) tonight called backpacking basics for women. In some respects it was a sales pitch for lots of cool camping gear, but it was also a really cool basic class where the instructor talked about experiences she has had and when various gear comes in handy. It got me really excited to go camping with Audrey (this weekend if the weather cooperates) and to do bigger hikes and camps in the future. The woman sitting next to me was about to do her first section of the Appalachian trail with her girlfriends this week, that sounded awesome. I would love to do that. And I would also love to hike machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro before I go the way of all the earth. Considering I haven't backpacked in a decade, I've got some work ahead of me.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Sunday, April 06, 2014
The first egg I made using some cheap acrylic yarn. I bought it for the girls at Walmart because they *loved* the color and begged me to get it. I figured it would be a great way to let them play with yarn and not mess with my fancy yarn. So far, I have used it to make a heart garland for Audrey's bed for Valentine's Day. I let the girls make necklaces using this yarn and various cereals (cheerios, fruit loops, apple jacks), they both like to "knit" (make knots in yarn with needles), and generally tie their toys up and drag them about the house.
Back the eggs, I made an egg out of this yarn because I knew the girls would love a hot pink egg. Even though I did not really enjoy working with this yarn, I will probably make another one, because they really do love it. I found myself wishing that I had other colors of acrylic so that I could do a little fair isle into the egg...
I also pillaged my cotton yarn supply. I have a weakness for cotton yarn. I love homemade dishcloths, so whenever I see a cool colorway for a dollar or two, I just grab it. At least I used to, until I realized I had an entire large tub full of cotton yarn... So I started raided the cotton yarns stash and grabbed bright spring colors. I love the way these eggs are so bright and colorful with the variegated cottons.
Basic Knit Eggs
Yarn: worsted weight
Needle: size 4 DPNs - 4 needles
k2tog: knit 2 together
kfb: knit front and back of the same stitch
ssk: slip, slip, knit together the slip stitches through the back
Directions are the same for each needle, the instructions are given per needle.
Cast on 12 stitches using long-tail cast-on method. Being careful not to twist the stitches, spread the stitches over 3 needles (4 st per needle) and join.
Bottom of the egg
Row 1: k
Row 2: kfb, k, kfb, k (6 st)
Row 3: k
Row 4: kfb, k3, kfb, k (8 st)
Row 5: k
Row 6: kfb, k5, kfb, k (10 st)
Row 7: k
Row 8: kfb, k7, kfb, k (12 st)
Body of the egg
Knit in the round for 12 rows
Top of the egg
Row 1: k, ssk, k6, k2tog, k (10 st)
Row 2-3: k
Row 4: k, ssk, k4, k2tog, k (8 st)
Row 5-6: k
Row 7: k, ssk, k2, k2tog, k (6 st)
Row 8-9: k
Row 10: k, ssk, k2tog, k (4 st)
Row 11: k, ssk, k (3 st)
Cut yarn and pull through the remaining 9 stitches as if to knit. Secure the yarn and pull the end into the egg.
Stuff the egg with fluff from the bottom. Using the rest of the cast on tail catch the end of each stitch and pull it tight. Secure the yarn and pull the end into the egg, trimming as necessary.
- The main body of the egg is just begging for a bit of color work. I would love to do some little flowers or animals - a bunny or chick - something in the main body with fair isle.
- Sock yarn and size 0 needles would be really neat for smaller eggs.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Today I was showing Audrey how to do laundry and Meri was playing as usual. While Audrey was putting the detergent in, I peeked in on Meri. She was just closing a craft drawer and said to me, I all done. So I asked her what she was "all done" with. She said she was all done with her makeup. So I looked in the drawer and saw a glue stick on top with the lid on very loosely and picked it up and asked her if this was her makeup. She said, yes and showed me where she put it - all over her little face. Then I asked if she puts on her makeup whenever I do laundry and she said, yes.
This explains so much. Lately, she has had particularly sticky cheeks and chin. I thought she was wiping her nose onto her cheeks and I have been following her with tissues in hand for weeks. She also has been getting little pimples on her cheeks and her chin. Ryan thought it was just food on her cheeks or that she had a skin condition. What a cute little sneaky stinker.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
I liked it until I hurt my back half-way through college. After that sleeping on the ground lost its luster. However, lately, I have been thinking about camping again. I cannot think of a better nights sleep than when I have been camping. I love looking at the stars, singing by the camp fire, cooking camp food, hiking, etc.
This year, I have decided, I am going to take Audrey camping. I think she is old enough and so I am going to do a mama/daughter camping trip this summer. In preparation, I got a sleeping pad that self-inflates. I already own a sleeping bag and I think we can borrow a tent. She and I have been talking about it and we are both super excited to try it.
Any of you expert campers out there, do you have any recommendations for taking a kid camping for the first time.