Wednesday, April 30, 2008

last week's socks

These are technically monster socks. Knit from some left over Sock It To Me navy and an unknown German sock yarn that had been gifted, reclaimed and (obviously) skeined backwards. Comfortable and they just went through their first wash. I did a simple 3 stitch cable and ribbing. I ripped them out and reknit them as the first (pictured pattern) was a 3 stitch cable alternating L and R cables and it pulled in too much to be comfortable getting over the heel. The top photos are of the 2nd knit, actual finished and wearable sock.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Ginger had a birthday!

Due to dementia, I robbed her of a year. Fortunately she caught it because heaven knows she doesn't want to have to repeat the last year! We had a small surprise party for her and though she isn't generally keen on such things, she was a good sport. Kelly and the Molly's La Casita staff gave her gorgeous flowers! I made her a caramel turtle cheesecake and she got some cute cards. Next year we're planning a big 50th celebration at the house with a BBQ cookout.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Alton Brown Feasting on Asphalt, The River Run

The entire family volunteered during Alton's visit to The Pink Palace. While I wish we had better photos, we were busy helping others take their photos, get information for the newsletter and generally helping all 400 people get their minute with him. He is, always, gracious, warm, genuine and fully attentive to each individual who comes to see him. Talented, smart, and gracious. I can pretty much guarantee he's one in a million. Sorry the photos s*ck, I swear, I took great ones of everyone else (with their cameras!) When he was leaving he asked if I was going to be there the next time he came. I wasn't sure if I had upset him! But he really was joking. ::whew!:: I was beat. Completely exhausted. Dementia is sucking the life out of me, but this was an investment. I do, slightly wish we had been standing in line and actually gotten to have a good photo with him and we all really wish he had been in a setting where he could speak to his fans. He is a wonderful and entertaining speaker. Maybe the magic fairies will let us visit the Good Eats Set when we take William to Atlanta for his next Kendo team practice? (HA!) Need more A.B. fixes? Try these: (older, but still a great read;

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Farm School at Home Experience Day

a Day at The Farm with other homeschoolers. A BLAST!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sock it TWO me

Over a month ago I CO for a pair of Sock it to me socks of my own design (always). While a long and complicated Kendo tournament was going on, I had long passed the heel turn and was knitting merrily away only to discover that the socks were never going to get over my heel. The twisted cable simply sucked up too much width! I frogged these! Oh the pain.
Now, a month later, here is the completed pair. No cables, nothing fancy. The most boring pair of socks on the planet, but they are very comfy.

Friday, April 18, 2008

"What's for Seder?"

It's the time again! This year, for the first year, we will not be hosting annual rollicking seder. You can thank dementia for stealing this from you. Sorry! I am just not up to it. I have been going downhill a bit. I hope to regain the lost ground, but right now can not manage to organize and cook and clean for 20, or even 12 so I asked the family to have a "just us 4" seder. They agreed. William's only concern? Would I still make chicken soup with matzah balls? Of course! While I traditionally make an orange baked chicken and kugel, william has also asked for roast. Much easier and I'm happy to comply. We'll shop today. He helped me Kasher the kitchen Wednesday. The rest of the house is a little iffy and we'll just be grateful there's a prayer to let the unfound chametz be null and void. Chag Sameach!

Thursday, April 17, 2008