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More random stuff - with pictures!! [Jul. 16th, 2007|10:08 pm]
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I completed the baby blanket, and gave it to my friend, even though it was decidedly trapezoidal. That's how you can tell it's hand made, right?

So I started on a scarf for Husband, but ran out of yarn, and haven't had a chance to get more. Middle Daughter decided she wanted to learn how to knit before going on her Mo Ranch trip. So now this is what the evenings look like around here:

Husband says we look like a bunch of old women. I guess he's right about one of us, lol.

The Boy is still drawing. Here's one of the latest he brought home from school:

I wonder if his preschool teacher wonders about our homelife?

Husband bought him the Shark Week! DVDs and so today The Boy drew this:

In case you couldn't tell, it's plans for a "Punching Mechanism" to fend off sharks. It's apprarently powered by compressed air (thus the can in the upper left corner). I love the arrows.

Last night we gave a surprise housewarming party for my niece, who will be moving into her first apartment this fall. My almost-cousin Jackie made her a "cake" of dishtowels and other kitchen stuff. I'd seen it done with diapers/burprags before, but never kitchen things. Pretty cute!! Here's a pic of my niece with the towelcake:

And that's enough randomness for now, I think.

From: (Anonymous)
2007-07-17 08:14 am (UTC)
I'm ceaselessly amazed at the boy's art. Just look at that shark? Good lord, every animal I draw looks like a poorly drawn dog.

I'm in awe.

The girls are so cute (and very productive)! But I wanna know what books you've got in that bookcase! Btw, you can't be old. I'm right behind you.

I've never heard of making a cake out of anything but cake mix. I'm so out of the loop on chick things. I think it's a cool idea and one I'm likely to steal when my nephew gets married in December.

Your niece is beatiful!

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-18 02:15 pm (UTC)
He kills me because he can look at something once and then draw it. Yesterday he came to my office, saw a picture The Tay had drawn in second grade, and then ten minutes later when we were on another floor duplicated it exactly on someone's white board.

My bookcase is...um...eclectic. Mostly adolescent lit. To give you some idea, in the portion you can see in the pic, here are some of the titles:

The Lost Deep Thoughts of Jack Handey
A Wind in the Door - Madeline L'Engle
Wollheims World's Best SF:8
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears - Datlow and Windling
Words by Heart - Ouida Sebestyen
The Secret Garden - Frances Hogeson Burnett
The Oresteian Trilogy - Aeschylus
Good Wives - Louisa May Alcott
Bard: The Odessey of the Irish - Morgan Llywelyn
My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok
A Girl of the Limberlost - Gene Statton Porter
Julie of the Wolves - Jean Craighead George
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[User Picture]From: causedujour
2007-07-17 04:22 pm (UTC)
The Boy is a genius. No doubt about it. *LOVE* the arrows.

People in Texas wear scarves?

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-18 02:17 pm (UTC)
Hey, we get cold, too! Like when it drops below 65*.
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From: blissonbliss
2007-07-17 04:32 pm (UTC)
That's so funny, the girls got into the knitting Kool-Aid too! I love the towel-cake idea thing. I might have to borrow it for Christmas secret santa. I love the Boy's drawings. One of these days, he's going to be on that inventor show.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-18 02:18 pm (UTC)
I swear, knitting is like a disease. With yarn.
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From: misty_bay
2007-07-18 12:44 am (UTC)

The daughters look

like Mary and Laura on a cozy winter evening.

I'm not going to analyze the first drawing too much, but I love the second! His drawings are so amazing, seriously. Methinks you have a child prodigy on board.

I love the cake idea....so much so, I may borrow it. Hard to focus on it too much though, your niece is stunningly pretty.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-18 02:19 pm (UTC)

Re: The daughters look

I hate clever people. I would never havet thought of that in a zillion years. And yes, my niece is gorgeous. And sweet and smart and funny. And single, in case you know someone in Texas who is looking for a girlfriend.
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[User Picture]From: jchammonds
2007-07-18 01:58 am (UTC)
Haha! Very cute!

Those drawings are great! Everything has a weapon. Lol. Reminds me of Ethan when he was little.

The kitchen towel cake is cool.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-18 02:20 pm (UTC)
He is obsessed with (among other things) swords. I love the little viking guy on the left so much, he may become my new icon.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-07-18 04:50 am (UTC)

And another thing

Did you take a picture of said baby blanket?

I am all ready to crochet a baby blanket for somebody's baby.
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From: blissonbliss
2007-07-18 04:51 am (UTC)

Oh dang! that was me, Kam

bliss, whatever
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-18 02:21 pm (UTC)

Re: And another thing

I didn't get a picture, but it wasn't much to look at. It was very, very soft, though. I just knit it with a garter stitch and then did a crochet shell border around the edges.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-21 02:07 am (UTC)
Gloves look like they would be hard. I don't think I will be able to knit something that requires counting.

One glove is a great present. Just ask Michael Jackson. (Yes, I am dating myself here)
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[User Picture]From: sphyr
2007-07-20 03:02 pm (UTC)
I like the phrase "decidedly trapezoidal." As an engineer, I had always assumed a shape like that was a mistake or a result of cruel physics teachers.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-20 05:16 pm (UTC)
In this case, it is a little of both!! :p
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-07-22 04:32 pm (UTC)
I like random. My life is all about random.

All this talk of knitting is making me want to try. Is it something one can read instructions and do, or do I need to find a class? What a neat Christmas gift idea! Looks like the girls caught on pretty quick and are enjoying themselves.

As always, I enjoyed the boys art! I can see he's getting more talented with every one you share with us!

What a cool idea! I'll remember the cake next time I need to come up with a gift for a shower or housewarming party.

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[User Picture]From: aims814
2007-07-22 04:50 pm (UTC)
oops! That last comment was from me. I wasn't aware that I was logged off.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-07-22 05:31 pm (UTC)
I guessed it was you!

Basic knitting is something you can definitely teach yourself. I find the drawings hard to follow sometimes but this site has videos too which makes it easier:


(thanks to moosiemoose for the link, btw)

It helps to start with one of the yarns labeled "quick" or "easy" - they aren't soft and you probably won't want to keep what you make, but they aren't slippery or fuzzy and it's easy to see what you're doing.
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