Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Skills of Observation

Today we spent the day rearranging picture frames and getting our scrolls framed to hang on the wall. We are in the SCA, and awards often come with a medieval looking scroll to commemorate the award. I took our family picture down from above the couch. It's two years old and we are hoping to replace it in the next month anyway, but I thought the space would display some of our scrolls nicely. I placed it on the floor by the coffee table.

Kenny (4 years old) comes to get me and says "Mommy, you weren't married in this picture." I was stunned to say the least. I asked him how he knew and he pointed out that I wasn't wearing a wedding ring. (We got married about 6 months after the picture was taken).

It's so funny to me that I could place a bowl of cereal in front of him and he couldn't find it, but he can notice a detail on a photo like that and make the cognitive leap that we weren't married. He never ceases to amaze me

Monday, February 23, 2009

Tatted Butterfly Paperclip

String 16 seed beeds on tatting thread.

1st ring: 6ds, p(3 beads), 6ds, cl

2nd ring: 6ds, p(1 bead), 3ds, p(3 beads), 3ds, p(1 bead), 3ds, p, 6ds, cl

3rd ring: 3ds, p, 3ds, cl

4th ring: 6ds, p, 3ds, p(1 bead), 3ds, p(3 beads), 3ds, p(1 bead), 6ds, cl

5th ring: 6ds, p(3 beads), 6ds, cl

leave tails of thread while making tassel. Take two playing cards and wrap thread around narrow width 20 times. Cut all threads while holding together. With threads in bundle, lay in center of butterfly. Take remaining tails from tatting and tie in place. With separate thread, wrap base of tassel securely and finish off. Trim tassel to desired length.

Thread paperclip through top three picots.
Tip: If having trouble threading beads, dip 1" tip of thread in superglue and let dry, this hardens it enough to use like needle to put beads onto thread.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

O Brother, When Art Thou

Today we were having a normal quiet afternoon. My dear husband, who loves to watch movies, asked if I would be interested in "O Brother, Where Art thou". Kenny says "That's too retro!"

We about died laughing. He's four years old! I can't believe how funny he is.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Late Valentine's

Kenny got a Valentine yesterday. I was also finishing up a decorative paperclip for my Mom. It inspired me to make this Valentine for her. The lace is tatting with a tassel attached for added impact.

Friday, February 20, 2009

So I was having dinner with our SCA Kingdom's current Queen a couple of weeks ago. We'd had a long day with the annual Costumer's Seminar. I taught a class on German Costume in the 1520's getting ready for this summer's Tailor Shop at the Lilies War in Kansas City. We were at a pizza place decompressing afterward. I had the most interesting "German Style" pizza. It had saurkraut, ham, italian sausage and I think pepper. I'm not sure on the last ingredient. Suprizingly good. I don't even like italian sausage. Anyway we were all talking and Jack felt the need to bring up my bad taste in movies.

The Queen knows the movie "Vegas In Space" AND she loves it. How glorious! I liked her before, but now she is the first person I have ever met who not only knows the movie, but actually likes it.

My son keeps telling me I am turning into an alien. Inspired by Vegas in Space, I got on ebay to try to find a fun wig to put on one morning before he wakes up so I can freak him out. I've decided that instead I am going to knit a sea monster mask I found on Ravelry. I can't wait to finish it. I may still buy a wig. I found one with lavender pony tails that is tempting me horribly. My husband wants to know where on earth I could possibly use it and I don't have an answer, but if I come up with an answer he better watch out.

Blog Trouble.

As my friends know, in the fall, a glass a grape juice was dumped on my laptop ending it's phenomenal run as my companion. It lasted 7 or 8 years so I can't be too sad. It did it's time.

So, my fabulous Texan best bud loaned me a computer to use that her husband got used somewhere. It's pretty good, but my husband got a second one out of the trash at his union hall. That is the computer I use for this. This one has a monitor attached to it that is easier for poor farsighted me to read. Sadly, this computer hates blogger. I keep trying to post and it keeps crashing. So wish me luck this time.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Snuggi" Time

For weeks, Kenny has been bugging me to have a "snuggi". Every time he sees the commercial, he tells me he needs one in his favorite color green. They don't sell them in green, so I headed out to the fabric store and got some green fleece for him. After a whole 15 minutes of work, Kenny has his "snuggi" (and it has the added benefit of being kid size).

Now, if I can just get him to stop channeling Billy Mays I will be in good shape. I was writing on a piece of paper on Sunday and this was the running commentary:
"Watch as this pencil write it's letters!" (taking the pencil from me and erasing part of the line), "Now watch as it magically disappears, ISN'T THAT AMAZING!"

Monday, January 19, 2009

Baby Leg Warmers

Needles: Size 8 US circular needles
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino (Worsted Weight) 1 Main color and 2 colors of scrap wool
Gauge: 5 st per inch

Cast on 26 stitches

Cuff 1: In first scrap color, K1, P1 ribbing join taking care to keep stitches in line without twisting. Continue in K1, P1 ribbing for 1.5 inches

Body: Change to main color. Knit next round, increase on final stitch of round. Continue in knit stitch, increase every 5th round until 10 increases are created. (36 stitches) When leg warmer is 7 inches long, do final round in K1, P1.

Cuff 2: Same as Cuff 1, then bind off.

Decoration: In scrap color 2, apply cross stitch around both ends of leg warmer where stocking stitch meets ribbing.
(Fits variety of sizes. At newborn it is scrunchy, at 6 month it doesn't cover full leg, but still fits.)
(Do not mass reproduce or distribute this pattern, post it to another web site, or use the pattern in any way for a profit without my written permission. To do so is a violation of copyright.)
Copyright 2009 by Jacquelyne Aubuchon

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ok, the great decluttering of the basement has begun. My brother threated to help me build shelving down there a few weeks ago and I realized two things:

1. That would be terribly helpful.

2. The basement is too much of a mess to even work in.

So, I've been combining rubbermaids, sweeping, and getting the 6-9 month baby clothes out of the basement. I've made some great progress today. I wish I could work on this when Aaron isn't home, but c'est la vie.

While down there, I found three scarves that just needed to be cut off from the yarn and finished. Why weren't these done? Why was I making scarves? I'm such a mess!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Nora, the Piano cat is so funny!

I was reading a list I was on and thought I woukd check it out. Kenny can't get enough of it.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

OK, I've found a group on ravelry that may help hold me accountable for finishing projects. I was doing pretty well, but Christmas mucked me up. All those little projects that give you that wonderful satisfaction of wrapping up fairly quickly with the added bonus of a deadline that cannot be moved.

This is also a contest, so if you have those things sitting around, check it out at this blog:

I am far too stubborn to frog anything at this point so it will be "finishing fridays" for me.