Books + Yarn

Today I’m contemplating some books (among other things).  Since pay day is still more than a week away, I’ll just have to lust after them from afar for the moment.

By Amanda Blake Soule and Stephen Soule… Rhythm of Family and The Creative Family.  (They also have some great sites/blogs like Rhythm of the Home and Soule Mama.  I love how involved their children are and admire their farm.  I don’t think I want to go that far back to country life though.)

In response to a clutter cleaning conversation with a friend, she recommended The Emotional House.  I think we’re going to band together and tackle some cleaning over the next few months.

I started the Demiluna Shawl last night with some yarn gifted by a friend.  Meliae is finished and waiting to be blocked.

I haven’t been to the thrift store in weeks.  I’m feeling the need to go.  I also need to finish up the newsletter mailing list for work, get the webby stuff together, and rig a large light box for taking photos of samples.  Anyone figured out how to stop time yet?

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This And That

After that whole post about being with it, work kind of exploded.  Thanks, Murphy.  Good one…

Instead of regaling you with tales about my stressful week (like participating in a conference call while grocery shopping), I’ve decided to show you a couple new additions to the library.

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So far I haven’t had a chance to make anything out of it, but I’m going to!  Tyler has this love of throwing things at my head, so he’s getting soft food for his pretend kitchen.  No hard plastic, thankyouverymuch.  (He’s got killer aim, by the way.  Clocked me with a tractor in the side of the face in the car the other day.)

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My third book of making flowers.  this one has both knit and crochet flowers.  The detail on some is absolutely stunning.  The fuchsias and lavender are high on my list of flowers to make.
On a completely different topic… Did you know I moonlight once a year as a Stage Ninja?  Or rather, a Spotlight Engineer.  Once a year, I spend all day behind a 750 watt follow spot.
This is the view of the stage from my perch on the balcony.  It’s just a little two hour production that the local dance studio puts on.  Ever since I quit dancing in 7th grade, I’ve been working at this show.  My sis went off to college when I was in 8th or 9th grade and I took over the spotlight at that time.  I’ve had it ever since.  Mary says that I, “dance the spot”.  I just try not to burn myself or embarrass anyone.
Most of the night was spent trying not to let the darn thing squeal when I changed the size of the spot.  Every time I pulled the knob, it squeaked loudly and stuck right in the middle so I had to force it and jiggle the spot.  I think the spotlight at SMHS is older than I am…
A follow-up on the TP cover I made for Mom.  It seems to be  liking the place of honor in the bathroom.  Dad thinks I should make a matching cover for the spray (we’ll see).
The pattern for the base of the cover is now linked to Ravelry here.  My very first design on Ravelry, woo!!  (Sad that it’s a toilet paper cozy, eh?)

Evening Reading

This is usually the last thing I see before I go to bed at night.  Trying to read a little something and relax… and a kitty head pops over my book.

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She’s awfully demanding, but how can you say no to that face?

(P.S. That’s my new-to-me Dilbert book she’s looking over, purchased at Powell’s on our Portland trip.  It’s Obvious You Won’t Survive By Your Wits Alone)

New Year, New Sweater

I made a purchase yesterday that spent a good half of my Christmas gift certificates to the Yarn Shoppe.  What could it be you ask?  I know the suspense is killing you!  You’ll just have to wait.

But I will give you a hint.  It involves these two things…

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Plymouth Encore Worsted in color #175, 10 skeins.

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Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard of Knit & Tonic.

Can you guess which sweater it is?  (If you’re on Ravelry, no cheating!!!)