June 1st, 2014

I seem to get into some sort of blog denial/depression/fugue state every so often and just pretend the thing doesn’t exist. (That’s happening right now in case you haven’t noticed.) It seems to be when the seasons turn, circumstances change, a new Zelda game is released or I’m working on something new that is just really making me crazy.

Well it’s summer. Ellie is home from school (and doesn’t nap* anymore although she does have a siesta with reading material after lunch every day). There’s no new Zelda but we did break down and get a Disney Infinity the day school got out (great for Ellie’s age and motor skill level and we can play together – I totally recommend it). And I’m on version FIVE of my current pattern. But I think I’ve got it this time.

However, I am unhappy with the yarn I ordered for the finished pattern. Bah. It’s just a core so I’m worried that it will just fuzz up and I’m not super happy about the color – I may do a swatch to carry in my pocket to see how it wears and then try it in another green. But it’d be good to find something else. Any suggestions for a green, maybe kettle dyed (something with variation without being variegated), chunky yarn? From happy sheep? Or no sheep – but I think wool will work best for this one. I could go with one of my standbys, but I’d like to try something new. Maybe I’ll give Swan’s Island (aran) a try.

I also have one small confession to make about what I think started this fugue. I agreed to be the PTO president for Ellie’s school next year. The planning meeting for next year was much better received than I expected so I am encouraged and excited and hopeful. I hope that this will be a “building year” and I can help create lots of opportunities for involvement. We’ll just see how that goes shall we?

I’ll recommit to the blog sooner or later, it’s a little like dieting that way.

She totally falls asleep at siesta every other day and would absolutely still be napping if it weren’t for all day kindergarten. She and her daddy both LOVE NAPS.

April 8th, 2014

Swap boxes should be on their way!

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It should be noted that I waited to make this post until mine was on the way. Log in your own eye and all that. Happy spring, y’all!

April 1st, 2014

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At long last!

You can find the pattern on Ravelry. And on Etsy. I can’t believe I started this back in September.

Oh WOW, y’all. I can’t read a calendar! The last week of March was so tricky with the doubled up Sunday and Monday! There is no possible way swap packages could have been sent today even if I had got your partners to you yesterday morning (I was trying to give everyone a chance to answer the questions before I had to go on without them). I’m sending the swap information this morning – packages should be on the way by NEXT MONDAY April 7! Thanks for your patience with my poor, sad brain. We could just pretend it was an April Fool’s joke. Everybody loves that kind of thing right? If you don’t get your giftee by this evening, please give a shout!

March 25th, 2014

Remember back when we talked about a Four Seasons Swap? Y’all. It’s Spring! Technically, down here it’s still winter if you stand in the shade, but I’m going to overlook it because it’s swap time.

SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED! WATCH FOR THE SUMMER SWAP!**

Clean Spring Swap

*Boxes should include: Yarn for a dishcloth, knitting pattern for a dishcloth, a little something that’s good for cleaning (sample detergent, soap, hand lotion for after, you get the idea) and a small wind chime or similar springy item that makes you happy. Because I like wind chimes even though they don’t match my clean theme.
*Stash yarn and patterns are great (be careful of copyright on downloaded patterns). Unless you keep a treasure trove of goodies, you may have to spend a little on this swap. But not much if you don’t want since the Dollar Stores are jam-packed with silly little spring feel-goods!
*To sign up, leave me a comment with an email address where you can be reached by Friday night. I’ll send a brief questionnaire to collect mailing addresses and the like and make matches over the weekend.
*Ideally, swap packages should be in the mail by April 1. A week turn-around should keep anybody from overthinking it. This is an impulse swap!

I think that’s it! No more waiting! The leave-a-comment link is right

down

there…

SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED! WATCH FOR THE SUMMER SWAP!**

March 10th, 2014

You know how sometimes you just don’t have time to do a thing, but you decide to do it anyway? Fuzzy Mitten (Barbara Prime) is doing a little Mystery Toy knit-a-long. She’s releasing just a bit of a new toy pattern each week – so far we’ve made a little cardigan.

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I’m leaning toward the yellow buttons.

I went for sleeveless since spring is basically here but the pattern has two other sleeve possibilities if you’re still chilly. It’s not too late to catch up if you want to play along! The pattern is available on Ravelry. She sends an update with a new piece each week.

I can’t wait to see what I’m making!

March 4th, 2014

If you live down thisaway, you get a couple days off school for Mardi Gras. It’s for practical reasons: all the parades make going anywhere except a parade logistically challenging.

So we go to parades.

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Order of Mystic Magnolias down in Fairhope last night.

Mobile had Mardi Gras for a hundred years before New Orleans even heard of it. The first parade in New Orleans was hosted by a krewe from Mobile. Just putting that out there.

February 24th, 2014

Ellie’s Birthday happened For Reals with cupcakes at school. It also happened with all of her grandparents the weekend before and AGAIN at Build-a-Bear on Saturday. The Build-a-Bear party was really nice – engaging, sweet and the Party Bears (folks who work there) throw a great party. Even better than I expected.

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That bear’s name is Rosie. She’s getting dressed.

So it’s back to normal.* I’m working on Easter orders and trying to get a couple toys (cats and elephants) back in the shop. I’m also working on a little surprise for y’all!

Has anybody played LittleBigPlanet 1 or 2? Ellie and I started a game in 2, but the levels in the game progressed beyond her gaming experience pretty quickly. Game play is a good fit for us because if she can’t make it, she can just wait for me to get to the next way point and reappear…but for many of the levels (with the grapple especially), she’s waiting for me a lot. I hope that some of the user-created content will more suit her style (which revolves around sticker placement, jumping and dressing our characters like cats).

*famous last words