Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Q. Help! Advice on Gift-Giving: I am a knitter who is knitting socks for my son's preschool class. I intend to give these socks as Christmas gifts this year. I am keeping them a secret as I would like them to be surprises. The only one who knows is the teacher as I needed her help getting the kids' feet sizes. My question revolves around the note I am going to include with the socks. Of course it will include washing and drying instructions (cold water and low heat); however, I am stumped about how to ask for the socks back if the kids don't like them, so they can be redistributed. Now, I don't really want the socks back for my own son; I would like the socks to go to someone who'd actually wear them. What would you do in this instance?
A: In this instance, I would stop with the socks and knit a sweater for my own child. While many people enjoy handmade scarves, there's a reason people stopped wearing lumpy, itchy, droopy handmade socks as soon as industrial looms were invented. It's sweet of you to want to make gifts for the entire class, but you're investing way too much time in a gift that won't be appreciated. If you want to do something handmade, maybe you should bake some treats. Or you could offer to come in and do a knitting lesson for the kids. Unless you're making socks they can hang by the fireplace for Christmas, no one wants handmade socks in their Christmas stocking.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Bless us, O' Lord, for these gifts which we are about to receive through your bounty. And bless us, always, with family and friends. Through Christ's name we pray, Amen.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Breakfast: 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (nonfat, plain) + 2tbsp sugar free maple syrupSnack: celery sticks + hummusLunch: Romaine lettuce + pine nuts w/ sherry vinegarette; pulled pork (6ounces) + green beansSnack: lentil + black bean salad (see below)Dinner: Balsamic roast w/ onions & mushrooms; asparagus with provolone; 16 ounces milk
Veggies: 9 servingsLentil & Black bean salad:
Lean protein: 2 servings
Dairy: 3 servings
Ingredients: lentils (cooked),
Directions:black beans 1 can (rinsed),2 small cucumbers,3 pieces of roasted red pepper,1 small onion diced & cooked,1 tbsp olive oil,1 tsp crushed garlic,1/4 cup cilantro, chopped.
Cook lentils in equal parts water. Cook onions in small amount of olive oil and garlic until softened. Dice pepper & cucumbers. Toss everything in a bowl and season w/ salt & pepper.
1 serving: 1/2 cup.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
One down, one to go. :)
No great adventures in color dominance here... but I did use the Magic Loop method and it greatly affected my gauge. I was surprised. I like that I didn't get that weird ladder-ish type mark in the middle of the pattern (it's always easily remedied by a good soak and blocking), but the "around the corner" stranding was a bit tough. I'll use the same method on mitten #2, but I have one more pair of mittens to make this holiday season and I don't think this will be my ideal method. The only way to know is to try, right?
And: knitters... help me. I'm trying to find instructions to make a February Lady/Baby sweater for a 5 year old size. I'm sure it's just a matter of adjusting the cast on stitches, but I'd like more guidance than that. Anyone have a link for me?
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
- My mom is always on that list.
- My dad: not so much. He would love a sweater, but that's a lot to get done before Christmas. So, he'll get a February sweater and he'll love it. \
- My brother R: nope.
- My brother J: yup. Even though he the afghan I made him over his head as a shawl. I might be rethinking him.
- My sis-in-law... even when we weren't getting along, she was always a yes. No one goes crazy for a handknit quite like my sis in law. :)
- PCs' parents: mom (yes), dad (no), sister... maybe. She's a tough one. She lives FAR away (think different continent) and I think she likes her handknits, but who knows, right?
- My nani: yes. she loves them. LOVES them.