Monday, August 20, 2012

lesson learned

Today was a day to make banana bread. My youngest always eats it as if it were the last banana bread that will ever be made. So today was a day to make banana bread.

Henry did all the work. He measured, cracked eggs, wiped his hands on his apron, mashed bananas and scooped it all in to the bread pan. Tah dah!

Then it was time to clean problem. Today the stars aligned and he stood up on the stool, waited for the sink to fill and started washing the dishes. Until...

Forgetting for a moment that my boy is indeed 7 and not the 12 years that his size might suggest, I let him wash my old pyrex bowl. My old, HEAVY, pyrex bowl. And it fell. And it shattered.

I quickly grabbed Henry from his perch and made sure he was not cut. He wasn't but he felt so bad for the accident. For which I assured him that it was just that – an accident.

So the lesson for today is...heavy bowls need to be washed by mom. And light, plastic bowls need to be used to make banana bread. Consider it learned.

On the plus side? Henry makes a mean banana bread. And we are eating it like it is the last banana bread that will ever be made.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

to pack or not to pack...a lunch

Every year on or about August 1 I start thinking about my kids and what they eat at school. Every year, I promise myself that I'm going to make them healthy lunches. That I'm going to by a reusable lunch system and make them lunches that are good for them and looks cute and all that. Like this,
or this.

Both can be found at So I hope that I haven't broken any laws about using other peoples photos without linking.

But every year, I fail. Well, not so much fail as I just have them eat the icky school lunches. This year my kids want me to try again. And I think I will. Too bad I have such picky eaters. Although I think that if I were to make pb & j look like a pretty pinwheel my youngest just might eat it. Here's hoping. Wish me luck.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I'm still around and some very nice press

Haven't been around for awhile. Mainly because I've been busy trying to sell a book. And going to TNNA in Columbus, OH. Having a blast, I might add!!

I don't have any photos from either but I do have a little yarn goodness that I took today for the Yarnery...but I'm going to share it here as well!

And if you are interested in reading some nice things about our book, Wearwithall, check out what Clara Parkes said about us... or the great interview with Theresa Gaffey by Kristin Nichols...or what Knitty had to say! Scroll down, we are towards the end, but such lovely things were said that it's worth the scroll. Thanks to everyone who says nice things!

Monday, May 14, 2012


This is a sweet little infinity scarf made from Classic Elite Allegoro. Nice to crochet with, pretty to look at. Can you really go wrong?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

pretty things

I like pretty things.
Today this is what I saw that was pretty.
It is in my backyard.
Lucky me.

Monday, April 16, 2012

it's here it's here

So, I'm an author now. Along with four other fabulous people and many knit designing geniuses I now have my name on and in a book. Lucky me. If you are reading this, are from the Twin Cities Minnesota and want to see the book in person stop by The Yarnery on April 19, from 6-8pm to meet us all and get your very own copy!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Day 2


My handwriting
These are my notes from the knitting retreat that I am coordinating at The Yarnery. If you are reading and want to go click here for information.

Day 1

which should have been yesterday...
Got myself a challenge from paper coterie
Which I think is fun. And it's only one month. If I can do this, I can do anything!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I love it when a plan comes together

I finally figured out to do with the orange Remix I have in my stash. And I only had to buy 2 extra skeins of different colors to make it happen.

What it resulted in is so great. My son says when he wears it he feels like he is being hugged by a god. Fantastic.

This is The Big Sven Sveater by Cottage Creations. Size 10. Added corrugated ribbing at the cuffs.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

a little stash busting

Spent a little time over the last week to stash bust. It feels good to go through the yarn and find things to make with the rogue skein. These are some of the cowls that I made. Nothing fancy, but quick and cute.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

a new start

Do people read blogs anymore? I know that this is joining the revolution very very late...but I'm going to try it anyway. A photo a week? Once a month? Who knows what works. But I should try.