Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on which way you look at it) I have a job that I can do from home.
So I spent most of the day at my computer, writing away. It also allowed me a chance to see what the kids get up to during the day:
First we snack a little:Play a game of hide and seek:
Relax in our "house" (which as you can see, has been torn apart at the seams from "play")
Watch the snow:
Tease the fish:
Watch the snow some more:
Dance through Valerie's knitting patterns:
Eat the plants:
Sleep some more:
Oh to be a cat....
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
And I found these!
For just $5 a ball - I managed to purchase more than half of my Christmas presents for this year! Now I just have to knit them...
I also found some awesome fabric that I just couldn't leave in the remnant bin. For the moment, Peno has claimed it, but I know a six-year-old-boy who is OBSESSED with Pontiac GTOs. (and it totally wasn't Dave's fault - the kid decided all on his own and often argues with his Uncle Ken how GTOs are better than Mustangs) and there is enough here to make him a nice TV blanket. There was some Camaro fabric that I was tempted to pick-up for myself, but I decided I'd rather have the Camaro, not the fabric, so I'll have to wait until I win a vast amount of money. Now if only I could find some Dodge Charger fabric, I'd be making a big TV blanket for Dave.
And remember that top down hoodie I said I'd have done by the weekend? It's not finished. I did manage to get a sleeve done, but I got sidetracked by a design idea that popped into my head for a slinky little shrug. Maybe I'll get it done by this weekend, but for the nonce, my double points are tied up in the shrug.I'm using some Baby Monkey I bought on sale at a wool store in St. Catharines, and the left over Alapaca Silk from Dave's Leo.
And speaking of Dave's Leo... he finally gets to wear it (almost a year later)Special thanks to Mom for fixing it (neck was too large and sleeves were waaaaay too long). It looks INCREDIBLE on him (the picture doesn't do it justice) as he his very broad in the shoulders and narrow in the waist. The ribbing is very flattering, and I couldn't stop looking at him all day. And the yarn is absolutely SCRUMPTUOUS! I want more and more and MORE of this yarn. It has no itch at all. I threw the sweater on for a few hours on Saturday and it was a dream to wear. I was so surprised, as my RYC baby alpaca yarn, which is just as soft and silky, has a fair amount of itch to it.
So, back to the shrug.... or maybe a pair of Christmas socks!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
And of course I had help...Peno is a little more dignified and sat patiently waiting for her share of raw chicken... though she never blinks when she's waiting... it's creepy.... Once everything is all fried up, I drain it well (because water and oil don't mix and I have the burn scars to prove it) and pop it in the fridge to cool, clean up and relax for an hour or two. Then comes the hard work. Rolling it all. I don't roll them like you see in the Chinese restaurants. I do an envelope roll, and pop them in the hot grease. (Don't try this at home kids - I am a highly untrained professional) After a year of working at New York Fries, I learned how to handle pots of near boiling vegetable oil (and believe it or not gravy burns worse than oil) but this is still pretty dangerous. It scares the crap out of Dave, but I really just can't be bothered to invest in a deep frier (I cook my frenchfries this way too) Besides, it feels like I have more control this way. And I like to be in control. You can only fry a few at a time, so it takes a while.But it's worth it because the end result is a heaping plate of tasty egg rolls! (Of course half of these are going up to Mom ... as much as I'd like to eat them all ... that would be a bad thing) YUM!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Leeniebeenie asked what would happen if they did hatch: Well... once they hatched, they'd still be stuck to the pump in their egg sacs for a couple of days. Since Mama Angel was doing such a good job guarding them, I could wait until they ate thier own egg sacs then they'd be free-swimming. Once they were free-swimming, I could just leave them, but very few would survive (if any). More than likely they'd get sucked up the pump, or eaten by the other fish. I'd need to be quick, but I could net them all (or as many as I could catch) and put them in my breeder (A separate cage which floats in the tank) until they grew big enough to fend for themselves. I used to breed guppies (which is ridiculously easy) so I'm really good at catching near-microscopic fish.
Hopefully Mama Angel will lay another clutch in a few weeks, Papa Angel will hold up his end of the bargin and I'll get some baby Angels.
In other bad news.... I frogged Purity. I was almost ready to cast on the lacey edging when I thought to myself "gee this is taking a long time. I don't remember it taking this long last time" and I perused the pattern again, and sure enough I was increasing on every other row... not every row.
I just haven't had the heart to cast on for it again, so I started making a pinwheel blanket for my friend who is due in the Spring. She won't tell anyone (even herself) what the sex of the baby is, so I hunted forever until I found this yarn, which despite the magenta, should work for either sex. I don't mind pastels... it's just everyone else will probably be giving her pastel baby stuff, and I like to stand out.
I was also doing a little beading this week:
This is probably for something special, but I'm not going to tell you what it's for until I have a few more details confirmed. (Garnets and pearls of course... one of my FAVOURITE combinations). It's not finished yet either... I snapped my last beading needle before I got a chance to finish it!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
He's a bit of a toe biter.