Saturday, June 30, 2007
These are the smiley face pirate shirts that I made for the family. They are a riot. I love them so much. Here's how you do this: first, get a dark shirt t-shirt. Pre-washing is preferred, but I didn't do that. Find an image you like. I found stuff off of the internet, photoshopped it to the right size, and printed it out. Now, get some contact paper. Any kind will do. Cut a piece slightly larger than your image. You are going to cut both the image paper and contact paper at the same time, so get ready to hold them together tightly or attach them. I used staples for cutting out the ship because it was so intricate - I cut the sail side first, then did the waves last. With the faces, it was easier, and I actually was able to use the pattern more than once by taping the edges and cutting through the tape. Do the middle parts first with very small scissors, then cut the outside part. Now for the fun - stick the contact paper wherever you want your image, and put some cardboard or plastic bags inside your shirt so that the bleach doesn't soak to the back. Get a spray bottle (I used an empty glasses cleaner bottle) and fill it with half bleach and half water. Go outside (trust me) and spray bleach around the image. I used a paper towel to blot the contact paper, because I really don't know what happens when contact paper and bleach mix. Spray as much or little as you like. Let it dry, and then bleach it again. More bleach = more white. Less bleach = interesting variations of color (see the shades of orange above). Experiment to see what you like best. I dried mine in the sun for an hour, then turned inside out and washed in cold. Have fun, people!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Look at the concentration. FAM JAM rocks!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Come back soon, kids! The pool awaits!
So I'm on to the literature. Of course, I've read Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's books, and Sally Melville's books. Love them. I watch and read Vicki Howell's Knitty Gritty stuff. I love looking at Erica Knight's books, as well as Debbie Bliss's baby book. I've looked through Mason Dixon Knitting, Stitch n Bitch Nation, and domiKNITrix. I am loving the Harry Potter Charmed Knits book (thanks again, Tina!). And I read Annie Modesitt's blog - she's the biggest promoter of combination knitting out there.
But I am finding out that these are all new knitters. To get to some classic knitting wisdom, I have checked out Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac. I love her. Her patterns are more like having tea with an older knitter who is teaching you a craft, not a pattern. She's not just showing you how to make a sweater, she's training you to be a better knitter. But it's even more than that. During the instructions for making a patchwork blanket, she shares some insight for learning to read and knit at the same time (!!!), and tells a story about how she learned to read and knit at the same time while reading aloud to her kids, which produced three children who love to read. See? It's knitting training and parenting advice in the middle of the blanket pattern!
So, I'm making big steps in my knitting education, but I'm not done. I don't think I'll ever be done, which is part of the appeal of knitting. There is always more.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
The infamous Spiderman birthday cake.
Sally and Samuel pose for the camera.
(Note the matching outfits - all their idea.)
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Happy Father's Day, Dad! My favorite memory of my dad is the day that I had to cook dinner myself (practical skill training - my mom had my sister and I make dinner by ourselves a few times a month) and I made lasagna. I put too much sauce on the lower layers, and ran out by the time I got to the top. The top layer of noodles was still crunchy (the recipe I used did not require you to pre-cook the noodles; they cooked in the sauce that I ran out of). My sister declaired the meal disgusting and she ate a pb&j sandwich. My dad ate two helpings of the lasagna, and even told me that he liked it a bit crunchy. What a great dad, huh? Thanks Dad! I love you!
Coming up next week: a typical SoCal evening, a trip down memory lane, and Samuel's version of the Pledge of Allegiance. See you later!
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
(1) The secret to happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you've got.
(2) The truth always comes out.
(3) The cure for anything is salt water---sweat, tears, or the sea. (OK, you got me - this last one is a quote from Isak Dinesen, and not a pithy overused saying. But I like it. And I think it's true, too.)
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Me: "OK. Who are you?"
Sally: "I'm Rapunzel's mother. I'm supposed to look like I don't have a lot of money."
Me: "Do you want to wear a dress? I have one of Dad's old shirts - it will look like a dress that is too big for you."
Sally: "Oh, that's good. I like that."
Me: "How about your hair?"
Sally: "I'll just make it messy. Then I'll look like an old lady."
Me: "I don't think Rapunzel's mom was an old lady."
Sally: "Yeah she was. She was like in her 20s or 30s."
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Have a great weekend, internet!
Thursday, June 07, 2007
(2) Samuel got in on the action with the garage clean-up project and was rewarded with a Spiderman comic book. He sat on cousin K's chair and read it for a long while. He fell asleep with it on his chest.
(3) Stuart got me a whole big Costco bag of garlic flavored bagel chips. Knowing my history with garlic, this was a very sacrificial and loving gesture. What a great guy!
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Me: "These strawberries are a little tart. They would be really good dipped in sugar."
Auntie Tam: "I like eating frozen fruit. Even dipped in sugar, it's better than something that is all sugar, like an Otter Pop."
Samuel: "Oh! Oh! I love Otter Pops! I want an Otter Pop!"
Sally: (sounding but exactly like her dad) "Nice, Tam."
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
She didn't stop.
She wore me out.
I'm going to go knit something.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Stuart's sister is staying with us now, and her daugher (who I will call K) is so funny. Watching K with my kids is such a balm to my spirit. Yesterday we all swam together in the afternoon, and then it was reading and playing and nap time (although I was the only one who actually slept!) and then we had dinner together. It was an altogether lovely day. Samuel, at almost 4, and K, at almost 2, are close in age and they are both "no sleep kids". So Sally was asleep at 8:00, but the two young ones stayed up a bit longer and we laughed at how silly they are together. Laughter is very good medicine.