Thursday, January 17, 2013

Learnin' Something New

How to incorporate a lesson for the home school kid AND a little knitting time for mom? Hmm... how about a new cast-on!
Said kid was sitting at the table, working on an assignment and I was at the computer typing in 'stretchy cast-on' when I noticed kid peeking at what I was doing. I reminded him to get working and I just kept at it too. When he heard my frustrated grunt (probably more like a bad word) he pops up and says.. "Mom! I can show you how to do that." Okay Boy Wonder, go for it. He did try and he ended up grunting like me, way too frustrating. We kept at it for a few minutes but pretty soon we were laughing too hard to accomplish much of anything.
I know, I know,  the kid was all into helping me because it kept me distracted from making him get his language assignment done, but.. sigh... it sure was fun! AND how often do I get a boy to be completely interested in what you're doing?  In my house, that's pretty much a big never.
Boy and I ~ tossing the language assignment aside ~ plugged away some more and came up with a cast-on that seems to be stretchy and is fairly simple. Thank goodness for you tube videos or we might still be goofing of! In the end we decided that we should make our own YouTube video using me and my knitting as the actor and Boy as the director! **If you listen closely you can hear him yawning!

Warning! It isn't a wonderful video and I leave a few things out.. like when I'm saying... "you wrap IT around.." Wrap what? Sorry.. you wrap the working yarn around. I had a limited time budget with this video ~ Boy Wonder was ready to go back to his work after boring ol' knitting!

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Year Resolution(s)

Now that Christmas is over and all the racing around finishing up of things is over... it's time to start it all over again!! Oh boy, oh boy!! No... I'm not really doing a happy dance ~ just trying to figure it all out so next year I'm not rapidly trying to finish up seventeen bazillion things all at once!
I've often thought and tried (not that hard obviously) to get started on Christmas projects right after the holidays. Right during that lull in January which lasts through the end of winter and uh oh... oh no~ somehow it's Fall once again and I haven't gotten much (if anything done). Now the crunch time starts all over again and it really is time to start thinking about what to make the family for Christmas. *Sigh*  No matter what my intentions are, it never seems that I have enough follow through to get me ahead of the game.  I make resolutions. I do. I try to follow them ~ Hey! I even write them down on paper so I won't forget.... now what did I do with those papers? Geez.......
Everyone around me seems to have their stuff together and never seems to be as frazzled as me at the end of the year ~ how come!? How did they do that? They either fake it really (really) well or they make resolutions at the beginning of the year and STICK TO THEM. Like I said... how do they do that?
Every year I start out the same way. I say I'm going to stick to my resolutions. I make them, I do. Every New Year ~ just like everyone I know!  I plan it all out and I try. I do.  I work really well on them for about a month (sometimes two) but then... pffftt. They're gone. Like a puff of smoke ~ gone.
So why should this year be any different? Because it ends with a 3?   How about just BECAUSE. My kid loves that one, let's try that... Just  B E C A U S E.
Better yet, how about because I want to.   Really. I want to be ahead of the yarn game and have all my stuff in a group.  I want to make things for my family that I know they will love AND not have to run around like a reindeer at the very last minute trying to make things!
How about I start simple? Yeah... that might be a good idea! Why not start with a resolution that isn't impossible to keep... I mean c'mon. I can't possibly start knitting up things for the family for next year now can I? What if the GIL's favorite colors change? What size is the Grand going to be anyway? Do my parents really need seventeen (or thirty) more hand knitted dishtowels and washcloths? Probably not a good idea to make a resolution I couldn't possibly keep. Right?
I think I shall start small. I could even start right here and right now.  I'm going to try... I really will....  Here goes...
a good resolution for me to make and that will have even a small hope of being kept......
I will (try?) shop in my own yarn stuff first!  I will try my hardest to not immediately head off to the yarn store for inspiration~ I'm pretty sure I could find some in all the yarn I have at my house.
What do you think? A good one huh?   I think I might be able to keep it AND an even bigger score here... I'm thinking Big will agree!!  I think he would totally agree with shopping the yarn stash first!
 Let's start with that then ~ a resolution that will (maybe?) stick. I'm not even going to write this one down! In fact.. I'm going to implement it right now! I'm thinking of another pair of socks to make, this time with some sort of pattern on them so I better get heading off to the yarn condo to find just the right yarn!
*IF I look there first and I don't find something I like.... that means I get to go to the store, right? Right?  This may be harder than I think........