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Sunday, February 27, 2011

RIP Zuzu

In the early fall, my cornsnake escaped from her tank. We searched everywhere for her. I thought she must have gone down the heating vent. Everyone kept telling me she'll re-appear. Well, today she was found. Unfortunately, she tried to hybernate under our drain spout in the back yard and didn't make it. So close, and yet so far... Bryan found her - yes, it was her body, not a shedding. RIP Zuzu, you will be missed.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Scarves - quick and easy!

I bought a new red coat and thought it would look lovely with a black scarf. As I went through my stash, I realized that I had a few silver and black yarns as well as the grey/white yarn I used for the boys' Bro Hats. After playing with the yarn, I decided to make it a "fade into" effect going from the gray to the sparkly to the ribbon to the solid black. The effect came out really nice. Here is a close up:

Close up black-gray scarf

The pattern was very easy - cast on a multiple of 4 (since it's a rib stitch). I decided to knit it long ways so I casted on about 200 sts. Then I did a K2P2 repeat across the whole thing. I added the fringe separately keeping with the fade in pattern of the yarn. Here is the final result:

Black-gray rib scarf

I also had a bunch of brown shades yarn and decided to do another long ways scarf. This one is in garter. I casted on around the same 200 sts or so, then knit one row leaving a long tail, cut the yarn and added a new color. I tied the tails together to keep them from unraveling. I mixed the yarns holding two together at some point and just randomly picked each ball. Here is the result:


Pay no attention to the phone camera in the pic!! These were both fun to make and very quick - if you have a lazy rainy or snowy day, you can complete these then. If not, definitely in a weekend!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Time Capsule Ceremony

Throughout this school year, Jarett's class has been writing letters to themselves, goals, and getting letters from their parents. They brought in "memory items" and pictures. All of this will be kept in a large boot box and sealed until they graduate from high school. It was definitely different writing a letter to my son 6 yrs in the future! It will be so fun to see how his goals have changed and I wonder if he will laugh when he sees what items he sealed in the box. There are pictures below, but he had his white belt from karate, a knitted alien we made for a science project in third grade, a crystal that Matt swears is his, a ball he made out of his silly bands that he doesn't wear anymore, a bowl he made in art class and the trophy he won in preschool for doing the scarecrow contest. He had an article from when Roy Halliday had a "no hitter" perfect game, pics of himself bowling at his first bowling b-day party, a pic of him, Matt and me from karate and this year's school picture with his hair long to donate to Locks of Love. I left work early to go to the sealing ceremony and brought Matt with me. It was neat to see what everyone was putting in their boxes. The girls had tons of Justin Bieber pics!! The kids also had posters of the jobs they hope to have in the future. Jarett wants to be a Veterinarian. Below are pics of Jar at the table with his things displayed.

Jarett's sealing ceremony time capsule

Matt & Jar- time capsule ceremony

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jess's scarf

I made Jess this scarf last year for the holidays. I had forgotten about it until she wore it over the weekend. We had a great time going out to dinner and bowling. I made her pose for a pic so I could put the scarf on my Ravelry page. She has been getting tons of compliments of it so I'm thinking of creating a pattern with the basic concept I used on the scarf.

Jess's scarf