Friday, June 17, 2016

Shark Bite for Shark Week!


While we were traveling North to visit my family we stayed overnight in West Virginia. We ate dinner and then came back to the hotel so we'd have some time for Little Man to swim in the indoor pool a little. Then, in a moment of pure bliss, I grabbed a glass of wine from the cocktail lounge and sipped it in the room while I watched Jaws on the iPad and cast-on my Shark Bite socks. I was hoping to get one sock done before Shark Week and then knit the other one during Shark Week...we'll see how that goes. I haven't made a ton of socks...but this pair will be different in a couple of ways. First, they have intarsia colorwork....so there will be a "picture" knit in them by changing yarn colors. Second, these you start by knitting them flat,then after getting through the cuff and the 67 rows of intarsia you stat knitting them in the round for the heel, foot and cuff. Then you seam up the leg portion. I'm so excited for another pair of shark-themed socks...and these seem like they will be SO much easier than my LAST pair. Which is a good thing!!

Monday, June 13, 2016

First Swim Meet

We just finished at the first swim meet of the season. Hubby and Little Man have collapsed from exhaustion and I'm not far behind. I'm sitting on the floor for fear of sitting on my furniture after sweating like an animal all afternoon.  The sun was so hot I had to hold myself back from jumping into the pool fully clothed. I could feel all of my clothes stick to me and there was nothing to do but sweat and hope sundown would bring relief that made us forget all about it.



We had to be there for 4:45 and did not finish until well past 10. Hubby and I volunteered for the 2nd half so we stood for hours and our feet are sore and drenched. I will say volunteering helped us quickly understand what we were watching and how everything is organized. Little Man had fun with his swim team buddies and 2 of our 4 volunteer slots have been filled right away,YAY!




Friday, June 10, 2016

Crafting With Food: Croissants


I love learning new things. It's a definite weakness of mine but, like reading magazines, I can live with it. Whether it's crafting with paper, fiber or food...I'm always game to learn! So, when I saw this class with Sur La Table, I was so excited! Croissants definitely have plenty of steps..but after this class I'm pretty confident I can take them on! I may have to make them and freeze them before baking...that seems the most convenient...I wouldn't want to have to spend so much time making them with company around...they take a while!


The trickiest part is the butter block and rolling out the dough to the correct size. Once you've repeated the process a few times (folding, resting, rolling) the dough tries to fight you.



Would you look at this cute little croissant? You can't tell, but it actually has cheese and ham in it!




We also made morning buns! They were so good, but I don't know if I'd go to the trouble of making croissant dough to make these...it seems like it would be easier to make "regular" cinnamon rolls.


Hubby and Little Man were happy when I came home with a goodie bag of extras from class!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

End of School Year Shenanigans


Little Man had a pretty exciting end to his school year. He has loved his school and is sad to leave, but enjoyed the last days there.

First, he was invited to a pool party. It was at one of the neighborhood pools and there were a lot of kids he knew so he had a blast.




During field day I volunteered. I was stationed at the bouncy house which is not one of the most popular assignments, but wow you have to be careful the kids don't get crazy in there! I volunteered with Little Man's friend's mom who I know pretty well, so time flew by and we were both able to take photos of the kids. (And go down the big inflatable slide twice at the end...who says you can't be a big kid?)


The water slide was super fun for the kids and a welcome cooldown since it was a gorgeous, hot, sunny day!


We also had the promotion ceremony. Little Man saw the shirt and tie and wanted to really dress up. He looked so HANDSOME!!!


I was super proud that I didn't cry...I was worried I would!



The last day of school was a day he didn't have to go, but he wanted to see some friends for the last time (they were moving away). So, I took a last day of school photo.


I picked him up a little early and then we headed to the pool. Sniff, sniff...in the fall he's off to middle school!


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Another Sweet Little Man Craft


Little Man starts middle school in the fall and I wonder if the sweet crafts are almost a thing of the past. He brought home this tile from school and it has joined other projects he has made over the years and it made me so happy looking at all of his art. The detail he puts into it...that he knows how much his projects mean to me. Not quite ready for all of that to be over yet!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Last Thing I Need...


I have so much going on and the absolute last thing I need is an idea for another project. THE ABSOLUTE LAST THING. But, there I was, visiting friends on a quick weekend trip...and I saw the fairy planter they had put together...and I thought,that won't be too hard to do. MUST. HAVE. FAIRY. GARDEN....I started looking at cute fairy garden furniture...and another friend of mine put together a few too and it took all I had to resist putting one together right away. But, resist I did...for now.

Isn't it so cute?!?!



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Socks to Share!

What has happened to me?!? I think it all started with those Christmas socks and now I can't get enough. Besides the obvious benefit of using fabulous yarn, I love how convenient they are to tote around. And they knit up so fast! And the patterns are so fun to watch appear!

These socks are the SO popular Monkey pattern knit in Malabrigo yarn. They are so delicious on my toes! Soft and cozy, and the color is so gorgeous!



These socks are the Zigtagular Socks knit in yarn I had left after making a pair of little slippers. The yarn was from Sock Yarn Cinema and it was from the Titanic month...the colorway is called "Heart of the Ocean"...love it!!! These are super comfy too!!! I kind of thought of waves when I saw the zig-zag...so the pattern went well with the yarn!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

EEEEKKK!!!! How Cute Is This Little Piggie?!?!


O.M.G. Little Man learned how to sew in art class and he decided to make me this little piggie for Mother's Day! It wasn't finished in time so I got it a little late...it's now sitting on my nightstand where it will probably stay...forever!!! It made me feel so good that he decided to make this all on his own!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fitting in Knitting!

When you get busy you need to get creative when it comes to getting in your knitting! For me, one of the best ways is some gorgeous spring morning knitting outside while I watch my son play soccer. The air is cool, the sun is bright...and a sock project is the perfect small project to work on while I watch goals and sip some coffee.



In the evenings while I watch a movie or Outlander episodes with Hubby I work on my projects some more...being careful to stop if I start feeling tired...I don't want to mess something up!

Right now I'm working on the Zigzag Sock pattern. The pattern on the sides of each foot remind me of waves...and since I'm using the remainder of my Heart of the Ocean sock yarn from Sock Yarn Cinema...the waves are perfect!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Crafting With Food: Homemade Tagliatelle

For Mother's Day Hubby gifted me a KitchenAid pasta roller attachment for my mixer. I suspect he was all about getting me a present that would lead to him having even more good food on his plate, but I'm not complaining because I have had so much fun "playing" with my new toy! I followed the directions from the class I took and was so happy that I was able to tackle this food project at home and not have any issues...and Hubby and Little Man loved the pasta I made! My attachment does not cut the sheets of pasta dough into the desired shape...it rolls it into sheets thin enough for pasta (you choose the thickness) and then you can cut them with a knife, etc. Not hard at all...and so fast to cook!