I've been thinking of a project to work on this year, and given that we are now a month in, I have procrastinated the sufficient amount that is just my style. I am going to knit 12 Elizabeth Zimmermann patterns. Although it works out to be one a month, some patterns might only take a few days tops; whereas, a sweater is going to keep me busy for longer than a month, so it should even out quite nicely. I am not going to make this a tricky project for I am lazy, and I truly believe it's cruel to set up anyone for failure - with me being at the top of the list. That being said, I am also up for trying lots of new techniques however ugly this might get. I stayed up late last night thinking of my 12 projects, and I have a list, but I have not yet determined the exact pattern for each project.
- Baby Surprise Jacket (this should be no surprise - it's her most famous pattern)
- Child Tomten Modular Jacket - for the Bumblebee
- Seamless Yoke Sweater
- Last Minute Sweater
- Nether Garments (I never thought I'd consider these in a million years, but yeah . . . )
- A Shawl
- A Blanket
- Something Aran
- Seamless Hybrid
- Heart Elbow Patch/Hat
- A Vest
- Knit from the stash. EZ makes it hard for you to make up excuse not to knit from the stash 'cause she writes the majority of her patterns to work with any weight. Dang it.
- Must knit twelve PATTERNS, not projects - meaning I can knit the same pattern twelve times and call it a day. No repeaties!
- At least one pattern must include steeking.
- At least one pattern must include gads of fairisle.
- Must knit gauge swatches. (I'm going to be honest. This one is going to be the hardest rule to abide.)
- Must finish by December 31, 2010.
- Completely allowable to knit patterns, I've previously knit. This could be the lifesaver. These patterns include the February Baby Sweater, the Practice Fairisle Hat, the 36-Stitch Mittens, the Ganomy Hat, and the Christmas Fiddle Faddle.
- Must blog my evidence that I am indeed making progress on "the project".
Store bought snack cakes were a treat for the kids in my family because we usually only had homemade and the grass is always greener (or sweeter and more artificially flavoured) on the other side, right? So over the weekend I decided to indulge in my nostalgia and also make my mother proud by making my own oatmeal creme pies. These turned out much tastier than how I remembered the store bought ones tasting and although still full of sugar, these contain a lot less preservatives and other unpronouncable substances. The recipe that I used is here. So even though I now live across the border and can have as many snack cakes as I want, I think I'll stick to making them myself.
I added the ribbon at the top for decoration and it hides the fishing wire that is used to hang the cork board. There's plenty of room for more necklaces and the beauty of the cork board is that you can rearrange it at any time.
Where has the time gone? I realize that it has been 2010 for two weeks already but I was only just getting used to 2009. And why is 2010 crawling by so slowly? Maybe it’s because of the -20 degree temperatures we’ve been having or because I have work up to my eyeballs after returning from the holidays or perhaps it’s because I’m feeling drained, both physically and creatively. After the knitting whirlwind that made up all of December I don’t know if I have energy for another stitch for awhile, yet I miss knitting. Does this make sense?
Similar to N getting her fancy, new and very awesome camera, I too got photo equipment for Christmas. This REAL light box arrived this week from my FIL. He and I are fellow gadget geeks and I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but my husband sometimes tells me that he married his father, which is weird yet true. And the reason why I call this a real light box is that it will be replacing the plastic bin and random desk lamps that I’ve been using as a makeshift light box. This thing is fantastic and folds up into a flat pack that holds the two lamps that comes with it and the camera tripod. I'm still playing around with this but the options for different backgrounds and little, tiny sets is very exciting. Maybe this is just what I need to get the creative juices flowing again.
The oldest is giving me weird looks as I blast this. I think she is confused as to how I could be this cool. Shrug.
Once again, I found myself too lazy to go to the store to buy cookies for the girls' lunchboxes, so I found a cookie recipe to use up the canned pureed pumpkin that has been sitting in the refrigerator since Christmas. Mmm . . . Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Now I just have to pawn these puppies off as plain ol' oatmeal raisin to the littlest. Please pray these are a hit 'cause I am much too lazy to bake more cookies.
PS. I found the recipe in this book - mine's on loan from the library as are the majority of my books. And yes, it's a children's cookbook. So what?
bake cranberry upside-down cake
clean foyer of boots and coats and skates
fetch clean towels for bathroom
shovel the driveway
put the kids to bed at a reasonable hour
finish the citron
We've spent all morning staring out the window at the snow swirling around and making everything a little lighter and whiter. We've also been keeping an eye on the bird feeders we made yesterday with pinecones, birdseed and lard. So far, all we've managed to catch is a bright red and very plump cardinal pecking away at the pinecones.