Wednesday, November 26, 2008

making room

Every time E and I used to talked about having kids, the issue of space (Where would we put it?) would come up. Now we're really dealing with it. Yeah--it's time to get a baby room ready! I'm about 4 months along, and we're really excited.

So when I finally get around to making a bird mobile for me, it'll really be for baby! I'm so excited about the sewing time I'm going to have during my winter break. If you have any project suggestions, let me know!

Monday, November 17, 2008

couch companion

Thank you all so much for the knitting advice. It has turned out to be the perfect project for right now. After a few restarts, including when Kobe took off across the yard with the knitting, but not the ball of yarn, I think I've got the basics figured out. After the Kobe mishap, I even learned how to knit in new yarn!

The color of the yarn matches the late tomatoes that I discovered in the garden. There are probably more out there now than I got all summer!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Being pretty low on energy after work lately, I've been watching waaay too much TV, so I decided I need a 'lap project' I can work on. With winter on its way, knitting seemed like the perfect craft to pick up. So, armed with some yarn, new needles, and a few books from the library, I gave it a try. Somehow, I was able to decipher the instructions and diagrams well enough to cast on, but now I'm stuck! I'll probably give it another shot later since I haven't explored any online resources that might help.

The two books I picked up at the library have been nice to look at, even if I can't follow their directions! One is this Debbie Bliss book, which has gorgeous pictures and projects including the scarf (aka long rectangle) I'm attempting. The other is a book written by Tracey Ullman and a yarn store owner. The projects are way above my head, but I'm enjoying their commentary. One piece of advice I read was to choose needles and yarn that you'll love to work with, and they were so right! I have a feeling (if the knitting goes at all like the casting on!) that I'll be working/attempting to knit with these supplies for a long time:)

Monday, November 3, 2008

sweet potatoes

The other night, when I thought we might get our first frost, E and I went out and dug up all the sweet potatoes we had left in the garden. I love sweet potatoes. A while back, I googled 'how to cure sweet potatoes' and found a document written by George Washington Carver. Apparently he was almost as obsessed with sweet potatoes as he was with peanuts--he had written up all the info on how to grow, cure and store sweet potatoes, along with a ton of sweet potato recipes! Just what I was looking for, even though it was written decades ago.

I've been feeling nostalgic lately about the southern food I grew up on--big breakfasts, chicken and dumplings, lots of desserts--and hoping I can spend some time revisiting these foods during the holidays. Can you believe it's already that time of year?