Recording the journey…and knitting

School days August 22, 2011

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Last thursday was Gavin’s first day of school. Ware has summer gone?  We did get to  do a lot of fun things and kept mostly busy!  There is no dought about it, fall is around the corner.

Fun fall things in the future!


*This Moment* August 19, 2011

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember


WIP August 18, 2011

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Last year I made sock yarn eggs, I used leftover sock yarn and the over abundance of  those plastic eggs from prior Easters.

I have started on next Easters batch and I definitely have enough eggs, but a little worried on the yarn front.  First thing, I don’t have as much because before I had about 2 years worth of leftovers.  Second I just don’t have as much because I didn’t and don’t have as much money  to buy as much.  I will however still be just great!


Great Uncles August 15, 2011

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This past Sunday we celebrated my Great Uncle Dick’s 75th birthday. He is the last of my Grandfather’s surviving brothers and he is much-loved.  I was able to meet three new cousins and see some others i haven’t seen in awhile.  Good times and good food!


*This Moment* August 13, 2011

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember

Thank you to Soule Mama to starting this wonderful tradition


Food August 11, 2011

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On our fantastic Chicago adventure we had the privilege of eating at a few of Chicago’s fine eating establishments, becoming fuller and fuller.  I  will recount them in the order we ate at them.

Gino’s East: Really  good deep dish pizza.  Yes, its known as Chicago style, but I did not have deep dish till I was a late teen.  We started out with a pitcher of 312, Bruschetta, and an anti pasta platter. Two Pizza’s were ordered, a Meaty legend, and a half plain cheese and half Gino’s East Supreme.

Tavern at the Park: Pricey, and though it says family friendly, there were no kids menu.  This aside, the food was wonderful.  I had Seared Ahi Tuna with asian slaw, sesame seeds & peanut soy drizzle. Yes I died and went to heaven. The tuna was fresh and melt in your mouth.  Tim Had the fish and chips and enjoyed it. I can’t recall what every one else had, but my mother-in-law and father-in-law had the same things we did.  Gavin had mini burgers, but definitely had a more grown up taste and he only ended up eating one of the three.

The Geneva: Breakfast for both days, had the best breakfast buffet (and I have been to Los Vegas).  This included omelets, waffles, changing egg dishes, breakfast meats, fruit, yoghurt, pastries, juices, dried fruit and nuts, smoked salmon, cured meats and I know I must be forgetting something.  The coffee was so good, well brewed, european style.

Santorini’s:  I have never really had greek food before this, sure I’ve had Gyros, Saganaki, and greek salads.  This is much more authentic and so good. A great Greek wine, kolokithakia a fried char-grilled zucchini served with skordalia, cold combo spread, octopus, Gavin had meat balls calles Kefledes, I had a combo plate of spanakatiropita dolmades vegetarian maussaka and chicken santorine, Tim had chicken arphrodite.

Berghoff’s:  This was not my first trip to the Burghoff, back in 2003 I went with my mom and sisters and in 2005 was one of my first dates with Tim.  He thought he was being so cool bringing a suburban girl to a chicago tradition and quite disappointed him when I said I had been there before. As usual every thing was good, Tim and I had the Sauerbraten.  Gavin got chicken fingers.  This was one of the better places for kids.  Only this and Gino’s East had crayons and coloring pages.

So much good food we ended up takeing a taxi back to the train station.



WIP August 10, 2011

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Today I shall wax a bit more about socks now that I am working on my 23 pair.

I know that with the average price of a skein of sock yarn one could buy nearly 15 pairs.  I also know that with the time it takes to make a pair of socks one could shop for those socks for days. It’s so not about the quantity or time saved.  Nothing in this world is so good to your feet, (and in my humble opinion you soul) then a pair of comfy, hand-made socks.  aesthetically they have so many wonderful aspects.

It all begins with yarn choice, and there are so so many variations.  Some go for color, some for content.  I must admit that often my first consideration for a pair is the color or colors.  Solid, kettle dyed, self striping, space dyed, completely random hand dyed, tweed , ombre, the ways off the top of my head.  They all have their place and play a great part in deciding on a design.

Yarns are made from so many wonderful materials, some sustainable, others not so much. You have wool, which in turn has several sub categories; generic “wool”, merino being the most popular of the breeds for socks, and other breads.  Alpaca adds softness and warmth, but doesn’t have much of its own spring so will often be blended with something else.  There is also cotton, bamboo, milk protein yarns, soy yarns most of wich are blended with other fibers to make up for what those yarns lack.  Acrylic, nylon, and spandex are often added to extend wearability, to add depth of  color, or add a bit of stretch. (Also adding these last fibers help to make the yarn cheaper).

Then of course there is choosing a pattern, any there are just so many.  I can only suggest a few things to help you decide; skill level, the way your color choise will highlight or hid the design, and one you like!