the forgotten cowl

I stitched this up in July, but just took a picture of it yesterday.  It’s malabrigo rasta yarn in natural.  Personally, I blame the weather for  my forgetfullness.  It’s a thick cowl and the weather just hasn’t been cold enough around here for something this cozy.

It’s just knit in the round on with big needles.  After all this time, I don’t remember what size needles I used.  I think maybe 15, I do remember I used the whole skein.

I’m sure it will feel more like winter soon enough, and when it does, I’ll be ready with this new cowl.

all the little ticking clocks

tic tock

It’s the end of May.

Tomorrow is the last day of school for the kids (thrilled to not be making lunch at 7 am for a while)

It seems I may finally have a handle on whatever this issue is with my stomach (once again I pause to be grateful it isn’t celiac)

We are starting the next program in cj’s listening therapy (fingers crossed for better attention and focus)

Piano and drum lessons will start soon (still need to schedule swimming lessons)

The spouse is already planning 2 trips to Argentina and 1 trip to Canada this summer (ugh)

I also have quilt blocks that need to be pieced into a top for cj’s bed (guess my new goal for that will be this fall)

I have managed to finish all the teacher gifts  (need to get pics of the two I finished yesterday)


The two hats on the ends are gifts for cj’s associates.  The middle hat was given to my super neighbor for her birthday.

tic tock

on to the next thing on the list…

where i’ve been hiding

A yarn shop opened about 3 blocks from my house.  Honestly if my little town would get a quilt shop I would never have to leave the city limits again.

At my first stop, I found the yarn.  Then came home to start knitting and realized I didn’t have a size 2 needle.  No problem.  All I had to do was walk back up the hill.  At this point, I knew I had to switch to a size 6 for the crown, but did I check to see if I had a 6 – of course not.  A couple of days later the brim was done, I was digging for 6 but only came up with 8 and 9.  No problem.  I really like having a yarn shop in town.

The pattern is “aloof” from hattitude, a book of knitted hats that a friend gave me for the birthday.

I’ve also been working on a quilt.

I’ve have definitely been eating far too many of these.

I’ve been patching jeans.

I’ve also discovered that iLs takes a serious commitment.  I didn’t really think an hour a day, 5 times a week would really bite into a schedule, but it does.

The other thing I didn’t expect was to see a such change in him, but that’s a story for another day.

There has also been play dough.  This time it’s blue.

play dough

1 cup flour

1/3 cup salt

1 Tablespoon cream of tartar

1 cup of water

1 Tablespoon oil

liquid food coloring

Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, and oil.  Place over low heat.  Stirring constantly until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.  Remove from heat.  Add food coloring.  Stir until color is blended.  Knead dough until smooth.