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The Busy-ness

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Raise your hand if you want to know why the heck I’ve been so busy and not posting to my blog.  I’m assuming everyone is raising their hand, so I will tell you:

As I said some time ago, this September (as in, a few weeks from now) the doodlebugs will be going to preschool and my babysitting hours will be decreasing.  (I can’t believe they are four and are going to preschool already.  It seems like just yesterday that they were 3 months old and I started taking care of them.  They are big kids now and we have great conversations and it’s so fun to see them learning and growing up.)  And looking ahead, in one year, my babysitting will likely be non-existent when the doodlebugs go to kindergarten.  The question became, “What will I do with my a-little-extra time now, and then in a year, my lots-of-extra time?”  Well, at the end of March, I signed up for an online course to learn how to proofread court transcripts.  Then I took the course, and then I finished the course, and then I looked for court reporters that needed proofreaders, and then I found some, and now I’m busy.  REALLY busy.  Nights and weekends and days off busy.

As you know, I love to read, so proofreading is a good fit for me.  The transcripts I get are pretty interesting, sometimes sad (wrongful death), sometimes nauseating (worker’s comp or lawsuits due to awful injuries), sometimes funny (lawyer/lawyer banter and witness/lawyer banter).  But proofreading is different from reading-reading in that I have to look at each and every word to see if it is spelled correctly, as well as determine if certain words are wrong or left out.  Because transcripts are spoken word documentation, I cannot correct grammar or run-on sentences, so that can be a little challenging too.

The problem then became that I was so incredibly busy on nights and weekends and days off, I didn’t have time to knit, or do more knitting design, or blog.  Or see Paul every now and then.  Something had to give, especially if I want to be able to expand this job when babysitting ends.  So, I’ve decided to give up my shop-watching hours at The Spinning Room starting in September.  (I bet you thought I was going to say I’m giving up the blog!)  I will still be teaching classes and individual lessons, so I don’t really feel like I’m “leaving” the shop, I just won’t be there quite as much.  These are all very exciting changes, but they are also stressful, anxiety-provoking, big changes, so bear with me if the blog is not as riveting as it usually is.

All right. So that’s that.  Want to know what else is going on around here?

There was a PAW Patrol birthday party:


(Have I said I can’t believe they are FOUR and going to PRESCHOOL in a few weeks?????)

Don’t know Paw Patrol? How about the catchy theme song?  Come on, sing it with me:  PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol, We’ll be there on the double.  PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol, whenever you’re in trouble.  No job’s too big, no pup’s too small!  PAW Patrol, we’re on a roll!

And some dinosaur growing:


I felted the slippers I knit:


Yes, that one on the right looks bigger, but it’s not.  It’s the way I have it stuffed to dry.

I finished my Melodia shawl:

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We’ve been watching this:


Do you know what it is?  I feel like it’s terribly obvious, but maybe not.  I think I know every episode.  Paul is annoyed impressed that I tell him everything that is going to happen.

We had ice cream:


And we did this:
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Go ahead and ask me how I’m going to re-fill the hummingbird feeder.

Oh, and our cars broke.  We are sharing the truck (read: Paul is driving me everywhere in the truck).

Restitution Complete

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After felting and drying….


(No temperature air on the rack in the dryer, and a little time in front of the wood stove)…. Paul finally has his new slippers.


Cozy and warm.  If I’m really smart, I’ll get something to put on the bottoms so they won’t wear out too fast.  If I’m really smart.  Which sometimes I’m not.  See previous post. It felt good to get them finished for him, because he really does deserve them!

Something else exciting happened this past weekend….

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Hooray!  A sign of spring.  We were wearing our winter coats and had to eat it in the car because it was cold and windy but who cares????  Hooray!

And, a little side note, we went to Five Guys for lunch and saw this:


When I inquired what a “hand-spun” milkshake was (of course, conjuring up visions of spinning wheels and also, for some reason, cotton candy), they couldn’t really say.   It seems they have a soft ice cream machine and a milkshake whizzer-thing, and then you can add various things to make them tastier like salted caramel and bacon, peanut butter and banana, or strawberries. We taste-tested the strawberry and it was very yummy.  Just like fresh strawberries.  I saw a man at another table with a milkshake and he just kept tasting it and shaking his head, tasting it and shaking his head.  At first I thought he didn’t like it, or maybe couldn’t get it through the straw.  But, then his friends arrived at the table and he just kept shaking his head and saying how good it was.

Lastly, in you-might-want-to-get-one-of-these news, I got a new knitting tool holder at Home Depot:


I was outgrowing my other one.  It’s supposed to be for screws and nuts or something and it was only $2! If you are looking closely, you will see that there is one yarn needle holder and the rest are stitch markers.  Like, eighty thousand of them.  Stitch markers are kind of like yarn. You can never have too many, and if they are new and different, I have to have them.  And this isn’t all of them.  You really need to have extras if you have several knitting projects going.  And for when they fall in the couch cushions and you don’t want to look for them because you want to keep knitting they get lost.

Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake

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Prior to getting my Sift magazine in the mail, I had my eye on this Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake from King Arthur Flour.  Just something that looked yummy and I wanted to try it.  So, keeping in mind that I was teaching two knitting classes this weekend, and therefore could bring it to those classes and have most of it be consumed by others not in this household (because *spoiler alert* if it stayed here it would  have been eaten in one day flat), I tried it.



Cinnamon-brown-sugar-with-a-little-cocoa-for-color filling:


More batter:


Spreading that second layer of batter was tricky:


Swirly, swirly, swirly, swirl:


Crumb topping:


Ready for the oven:




Or, rather, a little over-done.  I had to cook it a little longer because the middle was still wet when I tested it with a toothpick, but then the bottom got a little too browned, and the edges got a little too hard/crispy. Note to self: check oven temperature accuracy.




It was still SO.  VERY. YUMMY!  Especially 20 minutes out of the oven, which was when Paul and I tried it (he made a special trip in from the garage where he was working on restoring a step stool and a scooter).

It got good marks from the yarn shop customers and my knitting classes too:


(This was the Triangle Shawl class, to learn about increasing and changing colors and lace and applied edgings – we used the Duane Park Triangle pattern.)

This recipe is a keeper for sure.

AND, one of my class participants (who-took-both-of-my-classes-that-day-and-whose-first-class-had-three-women-in-it-and-they-were-all-named-Kathy-what-do-you-think-of-that?) brought in two knitted items to show me:


Knit using my Bulky Twisted Rib Hat pattern and my Easy Cozy Cowl pattern!!!  She said she loves them and she thought the patterns were very well written.  Hooray!

And, if you thought I was too busy with all this baking and teaching to finish Paul’s slippers, you would be wrong!:


Ready to be felted.  As soon as I finish the laundry.  Which would take me a whole lot less time if I would remember to put the cover of the washer down so the load of laundry would actually get washed.  And as an unrelated, but sort of related side note, I also prepared something for the crock pot and then forgot to turn on the crock pot, so now we are having something else for dinner.  It’s been one of those days.  I’m blaming it on the daylight savings time change.  Because of that, I am off to read my Sift.

Restitution in Progress

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OK, OK, OK!  I started the slippers for Paul.  Yes, I agree, he deserves them, has waited very patiently, and has been walking around in holey slippers for too long.  And I’ve been knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting lots of other things, but not these for him.  So here is most of the first one:


Hoping to get them both knitted by the end of the weekend.  If I’m lucky, I’ll get them felted too.  Then it’s a couple of days drying and he can wear them.  Right when the weather is supposed to “warm up”. (To 45 degrees.)

That is, when I’m not totally distracted by this:


I pre-ordered this a while ago (only $19.95!) and it just arrived. Nine hundred-ish recipes.  Paul and I both love this show, and I love the Cook’s Illustrated magazine which is by the same folks.  I’ve made several of their recipes before and they are great.  What I love most is that they explain why the way they cooked something is the best way – and have tested 80 million different ways of cooking it to come up with that way.  I have been reading it page by page to see every single recipe and I can’t decide what to make first.  FYI — I wouldn’t recommend reading this in bed.  I tried.  It’s an 80 pound book.

And if that’s not enough, I am patiently waiting for this, which was supposed to come yesterday and didn’t:


The premiere issue of King Arthur Flour’s Sift magazine.  Can’t wait!

In the mean time, I found this recipe which I’m planning to make and bring to the two knitting classes I’m teaching tomorrow.  After I give some to Paul, who probably deserves some for his patience in walking around with holey slippers.  Food always helps smooth over that sort of thing, don’t you think?

See you on the other side of the weekend!

The Human Tape Measure

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I was knitting along on my Tea Leaves Cardigan, at a point in the pattern where I had to knit back and forth in stockinette stitch for thirteen inches, when I stopped to consider how much I had knit.  I didn’t have my tape measure with me, so I asked Paul how much I had knit.  Paul has an uncanny ability to look at something and say what its measurement is.  He said, “It’s 10 inches.”


Don’t ask me why I bothered to get the tape measure.  Just to prove it to you I guess.

Then I plugged right along, got the body done and a sleeve started:


It looks very uneven and sloppy but that is because my dress form is a size negative 2 and I am not.  But you get the idea.  Just sleeves and button bands and I’ll be done.  And sewing on buttons. (ugh)  I can’t tell you how much I love the color.

In the mean time, I got obsessed with two patterns in the new Interweave KNITS magazine.  The Second Story Tee , which I started yesterday:


I’m making it with Cascade Cotton Rich DK and hope that it will be a nice spring/summer top. See?  Looking forward to spring and summer….

And the cover pattern, the One Way Tee which I will make with this great dk weight yarn that I got at Fibre Space when we went to Virginia last year:


But this one will have to wait until after I knit Paul’s slippers.  He’s walking around in these and I’m kind of starting to feel bad:


(and it wasn’t until I sought them out to take that picture that I realized how big the holes are….!)  And seeing how winter is not going to end any time soon (more snow last night, more snow tomorrow, very windy and cold today), it might be nice for him to have a new pair.

Oh, and I just finished listening to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.  It was very good. Sad.  But good.