Archive for the ‘family’ Category


an open letter to my dog

8 April 2010

Whyfore have you decided, at the ripe old age of 6, to start stealing stuff and eating it when you ain’t never done that before?

And seriously? Who eats a box of dryer sheets?? What about that seemed appetizing to you? You didn’t eat the sheets, just the box. Scented cardboard is now your idea of a delicacy? The garlic bread I could understand. But why unwrap my candy thermometer? Do you have a secret taffy-making plan of which I am unaware? And chewing up the Prof’s basketball tickets was just mean.

Straighten up and fly right, or you may find that you are an outdoor-only dog. I’m not foolin’. Don’t test me.


quilt o’ the day

25 March 2010

Last time I stayed at my father’s house I slept under this beauty. It is completely hand-pieced and hand-quilted. I can only hope to make something like it someday.

In other news, please think good thoughts for my Grannymo, who is recuperating in the hospital right now.


Geburtstag? Nein, Geburtswoch!

13 March 2010

So, the Professor’s birthday has been properly fêted. The festivities included, but were not limited to: cake (and I realized I forgot to link to the recipe, sorry), a poker game, dinner, chocolate, dinner, a movie, and lunch.

So how did we kick these celebrations off? With dinner, of course.

Menu (and recipes) to be found in the April 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Living (I did look for a link, but couldn’t find one). This may be the perfect early spring dinner: roast chicken with green onions, goat-cheese potato salad, and sugar-snap peas in lemon juice and olive oil. I did simplify the potato salad a bit (no celery), but it was still delicious.

Now, I have a question: does anyone else’s house fill with smoke when they roast a chicken? This doesn’t happen when I cook any other foods, so I know it’s not a dirty oven. Is there something inherently smoky about chicken? I’d love to be able to serve this kind of meal to guests, but I think the fumes would kind of put a damper on the evening. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them.

Because you know I’m going to be making this again!



10 March 2010

Today was a rather significant birthday for the Professor. He is bearing up well and has managed to extend the festivities for over a week. Tonight we went to a new restaurant to celebrate: Pizzology. Not bad. But we are really looking forward to Friday, when we will celebrate at our favorite Indy restaurant.

I hope the Prof. has been enjoying himself. I find that he is improving with age.


professor sweater

15 May 2009

When the Professor pointed out that this year I have made four sweaters for myself and zero sweaters for him…well, it was time to get to work. I had 14 skeins of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes stashed away, in a nice professorial color (camel heather), so all that was left to do was find a pattern.

I looked everywhere, but the answer was right under my nose.

Remember the Ardent Jacket? Only my favorite sweater in the world?

What’s on the page right next to it?

The article is called “K2Tog”. Clearly, it was meant to be.

DSCN1636This in-progress shot captures a critical moment in the creation of the sweater: I stood back to admire my work, only to realize seconds later that I had knit the body in the 42.5″ size and the sleeve in the 45.5″ size. Sigh. Luckily it was the sleeve that needed to be redone (and just to be crystal clear, the error was entirely mine, no fault of the pattern at all), but still. I had to rip out about 3/4 of the sleeve. Let us speak no more of it.

As I write, the sweater is virtually done. I’m hoping to show finished pictures before we leave for England; stay tuned!


christmas redux

30 December 2008

Hi y’all (I just got back from The South),

I hope you all are enjoying the holidays as much as I am! A few highlights of my Christmas:

  • spending time with family, including the Professor’s parents and aunt and uncle, as well as several of my aunts, my uncle, and cousins
  • going to the Grand Ole Opry (thanks, Professor’s aunt and uncle), which was a new and fun experience for me
  • getting lovely new yarn from the Professor for Christmas (more on this later)

Now that the New Year has almost arrived, I’m thinking about knitting. All right, I’m always thinking about knitting, but I do have some specific ideas and finished things to show and talk about.

First, I can’t wait to knit this. I’ve got the yarn, I’ve got the needles, I’m ready to swatch and roll! But soft, what light on yonder knitting basket breaks? I just have too many things going right now to start something else. Clearly, some discipline is in order. So, here is my plan for finishing items: I have 9 active projects, and 5 must go before I can add another!

  1. The Cowl. Begun as a soothing travel knit, I bound it off last night. It’s drying now, and finished shots will be posted tomorrow. So much for the cowl.
  2. The Professor’s Socks. So close! Really, these just need an extra blocking (I had to take out the toe of the first sock and add more length), and they will be history. Two of Five.
  3. Christmas Presents #1 and #2. We’re doing this exchange around Jan. 9, so these are my next priority.
  4. The Must-Have Cardi. I am ashamed that this sweater has languished so long. Also, I’d love to wear it a few times before spring!

Thanks for the comments on the dishrags. For those wondering, I used the Ballband Dishcloth pattern and Peaches’n’Creme yarn (I love the classics). I’ve found that they hold up excellently to all kinds of abuse, including machine washing and drying. Since each one takes about an hour from cast-on to bind-off, how can you lose?


Life in the doghouse; or, Random Wednesday in three acts

1 October 2008

When my father and stepmother came to visit a few weeks ago, we built this doghouse together (or, more accurately, my dad designed and built it, and the rest of us helped wherever possible). The professor and I put the shingles on the following weekend. Now, all it needs are a few coats of paint.

A few things I learned from this project:

  1. Measure twice, or maybe three times, probably only cut one time. 🙂
  2. When doing a project like this, make sure you have the proper tools; the job will be much more difficult and time-consuming without them.
  3. Avoid working with tar or glue if possible. Especially avoid glue with tar in it. This is impossible to remove from clothing, and very difficult to remove from skin.
  4. If you want the dog to learn that the doghouse is a nice place, you should put some treats in there.

The professor ran his first 5K race that same weekend! I’m really proud of him. This picture shows him a little while post-race; he’s still got his number pinned on and everything.

A tiny sneak preview of the completed Ivy League Vest, my secret knitting from the last post. A full reveal tomorrow!