Friday, February 15, 2008

Automation is my friend

I'm glad to report that, due to sub-zero temperatures (fahrenheit), and an unheated laundry room, the washer was just frozen up. Thanks to you all for your commiseration on my handwashing. It was an interesting thing to teach my daughters, though, about how clothes used to be washed. They always tell me that they wish it was the olden days, back to log cabins and sewing by candlelight. I see their point, there is a definite attraction to simpler times. We like to sew here, and bake and craft, et cetera. But when it comes to laundry, I'll take a washer, thanks.

I've been doing some stealth knitting for a friend I promised to send a gift to. I got it done last night, the Fake Isle hat, with Noro Silver (I think) yarn, and alpaca - mmm, soft alpaca.... but it came out too small =/ So I'm casting on again today for a larger size. Here, however, is the grateful recipient of the too small hat:


Honestly, she would steal everything that came off of my needles. I'm glad she likes handmade things, though! If I could just get her to go sock yarn shopping, she'd have another pair of socks. I think it's very interesting how quickly kids get picky, when they know you can make them stuff. These potential socks can't be just any variegated color. She doesn't know what she wants, but it's nothing in my stash. On the other hand, this is my OCD child, and I can't exactly take her to the sock yarn room at my LYS. There is no way she would ever be able to choose a sock yarn. So, sadly, I'm left with the only other option I can think of: Buying a skein of sock yarn at a time and bringing it home for her inspection. Should she not like the one I've chosen, I'll have to put it in the stash and buy another, to try again. (Play appropriate sad music here)

In the meantime, we have a four-day weekend, no school! This is a good thing, because they get tired of the continual routine, and the roads are terrible. So we're going to get all domestic here again, make some cinnamon rolls, and - just to keep them honest about how drudgery works - washing walls. I swear no one has to wash walls as much as I do. How do they get foot prints so high up on walls????

9 comments:

Cheryl S. said...

They must be practicing their Spiderman moves. I love the hat - great colors!

Dave said...

Not that I'm trying to limit your stash or anything, but can you just show your daughter pictures on the net, maybe one or two at a time, and ask her to choose from those?

Carrie K said...

Walking on the walls? Clever minxes.

Aw, you poor thing with that sock stash enhancement. Pay no attention to Dave's suggestion. You really need to see it in person to judge properly. Totally.

Jennifer said...

I love that hat! I'm glad things worked out with the washer. In terms of the footprints, hmmm, moon boots?

Liz said...

I love the hat! And glad to hear you were just "all froze up"!

del said...

Cool hat! So glad the washer is OK--whew.

AR said...

The hat looks great! Lucky girl~too small for the original recipient. ;) I'm going to be casting on for another one of those soon, too.

Asaknitter said...

I should take a leaf out of your book and do more baking and crafting with my daughter ... the handwashing, though, not so much. Hope your washing machine is back in action soon.

Kat with a K said...

Just tagged you for a meme: here.