*I was feeling all posty yesterday, and wrote up a nice one, which was promptly eaten up by typepad for an afternoon snack, and, as mad as I was, I had to move on. But today I thought I would try it again. I'm so glad you all liked the tomorrowland trees. I'm thinking a kid version at some point. Emma is at such a great age to craft with these days, her ability to stick with a project pleases me to no end. She will be 10 soon, and although I feel weird about that (my child's a decade!), I think that being 10 looks from here to be about the best thing in the whole world. She starts a small sewing class on Monday and is really excited about it. I'm so happy to see that the sewing and knitting and general crafting that goes on around her hasn't turned her off completely (it tends to skips a generation in my family).
*My mom's birthday was recently, and I gave her one of my eight by eight pieces framed up. Something a mother would love. Things in square frames vs. rectangular make me happiest, not sure why that is. I always envisioned these pieces floating in frames. I'm going to hang a few of my favorites in our bedroom when I finally take on the task of repainting it (one day). To be honest, I don't know if we'll actually finish the year of eight by eight projects we planned for ourselves. But its been a great challenge, even if it were to end now.
*A few of us started a small knitting group on Tuesdays and its given me a reason to pick up some needles again, which I seem to have an urge to do this time every year. I've been wanting to make a pair of toast wrist warmers for myself, and I had this Rowan Cashcotton DK yarn on hand (Pool #602), so I grabbed it and some double pointed needles as I headed out the door Tuesday afternoon. These are quick to knit and so cozy to wear, and completely usable (and cute!). I've already started on a second pair, for Peter, in black, to wear when riding the bike this winter (toast for men, but minus the fashionably slouchy effect). And there are plans for a third, which will be a charcoal gray pair for me. They are just that great. Nothing complicated, just good rhythmic calming knit stitches.
*I changed up the blog sidebars a bit. I always feel like there is so much information crammed into those sidebars, sometimes I feel like just making it all white space again. But, its now up to date with what I'm reading, listening to, and loving out in the land of blogs.
*Last night we discovered Live From Abbey Road, a series on the Sundance Channel. One of the featured bands happened to be one of Peter's favorite bands, The Fratellis, a clip of it is here. Good TV is hard to find, especially now that the election is over. I myself have become a podcast junkie as of late. My newest favorite would have to be All Songs Considered. Just in time, I had reached the outer edge of my Ipod and wasn't sure where to go next.
*I will talk politics here only long enough to say I'm happy, proud, and hopeful. And to say Peter just sent this up from the lower office, go have a look.