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what's going on
Ruffled cowls- I have been making a lot of these!
Guess what? We actually went to a party last weekend!! An annual gift exchange party (you know, where everyone brings a wrapped gift, and then we all pick a number, and you choose a gift and open it, then if someone else wants it they can take it from you and then you have to choose another gift - either a wrapped one or 'steal' from someone else ?) - we had been invited by Danyl and Louise for years and finally were able to attend, and we had such a good time!  Denise and her husband Jonnie, and Joan were there too!! EVERYONE wanted Brandon's Coveted Cast Iron Rabbit that he picked - I got it once and had to commemorate the moment as I knew it would be 'stolen' from me. We left early as our drive back home was an hour, and Denise later told me that it was 'stolen' by a few more people before it ended up with Devlin.
what's going on
Top Left: Devlin handing out numbers (Joan is in that photo - she's looking at Devlin's dad Danyl)
Top Right: Jonnie making that face on purpose and Denise
Bottom Left:  Brandon seeing if anything else is in the box that held the Coveted Cast Iron Rabbit
Bottom Right: Me and Robert with the Coveted Cast Iron Rabbit
Then Wednesday I met up with a very dear friend - Steve and I have known one another since our teens, and we have kept in touch since he moved to New Orleans thirty years or so and met his partner Warren, but we haven't seen one another in yikes, about 15 years? My only time visiting France was with him and other friends who were at college and I went along with them in the two weeks around NYE 1980.  How times flies, doesn't it? We had SUCH a blast - lunch lasted three hours! Robert and I have got to go to NOLA to visit one of these days soon.

what's going on
I'm wearing one of my ruffled cowls!

Pottery classes started this week. Oh I believe I figured out how to extend the firing times! WHOOT!!!  I'm off to load a kiln now.

Have a great weekend, folks!


what a week!

 After a few months of teaching, I had a bunch of clay to reclaim, and a few of my students volunteered to help me. I really appreciated their help! We took a break from watching the clay dry and went to a Local coffee shop - honestly, the name of the coffee shop is the Local!
what a week!
Jaffe wonders if waiting for clay to dry takes longer than waiting for a pot to boil.

what a week!
Evelyn, who also works with me at the nursery/garden center,
was explaining why she likes her apron.
Then on Thursday at work for the non-profit, we headed over to the community garden as we were meeting a newspaper reporter and photographer there.  Check out this article (Alan, in the video, is my boss at the non-profit, and we oversee the community garden. I'm in the middle in that little photo along with two other gardeners.)  It occurred to me that this is the fourth time in six months that I have been in the local newspaper! I'm not sure what to think about that - fortunately none of the times were because I ran afoul of the law.

After that, we headed over to the 'green' house the non-profit is building for a family in town as the reporter was interested in that project, too.

what a week!
We're hoping that it will be complete by Mother's Day
what a week!
I was using my camera phone, which isn't very good, plus it was very overcast on Thursday
Friday I started back at the garden center/nursery.  I won't be able to work too many hours this month because of my schedule - especially with the three pottery classes I'm teaching this month.  But you know how much I enjoy working there. During early spring, there is seed sorting and packaging to do, onion sets and seed potatoes to sell, and general clean-up from the winter. We may be starting some seeds - our last frost date here in this area isn't until May 18th or so, so we still have some time. In fact, I have to start some seeds tomorrow for our garden here at home.

I also received a surprise package from Northern Mum Down South!!! She had also included some cookies/biscuits with a little packet of icing, but I ate those up right away so they aren't in the photo.  Isn't that the coolest and so thoughtful? Thank you again SO much, Jayne!!!

what a week!
A tea towel with a Yorkshire pudding recipe printed on it - we'll try that tomorrow -
along with a gorgeous scarf, a knitting booklet, and lovely card and a crocheted flower brooch she made!!!
So I am juggling three to four part-time jobs:  the non-profit, teaching pottery, the nursery/garden center, and managing the farmers market starting in May. I don't think I'll be teaching any pottery in May - I'll be meeting with the Education Director at the community arts center soon to see what classes and workshops I can offer in late spring/summer. But I'll have more time to work at the nursery then.

I mentioned last year around this time that my biggest problem or should I say my biggest challenge is not getting overwhelmed with my schedule, and making sure that I include downtime in it. Wish me luck!

It's SPRING!!!!

PS:  One last thing - if you had asked me years ago what I want to do with my life, I would say something like "work for a community organization, and be involved in gardening, and do my art".  Well I am doing just that these days!  Even though it is all part-time and I'm not making tons of money, I'm pretty darned happy.  Any unhappiness I may have is that I can tend to get a little overwhelmed and get stuck, but if I make sure to schedule in that downtime like I mentioned, I think I'll be okay.

boot cuffs

As you all know, I cannot watch TV without knitting, so I had to come up with something new to knit as I have about a zillion caps and I really don't need to knit many more than that.

What is simple and cute? .   I decided to knit some boot cuffs.  They're kind of like dickeys for your legs.

Now that they're done, I'm thinking...what the heck?  Do people actually wear these?  I would wear long socks or leggings or something in the winter for warmth. Won't they fall down?  I should wear them around today.

boot cuffs

Hmmmm.  Okay so I did wear them around today.  But I was thinking about them too much - are they riding up?  Is the cable still in the middle?

boot cuffs

But I can see why some people might like them, especially in the summer if you're wearing boots and don't want the added bulk of a heavy sock/legging.  Maybe I'll make some out of cotton.

caps for friends, and the kitchener stitch

Recently, an on-line pal asked me if I could knit up some colorful skull caps for her, which I did and mailed them off to her in Croatia.  I hope she gets them soon.  I love to knit caps, and usually no matter what size I knit, someone's head will fit them.  So I'm a little nervous that the caps I sent won't fit right, even though she sent me measurements.  *crosses fingers*  (oh shoot - I thought I had taken a photo of them before I sent them off)

Another on-line friend asked me if I could knit a few caps for her, and she wondered if I have ever made a kitty ear cap.  I found a pattern on-line, and started playing around with it, using some left-over yarn (and I better remember to write down any pattern changes!!).

Every.Single.Time I have to do the kitchener stitch (which is a way of closing up a toe of a sock, or in this case, because the cap isn't decreased in the round, closing up the top of the cap), I always forget and have to look at this video!  I am a big fan of Amy and her website www.knittinghelp.com so I'm spreading the love here.

Here's the cap completed.  Looks flat and boring, right?


But put it on your head and magically ears appear!  I'm not sure I like how big the ears are, so I may shorten the height of the cap next time around.

I'm thinking of either doing some embroidery or attaching felt so the ears really look like kitty ears!

the final cable headband pattern re-do

I swear this is the last post about my re-doing the pattern for the cable headband.  I wasn't happy with the decreases/increases at the front and end, so I took it down a few more stitches.  Plus I saw a photo someone took of me wearing the original headband, taken from the back, and it really bugged me how sloppy it looked.

So, here is my original headband re-knit. And I'm quite pleased how it turned out.

the final cable headband pattern re-do

the final cable headband pattern re-do

Here are a few more, waiting for buttons.

the final cable headband pattern re-do

(I'm actually kind of proud and surprised by my perseverance.  And yes, I did write down all the pattern changes!)

making changes to the cable headband pattern, and more shortbread

I really love my cable headband, but there was something about the pattern I wasn't happy with, so last night I was working on changing the pattern (the beginning and ending parts, where the buttons and buttonholes are).  Started by casting on fewer stitches, then increasing to the full amount of stitches necessary for the pattern after the button holes are made, hoping for a cleaner and less bulky button area look

Given that I was thinking slightly smarter than usual, I actually wrote down what I was doing.  Recently, I haven't been writing down patterns - for instance, with my pointy hats, I never wrote down the pattern; it IS a simple pattern, but still.  I can see myself wanting to make more for the fall, and spending hours trying to figure out what size needles I used, etc etc.  "Work smart, save time" should be my motto for this year.

making changes to the cable headband pattern, and more shortbread

Oh, I tried shortbread again.  I have a lot of cookbooks, but the one I fall back on time and time again is The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. (The 13th edition, 1990).  I used the "Scotch Shortbreads" recipe.  And as you can see, I pulled them out of the oven earlier than my previous try.

making changes to the cable headband pattern, and more shortbread

Finished up blue buttons the other day for these necklettes:

making changes to the cable headband pattern, and more shortbread

Okay, I have to get off the computer and get to some housework.  Ugghh, I hate cleaning. But my husband is coming home tomorrow, after being away for nearly 12 weeks (taking care of his mother), and I should at least try to get things in order here.   

more necklettes, featuring homemade polymer clay buttons

Ta-dah!

This first one is a twin to the other blue/green one I posted awhile back - but this one has homemade polymer clay buttons (the burnt batch - but I think they work perfectly).  Here' s detail shot:

more necklettes, featuring homemade polymer clay buttons

And a multi-brown necklette:

more necklettes, featuring homemade polymer clay buttons

Now to make buttons to match dark grey, purple, and green necklettes.

Oh, I think I'm getting the hang of making the buttons without burning them!
more necklettes, featuring homemade polymer clay buttons

necklettes

Here are two finished necklettes; both are made with Bernat Roving, which is a joy to knit with (mostly acrylic but with some wool); though I don't know how well it wears yet.  Hopefully it wears well.

necklettes

necklettes

Hoping that everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!  The dark grey necklette is actually a present for my Mom tomorrow.
what's going onwhat a week!color!!!!hat attack - knitted capsboot cuffscaps for friends, and the kitchener stitchthe final cable headband pattern re-domaking changes to the cable headband pattern, and more shortbreadmore necklettes, featuring homemade polymer clay buttonsnecklettes

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