Monday, March 27, 2006

What I learned this weekend

Update: Oooh, look! I'm a finalist!

"Hey, JoJo, what do you say,
We all want to know what you learned today.
We're all here, so go on: take it away!
We all want to know, tell us what you learned today."

Have you ever seen the children's television show, "JoJo's Circus"? I love how at the end of each segment JoJo is whisked away by a stage/television crew to tell everyone what she learned. They set it all up for her: lights, stage, backdrop, camera.

It's a good thing there's no audience over here, since I just got barfed on by the baby and am now wearing clothes I pulled out of the dirty laundry. In any case, here's a report about what I learned over the weekend.

1. It's a really bad idea for me to knit more than one thing at a time. After working on a baby sock earlier in the day, yesterday I returned to the hat I'm making for a swap with Suzie. It wasn't until I had finished knitting one of the earflaps that I realized I had knitted a baby-sized earflap onto an adult-sized hat. Apparently I'm not alert or awake enough to remember which pattern I'm reading.


2. I discovered that I love knitting socks. I had a sneaking suspicion this might be the case. The pattern is the Easy Children's Socks pattern from Knitting Pure and Simple. I can hardly wait to try some other patterns. Lace, perhaps? I don't want to get too ambitious, but I'm in love with Anna's Elfine socks and may have to make them next.

In fact, I noticed last night as I was getting ready for bed (What? You mean you don't brush your teeth and read Bloglines at the same time?) that Emily at Yarn Miracle is having a contest to give away some Lorna's Laces sock yarn. I slipped my entry into the hat at the last minute. You can vote on your favorite "Why I deserve my first skein of Lorna's" entry starting Tuesday.

3. It struck me again yesterday how many terrific blogs exist today. Here are a few that I've recently found and am enjoying:

Shim and Sons Great Japanese craft magazines, nice photos and beautiful handmade items. I love that personalized polka dot tote bag!

A Dress A Day If you're a dress fan, here are some terrific vintage sewing patterns and photos of dresses, both contemporary and vintage. Isn't this a great idea for a blog?

Floating World Views All about living and crafting in Japan. Check out the photos of Tokyo fashion.

And now I need to go do a load of laundry. Isn't it funny how these things happen on the one night Todd is out of town after being home for nearly three months straight?

I leave you with a photo of the baby enjoying her "new" chair. (Pre barf.)

4 comments:

  1. It's always good to learn new things!!

    I've learned what an absolute cutie your daughter is!!

    Best Wishes!

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  2. Anonymous10:09 PM

    Great sock Liesl! you should be a professional sock knitter. I'm hoping to finish the pair I'm knitting for the boy in a year or two.:) Laurel

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  3. Thanks for the kind words. I've been enjoying your blog and looking at all your beautiful creations!

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  4. Anonymous3:45 PM

    great blog love the mittens my friend who is 7 are making some thanks cutie daughter I agree too renee

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