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Friday, November 9, 2012

Childhood Rite of Passage

Sarah pierced Keegan's ear last night.  At his request, of course.  Also, after many jokes about accidentally piercing his neck or face or hand.  They used tons of alcohol - the rubbing kind, not the drinking kind - so that qualifies Sarah as "at least as professional as the girls at Claires in the mall".

I remember when I was younger, having my friends help me pierce my bellybutton.  I was not brave & it took quite a while to get it done.  I won't even talk about the tattoos my cousin Tara and I gave ourselves when we were 16!

Keegan made a pained facial expression just for this picture.  I'm proud of them though, this is some serious sibling bonding & something they may look back on years from now with a smile.  I know I'm privileged to be able to share this memory with them.  My kids are a blessing, they're brave and smart and thoughtful and... well, just amazing.  I'm lucky to have such an awesome daughter this year, and such awesome sons all the time.  I have the best job in the whole world.  That's why the word Mom is Wow, upside down!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Lookit this Awesomeness!

Two handed fair aisle knitting, that creates a woven background instead of floats that catch on hands/rings/fingers!

Crazy how stuff happens.  I found this link: http://www.philosopherswool.com/Pages/Twohandedvideo.htm after literally itching for a colorwork project for months.  Look what she's doing!  Fair aisle, but with no floats!  A completely woven looking back side to your knitted item.  Why would anyone ever do floats if this is an option?  I may not be experienced enough to answer that question, honestly.  And it's a grainy video at best so it's hard to tell how amazing the back actually looks.  I find it pretty amazing though.

This project will be a pair of mittens, hopefully for myself or my exchange-daughter.  She saw the pattern & claimed them before even one stitch was made.  Is this how all daughters are?  We're finding ourselves powerless against her.  She's painted Jeremy's nails.  She's staked her claim on Keegan (HER little brother, he's not allowed to have any pretend sisters at school now).  She wears my clothes.  My knitting isn't even safe.

I wouldn't trade her for the world.  I hope she loves the mittens.  I actually hope I get to finish them, so she has a chance to love them.  I also (as long as I'm wishing for crazy fanciful things) wish I was just wealthy enough to not have to work outside the home & could have an adequate monthly stipend to support a mild knitting & Keurig coffee addiction & tennis balls for my wretched addled fetch-hound.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It Knits!

I taught Sweet Sarah how to knit.  That dark picture at the top of the page is her & Keegan snuggled on the couch with a warm dog.  She is knitting a complicated cabled headband for her first project and he isn't doing anything but sitting in the warm spot between his exchange sister & the furbeast.

Below that are the fingerless mitts I created, modeled by Lyn, my LYSO.

It's getting that time of year again.  All I can think about is knitting.  All I want to do is look at pictures of knitted projects, sketch my sweater design, pick out buttons, read knitting books, and wear cozy handknits.  I LOVE Fall! 

What's on your needles?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Three Bags Full

 I bought a big bag of raw alpaca fleece from the Spinner's Flock Fiber Festival on Sunday.  It's a lovely pinkey-beige color.  Unfortunately, the farmer didn't include the name of the beast the fiber was harvested from.  I feel a little sad about that.  This is the first animal I've not had that at least a name-connection with when I selected their fiber.

Sarah is doing well and acclimating to our family like a champ.  That's her making a kissy-face in the background of Reem's very nice picture.  That's my thumb on the other side.  Nothing is ever serious here.  Or, you just can't have anything nice in this family as my hubsticle likes to say.

Now, I have to do some spinning before bed or I'll be overrun with fiber like I am with yarn and WIPs...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bubbly Sarah

She's even more wonderful in person.  She's got a great sense of humor.  She's very driven, loves a challenge, and is smarter than everyone on our whole street... combined.  :)  She's fluent in three languages, and just starting 10th grade & is in Calculus. (WHEW!!)

She's started school this week, and is enjoying it.  She's testing out dance classes to find one she is challenged by.  She's a lot of fun to be around.  I think she likes us, too.  She says normal is overrated.

We're taking that the good way. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

It's a GIRL!

My lovely cousin (who was my very best friend when we were growing up - because she's totally awesome!)  works with the International Student Exchange program to place students with American host families.  I've wanted to participate for YEARS!  The time/place/house/finances were never right though, so I dreamed about it and waited.  Well, my friends, THIS is the year!  That's right, my family is going to be the proud host family for a lovely girl named Sarah from Germany!

The house is spic-and-span, her room (she'll have her own room, of course) is ready, and we're just waiting on pins and needles until she arrives...


Yes, she'll be flying into the Detroit airport tomorrow afternoon.  My husband and I will pick her up, take her home and begin the next 10 months of our lives as the proud host parents of a bouncing baby girl.

Honestly, if we survive - and she survives - and there's a minimal loss of sanity on both sides then we may do this again.  At least until Keegan is out of school.  Imagine the cultures we could learn from firsthand!  Keegan, by the way, is excited to have a "normal person move into the house".  I'm going to try to take that in a good way.  We tried to tell him that as a little brother he had an obligation to Sarah to annoy her, but he said I'm crazy and he wants her to like him so he's not going to take any of my advice.  How rude!

Now, let me tell you a little about what we think we know about Sarah.  We chose her because Tara said she'd be perfect for our family, first.  I mean, we looked at other profiles but Tara's been doing this for a while and she's known me almost my whole life, so if she says she's got a student who would work beautifully then I have to trust her judgment, right?  But really, she sparkles.  She dies her hair a beautiful titian red, she has a nose ring! She loves dance and theater and volunteers with special ed children in her dance class back home.  We figured that even if she hates us, she will love our town because there are so many things she can do here that she loves and we can live with being a rule-generating hotel (as long as she's not a wild-child!)  I don't think she is though.  We've been talking on facebook for a week now and she's bubbly and smart and... well, there's not a chance that we won't like her.

Plus, her Mom loves to garden and her Dad is an engineer who designs street bikes (if I inferred correctly, that is).  It seems like her whole family is wonderful, not just her. 

So tomorrow, we button up our bulletproof outerwear and load the weapons and make the frightful drive into Detroit (just kidding, it's about 60% safer that that in mid-day at the airport) to pick up our new daughter from the airport.  Expect a picture tomorrow.  And cross your fingers for us that we're a good match all around.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

29th: What I'm Listening To

I'm not really set-up here yet with my comfort music. I'm in my hubby's car with no radio, all my music is on the home computer (in TN still), so what I wind-up listening to is the second hand noise coming from Keegan's headphones. Right now he's watching a movie on the iPad. It sounds very exciting.

In two hours, he'll put it on to charge & go up to bed, but right now he's snuggled up in bed with me. I'm knitting, he's watching a movie, and all is right with the world. I enjoy my solitude, but I relish communal time with my babies. I can't believe how much he's changing lately & starting to look like a man.

Have a Happy Leap Year, everyone!

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