Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Great thrifting minds...

"If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer's crop, who are we to say it shouldn't rain?" (Tom Barrett)

...think alike! A few months ago I found this green vintage picnic basket at the thrift store for $2. I brought it home and promptly filled it with--what else?--yarn. While visiting my in-laws over Memorial Day weekend in Philadelphia, I saw the brown vintage picnic basket in the bedroom. I thought they were exactly alike except for color, though now that I see the pictures together, I can tell the textures are different.

My mother-in-law Marge (above with husband Ed Sr.) and I like to hit rummage sales when I visit, though I can't buy too much since I have to fly it all home. This time we went to a few in one neighborhood, then one at a church with about 50 different stands. Lots of kids' stuff--I found two nice Melissa and Doug wooden toys (including sewing cards) and a few books for Sam. I fell in love with these cherry Wellie-type boots for a little girl, but I am committed to not buying girl things until we know for sure that Sophie will be a girl. So Marge bought them for me ($1) and even offered to store them until Sophie comes home!

We had a great visit, and Sam loved getting to know his "Mimi" and "Pop Pop" better. On Memorial Day we went to a local parade that was totally small-town America. They even had free hot dogs and beer in "Veteran's Park" afterward. It was Sam's first parade and he loved it, especially the bands. He would run in the street and dance! So cute.

I'm going to post some more pictures from our trip at Dear Sam and Sophie soon. And will be sharing more thrifted treasures, too. Even though I've been lax in posting pictures, I have been getting a few things at estate sales and the thrift lately. I'll try to catch up with some random pictures soon.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Notre Dame "Fightin' Irish" Dishcloth Pattern

“The university is where the church does its thinking.” (Former ND president Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.)

Notre Dame Fightin' Irish Dishcloth Pattern

(Please don't look too closely at the sample I knit; it has a boo-boo in it. The mistake is not in the pattern, however.)

I used Lion Brand Cotton in Sunshine and Navy, but any blue and gold cotton will do.
Size 7 needles.

University of Notre Dame “Fightin’ Irish” dishcloth

Cast on 40 stitches

Rows 1-10: K

Row 11-12: K5, P30, K5

Row 13: K5, P7, K7, P6, K3, P7, K5

Row 14 (and all even/right side rows): K

Row 15: K5, P7, K7, P6, K3, P7, K5

Row 17: K5, P7, K7, P5, K4, P7, K5

Row 19: K5, P9, K3, P6, K5, P7, K5

Row 21: K5, P3, K22, P5, K5

Row 23: K5, P3, K23, P4, K5

Row 25: K5, P3, K24, P3, K5

Row 27: K5, P5, K3, P1, K3, P4, K7, P1, K3, P3, K5

Row 29: K5, P5, K3, P1, K3, P3, K4, P1, K3, P1, K3, P3, K5

Row 31: K5, P5, K3, P1, K3, P3, K3, P2, K3, P1, K3, P3, K5

Row 33: K5, P5, K3, P1, K3, P2, K4, P2, K3, P1, K3, P3, K5

Row 35: K5, P5, K3, P1, K3, P2, K3, P3, K3, P1, K3, P3, K5

Row 37: K5, P5, K3, P1, K3, P1, K4, P3, K3, P1, K3, P3, K5

Row 39: K5, P5, K3, P1, K7, P4, K3, P1, K3, P3, K5

Row 41: K5, P3, K24, P3, K5

Row 43: K5, P3, K23, P4, K45

Row 45: K5, P3, K22, P5, K5

Row 47: K5, P9, K5, P6, K3, P7, K5

Row 49: K5, P7, K6, P5, K7, P5, K5

Row 51: K5, P7, K5, P6, K7, P5, K5

Row 53: K5, P7, K4, P7, K7, P5, K5

Row 55: K5, P30, K5 (On this row with blue one)

Row 56-67: K

Bind off.

The view from the pressbox at yesterday's commencement at Notre Dame. Obama's speech was impressive. So was ND president Father Jenkins' and all the ND students I talked to. And it was cool to get a White House press pool pass. My coverage of the event can be found here.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Obama drama at ND

"There are two kinds of people in the world, Notre Dame lovers and Notre Dame haters. And, quite frankly, they're both a pain in the ass." (Former ND Football Coach Dan Devine)

Is anyone tired of hearing about the Obama/Notre Dame graduation controversy yet? It's such a tired old story to begin with... Well, I'll be there on Sunday, covering it for the National Catholic Reporter. Any excuse to go see Obama in person! Here's my take on it in a blog post on the new NCR Today blog, which launched this week. I'll be blogging regularly there too. (in my spare time. Right.)

Anyhoo, coincidentally, as part of a clean-out-the-craft-clutter spring cleaning, I decided to finish this waste canvas cross stitch sweatshirt I started approximately 10 years ago--and have carted from apartment to condo to condo. As you can see, it's the ND logo. And FINALLY, to celebrate ND's commencement, I will post the ND dishcloth pattern tomorrow (assuming there's enough sunlight to take a decent photo.)

Happy belated Mother's Day to everyone. I posted about my first Mother's Day on our adoption blog (plus there are some more photos of Sam there.) I decided I needed to get moving on introducing Sam to crafts, so he/we did fingerpainting last week, then I cut the masterpiece up and made Mother's Day cards for his grandmothers and godmothers.

Here we are on Mother's Day (observed), which was Monday, since I had to attend my university's graduation all day Sunday. Ed and Sam took me to my favorite Ethiopian restaurant. It's such an honor to be this little boy's "mama." Most days I can't believe it's true!

Watch the NCR website and blog late Sunday and Monday f you want to follow my coverage of the Obama drama.