Friday, August 28, 2009

Garter Stitch Cardigan

"Every person born in this world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique." (Martin Buber)

This is pretty much my only summer project--a sweater and hat for little Cecilia born to our friends William and Maria in July. It's the Garter Stitch Cardigan (Ravelry link) from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. They had a shower specifically for pink clothes since their first child is a boy. Too bad I don't have a close-up of the buttons, because they were really cute. It's in a bumpy cotton yarn that was a pain in the butt to knit.

But I like this pattern and would like to knit up some yarn I got in Kentucky as a sweater for my own kids (with the button band and sleeve bands in the "Popcorn.")

Now back to packing. I have way too much craft crap. But I will have a craft room in the new house. Moving day is in less than a week.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


"The value of a marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults." (Peter De Vries)

Even though it's August, it still feels like summer around here. In fact, Chicago is finally just getting some real hot summer weather. I finally finished the book I was working on this summer--or most of it anyway. But my fall class starts in three weeks, and I have a lot of prep to do. Oh, and we are probably moving before Labor Day.

Before summer is over, here are a few pix from the past month. Sam and his cousin Elena during a visit in July. Aren't they so sweet? There are more pictures of the kissing cousins here.

I made a strawberry-rhubarb pie from the strawberries Sam and I (and Amy) picked in June. It was yummy!

The Butler boys and their kids at Millennium Park. Both expecting to be daddies again this fall. Boy, will we have our hands full then!

Monday, August 10, 2009

"Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is." (German proverb)

You've got to love an almost three-minute commercial for knitting needles--featuring male knitters to boot! You've got to love Germany.

By the way, I don't own a pair of Addis, except some I got at an estate sale.

Oh, no! I'm just watching "The Colbert Report" and Stephen is dissing knitters! He's interviewing Chellie Pingree from Maine's First Congressional District ("the fightin' first!) and notes that she has written books on knitting, then falls asleep while she tries to defend knitting as not boring. Say it ain't so, Stephen! You can mock everything, but not knitting!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Busy weekend

Condo sold.

Offer on new house accepted.