Sunday, August 24, 2008

in a month's time

The silence over here in my space of the knitting blogosphere is deafening.  Some days I'm a little disappointed in myself for not writing more and allowing flickr to be my only avenue to you.  Other days, I know that NOT spending the time posting is the best thing that I can do: my family needs my attention, my sanity deserves it.   I've resolved to be like Kerstin, Blogging Without Obligation.

July 24 was my last post, and detailed the Snicket socks that I adore but haven't yet had a chance to wear in our summertime heat.  That posting seems like a long, long time ago.  Even the "I've-completed-the-Snicket" high I was riding feels aeons away.  The last week of July was the finish of Pre-K for Annika and quickly melted into the first week August-- which was our last week of summer break.

When school starts, I always heave a sigh: one that's half-filled with relief at the prospect of a little more quiet, a little more time, and a little more routine; but the other half is filled with a little more stress, a little more scheduling, and a whole lot more commitment.  School is important to us, no doubt.  Our homework gets done on time, reading is done every night.  Instilling the study skills of a successful student is paramount, and I'm positive it is the same for a lot of those that read this blog.  This reign over school/home scheduling is not necessarily difficult, it's just the other side of the leaf I have to turn once August hits.  And this year, it's taken all of my focus since there are two children in school.

So in a month's time, not a whole lot of tangible things have been accomplished, but here's the run-down of what has been on the needles:

Pomatomus sock.  Began as a sock for me, but is too tight, so is now on its way to be socks for Laurel.  Socks that Rock Lightweight in Puck's Mischief.

Slouchy Cardigan from Greetings from Knit Café.  This pattern has caused some heartache for so many knitters.  The sleeve cap doesn't fit into the arm hole well, apparently.  I've looked and noted many knitters' modifications, but I'm just going to forge on with the pattern as written.  As an unexperienced sweater knitter, I feel that I really can't deviate beyond the pattern too much.  Debbie Bliss Alpaca/Silk DK in sky blue.

Baby Cable Rib Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks.  I love this pattern, as I do all of the patterns in this book, and it's sequel, More Sensational Knitted Socks.  I only have to finish half of the foot and toe of the second sock, and I've got another pair to add to my drawer.  I've found a couple of mistakes in the second sock: one twist I forgot to make in one cable, and I knit the cuff of the second sock two inches long but the first cuff only one-and-a-half inches long!  Thank goodness they'll hide under pants when I'm wearing them. The Plucky Knitter's Plucky Classics Superwash Merino Wool Handpainted Fingering in Madeleine Elster.

And here's what has been baking:

First week of school request: Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Plain-ol'-regular-off-of-the-back-of-the-Toll-House-bag Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Since these are Laurel's favorite, I won Mom of the Week.

Second week: Duncan Hines Brownies.  Laurel went grocery shopping with me and asked if we could buy this particular box because there were three box tops on the box.  Her new class is the recipient of most collected box tops award each year.  She is bound and determined to help keep the honor in place.

This week: Rice Krispies Treats.  (Do you see a trend towards laziness here?  And really, since they don't bake, can they even be labled a Cookie of the Week?  I don't know how much lower I can slum when next week comes around.  Pretty soon I'll be doling out Mother's Circus Animal Cookies.)  Oh, but I do add 1 tsp. vanilla extract to my marshmallow-butter mixture, a tip that was given to me by a mom from Laurel's first playgroup.

There is one possibly redeeming cookie here though, under all of this mundane.  Yesterday was the Annual Cream Can Dinner that my husband's Nebraskan family puts on.  Never heard of it?  Neither had I, until a few years back.  I was asked to bring a dessert, so I chose Fresh-Peach Drop Cookies from Cookies.  Fresh-Peach Drop Cookies sounds down home enough to finish off a Cream Can Dinner, don't they?  Too bad I forgot the cookies on the counter at home...

... because I really didn't want them at home.  These cookies are just okay.  They're very moist, and is suggested that they're consumed the day they're made.  If they're not eaten, they become even more moist.  Uh, like puddly-moist.  Anyway, I expected some great peachy flavor, especially because I bought organic peaches and a high-quality peach preserve.  Sadly, if it wasn't for the cinnamon-sugar topping, these would be nearly tasteless.

Oh, and remember how I mentioned that my mother-in-law said she is disgusted by the idea of me throwing away my cookies of the week?  She knew of my plan to bring these peach cookies to the Cream Can.  When I showed up with a Whole Foods Cherry Pie and Gianna's Ginger Snaps instead, she told me she'd need to know when to come out this week to eat up the peach cookies.


peaknits said...

I thinking blogging without obligation is the way blogging should be - when you feel like it, when you have something to say:) I think that is a right! I love your Pomatomus and I'd love to stop by for any of your cookies of the week right about now, I have an unsatified sweet tooth - the joys of womanhood:)

Jane said...

Oh...don't worry about just means your being a good mom. It sounds as if you have had a wonderful summer and now school is off to a terrific start. Loving your knitting and cookies!

kim said...

Oh, I've been feeling the same way about blogging. Is it due to Ravelry and Flickr? It just seems like so much to keep updated... But I know I would miss it if I gave it up entirely.

Your socks look so perfectly knit. Every stitch.

Philigry said...

love the socks, hope the sweater works out, the cookies look yummy, and i am glad you are back!

t does wool said...

glad to have you writing again-the projects are lovely-and hope to see you around flickr a lttle more!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I'm so glad you are back! Love the socks.

a friend to knit with said...

i knew you were busy over there in sheepish land........being a mommy! :)

i laughed so hard when i read the part about the animal cookies.....i SO think rice krispie treats count as a cookie of the week! and handing out a tip, well that is just a cookie bonus!!! :)

i wish i was there to help with your slouchy. let me know when you get to the sleeves. xx

Hilary said...

Welcome back! I agree with Peaknit up there -- one shouldn't feel too much obligation with the blogging. It's nice to see what you've been working on, though -- can't wait to see more of the Slouchy Cardigan.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

But you sure do come back with lots to say which is always nice!! Love the socks!! They are both gorgeous!!

And the rice krispie secret...must try! Bummer on the peach cookies :( They sure do sound yummy!

tiennie said...

Pretty WIPs! Don't feel bad about blogging. Do it when you can. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link. I'm much obliged. (heehee)

I'm so with you on the start of school. Definitely a weird mix of relief and stress. I've grown weary of the scheduling over the years and it's all I can do to even care about it at this point! Luckily, the VIP has stepped up to the plate to cover my lack of enthusiasm over school shopping and the scheduling of various activities.

Blog only when the mood strikes. Otherwise, it just ain't fun.