12.29.2007

The Christmas Knit

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  We were lucky to drive home and see family.  Unfortunately though, a snow storm hit Christmas day on our drive home.  A 4 hour and 45 minute drive turned into a 6 hour and 45 minute drive.   We had to drive about 50 mph across SD on icy roads.  When we arrived at my mother-in-law's house I felt so relieved to get out of our car and collapse on a couch.  
Our first stop, Brad's parent's house for his extended family's Christmas get together.  We enjoyed spending time with cousins while playing games like Catch Phrase and Pit and filling ourselves with wonderful holiday food!
Later in the evening, we stopped at my parent's home for our family Christmas.  I received some really fun knitting presents.    The yarn is eco-friendly and hand-dyed which made me even happier when I opened the package.  I love the idea of purchasing organic and eco-friendly yarns, however as a recent college grad I need to find creative ways to fit them into my student loan budget.  Anyway, so the yarn made a wonderful Christmas present, thanks sis!

Some gifts knitted for my family.
A bolero for Anika.  The pattern came from Debbie Bliss's Junior Knits, the pattern is Molly.  Yarn: Rio by yarns.brunswick, color Hemlock, cotton blend.
 
Half of a pair of socks for my very understanding mom.  Checkered pattern with a gusset heel made with Tofutsies sock yarn

And finally, a complete pair of socks for our Uncle Bud.  K2, P2 rib with a gusset heel.  Made with Regia sock yarn.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  

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12.06.2007

IT has happened to me (cue dark and stormy music).

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee writes about "IT" and "IT" has happened to me. As I sit here at work I can only think of how much better my time might be spent at home with some lovely green yarn and a circular needle which will transform itself into a beautiful sweater. I really don't care that working will make the moo-la to purchase more yarn and further contribute to the cycle of "IT", I just want to knit!

"IT" in a nutshell refers to getting in over one's head with knitting planned as Christmas (or other holiday) gifts for loved ones. Great intentions to begin and then "IT" rears its ugly head from your knitting stash and snidely remarks that Christmas is only a few short weeks away and you still have 3 projects to finish. 3 projects whose beginning exists only in your mind. Well, "IT" has happened to me, and I probably wouldn't have it any other way.

I think I need to take Babs' (from Chicken Run) advice and go into solitary confinement (or "on holiday" as she calls it), maybe I could get some knitting done there.

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12.01.2007

Nothing Whatsoever to do with Knitting

Yes, that's right.  But I think this is something everyone should know about anyway.  During the recent holiday, my younger sister asked me if I had heard of Free Rice.  Somewhat perplexed I asked about this Free Rice.  She went on to explain that Free Rice offers the opportunity to improve vocabulary.  Okay, so Free Rice and Vocabulary... connection please.  

Check out this awesome site where you can play a vocabulary game which earns 20 grains of rice for each correct word.  The rice is distributed through the United Nations World Food Program.  
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Check out the FAQ's page and listen to this great interview on PRI's The World with the creator of the site.  (Radio Interview)

I realize that this is a very distant way to address hunger issues and I agree with the commentator on the radio program who said that the site creator could educate participants about hunger issues while they play.  However, I felt better knowing that as I review useful vocabulary, companies like Google and Apple donate food to those in need.  Also, in the FAQ's page, the site offers more outlets to learn about world hunger issues.  

Did you know that 25,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger related issues.  So, what will 20 grains of rice per word do?  Improve your vocabulary, feed someone suffering from hunger, and hopefully encourage you to address hunger and poverty in other ways as well.