Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas - Keep It Simple

As some of you know, we have moved three times since October 2009.  So we have very few decorations anymore.  What we do have is in our storage unit which is tiny.  I don't have the room to go through each box and look for things.

This is our tree.

I bought the tree and the trimmings at Hobby Lobby for about $18.  Everything was 50% off.

We live in a small apt. (on the 3rd floor - no elevators here) so we do not have room for a large tree. 
 Do we need a large tree? Not really. 
 It would be nice to have a real tree but I can't carry it up all these stairs.
Then having to buy all the decorations and carry them up.
And back down again after the holidays.

Why does our society always have to have the biggest and most expensive of everything?

Can we survive with just the basics?
Sure we can!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Crazies and Stolen

 Last night Frank and I watched The Crazies.  At first I wasn't crazy (haha) about this movie, thinking it was going to be scary and disgusting.  But it actually turned out to be not bad. Timothy Olyphant is the town sheriff and Radha Mitchell is his doctor wife.  A plane goes down and the people of the town are acting crazy.
 Here she is in a containment hospital.  Is she infected?

A crazy....

Sophia and I watched Stolen today.

 It stars Jon Hamm, Josh Lucas, Rhona Mitra and even "Dawson", yes James Van Der Beek.

 This is a movie that tells 2 stories at a time.  Lucas and Hamm have had their boys kidnapped 50 years apart. Hamm is a cop that gets called to a crime scene where a boy's body was found.  He thinks that it is his child but then finds out that the boy has been in the ground for 50 years.  It turns out that the boy is Lucas' son.  Who is the kidnapper???

Mitra is Hamm's wife who has been trying to put her missing son behind her.
The story is pretty good.  But it can be sad and heartbreaking.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Lucy by Laurence Gonzales

The other day I read this book.  I really liked it.
Jenny is in the Congo observing and researching bonobo apes when the military is at war again and invading the area she is living in.  A British man and his daughter live close to her and sets off to get them to leave the area with her. She finds the father dead and escapes with the 14 year old child, Lucy.  Eventually they get back to Jenny's hometown, Chicago and Jenny realizes that Lucy is only part human.
Pick up this book.  I think you will enjoy it too.

Here's a review from the NY times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/06/books/06book.html

Friday, November 26, 2010

Baby Sweater

I made this baby sweater (I haven't mailed it yet) for a friend of my oldest daughter who just had a baby boy 2 weeks ago.  It was a very easy pattern.
 I found here. http://www.petitepurls.com/basics/b_garterhood.html
 I followed the directions except for knitting front.  I knitted both sides of the front after the split.  To me it's easier to knit both sides at once and then they are even.
Here's a photo of my knitting. You just need to attach another yarn to knit with.  I used the other end of the skein that I knitting from.  I also try to knit both sleeves at one time too.
Since this is a sweater for a new baby I chose to use an acrylic yarn so there is  no allergic reactions from yarn.  Acrylic can be thrown in the washer.  The yarn I used was Caron Simply Soft Eco.  It was nice to work with.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Beret Finished

 I finished the Beret last night. Sophia wore it all night and was out the door this morning with it on. Here are some crappy photos of her with the hat on. I ran down and got the camera out of the car this morning!! Maybe I will take a better photo when she comes home from school.

It was a really quick knit especially since I have been knitting the continental way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuRLFl36tDY
The worst part was using double pointed needles at the end. 
So don't let this scare you away from trying this pattern!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

All Day Beret

Here's a photo of the beret from yesterday.  I took it with my phone. I think it looks really cool.  Sophia asked if I would get it finished today.  I will try.
I am using the yarn that the pattern is written for but you could use any #4 yarn.  This yarn called Bamboo Ewe is a blend of bamboo and wool.  It knits very nicely.  The only thing I don't like is you cannot throw it in the washer.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

All Day Beret

I am knitting this hat for Sophia. http://www.stitchnationyarn.com/Patterns/free-pattern-all-day-beret.html
It's an easy knit in the round hat.  So far it's looking very pretty.  I will post a photo of my work. 
The camera is in the car so i have to remind Frank to bring it up tonight.

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Blog

Join me at my new food blog....http://isgrocooks.blogspot.com/