Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
While I would say that my cousins drink milk like it's water, they would say that I drink water like it's milk. I am a firm adherent to the doctrine my grandfather held: If something is wrong with you, water can probably fix it. Hot? Drink water. Cold? Drink water. Stomach ache? Drink water. Dehydration? Duh. Urinary Tract Infection? Drink water. (Although I'd add cranberry anything if you have it available.) Headache? Drink water. Poor circulation? Drink water. You get the point.
Regardless, my husband is more of a milk drinker. I only use what I put on my cereal every morning and the VERY occasional 1/2 cup in a recipe. We still go through 2-3 gallons of milk a week - just the 2 of us! It's crazy for me coming from a family that uses just over 1/2 a gallon a week for 5 people.
But I will not withhold from him his milk. He asks for very little from me; the least I can do is keep him supplied. (Wow, it sounds like a drug.)
That being said, I wonder at the price of milk. Regularly, at our local Family Fare and Meijer, it costs $3 a gallon. It goes on sale quite regularly for $2.50 (or rarely $2) and of course we buy it then, but what is no end of frustrating is the sale pattern. Why can't they have sales alternating weeks? That would make sense and be nice and they could just trade off on the big milk sales and everyone is happy. But no. If it goes on sale at one store, it's on sale at the other. If it's not on sale at one store, it's not on sale at the other.
We're actually starting to work out a system. On Sunday or Monday, when we do our normal grocery shopping for the week, if milk is on sale, we will purchase 2 gallons. On Saturday, if we're in town or near a store, we purchase 2-3 more, since by that point the 2 gallons we purchased at the beginning of the week are gone. Those 2-3 gallons will then hold us over the next week when milk is not on sale! Go us!
I guess this has been more of a sales analysis than a rant. Deal with it.
Love and Milk,
Friday, January 13, 2012
Not a lot.
If you want to make a flower, your possibilities are endless.
But clouds? No.
Here are my cloud-ventures, followed by a pattern for a good cloud.
When I first started to crochet things other than squares, I tried this cloud pattern.
I used too big of a hook and didn't really know what I was doing, so the top cloud in this picture is what I made. In early December, I tried again and made the one on the bottom. Clearly much better, but not quite what I wanted.
So I looked for other patterns. I found some suggestions to make an oval and then shell along the edge. So I tried making my own version like that. Not great.
Then I found a pattern for a tiny doll's bed with a cloud pillow and I tried that. Terrible.
So I had these clouds: the better version of the rain cloud, the awful doll pillow, and my own version.
Oh, and then I found a pattern that said it made a cloud, and I ended up with this:
There must be a better way! I cried in my thoughts.
So I turned to Pinterest. I finally found one I liked, and guess what. The pattern is in French.
Here's a picture of it:
So cute, right? If only I could read French. The best part is that because crochet instructions are always abbreviated, I can't even pop it into a free translator.
And I made the cloud! I skipped the rain drops below it, because I didn't want those for my scarf, so I also ended up making two more versions: one with double-crochet shells all around, and one with triple-crochet shells all around.
And now I shall translate the pattern for you, so that people who don’t have quite as much time and determination can still make a cute cloud - without the rain drops, though. Translate that yourself.
I've never written a crochet pattern before, but I've read several, so hopefully this will make sense.
Ch = Chain
Sc = Single Crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Sk = skip
Dc = double crochet
Chain 13 + 1.
Row 1: 13 sc in chain row
Row 2-3: ch 1, 13 sc
Row 4: Sl st, 11 sc, sl st
Now we crochet around the cloud.
Turn the work from the last row.
Sk 2 (the sl st and 1 sc), 5dc in next sc, sk 1, sl st, *sk 1, 5 dc in next sc, sk 1, sl st* Repeat from * to * 2 more times (the last time will be down one side). 13 sc (in other side of chain), sk 1, 5 dc in next stitch, sk 1, sl st. Tie off and weave ends in.
There's a handy diagram in their pattern that shows you exactly what you're doing. All of the symbols are explained on the wikipedia page except for the dot, which means slip stitch.
I added three more 5dc shells on the bottom to make a full cloud. This is very easy to do.
I hope this helps you in your crochet cloud adventures!
Love and Clouds,
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
Vertical stripes also means that you have to chain the length, and each row adds to the width.
I had no idea how long to chain, so I chained about 255 stitches. It's hard to keep track exactly, but it's about that long. That was probably too long, but it's okay.
I chained with pink, then did a row of double-stitch of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. It didn't look quite symmetrical or even, so I finished the purple with a row of slip-stitch to try to imitate the chain on the other side.
It looked really good, and then it started curling. That's probably because I don't always use even tension in my stitches. It makes big curlicues out of the whole scarf, which is fine, but then it starts folding in half on itself. It ends up looking like I'm wearing a yellow disc around my neck. You can see it sort of try to begin doing that in the pictures.
Love and Rainbows,
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
What a holiday. It's a good thing I decided to write again on a Wednesday so I can just ramble about the holidays!
Over the course of December, we had:
-2 work Christmas parties
-1 birthday party
-2 memorial services
-4 family Christmas parties
-1 sibling sleepover
-1 cousin party
-1 New Years Party
Not to mention the eye doctor appointment, a few double dates, a few single dates, Caleb's all-nighter with the camp teens, buying and wrapping presents, mailing packages, and baking.
Was it fun? Oh yes.
Am I glad it's over? Oh yes.
And I learned a lot of things. Like, when someone asks for gift ideas, be really specific. And diverse in price range.
I also learned that my family does have a black sheep, despite all these years we thought everyone was normal. I, unfortunately, am the black sheep. Why? Because I don't like strategy games. No, let me take that a bit closer to truth. I despise strategy games and I dread nothing more than a round of Settlers of Catan. I realize this is extremely counter-cultural. I realize everyone in my generation is supposed to love Catan and all those other games like that. But I don't. They take so dang long, and they're not fun.