Lazy Saturday

I kind of just woke up from a two hour nap. Eric and I went out for Mexican food for lunch, then wandered around one of those season-only Halloween shops. But I am getting ahead of myself here. So let’s take it from the beginning.

This morning was unusual in that Eric woke up at the same time as me. I made my Saturday call to mom, and while speaking with her, I drank a huge cup of coffee. Delicious. Eric made us eggs and toast for breakfast, and we eschewed the television for pleasantries.

Weekends are definitely Eric’s project time, so he went about getting some terrain building, and I decided to tackle knitting again.

~Flashback!~

This weekend was “Friends and Family” weekend at Michaels. I got a sweet 40% off you entire purchase coupon for my part-time drudgery there, and I was determined to use it. Eric and I thus found ourselves wandering the store at 8pm last night. He picked out some painting supplies, and I treated myself to a new sketchbook and a “I Taught Myself Knitting” pack, which includes an instructional book, two sets of needles, a stitch holder, and a bunch of things that I don’t know how to use yet. All of this for around $30 – $20 off is not bad.

Then we went grocery shopping, and I was delirious, so that was also fun.

~End Flashback!~

With instructions in hand, I went about reading and looking at diagrams, and I went to knitting. Here’s what I came up with for today:

This is actually try #2. 4 rows. And yes, that is Gambit Issue 2 in the background, for those of you wondering!

I was quite pleased with my project. I found that the continental method works best for me, and I did a knit-on cast, which did wonders for keeping things more even. I can’t seem to get the grip of the yarn in my left hand right, but I’m more concerned right now with remembering how to knit more than doing it well.

Next up, I will work on purl stitch and see where we can go. The book has some great projects for me to work on. Christmas presents, ahoy!

I’ve been working keenly on Eric’s birthday present, and my mom’s is up next. Then I can get to Christmas. I hope. I may have gone and dug a hole that is a bit too deep for me, but I will persevere! Roar!

Back to the beginning of the post now, where Eric and I went for some delicious Mexican food, talked about needing to learn Spanish, and then traipsed about the Halloween store. We were both tired when we got back, so we took a nap. Eric woke up after about 20 minutes; I needed 2 hours. Go figure.

While we were sitting on the couch, I drew this to wake up:

Eric had no idea. Mwuhahahahahaha.

So I have now justified both purchases at work yesterday by using my new materials. Now I’m going to go paint.

Pictures of Eric’s present will be here around mid-October, after I unveil it at the Old Man’s house.

Gah. Wouldn’t you know, I’m still tired?

 

Stairs hurt

So…I lied about being patient and reading and learning before canning. This weekend, Eric and I went and bought the final supplies for our canning adventures.

And then we made peach-honey butter.

Here are some things we learned:

1. We were given two pressure cookers, which is awesome, but unnecessary for things like jams and pickles. They will be necessary for things like green beans.

2. It is a good idea to have two people working at once. Eric was in charge of jars, and I was in charge of cooking.

3. Canning is really just making a really big batch of something, and then doing the right things to preserve that something. For some stuff, the recipes aren’t that different.

4. Always sterilize more jars than you think you will need! We had to quickly clean and cook two more jars when I realized I had more peach butter than we expected.

We got four jars and a little extra that we have already eaten. That means 4 gifts made! We are taking one with us to Ohio this weekend when we visit some friends.

It was super fun!

And now I’ve got the bug. Eric wants to pickle. I want to make everything and save it. I believe we’ve created yet another monster.

I don’t usually do memes, but when I do…

I am being overwhelmed with craft ideas. And when that happens, I usually end up sitting on the couch doing nothing. Much like I am doing now. Except I have an excuse today.

While carrying the multiple boxes of jars downstairs, gravity decided to bring up an old argument. Luckily I wasn’t carrying jars by then – just one of the very light cookers – but I was, alas, on the stairs. So I am nursing a twisted ankle, sore leg, and bruised back.

What can I can for that?

Twofer Tuesday 2: Scarf start

This is a short post because I am cooking dinner and need to shower after a run.

While thinking about how to make the messenger bag work yesterday, I made a little felt(ish) embellishment for my sound effects fleece scarf.

I haven’t sewed it together yet because I’m not sure how I want to do it. But when I do, I will attach it to the sound effects scarf, and it will be, well, pretty awesome.

Perhaps I will make a second one?

Look at me being patient and not having to finish the scarf immediately.

Next on the docket: Spider Man Duck Tape wallet?