Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Check out the Central Park Hoodie. AG couldn't wait to put it on. I customized it for her - knitted it in pink, sewed in a zipper (a first for me), and reveled in the luscious, meticulous knitting of every row and cable.
We wanted to soften the yarn a bit, so I soaked it in cold water. Okay, I washed it in cold water, ready to lay it out and block it.
That's right, fellow knitters. I washed it. And it promptly felted, oh so slightly. It's smaller now (it actually fits her better, but it won't for as long as I was hoping).
Unbelieveably bone-headed of me. So I am ecstatic with the results of my first major knitted sweater. And agonizing over the lightly felted results.
Friday, September 26, 2008
We here in Atlanta must be stoooopid. That seems to be the opinion of Governor Perdue and company.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Last evening, I sipped champagne and nibbled on fresh bread dipped in herbed olive oil with two wonderful friends. Our gathering was impromptu, catalyzed by the death of a mom this week who leaves so much sadness in her wake. We felt the need to celebrate life, and its inherent vulnerability. I left too soon, pulled home by my son's ever-encroaching homework load and chores that never end and so many things that take time and leave no time for the spirit.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
"Back in the day," when T and I were earnest 20-something campaign workers, I was introduced rather abruptly to the more uncomfortable side of politics. As we distributed flyers, put up yard signs, talked to neighbors during block parties, attended rallies, and generally tried our best to support our candidate, we were often faced by someone who REALLY didn't like our candidate/position/issue/volunteer work. T always handled the chewing out with aplomb, while I was a stammering mess.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Want to learn to knit?
Coming back from a knitting hiatus?
Ready to talk a lot and have a couple of hours just for YOU?
Join the Knit-along Cooperative!
When: Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Location - Library of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church (upstairs, above Manhasset Street Entrance Lobby) in Dunwoody
A "knit-along" means that we will choose a project to knit together and enjoy the many splendid variations in execution. Some projects can be completed in a week. Others will take more time. (If you don't want to knit along, you can certainly have your own Work In Progress!) As a "cooperative," we'll share techniques, ideas, resources, and help in a spirit of fellowship and fun
Project #1: Mitered Square
Size 10 or 10 1/2 straight needles + 1 partial skein worsted weight yarn - solid, hand-dyed, striped, space-dyed, or heathered (if you want to play with color, choose 2-3 remnants of complementary colors)
Size 5 or 6 straight needles + 1 partial skein sock yarn
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
- A community garden (modeled after Oakhurst Community Garden in Decatur), located at the Chestnut Farm property. It's a cozy spot in the heart of town, has been largely ignored by the county which currently owns it. I know the Dunwoody Preservation Trust will take excellent care of the facility if the county deeds it to us, so maybe they'd entertain the idea of a working garden managed by volunteers.
- A "gateway" feature at the intersection of Ashford-Dunwoody and Mt. Vernon Roads. How about a large, recycling fountain with its own well? (I take no credit for this great idea - the ever-imaginative Susan Mitchell suggested it!)
- Ordinances supporting a "sustainable" Dunwoody, including solar power installations, home gardening, and small chicken coops as well as a recycling center where we can drop everything off right here in the community.
- An effort to change the laws in Georgia so that we can create a Dunwoody School System, which would surely be far better than the abysmal management we currently endure by the DeKalb County School System.
- A definitive sign ordinance that correlates all signage in the new city, requiring retail and business properties to follow strict guidelines no matter when they were first installed (no grandfathering).
- An electronic interface with City Hall that allows citizens to email, make requests for services, and pay any necessary fees through the internet. That means someone on staff is actively managing the website and making sure it's proactive.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Happy Sunday! Today will be filled with St. Luke's Presbyterian Church's first-ever Homecoming celebration, a potluck lunch, the start of a new Youth Group year this evening with our new Youth Minister, Phil Brown, and some quiet time in between to enjoy just being together.
Friday, September 5, 2008
- Laminating the covers to the Preschool Phonics workbooks that will be printed and bound next week for this year's classes.
- Browning eight pounds of turkey to make chili for the Youth Group supper Sunday night.
- Grilling streak strips for Philly Cheesesteaks for supper.
- Sipping a glass of wine and blogging.
- Running a load of dishes in the dishwasher.
- Running a load of laundry through the washing machine.
- Getting ready to help son A understand an AP World History assignment so he can chart it this weekend.
- Organizing a freelance assignment I'm working on all weekend.
- Letting the dog out for the umpteenth time because he's convinced there's a squirrel out there he hasn't yet terrorized.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
A news bit from the UK grabbed my eye: "Knit a titfer to top up aid pot."
Noun1.titfer - a hat (Cockney rhyming slang: `tit for tat' rhymes with `hat')
Oooohh. They're knitting hats. For charity.
As part of the national campaign, people are asked to knit tiny woolly hats which will sit on Innocent Smoothie bottles that will be sold in Sainsbury’s stores in November.