Sunday, January 25, 2015

Last week was a jerk

There are some women here who I work with and man alive they like the drama.  Anything can be made into a passive aggressive soap opera.  I am over it.

So in an effort to combat their drama, I got back out the above sweater.  I knit like gang busters on it in the fall, and then my mean cat ate a giant hole in the back and I just put it away.  So far it's been very calming to get it back out, rip back to the cat hole, and knit on.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


The making and using up of the stash continues.  I have a really neat stress rash/virus rash, so I am happy to stay at home and will myself not to itch all day.  It is fun times.  The above is a Noro creation I am making up.  I only have one skein left so I think I can make it work into a hat.

And another self designed number.  This was left over Jamison fingerling yarn from a fair isle hat from a few years ago.  It was a pain to weave in all the ends and in the end I made it a tiny bit too shallow for my own head.  Luckily one of the kids likes it.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

the low stress guide to a consumables shipment

Low stress and consumables?!  In the same sentence?  yes indeed.  I am setting out to have a low stress/ no stress consumables shipment experience.

This summer we are moving to a somewhat European country that still has a consumables allowance.  We are lucky that we will be able to drive in one direction to an EU country and in another direction to a tiny military base that may or may not still be in business when we arrive at post.  I have been offered advice from some very tightly wound women about how to go about consumables.  I have also seen some drama filled posts on TH.  I plan to do the opposite!

This is my hand written on-going list.  It is in the back of my knitting pattern notebook, so it is always around.  I started jotting thing down a month or so ago as they came to me.

Here is my list so far -

Miracle Whip - don't judge, PJ's had it when I was a child in Africa and I grew up eating it
pizza sauce
pizza flour
Clorax spot cleaner
pear slices in mass - my picky daughter loves them, what can I say?
pancake syrup - yes, the gross stuff, not maple syrup
light brown sugar - lots
dark brown sugar - less than lots
almond - mint extract
pumpkin puree
baking powder
baking soda
tabasco sauce
salsa - gallons
chickpeas ?
paper plates for parties
napkins for parties
wrapping paper
tinfoil - cause sometimes local stuff sucks
saran wrap- again local stuff sucks sometimes
cooking decorating sugars and fun stuff
food coloring
soy sauce
Asian cooking stuff
baking chocolates
dog food
cat food
dog treats
almonds - in bulk because I love them

That's it so far.  And am I going to order all this from some special company?  No I am not.  I am going to drive to Costco, and Harris Teeter and maybe Trader Joe's even though I don't quite get the hype about that store.  And then I am going to pile it up in my mother's dining room until a moving company type guy comes to collect it.

* if you are moving to deep dark Africa.  The Africa of my childhood.  This list is not really for you.  Or it could be page 1 of 50.  I know I will be able to buy flour and olive oil and milk and lots of foreign but normal enough stuff.  Deep dark Africa may or may not have those things these days, so this list is not for you people going there.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


It seems like bloggers the world over all have picked out a word for the year.  I don't have a word, cause I don't get on such bandwagons often, but if pressed, I guess 'making' might be mine.  This will be my year of making.  The above is my favorite scarf, made up pattern, and yarn gifted to me by my SIL a while ago.


And more yarn gifted to me by my SIL.  I think we have a good thing going?  Anyway, I could not come up with a scarf pattern I liked, until I cast on about 300 stitches and went with it.  Noro yarn full on knit.  I love it now.

Monday, December 22, 2014

international schools have breaks that never end

This is work day #2 of my daughter being home from school for winter break.  She is home until January 12th.  That is forever for a girl who constantly wants to do something.  Not helping matters is - every other girl, remotely her age, is gone.  Gone to exotic fun locals. So she is bored.

So I bring out the art/crafts projects….

This festive number, I found on Deep Space Sparkle.  A pretty slick website for art teachers or homeschooling art wanna be's.  It is worth digging around on this site for easy ideas.  This project used up two of my new kitchen sponges and some random paints we had on hand.  It was a quick thumbs up.

The flowers were quickly followed up by this Klee inspired work.  I found it on an Italian art teachers website, she also has a lot of good ideas and her site is in both English and Italian.  She used a Sharpie and a set of school water colors.  She rated this one just so-so.

What will we come up with tomorrow?  How about 'let your mom sew all day long without disturbing her'?  I like the sound of that one!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

crafty and the fs

I have a very crafty daughter.  I am not sure where she gets it - oh, right - probably me!  She is after me all the time for more to do.  So last Christmas we printed out a christmas tree and taped it on the wall and I let her go to town.  She was a mature 8 and can control a marker enough to not have them bleed through the paper though…This year we have done the same and it is just as fun.
Check it out here

And because I am always on the look out for fs helpful decorating ideas….

Ikea is selling fabric with a photo of a Xmas tree printed on it.  Decorating lifestyle bloggers have been using it for all kinds of decorating.  Including this clever advent calendar.  Ikea does not seem to be selling the fabric online, but perhaps your local Ikea has it or your mom can mail you a tree - at around 2 yards, it is way easier than a real fake tree and the guys in the mailroom won't talk about you.  win-win.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I understood Russian while I passed out

This morning I had a lovely local experience.  They are always lovely and quirky and local.  For boring reasons I was sent to a local clinic for a blood draw.  I had to fast which was part of my problem.  I checked in using mime.  I went to the back room, again with mime.

I started feeling a little funny when I had to stretch my right arm across my body to lay flat on the table to my left.  I felted funnier when they cleaned my arm with what smelled like industrial strength rubbing alcohol.  I shut my eyes tight and after a minute the lab lady seemed to get that I would not be opening them again to help with our mime dance.  And then as my head hit the table, I know without any doubt or very many Russian lessons, that she said "They sent me a fainter!" and maybe some curse words.

Luckily it was a quick faint.  I guess that is lucky?  Before I knew it I was sipping a juice box and being dragged across the hall for snacks and more drinks.  What was across the hall you wonder?  Why a Baskin and Robbins of course.  From what I could tell, it is in business to be the labs break room and cafeteria.  And they sell breakfast here which I did not know was a thing.