Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Football Approacheth

We went and got Hayes's gear for football season this weekend, and he has "tryouts" this week. Opening day is somewhere in August. We're hoping for coach Stan again - he was amazing - even if he is only going to be assistant coach this year. Hayes learned some excellent fundamentals and always had fun. He absolutely loves this game.

I'm looking forward to another fun year. And now that we have a bit of a better camera lens, perhaps some better photos too. ;) Watch out BJFL - here we come.

Saturday, June 26, 2010


I am so ready for another trip to the lake. I can't wait to see family and friends and participate in all the silliness that is July 4th in our neck of the woods. Just a week left to go....

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Font Creation

I am taking two classes this summer: Digital Photography and Typography. I seem to be MUCH more comfortable in the typography class. It's more hands-on at the moment. This was my first font creation. We were not allowed to use any curves (it had to be a bitmap) and stair-stepping the bits seemed like cheating. Then I found out that the instructor wasn't so concerned with the strictness of the instructions, so I added some curve to the second font. I'm really pleased with how this assignment turned out.

Saturday, June 05, 2010


1. My sister is officially in town. Ahh! I can't believe it's actually happened. :) They've rented the cutest house on the block and I love that they will be so close!

2. I got the syllabus for one of my classes this summer and I can't believe how busy I am going to be. Who's idea was it to take two classes??? (but I'm so excited about typography!)

3. Headed to the lake this early Saturday morning. It's going to be a blast. And classes start while there. Thank god my Aunt and her son will be joining us so Hayes won't be too neglected.

4. The garden has taken a back seat already to the travel schedule (and school). I am trying not to guilt myself about it. At least there isn't much to harvest these days but peas and radishes. LOVE THOSE PEAS!

5. Did I mention my sister is in town?

Thursday, June 03, 2010

First Fair Isle Knitting Project

I'm a big fan of happy accidents. They are not always so fun when they happen, but once resolved, they are, well, happy. I purchased some sock yarn several months ago, in order to make the most adorable argyle socks ever. (If you are a knitter, Glenna's blog is definitely worth putting in your reader.) Upon working the gauge in this particular yarn (which was clearly marketed as sock yarn), I discovered that it will never knit up to the gauge required, never. This can be extremely disappointing when it is the only knitting you have packed for a 7-hour road trip (thanks Knit Picks!). So the most adorable argyle socks will just have to wait a while.

In a funk, I started looking through my Ravelry queue, and remembered how smitten I am with these mittens:

I've never tackled a fair isle project before, but wouldn't you know, the yarn I have is exactly what this pattern calls for! From funk to fabulous just like that. So now I have the coolest bird nest mittens in the world to work on for the next Michigan trip (departing this weekend). And I am sure they will prove to be quite a challenge, hopefully a happy one.

Now, to make sure I have all the supplies I'll need on hand before we leave....