Friday, March 30, 2012

Serious Family

Serious Family
My family, we are a force to be reckoned with. We are tight knit and sometimes conversations (real-life or virtual) are just unbelievable and could only really happen with my family. Let me give you two examples from my recent life.
Many people are annoyed when people post pictures of their meal on social media sites (twitter, facebook, g+) I love it.

Let’s examine the following picture of my mother’s recent dinner



Take note of the following
1)    It’s a real dinner made from real food
2)    Real plates, silverware
3)    Real serving dishes for the homemade rolls, the fancy-fied salad
4)    Handmade hotpads under the peppers
5)    Homemade jam (likely from local berries)

These all point to some Martha-stewart-esque-ness that is my mother. So what does the familial conversation revolve around? Well let's recount the conversation found in the comments of this picture

Me: I think you need a real butter dish
Mom: I am hurt that you are not impressed with my little Styrofoam dish with leftover butter from a church activity.
Mom, Later: My jam container is very elite also

Dear reader, please look back at the picture. Do you see the jam container?


Can you identify it? No? me neither, but my mom is about to expound, are you ready for it?


Mom, continued: It’s an “I can’t believe it’s not butter dish” from my mom

Did you catch that? No? Let my little sister really point out the ridiculousness of it

My little sister:  I love that we have hand me down, used, fake tupperware.... totes class ;)

(bolding from me)
I read this conversation and I died laughing. Oh my word we are our own dichotomy. I love us.

Then there is this awesomeness that I put out for my sister (who I am visiting soon)

ME: You need to compile a list for me of:
What food you want me to make while I'm there
What food you want me to make for your freezer while I'm there
Any other fun projects you want me to do while I'm there

My mom:  Playing with (nephew) is top of the list!! Wish I was gonna be there too. Oh, the trouble we could get in!!
ME (and here is where my family awesome comes out): mom, obviously, but there are rumors that he naps, plus I post stuff all the time and (big sister) says "I want some" and this time she can actually have some, because I will be there, in the flesh, to make it. It's like an on demand Britt in your kitchen (mess and all). I know what you are thinking, "Who could ask for more?" Well, (big sister) because she is getting an on demand Britt with a side of (bro-inlaw), (other sister) and a bonus (other bro-in-law) all in her kitchen! It's like an infomercial in her new house. I bet that's why she bought it.
My little sister (the one that commented about fake Tupperware): But wait... act now, Mom if you buy one round trip ticket you too can enjoy the on demand Britt, side of (this sister's husband) and a bonus (this sister).... and we will throw in an adorable grandbaby along with his hard working parents but Act fast, this deal will not last much longer ;)

What you don’t create infomercials about your family in your spare time? I suggest you start now, it is to hilarious for you to avoid.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Flowers of Tradition

Tradition: Bulb flowers

Story:

Tulips are my favorite flower and crocuses are like a pre-tulip treat. In my backyard my crocuses have bloomed and they are even more beautiful than usual. We have three different colors white, purple and a white/purple awesomeness. I went out to take pictures and realized how hard it is to get a good picture of a short flower. We had laid down mulch so I couldn’t get my face as close to the ground as I needed to so that I could see the camera screen. The result?

Note, Kill the flash

Hey look, a stem
Focus on death

garden light blocked by a fuzzy flower



I’m not really a photographer to begin with, but such awful pictures can get annoying. Thankfully my camera has two macro settings and an image stabilizer. Using those tools I was able to get a couple of nice pictures.

Such a happy flower

closed up in the evening

Love this one, might try to play with it in picasa or instagram

Focus on life


Awhile back my mom (who is an amazing photographer) took some lovely pictures of flowers and streams and such and had mounted them on blank cards. I used them all the time for thank you cards, get well cards, thinking of you cards, etc. I think this year I’m going to try and take pictures of the flowers in my garden and then at the end use them for cards or ask my mom to make them into cards for me (it would be a perfect birthday present). Two options from this set of pictures

Almost evokes a cottage garden on the edge of a wood


These crocuses are stunning in person

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Color Affection

I watched the color affection kits for ages and none of them spoke my name. So, while at SPA I scrounged the marketplace for three skeins of sock yarn that would fit my personality, the pattern and my wardrobe. I linked to the yarn in a previous post, but it is String theory Caper sock in Viola, Pewter and Black Tulip.

For my March project I decided that the yarn was ready to be used so I cast on with my favorite of the three (viola) and started knitting. This yarn is lovely, once knit up it gets a touch fuzzy, I don’t mean pilly I mean it has almost a halo, but not quite. The viola colorway is purple/teal that creates the illusion of iridescence. The pewter is a soft, warm grey and the Black tulip does remind me almost exactly of Queen of the night tulips.

 Anyways, it is amazing. As I knit through the first section I had to decide which color to use next and I decided the Pewter would be good and then finished with the Black Tulip.


I would actually love to see shawls knit in these same three colors, but in a different order because I think the order really determines the look of the final product. At the end I used a size 13 to do the cast-off and didn’t even block it. I just started wearing it around. I LOVE IT. It’s the perfect accessory to an otherwise boring outfit and it’s the perfect warm, light, drapey scarf for a chilly day.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Documentaries: a love affair

I have opined before my love of documentaries, but let’s rehash some thoughts about what I love about documentaries. What I want and what I don’t want.

I do not want: a call to action
I do want: a connection and truth

Documentaries come in so many styles, there are what I call the nat-geo-discovery style, where in we focus on how something is born, grows, dies, etc. These are typically nature related and unless I’m in science class or specifically interested in the topic at hand I don’t seek this variety out because there is no connection. Though a decent non-nature one is Helvetica I couldn't get Jim to watch that one

Then there are those that are all about injustices. Environmental injustices, political, etc. I. do. Not. Watch. These. Films. It’s the implied (or overt) call to action. Don’t enjoy it, don’t want it. I really do think there are as many causes as there are people and there is only so much depression I can take, so I don’t seek it out in my entertainment. Plus they make me angry. The call to action is often found in the nat-geo-style, but as long as there isn’t too much it won’t stop me from watching it.

Then there are the Stories of things that don’t make a good Hollywood blockbuster. I LOVE THESE! Love them. Love, love, love them. I convinced Jim to watch 2 documentaries this weekend

1) Nat-geo-disc style one about Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Super cute turtles, I wanted to go swim with them

2) Being Elmo

Being Elmo was AWESOME! I was expecting some huge controversial facts to be revealed. Instead it was a guy who worked with his talents to become what he wanted to be and Elmo fell into the plan. I loved a point he made about the Tickle Me Elmo doll. Elmo doesn’t say “me” Think about every time you have heard Elmo talks, it’s never give me a hug it’s give Elmo a hug and Elmo like you and such. Anyways it was awesome and I kind of wish they had gone into a bit deeper where Elmo’s personality comes from. They do a bit, but I wanted MORE! Anyways, it was a good one, I suggest it (available streaming through netflix)

Someday I’m going to make it to silverdocs in DC and watch a TON of documentaries

Thursday, March 1, 2012

SPA and February Roundup

Last weekend I went to SPA up in Freeport, ME. The weather was gorgeous. It threatened to snow but never amounted to much. The sun was shining so I got out and went to all of the outlet shops. Didn’t buy much, a large LL bean canvas bag I found a large with long handles for 20 bux at the outlet shop (regularly $30). I also got an insulated travel mug thing. I wanted to find an awesome leather bag, but neither wilson’s leather nor nine west had one I wanted. So I bought a cheap pair of house slippers at nine west instead. They are hideous, but so comfy and cheap. When I wasn't shopping I spent plenty of time hanging out in front of the fireplace



Then there is the yarn. I brought the pattern with me for Color Affection (you can also find it on ravelry) and I spent a good 20 minutes comparing color combinations. I ended up with three gorgeous skeins from String Theory and I love it. Rather than try to get a good picture of it, I’m going to tell you to head over to her webpage and look at

These
Three
Skeins 

I made my way through the vendor area multiple times but nothing else called my name. I was really hoping to find some cashmere (or something over 50% cashmere) yarn to make something luxurious. Unfortunately there was nothing that fit my needs in that regard. The weekend was long (4 days) and it was wonderful to hang out with friends, meet new people and just knit when I wanted to and yet I didn’t feel stuck. It was wonderful.

While at spa I ended up finishing the socks. I think they are pretty, I love the reverse stockinette sole, but they don’t fit. I was afraid this would happen. They fit in the leg, the foot is a touch wide, but wouldn’t be bad if the gusset wasn’t so huge. I hate it. I knew I didn’t need a heel flap that was so long, but I did it anyways which resulted in a GIANT gusset. I wore them once, but I’m not sure if I’ll wash and wear again or just wash and rip out and reknit. We’ll see.

At some point on Friday night I got sick of the socks and decided to break my normal monogamy rule of knitting. So I cast on the rick rack rib scarf in the duchess yarn I bought at the Hub Mills Grand opening a week earlier. I have already finished the scarf and as soon as I block it I will send it off to my dad so he has a new scarf to wear.

Front
Back
So that makes 1 January project and 2 February projects. We’ll see how much I get done in March.