What I did today.

(I’m a little short on time and enthusiasm…long on children. Pardon me.)

1. I finished this. (Please disregard the sullen teenager. March Break is hard on everyone. I assure you that she loves the “hat-scarf thing”, and simply hated my guts for that particular 30 seconds.)

Mm

Beautiful, Yes? It’s the “Magical Moebius” by Caroline Laudig. I fell deeply, deeply in love with it when Caroline donated several kit’s for TSF’ers. Caroline sent the pattern and I can report that it’s a lovely pattern and good TV knitting for experienced knitters or a simple run at lace for newer ones. Caroline’s got a huge heart and she’s turned this pattern into a wonderful opportunity for MSF. The pattern costs $5 (plus $1 for shipping) and the whole $5 is going to MSF. The pattern works with a long list of yarns (Caroline suggests Jaeger Superkid mohair (1 ball), or Douceur et soie (1 ball) , or Mountain Colours mountain goat, or Noro silk garden (2 skeins) or anything like ’em. Get yours by emailing the lovely Caroline at claudig12ATaolDOTcom.

(Change the bold stuff to the obvious. I’m trying to protect her from spam by not broadcasting her email addie.) and mention that TSF and/or Steph sent ya.

2. Trapped on a TTC ride with two 11 year old girls for what seemed like hours, I somehow endured a conversation that made me want to whack my head on the subway wall and began (and ended) with the sentence:

“You know what else is gross?”

3. Knit this in a movie theatre.

Moviesock

It’s another plain sock. (Although I like to believe that the yarn is charming and interesting enough to make up for the same damn sock over and over again.)

4. Ate so many tortilla chips at the movies that now I sorta don’t feel good.

5. Changed my links for Claudia, who has packed up and moved blogs.

Her new address is here….go say hi. (Her new blog has a spiffy new look too. Love it.)

6. Didn’t do any real work because there are small obnoxious PEOPLE IN MY OFFICE, which the small obnoxious people appear to believe is our family room, which they think is a space they have a right to be in. I did yesterdays work in my bedroom in the wee hours of the night.

I don’t know if I’m going to make it.

53 thoughts on “What I did today.

  1. The photo reminds me of my own youth. I believe there’s a picture of me at some landmark birthday (12th? 13th?) with just about the exact same expression on my face.

  2. Whoa, another thing we have in common Steph, red-headed teenagers. Mine was sullen today also, but she had every right–the orthodontist instead an inhumane(and expensive) metal sculpture consisting of chains, a small metal plate,and a piece of wire into her mouth. The other teenager needed toting about for a chemistry study group, and the almost teenager spent 1 1/2 hours in a store, tried on 15 pairs of jeans, and wouldn’t wear ONE DANG PAIR. And spring break doesn’t start until Friday.
    Did crank out two pair of fuzzy green flip-flops and a really skinny scarf for St. Patty’s Day wearin’ o the green. Almost ready to add a border to my Festival shawl. Hang in there my physic Gemini twin.
    PS. It’s raining here too.

  3. Those socks remind me of sunflowers! They are sunflower socks… with the yellow petals and the black middle and the other colors found in the stem and petals.
    (I don’t mean to blabber about my own blog on your blog, but that photo is nothing compared to what I’ve got on my blog right now… one entry down.)

  4. Hang in there girl…you can make it.
    Don’t let them get to you! [being someone who works at a school and has to deal with kids all day, I feel you!]

  5. Red-headed teenage girls, yes. It is spring-break here to ( Oregon,US), My 15 year old( also a red-head)is trying to talk me into letting her go on a date, to young I say. anyway that is the look that I got this morning when I said “No”, I went in later and asked her if she was mad at me, she said ” yes”, then I asked if she hated me, she said “no”. My response,” I can live with that” I think that I knit faster and more obsessively during stressful times.
    Hang in there Steph

  6. Why do people think we are better parents if we spend more time with our kids? I find it easier to be a good mom when I see them less than all day. do they have friends they can play with? If you had 2 x 11year olds today does that mean you get a day with 0 x 11 year olds?
    Hang in there.

  7. Aww, they look so cute when they hate us. My daughter, who will be six on Thursday, once gave me that look when she was four months old and I was late nursing her after work. (Why yes, I do plan on telling that story to her date on prom night.)

  8. Or, the picture–lovely scarf, indeed–is an attempt at teenage artistic angst?? Is a picture to save for her future important occasion :=) Her red hair does set off the blue of the scarf very nicely.

  9. I believe we had a similar hanging-by-your-fingernails blog post from you last year around this time.
    You lived.
    But, I do understand (thanks to you) why certain species eat their young.

  10. Oh I know that face! My neice looks just like that sometimes!
    Hang in there Steph, you’re half way there! It will be over soon.

  11. Moebius knitting is totally the coolest, other-dimensionly thing, isn’t it?
    I spent a lovely afternoon, on Saturday, at a workshop dedicated to the Moebius beasts, run by Cat Bordhi, who wrote two books about the shape and the things you can do with it. Take a look at http://www.catbordhi.com/books.html – there are tantalizing excerpts downloadable, and the actual books are most thought-provoking and beautiful.
    The knit objects themselves are unspeakable, but in a good way. They tie your brain into pretzels. I happen to like pretzels, so it’s ok with me…

  12. Surliness passes, as we all know. I find the best defense is to laugh. Then they get angry. No sense of humor at all.
    I started your snowdrop shawl tonight and am finding it entirely engrossing. I’ll be contacting you regarding the edging later, I am sure.
    Wanda

  13. I ran into an interesting dilemma as I was leaving my class (I teach knitting at an AC Moore ’round these parts – you know, near the MD S&W festival) and I saw a woman across the store wearing what appeared to be a modified Very Harlot Poncho (it had a sort of polo collar and no fringe) made out of Lion Brand Homespun.
    Now, my gut instinct was to run over and say “Is that a Harlot poncho????” but somewhere, deep inside, my last glimmer of sanity pointed out that, if it actually wasn’t a Harlot poncho, if she was the last knitter on earth who didn’t know what that was, or (god forbid) it was gifted to her and she’s not even a knitter, she could be very insulted.
    So if you’re reading this, and were at the AC Moore in Glen Burnie on Tuesday, wearing a Very Harlot Poncho, come by and say hi to the knitting teacher sometime…

  14. Hang on if you’re not goign to survive your SHORT spring break… how am I going to survive my LONG Easter break? Come on it can’t be that bad… although taht pic of your daughter is a classic red head pose. We have many of my younger sister looking like that. Including quite a few at her wedding. Iw as photographer and it drove me mad all day trying to get her to smile not glare.

  15. last week during spring break all I ever heard was ‘bite me’ and when I took the kids to the movies my son actually puked up before he reached the washrooms.That’s gross

  16. Buy a big ol carton of ice cream, set it out on the kitchen counter surrounded by a passel of easily accessible spoons, and then take thyself to the coffee shop while the sugar high rages. One must yield one’s priorities in times of extreme need.

  17. I’ve just recently come across your wonderful site, my laugh of the day. Of course I can laugh now that my baby is twenty-one. Hang in there, they turn into wonderful human beings!

  18. Ha…I was going to ask if there had been any more voodoo dolls, but I see Erin beat me to it. This, too, shall pass. 🙂 You’re about halfway there, right?

  19. Tell Meg that there’s a difference between “model angry” and just surly (to paraphrase Tyra Banks). 😉

  20. You can do this. You manage every year with almost all of your sanity intact (what little you had to begin with that is). That’s a look that could kill she has 🙂

  21. Haha! As a mother of two also suffering through Spring Break and obnoxious little bodies in rooms they don’t belong in, I sympathize with you!
    Tell your daughter that she’s quite lovely when she pouts–that always pisses off my daughter!
    Now I have to go clean up a cereal disaster…. (We have serial cereal disasters around here.)

  22. I know that look well and no one pulls it off like a teenage girl. The little darlings.
    I thought of you yesterday because there are green things peeking their heads up out of the ground here in the Hudson Valley. I was so excited I started pulling back the dead stuff left from last year to get a better look at the baby plants. Gaia gets to have her fun, though. We have a winter storm warning in effect and there’s about 10 inches of snow coming tonight and tomorrow is the first day of our spring break. I need chocolate

  23. I know that look well and no one pulls it off like a teenage girl. The little darlings.
    I thought of you yesterday because there are green things peeking their heads up out of the ground here in the Hudson Valley. I was so excited I started pulling back the dead stuff left from last year to get a better look at the baby plants. Gaia gets to have her fun, though. We have a winter storm warning in effect and there’s about 10 inches of snow coming tonight and tomorrow is the first day of our spring break. I need chocolate

  24. I know that look well and no one pulls it off like a teenage girl. The little darlings.
    I thought of you yesterday because there are green things peeking their heads up out of the ground here in the Hudson Valley. I was so excited I started pulling back the dead stuff left from last year to get a better look at the baby plants. Gaia gets to have her fun, though. We have a winter storm warning in effect and there’s about 10 inches of snow coming tonight and tomorrow is the first day of our spring break. I need chocolate

  25. The hat-scarf thing is lovely. Of course she will keep hating you for the next few years on and off before she really likes you. You will survive. Oh wait, go send them to the district office for break. I am sure that break will be much shorter.

  26. I’m sorry, Steph, but you are just going to have to tell Hank that the role of Batman is filled. I am Batman. When you call my cellphone, it plays the uber-cheesy Adam West Batman theme, and my minivan is called the Bratmobile. But since I don’t have any Bat-jamas, I guess I can live with Hank being The CANADIAN Batman. I guess.

  27. Actually, I really like that sullen look. I’m serious. It’s reminiscent of the Celtic-urchin look of the models in Sally Melville’s knit (or is it purl? or both?) book(s). Tell her she’s got a future in modeling. She’s gawgeous.

  28. Hi Steph
    Please tell your darling sullen redhead that she has a darling, sullen, redheaded twin in New Jersey, in the person of my niece, Claudia. They both have the look perfected. I love it!

  29. know what else is gross?
    Just kidding. the cowl is very pretty, and so is your daughter, even though she’s frowning. My face was like that so much as a teenager, i’m still occasionally surprised to find that no, it didn’t stick like that!

  30. I have one of those small obnoxious people (teenager) in my home too. Surely I didn’t commit a crime so high that I deserve 4 more years of teenhood punishment (ok so I caved on the yarn diet after only 13 completed projects! so sue me). Can’t we just skip the miserable teen years to lovely careing adult years? My tolerance and patience need not be tested further. Surely the fact that the child is still alive is proof enough of tolerance and patience… but I am raving. I do apologize.

  31. OMG! You read my mind. Just yesterday I was looking for a Moebius pattern. This is so great. I will send Caroline an email right away. Thanks Stephanie!

  32. You know why I love Spring Break?
    Not because it torments the parents, but because I can call my brothers and taunt them. “You have to go back to school next week!”
    I’ve called them every single day this week, reminding them how little is left of their break. It rocks.
    Sadly, working around a house full of kids does not. But the kidswap is soon! (Right?)

  33. I hate to say it, but start getting used to that look–if she’s enjoying her teen years as much as I did, it will be there nearly 24/7 for the next 4-5 years. But, both my mother and I lived through it and we’re feeling muuuuuuuuch better now. 😉

  34. Bookbookbook! It’s in my hands and I’m so sad that I have to go to work and can’t just sit here and read!! Congratulations – I look forward to getting it signed by my favorite harlot.

  35. Ha Ha! I have a picture of an absolutely beautiful sweater on a sullen model myself! We started off spring break here with a six hour visit to the local Children’s hospital for stitches. An injury literally sustained running home to begin the break. Here’s hoping your break requires no medical intervention.

  36. Hey: Congratulations on the wonderful “plug”/review on Knitters Review. Awesome. Am heading to the bookstore as I walk out the door…..

  37. That’s what happens to those cute, adorable albeit screaming babies; they turn into teenagers. My youngest is 19 … you want her?

  38. Hi – this is my first time perusing your pages and am happy to know I am not the only mother in the world that #1 thinks the school system is out to send us all to the loony bin with their ‘one week’ breaks and #2 has a sullen teenager. Mine is 15 and there are some days that I would gladly trade her for a puppy… (KIDDING!…mostly) ;o)

  39. I have the bookbookbook. I will photograph proof for you tonight. I am writing this at 3-24-05 at noon.

  40. That teenagers needs some smudgey black eyeliner and a black leather jacket to be an honestly sullen gothic type.

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