Seven Quick Takes

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Ezra is collapsing into bed these days. He wakes up bubbling over with energy, talking a mile a minute and ready to go, plays hard all day and drops into bed the second the clock ticks to 8 o’clock.

It’s beautiful.



After reading SouleMama’s post about Elizabeth Zimmerman knitting this year I ran into a blog documenting a year of Zimmerman knitting. I’m not quite brave enough for a few of the projects, but I’ve read two of her books and I think I’m ready to take that next step forward into a few of her projects. I’m adding that to the goal list– knit a few Elizabeth Zimmerman designs this year.



I finished Superman’s Jayne hat Wednesday. It was a *really* fast knit. I cast on that morning and finished the ribbing for the band in the spare minutes between students through the day, then knit for a few hours Wednesday night while we caught up on Chuck and 24 episodes.

I cast on for the large, which was fine, but I had to lengthen it quite a bit. Superman either has a weirdly shaped head, or the pattern isn’t quite sized correctly.  I’d show pictures today but Superman wore it to work yesterday and again today- I’ll grab some pics when he’s home on Sunday.

The only bad thing about it is that the first rounds are practically neon orange. It’s like knitting cheetos.



Ender and I had a conversation recently about large number words (million, billion and trillion) and ever since he tells us at bedtime “I love you a million, billion, trillion, gazillion, kajillion, fillion!” He doesn’t really understand why the last one is so funny to us, but he plays along well. (The Jayne hat and the Fillion comment are sooo connected. Bonus points for you if you can tell me in comments why!)



When Superman got home from class last night he walked in on me watching 30 Rock surrounded by yarn- probably 15 skeins.

He was NOT surprised.

Should I be worried?

(And seriously- why have I not watched 30 Rock until now? Thank goodness  for Netflix instant play.)



I’ve been looking at seeds for this year’s garden. I learned a lot last year and I think I have a much better idea of what we can successfully grow. Ender has dog-eared almost every page of one of the catalogues. He’s convinced we can grow EVERYTHING in our little container garden.

Unfortunately someone has to help him narrow down his desires and that someone is me.



I finished reading The Lightning Thief last night. Superman actually read it on our trip in early December and told me I would enjoy it. The first few chapters were really rough writing wise, but the story was interesting and the writing did improve through the book. Supposedly the second book is much better writing-wise, so I’ll probably read that one too after Superman is done with it.


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7 Responses to Seven Quick Takes

  1. Mary says:

    I LOVE the photo in your blog header. Simple and beautiful. I am not brave enough for knitting. It requires both hands going at once. I can do anything with needle and thread but TWO needles…Yikes!

    Fillion +”Jayne” hat = total Firefly fan! We love it as well!

    Happy Friday!

    • Amanda says:

      You know, I never got knitting either until I read Stitch N’ Bitch. She suggested putting one needle under your armpit until you get the hang of it and it really worked for me!

  2. Amanda says:

    I can’t wait to see the Jayne hat!

    And I know why it’s connected to the Fillion comment! Nathan Fillion plays Mal in Firefly and Jayne is another character. BTW – Nathan Fillion is from Edmonton – where I live!

  3. violingirl says:

    Amanda, I’m jealous!!!

    We got to meet Nathan Fillion (and Neil Patrick Harris AND Joss Whedon-squee!) at a Dr. Horrible panel in 2008 and it was awesome. 🙂

    Perhaps I need to add a Joss Whedon-inspired post tag now that I’m racking up the Whedon-related knitting projects.

  4. Kim says:

    Wow, I’m impressed with your knitting skill. My mom tried to teach me how to knit once and it was a disaster. I never tried again. Always seemed to be a good way to relax and pass the time though.

    Container garden? I’m curious.

    • violingirl says:

      Learning to knit was about a month of me muttering under my breath “I’m going to get this . . . I’m going to get this . . .” and my husband saying to me, “Shouldn’t hobbies be relaxing?”

      We don’t have a yard (we’re in a major metro) so we garden in containers on our back deck. Last year we grew jalapenos, bell peppers, tomatoes, strawberries and loose lettuce and spinach.

  5. Gardenbug says:

    I don’t know these ladies at all but this comes highly recommended. I thought you might like an organizer. It might suit your style.

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