All is quiet on a Home Front for the moment and I have finally got my computer to myself!
Big kids are out and little kids are eating supper.
And this time around it is not Ice Cream. Rice and noodles plus chicken. I feel as if I deserve a “Good Mommy” award – a few minutes to write this post.
Woops, I spoke too soon, here comes interruption number 1 and 2.
DD #4, telling me that she finished eating and DD #5, who came in just for company and to make sure she would not be missing anything significant.
Meanwhile I spend today happily mumbling “August First” all day. Just one more month left until the school starts. Just one month and we all (parents) be free! I apologize profusely to all of you teachers out there for whom September will bring another school year of toil and interaction with our little (and especially not so little) darlings, but I confess, I am marking the days on the calendar.
Sometimes I think that G-d made a slight mistake. The Festival of our freedom – Pasover should really be on the first day of school. But then I realize He was right after all, just imagine all that Pesach cleaning and Summer vacation at the same time. So, thank you G-d for making these two events a few months apart.
Sorry if I have offended Mothers who can not wait for the Summer vacation to start. I love my kids dearly, but I guess I belong to the Erma Bombeck school of motherhood, who said “My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.” Another one I always keep in mind is “Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.” Why take chances?
Anyway, enough about that!
What about knitting you might ask.
All I can say is that the “Knit goes on”.
And thank G-d for that!
My purple Big Twist sock is getting really close to the finish line. I turned the heel this morning, finished the gusset and it is now in the automatic knitting mode. I do not need to look at the sock as I knit it.
And so I spend lots of time today surfing the net, while knitting and thinking about what am I going to knit or crochet next. Nothing definite so far, but lots and lots of interesting ideas. I have found a whole treasure trove of Russian knit and crochet sites and I have enjoyed looking at what these ladies make. Problem is that they do not do much in a way of instructions. One of the most common descriptions I came across was “A pretty dress dress for a girl and very easy to do if it is done right” – and that is it, you get a couple of photos and this very enlightening instruction. Another favorite is “knit this in the usual way, as long as needed” – thanks, that has really, really helped!
But I got to be fair and there are lots of lovely patterns with meticulous, line by line directions too. Another thing I had to admire is the irrepressible spirit of the people most of whom have very little money to spend on yarn, yet they manage to create beauty out of literally nothing. I came across a recipe for cucumbers pickled inside a watermelon. I could not figure out why would anyone want to try something like this until I read at the end of the post “so you see even a sour unpleasant watermelon can be used well.”
It is 10 p.m.
Younger kids are asleep. The older are due home any minute, but they are on self-serve.
I think I am going to try out a few swatches from some of the more mysterious patterns. OK, I got to be realistic here, just one swatch…