The Bad Mommy

I work only to pay for his therapy later.

Location: Novato, California, United States

Sunday, January 28, 2007

More Socks

Here are the Cherry Tree Hill socks that I knit for my mama - nice and soft - an easy yarn to work with.

And for my Dad, these Lana Grossa socks. He wanted cotton - a labor of love since I'm not really fond of cotton sock yarn. This was something I learned as part of the Great Christmas Sock Project of 2006 - I knit three pair of cotton socks and unless I come across some truly fabulous color in cotton, I think I'm done with it. Too splitty and thin for me.

And for my bestiest friend, K, this hot pair of socks in Black Bunny Fibers yarn (check out her Etsy shop) in the Berry Coulis colorway. Nice and soft and easy to work with.

Stay tuned - there are still more socks to come!

Friday, January 26, 2007

From The Annals of The Bad Mommy - Part Deux

When C was about 4, I fell in love with the Dixie Chicks song Goodbye Earl. The Chicks (whom C came to refer to as the Chixie Dicks) appeared on some awards show with the video (starring Dennis Franz) playing in the background. The music is catchy, the video likewise and I bought the CD Fly, on which Goodby Earl appears. I mostly played it in the van and I would crank it up and sing along. I started out being kind of careful about not listening to it when C was in the van with me. I would listen to the rest of the songs (which were more subtlely inappropriate for 4 year olds) and would skip Earl. Then I got complacent. He hadn't asked me what mattress dancing or the sin wagon were, for instance. So, clearly, he wasn't really paying attention, right? And I stopped skipping Earl when it came around on the CD.

But you know, part of what makes Goodbye Earl great is that it's what I think of as a Story Song. It's got a plot, tells the story in some kind of order and, like I said before, is catchy. It kind of invites - no, begs - you to pay attention to it. Especially, it would apear, if you're 4 or 5.

So one day we're tooling along listening to Earl (probably a couple of times in a row - I really like it). And from the back seat comes

"Mom? Why did Earl have to die?"

Oh shit. I have really screwed up here. He WAS listening. "Well, honey, you know how we've talked about how we all die when it's our time? I guess it was just Earl's time."

Long pause from the back seat. Then he responds kind of confidentially - kind of like maybe I'm a little slow and he has to explain it to me: "You know, Mom, I think he was murdered."

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I'm Ready For My Closeup Now, Mr. DeMille....

M took a whole bunch of photos for me recently, so if I can pull my act together, I hope to post a few at a time to get caught up on at least the sock portions of the last six months. I know, I know. You can thank me later.

First up, we have the socks for Baby Brother's family from the last entry.

These are slipper socks made for my nephew MCH from Opal six-ply purchased at everybody's favorite Marin Fiber Arts. They're warm and handsome and best of all I have enough left over to make a pair for me too :-)

These gorgeous socks for nephew TNH were tremendously hard to photograph well. They're Mountain Colors Bearfoot in the Alpine colorway - Really rich blues and dark, dark purples. You can see why they didn't photograph really well. This yarn was DIVINE to work with. Soft, knits up smoothly and feels great. It was really hard not to keep them for myself. T, when your feet outgrow them, feel free to send them back to me.....

These were for niece SHH, who took about two seconds to pick out this turquoise and purple yarn in her Favorite Colors. It's Tess Designer baby/sock yarn that I picked up at Stitches West last year. Another quite nice yarn to work with. I'll be back at their booth for more next month.

For my sister-in-law SHH, this pair of Trekking socks in purples was really nice to work with. I like the way the this line of Trekking knits up into fraternal twin socks. Keeps the knitting from being boring and their colors are subtle and rich. Another Marin Fiber Arts yarn.

More Trekking yarn for the Baby Brother, DCH, himself. This colorway was amazing - in some light it looks like browns and in other light it looks like greens. Unfortunately, it's another yarn that's hard to photograph well and pick up all the subtleties.

More photos to come. Stay tuned....

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Actual Knitting Content!

I have more photos to share but that requires a level of organization that does not presently exist. In the meantime, I make this offering of a photo of my Baby Brother and his family. As you can see, they're a little bit shy. I've got closeups of all these socks - stay tuned....

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