Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Everyone needs a mini-me

After the success of knitting my socks I needed a simple and quick project.
Gail had been kind enough to gift me a mini sock blocker key chain with the sock pattern and handpainted wool.

So I rumaged thru the needle drawer, cast on stitches on extremely small needles and knit away.

An hour and a half later I had a mini sock keychain to be proud of.
I am thinking this keychain could be lots of fun....minis to match every pair I successfully make for my feet. Oh the possibilities :-)

Monday, March 05, 2007

Gratitude Monday

Today's affirmation
The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.
- Anonymous

I am grateful for.....
1. Spending down time with my hubby
2. warm chinook winds
3. movies that make me laugh
4. crafting or cooking with my daughter
5. conquering challenges
6. steamy bubble baths
7. books that transport me to other worlds
8. inspirational music
9. helping friends
10. remembering those who have passed over already

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Success is doing!

As I posted earlier my first experience making socks was less than satisfactory.
I ended up with socks that were too big, puckered and a depressed spirit.

It took some gentle encouragement from a fellow knitting buddy from my knitting list. Gail sent me some gorgeous handpainted wool, a pattern and loads of nudging. Taking up the dpns again, I tried because "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!"

And after 5 days of knitting success was found.

They turned out great. They fit and no puckering at the heel. I am in love...LOL

I see many pairs of handmade socks in my future.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”

I have always loved history. Learning about how people lived, what they wore, and how they died. Romances, wars, hatred, compassion all are parts of what make up our whole being.

My daughter's recent unit for social studies was China. What a hoot!
The teachers began the with a "flight" to China. The kids were met at the door of the school and had to "purchase" tickets for the flight...using their library cards as identification. Then they proceeded through security and kids with "suspicious items" in their backpack proceeded onto the local police to be questioned. Some understood the game and others where confused. But sooner or later all arrived safely on the "flight" in the library. They went to China, visited the sites and flew back home. It was a fantastic way to spark the curiosity of the students.

Just yesterday we went on a field trip to Chinatown.

We visited the museum and cultural center, ate at a local buffet and visited local shops asking questions and soaking in the culture.

Looking up at the center of the cultural centre we found a gorgeous sight to be seen. Bright colors, symbols, inlaid gold and animal representing the Chinese New Year.

Replicas of the Emperor's chariet and servants amazed the kids.

The grandeur of the emperor's life was shown in many of the artifacts.

Can you guess what this picture is made of?
On close inspection it was discovered that every single detail was created from feathers of types, sizes and colors.

They even taught the students some Tai Chi moves to use everyday.

The kids had a great time. I can't think of anything more fun than experiencing another culture. What better way to remember all than to actually live the experience.