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Weasley Sweater #1

I'm crazy. If there was ever any doubt, let's just clear this up right now: I am bonafide, 100% nutso. It all started innocently enough.  A few years ago, when I had gotten to the point where I was knitting every day and pumping out a fair number of projects, I decided it would be a cool tradition to knit one handmade item for my children each year as a Christmas present.  Did you read that?  ONE handmade item.  Just ONE.  That was the plan, the original intention.  And the first year, I totally stuck to that, and each of them got a brand new knitted hat from me. Last year, I was pregnant with my fourth child, and instead of nesting (as in, cleaning and organizing the house), I was CRAFT nesting.  I couldn't stop knitting and crocheting.  Apparently, that is how I nest now!  I ended up making each child a brand new hat AND a set of duplicate stitch mittens.  Still small projects, so no big shakes, right? Fast forward to now.  I have dedicated pretty much my entire y

Book Review: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1) by Rob Thomas

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas My rating: 5 of 5 stars Rob Thomas is REALLY good at shocking me. He managed to shock me all through the 3 seasons of Veronica Mars (the TV show), and then again with the movie, and again with the book. I love the unexpected twists and turns he comes up with. I was utterly entertained and engrossed in this novel from beginning to end! And as a huge Veronica Mars fan, I feel SO lucky that I now have the TV show, the movie, and a book to enjoy over and over again. I hope he will keep writing this series, because I loved every second of it and could not put it down! (Sidenote: I really hope Joss Whedon takes note of what Rob Thomas is doing here. "Firefly: The Novel" anyone????) View all my reviews

LeakyCon 2013 Anniversary

I wrote the following blog just a few days after I went to LeakyCon 2013 in Portland, Oregon.  It was a year ago, almost to the day, that I was able to participate in this awesome event with some of my closest friends.  It was truly one of the highlights of my life, and I treasure the memories made there.  I am excited to go again, hopefully in the next year or two!   Anyway, to celebrate this one-year anniversary of LeakyCon 2013, I am publishing this blog post.  For some reason I never published it before; I think I had intended to finish it and just never got around to it.  So, here it is... happy one year LeakyCon 2013 anni!  :) JULY 6, 2013: This past weekend, I was among the many lucky Harry Potter fans traveling to Portland, Oregon for LeakyCon 2013!  For those who don't know, LeakyCon is a convention that celebrates all things Harry Potter, and also includes other fan favorites like Doctor Who, Torchwood, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the Hunger Games, Buffy the Vamp

June 2014 Socks: Don't Blink!

Confession:  I've been in a sock rut!  My knitmotions (these are "knitting emotions") have vacillated wildly already this year, and its only six months into the 12-socks-in-2014 challenge.  If you recall, I blogged about wanting to quit in MARCH (didn't last long, did I?).  Thankfully, I toughed it out with simpler socks that didn't eat up too much time.  For three months in a row, I did really basic, no-pattern socks. And guess what?  I GOT BORED!  Not surprising for someone like me, with the attention span of a hyper 2-week old chihuahua.  Still though, I didn't have any patterns in mind for the June socks, until I randomly one day went pattern browsing on Ravelry (this is NEVER a good idea!).  I entered "Doctor Who" and a plethora of awesome, nerdtastic patterns came up!  (I have tons of them queued.  Prepare for a future onslaught of Doctor-Who-related knits!) The one that smacked me upside the head and demanded to be knit IMMEDIATELY, howeve

Owls for the Cure Stuffie

As mentioned in a previous post, a dear friend of mine is designing owl-related patterns in order to help raise money for cancer research.  This is the latest pattern she created, which I was so lucky as to test knit! I LOVED knitting this little guy!  It helps that I love owls, but this one in particular is just adorable.  He's the perfect size for a child's stocking stuffer, or just a very encouraging gift for anyone who has been touched by cancer.  You can knit the scarf in any color you want to support a certain type of cancer, or choose purple, which represents ALL cancer.  Cedric Diggory, a fellow Hufflepuff, stopped by to congratulate me on my cute little owl.  (Forgive him for looking angry; facing down Voldemort will do that to you.)  The color I chose for my owl's scarf is pink, which represents breast cancer awareness.  I chose this color because I have known far too many women who have been afflicted with this disease. And lastly, I love this shot bec

Matthew Clairmont's Oxford New College Scarf

In case I have never mentioned it before, I am OBSESSED with a book trilogy by Deborah Harkness.  The first is A Discovery of Witches, the second is Shadow of Night , and the third is The Book of Life (to be released JULY 15!!!!!!!!!!!!).  And now, I shall tell my tale of how I happened upon these magnificent books... In early 2011, I was reading Parade Magazine, and they had an article about "books to watch out for."  A Discovery of Witches was featured (as it was about to be released), and there was nothing more than a tiny blurb about it.  It doesn't matter how tiny the blurb was, though.  Just seeing the beautiful cover and reading the title, I just KNEW I would have to read this book.  I pre-ordered it on my Kindle, and read it almost as soon as it came out. No, I DEVOURED it.  I could not put it down, and haven't been that enchanted and entranced by a book in a very long time.  I quickly purchased the hardback and audio versions after I finished it, and so

Teddy Bear

This is a project I finished recently, and it will likely be one of my favorite things that I make all year!  I should make it clear that I do NOT have a good history with stuffies.  When it comes to knitting them, I'm fairly terrible at it.  I also don't enjoy it, which could be why I'm terrible at it.  I love knitting, but something about the fussiness required to produce a stuffie just stifles my creativity ("stuffies just stifle"... say that ten times fast!).  I pretty much gave up on the idea of creating stuffies with yarn, until... I discovered crochet!  I don't mind making fussy things with crochet; and in fact I enjoy it!  Still, though, they rarely turn out exactly how I want them to (crooked eyes, uneven limbs), so my enthusiasm was at a measured trickle until I could see how things were going to turn out. I almost gave up as soon as I started the first ear (which is how the project begins).  The yarn is uber-thick and unforgiving (polyester) a

Sundays are for Food Prep

Sundays are the days I set aside to prepare for the coming week. With a husband who works a LOT and four kids engaged in various activities, this food prep has become an essential activity for me. I'm not a super organized person, but the more kids I have, the more I find myself slipping into habits that resemble an organized person's life. Organization is a survival mode necessitated by having a big family! Today, I started by prepping lunches for the next few days while my baby had her morning nap. I made 9 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (3 of them gluten-free), and 2 peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwiches. That takes care of lunches for the next two days. I also prepped hubby's lunch box with chips, dessert, snacks, and water, and my son's school lunch with fruit, pretzels, chocolate soymilk, and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. Next, I made dessert for the coming week. When you have a big family, you get used to automatically doubling every rec