Tuesday, January 22, 2013

January 21st, 2013

Let's start with the sweetest little lamb photo! More tomorrow, I'm sure. We are close to 70 lambs now.

Julia has been off school sick with the flu and a cold since January 10th. On Friday she started feeling better. So nice to hear her voice again and her chatter. Yesterday was the Presidential Inauguration and happily it fell on a day off for school kids. What a great chance to watch history being made. 

Early in the morning we made Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins from Nigella Lawson here. Julia loves to bake and I'm trying to let go and just let her make a giant mess. It's fun to watch her make mistakes and ask questions even if there is flour, sugar, butter, and batter flying all over the place. On Saturday while I was at the barn, she tried to make frosting for a cake we made from the new MS Living Magazine. It was a lesson in proportion and fractions. We were cutting the recipe into 1/4 the size. I wrote down the amounts but she didn't quite pay attention. She used 4 times the amount of butter as was needed. It was pretty funny - I was at the barn helping band, mark and record the sheep and she kept texting questions. At the end she wrote "There is something wrong. It tastes funny." When I got home, we started from scratch again. Expensive frosting. Good lesson.

(The plate with the knitted relief was a Christmas gift from my friend Cathy. She found it at Target before Christmas. Do you know Alyssa Ettinger's work here? She is the first potter I saw doing a line of "knitted ceramics.") 

Luckily she is finally feeling better and is off to school at 7 a.m. I can start getting some of my work deadlines attended to besides helping with lambing. I'm hoping at least. I am so thankful she is over the flu and feeling better.

Oh, if you are local, Debbie Stoller is coming to Rowe Camp in February. Check it out here. And Betsy - the Owner of Classic Elite Yarns - is coming to Webs on Thursday evening to sign copies of their new book Shawls, Wraps, and Scarves 20 Ideas 3 Ways published by Sixth and Spring Books. If you aren't local, you can listen to the Ready, Set Knit podcast here.

I just heard from a reader who has taken up Creativebug on their $10 off Promo Code for my readers. Here's what Carol wrote: Hi Kristin, I have joined Creativebug and couldn't wait to watch your lesson on the Fair Isle hat. You make it look easy! I can't wait to try to follow along but would love to have some of your yarn. I happened onto your blog and will find information there to order. In the meantime, I will practice the method that you show and will look forward to more lessons. (Can't believe I'm actually having lessons from you)! Have a great evening and stay warm!

You can read more about my classes on Creativebug here. I've posted some videos too. Good day everyone! It's very cold here.


Dana S. Whitney said...

Bravo to you for allowing "creative messes" and believing that costly lessons are worth it!

Auntie Shan said...

Actually, it sounds like Julia was halfway to making some over rich French Pastry!? -- Couldn't have been any worse than "butter-tarts"!

Whatever, those Chocolate-Chippy-apply-STRAIGHT-to-*MY*-hips-Cupcakes are certainly tasty looking! :-D Be grateful that I'm not "visiting", or they'd be soooo gone!!

Anyway, glad to see that Julia is up and about! -- BTW, I have a birthday coming up soon, She can use "that" as an excuse to get creative with more baking. "Cyber"-Cakes are always FUN! :-D

- Craving-Your-CHOCOLATE-Cupcakes-in-MINUS-30C-Windchills!

Melissa Morgan-Oakes said...

I had no idea there was a camp in Rowe that hosted knitters.

And - I was a homeschooling mother, and we're supposed to be all hippie-dippy, go ahead and trash my kitchen kids; it's all in the name of learning. It drove me CRAZY to let them in my space. MomFAIL!

Lexi said...

Kristin - this lamb photo is the cutest you have ever taken - it is my all time favorite!!!! About to take a new batch of felted flowers out of the dryer! Can't wait!!!