Stitchin’ Bitchin’

Previously on Herban Cowgirl Adventures

(The title of this post should be read in the clipped British accent of Giles from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”)

SO much happening here at the Green Goddess Gardens lately.  I just haven’t felt like actually writing about it.  So I’ll do a quick list.

1.  Our family bought a car.  After being without one for over 2 years.  And there was much rejoicing.

Tinted windows so we can pick our noses at red lights.

Tinted windows so we can pick our noses at red lights.

2.  I started running.  Barefoot.

So. Much. Fun.

So. Much. Fun.

3.  My Uncle Billy died.

Little Boy kept our spirits up in the hospital as family sat with Uncle Billy in his last days.  We will miss him.

Little Boy kept our spirits up in the hospital as family sat with Uncle Billy in his last days. We will miss him.

4.  We had the flu for 2 weeks.

We took lots of naps.

We took lots of naps.

5.  The Herban Cowboy built a fence for the chicken yard out of old pallets.

Ooo so fancy!

Ooo so fancy!

6.  One of our new chickens got sick and died.

The new girls.  Lucy is the redhead.  Ethel is the recently deceased.  RIP sweet girl.

The new girls. Lucy is the redhead. Ethel is the recently deceased. RIP sweet girl.

7.  We cut down and chopped up 4 trees in our backyard.

"He's a lumberjack and he's okay..."

“He’s a lumberjack and he’s okay…”

8.  I read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” and can’t stop thinking about fresh, local food.

Wild onions found while foraging.  Dirty and stinky and yummy!

Wild onions found while foraging. Dirty and stinky and yummy!

9.  I knit the Herban Cowboy a Doctor Who scarf for his birthday.

Replica of the 4th Doctor's scarf from the episode "The Ark in Space."  Because that's how we nerd.

Replica of the 4th Doctor’s scarf from the episode “The Ark in Space.” Because that’s how we nerd.

10. We got a new (to us) computer, compliments of one of my beautiful aunts.

So big and shiny.

So big and shiny.

11.  I got back on a horse for the first time in 6 years.

You will never be as happy as I am in this picture.

You will never be as happy as I am in this picture.

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Just for Knits and Giggles

The Herban Cowboy and I like to sit around in the evenings and watch movies together.  We’re both writers and performers, so we love to analyze a good show to death.  We discuss acting, character development, writing, plot devices, and whatever else strikes us.  It’s fun, but there’s not a lot to DO while you’re watching movies.  Except eat.  Which I discovered I was doing way too much of.

I needed something to do with my hands besides cram food into my face hole.  So I decided to try knitting.

Not knowing anything about it, I decided to start small.  I got a stack of books from the library, chose a simple scarf, got a pair of needles and a ball of yarn.  When something confused me about the written instructions in the book, I looked it up on YouTube, which contains thousands of knitting tutorials.

Works in progress.

It is now almost a year later and I can’t stop knitting.  It’s like a groovy meditation: the steady click of the needles, the endless repetition of stitches, the counting and measuring.  I love building something step by step, stitch by stitch.  I love that the end result is practical and useful.  I love thinking about the recipient as I’m making their gift.  How did I make it 40 years without discovering this obsession?

I started with scarves and moved on to hats, fingerless mittens, headbands, sweaters, bookmarks, dishcloths, and finger puppets.  Every gift that every friend has received from me in the last year has been some kind of hand knit thing. I even opened an Etsy store to sell my overstock (it’s Herban Cowgirl Knits in my blogroll in the right sidebar).

This is the listing that gets the most hits on my Etsy site. I’m pretty sure it’s the quality workmanship and beautiful fiber choice, not my spectacular cleavage.

Once people found out about my new addiction, I got lots of knitting gifts.  People gave me knitting books and patterns.  My Mom brought me yarn she found on sale.  My Mother-in-law gave me a whole bag full of knitting needles.  A friend gifted me with a giant plastic zip bag full of yarn she needed to get rid of.

Most women have dresser drawers full of clothes. My drawers are full of yarn.

At any given time, I’m working on 4 or 5 different projects.  Something for my Etsy store, something for me, a new technique I’m learning, gifts for friends and family.

I get better and faster with each project I knit.  I’ve also watched an embarrassing amount of TV.  I’ve discovered there are a surprising amount of X-Files episodes I’ve missed.  And that the Golden Girls never once jumped the shark, not in 7 entire seasons.  And that I can’t watch enough Doctor Who.

A little help from Loki, the new kitty.

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Library Loot 3/09/12

I’m keeping track of our library books and DVDs here on the blog.

Little Boy’s stash this week includes:

1.  Homer the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh (daughter of Charles Lindbergh).  Cute story and illustrations.

2.  Mostly Ink and Wink (pictures by Pete Whitehead).  A first grade level reader.  Little Boy likes the characters, and likes to memorize the story and pretend to read it.  I get him to sound out some of the smaller, easier words.  Just a few.  If I push too hard, he gets frustrated, so we do a few here and there.

3.  My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems.  We absolutely love Gerald and Piggy.  LB loves to memorize the pages, then we act it out, doing the voices.  He usually makes me be Piggy and he’s Gerald.

4.  Thank You, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish.

5.  Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Connor.  LB really likes Fancy Nancy.  We’ve read just about all of them.

6.  Uh-oh by Mary Newell DePalma.  Meh (I brought this one home by mistake).

7.  Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki.  This is one Miss Cheri (the librarian) found at LBs request. It’s pretty cute.

8.  Me and Meow by Adam Gudeon. We have cats, so I choose cat books all the time.

9.  Don’t Forget the Knight Light by Tina Gagliardi.  Another of Little Boy’s requests.  I think it’s cheesy, but he loves it.

10. Dragon Egg by Mallory Loehr.  We both love this one.  It’s a kindergarten level reader, and the words are simple and repetitive enough that LB can read the whole thing himself (with help).

11. The Avengers:  Breakout! adapted from some TV show by Michael Siglain.  I absolutely hate the TV cartoon superhero books.  They are barely written synopses of brainless superhero cartoons.  But Little Boy LOVES them, so I roll my eyes, grit my teeth, and get through them as fast as I can.

12. King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury.  Another request.  It’s cute.

13. Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel.  Little Boy likes his books, (Small Pig is our favorite) so I thought I’d try this one.

14. Pig Pig Meets the Lion by David McPhail.  LB likes Pig Pig.

15. Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story by Kara LaReau.  We’ve had this one before and I added it to this week’s pile accidentally.  It’s cute, though.

16. The Toy Farmer by Andrew T. Pelletier.

17. Shhh! by Valerie Gorbachev.

We haven’t read them all yet, but we’ll get to them by Tuesday.  We read 5 books before bed each night, and usually 1-3 books at various times during the day.

MY stash this week includes:

1.  Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck.  I was hoping for inspiration and recipes, but got neither.  It sounds like heroic health propaganda in lots of places.  I guess I get tired of the “I was on the wrong militant diet and was so sick.  Now I’m on the right militant diet and all my health problems have vanished!”  I’m gonna skim it.

2.  Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.  I know it’s a kid’s book, but I never read it when I was younger, and a friend recommended it.

3.  What We Leave Behind by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay.  Another recommendation.  I have no idea what it’s about or what to expect.

4.  The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs.  First of all, I don’t know how a book about simple living has the nerve to be over 400 pages long.  I’ve been working towards minimalism and simplicity for years, so I’m sure most of this one is preaching to the choir anyway.  I’m just skimming for fresh ideas.

5.  100 Hats to Knit and Crochet by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss.  To be honest, I’m having a hard time finding even one out of 100 that I’d like to make.  I think this one’s going back to the library rather quickly.

6.  Stitch n Bitch by Debbie Stoller.  I’ve had this one out for a few weeks now.  Love it.

7.  One Ball Knits: Gifts by Fatema, Khadija, and Hajera Habibur-Rahman.  I want to love this book, but nothing grabs me so far.

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Me, me, me, me, meeeeee!

Drank that cheap wine GURL!

I should be making dinner.  But the crazy lady I sometimes work for took Little Boy to dance class with her granddaughter (his best friend “O”), and Herban Cowboy won’t be home from work for another 45 minutes.  I have a sudden, silent hour.  So I’m drinking cheap wine and knitting up a kerchief thingy for my hair.  My old cat Mojo is curled up beside me on the couch.

Once my buzz kicks in (it’s a big glass), I’ll head into the kitchen, turn on the iPod, and sing Duran Duran songs while I fry up some country steak, bake some french fries, and steam a little broccoli.

And who cares if dinner is 20 minutes late when Mommy is so, so happy?


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