Saturday, November 12, 2011

a yarn of a tale


Earlier this week one of the guys where I work asked me if I could knit or crochet. I told him I knitted on a loom. The next day he brought me about 40 skeins of yarn. They had been at an old person's house in storage for a while, so I brought them home and let them sit outside for about 6 hours.

I've got enough yarn to make baby hats for a long, long time now. If you know if any fun yarn projects just let me know. I've been looking online and have some ideas brewing already.


It was a beautiful day outside and also very windy. The Hater was away. Baby and I worked on Christmas projects for day care workers, painting little wooden crosses. She also helped me paint a little turkey for our table (pink, yellow and purple, of course). After our art projects were over (Aunt Mary would be so proud!) we opened up a $4 plastic kite and had a big time.

We started out in the back yard, but the wind was too shielded to fly. The front yard was much better! We flew it for about 30 minutes before it got caught in the tree... but I was able to get it out. After that we flew it for about 20 more minutes before this happened:


And it's still there. Tomorrow The Hater and I will lug out the ladder and see if we can't get it out. And then if it's still windy we'll try to get it caught again.

We've got lots of good time with string in our future.

8 comments:

Neff Family said...

I'm so jealous of all your yarn!! Get on Pinterest, there are a bazillion fun ideas. I have a whole "board" dedicated to knitting, and I'm only just learning how!

Marian Parkes said...

Big Dad would be proud. You should get more string and send up a parachute!

genderist said...

That's a great idea!

Marian Parkes said...

Do you remember how?

genderist said...

I don't. Do you have officially sanctioned directions? Or should I Just google it?

Marian Parkes said...

Take a men's handkerchief (if they can still be found) and tie a string on each corner. Bring the strings down and tie a weight (a good sized nut works great and is very Big Daddy-ish) onto the strings. Then you take a straight pin and put it through the center of the handkerchief and then form it into a hook. Tie a note on it for whomever finds it to take it to the Pyramid for some free food. Once your kite is high enough (so you can barely see it and it risks being hit by a passing airplane) then you put the pin/hook over the string and watch the whole thing go up the kite string. Once it's high enough, you grab the string and give it a good pull back and let it go. That will cause the parachute to pop off of the kite string and float to the ground. Easy peasy.

genderist said...

The kite wasn't salvageable. We'll have to try again in the spring!

Marian Parkes said...

You can make your own... they fly best!