March 10, 2007

My Stitch 'N Bitch Tea Party

Knitting and tea parties? What could be more fun? Am I all grannied out or what! I've always enjoyed entertaining and I recently found a new love for tea parties after I hosted one for my cousin Yvonne's birthday party. There's just something appealing about getting out the fine china, silver flatware, linens, and antique tea pot and dressing the table up with candles and flowers. So I decided to host a Stitch 'N Bitch Tea Party at my casa on a Saturday afternoon. We enjoyed tea sandwiches, scones with lemon curd, and lemon Madeleines.

Whoever said I'd never put the antique Grosvenor tea set my Grandmother gave me to good use? ;)

March 06, 2007

Something new for Sophia

Today was a new experience for Sophia. She went on a swing for the FIRST time and LOVED it. During our morning walk, we stopped off at a small park within my subdivision when I noticed they had those special swings for wee ones, so I popped her in and voila! She was swinging without any worries of falling over.

March 05, 2007

I Stitch 'N Bitch

Huh? What's Stitch 'N Bitch?

In the crazy transformation of hobbies I've decide to try lately - knitting is now one of them. A sect of the SAHM group I belong to discovered the world of knitting, and so we've created a new group solely for knitters, and a local Stitch 'N Bitch was born. And I'm now an official Stitch 'N Bitcher! Wahoo!

The name refers to informal groups ("circles") of knitters who get together on a weekly or monthly basis in cafes or bars to knit and socialize and these groups have exploded all over the nation. No longer just for grannies, knitting has become hip to the younger crowd and going away is the negative social stigma that knitting has attached to it and bringing more recognition to the hip, creative and edgy sides of the craft.

I would have never, ever, EVER thought I'd want to pick up the needles and actually WANT to knit something, but alas, I did - and I finished. And I'm hooked. Ok, so my first project was the standard beginner project - the scarf - and I'm not certain it can even be called that because it's not very long, so I suppose I can call it a long swatch of knitted yarn. This baby took a while to crank out. It has many, many, MANY imperfections and even had an episode of tangled yarn, but I'm proud to say - I didn't give up.

I'm very surprised at how therapuetic knitting can actually be. You can do it anywhere, anytime and is a good remedy for that nervous energy I tend to get from time to time. I'm proud to be part of the new knitting movement!

Here's a photo of my "scarf"

And below is the yummy yarn I'm using to just play around and experiment with. Trying to learn the *Continental Way* of knitting (I was taught the English way) and also trying to learn how to Purl, which I've been unsuccessful at both. I'm hosting a Stitch 'N Bitch Tea Party at my house this weekend, so perhaps some more seasoned knitters can help me get my Knit On!

March 01, 2007

Stroller Strides

Since it's starting to warm up in Central Texas and we've had our dose of cabin fever, I decided to invest in a quad stroller - I was itching to get out of the house! We tested it out and it handled fairly well considering the grand size. It's like the Hummer of strollers. What I wasn't expecting was the workout I'd get from this thing. Pushing 60+ is not as easy as I thought. Just one bit of an incline and I'm set into workout mode (burning legs, shortness of breath, weakened arms). The good news is that I hope this boosts getting rid of the extra padding pregnancy and staying home has left on me.

Here's Sophia and her posse... (and no she doesn't have a mohawk - just a bad hair day)