Tuesday, March 30, 2010

In My Thoughts

:: Our Zoo book was included in Gae's Loveliness Fair all about Picture books this month.


:: Soulemama has a post up about paying extra attention to the dinner meal as an important part of the daily rhythm.


:: Making a few Easter basket surprises from Susan B. Anderson's newest book Itty-bitty toys.


:: I stared at this lovely quilt for far too long when I saw it for the first time yesterday. I may have to make that one this summer!


:: Booklists. I'm collecting names of easy readers for Ender since he has the books memorized after 2-3 reads. I'm trying to keep a balance for him of comfortable favorites but also something new every once in awhile. I think we've exhausted Little Bear books, the Bob books are on the boring side, and we have all the Frog and Toad books that we're reading through again. Any favorite easy reader suggestions?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Do Over

We had a really strange weekend, and I'm still catching up.


A do-over would be great.


So instead of a fabulous post by me, I'm going to point you toward Green Apples for a post that sums up my feelings about crafting mistakes.


How do you feel about crafting mistakes?


For me, knitting is awesome for mistake making. The worst thing that can happen is that you have to rip it all out, but that yarn is still there for another try. Ripping back isn't exactly fun, but at least you can try again, right? I'm working through Elizabeth Zimmermann projects right now and was told by a few people that I'm "crazy" to even attempt them since I've been knitting less than two years. I suppose my opinion is to just go for it, and I did. I think you learn a lot more by doing and making the mistakes along the way than always sticking with what you know. I haven't found the E.Z. February Sweater to be any harder than anything else I've knit, just a little brain bending due to the fact that I've only knit one adult sized cardigan before.


Sewing is a bit of a different animal for me. I'm not afraid to try new techniques, but I'm always a bit nervous when I cut into fresh fabric- once cut you can't go back. Sometimes a cutting mistake means improvising something different (and sometimes better) than the original plan, but sometimes it truly means scrapping the whole thing.


How do you feel about crafting mistakes? Do you boldly head into new techniques and styles or do you hold back?

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