Wednesday, August 08, 2007


As in, "an embarrassment of."

That's what happens when you wait to post for so queue up your news and your projects and your tidbits until you have an embarrassment of riches to talk about and well, something's going to be forgotten along the way and then two weeks later, you go, OH heck. I forgot to post about the funny thing so and so said to me as I was knitting in public the other day and about how good the tuna was in my sandwich.

This week, since I'm in L.A., I have extra family-related riches to add to my general feelings of contentment and happiness. I shared some of the special nuggets of wisdom that my niece, Isabel, came up with in my last post. No doubt about it, you will never giggle more than when you're hanging out with a five-year-old.

(In fact, as I'm sitting here blogging, she just came up to me utterly BEDECKED in her Sleeping Beauty costume, complete with stand up collar and velvet headband, a big grin on her face. )

(And in the time it took me to write this down, she went to her room and changed into her Snow White costume.)

Here we are at Bugsy's Cafe the other day (located in the Kidspace museum in Pasadena), wrangling over whether I ordered the Poo Poo platter or not:

This isn't exactly what I ordered, m'am....

And swimming lessons are a must, of course:

Swimming lessons

Knitting lessons? Got some of those, too:

Learning to knit

I confess, I don't know if she's really still too young to pick up this hobby--she learned the steps perfectly well and can knit a few stitches on her own, but jumps up every so often to get a drink of water, or to go look at the baby, or to watch Zack and Cody's The Suite Life (there's something about that show that's like fingernails on a chalkboard for me). Short attention span, a bit?

We started with ten stitches on these Red Heart needles I bought for her, and pretty soon she was asking how long it would be before it would become a Dora skirt for her. Uh, uh, I said. How about a headband? OK. How long before it's a headband? We settled on a wrist warmer. Which turned out pretty freakin' cute, if I do say so myself. At the moment, it's pretty freakin' lost, so pictures of that particular FO will have to wait.

On the blogging front, there's been lots of great stuff, too: I've been super-honored with the Rocking Girl Blogger award--not once, but twice!

Once from Laura, and once from Karen, two of my oldest knitblogger friends. And because my blogiversary slipped past last month, that means we've been corresponding steadily for two years! I've been blessed to have these two amazing women in my my life, and to be continually inspired by their wonderful energy and huge hearts.

I don't know where this blogger award emerged, but I can only guess that it was thought up to address the perceived disparity among male and female bloggers--meaning that the mainstream bloggers that get the most attention are largely dudes. Well, being sheltered in this cozy corner of the blogiverse, I get to see women of all ages and pursuits; I visit their blogs for the crafting content, but stay for their stories and senses of humor.

Having received the Rocking Girl Blogger award, I now get to make five nominations of my own:

Aloha and Oreos: Sock knitter and fashionista extraordinaire, this girl kicks some serious butt.

Things I've Made: I love Flor's blog for the way she incorporates elements of our Mexican art and folk traditions, but also for her sense of whimsy and her lovely photography.

Saunshine: I admire this talented designer for leaving everything comfortable and safe behind and striking out on her own to NYC to start at FIT this fall. New York in the! I'm so jealous.

Grrleigh Knits: For her laugh-out-loud irreverence, her scathing fashion reviews, and her brilliant observation about Twinkle's pattern sizing issues. Holla!

John Wayne's Daughter: This is the only non-knitting blog on my list, but JWD definitely is a Rocking Girl Blogger--her vignettes can make you laugh or they can make you cry, but they always hit close to the heart. And she skates in roller derby! How awesome is that? (Even if she did nothing but chronicle her lunches every day, this fact alone would score her the nomination from me.)

You ready for this? Another round of nominations, this time via Craftylilly for the Schmoozer award!

As it goes, schmoozing is the natural ability “to converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.” Good schmoozers effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship."

Thank you, Jennifer! I'm incredibly flattered, especially seeing as how I was always the kid on the playground with her nose buried in a not a schmoozer!

Here are my nominations for the Schmoozer award. I can't really say more than what the above paragraph already says, except for saying that these women have a talent for genuineness and warmth:

Karen of Kodachrome
Karen of Mostly Self-Taught Knitter
Elizabeth of A Mingled Yarn
Laura of Affiknitty
Ashley of Dogged Knits

Thank you, ladies! I probably wouldn't still be doing this blogging thing if it weren't for you all.

And see? Now I've got to stop because we're heading out for Universal Studios, and I'm SURE I forgot to blog about something. Oh yes...the baby quilt I made for my sister's new baby! Oh, well...that's more blog fodder for next time.


At 5:04 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Wow, a Schmoozer award? For me? I always thought I wasn't so good at schmoozing... thanks, O! I love that you taught your 5-year-old niece to knit - maybe that means lessons for my niece aren't so far off!

At 10:02 PM, Blogger Justin said...

I love tuna sandwiches! What sort of bread was it? Rye toast? Wheat?

At 7:38 AM, Anonymous Leigh said...

thanks for the nom, yo! i'll have to ruminate on my own selections... and kids knitting is the best thing ever. bravo!!

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Marisa said...

Rock out! My first blogger nomination! Good thing I updated today...

PS How do I tell T about my blog, or do I? HELP!

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Karen said...

I love hearing all about the fun you are having in LA with your cute little niece. :) Enjoy the rest of the week!!

And a Schmoozer Award for shy, little me? Why thanks!! *blush*

At 9:10 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

You go teaching you neice to knit! My son is five but not ready to learn yet. I think it depends on the child.

At 6:55 AM, Blogger elizabeth marley said...

I know what you mean, hanging out with a five year old. My sister is nine, and every time I come home I remember just how hilarious she can be.

I taught her to knit the last time I was home, and she actually sat with me for a couple of hours. I was pretty surprised.


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