As IHA and I were both nursing colds and achey backs today, we also had to entertain 3 children home on a snow day. Apparently, the dreariness of our weather (as it was an “ice” day rather than a true go-out-and-make-snowman snow day) has forced us to find other ways to keep warm and cheery. Here you can see us “cooking” up our own tropical island:
Can you see all the little sculpey trees we were making last night for Dr. Franklin’s Island? They needed to bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
It didn’t really help all that much as when we looked out the window we still saw this:
What else to get through a dreary snow day? An American Girl tea party of course!
Felicity and her lamb await their tea and crumpets (in this case the crumpets were actually bananas and kiwi). Below, you can see Agent B and Kit posing while J sets the table.
We also watched Mama Mia today. It was a great movie for a dreary day; happy and uplifting and it takes place somewhere tropical even. I hadn’t realized this movie was a romance. I had just thought it was about a girl trying to get a dancing part in a Broadway play. That was way off-base! I think the girls liked it too though at one point K said “I wish they would just stop the singing so we can find out what happens.”
Last night, I cast on for my 2-at-time Socks using my hand-dyed flat sock blank from Knitpicks. It is quite miraculous the way this all works and I’m sort of following the pattern blindly in hopes that it will soon click and just all of a sudden make sense to me. I was knitting during the movie in some pretty dim lighting, so I think I may have a couple of mistakes that may need to be fixed before I proceed. I’m using the pattern called Twilight on page 80, but I only cast-on 60 stitches instead of the 64 called for in the pattern. I’m probably going to regret this, but I just thought that 64 would be too big.
Sorry for the poor quality photo – very low lighting here today. The colors are much nicer in real life, I promise. I didn’t do any precast-on research on these socks. Usually before I start a project, I scour the internet and Ravelry looking for any helpful information. This time, I decided to just go for it and I can always google later if I need to.
What is up for the rest of tonight? More homework help — J needs to paint some water for her island and her written part still needs some proofreading… Also, I will have to go into each girl’s room tonight and make sure there are no spoons under their pillows. I really need them to go to school tomorrow! Cross your fingers!