Monday, November 17, 2008


Hi Knitters,
My kids love the Sunday Comics. I did, too, when I was young. I grew up with 3 older siblings and every one of us read the funnies on Sunday morning. I would get them last but that was okay by me because it would take me forever to read them. I guess I studied the pictures as I went along. My kids pass around the comics section just like I used to with my brothers and sister. It makes me feel nostalgic for a time when there weren't computers and video games. It's a simple pleasure, I guess.

My mom's favorite comic was always The Family Circus. When I was little we used to read it together every Sunday and giggle. I am pretty sure it used to be in one of her ladies' magazines, too, maybe Family Circle? 

Yesterday, The Collector asked me if I had read The Family Circus yet and I hadn't. She told me it was a really nice one. She brought it over to me to read and it caught me off-guard. I won't say too much more about it. It made me tear up because I know that feeling very well. I may frame it. If you need to see it bigger just click on the photo to enlarge it. Could any comic ever be any sweeter?
The Collector also brought this comic home from school to show me. I'll save this one, too. She has a soft spot, that girl.
Continuing on with snow-people, The Collector and I made homemade playdough yesterday while the older kids were at a swim meet. I drew the lucky straw and got to stay home with her instead of going to the meet. Her friend came over later and they collaborated on this old snow lady complete with spectacles, a straw cane and an apron that ties in the back. We are letting her dry to keep. We also made goop. I haven't made either of these for a long time and I forgot how much fun it is for a little one to have the good homemade stuff.
Here are the recipes I used:
Cook together in a saucepan on medium heat:
2 cups water
2 tblsp. oil
1 cup salt
food coloring
2 cups flour
4 tsp. cream of tartar
Keep cooking and stirring until the dough breaks away from the side of the saucepan. Take out of the pan and place on a cutting board and continue to knead until it is cool. Store in an air-tight container.

1 box cornstarch
water to mix
food coloring
Place cornstarch in a plastic container big enough to get your hands in. Mix in enough water to make a goopy mix. This is a tactile, texture-y substance. Dig your hands in and feel it melt. Scoop some into your hands and watch it ooze away.

Easy and fun! Can't beat that. 
Time for some show and tell. I subscribe to Parents magazine since I have been contributing projects for them here and there. I like to keep up on the contents. In the December issue I got a nice surprise.
A few of the knitted toys from Itty-Bitty Nursery showed up on page 107. It is a funny feeling when you see something you made in a magazine and you don't know it is coming. It is like you have to rub your eyes and look again. Here we have an adorable smiley baby holding the Grumpy Ol' Bear, the Dotted Chicken is on the side and the Bunny Rattle is in the front. I love seeing knitted stuff out in the wild. This made my day.
This is the cutest ad ever. Sweetness rules.
Back to this book briefly. If you look here you can still see the old cover with my bunnies on it. That's kind of funny, right?
Here are the Organic Bunnies, pg. 28, inside the book. It is funny because the book is organized in chapters by the weight of the yarn. I used a heavy worsted weight Blue Sky Organic Cotton for the bunnies but they are in the chapter for Lightweight yarn. I know why they did this because when I knit toys I knit at a tighter gauge to get a dense fabric. That way you don't see the stuffing and the shape is held better. The gauge I used falls into the lightweight category but the yarn is definitely a worsted weight.

I think the bunnies should have been in the other chapter for medium weight. It is a bit confusing. If I had a skein of worsted weight and I wanted a one skein project I wouldn't look in the lightweight chapter to get ideas. Oh well, whatcha gonna do?

Here is a great baby project for some sport weight yarn. I have to make some of these for sure.

Have a great Monday and start of your week, Knitters.
best, susie


knittingknirvana said...

On Sunday afternoons I would sit in my Dad's lap while he was fully reclined in his LaZBoy recliner and we would read the funnies together. Thank you for reminding me. I hadn't thought about it in a very, very long time.

Oiyi said...

Just wanted to say it was a lovely post you wrote today. I enjoyed seeing everything. It must be so neat to see your toys in the wild. I recently picked up an issue of Knit Simple Holiday so I can make your elephant.

Hilary said...

I love The Family Circus cartoon - in fact, I named my blog the Beebe Family Circus after the cartoon and how my kiddos remind me of the kids running all over the place with the black dashed line behind them showing the crazy route they've taken. :-)

~~gail~~aka: mooselovingmamabear said...

I love the snowperson w/ all the "little" snowpeoples...very cute. I very much enjoyed your post today and your blog....

Terry Moran said...

An absolutely fun,fun,fun project for kids is making snowman out of Ivory Snow flakes and water. The flakes are sold in the laundry aisle. Mix just enough water to form "snow" balls and add twigs and cloves to decorate. They look exactly like snow,smell wonderful and last for years.

Susan said...

Hi Terry,
Thanks for the snowman tip. I will definitely do that one, it sounds easy and fun.

Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

Susie, everything about this post is sweet! I used to read the comics to my dad after church on Sundays over lunch, and seeing this post brought back memories.

I hope you're having a happy fall/winter (fall here, winter there?)!

Jessica said...

I love Family Circus. :)

That would great fun to see your own creations in a magazine, especially unexpected!

I wanted to tell you that I have gotten beautiful comments on my daughter's hat, each and every time we have left the house. :)

Did you get my email, with photos of the hat?

Thanks for your creativity.

Susan said...

I can't remember if I saw the photo of your hat. If I didn't write back, which I always try to do, I may not have seen it.

Could you send it again if it isn't too much trouble? I'd love to see it: )


PumpkinFreckles said...

I love making play dough, too. We use kool-aide to color it, plus it gives it a delicious smell. Also thanks for the link for the baby moccasins. I can't wait to make them.

Jessica said...

What is your email? Maybe I got the email wrong...hmmmmmm....


Nell said...

As a woman with 7-10 babies coming into my life in the next few months, I thank you profoundly for your books. They truly are life savers!