Thursday, April 23, 2009

What're you up to?

Hi Knitters,
I am up to a lot of different things this week. Those are my book pages strewn about on my studio floor. I have mainly been reading and editing all week. 
Every once in awhile I take a stitch or two on this Jennifer Pudney needlepoint. I started this on my vacation.
This afternoon I struggled through the baking of these Day of the Dead cookies for my daughter's social studies class tomorrow. I did not enjoy making these and hopefully I won't have to make them again. They took forever.
Here is the picture on the recipe. Mine are close enough, not perfect, but close. Mine look messy, I know.
The Collector is home from school for the second day due to illness and we have enjoyed one of her library books together. It is called, Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County. It is a very wonderful book. The illustrations are fantastic and layered and visually textured.
Chickens, chickens. Aren't these great? I love the little girl's shadow.
The big doily-tailed chicken is our favorite.
This book is a joyous burst of color! My sky looks like this sky today, the same color. Anyway, "chick" it out if you get a chance. It is a happy, silly, great read aloud book. We enjoyed it thoroughly.

Well, that's what I am doing this week? What are you all up to? I'd love to hear. Hopefully you are knitting more than me.
best, susie
p.s. Stay tuned for Saturday's double drawing for the Cotton Chenille and the Knit and Crochet Today dvd winners.


Anonymous said...

Your cookies look fantastic. The photos look sweet and happy, yours look a bit more creepy and way more Day of the Dead-like!

Sarah Dedmon said...

Bravo on the cookies, those do look time consuming! This week I am playing with a vintage thread crochet pattern for a potholder. Tomorrow I'm going to the DFW Fiber Fest with some ladies from my knitting group (Quinn, my 15 month-old son is also coming along, he's wild for new yarn, I always let him buy some:). We are toying with our plans for the summer, trying to make it work to relocate from Dallas to Maine for the hot months. It is already 90 in Dallas!

Looking forward to your new book -

Betz White said...

Hey busy girl! How are you? Hope the kiddlies are feeling better.

Alison Boon said...

Great cookies but I bet they were fiddly to make. I love the needlepoint, too.

twistedinstitches said...

Yikes! DEAD cookies? EH? I don't get it...?
I hope everyone gets well now and STAYS well so you can enjoy the good weather.

Thanks so much for your encouragement and well wishes. Susan you are a breath of fresh air! Sending YOU the best wishes now too!


Diane H K in Greenfield said...

I think your version of the cookies has lots more personality.

Today is crazy day. I have two book designs due to the printer; fortunately, they're nearly finished. I have to get everything ready to go for tomorrow's trip to Connecticut Sheep & Wool Festival (not a vendor, but I'm dropping off fleeces at the processor's booth). Today is also bread baking day. I hope to move a peony to a new spot in the yard. Branches to rake up after yesterday's windstorms. Fencing to mend in the sheep pastures; they'll be turned out soon on the new fresh grass. Hopefully some handspinning tonight after the car is packed and before I drop from exhaustion!

Susan said...

Oh my gosh, Diane, you do have a crazy day. Have fun at the festival!! Thanks for sharing.

Knitterella said...

I think you were the first one to turn me onto Jennifer Pudney needle work kits. I've done too. Love the whimsy and colorful designs. Your choice is adorable.

Your cookies look yummy. Yours are even spookier then the book - I like that!

Megan Hall said...

You get the 'Good Mommy Award' for those cookies!
This week I am waiting for some BSA yarn to knit chickens!! I've got chickens on the brain. I recently got a book of Alan Dart patterns- already made 3 of his chickens! MUST KNIT CHICKENS! :)
Besides my poultry mania,I am traveling to inline hockey tournaments, volleyball games, violin lessons, working in the garden, making wholewheat rolls and sewing some fabric baby shoes! (Did I mention I have 5 kids?)

Anonymous said...

Hello Susie!
I love your cookies!!They seems to delicious!!!

Have a great week-end!

fraun said...

Love the book recommendations you post! I will check the libraray for this today.

A few of our favorites are Bats at the Beach and Bats at the Library. The illustrations are great, with a lot to look at. Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs is another favorite, awesome texture in the pictures, and interesting layout.

My dad gave us picture books specifically chosen for us each year for Christmas until we were well into our 20's. I am continuing the tradition with my two kids!

thanks for always being you!