Sorry there was no post last night. I was all ready to post, but the evening got away from me. First, I was on the phone with my brother-in-law Dave catching up on the family gossip and hearing all about his exciting life in New York City. We were also going through a wedding registry and picking out gifts to buy as a group for the cousin who is getting married in May. That took much longer than expected, but was worth it because he’s a fun guy and we had a nice chat.
Then, I spent an hour picking out and ordering a new camera. W0ot!!!!11!!!!!1one!
We Joe did our taxes last week and found out that we’re getting a little money back, so I finally got the go-ahead to replace our perfectly serviceable Canon PowerShot S400 Elph (4 Megapixels). I love the Canon Elphs, but two things were bothering me about ours. First, it’s slow. From the time you push down the button to take the picture to the time when the picture actually clicks, it can be one to three seconds. That’s forever in wildly-moving preschooler time. Secondly, we’re using it to record the childhoods of our children, and technology is moving so quickly – I wanted more Megapixels and higher quality images. What we have is pretty darn good, but I think 7 will be awesome. I ordered the Canon SD-1000 from Best Buy (because their prices were good – don’t tell me if you know of a place that has it $50 cheaper right now, I don’t want to know.) UPS tracking says it should be here on Monday, plenty of time for me to figure out any changes between the models before the Yarn Harlot event. I’ve been wanting this camera for a while, so I’m excited to get it and play with it. This one has a setting where you can take bursts of shots, so maybe that will help my chances of getting a good one when they’re doing something cute.
Speaking of the Yarn Harlot event, I’d like to mention a few things that I am keenly aware of as I work at the Yarnery and hear all the planning, excitement, and honestly hard work that the managers are doing. First, PLEASE be nice to the poor staff at the Yarnery. They are working hard to make this an awesome time for everyone. It’s almost like planning a wedding, there are so many logistics to iron out. It sounds to me like they’re doing a great job, though. I think it would be really helpful if people can carpool, and if you did reserve a spot and now know that you can’t come, please send the store an e-mail and let them know so someone on the waiting list can have it. The store just sent out an e-mail to the TCKnit Yahoo group, so if you want more up-to-date information, it’s all there. One other thing – they’re not updating the website right now because the manager with the ability to do that is on a well-deserved vacation that was planned before we knew about the Harlot event. That’s life.
Let’s move on to the pictures!
Sophie really knows how to enjoy a bowl of applesauce. She was coated in it, and I ended up putting the girls in the tub for their bath in the afternoon instead of after dinner just to get her cleaned up more easily. She was going to need an outfit change either way.
Even after I took the tray away to clean it up, she was looking in the pocket of her bib for fallen blobs to snorf up.
Remember the orange marker stains I was so pissed off about a couple days ago? Well, this is actually the other thing I was doing last night. After all your suggestions and a conversation I had with my Wednesday-morning knitting group, I decided to try a little science experiment and see which stain-removal remedy worked best.
First up was cheap hairspray on the brand-new polo shirt. I saw only limited results with this, even after a good drenching and some fingernail-scrubbing action.
Tide To Go on my pale-pink Old Navy layering t[shirt. This was not a big loss, as it was two seasons old and cost less than $10 in the first place. Still, I wear it regularly. I wanted to keep it that way. This product didn’t put a dent in the stain, even after using the point at the end to scrub as described in the directions.
This is the same bottle of rubbing alcohol that I used to remove the Sharpie marker from the brand-new counters and cabinets a while back. I tried it on this shirt of Julie’s. The marks were on the back and relatively faint to begin with – just next to the bottom-right corner of the bottle. I was really sad about this shirt because it’s from Gymboree and has a super-cute fox on the front, and it goes with a matching skirt. I really want to pass this one on to Sophie.
After I applied the rubbing alcohol, the stain almost disappeared almost immediately. I ran it under super-hot water and scrubbed a little more, and it was gone entirely. The science experiment ended right then, I rinsed out everything else and used the rubbing alcohol on everything, then stuck the whole mess in a sink full of Clorox2 dissolved in hot water. After a soak in that and another run through the washer, everything came out stain-free! There are super-faint water marks on the new pink polo, but it is at least wearable. See?
Thanks for all the ideas and encouragement!
This morning, Sophie took a nap in the crib while Julie was at pre-school, so I got a rare (and brief) coffee break with my computer and the Pomatomus sock. It was nice while it lasted.
This afternoon we went dress shopping. Here’s Julie’s flower girl dress. I think maybe she liked it just a little.
Um. Look what followed me home from the store tonight.
That’s Fleece Artist merino sock yarn. We just got a new shipment in at the store. YUM! I only wish we had had this in when I started my sample socks. Le sigh.
One more thing before I go spend a little quality time on the couch with Pomatomus…I keep seeing this sweater in magazine ads and catalogs, and I want to knit something like it very badly. Except I hate knitting with cotton, and I have too many projects in the lineup already to even consider it.