Monthly Archives: November 2013

Handy knitting techniques to survive motherhood


Laugh all you want. Tell me I’m being hyperbolic. (Cuz I sort of am.) But there will come a day when your son tells you the day before he’s going to dress up as Julius Caesar for Egyptian Day at school that you wish you knew how to MacGuyver a costume out of a white sheet, a pipe cleaner, and some yarn. Yep! Some gold-colored yarn.

After figuring out–thanks to handy internet video tutorials, natch–how to tie a toga, and after Linus had made a laurel for his head out of said leaves and pipe cleaner, his costume was still…missing something. It needed tassels! And a belt. He needed to look more regal, I guess.

My brain said, “i-cord with tassels!” So I whipped out my double pointed needles–which are necessary for making i-cord, and went to town. All concerned were satisfied with the results. Knitting saved the day!



For those of you tittering nervously, asking yourselves, “Was Julius Caesar…Egyptian?” No, of course not. But he did have a love affair with Cleopatra, so Linus reasoned that this was close enough. [Note the picture of “Cleo” he is carrying.]

There are all sorts of fantastic things one can do with i-cord. Staci at Very Pink Knits has a great i-cord tutorial. Oh, and a great tassel video. So easy, a caveman could do it. Or a sleep-deprived, harried mom.


The first snowfall! that I’m trying to be excited about.


I’ve gotta be honest: I know housework is neverending, but the laundry situation at la casa Borer is bumming me out. It’s always there, beckoning me to come fold it or put it away or start it, or….aaahh!

But I have a great way of dealing with it. If it starts getting too out of control, I leave the room and head into my chair (everyone ought to have their own chair) to knit, naturally! Knitting to escape reality! Again.

I just finished a birthday hat for my nephew, Sam, who loves Angry Birds. (Who doesn’t? Well, me, I guess–but only because I’ve never played the game. I’m too busy knitting, you see.)

angry bird 2

This was fun to knit, but I think sewing on the face took longer than knitting the hat. Just because I’m such an awesome sewer. No, a sew-er, not a sewer. What?

Anyway, enough of that for now. There are more exciting things happening today on the farm. Like the first snow of the year!

I documented it. And I’ll review these photos in March when snowfall is not nearly the joyous event it is right now, in November.

I took some pictures last night of the fall foliage because I had already seen the forecast and wept.

burning bush

favorite fall shrub, the aptly named burning bush


garden shed

our garden shed is an old chicken coop. our chickens reside in a different shed. it makes perfect sense.

garden cat

our prodigal male cat, Guthrie, who returned to us both happy and female.

amelia snow 2

snowy hat

snow on knitwear is so nice, is it not?

amelia snow

don’t hurt yourself, sweetie.

amelia shawshank

amelia’s best shawshank impression.

I’d keep on blogging, but I have laundry to ignore.

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