amazing lace and reprieve In case you’re wondering where I’ve been……..

On Friday…. I was over come with toxic fumes. I have been going thru detox ever since…..it’s an intensive home recovery process- but I think I’m on the mend.

It began with preparation for a party— (accidents always happen that way.. don’t they?) At first I felt fine…. Batches 1-3 went off without a hitch- but somewhere between batches 4-13… thigs get a little hazy.

All I know- is- I awoke to find myself and the boy- on the kitchen floor- brownie batter clinging to our chins- and spatulas clasped like swords for battle in our hands…..

The fumes were found to be predominately safe, (by the brownie inspectors called for these occasions) after careful evaluation…. . the source of the fumes was determined to be my own OVEN.

Specifically: the 300 brownies I baked in it!!!!!! (For a graduation party.. my friends son, whom we love— of course;)

Friday was a blur- stir, mix bake and cool… cut plate start again…. and again….

There were:

Mint Chocolate chip brownies
White Chocolate Chip
White Chocolate Chip with Walnuts
Peanut butter chip
M&M Mini Brownies
Oreo Brownies
Mounds Brownies
Peanut butter chip w/ walnuts
Heath Pecan Crunch

COUNTLESS Batches in 9×13 pans…..(you accumulate a number of those in 18 years of marriage—-btw) WAY too much fun all around;) ( I love baking) Noah thoroughly enjoyed “sprinkling” toppings of all sorts.

But…..Please, nobody say BROWNIE.;) It is the NEW B word. (least at my house it is)

I started Saturday morning- baking 15 pounds of barbeque meatballs—- (also for the party…;)

Party was awesome- all day poolside event- Noah made new friends…..(he does that;) and got his first sunburn (mom’s fault) We all had a great time…

Sunday way Fathers Day- so we devoted ourselves to makin’ Daddy Happy.
He got “Guitar Hero” (Playstation game extraordinaire) and a gps for camping;) (had one previously- that was stolen from our car. :( )

After a few HOURS of Guitar Hero— we headed out to Great Lakes Crossings- to go to
Rain Forest Cafe— then saw “Nacho Libre” Like I said- it was a day all about makin Daddy happy;) Ended the day with a quick trip to the new IKEA. Holy cow- that place is NUTS.

Bought a few things- but, could have bought LOADS. Good prices- cute stuff;) I admit it— I liked it.

As for me– I knit— and knit— and knit— (there was plenty of time between brownie batches.) I added repeats to my “Amazing Lace” Project…. and I crossed, yet another knitting line….

I’ve knit WASHCLOTHES. Yes. I know. Another Thing I thought I’d never do… but they are quick- simple- and cute— and will be wonderful gifties with a bath bomb wrapped in each one- tied up with a ribbon….;)

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In the background is my sanity saver project….. the basket weave shawl in Noro Silk Garden Lite…The striping is pretty— but the Noro- is pretty knotty and has too much vegetable matter in it for me… the only sticks I like in my knitting are my needles. It’s also not so soft— so am hoping a soak will soften it up a bit— but the stripes are pretty, has a nice halo to it, and the colors are great… so I’m good- it will be perfect for cold nights sitting around the fire when we’re camping;)

The cute washclothes are from Mielkes Farms— it’s a free pattern- in Sugar and cream cotton (hello Walmart) They are quite cute- so I have a number more in my line-up—- Finally- My Amazing Lace Project….

amazing lace and reprieve 002I’m thinking I have the lace pattern down down now- occasional errors- are quickly found and fixed… but this will be my first project with a border that is knit-on— I’m starting to feel panicky about it—- but- I’ll give it a shot. Worst case- I can always- knit it separate and sew it on…. but hopefully not-

Later I’ll be posting my entry to the Amazing Lace Challenge #3… I’m still trying to recover from being sick- and then overcome with brownie fumes;)

shhhhhhhh just say no to brownies;)