Saturday, March 24, 2007

Finally it's Spring!

You Belong in Spring

Optimistic, lively, and almost always happy with the world...
You can truly appreciate the blooming nature of spring.
Whether you're planting flowers or dyeing Easter eggs, spring is definitely your season!

Well, it sure doesn't feel like spring with the downpour of rain that Vancouver keeps receiving these past few days. There's hardly enough light to take decent photos! I've been thinking about germinating seedlings though. Here's what I'm thinking of filling up my garden with this year...SUNFLOWERS! And I want the big two metre ones! I want to transform the "feel" of my backyard this year with a lot of clean-up and more flowers. If the sunflowers work out, I can create more privacy and somewhat block out that rusty old station wagon/eye sore parked in our neighbour's backyard.

Currently, I'm furiously working on keep up inventory for my store in between feeding the kids, laundry, picking up toys, and work. The two boys, shown here with their recent haircuts from the barber's, are fighting to climb up their bunkbed. We've been working on getting the two of them to sleep in their own rooms by redecorating their rooms with a new bunkbed and some nifty storage bin systems from IKEA. So far so good, the two of them sleep through most of the night. They occasionally walk over to our room in the middle of the night without so much as a peep and scare the bejeezus out of me, but other than that, we've not had a mental breakdown......yet.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Oh, the Choices!

I'm currently wading through all the projects I'm dreaming of knitting with IK Spring 07 at my doorstep, the new Knitty out, March MagKnits out....I just cannot keep up! So many new sock patterns....look at the cute socks above...and so appropriately named Rainy Day socks just for me in wet Vancouver. I like these mitts designed by a fellow Vancouverite, Cheryl Niamath and these fantastic knee socks in the new Spring IK by the amazing Eunny Jang.

Or how about some real instant gratification....I could knit this (from Spring IK 07) in no time.

Before I sign off, here's a quote that has come to my mind almost every year around International Women's Day (which was yesterday, March 8) since I read a variation of it over seven years ago. The quote neatly sums up the general expectation from women (not just Congresswomen) today and throughout history.

"A Congresswoman must look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, speak on any given subject with authority and most of all work like a dog.”

Representative Florence Dwyer (R-NJ, 1957-1973)
Quoted in Karen Foerstel, Biographical Dictionary of Congressional Women

Wow, we still have so far to progress. And to think, it's the 21st century and the Wimbledon Championships has only just announced (February 22, 2007) that they will offer women and men equal prize money for the first time in the tournament's history this year.