Document Your Dinner

~WARNING! Those of you with weak stomaches proceed no further! Blame this 100% on Curls since she is the lucky picker of the Wreck This Journal pages. On our Chick’s Only Days she picked page 35 – “Document your dinner. Rub, Smear, Splatter Your Food. Use This Page As A Napkin.” Off we went to a local restaurant. Our order is well documented in our journal. I’m sure the other dinner patrons thought we’d lost our marbles. I mean who does that in public?

In surfing this past weekend, I found a few really cool sites! is a great online site for “developing” your digital pictures. Upload your picture and apply the basic editing tools. There are also some funky frames and effects you can add to your picture. Well worth a try. The food pictures were edited at that site instead of Lightroom which I usually use. Two FUN sites which have lots of layouts and elements to spice up blog pictures: TheCoffeeShop and PuglyPixel. The frame for today’s post was called Coffeeshop Facebook Cover 2 which is free. I did have to enlarge the template in Photoshop so I could use it for today’s post. The free font was one recommended by Thecoffeeshop and is called Pea Marsha from KevinandAmandas blog. I find it hard to believe that I went from using Photoshop every day while teaching to hardly using it. I’ve decided to make more of an effort to spruce up my blog layouts.

Mail This Journal To Yourself!

Wreck This Journal
instructs us to mail the journal to ourselves. Proof positive! Notice, we both had to pay $2.80! No discount to postal employees. It’s surprising they weigh the same since Q has put more paint in hers.

In the 90’s here, too hot to do anything! No air-conditioning. Keep cool!

This Page Is For Handprints!

~Barb told me I wasn’t to look as she set-up a surprise project. She told me to open my Wreck This Journal to pages 13 and bring it into the kitchen. The page reads: This Page Is For Handprints Or Fingerprints. Get Them Dirty And Press Down.

This is the site that greeted me in the kitchen:

Ooey, gooey, fingerpaints. What a wonderful surprise! Barb gets to pick the pages we do and this was so awesome! Really a plus to our Chicks Only time together.

Yummy hands!

Plop onto the page.

Is this just a sneaky way for Barb to fingerprint me? Q’s is left, Curl’s is right.

Add some finishing touches and here are the results:



If you don’t have a Wreck This Journal yet. Get it! Kids would absolutely love this too. Now go do something totally messy today! 😎

Make a Funnel and Drink From It!

Wreck This Journal told us to Make a Funnel and Drink From It! We had to cut the funnel out of the page, roll up, fill with water, and drink from it. Q had seen a duct tape sheet so she put it over the page before cutting out the funnel.  Joann’s had a great selection of duct tape sheets which we had not seen before! Water did not taste good! Tasted just like paper. 😎 I apologize now to all of my science students who had to fold paper cups and try them out! 😎


Trace the Things in Your Bag!

Hi mom! Glad you are doing so well!

Curls and Q got together and picked a new Wreck This Journal page. Had a ball tracing the items in our purses. Quizzed Q’s husband to see if he could figure out some of the items. Have to say he did pretty well! How many items can you pick out? 😎

q8 Items in Q’s Purse

 Items in Curls’ Purse

Tongue Painting

 Look what we’ve been up to!  Page 47 of Wreck This Journal says “Tongue Painting” 1. Eat some colorful candy, 2. Lick this page.  This is the candy. 😎

NOTE:  DO NOT tongue paint with “raw”  Kool-Aid it is NASTY!!

No, these are not Hollywood stand ins, it is really us tongue painting!

Proof positive that we did the tongue painting ourselves and didn’t hire the grandkids to do it for us. 😎
Another Hard Day’s Work!  I’m so exhausted that I have to lean on Barb’s shoulder to rest. 😎
We took them home and added our own creative touches.  Love Curl’s Balloons!  I’m sure she was thinking of me when she drew the bottom, right balloon. Hum……. Look at the elephant!  It’s as if we’re looking at clouds and seeing shapes.
Notice my apple zentangle.  I love zentangles! Although I’m getting tired of the autocorrect changing it to entangle and pentangle as I’m typing this post! 😎
There is still time to join us!  We have to mail the books to ourselves and then we will be doing page 39.

Successful Brioche Knitting at the Office

 Another beautiful, sunny day at The Office, we turned our chairs and table the way we like and settled in.  My first surprise was while waiting for my “no water, no sugar, black iced tea”.  The barista asked me if I was Mrs. Lafo.  My mind said “ex-student” and quickly scanned his face – it came up blank.  Luckily, he was one of the kinder students who supplied his name when I replied, Yes”.  It was so wonderful to see him.  The adult faces don’t look like the young-kid-in-high-school faces which are in my memory.  He just graduated from college with a degree in music and voice.  He’s been accepted by Johns Hopkins to study music.  I LOVE seeing my successful ex-students.  Remember my post the other day mentioning that I love to sing?  So, I’m extra excited that he wants to be an opera singer. Our second cousin is an opera singer in Germany.

While we were setting-up this woman came up to us.  She remembered us as The Knitters. 😎  Asking us if we knew how to needlepoint, she quickly asked for Barb’s help at the affirmative.  As quite a few of us do with our projects, she’d been working on this needlepoint picture of Jerusalem for years.  She wanted to start working on it again, but had forgotten how.  Barb was happy to spend time demonstrating and teaching.

Our first sharing was the page numbers for Wreck This Journal!  If you look closely you’ll see written numbers 1- 10 in English, Norwegian, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish.  I made some glitter spray which I sprayed on the pages.  I did a swirl and a number on each page.

With ditties foremost in her mind, Barb could not help but think “One, Two buckle my shoe.  Three, four shut the door!” 😎 She put her page numbers in a different spot on each page and upside-down, sideways, etc.  She was crazy all over the place. 😎

Finally, after sharing everything else, we got down to the new project:  Two-Color Brioche knitting.  Again, it took both of us and a few trials to “get it right”.

It took a couple of “what the heck?” for us to figure out that Nancy Marchant wrote the instructions for someone who knits English/American not Continental. There were a lot of “bring yarn forwards, and bring yarn to back”.  This is the translate for her instructions to make it easier for those of you using her book who knit Continental, or for anyone who knits lace.


sl1yof = Yarn Over (yo), Slip 1 stitch (sl1)

brk1 = knit 2 together (K2tog)

We’re still knitting the scarf, but this is our pattern:

Curls and Q Two-Color Brioche Scarf

Materials: #8 US or #9 US needles circular needles (or two double pointed).
2 Balls of variegated yarn – start one ball from the outside and the other from the inside

Designate one ball as Dark Color (DC) and one as Light Color (LC). Using the long-tailed, two-color cast on method cast-on an odd number of stitches.  Here is a youtube tutorial on long-tail, two-color cast on, only change is that we put our needle through the slip stitch to keep the knot out of the way. We started and ended with the DC, so our instructions follow that designation. If you use #8 US cast on 29 stitches if you use #9 US cast on 25 stitches.  (If you’re a loose knitter use #8 US, if you’re a tight knitter use #9 US). After casting on, you’ll notice a DC followed by a LC, repeated across the row, ending with a DC.  NOTE: On the right side, the DC will be the knit part of the rib and the LC will be the purl.

The first two rows are just to set-up the knitting into a ribbed knit and purl.

1. To start, remember you will be purling every DC and slipping every LC.

*p1, yo, sl1* end p1 DO NOT TURN!  Slide your work to the other end of the needle.

At this point, you have only knit 1/2 of the stitches, you have to go back and knit the other half. Notice that the yarn from the balls are at opposite ends.

2. Now, you will be knitting every LC and slipping every DC.

sl1, *k2tog, yo, sl1* end sl1. TURN work.  At this point the yarns from the balls are at the same end.

Now you are ready to start the pattern that you will use for the scarf. Remember DC = knitting or purling the DC stitches and slipping the LCs stitches.  LC = knitting or purling the LC stitches and slipping the DC stitches. Pattern:

1 DC:  k1, *yo, sl1, k2tog* repeat * across, end k1 (not k2tog there is only one stitch left at the end). SLIDE work to other end.

1 LC:  sl1, *p2tog, yo, sl1* repeat * across to last 2 stitches, end p2tog, sl1. TURN work.

2 DC:  p1, *yo, sl1, p2tog* repeat * across, end yo, sl1, p1.  SLIDE work to other end.

2 LC:  sl1, *k2tog, yo, k1* repeat * across to last 2 stitches, end k2tog, sl1. TURN work.

Repeat these four rows until scarf is desired length.

Bind Off: For binding off, you will use the LC yarn to bind off the DC stitches and the DC yarn to bind off the LC stitches

1. Use LC to k1 DC.

2. Use DC to p1 LC. Pass the first stitch over this stitch, first stitch bound off

3. Use LC to k2tog DC. Pass the first stick over this stitch, second stitch bound off

4. Continue 2 & 3 in this manner until all stitches have been bound off. Pull final yarn through last stitch.

Knitting at the Office Today

Curls and Q are going to be knitting at The Office, aka Starbucks, today.  Meeting up at 9:00 am.  We’re going to be starting our new Two-Color Brioche Scarves project.  If anyone is in the area and wants to join us please do.  The Office is at the Starbucks in the shopping center on the corner of Navajo Rd. and Fletcher Parkway. We like to sit outside.

Got the checklist:

  1. Knitting Brioche by Nancy Marchant – check
  2. Two skeins of yarn for scarf – check
  3. Assortment of knitting needles, sizes 6 – 9 to see which works best – check
  4. Assorted knitting supplies – check
  5. Wreck This Journal – check
  6. Assortment of pens for journal – check
  7. Other items to share – check
  8. Camera – check
  9. Card in Camera – check
  10. Brain – oh no, gotta run find it, missing half of the time.

Hope to see you there!