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Archive for November 22nd, 2006

Hit by a Farm

I just read a very fun and funny book.  It’s called Hit by a Farm and was written by Catherine Friend.  I just checked out her website and apparently she also has a blog that she keeps updated on a fairly regular basis that is also very funny.  http://hitbyafarm.com/farm-tales.html

It is a memoir about Friend’s experiences as she starts farming with her partner Melissa.  Friend is not the outdoors-type, but wants to help Melissa fulfill her lifelong dreams.  The book is very funny, informative, and times is also very sad, as Friend confronts the fact that much of farm life actually revolves around death.

The book was particularly funny to me as a mostly city girl who finds herself living in small-town Iowa married to a man who wants to take over his family’s farm some day. There isn’t any livestock involved in our experience, but there’s so much about farming and small town life that I didn’t even know existed.  Mark has a nearly photographic memory, and I’m sure that every time I ask him the same questions he adds another tick mark to the counter of "Stupid Questions Suzanne Asks."

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Girly’d Sweater

This project started out as a red project, but I quickly realized that the red fun fur was too much.  It occurred to me that the pastel rainbow fun fur I was using for a different project (which I will probably never finish…) would look much better.  I was able to do this in front of the TV a few nights, plus a couple of hours at the quilt show on Sunday while we were just sitting around (it was pretty slow on Sunday at the show…)

I just did a row of double crochet with the fun fur, and I also changed out the buttons.  And Look!  The buttons don’t even match (well, they are all pink…but…you know what I mean!)

The sweater used to belong to my Dad.  I stole, er, borrowed it from him when I was in high school.  I’ll bet that he doesn’t even remember it.  Do you suppose he would like it back?

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The title of this post could also be "Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery" as this project is inspired by my friend, Carla.

She posted pictures of 2 sweaters that she had altered with some crochet and I thought "Hey!  I can do that!"  And then I thought "Hey!  I have the perfect sweater to alter, too!"  So, thanks, Carla.  I’m getting some of my best ideas from you….

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