::Tangents is the collection spot for the things we're thinking about, obsessively researching, and doing at home and on the web.

Laura's Tangents

My sweet Eli turned 9 this week-feeding the geese at a nearby wildlife center was a highlight:

I'm figuring out what my next knitting project will be, and did a few swatches yesterday:

(Cascade Ultra Pima Quatro on top of Kollage Riviting next to thrifted wool kool aid dyed by me and Katie...)

I finished the shawl!

I used a sheet on top of a piece of pink foam insulation to block it-worked great:

My blocking wires? Why straightened coat hangers and the metal rails from broken HO scale train track of course.

Katie's Tangents

We're finally ready to paint the little boats! This is Julian's. It's the first we did, way back in January. It was a family effort.

I'm not sure I blogged about Avery's boat, I started it by myself back in February, but it's been languishing in my studio, bottom-less. The warm weather we're having has renewed my enthusiasm to get the boats done. Avery's is more carefully crafted and benefited from my experience and mistakes I made on Julian's boat. I'm pleased with it, and will be ready for paint tomorrow. 

They will both be ready to launch next weekend. Even though neither is perfect, it doesn't matter how smooth the glue seams are when you are paddling down the creek. At least that is what I'm telling myself, it's been a bit of a learning curve to learn how to make these! 

We took Avery's boat for a test-ride to check for leaks today and it was incredibly fun. The boat sits high, yet sturdily out of the water, even with heavier cargo (ahem) like me and just glides along with a flick of your paddle. I'm planning for the boys to be able to use these to explore the wide, shallow creeks around town and these are going to work perfectly. Now I just need to build one for myself so I can drop anchor, eat snacks and knit while my boys paddle around... It's how I'm hoping to spend all summer.