I couldn't resist that Beatles reference. Nevermind. Moving on....
We did not hook up cable or buy a satellite dish when we moved to Manhattan, and we are so far out in the sticks that we don't get TV reception any other way. So our watching for the past year+ has been limited to Netflix. And I have loved it.
Aside from the occassional live sporting event, I have not missed TV at all. We haven't been regular TV watchers in years. We didn't have TIVO and frankly, our kids' bedtime routine was more important than making sure we were sitting down at 8:00 to watch some show. And the beauty of being late to the game is that you can do it all in one go.
So in the last year we've watched all of Heroes and Lost, as well as the first two seasons of Glee, three seasons of The Cosby Show (Aidin's new favorite), half of the Young Indiana Jones Files and a whole lot more that I'm sure I'm forgetting.
But I can't just sit and watch TV. Nor can I do something too complicated. So I've made a few afghans. It started with finishing a thrifted afghan for Aidin. Then Eliot picked out some yarn and I made him an afghan, which I will forevermore refer to as "The Lost Blanket" because I made the whole thing watching Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Claire, Charley, Hurley, et al. It is huge. Each of those blocks is a full skein of yarn. I think I used 12 skeins, all told.
Then Tim wanted one. I bought some yarn and stared, but he didn't like my color choices, so I put that one aside and drug him to Hobby Lobby with me to pick out his own colors. Which he did. And I love the way it turned out.
Well used already, and covered with lint and fuzz. Hey ho. That's the way things go in this house.
Lastly, I crocheted a graduation afghan for our former next door neighbor and favorite babysitter, Ally. She graduated from high school in Lawrence last spring and started here at K-State this fall. I made her an appropriately colored throw for her room in the scholarship hall.
They are all made the same way. Single crochet down the row, double crochet back. The narrower stripes on Tim's and Ally's are two rows of single crochet. But that's it. No pattern. Just making it up as I go along and keeping one eye on the television.
I'm itching to start on another one, but really, how many afghans does one family need?