Happy Birthday Holli!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Happy Birthday Holli!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
From Guinifer - that little darling of sock yarn enablers and now renamed "Precious Present Purveyor", gorgeous Oceanwinds sock yarn and Persephone's Sock Pattern (saving me hours of scouring your Ravelry queues for just the right pattern!) Thank you so very much G! (Not her real initial!)
Jon also treated himself recently. To what I'm not sure - face it, I'm never sure what comes in all the boxes of stuff he gets. He probably feels the same about my stuff. All I know is it came in a big box.
Which has taken over the front hall. And has become some one's new playground and secret lair.
Mind you - like all creatures of this species - she has no thumbs. She had to carry this EMPTY (before you all yell at me) prescription bottle in her mouth and jump into the box.
Same with the spatula - a new favorite toy. She carries it everywhere. Don't let that dog nose fool you - Holli was no help here. Again with the no thumbs deal.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Renee, (the one with the REALLY good movie reviews!!), Connie and Christy,
Deepa and Anne. This is where you get to respond back with your blog because I didn't quite catch it! Oh, and Deepa - you left wearing someone else's boots. Call Amy to arrange a boot meet up and exchange.
Leaving off at Christy, we have another Deb and intentionally blogless Marge. She is a knitter and my new best friend-goddess-spinner. This in know way makes her any more of a goddess or more of a new best friend than my other new best friend and goddess, Shelley, who became my spinning Coach (better title than teacher) on Saturday. But that's a story for another day. Or if you are Chris and Jeanne, it's probably a story for another blog I'm guessing.
This the back of a Mystery Persons head. Isn't her hair beautiful. It smells really lovely too. All the time. That's her lovely shawl under her beautiful hair. Through some transfer process, her shawl smells really good too. Behind her is headless Amy.
But the best moment for me (and after all, it is my blog, therefore, all about me) was getting to meet another BBFIAKIHBNMIP (Best Blog Friend I Always Knew I Had But Never Met In Person). This was as good as when I met Vicki in person, only then I had to go to Eau Claire and Vicki had to go to Eau Claire. This time Kathy had to drive really far (from WISCONSIN) and I only had to go 5 miles. This is one lovely lady. Everything I expected her to be. I think we're twins! Plus she's best friends with Brad Pitt. I think she liked me.
Thank you, Amy! It was a really wonderful afternoon.
Friday, January 25, 2008
There, saved tons of time. Which I'm going to need. The Wollemeise inspector is here. Looks like I have some chasing to do.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
And then there were treats for me. From Amy:
This really crappy picture of an absolutely gorgeous skein of Wollmeise in colorway "Bob". "Marley" we surmised. No - I really got the yarn - just took the crappy picture. I have never, ever, even touched or seen in person the Wollmeise before. I like this birthday!
Here's a little bit better picture. When I see beautifully dyed yarn like this, I always think: "I could do that." Then I think "But why, when it's already there and ready to use!"
From Miss T, two skeins of Panda Silk. We had a good laugh over this as the label indicates that the silk content is 5%, while bamboo is 52% and merino wool is 43%. We decided we didn't care because it's lusciously soft just the same.
Then a special little treasure bee-cause you can't have too many tape measures. Shortly after this picture was taken, the tape measure was snatched up and lovingly placed in the secret kitty lair. Alas, I didn't get a picture.
Really - do you think the traditional cultural handicrafts of Vietnam included making bumble bee covers for plastic tape measures? Thank you Miss T.
The we went "new yarn storing" to a lovely store - Bella Lana . We were all attracted to the Italian Greyhound (Enzo) who was quite at home in the sunny front window. The store itself was wonderful; bright, sunny, clean, nice staff. They would need a lot more sock yarn to get me back there though.
What bag?? Oh that bag? That's nothing. Just some stuff I picked up. I'll have to show it to you another day.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
And thank goodness those brain trusts in charge of the school district gave the children this coming Friday off too! Who knows how many times I can see the donut with another three day weekend!
Monday, January 21, 2008
"Yep. Looks like we did a pretty good number on these doughnuts. If the man had just left his coffee cup somewhere close by - now that - THAT - would have been great!"
My guess - Kathryn won't leave stuff on the counter after making hot chocolate in the microwave again.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Bird in Hand Mittens by Kate Gilbert; knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Lite, #4275 Pea Soup Mix and #4201 Cream; knit using Addi Turbo 32" circular #3 and KnitPicks 32" circular #3 started January 3, 2008; completed January 17, 2008; modifications: I used a DK weight yarn rather than a worsted as called for. I am much happier with this result.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I think most of you know that that is neither Jon, nor the completed sweater. This is as far as I've gotten:
The problem I'm running into is the thick/thin construction of the Manos is making for very sloppy cables. And It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the sweater in question is all cables - which I'm perfectly comfortable knitting. I think I was talked into a bad yarn choice (and I WAS talked into it).
So, bring in the Wool of the Andes in a warm chocolate brown. Sure, a good substitute and I could whip this sweater out in a month or two --- or three.
But what if I used the WOTA and made this sweater instead? This I could do in a few days - or a week or two.
Which moves this up higher in the queue. Or --- or to get back into the sweater mood, I could do this first, then knit Jon's when the sweater mojo is back?
No! Jon comes first. If for no other reason than it looks like some else found the yarn stash with her sharp little fangs. But maybe The Cobblestone would look better in a tweedy looking Wool of the Andes yarn and then I could use the chocolate brown for a Central Park Hoodie while I wait for new yarn?
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
- I got up extra early this morning (5:30 A freaking M) to be able to take Kathryn to school and then make an 8:00 physical therapy appointment across town. I was actually happy when I learned that it had been cancelled because I was already showered and dressed and wouldn't have to waste time when I got home to do all that. Somehow that just seems whack to me!
- Before we could bring Sammy home, she had numerous treatments for the fungal infection, ringworm (not actually a worm). She had it really bad and there was a chance she might be un-adoptable. She was shaved twice so that she could be dipped for treatment. She was finally cleared of this infection so that we could bring her home. When a quarter-sized itchy, painful, red patch appeared on my neck over the weekend, I began watching it. I watched it all weekend and then started looking up "itchy red patch in a ring" on webmd and convinced myself I had ringworm (again, not a worm!). To further prove to myself that Sammy would have to be sent to a horrible place and I would have to send a note to school informing all the parents that their children had been exposed to ringworm (which they would all assume WAS a worm) I went to Urgent Care last night. I was so completely thrilled and elated to learn that the itchy red patch on my neck was NOT ringworm, that I had to have the nice doctor explain several times just how serious shingles could be and just how miserable I'm likely to feel for the next several weeks. But Sammy's OK and we don't have to give her back - isn't that great!!
- Finally, the "Secret Kitty Lair" and this morning's contents are revealed:
- The drain stop from the kitchen sink, a red carnation, and a pencil. I'm not touching it.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
So now I've resorted to this. Everything it the kitchen that looks, smells, or feels like food, has to be locked up. I swear, we didn't child-proof the house this much for Kathryn. Not sure what I'll do when I have to use the microwave. (Don't freak - I'm thawing the ground beef - I don't usually keep it out all the time.)
Before you tell me that she's so sweet and innocent - look what she did to a package of brownie mix on Monday morning while I was taking Kathryn to school:
Sweet, innocent - with freaking sharp little snicketty-snicket teeth.
I hope she can't learn how to press the "Open" button. Or the "Start" button for that matter.
Monday, January 14, 2008
First of all, thank you all for coming to help my family and I celebrate my mom’s birthday. My mom, as you know is a very loving and kind person, and if she wasn’t, you probably wouldn’t be here this evening! My mom has been with me my entire life, and has supported me in an uncountable number of ways. She has always been there to carry my dad and I through good and hard times. When we are sad or hurt, she is there to tell us that we will get through this. When we are happy, she is always there to celebrate with us. My mom is a wonderful role model to me. She is strong, wise, and strives to do her best. I think of my dad and I like a flower and my mom as the stem. The flower cannot live without the stem, just like my dad and I wouldn’t do so well with out my mom…(no offense Dad!). The stem brings water to the flower, just like my mom provides us with what we need. The stem holds the flower up in any condition, rain or shine. Just like my mom supports my dad and me through hard times and good times.
And before I forget, Thank you, Mom and I love you T & B. Happy Birthday, Mom!
My mom is very involved in my life. As if she wasn’t busy enough, being my
personal chauffeur (don’t worry Mom, 16 is only 5 years away!), she still has time to be involved in my school, church and community. My Mom is always asking me if she is a good mom. I always answer, “Yes, of course!” I mean, she must have done something right, because look at me!
I'm off to buy her a pony, or a car, or to get that kid from High School Musical to arrange a date with my daughter. I mean what would you do?
Friday, January 11, 2008
Misti Alpaca Lace; colors 7300 Maize, VD8305, RJ2004. You really don't need much of this to qualify it as a stash. Plus, there are probably 4 balls of Natural White stashed somewhere from the Un-Mystery Shawl, and 2 Mauve left over from when I decided that some other shawl was just fine the way it was.Misti Alpaca Worsted; color 2105 Moss Gray Melange. I bought this for the Veste Everest from Interweave Fall 2005. If yarn were cheese, this would almost be expired!
Araucania Atacama; color 507. I have had a love /hate relationship with this yarn. I loved it when I bought it; then I sort of went sour on it. Now - now that I really want to use it for the Pinwheel Sweater, I think I need to scrounge around the Internet for a few more skeins. Damn - I hate this yarn again.