Friday, December 08, 2006

moving out

Due to Blogger's association with Google, Stitch and Kvetch is moving and changing names. Find me at http://www.thepatternslave.typepad.com

Friday, November 24, 2006

Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a lovely day. Ours was nice. We are at my sister's. Good (but long) drive - left late, arrived late. Kids have been well behaved, so far. We went to the zoo today. It was fun and the boys got to make build a bear animals that are supposed to be unique to the zoo as opposed to one that can be found in any build a bear store. Little Man picked the snow leopard (after much coaxing not to pick the same thing as his brother) and Stinkerton picked the polar bear. My sister got the whole thing on video. Very cute. If you get a chace to go to the St. Louis zoo, go. the penquin exhibit alone is worth the time. Someimes the penquins even jump out of the exhibit and waddle around in the aisle. Wish that had happened today. It would have been great. Besides, admission is free and how many zoos can say that? Tomorrow we're going to the Botanical Garden for the Chihully exhibit. We missed this (mostly) when it was in Atlanta. Progenitor had a major to-do blow up and has been working on that. He will have to get a suit tomorrow and fly to Miami or DC to file something and request a temporary restraining order against a government agency trying to change some rules that negatively affect an entire industry. (Can't say which one at this time and I'm not exaggerating about the impact.) As a result I'm not looking forward to the trip home. I'm really, really hoping he can delay leaving till Sunday. We're supposed to go see Spamalot that afternoon. I'd hate for him to miss it (and be out the ticket). I finished Little Man's wavy scarf last week. I also completed two hats. One to match Stinkerton's Wavy Scarf and the other to coordinate with Little Man's Wavy Scarf. LIttle Man's scarf was done in Nashua Wooly Stripes in the fiery color (progressive reds/oranges) and his hat is in CP Iceland in orange (as if there is any other color, right?) He's not happy that the hat does not match his scarf like Stinkerton's, but I've explained that hte yarn shop is out of that yarn. He'll wear it eventually. Stinkerton is thrilled with his hat. I supposed to be working on a Tilly Tomas evening bag for the shop, but forgot to pack the right needles. I need double points (the 2 circs aren't cutting it for this one). I'll find a knit shop tomorrow so I can get that done. It I get the bag started before we leave I should be able to finish on the way home (provided the Progenitor can travel with me). In the meantime I'm working on the lace scarf and my Nebraska Tee. One for when I can think and the other for when I don't have to. Later Gator!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Time in a Bottle

That's the name of the Unikat sweater from the Fall 2004 Knitters. It's finished. Actually, it's been finished for over a week now. I'll have MIL take some pics of me in it later tonight and try to get them uploaded. Sundays at the shop are going well. I got to play in the front of the store yesterday and I rearranged some things to hopefully move them along a little faster. It will all have to be moved again in a week or two when the new stuff arrives, but in the meantime those skeins should be more visible and hopefully sell a bit more - less to move! Messed up my wrist somehow. I'm hoping it's not carpal tunnel, but given the quality of the pain and the occasional numbness, I'm fearing the worst. It started off feeling like a sprain, but rather than getting less, the discomfort increased. I've been wearing the brace I was given last year for the tendonitis in my elbow (it was a wrist brace b/c all those knitting motions move the tendons in the elbow) and so far it's helping. It's off right now so I can type and I'm really feeling it. No, I'm not taking anything. At least, with the way I knit, I can knit with the brace on. Slowly, but at least I'm still knitting. Am heading to my sister's for Thanksgiving. Should be fun. Haven't seen her or her family in a little over a year. We're planning on seeing Chihuly in the garden and Spamalot. Yay! I've been wanting to see Spamalot and we missed the Chihuly exhibit when it was here in Atlanta. I'm looking forward to the drive to get some quality car knitting done. It will be either the Chevron Lace Scarf for the AL shop, the Nebraska tee, or a Last Minute Purled Beret for my sister. Have to get the kids to bed. Catch you later.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Thursday, November 09, 2006

no title, again

Disappointed with the elections. Not so much b/c of the results, but more b/c of the turnout. There really no excuse for a turnout of only 50-60%. We really do take our freedom for granted in this country. If I recall correctly, Iraq's first election had something like a 93% turnout and they had to worry about bombings. Knitters Review has an awesome article this week. Be sure you check out the author's Red Tent Baby Blanket while you're at it. I have the collar finished on Unikat and one sleeve stitched on. I might actually be able to wear it this weekend - provided it fits; it's been a while since I started this. Read the cutest book at the boys' school the other day. It made me smile. What is it with me and titles, lately?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

no title

I just about have my materials ready for my Chevron Lace Scarf class. The scarf is about 1/3 done and I went ahead and blocked it and put it on a holder to leave at the shop. I'll get a picture up soon. I've decided I really do want to finish the whole scarf so I'm going to start on the other end and I'll graft the stitches once it's done. I'm also working on swatches for this in a solid yarn and in some of the koigu from the FBS. I'm beading the Koigu and have worked out several charts for it. Once I knit some up, I'll know better what I like. No progress on the pink Cascade Sierra sweater for my friend's little girl and now the pattern is hiding from me. Unikat is still waiting to be finished; I would have finished her during my last trip to my parents' house if I'd had the right needle with me. FBS is ... well you know where she is. Gelato is in my knitting bag needing only handles and a flap. I'm into the ribbing on Something Red Chocolate and the first ribbing increase row just doesn't look good. I'm going to try the increase Jacqui at Woolwinders (MD) suggested. I've stalled about half way through my inventory. I think it's a case of severe denial. I'm working at The Purly Gates on Sundays. Last Sunday was my first and it was busier than I expected after the first hour or so and the last hour was very busy. I even sold a kit for my Serendipity Shawl. It was fun and couple of knit-buddies were kind enough to stop by and just sit and knit to keep me company. I especially liked that some of the customers had had no idea we would be open. Once January rolls around, the shop will only open one Sunday a month.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Wouldn't it be more like floating up?

I don't have much to say (for once), but I felt the need to post so that those few people who actually stop by to read know that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. That really is an odd phrase, don't you think? One can't really fall off the earth, right? Even if one were to fall off a cliff, the ground would be right there waiting at the bottom. No knitting of any note is going on here. I am about to admit defeat on the FBS. My notes, the number of stitches I have, and according to my reading the chart for the previous knit row all indicate that I should be on row 5 of repeat 7. So how the heck to am I ending up with the wrong number of stitches? ugh. Back into time out she goes. Peri Klas once wrote an article about her "great unfinishable" - a Kaffe Fasset sweater. Maybe this is mine. Hope not, since I'm supposed to teach a simple lace scarf in a couple of weeks. aack!! I have to finish that project immediately, if not sooner. Super Secreat Snarky Pal questionaire: 1. What kinds of things do you like to knit? Most anything, scarves and baby things still seem to be what I'm able to finish at the moment. I've been having attention span issues lately. I'm starting to enjoy simple lace patterns despite my experience with the FBS. 2. Is there any one thing that you are just dying to have and haven't/won't purchase for yourself? I haven't tried dying any yarn, yet. I've been afraid to take the plunge. 3. What scents do you like? I usually just say none, but that sounds strange b/c I actually do like to smell things. Fragrance is such a subjective thing and then there's the whole allergy thing. Wool, lavender or citrus are usually fine, but with the boys, candles are not an option. 4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes, but it's all confused with the Progenitor's list, so it's hard to tell what goes with whom on the list. 5. When is your birthday? June 7. 6. Do you celebrate Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwannza/Yule? Hanukkah 7. Do you have a favorite color? Food colors and pretty much any shade of green unless it has a lot of yellow-gold in it. Yellow and I are not good friends unless I keep up my highlights - and since George went on leave after he and his partner adopted their little girl, that's not happening for a while. 8. Any colors that you absolutely hate? Nope. The more colors the better in my book. 9. Any allergies to fiber? No, thank goodness! 10. Anything else your pal should know? My boys are constantly destroying my measuring tapes. I've learned the hard way not to get the cute ones. Fortunately, they've learned to leave the knitting needles alone.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Pardon me. Do you have any Grey Poupon?

For my 150th post, I thought I'd find out how much I'm worth.

My blog is worth $2,822.70. How much is your blog worth?

I could buy a lot of funny tasting mustard with that. In honor of my 150th post, I'm having two contests. The first person to post a knitting joke that makes me laugh out loud will get a prize from my stash. The second contest is a blatant effort to get a free button. I am utterly button challenged. As I'm considering a name change, I'm looking for a button for any of the three names. Stitch and Kvetch, Tink & Drink, or The Pattern Slave. The Winner will get some extra special yarn from The Stash. E-mail me at levis_mama at yahoo... you know the rest.

In other news:

  • I finished the Flower Wreath hat from Itty Bitty Knits. I took a picture of it and will post as soon as I can figure out how the 'rents camera works. This is an incredibly cute pattern. I think the flowers are supposed to go all the way around the hat, but that doesn't seem very comfortable for the baby, so I just did the front.
  • I also ripped FBS back to a row that was done correctly, only to get to row 5 and frak it all up again. I'm on the seventh repeat so I'm sure this isn't a pattern error. Well, it could be a pattern error and I've screwed up this row 6x already. This is driving me nuts, b/c the previous row has the correct number of stitches.
  • I was all set to finish the Unikat sweater but I forgot to pack the bloody needles.
  • I finished the back and about 1/2 of the front of the pink Sierra sweater. It's a trendsetter pattern that has 4 pink lacy sweaters done in ScoubiDu (what a name rip off). I forgot that pattern, too so I can only move a little forward on the front before having to stop for the armscye shaping.
  • I'm halfway through Little Man's scarf in Nasua Wooly Stripes. Orange, of course.
  • I'm into the first ribbing increase row on Something Chocolate, but don't like how the increases look. Jacqui at Wool Winders told me a different increase (purl f/b) in the purl part of the rib on the right side rather than M1 on the wrong side. I think it will look much better.
  • The Gelato bag for the shop is completely frakked up. After I wove in all the ends I realized that the straps and flap are on the sides of the bag rather than on the front and back. I dread going back to it, but I have to get it done for the shop - and soon.

I went to Knit Happens today. It was rather disappointing. I'd heard so many nice things about this store on some D.C. area blogs and I drove 40 minutes to get to it. (I actually braved the Beltway for the 1st time in over 15 years!) I was not greeted after they were done with the customer at the register except for the clerk to say "excuse me" to reach past me while helping a different customer. I was mostly ignored left alone, which is usually fine. I just prefer to be greeted and asked if there is anything I'm looking for. The only reason I learned about the sale items in the back room is b/c I overheard the gentleman teaching a sock class pointing it out to his students. The most absolutely most annoying thing, however, was that the price labels were huge (approx. 1.5" x 2.5") and placed on the front of the label that you can't see the name of the yarn, and in some cases yardage or content. The name of the yarn was on the label, but not the other info.

Next time I'm not making the special trip. Ten years in retail providing, frankly, excellent service to my customers left me more than a little picky about service. I'll stick with Wool Winders in Rockville and Yarns International in Bethesda. Stitch DC was nice when I visited last year. The primary lines represented in the shop Westminter fibers (Rowan Nashua Jaeger) and KFI shop - heavy into Debbie Bliss, light on Noro; some Arucania, Magellanes and Patagonia, Laines du Nord, Louisa Harding. No Lavold. They also had some domestically produced yarn - Koigu, Fiesta, Cherry Tree Hill (very little) and another I can't recall. There was a little Millenweit sock yarn - also on sale - a little Mission Falls, Misti Alpaca and a nice feeling superwash wool I can't recall the name of. Almost no novelty yarns unless they were in the 60% off bin. GGH/Muench was being discontinued and on sale 35% off. I bought some brown cotton for a Picovoli Tee or maybe a Green Gable if I have enough. Jade Sapphire cashmere was 40% off and I picked up 2 hanks in turquoise 4 ply for a lacey-ish cravat to go with the new green coat. I didn't go through the individual patterns, but the selection of pattern books for the lines they carried was terrific. The book section was nice. The comfy chairs are much too close to the bookshelves, making it nearly impossible to get to the books if someone is in a chair. Other than that, the store is clean and well lit.

new form of prison torture developed in MD

I'm being tortured with network T.V. The 'rents don't have anything beyond the most basic cable and the only comfortable places to sit in the house are in the living room. I can feel my brain cells melting away with every passing minute. They made me watch Survivor. The worst thing about it is that it's like a car crash... you can't help but keep looking. And on top of that, they crank the volume to hear the show and when the commercials comes on, I'm just about blasted out of the room. Daddy won't give up the remote and let me handle the volume at all. (Which is really annoying b/c I'm not the one in the room with impaired reflexes. And no, they have an ancient T.V. that doesn't do the volume levelling thing that newer T.V.s can do.) I think I know what they're getting for Christmas in '07. My brain hurts. I should have bought some aspirin when I was hiding out running an errand at the drug store. On the upside... Went shopping with Mother today and found a really cool leather coat at Sym's (sort of like Burlington Coat Factory). It's lime!! I'm so thrilled with it. I will admit to being a coat hoarder (as well as yarn and bags; shoes...eh, not so much), but I do use most of my coats. I like to be all matchy-match. Sad, but it's a "Monk" thing. The other thing that happened was that I ran into an old housemate (from 15 years ago!!) this morning. It was so cool to see him and to see him looking great. I'm trying to find some time where we can meet for coffee or maybe lunch. I'll have to remember to snag a couple of pics of the boys from Mother. I never do have up to date pics on me. I made it to WoolWinders yesterday. This is where I took my first class with Annie last year. Jacqui, the owner, is such a nice lady. I'm planning on a trip to Knit Happens in Alexandria tomorrow - they have Sunday hours! Yay! Lastly, I finally found the mistake in the Flower Basket Shawl. I'm going to make a little progress on it this weekend. I'm on the seventh repeat (I think the pattern calls for ten), and just started the second ball of Koigu. I'll probably work till I'm 1/4 of the way through the third ball and then start the edging. I think someone told me hers took 2.5 balls with the edging, but it never hurts to play it safe. Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

busy busy

Not a lot getting done, but am knitting away. I found a cute hat in itty bitty knits to do for a friend who's due next week and am working on another kid sweater for a different friends little girl. I'll post pics eventually. Will be visiting the 'rents in MD and if they upgraded from dial up, I'll be able to post. I'm brining a couple of UFOs to work on. FBS will be one of them. I'll have plenty of quiet time to tink the couple of rows that I need to tink and then I'll be able to make a little progress. Only got one taker on the Organyzalong - Moze. So she and I will be working hard - after Sukkot is over. I've started entering the info, but can't get it to upload onto the PDA. I need to contact the handybase people and ask what's up. Sure is a pain going through everything, but it's reminding me of yarn that I loved once and don't anymore and yarn that I loved and have hopes for. I've got a lot of knitting to do. catch ya later.

Friday, September 15, 2006

OrganyzAlong

I stole this idea from WendyB (doesn't look like she keeps a blog) at KR. I'd join over there but I'm not on KR too often anymore. The general idea is to go through The Stash and sort and organize. This can include other knitterly items. It can even include non-yarn stash - fiber, fabric and the like. It's a great way to stir creativity, remind us of projects we've had in mind or intended, and to cull the stash. Not that The Stash necessarily needs culling, but the first blush of love for some yarns may have faded and another fanatic hoarder fiber artist may be able to create something out of said yarn. Maybe even different categories for prizes! Any takers? Anyone know how to make a button?

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

oddities to see

knitting club promo If only I had a prom date... Oh Luke! Are you blogging this? Been to the library lately? Take a look at what's inside your head. This is just SOAP! Steak - it's what's for dinner. I've gotta get some sleep. 'night all.

Monday, September 11, 2006

heartsore

"Where were you?" "What were you doing?" These used to be questions that were easily answered by my parents' generation, "What were you doing? Where were you [when you heard Kennedy had been shot]? Now these questions have a meaning for me and my generation. They no longer refer to a distant past, but a much more recent and painful event in our own lives. One that we would prefer not to believe happened. One that in some ways was more like a movie than real life. An event that did not just make history, but changed the course of history. "Where were you?" "What were you doing?" Eventually my children are going to ask me these questions. How will I ever be able to convey the magnitude of shock, horror and grief? How can I possibly express my fear that this will happen again in their lifetimes? How can I reassure them once they know this can happen? I guess the next question is "What will I do?" For now, I hope and I pray, and, most of all, I remember. Where was I? What was I doing? I was 7 months pregnant. My first child was due in exactly 2 months. I was sick for most of my pregnancy and mornings were the worst. I had arranged with my boss that I come in later in the day - a little extra sleep seemed to help. I got up around 8:30 a.m. or so, (threw up a time or three) and got ready for work. It was about 9:45 when I got in the car and turned on the radio. The first thing I heard was that a plane had crashed into the pentagon. I remember my first thought was "Oh my God. It's another McVeigh." I called my husband, horrified. He knew. I asked why he hadn't called and he said he'd assumed I was listening. He told me about the WTC. I was so wrong. It was much worse than I'd first imagined. When I arrived at work, I was able to check the internet some. Pictures were slow in coming, and the newsites were slammed. A couple of people were able to grab the photos and e-mailed them around the office along with status reports they were coming across. Some of my colleagues were worried and afraid it would happen here. They wanted to go home. I remember telling someone who asked why I wasn't going home - our building was too short for us to be in danger. I know it sounds like I was being a smart ass, but I wasn't. It was just logical to me. I decided to stay at the office for a little longer after we were told we could go home. As long as I was at the office, I didn't have to deal with it. I didn't have to decide when to turn off the television - knowing I wouldn't be able to; T.V. wasn't available at the office. I don't remember being afraid for the baby. I worry some now, though. Too many have forgotten the anger and outrage. Too many are more interested in playing the blame game than in rooting out a pernicious evil. Too many are more interested in blaming America than in understanding that this type of hate has nothing to do with us as a people, our government's policies or our culture. It is simply hate with no explanation. Too many would prefer to use the attacks of September 11, 2001 for their own purposes, be they political or personal. Too many would prefer this country divided and in danger than united against the threat these people pose. What happened to United We Stand?

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Marco!

Polo! Jessalu sent me a wonderful box of fibery, and sugary goodness that arrived on Monday. It was such a nice surprise to find a box at my door. Let's just build the anticipation, shall we? careful... careful... Almost revealed!! I feel like I've discovered China!! Posted by Picasa It's The Man, himself!
Toys for the boys! And sugar, too! Gotta love the gummi bears!
mmmmm... fiber.
Spunky Eclectic, a little bag with some lovely carmine and chartreus roving (some of my favorite shades together). The white fiber you see is some of the softest merino I've touched and some Kool Aid!! Last but not least, The Twister Sisters Sock book. woo hoo! dye and how to do it! yay! Posted by Picasa
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The boys say, "Thank you, Miss Jessalu!"
Little Man says "I'm going to keep this safe!"
Thank you very much, Jessica. I love it and can't wait to get started. Next stop... dunno? Well, neither did the real Marco Polo! You'll see when it gets there.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Finally, a picture...

Here are a couple of shots of Little Man in his New Tweed Top Down Cardigan. In the second shot, you can see why I need to reknit the button band/collar. It's just too low a v-neck for a zipper. This post brought to you by... Posted by Picasa
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Brrrr...

Why is it that two of the coldest days of my life that I can remember were both in California? The first was 4th of July, 1996 in San Francisco. Hats and gloves, man. Hats and Gloves! I may have even had on long johns... The second was this day. February 1st or 2nd, 2006 in L.A. It was misty, wet, damp, and cold. I mean, really, really cold. Probably not above 60F. Not that bad on the global scale, but I was so sick with the flu that I spent the entire day shiverring. What do you mean there's no friggin' yarn??? It says "Knitting Factory!" The Force is strong in this one... hurry up and give her yarn before she breaks out the pointy sticks. Sursa II is going to be ripped back a little and reknit. I'm just about out of yarn and have about 8 inches or so to go. oh well. Something to do at the movies.

Monday, August 21, 2006

home and back to school

O.K. Catch up time. The last few posts were short little cheaters. He's the scoop on the rest of the trip and some more recent occurrences... The rest of our vacation inSt. Simon's was wonderful. I'd been skulking around the Fuzzy Mabel website for a while and since I was finally in town, I made it a point to find the shop. The owner is a lovely lady. The shop is pretty, well organized and had a great sale room. Yup, you read correctly. Room. ohboy! ohboy! ohboy! She really is having a great sale right now, too. Regia, Fiesta, and many others... So check it out on-line. I made it home with just a few goodies, including a Philospher's Wool kit, some red Regia sock yarn, some Isledyllic Dreams sock yarn (locally handpainted) in lovely shades and a skein of Mountain Colors Mohair in Northern Lights. Of course, I have yet to upload any pictures. (Surprised?) I highly recommend shopping there. Fuzzy Mabel was a highlight of my trip to St. Simon's Island. The beach was really nice. SSI is not shell collecting territory, but we found a live sand dollar and lots of little crabs kept coming up to us in the water. What was really cool was seeing the porpoises both in the estuary near Ft. Frederica and just off the shore by the King and Prince. I'd never seen wild porpoise before. It was very cool. One even did a flip. The boys were very excited. The first day of school (TODAY!) went off with only one hitch. I slept through the alarm. Whoops! Woke up at 10 till and rushed out the door faster than I ever have in my life. I had the kids eat in the car. Thank goodness for granola bars, bananas and Ovaltine. We were late, but it could have been worse. I could have had to carpool w/someone. After days and days of telling me "I'm too little to go to school" Little Man woke up and said "Yay! I get to go to school with big kids!" Of course, afterschool was full of "I'm too little to do" whatever it was we were discussing. Can't win 'em all. The boys both enjoyed their days. Stinkerton even had homework. Little Man did make it through his first day of school nice and dry. We found Power Ranger light up shoes for about $11 last night when we picked out Stinkerton's new shoes. Little Man can wear his Power Ranger shoes if, and only if, he stays clean and dry the day before. Given his obsession with all things Power Rangers and his great enjoyment of shoes that light up, I think we have a winning strategy here. I will also use his fancy schmancy new shoes as an incentive to get him to do other things I want him to do. Like, pick up his toys, get ready to go, etc... Whatever works, man. Whatever works. All night Knit Knight at TPG last Friday. The shop is two years old and celebrating with games and prizes and sales galore. The all night knit in was great. I got there a little after 9 p.m. and things were in full swing. We played "Let's make a deal" with knitting gadgets. and Knitting Trivia. I won the trivia and won an Offhand Designs knitting bag. Not that I really need another knitting bag... I am such a bag ho. I also learned a bit about personal grooming about which I had no clue. Well, I had a clue, just not the the reasoning behind said grooming choices. K, you are quite eloquent. Things pretty much finished up around 2 a.m. A good time was had by all. I've started getting the inventory actually entered. It took a while to figure out the format and screens I want. The better it's organized now, the easier it will be to search and/or filter later. I'm having a problem getting the software to sync with the PDA, though. The old test databases are running and syncing, just not the newest one. Very annoying. I'll get it input and then see what can be done. It's more important to get it all entered at this point than to get it to sync. I made progress on Something Chocolate, as well as screwed it up. The armholes are way, way too big, but we came to the general consensus last Friday that seaming up the arms holes a little will be o.k. If I were to work back and close the armholes to where the armholes would be the right size, the width of the back would be affected. Since the back is just right, I'm going to give this a shot and see how it goes. If it's awful, then I'll either re-knit or performsome kind of surgery. We pinned it and so far and things seem to be hanging all right under the arms. I also started a cute little Fiber Trends bag for the shop. (AC76 Gelato Bag) It's orange and fuzzy. I'm just about done with the body and it's moving along quite smoothly. Since this is being felted, I probably should have been knitting continental.... whoopsie. next time. My efforts at spinning have been thwarted by the misbehaving DVD. Found this link via Peaches and Purls. It's Dew on the Kudzu. Check 'em both out, y'all.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

been there did that... and might like to do

Stole this from AmyDe. Life's to do list - Completed items are bolded Items in Pink are things I think I'd want to do. 01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink 02. Swam with wild dolphins 03. Climbed a mountain 04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive 05. Been inside the Great Pyramid 06. Held a tarantula 07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone 08. Said 'I love you' and meant it 09. Hugged a tree 10. Bungee jumped 11. Visited Paris 12. Watched a lightning storm at sea 13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise 14. Seen the Northern Lights 15. Gone to a huge sports game 16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa 17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables 18. Touched an iceberg 19. Slept under the stars 20. Changed a baby's diaper 21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon 22. Watched a meteor shower 23. Gotten drunk on champagne 24. Given more than you can afford to charity 25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope 26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment 27. Had a food fight 28. Bet on a winning horse 29. Asked out a stranger 30. Had a snowball fight 31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can 32. Held a lamb 33. Seen an eclipse 34. Ridden a roller coaster 35. Hit a home run 36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking 37. Adopted an accent for an entire day 38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment 39. Had two hard drives for your computer 40. Visited all 10 provinces or all 50 states 41. Taken care of someone who was drunk 42. Had amazing friends - and I thank God every day for them. 43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country 44. Watched wild whales - got to watch porpoise last week. 45. Stolen a sign 46. Backpacked in Europe 47. Taken a road-trip 48. Gone rock climbing 49. Midnight walk on the beach 50. Gone sky diving 51. Visited Ireland 52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love 53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them 54. Visited Japan 55. Milked a cow 56. Alphabetized your cds 57. Pretended to be a superhero 58. Sung karaoke 59. Lounged around in bed all day 60. Posed nude in front of strangers - no photos, but art classes. 61. Gone scuba diving 62. Kissed in the rain 63. Played in the mud 64. Played in the rain 65. Gone to a drive-in theater 66. Visited the Great Wall of China 67. Started a business 68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken 69. Toured ancient sites 70. Taken a martial arts class 71. Played D&D for 6 hours straight 72. Gotten married 73. Been in a movie 74. Crashed a party 75. Gotten divorced 76. Gone without food for 5 days 77. Made cookies from scratch 78. Won first prize in a costume contest 79. Ridden a gondola in Venice --does Vegas count?? 80. Gotten a tattoo 81. Rafted the Snake Dead River 82. Been on television news programs as an "expert" 83. Got flowers for no reason 84. Performed on stage 85. Been to Las Vegas 86. Recorded music 87. Eaten shark 88. Had a one-night stand 89. Gone to Thailand 90. Bought a house 91. Been in a combat zone 92. Buried one of your parents 93. Been on a cruise ship 94. Spoken more than one language fluently 95. Performed in aisles at Rocky Horror 96. Raised children. 97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour 98. Created and named your own constellation of stars 99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country 100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over 101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge 102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking 103. Had plastic surgery 104. Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived 105. Wrote articles for a large publication 106. Lost over 100 pounds 107. Held someone while they were having a flashback 108. Piloted an airplane 109. Petted a stingray 110. Broken someone's heart 111. Helped an animal give birth 112. Won money on a T.V. game show -- I would so win on the Price is Right. 113. Broken a bone 114. Gone on an African photo safari 115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced 116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol -HooRah! 117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild 118. Ridden a horse 119. Had major surgery 120. Had a snake as a pet 121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon - been to the edge and felt very small. 122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours 123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states 124. Visited all 7 continents 125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days - with Daddy when I was 11 or so. hated it. 126. Eaten kangaroo meat - No, but I've had Dromedary. 127. Eaten sushi 128. Had your picture in the newspaper 129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about 130. Gone back to school 131. Parasailed 132. Petted a cockroach 133. Eaten fried green tomatoes 134. Read The Iliad 135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read 136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 137. Skipped all your school reunions - they've only had one so far, don't think I'll do the next one either. 138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language 139. Been elected to public office 140. Written your own computer language 141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream 142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care 143. Built your own PC from parts 144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you 145. Had a booth at a street fair 146: Dyed your hair 147: Been a DJ 148: Shaved your head 149: Caused a car accident 150: Saved someone's life Followed the calling of my heart and converted to Judaism. Prayed at the Western Wall. Had a massage on a Malaysian beach. Swam in the Indian Ocean. Walked past the open window. __________ I wonder what percentage of people actually admit to No. 88?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Flip Floppin' Part II

Look here to see the genius that is Drew.

Monday, August 07, 2006

vacation

Ahhhh. two days on the beach down and four to go. Actually just two more, most likely. St. Simon's is lovely. the condo we rented is just as nice as expected. We're planning on one day in Savannah to take a lookey-loo. So far, only one small sunburn on me in a spot I deliberately didn't put sunblock on. a small burn on a missed spot on the Progenitor's back and the beginnings on pinkness on Little Man's deltoids. So far, all is well. Progenitor has some work to do tomorrow morning, so I'll running off with the boys for a bit. Found a yarn shop via The Force. St. Simon's Stitchery. Nice lady, but I'd've liked it better had I been greeted when I came in and not ten minutes later. I bought a needle I need for the Nebraska Top Down Tee. I picked it up again since it's good car knitting, but the bamboo needle I put in it is a bit too pointy for the yarn. Nebraska is a little splitty and with that needle, I have to look at what I'm doing - not good for in the car. The new turbo will solve that. This project was one I frogged last February. I took it back to just before the wonky (oh!-aren't-I-so-smart) increases under the arms, so now it's just a matter of knitting in circles for hours on end. I started Something Chocolate, but goofed in the initial inreases so I'll rip it back and restart it. I'm only a couple of inches in so no biggy. Sure is nice to be out of the knitting rut and doing some meaningful stitching. stitch at you later.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Flip Floppin'

And no, I'm not talking about a certain senator from Massachusetts. I'm talking about these ever so casual shoes. Those wonderul minimalist sandals that are meant to protect the sole of the foot from hot sand or pavement. The String Bikini for the foot. When I was at the office a couple of weeks ago (and again this week), I noticed a lot of people wearing flip flop sandals or shoes (and I use that term loosely) that were pretty much only a sole and a couple of strings to keep it on the foot. Am I the only person who finds this to be totally inappropriate in a professional setting? If one wouldn't wear a dress that only covers 10% of the body to the office, why wear a shoe that only covers 10% of the foot? It's not like the people you work with want to see your funky, ugly toes. I mean really, if your foot isn't at least 45% covered (and slacks can play a part in the coverage), then the shoe should stay at home. It's one thing to wear a slingy-thongy shoe/sandal to a party, even a relatively formal one, if the shoe is dressy enough for the outfit, but flip flops? Oh, and speaking of toes, if the toes or heels are hanging off the shoe... the shoe doesn't freakin' fit! Just get over the fact that you have size 9 feet and quit buying size 7 shoes - I don't care how cute they are or what a good bargain they are. Trust me, stupid is always more noticeable than cute. Another thing, we humans no longer have to claw our way up trees to avoid predators. Clip your toe nails to a normal length - and by normal I don't mean match the excessively long, can't-dial-a-phone-without-using-a-pencil fingernails. If you can't wear your closed toe shoes because your toenails add two sizes, then cut your freakin' nails. That being said, I will freely admit to being pretty conservative when it comes to clothes - notwithstanding my orange argyle sneakers. The swatching for teh corset in the PLymouth Bamboo hasn't worked out. While lovely, the yarn has no memory - like silk. So once washed, the yarn is flat, but with a lovely drape. Back to the drawing board. I'm considering the purple Rowan Calmer I have - I really want to make this in purple Sebasiancat has had the run of the house while Troublecat has been locked up. one incident of spraying on the shelves. That's it. I am starting to think that they just can't live together.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Too tired to rant, today.

I finished the EZ BSJ. (Hey, D&G, if you could please send me a pic? I forgot to take one.) I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out. The Plymouth Dreambaby DK knits up nicely. I'd use it again if I had a baby gift for which I didn't already have yarn and didn't want to spend much money on. It only took 1.5 balls. I needed to keep careful notes on where I was in the pattern. EZ was just brilliant and obvoiusly could do The Math in her head. Let's just say that I am not so gifted. Having a sheet with all the stitch counts really helped. I don't think I'd make another one of these for that reason. It's easy, but you really need to know where you are. Unless, you're AmyDe and can do The Math in your head. I picked up Daddy's Big Mexico socks again. I still need to go back to sock one and rework the toe to the appropriate length, but sock two is coming along just fine. Good carpool knitting. Sursa II is well on her way. I've started the second ball and the decreases. The decreases would probably not look quite so wonky if I actually followed the directions and did a decrease on every row rather than a double decrease on the knit rows. hmmm... I kind of like how it looks though and am considering trying to get the other side to look the same (on my next one - it is good movie knitting) even though it's the increase side. I started swatching for Annie Modessit's Ribbed Corset. I'm using (or planning to use, we'll see how the swatch turns out) Plymouth's Royal Bamboo in a lovely grape shade with a corresponding variegated yarn. I really wanted to do the whole think in either the leaf or the pumpking shade, but everyone - and I mean everyone in the shop that night- said not to. It's such a shame when your favorite colors are the ones that flatter the least. At the moment I'm looking forward to getting started on this, but I'm being a good girl and waiting for my swatch to dry. I'll unpin Unikat tomorrow and start seaming while I wait for said swatch to dry. I bought Big Girl Knits. I recommend this book to anyone of any size. The garment construction information alone is wonderful. And really, how many of us knitters has never needed to alter a pattern to accommodate one feature or another? Between this and What Not to Wear (the UK version) I'll finally start adding a little variety to the wardrobe. Three Dog Knit finally had its last howl. They are officially closed. I'm sorry to see them gone. The store was pretty, and the folks nice, but they only carried KFI yarns for the most part. I did very well at the 50% off sale. I really do need to take some pictures. I picked up some Noro Iro, a skein of Kochoran, a little Cash Iroha and a bunch of Debbie Bliss cashmerino in the aran and baby weights. I think I know what I want to do with the Iro and I need to start a couple of the baby projects soon. Little Man is starting the transformation from diaper wearer to Pantless Wonder. He's been going on and on about Power Rangers (ugh!) for a few months now, so we've been telling him how Power Rangers don't use diapers, they use the toilet. I broke down and bought Power Rangers underwear and he's doing pretty well with it. (And before you ask, yes they're still making the show and no, I have no idea how he even knows about Power Rangers. It must have been through a kid at the preschool.) M&Ms are helping too. He isists on watching Shrek while running around pantless. I'm fairly certain that when he's older he'll hear Smash Mouth and need to find the nearest bathroom. Stinkerton is already excited about school starting again. He's been talking about it for a week or so now. MIL's eye surgery went swimmingly! No more macular hole! Doctors still have no idea what's wrong with Daddy and are lightly considering the problem to be Metabolic Encephalopathy. Mother has made it clear that she will tolerate (not her words, but most certainly her attitude) a visit from me - she had sister there twice in a month. If I didn't want to lay eyes on Daddy myself, I wouldn't bother at all. I always feel like such an inconvenience when I go up there - even though she doesn't drive and I help her get her special trips and errands done. Part of the problem is that I recognize that I am My Mother's Daughter. I soooo want to slip the woman some Xanax. Grossly, unethical and dangerous and I'd never, ever do that to anyone... but oh! how tempting. To see my mother not anxious for once in my life... Sebastian cat has been locked up in the guest bath for a few weeks now. We let him out tonight and will see how things go. If this doesn't work, I really don't like the alternatives: 1. make him an outdoor cat (he's declawed and we have foxes & hawks in our neighborhood), or 2. euthanize. Not an easy decision and one we need to settle soon. I'll be working next week and the following week we will have our first real family vacation. Nothing work related. No side trips to visit relatives just b/c we happen to be in the same region of the country. Just us, the kids, and MIL at the beach. Buy stock in sunscreen!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Yarn Aboard!

This just looks like so much fun. I've been waiting and waiting for the sign ups to happen and now I'm all signed up! I've got to get a box together. I'm not sure where I am on the list, so I need to have it ready. Amanda, you are the best for setting this up. Next time in New Orleans, I've got to meet you. Not much else going on. I still haven't uploaded the pics, (bad me! bad me!) but I did get all the CD's from Walmart. It was only about $5 or so per roll of film to be put on CD. Much easier than scanning in the pictures. Progress has been made as far as pictures go - it usually takes me a year to get film developed. I finished the Baby Surprise Jacket for the shop in the Plymouth Dreambaby DK. I liked it, but I'm not sure I'm going to do this again. Too much counting. I was constantly referring to my cheat sheet to make sure I hadn't missed any of the increases and decreases. Man, EZ was a genius! How she ever worked this out, I'll never understand. I did start a chevron scarf in Kertzer's Ovation and Irise for the other shop - The Taming of the Ewe opening in Jacksonville Alabama in September. These two yarns are samples I picked up at TNNA last month. I like the Ovation very much. It's so close to crack (Kid Silk Haze) that it could be called methadone. Rowan's KSH retails $12-14/25g ball and the Ovation is around $9/20g ball. So it would defintely be a great substitution. I'm really enjoying working with it in all it's silky, mohairy goodness. I'm working 6 rows Ovation and then 4 rows Ovation/Irise together. I can't carry the Irise up the sides w/o ruining the look of the scarf, so there will be ends and ends and ends to weave in. I would have carried the two yarns together the whole time, but I have twice as much Ovation as Irise. This will be quite pretty, I think, once it's blocked. Kertzer makes a great bamboo needle, by the way. The nicest I've found, except for the cable. Addi will always be my favorite b/c of the cables. Three Dog Knits is still open for all you Noro Hos. I made out pretty well and need to go back for more. I did pick up some DB Cashmerino Aran in a perfect green for Stinkerton and the perfect blue for Little Man. I also picked up some DB Alpaca Silk dk in a rich (not quite navy, but not royal) blue to make the Somewhat Cowl - someday, eventually. My eyes are bigger than my needles. Oh, I started Sursa II in the Noro Transitions while we were at the movies Saturday. I'm not sure it's going to be quite enough yarn and I may have to pick up another skein at 3DK next Saturday. This project really is excellent movie knitting. I don't think I had to look at what I was doing more than a few times. We saw Pirates of the Carribbean. Apropos that I started Sursa II during this movie. I started Sursa I durring Kingdom of Heaven (the other Orlando Bloom movie). Pirates was formulaic, but exactly what I expected. Fun, fun and more fun. Johnny Depp (swoon) as a pirate running around all dainty-like is just hysterical, especially when compared to how all the other ManlyMen move. I heard that Johnny Depp (swoon) based his character's movements on Keith Richards (ick). All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Pirates and will be very happy when the third movie comes out. (Of course, all this talk of pirates has me thinking of Mickey Mantle - "she smelled just like an angel should smell"- still makes me chuckle. ) SebastianCat seems to be doing a little better. Progenitor caught him spraying the last time we let him out and immediately locked him the utility room. That was two weeks ago. We just let him out yesterday and so far so good. TorubleCat is most displeased. Little Man's latest thing (aside from refusing to use the toilet) is to tell me that he loves everyone but me. "I don't like you." When I ask why, he tells me "because I'm big now." (sigh) And he not even a teenager yet! He really hurt Stinkerton's feelings this evening when he said that he didn't like Stinkerton, either. Poor Stinkerton. He heard this and immediately started crying. I had to convince Stinkerton that Little Man didn't really mean it and then convince Little Man that he does love Stinkerton. And he still doesn't like me. He goes through the whole list of people he loves and I'm not even listed after the cats. I always knew he'd be a heartbreaker. The Unikat Sweater is still pinned to the blocking board. I really do need to seam that puppy and get the collar done. FBS is still untouched. Inventory is not even started b/c I haven't had time to learn the software and get it sync'd with the PDA. Time Time Time. Where did all the time go?

Monday, July 03, 2006

update

BSJ is not yet complete. I have just a few more rows and it will be done. oh yes... it will be done. Am still undecided as to what to start next. FBS still awaits... I"m starting to wonder if she's meant to be a "great unfinishable." So many projects are calling to me. I think I need idiot knitting, and soon. Either a blanket to work on durring movies or I'll start on Sursa II. The yarn is just sitting in the cabinet waiting to be knit up. And then there's the alpaca I got at market that should be enough for a sweater for Stinkerton - or a great shawl! I did get the yarn I want to make the corset top and I'm looking forward to starting that. It's a complicated knit though, so I'm going to wait to start after the kids are in camp for the mornings. Pictures pictures. who's (whose??) got the pictures? WalMart does! I had them just make CD's of all the film and disposable cameras and I'll get them today. Update on the cat: we are waiting to hear the test results from the vet. In the meantime, we've let him out of the utility room (TroubleCat is most displeased) and so far (keeping my fingers crossed) he hasn't peed on anything. I asked Katey and Laurie re: cat rescues in the area and got some good leads. We may end up listing him on a couple of sites depending on what the vet tells us later this week. AmyD, what game were you all playing? I found something with a Count of Monte Cristo lookin' dude (actually he looked more like the guy on the Sandeman port) and am now confused as to what would be the best game to start with.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

happy day (for everyone but my cat)

Everyone go over to Charisse and see her wonderful news!! Hurray Hurray!! I got a little knitting done on the EZ jacket. I'm just about done with it. It's an interesting knit but I had trouble at first with the double decreases and the marked stitch. Once I made it to the increases I was in much better shape. I am at the final 12 ridges and then I just need to seam it up. Nothing else to report knit wise. Not sure what's next to deal with. I want to finish the FBS. I've been hoping for some quiet time to deal with it and haven't been able to make any. Once I get back on track with it, it should move quickly. It really was progressing nicely till I screwed it up. I still want to do Something Red in the brown cotton (Blue Sky Alpacas), but I also like the cotton sweater in Knitty - great lines, hideous colors. I'm thinking something tasteful (unlike the original) a solid pale yellow, with maybe a little contrasting trim. I'm not a fan of that designer's work (remember the one skein my ass wonder?) , but this one might be nice. About the cat... Sebastian is most likely going to be put down. For a long time TroubleCat was sick. She had nasty SPIKEY bladderstones and she was peeing all over the place. I blame how long it lasted on my previous vet who refused to sedate her (put her in the happy box) in order to do a proper ultrasound and kept insisting that it was a behavioral problem. New vet did the right thing and she is now my cats' vet. Once that was done, the stones were taken out last fall and she's been fine since. However, b/c it went on so long Sebastian decided to start spraying in response to TroubleCat. At first it was just where she was peeing, but since she recovered he's been at some particular spots. We've tried everything! Sticky tape, aluminum foil, medication, extra litter boxes, you name it. Lately, and this really is the last straw, he's been following the kids' activities and peeing on what they are playing with. Not their toys...yet. But he did get one of Little Man's special blankets and their Bear Rug. Yesterday, I found where he peed on all the board games (adult) which the kids like to pull out to play with the pieces. This was done in the last couple days and all the games were ruined, and there is now a spot on the hardwoods that I have to figure out how to get the stain out of. (I hear peroxide is best.) We knew he hated the kids, but this is going too far.** He's now locked up in the basement utility room. (Not unexpectedly, he started spraying in there now, too.) Progenitor had enough of all this last summer and wanted to put them both down, but I pleaded and he let me have the problem more thoroughly investigated. He forgave TroubleCat when it turned out to be stones and is willing to look into a medical reason for the problem before making the final decision. I called the vet today and will take him in one more time to see if it's treatable. If it is, he gets treated and hopefully the saga will end. Whether or not he gets treatment will depend on what the treatment is/costs. We spent over $700 on this cat two summers ago and Progenitor is hesitant to do so again; I can see his point. The vet did say that this sounds like a set in behavior and if there is no medical cause, then she can understand euthanizing - especially since we have kids. She was very understanding and said she would feel better checking him out first. We've investigated cat rescue, but really believe that burdening them with him isn't fair since the likelihood of him being placed is low - not disclosing what's going on with him would be grossly unethical. Cat rescue is burdened enough as it is. Given all his other problems he's miserable enough that killing him (let's just dispense with the euphemisms) is a mercy - at least that's what I tell myself. I feel bad about it, but not as bad as if (a) one of the boys got sick b/c of it or (b) he has to live locked up in the utility room for the rest of his life. **They boys are at least smart enough to get me when they notice it and not play with what they find. Oh well, that's the end for today. BTW: what the heck are meeples?

Friday, June 16, 2006

What happened...

to all this extra time I was going to have??? Oh yeah. Little Man has flat refused to toilet train and can't go to camp for 2 weeks. Therefore, I get no time off to work out or knit. Lots to report on TNNA and I have no idea where to begin. It was wonderful and overwhelming and I learned so much about the back end of the retail business. How things really work with reps, etc. Met a lot of owners of different yarn companies, both big and small and I didn't find a single one I didn't like. Lots of eye candy - and I'm not just referring to the yarn. The owners of one Turkish yarn company were particularly good to look at. Talk about Turkish Delight! I'll get around to putting up links of the places I liked best in the next week or so. I have to go through all my notes and such. I did get lots of yarn to test knit, so I'll be doing lots of swatching or one skein projects over the next few weeks. Good thing I got that book, huh? Made a little progress on the Baby Surprise Jacket for the shop. I like the yarn I'm using (not the sock yarn any longer) it's some dk weight yarn (plymouth dream baby?) Amazingly soft and easy to knit with. Made a mistake and had to rip a bit today, but I threaded a line first so the stitches will be easy to pick up. Not much to report on Daddy. Doctors still don't know what's going on. Each of the specialists keep coming back and saying, well it isn't (whatever falls under their specialty). The main doctor put him in the hospital to coordinate tests and such in hopes of speeding up the process of making a diagnosis. Otherwise, there would have been a month or so between all the different appointments with the specialists. Don't you just wish there really is a guy like House? Progenitor is very busy - lots of travel for speaking engagements lately, but that's done for a little while. The trips are bringing in business, so I can't complain too much. My MIL has officially moved up the street and Thank GOD she's here! Stinkerton scratched his eye with a straw yesterday morning and it was so helpful to just call her and have her look after Little Man while I took One Eye Stinkerton to the doctor. (It was a minor scratch and Stinkerton was really good about not scratching his eye b/c he didn't want to be a pirate - so no patch was required. Arrrrr.) Little Man is doing his best to make everything difficult lately and it was such a relief to be able to focus on Stinkerton. He'd just had his 5 year old shots last week and really didn't want to be at the doctor's office - even though I'd promised him there would be not shots. More later, and there just may be some knitting involved!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

fo's that need pictures and other stuff

Little Man's New Tweed Cardigan (finished late last Fall, but never posted b/c Little Man refused to wear it). I need to remove the zipper and put in a regular button band. The V-neck is just too deep to really have this look the way I envisioned. I learned a lot about putting in a zipper, though, and would like to try that again. Sursa - finished mid-January. The Force is strong in her and I think I'd like to make another in the Noro Transitions I have with the Carmine Cash Iroha. Since there's no picture, I'll explain... Remember the ill fated trip to CA last February? When we were in L.A. I got to have my picture taken with Darth Vader and one of his Storm Troopers and I happened to be there on the rainiest coldest day EVER running a fever with chills and was wearing Sursa in a futile attempt to feel warm. Stinkerton's Wavy Scarf - finished in early January. Of course, Little Man wants one, too. It's a good thing I have half a hank of this yarn left. I was going to do the matching hat, but they like to match. Unikat Blocking and soon to be stitched up. In other news, I have started a baby surprise jacket for the shop. It's being done in pink fortissima colori sock yarn on size 4 needles at a gauge of 6 stitches to the inch. Not sure I like working on size 4's but will consider it practice for the fair isle I'd like to do someday - someday not soon. I'm using Addis and am hoping they don't make my hands hurt this time around. I received an e-mail from Mother today re: Daddy. "MRI results came back and no tumor and no recent stroke. Dr also rulled out Parkinson's. More tests are scheduled but they are for things we are pretty sure he does not have. Do the test anyway just in case." WHAT THE FUCK??!! Turns out that they are just running tests b/c he's feeling really bad lately. He has sarcodosis and he falls in the small percentage of people for whom it's a chronic condition. There is no excuse for Mother sending out an e-mail with no explanation. My first thought was "OMG what happended? Is he in the hospital? Do I need to go up there?" I'm really pissed at her for sending this out and scaring me and my sister like that. Of course, it also doesn't help that she doesn't ask the doctors any questions. My MIL has been here since the 17th. The Progenitor went to Korea to speak to their bar assocation regarding intellectual property law. He said it was the hardest speech he's ever done b/c of working with a translator. So, MIL has been here to help me. I took this week off and boy, I've worked hard. I went through 2 tanks of gas (it's usally only one every week/week and a half. $50 fill-ups suck. Also, while here she signed the lease on her new place. It's about 10 minutes up the road. And, we went to a retinal specialist to have the hole in her retina looked at. That surgery will be no fun, but as they found the very beginnings of a second one in her other eye, the surgery is pretty much mandatory if she wants to keep her sight. The holes were both caught early enough that the succes rate is excellent. Good news. I may have missed MDS&W, but I get to go to TNNA for the trade show. A friend, the one who gave me this last December, is opening a yarn shop and asked me to tag along. ohboyohboyohboyohboy!! I'm so looking forward to this. It will be fun to see some of the behind the scenes work of owning a yarn shop w/o out actually owning one. I'll get to take some classes, too. The drop spindle class is the one I'm most I'm most interested in. Not that I'm going to take up spinning, but I've been wanting to try it w/o a big investment in a spindle and roving. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and don't forget to keep our fallen heroes in mind. It is those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country, and their brothers and sisters in arms, who keep us safe.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Adam Sandler he ain't

He's much cuter: Opera Boy Posted by Picasa I would have more pics of the actual opera with all the kids in their costumes, but I can't figure out how to blur out just their faces. (The children not being mine, I don't feel right putting their faces online.) My photo software, like my camera, is rather limited and I refuse to spend money upgrading until we invest in a new computer. (This one actually is just fine despite being four years old, but The Progenitor wants a faster one.) I'm also going to insist on a really, really big monitor. All the squinting is making the scowl line between my brows botox worthy.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Picture Fest II - The Acquisition

No one expects the Spanish Acquisition! Posted by Picasa The one closest to The Progenitor's elbow isn't quite what I was expecting, but it was on sale and I know I'll find a use for it -- and just so you know that I didn't take the pics outside in the dark... Posted by Picasa (My camera's so old that when you turn off the flash, you lose the stability control.) I happento have quite a bit of Handpaintedyarn.com yarn. Including what's here, I think it's about 20-22 skeins. 10 of which are in the treintaytres colorway. And oh, my inconstant heart... I also have some of this coming my way. This is some Jaeger Wool Stretch that Janette has in her e-bay store. The description is intriguing and I figured I'll give it a whirl for some fun. If I decide to make Hopeful, this might work. Posted by Picasa Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere $47 for 10 (incl. shipping!) This might do for Hhopeful as well, and I wouldn't have the shrinkage issue. Posted by Picasa Blue Sky Alpacas Cotton in Dark Brown $18.71 (inlc. shipping) for skeins. And then, I've heard that my All-Time Favorite Yarn Shop in All the World is going tohave a grand re-opening sale (well, it's a sale after the Flood of '06 and subsequent remodel). So it's especially good that I got all this yarn they don't carry at such a steal, hmmmm? I heard rumors that next week is the week, and well! what a coincidence? I'm out of the office next week! And then, my Second Favorite Yarn Shop in All Atlanta (First Favorite Yarn Shop in All the World also holding fast in as First Favorite Yarn Shop in All Atlanta) is moving and she's having a moving sale. Oh my poor husband. My poor poor husband. Oh My! I've got to get my inventory up and running. I've got to de-stash!

Picture Fest

I finished Daddy's Big Print socks with the brown short row heels and toes. I really like the short row heels. Posted by Picasa And started the second pair with the slip stitch heel in Big Mexico. These are still a little long. I need to rip back again. Posted by Picasa (Many thanks to Progenitor for modeling and for repeated fittings as things progressed.) In both cases, I feel I really need to work on the whole "hole" thing. There are small holes near the heel gussets. I think this is fairly common with beginning sockers but I'm not sure if anything other than practice will change it. I do pull the yarn pretty tightly and twist the stitch. Hints, anyone? Jo Ann Confetti scarf. Charisse gave me this yarn and I like it. It's fairly soft on the skein, but I can never tell if a boucle will still be soft once knitted up. This is soft knitted up - surprisingly so. I'm enjoying working this yarn and this will be a boa scarf for my neice. Posted by Picasa Other than that, I really haven't been knitting much. Time has been limited and I've been incredibly busy at home. Not so much at work though, but I really can't get away with knitting at my desk. I've been able to tink a few stitches at a time on the Flower Basket Shawl - literally, a few stitches. And of course, now that I'm looking for it, my photocopy of the pattern and my notes are missing. So I've had to go back and re-do all the math for my chart of how many stitches are on each row. Once I've tinked back a bit, I'll find my place, but oh! what a pain. I know that as soon as I've started up in earnest again, that piece of paper will turn up.

Monday, May 08, 2006

since it was found

I will have pics up tonight if I have time to take the pics and get online. Stinkerton's class performed a little opera this morning. It was so sweet it made my teeth hurt. There will be pics of that, too. I'm having trouble grafting the toe on the first of the Big Mexico socks for Daddy. I'll have to make some quiet time tomorrow. Later.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Little D (or, I finally found the camera)

Little D is this duck that Stinkerton's class takes care of. (No, not a real duck.) Anyway, when The Duck comes home with the kid, you're supposed to do stuff with The Duck, take picures of the family doing stuff with The Duck and write about it in this big notebook. Oh Joy of joys. I have to do stuff on the weekend that doesn't involve lazing around on the couch and knitting and then I have to document it all. (HOMEWORK!?!?) I feel like it's a scrapbook. I'm so not a scrapper, and I feel like we're gonna be graded on it. Or at least judged by all the other parents. You know, the overacheivers who actually read the thing with their kids. Stinkerton was given The Duck last Friday to take home. Stinkerton didn't bother to tell us and Little D ends up left in Progenitor's car. We don't drive that car on the weekends, so we didn't notice it til today when Progenitor picked up Stinkerton from the sitter. We had to have a little chat with Stinkerton about responsibility and taking care of what we are given. (Thank goodness it was a toy and not a hamster!) I made him cry when I pointed out that last weekend was his last weekend with The Duck and he wouldn't get another turn. I don't feel guilty in the least. Some lessons are hard learned. What kills me is that last weekend would have been great for Duck related activities. It was gorgeous out. We could have gone to the botanical gardens, or just played at the local park and gone to the bookstore. There was an airshow and the house kept getting buzzed (well, not quite, but they were flying pretty low.) We all got haircuts. Monday, the boys had their first dental appointments. That would have been great for the book! So I had to spend tonight doing this "homework" with Stinkerton. I did get some cute pictures, though and the kids had fun playing outside. Posted by Picasa Stinkerton's sock to be. It must be very difficult to knit with wings - especially on DPNs. Posted by Picasa Stinkerton with iris cut from the garden for Little D to take to the teachers. I started another sock and have begun tinking on FBS. I wasn't paying attention and now the foot of the sock is too long. I need to rip an inch or so back and then I get to start the toe. Recent purchases will be in my next post. Toodles!

Monday, May 01, 2006

For your knitting consideration...

http://www.strangebuttrewe.com/squidhat.htm I think it would be really cute felted... Squid-along anyone?

Flash your stash

Yup. I totally missed it. I didn't think much about it actually - except about the size of my stash. And then I saw this while reading Amanda's page last week.   Posted by Picasa Not that I feel particularly guilty about my stash, but I do need to knit some of it down before purchasing much more. (I'll admit to having a hoarder gene. On top of all the other trauma of my childhood... Thanks, Mother!) That being said. I've been having fun at handpaintedyarn.com. Man, I love their yarn. And I have sooooo been waiting for this colorway again.   Posted by Picasa I usually only see this color on e-bay and it typically goes for a fairly high price. I think this is enough to make the Yarn Girls sweatshirt I've been oggling. They use manos, and this is pretty close, but softer. I'm still setting up the database to inventory all the yarn so inventory is nowhere near complete. I'm liking HandyBase for this project. If I can just figure out how to make links to photos, I'll be a truly happy camper. I'm cheating on the pictures, I know. But, the freakin' camera is missing again! I really need to get a new one. Maybe for Mother's Day? I'll have to start hinting since the Progenitor doesn't read this.

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