Sunday, August 19, 2007

Ravelry....I'm Up and Running

I'm so excited, I finally got my invite to Ravelry, and I have been adding my stash, I might have a little more than I thought, and I haven't even touched the mother load. DH thinks he knows where all my Stash "spots" are....LMAO is about all I can say. Men, they have no clue about anything, they think they do, but I guess our job is to continue letting them think that.

Well, Ravelry is so cool. You search for patterns by yarns, or search for yarns, and then possible pattern suggestions for it, and you can see what other people are working on using the same thing, and the other colors that are out there. It's awesome, I'm loving it. My one problem is that I just don't have the time with everything going on right now, but I'm trying. Also, there are groups to join so that you can be involved with people who have the same likes as you like Malabrigo, or PINK. AWESOME!!!!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Why I hate the DENTIST

So, I started having some pain in one of my teeth back at the end of June. Well, I went to the dentist and he told me it was infected and that I was going to have to have a root canal. My regular dentist started it, but couldn't get the entire procedure finished, that I would have to go to a specialist. Well, the specialist, as they all seem, didn't have hours outside of work, so I kept postponing it since it wasn't really, really bothering me, and it was partially done. Well, I postponed it one too many times. Last weekend I was woken up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my tooth area, but obviously couldn't do anything about it until Monday. Well, Monday came and they day went on and the pain became insufferable. I had been able to get an appt. for Tuesday morn., but by 1pm I knew I couldn't wait that long. I called again, and they were able to get me in at 3pm. Well, it turns out that I had an infection in my tooth so severe that he talked hospital stay. Oy, what had I done to myself? His first recommendation was to extract te tooth immediately, but I was adamant about keeping it. Well, they let it "drain" over night, and Tuesday morning I went back in to have it looked at. They scheduled me for the following week for the root canal. Tuesday was a not so good day, but Wednesday wasn't too bad. Well, Thursday came and once again I was woken up in the middle of the night in agony.

After long and careful thought and discussion with other people, I decided that it would be best to "extract" the tooth, and that's exactly what the Oral Surgeon did yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. My mouth is swollen, the area where the tooth WAS hurts, and I feel uncomfortable. I just hope that this is the end of all of my issues. This is the last thing I need while just starting a new job. One is usually trying to show off, but all I seem to do is show off how problematic I can be, but I'm usually not and I don't know what to do. I can just hope that my boss sees it for what it is, and nothing more. I really am trying my best not to let any of this interfere with work, and unfortunately it has. The one thing though I must give credit to myself for is my commitment to my job. I will do whatever it takes to get the job done, and make sure that everything my boss needs is taken care of. I happened to luck out with this tooth problem as he was out of the country, and my counterpart was able to cover his phones for me while I was out. Although it doesn't help much with all the guilt I feel for letting myself get to this point.

I have to tell myself to leave the all the questions at the door because I am doing the best I can, and I try to give everything 150%, and I don't think anyone could ask for more.

So, from now on just call me Blue like the guy from "Old School".

Saturday, July 07, 2007


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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Finished WIP...for Baby "F"

So I had started a hat a while back from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, and when our little Baby "F" came early I just knew I had to finish it and finish it quickly. Well, I did the very thing I can't seem to do lately, not only did I finish it, I cast on and am almost done with the Kimono from One Skein. I have not yet had a chance to meet my new little darling, who my nieces are completely enamored with, and couldn't stand the thought of her being in the hospital without them. Well now she's home, and today I will be bringing her the hat I made (which is going to be too big for her now) that Baby is modeling in this photo.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

It's a GIRL!!!!!!!!!!

Again.....I am now the proud aunt to not just two, but now THREE wonderful, beautiful, fantabulously splendid girls. Our third arrived a little earlier then planned, but still a bitty bundle of joy.

Mama and baby are doing well. She came in the same angelic state as her sisters before, 4lbs. 1oz. What else can be said except her sisters can't wait till she's home.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

House Hunting

So, DH and I have been house hunting for the last 6 weeks or more. I really liked one of the first houses we saw, it was move-in condition, and lots of possibilities. DH wanted to continue to look. So lots of duds (my opinion, DH really liked 1 I thought was tiny) later we finally see one that we both LOVE. As soon as I walked in I said quietly to my husband "I love it!". What I loved about it compared to any of the others was the flow, the way the living room and dining room were so open as you walked in. As you walked in the front door directly to your right there was a little sitting area/library. There was a room that had been turned into a den, and a small room across from the "master" bedroom that would have been the perfect knitting room. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda. We just saw the house on Sunday, and we found out later in the day at the open house they were having, that a bid had already been placed. We got confirmation on Monday and had to make a quick decision, and we both said go for it.

Well, long story short, the 1st bid fell through, but another one came in higher than ours, but they wanted a 60 day closing, owners cam back to us and asked for us to meet them in the middle with a 30 day closing, we said YES. The owners lawyer said the realtor would notify us in the morning. Well, morning came, we called and were told that we would get our answer by the afternoon. At this point I'm realizing that their realtor is playing us, but DH says our realtor had said that this was "realty", and especially Clifton, NJ realty, and this happens. I was on my way home, extremely pissed that we hadn't heard anything when my realtor called and broke to me that 4 NEW bids came in. I knew it, I just knew that this was what they were hoping by holding out on giving us an answer.

What do we do now? I'm done with looking, but I can't stay here ANY LONGER! I also don't want to just settle because of my urgency to move out. I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place. This Sucks!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Picture....

L&V Secret Swap - My Angel

I was paired up with an Angel by the hostesses of the L&V swap. I was paired up with Ellen who sent me the most fabulous package, which of course I just ripped right into without taking pics. But I did take a pic of all the little goodies she sent inside (see below). She sent me four hanks of this wonderful wool called "purple haze" it looks just like it sounds, smokey black with purple-glittery coloring. She sent me some gorgeous roving (instructions with it to make a silk scarf), which I will actually do for the first time ever (why not, I've been given a door, and I shall open it), besides, it gives me something new to try and also to purchase which is not on the DO NOT PURCHASE list mandated by DH (which I was given a little leeway with since sale yarn doesn't count...thanks honey!). There was also a hank of Socks that Rock in "Cotton Candy", it is totally my colorway. There was also a knitting journal that is based on Elizabeth Zimmerman. She also included some yummy chocolates, which I am going to savor until I loose a few more pounds, which I am doing now that I am gainfully employed. YEAH!

I am so very grateful to Ellen, and my hostesses at L&V PrOn Exchange.


Monday, June 11, 2007

I've Been Tagged....AGAIN!

by Sue , Luciana , and just today Covered in Yarn. Now I have to write 7 random facts about me, and then tag another 7 people (suckers, how do I find them though?). I will ponder on whom I shall tag since most people I know have been tagged. Check out random fact #7.

1) I think it best that I start this off with the first step, admitting that I have a problem. I am addicted to the video Evolution of Dance, on youtube. Now what are the next steps you ask? The next steps are not in my control since I have now gotten my nieces and their father into it. With ourWII, we can actually all watch it on the TV together. My nieces get into it so much that I can't control myself from letting them watch it. The guy who came up with that dance is so amazing, he hits all the music over the last several decades, and not just got the music or the dance, but if their is a video, he got the move from that down too.

2) DH and I have been married for almost 3 years, and we have yet to do our professional photo albums yet. That being said, we have this one photo of us that everyone in our family thinks is the best photo of the two of us, and it's not a professional photo, the picture was taken by our Uncle Mike. The photo is of the two of us after the ceremony in front of the limo, just having had taken a sip of the champagne that was supplied to us by the limo company, and the picture was snapped as both of us had this twisted look on our faces as we spit it back into the glasses. It's so perfect because we both have the same expression and are looking directly into each other's eyes without realizing what the other was doing.

3) I have a couple of phobias (doesn't everybody?) I hate anything that crawls, creeps or has more than 4 legs. I have been so bad with spiders that I have been rendered incapable of movement or speech when confronted by a particularly nasty one. I am afraid of elevators, not just a few floors, but were talking Empire State tall. I just have this fear that it's going to just fall and well, you know that tragic end. I have such this fear of high elevators that I even dream of falling in them, which just enforces my daytime fear.

4) I have about 10 movies in my repertoire that I switch between, but I watch them over and over and over again. I have now gotten to "that point" where DH wants to kill me when we watch things together because I say the words before the actor does. I think it's funny. ;)

5) I have a very nasty temper, yes, sweet lil' ol' me. My temper is very slow to burn, and usually burns for injuries, insults or injustices to my friends or family etc. rather than myself, but when it burns; watch out. When I'm angry I can be the queen of put downs, and my tongue is definitely my best (or worst) weapon. I can give a thrashing that would put "Mommy Dearest" to shame (and like her, NO METAL HANGERS).

6) I LOVE music, not just your regular ol' love, but LOVE. I don't just listen, but I feel the music going through me. I enjoy music so much that it can help change my mood. When I'm depressed I listen to certain songs and I get that "vibe", that feeling that things can feel better.

7) OK. Random? Yes. Has it just become severely obvious? Ummmm YES. I apparently am not good at things like this. I received this quite awhile ago, but just now am getting around it after having been tagged by so many people. Maybe my overall goal is to "BE" thetaggee by 7 people, and not be the tagger. Random facts I'm not very good at unless I give a lot of thought, and these days all thought revolve around my NEW J-O-B, yes, I wrote that correctly. I am gainfully employed.

OK, on to tagging people, if I can. BTW, I am currently listening to my "WII" mix which is currently playing Come on Eillen by Dexie's Midnight Runners (did I just truly age myself?).

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Side 1 Finished!!!!!!

I can't believe it, side 1 of the Arwen Cardigan is actually OFF THE NEEDLES (this post is 5 almost 6 days in the making). I finished the left side of the cardigan last Sunday, I couldn't believe it, I was so excited I almost couldn't wait until the Sopranos was over to yell down to DH, who I apparently freaked out when I did. Who knew he was so edgy.

I thought I had a picture with me at work to post, but unfortunately I sent myself the wrong thing. I will post 1 later. Also, I have already cast on for the left side, and have unfortunately come across my first rip or two.

Wish me luck!!!! ;)

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Die Moth Die!!!!!!!

OMG, OMG!!!!!! Last night I went into the den, and there was a freakin' moth. I started freaking out and screaming and yelling as I tried to swat it to death. I took my SP's yarn which was in there, even though it's cotton, I stuck it i the freezer, and will take it out on Monday. You can never be overly cautious with something like that. I didn't get it, so after putting the yarn in the freezer, which I told my MIL to just disregard as my idiosyncrasy. She was like whatever, and laughed. But, getting back to the point, I waited for the thing to come out again, and chased it down into the closet that is there, and started swatting this magazine around, and finally I got the little bugger. But to be on the safe side, I had some cedar spray in the den, I need to spray my hangers for my wool coat, but i sprayed the entire closet repeating the statement "Die buggers Die!!!"

I am one of those people who is so freakin' overly cautious, I have cedar blocks and these lavender scented moth replant pouches all over my room to keep the nasty creatures out. Once DH and I get our house, I am going to get cedar chests, and maybe even a nice cedar closet in the basement of wherever we may roam. Wish me luck!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

My Summer Knit List

Below is a list of goals some of which I need to finish and some I would like to finish this summer. This is for the contest being run on skeins her way blog, but also is a nice way of letting me know what my goals and objects are vis-a-vis knitting this summer.

  1. Finish Monkey Socks
  2. Finish Baby blanket for soon to be niece
  3. Finish Baby blanket for soon to be cousin
  4. Jaywalkers
  5. Baby raglan
  6. Finish "A Cardigan for Arwen"
I do have some other items on the needles, and if I can tackle any of those too it will just be extra. I am also putting in writing that I will not (except for my socks, as there are two of those) cast-on for any new projects this summer. No matter how difficult this last task may be, I must stick to it, this is also the most important thing for me to do (or not to do) this summer.

If you get to this contest through my link, please let her know that it was from my blog (, so that I too can get some extra credit. I got to this contest from Knit and Purl Mama

Good Luck All!!!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Second SP Gift

I got home this evening to find a package from my SP waiting for me. As this has been a tough week for me, I couldn't wait to get upstairs and open it. As I cut open the box, I was filled with excitement to see what was inside. There was a note inside from her that was very sweet, the package was so nice, there were 5 little wrapped gifts inside (sorry, I didn't take pics). As I unwrapped everything, I got more and more excited. The first thing I opened was a box to hold my DPN's in, then I opened a nice travel candle Apple Strudel scented, then I opened some wonderful pink Karabella Gossamer (2 balls), so awesome, it's enough, if not more than enough to make a wonderful shawl out of. Then I opened some gorgeous pink stone stitch markers, then she also sent me this really cute pink striped ring that I can't wait to wear out.

Thank you Soooo much SP, I can't wait to know who you are to thank you even better.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Short Hiatus

On Sunday evening I posted that I was never going to blog again, but as it turns out, it was just a short hiatus, and not a finale. So, I'M BACK!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2007


I am currently contemplating why I Blog, and why I knit. I knit, and don't get anywhere because I have a very, very severe case of "Startitis". Sometimes I see something I want and I just start to cast on and then fi8gure out the pattern, or get to the point in the pattern where I go "WTF!!!!!". I am the slowest knitter EVER. Even if I just had one project going at a time (which is ABSOLUTELY impossible) I knit so slow that it becomes so unrewarding to me, I get angry and upset because I can't do what everyone else can. I can put two needles together, knit and purl, and a lot of other stitched too, but nothing, nadda! There are so many things that I would like to do, and I just get so frustrated that I can't do it, I mean I can, but MAYBE things like my Arwen will be done by next fall, that means fall "08"

Everything I knit I do it with passion and feeling, but why?

Why do I blog????? I seem to blog for myself. I think that there are maybe 5 people who read my blog, and one of them is DH. I seem to have failed, at blogging and knitting. If I stopped both, I don't think anyone would notice or care. It's not like there's anything here that would interest anyone.

After writing the above, it has become clear to me that this is going to be my LAST and FINAL entry. To the 3 people that do read this, and to my SP10 Pal...........I'm sorry, and my blog should be removed from your blog roll.

Ciao, and Farewell!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

How Terrific ....

Christina was going to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this past weekend, and I loaned her my Ez-Pass, as I know what it's like to make that trip without one. She offered to pick me up something while she was there, and I told her that she didn't need to that, but when I saw her this past Tuesday, she had brought me back the most beautiful Koigu. She definitely put some thought into it because it is absolutely stunning, and my colorway. I was in awe of how generous she was, especially when I told her that she didn't need to bring anything back. Awwwww!

I already have the perfect sock pattern picked out. It's from Interweave Knits Spring 2007 "Staff Projects", the Seduction Socks by Ann Budd.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Projects Done, to be done, never to be done....

Mark with bold the things you have ever knit, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest as is.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit

American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars

Knitting with someone else's handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Steeks (with Kathy and Carol's help, that is after I don the fair isle sweater first)
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously (trying but not having success)
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO

Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern (currently in process...with Christina's help)

Gloves (the only thing DH says he'd wear if I knitted it, Ummmm I don't think so)
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers (OK, so Flannery's second is still a WIP)
Pillows ( is Sarah's, but at least the first is done on both)
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair

Got this from callingonkahlo who got this from elanknits

Sunday, May 06, 2007

New Edition to the Family....

So, Baby has a sister. We haven't yet named her, but would love some names from the Peanut Gallery. I am going to run a week long contest and after all submissions are in I will choose a winner, and that will be her name. Whoever comes up with the winning name will receive a nice prize. If I don't have a decent amount of submissions by drawing time next Sunday, May 13, I might extended, but most likely not. Be unique, original, but think sweet and feminine.

Here is a lovely picture of her along with her brother Baby, by the way, he's wearing his new collar that my nieces made for him at Montclair Beadworks.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Ok, so I have issues, who doesn't. I was looking for a movie today for my nieces, and came upon E.T., you know the movie that inspired a nation to go eat Reese Pieces by the bag full. Well, I just got to the scene that, I must say inspired me as a child, and I'm pretty sure that I was not alone with this one. Elliott takes a heating pad and places it on his face to make his face feel warm, no problem works, but then he takes the thermometer and holds it up to the light so that it heats up and reads a temperature. Well, if you also notice, he's holding it up to a fairly strong light, one that would produce a lot of heat. He never once afterwards checks the temperature gauge (they were filled with mercury back in the day) to see what it reads, now if he had then he would have seen that it had probably soared to a wonderful 106 or even higher. I know this from my own personal experience. I tried it, but at the age of 11 I wasn't in the "know" about how to read a thermometer correctly, so when I brought it to my step-mother, who happened to be a Dr., her response was "Ummmm did you read the thermometer? I mean this is pretty serious you know. If this is REALLY your temperature, I mean really, then I think you are right that you SHOULD stay home from school. Now are you positive that this is YOUR temperature?" I thought long and hard, not only about what she was saying, but the way she was saying it...I fessed up....."Yeah, I didn't think that you had a fever of 107, because I think you would be dead. Now, how do we feel now, are we going to school in the morning?" I learned my lesson, and I sure as shit learned how to read a thermometer right after that.

So I really have issues with Elliott being younger than I was at the time being able to "pass one over" on his mom. Anyone else think they got the raw end of that stick errr. thermometer? I know, it's just a movie, but still a little reality would help somewhere....

Monday, April 30, 2007

My First SP10 Package...A little late

I got my first SP10 package from my Secret Pal on Thursday, and I'm just now getting around to taking the pictures and posting. SORRY, SORRY, SORRY, I'm a bad spoilee. Now onto the good stuff.

She sent me some wonderful pink (yes my fave color) Bamboo yarn, she says she knows someone who knit a sweater out of it and it was gorgeous, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but there's definitely enough for something good. She also sent me some really cute sticky notes (love the stickies), and with it she had the most AWESOME (I know not proper English, but what the heck I did grow up in the 80's) card, it is a picture of Noro Kureyon all put together in a bunch and the colors look fabulous. I just want to take it all and do the same thing, it's just the vibrant way it should be shown in any good LYS.

Thanks so much SP, you're awesome!!!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Full Public Disclosure and Commitment

This post is for all to know, and recognize my strength of restraint regarding DH's pillows. I am also publicly declaring for all to know and hear (and if I fail for DH to have a record of this for the lawyers for when he goes on trial for murder) that I Margaret (aka: forgetfulstitcher9) will in no way attempt to experiment with spinning while under the DH imposed yarn "respite". As his pillows are compiled of PURE Italian Sheep's wool, I ummmmmm will in no way steal, borrow, replace (hmmmm) or deplete his pillows, for which he has listed as the one thing that was/is his property to bring into the marriage, and to bring out. This was our only form of a prenuptial, and he wasn't even aware of my soon to be LOVE of knitting.

Loving you always GC!!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


BAD.......So, the Dr. (DH) has had the patient (my laptop) in his care for the past going on 3 days now. Apparently the patient will definitely have to be reloaded, and possibly will need it's "brain" replaced (hopefully it's under warranty). My baby (not the stuffed dog) has been with me solidly now for several months, and I am very lonely without....errr....her/him/it....I will be back on soon...HOPEFULLLLLLY........

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Rain, Rain, Go Away.....

It's raining so hard outside, even though DH and I got up showered and were ready to go to brunch (and I had packed everything to go knitting afterwards), we went downstairs opened the garage door and I stopped dead in my tracks. DH looks at me and says, "What's wrong, what are you thinking???", my response,"I'm thinking I can make you some nice cinnamon raisin french toast right here...". Lets just say there were no arguments on his side as we both dropped our umbrellas on the floor and headed back inside. When the weatherman said 3" of rain and teeming, boy was he serious, N'or Easter is what they predicted, and N'or Easter is what we are getting. He's going to watch his guy shows, and I'm going to knit and listen to some Podcasts.

***There were supposed to be pictures along with this post, but I am currently experiencing "technical difficulties" with my laptop. DH is furiously trying to back up all of the hard drive or I think I might have to jump off the nearest bridge.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Homage de' Flamingo

So my father, usually a very normal kind of guy, always keeps up his lawn (maybe a little too diligently, but none the less it always looks good). One day, he's retired now, I am up visiting him in MA where he now resides, and there are 2 Pink Flamingos on his front lawn. I figure, no way, what the hell are those. I figured his wife, who loves gardening, and putting stuff out for the birds, and keeping her garden pretty had gotten them. But no, my father found them cute and interesting, and reminded him of living in FL (which he and his wife did for 4 months one winter), and that he liked them. Well, the rest of the family have thought him to be quite insane since only weird and old people (and people from FL) put those damn flamingos on their lawn. Instead of discouraging him though, we "fed" his little sickness, and he has gathered quite the little collection, some of which I put together on Easter. BTW, his wife doesn't help either, she went and made the darn things Santa caps to where around Christmas, and he puts lights and decorations on them all year round.

Too Many......

I have too many of those "Special Places", i.e. those plaes you put things beause you'll remember you put it there. I bought something seial for my SP, and like a lot of go figure, small objets, I put it in a special place because I would remember it there beause of what ever reason I used at the time. I have to ome up with a new method, and I can't come up with something, and DH doesn't have an answer either. Any ideas would be greatly appreiated.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Arwen is on a roll - Thx Christina!!!!

My "A Cardigan for Arwen" is back on track and rolling along ...Shhhhhhhh......smoothly thanks to Christina at MY. Every time I go in she asks me about it, and I reluctantly pull out the same portion as last time, but this time with a new error, just one row ahead, and every time, she has put me back on the track, but this time it's for good. THANK YOU!!!!

BTW......I am much further along now than when this picture was taken yesterday morning.

Favorite Knitting Accessory/s

My SP10 Host is running a contest for everyone in our group to post what their favorite knitting accessory is. I have one problem with this, I don't just have 1 specific favorite knitting accessory, I would have to say that I have 2. Both of them have my favorite color involved, and that is PINK.

First, I would list my Coach Tape measure that I happened to get by luck one evening while waiting on the corner by the Coach store for my DH to come and pick me up. So there I was with a little free time on my hands, and the Soho Coach store leering over my shoulder, calling my name, taunting me to come in, how could I resist it's pleas. So I enter the store, and am drawn to the back where they have in a glass case 2 small square objects, one blue, the other pink, I asked the woman who worked there what those cute little squares were, and she looked up at me and smiled, "Oh those, they're tape measures, aren't they just too cute." My reply was very simple and to the point, with Amex in hand I said "I'll take the pink please, and does that come in a cute little coach box too?" A few moments later, brown coach bag in hand I walked out the door, and got into the car where I sat with my new little present on my lap, and trying to explain to DH that it's not just a stupid tape measure, that it was a PINK COACH tape measure, and that now it was MINE.

The next thing I would list as my favorite accessory, would HAVE to be my Denise needles. Not only are they extremely versatile, but they allow me to have several WIPs going at the same time (I am in no way admitting to having a WIP issue.......GC, SHUT-UP, and Monica, stop laughing). The great thing about the pink set is that a portion of the proceeds go to a completely 100% privately/government grant funded lab dedicated to cancer research located in Vermont.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

A Day for Blogging and Bragging

It's been awhile since I've posted any really good pics of things, so today is the day for lots of blogging. I currently have "several" WIP's, and I am posting a picture of the cabled cardigan - by Debbie Bliss (baby cashmerino) that I am making for my soon-to-be niece. I still have a few more inches to go on the back before I began the arm decreasing. I can't believe how slow it is going, but the cables are done every three rows, so that takes a little bit of time.

And here is a picture of my beautiful twin niece's who are so patiently waiting for their little sister to come out of "mommy's belly". They are soooo very excited, it's hard for them, they keep talking about the baby, and what she's going to do, and how she's going to miss their b-day, and how she can't touch this or that, but that she can do this or that. It's just too funny to listen to them. Sometimes they say things so serious or do something so bad, and you know that you shouldn't laugh, but sometimes I just can't contain myself from "spitting out" my laughter, literally. Kids are just too cute.

This is them getting ready to play WII, the one on the left is going to be the next Maria Sharapova , and the one on the right is definitely going to take down Laila Ali one day. They definitely both have the looks to be either one. LOVE YOU GIRLS!!!

Roza's Socks

I am currently working on Roza's Socks from Interweave Knit's Spring/Summer Issue, they, like the Odessa Hat are by Grumperina. I was a little further along then in the below picture, but I found a dropped stitch several rows back, and I had to rip to get it. UGGHHHHH. I hate FROGS.

I am "Young Padawan"

And DH is the all knowing Yoda, so I have got to finally post a picture of DH. The resemblance is quite....interesting and dead on. As AhHa said in back in the 80's "Take me on....". I WILL beat you again, and shall be the "Dark Lord"!

FINALLY - A Finished Project (The Odessa Hat)

I can finally post another finished project to my blog, along with a pic of the finished project as proof. See ------ >
Not so bad, I had a few errors and dropped stitches and had to rip a few times, but all together a very quick and simple project (once you know what you are doing). Thank you Grumperina for the pattern which is also in the Mag Knits Archives. I'm so excited that I'm finished it's giving me a little push to get other projects done.....although I do still have the Big Bad Baby Blanket to finish for DH's cousin (baby was born early, last Friday...Welcome to the world Gabriella Rose!!!). I've got to start knitting.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

SP10 Questionnaire

Here are my responses to the SP10 questionnaire. I have just recently posted something very similar for the Lime & Violet Swap, so the answers may overlap, sorry for that.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I love knitting with Malabrigo, it's like butter, although I'm finding a lot more yarns I like to knit with as well. I don't particularly care to knit with acrylic (self confessed YARN SNOB here!)

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I just got this fabulous Della Q for my circulars, but I am currently still keeping my straights in a paper bag (not good).

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I would consider myself an intermediate knitter, I'm DEFINITELY NOT advanced. No Faire Isle in my future. I leave that up to Cathy and Carol, a mother daughter team that comes to my S&B on Thursday's.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I'm working on it, I will post as soon as I have something that I haven't purchased off it yet.

5. What's your favorite scent? This really depends on what's going on in my life. I LOVE Hyacinths, they smell wonderful no matter what (I used to love using my nose spray because of the smell - they took the scent away : ( ) I am also a big fan of Betsey Johnson, and some of the new Victoria's Secret scents, and they ever lasting fall backs of Pear glace, Cucumber and Melon, Sweet Pea, and some of the more popular Bath and Body products. I love to bake, so any kind of candles that have that aroma is fabulous.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Not really, I don't have your usual sweet tooth. I crave ice cream once in awhile, but as far as candy goes, I'm VERY partial to Cadbury milk chocolate ONLY from England. The Cadbury you find in the states was made here, not imported so the rich creaminess is so very different.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I do stamped cross stitch, I gave counting a try, and it didn't work out all too well, and I have currently put my cross stitch needle down for a while. I'm a baker though, that's a craft, isn't it? Other than that I'm not all to artistic.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? My music is very eclectic, from 1960's to current (don't like rap).

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I am currently married to the all star WII tennis champ GC (slowly sneaking up on him), I do not have any pets, and unfortunately am allergic to most. I will however start getting my allergy shots once again when we have a house of our own so that my DH can get the dog he wants. (not a big one)

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I wear them all, I am not really a hat person because I HATE messing my hair, but I am in a had making frenzy (just about to finish up the Odessa hat), so I am sucking it up. I would love to have a poncho, I think they are soooo cool.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I have to say that I love knitting sweaters, but I HATE, let me repeat myself HATE seaming. I just feel a sense of oneness with my project when I am able to wear it, like hats.

13. What are you knitting right now? The question should be posed, at least for me anyways, what aren't you knitting, and I would have to say anything that I need to knit and am under a deadline for. Is there something wrong with me?????

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Why not, handmade gifts can sometimes be the best gifts because not only did it take time, but there was thought about the person as well.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I prefer circulars to straights, but sometimes straights are better for certain projects. I like the Addi Turbos, and I've recently started to grow fond of the Addi Natura's. I two sets of Denises, but have had some trouble with them lately, an the company has yet to reply to my complaint (not a good sign).

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes, both as a matter of fact, and I love them, good stress reliever.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? Do we need to revisit the pink sweater again?????

18. What is your favorite holiday? This may sound superficial on my part, but I would have to say that my favorite holiday is any holiday where I would receive a gift (BTW, my half b-day is March 23 - my BF's b-day)

19. Is there anything that you collect? Does yarn count as a collection? I collect tea sets, although right now I am on hiatus from buying any new one's due to my current living situation, but once that changes, watch out DH.....

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I don't have any magazine subscriptions as of yet, but I want to subscribe to Interweave Knits and Knit Simple I know how cheesy you say, but I like the fun ideas...and that's where sweater came from). I can't say that I have any specific patterns in mind, except maybe the new Nancy Bush pattern from Lace Style.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Not that I am aware of. In the future I might want to move on to color techniques, but right now I think I'm pretty bogged down with truly getting a handle on the techniques I currently use (I'm really into cabling).

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I'm just starting to knit socks, I haven't yet had a chance to fully make a sock, but I'm on my way. Hopefully I'll get to the turning of the sock and complete it

23. When is your birthday? September 23...... It also happens to be the same as Bruce Springsteen.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


So, it started last night when I, Margaret/Peggy F. beat "Master Yoda" a.k.a. DH in WII Tennis. Needless to say, I took it very well, no gloating, but DH took the remote and threw it on the couch and stormed off (my little Pete Sampras/Andre Agassi). Today, I took on the WII and my oponents were pro's ranked 1200, and me at a mere 967, and I won 3 straight sets. YES, YES, YES!!!!!! Everyone, please keep your fingers and toes crossed that I can win my next match so that I can stay at pro level.

Dedicated to Joanne L.

Socks - The best project for travelling. I met Joanne, a friend of my aunt's back on July 4th. I was at my Aunt Mary's, and my Aunt Donna came over a brought one of her dearest friends, Joanne L. from Maine who was visiting for the weekend. Well, I was sitting with the fam. out back by the pool, and of course I had several projects with me when I was introduced to Joanne a long time knitter. She had brought with her a pair of socks talking them up as great projects for travelling. My projects don't always tend to be tiny unless they are hats. I have recently taken a sock class, and gotten some wonderful sock yarn since from Cherry Tree Hill. I just got the current issue of Interweave Knits, and inside was Roza's Socks by Grumperina, and was completely inspired to pick up the needles and cast on for them. I am looking forward to the outcome.

Here is the beginning of the ribbing....

Monday, March 05, 2007


OK, so I am getting very depressed, which is absolutely ridiculously insane since it's over a damn video game. I am pretty decent on the real court, but I am suddenly not doing so well on the video court, I had been almost at the pro level, and now I think my 5 1/2yr old niece might be able to beat me. For some reason my stuid little MII is not able to return service, I just end up waving my racket at the air. I am good when I serve, or I can return serve, but come on, a game is kicking my ass.

Here is my MII all dressed and ready to get on the court for another big ass whipping.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

OK, So I'm a Geek!!!

I am at home (willingly, DH is out on the town doing well the Irish thing) watching for the possibly 4th time (or at least this one secific scene) Gone in Sixty Seconds. It's just the perfect sit-n-Knit kind of a movie. You know exactly when you want or NEED to watch, and the rest is just being stored into the movie trivia portion of your brain.

I have also gone on a yarn diet, and just realized that I actually have yarn to knit something that I don't know if I can really knit, and it is so from the bottom of my stash it is part of my original yarn purchase. Is that not just unbelievable!!! Bye Bye i-pod cases, hello lacey shawl.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Lime and Violet Swap Answers

1. What kind of fibers do you prefer? I have to say I like most natural fibers, I'm not a fan of working with acrylic, although some yarns do contain it I try to stay away from them unless it's a good superwash for a baby.
2. What kind of weight do you prefer (sock, worsted, bulky)? I can't say that I prefer any specific weight, altough I tend to knit more with the worsted to bulky's only because they go so much quicker, and I'm a slow knit. I am starting with socks and lace (I'm a big Nancy Bush fan).
3. Do you spin? Nope, Sorry. I just can't think of adding something else to my repitore that might tak away from my knitting.
4. Do you crochet? I'm trying to get back into it, but it's been over 20yrs, and I'm just not getting the hang of it.
5. Are there any books, patterns, magazines would you like to own that you don't? I do want the new Lace Style book as well as Inspired Cable Knits, I'm thinking of looking into getting Knit Simple Magazine and also Interweave Knitting.
6. Are you participating in any themed a-longs like the Project Spectrum? Actually, after reading this I checked out Project Spectrum and thought it was such a unique idea that I joined up instantly. Best thing is, the first month is to knit with Pink or Red, and Pink just hapens to be my FAVORITE color, go figure. I am definitely going to have some fun with this, doing color themed projects is very enriching (no pun intended).
7. Do you have a wishlist on or (provide a link) I am working on one for Amazon, but I keep buying the books off of it, so I don't know how it's going to work.
8. Any Etsy stores that you would love to get something from?
9. What other crafty things are you involved in (quilting, drawing, painting)? I bake, if you call that crafty, and when I get in the mood I do stamped cross stitch. I was really into it for a while, then I lost interest, which I sometimes tend to do, but it really lowered my blood pressure when I first learned.
10. What is your favorite sort of scent? I am really liking the new Victoria's Secret scents like Endless Love and Romantic Wish, they are new, and smell FABULOUS!
11. Do you have a sweet tooth and what kind of sweets do you like best? I do and I don't. I like ice cream (which I need to stay away from), and I like candy, but HAVE to be in the mood otherwise candy turns me off. Odd though. I used to LOVE candy, any kind any day.
12. What kind of music do you like? I have an eclectic taste, but tend to stay towards the soft popular. I also love the 80's.
13. What do you like to knit? And for whom? I like to knit just about anything I can, and I'm not too particular on whom I knit for. I am always knitting 10 projects for someone at any given time. (BTW, 10 is probably low-balling it) I learned cables back in September, and am just loving them.
14. What sort of things do you like to collect? Well, lately my collection has been very well...shall I say knitting related, i.e. YARN. I'm also a collector of All things Disney. I know very odd, but I want to get the collection of Disney movies for when I have kids.
15. Do you want needles? And what kind do you prefer? I am always looking for needles, I have two sets of Denise's (which I have been having trouble with lately), but I love my Addi Turbo's. I would love some of those in 24" sized between 6-9. Preferrably 7 & 8's.

Monday, February 26, 2007

I-Tunes Survey - Get to Know me through my Music

iTunes Survey - Wow, some of these nail it right on the head, it's kind of scary.

1. Put your music player on shuffle.
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make sense.

Will it be ok?
10,000 miles – Mary Chapin Carpenter

How are you feeling today?
Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne

How do your friends see you?
Going Back to Cali – LL Cool Jay

Will you get married?
Name – Goo Goo Dolls
(it’s GC though)

What is your best friend's theme song?
Nothing – From Chrous Line Soundtrack (original)

What is the story of your life?
Love Fool – The Cardigans

What is high school like?
Love and Affecttion - Nelsons

How can you get ahead in life?
Don’t Tread on Me - Metallica

What is the best thing about your friends?
I Want to Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler

What is tonight going to be like?
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

What is in store for the remainder of this weekend?
It feels Good – Tony Toni Tone

What song describes you?
Come on Eillen – Frosh
(I used to dance and sing this at the top of my lungs back in the day)

To describe your grandparents?
Blurry – Puddle of Mudd
(Very apropos as I didn’t really know them)

How is your life going?
With a Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker

What song will they play at your funeral?
I say a Little Prayer for You – Sung By Rupert Everett and Cast of “My Best Friend’s Wedding)(Can I sing along too???)

How does the world see you?
Hit Em’ Upstyle – Blu Cantrell

Will you have a happy life?
Don’t Rock the Jukebox – Alan Jackson
(sounds good to me!!!)

What do your friends really think of you?
Pretty Fly for a White Guy - Off Spring

Do people secretly lust after you?
Baby Likes to Rock – The Tractors

How can I make myself happy?
Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
(OK, I’m Doing it and smiling)

What should you do with your life?
Arms Wide Open - Creed

Will you ever have children?
The Morning After – The Prodigals

What will be played at your wedding?
Still the One – Shania Twain
(and he always will be)

What will life after death be like?
Connected – Stereo MC’s

Getting to Know me - MEME

I borrowed this from someone's post on Lime & Violet's index.

Location: New Jewrsey
Astrological Sign: Virgo-Libra Cusp (boy did I get screwed)
Pets: None to speak of

When I play monopoly I am always the: Car

Five things always in my purse/backpack:
1. wallet
2. Knitting project
3. Lip Balm
4. PDA
5. Junk!!!!

Five things always in my Fridge:
1. Ketchup
2. String Cheese
3. Propel

4. Crystal Light Iced Tea
5. condiments (dressings, mustard…etc.)

Five things always in my closet:
1. Sweats
2. Yarn
3. Junk
4. T-shirts
5. Purses

Five things on my desk:
1. hand sanitizer
2. oversized coffee cup
3. red swingline stapler (I could set the building on fire...)
4. Picture of me and DH on wedding day
5. Post-it Pop-up notes

Five movies I could watch over and over:
1. Guarding Tess
2. Gone in Sixty Seconds
3. Lake House
4. Office Space
5. Con Air

Five places I have traveled and love:
1. Tahiti
2. St. Martin
3. Madrid (with DH)
4. San Francisco
5. Chicago

Five Secret Addictions:
1. Yarn (well, that’s not really a secret)
2. text messages
4. Bed Bath and Beyond
5. Purses

Five Annoyances:
2. Bad Customer Service
3. Nasty bosses
4. Slow Drivers
5. Tom Cruise

Five Fears:
1. Spiders
2. Jason (Friday 13th) & Michael Meyers (Halloween)
3. Being Fat (again)
4. The dark

5. Loneliness

Five Facts About You:
1. Happily Married
2. My family was very 2007 in 1980
3. I got mono in kindergarten
4. I have the lowest pain threshold on the face of the planet
5. When I get into something I enjoy, I don’t do it half-assed, I do it and give it everything I have….like knitting

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Guarding Tess......

Is it just me, or is Guarding Tess just one of the best movies ever made.? Shirely MacLaine and Nicholas Cage just play so well off of each other. Although I do have to say I usually am up for a good Nick Cage film, he's just very good at what he does. When he takes on a character, he not only gives it personality he runs with it and makes it unique. I'm also a big City of Angels and GONE IN 60 SECONDS fan (obviously a big fan of the later). If you're with me, chime in here!

Oh wait, lets not forget Con Air, in which he stars along side of my husband to be John Cusack!!!! Oh to have been a fly on those walls.....hmmmmmm.....


Monday, February 19, 2007

Nintendo WII

OMG!!!!! DH and I got WII, and have been furiously been playing tennis either against the machine, or against each other. Well, we are now both realizing how OUT OF SHAPE we are. A video game is actually making us ache in places we didn't know were possible. We are no both doing major stretching before we play so that we do not really injure ourselves. If that last line isn't the funniest, I don't know what is then. This is the wave of the gaming future. Get off the couch and kick some Nintendo ass!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Chorus Line!!!!! Happy Valentines Day!!!

SO, February 14th finally came, and here it was teeming ice and snow. How were we ever going to make it into the city to see "A Chorus Line"? I was going to go come hell or high water, and my wonderful DH (who BTW got the tickets within a week of me telling him I wanted to go and that it was back on Broadway) knew that nothing but an emergency room visit for me, and maybe not even that wouldn't stop me. I was going to go see my favorite of favorite musicals once again. The first time I saw it, my parents (my mother and my step-mother at that time, no longer) took me as a surprise for my 12th birthday. When I say surprise, no one told me, when we got into the cab to the theater, I had to wait outside until they gave the driver the destination, and they blindfolded me!!! OH MY. I was in the 1st or 2nd row orchestra, right up front where I could see every movement and almost feel the sweat. They finally took the blind fold off after waiting a few minutes, in the seat, and then they asked if I knew where we were and what we were seeing, and I had no clue, but was hoping. When the music started, I knew every word to every song, and sang along silently, happily. I was so entranced with everything that was going on in front of my face it was as if I was in another world.

My husband told me two weeks ago that he had gotten the tickets for the show when I was having a moment of pure sadness, and this gave me the joy of a child. I couldn't believe that not only was he listening to what I had said about going, but he too wanted it to be a special event for me, to make my last viewing become a new beginning for us to share together. I have been so excited since e told me, I told everyone I met, and then couldn't remember who I had told, so most likely told several people over and over again. The night he told me I immediately went down to the computer and downloaded the original soundtrack to my i-pod, and listened to it everyday all day long, every word of every song came flowing back into my mind like a long lost friend. I do have my favorites, although I love all of it. I love "At the Ballet" and "Nothing" they are so moving and full of words and feelings that are so real to me, and I've been thinking that maybe that is why I had such an attachment to that musical like I've never felt for any music since. I used to go to sleep listening to it every night, and dance to it every day. I also love the song "I Can Do That", what a feeling it must be to just know that you have what it takes to do something that you've just watched and envied from a-far.

We got to the theater with plenty of time, and DH had gotten 3rd row center Orchestra seats (OMG, OMG!!!!). I was like that little girl who saw it last on September 23, 1984, and now again on February 14, 2007 with the one I love to make new experiences and hope that he too could get the feelings and joy that I had from it. The lights dimmed, the cast came on, and just like that 12yr old girl back in 1984, I silently sung along to every song wanting to scream out the words to the songs I loved. Holding DH's hand, and bobbing my head and tapping his hand along with the music, he knew I was happy, and that he was able to bring this kind of joy back into my life again. When he started to laugh at one of the scenes, I knew he too was drawn into the musical, as much as me, I doubt it, but the little girl who was next to me with her father was feeling the same thing as me, and knew all the words, and knew when something was to fast or too slow. She was 1o and had already seen it 3x (including last night), and when I asked her what her favorite songs were, she said the same ones as mine. It was wonderful! Last night was such a dream. The movement, the music, and the company I was with made it that way.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

It's a girl

My sister-in-law found out yesterday that she's having a girl. Yeah me, there's so much more to knit for a girl. But poor nieces, they so wanted a boy, but I think they will take whatever they get and be very happy. My nieces comes here after school on Monday's, and one of them (I have to say the blabber mouth of the two) comes running upstairs, and haws and hums in front of my bed and says with this sheepish grin on her face, "Do you know what were having, it's a..." I stop her at that point and say hold on let me call mommy first. I called my SIL and asked if she wanted to tell me or if it was OK for Gemma to tell me, and she said well, it's a girl, but let her tell you, and I said, "Ok, what are you having, and Gem says, "IT"S A GIRL!!!!!". She was so excited, she could wait to help me pick out a pattern for the baby blanket. She points t this scarf that I made, the Irish Hiking Scarf and says, "I want the blanket to have these in it.", pointing to the cables. I'm like OMG, but say, "OK". What am I going to do. I don't want to do one like I did for my cousin, I want a new challenge, but something cool with cables, and definitely plushly, lusciously, delectable. I am actually going to run out to s-n-s and go through it all with Sheila, so I must run.

Ene's Scarf

I will blog more soon, I've been a little depressed lately. A lot of family issues, and a lot of freakin' frogging of this pattern I saw in Scarf Style "Ene's Scarf" by Nancy Bush. When I first saw it I was in pure AWE, and said maybe one day I will get up to doing something like that, and suddenly last week I realized I had 500yds of Brooks Farm Yarns Duet, which was the perfect gauge, and said what the hell. Well, what the hell wasn't as easy as I thought. It calls for a cast on of 375, I didn't read that it was a knitted cast on, but I found out it really doesn't make a difference, but so far I have cast on for it oh lets just roughly say 8 times. I kept getting to the end and having either too many stitches left over, or not enough, and the mistake was so far back it was not worth ripping stitch by stitch, just the whole thing. Finally the other night I DID IT, I finished the first row accurately. Yeah me. I started the second row, and low and behold I screwed up, but I was able to fix it without riping the whole thing out. (I have taken measures to never make that mistake again), but while finishing the row, my damn Denise's fell apart, I swear the connector just popped, and off came the damn stitches. Well, no turning back from ripping the whole damn thing. So I recast yesterday 2x, and got to the end and no freakin go. Well, I recast on last night, and started fresh this morning, and voila I now have two finished rows. Yeah me. Here I cam lacey shawl!!! Beware I will stop at nothing, nothing to finish you at some point in my life.

At What Point Does Leagality Get Thrown out the Window

Apparently if you are a cop who pulls over a stripper then ejaculates all over them. Apparently the cop in this case in Orange County California WAS considered above the law by the 12 people, mostly men who sat on the jury in this case. If you believe that this is a crime, and he should have been punished for it please place this info on your blog so that others can read it, and it can be read by a nation that will hopefully be dumbstruck at how stupid and irreverant a jury can sometimes be. This man is a predator and will most likey do it again. He should have been punished for the heanous crime he committed against a female victim, and she is a vitim, no matter WHAT her job is. One's job should not make some, the person makes them.

I got the above information from Warm with Love's Blog. I started reading her Blogs yes that is a plural) after listening to the latest Lime & Violet Podcast on i-tunes.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Lot's of Stuff Going On

I'm back......well, sort of. I don't really have a lot to say, or specifically write, but I wanted to place a few updates. I am currently in the midst of final getting to know who I am, and not who people have been telling me who I am, or was. I'm learning a lot of things, and my DH is standing right there by my side, it couldn't get any better than that. I'm doing a lot of knitting, it keeps me busy, when I'm not running errands, and doing the important things in life, like taking care of myself. My commitments for this week are very real and important to both DH and me, I am going to (slowly, but efficiently) clean our room and make it not only comfortably livable for both of us, but a place where I can feel comfortable having people in it. It's something that is LONG over due, but what else in life is there to truly enjoy procrastinating over but cleaning?

I've finished a few projects, I'm getting very close to fulfilling some of my New Year's resolutions. I finished my aunts Malagaitor, I finished my cousins baby blanket (he's being delivered this afternoon by my favorite Dr. in the world, so I know my cousin is in good hands), I finished my tie one on, and I have also finished the Irish Hiking Scarf (that was the only item I felt absolutely NO accomplishment on, but I guess it's because of the original intended recipient no longer wanting to be a part of my life, but instead I am going to donate it to charity which will make it much more meaningful anyway). I am finishing the heel of my sock, I know slow, but it's coming.

I've sent out all of the packages to my family to start knitting for my cousins baby blanket (I'm on color two of 7, so I've got to get working). I also need to finish the baby blanket for Daniella, my DH's cousins wife whom I love, she's expecting a girl in March. I also have to finish the blanket for Jen, one of my DH's closest friends wife who is also due soon. The fall was a very busy season for a few friends as you can tell, and that makes this a very busy season for me.

Well, back to the ol' sweatshop (as DH calls it), but I love it. I'll try to take some pics of things to post. Everyone be WELL.

SP9 Final gift

I got my final package from my secret pal (who won't reveal herself), but thank you to whom ever you are. I didn't get a chance to take a picture of everything, but I can tell you everything that was in the package. I got the package the other day, I was feeling a bit down, as I have been a lot lately (but that's how things go), and I was excited to open it up, when I turned it slightly to cut the tape all of these glittery little hearts came streaming out all over my bedroom floor, I was a little shocked, but moved the box over the garbage to continue opening things. The first thing I came upon was hand made socks in my favorite colorway, blue with a little teal and green (I have them on right now), then I got to the pink mug she got me, and a tea sampler to go with it, (and yes I do like tea) the new Josh Groban CD (looking forward to playing that), some red sock yarn that she hand rolled into workable balls (she read that I had stared to do the sock thing), there were two tea candles (pink of course with a lovely scent (I've already used them) I used them in conjunction with the relaxation bath salts that she sent, but have not yet tried the hand cream (which I am addicted to, constantly putting it on). So to who ever you might be, thank you very much for your wonderful gift, I am very appreciative of the thought and time that you put into the last package. I just LOVE pink.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sock 102....SOS

OK, so tomorrow is the big day, my second sock class. I am suposed to have 7" knitted by tomorrow so that we can learn how to do the heel, which Sunday keeps talking about like it's a second language and one of the most difficult things to do. (OMG what have I done to myself???) Ok, so progression has been somewhat on the slow side. I started out ok, but over the weekend, I realized had dropped a stitch in my ribbing, and when I tried to fix it all went to hell in a hand basket. I couldn't get help until Tuesday. Does that make anyone else a little leary as to what my progression is like at this point since, if you are a regular reader of this blog you know that not only am I slow, I am a major procrastinator (ok, major might not be strong enough of a word, but this is a public website and those words just don't get throen around too easily). Here is a pic of where I was at last night

Now here is the progression as of 6pm tonight, after being at s-n-s most of the day, but I would like to say that Ben did come in for a cup of coffee, so he took up some of my time, my mind couldn't fully focus on doing both things, you know what that's like. So, I think it might be an all nighter for me....OY VEY!!!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Off to Phoenix, AZ

After some deliberation on my part, and on my DH's, we have decided that it be best to take my unexpected "time off" doing a little soul searching. To do this, I am going to take some time and go to visit my Aunt (Godmother) in Arizona for a couple of days, don't let me also forget my cousins that live there as well. This Aunt is my mother's only sister, and is very imortant to her, and to me. No matter how long we go without talking to eachother, she always tells my mom how special I am, and that I am the best there is. How could you go wrong with that. So I leave Friday morning on the 6:45 flight to AZ, and return on Wednesday on the 5:05 flight, that will give me enough time to spend time with my entire AZ family, whom I miss very much.

While I'm there I will have a lot of time to think about my future, and what I want to do, and in which direction I want to take my career. I will also be able to get a lot of knitting in, and I am looking forward to that.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

I'm Learning to Make SOCKS

After my SP gave me some sock yarn for being such a great al to her, I decided that I was going to take a sock knitting class here at s-n-s with Sunday. Since I haven't really slept since Friday, trying to look at the tiny stitches and tiny DPN's it was very difficult. But, I can definitely tell you it seems interesting. I took a picture of the yarn, but no connection for my camera to my computer, so I will upload it later.

I HAVE, MUST decrease the amount of bags that I take with me to knitting or anywhere. I am a "Bag Lady" to the umpteenth degree, and I don't know what to do. Sheila loves me, but I think there will be a time where she just says get the F' out with all of those bags. NO MORE. I just get so......anxious when I think about having only one or two things to work on, so I have to bring 10, plus afew more to start, and now my laptop to boot.

Oh well knitting is calling my name.....

Monday, January 08, 2007


Sooooo, yesterday was a very busy day for me. My DH ended up letting me sleep in, I haven't been sleeping well the last few nights (I received some very disturbing and hurtful news on Friday), it will be a while before I will have a very good nights sleep. On to bigger and better I say, so I got up, had some D&D iced coffee and the tops to my muffin, and what turned out to be DH's muffin as well, then I showered and was off to Ridgefield where I had plans to meet up with and introduce myself to my SP (Laura). She was so nice, and even brought ME a GIFT, she said fo rbeing such a good SP. She gave me some sock yarn, which is very funny since I had just been thinking the day befor ethat I might like to start to learn how to make socks. The colors were so cool. Well, we sat in Starbucks and knit and chatted for a while (of course me more than her since I'm such a talker). She really loved the last gift I gave her (well, one more to come, I am in the process of finishing the Irish Walking Hat in a blueish/purple Mabrigo for her). One of the things I gave her I was hoping that she would dislike, adn want to give back, but no go, she liked it (some Tili Thomas silk yarn in these georgous bluiesh, yellowish, pinkish tones) OMG it was soooo georgous, if I do say so myself. I also gave her the Pirate Dictionary since she said her favorite holiday was "National Talk Like a Pirate Day".

All in all, it was a good day. I enjoyed meeting my SP, and I'm going to really enjoy learning a new knitting skill.