Monday, September 25

yarn, yarn and more yarn and a book

Things that I love:

1) socks.... wearing them, pairing them, knitting them. So I jumped on the band wagon and threw myself atop a few projects containing socks... the first one:



I have fallen in love with my nano... we have had this talk before right... well, in the course of it all I have become smitten with these two lovely ladies...


and have joined the Lime and violet knitalong...

you just have to pick up this skein of yarn

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And just for giggles... I picked up this fab skein

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The color is called milk and honey.. Doesn't it look delicious?

Here are two color ways that I am coveting...

the first one is just because it is so bright and peppy... how could you not love it?

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It is called Earth Birth... a fitting name I think...

And here is my favorite... and if I hadn't placed my order before I saw it I would have picked this one up, too... but it will have to wait..

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The colorway is Wild Things... It reminds me of the book "Where the Wild Things Are"
by Maurice Sendak.

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I know this book by heart... not that it is a hard read or anything but when my now 15 year old nephew was little we would have to read this book to him all the time.. I think we went through like 6 copies of the book. I just know that we had to read it at least three times every night before he went to bed.

Matt, my youngest nephew loves this book too! He is three and we are on the second copy of this book.

Well, I think that about filled it up for the evening... tomorrow.. I will give you the rating of the movie Jackasss 2, and tell you about the spinning wheel working again!

Happy Knitting. :)

60% angora, 20% Merino, 20% Nylon Hand Dyed

Wednesday, September 20

color and colinette

I had to do it... I couldn't wait... I broke down and ended up coloring my own hair. I was sitting at work today and I realized that I hadn't had my hair colored since the beginning of May! This is an embarassment for a hairstylist. I had new growth of about 3 inches long... hideous! I couldn't foresee a time when I could get into the salon with one of the girls, so I just picked up the stuff from the beauty supply house and colored it myself. I just have to get my highlights done again, now... but ahh such is life...

I had a horrible day today. So, what is the best thing to do when life is crapola... buy yarn... I picked up some Colinette Parisienne. It is lovely.. not as lovely as my Kidsilk Haze... but it will do in a pinch :p

I am heading out tomorrow night to watch my niece's football game that she is cheering at. She asked me the other day if I wanted to and how could I pass down the opportunity to watch a Freshman Football Game???

Off to bed.. it was a long night.

Saturday, September 16


I have an interview set for Wednesday for another job. I said a little bit the other day that I was having job issues. I was truly excited about going to work for this company, but the completely misled me on what the job was and what I am doing.

When I was hired on I was told that I would be doing medical billing and in reality, I am a bill collector. What is the difference? In standard medical billing, I would be billing insurance companies and dealing with explanations of benefits and stuff like that. In bill collecting, I talk mostly to private payors who owe on their bill because of deductibles, co-pays, etc etc etc and try to collect money. So... There is a big difference... If I had wanted to be a bill collector, I would go to work at the phone co. again.

I am getting this feeling that I will never get my Charlotte's web shawl done. Every time I get into it, I end up having to back track a few rows to correct a mistake. I don't know why this pattern is getting to me so badly. Actually, it is one row that is killing me every time... AAARRRGGGHHH. I don't know what I can do to make this row better for me. Ugh. I will be really happy with it when I am done, I loved the colorways that I used and I know that this pattern is teaching me patience.

It looks like that is about it for now.

Happy Knitting.

Thursday, September 14

web master

I am on my last two color ways with the Charlotte's Web Shawl. I am hoping to have it done by this weekend. It's all crunched up on a circular needle so I don't really know the true size of the thing.

I am having some job issues right now... I was a little misled when I was told what my position was and now what I am actually doing. But on the positive front, I have been playing phone tag with a woman from another job. So, we will see where that takes me.

Such is life... :)

Happy Knitting.

Monday, September 11

Lala Land

I finished my Lala scarf last night. I will get a pic up of it as soon as I can. It was a really quick and easy knit. The picot/loop edge was a little time consuming but pretty none the less. It definitely adds that touch that it needs. I am ready to cast on for another one today. I love this scaf... I am thinking about making it a little bit bigger, but I wanted to make it as the pattern was written before I started my own alterations to the pattern.

I am kitten sitting today. My sister spayed a cat the other day that was about 4 days away from giving birth and the owner didn't want to wait and didn't want the kittens. My sister wasn't go to just let them die. I love my sister for being like that. She has known that she wanted to be a vet since she was about 8 years old and she is living her dream.

These little kittens are so dang cute and tiny. There are only two of them that have made it through out of 5. But these little guys are piggy pigs. I will have Amy take a picture of them tomorrow when she is sitting for them.

happy knitting.

Sunday, September 10

Great things that happened on September 10th!

Thought I would share with you some great things... big and small that happened on September the 10th...

General Interest
1608 : Smith to lead Jamestown
1813 : The Battle of Lake Erie
1977 : The guillotine falls silent

American Revolution
1776 : Nathan Hale volunteers to spy behind British lines

1897 : First DWI arrest is made
1921 : Ayus Autobahn opens

1942 : FDR mandates gas rationing

Civil War
1861 : Engagement at Carnifex Ferry

Cold War
1989 : Hungary allows East Germans refugees to leave

1977 : Serial-killing couple meets

1976 : Jets collide over Zagreb

1933 : Jimmy Durante's radio show debuts
1993 : X-Files premieres
1993 : Final episode of Late Night with David Letterman

1941 : Stephen Jay Gould is born

Old West
1881 : Tensions grow in Tombstone, Arizona, after a stage coach robbery

1833 : Andrew Jackson shuts down Second Bank of the U.S.

Vietnam War
1963 : President Kennedy gets mixed signals
1964 : President Johnson sends signal to both North and South Vietnamese

Wall Street
1833 : Battle over the Bank
1984 : Mondale falls short
1992 : Tax cut proposal falls short

World War I
1919 : New York City parade honors U.S. soldiers from World War I

World War II
1940 : British War Cabinet reacts to the Blitz in kind

Phoenix, Arizona
1979 : Rebecca Lynne Dewey was born

Friday, September 8

goodbye summer...

My summer break is now over... I am back to the world of the employed!!!!!!!! yay!

I start on Tuesday and I can't wait. I get tons of benefits and lots of other good things about the job. The best part about it... I didn't even have to settle for what I was asking for pay. I told them and they said okay. That it was in their range. Whew.

I am off to try to work on my Lala Scarft. Kat had suggested the idea that we start a knitalong, soooo... it was officially started this morning...

Tell your friends. I will try to get something posted on their this afternoon for it.
I am not really all that good with blog stuff, so I may have my nephew help me out a little bit with it. :)

Happy Knitting.

Thursday, September 7

oh la la

After reading kat's post here about socks from the Knit Cafe book, I decided to check it out...

Well, thanks to my lovely stash of some Rowan Kidsilk Haze in these fab colors...

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I am going to turn it into this lovely little shawl/wrap.

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I am in love with Kidsilk and have been trying and trying to find some patterns to work it in, but nothing really seems to work for it for me!

I had a couple of interviews today, so we will see how that goes. I had a really good first interview and an okay second interview. Two different companies. Both good options avail for me, so we shall see how it goes.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, September 3

The most wonderful time of the year?!?!

It's that time again... Christmas knitting.... I always say that I won't do it, but here I am ready to go again.

I was once asked if we give at Christmas time because we feel that it is the right thing to do? That we are in the giving season. But I think for most knitters the giving season is year round. I mean, how many socks, hats, scarves, gloves, purses, can you knit for yourself without A) feeling slightly selfish and B) looking kinda like a weirdo because you are decked out in a knitted ensemble. Hmmm.

I told Amy that I wasn't going to Christmas Knit. I made her promise not to let me do it, but here I am going behind her back and doing it anyways.... I guess that there could be worse things to do!

Here is my list:

Amy's Grandparents
My Grandparents

I don't think that this is too shabby of a list.... I am going to stick to pretty much easy stuff. I am kinda in a scarf mood lately. Leave it to me to be a few seasons behind right?

I have found a few patterns that I want to try out and I figured that this was as good of time as any!

Happy knitting.

Saturday, September 2

a quiz

So, what is the best thing to do, when you have a limited income because one of the two in the relationship is currently jobless?

A) scrimp and save and buy all of your groceries at the 99 cent store
B) decide to claim yourself as non profit and stop paying taxes on anything
C) sell all of your earthly goods, because you see it as a sign to go granola
D) buy an new couch set

If you answered D then you are correct. It was kind of a whim, kind of a planned thing, but either way, we got a smokin deal on it. We got it at Biglots. They carry the Ashley furniture from last season, and because I am not a slave to the sofa fashion world, we got a smokin' deal. For the fab price of $755.00, we got a couch, loveseat and ottoman! Sweet huh?

Knitting is going well, I have gotten quite far on my Charlotte's lace shawl! I will have to get a pic of that up when I can!

Happy Knitting!