Thursday, November 30, 2006

Confetti Socks

Another pair of socks for Sock-A-Month 2 -- barely making it in for November. I made these for my Sock-ret Pal. I hope she'll like them. Speaking of Sock-ret Pals, I got a package from mine yesterday. I will post pictures and details some time tomorrow. But, it’s an amazing package. I love everything and am so fortunate to have such a fantastic pal. Thank you!! Thank you!!! Thank you !!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Just for Grins

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Barley Twist Bag

Aren't angels the most fabulous people? I think so. I received my bag yesteday for the Tote Exchange!!! Holly from Confetti Creative Knitting made me a Barley Twist Bag. It is so cute!! I love it!! I was so excited when I got home this afternoon and saw a package on the porch. Life is good. Holly also included a copy of the pattern. This is one I will be knitting for friends and family. It is way cute. Thank you Holly for the beautiful bag and for being my angel.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Yukon Leaves

Finally . . . some knitting success. I finished my Harvest Sock Swap Sock. I used the Yukon Leaves pattern, knitting four repeats of the pattern. It doesn't photograph well but, trust me, it is more lovely in person. I hope my pal likes it.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving full of good food, good friends and time with family. For today let yourself eat too much, talk too much, laugh until it hurts. Be thankful. I am thankful for so many things. I have two of the most delightful children in the world. I guess they are young women now. I'm so proud of both of them. They are my greatest accomplishment and joy. I also have a fabulous boyfriend, wonderful parents, a close circle of friends, enough to eat and drink, a warm or cool place to live (depending on the weather). My life has been practically perfect in everyway -- just a few bumps in the road to help me appreciate the good stuff. And, I don't have to cook the Thanksgiving meal. Life is good.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


After much gnashing of teeth, I've managed to make it past the heel on my Harvest Sock Swap Sock. I'm sorry there isn't a progress picture. I know I always feel a little disappointment when there isn't a picture of something in a blog entry. So, I'm sorry to disappoint but this news needed to be shared with our without a photo. I tried another pattern -- a mock cable with lace mixed in. I will not trouble you with the disturbing tale of what happened when I got to the heel. Suffice it to say, it just didn't work out. So, I gave up on that pattern -- I wasn't loving it anyway -- and went back to the Yukon Leaves pattern I'd originally chosen. I'm well past the heel now and am praying I haven't forgotten how to make toes. Anything is possible -- this last week has been . . . humbling. I hope its all behide me now.

Friday, November 10, 2006

I've lost it . . .

I was happily knitting along on my Harvest Sock Swap Sock when disaster struck. Now, I'm starting over. How is it possible to forget the correct way to turn a heel? I've done this dozens of times but this time it didn't work. Maybe its the attention I've been giving the short-row heel that's thrown me off -- add this to the list of reasons not to like the short-row heel. I wasn't loving the pattern I'd chosen anyway so maybe it's a good thing but all that work is just gone. I'm going to start looking for a different pattern and hope things turn out differently. Things have not been going well since the lose of the Central Park Hoodie sleeves incident. I've lost my knitting karma.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Finished Summer Sock Party Socks

I finally finished sock #2 of my Summer Sock Party Socks. Tonia provided detailed instructions which helped ensure a perfect match. She also provided a lesson on short-row heels. I'm getting better at this type of heel but I still don't like them. I know I've said it before but I have to say it again. I don't like short-row heels. I just don't like knitting them. It feels unnatural. Although I do like the way they look. Who knows, they could become my favorite. In high school there was this girl I really didn't like - you might say I hated her. She became one of my nearest and dearest friends. She knows me better than I know myself -- knows when I'm upset about something without me having to tell her, comforts me when I need comforting, talks about things when I'm ready to talk about them, never pushes too hard --- a true kindred spirit. So, I've learned to give things a chance because you never know what treasure you might find or where you'll find it.

Sunday, November 05, 2006


What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The West
North Central
The South
The Inland North
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
Take More Quizzes

My parents are from Illinois. I was born in Kentucky but never really lived there -- spent several years in Germany and somehow managed to wind up in the South. I often wonder which decision led me here and, if that decision had been different, where would I be now?

Friday, November 03, 2006

It's a cruel world . . .

I was so close to finishing the Central Park Hoodie -- so, so close. I was attaching the sleeves. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, sleeves as in two of them. It was nothing short of miraculous that I actually knit two complete sleeves. So, I had attached one of the sleeves to the hoodie. I looked at my creation with a feeling of pride. I was doing the victory dance. Logan tried it on -- I became humbled. The sleeve was too small which meant the other sleeve was also too small which meant I'd have to knit more sleeves. I'm sure you can imagine my angst. So, I sat in the living room wondering how I could make Logan's arms smaller. I was willing to explore any avenue that didn't involve knitting more sleeves. Logan asked me if the sweater would stretch -- she's helpful like that, a real team player. I assured her it would but I knew that even stretching would not fix this tragedy. Realty and common sense returned and I accepted that I must knit more sleeves. This is going to be even more painful the second time around. Let this be a lesson to everyone -- never do the dance too soon. You'll be smote. I'm off to knit more sleeves -- I'm stubborn like that.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Harvest Sock Swap Package

I received my Harvest Sock Package some time ago -- about a week I believe. I have really enjoyed getting to know Cary. I especially love reading about what's going on at her farm. If you haven't, you should really check out her blog. My sock was lovely. The colors are so fall like. I am looking forward to knitting its mate. She also included some roving from her farm. I hope I do it justice when I spin it. I'm new to spinning, so it's hard to say how it'll turn out.

Cary's mom handpainted this bag for me. Aren't you just in love with it? I am. There were some of my favorite treats hiding inside -- sweettarts. Yummmmm . . . they didn't last long. Thank you, Cary. You made this swap a real treat.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

International Scarf Exchange

I received my ISC scarf awhile ago. I would have posted sooner but life has been too busy. I had to take a vacation from knitting and blogging. But, things have slowed down and I now have time to do what I love -- knit. I also received a fabulous package from my Harvest Sock Swap Pal. I'll post on that and other knitterly news later this week.

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