Feeling Memish

37 things about me(cuz it's been so long you folks must have forgotten).

Borrowed from Beth.

1. Do you like blue cheese? No way!

2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? Yep, for over 25 years EXCEPT when I was pregnant.  This November marks two years since I quit.  Still miss it.

3. Do you own a gun? Husband owns a pistol.  Currently I have in my custody a .22 rifle that is a loaner(for squirrel control).

4. What Kool Aid flavor was your favorite? Hate Kool aid, but might dye yarn with it.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Not any more.  Have great doc been going to for 15 years.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? Love hot dogs, but feel guilty about it.

7. Favorite Christmas movie? Scrooged with Bill Murray.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Diet Dr. Pepper.

9. Can you do push ups? Probably not, but I haven't tried.  Thought about it though, cuz of all the hype about 100 pushups, but lack any real motivation.

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? a pair of pewter birdhouse earrings, a gift from my oldest daughter.

11. Favorite hobby? Knitting, duh, but not the only one.

12. Do you have A.D.D.?  It has never been diagnosed.  My husband is NOT a physician, so it really doesn't matter what he thinks.

13. Do you wear glasses/contacts? Yes, bifocals, used to wear contacts, can't anymore – too many visual deficiencies.

14. Middle name? Ann

15. Name three thoughts at this exact moment? 1. So tired 2. Really should be sitting in the Living room and enjoying my husband's channel surfing company. 3. Where are my plumbing tools?

16. Name three drinks you drink regularly. Diet Dr Pepper, Dos Equis, Diet Dr Pepper.

17. Current worry? I weigh too much.

18. Current hate right now? Politics.

19. Favorite place to be? outside, when it's not cold.

20. How did you bring in the New Year? As usual, at home probably asleep?

21. Where would you like to go? China

22. Name three people who will complete this? Couldn't say.

23. Do you own slippers? Yes, they are sheepskin, only wear in winter.

24. What shirt are you wearing? "BrOwse me" t shirt I got for free at the Opera booth at SXSWi last year.  First time I've worn it.

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Doughtful – though I don't know – only %100 cotton or cotton flannel.

26. Can you whistle? Yes, but struggle with the Andy Griffin theme.

27. Favorite color? greens blues and browns and cranberry.

28. Would you be a pirate? Nah, I get a little sea sick.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower? none.

30. Favorite girls name? Tula

31. Favorite boys name? Dirk (silly questions)

32. What's in your pocket right now? $14.32 cash, grocery reciept, gas reciept, lottery ticket for tonight (crossing fingers) and a business card from someone I met today.

33. Last thing that made you laugh?  Husband trying to convince me to stop doing this and watch a show about body language.

34. What vehicle do you drive? 1998 Subaru Legacy.

35. Worst injury you ever had? Broken ribs – bastard ex-husband.

36. Do you love where you live? I love Texas, I am content in my current house for now.

37. How many TVs do you have in your house? 3 – sometimes they are all on at the same time.

Okay, now that that's done, perhaps I'll try a real post in a day or so. 

Retail Therapy – Okay, Wish Therapy

What better way to survive the crashing stock market and the complete abdication of responsibility of our biggest financial institutions than to indulge in a little retail therapy?  Well, 2 days before payday, I can't spend a dime, but here is a great way to window shop for a new bag and hey, they're having a give-away and why not you?  Or me?  I found one I like.

If outdoor equipment is more your style, this weekend is Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo.  That's where I'll be.  ALL weekend.  It's a long weekend but it's a great party that we throw and if you are in Central Texas and have kids, you must come some time during the 2 day event.  Did I mention it's FREE?  Just bring money for food, sunscreen, maybe a hat and a camera cuz you won't believe all the fun stuff there is for your kids to try.  Look for me.  I am still trying to wrangle a Blackberry or iphone in order to twitter the whole event. 

PTA has kept me really busy, but I am hoping to get to Kid N Ewe in November.  Anyone else going?  Maybe we can have a small gathering, I don't think I can handle organizing something big.  I am starting to get some serious sweater fever – need new ones – have yarn, need time.  Now need rest, busy week, this one.


Finished on Saturday night.  I even found vintage button, but they don't match – but the colors and size were right.  It's VERY comfortable.  I am happy with it.  I have already cut out the pattern for the next one.  It's a kitchy little print from the 50's and I only had 3 yards of 36 inch wide fabric so I have to choose my pattern carefully.  More about that later. 

I am still knitting.  I finished a scarf I've been working on a while – it's the Magic Scarf from Laurie Perry's book, Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair.  I lifted the pattern stitch, basically a basketweave stitch and made it wider and probably longer than Laurie did.  I used the skein of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in brown I got months ago.  I had very little left over – so 8 bucks worth of wool can go a ways.  It's really soft too.  AND it would work for a guy. 

So far our summer has been pretty oppressive, and it's only been a couple of days since the beginning of summer, but the last 33 days of record-breaking Spring Temperatures has been relentless and, at least where we are, rainless.  My garden has all but dried up and I am having to water every night when I get home and we are losing oak trees – big ones and I think our well has gone dry.  We only use it for irrigation, but we kind of count on it so it's been a little more inconvenient having to use water we pay for.  The cicada's are starting to bust out of their casings, and I snapped a shot of one on our porch the other morning.  I alway find the process of metamorphosis a little amazing.  I also kinda like cicadas.

Stay cool!

March Forth!

Knitting_2007 I just love a calendar date that issues a command.  Anyway, if you are planning on attending SXSWi which starts Friday, please feel free to join the wiki for knitters:

And then, look for me.  I’ll be the one knitting.

Even more stuff about SXSW.

***Update: apparently I have to send you an invite key if you want to participate – eh, what do you want for free, your money back?  Anyway, please ask and ye shall receive. 

“Will This Thing Ever End?”

I said as I sat watching the Democratic debate last night from Austin, Texas.  Of course, this particular campaign season is unusually long already, but that wasn’t what I was complaining about.  At least not at that moment.  I was wondering if I would ever finish the clapotis I was working on.  Honestly, I do not know how S t a c i managed to make, what, ten of them!  The thing puts me to sleep every time I pick it up.  I love the yarn, I loved my former scarf, I want this knit really bad, but the stockinette is killing my productivity.  However, I persevered, since I was on the last ball of yarn I had, I knew the end was near – one way or the other.  As Tom headed to bed after 11pm, I dropped the last stitch and wove the 2 tails Clap(Gawd I love spit-joining) and didn’t even bother to block for a FO photo.  I am tired and happy in the photo.  It’s over.  I have my Clap and I can now start something else, maybe tonight.  I still have one clap to make, I have the yarn, perhaps I should start it and save it for work meetings – ususally I reserve socks for those since they are unobtrusive, but meetings are perfect for boring knitting.  Oh yeah and I got new glasses.

Last weekend while shopping with a friend at Hobby Lobby, I rounded a corner in the yarn department and ran smack dab into an endcap filled withLb_fishermans_brown_2  Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool sporting not only a new ball band, but a whole new color!  How did I miss this news?  I love this yarn and I also love brown.  Now I have to figure out what to make with it.  They are marketing it as  a felting yarn, but it makes great sweaters and at $8.99 for 465 yards, it makes my tightwad self want to do a happy dance. 

I also did a little sewing last weekend.  I made a purse organizer for Kandis, which Doll_dressI failed to photograph and while Abby slept over at Grandma’s house (Tom was too sick for us to go on our planned date), I made a dress for her doll.   Butterick pattern B3329, I got the fabric at Walmart off the $1 a yard table, I think this cost less than $2 to make including the little rosettes.  The skirt is a dusty rose colored faille and the bodice is a chocoalte brown velveteen with piping at the collar and sleeves.  I love the color combination.  My mom said she thinks she had a formal just like it in college.  I am constantly amazed at the odd things you can find on the $1 yard table there and many are perfect for doll clothes. 

My Moo cards arrived in the mail so I am set for SXSWi, just around the corner.  Last year I organized a SXSWi Knitter’s Meetup at HCW that was tons of fun, but this year, I have not had time to plan or promote and I don’t know if I will, but if one happens sporadically, I’ll try to be there.  Otherwise, I’ll have knitting with me in all the panels.  If you see me, say hey.

If you are registered to vote in Texas, March 4th is primary day and if you vote Democratic either early or on March 4th, keep your ticket and go to the Caucuses, this is gonna be a lot of fun. 

Love Day

Yeah, whatever.

Big News

Mikey5_2 I made a hat.  And I’m keeping it. 

Pattern:Mikey Cap from Kris Knits
Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Mountain Twilight (gift from Kandis)

It calls for one skein, but I ran out of yarn just at the end, under the brim so I used some leftover from a previous sock project.  You can’t really see it.  I wonder if I don’t knit looser than I thought?

It was a fairly quick TV knit.   A neutral tweedy yarn would have been nice too.  I think I can wear this hat.  Oh, it’s not going to keep me from freezing to death, but it’s cute and I like it.  For a change.

I did also pick up some Patons Classic Merino in a nice grey and I’m going to have another stab at Bonne Marie’s Bucket hat, with mods.

I got my new IK in the mail the other day.  These issues keep getting better and better.  I think Eunny Jang may be some sort of genius savant.  There are several designs in this isse that I want to make, just like the last issue.  I will definitely have to renew my subscription. 

What the Cat Dragged In

Life without my laptop has become gruelling.  I got a trojan horse extortion virus whatever last week and there was no way to remove it so we had to reformat.  Only we can’t find my original disk from when I bought my laptop.  I think I have decided to go with Linux.  I am so tired of all the issues we have had with M$ that I can’t even speak about it anymore.  I have burned an Ubuntu disk and we’ll see what happens from there.  I may be hitting my limit of nerdiness – if anyone professes to greater techno-nerdiness than mine, please feel free to weigh in.

We have a new pet.  I heard a noise outside the other night (while Abby and Tom were at Bunny the Father/Daughter Dance), and thought perhaps another ‘possum was trying to eat Gypsy’s food (Gypsy=formally feral outside cat – we also have run of the mill inside cat, Katrina).  When I went to the back door, Gypsy was there with something furry in her mouth.  She put it down when I scolded her.  As soon as I was sure it wasn’t a rodent, I picked it up to examine it.  She hadn’t even broken the skin, it was fine, except for a little cat saliva on the neck.  It was a juvenile cottontail, eyes open and all haired over, so I figured it was safe to give it normal rabbit chow.  It currently lives in the cat taxi until it is big enough, or fast enough to outrun the cat, then it will be set free.  Abby keeps bugging me about holding it.  I suppose that was inevitable.  Tonight I may let her hold it for a minute. 

Contest winner – Katy(blogless) gets the magazine.  Thanks to all who played.  Knitting has been slow, Now I remember why I didn’t make more Clapotises, as much as I loved my old scarf, the endless stockinette stitch is sleep inducing for certain.  I think I might be halfway, I’ll have to count the skeins that remain. 

Garden – With temps in the 70′s an 80′s over the weekend, and the appearance in the Walmart Garden Department of bedding plants, I am afraid I may have bought and planted the earliest veggies I have ever dared.  Tomatoes and tomatillos went in the ground.  I also bought seeds for two kinds of beans and some leeks.  I may be tempting fate, but some people get started really early here. 

Big Fat Super Tuesday Contest – Bons Temps!!

King_cake Today is Fat Tuesday.  Yay!  I made King Cake.  I used the Mam Papaul mix – it is delicious – I just added a little cinnamon to the praline filling.  Next to chocolate, I like nothing so much as cinnamon.  The mix even includes a little gold plastic baby to hide under the cake.

Besides Fat Tuesday, it’s Super Tuesday and politics is another thing that gets me going, so perhaps tonight we will see how things shake out.  I don’t want to make predictions, but I think that on the Dem side, we are going to have a good old fashioned convention with an undertermined outcome until all the delegate heads are counted.  Should be fun, regardless of who you champion, this election is going to be VERY historic. 

Clap2 I started a Clapotis over the weekend to replace the beloved Clap I lost in a dark parking lot last year.  I’m using the same yarn from Paradise Fibers, the same colorway, it’s a nice BFL and only costs 3.99 per skein. Knitters_mag 

While looking for a specific pattern last night, I discovered I had 2 copies of the  Knitter’s Spring 2007 issue and decided to throw an impromptu contest to give the extra one away.  It’s got several VERY cute sweater patterns for warmer weather.  If you’re missing this issue in your collection, just leave comments and I’ll draw for a winner.  You have until Friday, February 8th at midnight.  This could be a nice Valentine treat for some lucky knitter.

In the meantime, think positively about politics, and laisez les bons temps rouler y’all!

My Search for a Decent Hat

For years I have sought the perfect hat for my head.  I seem to have the same issue with hats on my head as Stephanie and more recently Nancy.  Trust me, they do NOT look good on me.  I used to have a collection of antique, vintage hats – I loved them.  They didn’t look good on me either.  I say I don’t have a a "hat head".  Kandis says I don’t have "hat hair" meaning that I won’t do anything with my thin, limp, fine, straight hair that might actually help the look of a hat on my head.  Maybe, but I am still not doing anything with my hair.  I have recently renewed my effort to find a style that will work.  Dyanne in Raisin Beret I made a cute Raisin Beret from some Gedifra English Tweed and it was a fun knit.  My friend Dyanne is now the proud owner of that hat.  I am not even going to entertain you with an image of me wearing it – it looks really cute on her, see?

My_watchcap I knit a Watch cap out of some Colinette Iona that I picked up in Vermont, really nice, soft yarn, in a lovely soft green color, that may not have been the best color choice for me, but I liked it on the skein.  I wear this hat because it is warm and I have to wear something, but it still does not pass my approval for appearances.  Dyanne says that I look really different in this hat – I suppose my "look" is determined by my hair, since you can see very little of it when I wear this hat.  I realize that I might could benefit from the judicious application of mascara, but let’s tackle one fashion issue at a time, eh? 

I knit the Last Minute Purled Beret, out of some nice Kureyon, and I had to rip it, it was too floppy, I will consider re-knitting it on a smaller needle to get a firmer fabric. 

Pink_bucket I bought Bonne Marie’s pattern for a felted bucket hat – I thought it was cute and was a completely different style.  The only half-way decent color of Patons Classic Merino I had was hot pink, so this is an expermiment – I have other worsted yarns, but I really like the way Patons felts.  This was a super-fast knit.  I could make one of these a day and still have time for other knits.  Stacy at the Knitting Nest kindly allowed me to use her washer for the felting chore.  Now, I know what is wrong with this hat.  First of all, I used my usual stretchy cast-on (cuz I knit so many socks) and I really needed a tighter one.  The brim should not be wavy and floppy like it is – a firmer cast on would have solved that.  I also need to knit the crown about a half inch or so longer to give it more height so it covers at least part of my ears.  And I need to pick a better color for me.  But what I really need to know is…am I getting close?  I know a cowboy hat looks okay on me, but it’s not very warm in winter.  There must be some style that will work on my goofy head shape.

And one last fashion related news bit – Abby’s choir teacher was ambushed by Stacy and Clinton at the Austin Airport on her return to the states from a visit to Israel.  She has been in New York all week and her reveal was last night at a club downtown.  But they want to film her teaching her choir students in her new look so tonight we are having a special extra rehearsal at the church so they can get the last few shots for her episode.  Unfortunately Stacy and Clinton will not be there, but it should be fun anyway.  I can’t wait to see Miss Danielle in her new threads. 

Chilly Days Means the Flow of FO

The bleakest part of the winter tends to be the most productive time for me.  You sure won’t catch me outside if it isn’t absolutely required.  So I stay in and focus.  The firewood is dwindling which means I will eventually have to go outside, but hopefully it will be dry by then.  The last time I cut firewood, the chain jumped off the chainsaw and I haven’t put that back on yet and will need to soon.  We don’t rely on wood for heat, I just like it.  I like the smell and I like the way I can sidle up the the fire to warm my backside or whatever other part of me is chilled. 

Doll_twirl The past weekend, I surprised Abby with a charm pack twirl skirt for her doll. The skirt requires 25 5" charm squares so I used a Moda Blossum collection.  I also finally finshed binding the edge of Cooper’s quilt, which I’ll take to him this weekend.  My first quilting project was quite a learning experience.  I can Quilt piece quickly if I’m not too careful.  Careful piecing takes longer.  My walking foot which works great for making my tote bags, does NOT work very well on quilts – I may have to outsource the quilting part of future quilts – I definitely want to plan them and piece them, but I don’t want to quilt them by hand.  Maybe once I have knitted every lovin’ thing I want to I might feel like hand quilting, but really, there is no great love lost there.  I pieced BptoteCooper’s quilt in one day many months ago and just now got around to the onerous task of adding the binding.  I will do better next time and I already have a pattern in mindBptote_inside.

I  made another backpack tote bag over the weekend – I think I might sell this one.  I have several more ready to be cut out.  I love these bags. 

I finished a pair of mitts while I was sitting around on my ass.

Black_mitts I wanted a simple pair of black ribbed mitts that were not bulky – I found a deal on some fingering in wool/silk at a bargain on Ebay. 

I cast on 60 stitches on size 3 needles and knit in 2×2 rib for 8 inches.  Then started the gusset and knit the body to the base of the fingers.  Just what I wanted.  All my other mitts were short and bulky – just wanted something a little sleeker that might go with more things.  German_sock I also started another pair of socks.  Kandis’ friend Brian brought me back 3 skeins from Heidelberg, Germany.  I gave one away as a prize for my Blogiversary Contest.  It’s not a colorway I would have gotten for myself, but I need to break out of my self-imposed color box anyway – I wonder if Kandis is going to expect a pair out of the last skein?