Dear Democratic Senators,

Alito Please just do it.  Have a little courage.  What the hell do you have to lose?  Democrats that look and vote like Republicans, aren’t real Democrats and don’t get re-elected.  Do you really find it acceptable that this smug bastard may be turning the clock back on the rights of women, minorities and the disadvantaged for DECADES?  Do not turn your backs on us.

Show the country Democrats can still lead.  Please.



Another FO

Twist_1 Twist, by Bonne Marie Burns in Peruvian Collection Highland Wool, "Redwood".  No, that’s not me modeling it – that is my friend and co-worker, Ann.  It looks nice on her doesn’t it?  I started this sweater around Thanksgiving and put it down to do gift-knitting.  I told myself I could pick it back up as soon as all the gifts were completed.  I had completed the back and one front.  Something happened between then and now.  It appears I put on about 10 pounds.  Just enough that it did not fit well.  Oh, I could button it, but I wouldn’t wear it out that way.  I thought maybe I could save it till I lost weight, but then realized I could knit another one in the next size up in about 2 weeks.  I am pretty sure I can’t lose 10 lbs that fast.  So, Ann, who had a birthday this month, now has a hand-knit wool sweater.  It looks good on her. 

I also finished another little knit, but can’t get the camera to cooperate.  It’s a sleeveless turtleneck using Lion Brand Homespun yarn in Sierra.  Don’t look at me that way.  I don’t do acrylic very often, but I couldn’t resist a quick (weekend), cheap (under 10 bucks) knit that I wouldn’t have to worry about caring for (machine wash and dry).  Besides, it’s really soft.  I am wearing it today.  Did you know that you don’t have to block this stuff?  And trust me, it’s warm, even without sleeves.  Who knew? 

Seasonal Reminder!

Thinmints_1 I amost missed it.  The beginning of Girl Scout Cookies season.  I had to read about it on a non-knitting blog – how wrong is that?

Which ones are your favorites?  How many boxes will you buy?  How many go in the freezer?  Personally, I buy nothing but Thin Mints.  Lots of Thin Mints.  And yes, I can eat an entire box by myself in one sitting.  They are small boxes. 

Knitting Content

A box from Elann arrived today with yarn I ordered for the FLAK: Peruvian Collection, Arizona Clay.  I can’t wait.  I am wondering if since I am using the recommended yarn if I can forego the swatch?  I know, but I almost always knit to gauge when using the suggested materials.  I admit to being impatient and I am already behind since most everyone else started on Jan. 1.  Anybody going to point a finger at me?  Or will you just sit back smuggly and watch me rip 1-24 skeins of this gorgeous yarn? Maybe I’ll think about it while I ponder a box of Thin Mints.


Judy, J’accuse!  Argh, my life laid bare. 

Four jobs you have had in your life:

  1. web developer
  2. taxi-driver
  3. cook
  4. dog-bather

Four movies you can watch over and over:

  1. Conan the Barbarian
  2. Gone with the Wind
  3. The Wizard of Oz
  4. Office Space

Four Places You Have Lived:

  1. Dallas, TX
  2. Nashville, TN
  3. Bremerton, WA
  4. Fredericksburg, TX

Four TV shows you love to watch:

  1. Trading Spaces
  2. Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  3. Boston Legal
  4. What Not to Wear

Four Places You have been on Vacation:

  1. South Padre Island, TX
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Mexico City, Mexico

Four Websites you visit daily:


Four of your Favorite Foods:

  1. Chocolate brownies, cake, pie, cookies
  2. Seafood (lobster,shrimp,crab)
  3. Homemade bread
  4. Chips and Queso

Four Places You would rather be right now:

  1. Camping in any state park
  2. At the beach
  3. Fishing the Guadalupe River
  4. At any decent yarn store

Four Bloggers you are tagging:

  1. Karen
  2. Chris
  3. Teresa
  4. Nancy

Now, back to our regularly scheduled knitting.

Coming Out

<political tirade>Kickbackmtn In case anyone wondered about my leanings, this should pretty much clear up any questions.  I am a card-carrying Democrat with an Independent streak, as I am supporting Kinky Friedman in the Texas Governor’s race.

I only hope that these guys get everything that is coming to them.  They deserve each other.</political tirade>

<begin knitting content>

I am seriously thinking of accepting Stephanie’s Olympic Challenge, but I am wondering, do you have to actually have the TV tuned to the Olympics for the knitting to qualify?  Or can you merely acknowledge the event by humming the Olympic Anthem? I am thinking about doing Marilyn, but I suspect I may be outta my frigging mind.  Should I keep it simple with another Everyday Cardy?  So, who else is up for it and what will you be knitting?

First Sweater FO of 2006

Pistachio This is another Eyelet Cardy out of Lion Brand Cotton-ease.  It’s for my mom.  I tried it on and the color is a surprisingly good one for me, though I would never have guessed it.  Anyway, it’s being shipped off today and I hope she gets as much wear out of it as I’ve gotten out of mine.  I am beginning to really regret the loss of Cotton-ease from the market.  I wonder if any of the blends from KnitPicks are comparable?  Anybody know?

On the Blogiversary contest, Karen knew exactly how many years separate my daughters.  23 was the correct answer.  I was 6 month’s pregnant at Kandis’ wedding (to her profound embarrassment, I might add).  A little fiber gift will be winging it’s way to Karen in a day or so.  Thanks to everyone for the kind thoughts and wishes and for playing along.

Now, since I didn’t get to blogsurf all weekend, I need to get caught up.

One Year Old Today

Who?  This blog.  Or at least this version of this blog.  I have been dabbling with blogging for years.  My relationship with blogging began when GreyMatter was about the only software around.  I tried to introduce the blogging concept into some of my educational endeavors at work, but failed as there was no way to "control" the comments for/of children (‘control" and the internets don’t work well together).  So I started my own using Movable Type 2.63.  Pretty much just random postings and politics – I believe it was an election year.  Then comment spamming and flooding just about killed Movable Type blogs and I couldn’t keep up with the blacklist and all the other remedies for keeping the spam bastards at bay.  So I went offline for a while.  Until I started knitting again and startied finding knit blogs in abundance on the web and their enthusiasm lured me back.  I did a little blogging tool/service research and  finally settled for Typepad. I knew I didn’t want to configure my own upload again and maintain a server.  Since that day, January 10, 2005, I have grown pretty fond of Typepad.  I know lots of folks complain about the down time and things that go bump in the night, but really, for the price, it’s amazingly stable AND I don’t have to be a geek if I don’t want to.  I always hated the backend stuff anyway.  I had been following Ben and Mena Trott’s stellar careers with their brainchild software and I have to say, I am impressed.  Thanks Ben and Mena for a great year of service.  Thanks Knitblog community for welcoming me with open arms.  Now, I suppose I should hold some sort of contest to commemorate the day.  I suppose maybe with a trivia question.  This one might be tough.  What was the name of my previous blog(before Yarnmaven)? (Kandis, you are disqualified.)  If that one is too hard, I will accept the number of years between my two daughters.  If there is more than one, I’ll draw a name.  Send all guesses to my email, not the comments, but feel free to comment, nonetheless.  No idea yet what the prize will be, but I can stash dive for that.

Interestingly, it was quite by accident that I even discovered today’s anniversary, I was doing research and trying to find some post I’d written.  Additionally, January 10th is also my parents anniversary.  I always call my mom on this day, even though they divorced after 25 years and even though he died 10 years ago.  It’s still an auspicious day.

A is for A-typical weather

Tree_sky It’s not unusual for Central Texas to experience balmier temps for winter than the rest of the nation, but what has been happening the last month or so is downright freakish.  I slept with the windows open above my head last night.  It is supposed to be near 80 today.  All the leaves are on the ground and the sky is completely cloudless.  There have also been fires.  Not close to us, but we are keeping our guard up.  Trust me, January is NOT supposed to be this warm, even in Texas.

Sandy, the sky photo does double duty. 

Sleeve_1 I have been knitting, this is the second sleeve for the Eyelet Cardi for my mom, yes, she likes pistacio, how lucky, because I wasn’t sure what to do with all that Cotton-Ease.  I still have some black for another one for me unless someone talks me out of it.  Still working on socks and planning all the knitting I want to do for 2006.  I am loving all the swatches for the FLAK, but I haven’t bought my yarn yet. 

The Eyes of Texas

Tower I moved to Austin in 1984 to attend the University(UT Austin).  I never attended a football game.  Or any sports event for that matter.  I was a 28 year old freshman, single mother, just trying to get an education.  I had to work full time to support myself and my daughter while going to school because financial aid was inadequate(it still is).  I didn’t have much truck with athletes who got scholarships to pay for their education because they could outrun me.  I never developed any real school spirit since it just seemed pointless.  I have never been a big fan of games. But it is very hard to live here and work here and not get caught up in the wave of jubilation that comes with a hard-faught, well-executed championship win.  I have lots of friends who really care about this stuff and I’m very happy for them.  So, for all those whose blood runs burnt orange, How ’bout those Horns?!

New Year Knitting

Old_shale_scarfIrish_hiking_scarf  My New Year knitting is last year knitting, held over.  I am still holiday knitting.  Because of some last minute travel plan changes, half of the family was unable to make Christmas at our house so they are coming later in January.  That gave me more time to finish knitting.  So, I still can’t knit for myself until ALL the holiday knitting is done.  It was 85 degrees yesterday – the hottest New Year’s day I can remember.  The entire family (except me) came down with the cold Tom shared with everybody at our house.  Abby has had a fever for three days now and now I have to go back to work, so Daddy gets sick child duty.  Hopefully she will feel better today.

The Old Shale scarf is knit with Brooks Farm Duet (55%mohair/45% fine wool) and feels wonderful.  The colorway does an odd zigzag flash on the scarf, but I still like it. The Irish Hiking Scarf is Australian wool I had left over from my Must Have Cardy – both of these scarves are for Vermonters, hope they’re warm enough.  I did forget how knitted lace stretches when blocked so the Old Shale is really long – but I can shorten it if she thinks it’s too long. 

I’m having some attitude problems with my digital camera, the color goes off real bad sometimes and I never can tell until I look at them on the pc.  I need a new one, but it’s not a good time till Tom is out of school.  That may be another year.  So, sometimes the photo is okay and sometimes it’s not. 

Next up on the knitting front:  I am going to attempt knitting a lace shawl for my new sister-in-law.  I haven’t used laceweight before, and the last real lace I made was the Flower Basket Shawl, and it nearly killed me, but I really want to try again.  Then I can finish up a couple of socks bound for Montana and then I can think about finishing my Twist cardy and starting the Perfect Sweater.

The New Year has started off very busy for me, how about you?