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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Creative or Just Bored?

Today has been a day of song and dance. Am I creative or just bored?
Let me explain.
As soon as I woke up this morning, my mind was full of song. It had to come out!
I sang good morning to Jack who looked at me as if I had lost my mind.
I sang good morning to Hijo Segundo who responded, much to my delight, in kind.
The dogs? With tails wagging and hearts bubbling.
Every word that has come out of my mouth today has been song.

Then, when I turned on Pandora for my morning chore-time entertainment, Cheryl Crow was there. That is all it took. The dancing began!
Today has been dubbed the annual, or maybe more often, Dance To Cheryl Crow day. Every song by this artist has resulted in dance.
Dancing up and down the stairs.
Dancing with a cat in my arms. (he wasn't thrilled)
Dancing with a dog at my feet.
Dancing while preparing today's loaf of bread.
Dancing, dancing, dancing.

So, you tell me. Am I creative or just bored?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Stealth Knitting (Oblique)


A close up of some knitting that has occurred around here. I am now working on one of the sleeves, having finished both fronts and the back. Soon a sweater? Maybe?

In addition to that little piece of work that is driving me nuts, is the beginning of a baby blanket for the future grandchild - hereinafter dubbed Valley of the Moon Unit Habecker - yes G, Valley of the Moon Unit.

These 2 items have been getting my undivided attention for a couple of reasons. 1) Oblique was supposed to be a Christmas present and is just a tad late. and 2) Valley of the Moon Unit is due in July and I want to make sure there is something to keep VMU warm or rather off the floor.

Yes, I do knit. It is just secret!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

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My Bad...My So Very Bad

Yesterday the Boyfriend took the day off.
We went for a drive.
I didn't bring my camera.
We saw this!
I didn't brint my camera!
My Bad...
My So Very Bad!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A New Book!

I have been looking for this book. Searching high and searching low.
Mysteriously, it seems to zero out between the time I see the book in stock and grab my plastic to purchase it.
But this time I was smarter that the average shopper. I grabbed my plastic before I went to look for it!
Amazon had it in stock and one of the copies is mine!
All mine!
Now I have another great mail day to look forward too.

Monday, February 9, 2009

On a Scale of 1 to 10...9.5

Today was a really good mail day. Last Friday, I think it was anyway, I ordered a few patterns from The Yarn Grove They got here so fast! Unbelievably fast!

What did I order, you ask. I have been itching to knit some baby items for Hija Primera's first child, due in July. A few years ago, when I first saw this pattern, I wanted to make it so badly that I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. So cute! And, while looking at the pattern offerings at The Grove, I came across this little baby blanket. Now they are both in my possession and the yarn must be ordered! Stat!

I have decided on the Longmeadow yarn from Webs for the JellyBean suit. For the Blanket, I am going to use Knit Picks Crayon yarn for the blankie because it is so soft and cuddly, like a teddy bear.

Now, not to be the sort of person that thinks only of the little ones, I purchased another fun pattern for the big girls. This one by Bev Galeskas for a pair of Alpine Boot Slippers. These may turn out to be Christmas gift for the coming season. Just love the tacky fun fur. Should make everyone happy.

Yes, today was a great mail day. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would have to give it a 9.5. Why not a 10? Cuz the mailman didn't see fit to gift me the yarn with which to make any of the patterns!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

What Have I Done?

Swiped, nicked, stole, borrowed, took this list from my friend At The Pace of a Snail
She says to highlight the things you have done in bold type and italicize the ones you hope to do in the future, leaving the rest alone. So here goes...
Afghan (great winter knitting)
Garter stitch
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Mittens: Cuff down
Mittens: Tip-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Hats: Top-down
Hats: Cuff-up
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Knitting with wire
Participate in a KAL
Drop Stitch Pattern
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn (haven't found any that I would consider recycling)
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Twisted stitch patterns
Two end knitting
Domino Knitting
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Charity Knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knit with my own hand-spun yarn
Graffiti knitting
Continental knitting
Combination Knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book (too much effort! LOL)
Participate in an exchange
Teach a child to knit (every knitter should)
American/English knitting
Knitting to make money
Fair Isle
Knitting with alpaca
Norwegian Knitting
Dyeing spinning fiber
Dyeing with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (a couple of dish towels out of sheer boredom!)
Knit with someone else's hand-spun yarn (Why?)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars (yuck!)
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting (do gifts count?)
Teaching a guy to knit (why not?)
Knitting for a living
Knit smocking
Knitting art
Knitting with cotton
Dying yarn
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener stitch
Knitted flowers
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Stuffed Toys
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Write a pattern
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Intarsia (didn't enjoy it much)
Knit with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Free-form knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/arm-warmers
Knitting a pattern from an on-line knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Shrug/bolero/poncho (and never want to!)
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

When I first started this, I thought it might reveal something. What? I don't know, maybe some deep, hidden secret that I didn't even know about myself. It turned out to be not as interesting as I thought. Well, at least now I can see that I have knit most of the things I have wanted to.
Today, my friend over at My Middle Name told everyone about Save the Words.

I adopted a poor word that seems to suit so many - Uglyography.
This poor word seems to have fallen out of use. Wonder why. Anyway, I adopted it and will use it in conversation whenever possible.

Because of computers, my uglyography is a deep dark secret that I don't often share.

Please go to Save the Words, give it time to load, and adopt a word for yourself.

My Day Has Begun

This morning started like every other morning. Alarm went off, I hit snooze - lather, rinse, repeat. Finally, after playing the snooze button dance for about 20 minutes, I rolled out of bed.

Slippers on my feet, eyes open just enough to see, I staggered down the stairs.

The dogs greeted me excitedly; not so much in delight, but with the urgent need to get out the back door to take care of doggie business. Out the door we went, into the frigid cold (-9 degrees Fahrenheit!) that has been sitting over us for the past couple of days. Thank goodness they were quick!

The cold was the shock it took to truly awaken my system - sense of humor first. All of the sudden, everything was funny! My coffee grinder didn't want to grind my coffee. I laughed and called it names. I sang to my darling "Miss Sylvia" as she dispensed my morning espresso. The banter between my son and I was in my favor, so quick was my wit this morning. The dogs each got a song, freshly composed, about their life abilities and prowess at nothing.

And then, the birds at the feeding station began to sing. All winter long they have silently partaken of the bounty provided. This silence broken only with the occasional scolding from a little chickadee. But this morning, the cardinals were chatty, the chickadee couldn't silence their conversation. The male goldfinch, just coming into color, was obviously practicing for some opera and the scolding chickadee couldn't silence his aria. And my favorite, the diminutive little titmouse (visions of tiny mouse breasts run through my head) with his large voice, calling out to the sun as it rises and spreads its little bit of winter warmth across the yard. They must be feeling spring in this cold that blankets us. Their joy must be a sign of spring just around the corner.

It is now silent. Hijo Segundo is gone for his day of learning and friends, the Boyfriend is working to provide me with money to spend, and I am sitting here at my computer surrounded by dogs and one lone little cat, sharing my thoughts, as silly as they are, with the cyber world. My day has begun.