Thursday, January 31, 2008

I Love Getting “Lost” and Dogs on Thursday

Okay, I have a confession. I love the show “Lost”. Been a junky since the first show. I don’t watch a lot of TV. I will watch a movie, but not so much TV shows, except “Lost”. So you can imagine how excited I am this week!
Last nights recap of last episode from last season was just as interesting as it was the first time.
Tonight’s the big night! First episode of the season. Maybe we will find out who the people in the freighter are and what they want. And bonus! Knitting time! So I’m going to have to find a “Knitting with Lost” button for my sidebar.

I usually carry my small digital camera with me everywhere, it is small enough to fit in my purse and you never know when a photo opportunity will present itself. Well as luck would have it. I left it at home yesterday morning to charge up the batteries and as soon as I walked outside regretted not finding some replacement batteries and bringing it with me. There was the promise of a beautiful sunrise, but I was in danger of getting behind on a tight schedule to rather than unlock the door and go search for fresh batteries and went on and hopped in the car and went on to work. I had almost forgotten about the camera when I turned the corner a few blocks from my house and looked west and saw a perfect rainbow! One you could see the arch, I don’t think I have ever seen a rainbow at seven in the morning.

The rainbow was a prelude to the 60 degree weather we are having this week. It looks like rain this morning but none yet.

I have made progress on the lava flow sock.

I have completed three chemo caps and one to go.

The last one for some reason is giving me problems. I have no idea why. I have made a ton of hats in the past year. I just did three over the past week and on the last one it is just not wanting to be a hat. It is one I want done for the “Hats off to Megan” and I’m on sort of a time crunch so naturally it wants to fight with me. So I am going to have to sit down and devote some undivided attention to this little hat so it realizes how special it is and see if it won’t agree to behave itself and conform to a cute little hat for Megan.

And finally a question for the collective, does anyone have a reliable source for natural herbs? I am on the hunt for well natural herbs of course, but also cranberry extract. And it isn’t that easy to find apparently, or I don’t know where to look. But there aren’t a lot of stores that sell that sort of thing here that I can find, everything is along the lines of a GNC or something and that isn’t quite what I had in mind.
So if you have good source for your natural herbs, please let me know.

Dogs on Thursday

I am sorry I don't have any pictures of the girls this week. It has been such a crazy week trying to keep them all healthy. But Molly seems to be cured although she still has a few more days on the meds. But she is eating like a horse and her usual silly self.
Lily had a birthday last week and turned 3. But that is also about the time Molly started to get her UTI so birthday party will have to be this weekend.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, January 28, 2008

You Make My Day!

I borrowed the rules from Amanda's site. I think this is a great way to share the love!

The rules are as follows: “Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times."


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My list of ten in no particular order:

Sigrid at Garngamen seriously you should see this girl knit. She knits the most beautiful things but she puts a lot of people I know to shame with her sheer volume of knitted items in a year! Quanity and Quality.

Joy at The Road Blog Ahead Joy is helping all sorts of people including nuns leaving Tibet. Not to mention two little very sick dogs. Her blog is very inspiring!

Jane Brocket over at The Yarn Storm . This is one lady who has it together! She always has the most beautiful pictures! And her domestic skills are unbelievable! Can't wait for her book to be published in the U.S.

Katie at What Katie Did . She always makes me smile. Her banner alone can warm you on a cold dreary day.

Margaret at Lots of Yarn Margaret isn't too far from me and we have a lot in common as far as places we frequent and knitting and spinning. Margaret's blog is very inspiring and education to me and I always look forward to her latest creations!

Julia over at Weird Bunny has amazing talents and her blog always brings a smile to my face and I'm usually facinated by her latest accomplishments!

Annie Modisett at Mode Knit . Seriously, who hasn't heard Annie speak or read her blog that hasn't come away inspired either from her knitting or life! She is such an amazing person. If you haven't read her blog, you must!

Cactus Needles Cacus Needles . I love her blog because well there knitting and dogs and how can you go wrong with that! Her Ella is a sweet looking girl!

Bron at Bron's Blog I love her stories she has the best way of telling the simplest stories and making them funny. At least they are to me in some cases. She knits and crochets, which I admire because I can't crochet a stitch! It's maddening really. I can't work with just one needle, but Bron's got mad skills she can work with one or two needles!

Paula Basset Knitter I enjoy Paula's blogs, they are happy and hey she has a basset hound, knits and likes books. It is like one stop shopping in a blog for me!

And finally an extra Amanda . Amanda has amazing vacations with awesome pictures, the cutest little boy you'll ever see and she is incredible. Works, raises Poppy, knits and has her Etsy shop! She produces some amazing yarns! Check her out!


Happy Knitting Everyone!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

What a Week

Dogs on Thursday.

Well, we got Rosie’s eye cleared up and now Molly is showing signs of a UTI. I was up last night letting her out everything 15 minutes or so. So I started her on some meds and hopefully we can nip in the bud. Poor thing she is the only one that has a conscience and feels bad if she had an accident in the house. The other two could care less. They look at you like, “yeah that’s right I couldn’t hold it so what!?”

Molly didn’t eat much this morning so I tempted her with organic peanut butter flavored dog biscuits she did eat one of those and a piece of a hotdog. We both got about two hours worth of sleep last night. She was dozing off when I had to leave her this morning for work. I am going to worry about her all day until I can get home and check on her.

It’s all about the hats

This week is all about the hats. Hats for “Hats off for Megan” if you can help people visit Amanda’s page for details. Megan is only six years old and just found out she had leukemia. Also, a wonderful lady who is a fellow basset hound owner in Washington state, has learned her cancer has returned and is in her brain. She is already starting to lose her hairs so I am making hats her for as well. I have made a simple spiral ribbed hat, a stockinette stitch with rolled brim and cast on EZ reversible hat from her book “Knitting Around” I am trying to use bright happy colors like red, purple and burgundy. For Megan, pastels (yellow and pink). And of course the softest yarn I could get for their precious heads.

If anyone out there uses Cavelier Telephone service or is thinking about it. Don’t. I have had both phone and DSL service with this company for a few years and have had nothing but problems. I don’t mind so much if my DSL has a problem or even my phone, I mean these things happen, but gets me is there lack of customer service, it is ridiculous! They can’t seem to get anything right. And it has been that way from the beginning. I reported them once to the Better Business Bureau and it took a couple of months to get the issue resolved.

Everything worked for a while but then recently they started offering TV over IP in our area, the criteria was that you had to have DSL service, which was great because we did and we cannot get sattlite where we are and the cable is sooo expensive. So I called, they looked me up in the system and told me that according to their records I wasn’t able to get DSL in my area. I explained that I had it and had had it for some time and they charged me for it every month. They said well we can’t offer you the TV service because according to the system you can’t have DSL. So I said whatever and left it at that. Then my DSL started performing badly. Sometimes it wouldn’t connect properly or when it did it was extremely slow to the point that I didn’t even get on the computer because it wasn’t worth the wait time. It was like having dial up again. So I finally got fed up and changed from DSL to highspeed cable internet. It has been working great. So I called Cavtel to cancel the DSL portion of my account, which shouldn’t have been a problem since they didn’t seem to think I had it. Well I called before the billing period, but yet got a bill anyway so I called and they adjusted my bill to be the correct amount. Then it took a month for them to disconnect the DSL at their end, which they did last week, but in doing so, they did something to the phone and now I have no dial tone. I can still get to my voicemail but I can’t receive or make calls! I called to report the problem. They said they couldn’t find a problem and would turn it over to a specialist and call me back. One week later, I haven’t heard from them and still have no phone service. I can’t wait to get my bill and have to call and argue with them over that one.


Enter Vonage! We have to have phone service. So we started looking for alternatives to Cavtel. We looked at other companies, considered just using cell phones and not having a phone in the house but cells can be expensive. So we went with Vonage. So far we love it. And the people we know that have it highly recommend it and have been very happy with their service for 2 – 3 years. So hopefully this will work out.

So beware if you have Cavtel or considering it. Their customer service is terrible and they can’t seem to deliver what they promise.

This concludes my public service announcement. 

Happy knitting

Sunday, January 20, 2008

This Post Has it All

Disclaimer: This is going to be a very long post I have been writing it for a couple of days. But fear not, there are some good pics to go along with the story telling. So if you need that refill on your morning coffee, now would be a good tim. Enjoy!

Spin me right ‘round baby!

I went to my spinning class Thursday evening and loved it. I learned so much more than just “this is how you spin roving into yarn” Nettie Cross is a wonderful teacher and even though wool is what we were spinning, we learned about the characteristics of both animals and plant fibers and how they spin in opposite directions. We learned fiber preparation, the different ways to clean your fleece; this was more discussion not demonstration. We learned to use both the drop spindle and the wheel. It was supposed to be a two hour class but it went for two and a half. The class consisted of me and my co-worker Anna! The three of us were having such a good time; we didn’t realize what time it was! It was fabulous and the wonderful is that, of course, your not going to be a perfect spinner in one night so Nettie offers “free refills” you can come back with your spindle or your wheel if you are having problems, or getting stuck and she will help you! She always has “Sock Saturdays” and “Spinning Sundays” so I think we know where I will be spending my weekend time, don’t we? LOL.

So from a technical stand point what did I learn? I have my roving that I carded at home, carded incorrectly. (need to try and fix that), that I get too much twist going and don’t feed the bobbin fast enough. So I am treadling faster than my hands are working. So need to get the feet and hands talking to each other. Need to check the tension on the wheel and have a little pep talk with it.
So having identified my issues I can now set about correcting them. I did pretty well on the spindle though. I have to admit I had some preconceived notions about using a drop spindle but realized that with the nifty little distaff Nettie made us that it is portable spinning! Sweet!
So onward to spinning this weekend! And I have a three day weekend whohoo!

So finally some pictures! My wrist warmers:

Wrist Warmer 2

Wrist Warmer 1

Next time I think I will use ribbing as these are not stretchy and are therefore a little looser than I would like, but I have used them at work and they do warm me up.

So I am still working on my socks and I need to have them done by the end of the month. I think it is going to be cutting it close. But here is what I have so far. I think of them as lava socks because of he slow progressing of the colors change as I knit down the leg of the sock. I am knitting them in a cross ribbing pattern. From the book More Sensational Socks.


Lava Sock

Noro Sock Yarn

Friday the forecast for the weekend called for snow, a winter storm even. Now normally a winter storm around here is really an ice storm so the thought of having a storm that involved snow was exciting. All afternoon at work, we all talked about what we would do in the snow. It was supposed to start late Saturday and go into Sunday.
Well when I woke up Saturday morning it was raining and kept switching back and forth from rain to rain, with sleet and snow and back to rain again. So I knew then we were doomed because if it did snow the ground being so wet it wouldn't last. Finally around four o'clock while I was in the bookstore enjoying a hot cocoa it turned to all snow. The hubby and I finished our book shopping and headed for home. And it snow well into the night and then changed back to rain!
As we were watching the weather they were still saying we could get up to 4 inches! Do these people not have windows where they work? So this morning, it is a lovely 28 degrees and the snow amounts to a dusting and is frozen.

Belated Dogs on Thursday
But the girls got excited when they saw it falling and begged to go out in it. Well Lily and Molly. Rosie was having none of it.

Lily in Snow

Molly in snow

Molly wanted to stay out in what little we have this morning and play but it is too cold to let her stay out for long. So she is laying by the back door pouting at the moment.

Well this is the end to my extra long post. Thanks to those of you who made it to the end!

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Popping In

Just popping in this evening, I don't have any good picks to share but I will by this weekend.
I have an FO from this past weekend I finished my wrist warmers and have been wearing them at work.
I was walking into the building the other morning and waved hello to a co-worker and she waved back and we both just had to laugh, we were both wearing knitted wrist warmers! Great minds think alike.
I have started on a pair of socks for me with the Noro sock yarn it is varigated with blue, purple, green, yellow, hot pink, orange, red and back to blue! Seriously, this is some funky fun stuff. I thought at first it was going to be too bold, but the color blends nicely from one to the next. I am knitting a patter from "More Sensational Socks" I will have pics of that soon as well.
Tomorrow evening I have my spinning class down at Colonial Fiber Arts. I hope the owner will let me take pics. I mean you can't have a blog and go to a spinning class and not get pics. I hope the owner realizes that!
I'll post results this weekend.
Happy Knitting!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Lost My Mojo

Well, a project that should take only a weekend to complete is taking me a week! I was making some socks and didn’t like the way the yarn was acting, so I frogged it and the yarn seems much happier being melded into wrist warmers rather than socks. I knit up a practice warmer, not having made them before in a matter of hours last weekend. I changed the needle size and decided I liked the pattern and the speed of it. So it has taken me since last weekend yesterday (Thursday) to complete just one of them! I started the second one last night but I’m only about 10 rows into it. I haven’t felt much like knitting this week for some reason. I was on the verge of making a doctors appointment because there must have been something terribly wrong with me, not to want to knit. But, it seems to have cured itself yesterday.
I suppose that part of the problem could be that I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series and this week have read the first three books. I tried knitting and reading at the same time but it didn’t work out so well. So I am committed to getting this wrist warmer finished.

This little walk through literary wonderland as also put me behind schedule for my Gift a long not to mention I now have no socks on the needles for my sock KAL!
I am off to a great start for the new year!

So the goal this weekend is to finish the wrist warmer mate, and cast on some socks and hopefully a shawl as well.

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?

Well, we had snow flurries last week and this week it is in the 70s. I really wish mother nature would pick a season and stick with it for a month or so. I could live with that.

Well the socks I was working on weren’t coming out like I like and the yarn wasn’t very cooperative. I have used this yarn before it is a cotton wool blend, but I don’t I just didn’t like it this time. So I frogged them and now using the yarn for wrist warmers and it is working out fine for that. I am now in search of the perfect sock yarn for this project. I have some that I bought for myself and I may just start on those. But the ones I had originally cast on were a gift, thus fulfilling both my Sock KAL and my Gift A Long requirements for the month. Luckily the wrist warmers on the list so I am keeping up with one anyway. So this weekend wasn’t very productive if you count the end result which was nothing.

Oh exciting news at work I found a fellow knitter/spinner who raises her own Alpaca’s, mohair goats and Romney sheep! Seriously! She has a little farm on the river! I am envious of her for that I can tell you. She has so much fleece she cannot do it all herself and has to send some of it out!

Well this morning what did I find, but a bag hanging on my office door knob with 30%kid mohair and 70%Romney roving! I don’t know exactly how much it is but it has to be a pound at least. She is an angel!

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She might take the spinning class with me next week as a refresher since she has been sending most of hers out lately.

It would be fun to know someone in the class as well as meet new people. And of course it will make great blog fodder!

Happy Knitting

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Dogs on Thursday

So you know how subtle Lily can be, like when she came through the house with my Lorna's Lace, well you can imagine how put out she was when she learned that she and her sisters did not have a rocking cool slide show like the knitting projects. So, to avoid a complete revolution here in the house, (we are outnumbered here) I put this together for the girls. They hope you like it. (Again, it is best viewed with speakers on)

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

SNOW…..flurries

We are just too far south and close to the water to ever really get much snow. But I felt jut a tingle of excitement today when we had snow flurries all morning, even with the sun out for a bit, so you knew it wasn’t going to last.
People were getting exciting wondering if we would get to go home early. And just to put this into perspective for my friends who enjoy living in snow country, two inches of snow here shuts everything down, government, schools, the mall you name it; because we just don’t have the equipment to deal with it. The city I live in has one snow truck at last count. We just don’t get it that often. When I lived in Northern Virginia there were lots of people who owned large pick up trucks with snow plow attachments, they would put on and earn a few extra bucks clearing out parking lots and things like that. I don’t even see that around here very much.

Today was back to work day. And for the days last week that I was infinitely bored, I am making up for today in being busy. The time of being the “new” person and not having much assigned to me I think is over. Even the clients have my name now, people I haven’t even met with yet, are starting to send things to me. Kinda cool at first and then when you desk and your bookcase and drafting table has plans stacked all over the place it gives you the feeling of “when the heck did this happen?” But, still kinda cool, since I like my job.

In knitting news, finished a hat to complete a hat/scarf set for my neighbor. One of those projects I had really hoped to have done in time for Christmas and didn’t , but it was still timely since this week is the coldest we have had so far this year and they might come in handy. I’m put myself full time into the socks. I have frogged them a fourth time because I didn’t like that way they were working out but I think I like the way they are going this time.
Specs: crew socks, from the cuff down in sailor ribbing. The pattern is from the book “More Sensational Socks” by Charlene Schurch. It is a five stitch pattern. The color is gray. A cotton/wool blend I purchased last year when I first started knitting. So I guess I get points for stash knitting. I can’t wait to get them done and try out my new sock blockers!


Speaking of stash knitting, along with New Year’s resolutions and such I have read on a number of blogs and I think there is a group on ravelry to knit down their stash this year. I did not understand this, why in the world would you want to do such a thing? Except maybe because it has become a necessity in order to make room for more stash, but is the goal to have no stash at all!? I shudder at the thought! Maybe I don’t have enough stash yet to feel closterphobic about it yet. (only two Rubbermaid tubs full) Now, you want to torture me, tell me I have to knit only from my patterns and can’t buy any more!
That would be the end of life as I know it, if I couldn’t buy more pattern books or leaflets. I have taken to buying one a week here recently!

I was productive with the stash in another way this weekend. I cleaned out the closet or started to, and decided it would be a good time to update my inventory of stash to be posted on ravelry so I moved it from one bin to the other and made notations as to what I had. Not so much. After, that I found a bunch of old movies on VHS, stuff I hadn’t thought about in a long time. Things like Purple Rain, Children of the Corn (hate scary movies) Pretty Women. So I sorted those out and put them where they belong. I am going to need another long weekend to watch all my new found old movies. LOL. Knitting mania!

Happy Knitting