Saturday, January 31, 2009

In Loving Memory

Squishy Eric-Cartman Harper
October 10, 2006 - January 31, 2009


Squishy was born at Crazzy H Rodentry to CHR Hamlet and CHR Persephone on October 10, 2006. He was humanely sent to be with God in Heaven Saturday, January 31, 2009. He is waiting for me there.

Squishy was a loving pet, always there to bring companionship and friendship. He woudl come when called, enjoyed walks on his leash outside, and loved riding in the hood of my sweatshirts. He has gone on trips to Augusta and Florida to visit family, many trips to Walmart (tucked inside my hoodie pocket), and has been snuck into several no-pet apartments and dormitories. He loved food and was always ready for treats and a pet, which he loved. He told me so by his gentle bruxing.

Squishy has gone to be with his rat mother and father, who both passed in 2006. He is survived by his real mother (me) and father (Shawn) and two sons, Smoochy Kyle Harper and Crunchy Twitch Harper.

He is sorely missed and will always be in my thoughts and heart. He was the best rat ever.

I love you, Squishy.

Friday, January 30, 2009

My New Toy


Isn't this the cutest computer ever? It's the Acer Aspire One. I have my hand in the pic to show how small this thing is.

My computer had been acting up and I really needed a new one, but couldn't justify buying another one while it was still working (most of the time). This little computer was around 300.00 and all the reviews for it were really good. Still, I couldn't see spending that sort of money when it's tight and the old one worked ok. I always feel guilty when I buy things for myself, thinking that the money could go to better use.

Weellll... Shawn has a night class Thursday nights, so I was waiting for him to call me so that we could go grab a bite to eat. He calls and asks if I like white or dark blue better... I say it depends on what it is, but if he won't say, I like white better. I had no clue what he was talking about. We go to Taco Bell and he pulls out this Acer, in white! It's an early Valentine's Day gift! I can't believe he got this for me, and for V-Day (not really a major gift holiday for us). I swear, that boy is a little crazy, but I love him to pieces.

All wound up. I love the colors! The true color is between the two pictures... it's bright like the top one, but the colors are very saturated like the bottom one. I'm going to try to make a felted case for my new laptop (name Sal, Shawn's initials); I hope the yardage is enough for it.

1. I'd really like a massage and a hot bath to soak in right now.
2. Oh my gosh is the word you'd most often hear me say if I stubbed my toe.
3. Possession is not a good thing in relationships.
4. Orlando Bloom isn't as hot as Captain Jack Sparrow.
5. Marshmallows and fire go together like yarn and needles.
6. I can listen to 90s Alternative music on and on.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going home and seeing all my pets and my mom, tomorrow my plans include a sad trip to the vet and a funeral, and, Sunday, I want to relax before heading back up to school.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

FOs

I've been getting some knitting and crocheting done and have a few FOs to show off:

These are two more preemie hats. I have a total of 6 made. These two are made from Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton. I love this yarn... it's so soft!

The bias garter stitch scarf is finally finished! I left the bind off end pointy because I wanted to make it as long as possible and I like the way it looks. I wish that I had done the beginning end like this as well. The picture is a little washed out and the colors are deeper in real life.


And, I finally got around to plying the One Night Stand "Atticus" batt... I ended up following the advice of Lizzzknits and kept the colors pure. It turned out better than I thought that it would. I spun the two halves of the batt on two bobbins in the same color sequence, then plied. The colors matched up pretty well and in the places where it didn't, it just added to the color transitions. I really like it. I got around 257 yards and its sport/dk weight. Now, what to do with it? Anyone have a good pattern for this yarn? The color runs are pretty long, so colorwork mittens probably aren't going to work like I had hoped. I'm not wanting to make another scarf.

Shawn bought me a set of crochet hooks yesterday... isn't he sweet? I now have sizes D through I, which I really needed since I only had size G and a bunch of thread-sized hooks before.

I got the January/February Crochet Today magazine yesterday and it's a good one. I usually find this magazine hit or miss with the patterns, but I LOVE the Knotty Pillows, Layering Cardi, Fireside Throw, Hearth Rug, and Plush Baby Blocks. Lots of great patterns... you should go and check it out.

Speaking of magazines, have you seen the latest issue of Vogue Knitting? On page 16, there is a very upsetting interview with the author of the new book, Sweaters That Talk Back. Now, I am not upset by them interviewing this author... it is fiber-related. However, I'm am furious over the comments made by the author. She says that conservative knitters are not very creative and specifically mentions conservatives on Ravelry. I'm conservative and don't care that she's super-liberal. It's the fact that she says that conservatives are uncreative. I would be equally upset if the tables were turned and someone said that liberals were uncreative. It's inappropriate, rude, and unfair to make such broad statements. I will not be purchasing Vogue Knitting in the future and plan on writing them a letter stating why. Also, I checked out some of her stuff on Ravelry and found some of it very offensive... the language is vulgar (an example would be 'C#nty First' (the # is a 'u' in her work, I refuse to type it out) as a vulgar spoof of 'Country First'). I would oppose that sort of language on anything, regardless of the message being made.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Squishy and Knitting/Crocheting

I made this today with all the love that I have. It is for my Squishy, my beloved pet rat, to be held in while he is put down.

Squishy was born in my rattery October 10, 2006, and has been my companion since then. He goes where I go and no rules against pets in my apartment has stopped me from having him.

I know he's "just a rat" and all that. I've bred rodents for feeders and I have no issues with personally putting down animals that are suffering and need it and, having been raised in a farm lifestyle and having so many animals, I've had to shoot goats, dogs, cats, euthanize rabbits, etc. when they are injured or ill beyond repair. It's a part of life and I'm no stranger to death. I usually take it well and it really doesn't affect me. Not this time. I feel about Squishy the way I do my dogs... he's my friend and I love him. It's now time to say goodbye. Saturday, he will be going to the vet to be humanely euthanized.

I've fought myself over this and it's now time. He has been having an issue with a sore on his right hind foot for a few months now and it's gotten worse. The foot is now swollen and pretty much useless. He's losing condition and is much lazier than normal. He still gets excited when I hand out loving and treats, but animals are like that. They don't show pain, self-pity, and other things like people. And, rats are even worse... they are much more stoic than dogs, horses, and cats. Having worked as a vet tech, I've seen animals that should have been put to sleep much sooner than they were and I don't want to be the person that is selfish and keeps a suffering animal alive for my own feelings. I'm so emotional about this and have cried several times this week... the waterworks are going to be full on Saturday.

I have Squishy Eric-Cartman Harper's casket all made up (a shoebox with his picture, name, birth/death dates, and a poem on it) and now have his burial blanket made. It is made with the best cotton that I had, Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton.

I will do an obituary post Saturday. Please pray for and think about Squishy this week... I hope that he doesn't suffer too much until Saturday.

For happier stuff...

Progress on the Slippery Sock. Sorry for the fuzzy picture. I'm almost to the heel.

A preemie hat. The glass cup it's on is the exact same size as a can of coke. So tiny! I've made 3 today (varying sizes) and a pair of larger preemie/newborn open-heeled booties. All Red Heart (will be washed a few times to soften it up before donation). I've made 9/52 hats so far.

Kathmandu Aran yarn that I won from Lizzzknits (link to the right). It's gorgeous and so soft. I think these will become a pair of Fetching for me... I made my mom a pair in 2006 and made one for me, but only one! Then I got rid of the yarn. If anyone wants a lone fetching in olive green handspun Corriedale, let me know and I'll get it to you.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Atticus

At SAFF, I bought one of the Politically Incorrect One Night Stand batts. Mine is Atticus.

Not normally the colors that I go for, but I love this fiber! It's a blend of Merino and Corriedale wools and the colors are so bright.

I began spinning it up this afternoon and have half the batt finished. I'm debating on whether or not to keep the colors together in the ply or to make it random. I usually opt not to make a selfstriping yarn and go with random colors coming through since I'm not a huge fan of pure color striping. However, I still haven't decided on what to do. I'll be plying the rest up tomorrow, so have until then to decide. Oh, this will be a 2-ply and I would keep the color purity through spinning the second half of the batt in the same color sequence, then plying. I don't really enjoy Navajo-plying and want to get more yardage than a 3-ply would allow. The colors would match up entirely, but would be very close.

No real plan on what this is going to become... I was thinking of incorporating the finished yarn into some colorwork mittens (though, it would probably be better for mittens if I keep the striping pure), or maybe make a cowl or scarf or something. I had planned on socks when I first bought it, but I hate hiding pretty yarn in my shoes.

Suggestions? Keep the stripes pure or make it more random? What should it become? I think it will be around a DK weight yarn (though, can't be too sure until it's finished and washed).

Spring Break

1. Oh, I am so ready for spring break!
2. All that matters changes, big and little.
3. During class, I usually make lists rather than take notes.
4. Hilary as Secretary of State; are you kidding me???
5. Right now I'd like to be sleeping.
6. My GameBoy Color is my favorite gadget.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to knitting, tomorrow my plans include a date with Shawn, and, Sunday, I want to relax!

I should be in bed since I need to wake up at 0800 to get ready for my 0905 class, but I've been having troubles getting to sleep lately.

I have some exciting news! Shawn and I are possibly going to Washington, D.C., for spring break in March! I've never been and am dying to get to the Holocaust Museum. I love Holocaust history and going there would just be amazing. I'm shaking with excitement, just thinking about it. I also want to see all the monuments, memorials, and museums (Smithsonian!). Shawn really wants to see the airplane/space/something like that museum/center.

We are both writing huge research papers for a class (20th c. Europe) and the Holocaust Museum and the aviation one would be so helpful in our research (I'm writing mine on medical advancements that came out of the Holocaust and the ethics of using that information and he's writing his on how German aviation in WWII affected the outcome of the war).

Finances look like they will be Ok for this trip, planning it will be a little work, and I really hope that we are able to go. Neither of us has ever been on a "real" spring break and this is my last one, so we thought we'd make it good. Panama City Beach and being drunk for a week isn't our idea of fun... we're nerds and much prefer drowning in history for that time.

Still trucking along on the sock and am about halfway through the leg on sock number one. The bias garter stitch scarf is *this close* to being finished. Boring, but I'm sick of it on the needles and just want it to be a FO.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another Gift Down, Many More To Go

I made this yesterday night. It's the Snowflake Ornament from Interweave Knits Gift magazine. It's a free pattern and has other ornament patterns on the pdf. I plan on making the knitted ball ornament sometime this year as well. I used US 8 dpns and white Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. It was a very quick knit and the crochet edging was easy as pie. I'm glad to have this finished... every Christmas, Shawn and I give each other an ornament and it's usually a mad rush for the both of us to find a good one at the last minute. Feels good to not procrastinate (on my end, at least) for once.

Shawn bought me these hippos yesterday... isn't he sweet and aren't they cute?! I love hippos and have quite the collection of the critters. This moma and baby pair are from the Planet Earth collection (from the tv series).

More sock progress. I'm almost finished with one pattern repeat. The color is between the two pictures... the turquoise is relatively bright, but the purples and rust are a bit darker. I think I need to take pictures of this yarn in the early morning light.

Anita O commented on how I knit myself gifts... I love knitting myself gifts for holidays/special ocassions! Most knitters craft for others and rarely make something for themselves (that doesn't end up being gifted to someone else anyway). I think that we should all make things that are just for us as gifts. I'm trying to make myself a pair of socks for major milestones in my life. Ok, some aren't so major (like finishing out a semester or going to SAFF), but others are... graduating college, birthdays, Christmas, the start of my career, marriage (I'm so wearing handknit socks on my wedding day!), etc. So, all you knitters/crocheters/weavers/whatevers, make something for yourself and cherish it!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Gift Knitting Started!

I made this cute guy and his dinner yesterday afternoon for Arthur for his birthday. It is such a cute pattern (pattern link) and crocheted up so quickly! I love the little flies. Even though Arty will be 20 in March, he still appreciates and loves this sort of thing (remember, last year he got the Mochimochi Land Sleepy Snake & Mischevious Mouse!).

This is the start of my new socks, using the Araucania Ranco Multy yarn. The pictures in natural light are washing the colors out and the ones with a flash are way to white. Oh well... just imagine this yarn a little more saturated and you'll get the true color.

I decided not to make Tempest and am going with Slippery Socks instead. I think it suits the colorway better. Those slipped stitches are really popping and I'm loving where there are color changes and you can really see them. I showed the best side in the picture (purplish background and turquoisey-cream slipped stitches. These socks are for me, for my birthday (in May). I'm trying to get an early start on everything since I have a lot of gift knitting to do this year (not just for Christmas, but also birthdays, Mothers/Fathers Day, etc.). Now, the question will be if I can hold off on wearing these until my birthday! I don't think so, but will be sure to wear them then.

Next few things up on the queue are: finish the bias garter stitch scarf (getting there!), a knitted ornament for Shawn (Christmas), Pomatomus Socks (me, graduation gift), a few crocheted balls for Arthur's dog (Fifa), a slouchy beret for Michelle (Christmas), finish the Scrappy rug, and, of course, more hats for charity. These things I hope to be finished with by the end of February.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Socks

Gorgeous, no?

The top is Araucania Ranco Multy (destined to become Tempest Socks), the middle is Socks That Rock Lunasea (destined to become Pomatomus Socks), and the bottom is Miss Babs Superwash Wool (destined to become Monkey Socks). The colors are a little washed out in the picture... they are so saturated and simply beautiful in real life.

I finished the second Johnny & June sock (Burning Rings of Fire) yesterday night and they are on my feet now. I love these socks! I can't wait to get to Stitches South to get more from Creatively Dyed.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

It's Snowing!

It had snowed for a few minutes last month, before school let out. Nothing sticked, but it was fun and exciting anyway.

Now, it's snowing pretty good and it sticking a good bit. The cars have snow and the parking lot is a bit snowy in areas. I really hope that it keeps coming and keeps sticking so that Shawn and I can do my snow-day tradition... go get Chinese food takeout and watch movies and knit in my comfy pajamas.

Knit group was fun today. I'm going to try to make the Monday night meets as well as the Saturday ones. I need to be a little more social and I have fun at the groups.

Here's hat number six. No real pattern... I just did 5 rounds of 1x1 ribbing, stockinette until I felt that it was enough, then start decreasing. I used US 10 needles and the yarn is Lion Brand Thick n Quick in charcoal. It was leftover from Shawn's scarf I made a little over a year ago. I have enough left for a little something (possibly another hat). It's a child's size hat. I love it.


I finished John Connolly's The Book of Lost Things and absolutely loved it. David gets lost in reading books after his mother dies and his father has a new wife (and a new baby son). He is soon in a new world that is full of strange (and, often, dangerous) creatures. He must travel to the king in order to return to his world. David overcomes many challenges on his way and discovers a lot about himself and humans in general. This is a story of loss and coping, as well as the transition from child to adult. The book is full of twisted versions of fairy tales and includes a short interview and the original versions of the fairy tales in the back (it also explains the connection of the tales with the book). Wonderful read and highly recommended.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Another Hat

This is my fifth charity hat... the Spirib Crochat (pattern link). It's not as cone-headed as this picture makes it look and is the perfect size for a child. I love this pattern and think it's a new favorite.

The yarn was a RAK... someone on Ravelry sent me a box full of Red Heart to make charity hats from. I really appreciate it, but they all reek of cigarette smoke. I caught a hint of it when I first started with the yarn, but once I really got into it... ugh. My nose is still burning from it. I can deal with slight smokey smells, but this is painful. I'm not sure what to do with it... I plan on washing this hat in hopes of removing the smell and could do that with everything that I make from this RAK yarn, but I'm not sure that I can actually get through the knitting with it smelling so bad. I may give the skeins a soak in vodka (the best way I've found to remove all smoke smell).

I hope to finish my Johnny & June sock number two this weekend. I just picked up for the heel and then it's on to the foot! So close. I also hope to finish up my bias garter stitch scarf.

1. Enough with the Obama dog talk. Who cares if they get a mutt or a purebred?
2. Homelessness causes me to be conflicted (I don't want to be an enabler, but also don't want them to starve/freeze to death; I think the best way to do it is to provide enough to keep them alive & hopeful, but still leave enough lacking that they are motivated to get more from life).
3. I've been craving Coke Zero.
4. My rats make me laugh.
5. I wish I could go to a yarn store (and actually spend money) next week.
6. Graduation has been on my mind lately.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to seeing The Tale of Despereaux with Shawn, tomorrow my plans include going to knit group, and, Sunday, I want to get a lot of reading done!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Let's Talk About Goals

I know I did the resolution thing, but I need to set definite fiber goals this year and make a list of what projects I know I want to complete.

Projects

* Acorn Stash Socks - Moma, Me
* Tempest Socks - Me
* Earl Gray Socks - Shawn
* Plain Stockinette Socks - Daddy (2 pairs)
* BFF Socks - Michelle
* Monkey Socks - Moma
* Pomatomus Socks - Me
* Charade Socks - Me
* Sean Stocking - Shawn, Me
* Bender Bending Rodriguez doll - Arthur
* Mr. Bean Bear - Arthur
* Knitted Lace Jewelry Frame - Moma
* Felted Bag - Moma
* Retro Wedge Felted Bag - Me
* Back To School Cloths - RAK to Portugal
* Rusted Root - Me
* Tree Jacket - Me
* Pocketbook Slippers - Moma, Me
* Crocheted Ear Things - Acorn, Rowdy
* Felted Pet Beds - Gideon, Mitzi
* Sweaters - Gideon, Mitzi
* Blanket - Black Jack
* Felted Hammock & Tent Set - Squishy, Smoochy, Crunchy
* Felted Balls - Fifa, Aigo, Eunny
* 52 Hats - Homeless in Georgia

Goals

* Fiber craft daily
* Design a few things
* Get at least a pair of socks done per month
* Spin at least 3 times per week
* Make fiber purchases at Stitches South and SAFF only. Buy elsewhere only if absolutely necessary!
* Go to stash first, purchase second.
* No UFOs. Finish what I'm working on before going on to the next (no more than 4 WIPs at a time).

It's going to be tough, but I think I can do all this before the end of the year. A lot of this is gift knitting/crocheting. I'm starting now, so should be plenty of time before Christmas to finish them all.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Socks That Rock (and hat #4)

I won this gorgeous skein of Socks That Rock Lightweight (colorway, Lunasea) from Irisheyes Knitters (link in sidebar) for the charity hat contest. Isn't it beautiful? I've long lusted over STR and now finally have the chance to work with it. I know I'll love it. Been scouring Ravelry for good patterns for it and have a few ideas.

This is hat number 4. I know it's probably boring seeing all these hats, but get used to it! I'm on a roll, for now at least, but I'll soon get tired of hats and quit for a while. This is another beanie that I modded to add the design into. The yarn is a mystery wool from my Korean grandmother's stash.

Shawn's 24th birthday is tomorrow! He's getting old! We celebrated tonight since we both have a night class tomorrow and he has CQ duty (he has to watch his hall while the freshman have quarters (mandatory study)) and he was feeling a bit down about one of his classes. We went to dinner, then stopped by Blockbuster and Walmart. We watched most of The Count of Monte Cristo before he had to go, so we'll finish it up tomorrow. He gets his gift then as well... I bought him a Korean grill thing to cook bulgogi (grilled meat) on.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Books & Charity Hat #3

I've read 2 books so far this year...

The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber.

A two-time cancer survivor opens a yarn shop as an affirmation of life and meets three very different women in very different stages of life/situation. Seemingly too different to ever become friends, the four women form strong bonds over a shared craft... knitting. This book tells the stories of these women; their trials, successes, failures, relationships, and personal thoughts are covered.

I am an avid fiber artist and really enjoyed this book. Macomber did an excellent job of telling the story effectively (each chapter is from a different character’s view without becoming repetitive) and she got human nature spot on. I think that everyone can identify with the relationship issues brought up in this book. It was quick and easy and just a good story. Not too thought-provoking, no difficult to thing about issues, or anything like that... just an enjoyable read. I plan on reading the other three books of this series (A Good Yarn, Back on Blossom Street, Twenty Wishes).

Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell (she's on Ravelry as SapphireNinja).

Candice is a designer’s assistant in a stressed marriage. Her husband, who hasn’t gotten over his parents’ death (who died while they were buying a gift for Candice), is going away for four weeks on a business trip. Candice plans on taking this time apart to think about their relationship and if she wants to continue it. She gets a new client... her ex-boyfriend and first love. He comforts her when she finds herself in a vulnerable and emotional moment and things spiral from there. He wants her back and she can’t help but have feelings for him. She is torn between the flame and the familiar... should she pick the exciting ex or her stable husband?

I tend to think of myself as a non-romance type of person, but I did enjoy this book. I think everyone has felt the tug between what’s forbidden and what’s right. This is a love story and a tale of character development (Candy finds out who she is and what she wants to be) and is not a sappy, lustful romance novel with Fabio on the front cover. I was able to relate to this book and found it a very good read. I got through it quickly and loved that it was online (pdf and Mobipocket/Kindle formats). It is the author’s first free online book.

I'm currently reading The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly and love it. It's such a good book. I hope to finish it soon so that I can start on a book or two for classes this semester.

I managed to get another hat knocked out today...


It's my favorite beanie pattern (simple hdc hat pattern). I was too busy reading and accidentally added an extra increase round, so it's kinda big, but still very wearable (I could wear it, though it's loose). Same yarns as hat #1.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Knitting and Crocheting

Thank you, everyone, for the comments on the Who? hat. I will be making a hat for myself (not sure which pattern yet, though) since it seems that I'm wrong and don't look awful in hats.

I went to the NEGA knitting group yesterday and loved it. The group was smaller than normal, apparently, due to a weaving and spinning thing going on elsewhere. Those that were there were very nice and I felt very welcome. I must gripe at the price of things at Panera, but coffee seems to have become a gourmet thing, a little luxury, that I cannot indulge in often.

One of the members, the only guy there yesterday, brought a destash bag of random yarns he no longer wanted/needed. I didn't want to seem greedy, but he really wanted it all gone, so I took 2 skeins of Red Heart (for charity hats) and 2 small skeins of some mercerized cotton in pretty greens (I can't remember what he said it was and there aren't ballbands). I started this in one of the acrylic skeins:

It's going to be a bag to stash charity hats in. I'll keep it in my truck so that hats are handy for when I meet someone who needs one, and to keep the hats from floating around the cab. I'm calling it my hobo bag. Shawn thinks I'm awful for calling my homeless people hat bag a hobo bag, but I find puns and the like so clever and I love them. I admit, this was supposed to be a hat, but it would only fit a gorilla it's so big. I can't bring myself to frog it back to fix it, so it's now becoming a bag.

This is my progress on Scrappy, the shortrow spiral project. It's going to be a felted rug for Arthur and Michelle (I think... I rather like it and am tempted to keep it as an afghan, but I think I will give it to them to be stepped on (*wince*) and make myself one in Wool-Ease). It's a fun, mindless project.

I finished sock number one of Johnny & June a while ago, but am just now around to taking pictures of it. Looking at the picture, I realize that my feet are really small... unproportionate to the thickness of my legs. Time to start walking more, I think. Anyway, I'm well into the leg of sock number two and will finish by the end of the month at the latest (probably by the end of the week, if I can help it).

Friday, January 9, 2009

Charity Hat #2



This is hat number two. It's the Who? hat (pattern link). I love it! The eyes are vintage mother of pearl buttons I got from an antique thrift store over Christmas break. I used Red Heart Super Saver (I know, but it's washable and I don't think it's too itchy, personally).

What do you guys think? I don't think I look good in hats, but I really want one because they do keep you warm. I know it isn't the best picture of me (I'm tired, dressed down, my hair's a mess, the flash washed my skin tone out, and I just threw the hat on), but do I look Ok in a hat? This hat is too big for me, but do I look Ok enough to invest in making a hat just for me and actually wear it out in public? I'm looking for honesty here!

1. It's January; the beginning of a new year that should be full of good things.
2. Mexican food or a good burger is what I crave most right now.
3. Cork and wine go together like a bottle cap and coke.
4. Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm is so nourishing for my lips.
5. Let us dare to live life to the fullest.
6. I love my home.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to knit and watch tv, tomorrow my plans include going to a knitting group, and, Sunday, I want to do a little schoolwork and maybe spin a little.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Charity Knitting

I'm challenging myself to knit/crochet at least 52 hats this year to donate to the homeless in my area. This is my first hat (pattern link). I used leftover Cascade 220 and Patons Classic Wool Merino. It's supposed to be adult-sized, but I had to use a few hooks smaller than called for (G is the largest that I have), so it's child-sized. Quick pattern that crocheted up in no time.

I'm using 2 Ravelry groups for inspiration... Hat of the Month and 52 Hat Challenge.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Presenting...


M&D Black Bird Singing, known as Mitzi!

Thanks wenat for the registered name and turtle for the kennel name. I will be sending the certificates soon.

There were so many wonderful suggestions! If I had about 30 more dogs, you'd all be winners. Thanks so much for entering!

Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year

So, it's 2009. I always do the resolution thing and I always fail to keep them all. Here we go:

-Graduate in May!
-Start my career as a MGT (like an assistant manager) at Walgreens and actually enjoy it.
-Accomplish my goal of 52 books in 52 weeks.
-Get all my gift knitting finished before December 1.
-Fully break Acorn, my green mare.
-Pay off my student loan (only 2750.00) by November 1.
-Have at least 7500.00 in savings by December 31.
-Have our wedding date of May 8, 2010, be a definite (that means knowing for sure when Shawn leaves for flight school).
-Train Johnny Cash through advanced obedience and either agility or retrieval (he is already trained through basic obedience).

Speaking of my Johnny, he had his haircut this past week:




Handsome, huh? He looks like a Poodle now and not some sort of doodle... He was sooo shaggy before this! He's such a good boy.

Knitting news... I am so so so close to finishing my brother's illusion scarf. I'll be glad when it's finally finished. I did manage to finish one of my socks (Burning Rings of Fire in Creatively Dyed Calypso "King") and will cast on for the second one soon. The bias garter stitch scarf and the shortrow spiral rug are on hold for now until I finish the scarf.


Moma and I went to Alpharetta/Roswell this week (to drop of Johhny Cash) and we went to Cast-on Cottage. I love that store. It's my absolute favorite. I got the yarn for Moma's mother's day gift this year; I got Cascade 220 in a pretty dark peachy-orange and complimentary Noro Kureyon to hold together to make a felted bag. Moma got some new acrylic called Marble (can't remember the company right now) to make house socks with. She may end up getting more of it to make a cardi with. A trip to Hobby Lobby got me a skein of Caron Simply Soft in a steely gray and complimentary Patons (?) Shadows to make the Inside-Outside Scarf for Moma for her birthday.


1. The world is pretty amazing.
2. I'll be in there shortly, I hope was the last thing I said.
3. I wonder how this year will turn.
4. It usually works out when you get at the end of all things.
5. There's something to be said for every situation, regardless of how it appears.
6. Here is where I want to be.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging out with Shawn, tomorrow my plans include meeting people to drop off 2 puppies and an outing to Morrow with Shawn and Johnny, and, Sunday, I want to ride horses with Amanda and Shawn and trip up Rowdy's bad hoof!