Saturday, December 31, 2005

2005. . .in yarn.

Here's what I accomplished in 2005 with some needles and yarn(and I am so close to finishing my Jaywalker socks I have turned the heel but there is no way I'll be done by midnight--too much to do today--I guess it will be my first finish of 2006!). The finish line:

**Aran Baby Blanket--Encore yarn--from Knit Baby Blankets
**Counting Sheep Blanket--Stylecraft yarn--from Vogue Knitting On the Go, Baby Blankets 2
**Hearts and Stars Baby Blanket--LB Pound of Love--from Adorable Knits for Tots
**Baby Roll Brim Hat--Artful Yarns Candy--from the yarn label
**Baby Roll Brim Hat--LB Pound of Love-from Candy label
**Child's sock--Lorna's Laces--from Classic Beginnings, Socks for the Family
**Stashbuster Spiral sock--sock yarn leftovers--from Six Sox Knitalong
**Chutes & Ladders sock--Knit Picks merino--from Six Sox Knitalong
**Adult sock--Socketta(I think, can't find the label)--from Classic Beginnings, Socks for the Family
**Log Cabin socks--Cascade 220--from handknit Holidays
**Rogue--Patons Classic Wool(don't use it--too pilly)--from Girl from Auntie
**Child's Tank Top--Artful Yarns Candy--my own design
**Hat--Dale Heilo--from Dale of Norway Thunder Bay
**Hat--Some Random Superwash Merino--from RJConklin Designs
**Bookmark--Lorna's Laces--from Knit the Classics
**Bookscarf--DMC perle cotton--from Knitting with Laura
**Branching Out--filati 100% cotton yarn--from Knitty
**Memorial Quilt square--LB Wool Ease--from 440 Knitting Stitches and Patterns
**4 Preemie Pumpkin Hat and Bootie sets--LB Microspun--random PreemieProject Patterns
**Shoebox Doll--LB Wool Ease--Pattern from Patternworks
**Shoebox Doll(Sirius Black)--LB Wool Ease--Pattern from Patternworks
**2 pairs of mittens--Dreambaby DK and Encore Worsted--pattern from Ann Budd's pattern book
**Christmas Rose Gift Bag--KnitPicks Palette--from Handknit Holidays

Happy knitting,
aloha :)

Friday, December 30, 2005


hanne and Chris 2: I need blogs from you in order to sign you up--there are none in your profiles.

Everyone already signed up: Happy shopping tomorrow--if you are so inclined. I will probably be posting progress reports on Tuesdays--so if you have anything you would like to report you can leave me a comment OR I'll figure something out as I do a weekly blog patrol :)

Anyone wanting to sign up: Sign ups will close at 5pm Mountain time on January 1.

Happy early New Year!
aloha :)

Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Countdown Begins and SBQ

Stashalongers--first off--WOW! I am blown away by all the people that already signed up--thanks :) I know how hard it is to "not" buy yarn--especially when you are making an effort not to--hee hee. I figure that I'll be strong through January, February I'll start to waver, and March will be downright difficult. Enjoy tomorrow and Saturday--finish any last minute ordering and stocking up :)

A few thoughts on some comments:
Andrea: No pressure to finish too many things(maybe finish something you have on the needles--like, I don't know, Rogue for example)--no pressure though LOL) I don't think some things are finishable(is that even a word?) in three months.

Wanda: Buying yarn you had on hold--not a problem--I mean you "have" to buy some yarn with that first paycheck, right?

Kate: My husband is beyond thrilled that I'm on a yarn diet--of course, he's not thinking ahead--shouldn't tax refunds be here by the end of March ;)

Joanne: No problem getting stuff for your classes and designing--especially if there is something you're designing that we can all knit on come April! I think that if we did go another 3 months we would have to add the ability to take one or two days off for "stash enhancement"--I just want to get through the first three months and see where I am at after that LOL :)

Michelle: You are a braver soul than I--a whole year!!--there is no way I'll make it that long :)

Ruth: It's one of my resolutions too--that's why I wanted to do this. I need to broadcast it to keep myself accountable :)

Valerie: You need a bigger apartment OR you could use your stash creatively--as furniture perhaps?

Ronda: I'm worried if 3 months is enough to make a dent too--that's why I'm keeping to door open to add another 3.

Shara: It wouldn't be so bad if you were sleeping on cashmere or alpaca :)

Margene: Since there is no way for me to actually police everyone--barring a glaring post to the effect of "Look at all this fabulous yarn I just bought" I trust you and the gift certificate is perfect because you got it before the 1st--so technically it's already purchased stash, right?

Hanne and the second Chris: I need your blog address so I can add you to the knitalong--thanks.

aloha :)

This week's SBQ was suggested by Nancy ( ) and is:

How do you balance your stitching time with your other obligations such as work, household chores, etc.?

Not very well if the truth be known. Stitching, for me, requires a lot of concentration which usually means I can't do it well if I'm tired. I have a 5 and 3 year old so daytime stitching is out--sometimes if the 5 year old is at school and the 3 year old is sleeping I get some stitching done but 3 year old nap days are getting fewer and farther between. Stitching at night is usually a problem too, because I can't concentrate if I'm tired. Usually when I really want to do a good block of stitching I do it at night until my eyes and/or mind can't take it anymore. Basically, I fit it in when I can--even if other things have to take a backseat.

A post-holiday meme lifted from Knitting, with Dogs
Four jobs you've had in your life: Middle/High School English/Reading Teacher, Adult GED instructor, Retail store clerk, Salad Bar attendant

Four movies you could watch over and over: The Extended Versions of Lord of the Rings, The Harry Potter Movies, Kevin Smith's movies(esp. Clerks and Dogma), Finding Nemo

Four places you've lived: New York, Texas, Hawaii, Utah

Four TV shows you love to watch: The Office, Real Time with Bill Maher, Six Feet Under(even though it's over now), Lost

Four places you've been on vacation: Disney World, Disneyland, Maui, Las Vegas

Four websites you visit daily: Bloglines, HAED Bulletin Board, mine(because there are links there to other places I like), Barnes and Noble

Four of your favorite foods: sushi, red velvet cake, calamari, popcorn

Four places you'd rather be: Hawaii, Disney World, Needlepoint Joint, On a tropical beach

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Holiday Booty :)

My Christmas stuff(which is actually for family who read this, but you're welcome to peruse if you like):

(1) 30mg iPod(which you all knew about as I got it in November)and two iTunes certificates

iPod how I love thee :)
(2) Sirius Black's wand(Teri you were so right--separated at birth, I say!)

Useless(yet cool) HP item
(3) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Special Edition(straight from the UK)
(4) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Special Edition(also from the UK)
(6) Random knitting goodies(mini Kacha-Kacha, orange chibi(with awesome needles), and Koigu)

stash fodder
(7) 5 HAED charts(QS Tomboy, QS Storykeeper, QS Motherhood, Faery Tales, and Forest Light-the last was a very pleasant surprise)and some Piecemaker needles
(8) Pittsburgh Penguins Uniform for Merino the Lamb(seen here hanging with Tolkien the Bear who belongs to Little Rage).

Merino and Tolkien

I think I had a some type of regression this year all I wanted were toys :) Special thank you goes to Andrea for turning me on to the Special Edition Harry Potter books. It will take me a while to collect them all, but it will be done :) You may be wondering why I bought HP1 and HP3 instead of getting them in order; I'll tell you why--I don't really like HP2(Lockhart grates on my nerves) and Azkaban is my absolute favorite of the six. These will be my "you can look but not touch books"; I'm interested to find out how much of the text is changed from the UK and US editions--they say there really aren't many changes but I'm sure there are a few.

Hope you and yours had a very Happy Holiday!!
aloha :)

Now here's a very simple meme. Just post the bunny. The Bunny is making appearances in numerous blogs, so let him come visit yours.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Stashalong--Sign ups end Jan.1

Sign ups have ended.

EDIT: Sign ups end January 1 at 5pm Mountain time.

Anyone interested in using some of your stash in order to make room for some new spring stuff? Join me in a very informal knitalong. Here are the rules:

(1) Must start and try to finish something from your stash yarn(I say "try" to finish because if you pick something huge like an afghan or sweater finishing in three months may not be realistic).

(2) You have 3 months and during that time you cannot add to your stash in any way(things ordered before January 1 but not yet delivered do not count--hence the early warning--get it out of your systems, ladies). Of course realistically there is no way to police this, so the honor system is in place.

(3) I am beginning on January 1, 2006 and ending March 31, 2006(if there is interest, I'd be glad to start another one after that).

(4) Keep me posted on your progress and I will post it once a week--probably Mondays or Tuesdays.

I've never attempted to start a knitalong before but if you're interested leave me a comment and I'd be glad to add you to the list.

Some clarification is in order:

(1) If you are buying yarn in order to finish a charitable project(to be completed within the Stashalong time frame), it's okay.
(2) If you have to get a ball of yarn to finish a project already on the needles because you ran out of said yarn and you intend to finish said project by the end of Stashalong, that's okay.
(3) If you have to buy yarn for a Secret Pal or gift(for someone else), that's okay.
(4) If you receive yarn as a gift(from a Secret Pal or other), it's okay.
(5) If you are buying yarn for yourself and it doesn't qualify in any of the above, it's NOT okay.

Laura graciously made us two buttons--therefore even though she is not participating in the Stashalong, she is still an honorary member--thank you, thank you, thank you. And miracle of all miracles I actually got the .gif images to post without major problems--this is a HUGE milestone for me--hee hee :)

Deena also gave us a great button to use--thanks so much!!!!

**if you would like the button, please save it to your own server first. If you don't like it feel free to make your own as I have very remedial talent with it :)**

Saturday, December 24, 2005

A Year in Review

Now … Year in Review meme

The drill: Go back through your blog and post the first sentence of the first entry in every month.

January and February: No blog.

March: Well, I'm not exactly sure how one starts a blog.

April: As promised April will be the month I attempt to start Albertville(Dale of Norway Olympic Sweater Pattern).

May: Yes, it's true.

June: I finished my daughter's socks today--normally I am pretty good at knitting socks, BUT I had to unravel the toe decreases on both of these socks TWICE because I kept getting the length wrong.

July: Happy 4th and Happy Belated Canada Day to all who celebrate those things :)

August: During my morning bloglutions, I find Margene's post about her knitalongs and in that post I find a link to Eris.

September: Firstly, hooray SBQ was suggested by me this week :)

October: Arwen and Aragorn have made an appearance this week.

November: I finished these last night but waited until today to post so I could get a daylight picture.

December: Sorry I've been MIA most of the week.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Friday WIP(2 days late)

I held off on this post because I was hoping to have one finished sock to show off and now I do :)

Jaywalker 1

There are things on the hobby agenda this weekend:
(1) stitch on Storykeeper
(2) finish 1st Jaywalker sock--done

Will both of those things get done? I'm not really sure. I have to get my Christmas cards done. I used to be so on the ball with that; I used to have them done by December 1st. That hasn't happened in the last two years. My goal for the last two years was to have them out before New Year's--pretty lame, huh?

I also need to find time this weekend to start the XMAS '05 wrapfest. You know next year I am sorely tempted to get everything online and have it wrapped--wouldn't that be awesome! On the plus side I am almost done with shopping. The kiddos are done--well, except for an outfit for Little Rage(but what little kid actually likes getting clothes for a gift--that's why I am not too stressed about it).

The kiddos aren't the only ones getting toys this year. I used some of the cash my mom sent me to order a completely useless toy for me. I won't tell you what it is until I have a picture to post, but I will say it's Harry Potter related. I'm debating right now on what else to order with my "money from mom"(which is the best gift because I have to promise to use it on stuff for me and me only--a rarity with kids).

I also need to make Christmas cookies. This is actually fun--once you get the cut outs done. Little Diva LOVES to decorate cut outs; I'm not sure anyone outside of our family would eat them considering they are usually full of finger prints and I can't vouch for the fact that they haven't been touched with fingers used to lick icing, but she is so proud of her creations. She takes extra special care of the cookies designated for the "Cookies for Santa" plate.

Happy knitting and stitching--and Happy Holidays!
aloha :)

In 1969 (the year you were born)

Richard Nixon becomes president of the US

Senator Edward Kennedy escapes injury when the car he is driving veers off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island

US astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to set foot on the moon while commanding the Apollo 11 mission

Breathtaking pictures of Mars are transmitted to earth from NASA's Mariner 7 as it passes within 2,200 miles of the Red Planet

Woodstock music festival begins in upstate NY, featuring performances by Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and many more artists

250,000 Vietnam War protestors gather in Washington for the largest anti-war rally in US history

The first draft lottery since WWII is held in New York City

The Beatles' performance in public for the last time, on the roof of Apple Records

The Stonewall riots mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the US

Marilyn Manson, Jennifer Aniston, René„ Zellweger, Edward Norton, Christian Slater, and Linus Torvalds are born

New York Mets win the World Series

New York Jets win Superbowl III

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Sesame Street premieres

Midnight Cowboy wins the Oscar for best picture

David Bowie's debut single, "Space Oddity", becomes a huge hit - in part to the US landing on the moon

Sharon Tate & the LaBiancas are found murdered by Charles Manson & "family"

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

More cool things for your blog at

Thursday, December 15, 2005

SBQ & Booking Through Thursday

Today's SBQ isn't about stitching: It is about blogging and was suggested by AngelSan ( ).

Take a minute to reflect on your blog reading habits and preferences. What do you prefer to read in stitching blogs? (Progress, tips, family life, experiences, etc.) How much do you think you are influenced by other stitching bloggers?

Great question this week! I actually read more knitting blogs than stitching ones; I'm always searching for really interesting stitching blogs. I love Big A** Projects and blogs that cover that are my primary stitching blog interests. I think that works in progress are what primarily draws me to any blog, but it's also fun to read someone with a sense of humor(which you usually see in stitching mishaps or family stuff). Most blog stuff with me has to do with a connection I feel with the writer: similar interests, similar family issues, similar choices in projects, interesting writing style.

Booking Through Thursday

What with Christmas coming and all...

  1. Do you read Christmas-themed (or Hanukkah, or?) stories this time of year? If so, what kind? Yes, Christmas

  2. Do you have any stories you traditionally read this time every year? If so, what? How did your tradition start? We read the story of Jesus every Christmas Eve. We also read The Night Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, and The Wild Christmas Reindeer. A few of the stories my mother read to me when I was a child and the others I learned about in grad school(reading specialist).

Friday, December 09, 2005

WIP Friday and Booking Through Thursday

I finished the Christmas Rose Bag from Handknit Holidays. I did it in lilac and hyacinth Palette yarn from KnitPicks. I only did one repeat of the pattern because I needed a small gift bag for a small gift :) I'm using ribbon for the ties because, frankly, I didn't feel like doing the i-cord. It was fun to knit and great practice for two color knitting. I think this would be a great bag to do in Lamb's Pride Bulky--it would be pretty large.

Mini Christmas Rose Bag

I started my Jaywalker socks, but I'm a little nervous considering all the problems people have been having with size. I'm a tight sock knitter anyway--I can usually get 10 stitches per inch without trying too hard, so with that in mind I'm knitting this with the help of: size two needles, the largest size cast on, and a bottle of Captain Morgan's(to be mixed with diet Coke or diet Pepsi, of course)--the Captain will help me relax so that I'm not hitting the 10 stitches/inch mark; at least that's what I'm telling myself :)

Jaywalker Socks

WIP Friday--on deck for this weekend:

(1) Debbie Bliss sweater for Little Rage--Still haven't worked on it; but I'm getting very close to the neck decreases.
(2) Jaywalker socks

What I need to start/continue:

(1) Little Diva's sweater
(2) Rogue Revisited

Happy Weekend,
aloha :)

Booking Through Thursday

Jeanne thought that it might be nice to have something a little simpler for a change, and I have to agree. Thanks for your suggestions, Jeanne!

  1. What's on your book/reading wish list? It's not a book; it's the complete Lord of the Rings on CD and also in a perfect world I'd like the complete Harry Potter for my iPod--my wishlist consists mostly of books on CD right now so that I can knit and "read" at the same time.

  2. What books are you giving this year? For the first year ever, I think, I'm not giving anyone books. Well, that's not entirely true, I'm sending my mother a bunch of books, but they are not presents she just wants to borrow them for something to read.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Big Reveal

I just received the most fabulous gift from my Secret Pal who I now know as Valerie. Pop by and check out her cool blog--very mod indeed. She's also going to be a published author; so send congrats her way!

Thanks again, you were an awesome pal!!
In this package I received: Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road(very cool book by an author from my old stomping grounds), 2 skeins of Opal sock yarn(which will be placed on a pedestal and worshipped daily, until they are made into socks), a disposable camera, a little photo album, Christmas soap, bath confetti(in a cute Christmas bulb no less), lip balm(which is especially cool since the picture on it is very HAED oriented--reminds me of my cross stitch stuff), and last--but definitely not least--stitch markers(which I love, love, love--seriously you need to come here and give me lessons, they are absolutely beautiful!!) EDIT: Forgot to add the bottle of Eucalan woolwash--which I have been dying to try--I think I'll give Rogue a bath!)

I truly can't thank you enough for making this an awesome experience for me. I only hope that my Pal, Jaqueline, enjoyed my gifts as much as I enjoyed all the wonderful things I got from you. Thanks so much, Valerie, you've made it an awesome autumn for me!!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Three Years Ago Today. . .

I was in St. Marks Hospital in Salt Lake City waiting to give birth to my Little Rage. It was a pretty uneventful induction; except for a few heartrate problems near the end. At 8:16pm, Little Rage popped out; all 8lbs. 5oz. of him. I think the best line from the delivery was from DH; when the head came out he said he was thinking(even though he felt bad saying it)that it was a pretty homely girl--although honestly who would look stunning in that particular position. Imagine our surprise when a boy showed up :) We both started tearing up when we saw him. We didn't find out what we were having with either kiddo and I was wrong both times--so much for a mother's intuition. Happy Birthday Little Rage--may the terrible twos be a thing of the past :)

We went out yesterday to see Goblet of Fire; DH and Little Diva wanted to see it and I wanted to see it again. Any of you who have know that 2.5 hours is a long movie for an adult, with a 5 and nearly 3 year old it was a crap shoot as to what would happen. Little Diva was enthralled from the previews and Little Rage kept hitting me and saying, "It sure is dark in here", then he would point at the ceiling to illustrate the point. Being the cunning mother I am, I planned movie time to coincide with Rage's nap. The dark theater, noise and all, knocked him out about 20 minutes in and he didn't wake up until Lord Voldemort made his appearance--hurray!! I actually got to watch the whole movie. Of course when he did wake up he announced, rather loudly as it was a quiet part, "Momma, it sure is dark in here." All's well that ends well I say :)

I got some stitching in this weekend on my Nano celebration piece, Storykeeper. Here's the 1,000 stitches I got done:

Storykeeper 12/5
I'm loving the blues in the background; this is much more relaxing to stitch than Arwen and Aragorn, but I love them both. This piece is about 100,000 stitches smaller than Arwen and Aragorn so it gives me hope that I will actually finish it before I'm senile and blind.

Happy Monday!
I'm off to wrap presents and get a cake :)
aloha :)

Saturday, December 03, 2005

The Introspective Meme :)

TEN random things you might not know about me.
1: I can't stand tardiness.
2: I love red velvet cake.
3: I can't stand apple pie.
4: I really can't stand barbecue sauce.
5: I can't eat pineapple without tasting Vodka(college drinking issue).
6: I taught aerobics/step for almost 3 years.
7: I am prone to road rage issues.
8: I don't like it when adults act like children.
9: I played the clarinet from 5th-12th grade but I've always wanted to learn cello.
10: I am really picky in my music/reading choices

NINE places I've visited
1: Toronto
2: Montreal
3: Las Vegas
4: Los Angeles
5: Disney World
6: Disney Land
7: Nashville(if you know my taste in music you'll get why that was a slice of hell)
8: Maui
9: USS Missouri and Pearl Harbor

EIGHT ways to win my heart
1: bring cake(not chocolate though)
2: bring yarn
3: bring stitching stuff
4: bring addis
5: iPODs(wait dear husband got that one)
6: be funny
7: be intelligent
8: be supportive

SEVEN things I want to do before I die
1: learn to ride a horse
2: play cello
3: submit a piece of writing for publication
4: run for 30 minutes, consistently(this is turning out to be a tough one)
5: drive across the United States
6: have a greyhound
7: hold my grandchildren(which is a long, long, long, long way off)

SIX things I'm afraid of
1: tornados
2: lightning
3: thunderstorms(see 1 & 2)
4: spiders
5: heights
6: cancer

FIVE things I don't like
1: narrow minded people
2: tardiness
3: elderly drivers(for the most part)
4: snow
5: Halloween

FOUR ways to turn me off
1: crude language
2: watching sports 24/7--just because it's on doesn't mean you have to watch.
3: act superior
4: be over 18 and act like my 3 year old--you'd be surprised how often that happens

THREE Things I do everyday
1: clean
2: change diapers--hopefully that job is on the way out.
3: spend time with my kiddos--because you know in a few years I'll be too lame to hang out with :)

TWO things that make me happy
1: my kiddos, husband, friends, and family(I know that's more than two)
2: my hobbies

ONE thing on my mind right now
1: going back to work next year.

TAG: you want it, you take it :)

Friday, December 02, 2005

Friday WIP List :)

I finished Little Diva's mittens, which she has worn to school daily since their completion.

Finished object:

Little Diva's Mittens

WIP Friday--on deck for this weekend:

(1) Knitted Gift Bag from Handknit Holidays--I'm using some of the Knit Picks Palette yarn--I chose lilac and hyacinth.
(2) Debbie Bliss sweater for Little Rage--Still haven't worked on it; but I'm getting very close to the neck decreases.

What I need to start:

(1) Jaywalker socks--I already have yarn picked out; I just need to start them.
(2) Little Diva's sweater

Nano postscript: I was taking a final look around the Nano site yesterday and I noticed that there were 59,703 authors registered and only 9765 actually had verified novels. Just a stat for me--for posterity :)

Have a great weekend. I'm off to stitch, knit, grocery shop, Christmas shop, read, parent, and all the other required things :)

aloha :)

Thursday, December 01, 2005

SBQ and Booking Through Thursday

Sorry I've been MIA most of the week. My eyes and brain needed a break from the monitor after the month long Nano madness. Back to the regularly scheduled programming :)

I started another project from Handknit Holidays today. It's the Christmas Rose gift bag. I thought it was going well then I had to rip it out and start over. Stranded knitting and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it but I hate that I'm not very good at it which is a catch 22 because the only way to get better is to do it more. I'm knitting on sz. 3 dpns which is kind of a problem because I've never stranded around the joins--does that make sense? Anyway there are some tension issues there.

This weekend I'm starting to stitch on Storykeeper--which I am really looking forward to. AND that's not all, I actually get to start reading a book this weekend. Earth shattering I know, but I put myself on a reading diet last month because I didn't want it messing up my novel. I think I may start the Belgariad. Little Diva and I are reading the Chronicles of Narnia out loud at night before bed and I just love the way those books are written; as sad as it seems I have never read them. They are perfect "read aloud" books, the prose just rolls off the tongue; really there aren't many books that are a pleasure to read out loud, but this is definitely one of them.

aloha :)

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by AngelSan ( ) and is:

Do you have rules in the way you stitch? (i.e., Do you start in the middle? Do you determine which blocks to stitch first? Do you always start from the top or the bottom? Do you have special paths to prevent wasting thread?)

I do when I'm stitching most things. I always try and start in the middle and I try to work my way out from there. Usually I work my way to the bottom then finish the top. I try to leave faces, if there are any, until the end. The light colors used in most faces are more apt to get dirty if you stitch them too soon and since that's usually the focal point of the piece I try and keep them as pristine as possible. I'm not sure if I have special paths to save thread, I try not to jump all over the place. I look at the pattern and usually try and decided the best way to proceed from there. Each pattern is unique.

Now as far as HAED designs are concerned, I threw all my old habits out the window. I start in the upper left and work in either 10x10 or 20x20 blocks down the page. These are also the only patterns I park in. And I won't even go into what I disaster the backs of these are.

Booking Through Thursday

  1. Have you ever read a book in a language other than your native language?In high school I had to read childrens books in French and Latin. In college I took a semester of Old and Middle English and even though it's my native language it bears little resemblance to the English we speak today. So I kind of consider it another language.

  2. If so, how would you describe your experience?It tries your patience but once you get the hang of it, it's empowering to read something as it was originally written. I remember most specifically reading Beowulf and a story I want to say was called Dream of the Rune--I remember Rune in the title because I was required to explain every possible definition of rune as it was used each time through the entire piece--it was infuriating and rewarding at the same time.

  3. Have you ever read a book translated from another language into your native language?I'm sure I have but for the life of me I can't think of a title off the top of my head.

  4. Why or why not?College assignment I'm sure.

  5. If so, how would you describe your experience?Some translations are very good, but some, if they are not done by someone skilled in both languages, lose a lot of the original meaning.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Storykeeper--A Nanowrimo Celebration

Starting December 1--in celebration of the finish of my first Nanowrimo Novel I am going to begin stitching Selina Fenech's Storykeeper courtesy of the charting geniuses at Heaven and Earth Designs(HAED).

Storykeeper: Artist Selina Fenech, charting HAED

Finish Nano(check)

I did it!!!!!

I did it!!!

So the next big challenge will be finishing it before next year's Nano :)

Saturday, November 26, 2005

This Just In!!!!

I did it!!!

50,549 words and counting! I'm still not finished with the story--it will take a few more months, but I made it to 50K!!!! It's been officially verified and everything. I cannot even begin to tell you how absolutely thrilled I am. This has got to be one of the coolest things I have ever done--Hurray for me!!!

Excuse me while I go chug a celebratory Molson XXX and dance around the house--quietly of course as it's 12:30am!!

aloha :)

You are an Iris:

You are logical, analytical, dignified, and wise.
You are studious by nature and may prefer books
to people. You tend to be a serious person but
are capable of making others laugh with your
dry sense of humor. Friends always benefit from
your advice.

Symbolism: Over the centuries the iris has come to
symbolize faith, wisdom, hope, and promise in

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Friday, November 25, 2005

WIP Friday

First--thanks to everyone who commented on my iPod. Besides my engagement ring it's the coolest present dear husband has ever come up with, seriously.

A finished object:

Little Rage's Mittens
I-cord still in progress. I used Dreambaby DK and the mitten pattern from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd.

I think that I am going to make Fridays a WIP day. So here's the full disclosure on what's on the needles as of right now:

(1) Debbie Bliss sweater for Little Rage--I haven't worked on it this week; but I'm getting very close to the neck decreases.
(2) Rogue Revisited--I have one sleeve done and that's it--it's been kind of back burnered until I get the kiddos sweaters done--they grow faster than I do :)
(3) Hooded T--those of you that have been around for a while know that I started this in the spring. I have everything done but the hood--so why don't I work on it? As dumb as it sounds; I don't want to work on it because it's a summer thing. Maybe in February when I'm wishing for 80 degree weather I'll bring it out.
(4) Mini-mitten project: I need to finish a pair for Little Diva.
(5) Queen of Hearts scarf for Little Diva. This one will actually get more action once I finish my mini-mitten project.
(6) Beginner's Triangle--my poor Gathering of Lacealong project; I love the way it looks but concentrating on it for extended periods of time tests my frazzled nerves. It will be done before spring! (I'll keep telling myself that)

What I need to start:

(1) Knitted Gift Bag from Handknit Holidays--I'm going to use some of the Knit Picks Palette yarn; I'm not sure which colors yet.
(2) Jaywalker socks--I already have yarn picked out; I just need to start them.

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Kimberly ( ) and is:

Do you always sign your projects? If not, why? If so, do you use your first name, initials or what?

I didn't when I started but I have for the last 6 years or so. At first it didn't even occur to me to do it, but then someone brought up the archival aspect of it--having a baseline reference for history. Now I put my initials and the year completed somewhere on the piece--any place where it would be inconspicuous.

Booking Through Thursday

This week's questions are brought to you by Nicki.

  1. Biographies and autobiographies—do you read them? No.

  2. If so, whose life story has inspired you most and why?

  3. If not, why not? Most just don't appeal to me; although I have wanted to read Bill Clinton's book I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

My Husband is Awesome!

Here is something about me. I have no patience when it comes to surprises; it drives me crazy when someone knows something that I don't. So for the last couple of weeks, my dear husband has been dropping cryptic comments about my Christmas present. Now as a parent of little kids who has not even begun shopping for them, I realize that the next month will go by at warp speed. But as an impatient adult, there is no way I can wait a month before I find out what my Christmas present is. So on Saturday when my husband called and said he had my Christmas present in the car, well you can only imagine the temptation there. I wanted to know what it was and therefore I pestered him until he finally showed it too me(it wasn't that hard because I think he wanted to play with it too). So without further ado, I'd like to intoduce you to my Christmas present. It's one of the new iPods, the 30gb one to be exact and an iTunes gift certificate. I spent all day Sunday loading my Nine Inch Nails collection onto it, then I put the video for Only on it, and also Rammstein's Du Hast. I am in love with this thing; it's so cute and the picture is amazing. Now I have to figure out how to put a movie on it.

The new love of my life!

Oh, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire did not disappoint--there are some amazing effects in this one. It was pretty scarey--not for me, but I'm pretty sure younger kids might get scared during some of the events in the Triwizard Tournament--especially the maze, that even creeped me out a little bit. There were a lot of funny parts. It was well worth staying up until 3am and being a zombie for the entire weekend.

On the stitching front, I have finished page 1 of HAED's Arwen and Aragorn only 62 more to go.

Arwen and Aragorn--page 1

It's 5200 stitches and as you can see it doesn't really put a dent in the big picture.

size comparison

Happy knitting and stitching,
aloha :)

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Wild About Harry!

Tonight I will be standing in line(with some knitting no doubt)waiting to get into Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at midnight. Stacey got the tickets and Cyn is coming along too. I can't wait to see Viktor Krum and the students from the other schools. Plus the dragons--I love dragons. I am so excited; I'll be feuling up on Starbucks all day in order to stay awake because. . .

I stayed up until 2am writing(yes, another late writing night); I'm getting so into my story now. Last night when I was writing I just kept thinking, I am doing it. I made this story up from nothing--blank page, idea in my head--and turned it into 31000+ words so far and I haven't even scratched the surface of everything I want to cover. Reaching 50000 will just be a milestone in getting this story done the way I want it. It is really an awesome experience; I'd recommend it to anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel.

On the stitching front--if all goes well I should finish page one of Arwen and Aragorn today--I'll post it if I do and if I can upload photos; the "internets" have not been too cooperative with that the last two days.

I'm actually starting a pair of mittens for Little rage tonight--nice, mindless waiting in line knitting that will also be useful in the very near future.

Is it just me or is there anyone else completely caught off guard by the fact that next week is Thanksgiving and that it is also ONE month before Christmas?!?!? Have I done any shopping yet----nope. Does Little Diva even have a clue as to what she wants---nope. Do you think I'll actually have a chance of finding it if she doesn't figure it out soon---I'm guessing--nope. Little Rage is still at the "Wow is this for me stage" so he'll like anything he gets.

Happy knitting, writing, and stitching,
aloha ;)

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Kimberly ( ) and Lili ( ) and is:

How do you feel about staying totally true to a pattern?

I'm not really for it or against it. I have seen people who have done some truly stunning modifications to patterns by changing layout and colors. I personally try very hard to stick with the pattern, for the most part. I envy those with the pioneering spirit and gift of being able to make amazing changes.

Do you feel that you have to rip out stitches to fix a mistake or do you feel it's acceptable to incorporate a mistake into the design?

I think it depends on the mistake. If it's one of those glaring "OMG look at that" mistakes then I'd probably frog it back, but if it's stitching very light gray instead of very very light gray then I probably would leave it(I'm actually speaking from experience on that one). My rule of thumb is: if as the stitcher you keep looking at it and it's driving you nuts then frog it and fix it; if you can live with two virtually identical colors being mixed up then leave it.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Ah, Young Love, So Fickle, So Fleeting. . .

Ribbon and Sirius are no more. It's a sad day; Little Diva has informed me that she would like me to knit her a boy doll with brown hair and blue pants. Both Ribbon and Sirius are taking the breakup very well.

Nano writing is trucking along: 21707 as of last night, I still haven't written today. Here's the thing, I know that I will make 50000 words by the end of the month, but my new worry is whether the novel will actually be finished. You see the story I'm writing has been in my head for a few years and I never envisioned it as a one novel piece--it will be at least two maybe more. My problem is that I am not sure where I should end this one. I'm kind of hoping a good stopping point will be really obvious when I get there. Not that it matters for Nano--50000, that's the only goal there.

Stitching: I have actually pulled out Arwen and Aragorn this weekend--I'm hoping to have page one done by the end of the month. Oooo and before I forget, check these new charts out--if you're interested. I really like Goddess of Tides and Forest Light--lots of temptation in those two--I may have to ask for them from Santa :)

Knitting: Little Rage's sweater is growing slowly; I hope to have it done before his birthday in December. Apparently, due to the tragic breakup of Sirius and Ribbon I have to fit another doll into the mix. I really want to make a pair of Latvian mittens--I have yarn for a couple of pairs, but really do I need to start something else right now? I am so knitting ADD it isn't funny--I feel like I'm drifting in the wind just waiting for the next project to smack me in the face.

Have a fabulous week!!!

The long standing love of English Lit. has paid off :)

Jolly good, wot! Anyone for tennis? That'll be ten ponies, guv. You're the epitome of everything that is english. Yey :) Hoist that Union Jack!

How British are you?

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Cool, SBQ, and Booking Through Thursday

I'm sure that most of you have seen this:

My inner Goth is loving this; I hope they can keep it up. I have actually picked a project and think I even have the yarn for it. Snowballs Chance in Hell fulfills two of my favorite things: fingerless gloves and skulls(although my knitting skulls thus far have been limited to my 'stealth skull' on my modified Skully from Stitch 'n Bitch). Hopefully, I'll be able to get these done before winter is over. My coat will be covering most of the armwarmer, so I won't scare any of the mommies when I pick little Diva up from school. Everyone needs to indulge their inner dark side every once in a while, or am I the only one that has one. You know the one that listens to Marilyn Manson, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails. The one that reads vampire/werewolf fiction and loves it. The one that loves to wear black even though they don't all the time. The one that occasionally thinks about dying their hair any number of bizarro colors. The one that has envied/admired Trent Reznor since 1989. Anyone? Anyone? Okay, maybe it's just me :P

In other news, I'm still sick although really all that is left is an annoying cough. It's annoying enough though to prevent me from running. I am not even sure if I mentioned this here but in September I started a beginner running program. As of Sunday I was up to week six(I know it's been more than six weeks since September, but I had to repeat a couple of weeks), but now I have no idea where I'll be considering I haven't run since Sunday. Depending on how I'm feeling this afternoon, I may try to run when little Diva is at school--so take that cough. It is supposed to be unseasonably warm today otherwise I wouldn't even attempt to run again until Sunday.

Nano writing: I'm up to 16000+ words and I got there last night. 3:00am to be exact--yeah, you're reading that right. I stayed up until 3:00am writing. Darling Husband was out of town which means I can't sleep, so at around 11:15pm I sat down and started to write. I had missed a day this week and when you are trying to write 50000 words in 30 days you really don't have the luxury of taking a day off. I was playing catch up, but really I had no intention of staying up that late. I just got into the zone and when I came to what I felt was a good breaking point I looked at the clock and almost passed out. I'm sure I'll pay for that burst of creativity today, because 4+ hours of sleep don't normally make for a cooperative mommy :) I did make my main character sick, by the way, but she is made of stronger stuff than me and she took it in stride.

Knitting: I intend to spend this afternoon working on Little Rage's sweater. I am so close to finishing the front. Hopefully, I'll have a pic for you this weekend. It has a kangaroo pocket on the front and I love making pockets that way--it always seems like magic to me.

Stitching: I have been spending any spare time I have gridding Storykeeper--my end of the month reward piece. I won't start stitching on it until I finish my novel, but getting the preliminaries out of the way feels great!

Happy knitting, stitching, and reading,

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Dawn ( ) and is:

When comparing large projects versus small projects, which do you get more excited about finishing?

I'm not sure if large or small factors into it for me. I think it's the detail and complexity that gets me excited about finishing. I will say that I'm more excited about large projects than I am about smaller ones. All of my WIPs are large.

Booking Through Thursday

  1. What book (or books) would you like to see made into a movie? Why? This is a tough question for me. If they did it well, I'd like to see Laurell Hamilton's Merry Gentry series made into movies. I'd really like to see what Hollywood would do with all the fey characters. Laurell's description of their colors and looks; it would be something to see on the big screen. Chris Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy would be great to see on screen as well; I'm guessing it's just a matter of time on that one.

  2. What book (or books) would you definitely not want made into a movie? This one is easy. Truth be told I don't really like having any book made into a movie; as I've said before it kind of ruins your mental picture of how things should be. With that in mind, I really don't ever want to see Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series made into movies--I have my own visual on those characters and I know a movie would ruin that.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Sick of Being Sick

I'm sick. I seem to have come down with the cold from Hell. Sunday I was fine; yesterday I woke up and it felt like someone put an icepick through my sinus cavity. Are drugs working--nope. Yesterday I managed to get Little Diva to and from school, cook lunch and dinner, and that's it. I went to bed at 7:30 last night--about 15 minutes after darling husband got home from work.

I really hate getting sick. I don't have time to get sick. Today is a little better because I can actually move around without getting too dizzy, so hopefully it's one of those quick in and out illnesses.

I really need to write today, so I've decided that my main character is going to become ill as well--after all, why should I suffer through this alone :)

So onto things to do:
1.) Write 3000 words.
2.) Complete the front of Little Rage's sweater.
3.) Finish gridding Storykeeper.
4.) Get better ASAP!!!

Have a great day and take some vitamin C so the nasty cold germ doesn't find you.
aloha :)

Check out this quiz!! Captain Jack Sparrow--very cool!

You're Captain Jack Sparrow: smart, savvy, a demon with the eyeliner and the best damn pirate we've ever seen. And only a little crazy. Savvy?

Which POTC character are you?

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Random Thoughts, SBQ, and Booking Through Thursday

Here's the update:

(1)Nano writing: up to 5200 words. I'm probably jinxing myself by saying this but things are flowing pretty well. Some of the characters in my book have been in my head for so long that I feel more like I'm introducing old friends rather than telling a story. I've really only had to write for about one uninterrupted hour a day in order to get my daily quota in, but believe me I KNOW that will change over the course of the month. I have to say that writing without the pressure of an audience or criticism is pretty liberating. It feels great to just "let the story take its own course"; I think that even I will be surprised where it ends up at the end of the month.

(2)Knitting: I have been working on Little Rage's sweater in the limited free time that I have. Hopefully, I'll have the front finished soon. In a perfect world, I'll have it done by Thanksgiving, then its on to Little Diva's Barbie pink(you know the color I'm talking about)sweater. Knitting those Log Cabin socks has really given me the sock bug again, but I'm fighting the urge to start more because I tend to be really "all or nothing" with sock knitting--I usually can't put them down until I'm done and I have other things I'd like to do for a while.

(3)Stitching: Okay, nothing was done this week and I don't really see it entering the my hectic schedule in the immediate future. Thanks to everyone who has commented so far on my "reward" stitching piece. You've pretty much swayed my decision and when(notice I didn't say "if")I finish the NaNo novel, I'll probably be starting Storykeeper. I actually think it will progress about a thousand times faster than Arwen and Aragorn, because the confetti is limited at best. I'm thinking I'll alternate months as I work on these, because I really love both and I want to finish them in this lifetime :)

Finally, last night I watched the Star Wars movie--you know, Revenge of the Sith. It really did tie everything together, but that being said I did feel that there were some major unbelievable things going on towards the end(and yes I get that science fiction is mostly unbelievable, but I like it and I am usually willing to suspend disbelief to an extent). Someone explain to me how Anakin/Darth Vader actually lives through his mutilation at the end? I mean, come on people, why not just make him a living severed head for goodness sake! Considering that he did all this for his wife(allegedly); he didn't seem to jazzed to have any closure on it--visit the grave, look into where your kids are, something, man--you loved this girl, remember(Lucas only spent three movies depicting your love story; you scream with grief once and that's all the audience sees? Maybe I've seen too many chick flicks?)

Okay, enough with my Star Wars rant--it did make me want to revisit the old ones, especially to spend some time checking out Han Solo. I always liked him more than Luke.

Have a great weekend!
Happy knitting, stitching, and reading,

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Dianne ( and is:

If you have stitched for a while, can you usually pick out the DMC colors you need from memory when you go to your LNS? (For example, you know that 610 is a brown.)

Not really--I mean I know black is 310 and when I'm working on a specific piece I start to memorize what colors I'm working with all the time(but I think that's associated more with the symbol than the DMC number), but when I'm finished stitching it usually just leaves my head. You're my hero if you can memorize the DMC list :)

Booking Through Thursday

Jeanne suggested that we talk about books that have been made into movies.

  1. When you think of books that have been made into movies, what one comes to mind first? This will be no surprise from me, but Harry Potter.

  2. Did the movie really capture the feeling of the book? I guess it captured the feeling and spirit of the books, but I'm really a stickler for detail and really most, if not all, movies made from books are NEVER as good as the book was. Plus, don't you find when you read a book that you get an image in your head of what the characters look like and when they make the movie it taints that image in your mind? Truly Harry, Hermione, and Malfoy don't look the way I pictured them. As for the fourth movie, I already have a feeling that Krum will not look the way I pictured him either. I'd say Hagrid and Snape are the closest to how I pictured them, Hagrid especially. Snape looked a little older and heavier than he was in my mind, but as far as carrying off his personality--Rickman is brilliant(I've loved just about every movie I've seen him in).

  3. What about other movies from books? Which movies do you feel really captured (or if you prefer, didn't capture) the feeling of the books they were based on? I have to say that because I get so attached to my image of how the characters look and my need for screenwriters to stick to the books plot and dialogue(which they really don't seem to), I rarely enjoy movies made from books. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are my favorites, but I haven't read Lord of the Rings and I've heard that considerable liberties where taken with that as well. Update: After reading Renee's post I slapped myself on the head. I was thinking about this meme and totally forgot to mention Interview with a Vampire--that is one of my all time favorite books. Anne Rice's early work is some of my favorite stuff and it still shapes what I read today. I had the same concerns as Renee when it came out, but on the whole it was pretty faithful to the book--unlike Queen of the Damned.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Socktober Photo Finish

Log Cabin Socks
I finished these last night but waited until today to post so I could get a daylight picture. My husband actually wore them last night :)

Well, the NaNo madness has begun. I have about 400 of the 50000 words I need done and I have to go so I can bring that total up a bit :)

Happy knitting,
aloha :)

What is your all time favorite yarn to knit with?
Heilo or Baby Ull; although lately I'm having a love affair with Cascade 220.

Your favorite needles?
Addis--no competition there. They are the Rolls Royce of needles in my opinion.

The worst thing you've ever knit?
Well, I did this baby cardigan once. It was LB Homespun Baby--blah :( It was impossible to knit with and a royal pain to work with all around. The sweater would have been cuter made out of anything else--even garbage bags cut into strips would have been easier to work with! But I was a newbie and didn't know any better--live and learn :)

Your most favorite knit pattern? (maybe you don't like wearing it...but it was the most fun to knit)
Rogue--I'm working on my second one right now! I love, love, love, love that pattern--it is the most fun I have had knitting since I started.

Most valuable knitting technique?
I would have to say that learning two color knitting with two hands(thanks Laurie and Joanne for sharing your skills!) has been the most valuable to me. I'm still perfecting my technique but I think that it will be invaluable to me in the future.

Best knit book or magazine?
Favorite magazine is Interweave, favorite online magazine--Knitty. Now, favorite book? Right now it's Handknit Holidays(at least for projects), but I've got to say that there is a special place in my heart for my two Starmore books and A Gathering of Lace.

Your favorite knit-a-long?
Right now Socktoberfest is mine because I actually finished it in October(even though I'm posting the pics today). Basically, if it's in my sidebar it's my favorite :)

Your favorite knitblogs?
Honestly, I don't have a favorite, but between bloglines and ones I have linked here I have a ton that I love to catch up with every day. Zeneedle is actually the one that inspired me to blog--love your stuff, Margene :) If I had to pick a favorite, I'd say mine--BUT before you start thinking that I'm arrogant or whatever; it's my favorite only because to me it's like a homepage and it takes me to all the places I like to go when I'm "surfing".

Your favorite knitwear designer?
Starmore or Bliss.

The knit item you wear the most? (how about a picture of it!)

Accessory: My Ravenclaw scarf and socks.

Garment: Rogue.

Tag: This is a fun and informative meme. If you liked reading my answers, and want to answer them on your blog, go for it! Consider yourself tagged.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Thanks Again :)

Secret Pal Package #2

Okay--I just may have the coolest secret pal ever. I got my last package on Thursday, but saved the post for today because of it's theme--Halloween. I got two balls of a fabulous merino/alpaca/silk blend(which may very well become my Log Cabin socks), some DMC floss in Halloween colors, some Jelly Bellys, some tic tacs(orange of course), some Halloween themed hankies, a LOTR bookmark(loving that, by the way), some stitch holders, some stitch markers(which Little Diva loves because she is learning how to read and they spell knitting terms), and possibly the coolest bit of all--all the fixins I need to start beading(what will I be making--stitch markers of course). And she packaged some of this glorious booty in the very cool pumpkin bag(which Little Rage keeps carrying around and yelling, "Scarey!!" at the top of his lungs).

You ROCK, Secret Pal 'o Mine!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Any Thoughts?

As a reward for finishing my NaNo novel(I gotta have some incentive you know), I'm going to add another project to my stitching list at the end of November(if I make it to 50K, that is). I may need to order fabric and/or get more floss so I'm planning ahead. I'm leaning somewhat towards Motherhood as I already have the fabric for it, but I'd love to hear some opinions. Before you comment, let me just say that I LOVE all three of these, but there is no way I'm starting all three--one is enough until I finish something else.

Motherhood: Artist Selina Fenech, charting HAED
I just love this picture; I have even thought about purchasing the print. To me, it captures that feeling you have with your newborn--the peace and beauty in having been blessed with something so miraculous.

Storykeeper: Artist Selina Fenech, charting HAED
When I first saw the print of this, it spoke to me. Reading teacher, recreational writer, English teacher. . .this captures all of that for me. Plus for a HAED pattern this one is pretty confetti free(which means easier stitching, for those of you that don't stitch).

Loves Magic Spell: Artist Lee Anne Seed, charting HAED
This picture I just love. I'm not sure if it's the knotwork around the outside, or the couple, or both, but it is definitely on the list at some point--even if it will be awhile.

This quiz was too funny for me--I guess I did pick the right field. :)

Happy "early" Halloween,

You Should Get a PhD in Liberal Arts (like political science, literature, or philosophy)

You're a great thinker and a true philosopher.
You'd make a talented professor or writer.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Socktoberfest, SBQ, and Booking Through Thursday

Log Cabin Sock

Here's my contribution to Socktoberfest--hopefully, I'll have its partner done by Monday. It's the Log Cabin Sock from Handknit Holidays--awesome book, by the way. I made it with Cascade 220 on sz. 6 needles. These are the men's size--they are for my husband to keep his feet toasty this winter :)

Happy knitting, stitching, and reading,

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Outi ( ) and is:

Have you ever stitched something as a gift and later realized that receiver doesn't respect your stitched gift a bit (for example it's never on show, or you have other reason to suspect that it may even be nonexistent or at least placed in some dark storage room corner)?

I usually only stitch or knit gifts for family and/or people I am sure are going to give the piece the proper respect it deserves.

If so, what have you done? If you've been lucky enough to avoid such people what would you do if it'd happen to you?
So far I have been lucky enough to avoid that(although there is a piece I stitched for my mother that she won't hang up because she doesn't want to put holes in her walls--what's up with that?!?!?!--she does have it out though). I'll tell you; I really think that I would ask for it back. I think of my knitting and stitching things in much the same way a breeder thinks of their puppies/kittens--if for some reason you can't take care of it properly, then give it back to me. I wouldn't even feel bad about asking--you all know how much time it takes to make something--I wouldn't put that much time in it to not have it treated with respect. I also wouldn't have a problem with bringing up the fact I never see said item--put'em on the spot I say. In a knitting class I took about a month ago, one of the girls said she received an invite to a baby shower where the invitation said specifically--"no handmade gifts." How would you feel about that(whether you were planning on making something or not)?

Booking Through Thursday

  1. What books have you read that you hate to admit reading? (You can either limit this to recent reads or go way back in time. Your choice.) The Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  2. Why? I actually don't hate admitting that I read them, but they are definitely my guilty pleasure--very trashy romance stuff. I usually hate to admit that I like reading Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Poe--most people usually ask why would anyone do that if they didn't HAVE to?

Monday, October 24, 2005

A Revelation

I have been stitching for most of the week and this is what I have to show for it at the end of the weekend. It's not as much as I'd hoped, but it's quite an accomplishment considering that Little Diva was off from school this week and I couldn't stitch everyday. The big revelation of the week for me was "parking"--if you're stitching a monster piece like this that is chucked full of "confetti" then you definitely need to learn how to park(at least in my opinion). I had never tried it before(I didn't really understand the description), but after reading the above linked post, it just clicked. If I hadn't been "parking" this week, I would have gotten about half of what I've accomplished done. I am a parking convert and I will sing it's praises from the roof tops--to anyone that cares about these things anyway ;) Let me put it in perspective, last month I stitched about 2500 stitches(for the entire month)--last week I stitched 1200(for the week); if I could keep that up for a month straight I would have about 4800 stitches done--that is staggering to me. So viva la "parking"!!

Progress 10/23

This week will be a knitting focus week for me. I need to finish my "Socktoberfest" socks. I'm almost done with one and the other should go fairly quickly if that's all I'm working on--they are worsted weight which means relatively speedy sock knitting--a good thing :)

Happy knitting and stitching,

Google "your name needs" and what do you find:

1. Kim Needs to Take Off the Gloves
2. Kim Needs to Talk
3. Kim Needs Some Hints!
4. Kim needs independent strategic leverage against China and Russia
5. Kim needs some Guinea pigs...
6. Kim Needs To Be Replaced
7. Kim needs to get serious about paying herself first(amen to that!)
8. Kim needs a note-taker
9. Kim needs a crusher
10. Kim needs is a little more love, money and sunshine.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Happy Birthday, BB and Cracky!

9 years ago today my first babies were born. They are twins--a boy and a girl--and they are their mother's only children because she started hemorrhaging after they were born and had to be fixed. I adopted them when they were 12 weeks old. I had done months of research into exactly what I wanted and that's exactly what I got. These two kiddos have really traveled the US--Texas, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado, and Hawaii(including an excruciating one month quarantine)--if only they could get frequent flyer miles. They are spoiled rotten and they know it. They have put up with countless hours of screaming and craziness that their human siblings inflict on them daily and they never complain(although they do hide under the bed quite a bit). They were my first big purchase after I got a "real" job.

So today on your 9th Birthday I salute you both--Dreamkatcher's Bailey and Dreamcatcher's Kahlua(AKA BB and Cracky(as in crackhead--if you met her you'd get it-she's a little high strung)). Have some Sheba Chicken and bask in the sunspot my Tonkinese babies!!

I'll post a picture if I can get them to sit still long enough :)

Bailey and Kahlua

EDIT: Better late than never :) Bailey is my lover kitty(he's never met anyone he didn't like) on the left--lilac solid and Kahlua is the high strung, running away kitty on the right--I wish she would have looked up so you could see her pretty blue eyes--seal point.

Happy knitting and stitching,
aloha :)

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Cathy ( and is:

Do you mark or hi-lite your patterns or can you follow them without any markings? Do you make copies to mark up, or do you mark originals?

I almost always have to make a working copy, because most patterns are too small for me to accurately read--I'll take more pages and bigger print any day(it's worth its weight in gold as far as I'm concerned). I highlight each square as I finsh it and throw out the page when I am done. I prefer not to mark up my originals if I can help it.

And am I the only one that cannot follow color charts--those really mess me up and I usually will not buy them because of it.

Booking Through Thursday

I'm referring to the reading type of book club, where members all read the same book, then gather to discuss it.

  1. Do you, or have you, ever belonged to a book club? Yes, an online one.

  2. Why, or why not? I like the idea of reading the same thing and seeing everyone's perspectives on the same text.

  3. If you are in a book club, or were once, what did you like about it? I am a part of Knit the Classics(although I'm skipping this month's selection). I like that we read the same thing and also knit a project of our choice inspired by the books we read--it combines my two favorite pastimes

  4. What did you dislike about the book club? I don't really dislike anything about KTC--I mostly get disappointed with myself if I can't keep up with the time table or can't get into the book.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


I have added yet another knitalong to my list. It's been a while since I have knit socks and frankly I am having sock withdrawal. There are a few that I've had my eye on: Mim's Razor Shell Socks, quite a few pairs from Sensational Knitted Socks, and I'm sure there will be a bunch in the new Nancy Bush book(which should be arriving here within the next week).

My newest knitting love right now is handknit HOLIDAYS--what an awesome book. I am doing my Socktoberfest socks from a pair in this book. Anne Woodbury's Log Cabin Socks to be exact--we're not slipper people, but a thick, toasty pair of socks to pad around in. . .that's nirvana :) Don't be turned off by the book jacket of this book--that hood thing on the cover is weird at best--remove the jacket and there is a very decent picture there :)

For those of you who didn't know me last year(pre-blog days), I thought it would be a great idea to knit everyone socks for Christmas and I was also knitting socks for the Six Sox Knitalong. From August to December last year, I was a sock knitting fool and afterwards I suffered from a case of sock burnout. Here are some of the ones I finished last year(there are at least 4 pairs not pictured):

Last year's Sock Productivity

But I'm ready to sneak a couple pairs in again--although I'm not making any as gifts this year :)

Happy knitting,

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Progress and Pain

I feel like I'm finally making some progress. I know that every time I knit I am making some progress, but when I actually finish a part of something THEN I feel like I am really progressing :)

One Sleeve Done

I'm limping along on my second Rogue; it's only taken me, what, two months to complete one sleeve. But that's okay; I raced through the last one and I really don't mind taking my time with this one.

Little Rage's Sweater(back)

I finished the back of Little Rage's sweater this week. It's a Debbie Bliss pattern from one of the "Knitting on the Go" books. I wasn't sure if I liked the cabled rib on the top but it's kind of growing on me. I'm using Plymouth Encore; I love this yarn for kid's stuff. It's not too expensive, it knits up well, and it holds up to washing well.

This week will be mostly a stitching one--I'll knit if I need a break :)

Well, it's off to get some haircuts. Let me just fill you in on this one. Yesterday Little Diva asked for some scissors so that she could make a puppet. Well, stupid me, I give her the scissors and I go take a shower. I come downstairs and she has proceeded to cut a good portion of the hair off the left side of her head!!!!! "Why would you do that?!?!?" I asked her. "Because it was in my way." So this morning we are off to see if we can salvage anything--she'll either look like a boy for a while or she'll have a mullet. I'm not sure which is worse.

Happy weekend,
aloha :)

You Belong in Rome

You're a big city girl with a small town heart

Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome

Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand

And gorgeous Italian men - could life get any better?

What City Do You Belong in? Take This Quiz :-)

Find the Love of Your Life
(and More Love Quizzes) at Your New Romance.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Thank You Very Much!

I got a box from my Secret Pal today!!! Let me just say, it was AWESOME!!! I got the cutest card(even the envelope had a sheep on it!), an awesome hula girl postcard, some post-its with my first initial, 4 tropical ocean blue stitch markers(I'm a total stitch marker addict), A Treasury of Rowan Knits(I've already found about 15 things I love in this book and that was just on a quick flip through), and 3 skeins of NORO!!! I have been wanting to knit a booga bag and now I have just enough yarn to do it!!!

This was way above and beyond my expectations--thank you so much!

Thanks bunches!

A Mental Marathon, SBQ, and Booking Through Thursday

I know it's only the middle of October, but already I am thinking ahead. About Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping, holiday weight gain. . .Nope(well maybe a little). I have decided to take part in the mental marathon also known as "National Novel Writing Month".

  • Which means that my posts in November will probably be less frequent than they are now: (1)because I'll be using my computer time to write, (2)because I will have minimal knitting/stitching progress(see #1), and (3)because my family will need some time to bond with their sleep deprived, caffeine fueled, zombie of a mom/wife(see #1). I figure that most of my writing will have to be done at night after the kiddos are in bed; so it's time to stock up on coffee, tea, and diet Pepsi. But what an accomplishment it will be if I can complete the challenge. Any other aspiring novelists-to-be willing to take the 50,000 word leap?

    Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Outi (http:// and is:

    How do you `non-hoopists' who use a rotation system handle it (as it
    seems to be lot easier if you are in good terms with hoop)? Do you
    have several scroll frames? Do you use Q-snaps or maybe something
    completely different? Or do you just have one or two big projects and
    others are small enough to be kept in hand while stitching?

    Well, I use Q-snaps and I have a TON of those. Anytime I go more than a week between stitching I take my piece off the snaps--so changing them out for a rotation is actually no different. It seems like all my projects are big--I work on one I like until I get bored then I switch :)

    Booking Through Thursday

    Here's another set of questions from Nicki.

    1. What's the worst book you've ever read? Well, there were tons of them in college--mostly from my American Lit. class. My personal theory is that our country is still very young--in the grand scheme of things--and therefore we had a tendency to stick to political type writings which I personally cannot stand; so I think that is why I couldn't stand American Lit. More recently I'd have to say Middlemarch was the worst thing I have read this year--I couldn't even finish it.

    2. What's the book you hated the most? Middlemarch--that's why I couldn't finish it.

    3. Is the answer the same to both questions? If not, why not? Kind of because I was trying to limit the question to stuff I've read this year.

    4. Why was this book (or these books) so bad? Well, I explained my personal beef with early American Lit. above and Middlemarch just blathered on and on and on and on and on--and I usually either fell asleep reading it OR I tossed it down in disgust.

    Monday, October 10, 2005

    Weather Related Mini Rant(read at your own risk)

    Okay, there is no knitting or stitching content in this post--I just need to blow off steam.

    There are two days a year I like snow--Christmas Eve and Christmas Day--that is it. What am I looking at right now on Columbus Day? At least 6 inches or more of snow!!!! I HATE SNOW!!! I have hated it ever since I had to trudge through feet of it to go to school(elementary through high school), since I have had to brush it off my car 2 or more times a day(when I started working), since I have had to drive through lake effect(also numerous times), and since I have had to shovel untold feet of it on numerous occasions. The only time snow is cool is when you get to look at it but don't actually have to deal with it.

    Moved to Texas in 1996--no snow and if it "slushed" which really, people, is what you see in Dallas; everything closed--so I didn't have to go out in the snow.

    Moved to Hawaii in 1998--well, duh, totally no snow there.

    Moved to Utah in 2000--lots of snow in the mountains--surprisingly hardly any accumulation in the valleys--this is a good, if not great, thing.

    Colorado 2005---not looking good at ALL so far.

    Please fellow Coloradans(?) tell me that this is not normal(and be honest) because I cannot go back to the "Buffahole" winters I left in the first place(Buffahole, for the uninitiated, is my pet name for Buffalo, NY where I grew up--it's crappy weather central there).

    Sorry if I bummed anyone out or offended them, but I really hate snow.
    (by the way, it's STILL snowing and it's not looking too promising for a stoppage anytime soon)

    I guess if there is a bright spot to this(and really there isn't I'm just looking for some optimism); I got to bring out my sweaters today.

    Sunday, October 09, 2005

    Another Finish, Feet, and Stuff

    Sirius Stern Ramone Black

    Here is my Sirius Black--I went a little crazy with the hair--I used almost a whole ball of Patons Cha Cha. I was just having too much fun to stop. To me he looks more like Howard Stern or Joey Ramone, but I'm sticking with Sirius. My Little Diva has commandeered Sirius as a "husband" for her shoebox doll that I made earlier--they are quite the pair: Sirius and Ribbon(her doll's name). So the hardest things for me are faces--it is really hard to put a good looking face on a knitted item. I really kind of like making dolls though--it lets you experiment with things on a smaller scale.

    Anyone besides me getting anxious to see Goblet of Fire? Isn't it supposed to be out next month?

    Here is a picture of my feet for Miriam--she'll have to explain why she wants them. Can you see the tan lines my Birks leave on me feet(not that anyone would want to look that closely at them)?

    my feet

    So on this week's needlework horizon: Cross stitch is coming back out for a couple of days--I want to finish page 1 of Arwen and Aragorn before the end of the month. Little Rage's sweater is going to get some serious attention, and one Rogue sleeve will get done(since it didn't last week). In the event of knitting ADD I will bring out the Queen of Hearts scarf.

    Happy knitting and stitching everyone,

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    Thursday, October 06, 2005

    The Pumpkin Patch, SBQ, and Booking Through Thursday

    Preemie Pumpkin Patch
    My preemie knitting is done, boxed, and ready to head out in the mail tomorrow morning. I knit the 3 smaller ones first and when I finished the biggest one(sized for a newborn)it felt HUGE! It was so much fun; I only wish I could see the ICU with all those preemie pumpkins Halloween week :) In a few weeks I'll start the holiday preemie hats. Anyone who is interested in knitting preemie stuff feel free to join us on the preemie project(link in the sidebar).

    Happy knitting,
    aloha :)

    Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Bea (http://") and is:
    When you have almost finished a pattern and start thinking about the
    next one to stitch, how do you select it? (a list, most recent
    purchase, etc.)

    Well, usually I don't wait until I finish one project if I want to start something else then I do--I mean check out everything I have in progress it's getting a little ridiculous :) I usually am drawn to something because of the subject matter, the challenge, the colors, or a combination of those things.

    Booking Through Thursday

    Go get a book that is in the most inconvenient place in your home.

    1. What corner of your house did you dig this book out of? In the basement in an unopened box of books. We recently moved and I haven't unpacked all of my books--I had been looking for this one; so this inspired me to go get it from the mountain of unopened boxes--many of which are marked "books".

    2. What are the book's title and author? "Wizard's First Rule" by Terry Goodkind

    3. Turn to page 127. Locate the third paragraph, first sentence. Type that sentence here: "We both know that sometimes, killing is the only choice, that it has to be classified as the right thing to do."

    4. Does the sentence make sense out of context? Umm, maybe, depending on the circumstances.

    5. Seeing it sitting here by itself, out of the book, is it funny? Sad? Strange? Does it make you want to explore its source? It sounds a little harsh and if I hadn't already read the book I'd definitely want to know what context it was in.

    6. Are you currently reading this book? Why? Nope, I have already read it but it's going on my list of rereads.

    Monday, October 03, 2005

    Stitchin', Knittin', and Playin'

    Arwen and Aragorn have made an appearance this week. This is my first month's progress(mind you, I have not worked on it everyday; I have aimed for a couple of days a week). I have (almost) half of page 1 done--hurray!! It would have been the whole half page but the single thread over 1 combined with a large area where a color is used only once has really slowed me down. Celebrate the little victories, I say:

    10/2 Progress

    This week is going to be a knitting week for me. I want to work on most of my works in progress. With Rogue, all I have to do is the shoulder shaping and I'm done with the first sleeve. My Sirius Black needs arms, a leg, hair, and a robe(which I'll have to make up as I go along--the doll itself is a modification of another pattern). Little Diva's "Queen of Hearts" scarf will see some action--so I can keep up with my two handed knitting skills. Preemie knitting will be slipped in there and I'll be sending in my pumpkin donation by the end of the week!! And finally, I hope to make some more progress on Little Rage's sweater. Whew(***wipes brow***), looks like this will be one busy week.

    Happy knitting and stitching!!

    I borrowed this from Laura and these TWO patterns are the ones that stood out to me(I'm not sure what that means--I'm taking it to mean that I'm a combination of the two):

    Your Brain's Pattern

    Your mind is an incubator for good ideas, it just takes a while for them to develop.
    But when you think of something, watch out!
    Your thoughts tend to be huge, and they come on quickly - like an explosion.
    You tend to be quiet around others, unless you're inspired by your next big idea.

    Your Brain's Pattern

    You have a dreamy mind, full of fancy and fantasy.
    You have the ability to stay forever entertained with your thoughts.
    People may say you're hard to read, but that's because you're so internally focused.
    But when you do share what you're thinking, people are impressed with your imagination.

    Thursday, September 29, 2005

    SBQ, Booking Through Thursday, and Photo Finish

    Fair Isle Class

    A finished object--I feel like it's been forever!!! This is the hat we made in Joanne's class. It was so much fun seeing how differently they all turned out--it's amazing how things look when everyone can choose their own colors.

    Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Cheryl and is:

    Have you ever just quit a project while in the midst of it? (We're not
    referring to UFOs here, rather projects that you know that you'll
    never work on again.) Why? What did you do with it - throw it out,
    give it away, put it away?

    How about one you call a UFO, but probably have no intention of finishing because every time you work on it you want to hang yourself? Is that the same thing? Honestly, I have never had a project that I have totally bagged; I keep it around in hopes of someday making more progress on it. I put it away actually, but it occasionally creeps out for a few stitches then goes back to the abyss until I can stomach it again. In case you're wondering what the piece is that is the bane of my existence; it's TW's Summer Carousel.

    Booking Through Thursday

    Pick up the book that is closest to where you're sitting right now.

    1. What are the book's title and author? "Thinking for a Change" John C. Maxwell---it's my husband's; it looks really, really boring to me.

    2. Turn to page 127. Locate the third paragraph, first sentence. Type that sentence here: You can't build a house in midair; it needs a solid foundation.

    3. Does the sentence make sense out of context? Yes, I don't know about in the context of the book because it's not mine and I'll probably NEVER read it.

    4. Seeing it sitting here by itself, out of the book, is it funny? Sad? Strange? Does it make you want to explore its source? It doesn't make me want to explore the source; frankly, it sounds like something Dr. Phil would say.

    5. Are you currently reading this book? Why? A most resounding NO; because I'm not a business person and this "rah, rah" find yourself stuff is extremely uninteresting to me(or can't you tell LOL).