Friday, March 31, 2006

SBQ and Booking Through Thursday

Before I go into my weekly memes, I just have to say that---I GET TO GO SHOPPING TOMORROW!!!! Yarn shops here I come :)

Onto the task at hand:

Today's SBQ was suggested by Carol (http://carolsxsblog.blogspot.com/)
and is:

Have you ever participated in a needlework mystery (i.e., a design
that you started before knowing how it will look in the end and by
which you receive parts of the design via the internet, magazines, or
leaflets at spaced intervals)? If so, why did you decide to do the
mystery? What appealed to you about it? Did you enjoy it? If you have
not done a mystery, would you ever do one?


I have not participated in a needlework mystery before. I do not think that I ever would--stitching is so time consuming and it would be a real waste of time if you ended up not being able to stand the final product. I do enjoy seeing others progress on mystery pieces though--it is fun to see the pattern develop.


Booking Through Thursday

Today's questions were suggested by Christine.


  1. How do you decide to read a book by an author you haven't read before? I don't really have a method for choosing new authors. If I'm browsing in the book store I stick to the sections I enjoy, then read through a little of the story to see if I like the author's style--if I do I usually give it a shot. I also take recommendations of friends who have the same taste in writers that I do.

  2. What sort of recommendations count most highly in making that decision? I think having an author in common really helps with a recommendation--if you know the person likes similar stuff you'll probably enjoy what they recommend.




Booking Through Thursday

Pick one of your favorite authors.


  1. What are some of your favorite books by this author? Laurell Hamilton is one of my favorite authors. My favorite book is Blue Moon--I could read that one over and over. I like the whole Merry Gentry series and most of the Anita Blake ones--she's gone a little overboard with some of her story lines in the last few books.

  2. Why do you like this author? I love her characters(I'm a huge Richard fan)and since I have read the whole Anita Blake series I have a lot invested in what happens to them. I also love the way she integrates her characters into our society--I think she does a great job of making you believe that vampires, wereanimals, and fey could be among us.

  3. Have you read everything by this author? Why or why not? Yes, I have. Well, most of her work is series stuff and in order to keep up with everyone you need to read every book even if there are few you don't particularly like.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Project Spectrum--The Red That I Live With



Since the month is almost over I figured I had better post about the red that I live with. Actually there is a lot more than what is pictured--I had thought about pulling all my books with red on them, all my CD/DVDs with red, photo albums that are red, etc. That would have necessitated a lot of time going through boxes in the basement, so I scaled it down a bit.


Red(blanket, bedding, coat, backpack, felted bag, phone, comb, needle case, pens/markers, needles, birdhouse, yarn, 2 hats, Rogue, water bottle, plus much more not pictured)

My favorite drink:

Passion Iced Tea Lemonade

And Little Diva's room is done in ladybugs.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

With Many Thanks


Gifties

I wanted to take some time to publicly thank Stacey and Cynthia for my birthday gifts. Cynthia got me a gift certificate to a cross stitch shop(and I see some silk/specialty threads in my future) and Stacey got me that luscious ball of Trekking. As you may or may not know I have been having major sock yarn withdrawal recently and Trekking has been at the top of the list(I just love some of their colorways).

I want Stacey to know that the Trekking made the trip with me to NY(I just couldn't leave it behind, much like Rage and his blankie I just couldn't be separated from that yarn for a while). I'm so enamored of it that I cannot even begin to think about knitting it up yet :)

Thanks to both of you--it really made a tough time just a little more manageable.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Week 13 of 13(and there was much rejoicing!)

Week 13 of 13--can you believe it? REMEMBER: We actually have to make it through Friday, March 31 at midnight--I have the utmost faith in those of you who have made it so far.

I will run through the remaining Stashalongers on Saturday, April 1 so if you have any closing thoughts or want to share some yarn purchases made on Saturday then post it or leave me a comment(listing what you have finished--as some of you already have or showing how your stash has decreased is a good start, I think). Thanks to each and every one of you for joining me in this madness(yes, even those of you who jumped ship--you tried and no one can fault you for that). I have enjoyed joining up with old friends and meeting some new ones on this 3 month journey--you are quite a talented bunch!

Onto the update:

Good gravy people!?!?! I disappear for a week and look at the carnage I come back to?!?! The final moment of silence(hopefully):
Kat
Kate
Margene
Nicola
Stephanie
Susan
Wanda
Winnie

Kim: Let's see. Here's my Project Spectrum piece for March--it's a top down Raglan for me from Cascade Quattro. It won't be done by the end of the month as I didn't take it with me on my trip. I did, however, start some socks on the plane.

Project Spectrum and Airplane Knitting

Okay--someone please, please, please explain to me what my problem is with finishing Rage's sweater? I only have one side to seam and I swear that I find any excuse not to get it done(I actually cleaned the bathrooms rather than work on it--that is insanity)?!?!

Amanda: has made a major dent in her stash since starting Stashalong, finished her Project Spectrum blanket, and she has some great sewing KALs in the works.

Andrea: on a warm vacation--I hope you had a great time!!

Ann: finished a gorgeous shawl!

Cynthia: got a couple of books, crocheted some squares(looking good!), and is working on a great trekking sock :) Had a Stashalong near miss, but has hopefully made it to the end!

Deena: finished a darling baby sweater set, finished a poncho, finished the wrap cardi, started Sack Sweater and the Somewhat Cowl.

Eliza: finished some socks and is working on some more, joined WIP wipe out to get her stuff under control(I hear you there!), and it looks like she had some type of ball winder and/or cat attack incident while winding some STR.

Hanne: made a sweater for her son to wear to a Bob Marley Jr. concert(cool!) and shared the pleasure and pain of working with kidsilk haze and birch.

Jerry: got a secret pal giftie :)

Joanne: got some yarn for some new designs(her designing is a Stashalong exemption), is working on a rambling rows jacket, started some socks, and shared her "Knitters Anonymous Yarn Patch."

K: finished a gorgeous Koigu baby blanket(her own design no less!!), is choosing yarn for her diamond fantasy project(I like #4 or #5), and went to Florida for a sunset wedding(how romanitc).

Katie: finished her knitted boots, made a lot of sheepy stitch markers(for sale if you are interested--they are super cute!), finished her Texas socks, sewed a skirt, sewed some bunnies, and finished her sock pal socks.

Lauren: finished some STR socks, is working on toe up socks, is working on a baby sundress, if I counted correctly I believe there are at least three more pairs of socks in progress as well, and is still plugging along on Mariah.

Marina: Started and finished Roscalie and Larstorp during Stashlaong; didn't add to her stash; she also finished Russian River, Baltic, Cabled Cardigan; is actively working on Luskentyre, Queen Anne's Lace, Diamond Lace Stole, and Grant Avenue.

Norma: finished a mismatched pair of socks(and will soon be starting their mates), and is making a Dulaan cardi.

Procrastiknitter: is working on a feather and fan afghan, refashioned two skirts for her daughters(they were jeans/now they're skirts with knit borders--cute idea!!), and she got a couple of new knitting books.

Ramona: is working on a sock, got her STR club package(I'm envious and jealous of all of you who got that, but I'm glad I get to see it virtually anyway), and shared her project Spectrum Red.

Ruth: made a darling Blue's Clues gift basket, finished some socks, and finished a long lost scarf gift(good for you, my longest WIP is a scarf for my daughter).

Tam: is working on a baby blanket and posted a blog spring cleaning list(very informative).

Theresa: is working on Branching Out and some hats, shared some lovely red WIPs, finished a strawberry hat, finished some socks, and showed off many sock WIPs.

Tracy: has been reacquainted with cross stitch, is working on some sewing projects(like a needle case).

Valerie: has been getting ready to promote her book(good luck!)


Wendy: made a lot of stitch markers, is working on socks, is working on a HP scarf, and found yarn for a class project in her stash!

***If you are interested in continuing the madness--now or in the future--join us at the new home for Stashalong***

Monday, March 27, 2006

Happy Blogversary to Me :)

Last Wednesday(March 22) was my one year anniversary as a blogger--whoohoo!! I think I have come a long way since I started and I still have quite a way to go to get things going the way I want them.

An interesting side story to the date of my first post. On March 22, 1985 my husband asked me to "go out" with him--we were in high school at the time. We have been married 7.5 years, but we have known each other forever it seems. Honestly, the date didn't even play into my mind when I started the blog, it just occurred to me as I sat down to write this.

Lifted from xsaddict:

A is for Age: 37
B is for Booze: Currently, Captain and Coke, but Long Island Iced Teas are fine too!
C is for Career: Reading Teacher, Mom, Wife
D is for Dad's Name: Robert
E is for Essential Item to Bring to a Party: A yummy dish to pass
F is for Favorite Songs at the Moment: Metal(Nine Inch Nails)
G is for Goof-off Thing to Do: Knit or Stitch(preferably with friends)
H is for Hometown: Lockport
I is for Instrument You Play: Clarinet
J is for Jam or Jelly you Like: Blackberry Jam
K is for Kids: Two: Diva(6), Rage(3)
L is for Living Arrangement: temporary house(as in renting and not permanent)
M is for Mom's Name: Sharon
N is for Names of Good Friends: Michele and Amy, all my knit/stitch friends
O is for Overnight Hospital Stays: 5 nights(all for the birthing of my two babies)
P is for Pets: Bailey and Kahlua(aka BB and Cracky), Tonkinese cats
Q is for Quotes you Like: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" --unknown
R is for Relationship That Lasted Longest: DH(I've known him for 21 years!)
S is for Siblings: Amy and Michele
T is for Texas: Love DFW--would move back in a heartbeat
U is for Unique Trait: Good judge of character
V is for Vegetables You Love: Brussel Sprouts, asparagus, and peas
W is for Worst Traits: Being stubborn
X is for X-rays You've Had: teeth
Y is for Yummy Food You Make: Banana bread and 7 layer dip
Z is for Zodiac Sign: Pisces

***Thanks for all your kind words and support concerning the death of my Grandfather. He lived a very long life and up until two weeks before he passed away he was living on his own and was very much a vibrant and engaging person. He definitely wasn't shorted--he passed away about 3.5 months short of his 100th birthday. He got to see all his great grandchildren(7 of them) this past summer when we were all home to visit and my father told me that made him very happy. It really wasn't a sad time at all; more a celebration of a long life.***

My trip home last week was a journey--that's for sure. I have two sisters(both younger); one lives in NY and one lives in TX. The Texas sister and I got the same flights to and from DFW to BUF--we figured we could visit on the way there and back.

Last Wednesday I got on a plane here in Denver and when I got to DFW I find out my flight from DFW to BUF was cancelled(mechanical failure on the plane). After much arguing with the American Airlines ticket agent(she was a TON of help--NOT!), she gets me on a flight that arrives in Buffahole one hour later than I was scheduled to arrive. The catch is that I have to fly to Washington DC then to Buffahole on another airline(USAirways). I have to go back through security and go to another terminal in order to accomplish that. I made it with only a couple of glitches(and I got to see the Washington Monument, the Capital, and the Pentagon from the plane).

Guess what didn't make it to Buffahole? Did you say my luggage? THAT'S RIGHT! Pissed did not even begin to cover my attitude after watching all the luggage going around the carousel and not seeing mine. The US Airways luggage claim guy was equally pissed as all the people that got rerouted to Buffahole on that flight did not get their luggage either. I bet my blood pressure was through the roof last Wednesday--I didn't bring monitor to check.

Luckily before I had to go shopping for clothes or wear my sweats to the funeral, my luggage was brought to my parents house. My Texas sister had to take a flight out early Thursday morning and arrived with a few hours to spare before the viewing.

We did, however, still get to fly back to DFW together yesterday. Did you know that if you break up a leg of your trip(through no fault of your own)the airline cancels the rest of your itinerary--that was Saturdays fight with American Airlines customer service when we called to confirm our 6:55am flight out of Buffalhole to DFW.

I guess I really got my money's worth out of that plane ticket.

DH survived his baptism by fire with Diva and Rage--they looked a little scrubby but their clothes matched and they were in good spirits.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Out of Town

Stashalongers: there will not be a post this Tuesday and you have my deepest apologies for that. My Grandfather passed away this morning and I need to get to NY. Everything should be back to normal for our Week 13 of 13 post on the 28th :) I know a few of you have jumped off the wagon and I'll have all that in my post next time.

Thanks again for all your prayers and well wishes--he passed peacefully in his sleep and I think that's the best way to go.

If there is a lighter side to this, my husband will be alone with my kiddos for more than 12 hours for the first time. You have no idea how badly I want to hide cameras around the house to see what goes on.

Happy knitting everyone--no jumping off the wagon while I'm gone!

Stacey and Cynthia--my gushing post about your very generous and much appreciated gifts will be up before I go--hopefully! If not then it will be up as soon as I get back :)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Thanks, SBQ, and Booking Through Thursday

Thanks everyone for all your prayers and concern for my Grandfather--it really means a lot to me. He's still in the hospital and they are waiting for test results on his kidney function(which should be in tomorrow)before deciding how to proceed. If his kidney function isn't getting any better, then his time is almost up.

He's lived a long life(how many people have seen what he has in his nearly 100 years?)and in all honesty he hasn't been happy since my Grandmother passed away 15 years ago. If this is indeed the end of his life, then I hope it is relatively quick and painless for him.

It's been hard for my sister(in Texas) and I because we are so far away and aren't really in a position for an extended trip home. We figured the best we could do was have our other sister and our father relay our messages of love to him. We will fly in if he passes away so that we can be there for our father(he's an only child and this is his only remaining parent--it's upsetting to him to say the least). For me, it's been hard just waiting. Every time the phone rings I'm thinking it's THE CALL.

Tomorrow is big decision day, I guess.

Today's SBQ is:

Do you stitch "over one?" If so, describe your experiences. If not,
have you considered it?

Yes, I sure do. All of the HAED charts are over 1--so I'm getting a crash course in it right now. It's not so bad really. It provides some unique challenges though.
Positive: You get an unbelievable amount of detail.
Negatives: It takes forever to make any progress.
The back of your piece looks like a rat's nest.
You could go blind stitching it.


Booking Through Thursday


This week's questions about self-help books are from Nicki.


  1. Have you ever read a self-help book? Yes, the biggest one I have read is Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. I have also read various diet books(do they count as self help?).

  2. What do you think about self-help books in general? I think that like any book some are garbage and some have merit.

  3. Would you ever recommend a self-help book? I am not sure that I would recommend them to anyone. I think that self help stuff is a very personal thing and you should seek out books based on what you perceive your personal issues to be.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Stashalong--Week 11 of 13

Week 11--can you believe it?! I can tell you that I am reaching the breaking point--I have an overwhelming need for sock yarn--NEW sock yarn. But I haven't caved yet and I'm sure I won't; it's just getting tough that's all.

I found a new KAL that goes hand in hand with my personal Stashalong goals:


You know the drill--a moment of silence please:
Hayley
Brianne
Justsewcrafty
Ronda

Kim: Answer me this: Why can't I finish Rage's sweater? All it needs is seaming--not even all the seaming; just one side? That is my mission for next week.

Amanda: 5 out 25 for WTW, 2 scarves for WTW, and began a granny square blanket.

Andrea: nothing to report.

Ann: finished a cute crocheted kitty, wants to start a prayer shawl, and some fingerless gloves.

Cynthia: finished her Noro Shrug, is off to NYC for an interview(and possibly and Stashalong downfall), and has 7(or maybe more) WIPs.

Deena: still working on Shani(hope the sleeves workout soon), is working on a baby gift, and is trying to finish a gift poncho.

Eliza: finished her sockapaloooza socks, got a lovely knitted bag, started a modified Cheri.

Hanne: finished a Noro Design with yarn she dyed herself, finished China, finished a Debbie Bliss unstructured coat, finished Melody(but is going to frog it as it doesn't fit well), finished Splendour, finished Hera and Butterfly(whew!--wipes brow--you've been busy!!)

Jerry: life has intruded on knitting time(although there was a bit of ripping done)--hope everything slows down soon!

Joanne: ordered some Japanese knitting books(one in particular deals with interpreting symbols--it sounds very useful!), took a class with Sally Melville, and spend some time with knitting author Donna Druchunas.


K: finished a vest(it still needs some tweaking) and is trying to find her way through a baby blanket.

Kat: has blocked a sweater(but it still needs seamed), is working on Crusoe socks, is working on a Dulaan scarf, finished Brazilian, and has 3 secret projects and a baby blanket on deck.

Kate: nothing new to report.

Katie: is working on socks, Samus is ready for seaming, is still working on her boots, and showed off her red(I still need to do that).

Lauren: is working on Mariah and some Jaywalkers.

Margene: finished Seaweed and will be participating in the Mountain Lace KAL.

Marina: is working on solving her Grant Avenue sleeve dilemma, is almost done with Roscalie, is working on Grant Avenue, is working on Luskentyre, and is working on Queen Anne's Lace. **If you haven't stopped by Marina's blog you should--it's always a treat to see what she is working on :)

Nicola: nothing to report.

Norma: has 8 WIPs and finished two baby hats.

Procrastiknitter: finished a little shrug.

Ramona: made it home safely from her ski trip.

Ruth: is having Jaywalker issues, is working on some Birkenstock socks, survived a shopping trip with Stacey, is working on an afghan square, and is trying to decide what to make for her sock pal.

Stephanie: found a site with glow in the dark yarn(cool!), knit some WTW squares, and started a scarf.

Susan: Kool aid dyed some yarn(it looks great)and finished her 3rd Mountain Stream scarf(if you like it join the KAL).

Tam: is working on a baby blanket and finished some baby "uggs" and a matching hat.

Theresa: is working on some Friday Harbor socks and has 5 other projects on the needles.

Tracy: finished a sock, started a cross stitch project(hurray!!)and finished her sockapaloooza socks.

Valerie: nothing to report.

Wanda: is almost done with Bliss, is working on Fair Isle Jazz, and cast on for two socks.

Wendy: nothing to report.

Winnie: needs to seam To Dye For and may succumb to the siren song of Peace Fleece.

**I wanted to give you all a heads up. I may have to leave town suddenly in the immediate future. My Grandfather(who is almost 100) is in the hospital(in NY) and things are looking very grim(Friday he was recovering from surgery and doing well--today he has pneumonia, heart problems, and is in and out of lucidity). I'll try to post something here if I have to leave. If I do have to leave, I may miss an update, I have tried so hard to keep up with this but obviously family has to come first. I just didn't want you to think I was bailing on all of you or anything.

Friday, March 10, 2006

SBQ and Booking Through Thursday

Okay, I'm not really into making my blog a forum for my personal beliefs, but this article is SO true. It really makes me weep for the future of this country. Every parent should read this and think about how things where when you were in school as opposed to how you respond to things today with your own children--are we helping or hurting them? From a teacher's point of view I have one opinion and from a parent's point of view I have another(well, actually they are kind of similar, but it is really hard to put your foot down with your own kids sometimes). I can't tell you how many teenagers I have personally worked with who have ZERO work ethic--I don't intend to have mine join that group.

Today's SBQ is:

Do you have an organizational system for your patterns? If so, how do
you organize them? If not, have you considered organizing them
?

I have no organizational system for my cross stitch patterns. I have them separated into stuff I am doing, stuff I really want to do soon, stuff I really want to do later, and stuff I used to like but I'm not really interested in anymore. I haven't really considered organizing my needlework patterns.

My knitting patterns on the other hand are organized into categories by article of clothing and they are all in page protectors in three ring binders--I like to think of it as my own mini yarn pattern library.

Booking Through Thursday


This week's questions are from Cate.


  1. Do you have any books that are signed by the author? Yes, I have both of Debbie Macomber's books about knitting signed and I have the Merry Gentry series by Laurell Hamilton signed. I love the idea of book signings--although personally I would love to actually have some more intimate time with some of my favorite authors--it would be fascinating to talk to them about their ideas and their process.

  2. Do you have a story behind the autograph? Well, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time for Debbie Macomber(I had received a mailer about her book tour and decided to take my two books to get signed).

    I remember when I went to Laurell Hamilton's book signing I was so nervous. I wanted to ask her something brilliant about her work(the whole concept of her stories is amazing to me); instead I got up to her and her husband and as she signed my books I asked her, "Please don't kill Richard" (he's a character from her Anita Blake series and I would go into mourning on par with the loss of Sirius Black if she offs Richard). She laughed and said she gets that all the time. She said she didn't want to kill him off but she did think he needed some serious therapy. So much for my brilliant question.

    I would like to get my Dark Hunter books signed because Sherrilyn Kenyon would be fascinating to talk to(her story concept is really original as well). And the Holy Grail of autographs would of course be JKRowling--what I would give for a little bit of time to pick her brain. And there are numerous deceased authors I would love to have sign stuff too.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Stashalong--Week 10 of 13

Stashalong--the joyous journey continues. If you are interested in continuing or spreading the madness, I'll have a post up at the Stashalong's new home in the next couple of days. You are, of course, welcome to join up anytime(and in the new format you only have to do a month at a time--which I plan on utilizing when I have a project I really want to get done--but I'll be taking at least a month off first).

Two more have sailed off into the yarn buying sunset--so you know what that means, right? Another moment of silence---
Teri
Eva

Onto the update:

Kim:


The Sweetheart Gryffindor Hat is done :)

Gryffindor Sweetheart Hat(in toque form)


Gryffindor Sweetheart Hat(in regular form) and in the background the reason today's post was late :)

Amanda: finished Cinnamon, is working on a WTW blanket that doubles as a Project Spectrum project, has a list of projects to be started for this month, finished a couple snowflakes and a meditation mat.

Andrea: nothing to report.

Ann: made a gorgeous paper piece for "Girl's Day", got her gold medal(congrats!), and is crocheting a cat(which she has finished!!).

Brianne: has made a pair of very lucky socks(send some luck my way!), got a SP7 package, and used some Christmas gift certificates to get some yummy yarn.

Cynthia: is almost finished with her Noro Shrug.

Deena: is still working on her Olympic sweater(that she's designing herself), will be teaching another class(congrats!), and got some great yarn in a swap.

Eliza: made a gorgeous bag for Susan, is working on Child's First Sock(Nancy Bush), and has finished some bags.

Hanne: finished Mist.

Hayley: nothing to report.

Jerry: finished Clapotis.

Joanne: worked on her Rainbow Jacket and worked on Diane(her own design).

Justsewcrafty: worked on Branching Out, finished a dress for her daughter, finished socks, and finished a dishcloth.

K: worked on a vest, a baby blanket, a Trellis scarf, and a linen lace shawl.

Kat: finished some socks, got an SP7 package, and destashed 31 skeins of yarn in Feb.

Kate: worked on Clapotis II and is knee deep in a bathroom remodel.

Katie: is almost finished with some socks, is working on samus, and is visiting my old stomping grounds.

Lauren: finished fingerless gloves, a shrug, some Jaywalkers; is working on some Jaywalkers, Grace, and Mariah.

Margene: finished Gloria, showed off some of her stunning embroidery, started Cutaway, worked on Seaweed, got a new look for Zeneedle, and got a Better Pal package.

Marina: is working on Roscalie and is rethinking Rona and her yarn.

Nicola: finished one pink ladder sock, is still working on Norwegians, and is heading for the finish line with her mitered blanket.

Norma: finished two blanket squares, is working on what may or may not be a sock, and has some great looking red sock yarn(I really, really, really like that color!)

Procrastiknitter: is in the process of switching up her template.

Ramona: started lacy heart socks, flashed her gorgeous free day yarn purchase(Love it!), and, finally, have a great trip!!

Ronda: nothing to report.

Ruth: finished a red hat, finished Clapotis, and is going to finish some unfinished socks.

Stephanie: finished a blanket, and bought some patterns(I have been doing that too).

Susan: got a stunning bag from Eliza and has a pattern in this month's MagKnits.

Tam: is working on a baby blanket and posted the specs on her gorgeous snowflake sweater!

Theresa: has some socks on(and off and back on) the needles, finished Winter Folly, and finished some socks and mittens and a hat.

Tracy: finished some birthday socks(Happy Birthday, Sam), made a needle roll, got a bunch of books, and is making a necklace for Project Spectrum(gorgeous beads).

Valerie: found out who her fiber godmother was and got some great gifts too!

Wanda: is working on M's sweater, is working on the Bless cardi, and got some "unloved" sock yarn in a swap.

Wendy: is working on an HP scarf, some socks, and a bag. She's also going to work on some stitch markers.

Winnie: finished some socks, finished a OSW, and is reknitting the sweetheart sweater.

Sorry for the late post this week. Little Rage has been puking since Thursday(the doctor said it's a virus and he'll be fine) and that has taken up a lot of my time causing me to run late with Stashalong patrol. This morning I HAD to go and get Goblet of Fire, but I got back to finish this up before lunch and I'm pretty happy about that :) Have a great week, ladies, and hang in there--we're in the homestretch!!

Friday, March 03, 2006

STR

The votes have fallen as follows:

FOR: 5
AGAINST: 3

Since I said that majority would rule on this I'd say that you can join STR(or any other "club" in deference to Cynthia's comment) without getting booted.

That being said, Joanne, Cynthia, and Andrea made me feel really guilty about the whole thing SO I am NOT going to act on the club thing until Stashalong concludes. Thanks for helping me stick to my guns, ladies :)

Thursday, March 02, 2006

SBQ and Booking Through Thursday

Today's SBQ was suggested by Cheryl and is:

What cross-stitch magazines or other publications (as opposed to
blogs) do you read on a regular basis? What do you like about them?
What do you not like? What would your perfect publication include?


I actually do not read any cross stitch magazines currently. I used to subscribe to "Just Cross Stitch" and occasionally I would get some of the British cross stitch publications, but, honestly, they didn't really have a lot of patterns that worked for me. I've grown tired of cute patterns, kitchen patterns, and simple stuff. I have entered a big a$$ project phase and there aren't any publications that cater to that. I think that at this point I would prefer a publication that had more informative/historical articles--I would rather learn about the history of stitching and techniques than to thumb through pages of tiny, simple designs.




Booking Through Thursday


Today's questions are from Marie. Thank you!


  1. Do you finish every book you start, no matter how bad it gets? Why? A most resounding NO! In college(as a lit major)I had to read a ton of crap all the way to the end--it was tedious and torturous as hell and once I graduated I promised myself that I would never again force myself to read something I couldn't stand again. Now I give the book 5 chapters or so to grab my attention and if it doesn't it gets shelved, given away, or tossed.

  2. Do you ever sneak-read the ending before you finish the book? If so, what about the book tends to cause you to do so? Kind of, I did with HP6--I just had to know who it was before I finished the book. But as a rule I don't read ahead--what fun is it to know the ending before you get there. Just like when I had my kids, I never found out what they were until they popped out ;)

Let the Party Begin!

Today is a big day at the KIP house.

Little Diva turns 6 today! That's right, six years ago today I was in Queens Medical Center in Honolulu with two of my friends in the very beginnings of labor with Little Diva. DH was in Arizona at the time and had to fly back before she was born(if you know how long that flight is you'll understand why it was a stressful situation). He made it with hours to spare as I had to push FOREVER to get her out.

Little Diva has school so there won't be much partying today(although she is taking a treat into school). After school we will go out to dinner then it's off the see the Avalanche play! Tomorrow she does not have school SO we are taking some of her friends to lunch at her favorite restaurant(McDonalds) then it's off to Build a Bear workshop.

She informed her father and I that she wants inline skates and sunglasses and she needs to pick them out. So we will squeeze that in at some point too.

Happy Birthday, Little Diva!
Six going on sixteen ;)