Thursday, May 31, 2007
This summer, I want to make the Bazaar shirt. That is top on my obsession list...I swatched three stitch patterns this morning before 6 am. I'd like to finish Wren, and make something out of my SeaSilk. I also want to do a saddle-shouldered pullover for DH, and a few easy peasy summer tops. (did I mention I also have some UFOs....) I would like to finish two projects a month, because this month has been absolute crap. I didn't finish ANYTHING.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I had ANOTHER idea---perhaps Tahki cotton classic would be the right color range...
Monday, May 28, 2007
DH got a call last night from Mr. Neighbor. He needed to borrow Mark's beard trimmer. DH rushed out the door, and came back very concerned. DH filled me in a little. Mr. Neighbor was a wreck. His house was dark, his beloved 5' TV silent, his trashcans still out from Wednesday's collection.
Today, when I got home from the grocery, DH told me his new beard trimmer was just dandy. I said "You know, I didn't think you'd just lend out your beard trimmer. You can't stand it if I use your toothbrush." He said "No, I knew that wasn't coming back into the house. That's not something I'd lend out."
I thought not. I am puzzled, I am worried, and I might have to track down a son who lives out of state. I think this is a scream for help from a normally clean-shaven, buttoned-down guy.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Hope my knitting mojo comes back. I kind of miss it.
Monday, May 21, 2007
The identical Missouri twins say they were unknowingly having sex with the same woman. And according to the woman's testimony, she had sex with each man on the same day. Within hours of each other.
Just click for more of the story....
As freakish as this sounds, one of my cousins has twin boys. Who dated the same girl. Who got pregnant. So who knows? When I heard about my family, this dilemma occurred to me. The fairest thing to do is to have each guy pay 50%, because they both admit to sleeping with her. There's a 50% chance that one of them would pay 50% more than necessary, which is much better than choosing the wrong guy, and him paying 100% of the child support.
What if one of them was across town involved in a solitary activity? Both his brother and the woman could maliciously accuse the uninvolved party, and stick him with support. Quite a mess.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I would have posted to your blog but your original posting has scrolled off and half the fun is to share, right? So here goes: I did a little cut & paste of your blog comments and photos then printed it out and took it to work with me at LYS this last Wednesday evening - which is when Jill Vosburg (JOMR) teaches. She said you did a terrific job, particularly on the short-row modifications and said it looked really really nice. Yes, two reallys. Jill also commented that she loved to see how different people came up with their changes to the sweater. And then she asked to keep the little document I`d pasted together, so (were I in your shoes) I`d take to be high praise! Congrats on a terrific job on that sweater :-) --Melanie 5/20/2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
- I was smitten today by the Harajuku shirt article in Craft. REALLY smitten. I owe a young lady a custom t-shirt, but I had no inspiration. The article sparked my imagination, so I finally got busy.
H has had a rough go of it lately. When she was a kid, she showed livestock in many local shows, and earned a lot of money for college. Her mother recently packed a suitcase and emptied out the kid's college fund, then moved to greener pastures. Her dad's remarried, and her step mother is a little on the strict side. Monica and I sat with H the other day and worked on her scholarship applications. So far, she's moved really far up in the competion, so it might work out ok.
My kids always liked 'ransom note' collages made with torn up magazine quotes, so I went in that direction, rather than the anime shown in the article. All my craft findings came from my local Wallyworld, and I used Avery transfer paper for dark shirts. Thank God for scanners, because I was able to throw M&Ms and a silk daisy into the mix for a really fun look. I stenciled with gold glitter paint (c'mon, we live in Texas), and need to do a little embroidery tomorrow, then I will post a photo of the whole shirt. I gotta do that embroidery, because I think it might be too big!
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I'm truly pissed off about this. This week, our glorious state has had TWO significant child abuse arrests-one for the 17 year old who beat his little girl senseless and bit the crap out of her-
Here's a link to the rest of that story.
Then there's the genius boy in Galveston who shoved his baby in the microwave-
No significant knitting to talk about. I have both Wren sleeves done, I just need to do the fronts now. Highland Silk knits more quickly on aluminums than Balenes.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
We got a call late Friday night. It was my niece, and she was hyperventilating. "Hold on," DH said, "I'll let you talk to my personal shopper." He passed the phone to me. "Congratulations, honey, did I pick the right one?" "YES! I love it!" That is quite a response from someone as sedate as she is. Yay, Lisa, for finishing your degree. We are very proud of you, and I am glad that our gift has you in a tizzy. I am still waiting to hear what Miss DHBFFDD thinks of her gift.
A few weeks back, I ordered my DMIL one of these. She wants a long skirt. When I opened it up, and shook out the wrinkles, DH said "Honey, you usually have it right on, but that looks like something for Kim Jong-Il." Niiiccceeee. It looked too big for her.
Yesterday, he looked at me and said "You know, Mom and Aunt Jeanette are coming tomorrow. Do you think..." and I said "Yes honey, I think I oughta go buy Aunt Jeanette some Burt's Bees, because she's allergic to so many things."
So I ran out to Beall's and bought Mom another gift (just in case) that I am sure she will like, and a top and bracelet for Aunt Jeanette.
DD should have received a nice cool summer bracelet that's easy to wear...I mailed it for her earlier in the week. She's like me, she needs jewelry she doesn't have to mess with.
I mailed floral sprays to my brother yesterday. I've been making them for almost seven years now; it has somehow become my job to provide my family little silk arrangements for my mom (and now my dad). In Arizona, the weather is so arid that real flowers are a total waste of time. We have a tradition that we started the week my mom died. When we swap out flowers, the old arrangement goes to someone else in the line....not everyone out there gets a visit. Last Christmas, my mother had a Christmas tree. We don't know where it came from, but I am sure it has to do with our habit.
The shopping service has to go clean house now....
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Yesterday, I searched their sale pages ONCE more for a few extra balls of Solista. Did an entire site search. No luck. Then I remembered that Herrschner's sometimes hides its yarn in plain view. So I did a search for the colors. Here's a good example-
Using the search term "yellow and white", I found a picture of Solista-and the following description-
Yellow and White: "Yellow and White"
Yellow and White
Item #: YY710925-1142
Notice that there is no description of the yarn, and the name isn't given at all. Searching by the item number does not yield results. The photo of Solista and that itty bitty swatch tell it all. The verifying indicator is that Yellow and White's stock number matches Yarndex's color chart, which shows that Solista yellow and white is color number 1142. All colors of Solista are in stock, but I had to trot over to Yarndex to get a good color list, because Herrschner's had not linked all colors of the same yarn in a group. You must stumble on them one by one.
I learned about the Herrschner's oddities last year when we all fell in love with Paton's Katrina. There was a swatch, and all it said was 'black'. The price made me do a double take. So I took the item number over to Yarndex, and found that the item number had common elements with the black Katrina.
Similarly, two weeks ago, there was a listing for Brilliant Black. I did a bit of searching for Brilliant Black. As it turns out, the listing was for Paton's Brilliant. I checked this morning, and a search for Brilliant Black brings up a picture of a purple ball of Brilliant.
Hope you find this helpful.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
I, on the other hand, have a DH who comes home and tells me "I really like the socks you bought last week, can I have more?" I ordered multiples of the identical sock from Sierra Trading Post. Dull, safe sox.
Must. Cast. On. Wren. Sleeves.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
The outlet mall is the number one tourist attraction in the State of Texas...more people visit there than Texas Stadium, the Alamo, or the Marfa lights. It's 90 miles from my house, but even I must do my part as a Texas resident. I also knew that whatever I spent, DH would spend double. I've SEEN how he shops; he grabs at eye-level and hightails it out. He knows that whatever the retail price, I NEVER EVER EVER pay it.
I usually find GREAT deals at the Dooney store. They always have really good prices, except when it's a week before Mother's Day, and you are desperate for a gift. They had a buy one, get one half off sale, but there were no good deals, no amazingly cute styles, nothing that grabbed me. They all LOOKED like Mother's Day gifts! I figured I'd mosey on down to the Coach outlet and see what I could get for the girls. I've never bought anything there in my life. As it turned out, Coach had a better assortment, and lower prices! I tried to find both girls bags trendy enough to suit their ages, but neutral enough to carry for three years-tricky business.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007