Archive for March, 2007

Lucky Me!

This arrived for me in the mail today!

I won a contest at Jessalu’s blog and this was the generous prize package I received. My very first skein of Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn in a fabulous purple, blue and red colourway – hmmm all the colours of royalty… Some truly yummy treats and a great card with yarn and a kitty in the picture. Thank you Jess – you are too kind!

Seems the Spring pics just don’t stop around here – these are from our walk this evening.

Oh, and the Hummingbirds are here!!

I know I am a strange one – I love, love, LOVE the smell of Skunk Cabbage. If I could find away to grow it in my backyard I truly would. Fortunately for me, it grows all over town. Ahhh.

ETA: Ummm yeah. The stripe is GREEN not blue. What am I? colourblind??

And it is also Poetry Thursday so here is one of my favourite poems to share with children. The fun language! Runcible spoon.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat
by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

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The sweetest sound

I just took Kira out and….the frogs are singing!
It is a clear, cool night. Lots of stars in the sky.
And now the frogs are singing.

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I am hosting a contest!

This little blog is very, very close to receiving it’s 200th comment!! Let me tell you, I did not expect that to be happening – and certainly not before the end of this month…I thought maybe mid-April. But readership and/or commenting has grown over the last few weeks and the time is now.

The lucky people who leave the 200th, and then the 201st comment, will win some knitting swag!
200th Comment: Oregon Felted Tote pattern and yarn.
201st Comment: Scarf or Sock Kit – pattern, yarn and needles – your choice

And, because I appreciate all the commentors who visit, I will place everyone’s name from this month, in a draw for 2 seperate sock yarn or felted bowl projects (winners can choose!) I will even give you a choice of colours.

Here are some of the items you may win:

If you have been reading here for awhile, you know that I refer to myself as a Slow Knitter. Am I? Really? Perhaps I am just a considerate knitter?

This was how we spent much of yesterday – lounging, finishing Season 3 of the Sopranos and trying to get some of my Ravenclaw House Scarf done. I am sure you can imagine how difficult it is to knit with a pup sleeping under your arm! But she was too cozy, not to mention cute, to move. So little progress was made – just a 2nd set of silver stripes.

I did cast with my PS2 dyed sock yarn, you know since there are like 5 days left in the month. 😀
I am going to try Grumperina’s Jaywalkers. I know, I am pretty late jumping on that wagon (ummm…2005?) but they look like fun.
I hope to get more done tonight – another cheesy episode of 24 is on and we are going to start Season 4 of Sopranos. (our plan is to catch up before the final season starts April 8th -we’re enjoying it – though our language has really taken a dive!)

Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to announce some prize winners!!

ETA: 200 and 201 have been written! I will contact the winners shortly. I guess I shouldn’t really hold the draw until Sunday morning to be fair to everyone, I did say ‘all the commentors this month’. Why must I be so impatient! What do you think?

Ok. All winners will be announced on Sunday, April 1st. — no mention of Fools —

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The Oregon Felted Tote

Pre-felting – for an idea of the size. Look at that bit of wool – that is all that was left after making the 2nd tie!

Drying in the sun (temporarily behind a cloud)

Dried and ties woven in.

I plan on learning needle felting to embellish this bag. Maybe some embroidery and beading as well. It is lacking something.

This is my 1st true felting project. It is such a remarkable thing. To have this huge, floppy bit of knitting become this sturdy, yet malleable, fabric. I would totally do it again. In fact I am making my cousin some felted bowls with the leftover yarn – using a pattern from One Skein. I plan on filling one of them with some of those delectable Mini Eggs…Mmmmmm. I also have a lovely hat pattern I just might try one day soon.

I leave you with a few other pics from our walk last night. Spring-y!!

When these flowers open the Hummingbirds will be here!! That is less than a week away. Glorious Spring!
This is how my baby looks after the rain – she curls up like mad. Doesn’t that wool look like it could be spun into something lovely?

You should see her when we get back from our walks. She runs around the house like a crazy thing, with her rear end tucked in, skittering all over the hardwood. It is a total riot. Though I do tend to be easily amused!

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Poetry Thursday

my spring is just this:
a single bamboo shoot
a willow branch

It may be hard to tell in this picture but it is raining.

It has been raining for 3 days and the ground is quite marshy.
Kira has a thing about sitting on the wet ground.
She won’t. She hovers – as you can see.
(I didn’t want you to think I had taken an indiscreet photo of the lady!)

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Some of you may recall that I signed up for Stashalong on January 1st. Well. It has been nearly 3 months and here is how far I have gotten.

1)Sizzle: DONE – even though it didn’t fit : -(

2) Anemoi Mitts: 1 DONE

3) Baby Blanket: No progress

4) Shae’s Darling coat: DONE

** 5) My stinkin’ Noro hat already – Since the weather has changed I am going to switch this winter project out with 4 dishcloths: 2 DONE

6) Severus Snape Socks: 1 DONE

7) Mary Janes: DONE

8) Absorba the Great: DONE

9) The felted Oregon Tote that kickstarted my knitting frenzy 4 (I think) years ago: Felting as I write!! so…DONE

**10) The project that started the Blog: The Ravenclaw Raglan. WILL NOT BE FINISHED – does not even begin to fit so I will choose a different UFO
I am going to switch this out with socks 3 pairs as I have a LOT of sock yarn: 1 out of 6 DONE
(this might seem like an uneven switch – but actually the only thing left to do on the RRaglan was to attach the sleeves and knit the shoulders/neckline – total bummer)

11) Bejewelled: No progress

12) Purple Roving Scarf: DONE

13) Le Slouch: DONE

14) Uniscarfity: DONE

15) Surprise Baby Gift: 1/3 done

I have 1 strike at this time – which is fairly impressive for me!
I think this has been a great excercise in self-restraint for me…but I am not sure if it is something I want to do again!
Next time I am going to choose a method that allows me some free shopping days. This has been much more difficult than I anticipated – but has saved me money!

As it stands I have: 1 mitt, 1 baby blanket, 2 dishcloths, 6 individual socks, 1 scarf and 1 baby gift to go.
Or: 10 items before I can buy some yarn.
Aaaarrrghhh. Just when I thought I was close to home free!

The socks will be perfect for PS2 since I had decided that I would dye sock yarn in each sections colours. Now I just have to get back into my socks. Shouldn’t be too hard.

ETA: Friends of another knitblogger lost their child in an accident last week. If you would like to help make a square for a comfort blanket please visit YarnIt.

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Some Fo’s

It certainly took long enough – here is Uniscarfity blocking in the sun. (well, it was in the sun earlier)

After FINALLY finishing the Endless Scarf, I cast on for the new pattern at FunDishCloth KAL.

It was a quick easy pattern – a welcome treat after the tedious boredom of the ES. These were so fast to knit up – one in the morning, one in the afternoon. Excellent knitting for Rome and Season 2 of the Sopranos (finally in @ the library).

The yarn is Peaches & Cream in an unknown colourway (ball band disappeared prior to posting!) that was gifted to me from the author of Unravellings.

This is the first time I have used Peaches & Cream cotton – it seems like a nice thirsty yarn, perfect for a dishcloth. Slowly, slowly there will be no more storebought dishcloths here. Then…the face cloths are next to go!

I saw Zodiac this weekend. It was very long – but maintained the tension and interest throughout. Pretty high praise, since I had already seen the documentary on A&E last year. Robert Downey Jr. does brilliant work – there are quite a few famous to familiar faces in this film. I would recommend the film without a soda! I love Dennis Fincher’s films (maybe not Panic Room so much…)

I also got out in the garden to cut back some old growth and dead stalks and check on what is growing. Looks like 2 of the 5 raspberry canes I planted last year have survived the winter. 1 is really thriving. Could have some better fruit this year! Yum.

Up next: The Oregon Tote and Baby Surprise Gift

Thanks for all the congrats for my brother – really we don’t know who to be congratulating. His fiance is the best woman – we are all so happy!

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My brother got engaged today!!!!

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Tension? What tension? We are the best of friends. We’re just waiting to eat.

Mmmmm. My soap arrived in the mail today. It smells so heavenly! It is the Earth Spirit soap from Good Soapworks of Athens. I cannot wait to open this tomorrow morning.

This is what I see while I am blogging. She is always keeping an eye on me!

A special thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a comment on my last post – my blog reached a new milestone: 1st time I’ve had two digits worth of comments!


by Yvette F. Hanrath

I had this carefully laid-out plan
That by no small measure should succeed
Tuck you deep into the recesses of my mind
Store you in a shelf in my heart.
Keep the warmth but not the burning passion
Keep the memory without the pain
Keep the melody and not the haunting strains
Then walk, and go on with my journey.
So have I spent my days learning to unlearn
As I keep walking down this road.
But as I pass the fields of corn
I remember the softness of your hair.
I stop at a wooden bridge
Over the sparkling waters of a brook
And I remember
The touching of fluted glass.
The smoke billows from a cabin in the woods
And I remember a fireplace
Two shadows
And a white-colored mountain.
I watch the seasons change
And things green- turn brown
And I remember
A pair of chameleon eyes.
Perched on the slope of a hill
The zephyr softly brushes
Against my skin
And I remember a gentle touch.
The heavens deepen
Into orange and red
A flaming ball of fire
And I remember a passion, strong.
The silver moon rises
Amid a blanket of stars
And I remember two souls touching.
The stars frolic
As they beam their light
And I remember the smiles and a sweet joy.
I gaze at the ocean
These waters that binds us, yet, keep us apart
And my soul cries out for you.
I dance with a man
And follow his steps
But my soul wouldn’t dance in the fire.
Will I ever forget
Or will I forever remember
Will I ever be free
From you.
Will I ever unlearn
What my soul wants to keep
Will I ever find
Another you.

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Still no luck getting a picture for you.
Who knew getting a photo of a child in a handknit would prove as elusive as Big Foot or his ilk? Certainly not me. I had this idea that you would just say, Here put this on and I will take your picture, and all would fall into place.
You would think I would know better, having worked with young children for over 10 yrs. Apparently, despite all evidence to the contary: I am an Optimist!

Model clothes? Nope. “I’m goin’ fishin’.”

I then thought “Oh, I can be clever-er than that. I’ll turn it into a game.” And let the subject use the camera…

We got pictures of “sharks & whales ‘tackin us” (we’re on the boat – didn’t you used to play that? I know I did)



“Ahh. Let the sibling use the camera…”

Nope. You can see, if you squint just right, Darling on the couch behind us.

The best shot all night was this Self Portrait.

Not to worry. Her Grandma is on the case. She has some serious powers of persuasion. We’ll get a picture.

It is kind of fun to see from another perspective here. There were a lot of delted pics – mostly of Kira. A pretty popular subject for more than just me! She eats it up. But let me tell you, she is sleeping hard after this visit!

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