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Saturday, October 30, 2004

A Story About G'pa, Some Knitting, and Good Hair

Christmas 1995:

I was sitting next to my G'pa and he asked me "Are you wired yet?" By 1995, G'pa had email and was building his own computers. Needless to say, I didn't have my own computer and I certainly didn't have email, but G'pa said that we'd be able to communicate more if I did. I signed up for an email account and began an email correspondence with G'pa that lasted right up until he went into the nursing home a few months ago. I'm sure I would have eventually caught up with the digital age, but it would have taken a lot longer without G'pa.

I do have knitting progress to report. I have started on a Very Harlot Poncho for my aunt, and I've got to knit another scarf for Mike because he lost the first one during last week while he was in Colorado for business. I've got a number of Christmas presents I need to get started, and I seem to buy nothing but green yarn. I'm not sure why.

Body of the 2nd Booga Bag

Beginning of my aunt's Harlot Poncho

I've been guilty of something for a while, and I didn't want to share it out of shame.

I've had Bad Hair. Poofy, mushroomy, strangely shaped hair that did nothing but cause me shame. But no more!

Good Hair!

Thank you again for your wonderful and kind comments. I'm so thankful to be part of such a generous blogging community.

Happy Weekend All!

Oh, and Michelle? That sure was spam. :)

Thursday, October 28, 2004


It's good to be home. I got to my G'pa's nursing home in the early afternoon on Saturday and joined the vigil at his bedside with my aunt and my cousin. My mom came on Sunday, and I was glad, for my G'pa, that she came. Monday morning, at about 6:30am, my G'pa died. I'll tell you that as glad as I was that he wasn't suffering any longer, I wasn't ready for it. I thought it just sucked. I needed about another 20 years or so.

The thing I will always be grateful for is having been at his side with my aunt and my cousin when he died. We had the memorial service on Tuesday so I was able to be there for that as well. My G'pa's entire bowling team showed up for the service. A cuter group of little old men and women you've never seen.

It was a sad, exhausting, draining trip, but I am glad I was there. I would have regretted it forever otherwise.

I want to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful comments you left for me. It meant a lot to come home to all of your thoughtfulness and kindness.

There was a lot of hospital knitting done - I am almost finished with the I-cord for the second Booga bag, and I made a beautiful drop stitch scarf for my aunt using a skein of the gorgeous bluey purple yarn my SP III Secret Pal sent to me.

I'm so glad to be home.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Away For A Few Days

I received the call from my cousin Stephanie last night that my G'pa is failing and his doctors expect he'll only live for another few days, so I am leaving for California in the morning.

My aunt and my cousin have been telling my G'pa that it is okay for him to let go, but he's a fighter and he isn't ready to leave yet. I'm hoping he hangs on so that I can be with him a while, but if he doesn't, I'll be able to be there with my family, and that's very important, too.

I'm taking a lot of small, rather mindless projects with me to work on while I'm there because I will have a lot of time on the plane and at the hospital and I know I'll want to keep my hands busy but be able to have conversations. I'm taking the second Booga bag, yarn for a child's poncho, and maybe the yarn for a French Market Bag, I'm not sure yet.

Because music is so important to Mike, he is making a cd for me to bring with me as a small way for us to feel close to each other.

I'll be back on Wednesday evening and hopefully I will post on Thursday. I already miss my online friends.

Please send kind thoughts to my G'pa.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Booga Booga Boo!

It'll be a quick post tonight, but I wanted to share a couple of FO pics before I return my full attention to something that is on tv right now. Enough said?

So, without further ado (and because there's a commercial break on right now):


Booga Redux!

Thank you for the kind words about Booga. The second one is coming along nicely, too. ;)

I also want to mention that my KRII Secret Pal was injured while embroidering my ubercute denim bag - apparently embroidering while trying to watch Law & Order isn't such a good idea. Thanks again, Secret Pal!

Now back to our regular scheduled programming.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Mail? For Me?

Or, I didn't get a lot of sleep last night.

I'm not sure what the two have in common either, except I'm feeling a little loopy due to sleep deprivation and the emotional drain that comes with being a Red Sox fan. I can't say anything else about the Red Sox. In fact, I should probably stop even thinking about them.

But I was talking about mail. Or I wasn't, but I meant to. I came home to a wonderful gift from my Knitter's Review II Secret Pal.

Cutest Denim Bag Ever. Can you see the brown polka dot lining and the yarn embroidery?

And inside:

A close up of the cutest sushi stitch markers you EVER did see:

What a great gift to come home to, aside from Mike, of course. :) Thank you very much, Secret Pal, for the very thoughtful gift. The embroidery is so wonderful - am I correct in assuming you did it yourself? Just adorable. I'm a very lucky girl, erm, woman, ahem, lady, gak, girl.

I also want to say thank you to Kaitlin, Wendy, and my Secret Pal, for the links and general help regarding recycling yarn. After I finish this post, I will be off to do some research.

I credit Lolly for the yarn recycling idea. She has recycled some great sweaters, and she's also dyed the wool afterwards! She's just cool like that.

The Booga is almost finished blocking, and I can't wait for it to be completely dry:

Michelle mentioned that she is really enjoying knitting her Booga, and I completely understand. If you're a girl, and a friend of mine, it is quite possible that you will receive a Booga from me for Christmas. I hope you like them. I certainly like knitting them.

So, before I head off to watch the rest of The Baseball Game That Must Not Be Mentioned, I just want to say thank you again to my KR II Secret Pal and to the lovely ladies of the comments. You have all helped to make a lovely day even lovelier.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Sundays Are Pajama Days at My House

During football season especially, I don't find many reasons to leave the house on Sundays, so I am declaring Sundays official Pajama Day. Don't get me wrong, Pajama Day still involves taking a shower, brushing my teeth, and all that good stuff, it's just that instead of putting on jeans and blowdrying my hair, I put on a new lounging outfit (read sweatpants) and spritz in a leave-in conditioner. Let me tell you, it isn't a bad way to spend a day.

Yesterday I went to my local Goodwill store and picked up four sweaters and two books. One of the sweaters is a 100% silk black Ann Taylor cardigan (huge score), and these are the others:

The top two sweaters are both mohair/angora blends, and the bottom is 100% wool. Now I just need to find a good article on recycling the yarn.

I felted my Booga Bag tonight, and it is drying as I type. I've already CO for the bottom of a second Booga because they are very easy and very fun to knit.

The posts and pictures from Rhinebeck attendees are already cropping up and boy, it looks like it was as good as I thought it would be. I am looking forward to reading everyone's accounts of the weekend. No really, I am.

Okay, I can't put it off any longer. I have to go watch the Yankees/Red Sox game now.

Happy knitting everyone!

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Everyone's Going to Rhinebeck But Me

Okay, I know that's not really true, but lots of people are going, and more than that, lots of really cool people are going. I feel like the kid who forgot to get her permission slip signed. Now all I get to do is stay in stupid Boston with all the stupid foliage and stupid yarn stores, and...alright, it really isn't so bad, is it? ;)

If you are wondering what I've been doing over the past few days, and you probably aren't, but just in case, here's a progress shot of my Booga Bag:

Uh, yes, that is wine with my Booga...Keiko came over yesterday and we took a field trip to Circles before we went to Anna's Taqueria and then we brought yarn and burritos back to my house, ate our yummy Mexican food (Anna's is the best taqueria I have found in Boston, btw), had a SnB group of two, and opened a bottle of wine that Keiko donated to the cause. No, I don't know what cause, but it was edifying just the same. It was an excellent evening, and I was able to get a lot done on Booga. I was able to do the BO on the train this morning and I've got a good 3 1/2' on the I-cord done. I'm hoping to finish the I-cord and the weaving in of ends during my commute and lunch tomorrow, and hopefully felting will happen tomorrow night. You see, I'll be home, able to felt because I won't be at Rhinebeck with you and all the other cool kids. No, I'm not bitter. Much. Well, not very much, I guess.

Thank you for the kind dentist visit commiseration comments - lucky for me I don't have to go back until March for my regularly scheduled cleaning.

A little shout out to my SP III Secret Pal: even though I don't get to go to Rhinebeck, I still feel like a cool kid with my snazzy red tote and my neat-o purple notions bag. I swear I think everyone is looking at my red tote and thinking "I could NEVER be as cool as that girl". Thanks again! Also, last night I made Keiko fondle the yarn you sent. ;)

If you haven't visited Knittens yet today, you should read her post for 10/14. I like it when neat things happen to neat people. And if you haven't visited Got Ewe In Stitches recently, Nancy's having a long week. If you have a moment, go to her blog and tell her a funny story. She's always sharing her great stories, so leave her a little comment and send a little of the ha-ha her way. It's the least you can do before you desert us (read me) to go to Rhinebeck.

Have a great time at Rhinebeck, please take photos, and try and look miserable in them.

Of course I'm kidding, silly - I want you to have a great time at Rhinebeck! Have a great weekend all!

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

And You Shall Know Me By The Shape of My Red Plastic Tote

And you'll know my SP III Secret Pal, too, because she has one just like it.

So, my post office isn't in the best neighborhood, but I went there this morning, braved the police action at the McDonalds across the street from the PO, said a polite "thank you" to the marginally scary man who told me how nice I looked, and didn't punch the guy who made noises at me like I was some tasty meal, all in order to bring this wonderful package back to my cozy apartment:

And because my SP is nothing if not considerate, this little message was on the address slip:

One of the lovely notes inside the package said she had adopted the twin of the fabulous red tote she sent me, and said she hoped I'd agree that good things come to those who wait. I'll add good things come to those who brave certain Boston post offices, and agree with her entirely.

This photo was taken after I had taken the paper off of the box of Sees Candies. I have priorities, people.

My Secret Pal, who is the bestest Secret Pal, sent me a box of Sees Bordeaux (my absolute favorite), a bar of Scharffen Berger dark chocolate (oh lord, thank you for sending me this wonderful Secret Pal), and A LOT of Ghirardelli chocolate. Yum.

Of course, she also sent me some really wonderful yarn: a skein of Cascade 220, which is a beautiful purple, a skein of Berroco Quest, which is a terrific furry ribbon yarn in a deep green, and a skein of Gedifra Azzurro in a lovely medium blue. The Quest and the Azzurro will both make gorgeous scarves, and I can't wait to start playing with them. I'm hoping to start an Irish Hiking Scarf with the Cascade 220.

My Secret Pal also included an adorable birthday card, a tape measure, and an awesome purple bag which is perfect for the knitting notions I take with me whenever I've got a portable project (which is always).

As you can see, my newest WIP, a Booga Bag, has already jumped into the fabulous red tote. It is currently nestled in the bag, along with its sister skeins of Noro Kureyon, happily awaiting a trip out-of-doors. I'm definitely the coolest kid on the block with this bag. ;)

Secret Pal, thank you so much for your kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. I'll brave any PO for you. :) Knowing that I was going to pick up my presents from you today gave me something wonderful to look forward to as I was getting a cavity filled this morning!

Thanks again, Secret Pal, you rock!

Monday, October 11, 2004

New Hampshire, Stash, and Three FOs

Mike and I drove to Portsmouth yesterday, and we had a terrific day. As much as I love Boston, I love Portsmouth more. We got into town around 1:30pm and went our separate ways. Mike went to Bull Moose and I toodled off to The Yarn Basket, which worked out perfectly, as neither of us felt like we had to hurry while the other person waited. I left with this:

Don't you think all yarn shops should have a little flag like that outside? It was a wonderful store, incredibly well organized with a terrific selection of books and yarn and a wonderful woman helping the many customers crowding the cozy shop.

Inside the very cute bag was this:

That is 5 skeins of Cascade 220 in a forest green and a deep blue. The green will be a throw for a Christmas gift, and the blue will be a poncho for my sister, who will be 16 on December 26th.

I should mention that I finished with the shop, wandered to Bull Moose, wandered up and down Islington Street, finally over to Market Street, and had just finished picking up a couple of items for my secret pals when Mike finally called and said he was finishing at Bull Moose. ;)

Michelle asked about the fall foliage in New Hampshire, and yes, it was really gorgeous. Mike and I drove from Portsmouth to Laconia, where Mike lived for a number of years, and it was a beautiful drive up Route 11. I'd like to tell you I took some pictures of the gorgeous views of Lake Winnipesaukee, or of the foliage, but I'd be lying to you. We did get a picture of this, though:

I also got a picture of the lamp on the table behind us at The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, where we had a late lunch:

I guess you'll just have to imagine the foliage for yourself. It was beautiful, though.

Mike and I got to Laconia at about 7:30pm, and if you've ever been to that area, you know there was only one place that we HAD to go. Yep, you guessed it: Fun Spot. When you come to Boston, we'll go there. I'll take you to school if we play Pac Man, air hockey, Tetris, Galaga, or Frogger, but you probably don't want to play any kind of pinball game with me because it'll be a complete waste of time and tokens. I suck royally at pinball. I don't think there's ever been a worse pinball player than me. I'm not terribly uncoordinated in real life, but put me in front of a pinball machine and in charge of a couple set of flippers and I become a complete floppy twitchy nightmare. Really, it's embarrassing. You won't want to be seen with me - just remember, I warned you.

I mentioned that my package from my secret pal didn't get to me on Saturday, and it looks like it should have, so I'm hoping I'll be able to pick it up from the post office tomorrow. To console myself on Saturday, however, I stopped at Snow Goose Yarns, and picked up these:

That's 4 skeins of Mission Falls 1824 Wool in a lovely teal, and 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon. No, I don't have a problem. I can stop buying Noro anytime I want. I mean, I'll run out of money eventually, right?

I'll leave you with proof that I haven't been buying yarn and playing video games exclusively over the last three days (although that wouldn't be a bad thing). I seamed the first baby hat, made a second baby hat, which I also seamed, and knit a simple drop-stitch scarf for a friend's birthday, using the last ball of the Rowan Kid Classic that I used for my poncho:

The hats:

The scarf:

The scarf was really simple, and, if you are interested, went like this:

Materials: 1 skein Rowan Kid Classic, US 8 needles
CO 22
Rows 1-4: Knit
Row 5: *K1, YO* to last stitch, K1
Row 6: K all K stitches, dropping YO off needle
Repeat rows 1-6 until desired length, BO, add fringe if you want

Very easy, but quite pretty, especially with the Rowan.

I wanted to mention that I've been inspired by FroggyKnits to take a couple of items to the frog pond. Over at Jenla (I love that blog, btw) La said she doesn't do ugly knitting, and this too, has inspired me. I'm just not going to use yarn I hate, and I'm not going to finish things that I know I'll never wear, never like, never want to show anyone. So, if you've got a knitting bag, or corner, or dungeon, holding your unmentionables, just let them go, and frog-a-long with me. Why should we ever knit something we don't love? Like the bad boys you dated before you realized bad boys would always be bad boys and really weren't worth your time - let those bad knits go.

Have a terrific week everyone.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Just A Little Post

Mike and I are off to Portsmouth, NH in a few minutes, which is one of our favorite towns to visit. I'm hoping to visit The Yarn Basket while we're there, and we'll certainly visit Bull Moose Music.

Sadly, there was no package from my SP III Secret Pal yesterday - despite my strong desire to receive said package. :( Ah well, it gives me something to look forward to on Tuesday.

I love long weekends...

Thursday, October 07, 2004

I Think You Should Come to Boston

No, really, I think you should. It's a fun little town, and there are some terrific yarn stores. So, you just come visit, we'll eat some great food, and play with yarn. Just let me know when you're coming, okay?

Thanks for the great comments - no, I didn't try the scrapple, but I was very glad to have Mike try it. I like having other people do things I won't do...which includes things like eating scrapple. When you come visit, I'll probably try and get you to do things I don't want to do. But you'll like it - it'll be lots of fun.

I still have a rosy glow from my lovely weekend in Maryland, and when I look at these items, it just increases the warm, rosy glowiness:

On the left we have four skeins of Noro Kureyon, purchased at Ye Olde Knit Shoppe in Havre de Grace. Their prices weren't terrific compared to what I've been able to find in Boston, and they didn't have any yarns I haven't seen before, but the Kureyon was a good price, and I got an additional 10% off because it was my birthday. Score for me!

On the right we have two skeins of a wool/mohair/silk blend was $8.50/skein for about 250 yards. I purchased that green loveliness at Vulcan's Rest Fibers in Chesapeake City and the store was really wonderful. The prices were excellent, they had lots of books and things I'd never seen before, and I only wish I would have had more time there. With any luck, though, I'll be able to visit there again soon.

This is what I've been working on for the last couple of evenings:

It's the rolled brim hat from the Debbie Bliss "Baby Knits for Beginners" book. It was simple, if a little boring, to knit, but I'm really happy with the finished product. I've read that her sizing can be kind of wonky, but the hat, at least, is great.

I got a beautiful postcard from my Knitter's Review Secret Pal that is on my fridge for me to look at all the time, and I got an email from my SPIII Secret Pal that there's a package on the way for me! Just thinking about it makes me want to giggle - I am SOOO excited. I just know that whatever she sends will be awesome. I have rad secret pals (hey, you know I grew up in California).

So, what are your plans for the long weekend? Are you coming to Boston? Just let me know, okay?

Monday, October 04, 2004

Back With an FO

First off - thank you for the wonderful birthday wishes. I had an awesome weekend, and I got home to your great comments, and well, since 3 out of 5 of you are in Maryland, I wish I could have gone right back to visit with each of you.

Mike and I got up at 3am sharp, and I knit in the car, in the airport, on the airplane, and at the bed and breakfast. There was a lot of frenzied knitting going on. To give Mike credit, he never, not once, looked at me strangely for knitting anywhere I could grab a second. In fact, more than once he said "Do you want me to take a picture?". If I had the time, I would have kissed him. ;)

Our dinner reservations were for 7pm in Baltimore at Corks. Having said that:

Do you see the time on the clock?

We made it to the restaurant on time, but what about the poncho???

It may be a ponchoette, which may make me a harlotette, but with some blocking, I think it'll work out just fine.

You may have noticed the flowers on table...oh, you didn't? Well, take a look at the picture above and you'll see that Mike had a gorgeous bouquet of flowers delivered to the restaurant for my birthday.

This is how they looked in our room the next morning (with the Susquehanna in the background, no less):

We stopped at a diner for breakfast yesterday:

I really love diners.

And I love Mike. For many, many reasons. One of the reasons I love him is that he'll try anything once. Mike's breakfast at The New Ideal Diner included scrapple:

It's creamier than meatloaf apparently. ;)

I managed to go to two LYS' while I was in Maryland, and I will post pictures from my LYS adventures tomorrow.

It was a tremendous weekend, and although I am glad to be home, I am looking forward to another trip to Maryland soon.

Have a wonderful, wonderful week.

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