March 2007

You are The Star

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised

The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you’re a dreamer, but you’re not the only one.

What Tarot Card are You?
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I’ve updated my Flickr account and added all the pictures that I’ve taken of nearly everything I’ve made (crocheted & knitted). Just click on the little Flickr widget on the right side of the page there & you’ll see them. All 67 of them…the good, the bad, and the fug LOL.

Elfine #2 has been cast on and is going well. I’ve finished the toe increases and am ready to start the lace pattern on the instep. I still refuse to pick up that dang baby blanket. I think I’ll just leave it where it is the entire spring break and start bringing that to class to work on. I plan on being done with Elfine #2 by then so I’ll need something to keep my hands busy.

Went to Borders this weekend to see if they had Stephanie Pearl McPhee Casts Off. They didn’t. 😦 I did get Knitting Under the Influence. Started it after dinner last night and finished it around midnight. It was good, very low on the knitting content, but quite a few laugh out loud moments (“stop saying lick the steak!”). And since I already finished The Friday Night Knitting Club and The Knitting Circle (both fantabulous!) I got a few more books while I was there.
The Kite Runner
The Kommandant’s Girl

I’ve got plenty of time on my hands to get them read before spring break is over. If I ignore my online class…..

I finished Elfine #1 this evening.

I probably would have been finished sometime this afternoon had I not been so distracted by everyone being home (plus one more for a sleepover) and had to tink then reknit nearly every stinking row of the last two repeats. Not all at once, mind you. I probably would have given up lol. No, I’d get 3 or 4 rounds done correctly, then mess up and have to tink out 1 round. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I think I will wait to cast on sock #2 after the kids go back to school on Tuesday. In the meantime, I have cast on All Season Shell from Lionbrand. I’m using TLC Cotton Plus though. It’s slightly less tedious than the garter stitch baby blanket I’m avoiding. I figure, she’s a first time mom and not due until June. I probably have until the end of June to get it done. Then who needs a baby blanket in June? If I really wanted to procrastinate, I could wait until September. But I won’t. The guilt would eat at me.

-Sweet Stripes Baby Blanket
-All Season Shell
-soon to be OTN: Elfine #2


Look at the list of (100) books below. Bold the ones you’ve read. Italicize the ones you want to read. Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in. Movies don’t count.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)

10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)

13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)

19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)

30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)

31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)

33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)

42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible

46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59 The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffeneggeryevsky)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dosto)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)

65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)

68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)

69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72.Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)

78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)

87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Only 31, from that list 😉

I’ve made some decent progress on Elfine Sock #1. I started it late Tuesday night and this morning (Friday) did the my very first short row heel. And without the help of watching the video since the website was down for me this morning. I watched it a week or so ago, once. That’s it. I decided, it doesn’t look that difficult I’m going to give it a go. I don’t think I did too badly. I did, somehow, end up with one extra stitch at the end of all the short rows, but I remedied that. The only thing is, I have tiny holes on each side of the foot where the heel rows end and I pick up to work in the round again, doing the front & the back of the leg. I’m thinking I may rip back and do it again SUPER tight. I’ve only gotten three rows into it, so it’s best to just do it now. Quick, like ripping off a band-aid.

Here are pictures of my progress, first the short-row heel:

And the entire top of the foot (instep):

I really like this pattern. It’s not difficult at all. Kind of reminds me of the Branching Out that I started and immediately got bored with. But this one isn’t boring me…yet lol.

Now I’m off to take my sick son to the doctors. Brining my knitting because you know how those doctors like to make us wait. Insist we get there 10 minutes early, then make us sit in the waiting room until 20 minutes past our appointment time. Grrr!

I’ve signed up for a Knitters Treat Exchange 🙂 I do so few of these, mostly because I haven’t had much luck in not getting screwed (darned flakers ruining it for everyone lol). But the last swap/exchange went so well I’m itching to do another one.

One of the requirements is to post the answers to the questionnaire on your blog, so here’s mine:

Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire

1. What’s your favourite type of yarn? Sock yarn. I’m having a love affair with sock yarn right now 🙂 no matter what kind of fiber or colorway (although I am partial to striping or varigated colorways).

2. What’s your least favourite type of yarn? Um….Super Chunky, or the kind that goes from sport to chunky and back again, also the ladder stuff.

3. What’s the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop? Pet the pretty yarns 😀 Then I head straight to the merino.

4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do? Crochet (rarely anymore) and make my own beaded stitchmarkers.

5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to? None

6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:
Knitting / Crochet / Food / Home / Garden / Other Craft / Fashion / Celebrity Gossip

7. What items do you like to knit / crochet? socks, dishcloths, scarves, wristlets…small items mostly, with the occassional blanket or sweater thrown in to keep me from getting bored

8. Are you allergic to anything? Cigarette smoke, dust, flowers

9. What do you like to* smell of?
(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of)
Um…is this a trick question? I don’t do perfumes. I like food scented lotions though. Like vanilla, sugarplum, basil citrus, etc.

10. What’s your favourite way to relax? knitting while watching my favorite tv shows. Sometimes reading in bed.

11. You’re stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first? the Italian cafe!!

12. What do you come out with? a HUGE latte with extra foam!

13. Where do you go next? the old fashioned bakery

14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal? Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.

Mom stopped by today. She wanted to know if I wanted to go to the ‘dollar store’ on my side of town, called Real Deals. It’s not like a regular dollar store, full of stuff that’s *maybe* worth a dollar. Plastic crap, knick knacks and suspicious food items.

No, this Real Deals is the real deal! They have stuff in there you can actually identify and say “hey, I saw that at Wal*mart for $4 just last week” and everything in the store is $1 or less so you know that’s a deal!

And they carry yarn.
So you know my cheap self loves this store!

We went there and they had BOXES, huge boxes full of Moda Dea yarn. There were two other women pawing through the boxes when we got there. They were polite enough. One asked if Moda Dea was an off brand. I said no, you could go across town to Joanne’s or Michael’s right now and find it on the shelf. It’s one of the higher priced Acrylic. I just happened to be wearing My Socks, the ones made of Moda Dea Sassy Stripes in “Crayon”. So I showed them my socks. They were quite impressed.

And as I looked down to slide my foot back in my shoes I noticed the box at my feet. It was FULL of Moda Dea Sassy Stripe yarn!! I held up the skein and said “Ladies, this is my socks right here! I paid $6 skein at AC Moore in a town an hour away because neither Joannes or Michael’s carries anything remotely sock-like.

I spent $50 on yarn. But this is what I came home with:

All Moda Dea:
9 skeins Sassy Stripes “Stormy”
9 skeins Sassy Stripes “Crush”
5 skeins Sassy Stripes “Crayon”
2 skeins Cheerio “Ruby”
3 skeins Ticker Tape “Monet”
1 skein Prima “Red”
1 skein Prima “Olive”
1 skein Cheri “Red”
1 skein Swirl “Tinker”
1 skein Fur Sure “Helloo Yellow”
2 skeins Cartwheel “Sea Blues”
2 skeins NOW! “Black Diamond”
2 skeins Cheri “Green”
2 skeins Cheri “Black”
1 skein Lazy Daisy “Wavy Navy”

Can I get a WOOT WOOT 😀 😀 😀

Carmen (my dog) was excited to see mama excited

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