Friday, November 30, 2007

Contest entry!

Hannah at Bittersweet is having a contest!

A littel background...Raven is our newest addition to our family. He is, however, a little bit TOO adventurous. He espicially likes glasses. Drinking glasses, eyewear, you name it. Remember this post? Consider that part of my entry. Here is another series of 3 photos I photoshopped into 1 vignette:
And he consistently knocks them over too. Sigh....

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Can you hear the frenetic clicking?

Of my knitting needles that is. I am practically done the top secret knitting. Just a little bit of finishing to do on it! Then I cast on the hat for my hubby's friend and next thing you know, I'll be done! Before Christmas eve. How cool is that?

But, I know you all want to be entertained, so here is a pic a friend of mine sent me. I thought y'all might get a kick out of it!

Don't know where the original came from, but it made me giggle.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Merry Christmas to Me!

As it is the Christmas season, there is Christmas knitting. Sekert Christmas knitting! So, very little that is bloggable till after the special day.

However, I bought myself a Christmas present. And since I know what I'm getting, I can show all of you!
The colour is more true on the first picture, but you can see the slot on the bottom better on the second. It's from Knitzi and is uber-cool! The ends unscrew and allow you to slip in the sock in progress!

Merry Christmas to me! Merry Christmas to me!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Yarny Goodness

Some pics of my spinning attempts.

I'm rather pleased!


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

No Post Today

Today, this is the post ya'll get. Pretty much nuttin! 'Cause it's my 15th wedding anniversary and we're going out to partay!

Party on!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Captain, There's a Gravitational Anamoly Ahead...

Secret Christmas knitting continues. However, it's been weird. I read the pattern. It said,"cast on 63 stitches". so I did. I double counted to be sure I didn't do too many. Turns out I only did 59. So I cast on 4 more stitches and re-counted. Still 59. WTF???? Is there a black hole sucking my cast-on into oblivion?

Hubby looked over at my growl of frustration. When the problem was explained, he said,"Maybe it needs a time-out in the yarn bag." He's learning 'knitspeak" by osmosis!

I put the cast-on back in the bag for the evening. The next night I pulled it out again, and it remained 63 stitches. Halleluljah! So the secret Christmas knitting continues.

In other Christmas news, a friend of my hubby is coming down to spend the holiday with us. So I wondered out loud, what to get him for Christmas. I asked hubby. After all, it's his friend. Hubby said that we didn't have to worry about it. I feel that if you are at my house, there should be a little something under the tree. Hubby said,"Just knit him a scarf, then."

Just???? JUST???!!!! Is he kidding? (better be) I reminded him how long the last knitted item I made for him took. I then opined that I could probably knock out a hat. In worsted. Which was deemed acceptable. So the Christmas knitting list grows longer. I should have just gone out and bought a tacky t-shirt.


Monday, November 19, 2007

New Hobby?

Hmm, I may have found a new hobby. Spinning! I took a drop spindle class on the weekend and had a great time. It is really rewarding to start with fibre and get yarn out of it. Made by me. However, I have a feeling that the drop spindle would make a superior cat toy. So any more spinning will have to be done away from home until Raven matures a bit, I suspect. No matter, it just means I will have to attend knit nights at my LYS a little more often! Darn.

A not so impressive photo of myself. Not because of the photographer. Because I am not really all that photogenic. Note my silly grin.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I Iz Super!

cash advance


Friday, November 16, 2007

Better Late than Never

Chappysmom was running a contest whereby you were to post a picture of your November Calender. I think I'm too late for the contest, but here is the picture anyway! It's a really cute picture with a knit. Although I doubt it's a handknit. Hmmm, Blogger seems to be having issues lately uploading my photos.
contest calender
Ha! Worked around it. I am super-genius.

edit: in addition, I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for cheap gag Christmas gifts. I found one: a bag of marshmallows labelled "snowman poop"


Thursday, November 15, 2007


Micha and Pagan are a bit pissed that Raven has been getting so much blog time. So, in the interests of keeping the peace, here are some pictures.
pagan catnip

Although Micha seems very interested in the Bagstopper. The pull of the catnip was stronger, however.....


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Good and Bad.

First, the good news...I filled up my gas tank at 94.6 cents a liter. Half an hour later, the price jumped to 104.4! Ha. For once I got in ahead of the price increase. Although, I did the math and I saved myself a whopping $5. Not exactly going to break the bank. But it is MY $5, so it's all good.

The bad news. I have to frog back my Christmas knitting. I got lost somewhere in the pattern and now the stitches just aren't behaving. Sigh. This is not going to make the Christmas knitting go faster. Dammit.

Since I want to leave you all with happy thoughts, I give you a picture of Raven.

Looks like he's settling in, doesn't it?


Sunday, November 11, 2007

A Return to Normality

Or what passes for it around here...


Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Pictorial

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Plate O Love

In order to facilitate dosing the kitties, I have organized what I call the plate of love.
I get all the meds ready, sit down next to the kitty, pin her next to my leg and medicate away. She grumbles and hisses, but then she looks like this:

So I figure she's gotten over it pretty quick.

The other kitty has gotten better enough that she is eating again. So, I mix in her antibiotic with a bit of food, feed it to her and then when she is done that, give her the rest.

There has been knitting, but unfortunately it is of the secret Christmas kind. So I can't show you. Hence the kitty pictures. Otherwise I would tell you I am knitting (bleep ) for (bleep) out of (bleep). However, censored blog posts are kind of a pain to figure out, since you have to decide what the (bleep) stands for.

So, kitty pics it is!


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Oh the Dwama!

So, apparently the Fates decided that cat-wrestling one cat twice a day was not interesting enough. My cat Micha has had a recurrence of her, ahem, bowel troubles. Which necessitates giving her anitbiotics too. So, now I am getting antibiotics into 2 cats twice a day. Oh the fun. I am topful of joy. Seriously. Fun. Really. Yippee.

So, I figured I should get into shape in order to cat-wrestle effectively. Apparently, I should:
You Should Get in Shape With Yoga

You're serious enough to be dedicated to yoga...
But playful enough to keep it fun
Yoga will give you the lean yet curvy look you desire

Maybe I will become as bendy as a cat?


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Surprise! Not.....

You're Part Diva

You know that a girl's gotta work it to get her way in the world.
And while you aren't about to throw a tantrum at every turn...
You do amp up the drama when you know you need it.
You mix charm, honesty, and kindness to get ahead.
Just to make my life interesting, Pagan decided to come down with a bladder infection. The hell of it is that a cat can't tell you they feel bad or why they feel bad. All I saw was that she was off her feed. She was still eating, just not like her usual vacuum-cleaner self. Finally saw her trying to pee in the bathtub. (Ick. I know) At least that told me what the problem was. Naturally that was after the vet closed. While I have called the vet for emergency visits, this didn't qualify. Got up early on my day off, called the vet the minute they opened and brought kitty in. While I was there, I asked them to look at her eye. Pagan has an eye that is prone to periodic infections. Sure enough, it is infected and irritated. Lovely.
So now, twice a day for the next 14 days I get to pin her down, put two different drops in her eyes and give her antibiotic drops. Oddly enough, she fights me on the eyedrops, but doesn't seem to mind having the anitbiotic squirted in her mouth. Go figure.
Gotta go, as resident pharmacist I have to administer the meds....(I think my husband just uses that as an excuse to get out of giving the cat her meds himself!)

Monday, November 05, 2007


Hmm, knitting on the Bagstopper continues. Looks pretty much the same, only bigger.

So, as a distraction, Raven wants you to know that not only is he an Aristocrat, perched on his throne, so is his mommy!

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Empress Carol the Possible of Fishkill St Wednesday
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Yawn, Another One

So, I have cast on for another project. While it's not the most pressing Christmas knitting, it IS Christmas knitting, so it does need to get done. At the same time, I am stash-busting. 2 birds, one stone, yadda,yadda....

It's (drumroll please) another Everlasting Bagstopper! Like you couldn't already tell from it's similarity to the other 4 or 5 I've done..... I will sayt that after trying out a few different string bag patterns, this is the best one. I don't seem to screw up the pattern as much as some of the other ones, the bag is a good size, unlike some of the other ones. Best of all, now that I have made so many, I know the pattern off by heart!

I also managed to get another repeat on the Campanula sock done. It looks the same, with a bit more length.


Friday, November 02, 2007

At Last! Pictures and Yarn Pron.

I have finally managed to get it together enough to take pictures. Not fabulous pictures, but I'm not a professional photographer, so it will have to do!

First up, Campanula sock:

Hmm, that's quite a hole at the heel/foot join. I sense some duplicate stitch in my future....

Next up, the current pattern candidate for my silk Rumple yarn.

Sorry about the shadows, this was the best I could do after several attempts. It's definitely open enough for the nubbly texture of the yarn. Maybe too open? I'm debating going down a needle size. It's currently drying from it's mini-blocking. I'll see what it feels like and looks like when it's dry.

In other very nifty news, I won a little yarn. If you haven't been to Mobtown Reviews, get yourself over there on Wednesdays. The link will go up in my sidebar when Blogger decides to let me do it....At any rate, the site reviews a new and upcoming fibre artist every week. And then they hold a draw from the comments for the reviewed treat! Last week, I won. I got myself a super soft and squooshy absolutely lovely skein of sock yarn from Oceanwind Knits. It is absolutely scrumptious. the colourway is "Elderberry". Lori shipped it out superfast. My big problem now, is deciding what sock to use it on. Lately I seem to be having pattern decision making issues.....

The other cool thing about Oceanwind Knits is that it is Canadian. Canada has so many wondeful fibre artist. Yet often they get lost in the shuffle somehow.

Oops! The yarn must be lovely. Raven is going ofter it! And so far he has only gone after my expensive stuff. Gotta go save the yarn.


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Prize for Bad Blogging

I guess I get the booby prize for bad blogging. I still have not managed to take pictures. Tomorrow. I promise. I am not working all day. Surely I can manage to take a couple of pictures, right? Let's hope so.

So tonight there will be words. I continue to plug away on my Campanula sock. I did something to my left hand. The base of my thumb hurts. So I can only get a few rows in before the lace and the tiny yarn with the itty bitty sock needles gets to me. But I am putting in a few rows regularly. They appear to be adding up.

I cast on for the Falling water Lace scarf with the lovely silk. Was not loving the result. Ripped. Sorry, no pictures of that either. Emailed Alison who gave me a couple of tips on picking a pattern for the yarn. I could have dug out the stitch dictionary, but I was bored at work today, so I surfed the net a bit. I found seafoam lace. So far, I like it better. I'm only 1 repeat into it, though. Again, pictures tomorrow. Even though it looks like ass. I am reliably informed, by pretty much every blog out there, that lace is supposed to look like ass. In which case I am right on track.

In other news, Raven is now fixed. That makes me a responsible pet owner. Although, I find the term "fixed" kind of funny. After all, the reason we do the procedure is because the bits, work, right? So aren't we actually "breaking" the kitty?

It makes me chuckle, at any rate!

I'm off to knit on my seafoam.