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April 24, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 9:31 am


Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

Thanks to Ann at Purling Swine.

Kevin, who was Wesley, pegged me as “Inconceivable Vizzini” before I even finished the quiz. Jerk.


Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 9:31 am


Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

Thanks to Ann at Purling Swine.

Kevin, who was Wesley, pegged me as “Inconceivable Vizzini” before I even finished the quiz. Jerk.


Spring + Fling=Finished April 23, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:00 am


Yippee! My Spring Fling is finished. Kevin took this sucker to work with him this morning. It is a gift for his friend/coworker who generously donated to Owen’s school. Next up a little boy sweater for the other coworker that also donated. I want to do a rollneck raglan in the round with as little ends as possible. Can you imagine why?

The Debbie Bliss Easy Garter Stitch cardigan was a quick and easy knit. I absolutely loved the Tahki Cotton Classic. Prior to this cardi, I had been a dedicated Cotton Fleece girl–great yardage and great price. But the Tahki just had a great feel and the colors were beautiful. I liked that Debbie Bliss designed the pattern to be knit in one till you split for the armholes. I did a 3 needle bind off for the shoulders on the right side to continue the garter look (rather than casting off and seaming.) I wasn’t thrilled with my seaming job on the sleeves. The instructions from Bliss’ How to Knit did nothing to help me. I had to wing my fling. The first sleeve looked better than the second–no idea why, just did. I took a deep breath, got a few family opinions and let it go. I appreciate all of your input on the buttons. Poor Kevin had suggested dark purple on Wed. night and I shot him down. I guess I should listen to him a bit more…nah.

Today is my knitting guild meeting. I am excited to meet two new knitting Ann’s. And I am teaching my felting workshop. I worked on Na Craga and the Peace Fleece cardi. Sitcom Chic is going to be ripped. My mom is going to help me resize the numbers to fit Gracie. And I am on the lookout for Katia 25. I want to make Gracie that off the shoulder tank that Kerstin at My Knits End made for her daughter. Granny’s Yarn Shoppe sells Katia so I hope I get it today. If not, I will be ordering it. It might be my sweater for Kimberly’s Marilyn-along.

I hope to post more pictures later, after the guild meeting. I am a bit tired today…Owen has been getting up nightly in the wee hours. I hate, no, I abhor sleep deprivation. So, I am not playing with a full deck today.

a little later


I met Ann of Purling Swine today at the knitting guild meeting. We have emailed several times and chatted on the phone once. Let me tell you, she is even cooler in person! She brought a couple of friends and they all joined the guild. Yeah! Today was a great meeting. Ronald McDonald House did a presentation for the members as the guild donates a lot of knitted items to the house on Long Island. And we had the various workshops. I did a felting workshop. This is kind of a hard workshop to do as we can’t do the actual felting. But a lot of the ladies had never felted before and wanted a bit of reassurance. I was surprised the majority of my group didn’t know I-cord. I am glad I was able to show them that. It was a great meeting. (Sorry Ann, but they aren’t usually that good!) I hope Ann comes to the June luncheon. If you have the opportunity to meet Ann–you definately should.

We were going to drape ourselves across the Steinway but were afraid we might get in trouble.


GSRP box April 22, 2004

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As I said the other day, the GSRP box arrived on my doorstep Tuesday. I guess it was about what I expected. The biggest surprise was this. I was certain Leigh, from Woolflowers had scooped that beauty up last month. I still crack up when I think about her post. Can you see the dirt and hairs?

I swapped Folk Mittens for Folk Vests. I am not sure about the yarn contents. I really imagined the GSRP to be different. If nothing else, it is entertainment…I guess. It will be great to exchange it with Ann tomorrow. I have never met her. And I am meeting Ann from Purling Swine tomorrow too.

I bought some new buttons for the Debbie Bliss cardi today. But I am not sure about the colors. Which do you like better?



Calamity Jane April 20, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 9:48 pm

I feel like “Calamity Jane” these days with all of my woeful posts. Gracie and I appreciate all of the sympathetic comments regarding Sirius. Gracie held it together at school and didn’t cry once. Me, I was a bit of a mess. I would watch Sirius while checking email and reading blogs. I miss his little peculiar ways. On a positive note, Gracie spoke with the teachers at her school who have gerbils up for adoption. Luna Lovegood is expected to arrive in about 2 weeks, she is still nursing. I am happy that we know her exact age. Be on the lookout for pictures of young Luna in May. And thank you again.

The GSRP Cable box arrived today. I am meeting Ann, the next person on the list, Friday to go through and pass off the box. At first glance, I am not too sure about the contents. We’ll see…Pictures to come.

I started the Sitcom Chic. I really like Cotton Ease. I am no longer a yarn snob. In fact, I am becoming a huge fan of Michaels and Joann’s yarns. I think—alright—I know the small will be too big for Gracie but she’ll grow into it and I am enjoying knitting it. I am a bit worried about the ‘batwing’ sleeves on the Everyday Cardi. I may have to rip and increase the number of rows between decreases. I am begrudgingly seaming the sleeves on the Debbie Bliss cardi. It is tortuous and I wish I had knit them down with dpns. Live and learn. Na Craga is languishing in the hot weather. I wonder if I am afraid to finish it. Why else would I be taking so freaking long?



RIP Sirius Black April 19, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:22 pm

Our hamster, Sirius Black, died yesterday. He was a sweet little hamster who never bit anyone. Gracie loved him and is quite distraught. Sirius was an amazing escape artist. He never ceased to surprise us with his clever plans. Gracie’s aunt who is especially afraid of ‘rodents’ found him on her blow up mattress late one night. When under the dishwasher or behind the refrigerator, he liked to be coaxed out with a peanut. And there was the brief illness with the trip to vet after one of his escapes. Even the vet couldn’t get over how sweet he was. He had a cute little waddle as he ran across the room.


We bought Sirius after Christmas 2002. We had just moved back to New York and Gracie had written a letter to Santa in school. Here is the letter in its entirety:

December 17, 2002
Dear Santa,
There is one special gift I would like this year. It is a hamster. I want it because I’m board. I also want it I do not have a pet. Also I want it because I like small pets.

I deserve this gift because I’ve been nice to my brother. I should get it because they’re cute. I should get it because they’re nice. I should get it because I like them. If I get this gift I would be nice to every one.

Who could deny such a request? Not I. He was a big guy from the very beginning. He loved his peanuts and sunflower seeds and the occasional carrot. Unfortunately, Sirius was probably a bit long in the tooth before we ever brought him home. We cleaned his cage Sunday as we do every week. Looking back on it, he wasn’t as perky as usual. Who could have known?

After dinner, Gracie and I went to Frank’s Flower Shop. I gave Gracie the gift card Kevin’s mom had given me for Easter. It seemed kind of appropriate in the risen sense to use my Easter gift card to purchase a flower to plant over Sirius and while there we couldn’t pass up a beautiful stepping stone. We buried Sirius at dusk. We all said a few words and sang, “You are the sunshine of my life.”


Sirius Black
December 26, 2002-April 19, 2004


bait and switch

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 2:54 pm

My mom has been talking up the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival for a while now. I briefly contemplated going but reconsidered as I have done a bit of traveling already this year with my trip to Paris in November, Disney World in February and the lovely Hingham a few weeks ago. I had mentioned the festival to Kevin’s brother, Louis. Louis and his wife live in Baltimore and I wondered how far the festival was from them. (Maybe we could make a family trip to Baltimore and I could side trip it over to Frederick?) With soccer for Cameron and Gracie and Owen not being the best traveler, Kevin declined.

Wouldn’t you know—my mom asked me to go with her this weekend. She suggested we leave early Saturday morning and come back Sunday night. My dad, she said, could watch Owen during the soccer games. I asked Kevin and he agreed. All was said and done with the hotel booked. My mother called me the next day and told me she has reconsidered. She doesn’t want to do all of the walking, it might be hot. She suggested Kevin and I go instead. She and my dad will watch the kids overnight. At first, I was worried that Kevin wouldn’t want to go—which was his initial attitude. But he has since changed his mind. Yippee! My mom was happy as she used to drag my dad to Shell Lake, WI for EZ’s Knitting Camp in the summer (and me too). So add me to the list of knit bloggers going.

I didn’t get much knitting done this weekend. I have one sleeve seamed on the Debbie Bliss cardi. What a pain in the butt! I was trying her technique on finishing garter stitch from the How to Knit book but it looked terrible. I just backstitched it. I am dreading the second sleeve. I bought some buttons at Joann’s but since I didn’t have the yarn with me the color doesn’t match. I hope this will be done, with buttons, by Friday. I started a dishcloth. I don’t know why—just felt like it. I really liked the color of the Sugar n’ Cream.

Today I helped my mother clean up her stashaster. We threw some scary stuff out and collected yarn for charity knitting at the guild. And I acquired some new stuff—the benefits of helping. We are far from finished though. Holy cow did this woman collect yarn. She had stuff from my Grandma—50 years old! And she had stuff from the early 70’s when we moved in with my step dad. Oh, and talk about UFO’s! She had Alice Starmore Fair Isle’s, Norwegian sweaters, Latvian mittens and loads more. It was a lesson to be learned. I think for every new project I start I should make something from the stash–even if it is a charity project. I hope I can stick to it.