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The winner is… February 13, 2005

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Lantern_moon_contest_004 Please email your snail mail address and I will get the basket off to you.  We pulled a second and third name out of the basket too–just in case the first winner didn’t get back to me.  My mom has kindly offered to donate a second basket to BobbieB.  So, Bobbie please send me  your address too.  And the third name, well she attempted to fill the basket, so to speak.  Who am I talking about?  A certain pig/pug loving blogger, Ann.  Will we disqualify her?  Nah…I’ll find something for her!

A disclaimer, Gracie was not thrilled with any of the pictures we took but agreed to let me post this one.  She’s a doll.

In the you asked for it, you got it world…here is my progress on St. Brigid.

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I am rather disappointed with my increase error.  It is a triple increase on the right and wrong side row in the middle pattern.  I must have forgotten one increase on the right side.  So, I tried to fudge it on the wrong side.  It looks pretty crappy.  Sigh.  I am not so good with ripping the aran’s off the needle.  I could tink back.  But that is very time consuming.  I am not sure I can drop it down.  If I decide to fix it properly, I will give the drop down a try first.

In other exciting St. Brigid news, Kristi of Needlefingers finished her St. Brigid.  Go ooh and ahh.  She spun the yarn too.  What an accomplishment.

This weekend was fun at the yarn shop.  It was busier than I expected and filled with Irish women buying 4-ply.  Joanne came to visit too.  She will be Clapotis-ing soon.  Unlike other knitters I know–myself included–she’s got plenty of yarn.

Today we visited Kevin’s family and left the kids for a few hours while we hit the outlets.  I got two pairs of cashmere lined Coach gloves.  Granted the colors are funky–Shrek green and turquoise.  But they will match the lovely coat Kevin bought me at the After Christmas sales.  And we went to Lowes.  We are organizing closets–including my stash closet.  Maybe I will even get a doorknob.  Oh, the excitement.  I was digging through the other day and am contemplating the Kid Classic I won in the Mason-Dixon Knitting Afghanalong for Rogue.  Anyone know of a good reason why I couldn’t use it? 

                               Happy Valentine’s Day!

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St. Brigid KAL and a contest February 10, 2005

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First up, the St. Brigid KAL.  Vicki has been making phenomenal progress but is ripping back to add another repeat.  She is still way ahead of me!  Kim has almost 5 and a half repeats done on "Her Majesty".  We have a new member too–Margot–she is contemplating yarn choices right now.  And Chris, what can we say about Chris and her yarn choices!  Monday night (2/7) Chris had a dream that I dropped her from the knitalong.  And I brought my whole family along to toss her out.  Very funny.  Of course, this is all an attempt to distract you from my lack of progress on my own St. Brigid.  I did get through about 5 rows on my fourth pattern repeat.  I screwed up a bit too on those increases.  I am not ripping back though.  It is a design element now.  I will post pictures of my lack of progress one of these days.

Now, on to the contest… Lantern_moon_tote_contest_001

   Up for grabs we have one Lantern Moon Silk and Seagrass Drawstring Box.  I think it the perfect place to tuck a small project.  Leave a comment and one of the kids will draw a name on Sunday. 

 

February 9, 2005

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Owen_playing Owen_on_the_tramp_2 Owen_on_his_back_with_train_videoOwen_outta_here

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Here is Owen in action with his Knitting Pure and Simple Neckdown Pullover.  I knit it with Sirdar Denim Sport Aran.  I think it took about 2 skeins.  I used size 9 and 7 needles.  The pattern called for a 6 rather than a 7 but Owen wouldn’t have been able to get his hands through the sleeves.  I made the size 6-8.  I hope it still fits him next year.  And I lengthened the sleeves and body.  He is quite pleased with it and I am pleased that I finally knit him a sweater.  He did wear it yesterday when the district came to observe him.  However, the observation didn’t go as expected.  They were late.  They said morning and they showed up at noon–lunchtime.  They didn’t see any programs being run–not the letters or his social questions.  Sigh.  Owen’s teacher didn’t get the impression that they are interested in his returning to district.  That doesn’t mean he gets to stay at his current school but we’ll just have to see. 

 

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Owen_playing Owen_on_the_tramp_2 Owen_on_his_back_with_train_videoOwen_outta_here

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Here is Owen in action with his Knitting Pure and Simple Neckdown Pullover.  I knit it with Sirdar Denim Sport Aran.  I think it took about 2 skeins.  I used size 9 and 7 needles.  The pattern called for a 6 rather than a 7 but Owen wouldn’t have been able to get his hands through the sleeves.  I made the size 6-8.  I hope it still fits him next year.  And I lengthened the sleeves and body.  He is quite pleased with it and I am pleased that I finally knit him a sweater.  He did wear it yesterday when the district came to observe him.  However, the observation didn’t go as expected.  They were late.  They said morning and they showed up at noon–lunchtime.  They didn’t see any programs being run–not the letters or his social questions.  Sigh.  Owen’s teacher didn’t get the impression that they are interested in his returning to district.  That doesn’t mean he gets to stay at his current school but we’ll just have to see. 

 

a few good things February 8, 2005

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                                         Redscarf

Today I will mail off my contribution to the Red Scarf Project.  I knit another drop stitch scarf.  This time I used Filatura di Crosa College.  It seems sadly neglected at Granny’s shop, so I figured I would give it a whirl.  It doesn’t have as much yardage as the Stacy Charles Rittrato that I used for a teacher gift so the fringe wasn’t as plush. 

                                               Red_scarf

In other exciting or scary news, the district is coming to observe Owen at his school today.  I cast off the last sleeve on his pullover last night but didn’t run the ends.  I showed it to him this morning and he smiled and put his arms up–to put it on.  He knew it was his sweater.  And wanted to wear it.  I ran a few ends and wrote a note to his teachers not to cut any strings!  Today, as the district observes my little boy, he will be wrapped in love and prayers and peaceful thoughts by me! 

 

February 7, 2005

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Caryn, our latest St. Brigid knit alonger, passed this to me.  I admit my music tastes are a bit dated but I mostly listen to what my kids listen too.  It is not uncommon for me to be driving to work and notice as I pull in that I am singing Hot Potato by the Wiggles.

Speaking of Australia, Donna tagged me too.

1.) Total amount of music files on your computer:

          374 on the laptop with more downstairs on the desktop and more on Kevin’s laptop.  Kevin is the ace CD burner in the house.

2.) The last CD you bought was:

          The last CD I actually bought was the Shrek 2 soundtrack—for Cameron’s birthday.  The last grown up CD was purchased for us by Kevin and it was U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

3.) What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?

          Particle Man, by They Might Be Giants, in the car with the kids, on the way back from the dentist.

4.) What are your five favorite songs and why they mean the most to you?

          a.  In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel.  It was our wedding song.  Technically, it was my song with my best friend and we promised each other we would use it as our wedding song…we were supposed to love our husband’s as much as we loved each other.  Pretty lame, right?  I didn’t really want to use it but we did.  Of course, she had a very non-traditional wedding and just played it as everyone was leaving.

          b.  It’s a Hard Life Wherever You Go, by Nancy Griffith.  I just love this song and her.  I think I heard her on the Today Show when I was in college.  It is such a beautiful song and so expressive of so many of the things I fought for when I worked in

Alaska

.  One of my favorite lines…”Cafeteria line in Chicago, fat man in front of me, is calling black people trash to his children and he’s the only trash here I see.”

          c.  Boss of Me (Theme from Malcolm in the Middle), by They Might be Giants.  I have been listening to this song a lot lately.  Technically, it is one of Owen’s favorite songs—and I think it suits him as it is hard to boss him.  But I think I have adopted it for my feelings about his autism and the people who have told me there is little hope.  Your not so big!

          d.  Running up That Hill (A Deal With God), by Kate Bush.  I love Kate Bush’s haunting voice.  My degree is also in Theology.  There are many times I would have liked to make a deal with God and swap places.

          e.  A toss up between This Charming Man and How Soon Is Now, by the Smiths.  Can you tell I was a maudlin new wave girl?  They were probably my all-time favorite band as a teenager.  I loved Morrissey and saw them at the Pier for their Meat is Murder tour.  Sigh.

What 3 people are you going to pass this baton to and why?

Well, this thing sure has been passed around and I am not sure there is anyone left to pass it too.  I think I will pass it to Jody, I am sure she has great taste in music—especially what she listens to on her commute.  Kim, ‘cause it’s cold up there and I am sure she listens to music while knitting and making her fabulous bears.  Last, I will pass this to Sarah—between she and her husband, I bet they have great taste in music too.

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:30 am

Caryn, our latest St. Brigid knit alonger, passed this to me.  I admit my music tastes are a bit dated but I mostly listen to what my kids listen too.  It is not uncommon for me to be driving to work and notice as I pull in that I am singing Hot Potato by the Wiggles.

Speaking of Australia, Donna tagged me too.

1.) Total amount of music files on your computer:

          374 on the laptop with more downstairs on the desktop and more on Kevin’s laptop.  Kevin is the ace CD burner in the house.

2.) The last CD you bought was:

          The last CD I actually bought was the Shrek 2 soundtrack—for Cameron’s birthday.  The last grown up CD was purchased for us by Kevin and it was U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

3.) What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?

          Particle Man, by They Might Be Giants, in the car with the kids, on the way back from the dentist.

4.) What are your five favorite songs and why they mean the most to you?

          a.  In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel.  It was our wedding song.  Technically, it was my song with my best friend and we promised each other we would use it as our wedding song…we were supposed to love our husband’s as much as we loved each other.  Pretty lame, right?  I didn’t really want to use it but we did.  Of course, she had a very non-traditional wedding and just played it as everyone was leaving.

          b.  It’s a Hard Life Wherever You Go, by Nancy Griffith.  I just love this song and her.  I think I heard her on the Today Show when I was in college.  It is such a beautiful song and so expressive of so many of the things I fought for when I worked in

Alaska

.  One of my favorite lines…”Cafeteria line in Chicago, fat man in front of me, is calling black people trash to his children and he’s the only trash here I see.”

          c.  Boss of Me (Theme from Malcolm in the Middle), by They Might be Giants.  I have been listening to this song a lot lately.  Technically, it is one of Owen’s favorite songs—and I think it suits him as it is hard to boss him.  But I think I have adopted it for my feelings about his autism and the people who have told me there is little hope.  Your not so big!

          d.  Running up That Hill (A Deal With God), by Kate Bush.  I love Kate Bush’s haunting voice.  My degree is also in Theology.  There are many times I would have liked to make a deal with God and swap places.

          e.  A toss up between This Charming Man and How Soon Is Now, by the Smiths.  Can you tell I was a maudlin new wave girl?  They were probably my all-time favorite band as a teenager.  I loved Morrissey and saw them at the Pier for their Meat is Murder tour.  Sigh.

What 3 people are you going to pass this baton to and why?

Well, this thing sure has been passed around and I am not sure there is anyone left to pass it too.  I think I will pass it to Jody, I am sure she has great taste in music—especially what she listens to on her commute.  Kim, ‘cause it’s cold up there and I am sure she listens to music while knitting and making her fabulous bears.  Last, I will pass this to Sarah—between she and her husband, I bet they have great taste in music too.