Monday, December 31, 2007

- How to win a child's heart and realize you're a knitting nut

Ok, the fact that I even searched for this pattern makes me realize I have a problem with knitting. I think I can do anything by knitting.....and/or I can make anything by knitting.....

My soon to be step-son (gosh that's a trip to think about) is a great kid. He's fun, and silly, and fascinated by knitting. I was working on a hat for Daddy last night, and the little one wanted to know when he was going to get his hat. Now he changes his mind all the time about what colors he wants for his hat. Orange, green, orange and green, blue, black, stripes of all colors, big yarn, bigger yarn, green and purple, etc. It changes every time he asks. So I thought, hmmmm, little one likes...nay....LOVES sponge bob (as does Daddy, gotta love hearing them follow every episode, word for word, but I digress). So I thought, hmmmm, wonder if there is a pattern out there for a knit kids cap with sponge bob on it. Well there is not! BUT there is a kid's knit hat pattern that IS sponge bob, and here it is! OMG, I was right, you CAN make anything by knitting!!!! Hmmm, maybe I'll make Daddy one too?!? Naaaahhh, he likes sponge bob, but wouldn't wear sponge bob.

- Mom made a find

Check it out!!! My mom made a cool genealogical find!!! Since starting this look into family history, we've gotten kinda stuck on one side (and one little portion) of our family:

Tackitt
Miller
Bashum
Poteet
Jones

But mainly the Tackitt's and the Millers, they are fascinating:

Fort Tackitt Massacre
Mountain Meadow Massacre

Anywhoo, these few families (paternal side) have got up interested, and mom found the Carroll County, Arkansas history. I've made some good connections over the internet, with cousins, albeit down the line cousins who have some good information.

Genealogy is fun! One of my friends has also gotten interested in genealogy here is her site. She's finding things sporadically, and really enjoying it.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

- Knitting shirts

Oh, OH, before I get to the knitting shirts, I forgot to share. My wonderful and thoughtful Mama also got me knitting tags that say "From the knitting needles of Elisa" for me!!! I've been wanting those forever too, and she got 'em. She's super cool!

Now onto our scheduled topic:

Ok, I'm not talking about shirts you knit, but shirts that feature knitting. These are hysterical, and I had to share. When KIP (Knitting in Public) you get all kinds of stares and questions, or overheard comments.

Common comments/questions include:

What are you doing?
Is that crochet?
I could never do that I don't have the patience.
How long is that gonna take?
Why do you knit?
Did your grandma teach you? OR the ever popular "Aren't you a little young to be knitting?"
etc.

Knitting shirts:

Knitting answers
Do you really want to know?
MADD knit
Knitting panties
Don't mess with...
Prison knits
Kevin Costner Knit
The one FH hears all the time
Aggressive Knitter

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

- MY PARENTS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG!!!! I just checked my e-mail and there was a notice of a comment on my blog.....from my wonderful Mama and Papa.....if you've clicked on the link you know why my parents rock....if you haven't then I'll tell you.

They bought me the HARMONY NEEDLE SET!!!!!!!!!


OMG, OMG!!!!!!!! I've been wanting them so badly for so long. OMG, OMG!!!! I am SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

- Busy, but had some knitting time

Well I've been really busy lately, what with work and the holidays, but I've managed a little knitting time. I've finished the fiber trend clogs for FH (future husband), but I didn't felt them enough, so I've got to do it again. I've also gotten a few dishcloths knitted. They are all made from my old counterpane book, here is a link to an old post about it. here is a link to the book I used. I don't have pictures of the dishcloths I've knitted lately, no time to take and upload pics. But I would highly recommend the book to any knitter.

The counterpane patterns are wonderful for blankets, but they are also great for dishcloths. A good resource, and absolutely beautiful pictures!

I've been obsessing over these needles from knitpicks, here is an up close picture of the needles. They are beautiful, and I've heard/read nothing but great reviews of the from both Knitting help and ravelry! I like to look at these needles and dream. One of these days I'll splurge and get them for myself. The only problem, would be I wouldn't ever want to leave my house, because all I'd want to do is knit, knit, KNIT!!!!!!

Oh and I wanted to point out this blog it's written by a female Episcopalian priest who knits. How very cool!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

- Chanukah ham anyone?!?

Ok, I am providing a link to the pictures of the Chanukah ham. If you haven't heard this story here is a link to it.

Basically a grocery store in New York....yup.....New York, advertised hams on sale for Chanukah. If you don't know why this is funny, and a bit sad, well then I'm can't help you. Sorry.

I just thought this was hysterical, especially in the era of "political correctness".

Monday, December 3, 2007

- Wedding date set!

We've decided on a date. May 31, 2008, it's a Saturday, and I'll update as I have more news. Haven't had much time to post (sheesh, I can't figure out why), but I'll update as I can. :-)

Monday, November 26, 2007

- I'm back and happier than ever!

Hi all (my two faithful readers),
Ok, so the big news before I get to the trip and the knitting.......Drum roll please.......I'm engaged!!!!! My BF (I guess now my fiance) asked me to marry him on Sunday, November 25th(the day I got back from my trip)! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? According to my God sister, our family is not gaining, their finally getting rid of me....she's a brat. :-)



I'm back from my cruise to Mexico! I went on a 7 day cruise with 30 some odd of my papa's family. Ok, 30 of them is like 200 of a normal family. We had a good time, but it was long, and I'm glad to be home....although not too excited about going back to work on Thursday. But not too broken up either. My job is cool, and now that I've had a bit of a break, I'm recharged.

I finished my Sliver's palindrome hat while on the cruise. Here are some pictures:




Ok, I love this hat, its warm, pretty and oh so soft. I made it out of 100 pure wool that I bought through an online yarn co-op.

Now on to Mexico, here are a few pictures I took while on my trip. These are a sampling only as I am a picture taking maniac:














Here are some pictures of the ship and randomness in the ship. We sailed on the Carnival Pride:


















This is a towel animal that was left in our room. Every night we had a different animal.

I had my b-day on the ship (32nd) and my whole family sang happy birthday to me. It was cool!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

- Goin' on a trip

I goin' on a trip, goin' on vacation, goin' away from work, WOO HOO!!!!!

I'll get some knitting time, site seeing time, time with my Mamma, time with my grandma, YEE HAW!!!!

Goin' to the touristy towns of Mexico, never been to those, should be interesting. I'm gonna cruise it up, and eat a lot, and relax with family, ALRIGHT.

I resolve not to worry about work, stress over what hasn't gotten done, and enjoy myself. But I'll miss the BF, and the friends....knowing they are probably glad for a little break from me :-)

Perhaps I will finish my hat, or start a new one, likely I won't do either. Maybe I'll find some Christmas presents, but probably not. I'll take a ton a pictures, then forget to upload them for about a month.....I won't have internet access or phone access, I'll effectively be cut off from life and the rest of the world, oh what oh what will I do?

Monday, November 12, 2007

- Debbie Mumm yarn

This past weekend I went down to the Bay Area to visit family and hang out. I FINALLY got to a Joann's Superstore (sorry a "Large Format" store according to the staff). I got to the store thanks to my wonderful Momma who drove me to the store in Fremont. I bought some Debbie Mumm yarn, which is beeeeautiful, and I can't wait to work on it. I bought 4 skeins of Adirondack Brown and four skeins of Robins Egg Blue. The colorways are wonderful, and the yarn is super soft!!!

Now for my rant.....well not really a rant, just something I have to say about Joann's.

1) They only sell this yarn at their "Super Stores". OK, really?!? I had to drive basically 4 hours to get to a Super Store! How stupid? You're selling new yarn, that people are talking about and you only sell it in some stores. I WANT THE YARN IN MY STORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't want to have to drive 4 hours to see some yarn!

2) If you are selling yarn at only certain stores, please stock all of the colors, not just 3. The only colorways they had at this store were the two I bought and Beeswax Cream. REALLY?!?!?!?!?!? It's not even that the other colors were sold out, they had the Debbie Mumm yarn in it's own little corner, and they only had 3....count 'em 3 colorways out of the 6 that they offer online. BUT, they did have a swatch in one of the colorways that they didn't offer. I asked, "Oh, do you have this colorway?" The store employee looked at me in astonishment that I would even ask and said "No, that's just a sample". AAARRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!

3) I e-mailed Joann's and asked them about selling Debbie Mumm yarn at all of the stores, got no response. This is the second time I've e-mailed the company and gotten no response. Nothing irritates me more than a company that says oh e-mail us and we'll get back to you, then nothing. Ok, if you don't want to provide customer service, than don't give that option. Easy Peasy, right?!?!

I'm tired of this era of little to no customer service. Employees of different companies act as though customer service is a foreign concept. That REALLY irritates me!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

- Pictures of my WIP hat (Palindrome)

I thought I'd post some not to good pictures of the hat I'm making. Seriously the hat looks MUCH better in person. I didn't have my digital camera, so I had to make due with an old digital camera that uses floppy disks to save the pics, needless to say, the pics are on par with a gumball machine camera. But here they are anyway:









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