Saturday, March 31, 2007

- I made out today!!!

So this morning I showed one of my friends the dishcloths I made, and she now wants to make some. So we were on our way to Trader Joe's, and inspiration hit! Hancock fabrics is going out of business! So I thought why not take her there so she can get the Lion Cotton on sale! So we went, and I was weak and this is what I picked up. Now I think I'm doing ok, since I only spent $40.95 and I got alllllllllllll this:

It wasn't all yarn. The multi-colored skeins are actually this:

So I got 16 skeins of Wool Ease, 2 skeins of Lion Cotton, 6 skeins of the Torn Fabric String, and one set of bamboo needles. What a steal!!!!

Friday, March 30, 2007

- Dishcloths

So I really wanted to knit something today, but something that I could get done. I guess I needed to feel a sense of accomplishment without really doing anything productive. So I knit up two dishcloths.

This one I just knit up a seed stitch border and a Stockinette Stitch center. I used Sugar and Cream that I got a Michael's for $1.00 a skein (it was on sale from $1.50).

This one I got the pattern from the Mason Dixon Knitting book that I got for Christmas.

But if you don't want to spend $30.00 on the book here is a free pattern for mitered squares like the one I did. The green in the dishcloth is Sugar & Cream, and the multicolored is Lion brand cotton. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I kind of like it. What do y'all think?

Well I knitted something, and feel as though I've done something, when in fact I just farted around all day and didn't do a darned thing I should have done. But then again, it's my day off, and I don't have to do anything if I don't want to!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

- Oddball blanket updates

Well now there are three Oddball Charity blankets in the making. Blanket #1, which I am one of the knitters. Blanket #2, which I am helping do the blog, but am not one of the knitters. And (drum roll please) Blanket #3 which I am one of the knitter.

Now, Blankets #1 & #2 are being knitted with worsted weight machine washable yarn. I don't have any updated pics of Blanket #2, but here is one of Blanket #1, with the goodies that were sent to the 5th knitter:

Now Blanket #3 is going to be knit out of wool. This blanket will be given to a charity outside of the USA. Here is a picture of Blanket #3 in it's very beginning stages:

Shandeh dyed her yarn in Kool-Aid in order to give the blanket a little more Pizazz! I recently bought some yarn from Knitpicks, that is bare and ready to dye. Here is a link to the yarn I bought. I am going to dye it one of these days soon!! Shandeh posted a few sites on Kool-Aid dyeing so I'll share them:

Basic How to
Knitty article
Knitter's Review article article
Knitpicks article
Guide with pictures
and a Kool-Aid color chart

It just so happens that the other day I was at the local El Cheap-o grocery outlet (which I love) and they had Kool-Aid on sale for $0.10 each. I bought a butt load of them, and will be sending some off this weekend to KHers who can't find certain colors where they live. Namely blue. Apparently Kool-Aid is much more popular in California?!?

Well this is it for tonight as I'm poop'ed and need to sleep.

Oh, one more thing, this is a great company and everyone should check it out. Everyone's gotta do their part. I'm a great one for reusing thing, putting something to use multiple times (nylons into headbands, etc.) I think it comes from a grandmother who remembered The Depression, and a dad who likes to bind his own books. Who knows, but check out Chico Bags, it's a good company with a good product. I really like them.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

- Mr. Sock no longer in time out

I have decided that I must forgive the sock. He has been in the bag now for 2 days now, and is truly contrite. I have accepted his apology and will attempt to knit the heel once again.

I don't really have much more to say, except I fought "the man" and won! Last Monday I went to the post office to mail off the "prison scarf" aka the Irish Hiking Scarf. The long and short of it is, the envelope I'd picked out to mail the scarf in was ripped and unusable, but I didn't notice it until it was fully labeled. Being the nice person I am (<----Do not believe this), I took it up and told the cashier. He was RUDE!!!!!!!! And his response was "You have to pay". He added, "It doesn't matter if you didn't do it you have to pay". When I repeated it was that way when I found it, he got really quite rude and said "I don't really care". Well I'd not yet eaten that day, it was 11:42 a.m., and suffice it to say I'm not a nice person when I don't eat. NOT nice at all!! My mom won't even talk to me unless I've eaten. Anyhoo, I had just enough control of myself not to launch myself over the counter at this man and scratch his eyes out. Ok, normally I'm not the scratch your eyes out kinda girl, not at all, but then again I hadn't eaten. I restrained myself, in fact I didn't say anything. I just ground my teeth, the tendon in my jaw twitching quite wildly and payed $2.29 for an envelope I didn't rip. Then, THEN he refuse to throw it away for me, saying "I don't do that. It's against policy to throw away customer trash". OK, that was the last straw. I went and got food and called the USPS customer service line. They took a message and said "Someone will call you back in 48 hours".

When I finally got a call back, it was from someone in the wrong post office who very politely told me she couldn't help me. I asked her to inform the customer service line that they would need to have someone contact me who could help me. She informed me that she didn't have that capability. OK, it's 2007, no e-mail? No outside phone line? No smoke signals? I asked her if she could mail them a letter, and she laughed and said, no, in fact I would have to call customer service back. NO, I'm not calling them back. So I e-mailed them. Finally, yesterday I got a call back from the correct person. I explained the situation, and she agreed the man behind the counter was rude, and assured me that it was not their policy to make people pay for items that were unusable, and that they in fact have no policy against throwing away ripped envelopes. Since I'd kept my receipt I was able to tell her who it was that helped me. Although at first she guessed the wrong person, apparently they've had complaints about multiple people there. Shocking, a government employee being rude and letting power get to their head (<-- I too am in a gov'nt job, I see it daily).

Well, I got a money order in the mail today for $2.29, with an apology note. I know all that for a measly $2.29, but really it was the principle of the thing. That and I'm really surprised I was able to keep my cool with no food in my body, you ask anyone you know and they'll tell you that's a first. I realized I had a problem regarding my mood when I haven't eaten, about one year ago. Now my mother would argue she's know for 30 years, but just cause mom said so didn't mean I believed her. Well I was in Safeway, food shopping 'cause well frankly I was hungry, and the women in front of me wasn't going fast enough for my liking. A truly evil thought popped into my head...."If I ram my cart into her heads I bet I could snap her Achillies tendon and watch it roll up her leg". <-----Not how I usually am. I was so seriously disturbed by this thought that I immediately left the store, and went to get some fast food. I realized then I have a problem, and must take care to eat regularly!!! Oh, I felt so bad that even though I'm not catholic, I felt like I should run to the nearest confessional and tell on myself. Hmmm, so much for not much to say. Well it's my blog and all about me right?!?

Monday, March 26, 2007

- My sewing machine

I got this machine for free, and got it cleaned, a new peddle and new motor for $120. It's a beast, and it's soooo nice. 1500 stitches a minute, does all kinds of fancy shmancy stitching, I love it. My mom had a cabinet it fits all I have to do is figure the darned thing out. I haven't sewn since junior high school, lots of years ago.

The woman who gave it to me, also gave me the original owners manuel, which is really nice, from the 1950's.

Oh, any ya wanna know how smart my cat is? Here's a picture of her getting her own water from the cooler. I had to get proof nobs.

As I was seaching around the web I found this site. She's knitting the most gorgeous shawl I think I've ever seen.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

- I'm not talking to my sock

Well, my sock and I had a falling out! I thought I was doing everything right, and it disagreed. But since I'm bigger than Mr. Sock, I won....I frogged the entire heel (8 rows), then I threw it in the bag, and Mr. Sock is in a time out. It's gonna be a long one, at least a day.

It takes me a while to calm down after a fight that big.

Here are my kitties:

Saturday, March 24, 2007

- Sock update

Well today was a long day. My work schedule has changed, and I no longer work four 10 hours shifts, I work M-F 8 hour shifts. I feel like I don't have time to get my work done. Too many things happen during work hours. When I worked the 10's I had 2 hours to work before the phones started, and people came in needing help. Ahh well, I'll get used to it. No use stressin' right? But I taught CPR/First Aid/AED today for the Red Cross, from 9am to 5pm. That means I have only one day off this week, then back to the grindstone.

I got home and was exhausted, but the sock, it called to me. I K1,P1 to row 35 then decided I wanted to start the heel. Thanks to Silver's sock tutorial. I think I know what I am doing. I have knit 5 rows of the heel, and don't really know how I'm doing, but I think I'm doing it right.

In all honesty I want to post pictures of my progress, and have every intention of doing so. But the thought of lifting the camera, taking a picture, uploading the picture, and posting it, is too much. (Yet I can take the time to type the steps I would have to take to post, and that wasn't too much?) Sometimes even I don't understand myself. Good golly, no wonder others don't always 'get' me.

Tomorrow is girls day, going to Home Depot with a friend to buy flowers for her house, getting the rest of the girls and going to the Hancock Fabric's going out of business sale (they also sell yarn). Then we're going to the Tea shop to knit for a few or five hours. Sunday is knit day. I'm torn as to what I should knit. Baby blanket? Sock? ISE 4 scarf....definitely the baby blanket. Sheesh she's due on the 26thish of March....that's Monday, HOLY BUDDHA!! I'd better get that baby blanket finished. Ok, baby blanket it is!

Hopefully, by the end of the day I can get a pic of the sock posted. I like how it's looking, but never having seen a sock knit in progress, I'm still not sure if I've got the heel right. Well, if it comes out wonky it comes out wonky!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

- Doesn't like the flash

I posted this for the simple fact that it makes me laugh. Neighbor baby hates the flash, and has started making this face when you pull out the camera. Either that or the sleepy eyes, that makes him look high. It's freakin' funny! Look at that picture and tell me you didn't laugh!

Oh, and I adore my secret scarf knitter, scarfer(?). She loves animals, and yarn, what more is there to like in a person?!? Seriously, she seems like a cool chick, and I can't wait to get to know her better.

I also can't wait to get to know my scarfee (?) better. I'm going to love knitting the pattern I picked for her. Now to choose the yarn.

- My mom is super cool

I love my mom (the non-knitter). She knows what I'm interested in and when she see's something I'd like she e-mails me, or calls. She sent me this site. A couple of co-workers and I (maybe a few friends too) will be going to the event on May 5-6th in Red Bluff, CA.

I called the lady whose phone number is listed:

Fiber on the Foot - Celebrating Alpacas

An educational event, showcasing alpacas and alpaca products to the public. Fun for the family.

Location: Tehama District Fairgrounds, Antelope Blvd, Red Bluff, CA

Contact: Irene Fuller 530-529-3298

Apparently, there is no charge to get into the event, but they will be taking donations for their "Sock it to 'em" charity. They will take all of the donated money and will be buying socks for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think I could part with a few bucks.

There will be yarn seller and all kinds of stuff at this event, I am definately excited!!!

I will post more on my sock tonight. I'm on row 25 and going strong. I took it to my LYS and asked how it looked. They told me it looks like I know what I'm doing, which is good. Because as we know looks are what matters (<--catch the sarcasm?!?) Oh and I have to say, I got an e-mail from the wonderful women who will be knitting a scarf for me!! She seems super cool!! I wonder where she's from? My guess Europe, more specificall Scotland, New Zeland or England. I'm probably wrong, it's been known to happen. She's cool though.

Here's an update on Oddball blanket #1:

I can't believe how quickly everyone is getting this blanket done! The fourt knitter is already done, and the blanket is (or soon will be) on it's way to knitter number five. It'll be at my house sooner than I expected, but that's cool, I can't wait to knit my part.

As for blanket number 2, it's got all the knitters needed, and will soon be on it's way. Here's a picture of what it looks like now:

Shandeh is great, she picks the best yarn. Also, it looks like Oddball Blanket #3 might be in the making. Blanket #3 will be knit out of wool, not acrylic yarn like the first two blankets. Ohhhh, wool, how do I love you? Let me count the ways........

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

- More about me

Well my sock is coming along, I'm on row 15, so more colors are starting to strip. I'll update with a picture later tonight. I'm really going to have to check out Silver's tutorial closely. That way I can figure out how to do the heel, and something called a gussett, I'm not really sure what that is so I'd better read it in depth.

The oddball blanket is coming along, both the first and the second. There are only 5 more knitters needed! Spots are going fast. I'm involved in so many fun projects I don't know what to do with myself.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

- Scarf Exchange

I got my pal!!! I know who I'm knitting for, and I know what colors she likes, so I can start knitting!!! Oh yea baby, this is what it's all about!!!

You will all have to wait until the scarf is done to see it however, just in case my secret pal checks my blog. Tsk, tsk, can't have her seeing what I'm making her.

What is very cool is she is from Australia. I've always wanted to visit there. Well, I can update you on the progress of the scarf, as far as percentage done and all, but no more than that. Not even a color, so no begging.

It will continue to be boring stuff about me "Muaahahahahahaha". Just how I like it.

- Started a sock

Well I got a bug up my butt about knitting a sock. Yes I know I don't have other projects finished, I know I could clean my house, wash my dishes, etc. But I WANT to try and knit a sock. So I started. This is my first foray into DPN's and so far it is going well. I only had to frog once, and it was only a row and a half into the not to bad. I've included a top/down view:

And a side view. So far I like it. I'm doing a K1,P1 repeat, after Casting On 64 stitches. I divided the stitches onto three size 2 DPN's (21, 21, 22), and away I went....after one false start.

Of course when I went to buy sock yarn I couldn't just buy one ball, so I bought three. Two of one color, and one of a second color. The brand is "Sockotta". It's a blend, 45% cotton, 40% superwash wool and 15% nylon. So there'll be some give, and it's machine washable!! That is very important to me. The yarn in the center pull skein is a 100% cotton. I bought it because it's soft, and I love the colorway. Kind of a muted camouflage. The cotton is "Fantasy Natural".

But of course the whole sock idea wasn't enough for me to dream of. I had to buy a pattern as well. Someone of KH knitted this sweater/hoodie, and it was so nice looking. According to everyone I've talked to, the author of this pattern is really quite easy to understand, and her patterns are easy to make. So I thought, I like the pattern, it's supposed to be easy, WHY NOT?!? So I bought the pattern. Plus it'll be an excuse later on the buy the yarn necessary to make the sweater.

Now that I've fascinated everyone into a coma, I must go, there is dinner to eat, t.v. to watch, and socks to knit.

Well, just one more thing. Since we all need a little bit of "AHHH, how cute" in our lives, here you go:

Monday, March 19, 2007

- Just saw this

I just read a blog where the person has knitted Harry Potter scarves here it is. I think these are so cool. Maybe I'll have to make some, I know a lot of Harry Potter fans. Hmmmmm, get an early start on Christmas? Perhaps I will. (yeah, right. I still haven't gotten all of my presents to everyone from last Christmas).

I just thought this was odd and so of course I need to post the odd and strange.

What do the colors mean?
blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)

So apparently this is what my blog looks in graph form....seeing as I am such a wiz at reading me it looks like some kind of strange flowering plant. Or perhaps a map to some really complex subways system. Anyhooo, I the site that did it is here.

Oh, and these are cool too.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

- Socks

So I'm thinking about trying my hand at sock knitting. I've just finished the prison scarf (aka Irish Hiking scarf), and I only have 10 rows left to go on the baby blanket for my friend. So I think it's time to branch out. So socks it is.

Now I'll have to knit with DPN's (double pointed needles), which I tried one time, and it was like trying to wrestle with a porcupine. But...I think I can do it. After all, the popular saying is, "you're still only knitting with two needles" apparently you just have to ignore the other three.

The only thing is there are soooooo many different kinds of sock yarn. In fact there are so many different kinds of yarn period. When I started knitting I thought yarn was yarn, but OMG was I wrong. Between the different fibers, and weights, and dying processes, it can be a bit much. I also never thought that yarn would be my obsession, yet it has quickly become something I look at online regularly.

In the online knitting community, pictures of your new yarn is called "porn", if I took pictures of all the yarn I have, I could probably make someone go blind looking at all my "porn".

But back to the socks. If you are interested in a sock tutorial, "Silver" a member of KH has made one. Her tutorial is EXCELLENT, and makes me think I really can tackle this arduous project. So here it is. Tomorrow after work I am going to my LYS (local yarn shop) and I will be buying sock yarn. I will also have to buy a pair of the dreaded DPN's. Just so you know I don't exactly have a fear of DPN's, I just have the slightest bit of fear that I might stab a cat, or impale myself a little. I'm not the most....shall we say....coordinated of people after all. Ahh, well, a little impalement here and there can't hurt that much, after all, my tetanus shot is still good.

I got the prison scarf done as mentioned, and will get it in the mail tomorrow. Also, I thought I'd mention, my neighbor, generously donated a scarf that she made as well. It's very pretty, and if at all possible, I will get a picture before I go to the post office tomorrow.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

- So me

Well I just started this blog in the middle of last month. And!? I'm posting on two. Well technically three since I will have to post three times over the next couple of months on the ISE 4 blog. I do this though. Do something new, enjoy it, and throw myself in 100%, I think I'm like my dad, in that I don't do so well with free time!

But I will be posting regularly on the Oddball Blanket #2 blog. Since Shandeh is doing all of the organizing, e-mailing, casting-on, borders, blanket #1 blog, etc. for both blanket #1 AND blanket #2, I thought I'd try to help out. So I will be posting on both blogs.

Obviously, this blog is mine, and the blanket blog is dedicated solely to the blanket and the participants. So if you would like to check out the other blog, the link is above. The first blanket is coming along, and looks REALLY very cool!

Back to me, I'm teaching a community CPR/First Aid/AED class next week for the Red Cross. I would like to urge everyone to keep up your certifications. You never know when you could save a life! The classes aren't too boring, and depending on who is teaching, they can be somewhat fun. I think this will be my fourth or fifth class taught for them since I got certified to instruct in November of 2006. I've also taught two CPR classes for work and one First Aid class. It's always interesting to teach your co-workers. I think they've gotten to see my drill sargent side.

Oh, and for the knitters out there, I thought this site was interesting. It's written by a vegan knitter. Pretty cool.

Friday, March 16, 2007

- Charity Blanket #2

Well I told you there would be a second Charity blanket, and it's started. There are 12 people still needed, but quite a few have signed up already! If you would like to see the blog for the second blanket here it is.

If you are interested in being one of the people who works on the blanket here is where you can sign up. Shandeh is the person who is generously organizing both blankets, she is wonderful!!!

The second blanket will be an international blanket, as it will be traveling outside of the United States and into Canada. Gotta love the neighbors to the North.

Regarding the International Scarf Exchange, I've picked a pattern, it's a pattern from the 1800's that I found in a book printed in the 1970's. The women who wrote the book, traveled around the world looking at Counterpanes and figured out how they were made.

Now I just need my partner so I know what kind of yarn to knit with. My goal for this weekend is to finish the prison scarf and get it into the mail, and to almost finish the baby blanket. I'm getting close, only 10 more rows to go....yes, yes I've been slacking, but I'm entitled, it's been a LONG, LLLLOOONNNNGGG week!

Oh, and BTW, I thought this was cool....even thought it was crocheted.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

- Charity #2 and my brain

So the second Charity Oddball blanket will be started here is the link to the forum postings about it.

The first blanket has already made it to three people, and I believe is on it's way to the fourth. And ALREADY, people are signing up to participate in the second go-round!!! How cool is that?!?

Also, the second blanket has already been cast-on (300 stitches), and is going to start it's round the country trek. Since different people will be participating in the second blanket, it will be going to different states and towns. I will post where it will be going later on. Shandeh is the person who is organizing the Charity Blanket, and here is a link to her blanket blog. Shandeh is wonderful to have taken on such a project!!!

The KH people are amazing. A lot of them knit for charities already, yet are planning on doing more. The people I know who knit, don't really knit for themselves. (Personally, I can't think of one thing I've knitted for myself, and I have projects lined up for others). I am planning on knitting a shirt for myself, one of these days, it's cute and I found it in the Big Girl Knits book. It's a hemp shirt, that is really, really cute, and I can't wait to make it.....sometime next year perhaps.

As for the yarn swap "kblue" is going to organize that!!! "kblue" is my new best friend!

I just took an online test, and we all know how stunningly accurate they are so I thought I'd share the results:

Right Brain 46%
Left Brain 50%
*results won't usually add up to 100% as this test measures each side seperately

Left brain dominant individuals are more orderly, literal, articulate, and to the point. They are good at understanding directions and anything that is explicit and logical. They can have trouble comprehending emotions and abstract concepts, they can feel lost when things are not clear, doubting anything that is not stated and proven.
Right brain dominant individuals are more visual and intuitive. They are better at summarizing multiple points, picking up on what's not said, visualizing things, and making things up. They can lack attention to detail, directness, organization, and the ability to explain their ideas verbally, leaving them unable to communicate effectively.
Overall you appear to have fairly Equal Hemispheres
According to Darwinian theory, optimal evolution takes place with random variation and selective retention. The evolution savvy individual will try many different approaches when faced with a problem and select the best of those approaches. Many historical intellectuals have confessed their advantage was simply considering/exploring/trying more approaches than others. The left brain dominant type suffers from limited approaches, narrow-mindedness. The right brain dominant type suffers from too many approaches, scatterbrained. To maintain balanced hemispheres, you need to exercise both variability and selection. Just as a company will have more chance of finding a great candidate by increasing their applicant pool, an individual who considers a wider set of options is more likely to make quality decisions.

So in case you want to find out if you are a leftist brain, a rightist brain, or like me :-) just a brain, here is the link.

- Yarn swap anyone?

On the ever so wonderful KH there has been talk of a yarn swap. What is a yarn swap you ask?!? Well just what it sounds like. :-)

Everyone gets a partner and you buy yarn from them. You have to use an anonymous e-mail address, so your partner doesn't know who they are getting their yarn from. Then you get yarn from someone else and so on, and so on, etc.

This looks fun, and I really want to do it. Maybe it'll convince me to branch out regarding my yarn buying habits. I have a tendency to buy all natural fibers, unless I am making something for a baby, or something that has been specifically requested. I have found that so far I am not a big "blend" person. One or the other when it comes to yarn.

Now, it's not that I need anymore yarn, because the gods of knitting know I sure don't. But, it'll be a chance to talk to someone new, and get a present. Come on who doesn't like presents?

What? You want to know if I have any interests other than knitting and yarn? Hmmmm, lemme think....I'll have to get back to you on that.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

- Random update

Well I haven't been around for a couple of days, and I haven't had time to really knit. Work has been keeping me busy and tired, and I've just needed a break. To veg out in front of the t.v....yeah like that's been happening.

I went to Michael's last night, and I bought a new knitting bag. I'll have to get it full of projects and take a picture of it. It's really, nice. I think I love it. And it's bright orange, which is cool in itself.

I called my neighbors on Friday from work and informed them I would be "Kidnapping" their baby on Saturday. One of my co-workers was taking her kids out and about, so I figured I'd give my friends time. So we took the kids to the park.

It was a blast, put the baby on the swing. Watched the 7 year old practice her babysitting skills under the watchful eye of me and her mom. She was extremely conscientious about making sure we were watching the baby when she needed to get a drink from the water fountain. Always pointing out that she would be "right over there".

Kids are cute, especially when you can give them back.

So I just checked on KH and the Oddball Charity blanket is coming along. Already three knitters down. Here is how it looks so far.

The last knitter added cables (this is her first time) and it looks absolutely wonderful. I can't wait until I get it, and can add to it. I just love this idea for a charity blanket. I'm still not sure if a charity has been decided on to receive it, but whoever does will love it.

When the third knitter received the blanket, the person who knitted it before sent her a little present. How nice! She got some yarn and some nice pens. Hmmm, maybe I can send someone some Sierra Nevada Mustard. I don't think they sell it anywhere but here. Naahh, mustard is a weird gift for someone you don't know.


I have adopted a soldier!! Aunt Nancy is looking for people to adopt soldiers. Send them a letter, a small package, something to let them know they are cared about. Regardless about what you think about the war, I urge people to support our soldiers!!!

Adopt one, let them know that people back home care about them, and wish them to return home safe and sound. I have bought a few packages of Girl Scout cookies, and will be sending them on to Iraq....or wherever my soldier is stationed.

You can always go down to the local recruiting office and get the address for "Any Soldier" and send a letter to someone you don't know. You never know how much you can lift someone's spirits with just a "hello".

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

- NO!! Not that word!! It's a 'Hoohoo'

Below you will see an article on some girls who got suspended from school for saying the word "vagina" during the vagina monologues. Fist off, WTF?!? How is a school going to allow the girls to preform a portion of the Vagina Monologues, and then tell them they can't say the word Vagina. What were they supposed to call it a 'Hoohoo'. This isn't PC going to far, this is flat out stupidity.

What do they call the vagina in sex ed?!? Do they just point, or perhaps "hhrump" or clear their throat? OH, maybe they just assume that people know what they are talking about, or maybe, just maybe they pretend that over half the population of the world doesn't have one. You know, like all teenage girls are smooth (whispering "down there"), like Barbie. 'Cause if you don't talk about doesn't exist.

If it had been the Penis Diatribe would they have been allowed to say penis? Are we going to have to start renaming all body parts? I propose we rename the arm, "the reacher" and the hand "the clutcher". Are nipples off limits?

I have to say, I support the girls. Good for them, I'm not always a "screw authority" type person, but in this case....when authority is asinine I'm all for it. Unite against stupidity, stand up against ignorance, and yell VAGINA!!!!!

I have to add, if I was those girls, or their parents, I would absolutely NOT comply with their "in school" suspension. No way! If a punishment is just and deserving, then by all means take your lumps and get on with live. But this, no way. It is not only unjust and undeserving, but it is completely, COMPLETELY innappropriate!!!!!!

Oh, does this mean we can't call Bush and ass? Do we have to call him (or someone else equally deserving) a....oh, shall we say, buttocks? Nope probably thats to risque too, maybe a dingdong? Nope, nope.....that won't work either. Maybe a 'Gaga', lets not use approprite words, lets all talk like babies.

Girls Who Said 'Vagina' During Monologues Suspended Defiant Stand Applauded By Play's Author

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. -- A Westchester, N.Y., public high school has suspended three 16-year-old girls for saying the word "vagina" during a reading from "The Vagina Monologues."

John Jay High School Principal Richard Leprine said the girls were punished because they disobeyed orders not to say the word "vagina." The school is in Cross River.

Their stand is being applauded by Eve Ensler, the author of "The Vagina Monologues," who said the girls were right for "standing up for art and against censorship." Ensler called the school's position "a throwback to the Dark Ages."

Ensler, a graduate of Scarsdale High School, said she called the girls to support them.

Honor students Megan Reback, Elan Stahl and Hannah Levinson, included the word because -- as Levinson said "we knew it was the right thing to do. Since we're comfortable saying it, we should make other people comfortable saying it."

The excerpt from "Monologues" was read Friday night, among various readings at an event sponsored by the literary magazine. The girls will all serve one-day, in-school suspensions Wednesday.
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- Charity failed to mention

It was pointed out to me that I failed to metion a knitting charity!! Oh gods no!!! (<--read Battlestar reference) So here it is for you loyal readers of my blog (all one or two of you):

Warm up America

I will add this link to the list of knitting charities I have on the right hand side of my blog. My apologies to the charity and the wonderful person who informed me of it....uh...a while ago.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

- Yarn give away

I just saw this on another blog and thought I'd post it. The author of the blog is doing a survey on people and how often they read comics.

One person will recieve some yarn as a prize for participating. So if you happen to read this, go ahead and participate!! Help a knitter out.

Monday, March 5, 2007

- Charity Knitting

I have seen a lot of people lately talking online about charity knitting. There are some really good charities out there, and I thought I'd list a few for people who are interested:

There are so many good charities out there that accept knitted items, it's amazing.

I have mentioned already that I am working with 25 others across the USA on the Oddball Charity Knitting Blanket. It's pretty cool, and I can't wait to get the blanket. We are all knitting 3 inches of the blanket, in whatever color and pattern we want, then sending the blanket on. There is a 'journal' that is going along with the blanket, so that every knitter can write a little bit about themselves for the recipient. It's a fun cool project that I know will end positively for someone I've never met, and never will. The blanket just started it's trek around the USA, and has already visited two out of the twenty-five knitters who will eventually get their hands on it.

The blanket is going to visit the following states:

North Carolina
New Mexico
New Jersey

All of the people who are going to knit this blanket are members of KH. What a great site, the people there are wonderful. The idea was posted on February 21, 2007. By February 23, 2007 there were 25 people signed up, and even a few "pinch knitters", in case life happens to someone. By March 4, 2007, the blanket has visited two people and is on it's way to the third. I think that's pretty amazing, and shows the heart of the people who are on the KH forum.

On a personal knitting note, I am closer to being done with the baby blanket. I only have 19 rows left. AAAHHHH, I can't wait to have it done. Not because I don't enjoy making it, I do, but I can't wait to give it to the proud parents to be!!! I love giving hand knitted gifts to people. It's so fun to see their faces (and yeah, I kinda, sorta, like the praise, the oooo's and aaahhh's). What can I say, I like it when my work is appreciated. Well I'd better get going, I can get a few more rows in before Heroes starts.

Oh, and BTW, did anyone see Battlestar on Sunday?!? What the FRAK??????!!!!!!???????

Sunday, March 4, 2007

- My neighbors are awesome!

My neighbors are awesome!!! They saw a knitting and crochet book for $9.00 and they got it for me. The REALLY cool thing, is the book was printed in 1883, and copyright in 1882. I'm gonna have to copy some of the patterns, I was looking at it last night, and it's a laugh riot.

First off, there is no author, inside the book it just says 'Compiled and edited by a Lady expert, who has conscientiously tested all of them'. Some of the patterns in here I have NO idea what they are talking about, and others make a little sense.

There are two patterns for 'Lady's petticoats' one of them is to be 'worn instead of a flannel one'. There is a pattern for a 'sock for a boy of twelve' and one for a 'boy of fifteen', stocking patterns, a pattern for a 'carriage rug'. It's all very interesting.

Needles are referred to as 'pins' and today's purl stitch is a pearl. There is a pattern for 'woolen fringe' that is according to the book 'very handsome', and a pattern for a 'Persian Antimacassar' it is 'very pretty and not difficult' , I don't even know what and antimacassar is.....ok, I looked it up here is the definition. Wikipedia is a wonderful thing. I am having an absolute blast looking at this book. Some of the spelling is different, and although it was printed in Boston, there is a definite British flair to some of the patterns.

A few of the patterns are just named 'Pretty edging' or are simply titled 'another pretty pattern'. Now the patterns are written differently, they are in paragraph form, but I think I'm going to have to try and decode some of the patterns and try them. Perhaps not the pettycoat pattern, but some of the plain stitch patterns.

You gotta love people who know you and buy you stuff that they have no interest in but know you will like. They got the book at a consignment shop, where they just happened across it. What wonderful people!!

Friday, March 2, 2007

- Why do I have a blog?

Why do I have a blog? Seriously, why...whose gonna read it. Ohhh, some random person's knitting, yeah let's read about it. But then again why does anyone have a blog? I certainly have no idea, who even started the blogging sensation? And why? To see how many idjiots would follow in his/her digital footsteps?

Perhaps I'm doing this so that I can keep an online knitting journal. I'm under no illusions that this knitting odyssey of mine is in the least bit interesting to anyone but myself. And I can't imagine posting anything that is not knitting related, other than my one line about CPR.

Is this what it's coming down to? I'm too lazy to write in a journal, and print up pictures? I have to do it online? Well I guess it's better than watching t.v. (ok, one other non-knitting thing....this is definitely not better than Heroes, LOST, or Battlestar Galactica!)

Well, my knitting my own, as are my thoughts, and since none are more interested in both than I am, I'll continue to knit and blog; blog and knit until I get tired of the computer and go back to just knitting.

- A few more scarves

I think I have knitting ADD. I can't just knit one thing at a time. I constantly have 5 or more things on the needles at once, and about 50 projects I am thinking about making. This scarf is made with Paton's SWS. I really like how it's coming out. I don't think this picture allows you to fully appreciate the pattern, however, you can get the idea. This yarn is so very yummy, soft and thick. It has a wonderful drape to it and a nice sheen. Also due to the amount of wool it is very warm.

I'm also making a scarf out of Caron Simply Soft. It's 100% acrylic as so it's machine washable, which is nice....since really who wants to hand wash anything?

This stuff is really nice to work with, it's soft and pliable. There's just the right amount of give to it. The pattern is just simple:

CO an uneven amount of stitches

Rows 1-6 Knit
Rows 7-until you like the length k2, p2 every row
Last 6 Rows Knit

I think it's called a mock rib. Anyhow, this pattern pulls in the yarn quite a bit, so for the neck area I just did a bunch of garter stitch rows so it was wide enough to be warm, then went back to the mock ribbing.

I like how it's coming out so far. I also did a 6 row garter stitch boarder at the beginning.

After work today a co-worker and I went to Michael's, and luckily I still had some gift certificates left over from some very generous family friends. I bought 4 skeins of Patons Rumor in Hibiscus Heather, which is an acrylic, alpaca and polyester blend. I can't wait to knit with this. It's really amazing what they can do with fibers now days. Acrylic yarn used to be so rough and unforgiving, now some of it is just beautiful and luscious. I also picked up some Caron Simply Soft Shadows, 3 skeins of Mardi Grey and 3 skeins of Soft Merino.

I know you think I should be done, but I'm not. I also got two skeins of Sugar 'n Cream cotton, and 4 skeins of Patons Grace. For those of you who know me, "YES, OK, YYYYYEEEESSSS, I bought more yarn!! I know I have a lot, but I bought more!!! But it's ok, 'cause it was a gift certificate and I didn't spend any of my own money." For those of you who don't know me....I don't really have enough yarn, my friends just don't understand the 'softy goodness' of yarn, or the pure enjoyment I get out of having it on hand.

There is no such thing as too much stash. And by stash I mean yarn stash, shame on any of you who thought differently!!!

Until tomorrow, or the next day, or the next.

Ok, I had to come back and add this link. For those of you who think of knitting and think grandma and scarf HERE is a link that will will make you think again. Because I'll tell you what if YOUR grandma knit stuff like this, then I will make an educated guess about you and say you are likely one sick puppy!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

- Stuff on the needles

My mom recently asked me to knit something for a charity event. Something that they could auction off, and wouldn't take too long for me, but would be universally appealing. No tall order right? Well, I was going to try to knit the Branching Out pattern from Knitty. However, since I've never knit lace before, I decided something a little easier would be in order. That way I could be sure to get it done before April, and I know it would turn out ok.

So I changed plans and decided to make the Irish Hiking Scarf. I'm making it out of Paton's SWS, which is a wool/soy mix. I am absolutely loving the way it is coming out. I think this picture is not the best, but I think you can see the details.

Since my camera is new, I'm still figuring it out. I took this picture, and of course as soon as I did the batteries went dead. So no more pictures 'til I can get to the store.

Since I frequent KH on a regular basis, I am constantly coming in contact with beautiful things and wonderful yarns.

So because of that I am continually inspired to buy new things, and try different patterns. So I recently bought some NORO. I got it at a wonderfully discounted price at Little Knits. They are a great place to buy yarn from. I am planning on making Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style. A couple of people on KH have made it, and the pattern is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I can't wait to start it. But of course I have about a million things on the needles right now and need to finish a couple of those first.
One thing I need to finish is this baby blanket for a friend. I got the pattern from someone on KH, melissa.atkins. It's a great pattern, easy, and it looks good. I have about 37 more rows to go. It's made out of Bernat Softee, and I'm double stranding it. So far, so good. Hopefully I should be done next week! Something I should mention about this blanket, if anyone ever makes it, you want to CO a multiple of 4 stitches + 2.

I still want to make the Branching Out scarf, and I've gotten some lace weight yarn to make it with. One of these days I'll tackle it.

More "exciting" (to no one else but me) tales of knitting to come.