Wednesday, May 30, 2007

- Got my ticketts!

I got my tickets for the 150 Anniversary get together for the Mountain Meadow Massacre!!!!!! My mom got them, which is ever so nice of her, and I will be going in September. One of the orginizations that is hosting the event is the Mountain Meadow Massacre Association, one is the Mountian Meadow Descentant's Association.

Wikipedia has quite a bit of information on the Massacre.

This article is quite interesting and I think is something that everyone should read.

Here is a list of links to different newpaper accounts of the massacre from the 1800's.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

- Ancestors are interesting

Well it's been a while since my last post, the last week has been busy/fun/different/interesting for me. I don't have time for a long involved post as I need to get back to work, but my mom just e-mailed this to me the other day and I wanted to share.

When you start digging into your family history, you never know what you're going to find, good/bad/inbetween. I found this to be interesting. Apparently, my maternal great-grandmother's great-uncle was a congressman, and her grandfather ran an underground railroad. So that would make him my 3 times great-grandpa.

Family stories mentioned the underground railroad, but this info confirmed it, which is really kinda cool.

Who knows what we'll find next.....

Monday, May 21, 2007

- KIP (or Knitting in Public)

I love knitting in public. It's so funny to watch people's reactions. You get all kinds of interesting comments:

"Aren't you a little young to knit"
"Wow, I thought only grandma's did that"
"My mom crochets"
"Uh, WHAT?!?! are you doing!"
"Ohhh, I could never do that I don't have the patience"
"I'm not that coordinated, I'd never be able to knit"
and so on......

Ok, I'm not coordinated either, mom sometimes would refer to me as "Grace", in a slightly sarcastic manner. I don't think I have a lot of patience in general. It helps to have a touch of ADD so that you can knit while doing other things...but that is neither here nor there.

I just thought I'd share a little KIP story with ya'll:

On Sundays my girlfriends who knit and I try....I repeat get together and knit at the local tea shop. Well they closed early yesterday, so we went to one of the coffee shops downtown. We saw this lady sitting there packing up her knitting. I went up and asked her what she was making. She looked up and very patiently showed us the shawl she was making. I started asking a few questions, then she noticed my knitting bag, and her animation level went up about 3 fold.

Well, we ended up talking, she invited us to sit down, she took her knitting back out, and she sat and knitted with us for an hour until the shop closed. It was pretty cool....I also told her about KH and all the wonderful people on that site.

I when I first approached her, the smile she had was genuine but slightly strained, and I could just hear her thinking, "Oh, I really don't want to hear it...but someone's interested in knitting, sigh, how nice." When I showed some genuine interest she perked up (it didn't hurt that I had my knitting bag (well one of them) with me at the time.

But I noticed, knitters are always willing...nay, eager to spread the word. The word being yarn, knitting, relaxation....making something with your own two hands. Then I got to thinking, ever since I started knitting I have had a little more patience, I've been a little more relaxed, wanna know why I think knitting has had an effect like that on me? Well good, cause I'm gonna share:

We live in a very different society than anyone in history ever has. Everything is easy to get, and quick to get. People work for a living, but don't always get the feeling of having completed anything. Many jobs are "paper pushing jobs". I think in the past 50 years or so money has become an object just as much as a car or a house. It's not longer something to earn for the family, but something to earn to have.

The people who knit are "throw backs to another time". What I mean by that is we know how to sit down and focus on ourselves, and our needs. We can take the time to relax, and when that time is up, we have something to show for it. How many people these days really make things, do things, and/or have an appreciation for the work that goes into a simple scarf or mitten. The understanding knitters have for the time it takes to learn to knit, to become good and comfortable in our 'hobby' makes us appreciate the other things in life. Family, work, life in general. We realize that beauty comes from work, time and patience. This is not something that is often taught and/or shared with people now days.

Sitcoms wrap up in 30 minute, love stories always have a happy ending, the epiphany always comes....but in reality, if people don't get it now many feel it's not worth the wait.

I think knitters, crocheters, crafters, people who take the time to make something or do something that gives them a sense of accomplishment, that they have to work for, that they can see evolving...those are the people who understand life just a little bit more, and can appreciate the beauty in tough situations.

Ok, well that is my two cents for the day. Fuw, all that thinking was difficult after a long day of "paper pushing." My goodness I can vier off topic quite well can't I. I think it's the ADD talking, although I did better than usual, I at least kept to the topic of knitting....kind of.

Friday, May 18, 2007

- Charity blankets and their progress

Well the KH charity blankets are moving FAST!!! Here are some updated pictures and info on them.

Blanket #1, Started February 25, 2007, 7 knitters have completed their portions, and the 8th knitter has just received the blanket. Considering the blanket has traveled cross country, from the East Coast to the West Coast, in less than 3 months, we're chuggin' along!!! 7 more people to knit before I get my knitty little hands on it! Here's a picture:

Blanket #2, Started on March 22nd, 2 knitters have completed their portions and the third has received it. Now this blanket had some issues. It traveled to Italy (getting lost there on the way to Canada), and turned into a purple singing monkey. When it finally found it's way back to Canada and was completed, it was driven across the boarder and personally handed off to the third knitter, as we were all a bit wary of the postal service. Here are the latest pictures:

Blanket #3, Started April 3, 3 knitters completed, 4th knitter has received the blanket. It is in Baltimore, Maryland right now! There are no updated pictures yet. 11 more knitters to go 'til I get a turn on those size 8 cirs!

Blanket #4, Started May 1, 2 knitters done, 3rd knitter received the blanket. Here's a picture:

Blanket 5, not started yet, there are 13 knitters needed out of 25 total....It'll start soon and begin it's trek 'round the North American continent.

In addition to the blankets, there are various Oddball Charity Shawls going round the USA, thanks to the wonderful men and women of KH !!! Yup, we've got the best group around!! And we're co-ed, HA, take that all you who think "I thought only grandma's knit."

Thursday, May 17, 2007

- My radio interview

Ok, so I brought a copy of the radio interview into my supervisor, and he gave it to the bigwigs!! Apparently they liked it so much they sent it out to EVERYONE I work with, and told them to listen to it.

I got big kudos from all the supervisors and administrators, and am going to get a "good job" letter in my file. OH YEAH BABY!!!!

I am sooooooo excited! It's always nice to get a pat on the back and a "Wonderful job" every once in a while.

Oh yeah, did I mention I'm going to be one the radio?!? :-)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

- I've been randomly tagged!

I was just 'tagged' by Marigold. What does that mean you ask? I have to reveal 8 random things about myself, and then 'tag' 8 people. So here goes:

1) I just got my ear pierced again on Sunday.

2) My hair is really long, and sometimes I sit on it. (yeah, not on purp

3) I think cucumbers are the devil's food and won't allow them into my house.

4) I've worked in a restaurant, mechanic shop, video store, personal injury lawyer's office, probate lawyer's office, as a church secretary and worked in a public defender's office.

5) I'm certified to teach community CPR/First Aid/AED, and do it for free for the Red Cross.

6) I don't like the taste of black licorice, in fact it makes me want to throw up.

7) I've never seen any of the Rambo movies, Goonies, Gremlins, the only Molly Ringwald movie I've ever seen is "The Breakfast Club", and I grew up in the 1980's-1990's.

8) My eyes have a snake skin pattern in them, not the normal starburst pattern that the majority of the world has, and it freaks people out.

The following people have been tagged:

Constant Evolution
Good girl lit
Kestrel's Nemesis
Stitches and Stories

- I'm going to be on the Radio

About a month ago a co-worker and I were interviewed for a family radio station. I just got a copy of of the 15 minute interview, and it is so cool!!!!! I'm sitting here listening to it, and I have to say, I sure do sound like I know what I'm talking about.....HA, who knew I could sound all professional and stuff?!?

You know I also have to say it's weird to listen to myself. I know it's me....but it doesn't sound like the me that I hear. But it sounds pretty cool nonetheless!

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you have somehow magically transported into a Fellini film without knowing it? That's how I feel today. I've been surrounded by clowns, poisoners, all I'm missing is someone riding a unicycle.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

- Not much time for knitting

I've been working a ton lately, researching family history, and trying to sleep (which apparently is last on my list of things to do, grrrr). So I haven't had much time for knitting. I'm trying to get some knitting in as I can, but all I'm managing is 3-4 rows here, 1 row there. It's kind of frustrating, scratch that, it's really frustrating. 24 hours in a day is NOT enough. Hmmm, perhaps time management is something I need to look into.

I think I was born without time sense (just like I was born with a severe lack of directional skills, spatial skills, and an understanding of the difference between left and right) I'm the kind of person who will have 2 free hours and think, "Hey, I can go catch a movie." <---uhhh, no, I forget about drive time, etc.... But I have found out all kinds of interesting stuff about my family history of late. Here's what I got:
William Henry and Emberson Milum Tackitt were two of the 17 children left alive after the MMM (Mountain Meadow Massacre). Their father (Pleasant Tackitt) their mother (Armilda Miller Tackitt), some bothers and sisters were all killed. In addition to their mother, father, and siblings, their grandmother (Cynthia Jones/Tackitt) was killed. She was Pleasant's mother. His sister (Eloha Angeline Tackitt) her husband (John Milum Jones) and brother-in-law (Newton Jones) were killed, but their son Felix Marion Jones, and their daughter Sophronia Jones survived.
Also, Armilda's (either brother or uncle) Josiah Miller and his wife were killed, but their two sons, John Calvin Jones and Joseph William (Tillman) Jones survived. I was related to quite a few more people on the Fancher/Baker wagon train than I thought. I've also been talking to some 'cousins' online. People who share a common ancestor with me back to 1790, and one of them sent me a picture of my great-great grandfather's (William Henry Tackitt) gravestone!!! How interesting....well for me....probably not for anyone else. But here it is:

I also found out that our family has survived more than one massacre....I don't know, maybe we're massacre magnets?!? Is there such a thing? Here is a link to some information about the life of Lewis Tackitt Sr. He and his family were involved in the Fort Tackitt massacre. Apparently, many members of that family were 'kidnapped' by the Shawnee over a 40 or so year period.

I find this so interesting. I'm going to have to keep digging.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

- Family History

So my mom and I have become much more interested in the family history lately. With the 150th Anniversary of the Mountain Meadow Massacre coming up this September 11th, we've been looking around a bit.

In the last two days I've found my 6 times grandfather's (my mother's paternal line) Last Will and Testament. On my mother's maternal line I've found the family tree back to about the 1600's. AAAAND, my father's birth mother's family tree back to 1475. Ok, so now I'm fascinated.

Mom's maternal side surnames:

Crosby (1900's)
Oberly(1740's) Elizabeth Oberly's Last Will and Testament

Mother's Paternal side surnames:

Tackitt/Tackett (1900's-1670's)
Miller (1840's-1720's)

Wow, there are so many people and names....I guess I can be glad my family tree branches, right? There are so many stories that go with my families, Mountain Meadow Massacre, underground railroads, possible relationship with Alexander Selkirk (Robinson Carouse was written about), schools named after people, the "fighting Parson", etc. It's fun to delve into your family history. I'm sure I'll find things I'd rather not, like the note that one of our ancestors might have "hung to death"....but hey, past is the past, good or bad it's interesting none the less.

Now my father is adopted, but we know his birth mother's name. I looked her up, and found her family tree back to 1475, ok, that is over 600 years. Someone did a butt load of work. But obviously my dad isn't on the tree. So it makes me think, how many other adoptions were there? Not only on that side of the family, but on my mom's side. Kinda makes you think....anyone could be a 'cousin'.....hunh.

If you are interested in searching your family historyhere is a link to start.

Friday, May 11, 2007

- Nerd Knitters UNITE!

Ok, so how exciting is this?!?!?!?!?!?!? My two passions (wow, only two, hunh, I'm pretty boring), have finally come together....What are my two passions you ask? Well for those of you new to my blog I'll tell you; Yarn and Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Yup, that's right knitting and reading. Of course I can't do them both at the same time...though if I could I think I'd be in heaven.....but I digress.

How? you ask...How could yarn and Sci-Fi/Fantasy have become one?!? That doesn't seem possible you say as you scratch your head....Well IT IS possible, and here's how.

Barry and Cheryl Eldridge a couple who own a sheep farm in New Zealand have begun to sell yarn. I know, that doesn't have ANYTHING to do with my other passion....but wait, this couple's sheep are very special. No, they don't talk, fly, or have opposible thumbs. What they do have is a very unique wool. Their sheep breed are called "Stansborough Grey", and their wool was used to make the Magic Elven Cloaks for the Lord of the Rings movies.....And there it is. You too can buy yarn and make your own Elven cloak!!! How freakin' cool is that?!? Ok, but it gets even cooler, they also made some costumes for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe!!! Ok, I think I love this yarn, and I haven't even gotten any. I one day will get some, however, I need to work down my stash a little bit....or a lot bit....but that is beside the point. The point is, there is now Sci-Fi Fantasy yarn out there for the "Nerd Knitter" or which I call myself a proud member.

Here is a link to an article in the Knitter's Review(an online weekly knitter's magazine) about the Stansborough Grey wool. If you want to check out Mr. & Mrs. Eldridge's own website, you can find it here. If you want to buy your own Magic Elven Cloak as opposed to knitting one, here is the link.

Ok, on a totally different topic, have you heard that Michael Moore, directer of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is under investigation by the Federal Government? Here is an article on the investigation. Apparently while filming "Sicko" (a film yet to be released) about 9/11 workers and health care, Mr. Moore traveled to Cuba. Since travel to Cuba is restricted, due to it being a communist country, Mr. Moore is now under investigation for a possible violation of the U.S. trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba. Now personally (and feel free to disagree) who cares? People travel to China all the time, uhhhh, communist country....we trade with them.....hunh. Double standard? Seriously, who gives a flying (edited for swear words) that Michael Moore traveled to Cuba to film?!? Now agree or disagree with Michael Moore's politics, but I think this is a stupid thing to waste our time and government money on.

I just got info that in CA, we are looking at cutting funding to social services yet again. People who need help are loosing out, and we're wasting man power, money, time, etc. "investigating" Michael Moore. I'd rather spend money educating our kids (brining back music programs, P.E., electives in elementary schools), providing mental health service to youth (there is a shocking lack of mental health care for minors in CA let alone the USA in general), providing health care to people in the US, keeping down the cost of colleges, providing after school programs for kids, lowering the cost of child care, oh could I go on, and on, and on.

Other people have been fined for visiting or doing business in Cuba include; Oliver Stone, the New York Yankee's, normal everyday people. Seriously, WHO CARES?

Hmmm, this must be one of my random thought days as opposed to a soley yarn/knitting day.

Monday, May 7, 2007

- Didja know?

I think languages are interesting. How they influence how you think of things. I think this is something that most people don't think about. I mean, if you spoke Spanish, and everything is either male of female how would that influence how you think? I also wonder how this language would cause you to think. It's a language that consists completely of whistling. I think it's amazing how the human brain works. A language that is completely would come up with something like that?

This article says basically we are loosing many ancient languages at a rate of once a fortnight. I think that's terrible. I mean what kind of knowledge have we lost, or are going to loose because of this. One of the beauties of the world is the diversity that is present. Differing cultures and differing ways of doing things are being lost/overlooked/dismissed. I think that is really sad.

In some respects it would be cool to be able to converse with anyone, but at the same time I think we'd loose something if everyone in the world spoke the same, thought the same, etc. I'm just kind of wondering what others think about this.

I know there are a lot of people in the USA who think there should be an "official" language, honestly, I don't know how I feel about that. In some respects it's hard to have a national identity without something tying people together, and a common language would do that. But it also IMHO kind of goes against the whole 'idea' of the US. A place where you can go to be who you are, where all are equal despite differences. Now I know that is the ideal, and the reality often falls short.

I know I've kind of drifted from the original topic of languages. But sometimes I'm encouraged by the way things are going as far as acceptance, change, appreciating diversity. Then other times I'm highly discouraged. I'm seeing a definite rift developing in the country, extremely "liberal" versus "conservative". I put those in quotes, because I think the terms themselves are silly. In the media if you are pro gay marriage you are termed "liberal" and "anti god", however, if you are against gay marriage you are termed "conservative" and a "bible thumper". I think those are such generalizations. I know quite a few people who are super duper "conservative" and could care less about God and church, or whether or not gays get married. Then again I know many "liberals" who are church goes, and don't feel that gays need to be allowed to marry, but maybe think they should be covered under hate crime laws.

Perhaps I'm seeing divisions in the country more as I get older, and pay more attention....who knows. Ok well I'm done with my little rant, and I know it kind of transformed from one topic to a few different topics, but hey, I go where my brain takes me. For some reason today it took me from languages, to politics.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

- What did I do on my day off you ask?

Since I've been working an ass load lately (pretty description isn't it?) and I haven't been able to do anything for myself, clean house, relax, do laundry, read, kick back with the friends and have a beer...I decided, heck, I have one day off this week, rather than do any of the things listed above, I wanted to do something that would give me a sense of accomplishment, without actually REALLY accomplishing anything worthwhile. That way I could feel good about myself, and pretend I'm making good use of my almost non-existent free time. So I knitted dishcloths. One of them was a quick finish (I started it last week), and the other two I began and completed today.

Here is the one I finished up. The pattern is pretty, and easy, just a four row repeat. The funny thing is I know two people from KH who have used the same stitch pattern recently. Well you know what they say...."Great minds think alike".

The next two are the dishcloths I knitted today from start to finish. Supprisingly enough they are the same yarn. The pictures were just taken at different times of day, so they look like to be different colors. Dig the super cool apartment carpet, nice hunh? Anyhow, the choice of letters was not random, those are my I just need to make one with my middle initial, sew them together, and Wuah la...a personalized dish towel....naaah, too much work, I'm feeling very lazy right now. Perhaps because I'm going to have to go back to work tomorrow, when all I want to do is put the covers over my head and pretend it's still the weekend....pretend I had the luxury of a two day weekend. Sigh, pay no attention to my pity party. I'll be done soon.

The color in the "R" cloth is much closer to the real color of the cloths. Well there you have it, how I wasted my day. By "ER".

In case you want to know where I got the patterns used above....For the lettered clothes I got the patterns on this site. She's got some pretty cool patterns. The nice thing is they are simple and mindless. Which is great if your brain is a fried as mine has been lately. The pattern for the first cloth is called the "Little Tent Cloth", and you can find the pattern here. Another great place for patterns is Knitting Pattern Central. You can find a TON of cool and interesting patterns. Some I'm sure you will love, and others you will find hideous, on of those, "What was the designer thinking/smoking/imbibing/ingesting, when they thought that one up?"

Oh, and since I can I thought I'd show ya'll what my next purchase from Amazon will be, (drum roll please), Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter. Oh, yeah, ties my two loves together, knitting and reading....I actually drooled a little when I saw that this was coming out.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

- Designing my own farmer's market bag.

I've been wanting a bag that I can take with me when I go to the Farmer's Market, so I don't have to use plastic bags. Well, I haven't been able to find anything that I liked. So I decided I'm going to design my own. I've got the pattern down, and I'm in the process of knitting it up right now. This one is kind of a practice, just to see if I need to do any tweaking. One thing I am going to do is knit it on smaller needles next time. Here is the pattern as it is right now. I might have to tweak it later:

24" circular needles (I used size 15, but I think next time I'll go down to a size 13)
Yarn: Lion brand cotton, or hemp, or linen (anything worsted weight, strong and not stretchy)

CO 120

Knit 5 rows straight knitting
Join in the round, knit two rounds

Begin Pattern stitch:

Row 1: K3, pm *K2tog, YO* (repeat 27 times), pm, K6, pm, *K2tog, YO* (repeat 27 times), K3
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K3 *SKP, YO* (repeat 27 times), K6, *SKP, YO* (repeat 27 times), K3
Row 4: Purl

Repeat the Pattern stitch for desired length.

Knit 4 more rounds(120 stitches).

Last row: Place 3 stitches on holder, bind off 57 stitches in pattern. Place the next 3 stitches on holder, bind off 57 stitches in pattern.

If you used a size 15 needle, knit the three remaining stitches with a size 13. If you used a size 13 needle, knit the three remaining stitches with a size 11 needle. Knit for desired length (this will be one of the straps). Remember, there will be some stretching, so account for that). When done sew the strap to the opposite side of the bag.

You should have 3 stitches remaining on a stitch holder. If you used a size 15 needle, knit the three remaining stitches with a size 13. If you used a size 13 needle, knit the three remaining stitches with a size 11 needle. Knit for desired length (this will be one of the straps). Remember, there will be some stretching, so account for that). When done sew the strap to the opposite side of the bag.

To finish, sew the bottom of the bag closed, and you are (or should be) ready to shop!

I think to make the bottom a bit stronger, I will knit a second bottom for it, and sew it on. But we'll see. Here are some pictures of it's beginning. I really think I'll use 13's next time, as I don't like loose knitting.

Ok, this is the pattern stitch.

This is the outside of the bag. The garter stitch portion will become the handles. There is one on each side.

This is the inside of the bag. Notice the two rows of stockinette stitch. That is the two rows you knit after you join the knitting in the round.

Speaking of pictures, Charity Blanket #3 is now on it's way again!!! Here is an updated photo:

Man those KHers sure do work fast! That means it's on it's way to Maryland, and there are only 11 more knitters ahead of me.

To change the subject yet again...I got home from work today, and I found three packages waiting for me. Yup you read it right, 3! All from my Momma! Wanna see what she got me?!? Ok, I've been wanting these books SO bad.

I know bad picture, well, I wanted to get them up fast. The one on the far right is "When Darkness Falls", the conclusion of the Obsidian Trilogy, by Mercedes Lackey.

She got me two of these, different colors.

And yup, 100% Mohair yarn.

Ok, how well does my mom know me?!? Yarn and books. Since that's pretty much what I live on.....She rocks!!!

- Charity blanket updates

Ok, for blanket #1, it's on it's way, there are only 7 more people to go before I can knit on it. Here are some pictures. I think it's coming along wonderfully, and I can't wait to see what the next person does. Here is a link to the blog for this blanket.

Blanket #2, is going to soon be leaving Canada and will be on it's way to Washington state. Here is a link to that blog.

Blanket #3, is also on it's way to the fourth knitter in line. Only 12 people ahead of me on this one! Here are some pictures, and here is a link to that blog. It's really cheery looking, hunh?!?

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

- September Dawn

Well the movie September Dawn is coming out on June 22, 2007. In some respects I'm excited to see it...I'm interested in how the movie will portray the Mountain Meadow Massacre...however, I'm a bit hesitant since they threw in the love story. I know it's a touchy topic among those who know about it, (which really only seems to be the descendants and some Mormons), but come on. Does everything have to center around a love story. Have we really gotten to the point where you can't have a movie/discussion/or whatever without softening it somehow? But irregardless, I'm going to go see the movie, and I'm probably drag a friend or two along.

Between the movie and the 150th Anniversary of the Massacre coming up, my mom has been spured to do a little more research into the family history. So far what she's come up with is pretty interesting. I searched her madain name in wikipedia (yup, I was bored), and came up with..let's see, my great-great grandfather's great uncle (say that three times fast). Apparently, he was quite an interesting person. I also found out that Emberson Milum, my great-great uncle who was one of the survivors of the massacre, was a deputy sheriff in Prescot, AZ. Who knew?

I also found some stuff written by Mark Twain (yup, good 'ol Sammuel Clemmens himself) about the Mountain Meadow Massacre, you can see it here. Isn't it amazing what you can do on the internet? With a few choice phrases you can pull up family trees, read your own history, meet people you are related to four generations back, I don't even know what kind of super distant cousin she would great-great grandpa, and her great-great grandpa were brothers, and the two survivors of the massacre in the family, hunh, I have no clue how the whole "cousin removed" thing goes. And I'm sure we only share like one gene in common if that, but we have the same history, how odd. Similar family stories, and she's heared family stories of my great-great, and we've heard some of her great-great. I just think that is so cool.

So if you are now totally confused, and have no idea what I am talking about, here is the link in which I introduced the topic in my blog.