Saturday, September 30, 2006

Diagnosis

Currently, I am afflicted with what many still euphemistically refer to as "Female Problems." Never took a Lamaze class, but for these cramps, I really need to know that breathing stuff.

So I am not much company, and I have not gotten much done today, save emptying the sink of dirty dishes. Thank goodness I did laundry yesterday. And mailed off two swap packages. Because today has been tea and all manner of pain dullers and sleeping.


(Alan is amused that some might consider him less sexy than, oh, say, anyone.)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

First week of school in the books. Leaving responsibilities behind for at least 3 days. . .

Am going to try like the devil to put myself to the ISE scarf. If I'd just work on it for more than 15 or 20 minutes at a time, it would be done in a flash. Also need to photograph some new things for the website that I've finished of late. I've made one pair of mitten for the Mongolian charity, and had enough yarn remaining to make a scarf. The knitting's going well.

This here?

This isn't over.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Life is Not So Good Now












Parking lot at school. Student in a hurry. Rental car in my future.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Okay --- lemme explain. Rox and I have a fairly wise-gal relationship; don't think that I've attacked a fellow blogger with malice. She just won't let herself see the Wonder that is Alan Rickman, number one, and, number two, she had the audacity after seeing the yellow baby hat to ask, incredulously, if I really did cables. I saw an ideal opportunity to bust her chops.

I'm still leaving Alan here for a few days.

Besides, I don't get her "Lost" guy.

A couple of you have commented on the Tracey Ullmann book --- I'm actually reading it, as opposed to simply drooling over the patterns. She is so brilliantly talented and wonderfully funny. She writes about double-pointeds, exhorting people to stay with them, even though they are "fiddly" at first. How perfect a word is "fiddly"?

The day I bought that book, I leafed through several others. Have any of you looked at Andean Inspired Knits? I'm not one for colorwork, but the shapes (and shapings) on these garments are beautiful. It may be my next buy.

Got an envelope of yarn today from Magic Mongolian Mittens, to whip up some charity scarves and mittens. It sounds like they're running out of donated yarn, so if you have some around that you could spare, this might be a good place to send it. I'm a little low myself, after the Scrap Afghan, but am going to try and send some skeins back with what I make.

Other than that, school starts tomorrow, "House" is on tomorrow night, the Dr. Pepper is cold in the fridge, and life is not too bad.



Sunday, September 24, 2006

He's Ba-ack

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman once again graces the sidebar.

Why, you ask? Contact The Fearless Roxanne for your answer. In fact, rain questions down on her doubting head!

"You can cable?" indeed. . .

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Fine, But Have You Been Knitting?

Yes, smarty-hosen, I have been. This baby hat, for example. And this scarf, of which I'm pretty proud:

Using sock yarn for things other than socks is fun for me. (Why I need the Not Just Socks book. . .) This is made with one strand of KnitPicks Simply Stripes in Autumn and one of Dancing in Squaredance. The idea was to have a scarf you could tie a couple of different ways if you wanted, or let hang with the four lengths. The Fozzies seem to approve.

There are also a couple of other scarves that I can't show, because they're due for gifts. One is finished, one is languishing. You know those projects that simply don't excite you for some reason? The languishing one is one of those.

I am having fun making mitred squares ala' Mason-Dixon Knitting, using leftover dishcloth cottons. There will come a day, I hope, that I have enough of these to make a bedspread or something.

(And have I mentioned lately that I graduated from high school with Ann's brother? I remember her --- a couple of years behind us.)

Speaking of books, as if I needed more patterns, I bought the new knitting book by Tracey Ullman. Because, hel-LO, it's Tracey Ullman!! There are a couple of terrific patterns, most notably a bonnet/ribbed scarf that is somehow squealably adorable and very sophisticated at the same time.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Next in Line (after Jade)

I've seen this on several other blogs, and wondered about what my answers would be. Now, having been meme'd by Jade, I can't run and hide any longer.
1. One book that changed your life: Hate to go academic/professional on you, but my knee-jerk answer to this is Erving Goffman's Asylums. It assured me that I had done well in choosing Sociology, and it put me on the scent of my Master's thesis.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Honestly, I don't re-read books for some reason. But I have gone to CS Lewis' On Grief twice. Unfortunately.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island: Cheating utterly here, but this is a book, after all --- I can't imagine life without a thesaurus.
4. One book that made you laugh: Talking to Dragons by Patricia Wrede. I bought it long ago for my son, who loved it, passed it on to me, and "Look what I found --- a whole lot of dwarves!" is still a gut-busting inside joke for the two of us.
5. One book that made you cry: Charlotte's Web by EB White. OK, this one I have read more than once, as it was a read-aloud for both my children. And I cried at the end both times.
6. One book that you wish had been written: A Lincoln autobiography.
7. One book that you wish had never been written: Oh, God save us from anyone who has been in the news for two or three days and thinks we want to read a "tell-all."
8. One book you’re currently reading: Not currently reading anything, but plan to start The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick shortly. Then on to Hugh Laurie's The Gun Seller.
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Shelby Foote's Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign. Or any / all of his Civil War series.
10. Now tag five people: Melanie W., Craftlilly, Carrie "My-Middle-Name-is-Patience, Francoise and LibrarySarie.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Back in the Game

Another UGA home game weekend, so another two days cloistered. After picking everyone up from school, we'll do a Blockbuster run, maybe pick up a few food items, settle in with our new mugs, and be set.

Speaking of the mugs, you might have noticed that I changed photos to the right. Replaced Rickman with Sam Neill. This was in deference to Rox, who is forever giving me a difficult time over my Rickman Lust. Hey, she sent the mugs. And yesterday was Mr. Neill's birthday.

The last couple of days, I've been working on the website. I've got it up and fairly running --- you can go take a peek if you like: handeyecrafts.com. I need to do something to shrink the gi-nor-huge photos, and list prices, but everything else is OK. I'm quite pleased with myself. This was a between-quarters goal accomplished.

My dishcloths are officially on their way to Australia. Next up is my ISE scarf, and I am having a devil of a time deciding on a pattern. The yarn was easy. But whatever to do with it?


This is Briton, with his friend Amy. They've been best buds since, honestly, first grade. She's part of our family in the best possible way. Yesterday was her 18th birthday, and she had to spend part of her afternoon here taking pictures of some of my knitting for an ad I bought in the school's Journalism magazine. She's wearing a hat and some fingerless mitts I gave her for her trouble. So, if you see them on the website, they're taken!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Something You Should Know

Making friends brings all sorts of benefits: shoulders upon which to cry when life pummels you, common senses of humor with which to giggle at various things/people/events. Making friends also, occasionally, has material benefits, as when someone invites you along to her birthday celebration, or when someone else, completely out of the blue, sends your son a gift that makes him --- my right hand on this --- giddy. My 17-year-old son was frantic with joy at a mug featuring what was immediately declared "the greatest picture I have ever seen of" Keira Knightley. Parents out there know the inestimable joy at seeing your children over the moon. That's what I got from a friend yesterday.

That, and an Alan Rickman mug for myself. (I'm not sure the joy thing works in reverse; Son was too absorbed in finding things to drink to pay much attention to my ecstasy.)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Still on TipToes

So, we're all still a little edgy here. Do we make false-nice? Do we say anything?

There was no bloodshed here, no rending of garments, but it's unusual for all three of us to find ourselves in the same explosive state of mind at the same time. There is usually one person sane, willing and able to call the other two on their ridiculousness. Not this time.

The fragile state of affairs has found me with lots of solitary time, in which I have finished three books, given up on a fourth, knit quite a lot, and written several overdue letters. As most of the knitting is for swapping, I can't show any photos here.

You cannot disagree with me that one of the reasons knitting is again so popular is its meditative nature. Its ability to make you keep still, keep focused, and find a rhythm. It has come to my rescue yet again.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Boiling (Over) Point

Three people living in one house. All opinionated, all stressed to their individual limits. Remarks that any other day would go by without a second thought promote violent reactions. Leading to more comments that at no time could be ignored. War erupts. There is screaming, and crying, and storming off to neutral corners. And that miserable tense silence broken occasionally by one-syllable grunts.

A middle-aged woman and two teenagers. It was a rough, rough week. And while none of us is completely over everything today, we all will be.

Thursday, September 07, 2006


These are my latest from the Mystery Sock knitalong. They morphed into slipperish socks along the way, as I have been overtaken by the charity knitting bug. The three of us have enough, and a lot of people don't.

I'm also knitting sweaters to send to Knit for Kids. Not quite sure why this particular bug bit, but it did, and I'm following it.

I've "met" my match from the International Scarf Exchange, and she is wondrfully friendly. She lives in England (my son the Anglophile rejoices) and is already hard at it, creating art just for me!! Would you believe my spoilee is in Australia? Three Aussies!! Maybe my remarkable good luck of late has me in the charity mood.



Sunday, September 03, 2006

Just Gotta Deal

Blogger, being Blogger, is not cooperating with the uploading of pictures. I've been trying for 2 hours. I'll get them here, then try to save,

then get cut off. So, let me just tell you about the rest of Secret Pal Jo's gift. The pattern to your left is the centerpiece; she sent purple (since I despise orange) and black yarn to make the purse, little Halloween goo-gaws to decorate it, needles with which to knit it, a needle case to keep said needles in, cute little pin cushion, journal and a big purple and black spider. Fantastic themed gift! Told you she was creative and generous!

And, as for OneSkein Jo, there remains one photo of things she sent me which I need to show. But that will have to wait for another day.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Lookie!


So, yesterday was Barry Gibb's birthday. Can't believe he's as old as he is, but then, look how long I've been in love with him. . .

(By the by, Rox, have you noticed the portrait added to the right over here?)

Here we have Gable, with the felted catnip mouse which Jo included in her package. I hadn't had this little guy unwrapped 8 seconds before Gable came in off the back porch to pounce. I know odors carry, but his nose for catnip is ridiculous.


Lots of Hawaii-themed gifts from Jo, too: a breathtaking photo on a postcard, macadamia nuts and this Waikiki yarn. And a goody bag of Japanese edibles that Hannah took great delight in opening:
I feel like I might be pushing my luck with Blogger tonight, so I won't post pictures from my wonderful Secret Pal Jo's package. But here's a bit of a peek:

Friday, September 01, 2006

Jo and Jo


This is how happy I am, to have been delivered two spectacular parcels this week, both from a wonderful woman named Jo.

Jo, my One Skein Secret Pal, sent candies and yarn and milk chocolate-covered macadamia nuts (which, as we say in the South, would make you slap your Grandma) and there are pictures, I promise.

Jo, my Secret Pal, sent yarn and needles and buttons and a pattern to make a sweet little Halloween bag. And a spider. Which I know Jade wishes I would show right now!

Ladies, you have killed me with your kindness. And set the long holiday weekend off in a very good direction. Thank you both so very much.