Thursday, September 29, 2005

Too funny

We just had our newly resuced dog Chulo fixed today. He's home now and all drugged up and not really feeling too hot. My daughter, who will be 4 in March is not happy with the fact that she can't really play with him. She just said, "Mama? When do we get his balls back on?" HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

Poor Chulo. We've only had him a week and he was just finally beginning to trust us. I'm sure he's thinking, "What the hell are these people DOING to me!?"

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

It rained therefore I knit

For those of you who know what the weather is like here in New Mexico you know that it's pretty rare to have a whole afternoon of rain. This afternoon was the perfect opportunity to finish my sock. I even got laundry folded and put away too! Amazing.

Here she is.

And my rockin' girly checking out my work.

Time to cast on for the second one before I lose interest.

I guess I should also state that they really were easy to make. Thanks to this sock tutorial and help from Laurie at my Stitch 'n' Bitch I was able to visualize the heel flap and heel turn and get through it with only frogging once. I wish I had made these when we lived in New Hampshire!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

So close!

I know that for many of you this is a total bore.... but for my first pair of socks I'm going to document this dammit! At this point I just need to measure her foot so I know how big to make them. In fact, as soon as I hit *submit* I'm going to do it.

Here is my first heel flap and heel turn. It was really fun to see how it all came out.

Not bad for my first time huh?

I am going right now to measure that foot. Oh yeah... ignore how dirty Cameron's feet are. We live in NM and my kids never put shoes on.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

So Far So Good.....

Okay, so I had to frog 2 times until I got the hang of knitting with dental floss. The first time I didn't like the look of the cast on. The second time I caston the wrong number of stitches. Third times a charm right? I convinced my daughter to let me see how they fit so far.

Aren't they cute? Not her toes! The socks! I love knitting things for the first time. Tonight is Stitch 'n' Bitch and I hope to have the heel turned and on to the rest of the sock before I go to bed tonight. The only problem is that I am about to make a few cocktails for Carole and myself. Drinking and heel turning probably doesn't go together does it? Especially when we're drinking these......

I guess we'll just have to see. Hey Secret Pal. There's something else you now know about me! I love my vodka!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Stitch 'n' Bitch

Tomorrow night at 7:00pm at Flying Star on Rio Grande. My girl Carole will be able to knit with me. Yahoo!

Be there dammit.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Secret Pal!

Well hello there! I guess I should warn you that I'm a total wise-ass so forgive me if you don't get my humor. Here are my questions for the thingamajiggy.


1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

If I'm being 100% honest? Yep. Me=total yarn snob. Sorry. All you have to do is take a look in my Blog here and you'll see what I like knitting with!

2. Do you spin? Crochet?


3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

I am allergic to cats actually and really, really can't stand the smell of smoke in anything.

4. How long have you been knitting?

I probably started knitting when I was 8? So what is that? A long time? I mean, 27 years. I grew up ski racing in VT and all of us girls learned how to knit so we could make cool hats!

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?


6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

I love vanilla and light flowery scents. Nothing too strong. I love Nag Champa incense.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?

Not really. If I'm going to eat something sweet I'd pick twizzlers, gummy bears and swedish fish over chocolate. I am not a chocolate lover!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

I like to do a lot of stuff. I haven't had a lot of time really to do anything lately though. I used to be a teacher so I'm pretty crafty. I do like cooking a LOT.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

Do I have to admit it really? I'd say I pretty much like what most teenagers like right now. (And I'm 35 with two kids! HA!!) We have satellite radio so I listen to a lot of hip-hop & R&B. I get endless shit for my musical taste. I mostly like fun music with a good beat and good signing. I really like most anything as long as it's not too hard or country.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

I love purples, blues, pinks, teal, black and really dislike most autumny colors. I don't own anything in the brown, yellow, orange color range!

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I've been with my husband for over 15 years and we have a son who is almost 7 and a daughter who will be 4 in March. One fish if he's still alive! We have some allergy issues and had to get rid of our dogs a few years ago.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)

Right now I'm in the process of applying to become a consultant for a company where I'd be teaching teachers how to be more effective in the classroom. I'm pretty excited about it all. Otherwise I just want to live to see my kids grow up. Awwwww.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

I like yarn that is well made and pretty. I think Noro Kureyon is possibly my favorite yarn. Well.... Manos too! I loved knitting with my Fiesata yarn too. I like a lot! I also like really funky, well spun yarns like some of the links on my blog.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I don't really knit with synthetic yarn.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

I'm starting a pair of kid socks right now. We'll see how that goes.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Things that don't take forever or are too complicated. I CAN do it, but with my life it's nearly impossible to get challenging knitting done.

17. What are you knitting right now?


18. What do you think about ponchos?

Eh. So last year? I like some of the cute boobholders out there though.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

Circs!!! Addi Turbos are super yummy.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Depends on the yarn really.

21. Are you a sock knitter?

Trying to be!

22. How did you learn to knit?

My Mama who passed away almost 13 years ago.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

Oh gosh. Um. At least 25 years old!!!

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

Huh!? I honestly can say I don't have one!

25. What is your favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving for the food!

26. Is there anything that you collect?

Pretty yarn.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?


28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?

Not really. I need some basic sock patterns though!

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??

Not that I can think of at the moment. Maybe I'll add to this later.

30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?

I wear a women's 9.5. YOu know? I used to be a whole size smaller before I had kids! Damn kids.......

Oh, I don't think I have a sock preference! I have never worn a pair of hand knitted socks so I can't really say. Living in NM I don't wear them for most of the year and when I do, I wear clogs. Anything cute!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Another way to help.....

Back on Track Care Packs
Hurricane Katrina refugees are without and in need of our help. Perhaps you have already donated $$$ or offered your services in some way.

However, many of us are unable to physically help.
Since the victims must be able to carry their belongings the idea ofproviding a backpack stuffed with necessities is my core goal. As a mother of four, I am particularly aware of the needs of families.

I am asking everyone who reads this to purchase a backpack (or donate a gently used one). Please fill this pack with any of the items on the FEMA approved list.

Join the Back on Track Care packs Yahoo Group or email for more info.

--Kia Grant

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Who's going to hold my hand?

I'm going to be a brave girly. I'm going to knit socks. I can not, for the life of me, figure out what pattern to use, but I have the needles and the yarn. Dontcha think it's pretty yarn? I have found this cool sock tutorial and it definitely makes sense. Now I just need to find the perfect pattern. Anyone who reads this? Do you have a good one for me? Bueller? I'm askeered.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Give a Little

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