Monday, September 29, 2008

In Which She Keeps Her Promise.

I promised an FO today.


Pattern: Lacuna from Terry Ross Designs Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock - Lightweight Color: One of the Raven colorways Needles: Knitpicks Harmony DPN's in size 1 Started: June 20, 2008 Completed: September 25, 2008. Note: Love this pattern, love this yarn. I love this yarn so much I had to go to the Blue Moon website and order a few more skeins. Sigh. I am so weak.

The Greenjeans sweater is off the needles - I just need to block it. Maybe tomorrow's project.

In the meantime I have to go pick up the football player.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


This project is going along in the car this weekend. Mr. Greenjeans just needs some ends sewn in and the button-band ribbing finished - oh and probably a good blocking. The Lacuna socks are finished and ready for show and tell on Monday!

Everyone is reading this weekend at the cabin - Puck has to finish Jack London's White Fang, and the Teenager has to finish reading The Illead and The Aeneid for his Enriched English Ancient Literature class. (He likes them!) I'm just going to plug in my iPod and grab my knitting, I've got a few episodes of Stash and Burn to catch up on.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Let's Play Quidditch!

1. At the beginning of the book, Cornelius Fudge is talking to the Muggle Prime Minister. Which member of the Order of the Phoenix has recently been found dead?

c. Emmeline Vance

2. What animal does Bellatrix Lestrange kill when she and her sister, Narcissa, are going to see Professor Snape?

b. Fox

3. What time does Professor Dumbledore collect Harry from Privet Drive?

b. 11 p.m.

4. What did Professor Sluhorn transform into when he was trying to hide from Harry and Professor Dumbledore?

a. An armchair

5. What grade did Harry get for Herbology?

a. E – Exceeds Expectation

6. Herbert Chorley, the Prime Minister’s Junior Minster, has been entertaining the public by impersonating which animal?

b. A duck

7. What is Professor Sprout’s first name?

d. Pomona

8. What is Dumbledore’s idea of ‘a few words’?

d. nitwit, oddment, blubber and tweak

9. Who is Marcus Belby’s famous uncle?

b. Damocles

10. What is Snape’s mother’s name?

b. Eileen Prince

Professor Snape


Professor Dumbledore

Professor Sprout


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Some Monkey Business!

I could not resist these cute bags I found on Etsy - I've already tucked sock yarn inside those cute things! The shop's name is stuckinillinois and these bags were a serious bargain at $10/each!

Football Update:
Wow, Puck's team was dealt their first defeat last night and it was painful in so many ways. They started out playing tough, but the other team was physically MUCH bigger than our boys. Our biggest player started out the game pulling a muscle in his back. One kid out. The coach's kid took a shoe to the mouth and complained that his tooth felt loose, later in the game he wound up in the bottom of a pile and came running out with three teeth pulled out - held in place by his braces. OMG. (His Orthodontist was able to replace them - there was no root damage - UGH!) Finally, our #1 scorer was tackled from both sides, both tacklers were a head taller than he was and put their heads down when they hit him, they broke his arm. I think I'm glad he's decided he doesn't want to play football anymore after this year.

We're off to the cabin this weekend as the pontoon needs to come out of the water. Always so sad. I'll schedule a post or two, but they're never as fun as the live ones, y'know?, Tuesday?

Mr. Greenjeans is in the middle of his second sleeve. I've been watching all the Heroes episodes I've missed in the last year and half so I can be caught up for this year - I am crossing my fingers that it lives up to it's original promise! Believe it or not, stockinette + cables is working OK.

These are the Lacuna socks, which have been hanging around FOR-EVER, but they really are an easy knit, so once I pick them up, they fly. I'm thinking by next Monday, I'll have an FO or two to show off.

In the meantime, Puck has a big game tonight. It's going to be their toughest match so far, so cross your fingers for the big guy!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Let’s see how many you have read from this list. (Can't remember where I picked this up in my Hogwarts wanderings...)
This is what you do:
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own Blog

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Not sure how to underline, but if I've bolded them, I loved almost all of them!

Hufflepuff House Quiz

1. Do you knit and/or crochet? I knit.
2. How long have you been at your craft? Since I was nine years old, so ummm wow - a few decades.
3. Do you spin? If yes do you use drop spindle or wheel. Nope.
4. What is your favorite color? I like just about everything but pastel green.
5. Do you have any other hobbies? Does drinking wine count?

6. What are your favorite yarns/fibers? I love the Tencel/bamboo combo yarns.
7. What are your LEAST favorite yarns/fibers? Most acrylics, and cotton alone hurts my hands.
8. Are there any yarns that you’ve been eyeing and wanting to try? I yearn for Sundara Yarn - very hard to get.
9. What are you currently working on? Mr. Greenjeans and several pairs of socks.
10. What is your favorite Finished Object? (Pictures are welcome.)

An Eyelet Cardi - a gift for my SIL .

A load of Preemie Hats.

11. Are their any knitting/crochet techniques that you would like to learn? Not that I can think of.
12. What is you favorite type of book or movie? Love Sci Fi, Fiction and Classics.
13. Who is your favorite person at Hogwarts? Dumbledore
14. Favorite class and/or subject at Hogwarts? Oh, Potions - of course.
15. How many family members do you have? Four
16. What is your favorite Fall activity? Football
17. How many projects do you have on your needles/hook? Ummm, Ravelry says 8.
18. What is your favorite type of footwear? Clogs.
19. What is your favorite beverage of choice? Wine.
20. What is your favorite park of Half-blood Prince? How do you choose?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mr. Greenjeans:

The latest WIP. They weren't kidding when everybody said what a fast knit this is. Yea, the cables slow you down just a little bit, but it's so pretty when it's done. I'm actually an inch from the bottom since I took this photo. I also changed the cable a little bit - five rows of stockinette instead of three between each cable row. One of these days I'm going to learn some basic Photo Shop so I can tone down my reds, pinks and oranges.

I'm watching last year's season of Heroes - I only caught the first show last year, so I rented it on Netflix. Excellent knitting viewing.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hogwarts Questionnaire

Potter Name: Guinifer LeFleur

Rav ID: Guinifer

I am allergic to: Thimerasol (preservative in vaccines)

Pets that I have: Two Chocolate Labs named Kona and Ozzie.

My favorite yarn: Criminy - how do you pick? I love Araucania Sock Yarn, Emily Parson's Sophie's Toes and Cosmic Fibers Tencel Sock

If you are a Ravenclaw, do you prefer the film colors or the book colors?

My favorite flavor: lemon/lime - anything tart.

My favorite holiday: Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas Thanksgiving

I would like to receive a: (Sock kit, scarf kit or yarn dyeing kit) Sock kit please.

List your favorite brand of needles or hooks, including size and length: Knitpicks Harmony's

Is there a brand that you are dying to try?: Signature dpn's (but they're really Harmony needles are fine for me.)

I've participated in HSKS: (How many times have you participated in HSKS swaps?) I'm a newbie!

Do you have a birthday during this swap? If so which day? Nope.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Devil, You Say!
(Not sure what that means, but I do believe I read it in Jane Austen or Jane Eyre or something similar...)

Dancing with the Devil, (you say!)

I really love this Cascade 220 Tweed it's got those primary colored flecks!

Pattern: Dancing with the Devil from Stringativity (free!) Yarn: Cascade 200 Tweed Color: 7633 Brown Needles: Addi Circs in size 8 Started: March 15, 2008 Completed: September 13, 2008. Note: This is going to be my comfy bed-time cardi this winter.

Embarrassing confession of the day: I really want to rent Baby Mama because I love Tina Fey and Amy Pohler and I could really use some imbecilic humor.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I'm Kind of Rusty in the Swapping Ring...

...but Miss Wartbobble needed one more body in the Hufflepuff division so they let me squeeze in (right before that sign ups closed post went up!)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

My Turn!

I was honored with the Arte y Pico award by my friend and fellow dog-keeper Rani.

Here are the rules that I pasted from Rani's blog:

1) Show the award. Link back to the blog that gave you the award.

2) Pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award because of creativity, design, interesting material, and contributions to the blogger community, no matter of language, and
link to them.

3) Leave comments on the blogs to let them know you've given them an award.

4) Show the link to the Arte y
Pico blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5) Show these rules.

It is VERY difficult to choose just 5 because I lurk all over the place - my bloglines is currently up to 169 feeds!

Turtlegirl's Bloggy Things
I'm pretty sure she's already received one of these, but her yarn photos always make me sigh.

Three Little Purls
She is my newest dying favorite and she does some killer spinning as well. I am lusting after some of her Mama Blue yarn - quiet unrequited at this point.

Yarn Tootin'
An artist from my own hometown. She makes some beautiful handknits along the way as she makes gorgeous music!

Imagine Knit
Another killer dyer - with REALLY cute kids.

Knit Think
Not only does she knit, she cooks and she writes! (More cute kids and a great sense of humor.)

There! I managed to keep it down to five. You have no idea how hard that is.

Keep tuned to this space for FO's!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Well, Hello Mr. Greenjeans!

and just where is Captain Kangaroo? (Sorry, could NOT resist.) My friend Rani wanted to know just what or who Greenjeans was - why this cute sweater that is now on the needles! Hi Rani! (Oh look, she's talking about me and she's saying nice things! Guess I'll be passing that on soon.) Mr. Greenjeans is from Knitty Fall of 2007. May I also be the ten millionth person to chant: The new Knitty is up the new Knitty is up!

Yes, I know I have two different Options needles on that cord. I keep having glue issues with the wooden needles and it makes me sad because I love them so much! Needles why you doin' me dirt?

Bulletin: Football victory tonight for Puck's team! (52-6) Yay - go Puck!

The brown cardi is now cast off - I've only to seam the sleeves and weave the ends - I may just i-cord some ties for this sweet little cardi.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Heavens! This Sock Took Forever!

But, it really is so pretty.

I cast on the second sock, but it's having a little rest in my knitting bag. It is sweater-time!

I'm a few rows away from finishing my little brown cardi, and I cast on Greenjeans!!! (I'd like a metal clasp for the brown cardi - any recommendations for me?) In the meantime, this migraine is eating my brain. I had to cancel some dental work this morning because I knew the first finger in my mouth would trigger some very bad things.

I'm wearing clogs and handknit socks today, it is a chilly one. More 7th grade football tomorrow, I may need some more sweaters soon.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Current Item of Torture:

For some reason this sock is torturing me. This 100% wool is sooooo sticky - I love the finished material and I think it will block up beautifully, but this is torturously slow to knit. I am going to have to cast on a sweater when this halfling is finished. (Pattern is Whistle Bait from Terry Ross Designs - it really is gorgeous.)

EPHS won their second football game, we stayed until halftime. Seriously cold last night people. Final score was 45-0, EP v. Chaska. Now the Puck has to go out to Chaska today and play one of the 7th grade teams. It's not gonna be pretty, peeps.

Remember I was chatting away about Cosmic Fibers' Etsy store last week? Well, here is the net result of what dharmafey threw together for me!

A little note of explanation - she does "theme" yarns. I have a skein of Dexter yarn that I may never knit up I love it so much. I saw on her Etsy site that she had dyed some skeins themed with the Moonlight television show (sadly, now canceled).

This is Vamped - it's an icy color reminiscent of the color the vamps' eyes turned when they got "hungry".

This is Moonlight - a direct lift from the opening credits - this will be a lovely "manly" pair of socks.

Lastly, we have Mick, who grew on me as I watched all the shows, (I wasn't so sure at the beginning.)

So, I do believe the budget is shot for now, but I have some sock projects that I am looking forward to - not to mention Greenjeans!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

My Pretties, My Pretties!

Here's the Yo Yo Sock String in a very soft pink called Berry Pickin'.

This is my Scout's Swag shipment for this month. Yummy, no? This is the Posa colorway.

This is the Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sock in the Brightwood colorway. I want to snuggle this skein.

The shopping for #1 and #3 was done at the Loopy Ewe (yay Gift Certificates!). #2 was my sock club shipment. I love back to school shopping!

Friday, September 05, 2008


Just look at this pretty new pattern! Is it any wonder that I can't resist casting on new socks. You can join the group here, if you're interested.

Puck's team won their first football game on Wednesday night (20-12) - it was a great game on a beautiful night. He has another game on Saturday afternoon out in Chaska, I hope the weather holds out!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Other Pair:

Pattern: Arch Shaped Socks by Jen Showalter at (PDF link) Yarn: Tess Designer Yarns this was a gift from an old swap partner. Color: Kiwi Green Needles: Knitpicks Harmony DPN's in size 1.5 Started: August 8, 2008 Completed: September 1, 2008. Note: I love the shaping in this pattern - I'd like to give it a whirl with some variegated yarn.

Also, if you are looking for a pretty Christmas gift - Bellamoden is taking pre-orders for a GORGEOUS scarf kit. Check out her Etsy site.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Weekend's FO:

or, one of 'em anyway.

Pattern: Grandiflora by Laura Patterson Yarn: Handmaiden Casbah (I bought it at Y4S - but they are out of it right now.) Color: Seafoam Needles: Knitpicks Harmony DPN's in size 1 Started: August 15, 2008 Completed: August 28, 2008. Note: Well, the pattern on this one at least made it all the way down the cuff. Then I could not master the pattern in the foot - so I switched to stockinette. I noticed the errata page on Ravelry as I was writing this up!

The tribe has gone back to school, 7th and 11th grade. Great googly mooglies, when and how? The weather has cooled and I have new yarns to add to Ravelry. I am really feelin' the sweater mojo right now. I am a couple of TV nights away from finishing this little cardi:

After that, we are casting on the new stuff! Mmm-hmmm!

Tonight we have football! Puck's team has their first game of the year on a lovely chilly night.

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