Friday, October 31, 2008

So Tired, People.

I have been spending most of the week running around getting things prepared for my Darling Husband to go hunting this weekend. He is gone now so I get to relax. I've picked away at the socks on the needles this weekend (there is a sweater too, but progress is less obvious on that project - stockinette - gah.)

I took Puck to see the Wild game last night. Very disappointing, they are definitely going to have to pick it up if they want to be contenders this year. We had great seats though (yay for Craig's List!)

High School Hockey tonight, and I think there might be some Gophers Hockey to watch as well, that bodes well for the WIP's. I'll put it on the computer while I give out candy.

Oh, and I pulled together another project. This yarn needed to come out of my stash so there it is. This is the pattern for Conversational from Terry Ross Designs (OMGoodness, she has a pattern called Tangled Faeries!!! (Ravelry page) I am in LOVE, and the yarn is LuLu's Yarns in the Alpi colorway.

I'm going to curl up in the couch with the knitting and some videos now. Happy Haunting!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

HP House Quiz #5
1. Who suprises Snape with a visit?
Bellatrix Lestrange & Narcissa Malfoy

2. Who is at Spinster’s End with Snape?

3. Name two people beside Dumbledore that die in HBP.
Amelia Bones and Emmaline Vance

4. How many Horcruxes did Voldemort create?
Seven (well, six since he's the last piece himself)

5. Why can’t they keep a Proffessor in the DADA position?
Voldemort put a curse on it.

6. Who Makes the oak-matured mead?
Madame Rosmerta

7. Do you trust Snape as much as Dumbledore did?
Yes (we've all read all the books, right?) But I still think he's a jerk.

8. What year did Lupin start attending Hogwarts?

9. When does McGonagall talk about closing the school?
After Dumbledore died.

10. What does Malfoy use the Room of Requirement for?
To work on the 2nd cupboard of a set so he could let the Deatheaters into Hogwarts.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One! One Mystery Sock! Mwah ha ha ha!
(Um - way too much Sesame Street over my Lifetime)

This yarn is incredibly soft. So soft and squishy.

Oh, and look:
a toe! These are my Seaweed Socks. Sometimes I can't help myself from casting on. For those who've asked, I've a pile started to wrap up for Christmas this year. But I do wear most of my socks.

In the spirit of distraction, look at this really cute vest:

I haven't tried colorwork yet, but this tempts me. The pattern is part of an online e-book over at the Knitty Professors. The e-book contains a couple of cute cardis too. Check it out. I plan on using up some stash this Winter.

Hubby took me to the Wild game last night and we had a great time hanging over the ledge at the Xcel cheering the guys on! I may go back on Thursday and take Puck with me. Teen is more interested in music than sports; he gets some tickets to TSO in December.

On another topic, has anyone watched Life on Mars yet? Wow, this is a weird show, but I am totally addicted.


1. Name of a male professor at Hogwarts Severus Snape
2. A subject at Hogwarts DADA
3. A prime number between 53 and 1000 (Seriously?) 61
4. A professor at Hogwarts (either gender) Umbridge
5. A body part Ear
6. A verb Accept
7. Your character name Guinifer LeFleur
8. Your favorite Quidditch team Tutshill Tornadoes
9. Someone (or someones) you'd find in a portrait at Hogwarts Ariana Dumbledore
10. A number between 1 and 7 Five
11. 20 minus your answer for #10 Fifteen
12. A craft (noun) sewing
13. A Hogwarts House other than Hufflepuff Ravenclaw
14. Something they'd sell in Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes that makes a big mess, loud noise, lots of smoke, or general nuisance Basic Blaze Box
15. The character name of another swapper in HSKS6 Cassandra Grubbly-Plank
16. A subject at Hogwarts Transfiguration

Professor Severus Snape was having a terrible morning, and it wasn't even breakfast yet. Someone broke into the DADA classroom the night before, hid a Boggart in the closet, and set loose 61 doxies. How did he know there were 73 doxies? Because each one took a bite out of his Ear as he tried to capture it, and Madame Pomfrey had to accept each wound separately. And comment annoyingly about how Professor Umbridge would've had the room cleared out with 2 waves of a wand.

It took forever to get out of the infirmary, and by then Professor Severus Snape was in a foul mood. Luckily, he knew how to improve it: by finding the culprits and making him, her or them pay. Severus Snape had overheard some students giggling in the hallways the other day about Guinifer LeFleur's stash of doxy eggs, so he had a good idea of who to interrogate first. Unfortunately for him, but rather fortunately for Guinifer LeFleur, the common room password had recently been changed to Tutshill Tornadoes, so Severus Snape couldn't enter. Ariana Dumbledore looked up from (his/her/their) portrait and laughed at the cursing, frustrated Professor.

The old Professor Severus Snape would have thrown a hissy fit at being taunted by a mere portrait, and blasted the thing all the way into the Fifth floor girl's bathroom. The new Professor Severus Snape went to fifteen weeks of Anger Management classes, punched a lot of pillows, and took up sewing. And started subscribing to the Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes catalogue.

Professor Severus Snape's first class off the day was DADA with the 3rd year Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws. It took them 2 hours to clean up after the entire carton of Basic Blaze Boxes that went off and clung to their robes, schoolbooks, and any exposed flesh. The students all knew that Guinifer LeFleur was planning to do something in DADA to get Professor Severus Snape, so everyone blamed (him/her) for the prank and gave (him/her) the cold shoulder for 17 days, until Cassandra Grubbly-Plank blew up the Transfiguration classroom with a misplaced charm and became the new pariah-of-the-hour.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Eighteen Years Ago Today

We said "I Do".

Thanks for being such a funny guy, honey.

Love you!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ric-Rac Rib Socks

Pattern: Ric-Rac Socks from The Little Box of Socks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott Yarn: Sereknity Sock Options Woolicious Falkland Color: Triple Scoop Needles: Knitpicks Harmony DPN's 2.5 mm Started: October 11, 2008 Completed: October 24, 2008. Note: The pattern is really easy and makes a very stretchy, squooshy sock. This particular yarn has been discontinued, so I can say that I found it a little splitty and one end of the skein was not in great shape. However, the color is delicious and I would certainly buy her other base yarns here.
Yes, that is snow falling outside, however, I still have some of my leaves, unlike some of my neighbors!

Football season is over for us and Puck's team easily handed in the 24-8 victory for Third Place. The team with the too-large kid who hurt a bunch of other kids also was defeated in the championship round. (Karma?) Hockey now starts full-steam and the kid actually gets a day or two to hang out with his buddies.

Also, yesterday I cheered for the Gopher Football team (they beat Purdue!), I listened to the Gopher Hockey team (5-2!) and the EP Eagles Football team (they won, but not by much!) while I watched Wild Hockey play vs. Columbus (2-1, barely!). It was a good day for us MN/EP Fans!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Casting On Again...

Some Cider Moon Apple Crisp - I'm down to two last skeins of Cider Moon in my stash. I do miss them. (I'll have to wander over to Yarn Zombie to get my fill of their yummy colors again). I am going to cast on Anni's October pattern from Sockamania - Scrolls Socks.

Well, Puck's team lost their game last night - but nobody got hurt and they played a much tougher defense this time around. They'll play for Third place on Saturday at the Eagle Bowl (should be a cakewalk!) The kid's got a crazy schedule this weekend. Football at Noon - he wants to stay to watch the Championship game at 2:00. Then there's hockey at 4:30 - a birthday party/sleepover at 6:30, on Sunday morning they'll get up and go play Paintball. He'll be exhausted! He's supposed to have Hockey on Sunday morning, but I'm letting him skip it for the birthday party.

Hufflepuff House Quiz

1. Name of a male professor at Hogwarts Snape
2. A subject at Hogwarts DADA
3. A prime number between 53 and 1000 (Seriously?) 61
4. A professor at Hogwarts (either gender) Umbridge
5. A body part Ear
6. A verb Accept
7. Your character name Guinifer LeFleur
8. Your favorite Quidditch team Tutshill Tornadoes
9. Someone (or someones) you'd find in a portrait at Hogwarts Ariana Dumbledore
10. A number between 1 and 7 Five
11. 20 minus your answer for #10 Fifteen
12. A craft (noun) Sew
13. A Hogwarts House other than Hufflepuff Ravenclaw
14. Something they'd sell in Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes that makes a big mess, loud noise, lots of smoke, or general nuisance Basic Blaze Box
15. The character name of another swapper in HSKS6 Cassandra Grubbly-Plank
16. A subject at Hogwarts Transfiguration

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

No Spider Infestations Here!

But somehow, I don't think spiders are required to keep people away. (Pew.)

My neighbors are in the midst of moisture intrusion repair and their work crew has their own Biff. The three neighbor girls (or was it the dad?) decided the work crew needed festive holiday decor.

Knitting is happening furiously here - but no pretty new pictures to show you yet! Puck's big semi-final playoff game is tonight - so there will be a football update tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Da Bowls...

I had to back up my bragging and show you how seriously beautiful these bowls are. The first bowl I ever bought from this gentleman was this one:This was carved from Locust - he's signed each bowl and noted the type of wood on the bottom of most.
I did not pay much more than $25 for each one of these bowls. This next one sits on top of the TV cabinet at the cabin (see my nephew's cute smile back there?) There are a couple of remote controls in there.

This was carved from Cottonwood. See how beautifully the wood grain shows?

This next bowl holds a bunch of rocks Puck picked up on the shores of Lake Superior.

This is made from Cherrywood. Isn't that light stunning? (The table is reclaimed barn wood that my SIL loaned to us for our cabin.)

This next one sits on my bedside table. This is made from Spalted Applewood.

See his beautiful handwriting? Russ Lindblad 2003.

This one sits on my husband's side of the bed at the cabin. He stores his spare change and a shotgun cartridge. Yea, I know. There's an issue of Field & Stream there too. He didn't list the wood on this one. The boys regularly raid these last two bowls for quarters when we go to Friday Night Fish Fry so they can play video games while we wait for a table.

Here's another one I have at home. He didn't write the wood type on this one either - but notice the pretty Jasper in that one again (it's much smaller - see the edge of my wedding dress back there?)

This one holds all my Chapsticks and lip glosses on my dresser at home. This one is made of Spalted Maple.

Wouldn't you make it a point to go back and buy more of these beautiful bowls? They are all like little pieces of art. Someday, I imagine, those festivals will get to be too much work for this gentleman and I will be very sad indeed.


I got an email this morning that Emily Parsons will be updating her Etsy shop tonight at 8:00 Central - that's where I purchased the Kitty yarn I was showing off last week. Yum. She's got a really nice base yarn.

Monday, October 20, 2008


Seriously, three months! I don't think it's ever taken me that long to finish a pair of socks. I watched the last two disks of Band of Brothers with my boys this weekend. These absorbed the tears quite nicely in the episode when Buck went home; then again when they discovered the concentration camp.

Pattern: Whistle Bait from Terry Ross Designs Yarn: Schewe Original Shetland-Wolle Needles: Knitpicks Harmony DPN's in size 1 Started: June 21, 2008 Completed: October 19, 2008. Note: I think you know my opinion of this yarn and pattern by now. I love the socks and the color, now my fingers can recover.

The Gophers and the Wild made me happy this weekend, but those Vikings - wow - that club needs to do something really drastic.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


This is the last acquisition to show off for a while. White Oak Studio had a Studio Cleaning Sale before she left on vacation - you can sign up for an email when she returns - so I got a really good deal on this ginormous skein.

In the meantime, I got to see the Wild play a CRRRRAZY game against the Panthers on Thursday night - seriously - they play a game like that when they have five injured guys!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

My Pretty, Pretty Bowl.

Miss T expressed her admiration for my wooden bowl.
For the last five years I have been attending the Stone Lake (WI) Cranberry Festival (which has tons of vendors - usually the same old cr** - if you know what I mean.) There has been an elderly gentleman there every year selling his hand-turned bowls. This one I am particularly thrilled with - he placed a piece of Jasper in the wood before he finished the bowl and it's really lovely. The best part about it - he sells these beautiful pieces for about 1/3 of what you could buy them for in any tourist-tchotchke shop. I buy a couple of them every year. I have three in the house and four in the cabin. He and his son are as nice as they can be, and I pray every year that he is still there.

So I've pulled out some Autumnal-colored sock yarns to cast on over the next month, this is the first one on my list:

I'm going to knit the Autumn Lace Socks (that is a Ravelry link) - this pattern is from the Six Sox Knitalong and is a free pattern - you just need to sign up for the Yahoo Group. The yarn is Chewy Spaghetti from TLE.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Here Kitty, Kitty!

I know, I know. I KNOW! I am incorrigible. Sophie's Toes in the Calico colorway.

In the meantime, here is the interim sock I've been working on. I'll save the details for when it's done. In the meantime, I got the next installation of the Mystery Sock Pattern (yay - the heel!)

Still, I insist, only two arms.

In Real Life
Puck plays in the Football finals over the next week, and he starts Hockey tonight. Crazy, isn't it? Then today the Teen takes the PSAT and this afternoon his dad is taking him to visit UW Madison. How can my boys be this big?


Quidditch-Round 2

1. What animal does the portrait in the Muggle Prime Minster’s office resemble?

b. Frog

2. What drink does Romilda Vane try to give Harry?
a. Gillywater

3. What is the name of the person who heads the Holyhead Harpies?

b. Gwenog Jones

4. How many ‘Exceeds Expectation’ grades does Harry receive in his O.W.L’s?

c. 5

5. What is Professor Sughorn’s favorite candy?

d. Crystallized Pineapple

6. What tattoo is Harry reported to have on his chest?

c. Hippogriff

7. What color robes do the staff at the Weasley’s shop wear?

b. Magenta

8. What is the man outside Flourish and Blotts selling?

a. Amulets

9. How much is the skull, which Hermione enquires about at Borgin and Burkes, worth?

c. 16 Galleons

10. What are Professor Slughorn’s initials?

b. H.E.F.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Baby, oh Baby (again.)

I think I need to put this on a longer needle to get a decent picture of this sweater. It's flying right along - but it needs a little concentration when you're working on the cables. Ten more rows and I'm putting the sleeve stitches on needle holders and I'm off to the races for the body of the sweater.

More Sports.
Puck's team won their game last night, so they are in for another game against the team that beat the cr*p out of us last time (yea - the one with a 15 year old playing on it.) That's not until next Tuesday though. The following weekend is the Eden Prairie Eagle Bowl - it's all the Youth teams (grades 3-8), playoff games. They get to play at the HS stadium, there's supposed to be a bunch of Vikings there, so the kids are pretty jazzed.

In case anyone local is interested, E.J. Henderson has a pretty interesting local business. It's called Gamespeed - here's a little blurb that explains it:

E.J. Henderson co-founded The Game Speed Football Academy along with Mark Ellis in April of 2007. E.J. has a true compassion for working with youth and nurturing their physical development. E.J established the E.J. Henderson Youth Foundation in April of 2007 utilizing the philosophy that supportive guidance, mentoring and proper physical training contribute to the physical, mental and emotional wellness of youth.

They have programs there for "at-risk" Youth sent there through the court system. They also develop athletic training programs for local athletic associations. They started with Football, but now they are in the process of adding a Lacrosse program (working with the local HS coach).

E.J. is involved in the EP Eagle Bowl to the extent that the benefit of our fundraising efforts will be directed to the E.J. Henderson Youth Foundation.

It makes me feel like there might be a little more balance to this whole sports insanity our kids are involved in.

Also? It makes me infinitely sorrier that E.J. has been hurt for this '08 Football Season.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Blue Moon Jones.

Remember about a week ago I was longing for the Socks that Rock? Well, I decided to cash in on my unredeemed Mother's Day Gift.

Lightweight Raven: Corbie

Lightweight: Oregon Red Clover

Lightweight: Banded Agate

This one might be my favorite - Lightweight: Grinchy

Now, I am determined to empty out some of my stash before I wind up some of the new colors, I'm not always great about that. Have you checked out the Terra Hoodie over at Knotions? In the sweater scheme, that one may be next. I think that the Oak Leaf sock will be the next pair of socks I cast on, at least after I finish off a couple pair first.

My little community is quite unbalanced when it comes to sports scheduling. Football tryouts and practices start in August (quite ruining the cabin weekends), but Football is a relatively short season and you would think that Hockey could wait until it's quite finished before trying to schedule team practices. Football ends Oct. 25 (give or take), in 7th grade they allow for three team meetings per week (2 practices and one game or some permutation). Hockey at this level started tryouts at the beginning of October (that's not including their "Tryout Preparation Classes" - and if you don't participate in the prep classes you can pretty much count out an A or B team). ANYWAY, teams have been assigned and practice starts today. Today, Puck has a playoff Football game. Really? Hockey can't wait two weeks? As I said, my community is a little unbalanced.

So Puck did not get on the team with the Coaches he wanted, and also, only knows two other boys on his team. The boy that is on his team is the one guy he would've picked to play with, so things may be OK. Mom doesn't know any of the parents though so hockey season looks to be a little more subdued than in previous years.

Mom and I went to see the Prairie Colors Marching Band Competition on Saturday night. There were bands there from as far as Des Moines, Iowa (and wow, just wow for Dowling Catholic). The big winner of the AAA competition was Rosemount marching band and were they impressive. My favorite parts are the Drum Majors and the Drumlines! We were feeling a little sympathy for the Drumline judge as he ran all over the field trying to keep up with the different Drumlines! Overall, it was a beautiful night to watch them all. Here is EP's last year's performance on YouTube (it gets really cool around the six minute mark). I only checked the Wild score on my cell phone around four times.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


I finally picked up this pair of socks again. (Remember the Whistle Bait pattern?) Love this pattern, and love the look of this yarn, but it is soooo sticky that it makes my hands hurt to knit with it. My plan is to try to do one pattern repeat a day and then just put it down. I should be done in two weeks - hah!

I intend to make up for the slowness of that pr0ject by knitting furiously on my Baby Cables sweater and casting on another pair of socks. Hmmm. What will it be? I certainly have a pile of patterns waiting for me (yarn too for that matter.) Well, there's football to watch today so I should make some progress on whatever I pick up. By the way - how's about those Gophers!!!! Who would have guessed they could take on the Illini? Whooo!

Puck has his first playoff game Monday night. They should win against this team, but all bets are off after Monday night. Tonight, we find out which hockey team he's on, fingers are crossed for the good coach and friends to play with.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pretties & WIP's

I said there were more pretties, and I was not lying. I joined the Madelinetosh yarn club about six weeks ago and I got my first shipment last week. Inadvertently, she matched my Alpaca theme. Definitely worthy of the stash.

The second installation of the Mystery Sock pattern for Soctoberfest. Not knowing what color will be next is a great addition to the Mystery Sock knitting pleasure. The combination of this yarn and this pattern are really a knockout.

So this afternoon is a Gopher's game knitting extravaganza. I am torn on my evening activities. It is a GORGEOUS day and the High School has its annual Marching Band demonstration - 5-7 different schools travel to the Twin Cities for a competition, and the day after EPHS holds an exhibition performance. Flying the Geek flag here and showing you my love for the Marching Band. However, the Wild play tonight and how do I pass that over?

Coming up: More pretty and more WIP!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Cranberry Festival

So mom and I went solo last weekend. We drove out to the cabin in Stone Lake, Wisconsin, and we ventured out to the Stone Lake (30th annual) Cranberry Festival. As usual, this little town was crammed with vendors and shopper/partiers from one end to the other. I bought tchotchkes and some more pretty wooden bowls. I also bought my son an Ecuadorian Alpaca Cardigan; yes, it was machine made, but oh so soft and fuzzy. I was helpless in the face of the salesmanship of the man who was manning the booth; yes, he WAS Equadorian, and cute too! Lastly, I just KNEW the Teen would love I bought it. I think I just made up a whole bunch of punctuation. Sorry. (It may be a little better now, I went back to try and edit myself.)

There was also a booth selling items made with Alpaca yarn, Alpaca fiber and Alpaca yarn itself. See my two skeins above? The yarn comes from a place called Alpacas of Rollingwood and they are right outside of Stone Lake (as is my cabin! I could go visit the Alpacas!) No website, but they have an email if anyone is interested.

ANYWAY. The two ladies in the booth kept yelling "Who's a knitter?" Every time some poor soul would raise their hand and those ladies had another sale. (Yes, I was one of those poor souls.)

That big skein is so soft and sweet-smelling, I just want to put my head down and have a little nap. The multi-colored skein is 756 yards of Alpaca, and the smaller skein is from Winnie! I love Winnie! Winnie's is only 210 yards. I want to make a large, warm wrap out of these two, cause I am cold already. Any ideas?

Coming up soon: Yarn prettiness and works in progress!

Thursday, October 09, 2008


HSKS Quiz #3

I missed this on Sunday - and I couldn't find it when I went back to look for it! Someone is casting some evil spells!

1. On what day does Harry run into Draco and Narcissa in Diagon Alley?
August 3rd

2. How does Harry get detention in DADA?
He tells Snape that he doesn't need to call him Sir

3. How does Ron get his spot on the Gryffindor Quidditch Team?
Hermione uses a Confundus Charm on the competition

4. When is the first Apparition lesson?
February 1st

5. When do Ron and Ginny breakup with Lavender and Dean?
April 21st

6. What Horcrux is hidden in the cave?
The locket of Salazar Slytherin

7. Who does Filch have a romance with?
Madam Pince

8. When is Voldemort’s birthday and birth place?
December 31st in London

9. What is Dumbledor’s favorite flavor of jam?

10. Who is “Mollywobbles” and who uses the name?
Arthur Weasley's nickname for Molly Weasley.

Picture Search =

Rufus Scrimgeour



Madam Pince

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


This photo is a perfect example of the color of this yarn. Very warm and cozy. Too bad you can't really see the cable pattern - it turned out sooo pretty!

Pattern: Brigit by Monkey Toes (free Ravelry download) Yarn: Zitron Trekking Hand Art This is rather subdued, but they've made some seriously rockin' colors. Color: Irland 508 Needles: Knitpicks Harmony dpn's size 1 Started: September 26, 2008 Completed: October 4, 2008. Note: My first time with Trekking - I found it a tad fuzzy and splitty - but I love how the colors worked out. The pattern is perfect - keeps you interested and works up really fast.

Puck's season ended with a loss, but the good news is none of the giants on the other team hurt our definitely undersized gang. Their record stands at 6-2-0, they have playoffs next week, we're just hoping to make it through with no more injuries. After all the rain yesterday, and our first game on grass (not turf), the kids were hilariously dirty at the end of the game.

Someone asked about the colors in my Mystery Sock yarn - it runs through colors a bit like the Noro - just a lot softer. However, as you knit, you come upon colors that you don't see on the skein because they are hidden on the inside.

I got some packages this week, so there will be some lovely yarn pictures to show you later this week!!!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Ooooo - Mystery Sock!

This is the Mystery Sock Pattern from the author of Through the Loops store and blog. She is offering the pattern over in a group at Ravelry. So far she has posted just this part of the cuff. This is my new Ty-Dy yarn from Yarn4Socks. I posted some pictures earlier last week. This sock is going to be VERY soft and VERY squooshy.

So, somebody left me an anonymous comment yesterday about the Cider Moon split. She gave a link to a new company name. As far as I'm aware - the woman who did the bulk of the dying and color creation is here:

Puck's big game is tonight - wish us luck!

ETA: Also? Did you ever wonder exactly what the Keating Five was all about? Check it out here, also here.

Monday, October 06, 2008

The Post Office Hates Me.

Seriously. (Warning - this contains a rant of sorts, but when it's over, I have an FO!)

Since we have lived in this house (2001), we have had two occasions of Bank Fraud committed against us. The first time, cost us only headaches and time. The second time, we lost a chunk of money - never to be found again. A sick-making amount of money. These crimes were begun in our mailbox - things stolen out of our mailbox. I am justifiably paranoid about leaving our mailbox unattended when we go out of town. I didn't realize until the beginning of last Summer that the Post Office will not hold mail for less than three days. (So, Friday, Saturday, Monday counts, but they won't hold it for just Friday and Saturday - our usual cabin jaunt.) I bemoaned the situation to my mail carrier, and he suggested that I fill out the hold form for three days - indicate I will pick up the mail at the end of the three days, and just go pick it up early. I've had to do that about a half dozen times this Summer and Fall. Today, the Supervisor yelled at me and told me I couldn't keep doing it. Does anybody understand why this is causing them such an issue, other than it's not covered by their rules? I pick up the mail so my carrier does not have to deliver a big box of mail. He still is not delivering the mail for three days. Their suggestion was that I rent a PO box and come pick up my mail every day. Yea, right, they want me to drive three miles one way to pick up my mail. As far as I know, the Post Office supports itself, so they are a business - run by the US government - but a business; doesn't that make me a customer? I am so confused about why they have their undies in a bundle over this.

Rant Over!

Mr. Greenjeans!

Pattern: Mr. Greenjeans from Yarn: Dream in Color Classy (The Loopy Ewe doesn't have this color, but I'm lovin' the Butter Peeps colorway.) Color: Lipstick Lava Needles: Knitpicks Harmony Circs in sizes 8 and 6 Started: September 8, 2008 Completed: September 28, 2008. Note: Easy pattern, quick knit. The actual knitting and sewing together only took me twenty days. The yarn is yummy and I used four skeins.

I actually have one other FO's and two WIP's to come this week. Stay posted.

Also - Puck's last regular season football game tomorrow - cross your fingers that the rest of their team stays uninjured!!!

Eagle Hunt!

I was at the cabin this weekend, but the local High School Football team had a huge game against Minnetonka HS. I've got to tell you how clever those 'Tonka kids are! Our team mascot is the Eagle (theirs is the Skippers - don't get me started on bad team names.) It was 'Tonka's Homecoming, so they had tee shirts made in blaze orange and camo - with the phrase "Homecoming 2008 - The Eagle Hunt" printed on them. How clever is that! I guess their stands were solid orange on Friday night. (Unfortunately, 'Tonka lost, cause the Eagles are more of a steamroller team than a bird to be hunted.) You've got to like the spirit though!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Quiz...
1 Which is your favorite book in the series (and why)? I think it must be the last one, because, FINALLY!

2 If you were taking Owls, which class would you get an E in? Would you get any Ts? I would do well in Potions and Charms, umm...History of Magic (snooooooooze).

3 Who is your favorite character (or characters) in the Harry Potter series? Fred and George, because what's better than a ginger guy with a sense of humor!

4 If you had to pick 1 character for a roomate, who would you pick and why? Who'd be your least-favorite to have as a roomate? Since I am such a Weasley fan, I think I'd love to room with Ginny. Least-favorite would be that Malfoy Beeyotch.

5 Hufflepuffs are a hardworking bunch, but also a bit mischevious. Which Hogwarts professor would you most like to prank, and how would you do it?
Hagrid would be easy to prank, but what would be the fun in that?

6 Favorite DADA professor? (from the books, Lucius does NOT count :) Mr. Lupin - who else?

7 Favorite magical creatures? (Also, if for example you like a certain creature in general, but not how they are represented in the HP canon, feel free to elaborate :) Yes, the Unicorn, I think.

8 What is your favorite food in the HP universe? Which food or foods would you like to try in real life? Do you have any recipes to share with us ;)? Ummm, not so mad for Berttie's Beans, but chocolate frogs sounds just yummy.

9 Broom, floo powder, portkey, or magic carpet? Broom!

10 Since we're Hufflepuffs... Yellow or Black? Black for me, please.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


That's me.

I bought these last week after I saw this post. That Pink girl tempts me too often. So I ran over to Y4socks, and bought these two beauties. Now, I am prepared to participate in the Mystery Sock KAL - I think I'll use the greens to start.

I cast on my Baby Cables yesterday, and Greenjeans is soaking in the Soak for the blocking. I have sock progress to show you, and an HSKS quiz to get out of the way, so I'll be on the 'puter today.

In the meantime, more football tonight. We are missing only one of the kids who was injured last week - can't really play football with an over-the-elbow cast. Thank goodness we only have four more games. Of course, hockey starts in 12 days.
ETA: I totally forgot to mention this update! If you are in the mood for Sophie's Toes, best get over there this morning!

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