31 05 2007

“Walter”melon Monkey has passed from this life to the next. Walter was found tortured to death by singing amphibians. May he rest in peace.

In his heyday…

His last known photos ……


ComingSoon: There’s a new kid in town.


To be thankful…..

30 05 2007

I was reminded this morning of all the ways God has blessed me and wanted to share a jewel with my readers:

The Lord is my Strength and Song; and He has become my Salvation.  The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents and private dwellings of the uncompromisingly righteous: the right hand of the Lord does valiantly and achieves strength! ……. I shall not die but live, and shall declare the works and recount the illustrious acts of the Lord. ….. I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You, for You have heard and answered me; and You have become my Salvation and Deliverer.”                 Psalms 118:14,15,17 & 21

(emphasis mine)

Thank you my God for being my strength, help me to lean on You and not spin in circles.

“Take my life when I don’t have the strength to give it away to You.”    …..Third Day

And we have Cast ON!

29 05 2007

5/27/07 ….. managed late night cast on for monkey sock #1, slated for Sockapalooza 4.

5/28/07 ….. finished 1 inch of twisted ribbing and worked 2 pattern repeats. (lace pattern almost memorized at this point.)

5/29/07 ….. pausing to record a total of 3 repeats completed, but not done for the day yet!

Now I understand all the hoopla I’ve been hearin’ ’bout Monkey.    🙂

What else I’ve been doing this past holiday weekend:

1) Discovering Raverlry at last!!!!! 🙂

2) Spinning up my first consistent laceweight plys from my Spunky Club fiber for May.

3) Celebrating my MIL’s college graduation with a party.

4) Hanging new curtains in my livingroom.

5) Thinking about the upcoming PROM!!! (more details to come 😉 )

Longer post later I promise! Now it’s past time for food!

Evidence of Spring

21 05 2007

It is finally spring in northeastern Oklahoma! We don’t have room for a real garden right now but I managed to plant a couple of tomato plants in pots for the patio and a bunch of flowers / flower seeds in pots for the porch. Because of all the rain we’ve had over the last two weeks the tomato plants are huge!! I think I may grab a couple more varieties next weekend.

The garage sale we had on Saturday was a success. My sister made a little over $250 selling 2 instruments and of clothing and we came out with about $215 selling some large baby items and miscellaneous stuff collected over the last ten years. We are planning on doing it again next weekend since we still weren’t able to have it all out in time on Sat. If I could make another $100, I would be thrilled!  We even found time in the midst of it to give haircuts to my girlies.  It was a very long but productive day 🙂

On the fibery front, there hasn’t been too much going on. I’m still trying to let my arm heal and it’s been slow-going. I am usually back in the saddle very quickly after most injuries but having never actually broken a bone before I was totally unprepared for the long recovery time. I’m still slowly knitting away on the first of my mom’s Mother’s Day socks. I’m planning on trying to finish this one today.

My Larger than Life bag is still sitting at 3 squares completed. The crochet is the hardest on my injury so this may take longer than I had hoped in the beginning. Oh well, there isn’t any deadline thank goodness!

I do however have a partially finished FO to show you. It’s an FO because I’m done with the knitting and felting of it but there is still alot of sewing and finishing work to be done.  I knit this up using 4 balls of Patons SWS in Natural Navy. Obviously it is a bag of some sort but that’s all the info I’m sharing at the moment.

Thanks to everyone who chimed in with their picks for the lining fabric on my LTL bag. If you haven’t yet, go ahead! I haven’t ordered it yet so there’s still time for me to be persuaded.

Coming Soon: spinning plans!

Double Tagged…Random Meme

18 05 2007

By Amanda and Becky so I guess I don’t really have a choice, do I? Nah, I don’t mind too awfully much. Here goes!

1. I tend to be a slob. Those piles of clothes everyone has been talking about? There must have been spying on me. I hate it and am trying desperately to change my ways.

2. The smell of black licorice and/or root beer make me gag horribly.

3. The only time I had a dream involving a celebrity, it was Will Smith (ahhhhh) and I had to choose between hubby and him. Hubby won but still!

4. I always hated wearing socks till I tried on a pair of handknit socks.

5. I adore a good glass of port.

6. I am a quarter Portuguese.

7. Hubby and I want to move to Israel someday.

8. I didn’t decide on a favorite color till I was 29, it’s green. More specifically, it’s olive green.

Let’s see who I can tag who hasn’t already done this: Keri, Laura, Vera, Julie, and Kat.

There ya all go, don’t know how interesting I am but that’s how the cookie crumbles I guess. We are having a garage sale tomorrow so I won’t be posting again till sunday.

Coming soon: gardening, felting, and other shenanigans.

Larger Than Life…shopping for fabric

18 05 2007

Well the yarn got here, my first order ever from Elann and I need to say, ” I am very pleased with their service and their yarn!” I am thrilled with the colors I chose and so excited about how the squares are coming together! I could easily whip out six in a day but with my arm still in a brace, I think I had better stay on the conservative side with one. They are coming out a little on the small side with this yarn but that’s okay. It won’t hurt anybody’s feelings if my bag is a little smaller than the rest.

I’m playing with the idea of ordering a few more balls of the burnt olive in order to knit the bottom/side band in garter stitch doubling the yarn for extra stability. For those who have made the bag, do you think it would work? Here are the three I’ve finished so far.

The colors are not quite showing up right, but if you look a couple of posts down you’ll see the true colors.

I’ve started shopping around online for some pretty lining fabric and found quite a few to drool over. Wanna help me choose?  I need one for the inner lining, and one for the outer lining, or I can just use one for both.

Sage Flowers Spray by Kaffe Fassett

  Puffs in Green by Kaffe Fassett

  Embroidered Leaf by Kaffe Fassett

Beach Ball Jungle by Kaffe Fassett

Amy Butler’s Lotus Water Lily in Lime

Leave me a comment and let me know what you would pick, okay?  Thanks!

A Knitting Meme

16 05 2007

Since my camera got left at my mom’s house on Sunday and I have no pictures to show you my progress on assorted projects, I will succumb to the latest blogland meme.

Mark with bold the things you have done, with italics the ones you plan to do someday, and leave the rest plain.

I cord
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette Stitch
Socks–top down
Socks–toe up

Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens–cuff up
Mittens–tip down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting // modular knitting
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting // twined knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn

Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items

Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (including Aran)

Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American / English knitting (as opposed to continental)

Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting

Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with double pointed needles
Holiday related knitting

Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living

Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously

Fulling / Felting
Knitting with wool

Textured knitting

Kitchener BO
Purses / bags

Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO

Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning / self-striping / varigated yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern


Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs / fingerless mitts / armwarmers

Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Shrug / bolero / poncho
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Interesting how many things I have learned and accomplished in the three years I’ve been knitting!   Well stay tuned tomorrow for a update on my Larger Than Life bag from IK Crochet and help me choose the lining fabric!  Have a great hump day!