Thursday, May 29, 2008


Last week my cat ran away. Six days, 3 shelter visits, countless phone calls, 300 hundred flyers and fourty dollars in postage later he decided to saunter back on the deck. He is real skinny and dirty but happy to be home. The dog was so excited he kept running in circles and licking the cat. I'm super grateful to my neighbors who took to searching for Beau without making me feel like a cat lady. I'm also grateful to Jenny who helped me make and address flyers and al my friends who were uber supportive.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Moderne Baby Blanket WIP

Lion brand cotton ease
70% complete

summer of love yarn swap

Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been at your craft?Knitter all the way! 3.5 years.

Do you spin? What type of spinning? nope.

What are your favorite yarns/fibers? What are your least favorite yarns/fibers?cashmere, merino, wool, cotton. No love for acryllic but I have been known to make a mean cat toy with it.

What are your favorite colors? What are your least favorite colors? Favorite colors: Almost any blue except baby blue. Indigo-purple, blue-red, all pink grey, turquoise and most greens.I love jewel tones! Earth tones are nice but don't look good on me.

Are there any yarns/brands that you are dying to work with but never have? hmm,not sure on this one.

What is/are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet? I love to knit hats. I also love to hate knitting baby blankets.

What are you currently working on? Anything you plan to work on this summer? I am currently working on the moderne baby blanket, the honeymoon cami.

What is your favorite FO? (Post a pic if you would like.) Probably the chevron scarf.

What is your oldest UFO? A giant blanket. Every winter I work on it a little bit and it is not so much a portable project. It's been on the sticks for 2 winters now.

Are there any techniques that you want to learn? intarsia, entrelac

Are you on Ravlery? What's your ID? frogit

Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I'm not a sock knitter. I don't even know how to measure my foot. Does this mean length? in that case, 9 inches from heel to toe.

Do you collect anything? yarn

Do you have a yarn winder and/or swift? yes

Do you love sweets? What are your favorites?Indeedy! chocolate and refined sugar.

What are your favorite scents? vanilla, coffee, jasmine

Where do you keep your needles/hooks? Considering that I just moved in all sorts of boxes.

Do you have a wishlist (Amazon, Etsy, etc?) Nope but I"m a big supporter of etsy.

Having a birthday this summer? No, just had one.

Are you allergic to anything??? Please let your pal know! Softice cream, please don't send any.;-)
Posted by Amy at 9:06 AM

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I heart hype.

One of my favorite parts of the knitting hobby is aquistion of yarn. Especiallythe ungettable gets. I don't know of a more ungettable yarn than yarntini. I check ebay for yarntini everyday. I found my favorite colorway (sigh...vintage) in a (double sigh) cashmere. I stayed up way past my bedtime bidding only to lose the auction. The selling price went way past my budget. In the sanity of morning light, I almost pitied the a-hole that paid 50 big ones for a skein of yarn. Fourty bucks was my limit. It retails for$33. A fifty-one percent mark up is ridic no matter how ungettable.
I did eventually score some yarntini in cherry cordial. Beautiful, but certainly no vintage. Here's the thing. I'm not a sock knitter. Now that I had m fix what would I knit. i tried a chevron scarf and it looked like poo. So I tried alternating it with some brown merino wool and it also looked like poopie. So the truth be told I wanted yarntini case I couldn't have it. So with my disappointing yet coveted skein I think I will make this.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Happy Belated Mothers Day

In honor of Mothers Day, I'm going to share one of my favorite things my Mom has done for me. When I was a a little girl I went through a ridiculously clumsy stage. I was always stubbing my toe. I must have gotten it good one day and was crying. To quell my fit, Mom told me that my big toe must keep running into things cause it needed glasses. Without hesitating, she got out a sharpie and drew some glasses on my big toe. Every time I stub my toe, I fight the urge to draw some specs on my toe.

Speaking of mothers, I received the mother of all invitations yesterday. The 10 year reunion. Good God! I don't want to go, but I do. I didn't know I was this shallow but I want to lose 10 poundss and get a more fabulous life before July 11th. I almost thought about joining a real gym. Considering that watching Under The Tuscan Sun 5 times made me feel better about buying a big house by myself, I put Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion at the top of my Netflix queue.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

motion sickness and empathy in Tennessee

* * * WARNING: Contains descriptions of public vomiting at high altitudes.

I haven't blogged in a while. I haven't worked on the house, seen friends or even knit in a couple weeks. I haven't done much of anything except gain a dependency on ibuprofen and massive amounts of sleep. I had a crown made with new fancy pants (not yet perfected) technology. I'm sure some people have great experiences with CERECbut I"m not one of them. The camera got the borders all wrong resulting in a headache for 3 weeks and more dental work and finally, a destruction of said expensive crown. Now That I'm still in pain and my face has swollen I'm looking at a root canal. I'm this close to getting the pliers out and pulling it myself.

When I was little my Dad would pull my loose teeth with pliers. I grew up thinking this was 'normal.'

I've been some killer Augmentin antibiotics that require me to eat at every dose which is something a person with tooth pain doesn't want to do. I was on my way to the airport at 5 AM to see my sister graduate from college. I ate a granola bar and swallowed my antibiotic, and tylenol, ibuprofen cocktail without much thought.

A few hours later, I was nauseous and made a run to the airport restroom and vomited. No biggie. I found my seat with my dignity still intact. Just as were about to land I really have to make another rest room stop. Completely prepared to break the rules of leaving my seat during landing, I realize the flight attendant is happily sitting in the jump seat blocking the lavatory door. " no problem, I'll mind over matter it. " I said to myself. I reassured myself that I haven't vomited anywhere but in a toilet since I was seven. Well, That's not counting the tequila shot Jack Daniels night in college. Mind over matter didn't work at all. and I was scrambling for one of those stupid bags. Can't find it anywhere.Turns ut it was stuck between some magazine pages. I end up vomiting on my jacket like a an incompetent jack 'A'. I have probably never been more embarassed. Fortunately the flight was over at this time and everyone acted as if nothing had happened.

I thnk I have a new most embarassing moment. I have funnier ones like losing my wrap skirt while working at a JC Penney and walking around the store in pumps, undies and a twin set. But this is more embarassing for some reason. I'm always surprised when patients are embarassed of bodily functions. I forget that I'm a decent nurse but I'm a terrible patient. I'm a grump when I'm in pain and it has been a good lesson in empathy. But I'm all done being in pain. Scheduling my root canal tomorrow.

THe trip was quite interesting. I forgot my camera so I have no picks to share but it was great to see Missy Graduate; difficult to coordinate anything with my family and hilarious to hang out in the grossest hotel I've ever stayed in. I will say this, Tennessee is s o green and beautiful this time of year. The weather was perfect and it was great to hang out with my brother. He is so good at helping us take ourselves a little less seriously.