Thursday, July 26, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
There are a few little things I need to tend to, since I was away for four days, and haven't really had time for normal computer-type activities until now.
Firstly, Paula and Mary both nominated me for the Rockin' Girl Blogger. Thanks, ladies! I can't remember the last time I was nominated for something, and I surely didn't expect anything from blogland!
Next, and also from Paula is the new Dogs on Thursdays logo!
Maybe later today you'll get some knitting photos, and/or a knitting book review. Right now though, I'm going to find some breakfast and being on the mountain of laundry I have to tackle.
But wait! There's more! We all love contests, right?! Well, pop over and check out this one. I found it via another blogging friend, so I hope you'll visit them both too. It's a point well-taken; if we don't leave comments, most bloggers don't know we're reading.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Some of you know I was in Chicago with four of my best friends for Pampered Chef's annual conference. They talked a lot about dreams and goals too. I'm still working on that, but it's interesting that the same words show up in different phases of my life. Do you have dreams? You do know that if you take a deep breath, develop an action plan, and set goals along the way, virtual any dream is achievable, right?! I know that for me, as I've aged, I've forgotten to dream. Oh, I have goals, but right now, I lack any kind of big carrot out there to motivate me. (Cables though, for my knitting goals, but that's another post for another day!) Working in a family business, there's no need to strive for another step on the ladder. When my inlaws retire, Mark and I will step up. No assessments or competition, just the natural life cycle within a family business. I am complacent, and I need to change!
So, how 'bout it? Will you share your dreams with me and help me find something about which I can truly be passionate again? (So much for knitting content, but I did mention cables, right?) I know many of my friends have big, beautiful dreams, and I love to hear about them. They inspire me to reach higher and to continue to work on my personal growth. (I took my shoes off in the airport and cooled my feet on the concrete! I let Missy sit on my bed pillows without freaking out!)
And if you haven't tried Pampered Chef products, swing by my website and check them out!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
This could also be titled, why one should always get dressed, even on Saturdays. Luckily, it was the postmistress herself, and not the young man substitute. I, in my nightie and dogs in the yard... You don't want to hear much more of THOSE details, but the postmistress left my package by a tree, as the dogs refused to come in, I couldn't go out, and she wouldn't believe they wouldn't bite.
That's the first thing I saw when I ripped open the box. I was just getting ready to paint my toes, but I can always wear something with a closed toe to the wedding, right?! A *GORGEOUS* bag, from my incredibly generous felted bag pal, whom I now know as Lia. I've enjoyed her blog for a while, but I was hardly sure she was my pal. Hooray! I continue to be spoiled. (Bamboo handles! Rich brown and vivid blue on the bag. Bliss!)
This is what I saw when I unzipped the bag. Yep folks, I said UNZIPPED. I can't sew much at all, so I can only dream of such grand construction. There's a better picture of the lining and the goodies coming, so just enjoy the show. I was so blown away by the awesome bag that I surely wasn't expecting anything within. I just unzipped it to appreciate its largeness, and to ponder taking it instead of my Healthy Back Bag as my "purse" for the flight tomorrow, and wow! More spoiled goodness!
Here's a peek at the lining, and more of the bag. Wonderful, yes? Between the above shot and this one, you can see that it's a great, coordinating brown and blue paisley. I am positive I never mentioned how much I love paisley, but there it is. Squee!
The goodies. The Vogue On the Go Felting, Gloves in a Bottle moisturizer, some Tehku Pacific Jade Green Tea, hand-tied into rosettes (what a beautiful luxury!), my beloved Tofutsies yarn in a great pink colorway, and the cutest honey spoon (more on that in a bit.) I can't wait to get home from Chicago already, so I can make some tea and take photos, so my tea swap blog readers can share the incredible beauty of ornamental teas. Again, WHAT A TREAT!
As excited as I am about the tea, you have to see a close-up of the spoon. See the bend in the middle? That's so the spoon can perch happily and ungooily (oh, how Blogger will hate that word!) on the edge of my cup or mug! It really is a very practical, pretty honey spoon, and interestingly enough, it coordinates nicely with my favorite teapot, but that's a post for another day, and even another blog, honestly.
Thank you, Lia. That is a most impressive swap package. You went so far above and beyond, and can serve as a model spoiler! Sure, the package was a tad late, but she stayed in touch, and I had the very distinct impression that it would be worth the wait. (Was it ever!) What truly makes Lia a great swapper is her attention to detail. She obviously read not only my questionnaire, but my blog, and not only took a stab at producing packages I would love, but went out of her way to send things she *KNEW* would delight me. (By no means am I snubbing or overlooking my other spoilers. I have had some AWESOME pals, and have received wonderful swap boxes. It's just as I co-host more swaps, I can't resist taking the opportunity to point out what's so perfect about a good swapper!)
Pardon me, but I must hit publish, eat the lunch my dear hubby picked up in town, when he picked up the wedding card I forgot, and see about these toes that need some paint!
Friday, July 13, 2007
That's Fred and Shadow II. Shadow is the second sable sheltie Mark's grandfather has owned, and so, Pop used the same name. This picture was taken two years ago, but Fred doesn't come to the shop with me much anymore, because Shadow *STILL* insists upson licking Fred *IN* the mouth. My patient old man just walks away and counts on me to make the brat stop. That's why he's my hooey hound!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I remain in awe of the knitterly kind karma out there.
PS - Blogger? Knitterly *IS* too a word. So there! (I'd stomp my foot, but Blogger wouldn't hear me.)
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Which time? You see, my dear auntie tried to teach me to knit at least two different summers when I was around 12. I'd get excited, but frustrated, and would come home, where my great aunt would re-explain "left-handed" knitting, and then school would start...
Then, last November, while Anne was visiting, I got infected. I watched her knit. I helped her wind yarn and even wandered into a yarn shop with her. At the time, my inner knitter merely stirred, and went back to sleep. However, when Anne and her sticks and string went back south, suddenly, I was overcome with the NEED to knit. So, I bought some bamboo straights and some cheap yarn, and I tried. Oh, how I tried. It was torture, just as I remembered, until I found this site, where I immediately realized I had found the "left-handed" Continental style much more sensible. Everything clicked, and I have only reluctantly set my needles down to eat, sleep and work since then.
Why? Because I've always liked hand-crafts. I did my first needlepoint at six, I think it was. I am still in awe of how two (or more!) sticks and some string can produce almost anything imaginable. Plus, there's just something soothing and magical about the serenity of knitting.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Why do I swap, and crazier still, co-host swaps? So I can meet people like Paula! I do believe that particular photo she's using as her logo is of my Fred's uncle, who was the Hush Puppy model about 10 years ago. I love it! (And why didn't I think of that? Mugsy's literally got his back to me. Guess I should have been Crup Knitter instead of KnitTea, huh?)
In sock news, I have begun Sockza sock #1! (aka: SoS pair #2!) I won't be showing photos, just in case, because I do want to surprise my pal. I can proudly announce that the yarn was wound with my birthday swift and ball winder, by - get this, Anne! - my husband! He finds it all very interesting. It appeals to his inner mechanical nerd, I guess? I then had to weigh it, so - wise man, that one - I can confirm that this yarn I've not used before will indeed make two socks for my pal. I got lucky and got a pal with little feet, so I'm sure it won't be a problem, but... he's thinking like a knitter, yes?
Now, back to that crup thing. I hear some of you asking, "What's a crup?" Well, in honor of the cinematic event, the debut of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I'm tempted to have a contest, but as it would be a month or so before you got a prize, I won't. I'll just tell you.
Are there HP fans out there who don't know? Giggles... Don't be embarassed. Even folks on my HP forums often ask. This, my friends, is a crup:
See the forked tail? That's the only way you can tell a crup from a Muggle Jack Russell Terrier. Those of you who own crups know that sometimes, wizards dock the crups' tails short so you can't see the fork, but trust me, you *KNOW* if you own a crup.
Still unsure? Well, let me see if Mugsy - a pure-bred crup - can help. Is your JRT just, well, not as compliant as others you know? Do you brag that his disobedience is actually a sign of his superior intelligence? Does he train YOU? If so, you too probably have a crup. Please refer to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for more information.
Yep. That's our crup, preparing to launch himself into HIS hot tub. Don't worry animal lovers; we changed chemicals three times until hubby found one that is safe for human and animal consumption; the sales rep drank a big ol' glass right from the display for him, and he was sold. That's the other test; crups won't allowed themselves to be owned by ordinary folks. They seek out those owners with just enough magical ability to appreciate them, which in Muggle talk means spoil them rotten.
PS - Cass, the photos are for you, and anyone else who loves photo-rich posts!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Also, swing by K1, T2 and let us - Devon in particular - know how you like your tea. It's a contest, open until July 20th. As for me, I like mine straight up. Hot, cold, tepid, it's all good. I do like a bit of Splenda and cream in hot, black teas though.
Friday, July 6, 2007
I wear a 6.5 or 7 in American sizes. My left foot is bigger, and it is 8.75 inches long. Circumference is 8 inches.
How long have you been knitting? How would you rate your experience? (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.)
I've only been knitting for about seven months, but I'd say I'm an intermediate knitter.
What is your favorite color? Your least favorite color?
My favorite color changes, but I always like red, pinks, blues, greens, and browns. I'm not crazy about purple, orange or road sign yellow by themselves.
Do you have a favorite fiber? What type?
I'm still trying them all out, but I love bamboo and anything soy.
Do you have any allergies to certain fibers?
Do you have an Amazon, or other type of, wishlist? (If so, provide the link.)
Oh boy. I managed to produce it earlier this week...
What techniques, if any, would you like to learn?
Cable. MUST. LEARN.TO.CABLE! And lace.
Do you have a sweet tooth? What are your favorite snacks?
I have a rotten sweet tooth. My current favorite is dark chocolate covered cranberries. I also like popcorn though, and nuts...
What is your family situation? (Children, Husband, Pets...etc.)
I'm married, and we live to serve our two very rotten dogs.
Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Metal, plastic or wood?
For what? All in all, my Knitpicks Options are the needles I can't live without, but I like Bryspun for discloths, and the Addis my pal in another swap sent are lovely too. OH! Sorry, we're talking socks, right? I like my two, SHORT Addis and dpns. I like Sox Stix and the Knitpicks dpns.
Besides socks, what are your favorite items to knit?
Bags. Dishcloths. I enjoyed making my first vest last month...
Is there a pattern, (sock or otherwise), that you are dying to try?
Several. Basically, anything I haven't already done!
Do you like to read? What are you reading currently?
I love to read. I tend to favor non-fiction. I read cookbooks, knitting pattern books, etc. Right now though, I'm reading Eldest as in the second book in the Eragon series.
Do you collect music? (On an iPod or MP3 player.)
Not really. I'm all about XM Radio.
What kind of music do you listen to?
All of it. Country. Musicals. Pop. Rock. Classical.
Is there anything you collect?
Roosters. Yarn. Books. Regional cookbooks.
What are your hobbies, aside from knitting?
Yoga, reading, walking, cooking, baking, scrapbooking, stamping...
Are you participating in any other swaps or knit alongs?
Yes. The easiest thing to do is look at the side of my blog. There are actually a couple of buttons missing... I'll see about correcting that.
Do you have a favorite scent?
Soft florals. Green tea.
When is your birthday? (You don't have to add the year if you don't want to, LOL.)
Thursday, July 5, 2007
It's a great event. Sure, the actually display is probably shorter and less impressive than some of the big fireworks displays done in your cities, but this one is funded by the development where many of our friends and family live. The beach is closed at five pm, and the local fire department (not ours, but a neighboring one, where we have many friends) has a family picnic while Mark and the rest of the fireworks crew set up. There's something truly magical about stretching out in a beach lounger only a few yards away from where the fireworks are being set off, feeling the ground tremble, and remembering to say a little prayer for those setting them off with every "oooh and ahhhh!" It's also hard not to have at least one smug moment when the crowd claps and screams, knowing that my husband and his friends made it all possible.
I hope your Independence Day celebrations were special, no matter how you like to wish America a happy birthday. Just once though, I think the USA and Canada should celebrate for about a week, together, and invite the whole world to our party. Remember the commercial, "I'd like to buy the world a Coke?" That would be a nice start. A diet with Lime for me, okay?
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
Monday, July 2, 2007
Everyone rush over to Amy's blog and congratulate her on her engagement! It's been in the works, but John still surprised her (I think), and it was certainly a special evening. While I can only tell you that my own engagement happened in August, I bet I will always remember that Amy and John made it official on my birthday! (And John gets serious brownie points for presenting her with the ring of her dreams. Good start to a great forever!)
And seriously, someone more savvy than I am needs to help me figure out how to cyber shower Amy. I'm close enough to visit in person, but I realize most of you aren't. She'll know we're planning something, but the details will still surprise her, right?! So, email me at Chan.Moore@gmail.com if you have ideas and/or want to participate.
Being happily married to my third-grade sweetheart, the son of my father's best friend, there's little that makes me happier than seeing my friends make their own perfectly-suited matches. Amy, I'm so very happy for you, and for John. I look forward to hearing all about all of the plans... (Now, where did I see the pattern for the knitted garter belt??)