Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Can't think of one...

Tagged for this by Kim and Bridget, so I can't say no. mwaaa


The rules: Posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer. Play nice, children. Or not, but I'm too tired to play Dr. Phillis, so just play nice.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago? Back in the day, I worked for the corp treasury division of a bank. My children were 7 and 3~I can not imagine constantly living with children that young. I firmly believe there’s a damn good reason we have biological clocks. I neither had a blog, nor did I knit. Even if I could, I wouldn’t have had the time. The days of whine and runny noses, of bubbles and cartoons and jammies that had cute characters on them. But always, lots of laughs. Now we're looking at college and driving lessons and exams and of course, we still laugh a lot.




2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today - in no particular order?
I’ll have to do tomorrow’s also. Today’s list has gotten pretty short.

3. Snacks I enjoy.
OMG Bridget, Rita’s water ice??? Do you know how long it’s been? Shlurrrrp~I’m on an Entenmann’s Rich Frosted Donuts (chilled) and milk, No one eats chocolate like Kim though, but I do love fresh baked cakes and breads. Hmmm, could be why the cholesterol is up. Ruh, roh. My all time favorite gigantor sweet tooth soother is an all out keep you up for a week banana split; wet walnuts and all.

4. Places I've lived –
Bridget and Kim, you’ve lived in some cool places. What’s your favorite? I’ve lived in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Florida. I don’t much like moving. So Bridget, can we say “There was a young lady from Wheeling?” OK, that was for teasing me with water ice.

5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire –
Pretty much everything I want, I’d still clip coupons and look for sales. There is the thrill of the hunt and it can also be considered exercise if executed properly. There are some peeps and pets I’d like to help.


6. Peeps I want to know more about –
Everyone!

There is an FO, but I took a lousy photo and I’m too tired to re-do now. It’s a Green Gable, only it’s white. I'm so pleased with myself on this. Almost finished with a 5th pet blankie for a local shelter. I have so much fodder, it isn't funny, yet it seems like it's all in a bottle that's upturned and they're all clogged in there and nothing is coming out. So much was accomplished lately, I’m too tired to think of a title.

Nite’all!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Play With Your Toys Dammit!

Since I started the new job, my brain cells were used to learn and I haven't been reading or posting. I miss y'all even if all the cool kids went to camp at Ravelry. Do I really need to link to it?
Seems every time I take a small hiatus from blogging, I miss major events in every one's lives. I hate when that happens. Don't you love that WTF feeling?

When I first got the job, I treated myself to 2 purchases of yarn. I'm waiting for Revenge to come any time now, and I'm having much fun perusing patterns for it. I'm also on the verge of an FO that is actually larger than a dishcloth! I may even be able to wear it in public.

While I was still trying to strike a balance in life between the job and the toys, something wonderful arrived from Jessie’s store. The color is called Tie Dye and it's the only one of its kind. Let me just say na na na nana na :p
It was one of those rare times when I happened to be browsing the store and it was just put up. I was devastated when I, in a rush to get my hands on the yarn, snipped three stands in the hank while cutting the package open. I wanted to slap myself. Luckily, the snips were close enough together that I lost only 12 inches and have only 1 knot linking it back together. Duh, the packaging had a perforated strip to open it. Fiber induced frenzy there.

Anyway, behold the colors of Tie Dye!




I made yarn spaghetti. Someone really needs to buy me a swift please.



Then I made a yarn cake.



This is a nice fingering weight superwash that feels so fine. And get this. It was dyed by an 8 year old. Gawd. I sure hope she takes up pattern designing, imagine.

I have 500 things to talk about, yet I can't seem to put a sentence together. I'm quite happy, but feel quite subdued. My 8th sense tells me something ominous is afoot. ~snort~Isaidafoot

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

There's Something About Baggy

I don't have much knitting to show ~ yeah, yeah, what's new?

A Bib O' Love from Mason-Dixon.




And a receiving blanket trimmed in crochet for the girl who is having a baby at work. i hope she doesn't have the baby AT work This is why I work here and she's invested some time showing me the ropes.



I'll also get her diapers. She's going to need them. A lot of them. For a long time. For all my friends over 40, this is why we have biological clocks. There are other reasons too, but let's not go there right now.

This is the Bag Boy as I now call him. Linus is 12 and never quite got what the catnip thing was all about. I wasted more money on catnip toys that went unused for years. ok, so it takes time to train humans We found this "bag" in our local PetCo wherein we ALMOST came home with a conure. I swear, he is only 3 months old and he already plays peek-a-boo and plays dead! I flipped for the little guy, but back to the Bag Boy. The bag is all fabric with a furry rim that bends to hold it open and it's very crispy. It also, unbeknown st to me is laced with catnip.

Linus always loved bags that's THE reason I bought it.

Hello bagggg.



I like this... what's tha....

It crunches and there's something about this bag nomnomnomnomnomnom
This bag makes me tired.

4 Days later...


After I knitted his little a$$ a Kitty Pi Bed, that he doesn't use. Should have washed it in catnip.
Tomorrow, toys!

Friday, April 4, 2008

22


Happy Anniversary Love.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Norma, This One's For You

Because I never heard of this until I read about it on Norma’s blog.


Sunday, March 30, 2008

iKnit



iKnit. Sounds like new wave technology for knitters, when in fact, it doesn't get any slower than this. The Betties are knitting a Log Cabin blanket for a specified charity. I just don't remember which one it is at the moment. I just knit, I leave all the remembering to the girls.
iKnit my loggy part and will pass it on to the next logger. iMay see this again and anticipate the next log will take a bit longer to roll.

In other knitting news, iFinished my second Clapotis!






iKnit it with US size 8 needles and Peaches n Cream bought through their online store. Say it with me. Elmore Pissssssgahhhhhhh it's known in my circle that I love to say that and I usually giggle after I do. But really, iLive in Florida and need cotton. Where else are you going to get a $6 Clapotis?

Mods: Only one. For the straight rows iDid 6 repeats instead of 12. iJust wanted this a little shorter and got a 45" x 27" wrap with more than plenty of yarn to spare. i'llMake a tote bag out of the remainder because iLove the comfy blue color of this yarn.

The new job is going great, how lucky am I to be fed lunch every single working day of my life? And if that were not enough, my boss always says as she's leaving for the night, "Don't be late for quitting time!" A real culture shock iTell ya. I was getting used to coming home feeling less than zero, now it's a whole other sunshiny story. Even the old man has noticed a pleasant difference. Speaking of nice work environments, the girl who I'm replacing because she's having a baby, will get a couple of knitted gifts for her little one.

For starters, the Baby Bib O Love ala Mason-Dixon.

Other small knits to come. And maybe, another Clapotis.


Can you tell iShopped for a phone recently? No no no not the iPhone, just Kid M's 4th cell phone in 2 years. iEyed it though. Per itty cool stuff.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Here



Clapotis is almost finished, so is the Kittyville Hat and a little stealth project. It will be a little difficult keeping up with my blog reading since I'm now among the land of the working again~WooHoo! I can continue to buy yarn. Cause that's all I was really worried about ya know.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

If I Knew You Were Coming...

I'm actually having a good time at home, pretending I'm only responsible for finishing the knits and all the bills have magically disappeared. Humor me here, I have too much time on my hands. When visitors like this come along it's kind of a thrill. Forgive the crappy photos, for I know not when to turn the flash on or off.

This also counts ~ sort of, as a My Florida post cause I've been slacking. If I were in the tourism bureau, we'd never have visitors.








That were 82 egrets in our yard, all at once. 82. Yes I counted. I miss my work. I couldn't get them all in at once, but they calmly walked along looking for food while I snapped away. That should take care of any grubs that may have had plans to move in.

Dolly investigates after the invasion
It must be nice to have a purpose in life. Back to the job boards.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Erin Go Braless



May your day be overflowing with all that pleases you.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Random at Large

A quick post before my long lost brother shows up for dinner and in between the job hunting. This is circulating the blogosphere and I'm all for any blog fodder that comes my way.




What Carol Means



You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.

You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.

A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.



You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.



You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.



You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.

You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.

At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.



You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.



There has also been knitting.



Clapotis the second in Peaches and Cream~Don't laugh, although it gets no hotter here than any northern place, it stays hot a lot longer. I will get loads of use out of this baby and even plan to start another in one of the alternate patterns. This thing is super soft and cheap as can be!

Funny, the last time I was knitting a Clapotis, I was unemployed then too. Maybe I'll knit something else instead; at least until I find gainful employment again. Gainful employment ~snort~ I made an oxymoron!

Friday, February 15, 2008

My FL-Week 7 The News Edition

In my lame attempt to keep this up without the aid of decent photographs or knitting content, I decided to show you the local tidbits we have to offer here in South Florida. These are actual headlines from my local e-news right here. As always, opinions are included free of charge.


Fine dining.

Doral Chili's Closed For Violations Reopens Next Day
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued 16 violations after finding at least 10 live roaches at the bar and kitchen areas.

Finding 10 dead roaches would have been better?

Coconut Grove Businesses To Stop Selling Alcohol At 3 A.M.
COCONUT GROVE, Fla. -- The city of Miami announced that it will force Coconut Grove businesses to stop serving alcohol at 3 a.m., two hours earlier than normal.

Oh this will help (see Double WTF? Below)


Entertainment.

Concert At Seminole Hard Rock Rescheduled After Gas Leak
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A spokesman says tonight's Paul Anka concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has been postponed because of a nearby natural gas leak.

We have natural gas fields in the area?, seriously, I’d like a discount at the pump please.


Security

Miami-Dade Police Shoot Storeowner

WESTCHESTER, Fla. --
A storeowner responding to an alarm at his business on Thursday morning ended up being shot by Miami-Dade police officers, officials said.

If your alarm goes off, let the professionals handle it.


You’re gonna need a bigger boat

Miami Commissioner, Police Chief Rally To Ban AK-47s
MIAMI --
AK-47 assault rifles can shoot through a police vest or even through a car, and police said they're flooding Miami streets.

That’s why they always shoot first, see article above

Our Heroes

Firefighters Find Burned Body Beside Road
MIAMI -- Firefighters responding to a brush fire on Wednesday night found a burned body along Krome Avenue.

WTF?


Man Found Lying Dead On Side Of Davie Road
DAVIE, Fla. -- The search was on for the hit-and-run driver who killed a man in Davie on Wednesday morning.

Double WTF?




At 10:50 PM, The old man and I heard this for ourselves.
S. Fla. Residents Clean Up After Overnight Storms
Property was damaged after a tornado ripped through Broward County, and Miami-Dade County residents were dealing with power outages after fallen trees knocked out power lines on Wednesday.

Have a plan people.



Sports

Even After Zednik's Injury, Don't Expect Neck Guards In NHL
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- After a skate blade sliced into Richard Zednik's neck, Jassen Cullimore's jersey was splattered with blood as he helped his Florida Panthers teammate off the stained ice.

Pretty bad ass for Florida hockey, no? Does my hockey lovin heart proud.


Family fun

Family Finds Metal Blade In Valentine Lollipop
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Parents are being warned to check their children's Valentine treats carefully after a Florida family found a metal blade in a lollipop.

We know how to keep our kids in line.




You get the idea. And you wonder why I’m cranky? Don’t worry, if you’re planning a trip here, we have our good souls too.

Good Samaritans Save Pit Bull Found Stuffed In Dumpster
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. --
A pit bull is recovering after being stabbed and left for dead in Hollywood.

Don’t we have the nicest people here? Bless their hearts.


This concludes the local news edition of my Florida. Next week, pretty pictures of palm trees and blue skies.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

C C!

Coffee, the second thing I thought of when Vicki said she was hosting the ABC Along this year.

Krista/aka The Coffee Spaz, sent me a New Year's gift of coffee. It was a party in a box I tell ya, confetti everywhere. I still see a glimmer of it now and again. She sent it cause that's just the kind of girl that she is. mwahhhh Krista! I lift my mug to you!




C is also for Cake, Margene’s B as in Blueberry Crumb Cake. Margene, it was delicious! The old man was very impressed and now about 5 lbs heavier for knowing this sweetness. I shouldn't complain, I got one whole piece!



My favorite C word, no, I'm not going to cuss, is Contest! You have until Valentine's day to enter

Gnat’s Contest to win some yarny goodies by kissing and telling. She just wants to know how you and your mate met. On to the next thing before I get in trouble...

Crochet, taught to me by my mom when I was about 6 or 7. I am left handed, she was right handed. When she gave me the hook I grabbed it with my left hand and mom much later told me she thought "Oh shit, how am I gonna teach this kid to crochet?" Her solution, she told me to hold it in the other hand like it was as natural as sunshine and I didn't think twice of it. I crochet right handed and knit continental as the yarn is held the same way. I still own some very Kitchy magazines from the 70s, so don't piss me off, I may crochet you a hot pink Phentex Granny Squared Toilet Tissue Cozy.


With a poodle on top...

Here's what I really have been hooking. Not a light hearted crochet, but just the same I feel the need to make these for a while. Blogless Debbie has become a factory making these in all kinds of pretty colors. These are bereavement gowns and they have brought on thoughtful conversation between us. Trying to come up with matching booties and bonnets, we want these to look just right and feel quite thankful for even the snottiest moments teens have to offer their parents.

Patterns for gowns are at Bev’s.

The bonnet and botties were my own design.





C is also for Caring

Thursday, February 7, 2008

My FL-Week 6

Hillary's My state series is rolling right along to week 6 already! I'm eventually going to run out of stock photos and will have to start taking more. It's hard when you don't get out much (by choice) and as Marin would say, by you, I mean me. These are a few photos taken at one of the sales meetings I attended with my previous employer. I'm only spotlighting the holtel itself, as I don't have time to call all 200+ people who attended to ask if it's OK to post their pictures to all 6 of my readers. Besides, I have a reputation to maintain.

I miss my peeps! Last February, we had our sales meeting at La Playa, an upscale golf resort in Naples (west coast), this place was a pleasure to party my fool ass off stay at. Here's the view driving in.




This is what's on the other side:



A real treat since I live 5 miles from the beach and haven't set foot on it in years.


My room.



The view from the balcony.



One of the few pools.



While on the back patio, a friend and I drooled over this house accross the waterway.
That is someone's house dude!




WARNING: This is not for the faint of heart, take your quick glance, then look away!









This was on the wall at breakfast and it was 5-6" wide!





Ha! And they say everything's bigger in Texas!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

This is Your Brain on Blogs

87%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?


Thanks Norma, I just haaaad to know. Now I'm worried I'll get virtual air in my veins. Isn't that dangerous?

Saturday, February 2, 2008

My New House of Technobabble

Knit-and-Run now publishes here. I wanted the newer functionality Blogger has to offer and the new name suits me. I spent a few hours adding pics to Flickr and Ravelry, both under the name of btrulyirish. Had I known there would be so much user id ing, I would have waited and kept one name for everything-it just seems messy to me.

Speaking of messy, I dug out photos of the day I faced my stash last July:
Center:



Left:


Right:


WIP: How long to log all this into Ravelry? I may never know. These two afghans were made eons ago, but hey, they're finished. I may even make a new Stitch Sampler afghan since the old one is showing its age.

Stitch Sampler Afghan pattern from: Afghans for All Seasons




A simple sc/ch3 pattern just to try the knotted fringe.




Leave it to a numbknit to post crochet on a knit blog.