Monday, May 30, 2005

Fun with felt ~or~ Pammi knits too fast for me...

My sister Pam came to Michigan with the express intent of learning to knit. She had been contemplating this for quite some time. So when it came to teaching her the ways of the sticks, it was so easy I'm still not sure that she hadn't already been knitting for years.

After a brief stint with a pair of 10.5 straights and some leftover merino, we decided to attack our first project: a felted Keyhole Bag. I worked this pattern right along with Pam so that I could teach her each technique casting on, increases, decreases, binding off, etc.) as it came along.

Suffice it to say that I have never had to knit so fast. She positively flew through the pattern.

Here's Pam, hard at work binding off in preparation for weaving in the ends:
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And here she is enjoying an alternative use for the project.
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The bag, prefelting. Dimensions: 12" across, 8" to buttonhole opening. Followed the above directions (less than) to the letter. Used Lamb's Pride Bulky single strand (she was having too much trouble carrying both bulky strands) in purple, Cascade 220 doubled in pink, Lamb's Pride Worsted in blue. Size 15 Addis.
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Fresh from felting. In need of a shave... Dimnensions: 9.5" by 5".
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My prefelted offering. All Lamb's Pride Worsted, doubled.
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Fresh from the bath. Apparently I bound off much more loosely than Pam as my bag is sort of...baggy at the top. Much tugging did not resolve this, so I will content myself that this is the way it should be. It is unique...just like every other bag.
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In preparation for the next felting project, I offer you...Knitpicks dyeityourself aran weight in Pammi's choice of colors. She will be knitting this into some sort of felted bag. I think it looks (if memory serves) like a Tequila Sunrise. It's eyeblinkingly bright. She loves it and I love her and I am so glad she got to come visit. Her husband, my youngest brother Robin, is home dealing with all three boys and doing a wonderful job of it. (Or he's doing a wonderful job of covering up...either way, Pam is getting to relax and knit. What a guy!)
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Shortly we'll be off to canoe down the AuSable River today. I wonder if I can take my knitting?

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Thanks, guys....

Memorial Day.

Thanks to all the men and women who have given their time (and often, their lives) in the service of our country. Sometimes they were serving and fighting for the freedom of our nation...sometimes for the freedom of a nation on the other side of the world. Sometimes they had to serve in places and conflicts with which they were philosophically opposed. And during it all, we, in this nation, continued to have freedom to speak out against what they were doing.

May God forgive us for directing our issues against those who served instead of the conflict itself.

Thank a veteran or a service person today. I'm sure everyone reading this knows some or many. I personally want to thank:

Robin, my youngest brother...USMC
Darian, my nephew...USMC
Mike, my soon to be son-in-love...USAF
Michael, my nephew...USN

You are loved and appreciated. Happy Memorial Day. It's not about the beer.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Please redirect your browser to...

...the most gut-bustingly amusing site I've read in a long, long time. I wanna write like these chickies when I grow up... Threadbared


Friday, May 27, 2005

Threadbear, Bloggers and Me

I got to meet up with some very cool people yesterday.

I had to go to Lansing to pick up my sister-in-love from the airport in Lansing. This road trip means only one thing...Threadbear! I love these guys. This is the yarn shop of a knitter's dream. I told Matt that I had this mad desire to knock all the Koigu onto the floor and roll around in it. He responded with, "Please reshelve it when you're done." You've gotta love a guy like that.

So anyway, we had this big online meetup planning going on with emails back and forth. In the end, I met up with Heather, the blogless Laurie, and Sharon, (bless you waited for me again!) and we had a very cool time with food and yarn and conversation and knitting and I actually spent 4.5 hours in a yarn store. My son was amazed. (He spent a good deal of the same time in my car watching a movie on the dvd player. Boring.)

Herewith, photographic evidence. I must tell you that late last night I received an email from Heather, who hates having her picture taken (she's so danged cute, I have no idea why...) She indicated to me that I was free to post the picture as long as I (and I'm quoting here,) "...crop my head off, then you can post them, K?" In lieu of cropping her head off (a horrifying prospect, I'll admit) I settled for the next best thing...
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Heather has been Photoshopped. As an aside though, if you follow the link above to her blog (and do go visit her...) you will see the unedited version as she apparently did not think to Photoshop herself out.

Thanks ladies. It was a hoot!

And I get to go back next Thursday when I take Pam back to the airport. I don't know if my budget can stand it. I think it's probably a good thing I don't live any closer to Lansing.

Here's a little thing someone sent me ages ago. It was just languishing in the draft section of my Blogger...more useless deeply meaningful and important information about me...another one of *those* things.....

Three names you go by:
  1. Snooze
  2. Susie
  3. Mom

Three screen names that you have had:

  1. MamaSnooze
  2. Snooze
  3. Suzee

Three things you like about yourself:

  1. I can work well beyond my apparent energy level.
  2. I love to give to others without the need for reciprocity
  3. The family I've helped create around me (it's part of me...really...)

Three things you don't like about yourself:

  1. I have a very low tolerance for BS.
  2. I procrastinate when I don't understand what it is I'm supposed to do, instead of asking someone.
  3. I can be inconsistent.

Three parts of your heritage:

  1. French
  2. English
  3. Czech

Three things that scare you:

  1. My scale
  2. Becoming unable to care for myself physically
  3. The possibility of having to bury a child

Three of your everday essentials:

  1. Prayer
  2. Excellent morning coffee
  3. Hugs and kisses from my family

Three things you are wearing right now:

  1. Glasses
  2. Shorts
  3. Wedding ring

Three of your favorite bands or musical artists (@ the moment):

  1. KJ52
  2. Mendelsohn
  3. The Mamas and The Papas

Three of your favorite songs:

  1. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  2. Marrakech Express
  3. Love Is Like Oxygen

Three new things you want to try in the next 12 months:

  1. Cross country skiing
  2. Spinning ~ drop and wheel
  3. Building my new website

Three things I want in a relationship:

  1. Foreverness
  2. Friendship
  3. Fun

Two truths and a lie:

  1. My hair is turning silver
  2. My baby girl is getting married
  3. I am wearing a size 6 dress in her wedding. Eyuh.

Three physical things that attract you to the opposite sex:

  1. Exquisite eyes
  2. Eloquence
  3. Charm

Three things you can't do without:

  1. God's grace
  2. The love of my family
  3. Good yarn

Three of your favorite hobbies:

  1. Gardening
  2. Knitting...duh
  3. Kvetching

Three places you want to go on vacation:

  1. My backyard
  2. Cayman Islands
  3. Australia

Three things you just can't do:

  1. Balance my checkbook
  2. Eat calamari
  3. Be on time

Three kids names:

  1. Kathryn Clare
  2. Nicholas Scott
  3. Josiah Edward

Three things you want to do before you die:

  1. Help deliver my grandchildren
  2. Actually get my Creative Memories scrapbook done
  3. Take in a Broadway play with my hubby

Three celeb crushes:

  1. Sean Connery
  2. Nic Cage
  3. Jude Law

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Where did I go last night? ~or~ The Night the Lights Went Out In Blogger...

Blogger Status

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Due to a hardware error, a percentage of Blog*Spot users will run into intermittent constant, ongoing trouble when trying to access their blogs. We have people in the datacenter working on the problem and anticipate that this will be corrected during the next two some indeterminate number hours.

Posted by Jason at 13:30

Thanks, fellas....Still, it was nice to be home when I woke up this morning. Just where the heck was I last night anyway?

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Moving Mountains, Pretty Plant *Mini-Contest*

By now you would probably be almost as tired of the dirt thing as I am...well, maybe not quite as tired because you're not moving it and I am...but I wanted to show off today's accomplishment.

The pile after 1.5 hour's work, when Katy joined me.
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See, it's smaller. I've we've been working hard. The area we're filling is approximately 35' x 30'. Roughly 4-6" deep.
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Two hours and much pain and agony later...ta da! A surface ready for grass seed and plants! Currently I am sitting on a heating pad, having taken four ibuprofens and some lovely prescription pain relief and am waiting on same to make me feel like I can walk again. I'm sore, but happy it's done. Just days ago it looked exactly like the land immediately behind it. Now it's prettier.
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In knitting news, I finally finished the lovely blue sweater and have attached the (too long) sleeves to it. At this point, I'm just gonna roll them up. I have procrastinated on this sweater for like forever. It's a simple project. And I have completed no less than 15 FO's since I started this. I think the prob was that I knit it in pieces instead of in the round (I wanted the 'experience' of seaming. Ha. Never again.) and that required purling every other row x 4 major size pieces (95-125 stitches on size 7s) x many, many rows. I'll admit it. I'm lazy. I don't mind purling, I'm just not as fast as with knitting. So anyway, here it is with all but the side seam sewn. Next time you see this sweater will be in the fall when it's cool enough to model it.
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Sharon (and several others) mentioned to me how curious it was that the pink Branching Out scarf became the pale green Branching Out scarf with nary an explanation. It's magic. Suffice it to say. Seven repeats. I'm feeling optimistic about this lace thing.
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I'm swatching for several things, but nothing's really caught my fancy. I had put this yarn away for the Sophie bag quite some time ago. I haven't done any felting in a while and this is nice, mindless knitting (I love it that you can make mistakes and no one ever knows...felting is cool like that.) I suspect this will work up quickly. Paton's Merino and Cascade's Quattro. I like a heavier felt...
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And now, for something totally different....

This lovely flowering plant is native to northern Michigan. In fact, there is a lot of it on my property. In fact, I have had to pull some of it out during the course of moving all that dirt. Be the first to correctly identify it (email me) and I'll send you off the sock yarn I just dyed and a coupla pretty stitch markers I've been playing around with.
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And that's all the news that fits today...

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Saturday stuff

New sock yarn dyed in black with green, orange and pink accents. I seem to dye in really bright colors, and it occurred to me that some people (guys, most likely) would not be up for wearing really bright, colorful stuff. I went and bought some black Rit dye. I like the way it came out and will be using more of it.
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Three repeats of the Branching Out Scarf. Pinned it out so it would show. I'm pleased with it and will actually attempt to finish it.
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The three amigas. Annie, Beth-y and Katy have known each other for almost seven years. Annie got married last June. Katy is getting married in July. Beth-y is graduating from high school shortly. They were all homeschooled for a long time and had lots of time to be best buddies. Both are in Katy's wedding. They went cruising to Traverse City today to get malled. I love to hear them laugh together. Even though things change, some things will remain: they love one another like sisters (which none has) and they manage to wind up laughing every time they get together. The wedding will be fun.
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Scott put the big window a/c in the living room today, a concession that it may actually become summer. We just blew by spring...

Have a lovely, lazy, blessed Sunday!

Dishing' dirt...

This is about the front of my yard. The dirt road goes on for 1.6 miles before joining a paved road. We live in the woods. Literally. I love it.

But like many women, I eventually tire of the current condition of my surroundings and desire to effect some 'prettying up' changes. In the case of the yard, this requires huge amounts of imported dirt (where we live all the dirt is actually sand. To grow anything requires the addition of real growing medium.) So recently, after having the 40+ yards of limestone laid down for the drive, we decided to do a little redecorating out by the mailbox.

Before he broke his hand, Nick took a huge pile of landscape timber and boxed the area in for me. Impressively, he mitered all the angles. The plan was to fill and cover the existing vegetation. Mainly this area is just scrub underbrush, bracken (springing up in the next several weeks or so...) choke cherry bushes and pine needles. I want grass and flowers. This is more of a major undertaking than I originally anticipated. Enter, 10 yards of sifted topsoil.
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Now, I know about moving topsoil. In the past two years we reclaimed a half acre of woods up by the house and it's now lawn, bushes and flowers. Beautiful end result, but hard, backbreaking work. I moved 25 yards of dirt...twice...mostly by myself. And because of Nick's broken hand, I find myself in that same place this year. Katy did come help for a while but got sidetracked by the rest of her life. This is the second half of the pile...

Some of our handiwork...before the mosquitoes chased us in...
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And my helper. This is Riley. He rolled in the dirt a lot. He's just beginning to discover the great out-of-doors and every little skittering leaf causes him to jump. He's lots of fun to watch, but not so much fun to work with, as he kept getting right in the way of the dirt I was tossing with my shovel.
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Tonight there will be some knitting pictures. I figured out that my prob with the Branching Out Scarf was the yarn I was using. I switched over to Lana Gatto wool in a pale green and have completed three repeats without a hitch. Curious. And it looks more realistic in green than pink...

Off to see the Wizard...later!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Is this really a knitting blog?

It has come to been brought to my attention been rudely pointed out that there has been no actual knitting content in this blog for some indeterminate amount of time.

I ought to apologize. Sorry.

So, do I have actual knitting content? Well, ummm....sure! Picture time.

Here's a lovely little swatch of Knitpick's new Shine. I have no idea what sort of summer lovely I will make out of this stuff, but it's sure nice to work with. It's pima cotton and modal (tencel.) The modal seems to make the cotton yarn lighter in weight without losing any of its softness. The color is Candy but it comes in a vast array of single and multicolors.
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Here is where I am finally learning to make toe-up socks. After several starts, I finally figured out how to do it. I'm hooked. I love this toe. I am, however, anxious about making heels...backwards. Don't know how that works, but I'm following the pattern. This is sock 1.
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This is more than 1/2 of the shawl I'm making for the lady who's doing the music for Katy's wedding. It's Fiesta's LaBoheme in Rainforest. This stuff is wonderful to work with except for the difference in stretch between the rayon strand and the mohair strand. Sometimes the rayon gets waaaay ahead of the mohair, which has less stretch. Even so, I love it. Poised above are several sparkly yarns which will become part of the fringe (I'm big on heavy fringe.) This is the only one of my projects that has a time limit on it, so it should get priority. As if.
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Here is the Knitpick's dyeityourself Aran weight yarn. I'm making a hat. I love this mindless circular knitting. This is what I took to the hospital with me on Tuesday night when I had to go to the Emergency Room with Nick (who broke his hand and I promised to not tell the whole world the stupid way he did it.)
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Here is try #2 at the Branching Out Scarf. This is only my second attempt at lace. I love it, but I think I have to be in a sealed room with no distractions as I tend to get lost easily. Twenty five stitches. How hard could that be? Well, I've ripped it out four times. I will master this. I hope. It's being knit in pink because I gave up on the laceweight alpaca/silk yarn and this was the only sockweight yarn I had in a solid color. Weird, huh? Pink leaves...
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Katy requested that I notify the blogging world of her accomplishments as well. She has been working on baby hats in Baby Cashmerino (a particular fetish of hers, as you can see below.) She's also making excellent progress on her own sweater, knit in Knitpick's Elegance in the color 'Grass'.
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And that's about it, sportsfans. I've actually been out moving 10 yards of dirt (a yard of this dirt weighs 2600# for the curious...) and I hurt too much to even knit at this point. But there has been knitting and will again be...

And then, there's my new website...

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Books R Me ~or~ Flash Your (Book) Stash

I promised you more gratuitous bookshelf photos than is likely safe for consumption at one sitting. In the interest of...well...interest, I did not include the 900+ boxed books in the garage, anything that is stored in closets, on garage workbenches, in the bathroom, in vehicles, boxed for the garagesale next month, on coffee/end tables, or stashed behind my knitting chair. Keep in mind that I live in the north, in a poorly insulated manufactured house, and books make darn fine insulation.

Here, for your gawking pleasure, I present, in no particular order:

Scott's shelf, next to his side of the bed. Contains lots and lots of WWII books, especially firsthand and autobiographical accounts, computer and work related stuff, and lots of books about Jeeps...old Jeeps.
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This is the shelf in the hall. It contains much of the resource material we have collected over 15 years of homeschooling. It's recently undergone a purge (hence the open spots) where those books have migrated to the garagesale box in the garage. Also contains an unreasonably large collection of Baby Blues comic anthologies, courtesy of Katy, who thinks it's the most amusing stuff, and that I remind her of Wanda. A lot.
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The current curriculum shelf. Contains all of Nick's school work as well as the GED stuff for the volunteer tutoring I do with the girls at KenQuest House. The boxes on the bottom contain all manner of craft stuff, kept now only for the occasional small, bored visitor. The basket on top holds markers, glue sticks, calculators, pencils, scissors, pens, drafting tools, hole punch, and a few unidentifiable things that I'd rather toss than touch.
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This is Nick's desk shelf. Current reading, old passions (horses) and Scout stuff.
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The shelf on my side of the bed. This is my most personal library (things I don't lend) and all of my knitting books and magazines. The knitting stuff is taking over the shelves. Note in immediate proximity, the tower of stash. (The bookshelf is 5' tall.) This extends further than the photo shows and almost all the way to the end of my beloved's patience as it's threatening to take over the bedroom. (He's still fairly good humored about it.) I say, build me an addition. More room, more yarn!
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My third bedroom shelf. Contains all my gardening books, homeopathic/herbal/naturopathic books. The Bible on tape and CD. DK travelogues. Assorted other books on tape/CD. On top, all my gardening catalogs, crosstitch projects and boombox.
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Katy's bookshelf. She tends to read in series, evidently.
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The cookbook shelf, purged two years ago, gave away over 90 cookbooks. Now also holds various phonebooks, none of which seem to be there when we need them. Curious.
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The shelf immediately outside my bedroom door. Semi-blocks the door. A fire marshall's nightmare. Contains (one) encyclopedia (donated the other three sets to the library) and a host of the classics as well as my gradschool texts and undergrad major texts. My second favorite shelf.
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So that's the tour. Now, the meme:

How many books in my house?
Nary a clue. You could count. Don't forget the ones in the garage and elsewhere as noted.

The last book I bought? Ummm...I'm sure it was a knitting book, as I tend to theme buy and that's the current theme. I did pick up two old Kaffe Fassett books at the thrift shop...

The last books I read? My Bible. Last thing I read: All about HTML. Gripping reading.

Five books that I reread often or that mean a lot to me? My Bible. Madeleine L'Engle's Many Waters. Gene Edwards' Divine Romance. Balch's Prescription for Nutritional Healing. My Bible.

Who am I going to pass this along to? I'm not. Pick up the ball and run with it if you feel like it. I'm usually the last in line with these memes, so there's probably no one left in the whole bloggiverse who hasn't done this.

Tomorrow: A faltering start on my own domain.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Baldfaced plug for a new blog...

Go visit Amy at frottez! She's one of my Michigan girls, a Master Knitter with a relatively new blog (1.5 months, approximately) and patterns published in Knitty, and she's gonna be dynamite in the bloggiverse (if she can find her computer ~ see her post of Sunday, May 15th.) Tell her that Snooze sent you...

No, the link already and go visit her! Be sure to leave a comment! It'll only take a minute...remember, you were once a new blogger too...(wait...I am a new blogger still...) Aw, just go visit. She's one of us now.

Of Trucks and Limestone and Sheep

I have lots of nieces and nephews. Almost all of them are in the south, mainly in Florida. Two of these (nephews) are little buddies who don't know their Aunt Snooze because I just don't get down there very much, and they're still really young to remember me anyway.

This is Trevor:
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And this is Cristian:
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They, being guys, love trucks.

Anyhow, yesterday was the day the guys finally came to lay down the limestone mix for our driveway. Said driveway is in nowise a traditional drive. Starting from the garage, it's about 50' wide, moving at that width for about 45' until it adds 15' more in width for a piece, then finally narrows down to about 12' and acts like a regular driveway. (293' from the house to the mailbox, for the detail-oriented.) This, it may be noted, is one heckuva lotta limestone mix. Forty+ yards, to be precise.

So while this is going on, I happen to be talking to my brother Robin, father of the two young lads (and Tyler, their big bro, who isn't nearly as thrilled about big trucks and such because he's, like...old and stuff) while there was the noise of trucks in the background, grading and preparing to dump a lot of limestone/gravel mix for the drive. Robin said to me that it would be way cool for the boys to see the big truck pushing all the rocks around my driveway.

Chris, Trev, this one's for you:
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So. My nephews. Too stinkin' cute.

I found this t'other day. Took the quiz. Somehow it makes me feel like a,
this is probably the only sheep I'm likely to ever get. That makes me sad.

You are a - Neutral Sheep!
Congrats - you do what you like! You make your own rules, not follow the flock!

Which flock do you follow?

this quiz was made by alanna

Tomorrow: photos of every bookshelf in my house and the meme that won't go away. Riveting stuff. Stay tuned.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Hey! I'm dyeing ovah heah!

Yesterday I had a dyeing party. Although this involved beauteous colors, unlike what most of you have come to expect, the medium I used was...uhhh...slightly different.

My son Nick...

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His friend Mac... (the pink is slightly photographically altered as the light was fading the color out and I think he was getting tired of me taking pictures of him...)
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And the usual suspect...Knitpick's dye-it-yourself (and I do, I DO!)
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And rolled into a little yarn muffie....
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My domain is still propagating (I thought this was something you did with plants, but apparently...)

Dh just came in here and snapped this photo of me. He says that this is what the organized blogger looks like...
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Here's a little peek into my corner of the blogging world. I could spend most of my life here if it wouldn't lead to me becoming a pile of jello...That little basket holds all my current knitting...note the presence of the caffeine...the Sunday paper is on the floor by my purse...Life is good...

Have a happy day off!

Saturday, May 14, 2005

I did something really scary tonight...

...I signed up and paid for my own domain. I am moving!

I know this is going to take a little while for me to figure out as I'm not the least bit tech-y, but I'm so excited about leaving Blogger after all the struggles I've had with it. Oh, we've had some good times, and it was my first, after all, :::blushes::: but it's time to move on.

It's not functional yet, but I will soon be at www dot toknitperchancetodream dot net (actual link to follow when it's up and running.)

Big shout out to Anne at Kniterati for making the move to a new host first. This link takes you to her brand-y new blog! Bookmark's a keeper. Thanks, Anne. It was all the motivation I needed to finally take the leap. Now, can I bug you with technical questions?

Off to learn more about this new obsession....

Friday, May 13, 2005

"...put another dime in the jukebox, baby..."

Dd Katy posted this quiz on her live journal. I had to laugh. She's grown up on classical and Veggie Tales and Christian music, so her score was around 34%...a "Rock Wannabe." What stranged me out was how well I scored. Until recently, when I started listening to the oldies stations again, I hadn't listened to much other than classical or Christian since about 1981, when I became a Christian. Not at all curiously, I can remember all the lyrics and NONE of the group names. Go click on the link and check it out...

The Veteran
You scored 84%!
You've picked up the majority of the classic rock basics. You probably have a classic rock collection and can sing along with most of the songs on your local radio station. This is not the highest score, but it is arguably the best: that subtle combination of impressive knowledge and not being a pretentious geek.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 33% on notes
Link: The BASIC classic rock Test written by allmydays on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Extra points if you can tell me the name of the song and the group that sang it from my post title....

In other, further from home news, we hit Saginaw yesterday. Katy had to meet with Greg Largent, the music pastor, to pick out the processional, etc. Here are a coupla photos of what the church/organ looks like. This pipe organ has a replacement value of $1.48M USD. BIG bucks. I got to play it ....momentarily. Chopsticks sounds strange on a pipe organ. Eerie...ethereal. Chopsticks. Go figure.

Proof that I was there...that's my purse atop the very expensive pipe organ.
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And there are the pipes...but only a few actually show. Greg , the man who plays this magnificent instrument, (amazingly well, I must add,) climbed up a ladder and opened the door behind these pipes to show us the rest of the pipes: 3500+ in total, all hand made. This makes me wonder how they got it so cheaply...
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This is the altar of the church where Mike (dfsil) (dear FUTURE son-in-law) was raised, First Presbyterian of Saginaw. This is where, in just a few short weeks, Katy and Mike will be taking their vows and sharing their first kiss as man and wife. I'm getting teary just thinking about it. Any knit bloggers out there who'd like to come to the wedding and think you'd actually make it, send me your snail mail addy and I'll send you an invite. Really. I'd like not to be the only one knitting during the wedding.
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And in other news, Katy has done the happy FO dance! Here, in the requisite no-head photo, she is modeling the sweater she made for Mike (who is substantially larger than she, obviously.) This is from Melanie Falick's Weekend Knitting and she used WoolEase Chunky on size 13 circs. Amazing how fast it worked up. And she did a fabulous job. She says that she hopes Mike likes it, but that it's comfy enough that she would be willing to roll up the cuffs and wear it herself.
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I'd like to leave you with a photo that epitomizes the day we've had around here:
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It almost seems like Saturday.