Saturday, April 22, 2006

I've Moved

Please stop by the new blog at http://www.thefearlessknitter.com/blog.htm

Or else.

;)

Friday, April 21, 2006

Breaking up...

Wrote out a long post earlier today.... and Blogger apparently went down during my writing. Of course, they don't tell you they are down when you are in the middle of a post. Nor do they save said post.

And its happened to me more than once.

Its official.... I'm moving to my own site. Working on it this weekend.

And maybe the Blogline users won't cuss me for the ginormous (so love that word Lisa!) pictures then!

Linkage .....

Pretty handspun yarn

Lace KAL.... resist.....resist....

Building steps help (this link is really just to make it appear that I am actually putting in time on the damn deck steps)

My to-do link list

Felt beads?

Furryarns - new to me but interesting

Sewing talent

My hubby dreams of this lamp. Won't that just class up an area? Hmph. But we do have an anniversary next month.... and he is a good hubby...... and really, I'm no Martha Stewart. Ok.. maybe.

Dr Pepper flavored beef jerky. It is as scary as it sounds. Kim can vouch for its flavor. Or lack of.

See ya this weekend. On the new blog. Huge party. Wouldnt be the same without you....

;)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Taco Bell, Crochet and Coolness

Lots going on, will share with you this weekend. Boring health stuff, make sure you Tivo me for this weekend as I'm sure it will be a glamorous exciting post.

;o)

Just a quick note for those asking about the shawl in my last post. Its crochet. I see you making the faces.

Crochet is good.

Cool people crochet.

Say it with me now.....

hehe

It actually is a fast project for me usually and whenever I need an instant fix..... I get out the crochet hook.

Anyhoo, the shawl is a little pattern I came up with years ago. Very adaptable to any yarn or hook size. The yarn used for that item was a lace wool that I bought off a woman on Etsy. The Painted Dragon.... or something like that. Bought a bunch of rainbow colors..... there will be more bright shawls to come no doubt.

Can email me if you want the pattern or leave a comment and I'll email you.

Ok.... gonna go watch Survivor that I taped earlier. Who do you think will be voted out tonight?? Hmm.... I'm thinkin' Shane. My first instinct (never right) is Aras but you know I have predicted him to win. So I'm going against the gut intuition (also known as Taco Bell from two hours ago)..... and Shane it is.

See ya this weekend!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Last Weekend I.....

..... learned the financial value of a pool pump (craaaap), ate ham even though I don't particularly care for it, burned my hand pretty bad on the oven (oven hot me stupid), fell out of my flip flop at the Kwik Shop ........ and made this.







It was a gooood weekend just because I so love this shawl! :)

And how was your weekend??

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Adventures in Wool Dyeing.....

Koolaid.... not so impressive



Cheap color stuff I bought at Walmart


(yes I do know thats not the correct way to use dye's.... just experimenting!)



I also have some orange/blue hanging out to dry right now.

All in all.... nothing spectacular on colors but it was a lot of fun.

Also bought the new IK Crochet. You want? First comment who asks about it can have it!



ps... the magazine won't be mailed out til Monday as I'd rather not have to go near the Post Office anytime before April 15th. Which.... have you mailed your taxes in yet? Eh?!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Cripes

I never talk politics on the blog.

Just this once.

Oh and this.

Here we go again.

It should be noted that not all of us voted for him.

Monday, April 10, 2006

WIPS

Proof that I've done more this past month than just bitch about the house!

Blue alpaca lace shawl. Crochet pattern. I'm maybe 1/4 of the way thru this. The color is very vibrant and of course I love the alpaca. Made with Knit Picks Shimmer in Turquoise Splendor.




In a very lace mood lately. Which is good as I have a ton of it in stock. This KP Shimmer is wonderful if you've been thinking about trying it. Donna gave me a wonderful book a few weeks ago - and I think its also contributing to my passion for lace.

A baby bootie giftie. This is a cashmere yarn that I've had for a while, just waiting for a perfect home. Soft, lush and the socks could not be more adorable.



I've also (STILL) been working on SET socks for the gal that didnt get hers. Not sure why I am having so much grief with this but - just can't seem to make it work for me. Gauge is off. Its too thick. Too thin. The heel looks wonky. Yada yada. Socks. Hmph!

So.... see.... there has been yarn passing thru these fingers recently. :)

Snap Crackle Pop

Mmmm.... Rice Krispie Treats





Whatever kind of bad day I might be having.... these always make me happy. Better than chocolate even.

Stop by..... I'll save you one! Better hurry though..... :)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

TV & Stuff

Ok. So. I havent been my normal slobbering self over Survivor this season.

Two reasons. First, its kind of dull this round. I mean, its looking like there is a good chance that the middle aged white guy from suburbia may win again. Or it could be one of the younger stronger men.

Shocking.

Or not. I also just don't really like any of the 'castaways' this season. Cirie is really the only one I like - and she has no chance to make it to the end. No one is going to take her into the final two (unless she goes bad ass in the next few weeks) and she is not the most physically fit to win any of the immunity challenges. But - she's the only one I really want to win.

And then there is the Amazing Race. Which is really probably going to be as predictable. The Frat Boys or The Hippies (both young, healthy men teams) are going to go away with the million.

Boring. Yet I don't miss an episode.

Next we have Lost. Which frankly is starting to annoy me a little. I mean, there have been a few shirtless scenes with my lovah for which I'm thankful. (hehe) . But I'm starting to wonder how long I can watch a show where the only way you can find out what the hell is going on..... is for the show to end. Who are the Others? Whats the deal with the smoke creatures? Who is this stupid prisoner guy? Why is everybody so affected strangely (ie - no longer being wheelchair bound, infertile or yada yada) on this slab of land?

Patience. But really, how long are we all going to hold out waiting for the mystery to be revealed?

And... Kathy.... did you see that your man is going to be on the tv movie "The Ten Commandments"?

Whew. Now, I'm off to NOT watch tv!! Deck stairs... callin' my name. (ack) Hoping you are in the midst of a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Live Action News Update

This just in.....

Its not a pod person. Sadly. Much worse. The green plant thing growing in our back yard is a onion. I even found out from the DH of Mrs Yarngirl (with a confirmation from Shannon) that its a chinese onion. I tore a tip off of one of the stems (?) and it was actually hollow - and vile smelling.

Gross.

My mystery plant that had such endless possibilities is just a plain old, nasty, bitter, thing I hate most - onion.

Oh, the horror. hehe

But it was a fun mystery eh?!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Yes... I am strong but its wisdom from the pain....

.... if you are singing right now... you are as old as me. And we don't look a day past er, 25. Right? !

Took a little trip around our back yard today - oh the horrors. I wonder why I didnt see all the work this house needs done when we first looked at it?

I am feeling motivated though. Kind of. In a all-talk and no-action sort of way. hehe. My friend Shannon is like, this house repair genius. And she does it all herself. Completely astonishes me when I see some of the jobs she has tackled in her house.

I can hang a good picture. Once I even put up a curtain rod, nailed the bracket to the wall and everything. Shannon is redoing her water system. I should be ashamed. Especially after living by myself for 30 years. I was a single independent woman. Now I have this stereotype of what I should have to do and what my hubby should have to do.

For instance. He always, without fail does these chores: taking out the trash, cleaning the cat box, taking the cars in for any repairs and any bug killin'. I do dishes, laundry, most of the house cleaning, bathe the dog, pick up any cat furballs and I even wash my inlaws laundry.

This all seems fair to me. But then we get to the big things. Like plumbing issues or the fifty other things that are falling apart in this house. When you rent - you just make a phone call to the owner of the house. Not any more. Shit! And my hubby is about as educated in home repairs as I am.

So, again in following Shannon's lead. I'm going to acknowledge what needs to be done and going to go about the process of friggin doing it. Because, I'm a woman. A strong, independent woman. And I ain't scared.

Now... lets all sing the song. "I am woman hear me roar.... yada yada".

There. Now. I've got it out of my system.

Here is the start of what needs to be tackled.

The back porch stairs. The scariest damn stairs you evah walked on. They sway. They make a "I could bust at any moment" sound with each step. And frankly they look like hell.



Not to mention they really ugly up the back yard. One day, years from now when we have won the lottery and stuff we will replace the whole deck. But for now.... I can only afford the stairs!

Someday also, that siding behind those steps needs to be replaced.

Oh gawd. What have I gotten myself into.

Ok. One step at a time.

Now. Does anyone know anything about replacing steps? Helpful hints? I'm off to research ....
pray for me. :)

hehe - a pic of the kids looking at me as I surveyed my task at hand.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Mini Me....

Oh..... the green mystery plant thing has a bulb.

Itttt LIVES!!! Ack!

Can click pic for a larger view - unless you are in Bloglines....where I'm sure you are cussing the larger view already!


What the hell is it?

Dayum I'm Sexy

Saw my reflection in the camera when taking a pic outside the other day. Took a quick self portrait.

I really, really shouldnt squint. What if my face froze that way? hehe



Kind of a Clint Eastwood (love him) thing going there eh.

And I don't really have a unibrow. Really.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A Gift from over yonder.....

Behold..... (drumroll, marching band and yada yada)

The Clapotis





Did I make this? NOOOO! It was a GIFT from Donni!

Donni finished this beauty a couple of weeks ago and had said she thought it to be too big. Well, I've always wanted a clapotis - but the pattern kind of scares me. Yeah, I'm not really fearless. Anyhoo - I thought I'd ask her if she would sell me hers if she didnt want it. Especially if it was too big - I'm a big girl and a big clapotis.... would be just fine.

She refused money. Refused. And this came in the mail on Monday. Breathtakingly beautiful. And although no pics of me wearing it - hubby NEVER home before dark anymore - it fits wonderfully. Will be perfect for the theaters in the park this summer.

Thank you so very much Donni. You know - I'm already scheming here.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Comments...

Answers to comments.... ( I know, shocking eh?!!) hehe

I live in Kansas, just outside of KC! Nowhere near Jersey.... but I did drive thru there once on my way back from MA. That counts as visiting, right?! For as little as I saw though - I'd love to actually get the chance to stop and visit. Next time! I bought the Kraemer yarn at my favorite LYS. It was reasonably priced and I liked the texture. The color just has to grow on me a bit.

The scary plant in our garden (rather our wannabe garden).... not sure if its oozy (its a word, man) or not. But I don't think its aloe. Does aloe grow outside of warm weather climates? Eh, maybe it is. No idea. Gonna be an adventure seeing its progress though - I'll keep you updated. Take a look at the scary root looking thing in Laurie & Tom's garden!

Debi... I know!! Others have told me about my pictures on Bloglines - I have no idea what to do about it!!! Help!!! Anyone!! My pics on Bloglines are giganto - yet here.... they are what I sized them to be. Why is this happening? Not sure if its me.... or Bloglines but.... I'm really trying to get to the bottom of it!!

Whew. hehe

Donni sent me a beautishous handknit that arrived in the mail today. Wearing it right now - but no photos til tomorrow so I'm gonna leave you wondering! Can you guess what the handknit might be? A hint.... hmm. Its something I've whined about wanting to knit - but that I was too much of a wuss to attempt. Not socks. And...... its dreamy....

Tomorrow!! HUGS!!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Little bit of this, little bit of that....

Has it really been 4 days since I posted? Funny how doing absolutely nothing can just take up all my spare time.

Well not absolutely nothing.....

I did buy yarn. Because you know, the 4 bags (still unpacked), 2 totes and various containers already full of yarn around the house.... were just not "the" stuff I needed. I'm sure you understand.



6 sk's of Classic Elite Premiere in soft orangeand 3 Kraemer Yarns Tatamy Tweed in pink. I felt rushed on the Kraemer as once I got it home... I thought "too pink". But I'm sure I'll find good use for it. Eventually. This whole bag of yarn cost me..... $30. I had two $15 off coupons! Gotta love a yarn coupon.

I'm going to use the CE to make this tank.



I've been eyeing it since last summer, I think that Lisa lead me to it if I remember correctly. the only thing that worries me about it is the arms - seem low. And bra fat must be hid. But... I'll try it anyway! I'm sure I can always find a home for it somewhere!

Calling out to the gardeners ..... do you know what this plant is?



The previous owners of the house said they planted perenials last year (sooo didnt spell that right) but surely this cannot be a flowering plant? Looks like a massive aloe vera. Hubby thinks it might be a yucca plant. At the rate its growing.... it should be offering shade to the entire house (or block hehe) here in a few days, has tripled in size in the last week!

Ok. I'm off to enjoy this beautiful sunny day. Well.... first I'm gonna check in on you and see what you've been up to.... but then.... :)

Have a wonderful Sunday!