Monday, January 29, 2007

Okay, for real now

Dear Rachel,

I was just kidding about that dog lion costume.

But as I get closer to finishing these baby blankets, I'm starting to daydream about other projects. For example:

My Nana wants a pair of socks. I have two skeins of Koigu set aside for her.

I have a gap between the cuff of my gloves and the cuff of my winter coat. I feel that wristwarmers of some sort may be the answer. I'm considering this (with a longer cuff) or this.

I have DK weight blue cotton yarn that I received from Peg that I really want to turn into a sweater for Rose. I'm thinking a raglan with short or three-quarter sleeves, but I can't find a pattern I really like. I'll probably end up using the Knitter's Handy Guide again. It really is very handy.

I'm also longing to knit lace again. This is my first choice: Kiri. Or maybe I should finish Cozy first. Hmm.

I also love this (Jo is working on one right now), and I haven't knit anything for Andy except for a scarf. What kind of wife am I? And it would go great with me wearing this, if I decided to knit it.

Then there's the shrug I was going to knit from the Misti Alpaca. And Samus. And all those socks.

*sigh* Basically, I just want to knit anything that isn't square.



Friday, January 26, 2007

Oh my gosh

Dear Rachel, I've just found my next project.



Saturday, January 20, 2007


Dear Rachel, and all my new internet friends,

This is my nephew and Godson Noah. He is three years old.

Here he is on Christmas Eve with his cousin Rose and his sister Ramona. Noah has a condition called neurofibromatosis, or NF. This condition is mainly characterized by tumor growth on nerves and the skin, as well as bone deformities. People with NF are also more prone to developing learning disabilities and cancer. Thank goodness, so far Noah only has had a few skin tumors which the doctors have been able to remove. We are praying that his NF never gets any worse than it is now. However, many children and adults have it much worse than Noah.

Noah's dad, my brother-in-law, Frank, is running a marathon in June to raise awareness of NF and to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation, which offers support to patients and their families and seeks to end NF through research.

Frank's goal is to raise $5,000 for the CTF. I am asking you to spread the word about his effort, and, if you can, to donate to the cause. Even $5 or $10 would be a step toward his goal. Frank's website can be found here, and it is very easy and safe to donate. Even if you can't give money, please let others know about this disease and the search for a cure. I especially ask my new friends in Blogland to help spead the word.

Thank you,

Much love,


Thursday, January 11, 2007

The five stages of grief

1. Denial
What ruffle?

2. Anger
I'm getting a looser gauge on the Options than on the Addi Turbos? Son of a b*?@#!!
Do you know how long it takes to complete these longer strips? #!?@*!

3. Bargaining
Maybe if I take a break and knit Rose some socks it'll look better when I get back to it.

4. Depression
I just don't care anymore. Fine. My time and energy have been completely wasted. Who cares? I'm going to go eat a pound of chocolate.

5. Acceptance
Well, at least I have a ball-winder.



Monday, January 8, 2007

I've Been Tagged... Jo at freestylefibre!

My assignment is to grab the nearest book, list title and author, then turn to page 123, go to the fifth sentence on the page, then list the next three sentences.,

Song of Susannah, by Stephen King

"Yes!" Mia cried, delirious with joy, and Susannah caught a sudden brilliant glimpse of something. It was like peeking beneath the hem of a circus tent at some bright wonder. Or a dark one.

Now I'm supposed to tag three friends. I pick my blogmate, Rachel, my friend Monica, and my sister Shannon. Let's see what you're reading right now!


Sunday, January 7, 2007

Alive and well and liberal in Michigan

I'm here, and ready to blog. I took the quiz, and lo and behold:

Your Political Profile:
Overall: 35% Conservative, 65% Liberal
Social Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

We are just full of surprises today, huh? Actually, I was surprised how liberal my results were given my rather "right" leanings about issues like affirmative action.

Gotta go, will blog more later.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

You might be surprised...

Dear Rachel,

You're always telling me I'm so conservative...

Your Political Profile:
Overall: 45% Conservative, 55% Liberal
Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Ethics: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

This was one of those quick, non-scientific internet quizzes. It's true, however, that I don't like being labelled either "liberal" or "conservative." It's not so much that I sit on the fence as it is that I believe in some of the issues that liberals do, and some of the things that conservatives do. Does that make me an independent?

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Happy Birthday, Rose!

Dear Rachel,

Today we have another birthday girl! This was Rose two years ago.

Here's a picture of her from just last month.

The time has just flown. We must be having an awfully good time.

Can't wait to get our girls together!