Happy Halloween

Here is a big halloween smile for you.

nice teeth huh?!
— my teeth are getting a bit dull – do you think I need to get some dental work done?

Seriously though, I was goofing around with this amber stretch bracelet that I have and decided it looked like rotten teeth, so I arranged it in my mouth and my friend Mary took a photo.

The photo she sent me was huge and very scary, and I am not talking so much about the "teeth". Looks like my decision to work on getting my skin in shape is a good thing. Lots of weird red moles and freckles and age spots. Not to mention the bumpy texture and such. – sigh-

I guess I should be greatfull that I have "inner beauty"


I hope you all get a lot of treats and no tricks today.

I have done almost 2 repeats of the 9 I need to do for WT’s scarf. It is fun, but takes some concentration. I did not get as much done yesterday as I wanted to. Maybe a bit more today, we shall see.


Interlocking Balloons Scarf

I started up the scarf WT picked out from the book Scarf Style (Interweave Press). Remember: great book, but blurry images.

After Googling around to see the results from other knitters, I decided that the consensus was to go down a needle size. So that is what I did. I am using US 5s and Gems Merino Opal in the burgundy color. Here is what I have so far:

interlocking ballons scarf - private/wrong side
"wrong" side

public/right side of interlocking balloons scarf
"right" side

I think it looks pretty good wrong side out. Which is good in a scarf because how many times do you see just the "right" side?

I am glad I went down a needle size too. Sportweight on US 6s would be much too loose. Perhaps the designer is a very tight knitter, or her yarn isn’t a true sportweight.

I like to use charts, and that is a good thing because there are no written directions on this one. Probably not for the whole book, but I can’t say for sure because I don’t have it sitting here with me. Anyway, I decided to make a large scan so I could see it. Then I realized that the lines were pretty long, so I needed a way to keep myself on the correct line. I can’t seem to find my magnetic board and I am too cheap to go out and buy another, especially when I can get one cheaper through KnitPicks. So I have been just putting the scan on the couch beside me and have it weighed down with a metal ruler. It is working just fine, and easier to change rows because I don’t have to drag a magnet up a row.

I realized that with all the k1, p1 etc. I was getting confused on the wrong sides, so I decided to mark up the pattern with big blue Ks for the knit stitches. I also find that marking the SSKs as "S" so they stand out from the K2tog helps too. Now I am flying along.

It is a fun knit so far. Challenging enough that I won’t go crazy making a loooooooong scarf, but not so much mental work that I won’t be able to knit in public with it.

Another Minnesota knitter, Tammie, is knitting one too. Check out her new blog, Knitammie (clever, huh?). I hope she posts in-process pics. We might be meeting up to see each other’s scarves soon (fingers crossed).


Did you know that Minnesota is the "the State of Hockey"? Well, whenever I think or hear the word score… I immediately think/hear in my mind…"he shoots…. he scores!!!"

Anyway – I did a little yarn score yesterday. WT and a good friend had gifted me with certificates for Borealis Yarns. Those gift certificates have been weighing on my mind.

You know what I mean. One can’t just blow those things on just anything… they need to cook/stew for a while. Lists – heck, even spreadsheets need to be made, books (many, many books) need to be consulted, lists checked again and again, and again.

Then the energy just needs to be right. It can’t be a crabby day or a rushed day. It can be a bad hair day, but not a "I feel bloated" day.

Yesterday the planets were aligned. I had my notes/lists/spreadsheet but was still sufficiently open so that if I didn’t exactly find what I needed I would not be disappointed.

borealis shopping spree

I walked in and started the process. First though, so as to not cause a slap down from the knitting Goddess, I made a donation to the handknits collection pile for the various causes for cold people. That done – the next bit of sacrifice – using some of those precious gift certificate dollars for a gift-back to hubby. That one took a while because although I had the pattern and knew what I was looking for (sportweight yarn) finding the correct type and color can be elusive. Number one reason – not so much sportweight yarn around. Gems Merino to the rescue, then the many agonizing minutes of color selection. Swatches were consulted, and finally a small pile of 2 skeins of Gems Opal in a pretty burgundy were decided upon.

Next, yarn for many, many shawls. Which shawls? *shrug*, does it matter? Okay, for sure the 3 skeins of bluish green Alpaca will go for triangular versions of either the Mountain Pines or Boundary Waters. Now I am thinking that I should have bought enough for the full square versions. Especially since triangular versions would have to be figured out by moi. Oh well, I know they have a pile of the color, so I can always go back.

I for sure have enough of both the wine (93) and purple (759) colorways of Skacel Merino laceweight – a whopping 1350 yds. Never mind that I already have 2 more of those at home (cream and navy).

On to more laceweight – a huge, fluffy pile of Cherry Tree Hill’s Merino Lace (2400 yds!!!) in the Wild Cherry colorway.

Finally, 2 sets of circulars for said shawls. An Addi Turbo size 5 and very much, much cheaper Inox circular size 4.

Already received in the mail that day were a stack of books that I had ordered from points gathered from using my Visa checkcard. Yarn Harlot’s new book, the Knitting Experience #3 (color) by Sally Melville, and Knitting Over the Edge by Nicky Epstein. Yum, Yum, Yum!!! Free shipping – score!!!

Now I am off to knit on a new pair of felted clogs for myself, interspersed with pats to my new stash, or perhaps a glance or two into the many, many new books.


Everyone needs a hat

Hats are going to be very important. Think about it, high fuel prices + winter = gargantuan heating costs. So, what to do? Hats, hats, hats!!!


I knit a lot of hats up every winter for the homeless and kids. This year I gotta make myself one or two or three. Just to wear around the house. I know that sweaters work for keeping warm, ditto with shawls and all, but covering the head will keep you plenty toasty.

Here is the type I mean (blurry photo=best I could get)


A kind of "then came Bronson" type in that it doesn’t really cover much of the ears.

Okay, moving along….. I promised a pic of my cat wearing one of those pumpkin hats. Here we go:

Scary huh?! Gotta hand it to all the people that actually get decent pics of their pets wearing things. Nigh impossible.

And to close, my usually sparkling white cat Guinevere likes to transform herself into a black cat. She tries really hard but usually doesn’t get the face quite right:


Susan Needs:

Susan needs to wear a bra.
Susan needs to get.over.it.
Susan needs your help now to prepare for the election call.
Susan needs to work on writing better songs.
Susan needs all your love and money.
Susan needs a tray, six inserts, center bowl and metal spinning rack.
Susan needs a change.
Susan needs to succeed in the face of and despite this madness.
Susan needs to continue sharing her public farts – proudly and loudly! whew, how did they know?!? hehehe
Susan needs to rest now.

One of the current meme thangs. Take your name, and google for it “________ needs” (with or without the quotes), and post the best ones. Have fun!

Knitting content: I am making a bunch of pumpkin hats in various sizes to sell at my coffee house, with tags that credit the designer (of course). A couple of the bead ladies suggested that I make up a few adult sized ones to sell too. Perhaps.


Disappointment, Doubt, Recovery and Ramblings

I really don’t mean to have the matching letter thing going on, it just seems to turn out that way.

Expectations and perfectionism has been a big problem in my life. I have gone from a very Type A person which has it’s positives but also the negatives of: high expectations not being met – in myself and others, which is a form of judgement. Usually what happens is that I am either disappointed in myself and then other people step up to tell me how "bad" I am, or I think I am mighty fine, but nobody else is.

Thankfully, I have worked on and healed most of that negative behavior. But bits and pieces come up now and again. I understand why – another chance for me to do some good work on myself. And basically the bottom line is that I need to accept my faults, let-go and release, be kind to myself and others. I am pretty kind to others, but still having problems with being calm when people are mad at me or I have disappointed them.

Why am I talking at you about this? I have been noticing how unkind people are – usually to themselves, but occassionally to others too. In knitting a lot of bloggers are so quick to point out the mistakes in their projects, the trauma of letting it be, or ripping it out, etc.

I guess I am no different there, but I hope you find in my blog the bottom-line I have about knitting being relaxed and fun. I choose to rip things out because I would rather fix things, and I don’t berate myself for having made a mistake. I like knitting so much I don’t mind having to redo.

Take for example the Weeping Willow Shawl. I ended up starting over because of a weird mistake, and I couldn’t seem to just rip out a row, it didn’t look right. Now, as I have been knitting along I realize that I just don’t like that it is more holey than I want it to be, and the decreases are just a bit too something. Perfectionism? Could be, but it feels like I would just like it more with a smaller needles size. I just "know" that I would.

So now I am back to the "don’t have the right type of needle to do it". I could take my gift certificates and buy the needles I need/want – but various things are holding me back.

So, what to do? Knit some hats of course! I love knitting pumpkin hats for the babies in my life. This year there are 2 – one for Nicole and Matt’s baby Ronan, and Le Joy and Steven’s Kaelyn (hope I spelled that right). I use a very loved but beat-up pattern by Ann Norling – Kid’s Fruit Cap. I used to make these in ack-rylic, mostly because Red Heart was the only brand of yarn that had the right bright pumpkiny orange color. But then I found Cotton-Ease, and have been making my latest out of that.

Here is a photo:
pumpkin hat

It really isn’t that bright. It just right and so soft! The green is kitchen cotton. I bit more stiff, but not a problem because it is usually only used in the leaf/nipple stem area. Is it just me or doesn’t this look like a big orange boob?

Anyway, like I said, the green is mainly for the top bits that aren’t in contact with soft baby skin. But I ran out of this fabulous Cotton-Ease in orangeade and now I can’t find it anywhere. Cotton-ease is discontinued! *sob*. So, I decided to just knit as much as I could, and then picked up the rim of the hat and used the green for a brim to match the leaves and stuff.

I did Google and found people selling the color, and found someone on Ebay that had a good price (less then retail even with shipping=score!) So now I will have 10 skeins and that should last me for a quite a few pumpkin hats.

I love Ebay.

Did you see the witch next to the hat? It is really cool – I found it either at Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics. The book she is reading says, "Spells For Knitting".

If you are still with me, I would love to have some comments in answer to this question. How long do you expect shipping to take after you have ordered an item? Add to that the thought that the person you are buying from is not a store, but someone like me who sells a few things. Is 7-10 days outrageous? One of the reasons why I am asking this is because I am thinking about selling some of my beaded stitch markers and

  • a. I don’t want to have to make up a bunch (more than 5 sets) before I get orders, so I have to allow for perhaps not having them all done to ship.
  • b. I don’t want to be making a lot of trips to the postoffice because I don’t want to waste gas.
  • c. I want to give myself lee-way in case life intrudes.

I am thinking about telling people up-front that I will only be shipping on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Is that too freaky?


Another type of MEME

I caught this meme from Norma (Now Norma Knits 2)

1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, liposuction and air conditioning.

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Brittany Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans…

Re-post this if you believe in legalizing gay marriage