Thursday, June 30, 2005
My fabu Wifey rescued this little baby from potential doom after one of her macho little middle school students confessed that the litter was headed off to the local animal shelter.
So I jumped off the train the other night, ran to the car and found a brown wicker basket nestled in Little Man's lap. He was grinning from ear to ear.
However, when I tried to meet the new kitten, Little Man insisted, "My Kitty. Mine." I was delighted that Little Man was gently petting the kitten and clearly bonding with "his" new pet, so I ignored the sass. Needless to say, I had to wait for bedtime to snuggle the new family member.
The next day, we named her Lugh, after the Celtic God of the Sun, known as the "Shining One." (since she's white, we're not being terribly creative here) After deciding on Lugh, I realized that the God was also known for arts and crafts. Hooray, the kitty is blog-worthy. I'm just hoping she's won't become the Goddess of Yarn Balls. eek!
UPDATE: Lugh is pronounced like Lou. Thanks for asking.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
I swear I only walked out of the room for a moment.
And I must confess, I wasn't terribly upset. He's being creative. Truly creative. The kind of creative that says, "Hey, I'm bored with the coloring book, I wonder how this might look on my legs, arms, belly, face, mouth and the soles of my feet? Hmmm...I wonder: 1) if I run around the house with marker on the bottom of my feet, exactly how many steps can I take before the ink stops being ground into Mom's carpet? and 2) Will this non-Crayola marker with questionable toxicity wash off my skin?*
This type of artistic and scientific curiosity drives all great inventions and Grumperina's wacky insightful experiments. So why not let him explore? I suppose there is a limit. For instance, he's not allowed to draw on the walls, his Moms, furniture or the rugs (although accidents do happen). But his body? I don't see anything wrong with that. Or should I? Will he grow up to look like this guy? There are limits, you know.
*Answers from Mom: 1) 3 steps. Which, if multiplied by 2 feet = not a terrible clean-up job. 2) Yep. Easily.
I spent some time this weekend soaking, squeezing, hanging and skeining the yarn from my recycled Irish sweater. It was an amazing process, which made me realize how time-consuming, hard and utterly satisfying it is to create a beautiful knit-thing from start to finish. Wifey is worried that she'll come home to a sheep, happily
For the parents in the crowd, yes, those are Melissa and Doug wooden lacing beads (have I mentioned that I love Melissa and Doug toys?). Until Little Man grows fond of this toy, Mommy uses it for crafty tasks.
For the stalkers in the crowd, yes, this is another picture of my bathroom. But -- I cannot be held responsible for the 1970s vomiting all over the decor. The house is a family house. We are renting it. We would LOVE to strip all this
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Hi all. It's me ... Ms. Startitis. Once again, I need help from the gurus. This yarn is perfect for my sock pal. I already checked the loop website and couldn't find it. That site is not very user-friendly, IMHO. Anyone know what it is?
UPDATE: Thanks a bundle to Local Egg from such a girl to me! I think you're right. It's ArtYarns Super Merino. Unfortunately, its a worsted weight yarn. Bummer. But -- your suggestion of Koigu is excellent. For whatever reason, I didn't think of it. THANKS!
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
My Bloglines account was running nearly 100 feeds at its peak. Now I'm down to 30. I'll probably trim that too. Sorry to those who got the boot. I methodically bookmarked each and every blog address, so I won't permanently lose anyone. I'll read periodically, but for now ... I must focus on other things. Later chicas.
Monday, June 13, 2005
by Joseph Heller
Incredibly witty and funny, you have a taste for irony in all that you
see. It seems that life has put you in perpetually untenable situations, and your sense
of humor is all that gets you through them. These experiences have also made you an
ardent pacifist, though you present your message with tongue sewn into cheek. You
could coin a phrase that replaces the word "paradox" for millions of
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Friday, June 10, 2005
My son will be wearing this T-shirt (which apparently got some Missouri teens into trouble) to his 3rd Pride celebration tomorrow. The T-shirt was a gift from the ever-fabulous Kevin, BBF to Ms. Nina Bean, who is Mommy to Gracie, Little Man's BFF. Make sense? Kevin bought the shirt for Gracie too, so if you see two 2 year olds holding hands and wearing matching T-shirts, you'll find The Mafia and Nina Bean in hot pursuit.
Maybe I'll see you there. I'll be chasing a small blond boy and knitting away at the
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Thursday, June 09, 2005
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Monday, June 06, 2005
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Overall: 10% Conservative, 90% Liberal
Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
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"The Marxists are too reactionary for you. With people like you around, America collectively thanks God for John Ashcroft."
Friday, June 03, 2005
I just found this great LiveJournal called Limelady and the corresponding bizsite Sewing Stars and I'm simply tickled by these knitting cards. I must admit I'm in awe of super crafty people. I'm the craftiest person in my group of friends and am continuously harassed for it. But I am downright banal when compared to some of the amazing crafters that I'm finding out here in cyberland. And I'm terribly impressed by the mini-businesses these folks start. So much fun! So impressive.
For those Secret Pal folks out there, these cards would make a great knitter gift.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
You scored as
Existentialism emphasizes human capability.
There is no greater power interfering with life
and thus it is up to us to make things happen.
Sometimes considered a negative and depressing
world view, your optimism towards human
accomplishment is immense. Mankind is condemned
to be free and must accept the responsibility.
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Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Little Missy Grace had her 2nd birthday party this weekend, and after slaving over this project for weeks, I was able to hand it off. I followed the directions for the Fiesta Tea Set almost to the letter. The directions for the tea set were excellent. However, this strange little placemat was a pain in the ass. First of all, there was no picture of the placemat in the pattern instructions, so I didn't know if I'd like it at all. Then, after working through the fair isle (my first stab at fair isle, by the way), I discovered that the entire piece measured abut 3 inches wide. With a gift deadline looming, I asked the all-knowledgeable gals for help at my SnB on Thursday. They suggested ripping out and knitting stripes (nope, I'm not frogging my first fair isle), repeating the pattern until I achieve the desired length (no time for that), or knit a big swath of a solid color and do another fair isle section on the other end (good idea ... let's go with that). After knitting a swath of blue, I realized that the dimensions were completely off. The whole piece was too small to function as a placemat. So I threw in the towel and did some "free association" knitting and turning the damned thing into a bag. Mind you, the entire time, my feminist self was hollering about showing up to a 2 year old girls birthday party with a tea set and bag. But ... it's colorful. It's functional. She can throw it against the wall and it won't break. And we bought her a green wooden toy truck for Christmas. So there. Back off you overly p.c. self righteous inner voice.