Saturday, December 30, 2006

undignified

so, to remind you to vote for the wicked awesome david crowder band, i changed the music on my blog. (david crowder band-undignified)
currently they are a point ahead of INXS. if INXS had made marty front the band, i would not be so passionately wanting them to not win. but THEY PICKED JD!
so since david crowder band is a totally awesome group of guys, vote alot!
http://music.msn.com/music/artistofthemonth

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Sam came home the week before chanukah with a pink bag. which means only one thing here... "Heart Strings"! Joanne help him find allkinds of favourites for me. claudia handpaint, mountain colours, books...she did a great job! purple came to visit for christmas and brought me some lovely soho and alpaca. a very fibery holiday! :-)

fiberlicious part2


brooke had surprise waiting for me. a fragrant lavendar yarn package with beads, should make up a great beaded scarf! the lavendar soap is no encased in the lovely bag jessica made me. it smells sooo good! the SWS from patons knits up so pretty!
then a bigger surprise. my MIL said she bought me some yarn. i was praying "please dont let it be redheart, and if it is make me like it". and look what came!!! austerman step and misti alpaca! whoohoo! isnt it wonderful? i am sooo spoiled!

Vote!


david crowder is totally awesome.
i love him.
he signed my daughter's bday card! how cool is that?!
so go vote for him!

http://music.msn.com/music/artistofthemonth

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

videos!

my dad uploaded some of this month's video moments on my mom's site.
so go see tali say her favourote word, the kids spin as dreidels, and even some dancing. http://www.mthoward.com/index.htm

Friday, December 22, 2006

Why?

In those first speechless moments, new parents gaze with fascination. They lovingly examine every inch of their newborn child’s face.No matter how we prepare ourselves, the reality of new birth astounds us. Here, nestled in our arms, is a brand-new member of the human race. Here is the future in flesh; our legacy to the world. We check eyes, mouth, ears for telltale family resemblances; we marvel at the delicate pink skin. Most of all, we silently thank the Lord over and over for a gift so unimaginably wonderful.

Can you imagine how intently Joseph and Mary must have studied the Child who came to them in Bethlehem? His coming had been foretold not by physicians but by angels. If those angels were right – and how could they not be? – here in the starlight was a Messiah who had been the subject of poems, songs, and dreams for a thousand years. Messiah: Perhaps the couple stammered when they tried to speak the M-word aloud. It was just so hard to imagine such a magnificent personification when they looked at the sleeping infant.
After all, everyone knew (or thought they knew) that the Messiah would be the ultimate military commander. He would arrive on horseback, with sword held high, crying out for vengeance and redemption in the name of the Lord and his favored nation. The Chosen One would have the wisdom of Solomon, the charisma of David, the godliness of Moses, and the military genius of Joshua.

Yet here was a baby – just a baby. Joseph and Mary had to admit that here was a baby who seemed, at first glance, like any other newborn child. He cried in the middle of the night. He hungered for milk. He needed fresh “swaddling clothes” every now and then. If this was just an ordinary child like cousin Elizabeth’s new addition, how could he be “one whose origins are from the deep past,” as the prophet had insisted? How could an infant be the Son of God?Or for that matter, why would the Son of God be an infant?

The need of crumbling, dying Israel was urgent. First the Greek and now the Roman influence was wiping away a bit more of the legacy of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob each day.Why, indeed? Why did Jesus come as a child?Jesus is the One like no other, for he was fully human and fully divine – simultaneously. Nothing about his humanity could detract from his godliness; nothing about his godliness could detract from his humanity.

Only because this is true can he reconcile the Father in heaven with his children on earth. He is the Man of both worlds; he is the bridge by which God comes to earth and people come to heaven.In that regard, we have seen that the Virgin Birth is the sign of his divinity. He comes to the earth from outside, pure and clean, and he is in no way a product of this world. Now we see that, in the same way, the infancy of the Child is the sign of his humanity. He is one of us in every way. He arrives from heaven with perfection and godliness of which no man or woman is capable – yet he takes the full human journey, which even God in heaven had not taken.

How could we follow his footsteps as a man if we hadn’t seen him crawl as a child? How could we believe he had undergone all the temptation we have faced if he had bypassed the most difficult years in which we struggle to earn our adulthood?To make the full sacrifice on our behalf, Jesus had to make the full commitment. It would have meant very little to us if he had sprung from heaven fully formed, bathed in heavenly glory, saying, “Here are my hands and my feet – place me upon the cross, for I am willing to die.”
Instead, we see him as a child in a manger.
We see him at the Temple as a boy on the verge of maturity, already about his Father’s business.
We see Mary and Joseph wondering at him, trying to understand, as he grew “in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people” (Luke 2:52).
Finally, we see him as a young man, quietly beginning a ministry that will change all of human history.
We overhear the whispers from his neighbors: “He’s just a carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers – James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. All his sisters live right here among us” (Matthew 13:55-56).
We see him in the desert, wrestling with temptation and the matter of his destiny, and we know he is fully human.
We see his love for children, and we can believe it because he, too, has been a child.
And then, when those crude spikes are drilled through his wrists and his ankles, we know he feels the pain that any man would feel.
We know the price of our sins is on the table, being paid in full with no credit plans or easy payment schedules, but by every last drop of blood and every brutal slash of the whip.
We are bought with a price that could never have been paid without the full burden of humanity having been accepted.

If he had been God only, his sacrifice would have been cheap and unconvincing. If he had been man only, his sacrifice would have had no power; he would have been a martyr like ten thousand others. But he was man and he was God, and therefore he was all in all. He came as a child to confront and conquer every challenge and every temptation common to humanity. We trust him with our lives because he was God. We love him with our hearts because we know that once he was a tiny baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Why Did Jesus Come as a Baby?Dr. David Jeremiah

The week in review

so monday we went to UCDavis. after a week of local dr and tests that were a bit scary.... her urine was RED! for heaven sakes! so after our chanukah party, everyone prays for tirzah.
monday they test her again at UCD. NO Protien. NO hemoglobins. nada. except for some residule joint aches, she is fine. the dr is baffled.
growing up in a home where my mom didnt drive, if my dad had to miss work and take us to the Dr, we had sooo better be sick. so i have no idea how to take this. "what do you mean she is ok?! she wasn't 4 days ago."
tirzah is just glowing. she is so excited, cuz this means to her that she can still work with aids orphans in africa and adopt them. this is her goal for her life right now. there are lil dark twin dolls at the store that she has to touch everytime she goes near them.
All is well.

at least with tirzah.
Sam's dad had a stroke monday. so we come home to all kinds of messages. he is freaking out cuz we are not in denver anymore, his brother is in minnesota. after they stabalize my FIL, and send him home. 3 ft of snow gets dumped on denver. his blood pressure is wayoutside normal again, but there is no way they can drive to the hospital. MIL is a medical assit. so she can atleast monitor things. today he is doing much better.

in themidst of all the monday stuff a box arrives.

i have a wonderful pal. i! all the packages have lil notes, which i peeled off and saved. there was soo much in this box! rowan wool, sock yarn, roving, dreidel filled with M&M's, eucalan, point protectors and stitch holders to save what knitting i have done, A DELLA Q silk bag, a wonderful maxlucado journal- i love him! , a car dice game to occuppy kids!, chocolate, note to help me regain some sense of organization in this crazy life, and it just goes on and on!

ignore the larryboy wiseman in the phot, tali was playing with the veggie nativity.

Thank you pal for the lovely and wonderfully timed box! You ROCK!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

zemeira the power dreidel. this girl sucked down sugar cubes and was spinning all over the room!
tirzah flipping latkes in her retro frilly apron
kezzi and bubbe making latkes
Jaden lighting the candles. you can see pa aka "mr safety" watching in the mirror

Monday, December 18, 2006

ucdavis


we are on our way to ucd for tirzah. she has been feeling run down lately, lots of blood in her urine, and can't seem to get over a cold. they suggested we ask about the kidney transplant list when we get there today.
we had a great dr the first time, this last one was not much help. so pray we get some one who knows something about HSP.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

SSS2!

there is a new second sock syndrom swap for the spring!
this was awesome! you only need to make one sock! ok...when you get a package you will have to make another one to match the one you received... so you make 2 socks...that do not match...
more info at girl is crafty!
how is your knitting going? it is only 9 days til christmas!
i found a great site! cuz i know you just groaned! ( only 9 days??!!!)
you can give beautiful handknit items and support women in war torn countries! check out women for women.org
look at the hand knit slippers from bosnia! only $25!


Thursday, December 14, 2006

warning as soon as i get unblurry photos of last night they will be up. tali was so loud i missed alot of the play. the kids solos...i was in the hall for all of them. so i hope to get good pix from mom. her is chai in the beanie and tirzah in the ponytail

Friday, December 08, 2006

i have alot of grandmothers. six from marriages.
but grandma yaeko is not one of those. she was the nurse on duty when my father was born in the navy hospital in japan. first daipers and bottles are fun to giggle over.
yaeko crocheted beautiful baby sweaters that zip up the back for all the babies in the church where my dad pastored. by the time my baby tirzah was born, it was the last of the sweaters. her hands hurt too much to make any more.
having climatized to california, i discovered i was freezing at 46 degrees now, for the new england and colorado girls in me, this is horrifying!... so i went in search of a blanket.
grandma yaeko made me beautiful aran blanket when i got married. i did not knit then. now all the patterns and stitches have names. knowing this was near the end of her knitting, they amaze me even more. such love.
so when i discovered this:

i was heartbroken. i can fix it right? i fix harder things for other people.
the new knitty is up! the new knitty is up! hurray! i have been checking it everyday. waiting. i am so glad i am not disapointed in it! there are mittens and socks and toys and sweaters and hats. if only i had clean needles and no WIPs! i can not cast on anything at this time. the torture!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Kezzi taking care of the horse for her girlscout badge

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Our family has lost another family member this week.
My cousin, Jenny, 33 years old died this week. She died peacefully and in her sleep. She had been very sick with various problems for year to the point of feeding tubes, talks of pace makers and diabetis. We are thankful that she is no longer in pain.
Our family however is in much pain. There are arguments over where she is to be buried, who decides, who pays etc. Her husband wants her with his family, her mother does not. A time when we should be reaching out to each battle lines seem to be being drawn. Please pray for Jenny's husband.
For family as they travel, Thank You.
Alexandria in her lacey bonnet. the pattern is from Knitting for Two. This has become a favourite of mine to make. Fiori trim. i love the way the decrease made such beautifl lines and the back made a perfect flower/star when finished.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Cuz HOHO said it very well

i dont need to write it, when you can read it here



you have only one life.
do something.

offensive

so you might get offended....
but give me a lil extra grace, anyways.

i am not someone who is easily categorized, labeled, boxed up and contained well. who i am offends christians, jews, gentiles....something i write is bound to make you gasp at some point!
but that doesn't change that a 100 things about me, and it is who i am...

i am a jew.
i believe that Jesus is the Messiah.
i am passionately in love with Sam
my mom is my best friend
i have a pastor for a father.
i have an arab for a brother.
i have lesbian and gay friends.
i have 6 kids.
there are over 20 people missing in my family from abortion.
i like barack obama and would vote for him to be president.
i love to debate politics, issues of faith, life...
i love people passionately
i hate lies
i want to pursue truth and live with integrity
i will fail some times, guarenteed
i have some red heart in my stash
i have kissed the face of aids
i would have 10 more kids as long as we could adopt them
i am pro military
i am a zionist
i do not like most hymns
i know all the lyrics to Queen's songs
i can not clap and sing at the same time
i am the first one on my mother side born on US soil
my family was in a concerntration camp
the otherside of my family has been here since the revolutionary war
we were both yankees and confredates
i can cuss in german, arabic, italian, hindi and spanish
i know hebrew litugry by memory only
i love jeans
i hate dresses
i love elaborate balls
i graduated at 15
i love shoes
i cant wear shoes in the car
i cook crazy exotic gourmet foods
i can't cook "easy" normal meals
i am afraid of failure
i have 16 college credits
i wont study for a test
i need atleast 5 bookcases for the books i have
i need more books
i have 2 violins
i can play 3 songs on them
i love quiet
i hate to be alone
i want to be a vegeterian
i love steak
i am addicted to my email
people who do not blog regularly annoy me
i love to write thank you cards
i always forget to mail the thank you cards
i am allergic to peaches
i had a babysitter once for my kids
i had dr appts and chunks of flesh to tend to after the babysitting incident
it takes me along time to forgive
i fogive completely when i get around to it
i love sales and clearances
i believe barney the dinosaur is evil
i wanted to marry remi, an italian cartoon character
i love being snow bound
i hate being cold
i love TV
i have to knit while watching TV or i feel like i am wasting time
i don't think there is anything special about me
i spoke before the state senate
i have marched in protest at the nation's capitol
i have protested at state capitols
i was homeschooled illegally as a child
i attended 8 schools before i left elementary
i adopted a manatee
i hate florida
i miss florida's produce
i had a pice hang in an art exhibit
i love old books
i am scared of scary movies
i like order
i live in chaos
i have SIX lumbar vertebrae like a horse instead of 5 like people
i have had horse breath blown into my own nostrils
i wanted to study the bloodlines of thoroughbreds
i wanted to be an archaelogist
i was going to study journalism at college
i didn't go to college once hurricane andrew flattened it
i didn't get financial aid as a hurricane victim for college
i know alot of useless factoids
half of my kids were born on the 14th of the month
i was born on midsummer's day
i watch asteroid/meteor storms in the middle of the night
i wake the kids up to watch them too
i can find the andromeda galaxy without a star chart
i had 2 "boyfriends" named andy at the time of hurricane andrew
i believe it was an omen to avoid the andy's
i bought my wedding dress months before my husband proposed
i hate the number 15, wouldnt count it as a child
i wont use silverware once it has touched a restraunt table
i over analyze things
i have had firemen visit my house atleast 3 times
i pick up accents easily, a military brat defense mechanism
i loose my "R" 's when i am sleepy or when i sing

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Dirty Knitters Swap

monkees hats?
ok, if you took u p the mike nesmith chalenge email me your blog with a picture of your pom'd beanie...by midnight PST tomorrow! it is my grandmama's 70th bday.

my friend brooke is posing a swap for you dirty knitters!
sign ups end soon so :
Here is the deal - it's The Dirty Knitter - referring of course to martinis (and cosmo) drink(s). If you enjoy a bit of the vodka and/or gin while ya knit (shaken not stired - Does James Bond knit??). then this swap is for you.

you can check it all out on her blog Knit Happens tell her the yenta sent you over :-)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

intermitent motherboard????

ok, this computer was a bday present, like when i was 25!! so it is a total dinosaur. apparently after all we have been thru i now have an intermitent motherboard. so...if i suddenly vanish from site... i will try to creep over to mom's and raid their techno world. cuz i am an internet junkie!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Here are 4 generations of turkeys for thanksgiving! Daniel graciously took the photo for us. i think it is the only picture of thanksgiving this year. enjoy!

Monday, November 27, 2006

If your name is "Pa" do not read further!

little knits is having bag sales on the atacama alpaca. i ordered a whole sweater's worth (whoohoo), at such a great price ($35) and being the lovely person that she is, sue upgraded my shipping to priority. so hurray! enough time to work on one more holiday project. :-) we have a sweaters for Chanukah/Christmas traditon for the guys. i already bought a lovely store sweater for sam. this will be for my dad. it is soft, the colours are perfect. yes, i put it all in a turkey roaster for the picture. it was an extra UNUSED one. :-)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Tday meme

1. Which do you like better: Cooking at your house, or going elsewhere?
i love the cooking, but doing that and cleaning with 6 kids sucks, so we go to mom's.
2. Do you buy a fresh or frozen bird? Frozen
3. What kind of stuffing? depends on the bird. this year cranberry curry cornbread
4. Sweet potato or pumpkin pie? Pumpkin pie and pumpkin dream pie
5. Do you believe that turkey leftovers are a curse, or the point of the whole thing? Leftovers are what we live on the rest the week, and make great snacks while black friday shopping
6. Which side dish would provoke a riot if you left it off the menu?
mashed potatoes
7. Do you save the carcass to make soup or stock? No, i get my mom to chop it for me cuz i dont touch it or the tendons...
8. What do you wish you had that would make preparing Thanksgiving dinner easier? a prep cook, a self cleaning kitchen, a baby holder
9. Do you get up at the crack of dawn to have dinner ready in the early afternoon, or do you eat at your normal dinner hour? early to cook the turkey snack all morning, dinner about 3 pm
10. If you go to somebody else's house, what's your favorite dish to bring?
a turkey covered with spices from india and sweet potatoes covered with brown sugar and pecans
11. What do you wish one of your guests wouldn't bring to your house?
attitudes
12. Does your usual mix of guests result in drama, or is it a group you're happy to see? always happy to see!
13. What's your absolute favorite thing on the menu? everything
14. What are you thankful for this year?
sam's new job... both of his bosses, that i am not pregnant . :-)

Don't let those turkey's get you down!

I LOVE THANKSGIVING!
Today is a day for family get togethers.
Which can be really great, or really not.
i have a wonderful family, which i am with most days not just holidays.
our thanksgiving will be with 4 generations as usual. we also have a tradition of taking in single people with nowhere to go for thanksgiving. When i lived in Italy this was especially true, wall to wall GI's, so you could barely walk! i love it. i love tons of people at holidays...sam...well he tolerates this in me. :-) that is why we have 6 kids, so i can have a house full of people and he doesnt have to go anywear. ( he is sick and still in bed, poor baby!)
we have 8 pies, pumpkin cake 1 bay leafed/garlic turkey (cuz we live in a bay tree paradise) and a masala turkey with cranberry curry cornbread stuffing and mango ginger chutney, cuz even though our indian friends wont be with us today, they left a lasting impact on our lives and palettes.

Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday in our house. touching the bird makes me puke. so sam cleaned it and stuffed it for me so i can eat it tonight. also since my entire adult life i have been pregnant or breastfeeding, there is the added child on the otherside of the gate screaming cuz mommie is basting the bird or the year we spent at the hospital cuz pregnant girls should not lift 25lb turkeys in and out the oven.
this year luckily i just have the leech baby. people tell me i am going to miss it one day, that i should relish these moments with the last baby.
after a decade of it, i currently doubt i will miss it. but when she is 15, i swear i will remind her there was a day i couldn't move or breathe without her being attached! with that said i leave you with this:



For those of you who have a problem relative to deal with today. next year make them this hat to wear!

Monday, November 20, 2006

crocheted leaf placemat??? or something. i used a glitzy crochet cotton.
blocking. so i was fed up with picking up the sts, cuz tali wante dto sit on me at the time. hang on me, crawl over me. needles and baby are hazardous! so i gave up and crocheted the border with skacel fiori luxe. boy was it faster. i forget how fast crochet is! 30 min= 1 FO. it was within a yard of using the whole ball. will let you know how it fits.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Still Knitting Bodice sleeves


i tried to get an outside pic but it is late in the day so it is still dark
lara, see the tiny circ... the bodice was done with knit picks, which made the lace so nice and easy, but they do not have 16" 0r 12" for these sizes, so the sleeves are an addi 12" circ. hope to wear for thanksgiving.... do you think i can get it done???
also i restarted the denim flower basket shawl for my lacevember project.... so i may have to forfeit my lil star by my name in order to finish this.
maybe i will get sam to rent a stupid movie so i can focus on knitting.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Simple Knitted bodice. body done, almost one sleeve since the picture was taken. i really like the drape and sheen the interlacements has.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Cuz everyone should know...

friday night two very lovely friend's both went to the hospital.
Alison had Avishai at 11 pm friday in georgia

LeeAnn, who sadly is blogless, had Alexandria at 12:42 am saturday in connecticut

just hours apart. both have A names, both have dark locks of hair.
both were hoped for, for soo long.
see how wonderfully cute they are!
Mazel tov to both the beautiful mommies! ok, and the daddies too

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Sockret Surprises



I picked up a wonderful box at the post office today.

my sockret pal hand dyed the yarn for me! how great is that? it is soo lovely the perfect shades of green (it actually matches my eyes) and purple! also in the box are a gourmet chexmixy snack, a journal, gel pens (i love gel pens) stickers, and an austentaion!!! cant wait to brew some tea and curl up with the book and snack.

tali was in my lap half of last night's spinning so we will see how "quiet" that moment will be.

Thank you sockret pal! I love it!

also thank you to brooke for the spin soaking advice. gonna try to do it before it rains!

spinning my wheels


Here is all the stuff i have been spinning. the yarn on the swift looks like REAL yarn. it is a pretty consitent hvy worsted. yippeee! i have enough of it to actually make something!
how on earth do you people spin tiny lace weight with out it crinkling on itself? i will not be using a tictac for scale...maybe a quarter....
the natural is wonderful. so is the rose garden stuff.
but the burgandy and green is horribly over spun. it has not been soaked. none of them have yet. i was told it isnt finished till you soak it. does it help with the crinkly pigtails?

of to vote. if you dont vote, do not complain....

Saturday, November 04, 2006

kosovo

my friend bambi spoke at a confrence today. it was wonderful. she did such an incredible job. and this soulful wonderful voice came out of her and filled the room as she sung.
they had booths there. one featured hand crocheted items from kosovo. the name on the was who had made it. i bought this one.

the lighting is
bad, the flash was off. but i thought it would make a lovely challah cover. it is size 30 probably cotton mercerized thread. about 18 inches at its longest point. and has nine stars which is half of 18. and 18 is Chai- life. it will go with the russian shawl i brought home from moscow and the knit baby hat from estonia. and the linens of my great grandmother. my own fiber museum is taking shape.

colorado springs compromise

i am a colorado springs girl. actually i am a co springs Pastor'sKid. my daddy pastored there. we knew ted. he had breakfast with my dad once a month.
my family is so sad over all that is going on. and all i can think about is something ted said about 13 years ago...

you see he has a MEGA mega church. a church some see as crazy sometimes. the people would attend services in tennis shoes so they could run laps around the building. then there are the streaming banners and flags that are waved during worship. Ted was talking and relayed how this started to my dad... one day during a sermon, he was sweating, took out a handkerchief to wipe his brow. it remained in his hand as he preached. and at some point he shook it as he got into his sermon. the next week there were lil handkerchiefs being waved in the congregation. they got bigger , bandanas, and bigger and became huge flags. then the flags needed runners to go before them so they could wave in the wind. at the end of this Ted shrugged his shoulders and said "what do you do when your church is out of control?".

Compromise begins at those moments where you chose to look the other way, not act in the authority G-d has given you. I do not want a life of compromise. I love the book "No Compromise" by Keith Green. As a jewish bride the words consecrated mean so much. Those are the words the bridegroom whispers in her ear. "behold, you are consecrated unto me according to the laws of moses and israel." consecrated. set apart. made for him. As a Christian, i hear those same words whispered From my L-rd. i was made for Him. made to be different, set apart. uncompromising.
this week i was asked to compromise on a liturgical statement. to take it back, change it, make it less offensive and more current with today's line of thinking. It caused quite a heated arguement. it is something i can not compromise on.
but how many little compromises have i made this last year? how many times did i roll my eyes and say nothing when blatant sin was present either in my life or those i love? if i can take a stand on one, why not on all? what is the greater offense, confronting sin or allowing it?

a brother told me that he is all about grace. that's it. grace for himself, grace for others. grace for some reason is being used as a christian word for tolerance. THIS IS NOT GRACE!!!!
Titus 2 verse 11
11For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
grace doesn't look the other way. grace doesn't compromise. grace consecrates us.

Gayle, mrs haggard, will be issuing a note of encouragement, which wil be read with her husband's apology/explanation at both of tomorrow's services. pray for her. another colorado pastor's "immoral conduct, indescertions" led to his son's suicide. pray for the five haggard children. pray for the exhuberant new lifers and for their trust to be in G-d, not man.

men fail. G-d does not.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Grrrrr!

Tali the lion! i found this cut lil outfit at old navy. 47 cents! heehee gotta love the costume sales after halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Don't eat too much candy! It'll make ya sick.

For miss jody

1. Since it is my 100th blog contest – If you have a blog – how many entries have you made? 9 over 3 blogs :-)

2. What is the first thing you notice about a person when you meet them for the first time? whether or not they make eye contact

3. What are you currently reading? blue like jazz, peter pan and the starcatchers, rising 44
And what is your favorite book of all time? too horrible a question! can not be answered, who could pick just one, or ten even.

4. Where is the furthest you have ever traveled from home? um. depends on what you mean by home.. being a miltary brat...i never had a home. however, from the current place we dwelled... i graduated at 15, took 2 yrs off from school and went to prague, egypt, israel, switzerland, Russia, estonia, soo which of those is the farthest? which ever one it is..does the expanse of russia count? :-)

5. What is something you would like to knit “One day”?
Cabled sherwood sweater for baby tali.

6. And finally – since it is October - what are you going to be for Halloween?

nothing. like in the never ending story... "the nothing". no really just plain ole nothing.
Happy birthday to Lynn and Linda! It was great to see you girls yesterday!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

SP9 contest 2

besides the fact that in my group there are alot of grey's anatmoy fans, i also have alot of monkey fans. so in honour of that, i challenge my group and anyone else who wants to join in....
to make a mike nesmith hat!
i assume everyone knows you mike nesmith is...of the monkees

still have no idea?
watch this
or this
or even this


typically this is a green beanie with a pompom atop.
HOWEVER there are some photos showing him with a blue one.


you can choose to make either one. if you make one in each colour you will be entered into a bonus round!

the rules:
hats must be made of wool.
can be knit or crocheted
must have the pompom
must be completed by dec 2.

leave comments on your progress and blog addy so i can see the finished hats.
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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Random fact fo nicole

before i got married i had a list of 109 things i was looking for in my husband. seriously. 109.

sam was 107 of 109.

so i bought my wedding dress 2 months before he proposed.

i knew.

and yes, he is all 109 now. and i shoulda added "will pick his socks up off the floor" heehee
Tirzah and Talia on their birthdays

Friday, October 20, 2006

ani l'dodi v'dodi li

Happy anniversary to the one my heart loves!
Today is our anniversary. 12 years.
when he kissed me goodbye early this morning, i mumbled something like "today is my last day to play with barbies" ???? what the heck? i talk in my sleep really badly! another thing you now know about me.

Shmuel showed up at lunch with flowers. sigh!
now i wont see him again till 10pm? , and all weekend we will be ships passing in the night. so if you stop by my blog...happy anniversary,my love!

kewl

new knitty patterns are up. will the curler hat made me seriously think something was wrong with them. a crazy pattern on someones blog is one thing....but what the heck is that?

but then there are the KEW socks. you may not know this but i am a freak about trees....and thus leaves. i studied in denver at the botanic gardens in theit botanic art and illustration program. i dont think i have touched any of my art stuff in 2-3 years. anyways...i desperately want to go to Kew and to the botanic garden in hawaii. so now i have to make these socks! cuz of my short wide feet, it says to use a stretchy yarn. gonna have to figure that one out. i have cascade fixation.... but dont know how its texture will work with the pattern.
this brings me to my LYS. i stopped by yesterday on the way to buy a birthday cake. they are not going to carry noro anymore! so if you want it... go snatch it up while you can! plymouth i guess makes a similarish yarn, though the colours are a bit muted. and it is $3 less a ball. so they will be carrying it instead.
anyway i went to knitwits to find a sport weight wool, which i knew they wouldnt have, but with all the changes...thought i would check. they didn't. so can some one recommend a nice sportweight? should i just check knitpicks?

oh, the cake...cuz i know you are dying to know, was a snickers cake. choc with a peanut butter fluff frosting, carmel topped and then slices of snickers on top of all that. very good! very rich, small pieces were to celebrate marcus' bday.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

we have a winner!

as people entered into the contest, they were given a # according to who entered first. then using the magic "random number generator", a number was chosen. then i decided to do it again cuz it was fun. so we have 2 winners.
if you are #30 or #16 , you win!!!!!!

Congratulations!


hahaha you do not know who that is?
you dont know your #?

well of the 62 people who entered BEFORE 11:11pm Pacific Time yesterday October 18, #16 is Lorinda and #30 is Melissa
email me your mailing addresses and i will send you a present!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Has anyone seen the massive ammount of Darcy/Pride and Prejudice sequel...continuing stories...
suddenly they are everywhere.
i love Pride and Prejudice.
so i am torn. do i want to read any of them? will they do it justice?
if i read them will i be disappointed? has anyone read from the plethora?

My Brother and Sister are still here. a saturday afternoon has grown into several days of fun visiting. after 4 yrs we are soaking up as much of them as we can. the idea of a move has been mentioned. which would mean my niece will get to get hugged on too. i am atleast looking forward to the next visit.

I had a few last minutes matches to send out, waiting on glitches to come back and haunt me.
contest update: winner will be chosen at random.thursday am from all entries received BEFORE 11:11 pm Wed OCTOBER 18th.

For those in driving distance of Chico. a new indian resturaunt is coming!
grand opening is Oct 22! whooohooo!
those lucky enough to go to the farmers market have been able to sample the yumminess! we think Amit rocks! so visit him! tell him his sambar girl sent you. 1410 Park more details? email me. i got a map today. oh he cateers too, both indian and italian food!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Contest Update

In honour of tali's first birthday we will have a contest....Jody posted some questions on her blog, answer them, post them to your blog, and either leave me a comment or email me that you posted them to be entered. you have til 11:11pm PST on the 18th (time she was born at) to let me know. everyone will be entered into a drawing for something yummy. NONSP9 participants are welcome to join in.
my 4 yr old is fluish,she is the april girl, and currently occupying my thought. so ignore the email that says april!
I hearby challenge you answer the following questions and post them to your blog - and here too if you want:
1. Where is your favorite knitting spot?
2. If you suddenly could never knit again (shudder) - what would you do instead?
3. If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would you go and why?
4. When you were little - What did you want to do "when you grew up?" Are you doing it?
5. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?


SP9ers, in my group...matches were sent Oct 6. Check your emails.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

bday surprises

tali and tirzah's party was today. miss chris and miss lucy came. this will most likely be the last bday party of lucy's childhood. :-)
We had a wonderful surprise. my brother matty and SIL Syrena had a truck run in our neck of the woods rather than the east coast and got to show up for the festivities.
it was so amazing to see them! I can't even express how wonderful it is!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Tea Swap stashiness

jaden helped open this box! my pal turned out to be the delightful Shelby who i have the priviledge to cohost sp9 with.

inside the box were some delicious treats. can you tell jaden wanted a cookie?! the abundance of chai and stash tea flavours are waiting for a quiet moment to be sipped.
inside was a cotton yarn in my colours and some delicious brooklyn handspun in a very victorian colourway. i am thinking lombard street socks maybe?
Shelby! this was a phenomonal package of gifts! thank you so much!
and all the kids are a lil buzzed off the sugar , and say thanks too. :-)

Second sock syndrom

my postmen, bob and steve, swear they did not do this to my box, that it arrived like this.
inside the mangled cardboard were some wonderful treasures. i love my new della q bag! it had some great accessories and needles inside. and the book i have been wanting for quite some time. my lys ordered ONE copy months ago, and i have been wanting my own for a long time! i am so excited about it!
from the book, the sirrius swock, made in mountain bear foot yarn, same stuff i used for my pal, but obviously a different colour. i love it. it fits perfectly!
the panda tea is another i have been coveting. it is so cute!
i cant wait to try the regia silk yarn.
Thank you Christa!
i had some wonderful boxes arrive this week!
unfortunately i used my dad's camera.... so i can't post their pictures til i get them from him.
but let me tell you, they put the "S" in spoiled rotten!

Monday, October 09, 2006

sukkot

we had a family sukkot celebration up at the black buttes on saturday. the weather was perfect. the drive was wonderful. i love the smell of the local myrtle trees.
yesterday was pastor appreciation...lots of desserts and some wonderful presents. gift certificate to sophia's thai! how awesome is that!? in a small town there are few choices for dinner, especially after 7pm. :-) this is our favourite place. the kids however choose ihop. which is where we ate tonight. funny face pancakes rock!

our week is pretty crazy, which is why i got my sp9 matches out last week.
(10 days left in the contest, be sure to read the end of the previous post for details.) i tried to mail a few swap packages, but forgot it was a holiday today. so that goes on tomorrow's list...after farmer's market ofcourse. (eat local!)
simcha torah is coming up this weekend. we have a friday night service to prepare for. i am watching everything align and am amazed. when we first moved here from denver, i thought we would never celebrate any feast or holiday outside our home. it is starting to feel homey, which is weird for a girl without a home town. :-)
after simchat torah the girls' bdays are happening this weekend too. tirzah's 11th and tali's 1st. i hope to get tirzah's project done this week, tali's sherwood sweater will be for chanukah it looks like. :-( i am using a lilac shade of lullaby that heartstrings had in grab bags. the whole thing will be under $5!
oh! cynthia got my second sock syndrom package i sent. the sock fit! hurray. so you can see what i was making at her blog

Friday, October 06, 2006

i'm just a dead man lying on the carpet, can't find a heartbeat....

...that song is stuck in my head...again. sam thinks it is pretty funn how i cant say caRpet or heaRtbeat, but say ca'pet and ha'tbeat. i may have lost many r's over the years. but i thought i was doing a really good job hanging on to the ones i have.
i have my group of 65 people. i have been up late at night matching away. 3 countries...and every one wants same country. matching pals up is soo scary, and when people you live near are in your group...there is that extra fear that they could poke you with a knitting needle when this is all over!
:-)
i love the way the anticipation of swap packages are written about here. she also talks about being "swap ditched". i really hope we don't have ditchers this round. it is awful to watch what everyone else is getting on their blogs, trying to send cheery packages out, while opening an empty mailbox for months.
i had a pal who never blogged during one swap. that made it really hard to shop for her. i had no idea of who she was. i still do not know to this day if she ever got her last box or even liked what was in it. the swap was over and that was it.
so far i have noticed 2 things decide whether or not you will have a good exchange: c0mmunication and expectations. the letters, emails, and blog posts that are "required" help spoilers establish a connection to who they are spoiling.
i have seen some pretty ghastly boxes arrive, and still be welcomed with a cheery attitude and thankful heart. then there are the spoilers who spen 5x the ammount of the swap...easy, who may go without any or little thanks. there will always be some one who signed up for a swap just to see what they get, and they may never be happy with their packages' contents for what ever reason. but the ones who sign up to meet new people and for the opportunity to brighten someone's day, they are the one's who get the most enjoyment out of the 3-4 month period.
IF YAHOO ever lets me access my mail today, i will be sending out spoilee information. trying to give anyone a chance to back out now while they can, before it gets messy. commitment issues!
so my 65 bubbelahs, i hope you all get wonderful packages and find a new friend maybe in all of this, but mostly i hope you have a great time!

In honour of tali's first birthday we will have a contest....
Jody posted some questions on her blog, answer them, post them to your blog, and either leave me a comment or email me that you posted them to be entered. you have til 11:11pm PST on the 18th (time she was born at) to let me know. everyone will be entered into a drawing for something yummy. NONSP9 participants are welcome to join in

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

coco swap


i got the most amazing package for the coco swap!

It arrived torturously during a yom kippur fast. however was the perfect way to end the fast!

you can see i opened the kaluah chocloates in this picture. i love the yesterday and today yarns. very cute! lovely alpaca to spin up now that my wheel is happier. a fabulous shawl pin...and of course more chocolate!

Thanks Jeanne! very wonderful, i loved it all.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

SP9

i have my batch to match...so while i am doing that here are my answers this round.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? i do not like sneezey, squeaky yarns...all others i adore
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? namaste needlecase/bag, a vase...the diaper bag, bedside table drawer...
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
i checked out every book on knitting i could find and finally cast on 2 yrs ago. i am intermediate though i am atempting the master knitters program
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? yep on the sidebar, knit picks upon request
5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) lavender, cucumber melon, cassia, um..apple
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? yep. dark choc. and anything hazelnut
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? i spin. i crochet, i sew, scrapbook, crossstitch, ribbon embroidery, etc.. i was a homeschooled kid. i did alot of crafts.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) yes to mp3s. i like punkpop, mostly christian and alternative, oldies, motown,
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? hate buble gum pink. but have very pink lil girls. love cobalt bloe, burgandy, hunter green, eggplant, teal, midnight blue
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? hubby, 6 kids, no pets
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? yep
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? baby socks
13. What are you knitting right now? sss sock, simple knitted bodice, a hedgehog, clogs, dragon socks
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? well thought out ones
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? all of the above. cept i do not like the sluggishness of brittany's
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? yep, both
17. How old is your oldest UFO? after naked stix for 2006 i got alot done....now i am sure i need to do something
18. What is your favorite holiday? thanksgiving, passover, chanukah
19. Is there anything that you collect? ladybugs and kids :-P
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? books-long list, see amazon. needles- i want a complete knitpicks set one day, patterns. entrelac fish mittens...yes really
What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? none
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? always
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? yep
9x9x9 lol!
23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) midsummers day

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

oops

I saved this in drafts i guess instead of publishing it.

My final SP8 box arrived. It is full of wonderful bath things in "white tea" scent. There is a great stripey notebook, a bag she made and in the bag..... a personalized tin and stitch markers!
Her note was a bit cryptic. i think my pal may have been stash monkey??? i commented on that blog anyways, so am i right? If so.. Stash monkey you were a great pal! thanks for all the goodies.
 
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