Wednesday, September 27, 2006


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.

Sockret pal questions

Sock-ret Pal Questionnaire
The basics:How long have you been knitting?
March 2004
Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep?
The measurements:While your pal may ask for some additional info to ensure a great fit, please provide your shoe size, or any other fitting related info you think is pertinent. US 6-7
Total foot length - 9"
Foot circumference - 9"
Heel flap length - 2 3/4"
Toe length - 2"
Heel-t0-toe length 7"

(fiber related) Favorites:What colors do you love?
renaissance and victorian palettes
Do you prefer solids or variegated? hmmm. i love colour...
What fibers do you most love to knit with? merino wool, alpaca, natural fibers
Who do you consider your favorite yarn vendors? Lorna's Laces, Wildfoote, Mountain Colors, Cascade Fixation, Schaeffer, Lang Jawool
What projects (other than socks, of course*S*) do you most enjoy knitting? hats, sweaters, bags, everything
Dislikes:What fibers can you not stand to knit with? To wear? squeaky acrylic, anything that sheds really bad
What colors would you never wear? bubble gum pink
The Tools:Plastic or Metal? Bamboo or wood?
nickel plated and rosewood, CP bamboo
Circs or Straights? both DPNs or Magic Loop? i love DPN but i have 6 is a until i get a socks in progress tube to protect both the sock and kids probably 2cir/magic loop
Are there any knitting accessories you don't have in your collection but would like? beaded row keeper bracelet, circ needle id tags, Magic Marble Teleidoscope Knit Picks needles not in the options set
The Extras:Do you have a wish list? Side bar, also have a knitpicks one upon request
Do you like sweet, sour or salty? (or all of the above? *S*) salty,sour
Do you have any allergies your pal should know about? (Certain foods, smoke, pet hair, etc) smoke/cat/ferret (asthma household), peaches
Favorite scents? lavender, moonlight path, apple,
Do you collect anything (other than yarn and knitting toys of course)?
When is your birthday? (month and day is fine!) MidSummer's Day
Do you spin? Dye your own yarn? yes sir, yes sir 3 bobbins full
Your favorite author/band/vacation spot, anything you think will help your pal know you better... ted dekker, Fenelon, N. Hawthorne, as long as its not country music, um steamboat Co, bethlehem Pa, Prague, Tallin, Moscow, Freiburg, Colmar

Monday, September 25, 2006

Colours of summer ends

september is the last colourswap month, a bonus round of red and pinks.
i swapped with lori. lori lives in the wonderful city of seattle. i love seattle! the kids helped me open it. there were two response... "ooh candy" and "mmm your box smells good".
in the box is loose leaf tea, bath stuff, a notepad, pen, sour straws, strawberry puffs, a giant chocolate cherry, ambrosia handmade soap, and dive tesco yarn.
thank you lori, it is a wonderful box!

Simple Knitted Bodice

here it is so far.
interlacements rayon silk undyed (1200 yds=$18)
us 6/4
the yarnbra is keeping the cake somewhat contained. why am i always surprised that the numbers work out right to what they are supposed be? now that i have said that, watchout! it will be off! i love the shimmeriness.
it is on hold while i finish my SSS sock. after serious doubts over the math of the first sock, i ripped it out and began another.

Sunday, September 24, 2006 the year 5767....

the year has begun beautifully.
we had a lovely but bust week. i started going to a study my knitting buddy wilma is teaching on wed mornings. not only is there childcare, there are homeschool tutors "so mom's can go to whatever study they want". one of the ladies who were at josh fest doing the kids stuff is the one overseeing this. great idea isnt it? talia is adjusting to the 2 and a half hours away from her mother. i only had to be called in once this week. i ofcourse am dragging my mom along with me. she gets to actually do the lesson while i am in the nursery with tali. she is my notetaker extraordinaire! my sp8 sent a perfect notebook that i am using for this study.

we had a surprise visit from sam's parents (they live in colorado), so we spent the day with them in quincy. ofcourse this meant a visit to the wool room to see the wonderful medrith. i got some lamb's pride for $3 a skein to felt...something... t&k got a skein of yarn each too, and needles . how did we not have those with us?! lol!
the drive gave me time to work on my SSS sock. i need to get that done and into the mail. it is frightening to make a sock for someone who have not met. i have only made socks for my most beloved aunt outside of my immediate area family. fingers crossed for it to fit and for her to like it.

i loaded up on some fabulous deals at heartstrings. $5 grab bags! go visit joanne! she has some fab stuff in and is moving alot of stock to make room. oh! check out her della q needle case for circs! they have sizes on each pocket! $40

lynn i have roadkill at my house. when he is done i will give him to brooke. wheel needs some stablizing so i can spin on it. i guess the stopping thing was not my lack of spinning skill but the wheel saying "help me". it is at my dad's waiting to be redrilled (stripped screws) and the leather piece being replaced.
if anyone goes by yarn basket, bruce is ordering wheel oil, "i will give you a hamburger on tuesday" if you pick it up for me :-) do you know of the "beginning" knitting group from 2 yrs ago, 4 of us now are spinning? what did you start brooke?

oh, and i finally got around to a bloglines account. so i am adding ya'll in. this will keep me from going to sites that have not been updated since oh august and being disappointed. did you know there are people who subscribe to my blog?! that is so weird to me! so if you do not use bloglines, go do it!

Friday, September 22, 2006

1 bushel of apples
3 pounds of honey
6 loaves of challah
equal one sweet new year!

we had a wonderful rosh hashanah service, sam stopped counting after 105 people! shew! next time...more challah!

" Don't look at me in that tone of voice. "

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;Succeed anyway.If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;Be honest and frank anyway.What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;Build anywayIf you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;Be happy anyway.The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;Do good anyway.Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;Give the world the best you've got anyway.You see in the final analysis. it is between you and God;It was never between you and them anyway.

mother theresa

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

“Well, me hearties, let’s see what crawled out of the bung hole.”

new knits on the block has eye patches to knit up. a basic flower petal shape on a string, for those who made the washclothes. there is a knit like a pirate page

cute pirate/skull patterns are here

hoho doctored some great eye patchy photos. be sure to stop by his myspace

Tirzah Update

the picture below was from BEFORE she cut her hair to locks of love.
now she is more grown up and elegant, but i still love that picture.

so, i am not sure if things are going so well with the things we have been trying that the Dr is confused and baffled, or if the Dr is just confused and baffled. different "expert" from the last one we saw.
Tirzah's blood pressure and kidney functions were fabulous. She has some joint pains that are still lingering from this summer's episode but seems to be "dormant" again. we got almost a year and a half this last time with out symptoms, so we are hoping for another year, or two, or 3....
the dr wants to check her for alot of other stuff, one being lupus. is that weird? do kids get lupus? so we are waiting for those results, actually they only call if things are bad, so we are hoping to not hear from them til our next visit in Dec.
so keep praying! things are looking good for tirzah right now. we will still be doing omega3 and aloe juice in the mean time, cuz they seem to be helping alot.
if you want to leave her comments her blog , she would think that was cool

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Tirzah goes back to UCDavis tomorrow for more kidney , liver, bowel and bladder testing because of her HSP. We are praying for very good results this time as she seems to be doing much better than she was three months ago. She has been taking Omega 3 Fish oil daily and it seems to have had a good effect. Tomorrow will tell us for sure.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

there were crazy bounce houses and slides and water rides for the kids, puppet shows and an arts and crafts building. usually my kids are in pairs but with the layout they suddenly became independent beings and were on different rides and seperate activities from eachother. jaden had 2 friends, which told us " my 2 best friends are arch em-nemies" not to be confused with eNemies, cuz the 2 boys he played with didnt like eachother. lol! being a typical boy, he does not know their names.
the bands were great even though the sound was poorly ixed on the renegade stage and the vocals were horribly drowned out. not bad for emo-screamo music, but sad for the jazz, soul, folk bands that shared the stage. tirzah was part of a "star sighting" someone thought SHE was famous. and boys!! we have enter a new phase of life, there were boys following the girls around and falling all over themselves, being teased for flirting with the girls who were thankfully oblivious! kezzi just wanted to skate, tirzah wanted to see rock stars.

mkay and shelynn worked booths for several bands. there was a competitive "buy my button" match. i think shelynn won them over with her "Brain Excercise" line.

joshua fest

bella with her new hair
which aided her in a hoolahoop contest where she won a hoolahoop

kezzi the supersoaker

hawk nelson autographs and josh the super cool skateboarder who ollied over 17 kids!

way behind

i have not posted joshfest pictures yet. today was the first day in 5 days that tali did not wake up with 102 degree fever. no other symptoms besides the "i dont feel good" look. just a fever. and she was fine while she was awake, but the minute she slept her temp would shoot up. today we are all good.

My Knitted Bodice top is at the point of dividing for sleeves. Last night i saw a dropped stitch. blah! how the heck did i do that?! knitting with toddlers! sheesh!

My sss pal is a violinist. i searched for yummy brown rich colours. violin socks. with little lacey holes similar to the cutaways of a violin...
no such luck. so trying another sock, but get this 52 sts on size 2 needles??? is this big enough for and adult sock? (the snowflake pattern at magknits calls for this ammount of sts)
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