September 2007

My husband is out getting me knitting magazines (isn’t he sweet?) so I thought I’d update real quick.

The urge to craft for Christmas has finally bitten me.  I don’t know if it’s because of the cooler weather or the fact that my husband has been playing the Twisted Sister Christmas album lol.  Either way, I decided to cast on for a gift for mom last night.

Excuse the poor photo, it’s dark in my livingroom today!  Anyway, I’m doing the Sienna Cardigan from Interweave Knits Fall 2006.  I started on the back last night and I’m about two inches from starting the arm shaping.  It’s going quick!

I’m also really excited because my husband, who likes that I knit, but doesn’t ever want hand-knit items told me this morning that a pair of gloves would come in handy while driving a forklift at work this winter!  I’ve got some self-striping sock wool that would be perfect for gloves, but I’m wondering if something a little thicker wouldn’t be better.  I guess I’ll be knitting some swatches soon.

Thirteen Things about Bettie Page

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1. Bettie was born April 22, 1923 in Nashville, Tennessee.

2. Bettie never had children.

3. Bettie has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Peabody College.

4. According to PLAYBOY magazine, Bettie Page is “the Queen of Pin-ups.

5. Since August 9, 2000 alone has tabulated 626 million hits.

6. Bettie Page never gave interviews, not even when her silent photos were ubiquitous.

7. Through the years, to protect the privacy she craved, when people would recognize her and ask if she was Bettie Page, she’d answer, “Who’s that?”

8. In 1955, Bettie won the title “Miss Pinup Girl of the World.”

9. Betties image continues to be an inspiration to artists.

10. Bettie ended her modelling career in 1957, after a conversion to Christianity.

11. Bettie is portrayed by Paige Richards in Bettie Page: Dark Angel (2004) and by Gretchen Mol in The Notorious Bettie Page (2005).

12. Regarding the title The Notorious Bettie Page (2005): “Notorious? That’s not flattering at all. They should have used another word.” (LA Times 3-11-06)

13. Bettie celebrated her 84th birthday earlier this year.

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I just can’t help myself.

It seems like everytime I have large projects on my needles/hooks/hoops I feel the need to “take a break”.  So I start something new.  Sometimes it’s small, sometimes it’s big.  With the holidays coming up I should be dedicating my time to gifts.

Instead, as I go through totes of yarn, trying to organize and clean, I peruse free knitting patterns online.  What am I thinking?!

I’m thinking of starting this afghan of course!

I really like the homey, kind of quilt look to it and as I wind the hundredth-something ball of partially used yarn I thought it would be a great stash-buster. 

What’s one more project anyway?

Can it already be getting cold here?  It doesn’t seem like it should be and generally it doesn’t until the end of October, but I can’t deny the frosty breath in the morning or my poor shivering chihuahua when he comes in from outside.

As the weather turns colder I start to feel more homey.  I want heartier meals like stew and warm crusty bread.  I want to cuddle deep under a comforter and sip coffee while my feet are wrapped in thick socks.  Is it no wonder that I want my pets nice and snuggly warm too?

Despite him looking utterly miserable, he really loves being in a sweater.  When I first finished it he had just come in from a potty break and his whole little body was shaking.  I quickly hid the last tail and wrangled him in to his new soft sweater.  As soon as it was adjusted on him he fell asleep on the couch. 

This sweater was made from this pattern on the Caron website.  I made a few changes to it, obviously changing the colors.  I used Caron Simply Soft in Limelight and Blue Mint and the pattern calls for two strands held throughout.  I used size 10.5 needles as suggested but dropped down to 8’s instead of 9’s for the belly and neck/leg ribbing.  It’s still a little too big despite hitting gauge dead on.  In retrospect I should have made the smallest size because it would have fit him much better.  Still, he does like it, as long as I’m not making him move around too much.  It’s like an instant sleep tonic for him, he practically falls over into a deep sleep as soon as it’s on.

On another crafty topic…I’m cleaning my craft room!  Cue the scary Halloween screams because it doesn’t happen very often.  Fact of the matter is though is that I’ve got way too much craft stuff, not enough room to put it and my gargantuan puppy has decided that anything with mom smell on it must be torn to shreds.  She’s annhiliated all but one of my Denise Interchangeable cables and she’s torn up way too many skeins of yarn.  On the bright side, I can now request (well, have already lol) a set of the wooden KnitPicks Options needles but I don’t want my stuff destroyed whether we can replace it or not.  So, I’m biting the bullet.  I’m rewinding all my skeins in to cakes, ziplocking them and going from there.  I will have to find a place for all my paper craft stuff, my craft books and magazines.  Sigh.  If I can manage to get the two file cabinets and our old crappy computer out of there I may just have the room to do all this re-organizing bull.  Please wish me luck, I HATE trying to reorganize this stuff.

Why did I wait so long to sign up for Ravelry?

  • You signed up on September 17, 2007
  • You are #33422 on the list.
  • 17284 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 1449 people are behind you in line.
  • 45% of the list has been invited so far
  • I read about it about a month ago but now with it seeming to be the buzz on just about every blog I visit, I really want to get in and see everything!


    Must be patient!

    The last two projects I’ve finished have put the idea in my head that I should pamper myself today.  A hot bath, good smelly soaps and hot tea with a good book!  It would certainly help after such a nasty night. 

    I met the rudest, nastiest old man last night at Walmart.  I’d done a weeks worth of grocery shopping and my cart was overflowing.  When this man came up behind me in the check-out line I offered to let him go ahead of me seeing as he only had one item.  I said, “Excuse me, but I’ve got a LOT of stuff and if you’d like to go ahead of me you’re welcome to.”

    I thought it was nice, but instead of a “thank you”, I heard “Yeah, pshhh….you DO have a lot of stuff!” as he sauntered past me and threw his tube of antifungal cream on the belt.

    Now, normally I don’t speak up in public.  I’ve had people run over my foot with their cart, push me out of the way and literally during a Black Friday sale I had someone elbow me in the gut for the last rocking chair.  So I surprised myself by saying out loud, “Gee, you’re WELCOME!”

    He looked taken aback and muttered a quick thank you.  He then got to experience my full wrath after looking at the cashier and saying “Young people these days!  Not a polite bone in their bodies!”

    Oh.  My.  Expletive.

    I went in to a bit of a tirade and told him that I’d been polite from the start by offering to let him go ahead of me and that HE was the one that didn’t know the meaning of the word polite.  I saw him look to Paul the cashier for some sympathy and Paul just looked at me, nodded his head and said I was right.  Crochety Old Man grunted, grabbed his tube of cream and stalked off.

    A long explaination of why I need a pampering day, but wow…I just couldn’t believe the gall.

    Now that I’ve got that out of the way, look at some pictures!

    I was feeling artsy when I took this picture 🙂  These little face cloths only measure about 3.5″x3.5″, but they’re thick and cottony soft and the texture will make for a fantastic face scrubbie.  I got the pattern from this neat little five piece bath set and I decided to make several.  I’ve got a peppermint face scrub that is begging to be squeezed onto these babies!

    A few days ago I mentioned these fantastic hair turbans my mother in law has for wrapping your hair in after a bath/shower.  Well I finally got around to making a few and here’s the results!

    Doesn’t look like much, does it?  But when you open it up, wrap it around your head and tuck the tail into the attached elastic, it becomes a different animal! 

    Never again will I struggle to keep a big bulky towel on my head after I wash my hair.  This bath turban is small but absorbent, stays on snugly and now I won’t go through so many towels!  My hair is down to just about the middle of my back and this holds it all in.  I’m thrilled with it and all it cost me was an old towel and a little elastic, both of which I already had.  I love it when I can make something out of things I already have.

    Well, I guess that’s enough for now.  I know I was long winded and blathered on quite a bit, but I haven’t had much sleep and there’s a teensy part of me still seething about what happened last night.  It’s time to go run a bath now and try out my new handy dandy scrubbies and turban!

    Happy weekend to all!

    Thirteen Things on my Desk

    1. Scissors. I always keep a small pair of scissors on my desk to snip yarn with because that’s where I do most of my crafts.

    2. A small jar of amaretto pecan honey butter. My best friend brought it back from Texas with her and it’s kind of made its home on my desk.

    3. My address book. It holds every important phone number and address I’ve ever written down.

    4. The Sims 2. I haven’t played this much, but when I do I become almost obsessive. That’s why I’ve only made three families lol!

    5. My stuffed puppy I won at the fair last year. He sits upon my computer tower and every so often I’ll reach up and rub his ears because he’s so soft!

    6. My puppys harness. She’s a strapping mutt and SO much easier to control with a harness. It wound up there after I readjusted it the last time.

    7. A bottomless cup of coffee. I drink a lot of coffee and there’s almost always a cup sitting here.

    8. A single size 10.5 knitting needle. I don’t knit with this…I scratch my back with it. What can I say? It does the job!

    9. A crocheted potholder. I’m not sure how this ended up here, but chances are it’s from bringing a hot plate in during lunch one day.

    10. A roll of Scott tissue. It’s good for sniffly noses or to wipe up spilled coffee…useful!

    11. Neutrogena honey lip balm. Arizona dries out everything and I’m never far from a lip balm or chap stick.

    12. Fiber-fill. I knit a little alien stuffie not long ago and the leftovers never made their way back to the box.

    13. Our Nintendo Wii usb connector. We like to go online with our Wii sometimes, but often the connector gets unplugged so another usb cable can be plugged in. It sits quietly, begging to be plugged in and played.

    Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

    1. Mother of Hana

    2. Joyful Days

    3. Jennifer

    4. Jenn

    5. Ann Aguirre

    6. Mama Pajama

    7. Wolfie

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