Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Saturdays Cover Vets!!!

I just wanted to remind everyone that this Saturday is the Cover Vets, charity event. We will be taking polar fleece and making lap robes for the Veterans at Woods (Zablocki). Bring a snack if you like and whatever you are drinking. I will provide Sloppy Joes to the volunteers. Bring a good scissors too. This requires no sewing, we will have stations set up so we can switch positions, or tasks. There will be cutting, fringing and tying. Please come and do a little good for a Veteran.
I am working diligently on my top down cardigan. Because I am not so petite it takes me about an hour to do one row. Just like I said when I demo spinning. If I had to make all my clothes from scratch, I probably would be thinner. Maybe? I got bored with the plain knitting, stockinette so I added a half cable twist every couple of rows, this added some interest and makes the sweater less boring. My next project will be the Alice's wondercoat.
Tonight I am going to a retirement party for one of the guys I used to work with. I can't wait to see everyone but, it is in a smokey bar. I have been having migranes for the last three days and I will have to shove mentholated chapstick up my nose and see how long I will last. It sucks. On smoking in public, my theory is, if the public smoking places would have taken the problem into their own hands and installed super duper smoke eatters, so you wouldn't smell the smoke so bad, I don't think the government would have had to step in and stop smoking totally. I have bad asthma and smoke and febreeze/dryer sheets and perfume are major triggers for me. I avoid these situations, most of my friend understand how badly perfume causes me to have migranes/asthma attacks and they understand. I try to avoid the situations where I am exposed to the triggers, but sometimes you just can't. I found if I shove menthol in my nostrils, it can help a bit. So if you are sitting by me and I have a tube of chapstick up my nose, please just understand I am avoiding some trigger that is dangerous to my health. I am assuming tonight I will have two of them up my nose, not to mention, I am wearing something I can take off by the door and hang outside.
So get this visual, two tubes of chapstick shoved up my nose, running naked into the back door and jumping into the shower. Now I am rethinking this, is it really worth seeing everyone???? I may just not be going at all????

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day

I am not a romantic, two failed marriages and dating cured me of that!!! I am however in love with the fact that there is a love for other things. Not a material love, but for friends, family and ideas. I love my family, like nothing else I know. I love my friends the same way, but different? I love what I am doing each day, each moment. So then I think, maybe I don't know love? Maybe it is just joy!!! Joy of family, friends, and life. But if I removed any of them I would be devastated. So for me and my pea brain, I am in love with life, family, and friends, who could ask for more?
I went to a Valentines Day Magic Ball Party, I picked the bag that I wanted right off the bat. I'll tell you later why I picked it. I got sucked into this magic ball deally, when our Yahoo group suggested it. I was intrigued by the idea, but not sure what it was. So my friend Lois was sitting here and asked if I was going? I don't know, I don't have a ball made. With confident reassurance she created a monster. I was on a mission to collect all kinds of trinkets and baubles to add to my ball. This is how it goes. You take over a 100 yard skein of yarn, and wrap stuff up in it. The limit was $20.00 so I had a knit bottle warmer in the middle, candy, sheep , pins and on and on and it looked like a space module on the moon, when I was done. I put something just about every 3 wraps. (Attention span of a gnat) So then we put them into bags and picked a bag at the party.
Wendy had the party at her house, her home is warm and inviting and she is an awesome cook and hostess. We had white chili, corn bread and homemade salsa that was divine...! So when I sat down on the couch, right in front of me was a bag with Valentine Hearts all over it. I eyed it and knew it was really the only Valentine I would get so that is what I set me sites on. That is why I picked it, not too sound sappy but I wanted a Valentine present. Boy did I get one. I love ripping open presents, but this one had me whineing with every unwrap.....It was a pink yarn with little beads in it, and a group of pink sucker stuck into it. That was just the start...unwind ...unwind ......more unwinding and finally I hit the motherload...a little tin of mints, stitch marker with hearts on them, A gift certificate, more unwinding, a little mini notebook, a chocolate kiss, there was lots of things wrapped in this ball of yarn, that was so fun. So for my Valentines present I got lots of little trinkets and baubles and time with friends. As it turned out I picked my Shop Fairies bag? I think it's Karma!!!!! Thanks Wendy Happy Valentines day

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Superbowl Scarves!!!! We had fun...right!!!! We did didn't we...Did we.?

Superbowl Sunday!!!
We had a what seemed like a knitting marathon. We are all icing our wrists tonight!!! They came in with goodies in hand and fiber in the other. We ate and knit and knit and knit some more. We increased with each Penalty Flag and added a bead for each touch down which were minimal. We Decreased at the Extra point and switched scarves at each change of football possession and dropped a stitch with the fumbles. Even from a knitting standpoint it was a boring game!!! Each scarf was so different and we had a diverse group of knitters. From 10 to 10 x 5 year olds!!!! Oh and if you want my recipe for crab dip I will give it to you....I don't think even the Racoons will eat it!!!!

Margie is scared stiff about the Super Bowl scarf!!! she just found out how many increase rows we have to do!!!!

Ladies we have our drinks, now start your needles!!!!

Very rarely do I ever see Lois pooped!!!! After a weekend of knitting, she is ready for bed!!!!!! I think Martha is counting stitches? And Natalie's scarf is strangling her....get if off Natalie, it's a killer.

Here are the final scarves, vibrant and colorful with a nice wave of curves. This looks like a much happier bunch once we started Binding off!!!

Even Joey got in the photo.