Wednesday, January 31

GO COLTS!!!!!!!!!

so on mon
i flew to O'Hare
there was a gste agent offering everyone going to Indy
a free box of kleen-ex
on the flight BACK New Orleans to Chicago was an orange jersey
i told the guy wearing it
i admired his conviction to support a team
most of the passengers were good natured about it
they kept telling me WE were gonna loose
when we landed
i said
Ladies & Gentelmen
on behalf of the Indy based COLTS flight crew
welcome to BEARS Country
ended with
may the BEST team win
goin' into Chicago
the gate agent was wearing a Bears hat
the CPT gave me a sign to hold up when he opened the door
it said GO COLTS!!!!!
after he read it
he said he was withdrawing the jetbridge
glad the passengers & gate agents have a sense of humor
going to Dulles in a few hours
hopin' to see Carol Breitner
no knitting since i got into the air
did read some
reading Northern Lights by Nora Roberts for
WhoDuKnit on yahoo
gotta go get ready to fly

Sunday, January 28

10:30 PM .. am i packed

yeah rite
i am on a book group
we read a book & knit something that correlates
in Feb the book is "Northern Lights" by Nora Roberts
the KAL will be an enterlac scarf
anyways ... i went looking for the book
had to go to THREE stores
but as i am driving
it hit me
i started a pair of sox
couldn't get the design i wanted to work
as i was driving tonite,
i figured out WHAT i want on the sox
now to convert what i see in my head
to something that my hands can convert
into a pair of sox
not telling in case it doesn't work
IF i pack Bjork
i can't pack workout clothes
i NEED the clothes since i picked up
5 of the pounds i lost
out & i should be wearing pants NOT a dress
i gotta finish packing clothes
decide on knitting
fix a nail
prepare & pack food
i COULD bring the flowers i am almost done with
need 2 leaves & need to finish the Iris
i could bring dischcloth cotton
got patterns AND needles AND patterns
wonder who my partner in the exchange will be
IF i knew
i could knit the dishcloth for her in her color
i NEED sox
i have 2 pair of Opal on the circs
i have TOFUsies i bought that is calling my name
i really want to knit them
just haven't got a clue what pattern to use to show
off the yarn
do i try something different
don't want a BORING pair of sox
got the pink sox started
now that i KNOW what i want them to look like
i could take them along & work on them
Valentines day is about 2 weeks away
i would like to wear them at least ONCE
gotta get some sleep
need to be up in 7 hours
i have 6 days off when i get home
feeling better
allergies have slackened up
not coughing & hacking like i was
gotta remember to TAKE the meds
how i forget to take them daily i cannot fathom
they are in the rolleboard
along with contacts
and some clothes
gotta finish packing
better decide on knitting

it's 10 PM .. am i packed ?

yeah rite
i always start to pack & get sidetracked
so i decided
IF i pack the Bjork
i won't have room for workout clothes
i have picked up 5 of the pounds i lost
so workout clothes WILL go into the bag
alread have contacts AND allergy meds packed
i started a pair of Pink Sox for Valentines Day
i got stumped on what to knit
so i put them down
i was driving to Wally World when it HIT me
X & O
now i gotta graph 'em & see IF i can make it work
can what i see in my head be converted so that
my hands can create it with yarn
we shall see
i am on WhoDuKnit
you read a book & knit something that
correlates with the book
Feb is Nora Roberts "Northern Lights"
the KAL is an entrelac scarf
got the book, had to go to THREE stores to find it
found UMPTEEN books by Nora Roberts
will decide on the yarn Fri or Mon when i
go to LYS
anyways, there is someone on the list that lives
meet someone that knits & reads
yeah, yeah
i am procrastinating again
gotta pack clothes
fix a nail
cut my toenails
see IF the pants fit .. yet
it is gonna be kkkkoooolllllllldddddddd
i think i want pants NOT a dress to wear
so, what to knit
maybe dishcloths
got lots of patterns
have yarn & needles
maybe finish the Flowers i started
need 2 leaves & finish the Iris
then i could FELT the whole
kit-n-kaboodle when i get home thur nite or fri


June 14 i am done

May 10 i am ready to start


May 2006
Market Square in Berries
with pattern of Debbie's sticking out
i was knitting yet ANOTHER entrelac bag
Debbie's in Black & Fire
Suki in kool-aid dyed

Entrelac stock

Debbies got me started on Entrelac ..
so I figured out a Stocking ..
this was for a SocKnitters 2003 Christmas Stocking Swap
the toe & heel were inspires by a hat


so i became addicted to Entrelac a while back
TestKnit Debbie Barisa's Felted Entrelac Bag
black & fire colors with left over yarns
then i did the Market Square Bag
out of Berry colored leftovers ( i bought ONE skein of yarn)
then i did the Entrelac Suki ( with adaptations)

did a stocking in 2003 using ideas from a hat pattern

i wanna make another purse

even better
a hat, mittes (or gloves) scarf AND purse
but MOST of all
i NEED to make this vest

so, i forget how to knit backwards
googled some links

and some Entrelac links

false entrelac

this trip

the Cpt is not listed for the trip
i was looking forward to flying with him
hope nothing is wrong
been excited ALL month
he didn't say anything when i saw him in Austin on tue
there WILL be knitting time this weekend
i have about 3 hours AAT in O'Hare on Mon
Cedar Rapids on mon around 9 pm - 10 am tues
Enfield Ct on tues nite, but knitting time will be wed
from the time i get up till 2pm
can walk outside IF it's not too cold
gonna meet up with Carol Breitner in Dullus for a
while Wed evening before i go to Norfolk
Norfolk Va wed nite- thur about 3pm
supposed to be a mall close enuff to walk to
heard there is a bus that will take us to the beach
supposed to be a LYS by the beach
if not, i can hit the treadmill & knit on thur
off work Fri 2 - Wed 7
i can pay bills, get taxes done on fri
clean my house sat & sun
visit brother for his 47th birthday on Mon & visit his grandchildren
still have 2 days to goof off
knit OR read
so i have 7 planes in 4 days
the cpt i am excited to fly with will
be with us Mon, Tue & Wed
the replacement on thur is fun to fly with
gonna be a GREAT trip!!
gotta finish packing AND get food prepared
will need a small project to take
Bjork is too big
gotta have workout stuff
working out is more important than knitting
i will be in warm weather before i know it
i WANT to wear shorts


Abby & I are waiting for Karen to finish the pattern
to these MARVELOUS gloves
when the pattern is available
we will be doing a KAL
hopin' that Karen joins to see what others do with her inspiration
HOPIN' i go the name right
met lots of people in KC Mo on Fri
she works @ the Studio
each finger is different
can you tell this is her first EVER pair of gloves
thinkin' she use Koigu & a solid
they look better in person
i will have to improvise a hat & scarf after i finish the gloves


got my partners for ITE3
now to read about partner i am knitting for &
figure out what she wants in a bag
got an idea or 3
i WILL finish the
Bjork before i start ANYTHING ELSE
it is slow going
i forgot how much i hate plain stockinett
give me something with a challenge
a pattern stitch OR intarsia OR color work
FINALLY finished "A Good Yarn" by Debbie Macomber
i got bored knitting while we were waiting for the
plane to come home last nite
started it around Thanksgiving
usually only read at breakfast in the hotels
if i don't work on Bjork sun,
i will have to take it with me this week
going to Cedar Rapids Ia, Hartford Ct & Norfolk Va
gotta get some sleep
and pack
it's tomoro
and i got some stuff for the Bottle Swap Partner on whenever
have a few things in mind i wanna get for her
still looking for yarn & pattern for partner on sockamaniac_sockalong
know what i want, just can't find it
we are exchanging sock yarn & a pattern
will stop @ LYS in Westfield on the way to
visit munchkins next week
got an idea for dishcloth for MonthlyDishcloths
just need to buy the yarn
can you believe i DON'T have the rite yarn
yeah .. i COULD have bought yarn while
i was in KC MO
but i didn't
i will be buying 3 more skeins of Bulky Brown Sheep
in Onyx to make the shawl larger
it is too small
i gotta sleep
well, slept most of sat
allergies kicked up
maybe sinuses
who cares
i feel like crap
don't want to knit
want to sleep
not really hungry
almost feel bad enuff to call in sick
haven't missed a day of work in 377 days
wouldn't ya know
i have been looking forward to working with the
ENTIRE crew all month
gotta get good enuff to fly

Saturday, January 27

twas the month after Christmas

Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste.
All the holiday parties had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).
I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt---
I said to myself, as I only can
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!
"So--away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.
I won't have a cookie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.
I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore---
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

knitting links to ponder

what kind of flower are you

I am an

What Flower
Are You?


Go Colts

Tom Brady, after living a full life, died.

When he got to heaven,God was showing him around.

They came to a modest little house with a faded Patriots flag in the window.

"This house is yours for eternity,Tom ," said God.

"This is very special; not everyone gets a house uphere."

Tom felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house.

On his way up the porch, he noticed another house just around the corner.

It was a 3-story mansion with a Blue & White sidewalk,

a 50-foot tall flagpole with an enormous Colts logo flag,

and in every window, a Colts towel.

Tom looked at God and said"God, I'm not trying to be ungrateful,

but I have a question. I was an all-pro QB,

I hold many NFL records, and I even won a few Super bowls

God said "So what's your point Tom?"

"Well, why does Peyton get a better house than me?"

God chuckled, and said: "Tom , that's not Peyton's house, it's mine."

Thursday, January 25


Tomoro. DRACO gets to meet Abby
A fellow knitter. Who is also knitting a BJORK
She lives in KC MO
We are gonna go yarn storing
Can't wait
DRACO is also excited
Hope he sleeps tonite

Monday, January 22

Fav sox

I am gettin' ready to pack again & I need sox
So I grab a pair
They are my FAVORITE pair
What makes them my fav
Not really sure, they just ARE!
They are Lion Brand Jelly Bean yarn in Wavy Rib
Cathy Rodriguez designed them
Yup, others HAVE noticed that I wear the same pair of sox over & over on my overnites
Guess I should knit another pair, huh?

Bjork progress

i DO need nails

a reminder

goin' to Toronto
had to get one a while back
will be interesting to see
how it effects things Wed & Thur

days off ..

i caught up on my sleep
i worked on cleaning off the desk
succeeded .. sort of
got stuff filed
got some stuff ready for TAXES
waiting on W2's to show up
gonna get them done while i am off
first week of Feb
went to get the oil changed in the car
AND had a nail removed from the tire
knit on Bjork for 15 minutes
got a mechanic
NOW i still need a dentist
and a nail tech
stopped into beauty supply store to get shampoo & conditioner
RED nail polish
someone stole the antenna ball from my car
it WAS shaped like a bottle of RED OPI polish
it was on the car for 3 1/2 years
i saw it driving away on a white car
PISSED me off big time
gotta take off the polish on my toes
RE-polish them
put nails on - gonna fiberglass them
then polish them Big Apple Red
need to finish laundry & pack
got food to prepare
what to take to knit
of course
the Bjork
i WANT this done ..
too many people have seen me knitting it
and they expect to see the end result
they will be SHOCKED when they see it
i am sure they will think it is Bizarre
even for MOI!!!
don't think i will need more than one project
i have 3 skeins of yarn to go on the Bjork
i mite take the shawl i started in New Orleans
i like the pattern
but would PREFER it to be a solid color
mite leave the yarn for the Bag Swap
i HAVE solid blue that would work
but i would need a size 15 circ
i have one somewhere
i will probably break my resolution to NOT buy yarn
thinkin' a friend needs a cozy afghan to snuggle up on
the couch in her new house
or a shawl
she LOVES purple
i don't have that much purple here
i gotta do something
even if it's wrong
gonna try to e-mail abby again
yahoo won't let some of my e-mails go thru

Sunday, January 21

FUN at work

had a BLAST with the crew
PILOTS have a sense of humor
the Cpt said to refer to him & the FO as
Tom & Jerry
he was gonna refer to the FA's as
Laverne & Shirley
i kept forgetting WHICH one i was
Laverne or Shirley
had a BLAST flying with Erica (Laverne)
she & Kurtis (Jerry) wanted to get out & see New Orleans
cpt (Tom) was tired
lost most of the nails
they only stay on about 2 weeks IF i am lucky
oh well
i can put them BACK on
gotta get offline & clean up the 'puter room
and eat

just for fun


1. Where is your cell phone? desk
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse? none
3. Your hair? bed-head
4. Your mother? dead
5. Your father? forgotten
6. Your favorite thing? knitting
7. Your dream last night? didn't
8. Your favorite drink? tea
9. Your dream car? none
10. The room you are in? computer
11. Your ex? forgotten
12. Your fear?
13. What do you want to be in 10 years? debdtless
14. Who did you hang out with last night? no-one
15. What you're not? healthy
16. Muffins? buttered
17. One of your wish list items? wheel
18. The last thing you did? slept
19. What are you wearing? comfortable
20.Your tv? unplugged
21. Your pet? none
22.Your computer? lifeline
23. Your life? content
24. Your mood? relaxed
25. What are you thinking about right now? knitting
26. Your car? dependable
27. Your work? FUN
28. Summer? hopefully
29. Your relationship status? none
30. Your favorite color? blue
31. When is the last time you laughed? mornin'
32. Last time you cried? june
33. School? someday

knitting fabric

want a HOODED poncho

here is something similar to what i want
i started a poncho a while back
found it in a box
no clue what i was doing
don't have the yarn OR instructions
thought i thru them in the box together
wish the old room mates would have left MY stuff alone

knit basket

i want to make some of these
IF you can get the link to work to BUY the pattern
lemme know

Pass the Butter

i had a Dr years ago that said to eat ONLY what GOD created
if it came from a lab
do NOT eat it .. most of the lab created stuff was
similar in chemical compound to plastic
i know that the difference between
NON-dairy creamer & automobile tires insn't
that much
chemically, they are similar
yeah .. i took Chemistry & Biology & Physics & Calculus
as well as ADVANCED Chem & Advanced Bio in High School
i got THIS from a friend
i knew SOME of it
Pass the butter ~ ~ keep the margarine ~ ~
This is interesting.
Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys.
When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money
into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads
together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.
It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added
the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter.
didn't know this part ^
How do you like it?
They have come out with some clever new flavorings.
DO YOU KNOW...the difference between margarine and butter?
Read on to the end...gets very interesting!
Both have the same amount of calories.(knew that)
Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams.
Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53%
over eating the same amount of butter,
according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.
Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has
a few only because they are added!
Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can
enhance the flavors of other foods.
Butter has been around for centuries where margarine
has been around for less than 100 years.(knew ALL of that^)
And now, for Margarine..
Very high in trans fatty acids.
Triple risk of coronary heart disease.
Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol)
and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)
Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold.
Lowers quality of breast milk.
Decreases immune response.
Decreases insulin response.
And here's the most disturbing fact....
Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC..(YUP-KNEW it)
This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for
life and anything else that is hydrogenated
(this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).
You can try this yourself
purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area.
Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:
* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it
(that should tell you something)
* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value;
nothing will grow on it.
Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not find a home to grow.
Why? Because it is nearly plastic.
Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?
Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to "butter them up)


not sure when the snow fell
Snow is SNEAKY
you don't hear it falling

i got home last nite about 8 PM
played on the 'puter
WELL .. read e-mails & list mails
tried to determine my Feb sked
talked to a friend on the phone
went to be ( i think) around midnite

got up around 10
started to read e-mail & found pix from my neice

not sure when SHE had snow
looked out the window
I have snow too
i'll take a pic or 2 to share

Saturday, January 20

Bourbon Street

Jan 19
about 1:15 PM
i escaped the hotel
went into the French Quarter

on Fri
i overnited in New Orleans
for the 8th or 9th time
this time
i escaped from the hotel and had a BLAST
sorry the pix aren't so good from the cell phone
gotta buy another camera since the old room mate stole mine

i got to go to the Quarter Stitch
bought something for my Bottle Swap Partner

bought postcards for my munchkins
will mail them tomoro (forgot stamps)
bought a Mardi Gras Duck for ME

went to Pat O'Brien's had a Hurricane
the FO & FA gave me a hard time 'cause it took FOREVER to drink it
got the glass above the stove

had a BLAST !!!!!
hopefully i will get to go back again
it's about $30 one way in a cab
but WELL worth the $$ to escape the hotel
had crawfish etoulee & benets
didn't get MUCH knitting done since i wasn's sitting in the hotel room
worked on Bjork a bit but it's BORING knitting in a circle
so i started a shawl & watched CSI Miami

'07 Christmas Stamps

gonna print them out
take them with me when i go to the post office
on mon
ask for the stamps NOW!!!!
will be buying them in BULK

Thursday, January 18


so i never made it to LYS to get more black
i found 8 skeins of blue licorice
that i think i was gonna use for bags
that 696 yds
should be enuff for a shawl
i can work on Bjork
still on 2nd skein
it is goin' MUCH SLOWER now that i am in gauge
: (
gotta pack
go back to New Orleans tomoro
home sun AND mon
2 dayz in a row
will find out sat when i get home around 6PM
what i am doing in Feb

stupi hair

i WANT my hair to go back to brown
every time i TRY
it pulls red & gold
so i guess i will have to LIVE with it this color
OR wait 2 months
do nothing to it
then after 2 months
cut it ALL off where the color changes
live with the 50% grey

black shawl is too small

i COULD buy more yarn
knit the black one larger
i don't think i will wear the black one as is
it's too small
i COULD buy yarn & use a
different pattern .. but use # 15 needles
i have some Bulky Brown Sheep in the
other room
wonder how much i have in one color
then i wouldn't have to buy more yarn
this would go along with the resolution to
NOT buy yarn for an entire project
it will take FOREVER to knit
the Urban Wrap
will i wear it
one thing is for sure
i have TTTOOO many things to decide
i am leaning toward 3 more skeins of Black
and increasing the size of the
Lion Brand Triangle Shawl
it got BORING to knit
but i like it
would LOVE it if it were bigger
that is settled
MORE Black
and a crochet hook to finish the shawl as the pattern shows
the # of stitches has to be divisable by 3 ..
OR i could just do a few rows of garter stitch
that would prevent rolling
maybe an i-cord finish
i saw MORE yarn in boxes
wonder what i have
will i work for a shawl
think i saw green chunky galway


so i decided i WANT a bigger shawl
the whole point is to be able to wrap up in it
so i will buy 3 more skeins of the black bulky brown sheep
probably won't USE it all for the shawl
already figured out the additional rows to the pattern
will take the finishing directions with me as well
gotta get a crochet hook in the same size too
after the shawl
wanna make
got most of the yarn i THINK i will need
the resolution to USE the stash is working
gonna stripe it - match the front & back
so, i mite need another skein or 2
taking what i have with me
to see what would go with
MAYBE i need a Fuschia to JAZZ it up


i am on a dishcloth list
haven't made them all
LOVE my handknit dishcloths
always looking for "NEW" patterns
in a swap
gotta make a dishcloth
settled on this pattern
i was sent the link to this
if i make all 12 out of a machine washable wool blend like encore
i can have as lap afghan
i COULD get the yarn & needles & teach Leah
she could make herself an afghan for Christmas

Wednesday, January 17


tried to get a pic of the detail of the shawl
maybe i can get a better pic later


only i think i want it larger
it's as big as a full bed
Only I want it BIGGER
Gonna undo the cast off
Hafta buy MORE yarn on thur
I can always make another one of the patterns I like
Then I will have a "FO!!!!!@"

Tuesday, January 16

Started BJORK

After finishing the shawl
I started the BJORK
Started both sides
Once I was done with the shaping
I joined both sides so that I can knit in the round

After knittting awhile
I found out I twisted when I joined
Now I gotta frog to the join & re-knit

Think my gauge is close
Need about 114 rows for the bag

Got LOADS of Airport Appreciation Time tomoro

Gotta get up in 6 hours

So I forgot the directions & crochet @ home
wanna finish this
So will just cast off
Gonna watch CSI Miami

Frog pond

If I would stop making mistakes
I would be done

Maybe I need food
Been 12 hours since breakfast

Ok, so I was channel surfing during a commercial
Came upon a james spader / keanu reeves movie
Working on the shawl
It's boring
Mainly just knitting & purling
New skein on row 71

New Orleans

Too cold to do anything outside
Nothing on tv
Gonna finish the shawl


CSI Miami is on

Monday, January 15


I KNEW it would happen
I couldn't stop knitting
First it was finish the pattern sequence
Finish the skein - which was in the middle of a row
Once again
Finish the pattern sequence
6 of 10 pattern repeats done
WELL into the 2nd skein
Row 51 of 84
107 of 171 stitches
Runnin' out of cable on the circ

Gotta get ready for work
Gotta be up at 4am

doin' the math

pattern gauge is 2 st / in
my gauge is 2.5 st / in
total stitches is 171
divide by 2 sides = 85" side in gauge
with MY gauge it will be about 69 " per side
to get the same side i would need to have 213 stitches
which would mean ONE MORE SKEIN
and 21 more rows = almost three more pattern repeats
should have bought a 36" # 15 needle to get the rite size shawl
oh welll
just gives me an excuse to make another pattern
i vowed i would NOT buy yarn for an entire project
until i used what i already have
i didn't have to pay for the pattern
i had the needles
so the shawl is costing me ONLY time

shawl :)

so when i decided upon the pattern
i chose a relative easy one
due to the fact i am constantly putting down my knitting
i decided to write out the pattern
as written it was
  1. work
  2. work
  3. work
  4. work
  5. pattern row 5
  6. pattern row 6
  7. pattern row 5
  8. pattern row 6
  9. pattern row 9
  10. pattern row 6
  11. pattern row 5
  12. pattern rpw 12
  13. pattern row 5
  14. pattern row 6
  15. pattern row 5

you get the idea

so i converted it to EACH row written out with the

total number of stitches at the end

i printed it out

so, i am finished with row 42 - i have 87 stitches

i count the stitches on the increase row

then i check off the row

works for me when i can be Brain Dead

i haven't used all if the first skein of Brown Sheep

i will send another pic later

blogger won't let me post STRAIGHT to the blog

it's a pain to e-mail to myself

download the pic to puter

upload th pic to blogger

gotta eat