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Weekly Knitting Update
March 27, 2008, 9:38 am
Filed under: American Idol, Knitting, Music, Pets
  • So it seems like I’ve become a once a week poster. Sorry about that, I don’t really know what happens to all my time. I have been knitting a lot lately, I finished the first Easter Egg sock, on Easter Sunday no less. I decided to go with a picot edging, very girly.

Completed Easter Egg Sock“>I’ve started the second but haven’t gotten very far. And I started the hemp socks. I’m using a 2.25mm needle (Size 1). The pattern I chose was Wendyknits Double Eyelet Pattern which is a free download on the Loopy Ewe website. I am liking them so far, I figured I can actually wear these to work and hopefully when I wash them they will soften up and not be scratchy.Beginning of Black Hemp Sock“>Sorry, I realize it’s very hard to see the pattern on the solid black yarn. Maybe if we get a superbright sunny day it will work. But that is not today, very rainy and cloudy.

  •  Simon continues to improve, thanks for all of your words of support.  It is slow going, he is still very afraid of any noises that come from the kitchen.  But he is showing signs of his playful nature and that makes me so happy I can’t even describe it.
  • The Yarn Harlot is coming to the Barnes and Noble in Carmel on April 29th.  If you don’t know who Stephanie Pearl McPhee is, click her link on the side of my page and check her blog out.  She is one of the funniest writers I’ve ever read and she is pretty much a rock star of the online knitting world.  It is a really big deal that she is coming to talk and sign her new book and if you don’t have plans, I seriously suggest you attend.
  • I finally found some (old) new music.  Brendan Benson is a member of The Raconteurs with Jack White, but he is also a solo performer.  His CD “The Alternative to Love” is amazing and the song “I don’t know what I’m looking for” is featured in the new iPod Touch ad.  Check him out, I dig it a lot.
  • Not surprised by Chekeze getting voted off of the Idol.  My favorites to win the whole thing are the David’s and Brooke White.  David Cook is just impressing me more and more every week.  He could be this season’s Daughtrey.
  • Happy Thursday Everyone!  p.s. Simon is up on the desk helping me blog.  That makes me smile!!

Simon is doing better
March 22, 2008, 2:30 pm
Filed under: Pets

Just wanted to give you a quick update.  Simon is doing much better every day.  He is still extremely skittish and will run and hide when he hears a noise he doesn’t like, but he is now coming downstairs and playing with his toys some.  Oscar is so excited and wants him to be well right away, so they can resume their Cat Wrestling Federation, but Simon isn’t quite ready for that yet.  We are trying to keep Oscar entertained so he will let Simon be until he’s ready to play again.  

Something is Wrong With Simon
March 20, 2008, 3:40 pm
Filed under: American Idol, Knitting, Pets
  • Hi Everyone.  I have lots of things to talk about, but the thing that is most on my mind is our little cat Simon.  On Sunday, he was going into the kitchen to get some treats when he started jerking his head around and dashed upstairs to hide in my closet.  We thought it was really strange behavior but kind of ignored it.  Well, he has been hiding in there pretty much ever since.  We think that the cause was a malfunction in their water fountain that might have given him a nasty shock.  We are not sure why Oscar wasn’t shocked as well, or if he was and just didn’t react the same way.  We have googled cat fear behavior and hopefully in the next day or so, Simon will be feeling better and start acting more like his happy go lucky self again.  It tears me and DHC up to see him so frightened in his own home.  So give my little Simon some positive thoughts and prayers.

Simon in the Sink“>

  •  I have lots of knitting to show you.  When I was off last week I finished my Icicle Socks.  I also finished my hemp hat.  I have some pictures.

Icicle Sock Toe to Go“>Hemp Hat Almost Completed“>Completed Icicle Socks“>

  •  I have also started my new socks.  The yarn is Zen String Serendipity fingering in the colorway Reflections.  It was the sock club yarn for September, but it reminds me so much of an Easter Egg.  I think I’m going to call them my Easter Egg Socks.

Reflections Sock #1“>Reflection Close Up“>I am just loving these colors.  

  •  I am a little bit surprised that Amanda got voted off of American Idol last night.  I really think that Kristy Lee Cook needs to go.  I was surprised that Carly was in the bottom three.  I think she kind of turns people off a little bit, she’s a really good singer, but I don’t see her winning.  Right now I see the favorites as the David’s, Archeletta and Cook and Brooke White.  I also watched Dancing with the Semi Famous.  I thought that everyone was pretty bad except Kristy Yamaguchi.  She seems like a ringer.

Don’t be too Jel
March 13, 2008, 12:46 pm
Filed under: American Idol, Knitting, Work

Because it is Spring Break at many local colleges, and the students are begging for hours at the coffee shop, I have the luxury of two, count em’ TWO, days off in a row.  Since I started my new careers, I can not remember a time when I have had two days with no classes to teach and no shifts at the coffee shop.  I am trying to make the most of my time off by doing, nothing.  My big appointment for today is a massage this afternoon.  Tomorrow, my big event for the day is having lunch at a fave restaurant with Georg.  But mostly I am doing absolutely nothing.  I have been so tired lately that even my beloved knitting felt like a chore.  But this morning I had several hours of blissful silence and worked on the leg of Icicle sock two.  I am almost to the heel.  I promise I will post photos of the already completed Icicle sock.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.  I also wound up my next sock yarn this morning, it is Zen String Serendipity in the colorway Reflections.  It was the sock club yarn for last September, but it is sooooo Spring like.  Pictures of it to come soon as well.  I was not surprised that David Hernandez got voted off of the Idol last night.  He was really bad on Tuesday, and his scandal surely didn’t help him any.  I have to say I thought that the best performance on Tuesday was David Cook.  He is really starting to come on in the competition, he just needs to stay far far away from any more Lionel Ritchie songs if he wants my vote.  So I’m off to relax some more, Happy Thursday everyone!!

Quick Update
March 5, 2008, 9:57 am
Filed under: American Idol, health, Knitting, Weather
  • Just a quick update to let you know what’s going on.  I’m almost done with the first icicle sock, just need to knit a toe on it.  The hemp hat is coming along as well, getting close to the first round of decreases. 
  • I have been having some struggles physically, with my low back and knees.  I even had some swelling in my right knee.  I think after yesterday I figured out what the problem is.  When I stand for hours in the drive thru, I twist my body instead of moving my feet.  That is putting torque on my knees and torso.  So I need to just pick my big feet up and move them and hopefully I will be feeling better soon.
  • I thought the boys were pretty much all bad last night on the Idol.  My favorite is “the kid” David Archeletta, but I totally agree with Simon, sing something a little more fun and up tempo.  I don’t know who besides Luke will be going home, maybe Cheesy (I totally stole that from Mike B. sorry!) or Danny who is quickly turning into Sanjaya for me.  I don’t understand why they keep saying this season is so great, I don’t get that at all.
  • I’m sick of the weather, although I was loving Sunday. 
  • Coming soon, a picture post of my knitting, I have some actual days off next week, you will probably all get sick of me.