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Knit Picks Rules!!!
April 23, 2008, 7:40 am
Filed under: American Idol, Knitting, Weather

I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the service I got from Knit Picks regarding my broken Harmony needles! I initially emailed them to see if anything could be done when the first one broke. Then after the second one broke I decided just to send them back in to see if I could get replacements. I got my new needles on Monday one week after I sent them in. I received several emails following up. I am only going to use Knit Picks needles in the future. I will just have to plan ahead and work on being patient since I have to order them and can’t have them immediately when I want to start a new project. I am thinking about getting the Harmony interchangeable system. Does anyone have it? I’m curious to know if people like it.
I am not nearly as pleased with the lack of good customer service I received at Stitches and Scones. I went to return the needle I bought when the first Harmony snapped and was told that there are no returns or exchanges of any sort on needles. Now I kind of understand why they do this, so people won’t buy needles, run home knit like the wind, finish their project and bring them back, but seriously. There was nothing wrong with these needles, they were barely used, they could easily be resold. All I wanted was a store credit, which is all you can get their for anything. So now I am stuck with a set of Size 1 12″ Addi Turbo needle that I paid $14. for. Which is about what two of the Knit Picks needles cost by the way. There are lots of local yarn shops, I just will choose not to give Stitches and Scones my business in the future.
I have started some new socks since finishing the Easter Egg Socks. They are for my friend Mike B. He loves the flame socks I made him this winter, but wants something a little less warm for Spring and Summer. I am making him a pair of socks using Austermann Step, the yarn with Aloe and Jojoba mixed in with the fiber. It is lovely to knit with and I don’t notice the conditioners in the yarn, it just feels soft. I will post a photo when one is finished. They are in blue tones, so I’m thinking they will be called Earth Day Socks. Speaking of Earth Day, did you know that most commercial fabric softeners use beef fat to soften your clothes? Ewwww! Now I need to rethink my Downey habit.
I so enjoyed Earth Day, the weather was just incredible!! I feel like I griped so much when the weather was bad this winter, that I need to give Mother Nature some props. Love this weather we’ve been having! It is so gorgeous and fantastic!!!
I’m am getting so excited about the Yarn Harlot’s visit next Tuesday. I’m planning on going early, between 3-4 to get a place in line. I almost completely messed up tho. One of my fellow yoga teachers ask me to sub next Tuesday night for her. I initially said yes and then remembered when the date was. Turns out she wanted to go see the Harlot too! For all you non knitters that read the blog, it is going to be a big event. Barnes and Noble has no idea what is going to happen to them.
American Idol made a bad choice last night with the Andrew Lloyd Webber songs. I think that it’s between Jason and Brooke who is going home. Everyone enjoy the weather and have a great week!!


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.  


It’s Snowing Again
February 27, 2008, 9:19 am
Filed under: Knitting, Pets, Weather, Work
  • I’m pretty sure it’s snowing again. It’s not really enough snow to cancel school or close anything down, but it’s just annoying. I think it has snowed like every day for a week. I’m over it.
  • Onto happier topics, I finished Cara’s poncho on Sunday.  Just to recap, it was the Union Square Wrap/Shawl pattern from the “Weekend Knits” book by Melanie Falick.  I used 6 skiens of Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends in the Natural colorway.  I’m so happy with this yarn and this pattern that I bought some in the Ebony colorway to make one for myself.  Here are some photos:

Simon Helping With Cara's Poncho“>Finished Poncho #1“>Finished Poncho #2“>I currently have two projects in the works. If you remember last week I said I had decided to make the icicle socks just plain. Well after working on them for about 4” or maybe more I really didn’t like the way they were looking and ripped them out. After fighting with the yarn for over an hour trying to get it rewound into a ball, I cast on for the Porthole Rib socks. This is a pattern I got from my Zen String sock club when I was a member. The pattern was written by Karen Bole, and I am really very happy with the way they are turning out. Here is what they look like so far.Porthole Rib Sock #1“>Porthole Rib Close Up“>The other project that I am working on is a hat knit out of a hemp blend yarn. A co-worker at the coffee shop asked me to knit him something from hemp. I had never used a hemp blend yarn before so I said okay. The yarn I am using is called Hempathy. It is a hemp, cotton, modal blend. It is certainly not the softest yarn I’ve ever used and I am not completely sure that it’s not just going to be a big stretched out mess when I am done. Here is what it looks like so far. Not the best photo, black yarn is kind of tough to photograph, especially when the sun never shines.Hemp Hat“>So that is what I’m working on these days.  Just an interesting note, hemp yarn must be produced overseas and imported.  It is illegal to make it in the US.  The Hempathy brand is from Italy.

  •  I didn’t get to watch the Idol last night.  I was at the big training session at the coffee shop.  I’m sure you all heard about it on the news.  I’m actually very excited about the way things are going there as a company.  They are getting back to basics.  So if it takes longer to get your drink, don’t be annoyed, it should taste better than it has in a long time.
  • I have a couple of cute photos of the boys.  As you could see at the top of this post, Simon was helping me with Cara’s poncho.  His favorite new hang out is in the kitchen sink.  Not quite sure why.

Simon in the Sink“>Oscar“>And for all of the Fans of Oscar out there, one of the big fur ball himself. If you want to see some really amazing photos of cats, check out Mike B’s new website

Winter Blahs
January 30, 2008, 9:18 am
Filed under: Knitting, Weather

I really hate winter. I am totally over it. It hasn’t even been that bad this year, but it just wears me out. I promised you a photo of the Yarn Pirate Icicle, here it is.
<a href=”http://Yarn Pirate Icicle“>
I’m leaning towards that for my next socks. The poncho is chugging along. It looks the same only longer. I am enjoying making it, I may make one for myself when I’m done with Cara’s. I don’t have that much going on right now, on last Sunday evening, there was a herd of 10 deer in the field behind our house. You can sort of see them in these photos. It was dusk, so they aren’t the clearest in the world.
<a href=”http://Deer in the field #1“>
<a href=”http://Deer in the field #2“>
Everyone be safe the rest of the week and keep warm.

Good News, Bad News, and some Actual Knitting
December 5, 2007, 12:04 pm
Filed under: Knitting, Weather, Yarn Pr0n

Bad News:  First measurable snow of the year came last night. Good News:  I wasn’t scheduled to work today so I get to stay inside with Simon and Oscar and look at the pretty.  Here are some pictures out the back door for you. <a href=”http://Snow Picture #3“><a href=”http://Snow Picture #1“><a href=”http://Snow Picture #2“>Bad News: The Red Jeep is still out of commission from being stolen. Actually it works just fine except the windshield wipers won’t work. On a snowy day, you pretty much need windshield wipers.Good News: Being stranded at home gives me lots and lots of knitting/blogging time.Here is a photo of how far I am on my Dad’s first sock.<a href=”http://Dad's Christmas Socks“>I also have some yarn pron for you. I have true to my word not bought any yarn lately. But I recently received some sock club yarns. They are exceptionally beautiful.<a href=”http://Zen String Serendipity Morroco“>This is my Zen String from October. The colorway is Morocco.<a href=”http://Zen String Serendipity Poseidon“>This is my Zen String for November. The colorway is Poseidon. I’m not getting a great color from my camera on this one. It is a really lovely blueish color, with almost some grey in it. Next up is my Booty Club yarn for November, the colorway is Solstice.<a href=”http://Yarn Pirate BFL Solstice“>Now that I look at it that photo’s not very good either. Beautiful purples and blues. Oscar wanted a sniff.<a href=”http://Oscar Sniffing the Booty“>”>Be super careful in the snow everyone!!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
October 24, 2007, 8:27 am
Filed under: Weather

Please excuse the cheesy post title.  I couldn’t help myself.  Check out these photos I took last night after yoga class.  A real rainbow!  How often do you see those anymore?
It's A Rainbow
<a href=”Rainbow“>
What a gorgeous evening sky, it gives me hope for the future.
<a href=”Evening Sky“>
October Sky

Friday Miscellany
April 20, 2007, 8:48 am
Filed under: Automobiles, Food, Friends, Knitting, Music, Random, Weather

Here are a bunch of crazy pre-weekend odds and ends.

  Yesterday was the busiest day ever here at BigSkyMind.  I had over 100 hits on my site for the first time ever.  Thanks everyone!  Speaking of amazing numbers, remember last January when I made the scarf for the Red Scarf Project? 

 Red Scarf Project

 I think that was some of my very first blog post fodder.  Well, this morning I was reading the blog of the lady who spearheaded the project Norma, and she had the final number of scarves made.  It was over 15,000 scarves total! I am repeatedly awed and humbled by the generousity and alturism of knitters.  I’m thinking seriously that the next person we need to get to run this country should be a knitter. 

I’m totally on the fence about Mika and his new CD “Life In Cartoon Motion”.


Some of it I like, more of it I don’t.  It’s VERY Euro Pop.  Imagine ABBA with Freddy Mercury singing lead.  I guess maybe I can take it in very small doses.  If you’ve heard this and you love it, please tell me why. 

 Here is a sign of  true friendship, last night at THS I bought Carrie Underwood’s CD for David.  She will be forever in my mind the girl who forgot Pat Benatar’s lyrics and still was allowed to win the Idol.  No, I can’t and won’t get over it, it was Pat Freakin’ Benatar! 

Pat Benatar

Okay, deep breath, onto something else.  Do you believe in  the power of buzz or tipping points?  Here is an example for you.  David told me earlier in the week that this Saturday is his Jackie’s second birthday.  Jackie is David’s beloved MINI Cooper.  I suggested a MINI caravan to Mug N’ Bun.  I’ve never been, but have heard such good things about it, I can’t wait to go.  Then today I look over at Growing Sense  Troy’s blog, and what do I see?  An awesome, hilarious post about the very Mug N’ Bun.  Is it Mug N’ Bun season?  Have we been secretly dosed with something that is making us all crave root beer, milkshakes, and greasy food?  Very suspicious.

Everyone have a fantastic weekend!   Enjoy the awesome weather, remember this?

 Snow Photo

So glad we don’t have to deal with it again until next year.