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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

8 random facts

I've been tagged by Tracey for the 8 random facts meme.

1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here goes:

1. I used to be owned by a horse (back in high school). This led me to believe that I would work well with large farm animals and led me to an animal science major my first year of university. Sanity prevailed later. (Cattle and I do not mix.)

2. My favorite color is blue... or is it red? Well, one of the two.

3. I have more hobbies than time.

4. At one point in my growing up years I wanted to be an Air Force pilot. This, coupled with the fact that I hate heights and carnival rides, is rather ridiculous.

5. I love to read fantasy and science fiction. I also love old-fashioned mysteries and spy thrillers.

6. I have a sneaky desire to own a pygmy hedgehog, but realize this would probably be a bad idea.

7. I'm currently re-reading The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Ok, we said this was random, right?)

8. I sat for part of the Certified Public Accountant exam 4 days after a car wreck. That's four days of exams in a cold room with hundreds of other poor slobs. Amazingly enough I passed one of the two parts of the exam I was taking. I sometimes wonder if the whiplash from 1992 is partially to blame for the present chronic neck problems.

I'm not tagging anyone. Feel free to tag yourself, though!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Waiting for Daddy

Is he coming? Is that his car I hear pulling into the garage? This is important, Mom!

It is! It is! Daddy (aka my best-est playmate) is here!Good shot of the cropped left ear - it's a punk kitty thing. She wanted a tattoo but I put my foot down.

No knitting yet. I tried a few rounds on Mom's blue socks but decided that wasn't the best idea for the neck. No Fair Isle drafting either, guys... you'll just have to wait. Many drugs have been taken and the foam collar has been faithfully worn, so hopefully I'll be in knitting trim soon.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Nothing exciting to post about today, just realized it has been a while. Bright blue socks are slowly progressing down leg #2. Qivuit scarf was making steady progress (15 of 25 repeats completed), but I've not looked at it in a week. Knitting life is just bleh.

DH made it back home 2 minutes before a tremendous storm arrived. That's literal by the way. He walked in the door at 7pm, the heavens opened at 7:02pm. Very good timing, although we both felt sorry for the taxi driver that had to make his way back to the airport in that mess.

I messed up my neck (again) so knitting is probably not the best thing right now. Sitting around with a neck brace seems to be the main occupation, along with listening to Agatha Christie audio books.

I've decided that the almost-forgotten lace shawl should be my next project to finish up (after the qiviut). Sorry, FairIsle fans! I figure that between the shawl and sock-knitting, I should be ok for projects for a while.

..... forgetting this morning's wild flight of fancy of a nice cotton cardigan for the office ....
But it would be nice, as I'm presently wearing an extremely worn-out silk/cotton store-bought cardigan that's falling apart .... and a nice, neutral-colored cardigan that I can thrown on over everything would be really, really practical ... and I may even have some 1824 cotton in the stash that would work ... help, me - I'm feeling weak again.

I think it's a spring thing. I had this overwhelming urge to make a cotton sweater around this time last year. Suddenly, wool loses some of its appeal - especially since it's been in the 80s every day this week and very muggy, too.

Any good ideas for a drapey cotton blend yarn? I liked Knit-Picks Shine worsted-weight, but it tends to shed bright blue bits all over the place and also tends to sag with wear. Looking at the tattered sweater I'm wearing right now, I find a dk to worsted weight yarn that's 77% silk and 33% cotton. I like the drape and weight - the silk keeps it from sagging out of shape and the cotton helps keep it breathable. Guess I'll visit Knitter's Review and see if she's got any suggestions.