Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I Love Lucy!

Well I got this new book called Cool Socks, Warm Feet....and guess what....I found out what that wierd thing my lastest socks were doing was the "laddering affect" or some variation of that phrase. Why is this the FIRST time I am having this problem!? Oh well, here they (well, it's only one sock so here IT is) for your viewing pleasure.

I don't know if you can see the ladders....they aren't that bad but they are driving me batty knowing that they are there.

I learned this, among many interesting things about knitting socks in Cool Socks, Warm Feet. This book just makes me realize how truly little I know about knitting. :) Lucy Neatby is a wonderful knitter....I love Lucy!

On to a different does one combat knitters arse (you know the pheonomenon where your butt expands because you are knitting so much)? Has anyone come up with any solutions? I'm taking suggestions! Would it be possible to exercise while knitting? Like on a treadmill? Has anyone tried this? The problem is out of control and must be delt with.

I got these in Los Angeles....If you must have some too contact the Knit Cafe.

This Box came in the mail the other day... is making me happy knowing that these poor skeins made it to my house where they will be well cared for....and not abused......My husband is worried.....he thinks I need therapy.

Thursday, October 20, 2005


I don't have time for a full post today. However, I wanted to pose the following question out there in cyberspace.

Since the season is OVER for the Saint Louis Cardinals, and they have alot of time on their hands, I am posing suggestions for new names for the team:

-The Saint Louis Do Do Birds (You know, cuz they went the way of the Do Do! Total Extinction! HA!)

-The Saint Louis Ostriches (For when they stick their heads in the sand...which was frequently this last series, evidently!)

...and my personal favorite

-The Saint Louis TURKEYS!!!!! (Well, for OBVIOUS reasons)

Looking towards the loyalties are split because I was born and raised in Chicago.....I don't know who to root for!?

Saturday, October 15, 2005


First on the agenda today, as promised, SECRETS OF A PIERCE CAT!!! ;) I belong to several online groups using piercethecat as my username. This has been the source of some confusion and today I am here to clear it up (in reality it's mostly because I love my Pierce and love any chance to post pictures of him. :) ). In one group it was suggested that the "pierce" in "piercethecat" was supposed to be a in taking a sharp pointy stick (not unlike a knitting needle) and poking a hole in him!!!! EEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEE NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I cleared that up pretty quickly.....who ever that was must have been a cat hater!!! Another person suggested that perhaps "pierce" means that my dear kitten has some chic body piercings. Alas, this is also not the case. Pierce is actually named after one of the most gorgous men on this planet (number 2 right next my husband)....Pierce Brosnan (you know the OLD James Bond)....don't you see the resemblance?

What? Not even a little bit? What about all the similarities? The blue eyes!!! The dark hair!! Still no? Ok nevermind then.......

Second on the agenda today.....answer to Two Truths and a Lie!

-I've been to a communist country. TRUE! When I was a kid my parents used to take me to Poland (before the wall fell), in fact we used to fly to West Germany and drive through East Germany, so technically I've been to TWO communist countries.

-I have two BBA's (business degrees). TRUE! I have a degree in Marketing and Operations Management.....not that either of those does me any good. :)

-I'm a computer geek....I know everything there is to know. LIE!!! Even though I work for a software company I am a computer novice! I can't even reformat my own hard drive!!! :)

Thirdly, I have gotten some sort of nastly head know...the kind that makes your TEETH and HAIR hurt. I am taking some kick ass vitimins to battle the cold and I would tell you all about it except that Norma has already done it for this post print it out and make it your cold and flu bible, it works!! By the way, the above picture of Pierce (the cat) is one that I took as he was comforting his mom in bed while she was sick.

Fourthly, just better wrap things up in St. Louis tonight!!!

It does not escape me that this post had nothing to do with knitting. However, we will be back strong with knitting next time! I will even show ya'll progress on my stripey sock!!!!

Question: Who has a touch of the bird flu?

Answer: The Saint Louis Cardinals!!!! HHHHHHHAAAAAAA!!!!!

I am so not a Baseball fan, except when the Astro's play Saint of my good friends is from Saint Louis and is a die hard fan......I love to rub the salt in his wounds (he especially loves all referances to "bird flu")!

Well, I've decided to put the horror of the mismatched socks behind me and start on some new socks while I'm in Oklahoma City this weekend for work. What do ya think so far?

It is truely wonderous how much faster socks go on No. 3's vs. No. 1's! :) I know it looks like there is a wierd thing going on where one needle ends and another begins but I think that will look fine once I'm done (at least that is what I'm telling myself....I can't handle another sock tragedy right now). As a side note, there are some (Hint) who think that Kinky will be our next Gov. I don't know anything about him so I figured one of his mysteries would be the most painless of introductions (thus the stowaway in the pic above). :)

I've also decided to wait till next time I blog to do the conclusion of Two Truths and a Lie (for those of you on the edge of your seat), since some people don't actually check blogs on the weekends (What is that about!?)

On my first post I mentioned a sweater that I'm making for my dad....well it's gettting closer to done and I have some time, so here is a hint of what it looks like (only one sleeve showing since that is the only part of the sweater I could bring on the plane to Oklahoma with me).

There was some discussion at the SnB in Katy about the color of this, since it's for a MAN. I know it's a daring color....but my dad has blue eyes....I think it will be ok. It is knitted in Wool-ease, YES the one that has ACRYLIC in it! (GASP) However, let me ask you this....what other yarn would you use to make a sweater for a man who does his own closed.

For those of you with back issues of Vouge Knitting and would like to see the sweater, it is in Winter '00/'01 #20

Next time.....secrets of a Pierce cat. :)

Friday, October 14, 2005

All sorts of news!

Yesterday one of my oldest friends Marlanea and I went over to Zebo's in Katy to check out the Stitch and Bitch were we pleasantly surprised. It was a miricle that it happened at all.....I am usually not even in the state of Texas on Thursdays and Marlanea lives in LAPORTE (it took all sorts of bribery to get her to get over here)! Well let me just tell you ladies.....YOU ROCK! I have some pics below but I'm a moron with names and I can't remember them or I assign them to the wrong I'm sorry for the lack of captions!

As you can see I'm also a terrible photographer (gimmie a break it was dark! :) ). As a side note, we should SOOOOOOO caravan to the Kid N Ewe fest! My husband is willing to drive so we can knit! Isn't he lovely. :)

Ok time for a little game!!!! TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE!!!! I was reminded about this game last night and decided to give it a spin on the old blog.

Which of the following is a lie?
-I've been to a communist country.
-I have two BBA's (business degrees).
-I'm a computer geek....I know everything there is to know.

Back to knitting... I am new to the whole sock thing. I finished my 3rd pair of socks a few days ago and showed Pierce (one of the loves of my life).....the following is a documentation of his inspection.....

Uhhhhhh....this is INTERESTING.

Mom....I hope you don't with hold the Greenies for what I'm about to say but.....there is a small problem here.

Alas he was right......Ok so the bigger less comfortable sock needed to be ripped....but I surely wasn't going to undo hours of my life......I've given the sock to my husband....he promises that he will return it in a center pull ball. [Insert weeping here] Don't really know WHY my knitting was looser on the FIRST sock but there you have it. I used the same needles and Kroy sock yarn!!!!! Most of it from the same skein!!!!! I love the pattern which is "After Bertha" from SOCKS, SOCKS, SOCKS, but I'm obviously having some disfunction here.....hopefully it will work out on the second go-round.

One of the joys of my job is traveling all over the country hence to many a YARN SHOP. The following is my haul from Knoxville Tenn. from the Knit N Purl. Definately worth a stop when in the area.....I was only limited by my checked baggage allowance...otherwise there would be a TON more.

Sorry for the photo intensive post. Answer to "Two truths and a lie" next time!

Monday, October 10, 2005


Ok so my Dad calls me and askes me to "help" him with something. I'm supposed to write a legal document (I DIDN'T FREAKIN GO TO LAW SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) for him for his business. So being a good daughter, I agreed cringing all the way. Three hours later....after sending drafts back and forth over e-mail......I am about to drive a pen in my eye just so I would have an excuse to get off the phone!

On the plus side.....The Anniversary Sweater is still on the docket to get made. The yarn is bought!!! It will be mostly navy with a white stripe. I can't wait. I have a problem though, the largest size is LARGE and my husband is a XXL and 6 foot tall....ok so any advice? Is there a service that will help me rewrite the pattern? PLEASE HELP ME!

There are other projects on the needles, but as I am traveling in Nowheresville, TN, you will see them some other day.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

I jacked this from another blogger. Hi Deena!

You are Merino Wool.
You are Merino Wool.You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to
keep you close because you are so softhearted.
You love to be comfortable and warm from your
head to your toes.

What kind of yarn are you?
brought to you by

I'm back!

When one travels alot, one tends to develop certain likes and dislikes for the cities one visits, especially if one goes there alot. Lemme tell you I was NOT a fan of Los Angeles....I disliked everything about it.....the traffic, the smog, the heat, the long distances between towns (nice talk from someone from Texas!). HOWEVER, I would drop everything and pack up and move there in a second if for only one reason....The Knit Cafe. I attended one of their "Group Therapy" sessions and had a really good time. I met so many really nice and interesting knitters including Deena. Who inspired me to blog again after I gave up because I was the only one reading my blog. :) . So lets try this again.....I'll be back....soon....I hope..... :)
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