Thursday, June 30, 2005

gwape wool

too funny the things we fiber fanatics put our families through.
my microwave beeps - which brings 3 of my kidlets -a runnin 'round the corner. "whachya makin?" because my children consume more food than a pack of wild dogs... seriously - where does it go!?!

example of one day=
breakfast: 4-8 bowls of cereal
mid-morning snack: 2 bananas 4 spoons of peanutbutter 4 graham crackers 4 small milks
lunch: 6 sandwhiches 4 mounds of chips 2 apples
afternoon snack: 4 small fruit juices 8 baby carrots 4 piles of raisins 4 small bowls of yogurt
dinner: 4 servings lasagna, 8 slices garlic cheese bread

are you not amazed!?! that's a LOT of food... and they are still little... i'm terrified of what they are going to inhale as the teenage years approach

okay, back to the microwave: kidlet #1 "whachya makin?" kidlet #4, who has been in on the experiment with me, grinning answers "gwape wool" a collective groan from #1,2&3, drooping shoulders and they walk away. thoroughly disappointed. while i (and kidlet #4) are quite excited to check on our experiment and see what color our 'gwape wool' has become.
i have the fleece of a cotswold and a corriadale (i think?) that i decided to comb together to see how the different wools would play and dye. my thinking was that the longer 'hair' of the cotswold would take much less color than the 'wooly' corriadale.... i was sorta right. using grape koolaid as my color; the long hairy fibers sucked up the blue dyes where the wooly fluff soaked up the reds.... so once it dries, i will spin it up.... hmmmmm interesting little experiment. think i'm going to try it again with cherry koolaid and see what happens.

i went to a wonderfully fun spinning class on saturday! i loved it. had so much fun. reminded me why i love spinning so much and i've gotten all involved in it again. it's been a while since the last time i played with hilary, so i got her out again and discovered i am much better now than i was a few months ago : ) AND i learned how to ply!! woohoo

society single

this single is about the same as sz5 crochet cotton
when i get the second bobbin full, i'll ply it and see how it looks. i'm calling it "society" it's a red with baby blue and a deep purple. i bought it from oregon trail yarns they no longer have this color so i made up a name - oh, and it is superwash, so no felting in the future.

seafoam single

another sz5 single from a roving that was RAOK'd to me :)

and here it is plyed

seafoam worsted

not too bad for only my 2nd time to ply ever! :)
oh, and guess what else- at this spinning class i met a lady who holds a sitNknit every other thursday! i talked with her about my beginnings and such and she said she'd love to help me out and teach me how to knit continental (because i'm an english knitter now) woohoo!
- so that means i've got to get off my butt and do all my chores
guess where i'm gonna be this evening

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

blah blah blah blog

well, i did complete the quota of 18 rows yesterday. i actually did 19 AND weaved in all the wicked ends.... however, i've decided to go to target for the mixer... well, i'm thinking a nice wall clock. i like the blanket, but after looking at it for a while last night and then again this morning, i've decided it's just not her style. very early 80's isn't it????

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the color is fairly accurate.

she's much more of a countryish/ shabby chic kinda girl. so this will become a UFO while i complete a few other things. i do have every intention of finishing this. it's chenille, so very soft and hard to frog without messing up the yarn. so eventually one day, i'll get it done.

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here is the back of Zeeby which is a beginner's pattern from the SnB book. why, Ms. Stoller, did you give it this title? i hate it! in fact, the only reason i even own this book is because my hubby picked it up in the 'used' section of our local bookstore for $5. i accidentally left it out on my dresser and my 7 y/o saw it. great! so now i had to give him yet another explanation that i wasn't ready for. back to the bag.... my knitting is still obviously from a beginner... occasionally i will purl when i should be knitting and vice versa, causing funky ripples and little holes in my project... but i plan on lining it and adding stitching on it with a bright turqoise, so i guess they all just add to the character (shhh, i'm trying to convince myself).

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a purchase i made a few weeks back. what is wrong with me? haven't i enough yarn?!? truly, i believe it's a sickness. but how could i resist this color? Image hosted by soo yummy

but why the headbands and rubberbands? because Cheryl made this AWESOME bookmark using these headbands and i want to do one too!!! thought i'd give a rubberband a try and see if it worked..... we'll see.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

why oh why

do i torture myself with deadlines?
this coming saturday, the 25th, i have a wedding shower to go to. last night, i decided to make a throw for a gift. i'm using 2 strands held together and it's a ripple of sorts... i completed 4 rows last night... did the math, if i do 18 rows per day i should have it done friday night to weave ends and wash on saturday.... i know that doesn't sound like a lot, but you must remember that i am the world's slowest crocheter (self-proclaimed) not to mention kidlet and life interruption. YIKES!

becca!! becca!!
she's our girl!
if she can't do it
she'll go to target and buy a mixer

Monday, June 20, 2005

1 year ago...

i started a blog. do i feel that i've added anything significant to the blog-world? no, not really. i certainly wish i had the eloquence of margene, the humor of laurie, the wit of regina, and the talent of elizabeth. so i'll continue to post and read and read and read (damn blogines) and perhaps they will rub off on me.
i have made tons of 'blog buddies' and i LOVE that! i've had a wonderful time, sent and received fabulous gifts 'cross country and the world... and i LOVE that! get to watch projects grow and see all the talent in the cyber world of crochet and knitting... and i LOVE that!
without ya'll, i would never have strayed from a pattern and gotten to be a contributor at Crochet me... yeah, i LOVE that, too!
thank you donna and julie for helping me get this silly site looking great and running well. and thanks to my hubby for doing all things mundane and keeping the site fixed... because i am forever screwing it up.
if you're looking for a good read, check out the list of blogs i read... that's constantly growing and is horribly outdated. this is on my list of stuff to work on... perhaps tonight.
so... happy blogiversary to me and my little devil!

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Friday, June 17, 2005

i have mail!

email that is!!

that wonderful man of mine set up a new email account!

you can now reach me at:

pssst - fill my box - it'll make me happy :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

and i shall call her jenny

All my bags are packed
I'm ready to go
I'm standin' here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin'
It's early morn
The taxi's waitin'
He's blowin' his horn
I'm so lonesome
I could die

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
'cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

There's so many times I've let you down
So many times I've played around
I tell you now, they don't mean a thing
Ev'ry place I go, I'll think of you
Ev'ry song I sing, I'll sing for you
When I come back, I'll bring your wedding ring

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
'cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again

Oh babe, I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time
Let me kiss you
Then close your eyes
I'll be on my way
Dream about the days to come
When I won't have to leave alone
About the times, I won't have to say

Oh, kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
'cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don’t know when I'll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

But, I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

Words and music by john denver

there - i release this song, from playing over and over in my mind. and i now, give it to you. mwuaha ha ha enjoy :)

my life-long friend, ramona, had a cat- jennifer.. for as long as i can remember, and i've known her for at least 26 years. jennifer went to cat heaven a few months ago. she was a black cat with white tuxedo markings. my friend misses her very much.
we just got a kitty. she is black and white and i shall call her jenny. so dang cute and she attacks everything that looks like it might move. totally cracks me up. my arms and legs are all scratched up from her endless clawing.

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it's pretty safe to say, my big, fat and old cat, rooster, thinks she is here as punishment. little jenny is not at all afraid of the great dane, josh, or my aussie, sally. why? is the question. why - would any person in their right mind have 4 animals? because i was tired of the children whining... "why does so-and-so not have to feed one.... it's my turn to not have to feed a pet" problem solved. 4 kids, 4 pets. now they all have the responsibility of feeding one. except now the fight is for who gets to feed jenny. go figure

i was SO completely looking forward to this summer and hanging out with my kidlets, playing soccer and baseball and jumping on the trampoline --- OMG! they are seriously trying to kill each other. i literally had to pull one off another this morning. the amount of fighting that is going on amongst them is insane! truly nuts! i had to send them all to their rooms yesterday just to have a moment of peace for myself. they fight all day and then at night beg, plead, cry and yes, even shed tears to be able to sleep in each other's rooms. can someone please explain this to me?

when hubby got in from work he took them all to the park for an hour. i love my man! while they were away, i sat quitely and crocheted. i'm working on a design (hopefully) for the next Crochet me.

i have taken elizabeth's advice, and have cast on for a real project.. not just a dishcloth. i'll post pictures as it grows.

'cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again

he he he heee

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

i am in love

with this bag!!


aren't you!?!

would you like to create it with me?
the details
the kit can be purchased here: Discount Yarn Sale
Crochet Felted Rose Bag Kit
kit includes: pattern, 100 wool yarn, and crochet hook.
intermediate/experienced skill level
there are several color combinations available, choose your style!
choose your style

why oh why should you make this bag with me?


10. you can't beat the price

9. you've got to try this "felting' stuff

8. it's never too early to start your Holiday Gifts

7. a girl can never have too many purses

6. creating is always better with friends

5. it'll make a great father's day gift... okay maybe not, but at least it's not another tie

4. no pruning required for these roses

3. you needed a good reason for a new pair of shoes

2. no matter how much weight you gain or lose, your purse will still fit

and the number 1 reason you need to join me in making this bag is
if 10 people purchase this kit = i get mine for free!

if you choose to order this purse kit, please put in the "We're nosey" blank on the order form : ewedevil Rose-With-Me

if you are interested in holding your own kit-a-long, contact jeanie @ there are several kits to choose from

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

snaps and a big hole in the ground

margene is forever posting pictures of her beautiful utah. so i thought i'd give you all a little peek at what lies 20 minutes outside my front door.

photo by Earl Nottingham

photo by Heather Lanman
Palo Duro Canyon State Park

look - humph! my G crystallite snapped right in half snapped
because it broke on the flat grippy part, not all is is pink- my most favorite color and a hook- my most favorite obsession... so i am going to have hubby file the broken edge nice and smooth and then use something to melt a hole in the flat part --- he he he, custom keychain :)

i'll keep ya posted on what comes of it.

Monday, June 06, 2005

call for mail! - please read

my wonderful readers, following is a little something that just tugged a string:
this was posted by donna on my favorite board:

"I subscribe to Crochet World, and last month in the section where you can send request (forget what it's called). There was a letter from a 92 year old woman who said she had sent many people patterns in the past from the column, and never once received a thank you or postage costs. It made me sad to think our world was like this..that someone couldn't simply write a thank you note. So, I sat down and wrote her a letter. Today, to my surprise, I received a lovely note for her saying that she has received many letters from people and it has restored her faith. I am so glad that others, like me, have hearts..when so many don't. Anyway, she also sent me a few scrubbie patterns and I will cherish them. I plan to send her another note tomorrow, but her birthday is coming up on June 25th. So, I was hoping that you lovely women would have some ideas as to what I could make for her? She crochets and knits. And I crochet, knit, cross stitch, scrapbook, bake..whatever. I just want something creative and something she will use, you know? Any ideas??.........just to tell you alittle about her (from her letter). She will be 93 in June of this year. She still drives her car, knits and crochets. Her husband passed about 12 years ago, and she loves working in the yard. She has 4 grown children, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren..all boys."

my idea is for as many people as possible to send this nice woman a birthday card or small gift if you feel led. just leave a comment letting me know you'd like her address - after all, it was published in a national magazine, so i feel okay about giving it to you. send her a little note. tell her about yourself, where you're from and some of your knitting/crocheting adventures!

also, if you'd like to post about her in order for some of your readers to send a birthday greeting, i think that would be so awesome!! please let me know if you do.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

stupid cow

so far today has been a work day... working on the yard and house. got some dishes done. pruned the ginormous rose bush in the backyard. raked up the fallen pine cones and needles. trashed the broken, weather-worn, and dog-chewed toys. stripped paint from the remodeled bathroom door. then, made lunch for the crew - mmmm mexican. with home-made tortillas. yum yum

you need to run out to your local mercado and pick up a press if you don't have one :) makes for nicely rounded and flat tortillas.

and a picture of the truck i wrecked last weekend.
stupid cow
not a scratch or bruise... still unbelievable to me

thank you all very much for the great links and tips on my knitting... i plan to spend some time in front of the computer with needles tonight. provided i get the Sea of Yarn Swap stuff done.

completed only one row on the HUGE red blanket for my sister last night during a movie. i spent most of the time with it covering my face instead of stitching on it.

Movie Review
White Noise
Michael Keaton

my thoughts: the creepy factor of this movie really worked. because of the "possibility" of it all. the background noises the sudden silence and stillnesses... putting you on the edge of your seat ready for something to jump out and then it doesn't. but then does at unexpected moments, making you jerk and squeal like a little girl.
the things that really bugged me:
this movie could have been SO much better. they could have gone into more detail on many different scenes and ideas. with the medium and the meddling. i felt like she should have shown up at least once more in the movie. i think her character could have had a lot to add. also could have elaborated more with 'Raymond' - he should have known of 'John's' EVP involvement and been more a part of it. It also was never clear what the wife was actually trying to tell him, if it was to 'leave' or go and help these people, which each instance was obviously a set up by the three evil spirits.
another thing i would have added is a quick shot of the detective starting to research and get into EVP as one of the final scenes (if not the very last) of the movie. that would have been cool and added an extra shiver of creepiness and the feel of 'continuation'....
over-all, it was good. but could have been better.

who is it that decided movies need to be an hour and a half? if it were scenes/plots that added to a movie to make it more real, a better story, more elaborated, more thought out and "complete"... i would pay more. i would much rather sit through a really good 2 - 2 1/2 long movie than an okay 1 1/2.... that just makes me feel like i've wasted time and money.

would you rather movies be longer in order to be more "complete stories"?

Saturday, June 04, 2005

give away - for real this time :P

i totally intended on posting this yesterday, even titled my post. anyhow, i'm a dork that way.

if there is one of the pillow belts in the pictures that matches your decor and you'd like to have it... let me know. i made them with yarn/beads i had on hand and they don't really fit in anywhere in my house.... sooo. let me know and it's yours :)

completed picture of the dishcloth i knit for my mom. not at all pretty, but it works :P

another picture for you knitters... what did i do wrong?
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think i 'dropped a stitch' but i don't know how to fix it??? HELP?
i don't know how to frog back to a certain stitch either... guess i need to go have a "fixing" lesson

Friday, June 03, 2005

give away

first, thank you all so much for the 'congratulations' on the CrochetMe contribution. makes me happy :)

movie night with my kiddos. we watched "National Treasure" pretty good little action flick for the kidlets. i heard a lot of people didn't like it. but my son sure did and that was good enough for me.

don't think i've posted this here yet. it was a gift for a recent high school graduate that watched my oldest for around 30 minutes after school everyday - because that's how long it takes to get from my daughter's school to him :)

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Thursday, June 02, 2005


it's out!

if you haven't already seen it, check it out!!
my contribution for this issue are the Pillow Belts

i'm all a-flutter... rather funny how this made me happy :)

elegant belt

if you have not been a contributor yet - give it a shot! it's too much fun!!

and finally a pic of the dish cloth i knitted :)
it's a little wonky and uneven. but it's my first completed knitted piece, and i'm happy with it.
okay, nevermind. can't find the durn thing! that just about sums things up for the past few weeks-UGH!

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