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Diary of a Mad Crafter



Shhhh!!! The yarn is trying to talk to me.....



Updated: 2016-09-29T01:18:55.997-05:00

 



Please Vote for My Friend!

2011-11-17T11:01:20.834-05:00

Yep, I'm a bad blogger. I haven't blogged in a while... just haven't had the Muse. But today I'm inspired to blog on behalf of a dear friend.
I have a friend with a daughter with Celiac Disease. She has entered a cookie contest for gluten free cookies. First prize is $850 dollars worth of gluten-free products and coupons that would really help them out. In addition to her daughter’s issue, she is a recent cancer survivor herself, so I really want to see something great happen for her. If you have Facebook, I would appreciate if you would take the time to click “like” on her cookie photos to vote for her. Here is what I’ve been posting for her on Facebook:

Help out my friend, Lisa Fleckenstein Whitaker, please!! Would you please click the link and hit like? Some of my closer friends and family, how about sharing this link? First prize is $850 dollars worth of gluten free items that she could really use for her baby girl. Many thanks. P.S. If she wins, she’ll make cookies for everyone who wants to try them. See below for links. PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU NEED TO CLICK THE LINKS and "LIKE" THE PICS, not this post.
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Voting ends December 30th, so please share with everyone you can. You don’t need to subscribe to anything, you don’t need to like the group/page these are on. Just take 2 seconds to like her two cookie pics/recipes, please. :)

And thank you to all that have already voted. Special thanks to those that went above and beyond and shared the links!
While you are at it, check out her awesome blog http://my-extraordinary-life.blogspot.com/. Lots of awesome recipes and food info, mostly focusing on gluten-free cooking. :)



Try, Try Again

2011-04-22T13:15:32.322-05:00

So, once again I have let my blog lapse into a coma. I'm gonna start small with a Friday Fill-In. :)



1. Pardon me, its not my fault that you have no sense of humor and don't appreciate sarcasm!!

2. Say what you want about Walmart, but I love a good deal.

3. I was surprised to find that I really like hummus. I avoided it for years because it sounded like it might be yucky. LOL

4. Netflix is one of my favorite forms of entertainment.

5. Hi, my name is Dee and I'm a fiber addict.

6. I love summer afternoons that are not too hot & humid.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to visiting my friend Ruthanne, tomorrow my plans include a belated birthday trip to a yarn store with my friend Ashley and Sunday, I want to celebrate Jesus' ressurection with my church family and a nice dinner with my kids and friend Sheila!



A Day in the Park

2009-10-07T11:08:48.966-05:00

A fine day it was, so we went to the park. In the hours before public school lets out, there are usually not many at the park. Add to that the fact that there is construction going on in the front parking lot, it was deserted. Ooh! Perfect for some yarn bombing!!

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I've had this little tree sweater in my purse for a while, waiting for an  opportune moment to tag a tree. :)

I tried it on one branch first, but it was way too loose around. Took a few fittings, but I found the right spot. Its probably not the best seaming I've ever done, but as luck would have it I couldn't find a yarn needle anywhere in my bags! I usually have one in the change purse of my wallet, but it must have fallen out. :( So, I used an F hook to sew with. LOL! I also had forgotten to pre-embroider my "MCM" logo, so I did that with the hook & some scrap alpaca yarn in my purse.

(image) See? A nice cozy sweater to ward off those Fall chills. :)

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Here is the view from just below:

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And even from a slight distance the eye can still catch something not quite natural....

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So, it will be fun to go back in a few days and see if its still there. :) Actually, don't think I can get back there until Saturday or Sunday, so that is almost a week. :)



First Strike

2009-10-07T11:08:48.966-05:00

So, I finally committed my first act of Yarn Bombing! I tagged a truck in the parking lot of my work. :)

First, the tag.....

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This is a trailer hitch ball cover. I made the knit version, too (to be seen at a later date when I strike again), from the "Mutha Earth" pattern in the Yarn Bombing book. I did that one as a head, too, being not really 100% behind the philosophy of the "Mutha Earth" one.  As knitted one took a little longer and the tiny dpns hurt my fingers, I made up this crochet version. I did write the pattern down as I went, so I'll make a pdf and put it on Ravelry later.

Anyway, on to the unsuspecting victim..... I had to look around the lot a bit to actually find a truck with the hitch ball. Lots of trucks with receivers, but I guess people take the hitch out to prevent theft. Aside from the fact that his hitch was intact, I also chose this truck because he was backed into his space. Figured there was a greater chance of him not noticing it before leaving the lot. :)

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Ignore the date on the picture. Fairly new camera and I forgot to set the date on it. LOL!

With a good target chosen, I attacked!

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Ha ha!! I love it! As you can see by the back, its only tied on, so no damage has been done to the vehicle. :)

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I tagged him on Wednesday 09/02/09 and he came thru my line on Thursday 09/03/09. After he paid for his parking, I looked at the back of the truck as he was exiting and there was my little guy!! I wonder if he was discovered already. And if so, was he removed? This isn't one of my regular daily customers, but I'm pretty sure he comes in weekly. I'll be sure to be on the lookout for his truck and I'll update on whether the little guy is still there. :)


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Yarn Bombing

2009-10-07T11:08:48.966-05:00

Seriously! Yarn Bombing!! Who knew one could take such delight in this illicit art?? I spotted the book on the store shelf and it practically leaped into my hands.

So, I took a bag of scrap yarn to work with me and started knitting. Right now I have finished my first piece, but have only a cell picture. I'll take one before I find the appropriate place to leave it.

I have decided that my signature will simply be an "MCM" (for MadCrafterMom, obviously) on each piece I make. I'm already making another piece and have several targets in mind. I was trying to casually measure the spacing on the side of a Stop & Shop cart whilst shopping late last night when I caught the odd looks from a couple passing the end of my aisle. LOL!

I shall post more when I a) have pics and b) have tagged something. :)
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Blogger, blogger... wherefore art thou, blogger??

2009-04-21T18:34:17.625-05:00

Yeah, its been a while. Sorry.

So, I'm on a sewing kick again. Here's what I did yesterday.....

American Girl Doll Dress for Melissa (being modeled by Molly's Doll). Melissa chose & bough the fabric for this herself some time ago.

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Then I used a little kit that I got on super sale (also some time ago) to make a squishy book for Abby.

Easy panels to cut out (even comes with the batting in the kit)

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Just sew the 3 pages and assemble!

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Hey, I even got them in the right order!!

(image) However, the important question is whether or not it is Abigail Approved....

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I do believe she likes it. Yay!

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Fridays Seem to Be "It" for Now

2009-02-06T14:45:12.646-05:00

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1. Please don't tell me that you "know" how I must be feeling. You don't. Just be there.

2. Can you wake up without coffee in the morning? Not me!

3. The color red makes me want to paint it black!

4. I have a craving for ice cream.

5. If my life had a pause button, I'd not pause it at all, that would serve no purpose.

6. Eyes are the first thing to go with age, unless its your hearing......

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to nothing, tomorrow my plans include Game Night @ Borders and Sunday, I want to finally get to church after missing last week with sick kids!
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Friday Rides Again

2009-01-23T19:19:31.808-05:00

1. Oh, I am so upside-down, inside-out and completely gutted!

2. Everything changes, big and little.

3. During crisis, I pray & knit & pray & knit some more.

4. "President Obama"; are you kidding me???

5. Right now I'd like to be far enough in the future for everything to see His plans unfolded.

6. My spinning wheel is my favorite gadget.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a temporary breather before next week, tomorrow my plans include basement cleaning and Sunday, I want to regroup & gird for the coming week !
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Merry Christmas To All

2008-12-25T14:07:10.269-05:00

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." ~ Isaiah 9:6

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Now, onto the continuing saga of the TSG Secret Swap Swag of December:

On the Tenth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

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(image) A cone of Peppermint cocoa!! Mmmmm!! Can't wait to drink this by a toasty fire. :)

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

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(image) A miniature crystal bell that is now residing on my mantle. :)

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

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(image) Two skeins of Laines Fonty Velourine yarn (54% cotton, 46% Viscose) in (what else....) red & white! :) You can be sure that I've already been on Ravelry researching what I can make with it! :)

This has to be one of the coolest swap packages I have ever gotten, for sheer creativity alone!!  Oh, I also got an envelope labeled "missing swap gift" (or something like that.... its in the other room right now) two days ago. It had the cutest little Christmas stocking key chain in it!! My secret pal said that it was accidentally left out of the original package. I'll snap a pic later. :) So, let me say:

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TSG Secret Swap Pal!!!

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Bet You Thought I Forgot Today....

2008-12-21T21:09:04.699-05:00

Nope! Just was a very busy day. I opened my present this morning, before church, but didn't have time to off-load the camera until now. :)

On the Ninth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

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(image) Life-Saver Fruit Tarts. Mmmm... they really are tart! Yummy! I've never seen or had these before. I'm letting the kids have one each, but then they go into hiding! :) Hey, they get Easter & Halloween & Christmas stocking treats. This is MY treat. :)
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Closer and closer....

2008-12-20T19:41:14.742-05:00

On the Eighth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

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A wonderful smelling bar of glycerin soap. :) Hmmm... Colonial Houses - Historic Lodging..... could this be a hint to my Secret Pal's location or just something she picked up in her travels? Ahhh.... quick Google search tells me this is from Colonial Williamsburg!! Ooh! I have always wanted to go there and hope to sometime next year. :)

Wonder what tomorrow will bring......
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The Return of Friday Fill-Ins and More Gifty Goodness

2008-12-19T21:02:29.035-05:00

1. Said the night wind to the little lamb, I'm going to blow your fleece all the way to Cape Cod.
2. The first Noel, the angel did say, "The gold, frankincense & myrrh are great, but I would have brought some heavenly dark chocolate for Mary."
3. The alpaca are running amok, Over the hills and everywhere.
4. It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious feel of wool.
5. Have yourself a knitty little Christmas, Let your heart  yarn be light.
6. And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing when your row is done.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a snowy night of knitting, tomorrow my plans include more yucky house cleaning and Sunday, I want to put up the Christmas tree!

On the Seventh Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

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A kit to make my own Jingle Bell Necklace. :) Its a cute little snowman with a hat & lettered necklace and googly eyes!! While I WOULD wear this as a necklace (hey, I'm a mom... I wear macaroni necklaces in public!!), I'll probably use it as an ornament, too. :)

Thank you, again, Secret Pal for making this so much fun!
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Two for One Day...

2008-12-18T11:15:44.366-05:00

 Couldn't find my second set of camera batteries yesterday, so I coulnd't take pics. Here is the 5th & 6th day together. :)

On the Fifth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

Pay no attention to the fact that this is obviously just a piece of wrapping with no gift inside... see the above notation about camera battery location issues. ;)

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Dang flash.... A set of 3 Christmas music cds! There is one for Christmas Eve, where there are lyrics and then Christmas morning & Christmas Dinner both are instrumental for nice background music. We will totally be using these!! This is one of my favorites so far because it will bring joy to many. :)

On the Sixth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

I was actually unsure if this was 6 or 9, so I just guessed. :) Works
out either way since I'll be opening the other one in a few days.

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Pardon my bad photography. I can't seem to get good closeups with flash. Especially on shiny, crystal snowman ornaments! :)

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I didn't realize right away that it had a little switch on the bottom!! Look what it does!

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Stay tuned tomorrow for # 7. :)
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I Have the Most Awesome Traveling Scarves Secret Swap Pal!!

2008-12-16T12:27:11.118-05:00

I came home from bringing Sarah to the orthodontist to find that the mail had come!! There was a big Priority box marked "Secret Swap". At first, I thought it was my final SP 12 package, but then I remembered that my moderator is handling my final package (I got flaked on) and would have no reason to be "secret". My address was the return address, so that wasn't help. Then I realized, "duh!" it is my TSG Swap for December. I was expecting a much smaller package for that!! WOW!I opened it up to find it full of smaller wrapped gifts with a letter:The letter explains that it is a "12 Days of Christmas" deal. :) Each present is numbered from 1 - 12 (two #12s) and I am to open one per day until Christmas. :) Since I was to start on December 13 and today is the 16th, I got to open 4 today. :) So.....On the First Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........Adorable hand painted (possibly by my pal??) pins! A Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and a snowman. :)On the Second Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........I had a very curious, very eager to help 3-year old, so Michael got to open one while Molly looked on.Fresh Friends air freshener in Winterfresh Pine scent! This is so cute and now resides on my mantle. :)On the Third Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........A red jingle bell ornament. :) This baby will be going on my tree as soon as we put it up (most likely this weekend). I let Molly (9 years old) open this one since Michael got to open the last one. :)On the Fourth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........Teeny glass snowman earrings! These things are just the cutest, teeniest glass items. They must have been very carefully hand crafted because the loop on top of each snowman is a loop of glass, too! I can't wait to wear them. :)So, thank you so much, TSG Secret Pal!! I will be posting each of the remaining days as I open them. It is taking a lot of restraint not to dig into them all right now. But then I think about the fact that there are bound to be some down days coming and having these little treats to look forward to each day will be such a bright spot. Wow... I'm actually getting teary thinking about that. Thank you again!!!! Blogged with the Flock Browser[...]



Santa Came Early for Me!!!!

2008-12-14T15:09:47.819-05:00

And I must have been a really, really good girl (or else the old guy's memory is slipping.....)! Look:My sweet, sweet husband procured this from eBay for me. :) It is a hand built drum carder. There is a small brass plaque engraved "Lorraine Carder #22 Crafted by R.L. Stuntz 1979". I've tried Googling it, but nothing. Even the engraving is done by hand, in handwriting as opposed to professional lettering. I love it!!! The only issues were the rubber feet were disintegrating and there was no drive band. A quick trip to The Evil Orange Box produced identical rubber feet for $1.95 including tax. The drive band proved a bit tougher. No vacuum cleaner belts were big enough. My Babe drive band, doubled on itself, was the right size, but wouldn't work because it is round. My ever-resourceful husband came to the rescue!! An automotive serpentine belt:So, of course, I promptly began my own little carding party!! Some time ago I purchased a large lot of dyed fibers from someone on Ravelry. These blue locks are a gorgeous color, but very, very greasy still and with some VM (some thorns even! Ouch!):I fluffed it out by hand and sent it thru the carder 3 times to get this:I decided it was still too rough & greasy by itself (yes, I know I could have scoured it before carding, but there's just enough to make some nice, water-resistant yarn). So, I had some bare Corriedale roving that I decided to blend it with. Since it was nice, smooth roving I only put it thru the carder once to get a nice batt:So.... onto blending it all together! I had already carded half of the fiber before I took a pic, thus the fiber already on the drum.and stacking.....And here is my wonderful, FIRST BATT after 3 passes thru the drum carder:EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!Okay, now here it is spun up on the drop spindle:I am so freakin' excited (you couldn't tell, could you??) about this!! "I don't wanna play, I just wanna card on me drum all day...........". :DOkay, you may stop drooling on your keyboard now! Come over and play fiber artist with me!! Blogged with the Flock Browser[...]



Hi, My Name is Dee and I'm a WIPaholic

2008-11-11T10:49:54.247-05:00

That's right. And I don't want or need any 12-step program. I have no shame issues with my WIPaholism. Why is it that some people feel the need to look down on those of us who start multiple projects? Or why do some of "us" feel some kind of shame about it that causes them to utter untrue phrases like "Oh, I need to finish a few things before I cast on anything else." ?

I love to cast on new things. I know I'll finish them in my own time. If something gets put into hibernation for too long, I'll admit that its actually headed for the frog pond. But generally, I need a variety of projects to bounce between. Afterall, who can really concentrate on a complicated lace while at knitting group? I know I can't! And who wants to deal with endless rows or rounds of stockinette or garter ALL the time? Gotta have big projects like sweaters and afghans and small ones like socks and gloves. Its just the way I am. If you can do one project at a time from start to finish before casting on another, more power to you. That's not me. So, in the spirit of de-shaming WIPaholism, I will attempt a list of all the current WIPs that I have going (if I can recall them all... some hide from me). They also are in no particular order, just as they come to me:

  1. Flowering Weeds Shawl (my name based on the handspun yarn I'm using for it)
  2. 2 Baby Surprise Jackets (Ravelry Link)
  3. Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl
  4. Titania Sweater
  5. Swallowtail Shawl
  6. Mystery Shawl 10 (Ravelry Link)
  7. Mini Holiday Stockings
  8. 9 different Traveling Scarves (which is a whole lotta 4" sections! - another Rav link)
  9. 2 Prayer Shawls
  10. A pair of fingerless gloves

And I have everything lined up to cast on for the Halloween 08 Mystery Shawl (Rav Link) and the Winter 08 Mystery Shawl.

So, embrace your inner caster-onner! LOL!

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Well, Umm... Err.......

2008-10-22T23:49:41.884-05:00

Yeah, over a month ago I said I'd get back to weekly blogging. Uh oh, I think my pants are on fire!!

I didn't anticipate how insane things were going to be throughout September and now October. Well, September was crazy-busy. October has been sickness, financial woes (yeah, I know... same for so many) followed by more sickness. Large families can bring so much joy, but they are also disease incubators of enormous proportions! You can't ever have everyone sick at once and then over it. It has to go from one to the other to the other until it gets back to the first kid who had it to start all over. And, of course, Mom is sick from Fall through Spring, always hovering on the brink of "feeling somewhat icky but not quite dead yet" because she doesn't usually get the luxury of laying around getting taken care of. Ahh... I remember childhood days of being sick.... propped on the couch with a pillow and blanket surrounded by crayons and coloring books and stuffed animals while watching cartoons and game shows. "Come on down!".... but I digress... back to knititng....

I am still in the Traveling Scarf loop. I'm now in 8 groups! The real irony is that I don't generally wear a scarf. When I do wear one, I almost always go for my favorite hooded ACRYLIC scarf that I got for Christmas about 15 years ago. LOL! And I'm the yarn snob who doesn't want acrylic in any of her scarves. Go figure. :)

SP12 was mostly an awesome experience. I had a great time spoiling Anita O. It was easy because I knew her from so many other swaps and we have so much in common (large families, Christian, etc). But my spoiler (that I wrote so glowingly of in the post about her one package) ended up dropping of the face of the earth. :( My wonderful moderator, Cecily, is rescuing me with an angel package though, so all is not dark. :) I still would have preferred if my original spoiler hadn't gone AWOL. This hasn't deterred me from Secret Pal swaps though. Unfortunately, SP13 is taking place right away and I can't swing that with Christmas almost upon us. I'll keep my eyes open for SP14 and see what the situation is when that time comes. :)

I've been recently obsessed with knitting lace shawls. I haven't actually completed one (well, I did do a nice Simple Yarn Over Shawl in worsted weight, but I'm talking fingering and lace weight yarn shawls) yet, but I love them. I have the Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl on the needles along with MS10, HMS08 and the Swallowtail Shawl. I've also signed up for the Winter Mystery Shawl Along.

I'm knitting the Titania sweater for myself, too.

I'll try to get some pics posted soon. I'll also come back soon and put in links to some of the stuff I'm talking about. :)

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Crazy Last Days of Summer

2008-09-08T09:20:50.237-05:00

Sorry for the lack of recent updates. I have been online a-plenty (just check my Raverly posts!!), but never seemed to find the time to sit down and do blog posts. You'd think I would have at least done the Friday Fill-ins, but......

August was full of barbecues, getting ready for back-to-school (and not-back-to-school for my homeschooled ones), a housewarming, etc. And this past week was full of illness, culminating with my little Molly (8 1/2 years) getting a spinal tap on Friday night! OUCH!! It came back clear for viral meningitis (the deadly one is bacterial meningitis, so it would have been treatable anyway) and a couple other tests, but its definitely something viral. I even got what ever it is and was sick Saturday night with a 103 fever and other symptoms. I'm feeling mostly better today, but still "delicate" in the stomach. Eh... now to wait and see who is next..... I'm pretty sure this is the same thing my 3 year old and 13 year old had first. Still have 5 more people in the house who haven't gotten it. Hopefully my 7 month old won't at all. The ER doctor said she's least likely to get it since she's nursing.

So.... craft-wise, I have been busy with my Traveling Scarves groups, several swaps, some personal knitting (wow... knitting for me!! what a concept!), some Christmas knitting and lots of spinning. I got replacement parts for my Babe Fiber Starter and am thrilled with wheel spinning! Lacks the beauty of an Ashford, but it spins. :)

Anyway, I'm back to trying to post weekly. :)
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Yeah, I skipped last week! What of it??

2008-08-08T09:42:12.083-05:00

1. You know you're old when you have to tune into an "oldies" station to hear music you loved in high school.

2. My heart is divided between knitting and spinning.

3. A legitimate work-at-home job is what I need RIGHT NOW!

4. I have felt the power of the Holy Spirit working in my life, I have known the depths of Jesus' love & forgiveness.

5. Gah, won't these people get the heck off MY roads and go back to their own states???28 is the name of the street, NOT the speed limit!! .

6. If you live in Massachusetts, move far away as soon as you can!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to spinning on my wheel, tomorrow my plans include sewing diapers & my Game Night BBQ!!! and Sunday, I want to move furniture around!
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Friday Night I Crashed Your Party....

2008-07-25T11:42:01.401-05:00

1. I believe whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Yeah, its the "standard" answer, but its true!

2. If you're good at something, you should do it if you enjoy it.

3. Why so many people are stupid enough to fall for you-know-who's "I'm for change" BS is beyond me......

4. Something is out there, it's big and scary, with lots of teeth and hiding under YOUR bed.

5. If my life were a sitcom, it would be titled Crazy Eights.

6. Sitting on my back porch [if you don't have one, use your imagination] I see the ugly side of the fence my moron neighbor put up. I miss the old neighbors that were NICE.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a quiet evening finishing up my final blocks for the NYOBE on Ravelry, tomorrow my plans include Game Night, most likely and Sunday, I want to relax some more and visit with friends!
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Hey... yesterday was Friday!!

2008-07-19T14:02:50.213-05:00

1. If I could be a fly on the wall I would try to avoid flypaper.

2. Jealousy is a very ugly feeling and should be avoided.

3. When I see a shooting star my wish would be that I wouldn't have to worry about money, not be filthy rich, but no worries.

4. I'd rather be Right than Politically Correct any day!

5. Certain songs when I hear them make me wanna shoot out the speakers of the morons thumping that cRap down my street!

6. If time were in a bottle I'd knock back a six pack!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight last night I’m looking forward to I crocheted afghan blocks for a swap, tomorrow today my plans included Village Day in Osterville & Game Night @ Borders and Sunday, I want to have a blast at Tsunami being held @ Dowse's Beach @ 5pm!
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OOOhhh! Yay for Packages!!

2008-07-17T09:25:46.148-05:00

I received my first SP12 package today!! I was so excited!!

I was unable to take a picture of the upopened box due to...umm.. circumstances that were... uhh.... Okay, nevermind!! Couldn't take a pic because I tore into the box like a rabid dog!! :D

First I found a lovely note:

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Underneath the note was a mysterious & pretty case!

(image) Under the case was a really cool pattern!! Actually, its 3 patterns in one! The ZigBagZ Mini Collection with patterns for a BottleZig (half liter size), SportZig (large water bottle size) and BabyZig (small purse suitable for wallet, keys & cell)!!!

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Inside the case were MORE goodies!!

(image) A skein of Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Worsted yarn (75% wool, 25% alpaca) in Bud Green and a skein of Noro Kureyon (100% wool) in Color 166. There was also a really cool, handmade button to match the yarns, which leads me to believe I would best be suited to making the BabyZig purse!! :) I could also be heard miles away exclaiming gleefully, "My book, my book!!! I really, really wanted this!!!", upon finding Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Things I Learned from Knitting whether I wanted to or not!!!!!!!!!!! I just love the Yarn Harlot!!

Here is a closer look at the funky, cool button, too:

(image) Thank you so much, Secret Pal!!! This is my first SP, so I'm wicked excited!!! Oh, and she has been sending me the cutest Hallmark e-cards, too! :)

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Boy I Need to Think of Clever Titles for Friday Fill-ins!

2008-07-11T11:29:14.613-05:00

1. Oh, I can't wait until I have a home of my own. Doesn't look like a reality anytime soon unless someone nominates us for one of "those" shows. *sigh*
2. Bob's Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon is the first thing I see when I open my refrigerator.
3. I never leave home without my wallet/clutch and my knitting bag.
4. If I were a condiment, I would be salsa because I'm hot & spicy! LOL! Okay, not really, but it sounded good. But I love the way the word sounds. Come on... say it... SALSA...ahhh! :).
5. "Yo-Boy" or "gangsta" speech and writing, any ignorant writing really (u no wut i meen?) is really high up on my list of pet peeves. Not the innocently ignorant writing of the VERY young, but anyone middle school age and older shouldn't be speaking or writing like a moron.
6. The last thing I thought of before I went to bed was "I'll just get Michael to sleep, then I can do some knitting....zzzzzzzzz".
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to getting back to work on my Goddess Knits Shawl now that I found my beading hook, tomorrow my plans include more laundry now that we replaced the leaking hose and Sunday, I want to enjoy a bbq at Ruthanne's!
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SP 12 QOTW #5

2008-07-10T10:06:40.989-05:00

1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?
Hmmm.... since we vacation so little, its hard to say I have a 'favorite' place. But I do love going almost anywhere camping.

2) Where is one place you’d like to go?
Just one? Tough question.... but I guess I'd love to visit Wisconsin. Yep... Wisconsin. LOL! I'd love to be able to meet and visit with my dear online friend Tracie. We met on a mothers' board while pregnant with our March 2005 babies.While in Wisconsin my family could visit some of the awesome water parks in the Wisconsin Dells that Tracie told me about. THAT would be a blast! :)
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The "Opium Den" of Swapping......

2008-07-08T10:18:43.349-05:00

I found out about Swap-bot! Oh Dear Lord!! I'm giddy with excitement, trembling with anticipation and teetering on dread. It will be a fine line between having a blast and getting in over my head. I'm a bit of a swap addict (as you may have noticed). Swap-bot has swaps for every imaginable item/theme/genre you can think of!! Postcards, thrift store finds, vintage buttons, recipes, KNITTING, YARN!!!! So far I've been very good. I've only joined 2 swaps and I REFUSE to even use the "Find Swaps" button until those two are over. Very simple ones. One is for a handknit/crocheted baby bib and the other is for a kid's August birthday swap. I joined that one to get a nice birthday package for Sarah.

So, if you have a hankering to swap 'whimsy' jars, stickers, Harry Potter stuff, etc......

Join Swap-bot!!

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