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So, there I was on pinterest, goofing off and looking at yarn porn gorgeous shawls knit by better knitters than myself. I saw a nice collection of ways to work the center spine but the explanatory text was in Russian. At least I think it's Russian. Google translate gave me:

. 1. This position is likely to be useful for beginners shalemankam and mischievous. But if and experienced minx will find it interesting, I'll be glad. Just want to say that not discover America, art walk on the network. Somewhere I spied somewhere once seen in the scheme. For what it had not been lost, he decided to assemble the collection all their achievements on the main loop, its variations and provyazyvaniya.


I think I may be a mischievous knitter rather than an experienced minx. The translation of the stitches was even worse, for example, "Three of the audio. This makes a loop where it is not necessary to select, ie drawing should look practically separated."

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Oct. 7th, 2015 12:46 pm
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Check this out! http://katedaviesdesigns.com/2012/09/05/anne-eunsons-artistry/

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In addition to the usual ton of knitting and crochet I do most weeks, I've also begun developing a new knitting pattern. It's this hat, which I am calling Lovely Luna Lovegood:

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I slept in, went over to Artisan Knits and hung out with my friends for a few hours, came home to swap cars with [livejournal.com profile] jebra, used my 50% coupon at JoAnn Fabrics (where I bought a $1 spool of ribbon and more darning needles including the spiffy curved ones), then came home and weeded both the garden in front of the house and the patio. I was outside until it started to get dark, came in and took a shower, had a bit of dinner, and then stuffed two small toy bears. They'd be done by now if I hadn't mislaid the black yarn I need for their eyes and noses. I searched all the likely places but so far the stuff is nowhere to be seen.

Before and after photos of our patio )

Another good thing was that three times I caught birds bathing in the pond. Birds can be surprisingly noisy bathers.
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It's been a busy few weeks, and not all of it pleasant. Near the end of 2012 we discovered a small growth on the bottom of one of Hamish's feet. It didn't seem to bother him and the vet told us to keep an eye on it as it was likely to grow very slowly and there was no hurry in getting it removed. This remained the case until four days before Easter when I came home from getting my hair cut and found bloody paw prints all over the first floor of the house. We took Hamish to the after-hours emergency service and paid a boatload of money to have the vet examine the wound, bandage it, and tell us to go to our usual vet for further care. Being Easter weekend and the start of heartworm season, getting in to see our vet turned out to be difficult, but we got him in on Saturday for an evaluation and returned on Monday to have his toe amputated.
He came through surgery well and didn't succeed in pulling off his bandage until tonight while I was off at the knitting guild. [profile] jebra is now on his way back home from shopping for bandages. I'd like not to return to the vet until our appointment on Saturday, when he gets his sutures out.

On Sunday I finally managed to clear out the garden beds. Most years I try to get this done before leaf collection ends for the year but obviously this didn't happen. At a minimum I wanted to clean up the front garden and rake up the leaves in front of the garage door and on the path to the pond. I did those things, plus stirred up the compost and got enough finished compost from the bins to make room for the new debris. I also worked so hard that I wore myself out and took a tumble. I'm not sure how I did it, but I fell forehead first onto the concrete. My forehead is abraded and my nose is still tender, but that was the totality of my injuries.

In knitting news, I've now finished a half dozen Mother Bear Project bears and sent them off the to the Mother Bear Project today.




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Y'all did a great job of making my birthday exceptional. Special thanks go to (in alphabetical order) [livejournal.com profile] asparagusmama and [livejournal.com profile] babyklingon, [livejournal.com profile] colleendetroit, [livejournal.com profile] greenlady2, [livejournal.com profile] lolabobs, [livejournal.com profile] maiac, [livejournal.com profile] maddiec24, [livejournal.com profile] nindevotee, [livejournal.com profile] numenora, [livejournal.com profile] siberian_skys, [livejournal.com profile] thistlethorn, [livejournal.com profile] trillingstar, and [livejournal.com profile] wpadmirer.

More later, but first, look who now shares my birthday!




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In my most recent Drive-by Update I forgot to mention that I attended the February 12th meeting of the Black Sheep Knitting Guild. At the meeting I learned that there is a cast-on that matches Jeny's Surprisingly Stretch Bind-off http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php) and went to look for it this morning since the cast on edge of the chemo cap I finished at the FCB's Valentine Dinner Dance was tighter than I liked and I want to knit another hat using that pattern. Well, that lead to this video on youtube, which lead to discovering this post on the Curious Knitter. The post ends with

ADDENDUM #2, 10/4: A-HA! Confirmation that yes this does in fact exist in print. See Montse Stanley's Buttonhole Cast-On, p. 76, fig 2.37.


which made me curious about Montse Stanley and lead to yet another google search. I found a quick bio about her and the thing that caught my attention there was the existence of The Knitting Reference Library. The library was originally composed of three distinctive knitting collections: those of Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller. The library appears to be split between two locations in England; the Winchester School of Art Library and the Hartley Library at the University of Southampton.

The only downside is that now I want to travel to England even more than I did previously.
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We survived our holiday adventures and I've been back at work for the past two days. [livejournal.com profile] jebra survived them too, although he is not yet back at work. After we unpacked the car on New Year's Day, he decided it would be wise to visit the ER at Beaumont Hospital and have his heart checked. The doctor could tell something funky was going on and that it wasn't a heart attack, so they admitted him for observation and additional tests. They released him last night after I was off work with instructions to eat healthier foods, walk more, and to follow up with his doctor within six days. Seeing as he already has an appointment with his doctor in six days, he was good to go. We spent the rest of the night getting him ready to leave for whatever convention it is he's working this weekend. He was already on the road when I got out of bed for work this morning and I wouldn't be surprised to learn he's arrived at the con. I believe he said something about his shift starting at 6 p.m. tonight.

Meanwhile, I've spent the day trying to clean off my desk. Sadly it looks much like it did when I arrived this morning. But I do have one thing to show off, my first craft finish of the year:

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As I said on Ravelry, I don’t always follow my own written pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hamish-cat-bed) when making these. I’ve discovered that with a K sized hook I can use four or five strands of yarn at at the same time and I like to make the beds I donate to the shelter different sizes since not all cats are as round as our Hamish.
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Year End Stats
Scrapped birthday cards:105
Pages scrapped just for fun:46
High resolution (3600x3600) scrapbook pages:3
Photographs:So many I ran out of disk space
Days of work missed due to illness:0
Jayne Hats:At least 12 (I lost count)
Non-Jayne Hats:4
Scarves:29
Afghans:0
Baby Blankets:4
Fingerless Mittens (pairs):0 — 1 pair on the needles since 2011
Round Cat Beds:14
Socks (pairs):2 (plus another still on the needles)
Washcloths for Warmth for Warriors:26
Knitting Patterns Published:2
Most Difficult Craft Project:Knitted baby dress
Stories beta read:2
Weight Gained or Lost:Do you think I was more willing get on a scale than I was in 2011?





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This past weekend we were in Ionia visiting my mom and catching up with family. My nephew was in town with his wife and their baby, and with the exception of my sister (who lives in North Carolina), the entire family got together for dinner. I cannot recall the last time this happened but I'm certain it has been years.

My sister-in-law made a sort of lasagna (a sort because she somehow forgot to add ricotta/cottage cheese to the dish), and we had salad and garlic bread and pickles and a side dish that must have been quite forgettable as I'm pretty sure there was one but I can't think of what it could have been.

Earlier in the day [livejournal.com profile] jebra was called on a remark he left on facebook, that "there is nothing a techie won't try in someone else's kitchen" (which was in response to one of his friends posting this video)



I insisted we go shopping and buy ice cream sandwiches, two kinds, one the Great Value (Walmart) brand and the other Klondike so that we could experiment and see which made the better shakes. To my surprise, the Great Value brand was declared the winner. The Klondike version tasted more of vanilla than chocolate, which I suppose is why I myself preferred it. Just in case you want to try this at your house, we used a blender, not a food processor and halved the recipe -- 3.5 ice cream sandwiches, a half cup of milk, both well mushed into the base of the blender and then blended until liquid. Each batch thusly made was split between two people, which seemed to be exactly the right amount as no one complained about not getting enough and no one left their glass undrained. The drinks were also declared to be dangerously good, dangerous because they are so easy to make and so very tasty.

While they were at my mom's, I gave my nephew and his wife the dress I made for their little girl. I started knitting it in April and went through much grief getting it started. I thought I was home free one I finished the skirt portion, but after kitting the top portion of the dress I realized I'd forgotten to switch to smaller needles and ended up frogging the top too. When I finished the dress wasn't made as perfectly as I hoped, but it is wearable and the parents seem to appreciate my efforts.

Also in knitting news, yesterday became an official member of the Black Sheep Knitting Guild. Is that not the perfect name for a guild I'd belong to?
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I was extremely worried about the outcome of the elections. Today I'm feeling relieved.

In knitting news, I'm working on two fairly difficult projects. One does not have a due date, but the other is for my great-niece and we hope to meet her this coming weekend and I'd like to have her dress finished before we do.

In other news, today is our wedding anniversary. )
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Well, it's been a busy few weeks. After nearly ten years of being a Dish subscriber, I had enough and switched to WOW. The switch has been far from seamless. The installer discovered he couldn't reach the easement thanks to our overgrown Elderberry bushes and the self-seeded mulberry tree that was growing into cable lines. The installer needed us to clear a path, so installation was delayed for a week.

We cleared a path for the installation guy, which is when I tore up the skin on my ribs. Fortunately I was mostly better the following Friday, which is when I got to haul the trash and yard waste to the curb. I got to do it because [livejournal.com profile] jebra was away at Anthrocon. I was both annoyed and amused with his absence. Most weeks we put out one or both recycling bins and *maybe* one bag of trash. Instead, this is what I got to haul to the street:



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After [livejournal.com profile] jebra returned, so did the cable installer. Which is when we discovered our semi-new Vizio tv does not like WOW, or perhaps that should be WOW without a DVR. I ordered basic service, which does not require a DVR, but I already regret that choice. Pushing the channel up (or down) button 200 times to get from the first channel to the one I want to watch is a drag. I've called the installer to order a DVR, but so far it's the up button for me. And don't even get me started on how much I miss the pause button. I had not idea how addicted I am to that thing until I no longer had one.

Not that I've had much time to miss it. I'm at work during the day, and I've stayed late to work on a few personal projects, such as sewing bags for my electronic devices. Add in the usual routine of laundry on Monday, dance class on Tuesday, and grocery shopping on Wednesday, and well, the weeks practically over. We weren't home last weekend either, as we were in Elkhart for the Jazz Festival. For me, the best part was not the music but the opportunity to see my friends on the Production Staff. I spent pretty much the entire long weekend (we took Friday afternoon off from work) hanging out in the Production Office. I had my Kindle, my netbook, and my knitting.



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So, other than yesterday's tale of the visit to the nutritionist, that's what's been going on with me.
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Last Thursday we drove to Port Huron after work, to see An Dro play at Lynch's Irish Tavern. The band was every bit as good as I expected, but I'm getting too old to stay out that late on a work night. Getting up and to work the next morning was exceedingly difficult.

After work on Friday we drove to Ionia to spend the weekend with my mom. I hadn't seen her since Christmas, so the visit was long overdue. On Saturday the three of went to Lansing to shop at Sticks and Strings, the yarn shop owned by one of my mom's friends. I picked out yarn for the dress I'm going to knit for my newly born niece, and my mom picked out some very nice bamboo yarn for a shawl. Elderly Instruments, one of [livejournal.com profile] jebra's favorite stores is located right across the street, so we went over there too. We found a handful of CDs and [livejournal.com profile] jebra) bought a bodhran to replace the cheap import he's been using. After that we had a very yummy lunch at the Embassy Grill, then went shopping for an eReader for my mom. She came home with a new Nook tablet and I'm still thinking about getting one myself.

We returned home on Sunday, stopping in Grand Ledge to have lunch with [livejournal.com profile] jebra's sister and her husband, then continued to work so that we could run billing.

Monday went by in a blur and I don't remember a thing about it. Yesterday, on the other hand, I was a sleepy mess. If I got anything done at work it was a miracle as I couldn't keep my eyes open. I didn't even go to Nia, instead I went home after work and went directly to bed.

Today I feel a whole lot better, and a lot more productive too. I finished the scarf I've been working on and I finally got around to taking photos of the clutch I made to hold my knitting & crochet accessories. I had the bad habit of putting the stitch holders and markers down wherever I was when it was time to remove them and then not recall where I'd put them.



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First, [livejournal.com profile] bloggingchick, yes I will be at Penguicon. Whenever and wherever it is. [livejournal.com profile] jebra knows and I believe he has already made our hotel reservation.

In other news, it's been a busy few weeks. Although with what I have no clue. This is the downside of having a wonky memory. I remember knit club met last weekend. There won't be on next month as just about everyone in our club will be at the knit-away. Not that I can remember where that is either. Although it might start with a "C." If I had time, I'd watch knittingblooms podcast -- I'm sure she's talked about it but I'm about three months behind.

This past Monday the FCB Concert Band performed with the Farmington High School Symphony Band. It was a really good concert and I was enthralled by Mark Flegg's solo performance. He's an amazing trumpeter.

This weekend we're heading for Indianapolis. Actually, we're leaving tomorrow morning as soon as we escape the clutches of our dental hygienist. I'm trying to cut down on the amount of stuff I travel with and am debating not bringing my traveling laptop. I will, however, have my android tablet and my cellphone. As long as I don't want to use a graphics program, that should be more than enough.

Lastly, for those of you who like critters and people who can really write, I recommend reading http://honeyrockdawn.com/2012/03/nicu-part-ii/ Just thinking about what I read this morning is making me smile.
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Herringbone is a PITA to knit.
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The wool for this hat was dyed with many flavors of Kool Aid. Sugar-Free Kool Aid, I hasten to add.
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Besides being reversible, the other neat thing about this hat is that I dyed the wool myself.

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