Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Dear Grandma,

So a lot has been going on lately with the knitting. I have been test knitting a sock for my friend Margit, she is also known as Fiber Fiend. She has a booth at Stitches West 2008 that starts next weekend, February 21-24, she is in booth 738. And this is the sock that I knit...

I have miss placed, not lost, just miss placed (keep repeating) my camera. Anyway, I had to "borrow" Margits photos to show the sock. This was a great pattern and the greens and browns are really something to see. The pattern is called Willamette and the yarn colorway is Fern. She will be selling both at Stitches then on her website. I have also posted this on my Ravelry page and you can see more photos that Margit took there also.

I have also started Caitlin's Birthday Bear, it is the Classic Teddy Bear from Interweave Knits, 2007 Holiday issue. I have only the legs left to knit now and all the parts will be complete. Just blocking, seaming and stuffing and it will be finished. I am using Rowan Felted Tweed in a light brown and it is turing out well, it gives it a little bit of a rustic look too. No pictures yet, it is just all parts. Her birthday is Feb. 23, Saturday, this must be finished. Wish me luck!

And I have seemed to collect many unfinished projects lately. So I am determined to get them done by the end of March. Ravelry is wonderful, but it also can seem to taunt you with the things that you have not completed.

Ceiling update, the opening has been closed off with sheet rock and patched. It is drying and awaiting texture and paint. But since it is raining now and not very warn, that process will more than likely be delayed until better weather.

Ok Grandma, back to work I go.



Friday, February 08, 2008


Dear Grandma,

When the bathtub upstairs in your neighbor’s house has a leaky valve, then your ceiling will probably look something like this... Wednesday morning I woke up, walked out into the living room and noticed a thin bubbled line on the ceiling. Under the bubbled line was water, I knew this because when I pushed on it I got drops in my face. I called the people upstairs who own the place and they came down and the words I believe that came out her mouth was, "Holy Shit!" An hour later three construction worker guys were in my living room with drop clothes and buckets draining what ended up being 4 gallons of water from the ceiling. That is a lot of water, not taking in account what was already soaked into the sound board and sheet rock. So all the mushy ceiling has been cut out, the leaky valve has been capped and the owners have gotten an estimate on the ceiling repairs.

On to happier things like yarn! I made a small purchase of sale yarn this week. Yes, it was on sale, I am trying to be good since Stitches West is sooo close.

It Cascade Dolce, 55% Superfine Alpaca / 23% Silk/ 22% Wool and red of course, the good red. Each hank is 109 yards and I am thinking of a lacey scarf unless someone has another suggestion?!?!? However, I may have to go back to Purlescence and get another hank or two while it is still on sale, 30% off, incase I want to make something a little bigger. I have checked Ravelry, several people have made Fetching with this yarn, possibility, I love Ravelry!

Ok, I am off to work on a sock I am test knitting for the Fiber Fiend booth at Stitches, she has some really excellent yarns and fiber that she has dyed along with patterns for the yarns.



Friday, February 01, 2008


Dear Grandma:

I was just "tagged" by Jasmin on her blog to answer the following survey questions, so here goes my answers in no particular order...

4 Jobs I've Held:
Grocery Bagger
DMV Administrator
Office Manager
Program Director

4 Movies I've Watched Over and Over Again:
Forest Gump
Joy Luck Club
The Notebook

4 Places I've Been:
Butchart Gardens – Victoria, Canada
The Road to Hana - Hawaii
Yellowstone National Park & Grand Tetons – Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
I’d rather not discuss any details - Las Vegas

4 Places I've Lived:
Lompoc, CA
San Francisco, CA
Selma, CA
Vallejo, CA

Part A: 4 TV Shows I Watch: (This was hard. I watch too much TV.)
Law & Order (all of them)
Project Runway
American Idol (yes, and I OK with admitting it. I secretly wish I could carry a tune.)

Part B: 4 Radio Shows I Listen To: [I'm going to substitute Podcasts for "Radio Shows.]
I don’t listen to many radio shows or at least none that I will admit to!

4 Things I Look Forward To:
Sleeping in on Saturday mornings
Stitches West
Knitting with Friends
Dinners with Sensei

4 Favorite Foods:
Red Velvet Cup Cakes
Of course they are all fatting!

4 Places I'd Rather Be:
In bed asleep
By a lake in the mountains, fishing (yes, I like to fish!)
Purlescence Yarns
Getting a pedicure

4 People I email regularly:
Knitting Friends

4 People to Tag: