Knitting Meme (it's all about me me me!) (and my knitting)

Bold the ones you have done/used.

Bind off, any extra stretchy one
Bind off, I-cord
Bind off, sewn
Bind off, tubular

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Cast on, any extra stretchy one
Cast on, backwards loop
Cast on, long tail
Cast on, provisional
Cast on, tubular
Colorwork, intarsia
Colorwork, slipped stitch
Colorwork, stranded
Double knitting, reversible
Double knitting, tube
Drop stitch

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Fair Isle
Felted (accidentally)
Felted (on purpose! yay!)

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Garter stitch
Graffiti knitting, aka knit tagging
Kitchenered a sock
Kitchenered something larger than a sock
Knitted a sock using two circular needles

Knitted and purled backwards
Knitted Continental style, aka picking
Knitted English style, aka throwing

Knitted two socks on two circs simultaneously

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Knitted with beads (and wire)
Magic loop

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Short rows

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Thrummed knitting

Twisted stitch

Knitted with any of these fibers:
Synthetic (acrylic, nylon, etc.)

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Afghan (more like a lap blanket... it's my meme and I'll meme what I want to!)

StB copy

Alice Starmore pattern, any (St. Brigid, above)

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Baby items

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Holiday-related knitting
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies, etc.)
Knitted a gift
Knitted for a pet, garment
Knitted for a pet, toy
Knitted item for a bride
Mitts, fingerless
Mittens, cuff-up
Mittens, tip-down
Moebius band (on purpose!)
Purse or bag

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Socks, toe-up
Socks, top-down

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Stuffed toys

Sweater, cardigan
Sweater, pullover
Sweater, top-down
Toy/doll clothing

Lace garment
Published a knitting book
Stitch pattern
Sweater, cardigan
Sweater, pullover
Sweater, top-down

Dyed yarn or fiber
Knitted for charity
Knitted in public
Learned a new technique on YouTube

Participated in a KAL
Spun your own yarn
Taught a child to knit
Taught a male to knit
Wrote a knitting blog

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It was fun to trip through the archives for some of these images. Wow. I've been blogging and knitting and blogging about knitting for a long, long time.

From a meme found on kmkat and her needles, adapted from a meme on CanaryKnits.

A few things (meme)

  1. Do you like bleu cheese?  Yes!  I love all kinds of cheese.  I've lived in a couple of places famous for cheese!
  2. Have you ever smoked? 1970 - 2005.  I just celebrated 5 years quit!
  3. Do you own a gun?  No.
  4. Favorite type of food?  Mediterranean.
  5. Favorite type of music?  All types -- it varies with the wind.
  6. What do you think of hot dogs?  Depends on the hot dog -- nearly anything is good cooked (slightly charred) over an open fire or very hot coals.
  7. Favorite Christmas movie?  Love Actually.
  8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?  I have three cups of coffee -- with cream and a little sugar -- every morning.
  9. Can you do push ups?  I've done push-ups; don't know if I can do push-ups; I may be able to do a push-up.
  10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?  My engagement/wedding ring that DH had made for me.
  11. Favorite hobby?  Knitting, reading, gardening, writing.
  12. Do you have A.D.D.?  No.
  13. Do you wear glasses/contacts?  Glasses.  I haven't worn contacts in 20+ years.
  14. Middle name?  Lynn.
  15. Name three thoughts at this exact moment:  Should I throw the sheets in the wash and then take a shower, or take a shower and then throw the sheets in the wash?  It looks like it's going to be a much nicer day today than yesterday.  I need to confer with the girls and come up with a day that will work for all for birthday cake!
  16. Name three drinks you regularly drink:  Coffee, Diet Coke, water.
  17. Current worry?  I'm not much of a worrier, though I might answer differently wide awake in my bed at 3 a.m.
  18. Current hate right now?  Fraud, corruption, entitlement, lies.
  19. Favorite place to be?  With my family.
  20. How did you bring in the new year?  Around a little fire in the woods.
  21. Someplace you’d like to go?  The Mediterranean.
  22. Name three people who will complete this.
  23. Do you own slippers?  Sort of.  I have some heavy wool slipper socks, but I'd really like some slip-on slippers -- those French ones that are so cute.
  24. What color shirt are you wearing?  I'm not wearing a shirt.  Heh.  (I'm still in my nightgown.)
  25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?  No.
  26. Can you whistle?  Yes, and I do it all the time!
  27. Where are you now?  In my office/studio.
  28. Would you be a pirate?  I like the idea of being a pirate, but I probably wouldn't be a pirate.
  29. What songs do you sing in the shower?  I do not sing in the shower.  It's true.  I never have.
  30. Favorite girl’s name?  Zoe.  Still.
  31. Favorite boy’s name?  David Michael.  If any of my girls had been a boy, that would have been his name -- after DH's brother and mine.
  32. What is in your pocket right now?  This nightgown doesn't have pockets.
  33. Last thing that made you laugh?  OMG, who knows?  I laugh loud and often!
  34. What vehicle do you drive?  2000 Saturn SW.  I want an electric car!
  35. Worst injury you’ve ever had?  I'm knocking on wood right now because I really haven't suffered much more than bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes -- with the occasional twist, but nothing broken.  Knock, knock, knock, knock, knock!
  36. Do you love where you live?  I absolutely love where I live.  I think about moving, but can't imagine finding a house/location I love as much as this one.
  37. How many TVs do you have in your house?  Two.
  38. How many computers do you have in your house?  Two.
  39. If you changed your job, what would it be?  A photographer or a detective (which, combined, sounds an awful lot like a Private Eye), or a writer, historian, librarian, archivist, teacher, mentor... too many things!
  40. If you had three wishes what would they be?  I wish health, happiness, adventure, prosperity, and love for my three girls!  I wish for a long and healthy life for DH and me, so that we can travel, have a few more adventures together, and enjoy the grandchildren that I also wish for (but not yet, thankyouverymuch).  I wish for world peace... or, at least, world I-don't-agree-with-you-but-that's-no-reason-to-kill-you-getting-alongedness.  Is that more than three?
Thanks to Ms. Kat for this morning's meme!

She gave me an "M"

You might call this the Frickle-down effect on a meme...

Julie at Fricknits did G and gave Carol at Knit-and-Run an F, and (here's the Frickle-down part) Carol has kindly given me M!  I will write on ten topics or themes or truthinesses that begin with "M."  If you want to bore other people similarly, please ask me for a letter and I will give one to you.

Dsc09454_1Mackluks.  Carol was especially enamored of the Mackluks, and so am I.  They were one of my favorite gifts to give this Christmas.  I'm also completely enamored with the recipient of the Mackluks -- my nephew Mack -- but that's another M story.  Though not technically mukluks, that's always what we've called this style of suede-sole slipper socks.  (I wonder why I so often give pet names to my projects.  There must be some significance.)

M----- is my last name!  It's a difficult name to pronounce, telemarketers absolutely murder it -- it could be French (there are some in the Paris phone book), but husband's family is decidedly German.  I dated him for quite a while before learning how he pronounced it, which, in fact, is quite different from how some of his very own relatives pronounce it.  It's easily confused with other words -- or, rather, common misspellings of two common words and/or a contraction (with or without proper punctuation, but that, too, is another story) -- one is a troublesome bug, the other is on everyone's family tree -- and it's so very aggravating when doing the occasional internet surname search.  I am a hobby genealogist, you know; in odd moments of boredom, I type my surname into a search field!

Mom.  It is one of my great pleasures to be one.  I'm smack-dab in the middle of a transition that will take several more years, as my three daughters grow up, find their wings, move on and out, start living lives of their own.  It seems really odd, but already, I am sometimes unaware of (or find it difficult to keep up with) their comings and goings, even when we're all under the same roof.  I sometimes don't even wake up when they come to tell me they're home.  What does that mean?  I look forward to our relationships evolving with more equal footing.  I sure do miss my little girls sometimes, but I definitely enjoy the thoughtful, funny, independent young women they're becoming.  I guess we're always in transition, it's just that sometimes it's slow or even imperceptible, and other times it's a raging rapids and I'm just trying to keep my kayak from flipping over.  Next thing you know, I'll be wresting that G away from Ms. Frick because I'll be wanting to use it for Grandma.  Okay, really, not the next thing!

Movies.  We went to see Happy Feet on Christmas Day as a family.  A Christmas Day movie has become a tradition.  I enjoyed it quite a bit -- the music was fantastic!  The very best part, though, was at the end and wasn't even a part of the movie.  While the credits ran, there were little spotlight dances by "star penguins" at the bottom of the screen; two little kids -- a girl, about 9, and her younger brother -- were moved to join in, dancing with complete and utter happiness on the floor at the front of the theater.  It was just so fun to watch them.

Movie memes!  I like 'em.  Here's a new one I found, compliments of Beadslut.  (Warning: that "Quotate" button is entertaining and can tie you up for a little while.)

I'm a goddamn marvel of modern knitorious.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:

There was another at Mim's the other day (mine was the same as hers).  I think one of the first memes I ever posted on this blog was a "What Classic Movie Are You?" meme!

Maroon is one of my favorite colors; it shows up a lot in my wardrobe.  It is not to be confused with moron -- that's not a color.

Meg.  I watched the Meg Swansen Dubblemossa video and now I think know I want to go to Knitting Camp someday, or at least take a class from her -- I know she teaches the rare class here and there.  Here's the link to a streaming video clip about Camp (scroll down) that I found on the Schoolhouse Press site from a segment about Knitting Camp that aired on a program called "In Wisconsin" in December '05 on Wisconsin Public Television.  It is very entertaining, and you might glimpse some faces you recognize -- among others, I spotted Handknitter Sarah, Lizbeth Upitis, and Joyce Williams! It pretty much makes Camp irresistible!  Anyway, I didn't knit a single stitch while I watched the video, I just watched and listened, listened and watched.  Meg says that her mother was mesmerizing, but I think she is, too.  Oh, what fun!  I'm anxious, now, to watch the other video.

Mittens.  Yep.  In skirting the actual knitting of the coveted Latvian mittens over the past couple of years, I have knit North Star, two pairs of Thrummed, and a Flip-top.  I will -- MARK MY WORDS -- I will Knit Like a Latvian (Mittens!) this year.

Dsc09480Macrame.  I am also going to do something beautiful using the much-maligned craft of macrame this year.  I can't ever complete my ongoing quest for knitting books (Aran Knitting being the Holy Grail) at a thrift store without running into a number of macrame books and I've got a soft spot.  I used to get all nostalgic and buy them, but it has to be pretty special to come home with me now.  "Textiles" was a very popular class when I was in high school, and that pretty much meant macrame.  (Now, they hardly even sew in Home Ec -- I know, it's not called that anymore, either -- and Textiles in the Art Department?  Kids aren't interested; they're lucky if they even have any choices beyond Drawing and Painting in the Art Department.)  One of my sisters did a couple of enormous, award-winning, 3D macrame hangings -- one of them was embellished with ceramic medallions she'd made; when the hanging was later damaged in a flood, I used the ceramic pieces in a macrame project of my own. I also used to make macrame plant hangers in the summer that my stepmother sold at her fabric/craft store (I knit girls' angora caps in the winter).  Several years ago I acquired a "new edition" of Therese de Dillmont's "Encyclopedia of Needlework" (but trust me, it's old) and will you just look at that macrame?  I've got to find something that needs an edging!

Dsc09481(The knitting chapter is interesting, too.  There are chapters on "plain sewing," mending, different types of embroidery, knitting, crocheting, different types of lace, tatting.  It's very fragile.  I wonder how the TOC and illustrations compare to newer editions.)

Dsc09482_1Ahhh, the good old days...

Midnight.  As the ball illuminates tonight, I'd like to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  I wish I could *clink* glasses of bubbly with you, give you hugs and kisses.

At midnight, of course, it will also be THE January One -- you know the one.  ; )  Happy, Happy Birthday, my dear Cara!  (Pssst, y'all, there's still time to enter the birthday contest.)

Year in review: 2006

Thank you, Celia.  (Because it should not be missed, I'm linking to Celia's Unrequited Love podcast at Quirky Nomads, too.  It's a great story, and so wonderful to hear her voice!  I was hoping for a little yodel at the end, but I guess that's part of another story.)

01The first sentence of each first post of the month for 2006 (one picture from every month, in order, is my addition):


Happy New Year!


On Friday morning, Maddy tried to "wake up" our main computer.


I saw my brother today, but he didn't see me.

02 03 04


I forgot to mention yesterday that among my chores, right between stopping at work and stopping at the bank, was a stop at the DMV to finish what Alison had started, but could not complete, the day before.


We did a little rummaging on Saturday and this is part of my haul from a sale at the home of the couple who own an antique mall in our area (not the one at which I occasionally fill in) -- it was bargain day!


Ina sent this "Iris Garden" Lorna's Laces, the yarn that my Individuals won for me, basically, in the ABC-Along "I" Contest.


There isn't any fruit on my cherry tomato yet; I've got it in a hanging basket at the south end of the back porch.


If you click on the picture on the left and look to the left of the white truck, you will see a dark shape on the horizon, also known as Rib Mountain.

06 07 08


Katie had to be to work at 5 this morning, and Ali at 6:30; it's Maddy's first day of school, which would normally start at around 8, but only the lowly freshmen have to go so early on the first day of school.


This is one of two mini Faroese shawls I made yesterday from the top down.


a.k.a. The Pergola Project.


God, I love the internet.

11 12 It's been quite a year.  ; )

Me me mememe

First done at Cara's yesterday, and Margene's this morning, and spied at Victoria's and elsewhere, too...

Please leave a one-word comment that you think best describes me — it can only be one word long.  Then copy and paste this into your blog so that I may leave a word about you.

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Also from Victoria5 Things I Like About Myself:

  1. I am there for you.
  2. I laugh a lot.
  3. I like to make people laugh.
  4. I'm a good mom (and wife and sister and aunt and daughter and maybe someday grandma).
  5. I have fun.

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4 Things Meme
Tagged by Robyn!  This is similar to a meme I've done before... but different.

4 Jobs I've Held

  1. Receptionist
  2. Typesetter
  3. Proofreader
  4. Substitute Teacher's Aide

4 Movies I Never Get Tired of Watching

  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. Oklahoma!
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird
  4. The Sound of Music

4 Places I've Lived

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Oregon
  3. Ontario
  4. Ohio

4 TV Shows I Like

  1. Boston Legal
  2. M*A*S*H
  3. CSI (x3)
  4. Law & Order (x3... or is it 4?)

4 Places I've Vacationed

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Oregon
  3. New York
  4. California

4 Websites I Visit Often

  1. Bloglines
  2. Typepad
  3. My credit union
  4. Local news & weather

4 Special Treats for Me!

  1. A massage
  2. A home-alone day
  3. An afternoon watching movies and knitting
  4. A pedicure

1 Place I'd Rather Be Right Now

  1. Home



H is for Handwriting, but this is not my H.  This is as seen on Cara's beautiful post the other day, and at Mim's, and linky-poo all over the place.

Edited to add:  In true skimmer form, I skimmed right over the part about signing this piece...


This post could go south so easily.  I'm in a mood, a funk; I've got the blahs and I'm blue; it's like someone has stepped on my rose-colored glasses.  So let's just turn around and go north, shall we?

Dsc06789My brother, Michael, lives north and I talked to him last night!  I wanted to know how his first weekend at home went; I hoped that he was entertained by visitors, but not overwhelmed by them.  Sounds like it went pretty well and they're getting used to things, figuring out ways for him to be more comfortable, working on remembering and thinking, learning more about what happened to him, playing with the dog.  He gets so emotional sometimes -- and I do, too; we all do!  It's amazing, after all these weeks, how the gravity of it all can sometimes still sneak up and bowl you right over; and maybe even more surprising is that you'd think, being bowled over a few times already, that it wouldn't seem so grave or amazing or surprising anymore -- after all, he is recovering so very well!  Well, it is grave and amazing and surprising... it's also humbling and scary and heart-wrenching and joyful... still.  I find I'm given reason to think of his ordeal nearly every single day on my way to work, when I am unwilling witness to bone-headed motor vehicle moves.  Why, yes, there was a particularly frightful one this morning.  Makes me want to put a sign on my car: "Pay attention, people.  Be aware!  And don't drive stupid around me!"

Anyway, physically, Michael can stand being upright -- sitting, walking, standing -- in the brace for about two hours, max, then he's just got to get it off; he's feeling the pain of broken ribs and shoulder blade more acutely and the brace adds to the discomfort.  Fingers and toes are crossed for the next 30 days, when he'll have his next appointment with the neurosurgeon, that the fractured vertebra have all been knitting together nicely on their own all these weeks and that he'll be able to start losing the brace a little each day.

Lifted from Nathania, a meme.  Do a Wikipedia search of your birthdate, minus the year; list three interesting events, three people who were born, and three people who died on that day.  Here's mine:


  1. 1860 - U.S. presidential election, 1860:  Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of the United States, the first Republican to hold that office.
  2. 1939 - The Hedda Hopper Show debuts with Hollywood gossip Hedda Hopper as host. The show would run until 1951, making Hopper a powerful figure in the Hollywood elite.
  3. 1975 - The Sex Pistols play their first concert at St. Martin's School of Art in London.


  1. 1946 - Sally Field, American actress
  2. 1948 - Glenn Frey, American singer (Eagles)
  3. 1949 - Brad Davis, American actor (d. 1991)
  4. 1949 - Arturo Sandoval, Cuban-born trumpeter

This is just the '40s!  Also born on this day:  Charles Dow (of the Dow Jones), John Philip Sousa, Ray Coniff, Mike Nichols, Maria Shriver, Ethan Hawke...


  1. 1406 - Pope Innocent VII
  2. 1796 - Catherine II of Russia (b. 1729)
  3. 1991 - Gene Tierney, American actress (b. 1920)

Tomorrow:  A very good chance for a completed Fibonacci back and the start of the fronts!

Also:  Please notice the new ClustrMap on the sidebar.  It's pretty cool!  Found at VeryOtterly and thought I'd give it a whirl.

And:  Check it out: 91 knitters in the pink.  How utterly cool is that?

Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!

*Auntie Meme Mame!

1.  A blog which you think people have not discovered.

Just a few, new to me and maybe to you, by no means a complete list:  if we shadows, Oiyi's Crafts (bonus: one of the cutest pup pics I've ever come across), Po Mo Golightly -- my list is always changing!

2.  A blog whose author lives close to you physically.  Just get as close as you can, it's all relative.

Amy Lu!  I was lucky enough to meet her last April at the Midwest Masters Seminar (no, I haven't signed up for this year's and yes, I'll probably be kicking myself next month), and I played "Where in WI is Amy Lu?" last September -- that was a really fun day, by the way.  ; )

3.  An unusual or weird animal picture.

Surely there's something at Ann's... Pug on a Rug?  It's not a weird or unusual picture, but the title makes me giggle.

4.  An entry that made you laugh and got strange looks from family or co-workers.

JenLa Jenifleur's Stash Wars -- That was a challenging morning at work!  I laughed 'til I cried -- in a very business-like way, of course.  So funny.

5.  An idea you wish you'd thought of.

Bagged salad.  Or Post-its.

6.  Something you'd like to knit.

That darn Rogue, some blasted Latvian Mittens

Dsc03552_17.  A picture of something you consider beautiful.

Katie has shared only a fraction of the pictures she's taken in the U.K. -- and a quick tour of the continent (France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany) is still ahead -- and I am so looking forward to seeing them all.  I am preparing to be verklempt.  This is a favorite among favorites so far:  Tintern Abbey in Wales.

8.  A blog whose author you would like to someday meet in person.

Celia, Margene, Stephanie -- and 792 others.  ; )

9.  A blog of someone you have already met in person.

So lucky to have met so many already.

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Dsc06756When I arrived at the hospital last night, my brother Michael was in a wheelchair, all his stuff was on a cart or in someone's hand, my SIL and uncle were there, various nurses and aides... they were movin' on up -- to a de-luxe apartment in the sky!  Heh, pretty darn close -- a 6th floor room with a westerly view (and a private bath) of the river, the teensy city skyline, sunsets, and lots of activity!  He was being moved out of Neuro and into Rehab!  Yahoo!!!

The #1 really huge thing that I noticed new yesterday was that he was asking questions and initiating conversation (okay, maybe that's TWO!) -- "Hey Vick, whatcha doin' here?"  He is wondering about the brace and collar (and when some of that can come off), and how things work.  He is still mighty confused and befuddled -- he answered "June" when asked which month it is, and he didn't know the name of the hospital, even though he's been asked and told these things 10,000 times.  But get this...  My SIL had explained to him that he'd be moving to Rehab and that they'd be working with him in different ways, asking him questions to get him thinking more, and he smiled and said, "Yeah, like what day it is?"  HILARIOUS!!  He's asked that question 50,000 times a day!  He may not remember what frickin' day it is, but he remembers being asked and that's HUGE (at least to my reasoning)!

Dsc06757Having finished the gusset and made progress on the foot of the sock yesterday, I celebrated Michael's progress by casting on Trellis last night.  This is a sleeve, one repeat -- LOVE the School Products wool-cotton yarn from NYC that I mentioned a few days ago.  I am so happy, I might even cast on something else tonight.  ; )

Thank you all, again and again and again and again, for your amazing support, words of wisdom and kindness and encouragement these past few weeks.  I've really sucked at writing back, and I'm sorry about that.  Please know that every single word has been a huge help.

Field Trip!

There's a path behind my house that is often used by kids from a nearby elementary school when they are on their way to a nearby nature center or the creek for a field trip.  I am always delighted to hear their chatter and giggles and watch them (they usually don't notice me) as they make their way.

Today, it's a field trip, at the suggestion of Becky (go see hers!), to my back yard from the comfort of your own computer desk!

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On the left is the view with my back to the back door -- and it's actually on the east side of the house.  Yes, we're livin' on the edge!  On the very bottom left you see a corner of the house -- there's a window on that wall into the living room.  Down two steps to the path which leads to the garage that DH and I built a few years ago and there's the "deck" we built even fewer years ago -- I'm going to a pergola over that thing this summer if it kills me!  See the plates along the edge of the deck?  You also see the roof of a playhouse that DH built for the girls when they were little -- it used to sit where the corner of the garage is now (when we had a yard and no garage) before it was displaced.  Beyond that is "over the river and through the woods" to the great beyond.  My location is one of the very best things about where I live and in the summer, when there are leaves on those trees, you can hardly see any of that -- it is very private.

To the right, you see down my back porch.  It used to be a big, L-shaped enclosed porch, but we did some remodeling and reclaimed some of it for use in the house (kitchen table) and opened up the rest.  I stripped at least 10 coats of paint off of each of those pillars with a putty knife and heat gun; they were reclaimed from a house that was being demolished.  I had a really good right pec that summer!  The birdfeeder used to be at the far corner of the deck, but it was also displaced.  You also see the top of a set of handrails for the stairway that leads to my literal back yard, a.k.a. "the lower yard."  There's a perennial garden down there.

Dsc06701Here's a view from the end of the porch back toward the playhouse/deck/garage.  We have done a lot of work on that yard in the 19 years we've lived here -- including a rebuild of that retaining wall practically from scratch.  There used to be an iron railing affixed to a concrete cap at the top of that wall -- I can barely remember it -- and the first spring we were here, DH, acting like a 12-year-old (it happens), went out and started pulling/pushing on it in a "I wonder what would happen..." kind of way.  Well, guess what happened?  The railing broke apart and the whole thing went tumbling down the ravine!  He could do nothing but watch those big rocks tumble and roll at the bottom of the hill.  He had to bring every single one of them back up again, too.

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I saw Michael only briefly yesterday, but he was off the ventilator at the time and the nurse was "jazzed" at how well he was doing.  I don't know how long he was off, but they're working up to an hour on, an hour off at this point -- and they'd like him to be resting comfortably during that hour off.  That's a goal.  He's not really there yet.  I think they'd also like to do surgery to fix that C7 as soon as they can, too.  I made him a card, using that picture of us that I posted the other day, and read it to him before tacking it up on the small bulletin board in his room; it said, "I can be the boss of you!  Get better -- fast!"  He tries to open his eyes and his wife said that they maintained eye contact for a short while yesterday -- he's so drugged up, though, it's really hard to know whether things register.  I hope so.  I think he has a sense of all the people who get "jazzed" about him.

There is an enclosed mall in our area, one of the first enclosed malls in the country -- it recently closed and will likely be razed, likely replaced by condos or something.  When we first moved to the area, that mall was thriving.  There were restaurants, specialty shops, clothing stores, a grocery store at one end (Kroger's!), a drug store, barber and beauty shops, and our dentist (ick).  Mom always had Mike's hair cut in an "English school boy" style and, with red hair and freckles on that round face, he was adorable.  When he was about 8, Mom decided that he was old enough to go to the barber by himself while she did some other shopping, assuming the barber would take his cue from Michael's current style.  What she didn't count on was Michael ordering up something completely different!  She didn't even recognize him with his new "buzz" when they passed each other in the mall.

Take note

Remember The View last month?  Well, tomorrow it's a Field Trip -- I absolutely LOVE this idea.  I think it was just last week (or maybe the week before) that I was email-dreaming with Carole, imagining a bus full of knit-bloggers on tour, touring each other's homes (show me the yarn -- and the antiques -- and then let's have cake and cookies), stopping at LYSs and fiber shops along the way, spotting farms with sheep, knitting...  Anyway, I'll be participating in "The Knit-bloggers' Back Yard Field Trip," and I hope you will, too.  (Y'all know who has one of the best "back yards" around, don't you?  And the best pictures of it, too!)

Jefbutton_2I'd also like to point you in the direction of Christine -- here, here (adorable picture alert!), and here, and finally, here.  She is collecting blue knitted squares to make into a blanket for her brother, Jef; in fact, the project is called "Comforting Jef" (see the snazzy button?).  In that last entry, she wrote that she hoped to have too many squares -- enough to perhaps make a second blanket for my brother; that would be "Comforting Mike."  She didn't tell me about that, though she has been leaving me comments, so I ran across it in my regular blog reading and... Wow, Christine, I am verklempt.  Just when I think I'm verklempt enough, I get verklempter.  Christine and I are fairly new to each other's blogs, I think it's likely a happy (and hopefully lasting) side effect of the Knitting Olympics.  Thank you, Christine, for such a sweet thought.  I'll definitely be knitting blue for your brother.  Comfort.

I'm really torn about the blogging, blogging about my brother, specifically.  His recovery could be very, very, v.e.r.y. long -- he could be in ICU for a long time, with no real change.  Or he could wake up tomorrow.  His wonderful p.m. nurse of the last few days gave us a bit of a reality check yesterday, and I'm glad.  The bottom line is, there is no "timeline," everything is dependent on something else; there is a process to recovering from major head trauma and he has to work his way through it; he hasn't responded to commands the past few days, but it's hard to draw any conclusions about anything right now -- No One Knows.  It is very scary.  And maybe I should just not be blogging about him.  I don't want to be the Bummer Blog, I want you all to come and visit me over here (because, really, I am all about the comments and the visiting), I don't want you all to not know what to say or to feel uncomfortable, I don't want to make you sad, but I know, too, that a lot of you are enjoying my little stories.  Maybe I should put that part in "extended entry" or something, or not do it everyday.  I don't know.

When Michael was on the cusp of adolescense, our then single-mother struggled with how to talk to him about the facts of life.*  Right about then, she came home with the book, "Where Did I Come From?" and sat us all down to read it to us.  I was 16 at the time (yeah), so Mike was 12.  When she got to the part about men having er*ctions, he innocently and enthusiastically blurted out, "Hey, that happens to me!!"  Naturally, we all responded with fits of giggles.  The poor, poor kid... it's a wonder he turned out at all.

*We were really a family of innocents.  Just a few years earlier, the older sister and brother of a friend of mine actually had me believing that every night before bed their mother told them one fact of life, as if there was some master checklist somewhere.

Four or five things meme, partially frozen

I'm taking the day off, maybe a few (don't worry, everything's fine) (I've never done that before) (perhaps it won't even last).  I'm pulling this post out of the freezer, though it's barely froze through!  (Keep reading, that'll make sense.)

Celia tagged me!

Instructions: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot.

Cj's Knitting Basket
Emy's blah blah blah blog
Purls Beyond Price, KimberliNY

Select 5 people to tag.  I agree with Celia, "...I know these things are akin to chain letters and they take some time, but there's nothing like direct questions to learn more about folks."  Personally, I copy and paste into a new post, save it as a draft, work on it for however long it takes, and then publish it -- sometimes it's nice to have a heat-and-serve post ready to pull out of the freezer, you know?

I'm tagging all new/new-to-me bloggers, but no pressure -- do as you see fit.  Viv/My Wooly Nest? Jenny/Too Many Projects? Chelle/Hanging By A Thread? Jenny/Woman Obsessed? The Crafty Otter/Very Otterly?

What were you doing 10 years ago?

I had just begun working again, pretty much full-time, at an antique mall. This marked my re-entry into the workforce after being a stay-at-home Mom for the five previous years.

What were you doing 1 year ago?

I was knitting Kate Gilbert's fun Tanguy hat (boohoo, already outgrown!); finishing (and loving) the Northstar Mittens (which Katie also loves -- so much that they are currently touring London with her, though I don't know if they're really getting out all that much); and knitting Jody's Natalya gauntlets for Mom's birthday (she wears them a lot!).  We were doing a little remodeling of the upstairs kitchen, which was completed except for the painting.  We will soon commence on an adjacent-ish project and perhaps both projects will be finished in one fell swoop... sometime... later.  Ali enclosed the paint chips we were pondering in my Christmas card and I think that means, "I've got a brush, let's pick out paint!"

What were you doing 1 hour ago?

Working on this meme!

List five creative things you want to achieve this year:

1. Knit (finally) a pair of Latvian mittens.

2. Build a loggia over, and finish landscaping around, the patio.

3. Finish scanning Mom's old photo albums and burning them to CD.

4. Write something real.   

5. Design, build, and make another mosaic table(s).

List five snacks you enjoy:

1. A dish of cottage cheese with pepper.

2. A fresh tomato with salt.

3. A bowl of cereal.

4. Cheetos (puffy).

5. Nearly any type of bakery.

List five things you would do if money were no object:

1. Buy a house at the each of several beaches, and one in the mountains, and one in the plains.

2. Throw a knit-blogger jamboree/slumber party/get-away/retreat -- maybe on a private island -- and bring y'all to stay overnight for a few nights (or a week or a month...).  With really good food, really good drinks ("Oh, cabana boy..."), really good pillows, really good fiber.  Just a little frolic.

3. Buy a small, zippy, fuel-efficient sportscar (or six).

4. Buy my sister a little house.

5. Help my kids a little bit.

List five bad habits:

1. Almost always late (just like Celia) -- but never by very much -- 5-10 minutes, for crying out loud.  What' s wrong with me.

2. Reading blogs at work (mm-hmm, just like Celia).

3. Smoking.

4. Diet Coke instead of water (it is caffeine-free, though).

5. Wine (I think Celia and I would get along pretty well); also margaritas and sometimes beer.

List five things you like doing:

1. Knitting.

2. Driving on a warm sunny day, windows down, rock & roll on the radio -- loud.

3. Poking 'round the garden.

4. Spending time with and talking to my kids.

5. Cuddling.

List five favorite gadgets:

1. My computer.

2. My camera.

3. My scanner.

4. My color laser printer.

5. My mouli (though mine is a rather hideous, dated orange).

Name one thing you like about yourself:

I am who I am.

Reflections in Yarn 2005

Dsc06229_1Mack's Wee Weasley is finished!  I sewed one shoulder seam just to the edge of the collar and left the collar open -- I think that will be enough extra ease so that it can be quickly slipped over his head and not cause too much distress.  A button and loop could be added, but I don't really think it's necessary.

Dsc06230_1I babysat for a while last night and talk about a baby in distress!  Oh, so sad!!  I think he had a little tummy ache and was tired -- it's hard work visiting during the holidays -- plus he's at that age where he's becoming more aware of his surroundings and Mama wasn't around!

So, there wasn't any Jaywalking last night -- not at all yesterday -- it was all Weasley!  I surprised Katie by going with her to Barnes & Noble at 9:00 -- I probably wouldn't have gone that late if I hadn't a gift card burning a hole in my pocket.  As it turned out, I browsed a little, had Sensational Knitted Socks in my hands, carried it around for a while, but eventually put it back and came home empty-handed.  I love that book, I love knitting socks, but I don't know if that's the best addition to my library right now.  Anyway, by the time we got home, I was pooped.

A timely, year-end meme.  Courtesy of Knit Once, Purl Forever.

1. List your finished objects, or just list your favorite FO.  I don't think I've finished a single thing this year that I/recipient don't/doesn't like.  I've tried to practice knitus interruptus; if I'm not feeling the love, I'm movin' on, baby.  Favorites?  St. Brigid, North Star Mittens, Kool-aid Baby Booties, Miss Dashwood, SOCKS!  Can you believe I'm knitting socks?

2. List your works in progress:  Rockin' Jaywalker Socks, Shirley Shrugs, Williamsro, Cromarty.

3. What skeletons are in your knitting basket?  Cromarty.  No question.  Oh, I think there's an almost-finished Sonnet and a top in mercerized cotton that needs only attention to the neckline -- those are really stinky.  I think I started a Flower Basket Shawl once, too, that's just sitting there.

4. What's your favorite project? Yes, I'll say it.  Socks.  I love making the socks (mostly because I love wearing them even more).

5. What project(s) will you never knit again?  Can't think of anything I disliked that much; have been falling out of love with cotton knitting...

6. What was your major knitting accomplishment for the last year?  Has to be finishing St. Brigid -- my first Aran.

7. What's your favorite yarn from the last year?  I knit with some great, new-to-me yarns last year; I'm not playing favorites.  Oh, but if you're going to twist my arm, that Noro Cash Iroha is pretty nice...

8. What's your favorite yarn overall?  Ditto.

9. What new knitting techniques have you learned?  Cabling without a needle.

10. What are your knitting goals for 2006?  I'd like to finish Williamsro by the one-year quit anniversary in March, and I need to finish Shirley Shrugs.  I must knit Latvian mittens.  I've joined the Crossed In Translation knit-along, so there's that (and it's a beauty), and there's a simple shawl or two in the line-up (Better Pal gift alpaca in mind for sure), as well as more socks (I owe DH a pair for his birthday).  I need to think about and refine this list -- I'm sure there will be some baby things, and I'd like to concentrate on working some stash.

I am 46% Asshole/Bitch.
Part Time Asshole/Bitch.
I may think I am an asshole or a bitch, but the truth is I am a good person at heart. Yeah sure, I can have a mean streak in me, but most of the people I meet like me.

I feel a headache coming on, so there may be a temporary increase in the bitch percentage.  Just fair warning.  Otherwise, I think this is pretty funny (and true).  It feels like a head cold and just the thought of it makes me feel at least 14% bitchier.  I've had two kids with sore throats in the past week, a sister with a killer sneezy-sniffly-cold thing, and I heard this morning that an area high school was closed today because there were so many sickos.  I nearly overslept today -- okay, I did oversleep (there's a reason my bedroom clock is 20 minutes faster than any other in the house) but I salvaged it -- and now I think I know why.  Grump.  I want to be in my PJs on Pajama Day because I want to be, not because I'm sick and can't move.

I'll admit it...

...I'm looking at the pictures, too.  Sandy cracked me up in yesterday's comments when she said that she didn't believe I bought my "little magazine" for the articles!  To be accurate, it's Knitter's #11, Summer 1988, and there's really only one picture that I get even close to excited about -- the Willesden Cardigan & Vest by Nancy Bush, a cabled v-neck pattern.  Otherwise, there are lots of big, round, padded shoulders and angular/modular patterns -- not as bad as another '80s knit magazine I flipped through where the models, with shoulder widths rivaling those of Labelle, looked ready for Sunday's big game.  There really are some interesting articles, though I haven't yet read any of them.  There's Knitster's Notebook by Nancy Bush; an interview with Joseph Galler who was 86 at the time and had, with is wife, a yarn showroom/warehouse in NYC (how is it I've never heard of Galler yarns before?); interestingly, the Forum article is entitled "Copyright -- when is it wrong to copy?"; there's something called Ginny's Secret Seam (from looking at the pictures, it seems to involve a knitting needle and a crochet hook); an article about linen by Nancy Bush called "Fields of Flax"; lots of interesting tidbits.

Jan31Back26sleeveNow here are some knitty-porn pics of my own to get excited about!  The bulk of two sleeves (sans saddles) and the back of St. Brigid!!  It's Cascade 220 (color 4010) -- yum.  I cast on and knocked off a few rows for the front last night.  There's a long, long way to go, but I'm on the downhill slide.

Lynne tagged me for the music meme.  I probably listen to less music right now than at any other time in my life...

1) Total amount of music files on your computer.  I have no idea; probably not many since it's fairly new, and none of them would be mine.  I had some on our old computer, and the kids had TONS, but they were lost when the hard drive croaked.  It looks like my album collection would rival Liz's in size, though; can't give 'em up.

2) The last CD you bought was:  Not for me; three Disney Karaoke CDs for my nephews and the Honey Soundtrack for Mdd -- all for Christmas.  Mdd actually went out and bought the stupid soundtrack for herself just before Christmas -- after I'd already ordered -- so I still have it.  Anyone want it?

3) What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?  "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," Eurythmics.

4)  What are your five favorite songs and why they mean the most to you (now here comes the good stuff!)

  1. Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler.  Best friend.
  2. Old Time Rock 'n Roll, Bob Seger.  Dance!  Broke a shoe to that one once.
  3. What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong.  Hope.
  4. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Judy Garland or Eva Cassidy.  More hope.
  5. I Only Have Eyes For You, Art Garfunkel.  Love.
  6. Bonus:  Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, B.J. Thomas.  The 45 I got with my first record player, along with this LP.

5)  What 3 people are you going to pass this baton to and why? To be determined.

Baby pics

Jeff, one of the guys at work, brought in a picture of his baby yesterday. The baby's not due until August!! He had accompanied his wife to the doctor yesterday and she'd had her first ultrasound. I couldn't believe it! A 4x6 color photo of his baby -- I could see his/her (they know, but they're not tellin') little face so clearly! In three pregnancies, I had only one ultrasound and that was because -- for a minute or two -- the doc thought there might be twins. I certainly didn't get a picture (it would have been more like a b&w print-out) and, in fact, it wasn't all that easy to even make out the baby on the monitor. I think Jeff's ready to start handing out cigars!

The family was doing the Earth Day thing when I got home from work yesterday. They filled four bags with garbage, some of it so disgusting that they couldn't even talk about it! The pup got into something, and Maddy had her in the tub lickety split!

My mom called last night to let me know that CBS News was airing a story about the dangers of cheerleading. It just so happens that we had a cheerleader meeting at Ali's school last night -- she will only be cheering for football season next year (at this point, anyway). The story featured a young college student from California who had broken her back and was paralyzed because of a stunt gone wrong; the second person paralyzed because of a cheerleading accident this year. Ali was on the cheer team as a sophomore and did the whole 9 yards -- football, basketball and wrestling, plus competitions. Yikes, even in Podunk, there's a lot of tossing and reasons to grimace when watching high school cheerleading competition! Thankfully, our cheer team is a non-stunting team -- a lift is about as daring as they get. The girls would like to do stunts (we're usually the only team in the non-stunting division), but, thankfully, common sense and caution prevail.

I finished the first patterned section of the Summer Sonata sweater last night, did the dividing eyelet row, and am about four rows into the second section. My wrist/arm really didn't give me much trouble. This next section is a shifting k4, p4 that makes a diagonal pattern. I like it more and more!

What a hoot! Here are some of my googlisms. There were a ton more, but these caught my eye. Indulge me...

vicki is strictly prohibited
vicki is best known for her portrayal as the sexy french [...]
vicki is not affiliated nor represented by 900 psychic lines...
vicki is way in the back
vicki is new to northern angels although she does have experience as an escort...
vicki is the best
vicki is an incredibly cute victim
vicki is that
vicki is also interested in ways to allow different people to access different levels of access to a database
vicki is running out of time and leads
vicki is the best money I ever spent
vicki is a fifteen
vicki is loyal but emotionally emaciated by jake's merciless scrutiny of her every move
vicki is the woman for you
vicki is a haggen
vicki is very modest in chest size
vicki is currently working on her masters degree in midwifery
vicki is a fast study and quite tenacious
vicki is a serial entrepreneur
vicki is available for custom photo shoots and videos
vicki is a "sugar glider"
vicki is responsible for day
vicki is