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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Popping my head out, but not for long

It's been a long time since I've written a real post. I actually started 4 posts, but deleted them all.

Life has overtaken me. I've been on the real estate whirlwind again for the past coupla weeks. And the wind hasn't calmed down yet. Can't say more. At this point, I don't even want to say more.

Then there's AKD business to tend to, with deadline, designs I've been negotiating about, and parties and gifts to plan (hubby turns 50, brother turns 50, mother turns 70, daughter turns 30, son graduates). I am so swamped. And I can see how things are just gonna fall by the wayside. I can only handle so much.

And in between it all, we need to get this house sold and buy another one. Hyuck, Hyuck.

So, I'm retreating back into my turtle shell 'til the coast is clear. It may be awhile!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I'm reposting the links to some of my more popular patterns and 1 book for Help for Haiti. 50% of proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders, from now until March 12th, 2010.

This applies to the following patterns purchased on Ravelry only. Each link takes you to the design on Ravelry.

Newly added: Baby's Crochet Flower Blanket

Newly added: Butterfly Baby Blanket

Newly added: Chunky Cabled Vest

Newly added: Felted Citrus Tea Cozies

Newly added: Irish Chain Afghan

Flower Baby Blanket

Watermelon Baby Blanket
Twisted Cable Neck Warmer
Breath of Spring
Interlocking Cable Hat Link
Spring Lace Wrap

Snowflake Tea Cozy

Beehive Tea Cozy

Tree of Life Tea Cozy

Cap-Sleeve Summer Cardigan

Double Knot Cable Scarves

Curvaceous Cables book - all patterns associated with the book have been tagged.

How much is being raised is listed in my sidebar. I update the amount as it grows!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

not work snow!

I love it when it snows just enough to make everything beautiful again, but not so much that it means I gotta go outside and shovel!

So, today I lucked out - just beautiful snow, not work snow!

Which is good, as I am tired. Been working for many days, until 9 pm last night getting a design submission ready so it could go out to a magazine today. It's their 25th Anniversary issue and I was contacted as I used to have many designs in their magazine and on their covers. Should get there by Friday's deadline.

Also have had a showing every day since Saturday. Woulda had one today as well, but it was put off til tomorrow. Because of the snow. Thank you, snow! Not to mention all the usual laundry and cooking.

Woulda had a hard time dealing with all that today. I got up, took my meds and OJ and crawled onto the loveseat, hiding myself under my Lopi afghan.

I love that afghan. Warm, fuzzy, lightweight. I've said it before, but I'll say it again, there's no wool warmer than Icelandic wool. It's not Eco, I know, as it does have to hike here from Iceland, but it is a pure breed. And we need to save specific breeds as we do heirloom (non-hybrid) seeds, which, of course, is done by keeping up a demand for their use.

Back to afghan-land and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. How apropos! Then to play with some mosaic charts later on.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


"...the one single person in the world who fills your heart with joy."


The air, water, and food of life, hidden within 4 letters.

You've Got Mail has been playing. And playing. And I watch. And watch. And always cry at the end.

I'm such a simp. But true love always chokes me up.

Happy Valentine's Day to All!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Help for Haiti

I've just designated some of my most popular patterns and 1 book for Help for Haiti.
50% of proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders, from now until March 12th, 2010.

This applies to the following patterns on Ravelry only.

Flower Baby Blanket

Watermelon Baby Blanket
Twisted Cable Neck Warmer
Breath of Spring
Interlocking Cable Hat Link
Spring Lace Wrap

Snowflake Tea Cozy

Beehive Tea Cozy

Tree of Life Tea Cozy

Cap-Sleeve Summer Cardigan

Double Knot Cable Scarves

Curvaceous Cables book - all patterns associated with the book have been tagged.

I'll keep you posted on how much is raised!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cheesed out, Designing, Love day

We are cheesed out.
First, it was ravioli. Then hubby made his Sicilian pizza last weekend. Then chicken cutlets with sauce and mozzarella. Then, as I eat pasta almost every day for lunch, (as it gives me some energy when I need it most), I gotta put some mozzarella on top, lest it go bad, sitting in the crisper - cheesed out.

So, last night, I pulled out of the freezer, the remains of a (sale) sirloin roast beef I made last week and turned it into beef stew, using the night before's glazed carrots, sauteed onions, green beans and leftover pasta, with the usual broth, tomato paste, red wine, and herbage.

And made a small batch of onion soup, as we bought a big ole bag of onions last Saturday on sale.

And another batch of yogurt smoothie.

And another batch of iced tea. Ad nauseum.

But the winter stew bit is wearing on me as well. Spring's salads are too far off.

Still swatching. Have 1 more submission to get out, soon, soon. Am woefully short on color variety and yarns.

If anyone has odds and ends (part skeins welcome!) of Cascade 220, their 128, their Eco yarns, or other similar basic wool yarns from Kraemer, Plymouth, Peace Fleece, etc, that are just clogging up their stashes, and wish to sell/swap for ?, do drop me a line.

I finished that 2nd pair of Viking socks, Will have to CO some CIC socks, so to have some thinking/pondering/ruminating knitting on hand.

Love day
With Valentine's Day coming up, I should think of something special to make, that's not chocolate. I used to love chocolate and sweets, but ever since chemo, with its adjusted daily diet, I just don't hanker for the stuff. No coffee, no cocoa, no candy, no cake, co cookies. Too weird, for me, but there ya have it. I'm healthier without all that sugar and caffeine, for sure. Not healthy, quite, but healthier.

So, maybe a lemon meringue pie for pookie. He really likes that. He can always bring some to the lady he does work for or the guys at his job.

I'm much more a do-person. I don't want to eat something special or even get something special, I want to DO something special. GO somewhere different, SEE something different. It's the doing that leaves real memories. And so, of course, it's the doing, seeing, going that my life is woefully short of. Ain't that always the way!

In the meantime, I think I've finally swatched something I like, so must get it done, as part of tomorrow is slated for cleaning in preparation for a Saturday morning showing.

Can you hear my foot tapping?! This is beyond patient.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

just the thoughts of the day

The robins are out. A small flock of them were swarming the lawns today. I'd take it as a good sign for spring, if it weren't for the 12" of snow due tomorrow.

Well, what with the state of wholesale shop pattern orders these days (read: nil) and retail pattern sales these days (read: slim), all understandably, as we all still struggle through this mess called an economy, I'm being more proactive, and 2 opportunities have suddenly come my way.

I haven't actively submitted to magazines or books in ages - I just couldn't do both submissions and self-publishing while dealing with life, Cancer and this long, drawn-out torture called house-selling. But I've been approached by 2 nice ladies to submit designs, one for a book and the other for a magazine.

Hence that mad rush I was under the past few days.

Today I'm taking a break, while cogitating upon the last submission, and continuing with another pair of Viking socks - same Sirri yarn. It softens a little with washing. But softness is not what I'm after. Warmth is what I'm after and they are warm. And light. Surprisingly light, considering this is a dense, non-stretchy yarn.

Simple socks are ideal for pondering and fretting. We're gonna ponder and fret anyways, might as well have a pair of socks to show for it, no?

The next 4 months will be a whirlwind - 5 birthdays coming up - 4 of which are big 0 birthdays, 30, 50, 50, and 70. There's also 2, 20 birthdays.

Then there's son's PhD graduation I gotta hope my bod can be well enough to fly to, in CA.

Then a trip to the Columbus TNNA show for a day or so - AKD business to tend to (I'm a board member) and I'd love to finally see faces to go with names, after 13 years of being in the biz. It's also good for business to meet others in the industry

So, these socks will fly off my ndls whilst I cogitate, ruminate, and speculate how I'm gonna manage all this. I wonder if 1 pair of socks will be enough.

The rest of this post has been pre-empted due to a change in topic.

I hereby sing my praises for Ronald Coleman, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Greta Garbo, Jean Arthur and all those fabulous 30's and 40's actors. In those wonderful sets and wardrobes.

Hubby may laugh at my choice of films. May? He laughs all the time. And groans. Big, Deep Groans.

He knows very well I like my share of modern films. But there's something about those old black and whites. A crappy day can turn on a dime, and a good day can be made even better, after 90 minutes of a 70-year old movie.

They're like little magic happy pills. On celluloid.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Hair Ball

The past 3+ days had me scrambling to get 2 good design ideas swatched and plotted for a book submission.

I worked right up until bedtime last night, which was way too much work for my still energy-deficient body, but it had to be done.

So I ended up with a screamer of a headache and then couldn't sleep, so at 3:30 this morning came downstairs and took 2 no-no Ibuprofen, telling myself, screw the edema, as Tylenol just wasn't gonna do it, then curled up on the loveseat to try and fall asleep (as I didn't want to get my heart rate up going up the stairs to bed), and continued with my painful, non-sleeping night from hell.

I rushed off the submission this morning while having my tomato soup (coffee and me don't get on much any more), then I looked in the bathroom mirror.

It's official. I look like I feel - something the cat barfed up.

Sunday, February 07, 2010


Mamma Mia! was on again the other day, so, of course, I have a song stuck in my head. Sing along with me - Thank you fudda music...

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