Thursday, March 31, 2005

I need to work on this again...

This is going to fit a double bed when it's finished; I made it in one day, and haven't touched it for ages. It's made with Civil War reproduction fabrics, and I'm trying to find the right material for the sides and back (yes, I know it's wrinkled!) I have the quilt batt for it - I found a double sized 100% wool batt (complete with cheesecloth cover) at the Mennonite Relief Sale for $12.00! I already own a queen sized Jacob batt, but I've never gotten around to getting the cheesecloth for the cover. Maybe I'll just spin that instead.

This is Tick, to be henceforth known as the most pitiful dog in all of doggiedom. He's outnumbered by cats, scared of chipmunks, and a general wimp, but we love him. :-)

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

For Amie

The Baby Aran ;-)

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

BSJ and cats

I finished my first Baby Surprise jacket. I put I-cord all the way around, and I think I'm going to put attach ties instead of buttons. I still have to sew the top of the shoulders together, but I've been having so much fun handing it to people in its unassembled state and saying "Figure out what this is."

In our house, Moe is definitely a legend in his own mind. He was the first cat, and he believes he's the king of his own castle. Rambo, in the hidey-hole, just lets him keep thinking that...

When the birds come out to play, the mighty hunters (Rambo, Repo, Moe, left to right) wish they were outside. Of course, they would have no idea what to do if they actually WENT outside, but they can always dream...

The elusive Repo

Sparky the half-cat was *trying* to help take a picture of my Lamb's Pride sweater.

After a day of chasing air molecules around the house, Sparky and Moe are pooped

Monday, March 28, 2005

waywaywayway cool!!!!

I just received paperwork from KnitPicks - they have selected ME to be a sample knitter for their new yarn lines!! ME!!! I sent the W-9 back to them, and they are going to send me my first project!


This is just too cool. I sent them a link to this blog, never imagining that my work would be good enough for THEIR CATALOG!

I have to get the digital camera back from Kevin - I have many pictures of knitting, spinning and cats that I need to get posted.

Have I mentioned - WOOHOO!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Friday, March 25, 2005

Good Friday

John 19:14-42

14Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, ‘Here is your King!’ 15They cried out, ‘Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!’ Pilate asked them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but the emperor.’ 16Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus; 17and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew* is called Golgotha. 18There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth,* the King of the Jews.’ 20Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew,* in Latin, and in Greek. 21Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, ‘Do not write, “The King of the Jews”, but, “This man said, I am King of the Jews.” ’ 22Pilate answered, ‘What I have written I have written.’ 23When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. 24So they said to one another, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.’ This was to fulfil what the scripture says,
‘They divided my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.’
25And that is what the soldiers did.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ 27Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfil the scripture), ‘I am thirsty.’ 29A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
31 Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. 32Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. 35(He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows* that he tells the truth.) 36These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, ‘None of his bones shall be broken.’ 37And again another passage of scripture says, ‘They will look on the one whom they have pierced.’
38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. 39Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 40They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

well that was fun

Nothing like an EKG to really make your day. The XRays of my spine and neck showed that my 7th vertebrae has two "ribs" growing off of it that are probably pinching nerves, causing chest/arm pain and numbness. yippee. The doctor prescribed 600 mg ibuprofen and a heating pad.

Nothing was mentioned about my blood pressure, which was 168/99 in the doctor's office.

At least my headache's gone.

Aggravation of the day - I cast on 200 stitches on size 2 circulars. I'm trying to figure out a design for a child's Aran in fingering weight wool. I had 2-1/2 rows of K1bP1 rib (over 700 stitches!) and when I took it out at the doctor's office, I discovered that about 20 stitches had come off of the needles when I picked it up...and they all unraveled completely. Ugh.

On the brighter side, though - Spring Break officially started today! No juvenile delinquents until April 4th!!


time to make a doctor's appointment...

BP is currently 150/95

that is down from yesterday's 168/99

I've had a headache for 2 days now


Thursday, March 17, 2005

just too cool

I sent my check today to the Great Lakes Fiber Festitival. I'm going to take 2 is a 3 hour class on silk spinning, and one is 2 hour class on colorwork with ANNIE MODESITT! I'm going to take a class with the Knitting Heretic! That is just too cool. I'm going to have to take my book so she can sign it!

I am going to have to take Queen Matilda with me for the spinning class - she's never been out of the house before, so I hope she doesn't get carsick. I'll probably need to replace her drive band before we go, though - the baling twine that she's using now is very functional, but I don't think she wants to be seen in public dressed like that.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Opinionated Knitter is here!!

My UPS man was kind enough to brave a blizzard and deliver this yesterday:

If you don't have this book, you should go immediately to Schoolhouse Press or call 1-800-YOU-KNIT and order it. It is well worth every penny - a wonderful addition to the Elizabeth Zimmermann/Meg Swansen library.

It is beautifully done, and Meg has done a fantastic job of putting it together. Elizabeth's voice really rings out throughout the entire book.