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April 28, 2006

Embossing leaves for Grandma

Well, we can all breath a little easier now. I have finally finished a pair of socks for Grandma. She has been begging me and begging me for another pair. She is 88 and a knitter herself. I'm a horrible grand-daughter for not making 15 pairs for her.

Self recrimination out of the way, here is a picture of the socks almost finished. I have finished them since I took this picture and I'll get a pic of Grandma modeling them when I give them to her for Mother's Day.

embossed leaves socks

The lace pattern is hard to photograph but I put a tube of hair product down one and a tin of bath salts down the other. The one on top is probably how it will look on a leg but the one on bottom at least provided some contrast with the yarn so you can see the pattern a little.

The yarn is Lorna's Laces in Aslan. Which is even more appropriate for Grandma since she has always been a huge fan of C.S. Lewis and asked me to take her to the "Chronicles of Narnia." I actually got the yarn about two or three years ago and have tried it out on several different projects before I finally settled on this one.

The pattern is from the winter InterWeave Knits. Embossed Leaves Socks. It was a lot of fun to do and quite easy even if I did have to do some adjusting for two circular needles and I had to do some creative adjustments to bring down the size. The pattern is for a woman's medium but Grandma has wee feet so I left the leg as a medium to prevent binding on her older legs and I did some decreases after the gusset and then buried some more in the lace pattern. I think it worked but we still have to do the Cinderella test.

April 25, 2006

It is so much easier when the little people don't think.

I have lifted this post nearly word for word from my good friend Sue. I have to say her post horrified me. I don't even want to know the mentality of an organization that would consider this kind of approach to business that is, in my opinion, highly unethical. It would be fairly easy to create a piece of software that performed this task but I guess they just don't want to put any work or effort into this. They just want to control and rake in the money...

This is from the MoveOn.org: Democracy in Action:

Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an iPod? These activities, plus MoveOn's online organizing ability, will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law that gives giant corporations more control over the Internet.

Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. Amazon doesn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer.

If Net Neutrality is gutted, MoveOn either pays protection money to dominant Internet providers or risks that online activism tools don't work for members. Amazon and Google either pay protection money or risk that their websites process slowly on your computer. That why these high-tech pioneers are joining the fight to protect Network Neutrality--and you can do your part today.

The free and open Internet is under siege--can you sign this petition letting your member of Congress know you support preserving Network Neutrality.

April 24, 2006

Dignity Lost

I have actually found a down-side to parking your car and not driving it
for a week.

This morning I drove my car to work so that I could run errands at lunch and
about 20 seconds into the drive I looked down and saw a spider on the
steering wheel.

Some of you may be thinking, "so what?" but I assure you, I do the crazy,
flappy-hand-hoppy dance whenever I come that close to a spider unexpectedly.
Absolutely no dignity.

I just about ran my car off the road as the spider scuttled (*shudder*)
down the steer wheel, across my leg and onto the car door.

I'm thinking about abandoning the car forever in the parking lot.

April 22, 2006


I'm so behind but everything has been great. Love the new job still, love where I moved and life hasn't played any nasty tricks on me recently. Isn't it nice when that happens?

A few Sunday's ago I was treated to this:

sunday treats

It was one of those lovely, lazy days. However, that was about the third time I knitted that sweater front and I still don't have it right. The project has been temporarily abandoned due to heavenly weather.

The heavenly weather has also drawn me out. In a fit of Spring fever I splurged on this beautiful baby:


I have been more excited about it than when I got my car and have been toodling around every chance I get.

In fact, the sky is blue and the sun is shining. I think I need to get out of the house! Pictures of socks tomorrow.

April 18, 2006

Gender stereotypes

I have actually been knitting and accomplishing a lot. But it is a matter
of getting the photos off the camera so I can talk about them. Soon, I
promise. I ordered my wireless router which will mean a lot more posting.
Right now I'm just not posting a lot (or emailing friends and family)
because I can't face all day at a desk only to come home and sit at a desk
some more.

In the meantime, this quiz entertained me. I'm not surprised by the
results. I could relate to Elinor Dashwood when I read the book (and let be
noted that she married late in life). I have a hard time with even a minimal
Charlotte Lucas score (I never understood HER motivation!) and am devastated
I tested so low for Lady Catherine. She is a fun character!

Elinor Dashwood

You scored as Elinor Dashwood.
As Marianne's older sister, Elinor lives at the other end of the emotional spectrum. She rarely reveals her intense feelings and is more concerned with being honest and loyal than having what she deserves. Even though her intentions are pure, she sets herself up for loss by constantly placing other people before her own needs. Overall, Elinor is gentle and rational but is just as capable of radical emotions (despite her withholding them) as her sister.

Elinor Dashwood

Jane Bennet

Elizabeth Bennet

Emma Woodhouse

Marianne Dashwood

Charlotte Lucas

Lady Catherine


Which Jane Austen Character are You? (For Females) Long Quiz!!!
created with QuizFarm.com

When did I get so girly? Knitting and Jane Austen. The high school me
would be horrified. Actually, I couldn't read Jane Austen when I was in high
school. I couldn't make it past the original descriptions of the Bennet
family. They just drove me bonkers. I seem to be much more tolerant of
annoying people now which gives me a chance to appreciate the humor embedded
in Austen's work.