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Fundraising for a Great Cause!!

I know I don’t normally talk about my business on this blog, but I wanted to take the opportunity to let you all know about a fundraiser I am doing for the holiday gift giving season ahead.  From now until Sunday November 18th, for any orders placed via my website using event code 276577 , 25% of the total will be given as a donation to our local children’s library.  Just visit my website at www.marykay.com/kyue  , place an order and enter the event code in the appopriate box during the checkout procedure and I will credit the fundraiser 25% of the total amount of your order.  No credit card information is required on the website, I can contact you for all that information.  If you have read my posts in the past, you have heard me gush and fuss over how much this tiny little library does for the kids in our town and how much I appreciate all the work that our children’s librarian does for us.  This is my small way of giving back.  So, if you’ve the inclination, browse my online store or drop me a comment or email and I would be happy to help you pick out gifts for your family or treat for yourself.  Thanks!

September 20, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I apologize for the delay!! Sorry!! And the winner is…..

Mandyharris!  I will contact you shortly to arrange delivery of your prize.  Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated and sent me ideas for my Christmas projects.  I received 12 different pattern ideas and they can all be found in the comments on the past few blog entries.  As soon as DD’s sweater is complete, I will start my knitting, and I am sure to use these patterns.

Speaking of DD’s sweater….I just finished the front this evening after putting DD to bed early (no nap fairies in this house make for an EARLY bedtime–yippee!!).  I plan on knitting the two sleeves at the same time so I will need concentration for that,  hopefully after a trip to the beach and aquarium, I will have requisite nap fairies to do just that.  Her two year molars are finally coming in and it is tough on everyone around here!  I’m still anxiously awaiting my ravelry invite.  As far as I can gather, people post pics of their stash on there–is that correct?  It would be an enlightening, interesting and yet scary proposition to do that, but I would totally take up the cause and do it.  It would take me forever, though.  And I just organized my yarn, too….Oh well, one can never touchy feely the luxurious fibers too much, can you?  Speaking of, I probably should re-prioritize my to do list as well.  Since I am putting all sweater projects for myself on hold while I am in Weight Watchers and trying for some serious weight loss, I need to figure out some other projects that I can make for myself and keep me happy.  I already mentioned that I would love to make myself a shawl–only problem is, one pattern after another just look prettier and prettier.  How do you choose?  I’m also a little worried about having to weave in ends and thought about knitting from a cone of yarn–what’s the best one for that?  Research, must do research.

Well, it’s getting late and we are meeting friends at the aquarium in the morning for some fun so I need some sleep.  Blog at ya real soon and keep those comments coming!

September 20, 2007 Posted by | knitting | Leave a comment

Contest ending soon!!!!!!!

OK, since it is almost 10PM my time, but there are still hours left on the West Coast, I’m going to let the contest go on until 3 am East Coast and 12 midnight West Coast to see if anyone sends in some last minute ideas.  Honestly, I won’t be checking again until the morning, but I have to cut it off at some point 🙂  I didn’t really get close to finishing DD’s sweater, I’ve been a little busy with other stuff, so I won’t be starting any Christmas knitting yet, but I have really enjoyed the suggestions and will give many of them a try.  Thanks again everyone for your links to patterns, etc.  and good luck in the drawing!

September 15, 2007 Posted by | knitting | 1 Comment

Ravelry and podcasts

CONTEST REMINDER:  Deadline 9/15/07   Send links or references to QUICK knits (or felted items) for my Christmas gifts and you will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize!  Don’t forget to include a way of getting in touch with you, should you win. 

I don’t know about you, but if you haven’t gotten your invite to Ravelry, doesn’t it make you jealous hearing about all those other people on there already, talking, gossiping, sharing, and I can’t get in to see anything!  And I checked just now, it doesn’t look like my invite is going to be happening any time soon….

  • You signed up on July 29, 2007
  • You are #21532 on the list.
  • 9698 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 10481 people are behind you in line.
  • 36% of the list has been invited so far

My latest obsession is podcasts.  Specifically knitting podcasts.  Who would have thought that you could listen to people talking about yarn and knitting and sheep and other fibery animals for hours and hours on end, and be perfectly content doing it?  I started with Cast On and the Knitpicks podcasts, but I have most recently been listening to Lime and Violet–wayyy tooo fuunnnyy!  These are my kind of girls!  They crack me up!  If you haven’t listened to them, I highly recommend it, although they are a little on the “wild” side, and not as behaved as Brenda Dayne or Kelly Petkun, be forewarned.  I started with just listening to their most recent episodes, but figured out how to download all the older podcasts, so I now have like 80 podcasts lined up on my IPOD.  I also have Socks in the City and KnitScience in queue and there is even a video podcast about knitting, but I haven’t gotten to those….yet.  So what do you all like to listen to?

September 11, 2007 Posted by | knitting | 1 Comment

A realization

CONTEST REMINDER:  Deadline 9/15/07   Send links or references to QUICK knits (or felted items) for my Christmas gifts and you will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize!  Don’t forget to include a way of getting in touch with you, should you win.

The past few days I’ve been lamenting on the fact that I am no longer knitting anything for myself.  I’ve decided to stop all knitting on my Cabin Fever Braids Cardigan and just put it in a holding pattern until I see how this whole WW thing pans out.  When I started knitting the cardigan I was so excited, because it was the first time I ever started to knit a piece of clothing for myself.  Oh sure, I’ve knit hats, scarves, bags, felted items, lots of accessories, but never a sweater or cardigan for me.  Any sweaters that I have knit have been for someone else, many of late, for my daughter.  So now that I have decided to stop knitting on my first cardigan, I am a little sad to not be knitting anything for me.  True, I will be a much happier me when I have lost lots of weight and this cardigan would not fit me anymore, but still, I want to make something for me.  Then the other day, I suddenly realized, I could make something for me that would be more of a garment than simple hats, scarves , etc.  I could make a nice, intricate, lace shawl for myself.  Something I have been wanting to do for a long time, but just hadn’t the patience.  Now I think I can finally take the plunge and start that project, and it would be for me, and I can wear it.  Now to find just the right pattern and then the right yarn.  I’ve heard so many people speak about Zephyr, but I personally have never seen it before.  I think a trip to the lys may be in order.  Now I do have to promise myself that I won’t start this until after all my Christmas knitting is done–it will be my gift to myself.  And it will always fit!  🙂  So do tell me your favorite patterns for shawls, I’m adventurous, so any pattern will do, not just something simple.  Lay ’em on me! 

September 10, 2007 Posted by | knitting | 1 Comment

DD’s sweater

CONTEST REMINDER:  Deadline 9/15/07   Send links or references to QUICK knits for my Christmas gifts and you will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize!  Don’t forget to include a way of getting in touch with you, should you win.

 Here is (finally) a picture of the back of DD’s sweater out of Araucania Nature Cotton.  Love it!  So soft!  Thanks SP10 pal!!!

September 8, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Contest reminder and a whole lot of other stuff!

CONTEST REMINDER:  You have until 9/15/07 to send me links or reference me to your favorite quick knit and/or felt patterns for my Christmas gifts this year.  The prize package is coming along nicely and one person will be randomly drawn to receive it.  I only have one entrant in the contest so far, so let’s give her some competition! (Although I am most grateful for her suggestions and will be trying out a few–thanks! 🙂  )

As you have read me mention, I have been on a little cleaning frenzy of late.  Now I don’t want to give you the wrong impression, this is not the dusting, scrubbing, house-a-sparklin’ kind of cleaning, this is the let-me-organize-my-craft-room-so-I-can-enjoy-myself-and-my-crafts-more kind of cleaning.  Oh sure, I have vaccumed and attempt to keep the kitchen cleaned up, but there is no dusting or waxing going on over here–not to worry, lol.  When it comes to cleaning, Martha Stewart, I ain’t!  But maybe this is also giving you the wrong impression, it’s not a pigsty over here, either.  Just not all parts of the house are clean at the same time, this week I’ll concentrate on this room, next week another room.  And you know, when you have a toddler and a husband, that by the time you are on to the next room cleaning, the previous room is already messed up–it’s a losing battle!  So this is my quest to find the floor in my crafting room/home office.  This is the room where everything that doesn’t have a home gets dumped, our bookshelves are in there, my desk and stock of Mary Kay items (which is very organized in a 4 drawer cabinet), my drafting table, a bureau (stuffed with yarn), my daughter’s easel for fingerpainting and a nice big closet that my dad put shelves in earlier this year.  I’m happy to say I see some floor space now and my drafting table is clear.  My yarn stash is condensed to 2 very large rubbermaid totes and the bureau.  All my magazines and knitting books have made it onto the closet shelves along with my scrapbooking supplies and pictures, the totes are in the bottom of the closet along with a tote filled with future gifts (I’m big on buying stuff when I see it and then putting it away until needed–wish I could say I was nearly done with Christmas shopping, but that hasn’t seemed to happen), and a tote filled with some of DH’s “stuff” (not sure what is in there, but it’s his). 

The other day, during DD’s nap, I was on a ball-winding kick and I took out all my yarn in hanks and wound them up into nice little pancakes.  Then organized them by potential project in my totes.  One entire tote is filled with just “felting” yarns that I have acquired throughout my knitting life and don’t actually have a specific project attached to them.  The other tote is filled with specific projects, as is the bureau.  During my yarn organization, I came across a stash of sock yarns.  A rather lot of sock yarns.  So I decided to count them.  I have 17 pairs’ worth of sock yarns.  I don’t even knit socks–I know, that’s usually heresy to say in the knitting world, but I don’t see the attraction.  Maybe if I could finish the first sock I ever tried to knit, I would like it, but it just doesn’t grab me, don’t know why.  So now I have a lot of sock yarns.  I should sell them, but I don’t really want to, they’re pretty yarns.  Guess I’m gonna have to figure out a way to like to knit socks 🙂

While I’m already talking about knitting, I might as well update you on DD’s sweater.  The back is completed and I will be casting on the front today.  I will add picture of the back of the sweater to this post later today–forgot to bring the camera upstairs to download picture.  I’m rather pleased with how it looks and it’s nice and soft.  I hope she won’t be swimming in it and I can get some pictures right away in her new sweater.  When it’s all done, we’ll have to go shopping for just the right pants or skirt to match.

So those of you with toddlers or babies, kids in general, I gotta a question for you.  Is there some kind of phenomena that goes like this?  When DD takes a nap, I run around the house straightening, reading email, cleaning up messes, doing a bunch of chores and then, just when I get a nice hot cup of tea, settle onto the couch with either a book, knitting and my IPOD or start a movie/TiVo’s program that I can’t watch with a toddler around ;-), she wakes up!  This happens every time!  It’s so frustrating!  Literally the moment I get settled and am about to enjoy a free minute, she starts crying.  Do they have some kind of relaxation-detection system?  It’s not fair, I’m going to just have to not clean today so I can get a few minutes to myself, lol.

Wednesday we went out to the grocery store, just a quick drop in for 3 items and I checked out using the self-checkout–much faster and DD likes to “help” me scan the items.  DD was sitting in the shopping cart, scanning her soup cans and her Bear (her constant companion, goes with her everywhere, she sleeps, eats and breathes with it, Bear) falls on the floor and neither of us notices as we are scanning our items and trying to keep the line moving.  A “gentleman”, and I do use that term loosely, tries to push his cart past us to leave.  His shopping cart snags and won’t go, something is caught under his cart, he stops and looks under the wheels of the cart and out of the corner of my eye, I see it’s Bear under one of the wheels and he sees it, too.  So what does he do?  Backs the cart up and pushes over it with  greater force and runs right over her Bear.  Of course, DD shreiks when she realizes this and the guy doesn’t even stop, offer to pick it up or apologizes, just moves on.  What an asshole!  I’m torn between feeling sorry for DD and horrified that she wants to hold and clutch it after it was just ground into the dirty floor of a grocery store and wheel of a shopping cart.  Thankfully, I keep a spare Bear in the glove compartment and I pretended to give Bear a bandaid and switched them when she wasn’t looking.  What is wrong with people–are we really that self-centered that we can’t help a fellow stranger any more?  It reminds me of the day when the Harry Potter book was released.  I took DD to B&N during the day because they have a story time there and we were going to meet my SIL’s and nieces and nephew for lunch right next to it.  Well, it being the day of the book release there was a line of people outside the store waiting for B&N to hand out the wrist bands to come back later for the party and to purchase their book.  Now this was at 11 am and there was already a short line of older teenagers and one older lady.  Because they took up so much of the sidewalk and there was a lot of traffic that day, I had to walk very close to the curb, while trying to keep DD on the sidewalk so as not to get run over.  Well, long story short, I stepped on the curb, twisted my ankle and fell, taking DD down with me and my entire purse scattered over the road of the shopping mall.  Do you know, not one person, not one single person even bothered to look up or get out of their lawn chair and come over to help us, mind you DD was crying at this point, not b/c she was injured, but she was scared and I was scraped up and she didn’t like that.  Finally after I got up and picked up all my things from the road while trying to keep DD safe and consoling her, finally the older lady called from her chair “Are you all right?”  A little late to be asking that, if you ask me, but at least she pretended to care.  Give me a break–boo hiss HP fans at the B&N in Holmdel, most certainly NOT worthy of Gryffindor or Hufflepuff OR Ravenclaw, it was decidely Slytherin!

Well, I have two more updates for you.  I’m sorry this was such a long post, I guess I have a lot to say today, lol.  The first is last night at WW I weighed in another 2.6 pounds lighter!!  Whopppeee!  That makes the grand total 17.4 pounds in 8 weeks, totally psyched about that.  The next is a book club update.  I’m sorry to say I never got the book Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson for September’s book club and I hear it’s a little dry, so it wouldn’t be something I could fly through in a week’s time, so I think I will not be reading this book for this month’s book club meeting.  October’s book is Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, which I suggested and loved!  November’s book I am a little worried about.  It’s called Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.  If anyone out there has read it, please leave me a comment and tell me it gets better!!  This has been so boring, I would honestly rather clean the dishes than read it.  Now that is a bad thing, lol.  I put it on the back burner and picked up the December book, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  I won’t tell you what it is about since they make such a big deal about keeping it a secret, but honestly, I had a pretty good guess what it was going to be and all my hunches were confirmed in the first chapter, so I’m not sure why the big secrecy.  But anyway, at least this is reading along quickly and I assume I will be done with it sometime next week.  I have been getting books right and left from www.Paperbackswap.com and I am thoroughly pleased with this group!  I got rid of a ton of my old books that noone wanted to buy and picked up a lot for me and half a dozen or so for DD.  She gets so excited when I get the mail, she thinks she’s getting a new book every day, lol. 

Well, I think I have blogged at you enough for one post.  I will be back soon with more picks of sweater, I hope.  TTFN!

September 7, 2007 Posted by | Book Club, Family and Life, knitting, Virtual Vacation Swap, Weight Watchers | 3 Comments

Latest sweater project, and contest

REMINDER:  A contest is underway!  Send me links or reference me to a pattern for a quick knit for my Christmas presents this year and you will be entered to win a prize.  I decided not to post what the prize will be yet, as I may add to it as the contest goes on and as I clean out my yarn closet and bookshelves.  I forgot earlier to post a deadline, so the deadline is this:  when I finish DD’s sweater, I will need to start on my Christmas knitting, so I would guess that would be September 15th.  So you have until then–don’t forget to include a way in which I can reach you in your comment.  GOOD LUCK!! 

As promised, I am displaying here the gauge swatch for DD’s fall sweater made of Araucania nature cotton in a lovely lavendar shade from my SP10 pal.

Araucania gauge swatch

I totally love this color, don’t you?  And DD looks great in purples and pastels, so I am super-excited to see her wear this one.  The next pic is of the Sirdar pattern I am using for her sweater–I’ll be doing the roll-neck version.

Sirdar pattern

I am almost done with the back of the sweater (gotta love those chunky knits!) and will take a pic when I remember to bring the camera back downstairs, lol.  So what do you think–do you like?

September 3, 2007 Posted by | knitting | 4 Comments

Calling all knitters and felters!!!! A prize is involved…..

I read somewhere on someone else’s blog or a post to knitlist or knitu, I don’t really remember where exactly, that this knitter made up a bunch of scarves each Christmas and just let all the women in her family have at the basket and pick which one they wanted.  I think this sounds like a WONDERFUL idea and want to expand it to include other smaller projects, such as felted bags, hats, IPOD cozies and such.  SOOOOoooo, I am enlisting your help in suggesting QUICK and pretty patterns to complete, I will be knitting for my teenage nieces to my mom and mother-in-law, so it will run the gamut.  I am also trying to shop from my stash for this one.–I have lots of smaller amounts of yarn of all types and would love to put them to good use, instead of just looking pretty on my shelves.  I am a big fan of felting and have an obscenely large amount of wool that I could use for all sorts of items.  Please point me to free patterns or those that I can find in magazines and books–I probably have the mag or book at home, I’m not really looking to purchase patterns online and increase my never-ending stash of patterns, but if it’s a good one and I gotta have it, then ok, lay it on me.  Thanks guys, I would really appreciate it, and there will be a drawing for a prize of some nice yarn or goodies to all those that suggest projects.  Leave me a comment with your pattern suggestion and a way to get hold of you if you win.  Thanks!!!!!

September 2, 2007 Posted by | knitting | 5 Comments