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A little bit about knitting, a little bit about my family and anything else I feel like writing about :-)

And the winners are…..

Thank you, thank you, thank you guys for all your time and effort to make and donate chemo caps, to give a little comfort to people you don’t even know and for your patience and participation with me in this contest over the past 2 months!  Keeping track of everyone became rather difficult after a while and I wanted to make sure I had everyone accounted for.  I had Princess Peanut randomly draw out numbers (each hat that was knitted and donated rec’d a number, I kept track of which numbers belonged to which knitters)–unfortunately she wouldn’t stand still for me to take a picture of her while doing it…  So without further ado, the following prizes have been awarded:

Project bag from www.cablesandlace.com donated by Eric for the Sweaters for Dragons podcast–Marsha in MI (hobobird) .  Marsha donated a whopping 36 chemo caps to the Oakland Children’s Hospital in CA–way to go!

A gorgeous skein of handspun donated by Dez Crawford goes to Patsyarnbasket–who donated 18 caps–you go girl!

A skein of Wooly Boully yarn donated by www.theyarngrove.com goes to Yvette.  Yvette donated a total of 26 chemo caps–super knitter!!

A prize of Costa Rican coffee directly from Costa Rica donated by Booglass on Ravelry goes to sewroute of Nova Scotia.  She donated 24 caps–amazing!

A prize package donated by my friends at www.ddkyarns.com was awarded to knitbysue.  Sue donated 5 caps to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN–excellent! 

A package of Mary Kay products donated by yours truly went to poohknits.  Poohknits donated 4 caps–way to go!

A gorgeous set of stirling silver and swarovski stitch markers donated by www.amethystcottage.com goes to Loudgrrl4ever who donated 4 caps to Tampa General.

Congratulations to all the winners!  I will be contacting you individually to get your address–some packages will be mailed out by me, some by the prize donors, so please be patient as we arrange to get your prizes out to you.  A total of 137 caps were made and donated during this contest.  Caps were donated to such places as:  Stanford, CT, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, Oakland Children’s Hospital in CA, Jacksonville, FL, Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Tampa General Hospital, and Duke University Medical Center.  You should be proud of yourselves and please keep up your KNITTING FOR GOOD!

As a quick update on my life….my sister’s wedding was last Saturday and we could not have asked for better weather.  Princess Peanut carried her flower basket down the aisle and managed to drop a couple of rose petals on the way–she looked so precious.  She was sitting there like the princess she is having her hair done that morning, she let me demanded I put nailpolish on her fingers and toes like mine, she even told her father to to put her dress on over her head so as not to mess up her hair.  As I was holding her hand while she got her hair done I started tearing up.  My mind fast-forwarded 25 or so years from now, imagining watching her get ready for her wedding.  But anyway, it was a fun, tiring day.  Princess Peanut did not nap until she got her cake and ice cream, after which she promptly crawled into my lap and passed out–covered in chocolate, of course.  To me, this is what it is all about, getting married and having kids, it’s the best life has to offer!

My aunt has rallied from her chemo treatments and the surgeon performed her reconstructive surgery on her leg last Friday.  It was an 11 hour surgery and she is still in intensive care.  She’ll be in the hospital for close to 2 weeks and then a rehab hospital for at least a month.  Something tells me her chemo treatments were a walk in the park compared to this surgery.  We’re hoping for a quick and complete recovery and we will all go to visit her when she is able to have visitors.  Thanks for keeping her in your prayers.

 As this post has taken me more than 4 tries to get up, I will be dormant for a while as I switch to my new computer.  I will have access to my gmail acct, though, so feel free to drop me a line that way as I change over all my old accts, etc.  Hope you are having a great spring–talk to you soon!

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April 28, 2008 Posted by | Family and Life, knitting | 2 Comments

Chemo Cap Challenge/Contest Pattern Suggestions

For all of you looking for some new inspirations for chemo caps, someone suggested this site on knitlist:

http://www.elann.com/designcontestwinners_july06.asp

And I stumbled upon this site, too:

http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/patterns.htm

 Don’t forget you can also visit Ronni’s site www.chemocaps.com for other simple patterns for caps.  I am still working on shedir for my aunt.  I hope to have it finished this weekend and give it to my parents on Monday to bring to her.  She may have to be admitted on Tuesday for another round of new chemo drugs and I want her to have it for the hospital stay.

 The prize donations continue to roll in and I have only two entries into the contest so far….let’s get those needles clicking, it doesn’t take long or much yarn to make a quick chemo cap–come on and win some great prizes!!

Martha Stewart Show countdown–5 days!!!!!!!  My friend and I don’t know what we are looking forward to the most–seeing a live taping of Martha or spending a day without kids getting to knit uninterrupted, lol.  I have the best hubby in the world who offerred to take the day off and watch DD so that I can spend the day in knitter heaven–best Valentine’s Day gift ever!!

February 16, 2008 Posted by | Family and Life, knitting | Leave a comment

Another blogger joining in the chemo cap challenge/contest

Through Ravelry, I have met some wonderful amazing people who are taking up needles all over the country and making caps to donate for the chemo cap challenge/contest.  If you visit this blog:

http://www.watsonhighlands.com/archives/237

You will see that she has also added a prize for anyone who has donated chemo caps.  You have to comment on her blog as well, so be sure to comment here and there to increase your chances of winning! 

Please make sure that when you comment, you leave the name and location of the hospital you donate to and that there is a way for me to contact you if you win a prize. 

Keep on knitting for good!

February 13, 2008 Posted by | Family and Life, knitting, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Chemo Cap Challenge/Contest Sponsor List

I am overwhelmed with the wonderful offers of prize donations.  I will keep them updated and listed here and will add pictures when available. 

  • Flo from www.peaches-creme.com will send the first 5 people to email me with their home address a rolled brim hat and scarf kit.  Send me your address ASAP.  I will update this post when they are all spoken for…the kit looks like this:  http://www.peaches-creme.com/BCA%20Hat%20&%20Scarf%20Special.htm   ALL KITS ARE SPOKEN FOR AT THE MOMENT–thank you for your interest!
  • Bonnie from Ravelry is generously donating some Costan Rican coffee–yum!!
  • Deb and Kaye from www.ddkyarns.com will be donating a prize yet to be determined.
  • Eric from www.cablesandlace.com and Sweaters for Dragons podcast will be donating a small project bag–perfect for holding a pair of socks or…..a chemo cap.  See how clever the prizes are?  Cables and Lace small project bag
  • Lime and Violet from the Lime and Violet podcast will donate a prize yet to be determined.
  • Dez of Knitting Asylum Yarns www.mambocats.blogspot.com will be donating a hank of her handspun yarn.
  • Marly from Yarn Thing podcast will be donating a prize yet to be determined.
  • The Yarn Grove www.theyarngrove.com will be donating a hank of hand-dyed Woolly Boully  Softie in the Luna Moth colorway to the causeWBs - Lunamoth
  • Of course, I will send some great Mary Kay Spa products www.marykay.com/kyue 
  • Another new prize donor http://amethystcottage.com/shop/  has this awesome prize to donate (that’s sterling silver and swarovski crystals for those who want to know…): 

February 6, 2008 Posted by | Family and Life, knitting | 4 Comments

KNITTING CHALLENGE–CONTEST–PRIZE–YARN

As I have been knitting the shedir hat for my aunt undergoing chemo for an agressive sarcoma, I was inspired to knit another chemo cap to donate in honor as well.  I contacted Ronni Spoll of www.chemocaps.com  and discussed the particulars of donating some chemo caps on how to go about doing it.  Ronni is an amazing woman, a past recipient of Knitter of the Year at Stitches and founder of The Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program in honor of her daughter.  So I am challenging each knitter who reads this blog to knit AT LEAST ONE chemo cap and donate it to your local hospital’s oncology/chemo unit.  Ronni asks that you attach a tag that reads:

” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”    www.chemocaps.com      Knit for you by (your first name or name of knitting group)

Now, if you take my challenge and knit a hat, please leave a comment here on my blog as to who you are and where you donated (Ronni keeps tabs on these statistics) and I will pick a winner out of all the participants and send them a fibery-prize.  Deadline will be Sunday March 30th, DD will pick out a name on the 31st.  I will give you a chance at the drawing for each hat that you donate, so those who crank out as many as possible and donate them, will have a greater chance at winning.  I am off to see if anyone would be willing to donate prizes–please contact me privately (princesspeanutsmommy at gmail dot com) if you want to be a prize donor.  I would really like this to be a multi-prize contest because I believe everyone who donates their time for others deserves it!  If you know of anyone who could donate prizes, please let me know and I will set up an area of sponsor links.  Thanks for reading my blog and let’s go do some good!!!!!!

February 5, 2008 Posted by | Family and Life, knitting | 2 Comments

Star-studded week

Well, it’s been quite an exciting week over here.  I have been invited to a taping of Martha Stewart, AND the entire program is about …….

KNITTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot explain in words how excited I am about going, I have a huge grin on my face ever since I got the email.   Now I just have to figure out what to wear and what to bring with me (you have to bring your favorite knitted object and something you are working on as well as needles and hooks for any KAL they want you to do there…).

Yesterday I also got to meet author and Food Network TV star of Healthy Appetite Ellie Krieger.  She was so down-to-earth and sweet, really interesting to talk to and a very jam-packed cookbook with a ton of recipes!  Of course I had to buy the cookbook and get the obligatory photo op–DD got in the pic, too…

Speaking of DD and cooking, she’s enjoying her Wee Can Cook class at the local park.  So far they have made pizza and muffins.  She tells her daddy all about what they made and how she ate it all.  She was super-excited when the teacher picked her out the first class to crack the egg.  Well, now everytime she sees me take out the eggs, she has her step stool right up to the counter thinking this is her job to do.  Can’t wait for the day she can cook for me…..lol.

On the WW front, I am down 42 pounds as of last Thursday.  The losses have been smaller and inconsistent the past few weeks, but I really have been eating out more than I would like to be and I am sure that has a lot of influence on my weight loss lately.  I weigh in again tomorrow, so wish me luck!

Well, I finally received my Knit Pick’s Harmony needles that I have coveted for the past few months.  I love them–’nuff said.  I’ve taught some beginner knitting classes over at the Wooly Monmouth in Red Bank.  I fell in love all over again with Koigu that I found on one of the shelves, that I had to cast on for a shapely shawlette that I purchased my Koigu for several years ago at Stitches East (back when it was in AC).  It’s chugging along and is a fairly easy pattern to do without a whole lot of concentration, which makes it a great project to bring with me to Martha, or maybe I will finish it and wear it on the show…it’s gorgeous colors of blues and greys with flashes of raspberry pink and some dark purple sprinkled throughout, and knitting up so easily on my new Harmony circs.  Honestly, you could so just about anything with Koigu and it would look amazing, at least IMHO.  DMIL’s Beaufort hat is finished and already shipped off to her for the cold weather we are experiencing.  Hope she likes it!  If I get my KP’s Harmony DPN’s soon, I plan on making a pair of fingerless mittens in the rest of the Debbie Bliss Merino Aran that I have left.

Beaufort Hat

A few other things have been going on lately.  DD is also taking an adventures in Chinese language class–we are both enjoying learning a few new words.  Her favorite word so far is penguin, which is chee unh, lol.  She carries a tiny stuffed pengiun around that we got at the Boston Aquarium and calls it her baby chee unh.  On a more serious note, my aunt started chemotherapy this past Monday for a sarcoma tumor on her leg.  She’s gone through two operations for it in the past and it has changed to a very aggressive, nasty form of sarcoma now (instead of the slow-growing one it was before).  Please keep her and my family in your prayers, it’s going to be a tough road ahead.  I plan on picking up some Rowan Calmer and making her a shedir and some fingerless mittens to match tomorrow….

January 30, 2008 Posted by | Family and Life, knitting, Weight Watchers | 3 Comments

Happy (potty) dance/lucky to be alive/lace lust?

Well, I didn’t intend to ignore my blog for so long, but life totally got in my way.  I have good news, bad news and surprising news this post.  Let’s start with the good news.  DD is happily potting training away!  Hooray!!  Only diapers at night and naptime, training pants the rest of the time and she’s only had a handful of accidents.  She is most proud of herself and we are overflowing with pride over here!  Way to go, princess peanut!!!!  Can’t wait to go out and get a new purse that I don’t need to accomodate a diaper changing mat in any more…..

Now the bad news, bad, but ok.  DD and I were in a major accident last Thursday.  We’re ok, bumped, bruised, cut and scraped, but doing ok.  One week later I can finally say that I’m not as sore as I have been and only having minor aches and pains from the bruises and whiplash.  DD was well protected in her car seat and only bit her tongue on either side and had some cuts on the side of her neck where the car seat straps dug into her skin.  She’s a little extra clingy and doesn’t like me out of her sight (even more than usual) but that’s to be expected and she has a good grasp of what happened to us, that it was an accident and she’s not afraid to go in the car or anything.  She was an angel at the hospital and let them take all sorts of x-rays and everything.  When asked she will tell you, “the car seat saved me and the air bags saved my mommy’.  Which sums up the entire accident to a T, thanks so much, baby.  Needless to say, the damage was so extensive, that our SUV has been declared a total and we now need to shop for a new SUV asap!  I’m so glad I had that contest for quick holiday gift patterns, as I will be trying to make as many gifts as possible this year.  Even though we have insurance, the car was almost 3 years old, so we will have to put out a significant amount of money to purchase another new vehicle.  Gotta love insurance.  We’ll be doing a few test drives tonight and this weekend–wish us luck.  We decided to let DD pick out the color for the new car and she chose blue.  I couldn’t care less what it looks like as long as it’s safe.  Now for some quick grandstanding.  If you have a child, please restrain them in the MIDDLE of the backseat, it’s the safest place for them.  Had DD been on the driver’s side of the backseat, I am sure that she would have suffered a lot more injuries.  I wish they had a safety option of the gigantic plastic bubble that I can put around the car to keep us safe and prevent anyone from touching us again.  Live for each moment, you never know what will happen next.

On a happier note, I am in lace lust.  I don’t know why, or how, I’ve never wanted to before, but for some reason I am obsessed with all these new knitting lace patterns.  I want to join every KAL I can find and I want to knit them all now, immediately.  This is so odd, as I never really enjoyed lace in the past.  I have joined the mysticwaters KAL and will probably not get to it before the holidays, but I just feel like I want to make it without even seeing it.  Very strange, must be the cold weather approaching.

Well, I have things to catch up on and need to do some work on my library fundraiser.  Don’t forget to check out my website www.marykay.com/kyue and place an order, 25% goes to my local library children’s center, use code 276577.   Thank you!!!!!

October 12, 2007 Posted by | Family and Life, knitting | 2 Comments

Virtual Vacation Swap Package arrives and other lifely stuff

FUNDRAISER REMINDER:   Fundraising for my local Children’s library is now underway.  Please visit my website at www.marykay.com/kyue 25% of the total will go directly to the library, please use event code 276577 when ordering.  For all you knitters, the satin hands pampering set is the best thing for dry hands!!!!!

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Well, before I go into anything else, I wanted to post a pic of all my goodies my Virtual Vacation Swap pal sent me from Cali.  Somehow I knew she was from CA, just from the time she said she was going to take short trips all over her state to pick up some things for me–I just knew.  Anyway, here’s the loot (conspicuously missing are the Jelly Belly jelly beans which DD believed to be her’s and she decided to share them with daddy only–that’s ok, I think it’s not on my WW plan, anyway, lol):

So a big thank you to my pal, who can be found at: www.pointbreezedesignsblog.blogspot.com   Keep warm and sunny by the beach–you lucky dawg, you!

Speaking of WW, I lost a whopping 5 pounds this past week!  Yippee!  I am fast approaching my first goal of 25 pounds, which I am hoping to meet this week.   I spent the past few days trying on old clothes and thinning out (no pun intended) my closet.  I actually like looking in there and seeing less clothes to deal with.  Anything that is too big and unreasonable to belt or not good enough to have altered is going in a nice pile for donation or the garage sale.  It is quite a nice feeling to be doing that!  Wish me luck this week!

Book update:  I just finished The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards.  It was just ok for me.  Good premise to the story, had the making for a great book, but I just wasn’t invested in the charachters at all–couldn’t feel for them.  I also recently finished The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  Wow, a quick read, simple writing, but so powerful.  It is not often a book will get me to cry (I didn’t cry when Dumbledore died even!), but at the end of this book I was sobbing.  Moving, truly moving.  ‘Nuff said.  I also finished up Dry by Augusten Burroughs, this was  a sequel to his Running with Scissors.  To sum it up, it’s like a soap opera on drugs.  It was a quick read, moved from one thing to another, but it didn’t do much for me–I didn’t particularly enjoy his first book either.  Oh well.  Not sure if I wrote about Water for Elephants, but I finished that a bit ago as well.  I would say that Water for Elephants and Middlesex by Jefferey Eugenides are two of my all time favorite books I have ever read.  Almost as soon as I put down Memory Keeper’s Daughter, I picked up The Alchemist by Paul Coellho.  I don’t know much about this book at all except it was featured in the NYT bestsellers email newsletter and I immediatly put it up on my www.paperbackswap.com wish list  (if you decide to join, please use my email addy as your referral  princesspeanutsmommy at gmail dot com–thanks!).  Within a week I had gotten a copy and I’m going to give it a try.  It’s relatively short (<200 pages), so I should be able to let you know what I think of it pretty soon.  I also picked up Night by Elie Wiesel at a garage sale last week.  I remembered it was an Oprah book club pick, so I thought I would check this out as well.  It is also less than 200 pages, so I will post about that asap.

I must be super-duper sleep-deprived the past few weeks (which I kind of am, trying to work at night while DD is sleeping–she is giving up her naps of late–can you hear my screaming and ripping out my hair as we speak?), and I am really hoping to make my fundraiser for the library a great success, so I have been working extra hard on that, too.  But for the life of me, I am having such a time knitting DD’s sweaters sleeves–it’s ridiculous!  It’s a 10 row pattern repeat, simple increases and I am doing both sleeves at the same time so I only need to figure this out once, but for the life of me, I have had more mistakes on these stupid sleeves than almost anything else I have ever knitted.  It is making me want to put it on hold for a bit and pick up some Christmas knitting for a while, but I really want to finish this off.   Speaking of Christmas knitting, the winner of my contest should be getting her package shortly and I apologize for the delay in mailing it.  I completely forgot to grab the box with all your goodies when I left the house for the post office last week–sorry!  It’s in the proverbial mail now–enjoy!

Well, DD has finally started to seek out the potty.  It’s an exciting time here with lots of potty DVD’s and books, running around half naked all the time and doing the potty dance.  Good luck little peanut, enjoy your new freedom–but don’t grow up too fast!  Her new question of the week is whether she is big enough to do something, and if she isn’t old enough, she asks if someday she will be big enough to do it.  That’s usually followed by her stating that she wants to “be big like you, mommy” and it breaks my heart a little bit every time she says it.  Life goes by so fast!!  I tell her not to grow up too fast, stay little for me, but I’m afraid that’s not going to happen.  Sigh…

TTFN, blog at ya later!

October 2, 2007 Posted by | Book Club, Family and Life, knitting, Virtual Vacation Swap, Weight Watchers | 1 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

A jumble of stuff

Wow it’s been busy here, the end of summer is approaching and I always feel a little frantic at this point.  I want to spend as much time with my nieces and nephew as possible before they go back to school.  They participate in so many activities and carry such a load of schoolwork and then work on top of it, I feel like I barely get any time with them 😦  We had dinner with them all last night and went to the beach with my nephew on Monday and shopping with him at Target yesterday–he plays so nicely with DD, I feel like she is going to be missing her friend next week when he returns to school…Our new favorite game to play is guitar hero on playstation–totally rad and awesome, dude!  And they have 80’s music–the stuff I grew up on–can you say hair metal bands?  Funny, I still love listening to it…

I’ve been on a cleaning binge around here and freecycled a TON of stuff!!  I got rid of a bag of Plymouth Encore yarns and some various others to a very nice new knitter that I hope joins our local knitting group.  She’s such a newbie and so nice, I felt compelled to look for any gadgets and patterns that I no longer wanted and she ended up with a nice large bag of knitterly stuff.  And I felt great about it!  And, this cleared more room on my shelves to provide for better visualization of the stash–of most importance!  I also parted with, gulp, a large assortment of scrapbooking magazines.  This was very hard for me–I don’t know why.  I subscribed to so many and I never got to look through them and I never go back to those that I did, so I don’t know why I feel bad or why I kept them, but I would say about 100 magazines along with an old craft tote have also left the premises.  I feel good about it,  I really do, I actually have a path to my closet now.  I also organized stuff to bring to my MOMS club benefit garage sale and stowed some things away for my parent’s garage sale next year.  Watch out, hubby, your closet is next!!  HA ha ha!

On the creative front, I finally redid my mom’s double stranded Swarovski bracelet, one strand says MOM and the other says NANA, I replaced the claps with a heart-shaped toggle that we found in San Juan, of all places, and she can put it on and off better now.  I also added some “owl eyes”, double strand spacers, to stabilize the two strands better.  I am much pleased with the results.  I also made a gaggle of stitch markers for my KVVS pal–DD helped to pick out the colors for me–hope she likes purple a lot!  LOL   I even got to spend some time with my fellow knitters this past Tuesday at B&N–I brought with me the beaded scarf, frogged it and restarted it.  I know this is premature in saying this, but since I have been doing pretty well at WW and have lost close to 15 pounds now (!!!!!), I’m hesitant to continue on the first and only cardigan I have ever started to knit for myself.  I started it last year and have been plugging away at it whenever I can, I would say it’s about 6 or 8 inches high at this point, but it’s the entire circumference of the cardigan, remember, the Cabin Fever pattern is knit in one piece to the arm holes and then splits apart.  Would you stop and wait and see and later frog what you did and start over?  That would so bite to have to frog it all, but if it’s too big it would look silly.  I guess I should stick to knitting accessories for myself for now….

And since I eluded to it, today was weigh in day at WW and I lost another 2.4 pounds bringing the grand total to 14.8!!  Yippee!!  Several of my pants are already feeling too big and I have a belt for those I can try to make last longer.  I’m quite proud and hope this week will be another banner one–despite Labor Day picnics….I better get to the beach again–I think all that walking on the sand and carrying tons of stuff back and forth to get to the perfect beach spot really helped me this past week…and it doesn’t hurt my tan, either 😉

My package went out today to my KVVS pal, and my pal said my package went out yesterday.  Watch for pics soon….

August 30, 2007 Posted by | Beading, Family and Life, knitting, Scrapbooking, Virtual Vacation Swap, Weight Watchers | Leave a comment