Keeping Me in Stitches

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's.....

Super Monkey sock!!!
Super Monkey flying

I hurried into the backyard to get a better view and what do I see? A pair of Super Monkeys!!!
Super Monkey pair

This was Cookie A's Monkey pattern from These were done in Cider Moon Icicle in the Superman colorway. And the sky was too perfect not to take advantage of cheeseball pictures. some weird looks from the neighbors too as I was lying on my back on the ground and trying to take pictures of my feet up in the air. Oh well. They already think I'm weird. May as well perpetuate the myth.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I survived!

And do I have pictures to show you!

First up is a picture of Toffee, my mom's toy poodle. Eliza seems to think that my dog has what she refers to as Einstein hair. So I took this picture of Toffee to show her that Phoebe's hair is nothing compared to Toffee's. Look at that fro! It's as big as the rest of her head!
toffee fro

I did manage to make it down to Wichita to see the Yarn Harlot. I did it all on my own without anyone with me and no one ended up dead because of my lack of sleep. We can thank Starbucks for that. I was about 10 minutes late, so I missed the start of the talk. But that's okay. It was funny and entertaining and just so refreshing to be in an auditorium full of people who were all knitting and weren't being looked at funny for doing so. I managed to finish the hat to donate to the local charity while I was listening.

Here's Stephanie at the end of her talk, demonstrating Irish cottage knitting.
yarn harlot 2

I took other pictures while she was talking, but they all came out blurry because of the low light in the auditorium.

Once the talk was over, we were told that we'd be lined up in the order of the number on our ticket. Since I was about the last person to come in, I was number 226. Went out to the car to retrieve my Monkey sock, then came back in and sat down. Maybe 20 minutes into sitting, these two shady characters came up and introduced themselves.
LnV listeners

That's Beth and Kristin, a couple of Lime & Violet listeners. It was great how they came up and said, "You don't know us, but we know you from um....uh....umm...." Once the uhs started, I knew what they were talking about. "You mean the sweater puppies picture, right?" "Yeah, but I didn't want to say that." Good to know that I'm being recognized by my chest now. "No! I recognized you from your face!" It was a good laugh, but I'm not sure being recognized for my face from that picture was a compliment or wasn't the greatest picture of me. So we got to chat for a while before they went up to get in line.

I kept knitting until there were only about 10 of us left, then got into line. All of a sudden I heard someone ask if there was anyone else who had knit for the Rebuilding Greensburg project. I waved at the lady and she came back. It turned out to be Laura who was behind the whole Greensburg squares project. We chatted for a bit and then the line moved forward.
Greensburg laura

Introduced myself to the Harlot and she signed my books, then I gave her the bag from LnV. If you haven't seen her entry from Wichita, head over to her blog and you can see the squirrel in all its glory. Here's her reaction on first seeing it.
Harlot and squirrel

She just cracked up. When she finally recovered, she told me that in all the touring she's done, no one had ever given her a squirrel. Then she asked me if I was Lime or Violet. I told her neither, that I was filling in for one of the girls while they took a break they summer. Then it dawned on her, and she goes "You're that Carin!?!" It was all I could do not to do a happy dance!!! The Yarn Harlot knows me!!!! I was able to contain myself, and just grin and say "Yup, that's me." She giggled over the squirrel, the ransom note he held, and oohed over the yarn that was in the bag too.

Then I left and went to check out Twist, a new yarn shop in Wichita. It was very nice, but I was getting really tired (awake 30+ hours at this point) so I bought some laceweight yarn and headed out. I managed to make it back to Salina before I started to poop out, so I got a hotel and spent the night. Took off Monday morning and made it back to Omaha by noon.

And that's the whole story!

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Sunday, September 16, 2007


The person I was supposed to go see the Yarn Harlot with has backed out due to a family emergency. I've got a spare ticket and I really really need someone to carpool with/share the driving time. We would need to leave by 10 AM TODAY (Sunday).

If you can go with me, email me at no later than 9:30.

I'm going to go regardless, but it would be safer for all concerned (since I worked overnight) if someone else did the driving on the way down. If I do end up going alone, I'm planning on getting a hotel room in Wichita to catch some zzz's after Yarn Harlot.

Let me know ASAP!!!! Please!!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

We're off to see the Harlot!!!

Cindi and I are taking off for Wichita in the morning for the Yarn Harlot's talk. I've got a surprise for her from the whole LnV team. It's going to be FABULOUS!!!!

Pictures when I return.


Thursday, September 06, 2007

Phoebe ate a camel

Or she tried to tonight out at Eliza's. There was this big box of camel fiber in the studio and Pheebes made a beeline for it, went up on her hind paws, and stuck her head as far down into the box as she could reach. It was pretty entertaining to watch until she got some in her mouth and wouldn't open up for me to pull it out. I got most of it out, but let's just say she got some extra fiber in her diet tonight. I'm hoping there's no bungee poo in the next couple of days.

I'm still working on the SSP, the second Super Monkey sock, and the green blanket. Eliza guilt-tripped me into starting on a sweater soon so that I can order some of the heathered sportweight from Sarah's Yarns for a Dale sweater.

MS3 is going to meet it end very soon. I've decided that I'm not going to finish it (or work on it) in the near future, so it will be off the needles by the weekend.

And I've decided that spinning needs to commence in the very near future. I realized that I haven't spun since I was in Des Moines in June. This must be remedied immediately. Especially since I've got four more Sock Hop rovings coming to me very soon. In fact I think I'm going to go start some laundry so I can have a clean uniform to wear tomorrow, then spin while I watch Ghost Hunters and Dinner: Impossible.

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