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June 29, 2008

Comfest and FO's

Jimmy and I went to Comfest yesterday and had a blast despite the fact that we got caught in an intense rain/thunder/lightening storm. By the time we got back to our car we were both soaked to the bone. I think it will take my Birkenstock sandals 3 weeks to dry out. I hope the leather doesn't shrink too much. :-(

These beauties were a find at Comfest from Stephspun. I think I will make an iPod Nano necklace with the red/pink/orange. The yarn was hand spun by Steph, which come to find out is a member of our West Side Columbus knitters Yahoo group but hasn't been out to knit with us yet on Wednesday. The needles were hand made by Steph's husband. I believe Steph hand made the stitch markers.

I finished three WIP's since Wednesday. Below is the The Classic Sock by Melissa Morgan-Oakes for Jimmy.

This is the library valance by Dappled Lace Café Curtain by Knit Picks Design Team . We still have to hang it and I will take pictures when its hung.

And the cotton bombshell is finished!

June 26, 2008

"A Wool Gathering"

Mark your calendars ~ on 9/20 and 9/21/08 is the annual "A Wool Gathering". I didn't make it to this last year but I really want to go this year. Wouldn't it be cool to get a group of knitter friends together and maybe go on Friday evening (or Saturday morning) and come back Sunday. Stay one or two nights depending on what the group wants to do. Imagine a weekend of knitting and wool OMG! Anyone interested? I checked some of the hotels near the event and they have a few rooms still available so if we are going to do this we must act fast!

Google map:

Jimmy and I booked a room here for the nights of 9/19/ and 9/20. They have a pool and hot tub. Come on guys join us at the Courtyard!

As of 6/27/08

Spring Motel
Only 2 rooms open

Only 4 rooms open

Holiday Inn
Only 8 rooms left

Country Inn
Only 3 rooms left

June 21, 2008

Friday Night Knitting & Elm Row

Last night was the Knit Together. We had a great time. Great food, great yarn, great conversation, and laughs.

Above from left to right: Kristy, Joanne, Heather, and Lindsey

Below from left to right: Cortney, Poo, Cath, Chrys, and Molly A (aka Molly 7 Stitches)

Did some yarn shopping today at Temptations. YUMMMMMMMM You say hummm what will that lovely yarn be knit into? Keep scrolling......

All I can say is WOW.... Anne Hanson as created yet another beautiful pattern with the Elm Row

Wow.... I have to go wipe the drool from my chin.

June 17, 2008

In the round!

This week my honey is back in Las Vegas for a work conference (umm yeah right.....). So what am I working on? I probably shouldn't post this here but I really don't think he reads my blog at least if he does I hope he still acts surprised.

I am making a splatter painting for his birthday in August. Last night was color # 1 which formed the base. Molly says it looks like baby poop and that I need to get more color on it fast!

Tonight I added the second color. There are three more colors to go! I am letting the colors dry before applying the next color.

These two colors and the remaining three colors are special to us. They are the colors used to paint our downstairs rooms. I am really excited about this project. I hope it doesn't turn out crappy!

I love the sounds of trickling water and so does Poo as evidenced by his filtered water fountain. This week I have been researching how to make a water fountain as a final item for the courtyard patio garden.

Below are some of the resources I have been checking out:

How to make a water fountain from Clay Pots:

Spherical Water fountain:

8- to 9-inch terra-cotta sphere ($16 bucks)

Build a Fountain / Container Combination

Make a Water Fountain

I believe I have decided something like this one:

The instructions for this lovely can be find here:

Spherical Water fountain:

I will probably start working on this in July/August.

Lastly... This was a link I ran across last week from someone's blog. I thought I would share it!
Not for the faint of heart is the Tampon Crafts site. This really shows some creativity. I aspire to be this creative......

June 13, 2008

Knitting Article in the Columbus Dispatch today

Publication:The Columbus Dispatch;
Date:Jun 13, 2008;
Section:Life & Arts;
Page Number:D1
Knitters get in the loop as pastime goes online
By Amy Lieberman THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Clara Parkes, author and “yarn whisperer,” compares the knitting community to a seashell that contains a hidden world inside. For a few months, Casey and Jessica Forbes kept their knitting and crocheting Web site,, as a private portal to that world. Once they gave friends permission to advertise the site on their blogs, though, its membership climbed to 140,000 (with an initial waiting list of 3,000) faster than you can say “knit one, purl two.” The rise in popularity of underscores how modern technology is altering the traditional world of knitting. This week in Columbus, the hobby’s new and old worlds are meeting face to face at Knitting Connection — a three-day gathering offering 70 classes to about 1,000 knitters. “This is beyond sitting and reading a pattern stitch by stitch,” said Parkes, the keynote speaker at the convention. “People and dot-com-ers are all figuring it out together and seeing where all sorts of ingenious new ideas and designs come from. “But it’s still the same do-ityourself mentality.” Casey Forbes noticed an “explosion” of knitting sites in 2006, when he and Jessica, both 30, began to design from their Boston apartment. “Jess was a knitter and was always looking for information on a pattern or yarn,... but it was scattered across the Web,” Casey Forbes said. “We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we could put it all together in one place?’ ” Although enthusiasts have several knitting Web sites from which to choose, and often belong to more than one, is one of the largest. Rosie Reeder, a knitter from Lancaster, Pa., described the online and knitting cultures as complementary, and said the connection has opened up “a whole new world” for knitters. “How could we ever pick this many people’s brains, in one place, except online?” the 57-year-old said Wednesday evening, gesturing toward the packed lobby at the convention center. Members can look up stitches, patterns and fabrics while documenting their own progress with images of their work. In forums, members chat about everything from politics and Broadway musicals to their love lives and penchant for Dr. Phil. Erin Chesnut, a Westerville resident in her mid-20s, is “completely engrossed” in, clocking in for two or three hours a day to check out new patterns and post comments in forums. Last year, when Chesnut lived in Dayton, she organized a group of Ravelry members to meet in person once a week. She has organized the same type of group in Westerville. “I work at home,” she said, “so getting to go to a knit night is human interaction.” On Wednesday morning at the convention, which is sponsored by Knitters Mercantile, a Columbus knitting store, about 300 women settled in with their needles and yarn in classes such as “The Art of Knitting Backward” and “Crocheted Shawl Workshop.” Outside the classes, five women, all older than 50 and strangers before the convention, sat around a table and chatted, never missing a stitch. Two said they used — whose name combines unravel and revelry — and other knitting sites for tips. Debbie Squire of Indianapolis assured the others, “You don’t have to chat on it or anything.” The women nodded and — with pens in one hand, needles in the other — asked how to spell Ravelry.
Fans of knitting and cyberspace, from left: Mary-Heather Cogar and Jessica and Casey Forbes SHARI LEWIS DISPATCH

June 6, 2008

52 oz. of Hippy Love Man

I was born in the wrong generation. The hippy era was in high gear when I was born and over by the time I reached my teens. I can remember as a small child, before my parents split up, visiting my Grandparent's house, where I would later live from the time is was 8 to 23, where there was a Lava Lamp. I could watch it for hours.

The first Christmas Jimmy and I were together he gave me my very own Lava Lamp. SQUEEEEEEEEEEE I ran that Lava Lamp so much that it would no longer do it Lava bubbly thing.

This week I ordered the mother of all Lava Lamps and it arrived yesterday. Meet my 52 oz. of Lava Love:

I actually read the directions that came with this one and noticed that you shouldn't run it for more than 8 hours at a time. Perhaps I can keep this one bubbling for many years to come. :-)

Should you desire your own hippy lava love you can find all the wonderful ones available here:

And I purchased this 52 oz. at Spencers online.

June 5, 2008

Flicker play and mosaic..... (click on #8 it is cool)


My creation
Originally uploaded by bean counting knitter
he concept:

1. Catherine: Fort St Catherine, Bermuda, 2. lobster, 3. Webster High School - Marching BandP5290029, 4. Red: A big bloody Samoan storm that turned gay!, 5. Howie Long 001, 6. Coffee: WIRED, 7. Paradise Island: Summer time!, 8. Charlie and the chocolate factory, 9. Astronaut: Can you see me?, 10. "The Price Of Freedom", 11. 'Rebelious: This............, 12. bean counter DSC_0284

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker).

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert? (for some reason the pic doesn't show but if you follow the link above it will take you to it... very cool!)
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name

June 4, 2008

June 3, 2008

Grill, Chicken, and Beer Can?

What did I get when I mixed the grill, a chicken and a beer can?

Hey I shoved a beer can up a chickens @$$ today and I am not in jail!

Jimmy and his mom. Can you tell they enjoyed the beer can chicken?

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