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April 30, 2009

Let me at those birdies.....

Last night I did some knitting and dining with Tami and Jasmine. Tami filled the bird feeder in the back yard and Jasmine was highly entertained. Tami wasn't sure Jazz would even know what to do with a bird should she get a chance to catch one but she sure does look cute in the kitty crouch.

This salad was so pretty. Almost to pretty to eat. NOT! Very yummy too. Thanks Tami...

Sunshine sock updated picture. I have three more gusset decrease row and it will be many rows of foot knitting. Not much longer....

April 29, 2009

Husband 1.0

I normally read and delete jokes but this is cute. Jimmy is totally excluded cuz he has never run Husband 1.0. ;-)


Dear Tech Support:

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

Additionally, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system!

I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?


Dear Desperate!:

First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an entertainment package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.

Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme. html and try to download Tears 6.2 and don't forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.

If these applications work as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

Remember, however, that overuse of these applications can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1.

Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law1. 0 It will run a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.

Additionally, please don't attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend5.0 program. This is an unsupported application that will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Cooking 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7.

Good luck!
Tech Support

April 28, 2009

Yarn Diet?

Who said anything about a yarn diet?

This box of yarn goodness arrived today! Hummmmmm......

This yarn is going to be another Slinky Ribs. Jimmy picked out this hot pink.

I picked out this blueish/green. Not sure if this will be another Slinky Ribs or something else. Depends if I get bored after knitting the second one.

You know you are an addict when.....

Your knitting buddy says, "I am worried about dying before I can knit everything I want to knit" and I panic because I agree with her. Thanks Molly! ;-)

April 27, 2009

Happy 6 Years Darling

Friday night Jimmy, Ash, Komet and myself went to the newly opened Montgomery Inn here in Dublin, Ohio. Ash and Komet came down from NY to visit for the weekend while Jimmy and I celebrated our 6th Wedding Anniversary.

I have heard so many amazing things about Montgomery Inn's BBQ that now looking back I may have set myself up for the disappointment. I have had some really great BBQ at some very dumpy places. Montgomery Inn is very pretty inside and the jalapeno cornbread was very good but the ribs had an odd, very odd, taste. The pulled pork and brisket were good too. I would not order ribs there again. Just my two cents.

Here are a couple pictures from dinner. The waiter asked us if we wanted bibs so of course we said yes!

Ash & Komet (his bib conveniently fell off right as the picture snapped):

Say Chezzzzzzz!

Oh yeah and during the meal my brand new dental bridge fell out. So this morning I am waiting for the dentist office to open so I can have it put back in. Yippie!!!!!!

April 21, 2009

Poo has been in the dog house!

Ria asked about Poo today. I haven't said much about him lately because he has been spending much time in the dog house. What haven't I been sharing with you?

Well remember the Poopy Experiment? Remember our dining room? This is what the dining room looks like tonight. See that far back right corner?

It seems Poo got VERY pissed (pun intended) off after that day of testing and decided the new, hip spot to pee was that corner. I spent two nights using our steam cleaner plus $40+ dollars on urine neutralizers to no avail.

This past weekend Jimmy and I purchased Kilz & wood flooring and have schedule installation next Wednesday. So for now the dining room continues to be barricaded with plywood to keep the little villain OUT.

Isn't he cute though?

On a good note he is doing better. His readings have been in the 200's and his doctor is considering a minor tweak of his dose soon to see if we can get it a little lower.

The seedlings are coming along great.


Originally uploaded by bean counting knitter
Everyone needs some sunshine in their day. When I don't have sunshine for multiple days in a row I get bitchy. It is just a fact. So now with these socks by Cookie A. knitted in a kettle dyed wool nylon blend yarn I will have sunshine any day I want. I love this pattern and yarn and color.

April 18, 2009

Slinky Ribs Finished

I love how the Slinky Ribs turned out. Very very soft and springy. Thank you Molly for letting me raid your button stash. They are perfect.

April 15, 2009

First sock done except icord cuff edge

When I was a kid after ice skating one day I told Mom, "I didn't fall down except once". I was a dork like that and my family still teases me to this day. I still say one breaks out their new shoes. It just doesn't make sense to break in a new pair of shoes damn it!

Well I really want to say the first sock is done but as you can see the cuff stitches are still on scrap yarn. Almost only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades.

April 12, 2009

Habu to be VLT diamond lace scarf

Last month Tami gave me this lovely Habu yarn for kitty sitting Jasmine. She had thought I would want to reknit the Fiddlehead scarf that felted. However, the Victorian Lace Today ~ Diamond Lace Scarf was claiming this yarn. I have had itchy fingers for some lace so yesterday I casted on using a size 6. This morning I decided the stitches were to loose. So I frogged and recast on with size 4 but still not sure I like the stitches. I will give it a few more row.

April 10, 2009


I have grown to dislike the idea of this as a curtain in my kitchen. Ok dislike is mild..... I hate it! There I finally admitted it. I hate this project.

Miss Lambert ~

Since this week my mind seems to be going back to Miss Lambert. I followed the path laid out in Victorian Lace Today about If you follow this link about half way down the page you will see more information on this wonderful historical knitter.

April 9, 2009

Oat Grass wins

So today I was amazed at the progress of the oat grass sprouts. I let Kiki have a little before leaving for work and she was very happy. The pics I took of her didn't come out so great on my Storm so I will try again with the beast camera later. Stay tuned! I wonder if the iPhone would have taken a better pic?

April 8, 2009

Miss Lambert Cont....

Yesterday I posted about Miss Lambert and provided a cool link to her book published in 1846. This morning I was able to confirm this book is discussed in the Victorian Lace Today (LTV) book.

Heather and I are planning to knit this lovely starting in June. It is the Leaf and Trellis from VLT. What I didn't realize until today is that shawl is listed in Miss Lambert's section of VLT. How cool is that?

Pray for Baby Henry

A fellow blog friend, Leah of Knitting Giraffe, posted a note about Baby Henry. Henry's mom delivered him early. This premie baby weighs a mere 3 pounds and needs lots of prayers. So if you pray please pray for him and his mommy. Here is Leah's blog post.

Leah is knitting the most beautiful baby blanket for Henry. :-)

April 7, 2009

Miss Lambert ~ My Knitting Book

This is for all my knitting pals. Check out this.....

Google Books has a copy of a knitting book written in 1843 available for anyone to read. I think this is so very cool. Miss Lambert and her book are referenced in the pages of Victorian Lace Today. What an awesome gem.

My Knitting Book


Blood glucose under 225 finally

Jimmy tested Poo about 5 hours after is evening dose last night and he was at 209. Great news considering where he has been reading.

Here is the ham himself. He so hates the flash.

April 6, 2009

2009 Seeds Sowed

I love this picture of my husband. It was taken yesterday afternoon during our visit to Mojo Lounge on the Cap here in C-bus. Believe it or not we were able to sit outside for about an hour before the wind started kicking up. You wouldn't know it today since it hasn't been out of the 30's and snowed on my drive home.

And I thought spring was here at last?

This aloe baby (bottom right) is a little miracle. Miracle because I have never been able to grow aloe plants and I have managed to keep this sucker alive for over a year now! And it is giving birth too! Yeah me!

This past weekend found me sowing the seeds for this year's garden. I am trying my green thumb at starting some tomato plants from seeds this year. I sowed two different kinds called Early Girl and Big Beef. Several of the plants, should they sprout, are promised to friends and the remaining will be planted in the courtyard. I hope to freeze diced tomatoes for bruschetta, salsa and marina over the winter. Of course if Grammy knew I was planning to freeze them she would tell me that canning them is the way to go.....

Anyway I found these tomato starters. I use the smaller ones for the other seedlings. These suckers triple their size once you add water to them. Its almost magical.

I also sowed some basil, cilantro, and GrandPaw (Jasmin's Grandpaw sent seeds to Poo and Kiki for Christmas) Catnip.

Below is a saucer of oat grass seeds. Kiki will be soooooooooooo happy when these suckers sprout. I wish Poo would eat it.....

Stay tuned for seed sprouting pictures.

April 5, 2009

Ribs second sleeve

What a wonderful weekend. Will have more posts to follow but here is the Ribs with second sleeve in progress. Have I said how awesome this yarn and pattern feel together?

April 4, 2009

Ahhhhh The Calvery Arrived! Well Help Did Anyway.....

So yesterday in the mail the "help" arrived. :-) This lovely circular needle case was purchased from Sarah of Sarahkincheloe Etsy Shop. She has very pretty hand made knitting organizers and other stuff too. This pouch offers 21 pockets to organize my fixed circulars. Ahhhhhhh

Did I say how pretty it is too?

Here is an updated curtain #1 picture. It still doesn't know if it wants to be a half or whole window curtain. Perhaps a half with a valance topper?

Thursday night I went to knit with knit group. All the knitting I completed on both projects ~ Ribs and Clap #2 had to be ripped back out!

The sleeve cap I finished on the Ribs was perfect on the back side but the short row wrap and turns on the front side looked like Poo knitted them. So frog frog frog. Here is the sleeve cap reknitted. Much better. Thanks to those ladies who sent me short row support.

So despite the fact this is my second time knitting the clap I misread the pattern on the increase section and ended up with 50+ to many stitches. OOOOPPPPS! So I had to rip back a bunch. Here is an updated picture with the first column of stitches dropped!

April 3, 2009

More Help Needed..... Wrapped Stitches How To Pick Them UP

OK so this weekend I am planning some intense research on how to pickup wrapped stitches. I had to rip out a sleeve cap on my ribs last night because one side looked AWESOME and the other side (which happened to be the front side) looked like crap. If you have any resources on doing this please post a comment to this post. Thanks!

April 2, 2009

Freaked out.....

I was just checking my email and noticed my spam folder has an item count of 666...... ewwwwwwwww

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