Monthly Archives: March 2009

I really should be knitting…

but, instead, I’m here blogging, because I like to hear myself talk, virtually-speaking.

Went to the big sale at Bliss Yarns yesterday and walked out with 8 balls of delicious GGH Safari yarn in a soft shade of dusty lavendar, maybe even could be called mauve.  GGH calls it…purple.  LOL!  I’m planning to make the Lacy Leaves Tunic from the new issue of Creative Knitting magazine with this yarn, assuming that I can get gauge.  The pattern calls for Bernat Satin Sport, a basic DK weight (22 st/4″) yarn.  The ball band on the GGH says 20 st/4″, but if that yarn is worsted weight, I’ll eat my US size 4 KP Harmony tips…Yarndex calls it a worsted, too, but notes the stitch gauge as 22 st/4″, which is perfect for the pattern. So we shall see how I do with it, when I get around to starting the geeky thing.

I’m actually just wrapping up a geeky thing (aka swatch) in Plymouth Wildflower DK. I haven’t checked it for stitch count yet, but it’s certainly has a good feel, nice drape, and is as splitty asGlenna C. said in her pattern, Basic Black, which I’m leaning toward making with this yarn – oooh, what a concept – make the pattern in the originally-called-for yarn?! OK, well, there’s a first time for everything, right? LOL!

Oh, and I am such a bad person – I introduced my friend Misha (aka Joe) to the concept of Ravelry last week, he sent off his member request and logged in for the first time today. It’s pretty heady to get to know Ravelry when you first join – it’s like coming out of the desert, all thirsty and dry, and finding out that you’ve walked in to a spring water bottling plant or something. LOL! So, yeah, now I’ve sent him off to the biggest time-suck on the ‘net for fiber-crafters. Methinks that he may not thank me for this in the end.

My neck and shoulder have not stopped hurting all weekend, and the frickin’ pain is back up in my jaw and head again. So, still sucks to be me, right? Well, off to start the dinner cooking. It got chilly again here, all of 46F today, so we’re having a good old New England Boiled Dinner (corned beef, taters, carrots, and cabbage) – yummy!!


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Kvetch, kvetch, kvetch…no knitting for me today

Begin whine:

I have a tension migraine.  I hate this.  It hurts so much that I can’t knit. Waaaah!

end whine

Other than that, hey, just a little semi-boring news:

More of my colleagues were laid off this week.  Most of them were people that we really couldn’t afford to lose.  And they were good, hard-working people.  So sad.  Liberal or conservative; Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or no affiliation – who ever we are and what ever each of us may personally believe about President Obama’s policies, we should all be hoping for one thing:  a quick and decisive end to this awful recession that is really a depression.  😦

My wonderful 13 year old son, after having attempted to burn the microwave oven down last weekend, provided even greater hilarity yesterday.  He fell asleep on the school bus on the way home, and woke up about a dozen stops too later, necessitating (a) a confession of same to the bus driver, in front of another dozen or so kids and (b) the bus driver to turn around and take him home before taking the rest of those kids to their regular stops.  Wow, was he ever embarrassed!  LOL! Sadly for the child, he has an unsympathetic and mean mother, who just looked at him, laughed at his plight, and then told him that he should try sleeping at night.

My in-laws are still visiting.  This is not a bad thing. 

My husband and I will be celebrating 20 years of wedded bliss…or something like bliss…on April 1st.  While we are both looking forward to that, we haven’t a clue what we will do to commemorate the occasion!  We just did the Grand Ole Opry in February, and it was great, and we’d both love to go again, but the line up this weekend is just “OK”, next weekend isn’t much better, and the best night of all was…tonight…but there were no decent seats left for tonight’s show.  Plus, of course, we do have to work tomorrow, and we both tend to be home-bodies on work nights.

Curly hair wise…well, I have been far too chicken to make another attempt at creating my own flaxseed gel, I decided I didn’t like the Aussie gel I grabbed from my son after all, and I have no Deva AnGell left.  So.  Today, was just AVG (aloe vera gel) mixed with jojoba oil.  Nothing for hold.  How did that work out, you ask?  Well, I’ll tell you:


LOL! Yeah, I’m really fuzzy and puffy today. Bleah. So, even if I didn’t really love it, I’ll be back to that Aussie gel tomorrow, cuz there’s nothing else in the house. If any of you lovely readers (all 2 of you) have a ‘cone-free, ‘xane-free hair gel that is readily available in places like Walgreen’s, CVS, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or Sephora that you love for tight corkscrew curls that tend to get puffy (commonly known on as type 3C hair), let me know fast, OK? 😀 Cuz I’m still too chicken to try that flaxseed stuff again…especially in front of my in-laws and husband who laugh rather condescendingly at the fact that I actually care

how my hair looks and feels…(grrrrr!)Knitting? Yeah, well, that Tuscany shawl is at the snail’s-pace stage – it’s 322 stitches across and growing. It’s pretty much outgrown my 40″ cable, so I can’t stretch it out to see how wide it is, but it sure seems rather shallow. Note that at approximately 326 stitches, I’m supposed to be done. But I haven’t used up all of the yarn intended for the pattern yet, so I may order a set of each of 47″ and 60″ cables from KP and just keep going once I get them. And that means that I either have to finish my lonely little yarn-over cable sock and start the second one (and I’m not in much of a sock mood at the moment) or maybe cast on something new (yay!)…like that cardigan in Plymouth Jeannee I mentioned the other day…or the one in Plymouth Wildflower. I did just receive the latest issue of Creative Knitting, and there’s some things in there that I might like to make…but nothing jumped off the page and immediately screamed, KNIT ME NOW!!, so maybe not! LOL!

ETA: Had something like 40 views yesterday, which is almost back to normal. It looks like my readership bounce due to Ravelry banning is now officially over – so that means I’m pretty much back to talking to myself in a way that doesn’t make people think I’m insane (which is the real reason that I blog! LOL!)


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Getting to Know Me 2009

An old and dear friend of mine tagged me with this note on Facebook. I liked it enough that I thought I would post it here, as well as there. If you want to do this on your blog, please copy the questions, change the answers to reflect your “stuff”, and then put a comment here on my blog, so that I’ll know to go read yours! 😀

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:30-ish
2. Diamonds or pearls? pearls
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix
4. What is your favorite TV show? Right now, it’s probably Eleventh Hour
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Toast, sausage and an egg…plus the ever-present Diet Coke
6. What is your middle name? Andrea
7. What food do you dislike? Can’t think of one right now…probably meatloaf or beef stew
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Sugarland’s first CD
9. What kind of car do you drive? Pontiac Aztek
10. Favorite sandwich? Pastrami on rye with brown mustard
11. What characteristic do you despise? Bigotry and a refusal to learn
12. Favorite item of clothing? Anything really soft
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? The UK, or Israel, or maybe Ukraine and Hungary, from whence my ancestors emigrated to the U.S.
14. Favorite brand of clothing? Whatever’s on sale and actually fits (!) on the day I’m shopping! LOL!
15. Where would you retire to? Haven’t thought about it much…I like my current locale a lot, though.
17. Favorite sport to watch? Baseball or anything-Olympic
18. Furthermost place you’re sending this. Someplace in Canada
19. Person you expect to send it back first? Cindy
20. When is your birthday? February 12
21. Are you a morning person or a night person? Neither – I’m kind of a mid-day person
22. What is your shoe size? 7
23. Pets? Teddy, the miniature pinscher/chihuahua mix; Spike, the humongous black Maine Coon cat; Bobo, our resident clown, a tuxedo cat; and Rocky, the former neighbor’s cat who adopted us.
24. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share with us? Nope. I’m pretty boring.
25. What did you want to be when you were little? Whatever profession the newest Barbie portrayed at the time
26. How are you today? Content
27. What is your favorite candy? Mmmm. Wintergreen lozenges – those fat, round pink things that used to be called Canada Mints when I was a kid
28. What is your favorite flower? carnations
29. What day on the calendar are you looking forward to? My wedding anniversary later this week, 20 years!!
30. What do you like to do in your spare time? KNIT and surf Ravelry about knitting and buy/swap yarn!
31. What are you listening to right now? My cell phone alarm telling me I’ve got new mail or something
32. What was the last thing you ate? Peppered turkey on white with mayo
33. Do you wish on stars? You bet!
34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Magenta or maybe True Red
35. How is the weather right now? rainy and 61 degrees
36. The first person you spoke to on the phone today? Nanci, a colleague
37. Favorite soft drink? Diet Coke, of course!
38. Favorite restaurant? Macaroni Grille
39. Real hair color – dark blonde-ish, light brown-ish, with a few red and gray highlights. 😉
40. What was your favorite toy as a child? My dollhouse
41. Summer or winter? Summer!
43. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla (I’m allergic to chocolate…love it, but it doesn’t love me!)
44. Coffee or tea? Tea, if I must. Really prefer hot spiced cider, though
45. Do you want your friends to respond? Of course, why else would I do this??
46. When was the last time you cried? March 14th, when Ravelry banned me temporarily – I was FRUSTRATED!!
47. What is under your bed? Dust bunnies and cat toys
48. What did you do last night? Knitted, watched a little TV, played on Ravelry
49. What are you afraid of? Near term: Becoming part of a workforce reduction…Long term: not having enough money to retire comfortably
50. Salty or sweet? Oh, both – at the same time, even!
51. How many keys on your key ring? I can’t count that high (LOL!)
52. How many years at your current job? 10 years with this company, almost 1.5 in current position
53. Favorite day of the week? Saturday!
54. How many towns have you lived in? Oh, crap – that means some counting. Let’s see…Nantasket, Shrewsbury, Natick, Waban and Auburndale MA; North Kingstown and Wickford RI, Rockville MD (all by the time I was 17); Turlock, Santa Ana and Irvine, CA; Mesa and Gilbert AZ; and Spring Hill TN…so that’s 13, but I think I missed one from kiddie-hood. Yeah, Worcester, MA – so 14 towns/cities. 😀
55. Do you make friends easily? I like to think so.

That’s it for now! 😀


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Who’d have thought it was that easy?

So, after my two disastrous tries with making my own flaxseed gel at home, I got up this morning, and having just about zero DevaCurl AnGell left, I had to do something else to keep the hair looking good today. I still have a ton of B’Leave-In which (sadly) does have a-cone (amodimethicone) in it, and I’m still using it (for now). But that’s really not for hold, just to encourage curl.

A few weeks ago, before 13 year old son realized that thick, slightly coarse and incredibly wavy-to-curly hair (a coarse 2b-3a, I’d say) doesn’t grow out well on a boy, I bought him some Aussie brand gel that is cone-free. I hadn’t tried it myself before, didn’t have the nerve (or the patience for the bad-hair-day). But I did use it this morning, just about 2 tsp or so, mixed 50/50-ish with AVG (aloe vera gel, pure). The hair looked pretty darned good today. Good clumping, decent definition, but perhaps a bit…more full than I would have liked. Or something. Can’t define it, just looked different. But not bad.  Just different.

On the knitting front, I’m still working on my Tuscany shawl (Amy Singer, “No Sheep for You”), and now that I’m about 13-14 repeats in, it’s very wide, and a LOT of stitches across, so every row seems interminable.  Ugh!  But, only a couple more repeats, and it should be done.  It will be a while before it gets blocked, though, as my in-laws happen to be sleeping on my blocking surface!  LOL!  I’m also swatching for a spring cardigan of some sort in Plymouth Jeannee Worsted in a pretty shade of light pink.  Love that yarn!  LOVE it.  Just can’t seem to pick a pattern…choices, choices.  If anyone has a great suggestion of something free OR something already in my Ravelry library , let me know what you think. I believe that I get about 20 st/4″ in this yarn, and it’s a really soft and fairly drapey cotton blend…I have 12 skeins, which is 1330 yards. I’m open to suggestions, and the winning recommendation might just result in a yarny gift from my stash. 😉   Alternatively, if you have a great recommendation that’s either free or in my library for about 1600 yards of Plymouth Wildflower DK in a true red, let me know that! I haven’t even swatched that yet, though, so who knows what my gauge will be!

ETA:  So if you want to join the fun of helping me choose a cardigan pattern, some tips:  I’m 5’2″ tall, on the heavier side – size 14-16 petite in good quality clothing, or a size larger in the cheap stuff; 44″ bust, and I don’t like things overly snug.  I have a, um, paunchy belly (?) – hey, I’m 50, I had two c-sections, 7 years apart, and I never met an exercise machine I actually liked.  I lean toward clothes with clean lines but I love lacy things too (as long as the lines are clean!  LOL!) – on the other hand, really complicated charts are far beyond my ability to manage.  I like knitting the easy lace – you know, the kind where the WS is all purl, for instance?  Yeah, I’m that knitter – the one with the attention span and knitting-reading ability of the average flea.  😉 But I don’t want to knit up 5 miles of stockinette, either.  LOL!  Good luck!  IF someone suggest the Perfect Cardigan for Marla to Knit, I believe there’s a tiny bit of sock-friendly wool from a good, well-known and very popular company in my stash…in a limited edition colorway.  (No, it’s not WM or Sundara or something like that, much more mainstream, k?  Oh, and to keep it a secret, I’m taking the entry out of my rav stash, too!  LOL!)



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The ugly smell of failure – x 3

Failure #1

Pop Goes the Ramen!

On Saturday afternoon, while I was out shopping and goofing around with husband and in-laws, my mobile phone rang.  Thinking that it would be my husband calling from the other end of Opry Mills mall to say that he and my father-in-law were done playing in the Man Toy Store (Workshop Tools), I answered it quickly.  It was not the husband, it was the 13 year old son.  Conversation ensues something like this.  While reading, keep in mind that 13 year old is at home with his 20 year old brother, who works in fast food!

Son:  Hi, Mom.

Me:  Hi, Jake.  What’s up?

Son:  Where are you?

Me,  (in my slightly-exasperated voice): At Opry Mills with Dad and your grandparents, why?

Son:  Oh.  Well, I was hungry. (long pause)

Me:  Oh?  And?

Son:  I made some ramen.

Me (becoming slightly more exasperated, but feigning a patient tone):  OK.  So, you ate then?

Son:  Well, no, not exactly.  There was a little problem.

Me:  What was the problem?

Son:  I forgot to put water in the microwave dish.  (another long pause) The ramen kind of burned.

Me:  Oh.  So you burned a package of ramen?  In the microwave?

Son:  Yeah.

Me:  OK.  So, make a sandwich…

Son:  Yeah, I could do that, but…

Me:  Yes?

Son:  Well, um…the bowl kind of melted.  In the microwave.

Me (stupidly):  The bowl melted?  In the microwave?

Son:  Yeah.  What should I do?

Me:  Throw the stuff out, maybe?

Son:  Oh, well, I already did that.  But the house really smells bad now.  And it’s all smokey in here.  We opened the kitchen window and turned on the fan, but it’s not helping much.

Me:  OK, well give it some time.  Any thing else?  I s’pose you’re still hungry, huh?  So, now you can go make a sandwich.

Son:  Yeah, but, Mom…how do I get melted plastic off the thing that turns around in the microwave?

Me:  Ah.  You mean the glass turntable plate?  Well, take it out of the microwave, get a butter knife, and scrape gently…after it’s cooled…blah, blah, blah…

Yup.  He burned ramen.  In the microwave.  When he said that the house smelled funny, I assumed something sort of plastic-y and temporary.  Not a good assumption, by the way.  At any rate, I told him to corral his brother and open ALL of the windows downstairs and let fresh air in.  Then, I went on my merry way.  About an hour later, I’m having lunch with husband and in-laws, and I get a text message from my wonderful 13 year old son:

Son 2 Mom:  Hey, mom.  does melted plastic make carbon monoxide?

Alrighty, then.  Now, if you knew my son, you would know that he is my son, and has a little bit of the melodramatic running through his veins, so I take him with the proverbial grain of salt, and don’t instantly freak out.  Well, actually, I took him with a giant rock of salt this particular time.  I determine that Stupid Older Brother decided that the windows had been open long enough, closed them, and went back to His Cave (his bedroom, where his computer and Xbox 360 live).  So, younger son and I  trade messages for a few moments, while I tell him to re-open all of the windows, both upstairs and down (because he admits that the smell has floated throughout all 2400 sf and 2 stories of my home.  Hell, I think you could smell it in the garage!!).   Then, I mildly ask, “you feeling ok?”, and he says, “I’ve got a headache from the smoke and my eyes are burning, probably also from the smoke.  Why?”  Oy.  So, I send him to take an Advil, grab the dog and the older brother, and go sit on the front porch till we get home.  And, upon arriving home, I discover the horrible odor, determine the my son does not know how to read and follow instructions (because he and his brother are both back in the house, in the living room, playing video games.  The living room is adjacent to the kitchen, mind you.  Oy!).  Luckily, both sons appear to have survived the Burning of the Ramen incident without any further brain damage than that which comes naturally from them being male.  😉

Oh.  My.  Word!  My house still smells like burned popcorn and melted plastic.  And it’s now Monday night.  sigh

Failure #2

The Plot that Didn’t Thicken, aka Flaxseed Gel – take 1

I follow a hair-care routine based on the book, “Curly Girl”, by Lorraine Massey.  Basically, as I mentioned in some earlier posts, “going CG”, as it’s called, means to cease using sulfate shampoos and conditioning/styling products containing silicones. I’ve been using DevaCurl products for several months now, and I like them, but I must admit that, after about 4-5 days of using them, my hair gets kind of…flat…and maybe a little…crunchy/dry. Bleah. So I generally go about 3-5 days and then use the Burt’s Bees Moisture Shampoo (sulfate free, but deadly-drying/stripping) and then slathering my hair with a daily deep conditioner (the leave-it-in-for-3-to-5-minutes kind, as opposed to put-in/rinse-out kind), which results in great, springy, bouncy curls again. But I’m really disappointed to discover the evil ‘cones in hair care products produced by/for Lorraine Massey’s NYC salon, DevaChan.  And I’m almost out of everything except B’Leave-In anyway.  With the recent paycuts (yes, plural – don’t ask!), I can’t really justify buying more of the very pricey Deva-Curl products when there’s ‘cones in them there bottles.  And Jessicurl, possibly the 2nd most well-know CG-friendly hair care line, is even more expensive (although most people say that a small amount goes a longer way with Jessicurl).

So, in an effort to save money, I decide I’ll follow the fine example of so many other curlies that I’ve lost count and make my own hair gel at home. Flax seeds apparently can be used to make a fine hair gel that many curlies just adore. I’ve read all about it on the Naturally Curly Crafters forum on Ravelry, and also on, and it doesn’t look to difficult to make.  So, I hit Whole Foods Market on Saturday afternoon, and grabbed some of the ingredients I could remember – whole flax seeds, some pure aloe vera gel (AVG), some grapefruit seed extract (GSE), jojoba oil, and epsom salts. Then, on Sunday, I got a separate pan, funnel, tea ball, and whisk, so that these would stay “pure” and not be exposed to foods and vice-versa – cuz eating espom salts just sounds gross. And now we’re ready to make gel, following this recipe, right? So. Here we go:

I grab the distilled water and the seeds, put the required (1/4 cup) amount into the tea ball, the cold distilled water in pan, along with the seeds in the ball, and follow the cooking instructions. I got…boiled off water and really sticky flax seeds in my tea ball. Bleah. Maybe it will thicken if I add some of the other stuff, huh? OK, so I do that. Nothing. Maybe it will get thicker upon standing, eh? Nope. Not a bit. Bleah. OK, down the drain goes that mess, while my entire family is taking great pleasure in telling me what an IDIOT I am, without ever actually saying those words. sigh

Failure #3

Another Sticky Wicket, aka Flaxseed Gel – take 2

So, only somewhat discouraged (and pretty much out of DevaCurl AnGell, with no place closer than 80 miles round trip to buy it), I decide I will be undaunted by my failure of last night and try again.  This time, instead of distilled water, I will use the filtered water from my in-door dispenser on the fridge, and I’ll skip the tea ball, since I had a hard time getting the water to cover it in the pan.  So, I get all my stuff ready after supper, and decide that I’ll use fresh seeds this time, since the ones I used last night are sorta…glued to eachother.  LOL! 

I put two cups of fridge water in the saucepan, added 4 tablespoons of seeds, and away we went.  I stirred constantly, and within a few moments of coming to a boil, I could see that it was beginning to thicken!  Yay!   OK, turn down the heat and simmer a while….till it looks like egg whites or (eww!) snot.  So, I’m stirring and cooking and stirring and cooking, and it’s getting thicker.  Finally, it seems to be just a wee bit thinner than egg whites, so I turn off the stove, move the pot to a cool burner, and prepare to strain out the seeds.  Oh, no!  I can’t find my strainer!  I get a pair of panty hose, and my MIL goes to her motorhome and brings in another couple of options.  None of which worked.  The stuff was like GLUE – it clogged up the panty hose, it got stuck in the wire spatter shield, even my regular colander was a no-go.  I even tried putting it back over low, low heat and adding more water to thin it down a little.  Still no joy.  Threw the entire mess (panty hose, plastic bowl and all) into the trash and washed up.  sigh

I am full of fail at flaxseed gel.  I may try one more time tomorrow night, depending upon my tolerance for more teasing from the family.  Or, I may just go to CVS or Walgreens and try to find some CG-friendly gel.  Or maybe I’ll give up and order some Jessicurl.  But that would mean not being able to buy yarn for, well, at least a month…hmmmm….

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Posted by on March 23, 2009 in Life in General, Uncategorized, Work and Home


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Once banned, but not twice shy…

It’s so good to be back on Ravelry. I’ve been reading forums and posting like crazy in my favorite groups since my return, gazed lovingly at my projects page, stash, library, etc., pleased to see everything was just as I’d left it. But I learned some things while I was on my little unintended Ravelry vacation via temporary banning.

1. I learned that I am addicted to Ravelry. (LOL!). Yes, I am. Hello, my name is Marla, and I am addicted. My last Ravelry fix was 45 minutes ago. Guess what? I’m OK with that, I’ve decided that this is an addiction I can live with. Much healthier than my nicotine addiction or my Diet Coke addiction, to say the least! =)
2. I learned that I have some really good friends there, who missed me and stood up for me, pleading my case or just keeping me company on facebook or twitter, the KP community or even live and in person.
3. I learned that I place a high value on the Ravelers I truly care about, and that, while those casual acquaintances are great, they probably don’t belong in my friends list. I want my friends list to reflect those people that I have come to know pretty well, that I care about and that I believe care what happens to me. So one of the first things I did upon being welcomed back into the Ravelry fold was to narrow my friends list down to the people I really want to be friends with. Over the next week or two, I will add more of those important, cared-for folks to the list.
4. And I learned which forums (groups) I really missed, which helped me to weed out the ones I joined just to have them in my group list to “say something about me”, and which ones I really follow, enjoy spending time in, and truly belong in. So one of the next things I did this week, upon returning to the site, was to purge my groups lists of those that I’ve only posted in once or twice (or maybe even not at all), and get the list down to the ones that I really participate in, either by frequently reading or by actually posting there.
5. I also discovered that I really can talk myself into ordering a Ravelry T-Shirt, something I’ve steadfastly refused to do previously. I thought it was sort of silly – a T-shirt for a website? I mean, really? Well, I guess I’m kind of goofy, but there you have it. Once I was welcomed back to the site, post-banning, with open arms, several PMs from friends, and a bunch more friends and acquaintances who barely realized I was gone (LOL!), I knew that I just had to have me one of those Bob-in-the-yarn-pile shirts. So I ordered one yesterday.
6. I learned that there are other ways to spend my time than obsessively surfing Rav forums, patterns and yarns. I could buy some more yarn (not an economical choice, and I’d probably do that with or without Ravelry!!).

But I could organize my yarn stash.

The neatly stored and sorted stash, residing in my walk-in closet

The neatly stored and sorted stash, residing in my walk-in closet



















Or neaten up my knitting books and magazines.

Books in a box (that used to hold yarn stash)

Books in a box (that used to hold yarn stash)















Or swatch for a pretty spring cardigan.

Plymouth Jeannee Geeky Thing

Plymouth Jeannee Geeky Thing















Or spend a little time with one of my WIPs:

Tuscany by Amy R. Singer, No Sheep for You, in Ella Rae Silkience

Tuscany by Amy R. Singer, "No Sheep for You", in Ella Rae Silkience















7. I learned that I can knit Continental style, and it probably is a bit faster. But I cannot purl Continental style worth a damn. Seed stitch? HOPELESS! Sigh….that knit stitch sure seems speedy when I just scoop that yarn up and move on to the next stitch…
8. Unfortunately, I also learned that, unless I’m working garter stitch, I pretty much prefer knitting English style. Because my Continental purling is sooooooo slow and clumsy, I’m faster overall if I knit English. 😛
9. And finally, I learned that I must, ordinarily, have the most boring, dull, uninteresting blog in all of the interwebz, because I have had more traffic since Saturday, March 14 (start of my period of time as one of the Ravelry Banned) than I had in any six months of 2008!!

I mostly blog in order to talk to myself in a way that doesn’t encourage the people around me to send for a pretty white jacket with the wrap-around sleeves and send me to visit a rubber-padded room. Still, it’s nice to think that someone, somewhere finds my jabbering even a little bit interesting. So all this lovely traffic has been nice, but I do expect it to dwindle back to normal very soon (damn it). I hope that some of those searching the internet for tales of Ravelry banishment woe in all of its gory detail will have enjoyed my prose enough to come back soon! It’s not much, but you’ll have continuing opportunities to read of my knitting adventures, life with my three oversized pre-schoolers (my husband and two sons), and other such random musings.

And with that, I leave my lovely readers with this fabulous thought for the worker bees among you:

Thank goodness it’s FRIDAY! 

(Don’t get me wrong – I love my job 99.5% of the time. But I love my personal time, too! :D)


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I’m BACK!!

Yay! I’m not banned from Ravelry anymore. I’m pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming! I still really wish I knew how I got caught up in this, but for now, I’m just happy that it’s OVER!!

Sadly, it’s almost 11:00 pm, and I don’t have time to either (a) get caught up on all the forum stuff I missed, or (b) post extensively about being reinstated.

For now, I’ll settle for this quick note, and say “Thank you, Casey, Jess and unknown-lawyer-named-Craig, for giving me back my Ravelry!”

(sorry if the Rav love creeps anybody out…my husband is totally disappointed that he doesn’t get the chance to attempt to write the “Banned by Ravelry Blues” for me…I think it’s probably all for the best, because what he had written so far? Yeah, well, it kinda sucked…LOL!)


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