Tuesday, January 29, 2008


So... I had hoped to have the Central Park Hoodie done by the 25th... ha ha ha... it was close... had the back done, the right and left front done, and one of sleeves done... and said... hmm I think I need to try this on... toooooooooooooooooooo small... actually not tooooooooo toooooooo small, and I probably could have worn it the way it was, but yea... too small... so I've ripped it out ... again... and have cast on the back... again...

On another front... I will be at the Dickens Festival in Riverside Calif (depending on the weather) on Saturday and Sunday... working with 'no idle hands' with my spinning wheel, cards, and wool!

Monday, January 21, 2008

No it isn't

A friend of mine... decided that it was time to try to check out... whoever / whatever you believe in said no its not...

Right now I am angry at her... I understand the feeling but... getting attention that way is not the right way...

Suicide is Painless
(Theme from M*A*S*H*)

Through early morning fog I see,
Visions of the things to be,
The pains that are withheld for me,
I realize and I can see...


That suicide is painless.
It brings on many changes.
And I can take or leave it if I please.

I try to find a way to make,
All our little joys relate,
Without that ever-present hate,
But now I know that it's too late, and...


The game of life is hard to play,
I'm gonna lose it anyway.
The losing card I'll someday lay,
So this is all I have to say.


The only way to win is cheat,
And lay it down before I'm beat,
And to another give my seat,
For that's the only painless feat.


The sword of time will pierce our skins.
It doesn't hurt when it begins.
But as it works its way on in,
The pain grows stronger...watch it grin, but...


A brave man once requested me,
to answer questions that are key.
Is it to be or not to be?
And I replied 'Oh why ask me?'


'Cause suicide is painless.
It brings on many changes.
And I can take or leave it if I please.

...And you can do the same thing if you choose.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Harp Music!

A few days ago, an artist on one of the groups that I belong to put up a blurb asking for 'reviewers' for his harp cd... I said that I would take a listen, and put something up on my meanderings...

The cd is In Faerie by Harpsidhe ... I was / am happily impressed... I haven't listened to alot of harp music, even tho I have Margaret Rose... the harp that was gifted to me by a fellow harpist... I find the music very relaxing, and my fingers want to find the strings and pluck along... Please give a listen to his snippets, and support him!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Production knitting...

I have a greater admiration for those who can do production knitting... I have found that I cannot... sigh...

And by production I mean sitting for hours and hours and hours and just knitting... I did that to my self this past weekend, working on the cph sweater, and on a pair of slipper sox I had been commissioned to do...

I found out that the 1st sleeve of the cph sweater was way off measurement wise, so I jumped into the frog pond and ripped back to where the 1st error was... put that part back onto the circular needle and continued working on the matching sleeve... I had already started the 2nd sleeve, and finished it yesterday... and hurray for being able to 'tweak' the pattern just a hair to fit me... and re-did the sleeve... after binding off that sleeve, I went back to the 1st sleeve, and have gotten to the 1st increase / cable...

I also finished the slipper sox for my building mate, remembered that I can do a sock (short 10 row cuff) in about 5 - 6 hours... I have done a pair of socks in 12 hours... working moderately non-stop, and again remember why my hands hurt so much after doing that!

Today... I swear on my bag o' knitting and my new magazines (spin-off and hand knits) that I will not touch the needles - except to put them away for a day or two or maybe even three!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Hurray for templates...

So... I've been working on the cph sweater... and have the back, and the left and right front done... I thought I had a sleeve done, but something just didn't feel right... I looked at the template, and the measurements... and yeppers... the sleeve is unhappy... sigh... so I've started the '2nd' sleeve, which will actually be the 1st sleeve, and will jump into the frog-pond and go rippity rippity and rip out the other one... not completely, just to where it's 'right'... (only 90% rip out instead of 100... as if that is any consolation!

Monday, January 07, 2008

mommie soup... and cph progress...


This weekend... I got the call for 'mommie soup... and gathered up the ingredients for said animal for my sick girlies who are vegetarian... (If you wanted you could use a ham bone... left over chicken, what ever meat you wanted... )

1 pkg of multi-bean soup... 15 bean soup is grand, just don't use the seasoning packet
1 32 oz vegetable broth (I used the Swanson's broth, in a box...)
1 c rice
1 c barley
1 c split peas
1 pkg lentils

serves 6 with leftovers

I did the quick cook method for the beans...

bring the beans to a hard boil, and boil for 2 minutes... cover the pan, turn off the heat, and let it sit for an hour... dump the beans into a colander and rinse the beans well then place them back in the pot...

add the vegetable broth, then using the box, fill it with water and add that to the pot... 64 oz of fluid.

I seasoned with a bit of salt, pepper, thyme, saffron, curry, chili pepper flakes... you can add what every your heart desires...

bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally, then turn the heat down to medium low... and simmer for about an hour... adding water or more broth as needed...

add the rice, barley and lentels, and 3 more cups of water.

you will have a very thick hearty 'stoup' with enough leftover for freezing for later!

The other thing that I did was gather up yarns that have languished in my stash for way too long, and took them, and various other notions that I was gifted with a couple of weeks ago, to a friend who lives in Tustin... Hurray for de-stashing... (a little anyway - makes room for more... ) and spent the afternoon and evening watching videos, and knitting on the central park hoodie... I now have the back done, both the right front and left front done, and am about 90% done with one of the sleeves... I have enough yarn to do the other sleeve, and then I have to go to a shop such as Michaels... (somewhere that carries Lionbrand woolease) to get 2 more skeins... I know that the odds of finding skeins of the same dyelot are a gazillion to one... so I will settle for a different dye lot... but it will be fine! I think I will be finished with this by the 25th... maybe earlier!!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

A little of this... a little of that...

First off... Happy New Year!!!

I have finished the back, and the left side of the the CPH... and am about 1/3 of the way through the right side... and will post a pix 'later'...

For the holiday I gave my building mate a pair of slipper sox... on Monday (as we both had work to do) she said... could you please make me a 2nd pair of slipper sox so I have a pair for here and a pair for at home... I'll pay you... So... tonight I am off to a lys to get some yarn to make another pair of slipper sox!

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