Thursday, March 29, 2007
Hah! I finally found a way to keep my yarn safe from the deadly grasp of Mona- wool hunter extraordinaire. One of my knitting students, Anita, made me this ball keeper from an empty tub of ice cream.
Step one- Eat tub of ice cream.
Step two- Pierce small hole in top of tub.
Step three- Insert yarn.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I tried a new recipe this weekend that a friend of a friend found in a Weight Watchers cookbook. You take a box of chocolate cake mix, add a 12 oz diet coke, stir and bake. These cupcakes were so moist and chocolately...and they didn't have eggs or butter! You have to try it. Sometimes knitters need little sugar.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
No, I am not trying to get mushy here or anything of the sort. But I did want you all to know that The Yarn Grove is going to donate a percentage of our net proceeds from Duet Sock Yarn sales to an Earth Angel named Bernie, who runs A Place to Bark and Meow. A Place to Bark and Meow is a no-kill foster and adoption animal rescue. You can read more about Bernie here at her blog. We first heard about Bernie after reading Vickie Howell's blog entry - subject "ears" for Noel (WARNING EXTREMELY heart-wrenching story) .
Just wanted to share that with you. There are so many Earth Angels...
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
The cutest yarn girls in the Rocket City if you ask me! This is my beloved knit and crochet club. We meet every Monday to laugh, cry, complain, and...oh yeah, knit.
On the far left, we have Becky. She's only been knitting for a few weeks, but you can see that the "blue blob" is actually beginning to look like a pot holder. We have great expectations for her. Next is Jill, president and knitter extraordinaire. She's working on the lacy edge of a beautiful skirt. Jill is always the first to try something new, and we look to her for advise and ideas. Next, you'll see the lovely and talented Lisa, who is a beginner in knitting, but a master of crochet. She's making cute little slippers. Next, is yours truly. Then, the lovely and talented Kari, who currently is suffering from a little knitter's block. Don't worry, I know she'll pull through. Kari loves trying new stitches, and is a scarf master. Last, but not least, we have Kim, the newest member of the crew. She just found out she's going to be an Auntie, so she's making baby hats like a mad woman. Not pictured is Rachel, our bride to be. She can knit and crochet with the best of them.
Well, this is us! We drink lots of espresso and get into all sorts of trouble. Sounds fun, huh?
Check out this video Jill sent me- super funny for knitters and crocheters.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
For the past 3 weekends, Chris has gone out of town on business. The first weekend, I was too sad to knit. The next weekend, I was too angry to knit. But this weekend, well this weekend was just right! I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's twice, The Devil Wears Prada three times, and the entire 4th season of The Golden Girls, and I finished the "Frenchy Tank Top" from Interweave Knits. I made it from the wool I dyed with Kool Aid. I have a cute lacy cami I will wear under it. As much fun as I had this weekend, I was glad when my Hubbie got home this afternoon.
Is winter finally over? It was 70 degrees today!!!
Goings on at The Yarn Grove - still working on our new website which should launch in a couple of weeks. Very time consuming but will be worth it for traffic reasons. We will keep you updated on that. 2 new yarns to be added to our line-up coming in very soon, thanks to all of your suggestions... I think you will be pleased.
Hope your weekend was as great as mine. Time to catch up on blog reading tonight as well...
Friday, March 09, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
I have learned, as a new puppy parent, that when Junior is quiet or I do not see him in a scan of the room I am in, something is up. So yesterday, while working on our new website (yes we are building a new website which will launch soon) I was on the phone with technical support to walk me through a process I was having trouble with and when I hung up, I noticed the silence...
As I come around the corner, I see that Junior has pulled a huge pack of gum out of my mom's purse which was sitting on the floor and is chewing on it. He is having a grand ol' time. Now at this point, my mind is lighting up like a pin ball machine and I remember something about gum with something in it being not so good for dogs... So, you guessed it, I called my vet's office. I state only the facts (I left the part out where it looked like Junior was blowing bubbles) and the "new" girl there told me she knew chocolate was bad but had never heard about gum. I don't take this as an answer and ask her to please check with someone else there and call me back...
I decide to do my own research on Google and come up with the word Xylitol. Sure enough, xylitol is a sweetener which can be found in sugar-free chewing gum, candy and baked goods, and can be very harmful if a dog ingests large amounts of this. I cannot read the wrapper because he already chewed through it but I now look up the phone number to Wrigley's in Chicago- ring ring - Oh yeah, I get a live person. She wants my name, zip code, etc. but I told her I wasn't calling to complain - I just want to know if Xylitol is in this gum and "do you realize this can be deadly to animals". She informs me that only one of their gums has that in it and it was not the one my mom chewed - I mean Junior chewed - Why the heck didn't my vet's office call me back? Someone dropped the ball and I'll be having a church chat with them tomorrow about that when I take Junior to have his staples removed...
So calling all animal parents.... don't let your animals chew gum!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Since I have a subscription to two different knitting magazines (one from Mimi and one from Jane) I never buy myself knitting books. On my last trip to Barnes and Noble, however, I saw a book I couldn't live without. Its called "Twinkle's Big City Knits" and every pattern is knitted with needles size 13 and larger. You know how I love the chunky! I want to make every single pattern in the book. There isn't a thing I wouldn't wear. I better run...I've got a lot of knitting to do!