Swap Virgin No More

I’ve been watching others out in the knit blogging world participate in yarn swaps pretty much since I started reading knit blogs a couple of years ago. When I found the Swap on a Budget group on Ravelry, I knew it was for me. The budget was $20 per swapper and my swap partner put together a fantastic package!

Not pictured is the beautiful hand-made card which I plan to keep forever. Thank you so much GumbyGooGoo!

Also, back at the beginning of May I won a blog contest! (Another first, w00t!)

If you haven’t discovered the Faery Knitting Podcast yet, I urge you to run over to iTunes and subscribe to it right now. At the start of each episode, Spinnerin reads a fairy tale then, after some insightful commentary on it, she rambles on about her goats and her garden (and her knitting, of course). She has a very pleasant speaking voice and is a fantastic reader. It’s an enjoyable and relaxing podcast, and I strongly urge you to check it out.

Now, I’m off to knit and read for the rest of the weekend. Cheers!



I was tagged by Eyre for this meme last week. Sorry I haven’t gotten to it until now. It seems like everyone has done it by now. Oh well, here we go:

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

It was the year I moved out of my parent’s home and into my first apartment. It was the year I met my (now) husband. It was the year I graduated from college and moved to Connecticut to be with him. Big big changes, that year.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

Do some laundry, mainly towels. Wash the dishes. Head over to Trader Joe’s at some point. Take Isaac to his art class down at the Farm School. Knit.

3) Snacks I enjoy:

Chocolate. Potato Chips. Coffee. Carrots w/ Hummus. Chocolate.

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Start alternative energy company and/or support the company that is developing this.

5) Places I have lived:
Utah, California, Idaho, Connecticut, New York

5 peeps I want to know more about: I’m not big on the tagging, so feel free to lift this meme for your own blog. If you do, make sure you link back to me so I can see your answers. Although, my TAS might do this meme. Also, we haven’t seen any posts from Quirky Mom in a while–wonder what she’s up to.

off topic · random

Don’t Just SIT There!!

Down at our local Memorial Day parade, I was the only one of all the people around me who clapped, cheered, waved, and made any sort of noise for the veterans, politicians, marching bands and assorted community groups participating in the parade. The other people near me looked at me like I was some sort of crazy person. Television has turned us into a nation of watchers.

off topic

This is just to say

I was listening to this episode of This American Life on the way home from somewhere the other day and in the second act, they talk about the famous poem by William Carlos Williams “This is just to say”. According to TAL contributor Sean Cole, this poem is among the “most spoofed poems around.” The examples they read were hilarious and I, like many others, was inspired to do my own parody of it. It’s about the fate of my first attempt at knitting socks.

This is just to say (from the dog)
by Jen

I have eaten
the sock project
that was in
your knitting basket

and which
you were probably
working on
for a while

Forgive me
it was delicious
so stringy
and so crunchy

Knitting · wip wednesday

WIP Wednesday

The Feather & Fan Cardigan is coming along.

I am seriously looking forward to the stockinette stitch portion. Oh wait. I have one more of these to do. *grumble*


I got nothin’

Not even a cat picture. A renewed commitment to the Feather and Fan Cardigan is driving me to shut down my computer more frequently and for longer in order to free up knitting time. There have been repeated incidents of frogging and tinking, so the going is slow. Hopefully I will make some progress by tomorrow for a WIP Wednesday post. Cheers!



Today’s my birthday! Hooray for me!

35 has been great so far. I had myself a little birthday party with all my best girlfriends. I had planned on everyone being able to knit, but since it’s been so long since we all have been in the same room, we spent the whole time catching up and eating cake. It was a wonderful birthday anyway! :-)

cute kids · off topic

From the Trenches (of Motherhood), Act II

Here’s an actual conversation I had with the boys after narrowly avoiding being attacked mauled to death by a stupid, aggressive dog (one of these) that lives near us.

Me: I-6, I want you guys to say away from that dog. That’s a dangerous dog and I don’t want you guys to get bitten.

I-6: Yeah, that dog is really mean. His eyes were really big and he was barking and growling!

Me: That’s right, he was going to bite you. Stay away. You hear me E2?

E2: I’m going to eat that doggie!

Me (laughing): What? You’re gonna eat him?!

E2: Yeah, he’s really yummy! (rubbing his belly) My favorite!

Me: Alrighty then.


off topic

Best. Zombie. Movie. Evar.

Go over to Netflix right NOW and add this movie to your queue. Move it to the top of your list. You won’t regret it.


ADHD Claims Another Victim

If you examine the following photo closely and compare it to the previous photo of the Feather and Fan Cardigan which was posted last time, you’ll see that the knitter is actually behind where she was before. This might because she is quite possibly an idiot who may or may not be good at following directions.