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Brian Got A Job!!!

Yep thats right, WOOOHOOO!! *said as I jump for Joy!*

The move is coming along we have finished the drywall on the second floor of my mom’s house and have started moving some stuff down there including my main stash other than the 2pr of socks I’m working on.

I would like to say Thank You to everybody who has ordered from Ray at Knitivity Yarns to help him recover from Hurricane Ike. If you have been keeping up with his blog you know he is able to get back online at the Library and that his brother Scott is taking care of printing off and sending the orders we are all sending him. Hopefully he will be able to start processing them soon and will be officially back in business.

The Knit-n-Stitch is also being moved (since its online that part will be easy) and I am in the process of getting a new e-mail, phone and snail mail contact info processed. We may or maynot have to go to temop contact info depending on how fast we can get our permanent stuff taken care of. However the plan is to keep it open unless there are problems then we will close temporarily and will post it here as well as on the home page to let everybody know. The redesign is coming along and as soon as we can get everything set back up it will be implemented 🙂

I’d also like to thank everybody for the well wishes and good luck vibes sent our way while Brian was Job Hunting!! You guys are great! Sorry I havent posted more in recent weeks but moving has that effect and as soon as we get all that taken care of I promise to blog more frequently and have more knitting, kitties and flower pics 🙂

See ya all in the next day or so!


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And Summer of Socks 08 has ended, bummer LOL!

Sep 1 2008 at 12:01AM was the offical kick off time for this years Sockdown challenges and looking at the Sep Sockdown thread on Ravelry ( main page you’ll have to sign in or request an invite) There were several members that waited up just long enough to catch the first Mystery sock clue and to cast on for their socks 🙂

September’s Challenges include: any Cookie A. Pattern in any color yarn (you should see the number of Monkeys being done), any sock pattern in Orange yarn (from a very light orange to terra cotta etc) and/or the Mystery Sock in Orange Yarn. Sounds easy enough….Yeah….who knew there would be so many variations of orange yarn 🙂 Debi (Fluffyknitterdeb on Ravelry) Susan (Justkeepknitting) and Baseballknitter (sorry dont remember her name) have been up to their eyeballs in orange yarn pic. You see there was a qualification on the orange yarn….the yarn has to be atleast 75% orange, LOL! Basically they want us to step outside our color comfort zone and they want anybody to be able to look at the socks produced and say “thats an orange sock”. Varigated yarns are allowed as long as they meet the 75% rule of thunb.

I have cast on for 2 of the challenges this month; Cookie A.’s Monkey (yes another pair) in CTH Sugar Maple (not 75%) and Spring Forward in Knitivity Uptowne Road (discontinued) California Spring (75% or more). I am loving both of the yarns, and am enjoying myself immensly with them. Heres some cast on pics…

 Monkey Ribbing 🙂

 And the start of Spring Forward, as you can see I got it started late last nite and ended up stopping after the curent row being worked was done after I caught myself knitting in my sleep again 🙂

Thats all for now, I’ll post pics of Mama’s Cardi and Uncle Atchie’s Sweater swatch either tomorrow or Thursday when I get them out to work on (have to take pics of them first…OOPS 🙂 Am gonna wait a day or 2 so I can catch up on my sleep (Brian having funerals to work and being gone doesnt do any good for me and sleep) and not wake myself up knitting in my sleep on one of the sweaters. 

See ya tomorrow and enjoy the SUnshine Kitty pic below:

 Isnt Charlie such a purrrty girl 🙂

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Boy does it poor!!!!

Yesterday eve we got a death call, and I bet you can guess where this is headed… Yep, 2 more in the last 3 hrs GRRRRR. Yes its a good thing but; Brian is trying to job hunt and cant when there are funerals pending. 2 of them are cremations so that helps but the third one is a full Funeral so that kinda screws up the entire weekend ARGHHHHHHHH!

Am gonna go back to my regularily scheduled Ravelry browsing will finish this post later.

And I never made it back, oops :-0 Sorry bout that

Well the above mentioned funeral is on Tuesday so job hunting is out till atleast Wednesday depending on how tired he is.

I’ve gotten about halfway down the flap of the DSS Soldier Sock I’ve been working on as well as swatching a possible contender for the orange socks for SKASEP08 Challenge. It seems like it will be 75% Orange and if the Moderators over there agree Its gonna become Spring Forward starting Monday 🙂 I will also be doing a Cookie A sock for September in Cherry Tree Hill Sugar Maple  which is only 33% Orange but is really pretty in its own right. I’ve been waiting  to use those 2 skeins for a while now and fully plan to in the next month. It is a good thing that each challenge is 2 mo long because along with working on my SKA Challenges I am also gonna be working on Christmas Presents 2 of which are sweaters YIKES 🙂 I have my work cut out for me, guess I better start knitting and not Raveling as much LOL!

See ya’ll either Mon or Tue and Have a Nice Holiday Weekend!

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Brian found this new free game site called Travian and once he got set up had me babysit his game off and on and then decided it would be fun for me to join him in the game… SO Now I have a Non-Knitting, non-Knit-n-Stitch, non-Ravelry computer thingy to play with, SHEESH… 🙂 This game from the way he plays is definitely a time suck of epic proportions!

 And We have an FO!! I finished weaving in the ends yesterday, got them washed, blocked and into a baggie to save for Christmas Gift Giving! They are really comfy but are on the small side for me so will gift them to a smaller footed person. I started the gauge swatch for Uncle Atchie’s Sweater, am using the Lion Brand Wool Ease form his boot socks last yr and the Brick Pullover by Kathy Zimmerman. The pattern seems to be intuitive but obly time will tell LOL! I may however have to go up a needle size or 2 for gauge esp since the yarn I’m using is worsted and the pattern calls for DK, pic of swatch to come when its far enough along for one. I am also, as soon as I get done here (and with the dishes too…YUCK) gonna cast on for Mama’s Cardi hopefully since the stitch pattern is easy to do I will be far enough along to post pics of it Monday Tuesday.

Speaking of Monday…I will be away from the blog for that day and hopefully only that day (crosses fingers) for Jury Duty. Will take some knitting with me (I think I can find some bamboo needles somewhere around here) so I can keep busy and not be bored while waiting. Unlike my hubby I doubt very seriously I’ll have someone there to chat with that i know (he had my sister lucky devil).

Thats all for today, will be back Tuesday (or maybe Sunday if I have pics to post) So see ya’ll then!

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It’s not just an Illusion

 I am still knitting!! I currently have 5 of 9 foot repeats done and am working on number 6. When they are done I’ll use my handy dandy coat hanger sock blockers to block them on and then put them up for Christmas present number 1 YAAHOO!!  I have several other WIPS I need to finish as well, and they will get done as soon as possible but as soon as I kitchener the toe shut my Grandma’s Cardi will be OTN and worked on along with finishing my other WIPS. I cant wait to use the Dream in Color Classy, it is so soft and sproingy 🙂 I have found the Sweater pattern to use for my Uncle as well and hopefully I have enough of the Lion Brand Wool Ease worsted to make it, if not I guess it will be a trip to Hobby Lobby or Order it from myself LOL for me! I am gonna  do the Brick Pullover from Interweave Knits Summer 2008 for him and am relatively sure he will like it 🙂 

Life is about to interfere with some of my knitting, blogging, and Ravelry time. Brian is looking for a job in Arkansas so we will be moving sometime in the next month or so to my folk’s place as a temporary landing spot and then building a place out by them (will start clearing the area this winter when cutting wood for heat) as well as helping them to finish their house. I  am gonna try to get as many of my WIPS done before then except of course for the 2 sweaters and a pair or 2 of socks (instant gratification projects HEHE) so that moving my stash wont be to hard. The move wont affect the Knit-n-Stitch other than to temporarily slow down shipping times as we will be sure to have the phone and internet set up down there before we move. I just hope that Brian will find the job of his dreams sooner rather than later and wont have to take a filler job in the meantime. His mom isnt gonna be to happy with us moving but for Brian’s peace of mind it is necessary for us to get outa the Rocky/Wheaton area and get a fresh start where he can find a good, well paying job and get away from all the stressors here, other than me of course 🙂

I will try to document some of the move experiences when I can with and without pics it oughta be alot of fun!

I leave ya with a pic of Bug doin what she does best… What a sweet nuggly kitty she is 🙂

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Yep we had a blind incident yesterday that involved KooKoo, Me, Brian, Josey and a pair of scissors. I tried to hold on to him while Brian and Josey got the scissors out so we could cut KooKoo’s foot outa the blind but since my hands have so little strength in them I wasnt able to hold him effectively and ended up with multiple bite wounds most of which are just tender to touch now except my right thumb where he really got ahold of me it is swollen and tender 🙂

Here are the pics of his foot and my thumb The bites are hard to see esp since taking a pic of your own hand is difficult but the punctures  are the dots across my thumb and inbetween the thumb and finger.  This picture is of KooKoo’s foot after he finally let me see it. Poor little guy was so scared, hurt, and mad that he hid from us for a few hrs. He was back to his normal running and jumping self this am with no favoring of the foot at all! Thank Goodness for small miracles! One side effect of yesterday Blind escape…he hasnt gotten into the window through the blinds today LOL 🙂

I started some work on the Knit-n-Stitch today, no changes to the site per see but I have adjusted the Shipping charges.  There has been some controversy on Ravelry about Shipping and Handling charges specifically the handling part as if the small store owners are ripping people off because we have to add the surcharges we get charged to prices some how, they are saying that we are charging them for “handling” their orders. That just isnt true in all cases. I wish there was a way to absorb the extra charges that are coming but for me anyway there isnt and I have to find a way to work it out. My reasoning for adjusting my Shipping prices isnt because of those accusations; I decided I needed to charge less because my competition does and I have to be able to make the Knit-n-Stitch work even if it means I take a loss on shipping. We are gonna be adding some Cross Stitch patterns in the next update (sometime this next week) and some new yarns including a SIlk Bamboo blend from Patons that is Super Yummmy soft and silky 🙂 Dont forget after the 1st of Sepember 2008 sock yarns and sock related items will be back to normal prices so stock up now while they are available and relatively cheap.

My WIPS Wrestling projects are coming along even with the KooKoo induced injury I am about halfway done with the second sock of Illusions Pair and am almost 50% done with my DSS Soldier Socks, pics to come in the next day or so depending on my camera’s behavior.

Thats all for today. See ya’ll tomorrow 🙂

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 This is where my DSS (Desert Sand Socks for SFS) were at when Ravelympics started Friday 2in and 1in respectively. And here is where they are as of yesterday when I took the pic…Since I started these after June 21st they also qualify for Summer of Socks and for my Sock Knit Along group too as they are a UFO 🙂 WHy yes I am triple dipping but hey…its allowed!

I made some progress on Thelonious also before I put them up to work on the DSS. It is through the heel turn and I have started the gusset decreaes.  I have also done a few rounds on Brians’s sock but not enough to show any progress and I still need to cast on the second Illusion Sock (sorry Laura). This will be done before the Olympics is finished however. Speaking of Laura…she has a new pattern website check it out at Fiber Dreams. All of her finished patterns are up and ready for you to purchase and enjoy, of course you could just order them from the Knit-n-Stitch and I would really be happy HEHE 🙂

Charlie was in a rare mood yesterday…first she gave Bligh a bath instead of starting a fight with him, then she sat in my lap and purrred. Brian and I couldnt figure out just what was up with her, other than the yarn that was in my lap at the time. Other than that the kitties have been their usual lazy bum selves just lying around taking naps. Well…except when theres Nip involved that is,  This is the aftermath of Nip intoxication…Bligh is the one just laying there watching Bug and KooKoo playing Slappy Paw (Bug’s favorite game). Charlie is attacking the bed and not included in the Tabby Games 🙂

Will try to have some more updated pics either tomorrow or Thursday. Off to work on my Soldier Socks some more 🙂

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