On this day...

Stolen off of Lesley's Blog...

The rules are to go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday month and day only. Then post 3 events, 2 births and 1 holiday that occurred on your birthday, then tag 5 friends.

1783 - American Revolutionary War: The war ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1939 - World War II begins when France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, starting the Allies.
1995 - eBay founded.

Births: (I couldn't just do two!)
1875 - Ferdinand Porsche, Austrian automotive engineer (d. 1951)
1965 - Charlie Sheen, American actor
1976 - Jevon Kearse, American football player
1986 - Shaun White, American snowboarder

United states - Labor Day, 2007 - Whee! I get my birthday off this year!

If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged.

PRGE mini-swap questionnaire

I had so much fun with the last PRGE swap, I had to sign up again... I give you the questionnaire.

1. Why are you punk?

I guess it's because I do what I feel is me without worrying about what people may percieve. That, and I like loud rock music. :)

2. What are your five favorite things? (these don't have to be knit related)

Trail riding on horseback, wearing something you've made and getting compliments, sunrises on the beach, a good thriller movie, and singing along to the radio at the top of my lungs.

3. What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet?

A pair of Fetching, Clapotis, and a recycled sari silk hat.

4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday?

Yarn I have never worked with before, neato knitting notions/accessories, regional goodies from places far away from where I live, maybe a CD of music that my swap pal likes, and chocolate never hurts.

5. What are your three favorite yarns? What are your three least favorite yarns?

So far, my favorites are Tofutsies sock yarn, Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock, and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Three least favorites: Lion Brand Homespun, Lion Brand suede, and most novelty yarns.

6. What are your five favorite delicasies?

Rare Filet Mignon, Tuna sushi/sashimi, a good microbrew, Lobstah (I AM from New England..) and anything wrapped in bacon.

7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures?

The Housewives of Orange County, They Might Be Giants, and What Would Tyler Durden Do?

8. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here?

Hmm.. not sure.. ask me anything!

I actually finished something.

For the amount of time it took me to get these done, I'm glad I like them. With buying a house and moving, there wasn't a lot of time for knitting lately, but late Wednesday might, I finally finished!Chipper Jones doesn't look as happy as I am that they are finally done..
Pattern is Hedera from Knitty. Yarn used was Tofutsies. I love this yarn! I just found out that my LYS is going to have some sort of a deal with the Tofutsies people and they will be getting limited edition colorways. Whee! My only "meh" on the socks is that I probably should have used a solid color yarn to show off the lace better, but I don't own any solid color sock yarn. :) The lace pattern was super easy to memorize, and once I had time to sit and knit, they zipped along.

I cast on two new projects last night. A pair of Jaywalker socks, and a Shedir hat. (Links are in the sidebar.) The socks are for me, but the hat is for a friend who was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and every doctor's appointment seems to bring more bad news. There will be lots of good wishes and prayers knit into the hat for her, and I hope it shines a little light in an otherwise dark and dismal situation. It's also the hardest cabling I've ever done, so hopefully I'll learn a lot from it as well.

Happy summer to you all!

I love my mailman.

Not in *that* way, though. Look what I got today!Knit Picks "Shadow" in Lost Lake, for to make a Triangle Shawl.
Knit Picks "Memories" Sock yarn in Fly Fishing and Hawaii. Bet you can guess which is which. This stuff is so soft and sproingy. And it was on sale. Yahtzee! I also got some more undyed sock yarn and a few jars of acid dyes to play with.
And since I lack any new FOs (my Hederas were done until I realized I had screwed up the decreases on the toe of the first sock and had to rip it out to redo it), here's one of my favorite bags I have knit, getting ready for its first summer appearence.
Pattern is Cocktail Monkey, from Knitty.
I lined the inside with fabric-covered plastic canvas. It never seemed to be able to retain any degree of stiffness and would wither after one use after blocking. So, Plan B seems to be working for now.

It was nice to come home from work to a box o'goodies today. Work has been incredibly irritating, to say the least. I work in a pathology lab, for a large scientific company. In the past 6 months, corporate offices have decided, all of a sudden, that they don't like the way we're doing ANYTHING, and have decided to change all the rules. Down to the dress code. To the point where the shoes that I have worn in the lab, for the past 2 years, are banned. Why? Who knows. Rumor is that they're too informal. All henpecking aside, I'm done working for the man. This latest bullcrap is the last straw in a big pile of poo. (The new building that we're moving to has security cameras. Everywhere. Hello, Big Brother?? Do I need you to have a camera focused on my cubicle? Seriously.) So, I'm ready to fire up the dyepots and make me some pretty handpained sock yarns and sell em on Etsy. Except for the fact that DH would kill me right now if I quit my job right after we bought a house. Ha! That would be an interesting conversation.

Well, at least I'll be on vacation in a few weeks. Maybe I just need time away from everything. One can hope that will remedy the situation. Thank you, I shall step off my soapbox, and you may now return to your regularly scheduled program.


I had to take this one and see.. seeing as I am a member of quite an organized religious demonination....

You fit in with:

40% spiritual.
40% reason-oriented.

Your ideals are mostly spiritual, but in an individualistic way. While spirituality is very important in your life, organized religion itself may not be for you. It is best for you to seek these things on your own terms.

Take This Quiz at QuizGalaxy.com

Interesting, but not surprising.. :)

I'm baaaack...

You really don't appreciate something until it's gone sometimes... in this case, teh interwebs. Lordy, three weeks of no access at home, and restricted access at work, AND it being the last package of the PRGE? Just too much, so, in the words of Inigo Montoya, lemme sum up:

I moved. Successfully. All is well in that regard, and hopefully life will return to some semblance of normalcy sometime soon.

I got my third PRGE package from Leigh the other day... (I forget which day, they've all been running together...)
Whee! I got a bag of munchie stuff (Which the DH has already consumed most of...), a pair of freezie mugs (THE best for keeping the barley sodas cold), a pair of gold hoops, a super cute notecard, a sunglass case, and...
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Colorway Tahoe. I am in love. Thanks again, Leigh!
I did take a little time off from packing and moving and unpacking for a little fun..
I went to the Red Sox/Indians game on Memorial Day. A friend of mine at work actually won a pair of tickets for our company's luxury box.. it was sweeeeet. Two words: FREE BEER.

Not much knitting getting done these days. I finally sat down to finish off the pair of Hederas that I started forever ago. They're almost done, one more night of work and I can block em, I hope. I do want to make this before the summer's over too.. I should come up with a definitive "To-Knit" list. I've got stuff bookmarked, but no organized list.. I need to get on Ravelry.. :)

The vet came out to the barn the other day to do spring vaccinations, and she thought the filly was 3 or 4 months old.. try 6 weeks. She's gonna be a big girl. Pictures from last night...

She still doesn't have a name. We're stumped. Anything we come up with seems too plain. Her mom's name is Ebony Chick (bo-ring) and mom's mom had "Shiloh" somewhere in her name.. We went through Ivory Chick, Quick Chick, Chick's Ghost Dancer, Shiloh's MisChick, Sweet Apache Chick.. you name it, we tried it. They're just not interesting enough. Hopefully we'll stumble on something. I figure, if she's such a special horse, she'll tell us what her name is. so, I'm waiting for her to let us know. :)

I'm not dead yet...


So, the move happened. And, in the interest of brevity, I have too much stuff and it's going to take me for-evah to get it all unpacked. The kicker? I have no internet access until June 14th. Yeah. See, when I called the phone company to have my service moved to the new house, I asked specifically if my DSL would be moved on the same day as well. They said yes. So, after finding out that the phone line had been torn off the house and thrown into the woods by the previous owners (it's always something...), the nice phone tech guy rigged up a line so I could at least have phone service. I then tried to get online, to no avail, and after some customer service calls, was told that I'd have to wait. In the meantime, I have a trial dial-up account, except 45 minutes on hold three separate times and they still can't get me the number and passwords and stuff to login. grrrr.

So, quick blog from work today as I get ready to go home. Just wanted to say hi to y'all, let you know I'm still here! And Roxtarchic, I can beat yer turkeys.. I had a fawn in my front yard for 15 minutes the other morning. Didn't even get a picture of him, I was too amazed by the little guy. And we have a big fat rabbit that seems to frequent the front lawn as well, hope I can snap some pics one of these days.. and then get an internet connection at home so I can share them with you.. :)

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