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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How much do you love sock yarn? Wanna win some? has a "cause" for promotion:  They're giving away a heck of a lot of sock yarn in their Socks For Life giveaway.  Check it out:

Win Socks for Life! Well the yarn, you’re on your own after that.
(Vancouver, BC) “To be fair, it’s actually only a 25 year supply, so we can only hope the winner dies early to keep me an honest woman.” - Nikki Smith, VP
After extensive research discovered two key issues which continue to plague the world which we’d like to help bring to an end.
  1. Some people have hobbies other than knitting (idiots)
  2. Other (marginally insane) people buy socks at Costco 
“With one final blow we’ll give someone years of knitting and make it so they never need to succumb to Fruit of the Loom again.” - Robert Matherson,
Don’t want to use all the yarn to make socks? That’s okay, no hard feelings.
Yes, some marriages may end as the winner ignores her husband in a multi-year knitting frenzy. But that’s simply a risk we must take. On the other hand, maybe getting non-terrible socks for Christmas could bring families closer together.
The prize will go to whomever can show how their life will most be changed by winning and what you will do with the prize.
Anything could happen:
“I’ll use the yarn to start a knitting business on Etsy!” - Beth C, Winnipeg
“My friends always get together to watch The Bachelor, but goodness it’s boring, now I’ll have something to do to keep me distracted.” - Janet G, Toronto
“Honestly I have no self control. With all that yarn I’ll knit non-stop, stay up for days and miss work. I’ll get fired, not be able to pay rent and get kicked out of my apartment. But… I’d have so many socks!” - Samantha T, Vancouver
“I’ll knit them all up as fast as I can and give them to charity.” – Nicole

Whatever the reason, let us know why knitting is important to you and how a lifetime supply of sock yarn would change your life.

Enter to Win a Lifetime Supply of Socks

And look at this picture, doesn't make you drool?

OK, how about a close up?
Well, what are you waiting for?  Go & enter to win -- I'd wish you luck but I want it all myself!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Forget the song

No song for our new refrigerator, please.  The thing is a side by side, and the freezer side has died.  Yes, the day before Thanksgiving.   We have a turkey breast defrosting in the fridge side, and that's ok, but it's kinda big and the idea was that we'd make up some other meals out of it and freeze them for future dining.  But I think we'll be eating turkey for a while.  I'll have to make some of my famous turkey, kale, & lentil soup in the crock pot.

I've started a small project, a soft cover for my seat belt.  I'm using Caron Simply Soft in a bright teal, just knitting a rectangle about 8" by 4.25", in garter stitch.  Once I've got my rectangle, I'll turn it on it's side and pick up stitches all down the side, to knit the same size rectangle again.  Then I'll fold it, take the doubled rectangle out to the car, and stitch it around the seat belt.  Two layers of garter stitch should make a bit of cushion between me and that belt.  If it doesn't, I'll just snip it off and put some batting between the layers.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I'm mad as ...

     So, the feeling of being absolutely heartsick over the election has started to fade, but I'm mad now. We messed up, people!!  Folks are scared, and I don't see how they could feel otherwise.  The worst of us are being emboldened to act out, targeting people who aren't just like them.  And La Donald is so sincere in telling them to stop.  Heck yeah, he'd better step up and be more forceful about telling the haters to stand down, grow up, and behave like civilized folks.
     So, now I see there's a call to eliminate the Constitutional amendment that created the Electoral College -- as if that will happen anytime soon.  Did you know the states set how their electoral votes are allocated?  There's a movement now to get states to set up their allocation so that whomever takes the popular vote in the state, will get all the electoral votes.  I'm looking into that for my state, as we're not among the dozen or so that have already gone that way.  You can check it out by Googling "National Popular Vote"; I think it'll be one of the first sites listed. knitting lately, I've been escaping my pain in books.  Yes, when I voted early it was at the library, so I brought home some books.  One was a Wild Card collaboration, High Stakes, edited by George R.R. Martin; it was pretty far out there.  Another was by Louise Penny, A Great Reckoning, which comes into the station at speed, making my head spin.  And I've nearly finished Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson.  This one gave me fits: first it was kinda slow starting, then for a reason know only to him TomTom kitty decided that when Gramma is reading that book, he needs to claim my lap and both hands have to be devoted to adoring the cat.  I think I have about 4 pages left....I may have to sneak out to the car with it....
     I have a two-day work week this week, so I'll try to block some FOs and get some pics (probably with an orange kitty in them sigh) on here.  Must knit faster!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What just happened?!?!

I can barely function at work today, because I'm so upset about this fine nation's election of  President Whacka Doodle.  The only people in the whole world that are happy for us are the Russians.  It's as if someone in the family had done something so disgraceful, that we all have to change our names now.  What part of "he's not presidential material" did y'all not understand?  Now we have a bigoted, misogynous, 5th grade bully with delusions of entitlement about to sit down with his finger on The Button -- you know which one!  (Button, not finger; but it works either way...)  I understand the Canadian Immigration website crashed last night.  I'll wait a week to apply.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

No takers yet

     I'm still waiting for music (not necessarily original, needs to be in public domain if not) and lyrics for my new 'fridge song.  I finished the lace headband in two colors of Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport, and it's just dying to go to a good home.  I'll put up pics of the refrigerator and headband, just in case inspiration is needed:

     Actually, I could have done better on the headband, and I'm thinking I could make several out of the two skeins I used, so I'll go ahead and make another.  My songwriter could have a choice of either one.

     Chez Plaid has been a little subdued lately, as the Plaidman works his way through another bout of diverticulosis.  He cooked dinner a few nights ago, and woke up with pain the morning after.  I keep telling him he needs to watch think about what he eats.
Heavens, I think I started this post two weeks ago....Since then, The Plaidman has been admitted to the hospital, had surgery, had some issues (!) that kept him in hospital, and finally got to come home. I dread getting on Facebook, his family will disown me for not letting them know his problems sooner.  I believe a good part of his problem was inactivity, he's in the habit of spending the day at the computer.  Anyway, he's patched up now, just suffering the aftereffects of surgery -- and making sure we know he is.
I've started binding off the EZ 100th Anniversary Camping Half-Circle shawl, with the lace bind-off in purl from the wrong side.  Seems like every time I pick it up I wind up falling asleep over it!  And I started a second skein on Miss A's halter top -- I love the yarn, and I should have one skein leftover with which to play.
I finally went for an eye exam.  Yes the tiny cataract is still there.  Something new is a very slightly elevated pressure in one eye, which they'll check again in a few weeks.  I have new sunglasses, new lenses in my office/computer glasses, and new lenses ordered for my regular glasses.  The sunglasses are huge, green & black frames -- very cool.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The last day off

   So, I took a couple of vacation days in conjunction with my birthday.  I just twiddled my thumbs thru about 4 hours of waiting to have new tires put on my car.  Of course, as a knitter, when I twiddle my thumbs I'm making something.  I've worked up to the set up rows for the lace edge on the EZ 100th Anniversary Camping half-circle shawl.  I'd been plugging away at this, just a few rows here & there almost every day this past week, with a few more done daily during my vacation.  I'm soooo close to the end!
   My birthday was lovely.  We all went out to the Smyrna IHOP (can't stand the local one!) and I had a garden omelet that was covered in about 3 servings of steamed broccoli (one of my favorite veggies).  After, the Plaidman took me over to the Target, 'coz one of my coworkers said they carry the filter replacements for our Keurig.  While there we did the obligatory birthday shopping, me coming away with 3 new pretties for the wardrobe, a new pair of suede slippers, and two necklaces from the clearance rack.  DiscoDame also shopped, but at Rue 21, buying herself some green and fuchsia jeans.  And when she caught up to us at Target, she got some bling from the clearance rack too.  Then we went home to digest our big breakfast (Disco actually took a nap!  I should have, since I fell asleep over my knitting!).  Much later, to no one's surprise, we went out again for a meal.  Our hearts were set on the meat & 3 place over on Murfreesboro, but they weren't open.  So, we looked around and saw the Ruby Tuesday -- and we hadn't visited there in a coon's age, so that sounded good.  Plaidman & I both had the herb seasoned tilapia, pretty good but not front page news.  Disco got a dish of ravioli, supposed to be 5 cheese, but man what a good sauce that had on it.  Disco often scrapes off most of the sauce, this time not as much, but there was still some extra which I scooped up & slathered on my grilled zucchini -- yummy!  Slept well that night (code for "food coma ensued").
   I got a little crazy over at Knit Picks, ordered some birthday yarn and a couple of books -- BTW, the fall book sale is on, if you want to expand your knitting library.  The other stuff I've been doing on the computer is Plants Vs. Zombies -- Disco finally got around to installing it again!
   And last night I stayed up & watched the presidential debate.  The Plaidman read an article by a language analyst, who reviewed all Trump's public speaking for the last 4 years.  The analyst's conclusion was that Trump speaks on a fifth-grade level.  I was so waiting to hear him address his opponent as "crooked Hillary", but he managed not to do so.  Some pundit said all Trump had to do was show up and not tell dick jokes, and he could consider it a win.  Boy, it was close!  La Donald, divorced how many times?, said he wanted to say something nasty about the Clintons but had too much respect for Chelsea.  Got news, Donald:  Bill isn't running for office.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

I got nothin'

  I think I've got the "meh" when it comes to the blog.  I've tried to start a post like, three times, without a clue as to what to say.  I was hoping to be able to visit Texas again, either this month or next, but Sis has bigger fish to fry just now.  Just as well, I haven't made much progress on Miss A's halter top. The weekend saw me working on the EZ 100th Anniversary Pi - half circle Camping shawl.  I think I got five rows done.  I just don't know if it is something my nephew's wife would appreciate.
  I am hanging in there in my new position (I think), with lots of time working in the billing program -- something I rarely used before.  The super would like me to work up some mini-tutorials for our monthly meetings, but I'm leaning more toward discussion of the out of the ordinary reports with an eye to figuring out how to code them.  I've seen that the 2017 ICD10 CM will have codes for the GIST specimens.  That's good.  The coders have come to the conclusion that all the pathologists must have attended the same seminar on Obfuscation as a Means to Keep From Having to Make an Actual Diagnosis.  And we still have the ever-popular clinical "indications" that bear no relation to the specimens submitted, like facial itching as the clinical info for a urine specimen.  O-o-o-o kay......
  Our parking lot (at work, not at home) is being repaved, as in scraped down to the dirt, steam-rollered, and rebuilt from the ground up.  The building management has given us a lot down the street, with shuttle service to & from, but the lot's gravel and goodness knows whether there's handicap parking near the shuttle stop.  So the Plaidman gets up early every day to ride to work with me, then take the car home & come back later to pick me up.  It's pretty odd for me to have someone else in the car while I'm driving to work.  I've asked him to do the evening driving, as my eyes are really tired by then.  I also asked him if he could see the bumper of the car in front of us.  He pulls up so close at the lights or just in heavy traffic!  I asked him if he really trusted the brakes on the car behind ours; if not, could he please stop a little further back.  He mostly remembered to do that tonight, but I doubt it'll become a habit.  Old dog can't learn new tricks.