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monday, november 28, 2005

Crank my yank
So Joann's had this Embellish Knit! on sale.  I don't like knitting I-cords so I knew I had to try it.  It actually works--at least with the yarn that came in the package.  It apparently works with yarn up to worsted weigh but I'm going to try it with some chunky weight just to see what will happen.
Product: Embellish Knit by Bond America
Price: ~$15.00
Does what it's supposed to: Yes
Worth buying?: Yes
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If the yarn comes out of the little latches however, it looks to be damn near impossible to fix. 
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9:28 am pst

saturday, november 26, 2005

Our Thanksgiving Menu
I've always loved planning the Thanksgiving and trying many new recipes.  This year my friends Bill and Kim came to spend a warm Thanksgiving out here in San Diego (it's 22 degrees back in Maryland!)
 
Kim had several recipes that she always makes which made cooking easier, but we used Food and Wine magazine for everything else.
 
THE MENU:
 
 
Butternut Squash Polenta Gratin (F&W, Nov. 2004)
Green Bean Casserole
 
Pumpkin Pie with Homemade Whipped Cream
 
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The table (with my Portuguese grandmother's china).
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A little knitting break from cooking
1:32 pm pst

saturday, november 19, 2005

Very sad day
We lost our bunny Stella rather suddenly on Thursday night.  We came into the bunny room after dinner and she was laying in the litter box, unmoving but breathing.  We rushed her to the emergency vet who began I.V. fluids but told us that something appeared to be attacking her central nervous system and that it didn't look good.  While we were waiting, she stopped breathing and they tried to give her CPR, but the doctors were not able to get her to breathe on her own any longer.
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She had been to the vet recently for weight loss, and the vet wasn't sure what was wrong but said, based on x-rays, that she appeared to have a large hair ball.  We began to treat her for that and she gained some weight back and her eating habits and personality were back to normal.
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It is especially sad, because she and our other bunny Luna, were a bonded pair.  They spent much of their time sitting with their heads together.
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We had a wonderful two years with Stella. Stella brought us joy every day. We will miss you Stella bear.
8:22 am pst

wednesday, november 16, 2005

Right on target
I know remember why I don't like using DPNs.  I suck at it.  But the only size for needles I have were DPNs and that's what I needed to start the (partly) fingerless gloves from Weekend Knitting.  This is all I have after several days (of not trying very hard).
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One of the guys in my office is always blasting the a.c. so I go from wearing a t-shirt to a hat and sweater.  But the hands need help, so my plan is to make the index and middle finger open (so I can use the mouse) and close the other fingers.  It will probably look weird but I'm not using those fingers for anything so they need to stay warm!
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So in my frustration, I went out on bought some US 5 circular needles so I can go back to my faithful standby, the "Magic Loop".  What a relief.  I actually started out with my Denise Interchangeables but the cords, in my opinion, are just to stiff and it's difficult to slip the yarn over the joints constantly. 

The target, by the way, is an odd thing we ran into in Balboa Park where I was helping my husband get some site measurements for one of his architecture projects.  There are actually folks who go down in this particular area and just shoot.  Cool.

6:06 pm pst

friday, november 11, 2005

I went on a YARN BINGE....
....yesterday.  I went onto the Elann web site as I usually do in the mornings and lo and behold they were offering Rowan Cork at 50% off.  I actually can't remember ever seeing it in person (well, I'm sure I did at some point) but that didn't stop me from buying a ridiculous amount of it.  I've heard great things about it and I figure that if I can't knit it all up (which I probably won't) that I should be able to re-sell it.
 
So I bought enough to make:
1. a cabled sweater for my husband in Snuggle (tan) which is his favorite color (see below)
2. a striped 3 color scarf in browns (Mouse, Earthy & Snuggle)
3. something for myself in Chilly, a pale violet (maybe Rowan's Bless cardigan)
4. and then I bought a couple of balls in other colors (Horizon & Vapor) to make hats. 
I later realized that there's a cool pair of cabled socks in Handknit Holidays using Cork (check them out on Savannah Chik's awesome list of pix/yarn requirements).
 
 
4:08 pm pst

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