Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Red Scarf Project Button

Red Scarf Project Button
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

I was a cranky girl a few weeks back. Couldn't find anything I wanted to knit that wasn't going to cost me, and I'm on a budget, what with the hubby's new biz. Michael's gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket, I went off in search of a book I'd coveted there previously, and upon review, found it to have ZIP in it that I wanted to knit.

Came home and groused at my spousal unit. Sat down to soothe myself with some helpings of knitting blogs, and lo and behold, Gayle pointed me in the direction of Norma, who wisely offered up something kind and calm and rational that would increase my good karma and prevent further tnatrums.

The Red Scarf Project was exactly what I needed to get my off my arse and back into better spirits. Thanks, ladies!

Red Scarves

Red Scarves
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

Wow, my kitchen table actually looks somewhat tidy!

Lion Brand Scarf

Lion Brand Scarf
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

Two firsts; I liked this acrylic and I liked the way the fringe fuzzed out!

Stash Scarf

Stash Scarf
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

Looks darker than it is. This one contains some of the first yarn my mom bought when teaching me to knit! Also lots of my smaller stash bits from previous scarves, some of Della's Rowan Chunky, and a few others tossed in for good measure.

Stash Scarf being blocked

Stash Scarf 2
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

I cabled down the sides--it'll likely roll like mad, but oh well!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Lucky Seven!

As I'm fortunate enough to have dear Della as a friend, I'm taking up the meme challenge!

Seven Things

7 Things to do before I die

1. Visit Ireland
2. See Marion grown and happy and self-sufficient
3. Get Seth to dance with me in public at least once more
4. Raise a puppy
5. Add lots more birds to my Life List
6. Work harder at learning to play my concertina
7. Travel, travel, travel

7 Things I cannot do

1. Ride in open-car Ferris wheels
2. Set a budget or balance a checkbook (Thanks, Seth!)
3. Stay angry for long
4. Eat unfamiliar fish or seafood-y dishes
5. Keep my opinions to myself
6. Deal with guns
7. Wear pink

7 Things that attract me to blogging

1. I'm nosy--it's the ultimate peek into other folks' lives!
2. It's a great way to get ideas for creative stuff
3. Oh, the wonderful people you meet!
4. It's visual AND verbal
5. The world makes a great sounding board
6. Nice to find evidence of others kind acts
7. It doesn't cost anything!

7 Things I say most often

1. Fabulous
2. We'll see
3. Now I'm going to put drops into your eyes...
4. I just need to finish this row
5. Have you fed the dog?
6. Do YOU have any ideas for dinner?
7. Crap-o!

7 books that I love

1. Prodigal Summer--Barbara Kingsolver
2. Jewels of the Sun--Nora Roberts
3. The Silent Miaow--Paul Gallico
4. Desert Solitaire--Ed Abbey
5. Gone With The Wind--Margaret Mitchell
6. Eats, Shoots, and Leaves--Lynne Truss
7. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel--Virginia Lee Burton

7 movies that I watch all the time

1. The Natural
2. Notting Hill
3. Lost In Translation
4. Grateful Dawg
5. Valley Girl
6. Goundhog Day
7. Bull Durham

7 people to pass this on to

I am going to follow in Mandella's gracious (if muddy) footsteps and say that I don't know if people want to be tagged, but I hope that anyone who wishes to will pick up the ball and run with it. Any takers? Good! Have fun!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ball band

Ball band
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

This is from the green stuff that I used to make the frog. My friend Lynn got this in a big bag of mostly acrylic yarn when she was garage-sailing. I like the label.

Back of ball band

Back of ball band
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

Wool and some type of synthetic substance...

More stuff on Spot's nose

More stuff on Spot's nose
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

Lately, he's been licking stuff off so quickly I haven't been able to document it!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Where have I been?

Basically, I've been tending to life away from the computer. Sorry, I don't know what came over me.

In a nutshell; Seth is almost completely over the plague and the business he began as of 01/01/06 is beginning to get up and go; Marion is also off the injury report and zooming through school, rollerblading, and preparing to start softball next weekend. My in-laws just had their 52nd anniversary, my parents are looking at and not-buying a house in Tucson, and my brother gets the award for smartest Christmas gifts (all the BEST gift certificates! Thanks Bubba!).

Your humble narrator is wishing she had more time for crafty pursuits. I have Tim's ties that I'd like to make a quilt from. I have ideas for some wire jewelry that I think would work. There is a lot in the back yard which requires tending. Oh, on that note, never leave a pan of birdseed down low enough for your Welsh Springer Spaniel to find it. Otherwise, you get a backyard full of what look like Nestle $100,000 bars. Eeew.

I do, however, have the delightful FO photos of the Frog Bag, This is a free pattern from Arlene Williams from this site. Go and knit it. It was actually very simple. I did it with two strands of yarn held together--a really neat, old greeny wool blend that a friend found at a garage sale. I'll post a photo of the ball band later.

We got a new camera! It;s a Sanyo Xacti DSC-E6. The instruction book is in Chinese, but with the pictures and a very nice review on a website we found, we're figgering it out. BIG viewscreen on the back in place of a viewfinder. It's fun.

We went to a Phoenix Roadrunners hockey game last night, and the visiting team, the Alaska Aces, beat them in a shootout at the end. It was Mullet night, and everyone got free black mullet wigs. Duh--didn't take the camera. Lots of fun, though; they're a AA league team and trying to get folks in for the game, so they have lots of fun stunts and audience participation stuff during the breaks. Marion got a t-shirt from a nice guy behind us who caught one and passed it to her.

Work is work; busy and busier. New people coming in to train, lots going on. Makes the days go more quickly. Off to do Saturday stuff.


Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

Sorry about the demonic red-eye, but this was a great action shot of her--she learned very quickly how to catch popcorn!

Jackie with her newest frog!

Jackie with her newest frog!
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

Frog Bag

Frog Bag
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

Arlene Wiliams' delightful pattern at www.knitlist.com.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

What is it?

1 009
Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

A found object...any guesses?

Smiley girls

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Originally uploaded by kamsarmer.

Marion and her Auntie Karen modeling their new scarves!