Tuesday, August 30, 2005
They mentioned a charity on the news that I just looked up, I had heard of them and their animal rescue work before and now they have a website. They have a page on Preparedness, which is something all animal owners need to think about:
And another list from the Red Cross: HERE
Sunday, August 28, 2005
The fruits are actually inside-out flowers ~ "inflorescences" (I learned a new word!)
Obligatory Knitting-Blog Knitting Content: ummm...... I'm still working on the zebra. By which I mean it's still on my bedside table and I'm not working on anything else. It's still black and white and it's still stockinette.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Perfect Key Lime Pie
2 egg yolks (yolks only!)
2 14-oz. cans sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lime juice (I use "Nellie & Joe's Key Lime Juice")
9-10" Keebler Ready Graham crust or other ready-to-eat graham cracker crust
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Pour milk into large bowl. In another bowl beat the egg yolks with a hand-mixer until thick and light in color. Pour them into the milk. Add the lime juice. Mix until blended. Pour into a 9 x 12" glass baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. (mixture will be bubbling a bit at the edges) Put mixture into crust (a spatula's helpful) and refrigerate, let chill for at least several hours before serving.
Monday, August 22, 2005
PLUS two velvet pillows with rose appliques and emroidery. The needles (how I do love clicky metal needles!) have roses on the tops.
Thanks Taloola, and my box to you will be in the mail very soon.....
Sunday, August 21, 2005
I'm not doing it in stripes. I'm doing black and white magic ball knitting, which consists of cutting random lengths of black and white yarn and tying them together and knitting with this homemade ombre. Weird thing is, in stockinette stitch, all the knots end up on the purl side ~
I don't know how this works. Every time I come to a knot, I try to figure out WHY and HOW, but I still don't understand it. I just accept it as one of those strange and amazing things, like marzipan, or mynah birds. It's not a children's toy, so I don't really have to worry about any of the zillion knots coming undone. I'm using worsted on dk patterns, so my stuffed animals are coming out LARGE! Which is cool.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
My 16 year old cat found a loose corner of screen and got out of the porch and into the yard the other day. She's been an indoor kitty for 14 years. I'm glad she got to have her little adventure because I'm sure it was fun for her, I'm glad she was apparently too old to get over the fence, I'm glad none of the neighborhood cats or coons bothered her, and I'm glad I found her before I realized she had gotten out because if I had realized she wasn't in the house I just don't know what I would've done. As it was, I was in blissful ignorance of her escape for quite a while. I happened to take the dog into the backyard, settled into a lawn chair, and after another little while heard a familiar 'meow'. I recognized Lily's voice, but it sounded like it was coming from the bushes somewhere. I called Rosie over and told her to find the kitty, and she did........ she ran right over behind the ficus tree and was getting all excited. I went over there and there was my cat! Outdoors! In the grass! Looking very pleased with herself! I was so surprised that I almost had to look twice to be sure it wasn't some equally-orange neighbor cat, but of course it was my own little furby, whom I swooped up immediately and whisked back into the house. I'm very grateful she's home. So is Rosie.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
I'm also felting a little knitted rabbit of my own design, dyed appropriately enough with Easter Egg dye. And I felted my Branching Out scarf. Yeah, I don't know why either, I just ended it after 10 repeats, dyed it with Easter Egg Dye and threw it in the washing machine. It's interesting...... I might try embellishing it a bit with embroidery floss or something. If it turns out I will post a pic.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Really, it was pretty before, but I didn't think the pattern would show up on such contrasting colors. I think it's much more suitable for a sea theme now.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
I'm easily amused, I know, but I learned something new about the computer and had to blog about it. I've changed my mouse pointer and various other items into mice! Here's the path that worked on mine: Settings, Control Panel, Mouse, Pointers tab. Now I could either pick a ready-made scheme (mice, reptiles, ocean, nature, to name a few) or choose my own in the Customize box by clicking Browse and selecting them individually. (which is what I did) . So now my pointer is a mouse with a non-moving tail, when it's over a link in my Favorites the tail wags, I have a mouse holding the I beam pointer, and a mouse holding up his paw for "working in background", and yet another nibbling through a giant piece of cheese in lieu of an hourglass. It's magic, I tell ya.
I rolled the two new skeins of sock yarn into center pull balls ~ they are all ready to knit with! The pink and blue laceweight skeins, however, are still in the laundry room looking like two giant bats of cotton candy. I've got blue Rit dye on the shopping list for tomorrow ~ I'm going to try one more time to change the colorway into something more oceanic.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
To cap it off, the place I wanted to get the pattern from is out of stock for two weeks, and I'm having serious doubts anyway about my ability to deal with circulars, which I hate, and I'm wondering if I should forget the whole project and use some free laceweight pattern off the internet that is plain and simple and just let the colors do the talking.
On a brighter note, I got two other skeins of yarn in the same package that I absolutely adore and can't wait to play with. AND I went to Joanne's moving sale yesterday and bought some LionBrand Fisherman's wool at 30% off, and got 4 yards of fabric for $5 that I intend to use to cover four chair seats. I will have enough left over to make.... get ready .... co-ordinating couch pillows.
I also just finished reading the tome that is Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix. Took me nearly 3 days, and an entire bag of chocolate, but it has been read and is waiting to go back to the library. This has been 'the summer of Harry Potter' for me, I had not read any of them before, and have gone through 1-5 since June. I love fantasy novels, and these exceeded all my expectations, and I am really hoping to be able to see the next movie in November, and wear my Mrs.Weasley-esque green and brown Clapotis.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
It's a kitty blanket. It's actually quite an easy concept but my mind kept wandering yesterday and I kept having to go back and fix where I purled when I should have knitted and where I knitted when I should have purled. But I think I've got it now, and I bought some chocolate at the store this morning which always helps with knitting focus. I was going to wait til it was done to post a pic but I'm just so pleased with the pattern I couldn't wait. I did a 7 row repeat for mine instead of 10, and added a garter border.
Two chili peppers and something from a young tree I was told was a pistachio. Does that look like a pistachio? I am glad to hear that both of these plants have been thriving.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Here it is, the photos could be a lot brighter, but it's all I could get.
It's made from 2 strands of sock yarn held together, US 10 needles.
The ends are brown/green variegated, the center section and tassels are deep green.