Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope that everyone reading has a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. Bug and I will be dining with the Foxes Five and Amy's mom, Connie, and Connie's friend John (sp?) at her new home. We will be thingking of our families in far-off Kentucky and especially of Mamaw, doing her physical therapy in the nursing home. As she said, Mom had better bring her something GOOD to eat for dinner. :)

I will be making yeast rolls (sorry Dad), a orange ambrosia salad, and a sweet potato casserole to take for the dinner. Bug is very excited because it will be the first Thanksgiving where she has actually gotten to eat the meal when it was served, not leftovers after she got there from work.

Eat hearty and enjoy your day!


it needs a friend...

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Well, I finished my Yule stocking, and it only took 5 days. To be honest, it was a quick knit on big needles, but I'm just thankful that it is eating up quite a bit of the Jiffy stash that I had accumulated a while back (read: when I started knitting the frist time around).

I modified the basic stocking pattern from the Fall 2005 Knit It! Magazine, but it should be about the same size proportionally. I used Jiffy yarn in Grass Green and Pearl Gray. It is supposed to be a mohair look yarn, and I definitely learned my lesson about knitting it up on bamboo needles. Don't do it! The yarn was so grabby, I had a really hard time getting it to let go ofthe needles and slide properly. Next time, I'll have to use my metal DPNs.

Now I just have to make it a mate... Let me know what you think.


Big Oops! aka...TA-DA!

Life is Fleeting Pumpkin
Originally uploaded by kyducks.
Well, I just realized looking back over the posts from last month that I had totally forgotton to post photos of my Halloween pumpkin.

It was well received in the neighborhood, thank goodness. One little boy told me he would give me a million dollars for it. I told him to go home and get the cash and it was his. :) Ahh, I love it when the young appreciate art.

All the rest of the Halloween photos, including all the costumes I made, are on our flickr album. Have fun looking!


Sweet Mary Jane Knit Along

Wow! I just stumbled onto these today and have to admit that these are just about the sweetest things I have ever seen. Definitely cuter than those slippers your grandma made, and better than just wearing socks around the house.

Anyone who wants to gift me this pattern for Yulemas or any old time is definitely on my short list to get a pair too.

Any takers?

Finally Started!

No pictures yet, but I have cast on for my first stocking! I am using Lion Brand Jiffy in Grass Green as my MC and Pearl Gray for the CC. So far, I have about half the leg part done.

I am combining bits and pieces of patterns I like as I go, so who knows how they will turn out. You would think that my problems with my last project (Mossy Socks) would have taught me better than to do that, but I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment. Somehow I just can't follow a pattern and make something, I have to modify it all and that's what gets me into trouble (i.e. frogging and redesigning).

Oh well, back to work!


Your Birthdate: February 9

You are a born idealist, with more pet causes than you can count.
You prefer be around others, both when working and while relaxing.
Generous and giving, you believe you can change the world one person at a time.
You're open minded and tolerant. People feel like they can tell you anything.

Your strength: Your go-with-the-flow flexibility

Your weakness: Your flair for the over dramatic

Your power color: Pine green

Your power symbol: Circle

Your power month: September


Mossy Sock

Mossy Sock
Originally uploaded by kyducks.

The mossy socks are finally done!

I know the photo only shows one, but that is just because I am too lazy to take another photo and struggle to upload it. So there. The other one looks just the same, so just imagine both of them. Or you could just screw up your eyes and blur your vision enough to see two.... whatever works for you.

I was worried that I didn't have enough technical know-how to getthrough making these on the fly, but here I am, with no hair ripped out and a new pair of socks proudly modeled by Bug.


Inventive? maybe.....

Captain Quack Rubber Duck Quiz

Stockings anyone?

Not to be left behind in the current knit-a-long craze, I signed myself up for the StockingAlong hosted by Becky.

Now, I've only ever made one pair of socks, and I have a second pair in the works, but they are giving me fits because I am sort of mixing and matching patterns as I go. Great learning experience, but not getting so much forward momentum going on this project. Hopefully, once I get the mossy socks done, I will be able to speed through this stocking thing with ease.

Did I actually say that with a straight face?

Maybe I will be able to get it done. I hope so, since I just want to make it simple, two colors, and sort of thick and chunky.
Here's to a new adventure... may it not be as much of a learning experience as the mossy socks! :)


Happy Birthday, Amy!

Today is Amy's birthday, and I just wanted to wish her a happy day. She has been such a good friend to both of us since we moved out here, and her whole family has practically adopted us as their own. I don't know what I'd do without her some days, but then again, I know she feels that same about me, too. :)


Our IALC letterbox was planted!

We made a letterbox a few months ago and sent it off to our International ArtGirl Letterboxing Cabal Super Secret Exchangee (I know, it's a capitalized mouthful!), who happened to be the wonderful Psychokiwi from New Zealand. She has planted this box somewhere that we, and a few of our friends, are longing to go... Lake Taupo!
If you're in the area, I suggest that you pick this one up, it might not be there long.