Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Brother Odd

Oh no! Not another "non-knitting" and "non-beading" post!? Yep, sorry.

Today is one of the days DH and I love. The day that Dean Koontz releases a new book. This one is the latest Odd Thomas book, called Brother Odd. If you like to read fiction (thrillers that are a little on the strange side) and you haven't given his books a try, do. I started reading his books about 20 years ago, and haven't missed one since.

And, I believe it's my turn to have the book first! Whooohoo!

Now, back to your knitting!

Friday, November 24, 2006


I'm taking a break from working on Michaels bead class projects and straightening craft supplies (what a job!) to read some email that was back logged. And in it was a gem that's worthy of sharing with you all (thanks for sending it Christine!).


UCLA's Department of Psychiatry has revealed that the kind of face a
woman finds attractive on a man can differ depending on where she is in
her menstrual cycle.

For example, if she is ovulating, she is attracted to men with rugged
and masculine features. However, if she is menstruating, or menopausal,
she tends to be more attracted to a man with a spear lodged in his
chest and tape over his mouth while he is on fire.

No further studies are expected.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Notes on the Refrigerator

I'm spending a few peaceful moments reading a couple of my favorite blogs after grocery wars shopping today. Off. The. Wall. Crazy!! To go shopping the day before Thanksgiving. I guess I need a reminder every few years because I knew this (really!) Desparate housewives are shopping today!

Speaking of groceries reminds me of Denise's post over at Knitchat about Notes on the Refrigerator. I really liked the idea! So here's mine.

It's not cute or cuddly...but really and truly needed. A calendar to try to organize my time. Just the thought of organizing my time is "roll on the floor" hilarious! I'm notorious for disorganization and have come to accept my lot in life.

Just for the heck of it, here's the rest of the picture of the fridge. We're talking loads of notes.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tabi Sock pattern available

Whew! It's been a wild and busy month. In betwixt the secret project I've been working on (which I hope to announce some time soon), I've managed to finish this little loom knit pattern -

- for TABI SOCKS to wear with thong type sandals. Go ahead - give it a try!

More coming soon.....I hope!

And since I will probably not get a chance to blog before turkey day -

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Chocolate Fashion Show

I never realized that fashion and chocolate went together. Click here to read the article. Gives new meaning to "looks good enough to eat."

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


I'm hooked on Lost. Love it...gotta watch it. And now we have to wait until February for a new episode. Meanwhile we can wonder who Kate will kiss next! ;-)

If you like teasers (spoilers), here's a link to Lost teasers

Jorge Garcia AKA Hurley presented the top ten on Letterman the other night.

Top Ten Signs You're Obsessed With "Lost" presented by Jorge Garcia

10. After each episode, you do an all-kitty reenactment in your basement

9. You refer to your in-laws as "The Others"

8. While visiting New York, you stood over every manhole and screamed, "Good God -- a secret hatch"

7. You're halfway to your goal of licking every cast member

6. Your friend phoned during "Lost." Next day you beat him to death with a hot poker

5. You pitched NBC a show about 12 people stranded backstage at "Saturday Night Live"

4. Co-workers affectionately refer to you as "That loser who's obsessed with 'Lost'"

3. Renamed dental practice "Flost"

2. Your wife is getting sick of playing the bedroom game "Find the castaway"

1. You sat through all ten of these lame jokes

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veteran's Day

I served in the USAF during a non-war time period. For a portion of that time, I was stationed overseas and saw first hand how lucky we are to live in a country where we can complain about our government without punishment, and where we have the right to vote in hopes of changing what we can.

Thank you to all who serve to protect that right, and to family members of those that are serving.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Bead crochet

I love doing bead crochet. It is quite possibly my favorite beading technique as it goes so quickly (once the beads are strung). Almost 3 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of teaching a bead crochet class in which two of the students fell in love with it too.

Linda sent an email with her finished rope attached and with her permission, I'm showing it off for her!

This was the rope she started in class. She sent the pictures to me less than a week later. The stitches are beautiful! She really took to this technique like a duck to water! C'mom...tell her how great she did!!

Way to go, Linda! ;-)

Friday, November 03, 2006

Power tools and sock loom

Whoa, I have been busy! I didn't realize it that it has been over a week since I last blogged. Loads of fun going on these days - and yes, I am in a daze.

One of the goodies I experimented with in October required me to play in hubby's workshop with power tools. Note the emphasis on those words. I do not have a lot of experience with tools that have moving parts. A mixer with more than 3 speeds sends me running for the manual!! So this was a major adventure for me.

The first thing I learned was that one power saw doesn't necessarily do the same as the next one. And each one has a different name. I immediately realized I was out of my element and asked dh for help!!

You see, I had been biten by the "make a sock loom" bug. It's a terrible illness that sends you into a frenzy of researching loom gauge, peg size and spacing, wood grains, diameters, circumference, negative ease, and makes you wonder about your santity. So after a couple of weeks of studying, I swatched some sock yarn and measured feet. Then dove in head first. What the heck!? Socks made on the loom will fit someone I know!!

Hubby came to rescue with explaining the many, many, many, many (sigh)....planning details once I told him what I wanted. Between the two of us, we came up with this

Looks a little like the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci but it is actually the sock loom in the pre-drilling of peg holes phase.

I'm so proud! I did the measurement and the drilled the peg holes. Then turned it over to dh for the cutting. I did the sanding and some of the hammering in of pegs. DH, who loves me very much, did the rest of the hammering in of pegs and even varnished it for me.

And here is the results.....

It is very slow loom knitting as the pegs are so close together. But I'm using real sock yarn and the stitches are LOVELY! I'm a deliriously happy sock addict! ;-D