Monday, March 19, 2007

Arghhh...the Guilt!

Dear Marianne,

I have not forgotten you. I know it's difficult to believe, but I promise you, it's the truth.

I have been knitting up a storm, but lately, the "wool fates" have been working against me in a big way! Pictured above are two pairs of clogs. I made those for you. The first pair (the smaller of the two sets) shrunk when felted, but not enough. In addition to that, I wasn't wild about how the two fiber colors blended and said, "Not small or pretty enough. I'll make her another pair."

I made the second pair and loved the color (the photo doesn't do them justice). I have boiled that rat bast*** pair for hours, with and without baking soda (to soften the water), to no avail. They refuse to shrink any further.

In a nutshell, your slippers are running far behind schedule and I APOLOGIZE for that. I have ordered a wonderful yarn that I know will shrink to the appropriate size (having used it before). I'm waiting for it to come in and as soon as it does, I will knit it up and get a pair of woolen slippers out to you. My only consolation during this whole process is the thought that it's very cold where you live and you might actually still get to wear my slippers this season.

As promised, here is a photo of my "stitch marker earrings." All I did was buy a simple pair of silver hoops and slip one of your stitchmarkers onto each hoop. As earrings (and stitch markers), they're adorable. I wore them for the first time last Friday and received not one, not two, but three unsolicited compliments!
Thank you too for the beautiful new set of markers you sent. I received them Thursday and did a dance when I saw them. They're GORGEOUS! Your talent and generosity continue to amaze me! THANK YOU so much!

While I've been waiting for your yarn to arrive, I started a Moderne Baby Blanket. I'm using the field trip yarn I purchased and so far, so good. I've never attempted a project this big and it's a little scary.

Also photographed is Liberty's contribution to the project, a mauled needle!

Again, thank you the markers and beautiful socks. Your slippers will arrive, I promise, soon! XOXOX, Dana

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

It's A Girl! It's a Girl!

Meet angelic Emma and Isabelle.

They were born on February 25th (both my son's and father's birthday). They and their older brothers, Connor (age 2) and Jacob (age 4) live near us and Andie and I have been enjoying their company enormously. In fact, we've been having so much fun with all the kids and their mother that we're ready to pack our pillows and sleeping bags and move in with them. LOL (Just kidding Kim!)

Here are the more photos of the girls, modeling their Mason Dixon bibs (thank you Becky for teaching me how to properly finish the pattern)!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Back in the Saddle

Here's a bit of the field trip "fiber" being used. Amongst the goodies I purchased with the "Sock Sisters" was a couple of balls of Sugar 'n Cream. This is a very simple washcloth for my cousin's baby, along with a bib from the Mason Dixon Knitting book (whose completion directions I don't understand and need guidance). LOL

At long last, I'm starting to feel like myself again and am finishing up some blogger gifts, so I can't publish those photos. For fun though, I took a leaf from Marianne's blog and played with her uploads. The results are below:

Your Driving Is is: 64% Male, 36% Female

According to studies, you generally drive like a typical male.
You're confident in your driving skills, and hardly any situation gets the better of you.
And while you may have a few tickets under your belt, you're still a very good driver.

You Are Wonder Woman

A true goddess, you have the strength and skills to rule the world.
You're one sexy amazon... all of the superhero guys are fighting over you!

You Are Wolverine

Small but fierce, you're a great fighter.
Watch out! You are often you're own greatest enemy.

Powers: Adamantium claws, keen senses, the ability to heal quickly

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Most Serene Highness Lady Dana the Sophisticated of Old Yarkhillshire
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