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June 30, 2007

1930 - 2007
Beloved Mother

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June 28, 2007


bad news, unavailable until further notice, I'll be fine

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June 27, 2007

if it were a man, I'd marry it!*

I'm too sexy for your shirt

Instead of attending the Black Sheep Gathering last weekend, I went out and bought a washer and dryer. This was a difficult purchase--more fraught than the decision to buy the entire house.

When it came to buying a washing machine, I wanted to give the good ole top-loaders an even break. I looked at them, I considered them, but they were no match for the efficient, water-sipping Consumer Reports darlings. Tax credits, rebates, and sale prices bring the low- to mid-range front-loaders almost down to the top-loading models with desirable features like multiple water levels and spin speeds. And when you factor in the savings over the life of the washer, well... [Please excuse the rationalization. It allows me to sleep at night].

OK, I admit it. I chose my washer and dryer not so much for their admirable work ethic and great personalities. I did it for their looks. As hard as I tried, I could not resist the allure of the sex-ay, sex-ay front-loading washing machines and their equally attractive drying counterparts. This pair is going to be sitting essentially right out in the kitchen, not lurking in a garage or basement. I'm going to have to look at them every day for what I hope is many, many years to come. I want them to be attractive, dammit!

There, I said it. I'm shallow. Looks matter to me.

I'm so ashamed...

...but I am pretty happy that I didn't have to pay extra for black.


*actual quote from product review on

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June 24, 2007

dotty love


Here is another FO from the quiet time.

I fell in love with this kelp! pattern when I saw it on the Craft: magazine blog. My love grew when I discovered that it was made with less than $20 of KnitPicks yarn. It was fun and distracting to knit. And it was quick too; I finished it in a weekend.

Unfortunately, the picture above is of the only time that Molly sat in it of her own free will. In usual perverse fashion, she now shuns it. I'm not too disappointed, she shifts her favorite places every couple of months. Its time will come.

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June 22, 2007

baa baa blah

Sort of sad. I've decided not to attend the Black Sheep Gathering this year. I've been back and forth about this all day; and in the end, I can't justify the time and the expense. Plus, a solo two-hour drive down to Eugene doesn't appeal to me at the moment--even if there is yarn at the other end. More yarn at this point is just more yarn to pack and move.

Instead, I think I'll stay in town and pack, and maybe go price out washers, dryers, and lawn mowers. Maybe by September, I'll have things back under control enough to attend the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Besides, that's only a 30 minute drive from the new house.

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June 19, 2007

blogging backlog

Wow, where to start? I am really rusty at this. First, I had a little knitting slump, and then once the knitting was going again, the blogging wasn't. Well, I think I might temporarily be back in the blogging sweet spot for a couple of weeks until the moving, and the inevitable confusion and gap in internet service. [There is no DSL service at the new house, so it looks like cable internet or dial-up. Hmm, which shall I choose?]

So, knitting, that's the subject. Many potential topics. I'll just have to pick one and jump in.


FlockSock yarn from VanCalCar Acres Sheep Farm in Amethyst purchased from the Woolgirl herself.


Have you heard of Woolgirl? Jen is a friend and former workplace knitting pal following her dream to open an online yarnshop that specializes in hand-dyed yarns. Check out her fantastic selection--so many beautiful and unique yarns all in one place.

Go Jen!!

[Ahem, back to our regularly-scheduled programming].


Although the yarn is called FlockSock, I am currently on a lace kick. So, my skein turned into a Swallowtail Shawl from the Fall 2006 Interweave Knits.

I have become obsessed by this pattern. I'm working on my third iteration and considering my fourth.


Must be the nupps.

[Well, that was pretty disjointed, but I've gotten my feet wet. Hopefully, it will get easier again as I go along].

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June 14, 2007

done and done


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June 08, 2007

this too shall pass

By this time next week, it will all be over. My grant will be submitted, or it won't. I will be a homeowner, or I won't. Either way, those will be two things I don't have to worry about for at least a couple weeks (house) or months (grant).

Some people think I should be even more stressed than I am, doing these two things at the same time. Actually, in an odd way, that may make it a bit easier. About the time I'm on the verge of totally freaking out about one of the them, something happens with the other that completely distracts me. On the whole though, I'd say writing the grant is worse.

Yeah, I'm knitting. No, no pictures. Someday.

Finally, last year I showed off the snazzy protective vinyl skin I got for my iPod from GelaSkins. As a satisfied customer, I am pleased to tell you that they are having a 15%-off sale until the end of June. The coupon code at checkout is "summerskins". I think my laptop may be getting some sprucing up.

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