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Lost in a sea of yarn and needles. Lusting after handmade socks and all things lacy



“THE RULES:Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.”

1: I am a world class procrastinator. If I were God, we would still be on day 3

2: I am scared of heights. Has anyone else thrown up at the sight of the Grand Canyon?

3: I have absolutely no sense of balance. And I have the broken bones to prove it. Can't roller skate or ride a bike

4: Gawd knows I love the south, but no one is going to get grits in my mouth. I hate cooked cereal of any kind

5: When under stress, I walk in my sleep

6: I get sea sick. I got sea sick on an aircraft carrier. Fine in cars and planes, even lovely small planes. But show me water and I turn green :-)

7: I talk funny, posting with the Brits. I have been known to yell "Wanker or Arse" out the car window at offending drivers. Or "Bollocks " Southerners are too polite to ask if I have gone a bit daft :-)

8: Melted cheese makes me sick. Solid cheese is fine. No pizzas for Suzann
8a: I am tone deaf, can't tell a flat from a sharp. This does not stop me from singing, you have been warned ;-)

I can't tag anyone (see #1:, everyone is already tagged) :P

Woohoo I made it before 2007, go meeeeeeeee

By Suzann
On Sunday, December 31, 2006
At 12/31/2006 10:13:00 PM
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Merry Christmas To All

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings to all my wonderful friends
We are having a rather warm holiday. I suspect that the poor people stuck in Denver would like a bit of warmth sent their way. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Safe travels and finds joy whatever and wherever they are celebrating.
From my home to yours

Peace and health for the coming year. May your stash increase while your waistline decreases. May everything you knit be a perfect fit. And may your knitting continue to bring smiles to your mind and heart

By Suzann
On Sunday, December 24, 2006
At 12/24/2006 08:18:00 PM
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Mittens and Friends

I would like to say, how proud I am to know Bets and Bri and Benne and Jayne and Joan and Grace and SK and Barbara and Cate and all the gang at the Elann chat site. A more talented group of ladies I have never met. They are a constant inspiration to me. They produce the most beautiful and creative knitting, with ease and grace. While I am plodding along on one mitten or one sock, they are cruising the knitting highway with style. They are funny and gracious and welcoming.
Bets your winning bag is wonderful. My daughter who was at one point a music major is smitten in a big way. What a brain, you not her :-) Libby's winning elegant hat, SK, many beautiful lace shawls and Bri's perfect cable sweaters. Jayne I love your new sweater.
Afraid I have only done three pairs of mittens so far. I kept ripping them out, because I didn't care for how the thumb gusset looked. I am still not thrilled with the holes and the covering up that follows. It looks lumpy and crude. Like first day at Knitting Camp :-) I ended up with a combo of Elizabeth Zimmerman's 36 stitch mitten and Ann Budd's mitten directions. I have switched to a sort of afterthought thumb. There are still holes to cover up, but they don't seem as bad as when I did the gusset version. I have been plying the yarn and duplicate stitching over the holes. It could be that I am out of practice working with anything thicker then sock yarn.(any excuse will do) I hope they will keep some kids hands warm and be pleasant to wear.
I am loving that Elann Bag Wool. I wish I had bought something besides tan and brown. I have no idea what I was thinking at the time. Digging around in the stash, I found two bags of each. That is a lot of bag wool. The Elann HW Chunky is great to work with also. But the Brown Sheep Bulky is hard on my hands. It is the mohair. Makes me itchy.

Comments on my Brother post. I will remind everyone that my brother and my cousins tied me to a tree and set fire to the grass. They were playing Cowboys and Indians. If my Aunt had not arrived home early, I would be a very different Suzann today. And then they had to cheek to say that I showed them where the matches were kept. Excuse me. :-)
Red pair is the Brown Sheep bulky, Blue pair Elann HW chunky, Green pair, Reynolds Chunky with HW Chunky trim.

My first attempt at colorworks.

Which led to this, maybe chunky yarn isn't the best choice for colorworks.

By Suzann
On Thursday, December 14, 2006
At 12/14/2006 08:31:00 AM
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Dear Brother

For the holidays I thought I would tell you the truth

1: You were not adopted, like I told you when you were 6

2: Mom did not win you at Bingo

3: Your "real" Mom was not executed as a war criminal

Just in case you were still wondering, that picture of me hugging you in your crib, was not an attempt to murder you.
You are the bestest brother in the whole world. No matter what I actually thought when you were born, I am glad that the parents didn't trade you in for a Cocker Spaniel. Even though you made a habit of scaring the hell out of dates that came to pick me up. And you told one of your friends who was taking me to a movie, that he must be "hard up for a date" if he was dating me. Yes I forgive you. I am still mulling over the memory of you calling me an aardvark, making fun of my Girl Scout uniform and saying that I looked like a frilly watermelon in my tutu. Maybe in 2007.

Enjoy your broadband. And welcome to the 21th century

yes paul i hot linked to your site, I am a bandwidth thief, sue me

By Suzann
On Friday, December 08, 2006
At 12/08/2006 12:43:00 PM
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Mittens For Akkol

CIC (Children in Common) is having a mitten knitting challenge this month. Knit as many mittens as possible for the children in an orphanage in Akkol, Kazakakhstan. Baby its really cold there, and these children are very poorly dressed. Visit the site to have your heart moved a bit. Get rid of those odds and ends of wool and whip up a few pairs of mittens. If you live in a warmer climate like I do, but love to work with wool, if you family is less then thrilled with hand knitted items, knit for Akkol. No one will turn their nose up at your efforts.
I have made a button for the KAL, if you like it please feel free to download it to your hard drive.
See you at the mitten round up. We have lots of cold fingers and toes waiting for us.

I would like to thank my friend Paul for rendering me transparent, it sound vaguely naughty but it wasn't :-)

By Suzann
On Monday, December 04, 2006
At 12/04/2006 11:28:00 AM
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