Sunday, January 29, 2006

Bits and pieces

Took a break from knitting to get my center done for the Treadleon Round Robin I talked myself into organizing. Have to mail it on Tuesday! Nothing like waiting until the last minute! :o) The centers I've seen so far have been medallions, that is, the same design on all sides. Like a compass rose or a feathered star. Mine is different in that it is a scene.

But I expect the other participants will have fun with it. It will be exciting to see how it comes back. I know how but I don't do applique so I hope there is some of that.

This scene is a tribute to a friend who died way too young. He was my quilt design partner and encouraged me to get into teaching and publishing my designs. He died while I was recovering from open heart surgery and I was so devastated I mostly gave up on quilting. It still appeals to me. But I find knitting much more rewarding, comforting and practical, at least these days.

Still working on my slipper pattern. The size tens for Vera were one thing. Being able to get more sizes is something else altogether. If others are going to use my pattern is has to be more user friendly.

Got to do laundry today so I'd better get to it! Bye for now. :o)

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Alex brought home a nice note from friend Vera today. She loved the slippers and they fit perfectly! That's a happy feeling. :o)

Nice thing number 2 is... Fiber Trends is interested in the pattern!!! That's a WOW feeling! And Alex is proud of me. That's an awesome feeling!!!

I "fell off the wagon" and bought a bunch of Sierra Bulky at Knit Picks. Now I know exactly why! Gotta work out different sizes for the slippers and knit samples. It was preordained! That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :o)

Just finished winding the Sierra and filled up a whole 'nother bag. That's a yummy feeling.

Tomorrow I must clear off my desk and pay bills. That's a yucky feeling. But then I will finish 2 quilt projects that are on deadlines and that will be a relieved feeling. That relief started tonight as I found the 2 little bags of Civil War fabrics I had been saving. Cleaning up my room makes such simple magic.

And the topper for the good feeling day, my friend Lois is finally through with the Canadian election and we had our first "visit" in weeks tonight. I sure missed yacking with her online nearly every night. Guess I'm spoiled. Oh well!

Nighty night!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Non Felted Clog Version 2

Just finished the second version of the not-to-be-felted clog for friend Vera. I think I like this one better. Gotta whip up another one tomorrow so Alex can deliver them Wednesday when he goes to play in her garden.

Learned a few things. Since this is totally knitted on circs, in order to get garter stitch for the nice thick sole you have to alternate knit rounds and purl rounds. The majority of the shaping is every other round so I wanted those shaping rounds to be on a knit round. That meant I had to start with a purl round. The Turkish cast on as I learned it isn't good for purl as a first round, plus, even as knit as a first round, left a non garter "seam".

So I played with it and here's what I did. When doing the Turkish cast on, instead of wrapping the yarn *under* the 2 needles I wrapped it **over** the 2 needles. It gave me a perfect start for a purl round. AND there is absolutely NO distinguishable seam, on either side! I was so pleased!

As I followed the pattern from there I saw that my counts were always right on and the shape of the slipper seemed to be much better defined. Instead of the rolled cuff that just seemed to look sloppy to me, I did 12 rows of 1x1 ribbing and folded it down. I like it alot! Here's a pic with the first one for comparison.

So whadaya think? Anyone interested in this? Wonder what Fiber Trends would think of what I did with their pattern? Hmmm...

Nighty night :o)

Sunday, January 22, 2006


My cyber twin Laura has tagged me!

Four jobs in my life [best to worst]:Assuming these must be paid jobs...

1.) Lifeguard and swimming instructor at Temescal Pool. 1966
2.) Quilting lecturer and teacher, also did commission quilting, designed and published my own patterns and wrote a miniature quilting column for several magazines.
3.) Bookkeeper for Coastal Ordinance in San Leandro for Captain Wolfe. He was a good man.
4.) Bookkeeper for Encore Glass. Twenty Two year of pure misery.
(Absolute favorite job is what I am doing now, being retired and a knitting housewife.)

Four Movies you could watch over and over:

1.) The Abyss
2.) All Star Wars Movies
3.) All Harry Potter movies
4.) Any Jimmie Stewart movie

Four Places you have lived: Just 4? Sheesh!

1.) Thirty miles outside of Madison, Wisconsin, in a cozy trailer in the snow. 1949 - 1954
2.) Vancouver, B.C. Canada, 2 years of ice skating in the street, playing violin in the Kitsalano school orchestra, playing Badminton, loooong summer days camping with the Girl Guides, cycling to the beach for fish & chips with my best friend, and to the soda shop for 25 cent root beer floats on Saturdays. Good times! 1961 - 1962
3.) Millington, Tennessee in an off-base 2 room duplex, shared with a TON of cockroaches. My son David was born there and that is the only good memory I have of Millington.
4.) Benicia, California, in an 1887 Victorian 3 doors away from where Alex was born and raised. A real home at last!

Four Places you have been on vacation:

1.) 1978 - Cross country camping from Oakland, California to Dallas, Texas, in August, in a tent, in constant thunderstorms, with new husband Alex who had only left the state of California to go to Germany for the Army. Alex had never seen Carlesbad Caverns or the Painted Desert or the Indian countries. Or camped in a tent tied to the car so it wouldn't blow away in the pounding rain with lots of thunder and lightening. We were going so Alex could meet my Grandparents. My PawPaw died the day before we got there.

2.) 1980 - Camping alone in October for 2 weeks, moving from lake to lake in Northern California, fishing with the companionship of a darling kitten who adopted me in the wild and who loved to ride in the car. Peaceful and quiet at that time of year. I loved it!

3.) 1956 - Carlesbad Caverns and the Petrified Forrest, just me and my PawPaw. Sure miss him!

4.) 1959 - Cabin camping in Mina, Arkansas with my Dad's parents and brother, Grampa Mac, Coco and Uncle Mike. Good swimmin', fishin' and wraslin'.

Four websites you visit daily: Beyond a lot of blogs and knitting websites...

1.) My bank

2.) Buy & Hold to check on my tiny portfolio.

3.) Seattle Times to read Crankshaft.

4.) Grimmy to read Mother Goose & Grim.

Four of my favorite foods: Along with eggs any way, dark chocolate with nuts and caramel, BLTs, Southern fried chicken livers and fresh hot biscuits, cold hot dogs and cold pork and beans right out of the can...

1.) Shrimp, prawns, langoustine, whatever you want to call 'em. More is better!

2.) Rare filet mignon with sauted mushrooms and spinach salad (with baby shrimp). (Excuse me, I have to wipe my chin.)

3.) Crab (and shrimp) Louis, with fresh French bread and real butter.

4.) Creamy Navy beans with hot buttered cornbread.

Four places you'd rather be right now:

Can't think of any! I'm so happy right here, in front of the computer, knitting on the desk, television above, surrounded by beautiful yarn and affectionate kitties, talking to my friends.

Four Bloggers i am tagging:

1.) Yarn Harlot -
2.) Pink Lemon Twist -
3.) The Knitting Doctor -
4.) Will Work For Yarn -

In Memory of MayMay

1989 May 3 -- 2006 January 21

Best friend and long time companion of my dear friend Kati.

And the 3rd one was just right!

I feel like Goldilocks, really! The Turkish cast on worked great! I used the smallest size on the pattern. Too small. Tried the largest women's size. Too big. While I was ripping it all out again to try the middle size Alex came home from Michael's where he had gone for another Christmas storge box, with 2 skeins of Lion Brand Thick & Quick in the perfect color for Vera! I didn't even ask! He is the BEST husband!!!

So I sot right down and knitted this...

I am SO pleased! I hope Vera likes them. They are the perfect size and color. Whadaya think?

And Alex's hand is so much better! Swelling almost all gone. No redness and the heat is gone too. We are so blessed! Anyone who sent healing thoughts, thank you!

Tonight, just before dinner, Alex started to sneeze... and sneeze and sneeze. He kept it up until I gave him some hot tea and sent him to bed. We've been so lucky with no colds or flu for over a year. I hope this was just a bit of stray cat hair and not a darned bug.

Well, that's a wrap for tonight. Sleep tight all!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Fussy Old lady!

Well, I am still fussing with this not-to-be-felted clog for friend Vera. It worked out to knit it on smaller needles, size 8, it came out to my size (8-1/2) using the women's small in the directions. So I've ripped it all out and started over using the women's large directions.

I fiddled around with toe up type cast ons so there wouldn't have to be a seam in the middle of the sole. But nothing seems to work out. The figure 8 leaves a loose ladder down the middle. Before that I tried the Turkish cast on with a different slipper pattern that didn't work well. I'm going to try it with the clog pattern now and see how that goes. If it doesn't all work out tomorrow then I'll just knit the clog as written and she'll have a seam down the middle of the sole.

I'm worried about Alex. Yesterday while working in Mom's garden a rose thorn poked him in the hand, that fleshy part between the thumb and the forefinger. He says it bled and he washed it, but by the time he got home it was all swollen and red and hot. I worked it over with peroxide and neosporin and a bandaid, and we did it again before bed. Today he says it's better but it doesn't look like it to me. He must be a little worried about it because it didn't rain today but he stayed in, ALL day! That is not like him at all.

This worries ME because way back when we were newlyweds he had a puncture on the same hand from a kitty tooth. But he didn't tell me about it until he showed me a red line going up his arm! At the hospital he had IV antibiotic, then at home we did Betadine soaks for a week. I sure don't want to go through that again!!! If it isn't better tomorrow I guess we'll start the soaks.

I know it's not a big thing compared to so many other things that could happen. But healing thoughts would be appreciated. :o) Guess I'll go say my prayers and get to bed. Love and Hugs!

Thursday, January 19, 2006


Yesterday an old order finally came. Some bulky and some cotton. So I wound it all and put it in the appropriate bags. Feels nice to be organized, in one area anyway. :o)

Today I've been working on a problem. I have this elderly friend, a dear lady of 93 who loves to bake goodies and send them home with Alex when he works in her garden. I told her all about the felted clogs and that I wanted to make some for her. Problem is, she's allergic to wool. I've hunted around for slipper patterns that look nice that I can knit with a bulky synthetic and I haven't really been able to find anything I like. So I had this little idea. What if I use the bulky that I have, with the clog pattern I have, but use much smaller needles? So I've been experimenting, ripping out, experimenting some more, etc... All the while thinking about the other things I want to be knitting right now.

If this doesn't work out soon I think I will knit a few little swatches for her to test herself with. The last time she was irritated by wool was ages ago and I think wool qualities have changed for the better and what exists now might be nicer than anything she has tried. I've already done a little felted swatch for her to try next week. Who knows? We might both be pleasantly surprized!

Well, that's what is exciting in my life for now! Remember how I said I was going to try to get to bed by 12 from now on? Little by little I slid back to 3AM, 4AM, 5AM... Why is it so dang hard for a nightowl to turn over a new leaf? I just get so much done when it is all quiet and peaceful. Oh well, nighty night!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Big sigh of happiness...

It's all done! Now I can knit! YAY!!! There is one thing left to wind but it's going to take a while and be a fiddly mess. Here's what tangled up cobweb looks like.

That itty bitty little bit of winding has lots of ends in it. And that took an hour!

Anyway, on to the good stuff! The first picture - clockwise from bottom right - bag of "exotic" yarns, Schaefer's Elaine and Noro Spring Garden, bag of Cascade 220, bag of mohair, bag of bulky (soon to be filled), bag of foo foo yarns, and bag of cottons.

Next picture, from left to right - bag of dk weight, bag of worsted weight, bag of lace etc. for shawls, and bag of sock yarn.

Can't leave out the crochet thread!

And lastly, my happy little Percy who can finally get close to Mommy now that all the bags are out of the way.

What's next? A quick pair of bulky slippers for an old friend. Then I have to get busy on a christening gown for my dear friend Lois' granddaughter Sioban. ( Shi-vahn) We call her Babe. :o) I am honorary Great Auntie Gretchen!

Then I have 3 mystery shawls to catch up with, not to mention all the other shawls I want to knit. Including a small one for little Sarah, the daughter of my dear friend Betsy. And I want to use some of that pretty cotton for something summery. And I'm crazy about shrugs! And I want to give an heirloom shawl out of the book Heirloom Knitting a try with the cobweb.

And I'm on 2 deadlines, one is to make a bunch of bowtie quilt blocks with heirloom fabrics on my Singer New Family handcrank sewing machine, and the other is a pieced center medallion for a Round Robin that I have to mail on the last day of January. And my Mom gave me a quilt top that I have been drooling over for several years, but I had to promise to hand quilt it. So I have to show some progress with that now and then. :o)

Not to mention the pantry is waiting for the second phase of clean out and reorganize. Oh it's going to be a busy year boys and girls!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Wanna swap?

I know I said I was going to be all done winding tonight but... Maybe it's the energetic younger me who lurks within this beat up old carcass that makes me think I can accomplish things faster than I really can. It's hard to "think old"!

So I wound yarn most all day, but I saved the hardest for last. Three HUGE hanks of cobweb. Two of them were neatly tied and the winding went fine. It just took a long, long time. I switch hands regularly but it still tires out the arms. The third hank of cobweb is a nightmare. It wasn't tied and has some tangles. Fortunately it spit splices easily but there are going to be a lot of breaks necessary to get it untangled. I'll save that for tomorrow.

In the bottom of the last bag were these 4 balls of hot pink Stretch Jaeger. Don't know what I would use it for! Anybody want to trade something for it? Here's a picture.

This next picture has the two wound hanks of cobweb, red on the bottom, white on top. Next to them are skeins of Lion Fisherman. There are miles of cobweb in those yarn cakes, compared to 465 yards in the Fisherman. Heck of a comparison!

Well, time for my long Winter's nap. Plenty to do tomorrow and it's laundry day too. Nighty night!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Waaay tired!

Sorry gang. No pics tonight. I am bushed! Spent part of the day taking down Christmas decorations and have been winding ever since. Gonna get the last of it done tomorrow. Then I'll have all these wonderful, neat and organized bags of yarn, like giant jewels. And my knitting machines will be uncovered and might actually get used sometime for something other than piling stuff on. What a concept! :o)

And I'll be able to sew again! Mom wants a new fleece jacket. And I have to make some quilt blocks for an exchange, using a 100 year old handcrank Singer. And mending? Let's not go there. Anyway, I'll be able to see my room again as a place to be creative.

So, if y'all will pardon me, I want to get to bed before the sun comes up. Nighty night!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

And winding...

I'm still at it. Feels so good to be getting organized! And I shocked myself today, while digging around in the piles, by finding not one, not two, not even 3, but FIVE skeins of Opal Handpainted! I'm going to surprize Alex with lots of socks this year. :o) Wanna see what I did today?

Not too bad huh? But there's more, tomorrow. Nighty night!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Hi Folks! Well I did it! Picked up all the stuff off the floor. Mostly kitty toys and kitty beds and kitty scratchers. Then I vacuumed very thoroughly. When the floor was completely defurred I sat down (doesn't everyone vacuum sitting down?) pulled out the tube attachment and the extra lengths and the dusting tool and caught me a whole bunch of dust bunnies under my desk and behind the computer and behind the monitor and... well, you get the picture.

Then I decided I deserved a treat, but one that would be useful. So I spent the rest of the day winding yarn. I LOVE to wind yarn! I love watching the swift whirl around and seeing the neat yarn cake form on the winder. They're so neat and tidy and stackable and storable. And, best of all, they are so ready to be knitted!

This first picture is 3 skeins of beautiful blue sock yarn, 2 huge hanks of blue green lace weight I won on eBay, some super soft variegated that came without a label, a hank of dusty pink Germantown and a chunk of pinky/lavender fingering, also without a label. All but the eBay laceweight came from my cyber twin Laura. (Hi kiddo!)

The next picture is my sock yarn storage bag which is now too small. The 3 yarn cakes on top of it are 2 skeins from Laura and the red, white and blue Opal I got in the mail today. (Thank you Soxie!!!) Behind the sock yarn bag is my bag of Elaine. Lovely stuff to knit with. :o) Those cones of yarn you see off in the corner? That is one of 2 HUGE yarn trees filled with coned yarn, mostly for machine knitting, but I do use it occasionally for hand knitting.

The last picture is of 2 storage bags under the table. The big one is all Cascade 220, mostly for felted stuff. And the smaller bag is what I call my shawl bag, because it is all lovely lacy stuff and I have LOTS of shawls I want to knit. :o) Oh, and the little bag that fell off a nearby pile is all my "foo foo" yarn. And please notice you can actually see the pattern in the rug now!

So, it was a good day! I am trying to get to bed by midnight from now on. Trying to cure myself of being such a night owl. It makes Alex happy and it's probably good for me. We shall see. G'nite all!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


You know that list I made last week? I might get it all done in the next couple of days. :o) A friend sent me this... Actually I think this describes Middle aged A.A.A.D.D. I have graduated to elderly A.A.A.D.D. That's when you sit and think of all the things that need to be done, trying to decide what should be done first. By bedtime everything is consigned to tomorrow.

Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D.
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests;

I decide to water my lawn.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye - they need to be watered. I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the living room where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers. I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day: the lawn isn't watered, the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter, the flowers don't have enough water, there is still only one check in my check book, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, I don't remember what I did with the car keys, and my neighbor called to tell me he turned off the hose that was flooding the driveway.

Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired. I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.

Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember to whom it has been sent.

Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!


Sound like any of you?

As promised...

Ok. Here are the finished clogs. They came out a lot fuzzier than all the other clogs too. They're comfy though.

The rest of the day was a disorganized, sleep deprived fog. I'm going to bed now!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Lists, schmists! And felting observations...

Yeah, so, I didn't get everything on the list done today. So what else is new? My lists are always overly wishful. Didn't get my room cleaned. That is ***FIRST*** on the list for tomorrow! Did get the pot roast done. Didn't bake bread. Did finish the clogs! They are on the rack in the dryer right now. Hopefully I can wear them when I get up tomorrow. Read a ton of email, browsed a little.

Observations on felting... this is the 6th or 7th pair of clogs I have felted, all successfully. I've always used warm water and it has taken about 20 minutes. Low water level and fast agitation and I always use the same shampoo (Pert Plus :o). This time I used hot water to see if it would go faster. Surprise! It took twice as long! And left twice as much fuzz for me to fish out. So. next time I do this I'll try cold water and see how that goes. Alex says I'm just impatient to see the magic happening, and he's probably right.

I wear my felted clogs constantly. And in a house with 9 kitties you can imagine what the bottoms look like after a while. I'm thinking of adding suede soles to see if they will stay cleaner longer. I've never had sweaty feet but I do have to remove little patches of fuzz from the inside that I guess my feet rub loose during wearing. But is is beyond me how those kitty whiskers get in there now and then! Sammy used to run off with a wool sock all the time and carry it around like it was a prized trophy. But he hasn't done that with any of the clogs. Maybe it's the shampoo?

So, anyway, tomorrow there will be a picture of the new clogs. And my room will be cleaned up and I'll finish Alex's birthday socks before I cast on the shawl I want to knit next. Maybe there will be a picture of the finished socks too! Maybe...

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Busy Work

Why no post Saturday morning? Well... Friday was a busy day of wading through a pile of accumulated mail on my desk, balancing my accounts in Quicken, paying bills, reading a ton of email, submitting a resume for a part time job here in my hometown, discovering my fax line was dead and figuring out how to do it through my computer, dubbing tapes to DVDs for a friend, recording the new episodes of SG1, Atlantis and Gallactica for later dubbing and finally, ripping out the cuff on my clog and redoing it in the contrasting sole color.

After all that, while the knitting needles were still "hot" (so to speak) I cast on for the second clog and almost finished knitting all but the second sole before I looked at the clock. It was after 4AM! So instead of posting some babble on my blog I went to bed. I didn't even read my funnies or play a few games of Spider, as I usually do to relax me before bed. (Laura, it really does relax me! )

So what have I done today you ask? Pretty much more of the same. Plus I got a couple of books from my nephews that were "You ***really*** shouldn't have" gifts. But they were from my nephews so I felt obligated to go through them before I found better homes for them. One was the Redneck Grilling Cookbook. The pages are a quarter inch thick so it didn't take too long. There weren't any recipes that I would use but the illustrations were cute. The second was a 1996 book of Dilbert cartoons. Brought back all the horrid memories from the office and all the (insert your favorite derisive term here) I had to deal with for 22 years. Took far too long but I did it. I rewarded and consoled myself by going through the new Herrschners Yarn Shoppe catalogue. Lotsa yummy stuff in there! I am firmly on a yarn diet but... books don't count, right?

So, as soon as I post this blog entry I will read my Sunday funnies, try to finish the second clog, play a couple games of Spider and get to bed. Tomorrow will be clean my room, laundry, cook a pot roast, bake some cinnamon-raisin bread and felt my clogs. Along with reading all my email that ought to keep me busy, don't you think? :o)

Thursday, January 05, 2006


Yesterday and today were spent trying to find the best way to add "MultiFizz" to the cuff of my slipper. Last time I made myself clogs I used something like "Whisper", but it was softer, had a longer eyelash and a very fine base. And I can't for the life of me remember where I got it or what it was called! This "MultiFizz" has a nice eyelash, is the perfect color, but has a very coarse base and the eyelashes are rather sparse. I've tried every technique I know of but it just won't work! So, I give up. I will felt them with no fuzzy stuff of the cuffs. (***pout***).

Here's a pic of the unfelted one so you can see the rediculous size. Isn't that hilarious? Judy and Brandon, that's what your slippers looked like before I shrank the heck out of them. That bump in front of the cuff is a cola can inserted to hold it up for the picture.

So now I'll cast on and knit the other clog so I can just get these done. Got lots of other stuff I want to knit!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Babble, babble...

Well, my dear granddaughter is of the opinion that I should post to my blog everyday, even if I don't have much to show and tell. So I shall!

Let's see... yesterday I left the house for the first time this year and ran a few errands. Had to mail a couple of very old craft magazines from the 1920's and 30's that I sold on eBay. I found out that I could print the mailing label AND the postage (paid through Paypal) right on my computer. Way cool! If I hadn't had other errands to run I could have had the envelopes picked up by the post office for free. I think this is really neat and I'm going to be selling a lot more stuff on eBay this year.

But, as I was saying, all I did yesterday was go out and run a few errands. Nothing too strenuous except for climbing in and out of the car a few times and getting up and down my rickety Victorian stairs. But this morning I woke up stiff and aching! No fair! Physically aging is no fun.

Almost finished with one of my green clogs. Just adding some green fuzzy stuff to the cuff tonight. I'll post a "before" picture before I felt these. They are so huge!

That's all the babble for tonight. :o)

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Woo Hoo!

The Ham was yummy, the blackeyed peas were delish, the cornbread was hot and dripping melted butter, and we had a lovely Muscat instead of champagne. I'm not much of a wine drinker so this was really nice! First foot was some gorgeous Chrystal Dark glasses so now we have 8 and can use them when we have more than 4 folks for dinner. And a pair of fluffy green bath sheets that will match my new felted clogs. And he didn't even know they were going to be green! That's because I do most of my knitting in my room in front of the computer, with the pattern and yarn on the desk and the Ott light over my shoulder. He usually doesn't see my knitting until it is all finished.

But that's not what I'm woo hooing about. :o) The very first edition of the Opal Chatter's Newsletter came out a few minutes ago and there is a feature called "Blog Spotter", and my blog was chosen as one of the 3 for the New Year!!! Woo Hoo!!! And if that wasn't enough I'll get a free skein of Opal too!

Wow! What a nice start for the New Year! Thanks Mary Lou and Soxie! You can see the Opal Chatter's Newsletter here -