Archive for July, 2008



I really enjoyed this Flickr Meme. A couple of questions I couldn’t narrow it down to one answer, so I added two!

the concept:
1. type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. using only the first page of results, pick one image.
3. copy and paste each of the url’s for the images into big huge lab’s mosaic maker, or make your own to create a mosaic of the picture answers.

the questions:
1. what is your first name?
2. what is your favorite food? right now?
3. what high school did you go to?
4. what is your favorite color?
5, 6. who is your celebrity crush?
7. what is your favorite drink?
8. what is your dream vacation?
9, 10. what is your favorite dessert?
11. what do you want to be when you grow up?
12. what do you love most in life?
13. what is one word that describes you?
14. what is your flickr name?


1. Elspeth
2. Pizza!!!
3. Bullis (Bulldogs)
4. Red and Black
5. James Remar
6. Crispin Glover
7. (Diet) Cherry Coke
8. Belgium (for the chocolate …)
9. Double Stuf Oreos
10. Cake!!!
11. a music librarian
12. my kids (who love legos)
13. particular
14. elspethm


Head Games

As I mentioned, at a fateful birthday party on July 4th, a friend of mine asked me to knit some baby hats for her 6 month old (approx., with a big head….) Little did she know that I’d be spending the next month addicted to hat knitting! It is a great stash buster (as I’m sure you hat knitters already knew), and a fun way to add “real” projects to my Ravelry list (I tend to make up my projects usually). Here’s what I’ve completed so far:


Yes, that’s 10 hats – and I have at least 2 more that I haven’t photographed, and 2 more on the needles! I’m planning on mailing the ones I have done this week to my friend, and having her pass those that don’t fit/she doesn’t want to Kristy to take to the Ukraine this fall. This completing things quickly idea is a great one! Now off to update my stash page …



I need to keep my song title/blog entry title theme going, otherwise the title of this post would be “D’oh”!  I tried to post before our 16 hour marathon drive to and from San Diego and I couldn’t get into my blog!  I had thought my WordPress account wasn’t accessible because of clearing cookies or something like that but thanks to Ravelry and Trish, I figured out that I was trying to sign in with the wrong login! Oops! I guess I am a technological “Loser”.  (Is that why I haven’t gotten a job yet?)

Anyhow, I have been knitting up a storm!  On July 4th, my sons’ friend’s mom asked me to knit some baby hats for her 6 month (?) old son.  He also has a large head, so I had no idea what size to make for him, having knitted only one other hat in my knitting career.  So I decided to knit as many hats as I could.  Right now I’m finishing up my 10th and 11th hat!  Here are three that I completed on my trip down South:


I am really questionable about whether some or any of these hats will fit this kid. For one thing, my kids who are much older keep trying the hats on and stretching them out. For another, they’re knit way too large to begin with:

baby hat

(I am trying to look surprised that this “baby” hat fits me, an adult – not yawning!)

Stay tuned for more hats, F.O.s and WIPs, of which I have many!


New York City…

…or, “How they get you”.

I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since we went to New York City! I can barely get my head above water since I have 3 kids in very little camp, and lots of work! I have been knitting regularly, though.

We had a very nice trip, where I brought one sock, one WIP with sock yarn, one left over half ball of sock yarn, and another ball of yarn just in case. I ended up making the one scarf for my grandfather’s girlfriend (and I still have a bit left of that yarn), and working on the leftovers. I started making a scarf, then put it aside when I ran out of yarn, thinking I’d check Ravelry for someone trying to get rid of this very popular Regia sock yarn at some point in the future.

We had a very entertaining trip to New York, including South Street Seaport (we never did find Seaport Yarns, though):

OR, posing across the river from his Great-Grandfather’s house.

Rockefeller Center:

And even Nintendo World:

I tell you, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen your parents playing with the Wii:

So after a quick 4 day trip (including 2 days of travel), we were back. I set to work trying to find more yarn to finish my project. I did check Ravelry, and a couple of people were willing to sell/trade their Regia sock yarn, but I thought I would see if I could find it myself on one of the cheaper sites (since theirs was from Elann already, why not cut out the middleman?) I found the Regia yarn quickly at Jimmy Beans Wool, for only $4 each. Since there was a flat $4 shipping rate, of course I had to get another 2 balls of a gorgeous Regia yarn I found (I have so much Regia yarn it’s scary.) I must have ordered it on Wednesday and it literally got to me on Friday! Talk about service!

But here’s “how they get you.” I was getting ready to add my new yarn onto the old yarn and *it isn’t the same gauge*!!! Apparently the “antique” Regia sock yarn is more of a DK/sport weight, and the newer, same colorway Regia yarn is more of a fingering weight!!! So here I was trying to be good and use up one ball of yarn, I end up buying 5 more, and they don’t even match! (3 of the same color, 2 of a different color). I have since restarted the project, and I think I’ll end up knitting with one ball of the new yarn, using up the old yarn, and then adding in a 2nd ball of yarn. Or I’ll use it as fringe or something. I can’t believe it! I’ve seen colorways not matching, but this is ridiculous!

I am definitely sold on Jimmy Beans Wool, however (notice the candy 🙂 extra)


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