Archive for May, 2012


Two Years, Two Days

Camp Loopy started today. I agonized for 4 straight days over which pattern to use, and I’m still not fully on board, but I figure I’ll give it one out of the four weeks I have to complete the project and then reevaluate.

I’m trying out the Peasy pattern.


With Mountain Colors yarn in the colorway Mountain Tango. I love this colorway. I hope it works out great on whatever project I end up with in a month!

Peasy 2


Whatever You Like

It’s that time, another



It’s official!  My friend Laura convinced me to try out Camp Loopy this year!  She did it last year, and I thought, why not!

Camp Loopy is a project set created by The Loopy Ewe yarn store, where you make 3 projects over 3 months using yarn purchased at The Loopy Ewe (I’m also hoping that spending that money will get me all the cute The Loopy Ewe bags that Laura has sported over the year!).

Project 1 is something that is at least 450 yards, knitted within the period of 5/27-6/27 and designed by a crafter not from your country. 

So I’ve spent all day trying to figure out what project is relatively quick, has a non-American designer, and will work with this gorgeous yarn:

Here are my ideas:

Pintuck T-shirt

Harlequin Learns Japanese

and/or any suggestions you have … fingering/DK weight yarn, t-shirt or shrug, not too many yards (under 1000 – I’ve got less than 800 on the way), non-American designer …


Walking on Sunshine

I missed the Ten on Tuesday for a few weeks ago (no good excuse) but now I’ve decided I just have to do it!  The theme was “10 Songs that Put You into a Great Mood” and I’ve got quite a few of those! It’s hard to put them into ranked order, so I’m going to do just a general 10 list, in no particular order:

1) Anything by “Weird Al” Yankovic, but I’m going to say our favorites are “Virus Alert” and “Trash Day”

2) My Little Red Book – by Love, but I prefer the Mel Torme version

3) Pennsylvania Polka by Frankie Yankovic (no relation to Al!) I loved this in the movie “Groundhog Day” and since have been listening to every version I can get my hands on.

4) Safety Dance by Men Without Hats, but I also love the version by the Glee cast.

5) Baroque Hoedown by Perrey-Kingsley.  This is the theme from Disneyland’s Electric Light Parade.

6) Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult. I just love the campy-ness of this song!

7) Surfin’ Bird by The Ramones.  It’s pretty similar to the original, but it’s by The Ramones!

8) Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – I love the version by Lush, but pretty much all of them are very fun.

9) Yummy Yummy Yummy by the 1910 Fruitgum Company  How can’t you sing along with such a fun song!

10) Classical Gas by Mason Williams. My son is learning something called Classical something on the viola and I was so disappointed to hear it wasn’t Classical Gas! Check out Glen Campbell’s version too!



I’ve been at the computer all day, meaning to get to tomorrow’s (oops!) Ten on Tuesday! This week it’s “10 favorite comedy movies” and do I have favorite comedy movies?!  In fact, I just went to the movies last week to see “American Wedding” and brought my knitting with me! I’m working on a Creekbed scarf which is all stockinette so lots of knitting to do.  I’ve seen all the “American … ” movies but I think I still like the first one best.


But as for my favorites, here goes:


1) Bottle Rocket: the first and best Wes Anderson movie.  Hilarious, cute, romantic and just wonderful!

2) Clerks: the first and best Kevin Smith movie. “I’m not even supposed to be here today.” 😉

3) Office Space: The best homage to work since Dilbert. “I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob.”

4) Better Off Dead: John Cusack, enough said.

5) Pee Wee’s Big Adventure: Pee Wee, Tim Burton and Elizabeth Daily!

6) Valley Girl: A great view of Hollywood in the ’80s as well as some great characters and stars. “Well f*** you, for sure, like totally.”

7) Monty Python and the Meaning of Life: All of their movies are great, but this one takes the cake, or salmon mousse.

8) Rushmore: One of Bill Murray’s greatest, and he wasn’t even the star of the movie!

9) Mallrats: This was not as well received as other Kevin Smith movies, but it’s my second favorite of his. I use the “Do it, Doug” line whenever someone is doing something really slow in front of me, mostly while driving.

10) Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home: One of the movies that introduced me to my second favorite Jon, Jon Cryer.


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May 2012