Saturday, January 12, 2008

On this day 54 years ago.....

Well Friends, it's come to this, 54. Today is apparently 'the' day.

To celebrate... well I FINALLY joined in on the 'Pay It Forward'... the first time I saw this was on Sarah's blog, back in September. I was arse deep in alligators at the time and although I was wanting to join in, I knew I wouldn't be able to pull it off. I figured I'd get my chance eventually... and I did.

I joined Joselyn's when she posted in December... and silly me, there's actually two versions (that I've seen) of this going around, one is for 6 months and one is for a year.... apparently from the comment I left on her blog to join I was thinking hers was for the year version, nope... but ya know what?

What's the title of this blog?
Close your eyes and say it... Marianne's Knotminding... so....
I'm splitting that time and going with 9 months, blast me if you'd like, but there you have it. (I am just painfully aware of how time can get away from me, and allowing myself plenty of it)

“It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based on the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months)(or in my case, 9 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
I will now Pay It Forward to you THREE, I wonder who you will be?! Please, be a PIF! You will enjoy it just as much as we do!”

And, remember…you have 6 months (or 9 months, to be 'fair') to get your gifts done!
Also, you don’t have to knit or crochet to participate, anyone who can make a nice handmade gift is welcome to join.

Any takers?

Havala's Birthday Celebration Dinner... much fun was had by all, the sushi was delicious, as were the Pearl-tinis (Glenna, Pearl-tini cupcakes?). I'm really not much of a drinker, but people, these babies are GOOD. Pearl pomegranate vodka with cranberry and pineapple juices, absolutely yummy, refreshing, and oh so pretty. They'll also kick your butt. Havala and I had two...each. and we laughed. and chuckled. and gigglesnorted. She loves her scarf and after reading the comments (she and I both thank you) she finally 'got it', that K1P1 Forever...

I got to wear it to Knitnight to show (off) and I've got to say, it's NICE, warm and soft...

Today's going to be a busy one, I'll be driving out to pick Avery up, bring him here for a couple of days, we're having a dinner this evening... I hope not to have camnesia... the camera is charging as I type...

I have been knitting, two projects, well.... one pattern, two items, knitting the Thorpe hat, one for Conor and one for Gracie.
More on those next post, with photos (hopefully).

What's a birthday without cake?

You Are a Chocolate Cake

Fun, comforting, and friendly.
You are a true classic, and while you're not super cutting edge, you're high quality.
People love your company - and have even been known to get addicted to you.

or flowers?

You Are A Lily

You are a nurturer and all around natural therapist.
People see you as their rock. And they are able to depend on you.
You are a soothing influence. You can make people feel better with a few words.
Your caring has more of an impact than even you realize.

Or fibre?

What kind of yarn are you?

You are Merino Wool.You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to keep you close because you are so softhearted. You love to be comfortable and warm from your head to your toes.
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Or sammiches? Heh.

You Are a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You are a traditional person with very simple tastes.
In your opinion, the best things in life are free, easy, and fun.
You totally go with the flow. And you enjoy every minute of it!

Your best friend: The Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Your mortal enemy: The Ham Sandwich

Happy Knitting to All and carry on with making good time.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl.....

I love my daughter.

Shall we count the.... rows? Smooch gave it a shot.

I'm thinking there's a gazillion rows of K1P1 in this scarf... yep, you got that right, K1P1, all.the.way. yep, and this scarf is looooong. It measures 5 inches in width (39 stitches) and 98.5 inches in length... so how much do I love my daughter?

Plenty and then a whole lot more.

Boku yarn and there's actually 3 colourways there... started out with 'A' and 'B' then halfway through continued with 'B' and then used 'C'.....

I also remembered I had blogged about her birthday last year...

but while reviewing that post I also took a little stroll down memory lane... last January.

Now I know I'm not the most consistent blogger, never have been, can't even imagine, but dang, I sure did a better job of it then... and I got to thinking about it and wondering what happened and then it hit me.....

It was all that 'looking' and 'finding' and 'packing' and then 'moving' and 'unpacking' (feel like bitchslappin' me?) then the 'remodeling for 2 months' and all those activities involved with Mom's house and moving her (thank you Deidre, Aardron, Havala, Bobby, and everyone else who helped out with that one) and and and.... it all just wiped me out.

Not to mention the Emotional Upheavals, and.....

The Ice Storm.

The Holidays.

The Cold Virus (yeah, you didn't know about that one, kicked my butt).

So, pretty much the last 6 months have not been blogger post friendly.

(btw, that Cold Virus? the reason I didn't respond to comments from the past two posts, and for this I apologize, sincerely).... I'm just a blog wuss.

Havala..she's 31 today... my baby is 31 years of 'earth age' today....
birthday tradition... we'll be eating sushi tonight... we do love our sushi.

She and I have a lot of fun together, we laugh a LOT, it just happens... one of us will do or say something which may or may not be totally crazy or ridiculous which starts the other one giggling which turns into snorts and laughs and we just.can't.stop.

One thing we had to come to terms with this year, and seriously, I mean absolutely no disrespect, with all the funeral services we had... we absolutely cannot sit next to each other, or really anywhere close to each other because... (I know, this is so bad)... we get tickled about the same kind of thing and whether it's something someone says or how they say it.. one of us will... well, it starts with a smile, innocent enough, but if we look at each other? "It's all over now, baby blue" it takes heroic efforts to get it under control. we bad. we don't mean to... be bad.


I had a case of camnesia on Christmas Eve. Gracie and Conor received their mittens and, bless them, put them on right then and there and love them. They were here last Thursday and came in wearing them... that wasn't a case of camnesia, that was 'addle brain' on my part, didn't get a photo. Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to get photos of them and their mittens.

Conor needs a new hat.
I have yarn for a sweater for Gracie... her birthday will be here before I know it.
I need to get back to Bobby's blankie.

I need more hands to knit with. Obviously whoever was in charge of 'design' wasn't a knitter. Make that Knitter. But as I was told, many years ago by a beautiful Italian soul... "respect the design".. truer words have never been spoken (well, ok, maybe truer words have been spoken but these are right up there, you know?).

I took them to heart and make the best of it, having only 2 hands to knit with... I'm more than grateful.

Happy Knitting to All... may we all continue making good time in 2008!