Sunday, April 22, 2007

Wot color is YOUR brain?

Your Brain is Green

Of all the brain types, yours has the most balance.
You are able to see all sides to most problems and are a good problem solver.
You need time to work out your thoughts, but you don't get stuck in bad thinking patterns.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the future, philosophy, and relationships (both personal and intellectual).

This is pretty much true - I am good at problem solving. How did they decide that from my saying I'd like a vacation at an interesting conference?? Have some fun and take the test! :)

Here's another:

You Are an Ice Cream Cake

Surprising, unique, and high maintenance.
You're one of a kind, and you don't want anyone to forget it.
You're fun in small doses, but it's easy for people to overdose on you!
And this one the most fun of all - could there be any doubt I let my dog kiss me?

You Are 44% Gross

You're more than a little gross, but probably no more gross than the average person.
Maybe it's time to drop some of those disgusting habits that could eventually embarrass you!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Is Cherry smarter than a 5th grader?

Barely 2 in this photo, Cherry is 13 yrs old this month. She has been my constant companion and best friend for 12 of those years and has learned quite a bit of English in addition to the usual doggy commands. I often tell people she undertands English better than a lot of high school kids, but what happened a few nights ago really proved my point.

I had my trees trimmed way back a few weeks ago and the guys who did the lugging of branches out of the back yard left a few sticks behind. I was out in the back yard (something I hardly ever do anymore) talking to my friend who was putting new pads on the swamp cooler and my dog came out to see what was going on. She's a retrieving fool and has worn out both my arms and quite a few tennis balls. I reached down and picked up a 4" section of branch and heaved it across the yard for her. Off like a shot, she brought back and lay down and prceeded to chew on the wood. Not wanting her to eat splinters, I found a smaller branch and heaved it for her, knowing she'd forget about the one in the jaw for one in the bush.

Off again, but not quite so fast this time - she is, after all, elderly for a Pit Bull. She runs over to where the stick fell, sniffs around and loses interest. Back she comes with no stick. She used to do this with her tennis balls, too, so I sent her back out for it. "Where's that stick? Go get your stick! Find it!" Bang, thru the doggie door into the house. Back she comes with her rawhide chew stick - the only thing she has ever heard called a stick!!

So, what do you think? Is Cherry smarter than a 5th grader? I think so. She's sure smarter than a lot of the adults who are on that show.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Dragon Hair - Dragon Wings!!!

Joy cometh in the mail! A week or so ago I spotted an ad from Lady Guenhwyvar putting her wondrous Dragon Hair and Dragon Wings on sale for a measly $2/oz. I hurried and managed to obtain these gorgeous fibers - Monster seems a poor name for the colorway. Those are the Dragon Wings on the left, and the Dragon Hair on the right.

And below is a photo of the Wings spun up. I cannot decide if I want to ply Wings with Wings or to spin up some of the Dragon Hair and ply that with Wings. I'm sure I'll manage to ply a bit of everything with a bit of everything else, then decide. I've got a whole pound of each, so I'm well set. :)

I also got a pound of Garnet Queen. I'm afraid it looked a bit different on my monitor when I was choosing. I wanted a bright true red and this is quite dark and subdued. I'm happy to offer it for sale for the same $32 (plus shipping) that I paid for it. This photo looks true to the color to me. There is an email link on the top right corner of the blog, so drop me a line if you are interested.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Scotch Thistle Stole KAL

A week or so ago I joined the Scotch Thistle Stole KAL on the forums. This is a drop dead gorgeous pattern from HeartStrings (Jackie E-S) that I bought as soon as it came out. I'm using some of my own handspun (what else?) - a NZ Romney Ewe from the Southern Alps breeding. This wool is a pale pearl grey and so far it looks luscious. I'm thinking I might paint it in "thistle" colors after the stole is finished.

The stole is knit from each end towards the middle and then joined together. I decided to cast on both ends at once; that way they will match exactly even if I goof up the pattern repeats. I took these photos at work where the light is not very good (yellow fluorescents) and the counter top is very slick. I tried to stretch the knitting out, but it snapped right back. I'm sure it will look better after blocking. I think this yarn is pretty close to sport wt and I'm using the size 7 needles called for in the pattern. I'm just about ready for the 2nd pattern to pop in. This is very impressive looking lace, but also very easy. Jackie E-S offers very nice charts and very clear instructions in all her patterns.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Ah, Spring...

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

I'm so sorry I haven't posted in a while. I spent weeks hunting for my new car and picked it up last Friday night. I leased a new Mitsubishi Outlander LS. It's kind of an SUV, kind of a station wagon. It is a **lot** smaller than the Mazda and my dog barely fits in the back seat. She only weighs 50 lbs, so you know that's a small back seat. My walker can fit in the back seat floor standing behind the front seat, but my dog and the walker don't fit in the back at the same time. The walker wont lay down in the cargo area cuz it's longer than the car is wide. The only way to carry it is with 1/2 the back seat down and the walker on its side along the side of the cargo area. There is still room for the wheel in the back with the walker, but no way the ice chest will fit. I'm gonna have to see if the walker will fit in the front seat without interfering with my driving.

I will take photos of the new car soon - maybe I can get one of the guys at work to take a picture of me sitting in it. :)

I've finished the edging on my Pi Are Square shawl and am spinning the yarn for the collar. I want to use a wool softer than the Border Leicester I used for the body of the shawl. I have a Corrie-x fleece that is almost the exact same color of grey (not as easy as you would think) but I need to get it to spin up a bit thicker. I also have a lovely NZ Romney hoggett fleece that might work. I need to spin a sample and see how the color works.