Monday Fun

Happy Left Hander’s Day!
A bit from mental floss
Highlighting cool facts:
4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed
1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed – 250% more than the normal level.
Most left-handers draw figures facing to the right.
There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed
Stuttering and dyslexia occur more often in left-handers (particularly if they are forced to change their writing hand as a child, like King of England George VI).
Left-handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater.
Left-handers excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing
Left-handers usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers

My dad’s a lefty, I’m a lefty and luckily I’ve adapted to living in a right-handed world. I like being left-handed. It’s one of those “good” different things.

I found this really cute site on etsy: IttyBittiesForYou – I’m most likely going to get this weiner dog ornament and I’m in conversations now about getting a dachshund superhero So very cute!!

I’m hooked into the LimeNViolet KnitWars – last night I went to see Shakespeare on the town Green – I brought my knitting and on my way back home all I could think of was “I can get points for knitting in public and knitting for an hour!! Excellent!”

Week in review

The nutshell version is that I continue to be somewhat distracted. Startitis of projects. Trying to clean up one room so that we can make a different room into the baby’s room. Makes the week go by quite quickly that’s for sure. Monday I went to a SnB which was very cool. It was nice to get out and enjoy the company of other knitters – planning to go back tomorrow too. I did go to the Yarn Barn afterwards and get yarn for several projects (Bee Booties, baby stuff, baby yoda jacket, Nomad hat / scarf in the latest IK) Jackson is now signed up to start (finally) a dog obedience class this week, so that will be interesting.

I finished the “Roza’s Socks” – easy pattern / stitch, and even though I added more stitches when I cast on, they are still a bit snug around the foot. I’m just happy that they do fit and I can get them on and I’m sure they will keep my feet quite warm this fall / winter.
Roza Socks Jackson & Socks 1
Jackson & Socks 3 Jackson & Socks 2

I started Odessa – I thought it was going to be for me – and it still may end up for me – but it’s got potential to be a nice Christmas gift, maybe with a scarf or neckwarmer or even gloves. In one of my older magazines (a Family Circle Easy Knitting or Knit It!) there was a scarf / glove combo that had beads incorporated into them.
Odessa Hat (WIP)

I also made some pumpkins that need to be tossed in the wash so they can be felted. I’m waiting on that though – I don’t really feel like digging out jeans I don’t wear just for the sake of these pumpkins. There’s time enough for them.

We also said goodbye to my faithful friend, the Ford Focus. It was my first car that was completely mine – not on loan from my parents or anything like that. We went with a Mercury Milan – which looks a lot fancier than it is for a basic sedan. The Milan is a lot safer which is one of the main reasons for the change, and the Focus was getting to the point where it needed $$ put into it. Exciting times.

Knitting Celebrity – Yarn Harlot

On Friday, I went to RJ Julia’s to hear The Yarn Harlot speak – I almost can’t begin to describe how excited I was to get out and go to this event! I get a little giddy when it comes to celebrity. Plus this was a knitting event, so even that much better!

I arrived at the bookstore around 5:45 and found a group of knitters in the room camped out and knitting, so I plopped down with them and waited. They started to set up the chairs maybe 30 minutes later and it filled up quick. The speaking did start on time and Stephanie talked for over an hour. She is a wonderful speaker – engaging, encouraging and empowering even – I think there needs to be a poster made for all knitters to spread the word about CHOKE (the Cultural Humiliation of Knitters Everywhere)

She had the chart for part of the Mystery Stole / Shawl in with the pages of her speech.

Yarn Harlot begins
Taking an audience picture with the current sock.

Kinneared the shusher
The lady on the far right (you can see her elbow) turned around, tapped me on the knee and shushed me. I was telling the woman next to me (in entirely appropriate tones) about the Blue Moon bank fiasco, because she didn’t know about it. So I Kinneared her

Yarn, What yarn?
Advice for what to say when people see your stash – “Gee that’s a lot of yarn!” then you say, “Yarn? What yarn? These are my kitttens!”

Good Sock Juju
She was so great to meet when she signed my book. I gave her one of my flickr moo cards – we quickly chatted about the fruit hat on the back, and she held my sock next to the travelling one (good juju there!) and she commented on my “Knit or Go Home” bag – awesome awesome night!

I almost went to Madison wool after, but decided to save it for a day this week. Plus I’m going up to the Farmhouse Yarn sale next week and will probably go to the yarn barn after I go to the snb this afternoon.

I got to meet some people that I’ve met online, gave out a bunch of the moo cards (and got one too!) – hello Jen and Barbara and Debbie & Leah and Cristina and Kimberly and Heather.

Made for a great start to the weekend. I did finish two Tomato hats which need to be wrapped up and sent out to the new babies, Charlie & Brayden.
Tomato Hats

Yadda Yadda Yadda

There really isn’t too much thrilling to post about, so heads up – this is a mundane post.

1)In my love of reality shows I have found a lost love of my childhood! The Coreys – it’s a reunion of sorts between Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. I had the biggest crush on Corey Haim – huge! And now, watching this show I feel sorta sad for him. It’s a massive train wreck.

2)Somehow I found the motivation to get the craft room in order so that we can start moving furniture – from a guest bedroom into the craft room so that the old guest bedroom can become the baby’s room. I found a few old WIPs, including a pair of socks that I know I didn’t work on since before I was married (at least 3 years these socks have sat in the box) – I don’t really like them too much, I don’t know what kind of yarn I used, and they are not a good show of what I can do (they do show how far I have come). I was thinking about frogging them, but really there’s just a little bit left and a toe on one of them, so I may as well finish them up.
Finish or Frog? Look at those toes!

3)It’s been hot. Even the dog has taken to sitting in his own chair, spread eagle to cool off.
Spread Eagle

4)Jackson finally has a hot dog toy to play with. A weiner for a weiner (who is really whiney right now). Love the expression on the toy’s face:
Look at your toy!

5)Read a few cute / funny books – Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay and Baby Laughs – mildly enlightning, fluffy reads, an interesting change from the information overload about fetal development I’ve been on. Somehow I keep skipping over all the actual birth stories, labor and delivery, and I cannot watch any of those shows on TLC or Discovery Health.