September 2006

Da fang

Stephania, like many of us, fell in love with Lizard Ridge but really can’t justify the expense of all that Kureyon. So she’s asking for Lizard Ridge squares, which she will assemble into a blanket and send to Afghans for Afghans, with everyone’s name attached. If there are enough squares for a second Lizard Ridge, each person sending a sqaure will be entered in a drawing to win that Lizard Ridge.

Kristi of Red Dog Knits is pregnant with boy triplets and is on bed rest. Some of her friends have organized a Virtual Baby Shower (with prizes for participating knitters)! More details can be found in this post.

To quote the Scout, “Dayum!” – I won Cindy’s contest! Really, I want all this luck energy to head to Chaos, please!

Reading Update: After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell. Wow. This book was intense and excellent. It built from a point in time, then went back in the past with various people to build the story to the present. Someone recommended this to me, perhaps on a blog, and I wish I remembered who so I could say thank you.

Chaos really appreciated all the birthday wishes and probably wishes he lived with any one of you as I squirt his 3x/day antibiotics down his throat. Vacation? Um, yeah, now it’s going to be hanging out at home and caring for my kitties, not going to Colorado and New Mexico… Any local knitters doing anything interesting next week??

I was actually going to have a picture of my Regia Silk socks for you, all 1.5 of them. But alas…. So! I shall continue to distract you with cute cat pictures! (Hey, it’s worked so far…..)

“It’s very exhausting being this beautiful.”

“Oh no! Boss, da fang, da fang!!”

“Ok, I’ll let you wash me if you won’t eat me… and if I can have that spiffy red mouse back…”

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Happy Birthday, Chaos!

Ok, it’s not the birthday I would wish on anyone, because who wants to be under the weather on their birthday? But today, my beloved Chaos Kitty is three years old. I was planning on having a big birthday contest for him, but I think I would like to wait until he’s healthier. I hope everyone understands!

“I’m pretty sure I’ve had better birthdays…”

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WTF Wednesday wackiness

I cannot thank all of you enough for the kind words for my Chaos Kitty. He seems to be doing well! I think the next day or so of antibiotics will be critical. Anyone who’s met him will be shocked to know that he watches me get out the medicine and waits to be dosed… And, if he is back on form by Sunday or Monday, I have a revised plan of attack for my Knitblogger’s Tour of the West.

Wow, I was also a winner in Becky’s contests over at Moonfrog! I’m trying to direct some of this luck Chaos’ way. 🙂

Ok, time to lighten things up here with a little WTF Wednesday wackiness!! I have an old Bernat book of raglans that has a few interesting pictures… First, imagine the emotional scars to this poor child as her father sneakily steals her Cracker Jacks – probably the prize! She is so going to make them pay for therapy later.

I find this woman’s hair and proportions vaguely disquieting… perhaps because I think my neck would snap off if held at that angle?!

Nothing vaguely disquieting about this picture. Stepford Wife, anyone? Yikes!

And here’s May, filling in for Chaos while he rests up and heals. May, she’s not as particular as Chaos about mice. She loves all the mice.

“I’m hanging onto this mouse because I think the refrigerator might come and steal it like it did all the other mice.”

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My poor Chaos Kitty…

Ginger is having a “how many socks would a woodchuck knit if a woodchuck could knit socks” contest – for contest details and to submit your answer, drop by her blog before midnight Pacific Time on September 30. You could win sock yarn!

Two contesty sorts of things that don’t have prizes but are fun anyway:

  1. Tink is having a contest to choose her new blog look.
  2. Crazy Aunt Purl wants to see people’s knitting spots. Since we all took pictures to show Scout the same thing, this should be easy!

I won Kate’s “Look Back and Cringe” contest! All hail the random number generator.

My poor Chaos Kitty. Let’s just say that there were issues (fortunately not having to do with eating something inappropriate), that involved his butt getting shaved and devolving from there… He’s taking antibiotic liquid and we have antiobiotic ointment to apply, so hopefully he heals quickly – especially his wounded dignity!

Send him your healthy thoughts, please. Thank you.

“I don’t feel very good, Mom….”

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In which I post about contests, books read, Saturday Sky belated, and yarn dyed (yes, some cute cat pictures are included)

Limedragon is having not one, but two contests! The first is a Sock Hunt – guess which color of Opal in which pattern Limedragon will knit first and win a skein of Opal Petticoat. The second is a Dragon Hunt – from a selection of pictures, guess which picture contains the elusive Limedragon and win a skein of Habu Silk-Stainless Steel laceweight.

Becky is having a contest – guess what Mark Twain is reading in the picture and let her know what you’re reading to win a bookish prize when she gets back from vacation.

Don’t forget about the Think Pink Challenge, which is trying to collect 1000 knitted or crocheted pink scarves by October 15 to be distributed to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

I’m starting to fear I may never catch up on Bloglines… I’ve been getting things ready for my vacation, hoping that Chaos is recovered before next Saturday so that I can actually go. He’s very lively and is eating Science Diet ID for cats with intestinal, um, issues. Hopefully that will have him on track in a few days… but he’s also licking away the fur at the base of his tail, which is not good. I think we’ll be back at the vet tonight…

Reading Update: Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes. Keyes’ books have focused on the five Walsh sisters, and now it’s Anna’s turn. Very well done chick lit!
Snow Blind by PJ Tracy. This is the fourth mystery about two homicide detectives in the Minneapolis Police Department and the eccentric software geniuses of Monkeewrench. The entire series has been excellent – highly recommended, but you should read these in order. (Monkeewrench was the first book.)
Lime Ricky by Jill Winters. Totally trashy romance with a hint of mystery, and I devoured every minute of it! *fans self*

You may or may not have noticed, but I’m terrible at being part of Saturday Sky – I forget or am too lazy. But I actually remembered this week… I just didn’t manage to post it. Improvement? Or not? Anyway, this was taken Saturday at 4:30 pm from inside my car. The rain was heavy enough that the windshield looked clear.

Remember a few weeks ago when Jeanne, Deb, and I dyed some more yarn? Well, I finally wound up one of my self-striping skeins, made by special request for a friend:

“I don’t know why the big cat said I had to come up here to check out the yarn and report back to him. Hmph.”

Speaking of Chaos and Mayhem, they seem to be getting along pretty well. Here Mayhem nurses from Chaos… Um, yeah, there are some challenges to this endeavor!!

“Maybe she isn’t very bright… At least this way, she stays still so I can clean her properly!”

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