July 2008

Presenting… the Clown Vomit Socks

Does this remind you of anyone?! How about this?

I know, I know, you’ve all been waiting patiently. The yarn is Socks That Rock colorway Fire on the Mountain, which is absolutely stunning in the skein. I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t take a picture of the yarn before I wound it into a ball. The pattern is Charade. I tried something else first, but can’t remember what it was. I’m knitting each sock from the opposite end of the ball.

“Mmmm… More Socks That Rock yarn! I really loved that tasty Lagoon yarn.” -Mayhem

“Nom nom nom nom.” -Mayhem

As you can see, I was under siege whilst trying to take these pictures, so please excuse this blurry picture of the first heel – the only place that I really like what the colors are doing. That heel redeemed these socks for me. Now I’m trying not to flinch at the unholy mixing of mango and olive that happened across the gusset of this sock and across the sole of the other.

Those Cats

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Flamingo flamenco

HockeyMom’s having a contest – guess her age (brave woman!) before midnight EDT, August 1, and you could win a “yummy prize.”

Er, I didn’t mean to start a Christmas panic with my post yesterday… I just hate to rush at the last minute. The half-done “clown vomit socks” are also for a Christmas present. (Oh, come on, I bet clown vomit socks are at the top of your Christmas list!)

Onward – today, it’s all about flamingos. Yeah, I know, flamingos aren’t a native Minnesota bird, but they sure are fun, aren’t they?

I’ve mentioned the house on West Lake of the Isles Drive that has flamingos wandering through the front lawn during the summer. Here are some past configurations – the first is from May 2006. I wonder what happened to those big dark pink flamingos and the tiny light pink ones?

June 23, 2008

July 6, 2008

July 11, 2008…

A random lawn (October 2006)

You simply must embiggen this picture, which was taken (using actual film!) at the 1998 Powderhorn Festival of the Arts. Somewhere I have a t-shirt with a very similar picture – everything is black and white, except for the hot pink flamingos. Hmm. I wonder where that t-shirt went…

Another film picture, from Sante Fe in 2002

An artistic flamingo and friend from a lawn near Lake of the Isles

Some guardians that don’t exactly look like flamingos – Jeanne and I decided they were the ever so rare and dangerous flamingo raptors.

Real flamingos from the Minnesota Zoo! Ok, ok, you caught me – I did a bit of color tweaking.

And a tiny flamingo from my own living room.

“That’s just lame, Mom. Here I thought you’d been hiding a tasty bird from us, but it’s nothing but a cheap plastic fake stuck in the grape ivy! Hmph.” -Mayhem

Tales of the Neighborhood

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Tidepool Lagoon (aka In which I complete the first Xmas present for 2008)

I finished a pair of socks! I knitted these from the STR Lagoon I won in Kerry’s bird naming contest, using the Tidepool Socks stitch pattern. And yes indeed – these will be a Christmas present. 🙂

“These socks sounded very watery.” -Mayhem

“But I’m disappointed to report that I found no water here.” -Mayhem

“I do so like water, big kitty! Just not so much when I fall in the shower every few days.” -Mayhem


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I actually have things to blog about. Really. I have a pair of socks completely knitted, with only the ends left to weave in… but since I let the socks unattended for a few minutes while I was knitting them, Mayhem helped make sure I would have many more ends to weave in. I even have a second pair of socks (we shall call them the “clown vomit socks” – you’ll see why) nearly half knitted. And I biked both Saturday (15.5 miles) and Sunday (12 miles).

But… I don’t have pictures of any of that stuff yet. So, allow me to present a cat! Sleeping in her toybox! So cute! (Are you distracted yet??)

“I was sleeping. Who can sleep with that thing flashing all the time?!” -Mayhem

“Really, Mom, my nerves can’t ta… zzzzzz….” -Mayhem

Those Cats

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Lost in the linkiness again

Kat is going to bike 192 miles over two days in support of a good cause. (You know how I feel about biking!) She’s giving away some relatively amazing prizes (such as a 4 gb Zune), plus everyone who donates $50 or more will get enough yarn to make a pair of socks or other small project. So if you or anyone you know has been impacted by cancer or a cancer scare, head on over to Kat’s and donate by September 15 to be included in the prize drawings.

The kitties do love their fancy pants chaise lounge scratcher – they spend a lot of time lounging on or near it and sometimes even scratching it. Now I’m wondering how this scratcher would go over…

Interested in toning up those arms and getting more fit in six weeks? Willing to post before and after pictures? Then click over to Carrie’s website and let her know – you could win “a prize of woolly goodness” in six weeks! (No, I’m not going to join – no better way for me to stop exercising than to join an along for exercise! Besides, I already do crunches and push-ups five days a week – and believe me, push-ups can do as much for your arms as a fancy gym. Really. Even knee push-ups, my favorite.)

Haven’t discovered Cake Wrecks yet? You are in for a treat! Here’s one of my (somewhat twisted) favorites… I think I even have one to submit – just have to dig it out and scan it.

Thanks to Jeanne for pointing me to Consumerist, which has been an intriguing and informative blog for empowered and empowering consumers. In fact, here’s something from Consumerist: a nice list of seven ways your library can help you during a bad economy. Really, if it wasn’t for the library, I’d be destitute and building myself shelter in a bookstore parking lot from all the books I’d purchased. Speaking of which…

Reading Update
The McKade Brothers: Rafe and Jared; Entranced (The Donovan Legacy); Montana Sky; Angels Fall; Tribute (I really, really liked this one); and Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 1) by Nora Roberts. A-hem.
Men in Kilts by Katie MacAlister. I have no idea why I read the entire book. I have to admit that, based on MacAlister’s paranormal romances (Sex, Lies and Single Vampires, etc), I was expecting something in the time-traveling Highlander genre. This wasn’t… in fact, it had me wondering if it was vaguely autobiographical.
Breath of Magic by Teresa Medeiros. Extremely fluffy paranormal romance. Apparently I have no shame. Hopefully y’all like that about me! 😉

“I can’t believe you guys think that I’m dorky. You wound me.” -Chaos


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