Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Drug-addicted cocker spaniel

My brother sent me this link the other day and it was too funny for words. So I had to share it.

You can either read the story or listen to it. I would suggest listening though, as it is good for some laughs.

I hope our dogs never get high on something. Though I know Weasel does eat poo at times, and Buster used to get 'roid rage when he was on steroids for his third eyelid issue.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Knitting and returns

Remember that post of a pic of my impulse purchase. It was post dentist and it wasn't yarn. I took a pic of some beads that I was going to turn into jewelry. I had a vision for the jewelery too, and it was going to be cool and trendy.

Yesterday after carrying the beads and things around in my car for a few weeks I decided to return the items at Michaels. I looked all over the place for my receipt, my car, all the tables in our house, my purse, my knitting bag, etc., and looked in these places several times just in case I had overlooked it the first 3 times I was hunting. I could not find the receipt anywhere. I could find every other receipt for everything else I had bought, but not that one receipt. So I returned it all and got store credit. I really needed credit card credit- since I had already bought YARN the week before, while I planned to return the beads.

This morning, I was poking around through another of my bins of stuff for my traveling office, and there it was. A Michaels receipt folded in half the long way, with the Michaels logo facing outward- all the items were listed. Unbelievable. The only place I didn't look was the right place to find it. Since I hadn't had the receipt the previous day I had gotten less than full price for some of the items due to them being on sale. So, to Michaels I went. And I was pleased with the service as the sales lady kindly put up with me, and I have now been credited back to my account so I can keep the yarn I bought already.


I indulged in a trip to the Three Kittens Needle Arts, just barely a week after the Shop Hop. I went there originally for baby yarn for a boy baby sweater for an upcoming baby shower gift, and came out of there with more. I purchased the yarn for a wild and crazy sweater vest out of Berrocco Foliage yarn, the color named "Russian Sage" which is ironic because I have Russian Sage, or salvia, growing in my garden. The pattern is free online, and another knitting friend of mine made it, and I kind of thought it was over the top, too wild for me. I wear lots of wild colors, often at the same time, and for me to make this statement seems kind of uncharacteristic. But I thought this vest was too crazy. I bought the yarn for it now as it has grown on me.

When I was little I used to lament the evils of the color pink, socks with ruffles on them, and sweater vests. A few years ago after many years of shunning the color pink in any form, I gave in. It was popular that season, and there were some newer shades of vibrant pink. Now I have much more pink in my closet than ever before, except for the time I was really little and Mommy did my shopping. Along with pink, I thought ruffled socks were just plain wrong. Now I often wear patterned socks, with fall leaves, black cats, silver reindeer, and knitted patterns on them, but I do not own any ruffle-top socks.

This brings me to the sweater vests issue. I thought they were pretty awful when I was little, but old enough to have an opinion. I wore a red one with a school bus, and some of the alphabet on it for my first grade pictures. It was my jack o' lantern look, as I was without my two front teeth too. The night before picture day I remember my mom telling me "don't lose those two front teeth before picture day tomorrow, or you will have a funny picture." Gues what happened? I don't remember when but sometime between then and picture day I lost both of those front teeth. So I smiled toothlessly wearing my red sweater vest with a white collared shirt. And now, after some time, I am planning to knit one. Go figure.

Did you wonder too?

Remember the Yarn Shop Hop? How many of you where waiting and wondering if you were the winner? I was wondering. I was checking my phone and my e-mail address- but no luck. Who is the lucky winner? Does anyone know? I feel as though it should be posted for all to see - somewhere- possibly in the blogosphere, or on the TC Knit list for sure.

Friday, October 06, 2006

c'mon ya'll let's do the Happy Dance!

friendly yarn pirates

friendly yarn pirates
Originally uploaded by CorgiMom.
Check out her pin- it has all the charms on it!

my prize from the drawing at Three Kittens Needle Arts

Big long needles. I did not have this size or length.

two steps left

two steps left
Originally uploaded by CorgiMom.
Kitchener- which I really enjoy. I think it is easy and amazing how it

works. And weave in the tails- which I dread.

I have a plan for this

I have a plan for this
Originally uploaded by CorgiMom.
I dread going to the dentist. So when I went last week Thursday and

received a good report post teeth cleaning, I rewarded myself with a

trip to Michael's where I bought jewelry fix-ins. We will have to see

if my "vision" turns out the way I planned.

finally- done

finally- done
Originally uploaded by CorgiMom.
I used the free Knitpicks pattern that uses Sierra yarn with leftover

mohair from my vogue knitting mohair/Sierra v-neck chunky cable

sweater. I also used the same cable from the sweater rather than the

cable from the pattern for the main cable. The side cables are from the

pattern. It will be fun when it gets cold to wear both the sweater and

carry the matching purse.

the three little kittens have lost their mittens...

and gotten new ones from their friendly new owners! Yes- that is right- New ownership at the Three Kittens!!!!I took a pic of the sign because this news was nearly too good to be true. The challenge of this is that I will have to budget more carefully, as this store is WAY TOO CLOSE to my house for monetary safety- and with new owners comes some new policies. Knitter friendly policies to be exact. I can now go there freely and not have a credit card use spending limit. The previous store required a 20+ dollar purchase when using credit cards. Now don't worry, I am not about to flip and individually charge those little stitch holders one by one on my credit card, or make ridiculously small amounts of purchases just cause I can. But let's just say the store owners might get to know me on a first name basis.

the changeover came just in time for the crawl- in fact the switch happened at the start of this week. For those of you muggles (non-knitters what are you doing reading my blog? This is a knitting blog, for knitters! ) , The crawl is like a mini-olympic knitting event where groupies flock to participating yarn stores to get stamps on their treasure map, by answering clues, and get treasure treats along the way. Like prize drawings, and little silver knitting related charms for a funky un-screwable safety pin.

The fun times began this morning for me as I had the luxury of scheduling my day around the 7 yarn shops on the 'crawl. I began at 11:30 at Amazing Threads. There I was greeted by two female pirates.

Later in my day I drove past the Yarnery- to work- then back, to Grand Avenue. Along the way I picked up a paint chip at Restoration Hardware, bought new fabulous running shoes, and stopped at the Yarnery. Yay- another stamp and another drawing!

Then, off to Three Kittens Needle Arts. No longer the yarn shop with 2 p's and an e at the end. Coolness. I was really hungry and my brain was about to shut down to the point that I knew I could not make any decisions- shopping wise- but waited about 13 min as a drawing for prizes was about to happen. Good thing I waited, 'cause I won the drawing of the hour. Sweet!

I was mulling over a purchase that I have meant to do for awhile, buy 5 skeins of Berrocco's Foliage for a funky sweater vest, but could not make any color decisions on an empty stomach.
I was cognizant enough to read the good news sign and snap a pic of it though.

Tomorrow I have a long all morning work meeting- then I will visit the other stores on the map in the afternoon. I must say that the stores are sure spaced out away from each other. It's like a few mini road trips to make the map full.

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Originally uploaded by CorgiMom.
Ok, so this really isn't going to become a habit, me (DH) posting all
the time, but I had to post a picture of Gandalf! Basically, Gandalf is
my work's way of recognizing outstanding achievement. He was first
given out last December at the office christmas party, and then this
week he was given to me. Cool! He also came with a little bit of moola
with which I can take Corgimom out to a nice place. And maybe a Segway
tour, she wants to do one of those.