Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Holiday Five Things

The author Peg Kerr (of The Wild Swans fame) had this fabulous idea for holiday gifts for children.

1. Give them something to read. This is fairly self explanatory.
2. Give them something to love. A new doll, a toy, something to cuddle like a blanket or something that might encourage snuggling with Mom and Dad.
3. Give them something to make them artistic. Musical instruments, art supplies, sewing, craft or hobby items.
4. Give them something to make them athletic. Bike, scooter, skates, skateboard, trip to the beach, nature walk books, scavenger hunt games, etc.
5. Give them something to do with a parent. Do something with them.

These things don't have to be huge and expensive. You can combine them - such as, a book that encourages them to cuddle with you at bedtime or a craft they can do with you, etc. They can be small. But really? That's what it all boils down to. Those are five great things to give to a child, and can help you keep the Christmas madness to a reasonable level.

I thought I'd pass it on.

Been a busy week

Made the most gorgeous simple collar/scarf thingie for a certain someone in a blue/purple Berocco "Lavish" colorway. Am so excited! It's gonna knock her socks off, as is utterly fabulous. Am now working on a similar item in a chocolaty Bella Soft and a gold/black eyelash yarn for another pal, on a pair of #15 needles in a garter/slip stitch combo. Very nice!

New yarn store opening in my neighborhood could be dangerous. Already am on first name basis with the owner. Danger, Will Robinson.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Favorite things
For friends and family who've asked.
Because the holidays are coming
and they're curious.

I like LUSH! Lush bath bombs and ballistics! My favorites are:
Lush Pud (Xmas only, seasonal, yum!), Fairy Jasmine, Blackberry, Lavender Worrier, Hot Java and the Turbo Bubble Bath Bar
I also use their skincare line and love it. It's expensive, but worth it. I use:
Fresh Farmacy soap, Coalface soap, Tea Tree Water and Cosmetic Warrior fresh mask
Jeff uses Daddy-O shampoo.
And of course, I like Glitterbugs :-)

I love Ravens Brew Coffees
Misty Fjords, please. Whole bean is best.

I love loose leaf Assam and Yunnan tea from vendors like Harney, Special Teas, and TeaSource.

I like Dagoba Chocolate bars in chai, lavender and roseberry flavors. They're a buck ninety nine at Whole Foods.

I love yarn stores like Patternworks.com and Handpaintedyarn.com because I'm a yarn junkie.

I have a wish list at Amazon.com.

Other than that, I really don't collect, need or use a lot of "stuff". If you don't want to get me more stuff, these are the charities I support each year and a donation to them is a huge gift to me. Some of these charities operate on the "teach a man to fish" principle, which I particularly appreciate. Helping folks be more self sufficient is a good thing.

Heifer International where you can donate money to buy farm animals, poultry, bees, plant trees and provide seeds for families all over the world. I particularly like the knitting baskets, bees and trees options or shares in wool providing animals.
Habitat For Humanity build houses for homeless and needy families who otherwise would not have homes to live in.
A Greater Gift Serrv International
Aids Project Los Angeles Providing services for HIV+ residents of LA and their families.
City of Hope Hospital
Shriner's Children's Hospitals

Okay, that's it. My holiday wish list and things I Officially Like.
Now how about you?



When in doubt, embellish.

Have decided to make a yarn flower w/ vintage button center to pin to the bottom of the cookie monster scarf. Because it needs.... something. And that's all I can think of to do. Finished Mac's cap for spinning poi while waiting in the audience at Cavalia today. There were several knitters sitting around me and we yakked about yarn during intermission, much to the dismay of our assorted sprogs.

And that's the way it is.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Got another foot done on The Cookie Monster Scarf yesterday, after pie. Not so much today, been mucking out the Younger Sprog's lair. This has certainly been the world's most fascinating blog entry ever, non? Well forget it. I'm gonna go fight with the dust bunnies who've taken up residence in my bronchial passages.

Maybe I'll just eat pie.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

green crane!


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Originally uploaded by yarnpirate.
handmade paper, flourite drop, glass beads

Made with love or... what was I thinking?

Wow. Okay, somewhat daunting... Made With Love By A Liberal This is the coolest idea EVAR. Really nifty nonprofit, making knitty things for folks in need. And it's exactly what I was looking for when I said I wanted to start some kind of group here locally to help in my community. So, I contacted them yesterday and offered to set up a Los Angeles chapter and they replied today - they were thrilled and happy to have me do it and now I've got forms to submit to the state and... I'm starting a local chapter.

)kay. Okay. I coached soccer for 6 years. I taught 4 year olds how to play soccer and run in a straight line while kicking a ball (not always in the right direction, mind) so I can do this. I can do this. And it's going to be wonderful and a great outlet for activism.

You know what they say, be careful what you ask for, you just might get it? Well... I got it. And I'm excited and thrilled and kindof intimidated all at once. So hang on kiddies, it's gonna be a bumpy ride - seat of the pants all the way.

Time to get cracking and organized!

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Okay, I lied.

I frogged the blue chenille yet again and have cast back on because it was just knitting up into this immense... monstrosity if blue chenille. It reminded me too much of my mother's chenille bathrobe when I was a child. I was afraid. Out it came. Cast back on, a more manageable 18 stitches, still doing 2x2 rib, we try it again.

Dear yarn gods,
Please let me finish the blue chenille monster quickly as it is the suck and it is sucking my brain like a big sucky thing.

love and kisses,
Rainy


Friday, November 12, 2004

frog and wine are friends

somehow dropped a stitch in the current project (this'll teach me to knit after two glasses of red wine, right?) and had to frog back two inches during Ray Liota's death scene during ER last night. Nothing like getting pissed off at someone fictional dying too soon because you're trying to get your needles back through all the right loops without dropping any more and you can't look up g'darnit, not YET, not YET, NOT YET! No really, how about, not yet, Ray?

Very good ER. Managed to salvage project. Finished wine. All is right in the world.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

knit one, purl two, rip three

The chunky blue chenille yarn I'm trying to work up into a scarf is really pissing me off. I've cast on about 4 different times, switched needle sizes, changed patterns and still, it's not making me happy. Have decided, as this is a commission piece, to just do the entire thing on the biggest needles I've got, in a 2x2 rib which works up quickly, to get it done already. I need to get it in the mail and off my needles. Sometimes, a knitter and a particular yarn are just not spiritually going to mesh together. Ah well.

The charcoal grey striped rib knit cap I made for my dad's Christmas present came out beautifully, however the moment it was off the needles and finished, Elder Sprog ganked it for her own personal use. So it would appear we are going back to the drawing board for gift ideas for Grandpa.

In a bit of a panic re: the holidays. However, shall prevail and knit, knit, knit my way to Yule.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Mongol horde with knitted accessories, now at a wall near you...

Have completed another cap, this one actual librarian sized. Styled it in a kicky "Mongol Horde" fashion, with a pointy bit and tassel at the top. Hoosband says it's quite silly, however, I think it is spiffy beyond all words. Used Cascade yarn in a heathery plum shade, wool and alpaca 50/50 blend. I made a 2X2 rib stitch bottom, then completed the rest of the cap in stockinette. Very spiffy indeed.

I need to figure out how to post pictures on this thing, I guess.

http://www.heifer.org is my new favorite place for Christmas presents. Lets hear it for not quite so much crap under the tree this year, eh?

Monday, November 08, 2004

Favorite things
For friends and family who've asked.
Because the holidays are coming
and they're curious.

I like LUSH! Lush bath bombs and ballistics! My favorites are:
Lush Pud (Xmas only, seasonal, yum!), Fairy Jasmine, Blackberry, Lavender Worrier, Hot Java and the Turbo Bubble Bath Bar
I also use their skincare line and love it. It's expensive, but worth it. I use:
Fresh Farmacy soap, Coalface soap, Tea Tree Water and Cosmetic Warrior fresh mask
Jeff uses Daddy-O shampoo.
And of course, I like Glitterbugs :-)

I love Ravens Brew Coffees
Misty Fjords, please. Whole bean is best.

I love loose leaf Assam and Yunnan tea from vendors like Harney, Special Teas, and TeaSource.

I like Dagoba Chocolate bars in chai, lavender and roseberry flavors. They're a buck ninety nine at Whole Foods.

I love yarn stores like Patternworks.com and Handpaintedyarn.com because I'm a yarn junkie.

I have a wish list at Amazon.com.

Other than that, I really don't collect, need or use a lot of "stuff". If you don't want to get me more stuff, these are the charities I support each year and a donation to them is a huge gift to me. Some of these charities operate on the "teach a man to fish" principle, which I particularly appreciate. Helping folks be more self sufficient is a good thing.

Heifer International where you can donate money to buy farm animals, poultry, bees, plant trees and provide seeds for families all over the world. I particularly like the knitting baskets, bees and trees options or shares in wool providing animals.
Habitat For Humanity build houses for homeless and needy families who otherwise would not have homes to live in.
A Greater Gift Serrv International
Aids Project Los Angeles Providing services for HIV+ residents of LA and their families.
City of Hope Hospital
Shriner's Children's Hospitals

Okay, that's it. My holiday wish list and things I Officially Like.
Now how about you?



One tea cosy, two tea cosy

Made an adorable red and black boucle roll brim hat over the weekend which for some reason morphed into a vast Rastafarian affair and ended up turning into a tea cosy with the clever addition of a drawstring around the bottom. Next up, a wool roll brim cap which (while being made for a full sized librarian) ended up being baby sized.

I think there's trouble with sizing in River City. Or something.