Saturday, August 30, 2008


This is a picture of Pretty In Pink that my friend Kathleen took for me today. I think it shows the glove nicely. If you click on the picture it will enlarge so that you can see it better.

Here's a new development. A couple of my friends in the Fingerless Glove Fanatics Group on Ravelry think I should submit my pattern to someone they know for her new book. No guarantee that it would get in it, but they seem to think that it would. So now I'm trying to decide if I want to do that or not. It's a wonderful opportunity, but so is being able to sell it on Ravelry! I have no idea what I'll do!

My testers are working on the pattern. The one who thought she couldn't crochet well enough has completed the cuff and finishing row 7 on the hand awhile ago!! I knew she would be able to do it! She posted a picture of the cuff and it looks great! She's going to be so proud of herself when she finishes them.

I'm getting ready to do a fingerless glove swap at the FGF group. They're also having a CAL and KAL for September that I want to join. They sure know how to keep you busy! LOL It's a great group and I really have enjoyed meeting everyone there. Such talent at Ravelry! It's amazing! Young women knitting and designing such beautiful things! I'm in awe of all of them. Not only are they a talented group, they are also very smart and polite and cute!! Of course there are all ages in this group, but so little is said about the young people who are doing the right things that I feel that they should be recognized! The whole group are awesome, even the men! Don't tell them that I said that. We wouldn't want them to get swelled heads! hehe

Time to go check on the progress of my crocheters! I'll keep you informed!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Pretty In Pink

I'm so excited that you might say that I'm tickled pink!! I've just finished designing my first pair of fingerless gloves, which I have named Pretty In Pink!! They are pictured here. I have 4 very nice people from the Fingerless Glove Fanatics group testing them for me. When they're finished, I will be putting it up for sale on Ravelry.

They are crocheted gloves done in Luster Sheen yarn. I love the way they turned out and I think that they're easy enough for any crocheter who can read a pattern to make. My testers will let me know if that's true or not.

I've posted pictures of them in several places and gotten a wonderful response, much bigger than I ever expected! I've just sent out the pattern today, and I can't wait to see how my testers do. They can use any yarn that's the same weight as the Luster Sheen I've used. I know one of them will also be using Luster Sheen.

Since we're talking pink here, and that makes me think of the Cancer Society. I hope you will check out the places I visit and pay a visit to the wonderful lady who is doing the walk for the society. It's a great cause, and her story will touch your heart I'm sure.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hurricane Season is Here!!

I received the following in my email today. I thought it was so funny that I wanted to share it. The bad part is that most of it is also true!! LOL

Hurricane Advisory


We're entering the heart of hurricane season. Any day now, you're going to turn on the TV and see a weatherperson pointing to some radar blob out in the Atlantic and making two basic meteorological points:* There is no need to panic.* We could all be killed. Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in South Florida. If you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one." The best way to get information on this topic is to ask people who were here during Hurricane Andrew (we're easy to recognize, because we still smell faintly of b.o. mixed with gasoline). Based on our experiences, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:STEP 1. Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days.STEP 2. Put these supplies into your car.STEP 3. Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will n ot follow this sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in South Florida. If you're one of those people, you'll want to clip out the following useful hurricane information and tuck it away in a safe place so that later on, when a storm is brewing, you will not be able to locate it.We'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:HOMEOWNERS' INSURANC E: If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance. Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements: (1) It is reasonably well-built, and (2) It is located in Nebraska.Unfortunately, if your home is located in South Florida, or any other area that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the fir st place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house. At any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss. Since Hurricane Andrew, I have had an estimated 27 different home-insurance companies. This week, I'm covered by the Bob and Big Stan Insurance Company, under a policy which states that, in addition to my premium, Bob and Big Stan are entitled, on demand, to my kidneys.SHUTTERS: Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows, all the doors, and - if it's a major hurricane - all the toilets. There are several types of shutters, with advantages and disadvantages:* Plywood shutters: The advantage is that, because you make them yourself, they're cheap. The disadvantage is that, because you make them yourself, they will fall off.* Sheet-metal shutters: The advantage is that these work well, once you get them all up. The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your hands will be useless bleeding stumps, and it will be December.* Roll-down shutters: The advantages are that they're very easy to use, and will definitely protect your house. The disadvantage is that you will have to sell your house to pay for them.* "Hurricane-proof" windows: These are the newest wrinkle in hurricane protection: They look like ordinary windows, but they can withstand hurricane winds! You can be sure of this, because the salesman says so. He lives in Nebraska."HURRICANE PROOFING" YOUR PROPERTY: As the hurricane approaches, check your yard for movable objects like barbecue grills, planters, patio furniture, visiting relatives, etc.; you should, as a precaution, th row these items into your swimming pool (if you don't have a swimming pool, you should have one built immediately). Otherwise, the hurricane winds will turn these objects into deadly missiles. (If you happen to have deadly missiles in your yard, don't worry, because the hurricane winds will turn THEM into harmless objects).EVACUATION ROUTE: If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned out. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver's license; if it says "Florid a, " you live in a low-lyin g area.) The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from your home, along with two million other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely.SUPPLIES: If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies. Do not buy them now!South Florida tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute, then go to the supermarket and get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of Spam. In addition to food and water, you w ill need the following supplies:* 23 flashlights.* At least $167 worth of batteries that turn out, when the powergoes out, to be the wrong size for the flashlights.* Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for. But it's traditional, so GET some, dammit!)* A 55-gallon drum of underarm deodorant.* A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a hurricane, but it looks cool.)* A large quantity of bananas, to placate the monkeys. (Ask anybody who went through Andrew; after the hurricane, there WILL be irate monkeys.)* $35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth.Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay the hell away from the ocean.At that point, if you've prepared all you can, there's frankly nothing left to for you to do but pray. I mean for a really BIG wave.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


As I think I've mentioned, I have joined the Ravelympics. I was only going to join one team, but ended up on two because I wanted to destash and have something to do while I was at my craft club. This is what I made for Team Stashdown:

I'm now working on a pair of beautiful fingerless gloves designed by my friend Wendy Ganiggle. They are called Eden and I'm making them in Essentials yarn from Knit Picks in the Cocoa color. You can see Wendy's designs here: Please go to check out her designs. They're great!

Well, off I go to work on my gloves! I'll get a picture asap!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ravelympics 2008

Ok, so you know that I'm a member at Ravelry and part of the fingerless glove group. What you may not know is that Ravelry is having it's own olymics to go along with the games held in China. Being the team player that I am, I have decided to join Team FGF and make a pair of fingerless gloves. Hopefully I will complete my pair of Eden mitts in the 16 days allowed. They are very beautiful fingerless gloves designed by Wendy Ganiggle. It's only her second design and she's done a beautiful job with them. I'm anxiously waiting to start work on them with the hopes that my knitting skills are good enough to do them credit.

My Birthday

Your Birthdate: June 27
You are a spiritual soul - a person who tries to find meaning in everything. You spend a good amount of time meditating, trying to figure out life. Helping others is also important to you. You enjoy social activities with that goal. You are very generous and giving. Yet you expect very little in return. Your strength: Getting along with anyone and everyone Your weakness: Needing a good amount of downtime to recharge Your power color: Cobalt blue Your power symbol: Dove
You Are Strawberry Cake
Fresh, sassy, and romantic. You're a total flirt, who never would turn down a sugary treat. Occasionally you're a bit moody - but you usually stay sweet!