Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Change in the Wind?

I've been scanning Google's new privacy policy and what I am seeing does not jibe with me. Basically, they want to be able to store and disseminate every. bit. of. information. they. gather. on. you. to send to whomever they choose.

Yeah, not kosher with me.  Heck, I am the one who reads the facebook apps page before consenting.  And I have cancelled an app because they wanted too much power over my name and space on FB.

So I'm considering a move to Wordpress.  I know that it might take a bit more education on my part before I do so. All 5 of my followers: Be forewarned. 

Random Tuesday

Nice Bar, right? This was taken at the Hubbell Power Systems (HPS) Guest House in 2000.  Back then I was working in Electrical Distribution. It's all that stuff that sits on the telephone poles.  HPS gives newbies a week-long seminar on different products used in Electrical Distribution. You get to travel to Missouri and stay at this guest house, which is actually the founder's original home.  The founder of HPS is deceased.  OK, so this is the bar.   I remember doing a LOT of drinking in this bar that had no Guiness, Yukon Jack, Southern Comfort, MGD Light, nor Jack Daniels.  I drank Miller ~shudder~ for a week straight.  Oh the hangovers! There was not much else to do after the day's selection of seminars, so I drank.

The house itself was beautiful, decorated in a great Mod/Art Deco style. There was a circular breakfast nook:

And a large area where we met every day to learn distribution equipment, their uses and manufacture:
One hellaciously huge master bathroom that I shared with the only other lady in the group. I kid you not, this thing was as big as my living room, decked out in tiles with THREE showers.  It had those multi-nozzle showers that I did try once.  The nozzles hit you all over, but they were a bit too fierce for me. Notice the nice 'do in the mirror.  I used to perm my hair a lot back then.
Our guide and host for the week was Marty, pictured in the center of this picture. He's doing a card trick of some sort. I can honestly say this man had a talent for entertaining, educating and hosting a group of people. Not many can do that well, and Marty excelled.  I mean, this was over 10 years ago, and I still remember Marty!
The week in Mo was prohibitively hot.  I mean so hot no one stepped outside for anything, until Wednesday. It was only in the 90's that day. Now you  have to know that the participants in this group were from all over: Vancouver, Great Britain, Washington State..etc.  One guy had never seen fireflies before. About 5 of us spent the evening catching fireflies in a jar for him to take back to his kids.
That's when I learned what an "Arkansas Air Conditioner" was.  It works, just not all that well.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Messenger bag is Bag #3


Messenger bag
Originally uploaded by ruddawg
This bag is actually a prototype that I made for the store. It was for sale, but no one bought it. I love it! I'm not sure why it didn't sell, but perhaps it was just destined to be mine. This one carries the sweaters that I make. It also is my go-to bag when I have to travel. Inside the bag is all white lining with a small patch pocket near the top.

The trim on this one this fabric called Zen Charmer by Alexander Henry.  It gives a great feel to decor fabric.
I've been reconsidering my decision to drop this style of bag in my shop as it is just too useful to not sell it.

On the homefront, it is Snowpocoalypse #2 for the year. It seems as though God has remembered that Wisconsin is a northern state and we are expecting about 12" of snow with this storm.  We're all stocked and ready for the snowfall, and I'm working on cleaning up and organizing my areas around the house.  It's not an easy task around this time because I've got boxes full of items to be given away as door prizes for the Guild's Knit In next month. Brown Sheep sent 15 skeins of bulky yarn plus 2 patterns! I love Brown Sheep!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

All Snow Broke Loose

You get ONE snowfall a few days ago and all it's been doing since is snowing.
A nice view of snow at the In-Laws'.  Snow is pretty, and truth be told: We needed some snow. What I did not need is all the fun of driving through it. If you are living in an area with snow, PLEASE do us all a favor and stop riding the bumper of the person in front of you!!! It increases my stress level by about 1,000,000% when someone does that.  I leave ample room in front of my car so that if anything happens, I have room to get it back together. If you ride my butt, you're gonna connect with my car.

On another note: Alex and I have ramped up the weight loss plan.  We've now switched from soda's to sparkling juices.  Actually, it's just frozen juice concentrate mixed with carbonated water. It gives the mouthfeel of soda without all the sugar and caffeine. Sugary snacks have been replaced with popcorn, chicken nuggets and fig newtons.  Also, the exercise routines will be increased to about 5 times a week instead of 3.

This has a purpose: Once Alex loses the last 30 pounds he signs the contract with the USAF, and he's been promised a laptop when this happens. It's the carrot on the end of the stick.

Business-wise, I've decided to start selling my baby quilts.  I've been creating quilts out of scraps of fabric. There are about 5 more upstairs to finish.  If they don't sell, I will be donating them to the pregnancy-alternative center.  They give them to Pregnant Mom's who come in with concerns about keeping their babies.  Nothing gives you hope more than little gifts for the coming baby. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Bag Collection

A nice bag is it not? The fabric was given to me by a woman who commissioned a number of bags with  licensed fabric. Legally, I'm not allowed to sell bags made with licensed fabric, but I can make bags for someone who provided the fabric.  Yeah, it's a bit complicated.  

So I made this one for myself. It's a bit larger than a small KIP; not as big as a medium.  The size does help me keep larger in-progress items stashed.  This one is holding my sweater. 



The interior got a custom look to it too, as I did dig through my stash to find some great almost coordinating fabrics.    That white thing in the pocket is my pattern -actually just a chart, but it helps me remember where I am in the pattern. 

Now there is no real written pattern to this sweater. I'm taking the process from the ever-useful "The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns" 

The cable pattern is from a more obscure book, "The Harmony Guide to Aran and Fair Isle Knitting" which is out of print.  It's loaded with cable charts and combinations, as well as nice Fair Isle patterns.   I've seen this pattern before used in a hat pattern. That one is called the Utopia hat (Link Here).  So far, it is knitting up nicely, but I have concerns about the fit. It's gauge is wonky because of the cable.  I will be checking the fit of this part after my 2nd skein of Cascade 220 is used up. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

random Monday on Tuesday


Posted by PicasaToday's pic came from our 2009 vacation.  We call it, "Great American Vacation II" and it was a trip to Great Sand Dunes Nat'l park, Mesa Verde, Arches National Park and Dinosaur National Monument. All in 2 weeks.  This picture is taken at Mesa Verde. After going through one of tours to a site, we stopped at a park on the mesa and ate some lunch.  This picture was taken at the edge of the mesa looking towards another site.

Mesa Verde was very fun and educational.  I recommend it to families with kids around 10 years old. Younger kids won't grasp the significance of the site, and it's just hard to maneuver around with a toddler. Archaeology is one of my interests, and pre-Columbus native America does capture my attention. There is a museum at the top of the mesa that is must for anyone visiting the sites.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Soundtrack for 2012

Yep, it all fits into one song.  I remember this one from my High School days.


Well you can tell ev'ryone I'm a down disgrace
Drag my name all over the place.
I don't care anymore.
You can tell ev'rybody 'bout the state I'm in
You won't catch me crying 'cos I just can't win.
I don't care anymore I don't care anymore


I don't care what you say
I don't play the same games you play.


'Cos I've been talking to the people that you call your friends
And it seems to me there's a means to and end.
They don't care anymore.
And as for me I can sit here and bide my time
I got nothing to lose if I speak my mind.
I don't care anymore I don't care no more


I don't care what you say
We never played by the same rules anyway.


I won't be there anymore
Get out of my way
Let me by
I got better things to do with my time
I don't care anymore I don't care anymore
I don't care anymore I don't care anymore


Well, I don't care now what you say
'Cos ev'ry day I'm feeling fine with myself
And I don't care now what you say
Hey I'll do alright by myself
'Cos I know.


'Cos I remember all the times I tried so hard
And you laughed in my face 'cos you held all the cards.
I don't care anymore.
And I really ain't bothered what you think of me
'Cos all I want of you is just a let me be.
I don't care anymore D'you hear? I don't care no more


I don't care what you say
I never did believe you much anyway.


I won't be there no more
So get out of my way.
Let me by
I got better things to do with my time
I don't care anymore
D'you hear? I don't care anymore
I don't care no more
You listening? I don't care no more
No more!


You know I don't care no more!


Why? Well, the lyrics pretty much say it.  When you've been kicked around, told that you and your loved ones are horrible, and treated less than human beings should be....well... you don't care anymore. It's hard to have compassion when you have nothing, and those that 'hold the cards' are bitching at you to stop complaining while they treat you even worse.

I don't care no more.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

When you can have any one, which would you pick?

If I could have any KIP Bag at my disposal, which one would I pick? Well, it's a good question.  I've got about 6 of them rambling about with one project or another in them.  One of my favorites:
I'm very fond of Lilies of the Valley; their smell, delicate flowers and how they proliferate around shady areas.  When I was a young girl, there was this old lady that had a house a block from us with these growing by the porch.  Each day I'd steal one of the stems and spend the remaining 5 blocks walking to school sniffing that great smell.

Right now it's keeping my Bee Fields Shawl in stasis.  That shawl is 100% handspun silk in hues of gold.  I just lost interest in it during the 2nd motif.  Of course, being the one that sews the bag means mine is lined in black with pockets of green.

Since there's a few more bags running around, perhaps I'll show off another one and it's component project next week. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Random Monday

Alex, opening up his present this year.  What do you give a young man, destined to be outta the house in 3 months and going to a place where nothing is needed? I gave up.  He got every trial sized health sample Target had for dudes.  It includes febreeze and mouth wash and wrinkle release.  According to the recruiter, the earliest he can begin Basic Training is March.  After that, who knows? We'll save up the $$ and send it to him for what he needs.

Christmas and New Years are over and I am certainly glad to be rid of both of them. My hope is for a better year this year. Perhaps something with a more optimism, lot less grief from both family and friends, and a bit more adventure.