.post-title { margin:.25em 0; font:bold 130%/1.4em Georgia,Serif; color:#333; } .post-title a, .post-title strong { background:url("http://www.blogblog.com/dots/bg_post_title.gif") no-repeat 0 .25em; display:block; color:#333; text-decoration:none; padding:0 0 1px 45px; } .post-title a:hover { color:#000; } Knittingupastorm: May 2005

Knitting Up A Storm!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Looks like there are no takers for owning the GTA Knit Blog Ring. Next step? Email the blog owners in the ring to see if someone is up for the job. If this step fails, then step 3 is to leave the ring as is and not add any new blogs. Also I won't be maintaining the ring either. Unfortunately, if one site fails, the whole ring will eventually fail.

I would like someone to take it over, this is a great ring for great people, but alas after 14 months, I need a break. There isn't alot of work involved to maintain the ring, but I have too much on the go and need to start giving up some tasks.

So, if I find a ring owner I would be happy knowing it will have the opportunity to grow and showcase Toronto knitters' fantastic work.

I will also be taking a break from blogging. Life is busy and not interesting enough to blog about, and hey lets face reality - I'm not pumping out FOs left right and center for your viewing pleasure.

So have a good summer and when life settles down, I hope to be back with renewed energy and lots of FOs to share with you all.

posted by Lisa @ 2:12 p.m. 


Monday, May 16, 2005

My life is very busy right now, and I do not have the time to dedicate to managing the GTA Knit Blog ring.

If you are interested in taking over the ring, please email me - knit_freak@hotmail.com.

Really, there isn't alot of work involved, but I don't have the little amount of time required to manage the ring.

To manage the ring, here are the tasks required to ensure the ring works properly:

  • set up a page for member sign in. See here for mine.
  • upon email notification from ringsurf.com, login and check site to ensure code is properly displayed on blog. ie: image and site id are entered correctly by blog owner.
  • if not, email blog owner with instructions. I have a generic email that I forward, so I don't have to type the same set of instructions each time.
  • if yes, add to members.
  • everyonce in awhile I go through the ring to make sure all sites are working correctly. In the year and a bit I've been managing this ring, not one site had to be removed due to code issues. This bunch of blog owners are fantastic. So not alot of maintenance to do once the blog is part of the ring.

Easy as pie. Please let me know.


posted by Lisa @ 10:28 a.m. 


Wednesday, May 11, 2005

I'm back from the Maryland W&S Festival all in one piece. It was fun, tiring and believe it or not, I didn't buy all I could buy. The festival was completely overwhelming. The amount of people attending this event was crazy. We thought if we arrived early, we would be one of the first. NOT! We were totally wrong.

The first booth we hit was Tess' designs. This company knows their stuff, let me tell you. I bought three skeins of sock yarn from them. There is no word to describe the yarn they create. Then, we went stall by stall, vendor by vendor. After awhile everything started to look the same, until we hit Brooks Farm. Man, oh man. I would go to Rhineback just to buy more of their yarn. I bought 1000 yards of a mohair/wool blend to make either a sleeveless turtleneck of Bad Penny.

Then I bought 3 skeins of sage green from a vendor I can't remember their name. Plus two more skeins for scarves.

Here is the evidence:

Plus, some Brittany Needles, a small Niddy Noddy for J and a Pewter yarn cutter:

And because I found this sign extremely funny, I thought I would share:

That is all folks. Have a good one.

posted by Lisa @ 9:28 p.m. 


Thursday, May 05, 2005

Today is my eldest daughter's 6th birthday. Wow! How time has flown by is beyond my understanding. So after dinner, gift giving and cake eating, I'm heading down to the Maryland Wool and Sheep Festival. Yeah me.
I don't have any knitting content, so I thought I would leave you with this list sent to me:

by Dave Barry, Nationally Syndicated Columnist
1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative onthe same night.

2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race hasnot achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be"meetings."

3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never wantyou to share yours with them.

5. You should not confuse your career with your life.

6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. (I wish Ihad!)

7. Never lick a steak knife.

8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compellingreason why we observe daylight savings time.

10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggeststhat you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emergingfrom her at that moment.

11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make abig deal about your birthday. That time is age 21.

12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender,religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside,we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

13. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a niceperson. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)

14. Your friends love you anyway.

15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur builtthe Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

16. Thought for the day: Men are like fine wine . . . They start out asgrapes, and it's up to the women to stomp the crap out of them until theyturn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
I've bolded the items I like best. Have a good one folks - and see you on Tuesday with pics of all the yarn I'm coming home with.

posted by Lisa @ 2:20 p.m. 


Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Here is my handsome nephew in his new cardi and hat I made him. And the lovely lady is my sister in law, who I love more than you can love a sister. Anette is also the best Aunt my two girls could have!

And another shot because I think he is the cutest baby boy in the universe:

Have a good one folks.

posted by Lisa @ 9:26 a.m. 


Tuesday, May 03, 2005

I'm sure this is going to make the rounds in blogland, I actually find it quite amusing. I'm not angry, I actually smirked as I was digesting his post.

He obviously wrote this to elicit strong reactions, thus bringing more traffic to his site. I believe people who are so negative feel the need to put others down to make themselves feel better.

He even has a category for the I Hate Knitting. Well all righty then! He just wants attention. Poor little thing. Please don't leave comments on his site with angry words, that just fuels his fire and makes his day. Lets not give him the satisfaction.

I'm contradicting myself here, I understand this, my point is - let's stand together and ignore the idiot. That is one thing he will hate more than anything.
Have a good day folks.

posted by Lisa @ 9:57 a.m. 


Monday, May 02, 2005

Thanks for leading me to Knit n' thyme. I've ordered the Phildar Famille Spring 2004 issue and I hope to have it in my hot little hands before I leave for:

The Maryland Wool and Sheep Festival.

I leave this Thursday after the family birthday dinner for my oldest who is turning 6 years old. She has asked for a diary with a lock on it. I can't believe it. Apparently 6 year old girls have secrets. Go figure.

Knitting news? I finished the little raglan cardigan and started a matching hat for my nephew. It is just so cute. I can't wait to give it to him. I've started a pair for wool socks for my brother in law, a scarf for next winter and a Fleece Artist scarf for my sister in law. I've decided to throw caution to the wind and break my 'one project at a time rule'. I must say I like living on the edge.

Ribby Cardi - I finally bought a zipper and it is 2" too freaking short. Crap. Now I have to back and find a 24" one. I wanted to wear it to the MW&S festival, but I guess that's not happening.

Well that is all folks - have a good one.

posted by Lisa @ 1:24 p.m.