Monday, November 26, 2007

Do You Wanna PIF?

I found out about this on Norma's blog (if you don't read it yet, check her out - she's funny and fabulous and it kills me that I moved away from VT before I got a chance to meet her). And as I wasn't in time to sign up over there, I followed the links in her comments to KT's blog, and signed up. Here's the deal:

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days. That is my promise. The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

This should be fun - I already have lots of ideas. And I don't have to finish anything by Christmas! 2007 anyway.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

No idea...

So my husband owns a soil restoration business. My son (21) has a design background and came up with the logo a few years ago. Brian (H) recently asked Jess (S) for some more design help for his web site. Here's his first go:

I am at a complete loss as to how my kid could have developed that kind of smart-ass behavior...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Road Trip!

Do you guys know about Franklin? If not, you've got to give him a read. Easily one of the best and funniest blogs out there. And weekend before last, I got to meet him!

I joined the Minions of the Pointy Sticks on a road trip to see Franklin and to take part in the 1000 Knitters Project. We rented a big ol' church-group-type van and with Jasmin at the wheel, headed over to Sacramento. We made it there in good time, and had lunch before going to meet Franklin. While we were eating, someone let the restaurant know we were celebrating Jasmin's birthday. The perpetrator had better hope his/her identity is never revealed - can you see the daggers in these eyes?

Once lunch was over, it was time to go meet Franklin. We filled out our model release forms (now that's something I never saw myself doing being so tall and willowy and all), and waited for our turn to go see Franklin. Here's the man in action:

Here's Jasmin and the scarf:

The Minions got to pose with the man of the hour. In case you're wondering, we're not short - Jasmin's husband Andrew is just very tall...

Franklin and yours truly:

The whole thing was so much fun. I really dislike having my picture taken but he did an awesome job of making me (and everyone else) feel at ease while he was shooting. I can't wait to see the completed project!

If Franklin ever decides to switch teams, Jasmin and I claim him. And we may be shorter than you but we're meaner, so back off.

I've been spinning a fair amount. This is some roving I got at Purlescence partially spun up and Navajo plied:


I've also been knitting! I finished this:

It actually came complete with little red heart-shaped buttons, but I took the pic before I sewed them on.
And I have started the Minimalist Cardigan from the Fall issue of IK. It doesn't look like much yet, but it's getting there.

And, as I took a business trip to PDX this week, I got some work done on some socks. Pictures of them when I can get to it.
I Just Can't Wrap My Head Around This:

Look what's starting to bloom in our yard. In freakin' November! I know a ton about plant habits in New England but I just don't get how it works in CA. Too weird! Not that I'm complaining. But things like roses in November and Iris in January just freak me right out.