Friday, September 29, 2006

This is the end, beautiful friend

This is the end My only friend, the end Name that song and the group who sang it. This is my last post on Blogger. Thanks for the memories Blogger. I'll keep the site up here because I haven't been able to transfer all my posts over (such a Luddite) to WordPress. You are cordially invited to join me as I continue to blog about my exciting life here. Don't forget to add my new URL to your Bloglines. See ya later, alligator.

Wait, You're Giving Away Chocolate?

My girl Harriet turned us on to a contest. Nicole is giving away chocolate! Hello? Who cares if it's liquid. I've licked melted chocolate out of things before. I know you have too. Contest ends tonight at midnight. And don't forget the LimeDragon herself is having TWO contests!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

I went to church and a knit group broke out

Mostly what's on the needles these days is prayers shawls. Maybe it's because the needles and yarn are thick and easy to work with or it's easy to hide mistakes. And because it feels good to help others. Like Kay, I wasn't feeling the lace love, so after twenty-five or so attempts, I decided to save lace until I could concentrate (in the afterlife?). And speaking of those lovely Mason-Dixon ladies, I even got a shout out today! It pays to remember your mother's advice. Because I'm so poor I can't even pay attention, I have three shawls on the needles now and am switching off to keep myself amused. I took my simplest one--a feather and fan pattern with me to hang out at church while I waited for my son's youth group to finish. Four ladies showed up, and I had yarn and needles for everyone. As I mentioned yesterday, the camera is AWOL, so I don't have pictures, but it was amazing to see ladies of all ages and experience join together for knitting, crocheting and conversation. It's a beautiful thing. Here's a picture of the basketweave shawl (it's a repeat I know; what can I say? I'm pathetic). And of course, gratuitous kitty pictures. Oh, and I was going to say here's a video of me knitting (definitely my nose), but I'm not sure I'd throw knitting needles away. I was thinking "frog the dress and repurpose!" How about you? Oh, and que pasa with Blogger and no spaces between paragraphs?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Censorship

Thanks for all your comments about how to import Blogger posts to WordPress. I found my way to the Import section and made all the correct clicks. And WP imported everything for two years up to the end of July. I think it doesn’t like the rest. Perhaps it’s not of a certain quality.
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I have a huge learning curve--how to add all the bells and whistles that are eye candy for the attention deficit (like I am) or the links to shopping for the fiber addicted (like I am). If you have any suggestions about where to read, what to do, I'd be much obliged. And I'll post my new blog address when I have a little more figured out--still under construction at this point. Also I have made two posts in WP, and they are not sorting "newest post first." Any thoughts?

Help! I need somebody

Those of you who've made the move from Blogger, help! Did you move all your archived posts or just create a link back to Blogger?

Go ahead, make his day

My eleven-year old has created a blog. It would make his day, week, month if you visited and left him a comment. Thanks!

Once again I am persona non camera

(I probably just told you I eat raisins by the light of the moon, but after reading my last post, you will know that retention of language has ceased to be my forte.) When I find that @#$% camera that has gone missing AGAIN (where is my gingko biloba?), I will post pictures of the great yarn that Anne sent me. Thanks Anne! And the super cool D-backs merch that I won in Andi and baby (CUTE!) Kendra's contest. And Mama-E's rockin' fall socks club yarn. Pictures cannot do it justice. I want to eat it--it's that beautiful. Oh, and I can't forget, Blogless MJ (now not so blogless--but love the name), shared her mango shawl with me.
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The only caveat is that I finish it. It's so beautiful. I hope I don't disappoint you MJ! Check out her blog; she's a knitting wonder--with Koigu no less! And I haven't forgotten my September ColorSwap package. I promise Valerie! I'm assembling it today and will post by the weekend. Oh, and while I'm at it, check out her totally awesome SOCK YARN STORE!!!!! Shop 'til you drop, knitters. She has Fleece Artist. And she has Regia Bamboo on sale. 'Nuff said. And you too, Chocolate Swap partner Marion from Estonia (how cool is that?). She is the most amazing knitter--knitting her friend a dress without a pattern. Wow. What's Estonian for "you rock"? Oh, wait, don't tell me because I'll forget. But tell my 2.3 readers--they would like to be able to drop Estonian words casually into conversation. And to answer a question posed awhile back by the anonymous S.N. "What is a Chibi?" Ah, the knitting jargon. I asked the same question not too long ago. The answer dear S.N. is this: "The Chibi is a jumbo darning needle set. It has a easy to handle case with a screw on cap and comes with two jumbo sized needles (other silver needles shown are DMC tapestry needles). The case keeps needles safe by helping to prevent accidents and misplacement.". Props to Merribee for the def.
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File this under: Yes, I really WAS a language major. No, I'm not blonde under the red.

So the other day I commented to a guy that my daughter would really like his flame-covered sneakers. He said, "Yeah, El Fuegos." And I said, "Oh, I thought they were Converse." I'm still blushing.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Fun New Blog Jewelry

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Resounding thanks! And a Contest.

Thanks so much for all of you that weighed in on the SKB survey. I will take all your suggestions into consideration--especially the ones that suggest a higher neckline. Maybe my SKB love will be requited yet, or I'll end up knitting it for my daughter who has a perfect pre-pubescent physique (then she'll spill ketchup on it). My sp8 girl Harriet is having not one but TWO contests! Go find her cute self in the Stitches postcard section and let her know and guess which pattern and which Opal Rainforest yarn she will be using to knit her next pair of socks. There are yarn prizes involved. This girl has seriously great yarn. Check it out!
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Friday, September 22, 2006

Simple Knitted Bodice Survey

I'm watching the wave of SKBs across knitbloglandia, and I want to make one. But I have a question. Will the SKB work for those of us who have, shall we say, an abundance of frontitude? Or will we just be showcasing the girls? Will the design of a slightly-parted front become a flaw for those who've already hit puberty (unlike the girl in the pattern)? I want to know because I WANT the SKB. Shall I requite this love or add it to the afore-posted post?
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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Love, Unrequited Style

My girl Ellen, aka The Red Mojito (mojito, yummmm), who when she is not making me laugh is making me think (scary combo), posed a question--why do people like cats? And I responded thusly, "for the same reason we have crushes on movie stars--unrequited love. It's all about the melancholy." We love our cats and, at best, they tolerate us. We adore our movie stars (marry me, Viggo, I promise you won't regret it), and they wouldn't know us from a hole in the wall. Isn't it true? I'm all about the unrequited love. And if you asked me for a list, of course I would have to say "Alphabetical or chronological?" and "Imaginary or real?" and "How much time do you have because it's a pretty extensive list."
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Starting with Donny Osmond back in grade two to the present day. And I can't "out" my latest unrequited one because it could lead to public humiliation for me. Maybe someday. I'll give you a hint though. I'm a sucker for accents, especially any and all derivatives from the Commonwealth Realms. I'm also a big time sucker for smart guys, oh, and cute, oh, and a nice bod doesn't hurt. (And if you're making an educated guess, for heaven's sake don't post it in the comments; this is a public blog. Email me and we'll talk.) I'm narrowing the field too much. We all have unrequited loves--be they human, spiritual or material (think Tilli Tomas or Alchemy Haiku). There certainly wouldn't be a music industry if we didn't obsess over relationships lost or never found. And literature would definitely be the poorer should we collectively awake and say, "No more loving people or things that won't love me back!" Melancholy may be an acquired taste, but once embraced can become addiction. The sweet despair, the divine discontent. The complete control. That's the heart of my unrequited love; I'm forced to admit. My imaginary lovers never color outside the lines or memorize the wrong speech. The pain is bittersweet--a tiny bit bitter but mostly sweet. Very like the glamorous illnesses in stories of old in which women in gauzy dresses dwelt in opulent sanitoriums langorously awaiting heroes' arrivals. It's not the gut-wrenching, limb-severing pain of real life when people walk away and won't give you a second (or third or hundredth) chance or where the person or feline or fiber you would die to have won't give you the time of day. I will try to live in the real world, honest. But don't fault me should I repair at regular intervals to mingle with my unrequited lovers. And don't ask me about it because I won't kiss and tell. Okay, maybe I will.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Check out the Party!

Chris is the fountain of all contest wisdom. Thanks, Chris! Found out that Becky is having a contest to celebrate her blog move and her blogaversary. Go visit her and see what she has going on. It's awesome! Socks that Rock, yummmmmmy.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Because Everyone Should Journal

*A Dog's Diary* 7 am - Oh boy! A walk! My favorite! 8 am - Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite! 9 am - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite! Noon - Oh boy! The yard! My favorite! 2 pm - Oh boy! A car ride! My favorite! 3 pm - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite! 4 pm - Oh boy! Playing ball! My favorite! 6 pm - Oh boy! Welcome home Mom! My favorite! 7 pm - Oh boy! Welcome home Dad! My favorite! 8 pm - Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite! 9 pm - Oh boy! Tummy rubs on the couch! My favorite! 11 pm - Oh boy! Sleeping in my people's bed! My favorite! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *A Cat's Diary* Day 183 of my captivity. My captors continued to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get fr om clawing the furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another house plant. Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded. Maybe I should try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair. I must try this on their bed. Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body in an attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little kitty cat I was. This is not working according to plan. There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary confinement throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the food. More important, I overheard that my confinement was due to my powers of inducing something called allergies." Must lea r n what this is and how to use it to my advantage. I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird, on the other hand, has got to be an informant. He speaks with them regularly, and I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room, his safety is assured. But I can wait. It's only a matter of time.

Don't Click on This

Unless you want to go insane. And check out the songwriter's name. Thanks, Susie; now I'm certifiable.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

What Flavour Crisps DOES James Bond Eat?

It's a burning question, I know. Do you sit up nights wondering? Pao is on a quest to solve the mystery; help him out if you know. There are prizes involved!
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And while we're on the subject of Bond, James, Bond; which one is the real (best, favorite)? Sean Connery, of course.* *I've never actually watched a James Bond movie, but I like Sean Connery. Nods to mrspao.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Do You Ever Get the Feeling

That the world is spinning a little too quickly? That in the Tour de France of life you are riding your purple banana-seat bike from grade two? That you are the rock in the middle of the stream and the current is rushing over and around you? That's how I feel today. The minutes of my day pour from the top of the hourglass, and I can't catch up. I'm torn between anxiety and joy. The sun is shining, my cat is sitting beside me, and there is much reason to smile. But the minutes, oh, the minutes, they speed away. Must knit quickly. On the upside. Although I did not make it into the six months of Scout, I did get into Month One. Good, now I only have to sell my hair or some teeth maybe (like Fantine in Les Miserables: "You have beautiful teeth, you girl there, who are laughing; if you want to sell me your palettes, I will give you a gold napoleon apiece for them." "What are my palettes?" asked Fantine. "The palettes," replied the dental professor, "are the front teeth, the two upper ones."), and not my whole self ("A hundred francs," thought Fantine. "But in what trade can one earn a hundred sous a day?" "Come!" said she, "let us sell what is left." The unfortunate girl became a woman of the town.) Oh, and by the way, which Les Miserables character are you? How à propos for me!
I'm Fantine!
Though I mean well, my trusting nature gets me into appalling amounts of trouble. Still, I do my best to get through, and I would do absolutely anything for my loved ones.

Which Les Miserables Character Are You?

The Lost Art of Conversation

Great article in today's newspaper about reviving our conversation skills. Two favorite parts: the part about FDR saying shocking things to see whether people were paying attention and this-- If you want good conversation, Shepherd said, "Find a place where you are not interrupted, where you can give it some time, where people are not performing for other people, where there's this sense of safety. I do think having food and sitting down is a good idea." A great place for two people to hold a conversation is during a car trip. "A conversation or a connection is not just about you and the other person. It's about this third thing between you _ a relationship. When you take your eyes off each other for a while, you can put your eyes on the relationship." Let's work on that today. Who's up for going out to eat or a road trip?

My Fave Comic Strip


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Hey Spinners!

Deb of Chappysmom has a great offer! She's selling her Kiwi, and it's a beaut. Check out the details in her September 12th post. And pass the word along, please!
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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Contest!

Thanks to Chris (and of course Mayhem and Chaos), I've discovered my calling:
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Entering contests! I've won two this week! Mrs. Pao's acronym contest and Anne's "write a caption about my son who is the cutest in the world" contest. Thanks, ladies! Gotta love that random number generator. Here's a contest that is still going. Head over to Cindy's blog and predict when she'll finish her shawl-in-progress. She's giving away yarn, folks! Oh, and Chris, love the new avatar!

My 10 Names

Fun meme from Lisa who has a super name for her blog. 1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: ( pet and current street name) Velvet Mill 2. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/grandmother on your moms side, your favorite candy) Martha Skor 3. YOUR "FLY Guy/Girl" NAME: (first initial of last name, first three letters of your middle name) C. Kay 4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Blue Bengal 5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Kaye Phoenix 6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 2 letters of mom's maiden name and first 3 letters of the town you grew up in.) Car-lo-li-bra 7. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The", your favorite color, favorite drink) The Blue Cosmopolitan 8. NASCAR NAME: (the first name of both your grandfathers) Henry Lacey 9. FUTURISTIC NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne and the name of your favorite shoes) Euphoria Dansko 10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother/father's middle name ) Marjorie Thomas

Monday, September 11, 2006

I'm Not Listening!

My eleven-year old sat down on the couch with me Friday and began to argue. He didn't want to go to his dad's house. He was working himself into a full-on rant, and I said, "You have to go; it's not optional." He is usually a pretty cooperative kid (after the initial power struggle), but this time, the fingers went in the ears and the "La la la la, I'm not listening" commenced. I kept knitting. I was working on lace, for heaven's sake, and I wasn't about to be distracted. There wasn't any point in arguing. Then I noticed it was quiet on the other end of the couch. Here's what I saw: I couldn't resist taking the picture. You'll notice the fingers are still in the ears. He'll be mad if he sees it, but what eleven-year old boy reads knitblogs? We're safe. I took the time he was sleeping to pray that God would help me to step outside my usual "you'll do it because I said so" in a screechy voice mode. And I knit. A few minutes later, he opened his eyes and said, "What time is Dad picking me up?" Sometimes all a guy (and his mom) needs is a nap. Added note: As soon as I posted this, the phone rang. It was the boy-son telling me he has a fever and needs to come home. I always seem to miss the cues and then go back after he's sick and say, "Oh, THAT'S why he was crabby!"

I Told You I've Been Knitting; I Wasn't Lying

Here are some things on the needles. I find it hard to share WIPs--it feels like getting caught in my underwear (which believe me, you DON'T want to see). Hard to fight that good ol' Maine "keep it to yourself" attitude. I learned it well. Not that there aren't some things we should keep to ourselves (e.g., "Dude, what the @#$#@ happened to your hair?" "Wow, is that your perfume or did we just pass some fetid road kill?"), but I'm going outside my comfort zone here. The first (above) is my basketweave prayer shawl with kitty assistance. The second is my Sarah moebius scarf--so named because the lovely and able Sarah both sent me the yarn and suggested what to do with it! It's wonderfully soft and will make a perfect Christmas or birthday gift for the present box (not for it to wear, but to put in it--you get me, right?)

Cats are so overrated

So says Gino, the nine-pound, thirteen-year old Yorkie. Why does everyone like cats? They hate you, and I love you, so why do you spend your whole day trying to please them when all you have to do is throw a toy and I'm ecstatic? Just sayin'. What's all the fuss? I may weigh the least, but I'm the fullest of @#$# and vinegar in the whole house. It's my duty to find a cat to bite on the head EVERY time I go outside to help them remember that I'M the boss. Don't forget. I'm the boss. And if you forget, I'll pee on your stuff. But I'm so cute you won't be able to stay mad at me. And I'll sit right beside you ON your knitting, because I love toasty things.

September 11

Five years ago, in the turmoil and panic, this is the verse I read: When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. (Psalm 75:3)

Sunday, September 10, 2006

These Dudes Clean Up Good!

I attend a multi-site church in the western suburbs of Chicago. Here's a video with all the campus pastors strutting their stuff. Don't hold it against us. ;) Be Our Guest

Friday, September 08, 2006

Eye Candy Friday

I'm all about Eye Candy Rowan, yummmmmmm. (Pay no attention to the girl.)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Only Decent Use for a Treadmill

Fun with Treadmills I am completely in love with this video. I especially love the dude's skinny red pants. OkGo is my new favorite band. Thanks to Anne for sharing! And here's the redux: ok go treadmill Love it too.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Knitting has happened

Chez Bluey there is actual knitting going on. Here's proof: my sixth completed prayer shawl. Number seven is on the needles and going FINALLY. I tried the Basketweave shawl pattern on the prayer shawl website, but I couldn't get it to work out. I couldn't figure out if it was me or the pattern. I found a pattern that works better for me here. It's looking pretty good in Lion Brand's Homespun Adirondack colorway. It's amazing to me how hideous some yarn can look on the skein, but when you start knitting with it, it transforms itself.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Good Causes!

Celia of Unraveling is raising money for the AsthmaWalk. She's offering a pair of handknitted socks as a prize to donators! Both my son and I suffer from asthma and so do a lot of other people I know. Lisa's handsome son (the guy in the sidebar picture), Brett, is riding in the National MS Society's annual MS 150 Bike Tour to help raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis research and local programs. Lisa's also offering a prize; don't forget to leave her a comment after you donate. I have two friends with MS, and one of my dear friends lost her mom to MS last year. A worthy cause.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Worst Plot Twist EVER

I spent yesterday doing two of my favorite things: knitting and watching a Law & Order marathon. Because I love the show, I am willing to cut them all kinds of slack, but this one is just too much.
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In the final episode with ADA Serena Southerlyn (Elizabeth Röhm), District Attorney Arthur Branch fires her because she is not a good match for the DA's office. And she asks, "Is it because I'm a lesbian?" He tells her no, and she says "Good." How many seasons was she on L&O? There was never even an inkling that she was a lesbian--no reference, no relationship, no plot conflict including that detail. What idiot writer decided to throw that in as the last thing she said? Is she also an alien? The President of the United States? That's just shoddy scriptwriting; there's no excuse for Dick and his crew who've been doing this for sixteen years. Shame on you, guys. P.S. Knitting pictures will be forthcoming,b ut the light is horrible today with the rain.

G'day, Croc Hunter

I was reading Trek's very funny post about her Wonky socks, and someone left a comment that Steve Irwin, the Croc Hunter, was dead. I couldn't believe it, so I googled. How sad; he's only two years older than I am and leaves behind a wife and two kids under ten.
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Somehow saying he died doing what he loved best seems like small comfort. I guess death is always a potential outcome with the lifestyle he lived, but no one ever really thinks it will happen, do they? My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Birthday Countdown Banner Think yarn and yarn accessories.|W|P|115932512738775340|W|P|Fun New Blog Jewelry|W|P|9/26/2006 09:59:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|Happy upcoming birthday!

Yarn and yarn accessories, right? This gives me plenty of time to come up with something really, really good...9/27/2006 07:08:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|hmm don't know much about yarn on my end..how about a cake? :)1/09/2008 01:39:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous carol|W|P|Hi everybody,

Can somebody suggest me a better online shopping website where I can purchase a Gold Hoop Earrings at reasonable prices. However, I searched the web and find the resources i.e.

http://www.topestore.com

http://www.latest-beauty-tips.com

http://www.safeshoppe.com

where the prices are compartively low.
Please suggest if you have some other better resources.

Carol Lee9/24/2006 09:10:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Thanks so much for all of you that weighed in on the SKB survey. I will take all your suggestions into consideration--especially the ones that suggest a higher neckline. Maybe my SKB love will be requited yet, or I'll end up knitting it for my daughter who has a perfect pre-pubescent physique (then she'll spill ketchup on it). My sp8 girl Harriet is having not one but TWO contests! Go find her cute self in the Stitches postcard section and let her know and guess which pattern and which Opal Rainforest yarn she will be using to knit her next pair of socks. There are yarn prizes involved. This girl has seriously great yarn. Check it out!
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|W|P|115910754031241826|W|P|Resounding thanks! And a Contest.|W|P|9/24/2006 03:09:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Haha, I love that dragon picture! ;) Thanks so much for sending me the mystical dragons link... I enjoyed looking through all the pictures, so creative, so colorful! Thanks too for the contest blurb, I appreciate it! : )9/26/2006 08:37:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|http://www.flickr.com/photos/sassenach/250015746/

This is a link to a photo of a human sized woman wearing her own SKB. Personally, I think it looks great! Thought you might like to check it out.9/26/2006 08:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Gene Slinx|W|P|really? well now i have to be heading off to bed, so tell me how tomorrow.9/22/2006 09:07:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I'm watching the wave of SKBs across knitbloglandia, and I want to make one. But I have a question. Will the SKB work for those of us who have, shall we say, an abundance of frontitude? Or will we just be showcasing the girls? Will the design of a slightly-parted front become a flaw for those who've already hit puberty (unlike the girl in the pattern)? I want to know because I WANT the SKB. Shall I requite this love or add it to the afore-posted post?
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|W|P|115893445516426816|W|P|Simple Knitted Bodice Survey|W|P|9/22/2006 10:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Miriam|W|P|My sister and I call it being blessed by Boobula the Breast Goddess. And yes, I think it will hit us mid nipple (or perhaps even farther out than that) for those of us so well endowed. I love it and I thought "WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PATTERN! I MUST HAVE IT!" until I realized that. I've been contemplating how one might raise the neckline a bit so that it had the same shape, only a good 8" higher up the body.9/22/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Kim|W|P|I, too, am coveting this pattern. Actually, I have it, and the yarn, and I plan to cast on for it today.

Like you, I'm blessed in the bosom department. But I've been following the knit along here:

http://simpleknittedbodice.blogspot.com/

And I'm convinced that this sweater will look good stretched across my majectic prow. I'm just not going to knit it in a size that will be at all tight.

The model in the white sweater is actually better endowed than the model in the green and red versions in the pattern. I think she's wearing a larger size.

Ack. I apologize for the novel in your comments.9/22/2006 01:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Pretty sweater---but I'll be holding off given I have the opposite issue---I'll call it bbb (belly bigger than boobs) At some future date, when I get my "sexy" on again, I'll revisit the SKB.9/22/2006 02:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sheryl|W|P|"abundance of frontitude"
LOL, that's a new one. I too have abundance and it is what keeps me from knitting a garment for myself. I am 0 for 2 in fit!
Very pretty tho.9/22/2006 02:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|Beautiful! If you knit that in a neutral like oatmeal or pale tan and wore a pretty coloured top underneath, it mightn't be all that bad. The eye would focus more on the colour instead of the "abundance".9/22/2006 05:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jaimi|W|P|I think that if you made the V-neck just a little bit shallower, it would work for "the girls". The way it is now, it really would be flaunting their marvelousness, but a little less deep, and I think it would be fantastic! I'm casting on for mine this weekend. Finally.9/22/2006 05:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jaimi|W|P|I forgot to say, I have seen somewhere (helpful aren't I?) directions for doing that...making the V-neck a bit more shallow. Maybe on the blogspot KAL or the crafster.org thread on the SKB. Maybe even on the Stitch Diva website...If I have a moment I will see if I can find it again and let you know.9/23/2006 06:04:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Lynne|W|P|Oh, I want to knit that as well, and have had the same questions, being a girl of bountiful boobage myself. It's really cute, and I did hear something about a deep v being flattering for those of us with abundance.9/23/2006 08:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|Same problem here. I love that sweater, but am worried about my "abundance of frontitude" as well. BUT, I made a promise to myself.....no sweaters for me until I reach my goal weight. Perhaps by then I can figure it out. I think I would probably make mine in black though.9/23/2006 09:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eileen|W|P|SKB is just lovely isn't it? How about this for a solution. Since this pattern is beyond my beginner's capabilities but suits my lack of bust to at T--you knit it and I'll wear it! LOL Check out http://annasflyingneedles.blogspot.com/ I believe she just finished this with a slightly raised kneckline.9/23/2006 11:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Ari|W|P|I love the pattern, but I must admit I'm on the small side, in the chest area anyways. Though I don't think I'd use the recommended yarn considering the price of it.9/23/2006 11:05:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Heatherly|W|P|since i have been trying it on as i go, i think it will be ok. you pick up and knit the collar edge which will add some coverage too.
stitch diva sent out an email with modest modifications for it too. being a 38H, i am making the 44-48" size. only up to the lace part, so far cuz i need to make my sss sock. blah!9/24/2006 07:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Knitty_Prof|W|P|I think it is beautiful, too. But, all the models are young and slender and have no breasts to mention.

My concerns are two: that the wide/deep/sharp "V" will push out (because of the boobs) into an unflattering "U" shape with any amount of breast abundance AND that the midrif/waist part will really emphasize the thickness of that part of the body. Normally, a woman who is amply endowed on top, has a matching thick torso/waist - it is a standard body type. People with large breasts do not normally have a small waist unless they are very young. So, I am looking at that beautiful pattern, and I am thinking that for me it would emphasize all my larger areas.

Now that I think about it there is a third concern for me - I am short so I think I would look wide and round on top, and very short on bottom with this one on. I do have to grand daughters in their 20s who would look fantastic in it so if I make it, I will do it for them. I do love the look but it will take a really great body to pull it off, I think.9/21/2006 09:59:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|My girl Ellen, aka The Red Mojito (mojito, yummmm), who when she is not making me laugh is making me think (scary combo), posed a question--why do people like cats? And I responded thusly, "for the same reason we have crushes on movie stars--unrequited love. It's all about the melancholy." We love our cats and, at best, they tolerate us. We adore our movie stars (marry me, Viggo, I promise you won't regret it), and they wouldn't know us from a hole in the wall. Isn't it true? I'm all about the unrequited love. And if you asked me for a list, of course I would have to say "Alphabetical or chronological?" and "Imaginary or real?" and "How much time do you have because it's a pretty extensive list."
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Starting with Donny Osmond back in grade two to the present day. And I can't "out" my latest unrequited one because it could lead to public humiliation for me. Maybe someday. I'll give you a hint though. I'm a sucker for accents, especially any and all derivatives from the Commonwealth Realms. I'm also a big time sucker for smart guys, oh, and cute, oh, and a nice bod doesn't hurt. (And if you're making an educated guess, for heaven's sake don't post it in the comments; this is a public blog. Email me and we'll talk.) I'm narrowing the field too much. We all have unrequited loves--be they human, spiritual or material (think Tilli Tomas or Alchemy Haiku). There certainly wouldn't be a music industry if we didn't obsess over relationships lost or never found. And literature would definitely be the poorer should we collectively awake and say, "No more loving people or things that won't love me back!" Melancholy may be an acquired taste, but once embraced can become addiction. The sweet despair, the divine discontent. The complete control. That's the heart of my unrequited love; I'm forced to admit. My imaginary lovers never color outside the lines or memorize the wrong speech. The pain is bittersweet--a tiny bit bitter but mostly sweet. Very like the glamorous illnesses in stories of old in which women in gauzy dresses dwelt in opulent sanitoriums langorously awaiting heroes' arrivals. It's not the gut-wrenching, limb-severing pain of real life when people walk away and won't give you a second (or third or hundredth) chance or where the person or feline or fiber you would die to have won't give you the time of day. I will try to live in the real world, honest. But don't fault me should I repair at regular intervals to mingle with my unrequited lovers. And don't ask me about it because I won't kiss and tell. Okay, maybe I will.|W|P|115885533981110157|W|P|Love, Unrequited Style|W|P|9/21/2006 12:33:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Kathy|W|P|Accents, smart, cute and nice bod? Sounds like many of my unrequited loves!

I have no clue who your love is and I won't guess because that just may give away mine!9/21/2006 05:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|One good thing about a movie star crush is they are never a REAL threat to a relationship. I have couple guesses, but I won't tell (not here anyway :) )9/21/2006 08:17:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|I love this rumination on unrequited love and melancholy.

And, as I told you in an e-mail, your explanation for why people like cats is the best I've ever heard. I'm a dog person, so these things are not readily apparent to me.

But you have beautifully clarified the cat conundrum!9/23/2006 08:19:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|Oh, Lorinda. You have beautifully summed up a conundrum that I am dealing with right now. Never watch the LOTR trilogy with your husband if you are trying to sort out serious marital issues. It just makes you want to be an elf and gracefully run off into the sunset with Orlando Bloom.
I have to say, though, that I adore my cats for other reasons as well. They really are sensitive little animals. I love how they know when I need someone in my lap! (And sometimes when they don't and they feel it's ok to sit on the scarf I am 8" from finishing.)9/26/2006 10:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger SCarrGo|W|P|I loved this post, because, *sigh*, like everyone else on the planet, I'm usually in the middle of some crush! HA! These things are always better if it is a movie star or something, then you can maintain perspective.

The control is definitely the thing. Imaginary Lover Boy is PERFECT, never says stupid stuff, never steals the covers, etc. By virtue of the fact that I've never met him and never will, I never need to worry about him, ever. Glorious, isn't it?9/14/2007 05:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger chris|W|P|Hi Sir,Madam

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linktochris11@gmail.com9/19/2006 03:46:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Chris is the fountain of all contest wisdom. Thanks, Chris! Found out that Becky is having a contest to celebrate her blog move and her blogaversary. Go visit her and see what she has going on. It's awesome! Socks that Rock, yummmmmmy.|W|P|115869905934468911|W|P|Check out the Party!|W|P|9/20/2006 05:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Chris|W|P|You're welcome! You seem to be cleaning up on contests. :)9/17/2006 09:23:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|*A Dog's Diary* 7 am - Oh boy! A walk! My favorite! 8 am - Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite! 9 am - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite! Noon - Oh boy! The yard! My favorite! 2 pm - Oh boy! A car ride! My favorite! 3 pm - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite! 4 pm - Oh boy! Playing ball! My favorite! 6 pm - Oh boy! Welcome home Mom! My favorite! 7 pm - Oh boy! Welcome home Dad! My favorite! 8 pm - Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite! 9 pm - Oh boy! Tummy rubs on the couch! My favorite! 11 pm - Oh boy! Sleeping in my people's bed! My favorite! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *A Cat's Diary* Day 183 of my captivity. My captors continued to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get fr om clawing the furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another house plant. Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded. Maybe I should try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair. I must try this on their bed. Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body in an attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little kitty cat I was. This is not working according to plan. There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary confinement throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the food. More important, I overheard that my confinement was due to my powers of inducing something called allergies." Must lea r n what this is and how to use it to my advantage. I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird, on the other hand, has got to be an informant. He speaks with them regularly, and I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room, his safety is assured. But I can wait. It's only a matter of time.|W|P|115850305552637145|W|P|Because Everyone Should Journal|W|P|9/17/2006 11:31:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|ok....I am a cat person. No denying it. And I really think your entry captured my cat Victor perfectly. We have always been very concerned that he is plotting world domination. I think we need to keep a closer eye on him now.
As far as dogs go, I like them. I just prefer cats. But, that entry was pretty much perfection as well. I've always thought that dogs are the happiest animals on the planet, provided you feed them and don't hurt them.9/17/2006 11:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Knitty_Prof|W|P|This is great. I prefer cats because of they are not so needful and could care less if they have a lot of human interaction as look as the bowls are filled up daily and the litter emptied on time and a little pat on the head now and then. My two boys, Blaise and Angel, are as different as night and day, yet they FIT this description and I am certain that some of these diary entries came from my home! Yep, dogs are happy! Cats, well, who knows?9/17/2006 03:07:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|I have a cat, the cat can be very evil as she trys to knock things of the shelf and kill the dog with them. (here poochy poochy...drat I missed.)

When she does like to be petted though, her imperial highness will allow me to pet her and grace me with her purring.

Though I love how she can use a litterbox, I don't have to take her down. Which foils her escape attempts9/17/2006 09:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Too funny.9/17/2006 10:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger wendy|W|P|Sooooo funny!9/18/2006 02:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|Hilarious!9/20/2006 10:58:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|This is SOOOO dead-on!

Remind me: why do people like cats?9/17/2006 08:02:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Unless you want to go insane. And check out the songwriter's name. Thanks, Susie; now I'm certifiable.|W|P|115849823562655308|W|P|Don't Click on This|W|P|9/17/2006 11:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|HA HA HA HA!!!!! I SO needed that this morning! (afternoon. whatever.)9/17/2006 12:20:00 PM|W|P|Blogger cecily|W|P|fuzzy llama funny llama, llama llama DUCK! :D

one of my favorites...9/17/2006 03:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Don't click this!? You know I had to click it...so evil of you.

It made me smile but I now have that scary tune in me head.9/16/2006 06:23:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|It's a burning question, I know. Do you sit up nights wondering? Pao is on a quest to solve the mystery; help him out if you know. There are prizes involved!
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And while we're on the subject of Bond, James, Bond; which one is the real (best, favorite)? Sean Connery, of course.* *I've never actually watched a James Bond movie, but I like Sean Connery. Nods to mrspao.|W|P|115840640661350748|W|P|What Flavour Crisps DOES James Bond Eat?|W|P|9/16/2006 07:29:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Marji|W|P|actually, the more burning question would be, what goes into the Martini shaker? My guess would be Beefeaters, but it is a relevant question don't you think?
How are you doing Lorinda?9/16/2006 10:55:00 AM|W|P|Blogger mrspao|W|P|Thank you :)9/16/2006 11:07:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|SEAN hands down!!!!9/17/2006 02:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Connery made Bond. I haven't watched all of em mind ya, but my dad ould disown me if I denounced St. Sean.9/17/2006 09:28:00 AM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|Good question, Marji. Let's have him mix us up one, and we'll test it out, shall we?9/17/2006 09:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Oh man, I gotta go with Pierce Brosnan----yum.9/14/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|That the world is spinning a little too quickly? That in the Tour de France of life you are riding your purple banana-seat bike from grade two? That you are the rock in the middle of the stream and the current is rushing over and around you? That's how I feel today. The minutes of my day pour from the top of the hourglass, and I can't catch up. I'm torn between anxiety and joy. The sun is shining, my cat is sitting beside me, and there is much reason to smile. But the minutes, oh, the minutes, they speed away. Must knit quickly. On the upside. Although I did not make it into the six months of Scout, I did get into Month One. Good, now I only have to sell my hair or some teeth maybe (like Fantine in Les Miserables: "You have beautiful teeth, you girl there, who are laughing; if you want to sell me your palettes, I will give you a gold napoleon apiece for them." "What are my palettes?" asked Fantine. "The palettes," replied the dental professor, "are the front teeth, the two upper ones."), and not my whole self ("A hundred francs," thought Fantine. "But in what trade can one earn a hundred sous a day?" "Come!" said she, "let us sell what is left." The unfortunate girl became a woman of the town.) Oh, and by the way, which Les Miserables character are you? How à propos for me!
I'm Fantine!
Though I mean well, my trusting nature gets me into appalling amounts of trouble. Still, I do my best to get through, and I would do absolutely anything for my loved ones.

Which Les Miserables Character Are You?
|W|P|115825450205232639|W|P|Do You Ever Get the Feeling|W|P|9/14/2006 01:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|I'm Jean Valjean..apparently I am not above a bit of Skullduggery. woohoo!9/14/2006 01:53:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anne|W|P|I'm Fantine too...9/14/2006 02:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|I guess I'm really going to have to read Le Mis now right??9/14/2006 11:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Nicole|W|P|Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! wow, your post captures exactly what it's like to be in graduate school. Hence why I am sitting at the computer lab at 11pm instead at home in bed with my hubby. Too much to do.

Now I'm off to go see what Les Mis character I am.9/15/2006 06:14:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kate|W|P|I have to see what Les Mis character I am. Thanks for visiting my blog!9/15/2006 08:54:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|Hello Blue Cosmo!

I don't know what Les Miz character I am...but sometimes I sure do feel like that rock in a stream...

Have a great day and a great weekend!9/22/2006 01:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|All the time! (Re: the first paragraphs.)

WTG on getting into one moth of Scout's Indie Swag... it was SOOOOOO tempting, all the goodies look awesome.9/14/2006 11:10:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Great article in today's newspaper about reviving our conversation skills. Two favorite parts: the part about FDR saying shocking things to see whether people were paying attention and this-- If you want good conversation, Shepherd said, "Find a place where you are not interrupted, where you can give it some time, where people are not performing for other people, where there's this sense of safety. I do think having food and sitting down is a good idea." A great place for two people to hold a conversation is during a car trip. "A conversation or a connection is not just about you and the other person. It's about this third thing between you _ a relationship. When you take your eyes off each other for a while, you can put your eyes on the relationship." Let's work on that today. Who's up for going out to eat or a road trip?|W|P|115825037354811343|W|P|The Lost Art of Conversation|W|P|9/14/2006 11:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Samantha|W|P|Oooh oooh, pick me, pick me!! Dh and I love going out to eat without the kids, or for long car rides with the kids (especially when they fall asleep) ... we have some of our best conversations there. :)9/14/2006 12:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger amanda|W|P|I so agree! The hubster and I do lots of great talking in the car and that probably explains why we head out exploring on the weekends so much.9/14/2006 01:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|road trip! oh yeah!

I am used to people not actually listening to what I say, when people ask how I am I say "Rotten" just to see how often they go..good good...and walk off.9/14/2006 02:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|You're so right....road trips encourage conversation. I've had some very enlightening moments in the car with my adult boys. And hubby and I had good conversations on our vacation this summer as well.9/16/2006 08:18:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|You know.....hubby and I always talked better in the car. And even with the end of our marriage possibly in sight shortly down the road, our conversation is getting a lot better. Interesting. Thanks for posting that!9/14/2006 09:55:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|
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|W|P|115824676482976336|W|P|My Fave Comic Strip|W|P|9/14/2006 11:36:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Samantha|W|P|LOL!!9/14/2006 01:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|lol I can relate9/14/2006 02:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|I love "pearls"...but I don't get the paper anymore. Thanks for sharing.9/22/2006 01:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|; ) I love that comic too. Get Fuzzy is another favorite.9/14/2006 08:36:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Deb of Chappysmom has a great offer! She's selling her Kiwi, and it's a beaut. Check out the details in her September 12th post. And pass the word along, please!
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|W|P|115824145633905625|W|P|Hey Spinners!|W|P|9/14/2006 09:18:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|Lorinda, are you a spinner? I haven't tried it - it seems so complicated!9/12/2006 10:33:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Thanks to Chris (and of course Mayhem and Chaos), I've discovered my calling:
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Entering contests! I've won two this week! Mrs. Pao's acronym contest and Anne's "write a caption about my son who is the cutest in the world" contest. Thanks, ladies! Gotta love that random number generator. Here's a contest that is still going. Head over to Cindy's blog and predict when she'll finish her shawl-in-progress. She's giving away yarn, folks! Oh, and Chris, love the new avatar!|W|P|115811927650790301|W|P|Contest!|W|P|9/13/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|Yay! Winning contests with yarn prizes are the best!9/13/2006 03:39:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|The Prize Winner from Defiance Ohio - GREAT movie. You might like it! LOL!!!!9/13/2006 04:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Chris|W|P|Thanks! Mouse does good work, doesn't she (re the avatar)?? And congrats!9/22/2006 01:36:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Woohoo, congrats on the two contest wins! : )9/12/2006 10:20:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Fun meme from Lisa who has a super name for her blog. 1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: ( pet and current street name) Velvet Mill 2. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/grandmother on your moms side, your favorite candy) Martha Skor 3. YOUR "FLY Guy/Girl" NAME: (first initial of last name, first three letters of your middle name) C. Kay 4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Blue Bengal 5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Kaye Phoenix 6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 2 letters of mom's maiden name and first 3 letters of the town you grew up in.) Car-lo-li-bra 7. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The", your favorite color, favorite drink) The Blue Cosmopolitan 8. NASCAR NAME: (the first name of both your grandfathers) Henry Lacey 9. FUTURISTIC NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne and the name of your favorite shoes) Euphoria Dansko 10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother/father's middle name ) Marjorie Thomas|W|P|115811793823779746|W|P|My 10 Names|W|P|9/13/2006 01:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Ann Stanley would be my witness protection name, I think people would not forget a 6 ft tall man named Ann. Perhaps they reverse it for guys.

Great read :)9/13/2006 05:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|This was fun - thanks for providing me with "blog fodder" as my entire knitting story is all about the SKB.9/13/2006 08:43:00 AM|W|P|Blogger JulieFrick|W|P|Funny! Yours turned out really well. Mine, not so much. And we still need to chat about this Kieffer Sutherland thing. He totally peaked with "The Lost Boys," friend!9/13/2006 10:28:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|That's fabulous! Mind if I borrow it for my blog today?
Congrats on winning those contests! I never win anything!9/22/2006 01:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Teehee, these names are all great! : )9/11/2006 11:58:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|My eleven-year old sat down on the couch with me Friday and began to argue. He didn't want to go to his dad's house. He was working himself into a full-on rant, and I said, "You have to go; it's not optional." He is usually a pretty cooperative kid (after the initial power struggle), but this time, the fingers went in the ears and the "La la la la, I'm not listening" commenced. I kept knitting. I was working on lace, for heaven's sake, and I wasn't about to be distracted. There wasn't any point in arguing. Then I noticed it was quiet on the other end of the couch. Here's what I saw: I couldn't resist taking the picture. You'll notice the fingers are still in the ears. He'll be mad if he sees it, but what eleven-year old boy reads knitblogs? We're safe. I took the time he was sleeping to pray that God would help me to step outside my usual "you'll do it because I said so" in a screechy voice mode. And I knit. A few minutes later, he opened his eyes and said, "What time is Dad picking me up?" Sometimes all a guy (and his mom) needs is a nap. Added note: As soon as I posted this, the phone rang. It was the boy-son telling me he has a fever and needs to come home. I always seem to miss the cues and then go back after he's sick and say, "Oh, THAT'S why he was crabby!"|W|P|115799437278142036|W|P|I'm Not Listening!|W|P|9/11/2006 12:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger amanda|W|P|too funny! i know i can use a nap right now :o)9/11/2006 05:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger sue|W|P|Your son must have worn himself out from arguing with you and really needed that nap. I am sure that most people are cranky when they need a sleep, I know I am. I hope he is feeling better now.9/11/2006 05:50:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|That's a sweet picture, and it doesn't matter HOW old they get, they still want their mama when they are sick.9/11/2006 11:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|praying for his quick recovery9/11/2006 11:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|I always think that the kids are trying to get their way before I start to even think about considering that they may be sick.

Hope he gets well soon. I'll send a prayer his way.9/12/2006 05:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|It's a very cute picture indeed.. poor kid, I hope he gets better soon!9/13/2006 04:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|I love this post. I struggle with both of these issues - not praying BEFORE the child gets all dramatic and then not realizing that the drama is from them not feeling well. DUH!9/11/2006 11:01:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| Here are some things on the needles. I find it hard to share WIPs--it feels like getting caught in my underwear (which believe me, you DON'T want to see). Hard to fight that good ol' Maine "keep it to yourself" attitude. I learned it well. Not that there aren't some things we should keep to ourselves (e.g., "Dude, what the @#$#@ happened to your hair?" "Wow, is that your perfume or did we just pass some fetid road kill?"), but I'm going outside my comfort zone here. The first (above) is my basketweave prayer shawl with kitty assistance. The second is my Sarah moebius scarf--so named because the lovely and able Sarah both sent me the yarn and suggested what to do with it! It's wonderfully soft and will make a perfect Christmas or birthday gift for the present box (not for it to wear, but to put in it--you get me, right?) |W|P|115799367283786131|W|P|I Told You I've Been Knitting; I Wasn't Lying|W|P|9/11/2006 01:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|Looks good! I like the colorway of the yarn for the moebius scarf. I'm surprised you are uncomfortable with showing WIPs, but thanks for overcoming your discomfort and sharing!9/12/2006 05:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|Oh beautiful! I've never made moebius scarves before, but then again, I have yet to knit a scarf, any scarf :S I know what you mean, showing others your WIP's is like.. showing them something that is not yet born yet, it makes me feel uncomfortable too. I much rather show the finished objects :D9/12/2006 09:27:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|I wish my in-laws were as understanding of the Maine attitude as you are! My MIL was even born in Maine, but NO, they expect me to dump everything all over them!
That moebius is beautiful! I love that color and I am sure the present box will truly appreciate it. ;)
Don't you love feline knitting help?9/13/2006 04:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|LOVE your WIP!!!!!! Please don't show your underwear - I see enough of that in my job!9/17/2006 09:06:00 AM|W|P|Blogger MJ|W|P|Love the mobius!!
it is on my list of things to try!!9/11/2006 10:28:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| So says Gino, the nine-pound, thirteen-year old Yorkie. Why does everyone like cats? They hate you, and I love you, so why do you spend your whole day trying to please them when all you have to do is throw a toy and I'm ecstatic? Just sayin'. What's all the fuss? I may weigh the least, but I'm the fullest of @#$# and vinegar in the whole house. It's my duty to find a cat to bite on the head EVERY time I go outside to help them remember that I'M the boss. Don't forget. I'm the boss. And if you forget, I'll pee on your stuff. But I'm so cute you won't be able to stay mad at me. And I'll sit right beside you ON your knitting, because I love toasty things.|W|P|115798945068216780|W|P|Cats are so overrated|W|P|9/11/2006 10:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Aw Gino, you are a cute pooch, I am already going nuts trying to watch 3 dogs for the next few weeks otherwise I would let you come and torment the cat.

Just don't tell her that.9/12/2006 05:47:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|Sorry Gino, I also prefer cats :S Ones that have been raised to have good manners that is ;) But you are very, very cute!!9/11/2006 05:16:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Five years ago, in the turmoil and panic, this is the verse I read: When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. (Psalm 75:3)|W|P|115796990100111432|W|P|September 11|W|P|9/11/2006 10:31:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|A very powerful verse. Thank you.

I was living in Manhattan at the time, working at a school on the Upper West Side. I think I may write something about the experience later this week, but today I am just letting the memories sit.

It was an overwhelming and terrible day and so much turmoil and death has followed in its wake. Still hard to talk about it in any way that makes any sense...9/10/2006 04:41:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I attend a multi-site church in the western suburbs of Chicago. Here's a video with all the campus pastors strutting their stuff. Don't hold it against us. ;) Be Our Guest |W|P|115792462438906427|W|P|These Dudes Clean Up Good!|W|P|9/12/2006 05:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|Oh wow! What a performance :D *applauds* And they look like they're having such a great time too!9/13/2006 04:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|TOO FUNNY!!!!! I Love it! showing it to my pastor!!!!9/08/2006 10:14:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| I'm all about Eye Candy Rowan, yummmmmmm. (Pay no attention to the girl.)|W|P|115777181911071449|W|P|Eye Candy Friday|W|P|9/08/2006 10:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Ari|W|P|I'm developing a new love for Rowan, even if I've never used their yarn, teehee!!!9/09/2006 12:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|Not too shabby!9/09/2006 02:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Heh, I noticed the guy right off... yum. These videos were funny too!9/10/2006 03:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Oh my----eye candy indeed. Perhaps I need to subscribe to Rowan???9/10/2006 04:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|I can see I am not alone in my taste for Rowan, especially the "Tall, Dark and Handsome" colorway.9/07/2006 07:53:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Fun with Treadmills I am completely in love with this video. I especially love the dude's skinny red pants. OkGo is my new favorite band. Thanks to Anne for sharing! And here's the redux: ok go treadmill Love it too.|W|P|115763360352031887|W|P|The Only Decent Use for a Treadmill|W|P|9/07/2006 11:09:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|that's hysterical! can you imagine how much time it took to get that right???

mind if I share???9/07/2006 11:11:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Cookie|W|P|OMG, that's awesome! I wonder how much they had to practice that. I can just imagine OkGo treadmill dancing classes popping up at gyms across the nation. I would definitely join then!9/07/2006 11:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger eric b.|W|P|Much hilarity ensues from watching this band and their choreography. I wonder if their songs are actually good, or if they're so addictive because of the videos?9/07/2006 07:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|lol, good to see some use for a treadmill, most of the ones I know have become Towel Racks.9/07/2006 08:24:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|I have it on reliable authority (Rolling Stone magazine) that the guys had to practice that 36 times before they got it right.

Anyway, I can see why it's been such a sensation.

Thanks for sharing with us, Lorinda!9/08/2006 09:22:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Valerie|W|P|That's so funny! Loved the redux with the legos! Thanks for sharing that with us.9/10/2006 04:04:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Mary deB|W|P|Love the lego version! Very clever!9/10/2006 04:25:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|I love it too. Glad it's making you guys smile. Check out OkGo's other video on YouTube, too.9/06/2006 08:08:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| Chez Bluey there is actual knitting going on. Here's proof: my sixth completed prayer shawl. Number seven is on the needles and going FINALLY. I tried the Basketweave shawl pattern on the prayer shawl website, but I couldn't get it to work out. I couldn't figure out if it was me or the pattern. I found a pattern that works better for me here. It's looking pretty good in Lion Brand's Homespun Adirondack colorway. It's amazing to me how hideous some yarn can look on the skein, but when you start knitting with it, it transforms itself.|W|P|115754839486142892|W|P|Knitting has happened|W|P|9/06/2006 08:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|That shawl is beautiful. I love that color!
I agree about Homespun, but I detest knitting with it. I remember seeing the colorway you've chosen and I think it's so pretty! Have fun with it!9/06/2006 09:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Very nice! My first knitting project was with homespun :) I never finished it LOL :) I got my bag today and it is really too cute! Thank you so much I love it :D9/07/2006 08:20:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|What a beautiful shawl! I love the color!9/07/2006 08:28:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Susan|W|P|Oh SO beautiful! One couldn't help but feel spiritful wrapped in something so lovely (and I'm sure so lovingly made)...S.N.9/10/2006 04:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|Thanks for the compliments. The shawl is already being used by the head of our blanket/shawl ministry--she needed one too! And she loves, loves, loves it!9/05/2006 07:57:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Celia of Unraveling is raising money for the AsthmaWalk. She's offering a pair of handknitted socks as a prize to donators! Both my son and I suffer from asthma and so do a lot of other people I know. Lisa's handsome son (the guy in the sidebar picture), Brett, is riding in the National MS Society's annual MS 150 Bike Tour to help raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis research and local programs. Lisa's also offering a prize; don't forget to leave her a comment after you donate. I have two friends with MS, and one of my dear friends lost her mom to MS last year. A worthy cause.|W|P|115746175138469450|W|P|Good Causes!|W|P|9/05/2006 05:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Thanks for the plug, Lorinda---we're getting closer, but not there yet!9/06/2006 07:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Samantha|W|P|Thanks for the comment on my blog! :) I really appreciated your feedback.9/04/2006 06:38:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I spent yesterday doing two of my favorite things: knitting and watching a Law & Order marathon. Because I love the show, I am willing to cut them all kinds of slack, but this one is just too much.
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In the final episode with ADA Serena Southerlyn (Elizabeth Röhm), District Attorney Arthur Branch fires her because she is not a good match for the DA's office. And she asks, "Is it because I'm a lesbian?" He tells her no, and she says "Good." How many seasons was she on L&O? There was never even an inkling that she was a lesbian--no reference, no relationship, no plot conflict including that detail. What idiot writer decided to throw that in as the last thing she said? Is she also an alien? The President of the United States? That's just shoddy scriptwriting; there's no excuse for Dick and his crew who've been doing this for sixteen years. Shame on you, guys. P.S. Knitting pictures will be forthcoming,b ut the light is horrible today with the rain.|W|P|115737040670031082|W|P|Worst Plot Twist EVER|W|P|9/04/2006 07:48:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|yeah, I never remember anything about that either - and I've been watching that show forever too.9/04/2006 12:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger amanda|W|P|I used to watch it religiously and I'd have never thought she was a lesbian. What a lame ending.9/04/2006 11:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|I'm telling you the last few seasons have been slipping.... Ever since Jerry Orbach left.....

I remember that episode - we (at work ) were all like What????

NBC needs to get off their social soap box (ER does it alot too) and just shoot SHOWS!

How are you?

I REALLY need a GIRLS day out!!!! REALLY need one!9/04/2006 06:28:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I was reading Trek's very funny post about her Wonky socks, and someone left a comment that Steve Irwin, the Croc Hunter, was dead. I couldn't believe it, so I googled. How sad; he's only two years older than I am and leaves behind a wife and two kids under ten.
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Somehow saying he died doing what he loved best seems like small comfort. I guess death is always a potential outcome with the lifestyle he lived, but no one ever really thinks it will happen, do they? My thoughts and prayers are with his family.|W|P|115736987167321305|W|P|G'day, Croc Hunter|W|P|9/04/2006 10:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|Oh my gosh. What a horrible thing! I suppose it was bound to happen, but I feel so horrible for his family. (And Matthew. Matthew is devastated. He wanted to be the Croc Hunter when he grew up.)
You seem to be doing very well. I hope so!9/04/2006 11:21:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|How awful! I didn't know about his death before I read your post, but then I found out about the sting ray and so forth.

Sounds like all of Australia is in mourning.

Very sad.9/06/2006 06:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger wendy|W|P|Poor family...poor world to loose someone like that.--> Birthday Countdown Banner Think yarn and yarn accessories.|W|P|115932512738775340|W|P|Fun New Blog Jewelry|W|P|9/26/2006 09:59:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|Happy upcoming birthday!

Yarn and yarn accessories, right? This gives me plenty of time to come up with something really, really good...9/27/2006 07:08:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|hmm don't know much about yarn on my end..how about a cake? :)1/09/2008 01:39:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous carol|W|P|Hi everybody,

Can somebody suggest me a better online shopping website where I can purchase a Gold Hoop Earrings at reasonable prices. However, I searched the web and find the resources i.e.

http://www.topestore.com

http://www.latest-beauty-tips.com

http://www.safeshoppe.com

where the prices are compartively low.
Please suggest if you have some other better resources.

Carol Lee9/24/2006 09:10:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Thanks so much for all of you that weighed in on the SKB survey. I will take all your suggestions into consideration--especially the ones that suggest a higher neckline. Maybe my SKB love will be requited yet, or I'll end up knitting it for my daughter who has a perfect pre-pubescent physique (then she'll spill ketchup on it). My sp8 girl Harriet is having not one but TWO contests! Go find her cute self in the Stitches postcard section and let her know and guess which pattern and which Opal Rainforest yarn she will be using to knit her next pair of socks. There are yarn prizes involved. This girl has seriously great yarn. Check it out!
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|W|P|115910754031241826|W|P|Resounding thanks! And a Contest.|W|P|9/24/2006 03:09:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Haha, I love that dragon picture! ;) Thanks so much for sending me the mystical dragons link... I enjoyed looking through all the pictures, so creative, so colorful! Thanks too for the contest blurb, I appreciate it! : )9/26/2006 08:37:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|http://www.flickr.com/photos/sassenach/250015746/

This is a link to a photo of a human sized woman wearing her own SKB. Personally, I think it looks great! Thought you might like to check it out.9/26/2006 08:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Gene Slinx|W|P|really? well now i have to be heading off to bed, so tell me how tomorrow.9/22/2006 09:07:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I'm watching the wave of SKBs across knitbloglandia, and I want to make one. But I have a question. Will the SKB work for those of us who have, shall we say, an abundance of frontitude? Or will we just be showcasing the girls? Will the design of a slightly-parted front become a flaw for those who've already hit puberty (unlike the girl in the pattern)? I want to know because I WANT the SKB. Shall I requite this love or add it to the afore-posted post?
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|W|P|115893445516426816|W|P|Simple Knitted Bodice Survey|W|P|9/22/2006 10:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Miriam|W|P|My sister and I call it being blessed by Boobula the Breast Goddess. And yes, I think it will hit us mid nipple (or perhaps even farther out than that) for those of us so well endowed. I love it and I thought "WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PATTERN! I MUST HAVE IT!" until I realized that. I've been contemplating how one might raise the neckline a bit so that it had the same shape, only a good 8" higher up the body.9/22/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Kim|W|P|I, too, am coveting this pattern. Actually, I have it, and the yarn, and I plan to cast on for it today.

Like you, I'm blessed in the bosom department. But I've been following the knit along here:

http://simpleknittedbodice.blogspot.com/

And I'm convinced that this sweater will look good stretched across my majectic prow. I'm just not going to knit it in a size that will be at all tight.

The model in the white sweater is actually better endowed than the model in the green and red versions in the pattern. I think she's wearing a larger size.

Ack. I apologize for the novel in your comments.9/22/2006 01:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Pretty sweater---but I'll be holding off given I have the opposite issue---I'll call it bbb (belly bigger than boobs) At some future date, when I get my "sexy" on again, I'll revisit the SKB.9/22/2006 02:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sheryl|W|P|"abundance of frontitude"
LOL, that's a new one. I too have abundance and it is what keeps me from knitting a garment for myself. I am 0 for 2 in fit!
Very pretty tho.9/22/2006 02:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|Beautiful! If you knit that in a neutral like oatmeal or pale tan and wore a pretty coloured top underneath, it mightn't be all that bad. The eye would focus more on the colour instead of the "abundance".9/22/2006 05:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jaimi|W|P|I think that if you made the V-neck just a little bit shallower, it would work for "the girls". The way it is now, it really would be flaunting their marvelousness, but a little less deep, and I think it would be fantastic! I'm casting on for mine this weekend. Finally.9/22/2006 05:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jaimi|W|P|I forgot to say, I have seen somewhere (helpful aren't I?) directions for doing that...making the V-neck a bit more shallow. Maybe on the blogspot KAL or the crafster.org thread on the SKB. Maybe even on the Stitch Diva website...If I have a moment I will see if I can find it again and let you know.9/23/2006 06:04:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Lynne|W|P|Oh, I want to knit that as well, and have had the same questions, being a girl of bountiful boobage myself. It's really cute, and I did hear something about a deep v being flattering for those of us with abundance.9/23/2006 08:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|Same problem here. I love that sweater, but am worried about my "abundance of frontitude" as well. BUT, I made a promise to myself.....no sweaters for me until I reach my goal weight. Perhaps by then I can figure it out. I think I would probably make mine in black though.9/23/2006 09:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eileen|W|P|SKB is just lovely isn't it? How about this for a solution. Since this pattern is beyond my beginner's capabilities but suits my lack of bust to at T--you knit it and I'll wear it! LOL Check out http://annasflyingneedles.blogspot.com/ I believe she just finished this with a slightly raised kneckline.9/23/2006 11:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Ari|W|P|I love the pattern, but I must admit I'm on the small side, in the chest area anyways. Though I don't think I'd use the recommended yarn considering the price of it.9/23/2006 11:05:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Heatherly|W|P|since i have been trying it on as i go, i think it will be ok. you pick up and knit the collar edge which will add some coverage too.
stitch diva sent out an email with modest modifications for it too. being a 38H, i am making the 44-48" size. only up to the lace part, so far cuz i need to make my sss sock. blah!9/24/2006 07:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Knitty_Prof|W|P|I think it is beautiful, too. But, all the models are young and slender and have no breasts to mention.

My concerns are two: that the wide/deep/sharp "V" will push out (because of the boobs) into an unflattering "U" shape with any amount of breast abundance AND that the midrif/waist part will really emphasize the thickness of that part of the body. Normally, a woman who is amply endowed on top, has a matching thick torso/waist - it is a standard body type. People with large breasts do not normally have a small waist unless they are very young. So, I am looking at that beautiful pattern, and I am thinking that for me it would emphasize all my larger areas.

Now that I think about it there is a third concern for me - I am short so I think I would look wide and round on top, and very short on bottom with this one on. I do have to grand daughters in their 20s who would look fantastic in it so if I make it, I will do it for them. I do love the look but it will take a really great body to pull it off, I think.9/21/2006 09:59:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|My girl Ellen, aka The Red Mojito (mojito, yummmm), who when she is not making me laugh is making me think (scary combo), posed a question--why do people like cats? And I responded thusly, "for the same reason we have crushes on movie stars--unrequited love. It's all about the melancholy." We love our cats and, at best, they tolerate us. We adore our movie stars (marry me, Viggo, I promise you won't regret it), and they wouldn't know us from a hole in the wall. Isn't it true? I'm all about the unrequited love. And if you asked me for a list, of course I would have to say "Alphabetical or chronological?" and "Imaginary or real?" and "How much time do you have because it's a pretty extensive list."
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Starting with Donny Osmond back in grade two to the present day. And I can't "out" my latest unrequited one because it could lead to public humiliation for me. Maybe someday. I'll give you a hint though. I'm a sucker for accents, especially any and all derivatives from the Commonwealth Realms. I'm also a big time sucker for smart guys, oh, and cute, oh, and a nice bod doesn't hurt. (And if you're making an educated guess, for heaven's sake don't post it in the comments; this is a public blog. Email me and we'll talk.) I'm narrowing the field too much. We all have unrequited loves--be they human, spiritual or material (think Tilli Tomas or Alchemy Haiku). There certainly wouldn't be a music industry if we didn't obsess over relationships lost or never found. And literature would definitely be the poorer should we collectively awake and say, "No more loving people or things that won't love me back!" Melancholy may be an acquired taste, but once embraced can become addiction. The sweet despair, the divine discontent. The complete control. That's the heart of my unrequited love; I'm forced to admit. My imaginary lovers never color outside the lines or memorize the wrong speech. The pain is bittersweet--a tiny bit bitter but mostly sweet. Very like the glamorous illnesses in stories of old in which women in gauzy dresses dwelt in opulent sanitoriums langorously awaiting heroes' arrivals. It's not the gut-wrenching, limb-severing pain of real life when people walk away and won't give you a second (or third or hundredth) chance or where the person or feline or fiber you would die to have won't give you the time of day. I will try to live in the real world, honest. But don't fault me should I repair at regular intervals to mingle with my unrequited lovers. And don't ask me about it because I won't kiss and tell. Okay, maybe I will.|W|P|115885533981110157|W|P|Love, Unrequited Style|W|P|9/21/2006 12:33:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Kathy|W|P|Accents, smart, cute and nice bod? Sounds like many of my unrequited loves!

I have no clue who your love is and I won't guess because that just may give away mine!9/21/2006 05:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|One good thing about a movie star crush is they are never a REAL threat to a relationship. I have couple guesses, but I won't tell (not here anyway :) )9/21/2006 08:17:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|I love this rumination on unrequited love and melancholy.

And, as I told you in an e-mail, your explanation for why people like cats is the best I've ever heard. I'm a dog person, so these things are not readily apparent to me.

But you have beautifully clarified the cat conundrum!9/23/2006 08:19:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|Oh, Lorinda. You have beautifully summed up a conundrum that I am dealing with right now. Never watch the LOTR trilogy with your husband if you are trying to sort out serious marital issues. It just makes you want to be an elf and gracefully run off into the sunset with Orlando Bloom.
I have to say, though, that I adore my cats for other reasons as well. They really are sensitive little animals. I love how they know when I need someone in my lap! (And sometimes when they don't and they feel it's ok to sit on the scarf I am 8" from finishing.)9/26/2006 10:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger SCarrGo|W|P|I loved this post, because, *sigh*, like everyone else on the planet, I'm usually in the middle of some crush! HA! These things are always better if it is a movie star or something, then you can maintain perspective.

The control is definitely the thing. Imaginary Lover Boy is PERFECT, never says stupid stuff, never steals the covers, etc. By virtue of the fact that I've never met him and never will, I never need to worry about him, ever. Glorious, isn't it?9/14/2007 05:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger chris|W|P|Hi Sir,Madam

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linktochris11@gmail.com9/19/2006 03:46:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Chris is the fountain of all contest wisdom. Thanks, Chris! Found out that Becky is having a contest to celebrate her blog move and her blogaversary. Go visit her and see what she has going on. It's awesome! Socks that Rock, yummmmmmy.|W|P|115869905934468911|W|P|Check out the Party!|W|P|9/20/2006 05:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Chris|W|P|You're welcome! You seem to be cleaning up on contests. :)9/17/2006 09:23:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|*A Dog's Diary* 7 am - Oh boy! A walk! My favorite! 8 am - Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite! 9 am - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite! Noon - Oh boy! The yard! My favorite! 2 pm - Oh boy! A car ride! My favorite! 3 pm - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite! 4 pm - Oh boy! Playing ball! My favorite! 6 pm - Oh boy! Welcome home Mom! My favorite! 7 pm - Oh boy! Welcome home Dad! My favorite! 8 pm - Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite! 9 pm - Oh boy! Tummy rubs on the couch! My favorite! 11 pm - Oh boy! Sleeping in my people's bed! My favorite! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *A Cat's Diary* Day 183 of my captivity. My captors continued to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get fr om clawing the furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another house plant. Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded. Maybe I should try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair. I must try this on their bed. Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body in an attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little kitty cat I was. This is not working according to plan. There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary confinement throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the food. More important, I overheard that my confinement was due to my powers of inducing something called allergies." Must lea r n what this is and how to use it to my advantage. I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird, on the other hand, has got to be an informant. He speaks with them regularly, and I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room, his safety is assured. But I can wait. It's only a matter of time.|W|P|115850305552637145|W|P|Because Everyone Should Journal|W|P|9/17/2006 11:31:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|ok....I am a cat person. No denying it. And I really think your entry captured my cat Victor perfectly. We have always been very concerned that he is plotting world domination. I think we need to keep a closer eye on him now.
As far as dogs go, I like them. I just prefer cats. But, that entry was pretty much perfection as well. I've always thought that dogs are the happiest animals on the planet, provided you feed them and don't hurt them.9/17/2006 11:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Knitty_Prof|W|P|This is great. I prefer cats because of they are not so needful and could care less if they have a lot of human interaction as look as the bowls are filled up daily and the litter emptied on time and a little pat on the head now and then. My two boys, Blaise and Angel, are as different as night and day, yet they FIT this description and I am certain that some of these diary entries came from my home! Yep, dogs are happy! Cats, well, who knows?9/17/2006 03:07:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|I have a cat, the cat can be very evil as she trys to knock things of the shelf and kill the dog with them. (here poochy poochy...drat I missed.)

When she does like to be petted though, her imperial highness will allow me to pet her and grace me with her purring.

Though I love how she can use a litterbox, I don't have to take her down. Which foils her escape attempts9/17/2006 09:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Too funny.9/17/2006 10:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger wendy|W|P|Sooooo funny!9/18/2006 02:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|Hilarious!9/20/2006 10:58:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|This is SOOOO dead-on!

Remind me: why do people like cats?9/17/2006 08:02:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Unless you want to go insane. And check out the songwriter's name. Thanks, Susie; now I'm certifiable.|W|P|115849823562655308|W|P|Don't Click on This|W|P|9/17/2006 11:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|HA HA HA HA!!!!! I SO needed that this morning! (afternoon. whatever.)9/17/2006 12:20:00 PM|W|P|Blogger cecily|W|P|fuzzy llama funny llama, llama llama DUCK! :D

one of my favorites...9/17/2006 03:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Don't click this!? You know I had to click it...so evil of you.

It made me smile but I now have that scary tune in me head.9/16/2006 06:23:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|It's a burning question, I know. Do you sit up nights wondering? Pao is on a quest to solve the mystery; help him out if you know. There are prizes involved!
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And while we're on the subject of Bond, James, Bond; which one is the real (best, favorite)? Sean Connery, of course.* *I've never actually watched a James Bond movie, but I like Sean Connery. Nods to mrspao.|W|P|115840640661350748|W|P|What Flavour Crisps DOES James Bond Eat?|W|P|9/16/2006 07:29:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Marji|W|P|actually, the more burning question would be, what goes into the Martini shaker? My guess would be Beefeaters, but it is a relevant question don't you think?
How are you doing Lorinda?9/16/2006 10:55:00 AM|W|P|Blogger mrspao|W|P|Thank you :)9/16/2006 11:07:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|SEAN hands down!!!!9/17/2006 02:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Connery made Bond. I haven't watched all of em mind ya, but my dad ould disown me if I denounced St. Sean.9/17/2006 09:28:00 AM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|Good question, Marji. Let's have him mix us up one, and we'll test it out, shall we?9/17/2006 09:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Oh man, I gotta go with Pierce Brosnan----yum.9/14/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|That the world is spinning a little too quickly? That in the Tour de France of life you are riding your purple banana-seat bike from grade two? That you are the rock in the middle of the stream and the current is rushing over and around you? That's how I feel today. The minutes of my day pour from the top of the hourglass, and I can't catch up. I'm torn between anxiety and joy. The sun is shining, my cat is sitting beside me, and there is much reason to smile. But the minutes, oh, the minutes, they speed away. Must knit quickly. On the upside. Although I did not make it into the six months of Scout, I did get into Month One. Good, now I only have to sell my hair or some teeth maybe (like Fantine in Les Miserables: "You have beautiful teeth, you girl there, who are laughing; if you want to sell me your palettes, I will give you a gold napoleon apiece for them." "What are my palettes?" asked Fantine. "The palettes," replied the dental professor, "are the front teeth, the two upper ones."), and not my whole self ("A hundred francs," thought Fantine. "But in what trade can one earn a hundred sous a day?" "Come!" said she, "let us sell what is left." The unfortunate girl became a woman of the town.) Oh, and by the way, which Les Miserables character are you? How à propos for me!
I'm Fantine!
Though I mean well, my trusting nature gets me into appalling amounts of trouble. Still, I do my best to get through, and I would do absolutely anything for my loved ones.

Which Les Miserables Character Are You?
|W|P|115825450205232639|W|P|Do You Ever Get the Feeling|W|P|9/14/2006 01:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|I'm Jean Valjean..apparently I am not above a bit of Skullduggery. woohoo!9/14/2006 01:53:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anne|W|P|I'm Fantine too...9/14/2006 02:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|I guess I'm really going to have to read Le Mis now right??9/14/2006 11:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Nicole|W|P|Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! wow, your post captures exactly what it's like to be in graduate school. Hence why I am sitting at the computer lab at 11pm instead at home in bed with my hubby. Too much to do.

Now I'm off to go see what Les Mis character I am.9/15/2006 06:14:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kate|W|P|I have to see what Les Mis character I am. Thanks for visiting my blog!9/15/2006 08:54:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|Hello Blue Cosmo!

I don't know what Les Miz character I am...but sometimes I sure do feel like that rock in a stream...

Have a great day and a great weekend!9/22/2006 01:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|All the time! (Re: the first paragraphs.)

WTG on getting into one moth of Scout's Indie Swag... it was SOOOOOO tempting, all the goodies look awesome.9/14/2006 11:10:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Great article in today's newspaper about reviving our conversation skills. Two favorite parts: the part about FDR saying shocking things to see whether people were paying attention and this-- If you want good conversation, Shepherd said, "Find a place where you are not interrupted, where you can give it some time, where people are not performing for other people, where there's this sense of safety. I do think having food and sitting down is a good idea." A great place for two people to hold a conversation is during a car trip. "A conversation or a connection is not just about you and the other person. It's about this third thing between you _ a relationship. When you take your eyes off each other for a while, you can put your eyes on the relationship." Let's work on that today. Who's up for going out to eat or a road trip?|W|P|115825037354811343|W|P|The Lost Art of Conversation|W|P|9/14/2006 11:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Samantha|W|P|Oooh oooh, pick me, pick me!! Dh and I love going out to eat without the kids, or for long car rides with the kids (especially when they fall asleep) ... we have some of our best conversations there. :)9/14/2006 12:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger amanda|W|P|I so agree! The hubster and I do lots of great talking in the car and that probably explains why we head out exploring on the weekends so much.9/14/2006 01:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|road trip! oh yeah!

I am used to people not actually listening to what I say, when people ask how I am I say "Rotten" just to see how often they go..good good...and walk off.9/14/2006 02:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|You're so right....road trips encourage conversation. I've had some very enlightening moments in the car with my adult boys. And hubby and I had good conversations on our vacation this summer as well.9/16/2006 08:18:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|You know.....hubby and I always talked better in the car. And even with the end of our marriage possibly in sight shortly down the road, our conversation is getting a lot better. Interesting. Thanks for posting that!9/14/2006 09:55:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|
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|W|P|115824676482976336|W|P|My Fave Comic Strip|W|P|9/14/2006 11:36:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Samantha|W|P|LOL!!9/14/2006 01:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|lol I can relate9/14/2006 02:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|I love "pearls"...but I don't get the paper anymore. Thanks for sharing.9/22/2006 01:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|; ) I love that comic too. Get Fuzzy is another favorite.9/14/2006 08:36:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Deb of Chappysmom has a great offer! She's selling her Kiwi, and it's a beaut. Check out the details in her September 12th post. And pass the word along, please!
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|W|P|115824145633905625|W|P|Hey Spinners!|W|P|9/14/2006 09:18:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|Lorinda, are you a spinner? I haven't tried it - it seems so complicated!9/12/2006 10:33:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Thanks to Chris (and of course Mayhem and Chaos), I've discovered my calling:
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Entering contests! I've won two this week! Mrs. Pao's acronym contest and Anne's "write a caption about my son who is the cutest in the world" contest. Thanks, ladies! Gotta love that random number generator. Here's a contest that is still going. Head over to Cindy's blog and predict when she'll finish her shawl-in-progress. She's giving away yarn, folks! Oh, and Chris, love the new avatar!|W|P|115811927650790301|W|P|Contest!|W|P|9/13/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|Yay! Winning contests with yarn prizes are the best!9/13/2006 03:39:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|The Prize Winner from Defiance Ohio - GREAT movie. You might like it! LOL!!!!9/13/2006 04:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Chris|W|P|Thanks! Mouse does good work, doesn't she (re the avatar)?? And congrats!9/22/2006 01:36:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Woohoo, congrats on the two contest wins! : )9/12/2006 10:20:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Fun meme from Lisa who has a super name for her blog. 1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: ( pet and current street name) Velvet Mill 2. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/grandmother on your moms side, your favorite candy) Martha Skor 3. YOUR "FLY Guy/Girl" NAME: (first initial of last name, first three letters of your middle name) C. Kay 4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Blue Bengal 5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Kaye Phoenix 6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 2 letters of mom's maiden name and first 3 letters of the town you grew up in.) Car-lo-li-bra 7. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The", your favorite color, favorite drink) The Blue Cosmopolitan 8. NASCAR NAME: (the first name of both your grandfathers) Henry Lacey 9. FUTURISTIC NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne and the name of your favorite shoes) Euphoria Dansko 10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother/father's middle name ) Marjorie Thomas|W|P|115811793823779746|W|P|My 10 Names|W|P|9/13/2006 01:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Ann Stanley would be my witness protection name, I think people would not forget a 6 ft tall man named Ann. Perhaps they reverse it for guys.

Great read :)9/13/2006 05:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|This was fun - thanks for providing me with "blog fodder" as my entire knitting story is all about the SKB.9/13/2006 08:43:00 AM|W|P|Blogger JulieFrick|W|P|Funny! Yours turned out really well. Mine, not so much. And we still need to chat about this Kieffer Sutherland thing. He totally peaked with "The Lost Boys," friend!9/13/2006 10:28:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|That's fabulous! Mind if I borrow it for my blog today?
Congrats on winning those contests! I never win anything!9/22/2006 01:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Teehee, these names are all great! : )9/11/2006 11:58:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|My eleven-year old sat down on the couch with me Friday and began to argue. He didn't want to go to his dad's house. He was working himself into a full-on rant, and I said, "You have to go; it's not optional." He is usually a pretty cooperative kid (after the initial power struggle), but this time, the fingers went in the ears and the "La la la la, I'm not listening" commenced. I kept knitting. I was working on lace, for heaven's sake, and I wasn't about to be distracted. There wasn't any point in arguing. Then I noticed it was quiet on the other end of the couch. Here's what I saw: I couldn't resist taking the picture. You'll notice the fingers are still in the ears. He'll be mad if he sees it, but what eleven-year old boy reads knitblogs? We're safe. I took the time he was sleeping to pray that God would help me to step outside my usual "you'll do it because I said so" in a screechy voice mode. And I knit. A few minutes later, he opened his eyes and said, "What time is Dad picking me up?" Sometimes all a guy (and his mom) needs is a nap. Added note: As soon as I posted this, the phone rang. It was the boy-son telling me he has a fever and needs to come home. I always seem to miss the cues and then go back after he's sick and say, "Oh, THAT'S why he was crabby!"|W|P|115799437278142036|W|P|I'm Not Listening!|W|P|9/11/2006 12:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger amanda|W|P|too funny! i know i can use a nap right now :o)9/11/2006 05:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger sue|W|P|Your son must have worn himself out from arguing with you and really needed that nap. I am sure that most people are cranky when they need a sleep, I know I am. I hope he is feeling better now.9/11/2006 05:50:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|That's a sweet picture, and it doesn't matter HOW old they get, they still want their mama when they are sick.9/11/2006 11:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|praying for his quick recovery9/11/2006 11:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|I always think that the kids are trying to get their way before I start to even think about considering that they may be sick.

Hope he gets well soon. I'll send a prayer his way.9/12/2006 05:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|It's a very cute picture indeed.. poor kid, I hope he gets better soon!9/13/2006 04:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|I love this post. I struggle with both of these issues - not praying BEFORE the child gets all dramatic and then not realizing that the drama is from them not feeling well. DUH!9/11/2006 11:01:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| Here are some things on the needles. I find it hard to share WIPs--it feels like getting caught in my underwear (which believe me, you DON'T want to see). Hard to fight that good ol' Maine "keep it to yourself" attitude. I learned it well. Not that there aren't some things we should keep to ourselves (e.g., "Dude, what the @#$#@ happened to your hair?" "Wow, is that your perfume or did we just pass some fetid road kill?"), but I'm going outside my comfort zone here. The first (above) is my basketweave prayer shawl with kitty assistance. The second is my Sarah moebius scarf--so named because the lovely and able Sarah both sent me the yarn and suggested what to do with it! It's wonderfully soft and will make a perfect Christmas or birthday gift for the present box (not for it to wear, but to put in it--you get me, right?) |W|P|115799367283786131|W|P|I Told You I've Been Knitting; I Wasn't Lying|W|P|9/11/2006 01:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|Looks good! I like the colorway of the yarn for the moebius scarf. I'm surprised you are uncomfortable with showing WIPs, but thanks for overcoming your discomfort and sharing!9/12/2006 05:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|Oh beautiful! I've never made moebius scarves before, but then again, I have yet to knit a scarf, any scarf :S I know what you mean, showing others your WIP's is like.. showing them something that is not yet born yet, it makes me feel uncomfortable too. I much rather show the finished objects :D9/12/2006 09:27:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|I wish my in-laws were as understanding of the Maine attitude as you are! My MIL was even born in Maine, but NO, they expect me to dump everything all over them!
That moebius is beautiful! I love that color and I am sure the present box will truly appreciate it. ;)
Don't you love feline knitting help?9/13/2006 04:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|LOVE your WIP!!!!!! Please don't show your underwear - I see enough of that in my job!9/17/2006 09:06:00 AM|W|P|Blogger MJ|W|P|Love the mobius!!
it is on my list of things to try!!9/11/2006 10:28:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| So says Gino, the nine-pound, thirteen-year old Yorkie. Why does everyone like cats? They hate you, and I love you, so why do you spend your whole day trying to please them when all you have to do is throw a toy and I'm ecstatic? Just sayin'. What's all the fuss? I may weigh the least, but I'm the fullest of @#$# and vinegar in the whole house. It's my duty to find a cat to bite on the head EVERY time I go outside to help them remember that I'M the boss. Don't forget. I'm the boss. And if you forget, I'll pee on your stuff. But I'm so cute you won't be able to stay mad at me. And I'll sit right beside you ON your knitting, because I love toasty things.|W|P|115798945068216780|W|P|Cats are so overrated|W|P|9/11/2006 10:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Aw Gino, you are a cute pooch, I am already going nuts trying to watch 3 dogs for the next few weeks otherwise I would let you come and torment the cat.

Just don't tell her that.9/12/2006 05:47:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|Sorry Gino, I also prefer cats :S Ones that have been raised to have good manners that is ;) But you are very, very cute!!9/11/2006 05:16:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Five years ago, in the turmoil and panic, this is the verse I read: When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. (Psalm 75:3)|W|P|115796990100111432|W|P|September 11|W|P|9/11/2006 10:31:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|A very powerful verse. Thank you.

I was living in Manhattan at the time, working at a school on the Upper West Side. I think I may write something about the experience later this week, but today I am just letting the memories sit.

It was an overwhelming and terrible day and so much turmoil and death has followed in its wake. Still hard to talk about it in any way that makes any sense...9/10/2006 04:41:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I attend a multi-site church in the western suburbs of Chicago. Here's a video with all the campus pastors strutting their stuff. Don't hold it against us. ;) Be Our Guest |W|P|115792462438906427|W|P|These Dudes Clean Up Good!|W|P|9/12/2006 05:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|Oh wow! What a performance :D *applauds* And they look like they're having such a great time too!9/13/2006 04:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|TOO FUNNY!!!!! I Love it! showing it to my pastor!!!!9/08/2006 10:14:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| I'm all about Eye Candy Rowan, yummmmmmm. (Pay no attention to the girl.)|W|P|115777181911071449|W|P|Eye Candy Friday|W|P|9/08/2006 10:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Ari|W|P|I'm developing a new love for Rowan, even if I've never used their yarn, teehee!!!9/09/2006 12:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|Not too shabby!9/09/2006 02:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Heh, I noticed the guy right off... yum. These videos were funny too!9/10/2006 03:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Oh my----eye candy indeed. Perhaps I need to subscribe to Rowan???9/10/2006 04:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|I can see I am not alone in my taste for Rowan, especially the "Tall, Dark and Handsome" colorway.9/07/2006 07:53:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Fun with Treadmills I am completely in love with this video. I especially love the dude's skinny red pants. OkGo is my new favorite band. Thanks to Anne for sharing! And here's the redux: ok go treadmill Love it too.|W|P|115763360352031887|W|P|The Only Decent Use for a Treadmill|W|P|9/07/2006 11:09:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|that's hysterical! can you imagine how much time it took to get that right???

mind if I share???9/07/2006 11:11:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Cookie|W|P|OMG, that's awesome! I wonder how much they had to practice that. I can just imagine OkGo treadmill dancing classes popping up at gyms across the nation. I would definitely join then!9/07/2006 11:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger eric b.|W|P|Much hilarity ensues from watching this band and their choreography. I wonder if their songs are actually good, or if they're so addictive because of the videos?9/07/2006 07:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|lol, good to see some use for a treadmill, most of the ones I know have become Towel Racks.9/07/2006 08:24:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|I have it on reliable authority (Rolling Stone magazine) that the guys had to practice that 36 times before they got it right.

Anyway, I can see why it's been such a sensation.

Thanks for sharing with us, Lorinda!9/08/2006 09:22:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Valerie|W|P|That's so funny! Loved the redux with the legos! Thanks for sharing that with us.9/10/2006 04:04:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Mary deB|W|P|Love the lego version! Very clever!9/10/2006 04:25:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|I love it too. Glad it's making you guys smile. Check out OkGo's other video on YouTube, too.9/06/2006 08:08:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| Chez Bluey there is actual knitting going on. Here's proof: my sixth completed prayer shawl. Number seven is on the needles and going FINALLY. I tried the Basketweave shawl pattern on the prayer shawl website, but I couldn't get it to work out. I couldn't figure out if it was me or the pattern. I found a pattern that works better for me here. It's looking pretty good in Lion Brand's Homespun Adirondack colorway. It's amazing to me how hideous some yarn can look on the skein, but when you start knitting with it, it transforms itself.|W|P|115754839486142892|W|P|Knitting has happened|W|P|9/06/2006 08:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|That shawl is beautiful. I love that color!
I agree about Homespun, but I detest knitting with it. I remember seeing the colorway you've chosen and I think it's so pretty! Have fun with it!9/06/2006 09:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Very nice! My first knitting project was with homespun :) I never finished it LOL :) I got my bag today and it is really too cute! Thank you so much I love it :D9/07/2006 08:20:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|What a beautiful shawl! I love the color!9/07/2006 08:28:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Susan|W|P|Oh SO beautiful! One couldn't help but feel spiritful wrapped in something so lovely (and I'm sure so lovingly made)...S.N.9/10/2006 04:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|Thanks for the compliments. The shawl is already being used by the head of our blanket/shawl ministry--she needed one too! And she loves, loves, loves it!9/05/2006 07:57:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Celia of Unraveling is raising money for the AsthmaWalk. She's offering a pair of handknitted socks as a prize to donators! Both my son and I suffer from asthma and so do a lot of other people I know. Lisa's handsome son (the guy in the sidebar picture), Brett, is riding in the National MS Society's annual MS 150 Bike Tour to help raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis research and local programs. Lisa's also offering a prize; don't forget to leave her a comment after you donate. I have two friends with MS, and one of my dear friends lost her mom to MS last year. A worthy cause.|W|P|115746175138469450|W|P|Good Causes!|W|P|9/05/2006 05:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Thanks for the plug, Lorinda---we're getting closer, but not there yet!9/06/2006 07:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Samantha|W|P|Thanks for the comment on my blog! :) I really appreciated your feedback.9/04/2006 06:38:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I spent yesterday doing two of my favorite things: knitting and watching a Law & Order marathon. Because I love the show, I am willing to cut them all kinds of slack, but this one is just too much.
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In the final episode with ADA Serena Southerlyn (Elizabeth Röhm), District Attorney Arthur Branch fires her because she is not a good match for the DA's office. And she asks, "Is it because I'm a lesbian?" He tells her no, and she says "Good." How many seasons was she on L&O? There was never even an inkling that she was a lesbian--no reference, no relationship, no plot conflict including that detail. What idiot writer decided to throw that in as the last thing she said? Is she also an alien? The President of the United States? That's just shoddy scriptwriting; there's no excuse for Dick and his crew who've been doing this for sixteen years. Shame on you, guys. P.S. Knitting pictures will be forthcoming,b ut the light is horrible today with the rain.|W|P|115737040670031082|W|P|Worst Plot Twist EVER|W|P|9/04/2006 07:48:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|yeah, I never remember anything about that either - and I've been watching that show forever too.9/04/2006 12:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger amanda|W|P|I used to watch it religiously and I'd have never thought she was a lesbian. What a lame ending.9/04/2006 11:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|I'm telling you the last few seasons have been slipping.... Ever since Jerry Orbach left.....

I remember that episode - we (at work ) were all like What????

NBC needs to get off their social soap box (ER does it alot too) and just shoot SHOWS!

How are you?

I REALLY need a GIRLS day out!!!! REALLY need one!9/04/2006 06:28:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I was reading Trek's very funny post about her Wonky socks, and someone left a comment that Steve Irwin, the Croc Hunter, was dead. I couldn't believe it, so I googled. How sad; he's only two years older than I am and leaves behind a wife and two kids under ten.
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Somehow saying he died doing what he loved best seems like small comfort. I guess death is always a potential outcome with the lifestyle he lived, but no one ever really thinks it will happen, do they? My thoughts and prayers are with his family.|W|P|115736987167321305|W|P|G'day, Croc Hunter|W|P|9/04/2006 10:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|Oh my gosh. What a horrible thing! I suppose it was bound to happen, but I feel so horrible for his family. (And Matthew. Matthew is devastated. He wanted to be the Croc Hunter when he grew up.)
You seem to be doing very well. I hope so!9/04/2006 11:21:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|How awful! I didn't know about his death before I read your post, but then I found out about the sting ray and so forth.

Sounds like all of Australia is in mourning.

Very sad.9/06/2006 06:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger wendy|W|P|Poor family...poor world to loose someone like that.--> Birthday Countdown Banner Think yarn and yarn accessories.|W|P|115932512738775340|W|P|Fun New Blog Jewelry|W|P|9/26/2006 09:59:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|Happy upcoming birthday!

Yarn and yarn accessories, right? This gives me plenty of time to come up with something really, really good...9/27/2006 07:08:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|hmm don't know much about yarn on my end..how about a cake? :)1/09/2008 01:39:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous carol|W|P|Hi everybody,

Can somebody suggest me a better online shopping website where I can purchase a Gold Hoop Earrings at reasonable prices. However, I searched the web and find the resources i.e.

http://www.topestore.com

http://www.latest-beauty-tips.com

http://www.safeshoppe.com

where the prices are compartively low.
Please suggest if you have some other better resources.

Carol Lee9/24/2006 09:10:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Thanks so much for all of you that weighed in on the SKB survey. I will take all your suggestions into consideration--especially the ones that suggest a higher neckline. Maybe my SKB love will be requited yet, or I'll end up knitting it for my daughter who has a perfect pre-pubescent physique (then she'll spill ketchup on it). My sp8 girl Harriet is having not one but TWO contests! Go find her cute self in the Stitches postcard section and let her know and guess which pattern and which Opal Rainforest yarn she will be using to knit her next pair of socks. There are yarn prizes involved. This girl has seriously great yarn. Check it out!
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|W|P|115910754031241826|W|P|Resounding thanks! And a Contest.|W|P|9/24/2006 03:09:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Haha, I love that dragon picture! ;) Thanks so much for sending me the mystical dragons link... I enjoyed looking through all the pictures, so creative, so colorful! Thanks too for the contest blurb, I appreciate it! : )9/26/2006 08:37:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|http://www.flickr.com/photos/sassenach/250015746/

This is a link to a photo of a human sized woman wearing her own SKB. Personally, I think it looks great! Thought you might like to check it out.9/26/2006 08:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Gene Slinx|W|P|really? well now i have to be heading off to bed, so tell me how tomorrow.9/22/2006 09:07:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I'm watching the wave of SKBs across knitbloglandia, and I want to make one. But I have a question. Will the SKB work for those of us who have, shall we say, an abundance of frontitude? Or will we just be showcasing the girls? Will the design of a slightly-parted front become a flaw for those who've already hit puberty (unlike the girl in the pattern)? I want to know because I WANT the SKB. Shall I requite this love or add it to the afore-posted post?
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|W|P|115893445516426816|W|P|Simple Knitted Bodice Survey|W|P|9/22/2006 10:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Miriam|W|P|My sister and I call it being blessed by Boobula the Breast Goddess. And yes, I think it will hit us mid nipple (or perhaps even farther out than that) for those of us so well endowed. I love it and I thought "WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PATTERN! I MUST HAVE IT!" until I realized that. I've been contemplating how one might raise the neckline a bit so that it had the same shape, only a good 8" higher up the body.9/22/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Kim|W|P|I, too, am coveting this pattern. Actually, I have it, and the yarn, and I plan to cast on for it today.

Like you, I'm blessed in the bosom department. But I've been following the knit along here:

http://simpleknittedbodice.blogspot.com/

And I'm convinced that this sweater will look good stretched across my majectic prow. I'm just not going to knit it in a size that will be at all tight.

The model in the white sweater is actually better endowed than the model in the green and red versions in the pattern. I think she's wearing a larger size.

Ack. I apologize for the novel in your comments.9/22/2006 01:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Pretty sweater---but I'll be holding off given I have the opposite issue---I'll call it bbb (belly bigger than boobs) At some future date, when I get my "sexy" on again, I'll revisit the SKB.9/22/2006 02:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sheryl|W|P|"abundance of frontitude"
LOL, that's a new one. I too have abundance and it is what keeps me from knitting a garment for myself. I am 0 for 2 in fit!
Very pretty tho.9/22/2006 02:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|Beautiful! If you knit that in a neutral like oatmeal or pale tan and wore a pretty coloured top underneath, it mightn't be all that bad. The eye would focus more on the colour instead of the "abundance".9/22/2006 05:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jaimi|W|P|I think that if you made the V-neck just a little bit shallower, it would work for "the girls". The way it is now, it really would be flaunting their marvelousness, but a little less deep, and I think it would be fantastic! I'm casting on for mine this weekend. Finally.9/22/2006 05:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jaimi|W|P|I forgot to say, I have seen somewhere (helpful aren't I?) directions for doing that...making the V-neck a bit more shallow. Maybe on the blogspot KAL or the crafster.org thread on the SKB. Maybe even on the Stitch Diva website...If I have a moment I will see if I can find it again and let you know.9/23/2006 06:04:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Lynne|W|P|Oh, I want to knit that as well, and have had the same questions, being a girl of bountiful boobage myself. It's really cute, and I did hear something about a deep v being flattering for those of us with abundance.9/23/2006 08:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|Same problem here. I love that sweater, but am worried about my "abundance of frontitude" as well. BUT, I made a promise to myself.....no sweaters for me until I reach my goal weight. Perhaps by then I can figure it out. I think I would probably make mine in black though.9/23/2006 09:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eileen|W|P|SKB is just lovely isn't it? How about this for a solution. Since this pattern is beyond my beginner's capabilities but suits my lack of bust to at T--you knit it and I'll wear it! LOL Check out http://annasflyingneedles.blogspot.com/ I believe she just finished this with a slightly raised kneckline.9/23/2006 11:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Ari|W|P|I love the pattern, but I must admit I'm on the small side, in the chest area anyways. Though I don't think I'd use the recommended yarn considering the price of it.9/23/2006 11:05:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Heatherly|W|P|since i have been trying it on as i go, i think it will be ok. you pick up and knit the collar edge which will add some coverage too.
stitch diva sent out an email with modest modifications for it too. being a 38H, i am making the 44-48" size. only up to the lace part, so far cuz i need to make my sss sock. blah!9/24/2006 07:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Knitty_Prof|W|P|I think it is beautiful, too. But, all the models are young and slender and have no breasts to mention.

My concerns are two: that the wide/deep/sharp "V" will push out (because of the boobs) into an unflattering "U" shape with any amount of breast abundance AND that the midrif/waist part will really emphasize the thickness of that part of the body. Normally, a woman who is amply endowed on top, has a matching thick torso/waist - it is a standard body type. People with large breasts do not normally have a small waist unless they are very young. So, I am looking at that beautiful pattern, and I am thinking that for me it would emphasize all my larger areas.

Now that I think about it there is a third concern for me - I am short so I think I would look wide and round on top, and very short on bottom with this one on. I do have to grand daughters in their 20s who would look fantastic in it so if I make it, I will do it for them. I do love the look but it will take a really great body to pull it off, I think.9/21/2006 09:59:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|My girl Ellen, aka The Red Mojito (mojito, yummmm), who when she is not making me laugh is making me think (scary combo), posed a question--why do people like cats? And I responded thusly, "for the same reason we have crushes on movie stars--unrequited love. It's all about the melancholy." We love our cats and, at best, they tolerate us. We adore our movie stars (marry me, Viggo, I promise you won't regret it), and they wouldn't know us from a hole in the wall. Isn't it true? I'm all about the unrequited love. And if you asked me for a list, of course I would have to say "Alphabetical or chronological?" and "Imaginary or real?" and "How much time do you have because it's a pretty extensive list."
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Starting with Donny Osmond back in grade two to the present day. And I can't "out" my latest unrequited one because it could lead to public humiliation for me. Maybe someday. I'll give you a hint though. I'm a sucker for accents, especially any and all derivatives from the Commonwealth Realms. I'm also a big time sucker for smart guys, oh, and cute, oh, and a nice bod doesn't hurt. (And if you're making an educated guess, for heaven's sake don't post it in the comments; this is a public blog. Email me and we'll talk.) I'm narrowing the field too much. We all have unrequited loves--be they human, spiritual or material (think Tilli Tomas or Alchemy Haiku). There certainly wouldn't be a music industry if we didn't obsess over relationships lost or never found. And literature would definitely be the poorer should we collectively awake and say, "No more loving people or things that won't love me back!" Melancholy may be an acquired taste, but once embraced can become addiction. The sweet despair, the divine discontent. The complete control. That's the heart of my unrequited love; I'm forced to admit. My imaginary lovers never color outside the lines or memorize the wrong speech. The pain is bittersweet--a tiny bit bitter but mostly sweet. Very like the glamorous illnesses in stories of old in which women in gauzy dresses dwelt in opulent sanitoriums langorously awaiting heroes' arrivals. It's not the gut-wrenching, limb-severing pain of real life when people walk away and won't give you a second (or third or hundredth) chance or where the person or feline or fiber you would die to have won't give you the time of day. I will try to live in the real world, honest. But don't fault me should I repair at regular intervals to mingle with my unrequited lovers. And don't ask me about it because I won't kiss and tell. Okay, maybe I will.|W|P|115885533981110157|W|P|Love, Unrequited Style|W|P|9/21/2006 12:33:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Kathy|W|P|Accents, smart, cute and nice bod? Sounds like many of my unrequited loves!

I have no clue who your love is and I won't guess because that just may give away mine!9/21/2006 05:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|One good thing about a movie star crush is they are never a REAL threat to a relationship. I have couple guesses, but I won't tell (not here anyway :) )9/21/2006 08:17:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|I love this rumination on unrequited love and melancholy.

And, as I told you in an e-mail, your explanation for why people like cats is the best I've ever heard. I'm a dog person, so these things are not readily apparent to me.

But you have beautifully clarified the cat conundrum!9/23/2006 08:19:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|Oh, Lorinda. You have beautifully summed up a conundrum that I am dealing with right now. Never watch the LOTR trilogy with your husband if you are trying to sort out serious marital issues. It just makes you want to be an elf and gracefully run off into the sunset with Orlando Bloom.
I have to say, though, that I adore my cats for other reasons as well. They really are sensitive little animals. I love how they know when I need someone in my lap! (And sometimes when they don't and they feel it's ok to sit on the scarf I am 8" from finishing.)9/26/2006 10:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger SCarrGo|W|P|I loved this post, because, *sigh*, like everyone else on the planet, I'm usually in the middle of some crush! HA! These things are always better if it is a movie star or something, then you can maintain perspective.

The control is definitely the thing. Imaginary Lover Boy is PERFECT, never says stupid stuff, never steals the covers, etc. By virtue of the fact that I've never met him and never will, I never need to worry about him, ever. Glorious, isn't it?9/14/2007 05:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger chris|W|P|Hi Sir,Madam

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linktochris11@gmail.com9/19/2006 03:46:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Chris is the fountain of all contest wisdom. Thanks, Chris! Found out that Becky is having a contest to celebrate her blog move and her blogaversary. Go visit her and see what she has going on. It's awesome! Socks that Rock, yummmmmmy.|W|P|115869905934468911|W|P|Check out the Party!|W|P|9/20/2006 05:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Chris|W|P|You're welcome! You seem to be cleaning up on contests. :)9/17/2006 09:23:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|*A Dog's Diary* 7 am - Oh boy! A walk! My favorite! 8 am - Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite! 9 am - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite! Noon - Oh boy! The yard! My favorite! 2 pm - Oh boy! A car ride! My favorite! 3 pm - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite! 4 pm - Oh boy! Playing ball! My favorite! 6 pm - Oh boy! Welcome home Mom! My favorite! 7 pm - Oh boy! Welcome home Dad! My favorite! 8 pm - Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite! 9 pm - Oh boy! Tummy rubs on the couch! My favorite! 11 pm - Oh boy! Sleeping in my people's bed! My favorite! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *A Cat's Diary* Day 183 of my captivity. My captors continued to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get fr om clawing the furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another house plant. Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded. Maybe I should try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair. I must try this on their bed. Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body in an attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little kitty cat I was. This is not working according to plan. There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary confinement throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the food. More important, I overheard that my confinement was due to my powers of inducing something called allergies." Must lea r n what this is and how to use it to my advantage. I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird, on the other hand, has got to be an informant. He speaks with them regularly, and I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room, his safety is assured. But I can wait. It's only a matter of time.|W|P|115850305552637145|W|P|Because Everyone Should Journal|W|P|9/17/2006 11:31:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|ok....I am a cat person. No denying it. And I really think your entry captured my cat Victor perfectly. We have always been very concerned that he is plotting world domination. I think we need to keep a closer eye on him now.
As far as dogs go, I like them. I just prefer cats. But, that entry was pretty much perfection as well. I've always thought that dogs are the happiest animals on the planet, provided you feed them and don't hurt them.9/17/2006 11:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Knitty_Prof|W|P|This is great. I prefer cats because of they are not so needful and could care less if they have a lot of human interaction as look as the bowls are filled up daily and the litter emptied on time and a little pat on the head now and then. My two boys, Blaise and Angel, are as different as night and day, yet they FIT this description and I am certain that some of these diary entries came from my home! Yep, dogs are happy! Cats, well, who knows?9/17/2006 03:07:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|I have a cat, the cat can be very evil as she trys to knock things of the shelf and kill the dog with them. (here poochy poochy...drat I missed.)

When she does like to be petted though, her imperial highness will allow me to pet her and grace me with her purring.

Though I love how she can use a litterbox, I don't have to take her down. Which foils her escape attempts9/17/2006 09:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Too funny.9/17/2006 10:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger wendy|W|P|Sooooo funny!9/18/2006 02:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|Hilarious!9/20/2006 10:58:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|This is SOOOO dead-on!

Remind me: why do people like cats?9/17/2006 08:02:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Unless you want to go insane. And check out the songwriter's name. Thanks, Susie; now I'm certifiable.|W|P|115849823562655308|W|P|Don't Click on This|W|P|9/17/2006 11:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|HA HA HA HA!!!!! I SO needed that this morning! (afternoon. whatever.)9/17/2006 12:20:00 PM|W|P|Blogger cecily|W|P|fuzzy llama funny llama, llama llama DUCK! :D

one of my favorites...9/17/2006 03:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Don't click this!? You know I had to click it...so evil of you.

It made me smile but I now have that scary tune in me head.9/16/2006 06:23:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|It's a burning question, I know. Do you sit up nights wondering? Pao is on a quest to solve the mystery; help him out if you know. There are prizes involved!
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And while we're on the subject of Bond, James, Bond; which one is the real (best, favorite)? Sean Connery, of course.* *I've never actually watched a James Bond movie, but I like Sean Connery. Nods to mrspao.|W|P|115840640661350748|W|P|What Flavour Crisps DOES James Bond Eat?|W|P|9/16/2006 07:29:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Marji|W|P|actually, the more burning question would be, what goes into the Martini shaker? My guess would be Beefeaters, but it is a relevant question don't you think?
How are you doing Lorinda?9/16/2006 10:55:00 AM|W|P|Blogger mrspao|W|P|Thank you :)9/16/2006 11:07:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|SEAN hands down!!!!9/17/2006 02:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Connery made Bond. I haven't watched all of em mind ya, but my dad ould disown me if I denounced St. Sean.9/17/2006 09:28:00 AM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|Good question, Marji. Let's have him mix us up one, and we'll test it out, shall we?9/17/2006 09:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Oh man, I gotta go with Pierce Brosnan----yum.9/14/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|That the world is spinning a little too quickly? That in the Tour de France of life you are riding your purple banana-seat bike from grade two? That you are the rock in the middle of the stream and the current is rushing over and around you? That's how I feel today. The minutes of my day pour from the top of the hourglass, and I can't catch up. I'm torn between anxiety and joy. The sun is shining, my cat is sitting beside me, and there is much reason to smile. But the minutes, oh, the minutes, they speed away. Must knit quickly. On the upside. Although I did not make it into the six months of Scout, I did get into Month One. Good, now I only have to sell my hair or some teeth maybe (like Fantine in Les Miserables: "You have beautiful teeth, you girl there, who are laughing; if you want to sell me your palettes, I will give you a gold napoleon apiece for them." "What are my palettes?" asked Fantine. "The palettes," replied the dental professor, "are the front teeth, the two upper ones."), and not my whole self ("A hundred francs," thought Fantine. "But in what trade can one earn a hundred sous a day?" "Come!" said she, "let us sell what is left." The unfortunate girl became a woman of the town.) Oh, and by the way, which Les Miserables character are you? How à propos for me!
I'm Fantine!
Though I mean well, my trusting nature gets me into appalling amounts of trouble. Still, I do my best to get through, and I would do absolutely anything for my loved ones.

Which Les Miserables Character Are You?
|W|P|115825450205232639|W|P|Do You Ever Get the Feeling|W|P|9/14/2006 01:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|I'm Jean Valjean..apparently I am not above a bit of Skullduggery. woohoo!9/14/2006 01:53:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anne|W|P|I'm Fantine too...9/14/2006 02:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|I guess I'm really going to have to read Le Mis now right??9/14/2006 11:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Nicole|W|P|Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! wow, your post captures exactly what it's like to be in graduate school. Hence why I am sitting at the computer lab at 11pm instead at home in bed with my hubby. Too much to do.

Now I'm off to go see what Les Mis character I am.9/15/2006 06:14:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kate|W|P|I have to see what Les Mis character I am. Thanks for visiting my blog!9/15/2006 08:54:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|Hello Blue Cosmo!

I don't know what Les Miz character I am...but sometimes I sure do feel like that rock in a stream...

Have a great day and a great weekend!9/22/2006 01:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|All the time! (Re: the first paragraphs.)

WTG on getting into one moth of Scout's Indie Swag... it was SOOOOOO tempting, all the goodies look awesome.9/14/2006 11:10:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Great article in today's newspaper about reviving our conversation skills. Two favorite parts: the part about FDR saying shocking things to see whether people were paying attention and this-- If you want good conversation, Shepherd said, "Find a place where you are not interrupted, where you can give it some time, where people are not performing for other people, where there's this sense of safety. I do think having food and sitting down is a good idea." A great place for two people to hold a conversation is during a car trip. "A conversation or a connection is not just about you and the other person. It's about this third thing between you _ a relationship. When you take your eyes off each other for a while, you can put your eyes on the relationship." Let's work on that today. Who's up for going out to eat or a road trip?|W|P|115825037354811343|W|P|The Lost Art of Conversation|W|P|9/14/2006 11:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Samantha|W|P|Oooh oooh, pick me, pick me!! Dh and I love going out to eat without the kids, or for long car rides with the kids (especially when they fall asleep) ... we have some of our best conversations there. :)9/14/2006 12:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger amanda|W|P|I so agree! The hubster and I do lots of great talking in the car and that probably explains why we head out exploring on the weekends so much.9/14/2006 01:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|road trip! oh yeah!

I am used to people not actually listening to what I say, when people ask how I am I say "Rotten" just to see how often they go..good good...and walk off.9/14/2006 02:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|You're so right....road trips encourage conversation. I've had some very enlightening moments in the car with my adult boys. And hubby and I had good conversations on our vacation this summer as well.9/16/2006 08:18:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|You know.....hubby and I always talked better in the car. And even with the end of our marriage possibly in sight shortly down the road, our conversation is getting a lot better. Interesting. Thanks for posting that!9/14/2006 09:55:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|
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|W|P|115824676482976336|W|P|My Fave Comic Strip|W|P|9/14/2006 11:36:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Samantha|W|P|LOL!!9/14/2006 01:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|lol I can relate9/14/2006 02:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|I love "pearls"...but I don't get the paper anymore. Thanks for sharing.9/22/2006 01:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|; ) I love that comic too. Get Fuzzy is another favorite.9/14/2006 08:36:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Deb of Chappysmom has a great offer! She's selling her Kiwi, and it's a beaut. Check out the details in her September 12th post. And pass the word along, please!
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|W|P|115824145633905625|W|P|Hey Spinners!|W|P|9/14/2006 09:18:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|Lorinda, are you a spinner? I haven't tried it - it seems so complicated!9/12/2006 10:33:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Thanks to Chris (and of course Mayhem and Chaos), I've discovered my calling:
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Entering contests! I've won two this week! Mrs. Pao's acronym contest and Anne's "write a caption about my son who is the cutest in the world" contest. Thanks, ladies! Gotta love that random number generator. Here's a contest that is still going. Head over to Cindy's blog and predict when she'll finish her shawl-in-progress. She's giving away yarn, folks! Oh, and Chris, love the new avatar!|W|P|115811927650790301|W|P|Contest!|W|P|9/13/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|Yay! Winning contests with yarn prizes are the best!9/13/2006 03:39:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|The Prize Winner from Defiance Ohio - GREAT movie. You might like it! LOL!!!!9/13/2006 04:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Chris|W|P|Thanks! Mouse does good work, doesn't she (re the avatar)?? And congrats!9/22/2006 01:36:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Woohoo, congrats on the two contest wins! : )9/12/2006 10:20:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Fun meme from Lisa who has a super name for her blog. 1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: ( pet and current street name) Velvet Mill 2. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/grandmother on your moms side, your favorite candy) Martha Skor 3. YOUR "FLY Guy/Girl" NAME: (first initial of last name, first three letters of your middle name) C. Kay 4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Blue Bengal 5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Kaye Phoenix 6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 2 letters of mom's maiden name and first 3 letters of the town you grew up in.) Car-lo-li-bra 7. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The", your favorite color, favorite drink) The Blue Cosmopolitan 8. NASCAR NAME: (the first name of both your grandfathers) Henry Lacey 9. FUTURISTIC NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne and the name of your favorite shoes) Euphoria Dansko 10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother/father's middle name ) Marjorie Thomas|W|P|115811793823779746|W|P|My 10 Names|W|P|9/13/2006 01:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Ann Stanley would be my witness protection name, I think people would not forget a 6 ft tall man named Ann. Perhaps they reverse it for guys.

Great read :)9/13/2006 05:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|This was fun - thanks for providing me with "blog fodder" as my entire knitting story is all about the SKB.9/13/2006 08:43:00 AM|W|P|Blogger JulieFrick|W|P|Funny! Yours turned out really well. Mine, not so much. And we still need to chat about this Kieffer Sutherland thing. He totally peaked with "The Lost Boys," friend!9/13/2006 10:28:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|That's fabulous! Mind if I borrow it for my blog today?
Congrats on winning those contests! I never win anything!9/22/2006 01:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Teehee, these names are all great! : )9/11/2006 11:58:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|My eleven-year old sat down on the couch with me Friday and began to argue. He didn't want to go to his dad's house. He was working himself into a full-on rant, and I said, "You have to go; it's not optional." He is usually a pretty cooperative kid (after the initial power struggle), but this time, the fingers went in the ears and the "La la la la, I'm not listening" commenced. I kept knitting. I was working on lace, for heaven's sake, and I wasn't about to be distracted. There wasn't any point in arguing. Then I noticed it was quiet on the other end of the couch. Here's what I saw: I couldn't resist taking the picture. You'll notice the fingers are still in the ears. He'll be mad if he sees it, but what eleven-year old boy reads knitblogs? We're safe. I took the time he was sleeping to pray that God would help me to step outside my usual "you'll do it because I said so" in a screechy voice mode. And I knit. A few minutes later, he opened his eyes and said, "What time is Dad picking me up?" Sometimes all a guy (and his mom) needs is a nap. Added note: As soon as I posted this, the phone rang. It was the boy-son telling me he has a fever and needs to come home. I always seem to miss the cues and then go back after he's sick and say, "Oh, THAT'S why he was crabby!"|W|P|115799437278142036|W|P|I'm Not Listening!|W|P|9/11/2006 12:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger amanda|W|P|too funny! i know i can use a nap right now :o)9/11/2006 05:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger sue|W|P|Your son must have worn himself out from arguing with you and really needed that nap. I am sure that most people are cranky when they need a sleep, I know I am. I hope he is feeling better now.9/11/2006 05:50:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|That's a sweet picture, and it doesn't matter HOW old they get, they still want their mama when they are sick.9/11/2006 11:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|praying for his quick recovery9/11/2006 11:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|I always think that the kids are trying to get their way before I start to even think about considering that they may be sick.

Hope he gets well soon. I'll send a prayer his way.9/12/2006 05:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|It's a very cute picture indeed.. poor kid, I hope he gets better soon!9/13/2006 04:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|I love this post. I struggle with both of these issues - not praying BEFORE the child gets all dramatic and then not realizing that the drama is from them not feeling well. DUH!9/11/2006 11:01:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| Here are some things on the needles. I find it hard to share WIPs--it feels like getting caught in my underwear (which believe me, you DON'T want to see). Hard to fight that good ol' Maine "keep it to yourself" attitude. I learned it well. Not that there aren't some things we should keep to ourselves (e.g., "Dude, what the @#$#@ happened to your hair?" "Wow, is that your perfume or did we just pass some fetid road kill?"), but I'm going outside my comfort zone here. The first (above) is my basketweave prayer shawl with kitty assistance. The second is my Sarah moebius scarf--so named because the lovely and able Sarah both sent me the yarn and suggested what to do with it! It's wonderfully soft and will make a perfect Christmas or birthday gift for the present box (not for it to wear, but to put in it--you get me, right?) |W|P|115799367283786131|W|P|I Told You I've Been Knitting; I Wasn't Lying|W|P|9/11/2006 01:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|Looks good! I like the colorway of the yarn for the moebius scarf. I'm surprised you are uncomfortable with showing WIPs, but thanks for overcoming your discomfort and sharing!9/12/2006 05:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|Oh beautiful! I've never made moebius scarves before, but then again, I have yet to knit a scarf, any scarf :S I know what you mean, showing others your WIP's is like.. showing them something that is not yet born yet, it makes me feel uncomfortable too. I much rather show the finished objects :D9/12/2006 09:27:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|I wish my in-laws were as understanding of the Maine attitude as you are! My MIL was even born in Maine, but NO, they expect me to dump everything all over them!
That moebius is beautiful! I love that color and I am sure the present box will truly appreciate it. ;)
Don't you love feline knitting help?9/13/2006 04:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|LOVE your WIP!!!!!! Please don't show your underwear - I see enough of that in my job!9/17/2006 09:06:00 AM|W|P|Blogger MJ|W|P|Love the mobius!!
it is on my list of things to try!!9/11/2006 10:28:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| So says Gino, the nine-pound, thirteen-year old Yorkie. Why does everyone like cats? They hate you, and I love you, so why do you spend your whole day trying to please them when all you have to do is throw a toy and I'm ecstatic? Just sayin'. What's all the fuss? I may weigh the least, but I'm the fullest of @#$# and vinegar in the whole house. It's my duty to find a cat to bite on the head EVERY time I go outside to help them remember that I'M the boss. Don't forget. I'm the boss. And if you forget, I'll pee on your stuff. But I'm so cute you won't be able to stay mad at me. And I'll sit right beside you ON your knitting, because I love toasty things.|W|P|115798945068216780|W|P|Cats are so overrated|W|P|9/11/2006 10:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|Aw Gino, you are a cute pooch, I am already going nuts trying to watch 3 dogs for the next few weeks otherwise I would let you come and torment the cat.

Just don't tell her that.9/12/2006 05:47:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|Sorry Gino, I also prefer cats :S Ones that have been raised to have good manners that is ;) But you are very, very cute!!9/11/2006 05:16:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Five years ago, in the turmoil and panic, this is the verse I read: When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. (Psalm 75:3)|W|P|115796990100111432|W|P|September 11|W|P|9/11/2006 10:31:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|A very powerful verse. Thank you.

I was living in Manhattan at the time, working at a school on the Upper West Side. I think I may write something about the experience later this week, but today I am just letting the memories sit.

It was an overwhelming and terrible day and so much turmoil and death has followed in its wake. Still hard to talk about it in any way that makes any sense...9/10/2006 04:41:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I attend a multi-site church in the western suburbs of Chicago. Here's a video with all the campus pastors strutting their stuff. Don't hold it against us. ;) Be Our Guest |W|P|115792462438906427|W|P|These Dudes Clean Up Good!|W|P|9/12/2006 05:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ZhiWen|W|P|Oh wow! What a performance :D *applauds* And they look like they're having such a great time too!9/13/2006 04:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|TOO FUNNY!!!!! I Love it! showing it to my pastor!!!!9/08/2006 10:14:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| I'm all about Eye Candy Rowan, yummmmmmm. (Pay no attention to the girl.)|W|P|115777181911071449|W|P|Eye Candy Friday|W|P|9/08/2006 10:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Ari|W|P|I'm developing a new love for Rowan, even if I've never used their yarn, teehee!!!9/09/2006 12:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|Not too shabby!9/09/2006 02:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Heh, I noticed the guy right off... yum. These videos were funny too!9/10/2006 03:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Oh my----eye candy indeed. Perhaps I need to subscribe to Rowan???9/10/2006 04:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|I can see I am not alone in my taste for Rowan, especially the "Tall, Dark and Handsome" colorway.9/07/2006 07:53:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Fun with Treadmills I am completely in love with this video. I especially love the dude's skinny red pants. OkGo is my new favorite band. Thanks to Anne for sharing! And here's the redux: ok go treadmill Love it too.|W|P|115763360352031887|W|P|The Only Decent Use for a Treadmill|W|P|9/07/2006 11:09:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|that's hysterical! can you imagine how much time it took to get that right???

mind if I share???9/07/2006 11:11:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Cookie|W|P|OMG, that's awesome! I wonder how much they had to practice that. I can just imagine OkGo treadmill dancing classes popping up at gyms across the nation. I would definitely join then!9/07/2006 11:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger eric b.|W|P|Much hilarity ensues from watching this band and their choreography. I wonder if their songs are actually good, or if they're so addictive because of the videos?9/07/2006 07:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|lol, good to see some use for a treadmill, most of the ones I know have become Towel Racks.9/07/2006 08:24:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|I have it on reliable authority (Rolling Stone magazine) that the guys had to practice that 36 times before they got it right.

Anyway, I can see why it's been such a sensation.

Thanks for sharing with us, Lorinda!9/08/2006 09:22:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Valerie|W|P|That's so funny! Loved the redux with the legos! Thanks for sharing that with us.9/10/2006 04:04:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Mary deB|W|P|Love the lego version! Very clever!9/10/2006 04:25:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|I love it too. Glad it's making you guys smile. Check out OkGo's other video on YouTube, too.9/06/2006 08:08:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P| Chez Bluey there is actual knitting going on. Here's proof: my sixth completed prayer shawl. Number seven is on the needles and going FINALLY. I tried the Basketweave shawl pattern on the prayer shawl website, but I couldn't get it to work out. I couldn't figure out if it was me or the pattern. I found a pattern that works better for me here. It's looking pretty good in Lion Brand's Homespun Adirondack colorway. It's amazing to me how hideous some yarn can look on the skein, but when you start knitting with it, it transforms itself.|W|P|115754839486142892|W|P|Knitting has happened|W|P|9/06/2006 08:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|That shawl is beautiful. I love that color!
I agree about Homespun, but I detest knitting with it. I remember seeing the colorway you've chosen and I think it's so pretty! Have fun with it!9/06/2006 09:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Very nice! My first knitting project was with homespun :) I never finished it LOL :) I got my bag today and it is really too cute! Thank you so much I love it :D9/07/2006 08:20:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|What a beautiful shawl! I love the color!9/07/2006 08:28:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Susan|W|P|Oh SO beautiful! One couldn't help but feel spiritful wrapped in something so lovely (and I'm sure so lovingly made)...S.N.9/10/2006 04:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lorinda|W|P|Thanks for the compliments. The shawl is already being used by the head of our blanket/shawl ministry--she needed one too! And she loves, loves, loves it!9/05/2006 07:57:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Celia of Unraveling is raising money for the AsthmaWalk. She's offering a pair of handknitted socks as a prize to donators! Both my son and I suffer from asthma and so do a lot of other people I know. Lisa's handsome son (the guy in the sidebar picture), Brett, is riding in the National MS Society's annual MS 150 Bike Tour to help raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis research and local programs. Lisa's also offering a prize; don't forget to leave her a comment after you donate. I have two friends with MS, and one of my dear friends lost her mom to MS last year. A worthy cause.|W|P|115746175138469450|W|P|Good Causes!|W|P|9/05/2006 05:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Thanks for the plug, Lorinda---we're getting closer, but not there yet!9/06/2006 07:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Samantha|W|P|Thanks for the comment on my blog! :) I really appreciated your feedback.9/04/2006 06:38:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I spent yesterday doing two of my favorite things: knitting and watching a Law & Order marathon. Because I love the show, I am willing to cut them all kinds of slack, but this one is just too much.
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In the final episode with ADA Serena Southerlyn (Elizabeth Röhm), District Attorney Arthur Branch fires her because she is not a good match for the DA's office. And she asks, "Is it because I'm a lesbian?" He tells her no, and she says "Good." How many seasons was she on L&O? There was never even an inkling that she was a lesbian--no reference, no relationship, no plot conflict including that detail. What idiot writer decided to throw that in as the last thing she said? Is she also an alien? The President of the United States? That's just shoddy scriptwriting; there's no excuse for Dick and his crew who've been doing this for sixteen years. Shame on you, guys. P.S. Knitting pictures will be forthcoming,b ut the light is horrible today with the rain.|W|P|115737040670031082|W|P|Worst Plot Twist EVER|W|P|9/04/2006 07:48:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Robin|W|P|yeah, I never remember anything about that either - and I've been watching that show forever too.9/04/2006 12:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger amanda|W|P|I used to watch it religiously and I'd have never thought she was a lesbian. What a lame ending.9/04/2006 11:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Bonzairn|W|P|I'm telling you the last few seasons have been slipping.... Ever since Jerry Orbach left.....

I remember that episode - we (at work ) were all like What????

NBC needs to get off their social soap box (ER does it alot too) and just shoot SHOWS!

How are you?

I REALLY need a GIRLS day out!!!! REALLY need one!9/04/2006 06:28:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I was reading Trek's very funny post about her Wonky socks, and someone left a comment that Steve Irwin, the Croc Hunter, was dead. I couldn't believe it, so I googled. How sad; he's only two years older than I am and leaves behind a wife and two kids under ten.
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Somehow saying he died doing what he loved best seems like small comfort. I guess death is always a potential outcome with the lifestyle he lived, but no one ever really thinks it will happen, do they? My thoughts and prayers are with his family.|W|P|115736987167321305|W|P|G'day, Croc Hunter|W|P|9/04/2006 10:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|Oh my gosh. What a horrible thing! I suppose it was bound to happen, but I feel so horrible for his family. (And Matthew. Matthew is devastated. He wanted to be the Croc Hunter when he grew up.)
You seem to be doing very well. I hope so!9/04/2006 11:21:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|How awful! I didn't know about his death before I read your post, but then I found out about the sting ray and so forth.

Sounds like all of Australia is in mourning.

Very sad.9/06/2006 06:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger wendy|W|P|Poor family...poor world to loose someone like that.--> Birthday Countdown Banner Think yarn and yarn accessories.|W|P|115932512738775340|W|P|Fun New Blog Jewelry|W|P|9/26/2006 09:59:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|Happy upcoming birthday!

Yarn and yarn accessories, right? This gives me plenty of time to come up with something really, really good...9/27/2006 07:08:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Janus Torrell|W|P|hmm don't know much about yarn on my end..how about a cake? :)1/09/2008 01:39:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous carol|W|P|Hi everybody,

Can somebody suggest me a better online shopping website where I can purchase a Gold Hoop Earrings at reasonable prices. However, I searched the web and find the resources i.e.

http://www.topestore.com

http://www.latest-beauty-tips.com

http://www.safeshoppe.com

where the prices are compartively low.
Please suggest if you have some other better resources.

Carol Lee9/24/2006 09:10:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Thanks so much for all of you that weighed in on the SKB survey. I will take all your suggestions into consideration--especially the ones that suggest a higher neckline. Maybe my SKB love will be requited yet, or I'll end up knitting it for my daughter who has a perfect pre-pubescent physique (then she'll spill ketchup on it). My sp8 girl Harriet is having not one but TWO contests! Go find her cute self in the Stitches postcard section and let her know and guess which pattern and which Opal Rainforest yarn she will be using to knit her next pair of socks. There are yarn prizes involved. This girl has seriously great yarn. Check it out!
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|W|P|115910754031241826|W|P|Resounding thanks! And a Contest.|W|P|9/24/2006 03:09:00 PM|W|P|Blogger limedragon :-: Harriet|W|P|Haha, I love that dragon picture! ;) Thanks so much for sending me the mystical dragons link... I enjoyed looking through all the pictures, so creative, so colorful! Thanks too for the contest blurb, I appreciate it! : )9/26/2006 08:37:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|http://www.flickr.com/photos/sassenach/250015746/

This is a link to a photo of a human sized woman wearing her own SKB. Personally, I think it looks great! Thought you might like to check it out.9/26/2006 08:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Gene Slinx|W|P|really? well now i have to be heading off to bed, so tell me how tomorrow.9/22/2006 09:07:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|I'm watching the wave of SKBs across knitbloglandia, and I want to make one. But I have a question. Will the SKB work for those of us who have, shall we say, an abundance of frontitude? Or will we just be showcasing the girls? Will the design of a slightly-parted front become a flaw for those who've already hit puberty (unlike the girl in the pattern)? I want to know because I WANT the SKB. Shall I requite this love or add it to the afore-posted post?
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|W|P|115893445516426816|W|P|Simple Knitted Bodice Survey|W|P|9/22/2006 10:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Miriam|W|P|My sister and I call it being blessed by Boobula the Breast Goddess. And yes, I think it will hit us mid nipple (or perhaps even farther out than that) for those of us so well endowed. I love it and I thought "WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PATTERN! I MUST HAVE IT!" until I realized that. I've been contemplating how one might raise the neckline a bit so that it had the same shape, only a good 8" higher up the body.9/22/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Kim|W|P|I, too, am coveting this pattern. Actually, I have it, and the yarn, and I plan to cast on for it today.

Like you, I'm blessed in the bosom department. But I've been following the knit along here:

http://simpleknittedbodice.blogspot.com/

And I'm convinced that this sweater will look good stretched across my majectic prow. I'm just not going to knit it in a size that will be at all tight.

The model in the white sweater is actually better endowed than the model in the green and red versions in the pattern. I think she's wearing a larger size.

Ack. I apologize for the novel in your comments.9/22/2006 01:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|Pretty sweater---but I'll be holding off given I have the opposite issue---I'll call it bbb (belly bigger than boobs) At some future date, when I get my "sexy" on again, I'll revisit the SKB.9/22/2006 02:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sheryl|W|P|"abundance of frontitude"
LOL, that's a new one. I too have abundance and it is what keeps me from knitting a garment for myself. I am 0 for 2 in fit!
Very pretty tho.9/22/2006 02:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dorothy|W|P|Beautiful! If you knit that in a neutral like oatmeal or pale tan and wore a pretty coloured top underneath, it mightn't be all that bad. The eye would focus more on the colour instead of the "abundance".9/22/2006 05:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jaimi|W|P|I think that if you made the V-neck just a little bit shallower, it would work for "the girls". The way it is now, it really would be flaunting their marvelousness, but a little less deep, and I think it would be fantastic! I'm casting on for mine this weekend. Finally.9/22/2006 05:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jaimi|W|P|I forgot to say, I have seen somewhere (helpful aren't I?) directions for doing that...making the V-neck a bit more shallow. Maybe on the blogspot KAL or the crafster.org thread on the SKB. Maybe even on the Stitch Diva website...If I have a moment I will see if I can find it again and let you know.9/23/2006 06:04:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Lynne|W|P|Oh, I want to knit that as well, and have had the same questions, being a girl of bountiful boobage myself. It's really cute, and I did hear something about a deep v being flattering for those of us with abundance.9/23/2006 08:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|Same problem here. I love that sweater, but am worried about my "abundance of frontitude" as well. BUT, I made a promise to myself.....no sweaters for me until I reach my goal weight. Perhaps by then I can figure it out. I think I would probably make mine in black though.9/23/2006 09:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eileen|W|P|SKB is just lovely isn't it? How about this for a solution. Since this pattern is beyond my beginner's capabilities but suits my lack of bust to at T--you knit it and I'll wear it! LOL Check out http://annasflyingneedles.blogspot.com/ I believe she just finished this with a slightly raised kneckline.9/23/2006 11:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Ari|W|P|I love the pattern, but I must admit I'm on the small side, in the chest area anyways. Though I don't think I'd use the recommended yarn considering the price of it.9/23/2006 11:05:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Heatherly|W|P|since i have been trying it on as i go, i think it will be ok. you pick up and knit the collar edge which will add some coverage too.
stitch diva sent out an email with modest modifications for it too. being a 38H, i am making the 44-48" size. only up to the lace part, so far cuz i need to make my sss sock. blah!9/24/2006 07:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Knitty_Prof|W|P|I think it is beautiful, too. But, all the models are young and slender and have no breasts to mention.

My concerns are two: that the wide/deep/sharp "V" will push out (because of the boobs) into an unflattering "U" shape with any amount of breast abundance AND that the midrif/waist part will really emphasize the thickness of that part of the body. Normally, a woman who is amply endowed on top, has a matching thick torso/waist - it is a standard body type. People with large breasts do not normally have a small waist unless they are very young. So, I am looking at that beautiful pattern, and I am thinking that for me it would emphasize all my larger areas.

Now that I think about it there is a third concern for me - I am short so I think I would look wide and round on top, and very short on bottom with this one on. I do have to grand daughters in their 20s who would look fantastic in it so if I make it, I will do it for them. I do love the look but it will take a really great body to pull it off, I think.9/21/2006 09:59:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|My girl Ellen, aka The Red Mojito (mojito, yummmm), who when she is not making me laugh is making me think (scary combo), posed a question--why do people like cats? And I responded thusly, "for the same reason we have crushes on movie stars--unrequited love. It's all about the melancholy." We love our cats and, at best, they tolerate us. We adore our movie stars (marry me, Viggo, I promise you won't regret it), and they wouldn't know us from a hole in the wall. Isn't it true? I'm all about the unrequited love. And if you asked me for a list, of course I would have to say "Alphabetical or chronological?" and "Imaginary or real?" and "How much time do you have because it's a pretty extensive list."
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Starting with Donny Osmond back in grade two to the present day. And I can't "out" my latest unrequited one because it could lead to public humiliation for me. Maybe someday. I'll give you a hint though. I'm a sucker for accents, especially any and all derivatives from the Commonwealth Realms. I'm also a big time sucker for smart guys, oh, and cute, oh, and a nice bod doesn't hurt. (And if you're making an educated guess, for heaven's sake don't post it in the comments; this is a public blog. Email me and we'll talk.) I'm narrowing the field too much. We all have unrequited loves--be they human, spiritual or material (think Tilli Tomas or Alchemy Haiku). There certainly wouldn't be a music industry if we didn't obsess over relationships lost or never found. And literature would definitely be the poorer should we collectively awake and say, "No more loving people or things that won't love me back!" Melancholy may be an acquired taste, but once embraced can become addiction. The sweet despair, the divine discontent. The complete control. That's the heart of my unrequited love; I'm forced to admit. My imaginary lovers never color outside the lines or memorize the wrong speech. The pain is bittersweet--a tiny bit bitter but mostly sweet. Very like the glamorous illnesses in stories of old in which women in gauzy dresses dwelt in opulent sanitoriums langorously awaiting heroes' arrivals. It's not the gut-wrenching, limb-severing pain of real life when people walk away and won't give you a second (or third or hundredth) chance or where the person or feline or fiber you would die to have won't give you the time of day. I will try to live in the real world, honest. But don't fault me should I repair at regular intervals to mingle with my unrequited lovers. And don't ask me about it because I won't kiss and tell. Okay, maybe I will.|W|P|115885533981110157|W|P|Love, Unrequited Style|W|P|9/21/2006 12:33:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Kathy|W|P|Accents, smart, cute and nice bod? Sounds like many of my unrequited loves!

I have no clue who your love is and I won't guess because that just may give away mine!9/21/2006 05:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lisa|W|P|One good thing about a movie star crush is they are never a REAL threat to a relationship. I have couple guesses, but I won't tell (not here anyway :) )9/21/2006 08:17:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ellen|W|P|I love this rumination on unrequited love and melancholy.

And, as I told you in an e-mail, your explanation for why people like cats is the best I've ever heard. I'm a dog person, so these things are not readily apparent to me.

But you have beautifully clarified the cat conundrum!9/23/2006 08:19:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tammany|W|P|Oh, Lorinda. You have beautifully summed up a conundrum that I am dealing with right now. Never watch the LOTR trilogy with your husband if you are trying to sort out serious marital issues. It just makes you want to be an elf and gracefully run off into the sunset with Orlando Bloom.
I have to say, though, that I adore my cats for other reasons as well. They really are sensitive little animals. I love how they know when I need someone in my lap! (And sometimes when they don't and they feel it's ok to sit on the scarf I am 8" from finishing.)9/26/2006 10:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger SCarrGo|W|P|I loved this post, because, *sigh*, like everyone else on the planet, I'm usually in the middle of some crush! HA! These things are always better if it is a movie star or something, then you can maintain perspective.

The control is definitely the thing. Imaginary Lover Boy is PERFECT, never says stupid stuff, never steals the covers, etc. By virtue of the fact that I've never met him and never will, I never need to worry about him, ever. Glorious, isn't it?9/14/2007 05:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger chris|W|P|Hi Sir,Madam

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linktochris11@gmail.com9/19/2006 03:46:00 PM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|Chris is the fountain of all contest wisdom. Thanks, Chris! Found out that Becky is having a contest to celebrate her blog move and her blogaversary. Go visit her and see what she has going on. It's awesome! Socks that Rock, yummmmmmy.|W|P|115869905934468911|W|P|Check out the Party!|W|P|9/20/2006 05:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Chris|W|P|You're welcome! You seem to be cleaning up on contests. :)9/17/2006 09:23:00 AM|W|P|lorinda|W|P|*A Dog's Diary* 7 am - Oh boy! A walk! My favorite! 8 am - Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite! 9 am - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite! Noon - Oh boy! The yard! My favorite! 2 pm - Oh boy! A car ride! My favorite! 3 pm - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite! 4 pm - Oh boy! Playing ball! My favorite! 6 pm