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Secret knitting continues…

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…I am pushing the limits here, but still knitting my little fingers off.  If I was using metal needles, I think sparks would be flying.

Not really, but the projects have been going along a lot quicker than usual.  I’m sure it has NOTHING to do with the short deadline I’m up against.

Not at all.

One project is blocking another is halfway done on the needles.  The rest are not due before Xmas, so I’m in pretty good shape so far.

I’d be in better shape if I would have started earlier, but well, I’m knitting now, that’s all that matters.

Spence and I spent yesterday with family friends who came into town with their son to spend the day “in the big city” shopping and seeing the sites. 

Spence and I went earlier so I could shop for a coat. Happy to say I found one and now I won’t be freezing my butt off at the bus stop in every long sleeved shirt and fleece I have with a down vest zipped over it.

One of the downsizes of losing weight is all your nice warm winter coats and jackets are too big. Don’t get me wrong, clothes being too big is a good thing, but not in winter.

Anyway, we met with friends after lunch and spent more time trying to keep track of each other in the crowds than actually LOOKING at anything.

Oh, and I don’t care what language you speak, I’m sure they ALL include the words EXCUSE ME or PARDON ME or THANK YOU.  We may not all speak what words you speak, but most of us can recognize good manners.

And to the guy trying to sell his “art” for money instead of begging…it was a good idea until you started yelling out random insults.  Kinda ruined the whole vibe you had going on.

Just sayin’.

We gave up on the insanity after 2 hours (not even 2 actually) and got in the car for the long journey out of downtown.  It took us longer to get from Union Square to the Bay Bridge than it did to get from the Bay Bridge to Back 40 Texas BBQ.

Where we all enjoyed the company of friends over a yummy meal.

After we waited 40 min to be seated.

Remember the Knitting

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OK, so here I sit typing up a blog about knitting when I should be fast asleep.


Some things have not changed in The Chaos.  It hasn’t moved and I haven’t done much with sorting through things lately.

Some things have changed in The Chaos.  The Queen of The Chaos (that would be me) is shrinking.  Just a little.  If Her Majesty could get off her Royal Bum, she might be shrinking faster.  But that’s a whole new blog post.

The point is, this sweater has been languishing in my project bag for a long time.  A very long time.  I’m making it with the most scrumptous yarn (in the 07 Autumn colorway) I have ever gotten my Royal Paws into…bought in England.  Yum.  And Purrrrrrrrrr.  And if I had an entire room of it, I would sleep on it.

Yes, it’s THAT yummy.

Anyway, I had a feeling all along that Juliet would end up being too big, but that did not deter me one bit in continuing to knit it.


Well, honestly, because I have no concept of gauge and how to manipulate that S.O.B. to get it to work in my favor.  Also, well I am a short, potato shaped knitter with a warped sense of what should fit.  It’s not that I’m a size 20 trying to fit into a size 2.  It’s just that I cannot for the life of me accurately judge what size I am.  Seriously.  Measuring does not help.  I just cannot correlate measurements with making garments that fit me.

That sounds much better than “because I’m a total nutter”, doesn’t it?

This gauge imparement is why I make socks and scarves and hats.  Simple stuff for my simple brain – until I can get a handle on this whole gauge thing.  Honestly (again), if I could handle free-form knitting that ended up as something usable, I’d do that.  No pattern, no gauge, no rules – just KNITTING at it’s purest.


Anyway, back on topic.  Now that I’m not so much the large Idaho I used to be, but, still potato shaped none-the-less, I realize that my Juliet will need to be frogged and restarted.

Which does not bother me in the least, because if you have been reading me since the beginning, you know that deconstructing is one of my favorite knitting activities.

Because then I can knit it all up over and probably over again.

There goes that whole “not admitting to being a nutter” theory.

We Visits da Mooseum Part V – Running Aways

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As we came out of da Tower elebator room, we were hit wit lowd skreems.

MC: Dat’s not me, I swears!

D: Good heavens. What the hell is going on?!?

MC: Langwij!!!!

D: Oh, sorry. (more screeches and howls, etc) But seriously, what the hell is going on?

As far as we cuuld see dere were kids lineded up to come into da Moosuem. Dis Mooseum. Da one we were in. Dey weren’t even insides and we cuuld heer dem screaming. Dey just kept coming off da long skinny yellow tings out in da street.

D: I think it’s time we made our escape Ms Cow. It seems the whole of the San Francisco School District has decided to visit this particular museum. Today. Right now.

MC: I don’t knoe whut dat means but pweese huwwy and get us out of here. My eers hurts.

We pretty much ran out of da bilding and round da corner.

Where we founded dis GIANT leafs! I wanted to rest in it. It lookded comferibul.

But it was not vewy comferibul cos it had wee spikey thingys all over. It itchyd my bum. πŸ™

Heer is Mr Turtul. Say Hi to Mr Turtul. HI Mr Turtul! He was enjoying da sunshines.

There were pwetty floaty flowurs.  See dem? I pointses to dem.

And big twistee twee twunkses!

As we were cwossing da street to go waits for da MUNI, we herd a vewi LOWD skweeeels. I think 100 kidses skweeelded all at da same time.


Mr Turtul’s relaxing day in da sunshines came to a qwick end at dat time I wuud tink. Pore Mr Turtul. I shur hope he swamded away frum da skweeeeling kids!

Just den, da MUNI came and we roded back to downtown City. We were hungwe and needed some peeeses and kwiets. We got lost in da Westfield Mall lunch crowd in a quiet corner and ate a nice calm lunch before we heded to da trane to goes home.

On da way out, Donna baut a Beerded Pappa yummy thingy. We waited until later to enjoy dat one doe. When we were comfy and relaksing at home where it was kwiet, we nommed it!

It was vewi gooood! Yumi yumi! Den we took a naps cos it was a loooooooooong and tyring day. Wit some scawi bits.

D: It wasn’t very scary.

MC: It was to me!!!! Espeshully when dat ladee appeered like majik to say yuu was in twubbls agen.

D: Oh hush.
Donna’s notes:
As you can probably tell, we didn’t really have the best of days out, but we were actually grateful to have had the chance to at least try.  I don’t think we’ll be heading out to any sort of museum any time soon – especially if we really want to relax and enjoy the day.  If the rules don’t get to you, the million screaming kids will. I’ve come to the conclusion that there really isn’t a good time to go to a museum .  During the week, there are the busloads of school kids.  On the weekend, there are all the people who couldn’t go during the week.  During the summer, there are the families, the tourists, etc etc etc.
I am grateful about one rule tho, no using cell phones.  And just to add emphasis to that one, I’m pretty sure they have some sort of blocker in place – or maybe it’s just what the building is made of – as I lost signal before I even entered the museum and didn’t get it back until I was about a block away waiting for MUNI.
One important lesson I did learn.  Next time I want to see an exhibit, I’ll buy the book.  Even better, I’ll get the book from the library. I’d be able to settle in at home under a comfy blankie with a cup of tea, or in a big comfy chair at the coffee shop and just enjoy the pictures in the brightest light I could find.
I’ll save time and my sanity…and buy some fancy-pants yarn instead.

Someone’s in my kitchen cooking all day…

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…oh yeah, that would be me!

Started off today with a short ride to the farmer’s market down the street. Note to self, drag your bum out earlier and you won’t have to dig and dig for the few really good veggies that are left.

Anyways, got some fresh ingredients for some healthy veggie soup. Healthy as in not so full of sodium, but still tasty. I’ve tried just about every low-sodium canned soup out there and have yet to find one that I like, so I decided to try my hand at making my own. I was channel surfing last night and came upon the Dr. Oz show and lo and behold, they were talking about a healthy veggie soup that this woman made that helped her lose weight. I thought I’d give it a try. Don’t care whether it helps me lose weight, but being that I am currently obsessed with finding a tasty low-sodium soup, well, there you go.

Since I wanted it low-sodium, I substituted 4 tsp. of Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute spice mix (no salt in it that I could find in the ingredients) for the 4 cubes of chicken bouillon (which is way too salty for me). It still has an hour to cook, but so far, the broth tastes good.

I added zucchini and cut back on the celery and cabbage cos we don’t like those too much here in the Chaos. Also, the cans of Plum Tomatoes at TJ’s are a bit smaller than needed, so put in all of the two rather than waste the extra, so now it’s a bit more. I believe I also cut back to 3 cans of water instead of four.

I’m going to make some Mexican Star pasta later (since I’m using my pasta pot to cook the soup) and will add that if I want to make more of a meal out of it. It’s an uber chunky veggie soup, which is what we like here. And oh boy does it smell GOOD. My turn to fill up the hallway with the smell of what I’m cooking. Hee hee.

The only problem I have is…how to store it all? Not sure if I have enough containers….I’m pretty sure I’ll be using them ALL…sigh.

Can’t wait to take this to work for lunch!!!!!

Category: Chaos Cuisine, Health, YUM

Getting my English on…

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OK, so I’m trying Xbox LIVE for a month and after just a few hours I am hooked. More specifically, I’m hooked on the “Instant Movie” feature.

This weekend I popped the entire first 5 seasons of MI-5 into the “instant” queue and started watching. Picked up the Juliet pattern and my 3 giant balls of bulky English yarn and started it up.

This yarn is soft and squishy and totally YUMMY-licious…I want to put hundreds of balls of this stuff in a room and just dive in…THAT’s how yummy it is… The description is so spot on when it says: It’s a conversation piece in itself, and it sure gives you lots of great colour to feast your eyes on. No one can walk past this yarn without looking twice.

I’ll post photos of my balls soon, I’m just too busy squishing and fondling and totally enjoying the experience of knitting with this yarn too much right now to share it. And the pattern is knitting up quite easily. Thanks to AmpuT for knitting up such a gorgeous Juliet. I saw it while she was knitting it and then the finished sweater in person. omg. As soon as I saw it, I just knew this English yarn was perfect for it. And now after so long (over a year) I am finally picking up the needles and knitting one for myself.

Oh, and I really want to know what the deal is with these English balls. I knit and knit and knit and they don’t look any smaller than when I started. Are they magical? Are they like Mary Poppins’ Carpet Bag? Do they just have that much more in them than US yarn balls? I don’t know, but I’m loving those English balls. I don’t remember how much I paid for them, but they were worth every pence.

Category: Knitting, NK, Sweaters, Xbox Mama, YUM

Best laid plans, blah blah blah

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Well, the conference didn’t go as well as we planned and there has been a business setback. My friend is carrying on though and pushing forward, etc. He’s not one for giving in and this is his dream, so onward!

Ms Cow was a fantastic navigator by the way…even thru fog!!!

It has been nice having the car, altho it is very tiring to drive (and drive so much too) after not driving in a long time. I am worn out from yesterday. Drove Spence into SF today all the way to school and picked up his bike while I was there…more lots of driving…this time in traffic.

So on to the best laid plans. I don’t seem to be the superwoman I used to be. My big plans to take the two chairs off to the charity shop just fell thru. I can’t lift the damn things, so there is no way I’m going to be able to get them down the stairs and into a car. I’ll have to have some help with that. I’ll just have to borrow the car over the weekend when Spencer can help me. In the mean time, I’ve given up on even taking anything. I don’t have enuf for a car load without the chairs. To be honest, it doesn’t even fill up the cart. Sigh. Can’t lift the heavy boxes either, so taking anything to the charity shop for donation is out for today.

I’ll have a bit of a rest and then go do some running about…I have several things that need to be done that would take forever if done by bus, so having the car is not going to go to waste. I was going to try and fit in the errands and the donation run, so now I can just relax and take my time. I’ll pick up Spencer from BART and we’ll most likely take a run down to In ‘n Out for some yummy burgers. We only go to In n Out during Kublacon cos I’ve got a rental car and there is one by the hotel where it’s held, so this will be a bit of a treat for us. Altho I must confess that when I first picked up the car on Tuesday night, Antonella and I stopped in for dinner. πŸ™‚

Oh yeah, almost forgot, the dice beads came the other day. The silver and gold medal ones are awesome, the skulls are a bit bigger than I thought they would be, and the “white” dice beads are actually “grey”. They’ll be some emails to the seller about that. I have a feeling I’ll be sending them back. I need WHITE. These just look the color of dingy socks. Yuk!

I’ve gotten several other “new” things to help me make stuff and give me instructions/ideas for Kublacon items, so I need to get going on it!

I am a Spinner…

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OOOOOOOOOOOh….guess what Ms Cow and I did last night…

We busted out the top whorl spindle and the coppery brown fluff and drafted, and spun and twisted and cursed and voila!

It’s not even, my drafting skills need more work…but we don’t care.


Here are some better photos of my Stitches haul of yarn:

Cherry Tree Hill Socks -Wisteria Colorway

Jojoland Harmony – the colors are so soft and yummy…I already have decided a pattern for this one.

Yarn Place Grace – LOVE the colors on this!!! MINE. Still trying to find a pattern for this…

Happiness is….

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…a ride in the sunshine with a basket full of Girl Scout Cookies…and still making it home in time for my 2pm conference call. That was one quick ride…but it was worth it.

yeah, that’s right…J hooked me up with some Thin Mints and Trefoils…I haven’t had a supplier in years…

Thin Mints went straight into the fridge. I like them chilled with a cup of tea.

Just a few more minutes and it’s cookie and tea time on the couch.

Category: Bike-a-licious, YUM

Warm and Fuzzy….

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So, I’m at the local Trader Joe’s and I text the kid.

Me: Where’s Waldo?

Him: Waiting for the bus home. It’s cold. Brrrr.

Me: I’m at the store, you want anything?

Him: Big chocolate chip cookies

(TJ’s sells these totally yummy big choco chip cookies that totally rock)

Me: OK, anything else?

Him: Just wanna get home. Bus is late and it’s cold out here.

Me: OK sweetie see you soon. πŸ™‚

So I gather up what I was going to get, throw in some Big Oatmeal Raisin cookies – no more choco chip – they are totally popular and go fast. And on the way up to check out I remember that we don’t have any more Hot Cocoa Powder mix. So I decide to get more and find…

The best sounding hot cocoa mix ever.

Trader Joe’s Natural Mint Cocoa hot cocoa mix.

Oh. My. God. Made with Vanilla Extract and Peppermint oil. OOOOOOoooooooooooooooh…now THAT sounds good. Just what Spencer could use after waiting outside for a late bus.

Pop back to dairy and grab some whip cream for an extra treat.

texting the kid again….

Me: Are you on the bus yet?

Him: yes, just came.

Me: Let me know when you pass the high school and I’ll put in some milk for hot cocoa.

Him: OOOh…that sounds great Mom. I could use something warm.

Me: See you soon.

Him: OK

Even if I can’t finish his scarf like, yesterday, I can keep him warm in other ways. :o)

Now we’re both sitting around with our mint hot cocoa with a squirt of whip cream on top. YUMMMMMMM!!!!

Well, I was cold too!

Ooh…Honey, can’t wait to make you some! If the weather keeps up as it is, we’ll be having some every night after dinner.

Speaking of dinner, time to go heat up some leftovers. Now that we’re warmed up, we can eat in peace.

And I just might have to make another cup after dinner as I knit on his scarf. We keep the temp chilly in the Chaos – saving on the heating bill and all you know. That’s what hand knit blankies and warm, fluffy kitties and all that are for…

Category: YUM


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If only…

…I could just jet off to England like RIGHT NOW…

…Had lots of money to blow….

I would soooo go here!

A costume house selling off old costumes and jewelry. Sigh. Thanks Dress A Day for pointing me here…too bad I can’t go!!! Love, love, love, love vintage clothing and jewelry. And love costumes…love making them and seeing them…and wearing them. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!

I would so recruit several people, give each one the Β£50 to do the largest bag and tell ’em all to GO FOR IT!!!!

Imagine, costumes, vintage clothing, uniforms…and OMG! The jewelry. Don’t care if it’s broken – would so love to get my hands on some of that. I could make so much cool stuff out of it.

Cos of course, I’d have money to burn, and all the time in the world cos, you know, I just picked up and jetted off to England on a whim.

Oooh…this is soooo much better than having sewage back up into my tub and shower (in two diff bathrooms).

And it doesn’t smell as much either…

And mmm mmmm mmmm mmmmm….love the smell going thru the apartment right now…dusted off the bread machine…making a fresh loaf for tonight’s spaghetti and meatballs.


Category: Crafting, Misc, YUM