Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Thursday, January 8, 2009

2000 visiters!

I never thought anyone other than my close friends would visit this blog and I didn't even think they would visit often! So as I'm approaching my first anniversary blogging I want to say thank you to everyone who stops here for a moment. I've had 2000 visitors in nearly a year and I think that is truly awesome!

My thought for today from 365 Day Brightners: Two are Better Than One:

"A true friend is one who is concerned about what we are becoming,
who sees beyond the present relationship,
and who cares deeply about
us as a whole person."
Gloria Gaither

Things are coming along nicely on the sock front. I have successfully adapted the Ridged Feather lace design from Claire Crompton's The Knitter's Bible to the Classic Sock #29 pattern from Yankee Knitter's. I'm using Cherry Tree Hill's Supersock DK Select which is 100% superwash Merino with a high twist in Caribou Creek colorway. The colorway is this gorgeous variagated berry flavor. Think blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, grape and vine all swirling together in a pleasing mix of sensous colors...mmm. I couldn't resist. The hank is 360 yds and I had Korner Knitters wind the cake for me when I bought it several weeks ago. I didn't think I would commit to socks again so soon - I admit I'm turning into a sock addict and I couldn't resist delaying work on the never ending hubby sweater some more. If I continue to be successful in transitioning designs into the super easy Classic Sock pattern then I could possibly be persuaded into crafting a pair of socks a month. I realize they won't all be as easy as this. I mean DK weight knits up a hell of a lot faster than fingering weight and most of my sock yarn is fingering weight. We'll see. I love the end result when working with fingering weight. I just don't love the fact that my hands cramp up knitting them. Any suggestions for keeping the digits limber??? Would love to hear them!

Dinner tonight is a classic...spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread and salad. One of my favorites!!! Had to sub it in as a last minute thing as our year old Amana stove decided to frag the gas igniter switch. Our chicken last night had to be transferred to the rotissiere, which was a better decision actually. It cooked up quickly and deliciously, basting in its own juices and came out tastier than it would have had it been baked in the oven. Anyway, the oven repair guy came a little while ago and $105 later the oven is fixed. $105! Dad didn't dare try to fix it himself as the oven is one of the new fangled electronic models and he didn't want to break anything. It turns out the switch only cost $35 with the rest "labor." Next time Dad will do it himself now that he knows how! $105! Anyway, we've already subbed in the spaghetti dinner so we'll cook that up instead of baking something. I'm drooling already just thinking about it!

In checking Purl Diva's website yesterday I discovered a new yarn I would LOVE to have! It was the last one listed and it's called Margaree Vintage and it's a bulky weight yarn that comes in a hank of 410 yds. The colors are delightfully gorgeous but the price is up there. $45! Entirely justifyable as the hank is so generous!

Luscious, isn't it? Alas, it's still out of my price range. One of the sacrifices of my staying home with the wild man. She only has one hank of the Vintage colorway left too. Makes me sad it won't be coming home with me. :(

Wild man and I had another lovely excursion out of doors today. It was a bit too windy for me but the overall temperature you just can't beat for a January day! 39 degrees and the sun was shining. We walked all around, had a snowball fight, chased the dog, drove the big Tonka dump truck through the snow and played hide and seek. All in all a grand time! With red cheeks and runny noses we tramped back inside for lunch. He is now resting peacefully and I think I'm going to take advantage of the time remaining to do a little more work on the socks.

Be well, stay safe and happy knitting!

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Books on Tap for 2011

  • Knit Together - Debbie Macomber
  • Captured by Grace - Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Murder Most Foul - A Collection of Great Crime Stories
  • Fireproof - Eric Wilson
  • There's Something About Christmas - Debbie Macomber
  • Questioning Evangelism - Randy Newman
  • Murder Uncorked - Michele Scott
  • A Sacred Sorrow - Michael Card
  • Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? - Philip Yancey
  • Get Out of That Pit - Beth Moore

Books Read in 2011

  • What a Sista Should Do - Tiffany L. Warren
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper
  • Forgotten God - Francis Chan
  • The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
  • Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
  • Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
  • Stealing Home - Sherryl Woods
  • Bound for Murder - Laura Childs
  • Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Under Her Skin - Susan Mallery
  • The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
  • No Wonder They Call Him Saviour - Max Lucado
  • I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flagg
  • I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
  • The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
  • Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
  • A Thread So Thin - Marie Bostwick
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
  • The Search - Nora Roberts
  • The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
  • Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
  • The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
  • Awakened - PC & Kristen Cast
  • The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Photo Finished - Larua Childs
  • Keepsake Crimes - Laura Childs
  • Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich
  • The Icing on the Cupcake - Jennifer Ross
  • Fleece Navidad - Maggie Sefton
  • Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree - Susan Wittig Albert
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning

Books Read in 2010

  • The Yada Yado Prayer Group - Netta Jackson
  • Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
  • The Hole in Our Gospel - Richard Stearns
  • A Winter Marriage - Kerry Hardie
  • So Long, Insecurity - Beth Moore
  • Knit the Season - Kate Jacobs
  • Dead and Berried - Karen MacInerney
  • Murder on the Rocks - Karen MacInerney
  • where do i go - Netta Jackson
  • be sweet - diane hunt
  • The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  • Raven - Allison Van Deipen
  • Push (Precious) - sapphire
  • Faces of the Gone - Brad Parks
  • The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
  • Burning Lamp - Amanda Quick
  • Fired Up - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
  • Matters Arising - Sarah Harrison
  • The Sheen on the Silk - Anne Perry
  • I Saw the Lord - Anne Graham Lotz
  • The Dangerous Protector - Janet Chapman
  • The Seduction of His Wife - Janet Chapman
  • Re-reading all the Tintin graphic novels - Herge
  • The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
  • the last time i saw you - Elizabeth Berg
  • Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
  • Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris
  • Crawl Space - Sarah Graves
  • The Honey Thief - Elizabeth Graver
  • The Otherworldlies - Jennifer Anne Kogler
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
  • A Face at the Window - Sarah Graves
  • Draycott Eternal - Christina Skye
  • Shelter Mountain - Robin Carr
  • Virgin River - Robyn Carr
  • Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum
  • An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris