One More Row and Another Latte
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In her magic world a knitted garment is not just an article of clothing.
It is an organic growth compounded of warmth, love and fun.
It's also intellectually stimulating.*

Tuesday, September 28, 2004
I've Moved! Time for a change of scenery!

posted by Teresa 9/28/2004 07:06:00 PM

Sunday, September 26, 2004
As Promised... Mz. Corynna Bean in her Daisy sweater.

posted by Teresa 9/26/2004 07:52:00 PM

Wednesday, September 22, 2004
It took 4 months 2 hand knitters and the United States Post Office. ~FINALLY~ Corynna's has her Daisy Sweater! I hoped to have a picture to prove it, but when I took it to her Tuesday night I left my camera at home thinking Corynna's Daddy could take the picture with his camera only to find out he let his parents take his camera to Myrtle Beach for their vacation. He promises to take a picture of Mz. Bean in her sweater as soon as he gets the camera back, and of course I'll post it here. The sweater fits her GREAT! It's a little big - which is good. She may still be able to wear it next Spring. But take it from me (unbiased of course) Corynna looked SO cute in it! BIG THANKS to Handknitter Sarah (the other knitter) who fixed the hole and sent it back to me and the blink of an eye. MMmWah!

posted by Teresa 9/22/2004 07:32:00 PM

Monday, September 20, 2004
This way... the Midwest Festival of Fibers. As we neared the entrance to the Wool Gathering this intent pound puppy was busy showing his stuff. He was all business. Would you believe he herded me right into a tent where I found this georgeous 789 yard skein of 100% alpaca. Sport weight. I shouldn't have spent the money but I couldn't help myself. This is C's most favorite color so my excuse is that I bought it for her. At this point I have no idea what it's gonna be...ideas? This gorgeous yarn came from this guy: This is Enrique aka Ricky. Enrique is owned by Deb and Greg @ Checkered Flag Fibers. He's a Huacaya Alpaca - color Dark Rose Gray. Beautiful and wonderfully soft. sigh That's what's so fun about buying yarn at a wool gathering - it's an organic experience - meeting the people who feed and care for the beautiful animal that begets the the beautiful fleece that's spun into beautiful yarn and ends up being a beautiful hand knit something.

posted by Teresa 9/20/2004 09:57:00 PM

Friday, September 17, 2004
Midwest Festival of Fibers

This weekend - just outside Yellow Springs, Ohio
Denise aka LocQueen is coming up from Cincinnati Sunday.
We're going to have brunch at The Winds Cafe and
then head up the road to The Wool Gathering.

Click the pic above to go to the Wool Gathering web page
Click the map below to go to Expedia's map for YS.

posted by Teresa 9/17/2004 08:24:00 PM

Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Lunch Time Celeb Siting Dave Chappelle. As I understand it, Dave spent his summers in Yellow Springs and has a soft place in his heart for the village and the Ohio countryside that surrounds it. I lived in Yellow Springs for 3 years and have worked here 3 more years. In those 6 years, I've heard people talk about seeing Dave skate board down the street and hang out in the local coffee shop but I'd never had a Dave Chappelle siting myself. Today - outside the little deli my friends Sue, Diana and I frequent - there he crew in tow. Seemed to be doing some comedian-on-the-street interactions with villagers/passersby. An upcoming 60 Minutes spot, Sue heard. ? So I went out and asked if I could shake his hand. He said yes. I told him that "we" love his show and that we don't miss it and that we have the first season on DVD. ("We" meaning Cherise and I but of course he didn't know that 'cause I didn't say, "my partner C and I" which will disappoint C but then I didn't expect to be shaking hands with Dave Chappelle today so I didn't have my speech planned out - know what I mean?) So anyway - he smiled that Dave Chappelle smile and said thank you and that was that. I went back in the deli to finish my Shrimp and Rice Noodles. All in all a pretty nice lunch for a Wednesday.

posted by Teresa 9/15/2004 12:40:00 PM

Monday, September 13, 2004
FINALLY! Corynna's Daisy sweater is finished... ...except for the hole. I've decided to take Handknitter Sarah up on her offer to fix it for me. So in the mail it goes today. My knitter's pride is a bit bruised over the fact that I wasn't able to fix this myself. I tried. ...and ended up making the hole bigger. Usually that would make me all the more determined to fix the problem myself - but Corynna should be wearing this now before the weather changes and while it still fits her. The lesson is about letting go. And moving on... other stuff. Like Kersti for Kristi. This is the beginning of the first poncho panel. I had started the poncho using another pattern as a guide but then Bonne Marie finished her Lacy Poncho and offered it for sale. I really like the two-rectangle poncho construction better than the start-at-a-point-and-increase-each-side poncho construction. So I'm using Bonne Marie's pattern as a guide and improvising. I also cast on the Alien Illusion scarf from Stitch and Bitch: Progress as of Sunday afternoon. Post picture, I took AI with me to a Jazz Concert our Neighborhood Association sponsored from 4 to 8pm and made more progress. The casting on of AI marks the official beginning of my holiday knitting. AI will be gifted to my Sci-Fi obsessed brother-in-law. The one who sent us a Christmas card two years ago that had the Star Trek-Next Generation crew on the front with his picture inserted as one of the crew. He's a total freak and that's why I love him! It's been a while... ...since I posted a picture of our gurls so I'll leave you with this shot of Dot and Sade as they vie for my attention. (That's Dot's favorite squeaky toy. She's so darn cute when she runs around the house with it in her mouth - looks like she's carrying around a big red bow.) Hope the start to your week is a good one! Bye!

posted by Teresa 9/13/2004 07:48:00 AM

Thursday, September 09, 2004

As they say over at Emily's List: Dress him up, dress him down... ...dress him for his trip back to Texas! Wanna Dress Up Dubya?

Give 'im a click!

posted by Teresa 9/09/2004 10:39:00 PM

Sunday, September 05, 2004
Secret Pals 3 - Questions and Answers Secret Pal 3 is rev-ing up! So, here are my answers to the Secret Pal 3 Questions. Ready or not!? Here we go... 1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? "Yarn snob" sounds so...harsh. :) But if being a yarn snob means not knitting with Red Heart and Lion Brand - well, I'm a yarn snob. I'm on a very tight budget, so I've never bought Collinette or cashmere. But I do prefer natural fibers. 2. Do you spin? Crochet? No to both. 3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.) No. 4. How long have you been knitting? I've been knitting somewhere around 15 or 16 years. That's not counting the knitting lessons I took when I was 9 or 10. I knit a scarf and a pair of slippers, then didn't touch a pair of needles until I was in my early 30's. (I'll be 47 this December.) 5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I don't. But I can sure start one! 6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) I love natural scents. I'm especially fond of lavender and jasmine. I have an oil that I wear called "Rain" and I love that too. 7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Ohmiyes! Dark chocolate with almonds, expresso beans. There's a little deli in the town where I work that carries an organic dark chocolate bar with lavender and wild blueberries. ***sigh*** It's divine. Simply divine. 8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? If I didn't have to work, I would devote my days to knitting, making art quilts and reading. Quilting would be a second passion if only there were enough hours in a day! I have a pattern for a sweater on my "To Do" list that combines quilting and knitting. Someday! 9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if you want to make her a CD) I like a mix of music. From Jill Scott to Allison Kraus. Diana Krall to the Indigo Girls. 10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? I love purple. I lean toward purples on the blue side of purple, not so much on the red purples. I'm also a sucker for soft pastel blues, as well as denim blue and mossy greens. 11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? My family is me and my partner C and our two beagles - Sade, who turned 7 this spring and Dot who will be 6 months old September 15. 12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know) My dream - like many knitters - is to own a yarn shop. Currently the yarn shop I dream of would be in a re-habed turn of the century carriage house a couple streets away from our house and would include an expresso bar. I'd also carry that line of organic chocolate I mentioned about a few questions back. 13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? I love natural fibers - mostly wool. I've yet to find a cotton that I can honestly say I like to knit with. I love Koigu and I love Jamieson yarns. Yarns on my "gotta try" list include Green Mountain Spinnery and Peace Fleece yarns. It would be fun to have 1 skein of a bunch of different Rowan yarns to swatch up and play with. 14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Cotton. Most acrylic. 15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? Obsession? Fair Isle. Waiting patiently for me to pick her up again, is the Shirt Tail Hemmed Fair Isle from "Sweaters From Camp." That's my "totally for Teresa" knitting which I probably won't do again until January. 16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Sweaters. 17. What are you knitting right now? A poncho from Kersti for my daughter Kristi. Getting ready to start working on gifts for the Winter Holidays. 18. What do you think about ponchos? (this is really a curiosity question for us.) I like them. I hope I get around to knitting one for myself. I think of myself as a traditional knitter all the way. Never had much interest in machine knitting - until I've considered knitting ponchos. 19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Circulars all the way. Bamboo. Crystal Palace is currently my needle of choice. Lately though, I've been lusting over ebony needles. 20. How did you learn to knit? As I said in question #4 I took some knitting lessons when I was 9 or 10. In my early 30's I was an avid cross-stitcher and bought my cross stitch supplies from Vicky at The Yarn Dome. Late one summer I bought a magazine that had all kinds of needle crafts in it. There was a pattern for a sweater that I really liked. I asked Vicky how much it would cost for her to knit it for me. She said somewhere around $300. I gasped! Then she said, "Why don't you knit it yourself?" It wasn't long until I was spending every spare moment at "The Yarn Dome" picking up where I'd left off so many years before, honing my knitting skills so I could make that sweater. I haven't picked up a cross stitch needles since. 21. How old is your oldest UFO? 8 years old. A patinas pattern with cables from the chest area up, knit with patinas Classic Marino Wool. It's a beautiful sweater. Thanks for reminding me! I need to get that darn thing out and finish it! 22. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? I've never been much for cartoon characters. My favorite animal: Beagles. Favorite bird: Canadian Geese. 23. What is your favorite holiday? Winter Solstice - 1st. Halloween - 2nd. 24. Is there anything that you collect? My yarn stash and knitting book library is the closest thing I have to a collection of things. But I've been telling C I'd like to start a collection of fun/unique expresso cups. Secret Pal!

posted by Teresa 9/05/2004 02:46:00 PM

Thursday, September 02, 2004
Summer of My Knitting Discontent It started with the the short set Corynna wanted which set me on a course of mostly mediocre knitting excitement this summer. The few projects I have worked on have not produced that passionate feeling you get when you are knitting something you JUST LOVE. It's no secret that I've been disappointed with Corynna's Daisy sweater. I've come close to throwing it in the back of my knitting closet more than once but stopped - only because Corynna keeps asking about it. Now this... ...a hole. It happened when I was weaving in ends - (the scourge of Intarsia.) I undid a couple ends, that I had woven in previously - thinking I could do it better this time. I was wrong. Now I have 3 loops which form a hole. (green yarn is threaded through the loops) Three because it happened at a place where I was changing colors. (Does that make sense?) I found some resources for performing surgery, ah I mean, mending holes in hand knitting. I'll try to mend it this weekend. After all the whining I've done about not caring about finishing this sweater...about how I just want to stop and knit Corynna some beautiful WOOL something - well - I've taken some major ribbing about the hole, the past few days from those closest to me. All of it falls into the general category of "OH! SURE you didn't MEAN to make a hole smack dab in the middle of the sweater!" "UM-HM" "Sure, Teresa." Really! I didn't do it on purpose. The perfectionist part of my personality just took over. Anyway ...if you have suggesting as to how to fix this please leave it in my comments. My reputation as a knitter (don't laugh!) is at stake here... ...not to mention how much time I could spend in the Grandma Dog House.

posted by Teresa 9/02/2004 09:56:00 AM

Monday, August 30, 2004
A Bit of a Rant First a Pre-Rant-Rant: Blogger has changed AGAIN. This time they've changed their photo hosting. Seems they aren't anymore. So, it's back to the "old" days of using an outside host. 'Til I figure out what I'm going to do, there's only the written word to view. Sorry. The Real Rant Saturday evening we went out to eat with Kristi, Sean and Corynna. After dinner Cherise headed off to Borders Books while the rest of us made a trek to Toys R Us and Old Navy. When we picked Cherise up, I made a quick check of the knitting section and found a copy of For the Love of Knitting: A Celebration of the Knitter's Art edited by Kari Cornell. Last night I had a chance to sit down with it and give it a once through. Turns out that it's a book of essays centered around four (I think) areas. Contributors include Meg Swansen and Pam Allen and some other names I recognized. It's full of graphics and pictures of vintage knitting leaflets and advertisements and old personal photos of children and adults knitting. There are current photos but not as many. And I was surprised how many photos there were from Debbie New's book, Unexpected Knitting. First time through I mainly looked at pictures and skimmed the essays so I can't attest to the quality of the essays. I do however have an opinion of the visual esthetics of the book and I was stuck by the "whiteness" of it. There was only one picture of non-European women and that was an old photo of two indigenous looking women. It made me think, about knitting's recent past - the time most of the vintage graphics and old photos come from - the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Did Black, Asian, Latino women knit? If so, where are their pictures? If they weren't knitting, why not? Most of the vintage graphics have that "Leave It To Beaver" quality. A dotting white mother knitting with her daughter, an intent white girl knitting her first project, the perfect white family - mother, father and daughter on ice skates each sporting matching knitted hats, scarves and mittens. It makes me wonder if anyone raised a question about this when they were putting together the book. "Ah, Kari...the book is wonderful but it's really White. Didn't Black women knit?" It's clear the recent resurgence of knitting this time around doesn't seem to know boundaries of race or gender - Thank Goddess! I just wish this book had gone a little deeper and looked a little further especially with it's $29.95 price tag. I'd buy it again 'cause it's a nice addition to my knitting library. I just wish I'd known I could buy it from Walmart for little more 1/2 of what I paid.

posted by Teresa 8/30/2004 09:46:00 AM

Thursday, August 26, 2004
Smart Women Vote! Today is Women's Equality Day A Celebration of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote! Info here. Take a quiz here.

posted by Teresa 8/26/2004 07:41:00 AM

Monday, August 23, 2004
Kersti Raglan Body Hugger comes to a screeching halt. ...and it's all my daughter's fault. I told her I would knit her something this fall and we had planned to spend some quality time over coffee going through my books and magazines to find that "something." Last week she called to tell me that "something" was to be a poncho with a matching hat - and she wanted it in the same yarn I was using for the Raglan Body Hugger. I have two choices. Finish the Body Hugger and order more Kersti for her poncho. Abandon the Body Hugger for the poncho set. (Body Hugger progress stopped at 3 skeins knit into body.) I've decided it will be the latter. You see, I'm a knitter on a budget. A very tight budget. (A very sweet, generous and kind yarn shop owner can attest to that.) ...and so it will be a while 'til I can afford more Kersti. I'm also a mother. Subject to bouts of guilt and prone to brief episodes of martyr-like-behavior. So a Kersti poncho set it will be. I'll be Knitting Kersti for Kristi. Kristi and I emailed links back and forth last week so I could understand the type/shape of poncho she wants. We have settled on Amy's Summer Poncho as the base pattern. I cast on and started knitting it last night while watching Six Feet Under. I'll post a picture of my progress later this week. Unfinished Objects I'm in a funk with them all. Bean's Daisy sweater - still sits almost but not done... ...I'm just plain unhappy with it. Venus - just needs the right side and it's ready to wear... ...I'm afraid it might be too small, even with the adjustments I made. More than likely the funk factor here directly correlates to my unhappiness with my over-weight self and my inability to get motivated to do something about it. :( Baby Sweater - Dot chewed up the needles and I'm not really happy with the yarn I'm using. ***sigh*** A funk is a funk is a funk. And it's only knitting. In the scheme of things I'm grateful- -if this is all I have to be in a funk about... life is prity dern good!

posted by Teresa 8/23/2004 07:47:00 AM

Thursday, August 19, 2004
Is This a Knitting Blog? Ah...yes. But there are just SO many important issues to think about and act on right now. Please consider this: Help fight efforts to deny marriage rights to same-sex couples, including any Constitutional amendment. Click the banner and sign the Human Rights Campaign's Million For Marriage petition. Gay, straight, married, single... if you believe in marriage equality go sign the petition NOW!

posted by Teresa 8/19/2004 08:54:00 PM

Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Get it here.

posted by Teresa 8/18/2004 07:51:00 PM

Monday, August 16, 2004
My Iowa Retreat (In Pictures) Going to Carol's is really like going on retreat for me. She doesn't own a TV; so the only sound, the whole time I was there was either the sound of us talking and laughing and talking some more - or silence - wonderful, soothing silence. And then there's the food...a fridge full of fresh produce from Local Harvest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) where Carol is a work share member. I arrived in Cedar Rapids Monday morning. Monday and Tuesday were low key, catch up days. Tuesday I really hit vacation stride when I didn't get up until 12:50 PM Ohio time. Wednesday morning we (Carol, her son Sam's girlfriend Dominique and I) headed to the farm to work and bring home the week's bounty. Our task was to weed 3 rows of green peppers... (Looking from this direction it seemed like the rows went on forever!) ...and pick ripe peppers as we went. Here I am... ...smiling but hurting already. I'm WAY out of shape. Here's the other end of the rows, about 2 hours later... and plucked of the day's ripe and ready peppers! We then proceeded to weed a partial row of carrots, after which I drug my sorry-out-of-shape-aching-ass to the car and waited while Carol and Dominique gathered all manner of vegetables to take home. Chard, kale, carrots, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, basil, eggplant, green beans (to name what I can remember) and of course - green peppers. That evening we went into town where we heard Mike and Amy Finders play, we browsed Prairie Lights Bookstore and had an awesome dinner at The Red Avocado. A really nice end to a tiring but lovely day. Thursday found Carol and I scurrying around to do all the stuff we thought we had time to do. The biggest of which was me painting a design on the little roof over her porch. Carol bought her house at the beginning of the summer. My "design" and the painting of it is my house-warming gift to her. Me on the ladder painting... ...Carol painting her mailbox... ...close-up of the porch roof... ...the finished product! Well kindda. I didn't get a second coat on everything by the time I needed to stop. Carol finished it up the next day - after I left. I flew home, early Friday morning. C was very happy to see me. This was the first time I had been the one to go away and she was the one left at home. She really missed me, which is really nice to know after being together for a little over 4 years. Later this week some knitting content. ' Til then~ Here's to quiet spaces, organic vegetables, good friends over long distances and the sweet love of someone at home.

posted by Teresa 8/16/2004 01:00:00 PM

Sunday, August 08, 2004
On Vacation...

...and off to Iowa City, Iowa
to visit my friend Carol.
Back sometime next week.
In the mean time here's
something to keep you busy:
The Iowa Farmer Today web camera
in a field north of Iowa City.

posted by Teresa 8/08/2004 03:45:00 PM

Thursday, August 05, 2004
The Dog Days Of Summer Know where this saying comes from? I didn't. So I looked it up... My search took me to Dogs Through History In Greek mythology, Canis Major (Great Dog) and Canis Minor (Little Dog) is The Great hunter, Orion's, two hunting dogs. Canis Major is one of the most striking constellations in the heavens. Look for Sirius, 'The Dog Star', the brightest star in the heavens. Legend has it that Sirius is the diamond in Canis Major's collar. Sirius is said to mean 'scorching' or 'sparkling' because it is nearest to the sun at the height of summer. In the constellation, Canis Major is said to be crouching, ready to pounce on Lepus, The Rabbit. In olden days, people thought Sirius, the Dog Star made the days hotter. The saying 'dog days summer' comes from this belief. We're so much smarter now, aren't we? Even though it's technically the "dog days of summer" it's certainly not scorching here in the Ohio Valley today. A front came through last night which brought us some gor-geez-e-mo weather! Highs around 72 today...tonight low 50's. Ummm. Great sleeping weather. Kersti Love If you've knit with it you know where I'm going here. I can't put it down! I think I'm really going to like the Body Hugger Raglan...I was a little concerned to be making something that is called a "body hugger." This mid-aged body of mine doesn't need misplaced bumps, lumps and curves highlighted any more that they already are. But I think this might just work. I'm making the largest size so the rib pattern might actually work to my advantage here. Surfing Amazon I just love clicking around Amazon and seeing what new knitting books are on the horizon. One that looks particularly interesting is... For the Love of Knitting~ A Celebration of Knitter's Art by Kari A. Cornell I did some other searching around on the title...looks like it's set to be released this September.

posted by Teresa 8/05/2004 09:36:00 AM

Tuesday, August 03, 2004
A Productive Week But first~ My Knitting Tarot / High Priestess T-Shirt arrived last Thursday. I love it! Haven't had a chance to wear it yet~ hopefully this week. Maybe I'll wear it to work's casual day and at Antioch casual is casual. OK. Now on to the actual knitting. Venus... The left front is done. I finished the shoulder and side seams so I could see how it's going to fit. The armhole could be a wee bit bigger, so I'm thinking about frogging the back and front to adjust the measurement. Every time I look at it or think about it it bugs me, so I need to just do it now and get it over with. Over the weekend I cast on two new projects. Kersti and Sally Melville's Body Hugger Raglan... Colorway 354 which I love! Soft and girlie. I think it's going to make a beautiful Body Hugger. ...I also decided to join the Kersti Knit-Along. I know. Strange for me. I'm not really a Knit-Along-er. As C told me when I first met her...don't try to figure me out - it'll drive you crazy. (She was right.) childHood from the 2003 Summer Knitty... (note: Dot's nose) This is going to be a gift for one of C's co-workers. I've been meaning to cast on for this for a month now. I saw the Daddy and Mommy to be over the week-end. Mommy is, well...very pregnant. Decided I'd better get started. Little Baby is due mid-October, so this should be a nice sweater/jacket for the coming cold weather. I'm knitting it in Paton's Look At Me. Stash inventory and different weight of yarn than the pattern calls for but I'm making the appropriate adjustments. I'd originally bought the yarn to knit something for Corynna, many moons (many) ago. Speaking of knitting for Corynna. The plan now is for me to have her sweater done by the time she starts school - the end of August. I need to just plow through it and be done with it...problem is I don't care for it in the least. I'm ashamed of it. It's not my best knitting - at all. I want to just throw it away and knit her something beautiful in wool. But she's excited about it. She doesn't judge things the way her Gran-Ma does... her it's a wonderful sweater that Gran-Ma Tresa made just for her. I need to make that my mantra and JUST DO IT!!

posted by Teresa 8/03/2004 08:07:00 AM

Friday, July 30, 2004
Corynna and her beagle pup Cinnamon. Corynna with Dot. Devon with Cinnamon. If only we could bottle the cuteness and energy captured on this couch.

posted by Teresa 7/30/2004 09:52:00 PM

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
I've Never Been Much for Politics Don't get me wrong. I vote. Always have. But I would never describe myself as political. More likely I would describe myself as someone who hated politics. All the negativity, lies and deceit. I get enough of that at work everyday. I've also never thought of my parents as particularly political or interested in politics. You know how some kids grow up listening to their parents discuss issues? Or their parents might take them to an information session about a local issue or rally for a state or national issue? Mom and Dad were proud to say they were (still are) Democrats. And I do have childhood memories of them watching the Democratic Convention on television. I remember watching TV with them when Robert Kennedy was assassinated. As a 9 year old, the images left me scared and fearful and unable to sleep without the light on for a long time afterward. I also remember getting up earlier than usual for school on a cold November morning, walking into our living room - dark except for the blue glow of the television - to find my Dad sitting there. He had stayed up all night and into the morning waiting to see who had won the election. Well, something has changed for me. Maybe it's that GW's smirky face peering from behind the podium in the Rose Garden makes me think of Billie Maher from elementary school - a spoiled, rich boy with nothing but his best interest in mind. Maybe it's that I believe with all my heart and soul that the war in Iraq is WRONG and the death of every solider and civilian since we entered Iraq is blood on this Administration's hands. Maybe it's that I'm older and I have time to listen to and focus on things other than the pure survival of me and my kids. Whatever it is - I like so many others believe this election and it's outcome is the most important election of my  lifetime. I (with C) have watched each night of the Democratic Convention on C-Span. Have I totally lost my mind? I'm actually looking forward to tonight and tomorrow night with the same amount of anticipation I usually only reserve for Sunday nights and Six Feet Under. I go to bed stirred by the speeches and thinking about what they've said. Yes, I know each speech is carefully crafted to promote specific issues / agendas and to inspire an emotional response...I admit with no shame that it's working on me. For the first time in a VERY long time, I'm feeling hopeful. ...and that feels good. _______________________________________________ NPR: July 27, 2004 -- For the first time, writers of Web logs -- online journals of news and opinion -- have been granted journalist credentials for a political convention. Bloggers at the Democratic gathering in Boston offer a more passionate, opinionated view of goings-on than that of traditional journalists. Check out the story here.

posted by Teresa 7/28/2004 12:18:00 PM

Monday, July 26, 2004
Sunday at Lake St. Mary's (Make that "Rain-day" at Lake St. Mary's.) Kristi, Sean and Corynna had invited C and I to spend the day with them at Sean's grandparent's trailer on Grand Lake St. Mary's. They go up for an extended weekend once a summer. The past few summer's we haven't been able to make it - but this year we got the date on the calendar early and vowed that nothing would get in the way of a day of water and sun. Nothing except an unusual late July cool front. As we headed toward the lake surrounded by gray skies, we knew the forecast called for temperatures in the mid-70's and less sun than Saturday, but we were optimistic that by noon the sun would show and we would be pontoon-ing around the lake. Alas, that was not to be. As we stepped out the door of the restaurant where we gorged ourselves on their breakfast buffet, rain-drops began to fall and fell and fell and fell. Here's a picture of my grandson Devon, fishing in the rain: He's a cutie isn't he? Notice the raindrops on the water. ...and here's a pitiful picture of C: Lawn chair, umbrella and blanket. Shortly after this picture was taken she retired to the backseat of the CRV for a long nap. It was just that kind of day. While C napped, I visited and knit. I had hoped to have Corynna's sweater ready to give her Sunday, but that didn't work out. It's close...kinda. There's many - many ends to weave in. And the crochet stitch used to finish the edges? Yuck. I'm going to pick up around each sleeve and the bottom and add a knit edge/rib/somthing. Then there's the neck. First it was WAY too big. So I tried a couple things that didn’t' work out. Then I frogged the whole upper part of the sweater and knit it again, reshaping the neck. I finished that with a ribbed edge. Here it is before Sunday: It looked nice except for a funky little mis-shapen stitch at the neck and rib edge on the left side. But Mz. Bean couldn't get her head through. UHG!! So while Dusty and Devon fished in the rain, and C napped in the car and Kristi and Corynna watched "The Fast and the Furious" at the trailer next door and Sean cleaned fish from his fishing the day before and Dot and Cinnamon (Corynna's 3 month old Beagle pup) romped and played and played and romped, I tore out the neck and re-did it again. Fifth (6th?) time charm - Bean tried it on before we left and it fit. So back to finishing. I'm SO ready to be done with this sweater. I hope the next picture I post of it here is as a FO. I'll leave you with another picture: C just finished landscaping the flower gardens around our front porch which includes a pair of lions surrounded by Blacked Susans or as we call them "Black Eyed Cuffys." (Cuffy is C's nickname from highschool, taken from the Preppy Handbook.) C is a Leo and has reminded me every day since July 23 that Leo reigns, and she will torment me with this fact until August 22. Like I said, she's a Leo and it is after all all about her. ~grin~

posted by Teresa 7/26/2004 09:51:00 AM

Wednesday, July 21, 2004
One More Row and Another Latte
 is   years old this week!    

posted by Teresa 7/21/2004 08:55:00 PM

Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Pooch in Need Go over and check out Antonio's site and his plea for donations to help him pay for a costly surgery for his dog Pandora, who's been diagnoised with a bacterial infection called Pyometra. Antonio's site - Eartha Knit - is here. I only know Antonio through my gurl, Deniz / LocQueen Knits 2 - so my request that you check out his plea for donations comes only from a place of loving our Dot and Sade and knowing how devastating a large vet bill can be. I also know how many of you out there love your pets and I know the action power of the Knit Blogging community to do good. A pooch in need is a friend in deed.

posted by Teresa 7/20/2004 08:13:00 AM

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Soft and Wonderful Things The fiber kind~ Kersti found her way to my doorstep Monday - all 14 skeins of her. Colorway 534...soft shades of pink and grey and other subtle colors in between. At this moment I'm planning to knit her into Sally Melville's Raglan Body Hugger. I say that with a bit of hesitation because I'm a little scared to knit anything for myself that has "body hugger" in it's name. My overweight and cushy body might be nice to hug but I'm not sure about knitting a sweater that might hug it back. For sure, I'll be making the largest size, lengthening it and blocking the ever-loving rib out of it. The pooch kind~ (That's my son Dusty smoochin' with the girls. Dusty is living with C and I for a while and spoiling Dot and Sade rotten.) Hope your Wednesday is everything you need it to be!

posted by Teresa 7/13/2004 09:24:00 PM

Sunday, July 11, 2004
Whew! The past week to 10 days has been full of activity 'round here. Here's what I / we've been up to: Thursday July 1 My good friends Georgianna and Julie were in Yellow Springs for less than a day. We met them (and several of their other friends from the area) for dinner at my favorite restaurant The Winds Cafe. It was one of those special evenings ~ great people, *W*O*N*D*E*R*F*U*L* food, and lots of laughing! Here's (left to right) Georgianna, Julie and me: George and Julie moved to Orange County, California 4 years ago, just weeks after C and I started seeing each other. I haven't seen them since they left. They moved so George could go to film school. She's now finished and has an exciting future ahead of her...her short film "Tyrone Jones" is making the film festival rounds and was recently accepted into the New York International Latino Film Festival. It was so good to see them...I hope to make it to visit them in the next year. Friday July 2 Dot's vet appointment. Remember my post about her losing her hair? She has demodectic mange which is caused by a microscopic mite called Demodex canis. All dogs raised normally by their mothers possess this mite as mites are transferred from mother to pup via cuddling during the first few days of life. (After the pup is older it is unable to pick up demodex mites. Puppies raised by hand, do not ever get demodex mites.) For some reason, conditions change in certain dogs to allow demodex mites to "gain the upper hand;" the mites proliferate and can cause serious skin disease. It's something she will have forever. We are taking her to her vet for weekly dips (She looks so pathetic just after she's dipped) and she's taking an antibiotic and Benadryl. Once it's under control it could be years before she has a break-out again. There's no way we could have known this when we got her, but we've contacted the breeder and told her so she can take Dot's Mommy to her vet. Our vet says Dot's Mommy shouldn't breed Dot's mommy anymore. So besides being the sweetest puppy in the world we can call her a Mange-y Mutt and not be exaggerating! July 3, 4 and 5 July 3 was Dayton's Fireworks. Corynna and Sean went with us (Kristi had to work), then Corynna spent the night. Sunday we took her to see Shrek 2 - it was our second time. We kinda like it - ALOT! Monday we ran around, then I spent the rest of the day doing laundry, dishes, ect. Tuesday July 6 We saw Diana Krall at the Fraze Pavilion. She is awesome. C has been a huge Diana Krall fan since I've know her, so it was a special evening for C. We love hearing music / seeing performers at the Fraze; it's an outdoor venue - not huge so that it feels kind of intimate, like you're listening to a concert at a rather large private party. Very nice. Wednesday July 7 The Kerry / Edwards rally. ...and yes! we are still pumped! Thursday July 8 Well nothing really special happened Thursday, unless you count my ordering 14 skeins of Kersti from The Boys. I couldn't resist any longer! Which is a great segway into a small amount of knitting content: What I've realized is that I'm spending much more time thinking about knitting than actually doing it! I've made a little progress on Venus' left front but not enough to merit a picture. I also wrote Rowan and asked for the measurement from shoulder seam to the beginning of the neckline slope. I got just what I needed from Sarah Ashworth. Quick and easy. I also ordered my Knitting Tarot T-Shirt. SO COOL! I think the Knitting Tarot is one of the most creative projects I've seen come out of the Knitting is Hipcraze. I hope Amber offers other cards on T-shirts and I'll definitely be purchasing the Knitting tardy deck. Ok...that's it for now. I'm headed to the front porch to engage in some actual knitting.

posted by Teresa 7/11/2004 11:07:00 AM


* Barbara Walker writing about Elizabeth Zimmerman
in the forward to Knitting Workshop
by Elizabeth Zimmerman.

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