Showing posts from July, 2010

Ta Da! Roll The Credits!

Sometimes it takes a village to complete a project.... I knit it!
Knitter-And-Finisher-Extraordinaire, Julie Fisk, blocked it!

Cutie-Patootie-Next-Door-Neighbor,Lindsay, modeled it. (She has EIGHT dimples! Count 'em!)

Look! Nary a Barbie Boob in site!
The Fir Cone Shawl...C'est FINIS!

Bye Bye Birdy

I came home at 1:30 yesterday to find this little guy in a heap on the patio. Apparently in his exuberance to partake in the regurgitated worm that his folks were serving up, he leaned a little too far over the edge of the domicile and down he went. I got out my step ladder, scooped him up and made my assent to reunite him with his kin. Even on the top rung I was too vertically challenged to replace him. Heavy sigh. I went next door and begged Rob to come and share his tallness for a couple of seconds and help me out. He nestled Birdy back in his home and all was right with the world. I checked him off and on until dark and he was happily munching meals with his three brothers and sisters.

We had wicked storms last night. They called them ‘train storms’ because individual super cells popped up one after another after another after another and they all traveled the same route. One round of horrendous thunder, lightning and funnel clouds would go over. It would clear out a little for a…

Barbie Boobs, Birdies, Cantalope and Treasure

I've been working on Wendy Johnson's Fir Cone Shawl pattern in an effort to conquer lace knitting. I'm having much more success with it than I had with 198 Yards of Heaven and it's building my confidence quite a bit. It's a repetitive pattern; 8 rows the same, move the lace over one motif and repeat-purl the back. I'm using some yarn I got up at the MKG Knit-In this spring and it's wonderful to work with. It's Lace Weight 100% Merino by htNEVEL (from right here in Madison!) in the Bloom colorway.
Now that I am nearing the end though, I'm nervous about blocking the thing. I blocked 198 Yards of Heaven with approximately 14 bahgiggatrillion pins. And this bugger is 12 bahgiggatrillion times bigger that that I'm fishing around at The Sow's Ear for help. If all else fails, I believe I'll buy some welding rods and attempt it myself this weekend.

How badly does it need to be blocked you ask? Well I'll tell you. I had about 6 inch…

Are You Going To Scarborough Fair?

Nope, but I spent Saturday at the Dane County fair with friends and we saw many wondrous things... Genetically Engineered Headless Oreo Chickens (Cause you don't want anyone looking when you eat that much Oreo!) Cars that the cave men drove before tires were invented...(Apparently dinosaurs pulled them and there were too many sparks shooting out from the undercarriage when they went really fast so that's why they invented the wheel. It's TRUE! The guy told me! )
My next car (a 2010 Tesla) if I can save up my pennies....

My next car (a 2008 Alpaca) if I can't.... (You know me, I'm actually leaning towards the latter! Seat's cushier and there's more leg room. )

And as exciting as the fair is, it was even more exciting when Steve, Joe and Cam tried to rescue the poor, unfortunate, young man that had become trapped in this giant wooden barrel. They nearly had him out before the police and fire departments arrived. Oddly, rather than continue with the rescue efforts…

New Recipe on Molly Bee's Kitchen

French Toast Sticks!

Just Another Weekend In The Hood

It was an unusual weekend for me (and that's saying sum'pin ain't it?!?). I didn't uber-schedule myself and yet I was on fast forward. Turns out that lack of plans plus sudden power surges equals nest cleaning. Usually I find that housework is seriously detrimental to my knitting...and reading...and hiking....and running around like a chicken gettin into all sorts of trouble..time, so I just don't do it. Then I have a day like yesterday when I manage to pick up, clean, sterilize and hermetically seal the place all is one 'swell foop' as it were.

But I did schedule in a little fun time for Saturday. I met up with this mysterious man of intrigue...

Surprise it's young Teddy Roosevelt!

And one of his Rough Riders!!!

(and their mom Chocolate Sheep) for lunch at The Ear. The menu was juice boxes, lattes, a cookie, caramel and gum. Teddy and the gang are very much like myself. They crave the adventure. The thrill. The adrenalin. The unusual. So we spent some ti…

Consider The Lilies Of The Field

No knitting today. Just pictures of early morning flowers by my house. Enjoy!

Christmas in July and Coded Messages In the Living Room

I must have been a very, good, girl lately because Christmas came early! I got three, lovely gifts this past week:

This Yankee Candle potpourri burner is from Pat. I looked in on her kitty, Daisy, while Pat was on a business trip last week. It was an awful hardship for me. You know how much I fear and loathe animals. (By all rights, Daisy should have been the lucky recipient of this gift since she had to put up with me snogging and snurgling all over her. There's a tea light in the bottom and a scented oil cake in the top which melts and smells loverly!

Then Blog Buddy and Puppy Mommy extraordinaire, Knitzufrom Maine, sent me this lovely pottery mug. I love the chicken one she sent me earlier. Big handle. Just the right size. She said that when she saw the hedgehogs on this one, she knew I had to have it. It came with packets of yummy coffee to try and a bag of milk-boney goodness for the Ben-meister. Awesome!

And friend Jen gave me a jar of her uber-delicious strawberry freezer ja…

Holey Cheese Scarf Batman!!!

Had a lovely day today. Went to lunch and shopping with Scott and Michael. No bail money required. And best of all, no one got accidentally cannoned to death. I was VERY well behaved for a change. Afterward, I went to The Ear to knit and bit and show off my newly finished cheese scarf.

When I went on Safari this spring, Ruhama's had this worked up as a stole but I wasn't sure I had the fortitude for something of that sheer size. I should have gotten enough yarn to do one. It was an easy and fun knit even if it did go on forever. I was pretty happy with it when I finished it, but now that it's been blocked and the holes are rounded out, I REALLY like it!

The 'holes' are more like slits until it's blocked.

This is, Liz, the lovely and talented barrista at The Sow. She vamped it up and modeled it for me. She's got it wrapped around her neck twice so you can see it's pretty long. And pretty wide as well. And it's very light and airy-knit on #3 needles. Ke…

4th of July and Other Disasters

Happy Independence Day All! My holiday is relatively low key. All of the excitement happened yesterday when I met friends Joey and Steve in New Glarus for brunch. We ate at a small diner on the edge of town and when we finished, I told them that I was going to poke around town and see what kind of trouble I could get into. They signed up immediately! My kinda guys!

First we went to the bakery where I got a loaf of fresh sourdough. At Knit Night the night before, Jen gave me the most amazing freezer jam I have ever eaten and I couldn't just put it on Wonder Bread could I? Then we went to the Cheese Shop where I got some interesting cranberry, white cheddar to take to a party I was going to that evening. So far a pretty tame, sedate adventure.

I'd been geocaching in the area before and had seen a small, Swiss, historical village that I wanted to visit when I got a chance, so we took off on foot to the spot I thought I remembered it being. Since I wasn't exactly sure, I kept th…


OMGosh! I got recognised by total strangers! I was ambling through Target, checking out cleaning products like I actually intended to use them, when I was tapped on the shoulder and asked, "Um, aren't you Molly Bee?"

-First thought: Panic!!! 'Cause in my world, it's never a question of IF I'm in trouble, it's HOWMUCH and for WHICH...ahem...incident. But the lady was smiling and frantically waving another lady over so I was pretty sure I hadn't gotten caught for anything. This time.

-Second thought: Oh crap! I don't recognize this person. I'm absolutely horrible with faces and names. Particularly if I know you from one place (work) and I see you in a totally different place (Starbucks), the Roladex in my brain just starts flipping wildly and I end up drawing a total blank. I always try to pull of a "Hey how ya doin'?" but it's rarely successful.

-Third thought: "Hey did she call me Molly Bee?" Mos…