Monthly Archives: February, 2007

Time to make the heels.

Kishka contemplates life:

A post full of pictures.

Today’s Saturday Sky:

There’s been a lot of knitting (and TCM watching!) around here. 

The Grapes of Wrap shawl:

The Pastel Rainbow socks:

And introducing, the Pinky Purple socks:

I recently bought the girls a new toy and it’s been quite a hit:

Have you ever watched a cat take a bath?  It’s darn cute:

Friday’s Feast.

Friday’s Feast!

Appetizer
Where on your body do you have a scar, and what caused it?

Left middle finger from falling off my bike when I was 5. 

Six inch scar on right foot and ankle from slicing it on a swimming pool ladder in 1985.

Four scars on stomach from gall bladder removal in 1991.

Scar in middle of back from biopsy in 2002.

Scar on right leg from biopsy in 2006.

 

Soup
What is something that has happened to you that you would consider a miracle?

I don’t believe in miracles.  I have had one “holy crap, I should be dead” moment in my life.  A few years ago I rolled my truck while driving 60mph.  I walked away without a scratch.  Thank you, seatbelt, and thank you to Ford for building an awesome truck.  

Salad
Name a television personality who really gets on your nerves.

I don’t think we have time for my whole list.  Off the top of my head, I would say Larry King, Bill O’Reilly and Nancy Grace.

Main Course
What was a funny word you said as a child (such as “pasketti” for “spaghetti”)?

I didn’t come up with it, but my family often refers to ‘milk’ as ‘nop’.  That’s what my brother called it and it stuck.  I even put ‘nop’ on my shopping list. 

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I have always thought ______ was ______.

I have always thought ‘out west’ was the place to live.   I’m a native Michigander who declared at age 11 or 12 that I was moving west when I grew up.  At age 24, I made the move and have never regretted it. 

How one woman is making a difference in the world.

You’ve heard me talk about Warm The World many times. Here’s the Pueblo Chieftain’s story about my favorite charity and the founder, Nan Sullivan:

‘Made with love’

Volunteer knitters Warm the World with hats, blankets

By MARY JEAN PORTER
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

Nan Sullivan was at “loose ends” when she knitted up her huge project four years ago.

Sullivan’s Warm the World last year gave 762 afghans and 1,875 hats and scarves to people needing a little warmth in their lives: hospice patients, babies born to Fort Carson soldiers serving overseas, homeless people weathering cold winter nights. All the items were knitted or crocheted by volunteers.

Sullivan, 45, a Canon City resident, started the project in 2003 when she was confined to bed rest and had made afghans for practically everyone she knew. She also was researching adoption and came up with the idea “to wrap each child in a blanket made with love.”

She found willing knitters and crocheters, gave them yarn, and the first year she sent 64 blankets to Romania for orphaned children. Today, 125 volunteers in Colorado and 69 in other states – plus 68 women at Colorado Women’s Correctional Facility – are knitting and crocheting for the project. Some of the volunteers make quilts as well.

The project works so well because most of the volunteers have lots of time and, given free yarn, they’re happy to create “softies” for a cause.

“We supply all the yarn,” Sullivan said. “We pay for all the shipping. This opens it to a whole new demographic of people who can knit for charity: the elderly, the homebound, people who might be on fixed incomes and can’t afford to buy a lot of yarn.”

Sullivan’s daughter, Erica Koenig of Pueblo, talked about Warm the World last week at a regular gathering of knitters at Colorado Fiber Arts, 121 Broadway Ave.

Koenig said her mother was visiting Denver and saw all the homeless people – including the children – outside Samaritan House. That old familiar feeling of “What can I do to help?” overcame her. The answer? Warm, handmade garments. Samaritan House joined the list of Warm the World recipients.

Koenig said she handed out blankets made for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, “and it was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.”

She showed brightly patterned socks that will go to Pine Ridge Indian reservation, a frilly scarf like the ones sent to Eastern European orphanages, and baby blankets and quilts destined for Fort Carson. And she said her mother’s goal for 2007 is 1,500 blankets for the babies of soldiers deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

“It was really pretty much a small-time thing and now it’s global,” Koenig said.

Sisters DeAnne Atteberry of Pueblo and Chris Smith of Pueblo West have been crocheting for Warm the World for two years. They saw a newspaper article about the project, started going to meetings in Canon City and contacted several Pueblo agencies to see if they wanted knitted and crocheted goods.

“Just hearing the stories – especially from (Sangre de Cristo) Hospice – or seeing the faces of the volunteer coordinators when you deliver them or reading the thank-you notes Nan receives; the response just makes you want to keep doing for other people,” Atteberry said.

Smith said she continues to crochet for the project because she likes helping other people. She keeps track of the items she and her sister make, and the current tally is 150 hats, 25 to 30 blankets and 15 scarves.

Emily Barnard, owner of Colorado Fiber Arts, has volunteered her store as a drop-off point for donated yarn and for knitted and crocheted garments made for the project. And she envisions a rock-a-thon featuring knitters and crocheters in rocking chairs, making blankets and garments for Warm the World and giving the pledge money they raise to a local charity.

“We’re so lucky to have her (Sullivan) so close,” Barnard said. “She’s so into it and helps so many people.”

Knitters and crocheters can use any pattern they like and there are no size requirements, Sullivan said. Any type of yarn – acrylic, blends, wool, cotton – can be donated to the project. Cash donations also are welcome, which will be used to purchase yarn and pay shipping costs. Wal-Mart has contributed to Warm the World, Sullivan said.

More information, including how to participate, is available at Sullivan’s Web site, www.warmtheworld.org.

Among the agencies the project supports are: A Caring Pregnancy Center; Canon City Pregnancy Center; Sangre de Cristo Hospice; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pueblo; Fremont County Adult Services; Loaves and Fishes Ministries, Fremont County; Pine Ridge reservation; Samaritan House; and Xtreme Response, which aids families in Africa.

 

Late night blogging.

I usually go to bed when I get tired.  It’s now 4am and I’m not tired at all.  So, I’m blogging.  :)

The Pastel Rainbow socks are moving right along:

There’s a new project on the needles.  The Grapes of Wrap shawl:

Earlier tonight I had a Cary Grant movie marathon and discovered something.   Cary Grant is even more attractive when he’s knitting:

:: sigh :: 

And here I thought the perfect man didn’t exist.  But, Cary Grant, knitting?  Damn.  I knew I was born too late!

Earlier today I looked up and saw a beautiful sight:

My girls are growing closer.   Sam and Kish have always gotten along, but they never really hung out together.    And, on the rare occasions when any of my dogs would snap at each other, it was always them.  I was hoping that they would grow closer after Max’s death and they have. 

Speaking of Kishka, I’ve shown many of her couch yoga positions, but have never shown her dining habits.  Yes, dining.  Kishka does not eat like every other dog I’ve ever owned (standing up and downing the food in under five minutes). 

Kishka dines:

What you can’t see is that it takes her 20-30 minutes to eat a bowl of food.   She takes dainty little bites and pauses between each bite.  If she could talk, I’m quite sure she’d demand a cloth napkin and fine cutlery.

Drive by posting.

One Brief Encounter, and I have this to show for it:

Rerun: socks and critters. Oh, and a feast.

Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
What sound, other than the normal ringing, would you like your telephone to make?

I can’t think of anything.  Cell phones have all kinds of rings and I can’t think of anything I would want.  I find most ring tones to be annoying as hell.

Soup
Describe your usual disposition in meteorological terms (partly cloudy, sunny, stormy, etc.).

Mostly sunny with a slight chance of storms.

Salad
What specific subject do you feel you know better than any other subjects?

Science.  I am a total science geek, especially biology.

Main Course
Imagine you were given the ability to remember everything you read for one entire day. Which books/magazines/newspapers would you choose to read?

The science geek rears its head again.  I would read:  Darwin’s four greatest books, A Brief History of Time, Leonardo’s Notebook’s  and if I had time I would then read all of Lincoln’s speeches. 

Dessert
If a popular candy maker contacted you to create their next confection, what would it be like and what would you name it?

This is a silly question because the perfect candy already exists:  peanut butter cups!

The Pastel Rainbow socks are on the needles:

 And the critter parade……..

Parker is enjoying the sunshine:

Samantha is snoozing:

And Kishka wishes I’d stop taking pictures so she can sleep:

Finally, kitty paws!

Socks and critters.

Emerald Socks


What: Emerald Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Superwash Bare, fingering weight. Dyed with Kool-Aid.
Needles: size 2, Knit Picks dpn’s
Pattern: Garter Rib Pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks*

Date started: 1/18/07

Date finished: 2/11/07
Lesson Learned:  None.

Destination: my feet!

* Pattern details:  CO 64;  7″ leg;  8″ foot before toe decreases. 

I’m very happy with how these socks turned out.   I have the yarn and pattern picked out for my next socks and they will be on the needles this evening.

Critter time……

Samantha:

Parker the porker:

And Kishka, scoping out the neighborhood:

Friday’s Feast

Today is all about the feast:

AppetizerHave you been sick yet this winter? If so, what did you come down with?
Thankfully, no.

SoupWhat colors dominate your closet?
My clothes closet or my linen closet? My clothes closet is mostly dark colors: navy, burgundy, dark green. My linen closet is vibrant (some may say obnoxious) colors like lime green and hot pink.

SaladHow would you describe your personal “comfort zone”?
Unless we’re close friends, keep your distance. I also hate crowds.

Main CourseOn which reality show would you really like to be a contestant?
I would give my right arm to be on The Amazing Race.

DessertWhich holiday would you consider to be your favorite?
I don’t really celebrate holidays. I detest ‘Hallmark holidays’ and refuse to even acknowledge them. The holiday I ‘celebrate’ the most would be Independence Day. I usually read a book or watch a documentary about the Revolutionary War.

Overwhelmed.

The response to my last post was overwhelming.  Thank you to all of you who took the time to make a comment, send an email and to share stories of the beloved dogs that have touched your lives.  I appreciate the time that so many of you took to send your condolences.  It touched me and gave me so much support.

I also want to publicly thank Felicia.  She has been a rock of support for me since Max was diagnosed, especially the past couple of weeks.    As Marlene Dietrich once said, “It’s the friends you can call up at 4am that matter.”   Or, in my case, the friends you can email at all hours of the night.  Thank you, Felicia.

My household is adjusting to life without Max.  The main thing I notice is that my house seems so quiet.  I always knew that Max was the noisiest dog in my household, but I never realized what a loudmouth he really was.  There have been times in the past week where the silence has been deafening.

As I mentioned in my tribute to Max, he and Samantha were very close and I was concerned at how she would react when he was gone.  For the first couple of days, Samantha paced.  Relentlessly.   I tried many things to calm her down and finally found something that worked:

I put Max’s collar on the dog bed so that she could smell him and she immediately went to sleep next it. 

Samantha slept with the collar for a few days and she stopped pacing.    She’s also hanging out with Kishka:

I started knitting again today and made some progress on the Emerald Socks:

This is the first time I’ve made socks with a pattern that extends onto the foot and it’s going very well. 

Do you want a set of Denise Interchangeable Needles?  The previously thanked Felicia is holding a contest and the grand prize is a set of Denise Needles.   She’s also giving away yarn, dpn’s and a knitting book.

Thank you again to everyone who sent condolences about Max.  My favorite part about blogging is all of the wonderful people I’ve ‘met’.  

Here’s the last picture I took of Max:

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