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Friday, November 26, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Crafty Conservative
Okay, so technically it's the day after Thanksgiving. But, Happy Thanksgiving anyway! If the Christmas season can last for 2-3 months, then Thanksgiving can get an extra day.

Here's something that I really enjoyed last night. SURVIVOR! For the first time this season, I felt like I cared about what happened. Who would have thought that Twila and Chris could have hatched such a brilliant plan to break up Ami and Leann. Yeah! Oh, it's the simple things that make me happy.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

My first pair of socks! I can't believe I actually made something that I can wear out in public. Okay, some of you may not wear these in public...but I will! And, I did! My high school students seemed pretty impressed with my "mad skills". One student said that they turned out better than he had imagined they would from my earlier description. So, needless to say, I'm proud! Posted by Hello

My first ever SnB meeting

The Crafty Conservative
Last night was my first SnB meet up. There were 5 knitters including myself. I worked on this zipped up hooded sweater from the "Hip to Knit" book. I just started it a week ago. I'm only about 50 rows into it. One knitter was working on an intarsia sweater. It's the first time I've ever seen anyone do that in person. It looks a little complicated. But, her yarn was gorgeous! She bought it at the Feast of the Hunters Moon.

In other news: I was so into knitting last night that after I came home from the meeting, I finished my socks!!!! Oh yes, and I have them on right now! I'm the only one awake at my house or I'd make my husband take pictures. I guess I'll have to post them later once I get back from work. The most exciting part about making them...finishing them and having only 6 INCHES of yarn left. How's that for planning (or lack, thereof)? I didn't have to get into the other skein. So, now I can take it back and trade it for some other color of sock yarn and start again!

Life is good.

Monday, November 22, 2004

The Amazing Race

The Crafty Conservative
I just realized that I failed to blog about The Amazing Race. It premiered this week. The first leg was exceptionally long (including a mandatory sleepover in Iceland). It gave a lot of people a chance to catch up...which always makes things exciting. In past seasons, it has been hard to know who to root for from the very beginning. In that case, I usually pick the old couple because they're usually the nicest. The nice thing about this season is that right away I know who to NOT like...those crazy entrepenuers from California. Oooh that man makes me so mad! What a jerk. But, for TV's sake, I'm sure they are hoping they don't get eliminated soon. It will certainly make for some entertaining tv. And, as long as they don't win (they certainly don't NEED the money---did you notice their car and home in the opening?) I'll be happy.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

One sock down!

The Crafty Conservative
I actually finished my very first sock! It's not quite a pair yet but it's getting closer. When I finished the first one, I followed the advice of every sock-knitter that I spoke with and immediately cast on for the second. But, I was so motivated, I probably would have done that anyway. It's absolutely adorable! I've put it on everyday since I've finished it. My husband doesn't get it. I even teared up a little. I am really just so proud of myself. I'm already to the length of the foot on the second sock. I anticipate that I'll have it done by Tuesday. I'm waiting to take pics until I have a complete pair. The bad news: I'm going to BARELY miss the one skein mark (100 g) and have to dig into the 2nd skein. It's a self striping yarn and I don't know what else to make out of it. There won't be quite enough for a scarf...nor is it the kind of yarn I'd like to have a scarf made out of. My son's baby doll is naked so maybe when I get around to making his little outfit it could be in this yarn. It would be funky striped (orange, pink, green, turquoise) but I don't think my son (or the doll, for that matter) will care.

Monday, November 15, 2004

What kind of girl are you?

The Crafty Conservative

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Frog modelling my first completed hand knit sweater. Also appearing: Sugar Daddy's legs. They're both so handome! Posted by Hello

Friday, November 12, 2004

Miscellaneous News

The Crafty Conservative
So, I've obviously not posted the sweater pictures. I haven't downloaded them from the camera yet. Mainly because I need some help from Sugar Daddy. We don't have any big plans tonight so maybe this can be it.

I was telling my bunko girls about my blog last night. I was giving them all pseudonyms. It was kind of fun. But, I must admit, I wasn't myself last night. I usually have a great time and am really competitive. I just didn't have it in me. I'm ready for this year's bunko to be over (last time Dec 4th). I won't be playing next year. But, I'm sure I'll be a sub here or there. I've been really disappointed in the lack of committment by some of the members. When they joined, we told them that you are committing to one night a month for 12 months. If you can't come, find a sub. Last night was one of the first nights we haven't had to scramble for a sub at the very last minute. But, the two people looking for subs didn't find their own. Other people had to do that for them. But, we played. It went well. I just wasn't my regular "chipper" self. So, it'll be nice to not have to worry about that next year.

I got Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte from the library. I got the book on tape version. I usually like to hear books in the car. It makes it seem like the time I spend in there isn't a total waste. I listened for about 5 minutes and I couldn't stand it. It was so hard to pay attention to. Maybe it's just not a book on tape type of book. Maybe I should try the print version before I render my final verdict. But, it's not looking good.

In crafting news: I bought some yarn (Lion Brand Wool-Ease) for my sister's poncho. I'm crocheting a pattern that I got from . It's the crocheted ponchette. But, I'm not adding the fun fur. That seemed to be a little much for my taste (and my sister's I think). I'm adding fringe instead.

I joined the local chapter of Stich n Bitch. That's the last time I'm gonna write it like that. From now on it'll be SnB. I know...I'm such a prude! I haven't told any of my friends that I have joined. Probably because I don't want to have to say the name. I really hate cussing (even though I know that the intent of the name is not the derrogatory term of the word that I'm avoiding...I just can't bring myself to say it). From the yahoogroup emails I've been receiving, it seems like it's a good group. I'll go to my first meet-up with them on the 4th Monday of this month.

I think this post is making up for a lot of missed days...more to come.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004


The Crafty Conservative

So, I actually finished the sweater I was making for my little Frog. I guess I underestimated how much he has grown in the past few months. The sweater actually fits him now! He does have a little more room to grow but there is a very slim chance it will last him another season. I'm just glad I got if finished before the winter. I did make him wear it all weekend, though! We took some pics of him in it while he was outside playing in the leaves. I'll try and get them posted later today (for all of my readers--ha ha--I don't have any readers!).

My socks are coming along. I did the turn heel and the gusset. I was a little worried because for a while they didn't resemble socks. But, now, I am assured that they are in fact socks and will someday end up on my feet. Whether they will end up on my feet in public has yet to be determined. My next pair will be worked toe up so I can have the fantasy of trying them on after every couple of rows!

1 more week until The Amazing Race premiere!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Survivor Thursday

It's Survivor Thursday! I am one of those junkies that has NEVER missed an episode of Suvivor since Richard Hatch walked around in his birthday suit. This season hasn't proven itself to me yet but I stick around anyway and its the highlight of my day. Now, Amazing Race...that's a show I can really get into now. It's fun AND educational! It's like a field trip.

So, needless to say, I'm looking forward to tonight and counting down the days for the Amazing Race premiere (12 days).

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Introducing...The Crafty Conservative!

So, after having this blog set up for about a month now, I'm finally ready to start posting. I have a lot of different interests but I set this blog up mainly for my crafting endeavors. I need a place to post what I'm working on and also just to vent about what's going on in my life. I also want to be a voice for other crafty conservatives because I know there have to be others out there! I was totally surprised at the amount of backlash I have received in the crafting community for supporting George W. Bush. Well, I feel a lot better today knowing that while I may be in the minority in the crafting communities...I'm not alone among those that voted in this election.

I just deleted a huge chunk of this entry. It was very therapeutic to write but I'm not quite ready to send it out into cyberspace. I think I'll just stick to keeping this more crafty than conservative for a while.

I'm about 10 rows away from finishing my very first knitted sweater. It's for my son (to be known from here on out in the blogworld as Frog--age 21 mos). I was somewhat pessimistic in my abilities so I made it for him to be able to wear next year. But, as soon as I finish it you can bet that he's gonna wear it at least once this season!

Against my best judgement, I cast on another project before finishing the sweater. It's for a pair of socks for myself. The yarn is divine! The colors are so great and I can't wait to finish them. They'll look splendid with my new birkenstocks (conservatives can value great footwear, too...right?). Since I've started the socks, I haven't worked at all on my sweater. Maybe having it ready for next year wasn't such a foolish notion after all.

I crocheted a poncho for my mom a couple of weeks ago. My sister wants one now and I'm happy to oblige. I just need to go and buy some yarn. Oh no! My worst nightmare! A trip to buy yarn! I guess it should really be my husband's nightmare (he's really thrifty---he's also just given me some ideas on what his blogname should be and he will now be referred to as Sugar Daddy or SD for short. I see the irony in this now as I just mentioned his thriftiness and now he wants to be known as my SD? Oh well, I'll humor him). Anyway, back to the yarn. She wants some earth tones and something that won't shed. I'll see what I can come up with.

Frog's asleep now so it's prime knitting time before my eyes start to droop. I guess my first official blog entry is complete.