Knotty Purls

"Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica"

Saturday, November 01, 2008


To celebrate Piglet's second birthday I am having 20% off all memory boards in my shop. They have already been marked down so stop by and say hello.

One of these days I will have knitting again! I just finished a hat, mittens and scarf for Piglet but he refuses to wear the scarf and the hat is at school - I hope!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A little bit of self-promotion!

One of my Etsy teams is having a challenge and the top votes get to participate in the trunk show. OF course I think mine is the best but I will let you guys decide for yourself.

Check it out over here.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

I'm In!!!!!

I just got accepted to open a shop over at Lollishops, a new etailer site. I read about them over on Etsy and thought I would apply, just to work on my spiel. I never dreamed I would be accepted! I read where people were turned down several times and they had gorgeous stuff so I really was not expecting to get in. Oh boy... now I have to start working like a crazy woman. The beta launch is November 15 and the official opening is November 28, which also happens to be Piglet's birthday!

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Business is Booming

A huge thank you to those of you who stopped by my Etsy shop. I have now sold three memory boards. I recently added a bunch of stuff and this coming week I will be adding approximately four new boards.

To celebrate... I purchased a new banner and avatar from Masselyn... a designer on Etsy. Her graphic designs are beautiful.

Of course you know what all this means... very little knitting time. I managed to finish the Hemlock Blanket (#2) and spend a little time on the February Lady Sweater. Hemlock is going to be a Christmas gift so I am waiting a bit to block it and take better photographs. Reid... well, I think it is headed to the frog pond. The pattern is a huge pain in the ass and I really have no desire to keep knitting on it.

Only 69 days until Big Boy gets home!

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Our first ambulance ride

I ask you... does this look like a sick kid?
Ok, what about this...

A few weeks ago I took Piglet to Urgent Care because he was having difficulty breathing and his rescue inhaler wasn't working. After about four hours they decided that his breathing was not returning to normal in the correct amount of time and he would need to be hospitalized. The catch... our little hospital didn't have the facilities to care for him so he needed to go to the Naval Hospital at Portsmouth - about 20 miles away. I had a choice to either leave my car there for the night and ride in the ambulance or let my baby go in the ambulance alone. Guess which one I didn't do! Thanks to good friend MaryAnne my dogs were fed and pottied for the two days we were in the hospital and my car was delivered to me. Piglet was ready to go home the next day but his doctors didn't agree. Personally, I think he was so cute and entertaining they decided to keep him.

We have an appointment next week with a pediatric pulmonary specialist to make sure we are on the right track for controlling his asthma.

In the middle of everything I decided to start selling my memory boards. I opened a little Etsy shop. There are a few more boards that need to be added but with Piglet home from school the past week, I haven't had the time.

Annabelle is doing much better. The prednisone is working so they are moving her to another immunosuppressant that has fewer side effects but works a little slower. She will have another CBC next week to see how she is progressing. She is definitely feeling stronger and has even tried wrestling with Baby Baxter. Unfortunately she is still starving and has been known to chase Piglet around for a cheese stick. Last week I told Big Boy that if I had to dole out medication to one more person in this house I was going to have myself committed just for the rest and relaxation!

Speaking of Big Boy. Only 90 days left until he heads home!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A New Creation by Me!

If you are like me and have tons of pictures on your refrigerator, then you need one of these... After seeing crappy memory boards in the stores, I decided to make my own. Ok, it looks a little crappy too, but it does the trick.

Once the crafting bug bit I couldn't stop. I made this little cork board for Piglet's room.

His is done with baseball ribbon. I turned the buttons into pushpins. This will be perfect for hanging his artwork in his room.

I also did one for Big Boy's room in Afghanistan but somehow didn't take a picture. I think I ran out of time during that two months it hid in the closet. His is done in camouflage and I used black ribbon with the buttons from one of his old uniforms.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

I'm Sizzling... NOT!

I can't believe it has been a month and a half since I posted. This has been one wild and crazy summer. Piglet and I took a trip to Orlando to visit the parents. It was... well... like any visit with family. Shortly after returning we discovered that Annabelle, our 11-year-old Great Pyrenees mix, was very sick. We knew she was very anemic but it took several mortgage payments to figure out why. Turns out she has Immune Mediated Anemia, which, along with severe hip dysplasia, has made her extremely weak. She is now on Prednisone every day along with painkillers and glucosamine and Omega 3 fatty acids in hopes of getting her back up to speed. Our goal right now is to help her be comfortable until Big Boy gets home in December. Sadly, she was the only dog who would play with Baxter so now he is desperately in need of a friend. We decided it was either send him to “camp” every week or get him a puppy. Today he is off frolicking with new friends at our vet clinic’s daycare program!

The title of my post really does have a meaning. Last I posted I was working on Sizzle. It is finished… but I do not feel sizzling in it. The back portion is too large. Actually, it probably isn’t, but I tend to wear things that are more form fitting so I feel like it is. Last night at SnB we discussed a number of ways for me to fix this problem (without frogging) and most of them required a skill I do not have - sewing! I have to wonder if I should just stick to making blankets and scarves!

In the meantime I started two new projects. Reid is going to be a gift for Piglet’s half-sister for Christmas. It is done in light blue for the body and dark blue for the trim. She has the same blue eyes as Piglet so the blue will be beautiful on her. Of course as soon as I purchased all the yarn, the cashier at Michael’s handed me a coupon for 25% off my entire purchase this weekend. So, I returned all the yarn and will re-buy it on Sunday.

February Lady Sweater is the second project I cast on. The Superwash Bamboo from Elann is sooooo soft. I just hope the darn thing fits. It is top down construction so I get to try it on as I go. So far I am trying on each inch!

Lastly, I completed a sweater for Piglet. It is very cute. A little big, but cute. I have to make it big because the boy is growing every month. I just wish his head would stop growing, but I guess it is housing a big brain. He is coming up with new words every day and learning new stuff that scares the bejeezus out of me. His new favorite toy is my old cell phone. I never thought I would see the day when I had to tell my nearly two year old that he could not have his cell phone at the dinner table or take it to school.

Only 107 more days until Big Boy gets home… but who’s counting.

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