choo choo!

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railroad rib done in trekking xxl

as Boar and I were watching A Miracle on 34th Street, my own knitting miracle occurred.  These socks flew off of my needles, onto his feet …. and they f*i*t !!    A FO that fits — I believe!  and by the way, the movie we were watching last night was a remake with Elizabeth Perkins and that good looking guy who usually plays a lawyer – Dylon McDermott – anyway, they took out the scene where they bring in all the letters to Santa that prove the US government recognizes Santa.  This was disappointing – I love the ‘take that!’ appeal of all those mailbags …..

Do you spy Poe in the picture?  He was investigating my work.  I started these socks on the Rhineback weekend – now that they are off the needles, I have cleared the way for some Socks that Rock.  Initially, I was going to use the Jaywalker pattern, but after hearing about the close calls, I am scared.  Maybe I will do the Jaywalkers, but plan from the beginning to do the toe in a different color.  I realize that I could do a toe-up version —- but I don’t want to.  I have never knit a toe up sock – but I resist the idea nonetheless.  I think I won’t like them. 

How do you know you won’t like it if you haven’t tried it??    I just do.

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Vicki and all you other Cold Turkey Knitters out there, do you think we should take up crochet and put this on our projects lists for 2006?

The Cat Owner’s Guide to Gift Wrapping

   1. Clear large space on table for wrapping present.
   2. Go to wardrobe and collect bag in which present is contained, and close door.
   3. Open door and remove cat from wardrobe.
   4. Go to cupboard and retrieve rolls of wrapping paper.
   5. Go back and remove cat from cupboard.
   6. Go to drawer and collect transparent sticky tape, ribbons, scissors, labels, etc.
   7. Lay out present and wrapping materials on table, to enable wrapping strategy to be formed.
   8. Go back to drawer to get string, remove cat that has been in the drawer since last visit, and collect string.
   9. Remove present from bag.
  10. Remove cat from bag.
  11. Open box to check present, remove cat from box, replace present.
  12. Lay out paper to enable cutting to size.
  13. Cut the paper to size, trying to keep the cutting line straight.
  14. Throw away first sheet because cat tried to chase the scissors and tore paper.
  15. Cut second sheet of paper to size by putting cat in the bag the present came out of.
  16. Place present on cut-to-size paper.
  17. Lift up edges of paper to seal in present, wonder why edges now don’t reach, and find cat between present and paper. Remove cat and retry.
  18. Place object on paper, to hold in place, while cutting transparent sticky tape.
  19. Spend next 20 minutes carefully trying to remove transparent sticky tape from cat with pair of nail scissors.
  20. Seal paper down with transparent sticky tape, making corners as neat as possible.
  21. Look for roll of ribbon; chase cat down hall and retrieve ribbon.
  22. Try to wrap present with ribbon in a two-directional turn.
  23. Re-roll up ribbon and remove paper that is now torn, due to cat’s enthusiasm in chasing ribbon end.
  24. Repeat steps 12-22 until down to last sheet of paper.
  25. Decide to skip steps 12-16 in order to save time and reduce risk of losing last sheet of paper.
  26. Retrieve old cardboard box that you know is right size for sheet of paper. Put present in box, and tie down with string.
  27. Remove string, open box and remove cat.
  28. Put all packing materials in bag with present and head for lockable room.
  29. Once inside room, lock door and start to re-lay out packing materials.
  30. Remove cat from box, unlock door, put cat outside door, close door and re-lock.
  31. Lay out last sheet of paper. Admittedly this is difficult in the small area of the toilet, but try your best.
  32. Seal box, wrap with paper and start repairs by very carefully sealing down tears with transparent sticky tape. Now tie up with ribbon and decorate with bows to hide worst affected areas.
  33. Label, then sit back and admire your handiwork, congratulating yourself on making good of a bad job.
  34. Unlock door, and go to kitchen to make drink and feed cat.
  35. Spend next 15 minutes looking for cat, before coming to obvious conclusion.
  36. Unwrap present, untie box and remove cat.
   

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates.

In honor of this holy season," Saint Peter said, "you must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven."

The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. "It represents a candle," he said.

"You may pass through the pearly gates" Saint Peter said.

The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, "They’re bells".

Saint Peter said, "You may pass through the pearly gates."

The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women’s panties.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, "And just what do those symbolize?"

The man replied, "They’re Carol’s".

[thanks Luanne!]

The mystery has been solved!  Not due to my superior sleuthing skills, mind you.  But the compassion of my anonymous gifter —- she thought I had been teased enough, and she wanted to let everyone know where she found that charm ….

My wonderful friend Carol sent me the pig charm!!  I met Carol at the orthodontist’s office.  She is a receptionist par excellence and we just hit it off.  You may have met her in the comments section —- she is a woman in need of a blog. 

Anyway, Carol want me to let you know that she found my pig charm on Ebay.  I think everyone should have one …… and then we can all call each other at the same time and our pigs will light up!

Thank you Carol – You are the Best!

**with apologies to Margene, who I may or may not have accused of having a criminal mind….. and of course Cara, who apparently has yet to send me any presents.  wonder what’s keeping her?

You Light Up My Life, You Give Me Hope To Carry On, You Light Up My Days…..

at least when my cell phone rings!

Carole asked if I had done any sleuthing regarding my little pig cell phone charm and who might have sent it….

When it arrived in the mail, I took a look at the package simply because I had never seen a padded mailer envelope that small.  I thought it was strange that there was no return address, but honestly, there was hardly the room for it.  The charm had a post it note with it, saying that they had seen this flashing pig and thought of me.  I did not recognize the handwriting. 

I spent no time examining it because I just figured it was Cara.  After our phone conversation where she told me she found a cute little pig thing, it was the natural conclusion.

When she called to say it wasn’t her, the envelope was in the bottom of the trash – the outside trash, not even in the kitchen!  And other trash had been thrown on top, including but not limited to, parts of our evening meal which was homemade soup….. so there was a chicken carcass in the mix!

Once Cara and I got off the phone, I did indeed brave the freezing temps (12°) to have another look, maybe I had missed something?  Nope, the post mark was barely visible and there was nothing on the note besides the message.

No – no more clues were revealed.  I did however compare the handwriting to that of Margene’s – remember she signed the book she sent? 

It’s not you Margene.

although —- I have learned through experience that Margene is twisted enough to have someone else sign a note for her if she thought her handwriting would give her away …… she’s got a real criminal mind that one…….. but could she also arrange for the Post Office to give her package a half assed post mark?

does she have that kind of power?  the magnetism necessary to charm a mailman into giving the stamp less than its full due?

And many of you would like to know where to find these adorable things.  I spent a good part of yesterday searching around.  I found plenty of cell phone charms, but fewer sites that have light up ones.  (and now that I have seen the Beacon that is the light up charm, nothing less will do)  The best bet as far as I can tell is Ebay.  Put in the search "flash charm cell phone strap".  I haven’t ordered any, yet.  I want to first check out our local asian market.  I learned that these things are all the rage in Japan and figure that’s a good place to start.

Today’s knitting content is brought to you by D#2 (who has indeed been wearing her Panta!)

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