Friday, January 4, 2013

Mandatory Shopping

I got my sock yarn yesterday!  Woo hoo!

Okay, I’m probably a little more excited about that than necessary, but it’s really pretty and soft and pretty and nice and pretty* and I can’t wait to get started.  I just need to finish a few things before I can cast them on.  That brings me to my progress on the belated never-ending Christmas blanket and Christmas Sweater #7:  DON’T. ASK.  I’m serious, I’m in complete denial about my lack of progress and I don’t want to talk about it today.  Maybe tomorrow, but I can’t promise…

{Random thought warning} Ferrero Rocher for breakfast?  I think so.

She's a ham
Since I’m not talking about my knitting today I will tell you that I’ve just finished unpacking and washing up a brand new set of stainless steel and cast iron cookware that my husband forced me to purchase last night.  I know what you’re thinking, but he really did!  You all know we brought home an African Gray parrot from the vacation-that-was-not-a-vacation back in November, right?  Since then, The Husband has studiously researched everything there is to know about African Grays.  So yesterday, he runs across an article about Teflon fumes (produced when Teflon pans are heated too high or burned) being quite toxic to birds.  And my mismatched set of 20 year old cookware?  Covered in evil Teflon.  Not that I’ve ever burned anything I’ve cooked (cough, cough), but to be on the safe side, The Husband insisted I go out right away and purchase safe cookware.  Can you believe he forced me to do that??  It was an awful sacrifice, but I managed to find something suitable.  Joking aside, how cool is that?  I was encouraged to spend money by The Husband!  That just rocks.  The only down side is that now I’m expected to actually cook something. 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all of you and how much I appreciate your taking the time to read this blog and I’ve also been thinking about the blogs that I follow and enjoy so much, so my next post will contain a list of my favorite knitting blogs (so far) and some ideas about what keeps me coming back to a blog time and time again.  Not only do I hope the post will be useful to you, but it provides yet another post where I do not have to talk about how backed up my knitting is.  It’s a win-win, really.  :D

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*I actually just had to Google the word “pretty” because typing it so many times made it look weird and sometimes I have these moments when random words that are very familiar end up looking strange in type and I wonder if I’ve misspelled it or something and I panic.  Does this ever happen to you???  It is possible that I just need help.


  1. LOL! new pans, backed-up knitting and dozens of pretty's... Love it! :) Go on, show us some WIP's!

    1. I need to get better at taking photos! Any tips?

    2. I have found a ton of great tutorials on pinterest, but am about to take a real life class - with my brother - so that should raise the stakes a little!

    3. Wow, I always think your photos look great on your blog!

  2. You are not alone. I Google simple words that look odd all the time.

  3. MY daughter Alexandra used to have a love bird (Pippin). We were told the same thing about the teflon pans. We were also told not to ever use artificial scents around the bird like those in air fresheners or candles. This wasn't a problem as I am sensitive to those things and didn't use them anyway. However, I did buy a Swiffer Wet Mop to try out. The cleaning solution was scented (I hardly ever use the thing now because of this). I will never know for sure if this was the cause of Pippin's demise, but within 24 hours of me using it her bird was dead. Love birds have a long life expectancy and this bird was only about four years old at the time.

    I have issues like what you described with spelling all the time, along with others. I have a growing list of words I simply can not remember how to spell, no matter how many times I look them up.

    I hope you are warming up those DPNs! :-)

  4. I wish I could get to the place where I could warm up my DPNs! Will be glad to get done with deadline knitting!

    Yeah, the air freshener thing bums me because I recently put no small amount of $$ into a couple of Scentsy warmers. :-( So sad about your daughter's bird. I know there are some natural alternatives, so I guess I'll have to try some out.


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