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February 2006

February 21, 2006

Birthday, WIPs, UFOs and stuff

Billy celebrated his 24th birthday this past Friday.  We did our usual dinner celebration with the family at Red Lobster, Billy's favorite place, on Sunday afternoon.  The lovely Lorelai slept through the meal, letting her Mom have a nice dinner.  I've gotten to see the baby quite a bit this week since I'm on vacation. 

I've been working on several things for Lorelai.  So far, I've made a quilt (Pooh fabrics, of course), a pink, white and blue blanket (the same pattern as Kim's famous "blankie"), a lavender knitted cardigan sweater and hat, a green crocheted sweater and hat, a pink hooded sweater, crocheted baby socks (booties, whatever), and a romper I sewed (lavender fabric).  I think that's it so far!  I'm working on two sweaters at the moment, in knitting terms, WIPs.  WIP is knitterese for "works in progress".  I'm also working on the green crocheted blanket that matches the green sweater and hat.  She had a few handmade blankets from me and my cousin and some fleece blankets so I'm not rushing on that one.  It'll get done eventually.  I wanted to concentrate on the sweaters since she didn't have many of those.  The sweaters I'm working on now are knitted in the round, gansey-style.  The smaller one, I think it's a six month size, is the one I'm trying to get done now.  She'll be able to wear it soon, probably in the spring.  I designed it using the KnitWare software, which you can find at this site.  It's great.  I beta-tested the newest program.  You can design a pattern for hand or machine knit or crochet.  It's simple, accurate and everything I've made with the program fits.  You can use the custom sizes or input your own.  There are three programs and with them, you can make practically anything, including hats!  After I designed the basic program, I found a knit/purl pattern to use to fancy it up a little.  It's coming out really nice:

I'm also working on another gansey, knitted in the round.  I'm following the pattern in the book,  Knitting Ganseys by Beth Brown-Reinsel.  This is the Snakes and Ladders sweater. 

The first sweater is dark green.  This one (above) is sea green, although it looks gray in the picture.  It's really a nice color. 

Here are a couple of pictures of the crochet baby socks:


  Quick and easy and they actually fit.

I also have a couple of UFOs (unfinished objects).  I have two pairs of socks and a sweater started for myself.  I'll get to them when I finish these things, probably.  The sweater is a fisherman style.  I'll dig that out and take a picture this week sometime.  I have one sock of one pair finished in a pattern I love.  It's a Lion brand pattern called Joan's socks.  They're quick and easy and so warm.  I've made myself at least four pairs of these already.  The other pair of socks is more delicate and time-consuming.  That's not bad for me, really.  I usually have lots of projects I haven't finished hanging around.  I've been trying to make an effort to finish things recently.  The fact that Lorelai will outgrow something before I finish if I don't get on it makes me get moving these days!

Off to do stuff that needs doing!  ta-ta...


February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day

Have a tiggerific day!


February 12, 2006

Snow and things

It's really coming down out there.  It looks to be around 6 inches now and it's going to snow all day with possibly an additional 6 inches.  Wow.  The timing couldn't have been better, though.  A weekend and we're all home, safe and sound. 

Here's a copy of a post on Wil Wheaton's  blog.  Just doing my part to spread the word:

Seeking a potential Marrow Donor

One of my fellow Los Angeles Poker Bloggers, StudioGlyphic (who won the WPBT Winter Classic last December) is looking for some help for one of his friends, whose girlfriend is very sick with cancer, and desperately needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. The odds of finding a donor match are about 1:20,000, but this girl's odds are even longer because she is Fillipino:

Medically, the only option Christine has left is a Bone Marrow Transplant. The survival rate of this procedure is 30-40%. Of those who do survive the procedure itself, only 50% survive the next two years. However, if she does survive those two years, it means the cancer won't come back.

This is a pretty terrible option. However, the non medical option is also horrible. Her doctor says that if she chooses not to have the Bone Marrow Transplant, she'll be dead within a year.

This is hard enough for the average person. There are over 20,000 types of bone marrow, so the average person has a 1 in 20,000 chance of finding a match. These numbers are even worse for Christine. Because she is Filipino, she needs to find a donor of the same ethnic background, and there are hardly any Filipinos on the National Registry.

Because we caught the cancer early, right now is our best chance of having the Bone Marrow Transplant work. Every day we lose her chances of surviving drop.

So please, contact your friends, and ask them to contact their friends. Anyone you know who is Filipino and between the ages of 18 and 61 is a potential donor. The system is nationwide, so it doesn't matter where they live. Signing up on the registry is easy and painless. All it requires is a simple blood test. Some hospitals charge a small fee for this blood test, however if your friends contact me directly, I can put them in touch with one of the hundreds of local organizations that will do the blood test for free. They can use this email address:


You can reassure your friends that signing up for the registry does not require donating any bone marrow. If it turns out they are a match, they will be contacted, and can make the decision at that point about becoming a donor.

There are lots of misconceptions about donating bone marrow. (I know I was terrified of doing it before I learned how minor the procedure actually is.) The procedure is simple and safe. You will be anesthetized the whole time, so you will not feel anything. When the procedure is over, you may have some soreness in the area for a few days and you may feel a little tired. That's it. The bone marrow you donate is replenished within 3-4 weeks. And again, you will only undergo this procedure if your blood sample shows that you are a match and you decide to donate, in which case the slight soreness you'll be feeling will be saving someone's life.

All medical expenses for the donor will be covered by Christine's insurance. And as I mentioned before, if they contact me directly, I can put them in touch with an organization near them that will put them on the National Registry for free and also make sure they are listed as a Sponsor for Christine.

Even if you aren't a match yourself, and even if you can't personally help Christine, please link to this post, and spread the word around. I know there are about a million of you who read this lame blog every month, and if just half of you make some effort to spread the word around, we may be able to help save Christine's life.

Have a pleasant day, stay warm and dry if you're in the east.


February 8, 2006

Lorelai's first visit to Nana and Grandpa's house

  We kept her busy and took her out for a ride in the afternoon.  Poor baby was tuckered out!

Cold out there!


February 2, 2006

Groundhog day

Well, it's that time again.  Time for my annual rant about groundhog day.  Who came up with this anyway?  For a little insight, here's an article on MSN that answers some of my questions.  According to this article, the tradition started in England, with a holiday called Candlemas.  The animal in question was a hedgehog but when the Puritans came to this country, they chose the closest animal they could find, the groundhog.  It appears the groundhog gets it wrong 63% of the time.  Not a very good track record, in my opinion.

Of course, this annual nonsense is a tourist attraction ("one annual appearance in exchange for year-round maintenance and a signing bonus").  Let's face it.  How accurate can this be when the press shows up before dawn with huge TV cameras and lights, someone pulls the little groundhog from his burrow and holds him up?  These guys in the "inner circle" (Groundhog .org - the Official Site of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club), apparently tell us if Phil has seen his shadow or not.  How could he not see his shadow?  He's surrounded by 400 lights and a whole crowd of people!  If I were Phil, I'd run for the hills or, at least back into the burrow, just to escape this madness. 

End of rant.

So, anyway, it looks like six more weeks of winter, which is interesting because we've had so many warm days, there's an argument for the fact that we haven't even had a winter!  Ah, whatever.

Carry on, people.


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