Wednesday, March 15, 2006

J.O.Y. to the World

Pasadena Daytimers SnB group is my Wed. guilty pleasure. We meet at a coffeehouse called Zephyr which lets us monopolize their cushy sofas and feeds us iced tea, lattes, omelets, panini, and other goodies for as long as we like. Among today's topics was the sheeplike tendency of humans to "follow the leader" even when good sense would seem to say, don't go there. One thing led to another and we arrived at the JOY KAL. All we need to do now is find a project of stupefying stupidity, because, you see, JOY stands for Joke's On You. We think it will have a serious chance of taking off.
The raccoons are from Asilomar: they hang out by the steps to the dining hall and look adorable, thus hoping to score some of our "leftovers." Too bad, guys, the food was so good this year that we all ate almost everything except the design on the plates. There were 4 or 5 of the little guys, cute as could be. I will probably post more pics from my week at Asilomar since the place is a wonderful retreat--you can find more at

Pictures, Whee!

Here it is--the tangled mess called MOTW for short. My first successful attempt to upload a picture to the blog, too! Since this shot was taken, I've finished the back (the part that was OTN in the picture) and had to go buy another set of size 5 circs to cast on the sleeve. Because, of course, the original set is with the sleeve, wherever it is. In this photo, the pink blob is Asia and that orange thing is South America. The yellow is another ball of yarn. Perhaps now that I have the blog, I can actually do a little work on this thing and show some progress pictures. Ya think??

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Misery Loves Company

The TKOF Yahoo group came up with a challenge--to get out our oldest, moldiest, most repellent UFOs and see if we could egg each other on to work on them. Mine is, without a doubt, the Map of the World sweater from VK. The pattern is fine; in fact, I made and finished a cardiganized version, in wool from Peter Jones, way back when. I don't like this yarn. It's cotton, it feels icky, and the dye comes off on my hands and needles. Besides that, I've already knit both sleeves at least once. But Daughter Kate loves it and wants it, so what's a mom to do? Hopefully Blogger will let me post a picture soon.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Look Out World, Here I Am!

So! After thinking about this for a while, I've decided to take the plunge. (Thanks, Marie!) My nom de blog, mehitabel, is inspired by Don Marquis's creations, archy and mehitabel, and if you've never read his stuff you have a treat in store! His mehitabel is a black cat, whereas in real life we had a black cat named Archie. If I ever figure out how to scan in old photos, you'll get to see Archie; otherwise, the digital camera can at least provide some shots of the current "pack." I'm hoping also for lots of pics of my current and future projects, too. Right now, I've got a whole lotta UFOs in the quilting and knitting departments, including a couple of particularly nasty ones. You'll get to see, don't worry!