31 October 2006

Book Meme

Stolen from Lesa. Thank you sweetie!

1. One book that changed your life: Hmmmm I know this is going to sound dumb. And like a follower. But... Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintence. It really caused me to look at things from a different light.

2. One book that you've read more than once: You only want one?? Anne of Green Gables.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island: Hmmmm Can I get the whole series of Anne of **** books by lucy maude montgumery bound in one book?

4. One book that made you laugh: Animal Farm. It was a weird time in my life when i read that.... so i don't know if it was the book or me.

5. One book that made you cry: To Kill a Mockingbird

6. One book you wish had been written: Anne of Green Gables. I would love to have been alive when those books were written.

7. One book you wish had never been written: Jurassic Park.... God I hate that book, and I hate the movie even more.

8. One book you're currently reading: Black Dahlia

9. One book you've been meaning to read: Juliet by DeSade

10. Six people to tag: Hell I don't know how many of you people really read... so um... since lesa already did this, can't do that... hmmmm Deneen you can do it! And Erin, yeah Erin. hrm..... I don't know if you are reading this do it!

28 October 2006

Not much time to write a full entry out. Jack and I are going out with our grown up friends tonight. To be.... GROWN-UPS!!!!!!! I am excited can you tell? But today we went over to my aunts house, so Jack could empty her attic to have insulation installed. while there she gave me a copy of a pic from the fancy dancy party earlier this month. So now I must share!!!!

Ok first we have Jack (isn't he cute???), then me, then Aaron (gwens date), and then my sister Gwen.... She is sooo pretty.

27 October 2006


Ok so I have my etsy shop up and going again. Still will be making some major changes to it though. Check it out. Walnut Ridge Studio. As always if you have any questions drop me a line.

26 October 2006

A meme stolen from Erin

If you are wondering who erin is... Check out the link to My Best friends a dork.... that is erin. :)

1. FIRST NAME? Kathleen, go by Kayt

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? I was named for my Great Grandfathers, grandmother. Katie Casey.

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Day before yesterday.


5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? Salami, yummm!!!! Now I want a sandwhich.


7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? I have many, both online and written.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? No, had them taken out when i was 16.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No, i don't think so.


11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Sometimes, most of the time no though.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Not really, but I am getting stronger every day.


14. SHOE SIZE? 9.5

15. RED OR PINK? red


17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My Grandma Craven. *sigh*

18. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black Jammie pants, blue hooded zip up sweatshirt, and my bright green felted clogs. I am so in fashion right now!

19. LAST THING YOU ATE? Goldfish crackers.



22. FAVORITE SMELL? Cucumber



25. FAVORITE DRINK? Diet Cherry Pepsi, or for a drinky drink Vodka Tonic with lime.

26. FAVORITE SPORT? Swimming

27. EYE COLOR? Green

28. HAT SIZE? No clue

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? On ocassion

30. FAVORITE FOOD? Probably lasagna.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings :). Got to have a happy ending.

32. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter, so i can curl up infront of the fire and read.

33. HUGS OR KISSES? hugs

34. FAVORITE DESSERT? Creme Bruelee (sp?)

25 October 2006

WIP Wen.

Ok so I have put down the french market ba until further notice. My finger tips are just getting raw working with that philisophers wool. I love the way it looks when it is done, but it is ripping my fingers apart right now. *sigh*. I have a tone of that stuff too. I can't pass up a good deal.

So right now, honestly just 2 active WIP's.....

I am making myself another pair of golf socks. With the Kool-aid dyed marino. I just keep stopping to rub it on my face it is sooo soft.

And today I started one of the afghans from the mason dixon book. Moderne Log Cabin blanket. Pattern here...http://images.amazon.com/media/i3d/01/log_cabin.pdf . It is going to be slow to knit, bc well it is an afghan. All done in garter stitch. It is great for sitting infront of CSI, and not thinking. Which I am good at doing.

Oh well, off to bed with me. My eyes acuatly feel heavy......

23 October 2006

Making this note here.....

Clogs... well it seems they are a hit. A friend of mine from my mom's group wants me to make 3 pairs for her. I am trying o cost the whole thing out. I may order bulk worsted weight and dye my own. So I am putting the notes on that in here, so the dog or maggie doesn't eat my one written down on paper.

Name Size Color Yardage

Tabitha 8 Orange 600
Godmother 9.5 Orange 650
Stepdaughter 12 Pink 750

Jack 8 Blue & Orange 650
Dad 8 Blue 650

Total Yardage 3300

Yards per pound 1120

Pounds 3

This may change. More or less. Good thing these knit up fast!!!!

21 October 2006

felted clogs....

I started taking this class what seems to be eon's ago! And I am finally done. I acuatly missed the last class, bc munchin was sick. So it took me a few extra weeks. But I am done and they are beautiful! I want them to be dry now, so I can wear them.

This is a picture of them before I felted. You can see the bright green, but you can't really tell that the other color is a really deep purple. I promise you it is!

And this is after. I tried them both on and they fit well. One may be a little big now that I think about it. But I can always re-felt it right?!?!

I am almost tempted to kick the heat up in here so they will dry.

If my life was normal would I know it?

So thursday I came home from my pseudo job, to find out that Jacks dad type person Dennis was in ICUat our local hospital. A few weeks ago he had open heart surgery, and some how since he had come home from the hospital his heart beat had become irregular. VERY Irregular! He had a Dr. appt on thur, and they automaticaly checked him into the hospital. Knocked him out, and used the paddles to shock his heart back into the right rythem. He spent about 24 hours or so at the hospital and sent him back home.

So things are going ok with that now, I think. We are just having arguements about the heat being on or off. I vote for off, put more clothes on. He votes for set it at 80 and wear t-shirts. drives me crazy. we can't afford it either. So this is going to be a constant battle it looks like.

In other news I have one of my clogs ready to felt, and should have the other one done today. I can't wait to see them done. I am going to go and knit now I think.

18 October 2006

A trip to the LYS....

As mentioned in a previous post. When maggie and I went to sheeps last time, I had a not so nice home coming. Cassidy, had gotten in the family room and eaten my copy of Big Girl Knits. Well the other day, I went to grab a WIP... And Cassidy had also chewed the needles it was on. Well since I was meeting the girl that is going to teach me how to finish that project tomarrow... I had to go and get new needles. So I have this brilliant idea, why don't I just take the dog with us. I am not going to be in the store long. She can wait in the car. It will be great.

I should know that any of my brite idea's, truely end up being dim ones. So I put Cassidy's harness on, get her out to the car. Hook the seatbelt through the harness. Get maggie in and we are off. We did pretty well until we got into valpo. Cassidy decided to be protector dog, and wanted to sit in the back seat. I figure if i let her sit in the back seat, maybe she will stop barking her head off. At a stop light I unhook her belt and let her crawl back there. All is well till i smell the most horrible thing I have in a long time. Now remember I change diapers on a regular basis. I put the windows down to air the car out a little. I figured Cass had just farted, since she does that all the time. As we are getting very close to sheep's, i heard this gagging noise almost. Yup, Cassidy is puking in the back seat. I am horrified, maggie is giggling, and the dog just keeps vomiting. So I think we are really close to sheeps, I will clean it up when we get there.

So I pull into the parking lot. Grab the stroller out of the trunk, and get maggie in there. By the time I get back over to the other side of the car to clean up the dog vomit, she has eaten it all clean!!!!!!! yuck yuck yuck! I head into the store, throughly disgusted and get what we need.

On the way home, cassidy is kind of whining in the backseat. Then I smell it again. Before I can get off on the side of the road, it happens all over again. This time all over the floor in the back seat.and hitting maggies sippy cup when she had thrown on the floor. Now I have to shampoo the floors in the back, and burn the sippy cup. Ok I probably won't burn it, but I did think of setting the whole car on fire momentarialy.

Meanwhile we are back home. maggie is napping, cassidy is acting very sullen, and i am dreading the car.

Hope everyone else is having a better day then i am.

16 October 2006

100 things....

I did this as a challenge tonight, while Jack watched the football game. It was tougher then I thought it would be.

100 Things

1. The first thing I thought when I saw Jack was “wow is he short.”
2. The second thing I thought was… “what is that tingling feeling in my stomach?”
3. The most amazing day in my life was the day Maggie was born, and the 24 hours prior.
4. I taught my self to knit, around Maggie while she was nursing.
5. The first thing I ever gave to someone that I knit, was a baby blanket for my friend Katy’s daughter.
6. Every morning when Jack gets out of bed, I roll over and sleep on his side. Just so I can smell him.
7. I have been told I have a nice voice, if I ever wanted to be a phone sex operator.
8. My favorite city I have lived in so far is South Bend, Indiana.
9. I think of my sister as my best friend.
10. I am slowly turning into my mother with my fiber addictions.
11. I have always wanted to live in Ireland.
12. I have trouble falling asleep with out noise. A TV or El train going by works fine though.
13. When I was younger I wanted to be an astronaut.
14. I have ADD and I revel in it!
15. I am diagnosed Bi-polar II, but have been able to manage it unmedicated for over a year now.
16. I sometimes sit on the step outside of maggie’s room, and just listen to her sleep.
17. I have not worked, at a job, in over 2 years.
18. I love wearing hand knit socks.
19. I start all of my projects a minum of 2 times.
20. I could take a nap every day, if someone would let me.
21. I hate putting laundry away.
22. My hands and nose are almost always cold.
23. I think moist sounds like it should be a dirty word.
24. My drink of choice is a vodka tonic.
25. My froo-froo drink of choice is a Chocolate Martini.
26. I love rainy days.
27. I can take a shower faster then anyone I know.
28. I want to move, very badly.
29. When I was pregnant the only thing I ever wanted to drink was Kool-Aid.
30. I have one pet, a dog named Cassidy.
31. Cassidy is the most expensive thing I have bought in a very long time.
32. My favorite lunch is Welsh Rarebit, and a grilled cheese made in my Hello Kitty Sandwich Maker.
33. I would trade my left arm to be organized.
34. I cry when I watch Extreme Home Makeover.
35. I have been in love twice.
36. Being a Stay At Home Mom, and house wife is the hardest job I have ever had.
37. I hate tall bar style tables, and don’t think they should ever be in my house. Ofcourse there is one here, but I am working at getting it out.
38. I saved close to $3,000 thanks to freecycle.
39. Jack and I want to have another child.
40. I am only 30 and have 2 Step-daughters, and 3 step-grandchildren.
41. I will never ever move to florida.
42. My favorite song from the 80’s is “I’m Turning Japanese”
43. One of my favorite vacations ever was to Chapel Hill, NC.
44. I have no desire to ever go to Disney World again, but will probably take the kidlet.
45. I would love to build a non-for profit organization to teach parents how to deal with recently diagnosed ADD cases. How to manage the ADD with little to no medication.
46. I hate drinking out of glasses, I almost always insist on a cup or water bottle.
47. I get freaked out when driving in city traffic.
48. My favorite sport to go and watch is hockey.
49. I have never owned a new car.
50. I can’t stand Notre Dame.
51. I change the wallpaper on the computer at least twice a week.
52. I used to live on my cell phone, now I rarely know where it is.
53. I can not stand when people are late.
54. I hate that this country is forcing me to become bi-lingual.
55. I used to smoke, and sometimes miss it.
56. I have lost 2 friends to Aids.
57. My favorite thing to knit so far is socks.
58. I am never far from my digital camera.
59. I love swap-bot.com .
60. I have multiple blogs.
61. I try to plan what we have for dinner a couple of nights prior.
62. I never seem to have any time to myself.
63. I interview well.
64. I want a queen size bed.
65. I miss having cats.
66. I love to read!
67. My favorite book is Anne of Green Gables, I have read it a million times it seems.
68. I used to be a telnet addict.
69. Telnet bores me now.
70. When I was younger, I was convinced that I was going to marry Greg Luganis. We all see how well that has worked out for me, lol!
71. I love listening to records with my dad.
72. I wish my parents hadn’t moved.
73. I had subway for dinner.
74. I am very sleepy right now.
75. My friends seem to have all moved away.
76. I have a Hello Kitty fetish. Not sexual!
77. I love reading Dr. Seuss.
78. I really don’t like to watch football.
79. I get strep at least 3 times a year.
80. I am currently reading The Black Dahlia.
81. I am always up for a good sale.
83. I let Jack celebrate our anniversary on Election day.
84. I am a good snuggler.
85. I insist on sleeping with a feather comforter, even when we go camping.
86. I am not good at camping.
87. I design and sell jewelry in my spare time.
88. I have very little spare time.
89. I have 2 tattoo’s one one my back, and one on my ankle.
90. I have vanilla scented candles all over our house.
91. I can be mean, if pushed to it.
92. My favorite thing, I have knit myself is my felted purse.
93. I keep my email accounts very organized.
94. I never check my gmail account any more.
95. I need a vacation.
96. I could not live with out Sirius Radio.
97. I give money to NPR.
98. I don’t understand men who are turned on by lactation.
99. When I am upset my eyes get greener.
100. I have one coffee cup that I drink out of every day.

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15 October 2006

Hello Kool-Aid my old friend....

Kool-aid is not just for drinking any more..... Here is the fun I had today...

I have had 2 skeins of superwash sock wool to dye for ages. So today while Jack was at work, and Maggie sleeping I decided to try my hand at Kool-aid. I had a blast! They may be the ugliest socks ever when I am done but I will love them!

I took pics all the way through, so here we go.

Here the yarn is soaking, after I pre-washed it.

The original 4 colors... Strawberry/Watermelon, Black Cherry, Grape, Lemon Lime. I later added Orange. I was using more then I had planned on.

Everything laid out and ready to go.

And we are off the the races. I was putting it on pretty thick in the begining. I also left a little white here and there, just because I like that.

All done, as you can see orange is mixed in there pretty well. Off to the microwave with it.

After we were done nuking, you can see the water in the corner of the dish is clear. All the Kool-aid was absorbed.

Hanging to dry. Not sure when I will get around to casting this pair of socks on. I have many projects infront of it.

x-posted to my other journal. So you don't have to go and read there also if you don't want too.

Today just feels weird...

Since Jack was rained/weathered out of work most of this week, he is making up for it by working the weekend. And to be honest that has kind of thrown off my whole being. Sunday mornings are normaly filled with snuggling and giggling. Till Maggie gets up, then it is family day. Today I am home alone with Maggie, who has a cold. Ok so we both probably have a cold but I don't want to admit to mine. We are honestly just being lazy, not much has gotten done. Not that there is much to do. Maggie has napped for almost 2 hours now, I hear her starting to stir though.

I did work more on the Hat/Mitten/Scarf set. The Hat is done, one mitten is about half of the way through. And I ordered yarn for the scarf. Well I ordered that yesterday when we went to Sheeps. It is all going pretty well so far. And the Mitten hasn't pissed me off or anything yet. So all is good in the land of knit.

Did we think I wouldn't post a pic?

14 October 2006

Too Frustrated to Think!!!!

Ok, I know I wanted a dog. I know the dog is mine. And I know I insited on a puppy..... Now that I have gotten that out of the way.... I am going to scream at the damn dog. She will not stop chewing on things. And she searches out things to do so to. It isn't like she sees a toy on the floor or a shoe. NO! She will pull books down off of low shelves and chew on those. This morning she chewed up an family heirloom book, It was from when my Grandmother had her first son, and had suggestions on how to raise them. To be honest it was just a very funny book to read now.... But I am so angry at the dog it is unbelievable. I acutaly shut her out of the family room.

In other news, I am heading to my LYS today. I need to pick up a couple more skeins of cascade black and green. not sure if that is what they call the color but it is what i call it. I want to work on more socks, but I really need to get this hat, mitten, scarf set out of the way first. I am not starting any more projects until those are done. I casted on the hat yesterday, and it is going very well. That makes me happy.

Figured I would post a pic of the socks that don't fit. Makes me very sad, since they match a pair of mine. oh well. We will just have to hav another little girl. LOL!

*edited* you can add my big girl knits book to the list of the eaten. Maggie and i went to the LYS, and I come home to find my book in pieces. I think it may be saved, will have to have mom re-bind it for me.

12 October 2006

Its begining to look a lot like Christmas????

Ok, so as I sit here at my desk checking my messages. I looked out the window, it is SNOWING!?!?!?!? It is what like October 12th??? And there is snow. Will someone please inform who ever is in control of this, that it is tooo early??? I mean come on we haven't even gone trick or treating yet. Hell I haven't even figured out what the heck Maggie is going to be. Or what I am going to do with the dog. Cassidy, the dog, goes nuts when ever anyone comes to the door now. I can't even imagine what Halloween will be like. Maybe I can get the vet to give her some doggie downers... j/k, I would never drug my dog.

In other news I officially finished the second sock that will not fit Maggie. And I started a dish cloth for my swap. I got about half way through the dish cloth before I ripped it all out. Some how I got off on the pattern and It was all working at an angel rather then straight rows. So I will start that one again, sometime here soon.

I need to pick up some cd's today for my cd swap. It is a Rainbow CD. All the songs have colors in the title. I Love it!!!!!

11 October 2006

knitting and fiber....

Ok I think I have finally blown up into a full out addict! I just got my first loom, well I don't have it yet. I pick it up tomorrow afternoon. A lady posted it to a local freecycle. I called mom, and she said no matter what it is pick it up. From what I have been able to piece together from the lady with the very thick middle European accent it is a Leclerc foldable floor loom. I am not sure if it is 8 shaft or 4 shaft. It is only a couple of years old. And has only been used a handful of times. And she has the accessories that comes with it. I think she may even have a warping board. Hey, I am a lucky girl, even if it is the lesser of the 2 looms it still saves me around a thousand dollars. Yippy. Jack isn't quite as excited as I am, but he will be as soon as he gets his first chenille scarf. :)

On the knitting end I have mostly been working on socks. I just finished a pair for Maggie, that well are too small. I just measured her foot 2 days ago too! Oh well I offered them up on a board that I love. If no one there wants them, I will save them as a baby gift.

Here is a pic of my most recent finished pair of socks. I love the strippy colors in them!!!

I really must start working on things that aren't socks! Mittens or hats next, I promise.

06 October 2006

My brain was clicking, now my life is spinning....

Ok updates from this week.....
Dennis, Jacks dad type person, had quad bypass surgery on monday.

Tuesday I break my toe, and lock the baby and myself out of the house. Resulting in my fat butt having to climb through a window. And Sherrill being upset with me, bc I could not make it into work due to the keys thing. Tuesday, I also broke my small toe on my right foot. I have never broken a toe before and let me tell you this is insane painful. I am suppose to be wearing heels to a black tie dinner on Saturday we will see how well this all goes. Tuesday we also take the baby for her first trip to the zoo. That was a big hit!

Wed, I worked. And I casted on the bottom for my French Market bag! It is going slower then I planned but I am knitting a mass amount of increases right now. Jack cleaned the house. Wed, night I realize that the fridge is not keeping food cold. Make mental not to call repair man, and have them come out Thur.

Thursday, get up run a bunch of errands. Buy a pair of shoes that I hope won't be too bad for Saturday night. Swing by hobby lobby feed my knitting addiction a little. Come home and wait for the Repair guy. Repair guy comes and tells me that the unit that blows cold air over from the freezer is frozen. Why you ask??? Because someone (jack) left the icecream sitting too close to the freezer door and it wasn't shutting all the way. So when i realized this and shut it all the way, and the condensation that was in the fan, froze. So I got to clean out both the fridge and the freezer and unplug it overnight. We also picked up Jacks Tux for Saturday.

So far today. I have plugged the fridge back in. Talked to gwen, and talked to jack. that is about it. I need to make it over to the bead store with my dress for tomarrow bc i don't have any jewlery for it. Sigh! Right now i am waiting to see if the fridge will truely get cold.

02 October 2006

My brain keeps clicking along....

Today I am having one of those ADD days. They happen from time to time. I have been diagnosed ADHD and was medicated for years. When I got pregnant with Maggie I had to go off of my meds, and since then I have not been back on them. And that is what makes days like these ones rough. I can not keep a single thought in my head.

So far today I have worked on my knitting project. Had a very little to eat. Started a pot of coffee, never had a cup. Reorganized my knitting basket. Worked on a pair of socks. And started a load of laundry. And I have only been up since 8. We will have to see how the rest of the day goes.

I know I am like this because of emotional stress surrounding me. Jacks dad type figure is having quad-bypass surgery this morning. They started at 6 am, and I have not heard anything yet. Dennis lives with us, and Maggie is very attached to him. I don't want anything bad to happen.

Oh well my mind is racing again, I must find something to do.

01 October 2006

Yet another blog....

Yes, as you can tell I have had more then one blog in my lifetime. Total counts is probably around 10. I have had my Livejournal account for 6 or so years now (http://kaytm.livejournal.com), and I used to use it regularly. But i don't like where the company livejournal is going, or even where my own blog was going... So, here I am.

For those of you that don't know me, let me fill you in on a few things.

Name: Kayt, pronounced Kate. I do not answer to anything else so no, Katy's or anything don't even try it.

Location: Small town Indiana.... Westville to be exact. Believe me when I say Small town!!!

Family: I have one daughter, Maggie, who is one. I also have Jack, my fiance, the love of my life.
I am very close with my Mom and Dad who now live out in Reno, Nevada. And i have a sister (Gwen) that i adore. She is down doing some Army Training (reserves) down in Texas for like the next year. In her civilian life she is a flight attendant. So we all fly back and forth pretty easily.

Pets: The most amazing mutt named Cassidy. Ok she isn't a mutt, she is a Chesapeak Bay Retriever. And the smartest dog i have seen in a long time.

Random things: *I am obsessed with knitting. I taught myself when maggie was nursing, and haven't put the needles down yet.
*I am a SAHM, and jewlery designer on the side.
*I love to shop and to find a good deal.

So that is me, that is Kayt in a nutshell. Nothing more nothing less. If I ever offend, I am not sorry. I can be outspoken and loud. But I do mean what i say.