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Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Saturday, March 15, 2008

FO- Unshaped Shrug

My sister-in-law's birthday was February 22nd so I couldn't blog about this project until we got back from Disney. Didn't want to have any spoilers you know. So this is the Unshaped Shrug pattern by Just Call Me Ruby. Tammy has these really cute tops, some of them quite strappy, that we made work-appropriate by throwing on the shrug over top. Here she is in the obligatory headless shot.

The specs:
Pattern: Unshaped Shrug by Just Call Me Ruby
Yarn: Laines du Nord Softlight in chocolate brown
Needles: Size 11 needles
Mods: None. Easy as pie.
I have to tell you I was so flattered when the designer of the pattern favorited my Ravelry photo. What a compliment especially when it came from the designer.
Ok so I'm off to go and chomp on a yummy St. Patrick's Day cupcake made lovingly by our awesome neighbor. Nighty-nite!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Year of a Million Dreams

As stated previously, the birthday girl, my sister-in-law, Tammy, is actually penning this post. I think it's only proper that she tell you about our Year of a Million Dreams experience. I'll follow-up with the recap of the rest of the trip plus pictures.

I'll hand the floor over to the birthday girl seen here on her royal birthday princess throne. Tammy ---After we had a great time at the Pirate and Princess party, I wasn’t sure how the rest of the trip would measure up. I was in such a good mood and was ready to enjoy the rest of our trip just as much. I’m always ready for fun in Disney World and I was feeling good about our vacation so far. I was looking forward to a full day in the park with dinner at the Whispering Canyon Café and then finishing off with my favorite parade, Spectromagic. It looked to be a day full of liquid sunshine, so we packed our ponchos. Better to be prepared than wet. Started off the day with Mickey Waffles, boy they were good. We were making good time when we headed to the bus stop. While on the bus to Magic Kingdom we traded some of our pins with three very polite and friendly children. My guess they were anywhere from 8 to 11 years of age. Their father tried to give Sharon extra pins for trading with us since what they were trading us weren’t exactly Limited Editions but there was no need for that. What pins we wear we are willing to trade so makes no different if I trade my crappy pin or your crappy pin that you traded me for a treasure in your eyes. I think it made us all feel better that we could make some kids day, to spread some magic. As we walked up to the park, Mickey and the gang were just performing the opening celebration. The first place we hit was the Photopass store. We wanted to be sure all of our pictures from the P&P Party were there. Most importantly we wanted to see how Mom looked in her “drunken” pictures and if all of our pictures came out with Captain Jack.
Those pictures were lost and then the staff found them in our photopass for us. Off we went to character stalk and pin trade. I saw Clarabelle Cow across the courtyard and headed over that way. All mom and Sharon heard was mumble and then off I went running. They caught up with me and I got Clarabelle’s autograph for the quilt. They of course had to tease me about my character stalking and how I have eagle eyes when it comes to characters and pin trading. I was very excited to get her since she is a very rare sighting. Now off to ride some rides. We started up Main Street USA and I saw a Cast Member with a pin lanyard up ahead. Again, Mom and Sharon teasing me for having eagle pin eyes. We all approached the “Magic Maker” and mom asked to see their pins. The “MM” told us that they were going on break and would be back in 20 minutes. Sharon quickly asked, “What are you a character?” Then my response was, “Yes they seem to be a character of some sort!” We all laughed. We continued to talk to them for a few more minutes when the “Magic Maker” wished me Happy Birthday! The “MM” asked me how my birthday was going so far and I told the “MM” great. The “MM” pulls me over and says, “I’m going to make it even better”. That’s when the magic happened! The “MM” asked us if we would like to be the Grand Marshals in the 3 o’clock parade. I scream “YES!” Thank you!” We were all yelling and jumping up and down. It was the best Disney moment I’ve ever had. I just kept thanking and thanking the magic maker. I gave MM a big hug and thanked again. I was so happy; I started to tear up, something that I only do at Disney. Then the MM teared up. MM said that working there was the best job ever because you get to make people happy and bring magic into their lives. It was a fabulous moment. We made so much noise that some of the Cast Members came out of the Emporium to see what was going on but once they saw MM they knew. We got our instructions as to how, where and what in between more thanks. Then MM told us to enjoy our day and MM would see us later. Then we all started making the phone calls. Anyone and everyone in our phone book got called, whether the understood what an honor it was or not.

About a half and hour after we were told the skies opened up and it began to spread some of that liquid sunshine and continued to do so for 4 hours. All day Sharon and I were sending out our good mojo and asking for the rain to stop. About 30 minutes prior to our meeting the sky cleared up and we could see blue. It was beautiful. Being as excited as we were we were at our meeting spot at 2pm even though we didn’t have to be there till 2:30pm. At 2:30 MM came down the path and asked us how we were doing. MM asked us if we were sure we wanted to still be Grand Marshals if not this was our chance to back out. We all said no way. So off to the back stage area we went. We told MM that our cheeks were starting to hurt from all the smiling we had been doing all day. MM asked us how our day was and said MM was glad the weather cleared up for us. MM told us that we normally would receive a certificate but the printer was down and it would be mailed to us. MM also gave us the traditional black Mickey Mouse ears with our names stitched on them. We all immediately put them on and the good MM even had bobby pins for us.
We waited for the Cinderella Castle winners to arrive. Still smiling we were all super excited. Our cars arrived. We were in a red (Model T) that had a banner on both sides saying Grand Marshal. Roy was our trusted driver. I use the term trusted loosely because we were told that he lost a car in the mote around the castle, found out his dads air bags worked and was hoping to do ok since his seeing eye dog had passed away. These were just few of the jokes Roy and MM were telling us. We were laughing and whooping it up. One of the guys from the band told us that we need to learn to have a good time because it didn’t look like we were having any fun. We took a few pictures back stage and then the time came. It was so thrilling to hear my name announced over the loud speakers for the whole park to hear. “Welcome today’s Grand Marshall, Tammy Kubus and her family from Trenton, NJ.” I almost started to cry again. But no time for that we have to wave to the 40,000 people or so lining the parade route. When we first pulled out it was so overwhelming. It was exciting yet terrifying at the same time. All those people starring at you. But we soon developed a way to overcome this, find the children and wave to them. We waved to all the adults too but the children were a safety so to speak.

(view from the front of our car)

It was cool to see them smiling and waving back.

(view out the back of our car)

Another great thing was since they said were we were from the Jersey people stepped up and supported us. We got yelled at a few times, “Go Jersey!” I did take a short video and a few pictures while in the car but I wanted to just enjoy the experience.
Let’s talk about waving.
We had to wave the entire parade route. I truly admire those who do this for a living. Our arms were hurting before we hit Liberty Square. We did get a 5 second break at the bridge. It takes a lot longer than you think to travel that parade route. Although our arms were killing us at the end, none of us seemed to notice or complain and we were all still smiling. At the end of our journey we had some really cute pictures taken and MM gave me a ticket for a free 5X7 which I happily got before we left the park. It was such a great honor to be apart of the magic. If MM gets to feel like that every day, then truly MM has the best job in the world.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

FO- Juliet

I'm quite the blogging slacker these days. Man, there is so much going on lately at work. I can't even tell you. My head is still spinning from vacation. I came back after only 4 days gone to a very, very large project award for $$, $$$, $$$. yeah that much. So I've been trying to get my ducks in a row. The knitting front has be snail's pace. I am done the urban aran cardigan. She is blocking and patiently waiting for her zipper-inept creator to take her to the seamstress and get that puppy sewn in. Yes, you heard right. I am a zipper slacker and proud of it. My friend, Kelley, and I have completely resigned ourselves to believe that we are the suckiest zipper installers of the knitworld. We shall knit, but zipper installment will be left to the professionals this time.
So remember that little snippet of glorious, mindless garter stitch? The only person to guess right the first time was Robin over at YarnCrawl. I am thrilled to say I used up 6 skeins of long-neglected alpaca in the stash.

Pattern: Juliet by the Zephyr Girls
Yarn: 6 skeins of Frog Tree Andean Alpaca Regal
Needles: Size 10
Recipient: Me
Started: February 16, 2008
Finished: February 20, 2008
Mods?: Not one. The pattern is very well-written. The fit is nice although I cannot seem to take a decent picture in it. I look like the ballerina hippo from Fantasia in this picture. It's terribly annoying. Trust me though, it looks much better on in person.

There is also some yarn I neglected to tell you all about. This has been sitting around for blogging for quite some time now. The word of the day is TWEED.

This is some Rowan Rowanspun DK in a lovely color called "Catkin". The yardage is at a very generous 219 yards of which I own 10 hanks.

The next lovely below is some fine Irish Tweed. Kilcarra Aran Tweed to be exact. It's a rich charcoal color with some blue undertones and flecks of burgundy, black and blue. I have 1660 yards for Debbie Bliss's Killybegs from the Donegal Tweed collection. Welp, it's almost my witching hour. I'm off to do a wee bit of knitting before bed.