Hey friends,

I had my first job interview in ages yesterday.  And I got the call for a second interview!  Very excited.  I might actually have health benefits post-divorce.  That’s a good thing.  I’ll keep you posted.

Chris (who, along with her kitties, is awesome) mentioned some of these contests on her blog, so you may have seen them.   Stop by and wish her speedy recovery from her surgery.

Angela wants us to go vote for her friend Nikki’s children’s book illustrations.  Very cute.  Post a link encouraging other’s to vote for Nikki and let Angela know; you’ll be entered to win a prize! Fabu yarn.

Pam’s blogiversary contest is fun.  Answer one (or all) or her four knitterly questions and you could win some yarn!  Yay yarn.  Cute kitty modeling the yarn too.

Roxie is giving away some black cashmere yarn for sending in pictures of hands knitting.  The more hands you send (pics of course), the more entries you get.  You’ll be up against Dave who is gunning to win.  And Wednesday is always a good day to stop by his blog.  😉

And of course, the mama of all contests, from a soon-to-be mama herself:  Cara is hosting Spin Out to raise money for Heifer International (what a great cause!).  You would not believe the prizes that our amazing fiber community has donated.   Make a donation to Heifer, let Cara know and be entered to win scads of swag.  It feels good even if you don’t win.

Good luck!



September 21, 2007

Have you checked out Destash lately?

Oh no you dinnit, because there’s still Fleece Artist, Koigu, Yarn Pirate and more.  It’s insane.

And check out my friend Anne who is destashing to fund her new spinning wheel!  Go Anne-girl!

Win a skein a month in 2008

September 20, 2007

Yeah, baby.  Thanks to Wendy for the link.

Check out 5 Minutes for Mom. Those cute twin work-at-home moms are giving away a Dyson vacuum and Dyson is donating the same amount for breast cancer research.  It’s win-win!  Leave a comment at their site and link back to your blog for a chance to win.

Secret of the Stole KAL

September 20, 2007

Okay folks, I’m giving this a try.

Maybe a little healthy competition (actually accountability) will cure me of startitis.  Maybe I’ll actually finish a lace project.  And I think it’s a good sign that the mystery stole lady has blue eyes (or a blue eye, I shouldn’t presume that she has two blue eyes).  Off to find some appropriate yarn for the project.  Hope I can do it without spending money, because I’m saving me money for this project too.  Mim always rocks.

8 Random things

September 20, 2007

about me.  Kenny (the amazing knitter guy) tagged me, so here goes.

I am addicted to hot wings sauce.

I am trying to kick the Diet Coke habit.

I love office supplies.

I used to be a Montessori teacher.

I love it when the leaves change–red’s my favorite color.

I am never happier than when I am by the ocean.

I make up weird nicknames for family members and pets–lots of nicknames.

The thought of dating again makes me want to throw up.

Please consider yourself tagged.  Or not.

Awesome knitting deals

September 19, 2007

Check out Suzie’s beautiful laceweight:  her dilemma is your deal!  I have this yarn; it’s seriously beautiful, and I might need to get some of this if it’s not all gone.

And the wonderful Bethe is destashing Addis (Woohoo!) at Destash.  She’s got quite a selection, and they are half price!  Going quickly . . .


September 19, 2007


  My pirate name is:

  Bloody Morgan Vane

  Every pirate lives for something different. For some, it’s the open sea. For others (the masochists), it’s the food. For you, it’s definitely the fighting. You tend to blend into the background occaisionally, but that’s okay, because it’s much easier to sneak up on people and disembowel them that way. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
part of the fidius.org network

Avast!  It wouldn’t take much for me to disembowel someone today, so Bloody Morgan Vane fits.  Or my old pirate name, Mad Hook-Handed Helen.  Both are good.  Feel free to refer to me as either or both.  Arrrr.

And props to Mad Grace Bonney for the link.

Career Meme

September 15, 2007

Love Cecily’s new meme:

The career meme…
1. Go to Career Cruising, http://www.careercruising.com.
2. Put in Username: nycareers and Password: landmark.
3. Take their “Career Matchmaker” quiz.
4. Post the top twenty results.
5. Put the careers you have seriously considered in bold.
6. Italicize any that are part of your current job/career.






Foreign Language Instructor


ESL Teacher


Desktop Publisher


Computer Trainer


Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator




Fashion Designer




Set Designer


Costume Designer


Addictions Counselor


Motivational Speaker


Corporate Trainer


Communications Specialist




Graphic Designer


Print Journalist



Since I’m currently unemployed, I can’t italicize anything.  I did get a kick out of some of the choices.  Maybe clergyman (or clergyperson) is in my future. 😉

Another contest

September 12, 2007

Holly is having a contest. Tell her your favorite ‘comfort’ pattern, and be entered to win some great yarn! Post it on your blog and get an extra entry. Tell her I sent you and I get an extra entry too and so on and so on.

And Becky wants to know what you think she should do with Rowan 4-ply. Tell her, and you could win some yarn. Same extras apply as in Holly’s contest.

Updated to add:

Kimberly is having a contest too. Tell her some quick easy felt projects for her Christmas list, and be entered to win a prize.

Marsha is celebrating two years of blogging with a contest. What three things would you have to have with you on a desert island? So far I’ve got Clive Owen, but I’m stuck on the other two. Thanks to my favorite Yenta for the heads up on this contest.

Have you seen the new Knitty? It was impossible to get on to it this afternoon, because everyone else was trying. There are some killer patterns there. My four faves are Anne’s beautiful Totally Autumn, Aija’s Q socks, the Muir lace shawl and the woven-look scarf Henry.

Speaking of Aija, she too is having a contest. Add a couplet to the world’s largest Choka, and you can be entered to win etsy swag. She is a serious connoisseur of etsy. I often wonders how she does it and stays out of bankruptcy. But I live vicariously through her.

Lastly, celebrate feline birthdays with Chaos and Mayhem by leaving them some advice a kitty needs to know, and their mom Chris might send you a prize!