Unfortunately, Meredith…

Try this exercise for a twisted bit of fun. Google the phase, “Unfortunately, _______” filling in the blank with your first name. Here are some of my grim results:

Unfortunately, Meredith was not a good worker and took to drinking.

Unfortunately, Meredith is adamant that she’s not an alcoholic.

Unfortunately, Meredith’s mother is a bigot.

Unfortunately, Meredith didn’t finish this race due to a snow machine running into her team during the race (she is fine but one of her dogs faces surgery tomorrow for a fractured foot.)

Unfortunately, Meredith has barely gotten to know her neighbor when Harriet meets with a fatal accident at the Boxing Day Hunt.

Unfortunately, Meredith’s tumor returned.

Unfortunately, Meredith is dead, and nobody can do anything for her anymore.

Puts a rough day at the office in perspective, doesn’t it?

Via allsorts

February 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm 5 comments

Give me a Snausage and no one gets hurt…

I took a moment to check on Penny this morning because the house seemed too quiet. Dangerously quiet, apparently. When I peered into her crate, this is what I saw.


She had snatched a knife from the sink and was chewing on the handle cluelessly until I intervened. Or, perhaps she is smarter than I thought, and was planning to take me on a trip to Petco at knifepoint?

Disclaimer: No dogs (or humans) were harmed in the production of this post.

February 9, 2009 at 3:06 pm 4 comments

Monster Party

Last month, I participated in a monster swap on Swap-bot. If you’re interested in getting involved in a swap, swap-bot is a great place to explore. You can find a swap involving just about any kind of craft you can imagine, and the time commitment can be as small as you want it to be. The monster swap I just finished, for example, involved swapping with just one partner. For my partner, Chelsey, I made Harry D. Yeti:


For his long treks through the tundra, he carries a backpack.


And what is in his backpack, you ask?


Knitting needles and yarn! He is a crafty yeti.

Before shipping off to his new home in Portland, Oregon, Harry got to spend a little time with Phillipe, a fiery monster that now lives with me thanks to Rebecca, my other swap partner. Phillipe feeds on angry feelings, and brought his own box of fiery flakes to eat whenever I’m happy. Harry and Phillipe got along great, but now Harry’s on his way to his new home. He’ll be knitting all the way, of course.


February 2, 2009 at 11:05 am 1 comment



In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air,

anything can be made, any sentence begun.

-Elizabeth Alexander, inaugural poem

January 20, 2009 at 9:56 pm 1 comment

From My Cupboard to Yours


Appley Dapply,
a little brown mouse,
Goes to the cupboard in
somebody's house.
In somebody's cupboard
there's everything nice,
Cake, cheese, jam, biscuits,
-all charming for mice!
Appley Dapply
has little sharp eyes,
And Appley Dapply is
so fond of pies!
--Beatrix Potter

As part of the 3rd annual Holiday Ornament Swap, these little mice are off to cupboards in Nova Scotia, Missouri, Cape Town (South Africa), New Mexico, New York, Donegal (Ireland), Somerset (United Kingdom), Colorado, Florida, and Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa). Here’s hoping they bring holiday cheer, and find bits of cake and pie wherever they go!


December 13, 2008 at 12:12 pm 13 comments

Snug as a bug in rug

The weather has gotten chilly, but my puppy has found a way to warm up. She goes into her crate in the kitchen, grabs her fuzzy blanket in her mouth, drags it into the living room and drops it in front of the fire. Then she cuddles up in the blanket and watches the fire!


Hope you’re keeping comfy and cozy too!

December 4, 2008 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

The dark side of crafting

Have you heard of guerrilla knitting? Nefarious knitters (and crocheters) are covering public property everywhere.


Via Knit Sea


Via Knitta, Please


Via Microfiber Militia


Via Yarnbombing


Via Knit Happens


Via Masquerade

It’s a grassroots movement, apparently.


Via Knitted Landscape

November 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm 2 comments

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