Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I wanted to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

I'm trying to remember and remind myself of all of the things I am thankful for in my life on a more frequent basis. It has been a year of some pretty big highs and lows so I am most thankful for all of my friends that have kept me sane (OK OK sane may be a questionable concept). I don't know what I would do without all of you this year!

Friday, November 16, 2007

We're just wild about Harry

Potter that is....

I am part of a geeky family (shhhh don't tell them I said that... Oh heck they already know that) that is completely obsessed with Harry Potter.

When the final book came out we had eight people there to pick up four books. And the books were all for people over the age of 18.

My eight year old nephew can practically recite all of the Harry Potter movies he has seen them so many times.

What does this have to do with knitting? Well for Halloween the above mentioned nephew decided to be Harry Potter. Of course he needed socks in Gryffindor colors and his Aunt Mary was the knitter of choice. OK so I'm the only knitter the kid knows - shush!

And now may we present Harry Potter socks....

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Such a sad day

Ignore my previous post of the day lamenting my crappy day at work - that is silly and immaterial now. I just discovered that someone that was a very dear friend while we were in college passed away last year. Tom Neziol was an amazing person, a fantastic hockey player and someone I am blessed to say was my friend.

(for those that don't know him Tom is the handsome fellow on the right)

We lost touch after he graduated (he managed to finish in 4 years while I took five years) but Tom was frequently in my thoughts during those years and I did try to use the net and our alumni web site to find out what he was up to with sometimes limited results.

Ironically Tom has been in my thoughts more than usual lately. I was just thinking of a time when he had a game curfew but wanted a sandwich from uptown. Luckily the team captain was his housemate so our only instruction was "don't get caught!" I still remember Tom sitting in my chevette, wearing my scarf over his head (to be more incognito) and making me get money out of the ATM for him so he could hide. Of course I had to run back to the car, praying his ATM card didn't get sucked into the machine - he forgot to tell me the code. When he told me he just looked at me like he couldn't believe I couldn't have figured it out on my own. And yeah for those who knew Nez - I should have been able to figure it out (and to this day I still remember it).

Tom and I became closer when he was seriously injured during a practice. His arm was sliced open by another player's skate and it was questionable if Tom would ever be able to play again. He worked so hard and came back to finish out his career at Miami and even went on to a pro career. I wrote my first article for a national publication on Tom's successful recovery. College Hockey Weekly had me write about everything Tom went through after I met one of the editors in the press box of some road trip we were on. After we finished doing the interview for the story, Tom rolled up his sleeve and said to me "Mary, should we include a picture of my scar?"

Tom was one of my three dearest friends on the team that came and sat with me the night my dad died. Steve, Paul and Tom made sure that I had company that night and tried their best to take my mind off of everything that was going on.

There are so many more memories and things I could say about Tom. He was a special person and I am saddened that he is no longer in this world. The world has lost a wonderful person.

Nez I will miss you.

Why why why......

why did I go back to work today?? Oh that's right I haven't won the lottery yet so I need the paycheck.

Today was one of those days that make you wonder why you can't just crawl under the covers and stay there for awhile (maybe until spring.....)

Sorry no knitting, no cake mania no nothing of interest. Just some whining (and if anyone has some nice cheese I'll take some to go with my whine)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Look Ma....

it is possible to visit three yarn shops and NOT buy yarn!!

Yesterday I visited three local yarn shops in search of knitting needles for some projects. I found a set of 2.5mm needles (only to discover when I went to actually start the project tonight that I really should have been looking for 3.0mm needles!!) and a set of size 11 dpns. Yep a wierd combination but two different projects.

I did come home with a new pattern - it's a felted bag from Candace Eisner Strick. The pattern is comprised of mitered squares with a variety of color changes in the bag. I think I might have enough wool in the stash for most of this but I haven't looked at the yarn requirements yet.

Of course my most exciting purchase of the day had nothing to do with knitting. I FINALLY found a cd-rom of Cake Mania for my pc. Not only is this "deluxe" version the original Cake Mania, it also has the newest edition of CM - Back to the Bakery. I promptly installed it last night and I think I played for about 2 or 3 hours.

So if my posts go back to their usual sporadic levels you have three choices:
1)I have to go back to work on Tuesday
2) I'm playing on Ravelry
3) I'm playing Cake Mania

Of course if it's 2 or 3 I need to make sure I remember to do 1!!


Yippee!! I just got my invitation to raverly today. I've already signed up and am now happily playing on there seeing what is what.

If anyone else is on (and if you're on the waiting list it went REALLY REALLY fast) please add me to your friend list. I'm maryw1968.

I actually have a "real" post planned for later on but that's going to be a little delayed now.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


I'm on a dishcloth kick right now. Partially because I had a wedding shower to attend last week and one of my standard shower gifts is some knit dishclothes. I do give the bride to be something else (in this case it was a movie night basket - a large ceramic popcorn bowl, plastic containers that look like the paperbags you get popcorn in at the carnival, popcorn, movie candy and a copy of The Karate Kid). The movie was a joke between me and the bride - we work together and one day she decided that I was her Mr. Miagi since she is often asking me questions since I've been with the company forever and as she says, knows everything.

Anyway - I also made her three disclothes (from yarn I had in the stash!!! Yeah me!!!)

First we have the nine-patch dishcloth from the lovely ladies at the Mason-Dixon Knitblog. It's a free pattern on the right hand sign of the blog. I liked how the colors worked together (please don't ask me color names - I don't remember and the bands are long gone. I do know the yarn is Sugar and Cream. The blue was purchased in Rochester NY last year and the orange was either Michaels or Joann)

Next we have a cloth in the bamboo pattern. This is one of my favortie patterns and I discovered it here. This place has A TON of dishcloth patterns. The yarn for this one was something I picked up at Walmart (I think it's Peaches and Cream).

Last, we have a simple basketweave. No real pattern for this one, just alternate knit and purl blocks.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

I swear it's not a sign

of the apocalypse..... but yes this is a second post in one day (and a third post in the last two days!)

First of all I am very excited by what I got to pick up at the library tonight. I was the first person on the waiting list for our own Crazy Aunt Purl's book to come out and I got to pick it up tonight. (Note to Laurie although I'm sure she doesn't read my blog... I promise if you ever make it to Cleveland I'll shell out the actual cash to buy your book just so I can get you to sign it. Oh heck I may end up doing that anyway!)

And then if that wasn't excitement enough for one day (and no I'm not being sarcastic) THIS was in my mailbox! And I am a total geek... I had to take my own picture of the pattern on my dining room table instead of using the one I already had from my post about the ebay auction.

Now I need to start searching for yarn to get knitting on Shaun!

Umm I'm not responsible

if any of my readers (Diane I think that's you!) falls over from the shock of two posts in almost as many days. I actually planned on posting this last night but blogger had other ideas, hopefully it will be more cooperative today when it comes to posting pictures.

I figured since we showed Step Out pictures that were a month old yesterday than we should show Knit Out pictures that are now a month (and a day) old today. The Knit Out was put on by the swell folks at Stitch Cleveland (hi Heidi, Megan and Shannon!).
We had fantastic weather (honestly if anything it was too warm - imagine saying that about the first weekend in October in Cleveland??) and the event was held at Voinivich Park which for those familiar with Cleveland is right behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For those unfamiliar with what a knit out is, it's exactly what it sounds like - people gather in a public venue and knit. In addition to just hanging out and having a good time generally the organizers will also make sure that supplies are available so that we can teach any interested passerbys how to knit.

This is a view looking south towards downtown. OK that makes it sound rather far but it's not. Keep in mind that I walked past all of this stuff the day before and the walk route was only four miles long.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Well these should be well aged

These pictures should be appropriatly aged (hey here at Mary Has a Knitting Blog we show no picture before it is sufficiently aged - just like good wine!!!).

Actually these are from my Step Out for Diabetes last month. The fundraising walk (and thanks to my generous supporters I raised $225 which was over my goal of $150) takes place in downtown Cleveland so I had to show the sock the sites.

Along the Cuyahoga river there are a number of bridges, including some that even lift to allow ships to pass underneath. This is one of the lift bridges.

Our walk took us along the lake front where we paused to show the sock the Great Lakes Science Center.

I haven't ever been inside (it's one of those local things - like the New Yorker that's never been up in the Empire State Building.) It sounds like it has some great exhibits and I think about going but you know what they say about thoughts and good intentions.

Finally we have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (yes I have actually been inside this one... saw the John Lennon exhibit in 2000). The guitars in front are a fund raiser for the United Way. Each year various companies sponsor a guitar which they have decorated, later there is a benefit and the guitars are auctioned. Some of them are absolutley amazing.

I forgot who sponsored and created this one but I really did like the guitar lion.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Well my quest for the original Shaun the Sheep knitting pattern has finally been victorious. I won this lovely pattern from England this morning.

Hopefully I'll have this one before my December vacation since I'm itching to get started on making my own Shaun. The knitting kit won't be back in stock until the end of November so I'll have to wait until 2008 to start on that one!