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Thursday, May 26, 2011

If you're reading this, you're probably Debbie

No matter. Some day, I will come to this blog and my stats will be sky high and the buzz will be this fantastic blog - you've gotta read it! And what once was an outlet for me will be my raison d'etre, and I will fill it with exquisitely focused and edited photos of myself wearing the latest Etsy gee-gaw that I'm hawking for sponsors.
Soon to come: my sock pattern. I have used the fantastic pattern from Knitty that I've linked in earlier entries, and I have adapted it over time. It's easy, trust me.
How did I get Lillie to wear her hat? So many of you have asked me that. (*Snort*).
She's a real ho when it comes to brushing, so I incorporated brushing into her preliminary sessions with the cat hat. Each time I introduced The Hat, it was with her favorite brush. By the time I photographed her, I had spent several days brushing her with The Hat on her head. By the time I photographed her, she would tolerate The Hat long enough for me to get some good shots. Hope this helps with your future photographs on animals in garments.
Thanks for reading.
You're welcome!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Who Gets Socks? And a giveaway!

I'm starting my Christmas knitting. Socks are on the list - but I have to figure out who gets socks. Not everyone deserves them - and yes, I am the god of judgment in these matters.
First off - this lady does not get them: Paula's stepmom, Gail (oh, hush - she'll never read this! Hardly anyone does.)
I was knitting a pair of socks in a luscious aubergine bamboo-blend when I was in Crystal River last fall. Gail and Paula's dad came over, and they started to admire the socks. I was touched, so I offered the finished pair to Gail. Her nose immediately screwed up and she said, "Oh, I just don't know what in the world I'd wear them with!"
Paula's dad spoke up. "Make her a pair in black," he growled. "And long enough for her motorcycle boots."
I cheerfully assured them that the very next pair I made that was black would be hers. Mentally I was checking her off - for life - of the sock list. Everyone who knows me hooted with laughter at this - I mean, really - who makes black socks?
Which brings me to who might deserve them. Our little family doctor, Binh, would be the only person I would make a pair of black socks for - and yes, he is on the list. He's compassionate and dedicated, and knows no time clock, bless his heart. He definitely deserves a pair of nice socks for his early-morning rounds in the hospital.
Roger also deserves a pair. He's my number-one sock fan. He takes off his shoes and makes everyone admire the socks I made for him! On fishing days, he will turn the house upside down if he can't find his "fishing socks": god-awful ugly striped socks I made early in my sock-knitting career that he loves to wear in his  boots.
My mom. She thinks everything I do is wonderful. I might even try some lace socks for her this year.
My sister - a sock fan period. If it can fit on her foot - she loves it.
Susan might get another pair - she sure was happy with the last ones. And Debbie - although she has to hide them from her mother-in-law, who is an enthusiastic knitter of socks herself, but her socks are of the "knitted worsted tube" variety
All little babies I know - those little socks are a cinch to knit up.
As for who else gets a pair - it could be you! Please leave a comment and I will enter your name in a draw for a pair of socks. (Sorry - no black ones) I'll make up a pair for you and get them in the mail ASAP.
Thanks for reading.