Sunday, November 26, 2006

Random Things Of Note:

I'm no dietitian. Nor am I a physician or anything really that ends in "ian." Despite my lack of formal training, however, I have determined that it may be time to get rid of the leftover pie. I am of the opinion that, once you have stopped eating it off a plate and regressed to snarfing it directly from the pan 'cause it's so much more convenient, that it may be a sign of some sort. The fact that I am now doing this with the top button of my jeans undone is another. A middle aged Sheep parked on the couch eating pie out of the pan with a large wooden spoon and loosened trousers is like something out of a horror movie. It is not a good look.

Not good at all...

When not attempting to get in my recommended daily servings of fruits via the consumption of pastry, I managed to find a little time in the day to finish up a bobbin of the corriedale/metallic singles. It has a lovely cinnamon and nutmeg aroma about it now. And one or two sticky spots thanks to the whole pie-fest, but is really quite lovely, nonetheless.

Photographed while still on the skein winder...
Once removed from the skein winder, this yarn showed its true nature. All its soft and sparkly goodness curled up into a nice "sproingy" mass of overspun wool. It is blocking as we speak. Blocking in the most aggressive of fashions.
I'm sure it will be fine... I will not be ordered about by the likes of my handspun. That way lies madness. Soon the sock yarn will be demanding finer digs. The acrylics will begin lobbying for equal treatment under the law. The needles will argue that no knitting can occur without their cooperation and that they have a list of demands which must be addressed. All heck will break loose and the tentative grasp I have on control in my life will be lost forever. This cannot happen.
I still have Christmas shopping to get done.
And there is one last little item of note. A scant 365 days ago I first wrote these words:
Well, The Sheep has joined the herd and started her very own blog.
I remember them pretty clearly for a couple of reasons, the first being that I have a weird memory for certain written phrases and can quote them on command. Not that this little skill has ever come to the fore when I was studying for exams or anything. It is one of those random and somewhat useless abilities, frankly. The other reason I remember these words is that, once published, I realized that sheep flock rather than stumble around in herds. I didn't know much about the whole editing process back in those bothered me for a long time.
So much has happened in the past year, blog-wise. There have been numerous and horrific dental appointments, constipated cats, vehicular strife and a rather frightening bout with the Monkey Pox. The latter was actually pneumonia and came with high fevers and rather excruciating pain. The blog was really my only consistent link with the world at that time. It was actually a reader who put the symptoms together and made the diagnosis, although I rather enjoyed calling my disease "The Monkey Pox." It somehow validated the whole thing.
Then there was the knitting. I have to say that the very idea of regular posting of progress and pictures has made me a better knitter and spinner. I have made more of an effort to correct my errors, finish things in a more timely manner and even challenge myself once in the proverbial blue moon. The Feather and Fan Scarf that is blocking in the back room is evidence of this.
Lastly, there are the new friends I have made through the process. I still rush to the computer each and every day upon arriving home from work to see who has commented and which comment will make me chuckle the longest. I have made some truly wonderful connections through these here internets and am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet others who share my passion for the fiber and the laughs.
Tomorrow starts Blog: Year II. I look forward to what it may bring. Who knows? Maybe the oh, so scary lace knitting will happen. Or perhaps an actual finished sweater...with real, live sleeves! The possibilities are endless!
But there will be no pie for a while. The pie has to go. One more piece and I swear to you that the pie is gone.
Thanks for a year of reading and laughing together!!!


mrichme said...

Happy Blogging Birthday!

trek said...

Yay for the Sheep!

We gave away a whole pumpkin spice cake less than an hour ago. Thank God. We do not need more sugar here, thank you very much. Nor do we need more turkey - we have plenty thanks.

Sleeves?! I still have to knit sleeves for the Neatnik. Why oh why did you remind me? ;o)

Deb said...

Happy blogiversary!!

Lorraine said...

Happy Bloggiversary!!! All that pie was just in celebration, afterall. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we diet. Or maybe the day after tomorrow. Or the day after New Years.

Julie said...

Happy Blogiversary, Sheepie! I look forward to reading your posts every evening - I know they are always good for a chuckle :)

As for the pie - just sit your middle aged sheepself down on the couch, loosen the trousers, and finish it off. No more worries (until tomorrow when you have to button said trousers to go to work).

Beth said...

Happy blog anniversary! I sure look forward to your posts every day.

I gave away the turkey yesterday, but the pie we finished up just now. And the stuffing. And the potatoes. And the... It's really amazing how much weight a person can gain in the span of three days.

Your yarn looks great to me! I can't wait to see the finished project.

lookinout said...

And I rush to the computer to see who has blogged. I always look forward to reading you. Congratulations on your 1 yr.

Sheila said...

A very Happy Blogiversary to you!
I am so happy to have found your blog (I think you actually found me and were kind enough to leave a comment that led me to your blog.)
I threw out our apple pie this morning (after a pie breakfast, of course). I later had a mashed potato lunch, followed by a mashed potato and stuffing dinner. Yummmm!
Your yarn is lovely. You can sing the "You're not the boss of me!" song as you wach it on the blocker.

April said...

Happy Blogiversary, Sheepie! I can't remember how I got here but I'm very glad I did.

And your yarn is gorgeous, such a talented girl.

Here's a sheep fact for you in honor of your blogiversary - Sheep are known as precocial. Precocial means that they have a high degree of independence at birth. This means that they can stand on their feet shortly after birth.

That's our Sheepie. =)

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary Sheep!
The yarn is beautiful.
I hope that was a BIG piece of pie. Do you realize there will be no more pie for nearly a month, well, in my house anyway. In the old days pie was consumed with every meal. It's true. Look it up, it's real history! I personally think it's wonderful that you choose to honor the early settlers of our fine country by following their pie eating tradition.

catsmum said...

Happy Blogversary to ewe
Happy Blogversary to ewe
Happy Blogversary dear Sheepie
Happy Blogversary tooooooooooo eeewwwwweeeeeeeeee :]

Mommy Ewe said...

Congratulations !! It has been quite a year for you, and those feline that live with you. We do enjoy reading your stories each day, and are pleased that you are using your skills for others to see and read. Looking forward to wearing that beautiful scarf. Happy Anniversary

Ruth said...
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Ruth said...

Happy blogiversary to you, Sheep!

I haven't tossed the rest of our pie ... yet. Truth be told, I thought my 12 year old had eaten it all, so you can imagine the horror (rapidly turned to glee) when I discovered last night that he had missed 1/3 of a pecan pie. It's mine, all mine!

TheAmpuT said...

Happy Blogiversary!

cursingmama said...

The word "Pie" is dead to me.
Also the words "sleeve" and "lace"
Happy Blogiversary ;)

Mia said...

and do you believe I just made a batch of COOKIES? And you're worried about a little 'ole pie ::laughing:: Forget the unbuttoned jeans.. I'm wearing good ole sweatpants tonight!

Wow Sheepie.. A year! For me too. My year in retro post is still in my head.. maybe i ought to keep it there *grin*

Thanks for sharing your wit and sheepie wisdom.. and most of all.. thanks for just being you :)

Annie said...

A whole year of laughter! Go, Sheepie! We don't really do Thanksgiving on this side of the pond but I'll be joining you in pie-eating shortly - 1st Dec is mince pie season.

debsnm said...

I'm glad to have found you these last few months - it's good to know we're not alone! Happy Anniversary, birthday, or whatever!

Debby said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! The internet is profound, isn't it?...I've only been blogging half as long as you, but it's already changed my life completely.

Congratulations also on that beautiful feather and fan scarf -- you must be so proud! And the pretty wool -- can't wait to see the Stylists' wristwarmers.

Geraldine said...

Congrats on the milestone and for providing us all with so many great posts to read and SUPER LAUGHS!!!! You are terrif Sheep!

Huggs, G

Lazuli said...

Happy blogiversary! I'm glad I found your blog and the daily reading enjoyment it provides!