Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Mishmash - Yays and Boos

Yay to EmDub, who is the winner of the Snikiddy snacks and $25 grocery store gift card giveaway!!!  Email me (40somethings journey@gmail.com) with your name and address so I can pass it on to my contact - congratulations!!!

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Boo to Athlete's Honey Milk!  They recently changed their name to Core Power, (I don't understand why a successful would company do this) but that's not where my dismay is coming from - I'm upset that they discontinued their coffee light flavor!  I have been hooked on that stuff for a year and a half now and was buying it regularly, by the case.  Apparently the powers that be decided that it's not a popular flavor - REALLY???  Ever heard of Starbucks?  I'm pretty sure anything coffee-flavored is popular...and dang it, I liked it!  Now what?  When I discovered this flavor isn't available, I emailed them with my dismay but never heard back.  Way to discourage your previous customers, Athlete's Honey Mile Core Power.

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Yay/Boo to "domain name" spam email - Yay because it's so ludicrous it entertains me, but Boo because seriously, does this really work?  If you're not familiar with this, these are emails sent basically saying "the domain name bleeptybloopty.com is for sale and can be yours for the low low price of whatever - improve your web traffic and buy it today!" - the latest one that I received - "toastergrill.com" - had me puzzled as to where they made the connection with that particular name to my blog, but then I remembered the Pinterest picture I posted of the sideways toaster making cheese toast (warning: don't try this at home - my toaster caught fire!)...oh!  Quite the stretch, but OK.  Still, I'll keep my $375 and take my chances with web traffic.

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Yay for understanding a little more with knitting!  I've learned how to do an I-cord for my windmill bag, and also an edging technique (knit, knit, slip, slip, knit)...and with help, I'm able to pick up stitches to start another panel.  It's quite fun to see this bag progress, and naturally, I'm already planning my next bag(s).
You can see the where the windmill bag got its name - I just need to knit the last panel (pink) and then sew up the sides and graft the I-cords together.  Good thing I have another class on Tuesday, because I have no idea how to get that pink section attached at an end AND a side!

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Yay to the ladies at the knitting store - I spent FIVE hours there yesterday, working on the edging of the baby blanket that I'm making.  Their patience was much appreciated - not only did they help me learn a new technique (picking up stitches), but then they helped immensely in figuring out how to pick up 60 stitches per side when I'd only cast on 53 (per directions...yes, a bit strange, but it worked out and I got all 240 stitches picked up).  I've had the body of the blanket finished for nearly a month now, but was too intimidated by the edge to get started.  However, the baby is due in less than 8 weeks, so I had to get going with it!  The edge involved math and geometry, which taxed my brain like you wouldn't believe.  The good news is that I'm well on my way:
Close up of the double strand pink edge and the markers at each corner - how fun, I'm getting to use some of the knitting accessories I've bought!
The blanket is gathered right now because I'm knitting the edge in the round - yet another new technique for me!  When I'm done it should lay flat...at least, that's the theory.

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Boo to my lazy self for being too tired to take a decent picture for Fashion Friday...I was beat after my knitting extravaganza, so just propped the camera on my counter for a quick shot.  This is another one of my new tops, bought when my mom and I were shopping mavens last month.  I love the style - it's so comfortable and drapes just enough that I'm not self-conscious about my stomach.
Butterflies! 

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Yay for one more race this weekend!  It's a 5K/10K and a 100 yard boot dash (only in Texas, lol) and it should be a lot of fun.  Look for Julia to win another doorprize!  I'll be back Monday with a recap - yay?  Have a great weekend!

20 comments:

  1. I've gots a yay (its Friday and a family filled weekend is ahead) and a BOO (I still caint knit) and a BOOOO (I need new brakepads suddenly and apparently along with that more work;-))

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  2. Wow, I've knitted for almost 15 years (!) and I've never tackled some of the things you are doing now. Good job!

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    1. Really? I'm shocked...and maybe just dumb enough to attempt this stuff - like, if I knew better, I wouldn't dare, you know?

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  3. Love the top, we have the same taste in the kind of tops we buy and the colors.

    I love your knitting store, they are so helpful and I love what you're making all the time. I think you make more difficult things than I am at the moment. I'm just getting back at it. Will wait with trying difficult stitches for a while. First finish the 2 pieces with the easy stitches.

    Have fun tomorrow and have a great race.

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    1. The blanket got tough with the edge, but the center part was nice and easy. I don't know, I think your tops are pretty challenging - and so cute! I really want to knit a sweater, and have a pattern, but every time I look at it I break out into a cold sweat, so obviously I'm not ready yet.

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  4. Boo! I hate it when you find something yOu really love and they quit making it!! Ugh! I love that top with butterflies! Your windmill bag is going to but cute! And I love the colors of the blanket. YOu know... Maybe the yarn store needs to be yOur part time gig
    This year at the holidays ....

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    1. LOL on the part-time gig at the knitting store - I do not know a smidgeon of what I'd need to in order to work there...but I am glad they are so willing to help.

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  5. Wow, you have a lot of energy. Another run tomorrow. Have fun. Yay and Boo to me for my first 10K, I am excited but terrified. Oh, I love the top, nice colours.

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  6. Yay for so many Yays! That is pretty crazy about no more coffee flavor, seriously not good move. Go get em! Maybe they will send you all the extras left over :)

    Have a great race....

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  7. You'll have a great weekend race and it definitely will be a Yay! on MOnday!!

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  8. You are cracking me up with your knitting talk. You just slipped that 'graft' word in there like it was nothing! Love that windmill bag. Its cute and it looks fun to knit. I might have to get that pattern. LOVE the pink edge on the baby blanket. And I LOVE that top. Very flattering style, and just the right length. Not always easy to find.

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    1. Yeah, graft. We'll see how THAT turns out! Other option is to bind off the I-cords and just tie them together...time will tell what ends up happening. I'll send you the pattern for the bag - it's good mindless knitting for the most part. :)

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  9. YAY on being Friday!! Hope you have a fun weekend Shelley - I love that top too, although my daughter just told me that I own too many of those type of shirts - she wants me to move on! :D

    Hugs!

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  10. Why, why, why do companies mess with stuff?? Doesn't it always seem like your favorites are the ones that go out of business or get changed? That happens to me a lot.

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  11. I like your new feature...Boos and Yays - why didn't I think of that??! Your knitting is looking great. I'm going to try and do a shitload of knitting this weekend and make some big progress of my baby blanket because I just bought yarn today to make a baby sweater. I'll post pics. It sounds like you're moving right along with learning new techniques - love that. I can't wait to see your windmill bag - looks interesting. I may have to google it to get a preview, because that's how impatient I am.

    May your weekend be heavy on yays and light on boos!

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  12. YAY for Friday, for your race tomorrow, for that HOT top (LOVE butterflies - except when they're in my stomach), for you being a knitting MAVEN and for this post. love this. Have a GREAT weekend Shelley!!!

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  13. Oh you should totally change your blog name to toastergrill. Confuse the entire blogosphere! :)

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  14. Boo for the discontinuing of your fav. coffee flavored drink...but yay for your race and awesome knitting prowess...you rock!

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  15. Cute, cute, cute top!

    Love that pink trim on the brown cap too.

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