...i am a princess on the way to my throne...


My First Sock! 

And no! There's no picture! Argh!

However, fear not...Robert promised me that he would get the camera set up over the next couple of days, so (hopefully) there should be a pic soon.

What I can tell you is that I am so *happy* with how it came out! I started it Thursday afternoon and finished last Sunday night (it was pretty much finished Sunday afternoon, but I had church that evening so had to wait for the finishing touches. I expected it to take a lot longer for my first sock, and I was so excited that I immediately cast on the second.

What I can tell you is this: it's red, it's elvish, and it's Arwen! Woohoo! Hopefully by the time we get the camera set up I'll have both of them finished, but if not I'll post the one by itself.

My first sock; yay!

FulCaf is feeling: excited!

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I'm really uncomfortable today. I need to get an overall checkup, especially since this surgery, and *especially* since I have not had one of "those" kinds of checkups since Jessi was born. She's be 5 in August.

Yes, I know. I am the poster child of everything that is wrong with women when it comes to keeping up with personal health. Don't worry, I've already heard it from my parents, and they're right...the sooner I get a check up, the better.

On a happier note, I'm soon to finish my very first sock ever. I turned the heel with absolutely no problem, but my picked up stitches look icky. I think if I go back and graft the gaps it will be okay, but I was a little bummed. However, the rest of the sock looks great. And the pattern I chose wasn't exactly for beginner sock knitters, but I figure the best way to learn is to just do, right? And I love this pattern so much that I'm going to use it to make armwarmers (which I think I love more than socks, if possible).

Anyway, I'm off to get comfortable on the couch and knit some more. I'll see you on Monday!

Oh, BTW: can anyone who uses Haloscan for comments tell me how to set up requiring e-mails from a commenter? I want to be able to e-mail people when they comment, but I can't find anywhere to do that...

FulCaf is feeling ouchie

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Ouchie Feeling Better 

As you may recall, yesterday I twisted my ankle after trying to chase down El Gato Diablo Negro. Last night I spent with it wrapped in an ace bandage, propped up on a pillow, eating Advil and watching Brady Bunch DVDs. While was feeling better, it still hurt.

Fortunately, it's not nearly as bad this morning. I'm walking on it fine, and there is just the teensiest bit of bruising. Julius, El Gato blah blah is not at all remorseful for causing the maid his hooman mommy pain. I mean, what did he care? He still got a kitty treat out of the whole ordeal.

*Sigh* Thank God I don't spoil my kids the way I do my cats, or there would be no peace in this house ever. I want my children to grow up to be respectful adults, not kitty-treat addicted felines.

Oh, well.

I started Cookie A's Monkey sock last night with Brown Sheep's Wildfoote Blue Blood Red. It's moving along swimmingly. However, due to my incredibly humongous voluptuous calves, I will only be knitting 3 rounds of the lace pattern instead of 6 in hopes of achieving a tall anklet. I can't say how much I love this pattern, and the yarn. The design looks very leafy, and the color has 'Arwen Elven Princess' written all over it. It's just perfect for me.:)

Speaking of Arwen, I need to finish the Fellowship DVD. I started it the other day and got so tired I had to go to bed. I ended it at the Council of Elrond, one of my favorite scenes (gotta love Sean Bean as Boromir).

Later gators.

FulCaf is feeling goofy

PS: Last night I was talking to my beloved little faery, and I told her she keeps me sane. She was very frightened to hear that...

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Le Big Hairy Sigh 

Okay, I would say that today sux to be me, but I'm in too good of a mood.

Go figure.

Yesterday I was completely under the weather. Indigestion, heartburn, nausea, the whole shibang. I took some medicine which made me feel like lead and so sleepy! So basically I had no energy for anything. This morning I wake up, am feeling a lot better, and to make long story short: the cat gets outside.

Now, you have to understand: we do *not* let our cats outside. When we lived at our old place we used to let them roam with abandon, but the day one of them came home sick and died that stopped. I don't know if Gideon had gotten into something or if he just got sick (he only had one kidney, we later discovered) but it's my opinion he drank some anti-freeze or something of the like. In consideration, we now live on a very busy road and just two days earlier the neighbor's cat, Fat Girl, got hit and killed (and I loved that cat!). So, no more going outside for our kitties. And the few times one has gotten outside, it's sheer murder to get them back in.

So here I am, running down the front steps, shrieking at the top of my lungs, fussing at kids who stood there with door wide open while yakking to each other, and fussing at cat to please, "whatever you do, do NOT go into the bushes! Oh my Lord, there he goes, into the bushes!" when I am promptly informed that there are bunnies under there, yes people, bunnies! Of course, one of said bunnies decided to high-tail it out of there once El Gato Diablo Negro comes crashing in on its parade. One child (not mine, the neighbors) starts saying, "Don't let him get the other bunny!" and me, in my flustered state, snaps back, "Who cares about the bunny? I just have to get that cat back inside!" which, of course, I do care about the bunny, but all I can think about is how on EARTH am I going to get Julius out of those bushes with a twisted ankle (which I did while I was flying down the steps, you understand). I shooed David and Jessi back in the house and while Justin kept tabs I went inside and grabbed some kitty treats. I came back outside and went to the end of the bushes, pumping the brand new store-bought treats in the air, all the while hollaring, "KITTY TREATS! COME GET KITTY TREATS!" like a madwoman. Fortunately, Julius had been jonesing for them long enough, for he scuttled out from the bushed and took a beeline right towards me. I scooped him up and hauled him inside, all the while fussing at him for getting out, and at kids for letting him out, something like this: "JuliusstupidcatyouKNOWyournotsupposedtogetout!andyoukids,youknowyouarenotsupposedtostandtalkingwiththedooropenhowmanytimes

Nice, calm, and sane, yep, that's me.

So anyway, I promptly plopped Julius in the kitchen, where I shook my fist at him, fussed at him some more, and then in my relief promptly gave him a kitty treat. Hey, I don't have SUCKER written across my forehead for nothing.

So now, I'm nursing a sore ankle amongst other pains but at least the kids and cats are now settled. And the bunnies that have decided to take up residence in my yard (yes, we have bunnies! How cute is that?) are safe. I have not seen them for a while so I thought maybe they moved on, but I guess not (of course, after coming face to face with El Gato Diablo Negro they might change their minds). One bunny in particular lives in our huge flowering lantana bush in the back yard, but they like to frolic in the front yard bushes too. They are *so* cute, and I'm happy to have them as yardmates.

Anyway, methinks all my pain and anguish calls for sock yarn prOn, don't you?

I present Dreams In Color Smooshy sock yarn:

Stange Harvest

November Muse

Aren't they *luscious*? I particularly love November Muse, because of the rich chocolately redwoody brown and also it's my birth month. And I love Strange Harvest because it reminds me of October, which is my favorite month. I'm kind of weird and spooky that way. Of course, I also fell in love with the "Lipstick Lava" colorway, but I already have two different red sock yarns coming to me. How many red socks do I need, anyway (don't answer that). Right now, I'm waiting for Brown Sheep Wildfoot Luxery Sock Yarn 'Blue Blood Red' and JaggerSpun Super Lamb 'Cardinal'. Woohoo! Love me some socks. And although not socks, I am also planning to start Icarus in the fall using JaggerSpun Zephyr 'Ruby' (however, I have to finish the Moth first, which is being knitted in Alchemy Haiku 'Platinum').

See? Told ya I was into red! Anyway, I'm off to catch up on some podcasts. Bye!

FulCaf is feeling: nerdy

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Welcome to Llama Land 

Hey there all.:) Like the new banner? It's my tribute to alpaca, a yarn I very much have fallen in love with. Perhaps the love would not be so deep were the little animals it comes from not so cute, but there you go. I've also been into red lately, and gray is such a good compliment to red that I find the new color scheme rater soothing.

I want to apologize to everyone for falling off the face of the earth. I wish I could say it had been unintentional, but alas that would not be the case. For reasons I really cannot explain, I had retreated into a cave and did not want to come out. Everything seemed to be a chore for me, from getting out of bed to eating breakfast to interacting on the internet. Perhaps it was the drugs from the surgery that were clouding my mind, but I just did not have the energy to do a whole lot, nor the inclination. What I didn't realize, however, was how much I would miss everything.

And honestly? I've had very little inspiration for much lately. It's as if my creativity has just kind of flushed itself down the toilet. I've done no artwork, and a little designing but nothing is 'clicking'. Any knitting I've done has been more to learn things than actual projects. The one shining light in this creative void, however, is that I am learning how to knit socks. You should have seen me the other day when I turned my first heel; it was an ugly, wonky heel, but it was mine nontheless. You would have think I had conquered Mt. Everest! (Sock knitters, you understand this elation).

Speaking of artwork, I've been praying a lot about which direction to go lately. I absolutely love creating my happy faeries, but I'm feeling a strong pull to go in another direction. There are so many amazing artists in the fantasy field, but I really don't think that's where God wants to take me. The images I've been getting lately are of a more spiritual nature. Being a Christian, I am drawn to anything with a Christian theme but I'm not crazy about religious art. So much of it is iconistic, and while there are some incredible Christian artists out there, only a few paint to my taste (James Christensen is one such artist and his rendition of the Parables leaves me speechless). I have been getting images of women prayer warriors, masculine angels, and eyes of the world (it's hard to explain, you just have to trust me). I even have a couple of ideas to tweak some existing works of mine to deeping their meanings. Don't get me wrong: there is nothign wrong with artwork for the sake of just being good art, but I want to create things that have deeper meanings, things that make people think. I want to reflect my beliefs in my own work and share them with others. Isn't that why we create things in the first place? To share a part of ourselves with others?
I'm also pulling references for my Women of the Bible series that I've had a dream for years to complete. I'm thinking of experimenting by putting the women in different dress and timelines. Some will be in Biblical clothing, some will be in Medieval clothing, some in modern, just as a starting point. I may or may not use them all, but it will be a neat exercise.

Now I just need to get the energy to do it.

Now, on to the gall bladder: The surgery went fine, but I'm still having some uncomfortable moments. The doctor told me I would just have to ride it out, so no more pain meds, which for the most part is fine until I start cramping. Sigh. Oh well. At least we don't have socialized medicine yet. I was able to get my consultation, surgery, and follow ups in a month complete. I have some friends that live in places where they have to wait agonizingly long for such simple procedures to take place. I was glad to get it over with. I don't "do" surgery well, even simple ones, but I suppose not many people do. It always seems to take me longer to bounce back.

I visited a couple of bulletin boards yesterday, the first time in weeks. While it felt so good to see what everyone had been up to, it was kind of sad at the same time. There were more names I did not recognize than that ones I did, and that got me thinking about the names I have not seen in a long time. I wonder what the 'old gang' is up to and how many still read the boards. I suppose there is not point in dwelling in the past, but when I'm feeling nostalgic I think on these things. What really hit it home for me is I found some of Laura Leigh's old post through a completely random Google search for a cross stitch pattern. It was so sad. I still can't believe she's gone. But there are others whose names I have not seen since the boards splintered, and I wonder how they are all doing.

Well, I've rambled enough. I think I'm going to cheer myself up by ordering some shocking red sock yarn and get down with the magic loop method I was working on last night. I've taught myself how to do it, but now I just need to expand beyond the toe and actually complete the rest of the sock!

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