Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Tagged Weird!

And not for the first time have I been called weird. Miss Petula Darling tagged me.

1. My last name.

2. I sing to my dog Alice, in a high-pitched voice. All daylong.

3. My best athletic skill is “rolling the log” and it’s not what you think. The beach club where I grew up in Seattle, has a big log covered with sailcloth that’s laced on. "The Log" is tied on each end, to an L shaped dock where it floats enticingly, calling you to swim over and try to get up on it, no easy task for a novice. Once up, try and stay there! If you’ve gotten this far you take a few steps to start it rolling. When you get good, and there are a lot of people on it at once, it really flies! Dangerous! Well you can get skinned shins and bruised legs when you fall. When it spins really fast and long in one direction, the ropes spin tight, then suddenly reverse direction.(spinners will understand this) You have to jump up and turn 180 mid-air and keep running! I could stay on “till dry” which is the sign of a good log roller. Hours, I spent up there. I wonder if they still have it. I couldn’t find any pictures of it. It is probably considered too hazardous for family fun these days.

4. My left elbow bends backwards.

5. My family and I lived in 2 Airstream Trailers for 9 months…in Maine. We all moved into one when it got really cold, we moved out New Years Day.

6. I go-go danced in a weird band.

I tag Miss Frugality and Alison, who have probably been tagged already.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Knitting Carnation

I know, I know...knitting. It's what I do the most but somehow on this blog I don't include it much. I have many excuses, work, classes, kids, dogs, crummy internet service, blogger, global in general. And some of my projects have to be Top Secret: to be revealed later. As with the yarn at left. I will tell you it is beautiful Louet Gems, sport weight. The color is Pink Panther, but I'm using it as Carnation in your favorite flickr group and mine, A Year of Color.This yarn is simply wonderful to knit with, even stitching helps but I'm hoping any irregularity will come out in the wash. There's a good range of colors which is probably my #1 criterion for yarn. I'm pleased with how it looks in my fair isle swatch. If all goes well you can see it in September!

I've also started a group, 52loaves, for anyone who's up for a baking challenge this year. I'll do a post just for that...soon...? I wonder if I'll have any takers. If someone suggested it to me I think I'd just groan and have a twinkie.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Hip Hip Hooray!!!

I'm desperately wanting to post a jumping for joy picture...I have none of my own that really express the moment so I offer you a link to Jane's waiting room.
Thanks Christy! The alter-mama!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sweet Jane

Last fall, we had a cook out on an uninhabited nearby island. Actually we have them all the time, but even in summer, a hat is needed on the coast of Maine. Luckily for those "from away" we've got lots of hats to choose from at our house. This is Jane wearing her choice. I'm sending extra-special love to Jane this week.
It used to be I always used hats as "samplers". When my kids were little I could control the whereabouts of most, or knew where to track them down. Times change. Many missing hats. I'm on to swatches, leashed to the desk!

Sunday, January 14, 2007


I'm trying to post dear readers but it's all flocked up here at Chez Mink. Must call Ms Fix-it and I'll return to our regularly scheduled blog soon.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Tumbleweed Connection

I just love A Year of Color. Check the color crayon box, grab the camera and go!
I must say that Tumbleweed was and odd color. It took me a few days to even see it, then, bang!
It was everywhere.

Sunday, January 07, 2007


Number one's Number one!
Number three's three.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Let's Get to Work

Tangerine time at a year of color. My first week. Time for a list of new ideas and challenges for the new year. As is usual here at Chez Mink the service is wonky so I'll include the list soon. Cheers!

Later that day...

1. Bake 52 loaves of bread
2. Draw everyday
3. Swatch everyday
4. Join A Year of Color
5. Learn to do website
6. Don't freak out about money
7. Sing a song everyday
8. Give back