Monday, November 20, 2006

Sexiest Man Alive..

Move over George...

Age: 43 Status: In a relationship with French actress Vanessa Paradis See Him In: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (in '07) Why He's Sexy: He's a great dad, having bought an island (yep, an island) to raise their kids, Lily-Rose, 7, and Jack, 4. "The only thing money means to me is the freedom it buys me. Living in the islands is heaven. It'll be easier to give [my kids] a normal upbringing there."

Johnny island...oh YEAH!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Without comment....

No editorial. The judges I know probably won't even fact, it was a judge that sent this to me!

One day in heaven, Saint Peter,
Saint Paul and Saint John were standing around near the barns, watching the rabbits play.

"I am certainly bored", stated John. "Me too," Paul chimed in. Peter stood and watched the rabbits. "I know!" Peter began. "Why don't we have a rabbit show?"

Paul and John thought that the idea was great except for one small detail that Paul pointed out - "Who are we to compete against, Peter?" Paul asked. The trio pondered a moment when Peter realized the answer.

"We will call up Satan and invite him to the rabbit show. I mean, we have all of the finest rabbits here in heaven, all of the Champions are here. His rabbit barn is ridden with the spoiled, difficult and mean rabbits. We are certain to win at the show!"

And so the trio calls up Satan on the other realm communication lines and invited him to their rabbit show.
Satan laughed and asked why they would want to be humiliated like that, because he would certainly beat them.

Peter, Paul and John did not understand. "What do you mean, Satan?" Peter asked. "We have all of the Champion rabbits in our barn in heaven, how could you possibly beat us?"

Satan paused a moment and then laughed. "Have you forgotten so soon, gentlemen? I have all the judges!"

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Carroll Co. MD Rabbit Show

As usual, the Angora corner was the fun place to be! Since the show did something unusual and split the Angora breeds over 3 judges at the same time - and the French Angoras were in a whole different BUILDING!- I didn't get to see as much of the judging as I'd like to have.
Generally, the Angora breeders tend to camp out in one spot to minimize the flying wool from grooming and because we enjoy each other's company. In fact, I didnt' have any Angoras I really wanted to take this week, so I brought the easy-peasy Thriantas and rode along for the visiting.

That didn't stop us from cutting it up in the Angora corner though. At left is Kathy Kenworthy knitting and laughing and me drop spindling some rainbow dyed silk...and talking of course.

At right is Phil Osborn and the FA junior buck w
ooler that I have for sale (HINT: He's still for sale and he is the sweetest little guy any spinner could hope for - email me!) and Nancy joined him with her 'French Angora' baby. Nancy's 'baby' is actually a gorgeous 100% French Angora crocheted mitten made by Judy Osborn.

When all the grooming is done, you just have to have that little Pep Talk. Dru has a meaningful discussion with her darling Tort English Angora before hitting the show table.

Two breeders getting ready for Best In Show 4 class judging. Dru grooms her English to a picture perfect finish while Kathy Kenworthy knits. Both rabbits looked wonderful on the table. Therein lies the fundamental difference in showing English vs the other Angora breeds. LOL English take lots more work to keep that coat in great condition.

Dru with her gorgeous EA junior doe and Kathy with her beautiful SA junior doe waiting for judge Owen Yates (at right). I really wish I had a properly posed photo of Kathy's Satin angora. She was just beautiful with a fantastic body. You can also see Ellen standing next to Kathy trying to figure out her new camera.
Dru's English and my Thrianta doe both made it into the top 5 for Best 4 Class judging.
More photos from Ellen:

Kathy and that beautiful Satin doe. Ain't she sweet!?

Dru Shephard and her EA junior doe. Ohhhh the crimp on that coat!

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Finished Object report: This is the scarf I knitted from the wonderful Angora/Merino yarn I purchased at Stitches East. The pattern is documented back on the previous post. What I thought of the Pattern: Ok, the back part with the shaping and the stitch pattern is clever and lays very nicely, I would certainly repeat that again. The part I don't care for is the length and lack of shaping of the long front parts. As a scarf front, it's too bulky and too long. That can be fixed. :) The yarn...OH THE YARN! The Angora/Merino (blue) tended to want to split a little while knitting but wasn't really problematic. You want to use care with Angora anyway so I wouldn't say I used any more care than I would with any other exotic yarn. The fabric it forms is sooooooooooooo worthwhile! I'm just itching to make something in a stockinette with this stuff. The light band in the middle is a 50/50% Angora/Silk that is just scrumptious. It used to be white. A-hem. We seem to have a bit of a bleeding issue with the blue dye now don't we? Fortunately, this worked out very nicely but it's an important thing to know in the future. If I have this yarn spun for me, it will be un-dyed. I have such an idea for the colored Angora. ;)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Think about it...

If they know of him at all, many folks think Ben Stein is just a quirky actor/comedian who talks in a monotone. He's also a very intelligent attorney who knows how to put ideas and words together in such a way as to sway juries and make people think clearly.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
Here with a few confessions from my beating heart: I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important? I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife. Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. If this is what it means to be no longer young. It's not so bad.

Next confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.

I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution, and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this Happen?" (regarding Katrina)Amy Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?" (She said the same thing when interviewed after 9-11)
In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school . The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.

Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.

Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards .. honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein


Please feel free to forward this to others via link or email. If you want to read more by Ben Stein, go HERE

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Stitches East 2006

On Friday, I gassed up the 'burban and met Jane in York to head on down to Baltimore's Inner Harbor for the XRX publishing knitter's market known as Stitches East. I'd love to share some photos with you of the highlights - and there were many - but alas, photos are not permitted. Why? well, one big reason is that there is a whole group of bloggers whose pleasure derives from photographing people at fiber events, vendors booths and ticketed and copyrighted shows and then posting their pics on blogs and making fun of them. Not good natured opinion sharing mind, viscious character assassination based on their choice of clothes, yarn, knitting ability or style. Nice huh? Well, we can thank them for the lack of photo journalism of the various Stitches events. Fortunately, the vast majority of people attending such events are sooooooooooooooo much nicer than that. OK, I saw my share of things I'd not choose to knit or wear myself, but then not one such person actually asked me to do so. We all shopped in peace and had some good laughs along the way.
What did we see? How about the funnest (it's MY word - shut up) space age lighted drop spindle ever. Did I buy one? No and I'm kicking myself for it too. By the time I got back to that booth, they were pushing us out the door to close. Apparently, these folks opperate from an eBay store so go check them out. This is too much fun for $24.95.
I also saw lots and lots of great wool and wool blend yarns.WAY more than years past and WAY more wool than novelty and ACK-crylic stuff. Things are definitely looking up for lovers of GOOD yarns.
I have been known to speak of 'plastic yarn' in a most derogatory fashion in the past. I was always referring to ACK-crylic. Now I can't do that anymore. I have met a true plastic yarn and it's tons of fun! Actually, I've known about Jelly Yarn for some time but never really explored it's possibilities. Folks, this stuff is HILARIOUS! The latest deal in Jelly yarn is to string cool buttons on and knit them into a bracelet or belt. Fun, fun, fun. Can you really go wrong with a yarn that requires the use of WD-40 in the knitting? BTW, the couple who sell the stuff are some really funloving folks too...from PA no less. :)
I did have a "run in" with one vendor who shall remain nameless in order to both protect her identity (from attack) and so as to not send customers her way innadvertently. It's not that she was nasty or mean, she was just criminally STUPID. She sells a product billed as 'Irish Yarn'. OK, peaks my interest, so I check it out. It makes coarse rug yarn feel like angora. YUCK. Then I check the label hoping I've misunderstood the stated purpose or something. Maybe this is supposed to be sisal rope for Irish fishing boats or something. Nope, it's labeled as 'Aran weight' sweater yarn. Um, huh? What was in my hand is a bulky weight 3 ply rope. Aran weight is generally at least 5 ply and roughly DK weight! Doesn't bode well. So in my further effort to justify a wool product I ask the proprietress if she had it spun herself. "No, it was spun at a 300 year old mill in Ireland." I see. Not real likely, but could be. I ask for clarification; "What type of sheep is used?" the answer.... "Irish sheep"..."um, no, I mean what BREED of sheep?" she looks me dead in the eye as if I'd just crawled out from under an acrylic rock and said "IRISH know, from IRELAND." I think I blacked out at that point cause it all goes fuzzy until Jane was sorta slapping me back with a skein of scrumptious Angora/Merino...
THIS Angora/Merino to be exact. Now doesn't that just make you say 'ahhhhhh' and forget all about stupid people who don't understand their own stuff? :) Actually, this is spun by a lady who I hope to do some more and wonderful work with in the future. Take it from me, this is roll-around-in-nekkid good! This is one of about 12 colorways that she had and the dying is just as good as the spinning. This skein is one of only Three things I actually bought all day. The second was this pattern from Strickwear to use with the Angora. Check the site out for the color blend kits too. They were all the rage at Stitches and they really are pretty awesome.
The other thing I bought was a skein of Trekking. Boring, whatever, I wanted it. I really like Trekking colorways.
So that's my exciting report from Stitches. Next stop. Completely stop. Done. Fini. Tired.