Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Banned Book Week

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.
Banned Books Week in the United States is September 27 - October 4, 2008. Banned Books Week is observed during the last week of September each year. It is the 27th anniversary of this annual American Library Association event which is is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.Banned Book Week 2008 In honor of Banned Book Week, I'm going to read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, a book that has been on the Challenged book list

NFL Bye Weeks

Each NFL team plays 16 games out of 17 weeks in the NFL schedule. The game that they don't play is called their bye week, or "Open Date". It is important in fantasy football to make sure that your starters and backups do not have the same bye week since one of the primary reasons for drafting backup players to have coverage during the bye week of your starter.

Why does the NFL have bye weeks any way? I'm asking this question because RB Willie Parker(eye candy pic) sprained his knee in the PIT-PHI game last week and will miss PIT's game this week with Ravens. It's my RB back up's bye week so I've had to go looking for a RB free agent. My league on requires 2 starting RBs. I decided to pick up at least for this week and may be next week Chris Perry CIN RB to fill the hole in my roster. I dropped DET's WR Roy Williams to get Perry. I also dropped WR Anthony Gonzalez for WR Hank Baskett. I'm 3-0 in that league and ranked #1 in my division. I've had to do less juggling in my yahoo league. I'm 2-1 and ranked #3 in the one. I lost last week by 2 points. You're right Eileen. FF can get crazy.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Change You CAN Believe In

This is why I'm voting for Sen. Obama....

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Red Scarf Project

Guess what! Its that time of year again. The Orphan Foundation of America is accepting scarves for their Red Scarf Project. The submission period for the next Red Scarf initiative is set for September 1 through October 31, 2008. Scarves should be sent to:

Orphan Foundation of America
The Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive
Sterling, VA 20166

Last year I made My So Called Scarf and sent a gift card to Starbucks. This year in keeping with my cable fascination, I'm making the Irish Hiking Scarf. I loved how Ally's turned out. I also want to include a gift card from either Barnes and Noble, Borders, Target, Walmart or Starbucks. Please leave me a comment about which gift card should I buy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Eagles vs Cowboys

What a wild and crazy game! I was mindlessly knitting gauge swatches and watching all the action. I was disappointed that the Eagles lost(41-37) but enjoyed the game. I was rooting for Eagles not only because I'm a fan, but also because I needed DeSean Jackson(wr) and David Akers(k) to have really good games so I could win my fantasy football game. I needed 15 points just to tie. Despite DeSean totally messing up a touchdown by celebrating too soon, he gave me 11 points. Akers gave me 14 points so I won my game by 10 points.

Fantasy Football has been a lot more fun that I thought it would be. Not only is it making me pay more attention to the league as a whole rather than just my favorite teams but it makes watching all the games fun. There's alot of research involved in picking which players to start or to bench. I consulted a buddy who helped me pick which players to have on my draft list before the season began. He's been right most of the time. This past week I wanted to bench Drew Brees because I didn't think that he'd do well against the Redskins, but I was talked
(text messaged) out of it...... I was right. I would have been better off if I had played Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers. Oh well, I'm increasing my football knowledge. I'm 2-0 in both my leagues so far. Week 3 is going to be a tough week for me. Both of my opponents has Donovan McNabb, my Eagles quarterback. I'm going to hope Brees has just as good or a better game than McNabb. I cannot root against him because I have Eagles players on my teams. I need for them to catch his passes and touchdowns and kick those field goals and 3 pointers.

Carefree Holiday or Not KAL

Dr Laura is hosting Carefree Holiday or Not KAL. You can knit anything socks, scarves, hats, etc. To be entered in to the prize drawings, you must knit a minimum of 100 yards. If your knit item is 600 yards of yarn then you'll be entered 6x into the drawing. Here's the rules:
  • 1. KAL starts on October 1, 2008 and ends November 30, 2008. All finished projects must be posted by Midnight, November 30th to qualify for the final drawing. Items started before October 1 do not qualify for the KAL.
  • 2. You will receive one entry for every 100 yards used in your item. Please use a minimum of 100 yards. You may knit a set if items. (For example, a pair of baby socks uses 50 yds of yarn. You will need to knit 2 pairs to qualify for one entry.)
  • 3. Must post photo of project in progress to blog.
  • 4. Must post photo of finished project to blog. Please post how many yards of yarn needed for project. (need this info so you can be given the correct number of entries for your project.) If a set of items is required ( see rule #2), please show all items in ONE post for credit.
  • 5. Limit of one prize per person. We want to spread the wealth. The winner of the sign-up drawing will be exempt from this rule and will be allowed to win one more prize.
  • 6. Special Prize for projects knit with Crystal Palace Yarn. Winner will be decided by blog participants who will vote for their favorite project at the end of the KAL.
  • 7. Winners will be selected by Susan of CPY, using a random number generator.
  • 8. Have fun! This is a Carefree, Stress-free, Holiday or Not KAL. It doesn't even have to be gift knitting. We won't tell.
  • Remember to post your name as listed in the sidebar so you can receive credit for your project.
My Holiday or Not knitting plans are:

1. Kinetic Scarf(from for my dad I'm thinking about using Plymouth Encore Blues

2. Irish Hiking Scarf for my lil brother Plymouth Encore Green

3. Harvest Socks(from the Socknitters files) for my older brother Dream in Color Smooshy November Muse

4. Monkey Socks for my SIL Either Dream in Color Smooshy Midnight Derby or Ruby River

5. Garter Rib Socks for Nephew #3 CTH Supersock Navy

6. Thuja Socks for Nephew #2 CTH Supersock Navy

7. Pink Socks for my Scrabble buddy's wife Dream in Color Smooshy Cool Fire

8. Deep Forest Socks for my uncle I'm thinking about Fearless Fibers Deepest Forest

9. Illumination Scarf for aunt #1 Lane Borgosesia Cashwool Ecru.... If you ever have Grace of Lovin Comfort Knits you have to have to buy her this yarn.... its a wool blend that soft like cashmere and shiny like silk but with out the cashmere/silk price

10. Illumination Scarf for aunt #2 Lane Borgosesia Cashwool Ecru

11. Maelstrom Socks for myself if I can find Dream in Color Butter Peeps I'll use it

Come on over and knit with us :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

FO: Peach Cream Kuchon Socks

I finished the Peach Cream Kuchon over the weekend at work while watching season 1 of Mad Men. It was slow because of the hurricane Ike scare. I like the finished socks and pattern. I won't be buying more skeins of the yarn. It's splitty.

Peach Cream Kuchon SocksPeach Cream Kuchon Socks

Peach Cream Kuchon Socks

Pattern: Waving Lace by Evelyn Clark from Favorite Socks
Yarn: J Knits supersock Me! in Georgia
Needles: US 1 24" circs
Method: 2 socks on 2 circs at the same time
Modifications: I made the scalloped edge cuff and only did 1 and 1/2 pattern repeats for the leg. The cuff plus leg are about a total of 3 inches long.
Start: September 1, 2008
Finish: September 13, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Music Meme

I saw this meme on Nichole's blog and had to do it too. I'm giving away my age. Time goes by quick. I can remember in high school us voting on the Class Song and it was a tie between Party All the Time and That's What Friends Are For. The latter song won when we had the run off. I've embeded a video for my all time favorites.

The rules:
A) Go to
B) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year
C) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline or italicize your favorite. Do nothing to the ones you don’t remember (or don’t care about)

Top 100 Hits of 1986/Top 100 Songs of 1986

1. That's What Friends Are For, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight
2. Say You, Say Me, Lionel Richie
3. I Miss You, Klymaxx
4. On My Own , Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald
5. Broken Wings, Mr. Mister
6. How Will I Know, Whitney Houston
7. Party All The Time, Eddie Murphy
8. Burning Heart, Survivor
9. Kyrie, Mr. Mister
10. Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer
11. Greatest Love Of All, Whitney Houston
12. Secret Lovers, Atlantic Starr
13. Friends And Lovers, Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring <--- Robin Thicke's mom
14. Glory Of Love, Peter Cetera
15. West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys
16. There'll Be Sad Songs, Billy Ocean
17. Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
18. Never, Heart
19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution
20. Higher Love, Steve Winwood
21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis and The News
22. Holding Back The Years, Simply Red one of my all time favorites

23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel
24. Sara, Starship
25. Human, Human League
26. I Can't Wait, Nu Shooz
27. Take My Breath Away, Berlin
28. Rock Me Amadeus, Falco
29. Papa Don't Preach, Madonna
30. You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi
31. When The Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean
32. When I Think Of You, Janet Jackson
33. These Dreams, Heart
34. Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone), Glass Tiger
35. Live To Tell, Madonna
36. Mad About You, Belinda Carlisle
37. Something About You, Level 42
38. Venus, Bananarama <--- recently featured in an episode of Saving Grace
39. Dancing On The Ceiling, Lionel Richie
40. Conga, Miami Sound Machine
41. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper
42. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
43. What Have You Done For Me Lately, Janet Jackson
44. No One Is To Blame, Howard Jones
45. Let's Go All The Way, Sly Fox
46. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On, Robert Palmer
47. Words Get In The Way, Miami Sound Machine
48. Manic Monday, Bangles
49. Walk Of Life, Dire Straits
50. Amanda, Boston
51. Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q
52. Crush On You, Jets
53. If You Leave, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
54. Invisible Touch, Genesis
55. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade
56. What You Need, INXS
57. Talk To Me, Stevie Nicks
58. Nasty, Janet Jackson
59. Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
60. We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off, Jermaine Stewart
61. All Cried Out, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
62. Your Love, Outfield
63. I'm Your Man, Wham!
64. Perfect Way, Scritti Politti
65. Living In America, James Brown
66. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A., John Cougar Mellencamp
67. Who's Johnny, El Debarge
68. Word Up, Cameo my brother played this album all the time I hate this song
69. Why Can't This Be Love, Van Halen
70. Silent Running, Mike + The Mechanics
71. Typical Male, Tina Turner
72. Small Town, John Cougar Mellencamp
73. Tarzan Boy, Baltimora
74. All I Need Is A Miracle, Mike + The Mechanics
75. Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald
76. True Blue, Madonna
77. Rumors, Timex Social Club
78. Life In A Northern Town, Dream Academy
79. Bad Boy, Miami Sound Machine
80. Sleeping Bag, ZZ Top
81. Tonight She Comes, Cars
82. Love Touch, Rod Stewart
83. A Love Bizarre, Sheila E...... I wanted to be Sheila E
84. Throwing It All Away, Genesis
85. Baby Love, Regina
86. Election Day, Arcadia
87. Nikita, Elton John
88. Take Me Home, Phil Collins
89. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C. revived Aerosmith's career
90. Sweet Love, Anita Baker.... one of my all time favorites

91. Your Wildest Dreams, Moody Blues
92. Spies Like Us, Paul McCartney
93. Object Of My Desire, Starpoint
94. Dreamtime, Daryl Hall
95. Tender Love, Force M.D.'s
96. King For A Day, Thompson Twins
97. Love Will Conquer All, Lionel Richie
98. A Different Corner, George Michael
99. I'll Be Over You, Toto I still know all the words to this song
100. Go Home, Stevie Wonder

House Challenge Season 5

I'm taking a break from reading and posting on the Ravelry group, Sarah Palin Must Be STOPPED, to post another non knitting related but interests me entry on my blog. If you're a not a fan of Gov. Palin, go to ravelry group and get in on the bitching. If you are a fan of Gov. Palin, skip it... you don't want to become a troll. lol

Dr. Scott of Polite Dissent is having his annual House Challenge for season 5 of the tv show. Here's what you have to do:

Make a list of ten conditions or diseases you think will show up on House. Be as specific as possible: no categories (like “cancer” or “autoimmune disease”), and no overly broad descriptions (“liver failure” or “cardiac arrest”, for instance). The list you make will last the remainder of the season — no addition, subtractions, or swaps. Put your list in the comments section.

Each week, your list will be compared against the show. Scoring is as follows:

1 point for a brief mention or one-liner.
3 points if the team actually tests for the condition.
3 points if your diagnosis is featured in a clinic scene.
5 points if the team treats the condition (or supposed condition).
12 points if it’s actually the correct final answer (or one of the answers) of the episode.
please notePlease note: If your diagnosis is close, but not specific enough (for example “meningitis” when the team tests for “viral meningitis”) you will earn 1/3 the points.

Scores will be collated each week and a running total will be kept. Scores will be posted late night the day of the show, or by noon the next day. After the final episode of the season, a winner will be crowned!

Since the last contest ended, I've been compiling and researching diseases/conditions I thought would be "good" on House. Ones that could show up on the show. I made a big mistake last year in that I picked diseases that could only be the final solution. I was trying the diseased ball out of the park. This year I've picked a few of those, but I also some "we think its this but we'll be proven wrong." Here's my picks:

1. Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis
2. Histoplasmosis
3. disseminated Tb also known as miliary Tb
4. Anisakidosis also known as anisakiasis
5. Wegener's Granulomatosis
6. Sarcoidosis
7. Scleroderma
8. TTP thrombic thrombocytopenic purpura
9. Toxic Shock Syndrome
10. Addison's disease

If you care to you can, click on each disease/condition to learn about it. The info is from the NIH or the CDC.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fantasy Football

Well, I've gone and done it. I've joined not 1 but 2 fantasy football leagues on Ravelry. This post is for my buddies who want to know who's on my fantasy football teams.

On , my team name is Wildfire. My players:

Drew Brees , NO
Aaron Rodgers, GB

Running backs:
Frank Gore, SF
Rudi Johnson, DET
Willie Parker, PIT

Wide receivers:
Chris Chambers, SD
Santonio Holmes, PIT
Roy Williams, DET
Anthony Gonzalez, IND

Tight Ends:
Jeremy Shockey, NO
Dustin Keller, NYJ

Josh Scobee, JAC

Green Bay Packers
New York Giants

On Yahoo Sports, my team's Wildfire. I'm original lol

Drew Brees, NO
Eli Manning, NYG

Running backs:
Reggie Bush, NO
Ryan Grant, GB
Rudi Johnson, DET

Wide receivers:
DeSean Jackson, PHI
Greg Jennings, GB
Bryant Johnson, SF
Vincent Jackson, SD

Tight Ends:
Todd Heap, BAL
Zack Miller, OAK

David Akers, PHI

Green Bay Packers
Indianapolis Colts

Don't you wish you had my teams?

Purple Rules!!

Look at what I got from my swap pal in the Purple Rules Summer Swap:


2 Lorna's Laces Sherperd Sock in Mixed Berries colorway
2 Knitpicks Memories in the Red Hat colorway
2 Sweetarts........ I ate the one of them already....... They're one of my favorite candies
Purple Flowery pouch with surprises inside


The surprises:
Aveeno daily moisturizer lotion.... how did she know that's my lotion?
Point protectors
Clover US 2 dpns...... I want to make a pair of socks with dpns
Stitchmarkers that spell out my name (Cheryl)

Thank you so much AnnaRenee :-)

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Over the past last week Ive started 5 new projects. I usually done have more than 2 to 3 projects going at once. I won't even mention the ones hibernating.

WIPs as of 09-04-08

From the top left and making a circle:

1. Peach Cream Kuchen Socks: I'm knitting them for the September Solid Socks kal over on Ravelry. The J Knits superwash me sock yarn(Georgia) is a little splitty, but sooo soft. I'm knitting 2 socks on 2 circs for the first time. I found a nice tutorial online at Fyberduck. I'm using 1 skein of yarn in a center pull ball. Once I figured out how to keep the yarn from tangling(Use a ziploc or hefty bag with a cut in the bottom and another toward the top to thread the yarn through) it's easy. I'll let you know how it goes with the heel flaps and gusset.

2. Naive Socks: I knit 65 rounds and discovered I have a mistake in the 45-50 rounds. I added and extra round so the cable look wonky now. I'm tinking back to my mistake to fix it.

3. Giboshi Hat: I'm using leftover yarn to make a cable hat for Nichole's Chemo hat project. Its a left twist cable. I'm thinking of changing the ribbing on the cuff.

4. Petite Berrylicious: This is prototype Monkey sock( my 4th pair of them) that could be my niece's Christmas socks. I'm making a child's size 4-5. I'll send the sock off and see if it fits her. Hopefully, it'll be a little big on her. I adjusted pattern so I could cast on and use 48 stitches.

5. Struts Her Stuff: I first casted on as was making the Baby Cable Rib from SKS, but I changed my mind. I'm thinking of using the Ann Budd's 8 sts per inch pattern and make the staggered baby cables. I like how it looks better. If my SIL likes the Monkey sock I made for her daughter , I may just frog them and make a pair of Monkeys too.