Saturday, November 30

Shingles All The Way

   At first, I thought I had accidentally scratched myself on my right cheek. One of those goofy things you might do in your sleep or closing the rear door on a SUV or turning suddenly with a knitting needle in hand (maybe that's just me). You get the idea. Then this 'scratch' started looking like an abbreviated case of hives that wasn't spreading. And then...blisters. Eeeeeuuuwwww. Doc took one look and declared "Shingles." Happy Thanksgiving, Miss Contagiousity!

Sooo, let's think happy thoughts like:

Mississippi Pot Roast I found this recipe on the internet and I wouldn't change it for the world EXCEPT I think you can reduce the butter by half. There's enough fat in a chuck roast as is, so the butter really is gravy. I'm thinking of doing a Cajun variation with "Slap Ya Mama" and some crawfish tossed in at the last minute or even a Texan version with a packet of powdered BBQ sauce mix and some jalapenos. Heck, you could march your way through all 50 states and listen to the 'They Might Be Giants' versions of state songs while doing it.
Here's the annual holiday pic of me with Heckle and Jeckle, Cat and Dog. Thank God for concealer, tinted moisturizer and lip gloss.

 So, I'm taking my meds, sipping some Beaujolais Nouveau and thinking about reading "The Book Thief." I leave you with one last cautionary message from the Harvey Penick Golf Campus here in Austin TX:
Boy, howdy, that makes shingles look like a stroll through the mall on Black Friday! Be safe, wear sunscreen.

Friday, November 15

Formula Five Fingerless Mitts

 Formula One models wearing heels that are too big. Yours truly doing the Pit Walk before the big event.

Here are some fingerless mitts that I banged out recently. OK, I finished one like 2 years ago and found the twin in a project bag last week. Took about 2 hours to finish and voila! All I did was knit a rectangle (approximately 6x8 inches) using a slip stitch pattern. Using mattress stitch, I seamed up the sides leaving about a 2-inch gap for the thumb then another seam of roughly 1.5 inches. I then worked about 1 inch in 1x1 rib around the bottom.) So, yeah, pretty simple BUT the yarn is effing amazing! This is vintage yarn from the stash. A.L. de Sauveterre, Estelle, Muench colorway.

What's a girl to do at FanFest but have her picture taken with whom I consider the biggest, er, tallest, hottie on the F1 circuit...Mark Webber with the Red Bull racing team. Yeah, his teammate is Numero Uno, but check out that jawline. Vroooooommmmm!